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

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 (pt6)

Unfortunately, for the most interested followers of this series of Hour Record blogs, under the '199 Laps' banner, I'm not even making up the Brad Wiggins attempt date this time round, he's done it for me this time! For those just tuning in, completing 199 laps of a 250m track will break the current revised … Continue reading 199 Laps (pt6)

199 Laps (pt5)

Bradley Wiggins was reported earlier today as competing in two track events at Glasgow's Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. This later changed to just one event, the Team Pursuit with no Individual Pursuit planned for the former Tour champion. What are we to make of this decision, is he shunning his … Continue reading 199 Laps (pt5)

New Hour Record Rules

Cycling Weekly today reported that the UCI are changing everything again. We'll be reverting to one record, removing the rather silly 'Athletes Hour' on a Merckx type bike. We knew changes were happening, but this clarifies some things, I'm sure there will be more to come soon from the UCI, Obree will be smiling quietly … Continue reading New Hour Record Rules

Book Review: ‘The Race Against Time’ by Edward Pickering.

The 90's era in Cycling Weekly was dominated by Obree V Boardman. The internet was still slow & although information was available, it wasn't in the quantity & quality we can access now. There was therefore plenty of information that we didn't or couldn't access, as Ed Pickering has shown in this book, that chasm … Continue reading Book Review: ‘The Race Against Time’ by Edward Pickering.

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)

199 Laps (pt2)

I was blogging previously about Wiggins goal being the Hour record, rather than the Worlds TT, I think I'm more sure now. Previous blog here: 199 Laps (pt1) Behaviour From what I'm seeing in the Tour of Britain, Wiggins doesn't look like somebody who's making the types of efforts we'd expect from somebody peaking & … Continue reading 199 Laps (pt2)

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