The Irish cyclist killed in World War I

By Graham Healy This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, and Ghent-Wevelgem and the Tour de France are amongst the races which have marked the centenary. Numerous top cyclists of the day from Belgium, France and Italy were killed in action, including three Tour de France winners, François Faber, Lucien Petit-Breton and Octave Lapize. Tens...

Massive crowd at Superprestige race in Zonhoven

If you haven't experienced a cyclo-cross race in Belgium, but want to understand how big the sport is there, then check out the size of the crowds in this photo from the Superprestige race at Zonhoven last Sunday.

Don’t Try This At Home (or anywhere really)

Check out this nutter riding his bike backwards down a mountain. Claimed speeds of 80km/h I think are a little exaggerated but none the less rather him than me.

Suicide Bike Run In Chile

Hold on to your hats and climb on board with an urban downhill run from Chile.

Lotto-Jumbo back to the drawing board

According to Dutch newspaper, De Telegraaf, the designers of the jersey for the new Lotto.nl - Jumbo team will have to go back to the drawing board. It seems that the UCI have deemed their jersey to be too yellow, and would therefore clash with the leader's jersey in many stage races, including the Tour de France. In previous years,...

Tinkoff-Saxo on Kilimanjaro

The entire Tinkoff-Saxo team is climbing Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, as a part of the team’s team building. Both staff and riders gathered at the base of the mountain and started the climb Saturday. They have now completed day three, and have reached Barranco Camp at 4000 meters after having climbed the Lava Tower at 4600...

Growing support for the Junior Tour of Ireland

Following on from the recent news that the Junior Tour of Ireland is struggling financially, there has been a considerable level of discussion about ways to try and raise funds to save the race. There has been talk of a number of cyclosportives taking place around the country with the money raised going towards funding the race. One such fundraising...

Team3M expands into the UK and Ireland

3M is expanding its previous focus on Belgium and the Netherlands to include riders from the UK and Ireland next season. In addition to adding another five riders to form a 20-strong team, Team3M will be competing in more races across the four countries. 'We are very excited about the success of Team3M and are delighted to be expanding...

The Rise, Fall and Rise of Johan van der Velde

By Graham Healy   The retired Dutch cyclist, Johan van der Velde, has recently been announced as being one of the bus drivers for the new Roompot Orange team. The news brought to mind the highs and lows that the Dutchman has seen in the sport. Van der Velde, from Rijsbergen near the Belgian border took victory in the Tours of Britain...

Bradley Wiggins may tackle the Hour record

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) is the latest rider to be linked with an attempt to break the World Hour Record. The Spanish newspaper Diario de Mallorca has suggested that the Englishman will make an attempt on the record next Summer. In recent months, Jens Voigt and then Matthias Brändle have both broken the record which has been given a...

Ian Moore – The Pioneering Ulsterman

By Graham Healy The first ever Irish cyclist to take part in the Tour de France was Shay Elliott who made his debut in the 1956 race. Five years later, Elliott would be joined in the Tour by a compatriot. Ian Moore from Antrim had impressed as an amateur when he raced on the Irish team at the Tour of...

Koppenbergcross

The second round of the BPost Bank Trophy cyclocross series took place on Saturday in Oudenaarde, Belgium when the riders lined up in the Koppenbergcross. You can watch the race in full here.