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Coaching: The off-season and returning to training

With the season on the road rapidly coming to an end, here are a few simple tips from trainSharp for when you start that training process again. (more…)

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trainSharp Mini Chat with James Shaw

This week trainSharp caught up up with their inspire talent programme rider James Shaw for him to share advice for aspiring juniors and U23 riders pursuing the dream of becoming a professional cyclist. (more…)

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News: Ribble Cycles Support Darren Hardy’s Challenge

Ribble Cycles are proud to support Darren Hardy, Veteran and Warrior Games double Gold Medallist, and his epic 10x10x10 challenge: 10 Ironman’s in 10 days in 10 different locations. (more…)

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Feature: Dean Downing – reality and recovery

In part 9 of the serialisation of Brother Cycling’s in-depth interview with Dean Downing, they discuss the reality and recovery at the end of a career on the road (more…)

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Coaching: End of season break?

What is the value of an end of season break? (more…)

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Feature: Dean Downing – A difficult transition

In Brother UK Cycling’s serialisation of an in-depth interview with Dean Downing, they discuss the difficult transition for a professional cyclist into retirement (more…)

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trainSharp Tips – the Warm Up

It’s getting colder and racing continues for many so here’s a few tips from trainSharp on warming up for a race or training session (more…)

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Feature: Dean Downing – A Question of Confidence

Brother Cycling’s indepth chat with former crit champion and much more, Dean Downing continues with part 7 of this serialisation – A Question of Confidence (more…)

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Coaching: trainSharp Tips

Three tips from trainSharp about nutrition that can play a major role in a rider’s performance (more…)

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Product News: New Bikes Genesis

Genesis bikes announce new range including a new top-spec Croix de Fer 50 and a second flat bar Croix de Fer after the success of this year’s model. (more…)

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Feature: Dean Downing Indepth Part 6 – The Protégé

The Protégé: Dean’s victory at Lincoln provides an emphatic illustration of his mantra regarding the finish line. It is evident too in the rainbow stripes won by the most successful rider he has coached. (more…)

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Feature Q&A: Jake Hales (Spirit Tifosi BSS Rotor)

Feature question and answer with Jake Hales (Spirit Tifosi BSS Rotor) based in Milton Keynes who’s last road race was back in March at the Roy Thame (ours too!) – brought to you by Rotor UK (more…)

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Rider chat: Stephen Bradbury (Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK)

After suffering through Covid 19 in March and then dealing with months of recovery, Stephen Bradbury (Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK) returned to racing at the first of the two test events at his home track league at Reading. (more…)

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Coaching: trainsharp Training & Racing in the Rain

With the current wet weather hitting the UK, we thought it would be appropriate to share some of our wet weather racing/training tips with you thanks to trainSharp (more…)

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Feature: Dean Downing In-Depth Part 5

In part 5 of the Dean Downing In-Depth feature interview, Tim asks Deano about what makes a winner and how smart can beat strong … (more…)

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Feature: Project Speed TT Bike

A look at Dan Bigham’s Project Speed (Ribble Weldtite) Ribble Cycles Time Trial Bike (more…)

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Time Trial Tips from Trainsharp

trainSharp’s Time Trial guru Chris Mcnamara has some tips on testing yourself against the watch in the year of the Time Trial (more…)

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Feature: Dean Downing In-Depth Part 4

In part 4 of the Dean Downing In-Depth feature interview, Tim asks Deano about that sensational victory in the Lincoln Grand Prix which saw one of the most joyous images of a rider winning a bike race… (more…)

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Feature: Dean Downing In-Depth part 3

In part 3 of the in depth feature on Dean Downing, we look at how Dean and brother Russell got to ride for the Great Britain team and travel to the other side of the world for the worlds (more…)

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New Bikes: Estrella Bikes Liso v3

Estrella Bikes reveal new and improve endurance carbon fibre Liso V3 – lighter and faster than ever (more…)

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Future Stars: April Tacey

When it comes to knowing the potential of a rider, trainSharp are in the perfect place with the numbers from training & racing – here’s a piece  from April Tacey’s coach Alex Welburn on this young star (more…)

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Feature: Dean Downing In-depth Pt 2

Part 2 of our serialisation of an in-depth interview with Dean from Brother UK Cycling where Dean talks about the family and racing with younger brother Russell.  (more…)

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Lockdown Q&A: David Bolland (Spirit Tifosi BSS Rotor)

A special Lockdown Q&A with David Bolland (Spirit Tifosi BSS Rotor) who is one young cyclist to recover from Covid19 and able to get back out in his bike (more…)

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Coaching: Why you should warm-up before a race

Warming up for a bike race is something most, if not all bike riders will do before a race but why do you need to warm up? – Alex Welburn from trainSharp explores the subject here on VeloUK (more…)

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Feature: Dean Downing In-depth

Dean Downing was one of the most successful domestic pros in the modern era and is now a sought-after coach. Enjoy part one of our serialisation of an in-depth interview with Dean from Brother UK Cycling. You can read the full article on the Brother UK Cycling Blog. (more…)

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Belgium Experience for Jonny, Lucas & Devin

Lucas and Jonny Towers along with Irish rider Devin Shortt (all Cero/Cycle Division) went to Belgium recently to ride on some famous cycling roads (more…)

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Estrella Bikes: The History of the Fangoso

Great insights from Darren Kenny into how new models are created and developed as we look at the Fangoso range of bikes released by Estrella Bikes and a new one on the way, the Fangoso Adventure.  (more…)

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Q & A: Velotech Services (Rotor UK)

We got in touch with one of our sponsors, Velotech Services in Stratford upon Ave, distributor for Rotor & C-Bear products in the UK for a quick Q&A (more…)

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trainSharp Feature: All Day Epic Rides!

trainSharp coach Connor Murphy writes about a mad ride across the South Downs Way recently which was eleven and a half hours on a mountain bike! (more…)

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trainSharp: Lessons learnt from Lockdown

Connor Murphy from trainSharp writes there are lessons highlighted by lockdown and in this article, he looks at how you can use these moving forwards (more…)

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Feature: Everesting with Vitus Pro Cycling

It was a busy week for the Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK team with two ‘Everesting’ attempts for their chosen charity, CALM. We chat to the team … (more…)

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Feature: Strength and Conditioning for Cyclists

trainSharp’s Connor Murphy looks at the numerous advantages of Strength and Conditioning for cyclists (more…)

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Cycling Holidays: Cycling Holiday Spain

We asked Nozard at CHS for his top 10 reasons why he thinks (we do to) Cycling Holiday Spain are the number one training retreat in Spain and why it should be on your bucket list for your next cycling holiday! (more…)

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e-Racing: trainSharp Tips

With normal racing still a long way off, e-Racing has replaced racing on the road and we have a feature from trainSharp coach and Sport’s Scientist, Alex Welburn with tips on this new and developing form of cycle racing (more…)

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trainSharp Coaching: The Process

The Coaching Process: walking through the trainSharp new athlete process, what it involves and what you can expect as a rider (more…)

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Lockdown Feature: Josh Hand (Vitus Pro Cycling Mechanic)

Great insight into being the mechanic for the Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK team as we quiz Josh Hand about his job looking after the Vitus bikes … (more…)

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Lockdown Q&As: Mak Larkin (Rotor Race Team)

The youngest rider to take part in the Lockdown quiz on VeloUK is Mak Larkin (Rotor Race Team) from the South East (more…)

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News: Ribble reveal CGR Titanium

Ribble Cycles R&D team is proud to announce the launch of the new redesigned and re-imagined Titanium framed CGR Ti, (more…)

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Feature: Sports Nutrition

We all know that nutrition can play a big role in our performance and good nutrition can be the difference between winning and not finishing, so here are three trainSharp top tips to Sports Nutrition (more…)

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Lockdown Q&A: Cycling Holiday Spain

From a full gas training camp to an empty Spanish resort packed with five star facilities, the Covid 19 crisis has crippled many a business – we quiz family business CHS on how they are coping (more…)

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Bikes: Ribble Weldtite Team Bike

At races before lockdown, I have had riders outside of the Ribble Weldtite team say to me how great the Ribble team bike looks so I thought we’d take a look at the race winning Endurance SL R  with help from Jamie Burrows and Jack Rees (more…)

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Lockdown Q&A: Lexi Brown (Cycle Capital Team Noord Holland)

A really interesting Lockdown Q&A with Lexi Brown who is based in the Netherlands working full time as the Senior Media Manger for adidas Europe and also supports The Cyclists Alliance  (more…)

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Detraining; how much fitness will I lose?

With the cancellation of cycling events across the UK, competitive cyclists have a decision to make; to continue training and reap the rewards, or stop training all together due to lack of motivation. trainSharp’s Connor Murphy looks at detraining and how much fitness you will lose (more…)

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Feature: trainSharp top 10 Indoor Training Tips

In these uncertain times a large majority of us will be spending a considerable amount of time on our indoor trainers so here’s trainSharp’s Connor Murphy’s top 10 Indoor Training Tips (more…)

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Mini Feature: Simon Harvey (Cycle Division Mechanic)

Over in Barton Under Needwood is a popular bikeshop, the Cycle Division, where Simon Harvey is the mechanic – the most experienced bike technician in the Midlands I’m told (more…)

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Bikes! Estrella Bikes Fangoso Pro

New from Estrella Bikes is the Fangoso Pro, one for the off-road specialists (more…)

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Interview: Devin Shortt (Cero/Cycle Division)

A long way from his native South Africa where he has been national champion four times and represented his country at two World Road Championships, Devin Shortt in 2020 is being looked after by the Cero Wheels/Cycle Division racing Team in the UK … (more…)

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Team News: Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling

British UCI team, Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, are heading to Saudi Arabia for an ASO organised five stage race there starting on February 4th (more…)

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News: Busy 2020 Ahead for Alpcycles

Alpcycles are helping cyclists achieve their dreams in 2020 with lots of events in the coming year including ‘Ride Across Portugal’ as well as custom bespoke holidays (more…)

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Q&A: JRC Shutt Ridley Team’s James Roberts

Team JRC and Shutt Ridley Racing Team are merging for 2020 and we quiz James Roberts on the new team for next season (more…)

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Coaching: Five essential elements to rest and recovery

trainSharp are here to help you recover from training/racing with five essential elements to rest and recovery (more…)

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Q & A: Conor Kissane

Q&A with Conor Kissane from Ireland, second in the Irish Hill Champs, Conor who rode for Ireland in the Ras Mumhan, tells us about his Estrella bike, the advantages of having a coach and his 2019 hightlights … (more…)

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Feature: Brother UK sponsored Neutral Service

A look at the essential service that the Brother UK sponsored Neutral Service cars provide in major road races in Britain (more…)

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Cycling Holidays in the Mountains

Imagine riding mountains where the pros train and race, fully supported and planned and then returning to base greeted by recovery shakes, massage sauna and spa and to top it off a hearty home cooked three course meal to get you ready for the next day. All this and much more at CHS! (more…)

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Feature Interview: Colin Lynch

A former World Champion and Silver medalist at the Rio Paralympic Games, Colin Lynch retired from racing in 2019 and is now Sales Director at Shutt Velo Rapide – we chat about his career on a bike and clothing then and now!  (more…)

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Q&A: Future Star – Izzy Sharp

A young lady winning races and looking like a proper star of the future is Izzy Sharp who is an Estrella Bikes ambassador (more…)

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Bikes! Scott Ultimate Foil Limited Edition

When it comes to rare bikes, the Scott Foil Ultimate Limited Edition disc brake carbon fibre 12 speed race weapon is very special indeed – 50 world wide and just four in the UK and three are at Cycle Division! (more…)

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News: Vitus Team Ready for CiCLE Challenge

Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK ready for CiCLE Classic Challenge using the latest tubeless tyre technology (more…)

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Feature: Understanding Sports Science Coaching Terms

As more and more cyclists look to coaches for help in making them go faster, we look at the terms used in sports science thanks to trainSharp sports scientist Connor Murphy (more…)

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Q&A: Greg Parker (Estrella Ambassador)

Greg Parker, a local fast man down south, top coach and now a duathlete tells us about his season so far on his Estrella bikes (more…)

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Feature: Andy Storey at Prendas Ciclismo

Almost 20 years ago, Prendas Ciclismo were sponsoring my website Echelon Velo – now two decades on, they are a key partner at VeloUK – we went to Poole to chat to boss Andy Storey (more…)

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Feature: Merlin Cycles Top 7 Selling Road Bikes

One of the country’s biggest online retailers which also has its own shop in Chorley, Merlin Cycles, tells us what their super 7 selling road bikes are … (more…)

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Promo: Training Holidays Nr Calpe

After seeing the area around Calpe for myself and the spectacular scenery, it is no wonder Cycling Holiday Spain is very busy with those looking to ride their bike (more…)

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Bikes! New for 2019 at Estrella Bikes

VeloUK recently went to visit Estrella Bikes whose range of quality bikes continues to evolve and where Darren and Rob are busy working on their 2019 range of bikes for track, road and off road … (more…)

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Promo: Alpcycles Favourite Alp Loops

As we all head into the 2019 road cycling season, Alpcycles thought that over the coming weeks they would give you a taster of some of their favourite local loops that you can tackle on their Alpcycles June Weekend in the Alps with their team of guides supporting you on the road the whole way […]

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News: Swift gets Champion Disc Bike

British road race champion Connor Swift will have a custom painted disc bike as well as his rim brake bike for the 2019 road season (more…)

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Q&A: Max Williamson (Eiser Hirumet)

Question time with Max Williamson who is having his third season with Eiser Hirumet in the Basque Country and is helped along by the Dave Rayner Fund and trainSharp (more…)

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News: Sean Yates Ribble Cycles E-Champion

British legend (Tour de France yellow jersey & so much more) Sean Yates is back in the saddle as Ribble Cycles SLe champion (more…)

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Product News: Boardman 9 Series

Boardman Bikes have undertaken the most significant update to its award-winning SLR (super light road) range since the lightweight platform’s introduction into the Boardman range back in 2012 – all new Boardman 9 Series SLR road range launched (more…)

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Feature: Ian Field/Yorben Van Tichelt CX Season Reviews

Two of the leading riders during the British Cyclo-Cross season were Ian Field (National Trophy CX winner) and Yorben Van Tichelt (who was 2nd) on their Forme Calver SLC bikes. (more…)

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Q&A: Jessica Finney (Brother UK/Tifosi)

Jessica Finney who rides for the new Brother UK/Tifosi women’s team in 2019, takes the VeloUK end of season quiz (more…)

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News: CHS Vuelta Week in August

CHS are hosting a special training camp/holiday during August when stage 2 of the Vuelta kicks off in Benidorm and finishes in Calpe (more…)

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Winter Bikes: Dave William’s Kuota K-Allroad

Former British champion Dave Williams has swapped his aluminium winter bike for a Kuota K-Allroad carbon one in camo urban colours and disc brakes … we quiz him about it. (more…)

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Q&A: James Smith (Primal Europe)

Another of VeloUK’s sponsors helping us serve the sport is Primal Europe who supply custom clothing to the Welsh Cycling and Rowe & King to name but two of their customers – we quiz James Smith about the clothing … (more…)

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Q&A: with Cero’s Kieran Frend

Who better to quiz on Cero wheels than former professional with An Post, Kieran Frend at Cycle Division’s shop in Barton under Needwood (more…)

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Q&A: Cycling Holiday Spain

We have so many Q & A’s and the latest to come in is from Noze at Cycling Holiday Spain who has had 20 plus training camps in 2018 in the sunny climate of Southern Spain and is a popular resort for Brits (more…)

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Feature: Shrewsbury National Trophy

The final round of the 2018/19 National Trophy CX Series is at the popular venue at Shrewsbury promoted by the Mid Shropshire Wheelers and we quizzed organiser Dave Mellor on this event and changes to the course (more…)

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News: DHW Agencies Trade Day

Last week on the final day of three trade days for dealers, VeloUK went along to DHW Agencies near Ormskirk to see what new products they have for 2019 and had a chat to former pro and boss, Dave Williams (more…)

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BikePorn: Specialized S-Works

These are no ordinary S-Works! Bill at Primera Sports has sent some pics of two of their latest custom builds – the Sagan Edition bike is bling of the highest order! (more…)

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Rider Chat: Jered Allcock

In our quest to talk to grassroots riders, we asked Jered Allcock of Shutt Ridley to answer a few questions – here’s that interview – a rather excellent series of answers I must say in one of my favourite ever Q & As! (more…)

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Xmas Gifts: Vanilla Bikes

Local bike shop in Carnforth (North West England), Vanilla Bikes, have sent VeloUK some gift ideas (in shop or online) for readers from keeping warm, aero and dry to a rugged cycle computer … (more…)

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Team News: Brother UK & Vitus Pro Cycling

Brother UK reveal that Cherie Pridham’s professional cycling team will next year be called “Vitus Pro Cycling Team, Powered By Brother UK.” (more…)

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Feature: Organising a Road Race

In September, Shutt Velo Rapide’s Justin Belcher, a racer himself, organised a 2/3/4 road race in Oxfordshire – we quiz him about organsing that race … (more…)

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Crazy Busy Summer for Alpcycles

2018 has been a great but crazy busy summer season for AlpCycles with trips running from May – October across France & Europe. (more…)

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Bikes: Ribble SL-R Road Bike

Former climber in the pro peloton Jamie Burrow helps Ribble Cycles design their range topping and very lightweight SL-R road bike (more…)

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New Products: Ribble SLe Bike

Road based electric bikes are one of the new big things in cycling and Ribble Cycles have their SLe bike, weighing just 10.8kg and ‘stealth’ looking (more…)

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Caps not Hats – the Prendas Countdown

The cycling cap has been popular around the world, not just with cyclists, and has always be part of the fabric of the sport over the decades  – Prendas Ciclismo are counting down the top 10 sellers! (more…)

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New for 2019 – Even More Aero Estrella Ligero

A lighter, stiffer and more aero Estrella Ligero on the way for 2019 – the cable-less look coming to Estrella bikes (more…)

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Insight: A Winner’s Numbers in Belgium

trainSharp coached and Inspire Talent Programme rider, Tom Portsmouth took his 3rd win in Belgium recently and the coaches at trainSharp look at the numbers for the ride (more…)

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Free Bike Show – November 3rd

Its that time of year again when Primera Sports take over the Bournemouth International Centre and put on the best free bike show of the year with top brands and bikes on display (more…)

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Feature Interview: Peter Hargroves

One of the most experienced people in the cyclo-cross world is Peter Hargroves who is still helping youngsters be better ‘cross riders… (more…)

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Photo feature: Grand Tour Winning Bikes

Bill Temple from Primera Sports has taken the bikes from Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas that are on display in his Bournemouth store and taken some great pictures! (more…)

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Promo: trainSharp Fitness assessments

Promo: trainSharp fitness assessments are an essential part of improving cycling performance, but why? (more…)

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Insight: James Shaw’s Tour of Britain

trainSharp look at the power files for James Shaw of Lotto Soudal from two different types of stages and compare them (more…)

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Cycling Holiday Spain Pro Training Camps

As the road season ends, temperatures plummet, the weather gets changeable, and a holiday is needed, then Cycling Holiday Spain have just the place in Southern Spain where you can relax and ride the bike if you really must! (more…)

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Insight: James Shaw’s ToB Numbers

James Shaw who is coached by trainSharp, “If I am ever in a break with Tony Martin and Vasil Kiryienka again I am dropping straight back to the peloton” (more…)

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Bikes! Save on Ribble Cycles Hill Climbing weapon

Readers can save money on Ribble Cycles lightest carbon bike, their Hill Climbing weapon, the SL with Dura Ace which is now in the summer sale! (more…)

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Insights: Eddie Dunbar’s Numbers

Eddie Dunbar was second on the final stage of the Tour de L’Avenir and his coach, trainSharp have looked at his numbers for the ride (more…)

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Estrella Riders: Greg Parker

Estrella Riders: Greg Parker, who races time trials and duathlon, has two Estrella Bikes, the Fugaz V2 & the Estrella Fangoso gravel bike for fun riding. Greg says its the best looking bike out there! Greg set a 48:42 min PB on the Fugaz for a 25 mile TT at 54 years old! (more…)

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Feature: Welsh Road Race Academy

Over a decade after Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas was part of GB’s Academy under the guiding hand of Rod Ellingworth, this season, the Wales Academy for riders 18-20 with former pro Rob Partridge in charge, is helping Welsh talent on the road. (more…)

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Promo: Cycling Holiday Spain

As the season end approaches, thoughts turn to holidays and training camps and one that gets rave reviews is Cycling Holiday Spain – we look at it through the power of images (more…)

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Mini Feature: Q&A Penny Harris

Question and Answer with Estrella ambassador Penny Harris on her bike she uses for triathlon, sportives and exploring the south west Pembrokeshire countryside (more…)

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Q&A with Estrella Ambassador Richard Wyeth

Chat with Estrella Ambassador Richard Wyeth about his Fugaz V2 time trial bike which has seen him setting personal best after personal best (more…)

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Feature: Revolver Wheels & Products

Ridden by some of the fastest time trialists in the world such as Marcin Bialoblocki and Sarah Storey, Revolver Wheels is a brand that has been growing steadily in the UK since 2014 – we look at Revolver Wheels (more…)

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Mini Feature: Estrella Ambassador Shannon Kelly

Ambassador’s for Estrella Bikes are not just in the UK but in Europe as well and over in Ireland, there is Shannon Kelly, who is an Irish triathlete currently on the Irish development squad for triathlon. – We chat to her about Estrella bikes …  (more…)

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Feature: Dan Fleeman and Cycle Division Bikefit

Former world tour professional Dan Fleeman is still very much in the sport coaching many a star rider through his coaching business but recently, he also joined up with Cycle Division to help cyclists of all abilities to make sure they get a bike that fits. (more…)

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News: Ribble Cycles Launch New CGR Ti

Ribble Cycles has launched the bike that knows no boundaries, the CGR Ti – a stunning Titanium bike that will take you anywhere with timeless performance and style (more…)

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Promo: Cycling Holiday Spain 2018/19 Dates

If you have ever wondered about giving  Cycling Holiday Spain  a try when looking for a training camp, read the latest testimonial from Lindsay who seems mightily impressed  (more…)

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Feature: Boardman Performance Centre

On a visit to the now fully open Boardman Performance Centre, not only does it have state of the art performance experts and facilities but also the latest range of Boardman Bikes (more…)

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Insight: Dunbar just misses podium finish in Belgium

2018 is turning out to be a great year for trainSharp coached, Eddie Dunbar where he finished 4th in the general classification for the Baloise Belgium Tour  (more…)

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Ribble Cycles Launch Super Fast Ultra TT/Tri

Ribble Cycles has launched their new range-topping Ultra TT and Tri models; the fastest ever bikes the brand have developed to date. (more…)

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Rider Chat: Dan Patten (Merlin Cycles)

Former Team Wiggins rider Dan Patten, based in Belgium, is racing for Merlin Cycles in 2018 … we chat (more…)

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See the Criterium du Dauphine Libere with AlpCycles.com

AlpCycles.com invites riders to their ‘patch’ in the Alps on roads that the Criterium du Dauphine Libere will be racing on the same week – discount too for VeloUK readers …  (more…)

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Feature: TLI Cycling & How They Assist Organisers

TLI Cycling’s Geoff Readman tells us how they assist organisers to put on races for a growing membership (more…)

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Bike-Bling: Wilier Cento 10 Air

Primera Sports started out some 25 years ago as an Italian Road Bike Store in Bournemouth and they love their Italian Marques – here’s a customer’s build, a Wilier Cento 10 Air (more…)

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Training Camps: Paceline RT in Spain

Here’s a day-by-day look at Paceline RT’s trip to the Cycling Holiday Spain’s resort where they get to climb plenty of mountains and are looked after like pros (more…)

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Performance Bikes – Kuota K-Uno

The stablemate to the Kuota Khan ridden by Cofidis, the K-Uno is not just a great looking machine but also lightweight, comfortable and perfect for endurance racing and sportives (more…)

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Feature: Hand Built Wheels

A new supporter on the website – The Happy Cog – build wheels by hand. Read more … (more…)

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Escaping the British weather to Cycling Holiday Spain

With the snow falling outside on the Wirral, thoughts go to warm weather training pro style at Cycling Holiday Spain – we chat to Noze at CHS (more…)

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