I've never seen a Tour de France with this many kilometres above two thousand metres, nobody has & nobody really knows what to expect in the final week. Which is why I predict we're going to see another thing nobody has ever seen before, a Colombian winner in Paris. Let me explain myself, with … Continue reading Lost In Thin Air
Maybe you hate Chris Froome, maybe you've never suffered from asthma yourself, or seen your child suffer from asthma, and want to knowingly or unknowingly also choose to punish children in order to make Froome suffer. So if you're spouting endlessly on Twitter about banning asthma medication in sport, you're either unaware of the bigger … Continue reading Ban Asthma Meds, What?
This years Giro will be unlike the other 3 week stage races of 2018, it's completely unpredictable, utterly exciting & absolutely full of drama. In contrast, the Tour will be closely overlorded by 3 or 4 GC teams, with the rest controlled by sprinters squads & anybody else who has an interest, rarely will a … Continue reading Girospective
As always, I follow the Colombians in Grand Tours with sheer fascination, the 2017 Vuelta has the added interest away from the established Colombian stars taking part such listed below, along with a Colombian team with a historical sponsor from the 80's era when Colombians previously appeared in the euro peloton, Postobon, which is basically … Continue reading Colombians & Manzana Postobon team at la Vuelta
As Alberto Contador bows out of cycling in the Vuelta which starts tomorrow, few expect him to win, but I suspect his presence will have a significant effect on who does. 'Bert' is a racer, he'll keep plugging away until he cracks, he won't stop with a fractured leg, he'll never give up until he … Continue reading The Kingmaker
This years Tour is incredibly close after 2 weeks, the top four are within 29 seconds of each other, with the next 4 within another 2 minutes from 4th place. This is unheard of at this stage in a Tour, after 60 hours in the saddle the time gaps are minuscule, without Porte's crash involving … Continue reading Format, rider, or both?
I continue to hear pundits & those involved in 'skill based' sports defend themselves against EPO use & blood manipulation as if it wouldn't benefit them. I beg to differ. The following should at least show that there's little chance of getting caught in other sports & there's huge benefits to most sports people in … Continue reading Blood & Skills
Men's pro cycling, the main focus of the cycling media, has been causing me some motivational problems as a cycling fan the last few months. Living in the UK, the story of the jiffy bag & the tiresome Bradley Wiggins attitude has been dominating proceedings, with it getting murkier & murkier as time progresses, it … Continue reading 2017 & Mens Pro Cycling
In the midst of a political no-mans-land, with huge uncertainties over Brexit, membership of the EU & another potential Scottish independence referendum. What would that mean for a sport's governing body, flung into a new phase of sudden responsibility, having to deal with licences, governance, memberships, insurance, online entry & websites, among many other things? … Continue reading A Hypothetical Nation At The ‘Worlds’
When somebody who looks perfectly capable of attacking & doesn't attack, it either means they're not interested, or they have a serious plan. I'm putting my thoughts for a thrilling final week of the Tour out there. As far as predictions go, I've got past history of being very wrong, so don't place any bets … Continue reading Rest Day Predictions
Earlier in the year, I wrote about Cav being the wrong person to take the GB place in the Mens Omnium at the Rio Olympics, how wrong was I? In the meantime, we've had an injury in the other likely contender, and more importantly, a resurgent Mark Cavendish, who is looking to have worked harder … Continue reading A Complete Cav?
We've seen Peter Sagan mature, from what initially appeared like a Dukes of Hazard type character into a respected World Champion & sometimes outspoken critic of riding in the peloton, is he the man to restore order to the galaxy? The mens professional peloton has had a void of control for some time, it could … Continue reading Sagan, le Patron
Bike racers have been aware of the advantages aerodynamics gave them for decades, perhaps from the very beginning of competitive cycling itself. Up until the 1989 Tour de France, nothing had made the differences more stark, than a colourful mix of imagery, marketing & race winning choices, to propel Greg LeMond to an 8 second … Continue reading Aero-Aware
Domestic cycling events are generally very low-key, they're the last things anybody cares about when they're making plans to dig up the road for water, cable TV, or a multitude of different reasons. It came to my attention today, that new organisers are still unaware of exactly where to look for information, a knowledge gap … Continue reading Roadworks & Organising Races
"The tranquil world of cycling has been turned upside down by allegations of misconduct and lax financial controls at its ruling body, the British Cycling Federation." (Independent, 1996) For those who were not involved in cycling 20 years ago, the current turmoil going on in British Cycling may seem like something new, it may come … Continue reading The 20 Year Scandal Cycle
This evening signals absolute horror for a tired & struggling parent like Chris Froome, looking after a new baby & trying to hold down a job (equally relevant if you work in an office or your job involves trying to hang onto Quintana on a summit finish). The treacherous loss of yet another hour of … Continue reading Day Of The Lost Hour
I wrote a blog recently entitled 'Bumping Up To The Rules', in it I really only covered blood spinning. The WADA code has several 'grey areas' which we can look at in a little more detail. People don't really like reading WADA documents unless they really have to (not even the Worlds top female sports … Continue reading WADA’s Grey Areas
The rules of sport exist for very legitimate reasons, in some cases those rules inadvertently aid those willing to push the boundaries, by providing a line in the sand. Step over this line & you can be accused of being a cheat, but stay right on the limit & you can proclaim yourself working within … Continue reading Bumping Up To The Rules
BAE are claiming that "Experts at BAE Systems have revealed details of the highly advanced technology it has developed for Britain’s top cycling athletes to help propel them to success in 2016". Now I know technology doesn't have to be pretty to be effective, but has this been dragged out of a basement the 1980's … Continue reading State Of The Art Technology?
See updates at end of blog... Yesterday we learned that tennis star Maria Sharapova has failed a test for a substance called Meldonium. I had not been particularly aware of this performance enhancer before, it was only banned at the new year by WADA, but appears to have been in extensive use by Russian athletes … Continue reading Ethics & Rio Ramifications