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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.

@ChrisO's activity:

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...

@ChrisO's posts:

  1. @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… »

  2. @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. »

  3. 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. »

  4. @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… »

  5. @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...

@ChrisO's posts:

  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...

@ChrisO's posts:

  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...

@ChrisO's posts:

  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...

@ChrisO's posts:

  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… »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

@ChrisO's posts:

  1. @william reichert Oh BTW, don’t ever think of meeting Frank. His mouth would make a sailor blush, and that’s just when he’s asking the time. »

  2. @william reichert “God Damn It” is swearing? So bad it needs to be ***? Do you live in a convent? As for it being ‘common’ among the pros I think you’ll find it’s pretty rare – that’s why it gets shown when it does happen. Sponsors tend not to take k… »

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...

@ChrisO's posts:

  1. I think Froome will win, especially with that penultimate-day TT, but it would give me no pleasure to be proved right so I’m going with Contador. I do think AC has a better chance than it appears on paper. Sky have never been tactically clever in my view… »

Tempo means time in Italian. Riding tempo means riding steadily, like a metronome. It is an important skill to have and since it’s Italian, it sounds cool. What it does not mean is riding at a constant speed, half-wheeling or killing it at the front. Riding at a constant speed is like having cruise control on in a car; the car seems to accelerate...

@ChrisO's posts:

  1. @Steve G If you’re training – and I mean really training – based on power it’s really quite difficult to ride with groups anyway, or even other people.So your sociopathic tendencies are really not a drawback. My cycling buddy Tim is pretty good and in … »

  2. The real fun of riding tempo in a group is when your sustainable effort slowly but surely causes your neighbour to implode in a cardio-vascular mess. On what should have been a steady ride a few months ago I came to the front with another guy and he star… »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

@ChrisO's posts:

  1. @JohnB So true. I read his book for cycling purposes and realised it was giving an extraordinarily accurate description of my teenage son. »

  2. @Fausto Crapiz As for you Fausto Crapiz if you haven’t worked out by now that there aren’t a whole load of dentists on Serottas inhabiting this site then you’re even slower than we feared. »

  3. @Matthew Bennett You are taking it way too seriously, which is a common mistake for people who come here and skim through thinking it is all meant to be followed religiously. I assure you, the people on this site are more likely than most to appreciate t… »

Chamois leather used in cycling shorts looked like this only once, before the first washing. After that one had to slather cream onto it to attempt to restore it to its former soft smoothness, which was impossible. I have written a reverence article on chamois cream and I vowed then to never google “saddle sore images” again, hence a b...

@ChrisO's posts:

  1. @unversi Yes I agree with that – not shaved as that increases the risk of ingrowing hairs, but trimmed short. and to add to the OP go commando whenever possible. If I’m wearing shorts or anything loose it’s free underneath. »

  2. This wonder medication appears to be a US-only thing. Not sure what the equivalent would be here – looking at the the contents something like Sudocrem but that’s an ointment not a powder. I have been relatively blessed with an absence of saddle issues, … »

Maui Velominatus Dave is Tapering for this Saturday’s Cycle to the Sun. It is more mass start, time trial to the sun as there is nothing like 3.3 km of continual climbing to sort everyone out by their power to weight ratios. After 2 km of climbing there is no pack and no draft. Everyone climbs as hard as they can and almost everyone is riding alo...

@ChrisO's posts:

  1. @DeKerr That’s like saying that because the sledgehammer didn’t work you should avoid the nutcracker. HR is a blunt instrument compared to power for exactly this sort of reason. It doesn’t reflect the work at the exact time that it is taking place, an… »

  2. Yes having a coach, if you can afford it, or a mentor if you can’t, is a good way to start with power. It really is such a different mindset and approach that you need someone to help you. Quite apart from understanding all the different bits of jargon a… »

  3. @Teocalli There is always an observer effect I suppose but I’ve never seen anything to suggest it is even remotely significant or comparable to other factors like chain friction, bearings, rolling resistance or aerodynamics. The systems vary but they e… »

  4. I’m a known user so no surprise I will contribute an hallelujah to the chorus on this one. As Gianni says it is without doubt the most accurate and reliable way to monitor effort on your bike. If you are training for anything, even just for suffering les… »

Climbing is something I enjoy more than I am good at it; any time I see a new road pointing up to the heavens, I find myself irresistibly drawn to explore where it leads. Every season I come to the conclusion that my training routes are all very hilly and I arrive at the brilliant idea that I should plot out a new course which seeks out the flatt...

@ChrisO's posts:

  1. @VeloSix Totally agree – using power doesn’t mean just sitting on a number the whole way up. But it means that if I need to do 400 watts just to keep up at the base of a 45 minute climb then I know I haven’t got long. If it eases back in time then great,… »

  2. Ken, Ken, Ken… tl;dr? Had you gone past the headline you might have noticed As for citing a Masters World Hour Record in an article about climbing. I don’t think the banking on a velodrome counts. »