2017 & Mens Pro Cycling

Men's pro cycling, the main focus of the cycling media, has been causing me some motivational problems as a cycling fan the last few months.  Living in the UK, the story of the jiffy bag & the tiresome Bradley Wiggins attitude has been dominating proceedings, with it getting murkier & murkier as time progresses, it … Continue reading 2017 & Mens Pro Cycling

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

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

“Pimp My Ride”: UCI Committee

The UCI under Pat & Hein the UCI were committed to stifle development & innovation in the bike industry. This would end when everybody was riding an old steel frame & drilling out their chainrings as the only option available for performance improvement. Luckily things look to be changing again under the recent regime change … Continue reading “Pimp My Ride”: UCI Committee

Brian-Storm II

In June I wrote Brian-Storm, it's now seriously out of date, so here's my thoughts on the current situation, without going into too much detail. *See update at bottom of post, my opinion may be changing. Brian Cookson is under severe pressure to come up with ideas to reform cycling in all areas, women's cycling, … Continue reading Brian-Storm II

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

Brian-storm

In January I wrote 'Where Would We Be Without The UCI', in which we looked at a cycling world without the UCI governance, that after a series of scandals we needed structure, so a reformed UCI would likely be better than a completely new governing body. It seems that tomorrow Brian Cookson will present himself … Continue reading Brian-storm

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.

Postman Pat’s Bad Mail

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

Back to the Future

The sport has yet again been brought into disrepute, this time by a repeat offender, how can we get back to a place where we can believe in our top riders, where what we see are genuine performances. It's going to be a rocky & troubled road. The current riders The only chance we have … Continue reading Back to the Future

Where would we be without the UCI?

There's an unfortunate dilemma unfolding in the hierarchy of global cycling, the UCI appear to have dug themselves into a massive hole regarding possible protectionism or treachery at some level regarding that cheating American guy who's proved that "He's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy" (I'm not going to delve into this, or … Continue reading Where would we be without the UCI?