Lotto-Soudal’s Joris Nieuwenhuis has used a training ride in and around his home village of Zelhem in the eastern Netherlands to send essential advice to fellow cyclists via Strava.
Under the heading ‘Ride alone or’ his 27.1 kilometre ride sketches out the word’s ‘Stay home’ on the social network for athletes.
It’s perhaps not the most intricate piece of Strava art we’ve seen, but in these unprecedented times it’s certainly one that conveys an important meaning.
The Canal & River Trust, which manages 2,000 miles of waterways in England & Wales, is advising people to limit their use of towpaths and to avoid sections where boats are moored as part of its latest guidance to try and limit the spread of coronavirus.
Here’s the brief guidance as set out on posters now being displayed on posters following the government’s latest restrictions.
After taking an excellent 8th place in the U23 Men's race the day before, Trinity Racing's Cameron Mason captured what would become the best performance by a British Male Elite rider at the World Cyclocross Championships.
Cameron's team mate, British National Champion Tom Pidcock, caused the shock of this race, blasting away from a group of Belgians to take silver. No one could match pre-race favourite Van der Poel though, who finished a staggering 1minute 20 seconds clear of the field.
Above all, there is some excellent footage here and it's well-worth a watch if you're missing racing.
So, you may have first spotted on our live blog yesterday morning and then in our full story later on that Evans Cycles were accused of 'taking cyclists for a ride' somewhat, by appearing to inflate the prices of their range of trainers way above the recommended retail prices; for example, a Wahoo Kickr was up to £1,150 from £999.99, and a Saris H3 was up to £976 from £849.99. We waited for a response from Evans and didn't get one... well perhaps we did, but we had to go to their website to get it...
...because it appears if by magic, the prices have now come right back down to the RRP again! That said, many are sold out after cyclists rush to get training indoors due to the latest government restrictions, with the Wahoo Kickr not due back in stock until 15th April at Evans, according to their website.
If you do now want to browse indoor trainers priced at RRP or below at Evans Cycles, you can do so here.
That's right, simply take your birth month and birth day and you'll be faced with a gloriously silly scenario that you will be sharing with a cyclist or famous cycling enthusiast. Have fun, I'm off to have a post-(Zwift)race piss-up with Jeremy Corbyn...
On TV, rickshaw drivers cycling home from Delhi to Bihar. That's about 1,000 km. Others are walking home. Homeless shelters are packed.
And the govt has nothing to say, no plan.
— Samar Halarnkar (@samar11) March 25, 2020
As well as continuing to offer bikes to refugees by raising funds to deliver them by van during the pandemic (see further down the page) the Bike Project are also offering up their Dr Bike virtual maintenance lessons for free to front-line workers.
An example the Bike Project give is Katie - an ICU nurse from London - who has started cycling to work to avoid public transport during the pandemic.
CEO and founder of the Bike Project Jem Stein said:
“The Bike Project have seen a huge increase in sales over the past few weeks and March has already smashed our previous record for total sales in one month. We at The Bike Project realise how crucial bikes can be for everyone during this difficult time. Cycling can help you to exercise, get access to vital supplies such as food and medication, and to avoid public transport if you still need to work.
"From today, we are launching Virtual Dr Bike sessions to help teach people basic bike maintenance and repair to ensure your bikes are kept in tip-top condition during the outbreak. These will be one-to-one sessions delivered by our team of experienced mechanics. We are offering free Virtual Dr Bike sessions to all NHS staff to keep our fantastic front-line workers safe and mobile during this time."
Cyclists are making the big behaviour changes to protect our health and care systems and to save lives.
We're keeping 2+m of personal space in all directions . We will get through this #mindthegap #keepcycling
Video from @theroyalparks Regent's Park this morning on a solo ride. pic.twitter.com/rbIOSBwuFD
— London Cycling Campaign (@london_cycling) March 24, 2020
As we spotted in Regent's Park earlier this week, the vast majority of cyclists are respecting the rules and staying well clear of each other; and the London Cycling Campaign have also noted the big behavioural changes made by cyclists in London's Royal Parks.
See our guide to riding responsibly in the pandemic, updated to reflect the latest government measures, for more details.
The Sufferfest training platform – which is part of Wahoo Fitness – has released new training plans designed especially for those who are staying inside due to coronavirus, and new users are offered a free month-long subscription.
Why doesn't the @NHSEnglandLDN NHS Volunteer Register accept bicycles as mode of transport? Only car drivers are welcome- I can collect and deliver a lot of local prescriptions with my bike panniers and especially with a trailer attached. Much healthier. https://t.co/DjV4RVB2Vg
— Streets for people (@BrendaPuech) March 24, 2020
Last night, Brenda Puech tweeted to say that it wasn't possible to put 'bike' as a mode of transport option. The NHS Volunteer Responders page says that those without 'access to transport' would only be offered telephone support roles; some commented back to say they could be plenty of use with their bikes equipped with racks and panniers, and full cargo bikes...
Yes and I have a massive trailer that can transport people who are in a wheelchair... (That's my son). pic.twitter.com/kH5vlVX9Bg
— Damian “Wash your hands and don’t touch your face” (@bigdamo) March 25, 2020
I applied last night with intent to use my bike+backpack/panniers/trailer. I also have thermal bags for food delivery that would be better for more temperature sensitive meds.
Maybe they can afford to turn volunteers away? Perhaps @WeAreCyclingUK can have a word?
— steve abraham (@steve_abraham74) March 25, 2020
We're told that the site has now been updated to include 'push bike' as a mode of transport, and are waiting for clarification; either way if you think you can help as an emergency responder, here's that link again.
First the government sent us all a text, now they're dipping into our Strava accounts... some runners and cyclists on social media are reporting that they've received comments on their Strava uploads from a mysterious account that supposedly belongs to Boris Johnson, reminding them that they are limited to one form of exercise a day and praising those who exercise indoors...
The account has just shy of 60 followers so far and has uploaded a number of activities, including 'Self isolation run' and 'Easy treadmill run after a stressful day fighting Covid-19'. Other comments have been spotted than remind athletes that they've used up their remaining exercise for the day, and that 'one run a day keeps Corona away'.
While we're almost 100% certain this account isn't actually the work of the PM, it might not be beyond the realms of possibility for authorities to use check in on Strava accounts; at the weekend Sticky Bottle reported that the French police were using Strava to catch cyclists training outdoors after their restrictions placed a ban on cycling outright.
Have you got a comment from Boris? Do let us know and we can try to put this mystery to bed... in the meantime, make sure you do stick to the government advice which allows you to go for one ride a day outside, either solo or with a person from your own household - read our updated guide for more advice.
off.road.cc have rounded up some bike industry brands who are switching production from their normal products to the manufacture of components for ventilators, making of face masks or the production of hand sanitiser gel. Read more here.
As the author says, these are strange times... and if you want to recap the most recent cyclocross season and support a photography business that is undoubtedly facing uncertain times, then you can pre-order the Cyclocross Album now for delivery in just over six weeks' time. It also includes three feature articles in amongst the 192 pages of glossy muddy goodness, and you can opt to have a name printed inside if it's for a gift - you can pre-order here.
When Italian bike gear specialists Scicon moved from making bike boxes and storage solutions to eyewear and clothing, it came as a bit of a surprise... and due to current events, no one could predict what they'd be using thir expertise to make next.
Their selection of products made as a response to the outbreak of coronavirus around the world includes a reusable unisex face mask, and three different types of face protection mask kits; the latter comes in packs of five masks with one set of eyewear for 150 euros, while the masks can be purchased in a separate pack of five for 39 euros - see your buying options here.
Alternatively, a number of bike brands are transforming their manufacturing plants to make hand sanitiser and face masks, some charitably and/or selling the products at cost in bulk as medical supplies - see the round-up on off.road.cc here.
The petition is titled "Halfords putting colleagues life at risk by re-opening on Thursday 26th March. The shops are not safe", and has over 2,800 signatures and counting so far. The author claims that it is "absolutely shocking and unsafe" that Halfords are classed as an essential retailer, and accuses them of not providing hand sanitisers or safety equipment to protect staff from the spread of COVID-19; however not everyone agrees, with numerous people on Twitter disagreeing with the hashtag #BoycottHalfords...
The #BoycottHalfords is oversimplified and plain dumb.Easy to do the sixth form, momentum politics and say they are just making money. But what happens when Nhs workers need their cars or bikes fixed.They are as much a part of the chain as buses and the tube. #ThinkForYourself
— Harvey Jones (@hj1967Jones) March 25, 2020
Is Halfords a bicycle shop? ✔
Does Halfords supply car maintainence parts? ✔
Do key workers need to keep cars and bicycles maintained ✔
Does this mean Halfords is classed as essential? ✔
— Rob (@escapologist912) March 25, 2020
Don't agree with #BoycottHalfords hashtag.
They deal with both car & bike parts/services. Both important if you are trying to travel to ESSENTIAL work by travel modes that enable social distancing. Also needed for delivery drivers who use cars & bikes.
Use your heads people😬
— TheLockdownHeron🌍 (@LuckyHeronSay) March 25, 2020
Halfords have just shared a statement with road.cc defending themselves for staying open as an essential retailer, and have provided details of how they claim they are keeping their staff safe - we'll have a full story on this soon.
This is the moment, the final hole is laced. A quick look ahead as the mailman drops the letter in the box and clears the two metre mark. He's gone, cleats clanging on the gravel, but what a catch, the letter had hardly settled in the box. He's back - just trash mail! Phil https://t.co/nztHUwzpK5
— Phil Liggett (@PhilLiggett) March 25, 2020
In case you didn't know Mr Liggett was a bit of a legend, he responded to the call to commentate someone's life with much aplomb.
SRAM has officially introduced AXS Web, a web tool designed to allow riders who use data-enabled devices – including power meters, tyre pressure sensors and electronic shifting – to collect and display ride info uploaded through Garmin head units. Compatibility with Wahoo devices is on the way. AXS Web was previously in beta development.
Here’s Ep.5 of ‘Matt’s Soup Revue.’ It’s a double length feature!! Bursting with flavour it features Baxter’s French Onion! Sacré bleu! Enjoy! And share! #Soup #Croutons #France 🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/PnGbjNYKVS
— Matt Stephens (@RealStephens) March 24, 2020
French-influenced soup in this episode of course, in the form of Baxter's French Onion delivered outside the Eurosport presenter's door. While commenting that it's a little on the thin side, Stephens says the flavour is "absolutely amazing"... Sacré bleu!
The Bike Project have been forced to close their doors like many other businesses and non-profits due to the COVID-19 measures; and rather than asking refugees to risk their health travelling on public transport to their workshop, they are now looking to get bikes delivered to those who need them most via a van courier:
"We believe that refugees and asylum seekers need bikes now more than ever.
"But with official guidance in place to avoid gatherings, we have taken the decision to close our doors for the time being.
"Instead of asking refugees to risk their health on public transport while travelling to our workshop, we're taking bikes out to them.
"This costs money, of course, and we're asking all our supporters to dig deep during this extraordinary time."
The Bike Project are appealing for £10 one-off donations to fund a van hire to deliver a bike, while a £100 donation is enough to get a bike completely restored and delivered to the person in need of one - head over to the info page on their website for more info.
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.