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16/08/2019, 15:27

Well, we didn't see that coming!

Dan Martin has jumped shipped from UAE Emirates to join Israel Cycling Academy on a two-year deal, suggesting that the Pro-Continental team is serious about stepping up to World Tour level next year.

Despite a disappointing 18th place finish in this year's Tour, Martin is still a brilliant buy.

16/08/2019, 15:20

We're hurting just looking at this...

16/08/2019, 14:56

London cyclists at Hyde Park Corner (copyright Britishcycling.org_.uk).jpg

Exercise an effective way to treat depression, according to study

16/08/2019, 14:26

Ouch! Broken bikes puts WNT-Rotor out of race.

16/08/2019, 13:37

Dutch e-bike brand admits staging hidden camera sting

Forbes reports on a recently-released VanMoof video which purported to show members of the public buying bikes from an actor posing as a thief.

Turns out the whole thing was staged by the Dutch e-bike start-up.

At the time of writing, the campaign’s still live.

Here’s the video.

16/08/2019, 13:28

Cycle Surgery launch BBC Children in Need jersey to raise funds for the charity

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Cycle Surgery, together with BBC Children in Need, have come together to launch the first ever BBC Children in Need cycle jersey, made by premium cycling apparel brand Primal. The unique unisex cycling jersey is now available from Cycle Surgery, both in-store and online, and has plenty of the technical features you'd expect to find through the rest of their range. 

The jersey costs £29.99 with proceeds going directly to BBC Children in Need, if you want one you can buy it here

16/08/2019, 13:16

Parcours launch the Alta, their first gravel wheelset

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British wheel brand Parcours have gone gravel with the launch of their latest hoops, the Alta. Weighing in at 1,460g, they're described as robust enough for gravel detours yet suitably feathery for climbing on smooth tarmac. The rim depth is 35mm and the outer width is 29mm, with 12mm thru-axles as standard that can be converted should you need. 

The price is £849 a set, and you can add a dynamo hub for an addiontal £200. You can check them out and pre-order for a September delivery on Parcours' website now.

16/08/2019, 12:32

Post-Ride Hydration Beers for All!

Disregarding all of the other negative side effects of alcohol, it seems that beer has no adverse effects on hydration markers when consumed post-exercise.

We'll add a pizza in, just for good measure!

16/08/2019, 11:47

Justice (Lonpicman, Wikimedia Commons)

Road rage driver who chased cyclist and then rammed him spared jail

James Carroll handed a two-year ban and will be fitted with an electronic tag. Cyclist suffered a broken hip.

Full story here.

16/08/2019, 11:25


Have you ever seen a bike with no seat tube?

Now you have! Read all about this special bike here which employs 3D printing technology. 

16/08/2019, 11:03

Very late notice that a stretch of the Taff Trail is closed

16/08/2019, 10:29

Mitchelton-Scott going Yatesless at the Vuelta

After riding both the Giro and the Tour, it was always highly unlikely that Simon Yates would return to the Vuelta after winning last year. No Adam either though.

16/08/2019, 10:01

Make your own carbon fibre chainring that's 75% lighter than a steel one

Calling all weight weenies! If you've ever thought about making a carbon fibre chainring, here's a good project showing some of the testing and construction that has gone into making one. We're not sure about the bike that it's been fitted to however...

You can read the detailed PDF document here.

16/08/2019, 09:23

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The newspapers have been trawling through that “Maddest Day Ever In Brighton” YouTube channel

Footage of a group of youths cycling through a Brighton supermarket was published by a number of national newspaper websites last week. The coverage resulted in a police appeal for victims.

The video has since been deleted and the uploader has posted an apology.

He might have to take a closer look through his previous uploads though as this week those same newspapers published a video from July in which he is seen doing wheelies through London where he is involved in a collision and angry confrontation with a Mercedes driver.

You can find the original video here. The collision occurs at 11m45s.

16/08/2019, 08:21

"You f**king assholes are blocking the bike lane for no reason": angry commuter lays into NYPD



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In this not-so-pleasant exchange, a commuter sees red after police officers block a bike lane in numbers. It's not completely clear why they're blocking the lane, but the commuter shouting "there is no terrorist threat" suggests they were responding to a security alert.

The 'On the Bike Lane' Instagram account that shared the clip posts instances of bad bike lane form daily, the latest below being another example of authorities blocking a lane. The NYPD have come under scrutiny for their response towards cyclist fatalities as of late, with officers instructed to ticket cyclists for infringements - Mayor de Blasio has promised to address the city's rising fatality rate and change the way police respond to incidents, with 19 cyclists killed since the turn of 2019. 

Cyclist deaths are also on the rise across the United States with 840 recorded in 2016, reports NPR.



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16/08/2019, 08:37

Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels reopen after six year wait

The £16 million refurbishment that began in 2013 is now complete, with side-by-side tunnels for cyclists and pedestrians that will transport people under the River Tyne between Howdon on the north bank and Jarrow on the south bank.  
The Grade II listed structure has been restored to its former glory with 28,000 ceramic tiles replaced and 2,500 meters of cable installed, according to Sustrans. Have you used it on your commute this morning? Do send us some pics for the archive if you get the chance, we might even send you some lovely road.cc socks to say ta...

16/08/2019, 08:43

Not bad...

At the age of 24 and competing at the highest level in three cycling disciplines, Mathieu van der Poel has pretty much got the hang of this cycling thing. 

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 joined road.cc in 2017, having previously worked for 220 Triathlon magazine. 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.