The Comprehensive Guide to the Bicycle Print is pretty much a family tree of the bicycle. Illustrated by Andy from Wyatt9 the print features over 70 bikes showing how they are connected through history. The bikes look really detailed and it’s a pretty impressive piece of work. There’s space left for three bikes to be added which you can vote for if you pledge. A postcard will cost you £3 and a huge 18×24″ print is £25. We are big fans of cycling art and it’s great to see this. Have a look on their Kickstarter page for full details.
Colnago C60 is a true Italian masterpiece in bicycle form. Leave something to the Italians and they will make it sublime. The list is long when it comes to gorgeous Italian design and the C60 is on that list. What we really like about it is the craftsmanship involved, once Italy led the way in building carbon bikes only to be superseded in production capacity in Asia. What and where the C60 defines itself is in the fact it isn’t part of the mainstream built in Taiwan or China. It’s done the time honoured way in a small factory in Italy, of course this isn’t to detract from bikes not made like this, just that this is something special. Something to be ridden and cherished, you might need deep pockets though. If I did have the money I have to admit this would be on the list of bicycles to own. To us the C60 represents craftsmanship not money though, watch the video and I’m sure you will agree. More info on the Colnago C60.
Matthew Sowter’s (Saffron Frameworks) latest creation has been crafted from Reynolds 953, which is stainless steel. A great choice when one of the requirements for the frame to be left naked (without paint). You may have noticed that the frame is also lugged, Matthew hand carved and cut these lugs from fleur de lys. They were then polished to add a subtle but classy highlights to the frame design. The bike is a mixture of classic and modern technology, including carbon clinchers and belt drive. The end product weighs in at 7.8kg.
Saffron Frameworks won ‘Best in Show’ for his Cyclefit fully stainless steel road bike earlier this year at Bespoked 2014. They also picked up the prestigious ‘Peer Award’, which considering Matthew’s competition at Bespoked this year, must of been a true honour!
Simpson Magazine have released a t-shirt to celebrate La Course at the Tour de France. The T-Shirt is only £15 and available from their website.
On the final day of the Tour de France (27th July), 120 Elite Women will be racing along “the most beautiful avenue in the world”, the Champs-Élysées. There are some big names attending the race including the world and Olympic road race champion, Marianne Vos and two of our best, British Olympic medallists Lizzie Armitstead and Pooley.
Women’s Cycling appears to be heading in the right direction at the moment and I hope it continues. This year we saw the first ever, Women’s Tour of Britain (The Friends Life Women Tour) which was truly remarkable. The Women’s Tour coverage was only evening highlights but whilst it was running, the Giro didn’t stand a chance for me. I was glued to the edge of the sofa, the rivalry between Marianne Vos and Lizzie Armistead made for some excellent racing and viewing. Battling it out for intermediate sprints, gritty breakaways and some superb bunch sprints. It was fantastic to see the big contenders in all of the action and driving on the pace.
Tour de France 2014 is turning out to be one tough ride. Now on the second rest day and heading for more gruelling mountain stages, it isn’t about to get any easier. With all the Tour de France 2014 favourites long gone we see another group of riders emerging to take control and at the top of this group is Vincenzo Nibali. A talented rider, no doubt, one very capable of top results with or the favourites there or not. It does beg the question, would he be doing so well if Contador and Froome were controlling the race? I think the common verdict is that he would. More power to him. Can he make it all the way to the podium in Paris to be Tour de France 2014 champion? Well Valverde is 4 mins 37 secs behind, a good rival no less, along with others within the top ten but, the time gap is good.
Given the nature of world class cycling and performance drug, there is no question that they will not be asked about doping. We like to be pragmatic about it at Headset Press but, we know this question is paramount to most. Nibali is no exception and should expect to be asked the awkward question of doping. His response can really only be that he doesn’t and that it’s a bad thing. Where a rider probably draws the line is where it’s legal and illegal, banned or not banned. Let’s face it a three week race at this intensity is crazy and keeping in good health the most important thing.
My question is, if it’s not illegal and not on a banned list is it ok? Platelet-rich-plasma injections (aka PRP) are such a thing, it won’t help your performance in as much make you faster or stronger but will help you recover from the daily damage. According to a recent article in Outside Online, that gleamed the information from a recent study, claims that this isn’t banned but, is much like blood doping. It is using your own blood for later transfusion. That is going to rile most fans but, if a rider’s health is to be respected then it should be allowed, surely?
This Years Rapha Rising 2014 is something else, climb 8,800m in 9 days. That’s 48m less than Mount Everest and combines the height of the toughest climbs from this years Tour over the Yorkshire Dales, the Alps and Pyrenees. Having taken part in last years Rapha Rising i was hoping to do it again this year but it’s not going to be possible, much as i’d like to. The patch is what it’s all about, a patch that symbolises the effort you put in to complete the challenge. If you’re taking part this year let us know how you’re getting on in the comments below. Oh and good luck!
Cyclists love coffee, fact. I think we all love coffee right? None of us here start the day without a coffee, Jamie is probably the most prolific coffee drinker I’ve met, he keeps Bristol’s coffee shops in business. I like to make my own in the morning in a moca pot, Cafe du Cycliste have a unique way of making filtered coffee. Check it out. Once again I got to hand it to Cafe du Cycliste for being unique in what they do. Now I must go make a coffee…
Hunt 4 is the latest film from Deux North and one we’ve been looking forward too having enjoyed the first three. This year Specialized announced the Diverge, an all road, do anything disc brake equipped bike and asked Deux North to take it on a Hunt. 8 riders rode up the coast of California from Santa Cruz.
After 2 days and covering 200 miles the group met El Chapulin (The Grasshopper) to compete in an event that he created over 15 years ago, the 100-mile Grasshopper Adventure Series race. On the last day they take part in it.
The gravel sections they rode look so amazing. I think a trip to California is on the horizon. There’s lots of photos and details on the Deux North Hunt 4 page.
The clip above shows some of the fantastic footage that will be part of the David Millar project, “an immersive film capturing the very essence of professional cycling”. This particular clip is from stage 5 of this year’s Tirreno Adriatico. David is following Bradley Wiggins up the the legendary climb, the Muro Di Guardiagrele, “The Wall of Guardiagrele”. The Wall is 30% at its steepest point and even the vehicles struggle getting up it.
“My sole objective was to make it up the climb because I didn’t want a photo for prosperity from my last year of me walking up a climb with my bike.” – David Millar*
The Flyup 417 Project is a hugely ambitious err project by husband and wife Simon and Angela to create a facility offering every type of mountain bike riding in one location. Based on a private 100 acre site in Gloucestershire the aim is to create the best mountain bike venue in the UK. With a team of helpers who have some admirable bike skills they are hoping to have the venue open for the Autumn.
At Flyup 417 Project they are creating:
- 6 Downhill tracks, uplifted by the slick Flyup service you have all grown to know.
- A push up track for those that want their gravity fix without the lift.
- A 4X and Dual Slalom track, both accessed from our drag lift.
- A 2 acre Dirt Jump arena
- 1000m2 of indoor riding, From simple pump tracks to full on pro lines
- An indoor chill out area with sofas, coffee and drinks, heated of course for those cold winter sessions.
- A mezzanine level in one barn with viewing area and intimate cinema to showcase the latest productions in the riding world.
- An airbag arena with multiple lines.
- A 4 acre free ride area with enough progression for all.
- An on site Bike shop with full workshop facilities.
- An on site cafe with home cooked food and vegetables picked fresh from our on site vegetable garden.
Sounds like it will be great fun. They are currently running a funding campaign but it looks promising and hopefully the site will go ahead.