Going Going Bike

Nov 292014

Bradley_Wiggins,_2012_Tour_de_France_finishFor the first time in what seems like a lifetime there will be no contender from the world of cycling at this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.

The ten nominees were announced earlier this week with the likes of Rory Mcilroy (some golf bloke) and Lewis Hamilton (some car bloke) leading the nominations. Not one cyclist made the cut. After the glory years of 2011 and 2012 when Cav and Wiggo consecutively claimed the BBC honour, it is quite the comedown.

Of course after Cav’s disappointment in Harrogate and Froomey unfortunately not staying upright long enough to defend his Tour title, there were perhaps no glaringly obvious candidates. However there were riders who should have been in with a chance.

Sir Wiggo is perhaps the most obvious snub. The word ‘snub’ looked like it was going to be the defining one in Wiggo’s season after he was surprisingly left out of Team Sky’s tour squad. However his season soon got better. He won a silver medal on the track at the Commonwealth Games before focusing his attention on the World Championships time trial. In preparation he won the time trial around the streets of London in the Tour of Britain. He went on to absolutely smash the World Champs time trial, beating the great German Tony Martin by an impressive 26 seconds. It was a truly incredible performance and an achievement which should have earned recognition at the Sports Personality of the Year awards. His magnificent beard alone should surely win some sort of prize.

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Oct 032014

As the nights draw in and we move to the end of the summer road racing season it seems appropriate to reflect on the twilight of two of the peloton’s big personalities. Both David Millar and Jens Voigt have been possessed of mercurial talent at times, have had the mental strength to push their bodies to incredible levels of torture in the name of glory, but are also both characters about whom everyone around the world of cycling has an opinion. Continue reading »

Sep 182014

GGB is not a political organisation, so we will leave the serious commentary on today’s referendum to those more qualified and wish Scotland well, whatever the result.  However, here at GGB Towers we firmly believe in the power of analysing global events through the medium of cycling (the older of you will recall our article explaining the fall of the Berlin Wall via tubular tire technology – what a read!).

So, here is the question – which of the “Home Nations” has given the UK the greatest cycling success? Where does the pool of talent lie in our union, and which laggards are dragging the team down towards the lower reaches of the cycling firmament?  Perhaps around Guatemala and Gabon.  Are we indeed “Better Together” or should we strike out each alone?

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