A collection of stories, news and information that we thought you might find interesting and relevant.
- Although we all know that it’s easier to climb on a bike that’s lighter than one that’s heavier, what isn’t as obvious is exactly how much it matters. And as it turns out, it doesn’t matter as much as you probably think it does. In this episode of Nerd Alert, tech editor Dave Rome takes a deep dive into the hard science of how mass affects performance in relation to other factors like aerodynamic efficiency and friction. Dave explores how much is too much? How do we know when a certain amount of weight savings will really help, and by how much? How much should we care about any of this, anyway? Listen to Nerd Alert Podcast: How much does bike weight actually matter?
- A new review assesses what it takes to maintain endurance and strength when circumstances interfere with your usual training. Read: What’s the Minimum Dose of Training to Stay Fit?
- Taylor Phinney sets-up junior and women’s enduro club in Girona.
- We are witnessing the rise of the most successful generation of British neo-pros in history. To name just a few: Tom Pidcock, Jake Stewart and Ethan Hayter. Stuart Blunt, coach of British Cycling’s Junior Academy, worked with these riders through their formative years. He speaks to Rouleur about his principles, ethos and the qualities needed to make it to the top. Read Finding Britain’s future stars: The coach behind the GB talent factor.
- The photograph above is Colle de Finestre, one of the iconic Giro d’Italia climbs. Captured by Michael Blann, it is one of the many beautiful photos in his Mountains: Epic Cycling Climbs book. Although most of us cannot travel yet, with the vaccines now in circulation, it’s looking like Fall travel might be considered safe. Now’s a great time to start building your bucket list of cycling’s iconic climbs with Blann’s book.