Steve Thomas Mon 01 September 2014, 01:33PM

It’s show time


From late August through until early October there is a virtual “do not disturb” sign on the doors of almost everybody involved in the bike business. It’s show time!

During this time bike manufacturers, component producers, tour providers and everybody associated with the cycling industry take their products to the major trade shows, with Eurobike (Germany) and Interbike (Las Vegas) the largest of them all.

At the moment Eurobike is just drawing to conclusion, and there's a slight period of respite before everyone packs up and heads west to Interbike.

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Al Hinds Sat 30 August 2014, 08:30PM

Reflecting on the Daryl Impey case

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In June, just as he was finishing his final preparations for the Tour de France, Daryl Impey was given news no athlete wants to hear. Positive. To what? It didn’t really matter. A sinking feeling. Disbelief. And then, as the news sunk in, contact with his team. No Tour. A fight to clear his name. To save his career.

It’s taken two months, but the South African Anti-Doping Organisation (SAIDS) appears to have now backflipped, siding with Impey that the test carried out back in February at the National Championships, had been somehow "cross-contaminated".

It was a long-shot, it always is in cases such as this where the burden of proof falls on the defense, but Impey was successful in making a case to clear his name.

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Steve Thomas Wed 27 August 2014, 01:00PM

The Big Swiss

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As the UCI Mountain Bike World Championship approaches and the World Cup wraps up, the European marathon season is in full swing, and it is positively thriving.

The 25th edition of the Grand Raid took place in Switzerland last weekend.

The Grand Raid is an epic high-mountain place-to-place race that runs from the ski resort of Verbier to the small mountain town of Grimentz. Along the way riders take in more than 5000 meters of climbing over 125km.

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Steve Thomas Tue 26 August 2014, 02:00PM

Hurting on the Haute Route

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Steve Thomas challenged himself to tackle the Haute Route - the toughest and highest cyclosportive in the world.

From the Grand Canal of Venice to the shores of Lac Leman, it’s been something of an epic week for the first ever editions of the Hatue Route Dolomites and Swiss Alps cyclosportive event.

Some three years ago, OC Sport, a major sports marketing company, set out with the grand idea of organising the toughest and highest cyclo sportive event in the world – the Haute Route Alps. The event ran over a week and crossed many of the major cols that are crammed in between Geneva and Nice, it was a huge success. Last year they added a trans Pyrenean version, while this year the Dolomites was the Italian inclusion in the offering.

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Anthony Tan Tue 26 August 2014, 10:00AM

Velo Files: Taxi Driver

Anthony Tan may just have uncovered the greatest irony on our roads.

I don't suppose you have ever read The Highway Code
You know that you shouldn't be allowed on the road
I remember when the bicycle was safe and it was fun
The next time I cycle I'm gonna bring a gun

These are part of the lyrics from the song Fish Face, I discovered after reading a chapter from the fourth edition of The Cycling Anthology, from punk band Abdoujaparov, named after one of cycling's most terrifyingly scary sprinters.

Following a decade using public transport, driving or walking, or a combination of the aforementioned, and becoming a commuting cyclist once again, the verse perfectly encapsulates the sentiment I've been feeling out on the roads since my return.

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