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  • Rob

    Lol’s that Japan cross video is great. Fields of Joy CX have to step it up!

  • Superpilot

    Simeoni is my hero! Boy oh boy did he ever suffer to keep his morals intact…

  • velocite

    I just don’t believe that vitamin D story. Tiny study and the result does not sound credible to me. Beetroot juice, anyone?

    • RayG

      “Most people generate vitamin D by exposing their skin to ultraviolet B rays in sunlight”

      So the pills will work in Scotland, but probably not needed for Australian cyclists, who are out in the sun a lot, anyway.

      • jules

        yes, agreed. there’s no doubt that vitamin D deficiency will reduce your performance. cyclists who ride outdoors shouldn’t suffer from it though – except in extreme climates with no sun (e.g. scotland in winter, I’d imagine)

        • Marcus

          I grew up in Ireland, I saw the sun once… I think?

    • – Doping in sport story.
      – Rider ruined by doping in sport.
      – Take a pill for better performance!

      And around we go…..

    • Arfy

      After spending two weeks out in the sun a few weeks ago, getting plenty of Vitamin D, I found my performance on the bike decreased significantly. But that may have been more related to lying around on the beach on holidays and enjoying a few drinks than anything else…

  • Simon

    I don’t miss those old bikes pictured in your banner shot. I still ride steel but updated with better gearing, wheels, pedals and brakes. I just don’t get the whole nostalgic l’eroica ethos. Smacks to me of inverted snobbery, bikes, clothing and equipment today are far better in so many ways.

    • sps12321

      I think there’s a certain elegance to simpler lines in the clothing. I agree the materials and cuts have come a long way but I do like the aesthetics some of the older jersey patterns and colourings.
      As for the bikes, they are pretty elegant too. Similar to vintage cars they have a place and speaks volumes to the amount of work needed to restore a bike to that state.
      That being said I do love my modern bike

    • Superpilot

      Irony, I thought snobbery was telling someone what they are interested in is somehow inferior to what you are into. L’eroica just seems to be people enjoying their hobby with like minded individuals, not espousing that vintage clothing and bikes are superior to modern equipment. Nothing wrong with getting misty eyed over some old stuff, is there? But I guess that interpretation is in the eye of the beholder after all.

      • Michele

        That was my immediate thought.

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    • Michele

      Sorry I didn’t realise those who participated in l’eroica were suggesting they are superior then today’s “modern” cyclist.

      Maybe, just maybe, the “ethos” of l’eroica centres around the fact that racing has changed. Bikes, roads, diet, clothing, PEDs, racing tactics have all changed. Maybe the organisers [aside from wanting to make some $$$] are acknowledging that well known fact, and are just tipping their hat to a by-gone era.

      If you saw what riders ate and drank at their ‘refreshment’ stops, as well as the atmosphere in which the ride is contested, you’d realise this has less to do with ‘inverted snobbery’, and more to do with having a bit of fun.

  • Kieran Degan

    That cyclocross course is like a cross between a Japanese game show and a bike race. Brilliant!!

  • Dave

    Brian Cookson should be scrupulously avoiding any comment on the Russian issue in athletics, remember that it was the Kremlin-backed powerbroker Igor Makarov who put him on the throne in the first place and who continues to wield the real power.

    • winkybiker

      *citation needed

  • Anon N + 1

    The VeloNews article “Seven Things . . . ” is internally inconsistent: Item 3 “Don’t trust the state”; Item 4 “Follow the French” states “. . . government investigations are better.” Since “government” and “state” refer to what is essentially the same thing, I think it could a case of the fox guarding the hen house. Would an international body better? What about the International Olympic Committee? (Please note the sarcastic tone.)

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