• The first-time racer.1 year 4 weeks ago@andyp - I didn't end up

    @andyp - I didn't end up walking back, I rode back slowly on the flat - heart-breaking to do so !

    @mooleur, I was doing pretty well for my experience I think, it seemed pretty sustainable for the most part, so i'll definitely try again!!!

    @Gordy - yeah, a new solution needs to be looked at, as it is I've changed tyres completely now, and will be looking at tubeless I think, flats are the last thing I want on the transcontinental!

  • Team Sky....Discuss1 year 4 weeks agogiobox, he's there with

    giobox, he's there with Cookson's son...I know he's part of Team Sky and has been for a long time. From what I've heard, Cookson's son is undergoing the same schedule as both the Henao's and is being tested along side them for the differences in values.

    It is all being reported back to the UCI through Sky, yes, Sky took the decision to do it all, but it is also helping the UCI with their stuff.

    [edit] Just seen the news story, it basically tells you what is happening - some of the other info I've heard from inside the team Wave

  • Team Sky's Sergio Henao currently off active roster for altitude tests says team hope he can race Tour de France1 year 4 weeks agoWhatever Sky did in this

    Whatever Sky did in this situation they'd have been criticised.

    Henao seems OK with it, but the internet jury seem less so.

  • Chamois cream ... Idiots guide1 year 4 weeks agoI've used the Assos Chammy

    I've used the Assos Chammy cream - very good, but expensive and am currently using Butt'r. No complaints about it...

    I only put it on my 'sit' area/derrière where I contact the seat. A good dolloping and it definitely saves my butt from chafing...

  • Team Sky's Sergio Henao currently off active roster for altitude tests says team hope he can race Tour de France1 year 4 weeks agoThe Henao situation is

    The Henao situation is completely unprecedented in cycling - if Henao hasn't failed an official drug test why isn't he loudly complaining in public that the team won't let him race? If he's clean he would have every right to be outraged. Bizarre that a professional racer is happy to be benched when he hasn't broken, or been caught breaking, a single rule of the sport.

    Its even more bizarre when you consider Sky are basically robbing him of the ability to accumulate UCI Points, points that are vital to any kind of career progression should he have to change team.

    Very much feels like Sky are worried they might have caught him red handed, and are trying to manage the infraction themselves without the huge negative press another doping issue would bring, especially with the JTL situation so fresh in people's minds.

  • Team Sky....Discuss1 year 4 weeks agoBut he says its just part of

    But he says its just part of his job, rather than fuming.

    http://road.cc/content/news/117574-sergio-henao-currently-team-skys-acti...

  • Updated: Team Sky says its riders are not given painkiller Tramadol and it should be banned1 year 4 weeks agonotfastenough wrote:Is it

    notfastenough wrote:
    Is it reasonable for us to ask for your medical history? No? Personal info and all that, so why is it ok to demand this from athletes?

    Not got a problem with anyone seeing my medical history - apart from a few stiches and a minor back injury from rugby, there's nothing much else to see.

    Why would an athlete have an issue with their TUE's being made public, unless it became apparent that athletes have more allergies and conditions requiring medication than the average person?

  • Switching to a road bike.1 year 4 weeks agogiobox wrote:Following the

    giobox wrote:
    Following the Astra Zeneca judgment and the addition of VAT to cycle to work schemes don't assume this is the best option, especially if a basic rate tax payer. This has massively reduced the attractiveness of C2W.

    This is nothing particularly new. Yes, in the past a further saving could be made on the VAT, but C2W essentially still offers up to a 42% saving plus an interest free loan on a new bike, which you'll struggle to better elsewhere. I acknowledge that the scheme isn't so attractive if you don't want to keep the bike for the longer term, as the end-of-hire options that allow immediate ownership (i.e. if you want to sell the bike) will offset a large chunk of the saving, but that's the whole point of the scheme. It's not intended as a means to scratch the n+1 itch...

    To the OP, certainly don't rule out C2W if your employer offers it, as it can make your money go much further. Otherwise, levermonkey's comments are fair, but the short of it is that there's a plethora of good road bikes around the grand mark, so get out to a few local shops and test-ride some.

    FWIW, I switched to a road bike from a "hybridised" mountain bike that I'd mainly used for commuting, and there's been no looking back as far as the performance is concerned. In fact, I'm back on the mountain bike this week as the road bike is in the shop, and it's bloody awful!

  • Team Sky....Discuss1 year 4 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:The way I see

    Gkam84 wrote:
    The way I see it, Henao is doing this for the benefit of cycling, not just Sky.

    He is being monitored by the UCI while taking on different tests at both sea level and altitude to see how his levels compare to "normal" people. I think (not 100%) on this, that they have a test subject, also being tested, that was not born at altitude, so their system for doing things is different.

    I don't think it has much to do with him failing any tests or doing any doping. It shows that the UCI are being pro-active.

    I don't know if he was picked on purpose or just had more inconsistent levels as can be expected from someone born and raised at altitude.

    The UCI have nothing to do with the decision. It's been entirely taken by Sky management. Yes, Sky have said they will make the findings available to UCI, WADA etc, but the fact remains this is a purely management decision. Again, if Henao is clean, he has every right to be annoyed, especially as Sky are robbing him of the ability to accumulate UCI Points, points that are vital to any kind of career progression should he ever change team.

  • Updated: Team Sky says its riders are not given painkiller Tramadol and it should be banned1 year 4 weeks agoThere was a very good article

    There was a very good article in today's Times about all this. Made a very good point of exactly where do you draw the line on "drugs"? What is and isn't a drug?

    And to be honest, when I was on Tramadol (fractured pelvis) it wiped me out totally; on the odd occasions I was awake I was barely able to string a sentence together so if anyone can race a bike on it they're doing better than me! Although it's obviously something to do with opiates since both morphine and codeine have very similar effects to Tramadol on me.

  • Updated: Team Sky says its riders are not given painkiller Tramadol and it should be banned1 year 4 weeks agoIs it reasonable for us to

    Is it reasonable for us to ask for your medical history? No? Personal info and all that, so why is it ok to demand this from athletes?

  • Romandie1 year 4 weeks agoAwwww did PCS let you down

    Awwww did PCS let you down Devil Devil Devil Devil Devil Devil Devil Devil

    The official startlist is not long out, so can't do anything about it

  • Updated: Team Sky says its riders are not given painkiller Tramadol and it should be banned1 year 4 weeks agoratattat wrote: Why the fu*k

    ratattat wrote:

    Why the fu*k would Sky issue a statement about the use of a legal painkiller ? Do we need a statement when Froome uses a Vic inhaler or takes a paracetamol . Every teams riders will be taking this it won't be just Sky

    Because yet again, there is a conflict between official Sky statements (team doc saying it is used minimally to manage pain from injuries, and agreeing that it should be a banned substance) and the reality (if Barry is telling the truth and hasn't been misquoted) - i.e. that he saw some Sky riders using it regularly.

    Also, not every team's riders will be taking this drug - for starters MPCC members have banned it. That's not to say all their riders will adhere to their self-imposed ban, but there is a recognition by a large number of teams that this drug is widely used for performance-enhancement, which is against the spirit of the rules (note Barry says it is as performance enhancing as any other drug he's taken).

    Regarding a statement from Sky whenever Froome uses an inhaler, etc - what I would like to see from the clean, ethical Sky is a full list of all their TUE's - that would go a long way to revealing just how ethical they really are.

  • The big 41 year 4 weeks agoIf it were me, it'd be the

    If it were me, it'd be the Bianchi. Decent grumpy (gruppo, but I liked the autocorrect)

    Nice classical colour, classy looking all round.

  • Aldi Cycling Gear for Summer1 year 4 weeks agoThe Aldi website now has the

    The Aldi website now has the catalogue up, with pictures and descriptions. The soft shell jacket looks alright, as does most of it, to be honest.

    I'm on an organised ride all day Sunday though, so will have to hope there's still some bits left on Bank Holiday Monday. Didn't have huge problems getting stuff a day or two later in the winter sale mind, as I am at the upper end of the sizing scale!

  • Video: In the car with Orica-GreenEdge as Simon Gerrans wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege1 year 4 weeks agonice to see a good lad

    nice to see a good lad winning

  • The big 41 year 4 weeks agoNot much point in me replying

    Not much point in me replying then Wink

  • Team Sky....Discuss1 year 4 weeks agogiobox wrote:Him Up North

    giobox wrote:
    Him Up North wrote:
    The past few weeks you can file under terribly bad luck. Bigger picture they seem a team in transition. To my mind they should have offered Rigoberto Uran whatever he wanted (unto half of Dave Brailsford's kingdom) to sign an extension. For his part, Rigo might just be wondering if he made the right move.

    I have to disagree with this. Uran is a man with grand tour GC ambitions, and its clear that Sky have a pecking order where GCs are concerned. Previously it was Wiggins before Froome, now its Froome before Porte. Uran was realistically never going to get a team lead role unless the 'A' rider suffered a miss fortune, much as we saw with Wiggins at the Giro last year. At Omega Pharma Uran gets to be the 'A' rider in grand tours.

    Having looked at the presumptive startlist for the Giro, perhaps I was harsh re. OPQS's Grand Tour ambitions. Re. Uran staying at Sky, I honestly think Porte doesn't have it in him to contend GC in Grand Tours whilst Uran does, and in that respect Sky got their pecking order wrong. No doubt Richie will prove me wrong in July when he's the one being told to slow down for his leader..!

  • Updated: Team Sky says its riders are not given painkiller Tramadol and it should be banned1 year 4 weeks agospence129 wrote:The NHS

    spence129 wrote:
    The NHS website says Tramadol is for Pain and Severe Pain, most of Team Sky will be in Severe pain during their ride, so using it before every race is not misuse. I take codeine before a ride if I am doing 40+ miles otherwise my back kills.

    A pain killer is not for pain like that, cycling is not severe pain in the slightest.
    If you're popping codeine before every ride I'd take a serious look at your bike fit and do some work on flexibility and core, much better for you than depending on a opiate based drug which long term is not that good for you.

  • Romandie1 year 4 weeks agoCrazy late startlist

    Crazy late startlist confirmations are very frustrating. Kwiatkowski was on the PCS startlist early but OPQS said he wans't riding. All the sudden he is and so is Nibali!

  • Video: In the car with Orica-GreenEdge as Simon Gerrans wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege1 year 4 weeks agoCongrats to Gerro, Albo,

    Congrats to Gerro, Albo, Clarko, Impo, Meiero, Meyero, Santaromitaro and er, Ween Dog

    Applause Applause Applause

  • Video: In the car with Orica-GreenEdge as Simon Gerrans wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege1 year 4 weeks agoBrilliant

    Brilliant

  • Carbon frame life cycle1 year 4 weeks agoI seem to remember that, when

    I seem to remember that, when carbon fibre frames first appeared on our Christmas lists, one manufacturer's testing laboratory released a video of different forks being stress tested on a powerful machine that repeatedly flexed the legs.

    The engineer reckoned an aluminium fork might tolerate this torture for a few hours, a steel design for a whole day and the carbon equivalent would still be in one piece in a year's time. I was mightily impressed by this claim and have no reason to doubt its veracity.

    I should say that it didn't affect my judgement of aesthetics. I still don't like the look of those huge, ungainly tubes and have never bought a carbon bike. I have succumbed to the lure of composite forks but that's as far as this old man is prepared to go.

  • Team Sky....Discuss1 year 4 weeks agoThe way I see it, Henao is

    The way I see it, Henao is doing this for the benefit of cycling, not just Sky.

    He is being monitored by the UCI while taking on different tests at both sea level and altitude to see how his levels compare to "normal" people. I think (not 100%) on this, that they have a test subject, also being tested, that was not born at altitude, so their system for doing things is different.

    I don't think it has much to do with him failing any tests or doing any doping. It shows that the UCI are being pro-active.

    I don't know if he was picked on purpose or just had more inconsistent levels as can be expected from someone born and raised at altitude.

  • Chamois cream ... Idiots guide1 year 4 weeks agoFor time trials and the

    For time trials and the longer Audax events, I always used the following "recipe".

    Mix 25 parts Johnsons baby lotion to one part Savlon, using an electric whisk.
    Apply to real chamois 24 hours before event.
    Store in plastic bag to prevent dust or other contamination from landing on chamois.
    Add more of this solution immediately prior to event.
    Apply E45 librally to skin.

    In my experience, this combination has always been good for at least 24 hours, and cheap too.