Best of Live Blogging 2021: UK’s steepest new climb; Olympic controversy; NEWS FROM THE AINE; Mr. Loophole is educated; Configuration of the cleats of hell; Jeremy Vine; Surrey traffic cops + all of our live blog favorites


It’s another year in the books, folks. And what a confusing, eerily brilliant year 2021 was on the live blog. We’ve got one final roundup of all the best stories of the year, handpicked by chief live blogger Dan Alexander.

We’re talking about: Britain’s steepest new climb, an overflowing Olympic rivalry, groin BREAK news, a crampon setup from hell, plus lots of Jeremy Vine, Mr. Loophole and alright sure, surrey traffic cops …

Where do you start this live blogging bonanza? Let’s go back to the first week of January, when the Christmas haze was fading away and we had all come back to the reality of life in confinement …

At least you weren’t one of the angry Brexiteers shouting furious posts on Dutch Bike Bits, a Netherlands-based bike parts website that has stopped shipping to the UK due to a Brexit tax. That’s right, anyone in any country in the world could order from their site, unless you wanted yours shipped to the UK.

So how did the lovely crowd react? One of them said that the decision had “ruined the place for me” … a pity because “I have always loved the country and the Dutch people”. Surely it couldn’t be worse? “We saved your ass in the war and as soon as it gets a little hard for you you turn around and run.” Oh that’s right, yeah, it got worse.

From. It can only get better from here …

Who doesn’t like a crazy climb? All right, I’ll rephrase that. Who doesn’t like to look at pictures of a crazy climb? This is exactly what we were doing in September after the authority on the 100 Greatest Bike Climbs, Simon Warren, discovered a shocking secret lurking in the Peak District.

Bamford Clough Strava

Under the trees, an old bridle path called Bamford Clough, and its freshly resurfaced 36.5% slopes left Warren defeated. “There’s no way on earth I can ride this. The goalposts are out of place again.” The connoisseur concluded that the Clough is Britain’s steepest climb, averaging 21.7% for 500m, with 300m at 26%. When it looks stiff in photos, you know you’re in trouble. Are you going to brave Bamford in 2022?

I can’t believe we’ve gone this far without mentioning the presenter, broadcaster, and most importantly, the mainstay of the live blog… Jeremy Vine. Camera footage from the cycling presenter’s helmet, penny antics, and social media presence earned him a regular spot on the blog. But which of his many contributions is mentioned here?

Once again, we head back to January, this time to Vine annoying a London cab driver with her thoughtful response to a video of ‘fast cyclists’. “Your priorities are totally bizarre,” Vine told Tom the Cabbie. “Campaign on this and come back to me. Cyclists kill about two people a year.”

Attached are the pedestrian fatalities figures from 2012 to 2016, showing that motorists have been involved in over 250 pedestrian fatalities each year. A zinger of a response who saw the original video deleted and no feedback from the taxi driver.

In the summer, Olympic fever finally returned, five years after Rio, and the fortnight was filled with all the usual drama, emotion, GB team medals and a touch of controversy. For a week, we were all fascinated by the track. The return of the buzzer beater of Filippo Ganna, Kenny and Archibald on top of the world (again), and a rivalry with the Danes that has boiled over.

Without Wi-Fi in my new apartment, I rushed to a local cafe, frantically trying to keep up with the increasingly insane events of Tuesday, August 3. Barely had the British women’s team pursuit quartet break the world record (before crashing in celebrating) the men’s semi-final ended with the Danes on their way to victory, to come face British runner Charlie Tanfield.

Danish Olympic crash in Tokyo (Alex Broadway /

The spill brought proceedings to an end and sparked animated scenes at the edge of the runway as Frederik Madsen was heard shouting “F *** them” while gesturing angrily at the downed Briton. His super aero kit then took a beating on his way back to the locker room …

With the red haze gone, it looked like GB had qualified for the final, but in a final twist, the British demanded that their rivals be kicked out for the banned use of medical tape on their legs. Eventually the Danes were sent, Madsen apologized, I went home to lay down and the nice man from TalkTalk hooked me up. We have at least three years to recover before Paris.

Just warning, we told you this was coming … Mr. Loophole returned to all of our screens earlier this month. That was before he was mercilessly torn apart by Surrey traffic cops, that he crossed the 10,000 signature mark for his petition to have cyclists wear ID and his idea was up to him. thrown in the face by the government. We haven’t heard from Nick Freeman since. Shame.

This particular story began with the lawyer, famous for freeing celebrities from driving charges, filming a group of cyclists riding two abreast on a country road. Loophole told the camera how disgraceful the scene was and that road users could have moved at 60 mph on the highway without restriction.

> Mr. Loophole is furious at two front cyclists who are perfectly legal “riding with impunity”

Did someone call the traffic cops? Ready to take another big name to school on road safety issues, the Surrey Roads Police Unit quickly attended the scene to brief Freeman on their claims about helmets, high visibility and road safety. driving two abreast. Happy Days.

Number six on our list, and the one I forgot, is this cafe that went viral for tweeting a “cyclists are c ****” sign. A cafe that doesn’t like cyclists, eh? As far as business strategies are concerned, this is daring …

They never taught you that in The Apprentice, did they? Pick a group in the company that almost unanimously likes your product and tell them it’s full of c ****. I’m not Lord Sugar, but I guess this particular approach could be problematic.

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Shifting from division to something that unites us all – the catharsis of seeing someone else take one where it hurts. Groin-BREAKING NEWS made headlines after a poor Down Under kid had his painful bump caught on camera while a News First presenter reported live on a fire at a Perth flax factory. Too much front brake, he went forward, straight into the cutthroat area of ​​the top tube / helmet / stem… rather you than me, mate.

Of course, everyone was as friendly as you would expect …

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We don’t give out professional rider awards here on, but if we did Mark Cavendish would win them all. The return of the Manx Missile was one of our highlights of 2021: a first victory in three years, a return from the Tour de France, four stages, tying the Merckx record. What a year for Cav. In true live blogging fashion, however, we’re not here to talk about it.

Instead, the moment that got you talking was when a surprised bettor spotted the star sprinter spinning across London in a full Deceuninck-Quick-Step kit. “The complete kit wan … it’s Cav!”

Mark Cavendish (Roy Badical / Twitter)

This sparked a fun discussion about the obligations of professional runners to their sponsors. Does Cav have to don the kit for a tour of the shops? Knowing Patrick Lefevere, we think we know the answer to this question …

Elsewhere in the professional cycling world, the live blog has been the destination of some of our favorite stories of the year: G checking his power data to see if the 15-year-old who stole his bike is talented, Richard Carapaz laying down a few mega watts on a brutal ascent back to Ecuador, and of course the wild Giro fans chasing Egan Bernal all the way to Passo Giau while wielding chainsaws. No wonder Bernal accelerated to win the stage of almost half a minute.

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Sometimes I feel like we all need a reminder, things could always get worse. At least you haven’t tried riding with SPD and three-bolt cleats on each shoe …

The gold for the September live blog came from a bike shop in the US who shared a photo of a confusing spike setup brought to the store by a “tiptoe-tired” cyclist.

> Can this be real? Mechanic shares double cleat horror setup

Our bike shop mole remembered the moment he realized what had happened … “I must have watched for two minutes straight – without uttering a word – expecting that cosmic black holes are opening at the bottom of these kicks. “

Crampons disaster (Image credit: @ trench_tales / Instagram)

Two studs on each shoe. One SPD and one to three bolts. How did our poor rider go? At the SPD? Three-bolt? Or were they wedging him in between? So many questions, but a fitting way to end a year where we all felt like we were pedaling squares at one point or another …

It was in 2021 on the live blog. Thank you all for your comments, jokes, spelling corrections, reviews, skepticism and tips. Let us know your favorites, as well as what you want to see more of next year. Here is 2022 on the live blog …


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