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Diego Rosa late to bloom

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Cycling, Featured | Comments Off on Diego Rosa late to bloom

Diego Rosa late to bloom

Diego Rosa raced under the radar for years. Starting off as a mountain biker, he rode for Androni Giocattoli and blossomed at Astana. How did he reach Sky? Diego Rosa signed to ride for Team Sky in the autumn of 2016, before his bold, doomed effort to win the Tour of Lombardy where he finished a close second behind Esteban Chaves of Orica in a desperate sprint. This interview dates from earlier in the same season, when his star was still on the rise and deals with the background to his rise through the road racing ranks. Although Diego Rosa...

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Geoff Brown in the heart of the Cannondale Drapac magic

Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Cycling, Featured | Comments Off on Geoff Brown in the heart of the Cannondale Drapac magic

Geoff Brown in the heart of the Cannondale Drapac magic

A World Tour team’s base – its Service Course – is as close as a bike geek gets to a real Aladdin’s cave. We went to Cannondale’s, said ‘Open Sesame’ and walked in It’s probably not what you expect. A concrete and breeze block warehouse in an industrial estate on the outskirts of Girona in Spain. But, among the car repair shops, aluminium window suppliers and lord knows what else, you’ll find the Cannondale Service Course. When you consider the riches contained within, teams cars, buses (!) the bikes, the wheels, the spares, the tubulars, the...

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Tom Dumoulin: making a Grand Tour contender

Posted by on May 21, 2017 in Cycling, Featured | Comments Off on Tom Dumoulin: making a Grand Tour contender

Tom Dumoulin: making a Grand Tour contender

Tom Dumoulin’s arrival as a ‘general classification’ rider took lots of people by surprise, including him. Could the Dutchman be a serious GC contender? Is the Giro the start or the limit? That saying about how ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ may not be meteorologically accurate, but when it comes to cycling crashes, well, perhaps it holds water. When erstwhile Giant-Alpecin leader Tom Dumoulin went skittling down the dead-straight N921 on stage three of the 2015 Tour de France, his summer was as wrecked as his bike. Months of...

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Scottish Cycling performance questions

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 in Cycling | Comments Off on Scottish Cycling performance questions

Scottish Cycling performance questions

Scottish Cycling has more money, more full-time staff and better resources than at any time in its history.* Why then has there been so much dissatisfaction with the performance strategy put in place by the current Head of Performance, Gary Coltman and his Endurance coach, Mark McKay? Following discussions with coaches, current and former SC staff as well as riders over 18 months, a series of questions was formed and directed at the Board. They can be read here. Scottish Cycling ‘investigated’ and replied. The replies were jargon-heavy...

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What’s going on at Scottish Cycling?

Posted by on Sep 24, 2016 in Cycling | Comments Off on What’s going on at Scottish Cycling?

What’s going on at Scottish Cycling?

Since the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, there have been increasing rumblings of discontent with Scottish Cycling (SC). Housed in a world-class facility at the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome, all is not well with SC. Riders, coaches and race organisers have expressed unhappiness or simply walked away from the sport. The Scottish cyclo-cross scene is all but independent of the governing body, mountain biking has a profile that is so low you’d never know it existed and, in 2016, a breakaway time trial organisation was formed, such was the...

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Junior Tour of Wales rider’s eye view

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Cycling | Comments Off on Junior Tour of Wales rider’s eye view

Junior Tour of Wales rider’s eye view

Since most of the time the stories and headlines are claimed by World Tour riders, here’s one from a competitor at the 2016 Junior Tour of Wales to give a slightly different perspective on road racing. Take it away Calum… Hi, my name is Calum Kennedy and I’m a second year junior riding for Edinburgh RC on the road and Team North Sports/Kinesis for cyclocross. Recently I took part in the 2016 Junior Tour of Wales under the banner of East and Central Scotland and below is a short account of my race and experience with the team....

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Scottish junior road race 2016

Posted by on Sep 11, 2016 in Cycling | Comments Off on Scottish junior road race 2016

Scottish junior road race 2016

A bold club initiative to revitalise Junior road racing surely deserved more support from the national Federation That Stephen Dent of Spokes Racing Team won the 2016 Scottish National junior road race title wasn’t a huge surprise. Neither was the identity of the three riders he beat to the line after 62 grippy, wind-blasted miles around Kilwinning. Before the start of the title race, promoted by VC Vitesse, Dent was widely tipped, along with Joe Nally (Hardie Bikes) and defending champion, Grant Martin (Spokes RT). By the time the race...

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Ian Stannard, Team Sky and the hurt box

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Cycling, Featured | Comments Off on Ian Stannard, Team Sky and the hurt box

Ian Stannard, Team Sky and the hurt box

How many wins would it take to make Ian Stannard of Team Sky claim leadership status at the team? Ian Stannard of Team Sky has been victorious in races that some riders would retire happy on having won them. Most recently, there was a dominant, bold stage win in the 2016 Tour of Britain at Tatton Park. Might this and his other successes have woken dormant ambitions in Team Sky’s affable Essex character? We spoke to Stannard at the start of the 2016 season to find out. Every single bike rider on a World Tour team has won a bike race. At some...

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Tour of Britain or Tour of Spain?

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Cycling, Featured | Comments Off on Tour of Britain or Tour of Spain?

Tour of Britain or Tour of Spain?

Is the ‘new’ Tour of Britain better preparation for the world road championships than the Tour of Spain? Once upon a time the Tour of Britain was a Cinderella race amongst fabled events in the European race calendar. But in recent years, that’s changed. Now, the British race is the royal road to the rainbow jersey. During the first week of the 2014 Tour de France, no sooner had the race regained France after its stay in Blighty, than teams were already planning to go back. Word was that Sylvain Chavannel, the big hitter at IAM...

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Bike ‘doping’ as UCI PR success

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Cycling, Featured | Comments Off on Bike ‘doping’ as UCI PR success

Bike ‘doping’ as UCI PR success

Motorised doping is a non issue which serves mainly to show the UCI ‘taking control’ of a red herring The scandal of riders cheating using bikes with engines is a red herring and good PR for the UCI Bikes with engines. Motorised ‘doping.’ Every time a bike falls over the rear wheel spins around, there’s a new outcry. Mobile phone video footage of a rear wheel being subjected to the laws of physics (inertia, basically, the anti-acceleratability of a body in motion) is hailed as hard evidence of a bike with an engine in it. It’s...

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