How much does a beard affect you on the bike?

We recently heard somebody asking the question as to how much having a beard increases drag on the bike. Facial hair has gotten more and more common, with the likes of Bradley Wiggins and Luca Paolini growing beards in recent years. Numerous aspect of bikes, clothing and position have been studied to try and develop the optimum position and equipment...

The Giro d’Italia winner who fought and died for his country

By Graham Healy One hundred years ago today, Italy became involved in World War One, when they fired their first shots at the Austro-Hungarian positions Cervignano del Friuli, which was captured a few hours later. An estimated 1,000,000 Italian soldiers and civilians would die during the war. Amongst those who would go and to fight and die for his country...

Massive win for Michael O’Loughlin in Trophée Centre Morbihan

Michael O'Loughlin of Nicolas Roche Performance Team Magnet.ie took an incredible victory this morning in the 2nd stage of the Trophée Centre Morbihan in Brittany. The race is one of the biggest junior races in the world. The stage was a 7.2-km time trial from Réguiny to Naizin, and the young Irishman won the stage by 1" from Russian Nikolai...

Watch highlights of Stage 7 of An Post Rás

Austrian rider Andreas Mueller (Hrinkow Advarics Cycleangteam) staved off a lung busting performance by Mullingar man Damien Shaw (Louth Team ASEA) to emerge victorious on stage seven of An Post Rás today in Drogheda. The duo jumped the lead breakaway of eight riders with only one kilometre to go, going head to head up the final ascent to the...

“A thousand quid hanging out the back pocket of the lad in front wouldn’t have gotten me over any quicker” – Mick Leonard’s An Post Rás diary

By Mick Leonard Today was another extremely hard day. It was probably the combination of the heat and it being the queen stage but it was a fight from the start. I would have loved a downpour as I was finding the heat unsustainable. I rode most of the stage with the jersey completely open - not very aero...

Austrian Mueller digs deep to hold off Irishman Shaw and claim stage seven An Post Rás Victory

Austrian rider Andreas Mueller (Hrinkow Advarics Cycleangteam) staved off a lung busting performance by Mullingar man Damien Shaw (Louth Team ASEA) to emerge victorious on stage seven of An Post Rás today in Drogheda. The duo jumped the lead breakaway of eight riders with only one kilometre to go, going head to head up the final ascent to the...

Mark Cavendish Tests the 2015 UCI Road World Championship Circuit (VIDEO)

Former World Champion Mark Cavendish went to Richmond to recon the 2015 UCI Road World Championship road circuit. He rode the course at dawn with a police escort after stopping on his way home from the Tour of California. "It's harder than Denmark," Cavendish told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. "There’s a lot of 90 degree corners, which there wasn't so many...

Brazilian rider Murilo Fischer wears helmet in honour of Ayrton Senna

The eleventh stage of the Giro d'Italia finished at the motor racing track at Imola (Autodromo Ferrari), where the San Marino Grand Prix takes place. Twenty one years ago, tragedy struck at the Grand Prix. During qualifying on the Saturday, the Austrian driver Roland Ratzenberger crashed head-on into a wall at over 310 km/h at the Villeneuve corner after his...

Watch the highlights of Stage 6 of An Post Rás

A relentless barrage of attacks by Ian Bibby inside the final 25 kilometres on stage six of An Post Rás today was enough to set up a thrilling sprint finish, with the NFTO team rider emerging victorious following a thrilling sprint to the line. Bibby attacked the descent on the final category two climb of the stage and from...

Bibby Secures Stage Six An Post Rás Honours while Irishman Shaw Steals the show

A relentless barrage of attacks by Ian Bibby inside the final 25 kilometres on stage six of An Post Rás today was enough to set up a thrilling sprint finish, with the NFTO team rider emerging victorious following a thrilling sprint to the line. Bibby attacked the descent on the final category two climb of the stage and from...

“I tried to close the gap myself but started to blow” – Mick Leonard’s An Post Rás diary

By Mick Leonard I think a lot of people were a bit nervous starting today. No crosswinds today but a KOH 7k in had the potential to do some serious damage. The bunch didn't go too crazy on it but it was difficult enough all the same for me anyway, and I'm pretty sure for others too. There was a...

Sam Bennett in action this weekend in World Ports Classic

Following on from his great performance in the recent Bayern Rundfahrt, where he won two stages, in addition to wearing the yellow jersey, Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18) returns to action this weekend. He will line up in the UCI 2.1 World Ports Classic. The two-stage race consists of an opening stage of 195 kilometres from Rotterdam to Antwerp, with...