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"Even when you think you're safe, there are drivers to show you, you never are"; County reviews speed limits; What's the most annoying sound on a bike ride?; 2025 Giro could finish with Stelvio summit finish + more on the live blog

It's Thursday and Dan Alexander will be keeping you up-to-date with the best bits from the cycling world on the live blog...
28 April 2022, 15:41
Ethan Hayter hits back with second stage win in three days at Tour de Romandie

Having won Tuesday's prologue, Ethan Hayter crashed out of the opening road stage yesterday prompting a few whispers of armchair criticism about positioning. You keep doing what you want, Ethan...especially if it wins bike races...

The young Brit took his second win of the week this afternoon, outsprinting Fernando Gaviria and Jon Aberasturi in the reduced bunch kick in Échallens. Hayter's former teammate Rohan Dennis keeps the race lead into a punchy third stage tomorrow which looks good for...I don't know...maybe...another Hatyer win. How about that? A Hayter hat-trick...

28 April 2022, 14:40
Bikepacking problems

The familiar 'place everything I could possibly need' pre-pack photo...then wonder if it'll all fit...been there, done that. 

28 April 2022, 14:11
Police seize mountain bike modified to reach 70mph
Mountain bike modified (West Sussex Police/Twitter)

West Sussex Police officers in Lancing confiscated this modified mountain bike, enabled to reach speeds in excess of 70mph, and confirmed the rider will be taken to court. Police stopped the rider and shared the find on social media, saying the bike was capable of reaching 120kmh (74mph), and the rider did not have insurance or licence.

The rider will appear in court at a later date. Sussex Police said: "We saw this home-made contraption being driven in Lancing this evening. Capable of up to 120km/h, the rider had no insurance or licence, amongst other offences and has been reported to court."

28 April 2022, 12:07

Go check out Ed's ridiculous Sa Calobra-conquering ride...

> Most competitive Strava segment in the world? Ed Laverack smashes Sa Calobra KOM 

EDMODE: activated. Sadly, when I hear EDMODE all I can picture is...

28 April 2022, 11:41
Half a million more adults in Wales would cycle if streets were safer, Cycling UK estimates
Cardiff - Wales Millenium Centre - image via gordonplant on Flickr (2).jpg

Half a million more adults in Wales would cycle if streets were safer, Cycling UK has estimated. Using research showing 1 in 4 adults (24 per cent) would likely cycle more if streets were redesigned to be safer for pedestrians and cyclists, and 1 in 5 (21 per cent) drive less frequently, along with census data, Cycling UK estimates 517,000 more adults would cycle if the streets were safer.

The poll was carried out in late March by YouGov on behalf of Cycling UK. 1047 adults (16+) in Wales were asked whether they would a/ cycle more; b/ walk more and c/ drive less if the streets were safer. It found 1 in 4 (24 per cent) were likely to cycle more often, 1 in 2 (54 per cent) were likely to walk more often, while 1 in 5 (21 per cent) said they would drive less frequently.

"It’s time for politicians to deliver what people want and need in Wales. Cycling UK is not saying ban driving, but we are saying that people should have the choice of cheap and free alternative ways of getting about, like cycling and walking, especially for local journeys," Cycling UK's spokesperson in Wales, Gwenda Owen said.

28 April 2022, 11:33
I'm back

Forgive my absence. Here's a nice video of Wout van Aert to make up for it...

We hear Max Verstappen is quaking in his Red Bull-sponsored boots... 

28 April 2022, 10:05
2025 Giro d'Italia could finish with final stage summit finish...atop the mighty Stelvio
Stelvio hairpins

A bit of exciting racing news that slipped through the net earlier in the week...

Lombardy regional government has made an official bid to host the final stage of the 2025 Giro d'Italia atop the Stelvio, one of the toughest grand mountain summits in the world. The famous hairpins have been the scene of many historic Giro battles and could decide the race in 2025.

"In 2025 we'll celebrate 200 years of the road over the Stelvio," councillor Massimo Sertori told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "We are officially asking Vegni [Giro race director] for the final stage of the Giro to be at the summit of the Stelvio.

"It’s the Giro that precedes the Milan-Cortina 2026 Winter Olympics, the highlights of which will be here in the Valtellina. We’re working to bring other stages here and to have a worthy celebration of the Olympics."

28 April 2022, 09:56
Get your questions in...
28 April 2022, 09:51
What's the most annoying sound on a bike ride?

Noisy freehubs? A creaky bottom bracket? Disc brake squealing? Your clubmates' holiday stories? What's your most annoying sound out on the road?

Bagpipes might have to go right to the top of my list, considering this footage from the Tour de Bretagne. Can't think of many more annoying sounds when you're heart rate's 190, legs have turned to rubber, you can taste blood, and are doing everything to just try not to fall off your bike...

28 April 2022, 09:45
West Sussex launches county-wide speed limit and safety review

West Sussex County Council has launched a county-wide review of speed limits and traffic management. Cllr Tom Richardson, a road safety adviser to the local authority, will lead the review, Highways Magazine reports.

Under his guidance, the Task and Finish Group will review the county's road safety framework, including: speed limit policy to make it easier to lower speed limits where necessary, exploring other traffic management measures that could reduce serious-injury incidents, and considering other highway-related issues that contribute to collisions.

Cllr Richardson said: "The important thing to emphasise is that the Task and Finish Group's work won't solely be about speed limits – it's also about how people use the roads. Driver education will be a big part of this, as will looking at various options to make things safer for all road users."

The speed limit policy review is expected to be complete by summer.

28 April 2022, 09:43
28 April 2022, 07:47
"Even when you think you're safe, there are drivers to show you, you never are"

At first glances the A38 cycle route in Birmingham looks surprisingly...good...for a piece of British infra. Separated from traffic, not just an afterthought behind a painted line, it's bidirectional, in decent condition (from what we can see)...

And then...a wild turning appears with...a just as wild lesser-spotted not-looking driver. The most common of species...

Your Average Joe summarised: "I'm sure those broken white lines are there for a reason. It's a shame this driver didn't know what that was though. Even when you think you're cycling in a safe place, there are drivers around to show you, you never are. Driver reported. Camera cleaned."

Clearly the motorist is at fault for not looking, although some suggested the road layout doesn't help (not that that's an adequate excuse)...

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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