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Mads Pedersen: I’m still hungry and this is just the beginning

Men’s world road champion Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) has laid down a warning to his rivals by stating that his win in Yorkshire was just the beginning and that he hopes to win several important races before eventually hanging up his wheels.

The 24-year-old put in a masterful performance to win the rainbow jersey in Yorkshire last Autumn and take the biggest win of his career so far. Speaking to Cyclingnews at the Trek-Segafredo training camp this winter, the Danish rider pinpointed Paris-Roubaix as his dream race to win but the young rider would not put a timeframe on the subject, admitting that he was still learning to race as the men’s road world champion.

“I really want to win Paris-Roubaix. I won it as a junior and I want that big cobblestone at home. I won’t say I will win it this year because I know how difficult it is to win those Classics but hopefully I have a few more years at the top level. But if I win Flanders and not Roubaix by the end of my cycling career then I’ll still be proud. I’m still hungry though. This is just the beginning. I’m only 24 and I want more,” Pedersen told Cyclingnews.

Pedersen will make his 2020 race debut at the Tour Down Under later this month before building up for the Classics at the Challenge Mallorca. He will race in Belgium at the Opening Weekend before leading a strong Trek-Segafredo team into the bulk of the Classics. Racing with the rainbow jersey on his shoulders will attract pressure and scrutiny but one of cycling’s most coveted and iconic jerseys will also help Pedersen draw inspiration and confidence. From a tactical point of view, the Dane also thinks that his rivals could spend too much time watching him and that other Trek Segafredo riders could exploit situations.

“I’m ready. I think that I’m ready. I hope that I am. Of course, it’s a new situation and I have to learn how to race like that. In Denmark, we say that if one bad thing happens for one then a good thing can happen for another. So, maybe we could play it so that if a lot of people are looking at me then it could be good for the team because we have a lot of strong riders,” Pedersen said.

“I want to be on the top, top level and fight for the races. If you’re strong enough then everything is possible. I was super bad in the spring last year but then I won Worlds. Now I need to reach a top-level with consistency. It’s about believing that every time I race I can be at the top. Power-wise I’ve shown that I can be there. Maybe it’s a mental thing about doing it in all the races that I do.”

The winter saw media interest in Pedersen reach new levels. His Worlds win meant more sponsor activity and a long list of interview requests. He and his team have tried to keep his off-the-bike duties to a reasonable amount as he gets used to riding as the world champion, and Pedersen has kept his feet on the ground. He hasn’t even watched his Worlds win.

“I’ve had chances to watch it but I’ve chosen not to. I want to keep the initial impressions from the race as I saw them on the day. At one point I’ll sit down and watch them but for now, I want to keep the memories as I see them.”

Back in his home country, Pedersen has also turned his attention to repaying his family for all of their support since he started cycling. Last September he opened a local bike shop which meant that his father could give up his job as a truck driver and work part-time in the family-run business.

“My family is really important to me and it’s important for me to stay around. My dad is working in my bike shop. I opened it so that he had something to do. We have a mechanic but my dad has free time now so he can help me with things like motor pacing. He’s been with me since I started cycling. We have a really strong bond, and it’s stronger than most people have with their fathers. I said that when I was 15 that if I ever earned enough money from cycling to help him stop being a truck driver then I would do it.”

“There was no connection in cycling with my family. I started with football and badminton. I started with team sports but I didn’t really like it. It was always other people’s fault when we lost and I smashed too many rackets in badminton. So my dad bought me a bike and I would ride with him. I was around seven and I liked riding with him. Everything grew from there.”

The best winter cycling jackets available in 2020

It might not be the most glamorous part of the cycling season, but riding during the winter is a fact of life for most cyclists.

Whether you’re racing, training or just commuting to work, the specific demands of cycling in the harsh conditions aren’t easily met, and if you want to stay comfortable out on the road, getting your clothing choices right is vital.

Jackets, in particular, are a key piece of your armoury, as while your legs will generate some heat through use, protecting your core and arms from the elements is paramount to keeping you warm and in control of your bike.

The choice used to be limited to fleeced long sleeve jerseys or plastic rain capes. But development and innovation in fabrics and fit means that clothing for cold and wet conditions has come on in leaps and bounds over the last few years.
What to look for in a winter cycling jacket
1. Windproof fabrics

While the wind helps keep you cool and dry in the summer, it’s one of your worst enemies in the winter. Windproof fabrics do just as they say and block the wind from passing through the fabric and cooling you down.

It used to be that windproof fabrics lacked breathability and you would, therefore, end up cold and wet simply from your own sweat. But modern fabrics have vastly improved in this regard.

Many brands also strategically use panels of different materials across their jackets – with heavier, less breathable fabrics on the front, and lighter, more breathable fabrics on the rear, for example.

Alternatively, some jackets, especially those which use heavier fabrics, incorporate zippered vents that can be opened and closed to further regulate ventilation.
2. Water repellency

Along with lower temperatures, winter also brings rain. In constant rain, you’ll likely be better off with a fully waterproof jacket. But on more changeable days, a softshell jacket with water repellent fabrics or Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatment is best.

These jackets can shrug off road spray or a short shower, but usually offer better fit, comfort and breathability than a dedicated waterproof jacket.

There can be a downside though – these treatments and membranes can often reduce breathability, although the penalty with high-end modern fabrics is small. The perfect jacket for a slightly warmer, wet day might not be best for a cold, dry day, where you really don’t want your own sweat to make you cold.
3. Fit

As with all cycling clothing, winter jackets come in a range of fits. Some will be designed to be form-fitting and aerodynamic, often with racers in mind. Others will have looser fits, with consideration for fit off the bike, and the ability to layer up underneath for added versatility or protection.

There are some jackets that try to do it all, but most specialise and target a specific type of rider and usage.

The jackets chosen here have been selected with road use in mind, and therefore largely prioritise a close, aerodynamic fit, to varying degrees. While any of these will work just fine for off-road or MTB use, we’d still suggest looking for mountain bike jackets that have been specifically designed for those disciplines if you’re intending to dedicate a lot of your riding time to them.
4. Reflective detailing or high-visibility colours

It goes without saying that if you’re riding in the dark, you need lights for your bike. Don’t overlook reflective detailing and/or high-visibility colours for your clothing, however.

If the clouds close in, or if you end up staying out slightly longer than planned, light levels can drop, and bright colouring or added reflective elements will help other road users spot you out on the road.

Furthermore, high-visibility doesn’t have to mean you look like you’re wearing safety equipment anymore, with many brands now offering a range of colours beyond fluorescent yellow.

‘Real Yellow Jerseys’ awarded to everyday heroes of cycling

The UK’s first ‘Real Yellow Jerseys’ have been awarded to everyday heroes of cycling.

Ten jerseys, handknitted in Tour de France yellow, have been presented to people who’ve used cycling to change their lives and inspire more of us to ride our bikes.

Jenny Box, head of behaviour change in England, said: “We wanted to celebrate all those amazing people across the country who are getting back on their bikes, changing their lives and helping others to do the same.

“They’re the real heroes of cycling whose skills, commitment and personal journeys are helping the nation reap the benefits of two wheels. The Real Yellow Jersey is also a symbol of everything that’s to be celebrated about everyday cycling and encouragement for more people to get in the saddle.”

Martin Williams, 45, from Birmingham, was living on the streets, addicted to drugs and suffering from anxiety and depression before cycling helped him turn his life around. He took part in Cycling UK’s Big Bike Revival scheme which aims to help people overcome the barriers stopping them from cycling, such as a lack of skills, financial hardship, disability, cultural background or health issues.

Williams has learnt cycle mechanic skills and now teaches others. He’s in accommodation and has been clean for the past 18 months and through his volunteering work feels like he now has purpose, motivation and a positive outlook for his future.  He said: “Cycling has transformed my life, really helping my mental health, but this yellow jersey is the icing on the cake. I’ve never won anything before.”

Joy Anibaba, 55, from the West Midlands only learnt to ride in her 50s and has since become a ride leader inspiring and empowering other women to cycle more.  She said: “It’s wonderful to be honoured in this way. I’m proof that if I can do it, anyone can. I never thought I’d get a yellow jersey, especially one so warm and beautiful!”

Declan Nangle, who’s ten and from Kidderminster, didn’t think he’d ever be able to ride a bike because he suffers from dyspraxia, a developmental disorder that makes coordination and balance difficult. He’s now cycling every weekend after being given a bike for his tenth birthday and learning to ride through the Big Bike Revival.

He said: “When I first started riding a bike I was a bit scared about crashing, but that’s something I don’t have to worry about now. You learn to overcome your fear.”

Cycling UK’s Real Yellow Jersey recognises that cycling isn’t just about sport; it’s an everyday activity for leisure, transport and health, and part of a solution to many of society’s biggest problems from climate change and air pollution to obesity and mental health issues.  Each ‘jersey knit’ garment took eight hours to complete.

Chris Boardman, policy advisor for British Cycling, added: “The Real Yellow Jersey for the everyday heroes of cycling really shines a light on how cycling can turn lives around, improving health, fitness and wellbeing and I applaud all the recipients for their achievements.”

More than 70% of the UK population admit they never cycle even though the benefits are well-documented. People who cycle regularly in mid-adulthood typically enjoy a level of fitness equivalent to someone ten years younger and their life expectancy is two years above the average.

Meanwhile, the NHS is spending more than £6 billion a year on obesity-related illness; transport accounts for 33% of carbon emissions in the UK and drivers are losing £7.9 billion every year because of traffic congestion. Meanwhile, 57% of car journeys in Great Britain are under five miles, which Cycling UK says could be cycled.

It’s About to Get a Whole Lot Easier to Bike Between Philly and the ’Burbs

The Circuit Trails in Pennsylvania and New Jersey — one of the largest trail networks in the nation — just got a big funding boosts, and nearby cyclists, joggers, and outdoors-lovers will soon reap the benefits.

Just-announced grants totaling $18 million are to be allocated toward the local trail system, and part of that funding is earmarked for a feasibility study of a new trail linking Philly’s Forbidden Drive to the nearby Morris Arboretum. Currently, the only way to get from one to the other via bike or foot is by road: West Northwestern Avenue in Germantown connects Forbidden Drive to the Wissahickon Trail near the arboretum.

Much of the funding will come from the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, which, as part of the county’s 2020 capital budget, approved $10 million in funding for the development of the Circuit Trails network. Another $8 million comes from federal, state, and local grants.

In addition to funding a feasibility study for a trail connecting Forbidden Drive to the Morris Arboretum, the grants will fund several other projects. The Chester Valley Trail in Chester and Montgomery counties will get a four-mile extension that will effectively link Exton to Philadelphia (with the exception of a minor disconnect) via the Valley Forge trails and the Schuylkill Valley trails. This will effectively add 89 miles of continuous trail to the Circuit Trails network, according to The Pottstown Mercury.

Some other changes the funding will allow include:

Three miles of additional trails for the Erdenheim Farm, Cross Country, and Wissahickon trails
An additional .7 miles for the Pennypack Trail
Design plans for a new section of the Schuylkill River Trail between Industrial Highway to Route 422
Design plans for the Trail Junction Center
An advanced feasibility study for a trail connecting Germantown Pike to Joshua Road

To qualify as a Circuit Trail, a trail must be off-road, 10 feet wide or more, multi-purpose, paved, and connected to other Circuit Trails. When completed, the Circuit Trails will make up a 750-mile trail network through the Greater Philadelphia region.

WorldTour kit guide 2020 – Who’s wearing what?

The 2020 season is only weeks from getting under way, and most of the WorldTour squads have had their team presentations, team camps and new season kit reveals.

The peloton will look quite a bit like the 2019 WorldTour, with AG2R La Mondiale, Astana, Bora-Hansgrohe, CCC Team, Team Ineos, UAE Team Emirates and Movistar sticking with very similar designs.

There are a few head-turning looks, with Bahrain McLaren the loudest of the new kits and Lotto Soudal toning things down with quite a bit more black. Team NTT bring back the dark blue and black previously held by Team Sky, while Israel Start-Up Nation’s new look is almost as confusing as their name.

Cofidis have just unveiled their new jerseys, but we’re still awaiting those from Mitchelton-Scott and Groupama-FDJ, and will update this article as they unveil their 2020 designs.

AG2R La Mondiale

Brand: Rosti
Colours: 3
Sponsors: 3
In a nutshell: No change

The French AG2R La Mondiale team stick with the same kit they’ve worn for the past two seasons, made by Italian brand Rosti. That means the much-maligned brown shorts, now surely icons of world cycling, are here to stay and ruffle feathers. The team seem happy to settle on that three-panel design, which lends a fresher, more modern feel than previous efforts.

What we like: Ignoring the haters and sticking with the brown shorts
What we don’t: The brown shorts are, nevertheless, awful.

Astana Pro Team

Brand: Giordana
Colours: 3
Sponsors: 5
In a nutshell: Familiar

To mark 15 years in the pro peloton, Astana unveiled their kit which holds to the usual teal and yellow, the colours of Kazakhstan.

Nearly unchanged from 2019, the kit gets a slightly wider yellow accent band on the lower leg and a sponsor-free yellow arm band.

It’s a clean, easy-to-spot combination of colours that will make the team stand out in the peloton.

What we like: Keeping with the theme, Astana will be easily recognisable
What we don’t: With the exception of Lutsenko, sub-par national champion’s kits

Bahrain McLaren

Brand: Le Col
Colours: 4
Sponsors: 7
In a nutshell: A complete refresh to herald the McLaren era

The Bahrain McLaren team’s new dawn comes with a complete refresh in the kit department. Having worn a predominantly red jersey with shades of gold and blue in their first three seasons, it’s all change as McLaren enter the sport as co-title sponsor.

The red is retained on the left shoulder and sleeve but the main colour is bright orange. Throw in some electric blue on the trim of the sleeves and also the socks and you have an in-your-face design that will surely split opinion.

Having previously been supplied by Sportful, the kit is made by Le Col, a British brand founded by former rider Yanto Barker. They supplied Team Wiggins this season but are now excited about hitting the WorldTour, and have been working with McLaren on perfecting their top-line range.

What we like: That lovely blue on the socks and trim
What we don’t: A little overcrowded by sponsors

Bora-Hansgrohe

Brand: Sportful
Colours: 3
Sponsors: 8
In a nutshell: Only the slightest of tweaks to the green chevron design

In 2018, Bora-Hansgrohe topped the Cyclingnews readers’ ‘best kit’ poll, and the German team are sticking with that same formula for a third season in a row now. With black shorts and a black collar, the bulk of the jersey is devoted to those seafoam green chevrons, which have proved such a hit.

The slight tweak for 2020 sees a little more white introduced to the middle of the jersey, while the number of chevrons of different shades of the green drops from five to thee. Ötztal, a region in the Austrian Alps, has its logo added to the chest and sleeve.

What we like: Those wonderful chevrons
What we don’t: Have ‘Band of brothers’ as a tagline but don’t print it on the jersey

CCC team

Brand: Etxeondo
Colours: 3
Sponsors: 6
In a nutshell: ORANGE

CCC Team keeps their signature orange and white jersey with a short fade to black at the bottom to transition into the all black and white shorts.

Greg Van Avermaet gets gold arm bands as Olympic champion and a gold helmet while the rest of the squad sport band-free arms and orange helmets.

More orange than Bahrain McClaren, CCC Team will be easy to pick out in a crowd.

What we like: Simple, clean design
What we don’t: The last in the era of the colour fade it’s time to shrink this element to zero.

Cofidis

Brand: Nalini
Colours: 4
Sponsors: 4
In a nutshell: A return to a little more red, but no huge changes for the French team

You have to look hard to spot the differences in the Cofidis kit between 2019 and 2020, but they’re there.

The French squad has made the step back up to WorldTour level after 10 years as a Pro Continental team, and they’ve made a big signing to mark the occasion in European road race champion Elia Viviani.

And while the Italian will be wearing his white, blue and yellow champion’s jersey for at least the first half of the 2020 season, his teammates will sport a return to a more red design versus last year’s jersey, with much more red on the shoulders, the ‘Cofidis’ name in black, rather than red, and shorts that lose the oh-so-2019 red-to-black fade in favour of a bolder red design with black bands.

What we like: A consistent design that leaves you in no doubt which team this is
What we don’t: The gaudy red-and-yellow colour combo doesn’t exactly invite replica-kit buyers. How many non-pro riders have you ever seen sporting their kit? That may well not worry the team too much; it certainly stands out in today’s pro peloton

Deceuninck-QuickStep

Brand: Vermarc
Colours: 4
Sponsors: 9
In a nutshell: Are those braces?

Deceuninck-Quickstep tinkered with their usual blue and white kit made by Vermarc, adding a lot more white to the jersey with a sweeping band of blue at the waist that is purported to be the ‘Wolfpack’ ears… okaaaaay.

Cluttered with logos, the design gets a splash of yellow for sponsor Lidl and a touch of red thanks to Quickstep and Specialized.

While the number of sponsor logos hasn’t gone up, the block of white makes the jersey look far more cluttered than last year’s.

What we like: The colour scheme is still recognisable as QuickStep
What we don’t: The entire redesign is just off

EF Education First

Brand: Rapha
Colours: 4
Sponsors: 4
In a nutshell: Bright pink number tuns even more psychedelic

The Slipstream set-up raised eyebrows last year when they unveiled a bright pink design with new sponsor EF Education First, with shades of blue in a daring tie-dye effect. The colours remain the same and, even though the tie-dye is no more, the psychedelic effect is retained by a series of wavy blue lines. The kit is made by British company Rapha, who not only supply the gear but also make videos about EF’s adventures on the so-called ‘alternative calendar’.

What we like: The pink works wonders with the navy shorts and warmers
What we don’t: The wavy blue lines are a little sickly

Groupama-FDJ

As yet unrevealed
Team Ineos

Brand: Castelli
Colours: 3
Sponsors: 3
In a nutshell: Exactly the same as this year

No change whatsoever for the British Team Ineos, who describe the move as “a thank you to our fans”.

This kit is only seven months old, part of the rebrand as Sky made way and Ineos stepped in. The primary colour has always been black – with the exception of a season in white in 2018 – but now the secondary colour is crimson rather than sky blue. Italian brand Castelli makes the kit for the fourth year in a row.

What we like: Sticking with it when even the slightest changes generate publicity
What we don’t: Saying it’s ‘for the fans’

Israel Start-Up Nation

Brand: Katusha
Colours: 3
Sponsors: 10
In a nutshell: A new look for the WorldTour era

The Israel Cycling Academy become Israel Start-Up Nation in 2020, as they make the step up to the WorldTour. Their ticket to the top tier came in the form of Katusha-Alpecin’s WorldTour licence, and a trace of the takeover is left in the form of Katusha supplying the kit.

The same white and light blue colourway is used on the jersey but, whereas it was previously blue with a diagonal flash of white, it’s now white with a strip of blue across. The shorts are still black but have been splashed with colour and logos.

What we like: Struggling
What we don’t: Over-sponsored and those shorts are an abomination

Jumbo-Visma

Jumbo-Visma added a little bit more movement to their bumblebee colour scheme, adding a diagonal black block behind the main sponsor logo on the chest and distinctive black shoulder patches on the back of the jersey.

The only downside is they pack a lot of small logos on the upper chest, somewhat interfering with what could be a clean and appealing design.

The overall effect is good in a group, and with so many team leaders for the Grand Tours with the addition of Tom Dumoulin, we fully expect to see them amass at the front of the peloton.

What we like: The black background for Jumbo and Visma adds a spark
What we don’t: Too many small sponsor logos on the top of the jersey

Lotto Soudal

Brand: Vermarc
Colours: 3
Sponsors: 9
In a nutshell: Less white, more black and red

Lotto Soudal balance out their kit with a black block on the upper chest and arms that creates a more cohesive overall look than in 2019. The sponsor logos are positioned very much the same so the feel is familiar.

In addition to the black upper, the belly of the jersey gets a splash of red, tying the jersey in with the shorts, which are mostly black with Lotto on the side panel and the Belgian flag emblem.

What we like: The black on the jersey balances out the black shorts
What we don’t like: We don’t think it will stand out in the peloton

Mitchelton-Scott

As yet unrevealed
Movistar

Brand: Alé
Colours: 3
Sponsors:
In a nutshell: New supplier, same colours

Movistar have announced a new kit partnership with Italian brand Alé, after several years with Endura, who said they’re pulling out because UCI rules were holding them back.

The full kit was launched at the team presentation on December 19 after a sneak peak and the colours are the same as this year, with a bight sky blue jersey and navy shorts.

The colour is in a fascinating waffle pattern that gives the effect of a slight fade at the bottom. It’s not as vibrant as 2019.

What we like: Those colours are great
What we don’t: The overall look isn’t quite as put together as 2019

Team NTT

Brand: Assos
Colours: 3
Sponsors: 6
In a nutshell: South African team goes blue for new sponsor

From the team that brought you the ice hockey referee jersey comes a new blue and black design to reflect the corporate colours of new title sponsor NTT. Formerly known as Dimension Data, the team’s jersey has been predominantly white but this is a major shift as Dimension Data is fully acquired by the Japanese NTT firm.

The jersey, made by Swiss brand Assos, is royal blue and fades to black, with the NTT logo prominent in white on the torso. The front is pretty clean but the rear is more busy, with the arms at the bottom representing the Qhubeka charity.

What we like: The blue and white, but does it go with the black?
What we don’t: Qhubeka arms will be hidden behind race numbers

Team Sunweb

Brand: Craft
Colours: 3
Sponsors: 7
In a nutshell: Same as this year but with big é’s and no fade

Team Sunweb usher in the post-Dumoulin era with a very similar offering to this year. The move to red – from white and black – was a big change for 2019, so Iwan Spekenbrink’s team are understandably sticking with the design.

There are, however, a couple of tweaks. Firstly the fade to black at the bottom of the jersey, which seemed to wind people up to a bizarre degree, is gone. Secondly, bike supplier Cervélo have taken the shoulder slots so we have those big é’s – the ones from Cervélo test team, Garmin, Dimension Data, and Cervélo-Bigla – once again. On a more minor note, BinckBank have replaced Samsung on the trim of the shorts.

The kit is made by Swedish brand Craft, who took over from Exteondo for 2019, and sees the continuation of the two large vertical stripes that are said to represent the team’s ‘keep challenging’ motto.

What we like: Thrilled to see Cervélo’s big shoulder é’s back in the WorldTour
What we don’t: The ‘keep challenging’ stripes, if only because it reminds us of that terrible motto

Trek-Segafredo

Brand: Santini
Colours: 3
Sponsors: 6
In a nutshell: In with the navy

White, red, and black have been Trek-Segafredo’s colours for many a year, but 2020 will see the introduction of some blue. The kits are still different, but the men’s jersey borrows from the existing women’s jersey in the form of navy blue. That’s the colour of the shorts and jersey sleeves, while the torso is white with a thick red stripe across the chest.

What we like: Made sustainably using eco-friendly materials
What we don’t: Splunk

UAE Team Emirates

Brand: Champion Systems
Colours: 5
Sponsors: 7
In a nutshell: Similar to 2019, with Whoosh replacing Emaar

UAE Team Emirates keeps their jersey largely the same for 2020, with the exception of a sponsor swap at the bottom of the jersey where Emaar is replaced by “Whoosh”.

The team unveiled their new look on Christmas Eve with a video-only press release, so it’s difficult to say what the entire kit will look like.

What we like: Consistency is key
What we don’t: There doesn’t seem to be an element that will stand out from helicopter shots

Former homeless addict who became bike mechanic receives ‘Real Yellow Jersey’ from Cycling UK

Ten jerseys, hand-knitted in Tour de France yellow, have been presented to people who’ve used cycling to change their lives and the lives of others.

Martin Williams from Birmingham was homeless, living on the streets, taking drugs and suffering from anxiety and depression before he was put in touch with the Big Bike Revival group, New Roots.

Cycling UK’s Big Bike Revival scheme (link is external) aims to help people overcome the barriers stopping them from cycling – whether lack of skills, financial hardship, disability, cultural background or health issues.

Williams was sectioned in 2017 following a suicide bid, but over the last year he has learned cycle mechanics skills and now teaches others. He is in accommodation and has been clean for the past 18 months.

He volunteers at New Roots five days a week and says he feels like he now has purpose, motivation, and a positive outlook for his future.

“Cycling has transformed my life, really helping my mental health, but this yellow jersey is the icing on the cake,” he said. “I’ve never won anything before.”

While the yellow jersey is worn by the leader of the Tour de France, Cycling UK’s Real Yellow Jersey recognises that cycling isn’t just about sport; it’s an everyday activity for leisure, transport and health, and part of a solution to many of society’s biggest problems from climate change and air pollution to obesity and mental health issues.

“The Real Yellow Jersey for the everyday heroes of cycling really shines a light on how cycling can turn lives around, improving health, fitness and wellbeing and I applaud all the recipients for their achievements,” said Chris Boardman, who wore the Tour’s yellow jersey on three occasions.

Jenny Box, Cycling UK’s Head of Behaviour Change in England, added: “We wanted to celebrate all those amazing people across the country who are getting back on their bikes, changing their lives and helping others to do the same.

“They’re the real heroes of cycling whose skills, commitment and personal journeys are helping the nation reap the benefits of two wheels.

“The Real Yellow Jersey is also a symbol of everything that’s to be celebrated about everyday cycling and an encouragement for more people to get in the saddle.”

Joy Anibaba from Olton in the West Midlands was another recipient of a Real Yellow Jersey. She learned to ride at 50 and joined a Big Bike Revival cycling group two years ago. Since then she has become the club secretary and a ride leader and has been a key figure in the growth of the group, inspiring scores of others.

Ten-year-old Declan Nangle from Kidderminster didn’t think he’d ever be able to ride a bike because he suffers from dyspraxia, a developmental coordination disorder that makes coordination and balance difficult. This summer, thanks to the Big Bike Revival, he’s learned how to ride and is now cycling every weekend. He’s even going on a cycling holiday.

Joan Reynolds from Walsall recently returned to cycling after a break of 65 years.  Now in her mid-80s, she decided that she needed a challenge and so took part in a Cycling UK Big Bike Revival event. Following one-to-one tuition and advice on which bike to choose, she is now a regular cyclist.

Janet Baird and her twin sister Margaret, from Harrogate, began cycling when they were 11, but after 40 years riding together Margaret sadly died in 2004. Janet couldn’t even look at her bike for years but thanks to the Big Bike Revival she is back in the saddle and full of renewed enthusiasm. She’s now encouraging her friends to get on their bikes and campaigns for more cycle routes in her local area.

When Caitlin Bartlett began cycling, she found many cycling spaces and bike shops intimidating. She felt like she had to pretend to know more than she did to avoid being patronised. Caitlin then found the Big Bike Revival group Beryl’s Night and is now a qualified mechanic working at a community organisation that teaches women and trans people about cycle maintenance.

50-year-old Linda Rackham from Norwich stopped cycling when she learnt to drive at the age of 19. Thirty years on and diagnosed with type II diabetes, she was looking for an exercise that suited her. Remembering the joy of cycling from her younger years she went along to a Big Bike Revival event to regain her lost confidence. She’s now cycling over 100 miles a month and has encouraged her partner and friends to join her.

Judith Swaffield from Southampton was looking for new experiences to cope with the grief of losing her mother. She joined a Big Bike Revival group which helped her to explore the local parks at a comfortable pace and she was able to find joy and happiness again with the support and friendship of the group.

Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in her mid-30s, Rebecca from Bradford worried her cycling days were numbered. Thanks to a new bicycle and renewed confidence she hopes to continue riding for years to come.

Farzana Khan, from Bradford, Yorkshire, was not able to ride a bike but was determined that she and her children should learn so they could enjoy going out cycling together as a family. With the help and support of a Big Bike Revival group Farzana and her children have learned how to ride.

Nationals Bike: Katie Clouse’s Triple Lakewood Title Cannondale SuperX

When it comes to National Championships, there are few who can claim as much success as Katie Clouse. After her successful week in Lakewood, the 18-year-old has 31 National titles to her name and shows no sign of slowing down.

After claiming the Collegiate Varsity individual title and contributing to Colorado Mesa’s win in the Collegiate Team Omnium on Friday, she went out hot from the start in the U23 Women’s race on Sunday to take her third title of the week.

Clouse spent several years on the Alpha Bicycle-Groove Subaru development team before joining the Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com program before the start of the season. We caught up with Clouse to take a look at the new wheels she rolled to three more Stars-and-Stripes Jerseys in Lakewood.

Katie Clouse’s U23 Title Winning Cannondale SuperX

Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com rides the SuperX, Cannondale’s marque cyclocross frameset, with components from SRAM and subsidiary Zipp.

As one might expect with a successful cyclocross program, we have seen a few team SuperXes this season. We profiled Curtis White’s bike after his Day 2 win at the Rochester Cyclocross weekend, and we looked at Stephen Hyde’s then-national-champ SuperX before Nationals.

Last season, Clouse was on the Moots Psychlo-X, which we profiled after her win in the Junior Women 17-18 race at Louisville Nationals.

In previous years, Stu Thorne’s team stuck with the mechanical Force 1 groupset, but this year, riders moved to SRAM Red eTap AXS. Close ran a 1x drivetrain with a 38t X-Sync 2 chain ring mounted to the SRAM Red 1 crankset.

In the back, the Red eTap AXS derailleur shifted over her Force AXS 10-33t cassette. Earlier this year, we learned the team is running the 10-33t cassette and switching front chain rings based on conditions.

While the team uses 1x AXS drivetrains, that does not mean the SuperX wastes its front derailleur mount. The team equipped Clouse’s bike with a 3D-printed chain keeper that mounted to the frame’s braze-on. The team did not have the chain keepers when we saw White’s bike earlier this season.

Clouse ran the team Zipp 303 Firecrest carbon tubulars in Lakewood. She mounted 140mm 6-bolt SRAM Centerline rotors to help with her braking.

The 2019/20 season marks the second with Vittoria serving as the team tire sponsor. Clouse opted for the Vittoria Terreno Wet mud tire for the conditions in Lakewood.

Zipp also provides cockpit components. Clouse used an aluminum Service Course SL stem and handlebar, wrapped in Zipp Service Course tape. Her seatpost was a carbon Service Course SL topped with a carbon-rail Fabric Scoop saddle.

The Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com team does not have a pedal sponsor and instead allows each rider to select their own. Clouse chose top-shelf Shimano XTR M9100 SPDs.

Clouse is now over in Europe for Christmas racing in Belgium. Clouse suffered a dislocated shoulder at World Cup Namur on Sunday; we wish her a speedy recovery and return to racing for the U23 National Champion and her SuperX.

For a closer look at Clouse’s bike, see the photo gallery and specs below.

Gear of the year: our favourite cycling tech from 2019

It really has been a stellar year as far as new bikes, gear and kit are concerned with some amazing products and developments sprouting forth from the world’s most revered brands.

While we saw some crazy concepts – the CeramicSpeed Driven concept yet again wooed the masses – we made an effort to get our hands on as many products as possible to establish which truly are the best in a bid to offer Cyclingnews’ readers best-in-class cycling buying advice.

Eurobike showcased some impressive tech highlights but throughout the year, only a few truly stood out as game-changing items. We narrowed down our search by carefully and methodically sifting through all the marketing hype and ensured we field-tested each product. That said, it’s fair to say that all the items listed here have become our go-to choices when we head out of the door as well as represent products we’d personally buy ourselves.

We’ve also pulled out some of the key features of each product, photographed them beautifully and ensured we’ve found the best prices so that you too can get in on the action. Enjoy.
Our gear of the year

Cannondale SuperSix EVO Dura-Ace Disc

The new Cannondale SuperSix EVO is fast but also impressively compliant. It’s the benchmark for lightweight road bike perfromance

Brakes: Rim and Disc | Frame: Carbon | Type: Race | Sizes: 47-62cm
Sharp handling
Aero and comfort gains
Power meter requires a fee to unlock

On the surface, it’s difficult to spot any similarities between the new SuperSix and its forebear. Save for a couple of monikers and decals, they couldn’t be further apart. Despite the generic facade, however – something it shares with all of its rivals – the new SuperSix looks fast even when standing still.

It’s only once you’ve pedalled it and taken it through its paces do the similarities with its predecessor come to the fore. It’s an agile machine; stiff and fast. Like version two, it climbs well, corners with confidence and is perceptive to directional changes, instilling in the rider assurance as well as sending dollops of feedback through the tyres, saddle and bars.

The new Cannondale SuperSix EVO is fast. Undeniably so but it’s also impressively compliant. It’s starting to feel more and more like the SuperSix EVO it replaces every time we ride it, which is a lot.

Roval Terra CLX wheels

An incredibly light wheelset designed to transition effortlessly between tarmac and gravel roads

Brake: Disc | Material: Carbon | Tyre format: Tubeless and clincher (28-42mm) | Rim width (internal): 25mm
Beautifully designed wheels
Stiff and incredibly light
Compatible with tyre sizes ranging from 28-42mm (frame-clearance dependent)
Glossy decals prone to surface scratches

Roval Components, a subsidiary of Specialized, has gone all out on its new Terra wheel portfolio, pitching them squarely at the ever-growing gravel market. The range comprises a brace of options – the Terra CLX and CLX Evo – designed to cater for both speed merchants and gnar lovers of dirt-road riding, with the CLX Evo coming in both 700c and 650b guises.

Not only are they achingly beautiful, but they’re also incredibly well rounded and can be manipulated to dismiss anything you throw at them through tyre pressure experimentation, be it tarmac, gravel or even singletrack. As an all-round option, nothing we’ve tested thus far comes close to the value and versatility they provide in spades.

The Roval Terra CLXs, then, are neither a gravel- nor road-wheel-specific wheel option. Instead, they combine lightweight performance with an ultra-stiff chassis for use across every imaginable discipline. As a wheelset upgrade, the Terra CLX offer speed, cornering precision and a tailorable ride quality that will not just make you faster but improve the way you ride, especially on unpredictable surfaces like gravel.

POC Aspire Solar Switch sunglasses

Carl Zeiss-fettled lens and Solar Switch tech make for one serious set of sunnies

Lens type: Nylon lens by Carl Zeiss Vision, Solar Switch sensor | UV protection: Yes | Frame type: Half frame | Weight: 40g

Carl Zeiss lens
Solar Switch sensor
Exquisite design and fit
Lens needs care as it’s prone to scratches

POC’s Aspire cycling sunglasses represent the brands move into a more premium and performance-focused space with an elegant colour palette comprising white, yellow, black and even tortoiseshell frame options.

The one-piece Clarity lens, developed in collaboration with Carl Zeiss Vision, provides enhanced contrast and colour definition across the spectrum. While the lens is decently sized, it doesn’t offer much of a wrap-around effect which limits peripheral vision to a certain extent.

What it does possess in spades, however, are superior ergonomic qualities – particularly when it comes to fit and comfort thanks to the sizeable nose piece and flexibility of the Grilamid frame and arms.

This particular pair – the Aspire Solar Switch – were unveiled at EuroBike 2019 and utilise an electrochromic LCD lens that can change its tint instantly and automatically, regardless of the lighting conditions. The price? A cool £340. The regular Aspire shades are a worthy alternative should you not secure a set of Solar Switch shades.

Favero Assioma Duo power pedals

Accurate, affordable and incredibly light. What’s not to like?

Weight: 296g (actual) | Battery life: 50+ hours | Battery type: Rechargeable | Measurement: Dual-sided | Type: Pedal

Weight
Price
Accuracy
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Favero Electronics may be a newcomer to the power-meter realm but the Italian manufacturer has taken the fight to PowerTap and Garmin by offering a lighter, cheaper and more accurate power pedal – the Assioma. In fact, they weigh just 148g per pedal, which is significantly less than the Garmin Vectors and PowerTap P2s (216g per pedal).

It’s a tidy-looking package – all the sensors and strain gauges are located in a housing next to the pedal body, which measures directly at each axle. Not only does this neat little design cue ensure the Assiomas look like an ordinary pedal and not as chunky and bulky as its rivals, but it also keeps the electronics from getting damaged by falls or impacts, meaning it’s easier to maintain down the line. They’re also IP67 certified.

Unlike other power meters that harvest data based on the angular velocity of the crank arm through each rotation, the Assioma uses an instantaneous angular velocity (IAV) measuring technique thanks to an on-board gyroscopic sensor. According to Favero, the IAV way of harvesting data is class-leading, with accuracy to a maximum deviation of only one per cent.

Assos Equipe RS Aero jersey

The story of how Assos’s founder, Toni Maier, discovered more than 40 years ago that Lycra was faster in the wind tunnel than both wool and naked skin (that’s another story) is well known.

So it’s surprising that Assos does not claim any wind-tunnel testing for the RS Aero jersey particularly when its competitors and fellow WorldTour team sponsors Rapha and Endura, brands which also sponsor WorldTour teams, lead their marketing with theirs.

OK, so you don’t need a wind tunnel to tell you that tighter is faster, and the Assos Equipe RS Aero uses the Swiss brand’s new aeroFit, which it says is its trimmest, most speed focused cut. As with Assos garments past and present, this jersey is designed to fit best when in the bike position, so although the front may seem short and the shoulders appear to pull when standing up, everything feels right once tucked over the bars. Obviously it depends on your body shape but I’ve generally found Assos jerseys to fit better than most brands and to look flattering at the same time – not always easy – and the Equipe RS Aero is no different.

Some aero jerseys have gone further down the half-skinsuit route than Assos’s, with pockets so small they’re almost redundant in order to save a few watts, but it’s good to see the Equipe RS Aero has three rear pockets of normal road jersey proportions with internal textile ‘lids’ to ensure nothing jumps. These are relatively high and well supported and don’t suffer from the dreaded pocket sag, even though the jersey back is made from an extremely light mesh-like fabric. (Assos claims UPF30 protection for this.)

It helps that the pockets themselves are made from an almost compressive stretchy warp knit textile that Assos calls Push Pull – the same fabric as the sleeves – with a vertical reflective strip bonded to the middle one.

The front is made from yet another fabric – a textured knit with 3D pattern of tiny cells that Assos says has been developed with breathability and moisture transfer in mind, and that tops out with a yoke skinsuit-style collar.

Finally, the Assos Equipe RS Aero is incredibly light at 128g for the size medium – so light you can hardly tell you’re wearing it.

Textiles is, after all, Assos’s forte and the performance of the Assos Equipe RS Aero jersey in the very hot weather this July can’t be faulted. It looks great, it feels great and it just all works great. You know the zip will work with one hand if you need it to. It has the premium look and feel that we’ve come to expect of Assos – which is even more impressive considering these days the top aero jerseys from Rapha, Endura and Gore are more expensive than this one, which is Assos’s range topper.

My only niggle – I’m not that bothered about lack of wind tunnel data – is that the reflective strip on the middle rear pocket started to peel after only one wash cycle, but not enough that it can be peeled off completely (yet) so currently looks just a bit scruffy. Having visited Assos HQ at San Pietro di Stabio a few years back and seen the ‘laundry room’ where Assos prototypes are subjected to sustained abuse by washing machine to find out how colourfast their dyes are, whether they shrink or bag, how many rub cycles they can withstand before the material bobbles, abrades or disintegrates and various other destruction tests, I have to say it’s not what I expected.

However this is just a small thing in what is otherwise a great jersey and is not in my opinion a deal breaker, especially considering the Assos Equipe RS Aero is priced lower than the top aero jerseys from Assos’s competitors.

Best men’s long sleeve cycling jerseys for winter

When morning temperatures start dropping in autumn, you know it’s time equip yourself with a decent jersey for those colder rides to come – enter the long sleeved jersey.

Cycling jerseys can be used as base layers in mid-winter with a windproof or waterproof layer worn over the top. ln milder conditions they can be worn on their own or over the top of a thin next-to-skin base layer. This makes them a very versatile wardrobe essential that’ll get lots of use.
Materials

Long sleeve jerseys will, by their very nature, be used in cooler riding conditions. Therefore, their material will often be thicker and have better thermal properties than their summer counterparts, whilst still maintaining good breathability and wicking properties. Most summer jerseys are made from polyester, whereas you start seeing merino wool being used frequently as well as fleecy type fabrics.
Windproofing

Windproofing is a key element to consider for the colder cycling seasons. Windproof jerseys will often only feature these panels on the front and arms, with the back panels likely a non-windproof breathable and stretchier material. An added benefit of windproof fabrics is their ability to double as a water resistant element (and possible DWR, a water repellent coating) meaning you’ll stay dry from a light shower or road spray.
Fit

Some jerseys are designed to be worn next to skin and be more body hugging, where others are cut to afford more room for layering underneath, as well as being a more relaxed and comfortable fit for long rides.
Additional Features

Given colder rides often go hand in hand with low light conditions, additional reflective patches are a handy safety feature. Also, pockets are wise for storing a bank card, your phone, and stashing other layers should conditions change. Most winter jerseys will also feature an elasticated and/or silicon strip around the hem to ensure they stay in place.

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Cafe Du Cycliste Irma Merino Audax Jersey

This high performance high quality jacket is ideal for longer rides in cool to moderate temperatures, and also for the more style conscious – it’s superb looking.

The front section has a 3-D textured knit quality so it feels super luxe, and this also sets it apart from more ‘technical’ fabric style of jersey which makes a refreshing change. But don’t be deceived by its looks as it is very capable – made from a merino blend fabric, it’s great at regulating temperature and is also fast wicking, quick drying and is odour resistant.

The stretchy back and arm panels ensures a nice comfy stretchy fit, and the three pockets to the rear, extra zip pocket and a larger expandable mesh pocket, mean you can stash all you need for a long day in the saddle. It’s a snugger fit, so just worn with a thin sleeveless base layer will suffice if it’s cold.

Rapha Pro Team Long Sleeve Thermal Jersey

Rapha make some of the best cycling gear on the market and this jersey, designed for winter training, is a super comfy, great fitting and capable piece of kit. Made from a high-stretch and breathable fabric, you get the insulating qualities you need for cold conditions, and all in a nice tight (yet not constrictive) fit so it won’t  flap in the wind. Needless to say the build quality and attention to detail is second to none – three pockets (plus zippered one to the rear which includes headphone port and loops to keep the wire in place), elasticated hem with silicone gripper, long arms, and for colder weather or windy conditions, you’ll likely need to pair up with a base layer or windstopper gilet. Also available in blue.

Assos Mille GT Spring Fall LS Jersey

This Swiss brand turn out exceptional quality gear, and this piece is ideal for training rides out on those chillier mornings. Highly breathable and fast drying, it features a stretchy and slightly more insulating fabric on the front panel and arms, and the back section is a slightly lighter and more breathable fabric to help avoid that sweaty back. The fit is comfortable – a nice cut and stretchy technical fabric – and it features good practical triple pockets on the back including some reflective features – for Assos, this is keenly priced and you’re getting a lot of product for a relatively fair price.

POC Essential Road Windproof Jersey

This light softshell jersey is windproof and ideal to use in variable conditions. Layered with a thermal base you’re set for cold winter rides, or paired with a thin vest base layer you’re good for spring and autumn, so it can be worn across a multitude of conditions, weathers and temperatures.

Constructed with a windproof membrane and DWR coating (offering light water repellency) on the front, arms and shoulder panels, the cold air will be kept out allowing you to keep warm. But this is paired with a lightweight stretchier fabric on the back offering a comfy and more relaxed fit too. Three rear pockets and a mobile phone pocket, construction and materials are superb and you’ll get lots of service from this.

Ashmei Men’s LS Classic Jersey

Ashmei is one of Britain’s most premium cycling apparel makers, and this smart looking and super comfortable jersey is their mid weight cross season option. Made from a super premium merino wool blend, it’s super breathable and fast wicking. It’s certainly a more lightweight jersey option – for those chiller days, you would definitely layer it – perhaps it would become your mid layer, or even baselayer – making it a really versatile option that could be used in Autumn/Spring weather, as well as deep winter. This is a more luxury end option that feels great, and has an excellent stretchy fit.

dhb Blok Long Sleeve Jersey

If you’re on a tighter budget, this is vibrant jersey is a fantastic option. Constructed from a lightly fleece feel fabric, it’s nice feeling on the skin and well suited to long days in the saddle. The polyester fabric is breathable, has fast wicking to give good sweat dissipation and great thermal qualities. It also has all the other features you’d want, including 3 pockets to the rear, elasticated silicone gripper on the hem, waterproof YKK zip and reflective detail on the back.

Morvelo Blaze Thermoactive Jersey

This British based cycling apparel brand produce some head turning gear, and none more so than this loud number. The thermoactive is a very versatile layer featuring closed cuffs and close fitting arms – it offers a perfect level of warmth, and layered with a vest underneath you’ll be good for most cold rides, wear a waterproof  jacket over the top in fowl conditions and you’ll be just fine too.

This cycling jersey also features a nice high collar, and is made from 100% Italian polyester offering a nice amount of stretch. Neat triple pocket set up (and additional 4th zip pocket), silicone gripper on the hem, and reflective detailing – a lot of product for your money.

Endura FS260 Pro Jetstream Long Sleeve Jersey

A great value option, this durable and no nonsense jersey has windproof front and arm panels, and the inner features a fleece finish on the back and sides – a great combination to keep you warm on colder days. It features a higher collar, three rear pockets, reflective detailing – this is an ideal companion if you’re looking for daily commute option to withstand the rigours or regular daily riding.

If you’re looking for a good daily and durable commuter jersey, the Endura is a great option. Despite it’s high price, our top pick is the Cafe Du Cycliste – technically capable, top quality fabrics, second to none build quality, great fit and looks super stylish.

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