• UPDATED: Vachery Triathlon price drop as organisers downgrade event to open roads1 year 12 weeks agoAt £125 for a race entry

    At £125 for a race entry "reduced from £145", there must be some very well off triathletes about, and some profit centered organisers, hopefully doing a good job.
    The difference regarding the closures is clear, it's called the Olympics and had massive following, this event is a tri which does not have the same level of following or support, and the names of the stars are not so well known as cycling stars by the public (a lot of whom may have a problem understanding how a tri works anyway). So hardly a surprise and the comment about enforcing closure is a valid one.
    It's a pity, but sadly a cultural thing, and perhaps involving the communities on the route more heavily would shift the perception. As it is I suspect the locals in the most crowded county in England simply see this as a "nusiance" to be stopped.
    Though a large tri with lots of competitors of varying abilities on open roads may prove even more of the dreaded "nuisance" than they could ever imagine!

  • Have you wasted money on super light new wheels?1 year 12 weeks agoCheers robdaykin but that

    Cheers robdaykin but that data is totally useless, here is a link to a test on a climb (where weight would matter most) using a powermeter: http://www.training4cyclists.com/how-much-time-does-extra-weight-cost-on... your seriously suggesting 500g's will effect speed by 8%?

  • Giro game - pick three Italians1 year 12 weeks agoJust done a check and no-one

    Just done a check and no-one has Visconti and he's the highest scoring Italian already.

  • The Giro Purist thread1 year 12 weeks agoWell, my pretend purist team

    Well, my pretend purist team has the same big three. Be interesting to see how our other picks go.

  • The Giro Purist thread1 year 12 weeks agoLooking at the teams, I'm

    Looking at the teams, I'm more and more happy that no-one is looking like this

    Bradley Wiggins (DUH)
    Ryder Hesjedal (No-one else is picking him, he should score well)
    Vicenzo Nibali (Double Duh)
    Michele Scarponi (Has been in good form, should score well)
    Jorge Azanza (Always have a Euski)
    Julien Berard (Don't know what I was thinking)
    Thomas Dekker (Decent wee climber and can TT)
    Vladimir Karpets (Climbs and has cool hair)
    Stefano Locatelli (Sprints? Breaks? Climbs? TT? Abandons?)

  • Giro game - pick three Italians1 year 12 weeks agoFirst blood to me. Canola

    First blood to me.

    Canola gets two mountain points!!! Yeah! I'm leading a comp. already.

  • The Giro Purist thread1 year 12 weeks agoMy team for purist Mark

    My team for purist

    Mark Cavendish (OPQ)
    Elia Viviani (LIQ)
    Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ)
    Taylor Phinney (BMC)
    Samuel Sanchez (EUS)
    Matti Breschel (SAX)
    Oscar Gatto (VIN)
    Mattia Gavazzi (AND)
    Luka Mezgec (ARG)

    to be honest this is an unashamed attempt to win stage podiums and high roller badges as I have no interest in the prize and it was me who suggested the numbers on the badges to begin with.

    My real purist team to win would be:

    Wiggins
    Hesjedal
    Nibali
    Santambroglio
    Betancur
    Locatelli
    Pellizotti
    Battaglin
    Mezgec

    might score it myself if I can be bothered.

  • Family to take legal action against bike shop after teenage boy killed when his front brake failed1 year 12 weeks agoPoor kid - poor family. What

    Poor kid - poor family. What a terrible thing to happen.

  • Staying visible!1 year 12 weeks agoI agree. Hi vis all the

    I agree. Hi vis all the time, hot pink in summer (maybe not for the blokes though) and flashing lights on very sunny days especially when you're going between strong light and deep shadow. As they say, every little helps.

  • Family to take legal action against bike shop after teenage boy killed when his front brake failed1 year 12 weeks agoSticky wicket this one

    Sticky wicket this one especially after the comment by the dad confirming the brakes were firmer.

    Who knows what happened between the bike shop and the accident.

  • Video: Chris Boardman, Sir Dave Brailsford & Laura Trott urge people to sign Get Britain Cycling e-petition1 year 12 weeks agoI signed this petition as

    I signed this petition as soon as I heard about it from the CTC, but why does it give a closing date of 23 April? I think it puts people off signing because they think it's too late! My godmother said she would have but didn't bother because of that. It's very confusing.

  • Giro game - pick three Italians1 year 12 weeks agoRight, game is closed! I'll

    Right, game is closed!

    I'll drop all these into a spreadsheet and announce the winner at the end of the race. If I'm really bored I might post a mid-race update.

  • The Giro Purist thread1 year 12 weeks agoYeah, very excited to have

    Yeah, very excited to have 'proper' racing back again Big Grin

    I've said elsewhere that the Giro is my favourite race and I'm really hoping to do well, I'm glad my team is very similar to Wig_Billy's, that means I'm likely to do well but I missed Pirazzi and that's actually a really good shout. When I looked at the race I considered GC and young rider but didn't really think overly much about KoM because it generally ends up going to a random pick but I think Pirazzi may go hard for it this year.

    I hope he crashes today...

  • UPDATED: Vachery Triathlon price drop as organisers downgrade event to open roads1 year 12 weeks agoPragmatism ? Perhaps they

    Pragmatism ? Perhaps they feel there's more chance of being able to hold it again next year if they back off a bit this year - they can always apply for road closures in later years, but if they get enough entrenched opposition that could provide more problematic in holding any kind of on-road event next year.
    The real pity is that during the Olympics it wasn't a problem - we live close to /inside both the RR and TT routes and apart from a bit of grumbling it was very well received.

  • The Giro Purist thread1 year 12 weeks agoI agree drh - Scarponi could

    I agree drh - Scarponi could well be a good shout. I think Gesink could also go well (with Mollema likely to lead Blanco in the TdF), but he's been rubbish every time I've picked him in the past so I decided to leave him out, and put a fiver on him to finish on the podium instead!

    Betancur and Sammy S are the two that I could really do with having a bad time of it - expecting them to feature in a lot of teams.

    Regardless of the game though, just really excited to have a grand tour back on, and for it to be getting so much coverage.

  • The Giro Purist thread1 year 12 weeks agoI have a similar team to you

    I have a similar team to you drh.

    Wiggins
    Nibali
    Scarponi
    Betancur
    Santambrogio
    Pirazzi
    Di Luca
    Gavazzi
    Dekker

    Hoping Pirazzi has a go for the KOM jersey.

  • The Giro Purist thread1 year 12 weeks agoray silvester wrote:The other

    ray silvester wrote:
    The other thing Big Grin with Sanchez is that IF he gets his much desired stage win it's quite likely he'll crest a few KOM's on the way and he could easily have a blockbuster 'Voeckler' type stage.

    Either way he'll either be in contention on GC picking up regular points or if he falls behind he could easily pull off a 'spetacollo'.....for cheaper than Nizzolo or Kiserlovski(did-dig arsene)

    Ya but they both know the Giro much better than Sanchez. Also Nizzolo can contest all sprint stages and I rate Kiserlovski higher than Sanchez regarding the overall. Plus Radio Shack got a fine ttt line-up. Big Grin
    One rider i'd really like to have is Felline tho. Hes good on hillier stages.

  • UPDATED: Vachery Triathlon price drop as organisers downgrade event to open roads1 year 12 weeks agoI am always wondering how

    I am always wondering how they close roads ?How can you marshall hundreds of drives and junctions. how can you stop a person pulling out of their drive to go for the Sunday Paper ? Especially someone against an event.
    I certainly would never race down a hill on a blind bend presuming no car is coming the other way because the organisers have said there will be no traffic. No one can be 100% certain.
    So dont charge silly money for closed road events because its impossible to be fool proof. Confused

  • Giro - Stage 11 year 12 weeks agoBreak of seven up the road

    Break of seven up the road with a lead of 2 minutes

    Wurf, Visconti, Honnaford, Canola, Mestre, Bulgac, Keizer

  • The Giro Purist thread1 year 12 weeks agoYeah, stacking climbers

    Yeah, stacking climbers basically means you're hoping all your riders get to the last week without any incidents and in some form whereas the sprinters can get you points on the board nice and early.

    I'm liking the fact that not many people seem to be picking Scarponi, he's my outside tip for a podium and I think he's in better form than most people realise, hoping for a couple of stage wins as he tries to claw back the bags of time he loses on the ITT.

  • Giro - Stage 11 year 12 weeks agoCav Goss Bouhanni Viviani App

    Cav
    Goss
    Bouhanni
    Viviani
    Appollonio
    Blythe
    Gavazzi
    Dehaes
    Dekker

  • The Giro Purist thread1 year 12 weeks agoI did stick with Cav in the

    I did stick with Cav in the end - I'm hoping there might be a couple more sprint finishes than people seem to think. My main concern with stacking it with climbers was that their main chances to score don't come until later on. Still...
    The first 5 names on the sheet were...
    Wiggins
    Nibali
    Locatelli
    Santambrogio
    Gavazzi
    The rest changed several times, before I stuck with...
    Cavendish
    Bole
    Pellizotti (really no idea, but thought it might be worth a gamble)
    Jeannesson (I like him. If he's not in good enough condition to ride with the big boys, he's as likely as anyone to get in those breakaways...)

    Didn't want to be too risky, as I'm 5th overall in purist at the mo. Still a couple of wildcards tho!

  • The Giro Purist thread1 year 12 weeks agoDidn't pick Wiggins for mine,

    Didn't pick Wiggins for mine, kept in Cav.

    Michele Scarponi
    Thomas Dekker
    Alex Dowsett
    Mauro Santambrogio
    Mark Cavendish
    Stefano Garzelli
    Pieter Weening
    Vicenzo Nibali
    Stefano Pirazzi

  • The Giro Purist thread1 year 12 weeks agoThe other thing with Sanchez

    The other thing with Sanchez is that IF he gets his much desired stage win it's quite likely he'll crest a few KOM's on the way and he could easily have a blockbuster 'Voeckler' type stage.

    Either way he'll either be in contention on GC picking up regular points or if he falls behind he could easily pull off a 'spetacollo'.....for cheaper than Nizzolo or Kiserlovski(did-dig arsene Wink )

  • The Giro Purist thread1 year 12 weeks agoI went for all Italians as I

    I went for all Italians as I am rubbish at this sort of thing:
    Nibali
    Scarponi
    Modolo
    Santambrogio
    Aru
    Pirazzi
    Rosa
    Viviani
    Marangoni