Introducing Peloton Primer

We’re introducing a new permanent section on the VeloVoices blog which we’re calling Peloton Primer.

Cycling is a wonderful sport, but one whose terminology and tactics can be bewildering even to experienced followers, let alone relative newbies. And while the sport’s most dedicated and knowledgeable fans can tell you from memory who won the queen stage of the Tour of Beijing or predict a team’s tactics before they have even been uttered by the directeur sportif in the team car, such people are relatively few in number – and far more expert than any of us at VeloVoices Towers would ever claim to be!

Peloton Primer is not targeted at those expert few, however. It is meant for ordinary fans like you and us, ranging from those who only tune in to watch the daily highlights of the Tour de France to those who regularly spend their afternoons looking for jerky, pixellated internet feeds or wondering when Eurosport will switch away from the tennis so we can watch live coverage of the Tour de Suisse.

Whether you are brand new to the world of cycling, or are just in need of a quick brush-up on the finer points of race strategy, Peloton Primer will hopefully contain useful nuggets for everyone.

We will be adding to this section leading up to and during the Tour de France, so if you have any suggestions for topics you would like to know more about please leave a comment or email us on velovoices@gmail.com and we will do what we can to oblige.

Peloton Primer can be accessed via the permanent links on the far right-hand side of the main menu at the top of the page.

Cycling fans: Kitty needs you!

Make your voice heard!

Kitty is looking to do two fan-focussed Friday Features (say that three times fast after you’ve been at the VV drinks trolley!) and she needs YOU! She’s looking for contributions around these two subjects:

How did you become a rabid cycling fan?

Did your mum make you keep track of the time differences between breakaways and the yellow jersey when you were young? Did you have a pirate fixation and latch on to the fan-wagon of Marco Pantani? Did you notice Fabian Cancellara‘s haunches and think “Hmmmm, now that’s a sport I could get on board with?” [Hmm, now I wonder who that sounds like? – Ed] Kitty wants to hear all the stories – it can be one line or a full paragraph! Continue reading

Examining the WorldTour rankings

After last week’s Vuelta al Pais Vasco and Paris-Roubaix, the cycling season is effectively one-third of the way through, with 10 of the 28 events comprising the 2012 UCI WorldTour now complete. Cycling fans may not obsess about the WorldTour rankings in quite the same way that, say, English football fans do about the Premier League table, but you can be sure that the riders and teams do, given that they lay down a marker for securing new contracts for the former, and provide the gateway to the commercial riches of the Grand Tours for the latter. With that in mind, here’s a quick look at the latest rankings to see who the winners and losers are so far in 2012. Continue reading