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It’s always fun to look back at our statistics from the year, seeing which stories caused the biggest stirs. Some are predictable; some — ‘Cyclist mounts jet engine to road bike, hits 82mph’ — not so much.
Here they are: the stories most read by you, our audience, in 2021.
Mark Cavendish apologized to his mechanics for a Tour de France strop after video emerged of him complaining about his bike before storming off to the team bus.
Footage showed the 36-year-old British sprinter checking out the feel of the front end of his bike before yelling at his team mechanic and slamming his front wheel into the ground before the start of the 19th stage from Mourenx and Libourne.
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In bike news that’s too weird not to share, a cyclist in Taiwan has become an internet sensation after mounting a small jet engine to his road bicycle and then filming himself riding the bizarre contraption.
According to the Taiwan News, a 37-year-old Taiwanese man with the surname Wang purchased a small jet engine designed for a radio-controlled airplane, and then worked with a university professor to mount the engine to his bike.
— 🇺🇦🕊Kyosuke Takei🕊🇺🇦 (@KyosukeTakei) July 27, 2021
The mishaps for the Dutch cycling squad continued in Tokyo with Anna van der Breggen yanked from her bike by an official at the Fuji International Speedway as she and her teammate Annemiek van Vleuten went to recon the course ahead of Wednesday’s TT, according to Tweets by cycling coach Kyosuke Takei.
In a memorandum issued on February 8, the UCI indicated it will ban riders from racing with their forearms on their handlebars, in a time-trial like position, when on a road bike.
A week before, the UCI indicated it would begin to enforce the rule prohibiting riders from the ‘supertuck’ descending position, where a rider sits on the top tube and curls into a tight position on a downhill.
Both rules will start being enforced — and this is apparently not a joke — on April 1.
Jonathan Vaughters of EF Education-Nippo believes Tadej Pogačar’s early lead in this year’s Tour de France can be explained by the twin factors of uncharacteristic weather conditions and chaotic, uncontrolled racing dynamics.
And Vaughters, the longtime U.S. team manager, told VeloNews that he disagreed with suggestions by Pogačar’s coach that the race’s other GC favorites had made errors in their preparations for the Tour.
4: Officials arrest ‘Opi Omi’ sign woman who provoked stage 1 crash at Tour de France
— Freddie Shires (@fshires) June 30, 2021
Police arrested the woman they say caused Tony Martin (Jumbo-Visma) to crash on stage 1 of the 2021 Tour de France.
The suspect, who held a sign in front of the peloton and provoked a high-speed crash that blocked the peloton, was taken into custody Wednesday in Landerneau, where stage 1 finished.
3: Canyon warns consumers, teams to stop riding the new Aeroad following van der Poel handlebar incident
German bike brand Canyon has asked owners of its new Aeroad CF SLX and CFR aero road bikes to stop riding them following the incident at Le Samyn when a portion of Mathieu van der Poel’s handelbar broke and fell off during the race. Canyon-sponsored teams have discontinued riding and racing the Aeroad as well.
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American Ashton Lambie set a world record in the individual pursuit on August 18, breaking the 4-minute barrier for the 4km effort at a velodrome at altitude in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
Photographer Kit Karzen was there to document the effort.
Lambie wrote a Project Sub-4 column for VeloNews on his preparation for the attempt:
- Part 1: My journey to set a world individual pursuit record
- Part 2: Big watts in Big Sky Country
- Part 3: Wait, why are we going to Iceland?
- Part 4: Everything came together to break the world record, but I failed. I was devastated
- Part 5: ‘Just execute’ – The numbers and the aftermath of a world record
You should also check out the gallery on Lambie’s bike that our CyclingTips colleague Ronan McLaughlin assembled with Karzen’s photos.
Readers — Thanks for following the sport with us this year. Happy new year!