Friday Edit: A site full of behind the scenes World Championship content - but you mostly wanted to read about the protest poo

We've been pounding the streets of Glasgow bringing you up close and personal news and tech - but the numbers don't lie...

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After Mathieu van der Poel crossed the finish line of Glasgow’s crit-esque Worlds course - once the interviews were underway and the report live on the site - I took my daughter out to ‘ride’ her ‘bike’ around our housing estate. I’m employing air quotes in abundance here because she’s 12-months-old, and the bicycle-shaped-object in question is actually two beach balls connected by a strip of aluminium housing a saddle that she insists on sitting several centimetres behind. But I’m a new parent, so of course, I was as proud, smug and alert to potential crashes in equal measures.

The World Championships, like the Olympics, have that golden ‘inspiring a new generation’ feel, which somehow is more pronounced when that next generation is - I'd say all of a sudden, but no, after nine months of arduous growing - your responsibility. And it’s hard not to feel inspired by the week that’s been - the Dutchman overcoming a skin-stripping crash and winning with only one working shoe and the women’s Team Pursuit squad ending a nine-year Worlds dry spell, Elinor Barker later pairing up with Neah Evans to dominate a crash-marred Madison.

Our writers have been very much on the ground in Glasgow (catching Van der Poel outside a random Scottish pub was Tom Thewlis' reward for a three-hour drive back from Glentress), bringing you stories that you'll only find from being there: the rider who "popped out" for six hours before scoring gold on the track, Katie Archibald's honest account of feeling like she's being "trotted out for slaughter" (we think you're a legend, Katie). On the tech side, Joe Baker's been out riding his first 90km on that shiny new Specialized Tarmac SL8 and bringing you a lust-worthy World Champs gallery. Of course, in accordance with the Laws of The Internet, the top story remains our overview of the most famous mid-race poo stops (or, non-stops) in history. 

And there's plenty more to come. With the women’s road race action set to take place this Sunday, I can already feel another proud lap around the block coming on.  

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Van der Poel after winning the Worlds

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CW Video Editor Sam Gupta with a Specialized Tarmac SL8 road bike

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Team GB in team pursuit at Jakarta Nations Cup 2023

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Climbing bike, weight loss

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The World Championship are, of course, far from over. We'll be here until the very end, and after that, onto the next big thing. Though we might take a couple of days in between to get out on our own bicycle-shaped objects, too. 

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