Bradley Wiggins (Sky) confirmed again that he wants to target the hour record in 2015 as early as next June.
Cycling’s love for the hour record has been rekindled with Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) and Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) both talking about making attempts.
For years the record has been on the back burner after the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) rolled back the record to Eddy Merckx’s 1972 distance of 49.431 kilometres and called it the Athlete’s Hour in the late 90s.
This ruling was supposed to stop the technical arms race as riders rolled out ever more sophisticated bikes and equipment to improve aerodynamics. The UCI was worried that the essence of the sport was being lost and records were as much a reflection of the quality of equipment rather than the ability of the rider.
On May 15 this year, the UCI changed the rulings again and brought the hour record in to line with the Olympics, allowing pursuit-style bikes and other modern equipment to be used. While the older records of Graeme Obree and Chris Boardman – set in the tuck and superman positions – were reinstated, it was Ondrej Sosenka’s 2005 record of 49.700 kilometres that remains the distance to beat.
For Bradley, who counts two individual pursuit Olympic gold medals from 2004 and 2008, the rule change could not have come at a better time. He may likely never race the Tour de France again as he shifts his focus to one-day races and aims at a track return in the 2016 Rio Olympics. It could also be the push needed to get Cancellara and Martin on the boards.
Bradley, after sitting out this year’s Tour de France, returned to racing at the RideLondon-Surrey Classic earlier in August. He races again on Sunday in the GP Ouest France-Plouay one-day race before defending his Tour of Britain title and another attempt at the world championship time trial title in Ponferrada, Spain.
Yanto Barker has been having yet another great season. Yanto his Team Raleigh squad are just one round away from securing the British Cycling Elite Road Series individual and team titles at the Ipswich and Coastal Grand Prix on Sunday 31 August.
But with the eight previous rounds producing eight different winners and the series standings closely fought, a double victory for the Raleigh squad is far from a foregone conclusion.
Yanto has been the model of consistency since taking the lead of the season-long series with a win in the Lincoln Grand Prix back in May and has fought off a stiff challenge from Marcin Bialoblocki to head the table on 156 points, 21 points ahead of the Velosure-Giordana RT rider.
With a maximum of 30 points available in Ipswich, only Bialoblocki can catch Yanto but the Team Raleigh rider will have to keep a watching brief, as he did in the previous round in Leicester, if he is to secure the series win.
Just received this photo of my new AskeBike as I was going to press so stopped the press so I could include this superb photo for you to goggle over!! As you can see it is all ready for me to visit the shop for my bike fit!!
Went up to London this last week and saw the road closed signs as going through Chiswick?? Yes it’s the Prudential RideLondon 2014 this week end.
Thousands of cyclists, professional and amateur, will take over the capital’s streets this weekend for the second Prudential RideLondon.
After a successful inaugural edition 12 months ago, the capital’s Olympic legacy cycling event looks set to be even bigger for his year.
The headline feature will be Sunday’s Classic, a 200-kilometre professional men’s race that starts at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, and finishes on The Mall after largely retracting the route for the London 2012 road races.
Good news is that is wall to wall TV coverage on BBC1 all afternoon on Sunday starting at 1400hrs. Interesting to see how BB” cope with cycling as a rare venture into our world??
It will be run under the hors catégorie ranking, the second most prestigious for any event in the UCI’s calendar. The field will include Bradley Wiggins, who was added to Sky’s six-man team on Thursday morning.
Immediately preceding the Classic is the 100 mass participation event, which this year will see nearly 25,000 riders tackle the majority of the course that the professionals will through London and Surrey.
Saturday will see 50,000 people converge on the capital for the event’s FreeCycle, during which they can cycle on a 10-mile, traffic-free route that takes in a number of London’s most iconic sights.
The Women’s Grand Prix, centred around The Mall, follows that evening. Defending champion Laura Trott (Wiggle-Honda) will be in action, but much attention will be paid to Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) and Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans). Two years on from their memorable duel in the Olympic Games, the pair are likely to contest for victory here.
Team Sky for RideLondon is Ian Boswell, Nathan Earle, Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard, Ben Swift and Bradley Wiggins. Good to see Ian Stannard back in the team after his injury. An unselfish rider with plenty of guts and determination.
The amount of people who cycle to work has almost doubled in the last 10 years to 7.6% according to a report from Bristol’s City Council.
Reckon it’s the same throughout England. Much easier form of transport and saves much wear and tear on the car in traffic. I always rode to work as I said last week and I made it enjoyable as well by having an great bike to ride on. You don’t have to have an expensive bike though.
Call in at Colin Lewis Cycles where we can suit your bike to you and your wallet!!
My new AskeBike is well under way to completion with Simon scouring the shop for the best parts to go on it.
In the meantime I show a photo of my present bike, a Hotta again made by Simon from Carbon which will now be about 20 years old!! It has served me well during this time as daily transport to and from work 12 miles a day. Not quite what it was made for but certainly made getting to work a very enjoyable experience. Handles differently to any other bike with a “swish swish” sound as it speeds on.
This is the preproduction model of the Hotta and the mould was slightly adjusted after this for i.e. flared cable routes and a few other minor adjustments. Anyway it will now be for sale so if you would like a bit of biking history and a bike that always brings a stare (Had from a group of young boys recently “Cor look at that!!”) have a word with Simon in the shop.
When the 2014 Tour de France started in Britain, with a British reigning champion riding for a British team, there was the feeling, in some quarters, that a piece of French heritage was being dragged across the channel.
The insinuation was that it had been easier to win the Tour with a rider from a country with almost no cycling culture than it would be to do so with a cyclist from the sport’s spiritual home.
For the previous two years, Britain had been the epicentre of the Tour de France as Team Sky won the 2012 and 2013 editions with Bradley Wiggins and then Chris Froome.
On top of that, the best sprinter over the last few years was another Briton, Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step).
But already, by the time the Tour left London to reconvene on the shores of its true home, the cracks in British domination were starting to show.
Cavendish crashed out of the race on the first stage, leaving only three Brits in the race.
It took only two more stages for Froome to crash out and leave Italian Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) to dominate the race. Without Froome, Sky capitulated as Australian Richie Porte proved to be a poor substitute leader, finishing the race 23rd overall, more than an hour behind Nibali, and actually behind two of his domestiques.
By the end of the race, Welshman Geraint Thomas was the only Briton left, finishing 22nd overall, almost an hour in arrears. Geraint did well for 22nd as much of his time had been pacing first Chris Froome and then Richie Porte.
In the meantime, the French were bristling.
Veteran Jean-Christophe Péraud (AG2R La Mondiale) proved his 37 years were no barrier to success, gradually improving as the race progressed to climb all the way up to a second place finish.
Behind him, Thibaut Pinot (FDJ.fr) secured third place, ensuring France had two riders on the podium for the first time since Laurent Fignon bested legend Bernard Hinault in 1984 for his second Tour win.
So well done the French and thank you for allowing us to play with your ball!!
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