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Scottish 25 Mile Time Trial Championship 2015 – Peter Murdoch Takes Gold (Comments Off)

June 7, 2015 • by Ed Hood and Martin Williamson

On a windswept day for the strong of leg and heart on the Ayrshire coast it was last year’s silver medallist, ‘fresh’ from that toughest of races, the RAS, Peter Murdoch (Neon-Velo Cycling Team) who’s 52:13 was 22 seconds too quick for deposed reigning champion, Iain Grant (Fullarton Wheelers) and 49 seconds faster than bronze medallist and another former ’25’ champion, Arthur Doyle (Dooleys).

Giro d’Italia 2015 – Stage 16, Pinzolo – Aprica; the Mortirolo! (Comments Off)

May 26, 2015 • by Ed Hood and Martin Williamson

You forget how gruesome the climbs are here in Italy; I’d never been over the Mortirolo before but it was an eye opener – 11.9 kilometres (that’s more than seven miles) with an AVERAGE gradient of just under 12% and a maximum of 18%.

Lance reckoned it was the toughest climb he ever raced and ‘Bert’ was on 34 x 30; ’nuff said !’

On most of the big climbs there are sections where it eases a little; not on this swine, it’s unrelenting and unforgiving – ask Fabio Aru …

Scottish National 10 Mile Time Trial Championship 2015 – Iain Grant Takes it Again! (Comments Off)

May 10, 2015 • by Ed Hood and Martin Williamson

On a dour, grey morning by the banks of a brooding River Clyde Iain Grant (Fullarton Wheelers) reminded us why he’s Scotland’s short distance king with a stunning 19:38 in the Scottish National 10 Mile Mile Time Trial Championship on a sodden, cold Westferry course.

Second in 20:13 was ‘new kid on the block’ Harry Bulstrode (VC Edinburgh) with Sandy Wallace Cycles ever consistent Alan Thomson third in 20:32; just one tick of the second hand ahead of Billy Bilsland’s Ben Peacock in 20:33.

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Le Tour de France 2015 – Stage 21; Sèvres – Paris Champs-Élysées (Comments Off)

July 27, 2015 • by Ed Hood

When we spoke to Cav’s personal soigneur, Aldis half way through the stage we knew it wasn’t to be; ‘And Mark, today ?’ Aldis screwed up his face; ‘he’s a little sick…’

So 4:1 to Greipel – and the rumours about Cav having to learn to understand Brian Smith’s accent at MTN get ever stronger. We changed our system and didn’t drive race route for the last stage; instead we drove straight to the digs, got organised, had a shower and headed off across a wet Paris to the finish circuit.

Le Tour de France 2015 – Stage 20; Modane Valfréjus – Alpe d’Huez (Comments Off)

July 26, 2015 • by Ed Hood

We didn’t want any slip ups on ‘le jour d’Alpe’ so we were offski early to make sure we were on the parcours in plenty of time. Trouble is that we were on the road before the routing crews and had a wee bit of mucking around before we picked up the parcours. One mitigating factor was that we stumbled on Oleg out for a run, complete with bodyguard/training partner and team car.

The stage may have been ‘all about L’Alpe’ but the Croix de Fer is no joke of a climb either – although the huge drop off makes it a descent where regrouping is possible.

Le Tour de France 2015 – Stage 19; Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne – La Toussuire (Comments Off)

July 25, 2015 • by Ed Hood

It’s fabulous being on Le Tour but it does involve hugely long days and there’s always too much to do. With that in mind, to claw back a little time to get the pictures up to date, do the washing and get some proper sleep we decided to work a stage start then head for the digs.

Stage 19 started in St. Jean De Maurienne, a nice wee place with a long leafy boulevard where the team buses lined up and a square at the top of it where the Tour Village was situated. We had to wait 15 minutes to get through whilst the caravan rolled out – good for waving to all those smiley girls who get the best sun tans on the race.

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Alan Thomson – Scottish 50 Mile TT Champion 2015 (Comments Off)

July 22, 2015 • by Ed Hood

VeloVeritas didn’t make it to the National ’50’ but we did pick up the phone and ring the winner, Alan Thomson. We asked if it was a tough shift up there in the North East;

“Nuts! The course rolls and there were spells of brutal headwind where I was down to 19 mph then you were back up to 30 mph and sections you thought would be fast were slow. It was a day where you really had to concentrate and think about what you were doing.”

Richard Bideau – 30mph for 100 Miles to break the Competition Record! (Comments Off)

July 14, 2015 • by Ed Hood

A 19 minute ‘10’ is pretty rapid by any standard – but how about stringing together 10 of them, back to back?

That’s exactly what 44 year-old Richard Bideau (Pendle Forest CC) a self employed potter from Burnley did in his first hundred; recording 3:18:54 in the Stockton Wheeler’s event a week past Sunday to slice a stunning 3:51 from multi-BBAR Kevin Dawson’s 12 year-old competition record.

We just had to; ‘have a word.’

Bernard Thévenet – the Man who Ended Eddy Merckx’s Reign at the Tour de France (Comments Off)

July 3, 2015 • by Ed Hood

By the mid-70’s Belgian, Eddy Merckx was well established as the “Cannibal”, an insatiable creature for whom only victory satisfied the hunger. In 1975 a handsome, smiling Frenchman ended Merckx’s reign of fear in one of the all-time great Tours.

Bernard Thevenet is older now, but still handsome and affable, he took time-out from his role as “chef de piste” at the Grenoble Six Day race a year or two ago to talk to VeloVeritas. The interview was conducted in his office, he brought his chair round the desk so there were no barriers between us; I couldn’t help but notice that he had his shoes off…

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