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The VV View – Laura Trott and an Olympi-rant!(Comments Off)

August 28, 2016 • by Ed Hood

It’s all clear to me now, Lady Laura explained it:

“The Worlds are irrelevant, all that matters are The Olympics.”


So those riders who win the world individual pursuit championships and world kilometre title are just wasting their time, horsing around?

I’m glad we’ve clarified that – and there was me hero worshipping Hughie Porter for 45 years for nothing …

Lizzie Armitstead’s (Three) Two Strikes for Missed Tests(Comments Off)

August 3, 2016 • by Ed Hood

“She’s at it, they all are! And you know she’s at it!” The reaction of a friend of mine when I explained the basics of the Lizzie Armistead case to him – he’s no right-wing balm pot, on the contrary he’s a working class former international sportsman who’s represented Scotland at the highest level.

Perhaps if it hadn’t been for Lance feeling sorry for the doubters; Tyler and his phantom twin; Floyd and all that Jack Daniels; Bert and his steak and all the rest he wouldn’t feel that way?

The VV View: Local Boy Tom Dumoulin Takes Pink and Questioning ‘The Comic”(Comments Off)

May 23, 2016 • by Ed Hood

Greipel had just blasted the field to win his first Giro stage the day before; surely there’d be a good write up in the Guardian? I guess he got around 100 words?

I used to get more of a word allowance to write up races for “The Comic” [Cycling Weekly] back when Scottish racing got a bit of coverage. Meanwhile said Comic and British Cycling continue to tell us that cycling is now mainstream…

The VV View: Wout Poels’ Monument Win, Disc Brakes, Wiggins, and more…(Comments Off)

May 4, 2016 • by Ed Hood

Buoyed by the great reception our piece on Shane Sutton received – Darryl Webster branded it; “utter garbage” – we thought we’d fire off a few more opinions on what’s been happening recently in our ‘King of Sports.’

Sky finally got their Monument, not from a ‘Brit’ though; Lowlands hard man Wout Poels was first into that most unglamorous of Monument finishes – the retail park in Ans.

The VV View: The Sutton Saga(Comments Off)

May 1, 2016 • by Ed Hood

The ‘Sutton Saga’ has me yet again scratching my head about cycle sport and this nation’s attitude towards it.

Great rides by Ben Swift and Steve Cummings get hardly a mention but Saturday’s Guardian sports section screams; “The Sutton Saga: 10 questions after a week of crisis.”

There’s one question missing though – ‘in a week’s time, who’ll give a rat’s backside?’

The VV View: Recovery Ramblings from the Sofa(Comments Off)

March 15, 2016 • by Ed Hood

There’s never a good time to be in hospital but Grand Tour times apart, the start of March isn’t bad with cycling printed matter and video footage aplenty readily available.

The VV View: Whatever Happened to the Individual Pursuit?(Comments Off)

March 8, 2016 • by Ed Hood

Who’s Filippo Ganna? Just the World Individual Pursuit Champion, that’s all. But don’t worry, we’d never heard of him either, until he won it.

The rot first set in when the UCI ‘unified’ the professional and amateur pursuit titles in 1993 and cut the distance back to 4000 metres – the pros had previously contested the title over 5000 metres. But wet rot gave way to even nastier dry rot after the Beijing Olympics when the UCI announced that the individual pursuit was being chopped from the Olympic programme.

As a ‘non-Olympic’ event the Federations immediately lost interest – it’s those Olympic medals which get you the funding, don’t you know? – and nowadays you’re lucky if you can find someone who can name the world pursuit champion.

The VV View: The IAAF Mess, Rio Road Team Selections, Jacub Marezcko, and more!(Comments Off)

January 26, 2016 • by Ed Hood

We make no apology for more ranting – there’s much to get upset about in the sports firmament at the minute. It’s hard to believe that the public would be so naive as to believe that Athletics would be squeaky clean given the sums of money washing around and the vested interests of the massive sportswear companies who depend on big results from their sponsored athletes to shift their sweat shop trainers, track suits, sweats and Tee’s.

The VV View: End of Year Rant(Comments Off)

December 28, 2015 • by Ed Hood

It’s a while since we had a decent VeloVeritas rant and the year end is always a good time to take stock; in this VV View edition we compare the Six Day men of then and now, Chris Froome’s data, Cycling Weekly’s change from specialist to generalist magazine, disc brakes and of course, sadly, doping.

The VV View: Bugging Us This Week – Wiggins’ Dogma and Playlists!(Comments Off)

February 11, 2015 • by Ed Hood

I’ve read Edgar Allan Poe, I’ve seen The Exorcist, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Rosemary’s Baby; I’ve even been to a Folk Festival – so I thought I’d witnessed what true horror was.

I was wrong.

The Bradley Wiggins Limited Edition Pinarello Dogma F8 is beyond my worst nightmares. A stake should be driven through the saddle, it should then be cut into pieces, the pieces sealed in a tank of holy water and the abomination buried at a crossroads with it’s final resting place unrecorded by any marker or map.

The VV View: Astana, CAS and Righteous Indignation(Comments Off)

December 14, 2014 • by Ed Hood

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 and Brian Cookson Fan Clubs we do understand that that the organisation has to work within a framework called ‘rules.’

When the UCI denied Katusha a licence a season or two ago, the Russians took their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and duly won; their licence was granted and the men from Aigle dropped big legal bucks. The reason they won was because the UCI had not issued an official warning to Kathusa that their licence was in jeopardy.

The VV View: On Inconsistent Attitudes(Comments Off)

December 8, 2014 • by Ed Hood

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.

I can’t do it to order – but the stars have aligned this morning and there’s a lot to get off my chest…

The VV View – @TheJensie Sets a New Standard(0)

September 20, 2014 • by Ed Hood

First of all we have to congratulate Jens Voigt (presumably this is the same person as ‘The Jensie’ whom ‘that commentator’ continually referred to?) – anyone who can cover 51.115 K on a bicycle in one hour unaided by gravity or pace making deserves plaudits.

However, I have to argue the point about his, ‘having broken the world record hour record’ – surely he has ‘established a new standard’ ? To compare his distance to that of the incumbent of the ‘Athlete’s Hour,’ Ondrej Sosenka’s 49.700 is ridiculous.

The VV View – Ain’t no Smoke Without Fire?(0)

August 28, 2014 • by Ed Hood

The splendidly named ‘Bugatti and Musker’ released a disco classic in 1976; ‘Ain’t no Smoke Without Fire,’ it’s about a guy who’s worrying that his girl is straying. ‘Please don’t do nothin’ to make me ashamed of you . . . when I heard the news it broke me in two…

But it could just as well have been written about cycling’s problems. If you love the sport, really love it – not just the ‘Glam Gigs’ as Viktor would call the Grand Tours and Flanders Classics then the doping sagas break your heart.

Or maybe I’m a sad old fool?

The VV View: Rogers, Gabrovski, Colo and Clenbuterol Inconsistencies(0)

April 27, 2014 • by Ed Hood

Back in December in our year end rant we mentioned the fact that there seemed to be one law for ‘genial Aussies’ and another for ‘dodgy Spaniards.’

What we said was: “And whilst Contador’s ‘contaminated beef’ defence was largely scorned, the mood surrounding Michael Rogers’ positive for Clenbuterol seems to be; ‘poor old Mick’ – with Matt White telling us that the UCI should sort out the Chinese meat industry.”

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