This outage also affects our call centers, and we are currently unable to receive any calls, emails or online chats. We are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible and apologize for this inconvenience. (2/2)
— Garmin (@Garmin) July 23, 2020
— ToppledColumbus-19 (@TweedDriftwood) July 23, 2020
Hi there! The tip of the day: host your status page ( https://t.co/A6wGaM15OU ) elsewhere than on your own servers 😅 Cheers guys, keep the good work (and release the edge 1040 soon ❤️)
— Tiemblo Alain (@ninsuo) July 23, 2020
Hey Garmin! I slept last night but I don’t know how many hours? Usually my Garmin 935 tells me if I slept okay or not. Now I just don’t know what to tell my kids if they want to play som outside games with me. Because I can’t answer them if I’m tired or not. Please help.
— Kim (@kimpangnan) July 23, 2020
You probably wouldn’t be up for the prologue of the Sibiu Cycling Tour any other year, but there’s that whole pro-cycling-is-actually-happening angle today.
They’re not going overboard though. They’re kicking things off with a colossal 2.5km prologue from 3.45pm.
22-7 Team presentation 20:00
23-7 Prologue 17:45-20:30
24-7 St1 10:00-16:00
25-7 St2 13:00-18:00
26-7 St3a 10:00-13:00
26-7 St3b 17:00-21:00 pic.twitter.com/D6gf5IO4Mx
— Sibiu Cycling Tour (@SibiuTourEN) July 17, 2020
Maybe you can come up with your own because we're struggling to find the words.
The presence of four former national champions on the ride almost seems the least remarkable element.
The lads! Best ride I’ve ever done! Didn’t stop laughing for 2 days with these boys x pic.twitter.com/4yGZ84Wsfi
— Brad Wiggins (@SirWiggo) July 22, 2020
Remember that sponsorship deal involving GreenEdge/Mitchelton-Scott a few weeks ago?
The Manuela Fundacion is a pretty small Spanish non-profit funded by husband and wife team Francisco Huertas and Maria Angustias González.
They’re reportedly ready to invest €10 million a year.
The Manuela Fundación is due to launch in Spain on October 4, and a pro cycling team is apparently seen as the ideal way to promote its charity work.
Former Giro d'Italia winner Stefano Garzelli is advising them.
Team Ineos Grenadiers, technically, but it's probably going to be a few more weeks before we can fully come to terms with that one.
— La Flamme Rouge (@laflammerouge16) July 23, 2020
They were using the 935g Meilenstein Obermayer last year. More here.
Plenty of people are venting their frustrations online because Garmin Connect's down - seemingly worldwide.
Pretty much all of the firm's online services have been affected.
Garmin says there's 'maintenance' going on.
Dear Garmin Users,
Our servers are currently down for maintenance & it may limit the performances of Garmin Connect Mobile & Website, and Garmin Express. We are trying our best to resolve it asap. We seek your kind understanding & apologise for any inconvenience.
— Garmin India (@Garmin_India) July 23, 2020
More to follow.
Film director Guy Ritchie – probably still best known for Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels – has been banned from driving for six months after cyclist Mike van Erp shot footage of him texting at the wheel of his Range Rover.
The footage is over at the London Evening Standard.
The incident occurred in November in Hyde Park.
Van Erp said: “I spotted this driver texting on his phone. I stopped and whilst waiting for traffic to clear could clearly see the driver typing on his phone. I then crossed to the driver’s side where I saw his iPhone lit up with the classic blue and grey message bubbles of Apple iMessage, with text, and a message in process of being typed but not sent.”
In the video, Ritchie winds down his window and says, “Hello my friend.”
Van Erp says: “I don’t think you should be using your text messages while you are driving. I saw you doing it back there as well.”
Ritchie then pulls away.
Ritchie already had nine points on his driving licence, from three previous speeding offences.
After pleading guilty to using a handheld mobile phone/device while driving a motor vehicle on a road, he was given six more points and banned from driving for six months.
He was also ordered to pay a £666 fine, as well as £166 in prosecution costs and court fees.
Van Erp – who regularly submits footage of drivers to police – added: “I had no idea it was him. I pulled up beside him on my bicycle and told him he was using his mobile. He said he had stopped in traffic. Drivers should not be doing this and people like me serve as a deterrent.”
There was an interesting consumer tale in the Guardian this week: a person who ordered a bike from Evans in May who still hadn’t received it just over a week ago.
In April, Evans was slammed for not telling customers about delays on ‘in stock’ bikes. This was not long after it had done a U-turn on above-RRP turbo prices following a customer backlash.
Writing to the newspaper’s consumer affairs page, MR said they ordered a bike in May and on June 1 were told it was still being built but that it would be shipped in two to four days.
They never got it.
The Guardian contacted Evans about the problem but were ignored.
“It saddens me to write this because Evans used to be a great store full of helpful, knowledgeable staff,” says the Guardian’s consumer affairs writer, Miles Brignall. “But since Sports Direct took over, things seem to have gone rapidly south.”
MR subsequently took the matter up with PayPal – which is how they’d paid.
Evans emailed last week to cancel the order, claiming an “internal system error” and promising a refund in seven days, plus a £25 e-voucher to say sorry.
Brignall’s verdict is damning: “I would not buy anything from this company unless I could pick it up, there and then, in person. When a company the size of Evans – it has 50 stores – can’t be bothered to get its press office to investigate letters like this, it says to me that it doesn’t place any value in talking to its customers.”
We said we’d do 10 miles of pop-up cycling & walking in ten weeks.
We’ve done *11*. Covid safe, low carbon & health giving. Here’s our hot-off-the-press ‘tube map’ of routes. We’re now moving into the next stage: #watchthisspace. Get your ideas on https://t.co/jlRTHm7hBO pic.twitter.com/aynYvP4zXD
— Cllr Adam Clarke (@OweniteAdam) July 22, 2020
Might be worth filling this out. The aim is to help tourism businesses gear themselves towards cyclists.
Do you want to help tourism businesses better meet the needs of people who cycle (no matter how far or fast)?
— Cycling UK (@WeAreCyclingUK) July 23, 2020
New data from YouGov released by us today shows the public is overwhelmingly in favour of measures to encourage walking and cycling with 6.5 people supporting changes to their local streets for every 1 person against.
— Bike Is Best (@BikeIsBestHQ) July 23, 2020
As Copenhagen’s former Mayor of Technical and Environmental Affairs, Morten Kabell, once put it…
“While Mayor, I was often asked ‘how have you been able to afford this in #Copenhagen?’ I’d reply, ‘how have you been able to NOT afford it?’ 25 years ago we were a few days away from going bankrupt. So the city invested in the cheapest infrastructure...bycycling.”— @mortenkabell pic.twitter.com/Wpcv5FZtoL
— Brent Toderian (@BrentToderian) July 18, 2020
This from my colleague Simon, who points out it’s, “one of the battleground streets just off the High Road with the Chiswick Tories.”
Devonshire Road, London W4, supposedly closed except for access.
What will it take for certain local councillors to support safe space for cyclists and pedestrians?
— Simon MacMichael (@simonmacmichael) July 22, 2020