Submitted by Ainslie on Wed, 2015-07-08 18:51
Griepel grabbed another stage win today! Clearly he is on form and highly motivated to make this Tour his best. Cavendish and Kristoff could not hold off the charging German. Peter Sagan appears to also be on form but clearly left it too late today. He was out of position and timed the sprint wrong.
Submitted by Ainslie on Tue, 2015-07-07 17:39
Finally! Tony Martin with Etixx QuickStep got his yellow jersey. After missing out on yellow in the prologue and then Stage 2, Martin finally took matters into his own hands and won todays stage. A 10 second time bonus plus his lead over the field was more than enough since he was only in 2nd place by a mere 1 second. Martin was visibly thrilled when he crossed the line! AND, on a borrowed bike no less as he flatted in the closing stages of the race and his teammate gave him his bike rather than wait for the team car!
Submitted by Ainslie on Mon, 2015-07-06 18:59
Hah! Did I call it or what?! Yesterday I speculated that Joaquim Rodriguez with Katusha would win today at the Tour de France and he didn't let me down! Rodriguez possesses the right characteristics to excel on the nasty Mur du Huy and he appeared at the right moment to take the stage!
Submitted by Ainslie on Sun, 2015-07-05 14:02
Today didn't let us down at the Tour. As expected, the winds off the North Sea swept through the peloton and things blew apart. Similar to a FB post my brother, Hugh MacEachran made, the conditions today pretty much sum up my European racing experience. Riding in echelons, no echelon or in the gutter. There were big splits in the group today and the big favorites lost important time. The riders are fond of saying you can't win the Tour in the first week but you can certainly lose it.
Submitted by Ainslie on Sat, 2015-07-04 14:23
Good on ya! Thats what Rohan Dennis may be hearing from his Australian compatriots. Dennis handily won the prologue at the Tour today. It should come as a surprise to no-one since he set the Hour Record last year. This is a versatile athlete and today he got everything right!
The heavy favorites such as Cancellara, Tony Martin and Tom Dumoulin came close but could not close the deal ultimately. Those boys looked great and it was obvious they were absolutely flying.
Submitted by Ainslie on Tue, 2015-06-30 11:49
We are into July and the Tour de France. The race starts on the 4th and will wrap it up in Paris 21 days later. This is one of my favorite times of the year and I can't wait to see how it unfolds.
The favorites return this year with big ambition. Chris Froome would like to add to his palmares with another win. However, he has to make it through a nervous first week. If you'll recall last year, he had a hard time staying upright and eventually abandoned the race with injuries.
Submitted by Ainslie on Tue, 2015-06-16 15:31
Here's an article I wrote a couple of years ago that had wide viewership. Thought I'd post it again.
Submitted by Ainslie on Mon, 2015-06-08 15:11
Phew! Been quite a while since I posted a blog post here.
HOWEVER, now I'm back and will try to be more regular.
We're now into June in the race season and many of you are racing every weekend, sometimes both days on the weekends. In addition, I'd wager some of you are hitting a group ride or training race during the week. Training around this time of year starts to resemble feathering the throttle so that you have adequate rest to accompany all the intensity in your schedule.
Submitted by Ainslie on Fri, 2014-12-05 08:52
As we slide into winter the need for indoor training increases for many of us. It's a necessary evil that some people embrace and some dread. Indoor training doesn't have to be death by terminal boredom though. You can try different strategies to make it more entertaining and productive.
1. Have a plan;
Submitted by Ainslie on Wed, 2014-09-24 12:18
We are starting to wind down the road season and some of you may be considering racing cyclocross this fall. Cross is a great way to stay fit and sharpen some of your skills.