At last it's Tour time baby! So it is also time for Lee Rodgers to give us his lowdown on the up and coming French Grand Tour and look back at how the Tour inspired him to get out on a bike in his local mountains. The dream of a Tour win will have got most of us into bike riding. Lee's Tour Lowdown.
Ride Mount Everest? That sounds crazy, but think about it; find a local hill and ride up it so many times to equal the height of the Worlds highest peak. Lee Rodgers is about to tackle 'Everesting' and gives us the Lowdown on the daunting task of climbing 8,848 meters in one day.
Today's Lowdown starts with Chris Froome's ride in the Dauphiné, but in Lee's unique style he moves from Froome watts to the psychology of the power of the yellow jersey and 'maximal strength'. Lee thinks it's a good job Hillary and Tenzing were not wired for watts on Mount Everest.
Lee Rodgers moves his sights from the Giro d'Italia to Bradley Wiggins' World Hour Record and its legitimacy and the wider question of the 'what use is the UCI?' Have the rules been bent or just flexed ever so slightly. The World of cycling administration though the eye's of Lee:
The best or craziest Grand Tour of the year (so far) has finished and just like previous stages; it had a rabbit up its sleeve. Lee Rodgers take a good look at the final week and gives us his usual unique view on the 2015 Giro d'Italia. The Roundup of the lowdown.
Two weeks of the Giro d'Italia are behind us and so Lee Rodgers has a good dig into the background stories from Italy. Porte's demise, shiny legs, controversy and domination from Astana and the lack of rider personalities. All deeply important subjects for the sport of cycling.
At last it's the Giro d'Italia rest day, there were many looking forward to it, not just the riders. This lull in the action gives Lee Rodgers his chance to impart his thoughts on the battle so far from Italy. As usual it's his special brew of opinions.
As the 2015 Giro d'Italia heads into stage 4 later today; Lee Rodgers gives us his lowdown on the race so far. Fast action, caravans, crashes, Pink jerseys and fixie riders, they all get the Lee treatment. We still have nearly three weeks left, but it's been all go so far.
The Giro d’Italia is my favorite GT by some distance. I love the Italianness, the slightly chaotic feel that pervades, the brutal climbs, grueling days and weather that always seems to be quite content to dump a hefty load of misery on the peloton. All satisfying my sadistic undertones.
It's been a busy week for Alejandro Valverde, the Astana team and Lee Rodgers; all for different reasons. Now that the dust (or street detritus) has settled on the roads of the Ardennes, Lee looks back on Flèche and Liège to give us his take on the Valverde 'Domination'.
Sunday's Amstel Gold Race: good race or bad race, it had a deeper meaning for Lee Rodgers. The right man won, Lee hopes, but the main thing is that certain other riders didn't take the honors and add to the list of the greatest betrayal and debasement. A bit harsh? Decide for yourself.
There can only be one subject for today's Lowdown: The Hell that is Paris-Roubaix. Lee has a look at the winning philosophy of race winner John Degenkolb and his do-or-die approach to the cobbled Classic. Sagan and Wiggins also come under the microscope; good and bad, but the beauty of L'enfer du Nord is the winner.
This week Lee's has been getting excited by the action on the Belgian cobbles in the Tour of Flanders. His pulse has steadied enough for his Lowdown on all the happenings from Sunday, some good, some not so good, but all seen from Lee's unique insider perspective.
Last Sunday Gent-Wevelgem was a sufferfest of the highest order; wind, rain, crashes and hard riding whittled the peloton down to meager 39 finishers. Lee Rodgers gives us his lowdown on the chaos that turned out to be a great race, the sort of race that inspires you to ride your bike... even in the rain?
High tech carbon beauties, old fashioned steel master pieces plus all the latest, greatest and just plain bizarre that the bike industry has on offer was at the Taipei Bike Show. Lee Rodgers was there front and center taking it all in and here are some of his highlights from the 2015 show.
Now that 'La classicissima di Primavera' has been fought for 2015, Lee Rodgers gives his thoughts on Milan-Sanremo, which riders were impressive and who's not firing on all cylinders, just yet (Vincenzo). Degenkolb comes out on top in Lee's list for form, control and power - man and machine in perfect harmony.
With all the action in Tirreno and Nice, Lee is full of the joys of spring and the best races of the cycling season. OK, there is the Vuelta, Lombardy and the Worlds, but the spring is the hot bed of all that is beautiful in the sport. Sagan and Quintana are the stars of the moment, but let's not forget 'El Gurner' - Tommy V!
This week Lee Rodgers runs his eye over the week-end happenings on and off the road. First the action on the 'White Roads' that lead Lee onto the black road of the CIRC report and the dark cloud hanging over the heads of two of Saturday's podium in Siena.
This week Lee Rodgers runs his eye over the debacle of Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. The Etixx - Quick-Step team had the upper hand; three riders versus the solo Ian Stannard and what happened... Stannard won. Here is the 'Lowdown' on the in's and the out's, the excuses and where it all went wrong.
This week Lee Rodgers casts his eye over the opening classics of the season and looks into just what makes these great old races so special. Lee also runs into a special old rider who has been up and maybe too close to the 'Campionissimo' Fausto Coppi himself. Life on the cobbles!