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Live blog: Move over, Ainsley – Alan Partridge is the new face of safe cycling in Bournemouth, Top Gear host throws cycling question out to Twitter + more –

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26/02/2019, 17:27

Katie Archibald and Emily Nelson in the Madison at the 2018 UCI Track WOrld Championships ( via British Cycling).jpg

UCI Track Cycling World Campionships start tomorrow – here’s the BBC schedule

The UCI Track Cycling World Championships start tomorrow in Pruszkow, Poland.

18 months out from the Tokyo Olympics, it’s a chance to benchmark Great Britain’s progress as the next generation of riders comes through.

Follow this link for BBC Sport’s coverage of the event.

26/02/2019, 16:13

UAE Tour 2019 – Stage 3 Highlights

Highlights from today’s stage as the riders head through the desert (again) before heading uphill for a summit finish on Jebel Hafeet.

Tomorrow’s stage heads up the Hatta Dam, an incredibly steep finish that favours the most powerful rouleurs.

26/02/2019, 13:46

Canyon Pure Cycling Weekend Forest of Dean

Canyon has announced its first ever UK Pure Cycling Weekend which will take place over two days at Forest of Dean on the 11th & 12th May 2019. Modelled on the annual Pure Cycling Festival which takes place at Canyon’s HQ in Koblenz each Spring, there will be a wide selection of road, mountain and gravel bikes to demo alongside various ride-outs, competitions and athletes and partner brands in attendance.

Over the past couple of years, the Canyon UK team have run a number of demos and expos around the UK (including at our own BikeLive Demo Days), offering consumers the opportunity to see and try the German-engineered, award-winning bikes.

The event will be ticketed at £5 per head and will be available to purchase from 15th March, 100% of the ticket sales proceeds will be donated to the Dean Trail Volunteers who work in partnership with the Forestry Commission to develop and maintain the mountainbike trails in the Forest of Dean and are raising money to build a new Downhill track. The complete program, demo bike list & partners will be announced soon on Canyon’s website.

This is definitely one to watch if you’re interested in buying a Canyon.

26/02/2019, 13:26

Police tape (CC licensed by freefotouk on Flickr)

Arrest made after cyclist killed in Surrey hit and run on Sunday

Surrey Police have arrested a 49-year-old man after a cyclist was killed in a hit-and-run incident in Lingfield on Sunday evening.

As we reported yesterday, the fatal crash happened at 5pm on Lingfield Common Road at the junction with Cobham Close. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers have now confirmed that a man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, causing death by careless driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs and failing to stop at the scene of the collision.

Police have repeated an appeal for anyone with information to contact them on 101 or online quoting reference PR/P19044029.

26/02/2019, 13:01

The Col Collective – Albulapass

Mike Cotty takes us to the Swiss Alps for some dreamy scenery.

Sunshine, perfect tarmac and incredible views, what’s not to love?

26/02/2019, 09:33

Top Gear host throws cycling question out on Twitter

Still on the issue of BBC presenters, Chris Harris, co-host of Top Gear – a show that Alan Partridge would dearly love to work on and of that there can be no doubt – has got a bit of a convo going on Twitter with this tweet. The replies – including from pro cyclists such as Alex Dowsett and Rob Hayles – are worth a browse.

26/02/2019, 09:00

Aha! Move over, Ainsley – Alan Partridge is the new face of safe cycling in Bournemouth

Remember last year when someone doctored placards near Bournemouth University urging drivers to give cyclists at least 1.5 metres of space when overtaking cyclists by slapping stickers of TV chef Ainsley Harriott’s face on the image of a bike rider?

Well, the TV personality-loving japester is back – and this time round, it’s none other than the man of the moment, back on our screens as of last night in his new BBC One series This Time With Alan Partridge, who fronts the spoof campaign.

The Ainsley Harriott unofficial iteration of the campaign got taken down very quickly, with a council official saying: “We are aware that the cycle safety signs near the university have been defaced with stickers and they will be removed as soon as possible.”

The point is though, that the guerrilla campaign last year got way more people talking about the posters – and hopefully, taking note of the message – than would otherwise have been the case, and hopefully the new, albeit unofficial endorsement from the UK’s best-loved TV show host will push awareness even higher.

And on that bombshell …

Simon MacMichael

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he’s been news editor at since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn’t get to ride his Colnago as often as he’d like, and freely admits he’s much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.