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Jeremy Vine mistaken for Cycling Mikey; Reading high street cycling crackdown after 2 cyclists killed in 24hrs; British Cycling's race return plan approved; Garmin debacle continues; Cracking GoCycle x Clarence Court comp + more on the live blog

Welcome to Friday's live blog, with Jack Sexty in charge throughout the day plus the odd contribution from the rest of the team...
24 July 2020, 15:55
"Are you Cycling Mikey?" Driver and passenger disappointed to find broadcaster Jeremy Vine isn't now-famous camera cyclist

It's been quite the 24 hours for Mike van Erp, aka Cycling Mikey, and from this exchange it seems some people are hoping to catch a glimpse of him in London (to congratulate him for the sterling work, hopefully). 

While the pair in this car didn't happen across the man himself they were talking to Jeremy Vine; and judging from the tone of the female's voice, they weren't very impressed. Maybe though, we should all claim to be Cycling Mikey...

24 July 2020, 15:41
Two GoCycle GX e-bikes up for grabs in Clarence Court Eggs competition
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Fancy a GoCycle GX, but don't want to shell out for it? Well c-lucky you, because the e-bike brand have teamed up with Clarence Court to give away two bikes plus accessories worth over £3,000 as part of a cracking campaign to "raise awareness of the health benefits of e-bikes amongst UK consumers". 

Over 600,000 Clarence Court egg boxes will have GoCycle inserts inside, although you don't need to actually buy the eggs to enter as it's all via an online entry form... we're sure people will be scrambling to sign up for it.

Clarence Court's CEO Adrian Gott commented: “We are delighted to be collaborating with electric bike specialists, Gocycle, to give our customers the chance to win one of two Gocycle GX bikes. Our customers lead very health conscious lifestyles and with bike culture booming in many towns and cities across the UK now seems the perfect time to run such a fantastic competition.”

If you want the chance to poach a GoCycle for yourself, you can enter the comp here

24 July 2020, 15:17
British Cycling's 'Way Forward' plan approved, with sportives likely to return in late August
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British Cycling have now published full guidance with updates following approval from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. 

Currently they're in stage 3 of a six-stage recovery plan, with sportive-style events and road racing still banned. British Cycling have provided an estimation of when that will change though, saying in part 7.7 of The Way Forward document: 

"Non-competitive events in their traditional form (sportives on the highway) are not permitted at this stage. This is subject to ongoing review.

"It is our expectation that sportives and other non-competitive events that use the highway will be possible by the end of August with hygiene, social distancing and consideration given to start and finish areas. We will update in due course."

BMX, cycle speedway, mountain biking, cyclocross, road time trials and closed circuit events and track events are all permitted, with social distancing guidelines in place. The British Cycling Behaviour Code says competitors must not spit or shout, and must bring their own equipment and refreshments as catering facilities may not be available. 

24 July 2020, 15:03
'Pictures of the end' does cycling

The Twitter account is all for anything dark and dystopian, and here's their latest cycling-themed upload. 

24 July 2020, 14:48
Garmin update: still down, people still mad, and Strava graphs show the huge affect of the outage

It's looking more and more like the GPS giants have suffered a serious cyber attack as we reported this morning, with still no official update from Garmin themselves following a brief statement yesterday.

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As many Garmin watch and cycling computer users sync their activities directly with Strava, the latter's Status page has inevitably shown a huge drop in uploads. There was a strange spike in the early hours of this morning, with no explanation yet as to why that might be. The page is reporting that Strava hasn't received activity uploads from Garmin Connect since 22nd July. 

24 July 2020, 14:27
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24 July 2020, 11:59
Crackdown on town centre cycling in Reading begins - a month after two cyclists were killed by drivers within 24 hours
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The Reading Chronicle reports that the Reading Town Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team have started to "engage with people riding bicycles in Broad Street" to discourage cycling in non-permitted areas, which includes the west side of Broad Street in the city centre.   

One witness told the Reading Chronicle: "I've witnessed so many close encounters as well as a few collisions with pedestrians and cyclists.

"Some of them whiz through Broad Street and some are also on their mobiles, with heads down!

Not everyone thinks it's the best use of police time though, with some saying little has been done to crack down on dangerous driving in other parts of the city. 

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As one of the comments above cites, the 'crackdown' also comes just over a month after two cyclists in Reading were killed in two separate incidents within 24 hours.

On June 11th at around 7:50am, a 22-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs following a collision with a cyclist.
At 7.25pm the same day, a Deliveroo cyclist died following a collision in Addington Road, after which a 26-year-old man from Wokingham was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving, and driving a motor vehicle with a proportion of a specified controlled drug above the specified limit.

24 July 2020, 13:31
Cycling Mikey continued: more support for camera cyclist despite 'snitch' comments

We'll repeat: Mikey isn't the bad buy in all of this...

24 July 2020, 11:50
The Transcontinental Race is cancelled, so this video will have to do

The eighth edition of the self-supported epic across Europe would have started today, but obviously things happened... so instead, riders who would have been at the start line such as TCRNo7 winner Fiona Kolbinger tell us what they're getting up to instead. 

TCRNo8 is now provisionally set to take place in July/August 2021. 

24 July 2020, 13:22
Greatest cycling rivalry?

And we could well have Ineos vs Ineos (sorry, The Ineos Grenadiers) at this year's Tour if three previous winners line up together. 

24 July 2020, 09:41
“I want to change the behaviours”: Cycling Mikey on Jeremy Vine On 5

On yesterday's live blog, we reported that film director Guy Ritchie was given a six month driving ban after being caught texting at the wheel by camera cyclist Mike van Erp; something that seemed to rile a number of people on the Internet who accused Van Erp - who goes by the name Cycling Mikey on YouTube and Twitter - of being over-zealous with his reporting. 

Well, Van Erp has now appeared on the Jeremy Vine On 5 show on Channel 5 to explain why he does what he does. He said on the show: 

“I want to change the behaviours”

“Enforcement is the key. Traffic policing in the UK has suffered from terrible cuts.”

“Drivers who are using their phone while stationary are also using them while moving.”

“My dad was killed by a drink driver many years ago, that’s my main motivation.”

The discussion then turned to the inevitable debate over whether cyclists should be registered and insured, with a caller labelling Van Erp a "snitch", claiming someone who wanted to report a cyclist for dangerous riding would be harder to catch. Van Erp also defended Ritchie for the way he conducted himself when he was caught, saying he was "very polite."  

Meanwhile, Mr Van Erp says he is getting inundated with media requests this morning, some of which he has decided to turn down... 

24 July 2020, 09:06
An even better Garmin workaround

Hey presto! You can now mark yourself safe... 

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24 July 2020, 08:42
Sadiq Khan unveils unfortunate '' website... before the URL is swiftly changed

A number of people on social media spotted that taken out of context, the URL could be taken to mean something entirely different... so they've now added a hyphen and the website can be found at, after the Mayor's Night Czar Amy Lamé put a word in with TfL. 

The online course includes a number of useful tips for new cyclists or those who just want to brush up on their skills, with four modules to complete and a reward of a 24-hour access code for Santander Cycles at the end.

Meanwhile, the London Mayor has been enjoying his new electric Brompton, accompanying Cycling and Walking Commissioner Will Norman on a ride yesterday...

24 July 2020, 08:57
Numerous employees are reporting that this was the real reason behind Garmin's global outage
24 July 2020, 08:29
Cycling Mikey still labelled a 'snitch' by some corners of social media... but plenty leap to his defence

Is it really a good look to defend drivers who are texting at the wheel? Some people seem to think so, including 80's popstar Boy George amongst other people. We'll be picking out some of the best takes on this 'debate' throughout the day. 

24 July 2020, 08:26
"The torture stopped": Puncture comes to the rescue to save Paddy McGuinness from riding with Chris Hoy

An act of sabotage? Hopefully Sir Chris didn't lead Paddy onto a road to nowhere and got him home in one piece. 

Arriving at in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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