Tomorrow I’ll be starting my first of 3 12hrs turbo rides. Wales’ top try scorer @ShaneWilliams11 is joining me for all 3. Surely the 2 guys in joint 2nd would be keen as well😉@George_North @gareththomas14 https://t.co/V4yNaiULZY #GsNHSZwiftShifts
— Geraint Thomas (@GeraintThomas86) April 14, 2020
The Tour de France champ will be doing three 12 hour shifts on Zwift on three consecutive days to mirror typical NHS hospital shifts, and the 'action' will all be live streamed via his own and Team Ineos' social media feeds. G's NHS Zwift Shifts has already raised over £25,000 of the £100,000 target for the Association of NHS Charities on GoFundMe - you can donate and find out more here.
120 years of cycling in 120 seconds ✨
Today is the 120th anniversary of the UCI but whilst it’s no time for celebration, we will overcome this crisis and continue to create unforgettable sporting memories. #CyclingUnited pic.twitter.com/3A0J4HOrz9
— UCI (@UCI_cycling) April 14, 2020
The organisation has been around since 1900, and has rounded up some highlights in the video above.
We've had a fair bit of reaction to the image posted on Gordon Hollingworth's Twitter page this morning, telling cyclists to stop "panting viruses" through the village of Coveney... and it turns out locals elsewhere are also attempting to impose their own interpretation of the lockdown recommendations on others.
The photo above courtesy of sjplake in the comments is reportedly from Harrogate, rhetorically asking cyclists if they are 30 minutes from home with the obligatory "protect the NHS" underneath... presumably they've interpreted the government's restrictions to mean that outdoor exercise has to be limited to one hour, when no such law or recommendation exists.
Members of the Bristol Cyclists Facebook page also claim that some residents in the village of Pill are threatening to blockade part of a route from Bristol to Portishead to stock cyclists from using the route.
kil0ran also spotted a sign saying 'road closed' with 'residents only' scrawled on with a sharpie pen; most likely an unofficial (therefore illegal) effort to keep cyclists away from the road.
In the comments section on this blog, we're drawn to this concise summary of the matters in question from srchar:
"One of the many negative social aspects of lockdown is that it has given every curtain-twitching Walter Mitty type an excuse to vent their misplaced hatred for people who do things they just don't like. It's actually quite worrying how readily this has happened and how quick people in positions of authority have been to encourage it.
"...The common theme is that they just hate people who do something that they enjoy and which makes them happy."
It's not all just pedalling, as Froome lets us into his gym routine... of which he claims to have definitely done more than one rep of each exercise.
Fans have to download the template on the Ale Cycling website, draw it out with whichever digital technique they prefer (no sponsors permitted) and then post the design to Instagram. A panel will then select a shortlist of six and decide the winneer from April 24th - more info on how to enter here.
Yeah, sadly so much of this right now. We have already replaced stolen bikes for a doctor, a nurse, a supermarket worker, food distribution person, an HCA, all who have their bikes stolen at work in the last 2 weeks. Awful. But glad we could help. Ask her to contact us x https://t.co/ABXauWW95s
— GlosBikeProject (@GlosBikeProject) April 13, 2020
There's been numerous reports of key workers having their bikes stolen since the pandemic began; and numerous brands, retailers and individuals from Chris Boardman, to Halfords to Luke Rowe have stepped in to provide replacements. The Gloucestershire Bike Project tell road.cc they've already gifted 50 bikes to key workers, sadly a number of those went to people who had theirs stolen - their crowdfunder to raise cash to give more bikes to key workers during the pandemic has already raised over £9,000 with a £50,000 target - you can donate here.
Meanwhile across the pond, Specialized are giving new bikes to essential workers either from recommendations or personal applications - they will be gathering submissions on 22nd April and giving out bikes on a first-come-first-served basis to successful applicants, find out more here.
An interesting #lockdown #design #exercise to see how the UK #supermarket #branding would look applied as a simple #cycling #jersey design. . . . . . #bike #cyclingjersey #cyclingkit #kitdesign #concept #conceptartwork #brand #logo #bespoke #graphicdesign #customkit #customcyclingkit #procycling #aldi #asda #coop #iceland #johnlewis #lidl #morrisons #sainsbury #tesco #waitrose
Phill Brown Design has brought the idea to life, creating Aldi, Asda, Iceland, John Lewis, Morrisons, Tesco, Waitrose, Sainbury's Co-Op and Lidl jerseys. We think we've seen the latter somewhere before...
Marca claim that a new calendar has been decided by the organisers of the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España. They say that the Tour de France will take place from 2nd-25th August, the Vuelta will be in September and the Giro is set for October. The Giro's race director Mauro Vegni is reported to have 'confirmed' there are no plans to shorten any of the Tours, with all three set to take place over three weeks as before.
Chances of this happening?
Cade took 27 hours to achieve the feat, climbing 17,696 virtual metres in 27 hours and 28 minutes and stopping only for two hours of sleep and some comfort breaks. Fellow cyclists Alex Hill also began the ride, but had to pull out after 11 hours wit injury. They raised £13,400 NHS Charities Together, which is providing support to staff and volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cade commented at the end: “I’m really tired, a little sore, but feeling good. It’s weird, it hasn’t quite sunk in yet.
“I can’t believe how much we’ve managed to raise. I want to thank everyone who tuned in and donated, it just goes to show how much the National Health Service means to all of us and how valuable it is.
“I’m looking forward to having some recovery time now - having a shower, a long nap and maybe some pizza.”
If you have 27 hours to spare, you can relive it all on the live stream when it's finished processing...
The Piet Mondrian-inspired La Vie Claire jersey a worn by Bernard Hinault and Greg Lemond has been officially crowned road.cc readers' greatest jersey of all time. We'll be following up with an article paying homage to this classic maillot later in the week.
🔔WORLD EXCLUSIVE🔔 After many months of development and creative thinking we are delighted to announce that we have now launched our exclusive blend created by cycling legend @damesarahstorey . . . . . #coffee #sportinglegends #sarahstorey #cycling #olympics #news #coffeebeans #subscriptionbox #giftideas #giftbox #onlineshopping #onlinesubscription #kilo #bagsofbeans #cycle #theolympics #brand #velo
We missed this one last week, but Britain's most successful Paralympian has teamed up with Black Circle Coffee for her own special blend:
"With cafe rides a thing of the past, we decided to team up with Black Circle Coffee so you could bring your coffee shop coffee to your house", says Storey.
A 1kg pouch costs £34, which you can buy here.
How about redo this one as "Best home trainers you can actually BUY in 2020"... Almost every smart trainer in the country sitting in a box next to excess bog roll somewhere...
— Big Foz (@FastFoz) April 14, 2020
It appears our buyer's guide to the best home trainers needs a temporary headline edit. On another note, if anyone else has moved house recently and genuinely needed to buy a freezer for reasons that extend beyond stockpiling chicken dippers, you'll feel this author's pain...
I can’t confirm or deny if I and most of the rest of the team kept their games skin-suit despite being told to return it 😂
— Callum Skinner (@CallumSkinner) April 14, 2020
Spotting our article on Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish discussing their displeasure at being told to return their skinsuits and bikes from the Olympics, the 2016 team sprint gold medallist may be hinting that he might have a GB suit or two lying around in his draw too.
Despite numerous researchers and articles claiming that a greater distance should be left to cyclists around you - including an academic white paper widely shared on social media and our own investigation into the matter - British Cycling are recommending "at least 2m apart" in their latest social media posts. They also quote Professor John Edmunds of London School of Hygiene who says that banning outdoor exercise would do little to curve the pandemic, but would have "a marked impact on people's health and wellbeing."
Went out for an easy ride, found the least welcoming village in Cambridgeshire... pic.twitter.com/ogAaRXyusv
— Gordon Hollingworth (@gsholling) April 13, 2020
Gordon Hollingworth was out getting his daily exercise yesterday, when he happened across the rather unwelcoming sign in the village of Coveney. In what could have made a nice little Haiku with some rearrangement, the sign says:
"Stop panting viruses through our village
According to Cambridgeshire Live one person was responsible for the sign, and it was branded "the most ridiculous sign I have ever seen" by a person commenting on the Coveney village Facebook page. Their Parish Council chairman Councillor Barry Matthews said it was put up without permission on a public highway and would be removed; he said no one had come forward to claim ownership of the sign or 'air' their grievances with the council.
It appears this is a local village for local people, and non-local cyclists aren't welcome according to this local sign made by a local person, which didn't go unnoticed in the comments underneath Mr Hollingworth's Twitter post...
Yes this sounds like my people pic.twitter.com/HLuc4ydClh
— Hannah 😈 🚲 (@theeyecollector) April 13, 2020
If you want some tips on how to ride responsibly during the pandemic and avoid spluttering deadly viruses all over quaint Cambridgeshire villages, check out our comprehensive guide.
Feel free to have a go yourself in the comments of course.
— Port of Dover Police (@portdoverpolice) April 11, 2020
The Port of Dover Police smelt a rat just before the superbike left UK shores to be sold on the black market, with the owner "overjoyed" that his pride and joy was recovered; it just so happened to be a Trek Madone aero road machine with Ultegra Di2 and Bontrager deep rims, worth somewhere in the region of £8.5k.
Since posting the news, the owner met his bike's saviours and collected it over the weekend...
— Port of Dover Police (@portdoverpolice) April 12, 2020
President Macron said that restrictions on public events and large gatherings would continue until mid-July in France due to the coronavirus pandemic, making it virtually impossible for Le Tour to happen as it usually does.
The Tour de France race organisers ASO are yet to comment.
Got carried away on the turbo? Sudoku marathon get a bit out of hand? Here's what you missed while your mind was occupied elsewhere...
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.