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Playing craps in the Doha desert.

Sprinter Michael Matthew says the World Road Race Championship in Doha, Qatar is a crap shoot. He’s right — though he left out a few qualifiers. It’s a brutally dry and hot, 250K, potentially windy, mega roundabout crap shoot. The experts are all over the map: some vote for Sagan some for Cavendish, some are […]

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The deserted desert World Championships

The photos on the Sticky Bottle website from the World Championships in Doha, Qatar are shocking. This is the the culminating event of the season, prestigious rainbow jerseys, the best pro bikes racers in the world, the Superbowl and World Cup of cycling, and there isn’t a single fan to be seen. Somehow the complete absence of an […]

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The Rise of the Rapha Killers

Rapha is genius. You’d find few people who would argue that Rapha invented a whole new cycling retail atmosphere. And that term captures the brilliance of the marketing and storytelling. The moody landscapes, the poetic hardship, the honest suffering, the joy in the journey. In terms of pure branding, Rapha was the king, the only […]

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Doha World’s race bike. Pedal your camel!

Get ready to rumble in the desert. The UCI and metro dollars galore are bringing the World Championship Road Race Championships to Doha in Qatar. Woo-hoo! While some riders will be using special handlebar-mounted fans and air conditioners to try and beat the blistering 40 Celsius, 103 Fahrenheit temperatures, the UCI will also provide special […]

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Bradley Wiggins publishes new book on TUE

While initially Bradley Wiggins played down the controversy over his usage of Temporary Use Exemptions as “nothing new here.” the former Tour de France champion has now published a new book on the subject. “Bradley wants to clear up the whole Fancy Bear hacked TUE discussion. It’s too complicated to do in a TV interview or […]

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Riders to use handlebar air conditioner in Doha world championships

Temperatures for the World Road Championships in Doha, Qatar may well be over 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 celsius). Already the governing body of the sport, the UCI, is taking precautions. If the temperatures are deemed to deadly, the men’s road race may be shorted to just 150 kilometers. They’re preparing ice for every team and […]

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Donald Trump’s view of pro cycling

We’re just over a month away from election day for the next president of the United States of America. Crazy man candidate Donald Trump has made his pronouncements on Muslims, Mexicans, African Americans and women. However, until today, he hadn’t made any of his racist, insensitive, uninformed comments about another minority in the world: pro cyclists. […]

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Lachlan Morton. Jelly bean jumps to Dimension Data

After two years at US Continental squad Jelly Belly, Aussie Lachlan Morton has signed a 2017 contract for WorldTour team Dimension Data. It’s back to the big leagues. Morton has a fascinating story and this is the one we wrote about Morton for Cycle Sport magazine back in May after the Tour of California. Lachlan […]

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Walsh defiant after Sky dupes him

The fallout from the Fancy Bear hack into the WADA/UCI medical records continues to damage everyone involved. Tour winner Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky have taken a massive hit to their supposedly clean reputation. The latest victim is crusading anti-doping cycling  journalist David Walsh. This is the man who received all the credit and the […]

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