Category: Pro Cycling

Pro cycling is where my interest started, watching the 1996 Tour de France. Since then I’ve watched a lot of it, have my favourite riders and teams and can have a reasonable go at predicting results. I try and write as many race previews as I can to help with fantasy teams and generally if I write a review, I’ve watched a lot of the race itself too.

You can read all my posts on pro cycling below – always let me know if you think my predictions are wildly off!

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Milan – San Remo 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

This Saturday’s Milan – San Remo is a beast, 291 kilometres long, it’s one of the longest professional races on the calendar. A relatively flat parcours sees the riders cover a lot of flat ground until the mid-race climb of the Turchino and the final sequence of climbs involving the Cipressa and the Poggio. The Cipressa often thins out the bunch and the Poggio can...

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Strade Bianche 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

After a weekend in Belgium, the WorldTour moves on to Italy, with Strade Bianche taking place on Saturday 9th March. This relatively new classic will see its 13th edition in 2019 – it’s captured the imagination through its use of energy sapping white gravel roads which require strength and good bike handling to negotiate. Last year’s Strade Bianche saw heavy snowfall happen in the days...

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Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2019 Photos

I was out on course for both of today’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad races – managed to see the men and women on the Haaghoek cobbles, before seeing the men again at the top of Leberg and also on the Rakelberg. The men’s race was ultimately won by Zdenek Stybar after he escaped from a break of 5 riders with 3km or so to go. Chantaal...

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad is the start of the Spring Classics season. It’s the first race that will lead us into the major classics of the season like Paris Roubaix and Liege Bastogne Liege. Omloop Het Nieuwsblad contains a few of the same cobbled climbs (hellingen) that are also raced over in E3 Harelbeke and the crown jewel race of the Spring- the Tour of Flanders. Puncheur riders...

National Track Championships 2019

Annoyingly I managed to leave my camera bag at home for this, so only took a couple of photos on my phone. Luckily we had great seats so saw plenty of the action – just not so many decent photos! Taking place at the Manchester Velodrome, the highlight of the night was the Women’s Scratch Race which saw a who’s who of British women’s cycling...

Flashback to the time Michael Rogers won the 2002 Tour Down Under on a spectator’s bike

The year is 2002, the new cycling season has kicked off in Australia and the first stage race is underway. The Tour Down Under was still a relatively new race in its current form, only on its 4th running in 2002. Consequently the field was made of up mainly Australians and a few European teams we still recognise today like Mapei-Quickstep, AG2R-Prevoyance and Francaise de...