• Witness appeal as cyclist dies in suspected hit & run in Shropshire1 year 5 weeks agoRIP chap. In my experience

    RIP chap.

    In my experience far too many people drive too fast on that stretch of the A49, even more so than other roads.

  • L'Eroica Britannia: best of British1 year 5 weeks agomonty dog wrote:So how was it

    monty dog wrote:
    So how was it for those that didn't get a free jersey and schmoozed by Brooks? If this is going the way of L'Eroica in Italy then there's nothing like a bunch of free-loaders getting in the way of those that paid their entry and feel like they're only there to serve the needs of the sponsors and their guests?

    Hi Monty Dog

    as you can see here --> https://twitter.com/themartincox/status/481021039254986752/photo/1

    I'm giving my Brooks Jersey and Shorts away, so to be honest I don't think my integrity has been compromised too much.

    I actually found myself at several times throughout the weekend asking people around me if this was 'normal' and the resounding answer was 'no', it was an abnormal experience for nearly everyone, quite simply it was an excellent weekend!

    regardless of whether I get invited next year or not, I'll be there.

  • L'Eroica Britannia: best of British1 year 5 weeks agotherevokid wrote:isn't it

    therevokid wrote:
    isn't it "L'Eroica" ????

    Nah it's t'Eroica that's what we call it in t'Peaks anyway.

  • L'Eroica Britannia: best of British1 year 5 weeks agoI was there too. My family

    I was there too. My family and I had an amazing weekend. I can only echo the comments above - I've done numerous sportives in the UK, but never have I felt so welcome as I did on the Sunday ride. Being cheered and clapped as we rode through gorgeous little villages was a unique experience!
    If you're of a certain age, the bikes on display will have made you go weak at the knees.
    We'll definitely be back next year.

  • L'Eroica Britannia: best of British1 year 5 weeks agoIt was fantastic! Price wise

    It was fantastic! Price wise don't forget it included 3 nights camping for you and your family in the Peak District.
    Missing famous climbs? Well it would have needed to be a couple of times longer to get them all and even the 30 mile had a sting in the tail of the Monsal Hill Climb!
    Didn't wear a helmet this time but then I grew up riding these roads and trails (thats why my 1984 Raleigh Gran Course was wearing 28mm Gatorskins!) in a time before anyone but racers wore helmets.
    Had fun picking up all the £1000ish vintage Pinarellos and Colagnos and finding them heavier than my Raleigh but then I suppose 30 years ago it was the top non custom frame from a maker at the top of the game!

  • Are cracks appearing in the Walsh / Sky love affair?1 year 5 weeks agoRe: the original question, I

    Re: the original question, I get the feeling that Walsh is fuming about this, and he's probably hoping that this is as bad as it gets with Sky otherwise he'll have major egg on his face! I fear that such an unbearable conclusion to his 'relationship' with Sky may prevent him from delving too deep!

    Re: the TUE for Froome, leaving the UCI's failings to one side (Cookson has major questions to answer after vowing to clean-up the sport), Sky's behaviour needs to come under major scrutiny. How ill was Froome? - he must (or at least should) have been very ill for a team doc to apply for urgent treatment with glucocorticosteroids - so ill in fact that he surely should have been ordered to rest (the MPCC would have insisted that a rider from one of their member teams rested in this instance, or not take the drugs if the rider wished to continue - remember Nibali and the wasp sting on his face anyone?).

    So, were Sky using an illness (less severe than they suggest) as an excuse to gain a performance advantage without breaking any rules? - take a look back at Froome's performance, he certainly doesn't look too ill (he won a week-long stage race FFS). Check 2.34 - 3.10 and 4.10 - 4.29 in this clip (apologies for the 'cheesy' commentary):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aV47MQWsR0E

  • Video: "My name is Penis Head" — meet Britain's sweariest driver1 year 5 weeks agoHarry_J wrote:I assume you

    Harry_J wrote:
    I assume you were in earnest re your 355 ownership, is it a GTS, GTB or spider? and in all honesty do you know what was happening at Dunsfold today?

    I'm a car nut, so it's a manual GTB, of course. Am aware of the charity event at Dunsfold but didn't want to show up Chris Evans' LaFerrari with my Capristo.

    I really don't think we know eachother, by the way.

  • Shutt VR Ltd Edition Green Tweed Cap1 year 5 weeks agoThe inside looks nice, looks

    The inside looks nice, looks like it's well made and I do like tweed, but it's not really for me. Maybe on a cold autumnal evening, on the way to the Watson Pub, preferably with lots of fog and and all that. I wonder if pipes will have made a complete comeback by then...

  • Carbon frame life1 year 5 weeks agoGiven that Boeing has largely

    Given that Boeing has largely built its Dreamliner out of carbon fibre I imagine they hope/expect it will last quite well. Better than its batteries in any case. I trust Boeing did a bit of research before opting for carbon but they won't be taxiing down British roads.

  • Ciocc Frames1 year 5 weeks agoI think it's pronounced choc,

    I think it's pronounced choc, as in chocolate. If you want to be pedentic (or correct, depending on your point of view, you should probably give the C at the end a bit of emphasis) Anyway, I've always liked them

  • L'Eroica Britannia: best of British1 year 5 weeks agoI was there. It was a

    I was there. It was a fantastic ride and a great event. The entry price included camping for three nights so I think it represented good value. The free food along the way was all local produce and very tasty and the Pimms stop at Chatsworth house (93miles) was a nice touch. The route was challenging but not crazy and the long sections along strade bianche style gravel trails and the railway tunnels were very memorable although a little sketchy and challenging at times on 23mm tyres.

    The festival had plenty going on for non-riding friends and family and it's a great area for making a long weekend of it. Great food and beer, live music, fairground rides etc etc Very friendly locals along the way - puts the New Forest to shame!

    A different kind of bike porn on display than at the usual cafe stop. If you don't appreciate all of that steel and chrome then you've lost connection with the soul of cycling. Putting together my steed (a Molteni Merckx) and outfit over the weeks and months has been great fun too. I need to try harder on the decorative facial hair front though!

    You seemingly can't avoid the helmet debate on any thread on this site. My own personal feeling was that I didn't fancy being unprotected (within the range of impact parameters where a helmet affords some degree of mitigation of the degree of injury) so I borrowed a friend's 1980s original Bell monstrosity so I looked the part to some degree. This ride emphasised personal choice and being less competitive than your usual sportive. It's not a risk-free activity though. On one of the longest/fastest descents I encountered the aftermath of a very nasty looking wipeout with the unlucky guy bleeding pretty heavily from the head. I hope he's OK.

  • David Walsh claims Team Sky's use of therapeutic use exemptions conflicts with its ethical stance1 year 5 weeks agoOh dear, their (un)official

    Oh dear, their (un)official mouth-piece is starting to see the wood from the trees!

    I'd like to know when he found out Froome had asthma - was it when he was getting to know him when in bed (sorry imbedded) with Sky, or did he read it recently in a Sky PR release like the rest of us (after puffer-gate) and has swallowed that one without question too?

    Sky are like a poor liar - it is said that to be a good liar you need a very good memory - Sky either can't remember the BS they trot out or they're so arrogant* they don't give a crap (*anyone remember their first season where they warmed up in secret, hidden behind a screen outside the team bus?)

  • Are cracks appearing in the Walsh / Sky love affair?1 year 5 weeks agoBOOM....No

    BOOM....No committee

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/cycling/10921050/Internatio...

  • Video: "My name is Penis Head" — meet Britain's sweariest driver1 year 5 weeks agoAnd as I've pointed out as

    And as I've pointed out as well Fluffy, by far the majority of adult cyclists are drivers also.

  • Zipp launch 404 Firestrike wheels and 202 disc brake wheels1 year 5 weeks agoI take that back, on another

    I take that back, on another website a picture shows that they're actually printed and not stickers any more. Makes you wonder why they didn't do that in the first place though.

  • Witness appeal as cyclist dies in suspected hit & run in Shropshire1 year 5 weeks agoBloody hell, poor farmer

    Bloody hell, poor farmer coming across that. Im guessing at that time in the morning the poor guy had been lying in the verge all night. V. Sad rip

  • Ciocc Frames1 year 5 weeks agoI've seen Neil Walton in Bike

    I've seen Neil Walton in Bike Shak, Altrincham - I remember him from my running days.

    I think it's his business, although not certain.

  • Zipp launch 404 Firestrike wheels and 202 disc brake wheels1 year 5 weeks agoSo if "The new wavy dimple

    So if "The new wavy dimple pattern" is so good why so they cover a third of it over with zipp stickers?

  • L'Eroica Britannia: best of British1 year 5 weeks agoBrilliant I wish I had been

    Cool Brilliant I wish I had been there, L'eroica Britannia is here to stay I hope, the PEAKS look superb must have a PEAK sometime soon!...off now feeling a little PEAK...ish prob will have a PEAK frean biscuit!
    Ha ha there is always one isnt there!

  • Are cracks appearing in the Walsh / Sky love affair?1 year 5 weeks agostumps wrote:Getting back to

    stumps wrote:
    Getting back to the original post - Walsh has made his money from Sky by being big buddy with them but, now that he has his money, he is reverting back to type of a press reporter.

    Disagree with that view.
    Walsh came to prominence pursuing Armstrong, one of the few who spoke out against him. He wrote a few books, published some articles, then spent a year at sky investigating whether or not they really were clean.

    He found no evidence of doping, the book seems reasonably objective, I wouldn't say he gave them an easy tine. Yes he made some money writing about it afterwards, but don't think that means he lacks integrity.

    He continues to be critical when he thinks sky are less than transparent, just as he was at times in his book.

  • Ghana fields first ever track cyclist at Commonwealth Games this summer1 year 5 weeks agoIf you are on twitter, look

    If you are on twitter, look him up @IAMJEDDIE

    Really friendly guy.

  • L'Eroica Britannia: best of British1 year 5 weeks agoSo how was it for those that

    So how was it for those that didn't get a free jersey and schmoozed by Brooks? If this is going the way of L'Eroica in Italy then there's nothing like a bunch of free-loaders getting in the way of those that paid their entry and feel like they're only there to serve the needs of the sponsors and their guests?

  • Joe's No Flats Yellow Gel Innertube Sealant1 year 5 weeks agoThanks for the reply, so, 4

    Thanks for the reply, so, 4 tubes out of 1 tube seems like a good investment, i will give it a try. Off to see if my tubes have removable cores...

  • L'Eroica Britannia: best of British1 year 5 weeks agoWas it classed as a sportive

    Was it classed as a sportive and was there insurance coverage? The reason I ask is that (sensibly) riders could choose their headwear or lack of it, whereas at other events (Wiggle) failure to don the polystyrene will result in ejection from the event due to 'insurance issues.' Can anyone illuminate please?

  • L'Eroica Britannia: best of British1 year 5 weeks agoP3t3 wrote:I know you are in

    P3t3 wrote:
    I know you are in Bristol, but its a bit of a clanger for a local...

    So's that. We're in Bath.