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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Speed skating and cycling - the similarities are uncanny

Speed skating has many similarities to cycling

The Winter Olympics don't have any cycling, per se, but you'll find there's a lot in common with ice speed skating. We look into the similarities of the racing and equipment and events.

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Training Plan Guide: How to Coach Yourself to Peak Fitness

No time, no coach, no problem. Coach Chad shares his proven, science-backed training process that takes busy athletes from base to peak. Table of Contents This guide was written with order in mind, but if you want to jump around feel free to do so by clicking on the hyperlinked questions below. Base Phase Training:…

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Boost Turnover & Profit by Valuing What You Do

Boost Turnover and Profit by Valuing What You Do

What you do as a bike shop is valuable, and what you track and how you communicate it with customers is key to unlocking the value and profit that moves your business forward.

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Get more cycling motivation with these incentive and reward apps

Get more cycling motivation with these incentive and reward apps

Bicycling is great just because, but if you're in need of some added motivation for pedaling your bike, we have some suggestions for incentive and reward apps you should use.

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The February edition of Cycling Plus is out now!

The February edition of Cycling Plus is out now!

As road bike technology has changed in the last several years, so too has the idea of what a road bike is. The advent of the road disc brake has allowed designers to fit wider, tubeless tyres, while suspension and the way carbon fibre is manipulated means lightweight frames can be enjoyed on the roughest farm tracks. With that in mind, the six bikes in our main group test explore the new capabilities in the road bike market, all offering comfort and control-boosting, ride-expanding, puncture-saving, weather-beating advantages while still being fast enough to be properly flat-out fun. Elsewhere, senior technical editor Warren Rossiter fulfils a lifetime ambition of riding a custom-built titanium bike, collaborating with US Ti frame builder Lynskey on its Helix model. We’ve also got First Ride reviews of the Colnago Concept, Kinesis Aithein EVO, Canyon Inflite CF SLX 9.0 and Calibre Lost Lad, while the Cube Attain ...

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Opinion: Do we really need 29-inch DH bikes?

Greg Minnaar on his way to victory aboard his 29 inch Santa Cruz V-10

29er downhill bikes are beginning to top podiums in World Cup DH races. BikeRoar ponders if 29in DH bikes are necessary and considers benefits and disadvantages of going big wheeled.

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Best enduro bike: 9 we recommend

Best enduro bike: 9 we recommend

If you’re looking for a bike that can take on the toughest descents but still let you get up the climbs under your own steam, then an enduro bike might be just what you need. Read on for all the things you need to know about them, plus our pick of the best enduro bikes on the market. Beginner's guide to enduro racing Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you Enduro bikes are one of the hottest products in mountain biking at the moment. The name 'enduro' refers to a rally-style race format where downhill stages are timed, but the linking stages that join the descents up aren’t. The descents themselves can vary from fairly pedally to extremely steep and technical. Originally, most of the competitors just used normal trail bikes, but as the popularity of the sport has grown, more specialist bikes have been developed. ...

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