Road cycling

Road cycling

Our road cycling section includes a wealth of information about road bikes and their frames, the kit you'll need and competing in road races, time trialling and endurance rides featuring advice from Bradley Wiggins and bike-building legend Dave Yates.

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How to ride your first sportive

How to ride your first sportive

by Stephen Roche

These seven easy-to-follow tips from one of the greatest cyclists of all time will help you get the most out of your first sportive.

How to ride in a group

How to ride in a group

by Sean Kelly

Riding in a group can be daunting at first but with this advice from cycling legend Sean Kelly you'll soon be up to speed.

Road bikes & kit

Road bikes & kit

by Dave Yates

The following article describes the key features of bikes used on the road, both for racing and for touring, in terms of frame design and componentry. It also touches on some basic items of kit you'll need to start racing.

Road bike frames

Road bike frames

by Dave Yates

The basic design of the road bike frame has not changed in over a century, though the materials and technologies have advanced considerably, particularly in recent years. Dave Yates outlines the evolution of material technologies and the development of cycle components which have influenced the evolution of road bikes.

Competition - road racing

Competition - road racing

by Adrian Timmis

The Tour de France is most people's image of cycle road racing. Without a doubt, this is the biggest event in the world but there's a whole ladder of achievement which needs to be climbed before that. This article describes what you need to do to begin road racing in the UK.

Competition - time trialling

Competition - time trialling

by Bradley Wiggins

Often called the 'race of truth' , time trialling is all about one rider racing against the clock. For many club cyclists in Britain, time trialling is their introduction to racing.

Competition - endurance rides

Competition - endurance rides

by Simon Doughty

For some cyclists, a 2 hr ride is a warm-up. Stage races like the Tour de France consist of 3 weeks of 6 or 7 hour days. Time triallists can compete for 12- or 24-hours non-stop, and the really dedicated endurance cyclists tackle 3000 miles of non-stop racing across the USA. Simon Doughty has experience of these ultra distance events as rider, coach and crew.

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