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L.A. Intentional: cyclist escapes serious injury after shocking hit and run; Ealing's LTNs have gone, but the traffic hasn't; Proviz on a Peloton; Rudi Selig's lunchbox; An interesting bit of route design in France + more on the live blog

It’s Friday, there’s plenty of cycling on TV, and Ryan Mallon is back to ease you into the weekend on today’s live blog… What more could you want (except maybe Dan)?
04 February 2022, 18:15
2022 kit rankings, Pro Cycling Trumps style

With the 2022 road season now under way in earnest, we’re finally seeing all the shiny new kits and bikes in action, instead of the endless barrage of promotional material we were subjected to in January.

With that in mind, Pro Cycling Trumps – in its own inimitable style – has provided a handy guide for fans to get to grips with the new fashion trends in the peloton (as well as a generally accurate ranking system).

We can’t have anyone sitting down for Opening Weekend wondering why Cofidis are suddenly cool, and why Michael Matthews is wearing a jersey that looks like it was attacked by a massive blue felt tip…

So, who do you reckon is rocking the hottest threads this season? I’ll have another think over the weekend, so stay tuned for’s definitive, super official ‘best of 2022’ kit list… Or not, we’ll see how it goes. 

04 February 2022, 17:33
Derby Velodrome (photo credit - Derby Arena)
Team GB moves to temporary new home in Derby

With the Manchester velodrome currently undergoing renovation work, Team GB has upped sticks and moved 63 miles to the Derby Arena, the squad’s home for the next seven months as it prepares for the Commonwealth Games.

The squad will also use facilities at the University of Derby while it is based in the city.

"We are really excited to be setting up home in Derby for the coming months. For us there is a huge opportunity to supercharge the sport in the city and to put down some roots which leave a real legacy to be built upon,” said Tom Stanton, head of performance pathways at Team GB.

"The velodrome is a fantastic facility and we are hoping to enhance this further through upgrades of timing systems and further development of the arena's staff."

The Derby Arena opened in March 2015 and hosted its first major track event, the Revolution Series, in August that year.

Cycling writer and time trial specialist Michael Hutchinson had some ‘deep thoughts’ about the move:

04 February 2022, 17:22
Last thoughts on the Highway Code?
04 February 2022, 16:50
Tour of Valencia 2022 (via GCN)
Remco’s gravel woes continue as Vlasov blasts off

Apologies for that headline, but I couldn’t resist…

Anyone who thought that Remco Evenepoel’s struggles on the sterrati at last year’s Giro were a one-off may start to reconsider after today’s frenetic finish at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, won by Bora-Hansgrohe’s Aleksander Vlasov.

To be fair to the prodigious Belgian, who looked so convincing riding into yellow on Wednesday’s stage, Evenepoel held his own after a wobbly start on the gravel section of the final climb to Antenas del Maigmó. However, his efforts on the dirt roads soon appeared to take their toll as he quickly looked laboured and over geared during the frighteningly steep (but tarmacked) final kilometre to the finish.

Vlasov Tour of Valencia (via GCN)

There were no such problems for Vlasov, who finished 14 seconds ahead of Ineos Grenadiers’ Carlos Rodriquez and over 40 ahead of Evenepoel in eighth, ceding the Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl rider of the yellow jersey in the process.

As the first true summit finish of 2022, today’s exhilarating and unpredictable finale bodes well for this season’s stage races.

Today’s stage also bodes well for the grand old man of the World Tour, Alejandro Valverde. The 41-year-old looked strong while riding over the gravel in support of Movistar teammate Enric Mas, proving that there’s still life left in the old dog yet.

While the grizzled Spaniard insists he will retire at the end of this season, I’m convinced he’s trying to outdo 50-year-old can’t-believe-he’s-still-racing Davide Rebellin. But sure, that’s what cycling needs more of, riders who were knocking about the peloton in 2005. Right?

04 February 2022, 15:55
E-bike company VanMoof unveils new stop motion ad – featuring a trio of bike thieves

If you’re a fan of ‘The Triplets of Belleville’ (or maybe even Billy from the Saw films), then you’re in luck.

Tobias Fouracre, the animator behind Corpse Bride, Fantastic Mr Fox, and Isle of Dogs, has lent his considerable stop motion skills to e-bike company VanMoof, creating an ad which highlights the anti-theft technology incorporated into the brand’s bikes.

The commercial shows an international art thief, master lockpicker and cyber security hacker all struggling to break the seemingly impenetrable fortress of a VanMoof, a bike which includes rider recognition software, an alarm and tracking system, and an in-built lock contained within the frame.

Maybe this ad will open the floodgates for more cartoon bike commercials – Shrek on a Specialized anyone? Or maybe an ad where Postman Pat swaps the van for a Pinarello?

04 February 2022, 15:06
Proviz on a Peloton?

Proviz, a brand known for producing enhanced-visibility sportswear, has been struggling on the marketing front lately.

In November, the company received a lot of flak on social media for this provocative Facebook post:

 While Proviz apologised for that particular blunder, they’ve come in for some more light-hearted ribbing after announcing a partnership with Peloton, the exercise equipment business.

Provis and Peloton (credit - Secret Squirrel)

A few of our readers were quick to question why a brand with a USP of visible, outdoor clothing would associate itself with an indoor fitness firm.

One reader wrote: “Zwift would have been a stretch but vaguely logical.... but Peloton? Has anyone who owns a Peloton ever even exercised outside? (Snark obvs).”

Another said: “They are definitely trying to position themselves as a sort of Rapha-lite brand for trendies and I agree it's a poor strategy (I speak as one who loves his ProViz jacket). They have a USP and do it really well, but as far as I can see their latest offerings don't really offer anything anyone else isn't providing and they are pretty ambitiously priced as well.

“As for a special jersey for Peloton, give me strength! One of the relaxing things about going on Zwift is that one can sling anything on, I wouldn't want to do indoor training that made me feel I had to dress up for it.”

But perhaps we’re all missing the point and Proviz are actually staying loyal to their raison d'être, as one reader observed: “Given the propensity for drivers to hit buildings, maybe the hi-viz will protect you?”

04 February 2022, 14:38
Zig-zagging up the ‘Saudi Angliru’

Speaking of monster climbs, check out those eye-watering gradients at the Saudi Tour today, on what’s been touted all week as the ‘Saudi Angliru’.

Little wonder – while ‘only’ three kilometres long, those 17 and 18 percent stretches certainly rival its Asturian namesake (though I suspect there may be a few of you in the comments eager to point out that your local hill is tougher…).

Lotto Soudal’s Maxim Van Gils continued his team’s blistering start to the season, riding away on the double-digit gradients to secure his squad’s fourth win of 2022. Considering they only won 12 times during the entirety of last year, things are already looking rosy for Lotto Soudal.

Tim Declercq also proved tractors can handle steep inclines, taking a popular third place on the stage with a strong finish in the select group that trailed Van Gils by 40 seconds.

04 February 2022, 14:14
Here we go again – BikeExchange-Jayco withdraw from Tour of Valencia after positive Covid tests

The start of the road racing season may herald the return of normality for many of us, but it seems the ‘new normal’ will continue to have an effect on races and teams throughout 2022.

Cyclingnews reported today that the Australian BikeExchange-Jayco team has withdrawn from the Tour of Valencia after two members of the squad returned positive Covid-19 tests.

“As a precautionary measure, in accordance with strict team policy, and having already had to withdraw one rider due to injury, the decision was made to withdraw from the event, with the health of riders, staff and all those involved in the race being the priority. The race organisation was informed of the situation immediately,” the team said in a press release.

“Team BikeExchange-Jayco’s medical team are now working to move riders and staff safely to areas of quarantine where necessary, and to continue further testing.”

Two Movistar riders, Juri Hollmann and Einer Rubio, have also tested positive for Covid and have been sent home, though the Spanish team confirmed that they will stay in the race.

Despite the positive tests, the Tour of Valencia continues today with a potentially decisive summit finish on the Alto Antenas del Maigmó Tibi, featuring a steep 1.8 kilometre off-road section.

Earlier in the week, race leader Remco Evenepoel criticised the poor state of the gravel portion of the climb, which the QuickStep-Alpha Vinyl rider said was littered with sizeable rocks.

The race organisers countered Evenepoel’s concerns by insisting that improvements had been made to the climb on Tuesday to make it passable.

Judging by the photos taken by the cycling journalist Laura Meseguer, however, I would’ve loved to have seen the climb before it was spruced up…

Either way, it’s fair to say that we can expect some fireworks on today’s stage!

04 February 2022, 13:03
A possible replacement for Near Miss of the Day?

The title might need some workshopping, but I think the idea has legs...

04 February 2022, 11:55
Top-notch course design there…

If that ramp to the finish wasn’t tough enough for the sprinters at the Étoile de Bessèges yesterday (chapeau Bryan Coquard, by the way), the organisers decided to throw a few other obstacles in the peloton’s way. Namely, a massive truck parked right on the exit of a roundabout.

In the organiser’s defence, the lorry driver found his way onto the course by accident, and the local gendarmerie did their best to keep everything under control and the riders aware of the impending danger.

Or maybe the whole episode is all part of a new era of race design.

I can imagine the meeting now: “The fans have had enough of cobble and gravel stages – how about a stage that mimics cycling in a British city? I have a lorry ready to go…”

While we’re at it, let’s marvel again at that extremely looooonng sprint finish yesterday. Cracking stuff from Le Coq, his first win since the 2020 Route d’Occitanie and immediately repaying the faith of his new Cofidis team.

04 February 2022, 11:32
Peak Design launches new smartphone mounts

Some tech news for all you nerds out there. Peak Design has launched its new mobile smartphone mounting line which consists of an Everyday Case (£27.46), available for a range of iPhone and Samsung mobile models, along with a whole family of mounts, chargers and accessories that are designed to connect seamlessly to the case using a built-in magnetic locking technology called SlimLink for easy, one-handed attachment and removal. 

Two of the mounts are designed for use when cycling. The streamlined Out Front Bike Mount (£45.79) has been designed to hold your phone in front of your handlebars for optimised viewing, while the Universal Bar mount (below, £33.29) uses a silicone band to attach to a wide range of standard bar diameters.


Your phone can be removed instantly with the press of a button, and other features include an accessory mount (for the Out Front mount) which lets you attach a bike light or action camera.

How sturdy and smooth is this system, I hear you cry? Well don't worry, as we'll be soon getting the case and mount in to put it to the test!

For now, I think I'll just stick to my 2008 CatEye computer...

04 February 2022, 11:24
L.A. Intentional: cyclist escapes serious injury after shocking hit and run

It takes a lot to shock us over here at But this video, taken a few weeks ago in Los Angeles, is on another level entirely.

The footage shows the driver of a Hyundai appearing to deliberately ram a cyclist from behind before speeding off into the distance.

The bike rider, thankfully and perhaps miraculously, only suffered minor injuries, though his bike was destroyed under the driver’s wheels. He also reacted remarkably to avoid oncoming traffic.

Judging by the missing hubcap and dent on the front of the car, it wasn’t this particular motorist’s first rodeo.

The LAPD have offered a $5,000 reward for anyone who can identify the perpetrator.

Perhaps even more bizarrely, the LAPD also claimed that if the driver had stuck around, they could have avoided charges.

“The car could’ve gone to the left and avoided the collision, but the driver didn’t stick around to tell us their story of why they rear ended them,” detective Juan Campos said, as if the motorist could easily have spun a compelling enough tale to exonerate themselves.

“It only became a crime when the driver fled the scene without rendering aid and identifying themselves.”

That might actually be more shocking than the footage itself.

Most of Twitter has disagreed with the detective, with many describing the incident as a clear example of attempted murder. A handful, of course, pointed the finger of blame at the cyclist, largely along the lines of the old chestnuts: ‘mumble, mumble, something about helmets, mumble, mumble, shouldn’t have been in the car’s way, mumble, edited footage…”

So why would any person think of committing such an act on another human being? One Twitter user, Taylor Scheinuk, came up with a possible answer:

04 February 2022, 10:12
The glamorous life of a pro cyclist

Get battered by echelons, lose a lot of skin and bruise some ribs in a crash, then eat your lunch out of a cardboard box by the back of a van in a desert…

Just a normal day on the Saudi Tour for Lotto Soudal’s Rudi Selig – whoever said being a professional cyclist was a glamorous job?

04 February 2022, 09:21
Scrap LTNs they said, there’ll be fewer traffic jams they said…

Back in August, you may remember, we reported on the blog that Ealing Council pledged to remove almost all of the area’s Low Traffic Neighbourhoods.

This decision was made after a consultation which essentially amounted to a simple referendum on each of the existing schemes.

The consultation – described by Adam Tranter, the Bicycle Mayor for Coventry, as “the blueprint for how NOT to make decisions on transport policy” – received 22,000 responses, or 6.47 percent of Ealing’s residents.

These respondents, described as the 'most vocal and engaged' of Ealing's population, voted for seven of the nine LTNs under discussion to be scrapped.

The success of the anti-LTN agenda in Ealing, according to Tranter, was down to the persuasive narrative that LTNs cause congestion to boundary roads, increase traffic times and worsen the air quality of main road residents (though the council itself denied that these fears had materialised since the schemes were implemented).

Yesterday, the 'Better Ealing Streets' Twitter accounted posted images of an area where the LTNs had been removed. Instead of empty streets and cleaner air, there are now – you guessed it – lots of cars stuck in traffic:

The account wrote: “Ealing's LTNs gone. Those that got them removed promised it would sort the traffic. The motor traffic is still here, jamming up main roads AND back streets, rendering entire areas an anathema for walking wheeling or cycling AND breathing. We ask them again, what next?”

Meanwhile, on a Healthy School Street in Newham:

Ryan joined as a news writer in December 2021. He has written about cycling and some ball-centric sports for various websites, newspapers, magazines and radio. Before returning to writing about cycling full-time, he completed a PhD in History and published a book and numerous academic articles on religion and politics in Victorian Britain and Ireland (though he remained committed to boring his university colleagues and students with endless cycling trivia). He can be found riding his bike very slowly through the Dromara Hills of Co. Down.

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mdavidford | 1 year ago


...ceding the Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl rider of the yellow jersey in the process.

I don't think that's how ceding works.

brooksby | 1 year ago

The Grauniad has a story that Amazon is reportedly considering buying up Peloton 

IanMSpencer replied to brooksby | 1 year ago

Will I get one free with my Prime membership?

jestriding | 1 year ago
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Had a look at the Twitter thread and the "I'm a bicycle rider too"...

Hirsute | 1 year ago

Just need to get this bloke signed up to clear the cycle lanes

Awavey | 1 year ago

Imo as a consumer, my view of Proviz is they are a bit one note, in that unless you wanted a super hi-viz jacket, they werent offering much else. The super hi-viz jacket market I suspect is finite, and small given I probably only see a handful of examples per year.

So it makes sense to me,for them to be wanting to offer something else, which feels more Chapeau/StolenGoat styled to me, as an extra string to their bow and maybe it will boost sales,increase turnover & profit and lead to upselling to super hi-viz jackets too.

As for a Peloton tie up,well duh its a marketing sponsorship deal, and what else are people going to wear riding even a pretend bike indoors, cycling kit is still the most comfortable & most suitable because its designed for exactly the kind of workout you do riding a bike.

Biker Phil replied to Awavey | 1 year ago

I bought a Proviz jacket, as you infer it is very good at being visible. Apart from that it is utter shit. Rips if I fart near it, totally non existent waterproof properties. I never wear it any more.

andystow | 1 year ago

Surely wearing Proviz gear while using a Peloton mitigates the problem of someone's partner hanging clothing to dry on it while they're using it, because they didn't see them on it.

SimoninSpalding | 1 year ago

Re: the Proviz advert. I saw one last night on the way home at 8pm. All in black, no lights. Do they do something the right size and shape for a 68 reg Kia Sportage?

Hirsute | 1 year ago

First close pass under the new HC although I don't expect any difference from Essex Police if I submit as the number plate was very unfortunately and how could I know dirty.

GMBasix | 1 year ago

Hmm... a magnetic mount... as long as you're not interested in using your phone's built-in compass, I suppose.

brooksby | 1 year ago

Nice recovery from that American cyclist, on the hit and run story.

I wonder if the Hyundai driver was even looking, or (given the brake lights) even noticed the cyclist until they hit them...

What do they say - never attribute to malice something that can be explained by incompetence?

My money would be on mobile phone use.  Not an excuse, mind.

FrankH replied to brooksby | 1 year ago
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I know it's not the done thing here to put any of the blame on the poor mistreated cyclist...

But (you knew there was a but coming, didn't you?) It looks like it's going to be a "Near Miss Of The Day candidate" close pass (or a very close pass) until about the 4 second mark when the cyclist veers to the left, away from the white line  and in front of the car.

Not that that excuses the run part of the hit and run, of course.

mdavidford replied to FrankH | 1 year ago

Except that (a) given the line the driver was taking, they would have hit the cyclist regardless of the little wobble, and (b) when passing a cyclist they should be giving enough room that a small deviation like that can be made without it causing a collision.

Edit: This is the moment of collision. I can't see any position on the road there where the cyclist would have avoided being hit.

FrankH replied to mdavidford | 1 year ago

About half a second before impact. If he'd stayed there he might have/probably would have been hit but might have got away with a very close pass. He moved a foot or so to the left which made the collision inevitable.


Hirsute replied to FrankH | 1 year ago

Ah well, as long as it was only probably...

Although the wing mirror looks on collision course.

Where exactly are you going with this ?

Hirsute replied to FrankH | 1 year ago

Hardly veers and would have been hit anyway.

If you look back at previous nmotds, people will point out where the cyclist was at fault or where they could have improved.

SimoninSpalding replied to Hirsute | 1 year ago

In addition, if I am aware of the approach of a car from behind and there is no space for a safe pass I would deliberately take a dominant/ primary position to head off a close pass, with the thought always being "what if they don't see me?" My actions generally lead to me not being injured but subject to verbal abuse, engine revving and a close pass with a much lower speed differential.

My assumption is always that even the biggest @rsehole on the road would not appreciate having me as a bonnet ornament. 

Captain Badger replied to FrankH | 1 year ago
FrankH wrote:

I know it's not the done thing here to put any of the blame on the poor mistreated cyclist...

But (you knew there was a but coming, didn't you?) It looks like it's going to be a "Near Miss Of The Day candidate" close pass (or a very close pass) until about the 4 second mark when the cyclist veers to the left, away from the white line  and in front of the car.

Not that that excuses the run part of the hit and run, of course.

Really?? Do you drive light that around riders Frank?

grOg replied to FrankH | 1 year ago
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I spotted the same thing; the cyclist also looked to his right at the other road lanes, which gave me the impression he was going to merge across to the right, which might have also given the car driver that impression. Given the pre-existing crash damage, perhaps the car driver wasn't that skilled a driver to avoid the cyclist when he veered left; I noted the car driver braked at the same time the cyclist veered into his path, so it doesn't look like a deliberate ramming to me.

TriTaxMan replied to grOg | 1 year ago
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grOg wrote:

I spotted the same thing; the cyclist also looked to his right at the other road lanes, which gave me the impression he was going to merge across to the right, which might have also given the car driver that impression. Given the pre-existing crash damage, perhaps the car driver wasn't that skilled a driver to avoid the cyclist when he veered left; I noted the car driver braked at the same time the cyclist veered into his path, so it doesn't look like a deliberate ramming to me.

I agree that the cyclist definitely looked like he was planning to merge onto the lane in which the cammer was occupying.  But the car driver braked at the point they hit the cyclist as a brief reaction to the impact then just sped off.

Given the pre-existing damage I would hazard a guess that the reason for them speeding off is going to be the fact that they probably dont have insurance and or a licence or both

andystow replied to brooksby | 1 year ago

It takes a lot to shock us over here at

LA: "Hold my beer."

OnYerBike | 1 year ago

Transport Select Committee backing the introduction of dynamic road pricing:

mdavidford replied to OnYerBike | 1 year ago

bbc wrote:

vehicle excise duty - better known as "car tax"

Yep - that's exactly what everyone always refers to it as.

brooksby replied to OnYerBike | 1 year ago

That's an awful lot of extra electronic hardware we'll have to start fitting into our cars, then...

OnYerBike replied to brooksby | 1 year ago
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There are no details on how it would be implemented, but I can't see that you would need any technology beyond that found in a basic smartphone.

SimoninSpalding replied to OnYerBike | 1 year ago

When it has been talked about in the past it was only going to be for high usage routes, and it would work like the London congestion charge, Dartford crossing etc. using pre-registration and ANPR. Which does make you think it is even more important to get LTNs etc. with a permanant, legal basis before it comes into force as it will make the residential rat runs even more appealing.

Mary Willoughby replied to brooksby | 1 year ago

I wonder if you need much more technology than is being made mandatory with the introduction of Intelligent Speed Assist. "The system will become mandatory on new cars in 2022 uses a forward-facing camera mounted on the car and the vehicle’s satellite navigation system to identify the speed limit and, if the car is exceeding it, to restrict the fuel flowing to the engine until the vehicle is at the limit speed."  I realise that not everyone is driving new cars, but it could be a way of phasing the introduction of road pricing as many new vehicles would pay £0 VED. 

IanMK replied to OnYerBike | 1 year ago

Is the BBCs headline misleading (quelle surprise)? I haven't read anything to suggest that VED and fuel duty will be replaced by road pricing. Road Pricing will surely be a supplimentary tax.

In 50 years time if you're driving a "classic" car you will presumably still be paying fuel duty and possibly VED.

SimoninSpalding replied to IanMK | 1 year ago

Actually cars older than 40 years old are already exempt from VED, LEZs, the requirement for an MOT...

The upshot of this is that my 10 year old diesel Toyota  would cost me a fortune to drive within the London ULEZ because it is only Euro 4 compliant, but if I swapped it for a 40 year old V8 Range Rover I would be exempt from not only the charge, but also the requirement to check the emissions being produced complied with the required standards, and would likely be pumping out high levels of carbon monoxide which damages people straight away, rather than a relatively low level of particulates that increases the risk of developing an illness in the future.

To be clear I am fully in favour of the ULEZ principle, it is just the classic car exemption that makes no logical sense.


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