mickster | cycling culture,photographers | Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

See, its reassuring to all us rank amateur herberts to know that life can throw even the best riders the occasional metaphorical stick in the spokes. Now Brad mate, if I was yr coach I’d have you running a little known roller training-aid known as the ‘turbitowel’. Handy, absorbent and just the right size to make those out-of-control towel moments a thing of the past.

I think this is what’s known in the trade as a ‘McClelland’. You’d have to ask him why.

Wiggins okay despite training accident

Great Britain’s Bradley Wiggins has suffered what he describes as a minor setback ahead of his international track racing return next week, after suffering a suspected groin strain and cuts to the head in a bizarre training accident. The Olympic pursuit champion was thrown over the handlebars of his bike while training on the rollers last week when a sweat towel got caught in the front wheel causing it to lock.

“I think this is a minor setback,” British track coach Shane Sutton told The Guardian. “He is in really good shape and given the way he is going I don’t think it will destroy his form. He’s a little bit down about it, but mentally it’s about drawing a line and moving on.”

Wiggins returns to track racing this weekend at the Manchester round of the Track World Cup and before turning his attention to preperations for this year’s Tour de France, which kicks off in his home town of London.

from http://www.cyclingnews.com/news.php?id=news/2007/feb07/feb20news

Badbean will be in town for all 3 days of the world cup and will be sure to pass the tip on to him in case he’s been too busy to catch up with the latest posts 😉 Wiggins rides against McGee on Friday night; go on bud, make us proud.

Dead Poets

mickster | photographers | Monday, February 19th, 2007


Spent arty long w/e in London. Bike Free – ya gotta take some time off now & again, eh? Theme for the w/e was Dead Poets; stayed at John Betjeman’s old pad on Cloth Fair near Smithfield market, then stumbled across crazy Wllm. Blake’s grave in Bunhill fields. Soho, chinatown, the Barbican you know the drill. It’s good for the soul to be a tourist in your own home city now & again.

The spin

mickster | cycling culture | Thursday, February 15th, 2007

The clipboard has been found – Moving Target has the Raphapaluza qualifying times here.

Ballroom Glitz

mickster | cycling culture,photographers | Sunday, February 11th, 2007


Raphapaluza was a corker. The venue oozed faded glamour and was perfect for roller racing. Full results and pix to follow, but its safe to say that the Cycling Weekly boys gave the other male teams a learnin’, while the courier girls team of Therese, Scarlett, Nhatt and Tanya repaid the favour and took the female team prize beating the Fireflies into second.

Meanwhile in the Open competition, there were some top times posted in the initial seading round on the slightly wobbly bike / rig, and when the action moved to the main stage for the quarter finals onwards it made for some of the tightest, fastest racing of the night (What me? biased? no way – it’s the stone truth ;))

Throw in some cool tunes (highlight = Lee Perry/Max Romeo’s ‘Chase Tha Devil’ – now that schitz hot…), an insane amount of cheering and drunken herbertry form those watching all thrown together with Buffalo Bill’s quality MC’ing and you get the picture.

Ballroom blitz pix below….


Psycho X

mickster | cycling culture | Sunday, February 4th, 2007

A few pix from the Cyclo-X World Championships last Sunday.



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