Cast your minds back to April, before the disbelief and emotion of the Tour de France, when, at the Tour of Turkey, Mark Cavendish won his first bike race for more than three years, then he won again the next day, and the day after that, and once more four days after that...it was a sign of things to come at the Tour, but also his team Deceuninck-Quick-Step's 800th win — a milestone befitting one of the sport's most decorated names.
"It was an unforgettable week for us and it goes without saying that I was extremely proud to have racked up the team’s 800th victory," Cav reflected on the success which kickstarted one of the most significant seasons of his career. "Just when you think about this, it’s mind-blowing. This team is always there, fighting for the win in every race, and this achievement says a lot about the mentality and ambition of being among the best teams in the world. That’s another reason why being part of this family is an honour for me.
"But to be completely sincere, the most important thing about that day wasn’t my stage victory and the milestone we reached together, but the fact Fabio made it so far into the stage. It was his first race with the squad since Poland and having him there, doing a phenomenal job, working hard and enjoying racing was just beautiful and emotional at the same time. That motivated me to finish it off."
Cavendish is back home in Essex recovering from a crash at the Ghent Six Day which left the Manx Missile in hospital with broken ribs and a punctured lung. Over the weekend he revealed the impact had ripped a hole behind his heart.
Pretty impressive this is the eighth highest trending video on YouTube at the moment with more than two million views in the last 24 hours...think you know how a bike works?
Anyone else’s cat take an active interest in what wheelset you are buying? Ok, just mine then! 😂 pic.twitter.com/f1EdH4peGz
— PeerQ (@peerq) November 28, 2021
But listen, the driver and car were apparently PAST the cyclist when he knocked on the side window...
I guess it was Mr Tickle riding then
— Stuart Baillie (@StuInNorway) November 29, 2021
Right, let's kick off the afternoon with some reaction to our big story of the day...THAT video of a motorist colliding with a cyclist before making some questionable claims in the argument that followed...
Stuart Spencer said the Merc driver's logic is the perfect example of "the sense of entitlement that has invaded so much of society today."
On Facebook, Jackie Fraser said she had experienced something similar..."I once had a driver complete a high speed u turn into me, and then berate me about his paintwork."
Seems a decent time to pull up this exchange between the driver and cyclist in the clip..."Bro, that's my property..."..."Yeah, this is my life..."
Liam Pike commented: "He knows he is too close and just wants to have a pop at the cyclists. You don't rush a overtake like that and spend six mins arguing about."
Plenty of discussion under the live blog too...
BigE said: "Surely if driver gives 1.5m as in Highway Code cyclist would not be able to touch the car!"
Mungecrundle added: "Mercedes Man - The old 'It's your own fault, you forced me to overtake when it was dangerous to do so' routine. I'm not sure if this is some sort of Vulcan mind link thing that cyclists use to force bad driving or some sort of remote control over vehicle steering and speed functions."
And one final thought from wycombe wheeler, "I'd hate to be a delivery driver if people react like this to people knocking on their doors. Or is it just car doors that are super sensitive?"
It's a very popular trend these days — Olympic Games tattoos. A permanent reminder that you achieved the pinnacle of your sport. A memory, achievement and ink-based memento that will be there forever...
Poor Owain Doull made a bit of a mishap, however, when getting his date of glory inked on his arm...the mistake? Doull won gold on the 12th of August, not the 13th.
The Welsh cyclist, who is leaving Ineos Grenadiers for EF Education-Nippo this winter, told his soon-to-be ex-teammates Geraint Thomas and Luke Rowe all about the blunder on their Watts Occuring podcast...
"I was super happy with it and thought it looked sick. I put a photo of it on Instagram. And then there were comments that said ‘did you not win the Olympics on the 12th?'
"My tattoo said the 13th. I was like ‘this guy doesn’t know what he is talking about - delete that comment.’ Another guy comments ‘you sure that is right date’ and by the third guy I thought I should check this now and turns out I was wrong."
Apparently the team pursuit gold medallist has since been back to get the error fixed. Changing a three back to a two sounds like it could be tricky though. Seven to nine, one to nine, three to eight — no problem, but three to two? We'll reserve judgement until we've seen the before and after photos...
Some of the details here are a little sketchy considering our reliance on Google to translate Japanese but there now appears to be an app for measuring and viewing bumpiness of roads. Could we soon see Komoot and others giving you the smoothest possible ride option?
BumpRecorder was originally designed for use in cars, but has now also released the CycleBump, an app that measures road surface conditions. According to the app's website it has already accumulated 3.4 million kilometers of road surface ratings, allowing users to check the unevenness of roads before heading out the door.
— up.bike (@updotbike) November 28, 2021
Let's slow that one down and get Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher to go at eachother...
We need VAR for this one.pic.twitter.com/BH72LnOhOY
— Cycling out of context (@OutOfCycling) November 29, 2021
Ultimately it didn't matter as Eli Iserbyt held off Toon Aerts on the final lap to win the World Cup event in Besançon by ten seconds. But what do we reckon? Foul? Yellow card? He was the last man...it could be red.
Learnings from new Mark Cavendish 📗
- He has phobia of 🍌
- He's obsessed with Ancient Rome
- He hates riders telling press "We'll see how it goes" ("Fuck off, you're paid €5mill!") but caught self doing it repeatedly at TdF
- He offered to strip for Peter Sagan on st6 of TdF
— Daniel Friebe (@friebos) November 29, 2021
Wise idea to avoid banana peels if you want to stay upright...
We've enough blocked bike lane content to last the rest of the week...from fallen trees to a badly parked Vauxhall (and some help from Mother Nature). First up, in Manchester, where the snow has been making some wonder if the council could not give cycle lanes the same treatment as the roads...
— Dábhidh Beannaichd Tigainn (@Dbelldb1) November 29, 2021
And it's not just here in the UK...
If only drivers stayed out of our bike lanes the way snowplows do. pic.twitter.com/ZV5FjSExjW
— Tom Flood (@tomflood1) November 28, 2021
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. pic.twitter.com/cDEb7Zae2n
— Iruñeko Critical Cycling (@irucriticycling) November 27, 2021
At least the snow gave an easy way of getting this message across...
— Sophie Watson 🚲 (@swat_transport) November 28, 2021
Sophie said her hands were too cold to hang around for the 'and pavement' follow up. It even got a shout-out from Badly Parked Brum, an account dedicated to the art of badly parked vehicles in the Second City. You Park Like a C*** also gave it a retweet...we're sure that account is pretty self-explanatory...
And how about this one?
⚠️ Warning. Do not park in cycle lanes. Bloody cyclists 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/Z1avkrKd0J
Those guerilla cyclists must have been out chopping down trees again...
A seasoned indoor trainer user, editor Jack's first reaction to Julian Alaphilippe's pain cave was to wonder if the world champ sweats? No towel or fan seems like a fast track to puddles and salty bar tape. In fairness, we've heard being unable to sweat is a pretty serious medical condition often accompanied by memorable trips to Pizza Express in Woking.
Also, if we're going to be really picky, has a world champion on the road earned the right to a rainbow band trainer? I know, I know, nobody wants another do you have to earn the rainbow bands argument...but if the answer's 'you have to earn it' then should the rainbow trainer be reserved solely for virtual world champs? Yes, I'm aware the actual correct answer to this paragraph is 'who gives a *insert expletive*?'...
This time last year, during lockdown, we had readers from around the world send in their pain cave pictures, and boy did you lot deliver...if you need some home trainer inspiration check out our 16 of the best lockdown pain caves and turbo training set ups feature.
Perhaps if everybody had just seen their side, as recommended by TfL, this driver hitting a cyclist wouldn't have caused a roadside debate. Interestingly the driver's main concern seemed to be the rider touching his property..."Bro, that's my property..."..."Yeah, this is my life..." pretty much sums up the road safety stakes...
With a bit more explaining..."What I'm saying to you there is a car on the other side of the road, you're not on the edge..." the motorist tried to make the case for that pesky bike rider getting out of his more important Mercedes' way.
And here we are..."So what, I have to drive slowly for you?" Ermmm yeah, pretty much. "Bro, you're lucky I'm controlling myself, I should be kicking your bike right now." How very considerate...
Mercedes man continued to show a surprising amount of disgust about someone hitting his car considering said car had just been driven into another road user...perhaps in true 'See their side' spirit, the pair exchanged apologies and got on with their journeys...oh wait, no, here we go again...
Mercedes man: "It would be a beautiful world if everyone took consideration, but just protect yourself first..."
The cyclist explained in the description of the video on YouTube that the incident was reported to Met Police and went to court, but was dismissed.
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.