• Schleck brothers reunited at 'new' Trek team for 2014 season1 year 8 weeks agoMattT53 wrote:This is just

    MattT53 wrote:
    This is just bollocks. I thought the MPCC had a rule where you couldn't be signed for 2 years after an offence? Trek showing they've cleaned up post LA .....

    Oh well I'll enjoy watching the two of them go backwards on every climb next year.

    Bear in mind that only 11 (of 19) protour teams are members of the MPCC and RLT isn't one of them. Even so, I imagine that the rules would have been bent (or plain broken) given the nature of the offence.

    As for them both going backwards: Andy has been improving every race, has shown that he can probably recover to being as good a climber as he once was. Hell, he even rode a passable TT last week.

  • European Cycling Holiday1 year 8 weeks agoClub la Santa in Lanzarote is

    Club la Santa in Lanzarote is excellent and has good bike hire. Can also recommend Majorca. I stayed at Alcudia and hired a Scott carbon road bike from my hotel. I think it was a Viva hotel and was the sister hotel to the one team sky use just round the corner. Cycling in both venues is brilliant. Lanzarote pretty quiet roads but always a wind to contend with. Majorca has some excellent climbing or you can go in land on some flatter roads. Majorca is teaming with cyclists and the traffic generally respects you and gives you plenty if room.
    Hope that helps.

  • Video: Froome says cycling is cleanest sport1 year 8 weeks ago@Simon E, did you mean

    @Simon E, did you mean "should *not* be"?

  • Schleck brothers reunited at 'new' Trek team for 2014 season1 year 8 weeks agoHe didn't do much this year

    He didn't do much this year ....... no medical help I suppose. It was interesting to see former front runners get blown out the back, and some new faces at the front. No super-human performances day after day. It looked like the riders actually did need to back off and recover likethecrestvof us do after a big ride.

    Not sure if this means there was NO doping, but to me it was an encouraging sign, so I'm hopeful. Thinking

  • Video: Froome says cycling is cleanest sport1 year 8 weeks agodannyencasa wrote:Says

    dannyencasa wrote:
    Says Froome, the biggest steroid junkie on the planet

    Tell you what everyone, let's not bother feeding the troll eh? What a ridiculous statement.

  • Video: Froome says cycling is cleanest sport1 year 8 weeks agoDopers being caught in Italy

    Dopers being caught in Italy and Turkey show there are still some cheats but that they are being caught. There is also change of mood in the peloton. USADA is at least doing more tests on cyclists than many other sports:

    http://www.usada.org/sport-testing-numbers-2013

    Stating that today's whereabouts, biopassport and other measures are the same as the laughable setup in the late 90s and early 2000s is either plain stupid or disingenuous. Tyler Hamilton's book and the evidence in last year's testimonies demonstrate the methods used and so on. Plenty of stuff here and don't forget David Walsh even wrote a book about it:

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/index-of-lance-armstrong-doping-alle...

    While Froome's performances understandably raise eyebrows, he should be villified as a doper. It would be nice to at least have some smoke before the Twitterati and armchair experts declare there is a fire.

    With shit like this I'm not surprised Wiggins 'let go' with some expletives last year. Perhaps you would like to swap places for a while and see what it's like... No, I didn't think so.

  • Video: Froome says cycling is cleanest sport1 year 8 weeks agopwake wrote:Doper wrote:Yep,

    pwake wrote:
    Doper wrote:
    Yep, cycling is the cleanest sport. No need to dope anymore. Thanks to marginal gains, it's possible to climb mountains as fast as Armstrong & Pantani. Plain Face

    Elaborate?
    Which mountains? Were they at the same point in the Tour? What were the prevailing wind conditions? How aggressive was the racing on these climbs? What was the temperature? Etc,etc....
    No wonder Brailsford didn't want to release any data; very much a case of damned if you do, damned if you don't.

    If I worked for a pro team - as rider or staff - I don't think I'd ever look at an internet forum again. I know how the media and armchair experts can get wound up over technology that they understand so little of (when it's the field I work in), so it must be even worse for them.

  • Schleck brothers reunited at 'new' Trek team for 2014 season1 year 8 weeks agoNo, a comaparison with Garmin

    No, a comaparison with Garmin only works for riders that fess up, start anew and expose themselves to all the blood profiling etc to satisfy the DS/Doc that they are clean.

    Perhaps headfirst was being sarcastic and merely noting that Trek have simply re-signed him at the end of the ban without any suggestion of preventing a recurrence.

  • Video: Froome says cycling is cleanest sport1 year 8 weeks agoSays Froome, the biggest

    Says Froome, the biggest steroid junkie on the planet

  • Sustrans: Racers not welcome on shared use paths1 year 8 weeks agothe_mikey wrote:I mean not

    the_mikey wrote:
    I mean not everyone lives in a place where keeping a bicycle is easy, it's not necessarily about the cost of the bicycle, but limited space and landlords do quite a good job at making it hard to own a bicycle

    Sure, I agree having somewhere safe to keep a bicycle can be a luxury, but it's usually still cheaper to own and operate one than not. When I lived in a rented flat, I kept my bike locked up in racks outside. I do have a scary-looking lock, but I could have bought a second-hand bike every two months for less than the cost of parking a car anywhere near the flat for that time. Even in that situation, operating a bicycle is currently the cheapest way of getting around unless your time is so cheap that walking beats it.

  • Clasica San Sebastian1 year 8 weeks agostumps wrote:I've tried to

    stumps wrote:
    I've tried to avoid the main protagonists from the tour as they might just fancy an easy day whereas some of the fresher boys might push it along a bit.

    There's no doubting Valverde, Quintana, J-Rod and Porte will have come out of the tour with some fab form but is it just a bit to early for them to really push it again ?

    My money is on a certain Spaniard who cycled for Euskaltel.

    I think you've got your money in a dgood place... didn't want to put his name about though Nerd

    I generally agree with your post-Tour reasoning, but Valverde could be an exception as despite riding well his final place on GC will have been disappointing for him. This could be his last chance this year to win a WT-level race, he's clearly ridden into fantastic form and wants at the very least the World Tour points (after losing so much time - and team leader status - at the Tour he had no need to ride so aggresively into the top 10). I think there's more to it than just wanting to bounce back.

  • Specialized 2014: Roubaix and Tarmac SL4 range expands1 year 8 weeks agoA 6'4" rider weighing 80kg

    A 6'4" rider weighing 80kg needs a good feed.

  • Schleck brothers reunited at 'new' Trek team for 2014 season1 year 8 weeks agoPerversely it would be great

    Perversely it would be great to see them both clean and winning next year. I'd love to see the Schleck brothers become angry ruthless GC winners - in part because it life enhancing to see fortunes turn around for the positive for a change - and also, lest you think I've gone all touchy feely, because it will be hilarious to see all the trolls defending Froome and complaining about the Schlecks instead.

  • Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070 11-speed gear system1 year 8 weeks agoI've never fully understood

    I've never fully understood why there isn't an option to take a 'racing' battery. 2000km? Let me have one with the capacity for 200, it'll weigh far less and maybe I'll take two. I check my tyres and clean my chain every ride, I'd be very happy to check battery power. I'm sure most others would too. Where so much is spent on saving weight, why carry unnecessary weight around?

  • Sustrans: Racers not welcome on shared use paths1 year 8 weeks agoThis issue isn't just about

    This issue isn't just about motorists / cyclists and cyclists / pedestrians. It's society in general. There are many people today who are oblivious to anyone around them. They're in their own little world, and focus only on themselves and what they want / need.
    You see in behavior every day that there are people who do not care about anything outside their own little bubble. This then transfers to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians when they are making their journeys. It's by no means everyone - I do cycle past pedestrians & dog owners who will move over on the path for me, and drivers who will give me space on the road. The ones who don't do this are the ones who are not aware of the needs of anyone else they interact with as they are only concerned about themselves.

    People need to learn to look out for each other again.

  • Clasica San Sebastian1 year 8 weeks agoI've tried to avoid the main

    I've tried to avoid the main protagonists from the tour as they might just fancy an easy day whereas some of the fresher boys might push it along a bit.

    There's no doubting Valverde, Quintana, J-Rod and Porte will have come out of the tour with some fab form but is it just a bit to early for them to really push it again ?

    My money is on a certain Spaniard who cycled for Euskaltel.

  • Pain in the neck!1 year 8 weeks agoI did get this when I started

    I did get this when I started riding longer distances but it went away over time as I got used to the distances and tweaked my position on the bike.

    Do you have a peak/visor on your helmet? If so, take it off as you have to lift your head higher to see the road in front and this can cause the neck pain. If you don't, it's likely bike-fit related as others have said above.

  • Schleck brothers reunited at 'new' Trek team for 2014 season1 year 8 weeks agoThis is just bollocks. I

    This is just bollocks. I thought the MPCC had a rule where you couldn't be signed for 2 years after an offence? Trek showing they've cleaned up post LA .....

    Oh well I'll enjoy watching the two of them go backwards on every climb next year.

  • Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070 11-speed gear system1 year 8 weeks agoI tested Di2 at the weekend.

    I tested Di2 at the weekend. It was ok, super fast shifting, but I can't say I was drawn to it. In the end I picked the same frame with a mechanical groupset but the colour scheme that I preferred (and a lower price)

  • Specialized 2014: Roubaix and Tarmac SL4 range expands1 year 8 weeks agoNick T wrote:So a 5'4" rider

    Nick T wrote:
    So a 5'4" rider weighing 80kg needs a different carbon layup to a 6'4" rider weighing 80kg.

    Interesting.

    A 5'4" rider weighing 80kg needs a kick up the arse Surprise

  • Clasica San Sebastian1 year 8 weeks agoSame as last

    Same as last year
    http://www.cyclingfever.com/stage.html?etappe_idd=Mjg3MjU=

  • Kona 2014: New Zone, Zing Deluxe, Rove Ti, Sutra and Major Jake launched1 year 8 weeks agoAre there really many

    Are there really many singlespeeders that would actually buy the Rove?

    I'd have thought that most SSers already have more than enough SS bikes in a range of configurations.

  • Updated: Driver who killed cyclist Brian Dorling at Bow roundabout gets suspended sentence1 year 8 weeks agomeursault wrote:Larryyosh

    meursault wrote:
    Larryyosh wrote:
    i have been friends with dave cox for over 30 years,and reading what some of you people on here are saying is making my blood boil! dave was a professional and competent driver and to say he ran a red light and murdered the poor man is incredible! it was a tragic accident, read the police report and what was said by the victims widow before you spout anymore venom at a man whose life is finished as well! Try blaming the real villains the TFL and boris bloody johnson!

    Not stopping at a red and talking on his mobile, does not appear proffessional and competent to me.

    David Cox is in no way a competent driver Meursault you are spot on. In my opinion however the murdering Mr Cox took away a life a husband a farther Cox ought to be in prison until he finds a way to replace these.

  • Schleck brothers reunited at 'new' Trek team for 2014 season1 year 8 weeks agoIt does make Trek look like

    It does make Trek look like nobbers though, so Leppard would not touch him but once Trek is at the helm all is ok for dirty little cheats.

    Explains why it took so long to ditch Lance and their implicit involvement in crushing Greg Lemond.

  • Video: Froome says cycling is cleanest sport1 year 8 weeks agoWell, if you exclude any

    Well, if you exclude any sport which you couldn't really take PEDs to become more successful. The doping involved in athletics and other aerobic endurance sports is without doubt far greater than cycling