Isn’t it great, that feeling when you get up on a bike in the morning to get to work, or when you are looking forward to your regular outdoors workout? And what about now, when it can get a bit snowy outside? Popularity and general interest of cycling naturally decrease during the winter months but no matter what opinion polls say, I say yes to cycling in the snow and I ride snow on my fixed gear bike. I am sure I’m not alone. Although sometimes I get pointed at, I still see other cyclists out on the road in the blaze, some on fixed gear bikes and the thought of me not being completely insane by myself sort of comforts me, but is it so?
If you want your bike to last for a longer time, it is crucial that you learn how to keep your bike in the right condition. With proper maintenance, you’re able to ride safe, comfortable, and enjoy the moments as you ride from one area to another. It also helps to increase the time between major services and elevates your riding experience. In the long-term, bike maintenance saves you money you could use in replacing the bike as well as time. In consideration to these, we look at the top 5 maintenance tips that your bicycle will appreciate.
Doping in sport is widespread and shows little sign of abating. Athletes are dropping out of the Rio Olympics like flies. Maria Sharapova was banned for two years after testing positive for meldonium; a Romanian kayaking team failed their drug test, disqualifying them pending further investigations; and the International Olympic Committee announced that they could ban up to 31 athletes from competing because retests of their samples collected during the 2008 Beijing Olympics indicated the presence of banned substances. If the trend continues, the Rio Olympics could be the Olympics with the lowest number of delegations in recent history.
After I started cycling, I have come to realize that there are lots of benefits associated with this sport. Cycling typically combines physical exercise with being outdoors and exploring new views. Exercise, on the other hand, can have nearly endless positive impacts on your wellbeing. You can either ride alone, which gives you time to process your anxieties and worries. Ladies, it is also a great way to lose some extra calories.
Giro d’Italia 2018 route has been announced by RCS Sport, the organizer of the race. For the first time ever, a Grand Tour will start outside of Europe: Israel will host the first three stages of the Giro d’Italia 2018, beginning with an Individual Time Trial in Jerusalem on Friday, May 4. It will also be the 13th time that the Giro starts outside of Italy. The race will be finished in Rome with a final circuit stage on Sunday, May 27. There will be no team time trial (TTT) and limited opportunities for the sprinters in the 101st edition of the Italian grand tour. Continue reading “Giro d’Italia 2018 Stages and Route”
One of the most demanding climbs in professional road bicycle racing, Monte Zoncolan is a mountain in the Carnic Alps, located in the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy. It has been used in the Giro d’Italia six times (2003, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2014, and 2018) and in the Giro Donne (Giro d’Italia Femminile, rebranded in 2013 as the Giro Rosa), once (1997). Continue reading “Monte Zoncolan”
Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won Paris-Roubaix 2018: the triple world champion attacked from a group of favorites with 54 km to go, caught the two remnants of the early break (Silvan Dillier of AG2R la Mondiale and Jelle Wallays of Lotto Soudal). Wallays quickly dropped, but Dillier was still going strong, he started sharing the work with Sagan and they were never seen again.
Montevergine is located near Avellino, in the comune of Mercogliano, in Campania, central Italy. The mountain is a limestone massif and part of the Apennine chain. Under the peak, at some 1,270 m, is the Sanctuary of MontevergineNotes 1 – where the climb ends. Continue reading “Montevergine di Mercogliano”
Mount Etna is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, Italy. With a height of currently 3,329 meters / 10,922 ft (this varies with summit eruptions), it is the highest active volcano in Europe outside the Caucasus, and also the highest peak in Italy south of the Alps. To date, the Giro d’Italia has visited the volcano four times, three times to the Rifugio Sapienza and once to Piano Bottaro lower down. The last visit was in 2017, where Jan Polanc, the Slovenian rider of UAE Team Emirates won stage 4, as the last survivor of a four-man breakaway. The fifth visit will be in the 2018 edition.