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Cyclists face £900 fine for breaking 10km/h speed limit in shared zones; Controversial YouTuber Lucas Brunelle falls through ice while riding on frozen river; Council ignores anti-cycle lane fundraiser; Quick-Step go carbon neutral + more on the live blog

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25 February 2021, 14:25
Cyclists face £900 fine for breaking 10km/h speed limit in shared zones

Cyclists in Melbourne caught riding faster than the 10km/h (6mph) speed limit on the Southbank Promenade face fines of up to $1600 (£900). Critics have said the fines are excessive as they are double the state of Victoria's maximum penalty for speeding drivers. Police caught 120 people on Monday and Tuesday as part of a pedestrian safety operation. Those riders were given warnings, but fines will soon come into effect.

It's not the first time Aussie cyclists have been on the receiving end of major fines. In 2016, a Melbourne cyclist was fined $152 for passing a stationary vehicle as police said the manouvere was dangerous. In the same year, fines dished out to cyclists in New South Wales rose sixfold to $2 million...

25 February 2021, 16:51
Simon Yates will go to the Giro d'Italia
Simon Yates (LaPresse)

With yesterday's presentation of the Giro d'Italia route the GC contenders yet to commit to a Grand Tour can pick their poison. For Simon Yates that means unfinished business at the Giro d'Italia in May. Yates led the race until Stage 19 in 2018, winning three stages, before cracking on the Colle delle Finestre and dropping from 1st to 18th in one day. 

Compared to the Tour, the Giro offers less TT kilometres in 2021, something that attracted Yates to the idea of adding it to his calendar. "The 2021 Giro route looks really nice, there’s a good mix of stages and there’s even some gravel roads thrown in for good measure." Yates explained. "As always with the Giro, the final week looks hard and with only a small amount of time trial kilometres I think that is where the race will be decided.

"The last two or three years haven’t gone as I would have hoped with a combination of bad luck and some mistakes along the way. All I hope for is to have a clean run in 2021 without these things and that I can show myself in the best way possible."

25 February 2021, 16:32
Nah, you're alright...
25 February 2021, 16:18
Best second bike for roadies?

We've had our say and plenty of you have let us know your favourite second bikes...Rupert Englander made a fair point that we might have jumped the gun with this one and the question we should really be asking is what's your favourite third, fourth and fifth bike? Have a read of our favourites and let us know yours...

Readers' second bikes comments


25 February 2021, 15:48
What's changed?: Throwback to when Australia's mandatory helmet laws were branded "a tool of disproportionate penalties and aggressive policing"
2021 Lazer Sphere MIPS helmet.jpg

Anyone reading the story about the £900 fines for Melbourne cyclists breaking the 10km/h speed limit in shared pedestrian zones could be forgiven for thinking not much has changed over there. In 2019, researchers found that the country's mandatory helmet laws had become an exercise in revenue gouging and were being used as a flimsy pretext for police to stop and search people.

The New South Wales fine issued when drivers exceed the speed limit by more than 20km/h still exceeds the A$344 fine for failing to wear a helmet while riding a bike...

25 February 2021, 15:35
The sighs of relief can be heard from here...

This will have made more than few pro riders' day...There'll be no Mathieu van der Poel at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad this weekend. The Dutch champion returns to racing on Sunday at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne after flying home from the UAE early after a positive test in his team. Alpecin-Fenix confirmed Gianni Vermeersch and Jonas Rickaert can now also return to Belgium to complete their quarantine after coming into contact with the staff member who tested positive.

25 February 2021, 15:10
Tech news: Muc-Off's new Essentials Case, Mavic offers lifetime warranty on its carbon wheels, protect your bike from bumps and scrapes
Muc-Off Essentials Case (Image credit Muc-Off)

Muc-off has a new handy storage solution for cyclists. Their Essentials Case is suitable for road, mountain biking and everything in-between and is ideal for storing your phone, tools or snacks while you ride. The outer casing is fabric lined with a water-repellent zipper. 

Mavic's carbon wheels now come with a lifetime warranty to gve you extra peace of mind on the road. Applying to models in the 2021 range, sold since September 1st 2020, the warranty only applies to original owners who have registered their wheels with Mavic.

Want to protect your frame against all those annoying bumps and scrapes? Restrap think they have just what you need with their vinyl bicycle protector strips. Aimed at covering areas on your frame susceptible to abrasion, Restrap will send you three sheets of custom cut, easy-to-install heavy duty vinyl to keep your pride and joy looking sharp for miles to come...

25 February 2021, 13:27
Cycling on the box
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ITV will show highlights of Paris-Nice every night during the week-long stage race. The race begins on Sunday March 7 and an hour-long highlights show will be aired on ITV 4 every night at 7pm, except the opening stage which will be shown at 6pm. In an extra boost for UK-based cycling fans, both men's and women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad will be shown on GCN+ and Eurosport after the broadcasters secured the rights to the big first race of the Classics campaign. Fans had been critical of the outlets when they found out the race wouldn't be available to UK viewers. However, the issue has now been sorted and fans can watch the races on either platform.

Some of the pros have been out reconing the route this morning...

25 February 2021, 12:28
Jonas Vingegaard wins UAE Tour stage five summit finish at Jebel Jais

Jumbo-Visma's Jonas Vingegaard mugged Alexey Lutsenko in the final 250m to win stage five's summit finish at the UAE Tour. Lutsenko had been in the break all day but saw his advantage dwindle on the final climb. A late attack by the Dane bridged the gap and he easily dispatched the weary Astana rider in the sprint to the line. Tadej Pogačar beat Adam Yates to second, extending his lead in the overall. There are two more sprint stages left this week so any changes to the race lead would be a major surprise.

25 February 2021, 11:46
British Cycling extend deal with Kalas Sportswear
British Cycling Kalas Sportswear (image credit SWPix.jpg)

British Cyling will continue to use pro kits made by Czech-based custom cycle wear specialists Kalas. The brand has provided the Great Britain Cycling Team kits for the last four years and will continue to do so until the end of 2024. British Cycling Performance Director Stephen Park said it is undoubtedly very positive news for their programme.

"When it comes to performance, our on-bike clothing supplier is important to the success of the Great Britain Cycling Team. To be the world's best we must be at the cutting edge of innovation. We have developed a close working relationship with Kalas and together we have some very exciting on-bike clothing plans which will improve aerodynamic performance and help make our riders go faster on the bike," Park explained.

25 February 2021, 11:18
Deceuninck-Quick-Step go CO2 neutral
Deceuninck Quick-Step

Deceuninck-Quick-Step says they managed to successfully offset their carbon emissions in 2020. The team partnered with CO2Logic to calculate their carbon footprint to be 1,288 tons of CO2, equivalent to driving a car 179 times around the world, or 539 return flights between Brussels and New York. The amount of forestation needed to capture this much CO2 would be equivalent to 3,099 football pitches.

Quick-Step chose two projects to offset their footprint: one helping supply safe drinking water in Uganda and another to help reforest the area around the iconic climb of Mont Ventoux. Since its inception the Ugandan project has supplied over 1.9 million litres of clean water to 823 people, preserving 825 hectares of trees and offsetting nearly 1,300 tons of CO2.

Team CEO Patrick Lefevere spoke of the sport's responsibility to contribute to green projects: "Cycling is a beautiful sport that has drawn us all together, but we need to look at how we can compete in races held all over the planet while still protecting the fragile environment around us.

"Since we launched the project, we have noticed a changing of the tide within cycling, with the UCI very recently announcing changes to the rules on dealing with waste during a race. This is just the start of what we hope can be a big movement within the sport and we will be look to push event further in 2021."

25 February 2021, 09:54
Controversial cycling YouTuber Lucas Brunelle falls through ice while riding over frozen river

A quick look at Lucas Brunelle's old videos and the times he's featured on this site will tell you he isn't your usual cycling filmmaker...Previous videos include daredevil descents, drafting lorries, holding onto vehicles and weaving in and out of traffic. So it's probably not a massive shock to see 40 seconds into his latest upload him riding along the frozen Charles River near Boston...and falling through the ice. 

In helping Lucas get out, his riding partner also falls through. A concerned onlooker asks if they need any help before Brunelle replies "No, we're all set thanks," as he clambers out the freezing water, moving his bike to safety before returning for his friend...

Talking about the incident to, Brunelle said: "I ride my bike the same way I trade stocks. It’s my nature to take high risks and high return."

In 2014, we reported that Brunelle had been "pummelled" by a Boston taxi driver who intervened after the cyclist hit a pedestrian while jumping a red light.

25 February 2021, 09:19
Copenhagen commuting scenes
25 February 2021, 08:48
Council go ahead with cycle lane plans despite residents' fundraiser
Dublin bike lane fundraiser

Last week on the blog we shared the story about the Dublin cyclist who donated €5 to this GoFundMe campaign, set up to support opposition to a proposed bike lane. The cyclist left a message with his donation saying: "Buy yourselves two Flat Whites with my €5 donation. Don’t waste any more money donating. Your campaign will fail. On your bikes lads!"

This week Dublin City Council has confirmed they are pressing on with works to build the cycleway, despite the residents' fundraiser. The GoFundMe raised €21,345, including many large donations exceeding €100. At least two people donated €1,000 to the campaign which was set up to "cover costs in relation to our planning and legal options and to continue to fight for a solution that will provide Sandymount with a cycle lane that utilises existing available off road potential."

The Irish Times reports that traffic will be reduced to one-way from next week to facilitate the opening of a two-way cycleway later in the month, initially for a six-month trial. A judicial review of the council's plans is due in April.

The appeal submission sent to An Bord Pleanála, the national planning appeals board, claimed the cycleway will risk greater transmission of air-borne droplets, increasing Covid transmission rates. The submission claimed this would be exacerbated because the cyclists in computer generated images of the route are "not wearing a face covering of any description"...

Dublin Council has maintained that the cycle lane doesn't need planning permission as it is in line with the government's advice to implement walking and cycling schemes during the pandemic.

Dan joined 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, 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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