Blood & Skills

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

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

State Of The Art Technology?

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?

Centre of Gravity

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

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

A Gentleman & The Size Of His Wattage

A wise man once said....... "In polite company, a gentleman will never discuss the size of his wattage" For those who use power meters, there's a danger you may be becoming what is known as a 'powerbore', such is your excitement at the numbers you're generating that you can't help telling everybody all about them, … Continue reading A Gentleman & The Size Of His Wattage

Track Cycling’s Strange Quirk

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

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

Malboro Gains

With the marginal gains philosophy entrenched across the majority of the top teams these days, I find it surprising that most use a bulky radio system in time trials to communicate to their team car. It looks like they've stuffed a packet of fags up their skin-suits, surely there's a better way than this? Radio … Continue reading Malboro Gains

Field Testing: Handlebar Width

Some time ago, my 'Bend It Like Clancy' blog looked at narrow bars for road riders, I promised I would be doing some testing a while ago, I have been, the results are not quite as I expected. The Findings From the outset, I'd assumed that wide bars would allow better breathing, it's what I'd … Continue reading Field Testing: Handlebar Width

Free Garmin Maps

Anybody who's been unaware of exactly where their Garmin device cover, may have experienced that sinking feeling when on holiday. You are about to go for a ride, switch on the Garmin & all you can see is one road, on the large island you're on, you're looking at the standard Garmin basemap, you've screwed … Continue reading Free Garmin Maps

Sky High on Salbutamol?

Twitter has reacted quite badly, in the normal way expected to the piece on road.cc about 'A third of Team Sky's riders are asthmatic'. It's probably worth taking a look at some pretty obvious reasons why asthma diagnosis is higher in professional athletes than it is through a sedentary population. For convenience, lets split the … Continue reading Sky High on Salbutamol?

Riding In the Rain & Cold – #1 Mudguards

Winter cycling in Scotland is often seen by some as one of the most miserable things you can do on a bike, that's not strictly true, I'm writing a series of posts on not just surviving it, but enjoying it. In this post we discover that mudguards are fundamental & the number-one necessary evil. Riding without … Continue reading Riding In the Rain & Cold – #1 Mudguards

Contaminated Supplements: Beware & Be Aware

Worth watching this quick video on how products can become contaminated, it's easy to get caught out if you don't take any steps. It even happened to one of our Scottish Commonwealth team before Glasgow 2014, so everybody needs to watch what they ingest, ultimately you're responsible for anything that turns up in there, not … Continue reading Contaminated Supplements: Beware & Be Aware

The Horner Effect

A contact close to the UCI has divulged some details to spokeydokeyblog of a new plan due to be introduced for the 2016 season. One previously unaddressed aspect of aerodynamics will be tackled & a level playing field will be attempted. Experts have carried out a series of advanced calculations, using stopwatches & guesswork, to … Continue reading The Horner Effect

Skinnyfixation

A significant number of high-profile riders have been reported ill in 2014, both before & during events. This seems to have been occurring more often in the build-up to the Tour de France, with several riders dropping out of events recently. Could this poor health be a result of the extremely low body fat percentages … Continue reading Skinnyfixation

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

The Drugs Don’t Work

I've been through some of these issues before, the phenomenon of the sudden disappearance of the majority of those riders who come from high altitude environments during the major EPO years. It's quite possible we still have a hangover from this in the current bio-passport policed environment, where riders can no longer go 'full gass' … Continue reading The Drugs Don’t Work

Bend It Like Clancy

We all know that the GB sprint riders were running very narrow handlebars, all with the aim of reducing the aerodynamic drag required to beat the competition. As time has passed, more & more endurance track riders & now more road riders are switching to narrower bars, to benefit from the improved aerodynamics. If we … Continue reading Bend It Like Clancy

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?