Matt Jelly

Tour of California route announced. Thrills, excitement, repetition.

Organizers of the Amgen Tour of California have just announced the route for the 2017 race. It’s the Tour of California and we live in California and we’ve attended pretty much every stage for the last six editions so we’re pretty excited … and yet … a little underwhelmed? On first impression and memory, the new route […]

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Quintana and the Giro-Tour double. Double trouble.

Cycling Weekly made their 2017 predictions and numbers uno was Quintana’s foolish Giro-Tour double. In their words, “Should he follow through on his plans, the narrative of 2017 virtually writes itself – Quintana to win the Giro, and Froome to win the Tour.” Is that too harsh on señor Quintana, a kind, humble and ambitious […]

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Kitsbow mountain bike apparel says hello to road.

Kitsbow designs and manufactures very cool, high-end mountain bike apparel. Based in Northern California, they’ve carved out a niche based on craft, thoughtful detailing, superb technical fabrics and smart writing and photography. In short, over the last few years they’ve built a strong brand and a strong following. They’re a wise template for any company […]

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Stuart O’Grady to pass nickname to Ian Boswell?

Aussi Stuart O’Grady retired from pro cycling in 2013 after a high profile career that included two individual stage wins in the Tour de France, victory in the 2007 Paris-Roubaix and a gold medal in the Madison in the 2004 Summer Olympic Games. Now out of the sport for four years, the question now arises: would […]

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Peter Sagan’s secret weapon. It’s the Sierras

Well, we figured it out. While half the peloton openly wonders how to beat Sagan, how to figure out the riddle, unravel the mystery and determine his secret, we came to a revealing conclusion just today. It’s the Sierras, folks. The double Rainbow World Champion, the owner of what — five green jerseys in the […]

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Porte getting as hungry as Froome.

Richie Porte puts his stamp on his home tour, the Tour Down Under. He won the climbing stages on Paracombe and Willunga and showed off his early season form. He took the race by 48 seconds over Esteban Chaves of Orica-Scott and 51 seconds over Jay McCarthy of Bora-Hansgrohe It’s just January and nobody in particular — […]

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Trump’s tweets on pro cyclists. LAME!!!!!

Well, today Donald J Trump is the President of the United States. A day of deep mourning and profound distress here at Twisted Spoke. It feels in many fundamental ways like America has died. We have an ill-informed, egotistical, vindictive, disorganized, corrupt and racist president in charge of our country. We’re in for a scary and […]

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Tour Down Under kills podium girls. It that a crime?

No podium girls at the Tour Down Under. Opinions are mixed on the move — it it old school and sexist or are we just over-thinking the political correctness thing? Some call the NFL the No Fun League for cracking down on player celebrations. Is pro cycling also riding down the No Fun Highway? Let […]

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Craddock rides with Armstrong. Bad idea.

We read the other day that young American gun Lawson Craddock was out riding with Lance Armstrong. They did a six hour ride out of Austin, Texas and both later posted the ride on Strava. Well, in our view, that’s a bad PR move from Craddock, who is a super talented pro on the Cannondale-Drapac […]

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