Determined Irish County Teams take on might of International Teams in An Post Rás

With the full contingent of fifteen international teams announced in recent weeks, the organisers of the An Post Rás today announced the nineteen Irish domestic teams who will square up against their overseas competitors in this month’s race. Many of Ireland’s top home-based riders will compete in the 2.2-ranked international event, pitching their strength against those of the international...

Looking back at Shay Elliott’s epic stage win in the Four Days of Dunkirk

By Graham Healy The Four Days of Dunkirk which is taking place at the moment was first organised in 1955, and the field in that inaugural race, which was won by Louis Deprez, wasn't exactly the strongest However, the race quickly grew in stature and within a couple of years many of the biggest names in the sport lined up...

The Col Collective on the Col d’Izoard

The Col Collective team have now taken on the Col d'Izoard, and this is how they describe the climb.   Although the north face of the Col d’Izoard may not have had quite as much of the Tour de France limelight as its southern ascent, don’t let that little piece of trivia misguide your judgement towards this mythical mountain that stands...

Now that’s hard! Dan Martin completes Tour de Romandie with broken ribs

Dan Martin (Cannondale-Garmin) sent the below tweet yesterday outlining that he had completed the Tour de Romandie with two broken ribs. Earlier in the week, Martin had tweeted that he was “Feeling really beaten up and struggling to breathe after LBL crash but hanging tough and helping the team” He had suffered the injury when he crashed in Liege-Bastogne-Liege the...

The app that will enable perfect shifting for Shimano and SRAM users

OTTO DesignWorks, a startup based in Oregon has developed a product which they say will offer “perfect shifting in under five minutes” for people with Shimano and SRAM 9-, 10- and 11-speed gear cassettes. As the video below shows, the company sells gauges that can be attached to a cassette and derailleur. Its free smartphone app then uses its camera...

Via Ferrata on a Mountain Bike (VIDEO)

This short film from Summit Ride is well worth a watch. Below is their description of the film. "VIA FERRATA is a short film about the first descent of a fixed-rope climbing-route on a Mountainbike. Christoph Thoresen filmed my bikeride in the amazing Brenta Dolomites with a drone. Bocchette Alte was not ridden. At Via Ferrata Benini, Vidi and Sentiero...

UCI publishes the reasoned decision concerning Astana Pro Team

The UCI has today published the Licence Commission’s reasoned decision concerning Astana Pro Team. Below is their statement.   The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces that it has today received the reasoned decision from the Licence Commission (1) to suspend the procedure for the withdrawal of the Astana Pro Team’s licence. As announced, the UCI is in this case publishing the decision...

Cycling Ireland meeting regarding Fingal-Meath road closures

Cycling Ireland would like to advise its members that it intends to hold an open meeting on Thursday May 14th at 7.30pm at the City North Hotel off the M1 (Exit 7) in Gormanstown. The purpose of the meeting is to provide an update on recent developments with road races and requests for road closures in the Fingal-Meath area. ...

French TV programme shows how micro-dosing won’t be detected by biological passport

The TV channel France 2 broadcast a programme on their show Stade 2 on Sunday evening which demonstrates how the UCI Biological Passport can be circumvented through the use of micro-dosing of EPO, HGH, blood transfusions and corticosteroids. The experiment was run with the agreement of WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency). The study was undertaken by the organisation Athletes for...

Bike cops ram protesters – This is not good

In this video it is quite clear that police on bikes decide to ram protesters in Seattle with their bikes. The reason behind it is not clear yet. Officers are seen using their bikes as a defense and then using pepper spray on the croud.

NRPT Magnet.ie ends French stage race with top 10 for Adam Stenson

The Nicolas Roche Performance Team (NRPT) Magnet.ie team have been taking part in the French stage race, the Tour des Portes du Pays d'Othe, and they finished the race with a solid top ten for Adam Stenson on the final stage based around Estissac. The race consisted of an opening road stage of 126 kilometres, followed by a split stage...

Never hug the kerb and other road positioning advice

This article on road positioning is taken from Cycle Commuter #13. Read the issue in full online here. It's well worth a read.   Never hug the kerb. That's rule one of road positioning on a bicycle. You need to be further out into the road, sometimes right in the middle of the traffic stream. Less assertive cyclists worry that being...