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Police claim "nobody wants to play Spot the Cyclist" so wear hi-vis...; Swap first class for bike storage?; Simon Cowell: Cycling my most creative time; Cav out of hospital; CS3 counter tops 2m; Pidcock joins Boxing Day CX party + more on the live blog

We've another packed day of action and entertainment for you...Ole's no longer at the wheel, but Dan Alexander is for Thursday's live blog (yes, he's been waiting all holiday to use that)...
25 November 2021, 16:55
Images that hurt to look at...

A bit of WD40 and some elbow grease will sort you out... 

25 November 2021, 15:22
Tadej Pogačar is (officially) the best cyclist in the world
Tadej Pogacar, Stage 19 of 2021 (picture credit Tour de France A.S.O./Pauline Ballet)

You probably didn't need to hear French cycling magazine Vélo and sports newspaper L'Equipe awarded Tadej Pogačar their Vélo d'Or prize to know he's the best cyclist in the world...

In fact when we chucked up our poll on the live blog it was Tadej on top (by two votes).

Unlike our poll, however, there was no space for Mark Cavendish in the top three. The award's pannel decided Vuelta winner and Olympic gold medallist Primož Roglič deserved second place, and gave third to Wout van Aert. Poor Julian Alaphilippe. The two-time world champ does take home the consolation prize of being France's best rider.

What odds Pog wins again next year? 

25 November 2021, 13:47
Is swapping first class for bike space the answer to UK trains' cycle storage problem?

Lawrence has certainly got people talking with his suggestion for making the UK's rail networks accessible to cyclists...get rid of first class and install proper bike storage areas. It's the rail equivalent of taking a lane for a segregated cycle path...

The idea came as Lawrence travelled on a train from Wales to London with more than 600 seats, two first class coaches, but just four bike spaces. His conclusion: "Let’s bin first class and have a bicycle coach. Cycling needs to be easier. The rich can sit with everyone else."

Something like ScotRail's West Highland Line carriages with space for 20 bikes, perhaps?

Others pointed out the need for something more accessible too, meaning bikes don't have to be hoisted up into an impractical hangar. Fine if you're strong enough to strap your 6kg carbon racer in, but what about heavier bikes? Panniers? Cargo bikes? 

Here's what people have been saying...

Thoughts? 

25 November 2021, 14:58
PIERER Mobility AG acquires Felt Bicycles
Felt AR aero road bike 2020 launch - 10.jpg

As part of its "strategy to assume a leading global role in the bicycle sector" PIERER Mobility AG has announced the acquisition of Felt Bicycles. PIERER Mobility AG will take control of the Felt brand assets, business assets in Europe and North America as well as the integration of the global workforce into PIERER E-Bikes GmbH's team structure.

"The acquisition of Felt Bicycles fits perfectly with the overall strategy of PIERER E-Bikes – that of becoming a global player in the field of two-wheel mobility, with both electric and non-electric bikes, across all cycling categories," CEO Stefan Pierer said. "With Felt we are able to expand our bicycle portfolio and also strongly enter the North American market with an established, high-performance brand. The company is also heavily involved in competition, which brings an extra attraction for us."

25 November 2021, 14:17
Anti-LTN campaigner has a new target...autumn

Watch out, autumn. They're coming for you. Moving on from anti-LTN videos and social media posts to...falling leaves. 

25 November 2021, 13:42
Pedal-powered paramedics
25 November 2021, 11:53
Pidcock vs MVDP vs Wout van Aert: Cancel all your Boxing Day plans
Tom Pidcock wins Superprestige Gavere 2020 (via Twitter).PNG

If you needed any more reason to stay in on Boxing Day and lie in front of the telly, Tom Pidcock will also be at Dendermonde for the CX World Cup event alongside Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel. It'll be the first time the trio have competed against eachother since the Tour of Flanders back in the spring...

Yesterday Liam told us the race may well be the highlight of his Christmas...any doubt has probably just been removed...

25 November 2021, 11:27
"That expression ‘get back on your bike,’ with me, it was literal": Simon Cowell not put off by breaking back in e-bike crash
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America's Got Talent judge and full-time shiny TV personality Simon Cowell has spoken to the American press about his e-bike crash last year and says he had no doubts about... well, getting back on the bike...

"My most creative time is now when I cycle, because I cycle even though it's an e-bike. I still got to pedal and I do about 10 miles a day… even though I had an accident on one. That was more an electric motorbike; these are called pedal-assist bikes, and they're brilliant," he told Extra TV.

"That expression ‘get back on your bike,’ with me, it was literal. I feel better than I did because I exercise so much more."

Cowell underwent surgery last August after falling off an electric bike near his home in Malibu.

25 November 2021, 10:59
Two millionth cyclist crosses CS3 counter

Were you the lucky two millionth? 

25 November 2021, 10:37
Cav out of hospital after treatment for broken ribs and collapsed lung
Mark Cavendish Ghent crash.PNG

Mark Cavendish is back at home after a couple of days in University Hospital of Ghent for treatment on injuries sustained on the final night of racing at the city's famous Six Day track cycling event. Cav broke two ribs and suffered a collapsed lung after water on the track caused a pile-up.

But according to Het Nieuwsblad, the Manx Missile has now been released from hospital and is back home in Essex with his family. The Belgian outlet also reports contract extension talks with Deceuninck-Quick-Step should finally be sewn up this week...

Although, to be fair, we've been hearing that for weeks...

25 November 2021, 10:32
Gok Wan on the live blog...who'd have thought it?
25 November 2021, 08:43
Police demand hi-vis wearing..."nobody wants to play Spot the Cyclist"

It's the time of year when police forces and road safety groups think about what advice to give road users as the nights draw in. That tends to mean plenty of posts like the one above for the live blog... 

Playing devil's advocate, some might say it's a non-issue, at worst a clumsily worded message that passes on a lesson most cyclists already know. However, there's an even larger body of replies that see it as victim-blaming and all a bit pointless considering the amount of stories we see of cyclists wearing hi-vis being killed or seriously injured. Surrey Roads Policing Unit are at the forefront of that argument...the Northern Ireland Road Policing account is not. 

The post asked riders to use hi-vis, saying "nobody wants to play Spot the Cyclist!" You could (quite uncontroversialy) argue it's the duty of everyone on the road to play spot the cyclist at all times. Anyway, they said a hi-vis jacket had been handed out to the person they spotted without one. #KeepingPeopleSafe.

Reaction? Yeah, let's do that...

And it's not just police forces having a pop...as the clocks went back author Philip Pullman took to social media to rant about "damn fools" speeding through Oxford on bikes without lights or hi-vis...

How many weeks until the clocks go forward again?

Dan joined road.cc as live blog editor last year. He has previously written 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 exploring the south of England.

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