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It does have a Tesla-ish look about it

We’ve heard that getting your bike on the train is tricky but…

Peter Sagan says he can “see the end”

“It’s not enough just to be good on the bike,” says Peter Sagan about being a pro cyclist. “You need to be good with people, good with sponsors.”

The Slovak told Cycling News that while sponsorship obligations worried him in earlier years, they bother him less these days because he can “see the end”.   

“I don’t think I can keep riding to 40 years of age with my style. I don’t have a lot of years left. But that’s more motivating than frightening, because you realise that it’s going to end soon, so you should enjoy it.”

Sagan was also asked about Mathieu van der Poel’s efforts across multiple cycling disciplines. He wonders whether the Dutchman should narrow his focus, arguing that, “trying to put two feet in the one shoe is difficult.”

Planet Rock DJ riding 2,000 miles in two weeks to raise funds for Mind, the national mental health charity

With two days to go, Wyatt Wendels has raised almost £58,000.

Apparently he’s knackered.

He’s doing 118 miles from Eastleigh to Stonehenge today and 114 miles from Stonehenge to Trecco Bay tomorrow.

You can donate here.

Angry Flemish cyclist flatly refuses to pass stationary truck on narrow road

We’ve found a slightly longer version of a video posted to The Brussels Times website where a Flemish cyclist refuses to pass a truck, arguing that there isn’t enough room.

The truck driver says his truck’s too heavy to go onto the verge and there’s enough space to pass.

The cyclist disagrees. An angry, sweary argument ensues.

British Cycling has gone all John Lewis and done a Christmas film

The film focuses on Tokyo hopeful, Kye Whyte.

He said: “For me, it all started with getting that first bike as a three-year-old. I had no idea then where that would take me, but that moment set the course.

“From a personal point of view, my first bike set me on a path towards the Olympic Games, a dream which I hope to fulfil next year. However, the sense of freedom, independence and adventure that comes with your first bike is something that everyone can share, regardless of whether they have Olympic ambitions or not.”

Even the mudguards are wood

This walnut laminate road bike is a hell of a thing.

Many years in the making, you can find the story of its creation on Facebook.

Turns out Lord Sugar’s cycle gear is too subtle for some

Breathing London air is the same as smoking 150 cigarettes a year, according to the British Heart Foundation

The charity’s analysis shows that people living in the Newham, Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, and Islington areas of London are worst hit by air pollution.

The “posh, anti-cycling boroughs” according to Jeremy Vine.

Video: Urban Freeride Lives – Fabio Wibmer

This is one hell of a commute, you won’t fail to be impressed by the level of skill this rider has, not to mention the size of his balls! 

Video: Urban Freeride Lives – Fabio Wibmer

An Ecce out in the wild

You don’t see many of these out and about.

We believe it’s an Ecce.

This unique wooden bicycle frame design from r/mildlyinteresting

Mark Cavendish to Race Iron Man 70.3 Bahrain on Saturday (as part of a relay team)

We haven’t researched this in any great detail, but the other members of the team are Mo Farah and Australian open water swimmer Chloe McCardel, so seems pretty safe to assume he’ll be doing the 56-mile (90 km) bike leg.

Made in Cambodia

The BBC reports that thanks in large part to rising costs in China, Cambodia is now listed as the fifth-largest exporter of bicycles in the world after China, Taiwan, the Netherlands and Germany.

It is the EU’s biggest supplier, having shipped 1.5 million bikes to Europe last year.

Cambodia currently enjoys tariff-free access to the EU, but that may be cancelled in February when the EU publishes the results of a review into Cambodia’s political situation – references have been made to a “deterioration of democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law.”

There have also been calls for a review of the US’s preferential trade relationship.

An EU-Vietnam free trade agreement comes into effect next year and Robert Margevicius, the executive vice-president for US-based Specialized Bicycles, which uses Speedtech in Cambodia as well as suppliers in Vietnam and Taiwan, said: “Cambodia could be a short-term solution until things heat up in Vietnam.”

Moun Channheak, from Cambodia’s Ministry of Commerce says the government is doing its utmost to support the sector.

“We gained success with bicycle exports to the EU and other countries but we need to invest in components manufacturing. We need investments in Cambodia instead of importing material.”

There is however also the question of working conditions. Zeit reports that workers in many of the factories are being exploited in a longish piece that makes for a very interesting read.

Even Mathieu van der Poel can make a mistake

We didn’t think it possible.