Van der Poel to continue Spring Classics campaign despite nasty crash at Nokere Koerse

Van der Poel to continue Spring Classics campaign despite nasty crash at Nokere Koerse

Joe Robinson 21 Mar 2019 High-speed collision in bunch sprint on cobbles sees Dutchman taken to hospital Mathieu van der Poel says he will continue his Spring Classics campaign as planned despite a nasty crash in the finale of Nokere Koerse yesterday. The cyclocross World Champion had earmarked a selection of Belgian one-day Classics to ride this year, including Gent-Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders, as he looks to he steps up his focus on road racing this season. Yesterday saw the start of this campaign at the Nokere Koerse. Van Der Poel was an active presesnce for most of the race and was contesting the final sprint when he was caught in a high-speed collision with Team Sunweb's Max Walscheid on the cobbled climb leading to the finish line. Big win for @TeamSunweb 's @ceesbol1995 at #NokereKoerse %uD83D%uDC4F Well wishes to those riders caught up in the crash at ...

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Fast Forward Wheels and Extra UK have agreed on the distribution of FFWD in the UK

For more than ten years, a team of passionate cyclists based out of their head office in Zwolle, the Netherlands, work daily on creating and building the world's best wheels. FFWD's knowledge and experience is purely focussed on wheels, creating a full range of high-end carbon wheels for all cycling disciplines, whether that be road, track, cyclocross or triathlon. By being part of professional teams like Direct Energie (Niki Terpstra) and Arkea-Samsic (Andre Greipel, Warren Barguil), FFWD can count on the highest quality feedback to further develop the products, to ensure they consistently deliver the best performing wheels on the market. "The UK is a strong cycling market which asks for a strong distribution partner. We are confident that Extra UK is the right partner for us to bring the FFWD story to the UK dealers!" says FFWD sales manager Edwin Koopmans. Mark Greshon, head of brands at Extra UK ...

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The weekly spin: Trends collide as Yamaha launches Wabash, a gravel e-bike

How the hell do I record an e-bike ride on Strava? Will these miles count toward my annual total? How do I figure out what my power output was during the ride? What happens if I get a KOM? These were the primary concerns swirling around in my mind while riding the Wabash, Yamaha’s new … The post The weekly spin: Trends collide as Yamaha launches Wabash, a gravel e-bike appeared first on CyclingTips .

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NAHBS draws record exhibitor count, announces 2020 show in Dallas

No. 22 Bicycle Co. wins Best in Show award. SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BRAIN) — The North American Handmade Bicycle Show, which closed Sunday, notched a record number of exhibitors for the 15-year-old event: about 210. Organizers said the Sacramento show drew "huge, highly enthusiastic crowds." They also announced that next year's show will be held in Dallas, Texas, Organizers also said the show "attracted a strong contingent of retail buyers from with its new 'early-access' program, which gave qualified buyers from bicycle retailers free admission to the show and access to the hall one hour prior to consumer show hours each day." "This year’s show confirmed why Sacramento has always been one of our top venues," said Don Walker, the founder and president of NAHBS, which has been held in Sacramento three times in its history. "The hall was packed full of exhibitors, we drew an amazing crowd, and the weather ...

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Ribble Cycles bikes: latest reviews, news and buying advice

Ribble Cycles bikes: latest reviews, news and buying advice

Ribble Cycles is a British bike company originally established in 1897. Now one of the UK's biggest online bike dealers and selling bikes all over the world, Ribble specialises in using thoroughly road-tested frames from the Far East as the basis of customer-specced bike packages that offer exceptional value for money. Ribble bikes Ribbles 2019 range includes road, cyclocross, gravel, touring, time-trial, triathlon, track, urban, and electric bikes. Here’s a breakdown of what they offer so you can find the right bike for your needs. Ribble 2019 road bikes For road cyclists, there are a number of collections to choose from. Long-distance cyclists will want to look at the Endurance collection, which includes the aluminium AL, the carbon SL, and the steel 725. If sportive is more your thing, the R872 is a great value carbon option as well. Racers will want to check out the Endurance SL R series, ...

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14 of the best cyclocross bikes — drop-bar dirt bikes for racing and playing in the mud

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Zeal Camerig 44 carbon clincher review

Zeal 44mm carbon aero clincher

The Camerig is a climb in the Netherlands that rises 145m over 3.6km with an average gradient of 4%. It is also the name that Zeal has chosen for its mid-profile (44mm) carbon wheelset. While the parallels between the two may not be immediately obvious, in the eyes of Zeal, their new wheels are as … The post Zeal Camerig 44 carbon clincher review appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: Alaphilippe, Van Vleuten conquer white roads of Strade Bianche

A pair of first-time champions emerged at Strade Bianche Saturday, though neither could be considered a surprise winner. After 184km of racing, including 63km across white gravel roads, Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) got the better of Dane Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) to take the victory in the historic Piazza del Campo in Siena. Former world cyclocross … The post The weekly spin: Alaphilippe, Van Vleuten conquer white roads of Strade Bianche appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Strade Bianche: Tuscan delicacy

Is it possible that Strade Bianche is the most anticipated race of all on the calendar save for one or two that the Flemish hype machine have managed to elevate to almost God-like status? I think it probably is. Last year we engaged in a debate over whether it is in fact the sixth monument already and the opposition to such an outrageous claim was surprisingly mellow. It may not be but it’s probably not far off in many people’s minds. That said, it’s still pretty early days and Strade is really just the opening salvo in perhaps the most intense period of the year, Paris-Nice, Tirreno, Sanremo all follow like a string of pearls and the coming weeks promise to be a blur of high caliber World Tour racing. The race also suffers from rubbing up against Paris-Nice this weekend. Like always some riders you’d desperately want to see ...

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Rapha launches Custom - a design-your-own kit program

Sam Challis 6 Mar 2019 Rapha promises an easy-to-use design tool, low minimum orders, delivery within 8 weeks and discounts of up to 40% on large orders Stylistically questionable club kit may soon become a thing of the past as Rapha, the British brand with a reputation for tasteful design, rolls out its Custom kit program from today. For the last year, Rapha has been working with a select few clubs to develop and refine the process, which is based around applying your own take on a choice of several garments from Rapha’s Pro Team and Classic collections. The Pro Team collection is aimed at racier cyclists but the Classic collection features a more relaxed cut, so club cyclists of all shapes and sizes should be catered for. Rapha says the minimum order will be just five, so the Custom program could work for one-off events as well as larger ...

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Pre-Classics Season Power Rankings

Ladies and gentlemen, congratulations. You have made it. We have all made it. We have braved the offseason, the 4am Tour Down Under, piecing together tweets to form a picture of what happened in Oman and watching Amaro Antunes having his annual peak in the Algarve to arrive here, bare days before the joy of Omloop het Nieuwsblad. [The box on Conor’s desk wrapped in four whole rolls of packaging tape, hitherto motionless like all good packages, begins to move, almost imperceptibly] Ahem, anyway, as is customary here at the Café, before clip meets pedal and wheel meets cobble, it’s time to look at where all the teams stand ahead of the Omloop. Ah, the Omloop- [Tape rips suddenly. A mighty groan emerges from the box as it bursts open, revealing...] Ta flippin’ da, bitchez. Cuddles! How have you been? You bastard, I’ve been in Edinburgh for nearly two years. ...

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Van Aert ready to hit the road for Jumbo-Visma

Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma)

Wout Van Aert is ready to put cyclocross behind him and concentrate on the road for Team Jumbo-Visma . He has no small assignment in his first race for a WorldTour team, leading them in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. “The Spring Classics are amazing races,” he said on the team's website. “They're never boring. You've got to pay attention from the start.” After a difficult 2018 and winter, the 24-year-old spend time relaxing in Girona. “it felt like leaving the winter behind,” he said. “It was not an escape but you literally drive away from the circus that is cyclocross.” Once he started training again, he was happy with his condition. “Going by the way I'm feeling now I may expect a lot of the spring. If I could choose I would like to be in top shape right away.” Van Aert was very happy to be with the WorldTour team. ...

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Specialized Women’s Diverge E5 Comp review

Thérèse Coen Friday, March 1, 2019 - 12:22 A very accessible all-road all-rounder, but can prove sluggish for pure road riding, and needs some wider tyres for true off-road riding 4.0 / 5 £1,500 The Specialized Diverge was released to a surprising level of fanfare, with the all-road platform managing to capture the surge in gravel and adventure riding. This Diverge E5 Comp is the women’s specific aluminium version of the bike, and promises versatility and comfort. The Diverge E5 has an aluminium frame, which traditionally sacrifices some compliance, and for that Specialized has added the Future Shock suspension unit below the handlebars. Offering 20mm of travel, the Future Shock unit should increase comfort at the front end while also increasing grip off road. It works by using a simple coil spring within a shock unit that sits below the handlebars, and is concealed with a soft rubber spacer. It’s ...

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A mythical pro tool reborn: Knipex Pliers (Cone) Wrench

Knipex Pliers Wrench Mod - Cone Wrench tool

Take a peek through the toolboxes of professional mountain bike, cyclocross and road race mechanics and you’ll likely find one common specific tool – the Knipex Pliers Wrench. This tool combines the flat and parallel jaws of an adjustable spanner (aka, crescent wrench) with the leverage, secure holding and easy adjustment of a multi-grip plier. … The post A mythical pro tool reborn: Knipex Pliers (Cone) Wrench appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Cube Nuroad WS 2019 bike review

Maria David Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 09:43 Cube Nuroad WS is a reliable mid-range option for women wanting an off-road adventure, with a comfortable geometry over long distances 4.0 / 5 £999 Women-specific dropped handlebar bikes were previously seen on just a handful of road models. Nowadays specifically constructed women’s road bikes are commonplace, and the roll-out has now moved on to gravel bikes, with manufacturers offering women a wide choice in this cycling discipline. Enter the Nuroad WS, the latest offering from Cube for women in this growing market. Modelled on the Attain endurance road bike, the Nuroad WS aims to take riders onto new routes - on road, but also onto gravel tracks, forest trails, cobbles, and the odd bit of grass. First impressions With a sturdy aluminium frame and generous clearance for wider tyres the Nuroad WS is ready to go 'where other bikes fear to ...

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Omloop Het Nieuwsblad: Who are the favourites?

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad: Who are the favourites?

Joe Robinson 25 Feb 2019 Where should your money be for the first Classic of the year, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, this Saturday? Can you smell it? It's the smell of the opening Classics weekend and the cycling season starting for real . Saturday marks the beginning with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad before the double-header is completed on Sunday with Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. Two contrasting races but both a brilliant gauge to see who is fighting fit to race the cobbles and who may be slightly off the pace. Omloop acts as a distilled version of the Tour of Flanders , taking the peloton on a 199.8km route from Gent to Ninove with the passing of 13 hills and seven cobbles sections in between, making a true day for the Classics specialists within the bunch. The race's real spice should be provided by the Muur van Geraardsbergen/Bosberg double punch within the last 27km of ...

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Rotor releases 1x13 hydraulic groupset

Rotor has finally released price, weights and futher specs for its 1x13 groupset

This article first appeared on BikeRadar . Rotor has today announced the full prices, specs, weights and availability for all four versions of its 1x13 13-speed hydraulic groupset. It has also opened up pre-orders for the groupset, with shipping expected to start in April this year. The highly modular groupset is adaptable for road, mountain, cyclocross and gravel riding, though only drop-bar compatible build kits have been announced so far. The mountain bike version is due to be released in the summer. As a reminder, please note that the groupset is simply called ‘1x13’ — no catchy names here! Rotor 1x13 groupset price Rotor’s all-new 1x13 hydraulic-actuated groupset is priced at €2,599 / £2,299 / $2,800 for the cheapest groupset rising to €4,499 / £3,999 / $4,900 for the top-end version. Rotor 1x13 ultimate performance groupset specs Rotor 1x13 groupset Rotor 2inPower crankset Rotor 13-speed carbon wheels €3,449 / £3,050 ...

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Flanders Friday! Resurfacing Hell

The Great Arenberg Makeover

Trench warfare gets a makeover [Short programming note: I have pledged to write a weekly tidbits thing from now until the end of the Cobbled Classics. If you don’t know why, can I recommend a some light reading ?] “Hey, did you see they are resurfacing the Arenberg Trench?” is what I thought would be the last thing I would hear before things got all hazy and I floated off in the direction of a bright white light. Sure, the days of French mayors smoothing over the rough surfaces we have come to know and love are basically gone. You’d be taking your life in your hands if you tried to tarmac the Carrefour de L’Arbe nowadays. But the great surfaces of the Cobbled Classics are prone to upgrading, and the potential for their character to be diminished in the name of rider safety is very real. So it was ...

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The weekly spin: I used to be a bike racer

I used to be a bike racer. Not a very good one, mind you. But I was once someone who paid entry fees, pinned on numbers, and spent weekends suffering on two wheels. I’m not sure what I’d call myself now. I have a cyclocross bike hanging in the garage, covered in dust, with two … The post The weekly spin: I used to be a bike racer appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Rapha Cross Jersey and Pro Team bib shorts review

Rapha Cross Jersey and Pro Team bib shorts review

Rapha has supported cyclocross with its limited range of themed clothing for several years now, and the 2018–2019 season sees a new jersey design, which we’ve matched with some usefully extended road shorts to get you through the worst weather. Lizzie X Santini Coral Jersey and Bib Tights review Video: Rapha releases two-part adventure sleep system Rapha Cross Jersey Termed as the Cross Long Sleeve Race Jersey — there’s a short sleeve version too — this jersey’s fit is based on the Pro Team race jersey, with cyclocross additions. If you’ve not tried Pro Team gear before, check Rapha’s fitting guide because it’s less forgiving than normal. This year’s pattern mixes teal, red, white and pink with the black base colour in to a geometric design, criss-crossed by parallel lines. Rapha’s Cross colours are easily recognisable in this striking pattern, and there’s a full-length zip with a curved, moulded pull ...

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