Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Preview

February 24, 2017

No suncream. No sand. No sheikhs. No skyscrapers. Welcome to a weekend’s racing in Belgium with its crowds, cobbled tracks and muddy landscapes. The Omloop opens spring classics season and traditionally offers fine racing, often supplying action and suspense for hours.

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Outside is Free (For Now)

February 21, 2017

One of cycling’s greatest attractions is the popular communion on a Sunday between the peloton and the spectators. A race goes to the people, it passes your front door and the local café, school, supermarket and church. No other sport can reach these places in the same way. Now a survey of Belgian races has […]

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Rivals Under One Roof

February 20, 2017

Alejandro Valverde finished ahead of Alberto Contador in the Ruta Del Sol last weekend. The two Spaniards are rivals but have plenty in common, from nationality to anti-doping bans. What you might not have noticed is that both ride bikes made in the same factory.

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Without Tom Boonen

February 17, 2017

The date is set and the clock is counting down. If all goes to plan and he can avoid injury along the way then in 50 days’ time Tom Boonen will be on the eve of Paris-Roubaix and retirement, pinning on his last set of numbers. He’ll be missed by many, especially the Belgian media […]

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Wednesday Shorts

February 15, 2017

We’ve got action on many fronts with races in Oman, Algarve and Andalucia today. This can be confusing: Which race do we follow? Why aren’t the best riders together in the same race?

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Does Early Season Success Bring More Success?

February 13, 2017

Do early wins matter? A lot aren’t on TV and plenty happen far from a sponsor’s target audience so the publicity value is often minimal. However it’s often said that a good start to the season sets up a team for the rest of the year, building confidence that in turn brings more wins. Similarly […]

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The Rise of Nationalism, The Demise of Races

February 9, 2017

Nationalism, nativism and populism are on the rise across Europe and beyond. Some like it, some don’t but put your take on this aside for a moment if possible because there’s sporting connection to it. Or at least there used to be. Many bike races have a long history of nationalist association, whether as expressions […]

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Roger Walkowiak Obituary

February 7, 2017

Roger Walkowiak has died aged 89. “Winning à la Walkowiak” is a term still used today for an easy or an unexpected win. It’s used in cycling and beyond, a French politician can triumph à la Walko too. The label seems cruel and Walkowiak felt wronged by it, his triumph in the Tour de France […]

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Team Victory Rankings

February 6, 2017

The season’s barely begun, right? Technically we’re already one sixth of the way through the 2017 season and with a pause this week given the vanishing of the Tour of Qatar and the Tour Méditerranéen it’s a good moment to take a look at the standings so far.

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Garmin 820 Edge Review

February 2, 2017

After using the Garmin 820 Edge for six months here’s a review of this bike computer. Tech reviews are rare here but this one is partly prompted by glowing reviews elsewhere which seem way too generous for a product that struggles with the basics like usability and battery life.

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