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Valverde takes record fifth Flèche Wallonne with characteristic surge

He started the race as the clear favourite, and ended it as a record five-time winner. Alejandro Valverde put in an assertive performance to take Flèche Wallonne, surging clear on the final ascent of the Mur de Huy and soloing to victory. Dan Martin (QuickStep Floors) put in a late surge to take second behind …

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Swipe right: Tinder tips for cyclists

“What do you want your bio to read?” my friend asked me at bar a few months ago. I nervously entrusted him with my phone and he was setting up my first Tinder profile, tisking away as he was scrolling through my photo library looking for a photo in which I’m not wearing a helmet, …

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Sober January, Dry February: are you giving up booze?

The indulgent holidays are behind us and for many, the new road season is looming. Whether you’re trying to make race weight, detox after the holidays or stick to your clean eating new year’s resolutions, I know many of you are thinking about, or have committed to, decreasing your alcohol intake. Maybe you are even …

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Best of 2016: Bridie O’Donnell’s world record breaking hour in photos

It’s the time of the year when everyone is heading off for the holidays, spending time with family and taking advantage of the opportunity to explore some new locations on the bike. It’s also a great time to unwind by catching up on your reading, so we’ve decided to finish 2016 by revisiting some of …

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O come all ye faithful: the joy of Christmas-New Year riding

It’s Christmas time which, for most of us, means time spent with family and friends, reflecting on the year that’s been and eating far more food than we need to. And for many of us cyclists in warmer parts of the world, the Christmas to New Year period also provides a rare opportunity to get …

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The new sub-compact and the future of wide-range gearing

The next phase in road cycling presents new challenges. Riders are no longer sticking exclusively to smooth tarmac with their road bikes, and many are starting to expand their riding horizons onto the dirt and gravel paths. That new terrain is demanding more versatile equipment choices to match, and as the terrain gets steeper and …

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The golden rules of crit racing

Criteriums. They’re a staple of the local racing scene in Australia, the U.S., the UK and in many other places around the world. These frenetic races of roughly an hour are raced on the road but racing a ‘crit’ is very different to taking part in a road race. The style of racing is different, …

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Reviewed: Liv Avail Advanced 1 women’s road bike

Liv split from big brother Giant in 2014 to become the world’s first bike brand dedicated only to women. It’s fair to say that in the last three years, Liv’s products have been established as the most recognisable in a crowded women’s specific marketplace. A lot of this has been achieved at a grass-roots level: …

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How to ride the perfect time trial: Constant power vs variable power

Time trials. They’re arguably the most polarising aspect of bike racing. Some riders love the challenge of pacing their effort perfectly, while others detest the pain that TTs inevitably deliver. If you do any racing yourself, and particularly multi-stage events, you’ll almost certainly come face-to-face with the occasional time trial. So what’s the best strategy …

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Flying with your bike: tips from a baggage handler

Flying with your bike can be a nerve-wracking experience, particularly if the bike is new and/or you’ve spent a lot of money on it. Will the bike make it to your destination in one piece? And what’s the best option for keeping your bike safe – soft case, hardshell or cardboard box? CyclingTips editor Matt …

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