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.

Week Eight

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LIÈGE-BASTOGNE-LIÈGE 2021

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.

TRAIL AND ENDURO BIKE OF THE YEAR 2021

After months of testing, it’s time to announce BikeRadar’s and MBUK’s Bike of the Year 2021 winners – with the Bird Aether 9 crowned Trail Bike of the Year and Trek Slash 8 taking the Enduro Bike of the Year crown.


Check out what makes these bikes so special. 

LET'S DEBATE!

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?”

BIKERADAR PODCAST: ROAD TECH DEAD ENDS

Mathew Loveridge and Jack Luke discuss the road tech that failed to catch on or were simply a victim of the times, from hydraulic rim brakes to – controversially – 1x drivetrains for the road. Listen to full podcast now.

REVIEWS

MIRIDER ONE 2021 REVIEW

Pros: Punchy power; great looks; easy folding; bags of fun to ride


Cons: The single gear could be limiting for some riders.

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

CORONAVIRUS GUIDANCE FOR CYCLISTS

Coronavirus rules and restrictions vary across the UK and are changing all the time. Check out the latest guidance via Cycling UK. 

TOP 5 UK TECH TRAILS (MANMADE)

Gnarly, natural-feeling tracks that’ll test your mettle without having to head deep into the backcountry. MBUK have listed their top 5 best UK trails.

WEEK SEVEN

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.

LET'S DEBATE!

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.

REVIEWS

CANYON STOIC 4 REVIEW

Pros: modern geometry; well-considered componentry; versatile, gravity-loving all-rounder.


Cons: Aluminium frame can be harsh; long, low shape has trade-offs with snappy handling.

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

STAY ON TOP OF THE CURRENT RESTRICTIONS

British Cycling have worked with Sport England and other national governing bodies to put together a cycling roadmap. View roadmap now and stay updated. 

TOP 20 CYCLING ROUTES AROUND LONDON

Canals, reservoirs, and 3,000 parks all make cycling in London an absolute joy. From Richmond Park to Hampstead Heath, find yourself in wild nature on your rides. 

WEEK SIX

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.

VELO VISTAS: MARCH FAVOURITES

Who doesn’t love to take a photo of their bike and scenic view on a ride? We’re giving you the opportunity to win tickets for the Cycle Show 2022. Each month we are asking our followers to share their photos with us. Check out our March shortlist and get involved. 

STEP TWO OF THE CYCLING ROADMAP

Restrictions continue to ease from April 12 but what exactly does this mean for cyclists? British Cycling have pulled together a roadmap for cyclists and are offering extra guidance and support through webinars. Head to the link below to find out more information. 

GOCYCLE REVEALS ITS FOURTH GENERATION EBIKE RANGE

A new standard for urban performance. Gocycle G4, Gi, G4i & G4i+ set a new standard for lightweight design, innovation and performance in the portable urban eBike segment. 

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.

WEEK FIVE

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. 

EBIKE NEWS: GT LAUNCHES GRADE POWER

Electric gravel bikes are a thing right now and GT has joined the club with a motor-powered version of the Grade. The non-motorised GT Grade Pro won the Bike Radar 2020 Gravel Bike of the Year Award and this latest, electrified version is called the Grade Power. 

TRAITHLON NEWS: STRETCHES FOR SWIMMERS

Tri coach Philip Hatzis explained the best stretched for swimming, and why they can be more beneficial than drills. Stretching can help improve your swim technique and should form part of your regular training schedule. 

WEEK FOUR

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? 

FSA SYSTEM HM 1.0 FIRST RIDE REVIEW

FSA’s System HM 1.0 ebike motor is set to rival the biggest players in the market as a lightweight rear hub motor for electric road bikes and electric gravel bikes, and BikeRadar got an exclusive test ride to see how it stacks up against stiff competition. 

WEEK THREE

FIRST MONUMENT RACE: MILAN-SAN REMO

The first Monument of the 2021 season: Milan-San Remo is back in it’s traditional place on Saturday 16 March after last year’s COVID-forced delay.


For the first time, the race will be aired from start to finish it its entirety.

EARTHBOUND'S HIGH PIVOT BAMBOO BIKE

Earthbound Bikes have brought their own twist on high pivot suspension bikes, made from bamboo and carbon. The model looks far from the novelty of bamboo bikes, and was built by Jason O’Nions.


So why bamboo?

WIN A TICKET TO THE CYCLE SHOW

Love taking pictures while you’re out cycling? Share your snaps for the chance to win!


All you have to do is tag us in either your Instagram Story or Instagram post an image of your bike and most scenic view during March!

'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.

WEEK TWO

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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? 

E-Bike

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.

WEEK ONE

THE SPRING CLASSICS HAVE BEGUN!

The Spring Classics kicked off the start of the season with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Davide Ballerini won the race after an incredible team effort.

60 SECONDS WITH FABIO WIBMER

Once I did a wheelie for 95 minutes!’ Show partners MBUK recently had a quick catch up with Austrian star famous for his jaw-dropping street trials videos.

ENTER THE VELO VISTAS CHALLENGE

Get involved in our monhtly Velo Vistas Challenge, all you have to do is share a photo of your most scenic ride as motivation to get out into the fresh air.

THE SLT ARENA GAMES ARE BACK

London will play host to the best athletes in the world during battle in Super League’s unique mix of real life and virtual racing on March 27th.

E BIKE NEWS!

With a shortage on e-Bikes right now, we suggest doing your research on what e-Bikes work for you and getting your orders in.

Follow the link below for show sponsor Ridgeback’s buyer’s guide and have all your questions answered.

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.

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BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW FOR THE CYCLE SHOW 2022!

We’re proud to announce that the UK’s leading cycling event will be returning to Alexandra Palace, London on 22-24 April 2022. The Cycle Show will join the London eBike Festival powered by Shimano Steps, for a unique cycling experience at one of the capital’s most iconic venues.
Plan ahead and book your tickets today, we can’t wait to see you all at the show!