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Pavel Sivakov – the hottest U23 property in the world(Comments Off on Pavel Sivakov – the hottest U23 property in the world)

August 18, 2017 • by Ed Hood

What’s the best thing an aspiring world class athlete can do? Pick their parents carefully, of course. The hottest U23 property in the world right now, Pavel Sivakov did that very thing; dad Alexei was a pro for 10 years with Roslotto, BigMat, CCC and Auber 93. As an amateur he won the Tour of Serbia and as a pro the Circuito Montanes; he rode the Vuelta and three Tours de France.

Mum, Aleksandra Koliaseva? How’s twice world team trial champion, Russian Road race Champion and runner up in the Ladies’ Giro?

The young man himself is just 20 years-old and has been rampant this season winning three of the biggest U23 races on the calendar: the French Ronde de L’Isard and the Italian ‘Baby’ Giro and Giro Valle d’Aosta – all three major shop windows for the World Tour talent scouts. Both of his parents are Russian but Pavel was born in Italy and has lived most of his life in La Belle France.

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John Archibald – 12 seconds off a podium spot at the British 25 Mile TT Championships(Comments Off)


August 16, 2017 • by Ed Hood

It’s not a lot of time is 12 seconds; around 250 metres at the speeds they go at these days; but that’s what separated Scottish 25 Mile Time Trial Champion, John Archibald from the podium of the CTT National 25 mile championship in Wales on Sunday.

Man of the moment, Dan Bigham (Brother NRG Wattshop) won his seventh British title of the year in 45:40 from Tim Cartwright (Newbury CC) 45:59 with champion for the last two years, Ryan Perry (Raleigh GAC) relegated to third with 46:11 to Archibald’s sterling 46:23.

That had to be the first question VeloVeritas asked; “Could you have found 12 seconds, John?”

Dan Bigham – the new mens’ 25 Mile Time Trial Champion for 2017(Comments Off)


August 14, 2017 • by Ed Hood

We’re proud of our record here at VeloVeritas; we’ve interviewed every British 25 mile time trial champion since 2005.

Michael Hutchinson, Jason MacIntyre (rest in peace), Joe Perrett, Matt Bottrrill, Ryan Perry – and this year is no exception with Dan Bigham (Brother NRG Wattshop) taking time to chat to us about his seventh British title of the year [adding to CTT ‘50,’ CTT Circuit TT, TTT, kilometre, individual pursuit and team pursuit] and his ambitions for the future.

Bigham recorded 45:40 in Wales on Sunday to take the title by 19 seconds from Tim Cartwright (Newbury CC) with Scotland’s John Archibald (Pro Vision Cycle Clothing) a fine fourth with 46:23, just 12 seconds off bronze, which was taken by champion for the previous two years, Ryan Perry (Raleigh GAC), we’ll be running an interview on VeloVeritas with John about his excellent ride within the next few days.

James Davey – Getting great results in Italy, including the bestial Monte Grappa U23 Classic(Comments Off)


August 7, 2017 • by Ed Hood

Italy’s Bassano-Monte Grappa U23 Classic has been around since 1930 and lists Italian Legend, Gino Bartali as a winner in 1934; with Leonardo Piepoli, Giro winners Ivan Gotti, Gilberto Simoni and Damiano Cunego, not to mention Fabio Aru all on the more recent role of honour.

It’s a beast of race, flat then rearing up the feared Monte Grappa climb – of Giro fame – to finish at over 1700 metres.

Exeter’s James Davey was right there in the 2017 edition taking 10th spot behind Belarusian strongman Aliaksandr Riabushenko who won Bassano-Monte Grappa for the second year in succession.

Mark Stewart – Scotland’s New Double European Champion(Comments Off)


August 4, 2017 • by Ed Hood

Le Tour, it’s so big that we tend to forget that there’s a lot more to cycling than Froomey breaking a spoke and Louis Meintjes, Simon Yates and Rigoberto Uran getting towed around France. Races like the Under 23 European Track Championships in Sangalhos-Anadia in Portugal where Scotland’s Mark Stewart grabbed not one but two titles – the individual pursuit and omnium.

We last spoke to Mark after the Track Worlds, back in the spring – a series which perhaps didn’t go as well as he’d have liked. But the Euros could hardly have gone better.

John Dewey – the 3rd Fastest 25 Mile TT, ever; whilst working full time!(Comments Off)


July 25, 2017 • by Ed Hood

If you’re a sad old tester like me you’ll remember that wonderful day back in 1978 when ‘King’ Alf Engers discovered the Holy Grail – it took 49 minutes and 24 seconds. The first 30 mph 25 mile time trial. Hard to imagine that Alf’s time would only have given him joint 21st position in the Lea Valley CC ‘25’ on the E2/25 a couple of weeks ago – some four minutes behind the winner, John Dewey of Team Bottrill/HSS Hire.

It’s the fastest ever ‘25’ by a ‘true amateur’ – Dewey holds down a full time, high pressure job. Marcin Bialoblocki (44:04) and Alex Dowsett (44:29) have both gone quicker but are full time professional athletes. We spoke to John to find out more about his amazing ride…

Steve Cummings – and now the British Road Race Champion too!(Comments Off)


June 27, 2017 • by Ed Hood

After his win in the British Time Trial Championship, here’s what Dimension Data’s Steve Cummings told us when we asked him about his chances in the British Road Race Championship: “I’m not at 100% so don’t believe I have the condition to win the road race – it’ll be perhaps another 10 days before I come into my best shape.”

Despite that, two days later he was topping his second Isle of Man podium as British Elite Time Trial and Road Race Champion.

Steve Cummings – the New British TT Champion is ‘The Real Deal”(Comments Off)


June 23, 2017 • by Ed Hood

Steve Cummings, he’s the real deal. Dues fully paid at low budget Landbouwkrediet and Barloworld, he’s also ridden with some of the biggest teams in the sport; Discovery, Sky and BMC – before finding what is the ideal squad for him, Dimension Data where letting him ‘do his own thing’ has paid off for both parties in spades.

British champion on road and track, Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Olympic Games silver medallist, Italian semi-classic winner, stage race winner and stage winner in the likes of the Basque Country, Dauphine and Tirreno; not to mention Grand Tour stage winner – and still the same humble, grounded, approachable man he’s always been.

Unfortunately Cummings suffered a fractured collarbone, scapula and sternum in a bad crash on stage four of the Tour of the Basque Country back in the spring. Not many could say they won their first race back after a spill like that – especially when they had to beat a man like Movistar’s specialist ‘chronoman’ Alex Dowsett to do it, but here’s what British Elite Time Trial Champion 2017, Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) had to say to VeloVeritas shortly after his victory.

Richard Bideau – Another record-breaking 100 Mile Time Trial, but again no certificate(Comments Off)


June 21, 2017 • by Ed Hood

Biggest news of the weekend? Spilak wins overall in Suisse – and the Russian team takes the GC at ZLM too with Goncalves; Dillier wins the Route du Sud for BMC or Cav shows form in Slovenia to get the Dimension Data management team off the Valliums? ‘None of the above.’

Adam Duggleby’s (Vive le Velo) 3:16:51 to break the British 100 mile time trial record on the e2/100, Newmarket course is the ride which has tongues wagging on this side of the Channel and North Sea. Peter Harrison (AS Test Team) 3:18:58 was also inside the old mark; as was the man we interviewed two years ago when we all thought he’d nabbed the record with his 3:18:54, reigning BBAR Richard Bideau – until the course was re-measured and found to be ‘short’ by 0.2 miles.

We caught up with Bideau two days after his ride…

Mark Stewart – a Team Pursuit PB at the Track World Championships(Comments Off)


June 16, 2017 • by Ed Hood

It was a great World Track Championships for Scotland with Katie Archibald coming home from Hong Kong as World Omnium Champion. But not such a great Championships for Dundee’s Mark Stewart who was competing in the team pursuit and madison.

Unfortunately GB missed out on the bronze medal in the team pursuit to Italy whilst Mark and partner Ollie Wood were DNF in the madison. We caught up with the AN Post professional a week or so after the Worlds, back in his Italian base…

John Archibald – “a four minute (Pursuit) effort is something I think I could be good at”(Comments Off)


June 6, 2017 • by Ed Hood

Season 2016 saw John Archibald record times of 50:07, 50:04 and 50:03 for 25 mile time trials – so a big goal for him was to dip below the magic 50 minutes.

On Sunday past on the rolling dual carriageway between Brechin and Forfar he didn’t just dip inside the 30 miles per hour standard, he left it way behind with a stunning 47 minutes and 57 seconds ride.

In the process he took 46 seconds off Graeme Obree’s 1994 record of 48:43; we just had to, ‘have a word.’

Graham Webb(Comments Off)


May 29, 2017 • by Ed Hood

The sad news came through from Belgium on Sunday morning that Graham Webb, British World road champion in 1967, had passed away. Our condolences go to his family and the many friends and fans he had in the cycling community. A great champion and a wonderful guy.

Ed interviewed Graham back in 2009, and we thought that reproducing the interview now would be a good tribute to the man. In memory of Graham; his views on the sport back in 2009. ‘Former World Road Race Champion,’ yes, that would be nice to have that after your name!

James Knox – Second in the u23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège(Comments Off)


May 22, 2017 • by Ed Hood

A few weeks ago saw the last of the Spring Classics with ‘La Doyenne’ – Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the oldest and arguably toughest of them all with barely a metre of flat road in it’s 258 kilometres. Before that, the U23 version of the race took place over 166 kilometres but taking in many of its famous big brother’s climbs, such as La Redoute.

Second on the day was 21 year-old Briton, James Knox (Wiggins) – pipped on the line in the velodrome finish by Lotto-Soudal U23 team Belgian rider, Bjorg Lambrecht. And just after his wonderful ride when James spoke to us, his name popped up again on Stage Two of the Tour of Croatia; top 10 right among the big hitters in a mountain top finish – just 26 seconds behind home stage winner Kristijan Durasek (UAE), and finished the race in 8th place on GC.

Our colleague from the Six Days, soigneur Martyn Frank put us in touch with James and here’s what he had to say to VeloVeritas.

Roy Cox – Six Times British Champion; a Career Behind the Big Motors(Comments Off)


May 19, 2017 • by Ed Hood

Perhaps you’ve seen them on TV when Eurosport used to cover the Berlin Six Days – or maybe you remember them at Leicester, ‘back in the day?’ The ‘Big Motors.’

Germany, along with The Netherlands were always the ‘Heartland’ for the motor-paced aspects of the sport but in Britain back in the early 70’s we had one of the best in the world in Roy Cox. Cox was six times British Champion, won big on the German ‘stayer’ circuit, rode four World Championships and made the Worlds final in his home Worlds in 1970 – the first British amateur to do so in 70 years.

VeloVeritas recently caught up with him to discuss his career behind the big bikes.

Katie Archibald – the new World Omnium Champion!(Comments Off)


May 9, 2017 • by Ed Hood

Once again we’re proud to bring you an exclusive interview with Olympic Team Pursuit Champion, Katie Archibald where she tells us about her latest triumph, in the World Omnium Championship – and puts us chauvinists at VeloVeritas securely in our box!

But we still respect and love the lady.


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