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18/09/2019, 15:44

#WhereisWout? Bahrain Merida...

It's been rumoured for a while, but now it's official that Poels has left Team Ineos to join Bahrain-Merida. Coinciding with the team's recent partnership with the British automotive manufacturer McLaren, Poels said in a statement: “It’s impossible not to admire what Team Bahrain Merida has achieved in less than three seasons, and I’m very excited about the opportunity that its joint venture with McLaren offers.

“Combined with Rod Ellingworth’s expertise, McLaren’s involvement promises to make Bahrain Merida one of the best and most captivating teams in the peloton, and I look forward to playing a key part in its future success.”

18/09/2019, 14:32

Swiss pro tweets (and deletes) pic of his broken Bianchi

Swiss pro cyclist Simon Pellaud tweeted – and swiftly deleted but not before it was screengrabbed – a picture of the Bianchi Specialissima bike he was riding when he crashed spectacularly as he sprinted for second place at the Tour du Doubs on Sunday.

Simon Pellaud Bianchi Specialissima

The incident has got plenty of attention – crashes in bike races aren’t unusual, unfortunately, but ones involving a single rider apparently due to equipment failure certainly are.

There’s been a lot of speculation about what caused the steerer tube of the IAM Excelsior rider’s Bianchi Specialissima to snap at the French one-day race.

As our tech editor David Arthur explains here, such equipment failures are more often than not due to human error somewhere along the line rather than an inherent defect.

Our suspicion is that the stem bolts holding the steering tube in place may have been tightened beyond their maximum torque tolerance, putting excessive stress on it and causing it to break.

Here's the crash itself in case you missed it.

18/09/2019, 15:13

Madison-Genesis post farewell video after riding final race

Saturday’s concluding stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain marked the final race for Madison-Genesis – and by means of farewell, the popular UCI Continental team with one of the most distinctive kits in the peloton has put together this video charting its seven seasons in the sport. It’s well worth a watch.

18/09/2019, 15:07

Dealclincher mega deal: 30% off Garmin watches to celebrate 30 years of the brand

Fenix 5X

Garmin are celebrating their 30th anniversary, and are offering 30% off some of their top GPS watches to mark the occasion. That includes the new Forerunner 645 Music, and the Fenix 5 - check out the deals and bag yourself a bargain here

18/09/2019, 15:03

"No words": Chris Froome on Gareth Thomas revelations

Froome tweeted in support of the retired rugby star, who claims to have been forced into going public with his HIV status due to a blackmail attempt from a tabloid journalist: "It’s absolutely appalling the way the British media treats their athletes", Froome added.  

18/09/2019, 15:21

Move over Batman and Superman...

...because now we have Lawnmower cyclist man! Definitely a more fun way of keeping the lawn in check. 

18/09/2019, 13:54

North Yorkshire road gritter gets rainbow makeover for World Champs caravan

An 18-tonne road gritter has been given a makeover in rainbow colours ahead of next week’s UCI Road Cycling World Championships, when it will form part of the first-ever publicity caravan to feature in the event.

The vehicle, which will carry the slogan, North Yorkshire – Salt of the Earth, will precede the women’s and men’s elite road races, respectively being held on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September.

If you’ve ever been present when the publicity caravan has passed by ahead of a big race such as a Tour de France stage, you’ll know each vehicle is traditionally accompanied by people dishing out freebies, and you have to admire the lateral thinking that’s gone into this one – there will be natural sea salt crisps from Yorkshire Crisps, as well as salted fudge from Harrogate brand Stirrd.

Andy Hindley, CEO of Yorkshire 2019, said: “We are very excited to be the first hosts of the UCI Road World Championships to have a publicity caravan because it’s such a great way to engage the thousands of roadside spectators before the riders arrive.

“We are enormously grateful to North Yorkshire County Council for the role they have played in the planning for this huge sporting event and it is great to have them in the caravan.”

18/09/2019, 12:50

18/09/2019, 12:35

Sir Chris Hoy backs Doddie Weir's fight against Motor Neurone Disease

Sir Chris Hoy is backing retired Scotland rugby great Doddie Weir's fight against Motor Neurone Disease, taking to Twitter to urge followers to show their support by buying a cycling jersey or bottle of gin, profits from which will go to the My Name'5 Doddie Foundation.

49-year-old Weir, who played 61 times for Scotland, set up the charity which has its own distinctive tartan after announcing in January 2017 that he had been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, and so far it has raised more than £1 million for research into the condition and to support people living with it.

18/09/2019, 12:28

Santander Cycles are REALLY excited about free bike hire next Sunday

It appears the popular London hire bikes may have some sort of glitch with their app, as numerous people are complaining on social media of endless notifications telling them about the apparently unmissable offer... 

Santander Cycles have replied to numerous complainants on Twitter to say they are aware of the issue and "can appreciate that it's a bit much".

The cycles are affectionally known as 'Boris Bikes' after Boris Johnson, previously Mayor of London and now Prime Minister, and he could do with some good PR at the moment; subliminal messaging? Now where's my tin foil hat got to... 

18/09/2019, 12:24

Strava add Fitness' and 'Perceived Exertion' metrics to mobile app, allowing you to rate your workout for intensity on a scale of 1 to 10

StravaSummit_Down_Fitness copy

Strava is releasing two new in-app features to their Summit subscribers, ‘Fitness’ and ‘Perceived Exertion’, to help users track workouts over time and estimate their training load. 

Fitness will helps athletes understand how workouts are adding up over time, Strava say, with a daily Fitness Score charted on a graph to provide a high-level view of individual fitness trends over time. You can also zoom out to analyse fitness trends over one month, three month, six month, one year and two year periods.

Perceived Exertion allows you to manually note how intense a run, ride, swim or other activity felt on a scale of 1 to 10. Strava say: "Whether an athlete trains with or without a device or heart rate monitor, they can now capture their effort and track their Fitness Score over time."  

They will be available to use on both the iOS and Android versions of Strava's mobile app, for those who pay the subscription for Strava Summit. 

18/09/2019, 12:16

Vuelta withdrawal symptoms? Watch this ...

 

18/09/2019, 12:07

18/09/2019, 12:07

TfL-backed Parcels Not Pollution e-cargo bike delivery scheme launched in Hammersmith

Hammersmith BID (business improvement district) has teamed up with Hammersmith & Fulham council and e-cargobikes.com to launch a new zero-emissions freight hub, supported by £50,000 in funding from TfL.

Parcels Not Pollution

Businesses in Hammersmith town centre signed up to the Parcels Not Pollution clean air delivery service, which launched on Monday, include Kings Mall Shopping Centre, Regus, the Ark building, and the Lyric theatre.

The scheme uses e-cargo bikes to deliver goods locally, with businesses able to receive and sort deliveries at a single location, thereby reducing the level of freight vehicles on the road, especially at peak times.

Patricia Bench, director of Hammersmith BID, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this funding which will help us achieve our objectives to reduce the number of, and emissions from, freight and goods vehicles in our town centre.”

18/09/2019, 11:09

Credit: unkown

I can't remember your name

 

18/09/2019, 09:10

“Don’t f**k me, motherf**ker!” Extraordinary road rage rant from Australia caught on camera

Perhaps even eclipsing the infamous Ronnie Pickering, this bizarre rant at a group of cyclists from down under beggars belief. At the beginning of the clip, we see the driver of the Mercedes convertible circling a cyclist shouting "Do you wanna have a go" amongst other unintelligible things, before he tries to retrieve what looks to be a pair of flip-flops that have ended up under his car. 

The cyclists ask what they have done wrong, as the man finally realises the light is now green, and gets into his car with the flip-flops back on his feet. 

18/09/2019, 09:05

Steve Cummings out for the rest of the season after fracturing vertebrae in Tour of Britain crash

Dimension Data confirmed last night that the 38-year-old's injuries have forced him out for the rest of the season. They say that Cummings underwent "thorough diagnostics" at Liverpool's neurosurgical department, and was found to have fractured four vertebrae of the thoracic spine: "Luckily no further neurological damage occurred and an operation is not necessary." 

18/09/2019, 08:29

If ever you needed yet another great reason to cycle...

...apparently it scares this person who describes themselves as a 'Conservative commentator, Brexit activist & podcaster'. Happy riding! 

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 being Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine, and reports on all things tech as well as editing road.cc's 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.