Cadel Evans a ugly and winging wee bugger, however I salute you as a world champion

cadel1cadel2Cadel Evans wins men’s race at road worlds

MENDRISIO, Switzerland — Cadel Evans of Australia got the biggest win of his career on Sunday, breaking free on the final climb to win the men’s race at cycling’s road world championships.


The two-time Tour de France runner-up finished in an unofficial time of 6 hours, 56 minutes, 26 seconds on the 162.9-mile course.

“It’s something exceptional,” said the new world champion, who crossed the line kissing the wedding ring he wears on a necklace.

Alexandr Kolobnev of Russia crossed 27 seconds behind to take silver, beating Spain’s Joaquin Rodriguez in a sprint finish.

Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara was in contention on the final lap, but finished fifth as he sought a historic gold medal double after winning the time trial on Thursday.

The 32-year-old Evans became the first Australian to take gold in the 76th edition of the world championships, triumphing on roads just a few miles from his home in Switzerland during the European summer season.

In addition to placing second in the Tour in 2007 and 2008, Evans was runner-up in the past three Dauphine Libere stage races. He was coming off a third-place finish in the Spanish Vuelta last Sunday.

His second place in Belgium’s Wallonne Arrow race last year was his best result in a one-day classic, and he took road race silver at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

“Sometimes it gets demoralizing,” Evans said. “But I’ve always looked ahead to the possibility of winning in the future.”

The riders covered 19 laps on a tight, hilly course that challenged them with two climbs, technically demanding downhill sections and little recovery time.

“I’ve been thinking about this race for two years,” Evans said. “The finish line is three kilometers from my home away from home.”

His Italian wife, Chiara, looked on, smiling and wiping away tears, as her husband spoke to reporters.

“I saw him passing but I didn’t watch (the race),” said his Italian wife, Chiara. “I was nearly fainting, just trying to hope he would find a way to get to the finish line.”

The race featured a dramatic final lap with all the prerace favorites in the lead group. Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan, who returned from a two-year doping ban last month, made the first move but was soon hauled in.

Cancellara went to the front with Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez on the descent following the steep Castel San Pietro climb, before being joined by Evans, Kolobnev and Rodriguez.

The three eventual medalists broke clear together and Evans made his decisive break on the final Novazzano climb.

“I thought I could catch him if he slowed going up the hill,” said Kolobnev, who also won silver in 2007. “I couldn’t make it by myself.”

Racing in bright, sunny weather on the Swiss-Italian border, six riders broke clear after the first lap on the 8.6-mile circuit.

The group grew to 10 cyclists early in the fourth lap and built a lead of nearly 10 minutes. The peloton closed to within six minutes at the race’s halfway stage.

The Italian trio of defending champion Alessandro Ballan, Michele Scarponi and Giovanni Visconti then helped force the pace in a chasing pack, and the leaders were caught after going alone for nearly 125 miles.

With three laps left, a new breakaway of 22 riders formed, including Ballan, 2005 winner Tom Boonen of Belgium and Australia’s Michael Rogers.

The peloton got to work with 12 miles left and bridged the gap going into the final circuit.

As Wednesday is a workimg day here is a working bike


A pop up aircraft designed by FRR , should be fun watching the students attempt this!


Another dig at George W Bush


Chapeau To James Bowthorpe for his Round The World Record, he beat the Scot Mark Beaumont’s record by 20 da



He has survived an ambush in Iran, a collision with a wombat in Australia, food poisoning in India and tendonitis in both ankles. But the fastest man to pedal around the globe believes it was all worth it.

When James Bowthorpe cycles into Hyde Park, Central London, this afternoon he will have completed an 18,000-mile bike ride across 20 countries in less than six months, beating the world record by 20 days.

Last night, as he completed the final leg, he told The Times: “The best thing about the trip was the people. I’ve been shown some amazing kindness – I’ve had free meals and clothes and bike maintenance. The mechanic at Bullmoose Brothers in Kentucky gave me the cranks off his own bike when mine failed. “There have been some idiots but not many – the person who threw a kebab at me out of their car window somewhere in Western Australia definitely isn’t getting an invite to the welcome-home party.”

Although Mr Bowthorpe, 32, is proud of his achievement, beating the record set last year by the Scottish cyclist Mark Beaumont was not uppermost in his mind. After watching his grandfather suffer with Parkinson’s disease, raising money for research into the condition was his main priority.

Before he embarked on his challenge in March, Mr Bowthorpe, from Balham, South London, signed up with What’s Driving Parkinson’s, a research clinic at King’s College Hospital in London. “To raise enough money I knew I would have to do something really tough,” he said. So far he has accumulated £55,000 out of a £1.8 million target.

“I’m looking forward to applying the same persistence that got me round the world on two wheels to the task of raising more cash for WDP’s research.” Although Mr Bowthorpe was clocking up to 150 miles a day by the end of his trip, his “leisurely” pace was more than 100 miles each day. Not even a severe bout of food poisoning in India could stop him: on a day when he could eat no food he managed to cover 132 miles.

It has been an incredible journey. When Mr Bowthorpe set out from Hyde Park on March 29, he knew to expect wind, rain, temperatures of 40C (104F) and fearsome headwinds. He anticipated treacherous terrain in countries as diverse as Ukraine, Turkey, Malaysia and Canada. But nothing could have prepared him for flying kebabs or bandits in Iran.

A wombat was less easy to avoid. “Everyone thinks ooh, wombats, they sound cute, and when the Australians warned me to look out for them at night, I laughed them off. Sure enough, I hit one going downhill at speed into a town called Eden. They’re massive, it was like hitting a brick wall. My bike folded up and I went flying over the handlebars.

“The wombat ran off and I limped into town, luckily with only scratches and bruises.”

The wombat did not figure on his list of bad memories.“The worst things have been headwinds, they’re so demoralising,” he said. “Illness is hard to deal with on such a tight schedule. I got very low after I left India and I was so sick that I couldn’t leave my Thai hotel room for five days. I thought I might have to give up. And I was almost kidnapped in Iran.”

Described by Mr Bowthorpe as “the worst half-hour of my life”, as he left a small Iranian town after dark he was confronted by five men in a car who followed him for three miles.

“I was going quickly and managed to swerve out of the way as they tried to grab me off the bike,” He wrote on his blog. “There was other traffic on the road which might have made them hesitate. They were soon back alongside, edging me off the road.

The principal grabber had moved to the front passenger seat and was leaning out of the window shouting: ‘Passport! Passport!’”

Thankfully, two teenagers came to Mr Bowthorpe’s aid and called a friend from the Iranian Army. “His name was Abdullah and he explained that the people in the car would at least attack me and take my bike, passport, everything. He ran his finger across his throat, who knows?”

Fun with the Scottish Brougue

Teuchter (pronounced chew-ch-ter or chu-ch-ter with the middle ‘ch’ sounding as the Scottish word loch) is a Lowland Scots word used mainly for Northern, Highland Scots, or Doric speaking Scots, although sometimes to any rural Scots by urban Scots. In Glasgow, it can often be used to refer to a person from another part of Scotland if the latter carries a distinctive accent. Like most such cultural epithets, it is often offensive, but is sometimes seen as amusing by the speaker. The term is often taken to mean “ignorant northerner”[citation needed].

[edit] Derivation

The word has an unclear origin. The most commonly stated one is that it is derived from the Lowland Scots word teuch[citation needed] (tough) (in Gaelic tiugh). In some dialects, this is also used for mangy or stringy animals, or fowl.

One folk etymology/urban myth,is that during the First World War, many members of the Highland regiments were pipers. A book of sheet music for the pipes is called a “tutor”, and when pronounced with the aspiration of their Gaelic accents, this sounds like “teuchter”.

Other less likely derivations include tuathanach, meaning ‘farmer’ in Gaelic, and placenames such as Deuchar, Teuchar etc. Enthusiastic vocalization during dancing to traditional music, producing a ‘heuch’ sound like “Teuch! Teuch!” is also a possibility[citation needed].

[edit] Humour

Like other rural stereotypes, teuchters commonly feature in jokes (a teuchter visiting the city might marvel at a bus as “a hoose wi wheels”) though such stories often end with the apparently naive teuchter triumphing through hidden wiliness.

The archetypal cartoon teuchter is the cartoon character Angus Og, created by Ewan Bain.

A teuchter is the hero of Bill Hill‘s The Portree Kid [1], which parodies the song Ghost Riders in the Sky as “The teuchter that cam frae Skye”.

Last Weekends London Skyride


The Mayor of London’s Skyride

Posted: 21st Sept 2009

Mayor of London Boris Johnson, Sir Chris Hoy, Kelly Brook and Gethin Jones join tens of thousands of Londoners at the climax of Sky’s summer of cycling.


Above: Thousands of cyclists pour out into Trafalgar Square

Over sixty-five thousand people today joined Boris Johnson and stars from the worlds of cycling and television at the Mayor of London’s Skyride. They enjoyed a day of cycling and entertainment with friends and family in the traffic-free streets of the Capital.


Above: Inspirational figures from the world of cycling – left to right: Jamie Staff, Jason Kenny, Sir Chris Hoy, Ross Edgar and Shanaze Reade.

The Mayor of London’s Skyride was organised by Mayor of London Boris Johnson in partnership with Sky. The day marked the fifth and final event in Sky’s series of mass participation cycling Skyrides that have taken place throughout the UK this summer.


Above: Celebrities mix-it with the crowds on the Mall – left to right – Gethin Jones, Kelly Brook, Boris Johnson and Sir Chris Hoy

Cyclists of all ages and abilities took to the streets of London in the biggest mass participation cycling event ever held in the Capital. They were joined by Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy, actress and model Kelly Brook, TV personality and Skyride ambassador Gethin Jones, 2008 UCI Elite World BMX Champion Shanaze Reade and Olympic medallists Jamie Staff, Jason Kenny and Ross Edgar.


Above: St James’ Park is turned into a huge cyclists’ picnic on a balmy late summer day

The route took in iconic landmarks including Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral and The Tower of London and also incorporated St James’s Park and the river views of The Embankment. As well as having the opportunity to see the capital in a whole new light, participants were able to take part in a number of activities organised by Sky.


Above: Sir Chris Hoy and Kelly Brook

Riders could join a fancy dress cycling parade after having their bikes customised by artists in the Skyride Style Zone, watch Professional BMX riders performing tricks in the Skyride Street Zone, and pick up tips on health and wellbeing from British Cycling in the Skyride Active Zone.


Above: Mayor of London Boris Johnson walks the walk, or more accurately pedals the pedal!

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said: “With over 65,000 Londoners of all ages, sizes, shapes, and cycling ability taking part, today has been what we think is the largest bike ride of its kind ever to be held in London. It is a fitting conclusion to a fantastic summer of cycling, in which more and more people have discovered that ours is a fantastic city in which to go by two wheels.


Above: More scenes from St. James’ Park

“This is of course just part of our work to boost cycling. We are investing record amounts, and over the coming months Londoners will be hearing more about our plans to make London one of the most cycle friendly cities in the world.”

Sir Chris Hoy commented: “This was my second year at the London event and it’s clear that we have topped last year’s fantastic celebration of cycling. It was great to see so many people out on their bikes enjoying the opportunity to be on traffic free roads. Cycling is such an easy way to stay fit and healthy, because your bike can be taken with you wherever you go. The best part of these events is that it doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or a more experienced rider, they have something for all ages and abilities. I’m hoping that everyone that took part today will continue to stay on their bikes and enjoy all the fun and benefits it can bring.”


Above: Gethin Jones was kept very busy signing Skyride bibs

Jeremy Darroch, Chief Executive of Sky, said: “It’s only fitting that the culmination of what has been a great Skyride summer is held in our capital city. Working in partnership with British Cycling and local councils, the Skyride team has got people back on their bikes and cycling. This is a fantastic achievement and a big step towards our aim of getting one million more Britons cycling regularly by the end of 2013. It’s great to see that so many people have been reminded of how much fun can be had from cycling and with further local rides across the Autumn there’s still more to look forward to.”

Mayor of London Skyride is the fifth and final city event taking place across the country, which have sought to encourage people to get back on their bikes and enjoy the benefits of a fitter, healthier lifestyle. Events have taken place in Manchester, Hounslow, Glasgow and Leicester throughout the summer. A series of over 400 smaller local and guided rides, have run alongside Skyride events, led by fully trained coaches from British Cycling and continue across the Autumn.

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As Sean Connery would say “two pictures of cycling arses”

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George W is a mountain biker , I think? Is this a picture taken of the inside if the great mans head , empty

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Cyclists V Trucks and Cars

Lycra louts drive me crazy!

By Robert Hardman
Last updated at 9:32 AM on 22nd September 2009

You never hear them say ‘thank you’. If they say anything, it’s either a warning as they approach or an expletive as they pass.

And they are a daily hazard of life on the average urban or suburban pavement.

Wheeling a pram through West London the other day, I met them twice in less than an hour.

cyclistNew laws which lay the blame for accidents with cyclists with motorists could lead to them taking more risks on the roads

On each occasion, I had to steer the pram to the side of the pavement to make way for an oncoming cyclist who simply could not be bothered to go through the irksome business of using the road.

I could have stood my ground, I suppose, but I’d rather not use my daughter as a roadblock.

I could have pointed out they were breaking the law on pain of a £30 fixed penalty. But why invite a stream of invective or saliva – or both – in front of a child?




So I just did what most people do in 21st-century Britain when faced with low-level anti-social behaviour and zero expectation of any police support. I stepped aside.

I do exactly the same when I’m driving, too. If I’m about to turn left or right and I see cyclists in my wing mirrors tearing up from behind on either side, I pause to let them past.

cyclist jumping red lightBlame: Under proposed new rules, a motorist involved in an accident with a cyclist who jumped a red light would be at fault

By rights, they should observe my indicator light and wait for me to move, but life’s too short for the abuse and the kick in the door or the thump on the window.

I may be in the right, but I cannot be bothered to have a showdown.

Besides, I have no wish to inflict harm on these people, however objectionable their behaviour.

The odds of cyclists hurting or killing themselves are bad enough already. No wonder members of the medical profession refer to them as ‘donors’.

I prefer to think of them as the Mai-Mai, the Congolese militia who believe that they are endowed with magical qualities making them immune to bullets.

I sense a similar contempt for human mortality when I watch a pumped-up Lycra lout bombing through the London traffic in the belief that he (and it’s usually a he) is some sort of superior being with a superior ideology – two wheels, good; four wheels, bad.

To question this orthodoxy is, simply, environmental heresy.

And now the zealots want it enshrined in law.

This weekend, the Government’s chief cycling quango demanded that, henceforth, cyclists should be treated as blameless Kings of the Road.

Philip Darnton, the chairman of something called Cycling England, has insisted that, in future, the car driver should be deemed the guilty party in any accident involving a car and a bicycle – or a pedestrian for that matter.

‘I would like to see the legal onus placed on motorists when there are accidents,’ he told a Sunday newspaper as he outlined his organisation’s vision of a new, more bike-friendly Britain.

So, in the case  of a law-abiding driver who runs into a meandering two-wheeled moron bursting out from a side street with no lights, the law will clobber the driver.

If you drive through a green light when a cyclist has decided to ignore a red – or a drunk rider falls into your path – it’s your fault. You (or your insurance company) can foot the bill.

This would be a very serious affront both to natural justice and common sense.

But, according to Mr Darnton, such a measure will help to persuade more people to take up cycling.

Really? That argument is either naive or deliberately misleading.

The wholly predictable consequence of such a law is that some cyclists will take even more risks with the traffic in the knowledge that the law is on their side regardless.

It will make the dangerous cyclist even more convinced of his own invincibility. There will be even more Mai-Mai on our roads and even more yobs pedalling nonchalantly down our pavements.

Now, if Mr Darnton was just another evangelical cyclist, I’d not be too bothered.

But he is the chairman of a government-funded organisation which spends a hefty £47million a year of taxpayers’ money to promote getting on one’s bike.

And very cosy it is, too, since he also happens to be a former chairman and chief executive of Raleigh, the bicycle manufacturer.

When I called Cycling England yesterday, I was surprised to discover that there was no one capable of discussing this matter.

Mr Darnton has gone off to a ‘conference’ in Canada where he is, apparently, unable to receive phone calls.

All questions are steered towards a swanky London public relations company which has been hired, no doubt at considerable expense, to speak on his behalf.

But it has nothing to say on the matter and suggests I call the Department for Transport.

There, a spokesman says that it is ‘absolute nonsense’ to suggest that motorists will become ‘automatically liable’ in the event of accidents. And yet its chief two-wheeled adviser is proposing something pretty similar.

If this is how Cycling England cares to spend its £47 million, it should be right at the top of the queue for David Cameron’s proposed ‘bonfire of the quangos’.

Except, of course, Mr Cameron is an ardent fan of the bicycle. So, too, is his Conservative confrere, Boris Johnson, Mayor of London.

Cycling has never had such influence in high places (even if an official limo is usually close at hand to transport the suit jacket and briefcase for the saddle-sore VIP).

Everyone wants to flaunt their cycling credentials.

In the more liberal regions of polite society, it is now more socially acceptable to break wind at a dinner party than to leave the party by car rather than bike.

Now I am certainly not antibicycle. Cycling is, unquestionably, a good thing. It is good for the body and every traveller on a bike is one less exhaust fume for the pedestrian.

With British cyclists grabbing fistfuls of gold medals at last year’s Olympics and a new velodrome taking shape for the London Games in 2012, Britain has much to be proud of in the pedalling department.

But cycling still remains a dangerous business. Last year, 115 cyclists were killed on Britain’s roads.

And while this figure was down on the 2007 total of 136, the number of serious injuries rose by one per cent to 2,450 and the total number of cycling casualties was up by a similar amount to 16,297.

Although London has seen cycle journeys increase by 60 per cent since 1997, national figures show a steady decline.

To its credit, the Government has started beefing up cycle proficiency in schools, with an extra 100,000 children getting proper training every year.

Only this weekend, much of Central London was shut down for a cycling free-for-all which pulled in 65,000 cyclists of all shapes and sizes.

All this is entirely commendable. For a child, riding a bike is a vital first step to independence.

If more adults used bikes for modest journeys, urban congestion could be slashed. And if the whole world could do more pedalling and less vroom-vroom, then I am sure it would be good news for the rain forests and polar bears.

But that is precisely why we should be teaching cyclists that they have responsibilities as well as rights.

We know what happens when people are taught that they are always victims, that everything is someone else’s fault. They cease to have any grasp on reality.

Demonising drivers is not the answer. And nor is putting cyclists above the law. 

After all, there are quite enough of them who think they are there already. 

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