• Exclusive: Emma Pooley on women’s Tour de France sponsors, money & scheduling1 year 6 weeks agoAll sounds eminently

    All sounds eminently sensible.

    I'd certainly get stuck into women's Fantasy Cycling with equal vigour as the men's (and with equally poor scores, no doubt)...

  • Tour de France Stage 161 year 6 weeks agoDidier and Kloden are also in

    Didier and Kloden are also in the group but were omitted from the list I pasted...

    So I have my wish of 3 in the break, didn't think Astana would want to miss the break but maybe they tried. If it stays out, I'll be cheering on three of my favourite riders (De Gendt, Voeckler and Hoogerland) so should be a fun afternoon!

  • Tour de France Stage 161 year 6 weeks agoi was just un-jinxing you.

    i was just un-jinxing you. seems to have worked Big Grin

  • Tour de France Stage 161 year 6 weeks agoHi Dave, ?????

    Hi Dave,

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  • Tour de France Stage 161 year 6 weeks agoJoined by Jeannesson.

    Joined by Jeannesson.

  • Tour de France Stage 161 year 6 weeks agostevemarks

    stevemarks

  • Aluminium Lighter??1 year 6 weeks agoAlan, thanks for the info,

    Alan, thanks for the info, Lettice has simple alloy rims, what looks like light handlebars and old Michelin tyres which may well be lighter than the Pinnacle. I didn't weigh with locks as my D lock must be 2-3 Kg and when I put my bike bag on it increases the weight, the inner tube, patches, Allen keys, two cables, first aid kit, hat, 1/2 litre of drink plus the water in the bottle ....... no kitchen sink though. It amazes me when you see riders apparently without even a repair outfit or pump on the Bath Bristol cycle path. Perhaps I am a bit over cautious Smile

  • Pinarello launch Dogma with hydraulic disc brakes1 year 6 weeks agoLove it, and must be very

    Love it, and must be very light - it appears to be levitating....

  • Dear Auntie Road CC1 year 6 weeks agoNostromo I think you may have

    Nostromo

    I think you may have answered your own question Wink.

    But seriously well done on getting folk out to ride with you.

  • Tour de France Stage 161 year 6 weeks agoJinx

    Jinx

  • Tour de France Stage 161 year 6 weeks agoHansen (LTB), Gilbert and

    Hansen (LTB), Gilbert and Quinziato (BMC), Gallopin (RTL), Gautier and Voeckler (EUC), Kadri and Riblon (ALM), Roche (TST), Trofimov (KAT), Astarloza (EUS), Costa (MOV), Coppel and Navarro (COF), Mori (LAM), Velits (OPQ), Navardauskas (GRS), Albasini and Meyer (OGE), Dumoulin (ARG), De Gendt and Hoogerland (VCD) and Marino (SOJ).

    The peloton is now 2'35" behind.

    The escape group is at the 38km mark.

  • Tour de France Stage 161 year 6 weeks agoHansen (LTB), Gilbert and

    Hansen (LTB), Gilbert and Quinziato (BMC), Gallopin (RTL), Gautier and Voeckler (EUC), Kadri and Riblon (ALM), Roche (TST), Trofimov (KAT), Astarloza (EUS), Costa (MOV), Coppel and Navarro (COF), Mori (LAM), Velits (OPQ), Navardauskas (GRS), Albasini and Meyer (OGE), Dumoulin (ARG), De Gendt and Hoogerland (VCD) and Marino (SOJ).

    The peloton is now 2'35" behind.

    The escape group is at the 38km mark.

  • Police Scotland nabs dodgy drivers in crackdown to protect vulnerable road users1 year 6 weeks agoIt might just be my personal

    It might just be my personal perception but I find that on a bright sunny day a red cycling top can be seen far into the distance.

  • Police Scotland nabs dodgy drivers in crackdown to protect vulnerable road users1 year 6 weeks agolukea-d wrote:I agree that

    lukea-d wrote:
    I agree that hi-viz yellow gets lost in the background of foliage in bright sunlight. It makes sense to wear clobber that makes you more visible, but that shouldn't detract from the responsibility of other road users to be aware of you. Regarding helmets, again it makes sense (to me at least) to wear one as a cyclist, but when a motorist gets a head injury in a collision you never see them getting blamed for not wearing a helmet.

    agreed

  • Tour de France game - Pick three Frenchmen1 year 6 weeks agoWell, Pinot is certainly not

    Well, Pinot is certainly not going to help the scores for any of us that picked him... http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/pinot-out-of-tour-de-france

  • Froome & Brailsford speak out on doping, issue challenge for way to prove Sky is clean1 year 6 weeks agoMattNicholson wrote:am I

    MattNicholson wrote:
    am I missing something?

    you're missing the vitally important distinction between real power measurement and strava-calculated power, for a start. ten dam's power is estimated by strava. there's no lightning bolt next to it, indicating it's an estimate.

    https://strava.zendesk.com/entries/21787747-What-does-the-lightning-symb...

  • Police Scotland nabs dodgy drivers in crackdown to protect vulnerable road users1 year 6 weeks agoI agree that hi-viz yellow

    I agree that hi-viz yellow gets lost in the background of foliage in bright sunlight. It makes sense to wear clobber that makes you more visible, but that shouldn't detract from the responsibility of other road users to be aware of you. Regarding helmets, again it makes sense (to me at least) to wear one as a cyclist, but when a motorist gets a head injury in a collision you never see them getting blamed for not wearing a helmet.

  • Police Scotland nabs dodgy drivers in crackdown to protect vulnerable road users1 year 6 weeks agorichteebis wrote:cowspassage

    richteebis wrote:
    cowspassage wrote:
    I don't want to sound like an old bore, but given that the Police are at least recognizing the problem, isn't your "PC McPlod" headline a bit disrespectful?

    I don't believe they are really recognising the problem, the last paragraph sums that up quite well.

    So I take it that here in Scotland we will now see drivers wearing hi viz and helmets. Anyway, have not seen a single peeler on the road this week and a bit in Paisley and the driving standards continue to be abysmal to say the least.

  • Tour de France Stage 161 year 6 weeks agoI think it'll be at least

    I think it'll be at least another 20km before this settles down and we know who's actually in the break. And Saxo look like they might try something again...

  • Tour de France Stage 161 year 6 weeks agoTERatcliffe26 wrote:Basically

    TERatcliffe26 wrote:
    Basically its because ive gone all or bust as big ground wont be made in the mountains really, most teams will be similar, or at least similar scoring, unless someone chases the break, but noone near the lead will i don't think.

    im currently 19th, and 10th is only 30 points away and 5th 52 points away, so for me today could be make or break, as tomrrow will be difficult to predict in my opinion and my team will stay the same bar one change.

    Chris I needed to drop Hoogerland for El Fares so that I could get Gerrans in, as he is the one that could make a difference for me today if the stage pans out how I had it in my head.

    Here goes

    Sagan
    Mollema
    Fuglsang
    Kwiatkowski
    Gerrans
    El Fares
    Mederal
    Fsicher

    what's that, 19th, that's me surely? oh wait, its both of us Smile good analysis of our situation, and yet i couldnt bring myself/didnt have the balls to go for it like you. Just struggled with the risk/reward of ditching guarranteed GC points for lottery on the break-away, and sacrificing transfers for it. having said that i went for a gilbert punt! I wasnt sure if a break would work with sagan in it, or whether canondale could bring back the break all by themselves.
    - now we know he's in the early break! drats. and no gilbert Sad

    my line up:

    froome
    mollema
    quintana
    navarro
    gilbert
    lemevel
    el fares
    mederel
    bonnet

  • Froome & Brailsford speak out on doping, issue challenge for way to prove Sky is clean1 year 6 weeks agoBrialsford says he doesnt

    Brialsford says he doesnt want to release his riders data and that makes it seem as if he wants to both somehow be able to persuade the hacks and the cycling fans that his riders are clean and also preserve some of the training secrets that he feels give his squad and edge. Is it unrealistic to expect to be able to acheive both be holding back rider data? Other riders on the tour are releasing their data though. Ten Dam is on Strava http://app.strava.com/pros/186522, so I could be wrong (please tell me if I am), but surely if one uses his data one can use the ratio of the time he took to get up a climb and the time it took Froome to work out Froomes w/kg.

    I think that at the bottom of last Saturdays climb to Ax 3 Domaine and at the bottom of Ventoux Ten Dam and Frome started together in the remnants of the peleton. The tour website has Froome as weighing 72 kg and Ten Dam as 67Kg. For last Saturdays climb http://app.strava.com/activities/65157191#1251253455 Ten Dam's power output from his Garmin showed 404w which equates to 6.03 w/Kg (404/67). If Froome has taken the same time his w/kg would have been 5.61 w/kg (404/72). According to the tour website Ten Dam finished 1m 16s behind Froome and his strava data shows he took 24m and 9s to complete the climb. Cant one just use that ratio to calculate Froome w/kg? i.e. (24 + 9/60)/(22 + 53/60) = 1.05 giving Froomes w/kg for the climb as 5.61 x 1.05 = 5.92 w/kg

    If one applies the same logic to Ventoux http://app.strava.com/activities/67057155#1287916934 Ten Dams w/kg for the climb was 388/67=5.79 w/kg. He completed the climb in 58m 17sec which was 1m 53 slower than Froome. So Froomes w/kg for Ventoux was (388/72)*(58 + 17/60)/( 56 + 24/60) = 5.58 w/kg

    Both Ten Dam and Froome are therefore outputting far fewer w/kg than dopers like Armstrong did in their hay day. Or am I missing something?

  • Dear Auntie Road CC1 year 6 weeks agoHow many people are we

    How many people are we talking here?

    Giving directions to people who didn't know the route is fine, but get a route done on one of the many sites and publish it, so people can put it into their GPS.

    How long was the ride, It sounds like it could be a good Sunday ride out with friends.

    I guess you didn't know many of the riders that turned up, why not get to know some of them and make it more of a "friends" only ride out?

  • Pub landlord apologises for anti-cyclist comments1 year 6 weeks agoI'm going to give him the

    I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt as I'm skewed by pubs and beer. Big Grin

  • Police Scotland nabs dodgy drivers in crackdown to protect vulnerable road users1 year 6 weeks agoGizmo_ wrote:I know I'm

    Gizmo_ wrote:
    I know I'm sensitive to this subject (still recovering from being knocked off by a SMIDSY six weeks ago) but that high-vis comment really winds me up. In my case I was wearing all-black, sure, but a bright mostly-white helmet, shiny white bike and it was broad daylight just before noon. The driver simply didn't look - so it wouldn't have mattered what I was wearing. If I'd been driving my car (also black) he still would have hit me.

    In full daylight in a rural area I maintain that plain black is actually more visible than the usual coloured patterns/team kit and high-vis as it doesn't get lost in the background; h-v yellow actually blends into bright foliage.


    I agree, in my opinion it shows that the police would rather take the easier route and put blame on cyclists. As often seems to be the case.

  • Tour de France Stage 161 year 6 weeks agoGroup of 20 has 30

    Group of 20 has 30 seconds:

    Sagan (CAN), Voigt (RTL), Didier (RTL), Hansen (LTB), Bennati (TST), Roche (TST), Brutt (KAT), Kadri (ALM), Ribon (ALM), Costa (MOV), Rojas (MOV), Mori (LAM), Boom (BEL), Velits (OPQ), Navardauskas (GRS), Degenkolb (ARG), Dumoulin (ARG), De Gendt (VCD), and Vuillermoz (SOJ)

    Got De Gendt in there but Bakelandts and Gilbert both missed it. In fact, BMC look to have missed it entirely as do Europcar. Wonder if this will get pulled back or not.

    If not then I wonder if Contador will try and do something with Roche up the road.

    EDIT: FDJ missed the move too and are trying to haul it back.