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Archives - November 2011


Daniel Lloyd, by Eamonn Deane

This time last year he was knocking out 2 hours of tempo while I grimly held on to his back wheel. The option to come through was there but I was unable to take it. Even on the south coast the weather was bad, it was either freezing cold or pouring with rain but mostly …


Coaching: Winter Break?!

When in the northern half of the planet suffers the ‘off’ season, and bad weather means less kilometers being racked up: We hope to hook up with a few coaches over the next few weeks to keep us keen and motivated. We had a brief chat with former professional and Tour de France rider Adrian …


‘Monumental Reduction’ of Doping within Professional Cycling – CONI

The Italian Olympic Committee’s (CONI) leading anti-doping prosecutor Ettore Torri has stated that there has been a ‘monumental’ reduction in drug use among professional cyclists, according to news agencies ANSA and AP. Torri made his comments at an anti-doping conference on Saturday, “When I began with CONI (in 2006) the situation was dramatic. Today I …


Train in Spain with Team Raleigh Professional Liam Holohan

Bike Pure role model and Team Raleigh pro Liam Holohan has teamed up with cycling training camp specialists ‘Train in Spain‘ to enable you to take advantage of his wealth of experience and tuition during the early part of 2012. Train in Spain was established in 2009 and has grown to become one of the …


One club’s secret ingredient to success? By Thomas Evans

Former Irish international and Elite endurance coach, Thomas Evans offers a retrospective article on the benefits of Fixed wheel training. For over thirty years one of Ireland’s biggest and most traditional cycling clubs, Banbridge CC has continued to produce and develop Irish champions, International and Nationally successful riders at all levels, including Olympians. This success …


Sharp Handed Two Year Sanction for EPO Use

by Yolandè Pretorius 36 year old British cyclist, Damien Sharp has been suspended for two years after testing positive for EPO. The ban was handed down by the Bermuda Cycling Federation, as Sharp lived on the island for several years. Sharp tested positive at an event in Bermuda on July 17th. He admitted using EPO, …


The Importance of Ethical Coaching

As part of our anti-doping and ethical sport messages, we feel it is vitally important that coaches instill the principles of honesty and integrity upon the riders that they coach.