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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...

Competition time

To celebrate our first week online we are giving away 16 vintage copies of Winning magazine from the 1980's. The winner will be picked at random and the prize shipped to anywhere in the world. To enter simply answer the simple question below. And remember there is a second option when entering to share the post on your wall....

Former Irish Olympian looses battle against cancer

It ipassing of Deirdre Murphy Bader, founder of Star Track Cycling in New York, N.Y., a champion in track development and competitor in the 2000 Olympic Games. Deirdre lost a courageous battle against cancer and is survived by her husband, Larry, and son, Ethan. Deirdre Murphy Bader was a major track cycling influence in New York. Deirdre Murphy...

Cycling Ireland awards night – and the winners were….

Cycling Ireland’s Awards Night took place yesterday evening, and the winners as voted by the membership were as follows: Volunteer of the Year - Hugh Byrne (Sundrive Track Team) Club of the Year - Lakeside Wheelers Best Leisure Event of the Year - An Post Tour de Burren Best Competitive Event of the Year - European MTB Marathon Championships Best Domestic Based Male Rider...

Marianne Vos wins Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge

The Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge which took place in Johannesburg today is the second largest mass participation time cycling event in the world after the Cape Argus race also in South Africa. The event covers 94.7 kilometres, as it is sponsored by a local radio station called 94.7fm. 35,000 cyclists took part this morning and Marianne Vos was the fastest woman,...

Brian Cooksons talks about a minimum wage for woman cyclists

Speaking at an event last month Cookson said that introducing a minimum wage was a complicated process and that bringing it in could actually have a negative impact on the women’s sport.

Cycling industry may employ one million people in Europe by 2020

The Guardian has reported that Europe’s cycling industry now employs more people than mining and quarrying and almost twice as many as the steel industry. This is based on a report produced by the Transport and Mobility Leuven Research Institute. These jobs are primarily in retail, bicycle manufacture, tourism and services. 655,000 people currently work in the cycling economy...

BMC testing new equipment for Paris-Roubaix

Five riders from the BMC team spent yesterday testing new equipment to be used for Paris-Roubaix next year. Greg Van Avermaet, Marcus Burghardt, Michael Schar, Jean-Pierre Drucker and Silvan Dillier tested new bikes and tyres on five sections of pavé yesterday Directeur Sportif Allan Peiper told Belgium's Sportwereld, "Near the Carrefour de l'Arbre we rode four laps of cobbled sections. For...

An Post – Chain Reaction duo to line up in Ghent Six-Day

The An Post - Chain Reaction duo of Glenn O'Shea and Shane Archbold are set to line up in the Ghent Six-Day starting on November 18th. O'Shea was victorious two years ago, when he was paired with Iljo Keisse. This year, Keisse lines up with his Omega Pharma - Quick Step teammate Mark Cavendish. Amongst the other favourites are the...

Sam Bennetts new team jersey for the 2015 season revealed

Sam Bennetts team Bora-Argon 18 is the latest team to get its Professional Continental licence for the 2015 season. Known as NetApp-Endura in the previous season it has officially announced its new name for the coming year and released the team jersey. "As in every year of the team's history to date, we also received the license for 2015 at...

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