Ever had so much power you've written off your frame?
It's a no from us too on that question, obviously...
"High torque from a standing start, did it within the first pedal stroke and just slid to a stop undramatically," Calum Brown explained on Instagram.
Hill climbs are short events at the best of times, let alone if you don't make it past the 10m mark. Fortunately seems like the wrong word when we're talking about this level of damage, but fortunately this was only Calum's recce of the Monsal Hill Climb course, up the painfully steep but invitingly short Monsal head ascent, where he's won the event twice.
Perhaps the hardest part of this year's will be finding something to ride it on? Nah, scratch that, the hardest bit will definitely still be the standard hill climb double-digit gradients, lungs burning, tasting blood, legs like cement, collapse to the roadside...
"End of an era for that frame, was ridden to over 20 course records. Not good prep for the weekend but at least my gym work is paying off," he joked.
While we're on the topic, that's a quite impressive level of damage... snapped chainstays and seat stays, take a bow.
What's worse, this has happened to Calum before. In 2017 he completely destroyed a crankset at the Bank Road hill climb. Don't worry Shimano, he was using SRAM that day, modified with chainrings not recommended by the manufacturer and leading SRAM to amusingly comment, "the configuration is outside of the Red crankset's intended use" but "2000+ watts is an incredibly impressive amount of power to generate and we applaud Calum's strength".
The city of Milan has introduced a policy whereby lorries and buses will be required to instal blind-spot sensors in a bid to reduce injuries and fatalities, Reuters reports. From Monday, vans, buses and lorries will be banned from large parts of the city from Monday to Friday during working hours, unless they have the sensors.
"It is very dangerous to ride a bicycle, there are several obstacles such as cobblestones, tram tracks, and the city was not designed for cyclists. Add to that the heavy traffic and the high level of stress motorists endure," Eleonora Ciscato, a Milanese cyclist said of the dangers of riding in the city.
The changes come after a string of fatalities, five this year, leaving the mayor to say the "problem is how to make cyclists safe" and that his concern is "someone, perhaps even legitimately, may be afraid and no longer use bicycles".
According to Italian news site Tuttobiciweb the Stelvio is back on the Giro d'Italia route for next year and will make an appearance in the final week of the race. Stage 16 has been touted, on Tuesday 21 May, with the legendary climb appearing mid-stage before a finish in Val Gardena.
Pray to the weather gods that the route will actually be useable, the 2,700m monster prone to terrible weather and snow well into the early summer...
I snapped a chain climbing on my singlespeed once.
I've rarely felt prouder while out on my bike.
— lukebmtb.bsky.social (@LukeB_MTB) September 29, 2023
Well I did break a spoke once 🤔
— shaun (@slow_tri_guy) September 29, 2023
Me and you both Shaun, but I think the pothole gets the credit for mine...
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So, where are we up to this morning?
The big report since yesterday is that Amazon, yes our online shopping overlords, will step in as a new sponsor for Jumbo-Visma to the tune of approximately €15 million, leaving a €25 million hole to be filled. It has been suggested Primož Roglič's sale could help, yep that's right no Amazon Primož for the Dutch team... (credit to Ryan for that one)...
Talking of Roglič, he's available for transfer as soon as the start of 2024, with Ineos, Movistar and Lidl-Trek linked. With the Slovenian's contract running until the end of 2025 it means whichever team comes out on top will have to pay a buyout fee to Jumbo, and while the three aforementioned teams appear to be leading the race, Bora Hansgrohe and Israel-Premier Tech have also been linked, with Bahrain Victorious and Jayco AlUla denying interest...
Is there any team which hasn't been linked to Rogla at this point?
— Cycling out of context (@OutOfCycling) September 29, 2023
Oh, and while all this is going on...
We start our Italian block of racing in Emilia with this team 👇 pic.twitter.com/fEQ0qoncxI
— Team Jumbo-Visma cycling (@JumboVismaRoad) September 29, 2023
Another normal day of pro cycling...
Dan joined road.cc in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining road.cc, Dan wrote 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 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.