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“Method actor or just all in on cycling?”: Pogačar celebrates with a vegetable as a trophy after winning a crit race; Cameron Mason and Zoe Bäckstedt shine in gnarly European cyclocross champs; “How is this is an okay cycle lane?” + more on the live blog

It’s a new week and Adwitiya is here to kick off the road.cc live blog with all the breaking news from the cycling world
06 November 2023, 09:41
“Method actor or just all in on cycling?”: Pogačar celebrates with a vegetable as a trophy after beating Sepp Kuss a crit race

Best cyclist? Maybe (Vélo d'Or can I please have a word?). But is Tadej Pogaçar also a great actor? I say for sure!

This was him after beating Sepp Kuss in the Saitama criterium race. Oh, and if you haven't noticed yet, maybe zoom in on his, erm, trophy.

Yeah, that's a root vegetable wrapped in a plastic film which Tadej Pogaçar, winner of two Tour de France yellow jerseys, is hoisting up in the air after a season which saw him win almost half the races he contested last year.

Who's going to tell him... Anyone?

And for those of you wondering, the Japanese criterium — nothing more than an exhibition race with predetermined results — was also contested by the likes of Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish, who finished third and fourth respectively.

Oh, and there was Chris Froome too, fresh off the knowledge that he had been riding his bike which had a set-up "centimetres" off from his usual set-up during his Tour de France winning years.

> Not so marginal losses: Chris Froome reveals recent bike set-up was “centimetres” apart from Team Sky days due to “oversight”

Amidst all the showboating and revelling, Pogačar revealed that he's been enjoying his Tour de France rivalry with Jonas Vingegaard, who has now beaten him two years in a row, and it could go down as something for "the history books", with the pair sharing the last four titles between them. Maybe our generation's Jacques Anquetil and Raymond Poulidor?

06 November 2023, 16:54
Investigation closed for Gino Mäder's fatal crash at Tour de Suisse
Gino Mader (picture credit RCS Sport, LaPresse)

In June, the world lost one of the most precious and wonderful riders. 26-year-old Gino Mäder, stage winner at 2021 Giro d'Italia, was involved in a high-speed crash on the Albulapass descent at the Tour de Suisse this year. Despite being airlifted and resuscitated, Mäder unfortunately didn't survive the tragic accident.

A criminal investigation was launched soon after the accident. Now, the Prosecuter's Office has closed the case, finding no criminally relevant fault attributable to any third party, such as the safety of the route or the organisers.

While the world still reels from his demise, since then, the riders' union president Adam Hansen, involved in a lot of campaigning and organising to make the sport safer, has gone on record and called cycling a dangerous sport, but vowed that it's getting safer, with increasing rider awareness one of the key agendas of his job.

> "Profound safety problem" in elite cycling, finds report... but riders union president says it's "getting safer"

06 November 2023, 16:47
More than 1,000 cyclists and walkers protest proposed permanent closure of quiet route that is "key part" of National Cycling Network
Thirlmere protest (@Niallsspence/Twitter)

An online petition has been signed nearly 10,000 times, while Cycling UK has urged people to oppose the proposed closure which would force vulnerable road users to use a busy A-road "hemmed in by walls with fast flowing traffic and heavy goods vehicles"...

> More than 1,000 cyclists and walkers protest proposed permanent closure of quiet route that is "key part" of National Cycling Network

06 November 2023, 16:27
Take that, anti-cycle lane protestors: A bike lane that goes through a shopping mall

I wonder if it will be as fun as this one though?

06 November 2023, 16:11
Collective noun for bollards, anyone?
06 November 2023, 15:11
Bike shed planning appeal lost as inspector rules wooden structure "harmful" to Grade II listed building
Bike shed (Telford & Wrekin Council planning portal)

Despite a council member initially walking "past the bike storage without even noticing it", the local authority asked the resident to apply for retrospective planning permission which was denied...

> Bike shed planning appeal lost as inspector rules wooden structure "harmful" to Grade II listed building

06 November 2023, 13:17
Zoe Bäckstedt wins U23 European Cyclocross champs with impressive solo ride

Already the current British National Cyclocross champion and former Junior World Champion in the same discipline, Zoe Bäckstedt, 12 months after finishing fifth in the European U23 championships, was unflinching and unwavering this time round.

The Welsh rider, who also won gold at the U23 Euro time-trial this autumn, took the lead of the race in the second lap and never looked back from then on, finishing a full 34 seconds ahead her closest rival Marie Schreiber of Luxembourg.

06 November 2023, 12:18
How is this an ok cycle lane?

Wow, just wow. Is this a contender for one of the worst-designed cycle lanes in Britain?

06 November 2023, 11:56
Cameron Mason shines in gnarly European Cyclocross Championships, Michael Vanthourenhout takes gold

The two-time British national cyclocross champion was in fine form in not-so-fine conditions, taking silver medal and becoming the first man not from Belgium or the Netherlands to win a medal at the UEC European Cyclocross Championships.

And if you want a glimpse of how bad the course for this year was, don't look away now.

06 November 2023, 11:42
Police crackdown on dangerous delivery cyclists after cycling charity urged companies to do more following cycle lane crash
Illegal e-bikes (Police Scotland/Twitter)

Last week, a cyclist said he had been left "terrified" by food delivery riders using illegal e-bikes at high speeds in cycle lanes, Cycling Scotland calling on companies to check the bikes they ride "are legal and road worthy"...

> Police crackdown on dangerous delivery cyclists after cycling charity urged companies to do more following cycle lane crash

06 November 2023, 10:49
The Campag Kid Pantani build: Coming soon?

> The Campag Kid on building retro masterpieces, trickle-down tech, and getting hit by a car you helped design on the road.cc Podcast

06 November 2023, 10:23
"The swan's escaped!"

Quick, someone ring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost! The swan's escaped!

 

Adwitiya joined road.cc in 2023 as a news writer after graduating with a masters in journalism from Cardiff University. His dissertation focused on active travel, which soon threw him into the deep end of covering everything related to the two-wheeled tool, and now cycling is as big a part of his life as guitars and football. He has previously covered local and national politics for Voice Wales, and also likes to writes about science, tech and the environment, if he can find the time. Living right next to the Taff trail in the Welsh capital, you can find him trying to tackle the brutal climbs in the valleys.

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IanEdward | 3 months ago
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I was watching the European Champs on Eurosport. Despite it being a highlights show they basically missed all of Cameron Mason's overtaking from 12th position to 2nd during an advert break 😭

Off to YouTube for some unabridged (no doubt Belgian!) footage as usual... 😎

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chrisonabike | 3 months ago
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RE: Collective noun for bollards, anyone?

A Gandalf?

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Roverman replied to chrisonabike | 3 months ago
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How about a "broadside" seeing as the first bollards where repurposed cannons from old navel sailing ships

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eburtthebike replied to chrisonabike | 3 months ago
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A government?

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marmotte27 replied to chrisonabike | 3 months ago
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B(a)olls.

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mikewood replied to chrisonabike | 3 months ago
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Depends on your view point. If you have 4 wheels, it would be an Obstruction of bollards, on 2 wheels/legs, a Protection of bollards. Otherwise, a Steadfast of bollards?

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BIRMINGHAMisaDUMP replied to mikewood | 3 months ago
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Again, depending on your POV - a phalanx of bollards or a sentry of bollards. 

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Rendel Harris replied to chrisonabike | 3 months ago
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chrisonatrike wrote:

RE: Collective noun for bollards, anyone?

A Gandalf?

As the etymology of bollard most likely comes from "bole", as in tree trunk, a wood or a forest of bollards would seem most appropriate.

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ktache | 3 months ago
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Great downhill Mall ride!

I needed that.

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Patrick9-32 | 3 months ago
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Shrink wrapped vegetable is more useful than a lot of the trophies and a lot less bad for his form than a giant beer. I am all for the TDF prize to be awarded in the form of farm fresh produce. 

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henryb replied to Patrick9-32 | 3 months ago
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Trophies for stage victories in the TdF should be some regional speciality, to highlight the best produce available from all the various regions the TdF goes through

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eburtthebike | 3 months ago
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Wow, just wow. Is this a contender for one of the worst-designed cycle lanes in Britain?

Not even in the top ten.

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chrisonabike replied to eburtthebike | 3 months ago
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Also - it's an advisory cycle lane so in actual fact it's just like a notice stating "ignore me".

Waste of money though...

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