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Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #1100 on: July 25, 2012, 11:06:15 am »
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Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #1102 on: July 25, 2012, 04:32:30 pm »
There's a sudden rash of Team Sky kit. I saw a fairly convincing wannabe this morning, in the full strip, including leg and arm warmers, and a yellow helmet with the air vents blocked up. He was coming over the bridge out of Eccleston at about 10am, he even had the sideburns and was riding a Pinarello Dogma. Oh, wait a second.

Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #1103 on: July 25, 2012, 04:42:32 pm »
There's a sudden rash of Team Sky kit. I saw a fairly convincing wannabe this morning, in the full strip, including leg and arm warmers, and a yellow helmet with the air vents blocked up. He was coming over the bridge out of Eccleston at about 10am, he even had the sideburns and was riding a Pinarello Dogma. Oh, wait a second.

Nice try: http://inrng.tumblr.com/post/27895463057/wiggobike

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Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #1104 on: July 25, 2012, 05:04:01 pm »
From Michael Hutchinson's Twitter feed
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I and my Brompton passed a fully Sky outfitted bloke on a Pinarello on London Embankment. He didn't like it. He didn't like it at all.

Lesson: if you see anyone who looks like this

on a Brompton, don't challenge him to a commuter race.

Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #1105 on: July 25, 2012, 08:45:21 pm »
That pretty much sums up the way cycling has gone in London - with the poseurs commuting on £4k race bikes, while those who actually do race or test at high level generally incognito on worthless old hacks and foldies!
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Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #1106 on: July 25, 2012, 10:37:45 pm »
http://www.burnleyexpress.net/news/local-news/tour-de-france-winner-bradley-wiggins-to-ride-in-east-lancashire-1-4764910

He's riding a cyclosportive in Pendle and the Ribble Valley in August - Barlick to Barlick via a few lumps (Nick O'Pendle, Trough of Bowland, etc). My home turf! Mum just reported he was being interviewed at a Lancashire crossroads saying it was a 'little bit overwhelming!'

I too loved his raffle comment, though I wish he'd said at least a few words in French. Cavendish was overheard trying to speak French in the early parts of yesterday's stage. He kept inquiring, "Was that right? Did I say it right?" :)


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Eek! This is the day after we return home to Doncaster from 3 weeks away on holiday.

Do you think I can swing it?

The start is about 2 miles from my dad's house (where I grew up).

And you said Barlick.

Barlick!!

I'm beside myself.
Hehe. I know Barlick well. I used to ride my bike (and horses) around there. I am from Winewall, near Trawden. I'd try and get there if I were you!  :D


Black Hill out of Sabden. :sick: :sick:
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Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #1107 on: July 29, 2012, 11:39:54 am »
Thanks Mr B. !

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Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #1108 on: July 30, 2012, 10:15:05 am »
Milltag is celebrating with a jersey.  I really like it.  But I don't need another jersey (even though Milltag ones are good).  Also, I'm not the yellow jersey type.  But I think it looks great. 

I think something like this would also make a great AUK-PBP jersey if the idea wasn't already taken...
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Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #1109 on: December 24, 2012, 09:45:56 pm »
I have hazy memories of the summer 46 years ago when England won the World Cup.
Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton, Geoff Hurst and Nobby Stiles became household names and idols to eight year old boys like myself.

In the world of cricket, Boycott and Edrich were the opening pair for England, and West Indian Gary Sobers was acknowledged to be the world's best all rounder.

Another often-heard name in those childhood summers was that of Tommy Simpson. In an era when Football and Rugby were played in the winter and  Cricket and Tennis was the only summer fare, in this alternative sport of cycling, Simpson's progress in the Tour was relayed back to us in Blighty by radio broadcast and maybe a mention in the sports part of the BBC's Six O'clock News. In 1966, Simpson finished second in two stages of the Tour before crashing out on a mountain descent.

The following year of course, Tommy died on the slopes of Ventoux.  This event acted as a catalyst for me to check up on the progress of British riders in ensuing renewals of the race, gradually becoming more absorbed and enthralled by the event, despite all its vicissitudes.

And now, after such a long span of time, we have an Englishman, Bradley Wiggins, who is favourite to win the Tour.

The parcours, with much TTing, favours him to a certain extent, and his form and the form and strength of his team is excellent. So let's hope that he can avoid mishap and arrive in Paris in July wearing the yellow jersey and thus inspire a new generation of youngsters to appreciate
the excitement and  benefits of cycling

45 years since Simpson passed away, and I think that it is fair to say that the inimitable style and panache of Bradley Wiggins has begun to inspire a new wave of interest in road cycling across the whole spectrum of age and gender.

What a truly great achievement it has been by Wiggo and Team Sky to realise Dave Brailsford's  ambition of winning the Tour with a clean British rider by 2014.
#makewattsnotwar

Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #1110 on: January 01, 2013, 10:05:57 pm »
What a truly great achievement it has been by Wiggo and Team Sky to realise Dave Brailsford's  ambition of winning the Tour with a clean British rider by 2014.

An absolutely stunning, once-in-fifty-years achievement.  We will look back on this remarkable cycling year with increasing admiration as the seasons go by.

Unless he does it again this year of course..

Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #1111 on: January 03, 2013, 11:19:14 am »
Just saw on twitter that they're looking for 'tour-makers' in Yorkshire (presumably similar to the 'lympic Gamesmakers).

Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #1112 on: January 03, 2013, 11:35:09 am »
Just saw on twitter that they're looking for 'tour-makers' in Yorkshire (presumably similar to the 'lympic Gamesmakers).

I do hope they revive the idea of volunteers wearing flat caps, as at the Manchester Commonwealth Games.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/1855625.stm

Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #1113 on: January 03, 2013, 09:54:47 pm »
Will they be issued with a traditional whippet each as well? ;D
Actually, it is rocket science.
 

Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #1114 on: January 04, 2013, 08:43:07 am »
Will they be issued with a traditional whippet each as well? ;D

Maybe, but they'll certainly be travelling by Yorkshire Airlines.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm6VC5gdaFA

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Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #1115 on: January 04, 2013, 12:19:51 pm »
Milltag is celebrating with a jersey.  I really like it.  But I don't need another jersey (even though Milltag ones are good).  Also, I'm not the yellow jersey type.  But I think it looks great. 


That's really rather nice  :thumbsup:
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Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #1116 on: January 04, 2013, 01:55:15 pm »
"Milltag is celebrating with a jersey".

It is quite sweet but I'm not sure that I'd want to ride around with what appears to be a large target on my back  :-\
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