Opinion: Middle Eastern racing is about more than just money

The inaugural Abu Dhabi Tour, which came to a close on Sunday, has prompted renewed criticism from riders and fans alike of the UCI’s continued expansion of road cycling into the Middle East. The extreme conditions, the ‘bleak’ landscapes, the fact the races seem to exist largely for financial rather than sporting reasons — the […]


Without Marcel Kittel, what are Giant-Alpecin’s new ambitions?

Giant-Alpecin may adopt a more all-round approach to the Tour de France next season in the absence of marquee sprinter Marcel Kittel whose contract has been dissolved. Kittel was the leader of the Tour team from 2012-2014 amassing eight stage victories but terminated his deal with the squad a year early stating its goals at […]


How riders and team staff survived the extreme heat of the Abu Dhabi Tour

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (CT) – Extreme weather has again been in the cycling headlines over the past few days with the inaugural Abu Dhabi Tour raced in temperatures well over 40°C. Stage 1 was particularly brutal with riders starting the stage in the desert north of Abu Dhabi and enduring temperatures of more […]


“When I was racing in Europe” – 10 ways to spot a fake ex-pro

You probably know the sort of person this article is about. That guy or girl (but, let’s be honest, it’s normally a guy) on the local club run, at the local bike shop, or at the post-ride coffee stop that’s kitted out in either the latest racing-orientated brand or in well-worn kit from a team […]


Roadtripping Malaysia

Things don’t always go according to plan on our cycling RoadTrips, or in life for that matter. That perfect getaway you’ve been planning for months can easily be derailed by unforeseen circumstances, taking the experience in a totally different direction. And while the normal reaction at the time is one of frustration, it’s often the […]


Your training questions answered with Dig Deep Coaching: part nine

We all have questions when it comes to improving our training or performing well at our next race or gran fondo. In an ongoing collaboration with CyclingTips, Stephen Gallagher and Dan Fleeman from Dig Deep Coaching have answered another round of your questions, providing insight that we can all benefit from. Hi, There’s not long […]


Peter Sagan’s world championship-themed Specialized Tarmac

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (CT) – In years past we’ve often had to wait until the new year to get a glimpse of what the UCI road race world champion will be stretching his legs on throughout his season in the rainbow stripes. But this year we are being treated to seeing the new […]


Adam Phelan’s Video Diary: Lessons in the WorldTour

Life as a professional cyclist might appear glamorous from the outside – travelling the world, getting paid to ride a bike – but the reality is often far less appealing. Dirty hotel rooms, time spent away from loved ones, constant fatigue, not to mention the pressure to perform — it can be a challenging existence. […]


How to heckle cyclists

We cyclists are used to copping abuse from drivers while out riding but very rarely does that abuse have the intended effect: forcing the cyclist off the road. Neil van der Ploeg from Avanti Racing has some tips to make your heckling count and get inside the cyclist’s head.


Life after the WorldTour: an interview with Sea Keong Loh

Becoming a pro cyclist is a something many amateur cyclists aspire to. Living that dream seems, from the outside, to consist of traveling the world, racing hard and being looked after by multiple staff so you can perform at your best. But what’s it actually like when you enter that world of pro racing, where […]