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Why do motorists hate cyclists?; Shocking cycling crash; First major race in the UK for over a year; Roglič's coach gives honest race review; Santander Cycles' 100 millionth hire; RoboCop polices Belgian race; New pop-up lane + more on the live blog

It's the start of a new week and Dan Alexander will be rounding up all the best bits from the cycling world to take you Monday...
15 March 2021, 16:50
Fantastic scenes in the Israel Start-Up Nation team car
15 March 2021, 16:10
Why do motorists hate cyclists?
Why do motorists hate cyclists forum comments

One of our forums got lots of attention over the weekend so we're bringing the topic here to get some more input from you lot...If you've cycled for any period of time you've probably had a negative experience with a driver: something shouted at you, a punishment pass, or worse...Whatever it may be there's an underlying question to be asked. Why do motorists hate cyclists? But why are road rage incidents so common? And why is it that one of the times when we feel the most hostility in our lives is probably when we're out on our bikes? 

Of the replies we've had so far, here's a couple of popular suggestions for starters: road rage drivers are angry about everything on the road (traffic jams, traffic lights, other drivers etc.) so cyclists are just another victim of their rage. Secondly, motorists incorrectly perceive cyclists to be holding them up...Anyone got any more suggestions?

15 March 2021, 15:02
Mads Würtz Schmidt wins stage six of Tirreno-Adriatico

The breakaway survived on stage six of Tirreno-Adriatico with Mads Würtz Schmidt of Israel Start-Up Nation winning the five-up sprint. As well as being the Dane's first WorldTour win, it is the first win for a female directeur sportif at a men's WorldTour race. Schmidt beat young Belgian rider Brent Van Moer, Simone Velasco, Jan Bakelants and Nelson Oliveira in the kick to the line. Behind, Mathieu van der Poel's teammate Tim Merlier won the sprint for seventh, 30 seconds after the final man from the breakaway, Emils Liepiņš, crossed the line. Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Davide Ballerini, Cofidis' Elia Viviani and Max Kanter of Team DSM rounded out the top ten.

No changes on GC means that Tadej Pogačar will take a 1:15 advantage on Wout van Aert into tomorrow's individual time trial, the final stage of the race.

15 March 2021, 14:28
Simon Carr crashes at Tirreno-Adriatico

Ouch, ouch and more ouch for EF Education-Nippo's Simon Carr. Shades of Cav's crash at Milan-San Remo a few years back...The young Brit has impressed already at Tirreno-Adriatico, finishing eighth on Saturday's summit finish. He's now proved he's hard as nails too...No fuss, roll the stretcher away, puts his shoe back on and away he goes.

15 March 2021, 14:17
Velocio's #RideToTheStart Challenge
Velocio Ride to the Start

Velocio is running a virtual challenge from March 12-21 to share routes, favourite climbs and lesser known roads to make the best of a start to a season still disrupted by lockdowns and cancellations. They are asking riders to upload rides to komoot and tag Velocio to share their rides and be in with a chance of winning prizes from Wahoo, ENVE, Velocio and komoot. With no group rides, sportives or races allowed just yet, hopefully the challenge will mean we'll all have some new roads and climbs to explore in the meantime...

15 March 2021, 13:48
First major race in the UK for over a year announced

The North East's biggest cycling festival has been given the green light to spearhead the return of racing in the UK. The Cyclone Festival of Cycling is now preparing to host the first major road races to be held in the UK for over a year. The Curlew Cup (women's race) and Beaumont Trophy (men's race) will mark the end of a three day festival of cycling on Sunday 4 July. Both races, are part of British Cycling's HSBC National Road Series.

In addition to the pro races, there will be a family event along the River Tyne on the Friday and four challenge rides ranging from 34 miles to 108 miles around Northumberland National Park on Saturday 3 July.

Last month British Cycling cancelled several National Road Series events including the Tour of the Resevoir, Alexandra Tour of the Resevoir and the Stockton Cycling Festival Grand Prix. The Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix scheduled for May 9 has also been postponed.

15 March 2021, 13:05
"We fucked this up ourselves, nobody else to blame": Primož Roglič's coach gives honest assessment of Sunday's Paris-Nice disaster

No excuses from Jumbo-Visma coach Grischa Niermann about yesterday's disaster for his team at Paris-Nice. Primož Roglič confirmed after the stage that he suffered a disclocated shoulder in the first of his two crashes on stage eight. The Slovenian led Max Schachmann by 52 seconds going into the final stage but found himself detatched from the peloton without teammates and suffered a long, lonely ride to the finish.

Roglič haemorrhaged three minutes by the end, enough to see him drop to 15th in the general classification as Bora-hansgrohe's Schachmann defended his Paris-Nice title in unusual circumstances. 

"It's not the stage we were hoping for," Roglič said. "I did some mistakes today. With the first one I dislocated the left shoulder and then one more time. I just gave it all but unfortunately couldn't catch the first guys anymore. It's a little pity but we'll go on."

15 March 2021, 12:29
New pop-up bike lane opens today in Cardiff city centre

A new pop-up cycleway connecting Cardiff city centre opens today. The cycle lane will initially run from Cathedral Road to Castle Street and Dumfries Place with plans in place for more lanes soon. Work is also underway to extend the cycle route to Wellington Street, Newport Road and Adamsdown. The other planned routes currently being installed or consulted on include one in the south of the city centre.

Councillor Caro Wild, cabinet member for strategic planning and transport believes "there is a real desire for better cycling infrastructure so we are bringing forward our plans to develop cycleways to help people move around the city as the restrictions are eased.

"In the main, the new routes will be separated from other traffic on the road, making cycling safer, easier and a far better experience. We want to make Cardiff the best cycling city in the UK."

15 March 2021, 11:48
RoboCop polices Belgian race: E3 Saxo Bank Classic to use robot to count spectators
15 March 2021, 11:08
Santander Cycles hit 100 million hires
santander cycles pr pic 2 - june 2020

It was a milestone weekend for Santander Cycles with the 100 millionth journey made using the scheme on Saturday. The number equates to more than ten rides for every Londoner during its ten-year history and follows a record-breaking month in February. Saturday 27 February was the scheme's busiest ever winter day with 52,000 hires followed by 31,000 hires on the Sunday.

The scheme's free cycle hire for NHS staff and key workers has also now been redeemed more than 100,000 times by more than 18,000 people. TfL's Head of Cycle Hire, David Eddington, said the milestone shows that demand for cycling in London continues to rise.

15 March 2021, 10:16
Shocking cycling crash caught on dash cam

This shocking crash in Petersham, Sydney, was caught on a motorist's dash cam. The cyclist crosses the road, filtering through the first lane of stationary traffic, but doesn't see the oncoming vehicles in the next lane. After colliding with the car the rider is sent flying but thankfully can be seen getting to their feet. The video was shared in Dash Cam Owners Australia Facebook group where the cyclist has been blamed for the incident.

However, Helen Angell came to the cyclist's defence, with some local knowledge. "What you can’t see in this footage is that there is a pedestrian island in the middle of the road that is very unsafe," she explained. "It’s actually not wide enough for people or bikes to wait safety and has not been upgraded despite many complaints and safety concerns raised about it."

The clip has also started a debate about helmets...Martin Zazvonil commented: "That 370Z owner would be fuming. This is a great example of why you may as well not even bother with a helmet if you don’t strap it up." The Australian Daily Mail even picked up on the video, sharing it under the headline 'Why you should always check your helmet'. 

15 March 2021, 08:54
89-year-old cycles to Covid vaccination

 An 89-year-old from Zoetermeer in the Netherlands has made headlines in her home country by cycling to her vaccine appointment. We'd have thought that was standard practice over there, but maybe not at 89-years-old. Omroep West followed Mrs Webster on her five-mile route and she told them she's looking forward to being able to ride to The Hague, ten miles away via segregated cycle lanes of course, in the near future...

Dan is the road.cc news editor and has spent the past four years writing stories and features, as well as (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. Having previously written about nearly every other sport under the sun for the Express, and the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for the Non-League Paper, Dan joined road.cc in 2020. Come the weekend you'll find him labouring up a hill, probably with a mouth full of jelly babies, or making a bonk-induced trip to a south of England petrol station... in search of more jelly babies.

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quiff | 3 years ago
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Tried the Cardiff 'pop-up' cycle lane this morning out of curiosity. There are dedicated signals so that cyclists have a phase of their own. Unfortunately, the cyclist phase appears to be demand-based using sensors, and the sensors don't appear to be calibrated to recognise cyclists, so the cyclist signal remains red while the motor vehicle phases continue around you. Should be an easy fix, but you'd think it would have been tested before opening.  

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wtjs | 3 years ago
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They had abandoned the 15 minutes wait by the time I had mine in Lancaster Town Hall in early February, and I was obviously a cyclist.

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Simon E | 3 years ago
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Sunday's stage of Paris-Nice was rather exciting, I have to say.

Amazing that, after road rash on both hips after crashing twice and a dislocated shoulder (Aaargh?!?), Roglic could chase hard for so long, most of it solo, and still only lose 3 minutes. That's despite Bora, Astana and a couple of other teams were drilling it on the front and other riders attacking most of the way after the second crash (his DS said that they waited after the first).

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Compact Corned Beef replied to Simon E | 3 years ago
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Abolutely nails, that man. Honestly, I know the Ex Duris Gloria thing is a bit overcooked, especially if you're just going for a Sunday pootle, but my goodness Roglic's effort was extraordinary. Chapeau!​

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cdamian | 3 years ago
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In these situations a sports car is preferred to a SUV.

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GMBasix | 3 years ago
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Can't defend the person on the bike much, central refuge or not.  If he could see there was a car coming, he should have waited; if he couldn't, he should have checked.

But - camera angles aside, it looks like the car was carrying on at a brisk pace, given that he was passing stationary traffic.  it took a bit of time to brake after the collision, too.  That suggests to me he was driving too fast for passing a line of stationary traffic on the inside, and didn't anticipate having to brake.  Too much proceed-entitlement.  There are all sorts of opportunities for conflict when passing on the inside:  cars turning, pedestrians crossing, and, perhaps even somebody on a bike (although these are, of course, disposable in Oz).

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HLaB | 3 years ago
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The non strapped helmet thing looks to me a total red herring given he walked away. It could be argued that it done its job and broke away without causing a rotational injury. The real question to me is why? Why did the bloke crossing the road need to take such a chance 😯

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alexls | 3 years ago
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"However, Helen Angell came to the cyclist's defence, with some local knowledge. "What you can’t see in this footage is that there is a pedestrian island in the middle of the road that is very unsafe,"

It's certainly not safe if you're going to just bomb across a road without looking.  Completely the cyclist's fault, and there's no defence at all.

Not sure about the "filtering through the first lane of stationary traffic" line, either.  Filtering is when you're travelling in the direction of the slow/non-moving traffic, not when you're just cutting perpendicularly across them.

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brooksby replied to alexls | 3 years ago
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So: "it's filtering, Jim, but not as we know it"?

I think it's generally referred to as "crossing the road", and it would appear to me that the cyclist hurried across and in between the first lane of stationary cars but didnt wait to check if anything was then travelling in the next lane.

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Bungle_52 | 3 years ago
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My wife and I cycled for ours. We aren't as old as this young lady but we both have dutch bikes. Needless to say we were the only ones on bikes.

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OldRidgeback replied to Bungle_52 | 3 years ago
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My wife and I walked for ours  1

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rct replied to Bungle_52 | 3 years ago
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Rode for mine, just as well as the car park was rammed and the queue was into the street out side.  Strange as where I live you could choose which centre to go to and it meant that no one was more than a mile away.

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HarrogateSpa replied to Bungle_52 | 3 years ago
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Harrogate is using the Yorkshire Showground for vaccinations.

There is normally a greenway through the Showground, but now it is full of MGIF/MGVaccinated drivers, who are ruining it.

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iandusud replied to HarrogateSpa | 3 years ago
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I cycled to Knaresborough for mine smiley Only bike there.

 

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AlsoSomniloquism replied to Bungle_52 | 3 years ago
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I cycled to mine on Saturday, mainly to get 14 miles in beforehand (didn't want to go too far in case of mechanical). They advised me to wait for 15 mins befoehand but I couldn't be bothered being as I was less then 1/2 mile from the house. 

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jh2727 replied to AlsoSomniloquism | 3 years ago
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AlsoSomniloquism wrote:

I cycled to mine on Saturday, mainly to get 14 miles in beforehand (didn't want to go too far in case of mechanical). They advised me to wait for 15 mins befoehand but I couldn't be bothered being as I was less then 1/2 mile from the house. 

The recommendation to remain on site for 15 minutes after a vaccination (any vaccination) is incase you have an (albeit very rare) extreme reaction. If you are on your own when this happens, it doesn't really matter if you are half a mile away from help or 50 miles away from help. Actually further would probably be better as there is more chance that you'd still be travelling and someone might come to your aid.

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hawkinspeter replied to jh2727 | 3 years ago
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jh2727 wrote:

AlsoSomniloquism wrote:

I cycled to mine on Saturday, mainly to get 14 miles in beforehand (didn't want to go too far in case of mechanical). They advised me to wait for 15 mins befoehand but I couldn't be bothered being as I was less then 1/2 mile from the house. 

The recommendation to remain on site for 15 minutes after a vaccination (any vaccination) is incase you have an (albeit very rare) extreme reaction. If you are on your own when this happens, it doesn't really matter if you are half a mile away from help or 50 miles away from help. Actually further would probably be better as there is more chance that you'd still be travelling and someone might come to your aid.

Got mine on Saturday and after the jab, the doctor asked if I'd driven and as I'd walked (like 10 minutes from my house) she said I was free to leave.

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Rich_cb replied to hawkinspeter | 3 years ago
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I cycled for both mine, nobody asked how I travelled so had to wait 15 mins each time.

That's half an hour of my life I'm not getting back!

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AlsoSomniloquism replied to Rich_cb | 3 years ago
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Both?? Not many can claim that yet.

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Rich_cb replied to AlsoSomniloquism | 3 years ago
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In fairness to the Welsh Government, there's over 250,000 of us now.

Not bad in a population of 3m!

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AlsoSomniloquism replied to jh2727 | 3 years ago
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They sent me straight out after the jab. Just said wait 15 mins before cycling but as I was two mins from home and didn't feel any different I felt it was easier to just go. My arm now feels as bad as the TB injection did all those years ago but no other issues. 

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DanaColby85 replied to Bungle_52 | 3 years ago
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York's centre in the south of the city has a prominently signed pedestrian and cyclist entrance. We cycled there for our jab and were allowed straight out afterwards because we were on bikes - car drivers were asked to stay for quarter of an hour. 

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Drinfinity replied to DanaColby85 | 3 years ago
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My jab is on Friday. Given the sketchy location I could ride, but would probably be walking back, so will take the car instead. 

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Velo-drone replied to Bungle_52 | 3 years ago
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I cycled to mine, which caused all kinds of confusion. First of all I wasn't allowed to take the Brompton in. Not a big hassle given that the guy at the door said he'd keep an eye on it, but a little odd.

Then I got asked by every one of the five or so people who processed me going in whether I had driven. If I did then I'm to wait 15 mins after the jab in case I have a reaction. Each time i say no, I cycled. "OK, fine"

Until I get to the post jab window where they hand you the card and papers. "Did you drive here?" "No, I cycled." Cue complete bafflement. Oh! What do we do for that? It isn't in the instructions. Consultation with colleague ensued, who clearly had no idea and no interest in giving an answer. After much dithering I was instructed to wait anyway "in case".

But was then dispatched after 5 mins anyway ..

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