Holland's only one-day Classic was cancelled in 2020 and nearly didn't happen this year, but with a closed circuit and no fans, the Amstel Gold Race will go ahead this Sunday. Ed Hood gives us his 'lowdown' on the race and the likely 'Top Men' for the Dutch Golden Race.Read More...
Racing is not easy at the moment for any British based UCI Continental Team, the combination of Covid and Brexit have been a big problem. The Canyon dbh SunGod team has managed some trips abroad, Ed Hood caught up with Canyon rider Jake Scott to hear how 2021 has been going.
Ahhhhh - it’s spring-time once again. Especially for those living in northern climates, the weather is warming up, the snow is off the roads and it’s time to enjoy riding outside. But it’s also time for local flora to come out of their winter hibernation and re-activate seasonal allergies - here's some help.
The Itzulia Basque Country was won on the final stage, which sounds familiar, by Primoz Roglič. The Slovenian champion pulled the victory away from Brandon McNulty in what was a nightmare stage for the UAE Team Emirates. Spencer Martin breaks the Spanish race down and looks at the implications for the Ardennes Classics and the Tour de France.
Some of us - no, most of us - can be pretty obsessive over our numbers and getting the results into Strava and filling that Trophy Case is really important. But there are alternatives worth examining and one of these is Open Road, an attractive proposition that simply aims to replicate the real life experience of cycling in beautiful surroundings.
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.
Another mixed bag of gear: Wahoo TICKR X heart rate monitor, Sena Rumba street-style helmet with audio, connectivity, and protection, Flite Boost Kit Carbonio Superflow 'MVDP Edition' saddle, Jack Wolfskin ideal layers for spring & summer biking, KOM Cycling indoor media display cycling desk and Qhubeka 'Bicycles Change Lives' jersey by Assos available for pre-order.
After a new bike, new shoes are right up there to make you feel like you can conquer the world. If you're looking at the best that different manufacturers have to offer (and want to channel your favorite pro rider), then have a look at the new Shimano S-PHYRE RC902 top tier road cycling shoe.
New bike kit Friday: Primal Jens Voigt 'Shut Up Legs' range, a new era in cycling caps MAAP x New Era Cap, 100% – Rideley own the road, S-Works Prevail II Vent - Cooler heads will always prevail, the DynaPlugger - Featherweight tubeless repair kit and Swiftwick’s high-tech Flite XT socks.
More great and new kit: Tubolito light weight tubes, La Passione DUO Collection: Plenty of cool combinations for a bright look, Continental rolls out new category of tire with the Ruban and eRuban Plus, Sidi Sixty Multicolor, the new LDT inspired by the nineties, Zipp hookless technology video and happy 100th birthday Shimano.
Cycling has its fair share of hard bastards, which isn't too surprising when you think what the riders put themselves through to win the world's hardest races. But some riders take the term 'hard man' too far. Ed Hood takes his pick of the 13 top 'Bad Asses' of the peloton.
ROADSIDE Replay: I've been fortunate to see the Tour of Flanders in person and ride the famed Belgian cobbled bergs on more than one occasion - and as we plod into a 2nd year of locked down travel, a look back at happier times might serve as a look ahead to what's coming when travel opens up.
Judging from the spate of videos and perhaps related to the explosive growth in interest in gravel riding, endurance riding has become A Thing. One can only be impressed by Mark Beaumont's circumnavigation of the world. Who better to write a book about endurance cycling? But “Endurance,” a fine volume from the Global Cycling Network, is a valuable instruction manual for those seeking to go the distance.
After Jason Saltzman's hit and miss 2020 season in Austria, he has bounced back with a new team, Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling, and managed to kick-off 2021 with a good block of training and racing in Turkey. Thinks are looking up for the PEZ blogger.
Settling in for hours of watching the 2021 race season come alive as Milan-San Remo blooms along the sparkling Ligurian coast requires more than good wifi - that's where Peroni, Menabrea, Moretti, and other select Italian birri joined Ed Hood for his hours-long view-a-thon.
Much of bike racing lore seems to centre around how much participants have to suffer before reaching the finish line, assuming they even make it that far. For sheer awfulness 1919's “Tour of the Battlefields,” one of bike racing's worst ideas, would be hard to top. Almost immediately forgotten, author Tom Isitt brings it back to life in “Riding in the Zone Rouge,” a mixture of history, travelogue and some invention.
The Itzulia Basque Country was won on the final stage, which sounds familiar, by Primoz Roglič. The Slovenian champion pulled the victory away from Brandon McNulty in what was a nightmare stage for the UAE Team Emirates. Spencer Martin breaks the Spanish race down and looks at the implications for the Ardennes Classics and the Tour de France.Read More...
The Tour of Flanders came up to all expectations, but 'The Big Three' of Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert and World champion Julian Alaphilippe were usurped…Read More...
The Macogep-Tornatech Girondins de Bordeaux Women’s UCI Cycling Team, Canada’s largest and longest-running team, joins forces with Sportful to create its new image. A breath of fresh air and new colors that will allow the team to continue their ascent to success!
Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) – the only museum in the Southeast devoted exclusively to the study and celebration of all things design – is set to reopen this spring. After closing due to the pandemic in March 2020, the museum furthered its mission to bring design to the community by offering online exhibitions and virtual children’s and adult programming, including designer talks, camps and more.
With the expected growth in the e-bike market, local transportation looks a lot more like an e-bike than a car. And much like the conversation around electric vehicles, this means millions of e-bike batteries once they hit their end of life.
La Passione will be presenting its new and exclusive collection dedicated to the Ronde van Vlaanderen, one of the most fascinating and competitive races in the world cycling scene. The Ronde is a real institution, a mix of heart-pounding action and ancient traditions, a symbol recognized by fans and riders who dream of writing their name on the roll of gold, at least once in their career.
Four years after the launch of the first P ZERO Velo, the clincher that marked Pirelli's return to the world of cycling, the company presents a new family of clincher tyres that will replace the current one. An upgrade that further enhances the performance of a real market difference.