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A team of one - Grewal and the 1984 Olympic Road Race

A team of one – Grewal and the 1984 Olympic Road Race

The Olympic Road Race stands apart from all others as the only Olympic team event where only an individual receives the accolade of the ultimate prize. In most cases riders accept this and work tirelessly for the chosen individual in the team with the greatest chance of success. Motivations of the loyal domestiques can range...
Maglia Rosa - Triumph and Tragedy at the Giro d'Italia

Maglia Rosa – Triumph and Tragedy at the Giro d’Italia

There is always a risk when a book attempts to cover the entire history of a topic that covers such a long period as the Giro d’Italia that it can become a quite pedestrian and simply states fact after fact like a Wikipedia page. Herbie Sykes avoids this pitfall successfully in Maglia Rosa – Triumph...
Giro d'Italia - Routes and Recipes

Giro d’Italia – Routes and Recipes

The 95th Giro d’Italia is set to dominate most road racing fans TV viewing from 5th to 27th May 2012. Just watching the dramatic promotional video above makes you wish it was starting today. As the Giro organisers continue build the commercial value of the race it will start outside of Italy for the 10th...
People's Grand Tour - Set your own goal

People’s Grand Tour – Set your own goal

The professional cycling season is defined by many by competing in the Grand Tours: Weeks spent riding across iconic landscapes in France, Italy and Spain. With regular jobs most of us find recreating such events beyond our ability, commitments or both in most cases, if we’re honest with ourselves! Lionel Birnie, cycling journalist regularly appearing...
Crosswinds - Changing shape of the peloton

Crosswinds – Changing shape of the peloton

In a week with stages of both Paris-Nice and TIrreno-Adriatico defined by crosswinds. What is it with wind direction that strikes fear into the peloton? Drafting is a key feature of cycling in a group be it a gentle Sunday club ride or professional teams in a World Tour race. The lead rider “pushes” through...
Strade Bianche - A race born with heritage

Strade Bianche – A race born with heritage

A vintage styled logo, the classic Italian countryside, white gravel roads, impressive riders list. All this combined with the “buzz” of fans in the build up to the race you’d be forgiven for thinking this is a classic race that has been on the racing calendar for as long as many of the Monuments yet...
One in one out? Spanish doping turnstile

One in one out? Spanish doping turnstile

As Alejandro Valverde’s ban for doping comes to an end the protracted decision on the future of Alberto Contador’s career like Valverde’s will shortly be determined at Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The flow of elite banned Spanish cyclist appears to be working like a busy night club “one in-one out” policy. Valverde was...
New season just around the corner

New season just around the corner

With the official opening event of the 2012 UCI World Tour just around the corner the end of the 2011 season may seem like an age ago but there’s more going on this January than the Tour Down Under. Admitedly European racing is still centred around cyclocross at this point of the year but the Grand...
Replica kit taboo

Replica kit taboo

Sunday riders wearing replica team and national kit is a subject that divides opinion amongst cyclists. Its a dilema that appears unique to the sport of cycling. Team and national football or rugby shirts are a common sight on any local high street worn as a fashion accessory with the wearer declaring their allegiance to...
Giro 2012 – Stage 1 – Herning - Saturday 5th May 2012

Giro 2012 – Stage 1 – Herning – Saturday 5th May 2012

  The Giro’s first foray into Scandinavia starts with a pan flat 8.7km individual time trial in Herning, Denmark. Over such a short distance any leads will be small. Herning is a town of around 55,000 residents, slap bang in the middle of Jutland (the bit that juts out of mainland Europe appropriately!). Historically it’s...
Giro 2012 – Stage 2 – Herning - Sunday 6th May 2012

Giro 2012 – Stage 2 – Herning – Sunday 6th May 2012

  Day 2 of the Giro starts and finishes in Herning again. It stays away from the typical routes taken by the local European Tour race GP Herning which has taken place each Spring since 1992 but has unfortunately been cancelled in 2012 due to a lack of sponsors. I imagine the main reason for...
Giro 2012 – Stage 3 – Horsens - Monday 7th May 2012

Giro 2012 – Stage 3 – Horsens – Monday 7th May 2012

  The third and final day in Denmark sees the Giro move to Horsens on the east coast of Jutland. A town surrounded by rolling countryside with deep fjords formed by the (now melted) glaciers that once covered this area. This 190km stage never strays too far from Horsens itself avoiding some of the short...