If there's one sign that the racing season is over, it's that the stories circling around the cycling world get weirder. Truth may indeed be stranger than fiction..

First up is the news that an enterprising cyclist in London decided it would be fun to solve a Rubiks Cube while riding a Boris Bike around Hyde Park - as per the video below.

It's quite an achievement and one that's certainly worthy of a minute of your time. However, it appears that the Metropolitan Police - not famed for its sense of humour, admittedly - took a dim view of the feat and is now conducting a manhunt for this clear and present danger to the London populace.

“The Royal Parks welcomes safe and responsible cyclists but behaviour such as this is reckless." Royal Parks told the Evening Standard after reporting the hardened crim to the fuzz.

“It not only endangers the safety of the cyclist but also that of other park users and wildlife. It is against the law to ride a bike in a manner that is likely to endanger someone else.”

“If any offences are proven, police will take action against the cyclist," added a Met spokesperson, presumably with The Bill soundtrack playing in the background.

 

Thursday 8 Oct 2015

Lawyers for infamous doping doctor Michele Ferrari are attempting to prevent the Hollywood film documenting the Lance Armstrong story, The Program, from being released in Italy.

Ferrari's lawyers are attempting to stop distributor Videa from making the film available as well as threatening to sue for damages, because of the scene where Guillaume Canet, who plays Ferrari, is shown administering the injectable drug to Ben Foster, who plays Armstrong.

It may be the thin end of the wedge given that Armstrong admitted to taking EPO on recommendation from Ferrari. However, the Italian denies actually injecting the drug into Armstrong.

The film has already proven controversial following the revelation that Foster used EPO in real life to prepare for the role of playing the disgraced cyclist.

 

Reports have emerged that Bjarne Riis is seeking to buy back the team he sold to Oleg Tinkov two years ago - less than a year after Riis supposedly left the sport for good.

Danish publication Ekstra Bladet says Riis has been in negotiation with Tinkov about purchasing the team. Current team general manager Stefano Feltrin didn't exactly pour cold water on the rumour, saying only that "no binding offer has been received to date".

Ekstra Bladet suggests that Riis is keen to return to the cut-and-thrust of professional cycling, having also attempted to buy another as-yet unnamed team, Riis was also apparently speaking to riders at the world road race championship about riding for him next season.

Last but not least, Tinkoff-Saxo may have the ultimate solution to Peter Sagan's 'white short with rainbow jersey' dilemma: redesign next year's kit to include black shorts.

UCI rules state that the rainbow jersey can only be worn with white shorts or standard team-issue shorts. An interview with Cyclingnews revealed that Tinkoff-Saxo have applied to add black panels to its World Champion kit, and that the 2016 kit 'may also change to help Sagan avoid a fashion disaster'.

"The rules about it are strict and all the world is controlled by rules. We've got to accept them," Sagan told Cyclingnews "We've asked for permission to have a black inner part of the shorts but we haven't had a response from the UCI yet."

In the meantime, here's Sagan performing some tricks in his all-white ensemble.