The Department for Transport's road casualty statistics show 91 cyclists lost their lives on Britain's roads in 2022...
While one has retired after an impressive career winning multiple trophies across two continents, and the other, still in the twilight of his career is seeing himself out in the Middle East, there are namesakes of the two still fighting for the top spots, in a sport much more difficult than football (according to Arsène Wenger).
In the CSC Velodrome in Hangzhou, Indian cyclists David Beckham and Ronaldo were competing in the Asian Games and putting up performances to light up the track.
David Beckham Elkatohchoongo managed to outpace his Kazakhstani rival, Sergey Ponomaryov, by a mere 0.188 seconds, and secured a spot in the quarter-finals. However, he was beaten by Japanese rider Kaiya Ota.
Ronaldo Singh Laitonjam, failed to progress beyond the round of 16 after losing to Andrey Chugay of Kazhakstan, thus brining both their campaigns to an end at the Asian Games.
In the Men's Individual Sprint 1/16 Heat, @Davidbeckhamt20 showcased his sprinting prowess as he powered past Sergey from Kazakhstan 🇰🇿
He is now all set to compete in the quarterfinals! 🏁🙌
— SAI Media (@Media_SAI) September 27, 2023
A supercut showing the impact of removing a protected cycle lane in Edinburgh. The city should be rolling out bollard protection widely, instead politicians sickly pander to the car lobby, even consulting on re-opening filtered streets to rat runners.
Carsick Edinburgh 🤮 pic.twitter.com/Jh6uHepuxH
— Dave McCraw (@david_mccraw) September 28, 2023
Nothing to see here, just an age-old adage proving its veracity.
A week ago, Cycleway C9, running on the key east-west stretch of commute in west London, between Hammersmith and Chiswick, and making it possible for hundreds, no, thousands of people to commute using a bicycle, was made permanent after 18 months of being temporary.
And already, the number of cyclists have nearly doubled on C9 as compared to the numbers of people driving their cars!
Big news!! C9 has had nearly DOUBLE as many cyclists as cars on it over the last five days. Look at this Telraam data below, or the detail on https://t.co/6ixDcKkn4d
What is C9 and why should you care? A thread! 🧵🪡 (1/4) pic.twitter.com/H6YZHWbGNB
— Cllr Emily Kerr 💚 (@EmilyKerr36) September 28, 2023
According to the Telraam traffic counter of King Street, in the past one week cyclists have outnumbered cars almost by two to one, showing the impact safe, segregated and welcoming infrastructure can have in bringing about a wide-scale behavioural shift.
Channel 5 broadcaster and live blog regular Jeremy Vine also retweeted a video of cyclists outnumbering drivers during rush hour on the stretch of cycleway.
More bikes than cars sometimes. Amazing. https://t.co/aprIAHhpIo
— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) September 28, 2023
But not just that, take a moment to zoom in, and think about the impact it can have on individuals, completely changing their lives. This wonderful video by London Cycling Campaign, shows a stroke survivor, an 86-year-old lady, and a father of three share their stories of joy after the building of C9.
🚲 2500+ people now cycle here every day
🥰 "It's made all the difference": hear what it means pic.twitter.com/uDeVMMirnS
— London Cycling Campaign (@London_Cycling) September 28, 2023
"Before I couldn't do very much, go to shops or anything like that. I felt really stuck at home, because I couldn't keep asking people for lifts," said 86-year-old Clare. "It's made all the difference now. I can go to shops, I can go to Marks and Spencer, I can go to my eye people, I can even go to the hospital at Charing Cross."
"Now, all year round, we go for cycling," said Nick, a stroke survivor, before thanking Sadiq Khan and all the way down.
They proceeded to blow candles on what I would say look very cute and delicious cupcakes topped with an even cuter miniature of a bicycle.
All hail the two-wheeled tool of freedom!
How things change in cycling! A few months ago, Roglič, after winning the Giro d'Italia in dramatic (wait, there could be more motor-themed drama to come!) fashion, was primed to ride the Vuelta and win his second Grand Tour of the year. Then it was announced that Vingegaard will do the Vuelta as well, the Danish fresh off the back of winning his second yellow jersey in as many years and aiming to do a milestone-worthy Tour-Vuelta double.
Enter Supp Kuss, derailing both of their plans and swooping in like the Eagle of Durango to win the Vuelta himself, but leaving heaps and piles of more tension and controversies in his wake.
And one of the chief players of the tension was Roglič, many saying that the Slovenian wasn't the most pleased with the team's decision to keep Kuss in the lead when he thought he had the legs to go and win it for himself (we'll never if he actually had the legs to beat Vinegaard though).
Now, his shot at glory gone and the future of Jumbo-Visma ever so uncertain, Roglič has reportedly been allowed to go, and chase a new future for himself in a different team, Dutch news outlet Wielerflits reports.
Which team, then, would the 33-year-old go to then? Well, of course, Ineos Grenadiers!
If Wielerflits is to be believed, the British team is looking to get Roglič on board. But didn't they just get linked with Pogačar as well? Well, if one thing's for certain, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, CEO of chemical giant Ineos, seems to have a lot of options to go for (you'd have to use that Man United bid money somewhere right?), but will they succeed in landing either of the two Slovenians, only time will tell.
Meanwhile, Roglič has also been reportedly in talks with Movistar and Lidl-Trek, with Bahrain Victorious and Jayco-AlUla also serious about signing him.
While the uncertainty around the future of Jumbo-Visma has dominated the recent weeks of this silly season, involving the will-they-won't-they merger with Soudal Quick-Step, Remco Evenepoel's alleged hate for the team, and apparently "long-time cycling fan" Tim Cook managing to get himself in the picture too (I hate the name Jumbo-Vismac), but Ineos have now decided to share some spotlight too.
According to Pogačar's agent, British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe-owned Ineos Grenadiers had made enquiries at the beginning of the season to sign the two-time Tour de France winner.
Ah, Ratcliffe and failed bids, here we go again.
Blah blah blah..
Pogacar + Thomas, Rodriguez, Kwiato, Turner, Tarling, De Plus and Sheffield would slap and you know it
— Katie (@medicinexthings) September 28, 2023
Long ago in the distant summer, the CEO of petrochemical giant seemed so sure of getting his hands on the Manchester club that he had reportedly tasked British Cycling's former performance director, Ineos Grenadiers general manager and current Ineos director of sport Dave Brailsford to make them the number one club in the world once again".
(What I would do to live in that timeline, but instead we still have the Glazers, yay!)
We all know how that has turned out, the owners of Manchester United, the Glazers family from the States turned down the bids. So what should Ratcliffe do with all that spare cash lying around? Well of course, sign one of the biggest cycling talents for his cycling team!
Pogačar's agent has now also confirmed that the British team, earlier known as Team Sky and one of the most dominant teams the men's sport had seen until the rise of the all-conquering Jumbo-Visma this year, came knocking between the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana to ask about his situation.
The Slovenian men's champion is under contract with UAE Team Emirates until 2027 after turning pro with the side back in 2019, and then instantly giving the world a glimpse of his sheer talent and strength in the Vuelta a España, winning three stages before taking the yellow jersey in the Tour de France in 2020 and 2021.
Speaking to GCN, Pogačar's agent Alex Carera said: "At this time he is under contract with UAE until 2027. If Ineos are interested in him before that date then they need to talk to UAE Team Emirates.
"For sure they’re interested if he’s not under contract because Ineos’ goal is to be one of the best teams in the world. If you want to be the best then you need the best riders. If they are interested in Tadej they must find a deal with UAE first of all."
Meanwhile, Tadej Pogačar and Urška Žigart, aka the peloton's power couple, have spent the last couple days in the Swiss and French Alps raising money for the children affected by the earthquake in Syria and Turkey, surpassing the fundraising goal and raising over €550,000.
Massive thanks to everyone who followed along and donated as Urska & I joined this year’s #PlumeStrong Cycling Challenge.
We surpassed our fundraising goal together with @plume and have so far raised €550.000 to benefit children affected by the Turkey-Syria earthquake.
— Tadej Pogačar (@TamauPogi) September 22, 2023
So what's the move now Jim? Use up the money from the failed £5 billion bid for United and try to get one of the strongest riders in the world on your team? Doesn't sound like a bad plan to me...
A mother whose son's bicycle was stolen by a prolific bike thief took the novel approach to catching the guilty party of holding a three-day protest outside his house, featuring signs asking 'Where's my bike, Dave?', after she grew tired of the police's lack of action despite significant evidence.
The “common criminal behaviour” of dangerous drivers around cyclists needs to be eradicated before we “lose a vital transport choice”, says National Active Travel Commissioner Chris Boardman.
The former Olympic champion made the comments in response to a video posted on social media today by the National Foundation for Retired Service Animals (NFRSA), which showed the charity’s founder Lady Bathurst, cycling the length of Britain to raise awareness for the foundation, on the receiving end of an extremely close pass by an oncoming driver overtaking a lorry at speed.
That's what road.cc user NotNigel says. I think you might be on to something there...
Cheers for making the morning bit better with this banger of a meme though. After last week's 'technical difficulties', I can only hope it's all going smoothly for everyone else and we have put our miseries to bed. Anyway, we've gotta laugh, otherwise we'd cry!
Adwitiya joined road.cc in 2023 as a news writer after graduating with a masters in journalism from Cardiff University. His dissertation focused on active travel, which soon threw him into the deep end of covering everything related to the two-wheeled tool, and now cycling is as big a part of his life as guitars and football. He has previously covered local and national politics for Voice Wales, and also likes to writes about science, tech and the environment, if he can find the time. Living right next to the Taff trail in the Welsh capital, you can find him trying to tackle the brutal climbs in the valleys.