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James O'Brien challenges “petrol head” who thinks cyclists “don’t have education"; Unmet demand for cycling in ethnic minority groups; Invisible bike stand fits in your back pocket; The longest bike in the world; Giro d'Italia route + more

Today's live blog with Alex Bowden (daytime) and Simon MacMichael (evening)...
30 July 2020, 15:46
Cat Dixon and Raz Marsden (via YouTube)
Cat Dixon and Raz Marsden’s round-the-world tandem record is now official

Back in March, Cat Dixon and Raz Marsden arrived back in Oxford after riding round the world on a tandem.

ITV reports that their world record – 263 days, eight hours and seven minutes – is now official.

Marsden and Dixon first met on a London to Paris Cycle Challenge raising funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association and have since ridden a number of events together including L’Etape du Tour.

Their round-the-world ride saw them cover between 80 and 100 miles a day.

It culminated in a race for a ferry on the day France imposed a travel ban in a bid to control the coronavirus outbreak. (They actually boarded the penultimate passenger ferry.)

They raised more than £40,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association and Oxfam.

30 July 2020, 15:32
Cyclist (CC licensed by Akuppa John Wigham via Flickr)
New report shows large unmet demand for cycling in ethnic minority and disadvantaged groups

A new report by Sustrans and Arup has highlighted inequalities in cycling participation in urban areas.

It found that while 74 per cent of people from ethnic minority groups living in cities and towns do not currently cycle, 55 per cent of them would like to.

Major barriers include lack of confidence in cycling skills, a lack of facilities at home or work and the cost of a suitable bike.

Key recommendations include an extension of the UK Government’s Cycle to Work Scheme to include those in low-income jobs, as well as support for those not in employment, to ensure that cost is not a barrier for anyone looking to purchase a bike.

The report also says there is a need for improvements in secure bike storage in residential areas, and particularly for flats and high-rise buildings where storing a bike inside may prove challenging.

It also states that free cycle training needs to be provided to all children and adults, with cycling infrastructure expanded to reach areas where transport options are poor and high traffic levels exist.

Daisy Narayanan, Director of Urbanism at Sustrans commented: “This report brings to light that for too long, the needs of so many have been ignored within cycle planning and development.

“In order to work towards real change and make cycling more inclusive, we call upon the industry, local authorities and central government to welcome and support all people to cycle.

"It is only when we move away from exclusively designing towns and cities for those who already have access to move through spaces with ease, can we really create equitable places to live and work.”

30 July 2020, 14:53
Shimano releases limited edition colour of RX8 gravel shoes

Well, aren’t these rather fancy kicks?

Shimano’s RX8 scored very well when Stu reviewed them earlier this year and if you’re looking to add more colour into your outfit, this new colour scheme “draws its inspiration from the Santa Rita Prickly Pear Cactus, native to Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.”

The new colour is coming to the UK in limited numbers and with be available exclusively at Sigma Sports. Size options include standard fitting EU sizes 38-50 or wide fitting sizes 38-48. The price remains at £219.99.

30 July 2020, 14:41
Brompton World Challenge
Brompton World Challenge launched as part of virtual edition of RideLondon

Over the weekend of August 15 and 16, Brompton owners from anywhere in the world will be able to take part in the Brompton World Challenge as part of the virtual edition of Prudential RideLondon.

Riders will be in with a chance of winning a Brompton if they ride one of the four different distances available on the new My Prudential RideLondon app and also complete a series of photo challenges.

There will also be prizes for the participant who achieves the fastest recorded fold and for the best dressed rider (it’s a ‘no Lycra’ event).

Will Butler-Adams, Brompton CEO said: “We are incredibly excited to be able to bring a unique version of the Brompton World Championships to our wonderful community this year with the Brompton World Challenge.

“For the first time, anyone with a Brompton can take part in the BWC, wherever they are in the world, which makes this celebration bigger and better than ever before. It’s going to a fun filled week of events and we can’t wait for everyone to get involved.”

Hugh Brasher, Event Director of Prudential RideLondon, added: “We are delighted that the Brompton World Challenge is part of My Prudential RideLondon. Our ambition for My Prudential RideLondon is to raise as much money for charities as possible and for people to go out and enjoy riding their bikes – the Brompton World Challenge is a great way to do both.”

There’s info on how to register for the Brompton World Challenge at

30 July 2020, 13:49
Shaping up to be hot and dusty at Strade Bianche on Saturday

We think of many of the upcoming races as spring classics, but they're going to have a different feel to them this year.

30 July 2020, 13:35
Giro d'Italia stages 16-21

It's Giro d'Italia Day!

30 July 2020, 13:33
Andy Burnham says pop-up bike lanes have resulted in "quite a big increase" in the number of people cycling
30 July 2020, 13:14
Giro d'Italia stages 10-15

It's Giro d'Italia Day!

30 July 2020, 13:13
Giro d'Italia stages 5-9

It's Giro d'Italia Day!

30 July 2020, 13:04
James O'Brien
James O'Brien challenges generalising “petrol head” who thinks cyclists “don’t have education”

It’s refreshing to hear a radio host on the side of cyclists for once.

“I see an idiot in a car, I don’t think, ‘down with motorists’; I see an idiot on a bike, I don’t think, ‘ooh, down with cyclists’. But a hell of a lot of people do. And I still don’t understand why.”

LBC presenter James O’Brien was speaking after failing to get that seemingly straightforward point about generalisations across to a self-professed ‘petrol head’.

O’Brien wanted to get to the bottom of that line of thinking after the man in question had phoned in about “standards”.

“They don’t have mirrors and they don’t have education,” was his central point.

You may be surprised to learn that the caller wasn’t outwardly angry about cyclists. This was just a problem he felt he could see and he wanted to tell everyone about it.

At no point did he seem to grasp that he was generalising.

He later went on to make the following claim, which… well… let’s just say we’re not entirely convinced.

"If I see somebody riding well, I'll say to them when I come to the lights, ‘you're riding well.’ And they really appreciate that."

30 July 2020, 12:30
Fat Lad At The Back responds to cycling prescriptions to tackle obesity

Doctors across England are being allowed to prescribe cycling to patients and cycle wear brand Fat Lad At The Back say it’s their community’s “time to shine”.

Co-founder, Lynn Bye said: “It’s about time that we started empowering people to take responsibility for their lifestyle and leading a healthier one, we just need to make sure that we support them through that journey.”

A survey conducted through the firm’s social channels showed the top five challenges that novice cyclists face are…

  1. Roads/other road users
  2. Feeling as though you’re not good enough
  3. Not looking ‘the part’
  4. Clothes that don’t fit properly
  5. A lack of cycling routes close by

Bye said her firm had the clothing part covered and called on the Government to do its bit by making roads safer and more accessible.

“Investing in infrastructure for more cycle lanes, better roads to cycle on, and education for road users will help.

“Ultimately, what we need to see is a social shift to more positive attitudes to cyclists. That’s only going to come if the government start to educate people about road safety around cycling and provide the infrastructure for safer, more accessible cycling lanes”

30 July 2020, 12:18
Team AG2R to become even more French
30 July 2020, 10:48
Invisible bike stand that fits in your back pocket

What what whaaat?

It means you can take shots like this…

Peter Bodola told us that it’s basically an acrylic triangle that fits below the pedal axle with a wavy bottom to avoid slippage.

He says the stand and packaging are both made out of recycled materials, because he wanted to keep the project green, no matter how small.

He makes them himself.

You’ll get a better idea how they work in these shots.

There’s a Facebook page as well as the Instagram.

30 July 2020, 10:38
The U23 feeder team for Ineos Grenadiers?
30 July 2020, 10:35
The Grande Partenza from Sicily

It's Giro d'Italia Day!

(I'm going to make a point of saying that every time I post something relevant because I don't think the 'Giro d'Italia Day' concept's really going to catch on and I feel a bit sorry for them.)

30 July 2020, 10:29
Jeremy Vine has a penny farthing on his wall

Also a drum kit.

We presume the penny farthing's this one.

Although does n+1 apply to penny farthings? We presume it does.

30 July 2020, 09:25
Video: The longest bike in the world

A Dutch team put together what was then the world’s longest bike back in 2015.

The bike was 35.79m long and could be ridden around town – but only on straight roads.

We believe this is the current record holder, however - a 41.42m effort put together at the University of South Australia.

Incredible cycling world records: 14 of the fastest, longest and maddest efforts on a bike

30 July 2020, 09:00
Update from Stockport Decathlon
30 July 2020, 08:55
Mike Graham continues waging his lonely war

TalkRadio host Mike Graham – who says you can't cycle to work in Leeds, and that the cycling community is "an absolute eyesore on the entire country” – has found a topic he likes and he’s sticking with it.

You’ll not be entirely surprised to learn that Mike brands his radio show “the home of common sense” and that he’s got Nigel Farage on this morning.

He says he’ll be talking to Farage about, “where all those illegal migrants that arrive on our shores in dinghies are ending up.” (We wish that we were making this up, but we’re not. Seems fair to say he knows his audience.)

30 July 2020, 08:33
Even Dame Sarah Storey isn't immune to drive-by shoutings
30 July 2020, 07:50
It's Giro d'Italia Day (apparently)

They're announcing the route for this year's Giro d'Italia later today.

In no way going overboard, they're calling it 'Giro d'Italia Day' and marking it by doing this kind of thing...

Alex has written for more cricket publications than the rest of the team combined. Despite the apparent evidence of this picture, he doesn't especially like cake.

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