Paul Taylor
5 days ago
Vuelta 2014 holiday opportunity
@Pro Cycling @Els Mussols Been chatting with someone on GNUSocial about Paris–Roubaix tomorrow and they asked about this year's Vuelta. So I finally got round to looking at the route for this year and interestingly two stages come pretty close.

Seems like there's Stage 9 with a Cat 1 finish about 150km away, followed by an off day and then Stage 10 which is the individual TT, also about 150km away.

So here's an idea: we'll do a special casita deal for folks who want to come specifically for that time and for that purpose.
MJ Ray
7 months ago
Enjoyed watching @Pro Cycling at the #tob2013 yesterday. First #uktrain out of Lynn to London, then we hired bikes from KX, rode past the British Museum, Seven Dials and St Martin in the Fields to the race area, arrived in time to see most of the Women's race (saw Hannah Barnes raising her arms in victory with nearly 20m still to race!), then found some lunch and returned to see the Men's race sign on and watched the whole thing, including the Cav/Wiggo stage/race win. It wasn't on the TV, but Wiggo was asked as he signed on if today was just about keeping the leader's gold jersey and he answered in typical style: "nah, I think we'll try to lose it(!)"

Afterwards, we visited the Canteen under the Royal Festival Hall (still good), walked over Waterloo Bridge towards the sunset, then hired bikes from Aldwych and rode all up Drury Lane to Mueseum Street and back to KX.

A very good day, all in all.
Paul Taylor
7 months ago
The Wig has been immensely quotable all week. I've very much enjoyed the press conference reportage.
MJ Ray
7 months ago from mustard
That there @Pro Cycling #vuelta passes quite close to @Paul Taylor today, doesn't it?
Paul Taylor
7 months ago
Indeed not, but too many other things to keep us busy here today I'm afraid.
Saint Zotious
9 months ago
Petition for Women's Tour de France.

Unfortunately, it's from change.org so nobody will ever see it, because everybody sane has their domains blacklisted for the sheer volumes of spam they send.


Change: ASO (Amaury Sports Organization): Allow female professional cycling teams to race the Tour de France

@Pro Cycling
MJ Ray
9 months ago from mustard
@Saint Zotious and lots of people can't fill it out because change.org doesn't work on all browsers for all physical abilities :-(
Saint Zotious
9 months ago from The Free Web
I prefer women's cycling. It's like men's cycling was in the late 80's - complete with Marianne Vos taking the role of Bernard Hinault. I wanted to use this forum to really promote it - and I did last year. But then women's video became harder, and harder to find. I threatened to stop covering the men's if I couldn't find equal coverage of the women's, and that's exactly what I did.

CyclingNews or VeloNews, or one of the big boys has to do something similar before women's cycling will get anywhere.

Or, we have to do it ourselves. I think The Red Matrix might need a women's cycling hub...
Paul Taylor
9 months ago
chaphop at le Tour
@Pro Cycling Catching up on some Tour background articles from The Guardian and came across this gem: From the Observer archive, 4 July 1965: The man who makes the Tour de France's wheels turn. Great writing and a photo that puts me in mind of a previous post to @Music Forum about Fighting Trousers.

#tdf #guardian #fightingtrousers
Paul Taylor
10 months ago
bloody typical
@Pro Cycling Froome wins a lumpy one, in what seems to be at first reading a decent stage and what am I doing? Beefing up chicken security on the shed and the pen alternating with plucking and gutting dead chickens.

#tdf #youdontalwaysgetwhatyouwant
Saint Zotious
10 months ago from The Free Web
A 24 year old track pursuiter put in a ride very much like USP era Basso, dropping Evans, Anton, Rodriguez...everyone except Contador and Valverde, before handing over to Richie Porte who crushed Contador and Valverde without breaking a sweat. Froome jumped ahead of the field and solo'd to victory, but Porte set off in hot pursuit, dropping Quintana, reminiscent of Indurain riding Pantani off his wheel while chasing Alex Zulle's to La Plagne in 1995.

I'll start watching cycling again at San Sebastian.
Paul Taylor
10 months ago
The Humans Invent one is new to me and has been added to the @podcasts list, but I am partaking of the BBC and ITV ones already.
Saint Zotious
1 year ago from The Free Web
The Pinarello Espada. The most beautiful machine ever created.

Lennard Zinn
A tour through Pinarello’s winning history
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@Cyclists @Pro Cycling
Adam Robertson
1 year ago
hey, the 80's science magazine called. They want their bike back
Paul Taylor
1 year ago
@Pro Cycling My friend boneidol summarizes the position succinctly (140 characters can be a bonus sometime):

boneidol
#lancearmstong is a fuckin nutjob
Saint Zotious
1 year ago from The Free Web
Why is Lance Armstrong on the telly?

Anyone who watches cycling has either known about this since at least 1999, or just doesn't care. Anybody who doesn't watch cycling, why the hell would they care at all?

I understand why this is news in Germany. I understand why this is news in the USA. Why the hell is it news anywhere else?

@Pro Cycling
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Saint Zotious
1 year ago from The Free Web
Do you mean, because of Lance Armstrong "cheated" Jan Ulrich?


There is that, but I was thinking more of the Patrick Sinkewitz thing, when the Tour De France coverage was replaced with the report on doping, and coverage was never really the same again.
oj random
1 year ago
Yes, than I stopped watching the tour as the Olympic Games,,, Those 100-m-women with big defined muscles on arms and shoulders. Neccessary to run fast? What a farce. I do not want to thing of having a "closer look".
Paul Taylor
1 year ago
Cross post to @baseball and @Pro Cycling, from the excellent The Hardball Times:

Dan Lependorf
What baseball must learn from Lance Armstrong
Words numerous enough to fill a mountain have been spent on the subject of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball, but if there’s a sport that’s even worse off, it’s cycling. More than half of the top 10 finishers of the Tour de France in the past decade have either admitted to, tested positive for, or otherwise been officially sanctioned for doping. If you expand that list to include the cyclists who have been accused by other riders, named in reports, or caught with performance enhancing substances outside of races, the number rises close to three-quarters. It’s a dirty, dirty sport—and baseball should be paying close attention.
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Saint Zotious
1 year ago from The Free Web
WTF?

The UCI refused to offer a minimum wage, but now they're offering equal prize money?

Is it just me, or is this a cunning ploy ("but they get the same prize money for less work!") to make it look like women are being treated fairly at a much lower cost than giving them a living wage?


VeloNews.com
UCI OKs equal prize money for men, women at most world championships
AIGLE, Switzerland (VN) — The UCI Management Committee has approved a proposal to award equal prize money for men and women at all UCI world championships, beginning with the world cyclocross championships February 2-3 in Louisville, Kentucky.

The decision takes effect in January and applies to all cycling disciplines save the road team time trial, whose prize money is funded by a contribution from the UCI WorldTour’s reserve and solidarity fund.

UCI President Pat McQuaid welcomed the decision, saying no distinction should... show more
Thomas Willingham
1 year ago from The Free Web
Bob talks sense:

Cyclingnews: Robert Millar


@Pro Cycling
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
Team Europcar
Cyclisme - L'effectif va évoluer
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Jean-René Bernaudeau nous éclaire sur les changements dans l'effectif du Team Europcar la saison prochaine. Saïd Haddou et Rafaâ Chtioui ne seront pas conservés alors que Mathieu Claude pourrait intégrer le staff à plus long terme.
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@Pro Cycling
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
Remember back in 2009 and I said "Umm, those numbers are clearly not natural" and then they changed and I said "umm, those numbers have changed" and then both sets of numbers were removed completely, and everyone said I was a nutjob?

Of course you don't, because people here are far more intelligent, and I didn't know any of them then, but that's besides the point.

The point is, I was right.

Competitor: Must Read: Ashenden says Armstrong showed signs of blood doping in 2009 Tour de France



Michael Ashenden says low red blood cell production, concentration loss indicate blood doping for Armstrong in the 2009 Tour de France


@Pro Cycling
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
Erik Breukink fired, for unspecified reasons.

Telegraaf: BREUKINK WEG BIJ RABOBANK


Technisch directeur Erik Breukink moet aan het einde van het jaar weg bij de wielerploeg van de Rabobank. Volgens de directie ondergaat de ploeg een structuurwijziging die deze stap noodzakelijk maakt.



@Pro Cycling
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
Jerome Blijlevens replaces him...no word on who replaces Blijlevens at the women's team.
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
Okay, this year sees the return of the Worlds Team Time Trial. Apparently, the first one since 1994.

1994.

Forgive my youth, and the lack of coverage back then, but I for one certainly don't remember Indurain, Olano, Mauri, and Echave destroying everybody (which is the result as I envision it, not as it happened).

CyclingArchives is also unaware of any such event.

Anyone throw me a pointer as to where to look for it?

@Pro Cycling
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
Thinking about it, France were pretty good.

De Las Cuevas, Davy, Marie, and Bernard.
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
This is going to be interesting - and not just for cycling, but also, potentially, the internet - can a post on a forum by one person get other people into legal investigations?

Johnny Vaughters, manager of Garmin cycling team points the finger at three of his riders for doping. So far, so dull. Nobody interested in that sort of thing ever thought any of them were clean anyway.

None of these riders have been prosecuted, but now their manager has said they've all doped in the past. What do the authorities do? Can they seriously act on a few (five) posts on a forum?

This news story was (seemingly) posted without JV's consent. That's not very different to a journalist reporting on your status updates. If only JV used Friendica...

On the other hand, there could be a shit storm round the corner with the USADA stuff about to go public, and this could just be him controlling the news.


Cyclingnews: Vaughters Confirms Past Doping By Danielson, Others At Garmin | Cyclingnews.com


@Pro Cycling
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Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
"We need to see if Jonathan Vaughters' accusations have any substance so we can see if we take action against these riders," said McQuaid.


So yes - a pseudononymous forum post has sparked an investigation.

This isn't a criminal investigation though, just a normal doping one (at this point anyway).
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
It turns out this is a boring, run of the mill doping case, not some interesting thing about pseudononymous internet posts: http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/10/news/usa-cycling-says-it-will-enforce-sanctions-praises-riders-for-testifying_256720

On the other hand, there could be a shit storm round the corner with the USADA stuff about to go public, and this could just be him controlling the news.
turned out to be the reality.
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
I'll never cheer for Contador, but that is why I could never dislike him.

@Pro Cycling
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
So, what do we reckon - was Piti really, really clever, or was he almost dead?

@Pro Cycling
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
When we were kids, he was that clever...but this would be the first time I've seen it in him since he went pro.

(I never knew Valverde as such, but you knew who he was...and were acutely aware if he turned up at the start).
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
Asked by a reporter why he was growing a beard, Valverde said "people say if you don't shave then you don't lose your strength.


http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/valverde-ill-settle-for-the-podium-in-madrid

@Pro Cycling @Beardica
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
Phil Ligget - the pet monkey you never had.

VeloNews.com
Video: Liggett says Armstrong witnesses bought, USADA lacks jurisdiction


Editor’s Note: This video interview is courtesy of Ballz Radio in South Africa. The opinions expressed in this video do not represent the opinions of VeloNews.com, Velo magazine or the editors and staff of Competitor Group, Inc.
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@Pro Cycling
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
I wish I'd won that stage.


Purito favourite for the GC now though?

#VueltaHasTheBestPodiumGirls

@Pro Cycling
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from $freeweb
Cyclingnews: Bassons: Armstrong's Illusion Of Control Is Paramount | Cyclingnews.com

However, they reflect on their careers and know very well that it is very easy to lose as a cyclist. If you break the law of silence, you can assume that you will never win a race again.



@Pro Cycling
Paul Taylor
2 years ago
Good read.
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago

Click to open/close


@Pro Cycling
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Thomas Willingham
2 years ago
I shouldn't wait for ITV, but even over a proxy, it's easier than Justin.tv.

But today particularly, I shouldn't have waited. I should have been outraged hours ago.

Never thought I'd be cheering for Dertie.
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago
If you did that in my day - even as just a junior - you'd find yourself in a ditch the next day.
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web

San Miguel wrote:

With this kind of route we’ll see very soon if [Contador]can or can’t win, although the same goes for Froome, Valverde, Purito, Cobo, and Van Den Broeck.



#ILikePredictionsThatCoverEveryPossibleOption

@Pro Cycling @Miguel Indurain (fan)
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Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
There's a Kenyan...not sure Contador is up for this one - that was a lot of work for two seconds. If it was on the finish line, you'd think he was making a statement, but for an intermediate sprint, you've got to think he's not at his best.
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
Sounds like Contador agrees
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
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Thomas Willingham
2 years ago
Stage Three Torrent:



Interesting stage, so Purito, Piti and Dertie already have the top three spots decided, just need to decide which order now.
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago
Stage Four Torrent:
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
Team Europcar
Cyclisme - Tour du Limousin - Arashiro, le bouquet final
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Yukiya Arashiro a remporté le Tour du Limousin en prenant la deuxième place de la dernière étape. Une récompense pour un Team Europcar omniprésent toute cette semaine.


@Pro Cycling
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
Clasica de San Sebastian
Only the last KM, I'm afraid:

Youtube: YouTube

@Pro Cycling
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
Question - since the videos are getting worse and worse, should I start posting the Dutch torrents instead?
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
And also, I normally like this race, but I wasn't really interested in this edition.

It's going to be a long time before anything is as spiffy as watching our Lizzie take a silver.
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
The Olympics has finished.

What am I going to do between now and the Vuelta?

@Olympic Games @Pro Cycling
Paul Taylor
2 years ago
Groom your beard and think of the Yorkshire Dales.
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
Yes, I agree, I wouldn't trust me with anything. I am fundamentally evil. And I forget all the other things in addition to that. I'm sure you can list them.


I still don't trust him, but this is why I like Johnny Vaughters.

http://forum.cyclingnews.com/showthread.php?t=18079 - the interesting stuff starts on page 18, where he disowns Wiggins.

@Pro Cycling
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
I don't mind doping. What I do mind is being lied to.

Bring back Pedro "I'll take anything you give me" Delgado, or Jan "I'm saying nothing" Ullrich.
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
The Olympics is missing an endurance event for cyclists.

We need to bring either 6 days, or 24 hour TTs back. It's wrong that I have better BBAR rankings to my name than Team GB.

@Pro Cycling
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
Apparently there is only one 24 hour TT left.

That's tragic. That's why we've got a bunch of pansies in the Pro Tour these days.
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
So, after flat out refusing to rule on the Contador case, then appealing when they didn't get the result they wanted, which they were invited to deliver in the first place, and dragging the whole thing out for years, the UCI now want to rule on Armstrong.

Wonder why. It wouldn't have anything to do with that bribe, would it?


VeloNews.com
USADA pushes back against UCI request for Armstrong jurisdiction
In a new turn in the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s case against seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, the agency is pushing back against an apparent move by the UCI to invoke jurisdiction in the investigation.

The New York Daily News... show more
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
Can you imagine a bigger insult than that?

Winning an Olympic medal....but having it handed to you by Pat McQuaid.


@Pro Cycling @Olympic Games
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
Weather forecast for London on Wednesday:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2643743

Rain, glorious rain.

I smell another medal for our Lizzie.

@Pro Cycling @Olympic Games
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
Olympics
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[3, re-blog, Tweet or Post this photo to cheer for Olympians that ride in the rain!

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From left to right (since the official Olympics page couldn't be bothered even naming them): Olga Zabelinskaya, Shelly Olds, Lizzie Armitstead, and Marianne Vos.

@Pro Cycling @Olympic Games
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
Sending a post from @Olympic Games to @Olympic Games was quite a stupid thing to do, wasn't it.
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
Interesting fact: Lizzie is half a foot smaller than me, and the same weight.
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago
Marianne Vos - greatest athlete in the history of the universe?



@Pro Cycling @Olympic Games
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago
Looking at the field, it's hard to know who to call for this one...Armitstead, Cooke, Vos, Bronzini, Hosking, Johansson, Hughes.

But all of the Germans have to be added to that list. It should be Teutenberg on paper...but even though there's a Yorkshire lass in the running, you've still got to think there's a gold medal coming up for Germany.


@Pro Cycling @Olympic Games
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Thomas Willingham
2 years ago
I don't like Hugh Porter. Hsaio goes down "none of the favourites involved".

Pfft.
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago
How does a Yorkshire lass lose a sprint in the rain?
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago
Olympic Games
Cycling Road Men's Road Race - Final- London 2012 Olympic Games Highlights
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Cycling Road Men's Road Race - Final- London 2012 Olympic Games Highlights

Cycling Road Men's Road Race - Gold Medal Alexandr Vinokurov, Kazakhstan, Silver Medal Rigoberto Uran Uran, Colombia, Bronze Medal Alexander Kristoff, Norway, Highlights from The Road Race Route at the London 2012 Olympic Games. -- 28 July 2012 Cycling is among the rare sports that have always featured on the Olympic programme. Road cycling, however, was not on the programme of the Paris 1900, St Louis 1904 or London 1908 Games, while track cycl... show more
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Thomas Willingham
2 years ago
Yep - they're doing an ASO.

The YouTube videos are already down, except the few second clips from roadside spectators.

Just have to hope for something from L'Equipe or DailyMotion later.
Paul Taylor
2 years ago
The most efficient section the Olympic bureaucracy seems to be the Sponsors and Copyright Holders Enforcement Department.
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