• Updated: UCI confirms Lance Armstrong banned for life and to be stripped of his 7 Tour de France titles1 year 26 weeks agoOakley, his only remaining

    Oakley, his only remaining sponsor I think have now jumped ship Wink

  • Tax Dodging......Wiggo1 year 26 weeks agoCrosshouses wrote:Doesn't the

    Crosshouses wrote:
    Doesn't the proprietor of the Mail avoid tax by living in France?

    France have higher rates of tax than the UK, so he'll most likely get paid offshore and take it out as tax free "loans"

  • Updated: UCI confirms Lance Armstrong banned for life and to be stripped of his 7 Tour de France titles1 year 26 weeks agoA smoking gun would

    A smoking gun would effectively be a positive retest of an old sample, unfortunately in order to test an old sample you need Armstrong's permission which he clearly won't give (one of the reasons he didn't take the case to arbitration).

    That means Armstrong still holds the power, he can't be charged with anything further without more evidence, evidence which he holds the key to. He remains in control and personally for Armstrong this is as far as I think it can go. There'll be law suits and he may lose some money but how can they prove perjury if they have nothing more than witness testimony, effectively its one man's word against another (or a dozen others).

  • New Forest sportive riders slammed by motorists for not riding single file1 year 26 weeks agonbrus wrote:It should be made

    nbrus wrote:
    It should be made an offence for cyclists not to move into single file when faster moving traffic approaches ... imagine coming round a bend, at a legal speed, only to be confronted by a pack of slow moving cyclists taking up the full width of the lane ... they are a danger to themselves and others. Even two abreast this is still not a safe way to ride on the public highway. Yes there are some idiot drivers out there too, but that doesn't mean we need to be idiots too.

    Presumably, if a car was coming so fast that he would be unable to cope when confronted by a pack of slow moving cyclists he would somehow be able to cope with a car driving in the same manner as him? It could easily be a horse, a group of ramblers or a child around that corner.

    If the lanes are slow, drivers should slow down and cyclists should also think ahead.

    There were earlier in the posts arguments about 50m of cyclists riding two abreast. Presumably this would become at least 100m if riding in single file. I'm not sure if that would help.

    It is all very different from a friend's experience riding in France. The local club went out and was 50 or 60 strong. When they turned crossed a dual carriageway, oncoming cars stopped so that the peleton would keep together. It's not a legal requirement but just a considerate action. How refreshing.

  • Calling all Cervelo S2 owners1 year 26 weeks agoNo-one anything good or bad

    No-one anything good or bad to say regards these frames?

  • CycleOps Climbing riser block1 year 26 weeks agoI might raid the kids' Lego

    I might raid the kids' Lego collection. The possibilities are endless...

  • Updated: UCI confirms Lance Armstrong banned for life and to be stripped of his 7 Tour de France titles1 year 26 weeks agoSCA have told BBC Sport they

    SCA have told BBC Sport they are making a formal demand for their $7.5 million.

  • good wheels on a basic bike1 year 26 weeks agopro-lite braccianos don't

    pro-lite braccianos don't cost five hundred quid. just sayin' Wink

    http://road.cc/content/review/6577-pro-lite-bracciano-wheelset

  • Riccione Bike Hotels1 year 26 weeks agocompare:

    compare: http://www.weather2travel.com/climate-guides/italy/riccione.php

    with: http://www.weather2travel.com/climate-guides/spain/balearic-islands/majo...

    April is pretty similar, with majorca being a degree hotter on average and a bit more likely to be dry. not masses in it though.

  • Man who killed cyclist given eight month prison sentence1 year 26 weeks agoMeanwhile in Leeds, the chap

    Meanwhile in Leeds, the chap who biffed Chris Kirkland the goal keeper get 16 weeks in prison.

    so causing the death of someone is worth 2 whacks of a footballer!

    Just imagine if he had been a premiership footballer (and a proper one not a goalie) he would have probably got a year in sing-sing

  • Updated: UCI confirms Lance Armstrong banned for life and to be stripped of his 7 Tour de France titles1 year 26 weeks agoHow can they wait all this

    How can they wait all this time for a Press Conference just to say 'Lance is the devil incarnate and wholly to blame'. But they have no answers as to who will hold the title of Tour winner, or many of the other issues in a 1000 page report. Those will be discussed at a meeting next Friday (does that mean tomorrow?).

    McQuaid seemed to be saying that I came to UCI in 2006 so I know nothing before and it's been fine since so I'll keep my job. No mention of efficacy of drug testing methods since 2006. No scheme to help whistle blowers. No hotline to report suspected doping. No answer to how teams say they knew when unannounced drugs tests would take place. No conflict of interest to accept money from pro cyclist to help with UCI funding. No mention of Italian current investigation. No sorrow for departure of Rabobank other than a glib 'they will be replaced'. No explanation as to why UCI are keeping an Honouary President who oversaw UCI in much of that era.

    Talk about an organisation in denial. I have little hope that they will instigate a much needed truth and reconciliation committee as they still see no problem. No wonder David Millar is so fired up over UCI.

    And the above mentions of Lance turning on UCI are unlikely until his fate is sealed. Perjury will focus his mind regarding his previous testimony. What worries me is that there is a huge amount of 'evidence' but it is far from being a smoking gun. Lots of testimonies, lots of circumstantial evidence. So what will make Lance speak out clearly and loudly?

  • Phil Liggett: "They all seemed to have been cheating"1 year 26 weeks agoMercuryOne wrote:Oh come on

    MercuryOne wrote:
    Oh come on Rumpole. Sorry Rumpo. Big Grin

    Liggert's responsible for doping - because he didn't comment on it? You're right. If only Phil had taken the peleton aside 40 years ago and had strong words with them we could have been spared the pain... That was his job after all. Wink

    Part of me is pissed off with Liggert for not being sharper - or more honest about his suspicions. Looking back over his career what did you expect him to do - start shouting "That guy's obviously on drugs!" at every suspiciously fast summit finisher? It would have been get your coat time.

    There has to be a difference between commentator and investigative journalist. Quite a few people on here are confusing the two and lashing out like chavs at a bus stop at a weak target.

    Do you hear Harmon or anyone else questioning races as recent as this years Vuelta - or for that matter questioning Kelly either?

    I trust if, or when, Kelly holds up his hands you'll all be quick to call Harmon a c**t as well?

    Bearing in mind the hidden iceberg that is football's doping and image rights tax dodging I do hope a few of the self righteous zealots on this string will be picketing Gary Lineker's house when the time comes. I would imagine Sir Alex's dealings are going to make Armstrong look like Anne of Green Gables...


    I never called Phil Liggett a c**t, and nobody calls Harmon the voice of cycling. Of course I do not expect ANY journalist or commentator to go public with unsubstantiated rumour, but they should report events uncompromised by how they wish the situation was. When Floyd Landis doped, Liggett's default position was to cast doubt on the reputation of the labs, and invent a French anti American conspiracy. In Armstrong's case he went on Ballz with a bizarre tale (which he said he could prove) of "agents" offering massive sums of money. Phil Liggett is (hopefully was) the "Go to" cycling commentator for the English language media. As long as he did not acknowledge there was a problem, he was part of that problem persisting. I probably will not be picketing Linekers house for the simple reason that he has not suggested anyone giving evidence was bribed, or that Ferguson looked deep into his eyes and said he was clean, and that's that. And there's the difference.

  • good wheels on a basic bike1 year 26 weeks agobecause the frame is 369 plus

    because the frame is 369 plus 120 to rebuild it and i don't think a carbon frame will make me any faster or more excited about riding my bike. plus as i say i am very happy with my frame and i don't want to spend all that money to find it doesn't fit as well.

  • Rothera Cycling All Weather Cycling Cap1 year 26 weeks agooooof! some of the rapha lot

    oooof! some of the rapha lot are going to stamp their feet! a black and white cap!

    copycats!

  • good wheels on a basic bike1 year 26 weeks agoYeaaaah, but why put half a

    Yeaaaah, but why put half a grands' worth of wheels on a 'basic' frame?

    Why not save a little more and buy say a Planet X pro carbon or a Ribble Stealth...

    Worth thinking about.

  • Riccione Bike Hotels1 year 26 weeks agoNot that the weather has been

    Not that the weather has been great in Majorca past couple of years, but what can i expect in this area at that time of year?

  • Updated: UCI confirms Lance Armstrong banned for life and to be stripped of his 7 Tour de France titles1 year 26 weeks agobadback wrote:If somebody

    badback wrote:
    If somebody tried to ban me after I'd retired I'd p!$$ myself. It's like being sacked from a job after you have quit.

    Not quite correct - he was starting to compete in triathlons and the ruling means he's excluded from anything that's covered by USADA/WADA.

  • Daley Thompson: Cycling should be banned from the Olympics in the light of Armstrong doping scandal1 year 26 weeks agoAapje wrote:notfastenough

    Aapje wrote:
    notfastenough wrote:
    All Daley is suggesting, really, is that the IOC is a sufficiently big fish to do this for us, in terms of cleaning up the UCI: "Oi, Pat, f*** off now, or your sport will start to suffer, financially and otherwise, in a way that puts a BIG spotlight on you personally."

    The problem with this idea is that the IOC has never been serious about doping. In fact, it was WADA who had put heavy pressure on the IOC to retest old samples:

    http://summergames.ap.org/article/ioc-doping-chief-rues-not-acting-sooner-retests-1

    I can't ague with that, but neither did he to be fair, so his point stands.

  • Is my frame cracked?1 year 26 weeks agoI just celled up fibre-lyte

    I just celled up fibre-lyte and am about to send them some photos of the damage. I originally wanted to contact carbon cycle repairs but it seems like nobody is answering the phone or replying the emails.

    They gave me a rough quote of about 50-60 quid which i recon is pretty decent.
    Has anyone used them before?

  • Updated: UCI confirms Lance Armstrong banned for life and to be stripped of his 7 Tour de France titles1 year 26 weeks agoWhatever else he is,

    Whatever else he is, Armstrong is clearly very motivated and organised. How about we put him in charge of the UCI...

  • Daley Thompson: Cycling should be banned from the Olympics in the light of Armstrong doping scandal1 year 26 weeks agonotfastenough wrote:All Daley

    notfastenough wrote:
    All Daley is suggesting, really, is that the IOC is a sufficiently big fish to do this for us, in terms of cleaning up the UCI: "Oi, Pat, f*** off now, or your sport will start to suffer, financially and otherwise, in a way that puts a BIG spotlight on you personally."

    The problem with this idea is that the IOC has never been serious about doping. In fact, it was WADA who had put heavy pressure on the IOC to retest old samples:

    http://summergames.ap.org/article/ioc-doping-chief-rues-not-acting-soone...

  • New Forest sportive riders slammed by motorists for not riding single file1 year 26 weeks ago@Simon E - "I wonder what the

    @Simon E - "I wonder what the traffic count of cars in the New Forest on Sundays would be."

    - Anyone with any sense doesn't go anywhere near the New Forest on a Sunday in school holidays or when it's sunny. Queues several miles long on the main roads are extremely common.

    @nbrus - "So you do agree with me..."

    Wink ...In a way, yes. But I disagree with the idea that encouraging close passing is usually a great idea, and I disagree with the idea that it's any road user's responsibility to allow the person behind them on the road to be able to come round corners at a speed at which they cannot cope with hazards in the road. Maybe I got the wrong end of the stick and that's not quite what you were saying, I dunno.

    As an aside, I always find one of the most annoying things with groups is not how many abreast they are but simply whether they've thought about how a car needs to pass, which is to get past quickly and then pull in safely. Often there's not enough gap between one little pack and another one in front, or there's a straggler hanging off the back who's trying to keep up with someone else and sitting 20 or 30 yards off them (thus forcing either one extremely long pass or a dangerous cut-in) rather than falling back a bit more and allowing people to do the job in two shorter, safer passes.

  • Daley Thompson: Cycling should be banned from the Olympics in the light of Armstrong doping scandal1 year 26 weeks agodoc wrote:zanf wrote:A

    doc wrote:
    zanf wrote:
    A has-been athlete with no discernible career, writing an article calling for a controversial move, in a newspaper that is known for being anti-cycling and reactionary.

    Am I supposed to bite?

    OK... Daley Thompson: fuck off back into obscurity, you dumb cunt.

    One, better a has-been than a never-was. A has been with Olympic medals, even better. We all grow older
    Two, the DM has a reputation for liking sensational stuff in place of actual news, so no change there then, and quoting people well out of context.
    Three, to descend into personal insult, abuse, and name calling, shows a stunning paucity of intellect and ability to put a cohesive argument. This adds nothing to any debate.

    I dont disagree with anything you've said there.

    When I posted it I was in a stroppy mood and allowed that to be the mode of expression and after some consideration decided to return and delete it.

  • British Cycling annual report: the highlights1 year 26 weeks agoQuite right doc, Ian Drake is

    Quite right doc, Ian Drake is CEO so I have updated that in the story - he is a director of British Cycling, listed as such on page 6 of the annual report.

  • New Forest sportive riders slammed by motorists for not riding single file1 year 26 weeks agoBrummmie wrote:The cyclists

    Brummmie wrote:
    The cyclists that insist on riding 2 abreast on narrow lanes whilst having a nice chat and won't just move to let a single car passed piss me right off. It's selfish and unsafe.

    When I'm out riding I make a point of moving from riding 2 abreast as soon as I'm aware of a car behind. I also make a point of thanking patient driver, just a raise of the hand and a nod goes a very long way !

    I cycle around Lichfield, Tamworth and Derbyshire areas and it shocks me how many dickhead cyclists there are with no regard for drivers or their fellow cyclists. Most cyclists acknowledge each other with a hand, nod or a simple "morning mate" but more and more are just plain fecking ignorant to any kind of extended pleasantry ! These guys don't love cycling, no. These are SERIOUS CYCLISTS..............

    You know who you are guys. Assos, Pinarello, no helmet, designer glasses, on your way out when I've already done my morning miles !

    Knobbers................

    Maybe they're ignoring you because they're concerned you might take issue with their bike/ kit/ 'designer glasses'.