Biking

Lizzie Armitstead loses lead as Borghini wins Tour of Flanders

April 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Briton Lizzie Armitstead lost her lead in the UCI Women’s World Cup as Italy’s Elisa Longo Borghini won the women’s Tour of Flanders in Belgium. Borghini, 23, made up for finishing fourth in the last two years, with her Belgian Wiggle-Honda team-mate Jolien D’hoore taking second place. Armitstead finished eighth after an early puncture and suffering a snapped pedal cleat in the closing sprint. The 26-year-old slips behind D’hoore after three rounds of the World Cup. Armitstead, with the Boels Dolmans team, had gone top of the 2015 standings following last month’s victory in the Trofeo Alfredo Binda in Italy. Longo Borghini attacked 20km from the finish of Sunday’s 145km race that took in cobblestone sections and 10 climbs, building a lead of around a minute that she held until the end. Rabo-Liv rider Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands finished third. Women’s Tour of Flanders result: 1. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita/Wiggle Honda) [...]

Teams route announced for inaugural women’s Tour of California

February 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

By: Cycling News February 20, 2015   Alison Terick-Starnes finds herself on the front during the last lap of the women’s race. Three-stage race added to separate individual time trial Organisers of the Tour of California announced the route and teams for the inaugural edition of the women’s Amgen Tour of California. The race, which takes place in the days leading up to men’s stage race, will include two stages near Lake Tahoe before the women join the men for a race in Sacramento. 14 teams were invited to the UCI 2.1-ranked stage race. The three stages combine for 158 miles of arduous racing Fourteen of the top women’s cycling teams from around the world are confirmed to lead off the 10th edition of the Amgen Tour of California with three days and 158 miles of stage racing May 8-10 and an invitational Time Trial on May 15. The four days of women’s competition will be staged in conjunction with the men’s eight-day race. The Velocio-SRAM of world time trial [...]

Mountain Bike the White Rim Trail

January 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

Photograph by Chris Noble, Getty Images The Experience: The White Rim Trail is the quintessential mountain biking tour in Moab, Utah—that’s a “tour,” not a “mountain biking ride,” mind you, in a town famous for its single-day, single-track rides. In the spring and fall, when thousands of cyclists descend on Moab for technical classics like the Slickrock Trail, Porcupine Rim, and Poison Spider, only a few small groups ride the White Rim Trail, which tracks along the 103-mile sandstone bench encircling Canyonlands National Park’s more than thousand-foot-high Island in the Sky mesa. It’s actually a 4WD road, meaning a mountain bike is the most comfortable bike for it, but you don’t have to have mountain biking skills in order to ride it. Its major climbs total only 4,000 vertical feet, and the short technical sections are easily walkable. Most groups plan a three- or four-day, vehicle-supported trip—keeping daily mileage reasonable and the camping comfort level fairly [...]

Post-Crash Checklist

August 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

After you pick yourself up, complete this 10-minute inspection before your next ride ByJennifer Sherry Photo: Leo Espinosa EVEN IF EVERYTHING LOOKS INTACT AFTER A WRECK, you might still be a catastrophe waiting to happen. A hairline crack can grow, a dent can buckle, a bend can break. Though it’s hard to accept that your $100 helmet may be headed for the dump, remember that the only way to ride safely again is to do a thorough post-crash inspection.   HELMET Assuming you’re not wearing a multi-impact lid, one hit and your helmet is toast. Even if there is no visible damage to the shell, the foam layer’s ability to protect your noggin from future hits has been compromised, but it may not be a total loss. Check with the manufacturer to see if it has a replacement policy.   FRAME Clean it, then check for cracks, dents and bulges. Examine around the head tube, chainstay, seatstay bridge, bottom bracket, dropouts and welds. If you notice anything amiss, have a [...]

Stay Safe In Traffic

August 14, 2014 // 1 Comment

Bike Skills: How to Ride Safe in Traffic Stay Safe In Traffic These tips and techniques will help you thrive on any road. ByAlex Stieda Most of us invariably need to ride close to vehicles on the road. It’s a trite analogy, but I always keep it in mind: two tons of metal versus about 200 pounds of bike, bone and muscle–who’s going to win? Here are key survival skills. Look and listen First of all, pay 100 percent attention, just as you would while driving. Use your senses–often you can hear an engine in advance of the car, and see or hear a dog before it chases. Problem sounds include tires squealing, hard engine acceleration and loud music from an open window. If I hear these I pull over to let the vehicle pass. Pick smart routes The best roads have few cars, low speed limits and no blind corners. Often, a slightly longer route with fewer cars will be faster than a shorter, busier one. Also, try to find roads with a shoulder you can ride on. Yes, we are [...]

Legend of the Fall

August 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

Legend of the Fall How to crash right, as demonstrated by a pro. ByJoe Lindsey Photo: Matt Vincent If you were watching Stage 12 of the 2011 Tour, you saw Team Sky racer Geraint Thomas go down while descending on a wet, oily mountain road in the Pyrenees. But he crashed about as smoothly and softly as was possible in that case, winding up rolling in the grass instead of post-holing the pavement. Here’s a breakdown of what he did, and what you can learn from it.   1. Assume the Right Position Thomas had his elbows bent and head up, looking through the corner. The inside knee was pointed into the turn and he pressed down on the inside of the handlebar and put his weight on the outside pedal, which he kept down. The bike leaned underneath him, but his body remained straight. It’s a common misconception that you lean with the bike, but in fact it’s important to keep your weight over the tires, so that if they start to slide, they’re still underneath [...]

Core

August 13, 2014 // 6 Comments

Here’s how to train the most important muscles for cycling. ByDimity McDowell Photo: ©Don Foley YOUR BULGING QUADS AND RAZOR-CUT CALVES are the envy of your pack, and you start every ride strong. As the ride progresses, though, your hips seesaw in the saddle, your lower back aches, and you slow in corners. The problem? Your core cries uncle long before your legs wear out. Although a cyclist’s legs provide the most tangible source of power, the abs and lower back are the vital foundation from which all movement, including the pedal stroke, stems. “You can have all the leg strength in the world, but without a stable core you won’t be able to use it efficiently,” says Graeme Street, founder of Cyclo-CORE, a DVD-based training program, and a personal trainer in Essex, Connecticut. “It’s like having the body of a Ferrari with a Fiat chassis underneath.” What’s more, a solid core will help eliminate unnecessary upper-body movement, so [...]

Six common causes of crashes

August 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

Make the Save Six common causes of crashes—and some tips on how to avoid them ByJoe Lindsey Photo: Mark Cavendish crashed hard in the final kilometers of Stage 4 at the 2012 Tour de France. (Getty Images) RELATED CONTENT TRAINING AND FITNESS: Legend of the fall Overlapped Wheels  How it happens: Your front wheel passes the rear wheel of the rider in front of you, shrinking the amount of space and time you have to respond to whatever he does—and increasing the odds of bumping into him. “A guy at the front moves over 4 inches, and at the back it’s 4 feet,” says Tim Johnson, a pro who races for Cyclocrossworld.com. On Stage 9 of the Tour de France in 2011 , Alberto Contador overlapped wheels with Katusha’s Vladimir Karpets. When Karpets inadvertently bumped him, Contador crashed and injured his knee—a mishap that may have contributed to his subpar finish.    Avoid it: Watch the pack so that you know when riders up front are slowing. Overlaps often happen [...]

How to avoid the 5 most common bike-car collisions

August 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

Ride Smart How to avoid the 5 most common bike-car collisions Left Cross A motorist fails to see a cyclist and makes a left turn–it accounts for almost half of all bike-car crashes, according to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC).AVOID IT: If you see a car turning into your path, turn right into the lane with the vehicle. “Don’t creep into the intersection at red lights to get a head start,” says Laura Sandt, program specialist for the PBIC. Right Hook A motorist passes a cyclist on the left and turns right into the bike’s path.AVOID IT: Passing stopped or slow-moving cars on the right places you in a driver’s blind spot. Take the lane–it’s your right in all 50 states. “If you’re in the lane, the driver will slow down and stay behind you and wait to make the turn,” says Preston Tyree, who runs the Community Mobility Institute, in Austin, Texas. Doored A cyclist traveling next to parked cars lined up on [...]

How to Avoid 8 Common Road Biking Hazards

August 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

Former Olympian and current USA Cycling coach David Brinton rides bikes for a living—and as a professional stuntman, he used to get paid to crash them, too. Brinton shares some advice on how he handles his bike in eight common road hazards. Photo: Matt Haughey Gravelly or Chip-Sealed Roads “It’s better to pedal through gravelly roads than to coast,” says Brinton. Propulsion provides stability. There is such a thing as too much speed, though. If you start sliding, back off the power (without braking) while staying in the saddle to keep your bike planted. Graveled Corners Take the turn wide and lean your bike more than normal at the beginning. Straighten the bike as you approach the gravel, then, once on clear road, resume leaning. “It’s pretty much the opposite of how I recommend riding corners in normal conditions,” says Brinton. Photo: Theoelliot Wet Roads The first minutes of riding in rainfall are the most dangerous, Brinton says. “Before the oil residue from cars [...]