Reader Anke got in touch to share this list of the top ten human-powered aircraft and, to be honest, up until this exact moment it's not something I've ever considered. The 31kg Gossamer Condor which was ridden across the English Channel took HushKit's top spot.
A niche vaguely cycling-related post, but something I'm sure some of you will find it interesting. If cycling into the sky is your thing, check it out here...
A quick shout to avoid this website claiming to sell Merida, Scott, Giant, Orbea and Liv bikes. The 'about us' page should tell you it's not be trusted: "Founded in 2012, we are one of Britain's most popular knives online retailer. and offer top notch customer service all over British." Right.
The site lists all sorts of attractive deals on bikes and the URL is weird too...https://www.michelleconnorauthor.co.uk/ despite otherwise looking quite professional. News editor Simon was quick to note the scammers clearly have a sense of humour. That's Michelle Connor, the author of a novel called 'The Deceived'.
A motorist in the affluent Melbourne suburb of St Kilda drove off with a cyclist on their bonnet, crushing the rider's bike, after a road rage confrontation. Witnesses said the cyclists were unhappy with the driver trying to cut up them up and challenged his dangerous driving.
In the video the driver can be heard saying: "I will f***ing destroy you, I’ve got money mate." Before one of the cyclists mocked the man's car, asking if it is "his wife's car?"
The Mercedes driver then sped off with the most vocal cyclist jumping on the bonnet to try and stop him. The driver continued, throwing the man off his vehicle as he crushed the bike lying on the road on his way past.
Victoria Police have reportedly spoken to both the cyclists and the driver but have not yet charged anyone involved.
Catch up on the start of the Vuelta a España with this behind the scenes video from Ineos Grenadiers. Today's post-rest day stage is widely expected to be a breakaway day, which might explain why after 85km the peloton still hasn't let a group of escapees take a significant advantage.
19 riders, including Ineos' Dylan van Baarle and Jhonatan Narváez hold a slender ten second gap, but expect the attacks to continue for a while yet...
Our sister site off.road.cc is the place to go for all your non-roadie needs. They've got more of the great news, reviews and features that you've hopefully come to expect here at road.cc. They're also running a user survey at the minute, so if you've recently popped across or an off-road regular, give us some feedback about how we can improve your experience. To sweeten the deal we're giving away £250 of Chain Reaction Cycles vouchers to one lucky reader who shares their thoughts...
So if you haven't already, what better time to check out off.road.cc...they've got the full story we briefly mentioned on yesterday's blog about the Forest of Dean's Launchpad and Countdown trails reopening. There's also a brilliant feature about Luke Humphreys' six-day excursion over 1,000km of Italy's finest gravel roads and mountain bike trails to give you some late summer travel envy.
Officials from Alberta Parks in Canada have issued a warning for the area after a cyclist was charged at by a grizzly bear. The rider was cycling along the Smith Dorrien Highway near Buller Pond when he heard a thumping and huffing sound behind him.
"He looked over his shoulder and saw a grizzly bear running behind him at close range – within two metres," Greg Part, spokesperson for AEP told RMOToday. "The cyclist sprinted on his bike and used a downhill section to gain distance. The bear gave up the chase and retreated into the woods." Unbearlievable.
The park officials reminded cyclists to carry bear spray and try to be aware of your surroundings when in bear country. Experts from Bow Valley WildSmart say higher speeds can actually increase the probability of a surprise encounter.
"The fact is that most cyclists are fast and quiet, and when you’re quick and quiet, that’s a potential for a disaster, for running into bears," said Nick de Ruyter, WildSmart’s program director. "You don’t want to surprise wildlife, particularly bears, and by doing these things like making noise, you’re not necessarily preventing those encounters, but you’re reducing the chance of surprising a bear." Now there's a proper excuse not to sort your creaky bottom bracket out...
Cycling UK is launching a new 150-mile cycle route in Cornwall this Friday. A group of riders will set out from the Western Promenade in Penzance to officially ride the new route for the first time. The West Kernow Way is Cycling UK's latest long distance cycling trail and at 150 miles (230km) is designed to be ridden over three to four days.
The charity spent more than a year working on developing the route, speaking to landowners while plotting and recceing bridleways, byways and quiet country roads. It aims to offer adventurous cyclists a route showing them the best of the county, while avoiding more popular tracks and trails. The GPX route files will be made available this Friday.
It is the fourth long distance off-road cycling route Cycling UK has launched since its North Downs Way route was unveiled in 2018. Since then they've released the 800-mile Great North Trail from the Peak District to either Cape Wrath or John O'Groats as well as King Alfred's Way. Two further routes are planned for 2022 in Kent and Norfolk.
Nearly 2,000 of you voted.
62% think they would get 8/10 or more.
Time to test that out…
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— Roads Policing Unit (RPU) - Surrey Police - UK (@SurreyRoadCops) August 23, 2021
Related to the big story on yesterday's blog...Surrey Police has followed up its poll by challenging the 62 per cent who backed themselves to walk the walk on Gov.UK's practice theory test for getting your driving licence.
— World Bollard Association™ (@WorldBollard) August 21, 2021
Hard to work out the thought process behind this black bollard 'strategically' placed bang in the middle of a bike lane. My best guess at understanding it would be that it marks the end of the bike lane as it looks like car parking beyond it? That attempt at working it out could age terribly however. Maybe it is just a bike lane with cars parked in it and a dangerous bollard?
The issue isn't trivial though. Earlier this year bollards described as "hostile" by a cycling campaigner caused an Edinburgh cyclist to crash. Dean Loughton needed surgery on a broken elbow after the crash on the Pennywell Road pop-up cycle lane caused by the base of the black bollard being covered by snow and poor visibility.
Worse still, last August a coroner's inquest heard how a cyclist in Devon died from injuries after he crashed into a bollard on a popular cycling trail which was installed to stop motorists driving across a bridge.
When you have too many to choose from, just stick them all on! 😂 pic.twitter.com/21PTRIpTbZ
— Team BikeExchange (@GreenEDGEteam) August 24, 2021
How many pairs of glasses does a pro rider need? Five, apparently.
Wow much??? pic.twitter.com/Gh2ftgIXds
— 🚴🏻♂️Ralpha (aka Phil)🚴🏻♂️ (@2wheelsnot4) August 23, 2021
The last time this limited edition Rapha jersey designed by Sir Paul Smith to commemorate the Tour de France's London Grand Depart in 2007 was spotted on Ebay was in 2017. Then, it was up for £10,000. Now there's one up for ten times that...
The mysterious seller 19joe80 seems a good sport and will chuck in delivery for free too. The listing attracted quite a surprised audience on social media when the aptly named 'Ralpha (aka Phil)' posted a pic of the eye-watering price tag and another snap of his enquiry to the seller, "How much? Did you get the decimal point in the wrong place?"
IronPhil joked the jersey's a bargain and is "the cheap end of the Rapha range!" Another account named Karafalos suggested a teasing lowball offer of a fiver could get the message across...
It’s gravel specific…
— Super Dave. Riding a bike, living his life. (@5up3rDave) August 23, 2021
It’s got a spare button at least.
— Karen Trotter (@KarenTrotter20) August 23, 2021
Dan joined road.cc as live blog editor last year. He has previously written 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 exploring the south of England.