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The rant to end all anti-cycling rants? Wiggins in bankruptcy hearing; "If cycling is so good for you, why did Boris Johnson catch Covid?", asks Nick Ferrari; Richmond Park restrictions lifted; Garmin "obtained decryption key" + more on the live blog

Welcome to Tuesday's live blog, with Jack Sexty at the controls and Simon MacMichael taking over later this evening. ...
28 July 2020, 13:50
Talkradio host Mike Graham claims you can't cycle to work in Leeds, and says cycling community is "an absolute eyesore on the entire country”

After Nick Ferrari’s comments on LBC this morning, anti-cycling tirades on national radio have been turned up to 11 after Archibald Michael Graham – a former editor of the Scottish Daily Mirror – delivered a three minute tour de force of myths, anger and an unhealthy obsession with Lycra on Talkradio today.

Graham was discussing the £2 billion active travel fund earmarked for cycling and walking improvements in England, taking issue with this because cyclists are “are not in the majority in this country.”

He then claims the £2 billion will be given to the cycling community and Halfords, and that Halfords “does not deserve to be given free money by the government to fix somebody’s bike.”

He then claims cycling does not increase fitness, saying: “All that cycling will do is make you more objectionable.

“If you get on a bike and put Lycra on, as if you’re taking part in the Tour de France, all that will happen is you will become an interfering busybody that doesn’t obey the traffic laws.”

At 1:30 into the clip, Graham then says: “What we don’t need in this country is more cyclists. What we do need is more space for cars.

“Gas-guzzling Range Rovers are far safer than cycling. Cycling is dangerous.”

After some stuff about cyclists jumping red lights and causing “all sorts of damage”, Graham then claims that the cycling community is “nothing less than an absolute eyesore on the entire country”, before turning the screw for a huge, fact-barren finish:

"These people (cyclists) are not interested in anything. And it’s a very London-centric thing as well, because outside of London, everyone goes to work by train or by car.

“You can’t cycle to work in Leeds. You can’t cycle to work in Manchester. You can’t cycle to work in Newcastle. You can cycle to work in London, because the people in London are the centre of the cycling world. The Lycra-clad, ya know, new tech start-up types who can go to work and not look like idiots, because they’re dressed in Lycra. This is the problem with this country.

“And the idea that the Prime Minister thinks it’s a good plan to give £2 billion of hard-earned taxpayer’s money to these bozos, is quite frankly an insult to the rest of us.

“Boris Johnson needs to get real. He needs to sort out the economy, he needs to sort out immigration, he needs to sort out the police, and he needs to sort out what is wrong with this country.

“What he doesn’t need to do is give yet more money to the bleeding cyclists. Do you get me?

“Thank you Boris. Please, don’t use my money wrongly. Because if you do, there will be a problem and I’ll be coming to see you.”

Mr Graham might want to check out CityConnect's vision for a Cycling Superhighway in Leeds, read over the details of Manchester's hugely ambitious Bee Network plan and then go for a nice, relaxing bike ride to mull it all over... 

28 July 2020, 15:02
A fridge by bike? No problem for Pedal Me, despite Prime Minister's comments

This is the latest example of the huge load-carrying ability that the London-based cargo bike courier and taxi service have at their disposal, in response to the Prime Minister's foreword in the Gear Change document published by the government today. 

In it, Boris Johnson says: "Of course you can't deliver a fridge-freezer on a cargo bike – but you can deliver plenty of other goods that currently come in diesel vans. I want bicycles to be part of an effusion of green transport, of electric cars, buses and trains, because clean air will be to the 21st century what clean water was to the 19th."

On his first point, the video evidence above very much proves otherwise... 

28 July 2020, 13:17
Slovenian ultra cyclist Marko Baloh claims to have broken the 1,000km time trial world record

The 53-year-old claims to have bagged the record for the fastest 1,000km of all time, completing the distance in 28hrs, 50mins and 14secs with an average speed of 34.67km/h. His bike sponsor Spiegel Bikes claim that he set a number of other records, and that the World Ultra Cycling Association will approve his achievements "in the next few days." STA also reports that Baloh failed to get the 24 hour record during the attempt, with his 865.3 km falling short of Christoph Strasser's 896.2km set in 2015. 

Baloh isn't the first record-breaking ultra cyclist from Slovenia, with the late Jure Robič hailing from the town of Jesenice close to the Austrian border. Robič won the Race Across America five times, and was known for pushing himself so hard that he regularly suffered from severe hallucinations in races due to sleep deprivation. He sadly died in 2010 following a head-on collision with a car during a training ride. 

28 July 2020, 13:05
FairFuelUK accuse government of pushing "ingrained Lycra policies"

Bizarrely the Daily Express have based almost an entire article on the comments from the fringe organisation, who campaign for lower fuel duty and once claimed that 80% of drivers think cyclists should have compulsory insurance. This was based on a survey carried out by FairFuelUK themselves, which may or may not have led to some bias in the results. 

Are the government's plans for cycling perfect? Not entirely, but it's certainly a start, and certainly not ingrained in Lycra...

28 July 2020, 12:54
Fat Lad At The Back respond to 'cycling prescriptions' to combat obesity
fat lad at the back july 2020

The cycling apparel brand want to see the government "tear down the barriers" to get more people cycling. A survey conducted by Fat Lad At The Back found that roads/other road users, feeling as though you’re not good enough, not looking ‘the part’, clothes that don’t fit properly and a lack of cycling routes close by were the top five challenges faced by novice cyclists. 

FLATB's Co-founder and 'Boss Lady' Lynn Bye commented: “It’s about time that we started empowering people to take responsibility for their lifestyle and leading a healthier one, we just need to make sure that we support them through that journey.

"We’ve got the resources to empower people and provide them with comfortable, properly fitting cycle wear that helps them look the part and lasts ages. 

“investing in infrastructure for more cycle lanes, better roads to cycle on, and education for road users will help. Ultimately, what we need to see is a social shift to more positive attitudes to cyclists. That’s only going to come if the government start to educate people about road safety around cycling and provide the infrastructure for safer, more accessible cycling lanes.”

28 July 2020, 12:17
Garmin could have paid ransom via a third party to obtain decryption key, according to reports
Garmin Edge 130 Bundle with HRM

As Garmin services began to resume yesterday, and the GPS giants finally admitted they were victims of a "cyber attack", there is speculation they could have engaged with Russia-based hacking organisation Evil Corp to recover their data. 

Sky News report that a source with knowledge of the incident claimed the firm "did not make direct payment to the hackers", but they could have instructed a third party to pay the ransom. Evil Corp were sanctioned by the US treasury in December last year; and even if US-based Garmin didn't pay a ransom directly, they could still be in violation of the Treasury sanctions along with any company they instructed to pay it. US Treasury sanction rules state: "Foreign persons may be subject to secondary sanctions for knowingly facilitating a significant transaction or transactions with these designated persons."

When asked to respond to the source's claims, Garmin told Sky News that the company "does not comment on rumour and speculation".

28 July 2020, 11:35
Nick Ferrari's question on LBC: some reaction
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Not much love for the presenter on our social channels either. 

28 July 2020, 11:19
£50 Fix Your Bike vouchers: portal goes live at 23:45 tonight
The Bicycle Repair Shop, Acton (picture credit Simon MacMichael)

As outline in our updated full article, registrations for the first 50,000 vouchers will go live at 11:45pm tonight. 

28 July 2020, 11:15
A decent letter in The Times re Cycling Mikey

Nail on the head, and would you like to see this happen? 

28 July 2020, 10:15
Royal Parks lift all Richmond Park temporary cycling restrictions

After a lengthy period of closure and then partial closure that drew much criticism, London's Richmond Park will be fully open to cyclists again from 1st August. 

Back in late March, The Royal Parks banned all cyclists from Richmond Park except for key workers and children due to "congestion", and since 22nd June it's been open to cyclists all day apart from weekends; the full lifting of restrictions will see weekend cycling return to the park. 

28 July 2020, 09:53
"The lockdown showed us all that we need to change the way we move": Coventry's Bicycle Mayor Adam Tranter on BBC Radio 5 Live

Tranter spoke to Krishnan Guru-Murthy this morning on the merits of getting more people on bikes, and the need for better cycling and walking infrastructure. 

28 July 2020, 08:34
Bradley Wiggins subject of bankruptcy petition, after reportedly falling into financial difficulties
Rouleur Classic 2018 Wiggins

Britain's first Tour de France winner and its most decorated Olympian was the subject of a bankruptcy petition from HMRC yesterday, with London's High Court hearing how he had faced financial struggles recently.

The Daily Mail reports that the hearing lasted five minutes, in which the judge heard that Wiggins' lawyers had met with HMRC representatives on 14th July to agree a solution. The petition was dismissed, and Wiggins was ordered to pay £916 to cover HMRC's costs from the hearing.

Wiggins announced in May that he and his wife Cath had split after 16 years of marriage, although it's not clear if his financial troubles are connected to the separation. 

28 July 2020, 08:14
“If cycling is so good for you, how come Boris Johnson caught Covid?": Jack's review of Nick Ferrari's comments on LBC this morning.

Nick Ferrari - an actual national broadcast journalist who hosts an actual radio show listened to (or tolerated) by thousands of actual people - said the above on LBC this morning, during a wider discussion about the government's plans for a “new golden age for cycling” and the £50 voucher scheme. Just 13 words, a 13 word utterance that takes any ounce of sensible logic, turns it a full 180 degrees and takes it into a whole new stratosphere of mind-numbing stupidity. 

Ferrari has form for his anti-cycling rhetoric, seemingly criticising all cyclists for jumping red lights and undertaking vehicles whenever the subject comes up on his morning radio slot. His name may be associated with luxury and style, but sometimes the words that come out of his mouth have all the grace of a clapped out Morris Minor. 


28 July 2020, 08:03
Overnight catch-up
The Bicycle Repair Shop, Acton (picture credit Simon MacMichael)

News, so much news! So as well as our usual weekend catch-up on Monday's live blog, we should remind you of some big cycling stories that landed last night; namely the unveiling of the government's plans for cycling and walking and, finally, all the details on how to claim a £50 Fix Your Bike voucher...

Boris Johnson reveals how he will bring in “new golden age for cycling”

Fix Your Bike voucher scheme opens to public tonight – here’s how to get one

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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Shake | 3 years ago
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Life imitating art

BIRMINGHAMisaDUMP | 3 years ago

The comments by fat, gammon faced media 'hosts' remind me of a few years ago - when ignorant, baseless lies and myths were endlessly repeated about the EU and London (London centric blah, blah, metropolitan elite, blah, blah,) It's like a recurring nightmare - and this time it's against  bicycles. 

Drinfinity | 3 years ago

Maksim Viktorovich:

Give me $10million or Garmin Connect won't load data from your 810!


How would we know?

giff77 | 3 years ago

The fridge delivery to BoJo reminded me of Sustrans moving their entire office by Cargo Bike

wtjs | 3 years ago

Nick Ferrari, like Clarkson, will say what is needed to generate response from (usually) the unwashed masses regardless of consequences

This was the first post in this topic and is about right. Dim witted local radio deadbeats dreaming of becoming Shock Jocks, pandering to the crazed thoughts of Daily Mail reading mindless drivers. They're not worth much of a response beyond saying they're dim and wrong.

Rick_Rude | 3 years ago

How do these sports idiots always end up bankrupt? The figures for american sport are shocking, a massive percentage have nothing 2 years after retirement. 

If I had Wiggins money I couldn't be bankrupt. I've not even got a 1/50th of Wiggins money and I'm ok I guess. What do they do with it all?

Biker Phil replied to Rick_Rude | 3 years ago
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I was told that he was worth in the region of £13 million. That takes some spending

mdavidford replied to Rick_Rude | 3 years ago
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Rick_Rude wrote:

If I had Wiggins money I couldn't be bankrupt. I've not even got a 1/50th of Wiggins money and I'm ok I guess. What do they do with it all?

Spent it all on tattoos.

AlsoSomniloquism replied to Rick_Rude | 3 years ago

Bad friends and bad business advice normally. Plus you start to live within what you earn so they buy the mansion, the posh car, the clothes, the staff etc and then when the main earnings dry up, they don't want to downgrade so the expensive stuff continues along with the hangers on.

Nick T replied to AlsoSomniloquism | 3 years ago

It's why Robert de Niro still has to put out 4 or 5 shit films per year, that lifestyle doesn't come for free

Organon replied to Rick_Rude | 3 years ago

Looks like the wife took half and the house and he didn't pay his tax bill in time because he is a sports star and doesn't do accounting and isn't on PAYE. It's a tale as old as time. He probably still has a few gold coins in the drawer. Don't worry.

jollygoodvelo replied to Organon | 3 years ago

"The wife" has a name, is a person, supported Wiggins and raised his family throughout his whole career and his struggles since.  Both the law and simple common sense say that once the relationship breaks down she is entitled to a significant proportion of their joint wealth, so let's not blame this on her.

eburtthebike | 3 years ago

The new push for cycling from the government should include a ban on cyclist hate speech.

Rigobear | 3 years ago

Funny how almost all the rabid anti-cycling media loosers are grossly overweight isn't it. Oh hang on no it isn't they can't even be happy that the get to stuff their sad ill informed faces at 50% off for 30 days at the Tax Payer's expense. Plus if they did any background checks they would know it isn't even a new commitment of money. Plus they really shouldn't be getting that excited with their blood pressure. Witless empty talent less morons.

melliott | 3 years ago

L'etape has been postponed again, this time until next year.

Dicklexic | 3 years ago

Much as it would be awesome to think that, as per the article title, this really was "The rant to end all anti-cycling rants" I fear it will be just the opposite. Yet more encouragement for like minded gammons to spout ill-informed anti-cycling nonsense.

Chris | 3 years ago

Are we absolutely sure Mike Graham isn't a clever parody character, like a fat, right-wing Ali-G?

Bikeylikey replied to Chris | 3 years ago
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Yes, that was my thought but without the 'clever' bit. Al Murray as 'The Pub Landlord' and 'Ali G' are clever, this geezer's parody is simplistic grunting rubbish. But parody it has to be. Surely nobody who has survived thus far in life, and persuaded someone to let him go on the radio, can possibly be that stupid. It's a wind up.

roubaixcobbles | 3 years ago

Re Wiggo's bankruptcy woes, as with a number of salacious reports recently on here about other cyclists' love lives, could you maybe leave intrusive and prurient personal non-cycling matters to the Daily Mail and Hello! and just report on matters relevant to cycling?

brooksby | 3 years ago

Gosh, well Mr Graham is a bit of a tw@t, isn't he?

Just because he thinks that he can't cycle anywhere, he thinks nobody* ought to cycle anywhere (*except those lycra clad new tech types in That There London, obvioulsy).

Somebody should tell him he's wrong.

(And if he's that worried about it - somebody tell him you don't have to wear lycra to cycle to work...).

Rigobear replied to brooksby | 3 years ago

Or live in London but that doesn't suit his tin foil hat lunacy.

pauld replied to brooksby | 3 years ago

This bit is priceless, “Gas-guzzling Range Rovers are far safer than cycling. Cycling is dangerous.” although I think he got the modes of transport mixed up.. Pillock..

handlebarcam | 3 years ago

Mike Graham wishes he was Nick Ferrari but will never have his listener figures.

Nick Ferrari wishes he was Jeremy Clarkson but will never have his media exposure.

Jeremy Clarkson wishes he was Stephen Fry but will never have the erudition to match his wit.

Stephen Fry is the sort of liberal elite remainer luvvie that Mike Graham and Nick Ferrari probably hate more than anyone. They don't even have the self-awareness to know where the resentment which feeds their hatred comes from. They do instinctively know they need a target which their listeners can feel as strongly about, but not a subgroup they'll get sacked for attacking. We're out of the EU and it's way too early in the election cycle to go for the opposition parties (got to save that bile up for when it'll count.) Hence, cyclists.

mdavidford | 3 years ago


Mike Graham said:

This is the problem with this country.

I assume he's talking about himself at that point?

daflj | 3 years ago

If non-cycling is so good for you, why are non-cycling radio hosts so unhealthy looking

Butty | 3 years ago
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Why put cyclists in harms way to catch drivers doing stupid/illegal things. Fit tamperproof dashcams in all cars and beam out speeding/close passes and other general douchebaggery to the BiB to send out instant fines?

eburtthebike | 3 years ago

“If cycling is so good for you, how come Boris Johnson caught Covid?"

A clear leader in the "Most Inane Comment of the Year" award, far ahead of anything from Boris or Dom, and probably a good bet for the "Stupidest Comment of the Decade" award.

Jules59 replied to eburtthebike | 3 years ago

If journalists are intelligent, how come Nick Ferrari acts so dumb?

Biker Phil replied to Jules59 | 3 years ago
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Because he is....?

Nick T | 3 years ago

Ah, the old bankruptcy-before-divorce-settlement switcheroo


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