Why The 2018 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Was So Underwhelming

Joe Robinson 26 Feb 2018 There were a few clear reasons as to why the first cobbled Classic of the year was not that exciting This weekend, for many, sparked the true start of the cycling season with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday. This cobbled one-day Classic usually produces electric racing and builds the anticipation for the upcoming Tour of Flanders to palpable levels. However while Michael Valgren's (Astana) canny attack led to an impressive solo victory , I couldn't help but to feel a little unsatisfied with this year's race. Bucking the trend of recent years, the 2018 Omloop did not produce the fireworks on the much loved cobbled climbs between the usual culprits that we are used to seeing. Below is a little looks at why we may have all been left underwhelmed by this usually tantalising race. If it isn't broke, don't fix it On paper, Omloop ...

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Photo Gallery: 2018 Nahbs Custom Gravel, Cx, Rando, And Town Bikes

One of the best things about the annual North American Handmade Bicycle Show is the tremendous variety of bikes on display. Traditional roadies always make a strong showing, of course, but the countless gravel, cyclocross, randonneur, and town bikes on display provide visual evidence to the diverse interests of enthusiast cyclists. Variety is the spice … The post Photo gallery: 2018 NAHBS custom gravel, CX, rando, and town bikes appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Omloop Het Nieuwsblad: Michael Valgren Takes Surprise Victory

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad: Michael Valgren takes surprise victory

Joe Robinson 24 Feb 2018 Astana make most of numerical advantage with Valgren taking first cobbled classic of the season Michael Valgren made the most of Astana 's numerical advantage in the final kilometres to take a surprise victory at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad . As one of three Astana riders in the lead group, the young Dane managed to launch himself from a group of 12 close to the finish, gaining a large enough gap to take him to victory. Team Sky 's Lukasz Wisniowski battled to second place with an ever aggressive Sep Vanmarcke (EF-Drapac) holding on for third. Thanks to the company of teammates Alexey Lutsenko and Oscar Gatto, the sheer numbers of Astana were enough to beat the likes of Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and Wout Van Aert (Verandas Willems–Crelan). Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2018: How the day unfolded Omloop Het Niewsblad, for many, marked the beginning ...

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Cycling Songs, Professionally Reviewed

An art, it can be said, is the craft of pedal-turning. Every rotation of the cranks is itself a symphony. That said, sometimes instruments and vocal chords are added to it. With, er, varied effects. Get Out Of That Saddle, Stephen — Dermot Morgan Ah, the lilting refrains of this ode to Ireland’s only Tour de France winner. Before Dermot Morgan joined the priesthood, he left us with this haunting ditty about Ireland’s darling of 1987. The famed hook of “Get Outta that Saddle, Stephen,” delivered in a melodious manner, sticks in the mind for some time after listening to this tune, famous in nightclubs throughout Ireland. In a French accent, showing the ahead-of-the-curve artistic genius of the songwriter, he imparts great lessons about cycling, such as his intricate knowledge of the steep pitches on the Col d’Aubisque. The line “you’re only gasping for oxygen — I’m gaspin’ for a ...

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Eroica Brittania Latest To Launch Nova Event For Modern Road & Gravel Bikes

By now most road riders know of the classic Eroica gran fondo events that roll classic, pre-1987 bikes out to ride classic roads, always including a mix of pavement and gravel. The retro bikes have been doing it for more than 20 years from its renaissance on the white roads of Tuscany. But now we’ve […] The post Eroica Brittania latest to launch Nova event for modern road & gravel bikes appeared first on Bikerumor .

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Four Funky Mountain Bikes From Nahbs 2018

Four funky mountain bikes from NAHBS 2018

We’ve covered some of the best gravel bikes as well as traditional road bikes on display at this year’s North American Handmade Bicycle show. Last but not least, let’s take look at four interesting mountain bikes. Three stunning road bikes from NAHBS 2018 8 great gravel bikes from NAHBS 2018 Gallery: the weird and wonderful bikes of NAHBS 2018 Sklar Adam Sklar starting building frames as a teenager, and although he’s only 24 years old, he already has a strong following. Based in Bozeman, Montana, Sklar builds mountain, cyclocross, gravel and all-road bikes with his signature arcing top tube. He primarily crafts his bikes from steel, but has recently added titanium to his repertoire. This particular bike was made for a Kitsbow employee. The TIG-welded steel frame features long and slack geometry, a 150m-travel fork and meaty 29x2.6in tires. Olivetti Boo Bicycles Groovy Cycleworks You can read more at BikeRadar.com

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Nahbs 2018: Mosaic Adds A Gravel Tourer; No.22 Adds Stock Sizing, Headsets & Custom Ano

mosaic G-one custom titanium gravel road bike

Mosaic’s new GT2 titanium 650b gravel bike is more adventure ready than the racier 700c model. It’s not just tire size that separates it, the bike gets a lower bottom bracket height and longer chainstays. That combo offers better stability and straight-line handling, a good thing when you’ve been on the bike for hours or […] The post NAHBS 2018: Mosaic adds a gravel tourer; No.22 adds stock sizing, headsets & custom ano appeared first on Bikerumor .

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Photo Gallery: 2018 Hagens Berman Axeon Team Camp

Over the past nine years, Hagens Berman Axeon has earned a reputation as the sport’s top development team. Since its debut in 2009, the program has advanced 25 riders to the WorldTour ranks, including Taylor Phinney, Joe Dombrowski, George Bennett, Alex Dowsett, Jasper Stuyven, Ian Boswell, Greg Daniel, and Tao Geoghegan Hart. Four riders from … The post Photo gallery: 2018 Hagens Berman Axeon team camp appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Eroica Britannia’S New Route 'The Nova' To Allow Modern Bikes

Joseph Delves 22 Feb 2018 Eroica Britannia’s newest addition allows contemporary bikes to get on course at cycling’s favorite retro fest Taking as inspiration the Strade Bianche, or white roads of Tuscany, the Eroica Britannia employs the same mix of unpaved tracks and quiet backways as its Italian forebear. Imparting a British character to proceedings the routes that make up the festival’s main event piggyback on Derbyshire’s industrial heritage, utilising the decommissioned tunnels and cuttings that allowed trains to transport the goods and raw materials that made the area a centre of the manufacturing revolution. A ride with a festival attached, the three-day event has expanded to become one of the UK’s largest. Now heading towards its fifth edition it attracts around 10,000 cycling fans daily. Of these the 4,500 who complete one the three Sunday rides will collectively cover around a quarter of a million miles. In the spirit ...

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Three Stunning Road Bikes From Nahbs 2018

Three stunning road bikes from NAHBS 2018

Many of the frame builders at this year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show were displaying their latest gravel bikes, but among the rows of drop-bar bikes with fat tires were some sleek and elegant road bikes. Here’s a look at three that caught my eye. Four funky mountain bikes from NAHBS 2018 8 great gravel bikes from NAHBS 2018 Gallery: the weird and wonderful bikes of NAHBS 2018 Cherubim Cherubim takes a very traditional approach to frame design and construction. This disc all-road bike is the first of its kind produced by the legendary Japanese builder. The frame is constructed from lightweight Kaisei steel tubing. It features chrome detailing and fender mounts for matching Honjo fenders. The color is dubbed “Care Bear Camo.” This particular bike belongs to Mike Yakubowicz, owner of the ultra-boutique bike shop Blacksmith Cycle . FiftyOne Bikes Mosaic Cycles You can read more at BikeRadar.com

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Team Wiggins And Le Col Reveal 2018 Kit

Team Wiggins and Le Col reveal 2018 kit

This article was originally published on Cyclingnews Team Wiggins has revealed its kit for the 2018 season, created by new clothing partner Le Col, switching from Rapha after three years on the race circuit. Gallery: the weird and wonderful bikes of NAHBS 2018 Race tech from the Tour Down Under gallery Founded by former British professional Yanto Barker, Le Col will also produce a line of clothing designed by Wiggins that will be available to consumers to buy for spring/summer 2018. Team Wiggins is a British Continental team founded by Bradley Wiggins in 2015. It has nurtured riders such as Owain Doull, Jon Dibben, Chris Lawless, James Knox and Scott Davies, all of whom now ride in the WorldTour. For the 2018 season, Team Wiggins has signed U23 cyclocross sensation and junior time trial world champion Tom Pidcock , along with British youngster Jesse Yates, son of former professional rider ...

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'Don't Go To Team Sky – They'll Ruin You,' Wiggins Tells Young Team

'Don't go to Team Sky – they'll ruin you,' Wiggins tells young team

Joe Robinson 21 Feb 2018 Wiggins makes cheeky swipe at former team at the launch of Team Wiggins On the first floor of a yoga shop on Regent Street, London, Bradley Wiggins presented his raft of 17 young Team Wiggins riders for the 2018 season. The team's aim is simple: take a group of talented under-23s and nurture their talent to help them step up to WorldTour level. One of these riders is Tom Pidcock , whose palmares already speaks for itself despite him being just 18 years old: Junior Paris-Roubaix winner, junior time-trial World Champion and junior cyclocross World Champion are just three of his titles so far. So what advice did the former Tour de France winner Wiggins have for his promising young signing – someone who he says 'already has it'? 'Don't go to Team Sky in the future, go somewhere else. They will ruin you.' The ...

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8 Great Gravel Bikes From Nahbs 2018

8 great gravel bikes from NAHBS 2018

It seems that there’s one breed of bicycle that stands out each year at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS). In years past, fixies, fat bikes, disc road, and 27.5+ mountain bikes have all stolen the spotlight. This year, the depth of interest in gravel riding was evident not only by the sheer number of bikes on display but also the range of materials used — steel, titanium and carbon builders were all showcasing their latest interpretations of this broad category. Here’s a look at eight of the most interesting gravel bikes on display at this year’s show. Four funky mountain bikes from NAHBS 2018 Gallery: the weird and wonderful bikes of NAHBS 2018 Three stunning road bikes from NAHBS 2018 4 types of gravel, 2 types of fun Mosaic GT-2 Mosaic’s GT-2 is the second-tier gravel bike in the company’s arsenal. Unlike the top-end GT-1, which is constructed ...

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Matt Brammeier: I Remember Everything Until I Hit The Car

Giles Belbin 20 Feb 2018 The Aqua Blue Sport rider explains his controversial 1x 3T Strada race bike, that crash at the Tour of Utah and why it’s all for charity Matt Brammeier is a multiple national champion of Ireland. Aged 32 and based in Girona, he rides for Aqua Blue Sport and is married to three-time British cyclocross champion Nikki Brammeier. After driving Nikki to the airport one January afternoon he takes time out to talk to Cyclist. Cyclist: Your team’s 1x (single front chain ring) 3T Strada bike has caused quite a stir already this season. What were your thoughts when you first clapped eyes on it? Matt Brammeier: The only reason it got a reaction was because it’s different and goes away from the traditional gear set-up. I’ve ridden cyclocross bikes quite a lot – which have been 1x for a number of years – and sometimes ...

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Surly's Midnight Special Pairs Road Geometry With Fat Tires

Surly's Midnight Special pairs road geometry with fat tires

Surly Bikes has carved out a niche by developing sensibly-priced steel bikes that meet real-world needs. The company’s latest creation is the Midnight Special, a versatile all-road bike that’s up to speed with the latest component standards. The All-City Gorilla Monsoon is a monster-cross machine Surly goes big with the new Pugsley Surly Steamroller first ride review Surly Midnight Special highlights 4130 Steel frameset 650b / 700c compatible 44mm head tube Front and rear thru-axles Direct-mount brake mounts Massive tire clearance $1,799 complete / $625 frameset (UK and Australian pricing TBC) Available now Call it a gravel bike, call it an all-road bike, however you want to position it, the Midnight Special is a do-it-all drop bar bike with massive tire clearance. Pot-holes and rough roads be damned, this bike will take 650b tires up to 60mm (2.35in) wide and 700c tires up to 42mm wide. While Surly has won ...

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Hunt 30 Carbon Aero Disc Wheelset Review

Hunt 30 Carbon Aero Disc wheelset review

The latest wheels from UK designer Hunt unleash maximum potential from disc-equipped race bikes with a combined assault of super-lightweight, sweet-riding build and high volume, tubeless-compatible smoothness. And, as if that wasn’t enough, it does it far cheaper than most. Zipp 454 NSW Carbon Clinch disc-brake review 6 of the best saddle bags In typically helpful Hunt fashion, it provides the wheels pre-fitted with Schwalbe Pro One tubeless road tyres in 23, 25 or 28mm width for an extra £99 (£35 cheaper than RRP). If you’re setting up yourself, then the H-Lock rim means tyres snap into place savagely (it’s okay, the sidewalls haven’t snapped even though it might sound like it) and they sometimes need more pressure than normal (or bead lube) to fit cleanly all the way round. They come off fine though (hands free if you’ve got your technique down well) and the 20.5mm inner width means ...

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Enve Ses 4.5 Ar Disc Chris King Wheelset Review

ENVE SES 4.5 AR Disc Chris King wheelset review

ENVE’s new super-fat rims cost more than some full carbon wheelsets with essentially similar stats, and they’re awkward to set up. However, if you’re patient enough to get them ready (or just pay someone else to do it) their super-wide, gliding ride really is something else. Super-wide hoops for gravel: ENVE launches M525 G 6 pre-ride bike checks Self-fitting (and then refitting) the supplied but split-prone rim tape was a disappointing start and I eventually used strips of Gorilla tape to seal the rims instead. ENVE assures us it has now switched to a different tape in response to the splitting issue mentioned. Internal nipples also mean you need to remove the tape and reseal if you have to adjust spoke tension. The rim bed shape is also fussy about sealing with some types of valve, so I’d recommend designs with a conical rubber bung for the best results. While ...

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Speed Skating And Cycling - The Similarities Are Uncanny

Speed skating has many similarities to cycling

The Winter Olympics don't have any cycling, per se, but you'll find there's a lot in common with ice speed skating. We look into the similarities of the racing and equipment and events.

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Training Plan Guide: How To Coach Yourself To Peak Fitness

No time, no coach, no problem. Coach Chad shares his proven, science-backed training process that takes busy athletes from base to peak. Table of Contents This guide was written with order in mind, but if you want to jump around feel free to do so by clicking on the hyperlinked questions below. Base Phase Training:…

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How Age Affects Performance, Can Time Trialists Sprint & More – Ask A Cycling Coach 138

How age affects performance, can time trialists sprint, why average power is so low in cyclocross & more in this week’s episode of the Ask a Cycling coach Podcast.  Topics covered in this episode TrainerRoad’s Facebook Beta Group What DEXA scans tell you about your body Do I need to replicate the distance of…

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