POC is a Swedish company with a mission to save lives and to reduce the consequences of accidents for gravity sports athletes and cyclists. They also aim to develop power saving, aerodynamically efficient cycling products.
The Birzman Ezy Grip comprises a chrome CNC machined Birzman CO2 regulator, a 16g CO2 cartridge, and a silicon insulator to protect your hand as the cartridge freezes during decanting. It’s both presta and schrader stem compatible and will inflate a typical 700c road tyre to 120psi and a 26” mountain bike tyre to 30psi.
Giessegi, one time sponsors of Acqua Sapone are celebrating their 30th anniversary and they have some new gear to celebrate in. Their new jersey uses a fabric made with what they call bioceramic which is said to aid various aspects of circulation and reduce fatigue and inflammation. The jersey has reflective highlights and four pockets, one of which is waterproof and has an Mp3 cable hole.
So, you fancy a European cycling vacation. You’ve heard that Tuscany and the Dolomites in Italy are stunning, the French Alps challenging, the Rheine and Mosel Rivers in Germany gorgeous, the Loire and Burgundy Regions in France beautiful. Well, in all of these impressions you would be right. But what about Spain? Roger Cull journeys to set the record straight about cycling in Europe’s fifth largest, but one of its lesser visited and probably lesser understood cycling destinations.
Any punter of the peloton serious about the power of the pedal has sacrificed personal glory and comfort for the greater good at some point in time. There are very few amongst true lovers of lycra who have not crunched the cranks for cancer research or sat down with the bunch to seriously consider riding mono-cycles across the Simpson Desert to raise money for some young tacker with Tourette’s from Tumbarumba who plays the harmonica and wants nothing more than to enter the ‘effing’ busker’s competition at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
People are now more likely to consume caffeine on a daily basis than fruit, and it has been suggested that four out of every five people in western cultures consume caffeine every day. In this recently released book Louise Burke, head of nutrition at the Australian Institute of Sport, outlines that in Australia today, this consumption is mainly in the form of coffee.
The annual World Championships of bicycle road racing visited beautiful Florence, Tuscany in 2013. The region is full of natural and architectural beauty and is considered the heartland of Italian cycling. A landscape of warm sun, rolling hills, and cypress trees combine to make the rainbow band of the World Champion.
Chamois Cream: Assos have branched out into a range of creams and lotions to complement their bike related clothing line. Their chamois cream is a logical extension to their knicks which are famous for their chamois’. The cream is suitable for all types of chamois' to prevent bacterial and fungal infections and saddle sores. It's said to increase chamois life and reduce chafing and friction.
With much attention paid to what we should be eating for recovery or in preparation for a big ride, daily meals such as breakfast and lunch can fall by the wayside. While preparation and recovery meals are a crucial component of any cyclist’s nutrition program, if you train in the afternoon or are committed to more than an hour of intense training each day, ensuring that your three to five key meals are nutritionally balanced gives the foundation to a strong nutrition platform.
We all know riders who relish it when the road begins to tilt skyward. They may not necessarily be built like whippets, and in some cases they may not even be that great at climbing, but they seem to enjoy it nonetheless. Wouldn’t that be nice – to surge forward with anticipation when a brutal climb lurks around the next bend instead of clinging desperately to the bars and praying that it won’t last forever?