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PDC London - Ride of the Falling Leaves - Sunday 13 October

A reminder that maratsafin, addict and I (with a few of our friends) will be doing a Ride of the Falling Leaves this coming Sunday, and that PdC members would be very welcome to join us. The...


Tour of Britain preview

The Tour of Britain starts this Sunday in Peebles in Scotland. 8 stages later it comes to an end in London having snuck its nose into most parts of the UK. It may not be at the top of your list...


Podium Cafe London / Ride of the falling leaves / 8 am / Sunday 13 October

Hello everyone. A date for the diaries if you're a Podium Cafe member based in or round London in sunny England: 8 am Sunday 13 October. The plan is to go for a gentle-ish spin out into the Surrey...

Agur Euskaltel-Euskadi


The sad demise of Euskaltel-Euskadi is confirmed, a victim of the financial crisis and regional government spending cuts. Will be shame to lose the boys in orange and will be interesting to see what happenst to riders like Sanchez and the Izagirres.

UCI fight: Cookson to take on McQuaid

Things just got interesting in Aigle: Brian Cookson (president of British Cycling) has announced he's standing for the UCI presidency against Pat McQuaid. See here: h...


Seven reasons to cycle in Japan

What do you think of when you think of Japan? Sushi? Bullet trains? Mount Fuji? Blade Runner-esque streetscapes? Zen temples? Sumo wrestlers? All of these? But do you think of one of the best places in the world to ride a bike?

Tell the UCI what you really think


The UCI have put a survey up on their website looking for everyone and anyone's view. God knows whether they'll listen but got to be worth a go...


Sky News

A few tidbits... Their new kit was launched today. You can see it on the site of their new supplier rapha. Here's the jersey. And here are the shorts. Basically not many differences... the...

Yay, Pooley not quittin'


OK, she'll be taking it a bit easier (if a PhD in geotechnics is easy) but looks to be targeting TTs next year after a slower start to the season.

Julich admits doping - leaves Sky


It's good to get this out but not convinced him going is the right response. It may not encourage others to follow suit and ostracises people who have the potential to be a good influence. It'll be interesting to see who else falls at Sky. Yates clearly has questions to answer and not sure the team will achieve what they want if he stays.




Maratsafin and I went out for a ride today in lanes south and southeast of London. We'd hoped some...


Maratsafin and I went out for a ride today in lanes south and southeast of London. We'd hoped some other PdC-ers would be able to join us but sadly not. I also broke my front derailleur so did most of it in the little ring only. Anyhow it was a beautiful day to be riding a bike so I thought I'd share a picture. Ride details on Strava.


PdC London: Autumn ride - 7 October

After the success of the Olympic route recce ( there was some appetite to have another get together in the saddle. So a rough plan...


Tour of Britain live

This is a post for anyone following the Tour of Britain. If people could rec it it should stay at the top for the week so people can check in and add whatever they want. In terms of coverage, those...


SSSR alert: Tour of Britain

So for those of you aren't stage-raced out with the Vuelta, the Tour of Britain starts tomorrow in Ipswich. A week of world-class SSSR follows - think of it was the Eneco Tour but without...


Riding in the Vaud or trespassing on WillJ's lawn

Somewhere near Aigle lurks an evil cycling genius (and no, I don't mean Phat Pat...). He guards his roads and passes carefully. While he may be happy to post about riding them on the internet,...


Olympics TT - PdC on the ground

Yesterday I wandered over to Hampton Wick to watch some cyclists ride very fast around the streets of suburban London. They were all quick but the speed of the medalists was noticeably higher,...


Some observations on the Olympics TT

There doesn't seem to be a preview for the TT. I can't be bothered to do one but did have some observations to share... It's flat. Really flat. By my reckoning barely 125m for the mens course....


Men's and women's Olympics road racing - pic heavy!

Saturday morning. Early. Head blurry thanks to flagbearers of Turkey and Norway and Paraguayan javelin thrower (amongst others). Stumble out of bed get on bike. Apparently the Olympics are on....

Olympic road race video preview. Chris has done his preview but I thought people might enjoy...


Olympic road race video preview. Chris has done his preview but I thought people might enjoy seeing a little bit of the course and it gives me a chance to give my take on the race too. Hope you enjoy.

The English-speakers are coming


An interesting graphic from the BBC showing how the French have been squeezed out of the TdF and the increasing dominance of English-speakers. Not news but the presentation is quite good.


Olympic RR - ride report

So yesterday some of the London members of PdC met up to ride the Olympics road race course (women's version, only two laps of the Box Hill circuit). The weather was typical of this summer: mostly...


Olympics Road Race - PdC recce ride

Hello. This weekend a bunch of PdC types are planning to reconnoitre the Olympic Road Race course. The more the merrier so anyone who wants to come along would be welcome, though you will need to...


London calling: Nocturne time

Saturday saw the fifth running of the London Nocturne round the streets of the capital's Smithfield Market. There were a few big names (Matt Goss, Ian Stannard, Chris Sutton, Magnus Backstedt),...


Help: Ikurriña and / or Leeuw van Vlaanderen flag needed

A dose of luck this morning leaves me in need of either Ikurriña or a Leeuw van Vlaanderen flag. Preferably both. So I was wondering if PdC could help. In particular I'm looking to Albertina and...

Sky extends sponsorship to 2016


Good news: Sky are continuing to pump money into British cycling sponsoring the pro team, track team, British Cycling generally and lots of general cycling events. In some ways they seem to be trying to follow the Rabobank model. What's pleasing is that the interest in cycling seems to have survived the demise of James Murdoch who is apparently crazy for the sport. Apparently his replacements - cycling interest levels unknown - still see this as worthwhile.

A slightly bizarre press conference with Bradley Wiggins after his stage 1 win at the Tour du...


A slightly bizarre press conference with Bradley Wiggins after his stage 1 win at the Tour du Romandie. Makes me hopeful of some enertainment if he spends any time in yellow in July.

Paris-Roubaix virgins


Some nice little interviews with three riders for whom this year's Paris-Roubaix was their first Hell of the North. Some interesting perspectives from the different teams and Taylor Phinney comes across as very pro (I'm not sore because my bike is so good...).


PdC Olympic RR recon ride

Hello everyone and in particular London-based PdC-ers. I'm currently between jobs so have been taking the opportunity to go on midweek rides. Today - as I pootled up Box Hill for the first time...

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