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"Isn't 8.5w/kg novice level on Zwift?": Reaction to THAT virtual cheating story; Is this the safest cycling route in the UK?; British Cycling CEO merry-go-round continues; FDJ join the dark side; Vine goes Partridge + more on the live blog

Happy Friday! The weekend is just around the corner, Dan Alexander will be bringing it home with your final live blog of the week


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09 December 2022, 09:29
"Isn't 8.5w/kg novice level on Zwift?": Reaction to THAT virtual cheating story

I've got a confession... whisper it quietly, but for the first time in a while I quite enjoyed delving into a Facebook comments section...

Eddy Hoole races to win in eSports world championship qualifying (Zwift, YouTube)

The online reaction comes after our report that Zwift racer Eddy Hoole has been banned for six months after being found to have pulled off a spectacular ride to earn a qualification spot at next year's world champs by... hacking a data stream.

Despite 6,000 people watching the live stream the South African hoped it might go unnoticed if he launched a four-minute 8.5w/kg 526w attack... unsurprisingly, we have to tell you — it didn't.

Eddy Hoole Zwift stats (Zwift)

> Zwift racer banned for six months and sacked by team for hacking data during world championships qualifier

Anyway, the Facebook commenters were on form... (look away if you don't want to hear people saying mean things about virtual racing)...

Jamie Brown: "You mean people cheat on Zwift? I'm both shocked and appalled..."

Paul Medcalf: "8.5 W/kg is nothing on Zwift. See those numbers often (and higher)😂"

Chris Miller: "8.5w/kg? Isn't that just novice level on Zwift?"

Jeff Rey: "I don't even know why I bothered reading that. What a pointless sport." Cheers for your continued support, Jeff.

Steve Boston: "Why?! For the love of God why cheat? Especially on data driven site."

Ken Burk: "I saw a rider on Watopia today going 5.4w/kg consistently with no fluctuations at all, with over 250 miles rode. Must be the next Lance."

Paul Cooper: "Why do people take indoor riding so seriously? Get out and play bikes ffs."

Apparently things on Rouvy aren't much better, someone sign this lad up ASAP...

Rouvy questionable KOM


09 December 2022, 16:37
Martin Lewis' bizarre poll

Here's a weird one for your Friday afternoon...


09 December 2022, 16:08
Slippery scenes
09 December 2022, 15:46
Cav WON'T be joining Chris Froome at Israel-Premier Tech
Mark Cavendish at the 2022 Giro d'Italia team presentation (picture credit LaPresse).JPG

[📷: La Presse]

With the collapse of B&B Hôtels, the team rumoured to be signing Mark Cavendish, all options are back on the table...

All options except Israel-Premier Tech who say their 2023 squad is "complete". The team today confirmed the signing of Welsh pro Stevie Williams from Bahrain Victorious and, in the press release, say he "completes" their 2023 roster.

Ineos Grenadiers... your move 

09 December 2022, 14:50
This is going well...

Cue the replies...

09 December 2022, 14:31
Kids safer on roads after virtual bike training, study suggests
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Research by Brunel University London, backed by the Road Safety Trust, suggests that children's on-road cycling safety and performance improves after video training. The study showed that kids communicate their next moves, better understand junction priority and make better observations after video training. To be fair using other people's behaviour on the road alone could lead you to some fairly questionable conclusions...

Sport & Exercise Psychologist Dr Dan Bishop said the difference was "so dramatic that I would say that, as a parent, I would feel more confident in my young children’s ability to cycle safely on roads if they had completed this training."

Researchers tracked 33 10-12 year-olds who had done Bikeability Level 2 training. They were split into two groups and one group tried a new virtual training course. The children pedalled a static bike in a lab while watching immersive real-world footage shot from a cyclist's viewpoint. They rode five virtual routes on main and minor roads, all passing a school. 

Researchers tracked the children's head and eye movements, and when they pressed the brake. The researchers also asked questions to check the children's observational skills and understanding, such as when they can turn and who has priority. Both groups then took video-based tests and were assessed when riding on real roads, by qualified instructors.

"The effects we saw are profound," Dr Bishop continued. "And while the training only focussed on two of the four Core Functions in the National Standard for Cycle Training (observation and communication) — we saw pronounced effects on the other two Core Functions: positioning and awareness of road user priorities. This suggests that some implicit learning of related behaviours also occurred."


09 December 2022, 14:26
"An accident waiting to happen": Pedestrian safety fears raised over floating bus stops on new cycle lane in Bath

Floating bus stops are back in the news... this time very close to home for

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> Pedestrian safety fears raised over floating bus stops on new cycle lane in Bath

09 December 2022, 12:24
If the World Cup was pro cycling...

Quarter final time... the FDJ group chat could be fun come Saturday night...

World Cup pro cycling (procyclingstats)


09 December 2022, 11:33
Handcycling across the US for a fantastic cause

Cycling YouTuber Francis Cade is a month into his challenge alongside ride companion Justin, with the pair aiming to cycle and handcycle across the US, from Florida to Los Angeles.

Currently battling across Texas' vastness the pair are raising money for Get Kids Going! a charity which provides funds to help with the costs of the bespoke equipment needed to take part in sport.

The entire journey is being documented on Francis' YouTube channel with daily videos, yesterday's is below...

Incredibly, the fundraising bar keeps getting raised due to the flood of donations to the JustGiving page, with just over £80,000 having been donated at the time of writing. I'm sure that number will be much higher by the time some of you read this!

Find out more about the challenge and donate here...

09 December 2022, 10:19
British Cycling CEO merry-go-round continues

British Cycling's acting CEO Danielle Every, who stepped up from cycling delivery director when former CEO Brian Facer left his post in October, will herself leave the governing body.

British Cycling logo

British Cycling says Every will stay in her role until the spring when she will become chief operating officer of the PGMOL, the body which oversees professional football referees and match officials in England.

She said: "I have loved my four years at British Cycling and will leave feeling incredibly proud of what we have achieved, and the positive impact we continue to have through our work. Over the coming months I am wholly committed to setting us on the right path as we move into another busy and exciting year of activity, and ensuring a seamless and positive transition to a new CEO."

09 December 2022, 10:01
Vine goes Partridge

Tenuous cycling content of the day. I say 'tenuous', it's got nothing to do with cycling other than involving Jeremy Vine who starred on yesterday's live blog...

> Jeremy Vine highlights grim reality of gridlocked London route where cycle lane was ripped out... as council due in court over early removal

Any excuse to get Partridge content on the blog... 

09 December 2022, 09:52
FDJ join the dark side

Someone give the FDJ video editor a raise...

No doubt that'll be blasted in the dressing room ahead of tomorrow's quarter...

09 December 2022, 08:57
Is this the safest cycling route in the UK?

To add a bit of balance to the 'tragic roundabout' debacle from earlier in the week Harry sent us some footage of the entire Manchester route, from the city through Salford and Trafford, and as you can see there's way more to it than just one dodgy roundabout...

Now, considering I don't think I've ever ridden anywhere in the UK where you can enjoy 11km in a major city (or elsewhere, for that matter) through continuous, mostly segregated cycle lanes, I'm going to have to leave it to you lot to offer suggestions of infra that can compete for the title...

Of course, it's not perfect, but it's a hell of a lot better than most lanes we all see on a daily basis up and down the country. It's probably also worth noting the aim here is safe and accessible active travel, not race training and Strava segments, so if you're looking at this and thinking you'd rather use the road, it's probably not designed for you. But, how many more people would be encouraged to pick up cycling for their urban journeys if they had this route on their doorstep?

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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chrisonabike replied to mattw | 1 year ago

For your 3rd gen concept I think the general principle would be something like this:  We recognise cycling exists (0th - 1st gen - most of UK) and we're no longer just squeezing bikes "where we can" into the existing infra (90% for motor traffic and what's left for everyone else).  Cycling is a mode of transport that people already use in visible numbers and we want to promote it further.  We have realised it needs its own separate space in many instances and there needs to be a genuine network (2nd gen).  Further we realise that to achieve this we need to seriously change things to tame motor traffic - just "cycling infra" alone is not enough.  We still need cycle infra though and it needs to be very clear where this space is and what it's for.  It should be extremely easy to understand and use: safe, attractive and convenient enough for the general public.  From 8-80 for all types of people.  Humans want spaces they can be social in while travelling and where they feel relaxed (3rd gen).

mattw replied to chrisonabike | 1 year ago
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I rabbited away last week about our local funded schemes under the wotsit-called Covid money - Active Travel Fund?

I had a call back from our local project manager for 2 of the schemes, for whom I left a message last week. He seems very engaged, and I'll be putting some solid feedback in over the weekend - including some potential further links based on my local knowledge which will hoepfully add a lot of vaue for very little cost. In particular they are within 300m of new cycle track of creating a complete safe route to our local district hospital from a community of 30k people.

The 2 week consulation periods seem to work exactly like Planning, in that there is a defined period but they take everything they hear into account even after the period.

They have now opened consultation on the next period.

I have not had a positive response to my suggestion for bicycle detection loops to turn off the traffic everywhere :-), but I think there is much potential. It's going to be effing hard work though in a short period - bye bye weekend.

IanMSpencer replied to chrisonabike | 1 year ago

To get out of gen 0, having noted a tweet yesterday, we need to see a road with cars parked both sides leaving 1.5 lanes for two way traffic as a total failure, not just for cyclists but for cars. That car parking comes above free safe movement for cyclists and for cars says everything about how car ownership has destroyed mobility.


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