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  • newAllan Peiper’s Managerial Debut
    Have BMC discovered the magic touch? Cadel Evans and Philippe Gilbert are back to winning ways and apart from Jim Ochowitz’s media gaffs the team has enjoyed a great to the season. One factor might be Allan Peiper. The Aussie is credited with helpi…
    - 3 hours ago, 24 Apr 14, 1:35pm -
  • newGermany: Europe’s Pro Cycling Black Hole
    What have Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland all got in common? One thing is a border with Germany. Another is that they all have a national tour, a bike race that lasts several days…
    - 24 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 4:35pm -
  • Flèche Wallonne Preview
    199km but this is a race dominated by the final climb of the Mur de Huy. Even if it’s actually climbed three times it’s still the third time that usually determines the winner. But it takes plenty to get to the final climb and more to arrive at t…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 14, 6:31am -

Cycling Tips

  • newRogers cleared but questions about clenbuterol remain
    The UCI announced on Wednesday that Tinkoff-Saxo rider Michael Rogers would not be sanctioned for an adverse analytical finding for clenbuterol following the Japan Cup Cycle Road Race late last year. Rogers won the race on October 20 – only three d…
    - 12 hours ago, 24 Apr 14, 4:13am -
  • newInside Line: Tiffany Cromwell’s Fleche Wallonne
    La Fleche Wallonne is the fourth round of the 2014 UCI Women’s World Cup and the 17th edition of the race was contested in Belgium yesterday. The 127km race was held on the same day as the men’s race and featured two laps of a circuit that finish…
    - 14 hours ago, 24 Apr 14, 2:44am -
  • newTro-Bro Léon in photos
    While most of the cycling world has been focused on the Cobbled Classics and Ardennes Classics in recent weeks, the cycling fans of Brittany in north west France had their own race to celebrate. Tro-Bro Léon is not a Monument, it’s not even a ‘c…
    - 15 hours ago, 24 Apr 14, 12:49am -

Ptbo Rides

  • Friday Morning Thursday Night Report
    What a great night. Second ride of the year and some decent weather this time. The sun brought out a few extra riders as well so it was great to see some familiar faces too. Two groups headed out from Douro Arena. A somewhat small A group and a large…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Apr 14, 1:15pm -
  • Tales from Down South.
    contributed by Brian D. March break seems to be THE week to get away and make an early start to the cycling season for Peterborough-ites. I am lucky enough to have been on two of the legendary Wild Rock Mallorca trips which I think will be hard to to…
    - 32 days ago, 23 Mar 14, 6:01pm -
  • PCC Membership Night
    Howdy all you fine folks. Just in case you missed the action on February 22nd, 2014. A few pictures to wet your whistle. It was a great night. Ton’s of fun and great to see everyone again. I imagine all of you are looking forward to our first few r…
    - 50 days ago, 5 Mar 14, 5:44pm -

The Boulder Report

  • newCloser Than It Looked
    Tuesday's Johan Bruyneel verdict was closer than it looked and points out how difficult it is to investigate cycling's past.
    - 19 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 9:40pm -
  • Sanchez Earns Salary
    Philippe Gilbert stood on the top step of the podium, but BMC's most valuable player? Samuel Sanchez.
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 14, 3:18pm -
  • Pro Gear, Amateur Rides
    If we're going to use what the pros ride as a standard for our bikes, don't focus on the Tour de France; use Paris-Roubaix instead.
    - 7 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 9:33pm -

Gerard Vroomen

  • The Armstrong Lie – a review
    The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam is currently running, and one of the docs screened is The Armstrong Lie. To be honest, I didn’t really want to see it but also couldn’t not see it. And I figured that in the interest of those…
    - 24 Nov 13, 3:25pm -
  • Selling Cycling
    This is a slightly-modified version of an article that first appeared in issue 8 of 2r magazine. Subscribe to 2r for free HERE. In my twenty years in cycling, I have experience as a team sponsor working with teams, as a team owner working with bike-i…
    - 30 Oct 13, 10:13am -
  • Important notice for email subscribers
    Until now, you could receive my blog automatically by email two ways: Via Feedblitz email service Via WordPress’ built-in email service I am stopping with Feedblitz at the end of November, so if you get it that way and want to continue to get it au…
    - 30 Oct 13, 9:34am -

Velo Voices

  • newFleche Wallonne : rider reactions
    What did a few of the riders have to say about this year’s Fleche Wallonne? This.
    - 7 hours ago, 24 Apr 14, 9:30am -
  • newFleche Wallonne review: Alejandro’s arrow
    Alejandro Valverde gave himself an early present by riding away from all his rivals to claim his second victory at … Continue reading →
    - 21 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 7:37pm -
  • Nibali: Liege for the win
    “Riders like me and Cancellara don’t think about the points, just the win.” Vincenzo Nibali bemoans the lack of fierce … Continue reading →
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 14, 1:30pm -

A Twisted Spoke

  • Andy Schleck. Out of Ardennes, out of chances?
    Has Andy Schleck become hors comprehension? With his latest injury — a knee in the Amstel Gold race this last weekend — Andy Schleck has indeed fallen again, lower this time, and further from his distant goals. It’s hard to read Schleck the You…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 14, 3:40pm -
  • BMC’s Peiper. Director Sportif of the Year so far ….
    It’s funny when you think about it but in pro cycling there is no award for coach of the year, no prize to honor managerial skills. If there was, then BMC’s Allan Peiper would be running away with the prize at this point in the season. His “ste…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Apr 14, 10:30pm -
  • Cavendish’s secret weapon against Kittel: pistachios.
    It’s no secret that Mark Cavendish’s number one, get podium or die tryin’ goal for this season is to beat Marcus Kittel in the sprints of this year’s Tour de France. That has been his priority since the end of the 2913 Tour where Kittel destr…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Apr 14, 9:27pm -

  • UK Super Cross 2013
    MUD. SWEAT. FRITES. COWBELLS. FOAM.Quite possibly the most entertaining three days of racing the UK has ever seen.Rapha Super Cross is back, three rounds of fun-filled cyclocross excitement topped off with the UK’s finest fighting it out f…
    - 13 Aug 13, 10:20am -
  • Super Cross 2012
    MUD. SWEAT. FRITES. COWBELLS. FOAM.The groundbreaking Rapha Super Cross Series returned in 2012, bringing three days of super-charged cyclocross racing to venues around the UK. Spectators enjoyed racing of all abilities; from the best in the l…
    - 13 Aug 13, 10:00am -
  • Eurobike 2013
    Rapha Evening RidesThis year, Rapha will be hosting two Evening Rides: a social spin with friends through the beautiful countryside surrounding Eurobike in Friedrichshafen. In addition to a selection of Rapha clothing to test, there will be a lim…
    - 5 Aug 13, 9:21am -

Red Kite Prayer

  • newDear Johan,
    It’s clear from your recent blog post on your site that you’re not happy with your 10-year ban from cycling. Big surprise. I’m going to let you in on a little secret: The rest of the world isn’t happy with that ban, either, but for reasons I…
    - 21 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 7:42pm -
  • First Look: Shimano XTR 9000 Prototypes
    As a rule, writing about parts that don’t yet exist violates one of my prime directives. Star Trek references aside, there are reasons to draw lines in something harder than sand. Getting people excited about something they can’t have is a fundam…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 14, 4:00pm -
  • NICA: The Shape of Things to Come
    When I was in high school, what I knew of bike racing wouldn’t have filled an espresso cup. I knew of the Olympics and thought that racing a bicycle was as heady a sporting adventure as I could hope to have. Other than skateboarding, and one season…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 9:18pm -

In the Saddle

  • Out of sync
    - 20 Nov 12, 9:33pm -
  • Uphill Struggles, Part 2: The Bec
    - 18 Oct 12, 9:39am -
  • Uphill Struggles, Part 1: Catford
    “I first did the Catford CC Hill Climb last year, and finished 18th with a time of 2.14.7. I didn’t think I had a hope of getting close to that this year. As September came round, I was feeling sluggish, and a few pounds heavier. I had to prove t…
    - 16 Oct 12, 9:56am -

Embrocation Magazine

  • newTucson Training
    We had five days in the desert to crack the whip and get back into shape with a few friends from Seattle. 300 miles and 18k feet of climbing. Not bad.
    - 22 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 6:33pm -
  • Giro Empire ACC Limited Edition - Sepia
    Aren’t We All Suckers for Limited Edition?
    - 6 days ago, 18 Apr 14, 1:24pm -
  • Gaulzetti - Embro Edition
    A Limited Edition Gaulzetti Made Just for Embrocation
    - 11 days ago, 13 Apr 14, 5:50pm -

Big Ring Riding


  • How The Race Was Won – Amstel Gold 2014
    Cars, furniture, wind, position battle, a dangling escape, and a a breakaway rider who perhaps overestimated his strength. Rap metal light opera accompaniment from UnderGunned Productions:…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 12:44pm -
  • The Week in Bike #16 – 18 April 2014
    Goodbye cobbles,, Wiggins, MYSTERY PILLS, Pais Vasco, Tinkoff, Brabantse Pijl, sprinting, uterus approved, Enegiewacht Tour, start ramps, cameras, hour record, UCI, economics.
    - 6 days ago, 18 Apr 14, 1:37pm -
  • How The Race Was Won – Paris-Roubaix 2014
    Don’t grab door handles. Don’t compensate for bad position by driving relentlessly to the front. Do attack once and make it stick. Don’t hire these guys to film your velodrome. Oh, right—the boat:…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 11:45am -