January 05, 2016 0 Comments
Here's today's (pathetic) first road ride of 2016.
I deliberately chose a route that covers part of my old commute so that I could compare "performance" (if that is the right word). There's one particular climb I used to use to measure my form - Woolwich Ferry to Shooter's Hill Road. My best time ever (which, I proudly notice, is still 8th on the all-time leaderboard) is 5:26. Today's effort, after which I briefly thought my heart was going to leap out of my throat: a roundly dispiriting 7:52. True, I was briefly interrupted by a red traffic light, but I can't really pretend that was anything other than a welcome break in the vomitous agony. Certainly it didn't make any difference to my time.
I was briefly encouraged by the sight of a "PR" symbol on no less than two segments of road. Further inspection revealed the disappointing reality that one was scored on a road I had never previously ridden down and the other is a segment that was invented since the last time I rode.
Oh well. At least I know what I'm up against.
April 30, 2021 0 Comments
Mark Cavendish’s welcome return to victory has led to calls for the Briton to be selected for the Tour de France, including the #CavToTheTour push on Twitter. There is a considerable emotional appeal to him taking part, but is it practical?
April 23, 2021 0 Comments
Earlier this week l’Equipe reported that last year’s Tour runner-up Primož Roglič would have a two month break from racing prior to the French event. That approach goes against the trend of all recent Tour winners, yet Jumbo-Visma believes that this route is the best one to take. Is the team right?
April 16, 2021 0 Comments
The Richard Freeman investigation may have concluded, but there is a sense that questions about British Cycling may only be multiplying. As WADA begins to delve into the federation’s past, Conquista speaks to one whistleblower about his ongoing concerns and where he believes previous enquiries have fallen short.