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Spartacus in Mallorca.

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MrSlant Sun 31-Jan-16 11:10:40

Having to start a thread because no one else will understand my deep joy at Cancellara's first victory of the season (his last season sad) grin bike grin. Lovely, lovely Spartacus

Also I bought a road bike, having controlled my arthritis with some epicly good drugs and more amazingly yoga I am taking to the road with intent this year with the plan to do a 50k ride by the end. If my beloved can ride with fractured vertebra so can I! Should be interesting I am NOT getting clip in pedals though. Nope.

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MrSlant Sun 31-Jan-16 16:42:25

<pedals past nonchalantly in her new helmet>

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MrSlant Mon 01-Feb-16 13:50:26

<learns some new tricks to show off when anyone arrives>

What about that cross rider with a motor in the frame then eh? From an engineering point of veiw I'd love to see it.

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FelicityLemon Mon 01-Feb-16 20:13:21

He looks in good shape, maybe he has one more Paris Roubaix in him.
Just finished watching the men's cyclo cross championships, will have to watch the rest on Eurosport catchup. Apparently the woman with the motorised bike came nowhere near winning so that was pointless. That being said motors are old school and electro magnetic wheels are the way to go

MrSlant Mon 01-Feb-16 21:51:18

Wow! I had to send that article straight off to DS1, we had a very overexcited discussion about motorised doping earlier on, those wheels will blow his mind.

Do you believe the 'it wasn't my bike I rode it by accident' defence of the woman? I know it doesn't matter technically either way but surely she would have noticed if it had a motor or was it not even on.

For a man who has broken his vertebra twice recently he looks in great shape. Embarrassed to say I didn't know how old he was until just now. Somehow presumed he was nearer my age, cycling in all weathers not that good for wrinkles eh?

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FelicityLemon Mon 01-Feb-16 22:30:56

I don't think she knew about it, but I also don't think she did it alone. She's 19 and presumably would have had to keep it hidden from all the team mechanics etc. It seems a bit sophisticated for her to do it alone.
The conspiracy theory is that she was made an example of by the UCI as a warning because they know it goes on in the pro peloton but didn't want to bust anyone too high profile.

MrSlant Mon 01-Feb-16 22:40:44

I think 'UGH' is the only sentiment I can muster about that right now.

On a funnier note DS1 (a week of 16 and proud owner of his first carbon road bike, second hand but beautifully looked after) shaved his legs for some reason this weekend and did a much better job than I have ever done to mine. The sod. If he came off I think I'd be more worried about the bike than his road rash at the moment!

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FelicityLemon Tue 02-Feb-16 14:27:02

We can cheer ourselves up with this (hope you have Eurosport )

Your son is obviously much more flexible and doesn't need to hack blindly at those hard to reach places grin 🚴🏼💈

MrSlant Tue 02-Feb-16 21:31:21

I have that ready to record when it is on next, as a special treat to myself it's rigged to copy the HD version grin. If I knew you better I'd kiss you.

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MrSlant Tue 02-Feb-16 21:34:32

Was very excited to see that more of the cycling press online today have started to run articles about the electromagnetic wheels, I felt very smug that I'd read about it last night.

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FelicityLemon Tue 02-Feb-16 21:51:44

I have just seen that there is a Cycling channel if you have Sky its channel 464 I'll have to check it out. In between the Dubai tour and the Volta Comunitat

DramaAlpaca Tue 02-Feb-16 22:06:36

Hello you two! smile

Very pleased to see Spartacus taking a win. I'll be sorry to see him retire not as sorry as MrSlant of course wink

Happy days, the new season has started. I'm just watching highlights of the Great Ocean Road Race, with commentary by our old mate Cadel, and have set the planner for Dubai & the Volta next week.

DH has treated himself to a mountain bike, so now he has a friend for his road bike, and he has just joined a local cycling club. I might have to take up cycling myself or I'll never see him.

Was quite scandalised about the motorised bike. Hope it's an isolated incident, but I suspect not.

Pannn Tue 02-Feb-16 22:14:54


Really good news about arthritis and Spartacus, obv for separate reasons! Really pleased at you getting a road bike Mrs. Good for you unless it has a little helper under the saddle

And poor old Alpecin being wipped out by a Brit who was easily confused by the driving thing. sad

electromagnetic wheels - I saw a bit on tweet deck but glossed over it. Will check back soon.

Are we thinking of getting the old peloton out of winter training schedules and back up and spinning for the classics at all?

Still on Spech and he's still faultless. bike

Pannn Tue 02-Feb-16 22:15:28

Hi DA! Greetings!

Pannn Tue 02-Feb-16 22:30:39

Felicity - I'm agreeing with you re her age and the degree of dishonesty she would have to have shown to get it passed the mechs and everyone else in the team. One does smell a conspiracy, far beyond her own actions.

MrSlant Tue 02-Feb-16 23:04:28

Yay, new year and the team are getting out on the rollers! Knew if I kept on cycling by the peloton would all group.

The Alpecin accident was awful. Only made slightly better by the brilliant tweets of Chad Haga. It really brings home how vulnerable they are out there even if they are training with high class squads.

Very excited by my bike, it's a Boardman, sadly the budget didn't allow for motors of any kind as I'd blown every penny on DS1's Giant propel.

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FelicityLemon Wed 03-Feb-16 20:35:43

Well Dubai was a bit of a thriller, no spoilers but do catch the highlights!

MrSlant Wed 03-Feb-16 22:17:37

We followed it on twitter at work. Managed to get the office computer to allow us to look at the shots of the winner. Anyone who tells you we adjusted the lighting for optimal viewing obviously didn't realise we had just finished our allotted time for the bright daylight lamp, it wasn't affecting screen viewing at all.

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DramaAlpaca Wed 03-Feb-16 22:18:18

It was exciting wasn't it? Definitely worth watching the highlights bike

FelicityLemon Thu 04-Feb-16 22:02:26

Shame about the crash in Dubai. But I was chuffed with the result in Valencia.

DramaAlpaca Thu 04-Feb-16 22:05:22

Didn't see the crash in Dubai <goes off to search> but loved the result in Valencia too, was cheering the winner on all the way up that hill in the last km. He's hopefully coming into good form for the classics, and will have better luck this year shamrock

FelixFelix Fri 05-Feb-16 19:03:02

Didn't realise Dubai was on until I saw it had recorded today. Just watching Stage 3 now. Nice to see my love Kittel riding grin

DramaAlpaca Fri 05-Feb-16 20:58:44

I thought it was next week, Felix, but realised in time to record it. Your Kittel is looking in good form smile bike

FelixFelix Fri 05-Feb-16 21:01:34

Oh he's just so lovely. He posted a very nice photo on Instagram the other day wearing his super tight skin suit grin

MrSlant Fri 05-Feb-16 21:06:26

He's looking, umm, very fit. It's so hard to not sound pervy whilst admiring his musculature you know. <goes immediately to get instagram> <purely to help DS1 develop as a cyclist>

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