Cyclist Doorstep Rides, No1: Digital Editor Joe's Ride Around Kent

Joe Robinson 1 Apr 2021 With some smart route planning and a little blind faith, your average road bike can go a lot further than you'd been led to believe For the next eight weeks, Cyclist and Komoot are going to share some of their favourites rides and routes that are accessible from the doorstep. First up, Cyclist digital editor Joe Robinson. ‘Everybody rides gravel now’. That’s what the cycling market and media have been telling anybody that will listen for about the past two years. Speak to some and you’ll quickly begin to believe that road riding is dead, that rolling a set of 25mm clincher tyres – that are attached to your rim brake wheels which are fitted into your carbon fibre racer while wearing your lycra bibshorts and jersey – across asphalt is a relic idea consigned to the history books. They will laugh at anything less ...

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Analysis: Five Things To Know About The 2021 Tour De France Route

Mont Ventoux

Joe Robinson 2 Nov 2020 Analysis of the 2021 Tour de France route, which was unveiled on Sunday 1st November The 2021 Tour de France route was unveiled on Sunday 1st November during a live special edition of French sport show Stade 2 . Next year’s fight for the Maillot Jaune will be the 108th edition in the race’s history and will take place from 26th June to 18th July, earlier dates due to the postponed Tokyo Olympics. The race will begin in the northwest region of Britanny, feature days in the Alps and Pyrenees, ascend the mythical Mont Ventoux twice in one day, include 58km of individual time-trials and, of course, conclude on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. In total, there will be eight flat stages, five hilly days, six trips to the mountains, three mountain top finishes and two individual time-trials standing in the way of the General Classification ...

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The Best Lead-Out Man Ever? A Tribute To The Career Of Mark Renshaw

Last Saturday afternoon, in the English city of Manchester, Mark Renshaw rolled across the finish line to complete the final stage of the 2019 Tour of Britain. He was nowhere near winning the stage — in fact he was second-last across the line, 6:30 behind stage winner Mathieu Van der Poel — but the moment … The post The best lead-out man ever? A tribute to the career of Mark Renshaw appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Renshaw To Retire At The End Of The Season

Mark Renshaw is one of numerous Australian's to have led the Tour Down Under

Mark Renshaw will retire from professional cycling at the end of this season, bringing the curtain down on a career that began in 2004. The Australian made the announcement on Thursday morning in a statement on the Dimension Data website. “After 16 years, I’m proud to announce that 2019 will be my final year as a professional road cyclist,” wrote Renshaw , who will turn 37 in October. “I know it’s the right time to step away from racing, my body and mind won’t allow me to perform and compete to the level that’s required for a race like the Tour de France. I am very fortunate to be able to make the decision to finish this chapter of my life on my terms, and I’m hugely excited about my future ventures.” A product of the Australian track programme, Renshaw turned professional on the road with FDJeux.com in 2004 before ...

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Mark Renshaw Announces Retirement From Cycling

Supported by Mark Renshaw has announced his retirement from pro cycling via a personal statement posted on his team’s website. The 36 year old Australian who has raced professionally since 2004 with a successful career is best known as a trusty lead-out man for Mark Cavendish during his heyday: “After 16 years, I’m proud to announce that … The post Mark Renshaw announces retirement from cycling appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Rudy Project Spectrum Helmet Review

Joe Robinson Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 16:13 As worn by Vincenzo Nibali and Bahrain-Merida, the Rudy Project Spectrum is good enough for the pro but not without flaws 3.5 / 5 £169.99 Like a champion racehorse throwing its jockey at the last hurdle, it’s always extra bitter when something falls short at the end. It’s because, for the most part, it executed everything perfectly but at that final moment, it falls down, showing a big chink in its armour. The Rudy Project Spectrum does the above. It’s a helmet that does so well but falls short at just the last hurdle. It’s light for an aero lid, it’s comfortable, it fits securely and well, it has slots for sunglasses and it looks pretty pro. Consider all these things and the Spectrum is a spectacular lid. But then I remember there’s an issue with ventilation and I remember that it ...

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The Cyclingtips Weekly Quiz #8: How Much Do You Know About Liege-Bastogne-Liege?

How about that Amstel Gold Race? This week on CyclingTips we dove into Mathieu van der Poel’s win with a number of interesting feature articles. We had sports scientist Zach Nehr breaking down van der Poel’s power data from the race, we had our editor-at-large Neal Rogers offer a detailed analysis of how the unlikely … The post The CyclingTips Weekly Quiz #8: How much do you know about Liege-Bastogne-Liege? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Photo Gallery: The Gravel And Dust Of The 2019 Tro-Bro Leon

While much of the road cycling world has been focused on the Amstel Gold Race in recent days, that Dutch one-dayer wasn’t the only race of note over the Easter long weekend. With its modest UCI 1.1 ranking, Tro-Bro Leon is small fry compared with Amstel and the other Ardennes Classics, but what it lacks … The post Photo gallery: The gravel and dust of the 2019 Tro-Bro Leon appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Vendrame Wins Tro-Bro Leon

Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani-CSF), Andrea Vendrame (Androni) on the attack at the Coppa Sabatini.

Andrea Vendrame ( Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec ) became the first Italian winner in the 35-year history of the Tro-Bro Leon , the Breton version of Paris-Roubaix held one week later on gravelled roads near the coast bordering the English Channel. The Venetian outsprinted French favourites Marc Sarreau (Groupama-FDJ) and Lilian Calmejane (Total Direct Energie), who also missed out on the podium occupied by Baptiste Planckaert (Wallonie-Bruxelles) and Emil Vinjebo (Riwal). "Luck was on my side as I had no crash and no puncture," Vendrame said. "We came across to the leaders in the last lap and the race situation was perfect for me. On Saturday at the Tour du Finistère, I finished second but I didn’t have good legs. Today, I felt great all the way so I was confident in my sprint even though I knew some of the riders up there were quite fast." Vendrame was never far behind ...

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Hell’S Bells! The Paris-Roubaix Preview

The best race day of the season is upon us. I’m of course talking about the Hell on the Schelde [looks at calendar, then looks at assignment.] Oh, never mind, it looks like the best race day of the season is already behind us. So, I guess we’ll talk about Roubaix, instead. I don’t think I’d be exaggerating in calling Roubaix the most anticipated race day of the season. Sure, it might not have the prestige of the Tour de France or the beer-soaked reverence of Flanders, but what it does have is a penchant for bringing the pain to the peloton like no other race. Its currency is suffering, and we are the sadists that are buying. And the riders are the masochists that enjoy it. I don’t have to remind most of you about the interview that Theo de Rooij gave to John Tesh (who knows a thing ...

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Chris Froome Takes Pinarello Time Trial Bike On A Gravel Ride

Joe Robinson 29 Jan 2019 Team Sky leader and two teammates prepare for Colombian stage race by taking TT machine off-road Chris Froome has taken to an alternative method of training while in Colombia by taking his time-trial bike on to some of the country's unmade roads. The four-time Tour de France champion posted to both Strava and Instagram to show off his training ride that included taking his Pinarello Bolide bike on some technical looking tracks during a 188km ride in Colombia. Joined by young South American teammates Egan Bernal and Jhonathan Narvaez, Froome spent five and a half hours exploring the countryside just south-east of Medellin, which happened to also include plenty of dirt paths. Froome seemed keen to join the recent gravel bandwagon although appeared not to care for specific equipment. Fixed to the Bolide TT bike, which retails for around £11,000 for the frameset, was a ...

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Raim Continues Comeback With Win In Japan - News Shorts

Mihkel Raim (Israel Cycling Academy) wins stage 4 at the Tour of Japan

Estonian sprinter Mihkel Räim ( Israel Cycling Academy ) put an exclamation point on his recovery from the broken scaphoid he suffered at Colombia Oro Y Paz in February, adding his second win of the season during stage 4 at the Tour of Japan on Wednesday. Räim had to overcome both the broken bone and the disappointment of missing out on an opportunity to start his first Grand Tour as Israel Cycling Academy gained a wildcard entry to the Giro d'Italia . The Pro Continental team's most prolific winner with10 UCI wins over three years, Räim broke his wrist in a crash during stage 3 of the Colombian 2.HC race and was out of competition for two months. The injury caused him to miss the important early part of the season when riders were proving their mettle to make the Giro roster. "Kjell [Carlström, team manager] and the sports directors ...

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Dempster Ready For Giro D'Italia Debut

Zak Dempster (Israel Cycling Academy) competes in the Herald Sun Tour earlier this year

Zak Dempster is ready to make his Giro d'Italia debut next week in Jerusalem with the Israel Cycling Academ y after a tight team selection that saw 12 riders battling for the final five spots. With just one Grand Tour on the second-year Pro Continental team's schedule, all 24 riders on the 2018 roster were initially vying for selection to the team's first Grand Tour - one that begins with an historic start in the team's home country. "We have the roster now to do maybe two Grand Tours in one year, but we're only doing one, so that makes it a bit harder for selections," Dempster told Cyclingnews earlier this month at a pre-Giro training camp in Sierra Nevada, Spain. Dempster signed with the team in 2017 after four years with NetApp and then Bora-Argon18. The 30-year-old Australian immediately assumed an elder-statesman role along with Dutch WorldTour veteran Dennis ...

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5 Ultra-Lightweight Jerseys To Beat The Heat This Summer

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Albion Cycling Ss18 On The Emporium

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Photo Gallery: Gravel And Grit At The 2018 Tro-Bro Leon

While much of the road cycling world was focused on the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday, it wasn’t the only fascinating race that was unfolding that day. With its UCI 1.1 ranking, Tro-Bro Leon is a small race when compared with Amstel and the other Ardennes Classics, but what it lacks in stature it more … The post Photo gallery: Gravel and grit at the 2018 Tro-Bro Leon appeared first on CyclingTips .

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8 Is The Week; Here Are The 9 Top Riders

Races of the week: After week seven, this week we took a breath before the next couple of weeks leading up to the Giro: Amstel Gold Race Brabantse Pijl Tour du Finistère Tro Bro Leon Paris - Camembert TT & RR at Commonwealth Games Team of the week: First named rider is the rider of the week and if a rider has a number in parentheses after their name it means the number of times they have made the select Team of the Week here. 1.Michael Valgren (2). Beautiful Amstel Gold win in two ways: First and like his win at Omloop, he worked beautifully with his teammates, in this case Fuglsang who did a wonderful job repeatedly attacking. Second, three big attacks: the first was at around 4k to go and was slowly pulled back, the second was around 1.5km to go and only Roman Kreuziger could follow. The ...

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Laporte Wins Tro Bro Léon

Christophe Laporte during Dwars door Vlaanderen

Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) soloed to victory instead of gambling on his top end speed to claim his fourth victory of the season at the Tro Bro Leon. Winning the Breton event made it up for his lack of results at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix due to sickness after finishing a promising fourth in Gent-Wevelgem. The Frenchman fended off defending champion Damien Gaudin (Direct Energie) while Belgium's Jelle Mannaerts (Tarteletto-Isorex-SH) conquered a courageous third place in horrendous conditions. "It's was a terribly hard race," said Laporte of the Hell of the North Finistère (one of the nicknames of the Breton version of Paris-Roubaix). "I felt weak at one stage but my condition bounced back. I preferred to be alone at the front and give everything because it was my only way of winning. Had I not attacked, another guy would have done it. It's an absolutely beautiful race and ...

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Bardet Previews 'Spectacular' Tour De France Stage 5

Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) training on stage 5 of Tour de France

Romain Bardet ( AG2R La Mondiale ) rode 85km of stage 5 of this year's Tour de France to Quimper in Brittany in a training session on Friday. The final 37km also feature in Saturday's Tour du Finistère , where Richie Porte, Tejay van Garderen (both BMC) and Warren Barguil (Fortuneo-Samsic) will also combine racing with vital Tour de France reconnaissance. "It'll be a spectacular stage," Bardet said of the rolling, twisting stage, which is held the day before the double ascent to Mûr-de-Bretagne. Bardet first made a name for himself at WorldTour level at the 2012 Amstel Gold Race, when he attacked in the finale of the race. Instead of competing in the Dutch event again on Sunday, he has opted to line up at the French Cup race Tour du Finistère on Saturday. He will then compete at Flèche Wallonne (April 18) and Liège-Bastonge-Liège (April 22). "I wanted ...

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Sssrssp - Tro-Bro Léon

An ode to the most beautiful of shit small races I love madmen. No, not the show that follows Don Draper, though it was okay, but rather the person who is that certain type of crazy that borders on genius. I have a large picture of the abolitionist John Brown on my office wall. One of my favorite books is A Voyage for Madmen, by Peter Nichols (and one of my favorite documentaries is Deep Water, which is based on the book). That book recounts the story of the 1968 oceanic race of a number of sailors trying to be the first to successfully complete a solo, nonstop circumnavigation of the world. The book focuses on the tragic story of Donald Crowhurst, but the true star is the French sailor, Bernard Moitessier, who (spoiler alert) is well on his way to winning the race and closing in on his final ...

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