At some stage pretty much every season, usually involving Paul Sherwen, you’ll hear the term ‘Rainbow Curse’ uttered. It supposedly relates to the unconscionable burden that weighs down all UCI World Champions in the year immediately following their glorious triumph, railroading their season. Well, it’s complete bollocks. As we all know the irrepressible Peter Sagan is … More The myth of the Rainbow Curse
This coming Sunday marks the start of the 2014 UCI World Road Championships in Ponferrada, Spain. To get you in the mood here are seven relatively useless pieces of World Championships trivia. 1) The first ever road world championships were held in 1920 in Copenhagen where racing was strictly for amateurs only. 2) In 1927 the … More What in the worlds?
The Tour may be the race everyone dreams of winning. But the rainbow stripes of a World Championship aren’t far behind. The quest begins for the 2013 elite this weekend in Tuscany, with the TTTT (Trade Team Time Trials) tomorrow, followed by the ITTs and Road Races for women, men and U23’s. In addition to … More Rainbow Warriors
Relief, at last. Just when it appeared he’d run out of chances, and ideas, Philippe Gilbert has finally managed to win his first race in the World Champion’s rainbow jersey… less than a month before he has to give it back in Tuscany (unless, of course he goes back to back). It was some finish … More Finally he got there
There are many traditions in our noble sport. It’s one of the things that appeals so much, for it’s precisely these time-honoured rituals that make things matter, by reminding all concerned they’re part of something bigger. Something that began long before, and will endure long after; a pleasant change to most of the disposable bubblegum … More Unlocking the colour code