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
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
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?
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
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
Since I heard the news that David Millar would be mentoring British Cycling Academy riders in Italy, I was initially conflicted. On one hand, he's an individual with a vast amount of experience within professional cycling, who could provide valuable advice to young riders, on the other he made a decision at one point … Continue reading St David
Most riders who take part in road races will know what an APR is, it stands for Australian Pursuit Race & is a handicapped road race. The riders are set off in small groups, where the *theoretically slower riders getting a head start on the faster riders (*theoretical, as in there's always a 'ringer' or … Continue reading Australian Pursuit Sportive?
I read with interest the Shane Stokes article on Greg LeMond's ideas about how we can detect a motor HERE. These are all valid, but for initial identification I've a much simpler idea that any commissaire could use, it's so simple it'll no doubt be discounted as you'll not need any special jigs or expense, … Continue reading Centre of Gravity
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
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
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
The 1989 Tour was memorable for the incredible victory of Greg LeMond over Laurent Fignon in the final metres of tarmac in Paris. But something died that year, something that had a special charm to it, a jersey that the Tour de France could really benefit from re-introducing, sitting quietly on the shoulders of Steven … Continue reading Sagan – The Combine Harvester
I'm only going to comment on any stages I get a chance to watch, so it may be few & far between, here's my initial observations. Stage 1 The time trial didn't really tell us much, just that none of the favourites has bad form. There's been much made of Pinot's placing (41seconds down on … Continue reading 2015 Tour, stages 1&2
As you watch this Sundays Hour Record attempt by Bradley Wiggins, bear in mind that no part of him, or any static part of his bike has actually travelled the Hour Record distance he sets. It's a quirk of riding on a velodrome compared to riding on the road, science gets involved & messes things … Continue reading Track Cycling’s Strange Quirk
Alex Dowsett was the fourth rider to break the mens record after the recent rule change, he followed Jens Voigt (51.115km), Matthias Brändle (51.852km) & Rohan Dennis (52.491km). Dowsett seemed to be the least physically stressed by his record-breaking ride, nearly punching through the 53km barrier with 52.937km covered in the hour on the Manchester … Continue reading Hour Record – Pre-Wiggins attempt