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Photo: Col de Braus (heading down toward the coast) When cyclists think of the French riviera two things may spring to mind, firstly that Lance Armstrong famously used the Col de La Madone as his annual “performance” benchmarking and secondly the multitude of publicity/tax shy sportspeople who base themselves in nearby Monaco.  A trip in early 2020 opened our eyes to the area and we think it’s a destination worthy of considering alongside the likes of Mallorca, Girona, the Alps or Pyrenees.   As with all good cycling trips, we left thinking of our next return trip. It’s a question of...

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Invani reversible jersey review   |   Peter Stuart   |   29th April 2020. Verdict: New British brand Invani wants to turn our impression of cycling kit inside out Cyclist Rating:  4/5          Price:  £85 +                                                                         Innovative concept Nice texture and comfortable fit Reversible design offers two colours in one jersey Competitively priced - Limited technical merits Colour choices are slightly restrictive Invani Cycling Clothing wants to tread new ground in the world of cycling, but not with materials that repel water, generate heat or glow in the dark. Invani’s hook is that its garments are two-in-one, as they can...

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Mountain High:  Daniel Friebe & Pete Godling A beautiful “coffee-table” type book providing history, detailed statistics and lots of glossy photos of what the authors consider to be the 50 most “legendary” climbs in Europe.  Ordered in finishing altitude they range from the 78 metre high Koppenberg from the Tour of Flanders to the 3,384 metre monster Pico de Veleta in Spain.  Equally suitable for just daydreaming of climbs or using to plan routes and logistics for an epic trip.   Mountain Higher:  Daniel Friebe & Pete Godling The follow-up book from the same authors, seeks to unearth, describe and...

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With many of us increasingly training indoors we thought it would be useful to share the insights of a newcomer to Zwift.  Although you can try out Zwift for free the trial is pretty limited and you may have to invest in an equipment upgrade before you can even start the trial.  What you require: The Zwift website gives good details on the equipment that you require but essentially you will require an indoor bike which can measure power or speed, this output dictates your speed when riding with the App.  There are varying degrees of sophistication in the equipment,...

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With thousands of cyclists heading to Mallorca in the coming months we spoke with island ride Guide Juliet Wolfe to get some tips and suggestions to make the best of your trip to this cycling nirvana.  We hope that whether you are thinking about your first trip to the island or you’ve been many times that this will provide a useful outline and inspiration!   When to go:  We are actually seeing the riding season extend over the last few years.  We are getting riders coming through November and December and the weather can be beautiful as early in the...

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