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  • pistol 28 Mar 2013 15:01:33 13,019 posts
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    @Psychotext Good stuff

    Don't overdo it with the intervals though. Too much and it can do more harm than good. It really does help with climbing.

    I've spent the winter doing mostly base and endurance work for events starting in May and going through to my last one in Sept. At the moment I'm doing 5 days on the bike including 2 thresholds of various sorts, 2 END turbo sessions (up to 3 hrs at 148-158) and 1 long ride 4-6 hrs. Long ride tomorrow and then 2 weeks off the bike (going on holiday).
  • Psychotext 28 Mar 2013 15:38:29 52,799 posts
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    Yeah, I have those too. 2.5 hours of losing the will to live.
  • lukejones 28 Mar 2013 17:10:09 405 posts
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    Eurgh, my bike isnít going to be ready until at least Tuesday. I bought all the stuff last Saturday. Tokyo Fixed are shit at delivering stuff :(
  • Psychotext 29 Mar 2013 13:06:15 52,799 posts
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    I woke up a couple of hours after going to sleep... both of my hamstrings cramped. That was some world ending pain. Took me about 10 minutes to stop it. :(
  • Salaman 29 Mar 2013 15:26:00 18,248 posts
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    3 more days! Cycling heyday for this season!
    Boonen not in shape. Gilbert not taking part. Cancellara and Sagan in killer form. Chavanel looking in good shape.
    Excitement!
    Tension!
    Easter eggs!
    Wintery weather!

    /bursts
  • MikeP 29 Mar 2013 15:37:47 1,676 posts
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    Yeah, I think I'm going to watch it live in a local cafe. Also, Roubaix next w/e then LBL. Will be interesting to go and ride part of the LBL course the day before the pros.
  • Salaman 30 Mar 2013 07:03:52 18,248 posts
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    16000 nutters are cycling the parcours for De Ronde today. It's -2!
  • pistol 31 Mar 2013 15:15:45 13,019 posts
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    Out in Cyprus at the moment and a 3 day sportive started yesterday which I might do next year. Tour of Cyprus covering all their major mountain passes and a couple of flat stages.

    Edited by pistol at 15:20:11 31-03-2013
  • Salaman 2 Apr 2013 12:01:27 18,248 posts
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    Enjoyable race Sunday. My 3 year old daughter loves cuddling up to dad on the sofa and watching the men ride bike as well. Although she'd prefer if it was girls riding.

    teach 'em young
  • elstoof 2 Apr 2013 12:30:46 6,140 posts
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    That you on the right Salaman?

    Practicing your ballet toes I see?
  • Salaman 2 Apr 2013 13:47:36 18,248 posts
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    I teach her to watch cycling, she teaches me foot positioning for dancing.
    It's give and take you know.
  • MikeP 2 Apr 2013 14:23:07 1,676 posts
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    Seems a fair exchange :)

    Cancellara was immense on Sunday. After 250km breaks away, TT's to victory. The motorbike speedo was showing 50km/h as they followed him over the last 12k.
  • elstoof 2 Apr 2013 14:29:34 6,140 posts
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    All the best riders keep their toes pointed down, always.
  • Salaman 2 Apr 2013 14:35:56 18,248 posts
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    He was very sly about dropping Sagan.
    The perceived wisdom is that the Patersberg is too steep to accelerate away from someone. You just try to get across it as best you can but you can't place an attack.

    If you look at them going up the Patersberg, both Roelandts and Sagan settled in Cancellara's wheel. He then signalled to Sagan to take point, making it seem like he didn't have the legs to just power up with the others in tow. Sagan seemed to oblige and as he came alongside, Fabian upped his pace and BAM ... gone.

    Well played.
  • Salaman 2 Apr 2013 14:37:50 18,248 posts
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    I fear paris-Roubaix may be a bit boring to watch this year. Boonen is out ut he wasn't in top shape anyway. Sagan won't be in it.
    So it's verly likely Cancellara's race, with the suspense coming from:
    - will he run into technical difficulties?
    - at how many KMs out will he start his solo?
  • MikeP 2 Apr 2013 17:32:31 1,676 posts
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    I reckon Stannard's in with a shout. He's immensely strong, and think the course should suit him better than some of the other classics with more climbs.

    Given Sky's relative lack of success in the Spring Classics so far, they'll be desperate to win it, seeing as they are running out of races.
  • Psychotext 2 Apr 2013 20:26:55 52,799 posts
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    MikeP wrote:
    Cancellara was immense on Sunday. After 250km breaks away, TT's to victory. The motorbike speedo was showing 50km/h as they followed him over the last 12k.
    I happened to watch a replay of this after waking up sick on Monday morning. Would never normally have watched a random bike race but my dazed stated kept me starring blankly at the TV.

    Really glad I did. Such an epic performance by Cancellara. He made Roelandts look like me on that hill, and made Sagan look ordinary not long afterwards.

    Mindblowing just how much he had to give, and how well he turned the screw afterward in time trial style.
  • MikeP 2 Apr 2013 22:40:44 1,676 posts
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    @Psychotext Yeah, it was perfectly done by Spartacus.

    Once he'd got Sagan out of his wheel there was no way they were going to catch him, even if they worked hard together. He's so much better as a time trialist then the pair of them. He looked so poised as well, absolutely class act.
  • Salaman 3 Apr 2013 00:05:13 18,248 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    MikeP wrote:
    Cancellara was immense on Sunday. After 250km breaks away, TT's to victory. The motorbike speedo was showing 50km/h as they followed him over the last 12k.
    I happened to watch a replay of this after waking up sick on Monday morning. Would never normally have watched a random bike racebut my dazed stated kept me starring blankly at the TV.

    Really glad I did. Such an epic performance by Cancellara. He made Roelandts look like me on that hill, and made Sagan look ordinary not long afterwards.

    Mindblowing just how much he had to give, and how well he turned the screw afterward in time trial style.
    I'm sorry, you called it a what now!?
  • Psychotext 3 Apr 2013 00:17:40 52,799 posts
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    For what it's worth, Flanders is one I've always found interesting... but it was just a random bike race. When I turned it on all I knew was that there were men on bikes and about 30km to go, nothing about what it was or who was riding.
  • lukejones 5 Apr 2013 19:38:26 405 posts
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    Finally got my bike!!! It looks amazing and rides better than I thought it would. My previous bike was aluminium, this one is steel. Itís noticeably more comfortable. Gonna go on a 15 Ė†20 miler this weekend to test it out.

    Hereís a video of it being built: https://vimeo.com/63419352
  • elstoof 5 Apr 2013 20:51:24 6,140 posts
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    STEEL IS REAL etc
  • lukejones 5 Apr 2013 20:58:09 405 posts
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    @elstoof so Iíve heard!
  • lukejones 6 Apr 2013 18:29:37 405 posts
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  • Psychotext 7 Apr 2013 11:10:11 52,799 posts
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    Just as a reminder, Bespoked Bristol starts next Friday: http://www.bespokedbristol.co.uk/index.html
  • lukejones 7 Apr 2013 12:16:23 405 posts
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    @Psychotext Not sure Iím gonna be able to convince my girlfriend to go to that.
  • Salaman 7 Apr 2013 12:44:08 18,248 posts
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    Nice bike!

    I assumed there was a bump from someone watching Paris Roubaix. :-)
    Quite the spectacular fall from Offredo earlier. Although I assume the vid won't work from the UK.

    Ouch
  • grey_matters 7 Apr 2013 14:46:16 3,384 posts
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    Cancellara looking very strong as expected. Making his move now. Stybar sticking with him as everyone else falls back might have been a bit surprising.

    Edited by grey_matters at 14:46:25 07-04-2013
  • Salaman 7 Apr 2013 14:50:18 18,248 posts
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    Stybar is definitly a surprise. I'm impressed. Van Avermaet was in Stybar's wheel when Cancellara went but slowly dropped away. Must be hard work trying to follow him.
    There's still Carrefour de l'arbre coming. I doubt any of the other three will be able to follow there.
  • Salaman 7 Apr 2013 14:52:17 18,248 posts
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    Gaudin definitly has a unique style on the bike.
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