So this is what happened today. 💣 Hit an official that wanted to cross the 2nd straight. Hope the official is O.K. My knee is sore, but will do my best to be ready for Thursday! Thanks everyone for the messages, appreciate it! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/QOdJ2r0usT
— Niek Kimmann (@niekkimmann) July 26, 2021
Dutch BMX rider Niek Kimmann crashed into a person crossing the track during practice ahead of Thursday's quarter-finals. Kimmann reported some pain in his knee after the crash but said he hoped to be ready for competition. There has been no word yet on the condition of the person, believed to be an official, who he collided with at the Ariake Urban Sports Park course.
The crash is the latest misfortune to befall the Dutch cycling squad in Tokyo. Earlier today, Mathieu van der Poel crashed out of the BMX CX race, which was eventually won by Brit, Tom Pidcock. On Sunday, the incredibly strong Dutch team failed to work effectively to pull back Anna Kiesenhofer in the road race, Annemiek van Vleuten crossed the line celebrating, thinking she had won, only to be deflated by the news.
Big news! 💲 CLASH will now offer professional athletes the option to take earnings from CLASH Daytona in cash or bitcoin.
— CLASH (@CLASHENDURANCE) July 26, 2021
CLASH, a US-based triathlon events company, has taken the unique step of offering athletes the chance to collect their prize money as Bitcoin. The digital currency created in 2009 will be offered to athletes with the incentive of lower transaction fees than traditional banking. The first event where athletes can bring home the Bitcoin will be CLASH Daytona in December.
"We are thrilled to make this latest announcement. Bitcoin is a matter of convenience, an investment and serves as an additional secure payment option. This new option provides our athletes with the ability to receive compensation on their preferred terms. These incredible athletes continue to inspire me, the entire CLASH Team and the expansive age group field. We owe it to them to advance the business and elevate their profession with this new opportunity," the company's CEO, Bill Christy said.
Transport for London has awarded a contract to P Ducker Systems (PDS) for at least 50 new enforcement cameras for junctions across the capital. Citing the figure that 76 per cent of collisions on London's roads happen at junctions, TfL says the cameras will play a "vital part in helping us meet the Vision Zero goal of eliminating death and serious injury on the road network."
Each year more than 4,000 people are killed or seriously injured on London's roads. A trial of the cameras in 2020 saw an improvement in compliance of road rules at junctions of up to 60 per cent in six months. We suspect TfL could put Cycling Mikey out of business with a camera at the now-infamous Gandalf Corner in Regent's Park. Unfortunately, as it's a Crown Estates Paving Commission road this will remain a dream...
It was one of the stories of the opening weekend of the Olympic Games: Anna Kiesenhofer, the 500-1 shot amateur who doesn't even ride for a pro team, winning against a stacked field of the best riders in the world. If that wasn't enough, Kiesenhofer's backstory is just as incredible. The Austrian has a PhD in mathematics from the Technical University of Vienna, as well as spending time at the University of Cambridge studying a whole host of topics we didn't even know existed or begin to explain what they mean...
While at Cambridge, Kiesenhofer rode for the university's cycling club and triathlon club, helping them win the Varsity 25-mile time trial alongside Commonwealth Games Gold Coast bronze medallist Hayler Simmons.
At the 2012 BUCS 10-mile time trial she came dead last, 32nd out of 32...That's 31 people who will be living off the 'I beat an Olympic champion' story at the pub for the rest of their lives.
Kiesenhofer's Twitter bio still reads: 'selected for Tokyo 2021 road race.' That could do with an update, but her tweets show a meticulous scientific approach to training. Just three weeks ago she analysed her CORE body temp sensor's readings and shared papers on isothermic and fixed intensity heat acclimation methods to explain how she planned to adapt to Tokyo's punishing weather conditions.
Playing with the CORE body temp sensor as part of my prep for Tokyo. Many questions remaining re heat acclimation. Most striking for me is how much time I spend in the "heat training zone" (>38.5°) during normal rides in cool conditions. Is this really a heat stress for the body? pic.twitter.com/Ym16hgzio7
— Anna Kiesenhofer (@AnnaKiesenhofer) July 3, 2021
It’s great to see @TNLUK funding providing grassroots mountain bike facilities, which are so important to ensure local communities can help bring up the next generation of Olympians! 🥇 pic.twitter.com/eDNPC3ivmu
— British Cycling (@BritishCycling) July 26, 2021
After unpacking the special homage edition Tokyo Olympic bike, have seen now that it got destroyed during my flight back from Sardinia…. Let’s with what @flyedelweiss @FlySWISS @swissportNews will say about it pic.twitter.com/ZYkTt0mHZZ
— Fabian Cancellara (@f_cancellara) July 24, 2021
It was a beauty...In honour of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Fabian Cancellara had this Japan-inspired paint job sprayed up for his special edition BMC Teammachine SLR, here it was in all its glory...
Unfortunately for Spartacus, the bike didn't survive his flight home from Sardinia, with the four-time World Champion and twice Olympic Games gold medallist taking to Twitter to have a pop at Swiss International Air for the damage to his poor seat stay...
The now-retired racer got plenty of sympathy after suffering every cyclist's worst nightmare, although some were surprised by his choice of bike bag...
Should’ve put it in a bike box, and you can afford it, get over it
— Joe Poulsom (@JoePoulsom) July 24, 2021
Shit happens... not good... however, pretty surprising that a pro like you isn't using a hard case!?
— Fezzi Fezzino (@FezziFezzino) July 25, 2021
Time for some shameless self-promotion...Fabian, should have had a read of our features on taking your bike abroad...'How to fly with your bike — pick the right airline, save money and hassle' and 'The stuff they never tell you about flying with your bike'...Have a read if any of you lot are lucky enough to be in the unlikely position of jetting off for a summer hol abroad...
— Remko Rinkema (@RemkoRinkema) July 26, 2021
It was billed as the latest instalment in the friendly rivalry between Tom Pidcock and Mathieu van der Poel. The pair have shadowed eachother for the past couple of years, from the cyclo-cross scene to the road and, of course, on the dirt of the XC mountain bike trails...
Van der Poel was favourite but fell early on. The Dutchman blamed the removal of a plank from the course between practice and competition for throwing him off and causing this nasty crash...
— René Bugner (@RNBWCV) July 26, 2021
If like a few of us at road.cc you're more accustomed to watching Tom Pidcock riding on his skinny tyres for Ineos and are relatively new to this weird world of mountain biking, our friends at off-road.cc have put together a guide with everything you need to know about the Olympic mountain bike events. If you're watching the highlights back and want to know exactly how it works or are now keenly looking forward to the women's race tomorrow, check it out...
— Team GB (@TeamGB) July 26, 2021
That's the picture. Like the rest of the British cycling world, we've been trying to keep calm - what a ride, Tom. He doesn't even turn 22 until Friday...answers in the comments: what were you doing at 21? Keep it clean, although I'm guessing nobody can trump winning Olympic gold less than two months after being hit by a car and breaking your collarbone...
Pidcock broke his collarbone after being hit by a car at the start of June. Had surgery, got back in training in six days. Now he’s won Olympic gold with that almighty ride. #tokyo2020
— Laura Winter (@lauracwinter) July 26, 2021
Tom Pidcock, crushed it 🥇 #Tokyo2020 👏
— Alex Dowsett (@alexdowsett) July 26, 2021
Yes!!! Tom Pidcock you little beauty! 🥇#Tokyo2020
— Chris Hoy (@chrishoy) July 26, 2021
I feel like Pidcock needs to make this look a bit harder.
I make riding to the local shops on my eBike look tougher.
— Daniel Lloyd (@daniellloyd1) July 26, 2021
GO ABSOLUTELY WILD!!! 🤩❤️️
— British Cycling (@BritishCycling) July 26, 2021
Tom Pidcock has been facing the world's press after winning Team GB's third gold medal of the day..."It's nothing like any other race. The Olympics just transcends any sport. You compete and represent your country and everyone in your country is behind you, no matter in what sports they like. It's just national pride, it's unbelievable," said Pidcock.
The 21-year-old broke his collarbone at the end of May but was back on the bike just six days later to build his form for his big goal of the year, dominating the race after Mathieu van der Poel crashed out early on. "It's been a such a hard time coming here from crashing and breaking my collarbone [in May] and that's just unbelievable," he continued.
"I'm always better when I take control myself. I take my own lines, my own speed. Once we started I was fine, all the nerves kind of went and I concentrated on the race. I'm happy this is only every four years because it's stressful. I know that my mum and girlfriend are crying at home. It's sad that they can't be here but I see them when I get home."
What a performance! 🤩
Tom Pidcock, at just 21 years of age, has won GOLD in the men's cross country mountain biking!
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) July 26, 2021
Team GB’s Tom Pidcock dominated today’s mountain bike race at Tokyo 2020 to win Olympic gold, but the much-anticipated showdown with Mathieu van der Poel failed to materialise as the Dutch rider crashed early on. Pidcock, who turns 22 on Friday, put in a blistering short opening circuit after starting from the fourth row of the grid to move up to the front of the field ahead of the seven 4.1 kilometre laps of the main course.
By the end of the second lap the Yorkshireman was alone at the front of the field with defending champion Nino Schurter and Mathias Flückiger, attacking again to get in front of the Swiss pair. From then on he gradually teased out what would prove to be an unassailable lead, with Flückiger taking silver, 20 seconds behind the Team GB rider, and David Valero of Spain a further 14 seconds back in third place.
Van der Poel’s crash happened just before the first of the seven full circuits, the Dutchman landing heavily after going over his handlebars on a jump off a rocky section of the course, with Pidcock, riding behind him, managing to avoid being caught up.
While van der Poel remounted, the crash cost him a minute to his rivals, and he eventually abandoned with two laps remaining. It’s Team GB’s third gold medal of the Games, with Adam Peaty defending his 100 metres breaststroke title earlier today and, while Pidcock was riding to victory, divers Tom Daly and Matty Lee winning the synchronised 10 metre platform competition.
Build and they will come! Every single bike rack at Seapoint was taken today. That cycling path from Dublin was the best thing that happened to us 🚴🏻♀️🚴🚴♂️ pic.twitter.com/aO2O8eqIC3
— Anna Pas (@annapas_dublin) July 25, 2021
The locals were out at Seapoint Beach in Dublin yesterday and they all travelled by bike by the looks of things. No room at the inn for latecomers but even riders who could not find a spot were just happy to see less cars being driven...
David O'Mahoney said you'd normally have "a stream of drivers coming down, looking for parking, giving up and doing a five-point turn to get out!" Not anymore.
Cllr Oisín O'Connor was one of the many to rock up by bike and "just about squeezed our three bikes into an available spot. Fantastic to see!"
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.