Category Archives: Opinion

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

Posted in Opinion, Professional, Road Racing | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

In defence of Paul Kimmage

“Our freedom of speech is freedom or death We got to fight the powers that be” – Chuck D Paul Kimmage is an exemplary journalist. A cantankerous goat he may be at times, but he is an incredible journalist with an … Continue reading

Posted in Opinion | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Why competitive sport teaches you very little

I don’t believe that focusing solely on bringing back competitive sport in schools is the answer. I believe that engaging children with high quality coaching and skills is far more important than them being able to show off their Win-Lose-Draw … Continue reading

Posted in Opinion | Tagged | 2 Comments

The myth of the green cyclist

There are many stereotypes which come up time and again when cycling is discussed: red-light jumpers, lycra louts, mid-life crisis on carbon and – the one I hate the most – the environmentally-aware commuter. It comes up, alongside the others, … Continue reading

Posted in Commuting, Culture, Journalism, Opinion | 1 Comment

Ride because it makes your life richer

A couple of blog posts recently have encouraged me to think about why I love cycling and why I ride my bike. Work has been tough recently and the bike has been a nice place away from the newsroom, which … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Opinion | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Breaking the wheel: time for cycling to find its Kerry Packer?

I’ve avoided poking the road rash on the rump of professional cycling that is the Floyd Landis case. Nobody has ever thanked the ninety-nine-millionth-and-one person who says “look you seem to have fallen off” while prodding the weeping flesh. Instead … Continue reading

Posted in Doping, Opinion, Professional, Tour de France | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Cycling in dark ages when it comes to public relations

A quick mid-weeker to pick up on one of those quotes that guaranteed to infuriate me. I was reading Richard Moore’s latest piece on Team Sky in The Guardian Bradley Wiggins dismisses claim that pro cycling hates Team Sky. It … Continue reading

Posted in Opinion, Professional | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Signing Pereiro is Contador’s smartest move

A lot of people have seen the signing of Oscar Pereiro Sio as simply an attempt to bolster the Astana squad with an experienced rider who can be there when it matters in the high mountains. His ability to sacrifice … Continue reading

Posted in Opinion, Professional, Tour de France | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Back in Black: Why black shorts make you a better dressed cyclist

Women have the little black dress. Very few women have just the one. This should tell the predominately male cycling population something. Sadly, far too many choose to ignore a simple truth: black is the most stylish of colours. Rapha … Continue reading

Posted in Clothing, Opinion, Professional | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

If Team Sky is about inspiring participation, why no women?

Dave Brailsford in a BBC interview says that the Team Sky project is all about inspiring participation. But I keep on coming back to the same question I asked back at the Worlds in September: where are the women? It’s … Continue reading

Posted in Opinion, Road Racing, Women | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment