• Tour de Romandie Prologue Dream Team and Top 10 Challenge Results1 year 9 weeks agoFroome Kwiatkowski TVG Talans

    Froome
    Kwiatkowski
    TVG
    Talansky
    Peraud
    Nibali
    Uran
    Zoidl
    De Gendt
    Martin

  • Liege Bastogne Liege1 year 9 weeks agoYou gotta feel for Dan Martin

    You gotta feel for Dan Martin - was it a pedal strike? Looked like it.
    We've all been there, although with me it was at a still half - asleep 5.30 ride to the station on my Brompton and I stayed on. Party

  • Romandie1 year 9 weeks agoHe's been on pcs and the

    He's been on pcs and the official Romandie site all week, not to mention in the FL list.

  • Café du Cycliste launches summer clothing1 year 9 weeks agoI've just got a fleurette

    I've just got a fleurette jersey. Sizes a bit bigger than Castelli or Rapha. The medium I have is a nice snug race fit. In Rapha or Castelli a medium a touch tight and a large a touch loose so it's nicely in between.

  • Carbon frame life cycle1 year 9 weeks agoThe real answer is "all of

    The real answer is "all of the above".

    Carbon can easily be built to last a lifetime, but you'd have a frame so stiff and heavy as to be unrideable. Older frames were overbuilt using more weave than needed, which is one reason why a C-40 or Kestrel SCi frame can still be bought and ridden today, and also the reason why the frames are pretty heavy.

    These days, the frames are buiilt down to a weight, as well as being very stiff. This means less weave is doing more work than in older frames. For a modern frame, the operative issues become rider weight (the heavier the more the frame has to support), rider power (the stronger the more the frame needs to resist flex) and road type (the rougher the more the frame has to absorb vibrations).

    Cancellara racing on cobblestones every day will probably go through a frame in 2 - 3 months. A petite female sportive rider only riding on smooth tarmac would get years out of the same frame.

    The other thing is the point at which a frame is considered unusable. Carbon has a fatigue life and, over time, flexes more and more every pedal stroke. Every time this happens, it absorbs (fractionally) more and more watts produced by the rider. For a pro, the point at which the frame is unacceptably flexible will happen a lot sooner than a sportive rider.

    Bottom line: amateur racers will change carbon frames every 2 - 3 years, sportive riders every 5 - 8 years.

  • Tour de Romandie Prologue Dream Team and Top 10 Challenge Results1 year 9 weeks agoGo on then....This is my top

    Go on then....This is my top 10, but not in any particular order Worried

    29.7 Tony Martin
    20.4 Rohan Dennis
    40.0 Christopher Froome
    28.8 Tejay Van Garderen
    21.3 Cameron Meyer
    24.1 Tanel Kangert
    18.0 Stef Clement
    18.6 Lieuwe Westra
    16.8 Jonathan Castroviejo
    22.3 Thomas De Gendt

  • Updated: Team Sky says its riders are not given painkiller Tramadol and it should be banned1 year 9 weeks agostumps wrote:This is the Sky

    stumps wrote:
    This is the Sky statement:
    None of our riders should ride whilst using Tramadol — that’s the policy of this team.
    Team Sky do not give it to riders whilst racing or training, either as a pre-emptive measure or to manage existing pain.
    We believe that its side effects, such as dizziness and drowsiness, could cause issues for the safety of all riders.
    We also feel that if a rider has the level of severe pain for its appropriate use they should not be riding.
    Tramadol is not prohibited by WADA but this has been our firm position for the last two seasons and all medical staff and riders are aware of this.
    Our view is that it should be on the WADA list and any appropriate clinical use could be managed through the regulated TUE, or Therapeutic Use Exemption, system.

    So there you go, another non story to try and sell a few more books. It may have been taken in 2010 but it was not banned then and it isnt now. Unless of course your one of the people who see conspiracy in everything Sky do, sad i know but you will always get people like that.

    This doesn't quite tie in with what the Sky doc said in Oct 2013:
    "Asked if Team Sky used Tramadol during this year’s Tour de France, Farrell said that he could not disclose the medical histories of his riders but he would say that, “if we used it for an injury it would have always been with the riders’ health and safety paramount. Any time we used it, it would have been with the best clinical guidelines and thinking of the riders’ safety."

    “I can’t say who it would have been used with but we would have used it throughout the year for any moderate to severe injury if pain warranted it. It’s certainly something that we would have used in the past but very minimally. It’s something that we’d want to use in the future in order to provide adequate pain relief."

  • Carbon frame life cycle1 year 9 weeks agoIf it were me, I'd drift

    If it were me, I'd drift towards ti or very good steel for a 'forever' bike.

    That said, as there are many aspects of bike design in a state of flux (brakes, cable routing, hub spacing and dropouts, headsets, BB shells off the top of me 'ead) then maybe just buy the one you like the most and enjoy it.

  • Team Sky's Sergio Henao currently off active roster for altitude tests says team hope he can race Tour de France1 year 9 weeks agoAre you the minister of

    Are you the minister of propaganda for them....

  • Updated: Team Sky says its riders are not given painkiller Tramadol and it should be banned1 year 9 weeks agonetclectic wrote:Why has Sky

    netclectic wrote:
    Why has Sky still not signed up to the MPCC?

    The only applicable question here...why indeed?

  • Updated: Team Sky says its riders are not given painkiller Tramadol and it should be banned1 year 9 weeks agoThis is the Sky

    This is the Sky statement:
    None of our riders should ride whilst using Tramadol — that’s the policy of this team.
    Team Sky do not give it to riders whilst racing or training, either as a pre-emptive measure or to manage existing pain.
    We believe that its side effects, such as dizziness and drowsiness, could cause issues for the safety of all riders.
    We also feel that if a rider has the level of severe pain for its appropriate use they should not be riding.
    Tramadol is not prohibited by WADA but this has been our firm position for the last two seasons and all medical staff and riders are aware of this.
    Our view is that it should be on the WADA list and any appropriate clinical use could be managed through the regulated TUE, or Therapeutic Use Exemption, system.

    So there you go, another non story to try and sell a few more books. It may have been taken in 2010 but it was not banned then and it isnt now. Unless of course your one of the people who see conspiracy in everything Sky do, sad i know but you will always get people like that.

  • Updated: Team Sky says its riders are not given painkiller Tramadol and it should be banned1 year 9 weeks agoEuphoric, I have been

    Euphoric, I have been prescribed Tramadol, never found it to be, but in in other users maybe that's the case. When I have had lower back pain it is an effective drug. However never wanted to ride a bike with those circumstances it would be irresponsible. I find it difficult to understand why pro riders would want to?

  • Romandie1 year 9 weeks agoDux89 wrote:Crazy late

    Dux89 wrote:
    Crazy late startlist confirmations are very frustrating. Kwiatkowski was on the PCS startlist early but OPQS said he wans't riding. All the sudden he is and so is Nibali!

    The respective official team sites have them both riding Thinking

  • Updated: Team Sky says its riders are not given painkiller Tramadol and it should be banned1 year 9 weeks agodaddyELVIS

    daddyELVIS wrote:
    notfastenough wrote:
    Is it reasonable for us to ask for your medical history? No? Personal info and all that, so why is it ok to demand this from athletes?

    Not got a problem with anyone seeing my medical history - apart from a few stiches and a minor back injury from rugby, there's nothing much else to see.

    Why would an athlete have an issue with their TUE's being made public, unless it became apparent that athletes have more allergies and conditions requiring medication than the average person?

    I do see where you're coming from, but the "if you've nothing to hide, you've nothing to fear" argument really doesn't hold water. I wouldn't tell you my medical history- nothing illegal or performance enhancing, but there are private matters that I won't discuss.

    I also can't help noticing that as ever with the "nothing to hide..." debate, it's not what the subject thinks they need to hide that matters, it's what the observer thinks the subject needs to hide. Whether that's refusing to disclose your religion to a fascist government, or your hypothetical multi-allergy-but-clean rider who finds that disclosing their medical history results in a shadow over all their performances.

  • Romandie1 year 9 weeks agoDux89 wrote:... Kwiatkowski

    Dux89 wrote:
    ... Kwiatkowski was on the PCS startlist... but OPQS said he wasn't riding...

    Dux, I'm curious, since I trust PCS so much, where did you read that Kwiatkowski wasn't riding? Was it PCS or the OPQS website? I think I checked the PCS start list every day and I'm pretty sure he's always been there...

  • Team Sky's Sergio Henao currently off active roster for altitude tests says team hope he can race Tour de France1 year 9 weeks agoHe has had some adverse

    He has had some adverse findings, not a failure of a drugs test.

    No doubt some will put 2 and 2 together and get "drug cheat" or "sky cover up".

    I'm sure someone will correct me if i'm wrong but if a rider fails a drug test whether in or out of competition then the relevant authority have to be informed and an enquiry is launched.

  • Team Sky's Sergio Henao currently off active roster for altitude tests says team hope he can race Tour de France1 year 9 weeks agoIf you hadn't doped, but your

    If you hadn't doped, but your blood passport values were all way off then you'd keep fairly quiet. If you didn't you'd be worried that the standard UCI rules would apply and you'd be guilty of doping.
    Either he has doped and is waiting for his tests to return to normal, having been caught by his team before the UCI can get involved; or he is innocent, and needs a good scientific explanation to fend off the critics when he returns to racing.

  • Updated: Team Sky says its riders are not given painkiller Tramadol and it should be banned1 year 9 weeks agoVelo News has Team Sky's

    Velo News has Team Sky's statement on the matter http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/sky-avoids-barry-allegations...

  • Updated: Team Sky says its riders are not given painkiller Tramadol and it should be banned1 year 9 weeks agoWhy has Sky still not signed

    Why has Sky still not signed up to the MPCC?

  • Carbon frame life cycle1 year 9 weeks agoAll things considered, a high

    All things considered, a high quality steel frame will outlast anything else on the market. The weight penalty (at the high end mind) will be less than 1kg and you will benefit from skinny frame aerodynamics, I'd love to speak with the engineers at Madison and Genesis http://www.genesisbikes.co.uk/bikes/frames/road/volare-953-di2

    But, back to your question… so long as you don't scratch into the strength layers or break it I'd expect a CF frame to last as long as epoxy does, ie about 20 years. Boeing's biggest plane uses a CF frame and they are not made to be disposed of after 5 years.

  • Team Sky....Discuss1 year 9 weeks agoInsider news, cool

    Insider news, cool Cool

  • The first-time racer.1 year 9 weeks ago@andyp - I didn't end up

    @andyp - I didn't end up walking back, I rode back slowly on the flat - heart-breaking to do so !

    @mooleur, I was doing pretty well for my experience I think, it seemed pretty sustainable for the most part, so i'll definitely try again!!!

    @Gordy - yeah, a new solution needs to be looked at, as it is I've changed tyres completely now, and will be looking at tubeless I think, flats are the last thing I want on the transcontinental!

  • Team Sky....Discuss1 year 9 weeks agogiobox, he's there with

    giobox, he's there with Cookson's son...I know he's part of Team Sky and has been for a long time. From what I've heard, Cookson's son is undergoing the same schedule as both the Henao's and is being tested along side them for the differences in values.

    It is all being reported back to the UCI through Sky, yes, Sky took the decision to do it all, but it is also helping the UCI with their stuff.

    [edit] Just seen the news story, it basically tells you what is happening - some of the other info I've heard from inside the team Wave

  • Team Sky's Sergio Henao currently off active roster for altitude tests says team hope he can race Tour de France1 year 9 weeks agoWhatever Sky did in this

    Whatever Sky did in this situation they'd have been criticised.

    Henao seems OK with it, but the internet jury seem less so.

  • Chamois cream ... Idiots guide1 year 9 weeks agoI've used the Assos Chammy

    I've used the Assos Chammy cream - very good, but expensive and am currently using Butt'r. No complaints about it...

    I only put it on my 'sit' area/derrière where I contact the seat. A good dolloping and it definitely saves my butt from chafing...