Road Cycling Show

by Super Domestique   February 8, 2012  

Anyone here going?

http://www.roadcyclingshow.com/default.aspx

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I'm going to check it out on the Saturday - going to cycle over as it's just the other side of the Downs from me (which also means I cannot buy anything bulky otherwise I won't get it home) Smile

Was going to do the Sportive on the Sunday but going to see some poncy play with Mrs andylul for her birthday - sigh...

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posted by andylul [416 posts]
8th February 2012 - 12:16

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I am going with my father and my son on the saturday.

Anyone other Road.cc'ers?

posted by Super Domestique [1655 posts]
9th February 2012 - 9:56

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Keep an eye out for me - I'll be wearing my road.cc socks Smile

If only I had a Road.cc jersey to match...

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posted by andylul [416 posts]
15th February 2012 - 17:11

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If the weather is decent I may well be sporting my Super Domestique tee

posted by Super Domestique [1655 posts]
17th February 2012 - 14:55

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Andy did you order your ticket already? Mine still haven't turned up despite my order going in on 9th Feb. Just wondering if you have had yours yet.

posted by Super Domestique [1655 posts]
22nd February 2012 - 11:45

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Haven't ordered my ticket yet - still recovering from Christmas/youngest's 18th birthday expenditure... Payday soon, though Big Grin

It's on my 'to-do' list, although, because I'm cycling it from nr Gatwick, in my head I'd get free entry Smile

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posted by andylul [416 posts]
22nd February 2012 - 12:44

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Just spotted on the web site:

"Road Cycling Show tickets will be despatched upto two weeks prior to the show"

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posted by andylul [416 posts]
22nd February 2012 - 12:46

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Thanks. I had missed that.

My hat is off to you for the ride in.

posted by Super Domestique [1655 posts]
22nd February 2012 - 13:14

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It's not so bad (I hope...)

Can't be any worse than what's lined up for me this Sunday at the Hell of the Ashdown Surprise

www.hell.gb.com

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posted by andylul [416 posts]
22nd February 2012 - 13:39

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Trust me, when as unfit as me anything looks impressive. This Sunday just looks plain scary though!

posted by Super Domestique [1655 posts]
22nd February 2012 - 14:14

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Anyone else going?

Thought I'd bump the thread as its getting nearer.

posted by Super Domestique [1655 posts]
5th April 2012 - 11:30

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Two weeks on Saturday, yet no sign of my tickets yet.

Just one more weekend out during my busy April - loving the weather, the cycling on the TV, the cricket.

Month finishes with the Ups and Downs at Dorking - that was my first 'proper' Sportive last year and haven't pushed my bike up a hill since then (unless you count Cob Lane or Yorkshill, and they're just mental)

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posted by andylul [416 posts]
5th April 2012 - 14:42

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Not had my tickets yet either. I did email the other day and got the 'within last 2 wks' reply.

posted by Super Domestique [1655 posts]
5th April 2012 - 15:05

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Got an email today to say they are being sent out today.

Anyone else going other than Andy?

posted by Super Domestique [1655 posts]
11th April 2012 - 11:29

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Notice Big Mario is opening the show on Saturday morning.

Also notice there's a distinct lack of info about who the exhibitors are going to be, despite me pestering for info - I have a BarclayCard with enough brownie point for a new bike, yet cannot get excited at the thought of anything other than Halfords being there, although have learnt (through the Cipollini tweet earlier) that Paligap are going to be there, but MCipollini bikes are out of my meagre league

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posted by andylul [416 posts]
11th April 2012 - 14:25

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It's true. I would love to know what will be there on display and for demo. I have a lack of carbon in my life right now Big Grin

The site also has the seminars listed, although not the one on set up which caught my eye originally.

posted by Super Domestique [1655 posts]
11th April 2012 - 14:35

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posted by Super Domestique [1655 posts]
11th April 2012 - 17:43

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My wristbands have arrived this morning

Excited (sadly) to find that Ned Boulting will be book signing also

SuperD - I'll pm you my mobile. You could text me if you fancy meeting up for a coffee?

Regards
Andy

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posted by andylul [416 posts]
13th April 2012 - 9:28

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Sounds good. Road.cc mini meet.

I will post later if my tickets arrived today. I am out at the moment.

posted by Super Domestique [1655 posts]
13th April 2012 - 9:46

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Just got back and yes they have arrived. Yippeee

posted by Super Domestique [1655 posts]
13th April 2012 - 11:03

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Bump.

Anyone else coming?

posted by Super Domestique [1655 posts]
16th April 2012 - 14:22

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Nice meeting you Andy.

Not a bad show, although I hoped it would be a bit bigger / more bike companies.

Left me edging towards the Pinarello but still with Spesh looming on the shoulder tbh.

posted by Super Domestique [1655 posts]
21st April 2012 - 15:11

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OK, as requested on another thread - here is a brief overview of the show.

First up apologies for no pics - I left the camera at home by mistake! Doh!

Anyway, Super Mario opened the show at 9.30 as promised.

Other riders there were Alex Dowsett, Christian Knees and Matt Hayman of Sky. Special thanks to Matt for taking time out to talk to my son.

The highlights for me personally:
The Pinarello/Sigma Sport stand - although I am a tad biased as I was drooling over the possible purchase of a Pinarello but also as Sigma stock Spesh having a good chat there about my other contender.

De Rosa stand was also adorned with some nice kit and guy I spoke to from there was a top bloke too.

Another great stand was the Cycling Weekly 'super bikes' stand with pro level bikes everywhere from the likes of Trek (including the new Domane) Wilier, Spesh, Pinarello, LaPierre, BMC, De Rosa, etc

The downsides:
It was a bit smaller than I thought it would be (although fine for the entry price imho).

Many of the listed 'bikes' at the show literally were just 1 and l;ocked up on the 'super bikes' stand rather than those makes actually being at the show.

Having to leave earlier than planned (ie missing the race in the afternoon) as my father felt unwell.

Would I go again? Certainly.

Also, as mentioned above - nice to meet Andy who stars in this month's Cycling Active as I onyl found out today while flicking through the copy my Dad bought at the show!

posted by Super Domestique [1655 posts]
23rd April 2012 - 13:46

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Thanks for posting SD.

Well it was the first one I suppose. As per the other thread, it would be nice if Canyon could have exhibited - that could have settled the debate!

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3540 posts]
23rd April 2012 - 14:11

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How true!

posted by Super Domestique [1655 posts]
23rd April 2012 - 14:46

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Was nice meeting you also SD (just realised that's also your initials - d'uh) - thanks for the comedy 'What do you look like? while standing 6 feet way from me on your mobile ' moment Smile

I too thought it was excellent, with just enough bike porn on show specifically targeted at road users. Interesting to note just how many sports nutrition stands there were.

I've been to Earls Court and Docklands shows but found that everyone at Sandown was so much more approachable, including Matt, Alex and Christian. Had a good long chinwag with the guys from Chicken Cycle Kit, Beet It, Zico, Gatorade, British Cycling and i-Ride - was great to have a go on the De Rosa R838 and the chap there put no pressure on me, merely suggested that if I liked it to check out anyone who stocks it - made it sound like he was a true enthusiast, rather than a salesman.

My buddy also had a go on the R838, having recently bought a Canyon CF9 and said he'd have gone Italian if he hadn't already bought the Canyon (and he loves it)

Shame you didn't have a mag handy - I'd have signed it for you, and you could've got a scribble from Ade on the British Cycling stand who shares the article with me and others from Team Cake Cycling. She was there all weekend and said that Sunday was a fab day also, especially impressed with Ned Boulting and Alex Dowsett.

The Sandown Sportive seemed very popular also - what a great idea. UKCE run the best events I go to.

Definitely go again next year, if only to top up on Beet It

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posted by andylul [416 posts]
23rd April 2012 - 16:00

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Thanks Andy.

I had to ring you as I looked even more of nutter looking at peoples feet lol.

Checked out the pics in cycling weekly this wk. Bit disappointing really, I think they could have given it a bit more profile. It looks empty in terms.of footfall which wasn't the case IMHO.

posted by Super Domestique [1655 posts]
27th April 2012 - 8:03

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