I did a short post on the great VC Moulin jersey design, a club that specialises in cyclocross, and got some good feedback. Then I noticed the jersey had been picked up by WTFKits, an American blogs that celebrates ‘bad kits and bad-ass kits’. VCM comes into the latter category.
VC Moulin encompass all cycling disciplines (I believe) but they are known for cyclocross. There’s something great about their jersey with its nod to the Belgian national colours and the powerful logo.
Pic by Brian McArdle on flickr.
We’re almost at the end of the cross season in Scotland and there has been lots going on, some great races, but alas I have too been strapped for time to do the scene justice. The final two races at Mull are coming up next weekend.
Check out Dave Hamill and John McComisky’s Dig In Mate series of videos for a typically Scottish, light-hearted (and sometimes rude) look at some of the races. These also really deserve a separate post… they are great.
There are lots of guides to French cycling vocab out there, with the familiar phrases such as grimpeur, rouleur, pédaler avec les oreilles, etc. There are lots of guides to vocab that you see relating to the Tour or racing, but less that is used in everyday situations. I’ve been trying to infiltrate the local club scene in Brittany, where I spend my summer holidays every year, and even with good French it can be tricky.
I’ve found that local road clubs tend to fall into one of two types, the ‘Vélo Club’ type, which seems to be more race oriented, and the ‘Cyclo Club’, a touring/road riding club more oriented to sportives and leisure riding. I haven’t got in with any race clubs as yet but I’ll post a bit more in due course.
It’s an exploration of the 1986 Tour de France – in Moore’s eyes it’s most fascinating ever edition of the race. It featured ‘a show-stopping rivalry’ between Hinault – the belligerent elder statesman of the peloton – and his young American teammate, the brash, unconventional Greg Lemond.
David Millar’s autobiography was published in 2011.
Millar’s book originally came out inbetween the 2011 Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France, entitled Racing Through the Dark: The Fall and Rise of David Millar. According to a French magazine article Millar at one point said the book was hampering his winter training miles, blaming the concentration required to write. He said it brought out the perfectionist in him and ended up focussing a lot of his efforts on writing. He missed the cobbled classics after illness set his form back, so it’s not clear to what extent the writing affected his form- but I’d expect this to be covered in press interviews for the book. Continue reading →
It’s also Made in Scotland, from Girrrders, and unpronouncable, too. Steel is real man! (and cheap)
To those that don’t know, Barr’s Irn-Bru “has long been the most popular soft drink in Scotland, with Coca-Cola second, although recent fierce competition between the two brands has brought their sales to roughly equal levels.” more fascinating facts on wikipedia
Harcore fans of the Velocast will by now be aware of John Galloway’s new podcast- it’s up to episode 4. Although the Velocast had a keen following, I was also aware of casual listeners who may not have noticed this new show.
Inspired by The Inner Ring’s Euro Foods series, I have been meaning to do some lighthearted posts on Scottish Cycling Foods.
We all know cyclists love cake during a cafe stop or at the end of a run. But they can also be obsessive about weight, and this healthier type of cake is a Scottish speciality that can help in that regard.
I was first introduced to oatcakes as a snack by a couple of junior racers – Jack Barrett and William Bowers. They have low-GI carbs, helping to fill you up, and low fat. Unless you put a slab of cheese on top that is. I now scoff about five or six of the things every day.
Nairn’s are my default choice for the Scottish oatcake, and they can be enjoyed with cheese, like a mature Mull cheddar, and a dram of whisky. If I’m going for something a little nicer I’ll pick up Stockan and Gardens.