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The Tour de France is in full swing, as I’m sure you’re well aware. Nice is done and the intrepid competitors have now made their way along the bottom of the country, toward Laruns and the Pyrénées. It was full throttle in the final mountain stage, with everyone pushing their absolute hardest to be in as good a position as possible before the first (much-needed) rest day of the tour. Marc Hirschi won some hearts and made good progress, riding for team SunWeb. He hit out early and fared well in his down-hill sprints, looking to be in a good...

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“I was waiting to go and thought I’d waited too late. Then I went, I thought maybe I was in too big a gear… I don’t know. Sorry, I don’t mean to be a cry baby.” Sam Bennett was the winner of a thrilling finish to stage ten of the Tour de France on Tuesday. Sprinting hard to the line, he narrowly managed to keep his attackers at bay and regain the green jersey. It was overwhelming, and you could see it in the post-race interview. The man could barely hold back tears. “I just want to thank everyone that...

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Another Spotlight entry for you guys this week, this time focusing on The Hurtwood and Pitch Hill, right in the heart of the Surrey Hills’ “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” – one of many throughout this green and pleasant land, and certainly one of the most beautiful. The trail centres, of course, around a hill. It’s not too tough a climb, but I must give fair warning that it is only suitable for Mountain Bikes. Anyone who’s already been will know that traversing the car park is an exercise in itself – gully-like potholes and hard, chunky gravel await any...

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While probably not the darling of the cycling intelligentsia, the Tour de France is certainly the race most widely known and revered by the public at large. Much like Wimbledon, the Superbowl or the FIFA World Cup, the Tour de France puts a global spotlight on cycling, garnering attention from all over the world from people who would, otherwise, not take as much of an interest in our beautiful two-wheeled sport. For now, though, all eyes are upon it, as it makes global headlines. Coincidentally, due to the spectacularly large scope of the race, it also holds the honour of...

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With the Covid-19 restrictions in place, the Prudential RideLondon cycling festival wasn’t able to go ahead this year, instead being replaced by “My Prudential RideLondon,” which has taken place country-wide. Operating on a more individual basis, by all accounts, the event has been a roaring success, with participants cycling 112,939 kilometres in the first weekend alone – almost three times round the earth! Originally scheduled to run for the weekend 15th-16th of August, the event garnered such attention and fanfare, due to its newfound charitable outlook, that it was extended to run for that weekend and the week following. It...

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