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BMW driver filmed assaulting cyclist digs hole on social media; Separate queues for auto + bikes at Halfords; Andy Murray takes up cycling; £13m cycling + walking boost for South West; Winning the Tour "like a drug", says Bernal + more on the live blog

Welcome to Tuesday's live blog, with Jack Sexty at the controls and Simon MacMichael taking over later this evening. ...
23 June 2020, 14:09
Chief Superintendent says he will "advise magistrates" over assault driver's attitude

He still hasn't deleted the account, and now Chief Superintendent Raj Kholi has got involved and doesn't have much time for the man's threats or mocking of the justice system. We'll be sure to update on how this one turns out... 

23 June 2020, 15:01
Winning the Tour de France is "like a drug", says Egan Bernal
Egan Bernal and Dave Brailsford (via ITV Cycling on Twitter)

He probably could have chosen a different simile to avoid any unwanted digs, but Egan Bernal used the description to tell France TV about his desire for more success at the highest level. The Colombian said:

"There is nothing like winning a Tour de France, and what follows is winning another Tour de France. It is like a drug. Once you have tried it, you get it, you want more, always more, you never have enough.

"When you win a Tour, you want to win a second, then a third ... and establish a record.

"I will give the show that the public expects and I will be at the height of the race . I will give the best of myself, the best of Egan Bernal."

23 June 2020, 13:28
Cyclists using the (Halfords) cycle lane: retailer creates separate queues for car and bike customers... and guess which one is much longer than the other

With record numbers getting old bikes out the shed and buying new ones alike, the need for mechanical assistance and buying advice has surged... and Halfords have even taken to splitting their queue for 'auto' and 'bike' customers, with the auto queue empty and the line for bike services about eight-deep at this branch. Other retailers/LBS's are available of course; but with Halfords catering to drivers and cyclists, this photo sums up the demand for everything two-wheeled as opposed to four in one place. 

23 June 2020, 13:44
Former Team Sky rider Kanstantsin Siutsou given four year doping ban


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The 37-year-old - who last rode for Bahrain-Merida before his retirement in 2018 - has been banned for four years for taking erythropoietin. An out of competition test in September 2018 found the adverse analytical finding of the drug from a sample collected on earlier in the year, and a UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal has now found him guilty of rule violations. 

We haven't received confirmation of the date the ban will start and when it will run to - relevant considering the Belarusian has been retired for almost two years - and will update when the UCI publish their full decision. 

23 June 2020, 13:14
Andy Murray reveals that he's discovered road cycling during the lockdown
Andy Murray, US Open 2012, Francisco Diez, Wikimedia Commons

He's certainly not the first to join in with Britain's lockdown cycling boom, but the two-time Wimbledon champ has revealed that after his wife bought him a bike for his birthday, he now grand slams on the pedals for up to an hour and a half on his regular rides around Surrey. 

Murray wrote in his BBC column: "I've been out quite a bit on routes fairly close to where I live in Surrey ever since. I usually ride for 60-90 minutes and one of my favourite rides is Box Hill, a famous route in the Surrey Hills, where the Olympic cyclists rode during London 2012.

"When I've been out, I've been trying to beat the times I've done the week before. It is a nice way to compete against yourself and give you something to aim for. With the tracking apps you can also keep an eye on what your friends are doing too; it's often a good source of banter."

Murray didn't exactly endear himself to the cycling community back in 2012, when he claimed that "there's very little skill involved in the Tour de France" when asked to draw comparisons between anti-doping efforts in tennis and cycling. He later backtracked, and now eight years on, perhaps he's a few tricky descents away from totally changing his mind...

23 June 2020, 13:51
Bike fits are back at Condor
Condor Bike Fit

Having updated the way that they assess a rider and ensured that both the customer and rider will be safe, Condor are getting back to bike fitting. You don't have to be buying a bike, or even own a Condor, though you could always get yourself fitted for a new Italia RC Disc...

23 June 2020, 12:58
Cars parked in Liverpool cycle lane: no change

After our lead story on yesterday's live blog reported that a pop-up cycle lane in Liverpool had become what the spotted described as a 'temporary car park', a new video has emerged today which shows that numerous cars are still parked on it, with Liverpool City Council yet to respond. 

23 June 2020, 11:57
Cafe stops are back on
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You'll be able to stop for a caffeine hit mid-ride from the 4th July after the government's latest lifting of restrictions.

23 June 2020, 10:58
Driver caught assaulting cyclist on camera is still digging

The man claiming to be the driver in a video in which he assaults a cyclist following alleged dangerous driving is continuing to post on a newly created Twitter account. He claims he is not scared of the police, believing he will only be handed a fine for his offences. He is also challenging others who have denounced his actions, asking for their addresses and threatening to visit them. 

23 June 2020, 11:44
More good news for the South West, as eight mile stretch of the popular Strawberry Line to be resurfaced
Strawberry Line 2 - via wiki commons

If you've ever cycled over to the Thatchers cider farm via the Strawberry Line, you'll be well aware that wider tyres are recommended... but your chances of a puncture between Congresbury and Sandford could soon be considerably less, as work will start next week on resurfacing an eight mile stretch of the popular cycle route, which has seen usage increase by nearly 50% during the lockdown according to the Bristol Post

Some sections will also be widened, and will be closed between 29th-30th June for improvements. It was Thatcher's Cider who allowed the Council to extend the works due to their assistance and co-operation because they own part of the section that will be widened and improved... cheers to that. 

23 June 2020, 11:36
£13 million South West cycling and walking improvements: any of that for outside of Bristol?
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...asks Darren C in the comments, as most of the improvements mentioned in the press release are for central Bristol and its suburbs. 

We asked the West of England Combined Authority to tell us how much of the cash is earmarked for places outside of Bristol, and they replied saying that there will be pavement widening on numerous streets in Bath City Centre, changes to road space in Thornbury and various upgrades in South Gloucestershire. This includes a £2.9million investment to improve cycling and walking in Stoke Gifford, and the clearing of overhanging branches and vegetation on some of the busiest cycle routes in the county, including on the Bristol to Bath Railway Path and the A4174 Ring Road.

23 June 2020, 09:55
Some Wiggle customers are still claiming they haven't received a response over account hacks

The online multisport retail giant issued a statement last week to promise that all customers who had bogus purchases made on their Wiggle accounts will be refunded; however some still claim they are yet to hear from them, and numerous negative comments are still being left on Wiggle's social media pages. We'll be asking them for an update soon. 

23 June 2020, 08:19
BMW driver 'almost ran over' cyclists, then stopped to launch a vicious assault...and appears to have replied on Twitter to say there are 'two sides' to the story

Around 12 seconds into the clip filmed in the London Borough of Camden, a man on a bike says to the driver of the untaxed BMW: "You nearly ran her over, are you going to apologise?", before the driver then attempts to kick the cyclist off his bike. The driver then goes back to the vehicle - which is left in the road with the hazard lights on - and takes off at speed. The MET Police and numerous others commented under the post on Twitter to urge the person who uploaded the clip to report the incident. 

Bizarrely, someone claiming to be the driver has replied to the thread saying that there are "to (sic) sides to a story", but apologises for the reaction. 

In another tweet, the owner of the account - with a profile picture showing a car that has the same registration plates as the car in the clip - posted: "Lol had to join yesterday after seeing all this". We've a feeling the account won't be live for very long...

23 June 2020, 09:00
£13 million cycling and walking investment announced for South West England
Cyclists in Bristol (licensed CC BY-SA 2.0 by Sam Saunders on Flickr)

The West of England Combined Authority have announced that £3 million will be spent on short-term measures to help with social distancing while cycling and walking, and the further £10 million will be used for 'longer term solutions' to encourage active travel in the region. 

The West of England Mayor Tim Bowles said: “During the lockdown many people have taken advantage of quieter roads to walk or cycle more regularly. This new funding is helping to make sure we can safely move around our communities again, but also aims to create a long term, positive legacy of more cycling and walking in the region as restrictions ease. We have a real opportunity to capture the positive changes we have seen to improve the physical and mental health of residents and cut carbon emissions, improve air quality and ease congestion across the West of England.”

Changes are already been implemented by local councils in the South West, including a reallocation of road space in Bristol suburbs such as Clifton Village, Downend, Filton and Staple Hill. All temporary measures will be reviewed, with the possibility to form part of 'longer-term solutions' if successful. 

23 June 2020, 08:35
Swiss rider completes first ever wheelie'd everesting
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Manuel Schiedegger has had his attempt verified by Hells 500, and claims to have done a wheelie for the whole effort that took him over 21 hours, with nearly 14 hours of 'moving time' according to his Strava upload. Schiedegger was raising money for the Wheels for Nepal charity, and has uploaded a minute and a half of his suffering to YouTube... 

23 June 2020, 09:06
Cyclists are littering the countryside again

But seriously, pick your gel wrappers up folks. 

23 June 2020, 09:08

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After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He was Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine for two years before joining in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake. 

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