Specialized founder Mike Sinyard apologises to Cafe Roubaix owner in person

In a Facebook post this morning, Cafe Roubaix owner Dan Richter wrote:

Everybody,

Mike Sinyard of Specialized came up for breakfast and to talk and apologize in person. Mike was truly sorry for the way things worked out, and wanted to resolve the issue face to face. All has been resolved.

Thank you to the cycling world for your support!
Cheers,
Dan

Click here to see a video of Sinyard’s apology.

Froome: spat with Wiggins is over

Reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome is keen to end speculation about the fractious relationship he shares with last year’s Tour winner and teammate Brad Wiggins.

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“Brad and I have just been on a training camp together in Mallorca and we’ve had a talk about things,” said Froome.

“It was very constructive and we are in a good place now. It was important we did that and it was important for the team, too. To be honest we should have done it a very long time ago, just to clear the air, but we are on good terms now.”

The rift between Froome and Wiggins seemingly started at the 2012 Tour when Froome outrode his team leader Wiggins in attempting to win a mountaintop stage.

“The incident in 2012 was at the root of it all,” said Froome. “I’m not sure it was that big a problem but it was all played out so much in the media, it was allowed to escalate.”

After receiving his knighthood this week, Wiggins said he would happily play a support role for Froome in next year’s Tour de France.

Click here to read more at Cycling News.

Promo and route videos for the Dubai Tour

Yesterday we shared some info about the inaugural Dubai Tour which will be held in February next year. Today we’ve got a couple of videos to give you a bit more information what the race will be like.

Here’s the enjoyably over-the-top official race promo:

And here’s a video showing where each of the four stages will be held, accompanied by an epic backing track:

Click here to read more at road.cc.

Interview with Will Walker

Former national road race champion and WorldTour rider Will Walker recently signed a deal with the Azerbaijani-registered Synergy Baku Continental squad after a stint with Drapac here in Australia.

Will Walker in his Rabobank days, alongside fellow former national champion Robbie McEwen.

Will Walker in his Rabobank days, alongside fellow former national champion Robbie McEwen.

Now, in a sit-down interview with VeloNation’s Shane Stokes, Walker talks about the health issues that affected the earlier parts of his career, why he made the move to Synergy Baku and what the season ahead has in store.

Here’s an excerpt, in which Walker talks about his first season at Rabobank:

“I think in those days some teams would tend to throw you in the deep end. I did two Grand Tours by the time I was 21 and that was pretty much it. My body just didn’t go any more…I just couldn’t push. I had the heart problem, I had mononucleosis, I had Bell’s Palsy. I was pretty much just a wasted man at 21.”

Click here to read the full interview at VeloNation.

Tygart shuts the door on Armstrong

USADA CEO Travis Tygart has said that he has closed the door on any chance Lance Armstrong had of co-operating with the organisation and thereby, potentially, having his life ban reduced.

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Speaking at a seminar in Oslo, Tygart told the audience that Armstrong had said he wasn’t interested in speaking to USADA. Armstrong has said that he’ll speak before an independent inquiry into doping being set up by UCI president Brian Cookson, but has made it clear he doesn’t want USADA to be involved.

In recent weeks Armstrong has been on a so-called “Tour of Redemption”, attempting to reconnect with some of those he harmed while at the top of the sport. Besty Andreu, whose husband Frankie rode alongside Armstrong, wrote this week that:

“Nothing has changed with Lance,” she maintained. “He is still desperately trying to control the narrative. The problem for him is not many are listening.”

Click here to read more at road.cc.

What is pre-season testing all about?

This is a great piece from Alex Hinds over at Cycling Central, in which he joins the Huon-Genesys team at their pre-season testing camp in Launceston to find out what sort of tests are done and why.

Here’s an excerpt:

The physiological tests for the outsider are the most impressive to witness. It can take many different forms, but the one that Fenner had the Huon riders undergo at camp was what is called a ‘Step-Test’. Essentially, riders will do five minute efforts starting at 100W, increase that load every five minutes thereafter until they can do no more. ‘Clearing 450W’ would mean holding 450 for five minutes, after holding 400, 350, 300, 250 etc consecutively.

It all starts gently enough but 15 minutes in, beads of sweat are growing on foreheads; 25 minutes in jaws dropped, mouths open. At 35 minutes few riders are still in the game. Simply at the end of their tether most collapse.

Click here to read the full article at Cycling Central.

Specialized offers official apology for Total Rush incident

Mike Sinyard, Specialized founder and chair, has offered an official apology for last week’s Total Rush incident via the blog mzguided.com, saying:

“We at Specialized do not support this kind of behaviour and we are embarrassed by it. Consider this an official apology.”

The apology was in response to a letter sent to Sinyard by mzguided.com blogger Carmen Gould and follows the leaking of an email sent by Total Rush owner Simon Coffin.

Click here to read the full response from Mike Sinyard.

Exchanging places

This is a great video from the Met Police in London that shows just why cyclists and trucks don’t mix. A London cyclist is put in the place of a truck driver and shown where the truck’s blind spots are and how to avoid them as a cyclist. The biggest piece of advice: avoid overtaking trucks on the left at traffic lights.

Click here to read more at London Cyclist.

Reinventing the wheel

Here’s a promo video for a bike wheel called the Copenhagen Wheel. Developed at MIT in conjunction with the city of Copenhagen, the wheel contains a motor which allows you to “flatten climbs” and “shorten distances”.

While it may not be of interest to the recreational/racing market, it seems like it could be useful and worthwhile for commuters and other riders who are just looking to get around.

Click here to read more at LazyBones.tv.

The Bike Lane

Today’s season-ending episode of The Bike Lane has been delayed slightly and will likely be online this evening. Stay posted for updates via the CyclingTips Twitter and Facebook accounts.

The Rocacorba Recap

And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed:


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Today’s feature image was taken by Cor Vos and shows Chris Froome and Brad Wiggins on the 2012 Tour de France podium.