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Top 10 cycling stories you might have missed this week

Some of the highlights from another action-packed week on two wheels in our recap...

1. Sexism row: Catford Cycling Club redistribute Hill Climb prize money for overall and female winners after complaints

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The famous Catford CC Hill Climb, taking place this weekend, have redistributed their prize pot after originally offering £300 for the overall winner and just £75 for the first female
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2. Cyclists on Sunday training ride 'left for dead' by Usk driver who’d ‘topped up’ after eight-hour drinking session the day before


A group of Usk cyclists suffered a head-on collision during a Sunday training ride after a driver ‘topped up’ at the pub the day after an eight-hour drinking session that had lasted until the early hours. Louise Griffiths then sped off from the scene and abandoned the car. She was asleep when police came to arrest her four hours later.
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3. First ride: Michelin's first ever road tubeless tyre

Michelin has finally launched its first road tubeless tyre with the new Power Road, along with a regular clincher version. Our man Dave Arthur travelled to France to put the new tyres through their paces with an ascent of the mighty Mont Ventoux.
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4. UCI insurers asked to pay compensation to local businesses and for damage to Harrogate park following World Championships

Harrogate Worlds 2019 fan zone mud (credit Simon MacMichael)

The UCI’s insurers may pay out for damage to a Harrogate park, but have ruled out paying compensation to Harrogate businesses who claim they were negatively impacted by this year’s Road World Championships.
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5. Egan Bernal and the benefits of the bunch (in watts)

Egan Bernal Grand Piemont - credit LaPresse

 The work of Bernal's teammates at Grand Piemonte on Thursday meant he had enough left in the tank to ride the last 1 minute and 28 seconds up a 10% gradient at an average of 460 watts; huge for a lad weighing a mere 60kg.
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6. Teenager who rode through Brighton Asda charged with dangerous cycling

Asda Brighton Marina (via StreetView)

A teenager who rode through a Brighton Asda has been charged with dangerous cycling. Footage of the incident – published on YouTube under the title “The Maddest Day Ever In Brighton” – was picked up by a number of national newspapers earlier this year and resulted in a police appeal for victims.
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7. Greenwich Council removes semi-segregated cycle lane – because it was trip hazard to pedestrians

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A London borough has removed a semi-segregated cycle lane on a road close to where several cyclists have been killed just weeks after it was installed – because pedestrians were tripping over the infrastructure.
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8. Velolife: Chris Boardman slams "shameful waste of money" as cycling cafe planning dispute heads to court with owner potentially facing jail

Velolife (picture credit

British Cycling’s lawyers, Leigh Day, and the governing body’s policy advisor, Chris Boardman, have thrown their weight behind Velolife, the Berkshire cycling cafe whose owner Lee Goodwin could potentially face jail due to a planning dispute preventing cyclists from meeting there.
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9. Cross Country labelled ‘ableist’ over train bike racks

Cross Country train at Newcastle CC BY 2.0 by Nickyy Boogeerd on Wikimedia Commons

Amidst the latest criticism of Great Western Railway's farcical bike hooks, Cross Country were also getting a few barrels full on Twitter last weekend due to their similarly unhelpful vertical bike storage.
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10. Bristol's iconic Mud Dock bike shop and cafe celebrates 25th birthday - and gets whopping rent rise

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Iconic Bristol bike shop and café Mud Dock has celebrated its 25th anniversary – but at the same time as it has been hit by a whopping 74 per cent rent rise from its landlord, the city council, something the business’s co-founder says has put it in “an invidious position.”
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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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