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Retro (ie crap) cycle parking infra spotted; retro club run to Worlds (1922); Haute Route goes Swiss; Freeman 'adverse reaction' to Sutton'; Serena Williams needs a bike fit; Boardman on BBC QT + more on the live blog

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14 November 2019, 20:54
Oof ... what is this, 1995 ... ?!
14 November 2019, 20:52
14 November 2019, 20:49
It is now legit to arrange a 'cyclist meet' at Velolife; who's in?
14 November 2019, 20:41
Have you ridden any of these?
14 November 2019, 16:22
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Katusha-Alpecin riders still waiting on October wages

Katusha-Alpecin riders and staff are still waiting for their October wages, reports Cycling News.

"Everyone has been paid for September but we have a bit of a delay for October," said the team’s lawyer, Alexis Schoeb.

"It’s a normal delay due to cash availability at the end of the season. I don’t think that there’s any issue at this stage. Riders and staff have been informed of the delay and been told that it’s just a matter of one or two days. So tomorrow or Monday at the latest."

He said the delay was down to a payment from sponsors, but wouldn’t say if it was due to an outstanding payment from one in particular.

One rider said that September’s wages were also late.

14 November 2019, 16:14
Love e-bikes? Love Paris Saint-Germain Football Club? This one's for you...
paris saint germain e-bike 2

We realise the chances of this are slim at best, but if a rebranded Super73 Z-Series e-bike in PSG club colours does float your boat then you can pre-order it for 1,670 euros. Full story over on eBikeTips... 

14 November 2019, 15:58
Video: Haute Route goes Swiss

The three-day Haute Route Crans-Montana course is 236km long with 8,280 metres of ascent. The event will take place from July 3-5 next year.

Highlights of the inaugural course include a climb up to the Barrage de Moiry and its stunning glacier on Stage 1 as well as the 26-kilometre climb of the Col du Sanetsch on Stage 2. With 1,770 metres of climbing, the Col du Sanetsch is one of the toughest climbs in Swiss Romandie.

The event finishes with riders setting off one by one from the time trial ramp in Sierre to take on the 16.5km ascent of the Col de Crans-Montana.

Here's a video.

14 November 2019, 15:14
14 November 2019, 15:13
Velolife 2 (picture credit Andy Gray)
Chris Boardman hails “victory for common sense” as council withdraws Velolife cycling café injunction application

He says it was an "insane waste of public money" which is a 100 per cent correct assessment.

Full story here.

14 November 2019, 15:00
"Why aren't you using the cycle lane?"
14 November 2019, 14:54
Shane Sutton still a favoured subject at the Freeman tribunal

More from the Shane Sutton Dr Richard Freeman tribunal.

A reminder that in 2016 British Cycling cleared Shane Sutton on eight of nine charges of misconduct stemming from the allegations made by Jess Varnish. Presumably Peters told them all this sort of stuff.

Another weird details from Peters: apparently, on a trip to Australia, Sutton made the decision to send Phil Burt’s physio bench back to the UK "so that Phil couldn’t function."

14 November 2019, 16:27
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BMC issues recall for 2018 and 2019 Teammachine SLR01 Disc bikes for safety checks

BMC Switzerland is issuing a recall for all Teammachine SLR01 Disc bikes from the Model Years 2018 and 2019 for safety checks. These models first went on sale in June 2017.

BMC Switzerland has identified a technical problem with the fork that could result in a cracked or broken steerer tube, leading to potential crashes and injuries.

To safeguard the user and uphold the brand’s own strict quality standards, BMC Switzerland requests that these bikes are no longer ridden and are brought to a BMC retailer for a safety check.

The retailer will carry out an identification process to determine whether the bike is cleared to ride, or whether the fork needs to be exchanged.

The following models are included in the recall action:

Model Year 2019
Teammachine SLR 01 DISC EDITION AXS - Stealth
Teammachine SLR 01 DISC ONE - Race Grey
Teammachine SLR 01 DISC TWO - Steel Blue
Teammachine SLR 01 DISC THREE - Team Red
Teammachine SLR 01 DISC FOUR - Carbon Red
Teammachine SLR 01 DISC MODULE - Race Grey
Teammachine SLR 01 DISC MODULE - Steel Blue
Teammachine SLR 01 DISC MODULE - Team Red
Teammachine SLR 01 DISC MODULE - Aqua Green
Teammachine SLR 01 DISC MODULE – Stealth

Model Year 2018
Teammachine SLR 01 DISC TEAM - Team Red
Teammachine SLR 01 DISC ONE - Carbon Grey
Teammachine SLR 01 DISC TWO - Grey Blue
Teammachine SLR 01 DISC MODULE - Team Red
Teammachine SLR 01 DISC MODULE - Carbon Green
Teammachine SLR 01 DISC MODULE – Carbon Grey

Bikes produced in Model Year 2020 are not included in the precautionary product recall. Teammachine SLR02 bikes and SLR01 models with rim brakes are also excluded from the recall.

14 November 2019, 14:37
Velolife (picture credit
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has withdrawn its application for an injunction against Velolife

A long-running saga, this one. It was due to go to court, but the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead today withdrew its application for an injunction over a planning dispute.

Full story to follow.

14 November 2019, 13:46
14 November 2019, 13:29
Peters doubts Freeman’s defence that he ordered testosterone for Shane Sutton – floats alternative explanation for why it was ordered
14 November 2019, 13:10
Serena Williams could do with a bike fit

The videos were shot by her husband, Alexis Ohanian.

14 November 2019, 12:42
The results are in
14 November 2019, 12:06
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Canyon to sponsor Pro Continental team Arkea-Samsic

With Katusha disappearing at the end of the year, Canyon has decided to sponsor Pro Continental team Arkea-Samsic for the 2020 season. More on this story soon

14 November 2019, 12:02
Freeman had reportedly been diagnosed with bipolar mania
14 November 2019, 11:01
Dr Richard Freeman is not at Dr Richard Freeman's tribunal today

He's not there because of Shane Sutton, who is also not there.

(Ingle later clarified that that should say 'psychiatrist'.)

Here's a relevant nugget from cycling journalist Richard Moore.

Freeman's lawyer says there could be a 'humdinger of a debate' over whether Sutton's evidence should be struck from the record.

To very quickly sum up the state of play. Freeman has admitted ordering testosterone and trying to cover it up. He denies it was for an athlete and claims it was to treat Shane Sutton's erectile dysfunction.

Sutton (quite angrily) denied this and then stormed out of the tribunal when Freeman's lawyer accused him of being a doper.

14 November 2019, 10:54
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Did you wake up to snow this morning?

Might be time for the winter bike to come out, or if you haven't got one maybe it's time to consider one? David looks at the reasons for a winter bike, what to look for in a winter bike (hint: involves mudguards) and gives you five top choices. 

Read it here. There's video too.

14 November 2019, 10:09
Peter Sagan dicking about in a wind tunnel

14 November 2019, 10:05
Beryl Bikes
Beryl to launch bike-share scheme in New York

Beryl, the award-winning business formerly known as Blaze, announced a move into urban bike-sharing earlier this year.

The firm’s Laserlight is used on London’s Santander Cycles fleet, but in February it said that it was going to start operating its own hire scheme in Bournemouth and Poole later this year.

Beryl has now been unveiled as the new dockless bike provider for New York’s Staten Island. Its Laserlight has also been used in the Citi bike scheme in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.

14 November 2019, 09:37
Buckle in…

Boardman’s doing Question Time tonight.

14 November 2019, 09:24
Croatian Kristijan Durasek becomes latest rider sanctioned off the back of Operation Aderlass

Not unexpectedly, Croatian rider Kristijan Durasek has been handed a four-year ban.

Operation Aderlass has been looking into alleged doping practices carried out by Erfurt-based German physician Mark Schmidt. A number of cyclists and winter sports athletes have been implicated.

In August, Italian sprinter Alessandro Petacchi – who won Milan-Sanremo and the points jersey in all three Grand Tours – was handed a two-year ban for blood doping as a result of the investigation.

Austrian cyclists Stefan Denifl and Georg Preidler were banned for four years by the Austrian anti-doping agency in June and more recently, Slovenian cyclists Kristijan Koren and Borut Bozic were given two-year bans.

Durasek had been under investigation and provisionally suspended since May.

14 November 2019, 09:08

Welcome to Thursday's live blog.

We've a couple of bits to update you on and then let's have a quick recap of what happened yesterday (which will be largely for my benefit, not yours, because currently I haven't a clue).

No idea what will appear on here after that - that's very much the point.

Is the Dr Richard Freeman tribunal still going on? We'll keep you posted with all the doping allegations, erectile dysfunction claims and stormings-out if it is.

Alex has written for more cricket publications than the rest of the team combined. Despite the apparent evidence of this picture, he doesn't especially like cake.

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