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Rapha's Women's 100

A quick heads up for the Rapha Women's 100, that will be taking place this Sunday (July 23rd)  – an event that celebrates the spirit of the global women’s cycling community.

Women of all abilities are invited to take part in the 100km rides, with a total of 10 rides in the UK, in towns across the country, from Glasgow to Kent. Other rides are also taking place across the globe, including Australasia, the USA, Europe and  Asia Pacific.

The event has enjoyed much…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on July 21, 2017 at 10:04 — No Comments

July 200km Audax done - nearly half way there

My little challenge of completing a 200km ride in 12 consecutive calendar months continues with July's ride successfully completed. For this ride I took myself abroad to the land of blue painted faces and deep fried Mars bars - yes, the Borders beckoned and off I went. The route linked Innerleithen, North Berwick, Musselburgh, Duns and then back to Innerleithen. The Borders are a fab place to ride; loads of rolling hills, remote country, pretty villages and the weather last weekend was…

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Added by Andy Bruce on July 12, 2017 at 21:21 — 2 Comments

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It was a frenetic and fascinating first week or so at the Tour de France – spills galore, skulduggery, elbows and disqualifications, but as the remnants of the peloton lick their wounds and ready themselves for the big mountain stages, it’s worth reminding ourselves that the Tour de France never fails to…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on July 12, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Review: Secret Training Juice Bars

Is there any aspect of cycling that has escaped our insatiable appetite for marginal gains? Sir David Brailsford has much to answer for and as the gigantean twitter following of his former Team Sky chef, Søren Kristiansen, so clearly demonstrates, nutrition is not immune to our constant quest to transform ourselves from Christopher Biggins into Sir Bradley Wiggins.

Sport Nutrition is a competitive market, with brands competing with one another to convince us that their magic formulas…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on July 7, 2017 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

Tour de France riders to follow on Strava

An increasing number of the top pro riders now upload their rides to Strava and with just 4 days to go until the Grand Départ in Düsseldorf, below are just some that will be riding the Tour de France this year, who you can follow on Strava.

There are some familiar British names in the mix, including Scott Thwaites, Ben Swift and Simon Yates, plus several who will be looking to sneak the odd stage win, like sprinters Andre Greipel and Alexander Kristoff and former World Champions…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on June 27, 2017 at 13:04 — No Comments

May & June 200km Audax, done - 8 to go

Oops, missed May's ride so 2 for the price of 1. These 2 rides are part of my 12 x 200km rides ridden in each of 12 consecutive months, a little challenge overseen by Audax UK. For May's ride I headed off on a circuit starting from Settle and travelling South to Uppermill crossing the Bowland Fells and returning through Luddenden & Barnoldswick, home to Hope. Route here if anyone interested,…

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Added by Andy Bruce on June 11, 2017 at 17:38 — No Comments

Review: Rapha Classic II Bib Shorts

The road cycling clothing industry is a competitive market and as the increase of people taking up cycling has showed signs of reaching a plateau, there was a certain inevitability that some brands would never make the summit.  

Some disappeared without featuring on many people’s radar and then there is the sudden demise of Vulpine recently, which imploded, or rather self-destructed, due to…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on June 6, 2017 at 10:30 — 11 Comments

Review: Bonza Bike Box

One of the knock-on effects of the boom in road cycling as a recreational sport has been the huge increase in cycle tourism and, as recent posts by Wheelsuckers’ members testifies, there is no corner of the earth that is immune to exploration.

For many of us, trips abroad are now an essential part of our cycling calendar and with new cycling nirvanas being discovered every year and innumerable travel firms offering bespoke cycling trips, it appears that the appetite for overseas…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on May 23, 2017 at 10:32 — 7 Comments

Vittoria Corsa G+ Road Tyre

Review: Vittoria Corsa G+ Clincher Tyre

Over the winter months I rode (and tested) the Rubino Pro G+ tyre from Italian tyre specialist, Vittoria, and was impressed not only by the durability and grip they offered, but also their low rolling resistance. In short, a winter/training tyre to compete with the perennial bestsellers out there.

For those not yet up to speed on the Vittoria G+ range…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on May 10, 2017 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

Cycling Vietnam: Same same, but different!

Same same, but different. It's a saying the Vietnamese use to describe the way they do things, how they live, what they're selling, almost anything. It boils down to how their way of life is essentially the same as Westerners, but actually very, very different!

Same same, but different: Vietnamese way VS the…

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Added by Middle Ringer on April 29, 2017 at 7:42 — 3 Comments

April 200km Audax done, 10 to go!

2 down, 10 to go; that is, a 200km ride in each of 12 consecutive months. This month I took myself off across the border and into the Borders. Relatively close to home, an area that I've driven past many times on the way to the Scottish Highlands, I'd possibly never have thought of riding here but for this ridiculous challenge that I've set for myself. My route started at Langholm and had to visit Innerleithen, Biggar, Moffat before returning to Langholm. It hasn't really turned to Spring up…

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Added by Andy Bruce on April 21, 2017 at 19:28 — 1 Comment

Review: Spring Cycling Book round-up

One of the pleasant and unexpected consequences of the boom in cycling in recent years has been the plethora of cycling books that have hit the shelves! Rarely a week passes without a publisher dropping us a line about a new biography, training manual or some forensic study of a distant corner of the sport. 2017 has seen no let up and here is our pick of some of the new titles, with a diverse appeal of subjects that will entertain and inspire!  …

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Added by Wheelsuckers on March 30, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments

Review: Vittoria Rubino Pro Control G+

Innovations come in many forms and whether it is frame design, components or clothing, brands are constantly looking for the ‘next big thing’ that will allow them to steal a march on their rivals. Tyres are no exception and with many cyclists tending to favour a particular brand, manufacturers are always looking at improvements to their rubber compounds that might cause cyclists loyal to their competitors to switch across!

The search for the ultimate cycling tyre continues, but when…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on March 23, 2017 at 13:30 — 1 Comment

Five of the Best: Road Cycling Helmets

It’s always heartening to see the first daffodil blooms lighting up the verges and to know that spring cannot be too far away. Whether it’s those deep rims you’ve been secretly coveting all winter or (yet) another addition to your cycling wardrobe, now is the time to make those all-important upgrades for the warmer months ahead, to ensure that both you and your bike are looking sharp!

It’s common knowledge that one should always replace a helmet that has been involved in a crash, even…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on March 8, 2017 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

Team Sky seeks to clarify position on anti-doping policy

Following recent coverage of UK Anti Doping’s investigation into an allegation of wrongdoing related to the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine, Team Sky has produced a document which provides context around issues relating to the investigation and the steps they have taken since to strengthen their anti-doping and medical practices.

Team Sky Principal Sir Dave Brailsford has today written to the Chair of the UK Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport Committee, submitting a copy of this…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on March 8, 2017 at 9:00 — 3 Comments

March 200km Audax done - 11 to go

I wrote at the end of January about my Audax challenge of riding 12 x 200km rides in 12 consecutive months and how my January attempt went slightly awry with a slight nav error, a slight crash and a slight chain jam that ended up being rescued at close to midnight from the upper slopes of the Kirkstone Pass on a gorgeous starlit night - it's all a bit self reliant this Audax business.

February seemed to whizz by (I suppose there are miles fewer days compared to other months!),…

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Added by Andy Bruce on March 5, 2017 at 16:05 — 3 Comments

Disc brakes: the best option for road bikes

The Vuelta a San Juan, held in Argentina in January, doesn’t usually attract much attention in the cycling press, but this year it grabbed the headlines when the Belgian Quick-Step rider, Tom Boonen, won the bunch sprint to clinch Stage Two of the race and, in doing so, became the first ever pro rider to win on a bike equipped with disc brakes. …

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Added by Wheelsuckers on February 20, 2017 at 17:00 — 3 Comments

An Audax Adventure

In the last couple of years I have been dipping my toe into the world of Audax. For the uninitiated Audax is the art of long distance cycling with a rather more adventurous and self sufficient approach than Sportive rides. Distances vary but short events/rides start at 100km, 200km events are really popular and from there the distances just go up and up with through the night riding on 3,4,6 & 8 hundred km events. The Paris Brest Paris & London Edinburgh London are examples of the…

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Added by Andy Bruce on February 1, 2017 at 13:21 — 6 Comments

Sealskinz launch clothing range

British brand, Sealskinz, have gained a reputation for making some of the best accessories for cycling in inclement conditions, developing several highly technical fabrics to provide warmth and protection. Fans of the Norfolk based company, therefore, will be pleased to hear that they have today announced the launch of a range of waterproof apparel for road cycling, which is made up of men’s shorts with bib, men’s full length bib tights, a full zip jacket, leg warmers and cycling…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on January 27, 2017 at 11:59 — No Comments

Five of the Best Winter Jackets

Don’t let the wet and cold of winter send you running to your turbo! Invest in a decent winter jacket and you can take on the worst that Mother Nature can throw at you. 

Deep winter is when weaknesses in your cycling wardrobe will be quickly and ruthlessly exposed by the elements. We've run regular features on the best kit for winter riding, including bib shorts,…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on January 18, 2017 at 14:54 — 1 Comment

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