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Family demands council "gets serious" about promoting cycling as bike shed planning breach saga continues; Cyclist reunited with good samaritan; Bikes at polling stations; Giro kit poll; Extreme bike rack; Active travel dispute + more on the live blog

It's Thursday and Dan Alexander will be rounding up all the best bits from the world of cycling ...
06 May 2021, 15:56
Mixed reception for Oakley Kato sunglasses

Oakley launched its new Kato glasses today and they have received a mixed reception over on our Twitter. A few shouts of "too expensive" and a few people not liking the design. On Twitter, Pedro left it short and not-so-sweet...

Not much love from Veloist either...

Are they that bad? Or is it the £231 price tag clouding people's judgement? Let us know your thoughts.

06 May 2021, 08:14
Family asks for "joined-up thinking" from Leicester City Council if it is "serious about promoting cycling"
Leicester bike shed (Kavi Pujara)

Last night Kavi Pujara once again appealed to Leicester City Council to be "serious about promoting cycling" and help his family with planning guidance to build an acceptable bike shed...

Writing on Facebook, he said: "Dear LCC [Leicester City Council]. How about some joined-up thinking here? If the city is serious about promoting cycling should you not get serious about storage solutions for cycles too?

"I understand that sheds in front gardens aren't a permitted development, but we do need to store bikes somewhere. Perhaps with some planning guidance on building a bike shed from the council we could do this in a harmonious way and really be a cycle-friendly city."

The family has received widespread support since the story broke yesterday, with numerous willing backers leaving positive comments on the council's planning portal. As per the planning application, the council says it is aiming for a decision on the 'retrospective application for construction of bike shed at front of house' by May 20.

06 May 2021, 15:04
No words needed...
06 May 2021, 14:50
Edinburgh cyclist injured in crash meets "mystery good samaritan" who helped
Slateford Road Edinburgh.PNG (Google Street View)

Caroline Hunter suffered a fractured wrist and leg injuries after hitting a pothole and coming off her bike on Slateford Road in Edinburgh on Friday 23 April. Edinburgh Live reports a mystery good samaritan stopped, used her car to prevent oncoming traffic posing a threat and provided first-aid help. 

In a weird twist, the good samaritan turned out to be a friend of a friend. Caroline Nicolson explained how she found out the injured cyclist wanted to thank her in properly.

"It's totally bizarre. It turns out she's a friend of a friend," Nicolson said. "I received a phone call from another friend who says they saw the article and asked 'is that you?'. I think they recognised me from the red car, and my big first-aid bag. We've exchanged a few text messages. It was really nice of her to get in touch. It was then we realised we had some of the same friends.

"It was just common sense really. I stuck my hazards on and stopped the car so traffic had to go round us. I've always got a big first-aid bag in my boot so I was able to bandage her up and help get the shock under control. I would've taken her to hospital but she just wanted her husband to pick her up."

06 May 2021, 14:09
Rapha's latest EF Education-Nippo or not?
Rapha's latest EF Education-Nippo or not?


We get the feeling this one is going to be far less controversial than last Giro's Palace collab. Rapha are back at it, bringing EF Education-Nippo a special one-off kit to wear at the Italian Grand Tour. That is two new Giro kits today and two thumbs up from me...but what do you reckon? 

Take a closer look at the kit in all its glory as well as the "fastest ever TT aerosuit" they will be wearing in Turin on Saturday here...

06 May 2021, 13:51
Trek-Segafredo DS outlines Vincenzo Nibali's chances after injury-hit run to the Giro d'Italia

We're gonna need a bigger boat was the line from Trek-Segafredo on Monday as the Shark of Messina, Vincenzo Nibali, beat a "race against time" to confirm his place at the Giro d'Italia. The two-time winner of the race broke his wrist after being hit by a driver last month but has recovered sufficiently, with the help of a specially designed carbon fibre cast, to take to the start line in Turin.  

Trek-Segafredo sports director Kim Andersen has said we should not expect too much of Nibali early in the race and that his goals will be determined by how well he gets through the first week. "In our winter plan, he was the GC leader, but the crash changed everything," Andersen explained. "We’ll understand his ambitions as we go along. For us, it is important to know that he is there. Vincenzo has class, experience, grit, and a very strong bond with the race. His determination is an added value without equal.

"He must pass the first week without problems, and then it will be a crescendo. Week three is his terrain. He can aim for the stages, or he can surprise everyone and fight for the GC, although the competition from the new generation will be very strong. Vincenzo’s goal is to race free."

Anderson confirmed that given the question marks over Nibali, Bauke Mollema and Giulio Ciccone will have freedom to chase stage victories.

06 May 2021, 13:39
Bath transport boss claims new council leader asked her to drop walking and cycling plans
oxon travel cycle lane picture - via twitter.PNG

Cllr Joanna Wright claims the reason she is no longer a part of Liberal Democrat Kevin Guy's new cabinet is because she refused to "dump" walking and cycling plans. Wright says Guy asked her to bin the active travel plans, despite "massive" public support. 

Somerset Live reports Wright feels she was a victim of "slow motion sabotage" by colleagues wanting re-election more than tackling the climate crisis. She had led the Lib Dems' manifesto promise to deliver more low traffic neighbourhoods and active travel schemes. "Our new leader Cllr Kevin Guy sent me an email on that [dumping active travel plans], which is probably one of the reasons why I’m no longer in the cabinet," she said.

Cllr Guy disagreed with Wright's assessment and said his administration was "collegiate" and not "hell-bent on ideology".

06 May 2021, 12:33
Extreme bike rack...
06 May 2021, 10:54
More on Israel Start-Up Nation's red wine inspired Giro kit

We have the official word on the colour of Alex Dowsett and Dan Martin's new kit...dark red. That is nowhere near as pretentious as I was expecting. It is apparently inspired by the dark red of team sponsor Vini Fantini's wines, something the riders will be hoping to sample after a stage win or two. The team's Italian sponsor got the nod for the biggest race of the year in their home country and the kit has been designed by Israeli clothing company Jinga.

Rider Patrick Bevin is happy with how it turned out..."I like this one. I think it’s a really cool design. It’s a nice gesture to change the kit for our Italian sponsor Vini Fantini while racing the Giro. I really think it looks great!"

"We thank Sylvan [Adams, co-owner], Ron [Baron, co-owner] and the whole team for this beautiful gift," Valentino Sciotti, president of Fantini Group said. "It’s a tremendous opportunity for us to be under the spotlight in the most important race in Italy. We will live this moment with immense joy and as a further incentive to love this sport even more."

06 May 2021, 10:12
Santini reveals eco-friendly Vuelta a España leaders' jerseys
Santini Vuelta leaders' jerseys (Image credit: Photogomezsport)

The first Grand Tour of the year is just around the corner but we have some news about the final Grand Tour in the calendar too. Santini revealed these new eco-friendly jerseys for the race leaders which are made from recycled materials. The famous red jersey for the overall race leader is sponsored by Carrefour. Škoda, Feníe Energía and Loterías y Apuestas del Estado sponsor the green points jersey, white jersey for best young rider and polka dot mountains jersey respectively.

"The partnership between ourselves and the prestigious Spanish race, which has endured for five years now, is something we are particularly proud of because it confirms our unwavering commitment to pro cycling and dressing great champions," Santini's marketing manager Paola Santini commented.

06 May 2021, 09:53
Chris Froome partners with Quad Lock
06 May 2021, 09:38
Bikes at polling stations

Granted, dogs at polling stations is our favourite election day content, but bikes at polling stations can be a close second. Coventry Bicycle Mayor Adam Tranter got in early....on Tuesday he persuaded the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat candidates for the West Midlands mayoral election to agree to five key active travel pledges. 

More election day bikes...

06 May 2021, 08:46
Strava's app down the day after new interface update

Strava's app appears to be down just a day after it was updated with a new interface to make it easier to use. A quick peek at social media found plenty of disgruntled athletes having trouble uploading their activities. After all, if it is not on Strava...well, you know the rest....

Strava has not yet commented on the issue, however this morning its support account on Twitter handily replied with this to one upset user: "we've made changes to the Strava app that we hope will make it easier to find and use the features you like".

We will have more to follow on this one shortly...

06 May 2021, 08:37
Israel Start-Up Nation reveal groovy new kit for the Giro d'Italia

Alex Dowsett and Dan Martin have got a fresh new kit for the Giro. Our latest Drink at Your Desk Live! guest can leave the blue and white stuff at home as Israel Start-Up Nation have gone for a mishmash of colour. I actually quite like it, to be fair...

06 May 2021, 07:50
"How would an SUV parked in that space be more in keeping exactly?": Confusion and disbelief after family told to remove homemade bike shed
Leicester bike shed comments

Since yesterday's main live blog story about the Leicester family told to remove their homemade eco bike shed as it is not in keeping with the Victorian character of the area, we have had plenty of comments of disbelief and frustration. Kavi Pujara and Labour councillor Lindsay Broadwell urged people to send comments of support to the family's cause on Leicester City Council's planning portal.

These screenshots from Google Street View sum up most of the frustration at the parked everywhere, front gardens converted into space for multiple vehicles and a car park are all seemingly part of the 'Victorian' character of the street...

Leicester bike shed comments
Leicester bike shed comments

On Twitter, Oli suggested that to make it a truly Victorian place to live the council "better get rid of all those cars on the street, the electrically powered street lighting, the uPVC doors and windows, double glazing and any plastic wheelie bins."

Dan joined 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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