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...

Alan McCormack and the Coors Classic – Part II

The Coors Classic was by far the biggest race in the US for years, and it attracted many of the big names from the sport. In 1986, it was won by Bernard Hinault, whilst Greg LeMond won it twice. Phil Anderson, Steve Bauer and Luis Herrera also competed in the race, and Jacques Anquetil and Eddy Merckx attended the...

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...

On-bike footage from Sven Nys at Milton Keynes

This footage shot from Sven Nys' bike at the recent World Cup race at Milton Keynes shows the difficulty of the course, due to its off-camber sections and the level of muddiness. At one section, you can see where Nys continues to cycle whilst others have to dismount. The footage was shot using the Shimano Sport Camera and front and...

The sad death of José María Jiménez

Today marks the eleventh anniversary of the death of Spanish climber, José María Jiménez. Chava as he was known, turned professional with the Banesto team in 1993, and spent all of his career with the Spanish team. Jiménez became the first man to win on the fearsome Angliru in the 1999 Vuelta, and it was one of nine stage wins...

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

Cyclists may be banned from Sydney’s shared cycleways

The Daily Telegraph in Australia has reported that cyclists may be banned from using Sydney's shared cycleways. Lawyers have predicted that the city council could be sued by a person injured in a collision between a bike and a walker because a proper risk assessment of the city’s 51km of shared paths is not in place. The concern arises from studies...

Is the weather putting you off getting out on the bike in the morning?

Well hopefully this video will give you some inspiration to get out and ride. Cyclist John Rinehart only has one arm and one leg and he doesn't let that get in the way of his cycling.

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...