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Where's the pineapple? Mathieu van der Poel offends Italy AGAIN; 117mph driver "will need a bicycle"; Steep cobbled climbs: Yorkshire is the new Flanders; LEJOG with a difference; Giro rest day; Bollards!; Weekend round-up + more on the live blog

Happy Monday! Ryan has left the live blog behind to go honeymooning (decent excuse, I guess...) so that leaves you with Dan Alexander this week...apologies in advance...
23 May 2022, 15:37
E-bikes worth £30,000 stolen from Gloucestershire bike shop
Stolen bikes (Gloucestershire Constabulary)

Five e-bikes with a total value of £30,000 were stolen in a break-in on St George Street in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, at 00:30 BST on Sunday morning. Officers were called and found a window had been smashed to force entry.

Elsewhere over the weekend, a reader sent us a Facebook message ..."For a country so at odds with cycling, we sure do like stealing bikes a lot"...

23 May 2022, 15:23
Saddlebags v pockets: what's the best way to carry stuff on a ride?
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> Seatpacks v pockets: what's the best way to carry stuff on a ride?

I'm a phone, keys, cash, mini pump, scran in the pockets kind of rider. Spares in a saddlebag...

When I say scran I mean a bagel for the first hour and thereafter sugary sweets forensically separated into those clear bags you get with lateral flow tests, each with 60g carbs, one an hour. I know, I'm weird...and could have some awkward answers if stopped by the police...

Pockets? Saddle bag? Bar bag? Frame bag? Spare bidon storage? How do you do it?

23 May 2022, 15:08
Dangerous driver clocked speeding at 117mph on the A419 during car meet will need a bicycle

Apologies for the sparse live blog action this afternoon. I went for an interview with a Giro d'Italia pro...only to be told there had been a misunderstanding and they'd joined the call at 3pm...Italian time...

Anyway, that's been rescheduled and back to the blog...

 I wonder if Merseyside Police would advise this one to cycle like you drive?

23 May 2022, 13:02
LEJOG with a difference

That's a long old time to be sat looking at your ride partner...

23 May 2022, 10:59
But cyclists...
23 May 2022, 10:24
Yorkshire is the new Flanders

Yesterday was the Ronde Van Calderdale, giving riders all the cobbled suffering of Flanders just without leaving the Kirklees and Calderdale districts of Yorkshire. Two routes: one at 58 miles with 13 cobbled climbs, one at 74 miles with 14 cobbled climbs. Just look at some of these brutes...

Finishing with the ascent of Trooper Lane, of course...that's 700m at 19 per cent according to Veloviewer...

23 May 2022, 10:11
The stakes are high...

Maybe pineapple is the secret after all?

23 May 2022, 09:50
Weekend round-up: LTNs; Near Miss of the Day update from Gloucestershire Police; Team GB rider victim of "intentional" hit and run; bike reviews; e-bike loan scheme off to a flyer...

Another busy weekend here at road.cc. Most importantly, one of our stories from Friday became a meme...

> Round-the-world cyclist arrives in UK... and has bike stolen outside a Reading Wetherspoons two days later 

On Saturday, the UK (or maybe England would be fairer?) kept on showing its self to be a delightful place for cyclists...Team GB's Charlie Tanfield was struck by a motorist in an "intentional" hit and run while he took a day off Tour Series duty...

There was a strong police feel to proceedings this weekend...

Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Cox, head of crime at Lincolnshire Police and national lead for fatal collision investigations, reminded motorists that they have "a responsibility to protect vulnerable road users", after footage posted by broadcaster Jeremy Vine showing a lorry close passing a police officer received a backlash from angry drivers.

> Vandals target LTN bollards and planters less than 24 hours after trial is introduced

We also published Gloucestershire Police's response to our follow-up about Near Miss of the Day 763..."the manner of driving did not appear to cause the cyclist any raised risk"...right...okay...well that's that sorted then...

> Review: Specialized Sirrus X 3.0

And finally, in more positive news the first ‘Cycling made e-asy’ scheme, offering people free long-term loans of e-bikes, has been booked out within hours...more bikes will be made available in the coming weeks...

23 May 2022, 09:25
What drink to wash down your pineapple pizza, sir?

I mean, Alpecin-Fenix probably should have expected the replies...

23 May 2022, 09:14
Some hard-hitting journalism to start the week...

Poll Maker

23 May 2022, 07:56
Where's the pineapple? Mathieu van der Poel offends Italy AGAIN

If Mathieu van der Poel is trying to get chased out of Italy so he doesn't have to ride the mountains of the third week of the Giro d'Italia then he's going about it the right way...

In the first week we had spaghetti-gate after shocking incriminating footage was leaked online showing Van der Poel spraying copious amounts of tomato ketchup all over his plain pasta. In the words of Paris-Roubaix winner and Italian national champion Elisa Longo Borghini..."After that, I don’t know what there is. Probably only death"...

Well, turns out there's more than death because Van der Poel's back offending the entire nation of Italy...this time by merely suggesting pineapple was missing from his pizza...(for legal reasons we must be clear: no pineapple pizza was eaten)...

Dutch journalist Thijs Zonneveld captioned a picture of the Alpecin-Fenix star ready to tuck into a margherita pizza on the team bus after stage 15, 'If they forgot to put olives on your pizza again'. To which the devastating reply came..."Pineapple🍍"

Presumably armed police now protect the team hotel while special services devise a plan to sneak him out of the country without the baying mob getting their hands on the winner of the opening stage...

Is Van der Poel cancelled? Will he make it through the rest day press conference? Will Italy let him start stage 16? 

Dan joined road.cc in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining road.cc, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.

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