When Twitter is awesome, plus bonus Peter Sagan content!

Every now and then, Twitter can be truly awesome. Take this example: A budding young cyclist, Ruby from the UK recently tweeted to Peter Sagan about their shared love of post-ride Haribo…

Then this happened…

A retweet and reply from the World Champion himself!

There are so many reasons to love Peter Sagan and this is simply one more shining example to add to that list! A true ambassador of cycling. In a sport where many take themselves way too seriously, Sagan is a breath of fresh air.

See this article on Cycling Tips about Sagan’s infamous Haribo habits.

Cycling, sweating and long hair

So I’d been growing my hair for a year now. From a 4-blade all over last October I’d managed to grow a shoulder length mass of thick wavy locks. I was trying for the Peter Sagan look, but I’ve had to admit defeat. I just don’t have the swag that man does!

swaganPeter Sagan rocking some impressive locks recently!

Hats off to you gals (and guys) with long hair who manage to keep it under some sort of control during and after training. I just couldn’t do it. It got to the stage where it was getting in my eyes as I couldn’t get all of it into a pony tail. A sweaty, sticky birds nest was the result of any exercise and it was generally wreaking havoc when cycling.

img_2679The post-workout sweaty mess (and the hair is pretty bad too).

Pre-work morning sessions were a pain as I’d need to wash it afterwards and with no time for it to dry properly. Blow dry? Not my locks, I’d be rocking a 70’s afro! Stuffing wet hair into a full face motorcycle helmet to ride to work? Ergh.

img_2681So the locks HAD to go.

After a year of scissor avoidance, I’m back to a decent short back and sides low maintenance cut. I did save this little plait as a reminder of my long haired days. Maybe I’m just lazy, but short hair is SO much easier to manage!

Sagan to Astana? Hmmm…

So word on the pro cycling grapevine is that Peter Sagan has been linked to a possible move to Astana at the end of this season. With his current team (Tinkoff) not continuing into 2017, many of the big budget teams will be hunting this particular World Champ head.

Apparently  Specialized also would like to keep him on their bikes. I’m sure they weren’t thrilled with Cavendish switching to a team on Cervelos, especially as the Venge was basically designed around him!

But Astana? Really?

They have the budget to pay his wage with Nibali on the way out, but would it be a good move for the world champ to link up with the team with one of the worst doping records in the pro peloton?

Astana? The team with FIVE positive doping tests in recent times? In my view Astana shouldn’t even still have a World Tour license! I hope another quality team snaps him up soon. A move to Astana just wouldn’t sit right with me (plus their kit is rubbish).

A few dates for your diary

This month we’ve got the Tour Down Under to look forward to – a bit of early season sunny racing for the pros – then there’s a bit of a lull until the Spring Classics (some of my favourite races) kick off in March. In preparation, I did a very Flandrian style 100km ride this morning through the lashing wind and rain! #keepcycling

2016 UCI World Tour Dates

January 19 to January 24 – Santos Tour Down Under, Australia
March 6 to March 13 – Paris-Nice, France
March 9 to March 15 – Tirreno-Adriatico, Italy
March 19 – Milan-San Remo, Italy
March 21 to March 27 – Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, Spain
March 25 – E3 Harelbeke, Belgium
March 27 – Gent-Wevelgem, Belgium
April 3 – Tour of Flanders, Belgium
April 4 to April 9 – Vuelta Ciclista a Pais Vasco (Tour of the Basque Country), Spain
April 10 – Paris-Roubaix, France
April 17 – Amstel Gold Race, Netherlands
April 20 – La Fleche Wallonne, Belgium
April 24 – Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Belgium
April 26 to May 1 – Tour de Romandie, Switzerland
May 6 to May 29 – Giro d’Italia, Italy
June 5 to June 12 – Criterium du Dauphine, France
June 11 to June 19 – Tour de Suisse, Switzerland
July 2 to July 24 – Tour de France, France
July 12 to July 18 – Tour of Poland, Poland
July 30 – Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian, Spain
August 20 to September 11 – Vuelta a Espana, Spain
August 21 – Cyclassics Hamburg, Germany
August 28 – Bretagne Classic Ouest-France, France
September 9 – GP Cycliste de Quebec, Canada
September 11 – GP Cycliste de Montreal, Canada
September 19 to September 25 – Eneco Tour, Netherlands
October 1 – Il Lombardia, Italy

Camp Heartbreak: Pro Women’s Cycling

Ever wondered what it takes to turn professional? Or what testing protocols are used to select the cream of the crop? Well if you’ve got a spare half hour grab yourself a coffee, sit down and watch this documentary:

It’s a behind the scenes look at the Australian Women’s Development Team selection camp. It’s a nine day cycling boot camp designed to test the women to their limits and beyond, with only the toughest and most resilient surviving the selection process. It’s a controversial method that has drawn a lot of criticism, possibly not the best way to select an elite group of female cyclists but it seems to work for the Aussies.

Would you survive?

Talking women’s pro cycling, it’s the start of the Giro Rosa tomorrow – the women’s equivalent of the Giro d’Italia grand tour. Forget the Tour de France for a moment, we’re in for ten days of tough and exciting racing from the ferocious women first!

Saturday Five Hills Ride

I think summer has finally arrived in the UK (for the south at least). Got my climbing legs out yesterday for 72 sunny miles with over 5200 feet of elevation gain including five of Surrey’s peaks; Staple Lane, Crocknorth, Leith Hill, Box Hill and Ranmore.

I started off solo and met up with a bunch of Woking CC riders after chasing their group to the top of Crocknorth. A great ride with fantastic company!

fivehills

A few of the guys are riding the closed-roads Wales Velothon next weekend so it was a final lumpy test of the legs for them. As for me, my legs are feeling pretty good. Tonight is of course  Wiggo’s attempt at the hour record so I’ll be joining a few Woking CC folk to watch that somewhere local. Bring on the summer! #keepcycling