Author Archives: Alex Murray

Do Yorkshire’s Tour de France sums add up?

Do Yorkshire’s Tour de France sums add up? I’m not certain the hope of their claims can be matched by the expectations of reality. Continue reading

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Europe is not the answer

So, according to VeloNews, what cycling needs is more races in shrinking markets with shrinking capital investment, not new races in growing markets with growing capital investment. Continue reading

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What is the challenge facing British Cycling and Sir Dave Brailsford?

Winning Le Tour De France with a British rider was the stated purpose of Team Sky from the outset. How has that challenge changed, or did they think they’d fluke it once and that would be it? Continue reading

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10 things to be excited about in cycling in 2014

There’s plenty to look forward to in 2014, including the possibility of this podcast happening more than last year. So here’s a run down of ten things, in no particular order, that you should be looking forward to in cycling this year. Continue reading

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The church of the high mountain

Roland Barthes wrote of the Tour de France as being in the tradition of epic. Yet there is much to be said for the race as in the tradition of religious experience. It is perhaps most evident in the veneration … Continue reading

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Episode 3: At last there’s racing to talk about!

Track Worlds reviewed; Het Nieuwsblad in brief; RCS starts a revival in Rome; World Series Cycling, will it never go away?; Truth and Reconsiliation, what does it really mean?; The UCI’s secret life as a Russian doll; Death on the public highway in Central London – the solutions are obvious. Continue reading

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Episode 2: The Qatar is operational!

Farewell Sandro Carrea; Nicole Cooke retires; Wiggle Honda – new teams, great, but what about the infrastructure?; Tour of Qatar – Al-Jazeera runs women’s race live, so why is it so difficult for others?; Yet another chance to talk about Lance Armstrong; Parliamentary Inquiry – will it get Britain cycling or put it on the wrong path? Continue reading

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Episode 1: New year, new podcast

For your listening pleasure: A change of kit for teams and riders, some more significant than others; More races fold, organisers follow the money to Arabia – The Tour of Qatar, more interesting than you think; Armstrong, in brief, very brief; Why I’m excited about MTN-Qhubeka and their Algerian hardman; Commuting, casual riding, whatever – are there more of them out there already? Continue reading

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Racing Through The Dark – David Millar interview

An interview with David Millar from June 2011 about his book, Racing Through the Dark: The Fall and Rise of David Millar, which charts his career up to his return to the sport after his doping ban. We discuss his own career, doping and what the future holds for cycling. Continue reading

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World Series Cycling a masterclass in how not to tell exciting stories

A while ago, I was trying to write something about the UCI, breakaway leagues/calendar reform and revenues. I became so bored researching it, I gave up. But seeing as the UCI seems determined to chase around after a billionaire’s loose … Continue reading

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