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GP Pino Cerami to use Muur van Geraardsbergen

There was good news for fans of the Muur van Geraardsbergen when it was revealed this week by La Dernière Heure that the climb would feature in the UCI 1.1 GP Pino Cerami next year. The iconic Muur was controversially dropped from the route of the Tour of Flanders in 2012, due to the finish of the race moving to...

GP Hasselt highlights (and how not to bunny-hop)

Saturday's round of the BPost Bank Trofee was won by Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb - Napoleon Games) who had escaped with Wout van Aert (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace) on the final lap. Pauwels then got away from his breakaway companion on a sandy stretch to win alone. The skill over the boards was crucial as Pauwels was able to bunny-hop them while van...

BMX rider only receives a caution for this assault

A BMX rider in London has escaped with just a caution despite knocking another cyclist to the ground. It appeared that the BMX rider didn't appreciate how the other cyclist overtook him. The victim was 32-year-old Brazilian Raphael Carrondo, who luckily escaped with just cuts and bruises. The incident took place in October, and the following month, a 19-year-old man...

Clean Spirit: In the Heart of the Tour – Trailer

A film made about the participation of the Argos Shimano team in the 2013 Tour de France will have its UK premiere on December the 9th at the Barbican in London. A unique and compelling inside story of Argos-Shimano, keen on showing that winning is possible without any use of doping. We follow the team up close, in cinema verité...

Alan McCormack and the Coors Classic – Part II

The Coors Classic was by far the biggest race in the US for years, and it attracted many of the big names from the sport. In 1986, it was won by Bernard Hinault, whilst Greg LeMond won it twice. Phil Anderson, Steve Bauer and Luis Herrera also competed in the race, and Jacques Anquetil and Eddy Merckx attended the...

UCI Women’s World Cup to include US race in 2015

Next year will see the inclusion of the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic in the Women's Road World Cup as the series expands to 10 races. The race which takes place in Philadelphia was formerly known as the Liberty Classic. The UCI plans to further globalise women's road racing in subsequent years. The UCI Vice-president and President of the Women’s...

Gavin Mannion signs for Jelly Belly-Maxxis

Gavin Mannion has signed for the Jelly Belly-Maxxis team after it was revealed that his current team 5-hour Energy would not be continuing. The Massachusetts born rider rode as a stagiare with the Garmin-Sharp team towards the end of the 2014 season, and competed in the the Tour of Utah, USA Pro Challenge and Tour of Alberta for the World...

Cyclists may be banned from Sydney’s shared cycleways

The Daily Telegraph in Australia has reported that cyclists may be banned from using Sydney's shared cycleways. Lawyers have predicted that the city council could be sued by a person injured in a collision between a bike and a walker because a proper risk assessment of the city’s 51km of shared paths is not in place. The concern arises from studies...

Is the weather putting you off getting out on the bike in the morning?

Well hopefully this video will give you some inspiration to get out and ride. Cyclist John Rinehart only has one arm and one leg and he doesn't let that get in the way of his cycling.

Irish cyclists racing abroad in 2015 – UPDATED

We have added some more names to the list of Irish riders racing abroad in 2015. Let us know at press@thebikecomesfirst.com if you know of any other Irish cyclists racing abroad next year and we will add them to the list.   Sam Bennett Team Bora – Argon 18 Lydia Boylan Team WNT Marcus Christie Bissell-ABG-Giant Stephen Clancy Team Novo Nordisk Cormac Clarke Illi Bikes CT Lauren Creamer Pearl Izumi Sports Tours...

One for the cyclocross diary, 14th of December Punchestown

In the lead up to the cyclocross champs there is a race at Punchestown racecourse in Nass on the 14th of December. Here is a nice little video from the race in the venue in 2012. It's a super fast course with lends well to working in a group. For more information check out the Facebook page. http://facebook.com/dublincitycyclocross

NS Bikes – La Grande Corsa promo vid

NS Bikes have released a rather slick vid to promote their new enduro bike The Snabb. "When we launch a new product, especially one that is so important – we always try to get some cool action shots and videos. We really wanted to feature our superstar rider, but there was one problem. Sam Pilgrim hates riding uphill! And what...

IAM Cycling team to race the World Tour next year.

As of January 1, 2015, IAM Cycling, which joined the professional ranks as a Pro Continental team when founded in 2013 by IAM Funds CEO Michel Thétaz, will join the cycling elite as the 18th team in the World Tour. This promotion, was the icing on the cake of the team’s second season which was marked by great...

How long could you spend on a turbo trainer? – A Basque cyclist spent five days using one

Julián Sanz rode the equivalent of 2,800 kilometres on a turbo trainer last week at a trade show in Bilbao, and in doing so, set a new Guinness World Record. The previous record was 2,738 kilometres set by the Frenchman Pierre-Michaël Micaletti last year. Sanz outlined that he had started off averaging 34 kmph at the start of his attempt,...

New exhibition will celebrate two Belgian sporting icons – Eddy Merckx and Jacky Ickx

A new exhibition is opening in Brussels which celebrates the 70th birthdays of two Belgian sporting icons, Eddy Merckx and Jacky Ickx. Merckx is arguably the greatest cyclist ever, whilst Ickx had a stellar motor racing career, winning numerous Grands Prix, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Paris-Dakar. The exhibition opens on the 6th of December and will feature numerous...

Paul Kimmage speaks about PED use in rugby and compares position to pre-Festina era in cycling

In an interview with thecity.ie, Paul Kimmage has compared the position that rugby is in now, to the pre-Festina era of cycling. Kimmage spoke of the investigations undertaken by Laurent Benezech who has spoken about doping in rugby. The Frenchman recently published a book, Ou Sont tes Valeurs, and Kimmage described the book as a “brilliant expose on doping”. Benezech charts...

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Eddie Dunbar confirms entry for Irish National Road Championships

Team Ineos star Eddie Dunbar is the latest rider to sign up for this year’s Cycling Ireland National Road Championships in Derry. The 22-year-old...

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