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London cabbie blames cycle lanes for flooding; "Oversized bike lanes"; Connor Swift's Roubaix epic on Strava — 300w for six hours; PM rides bike at Tory conference...cue clown jokes; Gun-wielding prisoner robs Corrie + more on the live blog

It's Tuesday and Dan Alexander is back in the hot seat for another day of live blog action...
05 October 2021, 16:27
This can't be good
Peloton trending

We'll have a full story shortly...

In the meantime, I was going to point you in the direction of our back catalogue of Peloton-related content. And by catalogue I mean that time one of their instructors told paying members to climb in honour of their dead relatives. Unfortunately, the video evidence of that has disappeared from social media. What a shame...

05 October 2021, 15:04
London cabbie blames cycle lanes for flooding

Another cracker from the 'silly things being said about cycle lanes' genre...we thought lunchtime's one about "oversized cycle lanes" causing congestion would be the winner today  — how wrong were we? Faced with images of flash flooding in London, one cabbie decided there could only be one explanation...climate crisis? Nah, it's those cycle lanes...

Apparently, ever since the bike lane was built on South Carriage Drive, 50 metres away and with buildings in between, there's been more flooding than the previous 12 years. Asked to expand on this theory our cabbie explained: "Majority of that water came from the park through Albert Gate like a river. I believe some drains were disrupted when cycle lane was put in."

The reaction has been as you'd expect...disbelief, but also exceptionaly entertaining. If we're looking for a culprit who wasn't around two years ago, Benjamin reckons TikTok is a better shout...

05 October 2021, 14:06
Our favourite meme from the Facebookgate
05 October 2021, 13:57
Amy Pieters sprints to victory in Walsall on stage two of the Women's Tour

In the end it was a group of ten who contested the finish in the West Midlands. Home rider Pfeiffer Georgi's late bid for glory was pegged back by the chasers, leaving SD Worx's Amy Pieters to spoil the party and take the sprint. Yesterday's third place Clara Copponi went one better and will take the leader's jersey for stage three thanks to her bonus seconds from finishing second.

The peloton was 42 seconds back, giving the riders in the front group a decent chance of contesting the overall race victory. Eight of the escapees, including Pfeiffer, Pieters and Demi Vollering are now within ten seconds of the lead. Exciting times. Tomorrow it's TT day...

05 October 2021, 13:33
Over half of UK cyclists started riding within the last 18 months, but one in five still don't feel confident on the road
Cyclists climb Cat and Fiddle Peak District (credit: Cat and Fiddle Challenge press release)

Research by Vodafone, to mark the launch of the Curve Bike Light & GPS device, found that more than half (53 per cent) of cyclists in the UK took up the habit within the last 18 months. However, the study also found that one in five (22 per cent) don't feel confident on the roads and two-thirds said family and friends worry about them while they are out.

The research also found that 12 per cent of cyclists have been in a road accident and 39 per cent have had a "near miss". One in five (19 per cent) said they'd had a bike stolen. Other safety data showed that 44 per cent of riders feel most unsafe when cycling on busy roads and 68 per cent are nervous about increased levels of road traffic as the pandemic restrictions have eased.

05 October 2021, 10:34
Motorist takes aim at "oversized bike lanes"

 There's plenty to unpack here. Firstly, I quite like the idea of cycle lanes causing "cues". We could all stop for a quick game of eight-ball at the traffic lights...also, the similarities between Wimborne Minster in Dorset and EC1 are frightening.

Onto the less facetious points. We'd be interested to see quite how narrow this motorist believes all two-way cycle paths should be, and his thoughts on those 'empty' railways, tube lines, runways and bus lanes.

Much of the discussion has been about the irony of a person sat in a two-tonne metal box complaining about people on a bike taking up too much space on the road...

We've had this before. Jeremy Clarkson had a similar pop at apparently empty bike lanes in the capital, but then again maybe that shouldn't be a surprise. Last November, Clarkson shared a photo to his four million Instagram followers of a cycle lane next to the congestion he was sat in. "It’s a beautiful day so where are the bloody cyclists?" he asked...

05 October 2021, 10:56
Women's Tour stage two + next year's Tour of Britain dates confirmed

At a quick first glance I read this as Women's Tour rolls out from Walsall Abattoir (it must nearly be time for lunch)...Walsall Arboretum, not Walsall Abattoir, is the start point for today's stage. 102km around a lumpy circuit before a town centre finish.

Some quick dates for your diary. Next year's Tour of Britain will take place from Sunday 4 September to Sunday 11 September, starting in this year's finish city, Aberdeen, and ending on the Isle of Wight.

> Man throws traffic cone at Women’s Tour riders as race heads through Oxford

05 October 2021, 10:00
"Was he juggling?": Boris Johnson takes a spin through the Conservative Party Conference

The Tory Party Conference seems to be going well. Giving off strong circus vibes here. Plenty of replies asking if the PM was juggling or on a unicycle?

We'll try and find some video evidence to clear up the "it was a clown car" accusations...

05 October 2021, 09:46
Nicolas Roche announces retirement from pro cycling
Nicolas Roche (Credit: Cor Vos/ Team DSM)

Nicolas Roche will hang up his wheels at the end of the season after 17 years in the men's pro peloton. Son of Irish great Stephen Roche, Nicolas won two stages of the Vuelta a España and finished fifth on GC at the race in 2013. The 37-year-old spent the majority of his career in the service of others and was part of the Team Sky squad that helped Chris Froome win the Tour de France in 2015. Roche's cousin Dan Martin is also retiring at the end of the season.

"After 17 years and over 1,270 professional races days, with a lot of great memories, it is time for me to retire and look to a new horizon. My last race was the Irish championships, at home, with my friends and family," Roche said in a statement released by Team DSM. "I want to thank you all, everyone who is reading this, for the incredible support I received during my cycling career. Thank you!"

05 October 2021, 09:04
Gun-wielding escaped prisoner threatens leaked Coronation Street filming

The tabloids and online soap sites have been all over this emerged of a shocking incident where a gun-wielding escaped prisoner was spotted threatening a cyclist and stealing his bike. Don't be too alarmed, it's just the latest filming for Corrie...

Here at we prefer French or Belgian cobbles, but according to the showbiz sites, Harvey Gaskell is set for a dramatic return to the ITV cobbles after breaking out of jail and nicking a bike. Full disclosure, I have zero idea who any of these people are, or their history on the show...just that there's a 'cyclist' involved and the gossip sites are getting very excited about an "explosive comeback"...

05 October 2021, 08:58
Roubaix summed up in a single photo
05 October 2021, 08:24 Recommends - Episode 8: The best products in cycling from Fairlight, Ribble, Cube, and more

Our latest monthly round-up of all the best kit we've tested is out now. The YouTube episode has all the usual good stuff. Our ride of the month is along the Suffolk and Essex border, including a climb up the amusingly named Burnt Dick Hill, a cafe stop review and some lube chat...

If you'd rather read all about it, the Recommends section of the site is just a click away...

05 October 2021, 07:02
Connor Swift uploads epic Paris-Roubaix Strava file — British rider averaged 300w for six hours (+ a bad day for KOM chasing)
Connor Swift Strava Paris-Roubaix (Strava)

Want to know how hard Paris-Roubaix is? Ever wondered how much power it actually takes to ride across the cobbles at race pace? Connor Swift has done us a solid and uploaded his full file to Strava, including that all-important power data. Wout van Aert, Michal Kwiatkowski, Kasper Asgreen and plenty others all uploaded their rides, just without the juicy details. Come on, guys, give the people what they want...

Connor Swift Strava Paris-Roubaix (Strava)

Swift's activity shows what we already knew. Sunday was a brutal day out. The Brit was on the bike for just shy of six and a half hours and averaged 300w...even as a well-built rouleur, that's got to be some pretty impressive power to weight. Strava estimates he burned 5,114 calories in the miserable conditions. Good luck recouping that when you're soaked through and can't go back to the team car as it's still two minutes behind. Best hope you spot your soigneurs.

Connor Swift Strava Paris-Roubaix (Strava)

On the Arenberg, Swift rattled across the stones for 4:06 at 33kph. Nobody in the race managed to crack the segment top ten because of the unfavourable weather, race winner Sonny Colbrelli and teammates Fred Wright and Heinrich Haussler went 40 seconds quicker than Swift during their dry Friday recon.

> The bikes that won Paris-Roubaix - Tubeless, disc and aero for Colbrelli and Deignan

On the next five-star sector, Mons-en-Pévèle, the pros went two minutes slower than the best dry times of the last ten years. It was a similar story at Carrefour de l'Arbe where Swift's time was a full minute slower on the 2km sector than his PB...

After 260km of hell, the Arkéa–Samsic rider still managed to hold 340w around the famous velodrome to beat reigning champion Philippe Gilbert to 28th place, and earn a historic Strava suffer score of 466. Chapeau.

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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