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David Griffiths and Anna Fairweather take the Scottish Hill Climb Championships(Comments Off on David Griffiths and Anna Fairweather take the Scottish Hill Climb Championships)

October 22, 2017 • by Ed Hood and Martin Williamson

On a day when a raw wind scythed across the Borders hills, that slim man who must feel the cold more than most, David Griffiths (Pro Vision Scotland) defended his Scottish Hill Climb Championship on the savage, technical climb out of Stow Village in the rolling Scottish Borders. Griffiths tells us he’s heavier than last year but still looks pretty damn skinny to us.

Pro Vision’s ‘Flying Doctor’ was timed at 5:41 which gave him a margin of just three seconds over Hawick CC’s Liam Beaty’s 5:44 with Alistair Merry (Dundee Thistle) third in 5:59. Best lady on a day which reminded us that winter isn’t far away – but gifted a cold tail wind, was Anna Fairweather (Spokes Racing Team) with 7:28.

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Smart and Curran top the Tour de Trossachs 2017(Comments Off)


October 8, 2017 • by Ed Hood and Martin Williamson

Chris Smart (GTR) made it a hat trick of wins in the classic Tour de Trossachs 2017 time trial over 24.5 beautiful but demanding miles on a calm, mild and dry autumn Sunday morning, adding to his 2014 and 2015 victories – the race was cancelled last year due to roadworks.

Smart recorded 58:55 for the shortened course which went over the ‘Big’ Braes of Greenock rather than the usual ‘Wee’ Braes, reducing the distance by some three miles and cutting out the tough ‘Ruskie’ hamlet section of the course.

Glasgow Sprint Grand Prix 2017(Comments Off)


September 30, 2017 • by Ed Hood

VeloVeritas took a wee run over to Glasgow on Saturday to the Glasgow Sprint Grand Prix; here are some snaps we took which we hope you like.

In the language of the Gael, Glasgow is the ‘Dear Green Place’ and right across the road from the splendid Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome it’s even more sublime that that – ‘Paradise.’ At least that’s what the Celtic fans call their Parkhead ground.

Joe Sutton’s Mid-Season Race Report(Comments Off)


September 2, 2017 • by VeloVeritas

The season of 2017 started with positive vibes. I was extremely dedicated and trained hard all through winter. My progression was measured by regular testing with my coach.

By February I was counting down the days until I moved to Belgium where I would undertake my first season of racing on the Continent. Prior to leaving for my new home, I discussed a handful of targets to aim for during the season. This really motivated me to knuckle down and complete the last few weeks training.

With everything packed I headed for Belgium on the 12th of March.  I couldn’t wait to get stuck in!

The Scottish Road Race Championships 2017 – Robertson and Erskine take the honours(Comments Off)


August 20, 2017 • by Callum MacGregor

The Scottish Elite men’s and women’s Road Race Championships winners medals went to new homes with neither of last year’s winners Evan Oliphant or Eileen Roe on the start sheet for Sundays events.

An exciting day’s racing saw the victory in the Elite Men’s race go to the Army CC’s Mark Robertson with Julie Erskine riding appropriately for Cycle Team on Form taking the Women’s title.

Le Tour de France 2017 – Stage 21: Montgeron – Paris Champs-Élysées, 103km. Dylan Groenewegen strikes early(Comments Off)


July 23, 2017 • by Ed Hood

Former Dutch Champion, Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL) struck out early on Stage 21 and held on for his seventh win of the season after stage wins in Dubai, Yorkshire, two in Norway and two in the Ster ZLM Tour. He’s had two sixth places, a fifth, a third and a second in this Tour but with that big hurdle called Kittel out of the way, this one belonged to him.

Andre Greipel’s (Lotto & Germany) terminal velocity was much higher but the 24 year-old from Amsterdam had the better timing and positioning over the sea of cobbles that is the Place de la Concorde. A former winner of the u23 Ronde Van Vlaanderen he’s no pure drag strip artist and has also won races like the Brussels Cycling Classic and Ronde um Koln – he’s quick.

Le Tour de France 2017 – Stage 20: Marseille, 22.5km ITT. Maciej Bodnar deserves his win(Comments Off)


July 22, 2017 • by Ed Hood

It was Vince Lombardi the legendary American Football coach and sports philosopher who said; “show me a ‘good loser’ and I’ll show you a loser.” Romain Bardet has no need to worry, sitting on the cold concrete of the stadium tunnel floor, back against the wall, glazed eyes staring at the wall opposite, oblivious to the pats on the back of consolation, empty, devastated to lose second place. He’s anything but a ‘good loser.’

Maciej Bodnar? His final chrono win seemed like justice to us.

Le Tour de France 2017 – Stage 19: Embrun – Salon-de-Provence, 222.5km. Edvald Boasson-Hagen at last!(Comments Off)


July 21, 2017 • by Ed Hood

To paraphrase the late, great Donna Summer; ‘they work hard for the money.’ Those Sky boys. Perhaps Henao had a few mountain days where Sir David and Le Chien Froomey didn’t think the Columbian did enough graft – he made up for it on Stage 19 though, riding tempo remorselessly on the front of the peloton. Spectacular? No. Damn hard work? For sure.

And whilst it would be wrong to say that Edvald Boasson-Hagen is ‘back from the dead’ a la Barguil it’s certainly his biggest win since the GP Plouay in 2012; sure there have been stage wins in the likes of the Algarve, Dauphine, Denmark. Eneco, Fjords, Norway and Tirreno but his last Tour stage win was 2011, the same years as he won the HEW Classic in Hamburg.

Le Tour de France 2017 – Stage 18: Briançon – Izoard, 179.5km. Barguil conquers the Izoard(Comments Off)


July 20, 2017 • by Ed Hood

As James Bond might say; ‘there musht be shom mishtake!’ Louis and Rigo doing a spell? Steady boys! In fairness to the UAE man from the RSA his pull didn’t last long. And neither did the Cannondale Colombian’s – but the former National Time Trial Champion and Giro TT winner had real power in his spell to close Froome down on the Izoard.

The aforementioned duo along with Simon Yates (Orica & GB) are all in our, ‘Just Difficult to Drop’ file but Bardet must be worried about his second place on the final podium given all the watts he’s burned up and those which Rigo hasn’t – six seconds isn’t much.

Le Tour de France 2017 – Stage 17: La Mure – Serre-Chevalier, 183km. Primož Roglič ahead of the ‘Royal’ party(Comments Off)


July 19, 2017 • by Ed Hood

A decisive battle? No. A day of attrition? Absolutely.

The ‘Royal’ group at the head of affairs behind winning LottoNL ski jumper turned cyclist Slovenian, Primož Roglič speaks for itself; Christopher Froome ((Sky & GB) is back in his usual position, at the front with a hugely strong team to back him and a time trial ‘buffer’ if he needs it; Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale & Colombia) has won a stage in the race, shadowed all the moves that matter and seems set for a podium finish in Paris, the man has won a Giro TT in the past and is back to that sort of level; Romain Bardet (AG2R & France) is strong, determined and his team is good but he’s not yet at the level of Froome – and finally, Warren Barguil (Sunweb & France) who for all his denials looks like a future Tour podium contender to us.

Le Tour de France 2017 – Stage 16: Le Puy-en-Velay – Romans-sur-Isère, 165km. Michael Matthews inches closer to Green(Comments Off)


July 18, 2017 • by Ed Hood

In his classic song, ‘Pink Houses’ John Mellencamp says;  ‘And there’s winners, and there’s losers – but they ain’t no big deal.’ We’re not sure that Sunweb or QuickStep, the biggest winners and losers of the day would agree…

Sunweb’s day was perfect; they isolated Kittel; took Matthews to the intermediate sprint win and then the stage win.

Le Tour de France 2017 – Stage 15: Laissac-Sévérac l’Église – Le Puy-en-Velay, 189.5km. Mollema in the mountains(Comments Off)


July 16, 2017 • by Ed Hood and Martin Williamson

Sunday, Stage 15 and VeloVeritas’s last shift on Tour – so we headed for the biggest hill we could find to remind ourselves how special and beautiful France and this race really are.

Today we’re in the heartland, perhaps not deepest agricultural ‘France Profonde;’ the rural, simple, beautiful heart of the nation, not with the gorges and cols – but it’s quiet, lovely and some of the simple, striking images surprise as you drive the parcours.

Le Tour de France 2017 – Stage 14: Blagnac – Rodez, 181.5km. Michael Matthews makes it two in a row for Sunweb(Comments Off)


July 15, 2017 • by Ed Hood and Martin Williamson

Yes, there are days when we’ve criticised the racing – those endless ‘sprinter stages’ where only the last five minutes saves the day. But we were puzzled by the comments we saw about yesterday’s stage to Rodez on social media; the “Bore de France” and the break “allowed for purely commercial reasons”?

Yes, it was a ‘breakaway stage’ but after two days such as we’ve had with Bardet then Barguil’s wins on tough stages in the Pyrenees it would be difficult to expect another big GC battle.

Le Tour de France 2017 – Stage 13: Saint-Girons – Foix, 101km. Barguil on Bastille Day!(Comments Off)


July 14, 2017 • by Ed Hood and Martin Williamson

VeloVeritas soothsayer, Viktor and I have long been critics of Warren Barguil (Sunweb & France) as a ‘one hit wonder,’ with his two stage wins in the Vuelta in 2013 then very little else; but in this Tour he’s certainly been reborn.

He was so close to Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale & Colombia) last Sunday after being the hero of the day and today, on Bastille Day he scored the biggest and most beautiful win of his career with a historic stage victory. 

Le Tour de France 2017 – Stage 12: Pau – Peyragudes, 214.5km. Bardet confirms and Aru goes Yellow!(Comments Off)


July 13, 2017 • by Ed Hood and Martin Williamson

It wasn’t until inside the last kilometre at Peyragudes that the drama really unfolded; Bardet confirms, as does Aru, Froome cracks a little, Quintana cracks A LOT and much as it pains me; ‘one season too many, Bert!’

And Bennett and Martin impress, especially the latter who’s carrying injuries from that horrible crash with Porte on Sunday.

We were skeking the race on Spanish TV having watched the race ‘live’ on the Col de Mente, we chose that climb because of it’s history – it’s where Ocana crashed out of the 1971 Tour and because it’s a brute.


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