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...

One for the cyclocross diary, 14th of December Punchestown

In the lead up to the cyclocross champs there is a race at Punchestown racecourse in Nass on the 14th of December. Here is a nice little video from the race in the venue in 2012. It's a super fast course with lends well to working in a group. For more information check out the Facebook page. http://facebook.com/dublincitycyclocross

NS Bikes – La Grande Corsa promo vid

NS Bikes have released a rather slick vid to promote their new enduro bike The Snabb. "When we launch a new product, especially one that is so important – we always try to get some cool action shots and videos. We really wanted to feature our superstar rider, but there was one problem. Sam Pilgrim hates riding uphill! And what...

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...