Roads to Ride – The Kogashi Forest

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Kogashi Forest Japan Cup

Alpe d’Huez, Mont Ventoux, the Muur van Geraardsbergen… the Kogashi Forest. You probably know the first three so here’s a closer look at a mountain road that’s packed with passionate fans when the Japan Cup comes along.

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The UCI’s Wanda Deal

Thursday, 1 December 2016

The UCI has announced a sweeping deal “to transform cycling in China”. In more practical and grounded terms this means a new men’s World Tour race, a women’s race, mass participation events and the creation of a new satellite of the UCI’s World Cycling Centre. There’s lots to cheer and some concern too.

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Highlights of 2016 – Part III

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Greg Van Avermaet and Peter Sagan come first and second in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. It sounds so plausible, so probable as both have enjoyed an outstanding year. What a difference a season makes because rewind to February and both were in a losing streak and often made the headlines for the way they lost races rather than won them.

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Book Review – Ultimate Etapes

November 28, 2016

Ultimate Etapes, Ride Europe’s Greatest Cycling Stages by Peter Cossins Imagine you could ride anywhere in Europe, where would you go? It’s a nice thought experiment, perhaps begin by picking a preferred region and then think of some special roads and extrapolate this into the best part of a day’s ride. That’s the genesis of […]

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Shrinking The Peloton

November 26, 2016

Less is more. Yesterday ASO, RCS and Flanders Classics announced in concert that they would shrink the team size for their events down by one. The grand tours go from nine riders per team to eight and the major classics from eight to seven riders. The race owners say it is to improve safety and […]

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Highlights of 2016 – Part II

November 25, 2016

There’s a lot to be said for one week stage races. The good ones are concentrated versions of a grand tour with a varied mix of terrain and stage types. The brevity of the contest means every mountain stage counts and there’s rarely time to recover from mistakes. This year’s Paris-Nice was a textbook example […]

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Wildcard Hunting

November 24, 2016

Wanty-Groupe Gobert have announced they’ve signed Lieuwe Westra for 2017. Can this get them a wildcard place in the Tour de France? The Tour de France is far away but the invitations are issued early in the new season so they’re based on what we know today rather than results gained in the spring. Here’s […]

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Roads to Ride: Mont du Chat

November 23, 2016

French magazine Le Cycle has labelled the Mont du Chat “one of the hardest” climbs in France and it’s back on the route of the Tour de France for 2017 having only been used once before in the 1970s. A challenging climb, almost traffic-free and with superb views from the summit. What’s not to like? […]

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Highlights of 2016 – Part I

November 21, 2016

With the 2016 season over time to reflect on the racing and pick a handful of highlights. Paris-Roubaix comes first. It can be an easy pick because of extremism and eccentricy, it stands out because it’s so unlike anything else but this year’s race was gripping from start to finish and it was all live […]

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Friday Shorts

November 18, 2016

The Criterium International’s been scrapped. It began in 1932 and has ended up homeless so owners ASO have pulled the plug.

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