How to watch the UCI Road World Championships 2018 live

How to watch the UCI Road World Championships 2018 live

The 2018 UCI Road World Championships take place in the picturesque town of Innsbruck, Austria between 23–30 September. There will be some demanding racing this year to crown those worthy of the rainbow jersey. Read on to find out how to keep up with the action as it happens. Hill Climb Diaries: part 2 — Reuben's new bike day 13 reasons to ride on the road The 2018 UCI Road World Championships The 2018 UCI Road World Championships start on 23 September and continues for a week until 30 September. The event covers team time trials, individual time trials, along with the longer road race for each category. The riding in the mountainous areas around Innsbruck sets the World Championships up to be one of the hardest in recent times. The Elite Men’s road race takes in 265km of riding with more than 4,500 metres of climbing. For your chance ...

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BikeRadar Bargains: cheap smart trainers — UK deals

BikeRadar Bargains: cheap smart trainers — UK deals

It has been a wonderful summer, but sadly, the days are getting shorter and we can't help but feel an inevitable swing towards more miserable conditions is due soon. Why not give some thought to how you'll be keeping up with your training schedule as the weather turns. For this week's edition of BikeRadar Bargains we've rounded up four of the best deals on our favourite smart trainers . Best smart trainers 2018 How to plan your winter training Mercifully, indoor training has got a little more bearable in recent years with the introduction of smart trainers and apps such as Zwift bringing a competitive edge to what has previously been a pretty darn tedious task. We've gathered deals on the accessibly priced, direct-drive Tacx Flux , the budget minded Tacx Vortex , the feature rich CycleOps Hammer and the immersive Tacx Neo smart trainers. Read on to find the ...

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Training indoors is boring, right?

Training indoors is boring, right?

This is a sponsored article in association with Zwift But can Zwift get you ready for an event from the comfort of your home? Goodbye gym, hello Zwift Zwift: your complete guide Over the last decade, perhaps only Strava has had as big an effect on the way people train as Zwift, hitting the mainstream and capturing the zeitgeist to a similar degree. When Zwift interviews people about their training, it’s rare that Zwift doesn’t get a mention. Like turbo training has done for decades, Zwift is able to give you a hard dose of training when time or the weather might not allow. But it’s Zwift’s capacity to gamify training and its effectiveness as a social network that’s made it catch on as it has. Human beings are social animals and the ability to hook up with friends for training rides and races in Zwift’s virtual reality world has ...

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Week in Tech: Revolting gravel from Giant, long-travel Fezzari, Zwift Academy

Here’s the Week in Tech — all the gear news, tips, and announcements you need and none of the marketing gibberish you don’t. Read the full article at Week in Tech: Revolting gravel from Giant, long-travel Fezzari, Zwift Academy on VeloNews.com .

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Richie Porte’s ride for redemption: La Vuelta, Worlds and the road ahead

On Sunday September 30, in the Austrian town of Kufstein, Richie Porte (BMC) will roll up to the startline of the World Championship road race. Decked out in green and gold, he’ll be leading a strong squad of Australian climbers; a squad assembled to give the Tasmanian his best possible chance of becoming world champion. … The post Richie Porte’s ride for redemption: La Vuelta, Worlds and the road ahead appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Join Canyon-Eisberg on their Zwift Tour of Britain training camp

Join Canyon-Eisberg on their Zwift Tour of Britain training camp

Joe Robinson 13 Aug 2018 Three-day training camp starts tomorrow with the chance of winning a ride in a team car at the Tour of Britain The Tour of Britain represents one of the biggest races in the calendar for British Continental team Canyon-Eisberg, so to get in shape the team will be taking part in a three-day training camp, on virtual reality app Zwift. Lacking the big budgets of the WorldTour, Canyon-Eisberg does not have the luxury to escape to the Ballaeric Islands or Girona to prepare for big races and Zwift allows all of their riders to train together remotely from home. The three days of preparation kicks off tomorrow with the likes of Andy Tennant and Tour de Yorkshire stage winner Harry Tanfield taking part. By running the camp on Zwift, it also means that users of the app will be able to log in and join ...

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Ballot registration for the 2019 RideLondon now open

Ballot registration for the 2019 RideLondon now open

Joe Robinson 6 Aug 2018 London festival of cycling to take place across weekend of 3rd-4th August 2019 Ballot registration for the 2019 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 is now open. The event will take place on Sunday 3rd August with the full festival of cycling taking place across the entire weekend. The ballot will remain open until it hits 80,000 registrations or until the 4th January 2019, whichever comes sooner. Ballot registration for the shorter 46 and 19-mile events will open in the new year. If successful in the ballot scheme, all UK participants will be charged a £69.00 entry fee. Registration for the event and more information can be found at the Prudential RideLondon website . If unsuccessful, many charities hold places for riders on the promise of a minimum donation. The exact route has yet to be announced but is expected to remain unchanged from this year's edition. Starting ...

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Canyon//SRAM's Tanja Erath talks training, studies, crit racing and more

Canyon//SRAM's Tanja Erath talks training, studies, crit racing and more

This is a sponsored article in association with Zwift Tanja Erath is in a good mood. Right now the German, a first-year pro having crossed over from triathlon just two years ago, has just competed in two of the biggest races in women’s cycling — just eight months after signing her contract with Canyon//SRAM. From nurse to pro-racer, the Zwift Academy winner is crowned Zwift's third annual Training Academy launches today Two weeks ago there was La Course by Le Tour — the ASO-run race between Annecy and Le Grand Bornard which featured three Alpine climbs. Then, on Saturday, there was the Prudential RideLondon Classique, a circuit race in central London taking in Westminster and Buckingham Palace. It’s also the richest race in women’s cycling, featuring a £100,000 prize purse. “Both La Course and the Classique are super-important for women’s cycling,” Erath says. “They are both the centre of attention ...

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The stats: Are Team Sky the most dominant team ever?

Joe Robinson 6 Aug 2018 Six Tours out of seven with three riders makes for impressive reading but has anybody ever topped this? Forget Chris Froome's salbutamol investigation , the parliamentary investigation into anti-doping, Bradley Wiggins's Fancy Bears TUE leak or Dave Brailsford calling French spectators' treatment of his team a 'cultural thing'. This is not the real reason for the deep-seated despair of Team Sky . It's because they are so dominant. As soon as one individual or one team begins to dominate an aspect of our sport, spectators become uncomfortable, looking for a change, an alternative to the status quo. This isn't a unique moment for cycling. It's a sport that rewards and idolises the losers and outcasts and attacks its winners. People loved Raymond Poulidor for coming second and ignored Jacques Anquetil for winning five Tour de France titles. A spectator punched Eddy Merckx in the abdomen, ...

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Week in Tech: Strava membership changes, smart lights, British carbon

Here’s the Week in Tech — all the gear news, tips, and announcements you need and none of the marketing gibberish you don’t. Read the full article at Week in Tech: Strava membership changes, smart lights, British carbon on VeloNews.com .

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Exclusive first ride: Zwift's new Innsbruck course

Zwift Innsbruck Launch 4

We've had a pre-launch go on the UCI World Championship loop... what's it like?

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Strava is making a huge change to its premium membership: here's all you need to know

Strava is making a huge change to its premium membership: here's all you need to know

Strava’s Premium model has been totally overhauled and is being replaced with Strava Summit , which separates its core features into three distinct packages: Training, Safety and Analysis. There’s a handful of new features, but critically, the new setup allows athletes to pick exactly what packs they want — or subscribe to the whole suite — which could save money in the long run. Your Zwift miles now count towards Strava challenges 12 of the best iPhone and Android apps for cycling Strava Summit Training Pack details The Strava Summit Training Pack is designed for athletes who are, unsurprisingly, focussed on training. The pack unlocks real-time GPS tracking, custom goals, race analysis, filtered leaderboards and breakdowns of KOM and PR attempts. Strava Summit Analysis Pack details Strava's Suffer Score to be replaced by HR-based Relative Effort Strava Summit Safety Pack details Strava updates Heatmap with a claimed 200,000 years worth ...

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Tour de France: Tom Dumoulin secures Zwift Rider of the Day

2018 Tour de France Zwift Rider of the Day

For his stage win in the French Basque Country on stage 20 of the Tour de France , Tom Dumoulin ( Team Sunweb ) takes the penultimate Zwift Rider of the Day prize of the 2018 race. The Dutchman edged out Team Sky's Chris Froome to take the third Tour stage victory of his career. It wasn't as decisive a victory as his ride to La Caverne du Pont-d'Arc in 2016 though. Back then, midway through the Tour, he beat Froome by 1:03 into second place. Today, on a stage where he was behind Froome by 14 and 13 seconds at the two checkpoints, he came over the line just over a second ahead of the four-time Tour winner. Problems with the timing all day meant that it wasn't immediately clear who had won the stage, with Froome appearing to have taken it by a second before the graphics corrected ...

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Tour de France: Rambunctious Roglic earns Zwift Rider of the Day

2018 Tour de France Zwift Rider of the Day

Another descent to the finish on a stage featuring a mythical Tour de France climb meant another stage victory for LottoNL-Jumbo 's Primož Roglic , and with it the second Zwift Rider of the Day award of the 2018 Tour. After last year's win at Serre Chevalier, the Slovene added to his win total after an attacking display in Laruns. Stage 19 was the last chance for the GC men to affect the overall standings ahead of Saturday's 31km time trial from Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle to Espelette, and the last chance to try and put time into the race leader, Team Sky's Geraint Thomas , who lay 1:59 ahead of second-placed Tom Dumoulin of Team Sunweb at the stage's start. Movistar, somewhat surprisingly given their usually-conservative nature, were the first to try, sending Mikel Landa up the road with 102km of the 200.5km left to run. It was the Spaniard who provoked ...

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Tour de France: Determined Demare is Zwift Rider of the Day

2018 Tour de France Zwift Rider of the Day

For taking the second Tour de France stage win of his career in Pau, Arnaud Démare ( Groupama-FDJ ) wins the Zwift Rider of the Day prize on the 18th stage of the race . The Frenchman beat out an admittedly depleted sprint field to grab the first win of the Tour by a French team. A mostly-quiet day, the stage - which ran from Trie-sur-Baïse to Pau - was a brief reprieve from the harsh mountains of the Pyrenees, and always figured to be a sprint finish. The only problem was the lack of sprinters around to contest it. With the big names of Gaviria, Cavendish, Kittel, Groenewegen. Matthews, Greipel all having already left the race, slim pickings remained in the peloton, with Démare, Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) perhaps the only top-tier sprinters still in the race. Kristoff and Démare had struggled to a ...

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Tour de France: Quintana is the Zwift Rider of the Day

2018 Tour de France Zwift Rider of the Day

Nairo Quintana ( Movistar ) takes the Zwift Rider of the Day prize for his solo victory on stage 17 of the Tour de France . The Colombian jumped away from the GC group at the bottom of the final climb of the day, the recently paved Col du Portet, sweeping up the remains of the break en route to victory. The shortest road stage of the Tour since 1988 (or 1996 if you're counting Bjarne Riis' victory on the shortened stage to Sestriere) was expected to be all-action from the get-go - especially with the starting grid thrown in. For the most part, though, the miniscule 65km stage was largely raced like a regular mountain stage. A break got away early, Team Sky set the tempo at the front of the peloton, and the action came on the final climb. The speculated-about kamikaze attacks from fringe GC riders never ...

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Tour de France podcast: Who is Geraint Thomas; why Moscon must go

Tour de France podcast: Who is Geraint Thomas; why Moscon must go

We hear from Team Sky coach Rod Ellingworth on who Geraint Thomas is and why he's poised to win the Tour. Read the full article at Tour de France podcast: Who is Geraint Thomas; why Moscon must go on VeloNews.com .

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Tour de France: Alaphilippe wins Zwift rider of the Day

2018 Tour de France Zwift Rider of the Day

A week on from his first stage and Zwift rider of the Day victory at the Tour de France , Julian Alaphilippe ( Quick-Step Floors ) takes another double triumph. The Frenchman rode solo to the stage 16 finish line after a dramatic descent into Bagnères-de-Luchon. Hitting the final climb of the day, the HC-rated Col du Portillon, Alaphilippe was among a 17-rider breakaway group. It was a large group, but still much reduced from the earlier break. With riders like Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo), Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale) and Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) still there, the competition on the 8.3km, 7.1 per cent climb would be fierce. Gesink had attacked several times throughout the day and was the first to go on the Portillon before being caught. Then it was time for Adam Yates to go, trying several times to get away and splitting the group in ...

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Tour de France: Cort is the Zwift Rider of the Day

2018 Tour de France Zwift Rider of the Day

For his first Tour de France stage win on the final transition stage before the Pyrenees, Magnus Cort ( Astana ) takes the Zwift Rider of the Day for stage 15 . The Dane beat Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) in a three-up sprint in Carcassonne. Featuring a first category climb 40km from the finish, it didn't at first glance appear to be a stage suited to the Dane's abilities. A sprinter who can climb well, it was nonetheless something of a surprise to see him outclimb the likes of Izagirre, his Bahrain teammate Domenico Pozzovivo, and Lilian Calmejane (Direct Énergie) on the 12.3km, 6.3 per cent Pic de Nore. He worked with Mollema after Rafał Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) attacked midway up the climb, detonating the day's large breakaway group. The pair rode 30 seconds behind Majka for the remains of the climb, before a regrouping at the bottom ...

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Tour de France: Roglic's late attack earns Zwift Rider of the Day

2018 Tour de France Zwift Rider of the Day

For his impressive attack on the Côte de la Croix Neuve in Mende, Primož Roglič ( LottoNL-Jumbo ) wins Zwift Rider of the Day on stage 14 of the Tour de France . The Slovenian was the first to attack the GC group, staying away to the line for an eight-second time gain over the next group of riders. And it wasn't just any group of riders, as the trio coming in behind him were Geraint Thomas, Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) - the current top three in the general classification. Despite his time gain being a slim margin - Roglič moves from 2:46 down on Thomas to 2:38 - the result is a potentially significant sign for the remainder of the race. The stage was all about the final climb, with the action prior to Mende coming exclusively from the breakaway. Hitting the climb 18 ...

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