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Details of 2015 Irish Women’s National League announced

Details of the 2015 Joe Daly Cycles Women’s National League have just been released. The series will kick off in Cork in March, with the last of the seven race series taking place in Clonmel in August. THe races are as follows: March 15 Kay Strattan Memorial, Blarney April 19 Visitnenagh.ie, Nenagh April 28 Waller Cup, Bohermeen May 24 North Down GP, Bangor May 31...

Deignan and Roche join up with Team Sky for training camp

Team Sky have started their preparations for the 2015 season with a first training camp in Majorca. The team members have been breaking up into separate groups for training rides on the island, and amongst those who have joined the camp are Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard, Christian Knees, David Lopez, Ben Swift, Geraint Thomas, Bradley Wiggins and Pete Kennaugh. Also joining...

Two An Post Rás winners moving to new teams

The two most recent winners of the An Post Rás, Clemens Fankhauser and Marcin Bialoblocki, have both been linked with new teams today. The 2014 winner, Fankhauser, has revealed that he will be leaving Team Tirol for an unnamed new Austrian continental team. The Austrian enjoyed an excellent 2014 season. In addition to winning the Rás, he finished in second...

UK premiere tonight of ‘Clean Spirit: In the Heart of the Tour’

A unique and compelling inside story of cycling team, Argos-Shimano, keen on showing that winning is possible without any use of doping. The film follows the team during the 100th edition of the Tour de France. Knowing that they cannot beat their opponents in the mountains, they have specialized in the sprint. We see the young team inside...

“To be able to eliminate so many riders was a big performance” – Sean Kelly talks about Philip Deignan

Sean Kelly has told Rouleur magazine that he considers Philip Deignan (Team Sky) to have been one of the domestiques of the year. Kelly was being asked for his selections for the Rouleur Awards for 2014 for various categories including best stage race and best one-day race, and he picked out the Donegal man as being one of the...

Bike Lights & Reflective Jackets – Do They Work?

On these dark winter days being seen on the bike is very important. The guys over at the global cycling network test clothing and lights to see if the cheap lights are up to the task compared to some more expensive systems.

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...

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...

“Mad 6-day race claims two victims” Harry Reynolds and the New York Six-Day

By Graham Healy At the start of the twentieth century six-day races were incredibly popular in the US and attracted many of the big names from cycling, both from North America and Europe. Amongst those who would take part in the New York Six-Day was Ireland's first World Champion, Harry Reynolds. The Dubliner was invited to take part in the 1907...

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...

Win a saddle signed by Nairo Quintana

Fi'Zi:K are running a competition to win a saddle signed by the winner of this year's Giro d'Italia, Nairo Quintana. You can enter here: https://www.facebook.com/fizikofficial?sk=app_512541485429310

Former Orwell Wheelers member Signs for EUregio Ladies Cycling Team

Sarah Doyle, a former Orwell Wheelers member who only started racing in 2012 has been signed by EUregio Ladies Cycling Team for the 2015 season. Sarah is originally from Ireland but is now based in Aberdeen (Scotland). Sarah has been racing within Asia where she cemented a strong base from which to progress. The new team say they...

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...

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...

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...

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Sam Bennett takes second stage win at Paris-Nice

Sam Bennett's excellent start to the season continued today when he won the sixth stage of Paris – Nice in Brignoles. It was the...

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