Majorca’s been a sporting playground of mine for some years. I am far from alone in that. The cycling opportunities it offers draw thousands of people, not least many a pro cycling team, for whom the island is perfect for winter training – superb roads, beautiful mountains, minimal traffic.
The way Majorca has embraced amateur athletes [...]
Oh. My. God. What have I let myself in for? Or, to put it another way, greetings from the Haute Route.
Day One is over. Only six more days to go. But I am trying not to think about them because today’s opener was unbelievably tough, and I need to get my head sorted before tomorrow.
Plus £200k beach hut, own a cricket pitch and will 2007 peak be topped?
It is 0550 in the morning and I am standing in a crowd of 11,000 people in a small seaside town on the Italian Adriatic coast. The smell of embrocation fluid, rubbed into tanned shaven legs to warm up the muscles on this cold morning, wafts in the air.
On The Road at the Giro d’Italia: Grand Tours, like the Giro, require levels of organisation that are utterly mind boggling
The mechanics and I were chatting the other day, and we have unanimously decided that professional cycling is probably the least logistically friendly sport in the world.
On The Road at the Giro d’Italia: I figured he was pretty tired of people congratulating him, so me and Sir Bradley Wiggins just had a chat about the race ahead
Giro d’Italia? What’s that? I hear you say. Well, for anyone who has thumbed past page one in the cycling-for-dummies handbook (no, that does not exist) it is the second most famous race in the world, only beaten by a certain Tour de France.
Without wishing to come across as a weirdo stalker, if I could dedicate one room in my house to sporting heroes, I would plaster the walls with posters of John McEnroe, Rafa Nadal, Chrissie Wellington, Marion Jones, Lance Armstrong and Haile Gebrselassie, to name but a few. I have watched them, cried over them, cheered them, and to varying degrees, felt let down by them.
The funeral of a married couple who were killed when they were knocked off their tandem bicycle in Bristol, and the recent vigil held by RoadPeace in memory of cyclists who have died in lorry accidents, have once more placed the issue of cyclist safety firmly in the spotlight. They also serve as a reminder of how important it is that cyclists understand and use their rights.
While the revelations about doping in cycling are in many cases not new or particularly surprising, the spectacular fall of an athlete previously idolised by so many and the subsequent destruction of his ill-gotten legacy has had a huge impact on cycling and raised wider concerns about drug taking in other sports as well.
Google Maps for Android now offers voice-guided, turn-by-turn cycling navigation in 12 countries, turning your Android smartphone into a full-featured cycling sat-nav
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