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So first of all a sorry for no Cycle Chat over the last 2 week, I have been away!!
Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) powered his third British national time trial title in a rain soaked Wales on Thursday evening at the Celtic Manor course.. The reigning Olympic champion blew away the rest of the field to beat fellow Sky teammate Geraint Thomas by more than a minute, with defending champion Alex Dowsett (Movistar) finishing in third.
Wiggins was in commanding form from the start, and was the only rider to complete the opening 21-kilometre lap in under 27 minutes. Despite the roads being slick with the rain that was now hammering it down on fans and riders alike, he continued to push. He eventually rolled home in a blistering time of 53:56.
On Sunday the cream of British cycling will descend on Wales for the national championships this weekend. It is a strong field that will turn up in Abergavenny for the men's road race. The 186-kilometre route takes the riders in a large loop around the Monmouthshire countryside, before 10 laps of a shorter finishing circuit.
Popular opinion would be for a Sky win and our guess would be Geraint Thomas as new British Campion. Might not be all plain cycling though as reigning under-23 champion Adam Yates (Orica-GreenEdge) will be trying his luck as a senior. Adam has had a fantastic start to the year with overall victory at the Tour of Turkey and a strong showing at the Critérium du Dauphiné. His brother, Simon, will also be there, after making his return to racing at the Tour of Slovenia. The two could throw a spanner into the Sky plans if they're on form.
Getting ready to take delivery of my new Aske Bike!! Well when you have a bike with your name on it it is difficult to resist. Having a special spray job done starting with red on the front forks going through orange to finish off at the rear end with yellow!! How do you like that? It will be on show in our shop in Paignton for a while and might even sell it to you if you come up with the right offer!! It will look stunning!!
Until next week,
It was a very successful start to the superb (see photo) Clennon Valley Cycle Track last Sunday.
The track is the South-west England's first purpose built professional cycle track and was the centre piece of the Bay's first ever cycling festival.
Torbay Council have done exceptionally well with all their support and borrowed £780,000 to build the closed-road circuit after councillors agreed the funding last May.
There were literally hundreds of cyclist who attended the festival to race at the new facility; very encouraging for the future of this adventurous project.
British Cycling, which funded half of the cost of the £800,000 facility, is urging its club members to visit the festival, sample the circuit and inspire beginners and newcomers to cycling.
So come along and join the fun. £2 for an hour of traffic free cycling in the fresh air has got to beat spinning classes any day!!
Just seen this report about Bradley Wiggins
Bradley Wiggins: ‘I won’t be riding the Tour de France this year’
Again politics have entered into the Team Sky camp (as they have with Jon Locke) which won’t do the team any good. Not sure what’s behind it all??
Bradley has said that the team is focused around Chris Froome who has got a chance of winning his second Tour and it’s been decided to base the team around him.
This was his comments. “I’m gutted, I’ve worked hard all year for this, I went to California and won that, I feel I’m in the form I was in 2012, but I understand that cycling is a team sport and at the end of the day it’s about the team winning, at the end of the day it’s about Chris winning.”
Daft I call it. Bradley is the most popular and followed rider in Britain with little close competition!!
Just picked this up from the local Herald Express with give Jon Locke’s thoughts over recent allegations:-
"What's happened over the past year or so is even more of a shame for me, because I'm pretty certain that I hadn't reached my limits as a cyclist.
"Although I am 29, I believe I am capable of more than I have produced so far, and it's still my ambition to do that.
"My contract is up this year, and I am not in a position to negotiate a new one yet.
"I'm not sure what will happen really as, even if I'm cleared and there is no appeal, I will have effectively served a year's suspension.
"I've been out of competition since last September already, and those eight months have been hard to take.
"When this is all over, I'll just have to weigh up my options – perhaps even racing in the UK again."
Until next week,