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    I know a number of you have posted about cycling but anyone on here interested in the ProTour?

    I must admit to becoming more interested once i bought myself a roadbike.

    The Giro is currently taking place and Basso has just gone into the lead - many people's favourite for the Tour de France this year. Big Jan has finally stopped eating the pies and there is a vacuum left by Lance's retirement.

    http://www.gazzetta.it/Speciali/Giroditalia/2006/en/

    So who is going to be in yellow on Le Champs Elysee?

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    i've had a bet on valverde for the TDF.. he was cleaning up in the classics recently.

    Are any dissensians doing the London to Brighton cycle ride this year??

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    looking at doing the Dunwich Dynamo which looks like a somewhat more anarchic alternative to the London to Brighton

    http://www.southwarkcyclists.org.uk/...chfaqs06.shtml

    http://www.rapha.cc/index.php?page=144

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    Quote Originally Posted by run_time
    looking at doing the Dunwich Dynamo which looks like a somewhat more anarchic alternative to the London to Brighton

    http://www.southwarkcyclists.org.uk/...chfaqs06.shtml

    http://www.rapha.cc/index.php?page=144

    yeah i was gonna do this last year.... very much up for it this year

    runtime - how serious are you about doing this?? most of my friends that cycle are pussies and would never do this

    any other takers? (and any other thoughts on the TDF)

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    yeah i was gonna do this last year.... very much up for it this year

    >runtime - how serious are you about doing this?? most of my friends that cycle are pussies and would never do this

    am definitely keen...just need to start training

    >any other takers? (and any other thoughts on the TDF)

    met a couple of people who've participated and they can't sing its praises highly enough although they are more fanatical than me. got a couple of other friends who've made suitable noises. the impression i get is that going as a group isn't that important as you'll end up bunching up with people with similar abilities rather than your own group of friends (definitely differing abilities among people i know). also want to participate whilst its relatively grass roots (and before the sponsorship arrives in earnest)


    gus

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    that sounds good, more than twice as far as anything i've done in one day though, think i'd have to borrow a better bike, but i'm intrigued, bit of practice and it could be done.

    someone told me last night you can't do london to brighton this year cos you have to have already registered. haven't checked out whether he's right or not though.

    me and various friends go out about once a week but only for about 30-40 miles.

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    Just seen Basso and Ullrich has been removed from this year's Tour (due to start tomorrow)

    http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/


    It is reckoned Mancebo, and possibly some others, will also be expelled before the prologue.

    What a shame - I love the tour and it is difficult enough to talk about cycling without drugs constantly being mentioned as it is without this happening. Last time, when they kicked Festina out, the peleton refused to ride - wonder what will happen in Strasbourg tomorrow. I can't see our very own drug cheat, Millar, turn down the chance of a spell in the yellow jersey now that Jan is out of contention.

    Of course all the old quotes about how the tour is 'not won on mineral water' will come out and this will deflect attention from the sheer physical achievement of these men as they pedal round France for 23 days, chasing each other up mountains and pushing their bodies to the absolute.

    i had Basso down to complete the giro/tour double. God knows who wins now

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    Gutting, isn't it? And how much more so for whoever wins? Knowing that you've spent three weeks flogging yourself to the point of unconsciousness every day and that the respect you get will always be diminished because of the absence of the favourites?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldRottenhat
    Gutting, isn't it? And how much more so for whoever wins? Knowing that you've spent three weeks flogging yourself to the point of unconsciousness every day and that the respect you get will always be diminished because of the absence of the favourites?
    on the plus side, however, my bet on Valverde suddenly looks a lot more appealing

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    we're off cycling round holland again this summer. and two cyclists have just hurtled past our window.

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    gotta feel for vinokourov and kazahkstan

    i went to watch pakistan play cricket rather than watch todays stage, got same dilemma tomorrow, but cant wait!

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    Quote Originally Posted by benjybars
    on the plus side, however, my bet on Valverde suddenly looks a lot more appealing
    whoops!!!!

    broken his collarbone on Day 3 - this could well be a 'last man standing' tour. Starting to feel Hincapie and Landis might be duelling down the champs in 19 days time

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    Default Dunwich Dynamo

    Did anyone make the Dynamo ride? am currently suffering but also amazed by the event (people, landscape and everyone's willingness to keep on going). organisation was spot on and everyone on the ride was supportive

    on a sad note, apparently there was a hit and run in which someone was killed last night

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    I know there's plenty of cynicism here about any sport that involves sitting down but...

    Cavendish is in the pink jersey at the Giro - the first time any brit has managed the feat. He's spent the last year kicking evryone's arse and I think should be applauded - he could well be our forst ever green jersey winner on the Champs Elysee in July.

    anyway, thought I'd mention it...

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