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Top 10 Climbs: Stelvio Region

The area around Bormio, nestled in the Italian Alps, is one of the most famous cycling regions in the world. Home to the Gavia, Stelvio & more, this part of northern Lombardy regularly hosts the Giro and is one of THE places to come for a long weekend of classic climbs. A lot of people […]

Top 10 Climbs Of The Spring Classics

After a winter spend wondering if the endless Ski Jumping justified your Eurosport subscription, the cycling season returns to Europe with a bang in late February. For many, the Spring classics are the highlight of the year offering both epic drama in the pro races and unique challenges for the Sportive rider. The bergs of […]

The 19 Best European Sportives Of 2019

The sportive calendar has evolved quickly in recent years. Not long ago the only pro race that had a major sportive was the Tour of Flanders & the Tour de France. Now, every one day classic has an accompanying sportive which is a big part of the pro race weekend. All the legendary climbs have […]

Riding The Tour Of Flanders Sportive

Our trip to ride Flanders has been planned for some time. Looking for accommodation we booked through Sportive Breaks and got ourselves sorted: 3 nights based in Kortrijk and registrations for the ride. We decided to do the medium course, simply because it’s a loop in an out of Oudenaarde. The only extra thing we […]

Riding The Paris Roubaix Sportive

Having worked two seasons as a bike guide in Greece, I classed myself as a fairly confident cyclist despite my non-existent cobble riding experience. So, when the opportunity of riding Paris-Roubaix presented itself, after what seemed like a never ending non-bike riding snowy UK winter, the prospect of getting back in the saddle was just too good […]

Riding The Cobbles – Advice For You & Your Bike

The most feared and challenging terrain in cycling is cobbles. These can come in all shapes and sizes from the smoother, car flattened stones of Gent Wevelgem to the rough, steep bergs of Tour of Flanders all the way to the brutal pave of Roubaix. Most riders will get very little experience of cycling cobbles […]

Riding All 5 Cycling Monuments

With the introduction in 2017 of the Granfondo Lombardia, it is now possible to ride the sportives of all 5 cycling monuments. We caught up with one of the first people to complete the set and find out how he got on: There is no real order to how one goes about crossing these monsters […]

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