The Hour, the UCI, and how to **** up something so beautiful in one easy step

It has just been confirmed that the UCI have imposed a new range of criteria on those who seek to break the hour record. The governing body is now demanding all potential candidates for the hour record must ride a traditional steel-track frame and commit to a year-long diet of food not only similar to … Continue reading The Hour, the UCI, and how to **** up something so beautiful in one easy step

The Conspiracy: why Paris-Roubaix ’14 ended in anti-climax

25km to go. Niki Terpstra is up the road. behind him, a supremely powerful collection of riders that represent much of the cream of one-day specialists and the fast flat men of professional cycling are poised to pounce, ready, we all imagined, to batter each other into the ground. would it be Cancellara who would … Continue reading The Conspiracy: why Paris-Roubaix ’14 ended in anti-climax

chasing Paris-Roubaix: a day on the cobbles

this article originally appeared in PezCycling News all images by Lee Rodgers __________________________________   Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward, All in the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. “Forward, the Light Brigade! “Charge for the guns!” he said: Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. The Charge … Continue reading chasing Paris-Roubaix: a day on the cobbles

how Boonen & Sagan lost Paris-Roubaix

Crikey, what an edition of Paris-Roubaix that was. If you weren’t up out of your seat several times over the last 60km, you’re either terminally bed-ridden or already devoid of breath. It was that thrilling. We, the weatherbeaten scandal-weary cycling fans, finally got just what we’d been begging for like gooey-eyed puppies for so long … Continue reading how Boonen & Sagan lost Paris-Roubaix

crankpunk on the Paris-Roubaix favorites

yes. it is almost here. hot diggity damn. this article originally appeared on The Roar.   _____________________________   “How can somebody be in love with Hell?  It’s a contradiction. Makes no sense. Most would call it madness…  “In a religious context, Hell is a place of punishment in the afterlife, an endless realm of suffering … Continue reading crankpunk on the Paris-Roubaix favorites

what we know ahead of Flanders….

You can talk about Milan-San Remo being a Monument classic but I think you’ll all nod sagely in agreement with me when I say that the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix are truly the Big Ones of the Spring. I mean, naturally, no disrespect to San Remo, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and the Giro di Lombardia, but Flanders … Continue reading what we know ahead of Flanders….

Philippe Gilbert: are the glory days over?

Philippe Gilbert is one of my favourite riders on the World Tour – since he debuted with Francaise Des Jeux back in 2003, the man has done enough to be considered a living legend. His first year in the pro peloton brought the Points Classification and a stage win at the Tour de l’Avenir, no … Continue reading Philippe Gilbert: are the glory days over?

a quick word or 50 on descending

by crankpunk this may seem a bit patronising to many but judging by how many riders i see wobbling through corners, braking on the apex, changing their lines on the way in and not pedaling when at the front with others behind when on the straights thus forcing others to brake unnecessarily,  it might be … Continue reading a quick word or 50 on descending