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Thumbnail: Tour of Qatar Live Coverage. Thumb Overlay. "Friday's Tour of Qatar Stage 5 departs Sealine Beach Resort at 1:30pm local (11:30am CET, 5:30am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Doha Corniche at around 4:11pm local (2:11pm CET, 8:11am U.S. Eastern). 

Live video streaming is expected to begin at around 2:00pm local (12:00pm CET, 6:00am U.S. Eastern)."
(cyclingfans.com)









Thumbnail: Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) wins stage 4 at Tour of Qatar (Getty Images Sport). Thumb Overlay. "Alexander Kristoff won stage 4 of the Tour of Qatar, as his Katusha team again dominated the sprint, providing him with a perfect lead out and allowing him to set up a shot at overall victory on Friday’s final stage.

Kristoff beat Greg Van Avermaet to the line, with his teammate Jacopo Guarnieri taking third place and the final time bonus."
(cyclingnews.com)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). Thumb Overlay. "Greg Van Avermaet finished a surprising second behind Alexander Kristoff in the sprint that decided stage 4 of the Tour of Qatar.

Edvald Boasson Hagen’s double puncture took him out of contention for overall victory, bumping Van Avermaet up to second place just two seconds behind leader Mark Cavendish."
(cyclingnews.com)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: FDJ team time trial (Getty Images Sport). Thumb Overlay. "The FDJ team won the opening team time trial at the four-day La Méditerranéenne race, with Matthieu Ladagnous their first rider across the line and so the first race leader.

The opening team time trial covered a 5.5km course, with rain and wet roads making a real test of nerve for the riders racing in close formation. The opening stage was held around the town of Banyoles, in the Catalan region of Spain, close to the French border.

Other stages will be held in France, before a final circuit stage in Italy as the race jumps along the Mediterranean coast."
(cyclingnews.com)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: First win of 2016 for Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) (Bettini Photo). Thumb Overlay. "Fabian Cancellara has confirmed he will ride this year’s Strade Bianche, kicking off his March racing campaign on the iconic dirt roads of Tuscany.

With Trek Italia sponsoring the following day’s Gran Fondo Strade Bianche, Cancellara and his Trek-Segafredo teammates are also set to ride with the expected thousand participants of the sportive event."
(cyclingnews.com)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: Daryl Impey (Orica GreenEge) (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). Thumb Overlay. "Daryl Impey has once again won the South African national time trial championships, taking the national title for a fifth time.

The Orica GreenEdge rider was the hot favorite rolling off the start ramp in Wartburg and stormed round the 48-kilometer course in just over an hour, beating second-placed Reinardt Janse van Rensburg by 44 seconds. Van Resburg's Dimension Data teammate Johann Van Zyl was third."
(cyclingnews.com)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: Søren Kragh Andersen riding back into the best young rider's jersey (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). Thumb Overlay. "Dane Søren Kragh Andersen isn't letting the occasion of his first race in Giant-Alpecin colors get the better of him at the Tour of Qatar with the 21-year-old currently sitting sixth overall and leading the young rider classification.

Kragh Andersen's tenth place on stage 1 saw him take the white jersey on his first day of racing with the WorldTour team which he then lost to Sven Erik Bystrøm following stage 3."
(cyclingnews.com)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: UK and Europe left out of American price decrease. Thumb Overlay. "Shimano has slashed prices across the board, with some high-end components receiving price reductions of up to 40 per cent  in the US.

“We see price changes from an increase of one per cent to a decrease of 40 per cent,” said Wayne D. Gray, vice president Shimano’s US distributor, speaking to industry website Bicycle Retailer and Industry News. “There’s no specific percentage across the board, but there’s reduction in our recommended wholesale pricing and retail of many items."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: World's lightest mechanical groupset gets a new look for 2016. Thumb Overlay. "SRAM Red has been given a bit of a facelift for 2016, with new graphics designed to bring it into line with SRAM Red eTap and give it a slightly more subtle and understated look.

That means that the large SRAM logos that have previously adorned the shifters have disappeared altogether, being replaced with just a small ‘Red’ symbol to make them almost indistinguishable from the eTap shifters."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: Our process combines advanced custom engineering, technology, material and craft. Thumb Overlay. "With all of the chuffing that’s been going on over the years amongst road bike aficionados, who resent the ever-rising degree of carbon manufacturing that continues to be out-sourced to the Far-East, 3D-printing may very well bring that vocal gesture to an end.

As 3D-printing technology continues to progress, so does the onslaught of new and exciting ideas with regard to bicycle fabrication."
(capovelo.com)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: Credit - Cor Vos. Thumb Overlay. "The situation surrounding Luca Paolini’s positive test for cocaine at last year’s Tour de France is undoubtedly a complicated one.

Tuesday’s decision by the UCI’s Disciplinary Commission, to waive a potential suspension of the Katusha team over the positive cases involving Luca Paolini and Eduard Vorganov, prompted a fair amount of questions — and debate.

Does Tuesday’s ruling mean, that because the UCI viewed Paolini’s positive test as “recreational,” rather than performance enhancing, that he will get a rap on the knuckles and be back in action soon?"
(cyclingtips.com.au)

February 10, 2016








Thumbnail: Edvald Boasson Hagen at the 2016 Tour of Qatar (Sunada). Thumb Overlay. "Edvald Boasson Hagen ensured the Tour of Qatar leader’s jersey stayed with Dimension Data with a dominant display in the 11km time trial on stage three.

The Norwegian time trial champion completed the course in 13-26, 25 seconds faster than runner-up Jos Van Emden."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

February 10, 2016







Thumbnail: Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) at the Tour of Qatar (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). Thumb Overlay. "Greg Van Avermaet has likened the finishing circuit for October’s World Championships road race in Qatar to a Belgian Kermesse, and has played down his chances of success.

The Classics specialist was among the riders to sample the 15.4-kilometer circuit on the Pearl during Tuesday’s second stage of the Tour of Qatar and spoke to Sporza afterwards of the technical nature of the circuit that is likely to suit the sprinters."
(cyclingnews.com)

February 10, 2016






Thumbnail: Mark Cavendish will no be able to defence. Thumb Overlay. "The organizers of the two races that make up the opening of the Belgian classics (Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne Bruxelles Kuurne) have announced the invited teams.

25 teams will be present at the start of these events, which take place on February 27 and 28. Dimension Data is not among the teams named and Mark Cavendish will no be able to defend his title in Kuurne."
(cyclingquotes.com)

February 10, 2016






Thumbnail: Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) gets ready to race (Getty Images Sport). Thumb Overlay. "After claiming victory on stage 2 of the Tour of Qatar on Tuesday afternoon and accepting the congratulations of UCI president Brian Cookson at the podium, Alexander Kristoff received further good tidings from the UCI that evening, when its disciplinary commission confirmed that Katusha would not be sanctioned as a team for recording two positive anti-doping tests within the past twelve months." (cyclingnews.com)

February 10, 2016






Thumbnail: Matt Prior of One Pro Cycling (One Pro Cycling/SWpix). Thumb Overlay. "The ONE Pro Cycling team is working hard to become a WorldTour team in 2017, with team owner and former international cricket player Matt Prior apparently close to reaching an agreement with a major sponsor to fund the British team’s next step up in professional cycling.

ONE Pro Cycling made the jump to Professional Continental level for 2016."
(cyclingnews.com)

February 10, 2016






Thumbnail: Riding Two Abreast In The Roadway. Thumb Overlay. "It’s true that city cycling is on the rise in the United States, and that has come with some backlash.  The mere sight of a bicycle can send some motorists into a fury - often due to drivers not knowing the law.

This has caused an alarming number of injury accidents that were completely preventable. Odds are, that annoying thing the person on the bike is doing - is completely legal."
(torklaw.com)

February 10, 2016







Thumbnail: Mark Cavendish and Alexander Kristoff got head to head in the sprint (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). Thumb Overlay. "Alexander Kristoff won stage two of the Tour of Qatar after going shoulder to shoulder with Mark Cavendish in a thrilling sprint to the line.

A photo finish was needed to confirm the Norwegian as the stage winner and showed he won it thanks to a perfect late bike throw at the line."
(cyclingnews.com)

February 9, 2016







Thumbnail: Tuesday's Tour of Qatar stage ended in a small bunch sprint after the field was split by a major crash. Photo: Tim De Waele. Thumb Overlay. "Mark Cavendish and Alexander Kristoff were tucked behind the last of their lead-out men at 65kph when the Tour of Qatar peloton flowed around and then crashed atop a raised concrete road divider strewn with sign posts and speed camera poles - unprotected by barriers - just over 500 meters from the finish of the race’s second stage.

It was eerily reminiscent of the scene that ended the 2015 season and permanently scarred the leg of American Peter Stetina: metal poles, a pile of torn spandex, bent and broken equipment, glasses half off faces. "
(velonews.com)

February 9, 2016










Thumbnail: Some have likened the 2016 Doha world championships course to a Belgian kermesse criterium race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com. Thumb Overlay. "The elite men’s peloton properly saw the 2016 world championship course at race speed for the first time Tuesday in stage 2 of the Tour of Qatar. The Pearl circuit, they say, will likely see a sprint finish for the men on October 16.

The Tour of Qatar covered four laps of the 15.3-kilometer Pearl circuit before finishing farther away, at the Qatar University, where Katusha’s Alexander Kristoff won over Mark Cavendish."
(velonews.com)

February 9, 2016






Thumbnail: Mark Cavendish on the podium after winning the 2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. Thumb Overlay. "Mark Cavendish will not defend his Kuurne Brussels Kuurne title as his new team Dimension Data – for whom he registered his first win in Qatar on Monday – were not named among the 25 teams competing.

Team Sky’s Ian Stannard, however, will be on the start line at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on 27 February aiming for a third consecutive victory at the race after his tactical masterclass to win last year."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

February 9, 2016






Thumbnail: ORICA GreenEDGE Cycling Australia : Men : Simon Gerrans
www.greenedgecycling.com. Thumb Overlay. "Orica GreenEdge's Simon Gerrans is still the top ranked rider on the UCI's World Rankings, with 755 points, after picking up further points at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race at the end of January, following on his from his Tour Down Under victory." (cyclingnews.com)


February 9, 2016





Upcoming Races.

La Méditerranéenne 2016 - Feb 11-14 (4 Stages),

Tirreno-Adriatico 2016 - March 9-15 (Stages),

Tour de Yorkshire 2016 - April 29-June 1 (Stages),

Tour de France 2016 - July 2-24 (Stages),

Giro dell'Emilia 2016 - Sept 24 (Race),

Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli 2016 - Sept 25 (Race),

Tre Valli Varesine 2016 - Sept 27 (Race),

Milano-Torino 2016 - Sept 28 (Race),

Giro del Piemonte 2016- Sept 29 (Race),

UCI Road World Championships 2016 - Oct 16 (Race),

More... (cyclingnews.com)










Thumbnail: Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) had an unfortunate puncture with 8km to go and lost the Tour of Qatar lead (Getty Images Sport). (cyclingnews.com)Thumb Overlay. "Edvald Boasson Hagen waved goodbye to a turbo-charged group of riders and his lead in the Tour of Qatar on Thursday when he suffered a double puncture in the final eight kilometers of stage 4.

The only bright spot for the Norwegian, however, was that his Dimension Data teammate Mark Cavendish was able to take over the golden leader’s jersey with one stage left."
(velonews.com)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: Trial by social media. Thumb Overlay. "Last week we published Laura Laker’s excellent round up of the arguments from the recent panel debate which discussed the question: ‘How is Women’s Cycling Portrayed in the Cycling Media?’

The debate drew large crowds, packing out London’s ‘Look Mum No Hands!’ coffee shop/workshop – and the conversation is still continuing. Former cycling industry dab hand Clare Morrison-Porter now has shared with us her own insights.

This conversation is definately still raging"
(totalwomenscycling.com)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: Matthew Busche is riding for UnitedHealthcare this season. Photo: Tim De Waele. Thumb Overlay. "American Matthew Busche is moving on with UnitedHealthcare this season after what he terms a “surprise” cut from WorldTour team Trek – Segafredo after six seasons.

Busche went from riding at the Continental level in 2009 to the WorldTour a year later after signing with Radioshack. He raced in the Vuelta a Espana twice and the Tour de France once, and last year he won the road race title at the U.S. championships. However, Trek passed on renewing his contract for 2016."
(velonews.com)

February 11, 2016







Thumbnail: Alberto Contador out of the saddle and climbing (Bettini Photo). Thumb Overlay. "Alberto Contador says that he is "eager and more motivated than ever" ahead of his season kick-off at the Volta ao Algarve February 17.

The Portuguese race will also be the start of his campaign toward his stated season goal: the Tour de France."
(cyclingnews.com)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: Benat Intxausti on day three of the Challenge Mallorca. Thumb Overlay. "Beñat Intxausti has started pretty well at Team Sky, finishing third overall in his first race for the British team, and says the team has made it easy for him to settle in.

Supporting team leader Wout Poels in the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, Intxausti claimed some of his own glory by finishing second to the Dutchman on the climb to Xorret di Cati to secure a podium finish."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: Nairo Quintana in Argentina ahead of the Tour de San Luis. (Bettini). Thumb Overlay. "Nairo Quintana says that he will follow the same racing and training program as he aims to become the first Colombian to win the Tour de France this summer. Quintana has twice been the runner up at the Tour de France but he is convinced it is more down to misfortune than bad preparation.

“My way of training has been good,” Quintana said during a sit down with the media at the recent Tour de San Luis."
(cyclingnews.com)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: Highly feminine and with Argentinean flare, the Shimano Ladies Power team stands out. Photo courtesy of Shimano Ladies Power. Thumb Overlay. "A new season means the opportunity to introduce a new team kit.

While some teams have done just that, other teams decided to keep their look the same or similar to last season. We had a closer look at the designs that make up the women’s pro peloton this year. Here are the ones that really stand out this season. We present you the 2016 team kits that we really love."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: Miles and miles of lanes with very few cars. Thumb Overlay. "The Isle of Wight is a gem for cyclists, floating just off the South Coast of England. Easily accessible by ferry, but far enough away to put the rest of Britain out of your mind, if you haven’t cycled there before what are you waiting for?

The Lonely Planet named the Isle of Wight the best place in the world for cycling, and they clearly know what they’re talking about."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: Specialized's new S-Works 6 road shoes are incredibly light for a dual-Boa shoe but also remarkably supportive and comfortable (James Huang / Immediate Media) Thumb Overlay. "If the price doesn't put you off, these are without question some of the best road shoes we’ve ever used.

Highs: Ultra-comfortable and consistent fit, roomy toe box, exceptional heel hold, very light, convenient dual boa closures, very good breathability, replaceable heel tread.

Lows: Extremely expensive, heel hold might be too aggressive for some, initial break-in required, hard to put on.

Specialized has revamped its top-end road shoes yet again, retaining the previous version’s pared-down approach but with a more refined fit and – at least in our opinion – a more pleasing and classic aesthetic."
(bikeradar.com)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: The NX X-Horizon rear derailleur provides the same shifting action as XX1, with a larger upper pulley offset and the 12-tooth X-Sync pulley wheels. Photo: SRAM. Thumb Overlay. "Single-ring drivetrains keep getting more affordable, and SRAM’s new NX 1x mountain bike kit is the latest option for cash-strapped mountain bikers.

It provides the wide gear range riders have enjoyed on the trails for years now, but at a more attainable price point."
(velonews.com)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: A few incidents might still shock but the wonder is why an event that passes 12 million people. Thumb Overlay. "Much was made last summer of the hostile reception given to Chris Froome as he rode around France with reports of urine being thrown at him and Richie Porte saying he was punched as he climbed to La Pierre St Martin.

Readers even emailed in to ask if the Tour de France is safe to visit (of course it is). In fact hostility from the crowd, or at least a few morons along the way, has long been part of the sport. Gino Bartali got lynched and Jacques Anquetil even named a boat after the jeering crowds."
(inrng.com)

February 10, 2016






Thumbnail: Colton Hartrich pushes the pace during stage 1 of the Cascade Cycling Classic. (Mike Albright / Courtesy of Cascade Cycling Classic). Thumb Overlay. "Two more 2015 US Continental squads have joined Team SmartStop on the list of teams whose riders claim their contractual wages were not paid, and have asked for payment through the UCI bank guarantee.

USA Cycling recently confirmed that riders for Champion System-Stan's No Tubes and IRT Racing filed claims against their respective teams' guarantees."
(cyclingnews.com)

February 10, 2016






Thumbnail: Credit - Cor Vos. Thumb Overlay. "Just two weeks after Australian Bridie O’Donnell set a new women’s UCI world hour record, USA Cycling announced on Monday that American Evelyn Stevens will attempt to break the record on February 27th.

The 32-year-old Boels-Dolmans rider will take on the challenge in Colorado Springs in front of a live and online audience."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

February 10, 2016






Thumbnail: Greg Van Avermaet talks to the press (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). Thumb Overlay. "Greg Van Avermaet may not have landed an individual stage at the Tour of Qatar since he won into Mesaieed on just his fifth race day as a professional rider back in 2007, but in the game of shadow boxing that is early-season racing in the Gulf, the softly-spoken Belgian is almost always mentioned in dispatches." (cyclingnews.com)

February 10, 2016






Thumbnail: Matteo Trentin, pictured here during the 2015 Tour of Britain. Photo: Tim De Waele. Thumb Overlay. "Matteo Trentin is hoping the heights of Mount Etna will give him an edge in the bergs and cobbles of the northern classics this spring.

Others have tried altitude training ahead of the spring classics, including Team Sky, with mixed results. Trentin, however, is convinced altitude will do him some good, and so the Etixx Quick-Step rider will escape to Sicily to train on the flanks of Mount Etna ahead of the upcoming classics campaign."
(velonews.com)

February 10, 2016






Thumbnail: Team Roompot's disc brakes Credit: Owen Rogers . Thumb Overlay. "Despite the UCI legalizing disc brakes in road races, Team Roompot Oranje Peloton are the only professional team committed to using them on all their race bikes this season.

There were trials in races last year, but so far none of the top teams have used them in action. However, the Dutch team debuted their bikes this week at the Tour of Qatar and will be using the technology on all their bikes all season."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

February 10, 2016






Thumbnail: Alessandro Ballan (Italy) in the rainbow jersey after his 2008 triumph (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). Thumb Overlay. "Alessandro Ballan is holding out hope that he will reach an agreement to race with Southeast-Venezuela for the 2016 season.

According to a report in the Gazzetta dello Sport, a final decision on the proposed arrangement between the rider and team will be announced with in the next seven days."
(cyclingnews.com)

February 10, 2016






Thumbnail: Rattles from the handlebars. Thumb Overlay. "A silent bike is a fast bike – and let’s face it – a less annoying bike.

There’s a wide range of noises that bikes can make and knowing what they mean can help you fix the problem and return to riding in peace.

We’ve outlined the plethora of options here – but there are five really common complaints that present so often they’re well worth highlighting on their own."
(totalwomenscycling.com)

February 10, 2016






Thumbnail: Former teammates Frank Schleck and Chris Horner share a laugh at the Tour of Utah press conference. (Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us). Thumb Overlay. "Chris Horner ended months of speculation about his cycling future last week when it was announced he'd signed for 2016 with US Continental team Lupus Racing.

The second-year UCI team fired Jure Kocjan, who signed in the off-season, after the governing body provisionally suspended him on February 1 following a positive return for EPO on a retroactive test in a sample he provided in 2012. Lupus Racing announced it had signed Horner four days after dismissing Kocjan."
(cyclingnews.com)

February 9, 2016







Thumbnail: Roompot – Oranje Peloton is using disc brakes at the Tour of Qatar. Photo: Gregor Brown. Thumb Overlay. "Cyclists are using disc brakes for the first time this season at the Tour of Qatar, but questions remain about their safety.

The UCI gave teams the green light to use disc brakes instead of the traditional rim ones in all races for 2016. Last year, some teams, including Sky and Trek – Segafredo, tested them in limited races in a two-month window."
(velonews.com)

February 9, 2016






Thumbnail: Two-time Olympian Bobby Lea breaks two track records while in pursuit of the International Omnium title at this years Elite Track Championship at the Giordana Velodrome in Rock Hill, SC (Erika Fulk). Thumb Overlay. "USA Cycling was due to name its team for the UCI Track World Championships on Friday, but the announcement was held up in legal limbo as the federation grapples with rules and looming deadlines after Bobby Lea appealed his 16-month doping ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Lea, 32, was a bronze medalist in the 2015 world championships in the scratch race, but tested positive on August 8 last year for noroxycodone - the result of an ill-timed dose of a painkiller the night before the USA Cycling track championships."
(cyclingnews.com)

February 9, 2016






Thumbnail: Credit - Rally Cycling/Sam Wiebe. Thumb Overlay. "Over the course of his 17-year career, American Danny Pate has ridden for several of pro cycling’s biggest teams, including Team Sky, Garmin, and HTC-Highroad.

But in 2016, the 36-year old from Colorado Springs returns to his domestic roots with the Continental team, Rally Racing.

After four years with Sky, and after completing all three grand tours, Pate will ride a mostly North American schedule, revisiting races he hasn’t ridden in a decade."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

February 9, 2016






Thumbnail: Marcel Kittel on the podium after winning the 2016 Tour of Dubai. Thumb Overlay. "Marcel Kittel quickly dismissed any remnants of doubt after his his troubled 2015 racing season with two stage wins and overall victory in the 2016 Dubai Tour last week, calling it a “dream start”. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

February 9, 2016






Thumbnail: Looks like it will be March 19 in Florida for the first round of USA Crits.. Thumb Overlay. "One of the big ‘political’ stories on the US race scene over the winter was the threat by the Alto Velo Cycling Club of San Jose California to sue the Alto Velo Wheel Company of Florida over ‘naming rights.’

Caught in the cross fire was a certain Daniel Holloway, reigning US Criterium Champion. Holloway has moved on, set up a new team with Giant bikes and Intelligentsia coffee – leaving the lawyers to sort out the Alto name issues."
(pezcyclingnews.com)

February 9, 2016






February 9, 2016






distraction. "The High5-Dream Team and their sixteen legs!" (pezcyclingnews.com)

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February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: zero-tolerance policy. Thumb Overlay. "After hearing that Lance Armstrong may have had his sights on competing in their 100-mile Western States Endurance Run,  race organizers decided to draft a new anti-doping rule, that would essentially send Armstrong a message that he wasn’t welcome.

Referred to behind the scenes as the “Armstrong Amendment”, the new rule was allegedly enacted to specifically exclude Armstrong, or any other cyclist like him, who has been caught using performance enhancing drugs from competing in their event."
(capovelo.com)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: Mark Cavendish and Tyler Farrar hug at the finish of stage 1 (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com) Thumb Overlay. "Tyler Farrar’s current status as road captain on Mark Cavendish’s team would have been unimaginable at the height of their sprint rivalry a few short years ago, but then such are the shifting sands of professional cycling.

Yet while Farrar’s own ambitions as a sprinter have more or less receded since joining Dimension Data (then MTN-Qhubeka) last season, his appetite for the Classics remains."
(cyclingnews.com)

February 11, 2016








Thumbnail: Adriatico Stage 04 : Indicatore - Cittareale MILLAR David (GBR) Garmin - Sharp Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA . Thumb Overlay. "David Millar has been mentoring British Cycling academy riders about the perils of doping, British Cycling confirmed on Thursday.

Millar, who won a stage and wore the leader’s jersey in each Grand Tour at least once, has been working as a mentor in a volunteer role at British Cycling’s men’s endurance academy program’s new base in Montichiari, Italy."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: The Zone power meter combines force data from a plate under the cleat with accelerometer data from this pod to calculate power. It can be moved from bike to bike with ease, as it's not actually attached to the bike. Just bring your shoes. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com. Thumb Overlay. "After six years of development, Brim Brothers’ long-awaited wearable, cleat-based power meter launched on Kickstarter Thursday, quickly reaching more than 30 percent of its 100,000 euro goal.

The Zone DPMX measures power using a small plate placed between the sole of a cycling shoe and the cleat of a Speedplay pedal, replacing the four-hole to three-hole converter required to use Speedplays with three-hole shoes. A pod containing accelerometers and other gadgetry sits on top of the shoe, sending information via ANT+ to any compatible cycling computer."
(velonews.com)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: Credit - Matt Wikstrom. Thumb Overlay. "Fulcrum Wheels was established over 10 years ago, in 2004, by Campagnolo. The Italian company needed a fresh identity to promote sales of its factory-built wheelsets because the holy groupset war - Shimano versus Campagnolo - had polarized consumers.

The Japanese manufacturer had succeeded in dominating the market, but Campagnolo could see there was new territory up for grabs."
(cyclingtips.com.au)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: Training in your sweet spot (about 95 percent of your threshold HR) is more sustainable than threshold work (Russell Burton / BikeRadar). Thumb Overlay. "Sweet spot training is a great way to increase your power at threshold, so if you want to improve your time trial performance or hang with the fast group ride, sweet sport training is worth doing.

The term 'sweet spot' refers to an intensity of training that is hard enough to elicit substantial physiological benefit but not so hard as to be unsustainable."
(bikeradar.com)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: Riding Like You’re Visible. Thumb Overlay. "We’ve all made these cycling mistakes when we started riding but you don’t have to.

And if you find you’re doing one of these, you can quickly fix it before your next ride. Fixing some of these cycling mistakes will help save your life while others will just help you look good in your new found passion."
(ilovebicycling.com)

February 11, 2016






Thumbnail: Ravn 26-inch wheels with Panaracer Driver Pro tires and will fit a 650b x 42 tire with fenders. Photo: Bicycle Times. Thumb Overlay. "Rawland announced their new Drop-Bar MTBs at Velocult in Portland.

In a market that’s not very well defined, you can call these bikes whatever, and just be happy for more hand positions and tire choices. The Trek 920 is similar with road-touring geo and 29r wheels, as well as the Specialized AWOL, and what Raleigh did with the Roker."
(bikehugger.com)

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February 10, 2016






Thumbnail: Credit - Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com. Thumb Overlay. "NASCAR announced yesterday that it is moving away from its sponsor dominated business model toward something intended to provide more stability for teams, as reported by the New York Times. Anyone who follows cycling will recognize the logic behind the move.

As the Times reports, NASCAR is “shifting to a franchise-like system that is intended to provide value and financial stability to team owners after decades of heavy reliance on sponsors.

“The change moves away from the independent contractor model that has been used since NASCAR’s inception in 1948. A car owner was responsible for all the financial obligations to race each week, depending on sponsorship to help pay the bills. When a sponsor pulled its funding, a car owner could potentially go broke."
(velonews.com)

February 10, 2016








Thumbnail: Brian Cookson is at the Tour of Qatar this week. Photo: Tim De Waele. Thumb Overlay. "Bring on improved testing for motors, say riders after UCI president Brian Cookson announced Tuesday that the governing body would consider more invasive testing.

It was discovered that Belgian Femke Van den Driessche had a motor in her bike during the under-23 race at the recent cyclocross world championships. Cookson, who parachuted into the Persian Gulf for the Tour of Qatar on Tuesday, said the UCI is “taking this seriously."
(velonews.com)

February 10, 2016







Thumbnail: Tejay van Garderen on the podium at La Molina after winning the stage (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). Thumb Overlay. "Tejay van Garderen (BMC) is set to open his 2016 account in Spain this weekend at the Vuelta Ciclista a la Región de Murcia and the Clásica de Almería. The Spanish one-day races will be his first since breaking his shoulder at the Vuelta a España last August.

Van Garderen has begun his past three seasons outside of Europe – at the Tour de San Luis and more recently the Tour of Oman, where he has finished second over the last two years."
(cyclingnews.com)

February 10, 2016






Thumbnail: Jacob Duehring (Felt), Points race heats, (Mitch Clinton). Thumb Overlay. "USA Cycling on Tuesday announced the nine-member UCI Track World Championships team that will compete in London March 2-6.

Six women and three men will race for nine rainbow jerseys in the men's and women's omniums, points races and scratch races, women’s team pursuit, women’s individual pursuit and men's keirin.

Men's Team:
Matt Baranoski, Jake Duehring, Ian Holt.
Women's Team:
Kelly Catlin, Chloe Dygert, Kim Geist, Sarah Hammer, Jennifer Valente, Ruth Winder."
(cyclingnews.com)

February 10, 2016






Thumbnail: The story of an inspirational rider, and the team that hopes to free more women by bike. Thumb Overlay. "Team Africa Rising is growing from strength to strength, despite its difficult environment. Yet still they have only one female rider, and social and cultural beliefs make it hard to grow the women’s side of the team.

TWC’s contributor Emily Conrad-Pickles shares the story of an inspirational rider and her desire to be “free” on the bike."
(totalwomenscycling.com)

February 10, 2016






Thumbnail: It’s been designed by engineers in the US for Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center.. Thumb Overlay. "The world’s biggest car manufacturer has built one of the world’s first crash test bicycles, complete with a crash test cyclist.

The new bike is like a jigsaw. It has pieces made of a shatter-resistant material. They break apart in a collision and can be slotted back together quickly, ready for another impact."
(cyclingweekly.co.uk)

February 10, 2016
















February 9, 2016






Thumbnail: The Katusha team (Getty Images Sport). Thumb Overlay. "Katusha has escaped a suspension from competition after Eduard Vorganov became the team's second rider in 12 months to test positive for a banned substance." (cyclingnews.com)

February 9, 2016





Race Results.

Tour of Qatar 2016 - Feb 8-12 (Stages & Results),

Jayco Herald Sun Tour 2016 - Feb 3-7 (Results),

Etoile de Bessèges 2016 - Feb 3-7 (Results),

Dubai Tour 2016 - Feb 3-6 (Results),

Ladies Tour of Qatar 2016 - Feb 2-5 (Results),

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships 2016 - Jan 30-31 (Results),

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race 2016 - Jan 30-31 (Results),

Challenge Mallorca 2016 - Jan 31 (Results),

Challenge Mallorca 2016 - Jan 30 (Results),

Challenge Mallorca 2016 - Jan 29 (Results),

Challenge Mallorca 2016 - Jan 28 (Results),

UCI Road World Championships 2015 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2015 - Aug 22-Sept 13 (Results),

La Route de France 2015 - Aug 9-15 (Results),

Tour de France 2015 - July 4-26 (Results),

Giro Rosa 2015 - July 3-12 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2015 - May 9-31 (Results),

More... (cyclingnews.com)







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