For all the talk of disc brakes being the future of road cycling, here’s the winning road bike from the Eurobike trade show. It’s by Factor Bikes and comes with integrated brakes. These are built-in brake calipers as opposed to the normal idea of bolting them on to the frame or fork. It’s not new, Lotto-Belisol ride often ride Ridleys with this feature too.
McQuaid vs Cookson
The battle for the UCI Presidency rages on. The UCI has declined to test Pat McQuaid’s Thai and Moroccan nominations after several federations wanted this to be tested in court. As a reminder the UCI’s own constitution says “The candidates for the presidency shall be nominated by the federation of the candidate” which suggests the home federation but you can take it to mean more.
But there’s no more arguing, there will be a vote in a little over three week’s time to decide between Pat McQuaid and his challenger Brian Cookson. You’d think McQuaid would be wounded after losing out twice to get a proper nomination but his supporters presumably welcome this determination.
Talking of the UCI complying with its own rules, let’s clear up the case of Francesco Reda. Cyclingnews.com reports that “the UCI has forced [the Androni team] to field Francesco Reda in races again” despite talk of investigations into Reda missing anti-doping controls. The point to note is that you can’t suspend a rider indefinitely without a verdict and if a rider is innocent until being proven guilty then they have a right to ride on.
However the UCI needs to be careful here. It has in the past sought to stop riders from racing when the UCI’s own rules allow a rider to continue, see Sacha Kolobnev or Frank Schleck. Or see the case of Mauro Santambrogio, suspended following his A-sample but he could escape sanction because his B-sample isn’t matching the same results. Either way some reflection is needed to ensure the UCI complies with its own rules.
Nacer Bouhanni beat André Greipel in the GP de Fourmies today. It marks a great day for the Bouhanni family as Rayanne Bouhanni won the final round of France’s Challenge National Junior, the Tour du Morbihan Juniors. Rayanne is six years younger and has been a keen football and basketball player and yes, he is much taller. But thanks to inspiration from his older brother – he tells a local newspaper he’s pinned up posters of Nacer on his bedroom wall – he’s taken up cycling and now making a name for himself too.
OPQS to Cofidis?
Another amateur tale from France. Florian Sénéchal might not be a name you know but the 20 year old Frenchman is on the OPQS development squad Etixx-IHNed CT. He’s from the north of France and a classics specialist, winning the 2011 Paris-Roubaix juniors and finishing fourth in the World Championships. He’s racked up a string of wins this year… and is tipped for more. So his move to Cofidis is a surprise given the team’s modest status. One to watch.
The team bus has become essential for squads during a stage race but they’re used in one day races too where they offer valuable publicity thanks to their presence. But having a mobile changing room for the day doesn’t come for free. They’re expensive to buy and the maintenance is not cheap either. And it costs €727 ($950) to fill up the tank.
beau score !!! soif le bus pic.twitter.com/U9YZiVnTBg
— Alex (@AlexBousseau) September 8, 2013
Congratulations to Tokyo for winning the bid to win host the Olympics. Here’s hoping it works out as it’s one thing to win the bid but another to make a success of the games during the two weeks and then to make the cost stack up and the facilities work well beyond. Look at London where a quick check reveals the Olympic velodrome has not been used since the games. It’s set to reopen next year.
Finally wrestling will be back in the games. It could have been a time to rethink everything. For example why do people win medals in the swimming pool for different types of strokes or paddling backwards? Surely we should be trying to find the fastest swimmer rather than the one who masters swimming in reverse? And is the effort required for these events broadly similar? The same with athletics, by all means reward the fastest but why hand out medals for being fast but also jumping over obstacles? Okay, this is heresy… but imagine if cycling insisted on medals for riding backwards or doing a sprint which required bunnyhopping small barriers on the way to the finish line? Exactly.