The weekly spin: The intersection of American football and international cyclocross

In two weeks, international cyclocross and American football will hold the biggest events of their respective seasons on the same day. I’ll be watching both. Because I often find the lead up to the marquee event more interesting than the main event itself — thus explaining my unique affection for E3 Harelbeke and Dwars door Vlaanderen … The post The weekly spin: The intersection of American football and international cyclocross appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Compton and Hyde lead Team USA for 2019 cyclocross worlds

Compton and Hyde lead Team USA for 2019 cyclocross worlds

The 11-rider elite line-up will feature U.S. national champions Compton and Hyde as well as Pan-Am champion White. Read the full article at Compton and Hyde lead Team USA for 2019 cyclocross worlds on VeloNews.com .

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Riders shoot down aging Andrea Tafi’s Roubaix plan

Riders shoot down aging Andrea Tafi’s Roubaix plan

The 52-year-old is searching for a team that will sign him so he can race Paris-Roubaix in April. Read the full article at Riders shoot down aging Andrea Tafi’s Roubaix plan on VeloNews.com .

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Beat Blue Monday and stay motivated on the most depressing day of the year

Beat Blue Monday and stay motivated on the most depressing day of the year

Sometimes, even with the best intentions, it’s hard to find motivation to go out and ride. We’ve all been there. So what strategies do coaches, psychologists, athletes and BikeRadar readers use to get out that door and on that bike? Motivation — who needs it? Tips for staying motivated mountain biking How to ride in the rain It could be that you’ve had a setback such as an injury, and it’s disheartening that you’re not where you once were. It could be that you’re just getting started or trying something new, and progress is frustratingly slow. And let’s not forget that training plan slump, when the bed feels so comfortable and the weather isn’t particularly inviting. One — or even all — of the following suggestions might be enough to get you into your kit and riding. 1. Find a cause Dr Josephine Perry , a chartered sport psychologist from ...

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Ride T'Pub: Cyclist and Restrap launch new multi-day gravel event

Ride T'Pub: Cyclist and Restrap launch new multi-day gravel event

Cyclist magazine 21 Jan 2019 Two days of riding across the Yorkshire Dales culminating at Britain's highest pub. Perfect! To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Restrap, Cyclist has teamed up with the family-run adventure brand to bring you Ride T'Pub , the latest multi-day off-rode event across the stunning landscape of the Yorkshire Dales. Taking place across the Late May Bank Holiday (25th-27th May), this weekend of riding will take you from city to country as you climb 530 metres (1,730 feet) on and off road to the peak of Tan Hill and the highest pub in Britain. Over two days, riders will cover 160km (100 miles) from Leeds to the Tan Hill Inn over various backroads, bridleways and singletracks before finishing with a night of camping, beer, food and live music at the traditional 17th-century pub. Day one, on Saturday 25th May, will depart from the La Bogetta Milanese ...

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Terpstra's Direct Energie and Roompot Charles among Paris-Roubaix wildcards

Terpstra's Direct Energie and Roompot Charles among Paris-Roubaix wildcards

Joe Robinson 21 Jan 2019 Five French teams and a return for Wanty-Gobert at this year's Paris-Roubaix Paris-Roubaix organiser ASO has confirmed the seven wildcard teams invited to this year's race as Niki Terpstra's Direct Energie headline a list dominated with home representation. Direct-Energie will be joined by four fellow French ProContinental teams who make the cut for the season's biggest one-day race. Those teams are Cofidis, Delko Marseille Provence, Arkea-Samsic and Vital Concept. This year's race takes place on Sunday 14th April and all you need to know about the race, including the route, can be found here . %u2B50 #ParisRoubaix 2019 Team Selection %u2B50 1%u20E38%u20E3 UCI WorldTeams 7%u20E3 WildCards / Invitations : %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @TeamCOFIDIS %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @TeamDelko_MP_ %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @TeamDEN_fr %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @Arkea_Samsic %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @VitalConcept_BB %uD83C%uDDF3%uD83C%uDDF1 @roompot_charles %uD83C%uDDE7%uD83C%uDDEA @TeamWantyGobert Welcome to hell ! pic.twitter.com/bobeuwr8CW — Paris-Roubaix (@Paris_Roubaix) January 21, 2019 There could be hope for a high-placed finish for the ProContinental ...

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Blue Monday be damned - here comes an incredible 2019

Joe Robinson 21 Jan 2019 Some pro racing reminders as to why you shouldn't be down about Blue Monday Today, January 21st, is officially Blue Monday. No, not a day dedicated to New Order's groundbreaking 1983 hit but the day in which it is claimed to be the most depressing of the year. Originally conceived by a tutor at the Cardiff University's Centre for Lifelong Learning, Cliff Arnall, in 2006, Blue Monday was derived from a formula which includes weather conditions, debt level, low motivation, time since Christmas, time since failing our new year's resolutions and the drive to take action. So considering this morning's sub-zero temperatures and the fact that Strava predicted we will have given up our new year's fitness resolutions last Thursday , it comes as no surprise that today is the year's most desolate day. However, it's not all doom and gloom, in fact far from ...

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Will your next bike be a gravel bike? Raleigh and Whyte tell us why this new category isn't just bike industry hype

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With a bit of cyclocross, mountain bike and touring bike in the mix, gravel bikes are the new black

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Gallery: The varying stems of a WorldTour team

Joe Robinson 18 Jan 2019 From short to long, aero to standard, the variation in a team's stem choices are vast While us humble amateurs are more than likely to stick with what came on the bike we bought, stem choice is one of the most important decisions a professional rider will make. Clocking up to 30,000km a year, riders need a completely dialled position in order not only to stay comfortable but not sustain injuries and perform at their highest level. So considering the time and distance covered each and every day, and that stem choice can directly impact your position on a bike and the bike's handling, it comes as no surprise that there is a wave of variation across all the riders in a team. At a recent trip to the Deceuninck-Quick Step training camp in Calpe, Spain, Cyclist saw first hand just how varied the options ...

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11spd: this week's best new bikes and gear

11spd: this week's best new bikes and gear

We're already over half way through January, which is prime time for new year’s resolutions to start unravelling. So, to get you inspired, we’ve been sniffing out the latest tech news at the Tour Down Under , rounding up our top-rated cyclocross bikes , sharing our tips on losing weight through cycling and seeing how Joe and Reuben got on in their festive 500 attempt. As if that weren't enough, we've selected 11 of the shiniest, newest and most interesting bikes and riding kit to land in the BikeRadar office; because half the fun of being a cyclist is nerding out about what’s new, what’s different about it, and of course, how much it weighs, so we hope this gets you fired up. As well as some innovative saddles, toasty gloves and a long-travel dropper seatpost, this week we’ve got a no less than five complete bikes to show you. ...

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The best cyclocross bikes of 2019

The best cyclocross bikes of 2019

Cyclocross has been around since the turn of the last century, and is a now a very well-established sport. 7-day cyclocross training program for working stiffs How to get the perfect tire pressure for racing cyclocross 6 reasons you should get into cyclocros s But in bike terms, it has never stopped evolving, particularly over the last few years with the explosion of ever more advanced carbon fibre construction, the growth in popularity of disc brakes and a shift towards tubeless tyres. For some time, lower-priced cyclocross bikes have been looked upon as not only racing machines, but also as general workhorses, with rack and mudguard mounts common, often more road-oriented gearing, and occasionally compromised design. The advent of specific adventure and gravel bikes has not only created more niches for manufacturers to fill, but the specialisation it has brought has given cyclocross bikes their purity of purpose back. Of ...

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Pidcock and Donovan to lead Team Wiggins in 2019

Pidcock and Donovan to lead Team Wiggins in 2019

Joe Robinson 15 Jan 2019 Domestic team hoping to build on impressive 2018 results and continue reputation of feeding WorldTour With the addition of a new named sponsor, Team Wiggins-Le Col have confirmed their rider roster for the 2019 season building the team around Tom Pidcock , Mark Donovan and Robert Scott. The young trio will lead the team through an international and domestic race schedule as they look to build on a season that included a British national championship and a leader's jersey at the baby Giro d'Italia . The youthful team will also be one of the few to carry over as a British-based Continental team from 2018 with the closing of both JLT-Condor and One Pro Cycling. Pidcock returns to the team as the headline name after another successful season in both cyclocross and road racing. The 19-year-old secured a maiden elite men's Cyclocross National Championships last ...

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Tom Pidcock: 'Yorkshire Worlds will be once in a lifetime opportunity'

Tom Pidcock: 'Yorkshire Worlds will be once in a lifetime opportunity'

Jack Elton-Walters 15 Jan 2019 Before his unrivalled performance at the Cyclocross National Championships, Pidcock was already looking ahead to the rest of the season Speaking to Cyclist ahead of the Cyclocross National Championships, Tom Pidcock already had one eye on the rest of his year, where he will be racing on the road once the cyclocross season comes to a close. He was victorious at the Cyclocross Nationals , riding away from the field to finish over a minute up on second place, and with that win he became both the Under 23 and Elite National Champion. In fact, there was only one podium presentation for both classifications as the entire top three came from the U23 ranks. As well as discussing his hopes ahead of that race and his 'cross rivals on the Continent , the 19-year-old also talked about what could prove to be a big year ...

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'It’s not about race victories and points, it’s all about number of fans and fan engagement'

Jamie Finch-Penninger 14 Jan 2019 Rapha’s prescription for the ailing sport of road cycling is a dash of excitement, a sprinkle of authenticity and a commitment to an ‘alternative calendar’ of racing that will re-engage public interest. Simon Mottram, founder and chief executive of Rapha, was on hand at the launch of Education First to unveil both the new kit and the philosophy that underpins Rapha’s return to the men’s WorldTour. 'Racing is why I started the company,' said Mottram. 'I’ve done two races in my life, both cyclocross and I’m not very good. I’m not a racer, but I’m inspired by racing. That’s what got me into it and we’ve always been involved. 'We had the Rapha-Condor team for many years and they wore all black. It was a transformational thing for the scene in the UK and everyone went "oh look, cycling looks cool again".' A four-year stint ...

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Tom Pidcock wins maiden elite national cyclocross title in emphatic fashion

Tom Pidcock wins maiden elite national cyclocross title in emphatic fashion

Joe Robinson 14 Jan 2019 Pidcock dominates men's titles as Brammeier takes back women's event Tom Pidcock dominated the British Cyclocross National Championships at the weekend to secure not only the Under 23 title but also a maiden Elite jersey. In the women's event, Nikki Brammier (Mudiiita) proved strongest for her fourth senior national title at the Kent Cyclopark this Sunday. Pidcock, racing for his self-titled TP Racing, proved a class apart in the men's race, taking the lead from lap two before eventually winning solo, a full minute ahead of runner-up Ben Turner (Corendon Circus). Third fell to Thomas Mein ( Tarteletto-Isorex) as Ian Field missed out on a podium spot for the first time since 2011. Such was the pace of Pidcock throughout the hour of racing, only 12 riders managed to finish. Far ahead of his competitors, Pidcock crossed the line in the superman position before telling ...

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Boardman CXR 9.2 review

Boardman CXR 9.2 review

Boardman’s CXR frameset has been redesigned to improve tyre clearance and handling, and all three models in the range share the same C10 carbon construction. This CXR 9.2 sits between the CXR 9.0 and 9.4, and offers a SRAM Force 1 groupset, Fizik saddle, and Boardman’s own wheels and finishing kit. Giant TCX Advanced Pro 2 review Trek Crockett 7 review The down tube is boxy, with an almost square profile, the top tube is triangular where it meets the tapered head-tube, and becomes ovalised, via a flatter mid-section, and the round seat-tube is topped with a 31.6mm diameter carbon seatpost. Boardman’s wishbone seatstays are flattened and join the deep, outward curved chainstays at beefy dropouts. The subtly curved fork has a purposeful look, and there are flat-mount hydraulic disc calipers at both ends. Although built with a 1x drivetrain, the CXR can be converted for a two-ring setup, with ...

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Helen Wyman aims to build communities around cyclocross to keep girls in the sport

Helen Wyman aims to build communities around cyclocross to keep girls in the sport

Jack Elton-Walters 11 Jan 2019 Helen Wyman targets 11th Nationals win, and looks to make a community of riders around her Helen 100 initiative Taking the start line as defending champion, Helen Wyman will line up at the Cyclocross National Championships on Sunday looking for an 11th career title. However, regardless of the outcome of that race, she will continue working to improve the future of the sport and in particular the place of female riders within it. The Helen 100 initiative, which saw a whole new category of race introduced at Azencross at Loenhout last month along with the funding of 100 entries to this weekend's races, is part of an overall push to build a community around cyclocross in the UK. 'There are a lot of really good clubs for young riders in the UK, male and female, and they do fantastic jobs but there are pockets of ...

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The mechanics of being a professional WorldTour bike mechanic

The mechanics of being a professional WorldTour bike mechanic

Joe Robinson 11 Jan 2019 Cyclist spent five minutes with an unsung hero of cycling's most successful team. Image: Juan Trujillo Every time a pro rider takes to the start line of a race, he sits atop a bike that is as good as new. A bike that's running as smoothly as the day the rider first received it despite it having clocked up thousands upon thousands of kilometres. The reason for that is simple. Professional teams have mechanics. A hardened group of weathered men (mostly) who redefine what is possible on minimal sleep, constant travel and 18 hour days. At Deceuninck-Quick Step , they have a team of nine mechanics that work non-stop around the clock to get the team's fleet of Specialized bikes in fighting shape to allow the likes of Julian Alaphilippe, Elia Viviani and Enric Mas to ride towards the team's mountain of victories. At a ...

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Welsh street set to claim World Record as steepest road

Welsh street set to claim World Record as steepest road

Joe Robinson 11 Jan 2019 Ffordd Pen Llech could take record away from Baldwin Street in New Zealand Those cyclists hunting for the steepest climb in the world may not need to travel across to New Zealand anymore as a small street hidden in north Wales is looking to claim the title. The town of Harlech is challenging Baldwin Street in Dunedin, on New Zealand's South Island to be crowned the world's steepest road by the Guinness World Records, and a decision is expected to be made by officials at the end of the month. The road in question is Ffordd Pen Llech, a narrow, winding residential street that local residents are claiming holds an average gradient of 36%, 1% higher than Baldwin Street, with a knee-crunching 1:3 gradient. Measurements were taken in Wales on Wednesday 9th January with the decision to be made from guidelines that state the record ...

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Beryl Pixel front or rear bike light review

Jack Elton-Walters Friday, January 11, 2019 - 12:04 The Beryl Pixel can be a front or rear light, it's small and light, and very reasonably priced 5.0 / 5 £19.99 This isn't a light for illuminating trails or for lighting the way through the lanes during an early ride on a winter's day, but nor is it trying to be. The Beryl Pixel is a small accessory for urban riding and commuting that can be thrown in a backpack for emergencies or as additional illumination to make sure you're seen by other road users. It can also be employed if you're planning to use one of London's Santander Cycles , where the bult-in lights - now also supplied by Beryl - are arguably far too close to the ground. How is the average motorist supposed to be able to send text messages, drive and see a commuting cyclist ahead if ...

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