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We all remember the crash...

This was published recently...

So it was 47mph crash, just hit something on the road (which had looked clear) whilst reaching for something to eat...
At that moment, I relaxed, I looked ahead, saw the road was clear and reached back into my pocket to get something to eat. That's when I hit something in the road, my bike jumped and I lost control.
The problem wasn't the pain from my tibia, it was the thought that I was in great form but couldn't carry on.

When I think I was going 77kmph at the time and I only broke my tibia, well, on balance, that's good. Maybe I lost the Tour, but I didn't lose my life.

My takeaway would be that at that kind of speed you just can't see far enough ahead to let go of the controls.

Re: Whatever happened to Nicole Cooke

18 December 2014 - 6:01pm
Just heard that Brad Wiggins and Vicky P are on some sort of programme on Radio 4 later and it made me remember this thread. Its so sad that Nicole seems to be being ignored as she was one of our great cyclists for so many years.

Re: Jens gets Hour record

18 December 2014 - 12:49pm
Dame Sarah Storey is having a crack at it in February.


Re: Whatever happened to Nicole Cooke

6 December 2014 - 8:58pm
I'm about 80% through reading her autobiography 'The Breakaway'. It's easily the best book by a racing cyclist that I've ever read.

Re: track cycling highlights Ch4

28 November 2014 - 7:07pm
Recorder set. Thanks for the heads up.

track cycling highlights Ch4

27 November 2014 - 6:29pm
TV highlights of the Revolution series track cycling are being be shown on Channel 4 on Saturday morning (29 November) at 06:40 or later on Ch4 plus one

Re: Jens gets Hour record

7 November 2014 - 12:01pm
Another obvious problem to using vintage kit is that when the original records were set on it the bikes were state of the (then) art and what the athletes would be used to using them in their Day Jobs. Unlearning what you know about how to get the best out your modern bike would put an unfair overhead on a current athlete.

By all means do it on a Merckx bike, but the Cannibal has an unfair advantage over you if you do (on top of his fair-enough advantages!).

You just can't completely compare like with like. Life's not that simple.


Re: Jens gets Hour record

4 November 2014 - 8:38pm
But nobody wants to do it the Merckx way............

Even Boardman did it that way second time

Thats funny because I am sure that Boardman did it on a Merckx bike I remember the Documentry, I specificlly remember that he had to use flat rims

"All records since 1972, including Boardman's 56.375 km (35.030 mi) in 1996, were downgraded to Best Human Effort. In 2000, Boardman attempted the UCI record on a traditional bike, and rode 49.441 km (30.721 mi), topping Merckx by 10 m (32.8 ft), an improvement of 0.02%."

I am sure Boardman had a steel frame too
In my eyes Boardman was the last on traditional bike............

Note: Type of record: (a) UCI unified record (from 2014), (b) UCI hour record (until 2014), (c) UCI best human effort (1972–2014).


Re: Beryl Burton, postumous award.

4 November 2014 - 4:52pm
Tonyf33 wrote:Hugely deserved, she was a 'Marianne Voss' and some 50 years beforehand..nowadays she'd be a superstar whether she would have liked it or not
Check out this.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJLSG2jKIhs

Greater than that - a female Coppi....

Re: Jens gets Hour record

4 November 2014 - 1:09pm
Nope. the regs have been clarified before Jens did it, which is why everyone is interested in doing the record again.

Re: Jens gets Hour record

4 November 2014 - 11:59am
The Regs are bound to have changed between the two attempts, so Jens's record will stand for ever, I'm sure

Re: Jens gets Hour record

4 November 2014 - 11:23am
Bad news for Jens, well done Matthias Brandle, 51.852km, beating Jens' 51.115km.

Re: Jens gets Hour record

29 October 2014 - 8:12pm
Matthias Brändle trying to beat it tomorrow, http://www.scott-sports.com/us/en/page/hour-record

Re: Jens gets Hour record

2 October 2014 - 9:02pm
I'm not going to shame myself by checking what records they set.

Re: ITV4 20.00 today Greg Lemond ; Slaying The Badger

30 September 2014 - 7:33pm
I think we could do with a Must not miss section.................

Re: ITV4 20.00 today Greg Lemond ; Slaying The Badger

30 September 2014 - 5:20pm
Might be worth a gander........
Thanks for posting as I have just watched it and I thought it was brilliant. If you hadn't posted I would have not even known it was on.

Re: Jens gets Hour record

27 September 2014 - 8:34am
And don't forget to limit your athlete to pre-clipless shoes, a hairnet, whatever training and nutrition regimes etc., always use the same velodrome with comparable temperature and pressure etc.
The record became moribund by trying to compare everyone to EM, much better IMHO to have something current athletes are interested in, and if any of them wishes to don't "heritage" clothes and use a "heritage" bike, who's stopping them?
In the meantime I see a 70 year old chap has got another age-bracket Hour Record with the new rules. We've had 4 (100+, 80+, 70-74 & Jens) in the last year, after nothing for ages. I can't see that as a problem.


Re: World Time Trial chamionship (spoiler alert!)

25 September 2014 - 9:41am
Shame nobody was flying the flag in the ladies' elite this year. Jo Rowsell has now joined Emma Pooley in criticising this (see http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/sep/24/joanna-rowsell-criticises-british-cycling-womens-time-trial.

I'd be a lot happier with BC's stance if they'd put some numbers on it, and I find it hard to believe that an organisation as obsessed with measuring things as they are doesn't have them to hand. How much did it cost to send the road entrants and their support staff and their equipment to the Worlds, and what extra would have been required to send one more rider (say, Lucy Coldwell?) and one more bike to ride the Elite Women's TT?
And, while we're at it, how much were they prepared to spend on, say, XC mountain bike riders going to the Worlds in Norway earlier this year who might reasonably be described as not terribly likely to get a medal?

My interest in paying BC money and giving up my time to coach kids at a Go Ride club might not be piqued next year if they go on with arm-waving excuses like we've had so far.

But excellent ride from SBW!


Re: Jens gets Hour record

25 September 2014 - 7:50am
bearing improvements etc are a fact of life.

But the "spokes, drops and tubes" record should be held aloft as an inter-generational challenge.
The "current rules" record is there for any "current rules" - I'd even question the retrospective banning of positions (maybe have them recorded but "starred")

Then the "absolute" record is with the IHPVA - not even a close race with the UCI really...

Re: World Time Trial chamionship (spoiler alert!)

24 September 2014 - 11:36pm
I think Dowsett just said that he'd had an off day.


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