Trixi Worrack and Audrey Cordon-Ragot latest riders to announce move to Trek Factory Women’s Racing

Trek’s women’s line-up looks even stronger with two new additions

Trixi Worrack (Canyon-SRAM) and Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Wiggle-High5) have both announced that they will ride for the newly formed Trek Factory Women’s Racing team, alongside Lizzie Deignan, in its inaugural year.

Both riders have strong backgrounds in the time trial and team time trial disciplines – Cordon-Ragot has been TT national champion for three consecutive years and Worrack was part of the World Championship winning TTT squad in both 2012 and 2013.

Announcing the move, 36-year-old Worrack said: “I’m really happy.. to get this opportunity to race with such a big team and great girls for the next season.”

Cordon-Ragot commented: “I’m really excited to ride alongside all those good riders [also on the team].”

The pair join the line-up alongside 2013 UCI Road World Championship time trial champion Ellen van Dijk. The reigning european time trial champion will make the move from Sunweb in 2019.

Cordon-Ragot, 28, has signed a deal which will see her remain on the same squad as her Wiggle-High5 team mate, 2017 Italian national road and time trial champion Elisa Longo Borghini.

They’ll be under the guidance of long-term Wiggle-High5er, Giorgia Bronzini, who finished her career racing with Cyclance Pro Cycling this year and takes a directeur sportif role alongside former pro Ina Teutenberg.

British riders to sign alongside former world champion Lizzie Deignan include Giro Rosa stage winner, Ruth Winder, who joins from Sunweb and wore pink on stage six in Italy this year. From Trek-Drops, 21-year-old Abi Van Twisk joins as well as US rider Tayler Wiles.

Finnish national champion and Women’s Tour stage winner Lotta Lepistö has announced her move to the team, from Cervelo-Bigla, as have Lauretta Hanson (UHC) and Letizia Paternoster (Astana).

Speaking to Cycling Weekly ahead of rider announcements, Teutenberg said: “We should be competitive from the start, even though we are new.”

“There’s enough experienced riders on the team, with a couple of young ones, that even if they have to get used to one another, I don’t think that it will be an excuse for not having success.”

“We will have everything around us we need to be successful,” she added. “The men’s team management is really, really behind this team, it’s not just an ‘add on’ – we will have a really good working relationship.”

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British Cycling unveil new GB team kit ahead of World Championships 2018

The new kit is a big change from recent GB team wear

British Cycling have released the first pictures of the new GB cycling team kit ahead of the World Champsionships in Innsbruck.

The new minimalist design will be debuted at the Worlds later this month, worn by the likes of Simon Yates and Dani Rowe.

Designed by Czech custom cycle wear company Kalas, the jersey’s hark back to the pared-down kit of 1959.

>>>UCI Road World Championships 2018: dates, route, where to watch and more

Great Britain Cycling Team performance director, Stephen Park, said: “High performance clothing is crucial to delivering results in today’s world of competitive cycling, so having a clothing supplier with such in-depth knowledge and a high level of service is invaluable to the Great Britain Cycling Team.

“The riders are at the heart of everything we do, so it was important for us that they played a key role in designing a kit that was bespoke to the squad, that looks good and that they were proud to wear without compromising on performance or quality.”

The kit includes a minimalist GBR lettermark logo, with a bold stripe forming the focus of the jersey.

A custom typeface was designed specifically for the new uniform, while the navy-blue bibs tie in with the usual red, white and blue colouring of the Great Britain Cycling Team kit.

Katy Marchant dons the newly unveiled GB kit (Picture by Allan McKenzie/ )

CEO of Kalas Sportswear, Josef Filip, said: “We’ve been developing premium cycling kit for 27 years, and this project is one of our favourites to date.

“By working closely with British Cycling and the Great Britain Cycling Team on this new collection, I’m confident that we’ve produced a fresh spin on an iconic look that will be loved by fans and the team alike.

“Being able to wear a kit designed by cycling greats during the rides and races gives it a real edge.”

Britain’s Jason Kenny will take to the track in the redesigned jersey (Picture by Allan McKenzie/ )

Kalas worked closely with Great Britain Cycling Team riders and coaches in the design process to focus on key features.

Britain’s cycling stars will be taking the jerseys out for the first spin at the World Championships in Austria from Sunday.

Track stars will also be donning the new kits for the first time at the track cycling World Cup at London’s Lee Valley Velopark in December.

The kits will also be available to the public via the Kalas website.

Ed Clancy in the red, white and blue (Picture by Allan McKenzie/ )

Dani Rowe, who will be racing in the elite women’s road race at the Worlds, said: “Having us all involved in the design process was a great idea.

“Our ideas were listened to and I’m really pleased with the outcome – it’s a modern twist on a classic design and will keep us visible in the peloton when we race.

“I’m looking forward to putting our new kit through it’s paces in Austria.”

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Is it just us, or do tired cyclists do the stupidest of things?

Cyclists who usually present fairly average levels of cognition can lose it all after a particularly exhausting bike ride

‘Hold your like, keep pedalling’ – track cycling coaches have been repeating this phrase after sprints during training sessions for decades. It’s so that the instructions are burned into the brains of riders by the time they come to race – because when exhaustion, lack of oxygen and a pounding heart rate come together, cyclists can do the stupidest of things.

Once 90 per cent of max heart rate is achieved, individuals used to displaying perfectly adequate levels of cognition are reduced to the dribbling mess you’d probably find if you woke them up at 3.30am after a tequila fuelled night on the town; coordination: disintegrated, vision: double or none, powers of observation: nil.

I’ve committed many a fatigue-fuelled faux-pas myself. Forgetting the turning circle on a time trial bike is different to that of a road bike immediately after shouting ‘FORTY-TWO’ at the time keeper resulted in a very embarrassing crash and a nasty scar. Forgetting to shout ‘FORTY-TWO’ and replacing it with something else also beginning with ‘F’ after clocking a course record didn’t go down too well either.

Other examples include dropping the chain at the pivotal moment in a road race, and let’s not forget using a loop of chain hanging from a garage to haul my post-race body onto the rollers – only to wrap my foot up in the dangling contraption and find myself clattering to the ground a fraction of a second later.

I’ve been on the receiving end, too. There was the time I’d finally clawed my way onto the rear wheels of six riders out-front in a road race, having bridged solo from an unresponsive peloton. I thought I was on the limit, but it turned out not as much as the two riders who inexplicably collided with each other moments later – tangling themselves into a pile which I had no choice but to come to a dead stop behind.

Above-threshold efforts yield plenty of examples of exhaustion induced lack of function, but of course endurance riders are far from safe.

Working on the feed desk at a sportive one year, I was approached by a man carrying three burst inner tubes and a weary expression.

“Is there someone who can help with this?” he asked.

The crest-fallen face that came in response to a girl volunteering to fix his puncture wasn’t quite the ‘thank-you’ I’d hoped for, but clearly fatigue had clouded both his ability to pull out a thorn and his manners.

My own most damning tale of post-pedalling mental disturbance came during the comedown of a three-day riding holiday.

I stopped at the airport duty-free shopping area to buy some chocolates to take home – €5 euros a box seemed like a perfect way to use up my remaining cash and treat family at home.

Of course, the observation powers of tired cyclists are limited – so once I’d laboriously picked out individual chocolates, and had them weighed, the patient chocolatier had to explain, in very slow English, how €5 euros per 20 grams added up to a lot of money for the large box of sugary carbohydrates that I’d selected.

We removed individual chocolates one by one, with intermittent weigh-ins. Until I realised that I was basically going to be left with about a third of a box of chocolates. Not only that, but in Portugal, they don’t call late boarders to the gate – and cyclists with 350 miles in their legs are not very good at running.

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Nine unforgettable moments of the 2018 racing season so far

Some of the unforgettable moments so far in the 2018 racing season

A muddy Strade Bianche

Anna van der Breggen celebrates victory at the 2018 Strade Bianche (Foto LaPresse – Massimo Paolone)

It was a golden spring for Anna van der Breggen. The Dutchwoman was at the peak of her powers as she claimed a first ever Tour of Flanders victory with a long-range attack, and later repeated her Ardennes double of Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

Arguably, though, her crowning moment of glory came before all those races, when she triumphed in the Women’s WorldTour opener, Strade Bianche.

What helped make that result leave such an indelible imprint on those who saw it was the torrential weather and grim conditions it was achieved amid. Rain lashed down and the temperature was only slightly above freezing, and for most it was a day simply of survival. Of the 140 starters, only 59 even managed to officially finish the race, while another 17 were outside the time limit.

The stage was set for an old-fashioned classic, with the race’s infamous dirt roads being especially muddy. Van der Breggen rose to the occasion, attacking hard and riding the final 17km alone to complete a glorious victory.

The final moments of Paris-Nice

Simon Yates crosses the line on the final stage of the 2018 Paris-Nice (JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images)

With just 10 kilometres left to ride on the final stage of Paris-Nice, the race was in the extraordinary circumstance of still having a whole six riders with a realistic chance of winning the overall classification.

Yellow jersey-wearer Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) had just been dropped from a group containing Ion and Gorka Izagirre (both Bahrain-Merida), Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) and Dylan Teuns (BMC), all of whom lay within just 27 seconds on the overall classification, while further up the road Movistar’s Marc Soler – who was 37 seconds down on GC – was putting himself into contention having attacked early on the stage.

The drama intensified when the Izagirre brothers somehow conspired to crash into each other, slowing the impetus of the group and allowing Yates to catch back up. A nail-biting chase still ensued as Yates desperately tried to limit his losses to Soler, but ultimately fell just four seconds short, meaning the Spaniard was crowned overall winner.

It might not have been the most prestigious or star-studded races of the season, but it has a strong case for being the most exciting.

Nibali attacks on the Poggio

Vincenzo Nibali attacks on the Poggio (Credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

The best editions of Milan-San Remo invariably feature strong, committed attacks on the Poggio.

Whether ultimately successful or unsuccessful, any rider who can crest it with a lead of at least a few seconds is guaranteed to play their part in a breathtaking pursuit to the finish.

That’s just what Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) managed to do this year. He attacked near the top of the Poggio, had a lead of around 12 seconds going over the summit, then dug deep to hold onto his lead which was decreasing at the kind of agonising rate that will no doubt have had thousands cheering him on in front of household TVs.

Even if Nibali had been caught, the ride would still have been among the most memorable of the year – the fact he held on for victory, and as an Italian on home roads known for his romantic sensibility for such daring attacks, made it all the more special.

Sagan wins Paris-Roubaix in style

Peter Sagan wins the 2018 Paris-Roubaix (Sunada)

The sight of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) adorned in the rainbow jersey crossing the finish line in the famous Roubaix velodrome would alone have been a memorable sight in its own right.

That Sagan did so following an attack launched over 50km from the finish made his victory at Paris-Roubaix (the first of his career) one of the defining moments of both this season and his career.

Like recent Classics legends Fabian Cancellara and Tom Boonen before him, it wasn’t enough for Sagan merely to win the Queen of the Classics – he had to do so in style, with the kind of long-range attack that only the sport’s greatest can pull off.

Still more impressively, the win involved getting the better of a Quick-Step Floors Classics squad that had throughout the rest of the spring looked untouchable – even their collective might could not resist the individual brilliance of Sagan that day.

Simon Yates stars in the pink jersey

Rather than get hung up on where it all went wrong, it’s perhaps best to remember Simon Yates’ glorious run in pink at the Giro d’Italia, during which time he did, after all, manage a spectacular three stage wins.

Best of the lot was in the Dolomites on stage 15. Despite already possessing a lead of 1-24 over his closest challenger, Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), Yates was not content merely to sit on wheels. He put in a couple of stinging attacks on the final climb, breaking clear with 17km to go, and holding out for a triumphant stage win which also saw him extend his lead overall by another considerable amount.

Simon Yates attacks on stage 15 of the Giro d’Italia (Sunada)

Yates may ultimately have paid the price for such aggressive tactics, but at the time it was thrilling to watch an emerging, inexperienced rider take the race with such brashness to his more esteemed rivals. He will have won lots of fans around the world for his panache.

Froome turns the Giro d’Italia upside down

Chris Froome attacks on the Colle delle Finestre on stage 19 of the Giro (Sunada)

The most stunning ride of the year so far is unquestionably Chris Froome’s attack to win stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia.

Defying all conventional wisdom, Froome – in one last bid to win the pink jersey, having fallen to fourth overall at 3-22 – launched an attack on the Colle della Finestre, despite the fact that there were still 80km left to ride until the finish.

With overall leader Yates dropped on the climb, the race had suddenly opened up, and Froome pounced upon the opportunity with an astonishing display of strength in which he managed to distance his lead over a chasing group of favourites featuring Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) despite having to work for so long alone.

He ultimately finished over three minutes ahead of everyone else, taking the maglia rosa in the most extraordinary circumstances, with a ride that will be talked about for years to come.

Geraint Thomas starts to dream the impossible on Alpe d’Huez

Geraint Thomas sprints towards victory on Alpe d’Huez on stage 11 of the Tour de France 2018 (Sunada)

With each passing day during his spell in the yellow jersey, what started out as a distant dream became an ever more likely reality for Geraint Thomas (Sky). Above all, though, it was his victory atop Alpe d’Huez that confirmed that the Welshman could indeed actually win the Tour de France.

Having won the day before atop La Rosière to first put himself in the yellow jersey, Thomas backed up that result by winning yet again, only this time on the Tour’s most famous and hallowed summit.

Thomas might publicly have claimed that his Sky colleague Chris Froome remained the team’s leader at this point, but deep down must have started to believe that he himself could win the Tour having proven to be the strongest rider on the legendary mountain.

A win on Alpe d’Huez is always special, but this one in particular will live long in the memory for the sight of the yellow jersey crossing the line with a raw of joy, and in the context of how the race as a whole would eventually play out.

The glory didn’t end there for Thomas, as the 32-year-old went on to become the first Welshman to win the Tour de France.

A surprise winner, Thomas finished almost two minutes ahead of Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and 2-30 faster than team-mate Chris Froome.

Van Vleuten mugs Van der Breggen at La Course

Annemiek van Vleuten wins La Course (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

What an amazing finish it was at La Course this year.

Anna van der Breggen had appeared destined for victory, having dropped her compatriot Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) on the final climb, and having held her at arm’s length as the finish line approached.

Where Van der Breggen looked smooth and composed on the bike, Van Vleuten was ragged and messy, rocking from side to side apparently at the very end of her tether.

But suddenly, everything changed. With just 500 metres remaining, what appeared an insurmountable gap began plummeting at a rapid rate, and Van Vleuten passed her rival just 50 metres from the line.

It was a truly shocking turnaround, and quite possibly the most exciting finish to any race this season.

Retribution for Yates in Spain

Simon Yates celebrates victory Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

Simon Yates was racing through a season of disappointment heading into the final Grand Tour of the season.

But the Vuelta a España is never a predictable affair, and this year’s edition proved no different.

The general classification battle remained wide open heading into the final week, as Yates had found himself leading the race for the second time in three weeks.

Hot on his heels were the Movistar tag-team of Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana, who threatened to outnumber the Brit heading into the final mountains.

Rather than defend his position, Yates opted to attack, a lot.

It was a risky strategy, but it all paid off.

Yates was able to throw off previous misfortune and dominate the last week in Spain, picking up his first Grand Tour win at the age of 26.

For the first time in history, all three Grand Tours were won by a British rider – Froome the Giro, Thomas the Tour, and Yates for the Vuelta.

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How to cycle in the wind: pro tips to help keep you upright

Former pro Roger Hammond explains how to deal with strength-sapping gusts

A gusty day can make for a challenging ride and years of competing in the Classics means that Roger Hammond has a huge amount of experience when it comes to riding in the wind.

One of the first things to consider is position: “In the wind it’s a compromise between getting as long and as aerodynamic as possible but also being able to see the road,” says Hammond. Getting low will reduce your frontal area and tucking in your elbows and hugging into the bars will increase stability.

When riding in a group in the wind, rotate through on the sheltered side of the group and pull off on the windward side. Never take long turns on the front as they are too fatiguing. The key is to keep things smooth.

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If there is a group then it is worth making the effort to catch it or stay in it as you will lose a lot of time by riding on your own, as Hammond explains: “It’s exactly the same sort of effort as a climber; if you don’t make the effort at the bottom of the climb, you’re never going to get there [to an echelon].”

The essentials

  • Be prepared for gusts when passing gaps in hedges or between buildings
  • Work with other riders to create shelter
  • Ride on the drops and tuck in low to the bars to increase stability
  • Don’t overlap wheels as a gust could send you sideways
  • Leave your deep-section wheels for a less windy day
  • Check the weather forecast before planning your route

In an echelon, riders stagger themselves in a fan across the road to protect each other from the crosswind but as it can only go as wide as the road, some riders will be left in single file.

Hammond explains how people in this position are vulnerable to being dropped: “Echelons are the best way of riding into the wind in a group. You make sure that you only have people who can ride in the wind and understand how an echelon works.”

Plan your route so that you tackle the headwind on your way out and then enjoy a tailwind on your return home. Planning ahead is even more important for a race, says Hammond.

“Make sure you know where the wind is going to start, whether it will be a headwind or crosswind. It’s about looking up where the wind is coming from, understanding where there might be no trees, no hedgerows. It’s all about preparation. It’s the same for climbing. You’ve just got to treat it like a climb. And do your research.”

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Key points

Getting down low on the drops and tucking in your elbows reduces your frontal area and helps you to hold a stronger, more stable position. Be prepared for your front wheel to feel light if a gust catches it, so push extra weight through the bars.

Pedalling a slightly harder gear in a slower cadence than usual can help you to feel more stable and in control than a lighter gear. Churning a big gear can make it easier to apply the necessary power to keep on pushing through a headwind.

If riding with others, position yourself slightly to the side of them out of the wind. Line your wheel up so their rear wheel offers your front wheel protection. Be prepared to ride hard to stay on the wheel in front.

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In training, ignore your speed and instead focus on feel, power or heart rate as a measure of your effort. Riding in the wind requires as much focus and physical effort as climbing a mountain.

Make sure your clothing is tight-fitting and do up any zips so that your jacket cannot inflate and create even more resistance. You don’t want to create a sail effect, billowing in the wind.

Be prepared to move around the bunch to find the most sheltered spots as the wind or road changes direction. If you are on your own, anticipate the shift from headwind or tailwind into a crosswind as you change direction, so you are braced for it and it doesn’t throw you off balance.

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Energy bars for cycling: eight favourite flavours

For a quick, tasty and convenient on-bike snack, little beats an energy bar

Your stomach is the fuel tank for your body – and letting it run on empty over rides in excess of ninety minutes is a sure fire way of finding yourself broken down in the lanes.

There’s a range of theories around the best way to keep your energy levels flourishing, but the overriding belief from experts is that carbohydrates are the most efficient top-up tool during exercise, with 1 gram per kilo of body weight the suggested dose per hour.

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That means a 75kg rider needs to ingest about 75g of carbohydrate per hour, once the ride duration is over ninety minutes. Requirement will increase if the ride is intense, and decrease if it’s not.

Carbohydrate requirement varies between individuals – but there is a ceiling as to how much your body can absorb – so though avoiding the dreaded bonk is paramount, be sure not to overdo it.

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Popular methods of getting the carbs in include energy drinks, energy gels, energy bars, and good old fashioned traditional food. They’ve each got their benefits:

Energy drinks

The quickest to be absorbed, dosage is spread out over the course of the time it takes to drink a bottle. Best combined with gels or bars and sipped throughout a ride, these include electrolytes to replace those lost in sweat.

Energy gels

Second quickest to be absorbed, a quick hit of high glucose carb to give you a kick when you need it, some include electrolytes, easy to swallow and best for races and high intensity when chewing is hard work.

Energy bars

Slower release, lower in sugar than gels so usually better for your gut and teeth. Require breaking up and chewing, so more suited to endurance rides.  Conveniently packaged to suit jersey pockets.

Normal food

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Usually the best for your bank balance, stomach and teeth – assuming you’ve chosen something healthy. Usually (but not always) harder to chew and store in a pocket. Home made oat, fruit and nut bars are a great option.

Our pick of the best energy bars

Energy bar preference varies – but within the Cycling Weekly HQ there’s some clear favourites – we’ve outlines our top picks below.

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Read more: Torq Bar review

Score: 8/10

A traditional bar with traditional (nutritional) values: each 45g promises around 140-150 calories, 31-32g of carbs and 4g of protein.

Torq’s bars use a blend of glucose-derivatives and fructose to get close to the 2:1 glucose/fructose ratio which studies have shown offers a higher delivery of carbohydrate per hour – delivering 40 per cent greater absorption according to the brand.

The bars have a very moist and natural taste that reminds us of the dried fruit squares we ate as kids. Around 13 per cent of the bars come from real fruit and flavours such as Raspberry and Apple, Sundried Banana and Mango provide a wholesome mouthful. The Spiced Mince Pie option will appeal come Christmas.

The bars also contain a dose of D-Ribose – said to aid recovery – plus vitamins and minerals. Flavours like Banana are fair-trade and the Mango bar is organic.

Buy now: Torq bar box of 15 from Wiggle for £20.88

ZipVit ZV8 Energy Bar

Read more: ZipVit ZV8 Energy Bar review

Score: 9/10

ZipVit’s ZV8 Energy bar weighs in at 55g, delivering 221 calories (in chocolate coated strawberry flavour) plus 37.2g of carbs and around 2g of protein.

You also get a host of B vitamins, some Vitamin C and Vitamin E to keep you firing on all cylinders.

These bars are nutritionally good because they deliver several different carb sources, to aid easy processing of the maximum amount of carbohydrate your body will absorb. Not only that, we’ve found that they taste excellent.

Beware, however, of the chocolate and yoghurt coated varieties when riding in hot weather: the outer layer tends to melt. They remain delicious but can become quite messy, the uncoated versions are recommended if you’re riding somewhere sunny.

Buy now: ZipVit ZV8 20 bars at Tweekz for £15.99

Trek Protein Energy Bar

Read more: Trek Protein Energy Bar review

Score: 7/10

These 50g bars break easily into bite sized pieces, contain between 208 to 234 calories depending upon your choice, with 20g of carbs and 9 to 10g of protein.

The trend towards packing in protein is a healthy one – a lot of athletes don’t get enough. However, the jury is out on fuelling rides with it, this bar lends itself more to the recovery bar side of the nutrition conversation.

On the plus side, these taste great and they’re readily available in newsagents around the country, which can be handy when you’re out and about.

Buy now: Trek Protein Energy bar x 16 from Wiggle for £11.95 

SiS Go Energy Bar

Read more: SiS Go Energy Bar review

Score: 9/10

SIS has altered its range slightly, now offering the Go Energy Bar Mini, Go Energy Bar Mini + Caffeine and Go Energy Bar + Protein.

The mini will take up less room in your pocket, though it’s a bit counter productive  if you just need to carry more of them. Each 40g serving offers 139 calories, 26g of carbohydrate and a moderate 4.5g of protein. They’re made from natural fruit ingredients and go down easily.

The Go Energy Mini + Caffeine is all of the above, with an added 75mg of caffeine – to ensure you’re getting the ideal dose. 

The Go Energy + Protein is 60g a serving, with 200 calories and 34g of carbohydrate plus 10g of protein – this means you’re still getting plenty of carbohydrate, with protein to help speed up recovery when you stop.

Buy now: SIS Go Energy Mini bars x 30 at Evans Cycles for £23.99

High5 Energy Bar

High5 Energy Bar 

High5 Energy Bar

Read more: High5 Energy Bar review

Score: 8/10

High5’s energy bar isn’t known to be the greatest tasting, but they’re moist and go down easily – also providing one of your 5-a-day portions of fruit and veg which is a nice addition.

The 55g bars pack a punch – though nutritional values vary per flavour, so make sure you choose according to your needs as well as your taste buds.

As an example, the banana option provides 180 calories, 36g of carbohydrate and 2.4g of protein with 2.4 g of fat whilst peanut flavour gives you 255 calories, 25g of carbohydrate and 7.2g of protein with 13g of fat.

Buy now: High5 Energy bar x 25 from Chain Reaction Cycles for £17.99

OTE Duo Bar

Read more: OTE Duo Bar review

Score: 8/10

The OTE bar is larger than most – the 65g in each packet is designed to be eaten as two servings.

Within each full bar, you’ll find 278 calories, 71.1g of carbohydrate and 7.4g of protein – the added content is reflected in the cost, at over £40 for a box of 24 – but you are getting more calories for your buck.

The idea is you split them up into doses delivering 20g of carbs a go, but the great tastes means it’d be quite easy to ‘forget’ and just eat twice as much…

We’re also big fans of OTE’s ‘Anytime’ bars – these are designed for snacking but work well on the bike, being gluten and nut free, suitable for vegetarians and very crumbly and easy to swallow. Each 62g bar provides 213 calories, 36.6g of carb and 2.8g of protein.

Buy now: One Ote Duo bar at Rutland Cycles for £1.99

Veloforte Classico

Read more: Veloforte Classico review

Score: 7/10

Veloforte won a ‘Great Taste Award’ for its Classico in 2017 – and it’s easy to understand why. Made from fruit peel (orange, lemon, citron), with almonds, cane sugar, honey, and a host of spices they’re pretty special.

Each 70g bar contains 294 calories – which is more than most, with 45g of carbs, 5.6g of protein and 8.6g of fat – it’d be easy to gobble down more than you need to fuel yourself, so beware. They’re not cheap, either.

The packaging can be quite hard to peel from the product – though Veloforte has worked on this with a new and improved wrapper in recent months.

Buy now: Veloforte at Rutland Cycles for £2.50 a bar

Clif Bar

Read more: Clif Bar review

Score: 8/10

Cliff bar makes a range of excellent tasting flavours, that taste natural and are easy to digest – though some need a little washing down with fluid.

The brand uses organic and whole ingredients, such as rolled oats, oat fibre and dates to make its bars – so you know you’re getting real food.

These are quite large: a 68g bar contains 274 calories, 6.9g of fat, 41g of carb and 10g of protein – so there’s more in there than your basic carb focused bar.

Newer on the market is Clif’s ‘Nut butter filled’ bar, which provides 230 calories and about 10g plus about 7g of protein – the jury is out on on-bike fuelling but they make great snacks.

Buy now: Pack of 12 Clif energy bars from Evans Cycles for £13.99

All of these bars will re-stock your carb levels – preference is subjective. We’ll keep adding more energy bar options as we taste and test them.

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Łukasz Wiśniowski to leave Team Sky for new BMC/CCC team

The 26-year-old will join the new team to support Greg Van Avermaet in the spring Classics

Team Sky’s Łukasz Wiśniowski will be joining the new BMC/CCC team next season to focus on the spring Classics campaign.

The new team, which has not yet been named, confirmed the Polish rider’s transfer on Wednesday morning.

Wiśniowski has ridden in Team Sky colours for two seasons, but BMC Racing’s parent company Continuum Sports has announced he will move to the new team for 2019.

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BMC’s general manager Jim Ochowicz said: “Łukasz Wiśniowski has emerged as one of the up-and-coming Polish talents, so we are excited to welcome him to Continuum Sports in 2018.

“With Greg Van Avermaet as our team captain, Łukasz will have the opportunity to learn from Greg and play a key role in the Classics team next season.”

The BMC Racing team faced closure after the death of team owner and financial back Andy Rihs earlier this year.

But during the Tour de France it was announced BMC would merge with Polish outfit CCC Sprandi Polkowice for the 2019 season.

A number of headline riders had already signed contracts for other teams by the time the merger was confirmed, including Richie Porte, Rohan Dennis and Tejay van Garderen.

Van Avermaet will stay on to lead the team.

Polish rider Wiśniowski will now join the team to bolster their Classics lineup.

The 26-year-old put in some standout performances in the early season, finishing second in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and eight the following day in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

BMC manager Ochowicz said: “Łukasz will gain more experience in the Grand Tours and have his own opportunities at stage races throughout the season.

“At 26-years-old, Łukasz has a long career ahead of him so we are looking forward to helping him reach his potential in the coming years with Continuum Sports.”

Wiśniowski will join a growing list of Polish riders to sign with the new team, as Polish shoe and bag manufacturer CCC merge with the Swiss BMC team.

He joined the WorldTour with the Etixx-Quick Step team in 2015, where he rode for two seasons before moving to Sky.

Wiśniowski said: “I am really happy to join Continuum Sports next year. It is a team with strong riders and of course, I am especially looking forward to the spring Classics as it is a big focus for the team.

“It will be really nice to race with CCC as the new Polish title sponsor and with the Polish riders in the team.”

He added: “Greg Van Avermaet will be our leader for the Classics so I want to support him as much as possible and help the team to have some nice results during the season.

“After the classics, I am excited to do a Grand Tour next year and fight for a stage victory.”

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American Denise Mueller-Korenek smashes cycling land speed record

Denise already held the women’s speed record, but has now smashed the men’s record too

The all-time cycling land speed record has been smashed by American Denise Mueller-Korenek, who already held the women’s record.

Denise set the first ever women’s record back in 2016, but was determined to go further.

On Sunday, the former racer travelled at 200mph on a custom KHS bike, travelling behind a 1000-horsepower dragster.

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Denise hit 183.4mph, obliterating the previous men’s record of 167mph and her own women’s record of 147mph.

Businesswoman, CEO and motorsport enthusiast Denise, who is in her 40s, set the record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

After being towed behind the dragster up to 50mph, Denise and her bike were released and able to pedal the massive gear.

Denise Mueller-Korenek attempting to break the cycling land speed record (photo by Matt Ben Stone/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Using double reduction gearing, the custom drivechain was designed to allow Denise to pedal her way to the world record speed in the slipstream of the converted dragster.

She now joins a rich catalogue of bicycle land speed record holders, including most recently Fred Rompleberg from the Netherlands in 1995.

As a teenager, Denise was a successful bike racer, picking up 13 national championships and two world championship podiums before retiring.

After quitting racing, Denise went into the family security business and raised a family.

Denise’s custom designed bike for the attempt (Photo by Matt Ben Stone/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Her team were live broadcasting the runs as they took place over the weekend, including terrifying footage from the back of the dragster.

The video shows Denise beginning to pedal while being towed, before she is released and pedals under her own power.

Here is our record run video. Tow release right around 1.5 miles, leaving 3.5 miles in the draft to achieve an average speed for the last mile of 183.9mph (between mile 4 & 5)! Orange signs are mile markers with an extra orange sign at mile 2.25 for the quarter mile on timing slip. Black smaller signs are quarter mile markers (except mile 2.25) mile 5-6 is the shutdown where Shea Racing – Shea Holbrook takes me from our 183.4 exit speed down to 110mph (a 70+ mph in speed reduction in 1 mile) before she pulls away to allow the 110mph wind to slow me down naturally. Video Credit to Ron Stoecky of Stoecky Films!

Posted by Project Speed Denise Mueller-Korenek on Monday, September 17, 2018

Denise has to stay within the slipstream while travelling at almost 200mph across the salt flats.

A bar across the back of the dragster allows her to get as close as possible to the vehicle without catching her front wheel.

After hitting the target speed, Denise then sits up allows the wind resistance to slow her back down.

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Dennis leads BMC roster for Worlds TTT

Fresh off his duo of time trial wins at the Vuelta a Espana, Rohan Dennis will lead BMC Racing into the UCI Road World Championships team time trial with hopes of reprising their 2015 victory.

BMC have won the event twice since the UCI revived it in 2012 – in 2014 and 2015 – and the team have been on the podium every year but 2013. With the UCI announcing this is the final year for the trade-team-based event, and with the team in their final year in the BMC configuration, they’re extra motivated to go out with a win.

“It is no secret that the team time trial is one of our favorite disciplines and one that we have targeted for many years,” said team General manager Jim Ochowicz.

“For us, it is disappointing that this will be the final trade team time trial at the world championships, but this will serve as extra motivation to claim the gold medal for the team, and particularly in memory of Andy Rihs,” Ochowicz said, referring to the former team owner who died earlier this year. “Andy gave us, and the sport of cycling, so much, so to win the final team time trial at the world championships in the BMC Racing Team skinsuit would be incredibly special.”

Joining Dennis on the start line in Innsbruck on Sunday, September 23, will be Patrick Bevin, Damiano Caruso, Stefan Küng, Greg Van Avermaet and Tejay van Garderen.

Team director Jackson Stewart highlighted the riders’ strength in individual time trials and their collective power in the team time trial discipline.

“It is a long course and with the significant climb, we had to design our roster accordingly,” Stewart said. “We are a team with a lot of time trial talent, and therefore it is always difficult to select the six riders for the world championships team time trial. This year, I think we have selected the right six guys for the job, riders who are the best in the business on the flatter sections but can still tackle the climb as well.”

The men’s 62.8km course takes a generally downhill tack with a few small bumps along the way, but that profile changes dramatically at 40km, where the course quickly climbs nearly 300 metres over less than 5km. An equally steep descent leads to a final 10km of flat ground to the finish.

“The difficult part of this last world championship team time trial is how to pace into the climb and still do a good climb to have enough riders together for the final kilometers,” Stewart said. “I think the course is much simpler from a technical standpoint than last year’s course, but the climb will be a big factor and we selected riders accordingly.”

Team Sunweb, led by world champion Tom Dumoulin, won the team time trial last year in Bergen ahead of BMC and Team Sky. Last year’s BMC team included Dennis, Sylvan Dillier, Küng, Daniel Oss, Miles Scotson and van Garderen.

BMC Racing for UCI Road World Championships team time trial: Patrick Bevin, Damiano Caruso, Rohan Dennis, Stefan Küng, Greg Van Avermaet, Tejay van Garderen

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Wout van Aert will ride as ‘independent’ in coming cyclocross season after split with Veranda’s Willems-Crelan

The cyclocross world champion had agreed to join Dutch team LottoNL-Jumbo in 2020, but is now without a contract

Wout van Aert will ride the coming cyclocross season as an ‘independent’ after a hostile split with his team Veranda’s Willems-Crelan, according to his lawyer.

The Belgian is now without a team after it was announced he had terminated his contract.

Van Aert was due to join the Dutch team LottoNL-Jumbo in 2020, seeing out his term with Veranda’s Willems.

But the team announced on Monday evening that van Aert had unilaterally terminated his contract.

The rider’s laywer, Walter Van Steenbrugge, told Belgian news website Sporza: “Wout will ride the coming cross races as an independent rider, as a kind of ‘lonesome cowboy.’

“We have contacted the UCI and the Belgian federation to inform them of this, so Wout does not use the equipment of that team or their bicycle.”

Van Steenbrugge added: “Something happened last weekend that caused the bucket to run over, there were already a lot of shortcomings on the part of the employer, and that is something that has changed over the weekend, which is why we immediately terminated the employment contract.”

“I have talked extensively with Wout twice over the past few days and we have come to the conclusion that there was really no basis left to work together.”

Van Aert’s lawyer said Veranda’s Willems demanded a severance payment, but that the cyclocross word champion will not pay.

He added that the case may go to court.

Van Aert has previously spoken of his frustration at being left in the dark after the team’s parent company, Sniper Cycling, was announced to merge with Aqua Blue Sport before pulling out of that deal and merging with Roompot for next year.

Van Steenbrugge said: “Wout is now without a team. It is too early to say in which direction he will go. There is no contact, no team.”

And speaking about joining LottoNL-Jump, he added: “That’s from 2020. We are now 2018. There is still a major cyclocross and road season, and I’m going to see what will happen.”

Van Aert has spoken out in his first weekly column for cycling website Wielerflits.

He said: “There have been facts in the last days that made any cooperation with the team impossible. Unfortunately, I can not tell you anything extra at the moment, because of the delicate aspect of the case.”

Van Aert said he will now focus on cyclocross.

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