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What a morning…

Finally, we can all stop fooling ourselves into believing nonsense. Sadly, that means admitting (although I’m sure you’ve already figured this out) that road.cc’s L-shaped memorial plaque to mark the retirement of our famous feature film was also an April Fool’s joke…


So… does that mean the classic feature will return to your screens at some point? Don’t ask me, and please direct your abusive comments elsewhere if/when that’s inevitably the case…

Now is the time for our obligatory roundup of the rest of the cycling industry, and there is plenty to do. Hope all of this is in fact April Fool’s tricks…

First, the latest model in Ribble’s endurance lineup: the Endurance Mono SL, the brand’s first-ever unicycle, apparently raced by Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling rider Cameron Jeffers during the Unicycle World Championship of this summer. “One wheel, double the fun!” A good start.

Then a personal favorite – Band of Climbers waded into the angry comment-ridden waters of the rim brake vs. disc brake rivalry, fanning the flames with an ingenious fool’s pole…rim brakes are banned to descend the Stelvio … Chris Froome will not be happy …

“Surprising news to bring you this morning from Italy, and the Passo dello Stelvio. Band of Climbers has learned that bikes with rim brakes are to be banned from riding the Stelvio altogether. The new rule, which comes into effect at From today , means that only cyclists equipped with disc brake bikes are allowed to climb and, above all, to descend Italy’s most famous mountain road.

“We were told of ‘Rim Guards’ who will be posted at the foot either side of the climb, who will stop any rider with rim brakes. We were also told that it is possible to hire a disc brake bike of the ‘Rim Guards’ for 15 € per hour.” Superb.

Evo Cycles, a New Zealand cycle shop, also got involved, saying: “The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) approached Evo as a key figure in the cycling industry and asked us to help him collect information for his research.

“The NZTA is seeking comments on a proposed ‘Bicycle Registration and Road Use Charges’ (BUC). Essentially, all cyclists should register their bikes and pay road charges – in the same way as Vehicle owners pay fees and fuel taxes for road maintenance.The introduction of BUC would use this same principle to take care of New Zealand’s cycle lanes.

“Mountain bike trails are also expected to benefit from the fees, with Waka Kotahi planning to allocate some of the funding for their upkeep. New bike registrations and BUCs are expected to come into effect in early 2023. Registration is offered for cost $80 per year and BUCs are offered at $10 per 100 km.”

Those on the Ribble Endurance Mono SL will only have to pay half, according to unicycle support, while kids have to pay double because…”they’re all troublemakers”.

Elsewhere we had:

Wiggle gets rid of Haribo…

Return of Spartacus…

And the Scottish Headwind Championships which, given the Dutch version, are actually almost believable…

I’ve barely scratched the surface of April Fools there, we’ll be back with part two in a bit…