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Is the Vuelta too hard?(0)

August 27, 2009 • by Ed Hood

La Vuelta; have you seen the parcours ? Brutal !

In my opinion, too hard; if it was Italy or Spain they’d engineer it to suit the characteristics of the ‘home boy,’ but in España it’s one for the mountain men – maybe they forgot that Alberto wasn’t riding; that we may have seen the best of Carlos; that Valverde will have a bad day and that José Manuel Fuente and Luis Ocaña have left us (God rest their souls).

The VV View: One of a Certain Breed(0)

August 25, 2009 • by Ed Hood

Vino’s back!

Richard Pestes’s reaction was;

“I’m still aghast at the arrogance of that guy.. ”

And whilst I can understand the PezMeister’s outrage, we have to take a minute to try and put ourselves inside the mind of the little Kazahk.

From Ireland to Peebles via Spain(0)

August 24, 2009 • by Ed Hood

“B & Q car park, Livingston; got me diet Coke and tuna roll, time to settle down and read about Russell’s great win in Ireland. I scan “The Guardian” sport section three times – no dice.

But we do get one sentence in “On the web” – ‘Lance Armstrong was among 56 riders to withdraw from the Tour of Ireland’s rain-hit final stage.’

Poor old Lance; and good to see that cycling has really entered the mainstream of sports coverage.

Cones Stop Play!(0)

August 22, 2009 • by Ed Hood

There was sunshine on Bishopton, a car park full of riders and shiny bikes – not sure about the guy on the fixed Dolan, though – lots of marshals, pieces to feed the five thousand, the requisite scout hall strip; and – the council cutting the verges down on Westferry.

Therefore – no dice, all go home.

It’s easy to be a smarty pants, but shouldn’t it be on the race organisers ‘tick box list’ to check with the local council?

On the Way to the Scottish TTT(0)

August 22, 2009 • by Ed Hood

I’ve achieved an ambition today – I’m sitting in John Anderson’s Six Million Dollar Man pick up truck.

John and I are up front, unfortunately we don’t have Daisy Duke in the back; just an out of sorts Dave Martin – never mind.

We’re en route the TTT champs at Bishopton, last week I was aboard the Velo Ecosse car – which has got me to thinking about bike shops.

Big Scores in Belgium(0)

August 21, 2009 • by Ed Hood

The score may have been Dunfermline 1 Queen of the South 2 at East End Park, the other night, but in Flanders just now it’s Guy 24, Mario 22.

That’s Guy Smet on 24 wins and recent VeloVeritas interviewee Mario Willems on 22.

The VV View: The ‘Good Old’ Comic?(0)

August 20, 2009 • by Ed Hood

Thursday – “Comic Day;” back in 1982 or ’83 I was desperate to get my paws on it to read about ‘Lloydy’ winning the “25.”

I’d bought a Telegraph on Monday morning, so I knew the first six, but that was all. There was no VeloVeritas, back then.

I can still remember my impassioned plea to the newsagent when he told me it wasn’t in; “but you don’t realise how important this is, I need to see that magazine!”

The VV View: Beaten by a Late Goal(1)

August 19, 2009 • by Ed Hood

I was at the football last night, I took my son to see Dunfermline v. Queen of the South.

At half time, the old guy next to us said of a one-nil down Dunfermline; “difficult to see where the goals are going to come from.”

Very astute, sir.

Knee Warmers, and ProTour Guys in Scotland(0)

August 18, 2009 • by Ed Hood

Matt, my Aussie Pez cobber has clued me in on the Lance gig – he’s notching a few K’s whilst in here for the U2 gig, before he heads for the Tour of Ireland.

You can ride with the great man, leaving the Ashtree House Hotel, 9 Orr Square, Paisley at noon.

The VV View: That Sprinter Groove Thang(0)

August 17, 2009 • by Ed Hood

That’s 12 days out of 14 or 15 I’ve been out on the bike; I was getting out regularly before the Giro but life was just so hectic after I came back that I let it go. This time, though, I’m back – I want to ride around the Trossachs with Martin as we do the race report.

I spoke to Tyler Farrar tonight, he’s always cool to talk to – he proves that you don’t necessarily have to be controversial to be a sprinter.

The VV View: We Believe in Tyler (Farrar)(0)

August 16, 2009 • by Ed Hood

I was out on the bike at crack of dawn today – my buddy John comes over, we go for a potter up the coast then have a coffee and a scone at the Beach House in Portobello – if you see us, give us a smile; scowls use a lot more energy, guys.

I had to cover the Hamburg Classic for today; it was a good finale and great to see Tyler Farrar win.

The VV View: Why Not Take the Race to the People!(1)

August 15, 2009 • by Ed Hood

The Scottish road race; a nice day, a good course – past the village green at Denholm is cool – well marshalled, a full field.

But why start 30 minutes late; why is it so difficult to get a start sheet and why not take it into Hawick, each lap – past the pubs ?

Cycling dismay as Chris Hoy’s events frozen out for London 2012(0)

August 14, 2009 • by Ed Hood

“Cycling dismay as events frozen out for London 2012” says the headline in the Guardian.

The bottom line of the article is that there will still be the same number of women’s track events in London – three, sprint, pursuit and team pursuit.

The men get seven; the three named above plus madison, points, team sprint and keirin.

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