Things you should and shouldn’t buy on Black Friday

The day you’ve been waiting for is almost here…

The Black Friday sales – official start date Friday November 24 – pretty much kicked off at the very outset of the month this year, but many shoppers have been holding out in the hope of mega savings on the day.

At Cycling Weekly, our inboxes have been brimming with embargoed (secret) Black Friday deals for some time and we’ve been highlighting the very best offers as and when they go live.

But where are the real bargains to be found? What’s worth investing in? And what’s not?

Things to buy if you were already in the market…

Bikes

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Bike brands generally release new model year (eg in this case 2018) bikes around September – to coincide with Eurobike.

Though there are some exceptions where a brand administers a total overhaul, many bikes just see a few tweaks.

The result for the consumer is that retailers need to get rid of outgoing bikes (2017 this year) from September onwards.

This means that prices drop on bikes that are basically identical – save for some new paint jobs, and alterations in the region of 3% stiffness, 2% aero-super-ness and 2.7% comfort.

Add Black Friday to the mix, and you’ve got some seriously good value bikes. 

There’s an incentive for the retailer to get these bikes out the door, so if you were already in the market for a bike, now could well be the time to pounce.

Read more: Best Black Friday bike deals

Bike lights

Everyone needs bike lights – and though there are some budget options around, reliability is incredibly important and really that comes when you spend a little bit more with a quality brand.

Thankfully, several retailers have acknowledged that the high price of these beams represents somewhat of a barrier to consumers.

Evans Cycles has reduced a host of bike lights by 30% – which when applied to a unit from a quality brand like Exposure is a pretty hefty saving.

Read more: Best Black Friday light reductions 

Shoes and helmets

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Chris Froome wearing his new Sidi shoes at the Critérium du Dauphiné (Photo: Watson)

Shoes and helmets, like bikes, often get rereleased each year – with a few tweaks here and there. Of course, in some cases these tweaks are massive and represent a proper re-invention, but in others they’re minor.

Buying last year’s model doesn’t mean you lose out – and with Black Friday discounts you can enjoy a nice chunk off. We’ve seen some tasty bargains already.

Read more: Cycling helmet Black Friday deals

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Things you probably weren’t in the market for but could be a good investment….

GoPro Refurb

Bikes, shoes, helmets – all things cyclists do kind of need. No one really needs a GoPro, but then neither does anyone need a fancy TV or very-posh headphones. Some things are just nice to have.

Though you might not have been on the look-out for a helmet camera, eBay is selling refurbished GoPro Hero 5 Black cameras – and the savings are pretty mint.

Buy now: Go Pro Hero 5 Black at eBay for £260

New tech

The Garmin Edge 520 is light and compact, taking up little room on your handlebars

The Garmin Edge 520 is light and compact, taking up little room on your handlebars

So you’ve probably already got a cycling computer – but with Black Friday enjoying a history in tech, most retailers have stuck with the message and slashed the prices on GPS devices. The closest thing cycling really has to wide screen TVs and Apple goodies (which of course are on mega deals).

There are some pretty good deals to be had on computers…

Apple TV

With the news that Zwift is now available on Apple TV, it seems like the perfect time to pick up one of these.

Zwift says it saw a major uplift in the number of people using its fitness software since it became available for iOS – iPhone and iPad – hence the decision. The Apple TV 4K has Apple’s fastest yet Apple-designed processors which deliver enhanced performance. Instant, native Bluetooth pairing lets users connect to smart trainers, power meters, heart rate monitors, and other exercise sensors.

Buy Now: Apple TV at John Lewis for £149

Dyson Hot and Cool fan was £399, now £229

If you’re currently completing turbo sessions without a fan: STOP. Overheating drastically decreases your power output – and makes every workout feel lot harder.

This Dyson fan can be used to keep the air cool – AND you can use it to heat the room back up after you’re done.

Buy now: Dyson Hot and Cool fan at Amazon for £229

Read more: Home training set up deals

Castelli clothing

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Castelli pretty much rules the world of winter cycling clothing (imagine such a world…) – and retailers know that riders love it. So they’ve been price war-ing over the brand since Black Friday began, which is handy for anyone feeling the chill on winter rides…

Read more: Best Black Friday Castelli deals

Stuff you really shouldn’t buy cos it’s Black Friday…

A bike that doesn’t fit you

A Hoy bikes balance bike being enjoyed. Photo By Stephen Hughes.

Photo By Stephen Hughes.

Sometimes you come across an AMAZING deal on a bike – but it’s just that little bit bigger or smaller than would be ideal.

Do not be tempted. A bike that doesn’t fit you is a false investment – and will only result in excessive extra spends on bike fits and negative/positive stems in very strange lengths.

Anything else that doesn’t fit

The above applies to clothing, helmets – and shoes… don’t do a Cinderella on us.

A bodge deal

It’s not uncommon for retailers to bulk out their genuine Black Friday deals pages with a few extra bits and bobs, here and there. Avoid anything that doesn’t look like a particularly genuine saving – you could probably buy it at the same price next week.

You can check the validity of Amazon deals on CamelCamelCamel.com.

There’s no such tool for cycling retailers – but think 30-50%, not 10%, and you’re on the right track – or just check our Black Friday deals posts for the best bargains. 

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Chain Reaction Cycles Black Friday discounts: Half price Castelli and a hundred off a Garmin 520

The finest Chain Reaction Cycles Black Friday discounts, including clothing, components, bikes and much more

The Black Friday cycling discounts have already begun, and for 2017, Chain Reaction Cycles are making their already great discounts even better, with four weeks worth of deals in the run up to the big day on November 24.

The first deals were revealed on November 2, and for your ease we’ve put together this page, which we’ll be updating every week with a new pick of great deals.

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The best Chain Reaction Cycles Black Friday discounts:

Castelli Perfetto Vest was £110, now £54

This winter warmer is now half price thanks to Black Friday. Equipped with Windstopper X-Lite windproofing and a packable construction, it’ll be the perfect accompaniment on any winter ride.

Buy now: Castelli Perfetto Vest for £54

Shimano Ultegra R8000 groupset was £1099, now £624

Shimano Ultegra R8000

New Ultegra has the Dura-Ace R9100 look

The fantastic, brand new Shimano Ultegra R8000 groupset has had its price slashed (again!) on Chain Reaction Cycles.

It has now dropped to a new low of £624, down from a whopping £1,099.

Buy now: Shimano Ultegra R8000 groupset at Chain Reaction Cycles for £624

Wahoo ELEMNT GPS was £249, now £189

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The barn storming Wahoo Elemnt GPS computer has been discounted by 24%, and now costs just £189.

Wahoo came storming on the cycling scene with its excellent computers, which pair with Wahoo’s trainers seamlessly and come with boat loads of training tools.

Buy now: Wahoo Element GPS for £189

Garmin Edge 520 was £279, now £167

The excellent Garmin Edge 520 is now discounted by over £100 in the final week of Chain Reaction savings. It’s perfect for those looking to pushing performance and wanting help navigating.

Buy now: Garmin Edge 520 at Chain Reaction Cycles for £167

Castelli Perfetto long sleeve jersey was £175, now £87.50

The superb Castelli Perfetto long sleeve jersey has had its price slashed by 50%, making it even cheaper to get this superb piece of kit.

We’ve reviewed this particular model and it’s very windproof, and only having a water resistant coating it proved to be completely waterproof. All sizes still available.

Buy now: Castelli Perfetto long sleeve jersey for £87.50

Castelli Gabba 3 Jersey was £150, now £75

The Castelli Gabba 3 is largely considered to be the winter jersey to end all winter jerseys. It is seriously waterproof, windproof and excellent at keeping the nasty weather at bay. Even better, it is now half price, making it the best upgrade you can buy.

Buy now: Castelli Gabba 3 Jersey for £75

Tacx Satori T2400 smart trainer, was £259, now £194

Jump into the world of smart training at a discount rate with this Tacx smart trainer.

It uses both ANT+ and Bluetooth to connect to devices, has a magnetic resistance unit which are quieter and can simulate 10 different sloping positions so you maximise your training.

Buy now: Tacx Satori T2400 smart trainer for £194

Look Blade Carbon Road Blade pedals was £139, now £84

These carbon Look pedals are stiff, with no flex through the body and they’re light weight, weighing a claimed 288g a pair. Plus, 4.5 degrees of float make these comfortable to clip in for long periods of time.

Buy now: Look Blade Carbon Road Blade pedals for £84

Shimano 105 rear derailleur was £52.99, now £30.99

Cheap as chips Shimano parts are always something to be celebrate and this would make the perfect spare part or upgrade for any bike, but especially a potential winter bike build. This particular version is the medium cage model, which means it can accomodate 32t cassettes

The Shimano 105 groupset is known to be one of the most bombproof groupsets out there, so you know you’re buying a part with longevity.

Buy now: Shimano 105 rear derailleur for £30.99

Garmin Edge 1000 was £499.99, now £274.99

It may have now been superseded by the Garmin Edge 1030, but that doesn’t mean the Edge 1000 isn’t still a great cycling computer. In fact, it just means that you can buy it for even less

Buy now: Garmin Edge 1000 for £274.99

Selle Italia C2 Genuine Gel saddle was £54.99, now £19.99

With overwhelmingly positive reviews, this Selle Italia saddle promises to be a comfortable perch whatever your bike or type of riding.

Buy now: Selle Italia C2 Genuine Gel saddle for £19.99

Endura Windchill II jacket was £89.99, now £44.99

With winter beginning to set in, now’s the time to buy a decent jacket, and this Endura model promises to keep you warm and dry through to spring.

Buy now: Endura Windchill II jacket for £44.99

Cube Agree C:62 Disc road bike was £1799.99, now £1299.99

Complete with a Shimano 105 groupset and hydraulic disc brakes, the Cube Agree C:62 Disc promises a ride equally suitable for long sportives, or shorter, faster rides

Buy now: Cube Agree C:62 Disc road bike for £1299.99

Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 pedals was £224.99, now £119.99

The brand new pedals to go with the latest Dura-Ace R9100 groupset, Shimano’s top-end pedals have been the choice of the pros for years.

Buy now: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 pedals for £122.99

X-Tools 37-piece bike tool kit was £69.99 now £34.99

Every cyclist has to do the odd bit of home maintenance now and again, and this X-Tools tool kit has all the spanners, Allen keys, and chain breaker that you’ll need for any messy job

Buy now: X-Tools 37-piece bike tool kit for £34.99

Met Rivale helmet was £120, now £59.99

One of the lightest helmets around at just 230g, the Met Rivale is available in both men’s and women’s versions and in a range of different colours to match any kit.

Buy now: Met Rivale helmet was £120, now £59.99

Campagnolo Athena carbon crankset was £259.99, now £119.99

Every bike could do with a carbon crankset from Campagnolo, and thanks to the big discount on this mid-range Athena model, it could be cheaper than most aluminium cranksets.

Buy now: Campagnolo Athena carbon crankset was £259.99, now £119.99

Mobi V-15 Portable pressure washer was £99.99, now £54.99

If you lack the motivation to scrub your bike down after every ride, then a pressure washer is a good alternative to remove the worst of the gunk and grime. Just stay away from any bearings!

Buy now: Mobi V-15 Portable pressure washer for £54.99

Zipp SL Sprint stem was £245, now £139.99

Buy now: Zipp SL Sprint stem was £245, now £139.99

You might not think stems are sexy, but this particular model is the stem of choice for some of the world’s best sprinters, with Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan among the riders to use it whether they’re sponsored by Zipp or not.

This page will be regularly updated in the run-up to Black Friday with the latest and greatest deals from Chain Reaction Cycles as soon as they’re released.


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‘One big crash and it would shatter’: Luke Rowe says he’ll have ‘no regrets’ approach when he returns from broken leg

Team Sky rider reveals how surgeon told him he might never ride again after breaking leg in August

Now back on a track bike as he recovers from a badly broken leg, Luke Rowe has revealed that one bad crash could see him sustain longer lasting injuries that could mean he never rides a bike – or even walks – again.

The Team Sky rider shattered the tibia and fibula in his right leg into more than 20 pieces when he jumped into a whitewater rafting course on his brother’s stag party in Prague in August.

Rowe recently returned to two wheels as he took in a few laps of the Newport velodrome, but says that the decision to leave a metal rod in place to heal his fractures could have consequences if he were to suffer another bad fall.

“I have a metal rod in there,” Rowe said in an interview with The Telegraph. “We’ve had a few discussions about whether to leave it in or take it out. And we’ve decided that we’re going to leave it in to strengthen the tibia.

“But if I was to crash and if it was a big one, well, you can imagine… the rod bends, the bone doesn’t. So it would shatter and I would never ride a bike again. Potentially never walk again. I would never have full use of my leg.”

>>> What is the best route to recovery from injury?

Despite the threat of a bad crash having potentially career-threatening and life-changing consequences, Rowe says that he has no plans to do anything differently when he returns to racing.

“I’ve just got to crack on and if I crash, you know, it would be a horror story and I’d go and stack some shelves. No regrets,” he continued. “You can’t wrap yourself up in cotton wool. It was just super unlucky.”


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Although Rowe is now back riding on the track and hoping for a return at the Commonwealth Games in Australia in April, he says that at the time of the accident there was concern that the injury may put an end to his career as a professional cyclist.

“The surgeon said ‘There’s a good chance you will never ride a bike again’. That was probably the worst moment of my life,” the 27-year-old said. “I just sat on my bed and broke down and cried. It was stand out the worst moment of my life.”

Working with doctors and Team Sky physiotherapist Nathan Thomas, Rowe is now gong through a rigorous regime of strengthening work in the gym, a routine he describes as “doing what you have to do”, receiving praise for his attitude towards recovery from members of the team’s support staff.

>>> How do professional riders spend the off-season?

Seeing the injury as a chance to come back even stronger, the Welshman hopes that he will at least get to ride one Grand Tour in 2018, setting his sights on the Vuelta a España at the end of August.

“Especially with all this gym and rehab, the opportunity is there to work on your weaknesses. I’m fully optimistic I’ll be back stronger than before.

“I will definitely ride the Vuelta next year I think. The Tour could be a bit ambitious but I’m not ruling myself out of that.”


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Surrey school threatens to confiscate students’ bikes if they don’t have a number plate

Students could also be banned from cycling to school

Students at a school in Surrey have been threatened with having their bikes locked away unless they comply with a new policy on cycling to school, which includes having a number plate attached to their bikes.

In a letter sent to parents, Keith Batchelor, head of the Beacon School in Banstead, said that he was implementing new rules on children cycling into school, and parents would have to sign an agreement before their children were allowed to ride in.

As well as telling students to stick to the Highway Code, wear a helmet, and use hi-vis clothing and bike lights “where appropriate”, the new rules also mean that students will have to have a number plate (supplied by the school) attached to their bikes, which Mr Batchelor hoping that this will make students not following the rules more identifiable.

>>> What is the evidence that wearing hi-vis clothing makes you a safer cyclist?

“On joining the school this September, I decided to refine the current cycling policy to enhance further the safety of the students in our care and develop their sense of responsibility on the road,” Mr Batchelor said in a statement, as reported by Get Surrey.

“The procedures will support the safeguarding of our students on their journeys to and from school and help us to celebrate safe cycling. We will provide extra training to students where it is needed.”

As part of the new policy, the school says that students who fail to follow the rules may be banned from cycling to school, with those who continue to ride in having their bikes locked up until their parents or carers are available to collect them.

>>> ‘Do cyclists have to have insurance?’ – you asked Google and we’ve got the answer

Number plates for bikes have been the subject of discussion in recent months after a survey by Halfords found that two-thirds of respondents were in favour of cyclists having to have them attached to their bikes.

However the idea came was slammed by both cycling campaigners and motoring groups, with the AA describing it as “impractical and unnecessary” while Cycling UK said “rather than encouraging people to cycle, and bring all the associated health and wealth benefits, it is more than likely to put newcomers or occasional cyclists off cycling altogether.”


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Over £1100 off this Zipp 202 Firecrest carbon wheelset in massive Black Friday bargain

This Zipp 202 Firecrest carbon wheelset is currently discounted by a staggering £1138 in this massive Black Friday bargain

Honestly, we’re a little agape at just how much of a good deal this is. Currently available in Cycle Surgery’s Black Friday sales you can get a pair of Zipp 202 Firecrest carbon clincher wheels for just £931 – that’s a staggering discount of £1138.

Buy now: Zipp 202 Firecrest carbon clincher wheelset at Cycle Surgery for £931

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To put into perspective just how good this deal is, one wheel is currently retailing for £745 alone on a rival shopping site.

The Zipp 202s remain one of the best all round wheelsets on the market. Their carbon make up gives them a feather weight composition – a claimed 1395g – that makes them the lightest member of the Firecrest wheelset.

Zipp rims are known to be wide, and these come in at 25.4mm. We love wide rims, not least because they make tyres have a much larger profile, in turn offering more grip and increase comfort.

Buy now: Zipp 202 Firecrest carbon clincher wheelset at Cycle Surgery for £931

We reviewed the Zipp 202 Firecrest carbon clinchers, and found them to be “a great all-round wheel: responsive in the hills, stable in crosswinds and plain fast on the flat. We love them”.

In particular we liked the stiffer hubs which will have a knock effect on your bearings life span. Plus, their shallower rim profile makes them a whole lot more stable in the wind.

Granted, it’s currently winter, so a set of Sunday best wheels probably aren’t top of the list right now, but imagine the benefits when we get back into the sunny days of spring and summer – you’ll be the envy of your mates.

If you want in on the action, you better move quick as these are selling like mad.


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Human rights groups call for Giro d’Italia Israel start to be cancelled

An open letter urges Pope Francis to reject an invitation to bless the start of the Italian Grand Tour in Israel

The Giro d’Italia is coming under pressure from various human rights groups to cancel its planned start in Israel on May 4, 2018, over the country’s conflict with Palestine.

The race, won in 2017 by Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), is hoping to attract Chris Froome, Mikel Landa and many other top stars to its 101st edition. But the mix of politics and sport is too much for some critics.

The organiser RCS Sport is “whitewashing Israel’s military occupation and grave human rights violations” with its planned three-day start, read a statement from the European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine (ECCP). The letter went to the organiser, teams, sponsors, journalists and Pope Francis.

The estimated €10-million deal will see a Grand Tour starting outside of Europe for the first time. The deal provides for three stages, one in Jerusalem and two to the south, which Israel hopes will promote tourism. Human rights groups argue that the Big Start comes at a cost for the Palestinians.

The open letter criticised the use of images with the Al Aqsa Mosque and the church of St. Mary of Agony in the Old City of Jerusalem

“The signatories stress that holding the Giro d’Italia in Israel will both cover up Israel’s military occupation and discrimination against Palestinians and increase Israel’s sense of impunity, encouraging continued denial of Palestinians’ UN-stipulated rights,” read ECCP’s letter.

The Palestinian rights organisation said that it is formed of 120 different human rights groups.

The signatories include Renowned linguist Noam Chomsky, prominent jurists former United Nations Special Rapporteurs on Palestinian rights John Dugard and Richard Falk, Italian playwright Moni Ovadia, European Parliament members Eleonora Forenza, Curzio Maltese and Sergio Cofferati, and former vice president of European Parliament Luisa Morgantini.

“Giro d’Italia is working with Israeli company Comtec Group, the organiser the ‘Big Start’ event, which has activities in illegal Israeli settlements,” the letter continued.

“In official race imagery, maps and videos, Giro d’Italia is deceptively portraying East Jerusalem, which has been under Israeli military occupation for 50 years, as if it were part of Israel and the unified capital of the State of Israel,” read the statement.

“The final stage planned for southern Israel will pass by dozens of Palestinian Bedouin villages Israel refuses to recognise or provide with the most basic of services, including electricity, water, clinics, schools and roads,’ one of which Israel has demolished over 100 times.”

RCS Sport will unveil the full route of the 2018 edition on November 29 in Milan. After the Israeli start, the race is due to travel to Sicily and north through the country and will return to Rome for a finish at the Vatican City. The trip to Israel, which is investing in its tourism sector, strokes the flames of the historic conflict.

Even the presentation date, November 29, is sensitive as it coincides with the United Nations International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.



The European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine (ECCP) wrote to RCS MediaGroup, teams and sponsors to move the start “to ensure no involvement in Israeli violations of international law and Palestinian human rights.”

The Palestinian civil society groups called on Pope Francis to oppose Israel’s hosting of the Giro d’Italia, which ends outside of his home in Rome.

The groups’ letter urged him not to give blessing or his name to what the letter described as a “cynical attempt by the far-right Israeli government to use your good name in this propaganda effort to cover up its brutal occupation and ongoing construction of illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land.”

RCS Sport has yet to respond. When it launched the three Israeli stages in September, cycling director Mauro Vegni said, “The reality is that we want it to be a sports event and stay away from any political discussion.”

This coming weekend, cities across Italy, from Udine to Naples, will host bicycle rides in protest, “to say no to the Giro d’Italia in Israel.”


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Pinarello apologises for ‘sexist’ e-bike advert which ‘failed to reflect company values’

Advert featured female rider who “would like to follow easily the men’s pace”

Pinarello has issued an apology after facing a social media backlash over an advertisement for its new electric bike.

The Italian brand came in for significant criticism over the publicity for its new Pinarello Nytro e-bike, saying that the bike was aimed at “women who would like to follow easily the men’s pace, or even the ones who desire to experience cycling as a new way of life, climbing easily and going downhill safely, enjoying every single minute on the bike.”

>>> Pinarello comes under fire for ‘sexist’ e-bike ad campaign

One post on Instagram also featured a photo of a woman – 24-year-old Emma which the company described as a “couple rider” – together with the caption “I’ve always wanted to go cycling with my boyfriend but it seemed impossible.”

Pinarello also faced accusations of ageism over another post which featured a suited 55-year-old man called Frank who had “no time to ride during the week.”


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The first advert was quickly taken offline, with the rest of the Instagram posts associated with the campaign also removed as the company issued an apology.

“Our recent advertisement failed to reflect the values of diversity and equality that are core to Pinarello,” a company statement read.

“The Nytro is designed to make cycling accessible to more people and our advertisement clearly failed to convey that message. We sincerely apologise and have pulled the ad.”

>>> Five best electric bikes for 2017: all you need to know about e-bikes

Pinarello is far from the first cycling manufacturer to have been accused of sexism in its publicity campaigns, with Colnago apologising for using a picture of a woman bent over a bike the caption “ready for the weekend ride?” in 2015 and Specialized also apologising for launching a ‘Playboy’ edition of one of its e-bikes last year.

As well as taking its advertisements of social media, Pinarello has also replaced photos and captions on its site with videos of journalists talking about their first thoughts on the new bike.


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Piccoli and Rodriguez return to Elevate-KHS for 2018 after breakout seasons

Elevate-KHS has renewed for 2018 with Mexican sprinter Alfredo Rodriguez and Canadian climber James Piccoli. Both riders had breakout seasons in 2017 for the first-year US Continental team.

Piccoli, 26, rode with Amore & Vita in 2014 and H&R Block in 2015 before stepping back to the amateur level with a Canadian team in 2016 and the first part of this year.

His performance at the Redlands Bicycle Classic, where he climbed and time trialed with the top riders before dropping out on the final stage, got the attention of Elevate-KHS director Paul Abrahams, and the team added him at the end of June in time for the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.

“I was on the verge of retiring before I had the opportunity to join the team in June,” Piccoli said in the team press release. “They took me straight to a four-week training camp with my teammates in Park City, Utah. We rode all the stages of the Tour of Utah and that attention to detail really paid off.”

Piccoli turned heads almost immediately in Utah, finishing third on the summit finish to Snowbasin Ski resort on stage 2 and backing that up with eighth on the Queen stage to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort. He finished the 2.HC race 10th overall and backed that up with ninth at the Tour of Alberta, where he finished in the top 10 on the Queen stage to Marmot Ski Area.

“James has proved that he is one of the best climbers in the US and adds a general classification threat that the team had been looking for,” Abrahams said. “Having both James and Alfredo anchor the team in 2018 ensures an exciting year ahead for everyone involved with the Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team.”

Piccoli most recently won the overall at the Tour of Southland in New Zealand. 

Rodriguez, 20, will be in his third season with the team, having started in 2016 as an amateur. Rodriguez won seven races in 2017 and hit the podium many more times, including third on stage 4 of the Tour of the Gila, second on stage 4 of the Tour of Utah and third on stage 4 of the 2.HC Colorado Classic in Denver. He also grabbed stage top 10s in Tour de Taiwan and Tour of Alberta. His biggest win of the year came during the stage 2 criterium at the North Star Grand Prix in Minnesota.

“Alfredo’s ability to stay calm and focused, especially considering he is only 20 years old, allowed him to finish on the podium in sprint stages at the Tours of the Gila, Utah and Colorado,” Abrahams said. 

Rodriguez said he’s anxious to turn the bounty of podium finishes into wins next year.

“The whole structure of the Elevate-KHS team fits me perfectly,” he said. “We are like a big family. The riders and staff on the team have really sacrificed for me, and I want to repay their hard work with a victory.”

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The best deals on getting the ultimate home training setup, including turbo, TVs, fans and more

The most important things you need for any home turbo setup

Winter is the turbo training season, but having the right setup can make things so much more enjoyable, and now the Black Friday sales make it much easier to get the right parts on the cheap.

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Turbo trainer deals

To start turbo-ing, you need a turbo, but you don’t need to break the bank to get going.

FWE Magnetic turbo trainer was £99, now £59

This particular model would be a great option for those just getting in to the sport. With its five levels of resistance and sturdy aluminium base it’s the perfect model to keep your training going.

Buy now: FWE Magnetic turbo trainer at Evans Cycles f0r £59

Lifeline magnetic riser was £99, now £49.99

This model has 6 levels of resistance and folds up so you can put it away and avoid tripping over it all the time.

Buy now: Lifeline magnetic riser at Chain Reaction Cycles for £49

Tacx Satori smart trainer was £259, now £199

Tacx Satori Smart Trainer Black Friday deals at Wiggle

The Satori offers one of the cheapest ways into smart training and the world of Zwift and the like and it remains the best way to make turbo-ing interesting.

Buy now: Tacx Satori smart trainer at Tredz for £199

Fans

Never underestimate how warm you’ll get when you’re on the trainer and just how important fans can be.

Dyson Hot and Cool fan was £399, now £229

The best of the best, this Dyson fan is seriously cool (apologies), and has dual applications. Not only does it cool you down, it can also work as heater when you’re not training. Even better, it’s at a bargain price.

Buy now: Dyson Hot and Cool fan at Amazon for £229

Three speed oscillating desk top fan for £12.99

Ok, so it’s definitely not as exciting as the Dyson Hot and Cool, but it’s a hell of a lot cheaper. It’ll keep you cool and you can buy multi-packs if you want to be cooled down from different directions.

Buy now: Oscillating desk top fan at Amazon for £12.99

Televisions and monitors

Well you can’t very well smart train without a screen, can you!

Samsung UE40MU6120 40-inch LED 4K Ultra HD TV was £469, now £369

This 40-inch Samsung smart TV would be the dream pairing for any Zwift rider who wants to see their stats in glorious 4K definition. Of course, if it’s a touch extravagant for just Zwifting so it’ll also make Blue Planet 2 look gorgeous.

Buy now: Samsung UE40MU6120 40-inch LED TV at eBay for £369

LG 22M38A 22-inch monitor was £82, now £73

Perhaps a slightly more reasonable offering, this 22-inch monitor doesn’t need to take up all of the space in your turbo room. It’s full HD and is currently on an 11% discount.

Buy now: LG22M38A 22-inch monitor at Amazon for £73

Benq GW2470H 23.8-inch monitor was £183, now £99.98

This is a deal well worth snapping up if you’re looking to buy a monitor – it’s a whopping discount on a HD screen, meaning Zwifting won’t break the bank.

Buy now: Benq GW2470H 23.8-inch monitor at Amazon for £99.98

Apple TV

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Top policeman says he’ll to ‘correct the record’ after claiming cyclists could not ride two abreast

Head of Garda in Galway comes in for criticism by cycling campaigners

A top policeman in Ireland has said that he will “correct the record” after wrongly claiming that cyclists are not allowed to ride two abreast.

Chief Superintendant Tom Curley, the most senior gardai in Galway, told a policing committee at the city council that cyclists had to ride in single file, and said that there was “frustration on both sides” and “verbal altercations nearly going to fisticuffs” between motorists and cyclists on the Wild Atlantic Way, a scenic road running the length of Ireland’s west coast.

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A spokesperson for Mr Curley told The Times that he would be correcting his comments at the next meeting of the policing committee, but his apparent lack of knowledge of the law relating to cycling still caused concern for cycling campaigners.

“Most riders will be courteous to drivers behind. Nobody wants to annoy a person operating a potential deadly weapon, any more than they have to,” said Phil Skelton of the Stayin’ Alive at 1.5 campaign, which lobbies to get a law passed mandating a minimum passing distance of 1.5 metres.

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“The notion that riders will go out of their way to cause this annoyance is nonsensical. However, we in Ireland need to get out of this notion that a small minority of drivers have, that they can simply pass at will. There are times where this is not a safe thing to do.”


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As is the case in the United Kingdom, cyclists are allowed to ride two abreast, with the Rules of the Road (the Irish equivalent of the Highway Code) saying that “on occasion, it may be safe to cycle two abreast, but you must not cycle in a manner likely to create an obstruction for other road users.”

The Rules of the Road also recommends that drivers give cyclists at least 1.5 metres space when overtaking, something which is described as being “particularly important” in windy conditions, as are often found on the Wild Atlantic Way.


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