More than any Men’s road race in recent Worlds memory, 2018 shapes as a wonderful lottery. Not dissimilar to finding the winner of the Melbourne Cup, you can make a solid enough argument for 30+ riders. So what will happen on Sunday night? We have no idea. But here’s what our crystal ball is suggesting … More Welcome to Höll: 2018 World Champs Preview
So then. It’s now 5 weeks until the 2016 UCI World Road Championships in Doha on October 16. As has been well documented, the 257km course is pretty much flat, although often prone to pesky cross winds. Clearly it’s one for the sprinters for the first time in several years. But will team politics yet … More 2016 World Chumpionships
The post, below, is not about Alberto’s bike…merely inspired by the extraordinary sequence of events it triggered. In the past 36 hours, many have been openly wondering why the whole Contador ‘broken bike’ saga took off so explosively during Monday’s Stage 10 and, stoked by evermore articles and photos on social media, still won’t go away. … More The truth is out there, isn’t it?
You know the guy? The one who spends the entire race every week trying to get off the front – but never quite succeeding. A few minutes of maniacal anaerobic suffering, followed by a near bonk, followed by several minutes hanging off the back desperately trying to recover. Then sneaking back up the outside and … More Them’s the breaks
Drafting. Sitting in. Wheelsucking. It has many names. But whilst it’s one thing to do it in your own grade when racing, doing it with another grade that’s passed you? Well, that’s just not on. In the last few weeks I’ve experienced this low act a couple of times. On one occasion two of the … More S#itting in
Pat McQuaid. You’re Irish FFS…not Suisse or Moroccan or Thai. Thai???? Please, just accept your time with your nose in the trough of world cycling is over and stop doing even more damage to the sport you’re supposed to be protecting. Your desperate and shamelessly self-serving behaviour over the last few months (years?) to gain … More Irish joke no longer funny
At least one and possibly two of these shamelessly expedient men will be elected/re-elected in September. National politics. Sporting politics. It’s enough to make you go for a long ride and never come back…
Fascinating to watch the start of Stage 18, streamed live by Cycling Central. The attacks and counter attacks as the day’s break tries to establish itself. We don’t usually get to see this part of the stages, but it’s just as tactical as the finishing kms. Loving it.