• Lance Armstrong confession… Wiggins and Cav have their say (or don't)1 year 48 weeks agoI agree with stumpy Couldn't

    I agree with stumpy Couldn't believe Kimmage had a pop at wiggins and sky He just comes across as angry with cyclists who have success

  • Back In The Cold Routine1 year 48 weeks agohere's another one for you

    here's another one for you
    Smile

  • Leeds, York, and Cambridge to host 2014 Tour de France stage starts1 year 48 weeks agoThe continental riders whined

    The continental riders whined like hell when the Tour of Britain went over the Strines a few years ago. (I think the descent on Ewden Bank messed with their minds a bit !).

    Stages one and two look excellent - who needs prologues !

  • Lance Armstrong confession… Wiggins and Cav have their say (or don't)1 year 48 weeks agoLacticlegs, Brad did have a

    Lacticlegs, Brad did have a bad day at the office on the stage that Valverde won. Froome was urging him on to catch Valverde and win the stage but he had nothing left.

    Its the old saying "one swallow does not a summer make" but it shows he was out on his feet.

    The decision is yours to make and until a result shows any of the Sky team cheated then you will always get buffoons like Kimmage pointing fingers.

  • Leeds, York, and Cambridge to host 2014 Tour de France stage starts1 year 48 weeks agoa.jumper wrote:Local

    a.jumper wrote:
    Local councillor on Look East crowing about how the Cambridge councils won't pay anything for their stage start. They're going to have a shock once the ASO see the state of their roads and demand much resurfacing.

    I wonder what their tit of a police commissioner makes of it. No doubt he'll have his plods out doing the team buses for parking violations.

  • Lance Armstrong confession… Wiggins and Cav have their say (or don't)1 year 48 weeks agohi colin - yes that was my

    hi colin - yes that was my thought too.

    Problem is that the better training mantra was exactly what Armstrong was saying all that time too.

  • Lance Armstrong confession… Wiggins and Cav have their say (or don't)1 year 48 weeks agobashthebox, stumpy and colin

    bashthebox, stumpy and colin - many thanks.

    bashthebox - I agree the route profile makes a difference - but it should still average out methinks - i'll see how the speeds develop over the next few tours i guess.

    Stumpy - the long time trials are definitely a good point and as Brad's speciality they should improve the overall speed. Don't think I agree with advances in training/equipment/nutrition though - it just hasn't been a long enough timescale and there have been no dramatic advancements that I'm aware of in those fields.

    colin - sadly another good point. No bad days etc does smell a bit and makes an uncomfortable mirror to the US postal days...

    I honestly am undecided...I really want to believe in SKY and Brad, just not sure the figures back them up...and I've been stung before - we all have!

    Also really not helped by the comments Brad and Cav are making in the press, I understand they must be frustrated, but surely - for pity's sake - they can't honestly expect not to have to deal with this stuff...I'd have expected a different reaction from them to be honest Sad

  • Another Wheelset Topic1 year 48 weeks agoThanks both. @Sam - I have

    Thanks both.

    @Sam - I have dropped the wheelsmith a line to discuss

    @titusrider - That was my concern (heat failure) about the Carbon Clinchers. The Campags are definatly the safer bet in that respect.

  • Lance Armstrong confession… Wiggins and Cav have their say (or don't)1 year 48 weeks agostumps wrote: You will find

    stumps wrote:

    You will find in all sports that as training methods, nutrition and general lifestyle of athletes gets better so do their times etc etc.

    Look at runners, constantly breaking records and getting faster, swimmers, footballers playing longer despite playing more games, rugby players fitter than ever. The list goes on and you could say some will have cheated through drugs but a very small %. The same goes for cyclists, they are getting fitter, better prepared, better kit and other team members virtually killing themselves on climbs to make it easier for the likes of Brad and Froome, hence quicker times. Remember as well this years Tour had 2 long time trials which Brad excels at and this would increase his overall speed rather than having say another mountain top finish.

    It's naive to think that other athletes don't use the same freely available drugs when competing. There are numerous cases of athletes from all sports abusing drugs. Football even has a problem. I don't know if you remember Jaap Stam and Edgar Davids receiving suspensions. Unfortunately drug testing is very unfashionable and not particularly reliable. Who wants to defrock a national champion idolised by a nation?

    Don't believe the old routine of better training. If that was the case you'd have trickle down from the pros sooner or later. Better training is the smoke and mirrors of our age. More telemetry helps, but the gains you talk of are not substantial. If you followed the whole Armstrong affair he ran the 'marginal' gains racket that Sky now do, claiming the best equipment. It's a marketing mans dream and lines the pockets of the stars and the manufacturer.

    I like to believe this stuff, but it doesn't mean I'm not sceptical too.

  • Leeds, York, and Cambridge to host 2014 Tour de France stage starts1 year 48 weeks agoCant wait, my bro lives 20

    Cant wait, my bro lives 20 miles from York so will be camped at his for an early start and onto Harrogate before heading to York for the next stage Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin

  • Lance Armstrong confession… Wiggins and Cav have their say (or don't)1 year 48 weeks agoNice use of rhetoric lactic

    Nice use of rhetoric lactic legs.

    These are the questions which have not been answered and actually I think we know the answers. But I should point out that while EPO can boost your hematocrit it is possible to boost it naturally (by altitude training/oxygen tents) or you may have a naturally high level - this is why the limit is set at 50%, because is very very unlikely to occur naturally. The highest natural count recorded appears to be around 47%.

    Ultimately it's very hard to reach the 40s naturally though. It is said that when Jonathan Vaughters went to Johan Bruyneel with details of a contract he was offered by another team he laughed at him because JV's natural figures were so high that EPO offered him little improvement.

    It's an interesting argument about the speed too. The speed increases from Merkyx to Lemond are not massive (1982 was about the time blood doping came in). And there were radical changes in the technology - aluminium frames and carbon frames, skin tight suits etc. I don't think you can put much down to that nowadays (i.e. between the 1990s and now).

    I think the problem for me is that Wiggins and co. had no bad days. It would also be interesting to see their training laid bare, as well as blood results publicly reported. My girlfriend is reading about Pantani and how there were clear issues with some of the blood sampling, but no one took clear action. Unfortunately the authorities do not do enough to expose this as they all have vested interests.

  • Lance Armstrong confession… Wiggins and Cav have their say (or don't)1 year 48 weeks agoLacticlegs wrote:Someone

    Lacticlegs wrote:
    Someone please help me out here.

    Let me preface this by saying - i'm serious, I really would like to borrow some of your knowledge.

    I love cycling - always have, and I desperately want to be a believer. But I'm having some trouble and here's why:

    It is generally agreed that EPO and similar blood boosters can improve performance by as much as 15% - hence why it was a game changer from the early 90's onward.

    If the peloton is really clean (or at least cleaner) then surely we should be seeing a drop-off in the average speeds for the TdF now, no?

    But we haven't. Cadel's winning average speed in 2011 was 39.79kmh.

    Brad's in 2012 was 39.83kmh.

    These are pretty much the same speeds that Lance Armstrong was posting in his reign - faster than the year 2000 in fact, and fractionally slower than the other years.

    Please help me here - I so don't want to believe that Brad et al are also doping...but Kimmage has a point (however unpleasantly he makes it).

    What am I missing? Surely there are no technological improvements in bikes and equipment (or for that matter training and nutrition) that can account for a clean rider performing at the same level as the doping king? Not in just 5 years...

    Anyone?

    You will find in all sports that as training methods, nutrition and general lifestyle of athletes gets better so do their times etc etc.

    Look at runners, constantly breaking records and getting faster, swimmers, footballers playing longer despite playing more games, rugby players fitter than ever. The list goes on and you could say some will have cheated through drugs but a very small %. The same goes for cyclists, they are getting fitter, better prepared, better kit and other team members virtually killing themselves on climbs to make it easier for the likes of Brad and Froome, hence quicker times. Remember as well this years Tour had 2 long time trials which Brad excels at and this would increase his overall speed rather than having say another mountain top finish.

  • Lance Armstrong confession… Wiggins and Cav have their say (or don't)1 year 48 weeks agoWhat am I missing? Surely

    What am I missing? Surely there are no technological improvements in bikes and equipment (or for that matter training and nutrition) that can account for a clean rider performing at the same level as the doping king? Not in just 5 years...

    Different route profiles, I suspect. Last year was certainly a lot flatter, fewer uphill finishes etc. The key thing to look at, instead of average speed for the whole thing, is to look at the time it takes to do the big climbs.... and generally, those times have dropped by around 5-10%.

  • Leeds, York, and Cambridge to host 2014 Tour de France stage starts1 year 48 weeks agoLocal councillor on Look East

    Local councillor on Look East crowing about how the Cambridge councils won't pay anything for their stage start. They're going to have a shock once the ASO see the state of their roads and demand much resurfacing.

  • Leeds, York, and Cambridge to host 2014 Tour de France stage starts1 year 48 weeks agoCragg Vale Schmagg Vale.

    Cragg Vale Schmagg Vale. Holme Moss is where it's at.

  • Training Bike vs Racer1 year 48 weeks agoHave a read of the article on

    Have a read of the article on here with Dom from Kinesis. The T2 is a 'Race'lite frame and therefore has race bike geometry. I've got one and it doesn't feel like a audax bike or one designed specifically for sportives say. Conversely, its not as rigid as some alu frames. The benefit over the CAAD is the ability to put proper mudguards on (and a rack if the fancy takes you). It's just a nice bike.

  • Judge says drivers “have a high responsibility to be aware of cyclists on the road”1 year 48 weeks agoI'm glad the driver got

    I'm glad the driver got prison here, as a cyclist there's nothing more you can do beyond what this cyclist did in this type of situation, and 20 seconds is an eternity on the road. Nice to see a judge being just, although it seems to be the juries that are the most unjust.

  • Leeds, York, and Cambridge to host 2014 Tour de France stage starts1 year 48 weeks agoVery excited, having missed

    Very excited, having missed the Olympic road race i can have a chance to see this stage virtually from home...if the train times work i may get a few different views. I doubt i'd be fast enough by bike to get ahead of the peloton anywhere on the Cams to London stage. Sad

  • Lance Armstrong confession… Wiggins and Cav have their say (or don't)1 year 48 weeks agodullard wrote:Whoa, whoa,

    dullard wrote:
    Whoa, whoa, whoa! Reading these comments, you'd think it was Kimmage who'd been defrauding the sporting world and global institutions and denying good men and women the chance to prove themselves in the sport they love. No, he's the one who's been taking a stand, along with the marvelous Betsy Andreus and David Walsh's of the world, at huge personal expense, abuse and ridicule, against the shitbags like Armstrong, Verbruggen, McQuaid and Bruyneel who've been taking us all for a ride for the last couple of decades. He has simply pointed out that the style of Sky's victory in last year's Tour was very similar to USPS and Discovery (which it was), that Sky hired a doctor known to be dodgy (they did) and that the team's much-heralded policy of hiring only clean personnel has been shot to bits with the departure of Yates, Rogers, Barry etc (it has). And Sir BW and Cavendish can say it's time to move on all they want, but their sport that they earn millions out of because of us, the fans, has been a total effing lie for probably as long as many of us have been watching it: last clean winner was probably LeMond? So to accept now that it's all fine, they're all clean (Contador? Yeah, right) is not going to happen. Kimmage isn't a martyr. He's a tough little f#cker who's been through the mill and who was right all along.

    I agree.

    Given the history - surely we should be taking Kimmage's side first off and waiting to see if the riders can prove their innocence?

    I mean come on - we've heard all this before, verbatim. And it turns out Kimmage was right. Spot on in fact.

    Surely it's only fair to give the guy the benefit of the doubt this time around. He's proved his point - and his worth - once already.

  • Lance Armstrong confesses to doping, reports US media - and may testify against UCI officials1 year 48 weeks ago700c - the hatred (and yes -

    700c - the hatred (and yes - I'd go as far as to say that on my part, it really IS hatred) is there for the very good reason that LA's 'crimes' far far and away transcend what is 'just a sport'.

    He's ruined people's lives. Destroyed careers. Sued and financially crippled people, undermined their businesses and sooooo much more.

    To say nothing of peddling a pack of lies, and causing untold damage to a sport that I - and many others - love.

    'Just a sport'? You sound like the people who use the platitude 'It's not personal, it's just business' when they screw someone over in the professional sphere.

    Livelihoods, careers, dignity, self-respect, the ability to provide for oneself and one's family...don't kid yourself - it doesn't get any more personal than that.

  • Lizzie Armitstead says Nicole Cooke wrong to focus on doping in Monday's parting shot1 year 48 weeks ago@Simon E: "mattsccm

    @Simon E:

    "mattsccm wrote:
    If everyone dropped it the so called bad image wouldn't be there.
    Utter bollocks. Look up Omertà."

    Couldn't agree more. This isn't about PR, mattsccm, it's about how sport actually functions and why it can be so good, so valuable and so intriguing.

    I thought Cooke's interview was one of the most forceful to have come out post-USADA and really hit the nail on the head about the real damage that the likes of Armstrong have done. Forget f#cking Nike and Trek etc, so many actual people have had their livelihoods taken away or denied them by what Armstrong perpetrated. Armistead is just making herself look silly with the 'time to move on, it's as clean and pure as driven snow, my boyfriend blah blah blah' mantra. Get out of your bubble, girl.

  • Leeds, York, and Cambridge to host 2014 Tour de France stage starts1 year 48 weeks agoFantabulous stuff, even

    Fantabulous stuff, even without the rumoured Bawtry stage finish (a forlorn hope). Delighted to see Aysgarth, Hebden Bridge and a good chunk of Woodhead involved - and brilliant that these two stages are genuinely tough old rides, not mere processions.

    Cannot wait for this. Feel a bit sorry for the East Riding, though.

  • Leeds, York, and Cambridge to host 2014 Tour de France stage starts1 year 48 weeks agoClearly the thing to do on

    Clearly the thing to do on stage one is get to Aysgarth early doors then hammer it over to Leyburn once the peloton has passed though to catch them a second time.

  • Just in: Lapierre Sensium 200 CP1 year 48 weeks agoLooks pretty good. Can't

    Looks pretty good. Can't imagine the white hoods and tape staying that way for long though.

  • Win a pair of Reynolds Attack Wheels and a holiday to try them out on!1 year 48 weeks agoI know (a) that commenting

    I know (a) that commenting here has no effect on the draw; and (b) they're largely fishing for contact details, but I'm a sucker for competitions, even though I'm not going to win.