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Niki Terpstra's Paris-Roubaix win on Strava!

I follow a few of the professional riders on Strava and it is always interesting to see where they are training and the speeds and outputs they are hitting.  It's not often you have a complete race loaded onto Strava, however, but in this case it is arguably the most famous in cycling outside the Grand Tours, Paris-Roubaix,  and posted by the winning rider himself, Niki Terpstra of the Belgian Omega Pharma -…

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Added by Dave Nash on April 17, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Pegatin Joins Our Membership Benefits Programme

Over the past couple of years, we've teamed up with some great organisations that are pleased to offer our members exclusive discounts off their RRP*.

Organisations such as British Cycling, Nordic Life, Ubyk, Cyclist Magazine, OneLife iD and Cycling Espana to name but a few. And the list is growing! Many great reasons to become a Wheelsuckers' member.

Today, we're pleased to announce that Pegatin is the latest online retailer to participate in our …

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Added by Wheelsuckers on April 14, 2014 at 12:30 — 2 Comments

Terpstra outwits the favourites to win Paris-Roubaix

So who had Niki Terpstra to win Paris-Roubaix?  It was the Omega Pharma - Quick-Step rider's  biggest race win  of his career and to triumph in the most prestigious Monument of cycling and in such commanding fashion is a victory he will savour for the rest of his life.

Terpstra was surrounded by  a select group of riders as this…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on April 14, 2014 at 10:50 — No Comments

3 Legs, a turbo and a Mallorcan demon

By Andy Dawson

It’s getting close now. Close to that time when I and twelve friends follow in the foot-steps of Team Sky and head-off for our annual 5-day sojourn to our cycling mecca: Mallorca.

Am I excited? Certainly, but a severe lack of miles on the bike during a work-heavy and soggy UK winter has put a huge dent in my well-intentioned training plan. And there’s a personal demon…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on April 14, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

NSPCC Tour of the South East: The Challenge

I've gone and done something a little crazy.

As some of you may know, I like the odd TT or two. Short distance time trialling is an aspect of cycling I love – the pain and intensity of pushing yourself as hard as you can over 10 or 25 miles is a drug – one I've spent the winter training for.

So in a sadistic turn of events my club scored a bunch of free places for a two day, 180 mile charity sportive. The NSPCC Tour of the South…

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Added by Middle Ringer on April 13, 2014 at 18:07 — 3 Comments

Garmin Edge 1000 Takes on Strava

Garmin announced today the introduction of the Garmin Edge 1000 - its top-of-the-range ANT+™ compatible GPS cycling computer. The Edge 1000 builds on the features of the Edge Touring and Edge 810 units with a large 3” colour, high-res, touch-screen display and mapping.

With Ant+ all the usual support is here for Garmin (or other manufacturers’) devices for heart rate monitors and power/speed/cadence sensors. And with Bluetooth you can also pair your…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on April 9, 2014 at 15:00 — 5 Comments

Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) 2014

If you can make it to only one, one-day race a year then I’m afraid you’ve now got to wait a whole 12 months before you can attend, what is in my opinion, the best cycling classic of the season. The Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) is my favourite race of the year by a country mile - it’s spectacular, brutal, vicious and majestic. For atmosphere at the side of the road no other race comes close…
 
After a familiar 90 minute drive from Calais I parked up on the…
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Added by Neil Care on April 7, 2014 at 20:15 — 3 Comments

Ronde van Vlaanderen Cyclo 2014

I was shivering for the first 10km and looking forward to a hill to warm up with but what I got was a long flat cobbled section instead and no time to think, just go.

Lets back the story up a bit, from club rides to Flanders seemed an attractive idea, to me anyway, regardless of the stories on how hard it is. Still unsure I waited another year to commit and then started focusing on the target this fall with more riding regardless of the weather. After what seemed a long but mild…

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Added by Paul Antony on April 7, 2014 at 11:30 — 7 Comments

Jo's Pro Cycling Adventures: RONDE VAN VLAANDEREN

De Ronde is absolutely brutal and one of the hardest races of the year. The day started badly for me with a call from Neil Care asking where I was, I had overslept and missed my lift to the race.

But there was no way I was going miss this one!

I quickly booked the Eurotunnel and shot off to Folkestone. The day got worse when I was informed that the trains were delayed due to technical problems. I was now at risk of not making the Oude Kwaremont before riders arrived for the first… Continue

Added by Jo Spencer on April 6, 2014 at 22:30 — 2 Comments

Sicily or bust, tappa IV

Hello, I'm Jim, a MAMIL taking my bike from Oxford to Sicily and back. I'm driving the flat bits and the boring bits, and cycling up as many of the legendary climbs along the way as I can accomplish, in my own time, at my own pace. My route is a serpentine one through Pyrenees and Alps, Dolomites and Tuscan hills. I welcome all feedback, tips and tricks, recommendations, and experiences from my fellow Wheelsuckers members and bicyclists!

Sicily or…

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Added by Jim Gabriel on April 6, 2014 at 0:00 — 9 Comments

New UK bike brand ORRO launched today

Today saw the launch of a new bike brand in the UK. Called ORRO, it offers two competitively priced full carbon bikes, the Gold and the Oxygen, with plans for more to follow. 

Designed to meet and exceed the expectations of the rider, the ethos of the Orro brand is to deliver products that use specific materials and designs to offer superior performance, comfort and style so you can reach your potential and savour every…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on April 4, 2014 at 21:00 — No Comments

Jo's Pro Cycling Adventures: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Omloop is always the start of my cycling season and quite a start it usually is! I only ever go to one place the Haaghoek a 2km cobbled road that has a decent and climb at the start and the option of climbing the short but steep Leberg at the end.

If you get to the Haaghoek by 12 you can usually park at the top of the first climb and are set for the rest of the afternoon.

We went to park in our usual space but due to the amount of rain Europe's been having we soon started to sink into… Continue

Added by Jo Spencer on April 4, 2014 at 19:17 — No Comments

REVIEW: Pegatin Pro Stickers

If you read our Christmas Gift Guide, you would have clocked the entry for the website, pegatin.com. Based in Barcelona, but with a Anglo-Spanish management, Pegatin supply high-quality custom stickers to place on  your bike frame, helmet or for that matter, any accessory you wish to personalise!  

I recently ordered a set of my own and the frames of both my road bikes and my helmet…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on April 3, 2014 at 15:30 — 9 Comments

Wayne Renshaw - Haute Route Competition Winner

Wayne Renshaw was selected as the winner of our Haute Route Pyrenees 2014 Competition by the great Greg LeMond.  As Wayne starts his preparation for one of the most challenging cycling events open to amateurs, Dave Nash does his best to catch up with him to learn a little more about the man behind the winning entry and his hopes and aspirations for the challenge ahead.…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on April 3, 2014 at 15:00 — 3 Comments

Prendas Ciclismo launch new website

The online retailer, Prendas Ciclismo, launched a new website this week, which will ensure that viewing and purchasing their wide range of cycling apparel will be that little bit slicker and quicker. It also happens to look rather good too, with some great visuals to complement the images of the eclectic mix of apparel they offer. 

The Poole based company stocks a range of kit and accessories from the contemporary pro peloton and a few of their own in-house items, but are probably…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on April 3, 2014 at 13:37 — No Comments

Jo's Pro Cycling Adventures: Gent-Wevelgem

Gent Wevelgem is my one of my favourite races of the year and is based around the Casselberg & Kemmelberg cobbled climbs with two accents of each. I have always gone to the Kemmelberg and always to the same place, about 3rd of the way up on the left. This gives you a view of the riders turning onto the climb and some of roughest sections of cobbles on the climb. The drive into Kemmel is a sobering one as you pass many British First World War cemeteries along the road from the motorway.…

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Added by Jo Spencer on April 1, 2014 at 18:00 — 4 Comments

Germans to launch autonomous road bike

If reports in the Belgian magazine, Grinta!, are to be believed, then cycling is just about to become that little bit safer.

The latest edition of the weekly cycling magazine, published yesterday,  reports that the German bike manufacturer Focus will be unveiling an autonomous road bike at this year's Eurobike Show that will provide cyclists with an unprecedented braking speed and steering control, that coupled together, will help the rider to avert potential…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on April 1, 2014 at 9:00 — 2 Comments

Gent-Wevelgem 2014

The third part of my three races in six day's trilogy is one of my favourite races of the whole season - Gent-Wevelgem.

Not that long ago Gent-Wevelgem was raced on a Wednesday, since it was moved to the Sunday before Flanders it now coincides with the start of British Summer Time, which for me is a bit of a logistical…

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Added by Neil Care on March 31, 2014 at 19:00 — 2 Comments

Shimano launch new version of 105 groupset

Cyclists who hanker for the performance and quality of a higher end groupset, but at a more affordable price, will be pleased to hear that Shimano have today unveiled a brand new version of their  105 groupset.

The latest incarnation of their most popular groupset - the 5800 series - adopts key features of the race proven Dura-Ace and Ultegra  groupsets and includes a new 11-speed drivetrain that shifts more precisely and lighter than ever, with improved brake power and better…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on March 31, 2014 at 17:30 — 3 Comments

Jo's Pro Cycling Adventures: E3

E3 is a difficult race to follow as all the helligen come at the end. So the only option is to decide whether to go to the Paterberg or Oude Kwaremont and work your day around that.

We headed straight to the Leberg a short sharp steep climb that you get to via the Haaghoek cobbles. We parked at the bottom and slowly walked up to the top. We only waited about 10 minutes before the caravan arrived. Please don't think Tour de France caravan with 100s of vehicles. This one had about ten…

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Added by Jo Spencer on March 30, 2014 at 21:00 — No Comments

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