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mattwragg mattwragg's article
Oct 22, 2017 at 8:11
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One Question: Does Mountain Biking Need the UCI?
@SintraFreeride: Hmmm, you're giving me an idea for a story. I'll make a call Monday...
mattwragg mattwragg's article
Oct 21, 2017 at 9:08
2 days
One Question: Does Mountain Biking Need the UCI?
@SintraFreeride: But the HA isn't the main factor on road, fork rake plays a much bigger part than on a mountain bikes. Also when talking reach you have to take account for the stem length, STIs and bar height - eg while my Mondraker Foxy may have had a 473mm reach, with a 30mm stem at 503mm that's combined (although this isn't precise, stem angle reduces that number slightly). On my road bike I run a (relatively) short 90mm stem, so that's plus the 395mm reach, to 485mm combined. Factor in the fact that most of the time I ride on the STIs 40mm or so ahead of that and you start to see how comically short most MTBs have been in terms of overall cockpit length. On top of that, on the road you are much lower, which effectively increases that distance to the bar. That all said, I actually agree with your idea - I set my road bike to place myself behind the front axle when descending (a classic 110-130mm road stem will put you ahead of the axle), low BB, discs, wider tubeless tyres, wider rims and a 1X setup. The short chainstays is a drafting and power transfer thing, but the current generation of "gravel" bikes is starting to head more in this direction. Have a look at Whyte's range of gravel bikes, they go further than almost anyone else in this direction.
mattwragg mattwragg's article
Oct 20, 2017 at 1:12
3 days
One Question: Does Mountain Biking Need the UCI?
Because I have seen where she finishes on scratch result sheets and it's well into the first quarter at a national-level event in France. And Tracy's achievements are too many to condense into a snappy title, so it was either that or legend, but I went for faster than you as I figured it would hurt some egos. As it appears to have with you.
mattwragg mattwragg's article
Oct 20, 2017 at 0:54
3 days
One Question: Does Mountain Biking Need the UCI?
@stikmanglaspell: Nobody questioned here, apart from Peter, relies on the UCI for their livelihood. Darren certainly doesn't, neither does Fred or Tracy and both Nigel and Gabe depend on a world-class series for their teams to race in, not the UCI. But that shouldn't stop people decrying this as a conspiracy.
mattwragg fssphotography's article
Oct 10, 2017 at 21:20
Oct 10, 2017
E-Enduro Race Series, Varazze
@RedRedRe: Nico mostly rides ebikes at home.
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Oct 10, 2017 at 9:09
Oct 10, 2017
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mattwragg paulaston's article
Oct 10, 2017 at 0:19
Oct 10, 2017
'Not Guilty' Plea in Spectator Death Case
It makes complete sense. If you run a business or an event in the UK and a serious incident occurs you are required by law to report it. It would appear that this did not happen in this case, hence criminal charges.
mattwragg paulaston's article
Oct 7, 2017 at 22:02
Oct 7, 2017
'Not Guilty' Plea in Spectator Death Case
@nick1957: There is an independent safety body for these races: British cycling and their commissaires.
mattwragg paulaston's article
Oct 7, 2017 at 21:59
Oct 7, 2017
'Not Guilty' Plea in Spectator Death Case
@leelau: Criminal charges are a indeed huge deal, that is precisely the point. Everybody is leaping in to say how crazy this is, but I don't see many people asking what the organiser must have done to bring this down on them? Researching this story (my story is in early stages yet) I spoke to an organisation who provide marshals for rallying. There are a couple of spectator death cases going through the system now, but from what I understand they are unlikely to go past a coroners' inquest (which is where safety recommendations would be made), as the proper safety precautions were in place.
mattwragg paulaston's article
Oct 7, 2017 at 9:37
Oct 7, 2017
'Not Guilty' Plea in Spectator Death Case
@leelau: Lee, of all people, I'm very disappointed that you are dismissing this offhand. The details of the incident are not publicly available, as far as I know, so how could you know anything more than speculation? This accident should not have happened, and as the charges make clear, the race organiser stands charged with failing in his duty of care to her. There is nothing frivolous or "flabbergasting" about this.
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