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Since 2012, our writing team here at Pedalnorth have been creating award winning content, riding, racing and winning cycle races all over the globe. Their blogs are created in order to provide world leading informative content, about all manner of cycling subjects, and to inspire you on your own cycling journey. Here’s the full collection for you to browse through and read. If you have any suggestions for subjects, then simply click here and let us know.

We’ve been promoting and leading the way for ladies cycling since we began, and we continue to drive forward in empowering women to express themselves and to be able to ride as equals within the cycling world. That also means having the best information for women’s cycling kit, training tps, lifestyle and skincare tips too. As a former international triathlete and model, Nadezhda has all the tips you need to be the best possible  version of yourself, on 2-wheels.

Working closely with the leading brands within the world of cycling, our writers know what makes cyclists tick, what motivates you and what looks stylish to0. We’ll tell you the very places places for cycling travel and how to look after your bike along the way. Nadezhda and Robert have a wealth of experience and expertise to share with you, so why not take a look below and join the new cycling revolution – at Pedalnorth!

Performance Comfort & Style in Perfect Harmony

ALÉ R-EV1 Hammer Bib Shorts

Bib shorts are a cycle clothing necessity that you have to get right. Thankfully, ALÉ are a brand that understands this and put all of their world tour expertise and years of research into this critical area of clothing. For me, the three main elements of the pad to get right are: the pad, the fabric, and the straps.
May 13, 2024/by Pedalnorth Website

ALÉ Pragma Dinamica SS Jersey

ALÉ don’t simply make cycling clothing; no, they craft some of the finest men’s and ladies cycling clothing in the world, from their base in the magical and historic city of Verona, on the edge of the Italian Lakes and Mountains. It’s the city of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, and this ALÉ Pragma Dinamica ss jersey for summer, is definitely a cycling jersey to fall in love with.
May 13, 2024/by Pedalnorth Website

Climbing Rat Penat in Catalonia

Rat Penat, a translation from the Catalan language meaning "bat," is an renowned cycling climb in Catalonia that offers a thrilling experience for cyclists. Situated in the Garraf range of mountains, Rat Penat poses a real challenge to every cyclist brave enough to take it on.
May 11, 2024/by Pedalnorth Website

SIGR Team Descent Jersey

“Beautiful, comfortable cycling jerseys for going fast in. But that also look great at the coffee stop”  🙂

Stylish Viking brand Sigr was born in Umeå, in the cold and dark parts of northern Sweden. As the focus of this brand is to manage wet and cold days, they wanted to see how it performs on the hot French Riviera. The first impression of this model is really “wow, I love the design”!
May 3, 2024/by Pedalnorth Website

SIGR Bib Short Riksväg 92 Cargo

I've really enjoyed testing out the kit from SIGR. It's well made, stylish and modern and performs well.It's a new brand to me, but one that I would happily recommend. In terms of the testing, last but not least, what is a kit review without making sure the bib shorts are holding the same standards as the jerseys, right?
May 2, 2024/by Pedalnorth Website

Alé Cycling Sauvage Jersey and Bib Shorts

Italian brand Alé make some of the finest and most stylish, high-performance cycling clothing for ladies in the world. We thought that it was time that Nadezhda gave it her expert rider opinion - and she loved it. Find out why in our latest review
May 2, 2024/by Pedalnorth Website

Best Supplements for Endurance Athletes

Being an athlete requires the right nutrition and supplements to maximize your performance. Sometimes, food and exercise are not enough to reach the athletic productivity you’re aiming for. Supplements become handy at times like these because of the performance boost that they provide.

First Up, Have You Nailed The Basics 😉
April 19, 2024/by Pedalnorth Website

Elastic Interface Chamois Pad

Are you sitting comfortably? It’s an interesting question, especially for a cyclist. Far too often cyclistssimply choose their bib shorts based on design or the feel and compression of the Lycra, without considering the cycle chamois pad itself. And yet, when we think about it, the pad is the most important choice.
April 4, 2024/by Pedalnorth Website

Peñas Blancas Malaga cycling climb – Costa del Sol

If you're holidaying in the Costa del Sol and looking for a great cycling route, then the Penas Blancas is a classic Haute Category climb for you to test yourself on
April 1, 2024/by Pedalnorth Website

Made in Yorkshire – Carbon Wasp

Carbon Wasp – artisans for the modern era

If you look hard enough across the internet, you’ll find a wealth of small and specialist engineers making bikes and bespoke bike parts in small workshops up and down the U.K...
March 28, 2024/by Pedalnorth Website

Mountain Biking in Romania – Europe’s last great wilderness

Transylvania, a fascinating and quite beautiful region of Romania, has been central to European history for centuries. In more modern times, we tend to think of it simply in terms of the quite false literary account of Count Dracula. In truth, there’s so much more to Transylvania than vampires
March 26, 2024/by Pedalnorth Website

Tailfin Alloy Rack with Pannier Mounts

Tailfin changed to way we look at bike racks, when they launched their first design only a few short years ago. With a system that fastens to any bike, without touching the frame, it gives everyone the opportunity to take on a 2-wheeled adventure. We decided to ask Bikepacking expert, Sam Huby, to take a look at their latest alloy rack, and see how useful it could be on a short trip to the Hebrides.
March 21, 2024/by Pedalnorth Website

Valle Nevado Chile

“If the mountain won’t come to me, then I go to the mountain."

Valle Nevado, an epic climb in the city of Santiago, Chile

Valle Nevado (loosely translates to “snowy valley”) is a sky center situated in the middle of the Andes Mountains, 67 kms from downtown Santiago, Chile, it has an altitude of 3,000 masl and it is one of the epic climbs to do when the winter in the south hemisphere is over, mainly between the months of October and April. The route has total 45 kms length and it is not easy, in cycling terms it would be a Hors catégorie (beyond categorization) with gradients up to 17.5%.
March 21, 2024/by Pedalnorth Website

TRIADA and the Trilogy of the Trails

Transylvania has been described as Europe's last and most beautiful wilderness. It's also home to the inspiring mtb racer, Tudor Oprea, and he's got an all-new epic for you ride. Welcome to the 'TRILOGY OF THE TRAILS', the future of off-road adventures. This epic new off-road biking festival takes on gravel bikes, XC & trail mountain bikes, and e-mountain biking, over 3 epic weekend festivals in the Carpathian Mountains. Read here to find out more...
March 12, 2024/by Pedalnorth Website

Gran Fondo Portillo

The road to Portillo, (which is also the International Highway between Santiago and Mendoza, Argentina) is worldwide known because of a short section called “Los Caracoles” (the snails). Los Caracoles is a series of hard switchbacks on an extremely steep incline which includes 29 hairpin turns and it is considered, according to a Red bull article, one of the world’s hardest cycling climbs with gradients up to 14%.
February 22, 2024/by Pedalnorth Website

Conquering the Mare de Deu del Mont Climb – Spain

Join Nadezhda on a classic northern Spain climb, into the hills close to Girona - a cycling paradise
February 14, 2024/by Pedalnorth Website

Bilbao Cycling Routes with Nadezhda Pavlova

Nadezhda has been exploring Bilbao and the Basque Country on 2-wheels. Here's a selection of her favourite rides, as this dynamic young woman finds adventure and culture, on 2-wheels.
February 10, 2024/by Pedalnorth Website

Cycling the Rocacorba climb – Girona

Join Nadezhda on this classic road climb near Girona, with epic views. This one starts from Banyoles Lake and takes on the Rocacorba
February 5, 2024/by Pedalnorth Website

Officine Mattio Bikes partner with BePInk Cycle Team

Specialist and high-quality Italian bike brand, Officine Mattio has signed its first ever technical partnership agreement with the UCI Continental BePink women's team, for 2024. The Cuneo based cycle brand will provide the team riders with its top range Lemma RT model. Read more about the new partnership here
January 17, 2024/by Pedalnorth Website

Rudy Project and Bahrain Victorious – Thinking Ahead

Italian safety wear specialists, Rudy Project have just announced the continuation of their partnership with World Tour team, Bahrain Victorious. Time then to take a look at what Rudy Project will be bringing to the 2024 peloton.
January 16, 2024/by Pedalnorth Website

Rosti One Piece Tri Suit for Ladies

Luciana Prados is our Brazilian triathlete and writer; she's been busy testing this stylish one piece time trial and tri cycling kit from Italian brand, Rosti.
January 5, 2024/by Pedalnorth Website

Indoor cycling for life

None of us can be motivated all of the time. We all go through periods in life, when we simply can't be bothered - admit it. Thankfully, cycling indoors can help to reinvigorate us and create some much needed positivity. Life, after all, should be cherished; and, trying to stay healthy is always a good idea
December 20, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Hansel and Gretel Navigation versus Cycling Tech

I hear it all the time from people: ‘how far?’; ‘how much climbing?’; ‘what average speed?’. The truth is, from a personal point of view, all I’m really interested in, is getting out there into the mountains and challenging myself on some techy climbs and descents... Read the latest blog by Jody from Ride Czech
November 13, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Getting Interactive with Elite

The Elite Justo and new Rizer indoor interactive cycle set-up brings a whole new level of realism to cycling at home. Time to take a look as winter hits hard outside
November 13, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Indoor Cycling Inspiration – Ben Ralston

Indoor cycling isn't just for elite athletes and keen amateur riders. When you consider the technology these days and what it can replicate from the real roads, then it's also a way in which ordinary and some quite extraordinary people can stay cycling. As we begin another autumn season of indoor cycling blogs, read the account of Ben Ralston and how having access to an indoor interactive training allowed this inspiring man to keep turning the pedals in his last few months of his battle with cancer
October 25, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Pirelli Scorpion XC RC Mountain Bike Tyre

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.
October 24, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Pirelli PZero Race 4S All Weather Tyre for cycling

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.
October 24, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Designing Cycle Shoes for Women

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.
September 19, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Alé Cycling PRE Play Jersey and Magic Colour Bib Shorts

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 😉
September 14, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Neah Evans Interview

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.
August 25, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

DS Pro Summer Winds Cycling Jersey

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!
August 9, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Hill and Ellis Saddle Bag

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.
August 8, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Manuela Muresan Interview – Romania Cycling Champion

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.
July 31, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Andorra – A Cycling Paradise

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.
July 25, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Road Code Fantasy – Conquer the Cycling World

Are you passionate about road cycling? Do you dream of leading a team to victory in the world's most prestigious races? Now, you can fulfill your cycling aspirations with Road Code Fantasy! This fantasy game allows you to step into the shoes of a team manager, build your dream team, choose your races, and compete against fellow enthusiasts for glory and rewards.
July 16, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Roadcode – Revolutionizing the Road Cycling Experience

Roadcode.com has emerged as a game-changer in the world of road cycle racing, offering fans an unprecedented level of engagement and insight into their favorite riders' performances. Developed in collaboration with Velon, the renowned company owned by top cycling teams, this innovative platform is transforming how fans experience and interact with road cycle racing.
July 15, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Barcelona – Mura and Parc Natural de Sant Llorenç

Another superb discovery road cycling route from Nadezhda, exploring the magnificent landscapes inland from Barcelona
June 13, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Open the Mountains Italy – Epic Ride to Galibier and Telegraphe with Stefano

Stefano and the Assault to Freedom team in Italy, always set out to create epic routes. This one is a classic ride, taking on both the Col du Telegraphe and Col du Galibier in one swoop. It will test you, both physically and mentally, and can be best tackled by a brief overnight stay, making sure that you really enjoy the trip.
June 4, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Pink it and shrink it – a male perspective on sexism in cycling

Working in the cycling industry as a man, I was shocked when I first heard the phrase ‘we simply used to pink it and shrink it’, in relation to ladies cycling clothing. Seriously! Yes, women who wanted cycling clothing etc, were expected to buy and wear smaller versions of a men’s design - just in pink.
June 1, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Women on Wheels – A Celebration of Ladies Cycling

It's about strength, independence, and confidence. Let’s celebrate the joys and challenges of cycling as women, and showcase the latest gear, trends, and tips to make every ride a success. From road biking to mountain biking, from casual cruises to competitive races, let’s inspire each other to push our limits and reach new heights.
June 1, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Barcelona to Montserrat cycling route

Are you looking for a challenging yet rewarding road cycling experience in Catalonia? Then ride from Barcelona to Montserrat. This route takes cyclists through stunning landscapes and past historic landmarks, making it the perfect day trip for any cycling enthusiast.
May 31, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Countdown to Adventure – Transfăgărășan Challenge 2023

If you still don’t know where the Transfăgărășan Highway is, and that it’s described by many as ‘the best road in the world’, then give your head a shake please!
This epic ribbon of tarmac, winds its way chaotically across the mountains, close to the historic city of Sibiu, in Transylvania, Romania – itself a World Heritage Site.
May 25, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Barcelona to Calella Cycle Route

The ride from Barcelona to Calella is a popular route among road bikers. The distance between the two cities is approximately 50 kilometers. This route is also used for one of the most popular Ironman races in Europe - Ironman Barcelona.
May 22, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Road Cycling Barcelona – Barcelona – Collserola – Molins de Rei – Barcelona

The views along this ride will take your breath away! It's a truly spectacular ride near the city of Barcelona  🙂

Starting in the city's center of Barcelona, this route ascends into the hills above the area before reaching its summit at the Tibidabo, located at 500 meters above sea level. It gives you the best views of Barcelona from the top!
May 2, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

The Benefits of a Custom Built Bike

Approximately one year ago, I got the RedChilli WR1 Bike! What a delightful memory! I have to say that I am very content and extremely grateful for the bike. What I noticed in this period of using the RedChilli, is the importance of the correct bike fitting in long term period which assures comfort and safety.
April 23, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Collserola Cycling Loop Barcelona

There are few more beautiful cities than this Catalonian paradise, with it's history, it's culture, it's vibrant  community and the spectacular scenery on the edge of the city limits. Excellent roads twist and turn and climb, providing perfect cycling and great views all day long.
April 16, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Biehler Supreme Mens Jersey

Biehler is one of those cycling brands that are simply reliable. Their clothing range is of the highest quality and made with the very best fabrics, using their vast experience from the pro riders that Biehler work with.
The Supreme jersey is testament to their adherence to design and performance.
April 13, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Ben Ralston – One Last Ride

Ben Ralston, a close friend of editor, Robert, has terminal cancer. Being an adventure seeker, we arranged for Orbea U.K. & Chevin Cycles to give Ben and his son 'One Last Ride' - get the tissues ready for this inspiring man
April 7, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Camelbak Podium Water Bottle Range

It's hotting up outside and it's definitely time to start looking at water bottles. Larisa and Robert take a look at the latest bottles from world leaders in hydration, Camelbak 🙂
April 1, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Lake CX 177 Road Cycling Shoes and Larisa Chinces

Living in the mountainous region of Transylvania, in Romania, Larisa has easy access to steep and challenging roads. Let’s find out what Larisa thinks of the new Lake Cycling CX 177 road cycling shoes in this tough terrain
March 31, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Welcome Spring – Ride to the Sun with Larisa

The seaons have changed again. Time for spring spins! Last article I talked about how I prepare my RedChilli bike for riding after a long cold winter. Today I want to talk about my first rides in spring.
March 25, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Ladies Cold Weather Cycle Clothing by Alé

When Alé Cycling launched their Fall-Winter collection, it was designed just for those really cold days, where style is also important, but performance is key. Cycling where I live is tough and uncompromising, which is why I’m wearing it in Transylvania.
March 23, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

ALE Ladies Cold Weather Accessories 2023

Once the sun is under the clouds, it’s much colder, and so, we have to dress smart. The base layer and accesories like gloves, necktube, shoe cover, socks are equally important as the main kit when choosing how to dress-up for the ride.
March 21, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Cycle Shoe Cleat Maintenance and Replacement

Have you got pain in the knees or feet when cycling? If so, why not visit one of the skilled Lake shoe fitting experts at their retail partners, and getting them to take a close look at your feet and cycling position - give yourself some well-earned foot love! We really believe in getting your cycling shoes properly fitted, and that means Lake Cycling - the best cycling shoes in the world.
March 18, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

ALÉ Cold Weather Cycle Clothing – Wrapped in Warmth & Style

Italian cycle clothing brand, ALÉ, are annoying good at producing cycling performance wear. ‘Why annoying’ you may ask - well, it’s quite simple; they’re so good at what they do, that each year, the kit simply gets better, and I am forced to change my thoughts on my own favourite jacket for days on the bike.
March 16, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

ALÈ Klimatik Guscio Thunderstorm, Waterproof Jacket

Having used some quite excellent jackets before, and some quite terrible waterproof jackets too, this stylishly modern jacket ticks all the right boxes and is most certainly, at the top of the list.
March 14, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Romania MTB – Rasinari to Paltinis Hills

The mountains around the Paltinis resort are covered in magnificent forests, with isolated meadows and mountain tops. There's a wealth of trails to explore, and this one is just a short distance from historic Sibiu, a World Heritage Site, and its endless accommodation options
March 9, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Pioneering women in cycling history

More than 100 years ago, bicycles were designed and made for men; but, despite the obstacles faced by women, some choose to persevere and take the reins. At this time, bicycles symbolized women’s change and freedom. This changed how they lived, their mode of dressing, and how they contemplated themselves
March 6, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Bicycles and How They Advocate for Gender Equality

Who doesn't love cycling? It's convenient, enjoyable, and gives you a good cardio workout. Cycling, however, has more to give human civilization than that. As it turns out, cycling has become an important tool for gender equality.
March 5, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Lake Cycling 242 Cycling Shoe

Is the new Lake Cycling 242 shoe, the most comfortable cycling shoe in the world? Our editor, Robert, thinks that it just might be. Read why in this blog
February 25, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

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