This Icelandic company has come up with an ingenious way to make motorists slow down

Are 3D zebra crossings the future?

If you’re tired of some drivers going too fast near where you live, then maybe you should write to your council and ask them to put in these ingenious 3D zebra crossings that are guaranteed to make motorists slow down.

The zebra crossings are the work of Icelandic company Vegamálun, and have been painted onto the roads in the town of Ísafjörður in the north-west of the country in a low-budget attempt to make drivers slow down.

>>> Speeding motorists face larger fines for worst offences

Vegamálun CEO Gauti Ívar Halldórsson said that the company had only come up with the idea at the start of the September, taking only a couple of weeks for the local authorities to give the go-ahead for the scheme.

The good news for cyclists is that the perspective of the painting means that the optical illusion should be easy to spot when riding at the side of the road, meaning that there should be no need to slam on the brakes.


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Paul Oldham and Christina Wiejak win 2017 Three Peaks Cyclocross titles (gallery)

Annual race in the Yorkshire Dales sees hundreds of riders tackle a gruelling route
– All photos by Andy Jones

Paul Oldham (Hope Factory Racing) claimed his third consecutive victory in the annual Three Peaks Cyclocross race in Yorkshire on Sunday. Christina Wiejak (Barrow Central Wheelers) finished the race as top-placed woman.

The event takes in the ascent and descent of a trio of gruelling climbs in the Yorkshire Dales: Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-ghent.

Oldham came home three and a half minutes ahead of second-placed David Mirfield (unattached) with Alexander Forrester (zepnat.com) in third.

Christina Wiejak and Paul Oldham, winners of the Three Peaks Cyclocross 2017. Photo: Andy Jones

Eleven-time Three Peaks winner Rob Jebb (Hope Factory Racing) had led the race up Simon Fell, but he crashed on the descent of Whernside. Although he completed the descent, he withdrew and was taken to hospital with suspected concussion.

Nick Craig (Scott UK) continued his participation in the race with a seventh place – having first won the event back in 1991. Another former winner and Three Peaks veteran, Tim Gould (zepnat.com) finished in 16th spot. Gould was the first over-50s veteran to arrive home, having won the race six times consecutively between 1984 and 1989.

Christina Wiejak, women’s winner, Three Peaks Cyclocross 2017. Photo: Andy Jones

Wiejak took the women’s crown ahead of Sarah Barber (North Hampshire RC), with Helen Jackson (Kendal CC) as third-placed woman.

The Three Peaks Cyclocross was first officially run in 1961.



Result

Three Peaks Cyclocross 2017, men
1. Paul Oldham (Hope Factory Racing), in 3-06-16
2. David Mirfield (Unattached), at 3-29
3. Alexander Forrester (zepnat.com), at 4-09
4. Adrian Lansley (Pedalon), at 6-14
5. Gary Macdonald (Hope Factory Racing), at 6-31
6. Giles Drake (Leisure Lakes Bikes), at 7-47
7. Nick Craig (Scott UK), at 9-03
8. Jonathan Pugh (The Bulls), at 9-21
9. Ben Bardsley (Cyclewise Altura), at 13-14
10. Thomas Zahnd (Unattached), at 14-09

Women
1. Christina Wiejak (Barrow Central Wheelers), in 4-05-44
2. Sarah Barber (North Hampshire RC), at 1-12
3. Helen Jackson (Kendal CC), at 9-07
4. Hannah Saville (Cyclocrossrider.com), at 16-52
5. Karen Poole (Sportstest RT), at 24-30
6. Ruth Gamwell (Macclesfield Wheelers), at 26-23
7. Hannah Benson (Ilkley CC), at 27-41
8. Adeline Moreau (The 5th Floor), at 28-37
9. Clare Dallimore (Cardiff Ajax), at 29-15
10. Anne Duffy (Cuchulainn CC), at 35-11

Tim Gould, Three Peaks Cyclocross 2017. Photo: Andy Jones

Nick Craig, Three Peaks Cyclocross 2017. Photo: Andy Jones

Lewis Craven has a bit of fun. Photo: Andy Jones

Rob Jebb leads on Simon Fell, Three Peaks Cyclocross 2017. Photo: Andy Jones

Simon Fell, Three Peaks Cyclocross 2017. Photo: Andy Jones

Christina Wiejak, Three Peaks Cyclocross 2017. Photo: Andy Jones

Dutch former pro Richard Groenendaal, Three Peaks Cyclocross 2017. Photo: Andy Jones

David Mirfield, Three Peaks Cyclocross 2017. Photo: Andy Jones


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Tech of the week: the ‘lightest production bike’ in the world, custom world champs Pinarellos, dhb shoes and much more

This week we have the “lightest production bike in the world”, custom Pinarellos, Peter Sagan’s S-Works Tarmac and much more

Tifosi Mons

At the Cycle Show Tifosi revealed what its claiming is the “lightest production bike in the world”. It’s made of three different types of carbon and comes with a mind-bogglingly bling specification.

What’s more, it’s available to buy, too, and at a not unreasonable price of £1999.

Boardman’s classy commuting bikes

Also revealed this week is a new series of classy commuting bikes from Boardman. The trio are aluminium framed, two come with carbon forks and one with, believe it or not, Di2!

That’s right, the top specced bike comes with Shimano Alfine Di2 11 speed hub gears and belt drive for the eye watering price of £1999.

Aqua Blue choose to ride “innovative 3T Strada aero bike”



Pro Continental team Aqua Blue has chosen to ride the new 3T Strada aero bike for the 2018 season, despite the fact it only comes as a single ring setup and with 28mm tyres.

It’s unclear currently how closely the team with stick to the current bike’s designs, with 3T saying Aqua Blue will be announcing other partnerships soon.

Custom Pinarellos raced at Worlds

Team Sky riders Kwiatkowski and Moscon  have taken to Instagram to reveal some pretty gorgeous looking custom paint jobs on their Pinarello F10s.

Kwiatkowski, who’ll be riding for the Polish national team, has his done up in a glossy red and white finish.

Peter Sagan’s Specialized Tarmac Ultralight



Peter Sagan’s Specialized Tarmac is a thing of beauty. An iridescent silver paint job only adds 10g to the frame, making it one of Specialized super limited Ultralight models.

dhb enters the shoe market

Earlier this week dhb announced that it was stepping into the world of cycling shoes.

The brand is launching four new shoes to market, with prices ranging between £70 and £120.

Cannondales: which model is right for you?

CW descending on the 2018 Cannondale Supersix Evo Disc

Looking to step into the varied world of Cannondale? Then you need to read our comprehensive, all knowing guide to the brand’s expansive range.

We go through the bikes, the materials, the technology and much more in helping you decide which model to buy.


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Gaviria: The strongest rider won, I can only congratulate Peter Sagan

Fernando Gaviria left the finish area of the UCI Road World Championships in Bergen frustrated and disappointed, admitting that he had blown his chances of victory in the elite men’s road race in the sprint finish by making a late attack.

The lack of live television coverage made it difficult to understand who attacked and when in the final four kilometres but footage from the helicopter revealed Gaviria’s youthful error.

He followed a brief attack from Ben Swift of Great Britain but instead of realising a sprint was almost certainly on the cards, he then made his own attack and chased other moves on the flat road near Bergen waterfront with three kilometres to go.

He never really got away and his attacks only acted as a bridge for the chasing peloton to catch late attackers Julian Alaphilippe (France) and Gianni Moscon (Italy).

Gaviria then tried to contest the sprint but had little left in his legs after the attacks.

“I made some mistakes because I really wanted to win. Those mistakes cost me in the end,” Gaviria admitted to Cyclingnews.

“The final climb of Salmon Hill hurt me. There were a lot of attacks on the last lap but I had Rigoberto Uran with me and was in the front group that formed over the top. I tried to attack with Gilbert in the last three kilometres but they were going pretty strong behind and they caught me in the last kilometre.”

Gaviria was able to stay with the leaders when they steamrolled past the last riders out front but he could not fight for position. Sagan moved up to Kristoff’s wheel before the left turn with five hundred metres to go but Gaviria was stuck too far back.

“I did the sprint with my last drops of energy. I did it with the legs I had left and my good will. I was in top 10 and I have to live with that result. I couldn’t have done any better,” he said.

Gaviria sportingly bowed his head in a sign of respect for Sagan’s third world title.

“The strongest rider won. That’s why he was already two-time and now a three-time world champion. I can only congratulate Peter on his win,” he said before riding away, still angry that he blown his chances in the high-speed finale.

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Five talking points from the World Championships elite men’s road race

A memorable end to a great World Championships

Sagan does it again

Peter Sagan celebrates a third successive rainbow jersey (Credit: Sunada)

When Peter Sagan grows attached to a particular jersey, he does not he does not give it up easily. He first won the maillot vert at the Tour de France in 2012, then went on to reclaim it four more times before that run came to a controversial end last July.

Now, having won yet another World Championships road race title in Bergen, he’ll continue to spend the next twelve months in the rainbow jersey.

His hat-trick of successive Worlds wins (a feat even Eddy Merckx and Marianne Vos could never manage) is all the more impressive considering how the race, by its very nature, changes year-on year. Two years ago in Richmond he won from an attack; last year in Doha he negotiated crosswinds and extreme heat to win from a sprint; this year he again triumphed in a sprint, but this time having survived some selective climbs.

>>> Three in a row: Peter Sagan wins World Championships road race to take his third rainbow jersey

Something about the Worlds seems to suit his particular set of talents in a way that the Spring Classics – which he always animates but does not win as prolifically – do not. Perhaps it’s the way the circumstances seems to enable him to ride far more anonymously. Whereas we’re used to seeing him constantly animating the Spring Classics by riding at front and putting his nose to the wind, he was barely spotted once in Bergen, before suddenly emerging in the finishing sprint.

Whatever the reason, it seems unlikely that this will be the last Worlds title of Sagan’s career.

British ride a strong race

Owain Doull at the World Championships in Bergen (Credit: Sunada)

Great Britain’s women’s team were one of the major protagonists of Saturday’s road race, with the likes of Hannah Barnes, Danni King and Elinor Barker all putting the hurt on with some powerful attacks.

Although the men’s team didn’t quite possess the same kind of resources in terms of pure talent, they did manage to rally around Ben Swift, and guide him to a very impressive fifth place.

>>> Peter Sagan reflects on ‘unbelievable’ Worlds win as he dedicates victory to Michele Scarponi

Although half of the team had already abandoned by the business end of the race, the other half were all present at the front of the race protecting Swift on the penultimate lap, with Tao Geoghegan-Hart especially visible pulling at the front on the climb.

Their efforts were enough to help Swift remain in contention for the final bunch sprint, who, given the calibre of sprinters he was up against, should be very pleased with such a high placing.

Kristoff nearly delivers fairy-tale home victory

Peter Sagan looks across at Alexander Kristoff after crossing the line (Credit: Sunada)

Given the huge numbers of Norwegian fans who have flocked to watch the action in Bergen throughout the week (in huge contrast from last year’s muted affair in Qatar), it would have been a fitting end to these championships to see them rewarded with a home winner.

Alexander Kristoff very nearly did just that, leading out the final sprint until Sagan just about edged him out on the line.

On one hand Kristoff will be kicking himself for so narrowly missing out on what surely would have been a career highlight, but at least the performance is a sign that he’s back to his best after a slightly off-colour season.

There was more disappointment from the riders who trailed him in the sprint. Michael Matthews (Australia) banged his handlebars in frustration upon finishing third, Matteo Trentin (Italy) had to settle for the unfortunate position of fourth, and Fernando Gaviria (Colombia) didn’t sprint with quite the burst we’ve come to expect for him down in eighth.

Rising stars nearly upset the favourites

Julian Alaphilippe animated the final lap (Credit: Sunada)

Although a sizeable group remained in tack come the last lap, a bunch sprint still seemed far from an inevitability at the time, and indeed some very dangerous attacks were launched on the final ascent of Salmon Hill.

There was a slight surprise in the makeup of that group. Whereas the more firmly established names of former winners Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) and Philippe Gilbert (Belgium) and 32-year-old Greg van Avermaet (Belgium) had been cited as the riders most likely to put in the most decisive attacks, instead it was the younger pair of Julian Alaphilippe (France) and Gianni Moscon (Italy) who formed a two-man lead group over the summit.

Alaphilippe (aged 25) has shown similar potential for such explosiveness in the past prior to his injury-disrupted 2017, while for Moscon (23) the attack was a further demonstration of how rapidly he is improving following some startlingly eye-catching rides at the Vuelta (even if he was later disqualified for taking a tow from a team car).

They may have been reeled in on the cruelly-long run-in to the finish today, but both look like potential future champions

TV pictures lost at worst possible moment

The peloton climb Salmon Hill at the World Championships in Bergen (Credit: Sunada)

Fate could hardly have picked a worse moment for the TV coverage to play up, with footage being completely lost as the race entered the final 4km.

For all those who had stuck out for the entire six-and-a-half-hour broadcast, watching for hours in the morning as nothing really happened, it was particularly unfortunate timing, with footage lost just as a tense, tight showdown was playing out between the attackers and the chasing reduced bunch.

With 4km to go we watched Alaphilippe attack Moscon, with Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) and Lukas Postlberger (Austria) in close pursuit and a chasing bunch a further few seconds behind. When the race reached the fixed camera at the 1km to go mark, however, everything had come back together.

It’ll be possible to gradually piece together exactly what happened, thanks to rider recollections and fan’s amateur footage, which should also put pay to any imaginatively amusing conspiracy theories some might come up with.

It was disappointing not to see the race play out, but the tense wait did at least create a different type of excitement, that didn’t feel too dissimilar from being stood waiting at the roadside.


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Peter Sagan reflects on ‘unbelievable’ Worlds win as he dedicates victory to Michele Scarponi

Slovak becomes the first male rider to win three consecutive World road races

Peter Sagan struggled to comprehend his achievement after winning a third consecutive World Championship road race title, dedicating his victory to the late Michele Scarponi.

The Slovakian became the first male rider to win three World titles in a row and matched the record of three victories held by three other cyclists. He narrowly edged out Norwegian Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) who was racing on home soil.

“In the end, it came to a sprint and it was unbelievable,” Sagan said.

“Kristoff is racing at home, and I’m sorry for that, but I’m happy to win again. It’s unbelievable for me. It’s something special for sure. It doesn’t change anything, but for me it’s something very nice.”

>>> Three in a row: Peter Sagan wins World Championships road race to take his third rainbow jersey

The third title came after 267.5km around Bergen, Norway. On Salmon Hill, several riders including Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe and Italian Gianni Moscon tried to break up the race.

“It is not easy. In the last kilometres, I said, ‘Guys, it’s already gone, it’s done.’ Guys were chasing in the front. In the end it came together for the sprint,” Sagan continued.

“You saw in the climb, we were already in two-three pieces. The guys from the back catch us, and after, we came into the finish. It just all happened in seconds. You cannot predict this.

“Maybe if someone stronger in the front, and they could have [won]. I have to say thank you to my team-mates and some friends in the group.”

In April, a truck driver struck and killed Astana rider Michele Scarponi while he trained on home roads in Italy to prepare for the Giro d’Italia.

“I want to dedicate this victory or this third World Championship title to Michele Scarponi, who should have had a birthday tomorrow,” Sagan said. “And to my wife, and we are expecting a baby. It’s a nice finish to the season, and I am very happy.”


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Three in a row: Peter Sagan wins World Championships road race to take his third rainbow jersey

Slovakian rider takes third consecutive men’s road race.

Peter Sagan (Slovakia) took an unprecedented third consecutive rainbow jersey as he won the men’s road race at the World Championships in Bergen, Norway.

The Slovak rode what was close to a perfect race, remaining completely anonymous for the entire race, and only putting himself in the wind for the final hundred metres as he edged past home favourite Alexander Kristoff (Norway).

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Sunday trading: Campagnolo groupsets, Endura and Gore winter kit plus much more

Revamp your wardrobe and give your bike some love with some of these wicked deals from the likes of Wiggle, Chain Reaction Cycles, Evans Cycles and many more

We hope you manage to ride your bike this weekend in honour of the World Champs. If you did, well done you celebrate with some shopping.

If you didn’t, commiserations, here are some great deals!

Campagnolo Chorus £1019 £824

There’s a romanticism to Campagnolo that cyclists love. It’s good looking, Italian and it helps that it performs well, too.

Campagnolo Chorus comes with all the classic Campag technology, including Ultra-Shift, Vari-Cushion hoods and more.

Buy now: Campagnolo Chorus at Chain Reaction Cycles for £824 

Endura Thermolite winter bib short £84 £67

Thermal bib shorts are the perfect protection against the chills of winter. These Endura ones use hollow core fibre technology to trap a layer of warm air.

Usefully, it also makes the shorts lightweight and the added Teflon protection makes them tough, too.

Buy now: Endura Thermolite winter bib short at Chain Reaction Cycles for £67

Osprey Radial 26l backpack £129 £80

Read more: Osprey Radial backpack review

Keep those lonesome winter riding blues at bay by carrying on commuting through the chilly months with this excellent backpack.

It has tons of useful features and loads of pockets and the 26l of capacity is more than enough for laptops, clothes, shoes and other work gumpf.

Buy now: Osprey Radial 26l backpack at Evans Cycles for £80 

Gore Bike Wear 1985 GTX Active jacket £199 £119

If you want to stay dry this winter then this is the jacket to get. The Gore-Tex technology helps keep the rain out whilst also keeping the jacket lightweight and easily packable.

Buy now: Gore Bike Wear 1985 GTX Active jacket at Evans Cycles for £119

More tidy deals:

Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 – £999£666

Mavic Kysrium Pro Exalith Haute Route – £975£613

Park Tool BB30 bearing tool set – £49.99 – £31.00

Topeak Universal Chain Tool – £10.99 – £6.99

Polar V650 with heart rate monitor – £229 – £180

Shimano 105 pedals – £109 – £64

Bell Stratus helmet – £99 – £49

Garmin Forerunner 235 £299 – £221

Garmin Edge 20 £109 – £84

Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 crankset £499 – £324

Giro Peloton cycling cap £24.99 – £19.99

Specialized women’s Pro SL bib short £139.99 – £104.99

Specialized Elasticised shoe cover £29.99 – £9.90

Shimano Ultegra 6800 compact chain set £249.99 £159.99

Look Keo grip cleats – £20.99 – £9.75

Mavic Cosmic Pro carbon wheelset – £875 – £787.50

Louis Garneau knee warmers – £19.99 – £15.99

That’s all for this week, check back next Sunday for more awesome deals.


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Dideriksen confirms her promise with second Worlds podium

Defending world champion Amalie Dideriksen (Denmark) confirmed that her victory in Doha was no fluke, zig-zagging her way through the remnants of a late breakaway of race favourites to claim the bronze medal in the 2017 UCI Road World Championships elite women’s road race in Bergen on Saturday.

The 21-year-old was part of a hard-charging group that reeled in all but winner Chantal Blaak (Netherlands) from a late breakaway, with Katrin Garfoot (Australia) hanging on at the front to narrowly take silver. Dideriksen had to fight her way through to the front for bronze, but was proud to land on the podium for the second consecutive year.

“It wasn’t totally my course, but I’m proud to get a medal and show I defended as well as I could,” Dideriksen said in a UCI interview.

The Danish rider’s group had to fight to catch an elite group that escaped, with Olympic champion Anna van der Breggen and time trial world champion Annemiek van Vleuten playing on their team’s strength by putting the onus on others to chase down Blaak’s attack. Kasia Niewiadoma (Poland) tried, as did Hannah Barnes (Great Britain) but as Blaak soloed to victory, the chasers were caught in the final few hundred metres of the race.

“I was nervous if we could catch them or not, and we did in the last corner, and I had to start my sprint early to get past them,” Dideriksen explained. “I had to take the long way around the corner and then zig-zag through people to get to the front. It was 50m too short to get the silver, but I’m proud to get a medal.”

Cecile Uttrup was the only other rider from the Danish team to make the selection on the final lap, and Dideriksen was pleased to have an opportunity to get on the podium.

“We did a good team effort today, and the girls tried to help me the best they could, and I’m happy to get a medal for them, also. I was optimistic, we saw in the other races that it could come back together, at least for the medals. I was optimistic, and I did the best race I could. I was in front when we started the climb and I could slowly get to the back of the group and that way get over the climbs. I did the best I could, so I’m happy with a medal.”

Although Dideriksen has to give up her rainbow jersey to Blaak, she could at least take consolation in the fact that the bands went to her trade teammate.

“If I can’t win it, it’s OK that it’s Chantal. She’s a nice girl and she can be very proud of herself.”

 

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Lizzie Deignan hails ‘incredible’ Great Britain women’s team performance at World Champs

Although Great Britain’s rider may have missed out on a podium spot in the elite women’s road race in Norway, they had someone in every move and helped shape the race

A fine team performance that saw the British women put a rider in every serious move in the elite women’s road race at the 2017 UCI Road World Championships was ultimately thwarted by their Dutch rivals, as Chantal Blaak rode solo to victory ahead of Katrin Garfoot (Australia) and defending champion Amalie Dideriksen of Denmark.

With their regular team leader Lizzie Deignan having to adopt a less prominent role because of her recent appendectomy, the rest of the team stepped up, with first Melissa Lowther and then Hannah Barnes inserting themselves in the breaks.

In fact, Great Britain looked good for a medal right up to the last 500m of the race, which was run off in glorious sunshine over 153 lumpy kilometres in Bergen. Barnes, Blaak and Audrey Cordon of France forged a dangerous looking trio during the penultimate lap, but the final time up Salmon Hill — a 1.5-kilometre haul at 6.4 per cent average — saw Dutch big-hitters Anna van der Breggen and Annamiek van Vleuten bridge across.

>>> Chantal Blaak nets elite women’s road race world title despite crash

Suddenly the odds of a gold medal grew a lot longer for Barnes, and so it was, as the Dutch quickly took advantage of their numerical superiority with Blaak’s attack quickly gaining traction.

Great Britain’s Melissa Lowther during the elite women’s road race at the 2017 UCI Road World Championships. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

Gold had vanished up the road for Team GB, and having spent so much time driving the breaks Barnes, no mean sprinter, was unable to salvage gold or silver as the peloton swamped the bunch in the final kilometre, and she ultimately finished 14th.

After the race, Deignan was full of praise for Barnes’s ride, saying that she would one day win the race: “She’ll be disappointed but I think given time she’ll be incredibly proud of her performance.

“It’ll give her the belief going forward that she’s been there now, in the final. She’s a future world champion I think so it was great that she was there.


Watch: highlights from the junior men’s and elite women’s road races


“It was an incredible team performance,” she added. “I was probably the least active but I was happy that I could be there as that kind of back up.

Barnes, in a pragmatic mood, said she was, “tired! But pretty satisfied. We raced really really well as a team.

Hannah Barnes during the elite women’s road race at the 2017 World Championships. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

“We’ve had a really good few days coming into this — we’ve all bonded really well and got together and I think our racing showed that we’re a really close team, a strong team and we were able to show some nations that we were there.”

A delighted Blaak said: “This is my biggest victory. I’ve dreamed of it. You know it’s hard but you also know it’s possible. I’ve won big races before, it’s just everything needs to be right at the right moment, and today it was.”


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