• Emma Pooley says it's 'nuts' she gets more prize money from triathlon 'hobby' than pro cycling1 year 4 weeks agoThis argument drives me

    This argument drives me nuts...

    I totally get why Emma and women are moaning, I totally appreciate that the top riders should be earning more... they should be. Its the same argument that has me moaning that if I was a footballer not a cyclist, at the level I compete, I'd be earning a six figure salary, not working in an office...

    But that's the reality... as a sport, cycling generally doesn't do enough to attract the big money, and here we are, scrabbling around for the scraps.

    Womens cycling is not where it needs to be to generate the income needed to pay its stars the cash they deserve. Its as simple as that. Its not sexist, its not men raging against the women, its just the way it is.

    As I've commented on before, womens cycling has great potential because it is 30 years behind the mens game. Its great that you can pick your winner from a handful of starters... you can then have heroes and turn up with a chance to support them achieving something. There are only a handful of mens racing where that is still possible, and guess what, they are the most popular.

    So... the sport has to do something to address this. And to me, that something is not simply moaning about sexual inequality. No one owes womens cycling anything, like any professional sport, it has to prove itself popular enough to earn the corporate dollar to pay its wages.

    There are hundreds of sports out there that are essentially amateur for this very reason... why should women's cycle sport have any automatic right to be different?

    Yes the UCI should be doing more, and I think its great that Emma is lobbying for more action, but please don't let sexism draw the argument and focus away from where it needs to be.

  • Giro Del Trentino - Stage 11 year 4 weeks agostandard Bradley Wiggins

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    Bradley Wiggins (SKY)
    Alex Dowsett (MOV)
    Salvatore Puccio (SKY)
    Fabio Aru (AST)
    Przemyslaw Niemiec (LAM)
    Igor Anton Hernandez (MOV)
    Ivan Basso (CAD)
    Valerio Agnoli (AST)
    Marcos Garcia (CJR)

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    Leopold Konig (TNE)
    Michele Scarponi (AST)
    Domenico Pozzovivo (ALM)
    Przemyslaw Niemiec (LAM)
    Ivan Basso (CAD)
    Bradley Wiggins (SKY)
    Rick Zabel (BMC)
    Ian Boswell (SKY)
    Steve Morabito (BMC)

  • Emma Pooley says it's 'nuts' she gets more prize money from triathlon 'hobby' than pro cycling1 year 4 weeks agoPlay a womens' triathlon on

    Play a womens' triathlon on the big screen in any pub, and watch carefully to see which shots have the clientelle chatting over their beer, and which shots have the viewers so fixated that conversation is momentarily suspended. Rightly or wrongly, it is this audience "reaction" that advertisers are searching for.

    It's not "nuts", it's just advertisers looking for the most cost effective platform, and it is their money after all.

  • scary speed wobbles (Boardman 2010)1 year 4 weeks agoYou may be gripping the bars

    You may be gripping the bars too tightly. There should be a millimetre or two of play in the bars, between your hands, sometimes more. Also, your arms should be slightly bent and relaxed, *not* with elbows locked out and arms rigid. This allows:

    1. The natural self-straightening tendency of the front wheel to do its work.

    2. Your body to act as a damper and absorb bumps of the steering (whereas rigid grip and arms increases risk of harmonic oscillation)

    3. You to still catch and correct any major deviations.

    Also, once you do get in a wobble, braking is possibly the worst thing you can do - hard braking almost certainly so. You transfer load onto the front, potentially increasing the force with which it can oscillate. In the worst case, you might hit the brakes just as the front wheel is significantly deflected and so cause it to tuck and you to crash.

    When a wobble happens, you're best off *accelerating* and *relaxing*.

    In general, to avoid wobbles, you need to relax on the bars to try avoid harmonic oscillation to begin with, and then to be able to damp out any that do happen.

  • Video: TfL apologises to cyclist after bus driver calls him a “knob” following close pass1 year 4 weeks agoI did scrub off some speed as

    I did scrub off some speed as the bus past me, and was ready to slam on the anchors or jump ship if things got too bad. As others have said, just because the bus is much bigger than me doesn't mean it can bully its way past.

  • Video: TfL apologises to cyclist after bus driver calls him a “knob” following close pass1 year 4 weeks agoJoeinpoole- are seriously

    Joeinpoole- are seriously suggesting only the cab needs to pass whatevers being overtaken?

  • Emma Pooley says it's 'nuts' she gets more prize money from triathlon 'hobby' than pro cycling1 year 4 weeks agoI honestly didn't expect you

    I honestly didn't expect you to start naming names hence the comment about being a tad more professional, but as you have since suggested, you're not actually connected with pro cycling. I'm now intrigued why someone not "in the profession" decided to stick their oar in.

    The story takes a bit of a twist with that reveal, as it appears that someone with no connection to the event has mithered people they don't know to email them so they could "sort out" a problem they had no involvement in after reading about it in a magazine.

    Whilst I appreciate you may feel hard done by due to wasting your time, I can safely say that if a complete stranger started asking me to get in touch with them so they could get involved in something that didn't actually concern them after reading something about me in a magazine I would be very, very wary of revealing anything to them.

  • Johan Bruyneel banned for 10 years, former USPS manager 'at apex' of team's doping 'conspiracy'1 year 4 weeks agomadonepro wrote:... as much

    madonepro wrote:
    ... as much as Lance was a willing forceful part of this, there is a justification in his feeling that his punishment was excessive.
    If it was for a criminal offence, there would be cause for appeal.

    He had a right to undergo a similar arbitration process to Bruyneel. He waived that right.

    When USADA banned him, he then had 21 days to appeal. He chose not to.

    He's never been shy of instructing lawyers to fight his corner, but for whatever reason accepted what he got this time.

  • Leeds plans 20mph zones in communities along its £29m "super cycleway"1 year 4 weeks agodafyddp wrote:... a 30mph

    dafyddp wrote:
    ... a 30mph limit zone denotes the absolute maximum anyone should be travelling, but the recommended speed is often far less.

    It's odd, isn't it? Drivers often treat the speed limit as a recommendation, a kind of minimum (albeit one that shouldn't be exceeded by too much), but when it comes to cycle path & lane widths, planners treat DoT minimums as maximums that should be possibly aimed for but, hey, no-one seriously sticks to.

  • Tickets go on sale Friday for Tour de France team presentation in Leeds - pre-registration closes tonight1 year 4 weeks agoSome Fella wrote:The Belfast

    Some Fella wrote:
    The Belfast Giro presentation is free.
    Just sayin like.

    Yep, I'm hoping they've beefed up the servers for the initial surge. Not found anyone to queue up for me at the Tourist Board so it will be an online attempt.

  • Video: TfL apologises to cyclist after bus driver calls him a “knob” following close pass1 year 4 weeks agoThere may be circumstances

    There may be circumstances when we(road users) have to take evasive action because drivers are dangerous and/or incompetent but it shouldnt be the expectation.

    Usual victim blaming from the haulage association rep.

  • Liverpool students target human powered vehicle world record1 year 4 weeks agodreamlx10 wrote:Am I the only

    dreamlx10 wrote:
    Am I the only one who thinks that it looks like a c*** ?

    Looks a bit like a portable innovation from Ann Summers!

    Good on 'em though, love a good HPV record... as in Human Powered Vehicle.... not the other kind.

  • Liverpool students target human powered vehicle world record1 year 4 weeks agoAm I the only one who thinks

    Am I the only one who thinks that it looks like a c*** ?

  • Showers Pass Crosspoint Waterproof Socks1 year 4 weeks agothemartincox wrote:alotronic

    themartincox wrote:
    alotronic wrote:
    though with my hairy calf

    just the one?

    and the other is hairless?

    Well actually Martin... I shave one calf to counteract a slight tendency to turn to the left when riding. It was making a mess of my time trialling and it took me years to figure out, but I finally tracked it down. My powermeter tells me my right leg is slightly more powerful than my left, so by shaving my left calf and reaping the huge aero benefits on that side I find I can finally ride in a straight line.

  • Emma Pooley says it's 'nuts' she gets more prize money from triathlon 'hobby' than pro cycling1 year 4 weeks ago(No subject)

  • Video: TfL apologises to cyclist after bus driver calls him a “knob” following close pass1 year 4 weeks agoNeilXDavis wrote:Doesnt look

    NeilXDavis wrote:
    Doesnt look that bad to me...as mentioned why not take some speed off as the bus passes, I would....the initial pass distance is fine.

    Share the road...

    I thought I was alone in being unable to see "a close pass" in that video. The bus only began pulling back in when the front of it was well past the cyclist. At that point the bus was clearly the lead vehicle and it was the cyclist's responsibility to moderate his speed to avoid a collision.

    Cyclists do not have a mandated right to cycle at maximum speed at all times and any other vehicle that hinders them from doing so (even momentarily) is invariably *wrong*.

    I think the 'helmetcam warrior' in this video, and in many of the other 600-odd videos he has posted on Youtube, is an angry and aggressive cyclist. He needs to learn some road manners and consideration for other road users.

    I have to apply my brakes, when I would prefer not to, on almost every ride I make due to the less-than-perfect driving of others. It's not a big deal. I don't get angry, I don't scream "Oi", I don't race after the the driver in order to confront them and I don't record the incident or post it on Youtube. As the previous poster says "Share the road".

  • scary speed wobbles (Boardman 2010)1 year 4 weeks agoI experienced this problem

    I experienced this problem after changing the front fork. I solved it by running a slightly wider tyre at the front than the back. Even a small difference raises the front end relative to the rear, this slackens the head tube angle and increases trail which improves stability at speed.
    Also relax the arms, check the front wheel alignment, check for any buckling of the front wheel and any damage or deviation in the fork.

  • Emma Pooley says it's 'nuts' she gets more prize money from triathlon 'hobby' than pro cycling1 year 4 weeks agoNice try, but seriously do

    Nice try, but seriously do you think I am going to pass that info to a complete stranger!

    If you look through past editions of cycling weekly, you will recall Emma moaning in an article about not getting a power meter she was promised blah blah blah.

    I'm lucky enough to know people, so thought i'd help out, but I wasted my time with an ungrateful individual, so sorry to burst the bubble.

    I do know live in Perth, WA, where Emma spends a lot of her off season, she has family here, and I can promise you, the feeling here is of a whinging pom.

    Unprofessional eh, that assumes I am in the profession...

  • Showers Pass Crosspoint Waterproof Socks1 year 4 weeks agonowasps wrote:My solution is

    nowasps wrote:
    My solution is to cut small holes in the bottom of waterproof socks, so any water that gets in the top can run straight out again.

    Well I can see that would stop that squelchy feeling if the rain does get in. Nice idea but you still have to cut your expensive socks.

  • Johan Bruyneel banned for 10 years, former USPS manager 'at apex' of team's doping 'conspiracy'1 year 4 weeks agoMore random penalties dished

    More random penalties dished out.
    Riis gets nothing for doping
    Bruyneel and co get 10 years
    Armstrong gets life

  • Should I get a power meter?1 year 4 weeks agoRide for another year or so.

    Ride for another year or so. Then ask yourself do I need a powermeter?

    If you still want one, then go for it. If not, sit back and enjoy the ride.

  • Liverpool students target human powered vehicle world record1 year 4 weeks agoIt'll never do 90 mph on

    It'll never do 90 mph on bricks...

  • Liverpool students target human powered vehicle world record1 year 4 weeks agoWho's going to generate 700

    Who's going to generate 700 watts? They'll need an elite rider.

  • Liverpool students target human powered vehicle world record1 year 4 weeks agoI take it that ther're going

    I take it that ther're going to get a scally to steal it and pedal off as if the bizzies are after him. Rolling On The Floor

  • Johan Bruyneel banned for 10 years, former USPS manager 'at apex' of team's doping 'conspiracy'1 year 4 weeks agoVeloacciaio wrote:Am I right

    Veloacciaio wrote:
    Am I right in believing that this means that the two aforementioned doctors were working with Shleck and Contador respectively when they inadvertently contaminated themselves?

    I believe that you are correct. The USADA press release states that they were each working for those riders' teams until it initiated its case against Armstrong (which I take to mean June 2012).