Roads to Ride: Col de l’Iseran

February 14, 2015

The King of the Alps. Europe’s highest mountain pass is more regal still thanks to the views and its length. At 48km it is France’s longest climb. Used sparingly by the Tour de France, it’s a big high altitude test in two parts, a busy traffic artery before the calm upper slopes.

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Thanks to Seven Cycles

February 13, 2015

Seven Cycles are advertising for February and it’s a custom of this blog to say thanks in public for their support. The US framebuilder offers a range of custom carbon, titanium and steel frames and to find out more, click on the ad to visit their site and learn more. With Valentines Day coming up […]

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Diego Ulissi, Lampre and the MPCC

February 12, 2015

Diego Ulissi will racing shortly after his ban ends in March. For some this appears to contravene the MPCC’s rules and the group today said it wants to check Ulissi’s situation. This in turn upset the Lampre-Merida team who in press release tennis, smashed back their response. Amid all this there’s a lesson: any rider […]

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Thursday Shorts

February 12, 2015

Oman – Sky think Contador is bluffing – New UCI record rules – Qatar – 70km/h e-bike La Course by La Vuelta looks set to get the go-ahead reports AS today, all that’s missing is the written permission from the UCI. The race was uncertain because the proposed date, timed to coincide with the Vuelta’s […]

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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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