The Utrecht Files

Day 1. Prequel – the Travelogue This isn’t a confessional. Nor is it therapy.  Focus on the cycling. Focus on the cycling. But in the beginning, there was none. It was the night before… as the saying goes. It started with a narrowly avoided panic attack in the aisle seat (22C) of a KLM plane,Continue reading “The Utrecht Files”

About yesterday…

13th July 2022: the 108th Tour de France, Stage 11 It was the race we all deserved. Stage 11 of the Tour de France 2022 will go down in cycling history as the day we celebrated the attacking spirit of this unique generation of talent; a day of pure, undiluted joy at the spectacle ofContinue reading “About yesterday…”

The Coming Second of Wout van Aert

Wout van Aert and second place co-exist like strawberries and cream or pizza and pineapple (if you’re MVDP). There’s seemingly no end to the ways in which van Aert can narrowly swerve victory, and it’s become a running joke on cycling social media, with memes dedicated to the phenomenon and a collective eye-roll issued byContinue reading “The Coming Second of Wout van Aert”

Ripping up the Script: how to (maybe) beat Pogačar at his own game

Tadej Pogačar. What CAN’T he do? With the entire narrative leading up to this year’s Tour de France focusing on the younger Slovenian’s defence of the title he’s won twice in a row, there’s no shying away from reality: UAE Team Emirates’ tufted prince and his apparent invincibility in the face of any and ALLContinue reading “Ripping up the Script: how to (maybe) beat Pogačar at his own game”

Good Omens

It’s fair to say that Team Jumbo Visma are a team who struggle with luck at the best of times. After a week and a bit replete with mishaps at the 105th Giro d’Italia, a dismal outcome for the Dutch team was widely predicted. Jumbo Visma are the living embodiment of a rollercoaster ride. ToContinue reading “Good Omens”

The 12 Best Riders who DIDN’T win a Spring Classic

It’s hard to believe that spring Classics season is already at an end. It seems mere moments ago that we were counting down to Omloop, impatient for the season ‘proper’ to begin, and yet here we are, already looking back on a monumental couple of months of racing, and beginning a new countdown, as grandContinue reading “The 12 Best Riders who DIDN’T win a Spring Classic”

The Big Review: Feb-Mar 22

It’s almost impossible to imagine that for the casual viewer of cycling, the season has barely begun. We’re still over a month out from our first Grand Tour, and with only one Monument under our belts (two by the time of publication), it might seem as if not a whole lot has happened yet. IContinue reading “The Big Review: Feb-Mar 22”

For the Love of Bees: on Team Jumbo-Visma, risk, and – sometimes – glory

In August 2021, Primož Roglič did something that many bike racers like to do on occasion: he launched an attack. Heading up the cat 2 Puerto de Almáchar climb, deep in the Andalusian Hills of southern Spain, Roglič stood out of his seat and launched off the front of the peloton in search of moreContinue reading “For the Love of Bees: on Team Jumbo-Visma, risk, and – sometimes – glory”

Week-Long Stage Races: Goldilocks Bike Racing

Think back through some of the highlights of the 2021 cycling season and you’ll inevitably find yourself focusing on classic one day races such as the Monuments or World Championships and their all-or-nothing full-gas bids for glory; or at the other end of the spectrum, the three Grand Tours and their endless array of nuance,Continue reading “Week-Long Stage Races: Goldilocks Bike Racing”

AJ Bell Tour of Britain: The Second Half

As my summation of the first four stages of the AJ Bell Tour of Britain consisted, quite predictably, of race reports, it might come as something of a surprise to read the second half, which sadly, will consist of relatively little in the way of cold, hard facts. There are reasons for this which willContinue reading “AJ Bell Tour of Britain: The Second Half”