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Giro d’Italia 2018 Preview

Wednesday, 2 May 2018 14:02:58 Europe/London

The start of the 101st edition of the Giro d’Italia is just days away. The first Grand Tour of the season is set to be an exciting event, with plenty of drama expected over next three weeks.

The nature of the Giro d’Italia means that, although there are of course some clear favourites, it is not entirely clear who is going to walk away with the pink jersey.

Here’s a quick run through of everything you need to know before the race begins.

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Posted in Latest Blog By Laurence Cole

Mitchelton-Scott, the Scott Foil, and Paris-Roubaix

Thursday, 26 April 2018 09:18:32 Europe/London

Having taken the win back in 2016, Mitchelton-Scott have a good record when it comes to the Paris-Roubaix. In the 2018 edition, however, the team were unable to achieve a podium position.

Italian rider Matteo Trentin crashed hard, taking him out of the race. The 28 year old received immediate medical attention and has suffered a fracture in the thoracic region, but thankfully is in a stable condition.

2016 Paris-Roubaix winner Mat Hayman, meanwhile, finished 22nd. Speaking after the race, Hayman said he “was having a fairly good day but then just ran out of legs.”

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Posted in Latest Blog By Laurence Cole

Iconic Flanders Climbs

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 17:02:32 Europe/London

The Tour of Flanders is raced this weekend which will see the best cyclists in the world tackle some of the most brutal ascents they will face in the season. 

The Flandrian climbs may not be as long as the Alpe d'Huez or as trecherous as the Stelvio, but what they lack in length and accumulated height they gain in severity. 

The climbs on the Tour of Flanders and indeed in all of the spring classics in Northern Europe are normally between .4km and 2.5km in length with varying degreees of difficulty; both in terms of average or maximum gradient but also with the road surface, with many of the climbs being on narrow, cobbled roads. 

Here we take you through our top 5 Flandrian climbs in celebration of the Tour of Flanders:

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Posted in Latest Blog By Chris Day

A Taste of the Classics

Friday, 9 March 2018 11:13:39 Europe/London

With the professional season now in full swing and the spring classics well underway, you could be forgiven for wanting to plan a trip to Belgium or the French Ardennes to ride the same roads as the pros and get a taste of the classics. 

Whilst most places locally won't have a Koppenburg or a Mur de Huy, there are still certain things you can do to get a taste of the classics in your own back yard - although you aren't likely to win a keg of beer for doing so!

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Posted in Latest Blog By Adam Reaney

Structuring Your Cycling Calendar

Tuesday, 27 February 2018 16:02:26 Europe/London

The events you choose for the year are usually the ones you have identified as giving you the best challenge whilst still allowing you to complete your goals, but it is important that you structure the events you choose carefully to get the best out of your performance. 

Here's our top 5 tips to structuring your event calendar for the cycling year to give you the best chance to be performing at your peak.

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Posted in Latest Blog By Adam Reaney

Ramping Up Your Training Plan

Friday, 16 February 2018 09:37:50 Europe/London

With the weather outside getting better it's time to start thinking about puttnig the turbo trainer back in the shed, cancelling your Zwift subscription for a year and getting back on the roads.

Even if you have braved the roads throughout the British winter you will no doubt be looking forward to some more mild weather as you look to increase your training workload to get race fit, or even just to consolidate on the work you have put in over the winter.

Base miles are great for maintaining fitness in the colder months, but now the real work begins. It's likely that you have already set your goals for the year, you may already have completed some events if you are into MTB or cyclocross, but for roadies the majority of goals will be centred around the spring and summer. 

Here are our top tips for starting to ramp up your training plan:

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Posted in Latest Blog By Chris Day
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