• British Cycling calls for regulation of sportives after Yorkshire route clash (+ video)1 year 5 weeks agoQuote:Hey that's what this

    Quote:
    Hey that's what this world needs; a little more regulation. The answer is already there for the love of God, they were both on the same British Cycling website!!!

    yep, that and a total disregard for common sense.

  • Giro stage 101 year 5 weeks agoenrique wrote:Joelsim

    enrique wrote:
    Joelsim wrote:
    Joint combativity award on Fuga, is that 5 points each for Bandiera and Fedi?

    10 each Big Grin I hope.. Thinking

    I'm so happy to see the updating occuring so quickly... That (!) I don't miss about California! Big Grin

    Are you trying to say I was slow at doing the update for ToC. I do have to have the results before I can update

  • UCI-approved road bike disc brakes coming in 2016, says WFSGI's bike man1 year 5 weeks agoThinking that this could be

    Thinking that this could be the end of rim braked purchases for me also..

  • Giro stage 101 year 5 weeks agoJoelsim wrote:The GC boys

    Joelsim wrote:
    The GC boys will be happy to let a break go tmw to conserve their energy for what could be a very decisive ITT on Thursday.

    Unless Ulissi goes? He might be looking at GC and thinking, bloody hell.

    Random thought (because both riders live in the same part of my head): where's Moser been this Giro? So anonymous he might as well be wearing a Guido Fawkes mask.

  • Giro stage 101 year 5 weeks agoAlan Tullett wrote:Joelsim

    Alan Tullett wrote:
    Joelsim wrote:
    Alan Tullett wrote:
    drheaton wrote:
    1,2,4,8,9,15 plus standings points. I make that 141 which probably won't set the world alight but should be solid. Annoyed Mezgec didn't do better but that's racing, if only I'd picked Matthews instead... Crying

    I was originally going to pick Mezgec over my usual Ferrari but in the end went Matthews as I thought he was more likely to do something tomorrow and he seems to have the better form. Only brought in Bouhanni otherwise and swapped Chicchi for a 3 rider I hope will do something later. Still got a transfer in hand and may or may not bring in a rider for the break tomorrow as I want a strong team for the TT, much more predictable than sprints with their crashes. Although penalties aren't expensive if you've got table points already it's a risk bringing in a sprinter. I swapped Uran out to afford Bouhanni but with him coming 13th it wasn't a big profit. Glad I didn't swap Evans though! I'll probably drop a bit today but not too much as it's tricky to afford Bouhanni and Nizzolo and keep all the good scoring GC riders. Ferrari again would have been the clever pick. That guy rarely crashes!

    But take that Uran for Bouhanni deal and imagine that it will cost you 10 points to swap him in for one stage (ie you buy 3 sprinters and only have 2 changes), and then you need to swap 3 sprinters back out again the next day.

    Uran would have scored 17 in finishing plus GC.

    Bouhanni scored 40 today with a win and points.

    17 + 10 penalty in + 10 penalty out = 37 points, so you have only actually made 3 points. If Bouhanni hadn't come first then you would have lost out.

    To some degree you are right if all transfers cost 10 points but we do have free transfers and to be honest I wasn't expecting Uran to come 13th!! And he wouldn't have done apart from the crash. Also I'm not necessarily going to bring in Uran tomorrow. I looked very carefully at all the table points for each rider I had and made the most efficient transfers possible but unexpected things do interfere in such calculations. That's the beauty of the game. And don't worry about the lead at the top, you were about 80 points ahead of me a while ago, now you're only 29 and your team is not looking that great for the TT or tomorrow unless you have a lot of free transfers left!! I may not even make one transfer for tomorrow as Matthews and Ulissi could do well along with Evans. I could go for a mountain point rider by swapping out Bouhanni for someone as I doubt Bouhanni will make it but even he is worth 5 so it's a risk. But you have to take a few calculated risks to win!

    Agreed. I wanted to bring Arredondo in, but he is worth 5 plus whatever he gets tmw and then useless for Thurs and Fri.

    Have done 3 transfers tonight, all of whom will be useful for the next few stages.

    You had a few transfers in the bank coming into this week, then it's a no brainer. NouveauCompte has 5 sprinters in his team, plus two 3.0 riders and no transfers saved so he is going to find it hard over the next few days to keep his lead probably.

    I'm saving up for a little plan I have for next week as it happens.

  • New Canyon Endurace joins growing endurance bike trend1 year 5 weeks agoMakes a lot of sense from a

    Makes a lot of sense from a business point of view - manufacturers can't afford not to have these bikes in their range these days. Also, fully agree with yennings re too many people riding wrong sorts of bikes etc.

    So its a bit of a shame Canyon still seem to happy to go with zero amount of steerer and spacers above their proprietary headset retention gizmo (and only a 5mm increase in headtube height which is so small as to be unnoticeable) - going for the racy slammed look?!? A bit silly / missed opportunity to my mind. Personally, I like to be able to cut steerer tube to length that suits me, not have it pre-decided by manufacturer.

    If they sorted that out I'd buy one without hesitation as it looks stunning and you can't argue with weight, engineering etc.

  • Video: What happens when a sportive meets a road race coming the other way?1 year 5 weeks agoI was in the road race and

    I was in the road race and can vouch for the organisers. It was very well marshalled and very well organised. There were plenty of clear signs were up several days in advance "advance warning of road race" with date of event at each junction. The couple of idiots who ignored the marshalls should be ashamed, take a step back and realise they were very wrong and openly apologise. If they don't it says even more about them than others have already said. Luckily there was no crash. This is nothing to do with sportive riders v road race riders. This is just about a couple of head strong cyclists that made a big error and total fools of themselves as the video shows. There were also members of public who witnessed these individuals clearly ignore the marshals who were trying very hard to protect all groups from an accident.

  • Giro stage 101 year 5 weeks agoThe non premium table list

    The non premium table list seems wrong. Totals are less than a day ago.

  • Orica, Un acuerdo de firme la Porte?1 year 5 weeks agoPorte is an odd one, in

    Porte is an odd one, in theory he could be a GT contender but he strikes me as a perennial top ten rather than real threat. Certainly he'd be a big coup for Orica and I can see why he'd leave Sky, much like Uran he may want to be top dog in the biggest races and not just a super domestique.

    Evans is having a good Giro but I can't imagine it'd make financial sense to sign him, he'll be expensive and this could possibly be his last good year, surely only a team desperate for World Tour points would throw him a big contract now.

    Dennis may be tempted, he's definitely GC material (much like TJVG) and I can see why he might want a team built around him at Orica rather than being one of a few good GC guys at Garmin (Danielson, Acevedo, Hesjedal, Martin). Moving to Orica should get him a Tour leaders spot earlier than with Garmin.

    The question is, which of them is out of contract this year?

  • Giro stage 101 year 5 weeks agoThink tomorrow is time for Mr

    Think tomorrow is time for Mr Hansen

  • Cyclists need to show more respect to motorists, says Salford councillor1 year 5 weeks agoTotally agree, if we show

    Totally agree, if we show respect whether in a car or on a bike, it'll avoid the majority of grief. I would add one exception,,,Volvo drivers, but not all of them, just 90%!!

  • Cyclists need to show more respect to motorists, says Salford councillor1 year 5 weeks agoTotally agree, if we show

    Totally agree, if we show respect whether in a car or on a bike, it'll avoid the majority of grief. I would add one exception,,,Volvo drivers, but not all of them, just 90%!!

  • Giro stage 101 year 5 weeks agoJoelsim wrote:Alan Tullett

    Joelsim wrote:
    Alan Tullett wrote:
    drheaton wrote:
    1,2,4,8,9,15 plus standings points. I make that 141 which probably won't set the world alight but should be solid. Annoyed Mezgec didn't do better but that's racing, if only I'd picked Matthews instead... Crying

    I was originally going to pick Mezgec over my usual Ferrari but in the end went Matthews as I thought he was more likely to do something tomorrow and he seems to have the better form. Only brought in Bouhanni otherwise and swapped Chicchi for a 3 rider I hope will do something later. Still got a transfer in hand and may or may not bring in a rider for the break tomorrow as I want a strong team for the TT, much more predictable than sprints with their crashes. Although penalties aren't expensive if you've got table points already it's a risk bringing in a sprinter. I swapped Uran out to afford Bouhanni but with him coming 13th it wasn't a big profit. Glad I didn't swap Evans though! I'll probably drop a bit today but not too much as it's tricky to afford Bouhanni and Nizzolo and keep all the good scoring GC riders. Ferrari again would have been the clever pick. That guy rarely crashes!

    But take that Uran for Bouhanni deal and imagine that it will cost you 10 points to swap him in for one stage (ie you buy 3 sprinters and only have 2 changes), and then you need to swap 3 sprinters back out again the next day.

    Uran would have scored 17 in finishing plus GC.

    Bouhanni scored 40 today with a win and points.

    17 + 10 penalty in + 10 penalty out = 37 points, so you have only actually made 3 points. If Bouhanni hadn't come first then you would have lost out.

    To some degree you are right if all transfers cost 10 points but we do have free transfers and to be honest I wasn't expecting Uran to come 13th!! And he wouldn't have done apart from the crash. Also I'm not necessarily going to bring in Uran tomorrow. I looked very carefully at all the table points for each rider I had and made the most efficient transfers possible but unexpected things do interfere in such calculations. That's the beauty of the game. And don't worry about the lead at the top, you were about 80 points ahead of me a while ago, now you're only 29 and your team is not looking that great for the TT or tomorrow unless you have a lot of free transfers left!! I may not even make one transfer for tomorrow as Matthews and Ulissi could do well along with Evans. I could go for a mountain point rider by swapping out Bouhanni for someone as I doubt Bouhanni will make it but even he is worth 5 so it's a risk. But you have to take a few calculated risks to win!

  • Video: What happens when a sportive meets a road race coming the other way?1 year 5 weeks agoDear Roadies, Some of the

    Dear Roadies,

    Some of the abusive comments on this thread about other cyclists based purely on what event they chose to do to enjoy their saturday afternoon make me utterly ashamed to be associated with road biking.

    Go and read your own rule book, many of you for the first time by the sound of it. Skip to Rule 20.12.2 if you find the whole document too much of a challenge, but bear in mind, your licence includes a statement that you understand and agree to obey all 34 pages worth.

    Having done so I would hope that some of you go back and read what you have posted above in a new light. Many of you should be posting apologies for your comments.

    But just in case you are still too short-sighted to understand;

    Get lost you bunch of arrogant twats!
    The road race has no right to infringe into the lane of oncoming traffic. Even if they are 'expecting' a closed junction it is still absolutely their own responsibility to be aware of all the conditions, any road furniture, and any other road users and to take the corner safely. Whether that was a group of sportive riders, or a truck driver that ignores the marshall, or if it is a fallen tree, or a random old man on a mobility scooter (see the women's tour of UK last week for that one) it is still up to the riders to behave in a safe manner and to obey the laws of the road at all times.

    As for the abuse some of you have thrown at Sportive riders in general. You should try taking your heads out of your arse for a while. Just because you like one part of the sport and they like another doesn't make you better than them. Just because you go a bit faster certainly doesn't.

  • British Cycling calls for regulation of sportives after Yorkshire route clash (+ video)1 year 5 weeks agoEh? That is random. How were

    Eh?

    That is random. How were people riding past the road block. What were the marshals doing wrong? Is the have a go hero sportive rider cliche so true?

    They shouldn't have routed them against each other but it shouldn't mattered if the sportive riders had respected the road closure.

  • HGV collision victim Bart Chan accuses Boris Johnson of "empty words" on London cycling safety1 year 5 weeks agoGero wrote:Whos gives a crap?

    Gero wrote:
    Whos gives a crap? London riders are obviously the worst cyclist in the country. The rest of us manage just fine. Learn to ride or get a car. Simples/

    That is a very lame attempt at trolling. I can guarantee you would not have the nerve to say that to a relative of someone killed by these vehicles. Grow up sunshine.

  • Video: What happens when a sportive meets a road race coming the other way?1 year 5 weeks agoThere are a couple of people

    There are a couple of people on here suggesting that the road race shouldn't have been on the wrong side of the road. Unless I'm mistaken though the road closure is in both directions, suggesting that everyone involved in organising it knows it's a fast corner that needs a clear road.

    Seems pretty obvious who is at fault.

  • Just in: Alchemy Helios1 year 5 weeks agoQuote:And because they build

    Quote:
    And because they build their own carbon frames in-house, you have the custom option that none of the other bikes listed above offer.

    Colnago have offered a custom geometry option for all of their lugged frames so far, as far as I know this will be the case for the C60 also.

  • UCI-approved road bike disc brakes coming in 2016, says WFSGI's bike man1 year 5 weeks agoI'm possibly alone on this,

    I'm possibly alone on this, but I've bought my last rim braked bike.

    Just waiting for choice now.

  • Giro stage 101 year 5 weeks agoTransfers done for tmw, no

    Transfers done for tmw, no penalties.

    Only one change planned for the TT, one for Friday and two for Saturday barring mishaps.

  • UCI-approved road bike disc brakes coming in 2016, says WFSGI's bike man1 year 5 weeks agomikeprytherch wrote: Worried

    mikeprytherch wrote:

    Worried about safety, get rid of carbon wheels, I don't ever recall an alu wheel breaking into bits going over speed bumps.

    I don't recall a carbon rim ever breaking to bits over a speed bump either.

  • Giro stage 101 year 5 weeks agoThe GC boys will be happy to

    The GC boys will be happy to let a break go tmw to conserve their energy for what could be a very decisive ITT on Thursday.

  • UCI-approved road bike disc brakes coming in 2016, says WFSGI's bike man1 year 5 weeks agoMan with several companies

    Man with several companies selling bikes says don't be afraid to buy new bikes.

    Hopefully not too many people end up with the wrong standard frames if the UCI make things like 135mm and thru axles compulsory. When they do introduce discs, it'll be interesting to see if they outlaw rim brakes - if discs are as impressively powerful as claimed, I'd rather not have a carbon rim brakes bike behind me when I drop the anchors.

  • UCI-approved road bike disc brakes coming in 2016, says WFSGI's bike man1 year 5 weeks ago2016 come on, I thought

    2016 come on, I thought things were changing at the UCI, this is nonsense, they should make them available now, why wait 2 years.

    Worried about safety, get rid of carbon wheels, I don't ever recall an alu wheel breaking into bits going over speed bumps.

  • Cyclists need to show more respect to motorists, says Salford councillor1 year 5 weeks agoRespect is a two way street

    Respect is a two way street and the comment from a councillor that cyclists should show motorists some or more respect clearly indicates the mind set of the man. He is not necessarily pro-cars but he is certainly not pro-bikes. He probably wants to get out of the EU, is annoyed at the immigrants and detests teenagers out for a laugh of a weekend. All things of his Parties own making. Well, if you make the bed, you can lie in it.

    I don't want to get all political but I'm going to anyway. Since the 1980's Tory Governments created the world we live in today; relatively selfish, short tempered, congested, and deregulated. We were encouraged to be pro-car and anti-public transport, pro-pedestrian and anti-cyclist. Well times have changed and we, the cycling electorate, want to see our roads less congested and our living spaces quieter and cleaner. To that end we need to be more even handed about cycling and public transport. In order of priority our road management policies should be as follows; pedestrians, cyclists, public transport, motorcycles, cars, lorries. Whenever there is potential conflict, cyclists and pedestrians should be put together in the same space.

    No one complains if a pedestrian crosses a road when the traffic lights are Red because they are not directed at them and we need the same attitude towards cyclists. If a Cyclist filters through a Red light carefully and does not cross the path of oncoming traffic, or across traffic coming from the left, then I don't see what the problem is. At all times the cyclist should be respectful of all other road users and pedestrians and so long as they are why should they be penalised? Where cyclists are concerned the spirit of the law is what matters, not the letter, but unfortunately there are too many pedants out there, who will never get passed the 'rules'. When I drive I expect the unexpected and keep my eyes open for cyclists and motorcycles at all times. Being a motorcyclist, and cyclist too, probably helps my awareness but it really isn't difficult. I just keep my mind on my driving and not on my mobile phone, lighting a cigarette, or the screaming kids, etc.

    Things are getting better though. In Twickenham, I noticed the busy High Street T-junction has had the pavement dropped to allow cyclists to filter onto the footpath area and effectively through the lights in safety. A great idea and a bit of good sense by traffic managers. The principle should be duplicated everywhere it is possible to do so, not just at pinch points.