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Strava publishes Global Heatmap

Strava has today unveiled its Global Heatmap, an interactive data visualisation featuring more than 1 billion activities from Strava athletes across the globe. The map boasts six times more data than their original version in 2015, and incorporates a wide variety of year-round land and water activities.

If you are not familiar with Strava’s heatmap, it is essentially a…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on November 1, 2017 at 10:42 — 2 Comments

Haute Route Series unveils expanded 2018 calendar

If you are already looking ahead to a cycling challenge for next year that is really going to test both your physical and mental limits then a multi-day challenge is the one for you!

The organisers of the epic Haute Route Cycling Series, OC Sport, have announced that they will be adding five new events to their 2018 calendar, including 3-day events in the USA, Norway (pictured below) and Italy. …

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Added by Wheelsuckers on October 31, 2017 at 9:37 — No Comments

Review: nicnacpac cycle pack

We feature and review products from many brands on Wheelsuckers, from famous marques with an enviable heritage to new start-ups offering an innovative accessory. Falling into the latter category, the nicnacpac, conceived by two experienced North Yorkshire based cyclists, is a neat solution to carrying your ride essentials.

The duo, Tim Brayshaw and Rob Carr, recently launched the nicnacpac on…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on September 19, 2017 at 12:30 — 2 Comments

Member Review: dhb Aeron Speed

Wheelsuckers’ member, Paul Antony, assesses the dhb Aeron Speed Short-Sleeve Jersey and Bib Shorts, both of which were a new addition to the dhb stable of cycling apparel for 2017 and are available in both a men’s and women’s version.

The Aeron Speed is an updated version of the excellent ASV collection and the tight-fitting, aero cut makes pitches it very much in the performance and race-orientated market.…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on September 12, 2017 at 13:30 — 2 Comments

Five of the Best Gilets for Autumn

As we approach autumn in the northern hemisphere, that ‘What do I wear today?’ conundrum we face before every ride increases in complexity!  The gilet (or vest, as some brands insist on calling them) is one of the most versatile and useful pieces of kit a cyclist can own. It can take the edge of a morning chill or descent off a mountain col; protect against a sudden shower or change in temperature or provide some warmth when the body starts to cool during a mechanical or café…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on September 8, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

So why do we love road cycling?

For many of us, possibly all of us, cycling is an integral part of our life and on those occasions when we are denied getting out for a few hours, we feel robbed. An injustice that is only intensified if the sun is shining and you know a good smattering of your cycling mates will be out in force!

Cycling, we are told, is ‘the new golf’, but though we have seen a massive boom in the sport, there has never been any clear research as to the reasons why road cycling has exploded in the…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on August 25, 2017 at 13:11 — 3 Comments

Review: Specialized Audax Road Cycling Shoe

As the name implies, this is a shoe aimed at that growing breed of cyclists who participate in endurance events, or at the very least, would think little of heading out in the morning for a couple of hundred kilometres before breakfast.

Don’t, however, disregard this shoe if your idea of a long ride is 50km with a leisurely café stop! This is a versatile, stylish road shoe that would sit just as happily on a feisty club ride, a leisurely pootle or, of course, the ultimate audax events…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on August 17, 2017 at 17:30 — 1 Comment

The Canyon Endurace AL 7.0

                                       The Canyon Endurace AL 7.0
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      How I learned to love aluminium, again, and renewed my faith in the Germans
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So there I was, and at my age for God’s sake, laying in bed counting the sleeps until I could play with my latest toy.  It went on for weeks, as the delivery time crept by with infuriating slowness, but eventually the…
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Added by Mike the Bike on July 30, 2017 at 13:30 — 2 Comments

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…

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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

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