• Purist Tour de France 20131 year 3 weeks agoAnyone taking a punt on

    Anyone taking a punt on Schleck?

  • Great Cycling books1 year 3 weeks agoI thought people on this

    I thought people on this thread might be interested in this offer: http://www.thebookpeople.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/qs_product_tbp?...

    3 William Fotheringham books - Merkx Half Man Half Bike, Fallen Angel & Roule Britannia for £6.99. The same site also has the Le Tour 100 book at a reduced price.

  • Witnesses sought to assaults involving cyclists in Aberdeen & Oxford - one a victim, the other a suspect1 year 3 weeks agonorthstar wrote:There is

    northstar wrote:
    There is probably a lot more to the oxford story than we know, I wonder what the driver was doing before hand, probably tailgating, using his horn etc.

    Did you read the article at all before your spectacular leap into that particular assumption???

    "after the driver and cyclist had a near miss as the former’s vehicle exited the University of Oxford’s site on Parks Road"

  • Tour de France game - Pick three Frenchmen1 year 3 weeks agoAnyway, my lot

    Anyway, my lot are:

    Chavanel
    Kadri
    Cock'ard

  • Introducing the world's first carbon-fibre balance bike1 year 3 weeks agoPerfect for the

    Perfect for the championship:

    http://road.cc/content/news/81493-toddlers-train-strider-british-balance...

    I'll have two Devil

  • Husband of cyclist killed by epileptic nun calls for tougher licensing of older drivers1 year 3 weeks agodear oh dear oh dear, bloody

    dear oh dear oh dear, bloody nuns who suffer from epilepsy should NOT be on the roads for heaven's sake, especially old ones ...

  • Tour de France game - Pick three Frenchmen1 year 3 weeks agodrheaton wrote:That seems to

    drheaton wrote:
    That seems to be the key choice, a Bouhanni based sprint focused team or one for the mountains built around Voeckler, Rolland or Pinot.

    Bounhanni is likely to feature in half a dozen stages and is a strong sprinter but I can't see him beating Cav/Griepel. Voeckler/Rolland/Pinot could arguably feature on more stages but to a lesser extend. Rolland/Pinot in particular may top 20 on 10 stages. Voeckler could be all or nothing...

    But what of the Medium Mountains Massive...?

    On the billy goats, I'd hitch my wagon to Pinot - Rolland doesn't seem to have the form, and Voeckler will 'animate' a couple a stages (possibly bagging a win) but is less likely to be as consistent a finisher.

  • OPQS names Tour de France team as Mark Cavendish targets maillot jaune on Corsica1 year 3 weeks agoHe's looking good this year,

    He's looking good this year, the team are ready to die for him. I can't wait to see him line up against Griepel & Kittell. Oh and that other fella called Sagan or something.

  • Tips on 4th cat road racing1 year 3 weeks agoWow - thanks a lot Raleigh...

    Wow - thanks a lot Raleigh... that's a great load of info - although I might be a bit more scared now than I was before!

    Practicing cliping in is a great tip, thanks - it's something I'm rubbish at... probably a bit more used to the starting / stoppping / slowing / accelerating as I am commuter cyclist, but use bike without clipless pedals for that, so obviously don't practice clipping in quickly.

    Are you racing there tonight? I'm going to ride down on my home from work to watch I think so I can better idea of what goes on before getting involved.

    Thanks again to everyone who has replied - really grateful for the advice!

  • Vulpine Men's Merino V Neck jersey1 year 3 weeks agoQuote:So, this is made from

    Quote:
    So, this is made from 180g Tasmanian merino wool which does a great job of wicking moisture away from your skin and staying odour-free even after getting a bit sweaty.

    I'd go further than that - I rode mine around Croatia in midday heat of around 30°C and sweated buckets but it still didn't smell at all. Their claim about wearing it days on end is completely true.

    Depending on the colour you choose it does show up sweat patches more than lycra if you're really sweating hard, but they wick away quickly.

    I also find it's good for temperature regulation. If I go out somewhere during the day in the heat and return in the evening when it's cooler, it's much better than synthetics and does a brilliant job of deflecting the wind.

    The softnees and stretchiness make it perfect on the bike but the downside is that I find even the weight of a phone in the back pocket pulls the jersey down too much.

    In terms of style benefits, coupled with their tailored shorts, it means my brother no longer calls me "Captain Spandex" when I cycle round to visit.

  • Scotland's oldest cyclist hangs up his wheels - at 96!1 year 3 weeks agoEveryone finds mountain

    Everyone finds mountain biking eventually Big Grin

  • Brooks launch Cambium saddles1 year 3 weeks agoWill be tempted by the C15

    Will be tempted by the C15 model, I have a Ti B15 but the weatherproofing is always an issue...

  • Witnesses sought to assaults involving cyclists in Aberdeen & Oxford - one a victim, the other a suspect1 year 3 weeks agoThere is probably a lot more

    There is probably a lot more to the oxford story than we know, I wonder what the driver was doing before hand, probably tailgating, using his horn etc.

    As for a 25 year old man attacking a 51 year old, that's just coward behaviour.

  • Brian Cookson "disturbed" by contents of dossier on Pat McQuaid1 year 3 weeks ago'LETS GET READY TO CRUMBLE'

    'LETS GET READY TO CRUMBLE'

  • Tips on 4th cat road racing1 year 3 weeks agoOK. I race at Hillingdon

    OK.

    I race at Hillingdon every week, sometimes twice. Got some seconds and thirds last year, but still chasing that win. I am though, I think, in a position to offer some helpful tips and advice, tailored to the circuit.

    I race in the E123 group, which is usually smaller than the 4ths, and also quite a bit quicker, but smoother as well.

    Try to get to the startline early so you can be right on the front. What I normally do is to drill it off the line, then if anyone wants to come with you, you may get a nice lead, otherwise at least you can jump into a good position when you get caught.

    Make sure that you are good at clipping in quickly, everyone sprints off the line so if you mess that up you can easily fall behind before the race really starts.

    Hillingdon is a very fast circuit, which shouldn't worry you; its got no hill. You can pedal through every single corner, trust me. I've done it.

    Make sure that you don't hang around the back of the group, you'll be grabbing handfuls of brake the whole time, and the acceleration and deceleration will knock you out fairly quickly. Far better to be in the top 10-15 at all times, then you get nice lines through the corners etc.

    If you're nervous in the sprints, either sit up for the first one, or make sure that you go straight down the middle of the course. Either side, and you'll be forced onto the grass, which isn't fun at all.

    The best place to move up is on the inside by the clubhouse, ot if there's a tailwind on the final straight itself. The radce is normally won or lost on the last but one corner, so make sure that you've got a wheel to follow, and get a good line. Try to be in the top 5 there.

    In terms of eating/drinking, the races on tuesdays are normally about an hour and a quarter for the slower group, so you don't need food. Take a bottle, and get used to drinking at speed, or at least in the natural slow bits.

    Proabably go around the sweeping bends on the hoods for the time being, if it makes you feel safer, I normally do if there are laods of people around me.

    Don't be spooked by the fourth cats with expensive bikes.

    If you're not moving up the pack, you're moving back, even if you're picking someone's wheel to sit on the whole time. Ensure that you're always taking places on corners and slower bits.

    Other than that, just go and do it basically, you'll enjoy it.
    Big Grin

  • Scotland's oldest cyclist hangs up his wheels - at 96!1 year 3 weeks agoChuck wrote:I love stuff like

    Chuck wrote:
    I love stuff like this, people just quietly getting on with it just because that's what they like to do. Hats off to him.

    Really? I find it quite depressing.

  • Brian Cookson "disturbed" by contents of dossier on Pat McQuaid1 year 3 weeks agoAhem, cheers Cat1, there was

    Ahem, cheers Cat1, there was a missing word there: "after McQuaid had succeeded in *preventing* having its contents discussed the previous day."

    Which should make more sense.

  • Video: Mike Cotty's 300-mile training ride1 year 3 weeks agoGreat ride Mike and well

    Great ride Mike and well captured malinphoto! Nice bit of inspiration to get out on those long rides.

    Mike, just a personal thanks for your cyclefilm recces, last winter I watched (to my fiancees continued annoyance) your Tourmalet one about 20 times before I rode it before last years Stage 15, this year I've gone back in time and am now watching your 2009 Ventoux recce in prep for an attempt at joining the Cingles later in the 'Summer'. Great overviews and a huge help when plodding through the dark months in prep for those big Summer rides!

    For the music haters, I can vouch that the music on this one is a huge step up from those for sure, and tbh I think both tracks fit this film really well. You'll never make everyone happy though:)

    Intreagued to see what's up your sleeve with this one though!

  • Brian Cookson "disturbed" by contents of dossier on Pat McQuaid1 year 3 weeks agoI hope in time the contents

    I hope in time the contents of that dossier will become public, by whatever means. IF there is truly damning evidence of McQ's mismanagement and even corruption at the top of the UCI then the cycling world has a right to know and should know, so that it can be realised and a solid line drawn under it so the cycling world can move on anew.

  • Scotland's oldest cyclist hangs up his wheels - at 96!1 year 3 weeks agoI love stuff like this,

    I love stuff like this, people just quietly getting on with it just because that's what they like to do. Hats off to him.

  • Garmin to launch Edge Touring GPS computer1 year 3 weeks agomike_ibcyclist wrote:The

    mike_ibcyclist wrote:
    The battery obsession in the comments is funny. Welcome to the 21st century.

    Why is it funny for people to want their devices to be useable and not just dead weight after a day or two?

  • Witnesses sought to assaults involving cyclists in Aberdeen & Oxford - one a victim, the other a suspect1 year 3 weeks agoI know its wrong but the more

    I know its wrong but the more than once I've wanted to give someone a clip (okay, beat the crap outta them) for bullying me with a car, seems to me that someone got a bit cocky in a car and came off worse for it!! Thinking

    Maybe they should be a crime of careless use of a bike lock which had much more lenient sentencing compared with common assault.

  • Scotland's oldest cyclist hangs up his wheels - at 96!1 year 3 weeks agocredit to you Sir!

    credit to you Sir!

  • Brian Cookson "disturbed" by contents of dossier on Pat McQuaid1 year 3 weeks agoCookson doesn't say the

    Cookson doesn't say the dossier was about Pat McQuaid, does he?

    I don't understand this:

    Quote:
    It was presented to members of the committee on Friday, the second day of its meeting in Bergen, Norway, after McQuaid had succeeded in having its contents discussed the previous day.

    Assuming that the dossier is about McQuaid, was McQuaid really trying to get the dossier about himself discussed? Wasn't it Plant who succeeded in getting it discussed?

  • Tips on 4th cat road racing1 year 3 weeks agoJust wrote a super long essay

    Just wrote a super long essay about racing at Hillingdon but my Geography teacher made me delete it.

    I'll try and reproduce it later.