• Orica-GreenEdge DS Matt White admits doping while at US Postal1 year 20 weeks agoTo be honest i think the best

    To be honest i think the best thing is to reconsider sanctions if riders come forward and admit that they doped. I think as an era a majority did can you really strip every win, and ban every rider?

  • Bikway: The shortcut to city bike lanes?1 year 20 weeks agoSounds like a great idea to

    Sounds like a great idea to me. Apart from anything else, the fact that it's relatively inexpensive might just persuade forward-thinking councils that provision can be made for cyclists within their budgets.

  • Bikway: The shortcut to city bike lanes?1 year 20 weeks agoIntriguing, I'd like to

    Intriguing, I'd like to know:
    what is the riding surface?
    Can it be repaired by regular road maintenance equipment or does it need specialist kit?
    Will it be accessible by standard streetsweeper / cleaner vehicles (wishful thinking that they might sweep it I know)
    Does it allow drainage into drains that are usually placed in the gutter or access to manholes?
    if the cross section has rounded off edges as in the diagram then wouldnt it create a nasty wheel trapping groove between kerb and bikeway?

  • Suggestions for the 2013 season1 year 20 weeks ago"3)at the point at which the

    "3)at the point at which the competition is turned on the rider values will be calculated. They'll be calculated based on a rider's performance in the year preceding that date; ie all races up to one year in the past will be considered

    4) the scores of each rider will be totted up to generate averages for each type of stage; they'll be weighted according to the importance of the race, and how many of each kind of stage features in the upcoming race

    5) based on that, each rider will be given a value, and the highest-ranked riders will be star riders. so a rider won't necessarily stay a star if they do badly over a season, and the reverse is also true."

    It seems to me like you're gonna do much of the thinking for us... I'm pretty worried that this might lead to winning by pure luck...

  • Essential cyclo-cross skills from Paul Oldham1 year 20 weeks agogood article chaps - more

    good article chaps - more cross stuff please!

    A couple of things: Bernie - about your gearing question - of course it depends on course, fitness, riding style etc. but in general I would say that you might want a wider range block. 38/23 is going to be a right grind if the course is particularly steep in places. Yes, you can dismount and run up stuff but its less tiring and more efficient to pedal over short climbs. I've done a couple of races where I barely got out of the bottom 4 sprockets a- but then I don't finish anywhere near the front either! IMHO a 12-27 would serve you better or maybe a 36T ring up front if your chainset will take it.

    RoadCC: please can we have a large picture of Paul's tasty bike if you have one and I'd be interested if you knew what ratios he's using on his 1x10 transmission

    ta

  • Orica-GreenEdge DS Matt White admits doping while at US Postal1 year 20 weeks agoHow many more to go, I

    How many more to go, I wonder?

  • Legal battles could lie ahead for Lance Armstrong as old court cases come under spotlight1 year 20 weeks agoArmstrongs lawyers look like

    Armstrongs lawyers look like having a busy few years ahead.

  • Suggestions for the 2013 season1 year 20 weeks agocgipryan wrote:... 45 stars

    cgipryan wrote:
    ... 45 stars in a grand tour is not much... Almost any team... have at least two stars... its normal for that number to increase in the TdF...

    These were the Star Riders in the Tour. I miscounted and there's 60, if I'm correct. The points that appear are their total points for the Tour:

    1 Peter Sagan 550
    2 Bradley Wiggins 475
    3 Christopher Froome 367
    4 Matthew Goss 326
    5 Vicenzo Nibali 304
    6 Tejay van Garderen 301
    7 Andre Greipel 295
    8 Thomas Voeckler 293
    9 Cadel Evans 288
    10 Edvald Boasson Hagen 270
    11 Mark Cavendish 245
    12 Pierre Rolland 204
    13 Fredrik Kessiakoff 201
    14 Jurgen van den Broeck 191
    15 Chris Anker Sorensen 162
    16 Luis Leon Sanchez 161
    17 Peter Velits 130
    18 Alejandro Valverde 124
    19 Haimar Zubeldia 122
    20 Denis Menchov 122
    21 Nicolas Roche 101
    22 Philippe Gilbert 100
    23 Janez Brajkovic 97
    24 Sebastien Hinault 96
    25 Rein Taaramae 94
    26 Juan Jose Haedo 90
    27 Samuel Dumoulin 82
    28 Michele Scarponi 81
    29 Daniel Martin 78
    30 Alexandre Vinokourov 76
    31 David Millar 75
    32 Steven Kruijswijk 73
    33 Dries Devenyns 72
    34 Jean-Christophe Peraud 70
    35 Tyler Farrar 68
    36 Andreas Kloden 63
    37 Gregory Henderson 61
    38 Jeremy Roy 56
    39 Borut Bozic 56
    40 Maxime Monfort 51
    41 Bernhard Eisel 51
    42 Laurens ten Dam 50
    43 Chris Horner 49
    44 Michael Rogers 46
    45 Ivan Basso 44
    46 Karsten Kroon 39
    47 Christian Knees 39
    48 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa 38
    49 Jurgen Roelandts 38
    50 Marco Marcato 35
    51 Jelle Vanendert 31
    52 Daniel Oss 28
    53 Sebastian Langeveld 20
    54 Rafael Valls Ferri 16
    55 Levi Leipheimer 13
    56 Juan Jose Cobo 11
    57 Simon Gerrans 10
    58 Nick Nuyens 9
    59 Johnny Hoogerland 6
    60 George Hincapie 3

    I still think that's too much... I still think that, hard as it may be, there shouldn't be more than 20 Stars per Grand Tour. I'd be ok with the Top 20 on this list to have been the only Stars.

    Maybe what's most important is, if we keep the splits, is that the Star Rider quantity (4, or whatever it becomes) becomes the MAXIMUM number of "Stars" you can have, NOT a requirement per se to be obligated to HAVE (!) 4 Star Riders all the time.

    Meaning I can have UP TO 4 Stars, NOT MORE than 4, BUT (!), if I choose, I can field a team with NO Stars, 1 Star, 2 stars, 3 Stars or 4.... but not 5... The important thing is that I not have more than 4 Stars at any given time, which, frankly, could be achieved just by budget limitations, if the values are high enough for Stars... So I can see where Rider Values will be key to this discussion...

    Going back to the split, if we play that way, with the Star rider quantity not be obligatory but just a limit, then maybe the 4/5 split can be revised to 2/7 or 3/6...

    Just thinking and sharing my ideas...

  • Garage bike storage1 year 20 weeks agoFrom time to time Lidl sells

    From time to time Lidl sells a garage/shed-roof-mounting pulley system for about twelve quid. Strong and easy to use. Worth keeping an eye open for.

  • Essential cyclo-cross skills from Paul Oldham1 year 20 weeks agohandlebarcam

    handlebarcam wrote:
    Personally, I make do with the old version of my club's kit, and practicing dismounts and remounts on a bit of grass outside my workplace.

    Thanks for keeping us updated.

    It's 'practising', by the way.

  • Suggestions for the 2013 season1 year 20 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:Chances of

    Gkam84 wrote:
    Chances of picking the winner

    1 in 22

    How do you get to this number?...

  • Garage bike storage1 year 20 weeks agoDecathlon have some simple

    Decathlon have some simple hooks that you screw to the wall. I have 5 bikes hanging of these:
    http://www.decathlon.co.uk/cv-501-bike-hook-id_3760125.html
    £3.99 each

  • Legal battles could lie ahead for Lance Armstrong as old court cases come under spotlight1 year 20 weeks agoThis is starting to look like

    This is starting to look like a persecution!!

  • Essential cyclo-cross skills from Paul Oldham1 year 20 weeks agohandlebarcam wrote:Wearing

    handlebarcam wrote:
    Wearing Rapha for cyclocross, and driving all the way from London to Yorkshire just for a few tips on basic skills? Good job cyclocross is so "accessible." Personally, I make do with the old version of my club's kit, and practicing dismounts and remounts on a bit of grass outside my workplace.

    Yeah, I suppose Dave could have stayed in London and we wouldn't have done the feature with Paul at all… that would have helped increase the accessibility too?

    Last year we did a cross skills video too, about half a mile from the office, this time we had the chance to do something with a top rider passing on his tips - we thought it worth the drive. Just let us know where you are and next year we'll pop over and do a cross skills piece with you on the grass outside your work.

    Agree with you about the Rapha kit, not cos it's Rapha, but cos I'm not too happy that young David isn't wearing his road.cc merino.

  • Bikway: The shortcut to city bike lanes?1 year 20 weeks agoThanks for the comments, just

    Thanks for the comments, just to clarify we're still in development of the design so a lot of your concern we will put into account and address in the future iterations of the design.

    Our goal with the modular lane is to take the best practice from Copenhagen in regards of design standards, safety and comfortability, which is why we're working very close with the municipality of Copenhagen in terms of validating issues and solutions that the current design is addressing.

    One thing which the article is not addressing is that the height of the track can be modified, so it can match the height of the pavement, or lowered just slightly below the pavement as it the case in Copenhagen.

    Getting off and on it from the side, shouldn't be a problem since we have to type of side profiles, a straight angle that should prevent most motorist from entering the track and thus prevent them from driving on the track or park on them, so that the cyclists can safely drive on the tracks without worrying about motorist.
    We have also designed and currently testing a sloped edge that offers a safe and comfortable way to entering and exiting the track along the sides.

    Hope that I have answered most of your questions, of course as a native Dane is interesting to see and experience how different the conditions and mentality are in terms of cycling and what is considered best practices or not.

    Have a lovely weekend
    Simon

  • Lance Armstrong - USADA produces "overwhelming" evidence1 year 20 weeks agonotfastenough

    notfastenough wrote:
    Darthshearer wrote:
    Stump, I have no love for Sky because they are supported by a man who thought it was ok to phone tap peoples phones.

    They are always preeching they are whiter than white, holier than thou and now they are slowly up to their necks in it.

    They fire Leinders and within 24h this hits the emails, coincidence?

    Go put your Sky kit on and stand around posing with your Dogma, it wont be me who has my day spoilt, ill be laughing at Dave getting egg on his face at the "Transparcency" Team Sky have.

    What a weird rationale. I experienced awful service and rude staff from Etihad airways once* - do you think I should blame Manchester City FC?

    Clearly the Leinders thing has been going through the wash for a while, what link are you trying to form? Just saying "Coincidence?" makes you look like a conspiracy nut. Did the CIA orchestrate 911 as well?

    They might well have made a rod for their own backs with a staunch anti-doping stance, but what would you prefer?

    "Well, we'll try really hard to be anti-doping, but, you know, if the lads are shooting up in the hotel rooms behind our backs then you can't blame us gov!" Yeah, I'm sure you wouldn't be having a go at them for that instead. (along with the rest of us, to be fair)

    Tell you what, rather than reach for the stars, maybe they just lower their sights a bit and be more British - gallant losers and that. That'll do.

    PS. I have no Sky kit or a Dogma.

    *Not true, just hypothetical

    Haha, i like to blame Man City for everything Angel

  • nearly first time roadie1 year 20 weeks agoNot everything that Halfords

    Not everything that Halfords sell is rubbish - the Boardman range being a good example. They do sell some rubbish and reports of their customer service, er, vary, but that's not to say that there's anything wrong with some of their bikes.

  • Another doper1 year 20 weeks agoAccording to Cycling News he

    According to Cycling News he sent one of Garmin's riders to Doctor Del Moral when he worked there. Vaughters fired him. Why Green Edge hired him is anybody's guess, but IMHO the sport is much better off without him and his like.

  • Less a smoking gun, more a nuclear bomb: USADA publishes Lance Armstrong evidence in full1 year 20 weeks agoI've been saying for years

    I've been saying for years there should be two levels of competition.
    1. Anything goes - riders/athletes can take or do anything to win.
    2. Totally clean - utterly undoped, unenhanced in any way.

    The medals, kudos, public approbation goes to the clean winners and the doped winners get ignored.
    Any clean athlete found to be cheating is stripped of his/her titles and all prize monies are forfeit - this will include all properties and assets bought with such monies and his/her name will be struck from the record books and all sponsorship or advertising deals will be immediately terminated and all rewards for such will be forfeit.

  • USADA Armstrong evidence - reaction from the cycling world and beyond1 year 20 weeks agoI,m glad it was the USA who

    I,m glad it was the USA who finally exposed Armstrong,just imagine the reaction if it had been Europeans,Vile cheese eaters etc ,etc.What will the Guardian writers do now,their reports on the Tour were endless eulogies of Lance,no one else seemed to matter.

  • Less a smoking gun, more a nuclear bomb: USADA publishes Lance Armstrong evidence in full1 year 20 weeks agoI`m begining to doubt he

    I`m begining to doubt he walked on the moon as well.

  • Less a smoking gun, more a nuclear bomb: USADA publishes Lance Armstrong evidence in full1 year 20 weeks agoForget Lance by all means but

    Forget Lance by all means but don't forget that the UCI, his main ally in his struggle with USADA, is still running cycling. What was their role in the whole sorry business? At best useless incompetents, at worst... either way unfit for purpose.

  • Another doper1 year 20 weeks agoThis is just getting daft. Im

    This is just getting daft.
    Im sure he thinks he is doing the right thing but Matt White need not resign.
    He should just fess up and do his best to keep his own team clean from now on.
    There is going to be no one left at this rate!
    Bygones and all that.

  • Tour of Beijing Stage 51 year 20 weeks agoYes! The end of season! It

    Yes! The end of season! It was my first one too, and it was great fun. (Took a few months to get going though - I was about 900th in one of the early tours!)

  • Essential cyclo-cross skills from Paul Oldham1 year 20 weeks agoThanks handlebar cam. Thats

    Thanks handlebar cam. Thats what I was thinking. I can see that running with the bike is another skill to be learnt. I thought my running days were behind me. I think thats why I've taken to cross. It's short and intense and my body feels like its getting a more overall work out.

    tks again Smile