Wiggins Signs Up for Channel 4's The Jump

Having announced his retirement from professional cycling just a few days ago, Sir Bradley Wiggins revealed yesterday that he’s to appear on the Channel 4 TV series The Jump. Contestants take part in some of the most dangerous winter sports including skeleton, bobsleigh and the dreaded K40 ski jump.

Contrary to some predictions Wiggins seems happy to stay in the limelight, despite an ongoing investigation into the delivery of a medical package...

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Sean Kelly Crashes into Wild Boar in Spain

We all know that Sean Kelly was one of the best bike handlers and descenders of his time. We also know that he’s a hard man. That’s why he was able to win Paris - Roubaix as well as making Paris - Nice his own, winning the ‘race to the sun’ on seven successive occasions. So it comes as no surprise to hear that, when he crashed into a wild boar today, it was the pig, not Sean, who came off the worst.

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Herne Hill Velodrome Reaches Crowdfunder Target in One Week

Herne Hill Velodrome announced today that it has reached its £75,000 Crowdfunder target in less than a week after its launch. The money is to go towards kitting out the brand new pavilion that is nearing completion on the 125 year old site.

To date £77,665 has been donated to the Big Finish campaign, but there is a ‘stretch target’ of  £100,000 so you can still donate if you want to. Rewards include stickers, limited edition caps, T-shirts, prints, cycling jerseys and coaching packages. Go to their crowdfunding page to donate.

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Leak Reveals Sutton Cleared of Most Charges

British Cycling tied itself up in even more knots yesterday with the news that they have cleared Shane Sutton of eight out of the nine charges against him that resulted in him resigning as Technical Director of British Cycling back in April of this year. Only one of the complaints brought against him by Jess Varnish was upheld - that he used the term ‘bitches’, although we do not the context within which it was used.

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Boardman Calls For Highway Code Change

Chris Boardman and British Cycling launched a campaign today to make a change to the Highway Code, calling for a ‘universal’ rule to give way when turning at a junction.

Boardman says that, “At the moment there are 14 different rules around how you navigate a corner. It’s the most hazardous thing any of us do, regardless of if you’re on a bike, in a car or a pedestrian; it’s the most dangerous place in the road. Two thirds of all accidents happen at or around junctions.”

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Eroica Britannia 2017: Tickets Selling Fast!

Eroica Britannia announced this week that its tickets are selling like hot cakes since they became available on 23rd November. The award-winning vintage bike festival and ride has moved from its home in Bakewell in Derbyshire to nearby green and pleasant farmland surrounding Friden Grange enabling riders to take full advantage of The High Peak Trail and to expand all three ride routes. Get 16 - 18th June etched into your diaries now!

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Celebrities Suffer on L'Etape du Tour for TV

A new TV show that follows a group of celebrities train for and compete in the Etape du Tour will air its first episode on Monday 28th November at 7PM on Channel 5. Eight celebrities had three months to prepare for the challenge in which they raced against each other in two teams.

The four-part show features Jodie Kidd (fashion model), Darren Gough (England cricketer), Lucy Mecklenburg (model/TV star), Hugo Taylor (Made in Chelsea star), Austin Healey...

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Markus Stitz Talks in Peebles and Clitheroe

In September we ran a feature on Markus Stitz who rode around the world on a single speed bike. The plucky little German who has adopted Scotland as his home, has announced that he is to start another tour, although this one involves public speaking rather than pedalling.

He'll be appearing on 4th December at the Green Jersey in Clitheroe at 7PM after he's checked out the local bike trails and bike shop. There are only 60 tickets available at £10 each so make sure you get in there early...

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Vigil Held for 8th Cyclist's Death on London's Roads in 2016

Following on from the separate tragic deaths of Fillipo Corsini and fellow Italian Lucia Ciccioli, both cyclists on London roads, the pressure group Stop Killing Cyclists held a ‘die in’ outside City Hall on Monday night. Fillipo’s was the eighth death of a cyclist on London’s roads this year.

London Assembly Green Party member Caroline Russell spoke out about the “preventable deaths” caused by lorries designed for construction sites, not public roads. The lorry involved in Fillipo’s death was a ‘0 star-rated’ HGV with poor visibility and blind spots...

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LUMO Appear On The Apprentice

Last night's episode of The Apprentice had a particular resonance for cycling fans as the contestants had to pick a cycling product and launch a crowd funding campaign to promote it. While team Nebula (!) decided to go for some headphones, team Titan picked our old favourites LUMO and set about selling their Holloway Gilet which includes hidden LED lights.

They got off to dodgy start by re-enacting a cyclist being knocked off a bike by a car on the concourse of Waterloo station, and all through the classic medium of mime. 

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Team Sky Reveal New Castelli Kit

Team Sky launched its new kit yesterday at The Rouleur Classic event in London. Rapha, who have provided the kit for the last four years, ended their partnership at the end of this season to be replaced by Castelli. The new design “contains a mix of British and Italian influences, and the graphic celebrates every victory from Team Sky’s seven seasons.”

They have retained the iconic blue and black styling  but have added a new feature: a data pattern with each stripe representing a specific Team Sky victory.

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Former Cycling Commissioner Criticises Khan

Andrew Gilligan, the former Cycling Commissioner for London, has criticised Sadiq Khan , the new Mayor of London for a lack of commitment to promoting cycling in the capital. Writing in the Evening Standard yesterday, he explained that his old job remains vacant after six months and when they do find a replacement they will only spend 11 hours a week on cycling. And despite promising to triple protected cycle lanes and increase spending, “the cycling programme has all but ground to a halt.”

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Nine Year Old Who Climbed Tourmalet Now Conquers Ventoux

Back in June we reported how eight year old Alfie Earl was possibly the youngest person to climb the Tourmalet on a bike. Well, since then he may have had his ninth birthday, but the little blighter has been putting his seniors to shame again, this time conquering Mont Ventoux on Saturday 22nd October on his half term break.

While his contemporaries were amusing themselves on their DS consoles or immersing themselves into a virtual world of Minecraft, Alfie was busy ascending the 1612m...

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Tour of Abu Dhabi 2016

The Tour of Abu Dhabi started yesterday with a win for Giacomo Nizzolo who held off Mark Cavendish and John Degenkolb in a sprint finish. The race is a last opportunity for riders to take something from the 2016 season and has attracted a star studded cast of high profile riders including Alberto Contador, André Greipel, Vincenzo Nibali, Greg Van Avermaet, Elia Viviani as well as Cavendish and Degenkolb.

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Ned Boulting's Bikeology Tour

This week Ned Boulting sets off on a nationwide tour of his show Bikeology. Billed as “A Live Spectacular Theatrical Event All about Bicycles,” his show will take an off centre look at what it means to ride a bike from the point of view of the humble commuter to the winner of the Tour de France.

Boulting has spent fourteen years following the Tour de France as a reporter and commentator and penned the classic book, “How I won the Yellow Jumper” which documented his early and sometimes embarrassing formative years following the world’s greatest bike race.

 

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China’s Bike Sharing Boom

Think of Chinese cities and the first image that comes to mind is a sprawling mass of traffic congested roads and an over powering smog blanketing its inhabitants. In 2004 Shanghai even banned cycling in its city centre to make it more comfortable for cars. But the country is seeing a return of the humble bicycle in the form of bike sharing schemes more reminiscent of Dutch utopian concepts.

China’s two biggest bicycle sharing services have just landed $200 million in funding. Beijing based ofo is now valued at over $500million...

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Yorkshire Hosts 2019 World Championships

Yorkshire has been selected to host the 2019 World Championships. Following on from the success of the Grand Depart in 2014 which saw millions of spectators line the county’s roads, UCI president Brian Cookson declared that, “Yorkshire has proved it is a fitting host for road cycling’s leading annual event. We are sure there will be world-class crowds to match.”

The news will be popular among riders as well as spectators. At the moment the World Championships are being held in Doha in temperatures of up to 40 degrees centigrade...

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Wiggins and Team Sky: More Questions and Doubts Raised

Team Sky and Sir Bradley Wiggins’ woes continue over the former Tour de France winner’s use of TUEs. Yesterday Jonathan Tiernan Locke who used to ride for Team Sky said, “it definitely looks odd that you would apply for a TUE before the major Grand Tours you have a GC ambition in.” And yesterday the Daily Mail reported that Team Sky are facing a UK anti-doping probe amid claims of a medical package delivered to Team Sky officials ahead of the 2011 Tour de France.

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