Mr Robbie Sage another Scottish Cyclist taking the long ride around the world

Have a look at Robbie’s Website

Robbie Sage
Torphichen, UK

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After completing a degree in Physiology at Edinburgh University, 24 year-old Robbie has been keen to travel and gain some life experience from other cultures around the world. Combining his two main passions of cycling and playing the guitar, he started travelling around the world on his bike end in February 2011, composing music along the way (influenced by each country he’s in at the time).

The music he makes will be made available to download for a voluntary sum from his website. Half of this money will help towards completing the trip and the other half will be donated to the Hear the World Foundation every month.

Robbie has chosen to support the Foundation as he shares the same values trying to raise awareness about the gift of hearing. “Music is a huge part of my life and I am fortunate to be able to appreciate the wonderful array of sounds that are produced in the world. I want to raise awareness and money to help people with hearing defects who can’t fully appreciate the delights of sounds and music.”

He expects the trip to take 3 years as he crosses Europe, goes into Asia, reaches Australia and then travels across the US. He will be stopping to work when he can before moving on to the next country.

Robbie will also be regularly updating his blog and website with stories from his travels as well as uploading the songs he composes. He has enlisted the help and support from a number of local sponsors, together with guidance from people who have achieved similar journeys by bicycle.

The music he makes will be made available to download for a voluntary sum from his website ( Half of this money will help towards completing the trip and the other half will be donated to the Hear the World Foundation every month.

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Contact Robbie or keep up with his progress as he cycles the world ,he is on twitter as @globalguitar

Give Robbie a Hi as he eates up the miles

Fun Run Robbie 

Great cycling podcasts that Robbie can listen to as he cycles the world

The Two Johns Podcast /The Flammcast/The Veloclub Don Logan

The Spokesmen/ The Fredcast / The Speedmetal Podcast

Bicycle Radio/ The Bike Show on Renasonce FM/   The Real Peloton

The Veloreviews cycling podcast   

The warm up race for the Tour De France The Dauphine 2011

June 5, Prologue: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne 5.4km

Boom blasts to prologue win

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Flying Dutchman bests Vinokourov and Wiggins

Lars Boom (Rabobank) during the Criterium du Dauphine prologue.

Lars Boom (Rabobank) during the Criterium du Dauphine prologue.view thumbnail gallery


Lars Boom (Rabobank) rocketed to victory on the opening day of the Critérium du Dauphiné with a masterful performance in the prologue time trial in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne. He edged out Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) by two seconds with the impressive Bradley Wiggins (Sky) a further three seconds back in third.

The Dutchman took full advantage of a course well-suited to his characteristics to put daylight between himself and time trial specialists such as Wiggins to claim the race’s first yellow jersey

“My prologue is good if I train hard,” Boom said afterwards. “It was a very nice prologue, 5.4km with a small hill, so it was perfect for me.”

Boom admitted that he has been struggling with a knee injury in the run-up to the race, but the 25-year-old showed no ill effects as he scorched around the course to clock the fastest time of the day.

“I didn’t expect it,” he said. “I had some problems with my knee last week, since the Tour of California. I’m happy it’s going well now and I’m happy to have won.”

Second-placed Alexandre Vinokourov never realistically threatened Boom’s fine time, but the Kazakh will undoubtedly be pleased to have been the best-placed of the overall contenders on the opening day. He was 7 seconds clear of Cadel Evans (BMC) and 12 ahead of Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Omega Pharma-Lotto) and defending champion Janez Brajkovic (RadioShack).

“The legs are turning over very well, I had some good sensations,” Vinokourov said. “It’s very good.”

Meanwhile, Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) could only manage a lowly 102nd place, coughing up over 30 seconds to Vinokourov as he continues his recovery from a recent training crash at Mount Etna.

How it unfolded

After carrying out their pre-stage reconnaissance under heavy morning rainfall, the Dauphiné peloton would have been fearing the worst ahead of Sunday’s prologue, but mercifully the roads had begun to dry by the time the first starters rolled down the ramp.

The early pace-setter was Cyrille Lemoine (Saur-Sojasun), who clocked an impressive 6:28 to best the times of the in-form Geraint Thomas (Sky) and Rabobank’s Paul Martens. Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad) set off early, but he couldn’t get close to Lemoine’s time and managed only a disappointing 34th place on the day, well below his own high expectations.

Indeed, Lemoine’s time was to last at the top of the leaderboard for much of the afternoon, as a rain shower soon after Martin finished had an obvious impact on the times of those who were to follow. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) was among those to suffer from the wet conditions, but the Norwegian still managed to squeeze inside the top 20.

In the final hour of the prologue, the rain stopped, and with the sun forcing its way through the clouds, the roads dried up quickly. Bled Kadri (Ag2r-La Mondiale) gratefully took advantage of the improved conditions to better Lemoine’s time, and soon afterwards Bradley Wiggins scorched around the course in 6:23 to set what looked like the winning time. The Englishman, fresh from beating Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) in the Bayern Rundfahrt time trial, put in a typically stylish display to finish in provisional first and he seemed set to take the first yellow jersey.

It was not to be, however, as Lars Boom sliced all of five seconds off Wiggins’ time to take his second prologue win of the year. The Dutchman showcased his talents by making light work of the climb and then dealing capably with the technical corners that followed to take a convincing victory.

Another man to impress was HTC-Highroad’s John Degenkolb, who finished fourth on the stage and claimed possession of the white jersey, while French hope Jerome Coppel (Saur-Sojasun) gave notice of his form with a tenth-place finish. Cadel Evans (BMC) rode a solid time trial to finish in 7th place, and Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Omega Pharma-Lotto) did his overall chances no harm with a solid 14th place.

The best of the overall contenders was Vinokourov, however, and he surprised many to finish ahead of no less a figure than Wiggins in the short test. With the mountains looming, the seconds won and lost by the overall contenders at Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne should count for little in a week’s time, but the Kazakh will undoubtedly be pleased to have dealt an early blow.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 6:18:12  
2 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana 0:00:02  
3 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:05  
4 John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad 0:00:06  
5 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:08  
6 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Leopard Trek 0:00:09  
7 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team    
8 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
9 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur – Sojasun 0:00:10  
10 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur – Sojasun 0:00:11  
11 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:12  
12 Rui Alberto Faria Costa (Por) Movistar Team    
13 Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:00:13  
14 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Pro Team Astana    
15 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:00:14  
16 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team RadioShack    
17 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack    
18 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:15  
19 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling    
20 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cyclin