• Liverpool students target human powered vehicle world record1 year 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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).

  • Want to watch Tour de France tackle Yorkshire's hills? Get there at least a day early, says Grand Départ boss1 year 5 weeks agoIt's not Yorkshires fault,

    It's not Yorkshires fault, the French have years of experience and a fairly relaxed approach.

    The UK is riddled with wankers that can't function with grey areas and no marks wanting to make a name for themselves with their pettiness.

    Mind you, Yorkshire aren't covering themselves in glory with this, an Anthem for crying out loud? Massively overpriced campsites and fanzones? £85 tickets for the team presentation?

    Piss taking at it's finest. I'm going to make an effort to avoid spending any money locally when I'm over there in that backward county (except for Hebden Bridge, I do like that gaff).

  • Should I get a power meter?1 year 5 weeks agoI've got one and can't

    I've got one and can't recommend it enough.

    Despite common misconceptions, the powertap hubs are *extremely* good value for money, you can pick up a g3 second hand for about 300 nowdays. Mine has proven more stable, and accurate, than the other half's Rotor & Quark metres.

    I've a bit of a gammy heart, with a max rate of around 228, so training from HR wasn't doing my any favours, I wasn't getting any fitter.

    If you want to step things up, then there is no reason why you shouldn't buy one other than the cost, but then that is *your* decision to make, no one elses.

    There are always arguments for and against, one of the girls here (current junior british champion) apparently doesn't even use a HRM - that's how she trains and she's done well out of it. If it were me, I'd still be pootling around at 13mph with a gut hanging out of my bibs.

    PMs are cool as they give you that scientific base, if you're into that then it's extremely handy. They're good if you're training a lot (if, like me you're doing more than 12 hours a week) then you can spot very early warning signs that you need to alter what you're doing, I can usually spot overtraining before I feel it, same with colds and flus.

    One warning I will give is that if you use one, try not to look at it too much. I've found myself purposefully dropping back in races because I've looked down and realised I've been sat at over my threshold. I don't look at this screen now unless I'm on the turbo doing specifics. Same with hillclimbs and timetrials - your legs are still in charge, the numbers are only there to help.

  • Johan Bruyneel banned for 10 years, former USPS manager 'at apex' of team's doping 'conspiracy'1 year 5 weeks agoIt irks me when I read “the

    It irks me when I read “the evidence establishes conclusively that Mr. Bruyneel was at the apex of a conspiracy to commit widespread doping on the USPS and Discovery Channel teams spanning many years and many riders".

    Why did he only get 10 years and Lance a lifetime ban! It is crystal clear to those in that era, that it was guys like Johann who plotted the course, and 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.

    Bruyneel should face US Federal charges too.

  • Video: TfL apologises to cyclist after bus driver calls him a “knob” following close pass1 year 5 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 don't think its the initial distance that's the problem, its that the bus then cuts in before it completes the pass. London busses do regularly (at least in my experience) do this regularly, its almost as if the driver forgets the bus is rather long. I don't back off or slow when a vehicle passes (doesn't the highway code indicate that when being overtaken maintain your course and speed or some such?) but if it pulls in on me then i sure as hell do - there's no point being squashed, but if the driver is actually any good then there is no need to slow just because they are passing you.

  • Johan Bruyneel banned for 10 years, former USPS manager 'at apex' of team's doping 'conspiracy'1 year 5 weeks agoThe panel also held that

    The panel also held that Bruyneel, who would go on to manage Armstrong at Astana and RadioShack after the rider came out of retirement in 2009, personally “profited considerably from the successes of the teams and riders he managed during the relevant period.”

    So they will be making them pay back the wages/profits?

  • Emma Pooley says it's 'nuts' she gets more prize money from triathlon 'hobby' than pro cycling1 year 5 weeks agoSome good comments coming

    Some good comments coming through, finally! Though I just want to clear a couple of slight misconceptions up;

    1. While in CX it's a little different as the fields are smaller and generally more "open" - in road racing the competition is generally huge, with every high profile race usually being oversubscribe with the worlds best fighting to take part.

    There are a lot more women's pro races than the UCI likes to let on, for every singular world cup race (of which there aren't many) - there are UCI ranked races going on constantly between each. And when there aren't there are fields of 200+ pro and pro-am women turning up to continental races and kermesses around the likes of Belgium and Holland. So there really isn't an issue of there not being enough on, there's loads! Unfortunately in Britain we aren't really exposed to that fact, though, so I can see where folk are coming from with that.

    Even with domestic races, I have to sign up 3+ months in advance for a lot of them because even at club level almost every race is oversubscribed. A lot of them now running at similar distances to the men.

    On the subject of distance, some see it as a good thing that a lot of women's races run at almost half the distance as the mens - this makes for an extremely exciting, attacking and fast race and is not to be sniffed at!

    2. I think the issue is not that not enough people are willing to watch the women's sport, but there is little or no cooperation from the likes of the UCI to help. The UCI has a channel which it features extremely small snippets of world cup races, but there is no vested interest in providing the masses with a suitable base for media coverage. The likes of RAI sport in Italy *always* show full women's races that happen there and the return has been massive, they usually see almost equal numbers of viewings and in some cases even more than the men's - because there are viewers from across Europe as Italian TV is about the only reasonable coverage we get.

    Granted it's been the case in the past that perhaps there wasn't a projected return due to the fact that it's not been as popular, but that simply isn't the case any more. Even if it were as simple as strapping a go pro to an outrider - thousands, if not millions, of people would view it if only to watch some quality racing - all you need to do is watch twitter during a big race and you'll see that the interest is there. There is just no drive from the UCI, or otherwise (ahem, BC) to make any sort of changes.

    A lot of early season women's races happen around the same time as the men's, or at least a couple of days earlier. The infrastructure is there already, yet they just don't bother. It's simply a mixture of laziness and the old fashioned view that women's cycling is second rate to men's.

    But as some have mentioned, the more people that take the time to actually watch the races, and give it a chance, the better. We can all be a part of making this better if we simply gave the sport an equal chance as fans.

  • Should I get a power meter?1 year 5 weeks agoThis is a fun argument, isn't

    This is a fun argument, isn't it?

    I'd love a power meter, but it's a lot of cash to drop. If I had the disposable income, right now, I'd probably go for it. Why not? Riding bikes for me is as much about seeing how fast I can go as it is enjoying the view. Fast fast pretty things fast. Riding bikes is ace. Graphs are ace. Going fast is ace. Sunlight and birdsong and all the good stuff is ace.
    I don't think you miss out on much when climbing if you're looking at your power output. Most of the time I'm concentrating hard on my breathing, gearing and maintaining cadence on the climbs, not the scenery.

  • Want to watch Tour de France tackle Yorkshire's hills? Get there at least a day early, says Grand Départ boss1 year 5 weeks agoSome clarity would be good

    Some clarity would be good from the various bodies North Yorks CC, ASO Le Tour Yorkshire etc on exactly what will and will not be allowed.

    I am sure I am not alone in trying to pre plan my weekend, the only missing pieces are the timings of the road closures to motor vehicles and then the closure to bikes.

  • Johan Bruyneel banned for 10 years, former USPS manager 'at apex' of team's doping 'conspiracy'1 year 5 weeks agoI'll never understand this

    I'll never understand this banning thing. These guys have done the damage, got the money and are now heading towards retirement anyway.

  • Video: TfL apologises to cyclist after bus driver calls him a “knob” following close pass1 year 5 weeks agoSo might is right? If a big

    So might is right? If a big vehicle tries to pass you where there isn't enough space, drop back and slow down? f**k that

  • Giro Del Trentino - Stage 11 year 5 weeks agoStandard for the TT Dayer

    Standard for the TT
    Dayer Quintana (MOV)
    Ian Boswell (SKY)
    Mikel Landa (AST)
    Domenico Pozzovivo (ALM)
    Leopold Konig (TNE)
    Fabio Aru (AST)
    Bradley Wiggins (SKY)
    Przemyslaw Niemiec (LAM)
    Igor Anton Hernandez (MOV)

    And Purist for climbers
    Bradley Wiggins (SKY)
    Leopold Konig (TNE)
    Amets Txurruka (CJR)
    Przemyslaw Niemiec (LAM)
    Domenico Pozzovivo (ALM)
    Igor Anton Hernandez (MOV)
    Tiago Machado (TNE)
    Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTQ)
    Enrico Battaglin (BAR)

  • K-Edge launch XL Mount for Garmin’s Edge 1000 computer1 year 5 weeks agoAlso, Thule do a bar bag with

    Also, Thule do a bar bag with an iPad sleeve:

    http://www.thule.com/en/gb/products/luggage-and-bags/bike-bags-and-racks

  • Johan Bruyneel banned for 10 years, former USPS manager 'at apex' of team's doping 'conspiracy'1 year 5 weeks agoAm I right in believing that

    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?

  • Emma Pooley says it's 'nuts' she gets more prize money from triathlon 'hobby' than pro cycling1 year 5 weeks agoThe trouble is that the

    The trouble is that the circle needs to be broken. Not competitive enough = not enough riders coming through from a young age. Why is this - what's the inspiration? "One day you might be world champion and win £1000 for winning one of the biggest races in the world" isn't going to get any girl out of bed early and on a bike to do the training required. What is there for young female riders to dream about?

    Race distance isn't decided by the riders but by the organisers. Number of races is not decided by the riders either, neither is how much coverage these will get.

    Cycling is weird - there's a lot of money in the sport but with very little reward for the competitors.

  • Tickets go on sale Friday for Tour de France team presentation in Leeds - pre-registration closes tonight1 year 5 weeks agoI registered for this a long

    I registered for this a long time ago but the prices are well above what should be charged.

    It should have been held at millennium square on a free ticket basis rather than bleed the people paying for the event even more so, I mean £65 for a half decent seat is a joke.

  • Video: TfL apologises to cyclist after bus driver calls him a “knob” following close pass1 year 5 weeks agoDoesnt look that bad to

    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...

  • Video: TfL apologises to cyclist after bus driver calls him a “knob” following close pass1 year 5 weeks ago'Knob' is an apt description

    'Knob' is an apt description of many a London cyclist.

    I have every sympathy for London bus drivers (perhaps not this one)!

  • Emma Pooley says it's 'nuts' she gets more prize money from triathlon 'hobby' than pro cycling1 year 5 weeks ago"I disagree with her, so she

    "I disagree with her, so she must be whingy."

    Or perhaps not. Given her talents (triathlete, marathon runner etc), it's clear she could make more money in other sports if she dedicated herself to them, so, errr, maybe it's not the money that keeps her racing? She's campaigning for equality, and rightly so. Ok, I do understand the commercial realities, but these women barely get a sandwich and petrol money home for attending very high profile races.

    Oh, and I've decided that rather than spend a small fortune on going to Ireland for the Giro, I'm saving some cash and taking the family to Welwyn Garden City that same weekend to watch the womens Tour Series.

  • Police safety warning to cyclists tackling Yorkshire Tour de France routes, new app highlights hazards (+ video)1 year 5 weeks agocharliepalooza wrote:BBB

    charliepalooza wrote:
    BBB wrote:
    You're right they are but so is riding on the pavement, jumping lights etc etc.

    No, and that's the difference - riding on the pavement, jumping lights etc DOES NOT kill or seriously injure people. In many cases it's a rational and safe response to infrastructure that simply doesn't take account of the needs of anyone who isn't in a motor vehicle.

    We can provide you a long list of 'safety' campaigns and they all overwhelmingly place the responsibility and the focus of their message on cyclists and not on drivers.

  • Giro Del Trentino - Stage 11 year 5 weeks ago9 climbers for me. 2 Sky, 2

    9 climbers for me. 2 Sky, 2 Mov, BMC, Rus, Cannondale, AG2R, NetApp. One guy I'm planning to bring in tomorrow but couldn't afford today...

    Cataldo/Siutsou
    Evans
    Anton/Capecchi
    Firsanov
    Salerno
    Pozzovivo
    Machado

    Purist has 6 of those, plus 3 climbers I'm hopeful for. Enjoyed picking this one, lots of budget flexibility and few out-and-out favourites, so could have a punt on a few random climbers.

  • scary speed wobbles (Boardman 2010)1 year 5 weeks agoI've found it to be more

    I've found it to be more simple, sometimes - you admit to being, like me, a nervy descender. Why does it feel more terrifying accelerating to 30-40mph on a 15% descent than it does going at the same speed on a gentle slope? It's all in the head, unfortunately. What this means is that we will often grip our bars and brakes far more tightly than a confident descender.
    Gripping everything more tightly also means our body is more rigid, so the natural dampening that our meat provides to the frame stops working, and the bumps and wobbles the frame transmits to us increase. The more we tense up, the worse it gets, and so we tense up more. The scariest incident I've had in the last 6 months was throwing a massive wobbly going down Titsey Hill on a damp day in February. It's not too steep, maybe 10-15% in places, but the surface sucks and since I'd almost come off on a patch of oil earlier in the ride I was being cautious and braking hard. The wobbles came in, I tensed up and braked harder, and my bike tried to kill me. All going at the high octane speed of about 20mph.

    Solution? It's exactly the opposite of what our instincts are telling us. You have to relax. Get comfy in the drops, breathe easy, hold the bars gently. Feather the brakes to lose speed rather than clamping hard. Get your body into the right shape for the bends. Trust your tyres.
    I wish it was as easy to put all that into practice as it is to type, but it's possible. Try to concentrate on all that on a dry, sunny day on a wide road without too much traffic. To be honest, I only usually rediscover my descending mojo in mid summer. One day I'll get over it. One day.