Euro sportive planner: Granfondo Milano-San Remo

BikesEtc 1 Mar 2018 Ride in the wheel tracks of cycling legends in this amateur one-day epic When: Sunday 10th June 2018 Where: Milan, Italy Distance: 296km Cost: Approx €60-70 Website: milan-sanremo.org What is it? Known as La Classicissima (‘The Classic of Classics’), the Milan-San Remo is one of pro cycling’s five Monuments – the longest, hardest and most prestigious one-day races in the sport. And at 296km – nearly 200 miles – this is the longest of them all, and has been a fixture in the pro calendar since 1907. As the name suggests, it covers a route from Milan in northern Italy, down to San Remo on the Ligurian coast near the French border. Being a flatter route than most of the Monuments, it is regarded as one for the sprinters – Mark Cavendish won the race in 2009, the second Brit to do so after Tom Simpson ...

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UK sportive planner: Etape Caledonia

BikesEtc 27 Feb 2018 Enjoy spectacular scenery on Scotland's premier closed road sportive, the Marie Curie Etape Caledonia When: Sunday 20 th May 2018 Where: Pitlochry, Scotland Distance: 130km Cost: From £75 Website: etapecaledonia.co.uk What is the Etape Caledonia? Since it launched in 2007, the Etape Caledonia has become one of Scotland’s biggest sportives, regularly selling out its 5,000 places to riders from all over the world who come to enjoy the Scottish Highland scenery. As the crowds descend on the small town of Pitlochry, the whole place develops a real party atmosphere – which is only enhanced by the warm welcome extended by the locals. See related Hammer Series returns with second weekend for 2018 Cobbles and bergs: Why every cyclist should ride the roads of the Classics Cycling Science: Is stress ruining your performance? What’s the route? Although this isn’t the hilliest of sportives, it’s by no means ...

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Boonen: Chris Froome salbutamol case 'not good for anything'

Tom Boonen retired after the 2017 Paris-Roubaix

Tom Boonen has added his voice to the number of riders publicly commenting on Chris Froome's salbutamol case. The Belgian suggested that despite recording twice the legal dose allowed of salbutamol, "it doesn't let you win the Vuelta or the Tour de France". Froome returned an adverse analytical finding for salbutamol during the 2017 Vuelta a Espana, a race he won overall, with a resolution of his case yet to be finalised. The Briton made his 2018 racing debut earlier in the month at the Ruta del Sol. Speaking at the Spanish race, Froome thanked his fellow riders for their support. Belgian's Tim Wellens and Oliver Naesen though were critical of Froome's presence in the race. A number of other riders have also expressed for a quick resolution to the case. Speaking to Sporza in Kortrijk over the 'opening weekend' in his first outing in his new official role with ...

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The case against carbs: could fat-adapted training make you a better cyclist?

The case against carbs: could fat-adapted training make you a better cyclist?

Michael Donlevy 27 Feb 2018 It starts with fasted rides but goes much further than that, but not all experts are convinced of its benefits Where are you in your training programme? There’s a fair chance that, even if you didn’t balloon over Christmas, you’re trying to lose a few pounds while laying the groundwork for the year ahead. There’s one way of doing it that’s become a big buzzword (buzzphrase?) in recent times: ‘fasted training’. But there’s also an extension of that which edges towards the extremes of what many coaches believe is feasible. It’s guaranteed to help you lose weight and maintain a healthy weight, but it also requires you to ditch the carbohydrate that most of us use for fuel. It’s called ‘fat-adapted training’. It starts with fasted training, so that’s where we’ll begin. Quite simply, this is when you ride on an empty stomach. ‘The easiest ...

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SRAM Red Quarq DZero review

SRAM Red Quarq DZero review

Quarq power meters have always impressed us, with previous generations offering accuracy and reliability, and priced reasonably compared to the likes of SRM. 5 reasons to buy a power meter Shimano power meters to dominate 2018 WorldTour peloton Older Quarq units were straightforward to set up, but not without their quirks, like having to bond a magnet to your frame to get cadence readings, and relying on a Garmin head unit with ANT+ for communication duties. The new DZero comes from more than 10 years of development. It uses an inbuilt cadence measure called Axcad, which combines smart programming with the crank axle to accurately measure your pedalling rate. Quarq has put together a clever piece of programming called Omnical, which means no loss of accuracy should you switch from a 40-tooth ring to a 58 Setting it up is no more involved than fitting standard cranks, and the calibration ...

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Highlights from the London Bike Show

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar After scouring the stands at the London Bike Show, we have the highlights. We found action cameras developed for ice hockey players, faux-fixie machines with hidden high-tech-ery, and steel-looking bikes that are actually carbon. Read on and scroll through the gallery to see it all. UHWK action camera Originally made for ice hockey, the UHWK camera is now ready for bike use If you enjoyed the ice hockey at the Winter Olympics, then the UHWK camera might tickle your fancy. It was developed to help ice hockey players capture the ‘rough and tumble' action, but is now available to cyclists. The UHWK is attached to a headband, not unlike one you'll find on a head torch, and will fit around a lid. Tomir XC Hackney GT bobble hat Rose Edelrose Metrea Favorit GT Pro Performer 26 BMX Presca Mach7 Stanton Factor Calibre Tresca Kona ...

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Fair Wheel Bikes sub 5.1kg Factor takes aim at world’s lightest disc brake road bike

At this point, Fair Wheel Bikes’ custom builds should need no introduction. The small outfit out of Tuscon, Arizona is one of the go-to local bike shops for service and high end bikes, but they also put together some incredible custom builds. Builds that often challenge for the title of “world’s lightest”. For their latest […] The post Fair Wheel Bikes sub 5.1kg Factor takes aim at world’s lightest disc brake road bike appeared first on Bikerumor .

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A mother’s worries as my daughter starts biking

Kids biking to school

“Mum, when can I start riding to school by myself?” my daughter asked me one day. We were returning from school, me walking in a sling and her riding alongside me, frustrated at my injury and our walking pace. I admit I was not expecting this question from my (then) five-year-old. I hastily said something … The post A mother’s worries as my daughter starts biking appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Your complete guide to Fulcrum road wheels

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What you need to know before you spend your money

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Ridley's Arena C - First look

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar The Arena C is Ridley's top-end track frameset and this particular build might just be one of the best looking track bikes we've ever featured on the site. The fork features Ridley's signature F Split The frameset is heavily aero-optimised, with the wheel tucked right into the bent seat tube and a position that makes my back hurt just looking at it. The bike also employs Ridley's signature 'F-Split' design, which sees a slit moulded into each fork leg that is said to clean up airflow on the incredibly chunky forks — all in the name of #aerogainz. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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One Ride Reviews: modern Kinesis GF_TI Disc vs. classic lugged Rourke road bikes

As road riding for fun has become acceptable again, the classic retro Eroica road ride/race concept is growing. Feeling tied to the explosion of gravel biking, and even the widening of the average road bike (maybe even driving both?), Eroica has started reaching out to modern road bike owners with special Nova Eroica events. Now you […] The post One Ride Reviews: modern Kinesis GF_TI Disc vs. classic lugged Rourke road bikes appeared first on Bikerumor .

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Omloop Het Nieuwsblad podium bikes gallery

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad podium bikes gallery

This article was first published on Cyclingnews Omloop Het Nieuwsblad marks the beginning of the season proper. With over 12km of Kassien or pavé the race is also the first cobbled Classic of the year and with nowhere to hide, the bikes, as well as the riders, need to arrive prepared for the first cobbled test of the 2018 season. New disc brake-equipped aero Cannondale spotted Three stunning road bikes from NAHBS 2018 Michael Valgren (Astana Pro Team) attacked in the closing kilometres to take the Dane’s biggest victory to date. Riding aboard an Argon 18 Gallium Pro, Valgren was equipped with a mix of Shimano and FSA components, while Corima provides the Kazakh teams with wheels. Usually racing on Schwalbe tyres, the majority of the Astana team swapped in the legendary handmade FMB Paris-Roubaix tyres, with Valgren opting for 25mm tubulars for the fairly tame cobbles of Flanders. More ...

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Velo South - pre-registrations pass 30,000 ahead of entries opening on March 1

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100 mile Sussex closed road sportive continues to generate big interest - pre-registration closes on Wednesday and you have to pre-register to enter

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FB18: Whisky Parts Co. ages well w/ new carbon road rims, alloy parts, more

A fat bike rim here, a mountain bike rim there, maybe a few carbon forks for road and cross – for Whisky Parts Co., a complete component line hasn’t always been part of the picture. But that’s slowly changing. Wanting to create an entire product line that looks the part on a complete build of […] The post FB18: Whisky Parts Co. ages well w/ new carbon road rims, alloy parts, more appeared first on Bikerumor .

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Rough Stuff Cycling in the Alps

the original guide to adventuring by bike in the Alps, reprinted with stunning vintage photography I am excited about a new cycling book. More precisely, I am excited about a Kickstarter project to finance the republishing of Rough Stuff Cycling in the Alps - a guidebook of 300 unpaved alpine cycling routes. For years, I have been disappointed with people that first visit the Alps with the goal of cycling Alpe d’Huez. Don’t they understand there are so many much more interesting roads? More recently, I have had a similar feeling with Alps visitors when they tell me they only road bike. Don’t they understand there are so many beautiful, unpaved alpine roads/trails? High, beautiful, challenging, deserted, car-free. I hope this book will motivate some of you to consider exploring this unpaved Alps. Personally, I expect to be in route-planning Nirvana. From the Kickstarter program: Rough Stuff Cycling in the ...

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Alejandro Valverde interview: Back to his best

Laura Meseguer 26 Feb 2018 Fresh from his win at the Tour of Abu Dhabi, Alejandro Valverde discusses his return to form with Laura Meseguer With his victory in the Queen stage and overall classification of the Tour of Abu Dhabi, Spanish rider Alejandro Valverde has already achieved eight victories in just 14 days of competition in 2018. Seven months after his heavy crash at the Tour de France that could have cost him his career, Valverde is back and stronger than ever. I first spoke with Valverde during la Vuelta a la Comunidad Valenciana, when he was in a near-ecstatic state. He took his first victory of the season during the second stage of the race, and for him it was one of the most important of his career. It proved that nothing was lost in the crash seven months ago at the Tour de France, when he broke ...

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New disc brake-equipped aero Cannondale spotted

New disc brake-equipped aero Cannondale spotted

This article was first published on Cyclingnews A new aero, disc brake frameset from Cannondale was seen last week at the Abu Dhabi Tour. EF Education First-Drapac riders Dan McLay and Kim Magnusson were seen racing on the bike throughout the week. Gallery: Alex Howes' Cannondale SuperSix EVO Three stunning road bikes from NAHBS 2018 The UCI’s list of approved frames and forks lists the latest approved model for Cannondale as the SystemSix, a previously unknown model and a name that aligns with the top of the line SuperSix all-round race bike used by the team over the past few seasons. The black frameset spotted at last week’s race ran hydraulic Shimano Dura-Ace disc brakes front and rear, and with just one version of the model listed on the UCI’s approval document, suggests that Cannondale has followed the likes of Specialized and Giant by only offering its latest model equipped ...

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Watch: Kwiatkowski cycles through the snow on Milan-San Remo ride

Joe Robinson 26 Feb 2018 Preparing to defend his 2017 title, the Team Sky man shows off the heavy snowfall Milan-San Remo defending champion Michal Kwiatkowski ( Team Sky ) has been out riding the roads of the first Monument of the year and it appears the weather in this coastal Italian town is no different to what we are experiencing here in the UK. Riding along, the Pole filmed himself alone in a heavy downfall of snow having to clear his glasses of the unrelenting flurry. San Remo recon, if anyone asked %uD83D%uDE02%uD83C%uDF28 #Kwiato #allezKwiato @TeamSky pic.twitter.com/g459rdLyCE — Micha%u0142 Kwiatkowski (@kwiato) February 26, 2018 With only two weekends remaining before the 2018 edition of the race, the 2014 road race World Champion is preparing to defend his title from last season in which he outsprinted Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Julian Alaphillippe ( Quick-Step Floors ) in photo finish. See ...

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Miguel Angel Lopez soars again at Abu Dhabi Tour

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) second on the final stage and third overall

Another week, another mountaintop, another Miguel Angel Lopez show. After triumphing on Green Mountain at the Tour of Oman, the Colombian produced another stinging series of accelerations at Jebel Hafeet on the final stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour, but he had to settle for second place at the summit behind a seemingly unbeatable Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). The wide, freshly tarmacked roads can give a deceptive impression of the 10km haul up Jebel Hafeet, but gravity trumps the smoothest of surfaces. As the gradient stiffened, Lopez was among the climbers to come to the fore, and the Astana rider proceeded to launch a searing solo attack with 4km remaining. When Valverde bridged across shortly afterwards, it was immediately apparent that this would be the winning move. The pair were on a different plane to the rest, and their pursuers could never draw to within 15 seconds from there on in. ...

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Cheap road cycling helmets: our pick of 5 of the best deals

Cheap road cycling helmets: our pick of 5 of the best deals

Helmets have an awfully tough life. Even if you don't take a spill in one, the rough and tumble of throwing your lid in the boot of your car after a ride and it bashing about among stray shopping and being chewed by inquisitive dogs inevitably takes its toll. That's certainly one justification for buying yourself a shiny new helmet, but sometimes treating yourself to new go-fast kit is all that it takes to refresh your riding experience. How to ruin an aero road helmet (don't do this!) Best road cycling helmets: 14 of our top picks Best mountain bike helmets for trail riding For this week's edition of BikeRadar Bargains we've pulled together the five best cheap cycling helmet deals from our roundup of our 16 favourite road helmets. Giro Synthe MIPS — £249.99 £124.99 / £206.90 We think that the Giro Synth MIPS is one of the best ...

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