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Garmin admits cyber attack, systems "returning to operation"; Thug used car as weapon and 'impersonated police officer'; Cyclist who made 'best lockdown vid' unveils latest creation; Bike gets 'stolen back' + more on the live blog

Welcome to Monday's live blog. Jack Sexty is your blogger-in-chief today, with Simon MacMichael taking over later this evening. ...
27 July 2020, 20:08
Garmin is back! GPS giants admit they were victims of a "cyber attack", and say services are "returning to operation"

In answer to our earlier poll, it appears Garmin getting fixed has happened first as the GPS giants have announced that most of their systems are "returning to operation"; something that we can vouch for, as our watches and computers have started to sync. 

Garmin Connect is coming back – slowly – as activities start syncing with Strava

Garmin have now admitted they were victims of a "cyber attack". The full statement says: 

"Garmin Ltd. was the victim of a cyber attack that encrypted some of our systems on July 23, 2020. As a result, many of our online services were interrupted including website functions, customer support, customer facing applications, and company communications. We immediately began to assess the nature of the attack and started remediation.

"We have no indication that any customer data, including payment information from Garmin Pay, was accessed, lost or stolen. Additionally, the functionality of Garmin products was not affected, other than the ability to access online services. Affected systems are being restored and we expect to return to normal operation over the next few days.

"As our affected systems are restored, we expect some delays as the backlog of information is being processed. We are grateful for our customers’ patience and understanding during this incident and look forward to continuing to provide the exceptional customer service and support that has been our hallmark and tradition.

In an additional Q+A, Garmin insist no data has been lost, accessed or stolen, and their aviation systems are now full functional. 

27 July 2020, 16:07
Rapha opens Canary Wharf pop-up Clubhouse
rapha canary wharf pop-up - july 2020

The pop-up will carry Rapha's current men's and women's clothing ranges, and it will also serve as a base for self-guided rides planned by Rapha ride leaders that will "have you cycling around the city in ways you’d never expect, revealing lesser-known areas of the capital." 

Weekly workshops will take place at 1.15pm every Tuesday on subjects such as nutrition, navigation, repair jobs and indoor training, and there will also be the 'Island Challenge', in which participants have to visit a series of checkpoints across London's East End over one or two days. 

It's open until 27th September - more info here

27 July 2020, 14:07
The all-new Tarmac SL7 will be revealed to the world at 5pm tomorrow
specialized tarmac sl7 augmented reality app preview - july 2020

While new bike launches usually involve us attending a top secret presentation and telling you all about it later, this time around Specialized are inviting all of us to see the unveiling of their brand new Tarmac SL7 together online. At 5pm BST tomorrow (July 28th), you can tune in to watch the live premier launch on the Specialized YouTube channel here.  

“The future is here. One bike to rule them all”, so say Specialized... if you can’t wait that long, you can always download the Specialized Ride App on iOS or Android for an exclusive, augmented reality preview. Enjoy the virtual show tomorrow!

This post features paid promotion on behalf of Specialized.

27 July 2020, 13:48
Peculiar local news article sparks helmet row
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The article on the Island Echo website carries the headline (all in caps): "CYCLIST INJURED BUT SAVED BY HELMET IN WEST WIGHT CRASH". 

Just 103 words follow, with the final paragraph stating: "The importance of wearing a helmet has been highlighted by this incident. The casualty has been saved from more significant injuries thanks to their helmet, which was being worn correctly and was fastened tight."

We're told nothing about the cyclist's injuries, and there are no quotes from Isle of Wight Ambulance Service staff to corroborate the story. Comments on the article are rather mixed, with a Richard Burton saying "any conclusion that the helmet saved the cyclist from injury is mere speculation"; while punctuation-averse 'Old bean' claims that cyclists "Shouldn’t be on the road no tax no insurance biggest hazard on the roads today." 

27 July 2020, 13:31
Cyclist who went viral with stop-motion vid unveils his latest mind-boggling creation

Lonely Backside Wheel What is this thing??? It's a triathlon themed zoetrope made with 1300 paper cutouts powered by a psychotic cyclist..... I shall name it... THE CYCOTROPE *lightning flash* muahahaha~ How??? As shown in intergrated making of, cut and paste jer~ the higher the shutter speed the better~ Thanks to LAZER, I'm wearing a bullet 2.0 with the Airslide system which can turn this seriously aerodynamic helmet to one with suffecient ventilation just with a simple slide~ Oh, it comes with an intergrated visor mount and LifeBEAM technology to measure your heart rate also. One revolutionary helmet! Thanks to @baggicase for the lovely matchy matchy socks 😊 I miss events la.... Miss the atmosphere and all my fellow triathletes... let's stay safe and make sure the numbers go down down down so we can see each other at the start line sooner~ till then...RIDE ON!~ Music: Flat Beat by Mr. Oizo (I do not own the rights) looped his entire discography through the making of the video #useyourhead #lazersportsea #bikesciencemalaysia #lazerbullet2.0 #baggicase #zoetrope #anythingispossible #ironman #triahtlon #triathlete #challengefamily #teamtime #wayang #cyclinglife #cyclingclub

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Powered by a Wahoo Kickr turning a wheel decked out with 1,300 mini swimmers, cyclists and runners, Quek Shio Chuan has revealed his latest triathlon-themed masterpiece, dubbed 'The Cycotrope'. Treat yourself and put the full screen on to appreciate it in all its glory. 

Back in early May, Chuan went viral with a stop-motion video that was lauded as one of the best lockdown videos on the web, during a time when we all needed a pick-me-up. Here it is again if you need a reminder...

27 July 2020, 13:04
A-pole-ing: pole and road furniture causes pile-up before sprint finish at GP Kranj

A number of riders who would have contested the sprint finish at this Slovenian road race were took out just metres from the line, caused by a large pole and numerous bits of road furniture that clearly weren't visible to riders as they approached the final bend. Not the kind of pole position that is beneficial in any way, that's for sure...

27 July 2020, 12:46
The 'I have a joke' meme goes cycling

The premise is that you have a joke, followed preferably by an ironic and topical reason why you can't tell it. We've picked out some of the best for your perusal...

27 July 2020, 11:23
'Off-duty police officer' assault: Kent Police tell victim they believe man was impersonating a police officer

Chris Hall, who took to Twitter to detail a 20-minute long ordeal in which he and his partner were threatened by a man claiming to be a Kent Police officer, has said the force told him they believe they are dealing with "two people impersonating police officers". Mr Hall says the male driver and female passenger had children in the back of their car, and that Kent Police say they don't recognise the officer number the man gave out. 

Mr Hall also told "I'll be honest it was horrible. We are both ok but definitely pretty shaken up by it all. I've cycled across the world and have cycled in London for over ten years, and this was the scariest incident I have ever dealt with." 

27 July 2020, 11:42
Full story on the current state of play with Garmin, plus some details about the millionaire Russian criminal who is reportedly responsible for it all...
27 July 2020, 10:57
What will happen first? Take part in our poll.

The world really does appear to be on pause at the moment...

27 July 2020, 10:39
Government's new 'Tackling obesity' strategy: nothing on cycling yet
Cyclist on scales (1)

On the website, a document titled "Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives" is now online... but it doesn't really touch on exercise at all, focussing on the plans to revamp nutritional labelling, plus banning two-for-one offers on unhealthy foods and junk food advertising. It does say this regarding the new PHE Better Health campaign: 

"The campaign aims to reach millions of people who need to lose weight, encouraging them to make behaviour changes to eat better and move more to prevent or delay the onset of serious diseases. This will be supported by a 12-week weight loss plan app that people who are living with obesity can use to develop healthier eating habits, get more active and lose weight."

Will further information follow, specifically regarding how people can get fit and lose weight using pedal power? We'll wait and see...

27 July 2020, 10:31
'Testing positive' doesn't just mean 'that' kind in cycling any more...

Says Alex Dowsett, who has never tested positive for anything illegal or COVID-19 thankfully. 

27 July 2020, 09:20
Garmin: is yours showing signs of life??
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A staffer has seen his activity upload wirelessly to Garmin Connect and Strava overnight, and Strava's latest status update says that some of the backlog is starting to trickle through... have Garmin beaten the ransomware attackers? Full story to follow with more details as we get them. 

27 July 2020, 09:10
Ride Your Socks Off! with us on Zwift tonight, 7pm

If the weather where you are is anything like we're getting right now then indoor training will certainly have some appeal... Anyway, once again we gather tonight for a sock giveaway on the Ride Your Socks Off! event. It's a C category event this week, and the route is Out and Back, which includes the Volcano climb and also the reverse KOM. I expect we'll do the sock giveaway at the top of the volcano and then maybe do a race for the final bit! Here's the link:


27 July 2020, 08:22
Man claiming to be off-duty Kent Police officer reportedly threatened cyclists and "used car as defensive weapon", claiming they should not be riding two abreast

Ultra-endurance cyclist Chris Hall posted the disturbing account to his Twitter page yesterday. claiming that the man and a woman had children in the car and continually shouted abuse at Mr Hall and his partner for riding two abreast. The man claimed he was an off-duty police officer, and reportedly gave his name and badge number. Mr Hall continued in the Twitter thread: 

"Woman and man in car start shouting at us out the window to ride single file. Instantly feel threatened and let them go past and carry on. Car then stops in the road to continue shouting at us. Man threatens us using car as a weapon steering us towards the pavement...

"...Continually threatens us to stop claiming he is a police officer. Partner and I are feeling incredibly under threat as the car is being used as a weapon to force us single file and to make us stop at the side of the road. Car turns in on us and doesn’t indicate at a junction.

"Eventually we are forced to pull over. Man gets out the car and with an incredibly raised voice threatens to arrest me as I didn’t listen to him once he said he was a cop. I asked for him to show me his badge and he didn’t have it but said he would go home and get it.

"To which I said ok. He didn’t go home. His wife continually shouted at my partner stating we were reckless and dangerous stating she was also a police officer. Raising her voice at both of us. I continually reminded him of rule 66 of the Highway Code. He argued we were cycling...

"...In a dangerous manor and should be single file. Eventually after having the man and wife shout at us for about 20 minutes and after them using their car as a defensive weapon on us, they left: my partner in tears and me very shaken my the whole event.

"If this is how you train your officers, @kentpoliceroads I'd be happy to help in how this can be seen as intimidating to a person. I’d also like some clarification on what we did wrong.

"My partners a relatively new cyclist and has recently started trying to take it more seriously, having just purchased a new bike. Riding two abreast is a way to help with her confidence on London and Kent’s roads which quite frankly are unsafe for cycling.

"I have the car registration number, officer’s name and eventually he gave me his badge number. I’m now done with cycling in London and the South East. I think I’ll be moving out of London soon or maybe even to a country where cycling is part of their culture.

"I think I’ve covered everything. The officer probably has a different story to tell of the incident but simply a vehicle should never be used to intimidate someone as a weapon. We are both incredibly shaken by it all."

Both Kent Police and Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott have replied to Mr Hall, and has asked for more details. 

27 July 2020, 08:18
"If you're looking for the grey bike - I stole it back"

Karma doesn't come much sweeter than this.

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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