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Velominatus: ChrisO

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Location: Abu Dhabi

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An Aussie, transplanted to Britain and living in Abu Dhabi and now Dubai. One wife, two cats, three kids and four bikes. The wife and kids live in London, the bikes live with me, mostly. I'm a TV person - originally journalism, then consultancy and project management and now in audience research and ratings. On average I ride 10,000+km each year. I love club and group riding and have got more into racing, especially stage races and events. In the past I've done a bit of audax too. I have a Ridley Noah, a custom-built steel Roberts, a Colnago Master and a Pearson fixie.

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Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. @Erik https://twitter.com/Scienceofsport/status/492219113096626176/photo/1 Top 3 in watts/kg over time. Almost directly comparable to last year’s top 3. So yes maybe he would still have won but I think Nibali was going for the early time because he kne… »

  2. @wiscot I think Nibali would have been up there but I also think the lack of competition is making Nibali seem far more dominant than he really is. We’ll see what today was like but looking at comparison of the times, Nibali is not going any faster tha… »

Brad Wiggins is sitting at home, watching his team implode at a Tour de France he was not invited to.What’s on his mind? An attempt at the Hour Record, that’s what. Now that the UCI has allowed riders to mount a conventional (track) time trial machine in their efforts and the likes of Boardman, Obree, Moser, Rominger, and Indurain all...

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  1. @hyppy Totally agree The Hour should be there – I’ve said it before. And his new book Faster is pretty good too, but The Hour is a classic deserving of being in The Works. @Fausto Crapiz Well as someone else said recently, aero is a funny thing. The prob… »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. Blow me down, our team leader has just come 11th overall at the Etape, after trying a 150km solo breakaway over the Tourmalet and Hautacam. Just makes me wonder why he needs fodder like me in the same jersey. Happy to humour us I guess. »

Brad Wiggins is sitting at home, watching his team implode at a Tour de France he was not invited to.What’s on his mind? An attempt at the Hour Record, that’s what. Now that the UCI has allowed riders to mount a conventional (track) time trial machine in their efforts and the likes of Boardman, Obree, Moser, Rominger, and Indurain all...

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  1. Yeah except nobody was prepared to actually do it so the whole thing was shoved away into a corner. The last time anyone got excited about the hour record was the Boardman/Obree era and why was that? Because you had two people who were not only great ath… »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. I wouldn’t have thought a stage with the Lautaret and Izoard could be so dull. Paying the price for a good first week I guess. Chapeau to Thibot Pinault for hanging on when they pushed it on the descent. Maybe the last climb will make me eat my words bu… »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

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  1. @Fins Totally. »

  2. It wasn’t pretty, and it may not adhere to the highest Corinthian ideals of sport, but I don’t think it was wrong to the extent that it was against the rules or could be called cheating. Boxing riders in is a valid tactic – the only problem would be if i… »

PerfectionThe fifth Cogal to be held in Scotland will tackle what is considered to be the UK’s toughest road climb, the famed Bealach Na Ba (Pass of the Cattle) Wester Ross. Rising from sea level to 626m in 10km, this jewel is the closest thing to a true Alpine pass that Britain has to offer. For anyone thinking that this is it, be advised that...

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  1. Perfection

    The fifth Cogal to be held in Scotland will tackle what is considered to be the UK’s toughest road climb, the famed Bealach Na Ba (Pass of the Cattle) Wester Ross. Rising from sea level to 626m in 10km, this jewel is the closest thing to a true Alpine pass that Britain has to offer. For anyone thinking that this is it, be advised that the total climbing for the 144km ride is 2770m and this is only on day 1. Day 2 will be shorter (70km)but being the Scottish Highlands will not be flat. Did I not mention that this is a weekend event? Hell yes!

    Lodgings are available in the Kinlochewe Hotel where pre ride espresso and post ride recovery beverages will be taken. The hardy will share the attached 12 bed bunkhouse whilst those who demand a greater degree of comfort can stay in the hotel itself. Tel 01445 730253 to book in.

    Join us UK based Velominati, for what will undoubtedly be a rugged classic.

    Route Day 1: http://www.strava.com/routes/98589 Day 2: To be decided over beer.

    VLVV

    JohnB

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    Date - August 23, 2014 - August 24, 2014
    8:05 AM - 8:30 PM

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Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali 2. Porte 3. Van Garderen 4. Valverde 5. Mollema »

  2. Awesome Tony Martin and OPQS. Not only to they rock old school caps but the underside peak of Martin’s says ‘Panzerwagen’. Shame for him the German newspapers will have a slightly bigger story tomorrow morning but well done. »

Yes, this makes three Guest Articles in three weeks, but we run the show around here and we do what we want. Especially when it comes to solid, 24-karat gold Cyclist/Rock star comparisons. Especiallier when it comes from none other than Keeper Jim’s lovely wife and food-writer celebrity, Jess Thomson. Its cute seeing the family come togethe...

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  1. @frank Ha, yes it does look a bit institutional, but it was the Dubai exhibition centre which for some reason was where they were holding the daily post-stage press conferences for the Tour of Dubai. Kittel had won that day and I’d been a guest in one of … »

  2. Maybe in your part – over here facial hair is an art form wrought in dark stubble. It’s also the only place a barber has offered me a nose-hair wax and ear-hair burn as part of the service. »

  3. He is a really nice guy in person and seems to go out of his way to be nice to people – giving jerseys, inviting them to races and so on, over and above the general duties of having his photo taken with fans. In that sense he’s almost the antithesis of a… »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. @andrew Actually that’s still pretty much how it works. Like democracy, it’s the worst possible system except for all the others. Although you are correct that targeted advertising is the  next big thing, probably through your TV, which becomes more fea… »

  2. @Ccos That people who are watching sports channels in the small hours are probably low income, less health-savvy younger males, and possibly stoned. Unless it is a direct sponsorship e.g. Monday Night Football brought to you by… or something high-pro… »

  3. @Minnesota Expat Not really. At the time of the selection kerfuffle when people were saying Brailsford should take Wiggins as a backup plan, he responded by saying it was very rare that you could go into these things with a Plan B and find that you sti… »

  4. @Teocalli Very good point. Although to be fair they couldn’t have know at the time of selection that it would rain, whereas Froome was always considered suspect on the cobbles. »

  5. Well done to all those who left Froome out of the VSP thinking he would come a cropper on the cobbles. Not so well done to Dave ‘No Plan B’ Brailsford. »

  6. @Mikael Liddy Well Strava’s like that, but actually it also probably reflects this site. No doubt Frank has more up to date figures but I remember on KT12 him telling that there are hundreds of thousands of unique visits to the site each day, and yet the… »

  7. @asyax On a similar theme, I was out for a ride last week around the Nad Al Sheba track in Dubai doing a steady pace and a guy riding a BMC tagged on to my wheel for a couple of laps. No problem there (except he was wearing Swiss national kit and he was… »

Paul Sherwen is generally seen as Phil Liggett’s counter-point, dutifully keeping the iconic duo’s race commentary on course, helping to convey to the English-speaking world the sport of Professional Cycling. Liggett, of course, has undeniably helped shape this great sport  for Anglophones across the globe, having been the English voic...

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  1. @Mac1937 To your assertion that he is an excellent and informative commentator I can only note with regret the absence of emoticons on this site, as words fail me. On Pas de Calais, like English not every word that sounds the same means the same and some… »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. @Minnesota Expat Meh, if he was that quick he wouldn’t be going for intermediate sprints. He knows he is doing well to be top 5 at the finish so he has to pick up other points where he can and hope to compete for the green jersey against Sagan the way… »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

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  1. Lordy, I’m shattered from what should have been a simple endurance/tempo ride this morning. 33C when I walked out the door at 0515 (that’s 91F) and up to 35-36 over the next 90 minutes. And it’s Ramadan so opportunities to rehydrate through the day are l… »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. What was Cav trying to do? He was on Kittel’s wheel and still had time to make his move. There was no need to go headbutting Gerrans out of the way. I wonder if a more confident Cav of years past wouldn’t have been so desperate. Shame, I would have loved… »