Do we really need another helmet debate on social media?
I'll let you be the judge of that. Feel free to find something less tiresome to read on today's blog...
BUT this one's hardly your usual six-follower, no avatar, provocateur...
Why not both, why limit yourself to a single helpful item. Particularly when one takes months/years and the other a few hours to have delivered.
— Cycle Safety Team (@MetCycleCops) October 4, 2022
On the topic of hi-vis...
High vis https://t.co/xFE1QiJaUM
I don't think the real issue is cyclists invisible to drivers, it's motorists driving badly.
— Naughty Drivers (@NaughtyDrivers) October 5, 2022
More visible…like a fully marked (big reflective and high viz stickers) traffic car with flashing lights?
Nope, drivers still can’t see them. pic.twitter.com/Y9uzfFOS0o
— Roads Policing - Surrey Police - UK (@SurreyRoadCops) December 2, 2021
We are pleased to announce the introduction of on-board cameras in races! 🏁 📹
Check out some highlights from this year's racing, thanks to @Monument_HQ.
— British Cycling (@BritishCycling) October 5, 2022
British Cycling has announced approval for wider use of on-board cameras in sanctioned races, "helping to showcase the thrills and excitement of the sport and enable fans to get closer to the action than ever before".
After a successful trial in this year's National Road Series and National Circuit Series, riders will be able to apply for approval from the governing body prior to an event, filling in this form, at least seven days prior.
"I'm really pleased that we're now able to widen the opportunity for riders and event organisers to capture on-board footage in British Cycling events, helping to showcase the thrills of racing and taking the sport to new audiences," Dani Every, British Cycling's delivery director, said.
"Having successfully trialled the process this summer, and seen the success of on-board cameras in events like the UCI Track Champions League, we're really excited by the potential of their wider use and would encourage any riders or event organisers who are interested to contact our compliance team to find out more."
What do you reckon? Positive news?
— AlecBriggs/ Pedaler (@Alec_Pedaler) October 5, 2022
This translates as ‘ how do I pull my consent when I get caught calling someone a **** in a bike race’ 😂😂
— Jacob Tipper ️ (@JacobTipper) October 5, 2022
Hope I’m wrong but I don’t think this is the game changer that’s going to stop teams & races going to the wall.
— William Fotheringham (@willfoth) October 5, 2022
If you missed it yesterday...
Plenty of bezel chat amongst you lot...
Sriracha: "First impression: wow, that's a big bezel!"
Surreyrider was more concerned with the £50 price hike, but back to bezels...zeeridesbikes: "What is going on with that bezel?! I'll stick with my Karoo 2. Battery's life isn't as good (12 hours ish) but at least it works like a smartphone and the navigation is incredible."
BalladOfStruth joined Liam and Jamie in playing spot the difference: "It's the same as the old one. It looks like the only physical change is the three buttons below the screen have been changed from recessed fiddly buttons under a single piece of rubber (which were a bit of a bitch to press in gloves), to three individual buttons flush with the screen. Otherwise it's literally identical to the old one."
Spot the difference...
"Some schools have memorial gardens to the children they have lost as a result of poor driver behaviour.
Not on my watch." https://t.co/TPvbHPjhOk
— Shivaji Shiva (@ShivajiShivaLaw) October 4, 2022
Now, admittedly — as a few people pointed out here — wouldn't promoting active travel as a school run replacement be an easy option?
Regardless, strong stuff from the headteacher of a school in Dulwich, south London, who is so fed up with parents parking where they want, "endangering the lives of others", that this letter dropped into the inboxes this week...
"For the sake of the children I now ask you to make that change [...] the behaviours of a few are endangering the lives of others [...] some schools have memorial gardens to the children that they lost as a result of poor driver behaviour. Not on my watch."
🚨Monster climb klaxon 🚨
Just outside Huddersfield it seems there's a cobbled berg straight out the Tour of Flanders...(not just because of the Strava segement's name)...
Get ready for leg-shredding images...
Out for a walk and found this sneaky little cobbled climb about half a mile from home.
One to tackle on the bike one day, when it’s dry!! Not sure what gradient it tops out at but it’s a beauty 😮 pic.twitter.com/pbY8Re7tOm
— Mel Sykes (@nuddypants) October 4, 2022
A simple tap on the shoulder "podium is this way." Pointing in direction would have been sufficient. Not this uncomfortable showing, repeated touching. https://t.co/gui32loFyk
— James Talks Cycling (@JamesTalksSport) October 5, 2022
A few of your comments...
"Yuck. That dude needs to back off, just watched the full replay — she pushes him away several times and he doesn't go. Aside from that, what a finish — metres ahead of second & third, a class of her own. Good to see Le Col Wahoo on the podium too, a smaller British outfit," thisismyusername commented.
peted76 has noticed the problem before: "This isn't a one off problem (I've seen it plenty in all kinds of race) nor (in my opinion) is it a male or female problem. Sometimes, as in this case, it is uncomfortable viewing, just leave the riders alone to gather themselves."
tbh I wasn't really concerned about how uncomfortable the fans were but after watching the video, HE IS WAY TOO HANDSY, I also felt uncomfortable bbllleeeuurrrgghhhhhhhh. Love and respect to Lorena Wiebes, I would have lamped him one. https://t.co/8bY0teqMGa
— Moon's Haunted (@Oog) October 5, 2022
Always thought this about these weird finish line courtiers.
Who instructs them to do this https://t.co/FTNlfyNMQe
— Harry Gray (@HarryHamishGray) October 5, 2022
The fans were uncomfortable? Imagine then how she felt.
— joan hanscom (@joanhan) October 5, 2022
Here's one of Lorena Wiebes' DSM teammates dropping a like on a Tweet calling the marshal's behaviour "uncomfortable" and asking "how many times does she have to push his hand off her?"
If we were uncomfortable, think how Lorena Wiebes felt...
Binche-Chimay-Binche should have been the story of the Dutch sprinter winning her 23rd race of the season on her final appearance for DSM, and while Ryan gave her deserved props on yesterday's blog, the majority of the post-race chatter was about this less-than-comfortable scene from the finish...
Lorena Wiebes won Binche-Chimay-Binche and then this happened.
There is no reason in this situation that any rider - male or female - should be touched, let alone when they’ve clearly asked not to be.
— Sophie Smith (@SophieSmith86) October 4, 2022
On commentary, José Been described the man, tasked with escorting the winning rider to the podium, as "a little bit touchy which Wiebes does not appreciate, to be honest".
Wiebes repeatedly pushed the marshal's hands off her back and shoulders before eventually riding off in search of her teammates.
The video of Lorena Wiebes and that way-too-hands-on man is really uncomfortable to watch.
Worse still, I'm sure every woman watching it cringes knowing exactly what it's like to be in Lorena's position.
Just keep your hands to yourself, it's not difficult.
— Issie 💙 (@IssieAtch) October 4, 2022
Good finish on the women’s race. @TourDeJose completely correct to point out the inappropriately handsy man trying to steer Wiebes toward the podium. Not acceptable.
— AndreasCyclesMinnesota (@AndreasCycleMN) October 4, 2022
Get your hand off her you weirdo https://t.co/TyeBaW6VO2
— Cameron Jeffers (@Cameron_Jeffers) October 4, 2022
With full respect to the Belgian one-day race, Binche-Chimay-Binche is not the Tour de France, where the bustle of reporters, photographers and team staff waiting to greet the winner can see a rider swarmed by a sea of attention, getting further and further from stepping on the podium by the second.
Even there race staff tend to form a human barricade rather than insisting on touching the rider. On a sporting level, when your heart rate is at 190, you can taste blood, legs weak and you're just wondering if you can make it to the podium without throwing up, a hand on the back or someone invading your personal space can be infuriating (not that I'd know what riding to a podium feels like)...
More importantly, on a human level, keep your hands to yourself...(rant over)...
Dan joined road.cc 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 road.cc, 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.