Colin Lewis Cycles
Colin Lewis Cycles

July 2014

Cycle Chat 26.07.14

Saw my new AskeBike this week before it is built up. (see photo – that is an Aske holding an Aske!!). What do you think?? The forks are red and made of carbon which finishes the frame off perfectly with the flow from red through orange to yellow. More photos to follow when the bike is complete!!


Meanwhile I have the original Hotta shortly redundant. This is the preproduction model which has done me well for 20 years now. Any offers please to Simon on 01803-553095. Will post a photo in next week’s Cycle Chat.


First it was England failing in football, then in cricket, the rugby could have been better and now cycling in the shape of the Sky Team. How the mighty have fallen. It’s also a good place to be to look at where you went wrong, see the mistakes, rectify and get going again!! Or in other words “Shake yourself off and start all over again”.


So Chris Froome took several tumbles and had to withdraw and it looked at one point that Richie Porte might take over from Chris and manage to even get a podium. But not too be. Believe he is not quite 100% (chest infection??).


With only three days remaining in the 2014 Tour de France, Team Sky risks having one of its worst grand tours since it hit the road in 2010. This comes on the heels of a rather quiet Giro d’Italia in May. After winning the Tour with Bradley Wiggins in 2012, and Chris Froome in 2013, Team Sky is maintaining a cool exterior as the Tour races toward Paris.


Just heard on this morning’s news that Bradley has called an end to road racing as it was too cut throat and Sky’s problems increase. Believe he wants to go back to the velodrome.

So for football, cricket and cycling (i.e. Team Sky) there is only on way to go and that is up. Will take tough decisions and a look at up and coming talent but at the end of the day I reckon we win!!


There does not seem to be any way that Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) will fail to win this year’s TdF. He has shown his supremacy throughout and firmly shown that he is now in charge. A very worthy winner. There is some more fresh blood appearing such as Thibaut Pinot (Fra), Jean-Christophe Péraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale, Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale. Looks like France is making a comeback after some unfruitful years.


Until next week,



Cycle Chat 19.07.14

We will start this week with the good news (sorry we have some bad news as well) of the opening to the public of the Torbay Velo Park next Monday (21/7).


Community riding will be available from 9am to 5pm daily with weekend times varying.  Throughout July and August early morning starts will be available on Wednesdays and Fridays from 7.30 am.


Bike and helmet hire (provided by CLCycles!!) on site for just £4 a session, baby trailers will also be available. A lane system will be in place, similar to swimming, whereby people will have the chance to participate in the fast or slow lane.  There will also be other opportunities for multi-sport use such as Nordic walking, roller skating, scooters, jogging and running!!

The Park offers a dog-free activity area that includes changing and toilet facilities, bike and helmet hire, bike storage, an office and a rest area. For access to Changing Facilities please contact the Sports Team on 01803 208873 or email


There are three different distance options that the Velopark offers:

  1. Whole Track: 1.5km
  2. 1.0km
  3. 0.5km

My Aske Bike is on its way back from the paint sprayer and looking forward to seeing it. As I said before it starts at red at the front forks going through orange to the rear end in yellow!! It will be an eye catcher. The colour scheme came to me during a dream at night!! It will be an opportunity for the sprayer to put his talents to work and come up with the right balance!!


My second choice for the Tour of France Andrew Talansky (after Chris Froome) has had to withdraw from the Tour. The Garmin-Sharp rider went down hard two times in as many days on Friday and Saturday and never was able to recover; a rider who had been at the front of the race could no longer stay with the peloton’s inevitable march uphill.


He did fight to the finish; it just wasn’t the one in Paris he’d hoped for. For 60 kilometres Wednesday, Talansky rode alone. When he came to the finish line in Oyonnax, he was met with a wall of noise. He’d survived the cut, but just barely. Ultimately, the ensuing night of rest wasn’t enough.


Talansky showing good form after his daring Critérium du Dauphiné win. He finished 10th in his maiden Tour last year.


It might seem like Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) doesn't need to do anything other than control his nearest rivals, namely Richie Porte and Alejandro Valverde but to be truly comfortable before the final time trial he'll probably want a bigger lead. Something like five minutes in case he has a bad day so a couple of attacks 4 kilometres out ought to achieve that, maybe when the squabbling has become serious and the others are frazzled.


Finally we finish with the bad news that our former employee Jon Locke was not found guilty of drug offences but guilty of “irregular passport values”??


This is what Colin Lewis (CLCycles founder) had to say:- “I’ve known Jon for seven years and I’ve never known a guy in my career who had less of a trace of doping.


“I remember he had to go and have a vitamin injection, but he didn’t want to do it because he was scared of needles.


“I’ve got his race winner’s jersey from the Tour of Britain, and after every stage he was drug tested, as he was for many races that season, and Jon was totally up front with it all.


“I’m totally shocked.


“It will be a loss for the sport as I’ve never doubted Jon.


“I took him to France where he competed for two years, and he was winning races then, so it’s not that he’s just come up, he’s been winning races for years.


“I’m totally gobsmacked about it. I just hope he fights it.”


We feel the same. It was Jon against the establishment that was not going to hear what he said as their reputations were at stake.


Until next week,





Cycle Chat 12.07.14

“Come back Bradley!! All is forgiven!!


A mammoth disappointing week for British cyclists to say the least. Mark Cavendish portrayed his winning personality with such determination to win the first stage of the Tour de France in his Mother’s hometown York. We can all sympathise with his gut feeling not to let down the gargantuan British public who just wanted him to win.


The gap he went for was nonexistent and as you know Mark landed badly on the road with the resulting withdrawal from Le Tour. Shame as we so much wanted the double of the Green Jersey as well as Chris Froome in the Yellow.


As we now know things got even worse when Chris had to withdraw through injury. Enough said about that. Opinions are like noses. We all have one!! So throughout the cycling world many thoughts will have been expressed about Sky and its handling of riders ect. But the end result is the only British interest we have in Le Tour are Geraint Thomas (Sky) who 14th 2.16 down and Simon Yates (Orica Greenedge) 102nd some 27 mins down.


All this after a great upsurge in cycling in Britain and also what is said to be the best start of Le Tour ever seen in Yorkshire. (Well done Yorkshire!!)


Sky’s negative riding style which ok gets results but is boring needs to be become more enterprising and more British riders need to come from the grass roots into the Continental circuit somehow or other.


Incidentally if Jon Locke had stayed with Endura instead of having all the problems that his move to Sky has presented him with could now well have been riding for Team NetApp-Endura in Le Tour?? Just a thought. Instead he is left twiddling his thumbs and his bike pedals (he is well still into his training schedule) waiting to be cleared of passport problems.


I find it always more interesting to have someone to support rather than just watch a race so now it will have to be Richie Porte (Sky) 1.54 down and the American Andrew Talansky (Garmin – Sharp), an up and coming rider with some flair.


Never the less Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) seems to be the boy to watch but who wants to support a favourite??


We will see but all in all cycling will always be the winner. It is always bigger than personalities and teams and in the end of the day it is a pastime which is useful for fitness, commuting and also as a sport for all age and type groups. This is our brief at Colin Lewis Cycles to make “Cycling fun and relevant to you”!!


Until next week,




Cycle Chat 05.07.14

Well how do you like the new website designed by Jonathan Aske??


I watched some of the British Cycling National Road Championships men's title in Abergavenny last Sunday, which was won by Peter Kennaugh (Sky), but felt sorry for 2 of the riders. Somehow Geraint Thomas missed the final break and didn’t he work hard in a futile attempt to get back with the leading group after his chain came adrift.


The other one was Simon Yates who finished third. He was bullied to the limit by the Sky Team with 4 against 1 and at one point got the lead where he looked he might leave Sky behind but only to be caught again. He was cooked and gainfully held on for a third.


Along with his brother Adam these 2 are serious contenders for the future of British cycling. A bonus for Simon is that he is now included in the Orica-Greenedge’s Tour de France squad.


Orica-Greenedge’s sports director, Matt White, said: “Simon has certainly achieved a lot more than we would have imagined up to this point. It wasn’t the plan to bring him into the roster for the Tour de France, but for what we want to achieve as a team, he’s a great fit.


“It is no secret that we are targeting the intermediate mountain stages, and Simon has shown in his results throughout the year that he is more than capable of great results.


“Simon’s inclusion begs the question of Adam’s exclusion. Simon’s broken collarbone in the Tour of Turkey has been a blessing in disguise.


“One of the reasons Adam is not going is because he has been racing and in very good condition since January. It wouldn’t be a wise decision for us to send Adam. With Simon’s forced break due to injury, he’s fresh and ready to race.”


So now for the Tour de France starting on Saturday four British riders will be amongst the peloton in Leeds on Saturday when the 2014 Tour de France begins.


Chris Froome, Mark Cavendish, Geraint Thomas and as mentioned, Simon Yates.


Chris Froome will begin the event as defending champion. A win for Chris in 2014 will mean a third successive victory for Team Sky and a third British win in as many years, following Sir Bradley Wiggins’ win in 2012.


Chris will be supported by Geraint Thomas, the 28-year-old Welshman an integral part of the nine-man Team Sky squad focussed intently on general classification honours. Geraint comes into the Tour in great form, winning the Bayern Rundfahrt in May and supporting Chris in the Criterium du Dauphine in June before taking silver in the British time-trial championships.


Mark Cavendish enters the 2014 Tour with the aim of recapturing the green jersey that he last won in 2011. With 25 stage wins to his name, the Manxman, riding for Omega Pharma-Quick Step, will hope to add to his tally on stage one, which finishes in his mother’s home town, Harrogate.


Will it be a double with Chris and Mark??


So with Bradley not selected for whatever reason which will mean either retirement or a fresh team for next year for him stay tuned to either Eurosport, ITV or ITV4 for some exciting viewing!!


Until next week,



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