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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Cycling Science: Is Stress Ruining Your Performance?

Anna Cipullo 26 Feb 2018 Don’t train harder, train calmer, say experts Most of us understand how the human body responds to physical training. Every time you complete an intense training session, you become fatigued and you need a few days to rest and recover before you come back stronger than before. ‘This is a normal function of training and is termed “functional overreaching”,’ says Nick Grantham, performance specialist at ZERO226 Performance. But if you are physically or mentally stressed, your recovery can be inadequate and your sporting performance will eventually plateau. This, Grantham says, is known as ‘non-functional overreaching’, and it can take weeks, or even months, to return to normal. Dr Tommy Wood is a specialist in performance biochemistry at Nourish Balance Thrive, and he sees the effects of stress on performance every day. ‘When it comes to thinking about how stress affects performance, it’s important to mention ...

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State Bicycle Co. Adds 4 New Models To Sub $300 Core-Line

State Bicycle Co. adds 4 new models to sub $300 line of Core-line commuters.

State Bicycle Co. has had a busy winter. The Arizona-based company recently revamped their top-tier aluminum Black Label urban track bike and now offers it in a limited edition Typhoon Blue. Keeping the momentum going, they just announced a 4-bike expansion to their popular line of steel bikes. Now in their second year and priced […] The post State Bicycle Co. adds 4 new models to sub $300 Core-Line appeared first on Bikerumor .

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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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Cobbles And Bergs: Why Every Cyclist Should Ride The Roads Of The Classics

Cobbles and bergs: Why every cyclist should ride the roads of the Classics

Jack Elton-Walters 26 Feb 2018 Ride in the tyre tracks of the pros: plan your own trip or take your chance to ride with Johan Museeuw 'There's a hype around the Classics,' says Johan Museeuw. He should know: he won Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders three times each along with a raft of other early season victories. 'It's the same hype as riding on Mallorca, it's where everybody wants to ride and we have the same in Flanders.' The often-repeated line about why cycling is superior to other sports is its accessibility. How many among us will ever play football at Wembley, tennis at Wimbledon or rugby at Murrayfield? But fancy conquering the climbs and cobbles of the Classics? Well, go on then. The roads are open all year round, except when the pros are using them, and are no less difficult out of season. 'Everybody wants to go ...

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Van Aert Puts Veranda's Willems-Crelan Back On Track

Cyclo-cross world champion Wout Van Aert races Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2018

In stark contrast to last year's anonymous spring season, the Continental Veranda's Willems - Crelan team seems to be thriving. The team, managed by Nick Nuyens, received a massive boost in the past few weeks, mostly due to its prolific rider Wout Van Aert . After recently winning his third world title in cyclo-cross, he extended his season into the start of the Classics where he displayed great capabilities at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad . Last week, race organizer RCS announced that it turned its Strade Bianche snub into an additional wild card for the Belgian team. Van Aert, 23, had a difficult cyclo-cross season in which he was beaten much more than he wanted by his rival Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon). Van Aert said that he wanted to have a go in the spring Classics in 2018 and that Strade Bianche was one of the races he dreamed ...

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Rowe Ready To Go And Ready To Race

Rowe ready to go and ready to race

Luke Rowe has declared himself ready to race after a successful, fast-tracked return from injury at the Abu Dhabi Tour.

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Ganna Going To Belgium's 'Opening Weekend' To Gain Experience

Filippo Ganna (UAE Team Emirates) was the best young rider

Filippo Ganna continues his transition from the track to the pro road peloton during Belgium's opening weekend, where the 21-year-old Italian will gain more valuable experience as an anchor of the 'youth brigade' on UAE Team Emirates ' diverse roster for Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Sunday's Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne . Ganna will join Matteo Bono, Simone Consonni, Marco Marcato, Aleksandr Riabushenko, Ben Swift and Oliviero Troia in the Belgian races, making his first appearances in the events after missing them last year because of the track world championships. “In 2017, my first year in the professional ranks, with the worlds on the track, I only had a small taste of the Belgian races, participating in Gent-Wevelgem and the BinckBank Tour," he said. "Regardless, they allowed me to breathe in the air of these particular and anticipated events loved by so many cyclists and fans." Ganna scored a bronze in the Team ...

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11spd: This Week's Best New Bike Gear

11spd: This week's best new bike gear

It's been a busy week for bike news this week. We've seen plenty of weird and wonderful kit at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show , taken a look at the new thru-axle version of the Genesis' Croix de Fer and spotted a very lovely looking track bike from Ridley, the Arena . Plus Ben Delaney has given his first impressions on the Wahoo Kickr Climb before taking part in a livestream on Zwift's Facebook page this week , where you can see it in action: Friday 23 February (1pm MST / 8pm GMT), Tuesday 27 February (12:50pm MST / 7:50pm GMT) and Wednesday 28 February (6pm MST / 1am GMT). But now, with the working week soon to be finished and weekend fast approaching, it's time to take a look at 11 of the hottest products to fall into the hands of our writers, videographers and reviewers here at ...

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Pedersen Rediscovers Love Of Cycling With Aqua Blue Sport

Casper Pedersen (Aqua Blue Sport)

At 20, life could hardly get any better for Casper Pedersen with the Dane fast-tracked into the Olympic track programme and selected for the 2016 Rio games. The 2014 Paris–Roubaix Juniors runner-up had cemented his place in the team pursuit squad and was to be the first reserve. A phone call from the national coach the night before the race brought Pedersen's world crashing down. He would instead be the sixth rider and would not ride in any event. Instead, he watched on as Denmark won the team pursuit bronze medal and Lasse Norman Hansen enjoying the same success in the omnium. Pedersen, the only rider to fly home empty-handed. Once home, Pedersen didn't touch the bike for two months and entered thoughts of giving up the sport. Beset by depression. Slowly but surely, Pedersen started to regain his love for cycling and with it, the competitiveness of the sport. ...

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Steele Von Hoff Q&A: On Breaking His Back, Recovering For Comm Games And More

On Tuesday afternoon Cycling Australia announced that Steele von Hoff would represent his country at the upcoming Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. By that evening, von Hoff’s Comm Games debut was in jeopardy, thanks to a crash at Melbourne’s Sandown Raceway. The 30-year-old was involved in a pile-up in the early stages of a … The post Steele von Hoff Q&A;: On breaking his back, recovering for Comm Games and more appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The Diamondback Viper Is A Great Kids Bike For Under $150

Diamondback Jr. Viper 20 coaster brake

This ultra-popular bike will teach kids to love riding around the neighborhood or shredding the local pump track

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Ridley's Arena Track Bike Looks Fast Just Standing Still

Ridley's Arena track bike looks fast just standing still

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. eBay watch list: a very low, very ridiculous track bike 10 tips to get you started in track riding Custom Ridley Arena track bike specs Frame : Ridley Arena Carbon Fork : Ridley Arena Carbon Cog : Shimano Dura Ace 7710, 15t Crankset : Shimano Dura Ace 7700, 52t Bottom bracket : Shimano Dura Ace 7710 Octalink Front wheel : PRO 5-spoke wheel tubular Rear wheel : Disc wheel track tubular Tyres : Continental Tempo II Track, 22mm tubular Handlebars : PRO Vibe track Stem : PRO Vibe sprint Pedals : Garmin Vector 3 Saddle : PRO Stealth Carbon The frameset is heavily aero-optimised, with the wheel tucked right into the bent seat tube and a position that makes my back hurt ...

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Velo South: The Newest 100 Mile Closed Road Sportive To Hit The Uk

Joe Robinson 23 Feb 2018 The latest closed road sportive from Velo series will take in the rolling hills of the South Downs If you have recently missed out on the chance to ride the 2018 RideLondon 100 mile sportive worry not, as this September the Velo Series team will launch its latest sportive, a 100 mile closed road ride in the South Downs. Revealed today at the London Bike Show, this new sportive will take place on Sunday 23rd September allowing 15,000 riders to take on the challenging but achievable route around West Sussex that starts and finishes at the iconic Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit. Goodwood's history does not just lie within motor racing with the Sussex motor track being the last venue to host the UCI World Championships in the UK way back in 1982. On that particular occasion two-time Giro d'Italia winner-turned-UAE-Emirates team director Giuseppe Saronni earned ...

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Eroica Britannia’S New Route 'The Nova' To Allow Modern Bikes

Joseph Delves 22 Feb 2018 Eroica Britannia’s newest addition allows contemporary bikes to get on course at cycling’s favorite retro fest Taking as inspiration the Strade Bianche, or white roads of Tuscany, the Eroica Britannia employs the same mix of unpaved tracks and quiet backways as its Italian forebear. Imparting a British character to proceedings the routes that make up the festival’s main event piggyback on Derbyshire’s industrial heritage, utilising the decommissioned tunnels and cuttings that allowed trains to transport the goods and raw materials that made the area a centre of the manufacturing revolution. A ride with a festival attached, the three-day event has expanded to become one of the UK’s largest. Now heading towards its fifth edition it attracts around 10,000 cycling fans daily. Of these the 4,500 who complete one the three Sunday rides will collectively cover around a quarter of a million miles. In the spirit ...

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Saracen Kili Flyer Elite Review

Saracen Kili Flyer Elite review

Saracen’s Kili Flyer Elite is light and well-shaped for fast and far riding all year round, but its sticky suspension and frame flex are obvious in technical sections. The full-carbon frame’s layout hasn’t changed for 2018 but Saracen has modified the mould to let it stretch the front end. That means the medium is as long as last year’s large. Best mountain bike wheels Mountain bike groupsets: everything you need to know The back end is now Boost width, with a bolted axle and direct-mount mech for stiffer shifting and tracking, and the head angle is a degree slacker. Saracen has also specced a lighter compression tune on the shock. The 30mm main pivot, ISCG-05 tabs and optional front mech mount stay the same. There’s a lot of stiction in the linkage bushings, which makes swingarm movement notchy even with the shock removed. Saracen Kili Flyer Elite kit While its ...

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The Giant Trance 1 Is Far More Bike Than I Deserve: Early Review

The Giant Trance 1 is far more bike than I deserve: early review

The Trance 1 is the top spec aluminium model of Giant’s all-rounder trail bike, and I’ve got one for a long-term test. I'll be updating this article over the coming months with my experiences of the bike, read on for a first look and some early riding impressions. Matthew Allen’s go-to gear and kit: 6 favourites Giant Trance 2 first look How to get your suspension setup dialled in just 10 minutes The 140mm Trance sits between the more XC-oriented Anthem and the rowdier Reign in Giant’s range. You could have a carbon Trance Advanced for slightly less money than the Trance 1, but the alloy bike gets a much tastier spec than the entry-level carbon model. (In the UK and Australia that is, the Trance 1 does not appear to be available in the US and the spec differs in some European countries.) Buy your own Giant Trance 1 ...

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The Gore Thermo Helmet Cap Is The Best Winter Cap I'Ve Ever Used

The Gore Thermo Helmet Cap is the best winter cap I've ever used

Gore's latest batch of cold-weather clothing includes a couple of things that have made my winter riding much more enjoyable. Gore has a huge catalog of cycling clothing, and below are my impressions on four cold-weather pieces here, including what is the best winter cap I've used to date, the Thermo Helmet Cap. Gore Oxygen WS AS Light Vest review The 7mesh Oro is the world’s lightest Gore-Tex rain jacket POWER 2.0 Windstopper Soft Shell Jacket Gore's core competency is in its fabrics. How many other clothing companies can you name that license their fabrics to other brands around the world? Windstopper isn't magic, but it is pretty darn good for cold-weather cycling. As cyclists, we have long been lectured to dress in layers so we can adjust to changing temperatures and intensities by removing or adding clothing. But wouldn't it be simpler to just wear one thing that works ...

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So It Turns Out Rim Dynamos Don't Suck Anymore

So it turns out rim dynamos don't suck anymore

You had probably all but relegated rim dynamos — also known as bottle dynamos — to the history books, but this very neat dynamo from Velogical may make you think twice about their relevance today. The best bike lights for road cycling Schmidt Hub Dynamo System review What makes the Velogical dynamo special? Bottle dynamos are nothing new, with many bikes of yore having them (or those massive Eveready lights ) as standard. In fact, I expect a good number of you will vividly remember the low grumbling and slipping of a bottle dynamo when run ragged on a descent paired with the fear that it might actually blow up your pitifully underpowered incandescent bulb at any moment. Times have moved on however and the €150 Velogical rim dynamo presents the pinnacle of modern bottle dynamo design (something I never expected to write). This neat little alloy dynamo is incredibly ...

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Assos Equipe Rs Rain Waterproof Shell Jacket

Peter Stuart Monday, February 19, 2018 - 15:38 A technical, stylish and packable water and wind-resistant jacket from Assos, but it comes with a hefty price tag 4.2 / 5 £255 Rain shells were once little more than the name implied, a thin barrier against a downpour without a hint of breathability. These days, though, lightweight packable jackets can be strikingly effective at diverting a deluge, and the the Assos Equipe RS Rain Jacket is the latest to take on the market. Technology like GoreTex ShakeDry fabric have given way to a range of thin and light jackets that have impressive breathability and miraculous water-resistance – the Castelli Idro, 7Mesh Oro and Gore ShakeDry One have all made a waterproof garment much more portable and tolerable. Assos consider the SturmPrinz to remain toward the fully waterproof side (no jacket, of course, is truly waterproof) of the brand’s arsenal, and the ...

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