Those who recognised themselves in Jacques Anquetil liked his priority of style and elegance in the way he rode. Behind this fluidity and the appearance of ease was the image of France winning and those who took risks identified with him. Humble people saw themselves in Raymond Poulidor, whose face – lined with effort – represented the life they led on land they worked without rest or respite. His declarations, full of good sense, delighted the crowds: a race, even a difficult one, lasts less time than a day bringing in the harvest. A big part of the public therefore finished by identifying with the one who symbolised bad luck and the eternal position of runner-up, an image that was far from true for Poulidor, whose record was particularly rich. Even today, the expression of the eternal second and of a Poulidor Complex is associated with a hard life, as an article by Jacques Marseille showed in Le Figaro when it was headlined "This country is suffering from a Poulidor Complex"
To celebrate International Women’s Day we’ve put together a blog on the 3 women we most admire in cycling – road, track and MTB!
Transition are rider-owned and arguably one of the most fun bike manufacturers in the whole wide world. What makes it even better however is that all of their bikes are designed to be ridden hard without falling to pieces! They pride themselves on big pivots, big tyre clearance and great paintjobs. They make the unconventional, plausible and the plausible successful which is why the TR500 is a team favourite to win races and bikes such as the Patrol and the Smuggler are award winning bikes!.
They’re a company that loves nothing more than getting out on the trails with their customers and ripping up some world-class singletrack! What you don’t get with Transition is promises of the lightest, faster and cheapest bikes. They don’t sacrifice anything for price and bring instead; great value, durable and great handling bikes! They’re a brand we can all get behind, one that steps out from the typical cycling jargon and gives its customers exactly what they want, world class bikes.
• Scout Alloy 2017
• Scout Carbon 2017
• Smuggler 2017
• Patrol Alloy 2017
• Patrol Carbon 2017
He stated that he attempts to follow doctors’ orders not to let his pulse go over 110, but said that isn’t always possible.
“I did climb a steep hill not long ago and went up to 134 but it’s best to avoid that,” he revealed. “But I would be very surprised if I had heart attack,”
“For the last five years I have decided not to go for rides of more than 100km,” he went on, adding with supreme understatement, “There is no point going overboard. I want to keep cycling for some time yet.”
His adventures have led to a mountain pass being named
after him in the Ardèche, the Col Robert Marchand, which not by coincidence has an elevation of 911 metres – the last three digits of his year of birth.
Cycling and staying active has led to Robert being extremely mobile at his age. We were going to describe him as old, but that would certainly be doing him an injustice. In spirit he's younger than all of us!
His secret? Work, he stated “I’ve never abused anything. I don’t smoke, I never drank much. The only thing I did in excess was work. I retired at 89 years old!”
And for our second Bike of the Week we’ve got this stunning Marin Bobcat Trail 7.5. Marin were intelligent in their component choosing with performance and durability in mind. Coming with Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and Shimano SLX Rear Deraulier with the performance SR Suntour Raidon LO-R fork. This combines to give you an easy-to-ride bike that accelerates like a bat out of hell! Full Shimano equipped with a hydraulic lockout; it’s got everything you would expect a MTB, with a £750 RRP, to have!
With the Red Bull Foxhunt taking place soon in Rostrevor there has never been a better time to go out and buy a mountain bike. If flying down a dirt track, pulling off jumps and all sorts of different tricks is for you. Then look no further. You won’t get a better adrenaline rush than when you’ve been flying down a mountain giving your best Gee Atherton impression on this bike!
This bike has been described by some cycling websites as Marin’s most aggressively priced 10-speed mountain bike yet! And we’ve went and knocked even more money off it and sell at an astounding £399 with Cyclescheme available and finance options! Can’t get better than that!
"'Failed to look properly' was attributed to the car driver in 57% of serious collisions and to the cyclist in 43% of serious collisions at junctions."