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Sassy traffic report warns of major delays...or six-minute cycle; Jeremy Vine spots Uber driver taking bike lane shortcut; Eating with tyre levers; Cycle path news; Josh Quigley fan club; Tony Martin bags fifth world title + more on the live blog

Dan Alexander is here for the Wednesday live blog, his last before he disappears for a few days off...
22 September 2021, 20:02
"We think bikes are neat", says honest traffic reporter

LiveDrive, the Dublin traffic reporting account that realises how much quicker it is to commute by bike, has reacted to our coverage of its initial sassy tweet this morning with this glowing endorsement of the bicycle - scroll down to read more! 

22 September 2021, 15:59
"It's the best finish": Tony Martin reaction to sixth World Championship title

"It's the best finish, isn't it?" Martin said at the finish. "Going from the cycling scene with a gold medal is a dream for me. The best situation I can imagine and I'm really thankful to the whole team, especially to our women. I think they made the difference today. I really enjoyed the whole week with the team. We were hoping for the gold, and now the dream has come true and it's time to celebrate."

Someone get that man a beer...

22 September 2021, 15:19
Tony Martin wins fifth rainbow jersey of his career in his final race before retirement

If Carlsberg did pro cycling scripts...Tony Martin, 36 years old, riding his final race before retirement, just won a fifth rainbow jersey of his career, five years after his last. This was in the mixed relay TTT, the other four were individual honours.

Martin, alongside Max Walscheid, Nikias Arndt, Lisa Brennauer, Mieke Kröger and Lisa Klein beat the Netherlands time by 13 seconds, the Italians were third at 38 seconds. For a while it looked like GB might cling on for a medal, but were ultimately fifth fastest.

Now that's a retirement present...What. A. Career.

22 September 2021, 14:24
Simon Warren returns to the scene of the crime...defeating Bamford Clough's 36 per cent ramp

100 Climbs author Simon Warren made live blog headlines on Friday after finding another brutal British berg - Bamford Clough. With a 36.5 per cent maximum gradient and 300m at 26 per cent, it's a monster. Simon made it up...and with a 34x29...impressive. Any of you lot been mad enough to make a detour up the Clough yet?

22 September 2021, 14:15
Sam Bennett pulls out of World Championships road race due to knee injury
Specialized S-Works Ares 6 Sam Bennett

Sam Bennett has withdrawn from Ireland's team for this Sunday's World Championship road race, saying he is not yet fit enough for such a gruelling event. Bennett has struggled with a knee injury since before the Tour de France, but returned to action last week at the European Championships and competed at some smaller Belgian races over the weekend.

"It is always an honour to represent Ireland on the international stage. However, unfortunately competing in this year’s World Road Championships will not be possible," Bennett said in a statement.

"I am very happy to be back racing pain-free and with each race I know my fitness levels and race sharpness are improving. However, at this stage, a gruelling 260km+ race is probably a step too far."

Eddie Dunbar, Ryan Mullen and Rory Townsend will represent Ireland in Flanders.

22 September 2021, 14:01
Joss Lowden hour record attempt...forgive us for ignoring you know who's comments
Joss Lowden (Press release)

Patrick Lefevere said something controversial about women's cycling again. Rather than giving that the airtime it doesn't deserve, I thought I'd find you a positive women's cycling story. Having finished eighth at the World Championships on Monday, British rider Jos Lowden is in the final stage of preparation for her hour record attempt next Thursday.

To take the record she will have to beat 48.007km, set by Victoria Bussi in 2018. Lowden's goal is a minimum of 192 laps of the track in Velodrome Suisse in Switzerland next Thursday at 4pm.

"All the training and preparation is done," she said. "From the Le Col x McLaren Project Aero Skinsuit to the tactics and pacing, every detail is taken care of. All that remains is for me to take my opportunity. I am super confident. This is my moment. When that clock starts it’s me, the black line and sixty minutes of pain." I'm pumped just reading that...

22 September 2021, 11:18
BBC London report on Bristol travel gets ripped apart by the locals

A report on Bristol by people who don't know anything about Bristol? That's the gist of the lunchtime reaction to BBC London's report on Bristol as a leading transport city...

As someone who doesn't know Bristol too well, unlike the BBC team seemingly I got some input from someone who does...editor Jack said most people who cycle in Bristol do so because their isn't another option. Plenty others online echoed that...adding: public transport is dreadful, air quality worrying, cycling infrastructure often dangerous and traffic appalling...

Any more Bristolians wish to tell me how terrible their city is for transport? 

22 September 2021, 10:35
Jeremy Vine spots Uber driver taking segregated cycle lane shortcut

Jeremy Vine's back on the live blog with a's been a while since the pedalling presenter featured here - possibly the first time since that nuclear two-abreast week. Who could forget that? I've just about stopped having sleepless nights...

This time, Vine clocked an Uber driver taking a look at a stop sign and planter, ignoring the restrictions (and the cyclist rightfully trying to use the route), before taking a shortcut down the segregated cycle lane and back out onto the road... news editor Simon's encyclopedic knowledge of London tells us this is the western end of Wellesley Road in Chiswick, part of Cycleway 9.

It's not the first time Vine has snapped some cycle lane driving...back in January he saw this motorist driving down the Hyde Park segregated cycle path before mounting the pavement to rejoin the road at the traffic lights.

22 September 2021, 09:42
Josh Quigley's fan club

"Mum, can I cycle 2,000 miles next week?" 

22 September 2021, 08:51
Wattbike announces new partnership with the All Blacks
Wattbike Atom (press release)

Wattbike has announced a new partnership with the New Zealand rugby team, as its 'Official Performance Bike Supplier'. The announcement coincides with the brand's 'Made For Real Athletes' campaign, which aims to show how anyone can achieve their fitness goals with a determined mindset.

All Blacks Strength and Conditioning Coach, Nic Gill said: "For over ten years the All Blacks have worked with Wattbike to help get the team into the best possible shape to compete on the field. The Wattbike is a highly accurate, realistic and reliable way to get intensity into our indoor and off-feet conditioning programmes. There is no doubt that the Wattbike is a world-class high-performance training tool, we’re delighted to have them officially in our camp."

Back in July, it was announced the All Blacks would be joining the Ineos sporting empire. Sir Dave Brailsford welcomed the team to the Ineos brand with a recorded message from the Tour de France's final stage in Paris. Yesterday we brought you the news that Brailsford is reportedly stepping aside from the Ineos Grenadiers cycling team to oversee the brand's entire sporting portfolio - including the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team, Sir Ben Ainslie's sailing team and the All Blacks.

22 September 2021, 08:32
Dutch news from the cycle path: Rail strikes, King's speech and a Walrus sighting

 Here's your two-minute Dutch news briefing...of course, delivered from the cycle path. I've never been so well-informed on Netherlands news.

22 September 2021, 07:20
Amusing traffic report warns of major delays by car...or six-minute cycle

As far as traffic reports go, this one's pretty entertaining. It's undoubtedly one of the best things about commuting by bike. That moment when you glide down an empty cycle lane past the queue of stationary road users... normally, moments later a car door will open or someone pulls out on you and you're swiftly knocked back to reality...but it's great while it lasts!

LiveDrive, a live traffic service for Dublin, broke the terrible news last night that anyone leaving work at 5 and heading for the North Circular was in for a long commute. It was, they grimly reported, "the busiest we've seen it in a long, long time"..."Even pre-lockdown this would be a major day." And then for the punchline..."Expect major delays by car, or a six-minute cycle"...

By far my favourite reply was the person asking if these drive cycle updates were new...that was until I realised Brian O'Doherty wasn't a disgruntled driver put out by the fact those pesky cyclists were being catered for, but actually an impressed pesky cyclist himself...

It turns out LiveDrive has been doing these since before the pandemic, and there was a bit of a theme in the replies...

22 September 2021, 07:49
Eating salad...with a tyre lever

Add this one to the file alongside the person who sliced his pizza with a Campag chainring, becoming the most Italian person alive in the process.

The only question I have is why you'd pick a salad after a weekend cycling...maybe that's just me...

Dan joined 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, 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.

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