• Bradley Wiggins tops UCI WorldTour Ranking and IG Markets Pro Cycling Index1 year 35 weeks agois it true that Wiggo is

    is it true that Wiggo is hoping to win Paris Roubaix or is that a wind-up?

  • Police and cyclists at loggerheads over Surrey League race cancellation1 year 35 weeks agoQuote:What power entitles a

    Quote:
    What power entitles a race marshall to request that other road users, on open roads, going lawfully about their business, wait for "30 seconds" at a junction for a peleton to pass?

    Any member of the public has the right to ASK traffic to wait - you'd ask traffic to wait/slow down if there was an accident ahead for example or you might warn a fellow motorist of a hazard ahead. What the motorist chooses to do with that request is up to them - if they choose to go flying through regardless then you'd best hope that all the riders are behaving themselves and aren't on the wrong side of the road!

    And some regions have legally empowered signs and trained marshals now similar to the signs that workmen or school crossing patrols use - the sign has the legal power to stop traffic and it's an offence for the motorist to ignore that.

  • The Cycle Show on ITV: what did you think?1 year 35 weeks agoi recorded the show and was

    i recorded the show and was very soon fast forwarding. as mentioned above the back ground noise was not helpful even Obree appeared to be having trouble hearing what he was being asked. the bit on safe cycling was a waste of time they would be much better either taking bits from the cycle training manual and demo them or get out with a camera and film both good and bad cycling and compare that with expert comments. that said i will give it a few more episode before switching off completely.

  • Police and cyclists at loggerheads over Surrey League race cancellation1 year 35 weeks ago>(2)If you are 3/4th cat

    >(2)If you are 3/4th cat level and you want to express your competitive instinct, go and do a sportive with your mates

    Funny, when I've looked up info on sportives the one point that appears is 'it is not a race'. The BC term/conditions for non-competive events say something similar. In any case, that rather assumes one's mates are the same ability.

    Admittedly mtb racing is offroad (tho' trailquests - if there's any still around nowadays - involve road use) but there's nothing to say someone can't compete in an appropriate class if they're slower for whatever reason. Why should road racing be any different so long as people aren't riding like idiots ?

  • Thomas Voeckler's Polka Dot Colnago C59 available to buy1 year 35 weeks agoBlimey I'm thinking you guys

    Blimey I'm thinking you guys are taking yourselves way to seriously. Who cares what another rider wears/rides, if it makes them happy then great, if they have the cash to buy very expensive bikes and clobber great, it keeps the economy ticking over when the rest of us are drawing in the purse strings.

  • Fantasy Olympic Track Cycling1 year 35 weeks agoAND THE WINNING TEAM IS...

    AND THE WINNING TEAM IS... Rolling On The Floor

    MENS KEIRIN MAX LEVY (Germany)
    MENS OMNIUM ZAC BELL (Canada)
    MENS SPRINT GREG BAUGE (France)
    MENS T PURSUIT NEW ZEALAND
    MENS T SPRINT AUSTRALIA
    WMNS KEIRIN EKATERINA GNIDENKO (Russia)
    WMNS OMNIUM SARAH HAMMER (USA)
    WMNS SPRINT SIMONA KUPRECKAITE (Lithuania)
    WMNS T PURSUIT GREAT BRITAIN
    WMNS T SPRINT CHINA

  • Trek U23 Genuine pro team kit1 year 35 weeks agoSent you an email

    Sent you an email

  • Cavendish "almost certain" to leave Sky at end of season, claims journalist with close links to team1 year 35 weeks agoI wonder if this might be

    I wonder if this might be just the start if Sky are rigidly sticking to their GC ambitions.

    Boassan Hagen, Swift and Appolonio are all likely to have considerably reduced opportunities in the big races left to fighting it out in races like the Tour of Poland or minor classics. EBH in particular could well lead other teams and compete with Sagan. Swift looks fast and given the chance could take grand tour stage wins.

    Likewise, how long will Uran, Henao, Porte and others wait for their chance at glory (assuming they feel they can win a grand tour) behind Wiggins and Froome?

  • Police and cyclists at loggerheads over Surrey League race cancellation1 year 35 weeks agoTimB wrote: Some of the

    TimB wrote:

    Some of the comments accompanying this article are pretty thoughtless:
    1. If you restrict road races to U23 or Cat 1s you will immediately cut off all grass roots support. These races are supported by volunteers why should they give up time to assist in events with such restricted access?
    2. If all races under Cat 1 or Elite level had to be on closed circuits that would be the quickest way to kill any interest - imagine 80 laps of HogHill!
    3. Why is it people seem to assume all crashes are caused by someone with a £6K carbon super bike - not that I have one.

    My comments aren't meant to hurt or offend - I am just calling a spade a spade - but to answer your points in turn:
    (1)You will cut off all grass roots support - this is ridiculous! How do you think Belgium and France and Italy became cycling nations? By hosting races for 3/4th cats? Races for these abilities do not exist in these countries and they have far more grass roots support than we will ever have - virtually the entire Belgian population gets involved in supporting bike racing. If we had fewer but better races we may actually get more people out to help with organisation.
    (2)If you are 3/4th cat level and you want to express your competitive instinct, go and do a sportive with your mates - these are timed for the most part, follow much more beautiful routes for the most part, and don't tend to encourage mass pile-ups. On a per-head basis, they also use up less police time and public goodwill.
    (3)There is an influx of people into the sport at the moment. This will become even greater with the Wiggo win (this is a good thing, BTW). From my observations of the London scene, a lot of these guys like flashing the cash and the carbon superbikes. I have nothing against them, it's great for the bike industry and for the NHS if they stop quaffing beer and champagne, but it's not suitable for them to be racing on open roads pretending that they are leading the Tour under the 10km to go banner. Send them on a sportive with a great route and a clear message that the rules of the road are in force. Leave the racing to people who can actually race - juniors, under 23's, Elite's/1st's maybe 2nd's if they promise to behave.

  • Documentary of Marco Pantani's life and death coming to British cinemas in May 20131 year 35 weeks agoVecchioJo wrote:MercuryOne

    VecchioJo wrote:
    MercuryOne wrote:
    People love the' flawed hero'. Flawed definitely but no hero.

    i guess this depends on how you view a 'hero' (a word that has lost a lot of it's meaning with today's overuse) a feature of the original classical hero is that he is almost perfect but has some sort of flaw, which you could say applies to Pantani with regard to doping and his post-race struggles with drugs

    he is a hero to me - i admire what he did in cycling, i can also see and accept his flaws


    Me too I gotta agree with VecchioJo
    & let us not forget there were others on considerably more expensive 'preparation' programs Wink

    IMO if you don't 'get' Pantani then you don't really understand racing & you certainly give the EPO way to much credit!!... he was so brave in where he would choose to attack... don't see much of that anymore Crying

  • unshiny bike :-(1 year 35 weeks agoAhem. That *is* their real

    Ahem. That *is* their real name.

    www.shinybikes.com

  • And it's goodbye from him? Brailsford says Mark Cavendish can leave Team Sky if he wants to (but he'd rather he didn't)1 year 35 weeks agoWell I said it at the time,

    Well I said it at the time, IMO Cav never should have gone to Sky anyway...

    If he had gone to QuickStep in the first place, we might have seen a decent battle for the Green jersey between Cav & Sagan.

    Great Britain or Great Cav? Thinking

  • Catlike Kompact'O helmet1 year 35 weeks agoI've had the Kompact O for

    I've had the Kompact O for about a year. It's light and airy - very well ventilated, but it does look bloody stupid. It makes my head look like one of the mushrooms from Super Mario.

  • Cavendish "almost certain" to leave Sky at end of season, claims journalist with close links to team1 year 35 weeks agoMr. Rossi wrote:Imagine

    Mr. Rossi wrote:
    Imagine Boonen leading out Cav...

    Not sure Boonen would be that happy about the prospect of becoming part of Cav's lead out train.

  • Police and cyclists at loggerheads over Surrey League race cancellation1 year 35 weeks agoTimB wrote: Whilst I was not

    TimB wrote:
    Whilst I was not there, our club did help Marshall an event on the same circuit in May and we encountered unnecessary hostility from drivers and locals, eg. not stopping when being asked to wait 30 seconds at a junction for the peloton to pass.

    What power entitles a race marshall to request that other road users, on open roads, going lawfully about their business, wait for "30 seconds" at a junction for a peleton to pass?

    Doing so probably falls into the category of questions not to ask as you may not like the answers. Answers which probably originate from locals whose weekends are regularly blighted, their words not mine, by weekend warriors riding the roads of, to, and from, the Surrey Hills, in bunches/groups without displaying much courtesy to other road users.

    I'm fairly local. I see both sides or the case nearly every weekend.

  • Solo Velux Jersey1 year 35 weeks agoThe point with these Solo

    The point with these Solo jerseys (which has been missed in the comments above) is you aren't turning your self in to a living advert...
    You aren't promoting some company with a bad reputation.

    I'm happy wearing my Mercatone Uno because nobody in this country associates it with a supermarket chain (just Pantani)
    But wouldn't been seen dead in a Sky kit...propaganda pushing, Murdoch owned company etc.
    Orica anyone?

    I don't own any solo jerseys because they are a little expensive... I like them though very nice designs... but they discontinued my favorite 'Leoni' Jersey Crying

  • RoadCC club on strava1 year 35 weeks agochris75018 wrote:I'm in!

    chris75018 wrote:
    I'm in! maybe it'll shame me into getting out more Thinking
    and it's also dependent on me remembering to turn strava on...

    I don't even use the crappy Strava app... just upload my Garmin data after I get home.

  • RoadCC club on strava1 year 35 weeks agoI'm in! maybe it'll shame me

    I'm in! maybe it'll shame me into getting out more Thinking
    and it's also dependent on me remembering to turn strava on...

  • Olympic news: Wrong bank hire bike issue, Jon Snow praises unexpected benefit of Games Lanes1 year 35 weeks agoMy commute into the City from

    My commute into the City from Clapham has been better this week than normal.

    The school holidays will have helped, but people seem to have actually taken the advice not to drive into central London. Now if people can rememeber this instead of going back to old habits, London will be so much nicer.

    The bets part of the effect of the Zil lanes has been that the Embankment doesn't have parking on it for coaches. So nice without them (and space for wide segregated lanes).

  • Cavendish "almost certain" to leave Sky at end of season, claims journalist with close links to team1 year 35 weeks agoImagine Boonen leading out

    Imagine Boonen leading out Cav...

  • Olympic Road Race1 year 35 weeks agoNope, I was in the right

    Nope, I was in the right competition, and actually in the middle of making my transfers. Went to go to the next page of riders and the "Window Closed" sign came up. A few mins later I tried again and my team had been reset to what I had saved earlier. All's well now... just got a little scared that the window was actually over and I'd be stuck w/ the old team.

  • RoadCC club on strava1 year 35 weeks agoAnother one in! Will Needham

    Another one in! Will Needham on there Smile

  • Police and cyclists at loggerheads over Surrey League race cancellation1 year 35 weeks agoFor a moment I thought I'd

    For a moment I thought I'd accidently logged on to the RAC or AA news page!

    Firstly, there's two sides to every story and in this case its no different. See the statement made by Surrey League:
    http://ukcyclesport.com/all-news/82-lat ... ue-respond

    They clearly felt that the police actually compromised the safety of the riders. From members of our club that participated in the race I hear this was also the view of other cyclists and the ambulance driver that accompanied the Marshalls at this event. Whilst I was not there, our club did help Marshall an event on the same circuit in May and we encountered unnecessary hostility from drivers and locals, eg. not stopping when being asked to wait 30 seconds at a junction for the peloton to pass.
    I am not condoning cyclists that break traffic laws (such as crossing an unbroken white line) or put themselves or others in unnecessary danger during a race. They should be disqualified from the race immediately. However I have the impression there was some strong lobbying of the police from local NIMBYs.

    Some of the comments accompanying this article are pretty thoughtless:
    1. If you restrict road races to U23 or Cat 1s you will immediately cut off all grass roots support. These races are supported by volunteers why should they give up time to assist in events with such restricted access?
    2. If all races under Cat 1 or Elite level had to be on closed circuits that would be the quickest way to kill any interest - imagine 80 laps of HogHill!
    3. Why is it people seem to assume all crashes are caused by someone with a £6K carbon super bike - not that I have one.

  • Rapha Mens Grand Tour Gloves1 year 35 weeks agostep-hent wrote: Now we've

    step-hent wrote:

    Now we've cleared that up, is there really a load of cycling stuff back in Aldi? I need some new socks...

    No but LIDL had some ok-ish tights last week. The socks are great arent they? I used to get an annoying tingling in my right foot until i got some of their £3 socks - sorted it right out.
    I also got a jersey, a windproof jacket, a middle weight jacket and a pair gloves (which were rubbish) for about the price of some Rapha socks..............but lets not get into that again eh........?
    Big Grin

  • Olympics Tech 2012: Ryder Hesjedal's Cervélo R5ca1 year 35 weeks agoHarveyMorcombe wrote:i would

    HarveyMorcombe wrote:
    i would have thought they would have put carbon bottle cages on his bike. Surprise would think they have the budget to get some

    I think the Arundel steel cages work better, and are probably more aerodynamic than carbon fibre when empty.