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“The right decision” – GB Cycling Team boss on postponement of Olympics; Campagnolo suspends all activities including e-commerce; Matteo Trentin suggests 3-in-1 Grand Tour; Beefeater Bend relaxes ‘Links Rechts’ regs + more

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24 March 2020, 20:42
Campagnolo suspends e-commerce until 6 April

Italian bike components brand Campagnolo says it has been forced to temporarily suspend all activities, including fulfilling e-commerce orders, until 6th April.

In a statement mailed to customers, the brand said: 

We are very sad to communicate that, following the Ministerial Decree of 22/03/2020 regarding the prevention of the COVID-19 infection, we are forced to stop all activities from Thursday March 26th until Monday April 6th (unless new provisions [come into effect]).

Within this period of time we won't be able to deliver your e-commerce orders.

All orders received within 11.59 pm Tuesday March 24th will be processed and delivered straight away.

Orders received after this time and date will be processed and delivered starting from Monday April 6th.

It’s a tough moment here in Italy as everywhere in the world, let’s all fight together to come back riding all together soon!

24 March 2020, 20:34
“The right decision” - GB Cycling Team boss on postponement of Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics

Stephen Park, performance director of the Great Britain Cycling Team, has responded to the announcement earlier today that the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games are being postponed until next year due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

“The postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games is the right decision, given the global outbreak of the coronavirus.

“While the news of the postponement is hugely disappointing to our committed team of staff and riders who have trained tirelessly with Tokyo 2020 in mind, the health of the nation must be the priority at this difficult time.

“We will work with the relevant authorities and our funding partners to establish the team’s plan for the coming months at the earliest opportunity.”

“Our thoughts are with all those who have been affected by this virus,” he added.

 

 

24 March 2020, 19:11
As part of a wave of updates in 2020 for their Summit subscribers, Strava will now provide personalised route recommendations using OpenStreetMap technology
24 March 2020, 17:58
Another Isolated Incident

The second of Vecchiojo's pandemic peregrinations in which he goes for a solitary ride to the quiet, secret places and finds the 'bank holiday' crowds have beaten him to it 

24 March 2020, 17:54
road.cc Quiz Corner - Can you name the top 10 Tour de France GC from 2010 to 2019?

Have you been to Quiz Corner yet? Come this way!

You've got eight minutes to name every top-10 TDF finisher from 2010-2019. So we've started you off with a tricky one.

How will you get on? Let us know in the comments section.

24 March 2020, 17:30
State-approved exercise

Well, I’m just back from my state-approved exercise for today, though I chose the bike over walking. It’s incredibly surreal. I was out for an hour and twenty, covering 40kms on roads that are usually moderately busy with cars. Today I was passed by a total of six (6) cars. It was bliss.

Obviously, the current situation is incredibly sh*t but it has shown what happens when people use cars less. While I saw very few cars, there were copious numbers of people out in their gardens. Some were gardening, some were tapping away on laptops or on the phone.

Hopefully, when we all get back to normal, we don’t go back to normal.

LC

24 March 2020, 16:43
This guy's building himself a bike with a difference
24 March 2020, 16:12
Matteo Trentin proposes a three-in-one Grand Tour

Following on from Brian Cookson's suggestion that the Grand Tours be shortened to two weeks (see further down the page), how about this from Matteo Trentin?

It would be a bit of a challenge, what with the races having different organisers and sponsors and so on (plus the fact that we don't yet know when racing will actually return) but we rather like this idea.

24 March 2020, 15:58
US rider Ben King says he feels more at risk since returning home from Italy

NTT Pro Cycling's Ben King returned to the US from his base in Tuscany when racing came to a halt because of coronavirus earlier this month.

Writing on Flobikes, he said that despite the grave situation in Italy – which has so far recorded the most deaths as a result of the virus – he feels more at risk in the US because of public attitudes.

"I know you might think I am overreacting. One month ago, I would have too. But, we just experienced all of this. I don't want to preach or come across self-righteous, but I've seen where we are headed and it's not pretty."

He describes landing in the US and seeing that, "parking lots were packed full of people carrying on as though nothing had changed. For them, it hasn't… yet.

"It's too late to stop it, but there's still time to make a difference. This isn't Italy's problem. It's ours too. It's my problem and it's yours."

24 March 2020, 15:22
Greg Van Avermaet to “enjoy some more time wearing the gold bands” after Olympics postponement

Greg Van Avermaet agrees with postponing the games – and, as 2016 Olympic road race champion, he’s also found a silver lining…

“It’s obviously disappointing to see the Olympic Games postponed as they were a big goal for me this year,” said the Belgian.

“But I completely support the decision as it is clear at a time like this that health and safety are the biggest priority and it wouldn’t have been possible to safely stage an event like the Olympic Games with thousands of people coming from all over the world.

“I think postponing the Games was the only possible option as we face so many uncertainties in the coming months and it would not have provided a fair playing field with everyone’s preparation and training put on hold right now. Even the selection process for teams would have been impossible.

“Of course, the postponement means I will be another year older which isn’t ideal but I know I will be as motivated as ever next year. It is an honour to be the Olympic Champion and now I will enjoy some more time wearing the gold bands on my CCC Team jersey and of course, I hope I can wear them beyond 2021 as well.”

24 March 2020, 14:49
Organisers still hoping to hold RideLondon in August
24 March 2020, 14:42
Cav backs Olympics postponement
24 March 2020, 14:07
Alistair Brownlee responds to Olympics postponement
24 March 2020, 13:37
Old track cycling as a spectator sport anyone?

Be interesting to know how many viewers they get for this.

Over the next weeks, the UCI will be bringing you a series of flashbacks to past UCI World Championships.

They’re kicking things off with 52-minute highlights from the 2007 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Palma de Mallorca.

24 March 2020, 13:24
Tokyo is the first ever Olympics to be postponed

As noted by Charlotte Clymer, the summer Olympics was cancelled due to war in 1916, 1940 and 1944, but this is the first ever postponement.

Rio gold medallist Callum Skinner has continued to questions the IOC's actions leading up to the postponement, which he claimed left athletes in limbo...

24 March 2020, 12:39
Breaking: the Olympics has been moved to 2021

Cyclists who were down to compete in Tokyo this summer and losing fitness by the day will be breathing a sigh of relief, as it's now been officially announced that the games has been moved to 2021. The English-language PM's Office for Japan Twitter account just tweeted: 

"After his telephone talks with IOC President Bach, PM Abe spoke to the press and explained that the two have agreed that the Tokyo Olympic Games would not be cancelled, and the games will be held by the summer of 2021."

More comments and reaction from the cycling world as we get it. 

24 March 2020, 12:15
The word 'profiteering' is being used heavily in connection with Evans Cycles' new turbo trainer pricing
24 March 2020, 11:46
Complaints that Evans Cycles is price gouging on turbo trainers

Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group, which includes Sports Direct and Evans Cycles, wrote to staff immediately after the lockdown was announced yesterday, claiming that selling sporting and fitness equipment made the company a vital asset and saying that shops should remain open.

They’ve since done an about-turn after being criticised by basically everybody.

HOWEVER…

The Evans Cycles online business remains open and it seems they’ve raised the price of their turbo trainers…

… SIGNIFICANTLY…

The Wahoo KICKR, which is £999 everywhere including the Wahoo website, is now £1,150 at Evans.

The Saris H3 is up from £849.99 to £976.

The Tacx Neo 2T is up for £1,199 to £1,379.

It’s the same story for dozens of others.

Turbo trainer sales are skyrocketing at the minute. More here.

24 March 2020, 11:28
INEOS are making hand sanitiser
24 March 2020, 10:42
Cycling UK on bike shop visits – is your journey *really* necessary?

"Cycling UK urges people to distinguish between essential and non-essential shopping trips. This is not the moment to go out and browse for a nice new bike," said Cycling UK Policy Director, Roger Geffen.

"However it’s another matter if you’re getting that neglected bike out of the shed so you can make essential journeys without relying on public transport or a lift in someone else’s car and you therefore need to get a replacement tyre or inner tube, or to get the bike repaired by a professional mechanic.

"It is for this reason we think the Government is to be applauded for keeping bike shops open. Cycling is a great way not only to make that one bout of exercise each day, but also to make those essential journeys.

"Just remember when visiting the bicycle shop to follow public health social distancing and hygiene advice."

24 March 2020, 10:04
Beefeater Bend relaxes ‘Links Rechts’ regulations in response to lockdown

If you don’t already know, Links Rechts is the song/dance they were doing at ‘Beefeater Bend’ during last year’s Tour de France (and presumably in previous years as well).

Here’s the story of Beefeater Bend.

24 March 2020, 09:35
Former UCI president Brian Cookson suggests shortened Tour de France (among other things)

Tour de France organisers ASO are reportedly still insisting there will be no postponement.

(Like many others, we’re willing to stoop to suggesting that widespread travel restrictions could greatly increase the odds of a first French winner in however-many-years.)

Former UCI president Brian Cookson went with a double ‘very’ in saying that he would be “very very surprised” if that happened.

He suggests a two-week Tour in late July or August, a two-week Giro in September and a two-week Vuelta in October.

He says the five Monuments could be slotted into intermediate weekends.

He accepts that there’s a lot that would have to happen for this to be possible.

24 March 2020, 09:22
Only cycle alone or with members of your household – Cycling UK updates advice in wake of lockdown

Following the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s address to the nation announcing strict new curbs on life in the UK, Cycling UK has updated its advice on cycling.

They say it remains advisable for people to cycle for their health, fitness and well-being, but you should only do this alone or with members of your household unless any of them have reason to self-isolate.

“Under no circumstance should you cycle or take part in any cycling activity in groups. This is critical to stop the coronavirus disease spreading between households.”

The charity is also advising that anyone who needs to travel to work if it’s absolutely necessary should consider cycling to avoid using public transport, where possible.

They say that cycling should also be considered the best means of transport when essential shopping for food for medicines.

24 March 2020, 09:07
Bike shops are allowed to stay open

Which isn't to say that they will.

The government advice actually lists bike shops twice in its list of exemptions.

Full story here.

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