100 year ago today, on September 15, 1919, a campionissimo (champion of champions) was born: Fausto Coppi. He was a cycling icon like no other.Continue reading “Happy 100th birthday, campionissimo”
A number of novelties are being presented at the Eurobike international fair, which opens in Friedrichshafen today, but one, in particular, stands out. This is the first E-BIKE to come equipped with the innovative ABS (anti-blocking system) developed by blubrake. The company has made something of a name for itself by developing an ABS which, in addition to being integrated into the bike’s frame, is totally invisible. The German company Bulls is presenting four models that are equipped with the blubrake ABS. These bikes are on display for the duration of the fair at the blubrake stand and are available for test rides by members of the press and sector professionals.Continue reading “Eurobike 2019: blubrake, in partnership with bulls, presents the first e-bike with ABS integrated into the frame”
Many professional road cycling events are hundreds of kilometres long, but the final placings are often decided by what happens in the last few seconds of any race stage.
New research shows that a rider can gain up to an extra 5kph advantage in those final sprint seconds, and it all depends on how they position themselves on their bicycle.
That can be enough to make the difference between winning or losing a race.Continue reading “Your riding position can give you an advantage in a road cycling sprint”
The German company Bulls presents four e-bike models equipped with blubrake, the innovative and invisible anti-lock braking system developed for e-bikes. The company part of the ZEG group anticipates the market’s need for innovative solutions for the safety of cyclists.Continue reading “The German company Bulls presents four e-bike models equipped with blubrake”
Tour de France is the world’s most popular and prestigious bicycle race. Wining “the Tour” is a great victory for cyclists, as well as groupset producers. Here are the Tour de France Winner Groupsets, since 1937, year by year:Continue reading “Tour de France Winner Groupsets, Year by Year”
A funny video: one of the fans of Thomas De Gendt writes “unblock me De Gendt” on the road during Stage 16 (probably) of this year’s Tour de France. Apparently, the Belgian cyclist had blocked him on Twitter for an unknown reason. His friend Lonyo Pastor (@Lonyo77), who took the video, wrote on Twitter that “Hi @DeGendtThomas one of my friends wants to tell you something. He doesn’t know what he did wrong @excusasypupas“. And De Gendt really unblocked hem! He answered: “Even I don’t know why he got blocked. He is unblocked now.”Continue reading “Thomas De Gendt unblocks his fan on Twitter”
Mallorca also spelled Majorca, is known as a paradise for cyclists who year after year descend on the island in their thousands. They’re attracted by the country’s unique cycling challenges and breathtaking views. The roads are smooth, winding, and diverse featuring mountain climbs, country lanes, and undulating roads that are a pleasure to ride.Continue reading “Riding the Gems of Mallorca”
Santini has created three special edition jerseys celebrating the UCI Road World Championships which take place this year in Yorkshire in Great Britain. The colors of the Union Jack and the legendary rainbow stripes feature on both the technical and casual wear. An inspired and inspiring capsule collection celebrating the Road World Championship in which Yorkshire-native and new mum Lizzie Deignan will be battling to take the rainbow jersey on home ground.Continue reading “The World Championships-inspired Santini line dedicated to Yorkshire”
“Graeme Obree, Athlete or Genius?”, is a short film published by the Endura Official channel on YouTube. Endura is a cycling clothing company which was founded in Scotland in 1993. In this short film, they tested the positions invented by Graeme Obree, “The Flying Scotsman”. Using these positions (the “praying mantis” and the “Superman”), Obree broke the Hour Record twice (1993, 1994) and became the 4000 m pursuit World Champion, also twice (1993, 1995).Continue reading “Graeme Obree, Athlete or Genius? (Short Film)”
July 9, 1925: in this historic photo, the legendary Italian cyclist Ottavio Bottecchia approaches to the finish line at Tour de France 1925 stage 13, a 275 km going from Nice to Briançon. The monster stage had featured three major ascents, all above two thousand meters: Col d’Allos (2,250 m), Col de Vars (2,108 m) and Col d’Izoard (2,360 m). Fellow Italian Bartolomeo Aymo (sometimes written Bartolomeo Aimo), the Alcyon teammate of Bottecchia’s rival Nicolas Frantz won the stage in 13 hours 5 minutes and 3 seconds. Bottecchia finished in second at 9 min 57 sec, 3 min 40 sec ahead of Frantz, who finished in third and reinforced his yellow jersey. Bottecchia, who had also won the previous years’ edition and becoming the first Italian to win the Tour de France, started 1925 Tour by winning the first stage, then he won 6th and 7th stages, and made his Tour victory complete by also winning the last stage.Continue reading “Ottavio Bottecchia arrives in Briançon, Tour de France 1925 Stage 13”