What is Grupetto in cycling? [Autobus explained]

Beneath the exhilarating thrill of professional cycling lie layers of strategy and camaraderie that are often overlooked by the casual observer. One such example is the phenomenon of the Grupetto, also known as the Autobus. Stemming from Italian origins, the term Grupetto literally translates to a “small group,” while Autobus denotes a vehicle carrying many …

Do professional cyclists enjoy the views during the race? [Explained]

Cycling is often associated with nature, tranquility, beautiful views, and the open road. But when it comes to professional cycling, the narrative changes significantly. The typical imagery of a cyclist pedaling through serene landscapes with the time and mind to appreciate the surrounding beauty isn’t always the reality, especially during competitive races. The experience, as …

Here’s why cyclists ride in a big bunch [peloton explained]

Professional road cycling is an intriguing mix of individual grit, team strategy, and a meticulous understanding of aerodynamics. Central to these elements is the formation known as the “peloton,” a French term meaning ‘platoon’ or ‘pack.’ It usually translates into English as the “main bunch”. In cycling, the peloton is the large group of cyclists …

What is a domestique in cycling? [Explained]

A domestique is a rider in professional road cycling who works for the benefit of their team and leader, rather than trying to win the race. The term is derived from French and translates to “servant”. The roles of a domestique may include setting the pace to tire out rivals, providing slipstreams for team leaders …

What is the “Washing Machine Effect” in cycling? [Explained]

The “Washing Machine Effect” is a term used in cycling circles to illustrate the intense and dynamic nature of a bicycle race, specifically within the main group of riders known as the peloton. This phenomenon encapsulates the rapid shifts in positioning, abrupt changes in speed, and sudden strategy alterations that lead to a turbulent, swirling …

Top 200 fastest climbs on the Alpe d’Huez [All-time list] [2022 update]

L’Alpe d’Huez is a ski resort at 1,250 to 3,330 meters (4,100 to 10,930 ft) in the Central French Western Alps, in the commune of Huez. The maximum elevation of the legendary climb is 1,815 meters (5,955 feet). The climb is used regularly in the Tour de France, including twice on the same day in …

Santini X IRONMAN: the new co-brand collection developed with pro triathletes

Santini continues evolving its triathlon expertise with a new collection comprising the Aahonui and Ika Ika lines, featuring the instantly recognizable M-Dot logo: Santini X IRONMAN is designed especially for athletes tackling the toughest of all triathlon events.

New Santini kit celebrate the Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2022

Inspired by the rugged terrain of the Belgian cycling classic, Santini’s new Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2022 collections are a brilliant celebration of the legendary La Doyenne: separate kits for men and women coordinate with a jacket and a range of accessories featuring a signature mountain range motif.