Author: CyclingTE

The middle of January is the traditional weekend for the cyclocross national championships across Europe, and dozens of winners were crowned this weekend from Austria to Switzerland.In Belgium, Eli Iserbyt scored an emotional first victory in the elite men’s title race, prevailing in the thick mud in Meulebeke over Joran Wyseure and teammate Michael Vanthourenhout.The previous day, Sanne Cant brought her tally of consecutive titles to 15 in a closely contested race with Laura Verdonschot.In the Netherlands, Lucinda Brand had no trouble powering away to the women’s title even with a broken nose from last weekend’s race in Zonhoven, while…

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The cycle industry loves to invent new stuff and sell it to us – after all, that’s why it exists. But do we need all this new tech and does it really help make us better cyclists? Almost all new tech comes with downside somewhere. Usually, it’s more complex to work on than the old stuff and it’s nearly always more expensive, which drives up the cost of buying and maintaining your bike.So here’s the Luddite’s guide to the cycling tech trends that may be more trouble than they’re worth.New bottom bracket standardsNow will this shiny BB86 DUB bottom bracket fit…

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Following the unveiling of the 2024 Paris-Roubaix and Paris-Roubaix Femmes wildcard invites on Tuesday, French race organisers ASO have done the same for their Ardennes races – the men’s La Flèche Wallonne and La Flèche Wallonne Femmes and the men’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes – also announcing the routes of both sets of races.The headline news from the races is that the men’s La Flèche Wallonne will see the peloton tackle the famous leg-breaking finish up the Mur de Huy four times, while the women’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège will be the longest yet, sharing the same final 147.6km as the men’s race.The men’s La…

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Just eight days after feeling the euphoria of taking his first professional and WorldTour level win at the Tour Down Under, Oscar Onley was in hospital with a broken collarbone following a crash at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.Onley was crowned the king of Willinga Hill on stage 6 of the Tour Down Under after conquering the famous climb ahead of Stephen Williams (Israel-Premier Tech), but he would last little more than 70km into the 176km one-day race in Geelong with his collarbone fractured and race ended.“After further medical checks at the local hospital we can confirm that…

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A broken nose caused by a crash in the Zonhoven World Cup did not stop Lucinda Brand from winning her National Cyclo-Cross Championship for a third time this weekend and the Dutch star confirmed immediately afterwards that she will now continue training and racing despite her injury.The Baloise-Trek-Lions rider is set to give her newly gained 2024 Dutch National Champion’s jersey its first outing at the Benidorm World Cup on January 21st, she told reporters in the Nationals’ mixed zone area at Hoogeveen and will train in Spain with her road team beforehand.Brand crashed heavily at speed whilst leading the…

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(Image credit: Future)Few names have an impact like Eddy Merckx. He’s a true legend of the sport, racking up innumerate victories over all imaginable terrains, on the road at least. Given that we’ve just seen the relaunch of the Eddy Merckx bike brand, nowadays owned by Ridley’s parent company, Belgian Bike Factory, it seemed as good a time as any to knock up this gallery. The bike is an Eddy Merckx that Merckx himself raced back in the day. Early in his career, Eddy Merckx frames were repainted Colnago Super’s, but the ‘EM’ monogram on the fork crown is the giveaway…

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The growth of women’s cycling has seen many young riders turning pro earlier than ever, with Lidl-Trek leading the Women’s WorldTour teams in terms of youth investment in their 2024 signings.Among their teenage talents brought in this summer were the talented, multi-discipline twins Ava and Isabella Holmgren, junior time trial World Champion Felicity Wilson-Haffenden and top British road and track prospect – Izzy Sharp.Arriving after a super successful second-year junior season, Sharp has shown her ability to perform in both the Classics and time trials. She took the win at Gent-Wevelgem Juniors, Omloop van Borsele and was second at the…

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Visma-Lease A Bike rider Michel Hessmann won’t face criminal charges in Germany for doping after the Freiburg Public Prosecutor’s Office closed its investigation. The 22-year-old German could still yet face a ban from the sport, with the National Anti-doping Agency of Germany (NADA) continuing to investigate his case. but he will avoid any subsequent criminal charges. The well-informed Wielerflits website first reported the news and the Visma-Lease a Bike team confirmed the closure of the criminal investigation to Cyclingnews.Hessmann tested positive for a diuretic in an out-of-competition test in June last year, just after he completed the Giro d’Italia and helped Primož…

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Egan Bernal had to settle for bronze at the Colombian National Championships road race, but the Ineos Grenadiers rider was heartened by his best result and performance since the life-threatening crash he suffered in training two years ago.Alejandro Osorio (GW Erco Shimano) claimed the title with a long-range attack, and he withstood a spirited pursuit from Bernal and silver medallist Sergio Higuita (Bora-Hansgrohe), who closed to within four seconds by the finish in Tunja.After finishing a distant sixth in the time trial in midweek, more than three minutes behind Daniel Martinez, Bernal bounced back with a fine display in Sunday’s…

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USA Cycling confirmed 28 athletes on the national team headed to Tábor, Czech Republic for the 2024 UCI Cyclocross World Championships, taking place February 3-4. Five recently-crowned national champions are on the team, with U23 men’s winner Jack Spranger (Bear National Team) declined to participate at Worlds. Four-time elite women’s champion Clara Honsinger (S&M Racing) and two-time elite men’s champion Eric Brunner (WTP Pivot Off Road) will headline the roster along with U23 women’s winner Lizzy Gunsalus (CCB Racing) and junior champions David Thompson (AG2R Citroën U19 Team) and Vida Lopez de San Roman (Bear National Team).Lopez de San Roman made…

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