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Is that Rhonda Pickering?! Near Miss of the Day goes viral; Not a crash, just falling with style; Team Cav linked with for months told "elite-level lies", says Audrey Cordon-Ragot; Eternal Valverde; Dogs in cargo bikes + more on the live blog

It's Friday and Dan Alexander is here for all your live blog needs... just don't ask him to move anywhere fast, the first post-Christmas five-a-side is a real shock to the system.....
06 January 2023, 17:07
Have a good weekend everyone
06 January 2023, 08:57
Is that Rhonda Pickering?! Near Miss of the Day goes viral

Well, quite a few people have seen this now...

Near Miss of the Day 842

> Near Miss of the Day 842: Passenger jumps out of car to remonstrate with cyclist… after driver cuts corner and almost hits him

The corner-cutting motorist and their less-than-impressed passenger combine for a classic of the near miss genre, with some suggesting shades of a certain Ronnie Pickering... (Who? Ronnie Pickering? Who? RONNIE PICKERING)...

You've almost certainly all seen it before, but there's never a bad day to watch it again. If it's your first time, I envy you getting to enjoy the life-changing hilarity of the red-faced Citroën Picasso driver's insistence in people knowing who he is...

Anyway, back to the issue at hand — NMotd 842...

Not quite the aggression of good ol' Ronnie P, but some excellent lines nonetheless, our favourite being...

Near Miss of the Day 842

 "So get off the road [...] you're standing there, there's other traffic, you're going to cause an accident..."

Watch the full video here...

06 January 2023, 09:25
Welsh pride and head shaking... more reaction to THAT NMotD...

Anyone else?

06 January 2023, 16:46
Peloton to pay $19M in fines over dangerous treadmill defect

More bad news for Peloton... is there ever any good news for the home training brand these days?

Peloton bike (via YouTube)

The exercise equipment company has agreed to pay $19 million in fines in relation to a delay in reporting a defect with its treadmills that caused one person death and multiple injuries.

The news was announced by the federal consumer watchdog the Consumer Product Safety Commission who yesterday in a statement that said Peloton had knowingly failed to immediately report the defect to the commission, as required by US law.

In December 2018 and into 2019, Peloton received more than 150 reports of incidents where users were pulled under or entrapped, including the death of a child who suffered broken bones, lacerations, abrasions and friction burns.

CPSC said that Peloton didn’t immediately report those incidents to the Commission, despite knowledge of them taking place.

06 January 2023, 15:04
Crash vs accident
06 January 2023, 15:00
More on that cyclocross rider c̶r̶a̶s̶h̶i̶n̶g̶ falling with style

Go back to the earlier post if you haven't seen the video yet...

Here's some more info on Benjamin Frederick posted in 'The Challenge Tires London and SE Cyclo-Cross League' Facebook group...

Jamie Anderson wrote: "Now that's what you call a crash recovery! Our Flandrien Hotel CX Scholarship Holder Benjamin Frederick from the USA literally flies over the sand in the X2O Troffee in Koksijde Belgium.

"Ben's cyclocross career was halted by a traumatic brain injury in 2016, and now, he is thankful for the chance to just ride bikes. He is now racing and raising awareness of brain injuries.

"Ben is as much fun off his RitcheyLogic bike as his is on it, and it's been awesome having him and his partner Leslie with us at the Flandrien Hotel for the Christmas - New Year Racing block.

"We have hosted more than a dozen international athletes from eight different countries, providing to all of their needs during a hectic period of training and racing in Belgium.

"We are looking forward to supporting more international riders in their preparations for the Cyclocross World Championships in the Netherlands in early February."

And the all-important link to his Instagram...

06 January 2023, 14:52
Alex Dowsett to turn WorldTour time trialling abilities to triathlon

Sorry to all 'Rules' absolutists, Alex Dowsett could be going for a swim before and a run after his bike rides very soon...

The clues were there...

Now, in a press release for NoPinz he says "work has already begun on some new projects".

"I'm having to contain my excitement and secrecy over them," Dowsett said. "I'm excited to be with NoPinz for the next step of my career, racing on home soil some more, trying some different disciplines within cycling and who knows, maybe even picking up a pair of goggles before a bike race and a pair of trainers afterwards."

Dowsett was part of the top team of pro riders drafted in to... well, draft Joe Skipper's sub-seven Ironman attempt. That was obviously just the bike leg, but it seems it won't be too long before he'll be taking on all three too.

06 January 2023, 12:52
Sonny Colbrelli steps into politics with Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia party
Sonny Colbrelli Merida Reacto Paris-Roubaix (Credit A.S.O._Pauline Ballet)-2

Retired racer Sonny Colbrelli — who was forced to retire from the sport last year due to heart problems just months after winning Paris-Roubaix, the biggest victory of his career — is stepping into politics.

The news, first reported by, is that Colbrelli is on Forza Italia's electoral list for the next regional elections in Lombardy, scheduled for 12 and 13 February. Along with nine others, including the three current local candidates, Colbrelli will run for a couple of spots in the regional elections.

In their coverage, Cyclingnews points out that Colbrelli has previously reportedly stated he is "a fan of Berlusconi", the party's 86-year-old president who has been found guilty of tax fraud and been involved in numerous other scandals.

They also note that in 2014 the former Bahrain Victorious fast man posted a Facebook comment suggesting Mussolini was needed to deal with immigration in Italy. The post was later deleted and Colbrelli said he regretted it and denied it had racial connotations.

06 January 2023, 11:53
But cyclists
06 January 2023, 11:23
AG2R Citroën Team's social media admin's innovative answer to rider reveals
06 January 2023, 10:53
Team Cav linked with for months told "elite-level lies", says Audrey Cordon-Ragot
Audrey Cordon-Ragot (A.S.O/Thomas Maheux)

[📷: A.S.O/Thomas Maheux]

French national champion Audrey Cordon-Ragot was, along with Mark Cavendish, linked with a move to Jérôme and Sébastian Pineau's B&B Hotels-KTM squad that eventually came to nothing, the current team then folding due an apparent lack of sponsorship.

Well, Cordon-Ragot has been speaking in the French press about the protracted affair, saying it's a "crazy story" and one she "still can't believe". 

"For two months, we were pushed around. As far as lies go, that's on an elite level," she told Le Télégramme. "I'm still trying to find explanations: was it a vicious circle, a spiral, a descent into hell where you lie once, then a second time, then a third time and you end up convincing yourself of your lies?"

> Mark Cavendish's future uncertain after team boss tells riders to look elsewhere

Big words. And she wasn't done there...

"I believed so much in this project, I had put my DNA into it. People are going to think I'm completely stupid, but until December 6, I was convinced that it was going to work. I was even yelling at people who said it wasn't. I feel guilty for taking so many people with me in this shipwreck.

"In the spring, I met the Pineau brothers in Theix. They presented me with their project and proposed me to be part of it. I was in on the secret, it gave me confidence, and I embraced the project like never before. At the same time as I was preparing for the Tour de France – I took care of recruiting the riders and staff with one of my friends and future coach.

Audrey Cordon-Ragot, stage four, 2022 Tour de France Femmes (Zac Williams/

"When I asked, Sébastien Pineau reassured me. In mid-October, we were summoned to Paris for an interview with the management, to try on clothes, etc. At the time, I was told that the team's co-sponsor was about to sign. Why would I doubt it?

> Mark Cavendish 'confirmed' as leader of a team which may not exist in two weeks

When the October team presentation was cancelled she "spoke with Mark Cavendish. He told me that he had no news, that he was starting to be afraid."

Mark Cavendish at Gran Torino 2022 (copyright Simon MacMichael)

"On November 30, I reiterated my concerns to Sébastian Pineau who told me that he never had any doubts, that the bikes will arrive the following week. On December 2, Jérôme Pineau tells me that the whole project will not be done and that only the women's team could eventually be saved," she continued.

"Three days later [December 5 – Ed.], the Pineau brothers had a meeting with the directors of B&B Hotels and in the evening, by videotape, they told us that it had only taken them ten minutes to convince them and that, this time, it was sure to go ahead.

A day later Cordon-Ragot "learnt that B&B Hotels no longer wished to continue and that they had informed the Pineau brothers that very morning".

"I am extremely disappointed, extremely saddened. It calls into question the trust I can give to people. It makes me a bit withdrawn, which is not like me. This story has impacted me enormously. After my stroke, it was a new ordeal.

"I feel more pity. The trust is gone. They tried to save a project that was no longer a project. In the end, we all felt like we were taken hostage.

"I would never understand. I will never understand either that they don't take responsibility, that they look for other culprits when, sorry, the only culprits are them and the bad people they surrounded themselves with.

"What hurts me deeply is to hear from X and Y that they are trying to blame me, that basically if the team didn't work out, it's my fault. In other words, I'm being blamed for talking to the media - something I've never done, this is the first and last time I'll be speaking today - and for not going through with the project when I waited until the last day. All of this sticks in my craw, all this disgusts me. I find it despicable. But the bicycle wheel turns."

06 January 2023, 10:35
Dogs in cargo bikes

Perfect content for a Friday morning... 

06 January 2023, 10:25
Eternal Valverde
06 January 2023, 09:58
Not a crash, just falling with style

Credit to regular contributor Jo for the headline inspiration...

For more from Jo check out his long-read feature on the new North Downs Way Riders' Route... 

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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