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Danny MacAskill is back doing ridiculous things on two wheels; Shocking attack on cyclist punched to the ground; Anti-LTN MP criticised for directing hate with bizarre lights tweet; Motoring group stop calling crashes 'accidents' + more on the live blog

It's Thursday and Dan Alexander will be rounding up all the best bits from the world of cycling ...
28 January 2021, 11:02
Danny MacAskill's latest adventure

28 January 2021, 16:40
Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana cancelled

Pro racing fans were looking forward to the return of some form of road racing in Europe next week. We'll have to wait a little longer (Grand Prix Cycliste la Marseillaise and Etoile de Bessèges excluding) after today's announcement that Valenciana has been cancelled. The race had a stacked startlist with top riders from most of the WorldTour teams, including Caleb Ewan and Egan Bernal, expected to start their campaigns at the five-day stage race that was last year won by Tour de France champion Tadej Pogačar.

28 January 2021, 15:25
President of the International Association of Professional Riders, Gianni Bugno, condemns threats to Dylan Groenewegen as "inadmissible, unworthy and indecent"
2020 Tour of Poland Groenewegen Sprint Move

The president of the International Association of Professional Riders, Gianni Bugno, today condemed the horific threats that Dylan Groenewegen said he received in the aftermath of the crash on the opening stage of the Tour of Poland. Earlier this week Groenewegen revealed he was sent death threats, including a noose with a note saying he should hang his unborn child and needed a police guard at his home.

"I read the threats received by Dylan Groenewegen after the incident at the Tour de Pologne and got from the press that he was placed under police protection who feared the worst for him and his family. What happened is inadmissible, unworthy and indecent. Words and actions have weight and those that have been addressed to this boy are unacceptable," Bugno said.

The former pro cyclist also blamed the barriers at the race for the crash and said that although Groenewegen made a mistake, the barriers "determined the severity of the fall".

"The first point on our list of requests that we sincerely hope will become operational as soon as possible concerns the barriers that must be homologated and certified," Bugno continued. "The finger must be pointed at the dangerous barriers that determined the severity of the fall in which Fabio Jakobsen suffered the most serious consequences. Dylan made a mistake in the race that he paid dearly."

28 January 2021, 14:59
Salsa's new steel adventure and touring bikes for 2021
2021 Salsa Vaya

Check out these smart new colourway offerings in Salsa’s 2021 steel line up.
The Vaya is Salsa’s triple-butted steel all-road adventure bike, with clearance for 45mm tyres, as well as versatile frame and fork mounts for a wide range of cargo carrying options. Plugged in at the front is a Waxwing carbon fork which has internal routing for dynamo hub wires and mounts for mudguards (that can accommodate 38mm tyres when in use). Full-length cable housing guides can be found on this light touring bike. Frameset only the Vaya is £980, while the Vaya GRX 600 build comes in at £2,400.

2021 Salsa Marrakesh

The Marrakesh is Salsa’s world touring bike with a geometry that is designed to keep the bike stable and predictable when fully loaded. The triple-butted Cromoly steel tubing has Alternator 1.0 dropouts, with its chainstay length adjustable from 455-472mm. There is ample clearance for tyres up to 50mm, and 40mm with mudguards mounted. It also comes tour-ready with two three-pack mounts on the fork legs, an Alternator 135 Low-Deck rear rack and Down Under front rack, spare spoke mount and kickstand plate. The Marrakesh frameset is £870 and the Marrakesh Alivio is £1,990.

28 January 2021, 13:55
Shocking attack on cyclist punched to the ground in Gran Canaria road rage incident

This shocking road rage incident happened last weekend in Gran Canaria. A driver can be seen punching a cyclist to the ground before continuing to attack him. The attacker has been reported to the police for the assault which was captured on video by another driver. It happened between Santa Lucía de Tirajana and Ayacata on the Spanish island where several pro teams, including Ineos Grenadiers, have been training this winter.

28 January 2021, 12:48
Heinrich Haussler to race UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Bahrain Victorious' Heinrich Haussler will take to the start line in Oostende for the cyclo-cross world championships this Sunday. The 36-year-old told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad that the discipline is an off-season hobby and that he won't have a camper or mechanic like most competitors. Instead, the Aussie says he's just happy to have the opportunity to compete at the biggest races. 

"You can't imagine how happy I am – like a child – to be able to attend the World Championships," he said. "I don't have a camper or a mechanic, but that doesn't bother me. I'm a hobbyist among pro cyclists, but I know that even as a veteran on the road I get better from such an intensive winter in the field."

Haussler's best result at the UCI World Cup series was 47th in Dendermonde and the veteran competitor says he regrets not racing cross sooner, saying it has helped improve his performance on the road too.

"I was immediately attracted to this discipline and immediately experienced how hard an hour in the field is. The cyclo-cross itself is only ten per cent of the work. I go to the races all by myself, I arrange and pay for everything myself. I do the reconnaissance and then I have to quickly clean my two bikes myself before the actual race."

Yesterday, the UCI confirmed the World Championships will go ahead as planned, despite an outbreak of the South African coronavirus in Oostende. All riders, media and organisational staff are having an additional test tomorrow before the women's and U23 races on Saturday.

28 January 2021, 11:55
Bath cyclists hoping to complete seven Everests in seven days
Conor and Nic's Everesting

Conor and Nic, two local cyclists to road.cc offices in Bath, are undertaking a monumental Everesting challenge to raise money for World Bicycle Relief. The pair will attempt to ride seven Everests in seven days on Ralph Allen Drive. That's 76 ascents of the 1km climb, which averages 10%, every day for a week...On their GoFundMe page they say lockdown "has sent us crazy, so we decided to do something even crazier". They've even taken into account Everest's new height, 8849m, after scientists agreed on a new figure for the summit's peak before Christmas. So far they've raised £440, almost half of their £1,000 target. 

28 January 2021, 11:49
Watch at your own risk...Thoughts and prayers to that bike
28 January 2021, 11:10
Tour Series 2021 moves to August, host towns and cities to be announced in the coming months
Dean Downing racing for Rapha Condor Sharp, Tour Series, Oxford, 2012 (copyright Simon MacMichael)

The Tour Series will be delayed until August, the races organiser SweetSpot has confirmed. The multi-round circuit race series across several locations towns and cities in the UK is normally held in May but will be run during the first two weeks of August due to the global health situation. Exact dates and locations are to be announced in the next few months. Should the pandemic not allow for the traditional crit format, SweetSpot say they have actively explored the possibility of staging the event virtually. As with previous years the event will remain free-to-air on ITV 4 in the UK.

28 January 2021, 11:07
Pick your fighter: Ventoux or Stelvio?
 
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28 January 2021, 10:06
Anti-LTN MP criticised for directing hate with bizarre cyclists need lights tweet

Rupa Huq tweeted this bizarre response to someone pointing out how many people had been out cycling, walking and scooting in an LTN in Ealing. The Labour MP for Ealing and Central Acton has been a vocal critic of LTNs and suggested in a Telegraph column that a referendum could be the only way to reach a decision on their future...No, really. In the same article she described the "Lycra brigade" as "surprisingly vicious".

Huq tweeted saying: "Bully for you! Hope they all had lights - been pitch black other (sic) there for a good couple of hours," and left a link to The Highway Code: 'Rules for Cyclists 59 to 82'. Earlier in the thread she shared a photo of an article claiming £1 million has been wasted on LTN schemes that were later reversed. Yesterday, Adam Tranter pointed out an Auto Express article on the same topic and suggested they weren't as concerned by the £49 million spent on an abandoned roundabout near the M49.

28 January 2021, 09:00
American Automobile Association to stop describing 'crashes' as 'accidents'

This is something that many cycling advocates have been hoping would become more widely accepted standard practice. The American Automobile Association (AAA) has said it will no longer use the term 'accident' when describing a 'crash'. Molly Hart, a spokesperson for the group, explained that crashes are drivers' responsibility and not something that "just happen".  

It's not the first the AAA has helped promote better safety for cyclists. In 2013, they teamed up with the League of American Bicyclists to produce a Share the Road public service announcement video that spread the message that we're all people regardless of how we choose to travel.

Dan joined road.cc as live blog editor last year. He has previously written about various sports including football and boxing for the Daily Express and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been a keen cyclist ever since and spends his weekends exploring the south of England on two wheels. 

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