• Giro Rider Roster (The previously hijacked Giro D'Italia thread)51 weeks 1 day agoBeyond whether Cadel has the

    Beyond whether Cadel has the gas in the tank to win over three weeks (as my prediction before implies, he might run short toward the end), there's also the team issue. BMC actually have quite a star-free line-up (for them), with Señor Zapatos de Oro in the super-dom role. So they're taking GC very seriously. Gilbert won AGL, but they'll have been frustrated at their performance on the cobbles; after LBL, where Gilbert has a reasonable chance, I imagine the Giro will be the last major prize of the season they can realistically win.

    As to the man himself, I don't have any problems myself with his style or personality. I wouldn't mind if he won (but still don't think he will!). I doubt anyone associated with Ferrari in the 2000's wasn't involved in dubious preparation, but that in itself is not proof. I'm inclined to believe that he isn't using now, anyway.

  • Marcel Kittel says Yorkshire roads will be "very dangerous" for Tour de France peloton (+ video)51 weeks 1 day agoI'm lovin some of the new

    I'm lovin some of the new resurfaced roads spesh the Harewood to Otley road, nice run with a tailwind.

  • Tour de France Grand Depart hosts slammed for "outrageous" team presentation ticket prices51 weeks 1 day agochrisp1973 wrote: Oh, one

    chrisp1973 wrote:

    Oh, one last thing, where did you get your Pinarello and Team Sky kit?

    Aaah, now I see it; the textbook example of patronising.

  • Mark Cavendish says aero bikes and helmets have reduced his edge over rivals51 weeks 1 day agochrisp1973 wrote:I have to

    chrisp1973 wrote:
    I have to say that I think all the points made so far are valid and make sense.

    I think you're all missing a very important point though - if I had Peta Todd at home I wouldn't be putting all my energy into sprinting either.

    In all seriousness, becoming a father reduces levels of testosterone [insert peer-reviewed reference here].

  • Showers Pass Crosspoint Waterproof Socks51 weeks 1 day agoHere's an emergency

    Here's an emergency "precaution" for you fair weather weight weenies. Carry couple of extra strong condoms, which you wear over the sock but under the shoe. Pick a colour that matches your kit if you like. I once rode a 12 hour in atrocious conditions, and my Durex sponsored feet were warm as toast.

  • Team Sky announces Giro line-up, GB's Swift & Kennaugh join Ireland's Deignan for Belfast start51 weeks 1 day agoCome on Road.cc, this is an

    Come on Road.cc, this is an undigested Team Sky press handout. Where's the analysis? Two years ago Sky had so many GC contenders they were bickering with each other, now they've thrown in the towel at the second biggest race in the world before they've even begun. No Uran, no Wiggins, JTL lost without trace, Thomas is strong but keeps falling off. Are the wheels coming off the Sky bus? Valverde and Contador are out there winning races, my spies in Tenerife tell me Froome and most of Sky have been spotted this week hidden away on Teide. Doesn't look good for the Tour

  • Giro-del Trentino Stage 351 weeks 1 day agoJoelsim wrote:johnny2names

    Joelsim wrote:
    johnny2names wrote:
    Joelsim wrote:
    johnny2names wrote:
    Joelsim wrote:
    VVV73 wrote:
    Joelsim wrote:
    johnny2names wrote:
    cadel wins... looking good for the Giro! that will make Joelsim happy....

    Urgh.

    If he wins the Giro, I'll...I'll...I'll...


    You will what, threaten to ban him, not going to select him, bag the arse out of him, THEN SELECT HIM VERY NEXT DAY....A man of strong convictions hey ....LOL

    Absolutely. But there are points at stake!

    I agree, one's own standpoint must step aside when roadcc points are at stake Smile

    I've just had to go and do some each way on cadel on skybet at 16:1 for the giro, to rub salt into your wounds Joel...

    I've got some EW on Arredondo at 150/1

    Not a bad shout, who's riding for trek? He's a likely top 10, think top 3 is a big ask though

    No-one of note really, that's why I went for him.

    Kiserlovski gets the GC nod I think, so that might hamper the bet- although he's not had a scintillating start of the season as such...

  • Marcel Kittel says Yorkshire roads will be "very dangerous" for Tour de France peloton (+ video)51 weeks 1 day agoI remember watching the

    I remember watching the Kelloggs tour going up Rosedale chimney in about 1990. The back 25% of the peloton just walked up the bloody thing.

    Felt quite reassuring

  • Marcel Kittel says Yorkshire roads will be "very dangerous" for Tour de France peloton (+ video)51 weeks 1 day agoWe'll have the dry stone

    We'll have the dry stone walls removed just for you, Marcel... Rolling Eyes

  • Tour de France Grand Depart hosts slammed for "outrageous" team presentation ticket prices51 weeks 1 day agoSo, Yorkshire wants to get

    So, Yorkshire wants to get the most publicity it can so it's going to get some live acts to gain media attention. It needs to fund these acts, so needs to charge. I'm delighted that the taxpayer isn't funding it. This is all about getting international TV attention.
    I don't usually expect to pay to see a TV show being recorded (not a sense of entitlement but Jeez Britain does suffer with many who have it), but people still turn up at football grounds with every league game having cameras these days.
    So, my question is, should it be about cycling or showbiz? Whatever the right moral answer, one look at the indulgent Olympic ceremonies tells you about the modern televised world.
    BTW, team presentations are not entertaining, does anyone here really want to see it? Especially with a load of 'has been' and 'wannabee' entertainers tacked on! Yuk!

  • Tour de France Grand Depart hosts slammed for "outrageous" team presentation ticket prices51 weeks 1 day agomike the bike wrote:Whilst I

    mike the bike wrote:
    Whilst I don't agree with some of Mr Surly's points I can't see how the post is either self-indulgent or patronising.

    And if you have never encountered the highly refined, British sense of entitlement you have indeed led a sheltered life.

    A sheltered life, hardly.

    Entitlement, yes I've seen it, mostly from the benefit grabbing, baby producing great unwashed, it wasn't really relevant here.

    If you can't read his post and see the indulgence and pick up on the patronising lecturing tone (much like this post) then I suggest you read it again.

    If you must defend someone please, pick someone better to champion.

    Oh, one last thing, where did you get your Pinarello and Team Sky kit?

  • Marcel Kittel says Yorkshire roads will be "very dangerous" for Tour de France peloton (+ video)51 weeks 1 day agoMark Cavendish will have a

    Mark Cavendish will have a slightly better chance on the climbs given he is smaller than his sprinter competition, but it looks an absolutely bugger. I wouldn't want to try it unless I had triple crank with a 22 tooth on the front and 36 on the back Smile

  • Marcel Kittel says Yorkshire roads will be "very dangerous" for Tour de France peloton (+ video)51 weeks 1 day agoF***ing full kit w**kers,

    F***ing full kit w**kers, holding up hard working motorists trying to do a decent days work. Someone fetch my tacks!

  • Marcel Kittel says Yorkshire roads will be "very dangerous" for Tour de France peloton (+ video)51 weeks 1 day agoSomeone will get their bum

    Someone will get their bum felt for sending the lads out on 42-22 !

    I remember a tweet from Alex Dowsett on the giro? Last year, on the hills he has a choice of a compact or a 28. When he asked why he wasn't being given the choice for theft day it's because ' you're having both'

  • Marcel Kittel says Yorkshire roads will be "very dangerous" for Tour de France peloton (+ video)51 weeks 1 day agoFrance and Yorkshire look so

    France and Yorkshire look so similar don't they? It's difficult to tell the difference.

  • Giro-del Trentino Stage 351 weeks 1 day agojohnny2names wrote:Joelsim

    johnny2names wrote:
    Joelsim wrote:
    johnny2names wrote:
    Joelsim wrote:
    VVV73 wrote:
    Joelsim wrote:
    johnny2names wrote:
    cadel wins... looking good for the Giro! that will make Joelsim happy....

    Urgh.

    If he wins the Giro, I'll...I'll...I'll...


    You will what, threaten to ban him, not going to select him, bag the arse out of him, THEN SELECT HIM VERY NEXT DAY....A man of strong convictions hey ....LOL

    Absolutely. But there are points at stake!

    I agree, one's own standpoint must step aside when roadcc points are at stake Smile

    I've just had to go and do some each way on cadel on skybet at 16:1 for the giro, to rub salt into your wounds Joel...

    I've got some EW on Arredondo at 150/1

    Not a bad shout, who's riding for trek? He's a likely top 10, think top 3 is a big ask though

    No-one of note really, that's why I went for him.

  • Marcel Kittel says Yorkshire roads will be "very dangerous" for Tour de France peloton (+ video)51 weeks 1 day agoByebye, Cav.

    Byebye, Cav.

  • Marcel Kittel says Yorkshire roads will be "very dangerous" for Tour de France peloton (+ video)51 weeks 1 day agoUmmmm, world class pro tour

    Ummmm, world class pro tour riders barely able to keep their wheels going? That'll be a corker!

  • Which among the following Trek road bikes!!51 weeks 1 day agonotfastenough wrote:For your

    notfastenough wrote:
    For your purposes though, any of these would be great. If you're after comfortable rides, the Domane may be the best bet. The Madone is a race bike.

    Ride wise, I have to agree on this if you're riding in Britain.. the ISOspeed works fabulously well on our roads and other surfaces even on the aluminium frame (like wot I got). The 4.5 is a significant upgrade over the 4.3 however - 11-speed Ultegra, which seems to be not far off Dura Ace from a couple of years ago, and the Race TLR wheelset which is a decent weight, big improvement on the 'Approved Alloy' wheelset and has nice fat rims (and can go tubeless of course, if that floats your boat)... i'd be tempted to try and get a deal on that if you can.

    As notfastenough said though, any of these would be great.

  • Giro-del Trentino Stage 351 weeks 1 day agoAnyone know when the game

    Anyone know when the game will be updated?

  • Fondriest TF4 road bike51 weeks 1 day agoAny rattling/buzzing from the

    Any rattling/buzzing from the internal cabling?

  • Tour de France Grand Depart hosts slammed for "outrageous" team presentation ticket prices51 weeks 1 day agoBut the prices *do* seem

    But the prices *do* seem astronomically high, don't they? For a team presentation?

    I love pro-cycling (obviously) but the mania building around this is starting to get to me. More and more tempted to just stay at home, avoid the hassle. Does that make me miserable?

  • Chamois cream ... Idiots guide51 weeks 1 day agoReviving the dead... with a

    Reviving the dead... with a bit of my own experience that practically changed my life!

    Cycling every day as a commute, without a great saddle for many years, left me a bit, well, itchy. It'd come and go in intensity, but it was always there. I linked it to cycling, but treated it with doctors' advice as a skin condition. Nothing helped.

    I don't remember how I discovered it, but after wading through what I believe to be one of the worst designed sites on the internet I got a psoriasis cream from an Australian pharmacist. The goop was super goopy, thick, oily, and I applied it morning and night for about 2 months but again, never in relation to my riding.

    What was once a burning, constant irritation has now entirely cleared up. And yeah, I hadn't tried any of the chamois creams on offer, they're probably still great and performing a fairly different task. I thought I'd have this itch for life, 'cause I wasn't about to give up my trusty steed(s)!

    Anyway, google for David Hosking's Psorexaderm, I promise nothing other than the veracity of my personal joy at this amazing product (that I no longer need to use at all). Best thing I've ever done.

    (and yeah, it's my first post, and I'm mentioning a product positively. I clearly don't know how to sound less believable o_o )

  • Giro Rider Roster (The previously hijacked Giro D'Italia thread)51 weeks 1 day agoAgreed Valverde has been one

    Agreed Valverde has been one of the standout riders this year, as has Contador. I wouldn't say there's been much to choose between them, although I really enjoyed Contador's attack from so far out at Tirreno, which I thought was indeed sensational. These days the big guns tend to wait until the final climb, but he wanted to make a statement that he was feeling good - quite possibly responding to Valverde's excellent early season form.

    Just realised this is the thread for the Giro! So back on topic - my tip for an outside chance of top 6 is Wilco Kelderman, looking forward to seeing how much his climbing has improved...

  • Tour de France Grand Depart hosts slammed for "outrageous" team presentation ticket prices51 weeks 1 day agochrisp1973 wrote: I await you

    chrisp1973 wrote:

    I await you indignant and pithy response.

    I'll admit I struggle with pithy - verbose is more my thing, regrettably. I am not indignant about very much at all. Maybe the amount of tax I pay or maybe the way its spent, but that's for another time.

    I am about to go and ride my bike. You all stay safe and have fun.