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Former golf academy to be transformed with cycle circuit and mountain bike trails

A kilometre-long time trial circuit will be built in the new country park

A former golf academy will be transformed with a new cycle circuit and mountain bike trails.

South Bucks District Council has obtained planning permission to redesign the 22-hectare land in Stoke Poges, which will include plenty of facilities for riders.

Work on the new Stoke Poges Country Park is due to start early next year, and the project is scheduled to be finished in 2021.

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Leader of the district council, Nick Naylor, said: “This is an exciting development for the council, which has received overwhelming public support.

“We are turning an underused facility into something of far wider benefit to the community to support our aims to improve the public health of residents by expanding their opportunities for open space leisure.”

The new park will include a closed cycle circuit, a mountain bike trail, BMX pump track, footpaths, jogging tracks and children’s play facilities.

There will also be a café.

According to the plans, the enclosed 1km cycle circuit has been designed to accommodate for the increasing number of recreational cyclists in a safe ‘off-road’ area.

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The council said cycling clubs will be able to use the course for time trials, and the circuit should be lit.

South Bucks’ new track could be modelled on the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit in nearby West London.

Hillingdon hosts events year round, including club rides, crit races and time trials.

There are similar circuits in Redbridge and at the Lee Valley Velopark, both in East London.

South Bucks District Council were granted planning permission on November 7, with work planned to start early next year and last for two years.

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Trek-Segafredo rider André Cardoso banned more than a year after EPO positive

The 34-year-old has been banned for four years by the UCI

Former Trek-Segafredo’s André Cardoso has been banned more than a year after testing positive for EPO.

The Portugese pro was suspended on the eve of the 2017 Tour de France after returning a positive test for Erythropoietin (EPO).

After the out-of-competition test, the 34-year-old was provisionally suspended but the UCI announced on Thursday that he would be banned for four years.

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The governing body said: “The UCI announces that the UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal has rendered its decision in the case involving André Cardoso.

“The Anti-Doping Tribunal found the rider guilty of an anti-doping rule violation (use of Erythropoietin) and imposed a four-year period of ineligibility on the rider.”

Cardoso had denied taking EPO and requested his B sample be tested.

The UCI went quiet on the case after the Trek-Segafredo rider’s provisional suspension.

Cardoso rode with Caja Rural before joining the WorldTour with Garmin Sharp in 2014.

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He left for Trek-Segafredo at the end of 2016, where he was suspended part way through is first season.

Cardoso was dropped from Trek’s Tour de France squad when news of the positive broke.

Speaking at the time, Cardoso said: “I am fully aware that I will be presumed to be guilty, but it’s important to me to say that I am devastated by this news and I wanted to state that I have never taken any illegal substances.”

Trek’s star rider in 2017 Alberto Contador said he was surprised and disappointed in his team-mate.

“It was a big surprise,” Contador said before the Tour. “I never imagined that something like that would happen in this team.”

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Andrea Tafi registers with UCI in pursuit of Paris-Roubaix return

The Italian will now be eligible to ride at WorldTour and pro conti level

Andrea Tafi has registered with the UCI in the latest step towards his Paris-Roubaix return at the age of 52.

Tafi, who won in the legendary velodrome 20 years ago, said he has found a team willing to take him on for the 2019 edition.

The Italian’s name has been included on the UCI Registered Testing Pool, which allows him to ride at WorldTour and professional continental level.

Tafi recently told Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws: “Unfortunately I can not say which [team]. Not yet.

“I know how difficult it is.

“I’m going to train and see where I come out.”

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The UCI pool is the register of riders who have submitted their whereabouts information to the authorities, which means officials can find the athletes at any time to carry out anti-doping tests.

Born in 1966, Tafi is still not the oldest rider on the UCI’s Registered Testing Pool.

The oldest is German paracyclist Hans Peter Durst at 60, followed by Australian cyclist, swimmer and rower Carol Cook who is 57.

Tafi won Paris-Roubaix in 1999 while riding for Mapei, at the age of 32.

He retired in 2005, having completed the race 13 times, finishing every time he entered and placing first, second and third.

Tafi claimed he had “earned a master’s degree” in the race.

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During his career he also won the Tour of Flanders in 2002, Paris-Tours in 2000 and Il Lombardia in 1996.

Australian Mathew Hayman (Mitchelton-Scott) won the race in 2016 at 37 years old. The oldest winner is Frenchman Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle, who won twice, the second time in 1993 at 38 years old. No one ever retired and returned 20 years later to race, let alone win.

This year’s winner was Peter Sagan (Bora-Hangrohe), who finally found luck on his side and claimed his second career Monument at 28 years old.

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Best Black Friday 2018 cycling deals: 40% off Rapha, Castelli Sidi and much more

Black Friday 2018 has begun, here are the best US and UK Black Friday deals for cyclists in the run up to the big day

As we predicted, Black Friday has kicked off a whole month before the scheduled date of Friday 23rd November. However, that’s no bad thing because there’s a tonne of a great bargains to be bagged in these early stages.

So far, the deals are just from Chain Reaction Cycles and Wiggle but have no fear, they’ll be plenty of other retailers releasing their own bargains over the next few days and weeks.

The products featured have been chosen because we know they’re good quality and are an excellent offer at the price we’ve included (at the time of writing). Our tech team have unrivalled expertise and years of experience testing new products, so you can trust our recommendations – and we also know what represents a good deal. Where we’ve reviewed the product we’ve included a link to it so you can read more.

With each product is a ‘Buy Now’ link. If you click on this then we may receive a small amount of money from the retailer when you purchase the item. This doesn’t affect the amount you pay.

The best Black Friday 2018 cycling deals

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Save almost £2000 on a Giant TCR Advanced SL 0

Read more: Giant TCR Advanced 1 review

The excellent Giant TCR Advanced SL 0 is now discounted by 24%. For the new price, you’re getting Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, Giant’s tubeless ready wheel and tyre combination and an exceptional carbon frame. We’re big fans of the TCR, awarding the bike at lower price point our grouptest winner.

Buy now: Giant TCR Advanced SL 0 at Rutland Cycles for £5999

Castelli Aero Lite jacket was £175, now £87.50

The Aero Lite jacket is built in a similar way to the excellent Gabba or Perfetto, using Windstopper X-lite fabric. It’s water resistant and figure hugging so it doesn’t flap around in the wind either.

Buy now: Castelli Aero Lite jacket at Wiggle for £87.50 

Sidi Wire carbon road shoe was £325, now £164.99

Sidi are renowned as one of the stiffest, and most performance orientated shoes on the market. The shoes have a unique closure system that manages to avoid cutting into your feet and they’re built to last, with a replaceable heel pad and a tough outer material.

Buy now: Sidi Wire carbon road shoe at Rutland cycles for £164.99

Rapha Classic Winter jacket was £260, now £159

Get 40% off this Rapha winter jacket, which is rain resistant, windproof and highly insulating. The jacket is pretty versatile, with a concealed, waterproof front pocket, drainage holes on the rear and covered storm flaps.

Buy now: Rapha Classic Winter jacket at Wiggle for £159

Save 44% on a Wilier GTR road bike, now just £999

This Wilier GTR discount is probably the best road bike deal we’ve spied so far in this Black Friday build up. The GTR is Wilier’s endurance range, so the bike comes with a slightly higher stack and shorter reach to keep you comfortable all day in the saddle.

This particular deal is on a 2019 Shimano 105 equipped model, which just makes it an even bigger bargain!

Buy now: Wilier GTR road bike at Wiggle for £999

10 per cent off 2019 bikes at Rutland Cycles

Specialized Tarmac Black Friday deals

Specialized Tarmac Black Friday deals

Sayy whaaaat?

Usually Black Friday deals will feature on last season’s items. But Rutland Cycles is offering 10 per cent off brand spanking new bikes. Like the Specialized Tarmac with its new aero skin and additional compliance. 

The deals apply across 2019 bikes, just apply the code ‘BIKE10’ to save. We’re shocked, too.

See Rutland Cycles Black Friday bike deals here

MET Manta Helmet 2018 was £100, now £81

Met Manta helmet

Met Manta helmet

Read more: MET Manta helmet review 

A helmet so good it gained a place in the 2017 Editor’s Choice awards. This aero lid claims to save 10 watts at 50km/h, has a Safe-T fit system for optimum fit and lightweight straps which fit comfortably against your face.

Buy now: MET Manta Helmet 2018 at Chain Reaction Cycles for £81

Tacx Neo smart trainer was £1,199, now £879.99

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The Tacx Neo smart trainer

Read more: Tacx Neo smart trainer review

Each year we see a host of smart trainers get big discounts and now you can get close to £400 off a market leading Tacx Neo.

It’s a good trainer, with a very stable base and some of the best ascent and descent replication on the market. It hooks up to Zwift seamlessly or you can use Tacx’s own training software. It even replicates the feel of the road if you’re riding over gravel or cobbles.

Buy now: Tacx Neo smart trainer at Chain Reaction Cycles for £879.99

Scott E-Sub Cross 20 2018 Mens Electric Hybrid Bike Grey was £1948,99, now £1298.99

Scott E-Sub Cross 20 2018 Mens Electric Hybrid Bike Grey

Scott E-Sub Cross 20 2018 Mens Electric Hybrid Bike Grey

Electric bikes are big right now – and that’s great news since it’s encouraging more people who might otherwise say away from bikes to get onto two wheels and enjoy themselves.

The Scott E-Sub Cross 20 can be bought with men’s or women’s components, so that it’s more likely to fit right out the box. It’s suitable for light off roading, with an alloy frame, Suntour fork, Shimano Hydraulic discs and Acera 9-speed groupset. The Bosch Motor is powered by a 400Wh battery and can provide 250 watts of power.

Buy now: Scott E-Sub Cross 20 2018 Electric Hybrid Bike at Rutland Cycles for £1298.99

Halfords Advanced 170 Piece Socket & Ratchet Spanner Set was £320, now £125

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This is a monster set – it’s got quite a few pieces you’re unlikely to need for the bike. However, they’ll be useful elsewhere – and at over 50 per cent off it’s a bargain.

The tools are made from chrome vanadium steel, and you get a lifetime warranty too.

If your needs are a little bit simpler, then check out this 36 piece socket set for just £20.

Buy now: Halfords Advanced 170 piece socket and ratchet spanner set at Halfords for £125

Vitus Razor Road Bike 2018 was £499.99, now £349.99

Vitus Razor Road Bike 2018

Vitus Razor Road Bike 2018

The Vitus Razor is far from a top end option – but if it’s a commuter or a first road bike you’re after then the aluminium frame, carbon fork and Shimano Claris groupset will do the job. The geometry sits between race and endurance, so this should suit anyone from the casual club rider to an aspiring racer.

UK Buy now: Vitus Razor Road Bike 2018 at Chain Reaction Cycles for £349.99

USA buy now: Vitus Razor road bike 2018 at Chain Reaction Cycles for $419

Garmin Edge 520 was £239, now £149

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Garmin Edge 520 is easy to operate

Read more: Garmin Edge 520 review

The Garmin Edge 520 is one of the leading cycling computers on the market, and now you can get close to £90 off of one – perfect if you’re looking to boost your performance.

The Edge 520 can hook up to your power meter, speed and cadence sensors, give you Strava Live segments on the fly, measure VO2 Max and much, much more.

Buy now: Garmin Edge 520 at Wiggle for £149.99

USA buy now: Garmin Edge 520 at Amazon for $218

SRAM Red eTap groupset was £1278, now £899

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Read more: SRAM Red eTap groupset review

Although it is also a top level groupset, SRAM’s Red eTap system is quite different to Shimano’s top flight offering.

For starters, it’s completely wireless. This makes it very light and unique in its shifting which uses the levers differently. Charging it is also different, and you remove the batteries from the mechs themselves and plug them into a charging unit. Its different, but good and now with a whopping £300 discount.

UK buy now: SRAM Red eTap groupset at Wiggle for £899

USA buy now: SRAM Red eTap groupset at Wiggle for $1191.18

Carrera Crossfire 2 hybrid bike was £330 now £260

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If you’re looking for a hybrid bike then the Black Friday sales can throw up some bargains.

The Carrera Crossfire 2 impressed us when we tested it – we liked the comfortable ride and rated the value for money.

This version comes in men’s and women’s guises, with 24 Shimano gears, Tektro mechanical disc brakes, Suntour fork and a light aluminium frame.

Buy now: Carrera Crossfire 2 men’s bike at Halfords for £260, and women’s version here

Park Tool Home Mechanic Repair Stand was £169, now £99.99

Whether you’re a hardened workshop hand or a budding home mechanic, no cyclist should be without a raised repair stand. With the bike elevated off the ground, no longer must you turn it upside, or precariously balance it against you’re nice painted walls.

The Park Tool Home Mechanic Repair Stand has a adjustable clamp and body, allowing you to get the perfect height and grip on the bike.

Buy now: Park Tool Home Mechanic Repair Stand at Chain Reaction Cycles for £99.99

Oakley Jawbreaker Prizm road sunglasses were £175, now £99.90

Just one of the seven standard colour options available

Read more: Oakley Jawbreaker Prizm glasses review

The Oakley Jawbreaker glasses are some of our favourites. They’re big, with good covering and sticky rubber edging to hold them in place. Plus the Prizm lens is very contrasting, giving good depth and clarity when on the bike. However, it’s worth noting that these are better suited to wider faces – they can slip on skinnier ones.

UK buy now: Oakley Jawbreaker Prizm glasses at Chain Reaction Cycles for £99.90

USA buy now: Oakley Jawbreaker Prizm glasses at Chain Reaction Cycles for $140

Best Black Friday deals at Rutland Cycles

Black Friday Deals at Rutland Cycles

Black Friday Deals at Rutland Cycles

Rutland Cycles has hit Black Friday HARD – with discounts including 10 per cent off brand new 2019 bikes.

There’s offers on clothing, accessories and parts as well – but we’ve got to admit it’s the bike offer we’re jaw-dropping over most.

Check out the Black Friday deals at Rutland Cycles here

Best Black Friday deals at Chain Reaction Cycles

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Chain Reaction Cycles, and Wiggle, were the first to roll out their deals to the cycling world.

They’re releasing new offers every Thursday – and we’ve listed some of the best ones above.

There’s more, though – check out the best Chain Reaction Cycles Black Friday deals here.

Best Black Friday deals at ProBikeKit

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ProBikeKit had some cracking deals last year, and they’re promising more of the same for 2018.

There’s no month long campaign, though, at the moment it looks like they’re saving the savings for November 23 – in the mean time, the Black Friday page is ready to be bookmarked and there are existing offers highlighted on there.

Best Black Friday deals at Halfords

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Halfords has cracked on with some ‘countdown deals’, and the savings are available on a range of products from bikes to toolsets and kids scooters.

There’s also a Black Friday competition, with the chance to win vouchers up to £1,000.

See the Halfords Black Friday deals here

Best Ribble Black Friday deals

Ribble sells its own bikes, and you can expect to see some big savings on one or two models – as per last year.

It also stocks a range of clothing, accessories and tech – and there’s a sign up page so you can add your email address and get access to the offers as soon as they land. See it here.

What is Black Friday?

Black Friday is the first Friday after Thanksgiving (which in 2018 is November 23), and is traditionally seen as the start of the Christmas shopping season, with high street retailers opening their doors at the crack of dawn and offering big discounts for shoppers who have set their alarm clocks.

For consumers and retailers in the UK, Black Friday is a recent phenomenon, but it has been going strong the

Amazon launched the concept in the UK in 2010, with Asda joining the party in 2013.

The rise of internet shopping has allowed the Black Friday tradition to spread throughout the world, with the UK’s bike retailers like WiggleChain Reaction Cycles and Evans Cycles, all getting caught up in the scramble to get shoppers to part with their cash.

Where can I find the best Black Friday bike deals?

Last year, all the major cycling retailers followed the same pattern demonstrated by the major retailers – with big deals in tech, as well as discounts on bikes.

The end of year placement of the sale period means it’s useful for retailers to boost their 2018 sales, and also helps them to shift 2018 stock in order to make space in their warehouses for 2019 bikes – so we can expect to see similar trends this year.

Black Friday sale shopping tips

When Black Friday 2017 really kicks off, you can expect to be bombarded with deals and offers from every angle. It’s easy to be tempted into making impulse purchases, resulting in an overspend that leaves you feeling unfulfilled – but with a little careful planning you can make sure you enter December having made genuine savings that leave you with a glowing halo and a healthy bank balance.

Here are our tips for Black Friday sale shopping success…

Be well informed

A handful of retailers will remain completely silent about the details of their Black Friday sale until the actual day. Most will drip feed information, giving you a chance to prepare for your shopping in advance. Here’s how to stay informed:

  • Sign up to mailing lists: A plague that you avoid most of the year, ahead of Black Friday it’s actually a really good idea to subscribe to the mailing lists of major retailers, as they’ll often send priority invites to view sale stock ahead of the general public
  • Bookmark this page: Retailers will send us forewarning of their sale offers in the form of press releases – and we’ll publish the information on this page as soon as we’re able
  • Follow brands and retailers on social media: They will share details with their loyal followers in advance – so click ‘like’ and ‘follow’ to be first in the queue

Check returns policies

As always, these vary from store to store – but in some cases returns may be limited to 30 days. So if you pick up a gift for someone on Black Friday – November 24 – by Christmas day a return may be out of the question. Though we don’t doubt your gift giving prowess, it’s a good idea to bear this in mind.

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Irish champion Conor Dunne signs with Israeli Cycling Academy after collapse of Aqua Blue Sport

The towering national champion has a new ride after suddenly finding himself out of contract

Irish national champion and Conor Dunne has been signed by the Israeli Cycling Academy after the collapse of the Aqua Blue Sport team.

Dunne was left without a contract when Irish professional continental squad Aqua Blue folded suddenly in summer.

The 26-year-old was one of 16 riders left without a contract, alongside American Larry Warbasse and Brit Adam Blythe.

But Dunne, who stands at a six-foot six inches tall, has found a team in the pro continental ranks for 2019.

He said: “I suppose I have gained a bit of a reputation for riding in the early breakaways in many of the races I’ve participated in and this is something I have really enjoyed.

“I love being out front and racing aggressively, it is a way of expressing myself.

“However, at the same time, I feel I am a reliable team player and love participating in a victory in any small way and sharing that feeling with my teammates.

“At ICA, this is something I really want to continue doing and prove to be a reliable, strong and versatile member of ICA at any race we line up in.

“I also really believe in myself and have huge motivation going into next year to improve further and push myself more than ever.

“My own personal goal is to win a race in the national champion’s colours next year and really put some pressure on myself to achieve this.

“I have admired the way ICA work from a far, they have been super strong and ridden well as a team at any race I have competed against them in.

“So I am really looking forward to working with them next year and make some ambitious goals together; it’s a great opportunity to be part of a winning team that I’m grateful for the opportunity”.

After just two years racing, Aqua Blue Sport announced they would be closing this summer, with owner Rick Delaney blaming a failed merger, equipment sponsors and race organisers.

Rather than finish the season, which would give riders a chance to perform for other potential teams, the outfit ceased racing immediately and pulled out of the Tour of Britain.

Dunne will be joining the pro continental Israel Cycling Academy for 2019 – the nation’s first professional cycling outfit.

The team took part in the 2018 Giro d’Italia, which set off from Israel, and Il Lombardia as well as stage races like Volta a Catalunya.

Academy team manager Kjell Carlstrom said: “We are lining up what we believe will be a much stronger team, specially in the sprints.

“But with this huge transformation and the clear goal to be up there in the hunt in every single race we need intelligent, smart and capable riders to support our sprinters and climbers.

“That is exactly why we could not miss Conor.

“He has race smarts, he knows when and how to move in the peloton as you can see from his quite successful breakaway attempts.

“Of course every body wants to get to a breakaway but few make it.

“We will need him in breakaways, we will need him to close a breakaway, we will need him to support his teammates in crucial moments.

“Bottom line: he will be very valuable to us all season long.”

>>> Aqua Blue Sport bosses respond after riders claim pay has been delayed

Dunne, the self-proclaimed ‘tallest cyclist in the world’, had a breakthrough year in 2018, winning the Irish national championship road race in July.

He also featured heavily in the World Championship Road Race in September, making it into the breakaway on the brutally hilly course.

But Dunne’s most visible achievement this year was away from the peloton, in the form of the ‘No Go Tour’.

Dunne and former team-mate Larry Warbasse set off on a 1140km (700-mile), eight-day adventure through the European mountains.

Recording their trip through social media, Warbasse and Dunne generated a lot of attention after the collapse of their team.

Warbasse has signed for French WorldTour team AG2R La Mondiale for 2019.

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Best Black Friday wheel deals: lightweight, speedy and aero rims

We’ve found the best wheel deals on the internet, from training wheels to carbon racing hoops

The Black Friday sales officially take place over the last weekend of November, but each year they creep forwards and as a result the offers are well underway. There’s a range of Black Friday wheel deals floating around already and we’re here to help you secure a value set of hoops.

Not every deal below is marked out as a Black Friday special – but they’re still excellent savings and we’ll add more one off deals as they come in.

>> Black Friday 2018 cycling deals: all you need to know

A wheel swap can make a huge difference to the performance of your bike – be that through robustness with a high spoke count and strong rim, weight with a featherlight carbon set, or aerodynamics via a deep rim. There’s more information on selecting the best set of bike wheels for you here.

The products featured have been chosen because we know they’re good quality and are an excellent offer at the price we’ve included (at the time of writing). Our tech team have unrivalled expertise and years of experience testing new products, so you can trust our recommendations – and we also know what represents a good deal.

With each product is a ‘Buy Now’ link. If you click on this then we may receive a small amount of money from the retailer when you purchase the item. This doesn’t affect the amount you pay.


Best Black Friday wheel deals in cycling

Mavic Ksyrium Pro Carbon SL T Disc Wheelset, was £1759, now £749.98

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The Mavic Kysrium wheels are a long term favourite – in all their wonderful varieties, they’re light weight and built for speed without being impractical or prone to easy wear.

This disc version comes set up for tubular tyres and the rear is compatible with Shimano/SRAM and Campagnolo freewheels. The rims are carbon, with aluminium sealed cartridge hubs and 20/24 steep straight pull spokes.

Buy Mavic Wheels & Tyres from Chain Reaction Cycle

Read more: Mavic Ksyrium Elite UST wheelset review // Mavic Ksyrium Pro Disc UST wheelset

Fast Forward Carbon F6R Tubular 60mm SP Wheelset, was £1,499.99 now £749.99

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A feature laden wheelset that is all about going fast. The 60mm rims have a ‘Double Arc’ (DARC) rim profile which Fast Forward say reduces drag dramatically, whilst dealing well with cross winds.

High strength Carbon TC35 keeps these robust and stiff, and of course as light weight as possible for an aero rim. There’s 20 straight pull spokes on the font and 24 on the rear.

Buy now at Wiggle for £749.99

Fulcrum Racing Zero Nite C17 Clincher Road Wheelset was £1,099.99 now £849.95

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A high end aluminium road bike wheel, with “Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation” treatment for expert braking, even in the wet. The hard layer embedded on the surface helps to guard against wear, too.

The freehub is designed to suit Shimano 10-11 speed, and bearings are USB ceramic. Aero straight pull spokes have been used, with 16 at the front and 21 on the rear – representing a lower than average count to help reduce turbulence in the wind.

Buy now at Merlin Cycles for £849.95

Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon Exalith 700c road clincher wheelset, was £1,169 now £879.99

Read more: Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon review

The exceptional Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon Exalith are now discounted by a whopping 20%. We’ve reviewed the Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon SL and the main difference between the two is the Exalith braking track which is really good. The wheels are 45mm deep which makes them stiff and aero and they come with a set of Mavic tyres.

Buy now: Mavic Cosmic Pro carbon Exalith wheelset at Evans Cycles for £879.99

Zipp 302 carbon clincher disc brake wheelset, was £552.99 now £429.99

Read more: Zipp 302 review

These are the disc brake version of the above wheels, but for the now discounted price you get a 45mm aero rim depth and a really stiff carbon build. Both of those things help create a fast rolling wheel that maintains its speed really well.

Anyone who’s looking for a pair of upgrade wheels would do well to opt for these. Although a word of warning, there are very few left in stock so if you want a pair you’ll have to act quick.

Buy now: Zipp 302 carbon clincher disc front wheel at Chain Reaction Cycles for £429.99

Buy now: Zipp 302 carbon clincher disc rear wheel at Chain Reaction Cycles for £579.99

Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 C60 wheelset

Shimano’s latest Dura-Ace R9100 wheels are 50mm deep, offering a nice stiffness boost to your ride. Alloy rim braking ensures minimal damage to the braking surface and increased rigidity.

They’re for sale, separately so we’ve included links below to both wheels.

Buy now: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 C60 front wheel at ProBikeKit for £499.99

Buy now: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 C60 rear wheel at ProBikeKit for £599.99

Mavic Cosmic Elite clincher wheelset was £370, now £247.99

Cosmic Elite S Wheelset

Buy now: Mavic Cosmic Elite clincher wheelset from Sigma Sports Cycles for £247.99

The ultimate upgrade wheels just got a lot cheaper, and these Mavic Cosmic Elite wheels are 30mm deep for a nice middle ground between aerodynamics and stiffness.

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Pensioner jailed for 12 months for careless driving that killed elderly cyclist

The driver was heard ‘beeping his horn four or five times’ before he hit the e-bike rider

A pensioner has been jailed for 12 months after he hit and killed an elderly cyclist who was riding an e-bike.

Andrew Paul Lanham, 71, was heard beeping his horn four or five times before he struck Frank Lee with the wing mirror of his Ford Focus, a court has heard.

Mr Lee, 81, died from complications caused by his injuries six months after the incident, according to ITV Border.

Lanham, a retired tree surgeon from Penruddock, near Penrith, was jailed for 12 months at Carlisle Crown Court on Wednesday.

>>> Inquiry to be held into police enforcement of close passing after death of Australian cycling campaigner

Mr Lee was riding his e-bike with a Keswick-based cycling group in Cumbria on February 28 last year.

While travelling along the single-track C3031 between Matterdale and Greystoke, the driver Lanham approached from behind.

Lanham overtook two female riders, one of whom was forced to pull off the road, and was heard beeping his horn.

He drove past Mr Lee, who did not deviate from his line but was knocked from his bike as the driver passed.

Mr Lee was treated immediately by the two women he had been riding with and was taken to hospital, but died from his injuries in September last year.

He was wearing a helmet.

>>> Cyclist says ‘I’m going to die at this roundabout’ after filming near misses

Lanham had denied the charge, but was found guilty by a jury at the same court on Tuesday.

The offender said the incident was “an error of judgement” and that he thought it was safe to overtake.

Mr Lee’s 75-year-old widow Doreen said her husband was “considerate, kind, loving, optimistic and someone who had a real zest for life.

She added: “He was my soul mate.”

Lanham was also banned from driving for 18 months.

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Riding the 2019 Ridley X-Night SL cyclocross bike at Gavere

Ridley’s top cyclocross bike is designed to be light and responsive

It’s not often we get to ride a top flight cyclocross bike on a professional course. But Ridley invited Cycling Weekly to ride the Superprestige Gavere course on its latest X-Night SL the day before the races, when the course was already marked out, although not as chewed up as when the pros took to it on the Sunday.

The first thing you notice is how agile the X-Night SL is in tight corners and when picking a line. It’s easy to turn, but still has plenty of stability to tackle faster sections of the course.

Ridley X-Night SL’s aggressive geometry is designed for fast racing

Having made it through the turns, there are a couple of run-ups at Gavere. It’s then that you notice how light the bike is too, even with Fulcrum Racing 7 wheels and inner tubes.

After the descent from the top of the course, there’s a long, flat, firm run, which needs the large ring and top end of the cassette. Going full gas, at no time did I feel as if the bike was likely to pitch me into the lake or down the bank on either side.

The bike felt fast on the dry bottom run on the course

The Superprestige Gavere course includes an unusually long climb through the woods, so the X-Night SL’s low weight and stiff frameset really help retain momentum.

The X-Night SL frameset is pretty resistant to mud accumulation in the usual places, although the Ultegra Di2 front mech tends to collect mud on its flat top surface. But Di2 copes really well with the mud and kept shifting cleanly throughout the ride.

Mud build-up is not too much of a problem

The X-Night SL we rode had Vittoria Terreno Mix tyres. They’re a great all-rounder, but weren’t the best choice for the increasingly sloppy mud. I dropped the pressure until they were bottoming out on the rim. This added enough grip to cope with the conditions, but something a bit more aggressive would have been an advantage. On the plus side, they didn’t clog up.

The 2019 Ridley X-Night SL: design, specs and prices

Ridley is onto the sixth iteration of its X-Night cyclocross bike. Over the years, cyclocross races have become faster and the X-Night’s geometry has changed to reflect this. One significant change is in the bottom bracket drop, with the latest X-Night having a lower bottom bracket than its predecessors to add stability. Ridley has retained the traditional horizontal top tube on its cyclocross bikes, with a flattened profile to make shouldering easier.

>>> Best cyclocross bikes for 2019

There’s good clearance behind the bottom bracket

The X-Night’s 72 degree fork angle is quite aggressive, for agility. There’s a short reach and low stack for a compact racing position and the ability to shift weight over obstacles.

The launch of the X-Trail gravel bike range in carbon and alloy has allowed Ridley to tailor its cyclocross bike range to racing, with the X-Trail having a longer wheelbase and less aggressive geometry.

Other modern features of the X-Night SL include flat mount disc brakes, which make for a stiffer interface between the frame and the caliper, while the 12mm thru-axles increase rigidity. Ridley still makes cantilever versions of its cyclocross machines, for the dyed-in-the-wool traditionalist.

The Terreno Mix tyres held on OK, but something more aggressive would have been useful in the mud

Ridley uses a PF30 bottom bracket for stiffness too and it’s taken pains to reduce the shelf behind the bottom bracket shell – a classic location for mud build-up, although there’s still a cable run for a mechanical front mech. The X-Night frame is adaptable for single ring and two ring mechanical and electronic groupsets.

Alongside the X-Night SL, Ridley also sells the X-Night. The frames look identical, but there’s a 200g weight penalty, with the X-Night weighing around 1kg due to the lower modulus carbon used.

The day before the race, the course was already getting muddy

Ridley also sells the X-Ride and X-Bow alloy crosser ranges. The X-Night SL comes in mechanical Ultegra spec for €3599, Force 1 for €4299 or Ultegra Di2 for €4779. Drop down to the standard X-Night and prices start at €2799. For a modest upcharge, you can customise the paintwork on all Ridley’s bikes.

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