Join us the last weekend of Feburary for the USA Cycling Fat Bike National Championships presented by Borealis Fat Bikes! Ogden, Utah, and Powder Mountain are eager to showcase the corduroy course and crown the fastest on snow with the Stars-and-Stripes jersey.
Since 2010, the Festive 500 has challenged cyclists to ride a total of 500km on the eight days between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Once again we invite you to join tens of thousands of riders in testing yourself on the bike over the holidays as part of this growing festive tradition.
Rapha encourages you to celebrate your commitment to the cause by documenting your Festive 500 with photos, films, letters – whichever way you see fit. The most creative and interesting submissions will be considered for a number of top prizes (see below). As always, all participants who complete their 500km can claim a commemorative woven roundel.
So, skip that glass of afternoon sherry and get off the sofa this holiday. The Festive 500 will end your riding year on a high.
Strava has added the Festive 500 as a challenge this year and I decided to take it on as my end of year challenge. I will post my summary of the challenge and my personnel experinces here after the first of the year.
Interbike rolled into Las Vegas again in 2015. Many of the exhibitors had recently been at Eurobike, so it was common to hear comparisons given. While Interbike covers less square footage than Eurobike, what it lacks in size is more than made up for in enthusiasm. Large crowds of exhibitors, IBD shops and everyone even remotely related to bicycles was present. Interbike remains the place in the Americas to see the latest new products and meet the people who make the bicycle industry what it is. Many agree, however, that Las Vegas is not a great place to have the show.
One of the events at Interbike is the awards banquet where manufacturers and riders receive awards in various categories, such as best mountain bike of the year (Pivot Cycles), or best pro cyclist of the year (Chris Froome). Notably this year three members of the cast of Breaking Away, Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid and Jackie Earle Haley, were on hand to present some awards. The crowd loved seeing them and telling them how much the film meant to them.
Shoulder to Shoulder - Bicycle Racing in the Age of Anquetil
Book Review by Tom Baker
Shoulder to Shoulder Bicycle Racing in the Age of Anquetil is a coffee table book that presents more than 100 photographs from the time of Jacques Anquetil’s racing career. These photographs are from the extensive collection of images now owned by Shelly and Brett Horton, and were chosen because they are representative of the racers, races and drama of the time.
That was a nasty crash and it's put me behind so can you give me a short pull back on to the front? Itailian Vincenzo Nibai of Team Astana decides to take a pull from his team car at 40km/h while being on live video.
After officials discover the video and decide to expell Nibali from the Vuelta all he could say is everyone "else is doing it". Well yes but not so blatently and surely no such a long pull and at that speed!
"We have been informed by the decision of the technical judge," Javier Guillen, director general of the Vuelta, told reporters. "The act carried out by the rider is bad for cycling, for the rider, for the Vuelta and its image, because we lose one of the favorites."
"We have spoken with the judges and their decision was clear to disqualify Nibali," said Astana sport director Stefano Zanini. "We asked for leniency, asking for a time sanction but not to disqualify him... The judges decided that an action of this type creates a precedent for other riders."