A London teacher, working at a school that is still open for vulnerable children and children of key workers, has had her bike stolen two days after she bought it.
I’m a teacher. My brand new bike was stolen last night. I bought it to cycle to school to support the #NHS and vulnerable children during the #coronavirus outbreak. If anyone is able to help get my bike back, please reach out. #coronahelp #Bekind @StolenRide pic.twitter.com/ADFYgmXwpx
— Cheryl Mortezaee (@CherylMortezaee) March 25, 2020
“I am a primary school teacher in London,” she told Stolen Ride. “My school, like many, is still open for vulnerable children and children of key workers, like our NHS heroes.
“Due to the London lockdown and the advisement against using public transport, I bought myself a new Carrera Axle ltd from Halfords on Sunday to ensure I can still get to work.
“Unfortunately, I woke up on Wednesday morning to find my bike had been stolen from where I had it locked in the gated and covered parking garage under my building (in Colliers Wood, south west London). In order to take it, someone must have climbed over the fence, cut the lock (which they took with them) and hoist the bike over the fence and down to another person. I believe it was an organised and planned theft.
“It is very unfortunate that, at a time when we should be working together, some people are taking advantage. I only had my bike two days and therefore don’t have any photos of it, other than the one I took of it on display in Halfords to share with a friend of mine, who is quite into bikes, for advice on whether it was a good buy or not.”
Earlier today, Dr Dan Harvey – who has been treating coronavirus patients in Nottingham – tweeted to say that when he finished his shift at 2am, he discovered that his bike (and more) had been stolen.
1. Finished my shift trying to save lives from COVID 19 on the ICU at Queens Medical Centre last night, 2 hours late at 2am. Someone had stolen my bike from the locked staff compound. You have stolen my way to get to work, my time and my sleep (in short supply at the moment). But pic.twitter.com/aI4rhGWNwR
— Dan Harvey (@danjrharvey) March 26, 2020
He was swiftly contacted by three firms offering to help out.
Manchester’s cycling commissioner, Chris Boardman, who is chairman of Boardman bikes got in touch, as did folding bike specialist, Brompton.
Harvey’s bike was a Ribble CGR Ti and the Lancashire firm tweeted: “Hey Dan, we’d like to help you get back on 2 wheels ASAP, please could you DM us with your contact details and we can get you a bike sorted. Thanks Team Ribble”
Forbes reports that the firm is hoping to get a like-for-like replacement out to him tomorrow.
Last week we reported on a similar response after a bike was stolen from an NHS nurse.
Thankfully, thanks to police efforts, that bike was recovered and returned.
Huge thanks to all who shared! Thanks to @metpoliceuk, @lucywellings is reunited with her bike. Given the support and offers for help, it would be fab to share this wider & make bikes available to more frontline staff in need. #TourDeThanks #bikesharing #NHS pic.twitter.com/u7o8M6Ya68
— Bethany Hey (@BethanyHey) March 20, 2020
Earlier this week, a London doctor treating coronavirus patients in intensive care said she would need to walk to work after her bike was stolen from a secure car park at the building where she lives.
Again, there was a swift response on social media and she has been fixed up with a replacement.
How in hell would they achieve this?
French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu says they’re still pondering what to do about this year’s Tour de France.
She reckons there are a few possibilities. As well as postponing or cancelling the race, she says it could also be held without fans at the roadside.
"The economic model of the Tour de France is not based on ticketing but on TV rights," she said.
"In this period of confinement, everyone is aware and responsible. Everyone understood the benefits of staying at home and therefore favouring the television show rather than the live show."
Earlier this week, former UCI president Brian Cookson suggested shortening the Tour to two weeks and holding it in August, followed by a two-week Giro in September and a two-week Vuelta in October.
Later that day, Matteo Trentin – who was won a stage in each of the Grand Tours – made an even more radical suggestion: a single three-in-one Grand Grand Tour running through France, Italy and Spain.
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Jake Hill-Gowing is trying to ride the 3,500km distance of the Tour de France on an exercise bike he says has largely been used as a clothes horse for the last three years.
He’s trying to raise £5,000 for Big Issue vendors who cannot sell the magazine on the streets at the minute.
“I’ve been quite friendly with The Big Issue vendor Stevie outside the front of our office for the past three years,” he said.
“I was looking to receive The Big Issue digitally because I buy the magazine from him every week. But then I thought: is there anything more I can do?
“Then I remembered I’ve got this exercise bike in my flat which I’ve been using for a clothes horse for the past three years and I thought: has anyone tried a sponsored cycle in self-isolation? It was just something to do to stop me going mental.”
Hill-Gowing has so far raised over £1,600.
“I kind of said that I was going to do the distance of the Tour de France without looking it up,” he confessed. “But when I found out how long it was I was like ‘I guess I’ve committed to this now’.”
The Handlebars repair network is rolling out a new bike collection and return service in London.
They cover all of zone 1 and 2 and their mechanics will service and return your bike in 24-48 hours.
They say they’re taking extra safety precautions at the minute, including ensuring that mechanics and drivers wear protective masks and gloves at all times, having mechanics work in isolation and ensuring all bikes are fully wiped down and disinfected on collection and on return.
Prices range from £60 to £160 or it’s free for NHS staff.
You can book online here.
Ready for our first #ReadySetRide game? 🙌
It’s important to have strong hands and grip when you’re riding a bike, so grab a couple of sheets of paper and let’s get started! 🔖🚴♀️ #SchoolClosureUK
Track your progress 👉 https://t.co/Zqy62nbCmI
— British Cycling (@BritishCycling) March 26, 2020
The Shropshire Star reports on the death of Christabel Timmins, who suffered 55 per cent burns and died of multiple organ three weeks after her e-bike battery exploded while charging.
The incident occurred in June 2018 while Timmins and her partner Tim Rhodes were staying at the Pendyffryn Caravan Park in Dwygyfylchi, near Penmaenmawr.
The couple had bought e-bikes in 2014 and Rhodes said he decided to charge the lithium batteries inside their motorhome.
As they were preparing for bed there was an explosion.
Rhodes had been in the cab and managed to get out. He then pulled Timmins out the same way.
Recording a conclusion of accidental death, Elizabeth Dudley-Jones, assistant coroner for North Wales East and Central, said she was satisfied that the source of the fire was one of the batteries.
Do you know who’s the most popularly searched rider on Pro Cycling Stats at the minute?
— ProCyclingStats.com (@ProCyclingStats) March 26, 2020
It’s US military cyclist Maatje Benassi.
Benassi competed in the 7th CISM Military World Games in Wuhan in October.
Some guy called George Webb, “an investigative journalist in Washington DC”, reckons she could be patient zero of COVID-19.
English language Chinese newspaper Global Times reports that, “His conclusions, although without strong evidence, triggered questions on Chinese social media.”
Raleigh have launched a cycle-to-work scheme. Electric Bike Access means customers can save up to 42 per cent on retail prices of electric bikes.
“The electric bike can be a true alternative to cars, particularly for shorter journeys,” said Pippa Wibberley, Marketing Director at Raleigh UK.
“Commuters can combine the savings on fuel and parking with the enormous benefits to health and wellbeing. As well as the positive environmental impact, the bicycle could revolutionise the way we travel and dramatically reduce congestion in our towns and cities.”
The scheme allows employees to purchase bikes and spread the cost interest-free over 12 months by paying for a bike from their pre tax salary.
Bikes from Raleigh, Haibike and Lapierre are included.
You can shop online and have the bike delivered to your home or one of Raleigh’s authorised retailers.
And here’s more of an explanation.
UAE Team Emirates rider Max Richeze has been released from the UAE hospital where he spent 18 days after testing positive for coronavirus during the UAE Tour.
He said that two tests for COVID-19 came back negative and he was discharged.
Good news for @MaxRicheze who has the all-clear to travel home 🙏
"I want to thank all the doctors and nurses at the hospital for their help. A special thanks also to my team and all the people who gave me messages of support and love. Gracias!"#UAETeamEmirates #RideTogether pic.twitter.com/rlWYIxeYBE
— @UAE-TeamEmirates (@TeamUAEAbuDhabi) March 25, 2020
Richeze’s teammate, Fernando Gaviria, remains in quarantine with the rest of the team.
Last week on the live blog, we reported how Belgian riders Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) and Maxim Pirard had gone for a quick 365km spin.
Inspired by this, Astana's Laurens De Vreese has posted a ride to Strava he's tagged as the #OliverNaesenChallenge
De Vreese did 369km. Even more strikingly, he did it on a turbo trainer.
Someone really should point out to him that you can choose to ride different courses on Zwift. (Or maybe he's just pacing himself in the expectation that he'll eventually ride all of them in the coming weeks and months.)
Posting about the feat on Twitter, the UCI reckoned De Vreese sustained himself with four sandwiches.
— UCI (@UCI_cycling) March 26, 2020
We don't know about you, but we'd eat four sandwiches in 11 hours without even going near a turbo trainer.
▶️ Stay 2m+ away from others
▶️ Stick to designated cycle routes
▶️ Respect the speed limit and other park users
▶️ Don’t race or spit
These are rules, not requests. Work together or we will have to close the parks to cyclists. #CoronavirusLockdownUK
— The Royal Parks (@theroyalparks) March 26, 2020
They've given similar advice to joggers (albeit without the threat).
All the same, the message has had a mixed response.
Some have pointed out that rat-running motorists in Regent's Park aren't helping matters.
It's very hard when you are pinned against the kerb by rat runners - just shut the gates. This is a national emergency. https://t.co/8gaeN5yasF
— The Dynaslow 🚴♂️🐈👨👩👧 (@TheDynaslow) March 26, 2020
At the weekend, Richmond Park Cyclists urged people to ride alone or risk being banned after images showed cyclists queueing at one of the refreshment kiosks.
Rules on social distancing were widely ignored by many visitors - not just cyclists - resulting in motor vehicles being banned from three Royal Parks and the closure of a number of cafés and kiosks.
The first one's later this morning.
Perfect for indoor play or in the garden! 🕺
— British Cycling (@BritishCycling) March 25, 2020