Froome keeps tabs on the Giro
— Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) May 24, 2019
As he says himself...
...if anyone should be capable of riding while staring at their stem...
— Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) May 24, 2019
Vandals target Edinburgh hire bikes – 100 trashed in a fortnight
Most bikes repairable but some dockless bikes more badly damaged.
Pedal like a Movistar pro with new Fizik Vento Powerstrap R1 shoes
Fizik is launching its new Vento Powerstrap R1 Movistar Team racing shoes on the 7th June so you can get that pro look. They’ll cost £224.99.
They first debuted in the Tour Down Under earlier this year and are being worn by the Movistar Team and Movistar Women Team riders throughout the 2019 racing calendar
The shoes use a new twin Velcro strap arrangement, the lower one crossing the foot twice. This Powerstap design is claimed to provide a more secure fit with a great range of customisation.
They’re also very light thanks to a full unidirectional carbon fibre sole and lightweight fabrics.
If you like the look of the shoes but are wondering if any other colours are available, you’re flat out of luck I’m afraid, as this Movistar colour is the only option.
“Like all equipment at the level we race, we all need to totally rely on our shoes – to be comfortable, predictable, and always perform as we need, whatever the race, the time of day, the effort, the incline. The Vento R1s just suit me beautifully. I put them on, and I forget all about them,” says Movistar Team’s Mikel Landa.
“The popularity of this new shoe with the Movistar Team riders led us to look at producing them for general sale to the public,” added Carlo Maria Ferrero, fizik’s Marketing and Communications Manager.
“We always like to give our athletes the choice of the best equipment and it’s an interesting experience to discover what suits which rider – it’s part of our ongoing feedback and development program. We ask them to try different shoes and stick with what works for them.
“It’s a generalisation, because everyone’s different, but there’s a consensus that some riders prefer the new Vento Powerstrap R1 because of the predictable practicality, while others may prefer the Infinito R1’s double-Boa closure system so they can easily tighten mid-ride for intense effort. Whatever shoes each rider prefers, we wish them the best of luck this year.”
Chris Boardman pleads for national cycling infrastructure standards
Sadiq Khan reveals quality criteria for new Cycleways and criticises boroughs ‘wedded to the status quo’
Rapha has launched a new commuter backpack
Rapha has launched a new backpack aimed to meet the demands of commuting cyclists.
The Roll Top Backpack is made from tough hard-wearing fabrics, the roll top opening provides large access to the contents and is secured by a retractable clip. A single loop of webbing over the front provides a handy place to hang light and locks. The back panel features three padded panels to provide comfort and prevent too much heat buildup, and the straps are similarly padded.
Visibility is a big concern when battling through busy streets on the commute so Rapha has given the backpack reflective tabs on the straps and the entire bottom panel is reflective.
Luggage capacity is 15 litres and extends to space for a 15” laptop inside a dedicated padded sleeve, and there are smaller pockets for essentials and an external pocket. Pink lining inside the main compartment apparently makes it easier to locate things.
One neat detail is the base which ensures the backpack will stand up without falling over.
If you like what you see it’s available now from www.rapha.cc and costs £100.
Tao Geoghegan Hart abandons the Giro
Hart break: Picture of Tao Geoghegan Hart after his crash and before his withdrawal has just dropped on the Getty wires. He crashed on the descent of the first climb after getting in the day's break #Giro102 pic.twitter.com/G3Atiqvsat
— Felix Lowe (@saddleblaze) May 24, 2019
A crash on a descent early on in the stage forces the Londoner out of the Giro.
Ineos says that he is being accompanied by a team doctor and his injuries don't appear to be as bad as first thought.
— Team INEOS (@TeamINEOS) May 24, 2019
Heal up fast Tao!
Advice for May - 'Get your bike fixed'
"You have the blues and don't quite know where to go" - Former Danish PM @HelleThorning_S offers words of advice to Theresa May
Political Thinking with @BBCNickRobinson
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) May 24, 2019
Former Danish PM Helle Thorning has some ways to beat the blues when you resign as Prime Minister. It's advice for a niche audience but we're all for shoehorning in a cycling reference!
Thorning was speaking about how she dealt with the period following her time as the Danish PM, saying that she started cycling around Copenhagen and figuring out how the bus system worked.
So who knows, Londoners, you might just see Theresa May pedaling around Parliament Square on the 8th of June...
Or she might binge-watch Game of Thrones. Spoiler alert, Brand the Broken wins...
A fast start to Stage 13 then...
.@DeGendtThomas @Lotto_Soudal on the attack as he tries to make the breakaway on #Giro Stage 13. It's the only way he knows! #VelonLive
Avg Speed: 40.8km/h
Max Speed: 78.8km/h
Avg Power: 330W
Normalised power: 385W
Max Power: 1090W
Avg Cadence: 80rpm pic.twitter.com/06mUbKcB6l
— Velon CC (@VelonCC) May 24, 2019
Belgian breakaway specialist Thomas DeGendt's numbers are pretty impressive, especially given the climbs to come in today's stage.
Lance Armstrong "wouldn't change a thing" about his doping – it’s all about learning and growth and all that…
“I was asking for them to come after me,” he said.
Spin to win
Uber data shows it might be quicker to walk
The INRIX 2018 Traffic Scorecard showed that in a number of UK cities the quickest way of getting about is by bike. It found that last-mile traffic speed in London is just 7mph.
It’s a growing trend. Last year The Telegraph concluded that the average speed of an urban driver will be less than that of a cyclist within a decade.
We’ve now got Uber data that suggests the same thing. In fact Forbes points out that in some areas driving is slower than walking.
The company has released Uber Movement Speeds, which shows that London motorists trying to get through Trafalgar Square rarely exceed 4mph, while those on Northumberland Avenue average 3mph.