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    Aussie Sam Spokes on his 5th place in the National Road Race

    Sam has signed with Australian Pro Continental team, Drapac – and in his first race in the Aussie team’s distinctive red jersey he made the winning break in the recent Australian Elite Road race taking a solid fifth behind winner Heinrich Haussler (IAM Cycling)... we caught up with him recently to hear about his fine ride.
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    The VV View: Righteous Indignation. Or, How Should We Judge Astana?

    Righteous indignation - we’re all good at it. The Astana situation gives us the opportunity to use words like ‘scandal,’ ‘disgrace,’ ‘joke,’ ‘appalling’ and all the rest. Here’s the ‘but’: whilst here at VeloVeritas we’re not card carrying members of the UCI we do understand that that the organisation has to work within a framework called ‘rules.’
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    Interview: Team Wiggin's new DS, Simon Cope

    Team Wiggins ? Fear not, VeloVeritas is on the case. Our man in Gent, Ian Whitehead informed us that his amigo of some 25 years, Simon Cope is ‘Chat Show Sensation’ (it says here) Wiggins’ DS for the new venture.
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    Interview: Colourful 70's 'Cross Star Barry Davies

    These last few winters we’ve tracked down some of those colourful British cyclo-cross stars of the 70’s and 80’s – Keith Mernickle, Eric Stone and Chris Wreghitt have all told their stories to VeloVeritas but perhaps the most colourful of them all was the man with the ‘George Best Look’ and the lightest of bikes – Barry Davies.
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    Former World Champion Colin Sturgess - Back in the Saddle and Winning!

    It’s been a wee while since we last spoke to former world professional pursuit champion, Colin Sturgess. When we heard he was back in harness – winning the League of Veteran Racing Cyclists time trial championship this autumn we thought we’d best have a word.
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    Interview: Irish Pro Laurence Roche on his time in the peloton in the '90's

    Laurence Roche who happily chatted away to us until the field was called to the line at the '91 Tour; 'sure the start’ll be a few minutes yet'. He looked a million dollars in his Tonton Tapis kit but was warm, friendly, grounded and good fun. Ever since then we've meant to catch up with him, again – and just after New Year this year, 23 years later, managed it.
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    Charlie Hebdo; the Right to Freedom of Speech

    Recent events in Paris remind us that it's a principle which people surrender their lives to uphold. Whilst we don't get involved with Politics or Religion we respect the right of our fellow journalists to be controversial and thought provoking. We are shocked, saddened and sickened by the Paris atrocity and would extend our heart felt condolences to the family and friends of the victims.
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    Interview: Ryan Mullen - Missed Gold in the World Championship by 0.4s

    Ryan Mullen’s (Ireland & AN Post) progress through the sport has been little short of meteoric. We caught up with the Irish (via Birkenhead and Wales) flyer early in the New Year as he returned from stocking up at the supermarket in Mallorca where he’s training with the Irish track squad for the track Worlds in Paris.
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    Interview: Theo de Rooij - Top Pro with TI-Raleigh and Panasonic, Top Manager with Rabobank

    He had a stellar amateur career in a Golden Era for Netherlands Cycling; rode for four of the sport’s most famous teams – IJsboerke, Capri Sonne, Raleigh and Panasonic; was a highly successful team manager and is still deeply involved with the sport he loves. VeloVeritas is delighted to be able to bring you the thoughts of Mr. Theo de Rooij.
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    The VV View - Inconsistent Views and a Pint in Aldo's Local

    You have to be in the right frame of mind to rant – unless you’re a Master, like Vik – VeloVeritas’s cycling sage and soothsayer, Vik can waken up ranting and probably rants in his sleep. Ed can’t do it to order – but the stars have aligned this morning and there’s a lot to get off his chest...

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Tour de Trossachs 2014 – Golds for Chris Smart and Lynsey Curran (Comments Off)

October 5, 2014 • by Ed Hood and Martin Williamson

Paisley Velo’s Chris Smart joined the likes of Ian Steel, Billy Bilsland, Graeme Obree and Jason MacIntyre on the Tour de Trossachs roll of honour with a fine 1:08:10 winning ride on a cool, grey morning which favoured the strong men.

Last year’s winner, Silas Goldsworthy (Sandy Wallace Cycles) was second with 1:09:29 and fast pedalling David Griffiths (Glasgow Wheelers) third in 1:09:47.

VeloVeritas drove the whole course and snapped about every rider…

Ponferrada World Road Championships 2014 – Elite Men. Michal Kwiatkowski Times it Perfectly (Comments Off)

September 29, 2014 • by Ed Hood

Spanish sports paper, Mundo Deportivo says; ‘El Tigre, en la Lieja-Ponferrada-Lieja’ comparing the race to an Ardennes Classic. ‘A complete cyclist with a brilliant future,’ they say of the 24 year-old Pole. Despite a tiny box on the front cover, the race gets two-and-a-half pages with nice colour pictures.

The second of the Nation’s four sports dailies, Marca concentrates on Valverde’s medal, ‘El hombre de bronce,’ again with colour photography and two full pages – if back on page 40. AS too goes with Valverde, ‘La sexta de Valverde’ – his fourth bronze and two silver medals take him two medals clear in the tables of seven riders on four podiums: Freire, Binda, Van Steenbergen, Lemond, Van Looy, Darrigade and Poulidor. Albeit all of them save Poulidor won the race at least once…

Ponferrara World Road Championships 2014 – Juniors & Women. Jonas Bokeloh & Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Comments Off)

September 28, 2014 • by Ed Hood

I hate to keep moaning about these Worlds, but … There’s no way you can get from the two K to go sign at the foot of the final descent and up onto the climb. Barriers, tapes, police, volantarios (volunteer janitors) – grim! A man who can’t walk the course ends up in too many bars.

The junior race was mad – crashes aplenty but a good finish with the big German lad too fast for everyone. The wee Russian lad who was second looks ‘well hard’ he’d get no lip from anyone in a chip shop in Whitburn.

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Gent Six Day 2014 – One of the ‘Straightest’ Sixes We’ve Seen (Comments Off)

December 2, 2014 • by Ed Hood

I remember once, after the last chase in a Six Day I asked Dirk, our Belgian mechanic; ‘was that finale ‘straight’ Dirk?’ He fixed me with a patient stare, much as a good parent would do after their child has said something silly, ‘have you ever seen a ‘straight’ Six Day, Ed?’

I took his point, they’re all pretty much choreographed – but like I keep saying, you have to be able to take laps out of a string riding at 52-53 kph to win. But I reckon that on Sunday evening I did see a straight finale – and our cycling sage and mentor, Vik shares my opinion having watched the finale on the computer; probably getting a better view and appreciation of the racing than I did.

The last 20 minutes or so were savage; up close you could see the pain on the faces with De Ketele and De Buyst looking increasingly determined and Cav and Iljo looking increasingly desperate.

A Day at the ‘Duinencross’ – the Koksijde Cyclo-Cross 2014 (Comments Off)

November 30, 2014 • by Ed Hood

We’re at the Gent Six Day, and of course, the pils still gets the better of a few of the ‘don’t get out much brigade.’ Friday night didn’t see the best madison chase ever, and on a unanimous decision we headed for frites – and beer.

We love the Vivaldi, the landlady, the crazy clientele, the 70’s Disco and the fact that no matter how late we stay, we’ve never seen closing time… And the Saturday of the Gent Six Day means just one thing – the big ‘cross at Koksijde.

Amsterdam Six Day 2014 – Part Two; a Race and Rider Review (Comments Off)

October 26, 2014 • by Ed Hood

Kris maybe summed it up best; ‘it felt like a Monday night at any another Six Day.’ There was none of the tension or expectation which usually precedes the final chase in a Six.

Granted, we weren’t looking after riders who were in the mix for the win but it was indeed, ‘just another chase.’ Maybe it was because it was clear from the start that Terpstra was the strongest man on the track and there was only going to be one winner.

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Sam Spokes – a Great Start for Drapac with 5th at the Aussie Nationals (Comments Off)

January 28, 2015 • by Ed Hood

He has a great name for a cyclist, Sam Spokes; we first spoke to the young Aussie in 2013 when he was making a name for himself with QuickStep U23 feeder team, Etixx. Last year also saw some nice results – but not enough to move him up to the Etixx World Tour squad.

But all is not lost, he’s signed with Australian Pro Continental team, Drapac – and in his first race in the Aussie team’s distinctive red jersey he made the winning break in the recent Australian Elite Road race taking a solid fifth behind winner Heinrich Haussler (IAM Cycling). VeloVeritas caught up with him a day or two after his fine ride.

Theo de Rooij – One of the World’s Best Pro Riders and Directeur Sportifs (Comments Off)

January 24, 2015 • by Ed Hood

He had a stellar amateur career in a Golden Era for Netherlands Cycling; rode for four of the sport’s most famous teams – Ijsboerke, Capri Sonne, Raleigh and Panasonic; was a highly successful team manager and is still deeply involved with the sport he loves.

VeloVeritas is delighted to be able to bring you the thoughts of Mr. Theo de Rooij.

Simon Cope – Team Wiggins’ new Director Sportiv (Comments Off)

January 19, 2015 • by Ed Hood

Team Wiggins ? Fear not, VeloVeritas is on the case.

Our man in Gent, Ian Whitehead informed us that his amigo of some 25 years, Simon Cope is ‘Chat Show Sensation’ (it says here) Wiggins’ DS for the new venture.

We checked Mr. Cope out and he’s got the T-shirt, the DVD and the box set – originally a 34 Nomad before he turned pro and a British champion on road and track we decided to do the usual VeloVeritas thing and ‘have a word.’

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