As winter hangs on across much of the 49th parallel, DeFeet's Thermeator socks and Assos' Skinfoil Ls baselayer make good sense for a lot of rides ahead. I've had both on test through the winter, so here's my long term review...
Roadside Report: Being roadside at the Strade Bianche is one of the best cycling spectating experiences you could possibly do. Our man in Italy Alessandro is an expert of the gravel roads of Tuscany and today he takes us inside his day out at Saturday's big race from what is arguably the Pro Cycling Calendar’s prettiest race of the year.
Every spring it happens. After a winter of mostly solo rides either commuting or indoors on the trainer doing intervals, the first few group rides of the year are just brutal reawakenings to the realities of the highly variable nature of racing. What are the neuromuscular differences, if any, between hard constant efforts and group races?
Pro Analysis: The man with a difficult name to spell and an even more unusual nickname, Michael 'The Flowerman' Kwiatkowski dominated Saturday's 2014 Strade Bianche making pre-race favorites Peter Sagan and Fabian Cancellara mere also rans. Can he continue in even bigger races? Lee Rodgers analyzes the young man from Poland's performances and what could lay ahead for The Flowerman.
Mar 10, 2014 - Another overfull EuroTrash Monday with all the cycling news from: Strade Bianche, Roma Maxima, Paris-Nice, Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen, GP Camaiore and the final of the Tour de Langkawi. Our hopes are with the GP Indurain and we have team news from Tirreno-Adriatico and some rider news. Lots of video to get you through the day, along with that coffee of course.
Book review: In 'Tour de France 100', award-winning journalist Richard Moore celebrates all that is great, fantastic, amusing, outrageous, and overwhelming in the Tour through illuminating text and a cascade of defining images from the race’s extraordinary history.
Race Report: Polish flyer Michal Kwiatkowski put Sagan to the sword with a fearsome burst of power inside the closing half-kilometer of pro cycling's gravel road classic - the 2014 Strade Bianche.
Borut Božič Interview: The Classics season has started and if you are a fan of those cobbles it won’t be long before you see the name: Borut Božič in the results. The Slovenian is Astana’s man for those early hard man’s races in Belgium and Northern France and we were lucky enough to have a chat about his big love; those Northern roads of Hell!
Sectors of gravel road, dust and hills define the Strade Bianche, but it's so much more. The rolling green hills of Tuscany, the ancient towns of Gaiole and Siena, the passion of the tifosi ooze atmosphere and excitement. Ahead of Saturday's race let's take a look at some of our favorite images from years past.
Mar 06, 2014 - Another big weekend of cycle racing on the way and we preview: Roma Maxima, GP Camaiore, Strade Bianche, Paris-Nice, Tirreno-Adriatico and the Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen, plus the change in this year’s Giro TT. Race reports, results and video from Le Samyn and the Tour de Langkawi and Cav’s spring makes TOP STORY. Grande caffè?
COURSE PREVIEW: The 2014 Strade Bianche race on the famous gravel roads of Tuscany features some new sectors of Chianti's answer to the Belgian cobbles. PEZ joined ex-pro Diego Caccia to ride the new gravel sections, take in the Tuscan countryside, and log a perfect day away from work.
In my almost 50-year cycling career as a competitor, coach and bike fitter, I have been able to observe cyclists of every level, style and ability. I have boiled all of this experience down to one basic fact: cyclists are athletes in every aspect, no different from swimmers, basketball players or track & field athletes.
Roadside Report: After the cold and rain of Saturday's 'Flanders Classics' Het Nieuwsblad, Sunday dawned clear and sunny for a perfect day of racing action roadside in Belgium at the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.
Race Analysis: After a solid weekend of Semi Classic racing in Belgium we turn to our resident expert Lee Rodgers to analyze the action and results of the opening races and to ask the eternal question, What's the difference between a good rider and a great rider?
Roadside Report: Out there in the rain and cold at the Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday was our battle hardened reporter Ed Hood who wouldn't have dreamed of being anywhere else. With the hard man ingredients of cold & cobbles with perhaps the odd Belgian beer to warm him up, it was the perfect start to the Classics campaign.
Mar 03, 2014 - A terrific weekend of cycle sport action: Stannard takes the Omloop and Boonen grabs Kuurne, plus all the results, reports and video from: Murcia, Almería, Sud Ardèche, Lugano, La Drôme and we catch-up with the Tour of Langkawi. In other cycling news Rassmussen makes TOP STORY, goodbye to Kristof Goddaert, ASO Wild Cards and Sanremo & Romandie Routes. All in EuroTrash Monday!
Race Report: The first weekend of northern cobbles have jarred the bones, shaken the senses and quickened the pulse. It's only a month until Flanders, and Roubaix! Today's 2014 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne revealed some very interesting shows of strength from certain teams; for others, a lot of work to be done and a few hard truths to hear.
Race Report: The cobbled races started today with the 2014 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and it was a classic battle in terrible weather that came down to the sprint between two hardmen of the peloton, Ian Stannard and Greg Van Avermaet.
Race Preview: Het Nieuwsblad kicks it all off on the Saturday then the following day the circus moves south to Kuurne for the semi-classic Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. The race has similarities with ‘big brother’ the previous day; it’s on the 200 K mark and it ventures into the Flemish Ardennes above Oudenaarde and PEZ will be roadside.
Today's Readers' Rig is a track and Cannondale inspired custom aluminium ride from San Francisco that embodies all that Readers' Rigs is about - cool machines that bring their owners fun every day of the year - It's Readers' Rigs time!