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
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
It's a tough challenge to replace somebody of the stature, charm & medal-count of Chris Hoy, but it looks like Scotland's young track riders have risen to the challenge & are slowly rising onto the international stage, some with a big bang. For those who follow the sport closely, some may be well-known to you, for … Continue reading Young Guns
I've posted previously on how sports governing bodies can be stuck in a rut, with the need for funding becoming their guiding principle, rather than the actual needs of the sport they are attempting to support. It's an annoying aspect of the drip-down funding structure, which feeds off the perceptions of some public servant somewhere … Continue reading Doing Things Right
If you think you know better than Dave Brailsford, if nobody ever listens to your team selection choices, this is your chance to prove yourself. Sign up (it's free) at Velogames.com, choose your team & enter the Spokey Dokey Mini League Code 30191854 to join. How It Works You have 100 credits to build your … Continue reading Spokey Dokey League
I've been enthralled by the Colombians since they started returning to the peloton in greater numbers recently, this Giro has really set the tone for what I hope is an ongoing resurgence of what cycling fans during the nineties & noughties completely missed. Nairo Quintana, 'The boy with the pink shiny shoes' is the real … Continue reading Little Pinky
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?
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?
* Post British Track Champs update coming in early October. Commonwealth Games Qualification for the Scottish Cycling team, that subject littered with controversy, accusations, and now more relevant as it's going to be in Glasgow, the home territory will surely create one hell of a fight. It's quite early, but the coming season is very … Continue reading Quali’s for the Comi’s – Track
Over the last few years we've seen a good number of very strong Scottish women racing on the road, performing overseas & with the best British riders in the UK races. But there's a gulf between these athletes & the new female athletes taking the first steps on the cycling ladder, it's sometimes a daunting … Continue reading Breaking the Paradox : Womens Racing
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?
If you follow any posts on Braveheart, there's currently one where Martin Harris (one of Scotland's champions in promotion of cycle racing & facilities) has stated that he will be running the Scottish Scratch Championships at Caird Park track in Dundee. It's provoked some comments & there have been some tweets recently on same subject, … Continue reading Scratch & Sniff
Cycling's hierarchy is rapidly changing, the names of the winners are changing, powerful teams are now also-ran's, what's changed in pro cycling, and why? I brushed on the topic of the Colombians returning to cycling in blog in January HERE, it seems to be coming true. Pais Vasco Nairo Quintana, the diminutive Colombian climbing specialist … Continue reading Pure Colombian?
I wasn't going to comment on this unless it became public knowledge, I saw the letter yesterday and was hoping it would blow over and a clarification of a clarification was going to be issued. Unfortunately it's not, the resulting chaos is one that could affect the development of the sport and avoid riders joining … Continue reading Postman Pat’s Bad Mail
Your local APR or chaingang used to be the domain of the ‘noisy vet’*, but now these individuals are finding they don’t even have to ride a bike anymore to abuse those younger/fitter/faster & more knowledgeable than themselves. We delve into the murky world of online cycling forums & who's in there, lurking in the … Continue reading Forum Roulette
I'm often irritated by reading some very uninformed & aggressive forum trolls ideas on what makes riders fast in a time trial, the bit that bothers me most is the complete lack of understanding of aerodynamic theory. This isn't too hard to grasp, at it's most basic, something small creates less drag, while something big … Continue reading Breaking Wind
We're in for a tumultuous few years in cycle racing in Scotland, misconceptions will be addressed, talents who may have previously slipped through will be recognised & more importantly, we'll be getting our heads kicked in by first year juniors from now on. The balance of power is going to change, moving away from super … Continue reading Fixing time trials
Such are the times, that I've noticed people are getting to my blog with a google search about doping in Scottish cycle races, so there's obviously some interest in it, probably my Dr Leinders article has caused these links to my blog. I'll put across my opinion on this, based on what I've seen & … Continue reading Caledopers?
Geert Leinders, the doctor employed by Sky during 2011 & 2012, while previously employed by Rabobank, where riders are testifying that Leinders doped them, what are we to deduce from this about Sky's ethical policy & what he was doing there in the first place? He's now the subject of a criminal investigation by the … Continue reading Geert outa here!
It's coming up for training camp season, the time of the year that the riders who've been on vitamin D supplements since 'that week in July' that they last got some sun shining on their skin decide to go abroad, with a bike. We/they decide to visit hot southern coasts & islands in search of … Continue reading Carry on camping