The Forgotten 120-Year History of the Strade Bianche Race

Italy’s beloved classic has more of a track record than many fans were aware of This week’s history lesson is about the big event coming up on Saturday. The race across the White Roads. Cycling’s mythic Strade Bianche . It’s weird, the internet doesn’t have a lot of details about the race’s history before 2007, but a lot of the race can be explained by its more distant past. Cycling history is rich with colorful stories and characters, and for some reason people seem to have forgotten the ones behind this venerable mini-monument. So I have spent some time digging through the race archives in Florence. It took most of the last three summer vacations, but from this I was able to compile a more detailed history of the race prior to its current incarnation, which dates back just over a decade. Here is a short timeline of events that ...

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Discovering Switzerland: Andermatt

Andermatt has long been a favoured Alpine destination. For centuries, the quiet mountain town has provided refuge to travellers – and, being surrounded by mountain passes, it's a wonderland for road cyclists too. The post Discovering Switzerland: Andermatt appeared first on CyclingTips .

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19 Grand Tours and a bottle of wine: A roundtable chat with Indurain, Hinault

It’s not every Friday you get to watch a conversation unfold between three multiple-time Grand Tour winners, a current high-profile rider, a winner of 21 six-day track events, and a clothing pioneer. But that’s exactly what happened a couple months ago in an upmarket hotel just off Paris’ Champs Elysees — a boulevard where the … The post 19 Grand Tours and a bottle of wine: A roundtable chat with Indurain, Hinault appeared first on CyclingTips .

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British Cycling to debut new-look Cervelo T5GB at Track World Championships

British Cycling's men have come close to gold recently at the World Championships

The Great Britain Cycling Team will take to the track in the Netherlands chasing world titles - and we can now reveal for the first time what the new-look Cervélo T5GB that the team pursuit squad will be riding looks like! You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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In his own words: The world according to Bike Snob

His name is Eben Weiss, but most cyclists know him better as Bike Snob, a lacerating blogger and book author who has spent a decade taking aim at everything from the absurdity of fixie culture and the consumerist excess of roadies to the overearnest nature of racing fans and the slippery charm of Mario Cipollini. … The post In his own words: The world according to Bike Snob appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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Photo gallery: 2018 NAHBS wild custom creations

Stanridge 3Rensho Broad Axe

A gathering like the North American Handmade Bicycle Show is always bound to yield more than its fair share of outliers: bikes that fall well left-of-center, whether it be for purely visual reasons, or because its intended purpose is so far from the mainstream that you could never hope to find anything remotely equivalent in … The post Photo gallery: 2018 NAHBS wild custom creations appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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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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