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

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…

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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.

John Archibald – Winning and Dominating the Tour of the North and Meldons Time Trial(Comments Off)


April 30, 2017 • by Ed Hood

A 19 minute two-up ‘10’ in February, a solo 19 minute ‘10’ in March, Gifford, The Gordon Arms, The Tour of the North and now The Tour of the Meldons incorporating the Scottish National ‘Olympic’ Time Trial Title – that John Archibald (ProVision) laddie is on fire; better have a word…

Dan Fleeman – Sprinting to the Win in the Rutland – Melton International CiCLE Classic!(Comments Off)


April 27, 2017 • by Ed Hood

Alejandro Valverde winning his fourth Doyenne as last Sunday’s hi-lite? Well, we were expecting that – the Movistar Spaniard and Sky’s Polish flyer Kwiatkowski were ‘super favourites’ and delivered two of the three podium places.

But what we weren’t expecting was the phone call from VeloVeritas soothe sayer and mentor, Viktor on Sunday evening; ‘your man Dan Fleeman’s just won The Rutland!’ Now, that was a surprise!

Fleeman was coaxed into signing with the Metaltek-Kuota team to race domestically in the UK and on Sunday delivered them their biggest win – and his own biggest since the Pyrenees – in one of Britain’s few international one day UCI races, the Rutland Melton Cicle Classic over the dirt roads around the Rutland Reservoir and Melton Mowbray.

Jordan Kerby – the new World Pursuit Champion; “It’s pretty surreal”(Comments Off)


April 20, 2017 • by Ed Hood

VeloVeritas first spoke to 24 year-old Aussie Jordan Kerby three years ago; he was 2010 world junior points and team pursuit champion but then turned to the road. Success came quickly and he won the 2013 Australian U23 Road Race Championship. There followed a forgettable spell with Michael Rasmussen’s ill fated Christina Watches team before he moved back to Australia, winning the 2014 Australian U23 Time Trial Championship. We caught up with Jordan shortly after his Worlds success where he rode the third fastest time ever in qualifying then beat reigning world champion Filippo Ganna of Italy in the final.

Eddie Dunbar – u23 Tour of Flanders 2017 Winner; “I decided to go long”(Comments Off)


April 17, 2017 • by Ed Hood

If ever there was a race tailor made for the King of the hard men, Sean Kelly it was the Ronde van Vlaanderen; but three second places aren’t the same as one win – it remains the only Monument the brilliant Irishman didn’t add to his palmarès. But a man from the Emerald Isle has finally made amends for Kelly’s disappointments and won over the cobbles and ramps of de Ronde – albeit his win was in the U23 version of the fabled event.

Despite his flyweight 56 kilos Eddie Dunbar has already established himself as one of the worlds’ best U23 riders with top ten finishes in the European and World U23 Time Trial Championships – and riding for the Irish team rather than his usual US Axeon-Hagens Berman team he took Ronde victory in that bike riders’ Mecca, historic Oudenaarde.

VeloVeritas caught up with the 20 year-old from County Cork not long after his beautiful win thanks to the good offices of Axeon’s press guru, Sean Weide.

Peter Hill – the Two Times BBAR Winner who Turned Pro for Peugeot(Comments Off)


April 6, 2017 • by Ed Hood

‘When I were a lad’ next to the Milk Race the biggest deal in UK cycling was the BBAR (Best British All Rounder) to find Britain’s best ‘tester’ – over 50 and 100 miles plus the 12 hour. The competition still exists but do you know who the BBAR is? Me neither.

Yorkshire’s Peter Hill won the BBAR twice in the 60’s but instead of going for his ‘hat trick’ he completely changed direction and headed across the English Channel to France and established himself as one of the world’s leading amateur time trial exponents before turning professional with Peugeot – but in those Machiavellian days it didn’t work out. Here’s his story…

Craig Maclean – Moving from Racing to Coaching, with Guitars!(Comments Off)


March 28, 2017 • by Ed Hood

‘Back in the day’ when he was World Team Sprint Champion and a silver medallist in the World Individual Sprint Championship we used to speak to Scottish fast man Craig Maclean on a regular basis.

Since then he’s gone on to be a successful tandem pilot on the paralympic scene and, he’s gone into coaching – as well as ‘playing in the band.’ High times VeloVeritas ‘had a word.’

Dave Hannah – Scottish ’25’ Champion Eight Times!(Comments Off)


March 15, 2017 • by Ed Hood

If you had to name one man who single handedly changed the face of Scottish time trialling? The man who made sure a ‘59’ wasn’t going to win you the ‘25’ champs anymore…

Dave Hannah is the man; VeloVeritas caught up with him recently at his home in Shieldhill for a long overdue chat.

Jim Gladwell – the current Scottish Hour Record Holder who’s planning another attempt(Comments Off)


March 1, 2017 • by Ed Hood

When VeloVeritas was at the Copenhagen Six Day last month, we witnessed a successful attempt on the Danish Hour record by Martin Toft.

It got us thinking; ‘is Jim Gladwell still the Scottish Hour record holder?’

And indeed he is – ‘best have a word,’ we thought to ourselves…


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