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Pridham On…
‘I don’t see myself as a female DS, just a DS. If you start seeing yourself as different you are already putting yourself on the back foot. It’s a progression – you have to learn the job over many, many years – and I see it as a hell of a privilege.’
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Sun Seekers
Around 50-90% of vitamin D is absorbed through skin via sunlight, which likely explains why it’s estimated around one billion people worldwide are deficient in the vitamin responsible for healthy bones. Many countries are cold and dark, and many peop
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Canyon Grizl
The Grizl led me on a merry dance of emotions as I got to know it. At first there was the anticipation of a totally new bike from Canyon. Anticipation turned to excitement when I learned it was a bang-on-trend gravel bike built for exploring. Better
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Mapping
powered by To download this route go to komoot.com/tour/226893282 or scan the QR code. Head south from Cheadle towards Stafford before turning towards Creswell and on to Market Drayton. The road west takes in villages such as Faulsgreen, Prees, Whixa
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Child’s Play
What were you doing when you were aged 11? Probably starting secondary school, playing with friends, maybe even running through fields of wheat. When Lee Prescott was 11 he was building his first bike. ‘I had it all planned out from an early age. One
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Welcome to Wales
I awake before my alarm, my body now long since adjusted to the rigours of rising before the rest of the world. For a few blissful moments I lie there in silence. Silence. That means it’s not raining, unless of course I have drifted back to sleep and
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Bartali rescues Italy
Wednesday 14th July 1948, Carlton Hotel Cannes. It’s the third rest day of the Tour and Gino Bartali is in his room relaxing. Two weeks ago he started the race in fine form, winning the first stage. His spell at the top of the General Classification
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Better Late Than Never?
In the spring Classics this year – and for the previous four years – there was one figure who shone more brightly than all the other riders. At least on the start line. He sported gold cuffs, gold details on his shoes and bike and, most ostentatiousl
Cyclist Magazine1 min lettiFashion
Stockists
Lazer Z1 helmet, £149.99 freewheel.co.uk 100% Speedcraft sunglasses, £149.99 freewheel.co.uk Café du Cycliste Micheline jersey, £135 cafeducycliste.com Rapha Pro Team base layer, £45 rapha.cc Café du Cycliste Mathilde bibshorts, £245 cafeducycliste.c
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Pick ’n’ Mix
£35, yogurtnest.co.uk Top tip: turn a regular sofa into a bed by forgetting your partner’s birthday. And turn milk into yogurt with the ingenious Yogurt Nest. Simply heat milk to 50°C, pour into an old jar, add a spoonful of yogurt (ideally from the
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Van Aert vs Van der Poel
This is the rivalry that is getting the cycling world talking about rivalries again. Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel have been riding head-tohead on the international stage for the best part of decade, starting in cyclocross as juniors. Van de
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Mason Resolution
Mason Cycles occupies a rare space in the bicycle industry. Its boutique approach to bikes, operating from a converted barn in a tranquil corner of Sussex, is indisputably artisanal, yet it remains far enough removed from the ‘one man and his dog’ fr
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Feed For Speed
Next time you’re out for a ride, tip your cap to Andreas Marggraf, the German chemist who first isolated the simple sugar glucose in raisins in 1747. These days glucose is the vital ingredient in gels, bars and drinks, promising peak performance and
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Hinault vs LeMond
The best rivalries are those between riders who are both successful but fundamentally different in outlook. One may be daring and adventurous, the other prosaic and calculating. Those differences split public opinion and affection, and if the riders
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New Roads
All the stuff that makes you glad to be a cyclist The definition of a road bike is pretty straightforward: it’s a bike designed to be ridden on a road. The definition of a road, however, is not so simple. Roads come in many varieties, from silky-smoo
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More Than The Bike
On Stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia, AG2R La Mondiale’s Nans Peters soloed across the finish line in Anterselva. A year later, he did the same on Stage 8 of the Tour de France into Loudenvielle. On both occasions, he rode to victory in a set of Van Ryse
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By The Numbers
Length in kilometres of Franschhoek Pass from west side Average gradient of Franschhoek in per cent Approximate aggregate length in kilometres of gravel roads Very expensive wheel written off Kilometres ridden solo Dead snake spotted (puff adder, res
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The Rider’s Ride
Times change and this Diverge has since been superseded by the 2021 version, which is racier – tighter rear end, shorter trail – and it has a down tube big enough to house your sandwiches, thanks to its in-built cubbyhole ‘Swat box’. But this outgoin
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Q&A Johan Museeuw
Johan Museeuw Age 55 Nationality Belgian Honours include… World Road Race Championships 1996 UCI Road World Cup 1995, 1996 National Road Race Championships 1992, 1996 Tour of Flanders 1993, 1995, 1998 Paris-Roubaix 1996, 2000, 2002 Cyclist: Can you r
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Merckx vs Ocaña
Between 1966 and 1976, such was the supremacy of Eddy Merckx that any number of cyclists could be offered as the Belgian’s greatest rival. Felice Gimondi, perhaps, or Roger De Vlaeminck. But Merckx himself thought his most dangerous rival was Spain’s
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Best Of Enemies
By the time a 20-year-old Fausto Coppi started his first full professional season with Gino Bartali’s Legnano team in 1940, Bartali already had one Tour, two Giri, two national championships and three Monument wins to his name. But the young Coppi, d
Cyclist Magazine1 min lettiFashion
DMT KR TdF shoes
About a year ago, so the story goes, DMT’s new KR shoes were just prototypes being tested by a young up-and-coming pro rider called Tadej Pogačar. Then the 22-year-old went and won the 2020 Tour de France and so DMT decided the shoes were probably go
Cyclist Magazine4 min lettiEarth Sciences
PikesPeak
The American passion for the motor car is reflected in the country’s roads. Even when the landscape is wild, the altitude suffocating and the destination a dead end, the road will be wide, smooth and inviting. There are no half measures here. Once it
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Altura Endurance kit
If anyone knows the importance of comfort and durability, it’s Mark Beaumont. After he became the first person to cycle round the world in under 80 days, Altura decided he might be the man to help develop these endurance-specific pieces. The main bod
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Nice And Simple
This is the Grande Boucle of salads, the most lauded, the most fought over, the most French. Essentially ‘salad in the style of Nice’, salade niçoise got its start in the packed lunches of fishermen on the Côte d’Azur, a sandwich of elderly baguette
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Sram Rival eTap AXS
Sceptics were quick to say wireless electronic shifting would never be reliable when Sram first launched eTap back in August 2015, but any misgivings over its dependability have long since been put to bed. The platform has proven itself beyond doubt,
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Repente Quasar saddle
The Quasar is the cheapest road saddle from the boutique Italian brand (its top-end Aleena saddle comes in at nearer £285) and is the first in the range to use steel rails instead of carbon. Despite this, there is little to suggest that the Quasar is
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Power Of One
Approx £1,600 (dependent on spec), freewheel.co.uk Shimano is the staunchest of the big three in its stance on 1x’s limited efficacy for road use. Yet it was the first to launch a dedicated groupset for gravel, a riding discipline that shares many si
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Into The Wild
Jack is about two-footsix, weighs 75kg, has short grey hair and while not precisely the owner of the cafe is very much its front-of-house face. He bounds between tables, gait like a lazy horse, barely able to see from under the droop of his brow. He
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