Good Omens

It’s fair to say that Team Jumbo Visma are a team who struggle with luck at the best of times. After a week and a bit replete with mishaps at the 105th Giro d’Italia, a dismal outcome for the Dutch team was widely predicted. Jumbo Visma are the living embodiment of a rollercoaster ride. ToContinue reading “Good Omens”

The 12 Best Riders who DIDN’T win a Spring Classic

It’s hard to believe that spring Classics season is already at an end. It seems mere moments ago that we were counting down to Omloop, impatient for the season ‘proper’ to begin, and yet here we are, already looking back on a monumental couple of months of racing, and beginning a new countdown, as grandContinue reading “The 12 Best Riders who DIDN’T win a Spring Classic”

The Big Review: Feb-Mar 22

It’s almost impossible to imagine that for the casual viewer of cycling, the season has barely begun. We’re still over a month out from our first Grand Tour, and with only one Monument under our belts (two by the time of publication), it might seem as if not a whole lot has happened yet. IContinue reading “The Big Review: Feb-Mar 22”

For the Love of Bees: on Team Jumbo-Visma, risk, and – sometimes – glory

In August 2021, Primož Roglič did something that many bike racers like to do on occasion: he launched an attack. Heading up the cat 2 Puerto de Almáchar climb, deep in the Andalusian Hills of southern Spain, Roglič stood out of his seat and launched off the front of the peloton in search of moreContinue reading “For the Love of Bees: on Team Jumbo-Visma, risk, and – sometimes – glory”

Week-Long Stage Races: Goldilocks Bike Racing

Think back through some of the highlights of the 2021 cycling season and you’ll inevitably find yourself focusing on classic one day races such as the Monuments or World Championships and their all-or-nothing full-gas bids for glory; or at the other end of the spectrum, the three Grand Tours and their endless array of nuance,Continue reading “Week-Long Stage Races: Goldilocks Bike Racing”

AJ Bell Tour of Britain: The Second Half

As my summation of the first four stages of the AJ Bell Tour of Britain consisted, quite predictably, of race reports, it might come as something of a surprise to read the second half, which sadly, will consist of relatively little in the way of cold, hard facts. There are reasons for this which willContinue reading “AJ Bell Tour of Britain: The Second Half”

La Vuelta a Espana: Rest Day Reflections 1

The Vuelta is like a sigh of relief. After the pressure cooker of the Tour de France, with its whirlwind of sponsors; its media circus; its prestige; the Vuelta feels like a letting go. Languid, sultry days traversing the dry Spanish landscape, with its rocky outcrops and deserted plains; there’s a hipster vibe to itContinue reading “La Vuelta a Espana: Rest Day Reflections 1”

The Giro, George and Me

It’s been a week since the 104th Giro d’Italia concluded yet its after-image lingers on. I, like many other devoted cycling fans, am trying to readjust to life no longer revolving around five hours of dramatic racing every day for three weeks solid. Even the quiet days had their own unique way of working intoContinue reading “The Giro, George and Me”