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Former world champion Petra de Bruin speaks out about years of sexual abuse during her cycling career

[Cycling Tips] Just weeks after the Dutch cycling federation, KNWU, announced its large-scale investigation into (sexual) intimidation, 54-year-old retired cyclist Petra de Bruin has come forward about the years of sexual abuse she endured as a young cyclist.

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Froome’s Mont Ventoux run named Moment of the Year in Cyclingnews Reader Poll

[CyclingNews.com] The sight of the yellow jersey making his way up one of the Tour’s most iconic mountains, on foot, without his bike, was the defining image of this year’s edition and one that instantly etched itself into the rich tapestry of the race.

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Cycling UK demands Sunday Times retracts and apologises for Rod Liddle column praising transport secretary for dooring a cyclist

[road.cc] The charity Cycling UK is demanding that The Sunday Times retracts and apologises for “inflammatory and dangerous” remarks made in last weekend’s edition by columnist Rod Liddle in which he praised transport secretary Chris Grayling for ‘dooring’ a cyclist outside the Palace of Westminster last week.

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Tom “Tommy” Simpson Memorial Being Restored to Mark 50th Anniversary of His Death

[Capo Velo] Efforts are underway to restore the Tom “Tommy” Simpson memorial along the summit of Mount Ventoux.

Simpson was the first British cyclist to wear the yellow jersey during the Tour de France, who tragically died during an epic ascent up the venerable climb almost 50 years ago.

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Gallery: Team Rally’s winter training camp

[Velo News] Rally Cycling gathers in snowy Colorado for a pre-season camp focused on team bonding and fun.

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The hum of my bicycle is the only constant I need

[Cycling Tips] There is so much more to Alexis Ryan than her ability on the bike. We already knew the Canyon-SRAM rider writes well, but this latest video from Canyon shows that she’s quite the lyrical poet as well. Too good not to share, we’re sure it will resonate with many of you out there. Enjoy.

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Enve SES 4.5 AR Disc wheelset review: Changing the game

[Cycling Tips] Of all the wide-profile road wheelsets on the market, none are pushing the envelope more than Enve Composites with its radically forward thinking, ultra-fat, SES 4.5 AR Disc.

If you prefer higher-volume road tires and disc brakes, but still want to go as fast as possible, these are the wheels you want.

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Stybar to compete in pair of ‘cross races

[CyclingNews.com] Three-time Cyclo-cross World Champion Zdenek Stybar might have shifted his focus to the road with Quick-Step Floors, but he still dabbles in the dirt each season. Last season he raced a single event in Essen.

This year, Stybar will compete in the last two Belgian races of 2016, the C1 DVV Trophy in Loenhout and the C2 Versluys Cyclo-cross in Bredene on December 29 and 30.

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Sophie de Boer Moves to Solo Program Sponsored by Breepark, Equipped by Colnago and Rapha

[CX Magazine] Dutch cyclocross star Sophie de Boer, the current World Cup leader and winner of the 2016 CrossVegas World Cup, will be moving from Kalas-NNOF to her own solo program starting January 1.

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Video: Exposure Lights and the joy of night riding

[Road Cycling UK] While we love the long, warm days of summer as much as anyone else, there’s a certain satisfaction in defying the seasons and heading out into the depths of winter on a night ride.

No, not the evening commute home from work, but a dedicated training ride out into the sticks, with only the hum of your tyres and the beam of light in front of you for company.

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How to get away with riding your bike on Christmas Day

[Cycling Tips] Everyone knows it’s harder to excuse yourself on Christmas day for a ride with all the responsibilities, but sometimes its the time when you really NEED to leave to take a ride.

So here is a list of excuses, that may just help make your Christmas day:

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Are custom painted cycling shoes the next big hit? – Bikerumor

[Bike Rumor] It used to be that you had to win at least a stage in the Tour de France, or maybe your national championship to get a truly customized pair of cycling shoes.

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Pros ride through snow, mud, and rivers in unconventional winter training

[Cycling Weekly] Professional riders have long used off-road cycling as a way to stay fit and motivated in the winter, but LottoNL-Jumbo have taken things to the next level at their pre-season training camp.

For reasons that are unclear, the team seem to have ridden en masse into a Spanish river, with directeur sportif Nico Verhoeven tweeting pictures of the off road foray.

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The 14 hardest Strava segments anywhere in the world

[Cycling Weekly] We recently introduced you to the “Mountain of Death” that is being tackled twice in the Vuelta a Costa Rica, which got us thinking about some of the other brutal climbs in far off places that we’re quite glad we’ll never get to climb.

The Alto de Letras was one that a lot of you suggested on Facebook, but we’ve also frittered away a morning exploring Strava to find the world’s hardest segments that you can tackle by bike.

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Exercise May Save You From Dementia, According to New Research

[Bicycling Magazine] New research has shown a benefit of regular exercise on cognitive impairment—and that might help reduce the risk of dementia in elderly populations. Activity has been shown to protect against vascular cognitive impairment, which is the second most common cause of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease.

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2017 Tour de Suisse route unveiled

[CyclingNews.com] The 81st edition of the Tour de Suisse will start with two stages in Cham before taking an anti-clockwise route across the country with a weekend of stages in Schaffhausen to bring the curtain down on the 2017 event.

The full race route and details of the two Schaffhausen stages will be announced in March ahead of the June 10-17 race.

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Dennis playing the long game as he aims to develop into Grand Tour contender

[CyclingNews.com] At BMC’s training camp in Spain last week, Dennis outlined his programme for 2017 – which includes taking a freelancer approach to the Giro d’Italia, where Tejay van Garderen will lead the team – and his plan for developing into a Grand Tour contender

‘I look at it as a four-year process,’ Dennis said. ‘In four years I want to be up towards the pointy end. If I’m not but I can still see the light in the tunnel, I’ll keep down this road.’

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Nibali bids farewell to Astana: ‘Even though we will be rivals there remains a special bond’

[CyclingNews.com] After four years with the Astana organisation that saw him take three Grand Tour wins, Vincenzo Nibali is headed to Bahrain-Merida next season. In a video posted to the Astana Facebook page Tuesday, the 32-year-old Italian bid farewell to the team and recalled his tenure there.

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Lee’s Lowdown: Phinney Power!

[PEZ Cycling] Is technology the way forward? Ex-rider and coach Lee Rodgers thinks not and, surprisingly, he agrees with Taylor Phinney’s latest stance on the World of pro cycling that is becoming “analytical and a wattage-based sport”. Power meters are a tool not a rule!

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Man who delivered Team Sky package could be questioned by MPs – while doubts surround aspects of Sir Dave Brailsford’s evidence

[road.cc] Ex-British Cycling employee Simon Cope, now sports director at Team Wiggins, travelled 900 miles carrying what is said to have been medicine destined for Sir Bradley Wiggins – a product which could apparently have been bought at a local chemist for €8.

 

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Tom Boonen hails ‘best bike ever’ – and it has disk brakes

[RoadCyclingUK.com] Disc brakes have endured a stop-start to life in the peloton but, with the UCI set to restart its disc brake trial in January, 2017 could finally see some pro cyclists make the switch.

Specialized unveiled the Venge ViAS Disc earlier this year as one of the first fully-fledged, disc-equipped aero road bikes. It’s lighter than the regular Venge ViAS, and Specialized say it’s just as aerodynamic.