we decided to put a set of latest Pirelli race ready Scorpion tyres on our test bikes this year. Not only did we choose their super fast and flighty, Scorpion XC RC, but we then went for the 2.2 widths – just to add a bit more spice. True to form, the Orbea Oiz XC bike that we ran these tyres on, became an unleashed trail beast that required careful handling, and harping back to those halcyon days where flat pedals on a hard tail taught you the necessary skills of foot control.
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Once in a while you test a tyre that seems to have it all. I’m quite fussy with my road tyres too, as I live and ride in the Yorkshire Dales, where the gravel edged roads are tight and twisty and take no prisoners. I want to feel safe, and it’s not always possible when you’re testing tyres. However, these new Pirelli all-weather tyres in the 26 mm size are the cycle tyre equivalent of having Belgium Chocolate Cake from Jervaulx Abbey – they’re simply irresistible.
In case you haven’t noticed it, women are built differently from men – it’s a fact. All too often, historically, brands have simply produced downsized products for women, and have failed either deliberately or otherwise, to recognise the physiological differences. Yes, the cycling world simply used a ‘Pink it & Shrink it’ mentally, failing to understand the specific needs of women as athletes.
Ale Cycling has always been one of my favourites brands since I started cycling. I remember seeing a professional cycling team wearing Ale kit and sponsored by them; and since then, I’ve really liked their kit – so very much.
Let’s take a look at their latest kit forus stylish ladies then 😉
As far of Coffee shops and cafes go, Lumos sets the bar very high indeed, as we start to share our own list of favourite cafes for cyclists with you. I don’t know if it can be matched…
We’re thrilled to bring you an exclusive interview with the amazing Neah, a talented cyclist who recently won gold at the UCI Cycling World Championships Madison Race. Neah’s journey is truly inspiring, as she overcame a major crash during the race and emerged victorious through sheer determination.
There’s nothing more feminine than pink, and there’s nothing more flattering than well-designed, form fitting clothing. Add high performance fabrics into the mix, and you’ve got the perfect ladies cycling clothing – from DS Pro of course!
Stylishly modern vintage
There’s a whole new movement of cyclists, all over Europe, who love vintage bikes of all genres, especially fxed wheels. Add to this, the cyclists on Brompton’s and other more modern city bike for cool commuters, then this high-quality leather saddle bag from Hill & Ellis is the perfect gift.
Earlier this summer, we visited Transylvania in Romania, where Nadia happened to ride and win her category in 2 races – and bump into multi-disciplined Romanian National Champion Ela Muresan, who’d won the pro categories. This amazing woman has won several national titles in a wide variety of cycling genres, including road and mountain bike. She’s an inspiration to women across Romania, who are still fighting for better representation and support in cycling.
Nestled in the heart of the Pyrenees Mountains, the small principality of Andorra is a hidden gem for cyclists. With its breathtaking landscapes, challenging mountain passes, and a rich cultural heritage, Andorra offers a cycling experience unlike any other. Let’s explore the enchanting cycling routes, delve into Andorra’s history, discover the unique town of Ordino, and take a closer look at the renowned Hotel Coma, the perfect base for your cycling adventure.