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Scottish Bike Show 2013 news

The Scottish Bike Show is back for its 3rd year at the brand new Emirates Arena & Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, home to The Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014. “Next year is going to be special” said Rowan Mackie, Magdala Media. “The recent success of the ‘Thunderdrome’ event and ‘Track Cycling World Cup’ has already put this new venue on the map as a world leading facility and I am sure this is only start of things to come.”

Confirmed exhibitors to date, Madison, Upgrade Bikes, Condor, Alpine Bikes, Ronde Bicycle Outfitters, Eurobike, Keela, Cycling Scotland, Scottish Cycling, Schwalbe, C4C and a host more will be attending the 2013 show.

The recently launched SBS website boasts many new features for the 2013 show. A larger exhibition hall @ 6,000 sq metres, full use of the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome for the visiting general public to enjoy taster sessions throughout the weekend of 27th – 28th April and a 1 kilometre outside test track as a demo area to test ride a multitude of road, commuter and mountain bikes. To compliment this, SBS 2013 will be providing a presentation area for cycling stars past and present, free spinning classes, kids play area, a huge BMX display from Scottish outfit BSD Forever, with Mackie promising even more features still to be confirmed.

On the following Sunday, 5th May – the 2nd annual SBS Sportive will take place around Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, starting at Balloch Castle with a choice of either 65 or 100 mile routes. Over 870 entrants completed the inaugural event in April and next year both entries offer excellent value at under £30.00 per rider. Nutritional sponsor High 5 & Hydration sponsor Gatorade will provide all riders with plenty of options at the 5 feed stations to keep their electrolytes buzzing to the finish line. Additional sponsors and partners confirmed, Cyclosport, Kinesis, Ronde, Braveheart and Loch Lomond National Park Authority.

Anyone can ride the Tour

A quick post to say ‘hats off’ to David Waddell who is riding the Tour de Force, where amateur riders can do the entire route of the Tour, a few days ahead of the race itself.

Here he is a couple of days ago, atop the first Hors Categorie climb, with many more to go. Good luck to David and all the other participants.

The participants have plenty of backup, with food, mechanics, masseurs and medical support but even with all that, it’s a massive achievement. Some days they have been riding until 9pm at night!

It struck me the other day, while watching a sprinter’s stage, that even a flat 200km would take a lot out of my legs. So massive respect is due to all the people taking part in the Tour de Force.

It’s not only an athletic challenge- huge amounts of money are raised for charity- one participant bringing in over £25,000 on his own.

Follow David on twitter @traceheating

Scottish author of cycling books, Richard Moore

Cycling author Richard Moore on Scotland and Slaying the Badger

I spoke to Scottish author Richard Moore in 2012, before he appearing in Aberfeldy, two nights before the Etape Caledonia sportive, Scotland’s biggest cycling event. He discussed his book Slaying the Badger, which covers the careers of Greg Lemond and Bernard Hinault, focusing on the 1986 Tour de France, where they went head-to-head as teammates.

Richard Moore appearing at the Watermill bookshop

Hi Richard, you’re appearing at the Watermill bookshop in Aberfeldy, on the eve of the Etape Caledonia, what are you planning to speak about?
I’m mainly going to speak about — and maybe read a bit from — Slaying the Badger. However, I will also talk about Sky’s the Limit. It’s about to come out in paperback with a couple of new chapters on last season… and a bit of looking ahead to how the whole Cavendish / Wiggins thing might work out. Or not.

[Update: 2012 went well for Wiggins at Sky, as we now know, but not so well for Cavendish. Wiggins won the Dauphine, Tour, and Olympic time trial. Although Cav won three tour stages, including the final one on the Champs Elysees, he was frustrated in coming nowhere near challenging for the green jersey. Sky putting full backing behind Wiggin’s GC campaign left the sprinter freelancing for sprint wins, and he later fell well short in the Olympic road race as the British team were overpowered in a gruelling contest.]
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Graeme Obree to open Etape Caledonia 2011

Graeme Obree, aka The Flying Scotsman, has confirmed he will open this year’s Macmillan Cancer Support Etape Caledonia cycle challenge – immediately after bearing formal witness to the start line nuptials of fundraisers Rick Millin & Jo Louden who will tie the knot in front of 5000 participants in the UK’s biggest closed road cycling event.

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Alternative sportives for 2011

Few British cyclists should need to be told what the Etape Caledonia is. Many more will be familiar with Hands on Events rides that include the Bealach Beag and Mor, Skye Sportive and Cairngorm 100.

An event that might be less well known, but would be worth considering for your 2011 calendar is the Ken Laidlaw, run out of Hawick. The Sportive Kinross in Perthshire, another new event, is already sold out.

The Ken Laidlaw, named after the first Scot to ride the Tour, is a 100 mile ride that takes in several stiff climbs. It has been run by Hawick Cycling Club for the past three years and will take place on the 21st August in 2011.

Sportive Kinross, now in its second year, was run as an informal unsupported event in 2010 but has stepped up to include three routes of varying difficulty, event photographs, a charity partner, timing and event sponsorship. A twitter account is a nice touch.

sportive kinross

Sportive Kinross
The Ken Laidlaw (cyclosport.org)
Etape Caledonia
Hands on Events

Pic of the day: Ken Laidlaw 2010

This shot was taken by Ian Bell as part of the 2010 Ken Laidlaw sportive.  The event was honoured by Ken Laidlaw himself, returning to Hawick, the town of his birth, from the USA to lead off around 400 riders. A nice touch was the photos taken by Ian and one other photographer, that were made available to the riders free of charge.

More on that event to come.

edit – added a few more pics from the great gallery of the 2010 ride.

Ken Laidlaw 2010

Pic of the day: humongous hill repeats

Today’s pic is a view of the Bealach-na-Ba, a monster climb in Wester Ross that I have written about several times before. Although the pic is a standard view back down the valley, it is the accompanying text that I think provides more interest (see below).

A clubmate has been training for la Marmotte sportive in the alps and my jaw dropped slightly when I saw his latest facebook update:

Last minute preparation for the Alps. 5 ascents of Bealach-na-ba. 3 from Applecross, 2 from Tournapress; sea level to 640m each time and max gradient over 20%. Felt good; now having Pizza in Aviemore with the family. Excellent!

Once up the Bealach is more than enough for most people but five times in one day, back-to-back is something else. Chapeau to my clubmate Paul Harradine, who is a climbing beast and devours the toughest sportives around (e.g the Dave Lloyd Mega Challenge). He recently did the Dragon Ride on a heavy steel cyclocross bike, after his Lightspeed Ti frame gave out on him. I hope you’ve got something lighter for July!

Scottish Climbs: The Devil’s Beeftub

At first glance you might be forgiven for thinking The Devil’s Beeftub is a cruel name for a road – a way of goading the non-climbers with poor physique.

And described as a 5 mile long, steady climb, it might also seem The Devil’s Beeftub is a only worth blogging for the name. However, the scenery is reportedly pretty spectacular, and I’m told there is normally a tailwind, so it can probably be tackled in the big ring. Legal note: weather may vary and The Drum-Up cannot be held responsible for soul-destroying headwinds!

Above: @jez_hastings riding with the West Lothian Clarion on The Devil’s Beeftub

It’s also part of a Southern Uplands sportive that was suggested to me by @gear_ratio, which was recommended for a series of good climbs and great scenery.

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Graeme Obree at Etape Caledonia

Graeme Obree was seen at last weekend’s Etape Caledonia by @macluskie, who grabbed this great shot of him in Fullarton Wheelers kit, surrounded by pleased-looking VC Glasgow South riders.

He chatted for a while to people about how good the event was and being at Lance Armstrong’s first Twitter ride in Paisley.

Obree told Tayside & Fife newspaper The Courier:

“It’s been a fantastic day and the whole town has turned out to make the atmosphere really special.

“It’s not like a real race because the cyclists can work together on the closed roads and provide each other with the support they need.”

Full article here, with additional photos from rider @b_cran