It's that time of year again! The time of year when we road cyclists are inclined to drop unsubtle hints to our nearest and dearest about what we hope to find under the Christmas tree.
We all have different ways of going about this: some of us will casually mention that their winter jersey is looking a little threadbare before nonchalantly adding 'that Castelli one that David Millar advertises looks just soooo cool'. Some of us will leave copies of our…Continue
The surge in road cycling in the last few years has not passed unnoticed in the publishing industry and 2013 saw another bumper crop of books on all aspects of the sport. Historical reads, autobiographies, manuals and guides. From coffee table books to tiny books you could slip in your rear pocket - there is something out there for all of us to enjoy.
Here is a round-up of some of the best books published over the last year and hopefully, if you've been very, very well…Continue
Inspired by Viking chain mail and worn by the likes of Sir Edmund Hillary and Greg LeMond, could a Norwegian string vest be the 'must-have' garment to keep you warm and dry on your bike during the winter months?
Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing. World War Two RAF crewmen. The Norwegian Special Forces and Polar explorers. All are familiar with operating in severe weather conditions, but even the most rugged of men and women cannot rely on flesh and blood…Continue
Accentuating the positive is a classic advertising technique for good reason. Dangerising cycling could backfire.
A great deal of cycle campaigning is currently stressing the dangers of cycling, and too often ignoring the multiple reasons why so many people get into…Continue
This is a great little interview with three times winner of the Tour de France, Greg LeMond, that aired on CNN last night. Greg Lemond was talking to US chat show host, Anderson Cooper.…Continue
Come the cold, come the real cold, a helmet just isn't enough to keep those icy winter winds at bay. A decent skull cap or hat, that fits snugly under your helmet and keeps your head and ears warm, but allows your scalp to breathe, is a winter essential for the road cyclist. Get the insulation right with your extremities - your hands, feet and head - and you have a solid foundation on which to take on even the most piercing…Continue
Bernard Hinault would testify that a decent pair of winter gloves are an essential piece of kit for the cyclist undaunted by sub zero temperatures. Competing in the 1980 edition of the Spring Classic, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, in conditions so harsh that only 21 of the 174 starters managed to finish the race, Hinault rode to victory, but to this day the 5 times winner of the Tour de France still suffers from…Continue
As intimated in my last blog, Milk is under scrutiny; Let me expand:
I’ve recently been talking with a respiratory friend of mine who says that milk is bad, really bad. In fact all dairy products are bad. [This conversation was brought about by my recent bout of chest infections and my sulky reference to how COPD sucks ] She told me that I must give up all dairy products if I wanted to help my lungs and get back out cycling. Now, my problem is that I like my…Continue
Thanks to a Wheelsuckers competition earlier this year, I was lucky enough to have tickets to this year's Cycle Show at the Birmingham NEC. Having never been to a cycle expo before, I was as excited as a kid in a candy shop to go and check it out!
Going on Saturday I knew I had to arrive early, so aimed to be at the NEC long before opening. On arrival I saw that a few hundred like minded people had the same idea! I squeezed through the crowds (one advantage of being a whippet) to…Continue
The cycling world has descended on Tuscany this week for the World Championships, with the main event coming on Sunday afternoon, when the Elite Men will battle it out over the lumpy hills between Lucca and Florence to decide who will be wearing the coveted Rainbow jersey for the next 12 months.
The race will also be memorable for the reunification of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, who have not raced together (let alone spoken!) since the Tour of Oman way back in February.…Continue
Added by Dave Nash on September 25, 2013 at 13:00 — No Comments
If you're going to the Cycle Show at the NEC in Birmingham this week. you're in for a treat. Lots to see, do and taste!
With hundreds of exhibitors at the show, choosing who to visit can be overwhelming. Unfortunately, it's not always the biggest stands that are the most interesting...
On that note, a few of us attended the trade-day today and thought we'd put our collective heads together to point you in the direction of five exhibitors that you should have on your…Continue
A great post on the consistently excellent (Australian) cyclingtips.com.au. Wade Wallace, the founder of the site, has been including a few posts by an anonymous member of the professional peloton for a few months now, leading to much speculation after each new post as to who the rider behind the blog actually is.…Continue
Added by Dave Nash on July 29, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments
The Rapha Super Lightweight jersey arrived on the Wheelsuckers doormat way back in early Spring, but ever since it has sat forlornly on a peg - a brief outing in Mallorca in April providing the only opportunity to wear the jersey, and the matching lightweight bibs, in the climactic conditions for which they were born. Now, with the Summer finally here, they have jostled themselves to the front of the queue. Their time has come.
As the name suggests, this is a…Continue
Not wrote a blog for a while, been so busy what with BC coaching courses and training along with, family life, work, and a multitude of other distractions that interrupt the aim to become the best cyclist you can be.
Now read that again only this time really read it, if you look at what I've just said everyone reading that can see something in there that pinpoints their lifestyle, and the ability to train as much as we would like.
If you can manage 5-6 hours…Continue
The Cycle Show at the NEC in Birmingham is set to showcase hundreds of bike and accessory brands once again between 27th and 29th September 2013. It'll have the hottest 2014 bikes and a new Elite Road Track for you to test some of them on.
There’s sure to be something for every type of cyclist, even non-roadies & family, with the best freestyle BMX pros, MTB dirt jumpers and trials riders in action.
And, as a Wheelsuckers' member, you could be there with…Continue
Added by Wheelsuckers on July 10, 2013 at 14:24 — No Comments
We were hoping the 100th edition of the Tour de France would serve up a race that befits such a prestigious anniversary and on the evidence of the first week this is already shaping up to be a race with plenty of spectacle, talking points and, most importantly, some great racing.
Not surprisingly, the main GC contenders have been content to just keep a careful eye on one another, though Chris Froome reminded his rivals of his great form when he accelerated away on…Continue
Added by Wheelsuckers on July 4, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments
If you want to keep up-to-date with all that’s happening in this year’s Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana then check out this great smartphone app: the Cyclingnews’ Tour Tracker. And it’s free!
The Tour Tracker gives you in-depth race information, commentary and analysis which one would expect from a pro-race app but the Cyclingnews Tour Tracker also delivers live video and GPS tracking with riders' data! It's like being there but, well, you’re…Continue
Added by Wheelsuckers on June 25, 2013 at 17:30 — No Comments
For the whole duration of the Tour de France, keep your eye out for the daily Podium Girl cartoon that will be posted by Wheelsuckers member and founder of Land of Mud & Glory, Christian Wheeler.
Land of Mud & Glory is a small company that makes very original cycling t-shirts that are 'obscure, funny, stupid and occasionally, sexy!' and to celebrate the Tour…Continue
Added by Wheelsuckers on June 28, 2013 at 20:00 — No Comments
Garmin-Sharp is the final team to confirm its full Tour de France roster, and as expected it is a strong and experienced squad, with David Millar as road captain and Ryder Hesjedal of Canada and American Andrew Talansky heading up their assault on the GC standings. CEO Jonathan Vaughters has promised his team will pursue and aggressive strategy.
Dan Martin of Ireland, who won Liège-Bastogn-Liège in such comprehensive and comfortable style in the Spring will be looking…Continue
Added by Wheelsuckers on June 26, 2013 at 17:38 — No Comments
In the run up to the Grand Départ in Corsica on the 29th of June, what better time to focus on some of the great battles and fierce rivalries of the previous 99 editions of the Tour de France.
This week, a battle between two of the greatest French riders of all time, that would reach an enthralling denouement on the humid slopes of a volcano in the Massif Central.
Jacques Anquetil v Raymond Poulidor (1964)
Of all the thousands of…Continue
Added by Dave Nash on June 20, 2013 at 12:30 — No Comments