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‘Worst climber ever’ Kenny van Hummel hangs up his wheels

Kenny van Hummel has announced he is retiring from professional cycling. He has been unable to find a team for the 2015 season. The Dutch sprinter notched up numerous wins during his career including stages in the Four Days of Dunkirk and Tour of Belgium. “Unfortunately I have to conclude that I have not been able to find a team,...

Equal prize money for men and women at #Unite4Mandela – Vos and Froome to compete

Marianne Vos (Rabobank) and Chris Froome (Team Sky) are amongst those lining up in the #Unite4Mandela races in Pretoria today. The aim of the event in Pretoria is to show unity for Nelson Mandela. The races will have equal prize money for both men and women. The race winners, in both male and female categories, will receive R250 000; second-placed...

Former Junior World Champion Kai Reus signs for Verandas Willems

Kai Reus who won the Junior Tour of Ireland in 2003, and then went on to win the World Championships later that year has signed for the Belgian team Verandas Willems. Reus looked set to have a really promising career, as he went on to win the U23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Tour of Normandy amongst other races. However, in 2007, he...

Police in the UK issue warning about Strava settings following an increase in bike thefts

Police in Wales have advised cyclists to increase their Strava security settings following an increase in bike thefts in Llanelli and Carmarthenshire. It appears that thieves may have been targeting high-value bikes through tracking routes appearing on Strava. DC Ciaran Ryan, of Llanelli CID, told The Llanelli Star, “Some victims were using websites and mobile phone apps to log their cycle...

Philippe Gilbert wants to win all five monuments, but how hard is it?

Philippe Gilbert this week outlined his ambitions of winning all five monuments during his career. He has previously taken victory in both Liege-Bastogne-Liege and the Tour of Lombardy, and now wants to try and win the remaining three. He stated "My dream is to win every classic at least once. I just have Milan-San Remo, Tour of Flanders and...

Tour de France wildcard hope for Sam Bennett’s team

Tour de France director, Christian Prudhomme, has spoken to German Eurosport this week about cycling in Germany and the Bora - Argon 18 team of Sam Bennett. He said, "It is impressive what Ralph Denk (team manager) has done. He has built the team up step by step and brought it to a higher level. From our first meeting, we...

Taming the Bicycle by Mark Twain

I thought the matter over, and concluded I could do it. So I went down and bought a barrel of Pond’s Extract and a bicycle. The Expert came home with me to instruct me. We chose the back yard, for the sake of privacy, and went to work. Mine was not a full-grown bicycle, but only a colt — a...

Mark Cavendish big Interview (part 1)

Check out the interview with Mark Cavendish where he talks about last year and not quite getting there despite having the horsepower..

Jim Carrey asks God for a bike

"I had a substitute teacher from Ireland in the second grade that told my class during morning prayer that when she wants something — anything at all — she prays for it and promises something for it in return — and she always gets what she wants. Yeah. I'm sitting at the back of the classroom thinking: "Wow. My family...

The Grand Tour contenders 2015 plans

If you're finding it hard to keep track of which Grand Tour the various contenders are due to take part in next year, we've developed this infographic based on recent reports, interviews, etc. Obviously, this is likely to change, but it is our current understanding of where the various Grand Tour contenders are going to clash next year.        

Inside Team Sky’s service course as they prepare for 2015

One of the mechanics for Team Sky, Gary Blem, tweeted a series of photos yesterday showing the work that has started on the team bikes as they start their preparation for the 2015 season. Below are some of his photos.

Irish cyclists racing abroad in 2015

Here's a list of Irish riders racing abroad next year, and the teams they will be racing for.     Let us know if you know of anybody else to be added to the list. You can contact us at: press@thebikecomesfirst.com

Travis Tygart in Dublin

USADA CEO Travis Tygart was in Dublin yesterday speaking at an information day being held in advance of changes to the Irish anti-doping rules. The event was organised by the Irish Sports Council. During the event, the Irish Sports Council also launched its new Anti Doping awareness campaign, #BlackMark. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the Anti Doping programme...

From EPO to IPA. Lance Armstrong attempts the beer mile

The race requires racers to drink a beer at the start of each of four laps of the track but Armstrong was unable to finish, struggling with his first beer and then completed just one lap before quitting. 'That was not what I expected,' the Texan admitted. 'I'm one and done. That was way different than I thought.'

Woman paralysed after Vansummeren accident

Sad news emerged today that the woman who was hit by Johan Vansummeren (Garmin-Sharp) earlier this year in the Tour of Flanders remains paralysed. It was reported in HLN.BE that Marie-Claire Moreels (66) will remain in a wheelchair for the rest of her life as the right side of her body is paralysed. She has also lost the...

Dan Martin and his team mates go sailing

Following on from a visit to Cannondale's headquarters in Wilton Connecticut, Dan Martin and his team mates are heading to the British Virgin Islands for a team building exercise. There will be big changes for the team this year, as they merge with the Cannondale team. The team will consist of sixteen riders from Garmin's team with eight riders coming...

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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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