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Austin Walsh’s Quay Cycles – a great collection of racing memorabilia(Comments Off on Austin Walsh’s Quay Cycles – a great collection of racing memorabilia)

October 16, 2017 • by Ed Hood

It was the Giro made Austin Walsh do it. Do what? Invest so much time and money into his collection of cycling memorabilia which now threatens to overwhelm his bike shop, Quay Cycles. The Italian race started on the Emerald Isle in 2014 and Austin was so smitten by ‘The Pink Race’ that he decided to turn the bike shop which he’s run since 1995 into a bike racing shrine…

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Callum Johnston – Looking forward to a second season in Italy with Zappi(Comments Off)


October 9, 2017 • by Ed Hood

If you’re a VeloVeritas regular then you’ll have seen our interview with Flavio Zappi, the man who transforms promising U23 riders into World Tour performers.

Will Scot, Callum Johnston be pulling on a QuickStep jersey in a year or three? Read on…

Mark Stewart – a Key Part of the British U23 World Championship Team in Bergen(Comments Off)


September 22, 2017 • by Ed Hood

The U23 Worlds in Bergen; a great race with a great finale with GB well there – Ollie Wood in fourth and our very own Mark Stewart a key part of the team which got Wood into a position to sprint for the bronze medal.

Gold went to AG2R and France’s Benoit Cosnefroy, silver to Lennard Kamna (Germany & Sunweb) – the two having slipped the peloton – with bronze to Michael Carbel Svengaard (Denmark & Veloconcept) who narrowly pipped Wood in the mad bunch charge for the line.

We just had to ‘have a word’ with Scotland’s own double European track champion, Mr. Mark Stewart…

Flavio Zappi – “I don’t want my team to settle for average!”(Comments Off)


September 20, 2017 • by Ed Hood

‘You need to talk that Flavio Zappi boy, his lads are racing all over Europe and getting good results!’ As often happens with VeloVeritas it’s our spiritual guide and fiercest critic, Viktor who gives us inspiration on who we should be speaking to. But there’s also the aspect that QuickStep new recruit James Knox, who we interviewed earlier in the year was a ‘Zappi Man’ so yes, times we had a word with Sen. Zappi.

As a pro Zappi took some nice results – and his racing career had another bonus, he met his wife to be at the Tour of Etna some 30 years ago. He and his wife ran a hotel in Italy before they moved to England – where his wife is from – and opened the now-famous but dear-departed cycle shop cum café in Oxford. The café has been let go and Zappi now spends 100% of his time on the road with, ‘his boys.’

Mark Donovan – on winning the Aubel-Thimister-La Gleize stage race(Comments Off)


September 15, 2017 • by Ed Hood

Here at VeloVeritas we try to keep abreast of what’s going on across in Europe, one result which caught our recently eye was young Mark Donovan winning the Aubel-Thimister-La Gleize junior stage race in Belgium.

Never an easy thing to do against all those would-be GVA’s. Best ‘have a word.’

Louis Modell – Living and Winning in France(Comments Off)


September 11, 2017 • by Ed Hood

A long time ago, Dave, Victor, Ivan and I raced in Brittany; when we saw this young gentleman had two wins on roads we remember from our youth we just had to have a word. Like many of our interviewees – they are helping almost 40 young riders this year – Louis Modell is a beneficiary of assistance from the fabulous Dave Rayner fund.

Dan Bigham – Winning the National ’10’ Championship takes his season total to EIGHT!(Comments Off)


September 8, 2017 • by Ed Hood

The last time we spoke to Dan Bigham (Brother NRG Wattshop) there was just a chance that he’d have to line up for the hill climb championship to net a record breaking EIGHTH British title of the year – to go with the kilometre, pursuit, team pursuit, team time trial, CTT 25 mile title, CTT 50 mile title and CTT circuit time trial title. But on the tough Cockermouth 10 mile time trial course, the day was saved when the CTT ‘10’ championship went his way too – so that’s title number eight!

We had a chat with Dan a day or two after his historic win to talk big chain rings, watts and ‘white lining’…

Ross Lamb – Piling up the top three finishes in Belgium(Comments Off)


September 5, 2017 • by Ed Hood

The last few weeks we’ve been catching up with the young men who are out there in the Heartlands across Europe ‘doing it’ – Brittany, Lombardy and of course, Flanders.

Englishman Ross Lamb – another man supported by the stalwart David Rayner Fund – has been notching up the results in the Flatlands: 4th in Heusden-Zolder, 2nd at Pulderbos, 2nd at Booischot, 3rd in the Memorial Vanconinsloo, 3rd at Huldenberg, 2nd at Geetbeets and 2nd in Linden Lubbeek.

High times we heard what the 21 year-old Mr. Lamb had to say for himself…

Mark Robertson – the Scottish Road Race Champion for 2017(Comments Off)


August 31, 2017 • by Ed Hood

If you’re like us, you thought the Scottish Road Race Championships at Kennoway in Fife over much of the old Dave Campbell Memorial Race parcours would be pretty much a formality for ‘10’ and ‘25’ mile time trial Champion, John Archibald (Pro Vision). The best view from the podium went to Mark Robertson (Army CC); the man who’s based in the north east of England beat Fraser Martin (Raleigh) into silver and aforementioned John Archibald into bronze. Best ‘have a word’ with Mr. Robertson we decided…

John Archibald – on breaking the Scottish 10 Mile Time Trial record(Comments Off)


August 28, 2017 • by Ed Hood

It’s hard to believe that since I started cycling in 1971 nearly four minutes have been hacked off the Scottish 10 mile time trial record; when I started it stood at 22 minutes and 14 seconds: 1971  P.Templeton  (Dundee Thistle R.C.)  22 mins 14 secs.

It now stands at 18 minutes and 38 seconds thanks to that man John Archibald (Pro Vision) – a time he achieved this morning on the fast dual carriageway tarmac beside the River Clyde at Westferry.

George Woods – “happy to be back on my bike and racing again” (and winning in Belgium!)(Comments Off)


August 22, 2017 • by Ed Hood

It was back in July when we first heard about 21 year-old George Woods (Richardson’s Trek Racing Team) ‘doing the business’ in Belgium, we ‘had a word’ with him but with all that Tour carry-on we didn’t get round to writing the interview up.

Then the other week we saw he was in the frame again, winning a 114 kilometre kermis at Deinze. High times we gave ourselves a shake and got the piece published!

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


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.

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.


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