Roads to Ride: Grand Colombier

November 7, 2015

Back in the Tour de France for only the second time the Grand Colombier is an unheralded climb that offers a physical test and rewards with impressive views.

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Book Review: The Economics of Professional Road Cycling

November 6, 2015

The Economics of Professional Road Cycling – Sports Economics, Management and Policy 11,
 edited by Daam Van Reeth and Daniel Joseph Larson Money makes the wheels go round and this collection of academic papers is a study of the business and economics of pro cycling covering topics from revenue sharing to exploring how many, or […]

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Highlights of the Year – Part III

November 5, 2015

Three Etixx-Quickstep riders and one Team Sky rider. Of the three riders on the Belgian squad, Tom Boonen has a powerful sprint, Niki Terpstra is a master at riding away late in the race with powerful surprise attack and Stijn Vandenbergh is a strong workhorse and one of the best specialists there is. Only Ian […]

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Reviving The Mountains Competition

November 4, 2015

The mountains classification for the 2016 Tour de France is set to change. In recent years the points scale was doubled on the final summit finish of the day in a bid to tilt the competition towards the race’s bigger names but it’s meant the mountains jersey has become an afterthought. Chris Froome won the […]

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Highlights of 2015 – Part II

November 3, 2015

The Critérium du Dauphiné is often one of the best races of the year. Mix the start of summer with Alpine roads and a great startlist and you have all the ingredients for a great race. Crucially there’s the proximity to the Tour de France and the sense that actions and events in this race […]

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Highlights of 2015 – Part I

November 2, 2015

I’m going to pick five moments from 2015. They are a personal choice. With any list you often omit more than you include but I’ll explain each moment. They’re presented in no particular order. First up is Gent-Wevelgem, the spring classic that took place in a storm. Only 39 riders made it to the finish, […]

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Roads to Ride: Joux Plane

October 31, 2015

This will be the final climb of the 2016 Tour de France. It’s an unusual climb in the French Alps, a true mountain instead of a ski station access road. What’s it like to ride on a normal day?

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Supporter Kit

October 30, 2015

You can support this website by purchasing kit. Loyal readers will know there’s no hard sell, just a reminder once every month or two and if many have bought already it’s fine to read without buying. The profit from kit sales are split between the shop and this site and help keep things spinning here. […]

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Book Review: The Racer

October 28, 2015

The Racer, Life on The Road As a Pro Cyclist by David Millar British cycling’s rise seems to have included a publishing phenomenon in its slipstream with many riders publishing their biographies. This new audience seems hungry for accounts from inside the peloton and The Racer sets out to explain plenty as David Millar recounts […]

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The Empiricism of New Clothes

October 27, 2015

Was the past a better place? It certainly wasn’t as comfortable for the racing cyclist with itchy wool clothing that sagged in the rain and winter training meant bulky clothing and millefeuille of layers just to try and stay warm. GPS bike computers, electronic shifting, the widespread use of carbon in frames and rims are […]

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