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Junior to WorldTour: Nature or Nurture? - PezCycling News There is absolutely a genetic component that means that the 18 year old that I was when I took up cycling in 1986 will never make it to the top pro levels, no matter how motivated I was or how other stars aligned. I tend to look at genetics and the nebulous term "talent" as the basic cost of entry to the elite ranks.
26 of the best smartphone cycling apps for iPhone, Android and more Welcome to the latest edition of road.cc's buyer's guide to cycling apps in which you'll find everything you need to know to find the right app for you, plus our pick of 26 of the best and most useful cycling apps. In this updated version of our guide to cycling apps, we've added aerodynamics testing app AeroAPP.
Inside a freehub body: What makes the clicks and angry bees? The freehub of any geared bike is something that is easy to take for granted. As it stands, the only attention that it normally receives depends upon just how much noise it makes.
Jess Varnish to call former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman as witness in discrimination case Dr Richard Freeman, the former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor who is facing his own medical tribunal in the New Year, will be called this week as one of Jess Varnish's witnesses in her discrimination case against UK Sport and British Cycling.
News roundup: Young FDJ rider in a coma; Najar banned; Sagan hops Samuele Manfredi hit by a car while training, in an induced coma in Italy. Vuelta a San Juan 'winner' banned. Sagan hops up stairs. Here's your News roundup for Monday, December 10. This is our way of keeping you up to speed on all of the stories circulating in the world of pro cycling.
Jess Varnish evidence to be heard at Manchester Employment Tribunal Jess Varnish will give evidence to a tribunal hearing on Tuesday as her case against British Cycling and UK Sport gets under way.
VeloNews Awards 2018: Quick-Step Floors, team of the year They called themselves the "Wolfpack," and in 2018, Quick-Step Floors riders proved to be cycling's apex predators. Pro cycling's winningest team in 2017 did not appear poised for similar success in 2018. Belgium's Quick-Step Floors was completely reshaped at the end of last season.
Live blog: Zwift Companion updates, MAMILs still on the rise according to study, Vulpine returns + more Live blog: Zwift Companion updates, MAMILs + more.
12 of the best heart rate monitors - measure your effort and improve your fitness A heart rate monitor, as the name suggests, measures your heart rate in beats per minute and displays it on a screen. As you've no doubt noticed, the harder you ride, the faster your heart beats, so heart rate is a useful proxy for your effort level.
Specialized Element 2.0 gloves These Specialized Element 2.0 gloves will take care of the hand bit. They're effective gloves for colder rides. Specialized has gone for a semi-lobster for the Element 2.0 glove, with the 3.0 featuring a full lobster: two compartments for two fingers each.
Mark Cavendish training OK and thinks he is over Epstein-Barr virus Mark Cavendish hopes his "mismanaged" illness troubles are over following a three-month break from cycling.
Cassani predicts heat and climbs will produce a selective Tokyo 2020 Olympics Italian national coach Davide Cassani has predicted that heat and humidity will be a decisive factor in deciding the men's road race event at the 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo, with the climbs on the 234km course expected to reduce the race to final "head to head" battle.
The power meter debate rages on A growing chorus is suggesting that pro cycling should ban power meters to jolt life into a moribund peloton. Movistar's Nairo Quintana, ex-pro Alberto Contador, power-brokers such as UCI president David Lappartient and Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme - they all say power meters are sucking the life out of racing.
Off To The Races Sometime back in the mid-aughts I got hooked on the cyclocrossing. I was never even remotely good at it, but in a way that's what made it so much fun - even if you're nowhere near placing you're always at least competing for something, such as not coming in last.
Sagan to LBL; Evenepoel; Rotterdam: Daily News Digest Peter Sagan will race Liege-Bastogne-Liege for the first time in 2019. The multi-time world champion said his focus is still on the cobbled classics, despite his ambition to race both Amstel Gold Race and LBL. Also teenage sensation Remco Evenepoel will not race the cobbled classics in his debut season.
UCI Track World Cup: Laura Kenny says she doesn't 'feel scared anymore' Laura Kenny says she does not 'feel scared anymore' after returning to top-level competition following the birth of her first child.
Work starts on key cross-city Cambridge cycle route after two decades of campaigning Work was due to last week on a traffic-free cycle route in Cambridge, the UK's leading city for cycling, after more than two decades of lobbying by campaigners.
Five cool things coming soon from Bowman, Panaracer, Wahoo, Rapha and 7Mesh It's Monday which means it's Five Cool Things time, our weekly roundup of the hottest new products to arrive in the road.cc office. In this edition we've got a nice new bike, a smart trainer, some lovely winter clothing and some coloured tyres. We first tested the Pilgrims Disc all-road bike from British brand Bowman Cycles back in 2015.
Five cool things coming soon from Genesis, Specialized, Giant, Rotor and Rapha As we roll towards Christmas, the gear just keeps piling in and we're working hard to offset some of the damage that will inevitably done when road.cc's annual festive do comes around! Are any of these products below on your Christmas wish list? Genesis Vaypour 30.
Ruts 'n' Guts: Hecht, Runnels close out ProCX with wins Hecht finishes the racing series with four straight victories, while Runnels goes solo for her third series win. Samantha Runnels and Gage Hecht closed out USA Cycling's Pro Cyclocross Calendar with victories in Oklahoma on Sunday.
Paul Sherwen obituary Cyclist, television commentator and broadcaster who became one of the defining voices of his sport.
Pearl Izumi Elite Pursuit Hybrid jacket The bottom line is that this has become one of my favourite weather resistant outer layers for cool and changeable conditions, and supercedes the PRO Barrier Lite in my poor-weather clothing arsenal. For its price tag of a penny under £100, I'm suitably impressed.
What does it take to ride 200 miles solo? I have to plan the route, clean my bike, gather up all of the spare tubes and tire levers I can find, pack a lot of food, and go to bed very early on a Friday night. Twenty-four hours later, my bike was cleaned, lubed, and propped up next to the front door.
Peter Sagan bunny-hops up 29 steps at team training camp in Mallorca However, the three-time world champion has taking his ability up another step this morning, as he bunny-hopped up 29 steps in an alleyway in Mallorca.
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