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Tour de France un-predictions

I’m terrible at picking the winners of bike races. It’s around this time of the year that we cycling bloggers are expected to produce a witty, insightful, and exquisitely crafted 750 words of Tour de France predictions. We tell you who this year’s route favours, we delve into past history for context and texture, and…

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Kit Review – Zezere jersey by Bianchi Milano

Zezere jersey by Bianchi Milano – £89.95. Before I start, I need to be clear about something: I am a sucker for all things Italian. I ride an Italian bike, I drink Italian coffee, I like Italian football, and I’m can’t resist a good Tiramisu. As it happens I drive a German car, but they’re…

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Mind over matter on the English Ventoux

As most of us are aware, the mind is a powerful thing. Ironically, just how powerful it is depends on how open minded you are. And conversely, if you are too open-minded, your view of how powerful the mind is could easily stray off into ‘Yuri Geller’ territory. In short, the mind and its power…

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Good vibrations at the Tour de France

Exciting stuff in the cycling press last week, as Team Sky announced their team for the 2016 Tour de France. Slightly dispiriting news for those of us who measure our life in Tour de France, however, as another year is about to tick by. Chris Froome is there, of course, in defence of his title,…

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Kit Review – Utrecht Jersey by Road Holland

Utrecht Jersey – RRP $130, Clearance Price $65. Road Holland are an American company who pay homage to Dutch cycling culture, and who I’ve long had the feeling would tick a lot of boxes for me. We’re talking merino wool, classic stripes, nice collars, cool and minimal logo-ing, and classy colour schemes. I was delighted…

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Cummings and goings at the Dauphine

The world of pro-cycling is regimented and organised. It revolves around team leaders and domestiques, climbers, sprinters, and lead out men. The vast majority of pro-cyclists win very few races and exist for the service of the team. They do a job. The good ones get paid well, but there’s not much in the way…

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A study in nonchalant rage (or, how to chuck a bike)

It’s fair to say that ageing American pro-cyclist Chris Horner divides opinion. With that long association with Lance Armstrong, his ‘surprising’ first Grand Tour win at the Vuelta Espana back in 2013 at the age of 41, and a general air of ‘oddness’, he’s not everyone’s cup of tea. But whatever you think of him,…

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A Bloody Mary in a Bike Bottle

The Trough of Bowland, here in Lancashire, is something approaching cycling heaven. It features wild landscapes, challenging rolling roads which are (mainly) traffic free, and cafés dotted here and there. It also contains, for added excitement, some of the most belligerent and unpredictable sheep in the UK. The Trough, in a cycling context, is commonly…

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Kit Review – Newlands Jersey by Rivelo

Newlands Jersey by Rivelo – £75. The Newlands jersey from Rivelo is the classic tight and stretchy cycling kit, made from a Polyester/Elastane mix As someone who tends to favour merino wool and other natural fibres in my kit I initially wasn’t sure it was for me. But having previously been really impressed with Rivelo…