Aero-Aware

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

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

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about the reduction in availability of what are deemed 'suitable' courses & the sustainability of sticking to the outdated model of standard distance, relatively flat courses.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

Position, position, position

The adverts in bike magazines try to convince you that their components are more "aero" than somebody elses, the tech time trial geeks in your club are obsessed with "aero", aero wheels, aero frames, aero handlebars, aero seatpins, aero chainrings, even aero pedals, the list goes on. This is all well & good, aerodynamic kit … Continue reading Position, position, position

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

3600 Seconds: Part1

That old fella Jens Voigt ended my '199 Laps' series of blogs, simply by doing more than 199 laps, so I'm carrying on with a more permanent title for the Hour Record blogs, '3600 seconds'. A new era of record-breaking has arrived, which I don't expect to continue in large numbers beyond 2015 (for men anyway) … Continue reading 3600 Seconds: Part1

199 Laps (pt4)

Before we move on, you should read the UCI's press release from the 15th May 2014 below. From now on, the Hour record can be beaten using any bicycle that complies with the rules governing bikes used in endurance competitions on the track. The new rules are less restrictive than those that, since 1st October … Continue reading 199 Laps (pt4)

Wiggo Comes to Glasgow, again…

A source close to Team Sky has provided some startling information regarding the motivation behind newly bearded Bradley Wiggins decision which was announced today, that he is taking part in the Commonwealth Games time trial in Glasgow. It transpires that the choice may have been heavily influenced by some new-found friends he encountered during his … Continue reading Wiggo Comes to Glasgow, again…

199 Laps (pt3)

Having failed miserably in my Hour Record predictions in my previous blogs, I'm obviously going to continue & make some more 'informed' & potentially inaccurate predictions as to Wiggins behaviour. Fabs Fabian Cancellara has been reported today in the Italian press to be aiming for an Hour Record attempt after the Tour this year. We … Continue reading 199 Laps (pt3)

Glasgow 2014 TT Route?

The McLennan Arch looks a most likely venue to host the riders start ramp for the cycling time trial of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. This Glasgow Green landmark will provide an atmospheric launch site for the riders as they tackle the unexpected course, it could also provide a little shelter if we get … Continue reading Glasgow 2014 TT Route?

Morphologically Correct

For several years we've had a UCI rule in place, it requires the saddle to be placed at least 5cm behind the bottom bracket in all events other than track sprint or kilo, with the end of TT bars to be not more than 75cm forward of the bottom bracket. This is being changed for … Continue reading Morphologically Correct

Comparing the Incomparable

Standard distance courses measured in miles, (a unit rarely used by cyclists worldwide), on flat roads (a road type rarely found in Scotland), using expensive special time trial bikes (a steed rarely found in the stable of anything other than a 'tester' or a tri-antelope). Time trials, how did we get here & how do … Continue reading Comparing the Incomparable

199 Laps

When a rider such as Wiggins decides that a weight penalty of (reportedly) an additional 8kg is for winning the Worlds time trial, when he's beaten the opposition at his low le Tour weight, we know there's something else going on, could it be a UCI record attempt? Recent Patterns We saw Brad winning the … Continue reading 199 Laps

A Demographic Time Trial

If time trialling continues in the format that currently exists in Scotland (and the rest of the UK), predominantly older men competing, using busy, main & trunk, or dual carriageway roads, it will eventually create its own demise. If we start changing things now & re-invent time trialling, Scotland could have one of the most … Continue reading A Demographic Time Trial

Power Struggles

Possibly not the blog you thought it was from reading the title, but really some down to earth answers to questions on a piece of kit you may be considering as a tool to help your training. Before you read on, please be aware that purchasing a power-meter & sticking to a power based training … Continue reading Power Struggles

Scottish Cycling: Review & Renew (Part1)

Following the recent 'Strategic & Governance Review' of Scottish Cycling by 'Renaissance & Company', a strategic management consultancy, we finally have some idea what exactly is going on inside SC, along with some much-needed answers. In this blog & the following parts of 'Scottish Cycling: Review & Renew', I'll be tackling the tricky questions that … Continue reading Scottish Cycling: Review & Renew (Part1)

Border Raiders

Today, the CTT 'National' 10 is already kicking off, as the CTT (formerly RTTC) is not a UK wide body, the term national in slightly dubious, but this event is generally considered the British championship over the 10 mile distance. We have a couple of strong riders in there who have the potential to break … Continue reading Border Raiders

Medals for Pedals?

We know where & when the Scottish Scratch Championships will be held, due to the organiser informing us last week. But where are the rest of them?It's time to look at which events are confirmed & have a date on the calendar. Let me know if I've missed any, you can't filter the calendar by … Continue reading Medals for Pedals?

Weight a minute.

Across all UCI events, there is a minimum bike weight limit of 6.8kg (that's around 15lb to any SuperVets reading). Where the UCI got this number from is unknown, but is it really a valid rule in this day & age, where the governing body seemingly assuming there has been zero bike development in the … Continue reading Weight a minute.

Giro Air Attack Data

I found some information regarding some of the daft helmets in my previous post HERE. Getting power outputs from this requires a small amount of schoolboy maths, so here it is for one of the silly looking helmets on the market. The maths Giro have published their drag in Newtons (N) on their website, you … Continue reading Giro Air Attack Data