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”

’22 Preview: Chapter 3 – The Pack (1): The Challengers

Welcome back to ’22 Preview, a series of articles in which I take a look at each of the men’s World Tour teams (and a few added extras) in an effort to see what the future holds for them in this new season. In Chapters One and Two, I examined the fortunes of the TopContinue reading “’22 Preview: Chapter 3 – The Pack (1): The Challengers”

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”

Two Weekends, A Lifetime of Stories

This weekend, after a year and a half of waiting, I finally said goodbye to my Dad. He died in April 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic (not from covid, I might add) and it’s taken this long for us to able to gather the family and friends who would have wanted to celebrateContinue reading “Two Weekends, A Lifetime of Stories”

WC Mens’ Road Race: 5 Storylines

The infinite ways in which a road race can play out almost always coalesce into something cycling fans recognise – a predictable outcome even where the variables (the riders, the parcours, dogs off their leads) are unpredictable. It can be as binary as the breakaway vs the pack; a sprint vs a lone attacker; theContinue reading “WC Mens’ Road Race: 5 Storylines”

Olympic Despatches: Mountain Biking Cross Country

The cross country mountain biking was next up for fans of all things cycling, and whilst it took us away from the roads and onto very different terrain, there were still some familiar faces for road cycling purists to look out for among the elite group of 38 riders who lined up for the men’sContinue reading “Olympic Despatches: Mountain Biking Cross Country”

Tour de France 2021 – Rest Day Reflections 1

In the past, it’s not been uncommon to find the first week of a Grand Tour a somewhat staid affair; cagey GC teams not wanting to show their cards too early; often an emphasis on flat sprint stages as the mountains await deeper into the race. A succession of twitchy, nervous days are spent notContinue reading “Tour de France 2021 – Rest Day Reflections 1”

Agent of Chaos II: The Legacy Edition

The narrative around MVDP and his participation at the Tour de France has shifted quite dramatically over the past few months. As early as last December he said the Tour was ‘very inconvenient’ and once again in February, before the beginning of the road season, the Alpecin-Fenix rider stated that he would ride the TourContinue reading “Agent of Chaos II: The Legacy Edition”

Agent of Chaos: the Unfathomable Mindset of MVDP

The psychological burden of performing at the top level in any sport cannot be underestimated. It’s understandable that it’s sometimes neglected, given the physical strains that the body must endure, but it undeniably takes a master of both the physical and psychological to perform at an elite level in any athletic endeavour. Nowhere is thisContinue reading “Agent of Chaos: the Unfathomable Mindset of MVDP”