Andrea Tafi won Paris-Roubaix in 1999, but it was no surprise. The Northern cobbles are in his Tuscan blood with second, third, fifth and tenth places during his career. Robin Morton spoke to Andrea about his win and riding gravel in the US.
We have shelves full of books about the great climbs of the world, and about effective training but, oddly, one cannot recall a book specifically devoted to the art and practice of going uphill. Now Selene Yeager, has nicely filled that gap with her book, “Climb!", which indeed deserves the exclamation mark.
New Zealand is an amazing tourist destination and so as part of Chris Selden's one year travel plan around the world, it was an obvious stop in his itinerary. Not so obvious would be to do the 119km Slicks and Stones cyclosportive on a mixture of gravel and tar roads, but due to his father now living in New Zealand and being the organiser - did he really have a choice?
While it is true that fitness is fitness, the best path to success in racing is to match your training and fitness to the requirements of the event. Let’s take a look at some of the gravel races I’ve done in 2018 to see what’s specific about gravel competitions.
As winter approaches in the northern hemisphere, today's Readers' Rig is a gravel grinder from the back roads of Toronto, Canada built around a classic Ritchey Swiss Cross frame, Ultegra gearing and Enve carbon clincher wheels. The ultimate bike for some on and off bitumen adventures?
Toolbox: With the hot, humid days of August drawing to a close and gravel rides and cyclocross upon us, our on-bike demands of our bodies is going to change. Yet many of us don’t. We continue to treat the bike as the bike, one and the same, which often leads us to lower back, hip, and shoulder pain as we change our style of riding.
Aug 22, 2019 - The 2019 Vuelta a España starts on Saturday and we have all the team news from Spain. Will the Giro climb Etna on gravel roads? - Top Story. Race reports from Denmark, Veenendaal and Zottegem. Other cycling news: Tour of Britain riders, rider contracts and transfers, gravel racing in New Zealand and Bianchi's final tribute to Felice Gimondi. Viva la Vuelta!
With gravel racing taking off around the world it’s no surprise to hear that New Zealand’s premier gravel race the UCI 1.2 Gravel and Tar Classic along with the women’s 1.2 La Femme plus their Gran Fondo challenge the Slicks and Stones 100 is back again for 2020 bigger and better than ever.