Roads to Ride: Col du Glandon

November 8, 2014

We celebrate the summit finishes and often forget the roads the roads that preceed them. Today’s the chance to venerate a climb that’s used en route to many a Tour de France stage finish and it’ll be scaled twice next July. It’s worth riding for its own sake and ideal to combine with other high […]

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Paris, Fignon and Blondin

November 7, 2014

This won’t be the most read post of the year but hopefully it’ll sit quietly on the site to help those asking search engines for information. Every few months a reader will email to ask where to find Laurent Fignon’s grave in Paris. There’s no grave, the double Tour de France winner died in 2010 […]

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Highlights of 2014 – Part IV

November 6, 2014

Seeing the day’s breakaway get reeled in and beaten resmebles a nature documentary where the predator inevitably catches and consumes its prey. Only this day in Tirreno-Adriatico was different as a carnivorous Contador joined with the breakaway riders to help escape those in his pursuit.

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Highlights of 2014 – Part III

November 5, 2014

It’s easy to see the Ronde as one of the sport’s best races but it doesn’t automatically deliver the best racing. This year’s edition had solid action through the final hour and suspense right until the end.

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Out Of Time

November 4, 2014

What would Miguel Indurain have done? The Spaniard won the Tour de France five times in a row as well the Giro twice and more. He built his wins in the time trials and now that foundation has crumbled, no more so than next summer’s Tour de France with its meager 13km opening stage.

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Highlights of 2014 – Part II

November 3, 2014

Let’s limit this to one Tour de France highlight. It’s a tough pick, do we celebrate Tony Martin’s enormous ride across the Vosges? Celebrate Ag2r’s joy as the team stood below the podium in the pouring rain while Blel Kadri took the applause for his stage win? What about the French pride at two riders […]

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Roads to Ride: Colle di Fauniera

November 1, 2014

The hardest climb you’ve never heard of? The Giro d’Italia has included the Colle Fauniera sparingly and needs to go back at some point to correct past mistakes. For everyone else it’s open all summer.

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Book Review: The Bike Deconstructed

October 31, 2014

The Bike Deconstructed: A Grand Tour of the Modern Bicycle by Richard Hallet How many parts does your bike have? You can start counting the wheels, frame, bars, pedals and so on but it’s all the small pieces you forget about. Take the seatpost, it’s got clamping bits, bolts, fasteners and washers. Even a headset […]

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Highlights of 2014 – Part I

October 30, 2014

I’m going to pick five moments from 2014. 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 the Critérium du Dauphiné, we got the duel between Alberto Contador and Chris Froome but it was Andrew […]

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What’s The Point of the Off Season?

October 29, 2014

Pro cycling’s calendar runs from late January to mid-October leaving a vacuum that lasts longer than three months. All riders deserve a vacation and a chance to do something else. Why stop the show? Could the sport race all year instead?

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