The best bike rollers of 2019
Joseph Delves 22 May 2019 A breakdown of the best bike rollers of 2019 along with what to look for before you buy Training on rollers makes you both super-cool and will help develop a better pedalling style. Without any resistance and requiring you to balance as if actually riding, they offer a different set of benefits compared to a static trainer. Composed of three drums, two at the back and one at the front, these are connected by an elastic drive-band. With most models housed in a folding frame, once set up the effect is like a rolling road for your bicycle. More engaging but potentially less versatile than a turbo, they’re good for building technique and cadence but less suited to strength work. A second key use is warming up before events. Ahead of any criterium or cyclocross race, the nearest carpark will be full of people spinning ...
Shimano S-Phyre XC9 vs Specialized S-Works Recon off-road shoe review
A battle of the Big S’. While these two mega-companies typically work closely together, they’re direct competitors when it comes to footwear. And with both companies recently launching new premium performance off-road shoes pitched at cross country, cyclocross and gravel racers, it was time to pit the two against one another. Both Shimano’s S-Phyre XC901 … The post Shimano S-Phyre XC9 vs Specialized S-Works Recon off-road shoe review appeared first on CyclingTips .
The weekly spin: Meet Tadej Pogacar, future Grand Tour champion
There’s a youth movement happening in pro cycling, and the Amgen Tour of California is the proving ground. Last year, 21-year-old Egan Bernal crowned as the youngest-ever winner of the Amgen Tour. This year, it was 20-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who is nearly a year younger than Bernal. At this rate, we’ll soon have a teenager … The post The weekly spin: Meet Tadej Pogacar, future Grand Tour champion appeared first on CyclingTips .
The basics of gravel racing: Choosing the right tires
Picking tires for gravel racing and riding is complicated. There isn’t one right answer. Sometimes there isn’t any right answer. Tire selection is a game of overlapping variables and endless options. We attempt to match a course, surface type, rider skill, rider size, and rider intention to a tire’s qualities, its strengths and weaknesses. The … The post The basics of gravel racing: Choosing the right tires appeared first on CyclingTips .
Giant’s new off-road shoes are feature-packed
Giant's Ewan Campbell and pro rider Adam Craig talk about their new off-road shoes at Sea Otter 2019
Don’t stop where the pavement ends… Santa Cruz and Juliana launch new gravel bikes
The Santa Cruz Stigmata gets an update to handle gravel duties while Juliana unveils the women's specific Quincy
New Santa Cruz Stigmata and Juliana Quincy gravel bikes revealed
The previous Santa Cruz Stigmata was already a bit of an outlier when it broke ground in 2015, abandoning pretenses of being a pure cyclocross racer in favor of a more versatile geometry that was better suited to all-around drop-bar hooliganism. Four years later, it’s safe to say that Santa Cruz was prescient in that … The post New Santa Cruz Stigmata and Juliana Quincy gravel bikes revealed appeared first on CyclingTips .
Roger De Vlaeminck is still racing
Roger De Vlaeminck’s record speaks for itself. In a career spanning nearly two decades he notched up more than 160 victories, not least four Paris-Roubaix titles (the equal record), three wins at Milan-San Remo, six overall titles at Tirreno-Adriatico (with 15 stage wins), and a massive 22 stage victories at the Giro d’Italia. He won … The post Roger De Vlaeminck is still racing appeared first on CyclingTips .
Shimano GRX — dream gravel groupset or too little, too late?
Can GRX steal SRAM eTap AXS’s thunder?
London Olympics, Tour de Yorkshire, next the Worlds? Vos eyes more success on British roads
Maria David 10 May 2019 The multiple world champion and winner of the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire talks about getting back to her best form. Photo: CCC-Liv When Marianne Vos dropped her rivals and crossed the finish line ahead of the field in the howling gale and rain along Scarborough’s Marine Drive on Stage 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire something about the way she fist-pumped the air gave a sign to the world that said, I'm back. This was her way of putting down a mark to show that the Marianne Vos who dominated women’s cycling is again present and correct. Vos probably knew deep down that she could win the Tour de Yorkshire. However, a combination of pushing hard on the gale swept roads, the absence of an injured key helper Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, and not knowing the roads as it was her first time in Yorkshire could have ...
Shimano GRX is here: gravel-specific and 1x components for Ultegra, 105 and Tiagra
RX800, RX600 and RX400 ranges add new levers, derailleurs, cranks and more
Shimano GRX: World’s first dedicated gravel groupsets
The new group offers three tiers, lower gears, better braking from the hoods, clutched rear derailleurs, and mechanical or Di2 versions The post Shimano GRX: World’s first dedicated gravel groupsets appeared first on CyclingTips .
The Classics might be over for another year, but for two 24-year-olds the best is yet to come
Daniel Ostanek 2 May 2019 The battle of the Vans this year was just a glimpse of the rivalry we can expect for years to come. Everyone else will be fighting for third Sadly, the Spring Classics are over. The near two-month long jaunt from Merelbeke to Liege, via Siena, Antwerp and a host of other exotic locales, is done, another chapter in the history books as we move on to the stage races of the summer . Plenty of memories linger, of course – battles like Alaphilippe vs Fuglsang, Deceuninck-QuickStep vs the peloton, and Alberto Bettiol vs everybody’s betting slip. But another subplot has been running the whole time, continuing on from the dark days of winter, and only ending in the Ardennes. If you hadn’t guessed already, it’s that of the two young guns – the multi-disciplinarians and longstanding cyclocross rivals, Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der ...
The weekly spin: Rating the winners and losers of the 2019 spring classics
It was late in the race, and Julian Alaphilippe, the most successful rider of the spring classics, knew he would not be defending his team’s title at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Though his Deceuninck–Quick-Step teammates had spent the day keeping him sheltered from the wind and setting pace at the front of the peloton, the inclement weather had adversely … The post The weekly spin: Rating the winners and losers of the 2019 spring classics appeared first on CyclingTips .
Lessons learned from the 2019 Spring Classics
Joe Robinson 29 Apr 2019 Alaphilippe's the world's best rider not called Mathieu, Valverde's getting old and women's cycling coverage is still far behind the men's Jakob Fuglsang's solo victory at Liege-Bastogne-Liege marked the end of the Spring Classics and closed the first chapter of the 2019 season. The men's peloton saw 17 races produce seven winning teams and 11 winning riders. Deceuninck-QuickStep dominated with nine of those wins with six different riders. Mathieu van der Poel took four victories to Julian Alaphilippe's four while Zdenek Stybar notched two wins of his own. Dimension Data managed only two top 10s all spring while the second most successful team of the entire period hailed from the ProContinental ranks, in the shape of Van der Poel's Corendon-Circus. The racing at times was thrilling and at other times quite boring, however, it all came together to tell some interesting stories ahead of the ...
Top women cyclists reveal their inspirations ahead of '100 Women in Cycling'
Laura Laker 29 Apr 2019 In the run-up to Cycling UK’s '100 Women in Cycling', three leading women talk about those who first encouraged them to get on a bike Three quarters of women who take up cycling do so thanks to encouragement from a family member, friend or colleague, according to research, and arguably it’s being involved in a strong cycling community that keeps people riding. As part of its month long Women’s Festival of Cycling, the national cycling charity Cycling UK is asking people to nominate those women who inspire others to ride and who work in their communities, often behind the scenes. That could be anything from organising cycling lessons, to community rides for women, to racing. The charity found that of 1,823 women it surveyed, 75% were encouraged to ride by people they knew. ‘Based on surveying our female members, we know for many women it’s ...
Amstel amazes, defending champs triumph on the Mur: Weekly News Digest
Supported by It’s okay to admit it – sometimes you’re just too busy to stay up to date on every bit of news from the world of cycling. Need a recap of the week’s biggest happenings? No problem. The final Daily News Digest of the week will be a Weekly News Digest, with highlights from the headlines … The post Amstel amazes, defending champs triumph on the Mur: Weekly News Digest appeared first on CyclingTips .
11spd: Santa Cruz Carbon Chameleon, Troy Lee Designs Five Ten shoes and a gravel tyre from Michelin
Plus a capable cargo carrier, anti-theft axles and more
Power analysis: Mathieu van der Poel’s insane Amstel Gold
A look at the incredible power figures pushed by Mathieu van der Poel on his way to one of the most stunning finishes ever witnessed in pro road cycling The post Power analysis: Mathieu van der Poel’s insane Amstel Gold appeared first on CyclingTips .
Door open for Mathieu van der Poel to lead Netherlands at World Championships
Joe Robinson 24 Apr 2019 A packed schedule of cross-country mountain biking and cyclocross may hamper Van der Poel riding in Yorkshire Mathieu van der Poel could continue his multi-discipline dominance as the Dutch national team opened the door for him to race the 2019 road race World Championships in Yorkshire . It is yet to be confirmed whether the recent Amstel Gold Race winner would take to the Harrogate startline in September, with Van der Poel scheduled to return to the cross-country mountain bike circuit this summer, ending his road season in the spring. However, Dutch national coach Koos Moerenhout has confirmed to Dutch newspaper AD that the Netherlands would happily pick him despite his lack of road miles due to the course suiting the rider 'perfectly'. 'It’s a course that suits Van der Poel perfectly. It should come as no surprise that I would like to have him ...