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.
You can now get your favourite cycling or mountain biking magazine digitally on iPad or iPhone through Apple’s newly launched Newsstand application.
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.
Procycling’s Ops Ed, Jamie Wilkins, was thrown in the deep end at the Étape du Tour, only his third ever sportive and with just a month to prepare. Here’s how he got on climbing the Galibier and Alpe d’Huez.
The Gran Fondo Eddy Merckx is coming to the UK. We have two VIP entries and a Quick-Step jersey signed by Eddy Merckx to give away.
The first UK edition of the Gran Fondo Eddy Merckx will take place on 31 July with a limited field of 1000 riders taking on the two lumpy courses (170km, 105km) from Cricket St.Thomas in Somerset. There’s a huge list of rider extras and support including: neutral service, Zipvit feed stations, free massage and demo bikes. Registration starts on the Saturday in the event village with trade stands, a pasta party and a prize draw to win one of four signed Quick-Step jerseys.
Eddy Merckx will be in attendance all weekend and he will ride the event too, making this a very special opportunity to ride alongside a true legend. The VIP tickets up for grabs will ensure that you get to meet and chat with the greatest cyclist of all time.
The final places are filling up fast. Visit the website for more info, including the route maps and profiles.
To enter our competition to win two VIP entries to the event and a Quick-Step jersey signed by Eddy Merckx, click here.
The competition closes on 26 July, so be quick.
Today’s finish in Carmaux will be crucial for the green jersey competition as it pits puncheurs like Philippe Gilbert against Mark Cavendish and the other pure sprinters. Currently Gilbert leads the competition by 45 points from Movistar’s Jose Rojas. Mark Cavendish is third, 19 points behind Rojas.
Procycling has just driven the final 25kms. The two categorised climbs shouldn’t cause any splits but there are two 90-degree turns within the final kilometre, making it very technical. If Cavendish’s HTC-Highroad team want to deliver him to the line, their lead-out on the superfast run-in (it’s practically all down hill for the final 3kms) needs to be absolutely perfect.
If Cavendish scores the maximum 45 points today, he could be in green after tomorrow on the relatively straightforward sprint stage to Lavaur. But if he fluffs it and Gilbert collects around 26-30 points – a distinct possibility – the Manxman will have a real fight on his hands to stay in the running for the jersey in Paris. After today there are two, perhaps three opportunities left where Cav could score big – Montpellier, the Champs Elysees and maybe into Gap on stage 16. Gilbert and Rojas, let us not forget are far superior climbers to Cavendish and its likely they will be able to nip over early cols to pick up points at the intermediate sprints.
As we predicted before the race started, the green jersey is developing into a fascinating competition, pitting wildly different riders against each other.