Saturday, 10 March 2012

1st served: Jeremy Roy!

Jeremys spoken, so sing Pearl Jam , but here we have European cycling star Mr Jeremy Roy, 2011's tour break away king.

We made up a set of questions and surprisingly and delightfully had them answered, all of them. Merci beaucoup Mr J. Roy. Enjoy! :

What was the first CD (cassette?!) you bought?

Nirvana - Nevermind

What music do you prefer to listen to? For relaxing, training, partying etc?

Pop, Rock & sometimes metal

What was the last CD or Mp3 you bought or downloaded? 


What was your favourite gig you’ve been to?

Black Eyes Peas

Worst gig?

My school’s choir.

Ever met a famous person who turned out to be a real shit?

No, superman maybe ! lol

If you can, and do, read, what is your favourite book?

I don’t read books, only magazines.

Which TV shows tickle you?

How I met your Mother

Do you speak any other languages?

English, German (in my previous life)

What inspires you to get out and train in the morning?

To be the best… and when you come back you can eat some delicious food

How did you end up becoming a rider in the professional peloton? If you were not, what would you like to be doing instead?

Madiot brothers contact me, if no I have a master degree in mechanical, or maybe a masterchef !

What is your fave coffee stop cake?

Cookie or brownie with latte macchiatto

What is your highest heart rate and km/h you’ve ever seen?

190 bpm and 110 km/h

What are your guilty pleasures off the bike?

Computer, cooking, gardening , building something

Which races do you follow most closely and why?

Paris-Roubaix, Tour des Flandres with cobbles there is always a show even if I hate ride on them. Tour de France (every day a new race)

What is your most memorable pro cycling moment in a race you were not involved in?

Gilbert victoy in San Sebastian

Which country has the best podium girls?


And finally, do you ever get that weird boner type thing after you’ve been in the saddle for ages and blood flow to the genitals is restricted? No? Just me then! 

Sometimes, but with a good position on your bike and a good fi’zi:k saddle; there is no problem.

Bonus question: If you had to watch two dogs having sex, which breeds would you choose? 

I do not like animals…

See You

Thats it folks. Hope you enjoyed it. Until the next time!

Friday, 9 March 2012

Its not about the bike...

Introducing a new dimension to this lets be honest, fairly paltry attempt at a blog. From now on we will be publishing the same questions that have been sent to people easily enough to be contacted via email and who have been generous enough take the time to answer me. These people have been or are still involved in professional cycling. I hope you all enjoy this little snippet into the lives of the people who constitute our great sport!

Sunday, 1 January 2012

2011....the year in review...sort of.

So, this year has been pretty sweet for us cycle lovers. Gilbert beasted most in the classics. Cadel squeaked and whined his way to a deserved Tour victory and Mark Chavendish powered to both the green jersey (thanks team HTC) and the worlds (thanks team GB) and then to the BBC sports personality of the year. Good stuff.

Gilbert. What. An. Animal. Kind of like Rossi until he smashed his hip then joined Ducati. Not only unbeatable but with the ability to destroy all comers. Our fave decimation being against the paSchletic brothers. Who can't watch this video and just feel sorry for their feeble none attempt to break Phil Gil?
 The final smash to the teeth of the Schlecks; 20 meters before the line Phil sits up and starts celebrating. AWESOME.

The yet to be banned/let off Contador took the Giro, but this race was overshadowed by the terrible accident that took Wouter Weylandt. Amazing to see the peloton pull together to show solidarity and respect. The Leopard Trek team crossing the line as one on the following stage actually bought tears to our eyes.
One of the best tributes to Wouter is here, on the website. Much more beautifully put then we could. Must not forget to also pay our respects to the awesome Xavier Tondo who died in a bizarre garage door accident at his home in Spain during the Giro too. As a doping whistle blower we thank him and along with WW108 he shall not be forgotten. 

We were to witness more catastrophic events in the Tour de Suisse. Another downhill crash almost took the life of Mauricio Soler. He suffered considerable brain trauma but is now well enough to be recovering in Bogota with aid from the Colombian government. Everything crossed he makes a full recovery. 

Wiggins won the Criterium du Dauphine which meant he was obviously set to take the UK's first yellow jersey. Or was he? Though not a popular character here at Wagon Towers it was a shame to see his tour ended by a broken collar bone early on. And so on to Le Tour....

A wind buffeted opening few stages blew the peloton apart, and set us up for an amazing Tour. Bertie not being too fresh from the Giro made the race one of the most exciting for years. We saw the amzingly named Thor Hushovd wear yellow, and take two stage wins, and fellow Norge Edvald BH also took 2 wins. After a slow start Cav went on to take 5 more stages and the green jersey, even after being beaten by the Gorilla to one stage victory.

One our our favourite things to see in the tour was Frenchie Tommy Voeckler unexpectedly holding onto to yellow for so long, including through the Pyrenees, only to finally crack on the penultimate stage - the mighty Alpe D'Huez. 4th Place overall is still an incredible achievement and this image is one of the most enduring and appropriate for the tour, we feel:

Another highlight goes to Tommy again, this time highlighting his ability to get some air on his road bike, land well then control it to rejoin the race. Chapeau! (Watch from 1min 40)

Other memorable achievements include another Frenchman, Pierre Roland win on Alpe D'Huez, in a time that suggests that this generation of pro athletes might actually be racing without the chemical help that afflicted the sport in the past. Between 1999-2005. 

This tour also gave us a new found respect for Contador. Instead of neutralising all competition as soon a the race gets hilly like normal, through bad luck in the early stages he lost time and his attacking from then on was admirable, but what we liked mostly was him twatting an idiot 'fan' dressed as a doctor. Maybe if the fan was dressed as a waiter serving up a rare biefe de lomo, Bertie might have been more receptive?

Cadel TT'd to tour victory and we quite like the whiney Aussie bum chinned champ. But we'd like him even more if he spoke out against doping. Did you see his brushing aside of a doping question at the post tour pres conference? Very disappointing. See the shocking footage here: Skip to 11min to see him clam up in a Frank Spencer style and deny he is in a position to comment on doping in the peloton. OMERTA?

Cav cav cav. What can we say? His year at last. No spurious race official decisions this time round, and Marky Mark took what he has earned. 2012 will be even more exciting as Cav has moved to Team Sky, and will not have the same lead out train he enjoyed at HTC. Saying that though, he won the road World Champs in Denmark for team GB proving he can still perform with a change of team mates. It will be exciting to behold. Shit yeah, Olympics too. We'll be there, cheering.

 Was there a Vuelta this year? Oh year. Notable moments were a Euskaltel carrot winning in Basque country. And some bloke called Cobo winning. Who? And an African born Brit coming second. Chris Whoome? Wiggo in 3rd proved he has got what it takes to complete a grand tour without breaking himself too. One of the our most enduring memories of the tour was the appalling camera work. The opening TTT, no one knew what was going on. Seemingly every important crash or rider drop was missed. Great tv. 

So thats about it from us. If you made it this far, thanks for reading. Don't forget you can follow us on twitter @broomwagonblog for thoughts lacking of depth and understanding, and not just on cycling either. Ride safe!