• Armstrong round-up: Cavendish, Vaughters, Hammond Staff & Indurain have their say + Boonen visits Ferrari*1 year 25 weeks agoThe more I read of this the

    The more I read of this the more implausible it seems. If we believe the USADA - LA Not only hide it all successfully from the authorities for god knows how many tests and years. He and his so called cohorts hide it successfully from quite a few other team members. You would have thought that at least there would have some concerns that something was happening from other riders, riding with LA who have not been accused of doping.

    As big Mig says we only have all the evidence is based on testimony of 5 riders and only 5 riders. There is from what I have read no usable evidence of actual doping and over 8 year period you would have thought something would have come up. One thing I can't get my head a round is that these 5 riders were threatened with criminal proceedings and much worse if they didn't answer as the USADA cause. That does not make for a viable reasonable witness in my book at any level.

    Then look at the way the USADA set about describing the details in such a lurid tabloid way. If the evidence was so clear and solid why use such emotive language and theatricals. I think it was to deflect from the weakness of the case.

    He may be an arrogant twit but Hoski, I don't think because you personally dislike someone you hang this on them as the sole and individual cause of all doping in the sport at the time. Look at the facts. There is so much room for doubt.

    I am not a great lover of LA but I have tremendous respect for what did did setting up and promoting Livestrong and his cancer charities. My real problem is both sides of the debate and in particular the actions of the USADA and the inactivity of the UCI. The USADA seems hell bent on getting there man. Even if it is by theatrics. They could have done it in a much more professional and effective way than the way they eventually did it.

  • Ridley launch their lightest bike ever.1 year 25 weeks agoPah! to plural companies I

    Pah! to plural companies I say. They're single entities, as handlebarcam says. It's a sense thing, not a style thing if you ask me. For a common sense explanation for why teams can be plural but companies aren't, see a *sensible* style guide: http://www.economist.com/style-guide/singular-or-plural

  • Riis: Stages Of Light And Dark by Bjarne Riis With Lars Steen Pedersen Translated by Ellis Bacon1 year 25 weeks agoRoad.CC. Could you please do

    Road.CC. Could you please do a review of the best cycling books and DVDs, preferably with a nifty competition to give the lot away, or at least nicely sharable so I can make not-so-subtle hints to my relatives in the run up to the primary gifting period (avoiding use of the C word when its still October)?

    Thanks

  • Lance Armstrong, the UCI and USADA: Catch-22?1 year 25 weeks agoLacticlegs wrote:I don’t get

    Lacticlegs wrote:
    I don’t get a lot of these responses.

    Having to cheat to catch a cheat? Statute of limitations? Seriously?

    Effectively what I’m hearing here is that, okay – we now know he doped and lied to us. We know he ruined the careers of several people who tried to bring this to light. We know he may well have given himself cancer in the first place and he made a mountain of money coming back from it. We know the damage to our sport is incalculable.

    But despite knowing this – we were really enjoying the fairytale and all these harsh facts have ruined it. Please can’t we go back to sleep and have things just as before? I think really the problem is Landis and Hamilton, if they’d never spoken out then we could still be watching pigs fly.

    Some idiot even wrote that Landis and Hamilton have ruined the sport!

    Grow up would you please!

    You seem to be reading a different article and comments to me - I can't see anyone bemoaning the fact that harsh facts have ruined the fairytale. Simply some unease that it took what seems to be an 'ends justify the means' approach to get the right result… That I'd say is a grown up response.

  • Lance Armstrong, the UCI and USADA: Catch-22?1 year 25 weeks agoI think that would be open to

    I think that would be open to challenge surely, the USADA went looking for a suitable precedent from another case - had another body or Armstrong wished to challenge that they could of. Just because USADA say they have a precedent that supports their actions doesn't necessarily make it so.

    Plus of court Travis Tygart has said that they wouldn't have set aside the statute of limitations if Armstrong had co-operated which does sound like he was using it as a lever. I'd also have to refer you back to what the judge said - if USADA are going to use local law to help stand up their case the comments of a US judge certainly make it sound like there would have been a problem with all the rider affidavits.

    Nobody should lose any sleep over Armstrong but it does seem that the way he was brought down shows that the system needs fixing - and I'm not talking just about the UCI that's obvious, but the WADC and who has reponsibility for what.

  • New Forest sportive riders slammed by motorists for not riding single file1 year 25 weeks agonbrus wrote:sim1515

    nbrus wrote:
    sim1515 wrote:
    nbrus wrote:
    sim1515 wrote:
    nbrus wrote:
    sim1515 wrote:
    Look, you explain your opinion on why you think drivers are irritated, I understand your opinion, I just don't agree with it...
    There's nothing to agree, or disagree on ... its a simple statement of fact.

    What exactly is your fact and what exactly is the evidence to prove it?


    The fact is as a motorist I get irritated, and that's also my evidence ... unless you believe I'm telling fibs?

    The title of this thread says it all "New Forest sportive riders slammed by motorists for not riding single file". Is this evidence enough?

    Sorry ... I think I misread your post ... I thought you were saying that you don't believe that drivers get irritated. Confused

    Yes, I agree drivers get irritated, I'm saying that in my opinion they are irritated due to lack of knowledge/understanding of how to overtake, and if they knew/understood they wouldn't be as irate. Your opinion seems to be that they get irritated because cyclists are in the wrong, but this is not fact, it's your opinion.

    Its not my opinion either ... what I (and others) are saying is that cycling *two abreast* is both selfish and a hazard. It puts both parties at increased risk. This has nothing to do with lack of knowledge, as I feel well educated having read all your posts. Smile

    Nic, I think you still misunderstand, it's YOUR OPINION that cyclists are selfish and a hazard, not fact. It's MY OPINION that drivers don't know how to overtake properly and therefore their perception of cyclists being at fault is wrong.

  • Lance Armstrong, the UCI and USADA: Catch-22?1 year 25 weeks agoThe big picture is surely

    The big picture is surely that he got caught, which is what everyone wanted - the point of the article is that the system is such a mess that the UCI had to be gone around and boundaries pushed.

  • Riis: Stages Of Light And Dark by Bjarne Riis With Lars Steen Pedersen Translated by Ellis Bacon1 year 25 weeks agoI demand his name be struck

    I demand his name be struck from the '96 record books.
    If roadcc would care to donate it to me I will gladly use it as a firefighter.

  • Mavic R-Sys 2013....are they joking?!?!1 year 25 weeks agoGot it from TriUk. They were

    Got it from TriUk. They were very helpful. Dealt with Steve, Claire and Luke. They actually price matched Wiggle over 2 weeks ago before all the other dealers started advertising the reduced price. Got bars (3t carbon stealth black) from PBK at 25% off.

    I have ridden a Soloist SLC-SL for the last 5 years (predecessor to the S3) and have nothing but praise for that. This new one may not be aero but its lighter and stiffer so should climb even better!!!

  • Driver sought over mystery injury of teenage triathlete in the New Forest1 year 25 weeks agoBBB wrote:Maybe it's time we

    BBB wrote:
    Maybe it's time we all start using helmet cams... and make it known to drivers.

    I was wondering about a jersey design that serves as just such a warning. ''CCTV in operation for my safety' etc...

  • New Forest sportive riders slammed by motorists for not riding single file1 year 25 weeks agoHaving grown up in the New

    Having grown up in the New Forest I can attest that most of the people who used to live there - who used to have an understanding of New Forest ponies, badgers, squirrels, pedestrians and all other things non 4x4 - have been squeezed out by the super-rich.
    Once I was able to cycle no-handed (No-handed means you can steer, but are slower at braking. Great for cycling. Lethal in traffic)through the quieter country lanes with the knowledge that by the time I heard a car heading my way, my hands would be back on the handlebars.
    Nowadays, as I cycle cautiously along with my fingers on the brakes, I fear every corner, as there's a likelyhood that some git with 'roo-bars' will come hurtling round it at 50mph+ - on MY side of the road.
    Conclusion?
    They paid for the car. They own the road.
    The solution:
    More Real) tractors, hauling more (Real) silage.

  • New Forest sportive riders slammed by motorists for not riding single file1 year 25 weeks agoI rode across the New Forest

    I rode across the New Forest last Sunday (on my own, although I was participating in a 200km event)

    Utterly appalled by the consideration shown to other road users by both pedestrians and car drivers.

    At one point a lady of "mature years", one of a group of ramblers stepped off the grass verge along which they were walking, straight into the road in front of me for no apparent reason and without looking. Evidently relying on hearing any approaching cars? If she'd done it half a second later I'd not have had time to swerve and she'd have got one of my aero bars where it was never supposed to go.

    Several ludicrous overtakes (by the usual large German cars) on blind bends, in the face of oncoming traffic (causing it to have to brake sharply), at places where there were ponies close on either side of the road.
    In every case it seemed to gain them about 20 metres before coming up behind another car that was driving within the 40 mph limit. Still at least they got past that pesky cyclist.

    Frankly if that's the standard of driving we can expect in the NF then cyclists are safer in large packs which inconvenience other road users.

  • Guru Evolo-R frame and fork1 year 25 weeks agoYennings wrote:Lovely but how

    Yennings wrote:
    Lovely but how much longer is this trend for matte black going to persist? Getting a bit tired of nice bikes looking like frying pans and stealth fighters now...

    Totally agree. Bring back the shiny.

  • Mavic R-Sys 2013....are they joking?!?!1 year 25 weeks agoDid you get the 1/2 price one

    Did you get the 1/2 price one from Slane?

    Awww Yeahhh

  • What to consider when buying new wheels for an old bike?1 year 25 weeks agoIf it's that old, you may

    If it's that old, you may well be dealing with a screw-on freewheel rather than a cassette. Saint Sheldon, as is to be expected, has a page about it: http://sheldonbrown.com/free-k7.html

  • New Forest sportive riders slammed by motorists for not riding single file1 year 25 weeks agoIn April of this year I was

    In April of this year I was the lucky recipient of a three day cycling break in Mallorca, thanks to road.cc . Yup, its as good as I've heard but there quite a bit of signage for cyclists. Mainly to stay single file through twisty or narrow bits. It works. Most of time car drivers (of which I'm one) have the road to themselves and don't have to navigate around slower vehicles, it happens but is not the norm. Hence,some ill advised and foolish individuals take it upon themselves to crusade against cyclists after an event such as the new forest 100. What it takes is a bit cash, education and thought. How hard could it be ? (yeah right - may be ten years from now). Great ride by the way.

  • Cyclists 'endangering lives' by cycling on dual carriageways (say motorists)1 year 25 weeks agoI know a lot about cycling

    I know a lot about cycling next to high-speed traffic.

    It's basically what we do all the time in Abu Dhabi where there are no cycle paths and in general there is not always a choice of roads. Large parts of our regular routes are on the equivalent of motorways where the speed limit is 140km/h.

    And call me crazy but I feel much safer there than I do when cycling with Dulwich Paragon in the lanes of Surrey and Kent. I even wear headphones here, which I would never do in the UK.

    Most cycling accidents if I recall correctly occur when motor vehicles and bicycles have to interact - at junctions, pinch points, roundabouts and so on. In the 'quiet' lanes there is always a car coming up behind or a white van around the next corner who can't see through the hedgerow. Even where there are paths cyclists are forever having to go into cycle lanes and then out again to fight for their place in traffic and get around parked cars, buses etc.

    Yes if a car, truck or bus comes up at 120km/h and collects me then I am an instant ex-cyclist. Hence the headphones - hearing them coming won't make any difference.

    But the chances of that are many many times smaller than someone coming through me at a roundabout, or not letting me go around a parked car, or trying to overtake without enough room and having to cut in.

    So in my experience 70mph dual carriageways and motorways are not scenic but they are one of the best places to cycle.

  • Tour de France 2013 route unveiled + video + Wiggo to support Froome?1 year 25 weeks agoI descended the Col de la

    I descended the Col de la Sarenne this summerafter climbing Alpe d'Huez. Its very narrow and steep and the road surface is rubbish but no doubt they resurface it. A good descender could certainly get away on the Sarenne and stay away until the 2nd time up the Alpe

  • Ridley launch their lightest bike ever.1 year 25 weeks agoYou missed the point. As I

    You missed the point. As I said, it's not a mistake, it's a style thing. Some people treat companies as singular, some as plural.

    Read this if it's the sort of thing that interests you:

    http://styleguide.yahoo.com/editing/treat-abbreviations-capitalization-a...

    Everyone else: don't bother. It's really boring.

  • Tour de France 2013 route unveiled + video + Wiggo to support Froome?1 year 25 weeks agoif you've not seen this yet i

    if you've not seen this yet i present to you the new comedy duo:

    Cavendish + Wiggo

    http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/video/wiggins-grilled-cavendish-tour-armst...

  • New Forest sportive riders slammed by motorists for not riding single file1 year 25 weeks agosim1515 wrote:Tell me about

    sim1515 wrote:
    Tell me about it! Maybe a diagram will help (please forgive my rubbish paint skills).

    On the left is a car overtaking a car, on the right is a car overtaking a cyclists. The overtaking car is in the same place for both overtakes, this is what I've been trying to explain.

    Do you understand the overtaking rule now?


    Please don't rubbish your paint skills ... they are much better than mine ... probably because of the number of times you have drawn your diagrams. Smile

    From your very own Blog...

    Rule 163: "...give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car..."

    Looking at your diagrams, even I can see that the gap between the cyclist and car on the right diagram is about three times the size of the gap between the two cars in the left diagram? Thinking

  • Cyclists 'endangering lives' by cycling on dual carriageways (say motorists)1 year 25 weeks agoGas pedal works both ways on

    Gas pedal works both ways on our family car and there's a brake pedal next to it will make you slow down real fast.

    Clearly there is no need to do this when overtaking lorries that are overtaking cyclists though. That's just stoopid. Surprise

  • New Forest sportive riders slammed by motorists for not riding single file1 year 25 weeks agosim1515 wrote:nbrus

    sim1515 wrote:
    nbrus wrote:
    sim1515 wrote:
    nbrus wrote:
    sim1515 wrote:
    Look, you explain your opinion on why you think drivers are irritated, I understand your opinion, I just don't agree with it...
    There's nothing to agree, or disagree on ... its a simple statement of fact.

    What exactly is your fact and what exactly is the evidence to prove it?


    The fact is as a motorist I get irritated, and that's also my evidence ... unless you believe I'm telling fibs?

    The title of this thread says it all "New Forest sportive riders slammed by motorists for not riding single file". Is this evidence enough?

    Sorry ... I think I misread your post ... I thought you were saying that you don't believe that drivers get irritated. Confused

    Yes, I agree drivers get irritated, I'm saying that in my opinion they are irritated due to lack of knowledge/understanding of how to overtake, and if they knew/understood they wouldn't be as irate. Your opinion seems to be that they get irritated because cyclists are in the wrong, but this is not fact, it's your opinion.

    Its not my opinion either ... what I (and others) are saying is that cycling *two abreast* is both selfish and a hazard. It puts both parties at increased risk. This has nothing to do with lack of knowledge, as I feel well educated having read all your posts. Smile

  • Tour de France 2013 route unveiled + video + Wiggo to support Froome?1 year 25 weeks agoFran The Man wrote:Only thing

    Fran The Man wrote:
    Only thing I have to do now is figure which stage[s] to watch live! Confused

    Easy, take all your annual leave in one go and watch it all, Simples Wink

  • Lance Armstrong, the UCI and USADA: Catch-22?1 year 25 weeks agoUSADA seem to agree with a

    USADA seem to agree with a previous post of mine - the UCI are a crock of shite. Get rid of them and start again, their ineptitude and lack of probity is endemic as it is top down. Just getting rid of 'Pat' is half arsed solution - the procedures, people and nomenclature they use mean they institutionally inept.