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October 2014

October 29, 2014





Photo: Matthias Brandle (IAM Cycling) in the 2013 Tour Mediterraneen time trial; Brandle will attempt to beat Voigt's Hour Record on October 30, 2014.
2014 Matthias Brandle Hour Record Attempt LIVE. Thursday, October 30, Aigle, Switzerland. Brandle's attempt starts at 7:00pm CET (2:00pm U.S. Eastern). Live video from 6:45pm CET (1:45pm U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

October 29, 2014




Photo: Caroline Mani ran down Katie Compton and Meredith Miller in the USA PRO CX standings. © Mike Albright / Cyclocross Magazine.
Two podium finishes over the weekend at the Gateway Cross Cup in St. Louis, Mo., propelled Caroline Mani to the top of the 2014-15 USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX) women’s standings.
Mani placed third on Saturday, one minute and two seconds back of winner Erica Zaveta. She followed that up with a second-place ride in Sunday’s race, coming in just 22 seconds behind Sunny Gilbert. (cxmagazine.com)

October 29, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Stages),

Giro d'Italia 2015 - May 9-31 (Stages),

Tour de France 2015 - July 4-26 (Stages),

Tour of Beijing 2015 - Oct 10-14 (Results),

Paris - Tours Elite 2015 - Oct 12 (Results),

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France 2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


Octobern 29, 2014





Carlos Betancur (Ag2r-La Mondiale)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The headlines ultimately belonged to Nairo Quintana and Rigoberto Uran, but in the early stages of Colombian cycling’s year of years, it briefly appeared as though Carlos Betancur’s star would shine brightest of all.
Apparently unencumbered by his generous winter padding, Betancur rattled off a nonchalant victory at Paris-Nice in March. He was immediately installed among the top favorites for the Ardennes Classics and speculation mounted as to what he might achieve in his debut Tour de France if he hit his ideal racing weight. That early triumph, however, proved the falsest of dawns. (cyclingnews.com)

October 29, 2014




Evelyn Stevens (USA) gets back into her aero tuck
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Evelyn Stevens spent some time last week scouting the elite women's time trial and road world championship courses in Richmond ahead of the 2015 road Worlds.
Fresh off earning the bronze medal at the 2014 UCI Road World Championships in Spain as well as winning the team time trial with her Specialized Lululemon teammates, Stevens is optimistic about her chances to medal again next year. (cyclingnews.com)

October 29, 2014




Martijn Maaskant (Garmin-Transitions).
Photo: © Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl.
Dutch rider Martijn Maaskant has called an end to his professional cycling career, his management company announced today. The 31-year-old who placed fourth in both Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders said he struggled to regain his top form after a crash in the 2011 Paris-Nice. (cyclingnews.com)

October 29, 2014




Photo: Amanda Nauman (SDG/Bellwether/Krema) squints into the setting sun while taking the early lead in Elite A. © Philip Beckman/PB Creative.
"Went to a Halloween party the other night and a cyclocross race broke out. The sixth edition of Spooky Cross had the distinction of being Round 5 of the SoCalCross Prestige Series, this year haunting the Baja Beach Club area of Irvine Lake on the eastern outskirts of toney Orange County.
As always, Spooky Cross was as much rave as race. Sure, a full slate of classes started being ticked off just after lunch until well past sundown, with some righteous two-wheeled war being waged on a hilly 1.74-mile/2.8km course that was half lawn bowling, half gravel grinding." (cxmagazine.com)

October 29, 2014




Photo: The new Trek Emonda SLR chassis is awesomely light and snappy but its very firm ride means you'll likely want to limit longer rides to smooth pavement
James Huang / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "A feather-light chassis, brilliant handling and an excellent parts selection, but also a rough ride." (bikeradar.com)

October 29, 2014




Photo: The Club Ride Cog Jean works well on and off the bike
James Huang / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "Smart details and comfortable fit have made this our go-to pair of jeans." (bikeradar.com)

October 29, 2014




Photo: Cane Creek is recalling the DBinline shock due to a mislabled high-speed rebound (HSR) adjustment knob
Courtesy.
Suspension manufacturer Cane Creek is recalling DBinlines manufactured from May 23, 2014 through September 15, 2014. These shocks have graphics that incorrectly identify the adjustment directions for high-speed rebound (HSR) damping. Following these directions will cause unexpected behavior by a bike’s suspension, posing a hazard to the rider. The Fletcher, North Carolina-based company has received four complaints from customers, one of which involved a report of injury. (bikeradar.com)

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October 28, 2014


Photo: In a different sense cyclocross is cycling’s answer to winter sports, there’s even a concerted effort to include it in the Winter Olympics.
Pro cycling’s calendar runs from late January to mid-October leaving a vacuum that lasts longer than three months. All riders deserve a vacation and a chance to do something else. Why stop the show? Could the sport race all year instead?
It’s always good to question conventions and rituals and the off-season is one habit worth reviewing. I can imagine many a reader saying the riders need a break. Of course. In fact they need several and maybe it doesn’t always have to be in October. (inrng.com)

October 29, 2014




Taylor Phinney leads Team USA on a recon of the 2015 Worlds course
Photo: © Nick Davis.
Taylor Phinney is continuing his recovery from a broken leg sustained during a crash in the road race at the USA Cycling Professional National Championships in May in Chattanooga, Tennessee. While he's well on his way to recovery, Phinney has many more months ahead of him and he does not yet know when he will resume racing. (cyclingnews.com)

October 29, 2014




Photo: Contador’s dominance in the vote comes despite him losing out on the WorldTour title to Valverde.
Although he didn’t achieve his goal of winning the Tour de France, Alberto Contador has been named the recipient of the prestigious Vélo d’Or award for 2014 by the French Vélo magazine.
The Spanish Tinkoff Saxo rider received 66 points in the voting, eight points ahead of the 2014 Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali and a cool 28 up on the third-placed rider, Alejandro Valverde. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 29, 2014




Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) kisses his gold medal
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Bradley Wiggins’ future is yet to be made official, but a possible dual announcement regarding a new contract with Team Sky and his proposed development team is due in the coming month. Wiggins' contract is up at the end of the season but, despite receiving a number of offers, he is expected to stay with Sky next season. (cyclingnews.com)

October 29, 2014




Marco Pantani and Ivan Gotti climb head-to-head in the 1999 Giro d'Italia
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Mercatone Uno president Romano Cenni has hired a lawyer in a bid to have victory at the 1999 Giro d’Italia assigned to the late Marco Pantani. Cenni’s legal action follows claims – 15 years old but recently re-aired extensively in the Italian press – of irregularities in the testing procedures when Pantani returned a high haematocrit on the penultimate day of that Giro and was forced out of the race while leading the overall standings. (cyclingnews.com)







Photo: In relation to CWK [Christina Watches-Kuma] decided that looking forward to season 2015 we will advise young Danish riders not to sign a contract with CWK.
Originally set up to enable Michael Rasmussen to continue with his career and then persisting after the rider was handed a two year suspension, the Christina Watches-Kuma team has announced that it will cease to exist at the end of the season.
General manager Klaus Hembo has laid the blame for the team’s cessation firmly at the feet of the Tour of Denmark and the Danish Cycling Union (DCU), saying that both played a big factor in the decision. (cyclingtips.com.au)





Cadel Evans & Victorian Premier Dennis Napthine at the launch of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
Photo: © SDP Media.
Cadel Evans was on hand in Melbourne today for the unveiling of the eponymous Great Ocean Road Race which will be the last of his career. The race, to be held on February 1, has been awarded UCI 1.1 classification with Evans' BMC team confirming its appearance at the event along with Australian WorldTour team Orica-GreenEdge. (cyclingnews.com)

October 29, 2014




Photo: I knew this was bound to happen, but I figured it would be a little more planned. This was the first weekend this season I didn’t race my cyclocross bike.
"If you want to be good at pedaling a cyclocross bike, you should probably not race nonstop from March until September. This year, after getting sick at the Cascade Cycling Classic in July, I didn’t ride my bike for a few weeks. This is the first time I took a break going into cyclocross in five years of elite racing. I think more than anything it has contributed to how well I’ve been pedaling these past few weeks. So take a break." (pelotonmagazine.com)

October 29, 2014




Cycling demands strength. Resistance training may help some riders get strong for the sport.
(Photo by Bill White).
“You know my coach really doesn’t want me to lift weights, but I’m not listening. I’m an old guy and I feel like it really helps me on the bike at this point.” That’s my team director talking. I don’t know if I’d call him an “old guy.” I believe he’s somewhere in his 50s. But this conversation is one I’ve had with guys (and women) a decade or so younger and a decade or so older: Coach doesn’t want me to lift. I feel like I should lift. What should I do? (bicycling.com)

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October 29, 2014




Photo: U.S. Anti-Doping CEO Travis Tygart. Photo: AFP PHOTO | JOHN THYS (File)..
"It seems like some of the guys (Levi Leipheimer, Christian Vande Velde, Tom Danielson, Dave Zabriskie, George Hincapie, and others) who were involved have gone on to have successful careers in the bike industry, while others maybe not so much, at least for now. Do you think things have played out fairly for those who were involved and gave the affidavits? How do you see it now culturally, as well as professionally?" (velonews.com)

October 29, 2014




Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Cycling Canada today announced the results of its four month independent investigation into doping in the sport, stating that the consultation firm LLB Strategies found no organized system of doping or "doping culture" in Canadian cycling.
The report, commissioned by Cycling Canada and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), entitled, "National Consultation on Doping Activity in the Sport of Cycling" included direct, anonymous testimony gathered between May and August of 2014. It focused only on gathering information regarding doping activity, based upon information from the interviews, "and therefore didn't include researching or studying the situation of doping in Canadian cycling", a press release stated. (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: The young pro David Millar in 1997.
David Millar seems to have been around for ages, 18 years as a Pro to be exact, but you need to take two years away for a doping ban. Love him or hate him, he has a fine palmarés. If you want to believe in him or not is up to you, but he still was a grand champion. (pezcyclingnews.com)

October 29, 2014




Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali was feted in Saitama.
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Fourth Velo d'Or for Contador, Lacambra to Bigla, How to win a pro contract. (cyclingnews.com)

October 29, 2014




Photo: A brief history of British cycling, where it came from and how it got to where it is today..
A brief history of British cycling, from James Moore to Chris Froome. It doesn't try to tell the full story but rather offers up what Bacon considers to be important pieces of the jigsaw puzzle. One of the curses of current British cycling journalism is the need by too many writers to place themselves into the story - to make the story about them - and Bacon here has served up a very personal history of British cycling. (podiumcafe.com)

October 29, 2014




Photo: Defending champion Jerome Coppel finished second
Photo: © sirott.
Next season will mark the first time in his career that Jérome Coppel has ridden for a non-French team having signed for Swiss Pro-Continental outfit IAM Cycling. The 28-year-old spent the last two seasons with Cofidis, previously enjoying stints with Saur-Sojasun and Francaise des Jeux since turning professional in 2008, although his non-selection for the Tour de France was a contributing factor in moving on. (cyclingnews.com)

October 29, 2014




Photo: MarathonMTB's Imogen Smith on the trails of the 2014 Crocodile Trophy (Regina Stanger).
Australia's Imogen Smith was the only elite women's competitor to finish the demanding 2014 Crocodile Trophy, here she tells her story of the race, last minute prize money issues and experiences as a women in an already tough sport. (sbs.com.au)

October 29, 2014




Photo: Mike Garrigan and Jeremy Durrin will reprise this battle from the 2013 race this weekend at the CSI. © Todd Prekaski.
This weekend’s Cycle-Smart International isn’t just the longest-running UCI cyclocross race in America, it’s also Rounds 3 and 4 of the longest-running UCI cyclocross series this side of the Atlantic: the Verge New England Cyclocross Series presented by Stan’s NoTubes.
Fans adore this legendary race weekend, November 1st and 2nd in Northampton, Massachusetts, where national champions past and present from all over the globe battle for victory. The notoriously fast Look Park course favors tactical racing, requiring both finesse and power – and rewards spectators with a guarantee of exciting races all weekend long. (cxmagazine.com)

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October 28, 2014



Julien Antomarchi (La Pomme Marseille) in the lead at the 2014 Tour of Hainan
Photo: © Guoqiang Song.
The final stage of the ninth edition of the Tour of Hainan was a spectacular one with a trio of attackers resisting the return of the peloton in the finale. Dutchman Wouter Wippert of Drapac won ahead of Adrian Kurek and Taras Voropayev. while Julien Antomarchi became the first Frenchman to claim the Tour of Hainan overall. (cyclingnews.com)

October 28, 2014




Rohan Dennis (Australia)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Australian Rohan Dennis believes the emerging rivalries among the next generation of time trial stars that includes him will ramp up next year.
The depth of the new wave of time trial stars became clearer this year in a season that climaxed with the World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain where seasoned stars Briton Bradley Wiggins and German defending world champion Tony Martin won the gold and silver medals respectively with 26.23 seconds separating them. (velonews.com)

October 28, 2014




Photo: Gilbert led the chase group and then took over dictating the race after passing McFadden. © Matt James.
Day Two of the 2014 Gateway Cross Cup brought a revamped course and a renewed aggression from both of the opening day’s runners up in the men and women’s races. (cxmagazine.com)

October 28, 2014




Photo: There is talk of a possible extension of the race by the group who took the initiative for the talks, but that is not concrete yet...
Marianne Vos is provisionally satisfied with the recommendation of the Tour de France organization to once again run Le Course presented by Le Tour for the final day of the Tour de France. Any larger woman’s race of France is being discussed according to the Olympic champion Rabo-Liv, but it will not be three weeks long like the men’s edition. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 28, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Stages),

Giro d'Italia 2015 - May 9-31 (Stages),

Tour de France 2015 - July 4-26 (Stages),

Tour of Beijing 2015 - Oct 10-14 (Results),

Paris - Tours Elite 2015 - Oct 12 (Results),

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France 2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


Octobern 28, 2014




Christopher Froome (Sky)
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
Routes for the 2015 Tour de France and Giro d’Italia may well be public but while riders have begun speculating as to their preferred targets, Team Sky’s Rod Ellingworth has confirmed that the British team are yet to establish the nature of their objectives.
The route for the Tour de France was unveiled last week in Paris with 2013 winner Chris Froome quick to declare that the Giro parcours could be better suited to his characteristics. (cyclingnews.com)

October 28, 2014




The 2014 Tour de Perth overall winner, Joe Cooper (Avanti)
Photo: © Mark Gunter.
Cooper makes NRS history: Joe Cooper started the Grafton to Inverell with a slender three point advantage over Tim Roe in the National Road Series (NRS) overall standings and at the end of the 228km race, that's how it stayed.
The main breakaway of the day was a success and consequently both Cooper and Roe were unable to add to their points tally ensuring that Cooper would become the first New Zealander in the history of the NRS to claim the overall title. (cyclingnews.com)

October 28, 2014




Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) wins Elite women's race.
Photo: © Rob Jones.
Van der Haar and Compton lead UCI ranks. New faces top Gateway Cross Cup podiums. Merlier wins in Germany. (cyclingnews.com)

October 28, 2014




Photo: Ryan Trebon was on fine form during his first race back after injury. © Pat Malach.
Ryan Trebon powered through the peanut butter mud at the Washington County Fairgrounds Sunday to claim the fourth race of the 2014 Cross Crusade series. The Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com rider was competing in his first race back after crashing and injuring his spine in early September. (cxmagazine.com)

October 28, 2014




The men start their 60-minute race in near-zero degrees.
Photo: © Pat Malach.
The Deschutes Brewery Cup UCI cyclo-cross weekend scheduled for December 6-7 in Bend, Oregon, has been canceled, organizers of the race announced today.
“I have not been able to find a sponsor for it, number one,” said race director Brad Ross. “And number two: Deschutes Brewery has some construction slated to start right about that time, and there's going to be all kinds of survey work going on, and we just weren't able to nail down exactly when all that stuff was going to start happening or whether the race was going to get in the way of all that. It was looking like survey crews and bike racers were going to be stepping on each others toes.” (cyclingnews.com)

October 28, 2014




UnitedHealthcare's Chris Jones is always ready with a smile.
Photo: © Mark Johnson/www.ironstring.com.
Following a year off from cyclo-cross to concentrate on his pro road racing career with UnitedHealthcare, former Rapha-Focus rider Chris Jones has a new team and ambitions toward a limited campaign targeting the national championships in January.
Jones, 35, competed for The Athletic, a small sock company in Oregon, during the Gateway Cross Cup races this past weekend in St. Louis, finishing 12th and seventh over the two days....

October 28, 2014




Photo: It’s that time of year again. The Facebook and Twitter machines have been hopping with updates from cycling clubs all over the country announcing their winter training spin is back on the road..
"We profile seven winter training types of rider. Can you spot yourself in here? Some riders will go through hell to get the miles in during winter, never to be seen when the summer approaches. Just don’t let them drag you down with them." (steephill.tv)

October 28, 2014




Differential Flange Diameter is, in short, a high-low flange design, with the high-diameter flange used on the non-drive side of the hub. According to their testing, the DFD results in more torque being delivered to the non-drive side of the hub, which reduces stress on the hub, the spokes and even the rim, making for a longer-lasting wheel.
At $2399, the Ares 4 is a good $400 less than the 303s and just $200 more than Specialized’s Roval Rapide CLX 40, another comparable wheel (in rim depth and width). It’s a great price for a very high performance wheel, especially when you consider that number includes skewers, brake pads, rim strips, valve extenders and a padded wheel bag. (redkiteprayer.com)

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October 27, 2014




Dan Martin tops the podium with Alejandro Valverde and Rui Costa
Photo: © Sirotti.
Broader proposals needed to help cycling grow: "Oleg Tinkov was onto something with his Grand Tour Triple Challenge idea, but he was barking up the wrong tree. In the short term, Tinkoff-Saxo, Movistar, Astana and Team Sky would be better advised to race the likes of Contador, Quintana, Nibali and Froome together in non-Grand Tour events. These are the teams and riders that pull in the audiences, so this tactic would be an effective means to build commercial leverage versus the Grand Tour organizers and the UCI, and, more importantly, begin to build a bigger and better sport for more to share in." (cyclingnews.com)

October 28, 2014





Levi Leipheimer, pictured at the 2012 Tour of Utah. Leipheimer spoke with Velo for a magazine story on the perceptions of those who had confessed to using PEDs. Wil Matthews | VeloNews.com.
"I’m more in my community, doing things here, like local mountain bike races … For sure guys like Christian, George, Dave, Tom have all been the target of what the Internet has become, which allows everyone to have a voice and express their opinion. Does that reflect reality; do you get to read everyone’s opinion?" (velonews.com)

October 28, 2014





Lance Armstrong rode the Tour of Flanders in 2005
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Lance Armstrong is set to have a second meeting with the Cycling Independent Reform Commission in the coming weeks.
The former rider – who is serving a lifetime ban from the sport for several doping offences – confirmed that the meeting had been scheduled and would take place in the United States in the near future. He would not confirm the exact date and location for the meet. (cyclingnews.com)





Photo: This is an excerpt from the November 2014 issue of Velo magazine.
That guy’s a doper. A cheater. A liar. Can’t stand him.
That guy seems all right. Yeah, he used to dope, but so did everyone else.
The conventional definition of the word “perception” pertains to the inexact and shifting merger of action and reaction that is constantly calibrating itself, given the context. Perception is both impermeable and porous. Judgments are formed unconsciously. We like or loathe, often before we’ve had a chance to think why. (velonews.com)

October 28, 2014




Photo: Adam Yates...
After yesterday’s look at the established pros, what happened to the six neo-pro picks for 2014? It’s been a more mixed story which reflects the variety of life as a junior pro, some triumph while others don’t break through.
Lachlan Morton finished 2013 showing just what he can do with success in the Tour of Utah and the USA Pro Challenge. But 2014 has seen a lot of DNFs. (inrng.com)

October 28, 2014




Photo: Vincenzo Nibali on stage fourteen of the 2014 Tour de France .
Trying to win both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France in 2015 would risk spreading Vincenzo Nibali too thinly, according to Astana trainer Paolo Slongo. The 2014 Tour winner could find Chris Froome at 100 per cent in the Giro and Nairo Quintana at 100 per cent in the Tour, and lose both.
“That’s what worries me.”  (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 28, 2014




Chris Froome (Team Sky) waves from the podium
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Fuglsang defends decision to race for Astana, Nibali presents yellow jersey to Italian prime minister, Coquard takes aim at Track World Championships, USA Pro Challenge claims $130 million economic impact. (cyclingnews.com)

October 28, 2014




Photo: He’s (Tinkov) right that all the big tours should have all the big riders, giving those tours their just value. I think that it’s a good initiative.
Ex Tour de France winners Stephen Roche and Carlos Sastre have shared their views on Oleg Tinkov’s one million Euros Grand Tour challenge that he has proposed for 2015.
“I think that it’s not going to happen, because all of those riders are in a different team. He can control what happens in his team but not what the other riders are doing,” Sastre says about Tinkov’s plan. Roche thinks the idea is a good one, even if the chances of it happening are slim. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 28, 2014




Photo: Riding without a power meter or heart strap or lately even a watch, my only way to measure the effort is perceived exertion.
"A few weeks ago I was hanging on for dear life as Jean-Louis, the young Frenchy phenom, dragged me up to the Domes. One by one our companions faltered, then softened, then were smeared on the climb like quiescent bug guts.He slowed down towards the end and generously let me hang on." (pelotonmagazine.com)

October 28, 2014




Photo: The Garmin Edge 1000 combines the navigation features of the Touring model with the training capabilities of the Edge 810
Ben Delaney/Future Publishing.
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "Superb navigation with detailed mapping, plus deep feature menu and modern connectivity. Only downsides are size and battery life." (bikeradar.com)

October 28, 2014




Photo: I have a better reading of how my legs, my breathing, my level of pain, my endurance and my ability to know whether I can push that little harder and survive to the top.
"The first few weeks was an exploration of what the power readings meant to me, and the last few weeks I was able to take that knowledge and improve my ride times. 4 weeks is just too short to see some long term benefits, but if you have a spare $800 or so, and you are looking for a sustainable improvement in your cycling, then I would highly recommend the use of a power meter." (wednesdaylegs.wordpress.com)

October 28, 2014




Photo: 3T Accelero 60 Team
Cycling Plus / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 3 out of 5 stars. "Weighty, but they offer reassuring stability and decent flat speed." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Daily Distraction...

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Photo: the idea has generated a certain amount of interest and excitement, there have also been concerns expressed.
The idea may be on hold for 2015, but Oleg Tinkov is determined to keep pushing the sport’s top riders to eventually accept his proposed Grand Tour Challenge. Under the plan, the Russian Tinkoff-Saxo team owner would put up one million euro to be shared amongst 2014 Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali, 2013 Tour winner and runner-up Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana plus the Vuelta a España and former Tour winner Alberto Contador. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 28, 2014




Photo: Take the Pellizotti case because if he went to Astana, he had to wait a few more months before he could ride but instead with Androni can ride immediately without problems?
Angel Citracca, Neri Sottoli general manager, has responded angrily to a statement from the Movement for Credible Cycling, who accuses his training methods after the recent positive test of Matteo Rabottini.
"We are a member of the MPCC in 2014 and find that the president of this movement does not even know the history of its members? What credibility can this movement bring about if it acts like this? We should not forget the fact that the same UCI at the time of granting licenses for the 2014 season made it clear that there was no sporting, legal and economic association between the two companies: the MPCC obviously are not aware of the regulations and I repeat, we have been accepted in their movement without them really knowing who we are.” (cyclingquotes.com)

October 28, 2014







Roman Kreuziger and his legal team are fighting doping allegations stemming from his biological passport. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Less than a week after the UCI and WADA announced they will appeal a ruling that cleared Roman Kreuziger in a doping case, Kreuziger’s legal team is defending the Czech rider.
Kreuziger showed anomalies in his biological passport between March and August 2011, and April 2012 until the end of that year’s Giro d’Italia.
“We firmly believe that common sense will prevail. I should stress that the Czech Olympic Committee’s Arbitration Panel, the supreme independent body dealing with breaches of anti-doping regulations in the Czech Republic, cleared Roman of any wrongdoing,” said Dr. Jan Stovicek, Kreuziger’s legal counsel.  (velonews.com)

October 28, 2014





Photo: Danish rider says he has never doped and hopes those who do are quickly caught.
Asked about his choice of team in light of the three positive tests which have hit the Astana squad in recent weeks, Jakob Fuglsang has explained his decision to sign with the squad, rejected any doping on his part and raised questions about Tinkoff Saxo.
“To a certain extent I can understand people who doubt my choice of team, but then I would like to know which teams we can rely on?” he said to TV 2 Sport. “I would not rely on everyone from Tinkoff-Saxo. There is also someone there that has a less nice past, which I would not trust.” (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 28, 2014




Tinkoff-Saxo has a new mountain to climb: Mount Kilimanjaro, whose summit is 5,895 meters above sea level. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
It seems everything Oleg Tinkov does is over the top, so it shouldn’t be a total surprise that the Russian businessman is bankrolling an ambitious, potentially hazardous team-building camp to Africa next week.
Boot camp-style training camps have become the rage among many top teams. Cyclists and staff typically decamp to some remote corner of Europe, undergo some moderate, albeit muddy rigors that would make any Outward Bound instructor proud, and come out of it more unified. That’s the idea, at least. (velonews.com)





Photo: Brian Cookson Credit: Chris Auld .
Brian Cookson has been head of the cycle sport’s governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), for 13 months now. Long enough to become established, long enough to make changes, and long enough to start assessing his impact on cycling’s governing body.
On June 4, 2013 Cookson announced he would run for president of the UCI against the incumbent, Pat McQuaid. Previously, Cookson served as president of British Cycling from 1997 until 2013, a time of enormous change and sporting success. He was elected onto the UCI Management Committee in 2009, and became president of the UCI Cyclo-Cross Commission in 2009 and president of the Road Commission in 2011. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 28, 2014




Fabio Aru will have his turn at captaining Astana at the Giro next year. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Sardinian Fabio Aru’s ranking within team Astana could significantly change for 2015, as he appears slated to race both the Giro d’Italia and, in support of defending champion Vincenzo Nibali, the Tour de France.
Aru is maturing. It’s only right that we give a young rider his chance to lead his own race,” Astana trainer Paolo Slongo said. “The idea would be to let him race the Giro as captain and to send him to the Tour to help Vincenzo and to gain experience.” (velonews.com)

October 28, 2014




Photo: Stars of the ‘6 Day’ scene
We caught up with him as he prepared to ride night four of the Amsterdam Six Day race.
Track trail-blazer, US Criterium Champion and style guru; what more could you want from an interview subject. Ed Hood caught up with US ‘6 Day’ star Daniel ‘Hollywood’ Holloway at the first event of the winter season in Amsterdam to find out what makes this flamboyant character tick. (pezcyclingnews.com)

October 28, 2014




Photo: Want to swap in new wheels for the winter? Here's how
Tim de Waele.
Putting a tougher set of wheels on your bike for riding in winter will save your summer wheelset from the salt, grit and grime of the off-season months, helping to make your most expensive racing hoops last longer.
If you're a beginner, and you're thinking of changing your wheels for the first time, here's how to do just that in five easy steps. (bikeradar.com)

October 28, 2014




Photo: Felt have added three disc brake models to their Z Series of endurance bikes and we've had a ride on the top-level one.
Felt’s Z Series bikes are designed for endurance riding: sportives, big weekend rides, that sort of thing. You know the style by now. The Z bikes have a shorter top tube than Felt’s F Series race bikes, and a taller head tube, putting you in a position that’s going to put less strain on your back when you’re riding all day long, and a longer wheelbase that’s designed to provide more stability. Most of the other big manufacturers have an equivalent series. Specialized have the Roubaixs, Merida have the Rides, and so on. (road.cc)

October 28, 2014




Photo: The El Plastique plastic pedals are available in black, white, green and red
Oliver Woodman/Immediate Media.
Superstar Components launched three new pedals last month, including the El Plastique pedal. The El Plastique is a plastic-bodied pedal that's loosely based on the company’s popular aluminium-bodied Nano model.
Plastic?! Yep, but don’t panic. Plastic pedals are fairly common and well proven in the punishing world of BMX riding. (bikeradar.com)

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Ben King (Garmin) leads his team back in the bunch
Photo: © Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us.
American Ben King is looking forward to the cycling world coming to his backyard in September of 2015 when Richmond will host the UCI Road World Championships. King lives about one hour away, near Charlottesville, Virginia.
"I think my teammates get sick of hearing me talk all year about how great Virginia is, and so it's pretty exciting for me to have them come here so I can show off my home state," said the 25-year-old King. "I hope they'll have a chance to stay a bit longer and also get to see the mountains." (cyclingnews.com)

October 27, 2014




Photo: Paris-Roubaix or Dwars Door Vlaanderen. Pick you thumping Niki Terpstra moment.
"The usual rules apply to our Race Day of the Year process: we all make nominations, and if they're even remotely serious I will open a formal poll including each one. I hope to open the poll on Wednesday so we can vote til Sunday, and have our annual gala celebration a week from today. It's a tight schedule, but when you've rented the Felt Forum and booked Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins and the Solid Gold Dancers, you just have to make it work." (podiumcafe.com)

October 27, 2014






Photo: PROFESSIONISTI | Continua la favola dei giovani della Lampre Merida in terra di Cina. Dopo Andrea Palini, oggi tappa e maglia per Niccolò Bonifazio. TuttobiciWeb.it - HAINAN. Bonifazio stupisce ancora
www.tuttobiciweb.it.
Having lost the overall lead in the queen stage, Niccolo Bonifazio bounced back in stage 8 of the Tour of Hainan when he won the bunch sprint on the penultimate day. Holding off Jonathan Cantwell and his teammate Andrea Palini, the young Italian took his third win in just 8 days of racing while Julien Antomarchi defended his lead. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 27, 2014





Brian Matter waited to make his move and it paid off. Photo: Matt James.
Brian Matter and Sunny Gilbert prevailed on day two of the Gateway Cross Cup.
The women’s race opened with a storming attack from Courtenay McFadden, who was looking to make amends for the disappointment of Saturday’s race.
In the men’s race, the field set an explosive pace from the line. Again, Cody Kaiser pushed the pace with Soundpony’s Jacob Lasley to force the opening splits while the top five from the previous day waited in the wings. (velonews.com)

October 27, 2014






Photo: Pendrel blasts down the pavement ramp before the sandpits, leading Durrin at the right time in the race. © Andrew Reimann.
Catharine Pendrel and Geoff Kabush won the elite races at the Manitoba Grand Prix of Cyclocross by slipping away from their primary rivals in the final minutes of racing. The UCI C2 race wrapped up the three-day Shimano Canadian Cyclocross Championships in Winnipeg. (cxmagazine.com)

October 27, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Stages),

Giro d'Italia 2015 - May 9-31 (Stages),

Tour de France 2015 - July 4-26 (Stages),

Tour of Beijing 2015 - Oct 10-14 (Results),

Paris - Tours Elite 2015 - Oct 12 (Results),

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France 2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


Octobern 27, 2014




Photo: Mark Tupalski got the better of defending champion Andy Blair to win the Cape to Cape MTB (CC).
Mark Tupalski and Australian Olympian Rebecca Henderson rolled in to the Dunsborough Country Club as overall winners of the Western Australia Cape to Cape MTB stage race.
The 64km stage from the Colonial Brewery to Dunsborough Country Club near Busselton was won by Dylan Cooper ahead of Reece Tucknott and Dylan Brown, while Henderson confirmed her domination of the event with a final stage win in front of Mel Ansett and Emily Parkes. (sbs.com.au)

October 27, 2014




Photo: Geoff Kabush beats Michael van den Ham by one second at the Manitoba Grand Prix of Cyclocross © David Lipnowski.
Somehow the SSCXWC weekends are always a blur, and memories of the eighth installment of the Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships held in Louisville, Kentucky, the bourbon capital of the world, may be especially blurry for many involved. (cxmagazine.com)

October 27, 2014




Photo: Niki Terpstra wins 2014 Paris-Roubaix Credit: Watson .
Paris-Roubaix winner Niki Terpstra is considering a spot on the Dutch pursuit team for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. He told Dutch broadcaster NOS after winning the Six Days of Amsterdam that Theo Bos wants to put together a strong team for the Olympics.
Theo is trying to convince good riders who can also ride on the track as he wants to make a strong team for the team pursuit in Rio,” Terpstra explained. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 27, 2014




Photo: Elia Viviani (left) won two stages of the 2014 Tour of Turkey (Pic: Tim De Waele).
Italian sprinter Elia Viviani has become Team Sky’s sixth signing ahead of the 2015 season.
The 25-year-old ends his five-year spell with the Cannondale Pro Cycling team, which is set to merge with Garmin-Sharp, to join Team Sky as the British-based squads seeks to bolster its sprint firepower. (roadcyclinguk.com)

October 27, 2014




Photo: We can now stick to the normal visiting hours which means that there is no life-threatening situation anymore. He is also able to wake up by himself each night.
Derny rider Cees Stam who crashed hard at the Six-Days of Amsterdam, is no longer in a life-threatening condition. His grandson Yoeri Havik who won the race overall, is looking forward to celebrating the victory with his grandfather. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 27, 2014




In a world full of marginal improvements, I’ve come to appreciate that discs present a real evolution in braking for road bikes, one that I was hesitant to accept at first, but now embrace.
"Two years ago, while on a ride that took in some of Malibu’s most fearsome descents, I had a conversation with a product manager from one of the big three bike companies. The occasion for both the conversation and the ride was a piece I’d just published about carbon clinchers, but as these things often do, talk turned farther afield and we landed on the issue of disc brakes. I can say that at that point in time I was flat-out not in favor of disc brakes on road bikes." (redkiteprayer.com)

October 27, 2014




Photo: Retiring from his position at British Cycling, Boardman founded a bike company bearing his name and built a formidable brand in the UK, which he is now bringing to the US in a very serious way.
Before Wiggins and Froome, Chris Boardman was the UK’s Tour de France yellow jersey hopeful. Unlike Wiggins and Froome, Boardman had no designs on yellow in Paris. He won three Tour prologues along with Olympic Gold in the pursuit, multiple world championships and famously set multiple hour records in the anything goes era of the ‘90s. An early adopter of power meters, electronic shifting and altitude tents he was called ‘The Professor’. All of this earned him an MBE, Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, and a position heading up the Secret Squirrel club, the bleeding edge technical department of the world beating British national cycling team. (pelotonmagazine.com)

October 27, 2014




One of the season's biggest surprises, Eric Marcotte continues with Team SmartStop in 2015 after his breakout national championship victory put his team on the map. SmartStop has bolstered its roster for other major races next year. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
After a year of surprising upsets and consistent results, Team SmartStop has finalized its roster for the 2015 racing season, supporting 13 riders for the upcoming year.
U.S. national champion Eric Marcotte and USA Cycling National Racing Calendar winner Travis McCabe will return to Team SmartStop in 2015. (velonews.com)

October 27, 2014




Photo: Four sets of dream hoops—and why you'll eat them up. (Kent Pell)
BONTRAGER AURA 5 TLR - To go aero without going broke:  The 50mm-deep carbon-fiber fairing offers triathlon-worthy aerodynamics. Aluminum rim accommodates regular or tubeless tires and provides steady braking. Compatible with all drivetrain systems. One drawback: Recessed nipples make truing difficult. (bicycling.com)

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October 26, 2014


Photo: 2014 proved to be a mixed year as Tony Martin did win Stage 10 of the Tour de France.
"Last year I nominated a dozen riders to watch for 2014 from promising neo-pros to established world champions. It’s been a mixed year with success, surprise and some misfortune. What happened?
Tony Martin was the first listed. The story was one of time trial domination while the question was whether could he transfer his power to other events, notably road racing. Surely he could enjoy some alternative wins and get a chance to practice a victory salute in front of the crowds rather than waiting in the hot seat to see if he’d won? 2014 proved to be a mixed year as he did win Stage 10 of the Tour de France with a convincing show of force." (inrng.com)

October 27, 2014




Adam Yates won the Tour of Turkey, an eight-day stage race, this season. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The 2014 cycling season showed neo-pros not just ready to learn, but to impress in their debut year. Yates twins Adam and Simon, Nairo Quintana’s younger brother, Dayer and many more challenged the seasoned cyclists for wins. Seven stand-out debutants are featured.
Adam Yates: The Brit had the most impressive debut in the UCI WorldTour ranks this year thanks to several wins — the Tour of Turkey and GP Industria e Commercio (ahead of Davide Formolo) — and placings – sixth in the Critérium du Dauphiné and fifth in the Amgen Tour of California. (velonews.com)

October 27, 2014




Photo: I have had a super season. The beginning of the year was not what I really wanted but the Giro made up for it. And in the Dauphiné, I crossed a new line.
He is only 23 years old but he is already one of the stars of Ducth cycling and the new Team LottoNL-Jumbo team. In 2014 Wilco Kelderman had a big breakthrough as a stage race rider as he finished 7th in the Giro d'Italia and 4th in the Criterium du Dauphiné where he beat the subsequent Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali. He missed the Tour but in 2015 it will be his big goal. "I don't mind that people have big expectations for me. That's not a problem for me," he tells Wielerflits in an interview. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 27, 2014




Vincenzo Nibali hasn't ruled out the possibility of tackling the Giro d'Italia prior to a run at defending his title in the 2015 Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali staunchly defended his Astana team’s battered reputation, and hinted he might race the Giro d’Italia ahead of a Tour de France defense in 2015.
Speaking to the Spanish daily AS over the weekend during the Critérium of Saitama in Japan, Nibali said a pair of EPO positives involving the Iglinskiy brothers, and another case from a stagiaire, does not reflect a deeper problem for his team’s ethics. (velonews.com)

October 27, 2014




Photo: Chris Froome (Team Sky)
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
The general consensus seems to be that the 2015 Tour de France route isn't best suited to Chris Froome and the Team Sky way of doing things. That may be true – he’s come out and given his take already - with the time trials being cut to a level rarely seen, but that won't be the 2013 winner's main worry should he decide to line-up in Utrecht.
Everyone seems to be forgetting that Froome can climb with the best when he needs to and his adaptation to improving his performances against the clock has been a gradual process, which has affected those climbing abilities. (cyclingnews.com)

October 27, 2014




Photo: Chris Froome and Fabio Aru on stage eighteen of the 2014 Tour of Spain .
Sky’s Chris Froome called the 2015 Giro d’Italia route better balanced than the Tour de France and explained that it presents a “big opportunity” for him. The chance to win Italy’s big stage race next May 9 to 31 may see him skip the Tour for the first time in four years.
“The Giro course is truly balanced well, the best,” Froome told Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper while in Japan over the weekend. “A complete rider will win it and that, in my opinion, is the way it should be in a Grand Tour. For me, it would be a great opportunity.” (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 27, 2014




Photo: Alessandro Petacchi and Mark Cavendish, Tirreno-Adriatico 2014, stage six Credit: Graham Watson .
Italian Alessandro Petacchi will leave team Omega Pharma-QuickStep for 2015, having originally been signed to the team to help Mark Cavendish at the Tour de France. The 2010 Tour’s points classification winner, who turns 41 in January, may ride in the yellow colours of Italian second division team Neri Sottoli. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 27, 2014






Photo: Last year, the government’s Intellectual Property Office said that it planned to make the deliberate copying of a design a criminal offence..
Online retailer Wiggle has promised to hold a full investigation after it was accused of plagiarism by Anna Glowinski, founder of the women’s cycle clothing brand, Ana Nichoola, an accusation that prompted strong criticism of the business on social media. (road.cc)

October 27, 2014




Ryan Trebon (Canondale/ Cyclocrossworld.com) running the barriers
Photo: © Dave McElwaine.
Cannondale rider wins Cross Crusade: Ryan Trebon has recovered from injuries suffered in a September crash and will jump start his cyclo-cross season at the upcoming Cincy3 Weekend in Ohio. The rider from Oregon announced his return to racing on Sunday by winning a local Cross Crusade race outside of Portland. (cyclingnews.com)

October 27, 2014




The LCD handlebar display communicates essential information such as battery level, gear position and shift mode
Oli Woodman/BikeRadar.
XTR M9050 marks the first migration of electronic shifting technology into the world of mountain bikes. The system will use one battery and remain wired, using already proven parts from Shimano’s Ultegra and Dura-Ace road Di2 groups.
So what are the advantages? Shimano claims that XTR Di2 will offer faster and more accurate shifting. Also, with no cables to stretch, it’s said to offer shifting consistency that a mechanical transmission cannot match. Whether that's true remains to be seen, but one part of XTR Di2 that we really should be taking notice of is Syncro Shift – for those who are running double or triple set-ups it could be a game changer. (bikeradar.com)

October 27, 2014




The UnitedHealthcare women's team announced its 2015 roster. After a sterling first season, the American team hopes for more success in the coming year. Photo: UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team.
In its inaugural year, the UnitedHealthcare women’s team consistently put up impressive results across both the domestic and international calendars. Sweeping all three of the American road titles between Alison Powers and Coryn Rivera, UnitedHealthcare brought a mix of young riders and experienced veterans to the races in 2014 and plans to build upon its success next year with its 2015 roster. (velonews.com)

October 27, 2014




Photo: The 17 hairpins all come in a stretch of roughly 2.5 kilometres. That's a hairpin every 150 metres. The road is narrow, the hairpins sharp. It's a steady incline, roughly 8% average.
Driving on the French A43 Autoroute towards Torino, if you know where to look - and you need to know where to look - you will see the most amazing little road crawling up a cliff.  These are the Lacets de Montvernier.
They are probably the most talked about addition to the 2015 Tour de France route (stage 18).  Finished in 1934 after six years of construction, this astounding feat of engineering linked the little village of Montvernier, high above on a plateau, with civilization below. (podiumcafe.com)

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Lance Armstrong met with the CIRC commission earlier in 2014. Now, UCI president Brian Cookson has suggested that may be an avenue for redemption for the American. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).
Should Lance Armstrong be allowed back into the realm of professional cycling?
That, of course, depends on who one asks. The one-time seven-time Tour de France champion is currently banned for life, after an exhaustive effort by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) dropped reams of affidavits from former teammates, who admitted to their own doping and implicated Armstrong.
“I think that there is potential for redemption for him and anyone, really. I think it all depends on what [Armstrong] said to the commission and if he was prepared to talk about his or other people’s involvement and whether he’s genuinely contrite and deserving of redemption,” Cookson said. (velonews.com)

October 27, 2014




Helen Wyman (Kona) racing in a sea of course tape and fencing
Photo: © Dave McElwaine.
Should American companies sponsor European races?
"Phase one of the season has come to a close. I've just had my first weekend away from a race since CrossVegas, which opened my season. I hadn't been there for six years, so thought I was long over-due a trip there to try my hand at a race often billed as a potential World Cup event. It's progressed so much and Brook Watts truly puts on a world-class presentation." (cyclingnews.com)

October 27, 2014




Amalie Dideriksen (Denmark) with her 2014 rainbow jersey
Photo: © Bettini.
Joint Tour de France won’t work, says Cookson, Gatto signs for Androni, Longest lap, Dideriksen signs for Boels Dolmans. (cyclingnews.com)

October 27, 2014




Photo: Alison Powers reflects on her highly successful career, the decision to retire and what's next.
Alison Powers announced last week that she’s retiring from professional cycling, ending a highly successful career in which she won one Pan-American and five National Championship titles.
Riding with the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team, this final season was probably also her most successful, winning the U.S. National road race and time trial championships as well as the Tour de Gila criterium, Amgen Tour of California time trial, overall classification at the Tour de Femenino de San Luis and more. (podiumcafe.com)

October 27, 2014




Photo: Right that’s enough disc braked road bikes. So what else is big?
The cycle show season is done for another year. We've seen a lot of new bikes and kit and heard some juicy rumors too, so time to stand back and look at the emerging trends and rate those rumors.
Disc brakes are the biggest trend on road bikes. Of course, disc brakes have been around for ages but their widespread adoption is new. They’re everywhere and Shimano are the big winners, but first let's have a rumor. (road.cc)

October 27, 2014





Photo: Whilst I know I can't compete, I have no respect for the sanction and won't waste my time reading the terms.
Serving a two-year ban for Biological Passport violation, Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has recently called the UK Anti-Doping agency a “mickey mouse” court and strongly criticized procedures he’d gone through. Even though the UCI president warned the former Team Sky rider that he “punt himself in a deeper and deeper hole”, the Briton refuses to accept the sanctions, neither to stop being involved in professional cycling. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 27, 2014




Photo: The finale was an anti-climax with Terpstra/Havik going into it on the zero lap – De Buyst/Ligthart and Lampater/Stopler at one lap – and coming out in exactly the same order with no serious threat to their lead.
"After his charges had some success in the first half of the race in Amsterdam Ed Hood was hoping for more of the same in the back half but instead most of the spoils went to Paris-Roubaix champion, Niki Terpstra." (pezcyclingnews.com)

October 27, 2014




Photo: Ian Field tops podium in 2014 National Trophy Series round two; Adela Carter wins women's race.
Ian Field made it two out of two for the National Trophy Cyclo-Cross Series when he sprinted to a narrow victory ahead of Belgian Under-23 Quinten Hermans.
Field got to the last corner ahead of his race-long rival, and that proved decisive as he held the advantage to the line and won by four seconds from the Telenet Fidea CT rider, while Hermans’ team-mate Jens Vandekinderen took third, 47 seconds back. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 27, 2014




Team Sho-Air/Cannondale for 2015
Photo: © Team Sho-Air / Cannondale.
The Sho-Air/Cannondale Professional Mountain Bike Team was presented at the team's headquarters and Cannondale flagship store, Sho-Air Cyclery in Orange, California this weekend. The team will face the 2015 campaign with a stacked lineup, welcoming newcomers and bringing a former member back "home." (cyclingnews.com)

October 27, 2014




One man on one gear rides to raise awareness of human trafficking. (Photo courtesy of Hope27).
Riding 2,700 miles in 27 days - from Los Angeles to Charleston, South Carolina - may seem a little crazy. Add in the fact that Luis Leonardo is stopping in towns along the way to challenge law enforcement officials and other local luminaries to do a 27-second plank with him, and you have a recipe for one tired man at the end of the month. Oh yeah: He’s making the trip on a singlespeed. (bicycling.com)

October 27, 2014




The Speedplay Zero Pavé pedals were first developed for the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix and are now available to the public.
Speedplay’s minimalist Zero Pavé pedals have been around for some time but only now are they available to the public.
The Pavé is a stripped-back version of Speedplay’s existing Zero pedal and, as the name suggests, was developed for use on the bone-shaking cobbles of northern Europe. (roadcyclinguk.com)

October 27, 2014




Photo: Cannondale Synapse Ultegra disc
David Caudery / Immediate Media - Cycling Plus.
BikeRadar verdict: 5 out of 5 stars. "One of the best ever endurance bikes out there just got even better." (bikeradar.com)

October 27, 2014




Photo: Hallmarks of these new shades are a tighter wrap, shorter temple arms, and the addition of special skin-gripping material..
"You’d be amazed how many new products are really just a rehash of an older model jazzed up with new colors and maybe a new name. That’s why we’re always excited to see real tangible improvement. Count Smith Optics’s new-for-2014 Pivlock Arena sunglasses in this later category. Building on design concepts seen in the Pivlock V2 Max shades we reviewed a year ago, the Arena features a more secure fit and less helmet interference." (roadbikereview.com)

October 27, 2014




Let us praise Chris King—he gives you the chance to match your bottom bracket to your headset.
(Photo by Thomas MacDonald).
By now, it's gospel that the larger, press-fit bottom bracket shells found on most new high-end bikes allow engineers to improve the performance of a frame - stiffer, lighter, snappier, and lots of other superlatives that are generally true. But press-fit BBs - which are pushed into the frame under force instead of screwed into it - also have a reputation for being noisy and not all that durable. (bicycling.com)

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October 26, 2014



Photo: Chloe Hosking will help bolster Wiggle Honda's sprinting prowess (SportfotoNL).
The 25-year-old sprinter joins Wiggle Honda after two years with Hitec Products.
“Over the last two seasons I've watched Wiggle Honda become one of the biggest, most professional and strongest teams in the women's peloton and to join an outfit like that is both exciting and motivating," said Hosking.
“I've raced with, against and for (Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling Managing Director) Rochelle Gilmore since I entered the senior ranks in 2009 and to now race on her team is actually something really special," said Hosking who won the bronze medal in the 2010 Commonwealth Games road race in Delhi behind Gilmore. (sbs.com.au)

October 26, 2014





Julien Antomarchi (La Pomme Marseille) in the lead at the Tour of Hainan.
Photo: © Tour of Hainan.
Already the winner of stage 4, Julien Antomarchi of La Pomme Marseille doubled up in Wuzhishan as he claimed the queen stage ahead of Astana’s Andriy Zeits, while Niccolo Bonifazio finished in third place with a deficit of 39 seconds. Antomarchi moved back into the lead with a high chance of winning the ninth Tour of Hainan overall. (cyclingnews.com)

October 26, 2014





Photo: Mike Garrigan broke away early and maintained a strong ride throughout the day. © Andrew Reimann.
Catharine Pendrel and Mike Garrigan won maple leaf jerseys on a blue sky, cool and windy afternoon in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
In both elite races the strongest riders established front groups early. Pendrel gained the lead in lap two and maintained it, holding off teammate Maghalie Rochette and British Columbia’s Sandra Walter after Stan’s NoTubes Mical Dyck washed out on a grassy off-camber corner that challenged the men’s elite field as well. The men’s race came down to a nail-biting finish as hard-chasing Geoff Kabush and Winnipeg’s Michael van den Ham nearly caught Garrigan who led from early in the first lap. (cxmagazine.com)

October 26, 2014






Erica Zaveta solos in for the win on day one of the 2014 Gateway Cross Cup. Photo: Matt James.
A hot day and a new course saw Jamey Driscoll and Erica Zaveta  come out on top Saturday in round one of the 2014 Gateway Cross Cup. (velonews.com)

October 26, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Stages),

Giro d'Italia 2015 - May 9-31 (Stages),

Tour de France 2015 - July 4-26 (Stages),

Tour of Beijing 2015 - Oct 10-14 (Results),

Paris - Tours Elite 2015 - Oct 12 (Results),

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France 2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


Octobern 26, 2014





Greg Saw battles on - defended his lead during stage six.
Photo: © Crocodile Trophy / Regina Stanger.
Imogen Smith and Greg Saw are the Elite Champions of the 2014 Crocodile Trophy. The 20th edition of the hardest mountain bike stage race in the world finished today at the breathtakingly beautiful Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas. The final stage 9 was a time trial race from Weatherby Station via the infamous Bump Track to Port Douglas. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Now enjoying retirement after crowning his career with a new hour record, Jens Voigt chatted to Cycling Weekly about his 17 years in the peloton .
There’s much more to Mr Voigt’s career than a smiling face and gutsy breakaways. The five-time winner of the Critérium International and two-time winner of the Tour of Germany was instrumental in Carlos Sastre’s 2008 Tour de France victory, and ‘Jensie’ himself has enjoyed mhis own share of glory in La Grande Boucle.
On retirement: "Maybe I could be on an American series like CSI where I get shot and play a dead body. Nobody would hear my accent and think, “Look at that stupid German.” I can just lie there with my tongue hanging out and then they could cut me open and say: 'Ah, look at his liver, he must have really liked alcohol during his life!'” (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Jean-Christophe Péraud (Ag2r) had a crash and was forced to chase back on
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The dearth of time trialling was the biggest surprise when the route of the 2015 Tour de France was unveiled in Paris on Wednesday, and the initial feeling in the Palais des Congrès was that the innovative parcours favours the chances of young French talent Romain Bardet rather than his veteran Ag2r-La Mondiale teammate Jean-Christophe Péraud, who finished second overall this year. (cyclingnews.com)

October 26, 2014




Photo: By a good performance on the final day, Terpstra and Havik moved into the lead and defended their position in the final madison.
After six dramatic days of racing, Niki Terpstra and Yoeri Havik were crowned winners of their home Six-Day event in Amsterdam. Performing strongly the final two days, the Dutchmen moved into the lead halfway through the final night and defended their position in the final madison. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Alessandro Petacchi (Omega Pharma - QuickStep)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Froome happy with 2014, Terpstra lands Six Days of Amsterdam, Trott beats Vos in London. (cyclingnews.com)

October 26, 2014




Photo: The team ascends the highway into the Hindu Kush Mountains. Photograph: Deni Bechard .
Six mornings a week Zahra Alizada is on her bike long before 5am, slipping through the grey pre-dawn in a small pack of women savouring the brief peace on Kabul’s normally hectic, dusty streets.
Afghans rise early, and many of them are still scandalized to see a woman in sports kit speeding past on a racing bike. The Afghan women’s cycling team know this because, as the traffic swells towards the end of their morning training at around seven, men and boys start hurling insults and sometimes stones or chunks of rubbish at the women as they ride past. (theguardian.com)

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Photo: Application is point n' shoot intuitive; shake the container, flick nozzle open and squirt in single bursts from a distance of 20cm.
"Carbon Pro Dri-Shine is a clever detailer designed to keep bikes looking showroom fresh with nominal effort and seems more effective than most I've played with to date. However, mud encrusted cross and mountain bikes will still require a bike wash blow-over and bucket rinse first." (road.cc)

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Photo: is it just me or does this read like JTL wrote the questions?
"Yikes.
The recent all-holds barred, every-punch-pulled interview by Daniel Benson of CyclingSnooze is about as wet as a kiss from your Grandma… who’s lost her dentures.
When did it happen that journalists got told – and complied – to leave their opinions (or personalities even) at the door? Is it just me or does this read like JTL wrote the questions?
And the ‘The Court of Public Opinion‘ and ‘Head Held High’ captions under the images. every so slightly hamfisted there, lads." (crankpunk.com)

October 26, 2014




Richie Porte (Sky) is now his team's GC man after Froome's abandon
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
After a disappointing campaign in 2014, Richie Porte is looking to bounce back next season. The Australian has confirmed that the Tour Down Under will be his first major objective in 2015 but that his overall ambitions will hinge on his ability to remain healthy. (cyclingnews.com)

October 26, 2014




Photo: In general, the Tour suits him better. In Italy, Froome has an advantage over Nibali in the 60km time trial. Between Contador and Nibali, I don't see much difference.
"He has the engine and the head to give it a try." Those are the words of Paolo Slongo, Nibali's trainer, when asked for an objective assessment of his possibilities of joining the select list of riders who have accomplished the hardest double of the cycling world: to win the Giro and the Tour in the same year. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 26, 2014




Photo: Not everyone can win three World Road Championships like Marianne Vos or four Ironman World Championships like Chrissie Wellington.
Racing ahead of Mark Cavendish’s two autobiographies, American/St.Kitts and Nevis pro cyclist Kathryn Bertine, 37 years old, recently launched her third book. The first covered her career as a figure skater with an ice dancing company; the second was about her attempts to become an Olympic athlete in a range of unlikely sports but The Road Less Taken is a different book again, a series of episodes in her life as a professional cyclist and journalist. In it she travels not just a road less taken but one that leads in surprising directions. (pezcyclingnews.com)

October 26, 2014




The 2015 yellow jersey features an Arc de Triomphe motif on the front
Photo: © Le Coq Sportif.
The 2015 yellow jersey has been designed to celebrate the 40th Tour de France finish on the Champs-Élysées as well as commemorating the 1975 winner's maillot jaune.
The new jersey has a "unique collar and a silhouette with a filigree design of the Arc de Triomphe". There's also the traditional flocked Le Coq Sportif logo and the initials of Tour founder Henri Desgrange. (cyclingnews.com)

October 26, 2014




Photo: All three were still be able to greet their fans one last time at the Saitama Criterium yesterday..
The Japan Cup was the last race of the professional career of Takashi Miyazawa, but he was not the only Japanese star to call it a day there. As reported bybiciciclismo, three other leaders of Japanese cycling have decided to hang their bikes up: Miyataka Shimizu, Taiji Nishitani and Kazuhiro Mori. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Catharine Pendrel pumped for cyclocross nationals - Canadian ...
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World mountain bike champion defends Canadian cyclo-cross title. (cyclingnews.com)

October 25, 2014






Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) wins the Saitama Criterium. Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Marcel Kittel won the second edition of the Saitama Criterium by Tour de France, beating Peter Sagan and Alexander Kristoff in a small group finish. (cyclingnews.com)

October 25, 2014






Niccolo Bonifazio (Lampre-Merida) wins stage 6 of the Tour of Hainan. Photo: © Tour of Hainan. (cyclingnews.com)
After yesterday's win for his teammate Andrea Palini, Niccolo Bonifazio made it two in a row for Lampre-Merida when he scored his second stage win by winning stage 6 of the Tour of Hainan. At the end of a very fast stage, he beat Barry Markus and Wouter Wippert in a bunch sprint and also took the leader's jersey in the process. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: And we’re still smiling about that when Guy wins Keirin Two; good exercise for me as I have to trot round grab their helmets, give them their towel and hat – and it’s always nice to see those podium girls close up.
"Working as a runner for the stars at the Amsterdam Six Day race our journalist Ed Hood is once again embedded deep inside the race. Here’s his story from the first half of the race at the velodrome in Amsterdam as we pick up the action on Day 3." (pezcyclingnews.com)

October 25, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Stages),

Giro d'Italia 2015 - May 9-31 (Stages),

Tour de France 2015 - July 4-26 (Stages),

Tour of Beijing 2015 - Oct 10-14 (Results),

Paris - Tours Elite 2015 - Oct 12 (Results),

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France 2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


Octobern 25, 2014




Photo: Wout Van Aert has added the second edition of the Polderscross in Kruisbeke to his palmares.
Wout Van Aert has added the second edition of the Polderscross in Kruisbeke to his palmares. The youngster again demonstrated his talent by holding off Sven Nys and Klaas Vantornout. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 25, 2014



Chris Froome (Team Sky) in relaxed mood Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Sky rider to decide on program by December: Chris Froome has reiterated that he may skip the Tour de France next year in order to focus on the Giro d’Italia and said that a final decision on his 2015 program will be taken in December.
When the Tour route was unveiled on Wednesday, Froome immediately voiced his reservations about the course in a statement posted on his website and suggested that he would consider riding the Giro and Vuelta a España instead. In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport at the Saitama Criterium in Japan, Froome explained his rationale further. (cyclingnews.com)

October 25, 2014




Photo: I would like to thank the whole team again. We ride for various professional teams, but if we pull the white-red jersey, we hold the right to be a team together, for nothing is more important.
After Rafal Majka's two stage wins in this year's Tour de France and Michal Kwiatkowski’s sensational coup at the road world championship, Polish cycling seems to be finally back in the mainstream of the cycling world’s attention.
President Boguslaw Komorowski invited Majka and the National Team to Krakow, where the team was awarded honorary titles. World Champion Kwiatkowksi and coach Piotr Wadecki received the Golden Cross of Merit. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 25, 2014




Rigoberto Uran wore a pink bowtie at the 2015 Giro d'Italia route presentation
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Wanty-Groupe Gobert continues to build roster for 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

October 25, 2014




Photo: Bored with cycling? Spice things up with one of these 10 ideas Tim de Waele.
If your riding feels stale, try these 10 tips to reignite your passion for cycling.
Getting a few good finishes under your belt, commuting by bike every day of the week, improving your time trial results can all fire up your riding and just make you want more.
But even this can become a bit humdrum. If your riding feels more like a wet weekend than a sunny getaway, it’s time to shake things up a little. Here’s a few suggestions. (bikeradar.com)

October 25, 2014




Photo: Superstar Proline tool kit What Mountain Bike / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "A solid first kit with a good build, selection and price. Impressive." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Tour de France supremo Christian Prudhomme (Reuters).
While race director Christian Prudhomme demonstrated his ability to get down with the kids at the 2015 Tour de France presentation in Paris, next year's route has Chris Froome very much questioning his participation.
Nevertheless bullish in an accountant's grey suit, Prudhomme - all 1.90m of him - took to the stage to wax lyrical about the exponential growth of cycling the world over. (uk.eurosport.yahoo.com)

October 25, 2014




Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr) Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Betancur likes the look of 2015 Tour. (cyclingnews.com)

October 25, 2014




Photo: Apart from the pavement, cobblestones, sand and gravel, much of the course includes off-camber grass corners. © Andrew Reimann.
In 2014, Winnipeg hosts a weekend with the Canadian National Championships followed by the Manitoba Grand Prix UCI Race. The course begins with sweeping grass turns and off-cambers within view of Winnipeg’s brand new Museum of Human Rights.
By the time a quarter of a lap is finished, however, the course takes a large departure from the grass, dirt and mud known so well to traditional cyclocross. Pavement and cobblestone stretches turn the course into an urban environment, which should create some fast racing over the next two days. (cxmagazine.com)

October 25, 2014




Photo: Old Sunset Highway bridge over Raging River.
"With a break in the rain, I rode my bike out the Preston-Snoqualmie Trail on Friday to enjoy the fall colors.
Unfortunately, I discovered that my timing was a little off. Many of the trees were already bare and their moss-covered limbs exposed for all to see." (bikingbis.com)

October 25, 2014




Ridley has dramatically redesigned its flagship X-Night into a far lighter and better-riding cyclocross machine than before James Huang / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "Fantastic chassis but needs better wheels." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Richard Moore considers why Chris Froome would choose to miss the Tour in favour of other races in 2015.
The first instinct on reading Chris Froome’s reaction to next year’s Tour de France route, which appears to favor pure climbers over all-rounders, might be to assume that Froome has gone rogue, and that his threat to skip the Tour and go for the Giro and Vuelta will prove to be idle.
Froome offered his thoughts within minutes of the official unveiling of the route: “There’s no two ways about it, next year’s Tour is going to be about the mountains,” he said. “There’s very little emphasis on time trialling which means the race will be decided up in the high mountains.” (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 24, 2014




At the 2015 Tour, there will be more at stake during a sprint finish than just a stage win. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Time bonuses, and the thrilling battle for the yellow jersey in the first week that come with them, are back in the Tour de France.
As part of a restructuring of the points competition, Tour officials reintroduced time bonuses for the first time since eliminating them for the 2008 edition. Finish-line bonuses of 10, 6, and 4 seconds will be in the offing in the opening nine days of racing, but do not apply to the stage 1 time trial nor the stage 9 team time trial. The remainder of the stages, dominated by the Pyrénées and Alps, will not see bonuses in play. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Mark Cavendish in the green jersey after stage 11 of the 2011 Tour de France Credit: Graham Watson .
In a move that will suit the likes of Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel, whilst potentially upsetting the dominance of Peter Sagan, the Tour de France’s nine flat stages will feature an overhauled green jersey points system in 2015.
Thierry Gouvenou, Tour de France course director, confirmed the changes at the presentation in Paris on October 22: “When we are almost certain that the stage will end in a sprint, we will add a little bonus to first place. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 24, 2014




Former Vuelta and Tour de France winner Pedro Delgado was one of those presenting the new route.
Photo: © Shane Stokes.
Former Tour de France winner analyzes 2015 route: Pedro Delgado believes that the format of the 2015 Tour route is not so different to those adopted by the Vuelta in recent years - and that it does no favors at all to 2013 Tour champion Chris Froome (Team Sky). (cyclingnews.com)

October 24, 2014




2013 US pro women's time trial podium (L-R): Kristin McGrath (Exergy TWENTY16), Carmen Small (Specialized-lululemon) and Alison Powers (NOW and Novartis for MS)
Photo: © Jonathan Devich.
American excited about downtown Richmond loop: This week, the 34-year-old has been scouting out the time trial and road courses. "It's huge to have the Worlds be in the US," said Small to Cyclingnews. "Having Worlds on your home turf adds to the excitement. I came from volleyball, and it was the same thing. When you played on your home court, you just played better. Yeah, Richmond isn't my hometown, but it's my home country." (cyclingnews.com)

October 24, 2014






Photo: Because Eurosport 2 is covering the 2014 Amsterdam Six Days, the official site may not offer a live stream this year.
The 2014 Six Days of Amsterdam Track Cycling (6-Daagse van Amsterdam or Zesdaagse van Amsterdam) are being held October 20-25.  There will once again be live streaming video. 
Live streaming video: 7:15pm CET (1:15pm U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

October 24, 2014





Palini won the stage ahead of his teammate Niccolo Bonifazio second and Astana’s Ruslan Tleubayev third
Photo: © Tour of Hainan.
After finishing second, third, fifth and second in the opening four stages of the Tour of Hainan, Italy’s Andrea Palini finally got the victory he was looking for in a rained soaked day of racing on a tropical island. (cyclingnews.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) takes stage 8 of the Vuelta a Espana
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
New signing and contract extensions at Lotto-Belisol and Wanty-Groupe Gobert. (cyclingnews.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: Tests undertaken by staff at Amsterdam’s VU hospital reveal that Stam exhibited signs of a heart arrhythmia immediately prior to the crash that appear to have been a contributing factor to the accident.
The family of derny driver Cees Stam who crashed at the Six-Days of Amsterdam three days ago, has given an update on his condition. Examinations have indicated that heart arrhythmia led to the incident. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 24, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Stages),

Giro d'Italia 2015 - May 9-31 (Stages),

Tour de France 2015 - July 4-26 (Stages),

Tour of Beijing 2015 - Oct 10-14 (Results),

Paris - Tours Elite 2015 - Oct 12 (Results),

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France 2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


Octobern 24, 2014




Elia Viviani after winning the 2014 Coppa Bernocchi.
Photo: © Bettini.
Froome undecided on 2015 Tour, Sky signs Viviani. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Chris Froome (Team Sky) won the 2013 Saitama Criterium. Froome returns in 2014.
Saturday's Saitama Criterium will be broadcast live on Eurosport starting at around 3pm local time in Japan (8am CET, 2am U.S. Eastern).  There should be live streams. (cyclingfans.com)

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Taylor Phinney won a stage at the Tour of California in 2014, but suffered a season-ending crash shortly after during the national road race. In an interview with VeloNews, he looks to next season. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
At this point, what happened to Taylor Phinney that day is well known. An in-race motorcycle slowed down in front of him and others during a descent of the USA Cycling road national championships. He smashed into a guardrail. His left leg snapped as a toothpick does under a heavy thumb.
What happens next, though, is the unknown. Phinney has worked and rehabbed. He’s suffered through watching the races, feeling like he’s losing ground every single day as the peloton barrels forward. He talked about his recovery and his ambitions for next season. (velonews.com)

October 24, 2014




Sponsorship in pro cycling is mostly centered around the Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
One of cycling’s greatest attractions for fans is that it’s basically free to watch. The flip side is that, relative to other sports, there is much greater pressure on event organizers and teams to find external commercial sponsors to provide the financial foundation for the sport. And although there is an urgent need to diversify the sources of revenue in the sport, the fact is that pro cycling — by its very nature — will always be heavily dependent upon commercial sponsorship. Viewed from this perspective, one of the most pressing issues faced by the sport is the need to attract and retain more committed and global long-term sponsors. (velonews.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: Lieuwe Westra wins stage seven of the 2014 Dauphine-Libere .
Police caught team Astana rider Lieuwe Westra on radar driving 189 kilometres per hour (118mph) in the northern part of the Netherlands on Wednesday evening.
“It is what it is,” Westra told Dutch Leeuwarder Courant website. “I just drove too fast.”
The Dutchman finished second in the Paris-Nice stage race in 2012 riding for Vacansoleil and joined Astana this year to help Vincenzo Nibali win the Tour de France. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 24, 2014




Photo: But writing about it? That takes a sharper focus which I don’t have.
The cyclocross season has started and there’s been a few emails and tweets to say “looking forward to your cross coverage”. But as loyal readers know there is no cyclo-cross coverage. It’s also a chance to address why there’s little coverage of women’s racing here too.
Why no cyclo-cross? Because it doesn’t interest me as much as road cycling. I’ve mocked cross before as Belgium’s answer to tractor-pulling but it’s really a sport where participation is superior to watching on TV. (inrng.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: I hope that with my new team mates and staff I’ll be able to reach all the goals I have and this will be the perfect environment for me to do that.
Team Sky has confirmed the signing of Italian sprinter Elia Viviani. The team will have more emphasis on sprinting in 2015 and hopes that the former Cannondale rider will help them achieve their goal. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 24, 2014




Graeme Obree is working with his son on his latest attempt to set the human powered land speed record. Photo: Humans Invent.
Graeme Obree is one of the great enigmas of the cycling world. He has consistently looked to further the design and performance of the bicycle, normally from the humble workshop of his kitchen, and he is an ambassador for all that is great about cycling and craft. From his two hour records in the 1990s to his 2013 attempt at the human powered land speed record (HPVA) in Battle Mountain, Obree is obsessed with pushing the boundaries of a bicycle. (velonews.com)

October 24, 2014




Vuelta a Espana organizers will unveil the 2015 route after the new year. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
With two routes of the three grand tours already confirmed, now all eyes turn to Spain.
The Vuelta a España, however, is waiting until January 10 to make its route announcement for the 70th edition.
The Vuelta is confirmed to start with five days of racing in and around Malaga in Spain’s sunny Andalucía region, coinciding with the peak holiday season in late August. (velonews.com)
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Choosing a sports drink, for many, has less to do with science and more to do with what your body craves. Caffeine? Salt? Green tea? There's an answer in this mix. Photo: Logan VonBokel | VeloNews.com.
"The brands offering electrolyte drink mixes might have you thinking that hydration is a precise science. They use long words that you probably don’t understand - at least I have to look most of them up. But in reality, hydration is much more simple. In the real world, what we pour into our bodies revolves around a few things: what are we craving, and what tastes good, or in the case of many electrolyte mixes, what can we stomach. Luckily, there is a growing number of tasty and portable options available. Here is my go-to selection and how I use them." (velonews.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: Polar Loop fitness tracker
Russell Burton.
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "One of the best fitness bands, but you’d be better with a proper HRM for biking." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: The best of the next-tech race bikes have an unprecedented connectedness to the road.
"Earlier this year, Wilier's top-of-the-line Zero.7 won the new Superbike category in our annual Editors' Choice competition. In retrospect, it was a nice retirement gift for that frame—Wilier has rolled out a redesigned version for 2015. The most evident changes on first look: a new, hourglass-shape head tube, which cleanly integrates with the fork crown to create a more aero profile and stiffer front end, and the graphics (available in the blacked-out version you see here, the Italian tricolor, and Colombian colors), which, to my eye, have the most elegant look of any Wilier." (bicycling.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: My first impression as I pushed on the pedals when our pack of riders pulled out of the driveway and onto a rolling country lane was that this bike might weigh less than my shoes.
"It's hard not to draw comparisons. Abby Santurbane, Liv's global category manager, admonishes me every time I start. "How do the head-tube and seat-tube angles of the Avail compare with the Giant Defy for men?" I ask. And Abby says, "We're not making those comparisons anymore. Avail is built from the ground up, not tweaked from the men's mold." I note that the junctions where the Avail's seatpost, top tube, and seat stays intersect look different than on the Defy. Same answer, less patient this time: Stop comparing. Though Liv grew out of Giant, and was originally just the women's line of the brand, it is now not only a separate brand but also a completely different bike." (bicycling.com)

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Photo: n cycling, high tech eventually comes at a low price . (Photo by Jonathan Pushnik)
"Financial theorists might still be debating the efficacy of trickle-down economics, but we're here to tell you that trickle-down technology flat out works. This $2,500 bike uses aerodynamic, Squoval 3 tubes that were introduced on Cervélo's $10,000 RCA frame in 2013. This version of Squoval—a combination of square and oval—has a rounded leading edge to channel airflow around the tube, and a blunt trailing edge that causes the air coming off the tubes to be less turbulent (and thus create less drag)." (bicycling.com)

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Photo: I am pretty sure I am capable of much more than I have shown so far. Photography by Cor Vos
He was ninth in the Tour de France two years ago and is a past winner of the Critérium du Dauphiné, the Tour de Georgia and the Tour of Slovenia. Despite that, and despite being still just 30 years of age, Janez Brajkovic finds himself hurtling towards November with still no idea if he will be racing in 2015. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (Endura) in gold at the Tour of Britain press conference
Photo: © Rob Lampard.
UCI President defends the Biological Passport: Brian Cookson has responded to claims made by Jonathan Tiernan-Locke in relation to his UK Anti-doping (UKAD ) hearing and subsequent doping ban, telling the British rider he is “putting himself in a deeper and deeper hole.” Tiernan-Locke called his hearing – run by UKAD – a “mickey mouse court”. (cyclingnews.com)

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Roman Kreuziger winds up the pace for Contador
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
Team says they will accept the final ruling in Biological Passport case:
The Tinkoff-Saxo team has reiterated its support for Roman Kreuziger as the Czech rider prepares to fight for his reputation and career in his Biological Passport case against the UCI and WADA. (cyclingnews.com)

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Matteo Rabottini's 2014 EPO positive is causing headaches for Neri Sottoli as the team angles for a Giro d'Italia invitation. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).
Italian second-division team, Neri Sottoli may sign Alessandro Petacchi for 2015, but it races into the new season with uncertainties linked to past doping cases.
The team fans love to hate may be back, and maybe with Petacchi, if all goes well for general manager Angelo Citracca. If not, he explained that the team has enough sponsorship and is not dependent on a Giro d’Italia invite to continue. (velonews.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: Michal Kwiatkowski – the first Polish rider to wear the coveted stripes – lit up September’s Tour of Britain.
Road race world champion Michal Kwiatkowski holds 94 Strava KOMs from the recent Tour of Britain. You may never be world champion, but you could echo his feats and try to take one of his Strava segments. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 24, 2014




Photo: After two years at BMC, then time spent with Champion System and Hincapie Sportswear Development, Chris Butler is making the move to Team SmartStop. He's eager to grow into his role as a GC rider. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).
Coming off a strong year with the Hincapie Sportswear Development, Chris Butler, 26, will make the jump to the successful upstart Team SmartStop next year.
Proving himself as one of the most promising riders in the sport, Butler had strong performances against WorldTour riders at both the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Pro Challenge, but hopes to build upon his results next year when moving into a GC role for SmartStop. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Our size 43 (EU) sample pair weighs 569g.
AU$129 / US$100 / £85.
Giro Treble II shoes: The Treble II is the entry-level model in Giro's shoes range, and it borrows plenty of design features and style from the brand’s higher-end offerings.
The synthetic upper has three wide velcro straps to give a firm hold on the foot. The injected nylon outsole is compatible with both two- and thre-bolt cleats, so they will work with just about any pedal system. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Pictured on an aero seatpost; it really couldn’t be any neater and the enhanced functions look set to make this Irish invention one of the bike game’s real winners of 2014..
"Every now and again innovative kit comes on the market that really catches your eye. These lights from Irish company See.Sense fit into that category.
First off, they’re really small and neat and they look great; always a good start, especially for a piece of kit normally produced without much of an eye on design." (stickybottle.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: Bianchi never went away—but it hasn't been this enticing in a while either.
Bianchi, which has been around since about 1885, lays claim to being the world's oldest continually producing bike company, and to being one of the first to install derailleurs and pneumatic tires on bikes—big technological advances at the time. Until the past few years, however, it seemed to me that, at least judging from the company's presence in America, Bianchi's biggest accomplishment was catching the wave of fixie obsession. (bicycling.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: Yes, the Émonda is light. But past that, it's such a remarkably well-balanced road bike that its overall performance is what wows you.
When Trek unveiled its Émonda line in July, all the talk was about the flagship SLR 10. Some gawped at its claimed 10.25-pound weight; others opined that a near-$16,000 bike surely meant the apocalypse was upon us. Lost in the buzz: The Émonda is not a single bike, but a line with 16 models, including women's versions and two framesets. (bicycling.com)

October 24, 2014




Photo: It's a lightweight, aero road bike that Pierre Rolland and Thomas Voeckler used for some stages of this year's Tour de France.
This is the second race bike introduced by Colnago this year. The first, the C60, uses the company's signature clover-shaped lugs to join clovered carbon tubes. That frame is pieced together in Colnago's Italian factory, and the marriage is of more than materials—the C60 blends old-world craftsmanship with modern bike design. The V1-r has no such nostalgia. It's made in Taiwan, and instead of lugs it has a monocoque carbon design. The process freed Colnago to nip, tuck, and tease more performance while also reducing weight—at a claimed 835 grams, a 52cm frame is 215 grams lighter than a comparable C60, and costs $1,450 less. (bicycling.com)

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October 23, 2014


Alison Powers won the 2014 road race at U.S. nationals. It was her second title that weekend, as she also claimed the national time trial championships. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
After a successful year racing for UnitedHealthcare in the U.S. and internationally, Alison Powers will retire from professional cycling. She plans to focus on her coaching business, ALP Cycles Coaching.
Looking back on her career, Powers said, “It has been a pretty amazing career! I have won or been part of a team that has won almost every single race in the United States. All of my cycling goals have been accomplished and I feel very satisfied leaving the sport. I’m proud to have won the Tour of the Gila criterium in 2006, my first year doing NRC races, and then to have won it again this year, my last year racing.”  (velonews.com)

October 23, 2014




Team LottoNL-Jumbo was introduced on Thursday. It is a unique combination of a cycling team and speed-skating team. Photo: LottoNL-Jumbo.
Team LottoNL-Jumbo, which is the 2015 iteration of the Belkin team, was officially presented Thursday. Key team staff and athletes such as Robert Gesink, Laurens ten Dam, and Wilco Kelderman were on hand to introduce the team’s new look.
Belkin was involved with the cycling team for only a brief period — it’s sponsorship began mid-2013, and it announced it would withdraw from the sport earlier this year. In 2014, the team won stages at notable races such as Paris-Nice, Volta a Catalunya, Tour de France, and the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. (velonews.com)

October 23, 2014




Taylor Phinney gets ready to pre-ride the 2015 time trial world championship course
Photo: © Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor.
Rolling course will produce fast rides: Taylor Phinney checked out the Elite men's individual time trial course for the 2015 UCI Road World Championships in Richmond on Wednesday. The American was in town as an attendee at a USA Cycling camp being held to give riders a chance to preview several of next year's race courses. (cyclingnews.com)

October 23, 2014




Photo: With Froome casting doubt over his plans for next year, we take a look at what the Sky rider will need to consider when choosing between
the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France.
Chris Froome will have to evaluate the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France routes, the first two grand tours of 2015, to determine which path he will take next year. The Tour, which takes place on July 4 to 26, carries more prestige, but the Giro, May 9 to 31, offers more time trials and a chance to return later in the season to race the Vuelta a España.
“The team and I will have to give it some careful consideration,” Froome said yesterday after the Tour presentation. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 23, 2014




Photo: On the hunt for a contract for next year, Frenchman Julien Antomarchi of La Pomme Marseille brilliantly rode to a solo victory.
Julien Antomarchi took the biggest win of his career when he won stage 4 of the Tour of Hainan. Having been part of a three-rider breakaway, the Frenchman managed to hold off the peloton by just a single second but it was enough to take both the stage win and the leader's jersey. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 23, 2014




Nairo Quintana (Movistar)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Nibali on his future and the 2015 season, Le Tour in numbers. (cyclingnews.com)

October 23, 2014




Christina Probert-Turner (The TEAM SoCalCross/Turner Bikes/Jenson) leads Nicole Brandt (LaGrange/Michelob Ultra) early in the Knobbe Martens Women’s Elite A race. © Philip Beckman/PB Creative.
What a difference a couple of weeks can make. Round four of the SoCalCross Prestige Series took place at the same location as Round four, two weeks prior. It may as well have been in a different time zone. The temperature was set to defrost instead of broil, the course was radically revamped, and both the Men’s and Women’s Elite A results were completely rewritten. (cxmagazine.com)

October 23, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Stages),

Giro d'Italia 2015 - May 9-31 (Stages),

Tour of Beijing 2015 - Oct 10-14 (Results),

Paris - Tours Elite 2015 - Oct 12 (Results),

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


Octobern 23, 2014




Photo: Innovative thru-axles, frame delivers wonderful handling.
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "Whether on tarmac or trail, the Mares AX 3.0 is fast, fun and full of innovation." (bikeradar.com)

October 23, 2014




Photo: Smith after sometime probing the mountain bike industry, launch its first road lid called the Overtake.
CyclingWeekly verdict: 9 out of 10 stars. "Without trying to reinvent the wheel, it has managed to help change the way we look at styling, as well as which materials we use in the helmet industry. Lightweight construction with subtle aerodynamic properties and outrageous styling and colours to choose from, what’s not to like?"  (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 23, 2014





Photo: Because Eurosport 2 is covering the 2014 Amsterdam Six Days, the official site may not offer a live stream this year.
The 2014 Six Days of Amsterdam Track Cycling (6-Daagse van Amsterdam or Zesdaagse van Amsterdam) are being held October 20-25.  There will once again be live streaming video. 
Live streaming video: 7:15pm CET (1:15pm U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

October 23, 2014




Photo: Chris Froome (Team Sky) won the 2013 Saitama Criterium. Froome returns in 2014.
Saturday's Saitama Criterium will be broadcast live on Eurosport starting at around 3pm local time in Japan (8am CET, 2am U.S. Eastern).  There should be live streams. (cyclingfans.com)

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October 22, 2014


Top contenders for the U.S. world championship team gathered in the Virginia capital on Wednesday and Thursday to take a first tour of the road and time trial courses, hold team meetings, and build the foundation of the nation’s first home-field advantage in nearly three decades. Photo courtesy Richmond2015..
The 2015 UCI world championships in Richmond, Virginia, are still nearly a year away, but the initial reviews of the road and time trial courses are in.
Top contenders for the U.S. world championship team gathered in the Virginia capital on Wednesday and Thursday to take a first tour of the road and time trial courses, hold team meetings, and build the foundation of the nation’s first home-field advantage in nearly three decades. (velonews.com)

October 23, 2014




Photo: UCI president and former member of the team's operating board says homegrown riders are not being developed by the squad..
UCI president Brian Cookson believes Team Sky has abandoned one of its original pledges of seeking to develop young British riders.
Cookson was a member of the operating board of the team’s owners, Tour Racing Limited, from its inception in 2010 until he was elected into his current position last September.
But during an interview for CW’s  sister magazine, Cycle Sport, Cookson bemoaned the team’s changed position on blooding home-grown talent. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 23, 2014




102nd Tour de France 2015 Presentation Christian Prudhomme TDF Director and Jan van Zanen (Ned) Mayor departure city Utrecht
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Christian Prudhomme, the director of the Tour de France suggested that cycling and the Tour de France has become 'swag' (a French term meaning cool) after the spectacular start in Yorkshire and the dramatic racing at the 2014 edition of the race. (cyclingnews.com)

October 23, 2014




Photo: Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish shake hands as this year’s Tour de France rolled out, but it looks as though only Cavendish will be on the Utrecht start line in July (pic: Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com).
"The Tour de France 2015 route announcement has certainly met with mixed reaction, with the absence of any meaningful individual time trial and a clear focus on the mountains not to everyone’s taste.
Chris Froome has already raised doubts over his own participation, saying the course does not suit his characteristics as a rider, though chief rival Alberto Contador is relishing what he admits will be a difficult race." (roadcyclinguk.com)

October 23, 2014




Peter Sagan (Cannondale) makes it three green jersey wins in three years
Photo: © ASO/B. Bade.
At the unveiling of the 2015 Tour de France route in Paris, race organiser ASO confirmed a change to the green jersey points classification for the nine flat stages of 2015 race.
Race director Christian Prudhomme hinted that there would be changes in an interview in September after Peter Sagan dominated the competition during the last three editions of the Tour. (cyclingnews.com)

October 23, 2014




Matthias Brande wants to break the hour record next week in Switzerland. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Austrian Matthias Brändle will attempt to beat Jens Voigt’s hour record on October 30.
“I am delighted that a young rider is interested,” UCI President Brian Cookson said in a press release. “This proves that the Hour Record has again become a dream for athletes, including those of the new generation, as well as for cycling fans.
“I am convinced that in the future many other riders will attempt to add their names to the prestigious list of legendary Hour Record holders.” (velonews.com)

October 23, 2014




Karsten Kroon's biggest win came in 2002 on stage 8 of the Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
One of cycling’s elder statesmen is retiring from professional racing after a successful career spanning three decades. Karsten Kroon turned pro in 1997 with Rabobank. He rode for Team CSC from 2006-2009, then BMC for two season, and wrapped up his career with Tinkoff-Saxo from 2012 to present.
Kroon rode his last race in Sunday’s Japan Cup, and after returning home, he confirmed that it was the right decision. (velonews.com)

October 23, 2014




Photo: A question that many cyclists have asked: how much coffee must you drink to ride faster and further? Years of studies by dozens of
scientists have shown what the pros have known for decades - coffee adds zip. Now research is helping to nail the numbers .
A Spanish lab gave a group of amaters a combo of caffeine and carbohydrate gel and has found they rode significantly better than others who had smaller doses or none at all. The big hit of caffeine gave them staying power.
But how big was the hit? The scientists from the Unversity of Alicante gave the volunteers measured amounts of caffeine for every kilo of their body weight. The doses were taken 70 minutes before the experiment. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 23, 2014




Photo: The Reynolds 46 Aero bucks the current trend of snub-nose rims with its pointy edge
Ben Delaney / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Light, fast and relatively easy to handle, but wet braking isn't great and hard dry braking can cause squealing." (bikeradar.com)

October 23, 2014




Photo: The mixte is the latest of only a handful of bikes created by SaiTong Man within his home in Cambridge
Satoma Cycles.
We first spotted the work of SaiTong Man at this year’s Cycle Show in Birmingham. He's the individual behind Cambridge firm Satoma Cycles. The frame Man had on display showed exceptional attention to detail – sat on a floor dominated by mass-produced bikes, it was impossible to ignore.
Man’s story is quite remarkable. He was formerly a successful video games designer, but decided to step away from the screens and pursue his passion for hand-crafted work. Man also used to produce hand-built wooden furniture, but has now dropped that craft in favor of frame building. (bikeradar.com)

October 23, 2014




Photo: Keep your fitness up with some indoor pedalling
BikeRadar.
You have to keep riding in winter if you want to consolidate your summer fitness gains. Riding outdoors can be treacherous when it's dark and icy, which is why indoor trainers are a boon to cyclists, especially those who want to use their own bikes rather than go to a gym. (bikeradar.com)

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October 23, 2014





Hitting out: Vincenzo Nibali, the 2014 Tour de France winner, criticised his Astana team-mates Photo: GETTY IMAGES.
Vincenzo Nibali has described the recent positive doping tests at Astana as "isolated", arguing that the team should not be held responsible for the "stupidity" of some of its riders.
Brothers Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy both tested positive for the banned blood booster EPO in August, the former having helped Nibali to victory at the Tour de France the previous month. (telegraph.co.uk)

October 23, 2014





Photo: Former Amstel Gold Race winner suspected of blood doping. Photography by Cor Vos.
Both the World Anti Doping Agency and the UCI have decided to fight the decision taken last month by the Czech Olympic Committee to clear Roman Kreuziger of anomalies in his biological passport, with the bodies confirming that they will bring the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 23, 2014





Photo: George, the crap you and your buddies got up to changed many lives too – it forced countless riders from pursuing a career in a peloton they knew was dirty.
Alternate realities? String theory, perhaps, where near-identical universes thrum alongside each other, where other variations of you live out their existence doing the same stuff but with different outcomes? Or the confirmation that the world has truly gone bat-shit crazy?
Whatever it is, George Hincapie and his cheery band of fellow travelers have somehow managed – again – to write their own histories. Hincapie IS NOT a drug cheat. he is in fact a good ol’ boy who gave and still gives a whole load of something back to cycling. God bless him and the flea-bitten horse called Hypocrisy he rode in on. (crankpunk.com)

October 23, 2014





Photo: Tour de France 2014 winner says that his first reaction to finding out about his Astana teammates' positive tests was
Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali reacted to the recent doping cases in his Astana team by saying they are “ugly” but “isolated.”
In the last two months, three Kazakh cyclists, brothers Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy, and Ilya Davidenok tested positive for banned drugs.
“The first reaction when learning of this is rage,” the Italian said at 2015 Tour presentation yesterday, according to France’s Le Monde. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 23, 2014




Photo: Two in a row for Vincenzo Nibali?.
"The organizers of the biggest bike race in the World have announced the route of the 2015 French Grand Tour. It’s a tough parcours with a lot of climbing and very little time trialing, but the sprinters do get their opportunities. Our first thoughts; tough but fair." (pezcyclingnews.com)
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October 23, 2014




You little beauty: Valentin Iglinskiy (Astana) from Kazakhstan celebrates his tour win on the podium in Sanya.
Photo: © Shane Goss.
In response to three positive doping tests by Kazakhstan riders, the country’s National Anti-Doping Centre along with the Kazakstan Cycling Federation will introduce biometric passport monitoring of domestic professional cyclists from 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

October 23, 2014




Photo: Riders take on the Wallace + Wallace Grandstand Run-Up at DarkCross near Winnipeg. © Nik Pham.
Riders competing in the Canadian Cyclocross Championships in Winnipeg on October 25 will face extreme obstacles on the course at The Forks. Obstacles make races harder, but they have other uses, and a rich history in the sport.
“I believe there used to be a phrase in the UCI rulebook: ‘Cyclocross shall not require feats of gymnastics,’” notes Brook Watts, race director of CrossVegas. (cxmagazine.com)

October 23, 2014




Photo: Our beginner's blog on the various methods of dealing with swallowing a fly
Russell Burton.
"When the weather is good, riding to work is the best possible start to the day (unless something bad happens such as running into a yapping dog who makes a play for your trouser leg, or catching a bug in your gob). That's not so much the case when it's tipping it down. In fact, I tend to give the bike miss on those occassions and get the train instead, wimping out due to an old wound." (bikeradar.com)

October 23, 2014




Photo: From the contest that brought you the Packtasche comes another potential new product for cyclists: a self-filling water bottle, the Fontus, that attaches to your bike's top tube..
Kristof Retezár, an industrial design student from Vienna, Austria, says his invention collects the moisture in the air and condensing it into drinkable water. The mechanism is solar-powered, and can collect up to a half-liter of water per hour. (bicycling.com)

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October 22, 2014





Chris Froome said the 2015 Tour de France route may not suit him and he could skip the race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Chris Froome said the 2015 Tour de France presented Wednesday “is about the mountains” and that he could skip the race in favor of the time trial-heavy Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España.
“There’s no two ways about it, next year’s Tour is going to be about the mountains,” Froome said in a press statement. (velonews.com)

October 22, 2014




Photo: He'll be back: Chris Froome suggested that he may miss next year's Tour de France, but Stephen Roche reckons the Team Sky rider will be in Utrecht Photo: GETTY IMAGES.
"For Chris Froome to come out and say that he might not compete in next year’s Tour de France is a pretty startling statement, especially as he released his comments right in the middle of a presentation in Paris which he did not attend. Talk about putting a bomb under proceedings! I cannot see him skipping the race, though.
I think Chris was just voicing a bit of frustration at a parcours which – while it features plenty of climbing – does not play entirely to his strengths." (telegraph.co.uk)

October 22, 2014







Photo: After a big battle between Lampre-Merida and Belkin, Astana had lead-out riders left for the finale, with Kamyshev taking a surprise win in the bunch sprint on stage 3 of the Tour of Hainan; Wang becomes a surprise overall leader...
Arman Kamyshev took his first professional victory when he became a surprise winner of the bunch sprint on stage 3 of the Tour of Hainan. The Kazakh held off Maksym Averin and Wouter Wippert while Meiyin Wang picked up enough bonus seconds to take the overall lead. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 22, 2014





Photo: Because Eurosport 2 is covering the 2014 Amsterdam Six Days, the official site may not offer a live stream this year.
The 2014 Six Days of Amsterdam Track Cycling (6-Daagse van Amsterdam or Zesdaagse van Amsterdam) are being held October 20-25.  There will once again be live streaming video. 
Live streaming video: 7:15pm CET (1:15pm U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

October 22, 2014




Photo: Some spectators reported that Stam fainted prior to crashing.
Six-day derny pacer and former cyclist Cees Stam remains in critical condition after a crash in the Six-Days of Amsterdam last night. Stam fell while pacing his grandson Yoeri Havik in the derny race in the second night and took down others in the accident.
The 68-year-old Dutchman spent the night at the University Hospital in Amsterdam. “Stam has displayed some positive signs overnight, but his condition overall remains critical,” read a race statement today. “The organization remains in close contact with the family.” (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 22, 2014




Photo: John Njoroge Muya retained his yellow jersey status and was presented with the yellow jersey to wear for Stage Three.
Over the weekend we were shocked by the tragic death of Kenyan professional cyclist John Njoroge Muya at the Tour of Matabungkay. Jennifer Carruthers was the race photographer on the scene and she gives her account of the circumstances that lead to the terrible loss of a husband, father, and member of the cycling community. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 22, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Stages),

Giro d'Italia 2015 - May 9-31 (Stages),

Tour of Beijing 2015 - Oct 10-14 (Results),

Paris - Tours Elite 2015 - Oct 12 (Results),

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


Octobern 22, 2014




Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge) with the winners wheel
Photo: © Mark Gunter.
2015 route of Australia's oldest stage race revealed: Upon the unveiling of the 2015 Jayco Herald Sun Tour route in Melbourne, the Victorian premier Dennis Napthine announced a three-partnership between the state government and Australia's oldest stage race to secure its future for the next three years. (cyclingnews.com)

October 22, 2014




Lars van der Haar (Giant-Shimano) took the steps in his stride
Photo: © tdwsport.
Americans strong in Valkenburg, Van Amerongen wins Kiremko, Dodge doubles in HPCX. (cyclingnews.com)

October 22, 2014




Photo: A mystery for years, for others this tool is a piece of industry history..
The tool is heavy, shiny, and well-made. It resembles a part from an expensive European espresso machine, with an array of baffling knobs, screws, and handles.
Some say it resembles a tattoo gun.
What it doesn’t resemble - for most people - is anything seen in a bike factory or on a shop work bench. (bicycleretailer.com)

October 22, 2014




Photo: Bon appetite, let’s ride! November 5-9. Entirely worth your while.
"A wise man once said, A bad day on the bike is better than a good day at work. Okay, but what happens then when you ride a bike for a living? Or where do you end up in that matrix when you ride a bike for a living AND you have a good day on the bike? Surely minds are blown." (iamtedking.com)

October 22, 2014





October 21, 2014






he 2015 Tour de France route will feature four consecutive days in the Alps. Photo: (cyclingweekly.co.uk).
For the first time in Tour de France history, the legendary Alpe d’Huez will be climbed on the penultimate stage of the 2015 edition before the final procession in Paris.
That was one of several surprises unveiled on Wednesday as the official route for the 2015 Tour, from July 4-26, was announced in Paris by Tour director Christian Prudhomme. (velonews.com)

October 22, 2014





With ample climbing on the menu, the 2015 Tour de France will likely suit Alberto Contador. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).
For Alberto Contador, the harder, the better. So the Spaniard likes what he sees in a surprising, climbing-heavy 2015 Tour de France route revealed Wednesday.
Contador, who has already confirmed he will race the Giro d’Italia in May, said the Tour route is unlike anything he’s seen before.
“It’s a Tour I like,” Contador said Wednesday. “It’s the hardest of the past few years, and it will demand the best of me to recover well after the Giro, but I will prepare for it as best I can.” (cyclingnews.com)

October 22, 2014




Cadel Evans congratulates Carlos Sastre on his 2008 victory
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
"This gives climbers a focus right til the end," says 2008 Tour winner: Spain's last winner on the Alpe d'Huez, Carlos Sastre, says he feels that the Tour's last mountainous stage ending on the mythical summit finish "will guarantee a spectacular finale to the race, even though it may not be decisive." (cyclingnews.com)

October 22, 2014





After a breakout performance at the 2013 Tour de France, where he won the best young rider's jersey and the king of the mountains jersey, Nairo Quintana will return to France in 2015 with his sights set on yellow. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Sometimes it seems the Tour de France designs a course with one rider in mind. That was the case in 2012, when ASO unveiled a route with 100km of individual time trials, meaning that Bradley Wiggins only had to stay upright, and he stood a very good chance at making history as the race’s first British champion.
For 2015, it seems that the Tour organization had one rider in mind when it designed a course with just a single individual time trial, and no less than six uphill finales: Nairo Quintana. (velonews.com)

October 22, 2014




Photo: The Feel: the sign at the start says Montvernier is 8km away and you should turn the right. Ignore it.
New for the 2015 Tour, this is Hairpin Heaven. Alpe d’Huez might be famous for its 21 bends but here’s a road with 18 hairpins in short formation. One bend follows another, a helter skelter for the road cyclist and just a short spin away from some of the famous climbs of the Tour de France. But is it as good as it looks?
The Route: the D77B starts in Pontamafrey-Montpascal in the Savoie department of France. The road heads north to Montvernier. The climb is 3.8km long and averages 8%. (inrng.com)

October 22, 2014





Photo: Reportedly, the Austrian rider Matthias Brandle (IAM Cycling) will make an Hour Record Attempt on October 30 on the velodrome in Aigle (Switzerland).
One month ago Jens Voigt set a new Hour Record. Now Matthias Brändle will try to do even better when he makes his own attempt next Thursday in Aigle. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 22, 2014




Photo: Staying in the game makes you stronger than throwing in the towel. (John Bullington Photography).
"This past weekend, I packed my race bag one more time for a trip to Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, Michigan. Saturday was Founder’s Peak-to-Peak mountain bike race, the wrap of my mountain bike season. I’ve been excited about this race for months. For one, I’ve never been to Michigan and there’s no better way to see a place than by bike. It promised to give me an opportunity to race a type of terrain I don’t generally set wheels on: smooth, mostly flat and very fast. It also has a pretty generous purse." (bicycling.com)

October 22, 2014




Photo: Obviously one of the major developments that Luck has been working on is that of the integrated power meter. Photography by Dave Everett
"Initially there were two things that stopped me wandering past Luck’s booth at Eurobike. Firstly the fact I’d not seen the brand’s footwear in over 10 years, since a friend had owned a glistening white pair back in 2001. I’d envied him - they were some of the nicest shoes I’d seen back then. I was happily surprised at Eurobike to see that Luck was still about and producing good-looking shoes." (cyclingtips.com.au)

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Photo: USA Cycling’s website lists the Hincapie Fondo as permitted as a Fun Ride or Tour. Photography by Cor Vos (cyclingtips.com.au)
Lance Armstrong may not, as previously reported, participate at the Gran Fondo Hincapie this weekend in South Carolina, due to the event’s sanctioning through USA Cycling.
Because of his lifetime ban, Armstrong is prohibited from participating in any event sanctioned by any signatory to the World Anti-Doping [WADA] Code.
What is at question is the status of the gran fondo, and how that lifetime ban applies. (velonews.com)

October 22, 2014







Photo: Don’t call it a prologue, the opening time trial has been known for ages but assumes more relevance as the only solo TT in the race.
The route for the 2015 Tour de France is out. As usual a lot leaks out before, velowire.com sleuths the stages and yesterday race organizer ASO accidentally put a PDF online with the route yesterday. But it’s still a comforting ritual, a projection to the other side of winter.
This is a chance to see the map for real and to get more info on the route such as the intermediate climbs, the amount of time trialling and novelties such as the return of time bonuses. Plus race organizers can sell us a story, a theme for 2015. (inrng.com)

October 22, 2014




Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo) was third overall in Tirreno-Adriatico
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Cookson expects Tinkoff-Saxo rider's case will go to CAS: UCI President Brian Cookson says that the sport’s governing body will launch an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) regarding the Roman Kreuziger Biological Passport violation case. (cyclingnews.com)

October 22, 2014






Astana manager Alexander Vinokourov made an appearance at the Tour de France 2015 presentation
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Astana manager on Licence Commission and CIRC: While Vincenzo Nibali stood center-stage at the Tour de France presentation at the Palais des Congrès and spoke of his desire to defend his yellow jersey in 2015, his Astana manager Alexandre Vinokourov lingered in the aisles and quietly fielded questions on the team’s recent spate of doping cases, which could harm its prospects of participating in the race at all next year. (cyclingnews.com)

October 22, 2014





Photo: Equipamientos 2014 - Página 6
www.pcmespana.com.
Group moves to align more closely with the UCI: The Movement of Credible Cycling (MPCC) is moving to align its regulations more closely with those of the UCI as it continues to take a firm stance against doping in professional cycling. At its annual meeting in Paris on Monday and Tuesday, the MPCC also acknowledged the actions of the Astana team after its three doping positives but criticized the Neri Sottoli team. (cyclingnews.com)

October 22, 2014




Photo: And who else but the Colombian can complete our top-five? From his Giro d’Italia winning domination, to stepping up as an ambassador for UNICEF, Quintana has had a pretty happy 2014.
The best and the worst. The warts and all. The highs and the lows. Whatever they were, wherever they happened, over the next few weeks we’re going to put forward our candidates for the performances of the year 2014. And where better to start, but a group of riders that have probably defined this season more than any other: The youth. (sbs.com.au)

October 22, 2014




Photo: Fränk and Andy always together, the name FrAndy stuck for both of them.
Earlier this month Andy Schleck said that he would race no more. The younger half of the most successful brother combination in modern cycling would not turn a pedal in anger again due to the knee injury he sustained in the Tour de France. (pezcyclingnews.com)

October 22, 2014




Photo: The Prevail seems to have been around forever – it's a familiar sight in races at all levels and has evolved, over time, into its current design.
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "Latest iteration of a classic helmet delivers on pretty much all fronts: styling, comfort and ventilation are all superb." (bikeradar.com)

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Race leader Jonathan Tiernan-Locke goes to sign on as race winner but lost the race after a positive doping test in 2014
Photo: © Rob Lampard.
Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has revealed that he may not return to racing as a professional rider when his two-year ban for a UCI Biological Passport violation ends on December 31, 2015.
Speaking to Cyclingnews after attending the Exmoor Beast sportive event near his home in Devon, the British rider reveals the personal anguish he has gone through as he tried to fight his case. (cyclingnews.com)

October 21, 2014





Photo: Because Eurosport 2 is covering the 2014 Amsterdam Six Days, the official site may not offer a live stream this year.
The 2014 Six Days of Amsterdam Track Cycling (6-Daagse van Amsterdam or Zesdaagse van Amsterdam) are being held October 20-25.  There will once again be live streaming video. 
Live streaming video: 7:15pm CET (1:15pm U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

October 21, 2014




The USA's Guy East and Daniel Holloway get ready for another day of hard racing in Rotterdam
Photo: © wouterroosenboom.nl.
American sprinter revels in track roots: US Elite criterium champion Daniel Holloway could be hard to get in touch with this week; his schedule for the next five evenings is booked. The 27-year-old speedster from Morgan Hill, California, is competing with fellow American Guy East this week at the Amsterdam Six Day, which started Monday in the Netherlands. (cyclingnews.com)

October 21, 2014






Photo: I had to go too early. I chose the right side of the road while the others were sprinting on the left.
Today Belkin's impressive streak of ten straight wins in the Tour of Hainan was broken when Moreno Hofland could only manage sixth in the sprint on stage 2. However, the young Dutchman was pleased to get rid of the leader's jersey. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: Riding hard in Europe.
One of the most surprising signings of the 2012/13 transfer season was the move from the US amateur team Californian Giant to mighty WorldTour outfit Astana by 22 year-old Evan Huffman from Elk Grove, California.
Huffman produced some startling time trial results in 2012, beating the likes of Tom Zirbel in the McLane Pacific stage race TT and then besting Rory Sutherland at the Tour of Gila TT before taking the US U23 TT title. Californian Giant and Astana share the same bike sponsor in Specialized, who spotted Huffman’s potential and recommended him to the Kazakh squad. (pezcyclingnews.com)

October 21, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Stages),

Giro d'Italia 2015 - May 9-31 (Stages),

Tour of Beijing 2015 - Oct 10-14 (Results),

Paris - Tours Elite 2015 - Oct 12 (Results),

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


Octobern 21, 2014





On the 2014 Tour de France's second stage into Sheffield, Vincenzo Nibali subjected his rivals to a brutal attack on the steep final climb. More fireworks are expected next year, as the Tour is rumored to include the Mur de Huy and other punchy climbs in northern Europe. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) will present its 2015 Tour de France route Wednesday in Paris, but already, enough is known or rumored to suggest that Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali will have a chance to defend his 2014 title.
The race will start in Utrecht, Netherlands on July 4 and finish in Paris on July 26. It is due to run counter-clockwise around the country, skirting the north coast before running through the high Pyrenean and Alpine mountains. (velonews.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: La Course by Le Tour de France returns in 2015. - 2014: See our 20 team/rider profiles.
Live feeds for Wednesday's 2015 Tour de France Route Presentation should get underway at around 11:30am CET (5:30am U.S. Eastern).
Where will the 2015 Tour de France go after Utrecht in the Netherlands?  We'll find out on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.  The route presentation will be live on Eurosport and it will be streamed live online as well.(cyclingfans.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: Broadly, there are three primary reasons why great roads get ignored:.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, the 2015 Tour de France route will be announced.  There will be great excitement.  And then a few boorish, negative types will complain that many of the same old roads and host towns are included, while some of the very best climbs in France are ignored - yet again. (podiumcafe.com)

October 21, 2014




Vincenzo Nibali (Italy) at Worlds
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Oliveira extends with Lampre-Merida, No news on Horner for 2015, Cofidis to ride Orbea bikes. (cyclingnews.com)

October 21, 2014




Liesbet de Vocht (Lotto-Belisol) won her retirement race in Arendonk this year. She beat Marianne Vos in a sprint. Photo: Glenn Coessens.
While Liesbet De Vocht’s fellow Belgians prepared for the women’s world road championships in Ponferrada, Spain, she sat on the sidelines, literally. She was unable to ride due to a debilitating knee injury sustained in September’s Boels Ladies Tour. “I knew immediately when I crashed, my chances for worlds were over,” she said. “I was crushed, to say the least. I landed directly on my knee, cutting it straight through to the bone. They stitched it up but I wasn’t allowed to bend the knee for the first few days. After 10 days, the wound was still open and still wasn’t 100 percent.” (velonews.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: Lars Van der Haar maintained his lead in the UCI rankings.
Lars Van der Haar maintained his lead in the UCI rankings following his victory in a first round of cyclo-cross World Cup held in Valkenburg on Sunday. Arguably the most renowned rider in the discipline, Sven Nys, is currently second, while Francis Mourey, Kevin Pauwels and the Superprestige series leader Mathieu Van der Poel complete the top five. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 21, 2014




This weekend, at the HPCX races in New Jersey, I got to start in the second row, which hadn’t happened in a while. Photo by Keith Snyder
"I’ve been on some good form the past few weeks. The whole pedaling a bike for an hour hard has been going well. Unfortunately, the results sheet has not always really reflected that." (pelotonmagazine.com)





Photo: 2014's top-scoring saddles
BikeRadar.
A good road bike saddle needs to be many things, but the most important thing is that it's comfortable. However, what's comfortable for one cyclist might not be comfortable for another, and that makes the merits of a saddle largely subjective. (bikeradar.com)

October 21, 2014




Go from back of the pack to the front of the group.
(Photo by Beardy McBeard).
Everyone enjoys the camaraderie, competition, and excitement of a group ride—until you get dropped. Here's how to keep the pace. (bicycling.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: The J.B. Special is distinguishable by its tartan detailing.
First unveiled at Eurobike back in 2012, Carrera’s foldable helmet is inspired by the “leather-sausage” that “protected” the heads of the peloton through the 1970s. The new collaboration between Carrera and Brooks England sees the retro dialed up to eleven with a generous helping of leather and tartan detailing from the famous Black Country manufacturer. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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October 20, 2014


Four members of the controversial 1999 U.S. Postal Service team will ride together at Gran Fondo Hincapie. Photo: TDW Sport.
This weekend, at a gran fondo in Greenville, South Carolina, several members of the former U.S. Postal Service team will ride together again.
Four members of the USPS team that won the 1999 Tour de France - Lance Armstrong, George Hincapie, Christian Vande Velde, and Kevin Livingston - will reunite at the October 25 Gran Fondo Hincapie.
Former Postal/Discovery Channel team members Michael Barry and Tom Danielson will also be attending. Though initially listed as a participant, former USPS rider David Zabriskie has said he will not be able to make the trip. (velonews.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: With only a few more races left in the season, our form is no longer at risk of hitting peaks or valleys. (Photo by Ted King)
"Once we start riding through all the months ending in ber, professional cyclists get a giddy feeling. For the first time all year, our training plans extend past the date marking the end of just one more session of intervals. The necessity to complete another muscle-searing training effort will soon be (or already is) behind us, and now we can head out onto the road for the simple love of the ride. This freedom is invigorating." (bicycling.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: the World Tour races must invite all the UCI WorldTeams, normally the top-18 teams with a licence to ride.
After the World Tour last week now for a look at the full pro calendar. The World Tour might have retreated from China but there are 48 days of racing in the country, more than the USA, Britain and Australia… combined.
The wider calendar bas all the .HC and .1 rated races around the world on the UCI Europe, America, Asia, Oceania and Africa Tours as well as the World Tour, so the Tour de France, the spring classics but also the Tour of Langkawi and more. There are 194 races – a grand tour counts as one race – with a total of 606 days of racing. (inrng.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: Chris Horner, Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana Deià-Lluc 2014 Credit: Andy Jones .
With 2014 coming to a close, there are several riders without contracts for next season. Grand Tour overall and stage winners, an Olympic Champion and the 2010 Dauphiné victor remain searching for a team. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 21, 2014




The peloton passes under the La Course sign
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Vuelta a Espana director Javier Gullén has sais that the Spanish Grand Tour is to emulate the Tour de France and will hold a one-day women’s race prior to last stage in Madrid next September.
The women’s event will be held on the Paseo de la Castellana boulevard in central Madrid, which will return to hosting the last stage of the Vuelta in 2015 after this year's finish in Santiago de Compostela. (cyclingnews.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: I am excited to join the staff of Bretagne-Seche just after ending my career. I felt potential in this team. It will make progress. The challenge is exciting.
Sébastien Hinault who has just ended his professional career at the age of 40, will be sports director at Bretagne-Seche Environnement in 2015. He will work alongside athletic director Roger Trehin and coach Franck Renimel under the leadership of general manager Emmanuel Hubert. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: Zach McDonald rips up the course at MFG in Magnuson Park. © Robert Grunau.
A few days of the rains that Seattle is known for relented and gave way to near summer conditions for Sunday’s Magnuson Park CX, the fourth stop in the MFG series. 1,018 racers took to a course that started out wet, with patches of mud, that had mostly firmed up for the elite races in the afternoon. The predominately flat course took up a swath of Seattle’s enormous Warren G Magnuson park and featured a few technical bits in fields along Lake Washington. (cxmagazine.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: The Tour of California has been under pressure to put on a proper women's race, as they use to run a UCI-level crit.
"We've known about these for a while, but there's been more details announced this week about the two new women's races for 2015 - the Vuelta a España final day race, and the Tour of California women's race.... And breaking news, an announcement we didn't know about - a new round in the 2015 Road World Cup!"

October 21, 2014





Photo: The peloton in Madrid on stage twenty one of the 2013 Tour of Spain .
For the first time in its 80 year history, the Vuelta a Espana will hold a women’s race on the day of the final stage of the men’s race which finishes in Madrid.
According to Spanish sports newspaper Marca, organizers of the Vuelta, Unipublic, are already in talks with the UCI over classifying it as top category one-day race in the elite women’s calendar, so they can potentially recruit the best riders in the world to the race. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 21, 2014




Photo: The Race Against The Stasi - The Incredible Story of Dieter Wiedemann, The Iron Curtain and the Greatest Cycling Race on Earth.
With most biographies, the best part of them is the chorus of voices the author calls upon to add to the story he tells. In The Race Against The Stasi Sykes lets his chorus - Wiedemann himself, friends, family, contemporaries - take center stage, while he takes himself off to the wings and out of the story. (podiumcafe.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: Knowing how long you have to pedal to work off a treat can help you eat less of it, according to a Johns Hopkins study.
(Photo by Rochelle Hartman).
Snickers: 72 calories, or a 10-minute ride at 10–12 mph.
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup: 80 calories, or a 6-minute ride at 16–20 mph.
Almond Joy: 91 calories, or an 8-minute ride at 14–16 mph.
Milky Way: 76 calories, or a 4-minute ride at more than 20 mph.
M&M’s: 90 calories, or a 19-minute ride at 10 mph. (bicycling.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: As a rider’s pressure on the pedal moves relative to the crankarm due to ankle twisting or variations in spindle length, the 4iiii corrects for it based on this calibration data.
4iiii’s $399 Precision ANT and Bluetooth power meter built into this little unit comes with a glue kit for the user to attach it to the left crankarm. The installation kit includes a jig that plugs into the pedal hole to ensure it’s placed in the correct location. After gluing it on with epoxy and leaving it for six hours, the user hangs a 10+ pound weight from three different points on an included load cell spindle. This is done just once for an aluminum crank, but it should be done annually with a carbon crank, since 4iiii says its flex characteristics can change over time. (velonews.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: The 2015 Trek Madone 2.1 is set to retail at £1,000 / US$1,319.99 / AU$1,799
Tom Ballard / BikeRadar.
Trek has limited the 2015 Madone range to the top-end carbon 7-series and aluminium 2-series bikes, giving greater prominence to this entry point to the Madone pedigree. This follows the introduction of the ultra-light Trek Emonda and Trek's continued emphasis on the distance friendly Domane. (bikeradar.com)

October 21, 2014




Roland Cattin with Paolo Bettini's bike, Interbike 2004. Photo: Ted Constantino.
Roland Cattin, the founder of Time Sport International, died on Sunday morning near his home in Paris, following a bicycle ride he had taken with his wife. The cause was a heart attack, said Gilles Lalonde, sales manager for Time Sport USA. Cattin was 65 years old. (velonews.com)

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October 21, 2014




Photo: Details of reasoned decision released, show basis for outcome of case. Photography by LB/RB/Cor Vos
Orica GreenEdge rider Daryl Impey can continue his career uninterrupted after the UCI and WADA have declined to appeal his probenecid case verdict to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The CEO of the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS), Khalid Galant, confirmed that no appeal had been lodged against its earlier decision to allow the rider to return to racing. The permitted timeframe for appeals has now lapsed. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 21, 2014




Brian Cookson has opened the door to the UCI lowering the 6.8kg weight limit. Photo: AFP | Fabrice Coffrini.
The 6.8-kilogram (14.99-pound) weight limit imposed by current UCI regulations is on thin ice, but hasn’t fallen through just yet.
“I understand why that rule was brought on in the first place, though I think that technology has moved on,” UCI President Brian Cookson said to VeloNews in a phone interview. (velonews.com)

October 21, 2014




After retiring from racing, Bobby Julich worked with Saxo Bank as a technical director. In 2015, he'll return to the squad, now Tinkoff-Saxo, as a sport director. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File)..
American ex-pro Bobby Julich and Sean Yates look to be heading to Tinkoff-Saxo in a major, behind-the-scenes shakeup at the team for next season.
According to reports in the French daily L’Equipe, the pair will join Tinkoff-Saxo’s sport director staff for the 2015 season. At the same time, Philippe Mauduit and Fabrizio Guidi, two long-time sport directors who’ve been with the team since 2011, are out. (velonews.com)

October 21, 2014






Photo: We want the best riders in the world there from the start of the year to the end, so that there’s a real narrative with all of the champions together throughout the season from one race to the next.
The Tour de France race director, Christian Prudhomme, will reveal the route of the 2015 edition of la Grande Boucle on Wednesday, October 22. Before it happens, though, he agreed to traditionally share his reflections on a current and future picture of the discipline and currently hottest topics in sports media, including investigation on Astana, Oleg Tinkov’s proposal or a revival of cycling in France in Germany. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 21, 2014




In 2006, Mike Friedman suffered a pulmonary embolism. He made a full recovery and returned to professional racing thanks to prompt medical treatment. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com (File).
On November 17, 2006, Mike Friedman, 24, felt an excruciating pain rip through his torso. “I’ve never been so short of breath,” he said. “It was like a dull knife ripping apart my chest.” In the middle of watching the movie “Cars,” he turned to his date and said, “We need to get to a hospital. I think I’m having a heart attack.”
Forty minutes later, Friedman was under evaluation at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, not for a heart attack, but for a pulmonary embolism, a potentially lethal blood clot in his lung. (velonews.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: Lizzie Armistead urges UCI to implement a minimum wage for female cyclists to progress the sport.
The Olympic silver medallist and Commonwealth cycling champion has urged the International Cycling Union (UCI) to improve pay conditions in a bid to help professonalize women’s cycling.
“There have been some good realistic steps and good progression,”  Armistead told Sky Sports News. “I think the UCI has put in some good ideas and some good strategies but obviously there’s still a long way to go. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 21, 2014




So now that it's over... what was it about anyway? Photo: Doug Pensinger.
Zzzzz... whu? Oh, the year in cycling is over? Right! Let's get on this.
First off, this limping to the finish is a lame way to wrap up the season. In what other sport does anyone have to ask "Is the season officially over?" None, that's what. And by the way, I mean men's cycling. The women finish with the Giro dell'Emilia, or maybe the World Championships, depending on how you feel about predominantly Italian fields. In any event, they close out in relative style. The men? The Nationale Sluitingprijs, or the soon-to-be-snuffed out Tour of Beijing. (podiumcafe.com)

October 21, 2014




Maghalie Rochette (Luna Pro Team) raced to second place at Full Moon Vista cyclocross in Ellison Park, in Rochester, New York. Photo: Dave McElwaine.
Canadian cyclocross rider Maghalie Rochette captured attention across the American racing scene with a third place finish at Rapha Super Cross Gloucester and second at Rochester’s Ellison Park Full Moon Vista race. This weekend, she heads to Winnipeg to vie for a maple leaf jersey in Canadian cyclocross nationals.
Now in her third and most consistently successful year of UCI ‘cross competition, the 21-year-old Luna Pro Team rider also won The Night Weasels Cometh, a big non-UCI event in New England. (velonews.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: The run-up slowed things down on an otherwise fast course. © Pat Malach.
Chris Jones took his second win of the 2014 Cross Crusade series Sunday in Portland after Carl Decker slid out on pavement in the final corner and had to settle for second. The women had their third winner in as many races after Beth Ann Orton powered away from the field in the fast, dry conditions. (cxmagazine.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: Joe Berlyoung (Chicago, IL) leads Andrew Giniat (Winnetka, IL) as both try stay in the top 15. © Snowy Mountain Photography.
A week of rain and an early morning frost lead to a very tacky course at the Chicago Cyclocross Cup’s fourth race, Carpenter Park. Taking advantage of the ideal cyclocross conditions were Kelli Richter in the women’s elite race and returning from Wisconsin Joseph Maloney  in the elite men’s race. (cxmagazine.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: To apply, for a scholarship, you must be at least 18 years old and a US resident.
One topic that often comes up during discussions of roadblocks that keep women from riding is the intimidation factor of walking into a male-dominated bike shop. To help combat this, and help grow women’s cycling, SRAM, Liv, Quality Bicycle Products, United Bicycle Institute (UBI), Pedro’s, and Park Tool have teamed up to fund ten scholarships for women to attend a two-week Professional Shop Repair and Operations class at UBI. (bicycling.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: I mean, I stepped back a bit within the last few years and let my (now ex-) wife run the registration and I had Robin Rinehart run the onsite operations.
"NAHBS was talked about for a few years, not as NAHBS though, but as a “get together” to help out the new builders so they wouldn’t fall into the same pitfalls or traps most young builders fall into. I felt like it should be much more than an educational get together, but it needed to help market the builders “on the cheap.” Bringing in the cycling media was the plan all along. Without them, the show wouldn’t have grown with exhibitors and attendees. My entire vision was to bring a spotlight to this niche and help my brethren secure orders, media articles and contacts that they may not have made elsewhere." (redkiteprayer.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: Giro says its new Synthe is its most aerodynamically efficient road helmet - but it's also very well ventilated at both fast and slow speeds, light, and comfortable
James Huang / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 5 out of 5 stars. "Aero, airy, light, and comfy – if you're after a new road lid, we'd urge you to give this a once-over." (bikeradar.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: Cannondale’s new Slice Black Inc heads a five-strong range of time trial/triathlon bikes (Pic: Cannondale).
Cannondale has revamped the Slice time trial bike, removing the Slice RS used by the Cannondale team from the UK range and replacing it with a machine geared towards multi-sport athletes. (roadcyclinguk.com)

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The 2015 Amgen Tour of California promises much of the great scenery the race is known for. It will also offer a women's stage race. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
The Amgen Tour of California, presented by AEG, announced it will return to Sacramento to kick off the 10th anniversary of America’s largest cycling race. The eight-day stage race will start in California’s capital city and travel North to South, spanning nearly 700 miles. The Tour of California also announced a three-day professional women’s race May 8-10, as well as an invitational time trial on May 15. (velonews.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: Because Eurosport 2 is covering the 2014 Amsterdam Six Days, the official site may not offer a live stream this year.
The 2014 Six Days of Amsterdam Track Cycling (6-Daagse van Amsterdam or Zesdaagse van Amsterdam) are being held October 20-25.  There will once again be live streaming video. 
Live streaming video: 7:15pm CET (1:15pm U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

October 20, 2014





Tejay van Garderen lost time due to crashes and a bonk in the Tour de France but still finished fifth. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Tejay van Garderen is chilling out by now. With the last races of the year in the history books, the 2014 racing season is in the rearview mirror.
By any measure, the 2014 campaign was a great year for the American. He opened the season by finishing second to Chris Froome at the Tour of Oman. But that was followed up by a setback at Paris-Nice, when he abandoned ill. Just as quickly, he rebounded at the Volta a Catalunya to win a horrible stage in the Pyrenees for what would be his first UCI WorldTour-level professional victory. After skipping a defense at the Amgen Tour of California, van Garderen’s high hopes for the Tour de Romandie faded when he hit a tree branch and was forced to abandon. That up-and-down turn of fortune set the tone for the remainder of the year. (velonews.com)

October 20, 2014






Moreno Hofland (Belkin) wins the opening stage of the Tour of Hainan.
Photo: © Tour of Hainan.
Just like a year ago, Moreno Hofland, claimed stage 1 of the Tour of Hainan in Chengmai. The defending champion handled the pressure of being the hot favorite with a bunch sprint victory ahead of Italy’s Andrea Palini and Ondrej Rybin. (cyclingnews.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: The peloton will cross France from the East to the West.
This Wednesday morning, at the Palais des Congres in Paris, Christian Prudhomme and Amaury Sports Organisatin will present the route of Tour de France 2015.
According to La Dépêche du midi, in 2015, it will take place from Saturday, July 4th to Sunday July 26th. The 102nd edition will start in Utrecht, in the Netherlands.The peloton will cross France from the East to the West. In Brittany, the cyclists will ride the Mur de Bretagne. After a transfer to the South of France, the riders will face the first mountain stages in the Pyrenees including the Plateau de Beille. Then towards the Alps, where the riders will climb the famous l’Alpe d’Huez. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 20, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Stages),

Giro d'Italia 2015 - May 9-31 (Stages),

Tour of Beijing 2015 - Oct 10-14 (Results),

Paris - Tours Elite 2015 - Oct 12 (Results),

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


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Cassandra Maximenko (Silverbull Target Taining).
Van Gilder settles for second and Cutler third. (cyclingnews.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: Michael Vanthourenhout takes U23 race in Valkenburg.
It’s been a busy weekend in cyclocross racing across the states and around the world. Here are some capsule news stories we’ve received. (bikeworldnews.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: He described a ride that started early in the center of the city, then climbed up on quiet roads, back down and around the island through forests, along beaches, across a reservoir, and then finally back to town.
Hong Kong. Riding bikes. Mutually exclusive. Keep them separated. They don’t go together.
I wouldn’t say that’s a controversial opinion. It didn’t even seem like one that was up for discussion, but there we were talking to this guy at Eurobike, who was gushing about how cool riding bikes in Hong Kong is." (pelotonmagazine.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: The RG-4600 and RG-4720 are shown here. Both models are available in two versions. Photography by Matt Wikstrom
SH+ is an Italian company that is devoted to ski and cycling helmets, goggles, gloves and eyewear. There are nearly a dozen models in the company’s eyewear catalog and all feature bold styling and bright colors. For cyclists, there is the RG-4600 with a single wrap-around lens, the half-framed RG-4720, and the full-framed RG-4700. All three models use an interchangeable lens system. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 20, 2014




Photo: The 2015 Fizik Aliante was first seen at the Eurobike show in August
Tom Ballard / Immediate Media.
The 2015 Fizik Aliante heralds the saddle series’ first complete redesign in 15 years. This new edition offers lighter weight and sleeker looks, but is still the same comfortable seat that's loved by riders around the world.
The redesign process at Fizik focused on maintaining the lauded seat dimensions and curve of the original Aliante, while bringing the look up to date with the Arione. (bikeradar.com)

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The legal battle between Lance Armstrong and the U.S. Department of Justice continues as the government calls Armstrong's claims
The United States Department of Justice responded to Lance Armstrong’s initial legal defenses on October 17, calling he and his attorneys’ approach “baseless.”
In a 27-page document filed in United States District Court for the District of Columbia, U.S. attorneys attempted to assail Armstrong’s central defenses, which essentially amount to this: The United States should have known about the doping program at the U.S. Postal Service team, and that in its sponsorship of the program, the government got much more than it paid for. (velonews.com)

October 20, 2014




Hollande and Prudhomme pose for a photo
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
At the Palais de Congrès in Paris on Wednesday morning, Christian Prudhomme will reveal the route of the 2015 Tour de France, and, as per tradition, the race director will also deliver something of a state of the nation address, casting an eye over the twelve months gone by and looking forward to the challenges of the year to come. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: But what about the Tour of Hainan and the Tour of Taihu Lake?
The season’s over for 2014. It’s been a great one for OPQS with 62 wins, half as much again as the nearest team. Mark Cavendish has been their best rider with 11 wins and it could have been more were it not for that crash at the finish of the Tour de France’s opening stage. But OPQS’s win rate is helped by 18 of their 30 riders winning. (inrng.com)

October 20, 2014




Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and Peter Sagan (Cannondale) are two 24-year-olds who have raced together for years. They are expected to deliver many more exciting battles as they reach the prime of their careers. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com”.
Cycling’s class of 1990 promises to lead the way in 2015 and beyond based on its progress and results so far. Michal Kwiatkowski dominates the headlines after his recent world championship win, but many other 24-year-olds are at his side. (velonews.com)

October 20, 2014




French champion Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) finished second
Photo: © Rob Lampard.
Bernaudeau on Europcar, Chavanel heads to Normandy beaches. (cyclingnews.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: My first coach, Rahsaan Bahati, gave me some excellent tactical advice.
'This year I delayed entering my first race until yesterday, reasoning that it would give me a bit of a breather and a chance to rest my legs and stomach after a road season in which I raced twice and drank hundreds of gallons of fermented electrolyte recovery drink. Also, prior to my season opener at the SPYclocross Series, I had hired a couple of coaches so that I could improve on my string of last place finishes from 2013." (pelotonmagazine.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: Once upon a time, cyclists were free to mix and match transmission components but that all changed when Shimano introduced indexed gear shifting in 1984. Photography by Matt Wikstrom
With three major groupset manufacturers, transmissions of anywhere from seven- to 11-speed, and an excess of aftermarket cranksets and wheels on the market, consumers will inevitably suffer from a clash of component compatibilities, particularly when upgrading. Matt Wikstrom takes a look at the known incompatibilities between groupsets from different brands (and within the same brand) along with some emerging compatibilities. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 20, 2014




Photo: Zipp Service Course was given a full reboot in 2013, resulting in an all-new line of six bars, two stems and four seatposts.
Zipp is well known in the professional peloton for their wheelsets, but their Service Course bars and stems are increasingly seeing use in the pro ranks as well. The line is a great choice for team mechanics as the range of bars offers a wide selection of widths and shapes to accommodate the needs of riders. (bikeworldnews.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: decently fast, comfortable and well equipped. And while 10kg isn’t that light, it’s good for the money, and you'll only really notice on climbs.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Nippy, comfy and impressively specced – you're unlikely to find a better ride at this price point." (bikeradar.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: With a longer wheelbase and taller head tube than an out-and-out race bikes, the Infinito CV Disc is a bike for going the distance.
road.cc verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Same smooth ride quality and racey performance with the benefits of disc brakes, but it's not exactly cheap and the fork isn't stiff enough."  (road.cc)

October 20, 2014




Photo: the road in early October, just before it was closed for the season.
"In Seattle, we don’t really have four seasons. The joke that we get a three months of summer and nine months of rain is fairly true.
Yet I love to see the landscape change with the seasons and the weather. That is why I love the Cascade Mountains. Every time I ride there, the landscape looks and feels different." (janheine.wordpress.com)

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Photo: an ambulance was on the spot and our coach Rob arrived a minute later. He was transported to the nearest hospital but his injuries were beyond saving.
Kenyan rider John Muya Njoroge has been killed in a collision at the Tour of Matabungkay in the Philippines over the weekend. Philippine news website Tempo.com.ph and the Kenyan Riders Facebook page report that the 30-year-old died on Saturday October 18 at 10am when he collided with a car coming the other way. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 20, 2014




As one of the most promising young American riders, Tejay van Garderen often bears the brunt of high public expectations. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com.
Talent is a gift, a lovely box with a pretty ribbon. Expectation is a leaden cloak upon thin shoulders.
There is a pressure to perform in sport, just as there is in life, but it’s magnified in such a complex arena like cycling. Small mistakes are extrapolated into patterns of failure, a tome of publicly perceived underachievement. (velonews.com)

October 20, 2014




Davison capped off her comeback season with a bronze medal at the 2014 Mountain Bike World Championships.
(Photo by Michal Cervany).
How the Olympian and national champion went from her second hip surgery to a bronze medal at the World Championships - in a single season. (bicycling.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: I’m up for contract and looking for a new team as Lampre-Merida will not keep me for next year.
Andrea Palini is riding his final race in Lampre-Merida colors at the Tour of Hainan. Looking for a new team, the Italian got the race off to a solid start when he finished second on the opening stage. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: Thor Huovd and Lance Armstrong on stage three of the 2009 Tour de France Credit: Graham Watson .
Recently retired Thor Hushovd is ‘no hero’ for keeping silent about Lance Armstrong’s doping after hearing about it in 2011, says US anti-doping boss Travis Tygart.
“You’re no hero when you sit still without doing something about injustice against great athletes,” Tygart told Norway’s VG website.
“It’s a sad day when athletes are afraid to or unable to stand up for fair play and integrity in sport.” (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 20, 2014




Photo: Smith Optics is not a name we would have nominated to reinvent head protection.
Much like bikes, apparel and wheels, helmets fractured into different categories a few seasons ago—aero helmets, lightweight helmets, and helmets with all the fit bells and whistles. And, like those other products, helmets have begun to morph into single products that do it all. New helmets are light, aero and well ventilated with comprehensive fit systems. (pelotonmagazine.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: The device will retail for $370 for cycling use. A running version will sell for $300 and a multisport edition will sell for $420.
Previously, lactate threshold could be measured only by taking periodic blood samples, usually performed in labs while the athlete rode a stationary trainer or ran on a treadmill. The BSX Insight instead relies on a device that straps onto the athlete's calf and shines an LED light into the muscle. Based on the way the light is refracted, the device can determine blood lactate levels. The company claims its results are 95-97 percent as accurate as traditional tests. (bicycleretailer.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: Just as you’d expect, with the hammer down on the flats, an aero bike is faster. But when it comes time to buy a bike you’ll need to factor in more than just raw speed.
In a perfect world, we would all have a quiver of bikes hanging in the garage. Lightweight climber for when you’re headed to the hills. Aero road bike for long days on the flats. And a rig with wider tire clearance and subtly more relaxed geometry for those off-road adventures. Alas, for most of us owning that many bikes exceeds the capabilities of our available disposable income. So which bike is the best bike if you can own just one? The gang from the Global Cycling Network conducted an interesting shoot-out between aero road bikes and lightweight climbing bikes to see which is the fastest. Check out this video to find out what they discovered - and hear some interesting conclusions (roadbikereview.com).

October 20, 2014




Photo: Designed with CFD, the head tube – down tube junction is shaped to make the transition to the fork crown much more smoothly..
This year’s Interbike was just plain better than last year (and the year before and the year before)… It seems as though the cycling industry had decided that the world is still turning and cranks are still going round and product development is actually still OK. (pezcyclingnews.com)

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Katie Compton overcame a huge mechanical for a major comeback win at Valkenburg. Screenshot from UCI coverage. (cxmagazine.com).
Katie Compton started the 2014/2015 Women's cyclo-cross World Cup with a dominant ride in Valkenberg, recovering from a early problem to pass through the field and win alone. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Lars van der Haar winning the World Cup at Valkenburg in 2013, repeated this year. © Thomas van Bracht.
The 2013 overall World Cup winner Lars van der Haar showed today that he is on track by once again winning the opening round of the World Cup at Valkenburg. Van der Haar rode impressively, taking the holeshot and establishing an early lead, then shaking Tom Meeusen and Kevin Pauwels off his wheel on his way to victory. (cxmagazine.com)

October 19, 2014






Photo: Between trumpeters, hecklers pleading riders to bunny-hop the larger-than-average barriers, and signs demanding a party, Maximenko and Van Gilder had no shortage of an audience. © Andrew Reimann.
The weather may have been having riders begging for water in Valkenburg, but in New Jersey, wind and cooler temperatures made it feel like cyclocross for day two of HPCX (UCI C2). Overnight course changes and dryer ground made for fast group racing all day. (cxmagazine.com)

October 19, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Stages),

Giro d'Italia 2015 - May 9-31 (Stages),

Tour of Beijing 2015 - Oct 10-14 (Results),

Paris - Tours Elite 2015 - Oct 12 (Results),

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


Octobern 19, 2014




Photo: Where I need to make up some ground is perhaps around my race knowledge.
Simon Yates has spent his neo-pro year adapting to the WorldTour in the biggest races, including the Tour de France and riding to a superb 12th on GC in the Basque Country. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 19, 2014




Photo: The Compak comes with a 'snooker cue' style case
Press Shot.
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "A packable track pump for regular travellers or those with minimal space.." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo : Sirotti
Publiée le 19/10/2014 à 16:39 .
"A favorite Chrono des Nations champion Sylvain Chavanel did not tremble assuming his position to win the event for the first time in his career after his 2nd place in 2012 and 3rd year last. He succeeds Tony Martin charts and became the first to win the French Herbaria since Pascal Lance in 1995." (cyclismactu.net)

October 19, 2014





Nathan Haas (Garmin-Sharp) begins to celebrate
Photo: © tdwsport.
Australia's Nathan Haas ended the 2014 season on a high by beating Edvald Boasson Hagen and Gregor Bole in a close sprint to win the Japan Cup. (cyclingnews.com)

October 19, 2014




Photo: It’s Cavriana with 129 K to go before we leave behind the featureless fields and industrial estates and get back into nice green countryside with vineyards and old, old buildings.
"Grand Tour veteran Ed Hood was at the 2013 Giro d’Italia covering the action, and the stage to Vicenza that year has practically the same profile and course as stage 12 for the Giro’15. We retrace Ed’s day of fun on the Crosara climb and look forward to next years Italian Tour." (pezcyclingnews.com)

October 19, 2014




Photo: Moreno Hofland (Belkin)
Photo: © Guoqiang Song.
Riders from the Belkin team have returned to Chengmai in China for the Tour of Hainan, where they took an unprecedented clean sweep of the stages and overall classification in 2013.
Moreno Hofland captains the Dutch team once again twelve months after he took his first professional victory on the Chinese island. Belkin has selected a fast team for the stage race as they foresee a majority of bunch sprint finishes during the nine stages. However a mountain stage is expected to play a huge part in the final overall classification. (cyclingnews.com)

October 19, 2014




Photo: When I was told that I was not going to the Vuelta, it was a relief because I was tired as the crash had cost me a lot of energy. (Graham Watson Stage 6 Photo) © www.roadbikereview.com
Forty days after his crash in the Tour de France, Xavier Zandio discovered that he had a broken vertebra. The news came as a relief for him although it meant that his season ended in mid-August. But at least he found a reason for their back pain that prevented him from sleeping. After the rest period, the Team Sky rider resumed training last week to prepare for next year. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: This is not good for me and for what people think of me.
Due to the recent doping cases, UCI has decided to review Astana's WorldTour license. Danish rider Jakob Fuglsang is worried about the situation. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 19, 2014




Photo: the climb really starts from Uvernet-Fours where it’s 6km at 7% including a tough middle section.
Pra-Loup has only been used twice in the Tour de France. It is the the climb that defeated Eddy Merckx and is tipped to be used again in the Tour de France. Is it enough to make anyone nervous? (inrng.com)

October 19, 2014




Former pro Federico Bahamontes with Bernard Hinault
Photo: © Roberto Bettini.
"It is possible to do all three Grand Tours in one year. I did it in 1958, winning the King of the Mountains classifications in the Vuelta and Tour.
The key to it, though, is how you tackle the season. You have to rest up beforehand. You can’t get to the end of March and already have 6000 kilometres of racing and training in your legs. You have to start your season later, miss out on the Tour of Andalusia and Milan-San Remo and so on." (cyclingnews.com)

October 19, 2014




Photo: The organizers are responsible for the TV production which makes it very expensive.
Today the cyclocross World Cup kicks off in Valkenburg but the competition is no longer the main criterion for consistency. "The interest outside Belgium is simply not big enough," says UCI coordinator Peter Van Den Abeele. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 19, 2014




Photo: It was necessary to go from sixteen to twenty riders and we have signed 8 newcomers.
With 8 new signings, Bretagne has been one of the most active teams on the transfer market. Manager Emmanuel Hubert explains the reason for his decision to make marquee signings of riders like Pierrick Fedrigo, Yauheni Hutarovich and Jonathan Hivert. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 19, 2014




The cover of Rusch to Glory: Adventure, Risk
Photo: © Cyclingnews.
If you've been following endurance mountain biking in recent years, you've probably heard the name Rebecca Rusch. After years of adventure racing around the globe, Rusch reinvented her athletic self and burst onto the mountain bike scene to win three 24-hour solo world championship titles. More recently, the Specialized rider drew plenty of attention by winning four Leadville 100 titles. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: There will be live streams for both the Women's and Men's races..
The Cyclocross season action continues Sunday with UCI Cyclocross World Cup at Valkenburg, Netherlands.  (Cauberg Cross). Live streaming video:
Elite Men: 3:00pm CET (9:00am U.S. Eastern).
Elite Women: 1:30pm CET (7:30am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

October 18, 2014






It was a near thing, but Chris Sutton edged Steele Von Hoff to win the Japan Cup Criterium. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com. (velonews.com)
Team Sky's Chris Sutton won the Japan Cup Criterium on Saturday as riders warmed-up for Sunday's headline 151km race on the hiller Utsonomiya circuit.
The Australian sprinter got an excellent leadout from his teammates and had the speed to edge out 2013 winner Steele Von Hoff. Sutton was given the victory after race officials carefully studied the photo-finish. Teammate Ben Swift was third, with Gregor Bole fourth and Wesley Sulzberger fifth. (cyclingnews.com)

October 18, 2014




Thibaut Pinot showed his strength and potential at this year's Tour. Here he is during stage 17.
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
Gallopin and Stybar tie the knot, Eijssen joins Wanty-Groupe Gobert, Willems goes out with a win. (cyclingnews.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: I think it is possible to beat Jens Voigt. What he did was really impressive but he is no born track rider.
Alex Rasmussen will try to beat the Hour Record after Jens Voigt set a new standard in September. The Dane believes that it is possible to do even better. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 18, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Stages),

Giro d'Italia 2015 - May 9-31 (Stages),

Tour of Beijing 2015 - Oct 10-14 (Results),

Paris - Tours Elite 2015 - Oct 12 (Results),

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


Octobern 18, 2014




Photo: I personally would have preferred to continue his maturity another year with Caja Rural, but in came Bruyneel and the kid could not say no.
Michal Kwiatkowski is now a coveted rider. He will certainly not be short of offers once his contract with Patrick Lefevere’s Etixx-Quik Step team is up at the end of next season. This wasn’t always the case and Eusebio Unzué almost had the Polish star in 2011, but missed out. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: Fortunately, the Sky rider returned to the road last week to catch up and start to prepare for next season. He still has a contract with the British team.
Xavier Zandio has not competed since the Clasica San Sebastian. In fact, he resumed training last week after discovering in mid-August that he suffered a broken vertebra in a crash on the sixth stage of the Tour de France. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: The Aprire can be specced with SRAM or Shimano kit and different wheelsets
Cycling Plus / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Excellent all-rounder that throws down the gauntlet to the big players." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: There are 6 Time Trial events at the Chrono des Nations.
Sunday's first event starts at 11:00am CET  (5:00am U.S. Eastern).
LIVE video from 11:00am CET  (5:00am U.S. Eastern).
Women Cadets first, then Men Cadets, Junior Women, Junior Men, (then U23 Men after Elite Women).
Elite + U23 Women start: 1:37pm CET (7:37am U.S. Eastern).
Elite/U23 Men start: 2:07pm CET (8:07am U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: Hushovd had a moral responsibility to help the fight against doping once he learned such a key piece of information.
The World Anti Doping Agency may have said that it doesn’t believe that Thor Hushovd violated the WADA Code when he didn’t inform authorities that Lance Armstrong had told in in 2011 that he had doped during his career, but US Anti Doping Agency chief Travis Tygart isn’t impressed. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 18, 2014





Photo: We can't take anything for granted. I just say that last year the Tour visited Arras via Valenciennes.
After this year's great drama on the Paris-Roubaix cobbles, rumors in the French press now indicate that the riders will again have to tackle pavé in the 2015 edition of the race. The confirmation is expected to come on Wednesday when the entire route will be unveiled in Paris. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 18, 2014




Bernard Hinault
Photo: © Amstel Curcao Race.
Bernhard Hinault has given his public support to Oleg Tinkov's idea of the biggest riders in professional cycling going head to head in the three Grand Tours, suggesting that the triple challenge would be possible if the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana had easier routes. (cyclingnews.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: I am very happy to have extended the contract with Lampre-Merida for the 2015 season. When you feel good in a team, the goal is to stay with that outfit.
Lampre-Merida will still count on the services of the Portuguese road and time trial champion after the team has announced that they have extended the contract with Nelson Oliveira. The Portuguese has reached an agreement with the team for the 2015 season. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: The operation went well. It was not a heart operation. The cause of the arrhythmia has been found along the groin.
BMC rider Klaas Lodewyck has undergone successful surgery. The Belgian has been suffering from cardiac arrhytmia which has kept him on the sidelines since late July. "On Thursday he will undergo a cycling test to see whether the problem has definitely been resolved," his fiancée Femke Herygers tells Sporza. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: I've always been a big fan of Fizik's saddles having ridden various iterations of Ariones and Aliantes but I'd happily say this Kurve Snake Aluminium is the best so far.
road.cc verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "Interesting design that creates the comfiest race saddle I've tried; it'll cost you though." (road.cc)

October 18, 2014




Photo: Lots of peanuts were crushed in the making of this recipe.
As we are constantly told, whenever we complete a hard training session or race, it’s really important to eat to put back some of the energy lost and replenish nutrients to aid recovery. The trouble is that whenever you read about this in a magazine the suggested foods of choice tend to appeal to rabbits and health freaks. (irontwit.creativeblogs.net)

October 18, 2014




Photo: Scott take kids' cycling seriously. There are no cartoon characters, fluffy colours, or slacking on the technical backstory.
road.cc verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Proper adult spec road race bike, just shrunk." (road.cc)

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Photo: Former Giro d’Italia chief claims he was sacrificed to prevent bigger scandal in RCS Sport’s parent company.
Ten months after he was abruptly fired by RCS Sport, former COO Michele Acquarone had his day in court this week, tackling his former employers in an unfair dismissal case.
The former Giro d’Italia chief squared up against the Italian company and will find out next week if a quick decision will be made in relation to his firing, or if the judge will require more time and witness testimony before she can reach a decision. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 18, 2014




Photo: Pantani’s tomb. Photo: Yuzuru Sunuda.
The mother of deceased Marco Pantani claims her son was “scared” of winning the Giro d’Italia in 1999 as speculation mounts the former cycling icon may have fallen victim to malevolent forces outside the sport. “I found pieces of paper among his belongings on which he had written ‘I’m scared of winning,'” Tonina Pantani said in Gazzetta dello Sport Saturday. (pelotonmagazine.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: The Cyclocross World Cup has been drastically reformed. Now only riders in the top 50 of the UCI ranking have automatic entry to the races.
On Sunday, the World Cup kicks off at the Caubergcross and this year the top 50 of the UCI rankings will automatically be allowed to start. "And there are nearly 20 Belgians in the top 50," said Dutch coach Johan Lammerts. "This rule comes at the expense of the internationalization of the sport." (cyclingquotes.com)

October 18, 2014





Photo: The impact on the team could be quite serious. I don’t want to say any more than that at this stage, because it’s ongoing.
UCI president Brian Cookson has stated to the press that he is disappointed with the series of positive doping tests from Astana and that it might have serious effects on the future of the Kazakh team. The positive tests came from the Iglinsky brothers and Ilya Davidenok. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: Frederik Willems has ended his active career with immediate effect. Next year e will become a sports director at his current Lotto-Belisol team.
Frederik Willems has won his farewell race in Bentille. He emerged as the strongest in the bunch sprint ahead of compatriot Stijn Devolder and Italian Manuel Quinziato. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: Phil Gaimon, noted for his wit and regular writing on his blog and in other publications that dispenses impressively useless but amusing advice .
Men’s professional cycling: it’s all about glamour. Jaguar team cars; on-demand massages; garages full of the latest super-light carbon wonderbikes; worshipful fans; exotic locales with breathtaking scenery; breathtaking podium girls; the big bucks and global recognition. But then again perhaps not and for an entertaining albeit rueful look at this Real World check out “Pro Cycling on $10 a Day” by American pro Phil Gaimon, the man with with Sad Clown Face on the cover photo. That’s earning the $10, not spending it by the way. (pezcyclingnews.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: The new team of Stefan Schumacher who is moving from the Danish team Christina Watches to Poland, will get advice from Max.Com Sport Management.
The Polish pro continental team CCC Polsat wants to join the WorldTour before the start of the 2018 season. With this goal in mind, Piotr Wadecki's team has decided to work together with an Italian professional advertising agency that will help the team in PR issues during the next five years. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: Tomorrow I will race for the last time in my life, the Japan Cup. Everything comes to an end and that's the beauty of life.
Having considered prolonging his career at the new Rompoot team, Karsten Kroon has made up his mind. Tomorrow he will end his career at the Japan Cup. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 18, 2014




Photo: An exploded view of the MiniMoto, with its iconic asymmetrical curved arms. © Clifford Lee...
Less than a handful of years ago, cyclocross bikes were iconic for having cantilever brakes and the debate raged on about the merits and demerits of wide or narrow profile designs.  Paul Components ruled the roost in the United States with both designs, both versions using an innovative sealed bushing and spring system that made set up a breeze if you had the right 15mm wrench on hand. (cxmagazine.com)

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Photo: Lars van der Haar will lead the men's field in the opening round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup (Getty).
The first of six rounds of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup kicks off with men’s and women’s defending World Cup champions Lars van der Haar and Katie Compton on the start line.
Missing from the race in Valkenburg, the Netherlands will be van der Haar and Compton’s world champion counterparts Zdenek Stybar and Marianne Vos. (sbs.com.au)

October 17, 2014




Yukio Arashiro was a crowd favorite
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
An expectant crowd assembled in Utsunomiya to welcome their cycling heroes at the team presentation of the 23rd Japan Cup. Japanese WorldTour riders Yukio Arashiro and Fumiyuki Beppu were on hand, along with a whole host of other WorldTour stars and local talent.
The Japan Cup criterium will take place on Saturday 19 October, followed by the Japan Cup itself on Sunday. (cyclingnews.com)

October 17, 2014




Merhawi Kudus is MTN-Qhubeka's hot new climber from Eritrea
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
The battle for Tour de France wildcard places will hot up next week when the official 2015 race route will be presented in Paris and Brian Smith will be eager to make a case for MTN – Qhubeka’s inclusion when he meets ASO representatives. (cyclingnews.com)

October 17, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Stages),

Giro d'Italia 2015 - May 9-31 (Stages),

Tour of Beijing 2015 - Oct 10-14 (Results),

Paris - Tours Elite 2015 - Oct 12 (Results),

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


Octobern 17, 2014




Photo: Megan Guanier, Lauren Hall, and Mara Abbott rode for the U.S. team at 2014 world championships in Spain. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Nearly two dozen elite-level cyclists will gather in Richmond, Virginia to train and familiarize themselves with the courses on offer for the 2015 world road championships. The organizing committee, Richmond 2015 and USA Cycling will host the two-day training camp October 22 and 23.
Some of America’s top male and female riders will be in attendance, including Taylor Phinney, Evelyn Stevens, and Virginia natives Joe Dombrowski, Andrea Dvorak, and Ben King. (velonews.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: The East Coast meets in New Jersey for the UCI weekend hosted by HPCX. photo by Rutgers Cycling on flickr.
Elite professional cyclists from around the United States and the World will compete October 18th and 19th in New Jersey’s premier cyclocross event, HPCX (UCI C2).
Hundreds of spectators and athletes will visit Thompson Park in Jamesburg, NJ during the Saturday and Sunday races. As the only UCI race in the United States the third weekend in October, HPCX expects to draw a competitive field for the elite men’s and women’s races. With the opportunity to ride on the same course as the pros, the weekend will also feature men’s and women’s races of all categories, including juniors, and the experienced 35 and 45+ age groups. (cxmagazine.com)

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Photo: Geoff Kabush won the 2013 Canadian cyclocross national championship. Photo: Doug Brons .
Geoff Kabush heads to Winnipeg for Canadian cyclocross nationals on October 25 after a September of atypical results and welcome recovery. He fell ill at mountain bike world championships in Norway and couldn’t repeat his 2013 podium performance at CrossVegas. Since then, he’s squeezed in some off-season fun and rest while home in North Vancouver. (velonews.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: Wind tunnel tests have given new clues on how to make aerodynamics work for you – and against your rivals..
We've all been in a race or a group ride where some riders just won't take their turn on the front. Now, thanks to research in Australia, it's been shown how you can reduce the benefits to wheelsuckers while still gaining advantage from them being there  (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: They want me to put me on the roster for the classics. Those are the races that I will focus on. I will do almost all the classics.
U23 Worlds bronze medallist Kristoffer Skjerping will turn professional in 2015. The talented Norwegian has signed a two-year contract with the merged Cannondale-Garmin team and is expected to do all the major cobbled classics in his debut season. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: The Rapha Women’s three-quarter length tights take the sting out of cooler weather
Colin Levitch / Immediate Media.
Rapha’s range covers everything from high-performing, tight-fitting garments for serious riders, to functional commuter wear that. The Women’s three-quarter length tights sit in the middle of this spectrum. (bikeradar.com)

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Ashleigh Moolman sprints to second place
Photo: © sportfoto.nl..
Rasmussen to attempt Hour Record, Moolman nominated for award, Italian magistrate to investigate Pantani’s failed haematocrit test from 1999. (cyclingnews.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: Siva Atom charger.
"We previewed this commuter-friendly tech charger a couple of months ago, but now we’ve got our hands on one for testing. The unit is easily installed on the non-driveside rear hub, after which each rotation of the wheel feeds energy into a 1,650mAh battery pack that’s enough to charge your iPhone or other USB device at the same speed as plugging it into the wall." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: Elite rider Beth Newell designed Keirin Cut Jeans to fit your quads .
It’s one of the frustrations - and incongruities - of being a cyclist: Your body is built like a machine and can go for hours, but getting jeans around your quads is a Herculean feat. And if you do manage to find a pair that accommodates your legs, chances are it’s way too loose in the waist. (bicycling.com)

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Photo: Sottani opened his inquiry while a separate investigation into Pantani’s death ongoing in Rimini, 33 miles away in the same Emilia-Romagna region..
Marco Pantani‘s 1999 Giro d’Italia expulsion is at the center of a new investigation that opened in September in Forlì, Italy. Public prosecutor Carlo Sottani is examining if the Mafia and sporting fraud had a hand in the Italian cyclist’s high haematocrit anti-doping test and dismissal while in the race leader’s pink jersey. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Nairo Quintana said he is open to riding in all three grand tours next year, but the three other top stage racers likely won't join him. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Oleg Tinkov’s 1 million euro challenge to have cycling’s top four grand tour contenders race in the three grand tours of 2015 has died before it even began. The Russian businessman and owner of Tinkoff-Saxo admitted he will have to scale down his hopes or pursue the stars to do it another year.
“The sooner it happens the better it is. For the next year it may be hard,” Tinkov told Sky Sports Thursday. (velonews.com)

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Photo: At 31 years of age, Alex Cano returns to the professional level at the Colombia team.
Once regarded as a big climbing talent, Alex Cano suddenly disappeared into anonymity. Next year he will be back in Europe as he has signed a contract with Team Colombia. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: In all likelihood, Stybar will not be defending his rainbow jersey at the 2015 UCI World Championships of Cyclocross. © Thomas Van Bracht.
With the World Cup in Valkenburg only days away, the past week has been brutal on many elite European riders, some who were planning on racing on Sunday. Sven Nys, failing to show up to Kermiscross van Ardooie from illness, is actually one of the more minor stories in this week of attrition. (cxmagazine.com)

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Photo: Zdenek Stybar broke his collarbone and damaged shoulder ligaments Wednesday. © Patrick Verhoest.
The international Cyclocross season is heating up, with both Belgian-based series underway and the last of the Big Three, the UCI calendar, ready to kick off this weekend. (podiumcafe.com)

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Photo: Europcar announced on Friday that 2015 will be its last year sponsoring a cycling team. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Europcar announced Friday that it will end its partnership with the cycling team run by Jean-René Bernaudeau after 2015.
The car rental group said it will sponsor the team in 2015 at the same level as it did in 2014. (velonews.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: The first use of sunglasses in sport dates back roughly to the turn of the 20th century. Photography by Cor Vos
Sunglasses have evolved from a humble yet essential piece of protection in the cyclist's kit bag to an expensive fashion statement. Dave Everett and Wade Wallace look back through the archives to find some of the more memorable and outlandish examples of cycling-specific eyewear that we've seen in recent decades. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 17, 2014






Photo: Zdenek Stybar's plans to race two season ender Cyclo-cross races had been abandoned (Getty). (sbs.com.au)
Zdenek Stybar was set to kick off his off-season with his wedding. Now his crash in yesterday's Kermiscross in Ardooie has put the event under threat. On Saturday he is scheduled to step into the Sint-Antoniuskerk in Essen to marry Ine Vanden Berghe. Now his nasty crash in the Kermiscorss can throw a wrench into the works. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Shawn Farrell, at a 2011 USA Cycling National Officials' Summit. Photo by Casey B. Gibson.
USA Cycling has fired its longtime technical director, Shawn Farrell.
Farrell was terminated Thursday after 11 years in the role. USA Cycling’s communications director Bill Kellick declined an opportunity to comment, citing the situation as “an employment issue.” (velonews.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: Manuele Boaro gives an example of the low elbow position in the Tour of Beijing
Tim de Waele.
The findings of a recent study from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers could instantly boost your cycling power by more than 13 percent, just by changing your posture. (bikeradar.com)

October 17, 2014






Photo: Silca will sponsor Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld with its high-end inflation tech. Photo: Silca.
Silca, the company behind a $450 pump and other high-end inflation accoutrements, will sponsor Stu Thorne and his Cannondale Cyclocrossworld ‘cross team for the remainder of this season. The team will use Silca’s Hiro locking Presta chuck and SuperPista Ultimate floor pump. (velonews.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: Recognise yourself in two or more of our ’10 signs you’re a Fred’? You need to have a word with yourself..
Football shorts over lyric are a common sight these days as are riders who wear trainers with old-style toe-strap pedal set ups.
Are you a dreaded Fred?
If you recognize yourself in any two characteristics in our Fred Bingo we’re afraid you’re in the club and need to have a good hard, honest look at your life! (stickybottle.com)

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Photo: UCI president Brian Cookson talked with VeloNews Friday about the Astana situation and the MPCC. Photo: Franck Fife | AFP.
UCI leader Brian Cookson said Friday that the recent doping positives could be a very “serious” situation for the Astana team but that he hadn’t met with team officials regarding the incidents.
Astana, home of 2014 Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali, has come under withering pressure after two recent EPO positives by brothers Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy and now what may be a third positive, as rider llya Davidenok returned an “adverse analytical finding” for anabolic androgenic steroids in a sample collected at the Tour de l’Avenir on August 28. (velonews.com)

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Photo: The Astana team are going to have a full review of their licence within the next month as this was the third time in the space of a few weeks that one of their riders tested positive.
Ilya Davidenok has tested positive for anabolic steroids in the Tour de l’Avenir on August 28. Davidenok, who was with the Astana development team for the last two years, has been a stagiaire with the Astana team since August 1. The future of Astana could be in doubt after a third positive test in a short period of time. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: Danish rider comments in advance of UCI’s Licence Commission inquiry into team. Photography by Cor Vos
Speaking after three of his Astana team-mates were announced in the past five and a half weeks as having tested positive, Jakob Fuglsang has expressed concern at the situation and what it might do for his reputation.
“It is not good for me and what people think about me,” the Danish rider told DR Sporten. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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Photo: hor Hushovd makes hairy revelations in tell-all book
Thor Hushovd during this year's Arctic Race (AFP).
Who's the odd one out - former world champion cyclist Thor Hushovd, wily Spanish veteran Alejandro Valverde or chunky goal-shy footballer Wayne Rooney?
The answer, of course, is Hushovd - the only of the three to have had a successful hair implant.
In fact, Norway's most famous recently-retired rider has had two of them - or so he admits in his autobiography, 'Thor', which was released in Norway on Wednesday. (uk.eurosport.yahoo.com)

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Photo: As soon as the last rider was through, the road clogged with fans. I made it one turn from the top before I was swallowed up by the mass and forced to walk the last few hundred meters over the top.
The 2005 Giro d’Italia was one of the best on record, as Paulo Savoldelli battled Gibo Simoni right to the end of the penultimate stage and the unpaved switchbacks of the 18km long Colle della Finestre. The 2015 Giro stage 20 corsa serves up the same final 55km that, riders willing, could decide the race. (pezcyclingnews.com)

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Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Van Avermaet targets Tour, Van Genechten leaves Lotto and Lefevere extends with janom s.r.o. (cyclingnews.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: Of course I want to be on the bike again tomorrow but I have no deadline. I do not want to force things.
Having been sidelined by his team due to abnormal blood values, Sergio Henao was fully cleared by his Sky team and returned to action in the Tour de Suisse. Unfortunately, he was involved in a horrific crash during the warm-up for the time trial but as he rehabilitation is going well, he now hopes to be back on his bike in December. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: Perucha can be described as a craftsman, a frame builder, a welder, a racer or a teacher. Images: Antonio Bigarini
There are certain stories that deserve to be told. This is one of them. It’s set in the capital of Spain, in the barrio Ventilla, far from downtown Madrid and its tourists, but in the authentic heart of the city. Higinio Domingo Perucha is its main character. (pelotonmagazine.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: Impotence is a cause for concern for many men — and rightly so.
Cycling isn’t the geeky loser’s sport it once was. Now it’s official: cycling can improve not only your pulling power, but also your performance. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 17, 2014




Photo: BioShift automatic shifting system
BikeRadar / Immediate Media.
BioShift is an automatic shifting system, that could mean you never need to think about gear selection again. It's a product of US research and development by Baron BioSystems and works together with Shimano’s existing Di2 electronic components. (bikeradar.com)

October 17, 2014




Photo: The peloton on stage six of the 2014 Tour of Spain .
The WorldTour is done and dusted once again (no cheering at the back) and Alejandro Valverde was crowned winner, but how much do you remember about the UCI's flagship season-long competition. Take our quick six-question quiz and tweet @cyclingweekly with your result. No Google searching! (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 17, 2014




Men's leader Mike Friedman (Optum) sitting in the bunch.
Photo: © Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us.
Orica-AIS signs new talents, Vini Fantini-Nippo to Japan Cup. (cyclingnews.com)

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Thor Hushovd and Lance Armstrong in 2005
Photo: © AFP.
Thor Hushovd has reiterated his belief that wining clean during a period of widespread doping in professional cycling was possible. The Norwegian was speaking during a press conference to publicize the release of his autobiography.
The recently retired 36-year-old faced questions relating to his career but others, including fellow ex-professionals Lance Armstrong and Christophe Bassons. (cyclingnews.com)

October 16, 2014




Photo: March is very busy month. It’s easy to think the season is just getting going but it’s actually in full swing.
There are less than 100 days until the season resumes with the Tour Down Under. 2015 will look a lot like 2014 but here is a closer look at the calendar.
Which countries have the most races? Where can you win the most World Tour points? What’s the busiest month of the year? And more. (inrng.com)

October 16, 2014




Photo: Honoured... Nairo Quintana has been officially recognised as a 'friend' of UNICEF at a ceremony in Bogota, Colombia. (Getty Images/AFP).
Nairo Quintana has been named a Friend of UNICEF, an honorary ambassadorial role, at a ceremony in Bogota, Colombia. Quintana's role will see him act as an advocate and supporter of under privileged children and communities.
The Giro d'Italia champion, who completed his season at the Vuelta a España, in September, said he's delighted to be able to be a part of the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) cause, a cause he strongly believes in. (sbs.com.au)

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Elia Viviani after winning the 2014 Coppa Bernocchi.
Photo: © Bettini.
Cancellara out of Japan Cup, Van Avermaet is Flandrian of the year. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: My first win in the Flandrien competition was the most unexpected, this is the most deserved. This award has great value because my fello riders have voted for me.
Greg Van Avermaet lived up to his status as favorite and has again been selected to as the Flandrien of the Year. Dylan Teuns, Michal Kwiatkowski and Sven Nys also won prizes in the competition organized by Het Nieuwsblad. (cyclingquotes.com)

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2014 Races & Results.

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Stages),

Giro d'Italia 2015 - May 9-31 (Stages),

Tour of Beijing 2015 - Oct 10-14 (Results),

Paris - Tours Elite 2015 - Oct 12 (Results),

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


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Photo: The road has been my life for years but if things go wrong and I have no team, I have a plan B. That plan would be to dedicate myself to MTB Marathon. © nl.wikipedia.org
While most of the European professionals have already started their holiday, some are still training to prepare for goals outside Europe. One of them is Francisco Mancebo. The Spaniard continues to ride with an eye on late November when he will put on a racing number if all goes well. That will be a relief because Mancebo has not done a race for his team, Pro Cycling Team SkyDive Dubai, since May. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 16, 2014




Photo: It’s made from our ultralight, highly technical fabric that provides excellent stretch and breathability for amazing riding performance.
Some riders have their own shops selling clothing with their brand.  The 2014 Road World Champion Pauline Ferrand Prévot has a shop, where you can buy hoodies, polo shirts, t-shirts, caps and even an umbrella with her PFP brand. (prowomenscycling.com)

October 16, 2014




Photo: Jonathan Dibben in 2015 Worlds U23 Time Trial (copyright Britishcyling.org.uk).
If you want to beat your personal best when riding a time trial, you’re much better off riding in the evening than the morning according to a new study from Brazil, which found a 6.5 second average improvement in times over 1 kilometer when ridden later in the day. (road.cc)

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Photo: Saddle height is the simplest of adjustments you can make to your bike with probably the greatest benefit.
Setting the right saddle height is essential for comfort, efficiency and avoiding injury. Here we explain why it's important and how you can set your seat for the maximum combination of comfort and speed.  (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 16, 2014




Photo: The Lake CX402 is the company’s latest take on a customizable high-performance moldable cycling shoe.
Looking to transfer every last watt of energy from the body to the wheels, serious riders are constantly in search of gear that prioritizes energy efficiency. A lot of times this equates to stiffness and as little weight as possible, which in material terms usually leads to carbon fiber. This obsession with lightweight composites goes beyond bike frames, with most high end cycling shoes sporting carbon fiber soles for maximum power delivery to the pedals. (roadbikereview.com)

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Hein Verbruggen passed the UCI baton to Pat McQuaid in 2005
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Paul Kimmage has welcomed the latest development in the case surrounding the missing money from the Defence Fund set up in his name but has confirmed to Cyclingnews that former UCI President Hein Verbruggen is still pursuing him through the Swiss courts. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: money would either be split four ways, or could alternatively be given to the rider with the best combined result from the three races. Photography by LB/RB/Cor Vos.
Tinkoff Saxo team owner Oleg Tinkov has accepted that the Grand Tour challenge he has been pushing for is unlikely to take place in 2015, but has said that he remains committed to the idea and hopes that the sport’s top riders will commit to it for the following season. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 16, 2014




Prosecutors are reviewing new documents concerning the death of Marco Pantani. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Marco Pantani, whether in life or death, is front page news in Italy. Cycling’s last Giro d’Italia-Tour de France double winner, died in 2004 of what an initial investigation showed was a cocaine overdose. Ten years later, however, a new probe into the possible murder of Pantani sees the Italian back in news headlines. (velonews.com)

October 16, 2014




Photo: These days, Taylor Phinney spends his time on a velodrome as he rehabs from a broken leg suffered in a crash at nationals. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
Every sport has its colors. Team colors, checkered flags, green blazers.
In cycling, there is simply yellow. Sure, the world champion’s stripes are really something. And there’s the polka-dots, the green jersey, and the maglia rosa.
But the Maillot Jaune? It’s the one that’s sought after and dreamt of. It’s the one that motivates broken riders to train, to grind their teeth down. Wearing it in Paris is the dream, but holding it for even a day is something a rider carries with him forever. (velonews.com)

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Zdenek Stybar had set his sights on a few final cyclocross races. But after a crash in Ardooie that resulted in a broken collarbone, the season appears to be at an end for the Czech rider. Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.com (File).
Cyclocross world champion Zdenek Stybar has again fallen victim to the curse of the rainbow jersey. Sporza reports that Stybar suffered a broken collarbone in Wednesday’s Kermiscross van Ardooie.
This setback comes as Stybar was starting to show signs of life, after a long recovery from a painful crash at the Eneco Tour that left him with severe facial injuries. Coincidentally, that August crash also occurred in Ardooie, Belgium. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Next year the main objective is the Tour and later in the year the Vuelta a Espana. We do no know if we will both go to the Tour and the Vuelta a Espana or if he does the Giro and the Vuelta and I do the Tour and the Vuelta.
The Tour de France and the Vuelt a Espana are Nairo Quintana's main objectives for 2015. The Colombian Movistar rider  and the Tour of Spain, then, are the main objectives of Nairo Quintana next season. The Colombian Movistar Team rider sees it as realistic to do all three grand tours as proposed by Oleg Tinkov but admits that it is a different challenge to go there to win all of them. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: In the past, the Six Days of Ghent were not a great success, that's true. I asked him to arrive in Ghent with a good condition. He assured me that he is working hard and that he will do his best will do.
The Six Days of Ghent is getting ready to welcome cycling super star Mark Cavendish next month. The Brit will form a strong pair with crowd favorite Iljo Keisse. However, Cav has never been at his best in the Belgian race. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: Christine Tejada Leppanen (Chicago, IL) racing in the women’s single speed category. © SnowyMountain Photography.
The third stop of the Chicago Cyclocross Cup (CCC) series, Dan Ryan Woods hosted by Beverly Bike*VeePak, had participants raving about new course features: expanded single track sections, a stair run up and more capitalizing on the park’s natural features to create a fast and technical course. Lou Kuhn, owner of series sponsor The Pony Shop, appreciated that the race had “more single track than most courses.” The race kept several features from previous years, including three half barriers that allowed many to show off their bunny hopping skills. (cxmagazine.com)

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Photo: The Tour starts with a time trial that should suit me well. This is really the main goal of the season.
Having recently finished third at the TT World Championships, Tom Dumoulin has set his sights on the yellow jersey in the Tour de France. With the Grande Boucle starting in his home country, he wants to conquer the coveted tunic in the opening time trial. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Lezyne's Micro Floor Drive HV is perfect for cyclists who travel, or for mountain bikers looking for a faster inflation option. Its long hose and floor pump design make it much easier to use than a traditional mini pump. It's also bigger, of course, at 12
The wonders of the humble floor pump can only be truly appreciated while sitting on a foreign hotel room floor, 200 pump strokes, 40 psi, and one case of tennis elbow into a half-hour-long tire inflation process. Mini-pumps, as a general rule, suck in inverse proportion to the amount of air that they blow. Smaller is generally worse. (velonews.com)

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Alexander Vinokourov (Astana)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Astana general manager Alexandre Vinokourov will meet with UCI president Brian Cookson to offer an explanation for Valentin and Maxim Iglinskiy’s recent positive tests for EPO. The UCI has stated that the case has “raised questions” about Astana’s management and suggested that the team could have to meet certain conditions to retain its WorldTour licence for 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

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Chris Horner (Lampre-Merida)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Horner rode for Lampre-Merida this year but was forced to miss the Giro d’Italia through injury. He came back and rode the Tour de France in order to prepare for the Vuelta a Espana, but missed the defence of his title due to low cortisol levels picked up in a pre-race MPCC test. (cyclingnews.com)

October 16, 2014




Photo: Alejandro Valverde’s stunning year saw him crowned world number one (pic: Sirotti).
The curtain has fallen on the 2014 UCI WorldTour season in China, with the Tour of Beijing bringing an end to a season which began in Australia back in January.
Through three grand tours, five Monuments and a feast of spectacular one-day and stage races, the season has been another enthralling spectacle. (roadcyclinguk.com)

October 16, 2014




Photo: As the roster of top-tier female riders was announced, all eyes turned to the new faces of the UnitedHealthcare Blue Train.
The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team has concluded an outstanding racing season, one that brought new opportunities and resulted in new successes. As the 2013 season came to a close, the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team announced the exciting news that the team would develop and launch an entirely new women’s program to race alongside the men in the 2014 season. (cyclingillustrated.com)

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Photo: Pantano joines the Swiss team to help Mathias Frank in the mountains and I was told that I would also have my opportunities.
Jarlinson Pantano is pleased to have signed a contract with IAM Cycling. The Colombian appreciates the fact that he will take a next step in his career with the Swiss outfit where his main task is to support Mathias Frank in the mountains. He has signed a one-year contract. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: The course will offer the sprinters many opportunities, so we'll try to exploit the qualities of Bonifazio, Ferrari and Palini. Mori and Xu Gang will be our leaders for the overall classification.
Lampre-Merida are ready for their debut in the Tour of Hainan. The team will line up three sprinters that are led by Roberto Ferrari. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: Elliot Reinecke (Focus/Velo Hangar) leads the break group of seven up the stairs. © Philip Beckman/PB Creative.
The Velocity Cross has been a part of the SoCal cyclocross scene for years. Last weekend’s version of the event was, however, like none before. Although still staked and ribboned by the Velocity Cycling Team, and still taking place at Prado Regional Park in Chino, this edition had a significantly different look and feel. (cxmagazine.com)

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Photo: Geoff Kabush tackles the 2013 Canadian Cyclocross Championship men’s elite race. © Doug Brons.
Geoff Kabush heads to Winnipeg for Canadian Cyclocross Nationals on October 25 after a September of atypical results and welcome recovery. He fell ill at mountain bike world championships in Norway and subsequently couldn’t repeat his 2013 podium performance at CrossVegas. Since then he’s squeezed in some off-season fun and rest while home in North Vancouver. (cxmagazine.com)

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Photo: The Tour de France at Alpe d'Huez on stage eighteen of the 2013 Tour de France .
The word ‘iconic’ is often over-worked in cycling, but its application to the wiggling climb up Alpe d’Huez is entirely justified.
The 13.8-kilometers of tarmac slithers its way from Bourg d’Oisans to the ski resort of Alpe d’Huez in the French Alps, navigating 21 hairpin bends along the way. From the air, the road is instantly recognizable – as is its relentless turns and gradient when you are travelling up it or watching a race unfold on its slopes. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Photo: Clif Shot Bloks come in eight fruity flavors—three with added caffeine.
Like nutritious candy for cyclists, these yummy gummies deliver a jolt of fast-acting carbs and other essentials to fuel your ride. (bicycling.com)

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Photo: Concerns over air quality and Beijing are not new. Photography by Tour of Beijing
The Tour of Beijing is no more. After four editions, the Chinese stage race will no longer close out the UCI WorldTour. Jane Aubrey has worked on the Tour of Beijing for the past two years and wrote the following about why the race's cancellation is genuine shame. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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Photo: Alberto Contador, Alejandro Valverde and Joaquim Rodriguez make a formidable trio that propels Spain to the top nation on the World Tour...
The World Tour is over and Spain tops all the rankings: Alejandro Valverde leads the UCI rankings, Movistar win the best team and Spain finish well ahead of Italy for the best nation. A fiesta or a statistical quirk?
Spain’s best riders are ageing, the trio of Valverde, Alberto Contador and Joaquim Rodriguez have a combined age of over 100 years. Who are the young riders carrying the Spanish hopes for the future? (inrng.com)

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André Greipel won stage 6 of the 2014 Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Lotto-Belisol’s André Greipel closed out the 2014 season with the most wins of any international professional. He claimed 16 victories over the course of the season.
His successful year started at the Tour Down Under, where he won stage 4 and stage 6. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Adam Hansen wins stage nineteen of the 2014 Tour of Spain .
Oleg Tinkov is crazy about cycling and has a “cool” idea to get the top stage racers in all three of the 2015 Grand Tours, says Adam Hansen. The Australian professional has consecutively raced all three Grand Tours for the past three years – the Giro d’Italia, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España – and wants to see the stars do the same next season. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Theo Bos (Belkin) about to raise his arms in celebration
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Pantano to IAM and Chavanel headlineing Chrono. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: Kristen Kelsey (AXIOMHVAC-Voler-Cycle U) put together a strong ride to earn the top spot, increasing her lead in the series standings. © Geoffery Crofoot.
Throton A Sulivan Park played host to the fourth stop on last year’s MFG Cyclocross Series. The venue change was a last minute one, done after heavy rains made a joint venture with the Cascade Cross series in Bellingham impossible (the impact of nearly a thousand people and two days of racing would have been too high). This year however was a different story. (cxmagazine.com)

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Photo: It's possible to prepare for climbs without hills
Tim de Waele.
If you're preparing for a hilly ride but live in the flatlands, then follow these tips and release your inner mountain goat. (bikeradar.com)

October 15, 2014




stage 4 of the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado Springs went through the Garden of the Gods
Photo: © Jonathan Devich.
Degenkolb reflects, Beamon joins Tibco. (cyclingnews.com)

October 15, 2014




Photo: Sidi’s Techno 3 wire fastening system uses a pair of flip up rotary dials, one for the forefoot and the other for the ankle...
BikeRadar verdict: 5 out of 5 stars. "We can't fault these shoes for comfort, support or efficiency." (bikeradar.com)

October 15, 2014




Photo: what’s particularly terrific about this tool is the fact that it fits over the quick release nut, meaning you no longer need to remove the quick release skewer in order to change cassettes.
The genius of the Crombie isn’t that it packs up nice and small, though I do appreciate its efficient size. And it isn’t that a single tool includes both the chain whip and the cassette lockring tool in a single package. Or that you don’t need an adjustable wrench. Or even that a single tool includes both Campagnolo and Shimano cassette tools. All of those things are terrific, but what’s particularly terrific about this tool is the fact that it fits over the quick release nut, meaning you no longer need to remove the quick release skewer in order to change cassettes. (redkiteprayer.com)

October 15, 2014




Photo: The 8GB card delivers two hours of record time at the only resolution available, 720p, with a total camera and light battery life of five hours.
When you spend hours and hours riding who’s watching out for you? Who’s got your back?  Your riding buddies? Your hi-visibility kit? The ICE system on your fancy new POC helmet?  The folks at Fly6 have raised their hands and are volunteering up a new piece of technology designed to save our rears.  Fly6 produces a compact camera packed into a convenient rear flashing LED safety light. (pelotonmagazine.com)

October 15, 2014




The USH is at home on a cyclocross bike, unless you're fighting through the slop. It would also do well as a touring tire for those who like dirt roads. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com.
"If you’re like me, you don’t actually ride a lot of cyclocross during cyclocross season.
Maybe I’m in the minority, but in the fall, most of my time spent actually cyclocrossing — if that is a verb — is during races. Midweek rides are often on a mix of roads, dirt roads, and a few trails and parks for good measure.
For that reason, among others, the Clement X’Plor USH tires I mounted back in July have remained on my ‘cross bike far longer than expected and have served as reliable training tires." (velonews.com)

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Alejandro Valverde said his most enjoyable race in 2014 was Flèche Wallonne. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Calling 2014 his best season “by a mile,” Alejandro Valverde reflected on winning the UCI WorldTour points title Wednesday.
Valverde, 34, notched 11 victories, 28 podium finishes, and third- and fourth-place results in the Vuelta a España and the Tour de France, respectively. With those results, he gathered 686 WorldTour points to finish ahead of Tinkoff-Saxo’s Alberto Contador (620) and Orica-GreenEdge rider Simon Gerrans (478). (velonews.com)

October 15, 2014





Thor Hushovd won world championships in 2010, but in his new biography, he says Edvald Boasson Hagen did not do his part to support the team. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Former world champion Thor Hushovd published his biography, “Thor” on Wednesday. The account of his life as a professional includes details of his relationship with Lance Armstrong, a firm denial of ever having doped, and other revelations ranging from controversial to downright bizarre.
Of Armstrong, Hushovd claims to have known of the American’s doping as early as 2011. In the book, the Norwegian alleges that the UCI hid some of Armstrong’s positive samples. (velonews.com)

October 15, 2014





Photo: Generally speaking, it was a very good season for me. I have shown that I can be on the podium in the monuments on the podium. I can also win classics as I proved in Gent-Wevelgem...
Last Sunday John Degenkolb ended his season when he was unable to defend his title in Paris-Tours. Despite a few disappointments, the German is pleased with his results in 2014.
Degenkolb draws a positive conclusion of his fourth year as a professional. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 15, 2014




Simon Yates (Great Britain) wins stage 6 on Haytor in 2013
Photo: © Rob Lampard.
A neo-professional’s first season in cycling is all about learning and adapting, a trial and error process in which you either sink or swim.
For Simon Yates 2014 has been a season of lessons learnt but the 22-year-old British rider has passed his debut season with flying colors having raced at the competitive end in several week-long stage races and enjoying a debut start in the Tour de France. (cyclingnews.com)

October 15, 2014




The podium in Ronse: Mathieu van der Poel, Sven Nys and Klaas Vantornout
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Bosmans with Lyme disease, Berden to represent Belgium? (cyclingnews.com)

October 15, 2014




Photo: Led by Gabriel Rasch, the team will line up Ian Boswell, Bernhard Eisel, Chris Sutton, Ben Swift and Edvald Boasson Hagen, the latter in his last race before joining MTN - Qhubeka.
On Sunday, Sky will bring their 2014 season to a close in the Japan Cup. The team will be led by an in-form Edvald Boasson Hagen in the Norwegian's final outing in the colors of the squad. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 15, 2014




Photo: Elle Anderson started off her European campaign at Gieten with a 5th place. screenshot – vier.be video.
"Over the 2014-15 season, American phenom Elle Anderson will be contributing to Cyclocross Magazine as she travels throughout Europe to race some of the arduous courses that the world has to offer. Want to know the weekly schedule for a pro while overseas? Anderson laid out her week from Superprestige Gieten to BPost Bank at Ronse, both which she was able to place top five in. Bonus: You get to learn the names for the days of the week in Dutch." (cxmagazine.com)

October 15, 2014




Photo: This past weekend there was another C1 race on the East Coast, in Rochester, New York, and I didn’t go — but that’s not to say the weekend was a waste. Words by Dan Chabanov // Image by Tim Willis.
"This is one of those times when it pays to know the guys you’re racing and know what they’re good at and not good at. John is really good at pedaling, but not that great at turning. So it was going to be hard for guys to pass him on the straights, yet he wouldn’t be able to corner as fast as me." (pelotonmagazine.com)

October 15, 2014




Photo: It’s been a little over a month since we released Elements of Style, a collaborative video project with our good friends at The Sufferfest.
"A couple weeks back I invited a few people to write a short review of the video. I did this for a couple of reasons: firstly, reviewing a video I was involved in would be a bit of a conflict of interest (of course I think it’s great); and secondly, we’re keen to do further videos along the same lines and we wanted to find out what people liked about Elements of Style, and what they didn’t." (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 15, 2014




Photo: Tools, bananas and time on the bike – that's what cyclists want!
Robert Smith.
Social media survey shows favorite snacks and riding must-haves. Puncture kits and tools were listed as the most essential ride accessories – 28 per cent of respondents put these even above water and food (22 per cent) or a phone for emergencies (13 per cent). (bikeradar.com)

October 15, 2014




A rendering of the proposed cover for the 7-Eleven Velodrome in Colorado Springs. Photo: Sink Combs Dethlefs Sports Architecture/USOC.
USA Cycling and the United States Olympic Committee have teamed up to give track cyclists year-round, on-the-track training opportunities in Colorado Springs with the addition of a seasonal dome on the open-air 7-Eleven Velodrome located in Memorial Park. The dome will be put in place for the first time in early 2015. (velonews.com)

October 15, 2014




Photo: At a folded length of 47cm (18.5in) and weighing 332g including a basic canvas pouch, it’s substantially smaller and lighter than a traditional floor pump.
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "Solid quality and easy pumping beats a mini pump, but the high price makes this for the regular travelling cyclist only." (bikeradar.com)






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Photo: He didn’t come to the hearing. He never responded to any of the court orders. The court finally just ran out of patience.
Aaron Brown, previously better known by his previous Twitter identity @UCI_Overlord, has lost a class suit court action taken on behalf of the donors to the Kimmage Fund, and has been ordered to repay the fund plus any additional costs which arose due to the legal case. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 15, 2014




Photo: Cooke says several riders he represents are also currently without deals.
As was the case at this time last year, Chris Horner finds himself in a very uncertain position: unsure whether or not he will have a pro contract come the new season.
Last Autumn the American rider had just won the 2013 Vuelta a España but, despite that victory, his 42 years of age plus rumored high salary demands combined to give some teams cold feet. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 15, 2014




Brian Cookson
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
UCI President Brian Cookson has insisted that the wide-sweeping reforms of professional road racing that will revolutionzse the sport in 2017 are on schedule despite a breakdown in negotiations with key stakeholders during the summer and a further stall at the recent road world championship in Ponferrada. (cyclingnews.com)

October 15, 2014




Photo: In a business dedicated to tailoring bicycle to rider like it's a suit—reach to the handlebar, where cycling shoe meets pedal, and so on—Hogg has built a global reputation for his contrarian approach. (Photo by Steven Laxton)
He's been called outlandish. And his methods are, without question, unorthodox. So why is Steve Hogg's appointment book overflowing with the names of cyclists willing to fly halfway around the world for just a few hours with this obsessive bike-fit guru? (bicycling.com)

October 15, 2014




Photo: Guru's fitting system can not only analyze your position, but also recommend bikes you might like.
(Photo courtesy of Dorel).
A bike-fit is only as good as the fitter, so before committing to any shop or service, ask other riders for referrals. And when choosing, consider your budget, the service's features, and whether you're shopping for a new bike. Here are four systems you might like. (bicycling.com)

October 15, 2014





Italian Vincenzo Nibali was flanked by Frenchmen Jean-Christophe Peraud and Thibaut Pinot on the 2014 Tour de France podium.
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
Oleg Tinkov’s proposed triple Grand Tour challenge has stoked plenty of media interest but has met with a decidedly non-committal response from the most interested party, the riders themselves. From next Wednesday, however, their stances might become a little clearer, as the route of the 2015 Tour de France is unveiled in the Palais de Congrès in Paris on Wednesday October 22. (cyclingnews.com)

October 15, 2014




Photo: More sea views to Sestri Levante on stage 3...
The route of the 2015 Giro d’Italia was announced last week and who better to run his eye over the course than our most experienced Grand Tour reporter; Ed Hood. This year’s Italian tour is mostly in the north, but in Ed’s own words: “There’s something for everyone in the 2015 Giro!” (pezcyclingnews.com)

October 15, 2014




Photo: The peloton in the 2014 Milan-San Remo ...
The 2015 edition of Milan-San Remo, taking place on March 22, will cover the same coastal route in Northwest Italy as it did in 2014, with the Cipressa and Poggio but without the Pompeiana climb.
“As of today, the 2015 course of La Classicissima will be the same as 2014,” race director, Mauro Vegni told Elleradio. “In the next weeks we will have time to confirm the details, but all the news that popped up regarding the changes is not true.” (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 15, 2014




Photo: Star performer...Simon Gerrans wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege (Getty Images).
"Twelve different riders contributed to our 34 individual wins and a further three were involved in the team time trial win at the Giro d’Italia. It’s a real tribute to the depth of our team."  (sbs.com.au)

October 15, 2014




Alessandro Petacchi (Omega Pharma - QuickStep)
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
Alessandro Petacchi has been deemed surplus to requirements by the Omega Pharma-QuickStep team for next season but the 40-year-old remains hopeful of continuing his professional career in 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

October 15, 2014




Photo: You add a longer 130 mm stem. A lighter handlebar. A Thomson seatpost. Fresh wheels. A black Selle Italia Turbomatic 4 saddle makes way for a white Fi’zi:k Aliante.
I have a lot of history with my bike—a Litespeed Firenze bought the year before my oldest daughter was born on the other side of the country nearly nine years ago. When you have a bike for this long, it changes with the miles. It has to. With each ride you come to understand what you want from it and what its limits are. (redkiteprayer.com)

October 15, 2014




The men begin the final stage here in Bend
Photo: © Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us.
Reports of the imminent demise of the Cascade Cycling Classic appear to have been greatly exaggerated. After losing its longtime title sponsor earlier this summer, the 35-year-old US stage race announced today it has signed a three-year deal with Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, the state's largest health insurance provider. (cyclingnews.com)

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Sacha Modolo captured the win in Tuesday's Tour of Beijing finale. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com. (velonews.com)
Philippe Gilbert secured overall victory at the Tour of Beijing after the final stage around the Bird's Nest Piazza finished in a bunch sprint.
Sacha Modolo won the final high-speed sprint after the peloton caught the day's breakaway pair of Laurent Mangel and Tosh Van der Sande inside the final kilometer. (cyclingnews.com)

October 14, 2014




Photo: This is a big win, not only for me, but also a big one for the team. I knew the team was really good here, which gave me confidence...
Philippe Gilbert took his first ever victory in a WorldTour stage race when he finished safely in the bunch on the final day of the Tour of Beijing. Despite being one of the most decorated riders, the Belgian made it clear that he regards the result as a very big performance. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 14, 2014




Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) finishes second
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Alejandro Valverde and his Movistar team both sealed victory in the final WorldTour standings, as the curtain fell on the series at the Tour of Beijing. It was a clean sweep for Spain, who also wrapped up the national rankings, more than 700 points clear of Italy. Movistar has hailed it as their most successful season, after taking 34 victories throughout the year – including Nairo Quintana’s Giro d’Italia success. (cyclingnews.com)

October 14, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Stages),

Giro d'Italia 2015 - May 9-31 (Stages),

Tour of Beijing 2015 - Oct 10-14 (Results),

Paris - Tours Elite 2015 - Oct 12 (Results),

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


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Lars van der Haar winning the World Cup at Valkenburg last year. © Thomas van Bracht.
"With the World Cup quickly approaching, opening next week at Valkenburg, we knew the Pro CX schedule of events we released earlier in the year wouldn’t be nearly enough for our readers who like to keep their eyes on the full world stage of cyclocross." (cxmagazine.com)

October 14, 2014




Photo: Adam Myerson controlling the leaders at Minuteman Cyclocross. © Katie Busick Photography.
Racers gathered yesterday under the glowing fall foliage for the fourth edition of the Minuteman Road Club Cyclocross Race p/b Landry’s Bicycles in Lancaster, MA. The morning racers faced damp course conditions and chilly temperatures, but the clear sky brought the sun to warm the course, removing the chill from the air on a quintessential New England autumn afternoon. (cxmagazine.com)

October 14, 2014





Photo: After three riders were caught inside the final kilometre, Debusschere narrowly beat Van Asbroeck in a photo finish...
For the second year in a row, Jens Debusschere ended the season in the perfect way when he won the Nationale Sluitingsprijs, the final road race of the European season. When the race came down to a bunch sprint, the Belgian held off Tom Van Asbroeck in a photo finish while his teammate Jonas Vangenechten made it two Lotto Belisol riders on the podium. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 14, 2014




Stefan Schumacher (Christina Watches)
Photo: © Isabelle Duchesne.
Following the possible demise of the Christian Watches squad, German Stefan Schumacher is reportedly moving to the Polish CCC Polsat Polkowice team, to be known as CCC Sprandi Polkowice in 2015. The Polish team is, according to naszosie.pl, seeking to raise its image ahead of a bid for the WorldTour in 2016. (cyclingnews.com)

October 14, 2014




UniSA coach Sanders eyeing West Australian. Photo: © Mark Gunter.
As Australian cycling enjoys seeing the likes of Michael Hepburn, Rohan Dennis and now Caleb Ewan make inroads in to their World Tour careers, and await the likes of world under 23 time trial champion Campbell Flakemore in his first professional season with BMC next year, one name many are speaking of - and as a general classification rider - is Rob Power. (cyclingnews.com)

October 14, 2014





Photo: Caleb Ewan got his first World Tour experience with the UNI-SA team at the Santos Tour Down Under (Sirotti).
The Tour of Beijing was not Caleb Ewan’s first WorldTour race, that honor went to the 2014 Santos Tour Down Under in January, but his promise as a world class sprinter was realized at the end of the five-day race in China. (sbs.com.au)

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Dan Martin has blasted to summit victory in China today, showing that once he is in this kind of form he is very hard to beat. (stickybottle.com).
Ireland’s Dan Martin took the fourth stage of the Tour of Beijing with an extraordinary uphill sprint on Monday, but Belgian Philippe Gilbert stayed just close enough to keep the overall lead.
Martin, who won the Giro di Lombardia earlier this month, struck in the last kilometer of the long climb up Miaofeng Mountain in Mentougou, after a series of attacks had been reeled in by the peloton. (velonews.com)

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Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo) enjoyed one of the greatest victories in his career atop the mighty Zoncolan. (Stage 20) Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com.
Michael Rogers rolled on by in the calm and clean Belgian morning, nearly unnoticed. He was making his return to racing off a provisional ban after he tested positive for clenbuterol in China, at the 2013 Tour of Beijing.
That could have been curtains for the three-time world time trial champ. (velonews.com)

October 14, 2014




Riding to win all three grand tours in one season is possible, Bernard Hinault said. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali has the capability of racing all three grand tours in 2015 according to the experts, but he remains unconvinced of the idea.
“The current calendar provides more space for recovery between one tour and another,” five-time Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault said Monday night. “For this reason exactly, I think it is possible to race as a challenger not only in the Giro and the Tour, but also in the Vuelta.” (velonews.com)

October 14, 2014





A smiling Pantani savours his first pink in Selva Val Gardena
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Germany critical of Guadeloupe track, Stultiens signs for Giant-Alpecin. (cyclingnews.com)

October 14, 2014




Joseph Dombrowski (Team Sky)
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
The 23-year-old American has been recovering and training since surgery in July to repair an iliac artery injury that was finally diagnosed after the Tour de Suisse. It was just one part of a frustrating year for the Virginia native, who raced only 23 days in his final season with Team Sky, after knee pain and a loss of power, delayed this year's start. (cyclingnews.com)

October 14, 2014




Photo: The corsa bobs and weaves it’s way along the coast. The views are a worthy reward for the effort.
"The 2015 Giro d’Italia starts in Liguria – one of my favorite regions of la bell’Italia. I’ve spent some quality time here and can attest the area is filled with excellent rides along the coast and into the mountains that define it. This ride from Levanto to Sestri Levante is a classic." (pezcyclingnews.com)





Photo: The large channels and vents do a decent job of keeping the heat down without sacrificing aerodynamics. It’s easy to put on in a hurry, and a long, sweeping tail and close-fitting sides help keep the drag down to a minimum.
An aero helmet can be a cost-effective upgrade compared to, say, an aero-tubed frame. And as there’s often little to choose between aero helmets in terms of aerodynamics, it can easily come down to what’s comfortable. (bikeradar.com)

October 14, 2014




Photo: There was an elite class consuming things that ordinary people couldn’t buy in the shops. They had been chosen because they were politicians, sportsmen and suchlike.
This is the tale of a cyclist called Dieter Wiedemann. His career as an international racing cyclist takes off at the same time as the Berlin Wall gos up. Wiedemann was on the wrong side.
The book starts with an introduction to the race, the politics and the history to give you a quick grounding it what will come. It’s hard to review the book without delving into the story but reading the book is all about the details so any plot spoilers here shouldn’t ruin it. (inrng.com)

October 14, 2014




Photo: I was bummed I couldn't jump barriers on the first lap because there was too much traffic.
Steeplechase Tournaments, like American Criteriums, are weekend events in various towns-not-cities throughout America. (manualforspeed.com)

October 14, 2014




Photo: New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat raised $625,716 for local nonprofits this year.
The Tour de Fat kicks off each festival with a costumed bike parade through city streets. After the parade, thousands gather for a day of eclectic entertainment, New Belgium beer, bike-themed activities, local food and more. (bicycleretailer.com)

October 14, 2014




Photo: The elastomer offers little flex but may absorb road shock.
BikeRadar verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars. "A pedigree endurance machine that's let down by underwhelming finishing kit – and doesn't quite deliver on its frame's hype." (bikeradar.com)

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Team boss Alexander Vinokourov gives Nibali a kiss
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali has stated that the recent positive tests of Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy have been received "very badly” by his Astana team.
Astana ended its season prematurely when it suspended itself from racing and missed the Tour of Beijing after confirmation of the second EPO positive, as per Movement for Credible Cycling regulations. The UCI said recently that the matter had raised questions over the team’s management, while Astana has promised an internal investigation. (cyclingnews.com)

October 14, 2014




Cervelo's Test Team is an example of an unfortunate, yet common phenomenon in cycling. Despite the team's all-star roster and strong results, it folded within two years of its inception. This is indicative of cycling's unstable financial footing. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).
Cycling is a unique sport, freely accessible to tens of millions of fans every year. Whether it is the estimated 15 million people who watch the Tour de France in person each year, or the countless spectators of the classics, regional pro races, and downtown criteriums, almost no one has to walk through a turnstile or pay admission for the privilege. This is one of the great allures of the sport — the ability to get up close and personal with the riders, and truly experience the race first-hand. (velonews.com)

October 14, 2014




Photo: It has been an incredible journey since 2011 and together we have all achieved a great amount for cycling in China...
Today the fourth and final edition of the Tour of Beijing finished with an overall victory for Philippe Gilbert. The organizers of the race are proud of their achievements during the four years of existence.
Global Cycling Promotion director Alain Rumpf said it was with great sadness that the final day of the fourth and final edition of the Tour of Beijing had arrived. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 14, 2014




Photo: British sprinter will team up with his fellow team mate and five time winner of the Six Days of Gent, local hero Iljo Keisse...
After being forced out of Six Day events by the Omega Pharma – Quick Step manager Patrick Lefevere last year, Mark Cavendish will feature in arguably most renowned of winter track events this November in Gent, the organizers confirmed. British sprinter will team up with his fellow team mate and five time winner of the Six Days of Gent, local hero Iljo Keisse. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 14, 2014




Surprise packets... health.com.au-search2retain lead the bunch at the Melbourne to Warrnambool. (Mark Gunter).
For some years now Australia’s domestic series has been the playground of three teams; Avanti Racing in its various incarnations, Budget Forklifts, and Drapac; but that strangehold on the top may slowly be changing. (sbs.com.au)

October 14, 2014




End of the road: David Millar, pictured wearing the polka dot jersey as leader in the mountains classification at the 2007 Tour de France, ended his career as a professional cyclist on the steep Bec Hill climb on Sunday Photo: REUTERS.
The curtain fell on David Millar’s career as a professional cyclist at Sunday’s Bec Hill Climb in Surrey and Richard Moore of the Telegraph Cycling Podcast was there to witness it. (telegraph.co.uk)

October 14, 2014




Team AG2R presented
Photo: © Susanne Goetze.
Txurruka extends with Caja Rural, Van Avermaet plays football. (cyclingnews.com)

October 14, 2014




Photo: Readjusting is easier with magnets than pins, and BibBits even gives the imitation pin-decal for the traditionalists. © Cyclocross Magazine.
How important are inaccurate race results? Do you want to make it easy on the timing crew? Or is it more important to protect your expensive threads? Perhaps the thought of poking eight holes into a new Rapha jersey or a Castelli skinsuit brings tears to your eyes.
BibBits has been making and selling race number magnets since 2012 and the company targets the running and cycling crowd and anyone tired of safety pins. (cxmagazine.com)

October 14, 2014




Photo: Kask's Vertigo helmet is instantly comfortable. Its well cushioned triple density pads are heavily perforated and fit is spot on.
BikeRadar verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars. "Light and comfortable, with excellent coverage." (bikeradar.com)

October 14, 2014




Photo: Shimano is generous with both mesh and pockets on the Hot Condition.
With its position in the components market long secured, Shimano has been dabbling in clothing, bags and even sunglasses in recent years. Here are three new jerseys from the Japanese giant, the Accu-3D aero jersey, the Mirror Cool jersey with heat-reflective technology, and the mesh Hot Condition jersey. (bikeradar.com)

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Dan Martin has blasted to summit victory in China today, showing that once he is in this kind of form he is very hard to beat. (stickybottle.com).
Ireland’s Dan Martin took the fourth stage of the Tour of Beijing with an extraordinary uphill sprint on Monday, but Belgian Philippe Gilbert stayed just close enough to keep the overall lead.
Martin, who won the Giro di Lombardia earlier this month, struck in the last kilometer of the long climb up Miaofeng Mountain in Mentougou, after a series of attacks had been reeled in by the peloton. (velonews.com)

October 13, 2014




Philippe Gilbert has to dig deep to minimise his losses
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Philippe Gilbert had to dig deep during stage 4 on Mentougou Miaofeng Mountain to keep Dan Martin in his sights and the Tour of Beijing race lead tightly in his grasp. The Belgian Classics specialist was expected to hand over the jersey he took control of on day two, at the end of the day - in fact he thought he had lost it and had a tense wait to find out he’d done enough to stay ahead of the Garmin-Sharp rider. (cyclingnews.com)

October 13, 2014




Photo: I would like to do the Giro/Tour again.
Mick Rogers clocked up two stage wins in the Giro d’Italia, while Majka finished sixth overall in the race. The duo also stepped up and delivered after Contador’s retirement from the Tour, with Majka netting two stages plus the mountains classification and Rogers taking the first Tour stage win of his career.
Their team leader returned for the Vuelta a España and took the overall victory plus two stage wins, showing that his recovery from a fractured tibia was complete. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 13, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Stages),

Giro d'Italia 2015 - May 9-31 (Stages),

Tour of Beijing 2015 - Oct 10-14 (Results),

Paris - Tours Elite 2015 - Oct 12 (Results),

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


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Photo: Stage 5 Profile.
Tuesday's Tour of Beijing Stage 5 departs Tiananmen Square at 1:45pm local (1:45am U.S. Eastern or 7:45am CET) and is expected at the finish at Bird’s Nest Piazza at around 4:30pm local (4:30am U.S. Eastern or 10:30am CET).  Tour of Beijing live video streaming should get underway at around 2:45pm local (2:45am U.S. Eastern, 11:45pm Pacific, or 8:45am CET). (cyclingfans.com)

October 13, 2014




The Tinkoff Saxo team and owner Oleg Tinkov
Photo: © Alberto Contador.
The Tinkoff-Saxo team has confirmed that its 80 riders and staff will climb the 5895-metre-high Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa as part of team building camp in early November.
The trip will see Alberto Contador, Rafal Majka and new signings such as Peter Sagan and Ivan Basso trek for a total of six days, gradually climbing and acclimatizing to the altitude before tackling the summit on November 5. (cyclingnews.com)

October 13, 2014




Photo: The double stairs are a signature feature at Alpenrose. © Pat Malach.
Choice of lines in the final sprint made the difference in the men’s race Sunday during the second day of the Cross Crusade’s opening weekend at Alpenrose Dairy. After battling throughout the race to regain the lead group, Giant’s Carl Decker swung wide out of the last corner and found clear sailing to the finish ahead of Kona’s Spencer Paxson, who took the inside line and ran into lapped traffic that blocked his path to the line. (cxmagazine.com)

October 13, 2014




Danny Summerhill (K-Edge/ Felt) taking the win at Ellison Park
Photo: © Dave McElwaine.
Dodge continues his brilliant weekend. (cyclingnews.com)

October 13, 2014




Photo: I started cycling the last year that I was racing motocross. At the tim,e I started working with a trainer who was helping me get ready to make the transition into professional racing so my training was becoming more fine tuned.
Jon Hornbeck currently rides professionally for the 5 Hour Energy pb Kenda Pro Cycling Team and is also is the owner of  Fast Tours Cycling camps. Jon tells us about his rise to the pro cycling ranks from a motocross background and his new business venture with Fast Tours Cycling camps, which offers professionally guided luxury tours in Temecula in November, December and January. (socalcycling.com)

October 13, 2014




Sidelined for several months this season as a result of his positive test for clenbuterol at last year’s Japan Cup, Tinkoff Saxo rider Mick Rogers has said that while his suspension – later reversed by the UCI – was a very stressful period, that it ultimately made him a much better rider.
The Australian told CyclingTips that the period led to a complete re-evaluation of his mental and physical approach to cycling, with the enforced break from competition giving him time to reflect, to rethink how he had traditionally done things and to tackle the demands of cycling in a different way. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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Tyler Farrar won the third stage of the Tour of Beijing on Sunday, ending a season-long victory drought at the final WorldTour race of the year.
The longest stage of the tour, the 176km stage served up tricky climbs followed by rapid descents, and Farrar came out of nowhere near the end to take the victory. (velonews.com)

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Oleg Tinkov (left) and Bjarne Riis (right) celebrated at the 2014 Tour de France after the team's third stage win, taken by Polish rider Rafal Majka. Photo Tinkoff-Saxo Press. (velonews.com)
Tinkoff-Saxo is convinced the idea to have the world's best four riders compete head-to-head in the three Grand Tours will be beneficial to the sport of cycling. Right now, all teams have the unique opportunity to take the challenge and shape their team and riders programs accordingly. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 13, 2014




Photo: I think it’s a good fit for me. It will be nice to be a part of an American team, with American riders.
Talented Joe Dombrowski was expected to fully develop his great potential after joining Team Sky in 2013, but health issues prevented him from performing in line with such expectations. It took no less than 18 months to eventually diagnose his problem correctly, but the British team won’t benefit from successful surgery of the 23-year old American as he will join Cannondale for 2015. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 13, 2014




Photo: Having a strong core is vital if you’re going to improve as a cyclist. Photography by Cor Vos
Having ‘good form’ on the bike incorporates a number of elements. On a superficial level, it’s about how you look on the bike; at a more nuanced level, it’s about ensuring that your setup on the bike is good, that your pedalling style is efficient, that you’re using the muscles you should, and that you’re getting as much out of your riding as you can. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 13, 2014




Photo: The race is won by Rebellin, who won also in 2006, a lifetime ago.
The iconic arches in Bologna and the difficult finishing circuit with its demanding climb always make for a great race and a very crowd friendly event where this year Davide Rebellin at 43 years old turned back the hands of time to take the victory. (pezcyclingnews.com)

October 13, 2014




Photo: Route highlights include the long rip down Highway 1 along the Pacific coast..
"Lately, I’ve been in a bit of a road bike funk. I haven’t done a proper road ride since the Motherlode Century back in May. The summer has been consumed with riding dirt, and really, I have not been missing the pavement all that much. I needed a shot in the arm of some choice asphalt, and I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about Levi Leipheimer’s King Ridge GranFondo. So I figured it was worth shaving my legs and slapping some 25c road tires on the cyclocross bike to see what all the hubbub was about." (roadbikereview.com)

October 13, 2014




Damiano Cunego was 19th in the Giro d'Italia this year, 10 years after winning the Italian grand tour. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Italian Damiano Cunego is returning to school, changing teams from Lampre-Merida to Vini Fantini-Nippo, and thinking of retirement after years of riding off the mark.
“My wife, who studies medicine, encouraged me and the idea grew to return to school,” the 2004 Giro d’Italia winner told Italy’s Corriere della Sera newspaper. “The idea is to have a future not far from now as a sports coach. It’s always appealed to me.” (velonews.com)

October 13, 2014




Roger Lapébie summits the Col d'Allos in the 1937 Tour de France. Power meters? Heart rate monitors? Nutrition plans? Riders in that era relied heavily on grit and determination to complete the grueling races. Photo: The Horton Collection.
Used to be, guys had to fix their own forks with a hammer and forge, and those riders later drank beers stolen from cafes along the way, passing a church key and bottles among themselves.
Used to be, guys would ride two stages in one day, punch striking railroad workers in their screaming faces, then drink wine. And then attack. While wearing wool shirts. (velonews.com)

October 13, 2014




Daniel McLay took second in the juniors
Photo: © Brian Jones/Kimroy Photography.
McLay to Bretagne-Séché Environnement, MTN-Qhubeka riders share excitement for 2015. (cyclingnews.com)

October 13, 2014




Photo: The bike uses a 7005-series double-butted aluminium frame with a Cinelli cockpit, Columbus carbon fork and Rodi Airline Evo wheels.
Portuguese bike brand Overlap’s new Pura Criteriosa is a new hand-built crit bike with no brakes and a carbon belt drive.
The Pura Criteriosa was designed for the final stage of the Red Hook Crit – an unsanctioned series of city centre criteriums – held in Milan on 11 October, to be ridden by Brazilian rider Henrique Leandro. (bikeradar.com)

October 13, 2014




Photo: You should have spent plenty of time trainingbuilding up to your ride, and this will have allowed you to work out how hard you can go for the distance you will be riding.
Beginner cycling tips to avoid ruining a big ride. If you’ve been working towards a big ride all year, then the last thing you want is for it to all go wrong on the day. Avoid these regular errors. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: 10 solo stage wins across the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia & Vuelta a Espana. First British rider to wear the leader's jersey in all three Grand Tours.
David Millar woke up as a "former" cyclist on Monday, finally freed of the need for speed.
"It's nice to be able to wake up and go and ride my bike and not worry if I am going slow," he said after the final act of his 18-year professional career on Sunday. (bbc.com)

October 13, 2014




Alberto Contador surrounded by his Tinkoff-Saxo teammates
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
D'hoore and Cordon-Ragot join Wiggle Honda, Coppi e Bartali date change. (cyclingnews.com)

October 13, 2014




Photo: I lacked confidence and strength in the end. I saw that the Belgian was riding strongly in the break, he did his work and he responded when I tested him in the finale.
Thomas Voeckler had a last chance to win a race in 2014 when he found himself in the perfect position at the end of yesterday's Paris-Tours. Having been beaten by Jelle Wallays, the Frenchman regretted to finish the season with taking a single win. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 13, 2014




Romain Bardet (Ag2r)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Romain Bardet shot to prominence this summer as he battled with his compatriot Thibaut Pinot for the Tour de France’s coveted best young rider’s white jersey. Pinot walked away with a jersey and a podium placing but Bardet put in a hugely impressive ride to finish sixth in only his second Grand Boucle. He is considered a future Tour de France contender and a part of the new generation of French Grand Tour riders. Ag2r-La Mondiale consider him a key team leader and he has signed an extension to his contract that means he stay with the team until 2018. (cyclingnews.com)

October 13, 2014




The Ponferrada castle was a popular spot for fans
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Representatives of two political parties in Ponferrada, the Spanish town where the world championships were recently held, have claimed the event may have created a significant debt running into several million euros.
Local media reported that two opposition parties, the Partido Popular (PP) and the Unión Progreso y Democracia (UPyD), have demanded that the official accounts be made public to reveal whether this debt exists. (cyclingnews.com)

October 13, 2014




Serghei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis) secured third place overall
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Serghei Tvetcov, third overall this year at the USA Pro Challenge, has signed a two-year deal with Italian ProContinental team Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela. The 25-year-old from Moldova has ridden at Continental level with Jelly Belly-Maxxis for the past two seasons, after moving to the US in 2011. (cyclingnews.com)

October 13, 2014




Photo: Jack from Illinois (not his real name), always despised the Donut Ride for being a preenfest. He wasn’t wrong.
Every city in America has a Saturday morning Donut Ride, where a handful of riders beats up on everyone else, and everyone else marks “success” in terms of how far they got before getting kicked out the back. (pelotonmagazine.com)

October 13, 2014




Photo: They can be fully custom-fitted, with an oven and vacuum-orming process giving an outstanding fit.
BikeRadar verdict: 5 out of 5 stars. "Shimano has created a new benchmark for top flight mouldable shoes – the R321s excel at every level." (bikeradar.com)

October 13, 2014




Photo: The new Slice design gives more comfort, lighter weight and better handling, especially in crosswinds .
The non-UCI legal Slice is designed specifically for the needs of saddle-forward triathletes, with Cannondale and fit partner Guru undertaking analysis of thousands of multi-sporters’ riding positions to inform the new steep seat-angled geometry. There is also a women’s version of the bike (though not available in the UK); its geometry remains the same, but sizes range from 44 to 60cm, so sizing shouldn’t be an issue in any territory. (bikeradar.com)

October 13, 2014




Photo: Leanda Cave, 2012 Ironman World Champion, with the Britto-painted Canyon Speedmax CF 9.0
JMC Marketing.
This striking custom-painted Canyon Speedmax CF 9.0 TT bike belongs to 2012 Ironman World Champion Leanda Cave, and has been given an stylish paintjob by renowned Brazilian-born neo-pop artist Romero Britto. (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: While he lost the Japan Cup result, he was able to return to racing and lined out in Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Although he was a non-finisher there, he went on to compete in the Giro d’Italia and took two stage victories.
Sidelined for several months this season as a result of his positive test for clenbuterol at last year’s Japan Cup, Tinkoff Saxo rider Mick Rogers has said that while his suspension – later reversed by the UCI – was a very stressful period, that it ultimately made him a much better rider.
The Australian told CyclingTips that the period led to a complete re-evaluation of his mental and physical approach to cycling, with the enforced break from competition giving him time to reflect, to rethink how he had traditionally done things and to tackle the demands of cycling in a different way. (cyclingtips.com.au)

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yler Farrar wins Tour of Beijing 2014 Stage 3
Photo: © Garmin Sharp. (cyclingperspective.com)
Tyler Farrar won the third stage of the Tour of Beijing on Sunday, ending a season-long victory drought at the final WorldTour race of the year.
The longest stage of the tour, the 176km stage served up tricky climbs followed by rapid descents, and Farrar came out of nowhere near the end to take the victory. (velonews.com)

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Photo: Stephen Gallagher and Dan Fleeman from Dig Deep answer another bunch of your questions. Photography by Jered Gruber, Kristof Ramon and Matt de Neef
After a long road season it is advisable to take a break as much to rest the mind as the body. It depends on which discipline is your priority whether you decide to take a break now or after the cross season. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 12, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Tour of Beijing 2015 - Oct 10-14 (Stages & Results),

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Stages),

Giro d'Italia 2015 - May 9-31 (Stages),

Paris - Tours Elite 2015 - Oct 12 (Results),

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


Octobern 12, 2014





Tyler Farrar throws his bike to the line for third place
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Tyler Farrar picked up his first win in over a year on stage 3 of the Tour of Beijing and credited his move to MTN-Qhubeka as one of the factors that helped him to success.
The American moves to the South African team next season, ending his long association with Garmin-Sharp. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: In a race like today it’s a difference in depth. The depth of under 23 to WorldTour level is huge and he is realising that here but it is all a learning experience...
Caleb Ewan got the perfect lead-out in today's stage of the Tour of Beijing but the Australian faded back and finished the stage in 10th. Orica-GreenEDGE don't see the result as a failure as the 20-year-old Australian is still in a learning process. (cyclingquotes.com)





Photo: Team Sky is really focused on classifications. I think they are the best team to help me develop. For me, that did it...
At last he could say. After weeks of silence, Wout Poels confirmed last week what everyone already knew: Team Sky is his new employer. The Weekend Interview with the 27-year old Dutchman explains his choice.

October 12, 2014




Photo: I am looking forward to pinning on the number and I especially want to shine at the Paris-Tours, since that is a race that suits me well...
Today 40-year-old Sebastien Hinault will end his career in Paris-Tours. The Frenchman took his time to reflect on his 18-year career before he brings it all to a close late in the afternoon. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Photo: Stage 4 Profile.
Monday's Tour of Beijing Stage 4 departs Yanqing at 12:15pm local (12:15am U.S. Eastern or 6:15am CET) and is expected at the finish at Mentougou Miaofeng Mountain Summit at around 4:27pm local (4:27am U.S. Eastern or 10:27am CET).  Tour of Beijing live video streaming should get underway at around 2:45pm local (2:45am U.S. Eastern, 11:45pm Pacific, or 8:45am CET). (cyclingfans.com)

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GP Bruno Beghelli podium
Photo: © Bettini Photo.
The Coppa Italia, a series of Italian races ranked HC or 1, wrapped up with the GP Bruno Beghelli today. Sonny Colbrelli won the overall individual classification and, perhaps most importantly, the team classification went to Neri Sottoli, who beat Bardiani CSF by a single point. The top overall team in the series is given a wildcard invitation to the Giro d'Italia the following season, but Neri Sottoli's win has come under question by the competing team managers. (cyclingnews.com)

October 12, 2014






Belgian champion Sven Nys dominates the kickoff to the Bpost Bank Trofee series. Photo: AFP. (velonews.com)
Sven Nys opened the Bpost Bank Trofee Series opener in Ronse, Belgium with a dominating win. (cxmagazine.com)

October 12, 2014




Sophie de Boer pushing her bike
Photo: © Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl.
Dutch rider Sophie de Boer won the first round of the Bpost Bank Trophy cyclo-cross series in Ronse, Belgium. The win at the GP Mario De Clercq is the first victory for the 23-year-old who turned professional back in 2008. (cyclingnews.com)

October 12, 2014




Photo: Between Charm City and Cross Crusade, Chris Jones’s return to cyclocross has been a warm welcome. © Pat Malach.
UnitedHealthcare road pro and former Rapha-Focus cyclocross rider Chris Jones won the opening salvo of the 2014 Cross Crusade Saturday at Alpenrose Dairy in Portland, Oregon, while River City Bicycles’ Megan Chinburg took the first women’s race of the series. (cxmagazine.com)

October 12, 2014




Photo: Wyman, game face on, won the GP Brabant (photo: UCI Cyclocross World Championships 2014 Elite Women.) © Thomas van Bracht.
On Saturday, Lars van der Haar made up for his disappointment with second at the Superprestige Gieten and ran away with the win over a small pack led home by countryman Corne van Kessel. Belgian Jim Aernouts finished third.
On the women’s side, it was a British affiair. Brit Helen Wyman took another win, with a five second victory over Dutch racer Sophie de Boer and fellow Brit Nikki Harris. (cxmagazine.com)

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Valerio Conti (foto da: teamlampremerida.com).
Koren second and Zakarin third in Monteveglio. (cyclingnews.com)

October 12, 2014




Photo: We can now invite the most successful and most promising young riders to attend training camps with us to see if they will fit...
Trek Factory Racing is following the lead of the Belgians, by launching a feeder team. Omega Pharma-Quick Step and Lotto Belisol both have one as do Giant-Shimano and Topsport Vlaanderen has long been a proving ground for young Belgians looking to move into the WorldTour. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 12, 2014




Photo: Julio Padilla needed only a single fast lap to take home peloton’s fastest qualifier prize. Words and Images: Jack Chevell
The final round of the 2014 Red Hook Criterium Championship Series was held on a fast and narrow road circuit in the suburbs of Milan, Italy. Rain in the morning meant isolated patches of damp, and slippery painted road markings lay in wait to punish anyone pushing too hard before a dry line had been given time to develop. (pelotonmagazine.com)

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Photo: Wallays and Voecker went early in a group with Cesare Benedetti (NetApp-Endura), Julien Duval (Roubaix–Lille Métropole), Pierre Gouault (BigMat–Auber 93), Yoann Paillot (La Pomme Marseille) and Kevin Van Melsen (Wanty).
When was the race won? In the final sprint for the literal explanation but Thomas Voeckler was easily beaten. He went into the finish with no theatrics, stunts or even facial expressions. The image above shows the Europcar rider and Jelle Wallays of Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise racing with less than 10km to go. Voeckler is hunched low and straining to produce the power and the more the closer the finish got, the more a win would become elusive. (inrng.com)

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Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator) wins the World Ports Classic opener.
Photo: © AFP Photo.
Voeckler forced to settle for second. (cyclingnews.com)

October 12, 2014





Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen) winner of the 2014 Paris-Tours
Photo: © AFP Photo.
With his victory in Paris-Tours, Topsport Vlaanderen's Jelle Wallays wrote himself into the record books as the first rider to win both the U23 version of the race and the elite event, but more importantly for the Belgian, he finally showed his promise after years of frustration. The 25-year-old had just signed his first pro contract with Topsport Vlaanderen when he won the U23 Paris-Tours in 2010, and hopes this year's victory will demonstrate his talent to the WorldTour teams. (cyclingnews.com)

October 12, 2014





Franco Pellizotti (Androni Giocattoli)
Photo: © Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Gianni Savio is busy putting the finishing touches to his Androni team for 2015 and has confirmed that Franco Pellizotti is set to stay with the squad next season.
Pellizotti, 36, is out of contract at the end of the season but still remains a competitive force, and finished third in the recent Giro dell'Emilia. (cyclingnews.com)

October 12, 2014




Photo: The field of 400 (28 different nations) that started together, that rolled the first 18-kilometer neutral zone together, is already in bits.
The third Taiwan KOM Challenge is on the 15th of November, 2014 and it is one amazing race. The KOM Challenge is the high point of the Taiwan government-supported ‘Taiwan Cycling Festival’ and is a true high mountain challenge. It’s brutal, but has a beauty all of its own. (pezcyclingnews.com)

October 12, 2014




Photo: Caroline Mani tooka a back-to-back win, Miller rode to her second podium finish of the weekend, and Maghalie Rochette getting second on the day and. © Andrew Reimann.
Before the last lap, Mani pounced at the right time, clenching her teeth in the last remaining climbs. Rochette was able to trail behind her, riding well through many of the more demanding descents, but Mani put in too much of a gap in the climbs, and got to the finish line alone. (cxmagazine.com)

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Photo: Stylish shoes with suberb construction.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Superbly constructed, with a supportive footbed and comfort in spades." (bikeradar.com)

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Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team)
Photo: © Tim de Waele.
Philippe Gilbert claimed a shortened stage 2 of the Tour of Beijing on Saturday, sprinting clear of Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg and Rui Costa on the uphill finish. (cyclingnews.com)

October 11, 2014






Italy's Davide Rebellin (CCC Polsat Polkowice) wins Giro dell'Emilia
Photo: © Bettini Photo. (cyclingnews.com)
Davide Rebellin again proved that age is just a number when he won the 97th edition of the Italian semi-classic Giro dell’Emilia, one of Italy’s most prestigious one-day races. The Italian attacked out of a 5-rider group on the famous San Luca climb, passed a fading Angel Madrazo and held off Franco Pellizotti to win the race 8 years after his first victory. (cyclingquotes.com)

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Rossella Ratto (Estado De Mexico Faren) takes a solo victory
Photo: © Giro dell Emilia Internazionale Donne.
Pitel and Bronzini round out podium. (cyclingnews.com)

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Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) with one lap to go
Photo: © Dave McElwaine.
Summerhill out-sprints Dodge for second. (cyclingnews.com)

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Photo: I had ‘always believe in yourself’ in my head which is actually what my mum said to me this morning – the power of the mind is amazing. Photography by Con Chronis
Geelong’s Oliver Kent-Spark has notched up the biggest win of his career, taking out the 99th Melbourne to Warrnambool in perfect conditions on Saturday.
After 273 kilometers of racing, Kent-Spark pipped Commonwealth Games gold medallist Alex Edmondson on the line in seven hours flat. Defending champion Sam Horgan finished third. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 11, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Tour of Beijing 2015 - Oct 10-14 (Stages & Results),

Paris - Tours Elite 2015 - Oct 12 (Start List),

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Stages),

Giro d'Italia 2015 - May 9-31 (Stages),

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


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Photo: Stage 3 Profile.
Stage 3 start time: Saturday 12:10 CST (9:10 PM PST);
Earliest live video: 14:45 CST (11:45 PM PST);
Approximate finish: 16:28 CST (1:28 AM PST). (cyclingfans.com)

October 11, 2014


Mario Cipollini makes headlines at the start of the Giro in 2002
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Once upon a time, Mario Cipollini would travel to Tour de France start-lines in a roman chariot, dressed as Julius Caesar, or chased by a pride of pantomime lions. That was when he was a rider - and of course Cipollini, infamously, never made it to the Champs Elysées during a career that yielded 191 victories, including a record 42 Giro stages and 12 in the Tour. So perhaps the unfamiliarity of the surroundings explains why he cut such a sheepish figure, lurking not far from the Arc de Triomphe on the final day of the 2014 Grande Boucle, not a laurel wreath or toga in sight. (cyclingnews.com)

October 11, 2014




Photo: I’m sure this is something the license commission will be considering when they appraise their licenses for 2015.
Following positives from both Valentin and Maxim Iglinskiy, the Astana team have had to self-suspend themselves from the Tour of Beijing to meet MPCC rules and will incur a fine from the UCI of up to $100,000 as a result of not attending the WorldTour’s final race. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 11, 2014





Photo: To keep you up to date with which races take place where and when, I present you: the 2014/2015 cyclocross calendar.
"Road cycling season is done and dusted. If that makes you sad: get over it. It's time for cyclocross! No silly three hour 'peloton controlling the break', no 'why thank you I like my seventh place in this grand tour just fine.' Just sixty minutes of muddy madness." (podiumcafe.com)

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Photo: Nys, Stybar, Van der Poel, van der Haar, Pauwels, Meeusen, Walsleben, Vantornout, Peeters, Wellens, Aernouts, Bina, Simunek...
The 2014 Bpost Bank Trophy Cyclocross Ronse-Kluisbergen (GP Mario De Clercq) is Sunday, October 12. Live streaming video: 2:45pm CET (8:45am U.S. Eastern, 5:45am Pacific). (cyclingfans.com)

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Photo: Bold styling, upper silicone pads.
BikeRadar verdict: 2 out of 5 stars. "A sharp design that’s well made and very tough, but suffers some comfort issues." (bikeradar.com)

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Boogerd lawyers up, Cunego the student, Lampre deny Sanchez move. (cyclingnews.com)

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Philippe Gilbert (BMC)
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
The Tour of Beijing’s shortened stage 2 due to poor air-quality appeased most of the peloton as it rolled across the original finish line in Yangquing – but possibly not the Movistar rider who wore a face mask. (cyclingnews.com)

October 11, 2014




Photo: It’s time for cycling to step out of its comfort zone and move forward and be open to these people who want to bring new energy in and a different approach.
After Vincenzo Nibali dismissed Oleg Tinkov’s idea of all four of cycling’s best Grand Tour riders competing in all three Grand Tours in one season, Michael Rogers takes a different view, insisting that Oleg’s idea may be key to cycling remaining in the public eye. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 11, 2014




Photo: The Giro’s route for 2015 was announced earlier this week and one highlight is the Colle delle Finestre, the highest point of the 2015 Giro and unpaved too. What’s it like to ride?
The Route: there are two sides and this is the northern side from Susa, the Giro route which allows you to climb the unpaved section and descend on tarmac. It is 18.6km at an average of 9.1%. After Susa, follow the signs for Meana and the Colle delle Finestre. (inrng.com)

October 11, 2014




Photo: PEZ’s Literary Editor Leslie Reissner goes back in time to check out this book of truly classic images from Europe’s most hallowed races.
Drawn from the one of the world’s finest collections of cycling artifacts, the latest cycling book from Velopress, ‘Goggles & Dust’ collects over 100 stunning photographs from competitive cycling’s heyday in the 1920s and ’30s. (pezcyclingnews.com)

October 11, 2014




Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) riding to the gold medal
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Lotto and BMC line-ups for Pari-Tours, Larsson to Cult Energy. (cyclingnews.com)

October 11, 2014




Photo: With deep paint and coordinated highlights, Trek's Remedy 8 looks good and should stay that way
Russell Burton.
BikeRadar verdict: 3 out of 5 stars. "Capable and well-built, but weight, unadventurous angles and basic shocks hold it back." (bikeradar.com)

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Photo: The early part of the stage usually pans out like every other race with the creation of an early breakaway but for the riders.
Sunday's Paris-Tours departs Bonneval at 11:05am CET (5:05am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Tours at around 4:39pm CET (10:39am U.S. Eastern).  Paris-Tours live streaming video should get underway at around *3:30pm CET (*9:30am U.S. Eastern, *6:30am Pacific). (cyclingfans.com)

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Michael Rogers is no stranger to the strain of riding multiple grand tours in one season, having completed both the Giro and Tour in 2014. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Tinkoff-Saxo owner Oleg Tinkov proposed that the sport’s four best grand tour riders contest the Vuelta a España, Giro d’Italia, and Tour de France, and split one million euros between them for their trouble. Possible? Maybe. Intriguing? Sure. Crazy? Maybe.
Mum’s been the word from Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana, and Alberto Contador. However, Vincenzo Nibali eschewed the idea Friday, noting it was self-promotion and little else on Tinkov’s behalf, and that the biggest grand tour riders “certainly” didn’t need the Russian’s money. (velonews.com)

October 10, 2014







Luka Mezgec wins opening stage of the Tour of Beijing
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport. (cyclingnews.com)
More sprint success for Giant-Shimano as Luka Mezgec takes opening stage of final 2014 WorldTour race in China. Tyler Farrar led the sprint into the final few hundred metres, but faded slightly allowing Mezgec and second-placed Caleb Ewan to slip past on the line. Farrar settled for third.. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 10, 2014