Podcast

Episode 72 – Just Blow Into This Bag, Sir

21.08.14 | Permalink | Comment? Posted by Gary

stage_21__contador_podium_600In this episode we break the mould by bringing you our Vuelta preview before the race has even started.  Gary brings you the MTB news since Graham was too lazy to even bother watching it.  We also discuss JTL’s epic bender and conclude that he’s a very silly boy!

Interesting Things That Caught Our Eye Over the Last Fortnight also include the 2014 Ridley Scottish Cyclocross Series, Grit.cx – a new cyclocross digital mag and website from the people who brought you Singletrack magazine and cycling art from listener Rudi Nadler.

Enjoy!

(And, yes, we know this pic is from the 2012 Vuelta but it’s the only way we could get a cheap ‘Tensions at the Vuelta after-race party as Alberto Contador lifts Jonathan Tiernan-Locke’s brandy…’ gag in here)

 

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Ridley Scottish Cyclocross Series

15.08.14 | Permalink | Comment? Posted by Gary

It’s almost time..

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Dates for the 2014 Ridley Scottish Cyclocross Series and Scottish CX Championships have been confirmed.

The 6-round series kicks-off at Callander Park, Falkirk on Sunday 5 October and zig-zags its way across the country before concluding at Glengorm Castle on Mull on Saturday 13 December.  The Scottish nationals will take place at Knockburn Loch, Banchory the preceding week.

The full calendar is:

2014 Ridley Scottish CX Series & Championships

5th Oct – Callander Park, Falkirk

12th Oct – Strathclyde Park

26th Oct – Irvine Beach

2nd Nov – Auchentoshan, Clydebank

23rd Nov – Lochore Meadows, Lochgelly

13th Dec – Glengorm Castle, Isle of Mull

 

2014 Scottish Cyclocross Championships

 7th Dec – Knockburn Loch, Banchory

 

Full details and links to online entry (via the British Cycling site) can be found over at the Scottish Cyclocross website, where you’ll also find links to other non-series races.

 

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Rudi Nadler

13.08.14 | Permalink | Comment? Posted by Gary

paris-roubaixListener Rudi Nadler emailed us this week to say he’d done some sketches during the Tour de France. “Hang on,” I thought. “I know that name from somewhere.”  Sure enough and if – like me – you ever read Dirt Rag magazine, there’s a fair chance you’ll have seen Rudi’s work or even read his work.

Rudi is a painter and a cyclist living in Tucson Arizona. Cycling is not the only focus of his artistic talents, but when you consider he completed the Tour Divide in 2012, it’s about as big a passion as it gets.

“I love cycling,” Rudy told me. “I find it a microcosm for my imagination. I love capturing in ink and paint the moments that move me because the best images tell a story that inspires me.

Peter Sagan, Stage 5, Tour de France 2014

Peter Sagan, Stage 5, Tour de France 2014

“Cycling is literal and figurative for me. Bernard Hinault’s face as he would pound the pedals was the first thing that captured my imagination. I remember reading about the Tour in 1979 and just having my mind blown.”

Vincenzo Nibali, Stage 18, Tour de France 2014

Vincenzo Nibali, Stage 18, Tour de France 2014

Rudi’s been working on a whole raft of drawings from the 2014 Tour and we’re looking forward to seeing these over the coming weeks. You’ll get a chance to get your hands on some of these works later this year, but in the meantime, here’s a sneak peak at some works in progress…

Jack Bauer and Martin Elmiger, Stage 15, Tour de France 2014 - Rudi Nadler

Jack Bauer and Martin Elmiger, Stage 15, Tour de France 2014

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Podcast

Episode 71 – J Geils Band

07.08.14 | Permalink | Comment? Posted by Gary

_76715668_walesbikermanFueled only by enthusiasm and Belgian ale, we wrap up the last few stages of the Tour de France and mull over La Course.  The MTB World Cup returns and we pick up the action from Mont Saint Anne as well as lookng ahead to 2015.  After a cracking couple of weeks’ action in Glasgow at the Commonwealth Games, we round up the road and cross-country events.  Finally, we look at Danny MacAskill’s PR faux pas (what’s French for faux pas?) and Graham’s Malaysian adventure (oh, had it only been Thailand) in our general-stuff-catching-our-eye segment.

Episode Links

Cycling Time Trial Podcast – check out Mark Florence’s interview with Specialized Lululemon owner and General Manager, Kristy Scrimgeour, who chats about Project X and the future of women’s cycling.

 

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Shand Cycles Hand-Built Hoy Kierin

29.07.14 | Permalink | Comment? Posted by Gary

Scottish Framebuilder teams up with Sir Chris Hoy

14579484319_1b7e9e68a1Having led Team GB at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics in 2012, Sir Chris Hoy went on to win two gold medals in the London velodrome, making him Britain’s most successful Olympian of all time.

To commemorate Sir Chris’ seven Olympic medals, Hoy Bikes commissioned Livingston-based independent bicycle manufacturer Shand to produce a bespoke hand-built Hoy Keirin bike. A truly Scottish partnership, the collaboration is also a timely tribute to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games – Scotland’s largest ever sporting and cultural event.

Hoy represented Scotland at three Commonwealth Games, winning his first major championship gold medal at Manchester in 2002. Sir Chris Hoy is now an ambassador for the Glasgow 2014 Games.

14785994353_feae86349c_zThe bike has been built as a one-off for Sir Chris after he met with Steven Shand in Edinburgh last year. The pair discussed at length their experience of Japanese Keirin racing and the specifics of the steel track bike, and so the idea to custom-build a unique HOY Keirin bike was born. Chris’s love of the Japanese Keirin was the genesis of this bike and his name in Japanese on the top tube is both out of respect and reference to the importance of the Keirin in his career.

Sir Chris’s Keirin experience and Shand’s frame building expertise combined, make a great partnership, but it was a process which provided new challenges for HOY bike designer James Olsen: “Sometimes costs and timelines have to take a step aside to allow for new methods to shape the brand’s product development. It’s a process that is different to our usual production bike design and realisation methods, and one that we’re excited to see the end results of.”

14579489938_ba4c07d808_zThe tubing and geometry was specified by Chris and the construction details are Shand’s expertise. The result is a bike worthy of bearing the gold and silver bands of Sir Chris Hoy’s career and maybe the start of more development in this area.

All photos: Shand

 

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Episode 70 – Nudge, Nudge, Wink, Wink – Say No More!

28.07.14 | Permalink | Comment? Posted by Gary

tour-de-france-logo-font-1We’re well into the 3rd week of the Tour – what better time to bring you our preview of Week 3 and to tie up the standings on the second rest day, which was 3 days ago. Yup, business as usual for the VCDL Cycling Podcast.

 

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Episode 69 – Tour Preview (or TUE Preview)

03.07.14 | Permalink | Comment? Posted by Gary

Up Yours, JV!
Zut alors! C’est Le Tour! In a break with tradition we bring you our Tour preview show – before the race has even started! Beer is drunk, nonsense is spouted, rash predictions are made. In short, pretty much the sort of merde you’d expect from us.

We also tackle yet another “gate”. This time it’s Millargate – was JV correct to leave St Dave out of his Tour squad?

Garmin’s loss is – of course – our gain, as David* has already entered our Velogames Tour de France mini-league with the petulantly-named Eat My Shorts Vaughters squad. If you haven’t already joined us, details on how to enter are here. Be quick as the deadline is 1200 CEST on Saturday 5 July.

Finally, being the switched-on media luvvies we are, BBC Radio 6 Music will be celebrating cycling over the weekend of the Grand Depart.  Excited?  Us?  Not ‘arf!

* Possibly not real David Millar

 

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Competitions

Tour 101 – The VCDL/Velogames Tour de France Mini League

30.06.14 | Permalink | Comment? Posted by Gary

4834206-3x2-940x627Our Tour de France fantasy mini-league, powered by Velogames, is now open ! Head over to www.velogames.com, pick your squad and use league code 29152116 and join in.

There’s a copy of the lavish (and heavy!) Merckx 69, kindly donated by Bloomsbury Publishing, for the winning DS.

Entries close at 12:00 CEST on Saturday 5 July.  Look out for updates on our Facebook page as the peloton takes the long road from Leeds to Paris.

Bon Courage!

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Episode 68 – TUE, Brute?

25.06.14 | Permalink | Comment? Posted by Gary

Or: Prednisolone Again (Naturally) "You wouldn't be kissing me if you'd seen what I just snotted up..."

Ahead of the Tour, what did we learn from the Dauphine & the Tour de Suisse?  What does the departure of Belkin as a sponsor tell us about the marketing benefits of sponsoring a cycling team?  What could the UCI (or SKY) have done better in their handling of TUE-gate?  Is Manon Carpenter the revalation of this year’s downhill scene?

These are just some of the questions that probably remain unanswered despite an hour or so of rambling on the matter. In other news, you’ll dig our corking new theme tune, “Bike Rider” by Glasgow-based sound system, Mungo’s Hi-Fi.  Check out the video and the full track…

HUGE thanks to listener Micah Van Dijk for putting us on the case and to the guys for giving us permission to use the choon.

 

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Episode 67 – Media Mountain Stage

19.06.14 | Permalink | Comment? Posted by Gary

Judy Finnigan and Richard Madeley launch their autumn book clubIt’s film and book night here at VCDL Towers as we review Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist and Steve Peat: Won’t Back Down.  We go old skool with a couple of good, old-fashioned, paper-based books, the first of which is Volume 4 of the consistently excellent Cycling Anthology and Etape, the latest offering from Richard Moore.

Oh, and you can find the Lost Rob Warner Story at Pinkbike.com :-)

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