Celebrate the build-up to the Tour with the only UK Official 2019 Tour de France Race Guide. This year’s guide is available to pre-order now with free UK delivery. Inside each souvenir pack you will find a huge 220-page official programme packed with profiles of every team, stats for every rider, maps of every stage, interviews with the stars, expert analysis and so much more. BikeRadar‘s 2019 Tour de France page: everything Tour all in one place Here’s how to watch the 2019 Tour de France on TV and via streaming services The 2019 Tour de France route revealed The Official Tour de France Race Guide 2019 In addition to the official programme, the souvenir pack also contains: A giant 2019 wall chart for filling in the stage winner and jersey holders after each day’s racing A 68-page 1989 Tour de France extract book examining the epic race between Greg Lemond and Laurent Fignon The official full-size fold-out route map Limited-edition postcards Don’t miss out, pre-order your copy today
For those of us that spend a large part of the year in cold riding conditions you know what it is like to have have frozen digits when out on the bike. Winter riding can be a blast, maybe not like ripping Whistler Bike Park laps, but when all your favorite trails are covered in snow…it’s nice to get out to spin your legs and get your drift on. Frozen hands and feet suck and are definitely in the back of my mind when we come up with excuses no to work on your Dad bod and head out for a winter ride. We have been testing a few products long term and we wanted to share our thoughts with the masses. Bluetooth Heated Insoles by Digisole By- Jack When the box arrived from France I was super excited. I have used disposable heat packs inside my winter 5.10 riding shoes but they always made my feet fall asleep and were super uncomfortable. Contrasting, the Digitsole Warm series insoles fit perfectly into my shoes and charging them was easy with a micro usb and supplied split cord. The insoles rely on an Phone app and Bluetooth technology. You can download an app for your Iphone or Android, connect the insoles and charge out the door knowing you will have toasty feet. The app is simple and works to control the amount of energy the charged insoles deliver under your forefoot. There are no wires connected to batteries that you have to worry about and the batteries are integrated into the insole. You can control the temperature with your phone and it has a handy timer so you can maintain the temperature of your fee, avoiding overheating your toes like with disposable heat packs. The app also has a timer build to maintain battery life. The insoles battery life was great and I could head out for a couple of hours in sub zero temps with warm happy feet. You have to be careful to ensure that your phone battery has plenty of battery life left so that you can control your insoles during your ride. If your phone battery runs out, your insoles will turn off as well. You’ll also need to be careful not to freeze the battery. I usually leave my riding shoes in the garage but with the Digisole Insoles you’ll need to keep them inside to ensure you treat the battery the way Digisole wants you to. The insoles are not overly thick like you’d think a insole with a battery and built in GPS would be. Speaking of the GPS, Digisole markets the insoles for a variety of winter sports so tracking your steps is a luxury for many winter enthusiast. For cyclists where Garmins and Strava are common place the GPS is probably overkill and we’d love to see a more economically priced heated insole without the GPS option. Overall it was awesome to have warm feet and they were super useful. On a few rides my phone battery was basically dead as I headed out for a night ride and couldn’t turn the insoles on. I certainly missed them as I had to revert to disposable heat packs. Are they worth the 200 Euro? If you suffer from cold feet and ride a lot in the winter, early spring or late fall rides then yes. They are a luxury but they do work really well. Digisole did provide a set of insoles for this review but we received no monetary compensation. You can find out more information on the insoles here https://www.digitsole.com/connected-heated-insoles-warm-series/ -Jack Outdoor Research Lucent Heated Glove Review By Kevin I purchased my Outdoor Research (OR) Lucent Heated gloves early in the winter of 2018 to enjoy winter fatbiking. I struggle with Raynaud’s in a few fingers and couldn’t find a glove combo that was warm enough. Additionally, I’m not a fan of pogies (bar mitts) as they aren’t ideal at warming up your hands after you’ve been exposed changing a tire or dealing with a mechanical. The Lucent gloves fit a bit larger compared to my other gloves (XL vs. my XXL) and have a deeper thumb groove, which nicely accommodates gripping a handlebar. I find the gloves a bit thinner on the palm, which translates to better bar feel. OR states the heating wraps around all the fingers and I never noticed any cold spots while riding in up to -20C temperatures. I would alternate between the highest heat setting after having the gloves off, the medium heat setting when descending in cold temps, and the lowest heat setting when climbing. When temps warmed up I was able to use the gloves without heat. Battery life was always longer than my ride time, regardless of my heat setting selection. I do find the batteries are slow to charge, so I would recommend always charging well in advance of your ride. The split battery design meant I didn’t notice the batteries while wearing the gloves. The LED button was easy to use and hassle free. If you are looking for a cycling glove feel these probably aren’t the gloves for you. However, if you struggle with hand heat in the winter and don’t really have a cold cut off for riding these are a proper glove that’ll keep your hands warm and let you enjoy your ride. That you can take them skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, etc. without skipping a beat is an added bonus. You can find out more information about the Outdoor Research Lucent Glove here: https://amzn.to/2XiHYew The post Extending Ride Time in the Winter appeared first on The Bike Dads.
We’re teaming up with sports retailer Decathlon this summer to offer you the chance to win something really special. All you need is a road cycling dream and the drive to see it through. Summer of Cycling with Decathlon Tell us your summer cycling goal, whether it’s an ultra race or your first ever sportive Decathlon Tell us about your big cycling challenge this summer and why you’re doing it. If we like your story enough, you could win Decathlon’s support to help you reach that goal. This means that a bike, kit and training advice — for the summer and beyond — could be coming your way. You’ll also get the chance to write about the trials and tribulations of your journey to your goal on BikeRadar as well as in our sister mag Cycling Plus. Whether you’ve signed up for a European sportive, are entering your first race, or planning an ambitious point-to-point challenge or bikepacking tour, we want to hear from you. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an experienced campaigner looking to up the stakes this summer, returning to the bike after a few years away or totally new to the sport. How to enter Visit the competition entry page and outline what your challenge is and why you’re doing it. The closing date for entries is 11.59pm on 9 June 2019. All you need is a road cycling dream and the drive to see it through Decathlon If you’re a bit stuck, perhaps you can take some inspiration from us at BikeRadar and Cycling Plus, because we’re also taking aim at our own personal goals this summer. Mildred Locke, staff writer, BikeRadar BikeRadar staff writer Mildred Locke is planning to ride a 600km audax in September Mildred Locke / Immediate Media This year was going to be all about the audax for me. Over the Christmas period I signed up to a ludicrous amount of events for 2019, starting with the 200k Chalke and Cheese in January and ending with the 600k Chalfont St Peter in September. The 200k was a DNF, and since then I’ve missed another three, thanks to illness after illness, and a crash thrown in for good measure. Not a great start to my audax season! But despite the hurdles, and only having a few months to train, I’m still going to get that 600k under my belt, one way or another. Even if I’m crawling on my hands and knees by the end. Aoife Glass, women’s editor, BikeRadar Women’s editor Aoife Glass is planning to overcome her knee injury this summer with lots of mindful stretching and gradual increases in distance Phil Hall / Immediate Media After developing an unfortunate knee injury, my goal for 2019 is simple and small: pain-free riding by the end of the summer. I’ve always taken for granted that I just jump on a bike and ride, and haven’t been as diligent as I should have with my post-ride stretching and flexibility training. No more! I’ll be building up my distances gradually while taking more care of my body because, after all, I want it to keep me riding as long as I possibly can! Matthew Allen, senior staff writer, BikeRadar Senior staff writer Matthew Allen’s goal is to spend less time on tarmac and more time on gravel Matthew Allen / Immediate Media My road cycling goal this year is to spend less time on the road and instead explore more of the dirt and gravel on my doorstep. Having embraced my mediocrity and abandoned all pretence of being good at riding bikes quickly, I’m now a convert to the joys of taking road-like bicycles off road, zipping through sun-dappled forests in a cloud of dust and startling wild boar at dusk. Such a leisurely approach to cycling requires zero training and has no measurable outcomes, and that suits me just fine. The only goal is to do more of it but it’s hedonistic riding with no undercurrent of obligation. Helen Cousins, head of production, BikeRadar Helen Cousins, head of production, is planning to get herself organised for more riding this summer Helen Cousins / Immediate Media This year I just plan to get out and ride my road bike as much as possible. I don’t have any specific goals compared to previous years, but would like to start regularly riding with my local club to help me be more motivated as well as learn more routes and hopefully improve my riding — rather than just pootling along on my own. I also need to be more organised and get better at remembering to charge my Garmin and preparing all of my kit ahead of time! Joe Norledge, senior videographer, BikeRadar BikeRadar senior videographer Joe Norledge will be riding as much as possible to prepare for the upcoming UK hill climb season, which starts in September Joe Norledge / Immediate Media This summer I’m aiming to spend as much time as possible on my Scott Scale long-term mountain bike. I love long, epic euro marathon races with lots of elevation, so hopefully there’ll be a couple of trips abroad as well. Towards the end of the summer I’ll be switching back to my road bike in preparation for the upcoming UK hill climb season, which starts in September. I’m also hoping to ride some local TTs. Alex Evans, technical editor, BikeRadar Somewhat ironically, technical editor Alex Evans’ goal is to ride less, in order to ride more this summer Alex Evans Spending what has ended up feeling like an inordinate amount of time commuting to and from the office — regularly clocking up 200 miles a week before I’ve even ridden for pleasure — on my Trusty Marin Gestalt 3, this summer I’m throwing in a curve ball with my cycling goals. I actually want to ride less so that I can ride more. Now, that doesn’t make a great deal of sense on face value, but dissect the idea and you’ll see where I’m coming from. If I spend less time negotiating aggravated drivers and hectically busy roads I’m hoping I’ll be able to take more time to go on rides that are more fun, less stressful and in places that I’d prefer to be rather than treading down the deep furrows of commuter boredom. Here’s to a summer of peace and love. John Whitney, features editor, Cycling Plus Cycling Plus features editor John Whitney is riding the Schleck Gran Fondo Joby Sessions / Immediate Media My early summer challenge is the Schleck Gran Fondo in Mondorf-Les-Bains, Luxembourg on 25 May, in its third edition this summer and part of the UCI Gran Fondo World Series. Luxembourg will be a new country for me, and I hear it’s hilly, and though the course avoids the hilliest Ardennes region in the north of the country, the 155km course has its fair-share of 3–5km climbs. It’s organised by the senior of the Schleck brothers, Frank, who won a couple of couple of prestigious Tour de France stages in his career, which ended three years ago. I’ve ridden many such events in my time writing for Cycling Plus, but, because of injury, this will be my first century ride of any description for a couple of years. I’m excited! Rob Spedding, content director: BikeRadar, Cycling Plus, MBUK Content director Rob Spedding is setting himself a 10-mile time trial as his summer goal Robert Smith / Immediate Media Santa’s to blame for my summer cycling goals. Partly because he didn’t leave a £10K superbike under my tree, and also thanks to a Christmas charity fun run that ruined my Achilles tendons. Four months on, long rides leave me hobbling around like a man even older than I really am. So the obvious solution is short (and hopefully fast!) rides. Once a great (average) 5K runner, the short, sharp, occasionally anaerobic nature of a time trial should suit my innate talents. So this summer I’ll be using my 30-mile daily commute, indoor interval work and weekend rides to prep for a yet-to-be-decided proper 10-mile TT race of truth. Probably…
German insurance provider Coya recently released its 2019 Cities Index, evaluating the cities making the most improvements to their cycling infrastructure and highlighting where some are excelling and others are lacking. The best bicycle insurance: how to find the right policy for you Everything you need to know about bicycle insurance Coming out on top is Utrecht in the Netherlands. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, since the Netherlands is renowned for being a cycling haven. While the study doesn’t list the best and worst cycling cities, it does give an insight into the cities around the world that are working towards a brighter cycling future and those that are lagging behind. How the cities were ranked 90 cities were chosen, including those who are more traditionally associated with cycling (such as Copenhagen and Amsterdam), as well as lesser-known locations that are striving to make improvements. Each received a score based on 12 different criteria, covering everything from crime, safety, investment and infrastructure, to the weather, rental availability and cycling-related events. The scores are marked out of 100, where 1 represents the worst and 100 the best, so the higher the score, the better. Other factors, such as fatalities and accidents per 100,000 cyclists are representative of an actual number in that sample, so the lower the score here, the higher the safety. Finally, the cycling uptake for each city is represented by a percentage. Coya provides more detailed information on its methodology on its website. Best commuter bike: ride to work options explained The best bike locks: D-locks, foldable locks and chain locks tested Utrecht came out on top overall in the Coya 2019 cycling Cities Index Joby Sessions / Cycling Plus Magazine Highest ranking cities Some cities shine in certain areas, while others excel elsewhere. These are the cities that scored the highest for each category: Best weather: Los Angeles, US (89.82/100) Highest bicycle usage: Utrecht, Netherlands (51%) Least fatalities per 100,000 cyclists: Munster, Germany (0.03) Least accidents per 100,000 cyclists: Dortmund, Germany (147.85) Lowest bicycle theft: Singapore, Singapore (100/100) Best overall safety: Stuttgart, Germany (97.63/100) Highest number of bicycle shops per 100,000 cyclists: Johannesburg, South Africa (146.84) Best specialised roads and road quality: Nantes, France (71.72/100) Best investment and infrastructure quality: Tokyo, Japan (100/100) Best overall infrastructure: Geneva, Switzerland (66.49/100) Highest number of bicycle sharing and rental stations per 100,000 cyclists: Bordeaux, France (100) Highest number of shared bicycles per 100,000 cyclists: Antwerp, Belgium (100) Best overall for bike sharing: Antwerp, Belgium (89.44/100) Highest scoring Critical Mass: Hamburg, Germany (100/100) Highest scoring events: Krakow, Poland (88.66/100) Lowest ranking cities These are the cities that have the most improvements to make in these areas (with the exception of the weather, which can’t be helped!). Worst weather: Bangkok, Thailand (23.62/100) Lowest bicycle usage: Tbilisi, Georgia (0.03%) Most fatalities per 100,000 cyclists: Johannesburg, South Africa (7.43) Most accidents per 100,000 cyclists: Boston, US (3459.77) Most bicycle theft score: Johannesburg, South Africa (1/100) Least overall safety score: Johannesburg, South Africa (31.57/100) Lowest number of bicycle shops per 100,000 cyclists: Beijing, China (0.20) Worst specialised roads and road quality: Lagos, Nigeria (1/100) Worst investment and infrastructure quality: Lagos, Nigeria (1/100) Worst overall infrastructure: Lagos, Nigeria (1.43/100) Lowest number of bicycle sharing and rental stations per 100,000 cyclists: Bogotá, Colombia (1) Lowest number of shared bicycles per 100,000 cyclists: Bogotá, Colombia (1) Worst overall for bike sharing: Bogotá, Colombia (1/100) Lowest scoring Critical Mass: Shanghai, China (1.13/100) Lowest scoring events: Shanghai, China (1.06/100) Best hybrid bikes 2019: 10 top recommendations we’ve tested Cycling events were one criteria that cities were judged on, such as the Tour of Britain passing through Bristol’s iconic suspension bridge Tim De WaeleKT/Tim De Waele/Corbis via Getty Images Top 3 cities in the UK Bristol Edinburgh London Top 3 cities in the US San Francisco, CA Portland, OR Seattle, WA Top 3 cities in Europe Utrecht, Netherlands Munster, Germany Antwerp, Belgium Top 3 cities in Australasia Auckland, New Zealand Melbourne, Australia Sydney, Australia
It’s that time of year again, when the hype, anticipation, rumours and gossip are left behind, and the stars of the World Cup circuit hit the track to battle for glory. Whether it’s the speed and danger of downhill (DH) or the athleticism of cross-country (XC) that floats your boat, this season looks set to be a treat. There are some great venues that should produce epic battles between the racers and round 1 of the XC World Cup kicks off this weekend in Albstadt, Germany. Transition Smuggler GX review Orange Stage 6 RS long-term review The 2019 downhill MTB World Cup Tahnee Seagrave racing at the first stage of the 2019 UCI MTB World Cup in Maribor, Slovenia Jan Kasl / Red Bull Content Pool The downhill season started on 27–28 April in Maribor, Slovenia, and the next stage takes place in Fort William, Scotland on 1–2 June. The circuit then moves onto Austria, Andorra, France, Italy, Switzerland and finally culminates in the USA. April 27–28: Maribor, Slovenia Downhill returned to this legendary track for the first time since 2010. With its root-infested upper woods, infamous rock garden and toboggan-run bottom section, Maribor’s always been a rider favourite. This year saw Loic Bruni take the men’s win, while Tahnee Seagrave won it for the women. June 1–2: Fort William, Scotland The home of UK downhill. Watch for standout performances from Brits such as Reece Wilson and Danny Hart. The battle between Tahnee Seagrave and Rachel Atherton is sure to be unmissable too, as they race for victory on home turf. June 8–9: Leogang, Austria This high-speed track guarantees intense racing, and with four out of eight possible wins here for America’s Aaron Gwin, can he get his new Intense bike to the top of the podium? July 6–7: Vallnord, Andorra The downhill race at Vallnord features the highest number of corners on the circuit, and the steepest average gradient. High levels of skill and commitment are essential for success here. July 13–14: Les Gets, France Amazingly, this famous venue hasn’t hosted a World Cup since 2002, or a World Champs since 2004. August 3–4: Val di Sole, Italy The downhill at Val di Sole is famous for producing exceptional rides — think Sam Hill’s 2008 World Champs heartbreak, and Aaron Gwin’s eight-second destruction of the field back in 2012. August 10–11: Lenzerheide, Switzerland What Lenzerheide’s downhill course lacks in length, it makes up for in steepness and intensity. September 7–8: Snowshoe, USA Snowshoe is a brand-new venue for the World Cup series, but it’s no stranger to hosting races. In 2018 it was the venue for the US National Champs. The downhill track here mixes vicious rocks and flowing turns up top with steep sections to finish. Neko Mulally won the men’s DH race in 2018. The 2019 XC MTB World Cup Nino Schurter riding at the UCI MTB World Cup 2018 in Albstadt, Germany Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool The cross-country season kicks off this weekend (18–19 May) in Albstadt, Germany. The circuit then moves onto the Czech Republic, Andorra, France, Italy, Switzerland and finally the USA. May 18–19: Albstadt, Germany The classic German venue will open the XC World Cup this month. Can cross-country legend Nino Schurter get his third win in a row here? May 25–26: Nové Mesto, Czech Republic With eight years of racing history, this wide, high-speed track pulls in big crowds. It’s famous for its ferocious and technical races — full-sus bikes love Nové Mesto. July 6–7: Vallnord, Andorra Potentially the most physically demanding race of the XC series. Riders compete at high altitude — 1,901m, in fact — where the drama gets as epic as the mountains themselves. July 13–14: Les Gets, France Still heralded by riders as one of the best around for sheer fun factor, Les Gets’ all-natural old-school track is loaded with flat-out grass piste turns, interspersed with steep, loose woods. August 3–4: Val di Sole, Italy Italy always produces hot racing, and Val di Sole boasts the fastest XC course of the year, with average speeds over 20km/h. August 10–11: Lenzerheide, Switzerland The cross-country track at Lenzerheide is no pushover. At 1,500m and littered with roots and rocks, it demands an efficient style and top technical skills. September 7–8: Snowshoe, USA At last year’s US National Champs, Kate Courtney bagged the women’s XC win. Can Courtney, along with Mulally (mentioned above) use their Snowshoe experience to help them up the podium when the World Cup’s in town? The 2019 MTB World Championships Kate Courtney racing in the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships 2018 in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool We then have the World Championships from 31 August–1 September in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada. The most historic and revered mountain bike race venue ever seems an appropriate location for the 2019 World Championships. MSA’s cross-country course blends technical, natural descents with brutally steep climbs, suiting those whose bike-handling skills and physical fitness are equally on-point. The downhill track is similarly unforgiving, punishing riders and bikes on one of the longest, roughest and fastest courses on the circuit. How to watch live coverage of the 2019 World Cup and World Champs Red Bull TV owns the rights to the UCI World Cup and World Championship 2019, and broadcasts the events globally, free of charge. You can download it onto a multitude of devices, including iPhone, iPad, Android TV, phones and tablets, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Playstation 4 and Xbox One, Samsung Smart TVs, and more.
Giro Rosa 2019 Stage 1 route map www.girorosaiccrea.it Giro Rosa 2019 stage 1 elevation profile www.girorosaiccrea.it Giro Rosa 2019 stage 2 route map www.girorosaiccrea.it Giro Rosa 2019 stage 2 elevation profile www.girorosaiccrea.it Giro Rosa 2019 stage 3 route map www.girorosaiccrea.it Giro Rosa 2019 stage 3 elevation profile www.girorosaiccrea.it Giro Rosa 2019 stage 4 route map www.girorosaiccrea.it Giro Rosa 2019 stage 4 elevation profile www.girorosaiccrea.it Giro Rosa 2019 stage 5 route map www.girorosaiccrea.it Giro Rosa 2019 stage 5 elevation profile www.girorosaiccrea.it Giro Rosa 2019 stage 6 route map www.girorosaiccrea.it Giro Rosa 2019 stage 6 elevation profile www.girorosaiccrea.it Giro Rosa 2019 stage 7 route map www.girorosaiccrea.it Giro Rosa 2019 stage 7 elevation profile www.girorosaiccrea.it Giro Rosa 2019 stage 8 route map www.girorosaiccrea.it Giro Rosa 2019 stage 8 elevation profile www.girorosaiccrea.it Giro Rosa 2019 stage 9 route map www.girorosaiccrea.it Giro Rosa 2019 stage 9 elevation profile www.girorosaiccrea.it Giro Rosa 2019 stage 10 route map www.girorosaiccrea.it Giro Rosa 2019 stage 10 elevation profile www.girorosaiccrea.it This year’s Giro Rosa kicks off on Friday 5 July in Cassano Spinola, covers a total of 920km over ten stages, and culminates in the castle of Udine on Sunday 14 July. How to watch the Giro d’Italia 2019 on TV How to watch the Tour of California 2019 on TV Sadly, despite the exciting racing that the Giro Rosa always delivers, it’s often overshadowed by the Tour de France, which is on at the same time. There won’t be any live TV coverage of the race, but read on for how to follow the action by other means. The 2019 Giro Rosa The 30th edition of the Giro Rosa starts with a team time-trial and ends on a cobbled climb to the castle of Udine. The race promises some exciting climbs and summit finishes, including a Stage 5 finish atop Passo Gavia (with an altitude of 2,621m), and a Stage 9 finish on Malga Montasio. How can I follow the Giro Rosa 2019 if I can’t watch live coverage? While there’s no live coverage of the race on TV, don’t be deterred from following the action. There are plenty of opportunities to follow live updates and post-race video highlights. For highlight videos, keep an eye on the UCI YouTube channel, as well as PMG Sport’s Facebook and YouTube channels. If you just want to catch live updates and photos, you can access these through the official UCI Women’s World Tour Twitter feed. Giro Rosa 2019 schedule: stage by stage Stage 1: Cassano Spinola–Castellania, 18km, 5 July Giro Rosa 2019 stage 1 elevation profile www.girorosaiccrea.it Stage 2: Viù–Viù, 78.3km, 6 July Giro Rosa 2019 stage 2 elevation profile www.girorosaiccrea.it Stage 3: Sagliano Micca–Piedicavallo, 104.1km, 7 July Giro Rosa 2019 stage 3 elevation profile www.girorosaiccrea.it Stage 4: Lissone–Carate Brianza, 100.1km, 8 July Giro Rosa 2019 stage 4 elevation profile www.girorosaiccrea.it Stage 5: Ponte in Valtellina–Passo Gavia, 100.7km, 9 July Giro Rosa 2019 stage 5 elevation profile www.girorosaiccrea.it Stage 6: Chiuro–Teglio, 12.1km, 10 July Giro Rosa 2019 stage 6 elevation profilewww.girorosaiccrea.it Stage 7: Cornedo Vicentino–San Giorgio di Perlena/Fara Vicentino, 128.3km, 11 July Giro Rosa 2019 stage 7 elevation profile www.girorosaiccrea.it Stage 8: Vittoria Veneto–Maniago, 133.3km, 12 July Giro Rosa 2019 stage 8 elevation profile www.girorosaiccrea.it Stage 9: Gemona–Chiusaforte/Malga Montasio, 125.5km, 13 July Giro Rosa 2019 stage 9 elevation profile www.girorosaiccrea.it Stage 10: San Vito al Tagliamento–Udine, 120km, 14 July Giro Rosa 2019 stage 10 elevation profile www.girorosaiccrea.it