Cycling now the most popular form of rush hour transport on London streets, report shows

City of London report shows four-fold increase in cycling in City in last 19 years

Anyone in London will be able to tell you about the surge in cycling numbers in the capital in recent years, but the latest survey of transport modes in the capital has shown in stark detail just how popular cycling has become.

The City of London Corporation has been running its Traffic in the City study for the last 19 years, with its survey of traffic at 15 locations in the City of London showing loud and clear the huge uptake in cycling over those years.

Since 1999 all modes of above-ground transport have reduced by 25-50 per cent, with the exception of cycling, which is now four times as popular as it was 19 years ago.

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What’s more, at peak times (between 08:00-10:00 and 17:00-19:00) the numbers of cyclists exceed the numbers of cars, taxis, buses, motorcycles, or goods vehicles.

However it’s not all good news when it comes to the level of cycling in the City of London, with the report pointing out that the increase in cycling numbers has slowed since 2012.

“While this is not a extrapolatory exercise”, the report states,”it does appear that the City counts have reached ‘peak cycle’ over the last five years, suggesting that significant changes in cycling infrastructure provision and/or travel behaviour may be needed to spur further growth in cycling on City streets.”


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The report has also included pedestrian numbers for the first time, and points out how the large amount of space dedicated to private vehicles carries a relatively small number of people.

“Private vehicles – cars, taxis, and motorcycles/mopeds – utilised the most street space of any mode – over 53 per cent – while only carrying an estimated quarter of all people travelling on City streets,” the report continues.

“While buses only made up two percent of all counted vehicles, they carried an estimated 19 per cent of all people travelling on City streets (compared to 21 and 19 per cent for private vehicles respectively).

“Buses and private vehicles carried approximately the same number of people in the City while making up an estimated nine and 53 per cent of total street space usage respectively.”

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Laurens De Plus reveals he suffers nightmares about crash with truck during Quick-Step training ride

Belgian rider worried about mental impact of crash

Laurens De Plus may be back home in Belgium recovering from injuries sustained after a crash with a truck during a training ride in South Africa, but the Belgian has revealed that he suffers more with the mental repercussions of the crash than the physical, still suffering nightmare.

De Plus was training with Quick-Step Floors team-mates Petr Vakoc and Bob Jungels in South Africa in January when they were involved in a crash with a truck. De Plus suffered a broken pelvis and vertebrae in the, with Vakoc also suffering more severe fractures to his spine.

Vakoc also returned home from South Africa on February 7 (with De Plus also revealing that his Czech team-mate couldn’t move his legs in the minutes after the crash), and both riders hope to make a full recovery.

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However while De Plus’ physical rehabilitation has now begun (although he is still walking on crutches), he thinks that the mental scars of the crash will take longer to heal.

“The mental damage was certainly great in the first weeks. I had the feeling that everything was lost,” the Belgian rider told Sporza.

“There have been very difficult and difficult moments, which I sometimes still have, especially when I consider that it could have been even worse. I had just suffered my fall in Il Lombardia, and then this happens. The mental damage was perhaps even greater than the physical.

“I’m pretty sure everything will be alright, but it will take time. Sometimes the pictures play out again in my sleep, but then everything comes back, which will be part of the recovery process, but I still have to try to get it out of my mind.”

>>> Bob Jungels posts emotional video appeal after Quick-Step Floors training crash (video)

De Plus had been scheduled to be part of Quick-Step Floors team for the Giro d’Italia, and although he recognises that this will be a fight against time, he hasn’t given up hope of being on the start line in Jerusalem on May 4.

“In South Africa I felt that I was growing towards my top form. Now I have to start from scratch again “, the 22-year-old continued.

“The big goal this year was the Giro d’Italia and I still hope for that, but I also have to be realistic: first see how everything develops and then see when I can make my comeback.”

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Thanks to Dressel, Joseph Schooling Has His Hustle Back

Photo Courtesy: Blake Benard

Morning Splash by David Rieder.

Joseph Schooling was disgusted. In his signature event, the one in which he won Olympic gold one year earlier—the first-ever for Singapore in swimming—he was routed.

On top of the world after dethroning Michael Phelps in the 100 fly in 2016, here was Schooling finishing tied for third in a World Championship final, with a former teammate finishing almost a full second ahead.

Caeleb Dressel won the World title in the 100 fly in Budapest, his time of 49.86 the second-fastest clocking in history, for his third individual gold medal of the meet. Schooling tied with Great Britain’s James Guy for bronze in 50.83.

“That was phenomenal,” Schooling said of Dressel’s performance. “There are no words to describe how fast that is.”

But when he assessed his own performance, Schooling did not mince words.

“I got my a** kicked,” Schooling said. “There’s no other way to say that. By my standards, that’s pretty unacceptable.”

What happened? Schooling had been forthright even before Worlds—after the Olympics, his focus had wavered. Eddie Reese, Schooling’s coach at the University of Texas, explained that his pupil had “accomplished his lifetime goals” all in one race. In Singapore, he had become something of a national hero. “It was hard to get him back,” Reese said.

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Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

After a rough effort at the NCAA championships in March, when Schooling lost to Dressel in the 100-yard fly and missed out on scoring entirely in the 200 fly, he explained that he just had not trained enough, but he figured that he had enough time to turn it around before the World Championships.

And sure, Schooling’s performance in Budapest was fine but not nearly good enough. But the 22-year-old had no regrets—he let off some steam in the post-Olympic year and got to experience life as a typical college student.

“I did things that I previously didn’t have the chance to do, which was awesome,” he said. “Pros and cons, obviously. Cons are you’re not going to get the results that you want. If you don’t put the work in, put in less than half the work that you’re used to, you’re going to get less than half the results.”

Less than half his usual training? Schooling nodded. No exaggeration.

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Immediately after his defeat at Worlds and then again in January, Schooling made this very clear: He’s not upset about his results from the World Championships. Not because bronze is acceptable to him—it was not—but because it re-invigorated him.

“It was my more fuel to the fire, and my motivation right now is Caeleb. He’s the main reason I get out of bed in the morning, and that’s awesome,” he said. “That’s what keeps me going whenever I don’t feel like putting up with this anymore. It’s awesome—you need something like that.”

After Budapest, Schooling took stock of his swimming. He knew that his preparation over the past year had been sketchy, at best, and if he had any expectations of restoring his forward trajectory, he needed to make sure that he was not squandering his opportunities.

“If I’m doing something, I need to do something to the best of my ability,” he said. “You make huge changes if you want things bad enough.”

At the World Championships, Schooling recalled how Reese had warned him about the perils of his lackadaisical training routine after the Olympics. But this year, he’s been paying extra attention to the often corny but invariably astute words of his legendary coach.

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Texas men’s coach Eddie Reese — Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The first mantra that Schooling recalled was: “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” In other words, prioritize.

So when he came back to Austin, Texas, for his senior season as a Longhorn, Schooling considered his priorities: “School and swimming fast.” Getting his homework done and getting to bed early became priorities. Schooling committed to stick to his nutrition plan that he had followed before the Olympics, eliminating fast food, soda and what he called “late-night college activities.”

Also from Reese, there was this: “Take care of yourself, take care of each other, and the rest will take care of itself.”

“Basically, that means don’t be selfish,” Schooling said. “That might not make a lot of sense swimming-wise, but if the team is doing well, you’re going to be doing well. You doing well is a byproduct of the team.”

Even for Schooling, who has an Olympic gold medal and national hero status in his home country, the message of acting like an adult and being accountable to his team struck a nerve.

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In swimming circles and even in wider sports circles, Schooling will likely never shake the title of “man who beat Michael Phelps in his last individual race.” The photo of Phelps with a 13-year-old Schooling in 2008 has made the rounds since Rio and likely will again before the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

But in person, Schooling is rather unassuming. He has a down-to-earth personality, and he’s only six feet tall, much shorter than most elite-level swimmers. He’s not afraid to show emotion or be upfront about how he’s feeling, but he’s also not particularly loud.

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He’s a 22-year-old college senior, and like most college seniors, he finds it bizarre thinking back on all that had happened in three years, thinking back to a time before he won two NCAA titles his freshman year at Texas in 2015, before he was a well-known name in the swimming world.

Schooling rattled off the names of Kip Darmody, Grant Rogers, Nick Munoz and Jake Ritter—none of them swimming superstars, but “they were my seniors. I remember almost idolizing them and looking up to them like a big brother. For me to be in that position right now, when I think about it, is kind of weird.”

He thought back even further, to when he first came to the United States and to the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla. That was in 2009, when Schooling was in eighth grade.

“I still remember moving into the dorms and how it felt,” he said. “When you go to a new place, things smell different, and you kind of remember that and you relate the new places to that scent. I can still remember how the dorms smelled.

“It’s been many, many years, and it’s gone by really fast.”

The next three years should pass just as quickly. Schooling will likely have his first shot to get some revenge on Dressel next month, when the two meet in the 100-yard fly at the NCAA championships.

“I’m going to make the most of it this year, and hopefully I can go four-for-four—we can go four-for-four,” Schooling said, correcting himself mid-sentence. “We’ll see what happens.”

Schooling was a freshman on the first of three straight Texas national championship teams, and he is the only swimmer returning who has been a key contributor on all three of the previous teams.

After March, with his college swimming career behind him, Schooling will have his sights set on the Asian Games in September in Jakarta, Indonesia, leaving a long course rematch with Dressel to wait until 2019. And then, of course, he will defend his Olympic gold medal one year later in Tokyo.

Successfully pulling off a second consecutive Olympic gold in the event would put Schooling into an exclusive category that right now includes only Phelps. The 100 fly comparisons aside, Schooling has joined Phelps in transcending swimming and becoming something of a legend—but only when he’s in Singapore.

Right now, he spends the majority of his time in the United States, specifically under the eye of Eddie Reese in Austin, Texas. That way, he’s not a celebrity but just Joseph Schooling, a senior on the University of Texas men’s swim team who has accomplished his dreams but is still striving for more.

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Five things we learned from the Ruta del Sol, Volta ao Algarve, and Tour of Oman

The conclusions from a great week of racing in Spain, Portugal, and Oman.

1. Astana and Team Sky dominate

Team Sky lead Astana at the Ruta del Sol (Credit: Ruta del Sol

Although Lotto-Soudal‘s Tim Wellens took an excellent victory at the Ruta del Sol, all three of last week’s races really belonged to either Team Sky or Astana.

The British team weren’t present at the Tour of Oman, leaving Miguel Angel Lopez to lead home Alexey Lutsenko for an Astana one-two on the summit finish to Green Mountain, with that order reversed in the final GC.

Meanwhile back in Europe, at Ruta del Sol the first summit finish was largely animated by Sky’s Wout Poels and the Astana duo of Luis-Leon Sanchez and Jakob Fuglsang, with David de la Cruz also winning the concluding time trial, while at the Volta ao Algarve, Team Sky won three of the five stages, with Michal Kwiatkowski heading up a Sky one-two in the GC ahead of Geraint Thomas.

2. Sprints remain wide open

Sacha Modolo sprints to victory on stage three of the Ruta del Sol (Credit: Ruta del Sol

One of the things that was remarkable about the Tour Down Under was how the sprinters shared the spoils, with André Greipel the only man to win more than one stage, and that trend has continued in the latest races.

Dylan Groenewegen was able to take two victories at the Volta ao Algarve, but at the Ruta del Sol the flat stages were taken by Thomas Boudat and Sacha Modolo, and Bryan Coquard, Magnus Cort Nielsen, and Alexander Kristoff were all able to taste victory at the Tour of Oman.

That means that the only big-name sprinter still searching for his first victory of the season is Marcel Kittel (although the likes of Nacer Bouhanni and Arnaud Démare also remain win-less), something that he will be hoping to rectify at the Abu Dhabi Tour which starts on Tuesday.

3. Chris Froome back in action

As usual, the Ruta del Sol delivered a cracking few days of action, but for many, at least those outside cycling’s committed fan-base, this was all about Chris Froome’ return to action in the middle of an anti-doping investigation.

Froome’s presence created a media frenzy around what is typically a rather low-key race, with the size of the scrum of journalists outside the Team Sky bus rivalling those seen at the Tour de France.

However what was good was that once the racing was underway – and certainly during the last couple of stages – the focus was on the racing, which was excellent throughout. This may have been helped by the fact that Froome finished in a largely anonymous 10th place overall, but it was still great that the racing came to the fore through the week.

4. Alcalá de los Gazules climb delivers action

Tim Wellens set up overall victory at the Ruta del Sol on the cobbled climb of stage four (Credit: Ruta del Sol)

Grand Tours often take cues from smaller races in designing courses, and there’s a lot that the Vuelta a España could learn from this year’s Ruta del Sol.

Short, sharp finish climbs are fairly common at the Vuelta (especially compared to the Tour de France), but the Alcalá de los Gazules provided more action that most, with its cobbled surface allowing a different type of rider to shine in the shape of Belgian Tim Wellens.

The dirt roads of the final time trial were also an interesting feature, but it would be great to see steep cobbled climbs featuring in the final kilometre of Vuelta stages in order to really shake up the GC, especially in the first week of the race.

5. The Tour of Oman continues to be the best race that no one can watch

The Tour of Oman delivers great action, but none of it is available to watch (Credit: Sunada)

Talk to riders about the Tour of Oman and it’s rare that they a bad word to say. This is no race of five flat stages through boring desert, with testing terrain, uphill and bona fide summit finishes, and generally great roads for racing.

Once again this year the race provided great action from start to finish… or at least we like to think so, with there once again not being any live television coverage.

Tour de France organisers ASO have just signed a six-year extension to run the Tour of Oman, and we’ll have our fingers crossed that they introduce live TV coverage as soon as possible.

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‘Doper Next Door’ author dies after being hit by truck while he was fixing puncture

American writer and cyclist Andrew Tilin died after being hit by a truck at the roadside in Texas as his fixed a puncture during a club ride

The Doper Next Door book author Andrew Tilin died on Saturday, February 17, after being hit by a truck as he fixed a bicycle puncture at the roadside near his home in Austin, Texas.

The 52-year-old writer was out for a ride with the Gruppo VOP cycling club and had stopped at the side of the RM 620 road to fix a flat.

Tilin was hit by a pick-up truck after its driver has lost control of the vehicle after colliding with another vehicle on the road, reports My Statesmen.

Tilin was taken to the Round Rock Medical Center, but later died of his injuries. He was a former editor of Outside magazine, and was a well-known writer and keen cyclist.

Tilin’s 2011 book, The Doper Next Door, outlined the physiological and mental effects of taking testosterone, which he had been prescribed to take legally during hormone replacement therapy. Tilin charted the changes he noticed in his performance in bike races as he was taking the substance.

In a tribute to Tilin on Outside magazine’s website, his former colleague Mark Bryant said: “Andrew was one of those rare people who truly radiated joy for his work, for the values of the magazine, and for the people he loved—and there were many of them.

“He was an exacting and thoughtful editor and a really fine writer, and his work will certainly endure. But beyond the work itself, what’s always meant so much to so many of us at Outside over the years is his kindness, his compassion, his sense of humor. “

The Gruppo VOP cycling club are planning a memorial for Tilin.

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‘It’s great for him to be back in this environment’: Sky DS backing Froome for Giro/Tour success after racing return

Brett Lancaster says if anyone can complete the Grand Tour double, it’s Chris Froome
– Words by John Woodhouse

Team Sky directeur sportif Brett Lancaster believes if anyone can pull off the improbable double of Giro d’Italia and Tour de France double it’s Chris Froome.

But the Aussie, who guided Froome through the Ruta del Sol, is also aware that outside pressures, such as the ongoing conjecture over the outcome of the UCI’s inquiry into his alleged misuse of salbutamol, could prove a negative influence on his mindset.

>>> Tim Wellens secures Ruta del Sol victory as David De La Cruz wins final time trial

“Chris is used to dealing with the media from the sheer number of Grand Tours he’s done,” notes Lancaster, “but at the end of the day he’s a human being, and for anybody it’s going to take an effect.”

However, Lancaster believes Froome has been maintaining his spirits. “He’s been pretty positive from what I have seen,” he says, “and I’ve had good feedback from other people on the team to that effect.

“It’s been great for him to be back in this environment – the bus, the food truck, and the way we work as a team. It’s all a big positive for him. I think it’s done him good to be back racing.”

Lancaster, a veteran of nine Giros, believes the fact that Froome is even thinking of going for the double sets him apart from other riders – especially when the notorious unpredictability of the Italian epic – crashes are hardly unknown – could leave him with nothing at all.

“I know the Giro,” he smiles, “and the beauty of it is you never know what’s going to happen. It’s the most unpredictable of the Grand Tours by some distance.

“It says a lot for Chris that he’s willing to put himself through that. He isn’t a rider who’s happy to sit back and aim everything at the Tour de France. Some would, but not him.


“It says a lot about how much he loves and respects the sport. He wants to challenge himself all the time.”

One thing in Froome’s favour is the extra week that this year’s calendar has thrown up between the races, extending the period to 38 days.

“That’s probably what’s persuaded him to have a go at it,” says Lancaster. “It’s still a huge ask, but if anyone can do it, he can.”

Froome’s will now head to the Italian stage race Tirreno-Adriatico in March in his continued build-up to the Giro, but says he had expected better from his season start at the Ruta del Sol, which saw him finish 10th overall but only place 11th in the final time trial on Sunday.

“Obviously I was coming here for my first race of the season and didn’t know where the form was at,” Froome said.

“This is all part of my build-up now towards my Giro d’Italia but I was probably expecting a little bit better.”

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Paul Powers, Michigan Seniors Aim For Return To Nation’s Elite

Michigan’s Paul Powers. Photo Courtesy: Dan D’Addona

By Dan D’Addona.

When Paul Powers and the Michigan senior men stepped onto the pool deck at Canham Natatorium for the first time, the Wolverines were the reigning national champions.

The Wolverines continued that momentum and finished in the top five at the NCAA championships.

But things took a turn his sophomore season.

“Coming in, especially after winning a national championship, it is easy to rest on your laurels. My freshman year we did well, then we kind of fell off,” Powers said.

Finishing outside the top 10 was not something the Wolverines expected. Failing to reach that goal two years in a row added insult to injury.

“Everybody started to take it personally. It struck everybody deep because we had been a top 10 team for like 10-20 years. Then last year, repeating the same results, it make us realize we needed to get to work,” Powers said.

The biggest shock to the Wolverines was failing to win the Big Ten Championship for the first time in recent memory last season.

“Everybody is fighting for the goal, especially after losing Big Tens last year. That lit the flame. We want to win Big Tens and are ready to light it up,” Powers said.

Michigan is back in the top 10 rankings and is staring at another showdown with Indiana, another top 10 team, for the Big Ten title.

The past couple of years has renewed one of the best Big Ten rivalries in the pool.

“It is going to be down to the wire. Every single race matters. Beating someone out by .01 could be the difference in the meet,” Powers said. “That is what it is going to come down to, fighting for every last inch.

“Everybody is trying to win. When we are at a meet, we hate them, they hate us. But outside the competition, we all have friends on the other team, that is just how it is. We are excited that everyone in the country is swimming faster and faster. That is just going to push the evolution of the sport.”

It has pushed the evolution of the Michigan men back to a national contender.

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What is the point of the Tour of Oman? Top riders give their answers

With guaranteed weather and a challenging course, the Tour of Oman is proving the ideal place to prepare for the spring classics

With any television coverage of the Tour of Oman hard to find, it is easy to ask why the race exists, let alone what is happening during the second race of the Middle East trio.

Where other races in the region are mainly flat – limiting opportunities for many – the varied terrain of the Sultanate provides something for all styles.

Sunday’s final stage and the opening day were for the sprinters, Saturday on the Green Mountain a chance for climbers to test their legs and the others for the puncheurs and rouleurs.

It is perhaps the latter, those aiming for spring goals on the northern cobbles and in rolling one-day races who have most to gain the most from the week.

>>> Tour of Oman: Latest news, reports and race info

Though Dutchman Nikki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) did not win a stage he was in aggressive mood, attacking on stages two and four.

“I like the weather and also it is not a boring desert race,” explains Terpstra. “It’s not always exciting, but you have some climbing, bendy roads and it is great preparation to start the year.

“It gives you some race pace, we can train whenever we want but in the race you always go a little but faster and it is hard to simulate that.”



One who has experienced some success is Nathan Haas. After competing his home races in Australia, the Katusha-Alpecin rider has stopped off en route to Europe and not only honed his form. His victory in stage two at Al Bustan gave him confidence for early targets at Strade Bianche and Milan-San Remo.

“Confidence is a huge thing in the cycling game,” he explained while sheltering from the scorching sun at Saturday’s race start.

“But it’s actually the timing coming from Australia, I can segue across to Europe, half the time zone and stay in the nice weather a bit longer. I still acclimatise to the cold, but you don’t have the raw time in the cold to get sick.

“I think it’s an awesome parcours, I would almost like to come here in November to do a training camp.”

This year is the sixth consecutive Tour of Oman for Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet, winner of stage three to Wadi Dayqah Dam. His recent Classics seasons have been consistently good, with last year as good as anyone could hope for.

“It is the perfect preparation,” said Van Avermaet who raced the Vuelta a la Communitat Valenciana before heading to the Middle East. “In the other years I was always feeling pretty good in Nieuwsblad and Kuurne, so I try to keep the same preparation.

“It is totally different from all the others in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, they are more sprinters stages which I don’t like that much, I don’t have big options to win and most of the time the races are not hard there.

“Qatar was different with the wind so the strongest guy survived there a lot times, but when it disappeared I came back to the Valenciana but I kept Oman because I always had good feelings here. It is a good habit.”

While some of the peloton continue to hone their form in the Abu Dhabi Tour next week, Van Avermaet, Terpstra and many others will be in Belgium competing in the Openings Weekend races. The Belgian won the last two editions of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and has gone well at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

>>> Abu Dhabi Tour 2018 start list

Van Avermaet’s stunning 2017 winning streak concluded at Paris-Roubaix last year, and both he and Terpstra – who particularly covets the Queen of the Classics – will aim to be on form throughout the northern races.

Haas’s first target comes the week after Omloop at Strade Bianche, then subsequently San Remo. “They’re races I have typically been good in and just screwed up in the final,” he adds, confidence in both form and team boosted by his time in Oman.

What each of them has in common is they see each other as rivals, along with the likes of Peter Sagan, Philippe Gilbert, Sep Vanmarcke and Alexander Kristoff, the last another to have prepared in Oman.

The Tour of Oman has recently confirmed it will run for a further six years and organisers do provide a daily highlights package. It is therefore down to broadcasters to show this fascinating race which has become a key event in the build up to the classics season.

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Lance Armstrong and US Postal team-mates race to 86th in 24-hour mountain bike event

Armstrong, Hincapie, and Casey joined by Julia Polloreno for 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo event

Lance Armstrong and two former US Postal team-mates were back racing again this weekend, finishing in 86th place in a 24-hour mountain bike event in the USA.

Armstrong teamed up with George Hincapie and Dylan Casey for the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo, with a fourth former US Postal rider Christian Vande Velde being replaced by triathlete Julia Polloreno after Vande Velde fell ill.

Armstrong, Hincapie, Casey, and Vandevelde finished third in the event in 2017, but the team seemed to take things a little less seriously this time round, finishing in 86th place in the four-man team competition. Official results show that Armstrong’s third lap of the 16 mile race taking 12 hours, suggesting that they all enjoyed a bit of sleep (and probably a few beers too).

The event was one by the “Average Joey’s” team, who completed 22 laps of the 16 mile off-road circuit, 30 miles north of Tucson, Arizona, double the tally of Armstrong and co.’s WEDU.TEAM, averaging a seriously impressive 18mph on the hilly course and tough terrain.

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Armstrong is currently serving a lifetime ban from cycling, but this only applies to event sanctioned by the UCI and national governing bodies. The 24 Hours of Old Pueblo is an independently run event, and is not sanctioned by USA Cycling, leaving Armstrong free to compete.

As well as racing mountain bike endurance events, Armstrong is also currently fighting a legal case brought by the US Justice Department and Floyd Landis, another former US Postal team-mate.

The lawsuit alleges that Armstrong misused federal funds when taking performance-enhancing drugs while riding for a team sponsored by the US Postal Service.

The case had originally been scheduled to go before a jury in November, but ongoing legal wrangling has meant that it has now been delayed until May. If he loses the case, Armstrong will be liable to pay $100million.

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Tech of the week: new bikes from Factor, big climbs and single rings

Factor has launched two new bikes this week, while we’ve revealed that you can also buy a Castelli Tour de Yorkshire jersey or compete in the Zwift national championships

New machines from Factor bikes

UK-based Factor bikes provides machines to the AG2R-La Mondiale team of Romain Bardet. It’s had two new bikes this week: the Factor One aero road bike has had an upgrade, but retains its unique split down tube design, while the Factor Slick time trial bike now has a triathlon-specific twin, complete with storage box and ultra-adjustable bar.

Factor’s new Slick triathlon bike unveiled

If you’re planning to ride the Tour de Yorkshire Ride sportive this year, you can now get the jersey. It’s made by Castelli and celebrates the career of Beryl Burton, Yorkshire’s greatest rider.

You’ll encounter some of Yorkshire’s climbs on the ride, and Outthesaddle has some elegant wall art available. Or if you’re heading for Spain, it’s also got designs featuring Spanish climbs including the fearsome Angliru.

Show off your bragging rights after your trip to Spain

If you’re planning a multi-day excursion this year, you’ll need to carry luggage on your bike and we’ve given you our pick of panniers and racks.

Single ring groupsets and Rapha riots

Also this week, we’ve talked to the pros from Aqua Blue Sport about the single ring 3T Strada bikes they’re riding this year. We tested the Strada ourselves a couple of weeks back, if you want to read our view on the machine. We’ve also tested the SRAM Rival 1 version of the updated Mason Definition this week. Are single ring groupsets the future? Read our post.

Do single rings and disc brakes cut it in the pro peloton? (Credit Foto LaPresse – Fabio Ferrari)

Zwift has been at it again this week, announcing national championships, with the winners wearing the national champion’s jersey for their country for a year. We’ve given you our pick of smart watches too, if you’re looking for something more portable than a computer to record your rides.

With warmer weather just around the corner – perhaps – Rapha has unveiled its 2018 range. It features new bright colours, including greens and oranges. And we’ve reported on how the aerodynamic benefits of British Cycling’s skinsuits have been carried over to the Olympic skeleton team and that you might soon be hiring an Uber bike to get around town.

A riot of colour from Rapha

Plus there have been the usual bargains to keep you on the road for a little less cash.

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