Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Classic Racing

Well, we’re long overdue a catch up. So let’s crack straight on.

This went quite badly for everyone involved.

On the opposite end of things Kye Forte talked about all things two-wheeled and his love for all of it:

As you will probably be aware these are both oldish stories. For up to date news we could look at how Santander have sponsored the Boris Bikes for next year and so they’ll be painted red.

Not very exciting? No ne neither. This is quite good though.

The Spring Classics kicked off at the weekend giving us all a chance to see what the road pros really have to offer. We’re done with the hot races in the deserts and it gets serious in the spring sunshine and, more usually, rain.

On Saturday it was Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, and it came down to a hard man’s race with a group of Etixx Quick-Step riders in a group with Ian Stannard. Stannard attacked and took a stunning win.

Let’s not forget that this is a rider who broke his back just last year. Here’s the race report form Sky.

Sunday was another classic race, Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. This came down to a sprint where Mark Cavendish put together a much needed win as his contract potentially started to look shaky with a lack of big wins. He beat Alexander Kristoff in the first big sprint-off in the lead up to Milan San-Remo.

Let’s hope this is the start of another big year for British cycling stars.


Monday, 16 February 2015

Clay All The Way

Some rides are tough. I don’t mean in a big mountain way, but just a bit of a grind.

I set out to find an all-weather route yesterday, highly optimistically, given the weather and the month. It didn’t start well with traffic all diverted onto the road I wanted as the North Circular was closed. I plodded through and arrived late to start the ride on some decent tracks as planned.

This went well for a while and I cruised along on semi surfaced tracks until the mud caught up with me. Soon I was ploughing through claggy muddy fields which clogged the wheels within seconds. This meant clearing the wheels every few minutes and at times trying to carry the bike through the fields, with the added weight of half the field attached to the bike.

It’s hard to tell if I enjoyed the ride. I did at times and discovered new paths that will be fun in the summer but were an utter slog in these conditions.

On the positive side I raced a sunset to the car, actually met the landowner of a footpath I’d been sneakily using and was told to go right on riding it, and got to ride past here.


Monday, 9 February 2015

Keeping it Underground

Maybe it’s the prospect of Spring not too far in the future, or the inconvenience of bus strikes but cycling in London seems to be everywhere in the news, whether it’s Boris bikes likely to go red with new sponsors, or the agreed new superhighway, or yet more road deaths. The most ridiculous story is perhaps the idea of using disused underground tunnels for bike paths.. Let’s be honest, that isn’t going to solve any problems.

A better underground bike idea is this bike park built in a salt mine in Louisville in Kentucky. Also clearly they have a great PR team as this has been picked up by all sorts of news sites.

Let’s stay in the world of bike parks and look at this 10-year old who will definitely make all adult riders feel highly inadequate.

OK so what else, well more opportunity to feel inferior when you look at this Strava profile.. It’s where you can keep track of Steven Abraham who is shooting to beat the record for the number of miles ridden in a year. This is a massive undertaking, and to add to the fun he’s up against other riders shooting for the same records this year, including an American with a catchy nickname. Read about it all here..

Linking beautifully again to records and champions this story of thieves who broke into Specialized’s HQ, took two one-off bikes and then tried to flog them to a bike shop in the same area for a fraction of their value. They were caught by police and the bikes are back where they belong.


Thursday, 5 February 2015

Little Wheels

As I roundly ignore the Tour of Dubai where Cav managed to rack up a stage one win, and Lance Armstrong being charged over lying about crashing into some parked cars, I’m going to bring you a BMX laden post.

Mike “Hucker” Clark showed what can go wrong when you follow your mates too closely.

Back in Europe this pretty much reaches the pinnacle of wall riding.

On the South Coast of England there’s more BMX.

Lots of little-wheeled fun.


Friday, 30 January 2015

Bikes in the Media

While braving the cold in the real world and hearing about the road pros gearing up for the season with races in warm places, there have been bikes in the news.

I couldn’t quite work out why, but the Guardian commissioned some hipster Lego which inevitably featured bikes. I think it’s safe to say they were not geared and had no brakes, so proper hipster steeds.

Top Gear repeated an old format of racing though a city in a car (or in this case a glorified invalid carriage), in a hovercraft, by public transport and by bike, in St Petersberg. Because it’s Top Gear the car won and the bike did less well, although you were left wondering if Richard Hammond hadn’t crashed and ruined his Pinarello Dogma, whether he would have easily cruised to victory.

More pro-bike I came across this delightful film on one of those channels that turn up on your Freeview and no one ever really watches.

Finally I'm not sure what to make of this: