2017 & Mens Pro Cycling

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

A Hypothetical Nation At The ‘Worlds’

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’

Roadworks & Organising Races

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 20 Year Scandal Cycle

"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

Testing Relationships

A very interesting post has appeared on the Scottish Cycling website regarding time trialling & the emergence of CTT in Scotland HERE. I had expressed my opinion in 'Calendar Conundrum' that CTT in Scotland may be a blessing in disguise for Scottish Cycling, that would allow them to focus more on road & track, but … Continue reading Testing Relationships

Tomorrows World

As the year draws to an end, we're going to have a look into the future, to see what may happen with technological developments in the bike industry & in the sport itself in 2016 & beyond. ASO V UCI All ASO events to be allocated to European calendar in 2017, allowing ASO greater freedom … Continue reading Tomorrows World

100% Time Trialling

I've blogged about time trialling before, about the reduction in availability of what are deemed 'suitable' courses & the sustainability of sticking to the outdated model of standard distance, relatively flat courses. There are other ways of looking at measuring performance & progress in time trialling, than just looking at times at set distances, we … Continue reading 100% Time Trialling

Scottish Cycling Events Strategy 2016-2020

Any organisation which relies on the goodwill of unpaid volunteers is always going to have a big problem planning for the future. This is why sports organisations who don't have a big enough income to supply multiple events across a season (like Scottish Cycling & most other Olympic discipline bodies) require a 'buy-in' from their … Continue reading Scottish Cycling Events Strategy 2016-2020

Calendar Conundrum

On the face of it, organising a racing season should be relatively simple, but things are never as easy as they seem from the outside. A mixture of misplaced nostalgia, defunct championships & "I want my 'traditional' race date" mentality create various issues across the road season in Scotland. It needs a total re-think, I'm … Continue reading Calendar Conundrum

Discussing Development #1

This new blog series is starting out with a few key issues that effect the development of the sport in Scotland (potentially the same issues as elsewhere) & will grow & expand into other blogs, but all will be linked here. I'm very open to receiving ideas & printing them too, even if I don't … Continue reading Discussing Development #1

Spokey’s New Year Message

This isn't so much a message to readers, but more of a statement of intent for 2015, outlining which path this blog is going to take in the next wee while. Living in Scotland during the incredible events of 2014 & witnessing the public's re-engagement with politics (where almost nobody now thinks a Barnett Consequential … Continue reading Spokey’s New Year Message

Exploding the b-Omnium

The UCI have overhauled the Omnium rules, the points system has gone topsy-turvy & there is large weighting towards the Points Race, which will now be run as the final event. It's a relatively new event to major championships, although familiar to domestic riders in most track cycling nations, so we did expect a bit … Continue reading Exploding the b-Omnium

Pat McQuaid’s New Career

Nobody's seen him for a while, it looks like he's chosen a completely new career path & is moving into acting, according to sources close to a confectionary salesman. The photo above was reputedly taken at a casting interview for the new Star Trek movie, where McQuaid is reported to be applying for the part … Continue reading Pat McQuaid’s New Career

New Hour Record Rules

Cycling Weekly today reported that the UCI are changing everything again. We'll be reverting to one record, removing the rather silly 'Athletes Hour' on a Merckx type bike. We knew changes were happening, but this clarifies some things, I'm sure there will be more to come soon from the UCI, Obree will be smiling quietly … Continue reading New Hour Record Rules

Beyond Categories

During my 'Scottish Olympic Cycling Team' blog I touched on a possible solution to the issue of licences & race categorisation, without the stranglehold of the British Cycling system. If Scottish Cycling operated its own category system, to work better so riders don't have to travel large distances to race against a full field of … Continue reading Beyond Categories

Scottish Olympic Cycling Team?

Regardless of your political viewpoint, the current media focus in Scotland is on September's referendum, the very big question of whether or not we'll remain part of the UK, which has the potential for dramatic change in Scottish life & sport for that matter. Those who regularly read my blog will be familiar with the … Continue reading Scottish Olympic Cycling Team?

“Pimp My Ride”: UCI Committee

The UCI under Pat & Hein the UCI were committed to stifle development & innovation in the bike industry. This would end when everybody was riding an old steel frame & drilling out their chainrings as the only option available for performance improvement. Luckily things look to be changing again under the recent regime change … Continue reading “Pimp My Ride”: UCI Committee

Would you like to go large?

There's been some debate on Twitter regarding the increased affiliation fees for clubs north of the border, compared to those in England. The main difference is that Scottish Cycling (SC) are affiliated to British Cycling (BC). BC arrange the race & rider insurances, so they control the sport if Scotland wishes to use the rider … Continue reading Would you like to go large?

El Presidente

This Saturday sees a very strange event, not just the normal abnormality of a Scottish Cycling AGM, but it also includes a contest, we actually have more than one candidate for SC President! For many years, the tradition for each bearer of the President's role is to attempt to get rid of it, to suggest … Continue reading El Presidente

Better Living Through Chemistry

For some reason, after a series of revelations from the USADA investigation into Lance Armstrong, the admission of Ryder Hesjedal has had a significant effect on people's attitudes to 'reformed dopers'. Michael Rasmussen's recent excerpts from his book, mention how he 'taught' Hesjedal to dope while they were both mountain bikers, this was claimed to … Continue reading Better Living Through Chemistry