• Tour de France organisers ASO considering women's Tour1 year 8 weeks agoBring it on - exciting

    Bring it on - exciting women's racing. Certainly it would need to tick a few boxes, but I'd love to be able to see the likes of Marianne Vos, Pooley, Armistead, Bronzini, Abbott and others slog it out in the biggest arenas of cycling - just imagine Vos going through Dutch corner on Alpe d'Huez!

    Simultaneous racing broadcast would not work imo - too many things happening at the same time (hopefully!) - I'm already shouting at the tv when we're being shown the back of the peloton for no good reason. Also worth bearing in mind that even the most committed cycling fans usually only get away with hogging the TV for so long....a highlights programme dedicated to the women's race, similar to what ITV4 do now would certainly work for me. Dedicated live coverage of a women's stage on the men's rest days - even they can join in watching and cheering on. Short punchy stages where the racing is on from the start, and please no prologues.

    Why not add some new techy features to the women's races - bike/helmet cameras, live HR/power data, even a mid stage wheelie competition.

    The women's Giro is a week or so long, so no need to necessarily contemplate a 3 week tour.

    What's not to like? It would transform women's cycling and certainly attract more female youngsters into the sport.

  • Updated: Driver who killed cyclist Brian Dorling at Bow roundabout gets suspended sentence1 year 8 weeks agoI'm with Doc on this one.

    I'm with Doc on this one. I've been off the bike for 5 months with a knee injury so I get to see a lot more cyclists from the pavement now. The ratio of law-abiding cyclists is anecdotally a lot lower than car drivers from my individual point of view and its very disappointing. But my real concern is the amount of crazy, reckless cycling I see... Quite a few people act like pedestrians rather than full road users and are just asking to be splatted.

    On the other hand, I caught myself opening a door to get out at the lights from the passenger seat yesterday and I would have doored any cyclist in the cycle lane. We all just need to think a bit more and drive / ride confidently but defensively. Those who have convinced themselves that not wearing a helmet, or going through red lights is actually defensive, I find ridiculous in my humble opinion.

    My thoughts above do not relate to the article. I live about 300m from Bow flyover and it seems perfectly possible to ride defensively on the roundabout underneath and still get killed there, it's no place for a bike because of the unusual turning patterns, and the motor vehicles aren't expecting cyclists to come off or join the a12, where bikes are banned. I only ever go on the flyover, and I ride to the tesco off the on-ramp via a different route. Sorry to all involved in the article.

  • Scappa aims to offer bespoke luxury bicycles1 year 8 weeks agoOh absolutely, build it up to

    Oh absolutely, build it up to cost the same as a new BMW, get it covered in salt and grit then for the grand finish, slide it across some black ice, bouce up a kerb and wrap it round a signpost...

    Super Record EPS, Mad Fiber wheels, you name it.

  • Top ten GC Tour de France1 year 8 weeks agowell did better than the 3

    well did better than the 3 frenchmen!

  • Paul Kimmage - realist or bitter1 year 8 weeks agoI'd pretty much go with what

    I'd pretty much go with what you've said above. I don't think PK should crawl into a hole or anything, but his bad experience (and he was treated badly) has skewed his view to the point that the sport can't move on.

    You can see why a team might not like him, but if they distance themselves from him (Team Sky), that suddenly means they are up to something?

    You get the feeling that once he's set his sights on proving something, nothing's going to be sufficient to prove him wrong, UNLESS the target provides absolutely everything he asks for. In the case of an elite professional sports team, they've got better things to do than simply bend over and let a journalist call the shots.

    I think his energies would be far better spent casting a wider eye over the peloton, there are far more suspicious things going on elsewhere. That's before you even get to looking at other sports.

  • Scappa aims to offer bespoke luxury bicycles1 year 8 weeks agonow I did start thinking

    now I did start thinking about my options for a winter bike Smile

  • Eurostar clarifies its bike carriage system1 year 8 weeks agoSo,just so i have this right.

    So,just so i have this right. If i book my bike on a Eurostar in a bag no bigger than 120 by 90cm it should travel with me to Paris? I then need to change stations to get a tgv to Geneva. Do i need to book this on the train too? I didn't last year from Paris to Bourg st maurice.

  • European Cycling Holiday1 year 8 weeks agoI'm going to Moraira in Spain

    I'm going to Moraira in Spain in August. There seem to be two places nearby that hire very good road bikes.

    I do not know first hand what the cycling terrain is like nearby, but I've read a couple of promising comments on the web. Mine's a family holiday, so getting a bit of cycling done will be a bonus, rather than a focus.

  • Scappa aims to offer bespoke luxury bicycles1 year 8 weeks agoA frame that *starts* at £9k?

    A frame that *starts* at £9k? Crikey.

  • Updated: Driver who killed cyclist Brian Dorling at Bow roundabout gets suspended sentence1 year 8 weeks agoPlease go too the evening

    Please go too the evening standard and read!

  • Peter Sagan to race Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic1 year 8 weeks agoAnyone know if ITV, BBC, or

    Anyone know if ITV, BBC, or Eurosport are going to be giving us live coverage?

  • Tour of Poland1 year 8 weeks agobackflipbedlem wrote:Just

    backflipbedlem wrote:
    Just tried searching by nationality, ie GBR, but if you do POL you just get the Team Poland riders, as opposed to all polish riders.
    Is there a way round this?

    My bad, I'll go sort it Wink

    Try it now, PLD for team Poland and Pol for polish riders??

  • FS: Continental GP 4000s 25mm £24 posted1 year 8 weeks agoI'll take them if they're

    I'll take them if they're still available fafffff@googlemail.com

  • European Cycling Holiday1 year 8 weeks agoThanks Psycling, I'll check

    Thanks Psycling, I'll check those places out

  • Updated: Driver who killed cyclist Brian Dorling at Bow roundabout gets suspended sentence1 year 8 weeks agoJonathing wrote:"After the

    Jonathing wrote:
    "After the deaths of Ms Dorling and Ms Tereschenko it emerged that in the planning of Cycle Superhighway 2, Transport for London had ignored recommendations from the civil engineering firm, Jacobs Consultancy to install traffic signals specifically for cyclists and pedestrians, as well as separate cycle tracks."

    Could this be considered sufficient grounds for someone to sue TfL?

    There is very good grounds to pursue TfL with corporate manslaughter charges over their (mis)handling of work carried out at Kings Cross, yet the Met Police have done nothing about it so far.

    We have seen time and again that when the police screw up, no-one is held accountable. WHen TfL screw up, no-one is held accountable. When drivers kill cyclists and someone is held accountable, the punishment is so lenient that its an insult.

    I have lost complete faith in TfL, the police and the judiciary to do anything about the public sanctioned mass murder occurring on our streets. I never had any faith in Boris to do fuck all except spout bluster and bullshit.

  • Updated: Driver who killed cyclist Brian Dorling at Bow roundabout gets suspended sentence1 year 8 weeks agoHome page headline "No jail

    Home page headline "No jail for killer driver" is highly inaccurate.

  • Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070 11-speed gear system1 year 8 weeks agomikeprytherch wrote:The

    mikeprytherch wrote:
    The battery is 68g, how much are you going to save by halving it ?

    Um, 34g I guess.

    Ok. I had no idea they weighed so little already. Impressed.

  • Updated: Raleigh launch 2014 range1 year 8 weeks agoI think Grubbythumbs

    I think Grubbythumbs experince with Raleigh customer service is typically. I was riding a Raleigh SP comp last year bought via the my local shop for which I raced so got it at good price. Having seen the Militus on American web sites I was very keen on buying one. However, my local Raleigh dealer couldn't get any information from Raleigh on specs, availibility etc. So I ordered a Canyon ultimate SLX. Which turned out to be the right decision as the Militus for 2012/13 was a single model and spec was rubbish.

    Raleigh UK are a shambles, all interesting products in the 2014 are Raleigh US developed products.

    I once stopped in my local Raleigh dealer and they had the Raleigh sales rep in and I asked why their range at the time only started at 52cm which was just slightly on the large size for me. His reply was put wooden blocks on your pedals. Says it all.

    Giant, Forme etc just do it alot better

  • Updated: Driver who killed cyclist Brian Dorling at Bow roundabout gets suspended sentence1 year 8 weeks ago"It is demonstrably safer to

    "It is demonstrably safer to cross on a red"

    [citation needed]

  • Specialized 2014: Roubaix and Tarmac SL4 range expands1 year 8 weeks agomarkh1990 wrote:I will smash

    markh1990 wrote:
    I will smash you up a hill.

    Is that some sort of euphemism? Thinking

  • Sustrans: Racers not welcome on shared use paths1 year 8 weeks agospatuluk wrote:It's a tiny

    spatuluk wrote:
    It's a tiny bit like the old class sketch, isn't it?

    Cleese (motorist): I terrorize him (looks down), because I am in a car.
    Barker (cyclist): I am afraid of him (looks up), because he is in a car, but I terrorize him (looks down), because I am on a bike.
    Corbett (pedestrian): I am afraid.

    If we want respect from motorists, we should show respect to pedestrians. Be kind to those less speedy than yourself.

    That's far too sensible Surprise Are you sure you're on the right forum?

  • Lance Armstrong legal team moves to dismiss federal fraud lawsuit1 year 8 weeks agoThe Rumpo Kid wrote:This is

    The Rumpo Kid wrote:
    This is real parallel universe stuff. Is "It's your fault for believing me, you should have known I was a liar" a legitimate defence?

    Legitimate or not, if you stand to lose $135 million dollars Crying , you're going to give it a go!

  • Updated: Driver who killed cyclist Brian Dorling at Bow roundabout gets suspended sentence1 year 8 weeks agoIt is demonstrably safer to

    It is demonstrably safer to cross on a red. I'm not saying it's right or wrong, but it is a lot safer.

    Just because some cyclists go through red lights doesn't mean it's OK for lorries to run people over. Your logic is very very odd.

  • Lance Armstrong legal team moves to dismiss federal fraud lawsuit1 year 8 weeks agoThe Rumpo Kid wrote:This is

    The Rumpo Kid wrote:
    This is real parallel universe stuff. Is "It's your fault for believing me, you should have known I was a liar" a legitimate defence?

    In LanceWorld apparently yes!

  • Lance Armstrong legal team moves to dismiss federal fraud lawsuit1 year 8 weeks agoDear Lance. For the love of

    Dear Lance.

    For the love of God, go quietly into the night now. Please. You've had your day.

    Yours,
    The entire cycling community.