Neo-Pros To Watch For 2018

Embed from Getty Images It’s a hard time to turn pro. The reduction in team sizes for 2018 means recruitment has been under pressure, especially for teams without obvious development programmes but 30 neo-pros ...

Friday Group Ride #394

They say bad things happen in threes, so I should count myself lucky to have run through the whole set in the space of four days. On Sunday, at soccer, I stepped on the ball and went careening forward onto my ...

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 113

Clean your computer screen and watch these amazing overhead visuals of earth (including some mine tailings ponds and neighborhoods) shot from the bottom of a jet in 8K (video): “I would say the term ‘doggo’ ...

The Paceline Podcast #99

This week we switch our format up a bit with each of the guys taking one hard pull. Up first is Hottie with a confession. For the first time in roughly 20 years he isn’t taking out a USAC license. Hottie says ...

Riders To Watch For 2018

Here are ten riders to follow this year. They’re not picked as ten of the best who are forecast to top the rankings, more that some could go onto great things and others have different challenges. Is Richie ...

Tour Down Under Preview

The World Tour gets underway with the Tour Down Under. After the pre-race criterium and photo ops with local wildlife the race begins on Tuesday and this year’s route features the regular haunts as well as an ...

Friday Group Ride #393

Something happened during this recent Christmas season. I became stuff sick. The act of buying things for people who don’t need more things, just so I could fulfill some social obligation suddenly became a ...

The Paceline Podcast #98

It’s winter time and conditions aren’t exactly fun for riding in many parts of the country. For this week’s Very Important Question we asked, “Which of these is the absolute worst conditions to ride your bike ...

Pro Team Sponsors: What Do They Do?

Do you know your Soudal from your Sky, your Michelton from your Movistar? Here’s an A-Z primer on the World Tour team sponsors for 2018 and what they do. Ag2r La Mondiale: an insurance and savings company ...

2018 HPC Typhoon Pro E-Bike

Hi-Power Cycles' Typhoon Pro is an offroad juggernaut, ready to tackle any terrain you can throw at it. Based on the backbone frame from the base model, the Typhoon Pro features a host of suspension upgrades, ...

The Paceline Podcast #97

Fatty has been vacationing and says his kits don’t fit. In the spirit of truth in advertising, we’re actually pretty relieved. A skinny Fatty is not a fatty, right? Recently, he went with the Hammer to St. ...

Paris-Nice 2018 Route

The route for the 2018 edition of Paris-Nice is out and the race is the first of the major stage races and has been thrilling in recent years. Here’s a quick look at what to expect from the route. Stage 1 ...

The 2018 Giro d’Italia Route

All roads lead to Rome and the route of the 2018 Giro d’Italia was presented late last year with a course going from Israel to the Italian capital. Here are some notes on the course. The race starts on a ...

Friday Group Ride #392

Yesterday, as I threw shovelsful of snow up and over my head, the wind swirling most of it back into my face and onto the driveway, I thought, “I should write a book called The Cyclist’s Guide to ...

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 111

Steve Ramras’s New Year’s tradition is more fun than yours (video): “Whereas some cyclists are in a constant state of coveting just one more bike, the whole N+1 thing simply fails to resonate with me. Instead ...

Blood on the Road

Saturday, October 7, 2017. Hurricane Nate is wreaking havoc in the South. Forecasters predict the reckless cyclone will make its way to western North Carolina in a few days’ time, just the impetus 57-year-old ...

BMW 100R Mystic Motorcycle

The BMW R-series line of motorcycles is one of the most popular customization platforms for good reason. The classic boxer twin engine, monoshock rear suspension, and bullet-proof reliability make them a ...

The 2017 RKP Awards, Part II

The If You Didn’t Suck We’d Have No Fun Imperial Throne: Gravity. When I think about the possibility of living someplace with all the elevation variance of a bowling alley I realize how much my personal ...

On National Jerseys

Fabio Aru’s Italian champion jersey lasted one day. After finishing 2017 in the Italian flag he was unveiled on the 1 January in a jersey that had the smallest hint of Italian design. This caused some outrage ...

GoldenGate

Motorists labor under many misapprehensions, but the most dangerous is that cars confer upon their operators unfettered mobility and unlimited respect. Thanks to a century of auto-industry lobbying and ...

The 2017 RKP Awards, Part I

The Day of the Week Award: Tuesday Hard to say why, but so many of the world’s fastest riders prefer to win on TUE. It’s almost as though, without TUE to race on, they can’t even think about winning. Sure, ...

The Paceline Podcast #96

Hottie is away this week so Fatty and Patrick or holding down the fort, so to speak. For our big interview this week, Patrick interviewed Aaron Gulley of Outside Magazine about his recent essay about being hit ...

Things to Look Forward To In 2018

In the past the blog has opened with some predictions for the year ahead but forecasts so far out inevitably go wrong so instead here’s a collection of known things which look promising… One of the essential ...

Riding the Iditarod

Five-time Iditarod Trail Invitational finisher and Davis, W.Va., resident John Logar is heading back to Alaska to compete in the 1,000-mile race to Nome by bike. Back in 2014, Logar won the 1,000-mile Iditarod ...

Motoped Pro

A cross between a mountain bike and a dirt bike, the Motoped Pro has the best of both worlds without needing a motorcycle license to operate. Powered by a 49cc engine, the Pro has front USD forks and ...

The Christmas Holiday Quiz Answers

The Christmas quiz was meant to be hard but also to raise a few points about the sport such as weird race names, vanishing events and more. Here are all the answers and some points to discuss too. 1. Dressed ...

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 110

I was recently on the jury for the Nanshan International Mountain Film Festival, and we awarded the grand prize to this film (warning, it’s 35 minutes): (video) “Joan attempted to lighten the mood and cracked ...

10 Roads to Ride

This blog’s road to rides section is very popular and consequently there’s a regular stream of email enquiries from readers wanting to know which ones to ride, often people are planning a trip to the mountains ...

Happy Holidays from RKP

We here at RKP hope your holidays have been terrific so far. If you’re of the Christmas-celebrating type, we hope you got each and every item on your wish list. Better yet, we hope you were able to give ...

The Christmas Holiday Quiz

A Christmas quiz with 40 questions. Some are obvious, some are odd, many can’t be Googled and a few are fiendish. By all means have a go and there’s a token prize for the winner but some of the questions are ...

Friday Group Ride #391

I have been thinking a lot about Christmas morning 1980. I was about to turn 9. We’d moved to Mobile, Alabama the year before, and I’d made some new friends who were as into riding bikes and exploring as I ...

Paceline Podcast #95

With the holidays looming, we look at the spirit of the season. Fatty interviews Yann Bertaud who is an ambassador for World Bicycle Relief. He recently made a trip to Africa on behalf of the organization to ...

The Moment The Race Was Sold?

There’s news that the trial of Alexandr Vinokourov and Alexandr Kolobnev over the alleged sale of the win Liège-Bastogne-Liège is going ahead next March. This is an old story or rather a slow story that has ...

If WADA Had Teeth

Several years ago I made the decision that pro cycling would stop being an active part of what we would cover of the world of cycling here at RKP. The reasons were few and straightforward. Reason 1: Anger on ...