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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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This article started off as a Reverence for the Camelbak Podium, and might still be, who knows, it’s late and my mind is scrambled. As often happens when searching for a suitable image for an article, tangents often appear from nowhere and derail the original train of thought. Soon one finds oneself careening out of control towards the only...

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  1. I use the podium chill version in the heat and it works nicely. Probably doubles the cooling life of drinks, or the time they stay froze. An in-insulated bottle goes from fully frozen to totally thawed inside an hour. on the indignity… at least getting… »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. @Chris Your name has been taken and will show up at some future point in Frank’s Eastern-style Stasi files. »

  2. @Beers Yes I had a look at that. Really interesting. About 8 minutes at 370 watts and a maximum of about 900 win him the rainbow bands – even I can do that, though I might struggle after 240km. It shows how much bike racing is about timing and opportu… »

  3. Dan Martin does like Sven Erik Bystrom while the sprinters look at each other and move too late. I could go with Cancellara and Gerrans but I’m floating a Hail Mary. VSP PICKS: 1. Dan Martin 2. Alexander Kristoff 3. Simon Gerrans 4. Fabian Cancellara 5… »

This is big. This is the race that decides the arc-en-ciel  jersey for the next year. It is the best looking jersey. It carries the most baggage. It also brings the most respect. The World Championship is a circuit race of attrition. In Ponferrada Spain it’s an 182 km loop done seven times, with a total of 2142 m of climbing. Is it a climber...

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  1. I think that was the proof that Vos was not on her best form. If she was she would have gone for it and be damned about dragging the others along. But the others weren’t going to take the risk of pulling her to the line. »

I was asking earlier, how do you know if you are a cyclist? One sure sign is when one brings a bike on almost all vacations. If a vacation does not include some cycling, is it a vacation? If you asks that, you are a cyclist. Hopefully this has been a long-term condition and all other vacationeers accept this with a shrug, yeah, a damn Velominatus.V...

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  1. @Chris Ha, and this was the ride where I came off right at the end, 5 metres from home, and sliced open my elbow. If only I’d been wearing a helmet. I didn’t mention it for fear of starting a you-know-what, but it was one of the other things that will … »

  2. @Chris Ha, and this was the ride where I came off right at the end, 5 metres from home, and sliced open my elbow. If only I’d been wearing a helmet. I didn’t mention it for fear of starting a you-know-what, but it was one of the other things that will … »

It never gets easier, you just go faster. - Greg LeMond Rule #5 looms above the other Rules in terms of sheer relevance to Cycling; it is the fundamental building block upon which this sport is built. The Five is what drives us, it is the force that springs from a well that flows deep within each of us. It must be discovered, and then we learn...

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  1. @Puffy There’s room for all of them. The pain cave is a big place. One of the (many) things that has surprised me working with a proper coach is that he will often just do things two or three times at most, and that seems to have an effect. For exampl… »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. @wiscot This is BS. The reigning national champion Emma Pooley has retired and the next likely riders like Joanna  Rowsell have declared themselves unavailable because of track focus. After that you’re looking at people who didn’t even make top ten at … »

  2. If my top five is wrong I hope it’s Rohan Dennis and/or Alex Dowsett who upset it. VSP PICKS: 1. Tony Martin 2. Bradley Wiggins 3. Tom Dumoulin 4. Tejay van Garderen 5. Adriano Malori »

Cycling is a sport steeped in the tradition of style. There’s no denying it. From the days of miners and farmers escaping the hardships of a life spent toiling in harsh and filthy conditions either under or above ground, through Coppi and his Cosa Nostra-esque garb and swagger, Merckx and De Vlaeminck’s 70s sideburns, to Cipo and his...

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  1. Actually back on thread, I will be at the Bec Hill Climb on October 12 (spectating not watching) which will be Millar’s last competitive event. I was going anyway to watch a friend but it should make it a good turnout watching him get his pro-cyclist ars… »

  2. @Harminator But would it be a new, independent thread or would it share some of the identity of the parent thread? Oh, yeah, David Millar, son of an RAF pilot, expat and product of British private school system wears nice clothes. Congratulations, who wo… »

  3. @Rhodri I wouldn’t agree that Scandinavia is a political entity in the same way as Britain/UK – given that Sweden, Norway and Denmark are all sovereign, independent nations. However for the possible combination of the Schleswig-Holstein Question and th… »

  4. @TBONE I would have thought a Canadian would see the obvious parallel to Quebec. People from Quebec are Canadians, but many will also identify themselves as Quebecois. The Scottish Social Attitudes survey (a large-scale and ongoing survey) recently fo… »

All hail, the Worlds are upon us. The time trials should be events where all VSP participants can rack up some decent points. Remove team tactics, national team versus trade team allegiances, using this event to train for another event, bonking and hanging onto team cars from the equation. All one is left with are possible flat tire, possible mecha...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Ellen Van Dijk 2. Hanna Solovey 3. Linda Villumsen 4. Carmen Small 5. Katrin Garfoot »

I don’t mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that’s how it comes out. - Bill Hicks That famous quote from the Greatest Comedian Of All Time™ has resonated with me for many years. It became my silent mantra, as I don’t suffer fools gladly and sometimes don’t make much effort to conceal the fact. Lately, I̵...

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  1. @girl It does come across as a bit harsh I agree, but I think I get the idea. Apart from the sheer luck that he hurt only himself, and not too badly, it’s a problem that some people think they can turn up and run with the big dogs. In most sports you ha… »

All hail, the Worlds are upon us. The time trials should be events where all VSP participants can rack up some decent points. Remove team tactics, national team versus trade team allegiances, using this event to train for another event, bonking and hanging onto team cars from the equation. All one is left with are possible flat tire, possible mecha...

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  1. Van Vleuten might have been higher up but depends on her injuries from yesterday. VSP PICKS: 1. Van Dijk 2. Solovey 3. Villumsen 4. Small 5. Van Vleuten »

I don’t mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that’s how it comes out. - Bill Hicks That famous quote from the Greatest Comedian Of All Time™ has resonated with me for many years. It became my silent mantra, as I don’t suffer fools gladly and sometimes don’t make much effort to conceal the fact. Lately, I̵...

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  1. @anthony He’s in New Zealand. Anyone more advanced moves to Australia. Brett went the other way. »

Watching the Jensie set a “new” record was somehow not-that-interesting and riveting at the same time. One guy going around the track for an hour; only cycling aficionados could find it so compelling. The thing I can’t get out of my mind is Eddy Merckx still did 49.43 km/hr with toe clips, spoked, box section wheels and a hairnet...

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  1. OMG I’ve only just seen the video of the Rabo-Liv crash in the women’s world TTT. Looks horrific, although I think Van Vleuten who crashed first got off lightly and it was van der Breggen in third position who fractured her pelvis. People are blaming th… »

  2. We did a Team TT yesterday. In 1.04.57 four of us rode 49.1 km, or 2km less than Jens did in his hour record. And that was a new course record, beating the previous mark set by the UAE National Team. I know intellectually that the hour record is hard o… »

  3. @Teocalli Indeed. And on the subject of comparisons… we did a Team TT today. In 1.04.57 four of us rode 2km less than Jens did in his hour record. And that was a new course record, beating the previous mark set by the UAE National Team. I know intell… »

  4. I don’t get the whole comparison thing. I mean, I do understand it and I enjoy indulging in it, but what I don’t get is the idea that someone thinks they are actually comparing one to the other. It’s a wonderful source of speculation in many sports. Who… »

Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

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  1. Smashed it – 51.115. He was really killing it in the last laps. Fantastic effort. »

  2. Shame we can’t see the data they are looking at. According to the Trek guy they are seeing a real-time feed of cadence, power, HR and even drag coefficient. »

  3. @Teocalli Ho ho… I reckon 51.6km. He should be able to beat Sosenka easily, given that Sosenka was on a road bike. Looking forward to it. I’ve never watched an hour attempt live on TV/online before – has anyone? Were the Obree/Boardman efforts live… »