• EPO competitor pill from UK's biggest drugs firm fools body into behaving as if at altitude1 year 14 weeks agoThe issue isnt so much the

    The issue isnt so much the kosher stuff - its the versions that flood onto the market, widely available over the internet, created using the forumulae that gets leaked and published.

  • Liège-Bastogne-Liège: Dan Martin wins La Doyenne1 year 14 weeks agoMetjas wrote:Andy Schleck

    Metjas wrote:
    Andy Schleck finishes in front of Contador - what a result! Keep it up Andy!

    In Sky's defence they did start the fireworks in the finale - shame they don't have anyone who can finish it off. Why were Thomas and Eddy not part of the Ardennes squad?

    EBH is clearly out of sorts and has been all spring to date. As I've posted elsewhere, the Cobbled Classics squad have been hard at it in training since Nov - they all need a break - inc G.

  • Marmotte questions1 year 14 weeks agoI rode it a few years back

    I rode it a few years back and I don't recall a broom wagon. I think the only restriction is that you have to get to the foot of Alpe d'Huez within 12 hours otherwise they take the timing chip off you (and return your 10Euros).

    I don't think they can stop you riding to the summit anyway and only some of the sections are closed road anyway. You'll have to contend with cars on the descent of the Galibier and through the (unlit) tunnels which can be daunting, especially the first one. I put some small lights on my bike and refrained from overtaking - but witnessed a head-on when some idiot decided to overtake and hit an oncoming motorhome.

    The food stations are well organised and a bit of a bun fight, but most sportives are the same.

    Have fun. It is an epic ride.

  • Liège-Bastogne-Liège: Dan Martin wins La Doyenne1 year 14 weeks agostumps wrote:fred22

    stumps wrote:
    fred22 wrote:
    What are Sky doing with Geraint Thomas, he surely should be a little more high profile

    Perhaps him and EBH are in the TdF squad and are just fine tuning their programme rather than a full blown attack on the classics.

    Agree. Also no Sky rider who rode the Cobbleds, carried into FW or LBL - completely different races, different riders. And if they had, they'd have been on their knees and fit for nothing. The Cobbled squad had been in serious training since Nov, and desperately needed a break.

    G wont be on the Giro team (being saved for the Tour). My guess is he'll be riding Bayern Rundfahrt late May as team leader going for GC (he won it in 2011)

  • mavic hub destroyed?1 year 14 weeks agotony_farrelly wrote:Yes, if

    tony_farrelly wrote:
    Yes, if you bought the wheel as part of a complete bike package from Canyon they would be your first port of call for a warranty claim - they will in turn have a claim against the wheel manufacturer. Canyon have a UK presence and one of their jobs will be to deal with UK warranty issues.

    Yep, spot on Tony. Thanks.

    Blahblahblaksheep, we're gutted to hear you have had a wheel failure on your first ride. I can assure you that every wheel is thoroughly checked and trued in our factory in Koblenz Germany, (here's a workstation http://instagram.com/p/VWdWZghfFd/).

    Please call us at the Canyon UK office in Kingston between 10 and 5 on +44 (0) 208 5496001 or email to uk@canyon.com.

    We will do our upmost to get this sorted for you asap so you can get riding again.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    With kind regards,
    Trevor @ Canyon

  • First spy shots of finished Kinesis Aithein frame1 year 14 weeks agoPentti: Hahah! Wow!! I didn't

    Pentti: Hahah! Wow!! I didn't realise that someone else had done this, it was just an idea that I played around with and then decided looked cool, so we put it into production.

    I have the 5 on top and the 2 underneath, because the brake hole is supposed to take the place of the dot for the '1'.

    Which frame is that that you have?

  • mavic hub destroyed?1 year 14 weeks agoHi, thanks Trevor for

    Hi, thanks Trevor for response I'm actually atm trying to contact yourselfs but lines are busy.

    If need be I'll email instead.
    Speaking to other cyclists they all were shocked when I told them as mavic elites have such a high standing.

    Just a shame I'm going to miss my TT race .

  • Speedplay zero pedals1 year 14 weeks agoYeah they take a few weeks

    Yeah they take a few weeks before clipping in gets easy. Mine are easier than SPDs to get in/out of now. My big tip would be to use some Locktite/Threadlocker on the cleat screws or they end up disappearing. Dry chain lube on the cleat after every few rides or they sound a bit creaky.

  • Tour De Romandie1 year 14 weeks agoI think the parcours for

    I think the parcours for Romandie includes 3 MM stages which is what the Ardennes classics were rated as. That means his form from the Ardennes directly translates to a much higher value for Romandie. Add into that his showing at Pais Vasco (which was after his value of 3 credits was set for the classic) and you get a huge, but deserved, jump in price.

  • Chris Boardman calls for action on Get Britain Cycling inquiry report published this week1 year 14 weeks agoGiven that over 3,000 people

    Given that over 3,000 people turned on to the first Pedal on Parliament last year (see picture above), when the organisers thought they were being optimistic in predicting 300 attending, I don't think apathy is an issue in Scotland. Having said that, we are hampered by lack of positive actions from government and political courage. This is why we are running Pedal on Parliament 2 (http://pedalonparliament.org) on the 19th May, leaving the Meadows at 15:00, to sand a clear message to the politicians that the people want change.

    Chris Boardman is of course welcome to join us, but we would ask that should he meet and old rival from is racing days, that they wait until after the main ride to have a race... Wink

  • Video: Park your bike like a pro... Tour de France champ Bradley Wiggins shows you how1 year 14 weeks agosm wrote:Strathlubnaig

    sm wrote:
    Strathlubnaig wrote:
    bit of a twat really

    So showing a bit of a anger and disappointment is being a twat is it? These guys dedicate their life to bike racing. To winning. Why not get upset when it all falls apart during a race due to the bike?

    They go through some pretty unpleasant training and they meet some pretty unpleasant people too who think they have a right to judge them because they earn money riding a bike.

    Well said Applause

  • Tour De Romandie1 year 14 weeks agoCrikey! Betancur's value has

    Crikey! Betancur's value has gone from 3 shekels to 19.3 Surprise

  • Fantasy Directeur Sportif Challenge1 year 14 weeks agodrheaton wrote:I need to try

    drheaton wrote:
    I need to try and work out how I've done, I meant to do another blog before the Ardennes but work was crazy so that never happened.

    Think I'll just write a bumper one catching up the classics, Romandie, Pais Vasco and Catalunya (oh man it's been too long since I wrote the last one) and looking ahead to the Giro. Best get cracking.

    I will send you the spreadsheet. The classics races Ive just put riders in who started, and made sure anyone who scored any points were in

  • Tour De Romandie1 year 14 weeks agoPhilip Unwin wrote:Amador

    Philip Unwin wrote:
    Amador (movistar) is not on procycling start list, but he is on the Romandie official site start list. Which do I trust? Any ideas Confused

    Well the official list was put up the other week, and still contains Voeckler (who is defo out injured), whereas cyclingefever removed Amador yesterday (probably ruled out after his crash at liege), which is why i removed him, as those websites tend to be more up to date. Valverde wasn't on the startlist but is now. Movistar seem to have made even more changes since last night, so gonna have another browse now

  • Liège-Bastogne-Liège: Dan Martin wins La Doyenne1 year 14 weeks agofred22 wrote:What are Sky

    fred22 wrote:
    What are Sky doing with Geraint Thomas, he surely should be a little more high profile

    Perhaps him and EBH are in the TdF squad and are just fine tuning their programme rather than a full blown attack on the classics.

  • Forum's Scorum's Mini League1 year 14 weeks agoAgreed, the Giro is my

    Agreed, the Giro is my favourite race (finished just outside the top 20 last year) and with a real battle for the maglia rosa between Nibali, Wiggins, Scarponi and Hesjedal this year it could be even better.

  • Thank God for the pizza dish1 year 14 weeks agoStarted my 'hill training' on

    Started my 'hill training' on Saturday. It's not the length of hills that's the problem, it's the gradient. A couple of sections of my training loop are knocking on 15%, just for a short period, but I figure if I can get up those I can get up anything. Well, I got up everything... but had to stop and poke my lungs back into my chest a few times. It wasn't pretty.

    I've got a compact with a 12-28 at the back, and whilst pros would pooh-pooh the idea of anything bigger, winching yourself up an inch at a time is still better than walking. Why is it that we cyclists try and force ourselves to use the same equipment as the pros? I watched the F1 yesterday afternoon, and I wouldn't drive a Red Bull to the shops?

    One more thing. When you stall on a hill, and stop to get your breath back... how the hell do you get the left SPD clipped back in again before you need to push on it?

  • Tour De Romandie1 year 14 weeks agoAmador (movistar) is not on

    Amador (movistar) is not on procycling start list, but he is on the Romandie official site start list. Which do I trust? Any ideas Confused

  • Forum's Scorum's Mini League1 year 14 weeks agoWith you on that one

    With you on that one drheaton......classics have been a mare for me......Picks have acted more like acrobats than cyclists....forever tumbling through the air....Loved Romandie last year...great scenery...hope Eurosport are showing it again....

    Think the Giro is going to be really good this year...

  • Manchester to improve some of its most dangerous junctions for cyclists1 year 14 weeks agoLooks like those of us coming

    Looks like those of us coming from Bury/Bolton into North Manchester have been neglected again. Roads there are just as dangerous, trust me.

  • Jeremy Clarkson rides a bike (yes, really!)1 year 14 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:Hollisharri

    Gkam84 wrote:
    Hollisharri wrote:
    Technically it's not a bike, having three wheels.

    Its recumbent handcycle, handcycle's are normally called handBIKES. Devil

    That might be what the're nicknamed but it should be a handtrike as it has three wheels. Tri=3 Bi=2.

  • Glasgow intends to open city-wide bike hire scheme1 year 14 weeks agoAgain, that is a Better Way

    Again, that is a Better Way to Work and the Bike Station.

  • Forum's Scorum's Mini League1 year 14 weeks agoTERatcliffe has left me for

    TERatcliffe has left me for dead in the battle for 5th and I'm beginning to look over my shoulder. In fairness everyone from 15th up 4th is probably fair game with the first grand tour on the horizon so it could all change.

    I personally suck during the one day races so the Tour de Romandie and Giro can't come soon enough for me.

  • Fantasy Directeur Sportif Challenge1 year 14 weeks agoI need to try and work out

    I need to try and work out how I've done, I meant to do another blog before the Ardennes but work was crazy so that never happened.

    Think I'll just write a bumper one catching up the classics, Romandie, Pais Vasco and Catalunya (oh man it's been too long since I wrote the last one) and looking ahead to the Giro. Best get cracking.

  • Glasgow intends to open city-wide bike hire scheme1 year 14 weeks agoTrue - now also seeing free

    True - now also seeing free bike repair clinics just outside Glasgow Green on a regular basis

    I've changed my route to head from EK to Newton first, then just over 10 miles along the Clyde Walkway and I'm very pleased to see more and more cyclists of all ability levels

    It's getting beautiful people