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How many watts could a Coca-Cola can pulley wheel system save you?; Londoners turn to bikes during rail strike — hire rentals soar; Timmy Mallett's UK cycling tour reaches John O'Groats; Wout's out of national champs; Tour teams + more on the live blog

Dan Alexander is back on live blog duty to finish off the week (we'll leave it up to you to decide if that's a good thing)...
23 June 2022, 16:17
Cycling to Glastonbury

> Glastonbury urges fans to cycle to festival amid rail strike disruption 

23 June 2022, 15:40
Hayters gonna Hayter

Ethan Hayter and younger brother Leo are the British men's national time trial champ and U23 champ following this afternoon's TT champs in Castle Douglas.

Ethan beat British Hour Record holder Dan Bigham by more than a minute...James Shaw was third. Leo took the W, covering the U23 men's distance in 26 minutes on the nose. Callum Thornley and Charlie Bailey completed the podium there, while in the women's U23 event, reigning elite road race champion Pfeiffer Georgi added another national title to her palmares. The elite women's event is still to be decided.

Elsewhere on the continent, Remco Evenepoel is Belgium's new TT king, Flanders champ Lotte Kopecky the nation's queen, while in France there was something of an upset as Bruno Armirail beat Remi Cavagna. Audrey Cordon-Ragot won the French women's event.

23 June 2022, 15:10
Reaction time: Coca-Cola goes aero

Well, I can't believe I didn't put two and two together and make the joke about the gravel version being a Red Bull or Monster can, that seems like an open goal in hindsight.

A couple on the same lines. On Facebook, Barry Bean suggested: "Weight weenies can get aero benefits AND save weight by using a light beer can instead of coke."

While I'd say comment of the day goes to hawkinspeter: "That Coke can thing is ridiculous. They should have at least tried to go with Diet Coke or Coke Zero for the weight savings." Superb.

On my biggest tangent of the day, someone else suggested you can still enjoy the nectar that is Limonata San Pellegrino in its original non-low sugar form. *googles Classic Italian Taste San Pellegrino* My god, can this be real? Available in Waitrose (obviously), Sainsbury's and many other supermarkets. What a wild Thursday evening I've got in store...

23 June 2022, 13:11
Gavin Towers riding ten Fred Whittons in ten days

The Fred Whitton can (maybe) claim to be the UK's hardest sportive. 112 miles in the Lakes with all the big-name climbs: Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Wrynose, Blea Tarn, Hardknott. It's a bucket list ride for any UK rider willing to go deep into the pain cave.

Well, Gavin Towers is doing the route TEN TIMES in TEN DAYS...

You might remember Gavin from a story we wrote this time last year when he was attempting to break the record for fastest circumnavigation of Britain by bike, completing the route in 31 days, unfortunately nine days off the 22-day record, but earning the respect of everyone.

An effort even more incredible when you learn Gavin has a degenerative eye condition which means he's partially sighted (Gavin's website illustrates what this is like) and suffers from a narrow field of sight.

23 June 2022, 12:22
The gravel version is on its way too...
23 June 2022, 10:58
How many watts could a Coca-Cola can pulley wheel system save you?

The Aero version of CeramicSpeed's oversized pulley wheel system launched on Tuesday with a wallet-shredding, eye-watering, relationship-ending price tag of €739...

2022 ceramicspeed ospw aero on new Cube road bike 2 - credit Allesandro Volders

But could you achieve the same 2.5 seconds saved over a 25km time trial — that CeramicSpeed says its new creation does — all for the price of...well, a can of Coke?

Coca-Cola can pulley wheel (Simon Warren/Twitter)

This is probably where I need to point out we're just having a laugh... before you head off to the shops at lunchtime...all credit to 100 Climbs author Simon Warren for this amusing addition...

We await the wind tunnel results with bated breath... 

Can't go wrong with a Limonata on a hot day (even better pre-sugar tax, of course)...

That was fun... 

Main image: Simon Warren

23 June 2022, 09:29
Londoners turn to bicycles during rail strike — bike hire rentals soar

This week's rail strike, aided by the glorious summer weather, has opened the eyes of thousands to the feasibility of commuting in London by bike...

Don't fear, Sanjay. We're happy to talk about it...

So, in fairness, were the Evening Standard who shared the news that the Santander Cycles hire scheme recorded its second highest number of rides on Wednesday. There were more than 67,000 hires, more than double the daily average of 27,000.

The cycle superhighways were recording huge numbers of two-wheeled journeys too — Embankment's had seen more than 8,700 journeys by 1pm, while Transport for London reported it was the busiest day ever for e-scooter hires, with more than 10,000 journeys on their trial scheme.

TfL is hoping to capitalise on increased demand by expanding the scheme in Southwark, building eight new docking stations and releasing 500 e-bikes this summer.

"Huge numbers of people have taken up cycling since the pandemic," David Eddington, head of cycle hire at TfL, said. “We are determined to keep Londoners cycling and build on this further."

Main image: @JimFrayling/Twitter

23 June 2022, 10:14
Tour teams: Israel - Premier Tech, Lotto-Soudal, AG2R Citroën Team, DSM, Groupama - FDJ announce their line-ups

Talking of the Tour, it's team news time...

Chris Froome Volta Ciclista Catalunya - 1.jpeg

Chris Froome is going to his tenth Tour de France having made the cut for Israel - Premier Tech's stage-hunting outfit...

Israel - Premier Tech: Chris Froome, Michael Woods, Daryl Impey, Simon Clarke, Jakob Fuglsang, Omar Goldstein, Krists Neilands, Hugo Houle

Other teams to announce their line-up in the last 24 hours...

Lotto-Soudal: Caleb Ewan, Philippe Gilbert, Tim Wellens, Brent Van Moer, Florian Vermeersch, Andreas Kron, Frederick Frison, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg

Groupama - FDJ: Thibaut Pinot, David Gaudu, Stefan Küng, Michael Storer, Valentin Madouas, Kevin Geniets, Olivier Le Gac, Antoine Duchesne

Team DSM: Romain Bardet, John Degenkolb, Alberto Dainese, Chris Hamilton, Kevin Vermaerke, Andreas Leknessund, Nils Eekhoff, Martijn Tusveld

AG2R Citroën Team: Ben O'Connor, Bob Jungels, Oliver Naesen, Benoît Cosnefroy, Aurélien Paret-Peintre, Geoffrey Bouchard, Stan Dewulf, Mikaël Cherel

How many stage wins between that lot? I'll say three...

23 June 2022, 10:09
"This is the type of stuff what Twitter is really made for…" - Matt Stephens
23 June 2022, 09:48
Wout's out of Belgian national champs after banging knee on handlebar

Wout van Aert will be wearing team-issue Jumbo-Visma kit at the Tour de France (until he takes yellow or green, of course...) after announcing he will not be defending his Belgian national championship title.

The 27-year-old hit his knee on his handlebar while training at altitude in Tignes last weekend, something his team says has caused "minor irritation". With a little over a week until the Tour, they're taking no risks, meaning Van Aert won't ride the road race or time trial.

"I think it's a real shame that I can't defend my jersey. I would normally never forgo a Belgian championship. I also regret missing the time trial because it just didn't fit the schedule. However, this is the wisest decision because I don't want to jeopardise the Tour," he said.

Tiesj Benoot, Nathan Van Hooydonck and Tosh Van der Sande will represent Team Jumbo-Visma at the race.

23 June 2022, 07:47
Timmy Mallett's UK cycling tour reaches John O'Groats

For anyone, like us, following Timmy Mallett's UK tour progress on Strava you'll have noticed him edging up the west coast of Scotland, nearing the northern tip of the UK. Yesterday, he reached the most northerly point on his ride — the goal for many long distance adventures — John O' Groats...

Timmy Mallett Strava

Many more have started following his progress — detailed in daily debriefs on Strava and paintings along the way — prompting roadside meets such as yesterday's: "There was a man waiting at a bus stop. He waved at me in greeting. 'I've been waiting for you! I wrote in to Wacaday and I'm so excited to meet you....' Royston and Vicky run a caravan park, the ferry view, and I'm introduced to his whole family — four generations with big smiles and great story. They are making a great life and business in far North Scotland with lovely quirky original touches."

At John O'Groats, Mallett met riders triumphantly completing LEJOG, or tentatively setting off in the other direction, before heading onwards to Wick for the night. 

"It's a great feeling to turn that corner and start the journey south... Heading homewards. It's at least 1,500 miles to go but I felt a new spring in my pedals and new energy," he told his Strava followers.

You can join us in following Timmy Mallett's progress on Strava...

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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