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Arise, Sir Bradley

Bradley Wiggins has been knighted (as has Dave Brailsford). It's probably of greater interest to those from Commonwealth countries, but it's not a bad way to finish a stellar year.


What's in a name? Some very trivial trivia.

I was checking out some Wilier bikes on the net, when I came across this little piece of info: "Wilier is an acronym. W is an abbreviation for the word Viva, which means "Long live", beginning the...

Cyclingtips: Gerrans' SRM analysis from MSR

Fascinating post from the always excellent cyclingtips: Simon Gerrans' actual SRM data from his win at MSR, with some interesting analysis too. Nice to see such data made "public" - the intricacies of power analysis are beyond me, but I think it's fascinating to be able to quantify the effort and capabilities of the pros.


Best VDS Team Names

Looking at the list of already submitted teams, I couldn't help but laugh at a few of them. Never mind who is actually in your team - VDS will result in crushing disappointment for all but a few. ...

Specialized behaving badly: sues Volagi

Disclaimer: after much research, I upgraded my roadie to a Specialized Roubaix SL2 with SRAM Rival late last year. I love it. So I found the above Velonews link disturbing and disappointing. I really like the design features of Volagi bikes - designed for the riding (not racing) that I like to do. If they were available in Australia, I would have definitely test ridden one and may well have chosen one instead. I find it hard to see too many infringements in the design of the Volagi. No Zertzs. Discs. Different seat stay layout. I have no clue on IP/employment law, and the Velonews article is one-sided, but from a casual observer's point of view it seems that Specialized isn't doing itself any favours in the popularity stakes with this move.

Chiara and Cadel's news

Congratulations! We've not gone through the same process, but watching friends adopt from overseas - it was a very emotional, tough and rewarding experience.

Contador vs spectator - caption this

Contador's punch on the guy dressed as a doctor - great photo from yesterday.


Who will win the TA Stage 7 ITT?

9.3km and flat as flat can be.  Who's got a chance?  It's a tantalising one.  Short enough for the prologue specialists and power riders, maybe too short for the usual TTers.   I have no idea...

It's called a trident, cyclingnews...

Not so much the pic but the caption. The riders pose with the race winner's spade. Really? It's like calling the TDF trophy a mug. Or the Paris Roubaix trophy a.... er... rock. Never mind.

The Peloton - amazing B&W portraits

I stumbled across photographer Timm Koelln's website. He has a new pictorial book coming out soon called "The Peoloton". There are some sample pics on his site - fantastic photography. Fabian Wegmann looks like a little boy, Andy Schleck looks - petulant? Rolf Aldag's photo is my favourite.

Want a (used) Rainbow Jersey?

All for a good cause. A bit beyond my means already - wonder how much it'll go for?

Australian Worlds team Named

Well, here it is. After much speculation (see the "Embarrassment of Riches" post), the team is: Evans, Rogers, Gerrans, Cooke, Davis, Goss, Hayman, O'Grady, Sulzberger. Porte and Rogers for the TT.

Porte and Evans -the comparisons begin

I think I set myself up for failure by posting in Irishpeloton's post about the "next Porte of call". I posted that the Australian media hadn't yet described Richie Porte as "the next Cadel Evans". Didn't take long, did it? Interesting article in some ways, though I think that Evans' MTB pedigree is stronger than Porte's tri background.

Look familiar?

I was flicking through an old Ride magazine (winter 2006 - Basso wins the Giro), saw this T-shirt in the gear section and did a double take. Cool picture! Here's the link to the T-shirt.


Trivia question

Which riders in recent times have held the leader's jersey in all 3 Grand Tours? I don't know the answer and I'll be offline for much today, but as a start I can think of: Contador Evans McGee   I...

More Lance vs Contador polemica

From today's Sydney Morning Herald.


Cafe Bookshelf: Cadel Evans - Close to Flying

Title: Cadel Evans - Close to Flying Author: Rob Arnold, Cadel Evans Publisher: Hardie Grant Pages: 304 Strengths: very well written (for a sports bio); interesting sections from Chiara, mum, old...


Matthew Lloyd to start Dauphine

 According to both the Silence Lotto and Cadel Evans' websites, Matthew Lloyd will be starting the Dauphine Libere.  After his big crash in Amstel Gold (where he sustained multiple vertebral...


More doping at Telekom

Today's has an article concerning an anonymous ex-Telekom rider who is giving evidence on doping.   What's interesting to see who was on Telekom/T-Mobile in 2003 and 2004. link...


Kohl to Silence Lotto

The rumors have been confirmed: as per cyclingnews, Bernhard Kohl is going to Silence Lotto.  The polka-dot jersey should really beef up the mountain firepower for Cadel, which was desperately...

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