• Tape for muscle injuries1 year 6 weeks agoI used a pre cut shoulder

    I used a pre cut shoulder tape after a crash caused a muscular spasm and minor injury. I don't know if it was actually doing anything, or a placebo, but it certainly helped with the discomfort. I suspect its psychological, but if it helps it helps

  • Sky TDF Team - looks poor!1 year 6 weeks agomillskid wrote:ow dear sky

    millskid wrote:
    ow dear sky had a shocker, and had Vasil Kiryienka eliminated. Thomas is still injured, looks froome will have to do it the hard way,

    that is *really* bad news for sky. they're not really known for having a plan b, either. hope G's on the mend cause they're going to need him

  • Horse put down after it was scared by sportive riders1 year 6 weeks agoIt does seem that a minority

    It does seem that a minority of participants in sportives are actually wanabee racers but simply don't have it. So they pay a lot of money to ride a sportive and then pretend they are "racing". A few years back I stopped to help out a lady cyclist who had simply run out of road in a small lane and was a bit shaken, only to have all kinds of grief from a group hammering round a blind bend. They had to brake and change course - oh dear! - morons. Luckily I knew the local roads and they were taking a roundabout signed route, guess what, we met about 40 minutes later at a "food stop", and had a little public chat about manners. Which I suspect did no good at all because they probably just thought "another old fart who knows nothing". They were all from a large and well known London (I think) based club, and did nothing to enhance the reputation.

  • Ironman to Bike Only1 year 6 weeks agoLikewise! I rode in a bunch

    Likewise! I rode in a bunch twice a week while living in NZ for a few years; I definitely did go through my fair share of bollockings at the beginning. Looking forward to getting back to that...but without the bollockings!! Big Grin

  • Sky TDF Team - looks poor!1 year 6 weeks agoow dear sky had a shocker,

    ow dear sky had a shocker, and had Vasil Kiryienka eliminated. Thomas is still injured, looks froome will have to do it the hard way,

  • Horse put down after it was scared by sportive riders1 year 6 weeks agoI do think that sportives are

    I do think that sportives are races for the average rider, which is why I am quite happy to pay to enter closed road events and get ideal conditions. The idea of riding competitively; overtaking or taking turns and racing lines on open roads is crazy and asking for trouble. If it is on open roads I might as well just go for a Sunday morning ride on my own wherever I want to go and give horses a wide berth.

  • Tour de France - Stage 91 year 6 weeks agoDave Atkinson wrote:sky still

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    sky still doping today? just askin' Devil

    Nah, it's Movistar's turn today Wink

  • Horse put down after it was scared by sportive riders1 year 6 weeks agonicstevenson wrote:, it seems

    nicstevenson wrote:
    , it seems sportives cater for riders who maybe ride in the countryside less than others so are not as aware of the correct, safe and sensible way to rode when horse riders are in the road...

    I reckon most people I see cycling in big groups are the middle class, 30-45yo white males who drive executive cars like idiots during the week and spend a few grand on a racing bike but only ride at weekends...

    at the end of the day it is cyclists like this that give us a bad reputation.

  • Horse put down after it was scared by sportive riders1 year 6 weeks agoPresumably as this is an

    Presumably as this is an organised ride, carried out with insurance cover, and the riders caused the outcome - the destroying of a horse, there is a civil case likely to come from this, and consideration of whether a traffic offence of some kind has been committed, although it would be difficult to bring to courts as the individual riders cannot be identified.

    Road racing requires a licence, but sportives and charity rides - can Road CC enlighten us? Most club rides are covered by club insurance, and CTC's cover was up to £5m last I checked, how much cover are sportive organisers required to carry?

  • Horse put down after it was scared by sportive riders1 year 6 weeks agoI am a commuting cyclist by

    I am a commuting cyclist by and large, and when I am on the converted railways/cycle paths near my home, I regularly see some club rides. They can all to often be seemingly inconsiderate of the other cyclists on the path, to the extent that when they are coming towards me spread across the path I have to call out to them to make room. Which they then do but not by much, they usually then shout a greeting as they pass. It seems to me they are using wherever they are as a velodrome not a right of way, this needs to change. My sympathies to the horse owner and the little girl.

  • Horse put down after it was scared by sportive riders1 year 6 weeks agoTwo things strike me here -

    Two things strike me here - one, it seems sportives cater for riders who maybe ride in the countryside less than others so are not as aware of the correct, safe and sensible way to rode when horse riders are in the road...

    Two - drivers kill cyclists in ever increasing numbers and no one (Road CC included) lumps them all in together as dangerous and failing to protect vulnerable road users...

  • Horse put down after it was scared by sportive riders1 year 6 weeks agoIdiots are idiots no matter

    Idiots are idiots no matter on two wheels, four wheels or two legs.

    As a keen cyclist, all I can say is someone who doesn't slow down for a horse or pass with due care - as the highway code states - can have no complaints if a car does the same to them.

    Thanks again to the idiots giving cyclists a bad name - I'll think of you next time a driver or pedestrian gives me abuse.

    If you can't ride a sportive properly, don't ride one.

  • Horse put down after it was scared by sportive riders1 year 6 weeks agoSigh, i like the idea of

    Sigh, i like the idea of sportives but this is just more evidence for me not to take part in them. Small groups, challenging rides for me i think.

  • Eurostar clarifies its bike carriage system1 year 6 weeks agoSorry Northstar but its a

    Sorry Northstar but its a serious misunderstanding by most people of how railways (and other public transport systems need to operate, if the price you pay to travel (directly or through taxes) is kept realistically affordable.

    A high speed rail vehicle costs the best part of £2 million, and there are a well refined formulae to determine how much each seat must earn per month, and how the trains are best filled (it costs money to drag empty space around. and to fiddle around assembling each train for each trip) Thus there cannot be spare carriages added here & there or dragged around to cater for sundry bikes skis and other ephemera, on train that make up the regular timetabled service. What can happen is to deliver a service that has some flexibility and a base line of space that can be used for bikes and outsized luggage.

    Those who are dealing with the operators try to get the best deal with the trains on offer, and at the same time show the train operators that this has the potential to be big money. You can do some work to develop this - count the bikes, cyclists, and other passengers on a train you are using - lets build proof that(my estimate)around 10% of London rail commuters are using a bike at some stage of their journey (spot the cyclists on the train without a bike). There won't be space to carry a bike with every cyclist when the trains are filled to 200% of seated capacity, as several are, but we can build the case for secure parking and hire bike systems that work for rail users (ie NOT the Barclays Bikes)

    For special events you can call the tune, but planning has to be started at least 12 months in advance to fit in with planning the main timetables, and the engineering work that fits around them. We could for example look at special trains to York, Leeds, even Wensleydale for the 2014 Tour. but that needs top have outline planning starting now*. There could be a rail assisted return from the BHF London-Brighton bike ride, at least as far as Three Bridges (and its pretty much downhill from there to the Thames)but only if the costs are underwritten - typically £20-£25K per train - more for steam trains! It would be great to do this but only with a big sponsor.

    * There are trains which exist which could travel from France to Leeds or York (as originally configured) and 3 of these used to operate between London & York, so the option of a France-Yorkshire 'special train' in 2014 might be a possibility - but planning has to start NOW.

  • Tour de France Stage 9: Dan Martin holds on for stage win, Chris Froome resists pressure to keep yellow1 year 6 weeks agoOne of the most exciting

    One of the most exciting stages of the TdF I've seen. What a performance of Froome to hang on, and how Movistar managed to not get more out of this stage is beyond me.

    Kreuziger seems stronger than his leader Contador who did nothing to make life for Froome any harder, clearly not the man he once was in the mountains.

    Rather worrying though how team Sky apart from Froomey has fallen apart so dramatically in this stage, with Kiryienka eliminated from the race. I can't quite remember the last time a yellow jersey team so spectacularly disintegrated. Rest day just in time.

  • Horse put down after it was scared by sportive riders1 year 6 weeks agoIts skill thats going to the

    Its skill thats going to the wall mate
    Crying http://road.cc/sites/all/modules/smileys/packs/Yahoo!/crying.gif

  • Tour de France - Stage 91 year 6 weeks agosky still doping today? just

    sky still doping today? just askin' Devil

  • Horse put down after it was scared by sportive riders1 year 6 weeks agoTook part in my first

    Took part in my first sportive today and all I can say is that it was pretty clear to me that for the vast bulk of participants it was a race by any other name. Most participants I saw encountering horses were sensible but there were a few who were not going to be put off their stride and hammered on regardless.Horses are unpredictable and dangerous animals when spooked and not showing them respect is very stupid as well as dangerous.

  • Stuck inside with hayfever1 year 6 weeks agoPirinase from the pharmacy

    Pirinase from the pharmacy counter. Swear by it. Couple of sprays in each nostil every morning. Takes a couple of days to build up to full strength so don't expect an instant cure, but stick with it for a week or so and it works wonders. No need for a prescription.

  • Tour de France - Stage 91 year 6 weeks agoHows kennaugh after his trip

    Hows kennaugh after his trip off the side of the mountain?

  • Horse put down after it was scared by sportive riders1 year 6 weeks agoAside from the main issue

    Aside from the main issue here...a horse gets *killed* because *it broke its leg*??

    ffs. And we aren't allowed to euthanise people in extreme pain who *want* to die.

  • TDF Stage 8 Castres --> Ax 3 Domaines1 year 6 weeks agoKeep telling yourself that.

    Keep telling yourself that.

  • TDF Stage 8 Castres --> Ax 3 Domaines1 year 6 weeks agoFroome suffered from a

    Froome suffered from a parasitic illness that was undiagnosed for a time. Explains his inconsistent results at that time.

  • Horse put down after it was scared by sportive riders1 year 6 weeks agoSad as this is isn't true to

    Sad as this is isn't true to say that with the temperament of horses that this could have happened at any time on any road?

    The quote from the organiser "One of our riders was a policeman and he gave us a clear-eyed view of what happened. What we do not want to do is get on the bandwagon accusing cyclists or vice versa.” is interesting for what it doesn't say rather than what it does

  • Horse put down after it was scared by sportive riders1 year 6 weeks agoShe knew an event was

    She knew an event was happening but not when. Seems like it would have been a good idea to find out.