• SRAM X-Glide 1090 Cyclocross cassette launched1 year 25 weeks agoMud doesn't just stick, it

    Mud doesn't just stick, it clogs too. Having gaps and wholes for it to be pushed out of the way by the chain doesn't seem like complete nonsense to me, from personal experience of gears slipping on completely clogged cassettes. Best thing is for us to test one and see if it actually works

    Oh, it's made from steel which should prolong the life of the teeth, ideal for 'cross I'd say

    Bloody expensive so, I'll agree with you on that front

  • 18-month ban for Marcel Six who refused Tour Series doping control due to family emergency1 year 25 weeks agoThe message from UKAD and his

    The message from UKAD and his team is clear cycling above family regardless of circumstance and you fit with us at our convenience. A philosophy and just as sickening as the behaviour of the dopers. And says a lot about the attitudes within cycling administration

    Why some arrangement 'pee and go' could not have been made in this situation is unclear, although perhaps the was just no stream on the horizon. In such circumstances perhaps doping control chaperone Keith D’Wan could have followed Mr Six around like the grim reaper with a sample bottle. Mr Six's major fault would appear to have been not to have explained his situation early enough so some sanction maybe merited but 18 month instead of 24 month still seems draconian

  • Chris Boardman calls for one year bans for teams whose riders are caught doping1 year 25 weeks agoI'd be interested in how

    I'd be interested in how Chris Boardman's master plan would be applied in a case like that of Marcel Six. Unfortunately, we do not live in a world of absolutes, where automatic harsh punishments bring about desirable results, and I think a more pragmatic approach is needed.

  • Forget the cycling - The Alternative Armstrong Legacy1 year 25 weeks agoYou should never forget that

    You should never forget that he DID beat cancer and fought like mad to do it, an inspiration on that part Applause

    What he did afterwards will never be forgotten or forgiven but you cant knock him for his fight againt his own cancer.

  • Charlie the Bikemonger Wisecracker spacer bottle opener1 year 25 weeks agocome on guys - no self

    come on guys - no self respecting cycle shed (or tool kit) is without a bottle opener and it wont cost a tenner to save your teeth

  • Nilox Foolish HD camera coming to the UK1 year 25 weeks agoso, we gots one looks like

    so, we gots one Smile

    looks like it's made by the same people that make the muvi HD10 (http://road.cc/content/review/68124-veho-muvi-hd10-bundle), the display design and menu structure and layout is exactly the same, anyway. it uses the same mounting standard as the gopro and muvi HD cameras, works in the gopro mount on my helmet.

    I tried my muvi remote (the nilox one looks the same) but no dice, probably sends a slightly different signal

    the laser sight is pretty cool Smile

  • Euskatel - Euskadi1 year 25 weeks agodrheaton wrote:As long as the

    drheaton wrote:
    As long as the team they put out for the Tour, Vuelta and other races visiting the Pyrenees and Spain is primarily made up of Spaniards and Basque riders they should be ok, I don't think the Basque fans would be overly bothered about them putting out a team of randoms for tours of Qatar, down under, Bahrain etc.

    Agree, its the big tours that will be top heavy in basques. Mind you if the new boys get a bit of success then their popularity will suddenly soar with the locals, they might even reach the heady heights of "adopted" Wink

  • 18-month ban for Marcel Six who refused Tour Series doping control due to family emergency1 year 25 weeks ago@ thereandbackagain - yes,

    @ thereandbackagain - yes, Mrs Six, fixed

    @step-hent - changed word order to clarify, he was told at 2020 he had to undergo test. Nothing in decision I can seee re how long it would take.

  • Why so Cheap?1 year 25 weeks ago1000 is that the same as the

    1000 is that the same as the mile high club Surprise

  • Chris Boardman calls for one year bans for teams whose riders are caught doping1 year 25 weeks agoNo Paul, I don't have a

    No Paul, I don't have a citation (reference) for that.

    However at that time I had been racing myself and following his career with some interest for a long time and his naturally low testosterone levels were common knowledge long before his bone condition was diagnosed. That was an era where testosterone hit the headlines a few times because testing found some riders who had much higher than expected levels at some times but not at others.

    Boardman did have the option to apply for dispensation to use testosterone which could have been done to a level where he was still within the limits - BUT he also understands the demands that racing places on the body and the effect that medication could have. He therefore made the sensible decision, rather than risk his health further, to retire from racing so that his condition could be treated properly.

    Not the actions of a person who would happily dope and risk their health to win.

  • Updated: More departures from Sky "highly likely" admits Dave Brailsford after Bobby Julich confesses to doping1 year 25 weeks agoSam1 wrote:Stumpy, think on

    Sam1 wrote:
    Stumpy, think on this: DSs are almost always retired pros. Pros usually retire around the ages of 34-38/9, right? So this means that those guys will have been riding from at the latest the late 90s through the 00s. Through the height of Generation EPO in the pro peloton racing in Europe. So where are these younger DSs who have experience at racing at the top level, but are somehow unconnected with doping either directly or indirectly, supposed to come from? Because I'm afraid careers that have been spent racing for GB Conti teams, where some of the highlights would have been the Lincoln GP or Eddie Soens, isnt going to cut it as a coach or DS for the top team in the world.

    You will probably find your wrong about certain points. Just because they rode during the 90 - 00's doesnt mean they are druggies, a bit of a sweeping statement. There are many riders who have never been and never will be implicated in drug use who could ply their trade as a DS and just because you were a top pro rider doesn't mean you will automatically become a brilliant DS, its a learning curve.

    Look at football and rugby, a lot of top coaches never graced the international field on a regular basis but are still damn good coaches - ie Mourinho for one.

  • Why so Cheap?1 year 25 weeks agoNow, where's my Mum's credit

    Now, where's my Mum's credit card gone ..... who wants what again?! Big Grin

    Can you send what you think it is worth to my Nigerian uncle? Liar - he is sick but very rich and knows next weeks lottery numbers. Wink

  • 18-month ban for Marcel Six who refused Tour Series doping control due to family emergency1 year 25 weeks agothereandbackagain wrote:I

    thereandbackagain wrote:
    I don't understand why they couldn't just have tested him immediately and let him go on his way?

    This seems somewhat harsh and poorly managed.

    I wasn't sure from reading that how long they had asked him to wait - the test was at 8:20pm, but what time was he selected?

    I can see it from both sides, to be honest - the guy panicked because of the family emergency and decided to skip it, but if that is a valid excuse then you can guarantee other athletes would try and use it in more dubious circumstances. A situation where the rules don't have a satisfactory answer, really. It's a great shame for Six though.

  • Greg Lemond to Pat McQuaid and Hein Verbruggen: "You are the corruption in the sport"1 year 25 weeks agoHadn't seen that before,

    Hadn't seen that before, cheers Dave - so Lemond effectively cut his own throat by refusing to shut up about Armstrong's doping, irrespective of the fact it was killing sales of his bikes - wonder if the brand could make a recovery now, could have model names like "Integrity", the "Told You" & the "F*ck you all, I was right all along" Big Grin

  • Fizik R3 shoes1 year 25 weeks agoOk, thanks for the info.

    Ok, thanks for the info.

  • 18-month ban for Marcel Six who refused Tour Series doping control due to family emergency1 year 25 weeks agoI don't understand why they

    I don't understand why they couldn't just have tested him immediately and let him go on his way?

    This seems somewhat harsh and poorly managed.

    I think there may be a typo in here too. Based on the report, I presume it's in fact Mrs Six, not Mr. who 'suffered from “ongoing mood and anxiety-related symptoms,” which were “consistently worse at times when she is alone”'

  • Chris Boardman calls for one year bans for teams whose riders are caught doping1 year 25 weeks agochris75018 wrote:TheHatter

    chris75018 wrote:
    TheHatter wrote:
    Maybe I missed it but I don't recall Boardman ever using his position as GB's best known cyclist to ever speak out on drugs.
    It feels a bit disingenuous when past riders, even clean ones, suddenly find a voice about doped riders.

    To be fair he's probably been asked about nothing else for weeks. I don't think someone in his position as one of the highest profile cycling "celebs" in the wider media would get away with not having an opinion on doping. Thinking


    Thats a fair point - I think my gripe is that he never spoke out before.
    I take SimonE's point that he had a lot to lose is valid but that was the whole problem of the Ometra. He's doing alright out of his bike range, commentating gigs and BC job so why rock the boat?
    Bearing in mind the *worst* thing that could happen is he's ostracised from cycling and has to get a real job like the rest of us I think more could have been expected of him in the past.

  • Sram/Shimano shifting1 year 25 weeks agothat was my precise

    that was my precise conclusion at the time. it was facilitated by the friendly Matt at Strada.

  • Chris Boardman calls for one year bans for teams whose riders are caught doping1 year 25 weeks agoCongratulations to Trek. You

    Congratulations to Trek. You have made a significant step and one that the likes of Nike or Oakley have not made. By entering into the the conversation regarding the use of PEDs there is gain for all you gain by affirming the companies position by engagement which suggests you are concerned as much for the sport you as you are for the balance sheet obviously the two are linked. All too often companies have a policy position but no apparent commitment beyond this, it therefore appears as a business decision based solely on brand image and sales not a moral position.

    Cycling gains by having a position stated in an open channel, which allows all to see that the anti doping movement is broad.

    As for your comment, I understand your concerns, particularly as you may feel that you have little or no control over weather or not an individual (or a team) uses PEDs but carry consequences of their PEDs use. Under Boardman type suggestions those consequences become even more severe and therefore increases business risk and are not something on face value is likely to attract a sponsor. However, at this time these are suggestions and the practicalities are not sorted and concerns are doubt surmountable or at least can be placed where they are tolerable, if such a route was to be chosen.

    As a cycling fan and rider of a Trek bike I made my decision to buy a Trek despite the companies long association with Armstrong. A person who I never felt said anything about cycling that resonated with me.
    Hide sight is a wonderful thing but perhaps as a company you should have more confidence in your products than to have such a high investment in one person for marketing. Making greater connections with the grassroots of cycling as part of marketing (along with pro sponsorship at some level) does perhaps not have as much immediate impact as association with the latest 'hero'. Yet over time such an approach is more sustainable offering reduced risks, building believe and commitment within the cycling community and can contribute to product development.

    How you divide up your marketing budget is your decision be it long term or short term, the consequences and benefits of your decisions are yours.

  • Government has "wasted opportunity" to take lead on road safety says Commons Transport Committee chair1 year 25 weeks agoOh quelle surprise!

    Oh quelle surprise! Surprise

  • Updated: More departures from Sky "highly likely" admits Dave Brailsford after Bobby Julich confesses to doping1 year 25 weeks agoThere is a huge risk here

    There is a huge risk here that the Brailsford holier than thou walking on water approach is going to backfire. This is a PR excercise from a parent brand thats worried about any more negative press following the phone hacking affair. This is doing nothing to resolve the doping problem and I will not support the team if it continues.

    I'm backing Yates, he's a brilliant DS and association should not mean an automatic guilty verdict.

  • WADA criticises UCI for failure to investigate … and David Millar says Armstrong must not be forgotten1 year 25 weeks agoAs stated above : " Millar

    As stated above :
    " Millar and WADA are spot on with their comments. "

    "Just how bad does this look to the outside world questioning how cycling is dealing with doping?"

    " I don't want someone to replace McQuaid. I want something to replace the UCI."

    " http://inrng.com/2012/09/how-to-replace-pat-mcquaid/

    " Realising an error and subsequently making an effort to ensure others don't make the same error does not make a hypocrit."

    ALL valid comments but ACT to achieve change by signing on to " Change.org Petition ":

    http://t.co/oFWgsHA7

  • Armstrong round-up: Cavendish, Vaughters, Hammond Staff & Indurain have their say + Boonen visits Ferrari*1 year 25 weeks ago"Is this the definitive

    "Is this the definitive moment? I don't know, but I do know it's a catalyst for progress and we need to take advantage of this moment."

    " Who better to make an example of, and hopefully act as a deterrent, than the person who benefitted most from cheating. Armstrong is being singled out and it is fantastic."

    Excellent points but there are Athletes that want to come forward and clear their misdeeds during their careers .

    Join in seeing that they can : http://t.co/oFWgsHA7

  • Lance Armstrong, the UCI and USADA: Catch-22?1 year 25 weeks ago" Is it time to give a wholly

    " Is it time to give a wholly independent body the power to run and investigate the anti-doping set-up in sport? Should WADA be responsible for testing and prosecuting rather than the UCI and the local federations? "

    " Even by UCI's usual standards this is inept and craven - you can see exactly why USADA didn't trust them at all and went all the way on their own, presenting the UCI with a fait accompli."

    " Another area where USADA has been 'economical with the verite'. What USADA referred to was an 'opinion' CAS gave on a couple of questions CONI asked in 2005. It wasn't a case as such. "

    Excellent points ! Now help those Athletes that wish to step forward and detail their Career misdeeds :

    http://t.co/oFWgsHA7

  • Greg Lemond to Pat McQuaid and Hein Verbruggen: "You are the corruption in the sport"1 year 25 weeks agoGood man Greg. He's spoken

    Good man Greg. He's spoken out about this for a long time, taken a lot of flak but he's vindicated now. The UCI needs culling.