Dear Mr Cookson, As you well know, there are myriad issues the ‘new’ UCI needs to address. From doping controls and an amnesty to finally help jetison (much of) the baggage of the past, to more sustainable team structures and properly supporting the talent-rich but too-often neglected world of women’s cycling, you will be a … More Respect the rainbow
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
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
It’s common knowledge that complete pelotons of riders will spend their entire careers rolling in the shadows of more illustrious team-mates. But less spoken about is that there are plenty of events out there that suffer the same fate. Take the Tour of Austria, for example, the 65th edition of which will begin on Sunday. … More Life in the shadows
I’m guessing the owner of this bike isn’t a Pat McQuaid fan.
Being the technology slaves we most certainly are, cyclists are always on the lookout for the next big thing. Integrated brakes and seat posts? Awesome. Power metres in your pedals? Cool. Electronic shifting? Yes please. Disc brakes? That’s so pro. Elliptical chainrings like Wiggo? Hell yeah. Touch-screen GPS? Chapeau. We love knowing about this stuff, … More Next stop on the doping express?
The first thing that made me laugh about this video was the introduction to the “pumped up East German” (yeah, I bet he was). But that’s not why I’ve posted this video of the Gold Medal men’s sprint at the 1990 World Track Championships. Scroll to 3:30 and enjoy the slowest ‘sprint’ you’re ever likely … More Balancing act
At the risk of stating the bleeding obvious, cycling is expensive. For individuals, yes. But even more so for teams. Which brings us swiftly to the topic of sponsorship. And the never-ending tension between desperately needing money to succeed, and selling your souls to the corporate devil. Where do you draw the line? The history … More The money cycle
You know when you flick through old photo albums, and are embarrassed at what your folks had you wearing back when you were a kid? Well, national federations and pro cycling teams are just as culpable in my book. And you don’t have to look very far to see why. This sport we love has … More (Fashion) Crimes against humanity.
So, there I was on Monday evening. Sprawled on my loungeroom sofa, flanked by my Roubaix SL2 nested neatly in my stationary trainer, engrossed by Tyler’s Hamilton’s explosive tell-all, “The Secret Race”. In less than seven hours I’d be back in the saddle myself, dodging magpies and torturing my decidedly-amateur legs once more on the … More I’m no drug cheat, but…