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Spanish women's team say it was THEM who 'mimicked' Bahrain McLaren jersey and apologise; Can distance measured in KM's still be called 'mileage'? Epic reindeer Strava art; Corbyn's 'Maoist bicycle' +more on the live blog

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10 December 2019, 17:12
Bahrain McLaren and VIB Natural Greatness jersey likeness: women's team admit to "inadvertently and mistakenly mimicking" Bahrain McLaren jersey

Remarkably VIB Natural Greatness have now admitted it was them who copied Bahrain McLaren, not the other way around as speculated by some on social media. The Bahrain McLaren jersey was only launched yesterday while the VIB Natural Greatness team unveiled theirs in November as far as we can tell, which may be why many assumed the 'mimicking' was done by Bahrain McLaren. 

VIB Natural Greatness said: "The VIB-Natural Greatness UCI Continental Women cycling team would like to clarify that its proposed 2020 jersey design has inadvertently and mistakenly mimicked the jersey design of Team Bahrain McLaren and the Bahrain Cycling Academy. The team apologises for this error and will change its jersey design for 2020.”

10 December 2019, 16:51
Looking forward to riding home?
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According to the forecasts and from just looking out the window, it looks like it's going to be very much like the above (and dark of course) for most of us! Not only that, but there's also the angst of getting your kit off the radiator/in the drying cupboard etc and preying it's not still soggy from the morning. Have you taken the day off bike commuting or do you really ride in all weathers? 

 
10 December 2019, 17:26
New report predicts 130 million e-bikes will be sold in the next three years, far surpassing electric car sales
Bristol Cycles S'Park Street riding-3_0

The forecast from Deloitte also predicts cycling to work will increase by 1% globally, and that e-bikes will continue to hugely outsell other electric vehicles in the 2020’s and beyond - full story over on eBikeTips.

10 December 2019, 16:41
Head of Rwanda cycling federation resigns due to corruption and sexual abuse scandal
Rwanda, project Rwanda Cyclists_on_Street_-_Musanze_Ruhengeri_-_Northern_Rwanda

The BBC reports that Aimable Bayingana and his entire executive team are said to have stood down, following corruption and sexual abuse allegations. Mr Bayingana has denied wrongdoing, however the Rwanda Investigative Bureau said they are investigating the allegations but provided no further comment.  

The scandal began when Jonathan Boyer - the former pro cyclist who was instrumental in popularising cycling in Rwanda - fell out with Bayingana and went public with alleged misconduct within Rwanda's Cycling Federation.  

Rwanda's sports ministry are also going to investigate the allegations, and said they plan to introduce a policy against sexual abuse that would apply to all sports in the country. 

10 December 2019, 15:29
Social media accuses Bahrain McLaren of drawing 'inspiration' from the jersey of Spanish women's team VIB Natural Greatness

We're saying nothing, but according to some cycling fans the newly unveiled Bahrain McLaren jersey looks more than a bit like the jersey that will be worn by the VIB Natural Greatness women's team in 2020. 

Bahrain McLaren's new kit is made by British brand Le Col, while the VIB Natural Greatness kit is from Spanish manufacturer Ulb Sports. The women's team is ran by the charity Funda Marcelino Oliver, which supports cyclists who have been in traffic accidents; their 2020 roster includes Irish talent Jennifer Neenan. 

What do you reckon, simply a big old coincidence? 

10 December 2019, 15:01
Jeremy Corbyn denies 'Maoist bicycle' claims in Mean Tweets video

Jeremy Corbyn released a spoof video yesterday in which he dissected mean tweets directed at him. On his 'commie hat' (actually just a hat), Corbyn said: "What is a commie hat? I wear a cap! It's a bit like when I was told I was riding a Maoist bicycle. It's a bicycle!" 

10 December 2019, 14:48
The UCI have (finally) registered women's World Tour teams for the 2020 season
Lizzie Deignan after winning the 2019 Ovo Energy Tour of Britain (picture credit Velofocus via Trek Segafredo)

The UCI have announced that for this first time, Women's World Tour licences will be granted. Initially the period will run from 2020-2023, and the teams awarded the status are: 

Ale BTC LjubLjana (Italy)
Canyon//Sram Racing (Germany)
CCC - Liv (Poland)
FDJ Nouvelle-Aqutaune Futuroscope (France)
Movistar Team (Spain)
Team Sunweb (Germany)
Trek-Segafredo (USA)  

The maximum number of licences that can be awarded is eight, with space for another team at a later date. The UCI say they are "delighted to witness the development of women’s cycling at the highest level." 

10 December 2019, 12:34
Mileage, kilomtre-age? Let's sort this out with a poll

Over on Facebook, Phill Prince someone picked us up on referring to the 'mileage' racked up by Anthony Hoyte in his epic reindeer Strava art ride (see it further down this page)... when we'd reported Anthony's distance in kilometres... 

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Because we're bitter and petty, we've took the time to make a poll to decide if Phill has a point, or we're within our rights to use the word 'mileage' even if we're working in metric. Simply make your selection, and let us know what a better word would be for metric adopters in the comments below if you think there is one... 

 
10 December 2019, 10:59
Mark Cavendish backed to return to the top at Bahrain McLaren by Rod Ellingworth
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Former Team Sky and British Cycling coach Ellingworth and Cavendish will link up once more at the newly-named Bahrain McLaren with Ellingworth as Team Principal, and he believes his former main man can rediscover the previous form that made him one of the greatest sprinters road cycling has even seen. 

Ellingworth told a news conference: "When Mark is in good condition, in good form and really motivated, he is one of the best in the world technically. It's a challenge, but a good one to have.

"I presume he still has the ambition of beating the Merckx record - actually I know it's there. He is such a winner, that's his mentality.

"I even believe in the last two years he has still gone into races thinking he's going to win and wondering why he hasn't. For me it's all about winning any race. Any race would be a marker and then we go from there." 

Ellingworth says he would "love to see" Cavendish at the 2020 Tour de France, if he is showing the form that will make him impossible to overlook. Cavendish said: 

 

"These people are good at what they do. I'm fortunate I've worked with these guys and they are some of the hardest working and most brilliantly-minded people in cycling. I'm excited and full of confidence."

In the last hour, Cavendish has publicly thanked his current team NTT (previously Dimension Data) and praised them for their charity work. 

10 December 2019, 11:14
Astana are out on their new Wilier bikes

Last week the team announced a partnership with Wilier Triestina for 2020 - switching from Argon 18 - and here's a swish-looking Wilier 0 SLR out in the wild. 

Bahrain Merida have also unveiled their team's bikes for 2020, which are still provided by Merida but in the new team colours - more here

10 December 2019, 09:42
He's doing what?

If yours are fluoro yellow and fluffy, please consult a doctor.

10 December 2019, 09:00
Cyclist Anthony Hoyte creates epic reindeer Strava art
Strava Anthony Hoyte reindeer full screenshot - via strava.PNG

Mr Hoyte, who describes himself as "that bloke who drew the giant Strava Snowman... and Santa... and a whole bunch of other stuff" on Twitter, spent nine hours pedalling round the capital to create a reindeer in his latest epic Strava stunt. 

His total mileage was just under 128km as he painstakingly pedalled around London, beginning in Hammersmith and finishing on Euston road. 

The 51-year-old 'drew' Santa Claus in 2017 and a snowman in 2018, and his non-festive works include two elephants in Birmingham and a flock of birds in Bristol - check out his profile here

10 December 2019, 09:12
The E.T bike is coming to Edinburgh in the new year

If you're Edinburgh-based or happen to be visiting between 14th-16th February (maybe your spouse really loves E.T?) then be sure to check out the Capital Sci Fi Con, where a realistic E.T set will be recreated featuring the famous bike, complete with E.T in the basket. 

The event takes place at Edinburgh's Corn Exchange and some of the proceeds will go towards children's hospices across Scotland - find out more here. 

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 was Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine for two years before joining road.cc in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the road.cc 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. 

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