Road tubeless finally comes of age | Redesigned Schwalbe Pro One released

Schwalbe Pro One Tubeless Easy tyre

Revamped tubeless tyre said to faster and lighter, with improved puncture protection and durability

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Cyclik introduces gravel bike made from bamboo

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French brand also offers made-to-measure bikes for other types of riding

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The make-pretend races of Etten-Leur

I wonder what one of the Tour de France’s founders and cycling’s greatest writers, Henri Desgrange, would think about the make-pretend time-trial and criterium, hosting the top riders in the world, held in the small Dutch town of Etten-Leur in the weeks after the Tour de France. Would Desgrange channel Emile Zola, his working-class hero … The post The make-pretend races of Etten-Leur appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Chapman, Stephens dominate SBT GRVL for Tibco-SVB

Brodie Chapman (Tibco-SVB) wins the SBT GRVL

Tibco-SVB teammates Brodie Chapman and Lauren Stephens dominated the SBT GRVL, placing first and second, respectively, in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, on Sunday. The two riders covered the 225.6km route, which included 2,743 metres of climbing, in under seven hours. They will both be racing in the upcoming Colorado Classic , held from August 22-25. "The SBT GRVL Race was an awesome opportunity," Chapman said. "It's really cool that we as professional road cyclists get to mix up our programme with something as challenging and different as gravel racing. "This was my first 'official' gravel race, and I'll admit I was a bit apprehensive about what to expect out of myself, at altitude, coming from a block of European racing – not to mention the stacked and experienced gravel field here in the USA." Chapman won the Gravel and Tar La Femme in January in Australia and then joined Tibco-SVB for ...

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CyclingTips Podcast: Finding a good mechanic and Tom Dumoulin’s move

This week’s Podcast comes to you from a Boulder institution, Vecchio’s Bicicletteria. Neal, James, and Caley first talk about Tom Dumoulin’s move to Jumbo Visma and wonder aloud whether this is finally the team that can match Ineos. Then, Neal reports from SBT GRVL, a massive gravel race in Steamboat Springs, CO last weekend. Finally, we pull longtime shop … The post CyclingTips Podcast: Finding a good mechanic and Tom Dumoulin’s move appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tech Trend: Is adjustable geometry the next big thing for gravel bikes?

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Ever wanted to adjust the geometry on your bike? Now you can, but do you want to?

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Gravel time trial to 2,850m summit of Mount Etna reported for 2020 Giro d'Italia

Gravel time trial to 2,850m summit of Mount Etna reported for 2020 Giro d'Italia

Joe Robinson 20 Aug 2019 Race to reach altitude with added bonus of gravel and potential volcanic eruptions The Giro d'Italia is looking to turn up the heat in 2020 with a gravel time trial on Mount Etna that finishes 2,850m above sea level. It has already been confirmed that the race will visit the southern Italian island of Sicily once the race has left the Grande Partenza in Budapest, Hungary, but it is now expected to visit altitude on the famous volcano. According to reports in the Italian press, rather than climbing the usual tarmac ascent, the proposed route for next year will take the race along a finely-packed gravel road that finishes at 2,850m. Volcanic expert Marco Neri helped pen a nine-page document for the Catania region which was sent to race organiser RCS arguing for the inclusion of this new route, according to Meridio News . 'From ...

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Spomenik hunters in the land of the Macedons

Across the lands that once belonged to Yugoslavia lie hundreds of strange, brutalist monuments to nationhood. CyclingTips contributor Tom Owen set out on a journey through the wilds of North Macedonia to hunt these haunting ‘spomeniks’ and explore Europe’s ragged fringes. The post Spomenik hunters in the land of the Macedons appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Orro announces Venturi Evo & GRX-equipped Terra C

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British brand unveils cheaper version of flagship race bike plus Shimano GRX-equipped Terra C gravel bike

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Orro announces Venturi Evo & Shimano GRX-equipped Terra C

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British brand unveils cheaper version of flagship race bike plus Shimano GRX-equipped Terra C gravel bike

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Merida Silex 6000+ 2020 gravel bike: first-ride review

Merida Silex 6000+ 2020 gravel bike

First announced for the 2018 season, the Merida Silex is the Taiwanese mega-manufacturer’s take on the do-it-all gravel segment. It’s a bike that’s available in both alloy and carbon variants, and new for 2020, a 650B-wheeled version of the latter. While it’s not a new bike, we hadn’t ridden one, until now. While attending the … The post Merida Silex 6000+ 2020 gravel bike: first-ride review appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Marianne Vos: Bastianelli was too strong in Vargarda

Marta Bastianelli (Virtu) beats Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) to win Postnord Vargarda WestSweden

Having won the race three times before, in 2009, 2013, and 2018, Marianne Vos ( CCC-Liv ) was among the favourites for Sunday's Postnord Vårgårda WestSweden Road Race . Wearing the bib number one as last year's winner, Vos came into the race aiming to defend her title but was pipped at the line by a faster sprinter - Marta Bastianelli. "Marta was too strong," Vos said of the Italian champion, who will be one of Vos' biggest rivals at the UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire next month. Vos and Bastianelli are both eyeing the world title on the Yorkshire route, and the Vargarda road race was one of the last opportunities for the peloton's top sprinters and puncheurs to compete against one another in a one-day format before the race for the rainbow jersey. Vos has won the elite women's road race world title on three occasions (2006, ...

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Marta Bastianelli wins Postnord Vargarda WestSweden Road Race

Marta Bastianelli (Virtu) wins Postnord Vargarda WestSweden

Marta Bastianelli ( Team Virtu Cycling ) won the Postnord Vårgårda WestSweden Road Race . After an active race with lots of attacks, things came down to the sprint of a reduced peloton. The Italian champion came through the final corner in the slipstream of Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) and came past Vos on the final metres, winning the race with just a few centimetres. Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel Valkenburg) sprinted to third place. Vos dived into the last right turn with 300m to race, hoping to repeat her victory of 2018. She had speed and kicked hard but Bastianelli was on her wheel and then came past her at the line to win and quickly begin celebrating. It was her sixth victory of the 2019 season and her first since winning the Italian national title in late July. She is the first Italian rider to ever win the Postnord Vårgårda WestSweden ...

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Morton making the most of EF Education First's 'alternative calendar'

Lachlan Morton (EF Education First) after Dirty Kanza

More than any other rider on EF Education First , Lachlan Morton has availed himself of the team's “alternative calendar” of off-road ultra-endurance events and gravel grinders, as the American WorldTour team works to expand its portfolio. The 27-year-old Australian is at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah this week, his first road tour and only second road race since the Amgen Tour of California in May. Morton has been focusing on the mass-start events where he competes against a handful of pros and sometimes thousands of citizen riders. “They’re all events I’ve always wanted to do,” Morton told Cyclingnews Saturday before the start of stage 5 in Utah. “So to be able to have a team that backs you to go do it and to be able to race professionally, for me it’s kind of a dream situation. I really want to race any of them, because they’re ...

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Devinci’s new Hatchet gravel bike

Devinci Hatchet

New Hatchet accepts bigger tyres, has updated geometry, and the premier model comes with a dropper post

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Q&A: Sarah Sturm, the rising star of gravel and endurance MTB

The multi-talented rider wins crits, mountain bike races, and singlespeed 'cross events. Now she's taking on gravel, and looking forward to suffering at SBT GRVL. Read the full article at Q&A;: Sarah Sturm, the rising star of gravel and endurance MTB on VeloNews.com .

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Stealthy DT Swiss 180 hubs, BiVi’s retro Bunker, Unior’s Hanger Genie and the sensual vibrating Pulseroll

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The shiniest, most exciting kit to land at BikeRadar HQ this week

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How the SBT GRVL race boosted its female participation

Gravel race management earmarked 200 spots specifically for women after initial registration numbers were heavily male. Read the full article at How the SBT GRVL race boosted its female participation on VeloNews.com .

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Tuft to retire at end of 2019 and take up gravel bike guiding

Svein Tuft joined Rally UHC from Mitchelton-Scott

Svein Tuft will finally bring an end to his professional cycling career at the end of 2019, with gravel bike guiding among a series of projects on the horizon of retirement. Tuft started his career back in 2002 and, as he puts it, has had his "foot on the gas for the best part of 20 years". After his eight-year stint with Mitchelton-Scott came to an end in 2018, he was on the verge of retirement until Pro Continental outfit Rally UHC Cycling offered him a contract in a support and mentoring role. The move has breathed new life into his career but, with the season coming to an end, there's no real temptation for the 42-year-old to go one further. "I'll be done this year," Tuft told Cyclingnews in Å at the start of the opening stage of the Arctic Race of Norway on Thursday. "As you get to ...

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VN Archives: Tough guy Vaughters conquers Colorado terrain to win Saturn Classic

In advance of SBT GRVL, a new 140-mile gravel race in Steamboat, we revisit the Saturn Classic, which also featured Colorado's climbs, gravel roads, and big prize money. Read the full article at VN Archives: Tough guy Vaughters conquers Colorado terrain to win Saturn Classic on VeloNews.com .

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