You probably didn't need to hear French cycling magazine Vélo and sports newspaper L'Equipe awarded Tadej Pogačar their Vélo d'Or prize to know he's the best cyclist in the world...
In fact when we chucked up our poll on the live blog it was Tadej on top (by two votes).
Unlike our poll, however, there was no space for Mark Cavendish in the top three. The award's pannel decided Vuelta winner and Olympic gold medallist Primož Roglič deserved second place, and gave third to Wout van Aert. Poor Julian Alaphilippe. The two-time world champ does take home the consolation prize of being France's best rider.
What odds Pog wins again next year?
On a @GWRHelp train from Wales to London. There are 4 cycle spaces on the entire train - which can seat 600+. But it does have 2 First Class coaches.
Here’s an idea, let’s bin First Class and have a bicycle coach. Cycling needs to be easier. The rich can sit with everyone else. pic.twitter.com/QGkITefcNA
— Lawrence loves nature (@endhunting) November 24, 2021
Lawrence has certainly got people talking with his suggestion for making the UK's rail networks accessible to cyclists...get rid of first class and install proper bike storage areas. It's the rail equivalent of taking a lane for a segregated cycle path...
The idea came as Lawrence travelled on a train from Wales to London with more than 600 seats, two first class coaches, but just four bike spaces. His conclusion: "Let’s bin first class and have a bicycle coach. Cycling needs to be easier. The rich can sit with everyone else."
Something like ScotRail's West Highland Line carriages with space for 20 bikes, perhaps?
Others pointed out the need for something more accessible too, meaning bikes don't have to be hoisted up into an impractical hangar. Fine if you're strong enough to strap your 6kg carbon racer in, but what about heavier bikes? Panniers? Cargo bikes?
Here's what people have been saying...
This is hopeless. The UK *has* a cycle rail working group but it doesn't appear to have been able to deliver best practice outcomes.
Bikes need to stay on their wheels. This cubicle is like trying to keep a bicycle in your shower. Time to readjust DfT criteria to be more useful.
— George Weeks (@GeorgeWeeks2014) November 25, 2021
This cycle space is completely inappropriate. No bike with a basket would fit in there, let alone a child seat. And you can't upend your bike while holding your child and your luggage. If like me you're over 60 and under 5 ft, you'll struggle to upend and fasten your bike at all. https://t.co/vl318tbOZN
— Catherine Rowett 💚 Ex-MEP (@catherinerowett) November 25, 2021
As part of its "strategy to assume a leading global role in the bicycle sector" PIERER Mobility AG has announced the acquisition of Felt Bicycles. PIERER Mobility AG will take control of the Felt brand assets, business assets in Europe and North America as well as the integration of the global workforce into PIERER E-Bikes GmbH's team structure.
"The acquisition of Felt Bicycles fits perfectly with the overall strategy of PIERER E-Bikes – that of becoming a global player in the field of two-wheel mobility, with both electric and non-electric bikes, across all cycling categories," CEO Stefan Pierer said. "With Felt we are able to expand our bicycle portfolio and also strongly enter the North American market with an established, high-performance brand. The company is also heavily involved in competition, which brings an extra attraction for us."
Cycle #paramedic Amelia is covering the West End today, fully embracing the chilly weather (at least its dry), our pedal powered paramedics work all year/all weathers cycling to emergencies, helping patients. #thursdaymorning #TeamLAS #London #Buckinghampalace #Traffic pic.twitter.com/FQhvAIJ5ko
— LAS Cycle Team (@LAS_CycleTeam) November 25, 2021
If you needed any more reason to stay in on Boxing Day and lie in front of the telly, Tom Pidcock will also be at Dendermonde for the CX World Cup event alongside Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel. It'll be the first time the trio have competed against eachother since the Tour of Flanders back in the spring...
Yesterday Liam told us the race may well be the highlight of his Christmas...any doubt has probably just been removed...
America's Got Talent judge and full-time shiny TV personality Simon Cowell has spoken to the American press about his e-bike crash last year and says he had no doubts about... well, getting back on the bike...
"My most creative time is now when I cycle, because I cycle even though it's an e-bike. I still got to pedal and I do about 10 miles a day… even though I had an accident on one. That was more an electric motorbike; these are called pedal-assist bikes, and they're brilliant," he told Extra TV.
"That expression ‘get back on your bike,’ with me, it was literal. I feel better than I did because I exercise so much more."
Cowell underwent surgery last August after falling off an electric bike near his home in Malibu.
Mark Cavendish is back at home after a couple of days in University Hospital of Ghent for treatment on injuries sustained on the final night of racing at the city's famous Six Day track cycling event. Cav broke two ribs and suffered a collapsed lung after water on the track caused a pile-up.
But according to Het Nieuwsblad, the Manx Missile has now been released from hospital and is back home in Essex with his family. The Belgian outlet also reports contract extension talks with Deceuninck-Quick-Step should finally be sewn up this week...
Although, to be fair, we've been hearing that for weeks...
Nobody wants to play “Spot The Cyclist”!
Officers from Road Policing Maydown provided this cyclist on the Dunhill Road with a hi vis jacket to see him safely home. Especially at this time of year, make sure you are easily seen, as demonstrated in photo 2. #KeepingPeopleSafe pic.twitter.com/i8hE3eyfuw
— NI Road Policing and Safety (@NIRoadPolicing) November 23, 2021
It's the time of year when police forces and road safety groups think about what advice to give road users as the nights draw in. That tends to mean plenty of posts like the one above for the live blog...
Playing devil's advocate, some might say it's a non-issue, at worst a clumsily worded message that passes on a lesson most cyclists already know. However, there's an even larger body of replies that see it as victim-blaming and all a bit pointless considering the amount of stories we see of cyclists wearing hi-vis being killed or seriously injured. Surrey Roads Policing Unit are at the forefront of that argument...the Northern Ireland Road Policing account is not.
— Girl on a Brompton & other bicycles🚴🏻♀️ (@girlonabrompton) November 24, 2021
The post asked riders to use hi-vis, saying "nobody wants to play Spot the Cyclist!" You could (quite uncontroversialy) argue it's the duty of everyone on the road to play spot the cyclist at all times. Anyway, they said a hi-vis jacket had been handed out to the person they spotted without one. #KeepingPeopleSafe.
Reaction? Yeah, let's do that...
You’re not keeping anyone safe with this rubbish about Hiviz.
— CyclingMikey tired of road crime. 🇪🇺🇳🇱🇿🇼 (@MikeyCycling) November 24, 2021
How about addressing the fact that so few drivers can be bothered to play “Spot The Cyclist” even in broad daylight?
— Richard Hallett (@hallettrichard) November 24, 2021
So how come the 3 times I've been knocked off my bike by drivers, I've been wearing hiviz and my bike lit up like a Christmas tree?
And yet I've never been knocked off when wearing black... 🤔🤔
— John Lamb (@sheffieldlamby) November 24, 2021
And it's not just police forces having a pop...as the clocks went back author Philip Pullman took to social media to rant about "damn fools" speeding through Oxford on bikes without lights or hi-vis...
How many weeks until the clocks go forward again?
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.