• Giro d'Italia Stage 20: Michael Rogers wins stage, Nairo Quintana poised to win overall1 year 4 weeks agoI enjoyed watching Wout Poels

    I enjoyed watching Wout Poels pull the sunglasses off of the face of a fan and hurl them into the hedgerow but it's a shame that so many riders had to take issue with the fans encroaching - if you've got any knowledge or love for the sport then you just wouldn't get in the way like that.

    I guess the Zoncalon is an extreme case due to the gradients slowing the riders so much but it was really too much at times. Hope the idiot who ruined Bongiorno's race got the justice of the crowd.

  • Exclusive Just In: Storck TIX1 year 4 weeks agoVery nice.

    Very nice.

  • Police stop cyclist - and find portable crystal meth lab in backpack1 year 4 weeks agoEPO is soooo last year

    EPO is soooo last year

  • Womens World Cup-Tour of Chongming Island1 year 4 weeks agoSo did I not win this one

    So did I not win this one after all?

  • Giro 20141 year 4 weeks agodrheaton wrote:My purist

    drheaton wrote:
    My purist team:

    Quintana
    Rodriguez
    Evans
    Viviani
    Kittel
    Arredondo
    Malacarne
    Chicchi
    Van Baarle

    Until this morning I had Matthews instead of Viviani, after that I dropped Matthews/Malacarne/Chicchi for Zoidl, Cunego and Castaldo. In the end I figured one top sprinter was a better bet than three middling GC prospects and figured Viviani was the better pick.

    Also, 180 credits is way too generous when it comes to picking a purist team. I should not be able to pick the top three GC guys AND the top two sprinters in one team.

    So judging on ur purist teams position can we assume that the 180 budget isn't as bad as you first thought?

    I honestly think it's made the game more interesting

  • Targets for 20141 year 4 weeks agoenrique wrote:chiv30

    enrique wrote:
    chiv30 wrote:
    Well I've had forum fun ....Enrique paid up and I'm... behind Dr...
    And you've been 'demuted'! Smile

    Unfortunately being muted wasn't one of my goals Waiting

  • Best vehicle you've ever drafted?1 year 4 weeks agoOh this is my favourite

    Oh this is my favourite thing. As one of my team mates once said, when a truck goes past I'm like a rat up a drain pipe.

    Out here in the UAE we have a lot of very heavy construction trucks and also water tankers, which are the best. 40,000 litres of water takes a long time to get up to speed and it isn't stopping in a hurry either so I have no worries about safety, plus the road surface is generally very good.

    If I can catch them at a roundabout on a nice long straight I have frequently got past 70km/h before I start to spin out, although I only know that by looking at the data afterwards - it's not a good thing to be looking at your stem in those moments. I find control and turbulence tends to get a bit sketchy past 70-75km/h anyway.

    My absolute best draft was on a long route we do where I got onto the back of a small truck which was loaded with hay bales just at the top of a big climb. I stayed with it for about 30km, even up some climbs which was bloody difficult. Bagged a few KOMs that day !

  • "Concours des Alpes" open to entrants1 year 4 weeks agoToo late for me to factor

    Too late for me to factor into summer plans but I like the idea and the cost is very reasonable.

    I've always avoided the big sportive events for exactly the reasons mentioned in the article. Until recently with a small group of friends we would find a small sportive in France or Belgium each year.

    We were often the only English entrants, sign-on would be in someone's front room in the local village, no problem finding good accommodation, drive to the start, and it ended in the same place. And a lot of them take these events very seriously so there is no shortage of competition if you want it.

    But I would love to ride these climbs in the Alps and I've never done a whole cycling holiday (stage races, but that isn't a holiday), so I hope this event continues and I get a chance to do it.

  • LoveVeloArt release cycling cards and limited edition prints1 year 4 weeks agoArtist is not so good. Lemond

    Artist is not so good. Lemond in particular is like something I did in school.

  • Vasectomy and Cycling1 year 4 weeks agoI had mine done on Friday.

    I had mine done on Friday. The urologist I used prefers to do it under general anaesthetic, because it is best for the anxiety. I had no arguments with that.

    The biggest issue to date was the anxiety before the procedure. I started feeling a bit of an aching feeling about half an hour after I came round and the nurse suggested I take some paracetamol, which I did. In all, I've taken 4 paracetamol tablets so far. I'm still applying the ice, but feel quite comfortable.

    Right now, the worst thing is the cabin fever, as I have spent the entire weekend since Friday afternoon on the couch.

    I've been wearing bib knicks under my clothes since leaving the hospital to provide extra support. So far, very limited swelling, almost no pain. As I am going it is going to take a supreme act of willpower to stay off the bike until Thursday, which is what I had planned before the procedure as the earliest time for getting back on the bike. - I planned the procedure for the 2nd last day of Autumn, so that I could enjoy all the warm weather on the bike. At this stage, I need a rest anyhow!

  • Stage 20 : Monte Zoncolan1 year 4 weeks agoTERatcliffe26 wrote:VVV73

    TERatcliffe26 wrote:
    VVV73 wrote:
    Alan Tullett wrote:
    Wellens definitely one for the future but more the Tour than Giro or Vuelta I think.

    Wellens didn't ride break either, he rode up that hill with Uran and Nairo, that's an effort !

    Think you will find he was in the break, well bridged to the break when intwas down to about a 2 minute gap. He certainly didn't ride up with Quintana and co


    Quite correct, tho he wasn't in Break, he was in chase with zardini and Quen, taking off at 65km. My apologies on that one. Still impressed Smile

  • Police stop cyclist - and find portable crystal meth lab in backpack1 year 4 weeks agoMr Roger feel, he was

    Mr Roger feel, he was obviously not a gentleman... maybe an fwit at a push.

  • 'Flimsy little helmets' completely pointless, says leading brain surgeon1 year 4 weeks agoMust be Mad wrote:Never ever

    Must be Mad wrote:
    Never ever heard anyone crash, hit their head and then say 'wow - thank god I wasn't wearing a helmet...'
    This is true of helmet-wearing pedestrians too.

    And you never hear cyclists say "thank god I wasn't wearing a proper actual motorbike helmet rather than this foam helmet" after a tumble. Or spine protection body armour. It's just not something they say. Goes to show, something or other.

  • LoveVeloArt release cycling cards and limited edition prints1 year 4 weeks agoIt's called art. If

    It's called art. If everything was captured only in photos, the world would be the worse for it.

    As for "poncy London cycling cafe", you don't have to go into them.

  • 'Flimsy little helmets' completely pointless, says leading brain surgeon1 year 4 weeks agomichophull wrote:ambulance

    michophull wrote:
    ambulance crew couldn't believe I'd spent so much on a Trek Madone and eschewed the lid
    Well, this sums up the ignorance and idiocy of it - they imagined your helmet choice was cash driven.

    One valid reason to wear a helmet that we might all agree on is that the helmet protects one's fragile bonce from having to listen to their idiotic told-you-so as one is carted into their ambulance following some unfortunate run-in with a drunk driver or dreadful infrastructure.

  • 'Flimsy little helmets' completely pointless, says leading brain surgeon1 year 4 weeks agoI have heard from lots of

    I have heard from lots of people how have crashed, hit their head and then said 'wow - thank god I was wearing a helmet, it really saved me'

    Never ever heard anyone crash, hit their head and then say 'wow - thank god I wasn't wearing a helmet...'

  • Targets for 20141 year 4 weeks agochiv30 wrote:Well I've had

    chiv30 wrote:
    Well I've had forum fun ....Enrique paid up and I'm... behind Dr...
    And you've been 'demuted'! Smile

  • Giro 20141 year 4 weeks agoThe only doubt that plagues

    The only doubt that plagues me about the Giro is whether Joaquim was in any kind of shape to come close and maybe even beat Quintana... I wish he'd had been able to continue to add drama to the Giro...

  • Stage 20 : Monte Zoncolan1 year 4 weeks agoJoelsim wrote:... just had a

    Joelsim wrote:
    ... just had a look at some of the values for the Dauphine guys....
    Where'd you look?... Thinking

  • Dauphine1 year 4 weeks agoI can't wait either! I hope

    I can't wait either! I hope you do well at this one too! Smile

  • 'Flimsy little helmets' completely pointless, says leading brain surgeon1 year 4 weeks agopablo wrote: I work in the

    pablo wrote:
    I work in the car industry and regularly get to see the results of pedestrian impact testing. When you see a dummies head deform a windscreen a helmet always looks like a good idea.....

    [[[[ Pablo---I agree wholeheartedly. Pedestrians (and dummies) should definately wear helmets. Especially the ones that insist all cyclists should! Funnily enough, I must have hit the deck at least 10 times while cycling over the years, sustaining road-rash, big bruising, hip-pain, red-faced embarrassment, boiling rage almost to the point of violence, but no bone-breaks or dislocations, and it's never been me HEAD that's hit the roads, the trees, the vehicles, or the jay-walking pedestrians....and to think that all these years, I should, according to many pontificating promulgators (oooh!), have been sporting a lid. Actually, I do sometimes pop on the old Banana hat (trackhat, "hairnet") over the cotton race cap, but really just for nostalgia and the funny comments, but I don't kid myself it'll do much for me if I head-butt a truck at 26mph....but then neither will any other polystyrene thingy.
    P.R.

  • Giro d'Italia Stage 20: Michael Rogers wins stage, Nairo Quintana poised to win overall1 year 4 weeks agoSuggestion for GT organisers-

    Suggestion for GT organisers- a 5 second bonus for any rider who manages to lamp any of the idiots who run alongside them on climbs - and 7 sec if the fan is in fancy dress!

  • 50 + 100 Mile Advice1 year 4 weeks agoI've never ridden as far as

    I've never ridden as far as 100 miles but when I used to run races the best advice I ever got was don't get "dragged out" at the start. Know the pace you should be travelling at and stick to it. Mixing with faster "athletes", the excitement of the start and the enthusiasm of the spectators can mean that you can overcook it over the first 2-3 miles and then spend the rest of the trip struggling. Good luck and I hope it goes well

  • "Concours des Alpes" open to entrants1 year 4 weeks agoLooks fantastic! Sadly not an

    Looks fantastic! Sadly not an option for me this year so I hope it will be repeated next year too

  • Targets for 20141 year 4 weeks agoDidn't write my goals on this

    Didn't write my goals on this thread at the start of the year but my main aim is to finish above 42nd overall. I was at one point 42nd in fantasy premier league so I'd like to get higher than that in a sport I actually care about.

    I'm currently 21st in standard so it's working well. Re-assessing my goals I'd like to keep my first place in London; let's see how that goes.

    And not crumple at the end of a stage race after doing well at the start (Classics, Catalunya)