Lance Armstrong's bike shop terminates police contract amid Black Lives Matter protests

Tom Boonen and Lance Armstrong on the start line of stage 8 at the 2005 Tour de France
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In an open letter published on social media, Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop has announced the termination of its contract with the Austin Police Department following Black Lives Matter protests. 

The Austin, Texas-based bike shop, founded by Lance Armstrong, made the decision after "evaluation of community policing in Austin" and is walking away from a contract with the City of Austin two years prior to its scheduled conclusion.

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Josh Croxton
Associate Editor (Tech)

Josh is Associate Editor of Cyclingnews – leading our content on the best bikes, kit and the latest breaking tech stories from the pro peloton.

Josh has been with us since the summer of 2019 and throughout that time he's covered everything from buyer's guides and deals to the latest tech news and reviews. On the bike, Josh has been riding and racing for over 15 years.

He started out racing cross country in his teens back when 26-inch wheels and triple chainsets were still mainstream, but he found favour in road racing in his early 20s, racing at a local and national level for Somerset-based Team Tor 2000. 

These days he rides indoors for convenience and fitness, and outdoors for fun on road, gravel, 'cross and cross-country bikes, the latter usually with his two dogs in tow.