Cycling is about to get more affordable: Australia’s first Ride to Work Scheme launched

Supported by This morning Australian Tour De France winner Cadel Evans and Swisse Wellness Managing Director Oliver Horn announced Australia and New Zealand’s first Ride to Work Scheme where all Swisse employees will be entitled to a $2,000/pa loan to purchase cycling equipment to ride to and from work. Over 12 months, employees repay this amount from … The post Cycling is about to get more affordable: Australia’s first Ride to Work Scheme launched appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Auto Trader's #SwearToChange road safety campaign offers free reflective gear to cyclists - and sparks a social media backlash

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Used car website aims to promote harmony between road users - but falls into old trap of being perceived as shifting onus to vulnerable road users

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Do clutch rear derailleurs add drivetrain friction?

Clutched rear derailleurs have long been a fixture in the mountain bike world given how the one-way pulley cage pivots dramatically enhance chain security and reduce noise. The road world has largely ignored the technology on two counts, though: weight and friction. The added mass relative to a non-clutched rear derailleur is indisputable, but does … The post Do clutch rear derailleurs add drivetrain friction? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The Cycling Plus team takes on Tenerife’s Mount Teide

The Cycling Plus team takes on Tenerife’s Mount Teide

This is a sponsored article in association with Zwift Videogames are fun places to disappear into, but they’re not going to prepare you for real life, right? Gran Turismo means little in a full-throttle racing car and Grand Theft Autowon’t aid your rise up through an actual criminal underworld. Okay, it might. With Zwift, however, the virtual world will help you conquer real mountains. Just ask our trio of riders. Cycling Plus's trio of riders get serious with their hill climb training Double up your training riding indoors and out In October they jetted out to Tenerife to take on Mount Teide, the volcano that dominates the island and, at 3,718m, is Spain’s highest peak. While the road tops out at 2,325m, its continuous climb from sea level makes it a favourite destination for European roadies. For the past six months, our trio have been doubling up road riding with ...

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Bowman Pilgrims Disc frameset

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A quick, direct-handling, all-season road bike with the versatility to take you off the beaten track 8/10

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Your complete guide to Specialized's 2019 road bike range

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Including the all-new Tarmac Disc SL6, Venge, Roubaix, Ruby, Allez, Diverge and Sequoia

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The weekly spin: The intersection of American football and international cyclocross

In two weeks, international cyclocross and American football will hold the biggest events of their respective seasons on the same day. I’ll be watching both. Because I often find the lead up to the marquee event more interesting than the main event itself — thus explaining my unique affection for E3 Harelbeke and Dwars door Vlaanderen … The post The weekly spin: The intersection of American football and international cyclocross appeared first on CyclingTips .

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How mechanics keep bikes running smooth at the Tour Down Under

How mechanics keep bikes running smooth at the Tour Down Under

Racing at the Tour Down Under presents a logistical challenge, but once there things generally run smoothly for the mechanics. Read the full article at How mechanics keep bikes running smooth at the Tour Down Under on VeloNews.com .

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How to become a Tour de Yorkshire Tour Maker

How to become a Tour de Yorkshire Tour Maker

Cyclist magazine 22 Jan 2019 Your chance to volunteer at Britain's biggest stage race With the UCI World Championships heading there this September, the 2019 men's and women's Tour de Yorkshire races could be set to attract its strongest ever field and you can have the chance to get up close and personal. Race organisers are searching for 1,300 volunteers to become Tour Makers, a role that helps the event run to plan, ensure the safe passage of the peloton and provide each and every spectator with the best experience of professional cycling. Importantly, Tour Makers will be relied upon to be ambassadors for the county to those visiting 'God's Own Country' for the stage race. To make sure they attract the right characters, organisers have also released 10 qualities that they search for in every volunteer. Those qualities are: Passionate about Yorkshire, welcoming, reliable, friendly, fun, organised, approachable, caring, ...

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Technical FAQ: Cleat position and injuries

Technical FAQ: Cleat position and injuries

Lennard Zinn addresses several questions about bike position as it relates to cleats and saddles. Read the full article at Technical FAQ: Cleat position and injuries on VeloNews.com .

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Rally-UHC invited to Suisse and Flèche, focused on European ‘big leagues’

Rally-UHC invited to Suisse and Flèche, focused on European ‘big leagues’

American team Rally-UHC continues its evolution toward WorldTour racing in Europe, cultivating young talent Brandon McNulty. Read the full article at Rally-UHC invited to Suisse and Flèche, focused on European ‘big leagues’ on VeloNews.com .

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Contador: I think Froome can win the Tour and Bernal the Giro

Alberto Contador poses with Chris Froome and Elia Viviani

Alberto Contador has tipped Chris Froome to win a fifth Tour de France and Egan Bernal to land the Giro d’Italia , but has warned Vincenzo Nibali and Tom Dumoulin about the fatigue of the Giro-Tour double and suggested that no current Grand Tour rider races with the aggression and panache that he did. Contador was known for his attacking and tactically astute racing skills, as well as his strength of character. He overcame a cerebral cavernoma early in his career and stood up to Lance Armstrong during their time together at the Astana team in 2009. He rode 18 Grand Tours during his career, winning seven: the Tour de France in 2007 and 2009, the Giro d’Italia in 2008 and 2015 and the Vuelta a Espana in 2008, 2012 and 2014. His victories at the 2010 Tour and 2011 Giro were revoked after he tested positive for Clenbuterol and ...

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Sportful Classic Race bib shorts review

Sportful Classic Race bib shorts review

The Classic Race W bibshorts from Sportful are designed to be functional and comfortable with plain styling and ‘high-end’ features. Best women's road bike saddles Best women's road bikes Women's cycling product reviews, buying guides, interviews, advice and more Sportful uses ‘AeroFlow Compress’ fabric, which it says provides exceptional fit and muscle support, and many shops recommend that you get one size bigger than usual to account for the close-fitting athletic cut on these shorts. I’m a UK10 / EU38 / US6, and tested a size small, and even though I found the shorts were a bit snug to get on, they were a good fit and didn't feel too small when in the saddle. These shorts are so grippy that they take a while to actually put on though, so they’d be no good for a commuter in a hurry. Once on, they do offer great support to the ...

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UK bicycle exports at record high worth £72m to economy

UK bicycle exports at record high worth £72m to economy

Joe Robinson 22 Jan 2019 Findings show huge increase in bicycle exports with biggest growth in Asia British bike exports were at a record high in 2018, accounting for £72.8 million towards the nation's economy. Figures released from the Department for International Trade showed that there had been a 16.1% increase in exports across the last five years with a particular increase in demand coming from Asia. Analysis of the data from HMRC showed Asian nations had an appetite for British-built bikes with exports to China rising by 109%, to Taiwan by 200% and Malaysia by 724% in 2018. In total, this saw bike exports to Asia and Oceania value at £10.8 million over the past 12 months. Growth was not as rapid elsewhere although still rising. The United States only experienced a 7.8% increase in value during the same period although, still accounting to £5.1 million. See related Gallery: ...

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Swiss national team receives Tour de Suisse wildcard

Marc Hirschi of Switzerland wins the 2018 U23 world title

The Swiss national team has been awarded a wildcard invitation to the 2019 Tour de Suisse thanks to a rule change approved by the UCI at last year’s World Championships in Innsbruck. The national selection joins Professional Continental outfits Rally UHC Cycling and Direct Energie as the three squads invited to participate in the Tour de Suisse alongside the 18 WorldTour teams. It is likely that the Swiss team at the nine-day Tour de Suisse will be composed primarily of under-23 riders, as well as elite riders who have not yet raced at the top level. The UCI rule change has angered the Professional Continental teams but Danilo Hondo, the Swiss national team coach for elite and under-23 men, has welcomed the decision to allow his selection to participate in their national tour. "It’s extremely valuable for us to be able to offer our young athletes the chance to see ...

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Hayes Dominion A4 brakes review

Hayes Dominion A4 brakes review

Having dominated the disc brake market in the late 2000s with the HFX, Hayes has been in the wilderness for a while. It's spent several years data-logging braking habits and then developing the Dominion A4, and it’s paid off. This is a brake that performs well in real-world conditions, while being as user-friendly as possible. The ‘clean sheet’ approach includes thicker-than-average rotors (1.95mm) and grub screws for micro-adjusting the position of the long four-piston caliper to ensure rub-free alignment. SRAM Code RSC brake review 6 of the best: disc brake rotors Each brake is factory-tuned for minimum ‘dead stroke’, so the pad engagement is noticeably prompt and consistent. Reach is adjustable via a dial set into the lever blade and you can adjust the bite point with a 2mm Allen key. Even with four big 17mm pistons, Hayes’ ‘LoFi’ (low lever force, high piston force) design and the fact that ...

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Just Riding Along Lark Light Road wheelset with CX-Ray spokes

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Excellent performance and weight from a well-built, classic looking wheelset 9/10

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Diego Ullisi's Colnago C64 — gallery

Diego Ullisi's Colnago C64 — gallery

UAE Team Emirates rides the most Italian bikes in the whole WolrdTour, with the team using Campagnolo-equipped Colnagos that are fitted with a full complement of Italian-made components. 2019 WorldTour team pro bike guide All-new Campagnolo 12-speed EPS electronic groupset spotted 29-year-old Diego Ulissi has been with UAE Team Emirates since 2010 — when it was previously known as Lampre–Farnese Vini — and he continues his tenure with the squad for the 2019 season. Ulissi’s Colnago C64 — which was released in early 2018 — is built around a 12-speed Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupset alongside the Italian brand’s Bora Ultra wheels, which are fitted with Vittoria Corsa tyres. Colnago C64 first ride review All-new Campagnolo 12-speed EPS electronic groupset spotted The Italian theme continues with the finishing kit, with Deda supplying its Alanera one-piece cockpit and Prologo its Scratch saddle. Click through the gallery to have a closer look ...

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Phil Anderson, yellow jerseys, and an ’82 Peugeot

Phil Anderson is an icon of Australian cycling. His successes paved the way for several waves of Australian talent since he retired in 1994. His career peaked in the 1980s, in which years he became the first Australian and non-European, in 1981, to wear the Tour de France yellow jersey as a member of the … The post Phil Anderson, yellow jerseys, and an ’82 Peugeot appeared first on CyclingTips .

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North Star Grand Prix confirms UCI 2.2 women's stage race in 2019

The jersey winners at the 2017 North Star Grand Prix

Organisers of the North Star Grand Prix announced Monday that its women's stage race will return as a UCI-sanctioned 2.2 event held from June 12-16 in Minnesota. The organizers have partnered with USA Cycling to align the event with the future growth and development of women's cycling in the US. "USA Cycling is striving to be the number one women's cycling nation in the world by winning the medal count for women at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics," said Scott Schnitzspahn, USA Cycling Vice President of Elite Athletics, in a press release. "Having events like the North Star Grand Prix become UCI sanctioned will help our riders prepare to meet these goals by providing them the opportunity to compete against the best athletes in the world." Organisers will also host a men's stage race that will be part of the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour (PRT). The organization anticipates hosting many ...

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