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Geraint Thomas raises £300k for NHS in 3 days; Shockjock engineer returns to Twitter; Brompton call for temporary cycling infra; Froome's crash injuries; Alé manufacturing medical coats; Nudist’s 70th birthday birthday suit ride+ more on the live blog

It's Friday! Jack Sexty is here to provide your lead live blog coverage today with Alex Bowden chipping in with the rhythm section intermittently.....
17 April 2020, 20:17
Geraint Thomas raises £300k+ for NHS on Zwift Shift rides

Geraint Thomas has finished his three 12-hour shifts on Zwift now, the 2018 Tour de France champion looking to raise money for NHS workers.

So far, he's raised more than £300,000.

We reckon the Cardiff boy deserves that bottle of Brain's right now.

17 April 2020, 16:08
Brompton write open letter to Minister of State for Transport calling for temporary cycling and walking infrastructure
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The letter - led by Brompton's CEO Will Butler-Adams and backed by Barts Health NHS Trust, Cycling UK, British Cycling and Sustrans amongst others - calls on Chris Heaton-Harris MP to improve street layouts for the increased number of people cycling and walking to get exercise during the pandemic, and for Key Workers. While thanking the government for their support of Brompton's Wheels For Heroes Campaign, the letter continues: 

"We have vast amounts of currently underused road space which can be temporarily reallocated at low cost. This is becoming increasingly essential as key workers choose cycling or walking to get to work, avoiding potential transmission via public transport. You will have also noticed a surge in people cycling and walking for exercise in line with the government’s public health recommendations; such measures improve conditions for these groups too.

"We welcome your Department’s statement made yesterday, clarifying that local authorities have powers to take initiatives of this kind using Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders and similar procedures. Our organisations would, however, urge you to go further and provide a clear positive ministerial statement encouraging local highway authorities to consider implementing temporary initiatives of this kind.

"Finally, post the current lockdown restrictions, a large proportion of the UK population will again be moving around towns and cities, but hesitant to use public transport where there is a greater risk of transmission. In order to mitigate against a second wave influx of Coronavirus cases, we feel it prudent to plan ahead and implement these temporary measures now for key workers but also to allow the wider population to travel by bicycle or by foot in the short term as lockdown restrictions lift."

17 April 2020, 10:34
Sweary engineer Hambini deletes Twitter
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YouTuber Hambini - who featured on yesterday's live blog after using a metaphor about ISO tolerances to urge his viewers to make comments about a Cycling Weekly presenter's genitals on one of his videos - has deleted his Twitter account. On his YouTube community board he claims he has received "a load of death threats and racist abuse"; although when asked to provide screenshots in the comments, he said: "It's not like the authorities do anything." 

YouTube have also banned the offending video. He's since continued to interact with followers on his YouTube community board, liking a number of the comments: 

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He also commented back to a follower who took issue with coverage of the debacle on, claiming that will "have gone bust in 2 months." 

Update: His Twitter account's back.

17 April 2020, 16:04
£1,000 reward to find Somerset shover who broke cyclist’s shoulder with push from passenger seat of Land Rover

The regular at Bad Ass Bikes was reportedly pushed off by a passenger in a Land Rover Freelander near the hamlet of Charterhouse in Somerset, and the bike shop are offering a £1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. 

The cyclist suffered a broken collar bone and dislocated shoulder and was unable to get the numberplate, also warning cyclists to be extra vigilant of angry drivers. 

17 April 2020, 14:20
Cycling apparel brand Alé now manufacturing medical coats, and calls for "industry to get back on track" in Italy
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Alé have joined other cycling brands such as Muc-Off, Santini and Scicon in helping in the fight against COVID-19, making their Veronese factories available for manufacturing medical coats. 

The coat will be donated to hospitals and doctors in Italy's time of need, and Alé's CEO Alessia Piccolo called in the country to use their industry power to help fight the disease: 

"95% of our production of cycling garments takes place in Italy, in our factories in Bonferraro near Verona. We have a state-of-the-art facility that, and during times like these it is our duty to make it available to the community. These medical coats are a small step, but they make us infinitely proud.

"The pandemic highlighted how, from the medical supply point of view, the Italian supply chain represented the real weak link in the chain. Today, I’m ready to make our factories available, from cutting, sewing, packaging and printing, to meet the most urgent needs, as we have done for these suits.

"Alé, though, can do much more but the industry needs to get back on track. Indeed, our economy must restart immediately. Our factory and our facilities are already equipped with all the necessary features to be able to do it. Only in this way will we be able to work to get out of this emergency quickly".

17 April 2020, 12:35
G's Zwift Shifts hit £250,00

Over a quarter of a million has now been raised for the NHS on GoFundMe, with a few hours left to go of the third 12 hour shift. Cycling commentator Rebecca Charlton joined in for an hour, and received perhaps the most uncomplimentary compliment there ever was... 

17 April 2020, 11:56
Chris Froome also helping with France's coronavirus efforts

What with living in Monaco, Froome is also helping Ineos deliver disinfectant and sanitiser to hospitals in France. 

17 April 2020, 13:24
The Re-Cycle range uses recycled plastic and can be recycled into new helmets once at the end of its product life
17 April 2020, 10:46
Man heads out for a nude bike ride after original 70th birthday plans were cancelled

Moving swiftly on from Froome to Frome, a resident of the Somerset town has decided to mark his 70th birthday by going on a ride in his birthday suit - and despite the streets being mostly deserted, savvy spotter Nicky Birchall managed to 'nip' out and grab a quick photo for the Spotted About Frome Facebook page. 

Committed naturist Mike Grenville told Frome Nub News that he wanted to commemorate his landmark birthday "in another memorable way"... so headed out for an early morning ride in the buff, apart from his helmet (insert joke here). 

He said: "I've been a naturist since I was about nine, although my parents weren't.

"I've been on naturist holidays and taken part in the Bristol World Naked Bike Ride - although I've never taken to the saddle naked in Frome before.

"I thought as it was my birthday it would be good to start the day in my birthday suit. There were a few cars on the road at that time, but hardly any pedestrians.

"It was freezing cold though and my fingers suffered."

Just your fingers, sure thing Mr Grenville... 

17 April 2020, 07:53
Chris Froome reveals extent of his injuries from horror crash last June

*Refrain from scrolling down if you don't want to see the nastiness*

As you will all know, Froome sustained multiple fractures while doing a recce of the Critérium du Dauphiné TT course last year, crashing into a wall at speeds reported to be as high as 70km/h... and now he claims his remarkable recovery is almost complete, while also revealing some of the gruesome injuries he suffered. Some may also recall some rather bizarre conspiracy theories that cropped up during the time that suggested Froome could have feigned the injuries to skip doping tests. They'll most likely find another angle, but for the rest of the developed world these images will now well and truly put those doubts to bed... 

There's also a small plug for Ineos' hand sanitiser operation during the pandemic at the end of Froome's post, with the firm aiming to deliver 1 million free bottles of hand sanitiser a month to NHS hospitals - more info here

17 April 2020, 08:57
Bloody cyclists, stopping at imaginary red lights...
17 April 2020, 08:36
G starts his final 12 hour Zwift Shift

The 2018 Tour de France champ began his final 'shift' about an hour ago, and has received plenty of encouragement from the public... 

The GoFundMe has raised £221,500 and counting for the NHS so far, donate here

17 April 2020, 07:46
'Veldrijden' (or cyclocross to you and me) explained

Belgium's finest(?) sporting export is performed on the wrong bikes that are way too expensive, and nobody's watching because the crowd are all too drunk. Sign me up... 

17 April 2020, 08:08

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Arriving at 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 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.  

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