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Pic of the day: Robert Millar Fagor 1988

I came across this image on Simon Lamb’s Gazzetta Della Bici blog, who in turn found it on a facebook group called 80s cycling remembered. The group has over 3000 images of 80s cycling. This one was added by Duff Fawcett but there is no indication who the photographer was or what the source is.

Wikipedia tells us that in 1988, Millar rode for the French Fagor team and managed his best position in a one-day Monument Classic, third in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, which is the race pictured above.

In the Tour de France, he lost the opportunity of another mountain stage win in Guzet-Neige when, sprinting uphill to the finish with Phillipe Bouvatier, both riders mistook a gendarme’s signals, took a wrong turn and ceded the win to Massimo Ghirotto.

From what I remember of Richard Moore’s book, 1988 was an otherwise uninspiring season.

Pic of the day: Evan Oliphant, Sam Robinson RR

I found a nice picture by Emma of the Granite City RT (click the link for the full set).

It shows former Scottish Road Race champion Evan Oliphant crossing the line at Balfron to win the Trossachs road race, also known as the Sam Robinson memorial. It is run by the Glasgow Nightingale Cycling Club.

Pic of the day: Bealach Beag (and report)

The image is of me with around 10 miles remaining of the 43 on the rolling lumpy headlands on the north side of the Applecross peninsula. I have blogged it from the website of highly accomplished photographer Steve Carter, who has kindly posted several other excellent photos of the Bealach Beag 2010.

This is some of the hardest sections of the route- the Bealach has already sapped your legs, and you will probably have overcooked it a little on the beginning of the flattish return section. Then comes a series of short but very steep inclines, followed by descents that prevent you from getting any momentum up. In total the ride covers 6500 feet of climbing.

It was sunny and clear but there was also a chill wind in the air- hence my decision to wear the gilet and armwarmers. My head was overheating up the climb and I had to take my cap off and roll down the armwarmers on the climb (that’s why they are all over the place). I could probably have done without them, but then coming down off a 2000 foot climb is a bit chilly.

The fetching yellow bib was issued to all riders for safety reasons, allowing participants’ numbers to be viewed from the front and rear. This was to allay the safety concerns of the Applecross community council, who on the 2009 event, when emergency access to an ill competitor was less than swift due to riders being too focused on their times and not clearing the road for an ambulance. Everyone wore the bibs and just got on with it though, and I was not aware of any bad vibes whatsoever from the locals.

You can buy photos of the Bealach Beag at Northsport Photography’s website. Unfortunately though the galleries aren’t searchable by race number like last year, so the riders might not browse the gallery to find their own photos.

The ride itself went fantastically well – it was sunny and clear and I was too hot at several moments. I overdressed after last year’s windy, wet and cold day. My friend Ian Wallace and I gave our other companion Chris a head start before setting off along the first section, reaching the bottom of the Bealach several minutes ahead on last year. There is the inevitable jostling as fast riders pick their way through the traffic and chancers jump onto strong wheels.

We charged up the mountain, choosing some strong people to follow and picking up an entourage of our own, but before the hairpins I lost Ian’s wheel, and that was the last I saw of him until the finish. I was overheating and struggled to unzip my jacket, unclip my helmet and take off my cap on the steep gradients. I rode in in 37:47, five minutes faster than 2009.

Coming off the mountain is hairy stuff, with some well-placed marshalls keeping riders speed down on the precipitous bends. At the bottom, I thanked the feed station volunteers but didn’t stop, instead scoffing a banana as about a dozen riders massed on my wheel into the headwind. Eventually a bit of wheeling about got going, largely due to some vociferous gesturing by a Kiwi guy called Brad. For the next 10 miles this group worked together until the climbs started, and after only a couple of lumps the ones working were reduced to three or four.

There’s a bit of debate as to whether it’s cool to sit in a group in a sportive, but I wasn’t bothered by the hangers-on: I got an big boost of adrenaline knowing that all these people were following me, and to their cost perhaps, it propelled me up the series of short punchy climbs that come thick and fast along the north side of the Applecross peninsula. I felt really good but probably overcooked it. Kiwi Brad stayed with me but was playing it cautious, and when he came through I was too tired to go with him. I still had plenty of strength left to finish though, and was well pleased with my time of 2:35:53.

The scenery on this ride is absolutely stunning, and on more than one occasion I wondered how much I was missing as I looked over to Skye and north to Torridon, all the while pushing on for a good time. I already mentioned the Appelcross community council’s concerns that Hands On Events even publish the finishing times, but we all know that cyclists tend to be competitive beasts by nature, at the very least wanting to compete with their selves if not their fellow participants.

So I have edited an xcel file of the Bealach Beag 2010 finish times, with Autofilters so you can sort by name, number, finish time and hill time. I was 19th fastest and 17th up the Bealach-na-ba: pretty proud of that. You’ll notice that the 2nd, 3rd and 4th riders did not clock in at the bottom and top of the hill- some of these people are really going for it and take it quite seriously. Quickest participant Tom Owens did ‘dib’ though, and still finished with 4 minutes to spare.

Pic of the day: Chris Hoy Nov 09 Track WC

This image is one of a study of about 25 images of Chris Hoy at the Track World Cup in Manchester in November 2009. The photographer is Andy Jones.

I like the use of mono for this series- so often cycling photos focus on vibrant colours of the bikes, team kits or cars. Here the monochrome forces you to home in on the rider as a person, and try to get inside their head a little bit. There’s the full gamut of emotions: staying calm in preparation, coldly analysing race tactics, isolation and focus, psyching yourself up, getting the adrenaline pumping, exploding on the track, elation, relief, reflection.

Hoy was coming back from injury- a separated hip- and showed what he is made of by winning gold in the Keirin, sprint and team sprint. Click the image to see the full series of images at the Cycling Weekly website.

Pic of the Day: Steve Cummings ToB attack!

Steve Cummings attacks!, originally uploaded by Me! Owen Philipson.

There has been lots of griping yesterday and today about the Tour of Britain route: it’s staying mainly down south this year,

To put things in perspective, it is still great that we have an eight-day stage race in the UK that is growing and being successful.

However there is still a selfish part of me that is gutted that there isn’t a Scottish stage, so I won’t see and photograph great cycling moments like this attack from Steve Cummings on the Mennock Pass. He was second on GC, and on the penultimate stage, he had to go all out to make up the two minutes on yellow jersey Geoffroy Lequatre.

Hope Norfolk and Wales get some beautiful racing.

Pic of the day: David Millar, Tour of Flanders

David Millar did a good ride in the Tour of Flanders last week. He had made an all-out attempt to bridge from the chase group to the leaders Cancellara and Boonen, and got to within 35seconds, but when Gilbert and Leukemans joined him, he was dropped on the Muur.

This weekend Paris-Roubaix was one to forget though. Although faring well on the Flandrian cobbles, he admitted to Velonews that he is not strong on the French pavé.

Pic from Garmin-Transitions’ flickr stream.

Pics of the day: Robert Millar ToB ’93

Robert Millar in Dundee for a Scottish stage of the 1993 Kellog’s Tour of Britain. Pictures by Andrew Wilson of Falkirk Bike Club and Stirling Bike Club, used with permission.

Unsurprisingly Robert was not very talkative, as he is massaged at the end of the stage, but he still seems to have been happy enough to sign autographs for kids and adults alike. Andrew met him in Mallorca the same year on the SCU ride, and said: “Millar never says much, met him as he did the SCU ride and he gave me a second look, then ignored everyone!”

As well as Millar, Sean Yates (National Road Race Champion at the time) Uzbek sprinter extraordinaire Djamolidine Abdoujaparov and other continental pros were there at the end of the race. However Andy’s abiding memory was helping Greg Lemond carry his bike over the barriers to his hotel: “I was a bit taken aback when Lemond kinda motioned to me “grab this”. He never said much either, I can’t blame him…”

Pic of the day: Jungle mountain biking

My brother is working in Borneo at the moment and shipped his Kona Explosif mountain bike over there last year so he could enjoy some tropical rainforest singletrack. Bit of a ropey pic (that’s iPhones for you) but still worth sharing I thought.

It’s a far cry from the midges and enviro-NIMBYs found in Scotland… here you have to watch out for leeches, elephants and orang-utans. Hope to bring you an interview soon.

Pic of the Day: Jack Barrett, Gifford B race

Today’s pic is of Jack Barrett, a 17-year-old Junior cat 4 racer from Stirling Bike Club, in a breakaway on lap 3 of a 5-lap Gifford road race (recap) on Saturday, 6th March.

Only thing is, he ain’t a 4th cat any more. Jack placed 2nd overall on the day and will be contesting the A race next month in Dunfermline – the Sup6r Six round two Duncan MacGregor memorial road race.

Image courtesy of Jarlath Flynn, who is starting out in photography. Please check out www.jarlathflynn.com for wedding photography in Scotland or his Photobox for photos of the Gifford road race.