It seems like Serge Pauwels has been around for ever, and sixteen years in the pro peloton is a long time. 'Been there, got the T shirt' a phrase you could use for the 36 year-old Belgian who has signed contracts with six different pro teams during his career. Ed Hood caught up with Serge for his thoughts on career and retirement.Read More...
Primoz Roglič won the opening stage of the Vuelta a España. The Jumbo-Visma rider escaped on the descent of the Alto de Arrate in sight of the finish, and stayed ahead of what was left of the peloton. Richard Carapaz was second. Tom Dumoulin and Chris Froome both lost time on the first day.
Jan Tratnik (Bahrain-McLaren) sprinted away from Ben O'Connor (NTT Pro Cycling) on the final uphill metres in San Daniele del Friuli for the stage win. The peloton wanted an extra rest day and finished well down on the day's winner. Joāo Almeida (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) put in a late attack for a couple of extra seconds on the overall lead.
I’m talking to those of you who are cyclists, riding 6+ hours a week for the majority of the calendar year, and who are over the age of 40, and whom do not participate in regular strength training throughout the year, but rather pick it up solely in the fall and winter.
More new gear in the cycling market place: Castelli Perfetto ROS Convertible Jacket, Route Werks Launches 'The Handlebar Bag', Castelli with Strava challenges you to cycle the Paris-Roubaix distance, SCOTT: The All-New Plasma 6 tri bike, MET Mobilite Mips helmets, Rapha GORE-TEX Classic Winter Jacket and the new Mavic.
Canyon's show their new Aeroad, Repente Artax GL gravel saddle, GORE C5 Thermo jersey and bib tights, Litespeed Titanium all-new Watia gravel bike, Rapha and Palace Skateboards EF Pro Cycling kit and a bike box by BikeFlights.
Another packed 'Gear Break' full of newly released cycling goods: Sportful Bodyfit Pro Light jersey, Campagnolo's Ekar - The world’s lightest gravel groupset, new bikes from Look, Canyon & AURUM and new Fast shoes by Sidi.
Officine Mattio (Mattio Workshop) is the largest Italian brand that you’ve never heard of, located in what I think is the most under-appreciated region in Italy for incredible cycling, Piemonte. Here’s the latest OM1, from the company pushing to keep cycling manufacturing INSIDE Italy.
This week's selection of new cycling gear: SILCA Mattone seat pack, Fizik new mint coloured Vento Solocush tacky bar tape, new cycling kits from Santini, Wahoo & Rapha, and Muc-Off's new L.O.P.S pulley wheel system.
Something for everyone in today's Gear Break: The Basso Terra gravel bike, new Roval components, new MET Rivale MIPS helmet, State Bicycle Co introduces sustainable clothing, HED wheels and Rapha's autumn guide for men.
Thursday's stage 6 of the 2020 Giro d'Italia passes through the town of Pisticci. Back in 2013, 'The Pez' was also in Pisticci, for a lot longer than he planned, due to the maze-like layout of old Italian towns. Here's the story: “Sempre Dritto” – ‘always forward’
It's a sad time for Ed Hood, he should be in Italy for the Giro, but... So as the 2020 Giro d'Italia finishes its first week, Ed has his Giro photo album out to compile his personal 'Alternative A to Z' of the Italian Grand Tour. We love the Giro and Ed knows the race better than most, take note of his (near) complete guide to everything Giro.
Since last Saturday's Tour de France stunning stage 20 time trial, the race against the clock has been on everyones lips. So, we've been gathering the thoughts of Nikolai Razouvaev again, this time the Russian 'in the know' looks at the time trial bike. The pros and the cons - but mostly the cons.
Book Review: Thanks to Covid-19 the 2020 Giro d'Italia started this weekend in Sicily... In October! Thanks to “Maglia Rosa: Triumph and Tragedy at the Giro d’Italia” by British author/Italian resident Herbie Sykes, we have an English-language history of the Giro d’Italia.
Continuing Ed Hood's theme of why there seems to be more crashes in the professional peloton recently, Ed caught up with British star of the 60’s and 70’s, Norman Hill for his thoughts. There have been many changes over the years - Norman throws some light on the less than positive 'improvements'.
There is a very special jersey that, once you win it at a one day event, it is yours for a year wherever you race. This jersey, is of course, the glorious rainbow-striped confection first donned by Alfredo Binda in 1927. Its fascinating history is the subject of “Chasing the Rainbow: The Story of Road Cycling's World Championships” by Giles Belbin.
As the peloton is about to start the 2020 Giro d'Italia, we talk to Andy Hampsten, the only rider from the US to win the Italian Grand Tour. Hampsten was the hero of the 1988 Giro as he battled through a Gavia snow storm to eventually take…
Primoz Roglič won the opening stage of the Vuelta a España. The Jumbo-Visma rider escaped on the descent of the Alto de Arrate in sight of the finish, and stayed ahead of what was left of the peloton. Richard Carapaz was second. Tom Dumoulin and Chris Froome both lost time on the first day.Read More...
New data from Strava and Stanford University shows the mental, physical, and financial impact of COVID-19 on professional athletes. Considering indoor training restrictions, mask requirements, the postponement of major sporting events like the Olympics and more.
The eyes of the cycling world will be on Palermo on Saturday, October 3, as the eagerly-awaited Giro d’Italia gets underway. The 103rd edition of the event features over 40,000 metres of climbing across 50 classified climbs, while five summit finishes will undoubtedly test the endurance of the riders.
The 103rd edition of the Corsa Rosa was launched in the unique setting of the Segesta Archaeological Park, with the Temple hosting the presentation ceremony of all the teams that, starting from Saturday, will be protagonists on the roads of the Giro d'Italia. Includes quotes of some of the riders.
The team will take on Italy’s Grand Tour with a switch out team kit that is bound to turn heads; collection to also include matching casual wear, full quiver of Cannondale race bikes, helmets and eyewear from POC.