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The<br />

<strong>Vet</strong>eran <strong>Leaguer</strong><br />

The official newsletter of the League of <strong>Vet</strong>eran Racing Cyclists<br />

Volume 15 No 01 Winter 2005/6<br />

Inside<br />

Editorial 2<br />

Announcements & amendments 3<br />

Point of View: Tom McCall 4<br />

Orford: still campaigning 4<br />

Albert Missen remembered 4<br />

Peace on the road? 5<br />

Motorists and cyclists 5<br />

Regional News 6<br />

International racing 8<br />

The Feeding Station: what should I eat? 9<br />

Post is a four-letter word: Allan Peiper 10<br />

Picture Pages 12–13<br />

Inspector Gino investigates 14<br />

Caption competition 15<br />

L’Eroica fondo: Peter Coombs 16<br />

It happened in Monterrey: Arthur Puckrin 17<br />

Slower Speeds Initiative/RoadPeace<br />

press release 18<br />

Reviews 19<br />

Letters 20<br />

That was then: Dennis Talbot 21<br />

Coaching Page: RPE 24


The <strong>Vet</strong>eran <strong>Leaguer</strong> is the<br />

official Newsletter of the<br />

League of <strong>Vet</strong>eran Racing<br />

Cyclists<br />

Newsletter Editor<br />

Ray Minovi,<br />

45 Augusta Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8AE<br />

Tel/fax: 0121-449-1347<br />

email: cnews@tiscali.co.uk<br />

Executive Committee<br />

Chairman<br />

Peter Ryalls, 11 Devonshire Close, Dronfield,<br />

Sheffield S18 1QY 01246-413515<br />

Secretary<br />

Peter Wilson 52 Knoll Drive, Southgate,<br />

London, N14 5NE. 0208-368-0698<br />

Treasurer<br />

John Flear, 14a Water Lane, North Hykeham,<br />

Lincs LN6 9QT 01522-687738<br />

Newsletter Editor & Coaching Secretary<br />

Ray Minovi, 45 Augusta Road, Moseley,<br />

Birmingham B13 8AE<br />

Tel/fax: 0121-449-1347<br />

cnews@tiscali.co.uk<br />

Registrar<br />

Colin Dooley, 62 Gillhurst Road, Harborne,<br />

BirminghamB17 8PB 0121-427-2149<br />

Stock Controller<br />

Jean Flear, 14a Water Lane, North Hykeham,<br />

Lincs LN6 9QT 01522-687738<br />

Events Co-ordinator<br />

Barrie Mitchell, Holly Cottage, 15 High Street,<br />

Marton, Nr Rugby, Warwickshire CV23 9RR<br />

01926-632948<br />

Results Co-ordinator<br />

Tom McCall, 1 Norfolk Road, Thornton Heath,<br />

London CR7 8ND 0208-7680081<br />

Advertising manager: Jim Golden, Foxglove<br />

Cottage, 18 The Village, Keele, Staffs<br />

01782-624631 mail@jimgolden.fsnet.co.uk<br />

Plus one representative from each region<br />

<strong>LVRC</strong> Website: www.lvrc.org<br />

Webmaster: roy@roygardiner.com<br />

You can see The <strong>Vet</strong>eran <strong>Leaguer</strong><br />

on the website in full colour<br />

We welcome all contributions from anyone<br />

– letters, comments, results, articles,<br />

reports, pictures, even abuse as long as<br />

it’s in the best possible taste. We’d rather<br />

have your stuff handwritten than not at<br />

all, but if you can type it or supply it on<br />

computer disk we’re even happier.<br />

Word, .rtf, or ASCII are all fine.<br />

Deadline for next issue: 20 December<br />

Nostalgia’s back<br />

IKNOW OF at least one member of the <strong>LVRC</strong> who really dislikes ‘any<br />

of that old stuff. Whenever I see anything about the old days, it turns<br />

me right off,’ he says. But be a little charitable to us – at this time of<br />

year we have problems. Remember that we haven’t got four pages of<br />

results that usually take up one-fifth of the Newsletter, and as any TV<br />

executive will tell you, once they’ve given you all that space you have<br />

to fill it with something, even if it’s only I’m a Celebrity, get me out of<br />

Ladies’ Underwear.<br />

So no apologies for all the stuff about the old days: Gino Bartali,<br />

Fausto Coppi, British Independents in the 1950s, Peter Post. Even the<br />

account of a recent Italian fondo in which they had to ride 25-year-old<br />

bikes and a coaching article about pre-heart monitor times.<br />

For the time being, having been relieved of some of the chores<br />

which editorship reluctantly acquired along the way, I shall after all<br />

be continuing to edit this journal on an issue-by-issue basis until the<br />

hour brings forth the man to replace me. So that’s all right then.<br />

And remember: before you criticise someone else you should walk a<br />

mile in his shoes. That way, when he finds out you’ve criticised him<br />

you’ll be a mile away and he’ll have no shoes.<br />

On page 18 you’ll find a press release from the Slower Speeds Initiative<br />

and RoadPeace, issued just before Christmas. If you read this in conjunction<br />

with the report on page 5 of the horrific deaths of four cyclists<br />

in a road accident, you won’t have much difficulty in spotting that if<br />

even a little of their advice could somehow get through to motoring<br />

organisations, the police, and motorists themselves, then there’s a<br />

distinct possibility that these four people would be alive today. For<br />

instance, both organisations call for ‘involvement of speed to be estimated<br />

by calculations recorded at the end of the investigation, not at<br />

the initial reporting stage’. In North Wales the police inspector in<br />

charge pre-empted the question of the motorist’s speed by saying, on<br />

apparently no evidence, that ‘there is no indication to suggest that this<br />

is down to excessive speed.’<br />

Deadlines and intended publication dates of future issues<br />

Issue Deadline Publication<br />

2/2006 15 April 15 May 2006<br />

3/2006 1 August 31 August 2006<br />

Cover Pictures<br />

The field in the Cwmcarn Paragon Race 2 (E–G). Photo: Heather Sims<br />

Small picture: Tony Woodcock,second in the ICF Road Race Championship and winner<br />

of the <strong>LVRC</strong>’s Fourmies Trophy for International success.<br />

Page 2 The <strong>Vet</strong>eran <strong>Leaguer</strong>: Winter/Spring 2006

Announcements, additions, amendments<br />

Changes to race<br />

dates in Region 10<br />

The GS Europa road race is now<br />

on Sunday September 24 th and<br />

not on May 21 st. All other details<br />

as in Handbook.<br />

CC Weymouth RR is now on<br />

Sunday July 30 th and not on July<br />

2 nd . All other details as in<br />

Handbook.<br />

ICF Road Race<br />

Championships<br />

6th August at Bonheiden,<br />

Belgium<br />

Peter Ryalls will do a block entry for <strong>LVRC</strong><br />

members. Standard forms, plus £6 fee, to him<br />

by 3rd July 2006.<br />

Date of birth essential<br />

Event details page 8<br />

Loose lorry wheel kills<br />

schoolboy champion<br />

James Berry, 13, the talented member of<br />

the Team Scottish Provident squad, was<br />

killed after he was hit by a loose wheel<br />

from an oncoming lorry in the Isle of Man<br />

on Thursday 29th December. He died in<br />

hospital the following day. Berry began<br />

racing at the age of four and his ability<br />

was considered so ex-ceptional that he<br />

was drafted into British Cycling’s 2006<br />

Talent Team a year earlier than usual.<br />

AGM<br />

2006<br />

is on 7th October 2006 in the<br />

Village Hall, Napton, Warwickshire.<br />

Meeting begins 3.30 pm<br />

Objective of the <strong>LVRC</strong><br />

The provision of a programme of<br />

competitive and social cycling events for<br />

male and female members of 40 years of<br />

age and over<br />

Phil Cooke Memorial Rides<br />

Sunday 29th January 2006<br />

Nene Valley and Northamptonshire, 32<br />

miles or 52 miles. Start at 9.45 and<br />

10.00 a.m. from the A5 Rangers<br />

clubroom on the A5 in Towcester. Entry<br />

fee on the day, £2.00. Details from Don<br />

ParryCastle Farm Cottage32 North<br />

Street, Rothersthorpe, Northants NN7<br />

3JB Tel: 01604-831969<br />

donparry_1@hotmail.com<br />

Sunday 19th February 2006<br />

Warwickshire and Northants, 40 miles<br />

and 66 miles. Entry fee on the day<br />

£3.50. Details: Martin Hackley, The<br />

<strong>LVRC</strong> records on disk<br />

A record of all current <strong>LVRC</strong> members has<br />

been held on disk for several years now.<br />

This database is invaluable in keeping track<br />

of members and in printing labels for the<br />

distribution of the Newsletter. However,<br />

not all regional registrars have computers<br />

now and there are some whose regional<br />

membership records are hand-written. In<br />

order to reduce the volume of work landing<br />

at any one time on the desk of National<br />

Registrar Colin Dooley, will all registrars<br />

please supply him as soon as possible with<br />

their records of new members, and also,<br />

where known, of permanent deletions. See<br />

opposite page for addresses.<br />

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For the over 40s this is<br />

without doubt the best value<br />

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members for both social and<br />

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Limit of Indemnity: five million<br />

pounds. All free with <strong>LVRC</strong><br />

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However, as the name<br />

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Heathfield, Bilton Lane, Dunchurch,<br />

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for both events. Under-16-year-olds<br />

must provide parental consent. All riders<br />

take part at own risk and organisers<br />

accept no responsibility for accidents or<br />

losses.<br />

These events are not races. All finishers<br />

receive a certificate with time taken<br />

recorded.<br />

Promoted by MI Racing and Nene Valley<br />

CRT.<br />

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1st – 7th July 2006<br />

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Team Sarcoma 2006 is an<br />

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designed to raise public awareness<br />

Come and enjoy biking in the<br />

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The <strong>Vet</strong>eran <strong>Leaguer</strong>: Winter/Spring 2006 Page 3

Point of View<br />

I<br />

AM SURE that all of us will have been<br />

touched by the terrible accident in North<br />

Wales. I probably speak for most us when I<br />

say that I feel for them as it could have been<br />

any one of us. Maybe this was just an accident,<br />

but so many incidents between cars and<br />

cyclists are caused because we are just not<br />

in the equation. It can be carelessness on<br />

behalf of the motorist, or inexperience, or,<br />

in more serious cases, total lack of consideration,<br />

or rage. This one is usually in the<br />

form of retaliation from an earlier encounter,<br />

as car drivers somehow do not like being<br />

told, and they come after you like big brave<br />

boys in their full metal jacket. In many cases,<br />

there is a deep anger in the attitude of many<br />

drivers towards cyclists. I have never quite<br />

managed to work this one out, and I think it<br />

would need a pretty good behaviour therapist<br />

to do so. My theory is that there is a degree<br />

of inadequacy in their make-up or in<br />

their lives, and cyclists who just happen to<br />

be in their way, are made to bear the brunt<br />

of this inadequacy.<br />

Orford: still campaigning<br />

READERS OF THIS journal will know that<br />

Dave Orford is an indefatigable campaigner<br />

for all aspects of cycling. It’s not<br />

always possible to identify his successes,<br />

but the resurfacing of (most of) the<br />

potholed back road to Campanet followed<br />

letters Dave wrote to the tourist<br />

authorities in Mallorca. Could be just<br />

coincidence, of course. The dilapidated<br />

base of the Tom Simpson memorial on<br />

Mont Ventoux was renovated after Dave<br />

wrote to the mayor of Bédoin. His campaign<br />

about the dangerous state of the<br />

Via Gellia on the A6 near Matlock resulted<br />

in the local MP taking up the cause<br />

and improvements being made.<br />

So far his attempts to get some kind of<br />

official recognition for Ian Steel have not<br />

achieved the desired end. Steel’s victory<br />

in the 1952 Peace Race is arguably the<br />

most outstanding international stage race<br />

victory ever by a British rider. Only Brian<br />

Robinson’s Dauphiné and Tom Simpson’s<br />

Paris – Nice can claim to match it. Yet<br />

Ian, most probably because, as a BLRC<br />

rider, his claim to an OBE was blocked<br />

by the ‘official’ NCU, received no formal<br />

recognition.<br />

But Dave hasn’t given up hope. George<br />

Galloway, Independent MP and Big<br />

Brother celebrity has agreed to arrange<br />

for a special award to one of Scotland’s<br />

most outstanding sportsmen.<br />

Living in a South London suburban area I<br />

have 20-30 minutes of hacking through the<br />

traffic before I get on to quieter roads. I’m<br />

used to it, and a combination of pre-judgement<br />

and defensive riding usually gets me<br />

through. I try to get eye-contact with drivers<br />

who look as though they might put me at<br />

risk, and I shout at drivers if I think I have not<br />

been seen. It’s no good assuming it will all<br />

be OK – it may be too late by then. I also try<br />

to be positive and let other road users know<br />

what I am doing. However, the greatest care<br />

in the world will not protect you in the face<br />

of a freak accident, or of being run down<br />

from behind, and it is no use being paranoid<br />

– if you were to think too deeply about this,<br />

you would never ride a bike again. You have<br />

to have faith!<br />

A few survival tips for survival: always carry<br />

a mobile phone, some form of ID, a pencil<br />

and paper, and some money – this way you<br />

are equipped to handle most situations.<br />

Never ride through red lights even if others<br />

on bikes do, and, if a motorist does give way<br />

Another of Dave’s current campaigns<br />

is to get the UCI to introduce five-year<br />

age bands into their Masters events. This<br />

one centres particularly on Derbyshire<br />

time-triallist Jill Henshaw, who at 71 has<br />

to compete with 60-year-olds. CTT (formerly<br />

the RTTC) secretary Phil Heaton<br />

points out that for their joint national<br />

championship with BC the age categories<br />

rise in five-year increments up to 70-<br />

plus.<br />

British Cycling takes its usual rather<br />

lofty stance: ‘As far as I am aware,’ writes<br />

President Brian Cookson, ‘UCI operates<br />

clear guidelines for age group categories<br />

and the number of competitors in them<br />

determines whether they will each have<br />

separate championship status. So there<br />

is no need for a campaign: if and when<br />

more women compete at a given age,<br />

then UCI will follow this by awarding full<br />

championship status.’ Meanwhile those<br />

who have no chance when competing<br />

against riders 15 years younger vote with<br />

their feet. If they’re put off entering, then<br />

there will never be enough ‘at a given<br />

age.’<br />

There is, incidentally, no longer a UCI<br />

Masters Commission. It was scrapped a<br />

year or so ago. The various other Commissions<br />

(road, track, etc) have taken over<br />

responsibility for Masters in their various<br />

disciplines. V<br />

Tom McCall<br />

for you, always raise your hand in acknowledgment.<br />

The PR factor in these last two is<br />

invaluable – more than you may realise.<br />

The recent AGM did not produce any contentious<br />

issues. Membership goes up to £14<br />

and it is still tremendous value for money.<br />

The Percy Stallard series will continue – again<br />

with 10 events, best 5 to count, but with<br />

points only for the first 6 in each group. This<br />

is sensible. Our Editor has agreed to continue<br />

– at least for one more <strong>Leaguer</strong>. We are trying<br />

to fine-tune his activities to make his job<br />

more specific.<br />

The October AGM sees the return of the<br />

popular AGM race. The race programme goes<br />

right into November in the South, and I am<br />

sure there would be plenty of entries if the<br />

<strong>LVRC</strong> calendar did too. Some new promoters<br />

would be welcome at a time of year when<br />

a lot of us are still race-fit, but run out of<br />

events to ride.<br />

Finally, overheard at a race HQ post race<br />

discussion: ‘I feel cheated, I was in every<br />

move except the one that mattered’ – Doh.<br />

Albert Missen: a<br />

tribute<br />

For various reasons this journal, I am<br />

ashamed to confess, omitted to mark<br />

the passing of one of cycle road racing’s<br />

most devoted servants. Albert<br />

Missen (writes Dave Orford) dominated<br />

the East Midlands road racing<br />

scene as an official, promoter and<br />

organiser, throughout the life of the<br />

BLRC, from his demob from the<br />

army at the end of World War II, that<br />

is from 1945 to 1959. Without him<br />

road racing, especially in the Leicester<br />

area, would not have got off the<br />

ground.<br />

Albert went through North Africa<br />

with the Eighth Army and then into<br />

Italy; and in Rome, in 1943, he met<br />

and married an Italian girl. Sadly his<br />

wife died 12 years ago. Albert also<br />

became a life-long supporter of Gino<br />

Bartali.<br />

When TLI and the <strong>LVRC</strong> came into<br />

being Albert was again an avid promoter,<br />

even well into his seventies.<br />

He received a framed diploma for<br />

his work at the BLRC Association’s<br />

60 th Anniversary in 2002. He leaves<br />

his second wife, Sue, who helped at<br />

all his later promotions.<br />

Albert Missen, 1919 – 2005.<br />

Page 4 The <strong>Vet</strong>eran <strong>Leaguer</strong>: Winter/Spring 2006

Driver kills four on icy road: ‘Not excessive speed’ say police<br />

Peace on the road?<br />

THE NEW YEAR has so far been disas<br />

trous for cyclists. On 8th January<br />

four members of the Rhyl CC were<br />

killed when a car, a Toyota Corolla, collided<br />

with a group of 12 in north Wales.<br />

They were on a 60-mile training ride. All<br />

four died at the scene. The ‘traumatised’<br />

driver was treated for a minor injury.<br />

Those who died were Thomas<br />

Harland, 14; club chairman Maurice<br />

Broadbent, 61; Dave Horrocks, 55; and<br />

Wayne Wilkes, 42. All eight other riders<br />

were also injured. Police have described<br />

the road as ‘among the eleven most<br />

deadly roads in North Wales.’<br />

The accident occurred just after 10<br />

a.m. on a curve in the A547 at Abergele.<br />

Overnight rain had frozen to ice.<br />

Police prejudged any investigation by<br />

immediately exonerating the driver from<br />

blame. Chief Inspector Lyn Adams said:<br />

‘The driver had lost control because of<br />

the ice on the road. There is no indication<br />

to suggest that this is down to excessive<br />

speed. Our best estimate at the<br />

moment is that the car was driving at<br />

something like 50 mph. And on a road<br />

like this, that isn’t excessive speed … At<br />

this stage there is nothing to suggest that<br />

the driver did anything but lose control<br />

and on the face of it this seems to have<br />

been a terrible accident.’ (see page 19)<br />

However, ‘excessive speed’ depends<br />

entirely on road and traffic conditions.<br />

The road had been gritted (it is claimed)<br />

at 6.20 the previous evening, but local<br />

residents heard cars skidding during the<br />

night, and there had been a minor accident<br />

at the spot only an hour before.<br />

Conwy Council has demanded a report<br />

on why the road was in such poor condition.<br />

50 mph on a dry road might well<br />

have been appropriate; on ice it clearly<br />

wasn’t. The car hit the group broadside,<br />

continued across a verge, hit a stone wall,<br />

and bounced back to its own side of the<br />

road. The impact at this ‘not excessive<br />

speed’ was so violent that four people<br />

were killed and all eight others injured.<br />

Two were hurled over the stone wall into<br />

the field beyond. Had the car been travelling<br />

at, say, 30 mph, the accident might<br />

not have happened at all; and if it had,<br />

the consequences might not have been<br />

so serious.<br />

The Rhyl accident comes after a year<br />

when the continuing attack on cyclists<br />

by the media was led by high-profile television<br />

motoring presenter Jeremy<br />

Clarkson. The lifelong adolescent and<br />

high-speed groupie has been accused of<br />

inciting motorists to run down cyclists.<br />

In his column in The Sun he warned cyclists:<br />

‘Don’t cruise through red lights,<br />

because if I’m coming the other way, I<br />

will run you down, for fun. And don’t<br />

pull up at the front of the queue at the<br />

lights, because if I’m behind you, I will<br />

set off at normal speed and you will be<br />

crushed under my wheels’. Roadpeace<br />

campaigner and <strong>LVRC</strong> member Allan<br />

Ramsay is looking into the possibility of<br />

bringing a private prosecution for incitement<br />

against Clarkson. V<br />

Why motorists demonise cyclists: envy<br />

Cyclists are now routinely demonised<br />

by the media. We’re accused of a<br />

host of offences: riding through red lights,<br />

riding on pavements at risk of pedestrians’<br />

lives, wearing hideous lycra clothing,<br />

using mobile phones while riding,<br />

and generally being a public nuisance.<br />

Well-known attackers include Tony Parsons,<br />

Betty Boothroyd, Simon Hoggart,<br />

Jeremy Clarkson and Matthew Wright<br />

(The Wright Stuff, a daytime TV show)<br />

who opened a programme last year with<br />

‘Why do we all hate cyclists?’ It’s true<br />

that most of the people complaining live<br />

in London, where cycle couriers may indeed<br />

cause problems – but even they<br />

have so far not managed to kill anyone.<br />

Meanwhile nobody seems able to get<br />

a platform to complain about motorists.<br />

So begin here. Ninety percent of all<br />

motorists break the law every time they<br />

drive their cars. All motorists exceed<br />

speed limits. Millions park illegally. Large<br />

numbers drive vehicles that aren’t roadworthy.<br />

Large numbers drive unlicensed<br />

and uninsured. Every week millions drive<br />

while over the legal limit for alcohol.<br />

And these same people dare to complain<br />

about cyclists being a nuisance and<br />

tell us we have don’t have the same rights<br />

as them because we ‘don’t pay taxes.’<br />

The big difference is they weigh upwards<br />

You can bet this one complains about<br />

cyclists riding on the pavement<br />

of 20 hundredweight, travel at 70 mph,<br />

and do 30 miles per gallon. We weigh<br />

upwards of 70 kilos, travel at 20 mph,<br />

and do 1600 miles to the gallon. Oh, and<br />

they’re fat. No wonder they complain –<br />

it’s called envy. V<br />

The <strong>Vet</strong>eran <strong>Leaguer</strong>: Winter/Spring 2006 Page 5

News from the<br />

Regions<br />

Region 1<br />

THE AGM ON 8 TH December was attended<br />

by a dozen members. The following<br />

officers were elected: Secretary<br />

and Chairman, Wally Hodge; Registrar<br />

and Treasurer, Ray Groves; Events Coordinator,<br />

Dave Hargreaves; Quartermaster,<br />

Warren Chamberlain; <strong>Leaguer</strong><br />

Distributor, Tony Money; Correspondent,<br />

Harry Benson.<br />

Dave Hargreaves will be involved in<br />

the Bashall Eaves RR, the C & D Championship;<br />

and with a group of members<br />

he will also be involved in two more<br />

events, probably on the Elswick circuit.<br />

The Region’s first promotion will be the<br />

Jazz Night at Scorton on 15 th February,<br />

with Harry Colledge. Harry Benson.<br />

Region 2<br />

WE ARE TO run a series to commemorate<br />

the L.V.R.C. 20 th Anniversary. All three<br />

events will be held on the Boroughbridge<br />

course. Full details in the Handbook<br />

which comes with this <strong>Leaguer</strong>. The first<br />

five places in each category in all three<br />

events will be recorded and the region<br />

will present medals to the highest scoring<br />

riders in each category after the final<br />

event, the Brigante R.R. in August.<br />

At my Club’s A.G.M. (Mercury RT) Dr.<br />

Alastair Cameron said he’d consider organising<br />

the L.V.R.C. A.B.C. Champs in<br />

2007. One for the committee to pick up.<br />

Best wishes to Derek Smith, (he of the<br />

ponytail), who leaves on January 29 th to<br />

ride in the International Masters South<br />

Pacific Games in Hamilton (!), New Zealand.<br />

A further reminder to visit Derek<br />

Browne’s Classic Bike Display on Sunday<br />

April 9 th at Wadehouse Community<br />

Centre, Shelf, Halifax. Items can be taken<br />

and auctioned, proceeds to Dave Rayner<br />

Fund. Contact Derek on 01274 674693.<br />

And lastly a big thankyou to Ray for continuing<br />

to produce the <strong>Leaguer</strong> and race<br />

calendar, without which we would all be<br />

lost.<br />

Dave Hamilton<br />

Dismal weather means training is getting<br />

under way slowly in the East Riding. But<br />

Steve Macklin is training as he always<br />

does, as are the two Fulstow twins Dean<br />

and Gary, and Andy Barnes who made<br />

quite an impression last year – and he<br />

only started two years ago. Talk is that<br />

Mark Robinson and Rob Stones are getting<br />

their racing machines out.<br />

The Vic Sutton Road Race is on a new<br />

course around Middleton, a village on<br />

the Wolds, with slightly longer distances<br />

than last year. Event organiserMike<br />

Gomersall will be assisted by two local<br />

clubs, Hull Thursday and Cottingham<br />

Coureurs. Jim Sampson<br />

Region 4<br />

RIDERS FROM AS far away as Norwich and<br />

Colchester attended Dave Watson’s<br />

three annual track sessions at Manchester<br />

Velodrome. Once again he could not<br />

have done it without his team: coaches<br />

Fred Smith and Brian Sowter plus derny<br />

driver Alan Whitworth, not forgetting<br />

Dave’s wife Anne who kept the riders<br />

fed and watered. As usual at the December<br />

session, Anne collected for Oxfam<br />

and received enough donations to buy a<br />

lavatory for the developing world ( last<br />

year they bought a bike). Dave would<br />

like to thank the riders for their safe<br />

riding and generous donations.<br />

Fears that plans to switch the Golden’s<br />

Oldies road race to the more rural and<br />

competitive Worleston circuit might be<br />

scuppered by the demolition of The Hut,<br />

which served as HQ for so many road<br />

races over the years, have been allayed:<br />

the event, (this year a Percy Stallard<br />

event), will now use St Oswald’s Primary<br />

School not far away. The move will give<br />

riders a bonus, as tea and cakes will be<br />

available, something The Hut would not<br />

have been able to serve up. Jim Golden<br />

Region 5<br />

THANKS TO THE dedicated bunch of organisers<br />

in our region we have a full calendar<br />

of events this season, despite losing<br />

the very successful Team Velo Club<br />

Notts event at Newark through cyclists’<br />

indiscipline; but on the plus side we have<br />

regained the Laughton Forest event<br />

thanks to Roger Hampshire’s efforts.<br />

If you thought the imminent retirement<br />

of three of our most illustrious members<br />

of the Executive Committee wasn’t bad<br />

enough, then think a little bit closer to<br />

home, because John & Jenny Downing<br />

are hanging up their boots in January<br />

2007. After 14 years exemplary service<br />

our Chairman and Registrar will be a difficult<br />

act to follow, so if you are looking<br />

for a challenging position on the regional<br />

committee then please don’t be shy in<br />

putting your names forward.<br />

Colin Abdy is home! Racing in Australia<br />

last October, Colin came down in<br />

a big crash and sustained a deflated lung,<br />

a broken pelvis and broken ribs. It will<br />

be three or four months before he’s back<br />

on his bike. Best wishes for a speedy recovery,<br />

Colin.<br />

While on the subject of good eggs, two<br />

names stand out in our region for their<br />

good works, support and donation to the<br />

region over the years: Dave Orford and<br />

Bill Cotton. Thanks to both from the<br />

Chairman and members of Region Five.<br />

Phil Etches<br />

Region 6<br />

AS WELL AS a new Registrar and Treasurer,<br />

the Region now has a new events<br />

co-ordinator in Mike Amery, 18 Gifford<br />

Drive, Welland, Malvern WR13 6SE, tel:<br />

01684-310168. Colin Willetts has re-invented<br />

himself as Secretary.<br />

The Region is to put on 11 events during<br />

the 2006 season, including the National<br />

Handicap Championship, a Percy<br />

Stallard event (Claverdon RR), and the<br />

3-day Tour of the Abberleys – a total of<br />

13 days of racing. The Abberleys will include<br />

a prologue time-trial for the first<br />

time. New events include the Birmingham<br />

CC’s Summer Crits at Birmingham<br />

Business Park on 9th July, and John<br />

Callaghan’s Mark Ide Memorial on 6th<br />

August.<br />

Region 9<br />

The Region seems to have gone into<br />

winter hibernation with the usual<br />

exceptions at Eastway and Hillingdon<br />

where some vets have continued to pull<br />

up trees. This is particularly true of<br />

Hillingdon where a hard core have been<br />

more than mixing it with Tony Gibb &<br />

co. in the Doug Collins’ BC Winter<br />

Series. Our northern escapee Konrad<br />

Manning, Finsbury Park, saw recent<br />

action in the <strong>LVRC</strong> Cross Championships.<br />

Unfort-unately a puncture robbed him<br />

of a medal: further evidence that living<br />

in the south softens a rider. I understand<br />

a puncture never hinders a northerner.<br />

Congratulations to Mick McManus,<br />

recently a proud grandparent and to<br />

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Peter Jones (PJ) Hillingdon CC, who has<br />

or is about to become an E cat. In a<br />

magnanimous gesture both have<br />

promised to buy a celebratory drink for<br />

any Region 9’er, who can show them a<br />

current ‘06 licence. This splendid offer<br />

is open till the end of March so to claim<br />

your drink you need to get your<br />

membership applications to Bill Ollis<br />

promptly. Hillingdon is about to get a new<br />

5.5 metre high chain link fence between<br />

the circuit and the football pitches, which<br />

should stop riders from joining in the<br />

football games. Eastway has been<br />

promised life up to the end of September<br />

‘06 so that we may lose the last L VRC<br />

Summer Series race scheduled for<br />

October.<br />

Norman Bright has been welcomed<br />

back after months of illness but is talking<br />

of promoting races again under another<br />

organisation’s rules. Be scared. Be very<br />

scared! Dick Naylor is off again to Oz to<br />

see his son Andy for a month but on his<br />

return intends to rent out his newly<br />

acquired house in France. It’s on the<br />

boundary between the departements of<br />

the Charente and the Dordogne, a<br />

delightful region of rural France which I<br />

know personally and cannot praise its<br />

delights enough. The region may be<br />

equalled but never beaten. A bit like Dick<br />

really. Bookings come with a huge<br />

discount to any <strong>Leaguer</strong> booking before<br />

the end of January 06.<br />

It was a great pleasure to meet up again<br />

with John Mirrol at Eastway. You may<br />

recall he’s the vet who had the golfing<br />

accident. He’s had his glass eye fitted and<br />

it looks great but I would have thought<br />

those responsible would have tried<br />

harder to match as only one is now<br />

bloodshot. I hear Sid Lovatt is in FULL<br />

training and now weighs well under 13<br />

stones. You have been warned. Club<br />

mate Dave Wright is riding again after a<br />

second bout of therapy. Well done Dave.<br />

Fred Little and the Southend Wheelers<br />

are organising their annual Burnham &<br />

Baddow Cyclo Sportive on the 26th<br />

February starting from East Hanningfield<br />

Village Hall, Essex, at 9.00 am. Distances<br />

are 38.80 or 120kms. All welcome but<br />

Fred would like to see more vets this year<br />

as he feels more comfortable surrounded<br />

by the elderly.<br />

We learn that Eddie Cook, one of the<br />

local original founders with Percy Stallard<br />

of the <strong>LVRC</strong> in 1986, has just spent six<br />

weeks in hospital and I know all <strong>Leaguer</strong>s<br />

will wish him a full and speedy recovery.<br />

Roll on the new season. Richard Wall<br />

Cycling in Provence<br />

Delightful sunny climate<br />

Wonderful traffic-free routes<br />

Stunning scenery<br />

Ideal base for tackling Mont Ventoux<br />

Excellent standard of accommodation<br />

One week packages available from £85<br />

per person, per week, includes 7 nights<br />

accommodation<br />

Groups of 2 to 40 people accommodated<br />

Call Colin or Helen on 0161 928 4965<br />

or visit www.propertyprovencal.com<br />

Rio Frio<br />

Cycling<br />

With year-round sunshine and quiet,<br />

well-maintained roads, Southern Spain is<br />

the place for cyclists of all standards to<br />

get in some serious training or just to<br />

rediscover the joy of cycling without<br />

layers of foul-weather gear!<br />

At Rio Frio we provide great vehiclesupported<br />

cycling routes, with on-site<br />

workshop facilities and sports therapy,<br />

just a short drive from Malaga airport,<br />

but a million miles from busy roads!<br />

Holidays & Training<br />

Camps in Southern Spain<br />

Give us a call, drop us a line,<br />

or visit our website for further<br />

details.<br />

Mel & Marie Richards<br />

Phone/Fax:<br />

(UK) 0870 068 8173<br />

(Spain) 0034 958 348 973<br />

E-Mail: info@rio-frio.com<br />

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ICF meeting reviews Oostende, announces plans for Bonheiden<br />

International Racing<br />

From the <strong>LVRC</strong>’s representative,<br />

Graham Webb<br />

The ICF met at Bonheiden, Belgium<br />

on 1st October 2005.<br />

All delegates present agreed that the<br />

World Championships in Oostende were<br />

a huge success as regards organisation<br />

and sporting performances. The only<br />

negative point was the sound quality of<br />

the P.A. system. The chairman of the ICF<br />

also raised the drunken behaviour of race<br />

official Guy Bloem, WAOD chairman no<br />

less! All present agreed to a one-year ban<br />

for Mr Bloem.<br />

The organisers for the 2006 championships<br />

at Bonheiden and the circuit reviewed.<br />

It is 7.3 km, totally flat with quite<br />

narrow road sections, but with nice long<br />

straight stretches and few corners, and a<br />

finishing straight of 900 metres. It will be<br />

completely closed to traffic in both directions.<br />

Very good large car-parks, with room<br />

for campers, are all situated outside the<br />

race circuit. There are large changing<br />

rooms. Disposable double race jersey<br />

numbers will be provided but you will,<br />

as usual, have to provide your own safety<br />

pins. Signing-on and all race formalities<br />

will be in the same building, only 200<br />

metres from the finish.<br />

Cat 60+ 7 laps = 51.1 km, start at 09:00<br />

Cat 50+ 9 laps = 65.7 km, start at 10:30<br />

Cat 40+ 11 laps = 80.3 km, start at<br />

12:30<br />

Amateurs 16 laps = 116.6 km, start at<br />

15:00<br />

Pre-race entry fee is • 6 Euro, including<br />

• 1 for non-returnable frame numbers;<br />

entries on the day • 11 Euro.<br />

The photo finish services of the<br />

Wielerbond Vlaanderen (WBV – the UCIaffiliated<br />

body), so good at Oostende will<br />

be used again. The expense is well worth<br />

it. To help cover the extra hiring cost, it<br />

was agreed to raise the yearly ICF affiliation<br />

fee to • 100.<br />

Riders holding a licence from one of<br />

the ICF-affiliated federations and also a<br />

UCI licence, will be allowed to ride in<br />

these Championships on condition that<br />

they are entered by their ICF affiliated<br />

federation. This should be no problem<br />

for British riders, most of whom have<br />

<strong>LVRC</strong> or TLI licences along with their BC<br />

(masters) licence.<br />

The WBV have written to the various<br />

Flemish ICF affiliated federations suggesting<br />

looking at ways of working together,<br />

most committee members had different<br />

opinions about this. The WBV seems to<br />

be seeking cooperation because of their<br />

failing membership and the success of<br />

the ICF affiliated federations. We at the<br />

ICF are very wary and suspect that the<br />

WBV would like to poach some of our<br />

members, or at least take a piece of the<br />

cake.<br />

The ICF committee has agreed to let<br />

the chairman and the secretary have a<br />

meeting with the WBV for talks and to<br />

see what they have to offer us in the way<br />

of cooperation. At such a meeting the<br />

chairman and the secretary will under no<br />

circumstances go into a deal with the<br />

WBV, but will bring a report of these talks.<br />

The results of these talks may necessitate<br />

a new meeting of the ICF committee.<br />

On behalf of the <strong>LVRC</strong> and TLI, I raised<br />

the question of a separate World Championship<br />

for the 65+ age group. Of the<br />

83 riders in the Over-60s race at<br />

Oostende, 21 were aged 65 or over. A<br />

separate race for 21 riders on the same<br />

day would be too difficult, and I was<br />

asked if there was any chance of the<br />

<strong>LVRC</strong> and TLI holding the championships<br />

in 2007. I said that I would ask around,<br />

and said that a World championship in<br />

the UK should be held as close to Dover<br />

as possible. This is to make it worthwhile<br />

for continental riders to travel over and<br />

thus make a World Championship in the<br />

UK as prestigious as possible. Experiences<br />

with Buxton and Eastway have frightened<br />

most foreign riders off travelling any distance<br />

into England for a race. I have<br />

promised to put some feelers out and<br />

report back to the ICF secretary. Anyone<br />

interested and able to put a championship<br />

on at this level in the Kent area,<br />

please keep the ICF posted.<br />

The next meeting of the ICF is scheduled<br />

for 8th April 2006 at Bonheiden,<br />

Belgium. V<br />

ICF Road Race Championships<br />

6th August at Bonheiden, south<br />

of Antwerp and east of Mechelen<br />

Flat 7.3km course. 60+ start 9am; 50+start 10.30; 40+start 12.30<br />

Peter Ryalls will do a block entry for <strong>LVRC</strong> members. Standard forms, plus £6 fee,<br />

to him (see Executive Committee, page 2) by 3rd July 2006.<br />

Please note: date of birth is essential<br />

UCI Masters Championships, St Johann, Austria<br />

World Cup: 20th – 22nd August<br />

World Masters: 24th – 27th August<br />

Information from the website, www.masterswm.org, or from:<br />

Harald Bauman, A-6380 St Johann in Tirol, Postfach 77, Austria.<br />

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The Feeding Station<br />

What should I eat?<br />

We’re all familiar with phrases like ‘healthy eating’ and ‘a balanced diet’, but they can<br />

mean all things to all men: one man’s or woman’s idea of eating well might be someone<br />

else’s poison. In the developed world most governments have published recommended<br />

dietary goals. We give a basic outline.<br />


nized the importance of diet<br />

in relation to their nation’s<br />

health and economic prosperity. Accordingly,<br />

some departments responsible for<br />

health have provided guidelines about<br />

the quantity of specific nutrients people<br />

should eat to ensure adequacy and prevent<br />

nutrient deficiency.<br />

In addition, some government bodies<br />

(such as the US Senate Committee on<br />

Nutrition and Human Needs) have made<br />

more general dietary recommendations<br />

aimed at reducing nutrition-related diseases.<br />

Most of these recommendations<br />

advise adults to:<br />

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Consume the same amount of<br />

energy (calories) as you expend to<br />

keep in energy balance. (For male<br />

adults, this is about 2500 Calories<br />

each day, and 2000 Calories for<br />

females)<br />



The World Health Organization<br />

(WHO) recommend that 70 per<br />

cent of our total calorie intake<br />

should be complex carbohydrates<br />

which include fruit and vegetables,<br />

pulses, and grains<br />

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Added sugar should contribute no<br />

more than 10 per cent of energy<br />

intake<br />


Countries vary in their recommendations.<br />

UK guidelines suggest a<br />

decrease in the average fat intake<br />

from about 40 per cent to 35 per<br />

cent. WHO suggest that only 15-<br />

30 per cent of food energy should<br />

come from fat with a maximum<br />

of 10 per cent as saturated fat<br />


Should be about 10-15 per cent<br />

of calorie intake<br />


Restrict consumption to less than<br />

300 mg per day<br />


FOODS.<br />

This is especially important for<br />

adolescent and premenopausal<br />

women to reduce the risk of osteoporosis<br />


Leafy green and yellow vegetables<br />

are particularly good sources of<br />

vitamins , minerals, and antioxidants.<br />

The WHO recommend that<br />

we eat more than 400 g each day<br />

(about five servings a day).<br />

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Adults should eat about 30 g of<br />

fibre each day (18 g of non-starch<br />

polysaccharide)<br />


MENTS.<br />

Supplements are necessary for<br />

some people, but most people can<br />

obtain adequate nutrients from a<br />

varied, balanced diet. Supplement<br />

use can lead to toxicity<br />


Sodium intake should be less than<br />

1.6 g per day (equivalent to about<br />

4 g of table salt a day)<br />


Consume no more than one<br />

ounce of pure alcohol a day (approximately<br />

3 units, equivalent to<br />

about two glasses of wine).<br />

Most dietitians emphasise the advantages<br />

of eating a variety of natural,<br />

unrefined foods to ensure that we obtain<br />

sufficient nutrients. They also say<br />

that, with some adjustments, almost<br />

anyone’s diet can meet the dietary recommendations.<br />

There is no need to<br />

give up your favourite food. V<br />

Potato & Bacon Casserole<br />

800g (1¾lbs) old potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced<br />

1 medium onion, thinly sliced<br />

65g (2½oz) lean bacon rashers, chopped<br />

1 chicken stock cube dissolved in a small amount of boiling<br />

water<br />

½ tbsp olive oil<br />

Preparation Time: 15 min Cooking Time: 1½ hours (approx.)<br />

1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas mark 4.<br />

2. Layer the potato, onion and bacon in a casserole dish.<br />

3. Add the stock and enough extra hot water to fill the dish to two<br />

thirds of the level of the ingredients.<br />

4. Brush the top level with a little olive oil and bake uncovered for<br />

1½ hours or until potatoes are tender and golden coloured.<br />

Serve with: Hot vegetables<br />

Nutrition at a glance (per serving)<br />

410 Calories, Protein 17g, Fat 7g, Carbohydrate 74g<br />

A good recipe to leave cooking whilst you are doing your winter<br />

training on the turbo.<br />

Good source of vitamin C, moderate source of folic acid<br />

The <strong>Vet</strong>eran <strong>Leaguer</strong>: Winter/Spring 2006 Page 9

In his recently published autobiography Allan Peiper tries hard to find the nice guy in Peter Post, but<br />

it’s a desperate search, and it’s doubtful if he really succeeds in convincing us …<br />

‘Post’ is a four-letter word<br />

Allan Peiper<br />

Management styles occupy a continuum from extreme authoritarianism at one end to ‘do just as you please’ at the other.<br />

Either approach can be successful, even if their paths are strewn with casualties. As a rider Peter Post was an outstanding<br />

road and track rider with an amazingly broad range of all-round abilities: he won Paris–Roubaix at a record speed, and at<br />

one time held the record (40) for Six-Day victories. Then he became possibly the most ruthless manager the sport has seen.<br />

Allan Peiper, now a manager himself, gives an account of the man who seems to have used Genghis Khan as a role model.<br />

POST RULED PANASONIC with an iron<br />

rod. He had a very powerful character<br />

and most of us were frightened<br />

of him. He had this thing when we<br />

were eating where he would pick someone<br />

to sit next to, and if he sat next to<br />

you, you were in for it. We used to say<br />

that he had picked a victim.<br />

He would sit and ask you questions that<br />

there was no right answer to. If your answer<br />

was white, the correct one would<br />

have been black. If you said black, it<br />

would have been white. Then when<br />

you’d given the wrong answer, he had<br />

you. I don’t know why he did it. Maybe<br />

he thought it motivated you.<br />

He did it with me once in Tirreno –<br />

Adriatico. I had been riding on the front<br />

all week, working for Vanderaerden. We<br />

came to the last day, a time trial, and I<br />

was shattered, so I thought, I’m just going<br />

to ride easy today and try to recover<br />

for Milan–San Remo, which was only two<br />

days away. We were having breakfast<br />

before the time trial and Post sat down<br />

next to me and said, ‘So Allan, are you<br />

riding your time trial bike today or your<br />

road bike?’ Trick question. If you said<br />

time trial bike he would say, ‘Why are<br />

you doing that, don’t you know Milan-<br />

San Remo is only two days away? Who<br />

do you think you are?’ Or if you said that<br />

you were riding your road bike it would<br />

be, ‘Why are you not riding your time<br />

trial bike, are you tired? You should be<br />

fit and strong enough by now to do a<br />

good time trial and still be ready for Milan–San<br />

Remo, what have you been doing<br />

all winter?’<br />

Anyway, I told him the truth. I told him<br />

I wasn’t riding my time trial bike because<br />

I was tired and wanted to recover in time<br />

for Milan-San Remo. So off he went:<br />

Manager: Peter Post<br />

‘What have you been doing all winter?<br />

You’ve been in Australia lying on the<br />

beach haven’t you?’ And he tore strips<br />

off me, but then he said something about<br />

my wife. She ran a hamburger stand and<br />

Post said, ‘Anyway, what does your wife<br />

do for a job?’ At that Fred de Bruyne, the<br />

team’s PR man came over and stood between<br />

us and said, ‘Peter, you’re out of<br />

line,’ and Post just shut up. Fred was one<br />

of the few people I knew who would<br />

stand up to Post.<br />

I was very upset. It was OK him having<br />

a go at me, but what had my wife to do<br />

with anything? It was a snobbish remark<br />

that Post made. In Belgium and Holland<br />

street traders are looked down on, and<br />

hamburger salesmen are the worst. They<br />

make really good money, but that doesn’t<br />

matter. Making money isn’t as respected<br />

in Belgium and Holland as it is in America<br />

or Britain. It is more what you do that<br />

gives you social status. You could be a<br />

poor lawyer, or a rich businessman, but<br />

in your town or village the people will<br />

only call the lawyer ‘Mister’.<br />

I told Phil Anderson about what Post<br />

had said while we were driving to Milan,<br />

and he must have spoken to Post because<br />

something happened at the team meeting<br />

that night. Peter didn’t exactly say he<br />

was sorry, but it came across that he was,<br />

and I ended up doing a good Milan-San<br />

Remo.<br />

Actually, both directeurs at Panasonic<br />

were hard men in their own way. I think,<br />

in five years Walter Planckaert only said,<br />

‘Good ride’ to me twice. I am trying not<br />

to be like that with my riders now. I try<br />

to give them feed-back and make them<br />

feel valued. We have a system within<br />

Davitamon where we tell everyone when<br />

they have done something correctly, as<br />

well as when they’ve done it wrong, even<br />

if it’s something that hasn’t worked. I<br />

think that is the way to be. I think it gets<br />

more results in the long run than being<br />

hard all the time.<br />

And Post was hard. There were no excuses<br />

you could give him. No exceptions<br />

would ever be made. Well, nearly no<br />

exceptions. Post did understand when<br />

you had gone as far as you could possibly<br />

go, as I found out in the 1987 Tour<br />

de France.<br />

To get into the Panasonic Tour team<br />

you really had to fight for selection. I did<br />

it by doing a good ride in the Tour of<br />

Switzerland in 1987, but that meant I<br />

went straight from the Tour of Switzerland<br />

to the start of the Tour, which was<br />

more than four weeks of racing with very<br />

little rest.<br />

We had a very good team in the 1987<br />

Tour: we had two sprinters in<br />

Vanderaerden and Planckaert; we had<br />

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Phil Anderson, and we had<br />

Robert Millar for the overall. A<br />

lot of leaders, but it meant that<br />

there were very few<br />

domestiques to share the work<br />

of looking after them, so it was<br />

very hard for us. We had to<br />

ride for the sprinters; we had<br />

to ride for the team time trial;<br />

we had to ride for Anderson;<br />

and we had to ride to get<br />

Robert in a good position before<br />

the mountains.<br />

Five days from the end I was<br />

on my knees and I still had to<br />

do a mountain stage to La<br />

Plagne, and another after that.<br />

I was absolutely wasted. It was<br />

all I could do to get to the finish,<br />

just pedal over pedal. I got<br />

to the finish, eventually, and<br />

from there somehow found<br />

my hotel room. In those days<br />

it wasn’t like it is now after a<br />

stage, where the teams have a<br />

doctor and they put riders straight onto<br />

a drip to get liquids and glucose into<br />

them. All there was in those days was a<br />

bread roll on your bed.<br />

Anyway, I ate that and crawled under<br />

the blankets. Then I cracked. I just lay<br />

under the blankets and began to cry. I<br />

had finished just inside the time limit and<br />

I couldn’t get over the fact that I had to<br />

do it all again the next day. There were<br />

four mountains the next day; I didn’t<br />

know how I was going to do it.<br />

I was sharing a room with a Dutch rider,<br />

Teun Van Vliet, and he must have gone<br />

to fetch Peter, because all I was doing<br />

was sobbing under my blankets. I<br />

wouldn’t come out. After a few minutes<br />

Peter came into the room and sat down<br />

on my bed. I still didn’t come out, so Peter<br />

just sat there rubbing me on the back<br />

like you would comfort a child and repeating,<br />

‘It’ll be all right, it’ll be all right.’<br />

He did that until I felt better; so, as much<br />

as he could be a hard bastard and humiliate<br />

you in front of the other riders,<br />

he did have a soft spot, although he hid<br />

it well and you had to go through hell to<br />

find it!<br />

The next day I was dropped on the first<br />

climb. I was the first and Urs Zimmerman,<br />

a Swiss rider who had been third<br />

in the Tour the previous year, got dropped<br />

next. He was riding about ten metres in<br />

front of me, zigzagging all over the road.<br />

Then he rode into the gutter and fell off.<br />

I went past him and Walter came up next<br />

to me in the car and said, ‘Don’t you<br />

Rider: Peiper in the Paris-Nice prologue<br />

think you should stop? There are four big<br />

mountains after this, and you are by yourself<br />

already.’ So I stopped. I was done.<br />

They put my bike on the roof of the car<br />

and I got into the ambulance. Three days<br />

from the end of the Tour – that is a terrible<br />

feeling.<br />

I didn’t see Peter that night, and next<br />

morning Fred de Bruyne was taking me<br />

in the car to the airport in Geneva. I was<br />

just getting in the car when Peter came<br />

out of the hotel and put his arms around<br />

me. On the way to the airport, Fred took<br />

me to a restaurant on the lake and we<br />

had lunch. It was beautiful weather, and<br />

we sat outside on a sort of jetty. We had<br />

a nice meal and a really good bottle of<br />

wine, and I said, ‘Fred, what are we doing<br />

here? This must be so expensive.’<br />

And Fred said, ‘No,<br />

it’s OK. Peter said I had to<br />

take you out for lunch.’ Peter<br />

understood that I couldn’t<br />

have finished the Tour; I<br />

couldn’t have climbed those<br />

mountains and finished in the<br />

time limit. He understood<br />

that I had given everything for<br />

the team.<br />

Essentially, that 1987 Tour<br />

de France experience is an illustration<br />

of what being a<br />

good domestique in cycling<br />

is all about. You have to put<br />

the team before your personal<br />

ambitions. On the one<br />

hand, there is personal glory<br />

of finishing the Tour, no matter<br />

what position you are in.<br />

On the other, the feeling of<br />

stopping with three days to go<br />

is totally bleak, totally without<br />

any personal glory. In fact,<br />

after I arrived home in 1987 I was so<br />

ashamed that I hid in my house, not<br />

wanting to see or talk to anyone. It is such<br />

a temptation to save something so that<br />

you make it to Paris, but that isn’t why<br />

you are being paid. You must give everything,<br />

and if that means you can’t finish,<br />

then so be it.<br />

If I look back at Post, and I look at the<br />

job I have now, and at our management<br />

team at Davitamon-Lotto, maybe if we<br />

lack one thing it is the ability to wield<br />

the iron rod. But having said that, I’m<br />

not sure that this generation of riders<br />

would respond to it. Times have changed<br />

and maybe Post wouldn’t have been a<br />

good directeur today, or he would have<br />

had to change the way he was. V<br />

A Peiper’s Tale: Allan Peiper, with Chris Sidwells. Mousehold Press, 2005. 180 pages paperback,<br />

£12.95. ISBN 1-874739-39-0. Available from bookshops or from Sport and Publicity,<br />

75 Fitzjohns Avenue, Hampstead, London NW3 6PD. Thanks to Adrian Bell for permission<br />

to print the above extract.<br />

Swimming coach cleared of bullying<br />

Complaints published in The Times last August<br />

from members of British Swimming’s<br />

national squad, about the alleged bullying<br />

behaviour of the national coach, Australian<br />

Bill Sweetenham, prompted the governing<br />

body to commission an independent report.<br />

The report has now been submitted. BS<br />

says that while allegations of bullying are<br />

not proven, the report has ‘identified a<br />

number of issues which will need to be discussed<br />

with Mr Sweetenham in an appropriate<br />

fashion.’<br />

The original Times report concluded that<br />

Sweetenham was a bully, had damaged British<br />

swimming, and caused the retirement<br />

of 13 senior Britain team members. However,<br />

alongside Peter Post Sweetenham<br />

seems to be a positive pussycat. He removed<br />

TV aerials from rooms, banned sunbathing<br />

and massage, made swimmers put<br />

their mattresses on the floor.<br />

His worst terror was to threaten to withdraw<br />

lottery funding as a response to disobedience.<br />

Clearly not a nice man, and probably<br />

a bully, but as we all know, nice guys<br />

come second …<br />

The <strong>Vet</strong>eran <strong>Leaguer</strong>: Winter/Spring 2006 Page 11

Picture Pages<br />

This column: Ed Demery wins the B race<br />

at Cwmcarn; middle, riders in the<br />

Abberleys; bottom, Phil Mason, winner at<br />

the Abberleys (all photos by Heather Sims)<br />

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Above: Simon Jenkins wins the A race at<br />

Cwmcarn; middle right: Bottom: Dave<br />

Maughan, Steve Macklin, Allan Ramsay,<br />

Martin Hackley lead in the Abberleys<br />

(photos: Heather Sims).<br />

Top right: winners at the Angel of the<br />

North: between organiser Jack Watson (L)<br />

and Bill Baty (R), Clive Pinfold, Tony<br />

Woodcock, Dave Maughan; Peter<br />

Greenwood , Phil Axe, Billy Mitchinson .<br />

Opposite page, far right top: the field in<br />

the Cwmcarn Paragon races; middle,<br />

Roger Barnes taking the sprint; bottom,<br />

in the Alford Wheelers race Chris Davies<br />

is chased by Ken Corbett, Nigel Clifford<br />

and Andy Barnes. All photos Heather Sims,<br />

except for Angel of the North.<br />

The <strong>Vet</strong>eran <strong>Leaguer</strong>: Winter/Spring 2006 Page 13

As he grew older Gino Bartali remained determined to fight off the threat which Fausto Coppi represented to his own<br />

pre-eminence in Italian cycling. Eventually his attempts to crack his rival’s secrets became an obsession…<br />

Inspector Gino<br />

investigates<br />

Gino Bartali<br />

In 1946 the birth of Gino’s second son, a source of great joy for him, motivated him to try to recapture the glory of his prewar<br />

years. The form was there. It was true that he still disliked fast starts, but towards the finish, he found himself fresher<br />

than ever and could have continued the race for far longer. Right from the start of the season his great adversary was<br />

Coppi, now with Bianchi, while Gino remained with Legnano. Gino won two races in Switzerland and knew he was in<br />

good shape for the Giro, but so was Coppi; and Gino could feel the threat of this young, ever-rising star, hungry for<br />

victories, at the height of his form. The Tuscan planned to spy on his younger rival and try to discover the secret of his<br />

successes. Many years later he told the story of this 1946 Giro to Miroir des Sports.<br />

Deadly enemies on the bike, the two men, here at the Giro d’Italia (Bartali, LEFT)<br />

became reconciled and almost friends after Bartali’s retirement.<br />

At Milan, the day before the start, at<br />

dinner, Fausto stated openly, in<br />

front of me and three other riders<br />

(Leoni, Ortelli and Ricci), that he would<br />

win. On the hairpins of the Col di Bracco,<br />

during the third stage from Genoa to<br />

Montecattini, I was thinking bitterly<br />

about how much damage his victory<br />

would do to me, when I saw him put to<br />

his mouth a glass phial which he emptied<br />

and threw into the verge. I saw the<br />

glass flash in the sun, fall into the grass,<br />

bounce up and land in a bush.<br />

My first thought was to locate the precise<br />

spot. I identified a telegraph pole,<br />

slightly curved towards the top, as a point<br />

of reference.<br />

This day Fausto was going particularly<br />

strongly, and this reinforced my determination<br />

to find the mysterious phial. ‘Find<br />

phial Bracco Fausto’ I wrote in my notebook<br />

at Montecattini. At this time I was<br />

32, Fausto was 27, and I had no intention<br />

of giving up my supremacy to him<br />

without a fight.<br />

At the end of the Giro, which I won<br />

with a 47-second lead over Fausto, I<br />

drove flat out to Genoa and set off up<br />

the Bracco. I found the pole all right, but<br />

the grass had grown in three weeks and<br />

altered the look of the place. Ignoring the<br />

curious looks of the campers and walkers<br />

I grubbed about in the grass, and suddenly<br />

there it was, undoubtedly Fausto’s<br />

phial! With the meticulous care of a detective<br />

collecting evidence for fingerprinting<br />

I picked it up, dropped it into a white<br />

envelope and put it carefully in my<br />

pocket. All the way back to Florence I<br />

was consumed with curiosity. What mysterious<br />

elixir could it have contained,<br />

what potent potion? The next day I<br />

rushed round to my personal doctor and<br />

asked him to send the phial to a lab for<br />

analysis.<br />

Disappointment: no drug, no magic<br />

potion. It was nothing more than an ordinary<br />

tonic, made in France, that I could<br />

have bought without a prescription at any<br />

chemists in France.<br />

‘If you want some, and you think you<br />

need it, you can take it it too,’ the doctor<br />

told me.<br />

Naturally I ordered a whole case.<br />

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Fausto really was formidable: not only<br />

because of his athletic abilities but also<br />

because he was up to date with the latest<br />

research in sports medicine – and he<br />

could talk about it with the competence<br />

of a specialist. I was a good deal put out<br />

by his self-confidence. Yet at the same<br />

time he was quiet and reserved, said very<br />

little to other people, but reasoned things<br />

out in a sort of private dialogue with himself.<br />

He had an amazing flair for technology.<br />

He was always the first to adopt new<br />

equipment for his bike. I never found that<br />

sort of thing easy to pick up. I’d been a<br />

mechanic for ten years, but I was frequently<br />

uncertain when faced with innovations.<br />

He, on the other hand, benefited<br />

from my reluctance and gained advantage<br />

from my indecisiveness. Just as<br />

he cared for his bike, so he cared for his<br />

body; he turned our sport into a true science,<br />

an integration of man and machine.<br />

I didn’t rest on my laurels. I too sought<br />

out improvements, but he was always<br />

ahead of me. Everything new in the<br />

medical field – energy supplements,<br />

agents for cleaning out the system, he<br />

took in his stride. But since he never involved<br />

me in his discoveries I had to find<br />

it all out for myself.<br />

I realised that I should have to try to<br />

outsmart him and I devised my own investigation<br />

system. The first thing was to<br />

make sure I always stayed at the same<br />

hotel for a race, and to have the room<br />

next to his so I could mount a surveillance.<br />

It wasn’t always easy because our<br />

rivalry tended to keep us apart. We<br />

couldn’t room together – which would<br />

have been the ideal solution for me –<br />

even in the Tour de France where we<br />

were team-mates. <br />

Fausto preferred to<br />

surround himself with his own guys – his<br />

brother Serse, Ricci, Milano. I tended to<br />

room with Corrieri and Favalli, my lieutenants.<br />

Our contact was limited to hotel<br />

corridors, a handshake, a few words<br />

about the stage.<br />

The active phase of my enquiry would<br />

begin ten minutes before the start of the<br />

race. It was an ultra-condensed form of<br />

work, and I lived through moments of<br />

intense and powerful emotion.<br />

I would watch him leave with his<br />

mates, then I would tiptoe into the room<br />

which ten seconds earlier had been his<br />

headquarters. I would rush to the waste<br />

bin and the bedside table, go through<br />

the bottles, flasks, phials, tubes, cartons,<br />

boxes, suppositories – I swept up everything.<br />

I had become so expert in interpreting<br />

all these pharmaceuticals that I<br />

could predict how Fausto would behave<br />

during the course of the stage. I would<br />

work out, according to the traces of the<br />

product I’d found, how and when he<br />

would attack me.<br />

Poor Fausto! I feel positively ashamed<br />

to think how I did all that to him – and<br />

he so innocent, so pure, so free of all<br />

suspicion. Under the pressure of our bitter<br />

rivalry all my harshness and aggressiveness,<br />

which are part of the nature of<br />

us Tuscans, came to the surface, and he<br />

never even knew he had an enemy.<br />

The greatest problem of Operation<br />

Wastebasket was that Fausto never left<br />

his room until the last moment, only leaving<br />

me a few seconds for my ‘work’ if I<br />

wasn’t to miss the start.<br />

‘Always behind, always late,’ the<br />

commissaire would say. And there I’d be,<br />

out of breath, hand trembling as I signed<br />

the control sheet, always the last. And<br />

he would always, without mercy, impose<br />

a fine – which I always paid willingly,<br />

because I was rewarded by my discoveries.<br />

This procedure kept me busy, but it<br />

also became an obsession. And it wasn’t<br />

entirely without its risks.<br />

One morning, looking down from the<br />

balcony, I saw Fausto in the street. Green<br />

light – the search was on! I shot into his<br />

room. Two riders, not his mates, were<br />

just fastening their suitcases. Red in the<br />

face and muttering excuses I returned to<br />

my room where I learned that Fausto,<br />

unknown to me, had changed rooms the<br />

night before. V<br />

<br />

Between 1930 and 1960 the Tour was based on national teams, regardless<br />

of the riders’ own sponsors.<br />

Caption Competition<br />

The very popular Caption Competition returns for 2006. All<br />

you have to do is dream up a suitable caption for the picture<br />

shown left (photo by Heather Sims) and send it to the Editor<br />

at 45 Augusta Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8AE, or e-<br />

mail to cnews@tiscali.co.uk by 11th April, by which time<br />

we’ll have found some suitable prizes. Please submit your<br />

entry in writing – no phone calls or casual mentions in passing<br />

to the editor when you see him on the other side of the car<br />

park: they tend to get mislaid.<br />

Previous examples:<br />

Left: ‘These mobile phones are a pain in the bum – can’t even<br />

break wind without being disturbed.’ (Allan Ramsay)<br />

Right: ‘Has Bill Sykes gone through yet?’ (Joe Rowe)<br />

The <strong>Vet</strong>eran <strong>Leaguer</strong>: Winter/Spring 2006 Page 15

A special fondo for bikes 25 years old, or more – along with their riders, of course.<br />

Heroics, Chianti and fruit cake<br />

Peter Coombs<br />

You must be mad,’ Johnnie<br />

Miller said when he heard that<br />

I was one of five Brits, along with<br />

my clubmate John Warren (Wally)<br />

who’d elected to do the whole 200<br />

kms of L’Eroica, the annual fondo in<br />

the Chianti hills specifically for bikes at<br />

least 25 years old. The bike also has to<br />

have exposed brake cables, down tube<br />

gear changers and toe clips and straps.<br />

I make a precarious living dealing in<br />

antiques and things old, so I get a little<br />

fed up with the idea that to be any<br />

good, a thing has to be new.<br />

The event starts and finishes in the<br />

Tuscan village of Gaoile, midway<br />

between Florence and Siena, and it<br />

turned out not to be the fish-andchipper<br />

I had expected – it’s big. Every<br />

local shop had posters in the windows,<br />

the tourist office was full of it, the local<br />

papers carried details, the car parks<br />

were full of camper vans with vintage<br />

racing bikes on the back. Out of 900 or<br />

so entrants about 20 were from<br />

England.<br />

Signing on was at five in the morning<br />

and at that time in Tuscany it’s cold.<br />

Very cold. And dark. Only 90km of the<br />

200 is on tarmac – the rest is 110<br />

kilometres of unsurfaced white limestone<br />

tracks. Think a cross between<br />

Brighton beach and the track that leads<br />

to your local quarry and you’ll get the<br />

general idea. The limestone ascents<br />

were hard, the descents were hairy, it<br />

was party-time in the villages we rode<br />

through, the excellent feed stations<br />

served local food, and during the last<br />

hour it threw it down.<br />

But we made it. And for once the<br />

reward was justified: two bottles of<br />

Chianti, one specially labelled for the<br />

event, a bottle of local olive oil, a<br />

rather nice sticky fruit cake and a<br />

plaque for the wall. I rode my 1980<br />

Peugeot with sprints and tubs like<br />

(rather surprisingly) quite a lot of riders,<br />

and more surprisingly I didn’t puncture,<br />

unlike Wally on clinchers, who had<br />

three.<br />

Would I do it again? No. Would I advise<br />

anyone else to do it? You bet. V<br />

Fred Whitton Lakeland Challenge<br />

Some of you may remember our publishing in the<br />

Spring 2005 issue a piece by Dave Gretton telling the<br />

story of his ride in the Lakeland Fred Whitton Challenge.<br />

We were unfortunately unable to download any<br />

pictures from the disk, probably because it didn’t<br />

recognise our ancient version of Windows, but we’ve<br />

now been able to remedy that. So here’s a shot of a lot<br />

of tired men flogging their way up the main street of a<br />

Lakeland village.<br />

The event raised no less than £11,000 for the<br />

McMillan Nurses and the David Rayner Fund. This<br />

year’s event on 7th May, I’m afraid, had already<br />

reached its limit of 550 riders by early January.<br />

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The South American 24 hour cycling Championships. Monterrey, Mexico 7th May, 2005<br />

It happened in Monterrey<br />

Arthur Puckrin<br />

Arthur Puckrin has been an <strong>LVRC</strong> member for several years but has never<br />

raced, as his primary sport is triathlon, which he took up at the age of 58,<br />

35 years after he last rode a bicycle. Now aged 67 he’s ‘surprised to find<br />

myself World Champion overall for DecaBiathlon (1120-mile cycle ride,<br />

262-mile run), and recently 24-hour cycling champion of South America.’<br />

Apart from short mid-week time-trials, this was Arthur’s first cycle race.<br />

After a 24-hour journey from<br />

Teesside, I arrived in Monterrey<br />

where I was greeted by my host<br />

and race organiser Jorge Adonie.<br />

Unfortunately it was raining, and the<br />

weather, unusually for Mexico, remained<br />

damp and cold all week. Even more<br />

unfortunately, my bicycle remained at<br />

Amsterdam Airport. I stayed in the sports<br />

village with the Mexican volleyball team.<br />

Mexico may be a poor country, but their<br />

sports facilities are a revelation. There<br />

were 50 tennis courts, all in excellent and<br />

new condition and within a mile of the<br />

sports village were three stadia including<br />

a velodrome. The accommodation was<br />

basic, but cheap, cheerful and<br />

acceptable.<br />

My missing bike had only recently been<br />

repaired after I had been struck by a car<br />

while I stood waiting at a roundabout for<br />

the traffic to clear. Apart from bruises and<br />

loss of skin, I seemed to be OK. Anyway,<br />

after two days I was reunited with it, and<br />

I decided that I would either have to ride<br />

in the rain or not at all. It looked like<br />

being a long and cold 24 hours. Race<br />

day dawned dark, grey & wet, but about<br />

lunchtime the sun came out. We were<br />

off about 20 minutes late at 12.20pm.<br />

With the adrenalin flowing, I made a<br />

good start, not quick enough because<br />

there was a group of five ahead, including<br />

representatives of ten-man teams taking<br />

part in the team relay race. I could<br />

beat all these guys, I told myself, and burst<br />

past them.<br />

I was averaging 20mph for the first 60<br />

miles, and although the pace gradually<br />

dropped, I was still in the lead and feeling<br />

comfortable at 100 miles, reached in<br />

5 hours 23 minutes. It was now extremely<br />

hot and I began to feel the pace: I would<br />

ride easily for a while and recover. Somehow<br />

I reached the end of the lap, got off<br />

the bike and lay down. I had something<br />

to eat, but still felt unwell. After travelling<br />

all this distance, it seemed I was not<br />

going to be able to complete the course.<br />

But after two hours, I had more to eat<br />

and felt better. There were 15 hours to<br />

go, plenty of time. It was now dark, I was<br />

in last place, but at least I was moving.<br />

In the cool, my speed increased. There<br />

was a shout from my support crew. It was<br />

half way, I was in second place 25 miles<br />

behind the leader, number 58. I had seen<br />

him, and knew he was tiring. I told myself<br />

that we would all go through a bad<br />

patch at some stage during the 24 hours,<br />

and I had had mine. It was now two a.m,<br />

much cooler, I was spinning round at<br />

20mph, feeling good and counting down<br />

the laps to the leader, lapping him every<br />

few laps.<br />

I had asked my support crew to keep<br />

me notified about the time passing. They<br />

shouted out the time at each hour. It<br />

seemed a long way: 11 hours, 10 hours,<br />

9 hours. Eventually at 4a.m. number 58<br />

stopped for food. I had closed to about<br />

15 miles, but now I would reach him<br />

much quicker. Eventually, at 5 a.m., I had<br />

him. Now I would build up a lead of<br />

about 10 miles before I stopped – he<br />

might be revitalised once daylight came<br />

and he realised there was not much further<br />

to go. When I took a short stop for<br />

soup, coffee, jam sandwiches, I lost only<br />

two laps and soon made them up again,<br />

and indeed increased my lead. Eventually,<br />

I saw light in the sky – only another<br />

seven hours to go. I was drinking a great<br />

deal, but I did not eat very much, just a<br />

few bananas, jam sandwiches, soup and<br />

bread. Cold drinks went down a treat. I<br />

did have two coffee stops late on when<br />

it was clear I had a good lead, just to<br />

break up the time a little bit, so I did lose<br />

a few laps towards the end. Number 58,<br />

I discovered, was Jesus Sigala a 40-yearold<br />

from Santa Catarina. We rode together<br />

for the last few laps and crossed<br />

the line together. I had been beaten by<br />

only four of the ten teams of ten relay<br />

riders.<br />

I had not slept for 36 hours, but after<br />

the race I found it impossible to sleep or<br />

eat. I just lay on the bed. Later on I did<br />

find the energy to pack my bike, and the<br />

next day, it was back to the real world.<br />

Thanks to Mary, my support crew who<br />

kept me fed and watered throughout the<br />

24 hours, to Paul Godley, who repaired<br />

my bike, and to Jorge Andonie and his<br />

team who organised a superb race and<br />

an excellent event. V<br />

Results:<br />

1. Arthur Puckrin, Great Britain, 592<br />

kms<br />

2. Jesus Sigala, Santa Catarina 540 kms;<br />

3. Alejandro Sigala, Santa Catarina; 4.<br />

Carlos Alberto, Monterrey; 5. Juan<br />

Gaona, Guadalupe.<br />

Ladies:<br />

1. Silvia Andonie, Mexico 330 kms<br />

2. Juana Xapata, Guadalupe 269 km<br />

The presentation: Arthur with<br />

support crew Mary Miller<br />

The <strong>Vet</strong>eran <strong>Leaguer</strong>: Winter/Spring 2006 Page 17

Just before Christmas the Slower Speeds Initiative and RoadPeace issued a joint press release.<br />

Peace on the roads?<br />

THE SLOW SPEEDS Initiative and<br />

RoadPeace welcome news that at<br />

least 1745 deaths and serious<br />

injuries have been prevented by speed<br />

limit enforcement. They also welcome<br />

lower thresholds for enforcement and the<br />

promise of new funds for local road safety<br />

but criticised the Government for still<br />

requiring casualties as a prerequisite for<br />

law enforcement. Four years of<br />

enforcement action by Safety Camera<br />

Partnerships has shown that speed<br />

cameras could be used to prevent as well<br />

as reduce casualties.<br />

The organisations are confident that<br />

local accountability and the introduction<br />

of a value for money approach will<br />

ensure that cameras will remain a top<br />

option for roads with speed limits above<br />

30mph. The new system should also<br />

allow authorities to use cameras to<br />

enforce 20mph limits for roads where<br />

humps are not practical.<br />

Paige Mitchell, co-ordinator of SSI,<br />

said: ‘The Government is finally taking<br />

on board two important messages: that<br />

there should be more funding for road<br />

safety and that local communities should<br />

have a say in how speed cameras are<br />

used. But as long as road safety measures<br />

follow casualties rather than preventing<br />

them, it will always be “too little too late”<br />

for many communities and families.<br />

Speed reducing measures are the best<br />

way to reduce road danger. Transport<br />

budgets should be invested accordingly.’<br />

Dr Ian Roberts, a public health expert<br />

and patron of RoadPeace, said ‘There is<br />

increasing evidence that speed cameras<br />

save lives. When you have people dying<br />

in the streets and you know that speed<br />

cameras can prevent from dying, then<br />

it’s negligent and irresponsible not to use<br />

them.<br />

RoadPeace Director, Brigitte<br />

Chaudhry said: ‘Drivers need to be<br />

reminded of the causal relationship<br />

between speeding and casualties with<br />

fine revenue also invested in victim<br />

assistance and rehabilitation, as crash<br />

victims do not currently qualify for<br />

criminal compensation and victim<br />

support services’.<br />

For further information, contact Paige<br />

Mitchell 0845 345 8459; mobile 078331<br />

08900 Brigitte Chaudhry 0208 964 1800<br />

Dr Ian Roberts 020 7958 8128<br />

The Slower Speeds Initiative works for<br />

better understanding of the impacts of<br />

speed and the benefits of lower and<br />

better enforced speed limits. Its founders<br />

are the Children’s Play Council, CTC, the<br />

Environmental Transport Association,<br />

Living Streets, the Road Danger<br />

Reduction Forum, RoadPeace, Sustrans<br />

and Transport 2000.<br />

RoadPeace is the leading national charity<br />

supporting victims of road crashes and<br />

bereaved families.<br />

In October of this year RoadPeace and<br />

the Slower Speeds Initiative published<br />

a briefing pack on Safety Cameras (see<br />

www.roadpeace.org). We called for:<br />

The casualty requirements for<br />

safety cameras (both speed and<br />

red light cameras) to be ended.<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

Safety cameras should be used<br />

to increase compliance with<br />

road traffic laws and to prevent<br />

death and injury.<br />

Inconspicuous, i.e. covert,<br />

cameras to be trial led and<br />

existing cameras to be used<br />

more effectively with additional<br />

speed cameras to be installed<br />

according to local operational<br />

criteria established in<br />

consultation with communities.<br />

Consistent and proper<br />

evaluation of all road safety<br />

interventions, including those<br />

aimed at reducing excessive<br />

and inappropriate speed. A<br />

lower standard should not be<br />

tolerated for more popular<br />

measures that may well be<br />

less effective at saving lives<br />

and preventing disability.<br />

Fine revenue to be invested in<br />

national publicity campaigns<br />

explaining rationale for safety<br />

cameras and also in road traffic<br />

victim support and rehabilitation<br />

services. This would<br />

remind drivers that speeding is<br />

not a victimless crime.<br />

Involvement of speed to be<br />

estimated by speed calculations<br />

recorded at the end of the<br />

investigation, not at the initial<br />

reporting stage, as is currently<br />

done when only a ‘best guess’<br />

is possible. V<br />

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Artwork?<br />

Epoustouflant!<br />

Strength Training Anatomy: Frédéric<br />

Delavier. Human Kinetics, Second Edition,<br />

2006. 144 pages illustrated, paperback,<br />

£14.99. ISBN 0-7360-6368-4<br />

THE AUTHOR IS a former editor-in-chief of<br />

PowerMag, and the text is translated from<br />

the French. Not that there’s all that much<br />

text, because this is a book consisting entirely<br />

of illustrations with captions, notes<br />

and explanations. And what illustrations!<br />

I don’t very often use exclamation marks,<br />

but the artwork, mon ami, is<br />

époustouflant!<br />

The seven chapters each deal with one<br />

major muscle group: arms, shoulders,<br />

chest, back, legs, buttocks and abdomen,<br />

and altogether there are 115 exercises,<br />

either on machines or using free weights.<br />

Depending on what’s being described or<br />

exposed, you get muscle, every surface<br />

fibre shown, with the active bits in colour<br />

on a grey drawing, or detailed colour<br />

drawings of the skeleton.<br />

If you’re a weight trainer I’m not sure<br />

how much benefit it would be to know<br />

in minute detail what precise muscles are<br />

operating in a given movement – but if<br />

you do want to know, it’s here. Made<br />

with HK’s usual quality on heavy, slightly<br />

satin paper. At the very least it’s the least<br />

expensive and most thorough introduction<br />

to the musculo-skeletal system you’ll<br />

find anywhere, and an excellent guide<br />

for anyone planning a little off-season<br />

weight-training. I wouldn’t be surprised<br />

Diets designed for athletes: Maryann<br />

Karinch. Human Kinetics 2002. 222<br />

pages paperback, £12.99. ISBN 0-7360-<br />

3834-5<br />

This appears at first to be the standard<br />

account of what food is for, how it works,<br />

which you’d find in most sports nutrition<br />

books. But its focus is on ‘engineered<br />

foods’ which ‘aim to combine good nutrition<br />

with convenience.’ Hence the<br />

author’s concentration on the vast range<br />

of supplements, energy bars, sports<br />

drinks, prohormones and other substances<br />

which are keeping the executives<br />

of giant food corporations in luxury. I’m<br />

still not clear about how far this fits with<br />

Ms Karinch’s wish that everyone should<br />

enjoy a balanced diet and avoid processed<br />

food, except that hundreds of<br />

to hear of these pictures being scanned,<br />

enlarged, framed and put up in gyms and<br />

swish living rooms all over the western<br />

world. Eat your heart out Damien Hirst.<br />

Ray Minovi<br />

Engineered foods and all that jazz<br />

phytochemicals in fruit and vegetables<br />

‘are not yet captured adequately in supplement<br />

form’. So there’s still hope. After<br />

all, agriculture cannot be held to<br />

blame for all our ills: human metabolism<br />

was sorted several hundred thousand<br />

years before we grew crops and kept<br />

cattle.<br />

Of course Ms Karinch is often right:<br />

many athletes’ diets are unbalanced, especially<br />

those of bodybuilders (athletes?).<br />

We were taught that rare steak was the<br />

standard pre-competition meal for endurance<br />

athletes, and that too much<br />

fluid, even on a hot day, was bad for you.<br />

But Barry Sears and his Zone diet get<br />

so many mentions that I thought there’d<br />

be a credit for sponsorship. His recommendation<br />

that your protein portion at<br />

a single meal should be no bigger than<br />

the palm of your hand is good, but Sears’<br />

40% CHO, 30% protein, 30% fat is a poor<br />

formula for an endurance athlete, and<br />

you really can get all your protein from<br />

your diet without needing supplements.<br />

Ms Karinch spends a lot of time on supplements:<br />

glutamine is favourite, but she<br />

offers plenty of others. There’s little scientific<br />

basis for the claims made for most<br />

of them, and many are merely expensive<br />

ways of enhancing your urine.<br />

She’s keen on whey and casein products<br />

too, especially as recovery aids; and<br />

it’s true that a little protein added to your<br />

post-race drink will speed recovery; but<br />

eating chicken works just as well. She<br />

offers a guide to help you avoid being<br />

exploited, but there’s an even easier way<br />

to do that.<br />

She’s also enthusiastic about Victor<br />

Conte and his BALCO outfit. Apparently<br />

old Vic used to send his lads out to buy<br />

other people’s supplements and was dismayed<br />

when their vitamin and trace element<br />

levels remained low. So he began<br />

to design his own drugs and market them<br />

through his coaches, with the result that<br />

a hundred or so athletes have been<br />

banned and Victor is, as I write, serving<br />

a richly-deserved four months in a California<br />

jail.<br />

Bodybuilders and weightlifters are<br />

major targets of her advice and there are<br />

no fewer than seven pages on<br />

prohormones, the most notorious of<br />

which is androstenedione. They convert<br />

to anabolics (nandrolone, testosterone)<br />

in the body and most are banned outside<br />

the US. Androstenedione, freely and<br />

cheaply available on the Internet, probably<br />

accounts for the huge number of<br />

nandrolone positives in recent years –<br />

and don’t think they’re taking it by accident.<br />

Athletes will confess to taking<br />

‘handfuls’ of supplements without much<br />

idea of what they do, except that they<br />

think it might make them go faster.<br />

There’s plenty of basic information,<br />

and lists of lots of supplements, some of<br />

them illegal in sport. But if you want a<br />

book on general sports nutrition, you can<br />

undoubtedly do better than this.<br />

There are three pages of resources and<br />

reference, a glossary, an excellent index,<br />

and a sample health questionnaire. And<br />

a few phrases which, thanks to our tabloid<br />

press, no British writer would use<br />

unknowingly nowadays: ‘When was the<br />

last time I bonked,’ would keep the average<br />

Sun reader in stitches for a fortnight.<br />

Ray Minovi<br />

The <strong>Vet</strong>eran <strong>Leaguer</strong>: Winter/Spring 2006 Page 19

From Roger Sunderland, Halifax<br />

Adding to your article, ‘How Orford<br />

invented the Milk Race’, readers ought<br />

to know that from the initial one-man<br />

membership of the British Professional<br />

and Independents Cycling Association<br />

it grew to a thriving body and ran a<br />

points championship for the Viking<br />

Trophy and had elected officers. For<br />

1958 these were President Bob Thom,<br />

Chairman Trev Fenwick, and Secretary<br />

Dave Orford. Certainly no-one did<br />

more for we independents than Dave<br />

Orford.<br />

From Barrington Day, Fareham<br />

When I saw that there was cycling on<br />

the television on Christmas Day I was<br />

really quite excited: my viewing for the<br />

big day was sorted – the Queen’s<br />

Speech and a review of the year with<br />

none other than David Duffield.<br />

We should have received a very<br />

serious health warning. I was taken<br />

aback: I did not expect to see the<br />

season of Lance Armstrong. Don’t you<br />

think that we have seen quite enough<br />

of this boring three week wonder? Not<br />

the complete cyclist in many people’s<br />

eyes. What about the real cyclists? The<br />

programme will be shown three times<br />

in all. Really bad news.<br />

Why on earth does Duffers always<br />

pander to the Americans and Australians?<br />

Continental cycling is surely<br />

about the French, Belgians, Italians,<br />

Germans, Dutch and” Swiss riders,<br />

after all they are the ones that made<br />

the sport what it is, producing many<br />

heroes and characters over the years to<br />

delight us all.<br />

From John Oxnard, Newcastle upon<br />

Tyne<br />

Milk Race Reunion. As organiser I wish<br />

to put things straight ref ‘The <strong>Vet</strong>eran<br />

<strong>Leaguer</strong> Autumn 2005’ page 21. The<br />

Milk Race Reunion was as this past<br />

weekend proved, I refer to the 2 page<br />

spread in Cycling Weekly doing the<br />

event the justice it deserved, as the<br />

<strong>Vet</strong>eran <strong>Leaguer</strong> did some weeks ago.<br />

I now wish to make it clear as the<br />

question is in the Autumn edition<br />

‘whether Dave Orford should have<br />

been invite’ I can verify Dave Orford<br />

was invited as were perhaps 350 to<br />

400 people I was able to contact<br />

personally and as all who attended 220<br />

plus were at the event the one and<br />

only reunion for Milk Race riders<br />

Officials and the superveterans who<br />

At the first AGM and Dinner of the British Professional<br />

and Independents Cycling Association Brian<br />

Robinson, right, presents Brian Haskell with the<br />

Viking Trophy. Behind, chairman Trevor Fenwick<br />

started the whole thing some years<br />

before, from ‘The Tour of Britain’ etc.<br />

What a weekend we had, ask anyone<br />

who attended.<br />

I personally invited Dave Orford<br />

along with everyone else, for some<br />

weeks I thought Dave would be with<br />

us but it became very clear from Dave<br />

that he should be given a ‘FREE<br />

TICKET’ for his efforts in putting the<br />

Milk Race on the Map, I understand<br />

the organisers/committee in 1957 and<br />

1958 did what they did and Dave was<br />

virtually shut out of the event that was<br />

what they did some ‘almost’ 50 years<br />

ago. I understand Dave was eventually<br />

recognised by the officials of that era<br />

and then by the BCF some 27 years<br />

later when he was presented with the<br />

David Saunders Trophy, from the Milk<br />

Race list of trophies. A number of<br />

‘FREE TICKETS’ were given to guests at<br />

our reunion, those tickets were paid for<br />

by an anonymous benefactor known<br />

only to himself and myself. Dave was<br />

not on that list, there were many<br />

organisers, officials, winners, professionals,<br />

internationals etc. etc who<br />

were also not on that list and they all<br />

paid for their tickets. Just look at the list<br />

of guests for verification.<br />

DAVE ORFORD said to me that he<br />

would not attend the event if he had to<br />

purchase a ticket that was Dave’s<br />

choice he decided not to attend and<br />


INVITED’ ask Dave Orford.<br />

I have no intention of getting involved<br />

in what people deserve for their<br />

service to cycling, that has nothing<br />

whatsoever to do with myself.<br />

I just wish to make it very clear that I<br />

decided to put on ‘THE MILK RACE<br />

REUNION’. No one from any ‘body’<br />

approached me, asked me or offered<br />

any sponsorship to put on the event. I<br />

remember some 40 years ago as<br />

though it was yesterday when I officiated<br />

on that most wonderful race the<br />

pleasure of being with the top riders in<br />

the world and helping to put on one of<br />

the best events the Cycling world ever<br />

saw.<br />

The Jewson Sponsorship came<br />

through sheer hard graft as I have often<br />

done for cycling. I seek no cups,<br />

trophies or recognition other than to<br />

put on a good event and for everyone<br />

to have a great weekend, as we did ask<br />

anyone who attended.<br />

I trust this is the finish of th all the<br />

‘hoo-ha’ now that you have read how<br />

and why the ‘Milk Race’ plus all those<br />

riders and officials prior to 1958 made<br />

the 40+ years an era we should<br />

remember all of our lives. I am not a<br />

‘BLAZER’ I am an organiser.<br />

Incidentally, I will be sending £1500<br />

to be split between two charities, the<br />

McMillan Nurses and the David Rayner<br />

Fund.<br />

On behalf of all those who were<br />

invited and who attended I should<br />

like to thank John for organising the<br />

Reunion, which was, as I wrote at the<br />

time, a unique and splendid event. All<br />

of us who were there will always<br />

remember it. This correspondence is<br />

now closed. Editor<br />

Page 20 The <strong>Vet</strong>eran <strong>Leaguer</strong>: Winter/Spring 2006

For the dubious pleasure of getting a free frame and tubulars at cost you took out an Independent licence that<br />

entitled you to take cash prizes – if there were any. But you wouldn’t have had it any other way.<br />

That was then…<br />

Dennis Talbot<br />

THOUGHTS, MEMORIES AND reflections<br />

of Dennis Talbot and Derek Buttle,<br />

original members of the first team<br />

of professional racing cyclists in Great<br />

Britain enveloping massed start racing on<br />

British roads. Dave Bedwell and Clive<br />

Parker formed the quartet. We grew up<br />

together, club cycling in the Romford and<br />

Walthamstow area of Essex, all of very<br />

similar ages, competing as juniors during<br />

1946 – 48. Graduating through the senior<br />

ranks of the BLRC. All of us had very<br />

ambitious goals, were quite successful,<br />

winning on the circuits of Battersea and<br />

Finsbury Park, Paddington track, in<br />

massed starts on the road, and time-trials<br />

– which I used as training. We all had<br />

full-time jobs, but were eventually offered<br />

frames and equipment from the likes of<br />

Vechetti, Wearwell and Dayton.<br />

We all signed up as Independents. We<br />

received no wages, but might possibly<br />

earn bonuses for wins. The four of us<br />

were granted pro licences by the NCU,<br />

having agreed to race at all events run at<br />

Herne Hill, organised by the great Johnny<br />

Dennis. We joined about sixteen others.<br />

Derek and Dave were sponsored by<br />

Claud Butler, Clive and myself by Rivett<br />

cycles of Leytonstone. We earned our<br />

living mainly from bonuses for wins and<br />

advertising. Derek obtained sponsorship<br />

from Hercules Cycles for 1953. We<br />

competed as a team in Europe and<br />

Britain, against professionals and semiprofessionals.<br />

We were very successful<br />

at home, but found that European road<br />

racing was on a different level. As a team<br />

we shared everything, we were<br />

complete, but perhaps a little naïve, even<br />

dreamers, so competitive – but it wasn’t<br />

in our make-up to take the next step.<br />

We travelled and trained together all<br />

the time, and developed a style of racing<br />

where Clive and Dave (both of them<br />

exceptional sprinters) were led out in the<br />

sprints by Derek and myself. We even<br />

took it in turns to win. On the Continent<br />

it was very exciting, but winning was very<br />

difficult. We were accepted by the pros<br />

and were able to compete over most of<br />

the distances, even in extreme<br />

conditions, only to be thwarted<br />

somehow near the finish – very frustrating<br />

to find ourselves able to get placings only<br />

from about 5 th to 12 th . On returning to<br />

Britain we continued to win individually<br />

and as a team. Our press was covered<br />

by the great Jock Wadley, a wonderful<br />

guy.*<br />

The fourth Tour of Britain, sponsored<br />

by the Daily Express, was, in the eyes of<br />

the public, second only to the Tour de<br />

France. In 1954, full of anticipation, the<br />

BLRC had been building up the massed<br />

start style of racing on the public roads<br />

since 1942, a spectacle in colour, very<br />

well received by the British public. All<br />

the finest roadmen were gathered:<br />

Hercules, BSA, Wearwell, Viking, Ellis<br />

Briggs, Gnutti – and from France, Italy<br />

and Belgium came full teams of six riders.<br />

The whole made up a field of 50 riders.<br />

The first day was won by the French, and<br />

their grip never slackened for the whole<br />

of the race. Eugène Tamburlini won,<br />

strolling on a gear 10 – 20 inches higher<br />

than any other rider. I was convinced he<br />

would crack, but how wrong I was. He<br />

even won the time-trial, a very hilly 42<br />

miles. The French ended up taking 1 st ,<br />

first team, and three stages. Hercules<br />

ended in 3 rd place, 2 nd team, and seven<br />

Derek Buttle, left, Dave Bedwell right, Ken Hurst between, at Herne Hill madison, 1953<br />

*A collection of Jock Wadley’s writing is published<br />

by Mousehold Press of Norwich, under<br />

the title From the Pen of J. B. Wadley,<br />

reviewed in the <strong>Vet</strong>eran <strong>Leaguer</strong> for Autumn<br />

2002.<br />

stage wins. Wearwell were 3 rd team, with<br />

three stage wins. An excellent<br />

performance by the British riders: ten<br />

stages out of 13. The Italians and Belgians<br />

were out of the picture, apart from Henri<br />

Guldemont, who managed the King of<br />

the Mountains title.<br />

Brian Robinson, with only three teammates<br />

to support him, finished a<br />

magnificent second overall. He was then<br />

an Independent, but later turned<br />

Professional and had a very successful<br />

career on the Continent for many years.<br />

1954 was a great year for bunch riders:<br />

expectations were high, the BLRC<br />

was producing fine riders, and Hercules<br />

were sponsoring a team to race abroad,<br />

hopefully to be followed by other sponsors.<br />

Great days. V<br />

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Cycling in<br />

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(South of France)<br />

We are an English couple living in a large, Provençal style country house with walled garden and large swimming pool.<br />

The house has been renovated to include 4 large, self-catering apartments in the village of ORGON, set in the Durance<br />

valley 25 km south of Avignon.<br />

We can offer superb cycling routes for training, touring and VTT, covering the Luberon National Park and The Alpilles.<br />

Secure parking and cycle storage is available. Individuals and groups are welcome. Open from March to end of<br />

October. Special price of £85 per person per week is offered to cyclists during October and from March to<br />

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For further information and brochure contact:<br />

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Telephone & Fax:<br />

Website: www.masdebazarde.com<br />

e-mail: masdebazarde@aol.com<br />

Come to the beautiful département of the Aude<br />

Minervois Maisons<br />

Proprietors: Chris & Helen Remnant (ex. VC Meudon & <strong>LVRC</strong>)<br />

Self-catering holidays in village houses and gîtes. Quiet<br />

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Accommodation: each house sleeps up to 6 and has all the<br />

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We offer:<br />

Itineried routes Racing<br />

Guided rides Epreuves cyclo-sportives<br />

Rides with local Clubs<br />

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Telephone: 00 33 (0)4 68 46 56 41<br />

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And when you’ve finished<br />

cycling for the day, why not<br />

sample the local wines from<br />

the producers. Wine-tasting<br />

trips can also be arranged.<br />

‘Thank you for showing me the quiet roads of this hilly area.<br />

Pity the roads in Surrey aren’t like that!’ Alex Atkins, Evans<br />

Cycles RT<br />

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Another look at Ratings of Perceived Exertion<br />

Riding on feel<br />

NOWADAYS COACHES AND riders rou<br />

tinely use heart-rate monitors to<br />

measure the intensity of sessions<br />

and to keep an eye on recovery. HRMs<br />

are easy to use, but they only give us a<br />

set of figures: they tell us something about<br />

the body’s physiological response, in a<br />

particular condition, at a particular time,<br />

but they need interpreting. In order to<br />

get the full picture, we have to take into<br />

account other factors and measures, such<br />

as the rider’s psychological state, how he/<br />

she perceives the work they are doing –<br />

in other words, how the rider feels.<br />

We all know that two rides, identical<br />

according to heart-rate, may feel quite<br />

different: one may feel much easier than<br />

the other to complete. Measuring feeling<br />

is difficult, but quantifying it can help<br />

us identify trends that could give us valuable<br />

information on how much training<br />

we should be prescribing.<br />

The Borg scale (Rating of Perceived<br />

Exertion – RPE) is probably the bestknown<br />

measure of how an effort feels to<br />

us. As soon as possible after a ride the<br />

rider gives uses the scale to score the session.<br />

There are several versions of the<br />

Borg Scale, but the original ranges from<br />

6 to 20: 6 is no effort at all and 20 is<br />

absolutely flat out. Some riders may prefer<br />

the alternative, rather simpler 10-<br />

point scale offered here.<br />

Original Borg Scale<br />

Rating<br />

Intensity<br />

6<br />

7 Very, Very Light<br />

8<br />

9 Very Light<br />

10<br />

11 Fairly Light<br />

12<br />

13 Somewhat Hard<br />

14<br />

15 Hard<br />

16<br />

17 Very Hard<br />

18<br />

19 Very, Very Hard<br />

20<br />

When making your assessment,<br />

take the following<br />

into account:<br />

Don’t allow localised<br />

pain (burning<br />

quadriceps)<br />

to dominate your<br />

perception. Include<br />

your whole<br />

perception of the<br />

session including<br />

muscular and<br />

cardiovascular<br />

demands.<br />

Be honest with<br />

yourself. Don’t allow<br />

pride to<br />

cloud your judgment.<br />

Don’t compare your scores to<br />

anyone else’s. Perception of effort<br />

is a very personal thing.<br />

There is no ‘correct rating’. Just<br />

as everyone’s heart rates are different,<br />

so is everyone’s RPE.<br />

One rider’s perception of ‘easy’<br />

might kill some people.<br />

After a trial period, begin to compare the<br />

results from rides and act on them. If the<br />

RPE for a given heart rate and pace continues<br />

to fall over a period of time, this<br />

could indicate that the rider is getting fitter.<br />

It may be time to increase the training<br />

load, by increasing volume or raising<br />

the intensity of some rides. Conversely if<br />

the RPE starts to rise and at the same time<br />

the rider finds it increasingly<br />

difficult to reach target heart<br />

rates, this could be a sign of<br />

overtraining or stress. Reduce<br />

the programme to take<br />

account of this. Simply ignoring<br />

it will not make the<br />

problem go away.<br />

Honesty is essential: riders<br />

must understand that<br />

they have to be truthful<br />

about their perceptions.<br />

Some coaches find that<br />

young, inexperienced riders<br />

may be unwilling to admit<br />

that they found a particular<br />

Known as a technical innovator (clipless pedals), Bernard<br />

Hinault nevertheless rode primarily on feel.<br />

session hard, and they must be encouraged<br />

to be honest about using the tool<br />

for their own benefit.<br />

Riders usually find that it takes practice<br />

before they’re totally convinced that<br />

it works. Only through repeated use are<br />

they able to detect the subtle differences<br />

between sessions. Those who stick with<br />

it usually find that it is another useful tool<br />

that helps them to maximise their training.<br />

Regardless of rating system, it has been<br />

shown that experienced athletes have a<br />

well-developed sense of exertion. They<br />

have become so adept at monitoring the<br />

body’s many systems (breathing, muscle<br />

fatigue, lactate build-up) that most can<br />

pinpoint intensity almost as accurately as<br />

a scientist using instruments. V<br />

Simplified 10-point scale<br />

Scale Description Cycling<br />

1 Very light Admiring the countryside<br />

2 Light<br />

3 Moderate Continuous conversation<br />

4<br />

5 Heavy Few words<br />

6<br />

7 Very heavy 10-mile time-trial<br />

8<br />

9<br />

10 Extremely heavy All-out sprint<br />

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