• Updated: Summary of UCI corruption report leaked; Pat McQuaid denies everything1 year 10 weeks agoNew UCI theme

    New UCI theme tune

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPObzJkWueY

  • Stop Surrey Being Turned in to a Cycle Track petition reaches over 1,100 signatures - effect on small businesses to be investigated1 year 10 weeks agoThere needs to be all

    There needs to be all resources directed to a NIMBY cull rather than shooting badgers.

  • Stop Surrey Being Turned in to a Cycle Track petition reaches over 1,100 signatures - effect on small businesses to be investigated1 year 10 weeks agoAnd in other news... 80,000

    And in other news... 80,000 people have signed a petition asking for the event to be repeated next year.

  • Updated: Summary of UCI corruption report leaked; Pat McQuaid denies everything1 year 10 weeks agoIs a 'scintilla of evidence'

    Is a 'scintilla of evidence' more or less than a 'shred of evidence'?

    "Can someone tell me what the solution to the whole doping problem historically in cycling was?"

    But what has changed with regard to doping is the 'Blood Passport', by testing an athlete regularly and checking its composition of young and old cells it is possible to assess whether the blood has been chemically manipulated.
    It is still possible to artificially manipulate your blood composition, but only to cause the body to increase its red blood cell count by living at altitude or sleeping in a low oxygen tent. This would provide a different blood composition than if you transfused your own blood (lots of old cells) or took EPO etc (lots of young cells). Also, out of competition testing, (done properly!) and putting a 'tracer'(something that can be tested for) in prescription medication (like EPO) is also helping.
    Tyler Hamilton's book explains in detail how the science of testing was well behind the science of doping for years.
    Reading that one tester used to ring the athletes the night before the 'surprise' tests (to make sure they were in!) gives you an idea what was going wrong!

  • Updated: Summary of UCI corruption report leaked; Pat McQuaid denies everything1 year 10 weeks agoDoc Davo, I think you miss

    Doc Davo, I think you miss the point though.

    It's one thing turning a blind eye to positives, missed tests or other evidence of doping on the misapprehension it is in the best interest of the sport; it is quite another to make personal financial gain from your position of authority and that is what is alleged. I assume it would be personal gain as it would be impossible to account for such monies legitimately. Bearing in mind the sysmex machine that appeared by magic, I doubt even Pat and Hein would try a trick again. It's more likely Pat shares an accountant with Harry Redknapp - does he have a dog?

  • Stop Surrey Being Turned in to a Cycle Track petition reaches over 1,100 signatures - effect on small businesses to be investigated1 year 10 weeks agoHow can a leisure and tourism

    How can a leisure and tourism boom in an area possibly be seen in such a negative way?

    Do the businesses involved only want to sell things or provide services to local people?

    I despair; we're not even a nation of shopkeepers anymore, we're a nation of local shopkeepers...

  • No comments on “Good luck finding me on foreign plates” story - why?1 year 10 weeks agoI respect everyone's views on

    I respect everyone's views on here. Some haven't read the whole story which is obvious from a couple of comments.

    As far as I'm aware I haven't changed my story. The driver erratically pulled across to the kerb to stop on double yellow lines, this is an offence. 6 points and £1000 fine. If he hadn't driven in this way the incident wouldn't have happened. 3 impartial witnesses came out telling me it was his fault and the police suggested to me that from my account of events that the driver was in the wrong. But it's not for me to decide who is to blame, it's the police and insurers. And yes I am insured! He then also committed an offence of leaving the scene of the incident without giving his details. I was frustrated with the police's response that they couldn't trace foreign plates. I took to my local friends to see if we could find out if anyone recognised the distinctive vehicle so that maybe we could get any more info that would help enquiries. Even though there have been many positives with social media that has provided the police with some lines of enquiries, it has been a very stressful experience.
    There have been many negative comments towards me and the usual trolls that hide behind their keyboards. To me this is a lot of fuss about a minor road incident and it’s only because the alleged driver might be a premier league footballer. It has been totally blown out of proportion I really don’t consider it to be news. I totally underestimated the power of social media and I have inadvertently opened myself up to some criticism and judgment. Twitter restricts people to the amount of characters users can type. A detailed account of what happened cannot be said in a Tweet, so I found people started speculating and twisting the story. I was away at the weekend and I came back to find some news publications started to write stories based on these Tweets, sensationalising the story, and I was concerned at what people would be reading. Terms like ‘hit and run’ were being said and maybe that is technically correct but most people read this as something a lot worse than what happened.
    I’m very concerned that people will think this is a witch hunt because of the alleged high profile of the driver involved. This all started as an attempt to resolve an issue in a road traffic incident and, despite the stress and some negativity, I feel obliged to stand up for the lack of respect towards cyclists on the road by some people out there and the dangerous driving of the driver involved here.

    Hopefully this can be resolved quickly and I can get back to riding my bike again.

  • Autumn transition1 year 10 weeks agoMy favourite part of the year

    My favourite part of the year is the dry, bright, cold, sunny days in december. About 4 degrees, all wrapped up in winter gear, can see your breath, lovely.

    However, this is the first year that I've had a different bike for summer, so perhaps being out on the hack will persuade me that Autumn is indeed superior.

  • Updated: Summary of UCI corruption report leaked; Pat McQuaid denies everything1 year 10 weeks agoi take the opposite view. If

    i take the opposite view. If cycling just keeps saying "everything is okay now" as PMQ has done for years, then the smell of cheating will never dissipate and all TdF winners will forever be questioned about doping. Cycling needs to take a big bath, get it all out in the open, have the Truth&Reconciliation committee, double the penalties for doping, outsource the dope testing and do all of the above visibly, openly and in conjunction with WADA, so that Cycling gets its long lost credibility back. It's the only way out of the current mess.

  • Updated: Summary of UCI corruption report leaked; Pat McQuaid denies everything1 year 10 weeks agoBeen waiting for this to come

    Been waiting for this to come out, but I figured the allegations would be ones we already knew about, nicely summarised, so I'm surprised to see some of these.

    Regarding the 250k bribe that a pro team 'declined' to pay - I wonder who? A first thought would be Katusha - remember how they suddenly didn't have a worldtour place for this year? - but that raises another question: If it was Katusha, and the removal of the worldtour license was a consequence of not paying the bribe, why would Igor Makarov not simply have blown the lid on the whole thing and told us this already? Is there a mutual skeleton hiding in a closet somewhere?

  • Stop Surrey Being Turned in to a Cycle Track petition reaches over 1,100 signatures - effect on small businesses to be investigated1 year 10 weeks agoTo me this just doesn't sound

    To me this just doesn't sound right - I was one of those that rode the route quite a few times in the weeks before the event.

    On the day the cafe's, pubs and restaurants were far busier, and given it was on a Sunday, some shops were open on the day despite normally being closed.

    This sounds like a bunch of NIMBYs jumping on the bandwagon as its the only argument against the event that sounds relatively plausible if taken at face value.

  • Bloody Car Drivers!1 year 10 weeks agoWell we all understand the

    Well we all understand the importance about road safety, especially in reference to vulnerable road users. I also agree with comments about lack of prosecution etc - (so perhaps thread should be entitled 'bloody police'!)

    However I don't think this incident, with no cyclists involved, in difficult driving conditions, merits any 'them and us' type attitude

    I'm a car driver and a cyclist. Driving a car is inherently dangerous. I am sure I've made mistakes re speed, attention etc. and as a human I am fallible, I have made mistakes whilst cycling and driving. I am very careful around cyclists, however.

    When non-cycling drivers have a go at 'bloody cyclists', it's just as bad as the other way around and there is enough contempt between different groups of road users as it is

  • Stop Surrey Being Turned in to a Cycle Track petition reaches over 1,100 signatures - effect on small businesses to be investigated1 year 10 weeks agoHere we go... If it was a

    Here we go... If it was a running race like the Marathon I can guarantee this petition wouldn't have been put together Yawn Just another dig at cyclists.

  • Kinesis Aithein - First ride1 year 10 weeks agoif a bike has a rider limit

    if a bike has a rider limit of 88kg, and that's what you weigh, then that means it's completely safe to ride that bike. it doesn't mean it'll suddenly fall apart if you have a big lunch.

  • Updated: Summary of UCI corruption report leaked; Pat McQuaid denies everything1 year 10 weeks agoExactly - this is a grenade

    Exactly - this is a grenade that they put under Pat's chair back when they unveiled it in Norway a month ago. Cookson's team has always known it would come down to a sh*tfight, given Phat's previous record, so they have always planned to pull the pin out with enough time before the election for a media frenzy to build, and put Phat on the back foot for the next 2 weeks answering very tricky and damaging questions from the worlds top media. You have to admire Phat's sheer chutzpah though - his argument that without him sitting in the IOC the sport of cycling would lose influence and credibility is a doozy, coming from a guy who is a global laughing stock and barred from Olympic events by the IOC itself. Marvellous!

  • Kinesis Aithein - First ride1 year 10 weeks agoVelo Jason wrote:What about

    Velo Jason wrote:
    What about clearance for mudguards? Looks a great frame for the money, I'm considering one as a training bike but would like to ride it through the winter also

    kinesis make plenty of bikes that'll fit mudguards, this is a full-on race frameset so it's not one of them...

  • Updated: Summary of UCI corruption report leaked; Pat McQuaid denies everything1 year 10 weeks agoCan someone tell me what the

    Can someone tell me what the solution to the whole doping problem historically in cycling was?

    There was a scenario where their was widespread systematic doping across the full sport for many years that was pretty undetectable until it reached epidemic portions - rightly or wrongly if on discovery of the majority the sports major stars and teams and also minor stars doping the UCI had blown the cover on it - there would be no procycling left and certainly not to the commercial levels that we know it today.

    Whether their has been any further undignified behavior happening and whether I particularly like PMQ or not, who ever was in that position within the sport had to perform miracles in damage limitation to preserve the sport

    we have seen that in the Operation Puerto case where the spanish government in has most likely stepped in to protect the intergrity of all the other sports implicated, i.e. football, tennis etc

    Most governing bodys has performed the same damage limitation methods in there sport at one occassion or another and their is a large possiblility its going on now, though the public still want cycling to oust their cheats whilst loosing sponsors hand over fist - I think this is something that needs to be considered in the next term by the UCI president and if BC wants to lay everything out then he is obviously the wrong man for the job!

  • If You Can’t See My Handlebars…1 year 10 weeks agoHillarious comments on a

    Hillarious comments on a light-hearted and humerous article.

    I still can't get my head round what sportives are for. They seem to give riders little more than a finishing time which doesn't mean anything in such a mixed ability field. Do the same with a stopwatch and repeat the route a few times and, bobs your uncle, you have something meaningful and hopefully have made some progress.

    Outside the cycling community sportives are not well regarded and feelings within cycling are very mixed. Personally I just don't see the point of them. They seem to cater for riders who would like to race but aren't quick enough and I think British Cycling have a call to answer on this front. There should be more entry level competition to cater for such riders rather than this idea of 'its not a race' sportives. If you want to race you should be able to, whatever your ability.

    Finally, Zam's comments promoting excessive consumerism don't sit well with me. Of course, the cycle industry support top riders and this is only possible becuause they sell us stuff but the buying habits of many are simply wasteful. I don't completly understand the compulsion to feel like your supporting top riders anyway, worry about your own ride and just have fun with it dude.

  • Whats the difference between Bib Tights & Bib Knickers1 year 10 weeks agoSwindaloo has said it. I'd

    Swindaloo has said it.

    I'd also second the recommendation to try stuff on - sizing varies significantly across brands, both the cut and the overall length (could be an issue with bibs and tights).

    FWIW
    http://road.cc/content/review/47736-castelli-gabba-ws-rain-jersey

    Have you considered a gilet?

  • Kinesis Aithein - First ride1 year 10 weeks agoWhat about clearance for

    What about clearance for mudguards? Looks a great frame for the money, I'm considering one as a training bike but would like to ride it through the winter also

  • Just In: Mavic Cosmic Carbone SLR wheelset1 year 10 weeks agoMetjas wrote:I couldn't find

    Metjas wrote:
    I couldn't find a follow-up test review for these - did they not make the cut?

    Oops, only just seen this. The review is going live soon

  • Kinesis Aithein - First ride1 year 10 weeks agoDave Atkinson

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    Ham-planet wrote:
    Too thin to weld cable stops to, yet I'm supposed to trust my teeth to it? Sorry, Kinesis: I'm out.

    hardly unique to kinesis. large downtubes can be very thin, and lots of alu bikes have the cable routing on the headtube for that reason. it doesn't mean it's unsafe.

    Plus this arrangement stops the cables rubbing paint off the headtube.

  • Updated: Summary of UCI corruption report leaked; Pat McQuaid denies everything1 year 10 weeks agostumps wrote:As much as i

    stumps wrote:
    As much as i hate McQuaid with a passion, until the dossier is made public then its all just quess work.

    I hope it is all true and he not only loses his position but also goes to prison.

    He is not a nice person and coming out to blame Cookson for the report beggars belief - "and unfortunately one that is completely in character with the tactics of my opponents."

    The dossier in its fullness will come out, this is just the hors d'oeuvres. The UCI Congress presidential election is precisely 15 days from today. This is all part of a timed plan.

  • No comments on “Good luck finding me on foreign plates” story - why?1 year 10 weeks agochadders wrote:Think its time

    chadders wrote:
    Think its time for a Europe wide registration system, where the cars country of origin and a number linked to that car. Did we know if the Audi was insured or road worthy or can that not be checked either!!

    The Pan-European agreement on vehicle data sharing comes into force on 7th November of this year. David Cameron did try to scupper this as a piece of political gerrymandering but wiser heads prevailed. The agreement means police forces within the EC will be able to exchange vehicle information so that drivers can be traced and charged for offences committed in other EC countries. Some limited data exchange agreements are already in place between some countries but this further step will cover the whole of the EC.

    Police in the UK will most likely focus their attention (due to insufficient resources) on the most serious offences and Eastern European registered HGVs however. There is a DfT report into the number of crashes Eastern European trucks are involved in on UK roads and it makes frightening reading. A worrying percentage of Eastern European trucks are driven by people under the influence, exceeding their hours behind the wheel, not competent and many vehicles are also unroadworthy.

    As regards the driver of the Audi, he has been identified by name on some websites that appear not to understand the laws of libel or the potential legal issues they could face for doing so. RoadCC has taken the wise step of not allowing comments mentioning the driver's name. Just because someone is ignorant of the law (of libel), this does not constitute a defence in court. Naming someone can also wreck legal cases. One newspaper report stays that the police are investigating though whether any case will be pursued remains to be seen.

  • National Cycle to Work Day next Thursday1 year 10 weeks agoI'm working from home that

    I'm working from home that day but I'll be sure to go for a spin before I start.