New Marathon World Record – but will it count?

Not sure if you saw it but if you are like me your jaw dropped at the winning time of the Boston Marathon.  Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai runs the fastest marathon ever run yesterday in his win of the 2011 race.  2:03:02 was the winning time.  What is crazier is that the fastest marathon ever run does not qualify for the world record because of hills.  pretty stupid?!

Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai ran the fastest 26.2 miles in history to win the Boston Marathon yesterday. Then his claim to a world record was swallowed up by the hills.

Not the inclines of Heartbreak Hill that have doomed so many runners before him.

It was the downhill part of the race that makes his time of 2 hours, 3 minutes, 2 seconds ineligible for an official world record. In short: IAAF rules have deemed the oldest and most prestigious marathon in the world — long considered one of the most difficult, too — to be too easy.

“You don’t look at world records. You just go,” Mutai said. “If you are strong, you push it. But if you put it in your head, you can’t make it.”

Mutai outsprinted Moses Mosop down Boylston Street to win by 4 seconds as the two Kenyans both beat Haile Gebrselassie’s sanctioned world record of 2:03:59. Four men, including third-place finisher Gebregziabher Gebremariam of Ethiopia and American Ryan Hall, broke the course record of 2:05:52 set just last year by Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot.

“These guys obviously showed us what’s possible for the marathon,” said Hall, whose 2:04:58 is the fastest ever run by an American. “I was out there running, and I was thinking to myself, ‘I can’t believe this is happening right now. I’m running a 2:04 pace, and I can’t even see the leaders.’ It was unreal.” 

The IAAF must certify a world record, and it is unlikely to approve Mutai’s feat. The international governing body’s Rule 206 requires courses to start and finish near the same point in order to discourage downhill, wind-aided runs and the artificially fast times they can produce. (Boston has a net decline of 459 feet, though the course is dominated by hills going up and down.)

“We had a stunning performance and an immensely fast time here today,” said Tom Grilk, the head of the Boston Athletic Association, after Mutai ran almost a full minute faster than the sanctioned world record. “We in Boston are well-pleased with what has happened, and that’s good unto itself. The definitions of others, I will leave to them.”

IAAF officials did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.

Although the organization’s rules clearly disqualify the Boston course from a world record, it does list Cheruiyot’s time in last year’s race among the best times of 2010. Joan Benoit’s 2:22:53 was considered a women’s record in 1983, though that was before the IAAF refined its rules.

Mutai will receive a $50,000 bonus for the world best and another $25,000 for the course record to go with the $150,000 he and women’s winner Caroline Kilel earned for the win. “This gentleman did both things, and we are honored to have played a part in his doing it,” Grilk said.

going retro

I have my bike – it may not be retro as it is only from 96 but it has the classic looks and is steel. Now dayglo modern tops and weird mtb outfits I have collected over the years are not going to cut it ….

So top

A nice Campagnolo classic black shirt

But was looking at these oldies – but may be a bit too retro

and then a nice set of leather shoes as well

dromarti sportivo

Do you match your clothes with your bike? tell me I am not being precious

Fixies in their natural element

We are off to London so here is a London theme – those mad (wo)and men on their flying machines ….

Photos by Geoff Waugh – connect to the man here

Fixies in their natural habitat; London and in particular east London. These portraits were shot by Geoff Waugh around the streets of Shoreditch, flitting from coffee bar to cafe and stepping out to ambush the unsuspecting riders and commit their image to pixels. This is an ongoing photoproject. Stay tuned for more images very soon.

HERE are some that stand out for me

russian girl with fixie
`low, pro and yellow
1949 BSA - the oldest fixie in town?
Black, green and gold
red or shred

Casio Riseman Atomic – a new classic

Had it a while but a classic.

atomic solar riseman

Casio’s latest addition to the G Shock range but this ones something special.The RISEMAN or the GW9200 features a unique three-layer structure.
Built with twin sensors to measure temperature, altitude and barometric pressure.
The GW 9200 1ERoffers the most accurate time by receiving radio signals from 6 regions across the world.Casio Riseman Spec……
Water Resistant
200 Metres
Battery type
Solar battery. (Back-up battery: CTL-1616)
Display range: -10 to 60 C (14 to 140F)
Display unit: 0.1C (0.2F)
Measuring range: -700 to 10,000m (-2,300 to 32,800 ft)
Measuring unit: 5m (20 ft)
Manual memory measurements memory capacity: 20 records
Measurement data: altitude, month, date, time
High altitude / Low altitude memory
Other: reference altitude setting
Approx Battery Operating Time
24 months on Rechargeable Battery
(Operation period when Stored in total darkness with the Power Save function ON after full charge)
9 months on full charge (without further exposure to light).
Accuracy: +/- 15 seconds per month (with no signal calibration)
Display range: 260 hPa/mb to 1,100 hPa/mb (7.65 inHg to 32.45 inHg)
Display unit: 1 hPa/mb (0.05 inHg)
Atmospheric pressure tendency graph
Atmospheric pressure differential graphic
Hourly time signal
Power Saving automatically disables LCD if the watch is left in the dark for approximately 60-70 minutes
and sensor measurements if the watch is left in the dark for 6-7 days
Regular timekeeping Analogue
Hour, minute (hand moves every 10 seconds), second, 24-hour, day, date
1/100 Sec Stopwatch Measuring mode: Elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times
Measuring capacity
Battery power indicator
Countdown Timer
Measuring Unit: 1 second
Additional Information on Casio Riseman
Water Resistant 200 Metres
World Time
29 time zones (33 cities), city code display, daylight saving on/off
1/100th Sec Stopwatch
5 Daily Alarms
Mineral Glass Hard glass resists scratching.
Shock resistant (G-Shock)
Solar Power Rechargeable power cell
Time Calibration Signals
Station name: DCF77 (Mainflingen, Germany, Frequency: 77.5 kHz
Station name: MSF (Anthorn in Cumbria, England), Frequency: 60.0 kHz
Station name: WWVB, (fort Collins, United State), Frequency: 60.0 kHz,
Station name: BPC (China), Frequency: 68.5 kHz
Time calibration signal reception
Auto receive up to six times a day
Manual receive Last time received display
Station name: JJY, (Fukushima, Fukuoka/Saga, Japan), Frequency: 40.0 kHz (Fukushima) / 60.0 kHz (Fukuoka/Saga)
Auto-calendar (to year 2099)
12/24 hour format
Electro-luminescent backlight, Auto-light switch, afterglow
Button operation tone on/off
Countdown Timer
Input range: 1 minute to 24 hours
Unit: 1 Second
Hourly time signals

module pdf below


Beers bikes and Berlin

Just popped out on the canal path and saw the new velodrome in build mode … some of the cladding is on so commonwealth games Glasgow 2014 is definitely ramping up ….

Commonwealth 2014 velodrome

Now this is the idea a team track event over a long time …..  this video and these pictures from Fixed Gear (and the photographer here) and YouTube

Brompton – a cure for life

“That’s so cute,” exclaimed a non-Bromptonite upon spying my Brompton. “Make no mistake,” I countered, “this is a serious machine capable of establishing world peace.”

I had made my choice to cycle in a place where everyone drove big cars of at least 4 or 5 litres …. I was loaned one of these monsters but my soul was dying and crying to be set free … I wanted my bike (well truth be told any of them) but then plane travel and desire made me choose the Brompton

My world now consists of cyclist and non-cyclist and more specifically Bromptonites and non-Bromptonites. The Brompton can save our planet, especially for city dwellers. For starters you can carry it, folded, past British train personnel without irking their wrath, indignation or refusal to let you board. Once folded you can take it just about anywhere. Pubs, offices, trains, tubes, offices, restaurants, clothes shops, coffee haunts and even in the boot of a car.

In a Brompton future everyone will be fit and healthy – the maximum weight a Brompton can carry is 110 kg (242 pounds) – not many will fall outside of this category apart from rugby players, heavy weight boxers and the morbidly obeses with their personal feeders. Not many people break the ‘point one of a tonne’, 100 kg (220 pounds) or 16 stone, which means almost everyone could ride a Brompton. It is a beautiful and functional machine that may not have the best ride of any bike on the planet (Salsa Mutluk perhaps) but it is nippy, comfortable and a feat of engineering.

Expensive but worth it and a small price to save the planet.

A gym for cyclist – way to go London

From on the new club in London ….

new fitness club, H2, focused on cyclists’ needs has opened in Soho. Spinning, showers, gym, dry cleaning, physio and a bike mechanic are all on site, to send commuters immaculately on to work after working out.

H2 is slap-bang in the heart of London’s media, advertising and entertainment district, and aims to provide cyclists with everything they need to make their commute better.
First, there are 230 secure bicycle parking spaces inside the club, on Josta racks – useful in cramped Soho, where offices are piled on top of each other and many people’s desks will be merely a hop, skip, croissant and cappuccino from the club. Second, there are well-appointed changing rooms, plentiful lockers (which can be hired for permanent storage) and decent showers – to cater for those that want to cycle to work but wouldn’t otherwise have the facilities to avoid all-day stinkiness. H2’s manager, Piers Slater said that in many gym chains, the changing rooms are an afterthought, but that H2 put extra work into making them fit for purpose. He recognises this will be one of the club’s key draws – and they look large enough to withstand the morning and evening rush hours.

H2’s philosophy, he also explained, is that most users will want to do their aerobic exercise – cycling or running – in a park, or out in the country. There are no treadmills or cross-training machines, but for cyclists who want more, there’s a large spin studio. And this is Spinning® – with a capital ‘S’ and an ® – denoting the club’s affiliation to the New York-based programme that guarantees serious quality workouts. The timetable tells you in advance who the instructor will be, and whether the session will be an endurance, interval, strength or race/recovery ride. It also indicates the target heart-rate zones. took part in a class and the Star Trac bikes were brand new (as you’d expect), and much smoother than others we’d tried when piling on the resistance. However, the spinning’s not just for masochists: Slater envisages it coming into its own during the winter, when fewer people will fancy the commute yet will still want to turn their legs over; the classes will also be a way of encouraging new cyclists to commuting, by giving them confidence in the saddle.

Aside from the spinning, there’s a ‘Core Training’ gym. Not as in abs and lower back – though there’s facilities enough to give them a right old working over – but as in concentrated and focused. There are no large racks of free weights – weight-lifters aren’t the target market – but instead kettle bells, medicine balls and a rather frightening looking ‘War machine’ system of pulleys, which is claimed to be a more holistic way of working the body’s muscles. Personal trainers are on hand, and the whole set-up is designed to fit in with the likely needs – and time constraints – of commuters.
While you’re working out, H2 can look after your laundry and dry cleaning, and the in-house workshop can take care of any bike repairs, providing stage one and two servicing. There’s also personal maintenance: osteopathy, physiotherapy, sports and remedial massage, podiatry and acupuncture.

The Soho club is the first of a projected chain: work is underway at a site at London Wall (near the City), and Slater sees eventually sees expansion further afield. If you’re commuting regularly, the concept seems to make a lot of sense – especially when juxtaposed with the alternative cost of a monthly travelcard. The club shows some nice attention to detail – for example, I’m told the women’s changing rooms provide hair straighteners, so that female cyclists can smarten up their helmet hair before the working day. They’ve also pledged not to over-fill the place, and shut the doors to new members when capacity is reached.

Peak-time membership is £27.99 a month; off-peak is £19.99, and that lets you in after 11am. This includes the bike park, gym, showers and changing, and the spin studio when no classes are on. Spin bundles bring the cost down to £3 a class, or heavy spinners can have unlimited access for an all-in price of £44.99 a month.

The fixie vs the Bus – this time no loser

Fixie Rider checklist

1. Cool Glasses
2. One gear no idea
3. no brakes
4. Card in spoke
5. Courier bag as narrow as your bars ….. ooops messed up there …..

working working working

Been non stop with filming, editing, photography shoots and now photoshop. ~Planning on a run – long in the morning despite the gales and rain …. must go out.

At least the work has been fun. Here is a chair by John Galvin as well as a new photo that I took on Saturday ….

Need to try this technique on some portraits in the bike scene ….

Look Mum no Hands – Bike coffee culture

Now that London’s cycling subculture has reached the level of a populist movement, bike cafes like Container CafeLock 7 and the summer pop-up Rapha Cycle Club are the city’s latest hip hangouts. A recent addition is Look Mum No Hands, a bar, cafe and workshop in a lofty garage space on busy Old Street in Shoreditch. If you’ve visited any other haunts in East London, you can imagine the place: Edison light bulbs, a staff sporting asymmetrical haircuts, old tires and bike parts hanging from exposed ceiling pipes. Vintage bikes and heirloom tomatoes dress up the window displays, and a scattering of desks and built-in benches fill up most of the room.

Despite the occasional suit-wearing office worker who wanders in for lunch, Look Mum No Hands functions as a kind of cyclists’ salon. Serious riders bring in expensive racing bikes for repairs; bike messengers sit in the attached courtyard fueling up with quinoa salads; and curious commuters lock up their bikes out front and come in to use the free Wi-Fi or study one of the giant cycling maps. There are weekly events, from route planning sessions to bicycle film nights, and the bar stays open until 10 p.m. serving up chilled microbrews from France, Italy and Spain.

Linus Bike

Long before gas-guzzling Western capitals did something of a backpedal by implementing safer bike lanes and investing in bike-for-hire schemes, Adam McDermott and Chad Kushner, the South African founders of Linus Bikes, spent years traveling bicycle-centric cities in Europe and Asia. “We loved the simple, utilitarian bikes we’d find in other countries,” McDermott says, “and wished there was a similar urban bike-as-transportation culture back home.” Inspired by the elegant but basic designs of French city bikes of the ’50s and ’60s, Linus achieves the aesthetic of a modern vintage cycle: straight, clean lines, monochromatic colors and no excessive logos. Its new bicycle carryalls — crafted from wax canvas, oilskin leather and solid brass hardware that is designed to age nicely — are saddle bags you want.

M74 Bike and Hike

What a nice day.

Weather wise not the greatest with heavy rain showers and gusty winds but for us it was great. Went down as a family – cycling the 5km to Shields Road where the ride was starting from. Ruby (age6) is getting very good at cycling on the roads in traffic … this time escorted by Jolene on the Yuba Mundo in front and me on the Klein mtb behind.

last time we see this on a bike

Met up with some friends who had also made the journey.

Pinned numbers

ruby on her great islabike
Jolene and Bella on the Yuba Mundo

Then we were off.

under construction

Only did the 4km loop with family as they had cycled down and we were cycling a further 5km to the West End for lunch afterwards … I think 30 odd km for a 6 year old might have us reported to Childline.

Tom raring to go

When we finished Tom and I quickly did the 14km route … quickly may be more apt when heading east with the wind behind us – but turning around we faced that devil but still made steady progress on our return. One roadie zoomed past us – I am guessing the roadies did their race much earlier.

the Brommie Squad

A big shout out (apart from that to family and friends) goes out to the Brompton posse – regulars readers will know I have one and I am a big fan – but this is a Glasgow group of cycling advocates and seemingly great people that I hardly had the chance to natter to as I went to take their pic ….