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The Bikes at Het Nieuwsblad and KBK 2014(0)

March 5, 2014 • by Ed Hood

Het Hieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne are the first opportunities for northern European fans to check out the new hardware.

Our trawl always starts on the Friday evening at the Holiday Inn, Ghent where F des J, Cofidis and Rabobank (now Belkin) set up shop for the first ‘real’ races of the year.

Jamie Burrow at the Christina Watches Italian Training Camp(0)

March 4, 2014 • by Jamie Burrow

This time last year I was traveling the world, sourcing suppliers for a new Planet X clothing range.

One year on and we have made some giant steps forward. Not only has all the hard work paid off, with the new Planet X 365X clothing range now available both in store and online, we are also proudly supporting the Danish Professional cycling team Christina Watches – as official technical sponsor.

There have actually been quite a few new developments over the past few months, and many a tale to tell!

Fast, Furious and Free: Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 Cycling Road Routes Unvieled(0)

February 11, 2014 • by Martin Williamson

Glasgow 2014 today revealed the routes for the Commonwealth Games Cycling road events that will see elite athletes from across the globe race through the heart of Glasgow and beyond.

The excitement of the Games will reach audiences in towns and villages around the city as riders battle against the clock during the Time Trial event on Thursday 31 July, while Glasgow itself becomes the race track on Sunday 3 August with the fastest riders chasing each other through the city’s streets for the action packed Road Race.

The famous Tour de France Roadbook(0)

February 1, 2014 • by Martin Williamson

We often hear about how the riders at the Tour de France study “the Roadbook” to learn the final kilometres of a particular stage, or to identify which stage may be “the one” to go for, but what exactly does the Tour de France Roadbook contain, who uses it, and how useful is it, really?

Published by ASO each year a few weeks before the Prologue and in several languages, the Roadbook is also known as the race “bible”.

Success in Store: John Lewis announced as sponsor of the Commonwealth Games(0)

January 31, 2014 • by Martin Williamson

John Lewis has been unveiled as the ‘Official Department Store Provider’ of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The partnership will see the retailer provide bedding and white goods for the Athletes’ Village.

Glasgow 2014 merchandise is also available to buy on now, and, later in the year, dedicated Glasgow 2014 shops will open within John Lewis’s Scottish shops, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

Silas Goldsworthy – on Track at the International Belgian Open(0)

October 8, 2013 • by Ed Hood

If you’re a regular VeloVeritas reader then you’ll be aware of top Scottish time trial rider, Silas Goldsworthy’s quest to qualify for the individual pursuit in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. We’ve just written about his victory in the classic Scottish event the Tour des Trossachs, but Silas’ most recent opportunity to dip under the qualifying standard for the Games came in that Mecca for Six Day racing – Gent.

But not on the tiny 167 metre Kuipke Velodrome where Sercu, De Wilde and Keisse have ruled down through the ages; but on the 250 metre covered track in Gent – scene of the ‘International Belgian Open.’ Those UCI rules just keep changing; and now riders have to qualify individually just to ride World Cups, never mind World Championships.

We spoke to Silas after he’d had a chance to gather his thought about his excursion to VeloVeritas’s favourite city.

The 1978 Crystal Palace Grand Prix(0)

June 17, 2013 • by Ed Hood

Have you been clearing out the loft, found an old race programme or finishing sheet and wondering what to do with it?
Fire it off to VeloVeritas – we love the smell of the old paper, those names that we’d just about forgotten and remembering that British Cycling did actually exist before Sky came along.

Kris, my Six Day boss sent me a photocopied sheet from the past, the other day – it’s not the best print job but it’s just about readable. ‘The Crystal Palace Grand Prix’ was run in April 1978 on the famous circuit of that name in London, where you can still go and ride the mid-week ‘crit.’

Giro d’Italia 2013 – Stage 21: Riese Pio X – Brescia 197km. Nibali, la fine meraviglioso(0)

May 26, 2013 • by Ed Hood

The roofs outside our hotel window were steaming in the morning sun when we opened the shutters on Sunday morning. Much as we felt we’d been part of something special on Saturday in the blizzard on the Tre Cime – it was nice to see a clear blue sky and feel the warmth of the sun on our skin.

The Hotel Trieste is well up the ‘Fawlty Towers’ rankings; it was built by the old patron’s grandfather – and hasn’t been painted since – hot water was at a premium and outside our room, the place was freezing. But the beds were clean, the room was cosy and the wi-fi was A1.

Glasgow Commonwealth Games Tickets(0)

May 13, 2013 • by Martin Williamson

Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 today announced a family-friendly ticketing strategy focused on delivering packed stadia and a ‘Games for Everyone’.

The Organising Committee unveiled that access next year to sporting events at one of the world’s greatest multi-sports Games will start from just £15 for adults.

The 1962 Usher Silver Tankard Road Race(0)

March 12, 2013 • by Ed Hood

Nostalgia: “describes a sentimental longing for the past” defines the dictionary. I’m not one to sit and say that everything was better when I was a youngster – bikes certainly weren’t; much of the equipment available was scrap and would get laughed out of court in 2013.

Cycling clothing was horrible and cycling shoes were positively medieval. Albeit cars were cooler, music was better and so was the cycling scene.

Jonathan Bellis – “I want to show that I can do it, not just talk about it”(0)

March 2, 2013 • by Ed Hood

Jonathan Bellis was one of British Cycling’s brightest lights – until a life threatening scooter crash on September 19th 2009 in his then home of Tuscany. The versatile man from the Isle of Man spent practically a year in hospital and even then had to return for another operation at the end of 2010. Prior to the accident it looked as if Bellis was headed for the very top.

Whilst we were at the Copenhagen Six Day a few weeks ago we met Etienne Ilegems who’s a soigneur at the Sixes as well as working for Topsport Vlaanderen on occasion. With his ex-Sky mechanic son, Ken he also runs the Belgian amateur squad, ILLI-Bikes Cycling Team – and that’s how we got to hear where Jonathan was going to spend 2013. In our usual fashion, we thought we’d best ‘have a word.’

Entrepreneurs on the Saddle – an extract from “The Cycling Professor”(0)

February 1, 2013 • by Marco Pinotti

This is the first of several excerpts from my book “The Cycling Professor”, to give you a flavour of the topics I discuss in it. Thanks to the guys at VeloVeritas for the opportunity to do this. In this extract, which is a short chapter about my idea that professionals cyclists are essentially entrepreneurs, with a product to market that is at once time-limited, unique and fragile – themselves.

I explain that despite being employed by a team, most riders have to organise their finances themselves – things that regular employees take a little for-granted such as health insurance, pension contributions and savings plans.
I hope you enjoy the chapter “Entrepreneurs on the Saddle”.

Emile Abraham – Trinidad & Tobago’s Multi Champion(0)

January 21, 2013 • by Ed Hood

Trinidad and Tobago’s Emile Abraham has been on the international pro scene for a long time; 2013 will be his 12th season.

But he’s still grabbing those podium places on the super-fast US criterium scene, not to mention racking up the stage wins year on year in his home race, the Tour of Tobago.

Marco Pinotti – “The Cycling Professor”, This is His Story(0)

January 15, 2013 • by Martin Williamson

Italian professional Marco Pinotti’s new book, “The Cycling Professor” isn’t so much a classic biography as a collection of anecdotes and experiences. In the book, the 36 year-old BMC rider from Bergamo takes the reader through his fourteen years as a professional cyclist, why he began in the sport later than his peers, his thoughts on the changes to the roads and training methods, and he details his views on some personalities and the major races on the calendar.

Marco has said that compared to riding a three week national tour, writing a book is much harder, but we’re not convinced and caught up with him before the BMC team launch in Belgium to ask him about his extra-curricular project ourselves…

Siempre Bicycle Café, the Pride of Partick!(0)

December 24, 2012 • by Ed Hood and Martin Williamson

You’re in Glasgow on your bike and need a good cup of coffee and some healthy victuals, but don’t need the stares; you like good sounds and you want to talk bicycles, not fitba’ and maybe you’re looking for the latest in ‘fixie’ street cred hardware and kit?

Look no further – 162 Dumbarton Road, Partick should be your destination. Siempre Bicycle Café is the name of this oasis in the desert of bad coffee and ‘I’m too sexy for my job’ bicycle shop staff.

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