Spoke.ie header image 4

Entries Tagged as 'Road cycling'

Backstage Pass – Tour of Flanders

April 7th, 2015 · No Comments

Back on the Pro-Tour with Orica GreenEdge this time at the iconic Tour of Flanders.  Before the race we get a bit f a chat with legend Eddy Merckx, then it’s off to the cobbles where the team are gunning for a good result.  Watch out for the kamikaze Shimano neutral service cars!

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Video

Inside Milan-San Remo with John Degenkolb

March 24th, 2015 · No Comments

The Classics season got under way last weekend with Milan-San Remo.  Here is a piece from Shimano on the winner John Degenkolb filmed before during and after the race.

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling

Milan-San Remo highlights

March 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

The longest one day race of the road calendar took place yesterday with John Degenkolb taking the win for Giant-Alpecin.  Here are the highlights courtesy of Cyclingnews.com

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Video

Strade Bianche 2015 – Orica GreenEDGE Backstage pass

March 11th, 2015 · No Comments

Let’s go behind the scenes with Orica GreenEDGE and Orica-AIS at the Strade Bianche in the Tuscan hills.  No wine or sausages for the riders though on what is one of the most underrated races of the season and marks the start of the season for a whole bunch of pros.  The dirt roads always [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Video

Rapha announce new Pro Team collection

February 19th, 2015 · No Comments

Purveyors of the finest cycling gear money can buy Rapha have announced a new Pro Team collection.  We’ve some experience with Rapha clothing and while it ain’t cheap it is among the favorite pieces in our wardrobes, certainly the most comfortable and stylish. The 2015 Pro Team collection features a special ‘Data Print’ pattern that [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Road cycling · Tech

2014′s Greatest Hour – Jens Voigt and the hour record

January 5th, 2015 · No Comments

Jens Voigt retired near the end of 2014.  Known for his famous catchphrase “Shut up legs” Jens was renowned for his hard-man yet friendly image becoming known as something of a breakaway king.  It wasn’t just breakaways though, anyone remember when he had to borrow a small bike to get back to the Peloton in [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: General commentary · Racing · Road cycling

Giro d’Italia 2015 route

October 7th, 2014 · No Comments

5 months after the Giro d’Italia hit Irish shores the 2015 route has been announced.  Check out the route in the video below.

[Read more →]

Tags: General commentary · Racing · Road cycling · Video

Jens Voigt: Before the curtain drops

September 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Peloton legend Jens Voigt draws a curtain over his amazing career today with an attempt on the hour record.  Voigt is one of the battlers of the peloton renowned for his long hard breakaways, suffering and crashes.  His catchphrase, “Shut up legs” just sums up his persona so well, that and “I get paid to [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Video

Man vs Horse

August 26th, 2014 · No Comments

Nicolas Roche recently held a fundraiser in Leopardstown racecourse in aid of Children’s Medical & Research Foundation (CMRF) at Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin. Here he races Pat Smullen aboard Moonbi Creek.  We think the horse cheated!

[Read more →]

Tags: General commentary · Road cycling

Giro enters decisive few days

May 29th, 2014 · No Comments

After the drama of Tuesday’s stage and the red flag controversy the Peloton heads again into the mountains today, tomorrow and Saturday for what will be three of the toughest days on this year’s race. Today’s stage 18 is already well under way

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling

Battaglin takes magnificent stage win, GC hots up

May 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Enrico Battaglin (Bardiani CSF) hung in up the 11 km climb up to Oropa to catch Dario Cataldo (Team Sky) and Jarlinson Pantano (Team Colombia) seemingly when the finale was down to the two of them with an amazing late sprint. The sprinter isn’t exactly known for his climbing but made the most of being in [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling

Carnage at the Giro results in massive shakeup to GC

May 15th, 2014 · No Comments

Stage 6 was supposed to be not that difficult.  Sure it was the longest stage in the race and had a kick to the finish.  The climb is approximately 8.5 km long with an average gradient of 5% touching a maximum of 9% and was expected to be entertaining but nobody thought it would result [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling

Inside the sprint – TOC Stage 1

May 14th, 2014 · No Comments

Ever wondered what the rider’s eye view is inside a sprint?  Here we ride on board with Team Giant-Shimano’s John Degenkolb at the opening stage of the Tour of California.  Watch out for Mark Cavendish on the right at the finish!

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Video

Orica GreenEdge Backstage pass – Giro stage 3

May 12th, 2014 · No Comments

It’s been a dream start to the Giro for the Orica GreenEdge team, in fact it’s been a dream last month for them winning Liege, in Turkey and now taking the opening TTT at the Giro and holding the pink leaders jersey.  This video gives a nice look inside the team during the three days [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Video

Giro Stage 1 TTT tonight

May 9th, 2014 · No Comments

Today marks the start of the 2014 Giro d’Italia as the riders face a Team Time Trial on the streets of Belfast.  The action kicks off at 17.45 tonight but the teams will be training this morning for anyone that is around between 10 and 12.  Riders have been training around the city for the [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Uncategorized · Video

Inside the ride – Orica-Green Edge at the Liège-Bastogne-Liège

April 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Orica-Green Edge rider Simon Gerrans won the 100th edition of the Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday.  The Australian rider won a sprint finish in style.  This intriguing video includes footage inside the team cars, rider interviews and behind the scenes footage. Watch out for Dan Martin’s unfortunate crash on the last corner while in serious contention to retain [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: General commentary · Racing · Road cycling · Video

Johan Bruyneel banned for 10 years

April 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Lance Armstrong’s former Directeur Sportif Johan Bruyneel received a ten year ban from cycling yesterday over his role in the organised doping within the various teams he was involved in.  He has released a statement on the matter which makes for interesting if uncomfortable reading.  We’ve reproduced it in full below. Bruyneel is correct in [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: General commentary · Racing · Road cycling

Shimano reveals new mechanical geared hydraulic shifters & 105

April 1st, 2014 · No Comments

Shimano have announced the introduction of hydraulic breaking to a mechanically operated road shifter, bringing hydraulic braking closer to being the standard on road bikes.  Previously this had only been available on electronic Di2 units but Shimano have redesigned the hoods to incorporate all the required internals, including a reservoir.   The new unit is [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Road cycling · Tech · Uncategorized

Sam Bennett wins the Clásica de Almería

March 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

Irish rider Sam Bennett took his first professional victory on Sunday at the Clásica de Almería.  The 23 year old won the 178 kilometre race in a sprint finish riding for his new team NetApp-Endura.  Bennett  had a stellar 2013 season riding for the An Post-Chain reaction squad in 2013 winning the Suir Valley 3 day, [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling

Rob Lutter – A Ride Reborn

February 27th, 2014 · No Comments

“Adventure is not something left to the dreams of children”.  Rob Lutter is half way through a thirty thousand kilometer cycle from London to Hong Kong and back and this nice little video gives a flavor of the man and why he is doing it.  It is very worthy of your time.  Inspirational. A RIDE [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: General commentary · Road cycling · Video

Review – The Armstrong Lie

February 26th, 2014 · No Comments

In 2009 Oscar award winning documentary film maker Alex Gibney was contracted to make a documentary about Lance Armstrong’s return to cycling, “Comeback 2.0” as it was referred to. The film was meant to show Armstrong’s triumphant return, to silence the critics once and for all, to show that yes this man who won the [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Reviews · Road cycling

Mavic – A remarkable ride through the Rockies.

February 25th, 2014 · No Comments

With the weather playing tennis with us as the ball, here is a nice little inspirational video from Mavic.  What challenge will you do this Summer?  Why not tell us on Facebook or Twitter (Spoketweets). Map lines: 230 miles across Colorado from Mavic on Vimeo. The Rocky Mountains of Colorado hold a special place in [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: General commentary · Road cycling · Video

Pantani – The accidental death of a cyclist

February 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Marco Pantani fell spectacularly from grace.  Winner of the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia in 1998, Pantani should be remembered as one of the greats yet his expulsion from the 1999 Giro (when in the lead and for a high haematocrit level) was to dog him for the remainder of his career.  Pantani [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France · Video

Inside the BMC service course

February 5th, 2014 · No Comments

A look inside the BMC service course courtesy of Shimano.

[Read more →]

Tags: Road cycling · Tech · Video

Shimano release CM-1000 helmet cam

February 4th, 2014 · No Comments

Shimano have entered the lightweight “sports camera” market with their snappily named CM-1000, aimed squarely at the Go-Pro and Garmin’s new Virb. Waterproof to a depth of 10 meters it is a wifi enabled 16mp 1080 HD video camera with a two hour battery life.  Boasting an F-sop of F2 it should work really well [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Mountain biking · Road cycling · Tech · Uncategorized

Festive 500 in one go

January 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Every year clothing manufacturer Rapha set a goal on Strava of riding 500 kilometres between Christmas and New Years called the Festive 500.  This year the winners did it in one go riding from Paris to Haarlem in the Netherlands.  No mean feat especially given the conditions.  Take a look a this really well put [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: General commentary · Road cycling · Video

How to be a road rider

January 29th, 2014 · No Comments

[Read more →]

Tags: General commentary · Road cycling · Video

Introducing Team Giant-Shimano

January 15th, 2014 · No Comments

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Video

UCI announces Independent Reform Commission

January 14th, 2014 · No Comments

Newly apointed UCI President Brian Cookson has announced details of the three man Indepedent Reform Commission in an official press release.  The aim of the Commission is to – “investigate the problems cycling has faced in recent years, especially the allegations that the UCI has been involved in wrongdoing in the past – allegations which [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: General commentary · Road cycling

Garmin announces redesign for Connect

January 8th, 2014 · No Comments

GPS manufacturer Garmin has announced a redesign to it’s online portal Connect.  The update includes a whole host of new features centered around a new dash board design that allows users to display the information that they want using widgets.  Significantly the update also includes the addition of segments and leader-boards. This is perhaps the [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Road cycling · Tech