Jumbo-Visma were the WorldTour’s second best team despite having the second lowest budget

Joe Robinson

15 Nov 2019

Dutch team had incredible year despite being one of the poorest in the WorldTour. Photo: Chris Auld

Jumbo-Visma achieved their incredible 2019 season, which saw Primoz Roglic win the Vuelta a Espana, in spite of having the second-lowest budget in the WorldTour.

In an interview with Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, team manager Merjin Zeeman confirmed that the Dutch team operated on the second-lowest operating costs thanks to efficient management and better incentives for their riders.

‘Every WorldTour team receives a document from the UCI at the start of the year, which states the budgets of all teams. We were seventeenth,’ said Zeeman.

‘We have a leaner organisation and therefore lower costs. Our capital is on the bike. We are not large payers, but our riders have nice contracts. Only they earn less than they can with the richer teams.’

With over 50 victories, Jumbo-Visma were the second most successful team in 2019. They were also the only team to post a rider on the podium of all three Grand Tours with Roglic also taking third at the Giro d’Italia and Steven Kruijswijk getting the same result at the Tour de France.

The revelation that Jumbo-Visma are among the most meagre in the professional peloton may also come as a surprise when you consider their roster.

As well as Roglic and Kruijswijk, the team has Dylan Groenewegen, who took 15 wins this season, and triple cyclocross World Champion Wout van Aert who joined in January.

However, Zeeman revealed that Jumbo-Visma’s strong squad was not because of the depth of their pockets but the project the team are aiming for.

‘Money is not everything. It is also about where they can get better, for which they are willing to let money go,’ added Zeeman.

‘Van Aert chose us, even though we didn’t offer the most money. Roglic has broken open his contract and that has improved considerably, but of course, he is now the number one in the world. He could also earn more elsewhere, but he remained loyal to our project. The same applies to Dylan Groenewegen.’

The team will receive a budget increase for 2020, making it the eighth wealthiest in the WorldTour, however, it will still be some way short of market leaders Team Ineos.

This was not enough to prevent Jumbo from signing Tom Dumoulin, however, who comes across on 1st January from Team Sunweb in one of the most anticipated transfers of the off-season so far.

There is also the chance that Jumbo-Visma could become richer still for 2020 as rumours have linked the team to a new, major sponsorship deal with Dutch variety store retailer Hema.

‘Common sense wins’ as council drops legal action against cycling cafe

Joe Robinson

14 Nov 2019

Cyclists will now be allowed to meet at the Velolife cycling cafe again

The injunction that threatened to imprison cyclists if they met outside the Velolife cycling cafe has been lifted, it was confirmed today. Windsor and Maidenhead Council placed an Enforcement Notice on the Velolife cycling cafe and workshop in October 2017 after a complaint from a local resident. The enforcement saw it made illegal for cyclists to meet outside the cafe. 

Cafe owner Lee Goodwin sort for the ban to be lifted, working closely with his legal team, British Cycling and the charity Cycling UK. 

The wider cycling community also came to action, with a social media campaign calling for the injunction to be lifted.

The council announced it would lift the injunction from Thursday 14th November allowing cyclists to once again meet at the cafe, a move that British Cycling policy advisor Chris Boardman labelled a ‘victory for common sense’.

‘Britain’s cycling cafés make a positive contribution to the local economy, they encourage and support people to cycle more regularly and are often a core part of the communities which they serve,’ said Boardman.

‘They should never be subject to the types of punitive and vindictive measures we have seen here, nor should their customers, and I sincerely hope that this case will act as a strong deterrent to others who wish to pursue a similar path in the future.’

Duncan Dollimore of Cycling UK was less forgiving than Boardman pointing the finger at Windsor and Maidenhead Council for the initial decision.

‘Velolife should never have been put in this position by the council, but it’s a relief they have belatedly come to their senses, and the café can return to business as usual,’ said Dollimore.

‘A legitimate local business shouldn’t have to call on the support of national organisations like British Cycling and Cycling UK to ensure their survival – but I’m glad we were able to help mobilise public support and highlight the absurdity of the council’s position, so Velolife could stay open.’

BMC issues voluntary recall of Teammachine disc bikes

Joe Robinson

14 Nov 2019

Safety problems with the fork have forced BMC into this recall of bikes

BMC has issued a voluntary recall of its Teammachine SLR01 disc bikes due to fork issues. The brand issued the recall on Thursday afternoon in order to undergo safety checks stating it would affect ‘bikes from the Model Years 2018 and 2019’ adding that the first bikes of this kind went on sale in June 2017.

BMC stated it had ‘identified a technical problem with the fork that could result in a cracked or broken steerer tube, leading to potential crashes and injuries.’

While the recall is only voluntary, it continued by stating: ‘To safeguard the user and uphold the brand’s own strict quality standards, BMC Switzerland requests that these bikes are no longer ridden and are brought to a BMC retailer for a safety check.’

BMC asks its customers to take the bike to a BMC retailer in which they will identify the bike and determine whether it needs a new fork or is cleared to ride.

It is also worth noting that BMC has not said that this affects bikes produced in the model year 2020 or the rim brake Teammachine SLR02 and SLR01 bike.

Below is a complete list of all bikes issued in the recall:

Model Year 2019

Teammachine SLR 01 DISC EDITION AXS – Stealth
Teammachine SLR 01 DISC ONE – Race Grey
Teammachine SLR 01 DISC TWO – Steel Blue
Teammachine SLR 01 DISC THREE – Team Red
Teammachine SLR 01 DISC FOUR – Carbon Red
Teammachine SLR 01 DISC MODULE – Race Grey
Teammachine SLR 01 DISC MODULE – Steel Blue
Teammachine SLR 01 DISC MODULE – Team Red
Teammachine SLR 01 DISC MODULE – Aqua Green
Teammachine SLR 01 DISC MODULE – Stealth

Model Year 2018

Teammachine SLR 01 DISC TEAM – Team Red
Teammachine SLR 01 DISC ONE – Carbon Grey
Teammachine SLR 01 DISC TWO – Grey Blue
Teammachine SLR 01 DISC MODULE – Team Red
Teammachine SLR 01 DISC MODULE – Carbon Green
Teammachine SLR 01 DISC MODULE – Carbon Grey

Check out the Canyon bike Arkea-Samsic will be riding in 2020

Joe Robinson

14 Nov 2019

The French ProContinental team have made some high profile signings for next season

Nairo Quintana will continue riding on Canyon bikes in 2020 as his new team Arkea-Samsic confirmed it would be partnering with the German manufacturer. The French ProContinental team will end their one-year relationship with Spanish bike brand BH in order to switch across to Canyon from 1st January.

While Arkea-Samsic were not granted a WorldTour licence for 2020, the high profile signings of Quintana and Nacer Bouhanni suggest they could be granted an invite to the Tour de France in July.

This means Canyon should have its bikes present with two teams on the Nice start line next summer with Movistar also using the German brand. With Katusha-Alpecin being replaced in the WorldTour by Israel Cycling Academy, Canyon will drop down to just one top tier sponsorship for next season.

The bike unveiled by Canyon will belong to Warren Barguil. The current French road race champion, it has been given a sleek white paint scheme with subtle tricolour on the top tube and chainstays.  

The team will also ride Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 disc groupsets and Dura-Ace wheels with the finishing kit supplied by Canyon.

Roman Arnold, CEO of Canyon, believes that working closely with the Arkea-Samsic team could help progress the bikes for the consumer.

‘Our engagement in the pro peloton motivates us to always think innovatively, to push the boundaries of technology and engineering and put all our knowledge, experience and expertise into creating class-leading, race-winning bikes,’ Arnold said.

‘I can’t wait to start collaborating with Arkea-Samsic, because they are a team who share our own singular focus – dedicating everything to achieving great things.

‘With Warren Barguil, Nairo Quintana and Nacer Bouhanni, we’ve got a talented line-up for the coming season who will be bringing a huge depth of talent, experience and leadership to the road.’

British Doctors pedal 29,000km by tandem to circumnavigate the globe in record 281 days

Katia Knight

14 Nov 2019

The pair covered 24 countries and harsh conditions to break the previous record by nine days

Doctors Lloyd Collier and Louis Snellgrove have become the fastest people to circumnavigate the globe on a tandem. The duo set off from Adelaide, Australia, on 7th August 2018 and returned nine months later on 16th May 2019 breaking George Agate and John Whybrow’s 2017 Guinness World Record by nine days, with their feat being officially recognised today.

The journey over 29,140km and 281 days 22 hours took them into 24 countries and across four continents – Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania. Entirely self-supported, they cycled an average of 60 miles per day in all conditions, camping as they went.

Originally from Leeds, England, and Pontyclun, Wales, Snellgrove and Collier worked as emergency doctors in Townsville Hospital, Queensland, Australia.

They undertook their World Record attempt to raise money for Spinal Research and the Brain Foundation and have so far raised $35,614 (AUD), 71% of their $50,000 goal.

The adventure was partly inspired by the death of Dr Collier’s uncle Alun who suffered a spinal accident when he was 29, confining him to a life in a wheelchair until he passed away in March 2018. Dr Collier described him as ‘my inspiration in life’ adding ‘despite being confined to a wheelchair, nothing stood in his way and he mastered many skills including the ability to water ski.’

Talking about the journey, Collier added: ‘We met so many different characters from farmers and labourers working every hour to put food on the table to Ambassadors, polar explorers and celebrity chefs. All of whom did everything to try and help us in any way they could.

‘I loved learning about different cultures and trying to live the way the people of that country lived, eating their foods, sleeping in their communities and spending time with them.’

Snellgrove spoke about some of the difficulties during the record-breaking adventure, too, particularly the cold.

‘Dealing with the elements day after day, from 100kmh headwinds in Mongolia, blistering heat in the Texan desert, suffocating humidity and monsoon rains in India to the freezing cold snow-covered mountains of Siberia,’ said Snellgrove.

‘I found the cold the most challenging. Originally from the north of England, I have lived in sunny North Queensland for the past seven years. My tolerance for the cold was lost a few years ago.’

For more information about Snellgrove and Collier’s World Record tandem ride, read here.