Few people have heard of the Peace Race, but those who have know how difficult it is. This summer Alan Buttler and Geoff Wiles will attempt to ride the 1955 route in memory of former Great Britain mechanic Alf Buttler.
The pair will be taking on the 2,214 kilometre 13 stage ride from Prague to Berlin and finishing in Warsaw. They aren’t just taking the gruelling challenge for fun and hope to raise money for Diabetes UK. Alf’s first race as a mechanic was the 1955 event, where Gustav-Adolf Schur became the first German to win.
The race, which hasn’t been run since 2006, began two years after World War Two ended when much of Europe was still in tatters. Behind the iron curtain Polish sport journalist Zygmunt Dall wanted to use sport to bring Poland and its neighbour, Czechoslovakia, together.
Initially Dall floated the idea of a boxing match, but thought it would be an inappropriate way to improve relations between the two neighbours. With tension between the two countries still high, Dall and Czech journalist Karel Tocl set about staging a bike race between the two countries. A compromise had to be reached on the finish location, as both wanted to crown the champions in their respective capital cities. In the end it was decided to stage two races in opposite directions.
They would both start on the 1st May with the Czech bound race ending on the 5th and the other ending on the 9th. August Prosinek was named the first Peace Race champion in Prague. Poland’s hopes of a home winner were dashed by Alexander Zoric winning the Prague to Warsaw race. Since then the race would alternate its destination each year.
If you would like to make a donation towards Diabetes UK then go to https://www.justgiving.com/peacerace
Eight back issues of Procycling are currently available at the special reduced price of £1.99 until 1 February in the Apple Newsstand. With its emphasis on incredible racing photography and bespoke rider portraits, Procycling is a title that shines on the crisp, clear screen of an iPad. The issues available are October 2010 (issue 143) to April 2011 (150). Within this range, stand-out issues include:
January 2011 (issue 146)
Cancellara, Nibali, Cavendish, Schleck and Hushovd stare out of the cover of the review of the year issue. Man of the Year Mark Cavendish talks us through his golden moments of the season, Fabian Cancellara’s domination of the Classics is analysed and the final day of the Cervélo TestTeam is captured by our behind-the-scenes photographer.
February 2011 (issue 147)
Our farewell to Lance Armstrong issue includes a complete assessment of the storm clouds gathering over the rider as his retirement approached plus a look back over a decade in which the iconic Tour winner dominated covers and coverage within the magazine.
April 2011 (issue 150)
On the eve of his incredible 2011 season, our European Editor Daniel Friebe spoke to Philippe Gilbert about his inexorable rise to cycling stardom.
The reduced price is only available until 1 February 2012.
Win a Nibali-signed Liquigas jersey
We’ve teamed up with Liquigas-Cannondale’s sports nutrition suppliers Multipower to give readers the chance to win one of two team issue jerseys signed by members of the Italian pro squad. Multipower will also throw in a box of their Hi-Energy Jelly Bars too. They’re a cross between a bar and gel, so they’re easier to chew than bars and less messy than gels. The formula provides a convenient product to optimise energy supply before and during intensive exercise and offers an exciting alternative to energy gels.
The jerseys have been signed by 2010 Vuelta winner Vincenzo Nibali along with two domestiques, Fabio Sabatini and Valerio Agnoli.
To enter simply click here and answer this question: Multipower’s headquarters are based in the country where Multipower’s headquarters are located. What is the country? The competition will close on Friday 20, 2012.
SRAM, which provides brakes and gears for a large portion of the professional peloton have released details of what their top of the range RED groupset will look like. So far there’s just this video to give a sneak preview of the 2013 model, which will be released in February 2012. BikeRadar, has learned however, that major sections of the gruppo have been re-engineered and that a weight saving of between 250-280g has been made. If the shifting is as good as it has been in the past that should keep the pros happy.
The 2012 London Bike Show takes place from 12-15 January at ExCeL, London. It’s one of four shows happening at the same time alongside The Outdoors Show, The Active Travel Show and the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show. Tickets are valid for entry to all four shows.
With a huge range of exhibitors showing off their best bikes and kit for 2012 and beyond, the London Bike Show’s a great place to see the latest must-have gear. There are also plenty of live events to watch, from Europe’s number one mountain bike freestyle team to a bike polo tournament. The Cycling Stage will feature some of the UK’s top cyclists, teams and adventure cyclists.
The best part is Procycling readers can get discounted tickets for this event (£14 instead of £16) by using the discount code ‘radar’ when they click here.
The new issue of Procycling is full to bursting with news and analysis of the worlds toughest sport. Here’s what’s inside.
Procycling has a stack of Multipower Endurance products, worth over £100, to give away to one lucky reader. That should be enough to keep you going over winter.
Multipower is Liquigas-Cannondale’s nutrition partner and the products have helped the squad to numerous victories over the last couple of seasons. We’ve used their products before and you can find out what we thought about them here.
So now it’s your turn to give Multipower a go. Enter our competition and you could win a selection of their products that will be sure to keep you going for ages. The competition is only open to UK readers.
This month, Procycling is exploring the outer realms of the sport – the races, riders and mountains that deserve the appellations of steepest, longest, fastest and hardest.
Procycling’s sister site, BikeRadar has teamed up with Total Cycle Assist to give readers a great deal on bike insurance.
New kit promotes good cause – and it’s comfortable too
Out of the Saddle is the club launched and run by the famous Downing brothers, Team Sky rider Russ and Rapha-Condor-Sharp rider Dean. The main aim is to continue and step up the charity work that the brothers have done in recent years, as well as spreading the Bike-Pure anti-doping message.
This year their chosen charity is CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young. It works to raise awareness of heart conditions that can lead to Young Sudden Cardiac Death (YSCD) and Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS). Undetected heart conditions cause 12 young deaths per week and they’re a serious issue in cycling too, highlighted in 2009 by the death of Frederiek Nolf at the Tour of Qatar.
Out of the Saddle’s new club kit has just landed in our office and it’s real smart stuff. As well as the long- and short-sleeved jerseys and bibs, there’s a skin-suit, gilet, mitts and arm and leg warmers. More like a pro team wardrobe than the average club get up.
The kit is made by RST. It’s a new brand to cycling this year but it’s already on the pace thanks to the former pro and elite riders involved in the design and development, plus a background in highly engineered motorcycle kit. They’ve sought out some of the finest materials, used by the likes of Assos, and the highest spec chamois available. The full length hidden zip on the jersey is a quality touch too.
We’ve had the chance to ride in it already (race in it, actually) and we’re impressed. The chamois really delivered on RST’s promises and felt at least as comfortable as our favourite bibs.
And the best thing? This is not expensive gear. The bibs retail for £59.99, the short-sleeve jersey for £49.99. As you’re also supporting a great cause, and advocating clean cycling, that seems like a bargain to us. Get on board.
If you’re quick – and good – you can enter the club’s annual summer E/1/2 race, held on 28 August in South Yorkshire. Visit www.outofthesaddle.org.uk for more info.