The Tour de France’s TV Guarantee

February 10, 2015

There’s been talk that the Tour de France could be up for sale, various journalists have published pieces saying the Amaury family have held discussions with potential buyers, often concluding that a sale seems unlikely. The Tour de France is a very valuable asset but not the money-spinner some might take it for. A little-known […]

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The Bike of The Future

February 9, 2015

Wireless gear shifting and disc brakes are here whether as prototypes or esoteric options for a bike-build. We can see these trends and extrapolate from them to see the bike of the future.

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Roads to Ride: Plateau de Beille

February 7, 2015

A new edition to the Tour de France in recent years, this Pyrenean this climb will feature again in July. It’s a tough challenge but a dead end and away from the Tour de France, a peaceful road that seems be used by cyclists and a few others.

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The Power of Music

February 6, 2015

Jack Bobridge’s UCI Hour Record attempt had him riding to a chosen soundtrack with a series of selected songs. Twitter found some of the songs amusing but there’s a performance aspect as music can make you go faster. Many riders, like Mike Teunissen above, use it during a warm-up. The velodrome is unique because a […]

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In Praise of the MPCC

February 5, 2015

The Mouvement Pour Un Cyclisme Crédible or MPCC is sometimes the butt of jokes but what if we celebrated its achievements and laughed at those who try to mock the sport? This group of teams has grown and led the way on anti-doping policies, often seeing the UCI copy the rules later on and taking […]

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A Tale of Two Races

February 4, 2015

The Dubai Tour starts today and so does the Etoile de Bessèges. Both offer several days of racing in the early season but the comparisons stop there as the Emirati race outbids its rivals on almost every scale. The Etoile long been an essential part of the early season in France but will it survive […]

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Paris-Nice Route

February 3, 2015

ASO have announced the route for the Paris-Nice. After last year’s hilly route without time trials the 2015 race looks traditional with an opening prologue, a “summit finish” and the conclusive Col d’Eze time trial.

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Monday Shorts

February 2, 2015

Mathieu van der Poel looks built for the road. When you look at riders like Lars Boom or Zdeněk Štybar you can see a crunched ball of muscle suited to shorter, explosive efforts but “VDP” is a different shape with limbs like spatulas and maybe he will cross to the road in time with great […]

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The On-board Camera Guide

February 1, 2015

Many saw my videos from the on-board cameras during the Tour Down Under and I’m grateful for it. Now I’ll explain how it was done, writes Jérémy Roy of FDJ. This is the translation of a piece on Roy’s informative website and he has approved its use here.

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An Hour in the Limelight

January 30, 2015

Jack Bobridge is the next to have a go at cycling’s Hour Record. Once the record was very prestigous but today it seems to be a record cherished within cycling rather than beyond it. However it is the ultimate chance to define and redefine a career.

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