Mini Cooper S works MPI with the official John cooper works conversion.
Would appreciate people Retweeting so I can make it too hot to handle and I get it back. pic.twitter.com/26zWXQpdbm
— AlecBriggs/ Pedaler (@Alec_Pedaler) April 6, 2020
Callum Skinner calls it 'the coolest car in cycling', and unfortunately it's now in the hands of thieves who saw fit to steal crit champ Alec Briggs' custom team car. Hopefully the thieves lack the brain cells to get the car resprayed and it becomes too hot to handle...
The comic decided to go for a bike ride at the weekend - and during this YouTube vlog, opened to the tune of "Wouldn't It Be Nice" by The Beach Boys, Gervais exclaimed: "Wouldn't it be nice if people would stop acting like tw*ts?"
Gervais was referring not to his fellow cyclists, but to families allegedly "blocking the whole pavement", which he argued isn't exactly conducive to social distancing:
"I thought the bike would be safer than running because you're on the road, no one's nearer except for cars... no", he explains.
"Because there were so many people, like families going out - which is fair enough - but they block the whole pavement, and they dawdle. So people are walking in the street, in the road, to overtake them. So I have to keep stopping.
"And all I can do is tut. And even that you know. People go "who does he think he is?". Oh god."
He goes on to suggest that for the police to deter people who were reportedly out catching rays during the warm weekend, they should approach overweight sunbathers, record them on mobile phones and threaten to put the footage online. We're not completely sure if that will become official government policy any time soon...
You'll read further down this blog that some Zwifters were feeling a little miffed that they had fallen down leaderboards due to the influx of professionals (reportedly well over 100) getting their training fix on the platform while they're in lockdown due to coronavirus. The general consensus is... lighten up!
We can strongly relate to this observation by Ant James...
Could this be the thing to prevent the headache of making sure your cleats are spot on each time? An SPD-SL version wouldn't go amiss either!
While we're here getting all memey, why not have a go at our very own social distancing game? You'll find me having a post-race piss-up with Jeremy Corbyn...
Excellent use of a telephoto lens by @thetimes, misleading image and reporting.
How about a photo of the 6 superbike riders at the top of the hill in conversation about how they don't care about the rules because they can outrun police?
— Francis Cade (@Francis_Cade) April 6, 2020
The accusations were made by former pro cyclist-turned filmmaker Francis Cade, with The Mirror also accused of using the same technique to make cyclists appear like they are riding in a group in this article. Neither newspaper has confirmed or denied using a telephoto lens on their articles yet, although we'll be contacting them for comment and publishing a full article later this afternoon.
“Stop sunbathing in parks or we’ll ban exercising outside”..... Seems fair 🙄
— Duncan Shea-Simonds (@DSS123) April 5, 2020
Some are accusing the government of picking on the wrong targets by threatening to ban outdoor exercising as a way to stop those who were out catching rays in the park at the weekend... will tougher measures simply penalise those following the rules, while the rulebreakers will carry on the same?
I see the legend @LukeRowe1990 has sorted him out ☺️
— Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) April 6, 2020
The four-time Tour de France champ saw that Rowe had bought a bike for a Cardiff doctor who had theirs stolen; although a nice yellow Pinarello wouldn't be a bad idea for the commute surely?
— Ashleigh Moolman (@ashleighcycling) April 3, 2020
We're going to need a separate Zwift live blog at this rate... as after the same thing happened to Thomas De Gendt last week, another pro has had their ride flagged for producing numbers that the system flagged as unrealistic.
CCC's Ashleigh Moolman says Zwift was unconvinced by her V02 max interval numbers, and once again the virtual training platform has said they will be looking into it and "a fix will be coming very soon"...
Hey Ashleigh! We're really sorry about this, it's a bug we're aware of and a fix is coming very very soon. 🙌
— Zwift (@GoZwift) April 3, 2020
— Chris Carlson (@Kiss_my_Panache) April 5, 2020
So as a solution to our earlier question, it looks like this gentleman has nailed it by overtaking the competition at warp speed using a motorbike. In all seriousness, please don't really do this...
These lockdowns are making our ambassadors get creative. @frank_schleck shows off the technical skills on the kitchen #CX course. Keep an eye out for more challenges from the Schleck family over the next few days. . . . #cx #cyclocross #3T #3Texploro #cyclinglife #instacycling #cyclingpics #gravel #gravelcycling #wymtm #stayhome
What it lacks in mud it makes up for in some very tricky twists and turns, as the Luxumberger does som cyclocrossing in his kitchen.
Last Sunday we hit a new high of 28,305, then yesterday we broke the 30k mark for the first time in Zwift's history.
But this morning we blew away our record again - hitting a peak of ~34,940 at precisely 2am PDT, or 9am GMT. Ride… https://t.co/9Mjkz12kIp pic.twitter.com/NARihcpDdY
— Zwift Insider (@zwiftinsider) April 5, 2020
The already popular virtual training app has hit new heights since the coronavirus pandemic has forced many cyclists indoors; and according to Zwift Insider, a peak of almost 35,000 users were riding simultaneously at 8am yesterday morning. Considering that is double what the peak was in January - and Zwift Insider also claims the number has grown by over 6,500 in a week - its popularity is still very much on the rise.
However, it's not all virtual hugs and kissed in Watopia, as a number of users on the Zwift Riders Facebook page have expressed their frustration at pro riders stealing their thunder and making it impossible for mortals to compete in the game's 'A-Grade' rides.
One says: "With the number of pros jumping on Zwift I think we need a new grade above the current A grade. I used to be competitive now I have no chance to even hold on to the top tier despite being 4w/kg."
Another has even started a series on Instagram documenting getting dropped by pro avatars on Zwift, and another has counted that 131 known pro cyclists are now signed up to the game. Does it need a level above the current four for the elite, or are Zwifters being too precious? Tis only a game after all...
Both training platforms staged virtual versions of the Tour of Flanders yesterday. If you watched the action, which did you prefer? Does it pass for reasonably entertaining entertainment?? There are definitely worse things on TV on a Sunday morning, we reckon...
The Belgian and 12 other pros including Thomas De Gendt and Jasper Stuyven 'faced off' for the last hour of a virtual Tour of Flanders course using Bkool's training app from the discomfort of their homes, with Van Avermaet clinching the victory. Oliver Naesen beat Irishman Nicholas Roche for second, while De Gendt was fourth.
The race was set to be held yesterday, but instead took place over the final 30km of the course in Bkool's virtual world because of the coronavirus pandemic. There was also a Zwift version that Mathieu Van der Poel took part in, because he has contractual obligations with Zwift.
CCC rider Avermaet was thrilled with his victory in the 'Lockdown' version of the race, but hopes it will be the last nonetheless...
— Greg Van Avermaet (@GregVanAvermaet) April 5, 2020
Too busy watching the (virtual) Tour of Flanders to catch up on the rest of your bike-related news over the weekend? Here's what you missed...
After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He was Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine for two years before joining road.cc in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the road.cc live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.