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Kit Review – Stelvio Jersey by Breva

Stelvio Jersey – €125 As a cyclist living in northern Lancashire, in England, I have a lot to be grateful for. With some of the best cycling in the country on my doorstep, and even more just a short hop across either border into Cumbria and Yorkshire, I’m not short of choice. What we don’t…

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The sound of silence

I wrote recently about the nagging annoyance of a noisy bike, and that sweet relief that comes once you finally diagnose and fix it – glorious, mechanical, Italian made-silence. Now, before you start recommending a good therapist, or singing the praises of the Samaritans, don’t worry; my bike is still (at the time of writing)…

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Bike race for sale

As we all know, the Tour de France is the biggest bike race in the world. Not the best, necessarily, but definitely the biggest. It has the top riders, the highest viewing figures, the most colourful history, and a whole village full of media coverage and corporate schmoozing following it around the country. If nothing else,…

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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…