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On The Significance Of The Post-Tour Crits

On The Significance Of The Post-Tour Crits

Image: ©CorVos

In the couple of weeks after the Tour, a funny thing happens. Or rather: a whole series of similar funny things happen. In towns around France, Belgium and Holland, some of the biggest stars in road cycling appear, alongside lesser-known local riders, at what are effectively exhibition events. Over the course of an evening, following a couple of warm-up races, members of the pro peloton ride numerous very fast, short-ish laps of the town centre, and then, with a couple of kilometres left, following an agreement made before the “race”, three riders “break away” to fill the podium...


On the Desirability of a Women's Tour de France

On the Desirability of a Women's Tour de France

All images: ©Conquista

Last week, at the Grand Départ of the Aviva Women’s Tour, in Southwold, a pretty little town on the Suffolk coast, I had an epiphany.

Women’s cycling is clearly having A Moment, particularly in the UK. Thousands of people turned out to see this race, and thousands more (including Conquista) braved the rain and wind of the North of England to see the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire earlier in the year. One reason, of course, is that the UK has produced a UCI Road World Champion in Lizzie Armitstead. But we have produced several such world champions before,...


Who Will Manage the Managers?

Who Will Manage the Managers?

Conquista may not have made it to the top of pro cycling, but we know a thing or two about working in "high-pressure, high-performance environments" . . .

I started my City career in the late 1990s, in one of the UK’s best-known investment banks. On the graduate training programme I got to know, slightly, a young woman called Fiona. Not long after the introductory programme ended, she approached one of the senior traders at the same bank for some help. She was greeted with the words “’Ello, big tits!”.

I can still remember the stunned expressions on faces around the...


Death in the Afternoon

Death in the Afternoon

On Saturday night boxer Nick Blackwell lost his British title after a long, punishing fight with rising star Chris Eubank Jr.  Immediately afterwards Blackwell collapsed, his brain bleeding.  He was rushed to hospital, where he remains, in an induced coma.  

Boxing is unique among sports, in that the aim of the participant is to incapacitate his opponent.  But this does not make it uniquely dangerous.  Rugby, motorsports, skiing, horse riding, scuba diving, base jumping and many others cause serious injuries and deaths all too often.

Road cycling is dangerous too.  Terrain & weather...


CPA? Or simply - CBA?

On Monday afternoon this week Conquista (along with the rest of the world’s cycling media) received an email from the CPA, the organisation which supposedly represents the interests of professional riders.  Here it is:

PRESS RELEASE OF THE CPA Milan 15/02/2016

Taking a cue from the recent statements of Christian Prudhomme, the CPA (Cyclistes Professionnels Associés) strongly condemns those who make use of tricks such as electric bikes to take advantage during a race.

“It is out of discussion that whoever is cheating during competition must be heavily punished – declaired Gianni Bugno, president...