Muc-Off making sanitisers and donating anti-bac products to NHS; Piers Morgan slams "moron cyclist"; Bardet against lockdown exception for pros; Paris outdoor exercise ban; Ineos hosting Zwift ride on Sunday; Froome joins Tik Tok + more on the live blog

Welcome to Wednesday's live blog, with Jack Sexty in charge and Simon MacMichael adding some pearls of wisdom later this evening...
08 April 2020, 14:05
Muc-Off now making sanitisers and donate anti-bacterial products to the NHS

To help out with the fight against coronavirus, Muc-Off, who usually makes pink bike cleaning products, has switched some of their production over to sanitisers. They've also pledged to provide 100,000 anti-bacterial products to the NHS and frontline workers.

To speed up production, Muc-Off is using product packaging for its existing lines. So your hand sanitiser will arrive in a chain lube bottle while hand and surface sprays will use bottles normally used for their bike and chain cleaners.

They have also donated unused bottles from their high-performance chain lube line to other companies who were experiencing a shortfall.

You can buy products from the anti-bacterial range here, with 10% of the profits going to the World Health Organisations COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

08 April 2020, 16:01
The Royal Parks is reportedly discussing with media organisations the issue of how cyclists riding there are portrayed
08 April 2020, 14:07
Contador auctions 2011 Giro/TdF race bike for charity

Spanish former pro, Alberto Contador is actioning the bike on which he won* the 2011 Giro d'Italia and rode to 5th* place at the Tour de France that same year.

The GC specialist, who rode for SaxoBank-Sunguard at the time was subsequently stripped of these results due to a backdated ban for a positive test.

The bike is a Specialized S-Works Tarmac with Zipp wheels, a Sram Red groupset and a Specialized crankset.

It's certainly a bike that has seen some attacking riding and the money raised will go to the Spanish Red Cross to support their work against coronavirus.

Currently, bids sit just above €12,000

08 April 2020, 14:21
Lionel Sanders wins his first e-sports race

"You have an opportunity right now to race a World Champion, and you're hmmming and harrring over it? So here I am..."

If you haven't heard of Lionel, he's a triathlete. A very good one. And he just beat World Cyclocross Champion and cycling superstar, Matthieu Van der Poel, in the Ronde van Zwift. 

Here is his vlog from the day.

08 April 2020, 11:22
Piers Morgan berates "moron cyclist" in background as he interviews Health Minister on Good Morning Britain

The Good Morning Britain presenter appeared angry that the youngster on the bike appeared to be ignoring social distancing rules as he rode into the background behind Health Minister Edward Argar, who was being interviewed live. 

Morgan said to Argar via video link: "I want to apologise for the complete moron that was cycling right up next to you with his phone during that interview.

"You may not have even been aware of it. He was ignoring all social distancing rules, trying to - I guess - make a little celebrity of himself.

"Morons like that are literally costing lives and I just want to say how sorry I am that that idiot did that to you in the interview."

08 April 2020, 13:07
The organisation said that it was forced to make the decision for financial reasons as it faces a drop in income of up to £4 million in the coming months due to the cancellation of events - full story below
08 April 2020, 11:04
Chris Froome has took boredom to a new level and joined Tik Tok


Crazy times at the Tour de France! Not one of my finest moments 😆 ##omg ##cycling ##tourdefrance ##throwback ##chrisfroome

♬ OMG!! - VA

The first person over the age of 16 to join the video-sharing app happens to be a four-time Tour de France winner, as Froome lets us in on his life in the most meme-tastic way possible... running up the Ventoux with a dubstep soundtrack anyone?

08 April 2020, 10:44
Real or photoshopped? Crazy shot of Chris Froome in mid-air at Tour de Yorkshire

Most in the comments are saying it's real, while Chris Froome has retweeted but not shed any light... what do you reckon?

08 April 2020, 08:53
"This is not the time for selfishness": Romain Bardet against pros getting exemptions to continue riding outside through the lockdown

As his country's capital has further tightened their restrictions,  AG2R's Romain Bardet has told Le Monde that he is against pro cyclists getting special dispensation to continue training outside: 

"There is no urgency to have the right to ride on the road (requested by the French Cyclist's Union according to the article). This will only be important when we have a recovery schedule. 

"Right now it would be comfort and a personal pleasure, but everyone is tired of confinement. If pros are going to ride, amateurs will want to do it too. And while there is talk of a drop in respect for the rules, the message would not be positive. This is not the time for selfishness."

Bardet also says that he hasn't quite got to grips with online racing, catching up on the virtual Tour of Flanders on Sunday but saying it "didn't attract" him.

08 April 2020, 08:16
Paris bans outdoor exercise
Paris Mobike (CC licensed by Claudius Dorenrof via Flickr)

After surpassing 10,000 coronavirus deaths, France's capital has further tightened its restrictions by banning outdoor exercise between 10am and 7pm and making face masks compulsory. 

Reuters report that the ban will come into effect today, and is in response to concerns iver seeing too many people outside getting exercise and congregating on busy streets. Mayor Anne Hidalgo - who recently launched a hugely ambitious cycling infrastructure scheme for Paris - is in favour citizens getting exercise, but only after 7pm to reduce numbers. 

Countrywide, the French are only allowed out for an hour and aren't supposed to go more than 1km away from their homes. 395,000 fines have already been given out by French police for flouting the rules, according to Forbes

Is the UK heading the same way? 

08 April 2020, 08:26
Ineos are hosting a Zwift group ride on Easter Sunday, and also facing off in a pro race afterwards

Chris Froome and co are inviting you to burn off the Easter eggs at 3pm on Sunday with a ride of approximately 40 minutes in length on Zwift. You can also watch Ineos riders (well their avatars) competing in their own race at 5pm. 

You can sign up here

08 April 2020, 08:43
"Cyclists are putting an extra burden on the NHS": oh wait....
08 April 2020, 08:14
G gets a fresh chop

Speculation in the comments that it isn't head hair... and who knows, because we haven't seen the results of the home haircut yet!

08 April 2020, 08:12
Caught on camera: the father and son riding round town dressed as Batman and Robin to 'cheer people up'

We reported on Steve Smart and his buy's daily rides dressed as the superheroes on Friday... and now it appears some footage has been tracked down. Mr Smart says they will continue doing the rounds in Trowbridge during the pandemic while they're getting their daily exercise in an effort to bring a smile to those feeling the effects of lockdown. 

After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He was Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine for two years before joining in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake. 

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