Post Vuelta Review: A Big Bag of Thoughts

Following the mad rush of last season’s grand tours, this season has felt like a return to something resembling normality. It’s been a long summer though, and now it’s late, and we’ve all had a bit too much to drink, and people are being silly and making up poems. No-one has time to read aContinue reading “Post Vuelta Review: A Big Bag of Thoughts”

AJ Bell Tour of Britain: Preview

The rescheduled 17th edition of the modern reincarnation of the Tour of Britain will take place over eight stages and feature racing in all three countries of mainland Great Britain. The race was relaunched in 2004 following a five-year absence from the racing calendar and this year, just as in previous years, the race willContinue reading “AJ Bell Tour of Britain: Preview”

La Vuelta a Espana: Rest Day Reflections 2

The second week of the Vuelta has been at times, as predicted, a fiery affair. Following the ponderous, often snooze-inducing flat stages of the opening week, punctuated by just a few brief interludes of excitement, the race roared to life under the sweltering Spanish sun. The week has been a big bag of surprises, withContinue reading “La Vuelta a Espana: Rest Day Reflections 2”

La Vuelta a Espana: Rest Day Reflections 1

The Vuelta is like a sigh of relief. After the pressure cooker of the Tour de France, with its whirlwind of sponsors; its media circus; its prestige; the Vuelta feels like a letting go. Languid, sultry days traversing the dry Spanish landscape, with its rocky outcrops and deserted plains; there’s a hipster vibe to itContinue reading “La Vuelta a Espana: Rest Day Reflections 1”

There’s something about La Vuelta…

Despite coming in third in a recent poll containing just three options, La Vuelta a Espana has always held a peculiar charm. From over 600 respondents, a loyal minority of 22% picked the Spanish Grand Tour as their favourite, and I’m happy to count myself among them. It’s understandable that it didn’t rate as highlyContinue reading “There’s something about La Vuelta…”

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”

The Tour de France 2021: Haiku Recap

Writing reports about Grand Tour stages is tricky; writing short ones is nigh on impossible. Trying to recall the endless brief iterations of breakaways; recounting the dynamics of a group attacking up a long climb; remembering to mention the quirks and random occurrences that make every day different in a three week race; it allContinue reading “The Tour de France 2021: Haiku Recap”

Tour de France 2021: Rest Day Reflections II

The second week of a Grand Tour traditionally sees the turning of the screw; the ramping up of pressure, on whoever holds the yellow jersey, and those who are in close proximity. If the first week is attritional and the final week is a full-blooded attack, the central week is the firing of shots; theContinue reading “Tour de France 2021: Rest Day Reflections II”

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”