Where have all the women’s bikes gone? A look inside an ever-changing market

I had my first experience with the women’s specific movement in 2002. “I ride a Trek 6700 WSD,” my 12-year old self would say, smugly, to my friends. They didn’t know what on earth I was talking about, and neither did I. But I was hooked on clarifying to all who would listen that my … The post Where have all the women’s bikes gone? A look inside an ever-changing market appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Out of contract 8: The best riders without a team for 2020

Joe Robinson 9 Oct 2019 If this team raced a Grand Tour, they would be leaving with plenty of stage wins and maybe the overall title The 2019 is all but finished, this Saturday's Il Lombardia being the last race of any significance, and there are still a whole host of world-class cyclists without a contract for next season. As things stand, Rohan Dennis, Sam Bennett, Esteban Chaves and Mark Cavendish are among the raft of talent yet to confirm their futures for 2020. Normally by now, all of your top-shelf talent would have announced their teams for the coming season but this year, things seem a little different. This could be down to the bizarre situation in which many of the best riders in the world have also found themselves on the move this winter already . Tom Dumoulin, Nairo Quintana, Philippe Gilbert, Richard Carapaz to name but a ...

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New Roval Terra gravel and all-road wheelsets are super wide, wicked light

It’s now been nearly three years since I reviewed the Enve Composites SES 4.5 AR Disc wheelset, and I’ve been wondering aloud in that time why a competitor hasn’t stepped in with a similarly wide concept given that model’s obvious (at least to me) performance advantages. It’s light and aero, yes, but also stupendously comfortable … The post New Roval Terra gravel and all-road wheelsets are super wide, wicked light appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Men’s teams of 2020: Who’s moving up, who’s dropping down, and what it means

The teams applying for WorldTour and ProTeam licenses in the 2020 season, the implications for pro cycling, and how they sit in the UCI's new structural and regulatory landscape. The post Men’s teams of 2020: Who’s moving up, who’s dropping down, and what it means appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: A wet and wild week at the world championships

What a week in professional cycling. The UCI’s Road World Championships is an annual end-of-season gathering of national federations, sponsors, rider agents, and stakeholders that often delivers not only new world champions but also a flurry of announcements and controversies. The Yorkshire world championships was no exception. The eight-day event began with a new discipline, … The post The weekly spin: A wet and wild week at the world championships appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Bahrain-Merida terminates contract with Rohan Dennis

Bahrain-Merida terminates contract with Rohan Dennis

Joe Robinson 30 Sep 2019 Austrlian parts way with team following season of sponsor controversy Bahrain-Merida have terminated their contract with elite men's time trial World Championships Rohan Dennis with immediate effect. In a short press release, the team confirmed the two-deal had been brought to an end and that the decision had been made prior to last week's World Championships in Yorkshire . 'The team terminated its contract with Mr Dennis on 13th September 2019. This termination has not previously been made public to allow Mr Dennis an undisturbed preparation for the UCI 2019 Road World Championships,' read the statment. 'Mr Dennis has referred the termination to the UCI Arbitral Board. Against this background, no further comment will be made at this time.' The dispute between the two parties began during the Tour de France when Dennis abandoned the race on Stage 12 without a publicly stated reason. It ...

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Bahrain-Merida terminate contract with Rohan Dennis

Bahrain-Merida terminate contract with Rohan Dennis

Joe Robinson 30 Sep 2019 Australian parts ways with team following season of sponsor controversy Bahrain-Merida have terminated their contract with elite men's time trial World Championships Rohan Dennis with immediate effect. In a short press release, the team confirmed the two-deal had been brought to an end and that the decision had been made prior to last week's World Championships in Yorkshire . 'The team terminated its contract with Mr Dennis on 13th September 2019. This termination has not previously been made public to allow Mr Dennis an undisturbed preparation for the UCI 2019 Road World Championships,' read the statment. 'Mr Dennis has referred the termination to the UCI Arbitral Board. Against this background, no further comment will be made at this time.' The dispute between the two parties began during the Tour de France when Dennis abandoned the race on Stage 12 without a publicly stated reason. It ...

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‘I won’t let it go to waste’: Ben Dyball on finally making it to the WorldTour

Ben Dyball had given up on the WorldTour. For years he’d slogged away in the minor leagues, achieving the occasional promising result, but never doing enough to catch the eye of a top-tier outfit. Poor health and bad luck didn’t help. A stagiaire ride with French Pro Continental team Delko Marseille Provence KTM in late … The post ‘I won’t let it go to waste’: Ben Dyball on finally making it to the WorldTour appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Emily Batty, POC’s digital helmet, and women’s kits tested: Pinkbike Digest

Supported by What’s going on in the mountain bike world? The Pinkbike Digest showcases the top dirt articles from our mountain bike sister-site, Pinkbike.com. You’ll get coverage from racing, tech, and some fun storytelling along the way. 5 Things We Learned at Snowshoe XC World Cup 2019 By: Edd Spratt The final World Cup in Snowshoe provided … The post Emily Batty, POC’s digital helmet, and women’s kits tested: Pinkbike Digest appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The best lead-out man ever? A tribute to the career of Mark Renshaw

Last Saturday afternoon, in the English city of Manchester, Mark Renshaw rolled across the finish line to complete the final stage of the 2019 Tour of Britain. He was nowhere near winning the stage — in fact he was second-last across the line, 6:30 behind stage winner Mathieu Van der Poel — but the moment … The post The best lead-out man ever? A tribute to the career of Mark Renshaw appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Rwanda is bidding for the World Championships. Here’s why it matters

Supported by Rwanda’s unlikely journey as a cycling nation took a significant leap this week, with the tiny central African nation applying to host the 2025 Road World Championships. Cycling has been on the rise in Rwanda over the past decade, with the Tour du Rwanda steadily gaining international recognition since it first became a UCI-classified race … The post Rwanda is bidding for the World Championships. Here’s why it matters appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Aussie O'Connor 'stoked' with top 10 Vuelta stage finish

Aussie O'Connor 'stoked' with top 10 Vuelta stage finish

Team Dimension Data's Ben O'Connor finished sixth on the punishing 154km Stage 15 of the 2019 La Vuelta a Esapana from Tineo to Santuario del Acebo, throwing everything he had at a top result.

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Tour of Britain 2019 Stage 2: Matteo Trentin wins the sprint and takes GC

Tour of Britain 2019 Stage 2: Matteo Trentin wins the sprint and takes GC

James Spender 8 Sep 2019 Matteo Trentin takes GC, narrowly catching Alex Dowsett on the line Matteo Trentin (Katusha-Alpecin) takes the stage and the green jersey, narrowly catching a last-dicth Alex Dowsett breakaway just metres from the finish. How the stage unfolded Saturday was a memorable day for the Jumbo-Visma team, Dylan Groenewegen taking victory in Stage 1 of the Tour of Britain while teammate Primoz Roglic was busy riding high in the red jersey – and avoiding major crashes – some 2,000km away at the Vuelta a Espana. The Tour of Britain’s Stage 2 began and finished in the town of Kelso in the Scottish Borders, comprising a 165.9km anticlockwise loop taking riders over three category 2 climbs, Harden’s Hill, Scott’s View and Dingleton, before culminating in a technical finish over Kelso’s cobbles streets. The breakaway took to its heels at 10km, and midway Pete Williams (SwiftProCycling), Gediminas Bagdonas ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 15: Jumbo-Visma's Sepp Kuss triumphs, Roglic preserves lead

Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 15: Jumbo-Visma's Sepp Kuss triumphs, Roglic preserves lead

James Spender 8 Sep 2019 Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 15: American Sepp Kuss, of Jumbo-Visma, announced himself today with a terrific stage win up an incredibly steep stage finish, with Team Ineos's Tao Geoghegan Hart putting in a fine display to finish second. But ultimately the real winner on Stage 15 was Primoz Roglic, who rode with imperious fashion to preserve his 2:25 lead at the top of GC. How the race unfolded Another morning, another day pulling on the maillot rojo for Jumbo-Visma’s Primoz Roglic, who took a commanding 2:25 lead over Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde into Stage 15, which took riders deep into north-west Spain’s Asturias mountains. With four category 1 climbs on the menu including a stinging 7.9km, 10% ascent to the finish in Santuario del Acebo, the 154.4km route out of Tineo promised to deliver some GC-hustling action. Useful time bonuses were on offer, 10, 6 ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 15: Jumbo-Visma's Sepp Kuss triumphs, Roglic preserves

Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 15: Jumbo-Visma's Sepp Kuss triumphs, Roglic preserves

James Spender 8 Sep 2019 Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 15: American Sepp Kuss, of Jumbo-Visma, announced himself today with a terrific stage win up an incredibly steep stage finish, with Team Ineos's Tao Geoghegan Hart putting in a fine display to finish second. But ultimately the real winner on Stage 15 was Primoz Roglic, who rode in imperious fashion to preserve his 2:25 lead at the top of GC. How the race unfolded Another morning, another day pulling on the maillot rojo for Jumbo-Visma’s Primoz Roglic, who took a commanding 2:25 lead over Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde into Stage 15, which took riders deep into north-west Spain’s Asturias mountains. With four category 1 climbs on the menu including a stinging 7.9km, 10% ascent to the finish in Santuario del Acebo, the 154.4km route out of Tineo promised to deliver some GC-hustling action. Useful time bonuses were on offer, 10, 6 ...

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Tour of Britain 2019: Dylan Groenewegen sprints to yellow jersey in opening stage win

Tour of Britain 2019: Dylan Groenewegen sprints to yellow jersey in opening stage win

Martin James 7 Sep 2019 Dutchman beats Italian duo as sprinters have their day in the sun in Scotland Image credit: Eurosport Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) won the first stage of the 2019 Tour of Britain, dominating a sprint finish into Kirkcudbright. The Dutchman came around Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) to cross the line well clear, with Davide Cimolai also rounding his fellow Italian to finish second. The end of the 201.5km stage, which started with a circuit around Glasgow to kick off the 2019 Tour, saw highly rated Mathieu van der Poel (Corenden-Circus) unable to build on a good leadout to finish any higher than fourth, while Ben Swift (Team Ineos) roundout out the top five. Dimension-Data's Mark Cavendish, seeking his first Tour of Britain stage win since 2013, didn't contest the sprint as he continues his long comeback from injury, but finished solidly in the main field in 30th place. ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Mikel Iturria escapes the breakaway to take solo win; GC riders roll in 18 minutes later

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Mikel Iturria escapes the breakaway to take solo win; GC riders roll in 18 min

George Smith 4 Sep 2019 When the stage winner crossed the line, the GC group still had well over 12km to go Mikel Iturria (Euskadi-Murias) earned the biggest win of his career after soloing to victory from the day's breakaway group on Stage 11 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana . As the remnants of the breakaway rolled across the line, they did so with a gap of around 15 minutes to the peloton, who were enjoying a relaxing day ahead of the upcoming mountainous stages. The gap to the GC riders and their teams went out further and the group crossed the line 18:36 after the stage winner. Clesrly thinking they could save a bit of time by doing their recovery spin on the road rather than the rollers, the red jersey and his rivals took the last few kilometres very easy. With the mountains to come, who can ...

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Mark Cavendish to race OVO Energy Tour of Britain

Mark Cavendish (picture via SWPix.com)

Former World Champion leads Dimension Data in what could be one of his final races for team

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Mark Cavendish to ride the 2019 Tour of Britain

Mark Cavendish to ride the 2019 Tour of Britain

Joseph Delves 3 Sep 2019 Manx sprinter to appear at the closest thing to his home tour Britain’s most prolific male rider of all time, Mark Cavendish , will be heading to the 2019 Tour of Britain . His attendance at the race has been confirmed, along with that of his Dimension Data teammate Steve Cummings. Also named in the squad’s six-person line-up is Cavendish’s long-term accomplice and lead-out man, Mark Renshaw . The rider with the most wins at the Tour of Britain, Cavendish took three in both the 2012 and 2013 editions of the race. He’ll be looking for a positive close to a season that saw him bitterly disappointed to be left out of Dimension Data’s Tour de France team . 'What makes the 2019 edition especially significant is the finish in Manchester,' Cavendish explained. 'I remember as an amateur watching the finish there in 2004, the ...

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Rolf Aldag to leave Dimension Data at end of season

Rolf Aldag to leave Dimension Data at end of season

George Smith 3 Sep 2019 Head of performance departs after four years Dimension Data have announced that their head of performance, Rolf Aldag, is to leave the team at the end of the season by mutual agreement. The former professional cyclist ends his stay with the team after four years in the role, following similar previous spells at T-Mobile and Omega Pharma-Quickstep. A statement on Dimension Data’s website described Aldag’s departure as 'an entirely amicable step, mutually decided on with a sense of gratitude for the past and heart-felt wishes of good luck for the respective futures.' However, given the public clash Aldag had with team manager Doug Ryder over the latter’s decision not to take Mark Cavendish to the Tour de France this year, speculation is mounting over the true nature of events. Aldag was publically angry after being controversially overruled by Ryder in this decision, disagreeing with his ...

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