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

St David

  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

Australian Pursuit Sportive?

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?

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

Cross Pathway

Looking back to the rise of British Cycling's international success, they cleverly targeted a relatively underfunded area of cycle sport, threw all their eggs in the 'track' basket & gained multiple medals on the world stage as a result. This focus on track racing eventually made this area of cycle sport harder for 'Team GB' … Continue reading Cross Pathway

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

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

Crank Length & Foot Speed

As people are finally starting to realise that long cranks are not any faster, and in some situations can make you slower, here's a few points on the benefits of using shorter cranks for any rider. Delving into the world of crank length is almost up there with Shimano or Campagnolo, so I certainly expect … Continue reading Crank Length & Foot Speed

Sagan – The Combine Harvester

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

The New Religion

It used to be the case that if you couldn't explain something, you blamed God, then if anybody came up with an alternative based on evidence, they came to a horrible end. As time passed, the evidence based explanation became more popular & the lazy old ideas slowly drifted into obscurity, with only the individuals … Continue reading The New Religion

2015 Tour, stages 1&2

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

Tour Predictions

I was going to do a top 15 prediction, to incite a bit of ridicule & debate, but more importantly to point out the riders slightly further the classification who often get ignored. These riders are often a strange mix, riders of the future, 'surprise' performers, past top 5's, quality riders who had a lucky … Continue reading Tour Predictions

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

Hour Record – Pre-Wiggins attempt

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

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

Event Strategy

I've pondered various ideas in the past, on how the event structure in Scotland can benefit riders development & the sport in general. It seems that very little has been done on forming an event structure in sufficient time before the season begins, and while I applaud the introduction of a women's road series, there … Continue reading Event Strategy