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Cyclist narrowly avoids collision as lorry driver mounts bike lane to park in much-criticised infra; Spirit Halloween meme goes cycling; "Embarrassing farce": Fans unimpressed by Tour de France 'criterium'; Colbrelli retires + more on the live blog

Morning all! A bit of illness is hopping around Towers so you'll have to put up with Dan Alexander on the live blog once again today...(don't worry, Ryan will be back soon).....
31 October 2022, 08:50
Cyclist narrowly avoids collision as lorry driver mounts bike lane to park in much-criticised infra

Leith Walk cycle lane is back on our screens...

The 'segregated cycle infrastructure' caused social media meltdown and cries of derision back in the spring when photos of its bizarre zig-zag obstacle course layout went semi-viral amongst the cycling Twitter fraternity...

> "Moronic": Edinburgh Council to make changes to bizarre zig-zag cycle lane after social media backlash

Leith Walk cycle lane (Allasan Seòras Buc, Twitter)

Oh, not to mention the lamposts — we were told they would be removed eventually — that add one more thing to think about...

Leith Walk cycle lane Edinburgh (Image credit: Twitter/Sean Gray)

So, with that context given, you'll forgive me for not being too surprised to hear there could well be another way the cycle lane has managed to get worse (and more dangerous)...

Run the tape...

Nothing says 'segregated cycling infrastructure' quite like a wild HGV appearing inches from your right...

31 October 2022, 17:23
Fancy Rapha kit at discounted prices?
Rapha (press release)

Rapha is shipping off some old stock at up to 70 per cent discounts at pop-up sales in Birmingham and Bristol next month.

The Brum event will be at The Compound, 80 Water St, Birmingham B3 1HL, and will run from November 11th to 13th, while the Bristol event will be at The Airstream, Main Courtyards, Paintworks, Bristol BS4 3EH from November 18th to 20th.

Full details will follow soon but Rapha says the Archive Sale Pop-Ups will be "packed with a wide range of clothing and accessories, the Rapha Archive Sales will offer reductions of up to 70 per cent on products from past seasons. RCC members will enjoy priority access."

31 October 2022, 16:42
One final Halloween costume inspiration + reaction to British Cycling CEO Brian Facer stepping down

They may be on the look for a new CEO but British Cycling certainly have the memes covered...

It's a last-minute entry to the meme template that was keeping the live blog afloat last week...

Oh, and if you missed the big news earlier on...

> British Cycling CEO Brian Facer leaves post with immediate effect

31 October 2022, 16:11
Chris Boardman: This is what we can do to help women feel safe exercising in the dark

Writing in yesterday's Guardian, Active Travel Commissioner Chris Boardman suggested some ways men can help women continue to exercise through the winter months when the darker evenings may discourage some due to safety fears.

The clocks have gone back, the evenings are drawing in, the weather is changing. None of this makes it easier for people to exercise. For many, the winter nights can be a threat to mental wellbeing.

One in every five women is concerned about sexual harassment when exercising – and three in 10 have experienced it first-hand, while doing physical activity, mostly in streets and parks. And we know that people will not do something – whether that’s walking or cycling to school, or jogging before work – if they do not feel safe doing so.

As a father, I think very differently about the safety of my two daughters compared to that of my sons; I don’t expect my boys to hold their keys in their hand and text when they get to their destination. I don’t feel the need to advise them not to stay out too late or to walk home with a friend.

As men, we can play a big part in reducing the stress that women shoulder. Of course, I know that most of the men reading this aren’t the aggressors and that they would never harass a woman, but the point is that women do not know that.

Amongst the tips that follow: keep your distance, give other people space, don't make comments...

 Read the full piece here...

31 October 2022, 15:26
Sorry, what?
31 October 2022, 14:26
National Hill Climb Championships round-up — Andrew Feather and Illi Gardner crowned champions

Andrew Feather won a third National Hill Climb Championship yesterday, pipping defending champ Tom Bell to the jersey by two seconds, while Illi Gardner destroyed the women's field to take a stunning victory too.

Here's Feather's Strava activity in all its glory...


Just the 507w (8w/kg) for five-and-a-half minutes there as he smashed up the Old Shoe, Horseshoe Pass's steeper brother in 5:29. There were just two seconds between first-placed Feather and runner-up Bell over the 1.55km climb which averages 12.5 per cent.

Impressively, Gardner's winning time in the women's event (6:46) was quicker than 220 of the 260-man men's field...the 23-year-old dethroning Bithja Jones after her two-year reign.

> The hill we are climbing: Why I'm defending my National Hill Climb Championship title in the colours of the Suffragettes


Richard Bussell rounded off the men's podium...erm...well...using this...

31 October 2022, 12:45
"If someone's little darling in the Congleton area has just come home from Tesco with a seat post I'd very much like it back please": Jason Kenny loses a seatpost

Those mean streets of Congleton... 

31 October 2022, 12:11
Comparing bike lights - the beam comparison engine

We'll also have the corresponding article and our all-new big bike lights guide on the site later today.

31 October 2022, 11:26
Brian Facer steps down as British Cycling CEO
British Cycling logo

British Cycling has this morning said Brian Facer will step down with immediate effect, by mutual agreement...

More to follow shortly...

31 October 2022, 10:54
"A risk that I cannot afford to take": Sonny Colbrelli retires from racing aged 32 after unstable cardiac arrhythmia diagnosis
Sonny Colbrelli Merida Reacto Paris-Roubaix-3 (Credit Alex Broadway/

[📷: Alex Broadway/]

Sonny Colbrelli has retired at the end of a season which saw him diagnosed with an unstable cardiac arrhythmia. The Italian — who won Paris-Roubaix and the European road race title in 2020 — collapsed after the finish of the opening stage of Volta a Catalunya in March, and has not raced since.

Sonny Colbrelli Merida Reacto Paris-Roubaix (Credit A.S.O._Pauline Ballet)-2

[📷: A.S.O/Pauline Ballet]

The 32-year-old was fitted with a subcutaneous defibrillator implant (ICD), the same device Danish footballer Christian Eriksen got after his frightening collapse at Euro 2020. While Eriksen has returned to the Premier League with Brentford, and now Manchester United, Colbrelli says cycling "is a different sport" and returning to racing is "a risk I cannot afford to take".

"I say goodbye to cycling and try to do it with a smile for the good it gave me, even if it hurts to say goodbye after a season like last year," Colbrelli said.

"Cycling is not football. It is a different sport; you ride on the streets. Their training activities take place in a limited area, while in the case of a cyclist, you often find yourself alone for hours on little-travelled roads.

Sonny Colbrelli (credit: Rudy Project/Bettini Photo)

"I admit I considered it [removing the ICD and returning to competition]. Removing the defibrillator is against the medical practice and means removing a lifesaver that is necessary as secondary prevention. A risk too high. A risk that I cannot afford to take.

"I'm ready to keep trying to be a champion, like on the bike."

31 October 2022, 09:25
"Embarrassing farce": Fans unimpressed by Tour de France 'criterium'

WOW! This must have been some race, yellow jersey-wearing Jonas Vingegaard first, Chris Froome second and Vincenzo Nibali third?! In a crit race?! Incredible drama... you really have to wonder how the sprinters messed this one up?

The Tour de France's, how shall we say it? The Tour de France's lucrative off-season crit race in Singapore saw some of the sport's biggest names go 'head-to-head' in an event possibly closer to WrestleMania than the Tour de France...

And while it doesn't particularly annoy me — riders going to collect a handy winter payday in front of a crowd who otherwise would not get to watch their heroes — some people had plenty to say...

31 October 2022, 09:09
Weekend round-up: Bike lane etiquette, Hill climb heroes, Shimano talks bike sales, reviews + more

If, like me, you disappeared off into Friday evening never to open your laptop or phone again until an hour or so ago, here's what you might have missed on the site this weekend...

cyclist overtaking wheelie rider falls - screenshot via oneway.bradd on Instagram

> "Karma at its finest": Impatient cyclist tries to push another popping a wheelie out of the way... and lands flat on his face

For the pain lovers it was National Hill Climb Championships (more on that in a bit)... Bithja Jones told us all about why she rode the event in the colours of the Suffragettes...

Bithja Jones at Holybourne Hill Climb 2021 (image credit: Toby Davies)

> The hill we are climbing: Why I'm defending my National Hill Climb Championship title in the colours of the Suffragettes

Elsewhere on this weekend...

2022 Classified Powershift hub only - 1

> Review: Classified Powershift Kit & Wheelset

> Shimano says demand for bikes still higher than pre-pandemic despite "signs of cooling down"

> Review: Lusso Paragon Sleeveless Base Layer


> Win! Three Magicshine lights bundles must be won worth a total of £1,168!

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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