Brooks Cambium – My Take


Love my brooks leather but was looking at this for the mtb – as easier to clean

Mid-Atlantic Bike Commuting

It was time to replace the much loved but irretrievably sagging Brooks 17S. I had it transferred to my to my Soma when it was built last year. It was only 4 years old when it developed a very uncomfortable sag. It was fixed once and held up well for about a year. There are many who say Brooks leather saddles aren’t what they once were. Two summers in a row that included week long tours in the rain may have hastened it’s demise. I used a saddle cover of course but after enough days and nights of rain maybe some damage was done. I’d been curious about the Cambium for a while. Given John’s positive experience with it (see previous post) I was ready to give the C17S a try.

I’ve now ridden over 300 miles on it and overall, I like it. I agree with John…

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on board footage is the future of road racing on TV


Watch the screen above at hi res ….. this is definitely good to getting the heart rate up. The film is shot from bikes ridden by members of the Lotto-Soudal, Giant-Alpecin, LottoNL-Jumbo and Trek Factory Racing teams during Sunday’s second stage into the Ligurian capital, Genoa, where the sprint was won by Team Sky’s Elia Viviani.

Giro d’Italia organisers RCS Sport and Velon, the joint venture set up by a number of WorldTour teams last year, have reached an agreement for on-bike cameras to be used during the 98th edition of the race, which starts on the Ligurian coast this Saturday.

Footage will be recorded during eight stages of the Italian Grand Tour – the opening team time trial to San Remo, Stage 2, which is expected to finish in a sprint in Genoa, Stages 4, 9, 12 and 15, all classified as medium mountain stages, and Stages 16, featuring the Mortirolo, and 20, when the riders tackle the Colle delle Finestre.

As well as being used during TV coverage of the race, footage will also appear on the Giro’s own website as well as those of teams and media outlets – so look out for some videos from the thick of the action here on road.cc.

Race director Mauro Vegni said: “It has always been important for us to bring fans close to the action and new technologies are making it possible to bring them into the peloton and show the Giro d’Italia, the hardest race in the world’s most beautiful place, in a whole new perspective to fans all around the world.”

Velon was officially launched in November last year by 11 WorldTour teams but had already been involved in the UCI’s trial of on-bike cameras during the 2014 season.

One of its aims was to create stable, non-sponsorship revenue streams for teams, and it is understood they will benefit financially from the RCS deal.

Its members are: BMC Racing, Etixx-Quick-Step, Lampre-Merida, Lotto Soudal, Orica GreenEdge, Cannondale-Garmin, Giant-Alpecin, Lotto NL-Jumbo, Team Sky, Tinkoff-Saxo and Trek Factory Racing.

Velon’s CEO, Graham Bartlett, said: “RCS Sport have really got behind this project and we’re delighted to work with them on such an important race. The eight stages chosen will give a great insight into what it takes to win both stages and jerseys in a Grand Tour and we can’t wait to see the results.”

Monday Bike Style: Post ride Dirt


After my tape yesterday I could feel the grit in my eyes for hours ….

Drove home and headed to the Pool for a turkish steam. Lady snapped this picture – you can see the tiredness and the dirt (face and caking the hair)…. but the happiness at another race dusted.

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the eTape Caledonia 2015


What a day – the forecast was grim but the weather was grimmer. Registered the day before Saturday and it was pretty niceetape 2015 -2 Went to friends 40min away to stay the night, had a nice meal a glass or two of red and then bed by 10:30am. Alarm at 4:40am shower quick bite then drive back to Pitlochry and the start. etape 2015 -5 a train of cars arriving with bikes to park and this was at 5:45am – the last starts were at 8am. On the bike £2 in my hand to buy a quick coffee. Bumped into 2 friends as my wave was called – they were also starting but are so quick I knew i wouldn’t see them again – and I didn’t until after the finish. Boom off went – the weather was grim and I think that after 10 miles my hands and feet were frozen – and least I wouldn’t feel their complaints of ache although it made trying to drink water or eat quite difficult. Screenshot 2015-05-11 10.14.33 I worked in with a large group and it all went well – the KOM climb split the group and I found myself at the top of the mountain cycling into a 20knot head wind and rain by myself unable to catch the faster group in front.

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a photo of some grimness

Eventually 6 of us got together and worked until we caught back up at the bottom of the climb. (the sticky out bit bottom left on map) then the turn home. 2 abreast down single track roads and everyone cautious in the wet and rain. I had to stow the glasses as I couldn’t see through them which meant that my face was showered by rain spray and grit from the road. Road widen and group relaxes and Bammm the crunch of carbon as 5 or 6 riders fall. I get hemmed in behind – everyone alright apart form bruised egos … but the group is gone and again there are 8 of us playing catch up although the others are bust so just 3 of us taking turns to drag. Get to the last wee hill and kick and look at my time 3h45min – I could break 4 hours I reckon. So pedal harder and realise my right shifter has actually worked loose but my hands have been so cold I hadn’t realised it … this last section has a lot of wee rises so working the gears more with loose shifter …. last corner and finish line in sight. Over the line celebrate ease forward and realise my gps still running 4H01 but did I take it. Get back to car and official eTap text arrives congrats 2015-05-11 10.30.32 Hooray only 1min 40sec slower than last year and that was in good weather. etape 2015 -7the Bike as ever was flawless

A pile of bling
A pile of bling

Race last …. Last Saturday and tomorrow


last Saturday was the Selkirk mtb marathon – a 80km mtb race in the Scottish Borders. Started well – and I was cycling well – the lynskey 29er rohloff is a beast when it comes to rolling. All was well to the 55km mark when coming through the Innerleithen trails I hint some Flint so hard it punched through the rear tyre (set up tubeless). Stopped and jiggled the wheel trying to get lube to block hole. Big cut about 5mm and it wasn’t sealing but slowed after 5min so pumped up more and carried on…… 400m later it was obvious it wasn’t going to hold so I stopped and changed tyre – got the tube I carry out and fitted it. Pump up and on the bike slowly – took 10 minutes and carry on. Into a drop and Pfffffffff! A puncture.

Now here I was delayed and must have seen 150people pass as I took tube out and tried to wipe the latex off so I could patch it. Bloody hell what a mess – was wiping the tube on the grass on my clothes trying to get it dry.

So I lost 50min at least – carried on feeling how strange the bike handles with tubes in it. If you have never tried tubeless you really should it is so much quicker. I was also riding slower as I didn’t want another puncture, then the gps died.

Still a good race might try find another mtb later in the year.  

 

A good race but not by the look of my face

  
And the amount of crap – sorry energy supps I consumed …..

 
And here is the Strava summary (well part)