In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: UCI ready to change the 6.8 kg weight limit; UCI’s technical manager downplays risk of disc brakes; British cycling stunned after junior TT champion and masters road race winner guilty of doping; 2016 Vuelta could have 10 summit finishes; Cyclist killed in Sydney was ‘amazingly talented’ NSW government staffer; Students ‘draw’ a snowman over Dublin using Strava; Tinkoff-Saxo unveils new training kit; Sprint training with Shane Perkins; Danny MacAskill’s Cascadia; Thereabouts 2, the documentary – today only!
UCI ready to change the 6.8 kg weight limit
According to the UCI’s technical manager Mark Barfield, the 6.8kg minimum weight limit for road bikes could soon become a thing of the past.
“The weight limit rule is in our sights,” Barfield told CyclingTips’ David Everett this week, speaking at the inaugural bike technology conference Cyclitech in Brussels, Belgium.
“We know at the UCI that it’s a rule that best represents the past. There’s a desire to change this. Firstly, it’s a relic of the past. Secondly, it doesn’t make any sense and doesn’t do what it was set out to achieve.
“I speak of this slightly nervously and I don’t think it’s a huge secret that we plan to change this, but I’m working very closely with the industry. I’ve learnt a lot from the disc brake project. Teams are interested, manufacturers are interested, riders and fans and organisers are interested in this.”
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UCI’s technical manager downplays risk of disc brakes
The UCI’s technical manager Mark Barfield has also told CyclingTips that he believes the risks posed by disc brakes are overstated.
“This is without a doubt a trial, we are in no way changing the rules until we get the results back from the this trial and that we are satisfied that there are no risks,” Barfield told .
“People feel very strongly about this and to be honest I can’t work out quite why,” he said, speaking to CyclingTips’ David Everett. “I suspect it’s tradition, but it’s undoubtedly an emotional response. What I’ve found out over the years is it’s very difficult to argue and put over a rational answer to an emotional response.
“The other argument is the danger involved. I have had to put together a lot of information primarily for the discussion that are taking place in Barcelona at the moment. First of all, I was asked about mountain biking. The thing is that you don’t usually get big bunch crashes but when you do crash the injuries from discs are no more common or uncommon as that from a chainring or spokes.”
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British junior TT champion and masters road race winner guilty of doping
by Shane Stokes
British junior TT champion Gabriel Evans has admitted to the use of the blood booster EPO. Evans’ confession has stunned British cyclists, given the London Dynamo rider is just 18 years of age. His admission was posted on the Timetrialling forum on Thursday, with the second year junior from London giving details about his case.
“On 3 August 2015 I bought EPO for the first time. On 11 August 2015 I travelled to France for a weeks training camp with the family of a then-teammate,” he wrote. “With me I brought one vial of EPO. This was found by the teammate’s father who presented evidence to UK Anti-Doping.
“UKAD contacted me shortly after to arrange a deposition, in which I promptly admitted to all wrongdoing. I withdrew from the upcoming Junior Tour of Wales, the premier event on the junior calendar.”
Meanwhile those within British cycling are also scratching their heads over a second doping case, albeit for different reasons. On Thursday UKAD said that Richardson-Trek RT rider Andrew Hastings had been banned for four years after testing positive for two anabolic steroids. The most surprising aspect about the case is his explanation. In a detailed statement released by UKAD, his defence claimed that he went to a gym on February 17 and decided to give himself a vitamin B12 injection.
“He told those present that he had run out of syringes and he wanted to take a Vitamin B12 injection but was unable to do so because he did not have a syringe. One of the persons present is said to have checked his bag and had a used syringe with him. This person then offered the syringe to the Respondent. [Hastings] said he brought the syringe home with him and injected himself with B12. He claims the source of the steroids must have been that syringe and, as a result, argued that his positive test was due to no fault of his own.”
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2016 Vuelta could have 10 summit finishes
A report in Spanish newspaper AS suggests that the 2016 Vuelta a España could feature as many as 10 mountaintop finishes, more even than this year’s climbing-heavy edition of the race.
If the AS prediction is true, the Vuelta could spend much of its time in the northern half of Spain, avoiding the Andalucía region in the south of the country. If so, this would reduce the distance of transfers between stages — a cause of some complaints in recent editions.
Click here to read more at VeloNews.
Cyclist killed in Sydney was ‘amazingly talented’ NSW government staffer
Friends and family are mourning the death of government staffer Nicolas Ruygrok after the 25-year-old was killed during a Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club ride on Wednesday morning.
Ruygrok, a policy adviser to NSW Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton, was involved in a collision with a car in Maroubra and later died at the scene, despite the best efforts of paramedics.
“Nick was gentle, smart and popular with a bright future in front of him. He is sorely missed,” Ms Upton said in a statement. The Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club, reportedly one of the oldest cycling clubs in Australia, released a statement saying it was “greatly saddened” by Ruygrok’s death.
“As club members know, [the club] prides itself on safety and will of course review its practices in the wake of the incident. As more facts come to light, the club will provide more information,” the statement said. “For now, our thoughts are with the deceased rider’s family. The club will offer whatever assistance possible at this terrible time.”
Police Inspector Chris Whalley said early indications suggest the driver was not at fault.
Click here to read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.
Students ‘draw’ a snowman over Dublin using Strava
Two first-year physics students at University College Dublin have tried their hand at some Strava art as temperatures drop in the lead-up to Christmas. In a ride of just over 60km Simon Jones and Adam O’Reilly traced out the shape of a snowman over the Irish capital.
“I was bored one day just studying – or procrastinating – and I thought it’d be cool to come up with something like that,” explained Jones. “It was hard to do and it wasn’t my first idea; I tried to do a Santa head around Howth Head but I couldn’t make it work so I ended up with the snowman.”
Tinkoff-Saxo unveils new training kit
Tinkoff-Saxo has revealed a new kit at its training camp in Gran Canaria, the team saying “we bring art back to cycling kit design”
— Tinkoff Saxo (@tinkoff_saxo) December 10, 2015
The team promised on Twitter that “We will keep challenging the conservatism in cycling… also visually!”
Sprint Training with Shane Perkins
This video provides an interesting look at the physical preparations two-time world champion and Olympic medalist Shane Perkins puts himself through when he’s getting ready for a big race meet.
Danny MacAskill’s Cascadia
Scottish trials wizard Danny MacAskill is back with another thrilling video, this time shot on the rooftops of Gran Canaria.
Thereabouts 2, the documentary: today only!
Here on CyclingTips, for today only, we’re screening the hour-long Thereabouts 2 documentary featuring Lachlan and Gus Morton, Taylor Phinney and Cam Wurf. The video is now online and can be seen here.
What You Missed
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips in the past few days:
- Failure while daring greatly: Miles Smith’s year record attempt is over … for now
- 2,500km to Brisbane, week two: Halfway there
- Daily News Digest: Thursday December 10