What it’s like to be a sports psychologist for professional cyclists

Dr David Spindler is a sports psychologist who works almost exclusively with professional cyclists. You might recognise his name — Rohan Dennis publicly thanked Spindler after winning his second world time trial title back in September, after what was a tumultuous few months for the Aussie pro. In addition to working with individual pro cyclists, … The post What it’s like to be a sports psychologist for professional cyclists appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Women’s Tour Down Under to be livestreamed in 2020

Supported by All four stages of the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under (WTDU) will be livestreamed in 2020, a first for the South Australian race. The race will be screened on the Seven Network’s 7Plus online platform with the final stage being broadcast on live TV as well. This development follows the recent promotion of the WTDU … The post Women’s Tour Down Under to be livestreamed in 2020 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Race Torquay awarded UCI 1.1 ranking, course revealed

Supported by Towards Zero Race Torquay, the one-day precursor to the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, is taking a step up in its first year on the Surf Coast. The race was held at Melbourne’s Albert Park Formula 1 circuit for its first three years — known then as Race Melbourne — but in 2020 it … The post Race Torquay awarded UCI 1.1 ranking, course revealed appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Paracycling to feature during Tour Down Under

Paracycling to feature during Tour Down Under

A host of Australia’s world champion paracyclists will become part of the Santos Festival of Cycling when they take to the city streets and race on Sunday 19 January ahead of the Schwalbe Classic.

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Women's Tour Down Under elevated to top status for 2020

Women's Tour Down Under elevated to top status for 2020

The women's Tour Down Under will have a hefty status bump for 2020, jumping into the newly created UCI ProSeries, the highest level of racing for the elite women.

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What 12,000 efforts on Adelaide’s most popular climb say about uphill pacing

You’re at the bottom of your favourite local climb, looking at the road snake its way up the hill ahead of you. You’ve ridden this climb a bunch of times but today is a little different — today you’re trying to set a new PB. You take a few deep breaths to compose yourself, take … The post What 12,000 efforts on Adelaide’s most popular climb say about uphill pacing appeared first on CyclingTips .

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‘I won’t let it go to waste’: Ben Dyball on finally making it to the WorldTour

Ben Dyball had given up on the WorldTour. For years he’d slogged away in the minor leagues, achieving the occasional promising result, but never doing enough to catch the eye of a top-tier outfit. Poor health and bad luck didn’t help. A stagiaire ride with French Pro Continental team Delko Marseille Provence KTM in late … The post ‘I won’t let it go to waste’: Ben Dyball on finally making it to the WorldTour appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The best lead-out man ever? A tribute to the career of Mark Renshaw

Last Saturday afternoon, in the English city of Manchester, Mark Renshaw rolled across the finish line to complete the final stage of the 2019 Tour of Britain. He was nowhere near winning the stage — in fact he was second-last across the line, 6:30 behind stage winner Mathieu Van der Poel — but the moment … The post The best lead-out man ever? A tribute to the career of Mark Renshaw appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Caleb Ewan’s sprint position is the best. So why isn’t everyone using it?

It’s pretty obvious: if you can get down low in a sprint, you’re going to be more aerodynamic than if you’d stayed upright. You don’t need to do a bunch of research to realise that the ultra-low sprint position employed by Caleb Ewan is pretty effective. But hey, if research is what you’re after, that … The post Caleb Ewan’s sprint position is the best. So why isn’t everyone using it? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Will tubeless take over in the pro peloton? Here’s what the experts say

Specialized S-Works Turbo RapidAir tubeless road tyre

Have tubulars had their day? Has tubeless for pro riders finally arrived? We asked key players in the industry

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FSA WE Wireless groupset nabs its first Grand Tour win

There were many firsts as Ángel Madrazo (Burgos-BH) crested the final climb to win stage 5 of the Vuelta a España. It was the first Grand Tour win for the Spanish rider, the first Grand Tour stage win for the Pro-Continental squad – a stage in which they also took second place – and there … The post FSA WE Wireless groupset nabs its first Grand Tour win appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: Philosophy and perspective with Nathan Haas

Back in May, just prior to the Amgen Tour of California, I had a memorable conversation with Australian Nathan Haas about a number of topics. Some were timely, such as his season to that point, and teammate Marcel Kittel’s announcement that he was breaking his contract with Katusha-Alpecin. But Haas consistently delivered thoughtful, timeless answers that … The post The weekly spin: Philosophy and perspective with Nathan Haas appeared first on CyclingTips .

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New European champion Viviani rules himself out of Yorkshire Worlds

Yves Lampaert, Elia Viviani and Pascal Ackermann on the podium

Elia Viviani has ruled out the prospect of riding the World Championships in Yorkshire despite his impressive victory in Sunday's European Championships road race in Alkmaar. Rather than bide his time for a possible bunch sprint, the Italian was part of a three-man move that went clear on the penultimate lap and decided the medals. Viviani then out-sprinted his Deceuninck-QuickStep teammate Yves Lampaert (Belgium) after Pascal Ackermann (Germany) was distanced just before the finish. Monday’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport compared Viviani's breakaway victory to Mario Cipollini's triumph in similar circumstances at Gent-Wevelgem in 2002. That same year, Cipollini went to on to win the rainbow jersey in a bunch finish in Zolder, but, barring a late change of heart, Viviani has ruled himself out of Davide Cassani's squadra azzurra and will not be on the startline in Yorkshire on September 29. "That’s a different story. The leader of ...

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Beating the heat: How to ride in (and adjust to) hot conditions

It happens at the start of every summer — you head out for a ride in conditions much hotter than you’re used to and you suffer more than you thought was possible. Your body isn’t used to the conditions and even a gentle ride can feel like an ordeal. Thankfully it’s more than possible to … The post Beating the heat: How to ride in (and adjust to) hot conditions appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Mitchelton-Scott: Our most successful Tour de France ever

Simon Yates wins stage 12 at the Tour de France

For many teams targeting the general classification at the Tour de France , finding yourself out of the running for the yellow jersey can often be all it needs to consider the race a complete write-off and to head home with your tail between your legs. Not Mitchelton-Scott : despite the wheels having come off Adam Yates ' campaign this year, the Australian team regrouped and came away with an impressive four stage victories. Two-time Tour Down Under champion Daryl Impey got the ball rolling with his win on stage 9, before Simon Yates – at the race to support his brother and GC hopeful Adam – was afforded the opportunity to win stage 12 from a three-man breakaway. Both victories, it must be said, came before Adam fell out of the GC running entirely, but once the team was forced to change its focus – after the British climber ...

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Oliver Naesen’s steel Eddy Merckx Corsa for the Tour de France 2019

Pro cyclist riding fancy steel road bike

Eddy Merckx launches new line of premium steel bikes

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Oliver Naesen’s steel Eddy Merckx Corsa for the Tour de France 2019

Pro cyclist riding fancy steel road bike

Eddy Merckx launches new line of premium steel bikes

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Tour de Furnace: how to win in the heat

It was hot today at the Tour. Too hot. Salt blooming across clothing hot. Can’t touch the steering wheel hot. Hot. Yesterday was hot, too. That’s all anyone was talking about, and all that was on anybody’s mind. The conditions forced an immediate primal kind of response – a desperation to get away from it, … The post Tour de Furnace: how to win in the heat appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The Tour tech of tomorrow | 3 predictions for the road bikes of the future

The road bike of the future

Suspension, tubeless tyres and live drag sensors are (probably) just around the corner

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Tour ready: Specialized S-Works Turbo Rapid Air tubeless tire unveiled

Specialized Rapidair Turbo

“The tubular predates the rear derailleur. It’s outlived steel and alloy — it’s reigned supreme in the era of carbon and aerodynamics. No more. 100 years at the top is long enough.” That’s a line from Specialized’s latest product press release and one that says a lot about where the American company sees tubeless road … The post Tour ready: Specialized S-Works Turbo Rapid Air tubeless tire unveiled appeared first on CyclingTips .

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