• Fantasy Cycling Calendar1 year 12 weeks agoI can see the arguement for

    I can see the arguement for running each race individually but if you can pick a new team for each race where is the challenge? Yeah you're going to have to pick the right guys but the 6 transfers between races makes you think more about your team for the whole classics rather than each race individually.

    Plus, having group races with limited transfers actually replicates what teams do with a classics squad going into these races as a unit and only minimal changes between them.

    Regarding adding new races when you look at the calendar we're actually very light on one day races. We have 19 stage races plus the three grand tours in the current calendar, contrast that with probably at most 15 individual one day classics. Adding in races like E3 Harelbeke (a great pre-cursor to Gent/Flanders and arguably more in keeping with those two than Paris-Roubaix, plus, it's World Tour status) and Brabanste Pijl (a good pre-Amstel race) would help to balance things out without actually creating too much extra work as most people will probably check these races out as part of the classics prep anyway.

  • Wiggle New Forest Spring Sportive called off after deluge of rain1 year 12 weeks agoI rode this event on

    I rode this event on Saturday. I was one of the earlier finishers and given the awful weather I knew the car parking situation would become pretty grim, so glad to have got away when I did.

    All in all, it was a well organised event and the very vast majority of riders out on the roads were respectful, safe, and riding single file whenever traffic was looking to pass. I didn't see a single confrontation between cyclist and motorist the whole way round.

    That said, this event is now about as big as can be properly managed. Wiggle shouldn't get greedy and try and expand it further, regardless of its popularity.

    The picket line of people stood across the road roughly halfway along was pretty pathetic to see. I'd have more respect for these NIMBYS if they just admitted they "don't like cyclists" rather than try and link it to the safety of animals (go and check the official accident stats morons!) and dropping litter (I have never seen a cyclist do this, though frequently see motorists sling things out windows)

    Placards and comments about "ruining the national park" where interesting given the gas-guzzling Range Rover parked on the side of the road, and one protester flicking a fag butt into the verge. Surprise

    Trying to sabotage the route was also sad to see. Several Wiggle route markers had obviously been ripped off posts and slung onto the road (littering???) by NIMBY protesters.

    But overall thousands of cyclists clearly had a good time, and no doubt spent thousands of pounds within the local economy.

  • Fantasy Cycling Calendar1 year 12 weeks agoPersonally dont think that we

    Personally dont think that we need anymore extra races,I think that we have to do more thinking than the team directors anyway....However I see no reason why the Spring Classics have to be grouped....I would prefer to keep the races that we have but just play them all as individual races.....Takes all the confusion out of the issue.....not that it confused me.....but some people have obviously been caught out.... Smile

  • Sabotage hits New Forest sportive with drawing pins spread on road, signs ripped down and go-slow driving1 year 12 weeks agoThe rise in popularity of the

    The rise in popularity of the Sportive will probably lead to more of this with disruption on rural communities. Some will no doubt be progressive enough to accept that influx, while others will resort to these sorts of tactics.

    As a sportive rider I think that it is the responsibility of riders not to impede local traffic (riding two abreast is fine as long as it's not queuing traffic up down country lanes. Wave through cars when it is safe to encourage motorists through etc).

    I don't know if UK cycling events have to pay a fee for running these events to local councils etc. but if direct profits of the rides flow into local coffers (and locals will feel better about it if it extends to more than the occasional B&B being booked and a Sunday lunch in a pub, by participants) then they will surely feel more kindly about the event taking place and the reaction to inconvenience a bit better.

    It does sound like UK Cycling Events do take into account local concerns and by paying schools and other organisations for parking money does go directly to the community, as well as consultation with locals. But the continuation and growth of these sorts of events and the safety of thousands of riders patticipating should mean that local considerations are put high on the agenda. Without that support the safety of everyone involved is compromised.

  • One23 Bar Saver1 year 12 weeks agoMuch prefer the look of this

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  • Sabotage hits New Forest sportive with drawing pins spread on road, signs ripped down and go-slow driving1 year 12 weeks agoI rode it on Saturday, didn't

    I rode it on Saturday, didn't see any of this. Whole thing was fairly quiet; little traffic, no protesters, didn't see the signs turned round.

    Maybe they came out early but went home after the rain started (about 10:30).

  • Boris Johnson says he "won't be bullied" into wearing a cycle helmet (+ video)1 year 12 weeks agohow much protection does a

    how much protection does a helmet give you...i don't know. I know that when i crashed last time and shattered the lid on the curb, then on second bounce the lid (what was left) came off and on third impact i knocked myself out. I can't say for certain, but given the damage done by the third impact, if i wasn't wearing one i imagine i would've at least cracked my skull on the first.
    Should people be forced to wear a lid? no, i don't think so. I always wear one.

  • USB Cable for Garmin1 year 12 weeks agoYep, 99p inc. delivery from

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  • Sabotage hits New Forest sportive with drawing pins spread on road, signs ripped down and go-slow driving1 year 12 weeks agointeresting how you don't get

    interesting how you don't get this problem on the Dragon.
    In fact I saw many villages lined with locals out on deck
    chairs cheering us all on .... sad that there are such
    narrow minded bigots around. Bet the local businesses
    liked the influx of trade though !

  • Sabotage hits New Forest sportive with drawing pins spread on road, signs ripped down and go-slow driving1 year 12 weeks agoAnd one final thought - at

    And one final thought - at the other end of the A35, I see motor accident tragically killed two people yesterday... and yet no one will suggest any limits on drivers flying around the forest's roads today, I'm sure.


  • Sabotage hits New Forest sportive with drawing pins spread on road, signs ripped down and go-slow driving1 year 12 weeks agoHaving ridden the sportive on

    Having ridden the sportive on Saturday, and being from the area myself, I can say I was absolutely appalled by the behaviour of some locals.... Not only were signs vandalised, changed and removed altogether, at a particularly isolated part of the forest a threatening group of men gathered across the centre of the road, pushing at cyclists as we went through the middle of group, bemoaning ‘mass cycling events in our forest’. I note the local MP, Dr Julian Lewis has been less quick to jump to condemnation of this type of dangerous behaviour than he was of peaceful and harmless cyclists bringing money into the area at a time when tourism numbers are down sharply thanks to our terrible winter weather! Having stoked up so much of the outrage, I presume he is keeping his head down...

  • New Forest row: Sportive organiser warns riders to follow Highway Code... and locals will be watching1 year 12 weeks agoRode it on Saturday and seems

    Rode it on Saturday and seems to have been a storm in a teacup. No protesters, very little traffic on the mainly quiet roads. Maybe it was the weather, so rainy even the ponies/cattle stayed under the trees and off the road.

    Only complaint was a small amount of litter (I saw maybe 10ish gel wrappers) and that the organisers cocked up my timing (wrong number, wrong time, wrong distance).

    Looked like a few people's cars were stuck in the mud in the car park/field (hint: if the wheels are spinning, then more throttle is not the solution) but as I was staying in a B&B a few miles down the road I had a bit of a chuckle about it.

  • Purist team for spring Classics1 year 12 weeks agoWell , for the next season ,

    Well , for the next season , the game could be inspired to create two competitions: Flandrian + SanRemo, and Ardennes .
    BTW , it not a reason to close my window change to create a "new purist team " ( Confused ) for Flêche Wallone and LBL .

  • Sabotage hits New Forest sportive with drawing pins spread on road, signs ripped down and go-slow driving1 year 12 weeks agoSo what will the police do?

    So what will the police do?

  • Sabotage hits New Forest sportive with drawing pins spread on road, signs ripped down and go-slow driving1 year 12 weeks agoPathetic.. what do they think

    Pathetic.. what do they think they're achieving?

  • Just in: Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 20131 year 12 weeks agoHi Seabass89, If you go on

    Hi Seabass89,

    If you go on the Canyon website you can set your location as Norway and you will see the price in Euro for any bike to be shipped directly from our German assembly line to Norway - you can pick your language too if you prefer it to be in English.

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  • Purist team for spring Classics1 year 12 weeks agoPurist teams can make

    Purist teams can make transfers in any 'unlimited' transfer window. That's been said quite a few times in the build up and throughout the classics period.

    As such purist teams could make transfers after Milan-San Remo and between Paris-Roubaix and Amstel Gold.

    That's been the case from the start and partly why the unlimited windows are there in the first place.

  • Purist team for spring Classics1 year 12 weeks agoBecause you missed the window

    Because you missed the window Confused

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    It's just a standard mini USB cable.

  • Wiggle New Forest Spring Sportive called off after deluge of rain1 year 12 weeks agoI rode it on Saturday and got

    I rode it on Saturday and got really, really wet. The weather was lovely on Sunday, I was wishing I'd signed up for Sunday as I didn't realise it had been cancelled.

  • Fantasy Cycling Calendar1 year 12 weeks agoThinking ahead to the

    Thinking ahead to the classics next year is it worth breaking them up into separate competitions?

    Every year people struggle to get their heads around having the classics as groups of races and purists fail to understand how it works.

    What about having three separate competitions?

    Early classics (KBK and Omloop, Strade Bianchi and Roma Maxima)

    Cobbled classics (E3, Gent, Flanders and possibly Paris-Roubaix unless that could be a separate race entirely)

    Ardennes Classics (Brabanste Pijl, Amstel, Fleche Wallone and LBL)

    That'd break it up while still keeping the races together in sensible groups, it also makes it more challenging for purists without being unduly confusing.


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  • Witness appeal after cyclist killed near Peterborough this morning1 year 12 weeks agoTo 'Notfastenough' Just to

    To 'Notfastenough'

    Just to clarify: the introduction of 'presumed liability' rules would not lead to the driver being prosecuted automatically.

    It is important to distinguish between civil and criminal law.

    The 'presumed liability' principle relates solely to civil law, i.e. who the payment of compensation. It creates a presumption that a driver who has hit a pedestrian or cyclist is liable for the payment of compensation for injury damages - unless the driver can show that the victim had been culpably at fault for the collision. (In practice of course the compensatoin would be paid out by the driver's insurance scheme).

    It would have no bearing on the process for deciding whether or not the driver had committed a criminal offence. This would still be decided by the courts in the same way as at present.

    In other words, prosecutors would still need to satisfy the court that whatever crime they were prosecuting had been committed 'beyond reasonable doubt'. Hence the introduction of 'presumed liability' would not in any way affect the principle in criminal law of 'innocent unless proven guilty'.

    Moreover the CPS's own internal guidelines would still say that they should only bring prosecutions in the first place if they felt that (a) there was sufficient evidence that a court, properly directed, was more likely than not to convict for the offence as charged; and (b) that it was in the public interest for the prosecution to be brought.

    Roger Geffen
    Campaigns & Policy Director, CTC

  • Artist battles bad air in Beijing with home-made 'breathing bike' + VIDEO1 year 12 weeks ago"But it's not quite ready to

    "But it's not quite ready to go into production yet: Hope says: "If you ride this in the rain, you could potentially kill yourself.""

    Slight design flaw there Thinking

  • Witness appeal after cyclist killed near Peterborough this morning1 year 12 weeks agoPresumed liability is in

    Presumed liability is in relation to the ability to make a CIVIL (i.e compensatory) and not criminal claim. So that's not an issue. And it's still only presumed in the civil claim meaning the motorist can rebut it.

    Contrast that with strict liability (again only in civil claims) in which liability is essentially automatic.