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Some highlights from this week on two wheels...

1. Mark Beaumont backs what we thought sounded like the worst cycling event ever

AWPR (via YouTube)

Round-the-world record-breaking cyclist Mark Beaumont has come out in support of the event this week, which originally wasn't allowing entrants to bring their own bikes. Since then, it’s improved a touch. The organisers have said that 1,500 people will be able to bring their own bikes if they register for a specific timeslot.
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2. Near Miss of the Day 177: Two close passes in quick succession - but no action taken against drivers

The latest video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows a cyclist getting close-passed by two motorists in quick succession. The incidents were reported to the Metropolitan Police, but no action was taken against the drivers - and while the rider says he understands that the police are stretched due to cuts, he is disappointed nothing will happen.
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3. London pedestrian sustains life-threatening injuries after hit-and-run collision involving cyclist

Police tape (CC licensed by freefotouk on Flickr)

Police in London appealed for witnesses after a pedestrian was left with critical injuries following a collision involving a cyclist who subsequently fled the scene and abandoned his bike. (since this article was published it emerged the perpetrator was riding an e-bike, and an arrest has been made - you can read that article here). 
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4. Aqua Blue Sport riders left high and dry as it pulls out of Tour of Britain

Aqua Blue Sport 2018

Irish UCI Professional Continental team Aqua Blue Sport, which this week revealed it was effectively folding after it said it would not be applying for a 2019 licence, has also pulled out of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, which starts in Carmrthenshire on Sunday.
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5. Geraint Thomas says cycle helmets should be compulsory

Geraint Thomas on Alpe d'Huez video still.JPG

Oh G, what did you get yourself into! In an interview in the Sunday Times Magazine, the Team Sky rider said: "I would certainly make helmets compulsory. I always wear a helmet, I've put on a helmet more times than I've buckled a seatbelt.
"Helmets have come on a lot – well ventilated, not too hot, you don't look stupid – no reason not to."
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6. Sir Bradley Wiggins: Reaction to Geraint Thomas’s helmet comments reflect his status as Tour de France champion

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Wiggo was quick to defend his former teammate, saying: "Geraint has been concentrating on what he's been trying to do – win the Tour de France. The last month he's been preoccupied with that, and all of a sudden he comes back from the Tour de France and everyone wants to know what he thinks about certain topics.
“He's the Tour de France winner now, and everyone wants to know his view on certain things like he's some sort of Messiah”.
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7. Restrict lorries in cities, urges London cyclist who lost leg

Cement lorry in London © Simon MacMichael.jpg

A cyclist who had her left leg amputated after a collision with a cement mixer has called for restrictions on HGVs using congested urban roads. Sarah Doone was dragged under the vehicle at Old Street roundabout last month and only just escaped being crushed by the rear wheels.
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8. Uber to focus on electric bikes and scooters for short trips

Jump Bikes (picture source Uber)

The boss of ride-sharing firm Uber has revealed that in future the business will focus on looking to provide electric bikes and scooters to its customers rather than cars for short journeys.
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9. The most exciting new products... that you can't actually buy yet


With 2019 stock available for the world to see but not necessarily have what with lengthy pre-order periods, here's our annual round-up of things you want but you can't quite have for a few weeks!
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10. Crowd saved Deliveroo cyclist by pushing van off his neck

Clifton Triangle, Bristol (via StreetView)

Including the immortal line "I’m a doctor and I’m telling you to fucking move the van back", as the doctor in question saved the life of a Deliveroo cyclist who was trapped under a van's wheel by the neck. The injured courier is in a serious but stable condition in hospital thanks to his quick-thinking saviour. 
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Arriving at in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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