Unable to continue with its controversial founders, USA Pro Challenge struggles without them

The relationship between the USA Pro Challenge and its founders, the Schaden family, was always a complicated one. That was never more evident than on Friday, when the event’s CEO, Shawn Hunter, said in a press release that it would not be held in 2016 — the first year without the Schadens underwriting it. Hunter said…

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Will Mark Cavendish’s Olympic track racing ambitions help or hinder his road season?

Mark Cavendish’s decision to combine road and track during the 2016 season – and, in doing so, to take on a very intense workload in chasing his aim of Tour de France, Olympic and world championship success – is undoubtedly a brave one. It’s also a gamble, a scattergun approach that will either seem him...

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An ode to the Australian summer of racing

When Chris Froome (Sky) crossed the finish line atop Arthurs Seat on the final day of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour, he didn’t just bring that race to a close — he also closed out the Australian summer of racing. And after a long, action-packed few months of racing, riders, fans and the Australian cycling...

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Commuter jeans reviewed: Levi’s vs. Osloh

When I look out the window I find another grey and wet winter morning. Temperatures are mild but the rain clouds are ever-present. I need to go downtown. There is no question as to how I’ll get there. They question is what I’ll be wearing. I have an appointment and errands to run. Lycra isn’t...

2016 USA Pro Challenge cancelled, but intention is to return in 2017 and build a series of events

Although its organisers said last month the race would take place in 2016, appearing to end months of speculation, a reversal of that decision was announced on Friday. The 2.HC ranked event will undergo a hiatus this season, but CEO Shawn Hunter has said that it will return in 2017. “The timing and work involved...

UCI carries out widespread checks for mechanical doping in France, promises ongoing examinations throughout 2016 and beyond

As the Femke Van den Driessche mechanical doping case heads toward a UCI disciplinary commission hearing, the governing body has stepped up its checks for hidden motors in bikes by examining almost 100 machines at a French race on Friday. A total of 90 bikes were scrutinised at the second stage of the La Méditerranéenne...

Tour of Toowoomba cancelled for 2016, organisers hope for ‘bigger and better’ return in 2017

Organisers of the Tour of Toowoomba have confirmed that this year’s edition of the National Road Series (NRS) race will not take place, creating further uncertainty about the health and future of Australia highest level of domestic racing. The Tour of Toowoomba was set to open the 2016 men’s NRS season, from April 28 to...

Zak Dempster on Sam Bennett’s sprint train: ‘You can’t click your fingers and make a lead-out work’

DOHA, Qatar (CT) – Irishman Sam Bennett is making inroads against the best sprinters as his Bora-Argon 18 team looks to emulate a world renowned lead-out train. The 25-year-old is currently racing at the Tour of Qatar with the backing of the German Pro Continental squad that includes Australian Zak Dempster, who skipped home nation...

Daily News Digest

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Boasson Hagen wins stage three of the Tour of Qatar; Victory marks long-awaited return to form for Boasson Hagen; Cavendish: People are going to want echelons but we are not f***ing robots; UCI forwards cyclocross worlds mechanical doping case to disciplinary commission; Riders give thumbs up to...

UCI forwards cyclocross worlds mechanical doping case to disciplinary commission

Eleven days after a motor was found during the women’s under 23 race at the cyclocross world championships in Belgium, the UCI has confirmed that the case has moved to the next level in the disciplinary process. “Pursuant to the UCI Regulations related to technological fraud, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has today referred the...

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Daily News Digest

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Kristoff wins a second stage at the Tour of Qatar, Cavendish back into the overall lead; Daryl Impey wins his fifth South African time trial title; Boasson Hagen deflated after double puncture costs him the Tour of Qatar lead; Specialized announces layoffs and realignment; Why UCI...

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Fulcrum Racing Quattro Carbon wheelset review

Fulcrum is well known for its wide range of road and off-road wheelsets. Now the company is moving forward with wider rims, disc-equipped wheelsets, and lower-priced carbon rims. All of these refinements are found in the new range of Racing Quattro wheels, and in this review, CTech editor Matt Wikstrom reports on the performance of...

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After UCI’s Katusha decision, what next for Paolini?

The situation surrounding Luca Paolini’s positive test for cocaine at last year’s Tour de France is undoubtedly a complicated one. Tuesday’s decision by the UCI’s Disciplinary Commission, to waive a potential suspension of the Katusha team over the positive cases involving Luca Paolini and Eduard Vorganov, prompted a fair amount of questions — and debate....

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Inside the convoy: a ride with Commissaire 2 at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour

When you switch on your TV to watch a bike race you only see part of the picture. The riders are the stars of the show — and rightly so — but behind the scenes there are dozens of hard-working individuals, each playing a distinct role to ensure the race runs as smoothly as possible....

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Tech

Fulcrum Racing Quattro Carbon wheelset review

Fulcrum is well known for its wide range of road and off-road wheelsets. Now the company is moving forward with wider rims, disc-equipped wheelsets, and lower-priced carbon rims. All of these refinements are found in the new range of Racing Quattro wheels, and in this review, CTech editor Matt Wikstrom reports on the performance of...

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Tubeless tubulars set for road debut at the Spring Classics?

With the European road season just kicking into gear, tech spotters have a lot to look forward to. Over the next few months many new products will be put through their paces, being raced on by the pros for the first time. One product that’s poised to have an impact on the upcoming Spring Classics...

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Bikes of the (future) bunch: Custom eTap builds

In this edition of Bikes of the Bunch, we feature three custom builds put together by Above Category with SRAM’s new wireless Red eTap groupset. For those that are unfamiliar with Above Category, it is a shop located in Sausalito, near San Francisco in California. Chad Nordwall is the owner and he has built his...

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Roadtripping

Thereabouts 2

Thereabouts 2

For those of you who missed the 24hr pre-screening of Thereabouts 2, you can now see it on Vimeo on Demand for a small donation that will go towards the making of next year’s Thereabouts 3 sequel. Just click play then “Watch Now” in the top right corner of the trailer. If you haven’t seen...

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Roadtripping Switzerland

Roadtripping Switzerland

  Few mountain ranges are more synonymous with road cycling than the French Alps – the Col du Galibier, Col d’Izoard, Alpe d’Huez, to name but a few of the Alps’ most famous climbs. But the Alps extend well beyond French borders and into several neighbouring countries, not least Switzerland. In the latest installment in...

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Roadtripping Iceland

Roadtripping Iceland

Four degrees Celsius in the middle of summer. Perpetual daylight that makes it difficult to sleep. Constant rain. Backpacks full of heavy camera equipment. Niggling injuries. Jason Stirling and David Fletcher from NorthSouth faced no shortage of challenges as they made their way around Iceland over the course of two weeks. And yet the story...

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Women's Cycling

Commuter jeans reviewed: Levi’s vs. Osloh

When I look out the window I find another grey and wet winter morning. Temperatures are mild but the rain clouds are ever-present. I need to go downtown. There is no question as to how I’ll get there. They question is what I’ll be wearing. I have an appointment and errands to run. Lycra isn’t...

Team tactics 101

Every week, Alison Powers and her fellow ALP Cycles coaches — Jennifer Sharp and Patricia Schwager —share their experience, stories and advice with Ella readers in a ‘Weekly Wisdom’ training tips column. Additionally, once a month, Alison responds to your training, riding or racing questions.  Got a question for Alison and her team? Simply post...

2016 pro women’s team kits that we love

A new season means the opportunity to introduce a new team kit. While some teams have done just that, other teams decided to keep their look the same or similar to last season. We had a closer look at the designs that make up the women’s pro peloton this year. Here are the ones that really stand out...

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Tips and Self Improvement

Lisa’s Mum on mechanical doping and a whole new level of committing to the rut

Lisa Jacobs is a three-time Australian cyclocross champion, a lawyer and an all round nice person that helps set the tone for a welcoming women’s scene in the fledgling world of Australian cyclocross. However, sometimes in her blogs on ridehappy.com.au she lets out her alter ego, Lisa’s Mum, who steers clear of conventional wisdom and most...

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Get ready for CX Worlds: Heckling 101 with Georgia Gould

The cyclocross season is wrapping up at the Cyclocross World Championships in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium this weekend. Whether you’re one of the 65,000 anticipated live spectators or among the thousands who will tune in from their TVs and computers, here are some heckling tips to sharpen your sideline jeering skills and get in the ‘cross spirit....

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Race photographers: Bike racing’s unsung heroes

We often talk about the awesome jobs that swannies, mechanics, directors, volunteers and race organisers do at bike races, but what about the photographers? Photographers are some of the unsung heroes of bike races. They stand around in all weather conditions, often start work at the crack of dawn, hussle with spectators, climb atop of...

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