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    Hints and tips for cycling the Paris-Roubaix

    In his second post (first available here) author Mark Stephens looks at what it takes to survive riding on the cobbles of northern France in the Hell of the North sportive.   The Paris-Roubaix Challenge, the amateur version of the famous spring classic, is held[...]
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    An everyman training plan

    Disclaimer: I don’t have a power meter and while I do have a heart rate monitor, I forget to wear it more often than not. A Cycleops turbo, bought 7 years ago, is gathering dust in the shed and I[...]
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    Could Strava change our roads?

    When pretty much everything is monitored by the powers that be, should the authorities make use of the information you upload from your rides to make the streets safer for cyclists? I use a Garmin and like so many others, I upload[...]
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    Screw The Rules I: Vanity

    There’s no guide to the world of cycling manners quite like Velominati’s The Rules. Great though it is, it’s also a little bonkers. And rules were made to be broken... There’s nothing quite like being told what to do or how[...]
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    Christmas List Ideas For Greedy Cyclists

    Christmas is all about giving. Or family. Or peace on earth. Either way, it wouldn't be so bad unwrapping some of these cycling goodies on the 25th December.  Buying presents for a cyclist isn't as easy as it looks. A serious[...]
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    The Upgrade Column: A wheel conundrum

    One of the most effective upgrades you can make to a bike is your wheels. But with so many options out there it's difficult to know what to choose - here's some thoughts on how to pick them.  When you buy[...]
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    Hints and tips for riding the Alps

    Mark Stephens, author of two books on how to prepare for some of the world's toughest amateur sportives, shares his hints and tips on surviving next year's Étape. This year I managed to finish the L'Étape du Tour from Pau to Hautacam,[...]
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    The madness of Everesting

    There’s a strange trend that’s gathered a frightening amount of momentum in the world of cycling called Everesting that I just can’t get my head around. The idea is to ride the vertical equivalent of Mount Everest in a single[...]
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    London to Brighton - Cycling Capital to Coast

    Why not get away from it all and pop down to the coast? The leisurely jaunt down to the seaside might not be one for the pros, but it makes for a rewarding ride. It’s a bit of a cliché for[...]
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    The punishing road ahead: 2015 Étape du Tour

    With the route for next year's Étape sportive unveiled, riders will pit themselves against the Alps' meanest peaks. We preview one of the biggest sportives of 2015. This week the route of the 2015 Tour de France was announced and while[...]