- Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin says cyclists must "do their bit" on road safety1 year 22 weeks ago"Oi! You lot on the push
"Oi! You lot on the push bikes. Do your bit and stop getting run over. Perhaps you should just leave the bike at home. That way cycling fatalities will drop dramatically. Thanks awfully."
What a prat.
- Tour Of Beijing Stage11 year 22 weeks agoGC :-
1 Elia VIVIANI Italy
1 Elia VIVIANI Italy LIQ 23 2:37:39
2 Andrew FENN Great Britain OPQ 22 +4
3 Matthieu LADAGNOUS France FDJ 28 +4
4 Edvald BOASSON HAGEN Norway SKY 25 +6
5 Kenny Robert VAN HUMMEL Netherlands VCD 30 +10
6 Greg HENDERSON New Zealand LTB 36 +10
7 Theo BOS Netherlands RAB 29 +10
8 Enrique SANZ Spain MOV 23 +10
9 Aidis KRUOPIS Lithuania OGE 26 +10
10 Alessandro PETACCHI Italy LAM 38 +10
- Tour Of Beijing Stage11 year 22 weeks ago1 Elia VIVIANI ITA LIQ 23
1 Elia VIVIANI ITA LIQ 23 2:37:49
2 Andrew FENN GBR OPQ 22 +0
3 Edvald BOASSON HAGEN NOR SKY 25 +0
4 Kenny Robert VAN HUMMEL NED VCD 30 +0
5 Greg HENDERSON NZL LTB 36 +0
6 Theo BOS NED RAB 29 +0
7 Enrique SANZ ESP MOV 23 +0
8 Aidis KRUOPIS LTU OGE 26 +0
9 Alessandro PETACCHI ITA LAM 38 +0
10 Klaas LODEWYCK BEL BMC 24 +0
11 Barry MARKUS NED VCD 21 +0
12 Lloyd MONDORY FRA ALM 30 +0
13 Alexey TSATEVITCH RUS KAT 23 +0
14 Tim WELLENS BEL LTB 21 +0
15 Heinrich HAUSSLER AUS GRS 28 +0
16 Lucas Sebastian HAEDO ARG STB 29 +0
17 Rui Alberto FARIA DA COSTA POR MOV 26 +0
18 Jean-Christophe PERAUD FRA ALM 35 +0
19 Jesus HERRADA LOPEZ ESP MOV 22 +0
20 Valentin IGLINSKIY KAZ AST 28 +0
- Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin says cyclists must "do their bit" on road safety1 year 22 weeks agoCyclists do their bit? What
Cyclists do their bit? What fund and construct their own safe cycling paths separated from other road traffic? Do the people attending the conference consider that cyclists "doing their bit" ,perhaps staying on the left, or not running red lights is going be key in restructuring our urban transport needs? Personally I wait at lights and uphold as much respect as I can muster on the roads to avoid being branded as a cycling hooligan, but how are things going to change with such a limited and backward approach, drawing on the new social sterotype for a quick ill considered round of applause. What a great shame.
- Paul Kimmage on Twitter1 year 22 weeks agoTheHatter wrote:I like PaulTheHatter wrote:
I like Paul Kimmage - if the sport had more like him it would be in much better shape than it is.
He may have a bit of a chip on his shoulder but it far preferable to the media complacancy that existed in the Armstrong years.
That's how I see it. He is passionate and may not be exactly right every time but, like Greg LeMond, he knows more about this sh*t than most of us.
PK can't hold every team to account via Twitter. He wrote favourably of Garmin one year after spending some time with the team. While Vaughters might be "good at PR" he also appears to me to be trying very hard to be honest and open about his team.
Sometimes I think the suspicion about Sky is because people don't like Dave Brailsford's way of saying things. Wiggins' mid-Tour outburst didn't help. I can't imagine why he thought that slagging anonymous tweeters and swearing profusely during a press conference while wearing the maillot jaune in the biggest race on the planet was a good idea. I thought it was disrespectful and out of order. And yes, I'd say that to his face. When riders get defensive it arouses suspicion.
As for Sean Yates, I certainly don't want to give ex-dopers and easy ride but a positive in 1989 is not the same as taking on a dodgy medic who worked with the Chicken and Dekker shortly before leaving in 2009.
- Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin says cyclists must "do their bit" on road safety1 year 22 weeks agoThe major road announcement
The major road announcement in Kettering (and Corby) just so happens to be in the same area as an upcoming by-election...
Really, what did you expect? No Government of any party is going to throw money at cycling at the expense of drivers because it's a vote loser. Just how they won't mean's test benefits for pensioners or have a stance on law and order which moves away from custodial sentences towards community sentences...
Sadly, the government doesn't do what is best or what is needed, it only ever does what it needs to stay in power which means pandering to their core vote at every turn. In this government's case that means middle class southerners living in leafy Oxfordshire and driving Range Rovers.
- CX Canti's Brake Set? Help Needed.1 year 22 weeks agoI've tried 3 lots of cantis
I've tried 3 lots of cantis with Tiagra levers, on a Surly Long Haul Trucker. Bear in mind that cantilever power is HUGELY dependent on geometry, so its worth playing with this a little, having keyed in the values for your frame;
Your results could well be pretty different to the ones I get.
For: Cheap, Best power, high-ish straddle, narrowest profile of all three brakes
Against: Grabbby, very quick pad wear (meaning frequent adjustments to the brakes required), squeal if not toed in, impossible to get inflated tyre past brake, or unhook straddle, pads must be set v close to rim
For: Cheap, Easy set up, slowest pad wear and least frequent adjustment of all the brakes I tried. Straddle can be unhooked, inflated tyre will go past the pads.
Against: Least power of all three, straddle must be set as low as possible (a problem if you want to mount light to the fork crown, for example), very wide
For: Power somewhere between Oryx & CR-720, not grabby, pad wear quick, but manageable
Against: Most expensive of the three I tried, Hard to find (although Fine ADC will sell to you direct), straddle can't be unhooked, pads must be set pretty close to the rim to be effective (not as close as Oryxes though).
Mini Vs are worth a look too - this thread on Road Bike review has some pretty comprehensive info for pairing them up with road levers.
(I've not tried Mini Vs, btw).
- CX Canti's Brake Set? Help Needed.1 year 22 weeks agoOh, also, good pads will make
Oh, also, good pads will make a massive difference.
Tektro brakes come with middling, hard compound pads, bin them and get Fibrax X-Treme, Kool Stop Salmon, or Yokozuna pink. The IRD brakes come with really good pads (Yokozuna pink).
Bin link wires (Oryx & IRD come with those) and use an adjustable straddle instead. The CR-720 comes with an EXCELLENT straddle hanger, and you can get those as an aftermarket part;
A fork crown mounted hanger is, ime, better than a spacer mounted hanger too - reduces judder and squeal in the brake.
- Hill climbing, I'm getting used to this...1 year 22 weeks agoI would give anything to
I would give anything to loose weight. However a defunct thyroid gland has put pay to that. Unless I OD of levothyroxine for the rest of my life the weight will not shift
- Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin says cyclists must "do their bit" on road safety1 year 22 weeks agoIt's not surprising the
It's not surprising the conference cheered the jibe at cyclists. Did you see the audience? Mostly middle aged and overweight.
When will the Conservatives realise that cycling is a £3 billion per annum industry? For most people their spend on cycling is in addition to the cost of running a car.
If our roads can be made more hospitable for cyclists then increasing numbers will switch to cycling, thus reducing urban congestion.
Alleviating pinch points is a myth - all road building achieves is to create more space for cars and lorries to queue for the next pinch point. Look at the effect of M25 widening – journey times have not been reduced.
- Lance Armstrong says conscience clear despite USADA sanctions1 year 22 weeks agoHe wasnt just a cheat, he was
He wasnt just a cheat, he was the best at goddam cheatin', you all suck ass at cheatin'
- Ever wondered......(Doping)1 year 22 weeks agoCheers Gkam; good stuff
Cheers Gkam; good stuff
- Tour Of Beijing Stage11 year 22 weeks agoI got my team abit wrong!!
I got my team abit wrong!!
- Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin says cyclists must "do their bit" on road safety1 year 22 weeks agoI do my bit for road
I do my bit for road safety...
It involves recognizing my mortality...
- Lance Armstrong says conscience clear despite USADA sanctions1 year 22 weeks agoCan someone who know's
Can someone who know's explain to me how sadsac Larry can keep the cash he fraudulently extracted from race organisers, team sponsors and commercial endorsers?
- Tour Of Beijing Stage11 year 22 weeks agoSprint 1 -
Sprint 1 -
1 Ladagnous (FDJ)
2 Bandiera (OMQ)
3 Linderman (VCD)
- Ever wondered......(Doping)1 year 22 weeks agoNice one Gkam. Very
Nice one Gkam. Very interesting link
Liking the lack of British riders on the list 4/5 i think.
Some surprises too!
- Tour Of Beijing Stage11 year 22 weeks agoEBH
Shame there was no experiment with the star/domestique split for this race, because I've got 35 credits in the bank...
- Tour Of Beijing Stage11 year 22 weeks agoAlessandro Petacchi
Thats my team. only catching a few minutes of it because I have to go out this morning
- Tour Of Beijing Stage11 year 22 weeks agoI spent ages choosing my
I spent ages choosing my stars, kept changing my mind. Had EBH right up to the last minute - not sure why I changed my mind now...
Ended up with this lot...
Break is Lindeman, Bandiera, Lewis, Ladagnous, Malori. They initially reported Lindeman as Ligthart, so I got briefly excited.
- Tour Of Beijing Stage11 year 22 weeks agoEdvald Boasson Hagen
Edvald Boasson Hagen (SKY)
Daniele Bennati (RSN)
Lloyd Mondory (ALM)
Heinrich Haussler (GRM)
Aidis Kruopis (GRE)
Moreno Moser (LIQ)
Christopher Sutton (SKY)
Leigh Howard (GRE)
Mauro Santambrogio (BMC)
That will probably be my only team as I've lost the motivation with premium now.
- Tour Of Beijing Stage11 year 22 weeks agoGone sprint heavy also
Gone sprint heavy also
Heinrich Haussler (GRM)
Daniele Bennati (RSN)
Allan Davis (GRE)
Kenny van Hummel (VCD)
Francesco Chicchi (OPQ)
Rinaldo Nocentini (ALM)
Leigh Howard (GRE)
Anthony Geslin (FDJ)
Steven Cummings (BMC)
Eddie Bos will prob get today's stage because I haven't picked him
- Paul Kimmage on Twitter1 year 22 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:I don't see himGkam84 wrote:
I don't see him mentioning Yates either. Who tested positive for a substance in 89
That was going to be my point.
To hire people with experience cycling, sadly at the minute, means hiring people with a past connected to doping.
There are so few experienced doctors in cycling (with the specialist knowledge which is valuable at elite level) that are untainted by doping that it's probably a miracle Brailsford has managed to find any.
Likewise anyone of the generation that are now becoming DSs (Yates), Team Managers (Vaughters) or moving into any other type of management are going to be connected with doping in some way. It's inevitable given how prevalent doping was in the recent past.
Kimmage now has a pedastal from which to shout, he's availling himself of an opportunity to speak out about doping to more people than he's ever been able to reach previously. It does however seem strange that he's focusing on one team alone who seem to be on the anti-doping side of the fence rather than the raft of other teams (Cofidis, Astana, Katusha, Movistar, Saxo etc etc...) where doping has been found recently and perhaps is a large part of the intenal culture.
What's the point on bashing the teams who are anti-doping when so many are less vigilant?
- Tour Of Beijing Stage11 year 22 weeks agoSlightly different with an
Slightly different with an eye on the other stages to save transfers:
Edvald Boasson Hagen
- Suggestions for the 2013 season1 year 22 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:1, The game isGkam84 wrote:
1, The game is not based on salaries. The new values will be based on the last 12 months performances in various races. Ones they have done well in, they might be a bit more expensive. If they haven't competed or didn't do well. They might be less expensive.
2, There is no way of knowing a riders salary unless its released to the public. So getting salary figures for over 1000 riders is NOT going to happen.
Plus, salaries are not set for the year, they're set for the length of the riders contract, so if a rider has a stellar year they may not actually get a pay rise until 1 or 2 years later. That's not something you want to reflect in the game.
I have some reservations about the new variable value system but Dave and the team seam to have put a lot of thought into it so I'm sure it'll be fine and hopefully it'll improve the game.