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Wednesday January 22, 2020
Rider Interview: Jakob Fuglsang has been on the cusp of big things for a while, with wins and podium places in his 14 year pro career. 2019, in his own words, was his best with a Classic win in Liège and a Vuelta a España stage win. Alastair Hamilton caught up with Jakob at the Astana team presentation in Spain to hear his thoughts on 2019 and looking forward to 2020.
Tuesday January 21, 2020
Toolbox: It’s not how many times you get knocked down - it’s how many times you get up. Cycling teaches many valuable lessons, and one of the most valuable is how to handle adversity. Understanding how to best recover from a cycling injury can greatly reduce your comeback time and get you to a better place than before.
Monday January 20, 2020
The Limar Air Master road cycling helmet offers low profile compact fit and aerodynamic style designed to be the all-round riding helmet in your collection. Here's my first look and initial riding impressions of the tricolor Italian flag version made exclusively for the North American market.
Monday January 20, 2020
Jan 20, 2020 - The 2020 season is here. The women's TDU, Nommay cyclocross and the Schwalbe Classic all the results and video. Contador tells Tour to look for harder climbs - Top Story. Other news: Vos successfull operation, Thomas, Roglič, Bernal and Carapaz for the Tour and no Tour for Démare. Race news, doping, wild cards and Circus-Wanty. Plus Chris Froome video.
Sunday January 19, 2020
January 13th would have been Marco Pantani's 50th birthday: Don't be misled by the title of this excellent book. “Pantana Was A God” is not a panegyric, a worshipful recounting of the life of the last pro cyclist to win the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in the same year. It is two books in one - a masterful look at when Pantani triumphed, and brief remembrances by those who knew him.
Saturday January 18, 2020
Rider Interview: It's the depths of winter in the northern hemisphere and all the track racing is indoors, but in Tasmania the Christmas Carnival Series has been enjoying the outdoor concrete velodromes. Ed Hood caught up with one of the top riders of the series, Stephen Hall, to hear all about it.
Saturday January 18, 2020
Today's Readers' Rig is from Florida and is a real Classic - A 1989 Greg Lemond. Over the years it has been shod with gears, but now the proud owner, Jeff Ogen, has gone 'fixie' on his steel steed. Campagnolo still plays a big part in Jeff's pride and joy.
Friday January 17, 2020
Bremen '6 Days': The final three days of any '6 Day' should be the most exciting and the 2020 Bremen event was not a disappointment. Ed Hood was track side (the inside) for the climax as he worked away helping out the riders before the '6 Day' circus rolled up the big top to move on to Berlin for the final event of the winter season.
Friday January 17, 2020
Gear Break: For this 'episode' of Gear Break we have an eclectic mix of top style, innovation and beauty. From the functionality of Giornana overshoes to the innovation of the Blincclip battery-less reflector. Stages® Cycling power meter discount, put your chain back with a Rehook, Scott's special Addict RC for World champion Annemiek van Vleuten and 'Women of Cycling Calendar' for 2020.
Thursday January 16, 2020
Bremen '6 Days': Ed Hood has moved on from the final night in Rotterdam to work the full 6 days in the German City of Bremen. Loud music, bright lights and fast racing on the new boards of Bremen, Ed was there for all the razzamatazz and 'Party Time', but there are riders to look after and that camper to sleep in. The fun of the track centre.
Thursday January 16, 2020
Jan 16, 2020 - Spain or Australia? We are on the cusp of a new season and the riders are in the sun. Very bad news for Chris Hamilton down under - Top Story. Another win for Van der Poel - Report and video. Other cycling news: Tour Down Under up-date. Race news. Rider news. Team news. We finish with a video from the BEAT Cycling Club - Goodbye Brexit Britain!
Wednesday January 15, 2020
Trainer Review: We've all seen the recent explosion in indoor training and the use of the latest smart training / racing apps. So when top class pedal manufacturer Xpedo announced their new APX Pro smart trainer for just US$1099, we jumped for the first review unit and had our man in wintery Washington, Chuck Peña, give it a thorough spin.
Tuesday January 14, 2020
Yes! It’s that time of the year again. “New year new me!”. And so once again we embark in a journey of all-in dieting to ease up the guilt of holyday excess and in hope to keep on the momentum throughout the year. We became specialists in setting unrealistic goals that ease our spirits but all it does is set us for failure. Let’s try and provide some reasonable strategies to avoid this.
Monday January 13, 2020
Ed's Rant: 2020 and a new season is about to start, but there are a few unanswered question rattling around we need to address before we go any further. They maybe 'What Ifs' and 'Should Haves' but still important nonetheless. From Lance Armstrong to retro equipment, Ed hood brings the curtain down on those burning puzzles of the past... maybe.
Monday January 13, 2020
Jan 13, 2020 - The two big cross champions: One expected the other a surprise - Reports and video. 'Superman' misses the old way of racing - Top Story. Plus France and Australia champs. Other news: Riders for the TDU, Carapaz and Bernal for Colombia, Cavendish, Viviani and Jungles races, Evenepoel to Giro, Campenaerts on Riis, Vos, Utah towns and loads of team news. It's all go!
Sunday January 12, 2020
January 2nd not only marked the 60th anniversary of Fausto Coppi, but also the 80th anniversary of the death of another world champion cyclist but under very different circumstances. Financial hardship, addiction, mental illness, suicide, murder and war have all left their mark on the peloton. The story of Teddy Richter is not familiar to the English-speaking world but worth the telling.
Saturday January 11, 2020
Today's Readers' Rig is a totally custom rear suspension Calfee MantaFly 101 owned by PEZ fan Andrew. Individual colors, Shimano DuraAce Di2, a selection of nice wheels to choose from and plenty of custom touches means Andrew and his Calfee get plenty of attention on his home roads of Colorado.
Friday January 10, 2020
Rotterdam '6 Days': The '6 Days' season seems to be getting shorter every winter, it certainly has been a curtailed activity for Ed Hood. This year he flew into Rotterdam for the final night before moving on to Bremen. Here is Ed's report from the Rotterdam trenches.
Friday January 10, 2020
Gear Break: Our second collection is another mix of new or cool kit. From offerings from HUNT wheels to a discount on a Campagnolo phone cover. Plus we look at the Visions of Rainbows board game, two very different bikes: The LOOK Tokyo 2020 Olympic track bike and the Ritte Satyr steel gravel bike and we preview the coaching video on Kinomap.
Thursday January 9, 2020
Interview: Before the likes of Sky and Ineos, there was a British Pro team in the Tour de France. There had been National teams in the French Grand Tour, but when the organisers returned to sponsored teams, it looked like the dream of a 'British' équipe had gone. Then came along Tony Capper and ANC. Mickey Morrison was in there at the start of the 1987 Tour Journey.