French, Italian and Belgium Domination In 2017 eleven different nations won stages at the Tour de France and a record twelve at the Giro d’Italia. The twentyfour podium places from the three Grand Tours and five monuments were shared between twelve countries. This distribution of top results in the top races amongst riders from all over the world is common practice nowadays but this has … Continue reading When Switzerland Were Top Of The World
This Sunday the Glasgow based cycling campaigner Bike Gob Glasgow published a piece about the cities south side club, West Coast Velo. The depressing and frustrating tale starts in October of last year when there was resistance to some members posting links on the clubs facebook page in support of women only rides. Sexist and misogynistic views and abuse started coming to the surface leading … Continue reading Bike Gob Glasgow Exposes Cycling Club Sexism
Stage 19 of this years Giro d’Italia from Venaria Reale to Bardonecchia was one of the most enthralling days of racing in the history of Grand Tours. It was the day the Maglia Rosa, looking so strong up until the days second climb, ended up losing 40 minutes to the stage winner and plummeted down to 17th place in the GC. The stage winner attacked … Continue reading Stage 19 Analysed
Greetings from the Tour de d’Italia, or day I say it, Ciao! A few days ago it would have been שלום, but I will not go into that. I would like to say that the race heated up today, exploded into action, or it had a Giro classic flow to it but I wont bother. What I will say though is that I managed to locate … Continue reading Ripwell Reports. Exclusive David Brailsford-Sir Interview.
“Time waits for no man, unless said man is in his retirement years. And said man can surely enjoy some peace and tranquility” as the old saying goes. Try telling that to a certain Mr Bradley Wiggins-Sir. In the year and a half since hanging up his bike to leisurely wile away his time at the regattadrome he has had none of the promised calm. … Continue reading Ripwell Reports. The Final Nail In Wiggins’ Coughin?
The famous historian and cyclist, Giles Ripwell, tries to get to the bottom of the latest furore involving Team Sky.
Crikey! It seems that hardly a month has gone by in the last year and a bit where there hasn’t been some kind of scandal surrounding Team Sky, the United Kingdoms of Great Britain’s number one cycling outfit. What with the TUE’s, jiffy bags, testosterone patches, recovery injections, and stolen computers there are now more gates in Sky’s recent history than in the founder of Microsoft’s house during a family get together. All of these episodes have hurt Sky’s reputation but they have managed to carry on regardless and have had a rather successful season. However Puffergate, the newest hoo-ha, might cause Team Sky to discombobulate like your laptop after a Windows update.
But that’s enough of the computer based analogies and time to find out exactly what the devil has happened and what the future may hold for those concerned with what has happened.
After four years of writing my blog and seeing a steady, if not dramatic, increase in readers I have decided to enter the website to the UK Blog Awards. I am hopeful that this will increase my exposure and take my ramblings to the next level. The public vote is now open and I would really appreciate the support of anyone who has enjoyed my … Continue reading UK Blog Awards
Finally after a tough week and a day we arrived at the grand finish in Cardiff, the biggest city in South Wales. As everyone knows the final stage always ends up in London but cycling there has been in lock down since the journalist Adam Boulton wrote a brilliant and well researched piece for some newspaper calling for an end to the “senseless worship of … Continue reading Tour de of Britain, Stage 8. Worcester to Cardiff.
Today was probably the hilliest of this years route. I managed to get the Strava KOM on the final climb of the day, The Winchcombe, known as the Col de la Coix de Fer of the Cotswolds. Unfortunately this created quite a storm on Twitters. The previous holder of the record time was a Mr Bob Pilchard and unbeknownst to me he has openly talked … Continue reading Tour de of Britain, Stage 7. Hemel Hempstead to Cheltenham.
Today’s stage started in Newmarket which is more known for its horse racing than cycling, though Tony Gallopin or Laura Trott would feel at home there! Also, this is a sprint stage so there will be no horse category climbs! Seriously though, it has been lovely talking to so many new riders this year. At my last Tour de of Britain I spent most of … Continue reading Tour de of Britain, Stage 6. Newmarket to Aldeburgh.