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SpeedX reveals big plans for 2017 and beyond

[Bike Radar] SpeedX is making big plans for the future, after securing $22m of extra funding. The Chinese bike brand will use the money to ramp up its research and development program and expand its production capabilities.

It also plans to sponsor a WorldTour team by 2019.

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Gaviria to ride Giro d’Italia in 2017

[CyclingNews.com] Fernando Gaviria will make his Grand Tour debut at the 2017 Giro d’Italia as part of the Quick-Step Floors team.

The Italian race will be an opportunity for Gaviria to continue his rapid rise through the sport’s ranks and there will be plenty of expectation on him as he lines up next May.

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Unveiling a bike fit for a world champion: Dideriksen’s new steed

[Cycling Tips] It’s become a tradition that the rainbow stripes of the world championship jersey are paired with a pretty special bike to match, so Specialized have unveiled a custom S-Works for Amalie Dideriksen.

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Nine amazing training camp photos that will make Lotto-Soudal your new favourite team 

[Cycling Weekly] Featuring Andre Greipel in a cave, on a beach, and playing the lottery.

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UCI announces reformed points system for 2017 and beyond, will reward more riders in events

[Cycling Tips] Taking measures to try to simplify the calculation of world ranking points, the UCI has announced that both the general UCI World Ranking and the UCI WorldTour rankings will use the same points scale from 2017 onwards.

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Marian University to offer scholarship program for race mechanics

[Bicycle Retailer] The team said ‘The ideal candidate is a high school senior with two or more years of shop mechanic experience who wants to continue his or her development as a mechanic in the race setting, while earning an undergraduate degree and traveling and working with a high-performance cycling team.’

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Wiggins’ former doctor likens Fluimucil story to the Armstrong days

[Cycling News] Bradley Wiggins’ former doctor at Garmin Slipstream has told Cyclingnews that in his opinion, the story provided by Team Sky at the Culture, Media and Sport Committee in relation to the transport of Fluimucil for the rider’s medical needs is ‘insufficient’, implausible and like something from the Lance Armstrong era.

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Cycling Maven: Shimano Di2 Tears!

Cycling Maven Vlog #293 from Christchurch, New Zealand
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A cyclist’s guide to following a vegetarian diet

[Cycling Weekly] Anita Bean shows how to get your protein, iron and Omega-3s without eating meat.

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Gallery: 8 stunning pics from snapper Graham Watson’s 2017 calendar

[Bike Radar] He’s one of pro cycling’s most famous photographers, with a career stretching back several decades. Graham Watson’s 2017 cycling calendar is now ready to buy, and he’s kindly agreed to share a few images…

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Pauline Ferrand-Prevot: This could be the greatest challenge of my life

[CyclingNews.com] Pauline Ferrand-Prévot bought a dog this summer and called it Rio. Perfectly understandable for a medallist at this summer’s Olympics, but less so for someone for whom those Games hold only the most miserable of memories.

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Tom Simpson’s Mont Ventoux memorial back to former glory with help from Thomas De Gendt

[Cycling Weekly] Lotto-Soudal’s Thomas De Gendt – the last rider to win on Mont Ventoux – helps with constructing some new steps up to the Tom Simpson Memorial on the iconic climb.

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Cyclist in near miss with train at Ducketts Crossing, Leeds

British Transport Police have posted a dramatic video to YouTube showing a cyclist narrowly avoiding being run over by a train at a level crossing in West Yorkshire.

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Tested: Specialized Venge ViAS Expert Disc

[Peloton Magazine] That’s right, the Venge was never supposed to be a rim- brake bike, but with the UCI dragging its feet on disc integration Specialized couldn’t mothball years of R&D, so a rim version was rushed into production. One glance at the disc Venge ViAS and it’s clear this is true.

 

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Former British Cycling coach accuses Sir Dave Brailsford of “lies, bullying and harassment”

[road.cc] Ken Matheson made the claims in a series of messages on Twitter (link is external)last night in which he said he had given evidence to the UK Sport independent review (IR) into the culture at the governing body.

contemplated suicide under Brailsford’s ‘brutal’ regime 

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6 Totally Awesome Women’s Saddles

[Bicycling Magazine] Finding the perfect saddle for your body can be a lifelong goal—no two cyclists are exactly the same, so finding the one that works best for you can be a bit of a guessing game. But if you are on the hunt for a saddle that works for you, here are a few of the most popular ones among female riders right now.

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Upgrades and widgets for under £50 to make your bike faster, more comfortable and more reliable

[road.cc] How much difference can you make to the way your bike performs for under £50? A surprising amount, it turns out, especially if your definition of performance includes comfort and practicality as well as factors like weight and speed. Here are 10 good ways of spending that £50 your auntie put in your Christmas card.

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Colnago unveils new C60 race bikes for UAE Abu Dhabi WorldTour team 

[road.cc] Next year will see the return of the historic Italian bicycle brand Colnago to the professional peloton, and this week we’ve seen a first glimpse of the bikes it’ll be supplying to the new UAE Abu Dhabi team, which yesterday received the 18th and final spot in the World Tour.

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Bahrain-Merida’s Rovinj training camp – Gallery

[CyclingNews.com] The Bahrain-Merida team have come together for a second training camp in Croatia ahead of its debut season in the WorldTour as its riders finalise plans and programmes for the early-season.

Team leader Vincenzo Nibali was on hand at the camp in Rovinj as he and his 26 teammates underwent final medical checks and completed several training rides.