Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Top 10 Last Minute Get Out Of Jail Tips For Sportives

There's a lot to think about when you're getting ready for a big Sportive ride. Here are a few tips to help everything run that little bit smoother.

Got a big Sportive or Gran Fondo coming up? Make sure you watch this first!

The tips in this video should help you be a little less panicked, and a little more organised as the big day rapidly approaches.

Everything from packing your bag in plenty of time to making sure you've got two bottle cages, and toilet paper - little things can make a big difference to your ride.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Van Garderen Confident He Can Reach Tour de France Podium

Tejay van Garderen is pumped to be collecting the leader's jersey
Tejay van Garderen said Wednesday that he is currently in better form than he was heading into the Tour de France last year when he finished fifth, and he is confident he can finish on the race's podium for the first time.

The BMC Racing leader spoke with reporters via conference call from his home in Nice after recently returning from an altitude training camp in the Dolomites with teammate Brent Bookwalter.

“Everything seems right on track,” van Garderen said. “All the numbers in training, the weight, the health, everything seems to be going perfect. I took a lot of motivation and morale out of the Dauphiné result, so I'm just excited to get things going.”

Van Garderen finished second earlier this month at the Critérium du Dauphiné, where he led the race going into the final day before losing by 10 seconds to Chris Froome, Team Sky's 2013 Tour winner. Froome, of course, will be at the Tour this year, along with fellow pre-race favourites Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), the defending champion; Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), recent Giro d'Italia winner and two-time Tour champion; and Nairo Quintana (Movistar), winner of the 2014 Giro d'Italia.

To reach the podium, the 26-year-old American will have to out-ride several of the sport's biggest names over the span of three weeks. Buoyed by his early season success, good form and relatively smooth run up to July, however, van Garderen made no bones about his chances to make the podium when the race concludes July 26 on the Champs-Élysées.

“I believe on any given day I can beat those guys,” he said. “I've shown already that I've beaten them before. It's quite another thing to beat them consistently over three weeks. But if you look at past stages of races I've done, just this year at Catalunya when I won the stage to La Molina, Contador was third. On the stage to Pra-Loup this year in the Dauphiné, Bardet won the stage, I was second and Froome third. So it's not like when those guys attack I just say 'Ok, I'll see you later.' I'm getting closer to them.”

This year's Tour will be van Garderen's fifth attempt at the race. He rode his first Tour in 2011, working for stage wins for then-teammate Mark Cavendish, who collected five.

“It was a successful Tour, but with zero emphasis on the general classification,” he said. “I was doing a lot of work on the flat stages, pulling the front to keep the breakaways in check. Then when I got to the mountains I had nothing.”

Van Garderen returned to the race with BMC in 2012, working on behalf of defending champion Cadel Evans. When Evans began to fade in the final week, van Garderen surged forward, eventually finishing fifth overall and winning the white jersey as the best young rider. Talk of Tour de France podiums immediately followed.

“Once that happened I think everyone saw like, 'OK, now you need to follow more of a Tour de France GC rider's template.' Like, this is what Tour de France riders do, so let's do this,” van Garderen said.

But that plan didn't work out in 2013, when van Garderen consistently lost time and finished 45th. Since then, he said, there has been a lot of tweaking his preparation to find the right path to success in July. Van Garderen was given full reins of the BMC's Tour team last year when Cadel Evans rode the Giro instead, and he parlayed the opportunity into his second fifth-place result. Van Garderen skipped the Tour of California in May last year, choosing instead to prepare for the Tour by racing in Europe. He's taken a similar route to the Tour this year.

“In 2012 it showed me what I was capable of, and now it's just been a learning process about how do we tap into that and get the most out of it,” he said. “Last year, it was kind of rough and tumble with the broken hip in Romandie and all the crashes and everything that happened during the Tour. So this year I really feel like things have gone very smooth. I'm hitting perfect form just at the right time, and if we can avoid all the pitfalls in the dangerous first week, I think we might just have it figured out.”

Van Garderen went into Dauphiné just below his top form, he said, after not having raced for nearly six weeks beforehand. He said the week of racing boosted his form heading into the Tour, followed by his altitude camp.

“Now I'm back at sea level at my place in Nice just putting some finishing touches on things, making sure I stay sharp, watching my diet and my weight,” he said. “I think I was pretty close to there, but now, heading into the Tour, I think I'll be a good notch and a half higher.”
Van Garderen said he is a kilo lighter than when he raced the Dauphiné, and his max power test was at least 10 watts higher than it was at any time last year.

“This is all pointing to good signs, but then again, what you can do in training and what you can do in a racing scenario is completely different,” he said. “Guys like Wiggins and the guys on Sky, I now they like to talk a lot about the numbers, and all the VAM and the TSS and all that sort of hocus pocus stuff. There's something to it – numbers don't lie – but they also don't tell the whole truth.”

Van Garderen said he is trying not to read too much into his Dauphiné success or his perfectly on-track preparation. The Tour is a three-week race, after all, and he knows as well as anyone that it has a way of dishing up surprises and throwing obstacles into what had previously seemed like a clear path. He said although losing is never easy, over the past five years he's learned to process disappointment more quickly and move on to the next goal. He also knows that at 26, he'll have more opportunities to chase his Tour de France goals if the race doesn't play out the way he'd like it to this year.

“I'm very motivated and I'm very confident,” he said. “I'm in a really good place going into this Tour; I think we have a really good team and just all the vibes I'm getting for this Tour are just very good. I really want to make the podium or even higher – anything is possible – but to say I'm putting in all my chips, I'm going to do it this year and it's now or never? It's not now or never. You know, I've got a good six to eight more years of trying to make the podium or win the Tour.”
Author: Pat Malach
Article Source: Cycling News

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Quintana: Up to 10 Riders Could Win This Year’s Tour de France

Nairo Quintana (Movistar)
After all the drama of Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) fighting for victory in the Giro d’Italia and Chris Froome (Sky) and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) battling it out at the Critérium du Dauphiné, the fourth of the top Grand Tour favourites, Nairo Quintana (Movistar), begins his final build-up for the Tour de France at the low-key Route du Sud stage race on Thursday.

Quintana’s last race was the Tour de Romandie in early May and he has spent most of the intervening period back home in Colombia, returning to Europe in time for his big objective of the season. After finishing second in his debut Tour de France in 2013 and then winning the Giro d’Italia last year (he also led the Vuelta a España before crashing out injured), Quintana is now looking to take his country’s first ever win in the Tour this summer.

Quintana’s lone build-up race for the Tour is the four-day Route du Sud, where the Colombian heads a Movistar squad lacking Spanish teammate Alejandro Valverde, who finished second here last year and who will be racing the Tour alongside the Colombian. This June, however, Valverde opted for the longer Critérium du Dauphiné for his first race back after the Ardennes Classics.

“The Route du Sud is a race I like a lot,” Quintana told a small group of reporters on Wednesday evening in the start town of Lourdes. However, without ruling it out completely, he played down his chances of a repeat of his win here in 2012. “I’m expecting to be able to get up to full race speed here, so without pushing myself too hard here, it’s ideal for me.”

“I hope to have a good race here, and my victory here in 2012 was a good one. But my objectives were different back then, it was a different moment.”

Quintana, Contador and Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin) are the headline acts in the four-stage race. With no time trial, Saturday’s tough trek through the Pyrenees is likely to decide the overall. “Those climbs are going to be an important reference point for me,” Quintana agreed.

Most of the questions Quintana fielded were, understandably, about the Tour de France, how he will tackle July and his condition compared to his previous assaults on Grand Tours.

“As a rider, I’ve definitely moved forwards since winning the Giro d’Italia last year,” Quintana said, “I’ve stepped up in terms of race strategy, how to save as much energy as possible, and the way the team and I work together. Physically, too, I’m in good shape.”

Quintana refused to highlight any rider in particular as a favourite for July, saying “everybody is on a good level. They’ve all shown their strength in different races, Froome has won several, Nibali rode really well on one stage in the Dauphiné and Contador’s already won the Giro. After resting up a lot this month, I’m sure he’ll be in good shape too for the Tour.”

Quintana agreed that his victory in Tirreno-Adriatico had given him “a lot more confidence” – though, ever one to keep his feet on the ground, he added: “I know that I’ve been able to beat my rivals then, but they’ve been able to beat me, too.

“The Tour for sure is going to be a very dramatic race, because I’d say unlike in other years, there’s not just one or two riders who can win the Tour, or even four, this time there are maybe ten who have a chance of doing it.”

Expectations for July in Colombia, Quintana said, will be high, both among the public and the media, “particularly as the football hasn’t worked out so well” – though he was speaking before the national team resurrected its Copa America hopes by beating Brazil on Wednesday evening. In any case, support and interest amongst the fans back home is high. “It’s not just the Giro or the Tour that matters, they like it when I win in any race,” Quintana said. And although he is playing down his chances, that would, of course, include a repeat victory in the Route du Sud.

Article Source: Cycling News 

Monday, June 15, 2015

(2015) JJ Haedo: Team Jamis Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home

Juan José “JJ” Haedo is an Argentine former professional WorldTour cyclist. Heado began his pro career in 2003 on U.S. based Team Colavita before moving to Europe with Team CSC and Saxo Bank. His racing career there included three Giro’s, three Vuelta’s and one Tour de France. In 2011 he won a stage at the Vuelta a España. After six years of racing at the WorldTour level, he returned to the U.S. in 2013 to race the Continental circuit with Team Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home. 2014 was his last season as a professional, but he continues to promote cycling as an Ambassador for Jamis Bicycles.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Cyclingnews' Beginner's Guide to the 2015 Tour de France

New to cycling or want to refresh your knowledge? Here's our Beginner's guide to the Tour de France, the biggest race on the cycling calendar.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Bradley Wiggins Breaks The Hour Record! Essential Things To Know About Brad's Record-Breaking Ride

Sir Bradley Wiggins took the hour record, despite adverse air pressure conditions. So, could he have gone further? We talk about that, and other things that you need to know about the day that Wiggins made history.

Photos: © Bettiniphoto / http://www.bettiniphoto.net/ & ©Tim De Waele / http://www.tdwsport.com

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Ten Ways To Make Every Bike Ride A Great Bike Ride

Make everything click and have an awesome bike ride, every ride, with these tips.

Cycling is great. But, sometimes, for whatever reason, riding your bike can feel like a bit of a drag. Despite that, there are things that great bike rides have in common. We put our heads together and thought of the ten defining features of some of our best-ever days on the bike – here they are. Try them and enjoy!