Sky screw the doping poodle again & the cycling media go ‘meh’

'Sean Yates' fate shows Team Sky will show no mercy in doping cull!' So blared the headline in the Telegraph newspaper back in October 2012 atop an article by Brendan Gallagher in which the writer lauded Sky's zero tolerance policy with regards to doping past and present by any of its staff. He wrote: 'Brailsford’s … Continue reading Sky screw the doping poodle again & the cycling media go ‘meh’

CyclingSnooze gives Tiernan-Locke a free ride in soft-hitting interview shocker

yikes. the recent all-holds barred, every-punch-pulled interview by Daniel Benson of CyclingSnooze is about as wet as a kiss from your Grandma... who's lost her dentures. when did it happen that journalists got told - and complied - to leave their opinions (or personalities even) at the door? is it just me or does this … Continue reading CyclingSnooze gives Tiernan-Locke a free ride in soft-hitting interview shocker

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke & The Art of Cynicism

“Being cynical is the only thing that is still fun about cycling,” wrote Willard Ford, and I love that line so much that I might put it on a t-shirt. But here’s an interesting thought - which came first, the doping, or the cynicism?There are several different kinds of cycling fan, of course, but for … Continue reading Jonathan Tiernan-Locke & The Art of Cynicism

The Froome TUE Palava: Every side letting the fans down

this article originally appeared on The Roar   Many would have never heard of a TUE until last week, other than the one that brings you closer to FRI, but in the past seven days or so ‘Therapeutic Use Exemption’ has entered the lexicon of cycling fans the world over. Reaction to the news that … Continue reading The Froome TUE Palava: Every side letting the fans down

If Wiggo misses the 2014 Tour, he only has himself to blame

this article originally appeared on The Roar Bradly Wiggins is “arrogant,” conceals himself in a “gruff geezer cloak,” and so dominated the atmosphere around the 2012 Team Sky Tour de France squad that the others on the team had to “ride around his moods like he was a traffic island.” These are the words of … Continue reading If Wiggo misses the 2014 Tour, he only has himself to blame

SKY: doing people’s heads in since 2009

What is it about Team Sky that rankles so? Why do the come across as mirthless, joyless automatons? Can it be because they actually are? Or is there more to it than that? Unlike football teams, cycling teams generally lack a definable character and so generally it’s hard to truly love or dislike a team. … Continue reading SKY: doing people’s heads in since 2009

Kate Smart takes a ganders at the 2014 ProTour kits

by Kate Smart Team kits, men’s cycling fashions, call it what you will, but the time has come to give the new 2014 kits of the pro teams, the Smart treatment.  I love a bit of retro and red goes faster The 2014 Lotto-Belisol kit is Retro-licious. I love it. Looking at the promo photos … Continue reading Kate Smart takes a ganders at the 2014 ProTour kits

Dr. Conor McGrane on the UCI’s Independent Commission

by Dr. Conor McGrane Brian Cookson seems to have delivered on his election promise to set up an independent commission to investigate the UCI’s actions during the doping crisis which included the Armstrong era. In Dick Marty, Peter Nicholson and Ulrich Haas he has appointed a heavy weight group of politicians, sports lawyers and even … Continue reading Dr. Conor McGrane on the UCI’s Independent Commission

2013: Kate Smart’s Review

by Kate Smart It’s that time of year when we reflect on the year that was. So, in no particular order, and, at times, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, here’s my two cents worth of the moments in the 2013 cycling season that I enjoyed the most.   Cyclists with magnificent hair As I’m … Continue reading 2013: Kate Smart’s Review

think you’re hard? pfffft! try a Tour with a broken pelvis!

"What sport in the world demands the same focus and attention to all details, all the time, that the Tour de France does of its potential winners? A Grand Prix? Nope, that’s over in two to three hours or so. A 15-round boxing match? Again, too short. The closest I can imagine is a non-stop … Continue reading think you’re hard? pfffft! try a Tour with a broken pelvis!