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fuente Posted - 19 Mar 2012 : 09:22:11
Rumour is he was 4th yesterday in Belgium and top 15 in another. Come on Michael let's have the details !!! Don't be shy
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alexmcallister Posted - 21 Apr 2012 : 11:05:39
quote:
[i]Originally posted by frenkmcginty[/i]
[br]me 'n jimsy got 2 of these barbie pink outfits off ebay....nice kit...nice price too...thanks for the tip off about these claire.....i also bought a jar of that asptt dijon mustard but it was not that good....


Try the mustard on your sausages rather than your chamois Frenk
frenkmcginty Posted - 16 Apr 2012 : 20:25:45
me 'n jimsy got 2 of these barbie pink outfits off ebay....nice kit...nice price too...thanks for the tip off about these claire.....i also bought a jar of that asptt dijon mustard but it was not that good....
fuente Posted - 16 Apr 2012 : 16:12:58
quote:
[i]Originally posted by alexmcallister[/i]
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quote:
[i]Originally posted by cthomas[/i]
[br]Well done! Maybe see you on the bike on the Schelde. Look out for the barbie pink outfit- My
ASPTT Dijon UCI Womens team kit

Claire Thomas


She's much too modest to beat her own drum but ASPTT Dijon is one of only 3 UCI-registered womens teams in France. Good to see a home-grown rider taking such a significant step up. How is the season going Claire ???

.

Bang on Alex . + 1
alexmcallister Posted - 16 Apr 2012 : 16:09:16
quote:
[i]Originally posted by cthomas[/i]
[br]Well done! Maybe see you on the bike on the Schelde. Look out for the barbie pink outfit- My
ASPTT Dijon UCI Womens team kit

Claire Thomas


She's much too modest to beat her own drum but ASPTT Dijon is one of only 3 UCI-registered womens teams in France. Good to see a home-grown rider taking such a significant step up. How is the season going Claire ???
frenkmcginty Posted - 09 Apr 2012 : 19:29:15
great result michael...i'm glad i played the cautious card and put my pound on each way.. ensuring some serious pocket money ...thanks...betfrenk
fuente Posted - 08 Apr 2012 : 17:12:57
quote:
[i]Originally posted by BrianS[/i]
[br]So why are some of our Scottish talent riding in Ireland rather then supporting our own Tour Doon Hame....lost for words....




It's a scotland team if your picked you go where they race. I am sure they would race anywhere. Don't blame the riders let's encourage them instead .
Rab W Posted - 08 Apr 2012 : 15:46:02
We have 3rd overall, a stage win and 3rd in the Team GC. The racing has been good, and morale is high and we go into tomorrow thinking about how to win overall. Michael is learning how to win and the young guys are learning how to race over longer distances. If this team was riding the Tour Doon Hame we'd be shut out of the breaks and nothing to gain from riding in them. Also our leading Scottish riders are riding for strong trade teams, or their own clubs.

I know it's not a race of the same level as the Tour Doon Hame, but I think we'll get more from it. Also a look at the former winners shows it's not a race for idiots, with Messers Riddle, Mez, Urquart and MacIntyre former scottish winners, Evan 2nd as an U23, Winn, Evans, Cassidy and some lad called Kelly? The riders here are strong, McCann is flying as is Hawkins and Mossy. It's a good race.
ndahli Posted - 08 Apr 2012 : 14:09:37
Michael won today's stage and moves into third overall


Braveheart forum, so much to answer for
smacg Posted - 07 Apr 2012 : 22:15:08
quote:
[i]Originally posted by smacg[/i]
[br]
quote:
[i]Originally posted by Ian Sim[/i]
[br]At a guess, 4 days racing at totn instead of 2 in Scotland?





a scottish team should have been in this race for the last 15 or so years!whats new!
smacg Posted - 07 Apr 2012 : 22:13:01
quote:
[i]Originally posted by Ian Sim[/i]
[br]At a guess, 4 days racing at totn instead of 2 in Scotland?

Ian Sim Posted - 07 Apr 2012 : 18:53:50
At a guess, 4 days racing at totn instead of 2 in Scotland?
ndahli Posted - 07 Apr 2012 : 10:30:05
I couldn't agree more Brian. Its outrageous they're no at the Doon Hame with saltire face paint geein it 'freedom!'.
I reckon all Braveheart funding should be immediately taken off of Michael. Aw hod oan, he never got any.
What travesty shall befall Scottish Cycling next? Riders wearing bibshorts rather than the more traditional kilt?



Oh Braveheart Forum, so much to answer for
BrianS Posted - 06 Apr 2012 : 22:36:18
So why are some of our Scottish talent riding in Ireland rather then supporting our own Tour Doon Hame....lost for words....


frenkmcginty Posted - 06 Apr 2012 : 22:08:20
i'm off down the road in the morning to mcbookies to put a crisp new one pound note on the overall winner here too.....
FrenchDave Posted - 06 Apr 2012 : 21:30:26
8th in the prologue at the Tour of the North
MCoopland Posted - 01 Apr 2012 : 15:46:54
"Reading The Belgian Hammer just now and I get a mention - well almost - the author talks of racing in Belgium as part of a Christian Missionary team and him chatting to a group of friendy, if incomprehensible Scots. Remember meeting these guys and one of them being hugely impressed that I was studying at Moscow University (suppose that was the incomprehensible bit). Were nice guys but their jerseys were a bit OTT,; all those crosses!"

Was that you and your mechanic graham?

Martin Coopland

www.crotchguard.co.uk
Crap name - great product!

pmcdonald Posted - 31 Mar 2012 : 22:46:43
best of luck whilst you have the good form Michael - the race reports make great reading

Paul McD
Graham McG Posted - 30 Mar 2012 : 12:21:42
quote:
[i]Originally posted by fuente[/i]
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quote:
[i]Originally posted by Graham McG[/i]
[br]Going to need to get yourself a Flemish groupie to hand you up some bottles, Michael.




bang on this cost him a win..

I remember the Tour of the Cotswolds 1981 110 miles race very hilly in 75 degrees heatwave in August or July in a break for 82 miles with the Milk Race GB team Downs ,Waugh, Galloway, Longbottom.Poulter etc I had one bottle of water and they kept getting bottles all day and wouldnt give me nothing.. I got third .sprinted with my mouth stuck together .Ended up in hospital with dehydration . Learnt a leason but still regret not taking a helper on hot days, those chances dont come every day..... Not easy when your miles from home though...


Callum Gough





There's usually a number of Belgies happy to hang out with foreign riders - just need to watch out for the bunny boilers.

Reading The Belgian Hammer just now and I get a mention - well almost - the author talks of racing in Belgium as part of a Christian Missionary team and him chatting to a group of friendy, if incomprehensible Scots. Remember meeting these guys and one of them being hugely impressed that I was studying at Moscow University (suppose that was the incomprehensible bit). Were nice guys but their jerseys were a bit OTT,; all those crosses!
fuente Posted - 30 Mar 2012 : 09:49:42
quote:
[i]Originally posted by Graham McG[/i]
[br]Going to need to get yourself a Flemish groupie to hand you up some bottles, Michael.




bang on this cost him a win..

I remember the Tour of the Cotswolds 1981 110 miles race very hilly in 75 degrees heatwave in August or July in a break for 82 miles with the Milk Race GB team Downs ,Waugh, Galloway, Longbottom.Poulter etc I had one bottle of water and they kept getting bottles all day and wouldnt give me nothing.. I got third .sprinted with my mouth stuck together .Ended up in hospital with dehydration . Learnt a leason but still regret not taking a helper on hot days, those chances dont come every day..... Not easy when your miles from home though...


Callum Gough

fuente Posted - 30 Mar 2012 : 09:40:10
good stuff. Come on the rest of you guys Jack ,Scott get your fingers on the keypads.. lets have your stories ..
Graeme Posted - 29 Mar 2012 : 22:25:25
Brilliant stuff Michael, sounds like that first victory is on its way. What sort of speeds are these run off at?
Graham McG Posted - 29 Mar 2012 : 21:51:35
Going to need to get yourself a Flemish groupie to hand you up some bottles, Michael.
frenkmcginty Posted - 29 Mar 2012 : 19:41:22
it's best to try to convince yourself that you came to belgium for the brussel sprouts...how'n'ever...i know you are there for the racing and i've mortgaged myself to the hilt on gambling on your success there in an attempt to be very rich quickly....another great report michael and another great dose of races ....thanking you in anticipation of a fortune from mcboookies...yer biggest fan ....
Michael Nicolson Posted - 29 Mar 2012 : 19:17:03
Thanks for the kind comments. I'll put some stories from the races up every now and again.


Last weekend I raced twice. Saturday up in Koekelare and Sunday in Torhout. Both towns are towards the coast and a stones throw from Brugge.


The course on Saturday was tight twisty and windy with a section of cobbles thrown in for fun. There was a big field (135riders) with many riders from the quickstep feeder team as well as lotto boys and several riders from belgian continental teams. Right from the off the pace was mental through the town centre and out onto the long tailwind section. I started in a terrible position and moving up was hard given the narrow nature of the roads. On the first lap a decent break went clear. Loads of the big guns had got away and I knew it was all but game over already. By the time I worked myself near the front on the second lap another break went up the road and there was an easing in the bunch. Blocked in 20 or 30 back I was kicking myself for starting so far down. Over the next couple of hours the 2breaks joined up and put a massive gap to the bunch. Even with the race over I kept going for training. On the second last lap I decided to go for a blast and took a wee group away. Nobody was that bother about working since there was no chance of catching the leader. I did most of the work and wasnt really pushing it. I finished 2nd from this group but way down in 29th overall. Decent training but not what you come to Belgium for.


After the disappointment of Saturday I was determined to get in the mix on Sunday. Due to the glorious sunshine the field was again big with 126 on the start line. I made sure I didn't start too far back and kept an eye for big hitters making moves. That lasted all of 4k when I couldn't contain myself and I smashed off the front into a fierce headwind. Shortly afterwords I was joined by 4 or 5 others and we started getting away from the bunch. Over the first 3 laps the pace was fast. The course wasn't technically demanding but there was a section with a few bits of road furniture in the middle. Coming into these sections every lap the marshall would blow their whistles as if their lives depended on it. It started to grate by the 5th lap. On that 5th lap we were joined by another group to make the break 15 strong. Looking about I could see that I would have my work cut out to take the win as there were 2 from Eijssen (a very strong development team) 2 from Jong Vlaanderen (same again) 1 from Colba (Belgian continental team) and 4 from a local team. Over the course of the next 2 hours the gap to the bunch grew to over 3minutes. As it was very hot my breakaway companions were getting bottles handed up almost every lap. I tried to rob a few but the handerouters dont like that and just pull the bottle away. With 3laps to go 2 guys went for a prime and just kept going. Sensing everyone tiring I decided to go across. I was followed by one of the Eijssen riders and we got across swiftly. The four of us never worked well together with the Eijssen boy skipping every 2nd spell. I wasn't planning pulling him around so sat on also. We got caught by the rest of the break with 1 and a half laps to go. In belgium you notice a change in everyones attitude as soon as you enter the last lap. Everyone is thinking about the win. During the last lap I tried to get away but the teammates were working together to pull me back. After putting a few attacks in, attempting to soften them up, I thought maybe I had done too much and only softened myself up. Even with this I was feeling good coming into the sprint. The Finishing straight was long and a Jong Vlaanderen was leading out for his mate. I was in 5th wheel feeling comfortable. With 250metres to go I looked about at everyones faces gurning and thought "**** me I might win this". Coming into the last 100metres I went to jump by out the saddle but I got cramp in both my hamstrings. Practically unable to pedal I did my best but finished with 7th. The heat had taken it's toll. I was happy with 7th but could really have done with a win. Soon.


Michael Nicolson
grantus Posted - 28 Mar 2012 : 09:36:46
can only echo the above - really enjoy reading these reports

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