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mattwragg mattwragg's article
Dec 12, 2018 at 10:31
Dec 12, 2018
mattwragg mattwragg's article
Dec 12, 2018 at 5:57
Dec 12, 2018
From The Top: David Lappartient, President of the UCI
@noplacelikeloam: Some fair points there. The choice of shot was down to me, and if you look in the full gallery I would be interested to know if you think there is a better option in there (DM me). However, I don’t shoot during interviews - I listen. I do take offence to suggesting a velodrome is inappropriate, however - I hate the petty tribalism within cycling - I think cycling should just be cycling and the more different bikes I ride, the more fun I seem to have.
mattwragg mattwragg's article
Dec 12, 2018 at 5:50
Dec 12, 2018
From The Top: David Lappartient, President of the UCI
@WAKIdesigns: That thing scares the piss out of me, no.
mattwragg mattwragg's article
Dec 12, 2018 at 4:11
Dec 12, 2018
From The Top: David Lappartient, President of the UCI
I don't get all the criticism here. The photo is a candid shot, I was setting up a portrait of him in front of the World Cycling Centre (where the good light was), and this shot popped up and for me it sums up what I saw of him, a very busy man (and I like the composition/light, personally). Do people simply object to him wearing a suit? What do you expect the president of a the world cycling federation to wear, tie-dye and dreads? Would you prefer a forced shot next to a mountain bike to ease your sensibilities? And as for shooting him on the BMX track, I thought about that, scouted it and, quite frankly the location was shit and, again, the photo would have looked very forced. On a job like this you work with what you can find (I couldn't take lights as had no checked baggage and had to work to his hectic schedule, so where maybe I found some good light in the morning, by the time I shot the portrait it was long gone...), so I hunted around for an interesting location with light - if you look in the full gallery the actual portrait in this location is similar, but with the UCI logo in the background.
mattwragg jamessmurthwaite's article
Nov 28, 2018 at 20:48
Nov 28, 2018
Higenamine & Oxilofrine: What Are the Banned Substances that Jared Graves & Richie Rude Tested Positive For?
@Riggbeck: No idea. We have to wait to know more - every side involves deserves due process so judgements aren't rushed.
mattwragg jamessmurthwaite's article
Nov 26, 2018 at 22:26
Nov 26, 2018
Higenamine & Oxilofrine: What Are the Banned Substances that Jared Graves & Richie Rude Tested Positive For?
@paulhaysom: Oi. I don't mind most people forgetting me, but we have history, sugartits. Although you didn't even bother to tell me you had left PB, so I guess the love is truly gone. xx
mattwragg mikelevy's article
Nov 26, 2018 at 5:51
Nov 26, 2018
Interview: Richie Rude Comments on Failed Drug Test
I'm sorry but that is misinformed. This is a big, complex topic and I don't want to delve too deep into it here one way or another, but to suggest these substances cannot offer a benefit is simply wrong (whether they did in this case, I will wait for the judgement of the experts). For example, from bodybuilding.com in their forum about what "supplements" to take and how to combine them: https://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=161239503 Not getting out of breath while riding your bike sounds pretty beneficial to me and the pharmacology reports around it (https://hightowerpharmacology.blogspot.com/2012/05/pharmacology-of-higenamine.html) suggest it is quite potent, the only limiting factor is that it has a very short half-life in your system.
mattwragg mattwragg's article
Nov 24, 2018 at 1:42
Nov 24, 2018
Fashion vs. Fit: Is Longer Always Better? - Opinion
Yes and no. You are not wrong, but for a modern mountain bike for riding fun stuff the stem length should be in the 32-50mm range (some prefer up to 60mm) as it defines the steering characteristic, so although there is some variance it shouldn’t be huge. For example on my 473mm Mondraker I ran a 32mm stem, on my 460mm Scott I run 40mm. If you’re riding enduro with a 90mm stem, you’re about 15 years behind modern thinking
mattwragg RichardCunningham's article
Nov 16, 2018 at 5:40
Nov 16, 2018
Tenneco Inc. Buys Öhlins Racing
I don't particularly want to defend Tenneco, but the history before Tenneco for Marzocchi was not great at times - the way I understand it is that Marzocchi needed to move to the far East as they were having a lot of problems producing in Italy, yes that move to Asia didn't go well, but to lay it all at the feet of Tenneco is not accurate. Also, I know a few of the guys at Marzocchi and the suggestion that "all the good guys left" is nonsense - Bryson Martin and his associates left, and yes they were a big part of what Marzocchi was (although that is a can of worms I don't want to open), but there were still good people left at Marzocchi until the very end and it sucked seeing the company collapse around them.
mattwragg EnduroWorldSeries's article
Nov 14, 2018 at 11:28
Nov 14, 2018
Video: What Does the EWS & UCI Partnership Mean?
I don't understand this - I haven't heard this kind of negativity from any of the riders on the circuit. Who's not going to show? The WC DH is run by the UCI even more closely and nobody good shows up there, right? Doping controls and independent commissaires are good progress for the series.
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