Feb 5, 2016

Friday File: Ride, eat, drink like a Flandrien & Flahute Cycling Cap

This year, the Ronde van Vlaanderen will turn 100...

Johan Museeuw aka. The Lion of Flanders

Insightful facts on Flanders, i.e. every Sunday is cycling day, spinning at the local bar and bread vending machines?...

possibly the best beer in the world...

The handmade Flahute Cycling Cap, from Red Dots Cycling...

All Photos: Red Dots Cycling

Embroidered lion of Flanders.

Feb 3, 2016

Back in business

New addition: Ryder Hesjedal

From Trek-Segafredo...

Eurosport was the fly-on-the-wall during Trek-Segafredo's training camp and created 'Behind The Stripes' part of their acclaimed Sports Insiders series. This 30-minute documentary, filmed in Spain's Costa Blanca in December 2015, features candid team meetings, in-depth interviews, incredible on-board footage of the cyclists on the road, and the lowdown on the nutritional and technological secrets behind the team. 

Feb 1, 2016

The Italian way

1968 was a good year for the Cannibal.

In 1968, Eddy Merckx moved to the new Italian Faema squad and learned the Italian way of preparation with huge results...

"1968 was an important year for me because it was then that I signed with an Italian team. In that new environment, I learned an awful lot about care and preparation and feeding. Up to that time, I was the sort of rider who trained and rode races but thought that as far as everything else was concerned anything was all right. In actual fact, I had remained a rough diamond who was now being polished by Italian hands. It was with Faema that I took part in the first training camp of my career, from January 19 in Reggio di Calabria. On the run up to the previous road-racing season, I had ridden only in six-day races.

First major stage win, the Giro. 
Learning the Italian way means eating to win.

"The new approach clearly reaped its rewards. My racing weight went down to 72 kilograms (158 pounds). My climbing in particular was to benefit as a result. I won the Tours of Sardinia, Catalonia, Romandie and Italy comfortably. That final victory in the Giro was especially important because I won it almost effortlessly. I seemed to be flying. The crowning glory was, of course, that memorable stage over the Lavaredo where I made mincemeat out of everyone for 30 kilometers. In 1967, I had fully blossomed as a one-day racer, while in 1968 it became clear that I had a great future as a major stage racer."

- Eddy Merckx.

1968: Number of victories: 32

Major wins: Tour of Italy, Paris-Roubaix, Tour of Catalonia, Tour of Sardinia, Tour de Romandie, GP Lugano, Criterium des As F

Jan 30, 2016

Red Dots Cycling's Final Weekend Sale

Flahute cycling cap
All photos: Red Dots Cycling

A friendly reminder, this is the final weekend of Red Dots Cycling's Sale. Take advantage on all in-stock handmade cycling caps. Use coupon code: NEWYEAR20

Ride on!

L'enfer du Nord wool winter cap

Jan 29, 2016

Friday File: Seeing the light, Kelly, Cancellara, Degenkolb, Millar on Hinault

A Kelly day, 1992 Milan San-Remo.

I'm finally starting to see some light in my winter of discontent. Slowly coming back from minor surgery, leg injury and recently a sprained thumb is never easy. Since the start of January I have amassed a whooping five rides, including yesterday. Thinking of it, my ride of setbacks (since November 2015) has given me sporadic days of riding and plenty of good recovery time. So good to have my health back.

As an extra note, I'm really looking forward to the new riding season with our FRFuggitivi cycling group. There will be an exciting 'new look' on the horizon. That's all I can say for now, I'll reveal more in the upcoming weeks.

One day classics...

According to Sean Kelly, this upcoming cycling season of one day classics may turn out well for Fabian Cancellara.

"I think when you are at the end of a career and you have won all those races and you have such a good palmares, you don't give a f--* (about pressure). You f*cking just go into the event. You have the experience, of course, and that is always very important.

"When I was in Milan San Remo, when I was on the Poggio, I said here goes. If I end up in one of the glasshouses, what does it f*cking matter? I have won races anyway."

Kelly throws caution to the wind on the Poggio, gets close to glasshouses 
and  makesMoreno Argentin's day a misery.

John Degenkolb, Paris-Roubaix...

On the flight to Hamburg.
(John Degenkolb/Facebook)

2015 Paris-Roubaix champion, John Degenkolb is now in Hamburg for further treatments after last Saturday's accident.

1/20: The winners plaque,
Roubaix Velodrome

johndegenkolb instagram

Brooks an icon of cycling saddles. Here's David Millar testing the Cambium C13 saddle over the French pave, on my wish-list:

(second from left): Robert Millar hangs onto the Badger express,
1984 Tour de France.

I'm enjoying, 'The Badger' by William Fotheringham and always wanted to know how Hinault ticked.

Robert Millar on Bernard Hinault:

"Most bike riders at that level aren't normal human beings. What they are thinking and how they go about what they want to do are not what a normal person would call sane or nice. Of the people I've raced against at that level, Hinault was probably the most aggressive. You'd get the feeling that he hated you deep down and he would use that feeling to beat the crap out of you. His saving grace was that now and then he would switch off the aggression and turn into a normal human bike rider. I only saw that side of him when he was with teammates, or the stress was off. He'd be almost normal, you could talk with him about normal things - farming, cars and so on."

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