My experiment is coming along nicely. 5 weeks and no riding, weight piling on and 2 more (at least) fargin weeks in the moon boot. My experiment – see how much weight I can deliberately pile on… on then see how fast I can get it back off……….
2014 Hell of the South – February 2014
“A brutal Balls Out climbing epic”
132km, 3,897m gain – by VeloPorte
Further details to follow.
Start training now!
This was one hell of a tough race. A tough course made all the more treacherous with the pelting rain for all but the last few laps. It made for a long night, but worth it.
71/2 hours of riding. Can you believe it. That is one seriously hard core race.Chapeau to everyone who actually finished.
Only 61 riders from the 208 on the start list made it to the finish of the 272.3-km, rain-hit race.
Geraint Thomas was the last British rider to pull out when he climbed off his bike towards the end of the fifth lap. One viewer quip I heard on the SBS coverage was along the lines of ‘Simon Clarke outlasts the whole of the British team, thats gotta be better than the Ashes loss’.
272,200m riding, and the winner led for around 5m.
Cadel Evans – “That was the most dangerous race I remember doing, and in a World Championships. What a messy situation. I managed to negotiate my way through the crashes on the first lap, but not the second”
Fabian Cancellara – “I’m not super happy about this. Maybe later I can put it in better perspective. When I saw the climbers start to go, I didn’t have the energy to go with them”
British team coach Rod Ellingworth didn’t hold back afterwards in stating that there were serious issues with the team’s approach and attitude – “We should be very disappointed, the lads’ attitude wasn’t where it needs to be, to be honest. I’m not sure they really took this on thinking it was going to be as hard as it actually was”
Irelands captain, Nicholaas Roche – “Peter Velits was ahead of me and his bike went from under him, aquaplaning and taking me down too. I slid off to the side of the road. Guys had fallen ahead, and others fell behind us trying to avoid us. It was chaos…I was lying there, one foot still clipped into my bike.”
Taylor Phinney – “Well, shit. Was taking care of Tejay today but unfortunately he crashed on the 1st lap. I waited for him, chased, but we never made it back”
Dan Martin – “Quick crash that. Couldn’t avoid the guy on the floor in front of me. Slid forever. Bad luck but I’m ok unlike a lot of others”
Italian coach Paolo Bettini – “But I prefer a wooden medal [fourth place] rather than lose the way Spain did today”
“The crashes? We knew there was a risk”
Spains National Coach – Javier Minguez- “Joaquim raced fantastically well, but Valverde made a serious mistake”……“He should have chased down anything that moved – even the television motorbike.”
Joaquim Rodriguez (not a happy camper) – “Losing like this is stupid” “We had the numbers, we were the strongest, we should not have lost.” (Two on the podium should never end in a 2nd and 3rd placing, not at this level)
Phillipe Gilbert on the Belgiums – “Everyone came to tell me they were kaputt and couldn’t work any more. Everybody was good but like many other countries we had bad luck with crashes.”
Belgian national coach Carlo Bomans – “I am glad that Rui Costa won and not a Spaniard. They did not do anything along the way.”
Sagan – “I’d crashed, and then re-entering I used up too much energy. After 270 kilometers, you feel it all. Okay, Nibali also crashed, but I’m not a climber like him and [Joaquim] Rodríguez. It turned out to be a very hard race.”
Simon Clarke was the only Australian to finish a brutal men’s elite race in Italy
A stirling effort. Your amongst great company.
- Rui Faria da Costa (Portugal) 7hr 25min 44sec. 36.648 km/hr
- Joaquin Rodriguez (Spain) s.t.
- Alejandro Valverde (Spain) @ 15sec
- Vincenzo Nibali (Italy) s.t.
- Andriy Grivko (Ukraine) @ 31sec
- Peter Sagan (Slovakia) @ 34sec
- Simon Clarke (Australia) s.t.
- Maxim Iglinskiy (Kazakhstan) s.t.
- Philippe Gilbert (Belgium) s.t.
- Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) s.t.
Goodbye Pat, Hello Brian
Brian Cookson, the president of British Cycling since 1996, took the presidency with 24 votes to McQuaid’s 18 from the 42 voting delegates.
It capped a long and frustrating day in Florence’s Palazio Vecchio where McQuaid, in power since 2005, had initially failed to gain nomination but forced his way through by relying on loopholes in the UCI constitution.
As the election descended into near farce, with many voting delegates taking the floor to criticise a process that threatened to drag on even further, Cookson grew frustrated and called McQuaid’s bluff.
“Alright, we’ve had enough of this. I’m going to propose that we pass straight to the election,” said the Englishman.
Less than 30 minutes later the result which ended McQuaid’s bid for a third mandate was delivered.
I’m sure there are quite a few more skeletons to come out of the closet, but lets hope for a change for the better under the new guard.
Quick Brian Cookson Fact File
- Age: 61
- Club level cyclist at road, track, cyclo-cross and mountain biking
- UCI International commissaire (1986-2009)
- President of British Cycling Federation (1996-present)
- Awarded OBE for services to cycling in 2008
- Has overseen 19 Olympic gold medals, 28 Paralympic medals and a first British Tour de France win
UCI announces 2014 calendar
The UCI has announced the racing calendar for all sanctioned road races in 2014.
UCI World Tour
|21-Jan-2014||26-Jan-2014||Tour Down Under||AUS|
|09-Mar-2014||16-Mar-2014||Paris – Nice||FRA|
|24-Mar-2012||30-Mar-2014||Volta Ciclista a Catalunya||ESP|
|30-Mar-2014||30-Mar-2014||Gent – Wevelgem||BEL|
|06-Apr-2014||06-Apr-2014||Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres||BEL|
|07-Apr-2014||12-Apr-2014||Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco||ESP|
|13-Apr-2014||13-Apr-2014||Paris – Roubaix||FRA|
|20-Apr-2014||20-Apr-2014||Amstel Gold Race||NED|
|23-Apr-2014||23-Apr-2014||La Flèche Wallonne||BEL|
|27-Apr-2014||27-Apr-2014||Liège – Bastogne – Liège||BEL|
|29-Apr-2014||04-May-2014||Tour de Romandie||SUI|
|08-Jun-2014||15-Jun-2014||Critérium du Dauphiné||FRA|
|14-Jun-2014||22-Jun-2014||Tour de Suisse||SUI|
|05-Jul-2014||27-Jul-2014||Tour de France||FRA|
|02-Aug-2014||02-Aug-2014||Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian||ESP|
|03-Aug-2014||09-Aug-2014||Tour de Pologne||POL|
|23-Aug-2014||14-Sep-2014||Vuelta a España||ESP|
|31-Aug-2014||31-Aug-2014||GP Ouest France – Plouay||FRA|
|12-Sep-2014||12-Sep-2014||Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec||CAN|
|14-Sep-2014||14-Sep-2014||Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal||CAN|
|05-Oct-2014||05-Oct-2014||Giro di Lombardia||ITA|
|10-Oct-2014||14-Oct-2014||Tour of Beijing||CHN|
till next week