Student MTB taster session

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A quick update from yesterday’s final stage at the Isle of Man Junior and Youth Tour:

A great race for the junior’s finished with a fine two-up break featuring our own Matt Gibson in pursuit of the yellow jersey. Matt took an excellent stage win 20 seconds in front of the main bunch, which contained all our other riders. That was Matt’s second stage win of the weekend. Unfortunately, that left Matt just 10 seconds short of the overall win, but in an excellent 3rd place overall. The other boys had been in EVERY break on EVERY lap making Haribo Beacon chase them all the way.

1017741_661229273949021_9187124764391085032_nCourtesy of Teams WD40’s Facebook page


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Tour of the Isle of Man, day 2

Saturday’s stages of the Junior & Youth tour of the Isle of Man were as challenging as expected. In the juniors Matt Gibson could not defend his yellow jersey. Jack Escritt got into the decisive break but was the victim of a crash. Ben McIntosh, Fabian Brennan and Alex Braybrooke chased hard, with Matt taking over the work later on and brought the gap back to around 40 seconds. Matt is 6th in GC.
In the youth race Matt Walls is in the top 3 and having worked hard over every climb Adam Hartley is in the green jersey.

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Great start to Isle of Man Youth Tour…..

After the prologue on Douglas promenade Matt Gibson is leading the juniors and Matt Walls is 2nd in the youth A race. Other noticeable results were Reece Wood in 11th place in the youth race with Adam Hartley in 19th in the youth A race. In the juniors Fabian Brennan is 13th and Jack Escritt is 28th, but there was only 1.3 seconds between them. Let’s have some more Sun to shine on our yellow jersey tomorrow…

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Back on the Gatley run!

It’s been several weeks since I’ve done the Gatley run, sadly that puts me back on course for Wilmslow road, it wasn’t too bad though.

I see a new shop has opened there on Stonepale, Bikehaus, looks pretty cool, liking the font and colour scheme:


Definitely gonna check it out, and well handy should I ever run in to trouble at that end of the Monday commute.

There’s some pretty funny banter on here ahead of it’s opening last week, which sadly I knew nothing about. Gutted, turns out Rollapaluza were there as well, would have been a top night!

I’m pretty sure as a young boy growing up in Gatley, that a cycle shop previously resided in exactly the same premises coincidentally.


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News overnight is that Matt Gibson is lying in 4th place after stage 1 of the UCI Junior Tour of Istria.

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Do it the Dutch way! – Please read this and share

I heard about this when I attended the meeting at the Town Hall earlier this month. The Dutch are taught when learning to drive to open the driver’s door with their opposite arm, thus forcing them to look over their shoulder and reducing the distance by which the door can be opened. Failure to do so is a driving test failure…. It’s such a simple thing, a habit that needs re-learning could save so many potential collisions.

There is evidence here from 2011 of a campaign  in Victoria, Australia to promote this habit change:

Cyclists in bound on Brunswick st Fitzroy.
Cyclists on Brunswick Street in Fitzroy. Photo: Andrew De La Rue

DRIVERS getting out of parked cars have been urged to open the door with their left hand to better detect, and protect, oncoming cyclists.

The call came after two cyclists were injured on Tuesday night – one in Dromana and one in Southbank – after colliding with open car doors and falling from their bikes.

It also follows the death of cyclist James Cross in Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn, last year after a driver opened her door into his path and he went under a truck. Coroner Heather Spooner said it ”highlighted a very significant public safety hazard”.

Bicycle Victoria chief executive Harry Barber said yesterday people should be encouraged to open driver-side doors with their left hands. ”If you are a driver and you are doing a lot of parking in and around the city where there are bike lanes, you use your left hand to reach across to the door … What that does is it brings your attention to the wing mirror,” he said.

Mr Barber said cyclists should also look for indicator or brake lights and a head in the driver’s seat as warning signs.

He also said cyclists should ride at least one metre from parked cars where possible. Mr Barber said moving more bike lanes closer to footpaths would protect cyclists the most.

”The main thing is we want to get to a stage where the infrastructure is doing most of the work and we’re not relying on people remembering, and that is where the curbside lanes come in,” he said.

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THINK! – Please have a read, it will do us all some good to remind ourselves

The number of cyclists seriously injured has increased in recent years, faster than the increase in cyclists out on the roads.

The facts

  • The number of cyclists killed increased by 10% from 107 in 2011 to 118 in 2012
  • The number of cyclists reported to have been seriously injured increased by 4% from 3,085 in 2011 to 3,222 in 2012
  • Pedal cyclist traffic levels are estimated to have risen by 1.2% over the same period

THINK safety tips for drivers and cyclists

THINK! is working in partnership with Transport for London (TfL) to extend TFL’s ‘Tips’ campaign to other cities in the UK.

The campaign consists of a series of tips, developed to educate and remind drivers and cyclists about the correct way to drive and ride, and reduce the number of collisions on the road.

drivers look out for cyclists at junctionsdrivers look out when getting outMotorists leave room for cyclists
cyclists ride central on narrow roadscyclists ride a doors width from parked carsCyclists always stop at red lights

THINK! advice for when you’re driving

  1. Look out for cyclists, especially when turning – make eye contact if possible so they know you’ve seen them
  2. Use your indicators – signal your intentions so that cyclists can react
  3. Give cyclists plenty of space when over taking them, leaving as much room as you would give a car. If there isn’t sufficient space to pass, hold back. Remember that cyclists may need to manoeuvre suddenly if the road is poor, it’s windy or if a car door is opened
  4. Always check for cyclists when you open your car door
  5. Advanced stop lines allow cyclists to get to the front and increase their visibility. You must stop at the first white line reached if the lights are amber or red and allow cyclists time and space to move off when the green signal shows
  6. Follow the Highway Code including ‘stop’ and ‘give way’ signs and traffic lights

THINK! advice for when you’re cycling

  1. Ride positively, decisively and well clear of the kerb – look and signal to show drivers what you plan to do and make eye contact where possible so you know drivers have seen you
  2. Avoid riding up the inside of large vehicles, like lorries or buses, where you might not be seen
  3. Always use lights after dark or when visibility is poor
  4. Wearing light coloured or reflective clothing during the day and reflective clothing and/or accessories in the dark increases your visibility
  5. Follow the Highway Code including observing ‘stop’ and ‘give way’ signs and traffic lights
  6. THINK! recommends wearing a correctly fitted cycle helmet, which is securely fastened and conforms to current regulations

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Friday vid!

If I had even a fraction of these guys’ skillz…….!

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More reasons to be happy!


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