Fabian Cancellara on life in retirement: 'I’m busier now than when I raced'
Joe Robinson 1 Nov 2019 The seven-time Monument winner on why he doesn't miss racing and how life has become busier off the bike Fabian Cancellara is now three years into retirement. Hanging up his wheels having won gold in the individual time trial at the Rio Olympics, the Swiss brought to a close one of the most dominant careers this century. Four time trial World Championships, three-time Tour of Flanders winner, three-time Paris-Roubaix victor, a Milan-San Remo and two Olympic gold medals, too. With a palmares like that, you could probably get away with not having to work another day in your life after retirement. But for the 38-year-old, his life after bike racing seems to just be getting started. If he is not running his Chasing Cancellara sportive series, he is helping brands like Suplest, BMC and Gore develop products. Cyclist caught up with Cancellara at Sigma Sports ...
The 10 most impressive performances in men’s road cycling in 2019
The WorldTour is over for another year and the pros are off enjoying a well-earned break. The 2020 season will be here before we know it but before it is, let’s look back at the season that just finished. In this post we dive into the most impressive performance in men’s road cycling in 2019. … The post The 10 most impressive performances in men’s road cycling in 2019 appeared first on CyclingTips .
First Saudi Tour confirmed for 2020
Joe Robinson 29 Oct 2019 New race certain to raise further sportswashing questions Saudi Arabia will host its first major cycling event in 2020 as Tour de France organiser ASO announced a new five-day stage race for next season. The oil-rich Middle Eastern state will host the 2.1 category race between 4th and 8th February with the race set to take place around the capital, Riyadh, and its surrounding desert hills. Announcing the race, CEO of ASO Yann Le Moenner claimed this new race would further develop the growing racing scene in the Middle East. 'We are involved in the emergence of a new racing scene in the Middle East, which corresponds to the riders’ demands at the beginning of the year. The creation of the Saudi Tour and its sustainable installation in the calendar is part of this movement,' said Le Moenner. 'This new race both represents an exciting ...
Sastre, Vos, O’Grady and Tenniglo to ride the 2019 Giro della Donna
Supported by We may be biased but we think the Giro della Donna is something special. It was born from wanting to create an event we would want to ride. As a result it is one of the most beautiful rides in one of the country’s most beautiful places. And it seems the word is spreading … … The post Sastre, Vos, O’Grady and Tenniglo to ride the 2019 Giro della Donna appeared first on CyclingTips .
The best superbikes you can buy on eBay
Joe Robinson 24 Oct 2019 From a £43k Indurain Pinarello to a Colnago mountain bike with matching stand, these are six incredible machines Ebay is truly a treasure trove of incredible bikes. In just one afternoon of trawling through the site, we found some incredible relics from cycling's past that are making us want to blow our savings on a new rig. Whether it's the £43,000 Miguel Indurain Pinarello or Alex Zulle's Look KG196 TT bike, these bikes are genuine collectables and are fully worth the exorbitant amount of money being asked for. Sure, you'd probably never actually ride them but who cares? The satisfaction of owning one of these should be enough. Cyclist has gathered six of eBay's best superbikes to tempt you into becoming a bike collector. Matt White’s 2007 Tour de France Discovery Channel Trek Equinox TT bike, £3,020 Feel the need for speed by buying this ...
The weekly spin: 10 cycling books for the holiday season
The holidays are a great time for buying and reading books, whether that means curling up on the couch on a cold day with a good read, gift giving, or both. It’s also a quiet time for the sport of cycling, a perfect opportunity to fill the void with the written (or spoken) word. As … The post The weekly spin: 10 cycling books for the holiday season appeared first on CyclingTips .
British custom bike brand WyndyMilla launches all new Massive Attack
Updated all-round road platform brings a modern design philosophy to a bespoke manufacturing and build process
Rain or shine: Castelli’s evolving philosophy on apparel for all elements
Usually, cyclists hope it won’t rain before a bike ride. At a recent media event, Castelli product managers were hoping for the opposite. It’s why they chose to host it in the Ötztal Valley of Tyrol, Austria, 250 kilometers north of their headquarters in Fonzaso, Italy. And though it didn’t rain, the question of variable weather perfectly encapsulates … The post Rain or shine: Castelli’s evolving philosophy on apparel for all elements appeared first on CyclingTips .
Taylor Phinney retires from professional cycling
Joe Robinson 17 Oct 2019 The 29-year-old hangs up his wheels to focus on life away from cycling. Photo: Chris Blott Taylor Phinney will end his career at the Japan Cup this weekend as he announced his retirement from professional cycling. The American will bring a premature end to his career at the age of 29 concluding a career defined by raw talent, distinct individualism and grave ill-fortune. In a press release from his Education First team, Phinney said: 'This decision has been something that I've been back and forth struggling with for a long time, and by a long time I mean a couple of years, and ultimately, I feel like my body sort of made this choice for me. 'I've now been injured longer than I've not been injured as a professional athlete. And I felt that it was a good time to click out and trade in ...
Taylor Phinney to retire following Japan Cup
Supported by American Taylor Phinney will retire from professional road racing following the Japan Cup this weekend, his team announced Wednesday. Phinney’s story is a complicated one, fed by an early and obvious talent and a world-class pedigree, forever altered by a gruesome crash, then defined in its waning years by a tug-of-war between Phinney the athlete … The post Taylor Phinney to retire following Japan Cup appeared first on CyclingTips .
Scott 2020 road bikes: which model should you choose?
From the lightweight Addict RC to the aero Foil and women’s specific Contessa, we pick the most interesting road bikes from the 2020 Scott road and gravel range
Specialized unveils $5,500 limited-edition Deceuninck–Quick-Step frameset
200 unique S-Works Tarmac Disc framesets created to celebrate Deceuninck–Quick-Step’s all-conquering 2019 season
Bikes of the Bunch: No.22 Aurora titanium all-road bike
We all have missed opportunities and regrets from our youth. It might be a lost love, something we wish we’d done, words we wish we’d said (or hadn’t said), a potential purchase we prudently walked away from but forever regretted not buying. Far fewer of us, however, are able to properly rectify those situations later … The post Bikes of the Bunch: No.22 Aurora titanium all-road bike appeared first on CyclingTips .
Moscon reveals 10kg weight gain at Tour de France after difficult season
Joe Robinson 3 Oct 2019 Italian rider has struggled after 'overtraining' during the off-season Gianni Moscon claims to have put on 10kg during the Tour de France in a season he believes was blighted by 'overtraining'. In an interview with Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport , the Team Ineos rider explained how he had to reset himself after a difficult Tour. Although Moscon was eventually part of the winning team thanks to the exploits of Egan Bernal, he was largely anonymous throughout the race, lacking the impact of previous seasons and also struggling with significant weight gain during the race. 'I weighed myself when I got home [from the Tour] and I was almost 80 kilos, while I started the race at around 70. At least eight kilos more. I didn't recognise myself,' said Moscon. This surprise weight gain came after an underwhelming start to the season for the Italian. ...
The best forgotten cycling fashion trends
Joe Robinson 2 Oct 2019 From short shorts to headbands and bleached hair, here is the fashion that has disappeared from cycling Professional cycling, like most things in life, is at the will of fashion trends. Like the Milan catwalk, styles go in and out of fashion awfully quickly. One year we are all about Boa dials, the next it's laces. Sometimes only black kit will do, the next you wouldn't be caught dead in anything that is not pastel. Most looks come full circle, dropping off the radar before returning a few years later - fluoro being a good example of this - but some fashion trends have seemingly fallen off the edge of the world, never to return again. Below are seven trends from cycling's past. Headbands The rightful decision of the UCI to introduce compulsory helmet use in the professional peloton in 2003 did a lot of ...
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 .
Geraint Thomas open to skipping Tour de France for Giro d'Italia in 2020
Joe Robinson 1 Oct 2019 With Bernal and Froome likely to be leading the charge, the 2018 winner may have to skip next year's Tour Geraint Thomas is considering switching his Grand Tour intentions to the Giro d'Italia as Team Ineos attempt to juggle three Tour de France champions for 2020. The Welshman won the Tour in 2018 and finished second in his defence earlier this year. However, with 2019 champion Egan Bernal likely to return for the number one bib next season and Chris Froome after a record-equalling fifth yellow jersey, Thomas has started to look towards other goals. 'You’d think Egan would want to ride the Tour again, obviously, being the defending champ. Froomey, it’s his big goal, he wants to win five,' said Thomas. 'Even if I did the Giro, it would still certainly excite me and get me out of bed in the morning.' Thomas added ...
Quinn Simmons wants to win Roubaix
Quinn Simmons wants to be the first American to win Paris-Roubaix. At the moment, roughly 24 hours after he won the junior worlds road race, he mostly wants a burger. I find him at the Harrogate stop of the Five Guys burger chain, one of America’s finest culinary exports. We don’t shake hands because his … The post Quinn Simmons wants to win Roubaix appeared first on CyclingTips .
How I (barely) survived 182km of UK gravel at this year’s Dirty Reiver | Sam Dansie
Sam shakes, rattles and rolls as he takes on the UK's toughest gravel event for the first time
Could Elynor Backstedt win first gold for Great Britain at the 2019 World Champs?
Joseph Delves 26 Sep 2019 Already a bronze medallist in the junior time trial, Backstedt will be riding for the win Friday's road race. Photo: SWPix.com The women’s junior road race which takes place on Friday may represent Britain's first, and possibly best, chance for a gold at our home World Championships . With both the men’s and women’s elite squads facing an uphill battle at the weekend, it’s been left to the youngsters to carry an outsize weight of expectation. Primarily this has fallen on ever-rising star Tom Pidcock , who’ll be competing in the men’s under-23 race on Saturday. With many people viewing him as the current favourite in his event, Team GB also has another less-heralded medal contender in the form of youngster Elynor Backstedt. Having already scored a bronze in the time trial this Tuesday, the 17-year-old has now made gold in the junior road race ...