• Improving bike-handling skills1 year 9 weeks agoI reckon keep racing, you

    I reckon keep racing, you need to improve your confidence at race pace on a road bike surrounded by other riders.

  • Stage 171 year 9 weeks agoFroome, contador, mollamer,

    Froome, contador, mollamer, quintana

  • Stage 171 year 9 weeks agoGone for a slightly different

    Gone for a slightly different team with some transfers saved for tommorrow.

    Christopher Froome
    Richie Porte
    Lars Boom
    Julien El Fares
    Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas
    Michael Rogers
    Murilo Antonio Fischer
    Maxime Mederel

  • Improving bike-handling skills1 year 9 weeks agoSounds like a bit of MTBing

    Sounds like a bit of MTBing is a good idea. Thanks!

    I did wonder about Cyclocross too. I'm sure the thought of buying another bike will go down wonderfully at home!

  • Thousands protest in London to demand 'Space for Cycling' after latest HGV death1 year 9 weeks agoQuote:Conversely, in London,

    Quote:
    Conversely, in London, there is presently a night time ban on HGVs – implemented in 1985 when lorries were much louder – which dramatically increases HGV congestion during the day.

    This is a key point. I suspect a lot of haulage companies would be happier making deliveries at night so swap a nighttime ban for a daytime ban and everyone's happy!

  • Why can’t we have a women’s Tour de France?1 year 9 weeks agoDuring the Olympics many

    During the Olympics many people will watch sports they will never watch the rest of the year. That is what makes the Olympics special. But it means you can't point at it to show that people will watch a sport.

    Anyway, I think women's cycling should turn their weakness into a strength, instead of trying to be exactly like the men, but more mediocre. Start a breakaway league and do outrageous stuff. Camera's on bikes, special race formats, etc.

  • Tour de France Stage 16 reaction - Froome slams Contador over risky riding1 year 9 weeks agoGo easy on the boy - To be

    Go easy on the boy - To be fair, I think Froome probably had a really sore neck from actually having to look up.......

    Laughing

  • Price inflation1 year 9 weeks agostevemarks wrote:I wonder if

    stevemarks wrote:
    I wonder if the lack of cheap riders is because of the Katushka situation. There are less wildcard teams who would have cheaper riders because they do not accumulate points in the normal course of a road CC season. However I did note that for instance on TOC it was difficult to use up the allowance ie there were too many cheap riders and that might be for exactly the same reason? I do think that an average value or maximum total value to the field might possibly help.

    Yeah, that probably hasn't helped either. Having Bretagne or NetApp or another wildcard team would have padded out the cheap riders a bit.

    I was having a think about the average and the problem is that prices are set before the rosters are announced. Once the terrain is known the rider prices are calculated then the start list is update as teams are confirmed.

    That means that unless you're happy with rider values changing after the competition is open (which I'm not happy with) or we don't open comps until all teams are announced (not ideal as this'd sometimes be the day before the race) there's no way to avoid a situation where cheap riders are announced in advance for a race then they're all pulled and replaced by expensive riders at the last minute.

    That's a problem for changing the budget's too. You don't want to change the budget after the point where people have already picked their teams which means setting a budget based on teams which are not confirmed.

    I say leave it as it is for now and see if the problem arises again through the year. If not then don't change anything as I think the game is working really well at the minute.

  • Comedian arrested over Japanese auction-and-steal bike thefts1 year 9 weeks agoarowland

    arowland wrote:
    Quote:
    Keneshima’s user ID at the auction site led police to him, but he has denied the allegations and told investigators he does not know why he was arrested.

    May be stolen identity and not the comedian at all.

    Follow the money trail - the auction funds MUST have been cleared through some sort of escrow account OR the aution included other payment info - simples

  • Price inflation1 year 9 weeks agoI wonder if the lack of cheap

    I wonder if the lack of cheap riders is because of the Katushka situation. There are less wildcard teams who would have cheaper riders because they do not accumulate points in the normal course of a road CC season. However I did note that for instance on TOC it was difficult to use up the allowance ie there were too many cheap riders and that might be for exactly the same reason? I do think that an average value or maximum total value to the field might possibly help.

  • Stage 171 year 9 weeks agoOut: Voeckler, Gilbert,

    Out: Voeckler, Gilbert, Bakelandts, Navarro
    In: Froome, Mollema, Castroviejo, Bonnet

    Froome
    Kwiatkowski
    Mollema
    De Gendt
    Castroviejo
    Bonnet
    Mederel
    Fischer
    El Fares

  • Stage 171 year 9 weeks agoFroome Mollema Peraud Roy De

    Froome
    Mollema
    Peraud
    Roy
    De Gendt
    Fischer
    Navarro
    Mederel
    Willems

    Hard to squeeze good TT climbers in with a 40 credit rider in your team Thinking

  • Why can’t we have a women’s Tour de France?1 year 9 weeks agodoc wrote:There are all kinds

    doc wrote:
    There are all kinds of opinions, mostly from reading coming from people who have never run a race. Running two in parallel requires an essential doubling of resource, and if a commercial promoter did that there would have to be substantial financial support to allow it to happen. Then there issue of strength in depth - certainly in the UK it is not there, which is why women's races are spread over long stretches of road quite quickly, as the number of quality riders is low, and the fields are often made up of lots of 3/4 category riders, who with few exceptions seem to be "cannon fidder" for the class riders. The comment about dwindling fields is spot on. The races will get run IF the riders support them.
    The best solution is probably NOT running alongside men's races, because they will simply be likely to be viewed as the "poor relation", a prologue to the "real race". Is that what the campaigners want?
    Much better to go the route announced by the ToB organisers, start a separate race, 5 days, terrain not to demanding, see how it works, include all the proper support just as the ToB has, and see if it can be grown, attract more sponsor money. Properly presented, this could so easily be a winner, and rapidly rise to be the premier women's stage race in europe, if not the world. Then watch the interest generated. It's got to be worth a try. Perhaps the campaigners should forget the "TdF" focus and work to get a full and proper programme of races at sensible distances and terrain which will ENTERTAIN the TV audience, which surely is key to getting the finance to grow to a point where the pressure to run a TdF Feminin is a commercial proossition which will get the big organisers involved.
    Now, anyone with £300,000 a day to run a top class women's stage race, bacause that's somewhere around the figure?

    I agree. But then you and I awlays agree! Cool

  • Thousands protest in London to demand 'Space for Cycling' after latest HGV death1 year 9 weeks ago"As I tweet, a HGV driver

    "As I tweet, a HGV driver pulls up talking on a mobile handset. I tell him to stop. 'Cyclists should take more care' he says."

    Just says it all really doesn't it !!!!

  • Nigel Mitchell reveals Team Sky's nutrition tricks1 year 9 weeks agoLance eats Leeks and beans

    Lance eats Leeks and beans every day ! Cool
    Glad I'm not on the SKY starvation diet !

    "Leeks" is fast and aero position with no strain on the pedals, just fluid movement. "Beans" is a comfortable climbing effort- not going into to the red, instead a slow, comfortable pace- all designed to keep the joints in use, without adding to any strain or injury already incurred.

    Keep on gettin'on.
    Lance

  • Help with tyre choice1 year 9 weeks agoConti GP4000s (folders) for

    Conti GP4000s (folders) for me. Fast rolling, long wearing, tough. Being using these all year round for several years and am very satisfied with them.

  • Froome & Brailsford speak out on doping, issue challenge for way to prove Sky is clean1 year 9 weeks agoDecster wrote: As for

    Decster wrote:

    As for brailsford's quote.

    here

    "However Brailsford then mentioned WADA as perhaps a portal for the team to execute the analysis of data. There are currently no concrete plans to do anything of the sort, however Brailsford did admit that he'd talked to WADA about the idea."


    Ok, so there IS no quote. Would have been easier if you'd just apologised.

  • Price inflation1 year 9 weeks agoOh, one other thing that's

    Oh, one other thing that's cause a 'problem'. You can no longer pick up a cheap 'Quintana' for the Tour because their prices reflect their form and ability at the start of the race and not what the road.cc guys thought their form would be at the start of the season.

    If prices were set at the season start then Quintana would be dirt cheap. The current situation with prices set on past performance, changing for each race, is a big step up from season long pricing.

    On the other hand, with season long pricing the likes of Gilbert (not doing well) and others would be much more expensive but, being out of form, their prices have fallen.

    What's happened is that (rightly) the price of the riders we want to pick has gone up and the price of the riders we're less likely to pick has gone down. I think this is spot on.

  • Stage 171 year 9 weeks agoFroome will win just a

    Froome will win just a question of by how much? 1 minute 2 minutes? Quintana should go well. Mollema, Castroviejo, and De Gendt for me. the rest are all filler. considered Kwiatowski and Tony Martin, don't think they will be up at the pointy end today.

  • Tour Tech 2013: Ridley Helium SL loses 100g for the Tour1 year 9 weeks agoIt's more that the bars

    It's more that the bars should be rotated down, the levers are in the right place otherwise

  • Nigel Mitchell reveals Team Sky's nutrition tricks1 year 9 weeks ago2000 mg day.

    2000 mg day.

  • Tour Tech 2013: Movistar’s Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think 2 + video1 year 9 weeks agoLovely bike. Sorry to be a

    Lovely bike.

    Sorry to be a bike bore but Spesh have 3 not 2 teams. OPQS, Astana and Saxo.

  • Price inflation1 year 9 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:I think its fine

    Gkam84 wrote:
    I think its fine as is. The reason there are fewer cheap riders is the teams have sent strong teams that are top heavy with good riders.

    So its sent the game a bit wonky. Its still be fun and also more even, no-one is running away with massive scores.

    Lets see what comes in the tour of Poland and if the balance is restored and then think about Vuelta Wink

    Have to agree, this year's tour is an aberration. It's the first race in a long time where there are so few cheap riders. In the case of most of the smaller week long races we've actually had loads of cheap riders and you've been able to field really really strong teams.

    Agree with others though that there needs to be a balance.

    How about putting in place a theoretical maximum average price calculated across all riders and if that is exceeded each rider's price is proportionally decreased?

    So, for example, you might put in place a 15 credit average, if the riders racing average say 18 credits then you proportionally reduce the average price of everyone from 18 to 15 across the board (perhaps with a minimum 3 credit price). What I would say is that I don't want prices scaled up if the average is low, it just wants to be a back up process in case we get a situation like we have this year where all the teams have fielded their A-teams.

  • Stage 171 year 9 weeks agoWhat about those technical

    What about those technical descents? Froome or Contador? 10 minutes to decide...

  • Tour de France Stage 16 reaction - Froome slams Contador over risky riding1 year 9 weeks agoFroome hasn't got anything on

    Froome hasn't got anything on Contador, stupid comment imo.