Monday, November 30, 2015

How To Find Your Rhythm On A Climb | Road Cycling Tips

When you see pro cyclists climbing fast, they've usually established a good rhythm.

Climbing rhythm is hard to define and often hard to find, but, once you've found it, the chances are that you'll start climbing faster, and expending less energy.

Simpler to 'souplesse' or pedalling style, climbing with a good rhythm is one of those really pro things that many of the best cyclists in the world seem to find effortlessly.

Friday, November 27, 2015

How To Avoid Common Winter Cycling Mistakes

Out on your road bike this winter? This is the time of year when mistakes can really show; here are some common ones to avoid.

Do you make any of these common winter cycling mistakes? Winter is a time of the year when you might feel mistakes more keenly than summer. This means that it's worth taking steps like heavier tyres, investing in some good kit, making sure you have lights and carrying the right spares

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Top 10 Facts You Never Knew About Cycling

Dan and Matt are back with another battle of cycling facts.

From the first ever bike race to the invention of the rear derailleur, we bring you a few more nuggets of wisdom from the world of cycling.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Kirchmann targets Women's WorldTour events and Rio Olympics in 2016

Canadian all-rounder looks for strong results in Spring Classics with Liv-Plantur

Leah Kirchmann (Optum) takes the win on stage 2.

Leah Kirchmann’s decision to move from the US-based team Optum Pro Cycling to the Dutch team Liv-Plantur aligned perfectly with her goals of building consistently strong results in international bike racing. The Canadian all-rounder is looking to take her career to the next level on the inaugural Women’s WorldTour and at the Rio Olympics Games in 2016.

“My big goal for the 2016 season is the Olympics in Rio,” Kirchmann told Cyclingnews. “I will also be targeting some of the Spring Classics, as that type of racing really plays to my strengths.

“I’ve always had the goal of eventually moving to a European team, and the opportunity with Liv-Plantur came up at the perfect time. They are one of the top teams in the world, with strong riders and a professional team structure. I will be based over in Europe with them for most of the season.”

Kirchmann is a multiple Canadian champion in road, time trial and the criterium disciplines. She has been with the Optum Pro Cycling team since 2013 with highlights that include second overall at the Tour of California Women’s Race, second places at the Pan American Championships road race, Chrono Gatineau, White Spot-Delta Road Race, and third at La Course by Le Tour de France. She won the National Racing Calendar (NRC) overall individual title this year. Liv-Plantur announced in October that they signed Kirchmann for the 2016 season.

Next year, Kirchmann hopes to make her mark on the Women’s WorldTour, a 17-round series that includes both one-day and stage races. Although Liv-Plantur’s race program has not yet been released, Kirchmann would like to focus on some of the Spring Classics on the calendar such as Ronde van Drenthe, Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields, Tour of Flanders and La Flèche Wallonne Féminine.

“I’ve shown now that I can consistently perform at the top in North America, and I would like to achieve that same kind of consistency racing over in Europe,” Kirchmann said. “It will be an especially exciting season with the introduction of the new Women’s WorldTour. I’m really looking forward to embracing the European cycling culture, and learning as much as possible next season.”

The UCI announced the Women’s WorldTour in September, to replace the current Road World Cup, which has been in existence since 1998. The new series is touted as a necessary step in the development of women’s road racing because of it’s more formal structure and ranking system, along with its marketability to fans and sponsors, promotion across social media and obligatory video highlights packages.

“I think the Women’s WorldTour is a huge step forward in creating better professional structure for women’s cycling,” Kirchmann said. “I think the WorldTour broadcasting and social media requirements are one of the most important steps for events next year. Hopefully this step will attract more fans to the sport, and also attract sponsors to teams and events with the guaranteed exposure. There is so much potential to build on the WorldTour structure in the future in order to raise the whole level of the sport."

Kirchmann is also looking forward to returning to North America next spring to contest two of the Women's WorldTour events: round eight at the Tour of California Women’s Race and round nine at the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic.

“I’m very excited that there are a couple of WorldTour events planned for North America,” she said. “This year, both events demonstrated that they are among the best run women’s events in the world, and I believe they absolutely deserve WorldTour status.”

Article Source: Cycling News

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

2015 Red Bull Velodux Highlights

Highlights of the men's race at the Red Bull Velodux as Lukas Winterberg and Nicola Rohrbach take the victory

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Thursday, November 12, 2015

New Women's Team Cylance Taking Aim at Inaugural WorldTour

Shelley Olds (Ale-Cipollini) wins the criterium and the sprint competitions
With the creation of the UCI Women's WorldTour, an ambitious new American women's team has come together under title sponsor Cylance, a high-tech computer security firm, with Olympic hopefuls Shelley Olds, Rosella Ratto and Valentina Scandolara heading up the roster.

The team also includes up and coming climber Krista Doebel-Hickok, who won a stage in the Czech Tour de Feminin, Tour de San Luis and BeNe Ladies Tour stage winner Alison Tetrick, multiple collegiate national champion Erica Zaveta, Sheyla Gutierrez, winner of the Grand Prix de Plumelec-Morbihan, Swiss time trial champion Doris Schweizer and Kathryn Bertine.

Cylance Pro Cycling is owned by Inspire Sports, the management company founded by Omer Kem, who previously managed the BMW p/b Happy Tooth and Bissell Pro Cycling teams. Cylance stepped in to sponsor BMW's brother squad SmartStop at the tail end of the 2015 season, and Kem was keen to continue the partnership under a new banner after the men's team folded.

"With the announcement of women's WorldTour, I was motivated to make a concentrated effort on that calendar. I felt it gave us something to step up to," Kem told Cyclingnews. "My motivation was to create a diverse roster but also make sure we were an American team. The first rider signed was Shelley Olds. She was a 2012 Olympian and someone at this point in her career can win, teach, lead and be there on the road. I wanted to bring her back after several years of racing overseas. We were able to sign Krista Doebel-Hickok, who is a very good up and coming climber. She had some success in Europe this year. We signed Alison Tetrick, who can be a voice in addition to get results for the team. A young rider named Erica Zaveta - she raced with BMW-Happy Tooth team, and I saw an opportunity to develop her beyond the multiple collegiate championships she's won and see if she wants to be a pro cyclists long term."

Ratto, 22, was the bronze medalist behind Marianne Vos and Emma Johansson in the 2013 UCI Road World Championships in Florence. She was also the best young rider in the Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l'Ardèche this year, but previously won a stage and was third overall in The Women's Tour in Great Britain, and the Giro dell Emilia.

Scandolara comes from the Orica-AIS team, with which she claimed a second overall and points jersey at the Premondiale Giro Toscana Int. Femminile this year, and a stage in the Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l'Ardèche. Bertine has been Saint Kitts en Nevis' national team for several years, taking part in the World Championships while advocating for women's cycling.

Kem and Cylance CEO Stuart McClure are hoping to further Bertine's aspirations of elevating women's cycling to be equal with the men's side. Short term, they are focused on supporting the riders' aspirations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio in addition to the team's goals, but long term, they hope to be able to add value to the sport and draw in other tech companies as sponsors.

"Elevating women in the sport for me is huge. I really connect with that effort of serving the underdog and trying to get your voice heard. I think I've had that my whole life," McClure told Cyclingnews. "There is a lot to happen with women's sport, to get fair credit and equal pay, and I think it's a great opportunity all around for us to do some good as a company."

McClure said that the more he heard about the situation that the women face in cycling, as highlighted by Bertine's documentary film "Half the Road", the more he felt compelled to do something about it. "I was almost embarrassed that we haven't done a proper job - it's ridiculous. We need to do better than this. We have a lot of very committed, dedicated and talented athletes here, how are we not taking every advantage to bolster then and get them to where they want to be?"

He also sees an opportunity for his company, which sells a next-generation anti-virus product that employs artificial intelligence to prevent intrusions rather than try to detect known malware. They currently sell business-to-business rather than on the consumer side, and McClure sees cycling as a way to connect with his fellow tech business leaders - many of whom are avid cyclists as he is.

"The number of avid cyclists as senior executives far exceed those that golf anymore. For us, cycling or active sports like that, really attract the senior executives who are the buyers of our product. Those folks also appreciate the alignment with the charity work we'll be doing as an organisation through Inspire Sports and others. There's a lot of great appeal for the company, for the cycling team. Lastly, maybe even equally important is I'm really keen, and all of us are keen at Cylance, to see if we can develop a team of women that can not just sort of achieve team goals which are great, but achieve individual goals. We have a number of potential 2016 Olympians, and we'd love to help get them to achieve their goals there."

McClure hopes his involvement in the sport will help inspire some of his competitors to follow suit. "I'm hopeful that I can elevate [cycling] in the high tech world, so for example guys like GoDaddy and Dell who I know would be very keen to help sponsor and infuse more of a way to professionally develop a group of people and a team... I probably have high hopes, but I think it's very do-able."

Kem says the team will race both overseas and in the US next year, focusing mainly on the WorldTour, but also helping the women fight for UCI points toward Olympic qualifications in the first half of the season. They'll start most likely at the Ladies Tour of Qatar, where Olds has had success in the past, and take on the one-day WorldTour races in Europe. They will also tackle the North American UCI stage races like Joe Martin, Tour of the Gila, and Tour of California before taking on the National championships, Winston-Salem Classic, and the Philadelphia WorldTour race.

"Then we'll look at the women's race in Great Britain in June," Kem said. "Depending on how many riders make their Olympic teams, we'll see what the rest of the year looks like. La Course and the Prudential RideLondon are huge events. We'll be there. The second half of the year dependent on the Olympcis, but our focus is on the WorldTour and events around that."

Article Source: Cycling News

Monday, November 9, 2015

What Do You Do In The Off Season? GCN Asks The Pro Peloton

We spoke to the cyclists of the pro peloton to find out how you can train like a pro in the off season.

Training – or not training – in the off season is one of the few times that cyclists get to work a bit of variety in to their routines.

What do they actually do? Running? Gym work? Rest? Dancing..?!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Top 10 Most Iconic Images Of The 2015 Road Season

When it comes to race photography, Tim de Waele is the best in the business. And these are his Top 10 most iconic photos of the 2015 road season.

During the 2015 road season, Tim de Waele took hundreds of thousands of photos. Narrowing it down to 10, for this video, wasn’t easy. We started by asking him to select his favorite shots of the year — he provided us with a selection of about 100. From there, we chose our favorites, with an eye on those photos that captured the essence of a particular race, or a moment, that defined the 2015 season. They’re presented here, in chronological order.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

How To Deal With Hazards On The Road | Ridesmart

Stay aware and let others know about hazards on the road to stay safe.

The roads are not a hazard-free place to ride. Potholes, cattle grids, raised ironwork; all of these can potentially cause issues. This video explains how to deal with them and how to alert other riders to the presence of these hazards.

Other hazards – like horses and oncoming vehicles – are a little more obvious, but you still need to approach with caution and let other riders know what's coming up.