2009 the best bits… Tony's pick: big meals, weird bikes, the Daily Mail, and you

Sneaking in under the wire 2009's most memorable moments as remembered by me

by Tony Farrelly   December 31, 2009  

Italy 2009: the road to Furlo

2009 the year of Lance Armstrong's comeback, Wiggo's emergence as a Tour rider, mucho love for cyclists in the Daily Mail (or something like that) Mayor Boris everywhere… Team Sky, golly it was one memorable moment after another, but here's my most memorable bits of the past year… 

Inspirational cyclist…
For me it wasn't Lance Armstrong, Wiggo, Cav or Contador, or even James Bowthorpe's amazing round the world ride, (although he does figure in my round-up), step forward Gary Brennan who lost 17st in a year by getting on his bike. We reported on Gary's progress back in June – he had the guts (unintended pun) to get on a bike when he was 39 stone and change his life even though he thought he looked ridiculous and was worried that the frame wouldn't take the weight. That's inspirational. Check out his blog he's still shrinking. Oh, and he's a road.cc member.

Best road trip
Italy (see main pic)

Waste of a dead tree…
Pretty much anything cycling related in the Daily Mail for which cyclists were very much this year's hate figures… still it's nice to be noticed. And in the interests of balance it has to be said that not all of their stories were anti-cycling so maybe times are changing. I won't hold my breath just yet.

Funniest video not by us…
Got to be Tour de France by Remi Gaillard who says the French don't have a sense of humour. Superb!

Best adventure cyclist
That man Bowthorpe, he did his round the world ride the hard way he kept his uppper lip stiff, despite scary moments in Iran and hitting a wombat in Oz, and he kept a smile on his face too. Really enjoyed his blogs and tweets. Plus he rode an interesting bike a belt drive Santos tourer with a Rohloff Speed hub

Most fun in a static caravan somewhere in Germany
Gotta be Eurobike, particularly the moment sheet lightning went right through our tightly packed mobile home and everything went momentarily white. The show was pretty awesome too.

Scariest moment
Riding the ever-so-aptly named Yike Bike at Eurobike. What larks!

Best meal eaten in the course of duty…
Or even off duty for that matter. The Furlo Gorge me and Jo tucked in to on our Italian road trip, what a meal, what a place, what a day. Sometimes this isn't like work at all.

It must have seemed like a good idea at the time…


I thought the +watt man was going to chase me when I took this picture of his stand in Milan. Still something good came out of it, a special road.cc +watt tag was born. Only special people get one…

Most memorable cycle challenge
Like Dave I reckon Si Hood's Bicycle Kicks ride following his team, York City, around the country by bike through the vagaries of the Blue Square Premiership and the FA Cup is different, and a lot harder than it sounds. Look out for his review of the Ridgeback Horizon tourer we helped get him as an emergency replacement when his original bike broke. Find out how he is getting on at www.bicyclekicks.co.uk and you can also follow him on Twitter and he's doing it all for a good cause, the Alzheimer's Disease Society.

Top bloke
Carlos Sastre for making time right at the end of a heavy schedule at the Cervelo TestTeam launch to give me a video interview, and then making time again when my camera ran out of juice just before we were about to start. What a pro… unlike me.

 

Favourite bike(s)
It's a three way tie between the Cervelo S3 I rode for a bit at the Shimano Di2 UK launch – that was nice, the Boardman Road Pro Carbon which I rode quite a lot and which is amazingly good for the money and the Fixie Inc Betty Leeds which was very beautiful… and I'm a sucker for looks.

Favourite reviews
Tough love for the Rapha silk scarf. from Roger Blessed, Jonny B's super in-depth look at Shimano Di2. And the Muc Off Dry Lube – for Rob Simmond's verdict.. 

The UCI: If it ain't broke… break it


The UCi for their 'clarification' on bike design last summer that threatened to stop road bike development in its tracks. The man from the UCI gave Argon 18 a hard time over the seat tube area on the E114 TT bike at Eurobike… luckily things have gone a bit quiet on that score of late, but you never know with the UCI do you?

Lance's Twitter rides
Lance Armstrong's rides around Paisley and Dublin what amazing experiences they must have been.

Boris's near miss
The moment a tipper lorry door nearly did for the Mayor of London, his transport adviser and the Minister of Transport.

Turkey Sweater
Hellascious conditions meant it was neither sweaty or enjoyable at the time… but as ever I'm already looking back on it quite almost fondly and looking forward to the Easter Egg Sweater.

You lot
Your comments and contributions really make the site what it is. Thanks for all of them. 

 

10 user comments

Oldest firstNewest firstBest rated

Thanks for a great year. Hope the next one is a corker too. Smile

P.S. Could you test more utility bikes in 2010?

DaveP's picture

posted by DaveP [467 posts]
1st January 2010 - 0:27

like this
Like (2)

Our first New Year's resolution - pretty sure we can keep it too Smile

Thanks Dave!

Tony Farrelly's picture

posted by Tony Farrelly [4111 posts]
1st January 2010 - 1:19

like this
Like (4)

Thank you for an entertaining 6 months. I've only been coming here since June/July having been banned from riding my mountain bike due to too many accidents and I've found it a very pleasant, enjoyable and informative place. No egos on view all the time and a truly British sense of humour.

Having rebuilt an old road bike I'm back on two wheels and looking to shed a bit of weight and do my first sportive.

Thanks for the inspiration.

May your 2010 be everything you want and more!

Did Nightrider 2013 for Parkinson's UK, doing it again this year just for the fun of it and to raise more money.

jova54's picture

posted by jova54 [526 posts]
1st January 2010 - 12:19

like this
Like (3)

Happy new year to everyone associated with road.cc, its great fun being involved in my small way. A really freidnly feel to the site that others cant match. Long may it continue. Have a good year everyone.

not all carbon is the same.

Jon Burrage's picture

posted by Jon Burrage [1076 posts]
2nd January 2010 - 10:15

like this
Like (4)

Happy New Year to everyone and thanks to Road cc and contributors for information, education and entertainment in 2009 (Also a Merino Buff - although we're under a foot of snow here in The Far North I've mostly been wearing it around the house. The Buff tattoos add a certain something, however.) Smile

Immediate Target: As soon as the plough comes through I need to get on my new big boy's Christmas bike (without stabilisers) and work off the siege condition calories.

Then for the year: Highland Coast to Coast, Rob Roy Challenge, lose a couple of stone, stop buying bike bits now that my wife has found out where I hide 'em.

All the Best for 2010.

Ridire

posted by Ridire [43 posts]
2nd January 2010 - 14:15

like this
Like (4)

Happy new year to my favourite cycling website!

And thanks for the knog lights for the caption comp. Hope there's more comps and swag grabs this year too!? Big Grin

TheHatter's picture

posted by TheHatter [808 posts]
2nd January 2010 - 14:48

like this
Like (4)

tone - exfatguy's blog link isn't right.

jezzzer's picture

posted by jezzzer [339 posts]
3rd January 2010 - 17:55

like this
Like (0)

Thanks jezzer, should work now

Tony Farrelly's picture

posted by Tony Farrelly [4111 posts]
3rd January 2010 - 19:42

like this
Like (0)

Happy new Year - I really like this website which is why I visit so often.

OldRidgeback

posted by OldRidgeback [1941 posts]
4th January 2010 - 0:17

like this
Like (3)

Only just seen this (Had a few issues over January/Febuary) but wow, to be named along side Armstrong, Wiggo and Cav !

Wow Thank You !!!!!

posted by shrinkinbggaz [117 posts]
18th April 2010 - 17:34

like this
Like (3)