Manuel Quinziato and his journey to Buddhism

Laura Meseguer 6 Apr 2018 Newly retired Italian domestique Manuel Quinziato talks to Laura Meseguer about how a career in cycling led him to Buddhism Mark Twain described the Indian city of Varanasi as being ‘older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and it looks twice as old as all of them put together.’ The city sits on the banks of the Ganges river, and all manner of Indian sacred ceremonies across numerous religions travel there to bathe in the Ganges, lay flowers or cremate the dead. It’s also where retired Italian pro cyclist Manuel Quinziato found himself as his career drew to a close at the end of last year. But it wasn’t a Grand Depart – or indeed anything cycling-related – that drew him there. No, Quinziato marked the end of his professional cycling career with a very different kind of Tour – accompanying a ...

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Motorists warming to cycle lanes, survey finds

Motorists warming to cycle lanes, survey finds

Joe Robinson 5 Apr 2018 More drivers also opting for the bike although some still incorrectly blame cyclists for bad traffic A recent survey has found that 70% of drivers have grown to like cycle lanes and are completely in favour of them on the roads. The survey conducted by online car servicing company Servicing Stop also unearthed some more encouraging facts. While two-thirds of drivers are now in favour of the cycle lanes that have been constructed around London, one in three drivers has opted to swap the car for the bike themselves. Initially the £900 million, five-year cycle infrastructure project was met with scepticism by London's motorists and residents, however, a year on it's as if opinions have changed for the good. A further third of the 1,000 motorists surveyed also stated that it was good to see more people cycling while one-fifth of those spoken to agree ...

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What does it take to ride the Tour of Flanders: The difference between pros and amateurs

Nick Busca 5 Apr 2018 What's the difference between a domestique in the WorldTour race and an amateur riding the sportive? We investigated The Tour of Flanders is always one of the hardest races of the calendar, but what does it really take in terms of physiological demands? A few riders – including the winner of the 2018 race Niki Terpstra – have already shared their efforts on Strava , but in most cases very important metrics such as heart rate and power output are hidden. Cyclist , on the other hand, had the rare opportunity to look into two Bora-Hansgrohe riders' physiological data from the men's race. Because Bora agreed to release the power outputs, the cyclists' identities were kept secret. And no, Peter Sagan is not one of the riders; they are from two of his loyal teammates and we will call the riders Dom1 and Dom2. Frenetic ...

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Cyclist Track Day Focus: Your chance to ride the Wilier Cento10 Air

Joe Robinson 5 Apr 2018 This Italian stallion will be on offer for you to ride at the Cyclist Track Day events: buy your tickets now The Willier Cento10 Air shares many similarities with it's most famous user, Filippo Pozzato. The Peacock of Sandrigo is often not taken very seriously. His body is covered in tattoos, he often parties mid-season on the island of Ibiza and he has a reputation for not finishing races. This, in my opinion, is completely unfair. In his illustrious career Pippo has taken wins at E3 Prijs Vlaanderen (now E3 Harelbeke), Omloop Het Volk (Omloop Het Nieuwsblad), the overall at Tirreno-Adriatico and even a Monument in Milan-San Remo. I'm sure if you offered that palmares to 90% of the pro peloton, they would bite your arm off. The same can be said for the Wilier Cento 10 Air. It's never afforded the same status as ...

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Australia sets new men's team pursuit world record at Commonwealth Games

The Australia quartet at speed

Australia dominated the opening day of Commonwealth Games competition on the track at the Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane, winning three gold medals and a bronze. The first day consisted of the team events; the Team Sprint and Team Pursuit, for both men and women. Games or World records were set in every event. The Australian team had skipped the recent world championships, deciding to focus on the Games, and it clearly paid off. In the women's Team Pursuit, the Australian team of Alexandra Manly, Annette Edmondson, Ashlee Ankudinoff and Amy Cure, qualified first and then set a new Games record of 4:15.214 in the medal final, catching the New Zealand team on the finish line. Canada beat England for bronze. The Australian men's Team Pursuit squad went one better; breaking the world record set by Great Britain at the Rio Olympics. The Australian team of Leigh Howard, Sam Welsford, ...

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Commonwealth Games fans warned after spectator drops mobile phone on velodrome track during race

Velodrome interior (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 by Hugo Cardoso:Flickr)

Incident happened during team pursuit heat on opening day of competition at Anna Meares Velodrome

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Paris-Roubaix - The Race

The cobblestones of Paris-Roubaix at Carrefour de l'Arbre / Pavé de Luchin

A quick primer on the toughest one-day race in the world. It's also known as 'The Queen of the Classics' and 'The Hell of the North.' The guys who ride it are the "hard-men" of cycling.

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Tips for racing your mates

Tips for racing your mates

Everyone loves an impromptu race with their mates, but it sucks when you get beaten. We’ve come up with some foolproof tips to guaranteed you will beat them in any unofficial race. Don’t forget though, it’s only for fun so don’t take it too seriously… 7 things you were never told about becoming a cyclist How much do you ride? 01: Eyes on the prize If you’re leading out a pack of mates hungry for the win, you’ll have a target on your back. The best thing you can do is keep your eye on the finishing line and try to ignore what’s going on behind you. Let the competition take themselves out while you concentrate on riding as fast as you can. 02: Don’t be wet! If you’re not winning the race then you need to do everything in your power, at any cost, to get in front! Mates ...

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Group of 30 disqualified for jumping level crossing at Scheldeprijs

Group of 30 disqualified for jumping level crossing at Scheldeprijs

Joe Robinson 4 Apr 2018 Arnaud Demare and Dylan Groenewegen among those kicked out of race A group of race favourites have been disqualified mid-race from the Scheldeprijs for jumping across a closing level crossing. The group that were ejected from the race included the likes of pre-race favourites Dylan Gronewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ). Young Quick-Step Floors sprinter Alvaro Hodeg was also believed to beamong those taken out of the race but it appears he was not identified correctly. A tweet from Eurosport commentator Rob Hatch showed the group of riders being stopped by the race jurors and being informed of the disqualification. As the tweet alludes, some were visibly angry with this decision made. This is this group just confirmed a scout of #SP18 by race radio, following level crossing. Many visibly angry and some not stopping to talk to jury, riding on instead. pic.twitter.com/4cI6iyfYjP — Rob ...

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Demare, Groenewegen disqualified from Scheldeprijs for ignoring level crossing

Arnaud Demare (FDJ)

Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) and Dylan Groenwegen (LottoNL-Jumbo), two of the pre-race favourites to win the Scheldeprijs , have been expelled from the race for violating the UCI's level crossing rules. The race had been split into several echelons when the level crossing lights began to flash after the first group went over the tracks. Démare and Groenewegen were part of a second group that crossed over just as the gates began to descend, and were halted by the motorcycle official further down the road. The UCI toughened up the level crossing rules after the 2015 Paris-Roubaix, when a group of riders jumped around the closing gates and crossed the tracks just ahead of a high-speed train. Here is a list of the riders disqualified: Arnaud Demare (FDJ), Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin), Kris Boeckmans (Vital Concept Club), Dylan Groenewegen, Timo Roosen and Amund Grondahl Jansen (LottoNL-Jumbo), Christian Knees and Ian Stannard (Team ...

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Commentary: A partially subjective ranking of cycling’s dopers, loved and hated

Since I started following pro bike racing in the 1980s, I have marveled at the marvelously complicated calculus that cycling fans employ to forgive or slam racers who’ve been ensnared in doping allegations, positive tests, and long sanctions. Why is one alleged doper a pariah and another previously banned rider quietly tolerated or even loved? … The post Commentary: A partially subjective ranking of cycling’s dopers, loved and hated appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Fabio Jakobsen wins action-packed Scheldeprijs

Joe Robinson 4 Apr 2018 Quick-Step Floors rider wins an action-packed race that saw the race favourites dumped out of contention Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Floors) wins the 2018 Scheldeprijs after many of the pre-race favourites falter in demanding conditions. The young Dutchman unleashed his sprint with 200m remaining and took the victory comfortably. A small group of no more than 30 riders came to the finish after rain, wind, trains and cars reduced the peloton to a select few. The first 100km passed relatively stress-free before bursting into life with multiple dramatic incidents including a crash into a parked car, a moving car on the race course and a selection of race favourites disqualified for jumping across a closed rail crossing. Disqualification for Arnaud Demare and Dylan Groenewegen and a late puncture for Marcel Kittel saw the three pre-race favourites all absent in the race for victory. Jakobsen win continues ...

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Wahoo Tickr Fit armband review

Pete Muir Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 11:13 An accurate heart rate monitor for riders who don’t like chest straps 3.0 / 5 £64.99 The Wahoo Tickr Fit’s unique selling point is that it’s a heart rate monitor (HRM) that fits on your arm, rather than around your chest. It uses an optical sensor to measure heartbeats using something called photoplethysmography, which is basically a light that shines on your skin and measures changes in blood volume. This is different from the standard chest strap, which uses electrodes to measure the tiny electrical pulses coming from your heart. So, the first question is: which is more accurate? It would seem that the chest strap version would be likely to offer the most reliable readings, because there is less room for error. And indeed, early versions of optical sensors that were included in wearable tech such as wristbands did have a ...

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A Women's Paris-Roubaix: you cannot be serious

A Women's Paris-Roubaix: you cannot be serious

Hannah Troop 4 Apr 2018 It’s 2018, the week leading up to Paris-Roubaix, and still the Hell of the North is out of bounds for the female peloton Remember when you were a child and were told that you weren’t allowed to do something but your older sibling or friend could? I’m guessing it made you want to do it even more, right? A scenario of being told you can’t have, or it’s not possible, is regular dialogue the females who make up the Women’s WorldTour peloton have to endure. Like the forbidden fruit in the garden of Eden, or in this case the cobblestones in the Hell of the North, it feels more than ever that a women’s race is within reach but at present still remains on the banned list. Speaking to Iris Slappendel, former pro-cyclist and founder of The Cyclists’ Alliance , Hannah Barnes, Canyon-SRAM rider, and ...

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Pearl Izumi PRO Escape thermal bibshorts review

Joe Robinson Friday, April 6, 2018 - 13:27 Among the very best bibshorts I have tested, these have become a staple 5.0 / 5 £149.99 Firstly, it's worth noting that I am wearing matching the Pearl Izumi Elite thermal knee warmers in the pictures but am only speaking about the bibshorts. I have done this for a few reasons. Primarily because I don't think thermal bibshorts often get worn alone. They are reserved for cold and damp Winter conditions meaning they are usually partnered with leg or knee warmers and not worn without company. If it's warm enough to wear bibshorts without warmers then it's probably sunny enough to just pluck with a standard pair of bibs. You may then ask 'Why don't you just review the knee warmers at the same time?'. Well, simply put, this explains my second reason. These Pearl Izumi PRO Escape thermal bibshorts are so ...

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Best road bikes under £2,500 for 2018

Best road bikes under £2,500 for 2018

It's 2018 and the best road bikes under £2,500 are insanely good these days. Where once this price range was the sole preserve of racers, you now have a huge choice that includes sportive and endurance bikes, disc brakes (or not), and race bikes too. Read on for our round-up of the best bikes under £2,500. Best road bike 2018 – how to choose the right one for you Best bike: what type of bike should I buy? Our best of everything content hub Prefer to spend less? Check out our best road bikes under £2,000 and best road bikes under £1,000 . Not sure what you’re looking for in a road bike? We can help you to choose the right road bike for you and watch our video primer below. Finding the right bike for you The best bikes in this category tend to be the all-rounders that can ...

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Check out Wout van Aert's custom Paris-Roubaix bike

Joe Robinson 4 Apr 2018 A cobbled-inspired paint-job and a few personal touches make this a special bike for the young Belgian Chris Froome has his rhino-inspired Pinarello Dogma F8. Vincenzo Nibali went for a shark-emblazoned Specialized S-Works Tarmac and Alberto Contador had his 'Grand Tour celebrating' Trek Emonda SLR. Custom-painted bikes have very much become the en vogue thing for cycling's very best and the latest rider to receive this luxury is Wout van Aert. Posting on twitter ahead of his Paris-Roubaix debut this Sunday, the young Belgian showcased his special Stevens Xenon road bike covered in a custom paint job with a strong Roubaix theme. The glossy black paintjob may seem a little understated but when you have a closer look you will notice some pretty extravagant details most notably on the headtube. See related Paris-Roubaix 2018: Who are the favourites and who should you be backing? Paris-Roubaix ...

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Buyer's guide: The best bicycle storage solutions

Joseph Delves 5 Apr 2018 A selection of the best bike storage options, from the cool to the secure Just because you’re happy to let cycling monopolise your time and money doesn’t mean you should let it take over your space too. Whether you want to display your machines to maximum effect or keep them safe from theft we’ve rounded up ten of the best bicycle storage solutions to help you reclaim your home. Ideal for freeing up your hallway or organising your garage, you might even find you’ve room for one more once you’ve put the existing ones in order. The 10 best bicycle storage solutions Hiplok Airlok, £140 Image 1 of 10 Image 1 of 10 Designed to match the swankiest of city pads the Airlok is a neat bit of industrial design. A hanger with an integrated lock it’s available in white, black, grey or red to ...

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The Bell Lap Criterium Series - Riders to Watch

Daniel Holloway looked ready to defend his win from last year

It takes a special kind of rider to succeed in a criterium. Crit specialists must be fearless, possess incredible bike handling skills, and of course, have the finishing kick to win at the end. This month marks the unofficial start of criterium season in the United States, so as part of Cyclingnews' ongoing Bell Lap Series criterium coverage, we broke down which riders we expect to see at the front of the races this year, where to see them, and who might surprise in 2018. From sprinters to breakaway experts, these are your 2018 criterium favorites. Daniel Holloway Arguably the criterium king of the United States, Daniel Holloway (Texas Roadhouse) will return as a heavy favourite as he targets the USA Crits series this year. The 2010 pro criterium national champion and three-time elite criterium national champion spent his winter racing on the track with the US National Team, where ...

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Gallery: The best of the 2018 Tour of Flanders

Jack Elton-Walters 3 Apr 2018 All the best images from the 2018 Tour of Flanders, won by Niki Terpstra. Photos: Offside/Presse Sports The 2018 Tour of Flanders was entertaining to watch and looked as hard as ever to ride, but in truth may not be one of the editions of the race we look back on as an 'epic' in years to come. Even so, it still turned out some fantastic photos from the cobbles and bergs that make the route so interesting. The win went to Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors), who rode away from his rivals and bridged to a breakaway, passed those three riders on the Oude Kwaremont and away he went, staying clear over the Paterberg. Image 27 of 33 Image 27 of 33 Chasing Terpstra was the young Mads Pedersen. The 22-year-old Trek-Segafredo rider held on for second place and much of the post-race chat was ...

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