Thursday Thoughts: Q&A with Ursula

Chatting with the man who is ruining your February Around this time last year, I sat down with Skip , AKA Ursula, AKA the bad man who sets prices for the men’s FSA-DS competition to talk about his process, and what he had in store for us. With the window for submitting your 2019 teams now half-completed ( sign up and play now! ) I put on my asbestos suit and entered his fiery realm to ask questions. Between swigs of virgin’s blood, here’s what he had to say for himself. Getty Images Who has a trophy, a smile and Ursula’s approval? Enric! Andrew: I heard something I never thought I’d hear last week. You described Chris and Jens’ reaction to an early draft of your price list as “kind”. I don’t believe you’re mellowing and assume there’s a dastardly plan afoot. When we chatted last year you talked about ...

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Surly's versatile go-anywhere, do-anything off-road touring bike

Surly's versatile go-anywhere, do-anything off-road touring bike

For my long-term test bike I chose a Surly Bridge Club. I wanted something that could pretty much do anything, and while there are plenty of bikes out there that claim to do it all, this one really stood out to me. And it’s not just because of that lovely blue paintjob. Surly’s been making touring bikes for years and its range covers all bases, from more traditional drop-bar road tourers such as the Long Haul Trucker, to the braze-on-heavy, traverse-across-Mongolia ECR. The Bridge Club sits comfortably at the entry-level of Surly’s touring range, designed to be simple and versatile, which are two qualities I love in a bike. While many touring bikes often cater for either paved or off-road exploration, the Bridge Club essentially bridges the gap (pun intended). Built around slightly smaller 650b wheels, with a minimum of 2.4-inch tyres, it’s designed for those unexpected detours, taking you ...

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Save 29% on Garmin's Vivoactive 3 Smartwatch (UK only)

Save 29% on Garmin's Vivoactive 3 Smartwatch (UK only)

If you’ve been toying with the idea of getting a smartwatch that will help you track your fitness goals, now is a good time to invest in one with the Garmin Vivoactive 3 currently discounted at Snow+Rock. We awarded the Garmin Vivoactive 3 four out of five stars when we reviewed it , and found it to be perfect for riders who don’t necessarily want to pick apart data, but want to keep track. It’s got a ton of built-in sensors, is Bluetooth and ANT+ compatible, has a great battery life and now you can save £80. Save 29% when you buy the Garmin Vivoactive 3 SmartWatch from Snow+Rock You can read more at BikeRadar.com

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Decision on Campenaerts' Hour Record attempt to be made on Friday

Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal)

Victor Campenaerts expects to know later this week whether he'll be able to make an attempt at beating Bradley Wiggins' Hour Record , which the Lotto Soudal rider has planned for mid-April. The Belgian has been training in Namibia since early January, and the decision as to whether he actually will travel to the Aguascalientes velodrome in Mexico to take on the record will be made on Friday, he told Belgian website HLN.be this week. The reigning European time trial champion will find out whether his team has raised the required amount of sponsorship funds to mount the attempt, which is no small undertaking. "I have been told that [a cost of] €100,000 is the absolute minimum," Campenaerts told HLN.be . "In that price is the bike, the equipment, the trip to Mexico, the stay there, the use of a high-altitude tent, the costs for staff, the salary for my ...

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Colombian national track coach: Gaviria's power is his mentality

Fernando Gaviria was in good spirits before the start of stage 1 in San Juan

As the Colombian national track coach for the past 15 years, Jose Julian Velasquez knows exceptional cycling talent when he sees it. That's why the current Team Medellin director told Cyclingnews this week that he's not surprised to see former pupil Fernando Gaviria transfer his track success to the road. It's not the Colombian sprinter's physical prowess that drives Gaviria's success, Velasquez said, but his attitude. Velasquez saw this first-hand while coaching Gaviria on the track at the Pan American Games in Toronto, at the Olympic Games in Rio and for two World Championships, in London and in Paris. "Fernando has so much potential, and not just physically, but mentally, too," Velasquez said. "The power in Fernando is his mentality. He has a winner's mentality, a champion's mentality. He only wants to win races, win stages. "For me, that's the reason he beats the other riders. He works to win. ...

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USA Cycling names team for Track World Championships

Team USA pursuit squad qualified second

USA Cycling have announced their roster for the upcoming UCI Track World Championships in Pruszków, Poland, with the defending world champion women's team pursuit squad moving on without multi-time world champion Chloe-Dygert Owen , who is recovering from injury. Eight women and seven men make up the USA's team for the World Championships, which begin on February 17 and run through to March 3. "We have a strong team of riders all heading into the World Championships with a lot of momentum," said Jeff Pierce, USA Cycling's director of elite athletics. "We've seen this team reach new milestones and have many top performances this track season, and we're excited to carry that same energy to Poland and on to next year as we build towards Tokyo 2020." Olympians Jennifer Valente and Kelly Catlin will be joined in the women's team pursuit squad by Kim Geist ; all were part of ...

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Here's what you need for a bikepacking adventure

Here's what you need for a bikepacking adventure

Bikepacking is the perfect way to get away for a few nights into the wild and channel your inner adventurer. And with some simple planning, and a few crafty bike hacks, you can start exploring those wilder places. First-time bikepacking bike set-up Preparing your bike for an overnighter is easy and doesn’t need to break the bank. 1. Bike bags and packs A rucksack is fine for shorter trips, but bike bags make longer rides more comfortable. For a hardtail, you can buy a universal frame bag to make the most of its carrying potential. If you ride a full-sus, you may need a custom-made bag that won’t interfere with the suspension. Plenty of companies produce bikepacking bags, but these are a few brands we’d particularly recommend: Buy the Ortlieb bikepacking handlebar bag from Cycle Store Buy the Ortlieb bikepacking seat pack from Cycle Store Buy the Ortlieb bikepacking frame ...

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Victor Campenaerts sets sights on April for altitude attempt at Wiggins's Hour Record

Victor Campenaerts sets sights on April for altitude attempt at Wiggins's Hour Record

Joe Robinson 11 Feb 2019 Lotto Soudal rider to travel to altitude for attempt set to cost in excess of €100,000 Bradley Wiggins 's Hour Record could be under serious threat soon as Lotto Soudal 's Victor Campenaerts announced his intention to beat the distance this April. The European time trial champion told Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws of his intention to travel to altitude this spring in order to chase Wiggins's record of 54.526km set at the Lee Valley Velodrome in 2015, finding out later this week whether he has clearance to ride. 'Friday is D-day, then we will know. Of course, I’m hoping, but at the moment it’s not 100 per cent fixed,' said Campenaerts who has set aside 15th to 18th April for the attempt. If he is permitted to attempt the record in April, Campenaerts will travel to the infamous Aguascalientes velodrome in Mexico which sits ...

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Edmondson aims for big track worlds return

Edmondson aims for big track worlds return

Annette Edmondson has rounded out her preparations for the world track cycling championships with a strong performance at the Melbourne Six Day event.

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Best Valentine's day gifts for cyclists

Best Valentine's day gifts for cyclists

There's little not to love about a cyclist — they're endowed with exceptionally toned buttocks and they often have the most lusciously smooth legs on either side of the gender divide, but what on earth does a cyclist want for Valentine's Day? This week's edition of BikeRadar Bargains brings you plenty of gift ideas for the cyclist in your life in anticipation of this week's heartfelt festivities. So break out your most sensually scented embrocation and scroll on to see what we think are the seven key gift picks for this year's Valentine's Day... Best sports bras for cycling The health benefits of chocolate for cyclists 7 Valentines day gifts for cyclists Scimitar Love Hearts Jersey — £39.95 Who could forget the sweaty tension of giving your playground crush a Love Hearts sweet? Had you been too forward ('Marry Me') or will you come across as cool and calculated ('Smooch ...

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Best road bikes under £1,000 for 2019

Best road bikes under £1,000 for 2019

The best road bikes under £1,000 are a great place to start if you’re new to cycling or if you're unsure how much riding you’re actually going to be doing. They can also make brilliant speedy commuters or second-string bikes for more experienced cyclists. Reckon your budget could stretch to a bit more? Check out our best road bikes under £2,000 and our best road bikes under £2,500 . If £1,000 is too much to spend then here are the best road bikes available for under £600 . If you need some help with what to look for, read our guide to choosing the best road bike and watch our video primer below. The best road bike for £500 Cheap bikes: what you should look for Best women's road bike: a guide to help you get the right bike for you Finding the right bike for you There are a ...

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Stannard: I want to be a lot more consistent this year

Ian Stannard (Team Sky)

If Ian Stannard wants two things for his 2019 season, it’s a bit more luck than in 2018, a lot more consistency, and “trying not to puncture.” If all those factors come good, then the Team Sky rider could well be on track for some more top results in the Classics. A former double winner of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Stannard’s Paris-Roubaix rides in the last two years – a race in which he has taken a podium finish, back in 2016 when he also notched up a third place in E3 Harelbeke – have been blighted by punctures. But on the plus side for 2019, the 31-year-old is already feeling in good shape, he tells Cyclingnews at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana , and on track for the Het Nieuwsblad. He won this race in 2014, too, ahead of Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team), and in 2015, ahead of ...

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Kopecky wins inaugural Vuelta a la Comunitat Valenciana Feminas

The riders spray the champagne on the podium of the Vuelta a la Comunitat Valenciana Feminas

Lotte Kopecky (Lotto Soudal Ladies) got her season off to a winning start with victory in the inaugural edition of the Vuelta a la Comunitat Valenciana Feminas. The multi-discipline rider took a clear victory in the sprint finish, beating Canyon-SRAM’s Alice Barnes by almost a bike's length, with Kopecky's teammate Thi That Nguyen taking third. Kopecky has been working hard on the track over the winter months, winning the Madison event with Jolien D’hoore at the penultimate round in Cambridge, New Zealand, and finishing second in the event in Hong Kong last month. Her main focus is the Track World Championships in Poland in March, but her track form has clearly transferred to the road. Three years after reviving the men’s stage, organisers introduced a one-day women’s race to take place ahead of the final stage of the men’s event. Many of the top teams will not be starting their ...

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A matter of scale: Why the UCI is combining most of its world championships

Supported by Every four years, the UCI will bring together all of cycling’s disciplines, except cyclocross, for two weeks of rainbow chasing. Why? The post A matter of scale: Why the UCI is combining most of its world championships appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Laura Kenny headlines inaugural Six Day Manchester

Laura Kenny of Great Britain prepares to compete in the first round of the Women's Team Pursuit on d

British Olympian Laura Kenny will compete in the first-ever Six Day Manchester track cycling event at the HSBC UK National Cycling Centre from March 22-24. "I'm really excited to compete in the Six Day Series for the first time, especially in Manchester and at the home of British cycling – I am really looking forward to taking part in such a unique event with so much history," said Kenny, a four-time Olympic gold medallist. She competed on the Manchester track last month an won the national title in the Scratch Race. "The Six Day Series is getting bigger and bigger with events across Europe, Asia and Australia and I'm so excited to be coming back to Manchester next month. Six Day is hugely competitive and mentally and physically challenging, so I hope the Manchester crowd really get behind the event, the riders, and enjoy the unique mix of cycling and ...

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Glasgow, Scotland to host inaugural 'combined' World Championships in 2023

Outgoing world champion Peter Sagan passes the torch to Alejandro Valverde

The UCI World Championships of all cycling disciplines will come together for the first time in 2023 and every four years after that, with Glasgow and Scotland chosen to host the inaugural 'combined' event. The idea of a combined World Championships - awarding titles across road, track, mountain bike, and BMX - first surfaced last June when the UCI set out a new long-term agenda. The plans were confirmed on Friday, with the announcement that the Worlds will be held in that format on a quadrennial basis, in the summer of the year before the Olympic Games. Glasgow and Scotland were chosen as the hosts of the inaugural edition, which will take place across two weeks in August 2023. "I am delighted that the UCI has today awarded the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships to Glasgow and Scotland. The creation and the implementation of this event was one of the ...

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Glasgow to host first multi-discipline UCI Worlds in 2023

Glasgow to host first multi-discipline UCI Worlds in 2023

Joe Robinson 8 Feb 2019 Scottish city awarded first unified World Championships for road, track and mountain bike disciplines The Scottish city of Glasgow has been awarded the 2023 UCI World Championships , the inaugural edition that will bring together the road, track and mountain bike races under one event. The first ever UCI Cycling World Championships will take place over two weeks in August 2023 bringing together 13 World Championships events from across the varying disciplines. The choice of Glasgow comes as no surprise given its history hosting various cycling events in the past. On top of hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and European Championships in 2018, Scotland's biggest city has also hosted major road cycling events around its city's streets and track and BMX events at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and BMX centre. Additionally, Fort William is a staple of the downhill mountain bike World Cup ...

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Representation matters in cycling, too

SRAM’s coordinated media blitz for its new Red eTap AWS and Eagle AWS wireless drivetrain components obviously created quite a stir yesterday — press embargoes for major products from big companies tend to have that effect, after all. There was one aspect that didn’t receive nearly as much attention, though, despite the fact that it … The post Representation matters in cycling, too appeared first on CyclingTips .

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New riders, new teams: The transfers you may have forgotten about

Joe Robinson 7 Feb 2019 Six riders who have joined new teams that you may have escaped your notice Stage 2 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana finished earlier today. About 25km from the finish, crosswinds split the bunch leaving a large group of riders adrift from the main peloton. Thankfully, that group had the familiar dropping bottom lip of Tony Martin at its disposal. He went to the front, put down the hammer, bridged the gap, typical Panzerwagen stuff. Although, if it wasn't for his distinctive riding style you would have likely not recognised him as in the winter he moved from Katusha-Alpecin to Jumbo-Visma. A move that we at Cyclist had completely forgotten about and is going take some time to sink in. Below are six riders that switched teams in the winter and who will take a while to get used to in their new colours. ...

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The best cycling kit for riding in the rain

The best cycling kit for riding in the rain

Choosing the best kit for wet weather road riding and mountain biking is best done with a bit of trial and error — there’s a lot of poorly executed, badly designed or just plain rubbish gear out there and separating the wheat from the chaff can take a not inconsiderable investment of both time and money. Luckily, the brave folks on the BikeRadar test team have decades of experience riding in the rain, damp, snow, hail and every other form of precipitous weather under their belts. In that time, most have settled on a number of go-to items that they won’t leave the house without when the going gets moist. Here, we also highlight a number of tips and tricks that the team have picked up along the way that help them cope in the rain. Best waterproof jackets for cyclists 2019 Best bike clothing: all our guides in one ...

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