Roads to Ride: Mont Brouilly

March 11, 2014

When the route for Paris-Nice was announced Mont Brouilly was one of the novelties. Announced with fanfare ASO said this climb had sections at 25%, a fact widely reported by everyone but ride it for real and it’s just not that steep. Here’s a detailed look at the decisive climb for Wednesday’s Paris-Nice stage. There’s […]

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Paris-Nice Stage 3 Preview

March 11, 2014

Another day for the sprinters but the roads get hillier than the profile above suggests before the finish in the Magny-Cours motor racing circuit.

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Paris-Nice, a History of Innovation

March 10, 2014

With Paris-Nice on, time to look back at the race’s history.  Over the years it has welcomed exotic teams, transported riders by air and invented new race rules. Through the race’s history we can trace the evolution of the sport we know today.

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Paris-Nice Stage 2 Preview

March 10, 2014

Stage 2 is another for the sprinters but if you tune in for the last five minutes you risk missing the action. Sunday’s opening stage saw a dramatic finish with Nacer Bouhanni winning but one minute later a group of riders rolled in. Their chances took a real knock and it shows the tension and […]

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Paris-Nice Stage 1 Preview

March 9, 2014

If anyone’s in a hurry to get to Nice this is a slow start because Stage 1 starts and finishes in the same place. It might be the longest version of the eight day race ever but the race will make up ground elsewhere. The opening stage should be for the sprinters but watch for […]

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Roads to Ride: Strade Bianche

March 8, 2014

As part of a series to explore the famous roads of cycling, here is one of the sections of the Strade Bianche or “white roads” in Italy’s central Tuscany region. The idea is to discover the road and its place in the world, whether as part of cycling’s history or to look at the route […]

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Paris-Nice Contenders and Pretenders

March 7, 2014

A bicycle race is an exercise in hierarchy. We start with riders on equal time and by the end they are arranged in order. Tests like summit finishes and time trials help impose a reasonable order and over the years we’ve got used to seeing teams controlling events in stage races and relying on set […]

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The Strade Bianche’s Classic Recipe

March 6, 2014

Many famous bike races are over one hundred years old. Liège-Bastogne-Liège was first run in 1892. These events have developed legends and histories that go a long way to make the sport what it is today. But the Strade Bianche race this weekend can trace its history back to 2007 yet it feels like a […]

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Wednesday Shorts

March 5, 2014

The track cycling world championships have finished and François Pervis is the hero of the games with an unprecedented triple sweep of the sprint, kilo and keirin races. All that plus the world record for the kilometre last December too. But loyal readers might remember the other French winner Thomas Boudat who won the omnium […]

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Roads to Ride: Genting Highlands

March 4, 2014

If there was ever a bike race with the wrong name it’s the Tour de Langkawi. Langkawi is an archipelago off the coast of Malaysia and the bike race normally visits the largest island for one stage before touring the mainland for the next 10 days. It’s the equivalent of a Tour of Corsica that […]

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