Al Hinds



Why I don’t give a hoot about the hour record

24 November 2014 | 15:00 - By Al Hinds

Jensie, Tony, Fabs, Matthias, Jacky Bobby, maybe Thomas. Off the back of the UCI rule changes that have completely overhauled what was, ‘the hour’, the hour record has captured the imagination of a number of the sport’s big hitters. It hasn’t, however, captured mine.

Yawn. (Getty Images/AFP)

Yawn. (Getty Images/AFP)

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The answer to all our problems

14 November 2014 | 12:30 - By Al Hinds

You know all those issues we cyclists had with safety. Like being run off roads. Like being treated like second-class citizens. Well, I can say now that fear no more comrades, divine intervention has given us deliverance.

Is this the most ridiculous thing ever conceived by anyone? (Supplied)

Is this the most ridiculous thing ever conceived by anyone? (Supplied)

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Is Chris Boardman a fool for not wearing a helmet?

04 November 2014 | 16:00 - By Al Hinds

Question the need for a person to wear a helmet, and brace for the backlash. That's been the experience of former Tour de France cyclist Chris Boardman after he set out to tour Manchester with the BBC by bike sans helmet - but did he have a point?

Chris Boardman, left, beside BBC presenter Louise Minchin. (BBC)

Chris Boardman, left, beside BBC presenter Louise Minchin. (BBC)

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There was a lot in the 2015 Tour de France route unveil to take in. Al Hinds takes a look over some of its critical points.

Need someone to run you through next year's course Vincenzo? (Getty Images/AFP)

Need someone to run you through next year's course Vincenzo? (Getty Images/AFP)

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The Astana chronicles

17 October 2014 | 17:00 - By Al Hinds

The third positive this year for an Astana rider is the just the latest chapter in the team’s shadowy history.

Alexandre Vinokourov has been at it for quite some time... (Getty Images/AFP)

Alexandre Vinokourov has been at it for quite some time... (Getty Images/AFP)

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If the MPCC wants to retain any relevance to the anti-doping movement going forward, it needs to eject Astana from its membership immediately, writes Al Hinds.


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Seven kilometres from the Ponferrada finish, Michal Kwiatkowski, dared to dream.

Soaking it up... Michael Kwiatkowski. (Getty Images/AFP)

Soaking it up... Michael Kwiatkowski. (Getty Images/AFP)

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Vale Beijing

24 September 2014 | 16:00 - By Al Hinds

It's the end of the line for the Tour of Beijing, and none too soon, writes Al Hinds.


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