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Victoria Pendleton

Why are British Cycling so Successful?

Since dominating the track cycling in the Beijing Olympics, British Cycling said they never expected to replicate their dominance in China at the next Olympics. But, that seems to be exactly what is happening. 2012 finished with GB cycling at the top of the track cycling medal table with 7 golds out of a possible […]

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Inspired by the Olympics

photo S.E Star / CC In an age of glib marketing sentiments, it’s easy to be a little cyclical about another slogan ‘Inspire a Generation’. But, despite all the clichés and imperfections of  the Olympics, I’ve found myself drawn into this great sporting spectacle and feel genuinely inspired by the Olympic spirit. It’s an inspiration […]

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Olympic Road Race Preview

At 250Km the Olympic road race will be one of most interesting events on the Olympic calender. The standout favourite is Mark Cavendish. If the peleton finishes in a bunch sprint on the Mall, it would be hard to bet against Mark Cavendish. The box hill circuit 9* 15Km circuits include a substantial amount of […]

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Tributes to Bradley Wiggins

I hope our French, Australian, Italian, Dutch readers will forgive this little post tour indulgence in Wiggins mania. I promise it won’t last much longer, though if Cavendish wins the Olympic road race… Bradley Wiggins on the podium. Bradley Wiggins. Photo credit ASO / Credit Press Sport The four jerseys – Peter Sagan (green / […]

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Mark Cavendish

The Manx Missile

Mark Cavendish Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Weight 69 kg (150 lb) Speed during sprint – upto 48mph, 78Kmph Power during sprint: over 1000 watts [1] Tour de France Stage Wins (22 July 21st, 2012) With all the excitement of Wiggin’s dominance of the Tour, it’s easy to forget, in the same team, […]

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Wheelsucking and Road Racing

I was cycling into town this morning with tired legs after a hilly ride in the Chilterns the previous day. I was recovering nicely on the smooth newly tarmaced Iffley Road. A commuter in lycra shorts came storming past me on a hybrid bike. I couldn’t resist jumping on his back wheel and following him […]

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Bradley Wiggins Preparation for Tour de France

Good article and video about Bradley Wiggins here at Guardian. – See: Video and interview. Bradley Wiggins is in form of his life and his preparation has the seal of great professionalism. Team Sky seem to leave nothing unturned. Already this year, he has won two major stage races 1st Overall Paris-Nice including 1st Stage […]

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Halfords Tour Series 2012 Oxford Photos

Tues evening was the first edition of the Halfords Tour Series to be held in Oxford.     It was based around a twisty circuit on St Giles with several sharp hairpins, and two long straights up and down St Giles. It was quite a scenic criterium circuit with St John’s and some other colleges […]

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Sprinters Cycling

Sprinters are the superstars of cycling. I’ll never be a sprinter myself, but I love watching them in action. The greatest cyclists who win grand tours are quite often perceived as dull riders (perhaps unfairly), e.g. Miguel Indurain who dominated in the time trials and then defended in the mountains; Armstrong who  ’tediously’ overpowered his […]

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Mark Cavendish World Champion

Congratulations to Mark Cavendish and Team GB for finishing off an amazing victory in the World Road Championship – the first since Tom Simpson in 1965. Despite my love of cycling, it’s not often I get excited about watching cycle races – often they are pretty tedious events. But, today I felt quite fortunate to […]

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Lance Armstrong Story

Sunday was a good day. First I suffered in the 100 mile race. Then I return home to watch others suffering on a much larger scale. It wasn’t just the usual suspects suffering on the mountain passes (the sprinters like Cavendish) but no less than the global phenomena of Lance Armstrong. Even the greatest champions […]

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