2018 Pro Race Calendar and iCal

January 1, 2018

Welcome to another lap around the Sun. Want to know what’s going to happen in 2018? Here’s the pro cycling calendar for your organiser, phone or computer diary so you can at least know when things will happen. All of the major UCI men’s and women’s pro races around the world are included and below […]

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The Christmas Holiday Quiz Answers

December 28, 2017

The Christmas quiz was meant to be hard but also to raise a few points about the sport such as weird race names, vanishing events and more. Here are all the answers and some points to discuss too.

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10 Roads to Ride

December 27, 2017

This blog’s road to rides section is enduringly popular and consequently there’s stream of email enquiries from readers wanting to know which ones are best, often people are planning a trip to the mountains or even a first visit to Europe and want to visit the roads featured. It’s always difficult to rank them but […]

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The Christmas Holiday Quiz

December 23, 2017

A Christmas quiz with 40 questions. Some are obvious, some are odd, many can’t be Googled and a few are fiendish. By all means have a go and there’s a token prize for the winner but some of the questions are posed because the answers should set up some interesting discussion points.

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The Moment The Race Was Sold?

December 21, 2017

There’s news that the trial of Alexandr Vinokourov and Alexandr Kolobnev over the alleged sale of the win Liège-Bastogne-Liège is going ahead next March. This is an old story or rather a slow story that has yet to reach a conclusion but brings some intriguing angles from how the law will deal with race tactics; […]

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Lowlights of 2017

December 18, 2017

Having picked five highlights of the year, a scan of some of this year’s lowlights. In no particular order here are a few boos, hisses, gripes and cock-ups…

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Specified Substance Shorts

December 15, 2017

A collection of Froome and Sky loose ends. First one of this week’s blog topics was going to be how Team Sky could be coming to an end. No, not for the reasons in the news, instead down to corporate activity far away on Wall Street. Disney has announced it is buying 21st Century Fox, […]

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Chris Froome’s Salbutamol Case

December 13, 2017

The UCI has announced that Chris Froome has given an Adverse Analytical Finding for Salbutamol following a test during the Vuelta a España. The announcement alone is curious given two newspapers seem got a scoop to have got hold of the story but add in that it’s Froome, that he could be stripped of the […]

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The Giro’s New Jerusalem

December 11, 2017

The Giro’s recent route announcement confirmed the race is returning to Rome, a publicity coup for the mayor Virginia Raggi (pictured). It’s often seemed odd having a national tour that doesn’t visit the nation’s capital, more so given Rome cityscape can provide stunning images. But the ensuing story of the route wasn’t about Rome. As […]

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Highlights of 2017: Part V

December 8, 2017

The last of the five picks is the final stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné, a 115km sprint across several Alpine passes. These short stages are like dessert as they’re best served after other courses have been consumed and this came after a week of good racing and set things up nicely for the Tour […]

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