Archived posts for January 2012
Is this the next stage in cycle parking?
Posted by: simon on Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 posted in: News > Shop
Had an interesting trip up to Silverstone to see the latest the bike trade had to offer for 2012, with cool designs from the likes of Creme and Create and stunning bikes from Transition and Ibis and super light weight brakes from Magura.
It was a great show which proves to me the bike trade has not lost its innovation and edge!
PS Keith needs to go on a map reading course!Posted by: simon on Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 posted in: News > Shop
for more info click herePosted by: simon on Sunday, January 29th, 2012 posted in: News > Shop
Strada Mk.3 bike light
The Strada feels most at home on the road. Designed specifically for road riding, the Strada has a dipped and main beam function. Coupled with a remote switch, the Strada’s mode can be changed safely without taking your hands off the bars.
The beam pattern is designed to increase your peripheral vision lighting up the verge as well as the road.
Weight (incl. bracket): 277g
Output: 645 Lumens
Power: 5200 mAh Lithium Ion battery
Burn time: High (3hrs) Dip (8hrs)
A VERY COOL LIGHT!
Posted by: keith on Saturday, January 28th, 2012 posted in: Shop
London plans to host a one-day professional road race to rival classic events such as the Paris-Roubaix.
To be first staged in August 2013, the race will be part of a two-day cycling festival, which will become an annual event, as part of the Olympic legacy.
London has to meet certain critera, but British Cycling’s Jonny Clay said the race would “definitely” go ahead.
“I’d be surprised if in a few years it isn’t one of the world’s biggest cycling races,” Clay told BBC Sport.
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This is no longer a cinderella, cloth-cap image sport. We’ve got the best riders in the world
The Milan-San Remo is the first Classic of the season, with six more races taking place over March and April in Belgium, France and the Netherlands, culminating in the Liege-Bastogne-Liege on 24 April.
As with the London marathon – where elite runners and amateurs run the same course on the same day – the London road race will involve professional and amateur cyclists who will tackle a 100-mile route, starting in the Olympic Park and based on the 2012 Games cycle road race.
Cycling has a crowded calendar with the one-day classics taking place before the sport’s major races such as the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France.
But British Cycling’s cycle sport director Clay, who won a bronze medalist at the 2000 Sydney Games in the team cycling pursuit, insisted London’s commercial pull will attract teams, riders and sponsors.
“Britain now leads the world in track cycling and I’m sure that will be reflected in the Olympics,” said British cycling commentator Phil Liggett.
“And after Mark Cavendish’s incredible road race world title win in Denmark and winning the Sports Personality of the Year award, he has the profile now, as does the sport.
“The obvious next step is to bring a major road race to the heart of London. We were going to see the Olympic road race and then silence for the years ahead, but that is not going to be happen now.
“We will eventually bring the best riders, who are household names now, to London.
“This is no longer a cinderella, cloth-cap image sport. It’s a very highly financed professional business and we’ve got the best riders in the world.”
A spokesman for the UCI, the sport’s governing body, said: “[The] UCI is committed for the cycling development worldwide, and we are obviously very satisfied of such a project, but we do not know it in detail.”
Article source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/sport1/hi/cycling/16749106.stmPosted by: keith on Thursday, January 26th, 2012 posted in: News
Edgar, right, is seeking to fill the shoes of Staff, left, in the British line-up
Ross Edgar is fighting to recover from injury in time to join Sir Chris Hoy in GB’s strongest-possible team sprint line-up at February’s London World Cup.
Edgar, 29, was labelled the potential key to British team sprint hopes by coach Iain Dyer on Tuesday but may miss the event inside the Olympic Velodrome.
“Ross has shown really good development and progression, but he has been battling injury,” said Dyer.
“We hope he’ll be on form for London but he might come up short on time.”
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- Like his sprint team-mate Sir Chris Hoy, Edgar is a Scot – he was born in Suffolk but qualifies for Scotland through his father
- Edgar carried the Scotland flag at the 2010 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Delhi
- He won silver in the men’s keirin behind Hoy at the Beijing Olympics in 2008
Hoy Edgar claim gold and silver in Beijing
The problem of Britain’s team sprint line-up has proved a tough one for British Cycling to crack since Jamie Staff retired after his gold medal-winning outing alongside Hoy and Kenny at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Team coaches are sure that longstanding team-mates Kenny and Hoy are ideally suited to the positions of ‘man two’ and ‘man three’ respectively in the team sprint, but the pair have shuffled positions since Beijing as Britain struggled to find a suitable replacement for Staff.
Different skills and strengths are required in each position in the line-up, so ensuring that Hoy and Kenny – two of the world’s finest sprinters – ride to their full potential.
“Jamie Staff was such a very strong man one,” said Dyer. “And, when paired with Jason Kenny in man two and Chris Hoy in man three, we had a team where we could honestly say each athlete was the very best in the world in that position.
“That’s a pretty rare occurrence for any team or relay style event.
“We’ve ridden out of position for a long time. We’ve tried various different combinations, we’ve tried Matt Crampton in man three behind those two and we’ve also looked at different man one riders to see if we can push Jason and Chris back up the order and that’s been our plan for quite some time now.
“But good man ones don’t grow on trees and to be as strong and powerful as you need to be takes a lot of time and a lot of development, as Jamie demonstrated in Beijing.”
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It’s our plan to roll Ross out at man one, Jason at man two and Chris at man three at the London World Cup and see what that gives us
British Cycling sprint coach
Dyer still hopes that latest candidate Edgar will have the chance to impress in London, ahead of April’s World Championships in Melbourne, having convinced coaching staff over the winter.
Crampton, Hoy and Kenny initially finished third at the last World Championships, in the Dutch city of Apeldoorn, behind France and Germany, but were moved up to the silver-medal position earlier this month when French star Gregory Bauge had his – and his team’s – results annulled following doping test offences.
“It’s extremely difficult,” said Dyer, “and rare to be a very good sprint and keirin rider and also excel in man one, so Ross Edgar has been dealing with that challenge in the last year or two and I believe at this point has shown really good development and progression in that position.
“It’s our plan to roll Ross out at man one, Jason at man two and Chris at man three at the London World Cup and see what that gives us.
“Unfortunately, in the last few weeks, Ross has been battling against an injury, so we hope that he’ll be on form for London. But he might just come up a little short on time to rehabilitate the injury and progress his fitness once again.”
Article source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/sport1/hi/cycling/16709484.stmPosted by: keith on Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 posted in: News
Storey first appeared in the Paralympics as a swimmer in 1992
Sarah Storey has been selected for the Great Britain team sprint at next month’s Para-Cycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles.
International cycling rules now allow mixed teams so Storey will line up alongside Darren Kenny and Jody Cundy.
The selection for the team sprint opens up the chance of Storey challenging for five Paralympic gold medals in London.
“If we want to win we need the three fastest riders and Sarah is one of those,” said head coach Chris Furber.
The World Championships are the last opportunity for countries to obtain ranking points to earn qualification places for the London 2012 Paralympics.
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Sarah has done some great work with the team pursuit squad and some of the skills she has picked up there have enabled her to be competitive in the team sprint
GB Para-Cycling head coach
Storey, who was born with a deformed left hand, was part of the women’s Olympic team pursuit squad before being dropped last month.
She switched to cycling in 2005 after a successful Paralympic swimming career which saw her win 16 medals, including five golds.
The 34-year-old won two Paralympic cycling golds in Beijing and goes to the World Championships as defending kilo and individual pursuit champion in her category.
Furber added: “Sarah has done some great work with the team pursuit squad and some of the skills she has picked up there have enabled her to be competitive in the team sprint.
“She is now starting faster and can ride at a higher peak speed so she is well equipped to challenge for a team sprint spot. LA is a good test to see how the line-up works out.
“We have three incredibly experienced athletes. Darren and Jody won gold in the event in Italy last year and were part of the Paralympic gold medal-winning line-up and, although Sarah has not done team sprint before, she has applied herself very well.”Posted by: keith on Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 posted in: News
After much deliberation young Dan has Gone for a pashley picador! very stylish
When asked for an opinion Keith said
“at least he can deliver my veg box now!”Posted by: simon on Monday, January 16th, 2012 posted in: News > Shop > Team
Sunday morning ride out across Romney Marsh Superb!
Seafront at DymchurchPosted by: simon on Monday, January 16th, 2012 posted in: News > Shop > Team