CYCLE SHOW SELECTS: Top Industry News, Show Challenges and More!
Each week we will be bringing you The Cycle Show Selects: selected industry news chosen by the team to keep you inspired during this time!
Whether you’re a Roadie, MB, Commuter or more we have news from all parts of the industry to keep you up to date.
Liège-Bastogne-Liège draws the curtain on the Spring Classics and the first part of the season. The men’s route has now been confirmed and will cover 259.5km.
The route also changed slightly in 2019 and now finishes by returning to Liège as opposed to nearby Ans. This year also sees the addition of a new climb in the form of the Côte de Desnié just ahead of the Côte de la Redoute.
CAN YOU TRAIN FOR AN IRONMAN IN A YEAR?
As the catchphrase goes: “Anything is possible”, but is it possible to train for an Ironman in only one year? It certainly depends on your starting point, but a year seems like a reasonable amount of time to prepare for an Ironman.
Let’s look at some considerations before you commit since ultimately, the question is not “can you”, but “should you?”
BONT VAYPOR S HOLOGRAM SHOES
Bont offers its flagship lightweight shoe in numerous versions, from the original Vaypor to a sportive-orientated, kangaroo-leather Vapor+ and more in-between.
Now they have the lightest model to date, the Vaypor S, with one of the options featuring this extrovert hologram PU upper.
LOCKDOWN UPDATE AND THINGS TO DO
WAHOO FRONTIERS: LONG COAST
In this first episode of season two, Ian Boswell, Peter Stetina, and Colin Strickland meet up in California for a bike trip that explores the Lost Coast. This is not just an adventure, it is the new training camp for these privateers.
What do you do when you need your competition to get better so you can beat your competition later? Ian, Pete, and Colin find out as they tackle the Lost Coast each seeking something a bit different and each riding away with fresh perspective and motivation for challenges ahead.
RIBBLE: THE FREEDOM TO EXPLORE
Where the road ends and the off-road adventure begins is where these Gravel bikes explode into life. With lightweight frames, stable off-road geometry, and huge tyre clearance, our range of gravel bikes is designed to ride faster, smoother, and explore the most challenging terrain.
View Ribble’s full gravel bike range now.
CAN YOU GET FIT ON AN ELECTRIC BIKE?
Electric bikes offer a wide range of benefits, allowing you to travel further and faster, offering a green alternative for commuting, and enabling more people to experience the joy of cycling. However, with a motor and battery providing assistance while you pedal, can you get fit on an eBike?
With many aspects of cycling seemingly focused on performance gains, electric bikes are often met with scepticism for providing a helping hand on hills or a sweat-free ride to work. However, riding an electric bike can still improve your fitness.
BIKERADAR PODCAST: HOW GREEN IS CYCLING?
Mathew Loveridge talks to BikeRadar’s in-house physicist Seb Scott to find out just how green cycling really is. The answer might surprise you.
In short, while making bicycles and the food to power them carries a carbon cost, cycling is among the lowest carbon-per-kilometer modes of transport – it’s even better than walking.
TOP BUDGET WETSUITS
220 Triathlon have shortlisted the top budget swimsuits, from £100 up to £250, for men and women. Your first triathlon wetsuit is one of the most crucial you’ll ever make, the start of a multisport journey that could last a lifetime. But that’s not to say that the entry-level suits here are just for beginners, as many display enough quality for a host of tri experiences.
LOCKDOWN UPDATE AND THINGS TO DO
WOUT VAN AERT: BRABANTSE PIJL
With Paris-Roubaix postponed to October, Wout van Aert focuses his attention to the Brabantse Pijl starting line-up, the first hilly classic of the season played out across 200km and 24 hills in Flemish Brabant and Walloon Brabant.
The succession of hills on this route is relentless, including a 550 metre-long cobbled climb featuring a maximum gradient of 17 per cent. Read Wout van Aert‘s full interview with Cycling News has he prepares for his Brabantse Pijl debut.
TIME MATTERS: RICHARD CURTIS' STORY
Ultra-cyclist Richard Curtis was the victim of a car accident in 2018 which left him with permanent brain injury.
Time Matters is a short film which shines a light on the life changing moment and Richard’s struggles thereafter. It serves as a sombre reminder that life is precious, and simple pleasures like riding your bike should not be taken for granted.
TRAITHLON NEWS: IMPROVE YOUR RUN
When looking for ways to improve your muscular endurance, speed and running efficiency, it’s generally accepted that you need to incorporate strength training into your weekly training plan.
Kettlebells are a great training tool, says Jon Hodgkinson from Triathlon Coaching UK. Check out his top kettlebell exercises for improving your run.
EASTER SUNDAY: TOUR OF FLANDERS
The men’s and women’s 2021 Tour of Flanders are both set to take place on Sunday 4 April. Defined by its cobbled climbs, the 2021 Tour of Flanders as usual will be largely played out in a small part of Belgium. Over the years it’s become a favourite for both spectators and riders and the atmosphere accompanies the race through the lane of Flanders.
EXPLORE UK'S BEST MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS
Every year show partners MBUK publish their guide to the UK’s best mountain bike trails – the places to ride if you want a pretty much guaranteed good time on two wheels! They focus predominantly on trail centres and bike parks, because their purpose-built, well-maintained trails are generally ridable no matter what the UK climate is.
COREBIKE LAUNCH COREBIKE ONLINE
COREbike the UK’s largest cycling trade event are delighted to announce the launch of COREbike Online a digital gallery for promotional videos and product news. The website gives visitors the opportunity to experience the latest products, new product releases, range overviews and more.
STEP ONE OF THE CYCLING ROADMAP
British Cycling has been in contact with Sport England and other national governing bodies to discuss the return to sanctioned activities and events. British Cycling-affiliated Club rides or recreation programme rides for up to 15 participants are allowed with some restrictions in place.
2021 EDITION OF GENT-WEVELGEM
In just a week, the peloton will gather under the Menin Gate in Ypres for a new edition of Gent-Wevelgem. Last year’s winner Mads Pendersen will face strong competition according to the provisional start list: a mix of fast men and classic riders. Who will win the Wevelgem?
60 SECONDS WITH CASEY BROWN
Not only has she raced downhill and enduro to Elite level, twice she has been crowned Queen of Crankworx and featured in several MTB films but she has done it all with a style few can match. After seeing what Casey Brown achieved lots of women have now shown what they’re capable of away from the race tracks.
LOCKDOWN CYCLING RULES EXPLAINED
The restrictions on cycle in the different UK nations still apply, however British Cycling have published a roadmap to restart group rides, sportive and competitions. Although subject to change British Cycling expects all activities to resume on 21 June, although some restrictions may still apply. These rules apply to England only.
COLLINS CUP: THE ROAD TO SAMORIN
The Professional Triathletes Organisation has announced the new date for the inaugural Collins Cup, now set to take place on 28 August, 2021. A spin off of golf’s Ryder Cup, this innovative new event will see the top triathletes in the world competing in the teams across a middle-distance multi race format. What does this mean exactly?
'WE REMEMBER THEM' UK-WIDE RELAY
The relay is set to take place from Summer 2021, with the goal to remember and support all frontline key workers who have done, and continue to carry out important and difficult work during the pandemic. Teams and individuals will carry specially-made batons in relay legs around the UK as they fundraise for the Laura Hyde Foundation charity.
ARE CHILDREN'S EBIKES LEGAL IN THE UK?
A question you may or may not of thought of. There has been a huge development in kids bikes – the arrival of chidren’s e-bikes into the UK, but what are the legal restrictions around this. Short answer is they aren’t legal until they are over the age of 14.
Cycle Sprogs can answer all your questions in more detail.
TIRRENO-ADRIATICO 2021 HAS BEGUN
Tirereno-Adriatico, nicknamed the race between the two seas is an elite race in Italy, the race began yesterday and seen Wout van Aert dominate the opening brunch sprint in Camaiore to take the first stage win.
The race continues until 16 March.
DREAM BUILD: MATT WALKER'S ARIEL 60 X
To celebrate the launch of Saracen’s new range, they got Gee Milner to give their Ariel 60 X the Dream Build treatment! And who better to build the bike for than 200 UCI Downhill World Cup overall winner Matt Walker!
Watch the bike be built and then rode by Matt Walker below.
CHECK OUT THE VELO VISTAS SHORTLIST!
Each month we challenge our Instagram followers to share a photo of their most scenic ride as motivation to get out into the fresh air. This month we were sent many images from across the country.
Check out the shortlist and get involved today.
THE IRON COWBOY IS BACK WITH A CHALLENGE
James Lawrence is an endurance triathlete who took up endurance racing to escape the corporate rat race. He sparked controversy on his previous challenge, here to strike again with an even bigger and tougher feat: from 1 March to 8 June Lawrence aims to complete 100 iron distance triathlons in 100 consecutive days, can he do it?
THE BEST ELECTRIC FOLDING BIKES
Show partner Bike Radar have pulled together their top-rated folders for commuting and city riding. Combining an electric bike with a folding bike means that you can get on and off trains and buses easily plus easy storage at home.
Perfect for that extra electric boost.
FEATURED: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #choosetochallenge. So why don’t you challenge yourself. We are encouraging you to get on your bike and beat your personal best. Whether that’s miles, speed, at home or outdoors.
As a community let’s celebrate women athletes and applaud equality for women in sport, not just today, everyday.