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Le Tour débute demain!(Comments Off on Le Tour débute demain!)

June 30, 2017 • by Ed Hood

It’s that time, we go from being saddos to the ‘go to guys/girls’ for info; the papers even pay attention to cycling for a week or two; Viktor hates it but watches every stage and Dave Brailsford is spending a lot of time in church praying for ‘Froomey’s’ form to come good… yes, it’s Tour time.

VeloVeritas will be bringing you a word or two each day about the greatest annual sporting event on earth. We’ll be going over for the middle week and will try to give you a good flavour of what it’s all about.

But before the first low pro rolls off the ramp in Dusseldorf – incidentally, ‘the sixth most “liveable” city in the world,’ strangely we couldn’t find Kirkcaldy on the list. Never mind, here’s the ‘who we think will do what’ for the 2017 Tour de France:

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The Scottish Junior Road Championship 2016(Comments Off)


September 5, 2016 • by Press Release

Velo Club Vitesse, an Irvine based club, is proud to have been selected to run the Scottish Junior Road Race Championship for 2016.

This is the first occasion for quite some time that Scotland’s junior road riders have had a separate championship race of their own. We are pleased to be reinstating this important event and bringing it to the challenging roads of North Ayrshire on Sunday 11 th of September.

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne 2016 Preview(Comments Off)


February 23, 2016 • by Callum MacGregor

The first weekend of the classic season is fast approaching, with the ‘semi-classics’, the 71st Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Elite 1.HC) on Saturday 27th Feb and 68th Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne (1.HC) the next day; the heat and sun of the Middle East and Australasia being replaced with the cold and biting wind of the Flemish Heartland.

Ian Stannard doesn’t appear on the start sheet so he won’t be back to defend his Omloop title despite his master class last year against the combined might of Etixx Quick Step who will doubtless be out to right that wrong and appease team boss Patrick Levere.

Preview: “Dig In at the Dock” Cyclocross 2014(0)


January 4, 2014 • by Martin Williamson

Within only 23 minutes of the Dig In at the Dock Cyclocross race going live on the internet, it sold out of it’s first 100 places. The organisers were tasked with looking through the list of around 60 riders on the waiting list to select 30 who they felt could add even more sparkle and fun to the now increasingly popular season ending one for all bike race.

The Event makes its return tomorrow, 5th January, to West Lothian at the cobbled Boness Shoreline- Dockside area. This year top riders from England, Scotland and Ireland, will be competing against, Commonwealth Games medallists and squad members, British Champions, Scottish Champions as well as International stage road race winners in what promises to be the biggest and best Dig In at the Dock to date.

Preview – the Berlin Six Day 2013(0)


January 20, 2013 • by Stephen Penny

The 102nd Berlin Six Day (Berliner Sechstagerennen) starts in the German Capital on Thursday night. This event is one of the classics of the winter track calendar but despite that unfortunately Six Day racing continues to be in decline.

This is not just something that can be laid at the door of the global economy, rather just a fact of life that times change. As events have left established Six Day cities such as Dortmund, Munich and Stuttgart in recent years due to lack of sponsors and public interest it is left too Berlin, and Bremen, to fly the flag in the country that was once the European home of Six Day racing.

The Gent Six Day 2012 – A Preview(0)


November 20, 2012 • by Stephen Penny

Englishman Steve Penny is a long time track enthusiast and writer – this will be his 17th consecutive edition of Flanders’ mythical Six Day. Here’s his take on the 72nd edition of what is now unquestionably the hardest six day race on the calendar.

VeloVeritas will be there for Sunday afternoon’s Grand Finale. Champions of the World, or The Prodigal Son – that’s the question which can only be answered on the steep bankings of the Kuipke velodrome.’

Greipel and Boonen Lead the Charge at the World Ports Classic(0)


July 17, 2012 • by Martin Williamson

The World Ports Classic is making its debut on the international cycling calendar on August 31, when it begins its two-day trek from Rotterdam to Antwerp and back.

Several great riders who thrive in windy conditions and sprints have already included it in their programmes, including a three-time stage winner in the first two weeks of this Tour de France, André Greipel, and the hero of this year’s spring classics, Tom Boonen.

Le Tour de France starts tomorrow! Who do we fancy?(0)


June 29, 2012 • by Ed Hood and Martin Williamson

Like it or not, the sport of professional cycle racing is largely defined by one race – the Tour de France. To aficionados the Primavera, Ronde, Hell of the North and Classic of the Falling Leaves are eagerly awaited then devoured and endlessly analysed. But mention any of these races to the ‘man in the street’ and you’ll be met with a blank stare.

The Giro and Vuelta will elicit a similar response – Paris-Nice? Forget it. But tell a ‘lay person’ you’re going to the Tour de France and in response you’ll get; ‘Lance, Cav, yellow jersey’ – and ‘drugs,’ naturally.

Peebles Sprint 2012(0)


May 28, 2012 • by Martin Williamson

Fast and furious street racing for a summer evening in Peebles.

It’s really three events in one – first the families (and anyone with a bike who wants to join in riding round the course for a ‘victory’ lap), then a full-on women’s race, before the headline men’s racing kicks off.

The circuit is short and spectacular, with high speeds and tricky corners for the top riders, and big crowds and a party atmosphere to shout them on. It’s run as a Belgian-style Kermesse event, with lots of the community involved.

A Preview of the 101st Berlin Six Day 2012(5)


January 23, 2012 • by Stephen Penny

The Berlin Six Day reached a golden milestone last January with its 100th edition, and the annual festivities will return to the German Capital for the 101st time on Thursday.

Unfortunately Six Day racing continues to be in decline and it’s not something that can solely be laid at the door of the global economy rather just a sad fact of life that times change.

Scotland seeks additional Premier Calendar event(0)


January 2, 2012 • by Martin Williamson

Rapha-Condor-Sharp rider James McCallum has pledged his intention to defend his title at the South Carrick David Bell Memorial, a ‘monument’ of Scottish cycling aspiring to join the Premier Calendar series in 2013.

The promoting club, Ayr Roads-Harry Fairbairn BMW have already secured ‘National A’ status for the 47th running of the 100mile event to be held on Sunday June 10th 2012, guaranteeing the best possible line up of British professional and elite cyclists.

The Peebles Criterium 2011 Preview(0)


June 10, 2011 • by Martin Williamson

On Tuesday 14th of June we have a major new event for a summer evening in Peebles, in the Scottish Borders. For the first time, a major new road event will be taking place in the town centre: a Belgian-style kermis event with lots of the community involved and pubs and restaurants along the circuit.

The circuit is short and spectacular, with high speeds along the Main Street and sharp descent, and tricky corners with a short uphill to test the lungs each lap.

Organising the 46th Davie Bell Memorial Road Race(0)


June 3, 2011 • by Martin Williamson

The best cyclists in Scotland will descend on South Ayrshire this Sunday, the 5th of June, as Ayr Roads Cycling Club/Harry Fairbairn BMW play host to round four of the Scottish Power Renewables SuP6R Six series at the 2011 David Bell Memorial Road Race.

The event has attracted a full field for the first time in over two decades, with the riders lining up to complete the gruelling 120km marathon over the hilly roads around Straiton.

Chris Johnston, a member of the race’s organising committee, sent us his diary of the week before the race. As we can see, it’s not just a case of rocking up on the morning and opening the HQ…

This Sunday: the Scottish Road Race Championships 2011(0)


May 19, 2011 • by Martin Williamson

Balfron in Stirlingshire will host Vortex RT’s promotion of the 2011 Scottish Cycling Road Race Championships on Sunday 22nd May.

This year’s event will be based on a challenging circuit of approx 11km, which will have a race run on it for the first time.

As tradition demands, the ladies go first, and their race will be 67km long, six full laps of the circuit starting at 9:30am.

14th International Critérium de Levallois Preview(0)


October 11, 2010 • by Martin Williamson

A Scottish team has again been invited to ride the end of season event in France — the 14th International Critérium de Levallois – which will take place on Sunday 17th October. As always the race will be 60 laps of a 1.8 km circuit, a total distance of 108 kms (approx. 70 miles). The […]


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