Jet Powered Bicycle

Cyclist Adds Jet Engine to Bicycle, Local Police Try to Work Out Punishment

A keen Taiwanese cyclist nicknamed the ‘Tainan Tony Stark’ fitted a jet engine to a custom built bicycle, took it for a test spin at 81mph(130km/h) down his local street, and received a visit from police after footage of him breaking every speed limit on the island spread on social media.

When Wang Nan was growing up he always dreamt of having his own jet engined model aeroplane, but never had the means of affording one. Fast forward to 2021 and Taiwan resident Wang went one better and made a jet engined bicycle that could actually be ridden.

Finding a bike that could accommodate the thrust of a jet engine was going to take some work so Wang got in touch with Taiwanese bike company RoxCycle, for a specialist carbon fibre frame that would be up to the job.

He then tapped into the expertise of local academic professors who came up with a solution that could handle the external forces a jet engine would place on a carbon bicycle frame.

The whole project took Wang and his team about three weeks to assemble, mainly because of upgrades needed to the braking system on the bike to ensure it could cope with the high jet powered speeds involved.

He also had to source upgraded tyres that could cope with the higher forces while providing grip when attempting to slow down from 80mph.

Wang’s team also faced issues with storing jet fuel on the bicycle. Regular sized tanks were deemed too heavy so the team went with a smaller 700ml bottle giving around 30 seconds of full jet propulsion which would be enough to get Wang up to 82mph.

Wang opted to test the jet powered bike himself wearing only regular aerodynamic lycra cycling attire, with the only nod towards safety equipment being a standard cycling helmet, which generally aren’t tested or approved for use in jet powered cycling accidents. Protection for Wang’s private area, should there have been a catastrophic accident on the road, was completely absent.

Opting to use a local residential street late at night, the jet powered bicycle shattered the peace in the genteel neighbourhood by emitting 133 decibels into the quiet night air as he embarked on his first test run while hitting 81mph(130km/h).

Footage of the high speed test-run subesquently went viral on Facebook with commenters calling Wang the “Tainan Tony Stark”, after the daring protagonist of the Ironman movies.

Taiwanese Police then visited Wang after viewing footage on social media, but initially struggled to find a law that had been broken, before settling on a small part of the Taiwanese Road Traffic Management Regulations and Penalty Act; namely article 72, paragraph 2:

Should a slow-moving vehicle be altered without permission, or its safety equipment such as brakes, bells, lights, or reflective devices not kept intact and in good condition, the vehicle’s owner shall be fined NT$180.

And if you’re wondering how much the fine for this daring feat of bravery is going to cost Wang, NT$180 works out to about $6.50USD or £4.71…

woman bicycle sunshine

For Anyone Longing For Sunnier Days A Dream Bike Job Has Just Come Up

It’s all well and good having the best of the UK tracks and trails on our doorstep but sometimes we all start longing for a change of scene. If you’re you good at maintaining and fixing bikes and ready for a serious change of scene then a dream job could be awaiting you in the cycling paradise of the Spanish Canary Islands.

Club La Santa, the go to destination for cyclists, triathletes and fitness athletes the world over, are looking to recruit a cycle mechanic to support their clientele while at the resort. If you’ve had enough of the talk of UK lockdowns potentially returning, sitting in pub gardens never knowing if it’s going to be t-shirts or two coats and a brolly and you’re ready to take things up a gear, this could be the right position, at exactly the right time, for you.

If you’ve got experience in cycle mechanics or retail, and want to work surrounded by committed athletes, in a warm, sunny, cycling friendly environment (who wouldn’t??!) then read the spec below and check out the application process here . Although salary isn’t specified, it does say that subsidised accommodation is provided, and to be honest, I’m so keen to get out of the UK right now and ride somewhere a)warm, b)different and c)away from the local South London boy racers, that I think I’m going to apply myself on the strength of the Saturday job I had at London’s On Your Bike when I was a teenager and the way I can handle a 10mm socket set these days.

Anyway, if you’re more qualified or experienced than me, check out the spec below:

Cycle Mechanic Job

Bike Mechanic

Club La Santa logo


Club La Santa is the world’s largest active holiday paradise, built on exercise, health, sports, wellness, and plenty of social activities, in the warm climate of Lanzarote, Spain. The combination of excellent facilities, professional training and instruction from our dedicated Green Team not only gives our guests the opportunity to be immersed in 80 different sporting activities, but to also improve their performance and techniques in their desired sports. We want to provide our guests with the best active holiday experience in the world, built around sport, a healthy and active lifestyle and social activities. As well as providing a first-class service to our guests, you will also have the chance to experience the buzz of several annual events such as the IRONMAN Lanzarote and IRONMAN 70.3 Lanzarote, 4 Stage Mountain Bike, Volcano Triathlon & International Running Week.

If you are interested, this is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced bike mechanic to join the Green Team here at Club La Santa, Lanzarote. Working within the bike center team as a bike mechanic at Club La Santa you will be responsible for the daily maintains of our bikes, as well as deliver the very best experience to Club La Santa guests. The minimum period of employment for this job is 9 months, and we are always looking forward to receiving applications from interested applicants. 

Required Skills

Cytech Level 2 qualification; City & Guilds Cycle maintenance; Graduation Certificate from Herningsholm College Denmark; or equivalent experience

Minimum 3 years’ experience working within the cycling retail environment

Work to uncompromising standards with the principle aim to always find solutions

Fluent in English

Exceptional customer service skills

Flexible


Benefits Package Includes


Competitive salary

Subsidised accommodation within Club La Santa resort

Full use of world class sporting facilities at Club La Santa

Spanish Residency allowing for discounted travel within the Canary Islands and mainland Spain

Ongoing training and Continuous Personal Development (CPD)

Fancy it? Check out the application process here

Lotus bikes are back!

Iconic British motorsports manufacturer has joined forces with Hope and British Cycling on their latest track bike which they hope will beat the world’s best at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Coming twenty eight years after Chris Boardman famously rode a revolutionary Lotus bike to gold medal in the Barcelona Olympic pursuit, these new Lotus bikes bring the same sense of radical design once again.

Featuring immediately noticeable super wide seat stays and forks that wouldn’t look out of place on a fat bike have surprised many by passing UCI approval. 

Take a look at the video below. What do you think about this shift in design? Do you reckon it will transfer over to the road bike market? Let us know in the comments at the bottom of the page

Click to see the new Lotus Hope bike in action

This photo angle of the new bike below really highlights the shift in design ideas, where the previous notions of close ‘cigarette paper’ clearances are discarded in favour of huge gaps and aerofoil type structures

The front shot really gives you an idea of the stealthy aero foil design that’s been adopted
Side rear view of the new Lotus / Hope bike

In order to get UCI approval for use in the Olympic Games the bikes have to be ridden in events in the lead up to the games. Luckily for us British fans we get an opportunity to see them in action on home ground for the first time at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow, on the weekend of 8-10 November.

Ed Clancy in action on a test ride with the new Hope\Lotus track bike for British Cycling. Manchester Velodrome.

Remember the success the original Lotus track bike from the 1992 Olympics was? Let’s hope Lotus and Hope have the same success in Tokyo

If you’ve never seen the original Lotus bike in action, here’s something special from back when Chris Boardman shocked the cycling world with the gold medal winning display he put on that day

Let’s hope Team GBs riders have the same success in 2020.

By Paul Hudson from United Kingdom – Design Museum, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=56854232

Watch: Mass Rider Crash At The Mountain Of Hell Event

The Mountain of Hell event in takes place every year at the end of June in Les Deux Alpes giving riders from around the world an MTB derby that starts at the top of a mountain glacier, with 2500m descent over 25 bone shaking kilometres.

The route takes in snow, ice, shingle and rock, and every year the organisers change the route to add adrenaline and spice to the competition.


The final event is on Sunday is the highlight of the weekend. The riders set off in a massed start from the glacier at 3400m, and then it’s downhill in the snow to 900m – giving an incredible 2500m of altitude drop.

With 700 riders ready to hurtle down the mountain it’s like the starting blocks of the 24 hours of Le Mans and you’d be right in thinking there might be a few spills, but this is another level.

We’re glad to hear from friends on the ground that everyone is generally ok, which is something to be very thankful for given the severity and the speeds involved

. The event was eventually won by Frenchman Kilian Bron who was quoted in the French press as saying he reaches speeds of 125km/h which is a whopping 78mph, on the glacier.

Last year I remember, it was about 125 km / h on the glacier, there were 1000 people around me. You had to be in it, no choiceIt is much anticipation and do not let yourself run on adrenaline, […] you have to reason, to do things intelligently to finish in front. “

You can watch his entire race winning awesome run here

If you want to get started in mountain biking we’d recommend getting hold of a Rockrider MTB or a Vitus MTB heading out to your local woods or bridleways to start out with. If you live in a hilly area and don’t like the idea of tiring climbs, take a look at electric mountain bikes from the likes of Specialized or Trek, or if you just want a good no nonsense MTB that is more than capable for anything then check out the range of Voodoo Bikes as well. As you gain more experience you can try out a long distance trail such as our favourite South Downs Way or venture out to trail centres in Wales to see how you get on in big mountains. If you find you have a real penchant for hurtling down mountains at high speed you can also enter the MegaAvalance or Mountain Of Hell yourself! Good luck!

Live updates to follow as we get them

We Went On A Bike Demo In London

Their name might be shocking, but the Stop Killing Cyclists campaign group certainly know how to capture attention.

The London based campaign group take their initiative from the Dutch movement of the 70s called ‘Stop de kindermoord’ (stop the child murder). It’s certainly a direct approach to campaigning but their peaceful protests get results that we all benefit from.

We heard that they were organising a “National Funeral for the Unknown Cyclist” and given the recent spate of tragic cycling accidents that have happened in London, we completely agree with their calls for the government to set aside £3Billion build a national protected cycle-lane network. That may sound a lot but bear in mind that the new East London car tunnel under the Thames in Silvertown will cost £1Bn to increase congestion in another part of London and you realise that spending £3Bn to get the UK more active will save fortunes in the long run with cleaner air and a more healthy population.

We set off for the meeting point at Holborn’s Lincolns Inn Fields and were amazed to see how many other cyclists had given up their Saturday afternoon to come out and make their voice heard.

The organisers had certainly pulled out all of the stops – at the front of the parade there was a horse drawn funeral carriage complete with a coffin. Following it was the loudest cycling sound system I’ve ever heard playing some sort of bagpipe lament.

 

A horse drawn funeral carriage awaited

 

The procession set off at a walking pace and we made our way down to the Embankment and on to Parliament.

 

The procession makes its way down the Embankment

 

£3Billion is not a lot of money when you realise the cost savings to the NHS from having a more active population.

The Pedal Me bike taxis and delivery service were out supporting. I hadn’t seen a cycle trailer as large as this before.

Seeing young kids on the ride made you realise how many roads in London aren’t safe for kids to safely use cycles on.

 

People had been creative with their signs. Some of them really made you stop and think.

Outside Parliament the procession stopped and every one laid in silence on the ground for ten minutes in the form of a ‘die-in’. In a city as busy as London it is a disarming sensation to witness so many bodies laying in the main roads. The quietness is noticeable as well, without the constant roar of traffic, and with hushed voices of those passing in respect to the funeral scene, you get to hear, well… peace and quiet. Which in London is rare.

We really want safe roads for kids like these to ride their bikes on.

 

The ride proceeded to St John’s Smith Square for a minutes silence, laying of flowers and then speeches.

The flower ceremony was carried out by family members of those lost to road accidents in London and needless to say was very moving.

It’s important to note that despite the somewhat macabre name of the campaign group, this is still very much a celebration of cycling. A celebration of the freedom that cycling gives us, a celebration of the health benefits we get from cycling and a celebration of the fact that cycling is the greenest and most eco-friendly way we can all travel.

Following the speeches which were very informative and moving, we went to the pub. All in all a very worthwhile afternoon spent on the bike in London.

 

 

Addendum:

It was interesting to see that the two times we could hear emergency vehicles trying to get by, how quickly cycles can clear the road. I don’t think the ambulance on the Embankment has ever been able to travel up it so quickly, nor the fire engine that was able to whizz between the parting cyclists.

Adam hansen's Ridley Helium SLX Lotto Soudal Ex-Team Road Bike Top Tube

Want A Real Collector’s Bike? Here’s How You Can Buy Andre Greipel’s and Adam Hansen’s Official Team Bikes

Update: All of these bikes are now sold

With cycling reaching such giddy heights of popularly, it is hard to get a truly unique bike these days. High-end Specializeds, Treks, BMCs and Pinarello’s are commonplace on many club runs and chain gangs. Unless you go to a custom builder, the chances are you’ll find someone else with the same bike as you out on the road. 
But what if you could own a bike that was truly unique? And not only that but something with a heritage and class that other bikes simply don’t have?

We could talk for days about the aerodynamic properties of framesets, about lateral stiffness, about vibration dampening characteristics. We could even talk about all of these factors that when combined in the right amounts give a bike a soul of its own. But let’s cut to the chase here…

Andrei Greipel Lotto Soudal

WE’VE FOUND ANDRÉ GREIPEL’S BIKE FOR SALE!

Yes, that André Greipel. The sprinter with 11 Tour de France stage wins under his belt. The holder of the Vuelta a España 2009 points jersey. The man who is simply known as ‘The Gorilla’.

If there was ever a rider who was fully reliant on having one of the best bikes in the world, it’s André.

Andre Greipel Ridley Fenix SL Lotto Soudal Ex-Team Road Bike Andre Greipel Ridley Fenix SL Lotto Soudal Ex-Team Road Bike

This bike has been sold but you can check out more Ridley road bike deals here.

Need proof? Check out the top tube.
Andre Greipel Ridley Fenix SL Lotto Soudal Ex-Team Road Bike Name Top Tube

It comes with 11 speed Campagnolo Super Record EPS
Andre Greipel Ridley Fenix SL Lotto Soudal Ex-Team Road Bike Handlebars

All Team Issue
Andre Greipel Ridley Fenix SL Lotto Soudal Ex-Team Road Bike Chainset

The Belgian pro-team Lotto Soudal have just made available a selection of their previous season’s team bikes. We’ve tracked them down and we can tell you, it isn’t just Greipel’s machine on offer…

Adam 
Hansen Lotto Soudal

WE’VE FOUND ADAM HANSEN’S FORMER RIDE AS WELL

What could be cooler than owning the team bike of one of the world’s most consistent pro riders out there? With twenty consecutive grand tour finishes under his belt, Adam is in a league of his own when it comes to distance riding.

Adam hansen's Ridley Helium SLX Lotto Soudal Ex-Team Road Bike Adam hansen’s Ridley Helium SLX Lotto Soudal Ex-Team Road Bike

Adam hansen's Ridley Helium SLX Lotto Soudal Ex-Team Road Bike Top Tube

And the best thing is that these bikes are priced at a level that many fans of the sport will find agreeable. Greipel’s machine is available for £3,275 which is ~$4,380 USD or ~$5,780 AUD, while Adam Hansen’s bike is available for £3,999 (~$5350 USD, ~$7060 AUD)

The machines themselves are being sold on behalf of the Lotto Soudal team through a UK cycle retailer and everything about them is literally team edition.

Based on the Ridley Fenix SL and Helium SLX framesets, these are bikes that you know can be ridden comfortably all day, day after day. With Lotto Soudal being a Campagnolo based team you can expect to find 11 Speed Super Record EPS throughout.

Team wheels often get held back by the team for re-use so Greipel’s bike comes with brand new Forza 4ZA wheels, designed and made in Flanders, as you’d expect for a top flight Belgian team, while Hansen’s bike comes with Campagno Zondas.

Not only have we found the bikes belonging to these two legends of the sport, we’ve also found a few more used by the team.

Tiesj Benoot Lotto Soudal

If you saw the Strade Bianche this year you’ll have been very impressed with the winner Tiesj Benoot. As a young rider he’s got plenty of potential to go onto massive success later in his career so the opportunity to get one of his team bikes this early on could make for a canny investment.

Tiesj Benoot Ridley Fenix SL Lotto Soudal Ex-Team Road Bike Tiesj Benoot Ridley Fenix SL Lotto Soudal Ex-Team Road Bike

Maybe you’d like the bike ridden by a winner of the Dwars door Vlaanderen, Jelle Wallays. Or one of two bikes from multiple Giro d’Italia stage winner, Tim Wellens – a Ridley Helium SL Custom or a Ridley Helium SLX, both equipped with Campagnolo Bora Ultra 50s.

Or how about former Belgian national road race champ and all round classics hardman Jens Debusschere’s Ridley Fenix SL

Tim Wellens Ridley Helium SLX Lotto Soudal Ex-Team Road Bike

We’ve also found the team bikes of Marcel Sieberg, Sander Armée, Kris Boekmans, Nikolas Maes, Frederik Frison, Yelle Vanendert and Jasper De Buyst (These bikes have been sold but you can check out more Ridley road bike deals here.)

Whether you’re buying one of these bikes to race on, to ride on, or to even hang on your wall and keep as an investment, you’ll know you’re the proud owner of a piece of unique cycling history.

Obree Beatie For Sale

Your Chance to Own Graeme Obree’s Bikes and Medals

Its not often you get the chance to get your hands on a world record setting rider’s bike. Its even rarer when the rider in question is famous for making his own unique one-off creations that are known and revered throughout the cycling world

However, if you’re a fan of British cycling now is your chance to do just that and acquire some iconic parts of cycling history.

Former world champion and world hour record holder Graeme Obree is selling an extensive collection of kit and memorabilia.

Pride of place for the serious collector will be Old Beastie, the recumbent cycle Graeme designed and built in his kitchen that featured in the documentary Battle Mountain. With a guide price of between £10K-£15K we thing the bidding will be hot at the auction in Glasgow next Saturday 23rd September 2017.

Obree Beatie For Sale

Beatie with fairing

Also on offer is a time trial bike designed and built by Obree for his comeback season in 2006. With a guide price of between £2K-£3K the auctioneers describe it as :

 …built using Reynolds 653 and is silver soldered using cut down lugs and joining pieces for lightness. The bare frames weighs less than 1,300g. The forks are Hotty speciality from 1997 with titanium steering column and carbon blades. The handle bar arrangement and seat post were formed from solid 6082 aluminium and hand made by Graeme. Graeme considers this frame to be a work of art rather than cutting edge machine. He rode it at Donington Park motor racing circuit in 2009 at the BikerRader event with different forks and full bike set up and set the 2nd fastest lap on it. It is striped down to it’s bare minimum minus wheels and oily bits for artistic purity

Obree TT bike

 

If you’re not as familiar with British cyclists exploits on the world stage in the 1990s it’s safe to say, in the current era of Team Sky and marginal gains, that world hour record holder Graeme Obree was the finest maverick cyclist this country has ever produced. As the auctioneers describe him

Born in 1965, Graeme Obree’s career has been an inspiration for cyclists across the world from cycle tourists to elite cyclists such as Sir Chris Hoy. The two-time world hour record holder, who was named BBC Sportscene personality of the year in 1993, developed a keen interest in cycling as a youngster and regularly won senior races as a junior. Inspired by the hour record set by Francesco Moser in 1984, Obree went on to break the record using his own ‘crouch’ position, which was banned twice, riding ‘Old Faithful’ the bike he hand built using parts from a washing machine.
When Chris Boardman used heart rates and power cranks to train for the hour attempts, Graeme Obree took to the hills of Scotland, old school. Obree – famed for his innovative techniques, re-invented the rulebooks so many times that the UCI locked him and his designs down. He is in the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame as well as the British Cycling Hall of Fame, recognising the massive contribution he has made to the sport.

If you want something a little more affordable there are two of Graeme’s national champion’s jerseys and a distinctive Scotoil skinsuit that are guided to go between £100-£200.

Obree National Champs Jerseys

 

There’s other racing memorabilia too with a collection of RTTC medals that Graeme had won over the years. Of particular note is lot 340 which is described as

A yellow-metal British Cycling Federation National Championship gold medal
the obverse inscribed British Cycling Federation National Championship, the reverse lettered Time Trial 1997 with ribbon
This was the last title won riding ‘Old Faithful’ and the last victory of note in Graeme’s career. It was especially important since it was won with no special position and according to the latest rules

 

Obree Medals for sale

 

If you want something bigger to display in a cabinet you can get this salver presented to Graeme by the BCF

 in recognition of his achievement in setting a new World One Hour Record 51.596 KMS, Hamar, Norway 1993, 31cm wide

Obree Trophy

Also on offer are movie props used by Jonny Lee Miller who played Graeme in the film Flying Scotsman, movie posters, Olympic memorabilia and even a Through The Keyhole key that was awarded to Graeme after he appeared on the programme.

Guide prices for the Obree lots start at just £30 and we hope many of the items will be bought by charitable UK collectors who will make them available to be displayed in museums, velodromes and other public spaces.

We’ve had no news from Graeme on the reason for this momentous sale but we wish him well in whatever his new endeavours are. He really is warmly loved in cycling circles.

If you’re interested in purchasing get along for viewing at 1291 Dumbarton Road,  Glasgow G14 9UY, this Thursday or Friday or email [email protected] to register for online bidding.

British Junior Men’s Road Series winners – the definitive list

As well as the national junior road race championships, contested over one day, the top junior male cyclists in the UK also get to compete in a season long competition that aims to find the most consistent young riders in the UK.

Racing for the prestigious Peter Buckley trophy, named in honour of a promising Manx champion cyclist who died aged only 24, this series sees the best Juniors from around the country competing on anything from 5 to 12 events depending on logistics. In recent years the competitors also do battle over the multi day Junior Tour of Wales, allowing the calibre of the country’s future international stage race winners to shine through.

We’ve gone through our archives to build what proves to be an interesting list of the cream of the UK’s top young riders. We’ve highlighted which ones went on to ride in the Tour de France, which ones became senior world champions, which ones are in cycling families, which ones ended up riding for Team Sky and which ones set world records.

We’ve had some incredible riders break through on the world stage in recent years. We can only wonder what would have happened to more of the youngsters of the 70s and 80s had their been the support their is now.

Anyway, let’s enjoy their achievements and wonder what success the current crop of youngsters will win for GB on the world stage.

YEAR WINNER SECOND THIRD
1971 Tony Davies Jeff Morris Mike Heathcock
1972 Stu Morris Peter Hall Steve Fleetwood
1973 Dave Penketh John Harrison Dave Baronowski
1974 Les Fleetwood Mike Williams Alaric Gayfer
has cycling family
1975 Jon Kettell Glen Mltchell Jim Parry
1976 Glenn Mitchell Tony Doyle
became a world champion
John Kettell
1977 Steve Joughin Shaun Fenwick Nigel Bloor
1978 Mark Bell
has cycling family
Neil Martin
has cycling family
Simon Thomas
1979 Mike Doyle John Wainwright Malcolm Elliott
1980 Darryl Webster
has cycling family
John Wainwright Craig Stevens
1981 Keith Reynolds Rob Kennison Kevin Davis
1982 Chris Walker Kevin Byers Rob Kennison
1983 Chris Walker
has cycling family
Deno Davie Chris Lillywhite
1984 Chris Lillywhite Simon Cope Will Mansfield
1985 Stuart Coles Glen Sword Paul Brown
1986 Lester Clarke David Cook Alex Webster
has cycling family
1987 Simeon Hempsall Simon Lillistone Dylan Williams
1988 Matt Stephens Gareth Gimson Ian Wright
1989 Mark Dawes Ian Bryant Toby Pinn
1990 Victor Slinn Julian Ramsbottom Paul Spencer
1991 Mark Dolan Will Wright Scott Bennett
1992 Tim Griffin Richard Bruce Jeremy Hunt
rode Tour de France
1993 Danny Axford Hugh Fairgrieve Anthony Malarcyzk
1994 James Taylor Huw Pritchard Paul Manning
became a world champion
1995 Gavin Sellen David George Russell Downing
has cycling family
1996 Charlie Wegelius
rode Tour de France
Russell Downing
has cycling family
James Griffiths & Graham Hughes
1997 Bradley Wiggins
has cycling familybecame a world championwon olympic medalset world recordrode Tour de France
Martin Lonie Stephen Joseph
1998 Richard Heath & Jamie Alberts Joint 1st Place Sam Collins
1999 Mark Baker Stephen Cummings
became a world championrode Tour de Francewon olympic medal
& Tom Southam
Joint 2nd Place
2000 Andrew Allan James Bell Alex Coutts
2001 Alex Coutts Chris Penketh
has cycling family
Ross Adams
2002 Adam Illingworth Andrew Murphy Christian Varley
2003 Tim Wallis Ryan Bonser Matt Brammeier
2004 Geraint Thomas
rode Tour de Francebecame a world championwon olympic medal
Ian Field Andrew Hill
2005 Alex Dowsett
set world recordrode Tour de France
Russell Hampton Alex Atkins
2006 Andrew Griffrths Mark McNally Simon Holt
2007 Peter Kennaugh
rode Tour de Francehas cycling familybecame a world championwon olympic medal
Luke Rowe
rode Tour de Francewon olympic medal
Mark McNally
2008 Erick Rowsell
has cycling family
Luke Rowe
rode Tour de Francewon olympic medal
David Nichols
2009 Joe Perrett Tim Kennaugh
has cycling family
David Nichols
2010 Simon Yates
rode Tour de Francehas cycling familybecame a world championWon Olympic medals
Tom Moses Joshua Edmondson
2011 Alistair Slater Luke Grivell-Mellor Brennan Townshend
2012 Alex Peters Harry Tanfield Tao Geoghegan Hart
2013 Jake Kelly Scott Davies Gabriel Cullaigh
2014 Matthew Gibson James Shaw Alexander Braybrooke
2015 Etienne Georgi
has cycling family
Joey Walker
has cycling family
Robert Scott
2016 Charlie Meredith Robert Scott Peter Kibble
2017 Oscar Mingay Harry Hardcastle Daniel Coombe
2018 Mason Hollyman Samuel Watson Lewis Askey
2019 Leo Hayterhas cycling family Max Walker
Lewis Askey
Joint 2nd Place
2020 Covid Covid Covid

Key:

has cycling family Strong cycling family

became a world champion Became a senior world champion

Won Olympic medals Won Olympic medals

set world record Set a UCI World Record

rode Tour de France Rode the Tour de France

You might have noticed some surprising names missing from the list. No Robert Millar, Chris Boardman, Mark Cavendish, Mark Walsham, Ed Clancy, Rob Hayles, Roger Hammond or Dean Downing.
Some developed their endurance later on, others concentrated on track or time trialling and for some travelling the length of the country as a teenager just wasn’t viable. But that’s a feature for another day.
Want more old school cycling knowledge? Check out our pages on the legendary cycling commentator David Duffield

South Downs Way

The quick guide to riding the South Downs Way





Ride West to East. You’ll have the wind behind you and you’ll be excited when you see the sea. Also, Eastbourne is the perfect destination to dream about when you’re grinding up the hills.

If you’re fit aim to do the ride in two days.

If you’re unfit do it in three.

Do more miles in the first day than the second (or third). The regular approach is 60/40 to stay at Truleigh Hill YHA or 65/35 to stay at Patcham Place YHA which is closer to pubs and restaurants.

If you’re short on time and want to enjoy the original South Downs Way experience you can just do the 80 mile route from Buriton (nearest mainline station is Petersfield)

As a rule of thumb, you’ll be riding at half the speed you do on the road. If you normally ride at 18mph on a long road ride, estimate your SDW day to be closer to 9mph.

Take as little kit as you can. I’ve done it with just a toothbrush and some sandwiches before

Work out where the garages are en-route. Pyecombe services have a great Marks & Spencers food section. There’s also a small garage when you cross the A27 near Lewes.

The first 20 miles from Winchester can feel bitty. After that you really feel like you are motoring.

There’s water taps en-route in surprising places. Check the SDW website for their locations.

Your arse will get sore, there’s not really much you can do about it.

Stop at the pub at Alfriston!

The food portions at Truleigh Hill Youth Hostel are too small for all day riders, get a cab into Brighton or Shoreham for the night.

Find out what sort of lock you need for the overnight or whether you can take your bike into the room. if you’re riding solo you’ll want some sort of lock for while you are in pubs, garages, toilets etc.

You’ll miss the right hand turn off after Ditching Beacon and end up half way down an amazing descent to Lewes.

If you’re doing it in three days Lewes is a great place to stop over. Just ride along the cycle path alongside the A27 for a couple of miles and you’re there.

Find out if you can wash your bike on the first night (important if you’re want to take it into your room during a rainy spell)

Take ear plugs if you’re sleeping in a youth hostel dorm.

Don’t put any luggage on the bike, keep it all in a small back pack. You need to let the bike float over the stones on the descents or you’ll take some big hits and get impact punctures.

You can do this ride on a CX bike, just put the fattest tyres possible on to avoid impact punctures. You’ll be walking a lot of the climbs though.

The climbs go on for ever. Even on a mtb it feels like you’ve just got to go into bottom gear and grind it out for 15 minutes or so for each one.

If riding them feels too hard, just get off and push. You really don’t want to put yourself into the red when you’ve got such a long way to ride.

The descents alone will tire you out. They’re fast, flowing and rough. You’ll be standing up a lot to bounce over the flints and small rocks. When you get lazy and sit at high speed is when you’ll get an impact puncture or get thrown off in a tractor rut.

If it’s been raining the chalk descents will be treacherous.

When you make it to Eastbourne, don’t rush straight to the station, take an hour or so and enjoy an ice cream at Fusciardis or a meal on Terminus Road down near the front.

Bank Junction closed to motor traffic

London’s Bank Junction closed to cars and open to people

Today saw a major transport shift in the City of London as Bank Junction was finally closed to motorised traffic.

Bought in by the City of London Corporation the ban, between 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday, only cyclists and buses will be allowed into the junction for a trial period which will last 18 months.

Authorities brought in the changes following a series of traffic collisions in the area which injured and killed pedestrians and cyclists.

Cycling safety campaigners Stop Killing Cyclists were there to celebrate the changes, commenting that it was their first ‘Live In’ demonstration, compared to the number of ‘Die Ins’ that the group is known for

Bikesy were also there celebrating this change in transport thinking in the financial heart of the UK

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