The man who thinks he’s Eddy Merckx

Anybody who has spectated at a Belgian classic might recognise this man, but might not have known that his name is Frans Geldof. Geldof can often be seen riding on the course of Belgian races long before the pros come through. He dresses as Eddy Merckx, wearing replica Molteni or Faema gear, riding a retro bike. Spectators can get a...

Inside Team Sky’s service course as they prepare for 2015

One of the mechanics for Team Sky, Gary Blem, tweeted a series of photos yesterday showing the work that has started on the team bikes as they start their preparation for the 2015 season. Below are some of his photos.

Wanna own a bike from American Flyers?

For those that haven't seen it, American Flyers was a 1985 film starring Kevin Costner. Costner plays an avid cyclist who enters a race in the Rockies with his brother. A lot of the race action was filmed at the Coors Classic and it featured both the 7-Eleven team and Eddy Merckx. A bike that was used in the film...

Your chance to win

Don't forgot our competition is still running to win 16 vintage copies of Winning magazine (as pictured) And remember if you pick the optional choice when entering of sharing through facebook, for each person that clicks your link you get entered into the draw again!! We'll have a prize for the mountain bike fans out there in next months competition...

Irish cyclists racing abroad in 2015

Here's a list of Irish riders racing abroad next year, and the teams they will be racing for.     Let us know if you know of anybody else to be added to the list. You can contact us at: press@thebikecomesfirst.com

Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia

The route of the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia has been announced. It will cover what is considered the queen stage of the Giro, from Pinzolo to Aprica. The 175-kilometre route will cover the climbs of Campo Carlo Magno, Passo del Tonale, Aprica, and Mortirolo before the final climb toward Aprica. There will also be a medium route available which covers 102km and...

Travis Tygart in Dublin

USADA CEO Travis Tygart was in Dublin yesterday speaking at an information day being held in advance of changes to the Irish anti-doping rules. The event was organised by the Irish Sports Council. During the event, the Irish Sports Council also launched its new Anti Doping awareness campaign, #BlackMark. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the Anti Doping programme...

Your Moment Of SVENNESS 1.1

We all know how technical cross is... here is a great video which breaks it right down for you. Well worth a watch. For more check out http://www.cxhairs.com/

Sam Bennett’s new team bike

For the 2015 season, Sam Bennett's team will be riding the Canadian bike Argon 18, who will be co-sponsor of the Bora team. Argon 18 are a Montreal-based company, founded back in 1989 by Gervais Rioux. They have previously supplied by the Spidertech and Jelly Belly teams. Last year, Bennett's team rode Fuji bikes.

From EPO to IPA. Lance Armstrong attempts the beer mile

The race requires racers to drink a beer at the start of each of four laps of the track but Armstrong was unable to finish, struggling with his first beer and then completed just one lap before quitting. 'That was not what I expected,' the Texan admitted. 'I'm one and done. That was way different than I thought.'

Woman paralysed after Vansummeren accident

Sad news emerged today that the woman who was hit by Johan Vansummeren (Garmin-Sharp) earlier this year in the Tour of Flanders remains paralysed. It was reported in HLN.BE that Marie-Claire Moreels (66) will remain in a wheelchair for the rest of her life as the right side of her body is paralysed. She has also lost the...

Sep Vanmarcke takes on the cobbles (in a different way)

Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin Pro Cycling) has an impressive record in cobbled races. He won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in 2012, and has finished on the podium in Paris-Roubaix, Tour of Flanders and Ghent-Wevelgem. It seems he can't get enough of pavé though, as even in the off-season, he's taking on the cobbles. He tweeted a photo of himself over the...