A self-referential item but I started The Inner Ring last February and it’s been an interesting project. From a trickle of readers at first, it’s now grown into something read by thousands a day. It’s been a chance to correspond with lots of cycling fans via email, the comments, twitter and beyond, plus it was nice to see Cycle Sport Magazine featuring some of my thoughts in their 2010 review. Thanks to everyone for dropping by.
For new readers note I’d like to write more about the sporting aspect but pro cycling has been relentlessly commercial since the day it began. Over a century ago the Tour de France was created to sell newspapers, teams were launched to sell bikes. So my view is that it’s important to keep an eye on the money and the management. But of course once the season is under way there will be plenty of analysis of the racing and related events. In case you missed it here are some random highlights from 2010:
- Cancellara’s “sneak attack“
- Contador’s mystery sickie
- Mythbusting in the Pyrenees
- How to pronounce Jens Voigt
- Don’t write off Cavendish
- Who said the rest day was uneventful?
- Why is the Giro d’Italia so good?
Looking ahead, I’m concious the blog is not the most attractive in visual terms. The ease of blogger.com has helped get things doing but looking forward I’ll aim to improve the way things look. I know you come here to read rather than gawk at graphical genius but hopefully some things can be improved.
Best wishes to everyone for 2011, may you have a healthy and enjoyable year on and off the bike.