Coach Chad’s Strength Training Recommendations for Cyclists
To be a faster cyclist, you need to be a strong cyclist. Strength limitations are too commonly a performance limiter whether riders recognize it or not. These limitations also correlate strongly with bone deficiency and muscle atrophy in the lesser-used, ‘non-cycling’ muscles, so we’ve created guidelines to address these strength-related shortcomings and make you faster.…
15 up-and-coming riders you need to know about
The depth of talent in the men’s and women’s professional pelotons continues to grow with each season’s new signings. From junior world champions, to multi-discipline riders, to multiple-time national champions to childhood prodigies — all the riders below are worthy of your attention. These are the riders we expect to be dominating the sport in … The post 15 up-and-coming riders you need to know about appeared first on CyclingTips .
Loch, stock and barrel: Bikepacking in the Highlands
Joseph Delves 17 Jun 2019 Cyclist heads to Scotland for a three-day bikepacking adventure from Fort Augustus to the coast and back Words: Joseph Delves Photography: George Marshall When Thomas Telford finished building the Caledonian Canal in 1822, he effectively sliced the top of Scotland clean off. By excavating the stretches between a number of large lochs along the Great Glen, the Scottish engineer created a navigable waterway from Inverness on the east coast to Fort William on the west, allowing ships to avoid the hazardous journey around Cape Wrath to the far north. It’s along Telford’s handiwork that we begin our trip. Our plan, sketched out using Komoot’s mapping platform, is to ride west from Fort Augustus along the canal before following a series of lochs and streams through the hills and over to the west coast. From here we’ll head back into the mountains and return to our ...
Loch, stock and barrel: Bike Packing in the Highlands
Joseph Delves 17 Jun 2019 Cyclis heads to Scotland for a three-day bikepacking adventure from Fort Augustus to the coast and back Words: Joseph Delves Photography: George Marshall When Thomas Telford finished building the Caledonian Canal in 1822, he effectively sliced the top of Scotland clean off. By excavating the stretches between a number of large lochs along the Great Glen, the Scottish engineer created a navigable waterway from Inverness on the east coast to Fort William on the west, allowing ships to avoid the hazardous journey around Cape Wrath to the far north. It’s along Telford’s handiwork that we begin our trip. Our plan, sketched out using Komoot’s mapping platform, is to ride west from Fort Augustus along the canal before following a series of lochs and streams through the hills and over to the west coast. From here we’ll head back into the mountains and return to our ...
The weekly spin: Kate Courtney and the joy of wearing rainbow stripes
Joyful. That’s the word Kate Courtney chooses to describe her experience thus far wearing the rainbow jersey of world champion. It helps, of course, that she’s been winning while wearing the rainbow jersey. Winning a world title, as Courtney did in Switzerland in September, can be a career-defining accomplishment. Winning in the rainbow jersey, as Courtney … The post The weekly spin: Kate Courtney and the joy of wearing rainbow stripes appeared first on CyclingTips .
No Primoz Roglic for Tour de France as Wout van Aert makes Grand Tour debut
Joe Robinson 10 Jun 2019 Jumbo Visma name strong Tour de France team to fight for GC and sprint stages Wout van Aert will make his Grand Tour debut at the Tour de France next month as Primoz Roglic misses out on a spot with the Jumbo Visma team. Van Aert is currently racing the Criterium du Dauphine before heading to the Tour, one of his final races on the road before reverting back to his Winter cyclocross schedule. Team director Merijn Zeeman stated that 'Wout is ready for this next step' and that 'he makes our team stronger' despite a lack of race days on the road. Zeeman also confirmed Van Aert would race the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey one-day classic before turning his attention on cyclocross for the autumn. The highly-rated three-time cyclocross World Champion Van Aert will form part of a strong Jumbo Visima Tour team that will split ...
Multiple national champion Nikki Brammeier retires from cycling
Joe Robinson 10 Jun 2019 Cyclocross rider brings end to 15-year career as she announces she is pregnant with first child Multiple British cyclocross national champion Nikki Brammeier has announced her retirement from professional cycling bringing an end to her 15-year career. The 32-year-old announced on her blog that she would be ending her career on a high as she and husband, former pro rider Matt Brammeier, were also expecting their first baby in November. 'Following on from yesterday’s exciting news, today I’m announcing my retirement from professional cycling,' wrote Brammeier. 'Matt and I have always wanted a family, and we felt that this year was a perfect moment to start that journey. Deciding to end my career at the same time, hasn’t been an easy decision. To begin with, I really wanted to take a year out and challenge myself to come back to race again. 'However, with a ...
In-race motor doping tracker could be introduced in 2020, says UCI
Joe Robinson 7 Jun 2019 Number of checks for mechanical fraud conducted at 2019 Giro d'Italia down on last year's race A tracker that can be fitted to every bike in the peloton and detect hidden motors at any point during a race may be introduced by the UCI soon. This announcement came as the UCI conducted a net drop in the number of bikes checked for motors at the recent Giro d'Italia . In a statement, the UCI confirmed that it had conducted a total of 1,312 tests using the magnetic scanning method at the start of stages. On top of that, 113 bikes were also tested using the x-ray scanning box which included the stage winner and race leader each day. This combined total of 1,425 bike checks is lower than the number of checks conducted at last year's Giro . While only 58 bikes were checked using ...
Peace out PressFit, Trek moves to T47 bottom brackets
The 2020 Crockett to feature a T47 BB
Trek confirms use of T47 threaded bottom brackets — but with a twist
Trek today announced updates for its Crockett aluminum cyclocross bikes. Two builds will be offered — the Crocket 4, with SRAM Apex 1 for US$1,500 / £1,300 / €1,550, and the Crockett 5, with SRAM Rival 1 for US$2,300 / AU$2,800 / £1,750 / €2,050 — both of which will include Trek’s Invisible Weld Technology … The post Trek confirms use of T47 threaded bottom brackets — but with a twist appeared first on CyclingTips .
A change of focus for Dame Sarah Storey and her eponymous team
Maria David 5 Jun 2019 'We want to help riders with the resilience and mental strength to cope in such a competitive environment' Multiple World Para-cycling Champion Dame Sarah Storey spoke to Cyclist about how Storey Racing support young female cyclists in achieving their ambitions. Storey Racing, the eponymous team of Dame Sarah and Barney, are keen to help aspiring women cycle racers be the best version of themselves. In a change of focus, the team - which is sponsored by Eisberg Alcohol-free wine - was previously UCI-registered but recently decided to concentrate on bringing more young riders into the team. The idea was stay out of the UCI circuit, thus allowing them the resources to work closely on their riders’ progress and support them in making the transition to the senior ranks. Team captain Dame Sarah explains: 'We decided not to register as a UCI team because the cost ...
New fundraising event 'The Big Velofete' set up in aid of Herne Hill velodrome
Cyclist magazine 3 Jun 2019 'The Big Velofete' hopes to keep money coming in for historic cycling venue The inaugural 'Big Velofete' will be the bring a weekend of cycling activities to the South London's historic Herne Hill velodrome in what promises to be a 'fundraiser extravaganza'. The event will be hosted by the Friends of Herne Hill Velodrome and take place across the weekend of 15th and 16th June. The two-day event will bring together a whole host of bike racing from track and cyclocross to fixed gear criteriums and even tandem sprinting with competitions open to all ages, male and female. There will be plenty to get involved with including balance bike sessions for kids, track bike introductions and mountain bike sessions for all ages, too. The weekend will start on Friday 14th June with a special event hosted by president of the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust, Ned ...
DT Swiss designs a dedicated aero wheel for gravel
Aero-gravel wheels are now a thing with the GRC 1400 Spline 42 wheelset
First Look: Limited Edition Ritchey Swiss Cross cyclocross and gravel bike
We get our hands on the new, modern Swiss Cross for test
All new GT Grade Carbon first ride review
Peter Stuart Friday, May 31, 2019 - 06:59 The bike that started the gravel trend has been reinvented, and we really like what we see 5.0 / 5 £3,900 GT has today unveiled a significant update of the pioneering Grade, introducing highly flexible ‘floating’ glass fibre seatstays, greater tyre clearance and an adjustable geometry at the fork. We’ve been lucky enough to get a first ride on the bike. In 2014 the GT first launched the Grade, a bike pegged as a ‘gravel bike’. It bewildered many onlookers who saw no missing gap between cyclocross and road riding. A few years later, and after much commercial success, it’s clear that GT could not have better predicted the oncoming gravel trend. We might have predicted some of the changes seen on the new GT Grade, for instance a trend emerging for ever-wider tyres amongst gravel bikes. Equally from a silhouette of ...
Rapha launches foundation with $1.5M marked for grassroots organizations
Supported by Rapha is putting its money where its proverbial mouth is. The British apparel brand has announced a new charitable foundation, with $750,000 in grants headed to five non-profit grassroots organizations in the United States and another $750,000 headed to similar organizations across the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, and Australia later this year. Following the recent … The post Rapha launches foundation with $1.5M marked for grassroots organizations appeared first on CyclingTips .
CeramicSpeed OSPW pulley wheel system review: Oversized, overpriced
The bike industry is full of products that claim to make you faster. Some focus on reducing your aero drag, others trim weight, and some attempt to efficiently transfer the watts from your legs to the road. Many can indeed make you faster, while others perhaps exist because there is profit to be had. Drivetrain … The post CeramicSpeed OSPW pulley wheel system review: Oversized, overpriced appeared first on CyclingTips .
The weekly spin: A freewheeling interview with Peter Sagan
It’s a Friday afternoon in Sacramento. In 48 hours, Peter Sagan will take his second victory of the 2019 season, narrowly out-sprinting American Travis McCabe in front of the state capitol building. But that’s unknown in this moment. Right now, Sagan is fresh out of an Amgen Tour of California press conference, the same one … The post The weekly spin: A freewheeling interview with Peter Sagan appeared first on CyclingTips .
Mathieu van der Poel wins duel with Nino Schurter to take first World Cup cross country win
Supported by Mathieu van der Poel broke the legs of world champion Nino Schurter in one searing 10-second attack on the last lap of Nové Mesto to win his first World Cup cross country race. The race was defined by van der Poel’s tight battle with Schurter, the reigning world champion. The two came into the final … The post Mathieu van der Poel wins duel with Nino Schurter to take first World Cup cross country win appeared first on CyclingTips .
The best bike rollers of 2019
Joseph Delves 22 May 2019 A breakdown of the best bike rollers of 2019 along with what to look for before you buy Training on rollers makes you both super-cool and will help develop a better pedalling style. Without any resistance and requiring you to balance as if actually riding, they offer a different set of benefits compared to a static trainer. Composed of three drums, two at the back and one at the front, these are connected by an elastic drive-band. With most models housed in a folding frame, once set up the effect is like a rolling road for your bicycle. More engaging but potentially less versatile than a turbo, they’re good for building technique and cadence but less suited to strength work. A second key use is warming up before events. Ahead of any criterium or cyclocross race, the nearest carpark will be full of people spinning ...