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Angry Brexiteers contact Dutch bike parts website that stopped shipping to the UK; Nail trap found on popular MTB trail; Beryl Burton mural graffitied; Cycling can improve your chances of employment by 12%; Pro cycling's baby boom + more on the live blog

It's Tuesday and Dan Alexander is in the saddle for another day on the live blog...
05 January 2021, 17:11
Not so fun fact of the day

Sorry for reminding you...

05 January 2021, 16:00
Dutch Bike Bits ask customers for help after Brexiteers target website with negative Google reviews
Dutch Bike Bits reviews

Brexiteers weren't satisfied with sending angry comments to Dutch Bike Bits...They've also been leaving negative reviews. David Hembrow posted on Twitter: "A BBC article this afternoon used our business as an example of one that is having difficulties sending products to the UK at the moment. This has resulted in lots of non customers placing one star Google reviews to hurt us. Please fix this.

"My real customers are a pretty decent bunch and I really am sad about not being able to deal with them at the moment."

Last week we reported that Dutch Bike Bits were shipping to every country in the world except the UK. Some of the website's real customers have tried to balance the negativity by leaving genuine reviews...

Dutch Bike Bits reviews


05 January 2021, 16:21
Marc Hirschi leaves Team DSM with immediate effect

Well, here's some unexpected news for your Tuesday afternoon. Tour de France stage winner Marc Hirschi has left Team DSM, formerly Sunweb, with immediate effect. The Swiss rider became a household name last year following the Tour de France where he claimed three top-three stage results before ending his season on the podium at both Liège–Bastogne–Liège and the World Championships.

A team statement said: "Team DSM has reached a settlement agreement with their rider Marc Hirschi to terminate their present employment before the original end date of 31 December 2021. It has been agreed that the agreement will be terminated with immediate effect and that no further comments will be made.

"Team DSM wishes Marc Hirschi all the best for the continuation of his career and expresses its gratitude for what Marc Hirschi has contributed to the team."

What happens next will be very interesting indeed.

05 January 2021, 15:25
It's an easy mistake to make

Who hasn't gone out to buy potatoes and returned with a new bike? That's a decent upgrade in my books...

05 January 2021, 14:52
How not to park your car

So that's three vans and two cars parked in the cycle lane within a single 50-metre stretch of road...

05 January 2021, 13:40
Nail trap found on popular mountain bike trail in Dartmoor
Nail trap found on MTB trail

Ryan Best discovered this nail trap on a popular trail for mountain bikers and walkers in Dartmoor over the weekend. The trail from Wotter to Trig Point has been targeted for some time with boulders used to stop cyclists causing Ryan to crash recently. On Saturday, he found nails hidden along the route while out walking his dog and came across a mountain biker with a double puncture having ridden over them. Ryan collected all the nails he could find and told us the incident was particularly concerning as the trail is popular with horse riders and dog walkers — not just cyclists.

Nail trap found on MTB trail
Nail trap found on MTB trail

Sadly we've seen a rise in the number of these homemade anti-cycling traps over the past few months. A cyclist in Wales found a plank of wood with more than 100 nails, hidden under the soil of a riding trail. While, in May, another Welsh cyclist was injured after piano wire was tied across a path and required treatment at the University Hospital of Wales.

05 January 2021, 12:02
Romain Bardet? Is that really you?

Having spent all nine years of his professional career with AG2R La Mondiale, it's weird seeing Romain Bardet in anything other than the famous brown shorts. It just doesn't look right to us.

05 January 2021, 11:47
Another year, another Androni Giocattoli jersey
Androni jersey 2021

It's another explosion in a logo factory kit in 2021 for the Italian team run by Gianni Savio. At least they're consistent and as one colleague at pointed out imagine the psychological toil you'd feel, dehydrated and tired, late in a race having to follow a kit with two water bottles printed on the back. Very clever. 

05 January 2021, 10:50
Mentioning you're a cyclist on your CV can help you get a job, new study finds

A new study from GolfSupport found that mentioning that you play a sport on your CV increases your employability by 39% and that 68% of successful candidates at the 200 companies surveyed said they played a sport. 12% of recent hires mentioned that they were cyclists, making it the fourth most successful sport for increasing employability. Applicants who take part in athletics were the most successful, with 20% of recent hires including it on their CV. Tennis and rugby were second and third with 16% and 14% before cycling came next in fourth, ahead of football and boxing.

05 January 2021, 10:22
Pro cycling's lockdown baby boom continues

Alex Dowsett, Dylan Groenewegen and now Wout van Aert have all welcomed little ones into the world in the past week. Meet Juliette Dowsett, Mayson Groenewgen and Georges van Aert. Some frightening cycling genetics between them.

05 January 2021, 10:07
Beryl Burton mural graffitied
05 January 2021, 08:55
Angry Brexiteers contact Dutch bike parts website that stopped shipping to the UK

Over the weekend we reported that cycling advocate David Hembrow's website, Dutch Bike Bits, was now shipping to every country in the world except the UK. Yesterday, it was included in a BBC story about businesses that have stopped shipping to the UK because of a Brexit tax that came into force on January 1. Despite the owner of the bicycle parts website repeating that the change wasn't necessarily a Brexit issue, only that the government couldn't have made the change until after Brexit, his website was flooded with messages from Brexiteers...

One wrote: "I see you have removed the United Kingdom from your list of countries to which you supply. What a spiteful thing to do. I always loved the Dutch country and people but you have ruined the place for me now. We saved your asses during the war and as soon as it gets a bit hard for you, you turn and run. You should be ashamed of yourselves."

Another said it would be "your [the Netherlands] turn next to pull from the corrupt clutches of the EU!" While someone else simply wrote: "Stick your bike bits."

The changes brought in on January 1 mean that VAT is now calculated at the point of sale rather than the point of importation. Dutch Bike Bits said on its website: "For providing this service, [HMRC] intend to charge a fee to every company in the world in every country in the world which exports to the UK. Clearly this is ludicrous for one country, but imagine if every country in the world had the same idea.

"If every country decided to behave in the same way, then we would have to pay 195 fees every year, keep up with the changes in taxation law for 195 different countries, keep accounts on behalf of 195 different countries and submit payments to 195 tax offices in 195 different countries, and jump through whatever hoops were required to prove that we were doing all of this honestly and without any error."

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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