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Planning on doing a hills session on the rollers today.
I might turn the fan up too to add a bit more resistance……….
So they’re talking about a Tour sans spectators. How the hell do you make that happen? It’s run on public roads for free. It’s not like a stadium where you can control entry.
Nuts but the best idea I have seen to date is a late year tour 1 week each of TDF, Giro, Vuelta.
That actually would be entertaining. Give them a day off between each race and let them change up their teams if they want to. Three different winners or someone win more than one race?? Lots of different strategies. Sounds like fun to me!
Maybe just allow subs so that all the contenders have max support throughout and have one overall winner. Would be a unique draw for all the GT contenders in the same field.
Thinking about this actually it could work well.
1. Three week tour with 1 week of Giro, TDF, Vuelta (in that order for travel)
2. Teams of 6 riders (would allow more teams to take part)
3. Each team can have 3 subs who can be recycled (would allow sprinters to switch out for mountain stages)
4. Jersey Winners must complete all stages
UCI/ASO – this is @OTR copyright and we seek Copyright Fees if you do this!
I’m voting for you for President!
You could combine the jerseys too.
1. Overall – Yellow jersey with Pink and Red hoop
2. KOM – Blue Jersey with a white band with Blue and Red Polka Dots
3. Points – Cyclamen Jersey with two tone Green hoop
4. Junior – White with a Yellow, Pink and Red hoop
Gave myself an extra Exeat (Latin) for the week as the weather is nice, though very windy nd it is possible we may have more significant lockdown next week affecting cycling. Hope people stay away from popular spots this weekend. Noticed that the carparks to just about all the small moors around here are shut off. Seemed to be more bikes out than cars which was nice. France, Italy and Spain have banned cycling. I’ve seem talk of Belgium potentially limiting folk to 50Km rides. Here we can go for 1 local ride per day. They are clearly trying to… Read more »
Yup, lovely pic! Solid rain all weekend forecasted here. Good excuse to get into the garage for some pre-season maintenance.
Stay safe and healthy everyone!
I’d take solid rain for a week. Up here the menu reads rain all day tomorrow, then two days of gale force winds and below freezing temperatures, followed by snowfall all weekend.
More Zwift then…
Spring must be in the air. Beautiful day with not a cloud in the sky, still chilly though. So why the indications of Spring? I swallowed two flies!
Over here we are still allowed to go out for exercise as long as its only once per day and within your own normal mileage and you must be solo (or with family members) and maintain separation from anyone you meet.
I understand the solo part, but what’s with only once per day and “normal” mileage?
It’s been nice here – perfect weather lately – but I haven’t had a chance to ride as much as I want to.
I think it’s party because hoards of people went to parks and the coast last weekend and became gridlocked crowds in the nice weather. Totally stupid under the circumstances. So really they (should) mean to stay local but the normal mileage part is to dissuade folk from pushing themselves too far/hard and ending up in hospital as a result. Which is of course the last thing that is needed at the moment. Judging by my ride today there are quite a few more people running and cycling than I would normally see as people are either “working from home” or… Read more »
Here in Wisconsin we under a “safer at home” order. That means you can still go out and the Governor explicitly said bike rides were ok. I rode 41 miles yesterday and there were a lot of folks out getting some fresh air (it was a pretty decent day.) Most seemed to be socially distancing . . . .
So in the interests of light (ok puerile) entertainment as the UK switches to half a step from a total lockdown, on a FB page the subject came up of Jelly Babies or Wine Gums as an in ride fuel. So I posted a poll on the page, current scoring has Jelly Babies ahead by nearly a factor of 2……..
I was up at Box Hill today and it was lovely so I thought I would sit in the sun and take a photo. As I wheeled my bike to the fence I realised it would be the ‘wrong’ way around so I had to turn. Then I realised after taking the photo it was in the ‘wrong’ chainring, so I had to put it in the big ring (and I actually deleted the old photo in case it ever got used by mistake). Another cyclist sitting near by (but correctly socially distanced) said “Yes it’s a beautiful day isn’t… Read more »
Though the EMPS……………
This is my mid ride photo………..
Or perhaps both…… Thanks for sharing. That is a beautiful photo with the exception of the bidons. No, that is not a rule but generally accepted practice to remove the bottles. Apologies, for being that guy………..
I’ve found myself doing the same thing – forgetting then re-taking the photo. You need to add better lighting, too! I’m having a hard time seeing the details of your lovely ride.
Sadly we could be spending some time with a ride to the cafe for cake and coffee being encompassed by the below…..
Hmmm – apparently recreational cycling is now banned in France and it seems the authorities are using Strava to catch and fine offenders.
I am in NY and riding has not been banned as of yet. However, we are on lock down as of Sunday at 8:00 PM. The health care system here is about to be overwhelmed. I rode yesterday but am having a difficult time justifying any further riding for a while.
I am not sure whether this feeling is a deep sense of social responsibility or extreme self interest.
Yeah I’m in two minds here – not least as it’s also risking agro from drivers. I know of someone who was shouted at yesterday and there is this from Belgium.
Ironically driving is a far more dangerous activity.
Parks have been rammed with walkers and joggers, and Box Hill was heaving this morning apparently so I wouldn’t worry – don’t see why we should be the only ones not to get out.
Just seen that the seaside resorts were rammed today too.
Today I figured an empty cafe was low risk and they need all the help they can get at the moment……
Which will be the last for some time as cafes are now closed in the UK.
The Netherlands has its priorities straight:
Netherlands Closes Sex Shops, Cannabis Cafes Due To Coronavirus; Bike Shops Stay Open
Looks from that as though curbs may come, at least in some countries. Also looks that confusion will also result from the same. Tough times.
A minor issue in current wold affairs but I suspect my Stelbel is subject to the lockdown constraints in Italy.
Velo News Podcast on Crash Treatment and Recovery could be of interest to some…….though not sure the Rattlesnake part is very likely in Surrey………
Calling all velo historians and members with good taste (that means anyone currently on this site)… Discussing Teocalli’s new Stelbel and a little sidebar of my new frame coming, I’m wondering what to do with my soon-to-be retired #1, my beloved Pegoretti. This year marks 20 years together and many happy memories. The arbitrary 20 year milestone is what prompted me to order a new frame. I’ve posted a couple of pictures to the old V site and one here, I can add more if it helps. It started life with a blend of Campa Record and Chorus, back when… Read more »
Strip it back to a frame and use it as wall art if you are not going to ride it!
Had to share this. Dutch National Headwind Championships!
They called it off because of 100km winds??? P*ssies!
Dang. Was trying to decide what to do with my old 2006 S-Works StumpJumper that had a suspension linkage failure a few years ago. I did get a new linkage piece but discovered when I went to replace it that when the linkage broke it also “burst” the rear shock as the rear end collapsed. You can’t get service parts beyond 2013 but in checking that with my LBS they checked with Spesh and have offered me 20% of a replacement. The alternative would be £500 on an aftermarket shock but I don’t need another mob (with 26in wheels) as… Read more »
Couldn’t decide whether to post this in Banter or Tech. Buy my “tidy front end” since @Teocalli posted A Tidy Rear End. Made in China special Wahoo ELEMNT mount from Amazon with built-in GoPro mount point underneath. Bontrager Blendr GoPro light mount for my light. Cheers!
Yup. I’m planning to use one of those mounts on the Stelbel – when it finally arrives………..
What do you think? New season, new bar tape.
I think track bikes get a bit of allowance for bling.
Ah, I didn’t realise I couldn’t post two photos. This was the particular subject I had in mind.
You should be able to post up to 4. When you select the camera icon it should pop up 4 outlines for photos. Just click on those in sequence.
Looks nice – on a track bike…….
Arrrrgh! You guys are killing me. I doubt I’ve done 100 road miles this year. Snow, ice, freezing temps. The fat bike has been out but on Saturday my ride totalled one mile! The snow was just too deep then my seat post snapped. End of ride. Trying to ride the trainer at least a couple of times a week . . .
Bummer that I’m missing the Frosty Bear fat bike ride in Laona, WI this weekend. 30 miles on groomed trails in the Nicolet forest.
I’m a year-round Zwifter so a bit extra in winter doesn’t make a lot of difference.
Having said that, last Saturday I was all kitted up and ready to go to Herne Hill (outdoor velodrome) for training but it was iced off. Sunday was worse and as Teocalli knows, I have good reason to be scared of ice.
That was the weekend my coach decided to up the volume so I had six hours of indoor riding.
I’m really enjoying using smart rollers though (Elite Nero). Much better than a stationary trainer.
Yup, that’s why I not longer ride on frosty days. Still makes my guts churn!
Hmm interesting re the Elite Nero. I was toying with a smart turbo but prefer rollers, might have to consider those if I decide to go the smart route.
They’re great. I do 95% of my Zwifting on them.
The only thing I can’t manage are all out sprints. I can do a seated sprint effort of 700 ish watts but a flat out maximum or something like a ramp test just requires too much concentration.
I’m doing Freezing Saddles again this year which motivates me to ride outside as much as possible over the winter. As I type, I’ve logged 367 road miles since January 1st (I had more miles the first two weeks of January than I did in either December or November). But I’m also going to try some indoor training. I have a friend who does Zwift a lot and I’ve done the first two stages of Tour de Zwift with him. It’s fun and different, but don’t think I need to be worried about being seduced by the Dark Side. My… Read more »
If that is your indoor setup it looks like you are well on the way to being seduced by the dark side. I’m at 324 miles for the year (but who’s counting!) and way too many of those have been indoors. Roll on Spring but I fear we have not had Winter yet in the UK.
Nice out today for a Winter Bike run for cake and coffee.
If any of you have some free time these long winter night, give this a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lxVTy0paw8&t=52s
Some great Hinault footage and a very young Patrick Lefevre pops up too! (I also love the tradition of the podium girls getting a flower from the winner’s bouquet – bring it back!)
Happy New Year OTR’s!
Looks a touch warmer and dryer than here at the moment. The Winter Bike is certainly earning its keep at the moment.
First ride in the Great Outdoors this year, 80 Km not too cold, or wet, but last few Km were not too easy. Need to work hard to get back in shape! At least that’s 1% of this year’s target rolled off.
Very Best Wishes to all for the New Year. Currently doing most (all) of my miles on Rollers. Need to get out before I start suffering from agoraphobia! Fortunately my buddy is dragging me out on Thursday. I’m pretty out of shape figuratively and metaphorically. Hmm that could be interpreted at least 4 ways – but I do seem to have picked up half a stone from somewhere. I’ll leave the non Brits to figure that out. Bit short on the annual target this year but with fitness issues in the early part of the year and 2 sets of… Read more »
The rest of Advent … 22, 23, and 24.
Merry Christmas and Very Best Wishes for the New Year.
I must get the events calendar sorted for 2020 and get the countdown timer going for the start of the Spring Classics. At least all the building and redecorating work is done on the house and I can get back to bike related stuff – and start getting fit again!
From me and my family to all of y’all and y’all’s families … MERRY CHRISTMAS! And greetings from the entire PEZ crew too! https://www.pezcyclingnews.com/features/seasons-greetings-from-the-pez-crew-christmas-2019/
I’m a day behind posting … #21