• Tour de France Stage 1615 hours 21 min agonicholassmith wrote:...anyone

    nicholassmith wrote:
    ...anyone want any other riders cursing?).
    Thinking ... Should I dare you to bet on Nibali?... Smile You could ruin the race for everyone or (!) break your curse! Waiting

  • Limited Edition Tinkoff-Saxo (Team Edition ) Kit15 hours 22 min agoOnly 5 days off until Wiggle

    Only 5 days off until Wiggle have it back in stock too.

  • Michael Barry: Shadows on the Road, pub by Faber and Faber15 hours 22 min agoLooks like a good read.

    Looks like a good read.

    Interestingly the one thing I really got from Charly Wegelius' book was how poorly the riders were treated by their teams.

  • My brother’s not a doper, says Jonathan Tiernan-Locke’s twin sister15 hours 25 min agoDoping is rife in cycling,

    Doping is rife in cycling, just not at the higher levels any more.

    Talk to people riding in that zone around talented amateur/semi-pro/pro-conti level. Look at riders who make the jump to Continental and Pro teams who never seem able to produce the same results. Listen to what people say about some of the questionable teams riding around the Asian and other circuits.

    There is much less testing at those levels and they get away with it, but then they can't rely on it when they move up and are under more scrutiny.

    In my view it's where the doping discussion should be taking place.

    Just as happened with the pro-peloton in the Armstrong-Pantani era, a generation of clean riders is being held back or forced out by doping. The only positive is that eventually they hit a ceiling when they can't dope any more.

  • Team sky15 hours 28 min agomooleur wrote:farrell

    mooleur wrote:
    farrell wrote:
    Gizmo_ wrote:
    Oman (where?)
    The Middle East, just next to Saudi Arabia.

    Gizmo_ wrote:
    Romandie (where?)
    Switzerland.

    Not forgetting most recently Austria!


    Surprisingly I did know where they were, and knew about Kennaugh's win in Austria too. However, for a team whose image is built on dominance and who structure their year around winning the Tour... it's not gone well, has it.

  • fish and chips versus energy bars15 hours 31 min agodid a 200 miler over 2 days

    did a 200 miler over 2 days at the weekend over yorkshire dales, fuelled by water, ale, cereal bars and chips. Tasted awsom, felt awsom.

  • Video: Coolest support car ever? Team Sky's Jaguar F-type15 hours 31 min agoWhat does it draft like?

    What does it draft like?

  • mio 315 or 305 hc rather than garmin 810?15 hours 32 min agoHI PRW44 I have a 305HC, had

    HI PRW44
    I have a 305HC, had it for over a year. Great bit of kit with a couple of niggles.
    Positives: Great mapping, easy to plan a new route (if you can get it to sync with your laptop-see negatives)
    No problems with either cadence and heart rate sensors. Surprise me function is wonderful if you live in an area with multiple routes. Easy to flick through and choose screen data options, Overall a great bit of kit.
    Negatives, trying to sync with a laptop can be tiresome. It only seems to work on my windows machine intermittently (75% of the time) still do not know why, I just plug in and hope, if it does not connect unplug, refresh laptop and try again, and only works on explorer as your browser, not opera nor Chrome.
    Once connected the visual data you see isn't the best, quite basic. Worst for me is that when i deleted some journey's off my MIO from Italy and Furteventura to gain memory back, it deleted them from my summary so i lost my fastest speed and actual KM's ridden etc completely. Very annoying.
    Overall as an alternative it is very good, these are just niggles and when 40 miles out of London and lost, it works great to get me back home. Which is really all you actually need it for.

  • Video: Coolest support car ever? Team Sky's Jaguar F-type15 hours 32 min agoAre they only using it on the

    Are they only using it on the ITT as they realise it's useless when it comes to a bit of Magic Spanner!

  • Jersey finally passes mandatory helmet law - for under 14 year olds15 hours 33 min agoLots of people have anecdotal

    Lots of people have anecdotal evidence about the benefits of wearing helmets. They tend to wear helmets.

    Lots of people quote published reports to help protect their right to ride without a helmet. They tend not to wear helmets.

    Wear or don't wear a helmet based on your opinion. It really is that simple.

  • My brother’s not a doper, says Jonathan Tiernan-Locke’s twin sister15 hours 38 min agoClearly I don't know him

    Clearly I don't know him personally but "hard working" and "gruelling training schedule" are not always phrases I've heard associated with him...

  • My brother’s not a doper, says Jonathan Tiernan-Locke’s twin sister15 hours 39 min agoPaul J wrote:She's wrong. He

    Paul J wrote:
    She's wrong. He has failed a test.

    Actually no, no he never failed a test.

    That's both the joy of and the frustrating thing about the passport programme.

    The joy is that the UCI can now act when they can blatantly see what is going on, but don't have the testing power to physically catch someone at it.

    The frustration is that in cases like this one (well for me with a bit of personal involvement anyway), there will always be a degree of uncertainty remaining.

    The premise of the passport programme simply is... if it looks like a horse, sounds like a horse and acts like a horse... it probably is a horse.

    From what I understand, I would suggest JTL has potentially fallen victim to a 'perfect storm' of factors coming together.

    This is a mixture of speculation, and first hand reports... so happy to admit it may not survive serious scrutiny...

    1. JTL's blood profile shows anomalies right on the run up to the UCI election.
    2. For someone wishing to discredit BC and Cookson, this is too great an opportunity to miss and the anomalies are published when they shouldn't have been. It is a fact that his case was publicised earlier than it should.
    3. By publicising the case, there is no longer the opportunity to gather further blood profile data which could potentially demonstrate (either way) that blood doping or something other has taken place.
    4. JTL has a terrible first season with Sky through a mix of illness and over-training... the latter of which is at least partly due to the heavily volume based training programmes provided by Sky... which is understood to have been part of a two year plan to build JTL's 'engine' for 3 week stage racing.
    5. Sky has doubts that JTL has what it takes to perform in their team and is not that displeased at the opportunity to remove JTL from their roster when an opportunity presents itself.
    6. Giving Sky more credit, understanding point 3 above, Sky know that realistically there can be no effective defence for JTL, so take the only real option and cut ties quickly and swiftly.
    7. With Cookson fresh in position the UCI can't be seen to be dodging the doping situation... a UK athlete 'conveniently' getting off soon after Cookson's appointment would not send the right message.

    Whether he doped or not, based on the above, JTL was never going to be found anything other than guilty.

    Now I am not stupid, JTL could have pulled the wool over everyone's eyes, including mine and doped the ass out of himself.... however, call it selective blindness, call it stupid sentimentality, but I just don't buy it.

  • Video: Coolest support car ever? Team Sky's Jaguar F-type15 hours 40 min agoThis is actually the first

    This is actually the first time I have ever considered buying a Jaguar. I won't need the radios but the bike rack is an essential Smile

  • Tour de France Stage 1615 hours 41 min ago"Côte de Fanjeaux" sounds

    "Côte de Fanjeaux" sounds very rude. Big Grin

    One for the break today I reckon...

  • Chris Snook's 5th generation Genesis Volare 953 race bike15 hours 41 min agoHaving gone from ultra light

    Having gone from ultra light carbon fibre to a Ti frame this year, I hold no reservations about the weight. Clearly it would be noticeable going up a french alp, but then I would be a lot more stable coming down the other side. For day to day riding, i'm more comfortable and therefore faster (strava says so), I'm not going back....but I might get back on steel in the future.

    I rode on my shop ride the other night, the only person on metal, and enjoyed riding off the front on the steepest hill, the bike is only 1 element.

    I love the fact that steel is still proving to be a good material, but there is enough choice of materials out there for everyone. If you are the person that weighs every component and is convinced that 0.5kg is going to make a difference then go carbon, it has a lot of merits but weight is not everything.

  • Tour de France leader Vincenzo Nibali insists Italian cycling is cleaning up its act15 hours 46 min agoNibali has been consistently

    Nibali has been consistently there or thereabouts in major tours, but of course his performance does raise questions.

    It seems unlikely that cycling can clean up its act completely whilst the likes of Vino are allowed to operate as team managers.

  • How long should a frame last?15 hours 49 min agoWould be interesting to

    Would be interesting to revisit this in 5 to 10 years, when people are reporting back on longevity of carbon frames. Recent price drops and technological advances are making them a mainstream choice, so I guess you'll be hearing about failures pretty soon if they're going to happen

  • Boris Bike turns up in Wolverhampton – 3 years after disappearing in London15 hours 52 min agoSomeone should ride it back

    Someone should ride it back to see if 12 hours is doable.

  • World champion Rui Costa out of Tour de France15 hours 53 min agoThis tour is going to be won

    This tour is going to be won by the last man standing. If it went on long enough, it'd probably be Jens.

  • Giant Bowery 7215 hours 55 min agoMKultra wrote:It's hard to

    MKultra wrote:
    It's hard to build up a half way decent fixed for less than £300 (although strangely you can buy a complete one) unless you happen to drop on a cheap donor bike to convert.

    Giant don't make any tat in the road bike range so the bowery for £270 is not bad at all as long as it all runs.

    That's music to my ears because I've bought it now! Got it for £260 in the end and based on original price and condition it's in, I'm hoping I've got a good deal there! It's arriving tomorrow so lets hope it's a nice runner...

  • Video: Coolest support car ever? Team Sky's Jaguar F-type15 hours 57 min agothey could get an etype out

    they could get an etype out of the garage and strap Porte's bike on the back, its small enough

  • Video: Coolest support car ever? Team Sky's Jaguar F-type15 hours 59 min agoIt should be able to keep up.

    It should be able to keep up.

  • My brother’s not a doper, says Jonathan Tiernan-Locke’s twin sister16 hours 1 min agoPaul J wrote:She's wrong. He

    Paul J wrote:
    She's wrong. He has failed a test.

    Unfortunately the authorities and the laboratories don't always get it right.

    Remember the case of British runner Diane Modahl in 1994? Her career and reputation was destroyed and she was financially ruined by the costs of clearing her name. The test she 'failed' was due to the Portuguese laboratory leaving the samples at room temperature for 3 days before testing them.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diane_Modahl

  • Video: California reserve police officer suspended for posting “I hate cyclists” YouTube clip16 hours 1 min agowoman's a twat, what an

    woman's a twat, what an idiot!

  • Giant Bowery 7216 hours 2 min agoIt's hard to build up a half

    It's hard to build up a half way decent fixed for less than £300 (although strangely you can buy a complete one) unless you happen to drop on a cheap donor bike to convert.

    Giant don't make any tat in the road bike range so the bowery for £270 is not bad at all as long as it all runs.