Canyon Bikes: the 2017 road bike range explained

We explore the model families from direct only bike brand, Canyon

Who are Canyon Bikes?

Like many established brands, Canyon Bikes started out with a very different name and a very different business. In 1985, brothers Roman and Franc Arnold founded ‘Radsport Arnold’ – supplying Italian bike parts to racers around their home country of Germany.

In 2001, the company became a bike manufacturer, and took on the name ‘Canyon Bicycles’. From then on, frame designers and engineers were recruited and the company – based in Koblenz, Germany – began to grow.

Canyon operates via a direct sales method, selling bikes online and delivering them to the customer’s door. As a result, its most oft quoted selling point is its ability to pass the savings reaped by a lack of overheads on to the customer. The downside is that trying-before-you-buy is a big ask, unless you attend a demo day, and you won’t get kudos from your local bike shop.

Canyon bikes is still based in Koblenz – though they do have an office in the UK, based in Chessington.

Towards the end of 2015, Canyon moved its factory to a new “state-of-the-art” facility, and in the process many customers suffered through delays and incorrect delivery until the early months of 2016. CEO Roman Arnold [Franc Arnold is no longer involved with Canyon Bikes] publicly apologised, and the company hasn’t experienced any widespread criticism around the process since.

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Canyon bikes are designed by engineers, with assistance from computers. However, they also sponsor UCI pro teams Movistar, Katusha, and Canyon/SRAM – giving them access to athlete feedback from those pushing their bikes to the limits.

Canyon WMN bikes

In 2017, Canyon introduced some brand new women’s frames, built around data based on thousands of female customers. The research was applied to the Canyon Ultimate, and Canyon Endurace – and in these cases, the bikes have a female specific geometry. All other model families – such as the Aeroad and time trial varieties – are available with identical frames to the unisex version, but with female specific components such as narrow handlebars and women’s saddles.

Canyon jargon buster:

A browse through the Canyon bikes range will reveal some common naming patterns. Bikes bear a model family name (Aeroad/Ultimate/Endurace), a frame grade (AL/CF SL/CF SLX) and then a number (7.0, 8.0, 9.0) which denotes the level of componentry.

Here’s what it means:

  • AL: Aluminum
  • CF: Carbon Fibre
  • CF SL: Carbon Fibre Super Light
  • CF SLX: Carbon Fibre Super Light Extreme
  • WMN: Female frame/unisex frame with women’s components
  • Disc/Aero: denotes changes to componentry

Canyon offers a wide range of bikes to suit varying rider needs – here’s a look at the key model families…

Canyon Aeroad

Canyon bikes Aeroad CF SLX Di2 disc

Canyon Aeroad CF SLX Di2 disc

As the name might suggest, the Aeroad has been designed to cheat the wind and take you from A to B as quickly as possible. Wind tunnel testing has resulted in what Canyon call ‘Trident 2.0 tube profiles’ – which basically means they’ve been cut to provide optimum efficiency.

>>> Review: Canyon Aeroad CF SLX Disc 8.0 Di2

Aero bikes are traditionally heavier than their more climb or all-rounder orientated cousins, but the Aeroad does stand out here with a weight of 7.8kg in a medium frame with Shimano Ultegra and disc brakes, whilst a top end SRAM eTap version tips the scales at 7.3kg.

The Aeroad loses some aero points for its external brake cables and lower level of front end integration when compared with competitors. Indeed, when compared against five aero road bikes in our own independent testing, it came third to the Trek Madone Race Shop LTD and Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS. However, these elements might lose milliseconds, but can save a lot of time when it comes to maintenance.

The geometry, as you’d expect, is low and long – it’s an aggressive stance to suit a racer. The Aeroad has been the winning set of wheels at stages of the Tour de France, but it was also the frame which carried Alexander Kristoff’s to his win in the 2015 Tour of Flanders – so it can be versatile in the right hands. Models are available with and without disc brakes.

Canyon Aeroad models:

  • CF SLX Disc Frameset: £2499 / CF SLX rim brake £2399
  • CF SLX Disc 8.0: Ultegra, Reynolds Strike Carbon, 7.8kg (M): £3799
  • CF SLX rim: Ultegra, Reynolds Strike Carbon, 7.2kg (M): £3249
  • CF SLX Disc 8.0 Di2: Ultegra Di2, Reynolds Strike Carbon, 7.8kg (M): £4499
  • CF SLX 8.0 Di2 rim: Ultegra Di2, Reynolds Strike Carbon, 7.2kg (M): £3899
  • CF SLX Disc 9.0: Dura Ace, Mavic Comete Pro Carbon SL: £5199
  • CF SLX 9.0 rim: Dura Ace, Reynolds Strike Carbon, 6.9kg: £4899
  • CF SLX Disc 9.0 SL: SRAM Red eTap, Reynolds Strike Carbon, 7.4kg (M): £5799
  • CF SLX Disc 9.0 LTD: Red eTap, Zipp 404 Firecrest Carbon, 7.3kg (M): £6499
  • CF SLX 9.0 LTD rim: Dura Ace Di2, Zipp 404 Firecrest Disc Carbon: £7599
  • WMN CF SLX Disc 8.0 Di2: Ultegra Di2, Reynolds Strike Carbon, 7.7kg (M): £4499 unisex frame
  • WMN CF SLX Disc 9.0 Team: Red eTap, Zipp 404 Firecrest Disc Carbon, 7.2kg (S): £6499 unisex frame

Canyon Ultimate

Canyon Ultimate Canyon bikes

Canyon Ultimate WMN in action

The Canyon Ultimate is the brand’s ‘all rounder’ – it’s been at the top of Canyon’s popularity stakes for a decade and won the Cycling Weekly ‘Bike of the Year’ award in 2017.

Canyon Ultimate: 2017 bike of the year

The aim of the Ultimate’s game is to combine a low weight with a stiff frame that accelerates well. The ‘Sport Pro Geometry’ is meant to be racey enough but allowing for comfortable long rides for those of us not quite as resilient as pro riders.

The Canyon Ultimate is a staple of the range, and as a result it’s available in a myriad of different iterations. Even the entry level ‘Canyon Ultimate Al’ with aluminium frame shares the same geometry as the top models, and features Shimano Ultegra shifting with Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels for £1699. At the very top of the collection is the £11,599 Canyon Ultimate CF Evo 10.0 LTD – which features a brand new, super light carbon layup, with a top end spec including delights such as a THM-Carbones Clavicula M³ SRM Power meter crank.

Most models are available with or without discs and with lighter components on ‘SL’ models and additional speed focused elements such as integrated stems or deeper wheels on ‘aero’ iterations.

In the Ultimate range you’ll also find the new ‘WMN’ frames with fine tuned female specific geometry.

Canyon Ultimate models:

  • AL SLX Frameset: £699
  • CF SL Frameset: £1049
  • CF SL Disc Frameset: £1349
  • CF SLX Frameset: £2199
  • CF SLX Disc Frameset: £2299
  • CF EVO 10.0 LTD Frameset: £2949
  • AL: 7.4 – 7kg (M), Ultegra – SRAM Red:£1699 – £3099
  • CF SL: 7.6 – 7.3kg (M), 105 – Ultegra: £1349 – £2999
  • CF SL Disc: 8.2 – 7.9kg (M), 105 – Ultegra Di2: £1799 – £3249
  • CF EVO 10.0 LTD: 5.8 – 5.1kg (M), SRAM Red or eTap: £8999 – £11599
  • CF SLX: 6.7 – 6.3kg (M), Ultegra – SRAM Red eTap: £2999 – £7199
  • CF SLX Disc: 7.3 – 7.1kg (M), Ultegra – SRAM Red eTap: £2649 – £6199
  • WMN CF SL: 7kg (S), Ultegra – Ultegra Di2: £1849 – £2999 unisex frame
  • WMN CF SLX: 6.6kg (S), Ultegra Di2: £3599 unisex frame
  • WMN CF SLX Disc: 7.3 – 7.2 kg, Ultegra Di2 – SRAM Red eTap, £2999 – £6499 WSD frame

Canyon Endurace

Canyon Endurace CF SLZ Disc 8.0

The Endurace is an ‘all-day’ bike, with a ‘Sport Geometry’ that puts the rider in a slightly more upright position to relieve pressure on the lower back and arms.

It’s not just in the measurements, though – all carbon versions of the Endurace feature Canyon’s VCLS seat post, which is split down the middle to help dampen road vibrations before they reach the rider’s body.

There are carbon and aluminium frame options to choose from, as well as disc and rim brakes on offer depending upon your preferences. Since a bike such as this is likely to be ridden in all conditions and down roads of varying conditions, disc brakes – which offer greater stopping power in the wet – seem like a smart choice.

The tyres specced are also designed to provide a little comfort over varied terrain and in an assortment of conditions, with Continental Grand Prix 4000sII tyres in 28mm featuring across almost all of the range whilst the AL 5.0 sports Continental Grand Prix rubber in 25mm.

Canyon Endurace models:

  • AL Disc frameset: £599
  • CF SL Disc Frameset: £1349
  • CF SLX Frameset: £2299
  • AL:, 8.7 – 7.9kg (M), Tiagra – Ultegra: £799 – £1199
  • AL Disc: 8.8 – 8.5kg (M), 105 – Ultegra: £1199 – £1499
  • CF: 7.7 – 7.2kg, 105 – Ultegra Di2: £1329 – £2649
  • CF SL Disc: 8.5 – 7.8kg (M), 105 – Ultegra Di2: £1799 – £3399
  • CF SLX Disc: 7.5 – 7.1kg (M), Ultegra – SRAM Red eTap: £3899 – £6149
  • WMN AL: 8.7 – 8kg (S), Tiagra – 105: £799 – 999 unisex frame
  • WMN AL Disc: 8.4 – 8.2kg (S), 105 – Ultegra, £1349 – £1499 WSD frame
  • WMN CF: 7.7 – 7.1kg (S), 105 – Ultegra Di2: £1329 – £2649 WSD frame
  • WMN CF SL Disc: 7.9 – 7.2kg (S), 105 – SRAM Red eTap: £1799 – £5299 WSD frame

Canyon Speedmax Time Trial Bike

The Canyon Speedmax CF SLX shown here with the bento box and hydration system.

Canyon’s time trial bike range has been optimised for testers and triathletes alike. The range consists of two key standards: the CF and CF SLX (no real surprises there).

The Speedmax CF is the less expensive of the two, and offers a little less integration around the cockpit. This means it loses a couple of aero points, but it is a lot easier to adjust when it comes time to tweak your position. The geometry of the CF has a slightly higher stack and shorter reach, putting the rider into a more balanced position – which will suit those not quite strong enough to hold an extreme position without losing pedal efficiency. This said, of course adjustments can be made.

The Speedmax CF SLX features greater integration – and comes with a bento box and hydration system that Canyon claims can save 7W at 50kph. With this system, it’s not UCI legal – but can be used for CTT events and triathlons and the extras can be removed easily. The brakes are also hidden behind a flexible cover, making them aero but also easy to access – and there’s a clever tool storage system located in the top tube. The seat tube angle is sharper than previous models, allowing the rider to sit forward over the bottom bracket, and as per a few Canyon models, to fork rake is adjustable so riders can tune the ride to their own handling preferences.

There are several versions of the CF SLX – the ‘pro’ has seen further geometry tweaks, with a more long distance focused geometry and a longer wheelbase for greater stability. The CF SLX SL features the same set up with a more weight conscious build.

Canyon Speedmax models:

  • CF: 8.6 – 8.3kg (M), 105 – Ultegra Di2: £2049 – £3999
  • CF SL: 8.1 kg (M), Dura Ace, £2999
  • CF SLX: 8.3kg – 8.6kg, Ultegra Di2 – Dura Ace Di2: £4899 – £8499
  • CF SLX SL: 8.5kg, Dura Ace Di2: £8199
  • CF SLX Pro: 8.7kg, Dura Ace Di2: £7299
  • WMN CF: £2049 – £3999 unisex frame
  • WMN CF SLX: 8.5 – 8.3kg (S), 105 – Ultegra Di2: £2049 – £3999 unisex frame

Inflite cyclocross bike

Canyon Inflite cyclocross bike

Canyon Inflite cyclocross bike

For those who like to get out and explore the trails rather than being confined to the tarmac, Canyon has an offering in the Inflite cyclocross bike. All models feature an aluminium frame.

Since cyclocross racers have a tendency to get their bikes mud-clogged enough to require a spare in the pits, Canyon honour a ‘Sponsoring Deal’ which offers a saving to those who order two identical Inflte AL SLX 8.0 Pro Race or 9.0 Pro Race bikes.

The basic models come specced with a 52-36 compact chainset and an 11-32 rear cassette – which will provide plenty of gears on the sudden inclines you find off-road whilst still providing choice on the road. The Pro Race models come with a single 42 tooth chainring and a SRAM Force 11 speed rear cassette.

All options come with hydraulic disc brakes and the majority have DT Swiss R 23 Spline DB wheels, save for the 9.0 Pro Race with its race pedigree Reynolds Assault Carbon hoops.

There’s also an ‘S’ (slick) model, with 28mm Continental Grand Prix 4000s II tyres fitted. The idea here is to provide an all-conditions gravel bike that will cope well on or (gently) off-road. Of course, you can swap the tyres for rougher rides.

Canyon Inflite models:

  • AL 8.0: 9.2kg (M), Shimano 105: £1299 (was £1399)
  • AL 9.0 S: 8.7kg (M), Shimano Ultegra, £1499 (was £1599)
  • AL SLX 8.0 Pro Race: 8.7kg (M), SRAM Rival, £1599 (was £1699)
  • AL 9.0: £1599: 8.9kg (M), Shimano Ultegra, (was £1799)
  • AL SLX 9.0 Pro Race: £2519 (was £2699)

Canyon hybrid bikes

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Canyon Urban hybrid bike

As well as the road models above, and a selection of adult and children’s mountain bikes, Canyon has a healthy stable of hybrid bikes.

Canyon’s hybrid bikes are far from ordinary, with sleek lines that are designed to stand out as well as integration that makes for limited maintenance. The range is split into ‘Urban’ and ‘Commuter’ models.

Canyon’s Urban bikes are designed for nipping around city streets, whilst the Urban models place a greater significance on practicalities with integrated lights, and mudguards or pannier racks fitted as standard. Belt drives keep oil away from clothing and hub gears are used across the range to reduce maintenance. Higher end models feature the VCLS 2.0 seat post, which divides in the centre to dampen road buzz.

For those with more of a fitness motivation, there’s the Roadlite range which combines a light road bike frame with flat handlbars and wide Schwalbe G-One tyres as well as disc brakes.

Canyon hybrid bikes:

  • Urban: 11 – 10.2kg, £799 – £1599
  • Commuter: Weights vary per accessories, £599 – £1949
  • Roadlite: 10.3 – 8.5kg (M), Shimano 105 – Ultegra: £699 – £1199
  • WSD Roadlite: 10.2 – 8.4kg (S), Shimano 105 – Ultegra: £699 – £1199

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Are aerodynamic fabrics worth it?

Simon Smythe and Paul Norman evaluate the real-world benefits of cutting-edge skinsuits that promise to cut drag to a minimum

Geraint Thomas and Mikel Landa of Team Sky debuted a brand new, secret skinsuit on stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia, which was noticeably different from the Castelli Bodypaint 3.3 suits worn by the rest of the team for the time trial.

Sky had been working with researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology since 2016 and claimed to have taken a “completely new approach” to what has been done before; rethinking the fabric and way the suit is put together.

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Can some esoteric fabric really make that much of a difference or was this the latest example of Team Sky deploying psychological warfare?

Geraint Thomas rides in the new Castelli skinsuit at the Giro d’Italia (Sunada)

Bioracer has supplied World Championship and Olympic-winning garments and is arguably the most experienced in the field.

“Bad fabrics will lose you a race, but you can’t always win with good ones,” says Sam Ratajczak, Bioracer’s development manager.

Different fabrics work better in different speed bands, Ratajczak explains. Bioracer, which has a long history of supplying world and Olympic champions, supplies three different materials.

There’s a fabric suited for speeds of 48-53kph (developed for top time triallists and road racers), another for speeds of 60-73kph (aimed at giving pro road sprinters the edge) and yet another for 38-45kph.

Watch: How much faster is an aero bike?

Bespoke ballistics

Not only are fabrics speed specific but they are also body-position specific. Xavier Disley of AeroCoach (, an aerodynamics testing service which also offers skinsuits designed with British company Nopinz, explains: “Different parts of the body have different requirements in terms of the way the airflow moves over them.

The airflow over your lower back is going to be entirely different from the airflow over your forearm or the front of your shoulder.

“With the Nopinz/AeroCoach Tripsuit we have a smoother fabric on the leading edge — the areas that face the airflow such as the front of the upper arm or the shoulder — since you have cleaner air.

“Then after the air starts moving around the body you get low-pressure eddies and the pressure gradient changes, so you want to have things like raised seams — ‘trips’ — or rougher fabrics in order to manipulate the airflow, to make it go where you want it to go.

A skinsuit is the first step to being more aero

“As soon as the airflow detaches from the body you have an area of low pressure and that area, like an eddy on a river behind a boat, is a source of drag that sucks you backwards. So you want to minimise that low-pressure wake behind the body.”

What sort of savings can a rider expect from a skinsuit made with correctly positioned seams and aero fabrics?

“We have a good comparison between the ‘flat’ skinsuit, the normal suit that Nopinz calls the Supersuit, and the Tripsuit that Nopinz makes,” says Disley.

“The Tripsuit is between six and 10 watts faster at 45kph. That equates to a saving of somewhere between 25 and 40 seconds over 40km.”

If Sky has developed a skinsuit that offers even greater savings than that, Chris Froome’s attempt to win a fourth Tour de France may have just got a little bit easier.

Expert take: Xavier Disley, AeroCoach

Do you need aerodynamic fabrics?

“For road riders, something like the Nopinz/AeroCoach Trip Jersey that we make is designed for the road position. If you have well-fitted bibshorts and one of our Trip Jerseys, it’s as quick as some skinsuits.

“If you don’t upgrade your current kit, just make sure it fits well, making sure you’ve pulled it down properly. Avoid baggy bits around the shoulders, which is quite common. That huge baggy section at the back of the neck and the tops of the shoulders — that’s not aerodynamic.

“If you go from a really terrible club skinsuit to a Nopinz/AeroCoach Tripsuit you can double the savings of 25-40 seconds over 40km [of the Tripsuit over the basic Nopinz skinsuit].

“Rather than buying a Cervélo P5 or whatever, making sure you’ve got the right skinsuit actually represents incredible value for money.

“Generally speaking, the biggest savings come from aerobars first; a good, well-fitting skinsuit and aero helmet second. Things like frames, wheels, tyres come after that.

“But if you’re coming from a flappy jersey and ill-fitting bibshorts then a good skinsuit could potentially save you as much as aerobars.”

Our take

Clearly the surface area of the body is much greater than that of the bike or the wheels, so garments that improve airflow over your body could not only save you watts but also thousands of pounds.

Even the most sophisticated, custom-fitted pro-level skinsuit is many times cheaper than a new aerodynamic bike.

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Peter Sagan and Greg Van Avermaet to renew spring rivalry at Tour de Suisse

Peter Sagan and Greg Van Avermaet will race against each other for the first time since Paris-Roubaix

The stars of the Spring Classics, Peter Sagan and Greg Van Avermaet, will resume their rivalry at the Tour de Suisse, starting tomorrow (June 10).

The duo’s battles in the northern Europe were the highlight of the first half of the season, with BMC’s Van Avermaet recording near-domination of the cobbled classics.

The Belgian won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, E3 Harelbeke, Gent-Wevelgem and Paris-Roubaix, while he claimed second place at the Tour of Flanders.

World champion Sagan, meanwhile, won Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and finished second behind Van Avermaet at Het Nieuwsblad. He also came second at Milan-San Remo.

There are nine stages at the Tour de Suisse and though predominately mountainous – stages four to seven all take place in the high mountains – there are three stages were it is likely the pair will go directly head-to-head.

>>> Five things to look out for at the Tour de Suisse

Sagan, leading his Bora-Hansgrohe team, will fancy his chances on stage two, a hilly circuit race starting and finishing in Cham. Including four ascents of a long, but shallow climb, the race ends with a slight uphill finish, and if the breakaway is reeled in, and the GC riders hold back, Sagan will be eyeing victory.

Stage three, ending in Bern, finishes with a bigger uphill finish than the preceding stage, but it isn’t unfeasible that Sagan and Van Avermaet will be tangled in a sprint for the win.

Stage five includes the huge climb of Simplonstrasse, but the fact that it reaches its near-2000m summit at 120km and then a flatter parcours follows, it opens up the possibility that a sprint between the Classics specialists and rouleurs could occur.

>>> Chris Froome set to sign new contract with Team Sky

The fourth and final stage where we could see the world and the Olympic road race champions fight it out for stage honours is stage eight, which features an undulating circuit. However, with the general classification likely to be in play, the climbers and overall riders may prevent a stage win for Van Avermaet and co.

However many stages the pair battle directly against each other, every cycling fan will be pleased to see them back in the same races.

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Azevedo’s Farewell: Meaningful, Memorable Exhibition Set for Sunday

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Sunday, June 11 at 3:30 pm will mark a historic, bittersweet moment for USA Water Polo – Azevedo’s Farewell.

At this time, Stanford’s Avery Aquatic Center will host an exhibition game between the United States and Croatia, which will feature five-time Olympian Tony Azevedo and his final match of water polo.

The match was created specifically for Azevedo to honor his time as a Cardinal and as a member of the U.S. National Team. Before announcing his retirement in May, he earned four-straight Cutino Awards and led Stanford to two NCAA titles.

Arguably the greatest men’s water polo player in USA Water Polo history, Azevedo is the all-time leading scorer in FINA World Championship history. He has earned five Pan-American Games gold medals, two FINA World League Super Final silver medals and was named the Pac-12 Conference Men’s Water Polo Player of the Century in 2015.

After his time at Stanford, Azevedo also embarked on a professional water polo career that saw him play with some of the top clubs in the world including: CAN Bissolati (Italy), J.K. Primorac (Montenegro), VK Jug Dubrovnik (Croatia), Fluminense (Brazil) and most recently Sesi (Brazil). Domestically he’s been an anchor for the New York Athletic Club, helping the team to multiple National Championships.

“It’s crazy to think that after playing water polo for 27 years I am finally finished. I have often been asked how long I could go and my answer was the same: ‘When the time comes I will know.’ I still love this sport and will never leave the water polo community. But I’m ready to shift my focus from playing to working outside the pool to grow and innovate the sport in general. I am starting programs that I hope will take water polo to the next level,” Azevedo said.

Azevedo’s Farewell: USA vs. Croatia Exhibition


Photo Courtesy: Adam Pretty

The match between the USA and Croatia will lead into a four-game series at Stanford which serves as a warm-up for the FINA World League Super Final taking place June 20-25 in Moscow, Russia. USA and Croatia will meet again to open competition at the FINA World Championship this July 17 in Budapest, Hungary.

According to Stanford Coach John Vargas, a game like this rare. The exhibition was specifically designed and created to honor Tony Azevedo.

“We’ve never done this before,” said Vargas. “But if you’re going to do it, this is the guy you do it for. We want to sell this place out. When Tony was here, we would get full crowds because he was so exciting to watch play. It’s really fitting that it’s here, and just one more sellout for Tony.”

Fans, players and many people who have have been affected by Azevedo throughout his 27-year water polo career will come together to honor him on Sunday. Azevedo said he is incredibly grateful for this experience and all the meaning and effort put into the event:

“I couldn’t be more excited to play my last game at Stanford, because during my four years at the University I was molded into the person/player I am today. I met my wife at Stanford, won four Cutino awards as a student, and made best friends for life on campus. To officially retire at Stanford is a dream scenario: with my Team USA boys, in front of USA fans, and playing against Croatia (I lived in Croatia for three years and my son was born there).”

Tickets for all games are on sale now. To purchase tickets for the Tony Azevedo Retirement Game at Stanford University click here. To purchase tickets for any of the three Southern California games, please click here.

The Mercury News and USA Water Polo contributed to this report. 

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Chris Froome set to sign new contract with Team Sky

The three-time Tour de France winner confirms that he hopes to have signed a new agreement with Sky before July

Team Sky leader Chris Froome has confirmed that he is poised to sign a new contract with the British team before the start of the Tour de France.

A news report in French newspaper L’Equipe on Thursday linked Froome with a move to BMC, where his former team-mate Richie Porte is currently the Tour de France captain.

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However, those reports were denounced by both BMC and Sky with the BMC general manager Jim Ochowicz branding the story “a complete lie”.

On Friday morning Froome, who’s contract with Sky is not due to run out until the end of 2018, confirmed he was in negotiation with the team over an extension.

“We’re in talks and hopefully we’ll have that sorted out by the start of the Tour [de France],” he said.

Despite the fact the Sky leader signed his current extension only last January the team are clearly keen to keep the three-time Tour de France winner on the books and are happy to extend his contract a year earlier than might be expected.

Sky principal Dave Brailsford has previously said he thinks Froome could go on to join the likes of Miguel Indurain, Bernard Hinault, Eddy Merckx and Jacques Anquetil on five Tour de France wins.

“Why not?” he told the Guardian last January. “You cant’ say that he can’t. There is no guarantee that he will but equally you can’t say he can’t and as a team we are always going to try and perform in the Tour.”

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Swimming World Presents “Technique Misconceptions: Bilateral Breathing”

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Technique Misconceptions:

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Many people believe that it is worth copying the technique of the fastest swimmers. In reality, even the fastest swimmers have technique limitations, but they offset them with strength and conditioning. The purpose of this series of articles is to address scientifically the technique misconceptions that have become “conventional wisdom,” and to present options that are more effective.

This month’s article addresses the misconception that bilateral breathing (i.e., breathing on both the left and right sides) makes a freestyle stroke symmetrical. Symmetry in torso rotation is promoted to facilitate breathing. However, a far more effective means of achieving symmetry is by practicing non-breathing strokes and synchronizing a downward angle on the arm entry with downward torso rotation on the same side of the body.

Dr. Rod Havriluk is a sports scientist and consultant who specializes in swimming technique instruction and analysis. His unique strategies provide rapid improvement while avoiding injury. Learn more at the STR website, or contact Rod through

To read more about the misconceptions on breaststroke hand recovery, check out the June issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now!


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Fatigued Nairo Quintana won’t race before Tour de France

Nairo Quintana will not race the Route du Sud and instead rest before starting the Tour de France

A fatigued Nairo Quintana will not race before the Tour de France and instead rest at home in preparation for the Tour de France.

The Movistar rider finished second at the Giro d’Italia to Tom Dumoulin despite leading going into the final day’s time trial.

The Colombian had hoped to become the first person since Marco Pantani in 1998 to win the Giro-Tour double.

His exertions at the Giro, though, have meant that he has opted against racing the Route du Sud (June 15-18).

>>> Wout Poels has to prove form at Route de Sud if he wants to race Tour de France

In light of his efforts in the opening Grand Tour of the season, and the fact that there are only 34 days between the end of the Giro in Milan and the beginning of the Tour in Düsseldorf in July 1, Quintana believes that he is better placed to recover at home and prepare for the Tour through training as opposed to racing.

The exclusion of any races before he takes on defending champion Chris Froome (Sky), Richie Porte (BMC Racing) and Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) in La Grand Boucle isn’t entirely surprising, although there remained a chance that he would race at least once.

He won the Route du Sud last year and many expected him to give Froome a closer challenge in the Tour, but he was unable to counter the Brit’s intuitive tactics and time trialling, eventually settling for third place behind Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) in second.

Quintana, 27, has won both the Giro and Vuelta a España but a maiden Tour win remains his number one priority.

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Pinnacle goes utilitarian with 10 year anniversary range

Range of limited edition bikes spans road, adventure and hybrid genres and combines rugged charm with practicality

Pinnacle bikes is celebrating its 10 year anniversary with a selection of limited edition bikes which place a clear emphasis on all-weather, British riding.

Combining practicality with a little bit of rugged charisma, tweaks to the Arkose adventure bike, Lithium hybrid and Dolomite road bike are perhaps a nod to developments we can expect to see in coming years.

The in-house brand from Evans Cycles is predominantly the handy-work of accomplished off-road bike packer – and former Genesis bikes designer – James Olsen.

Limited in number, the range is available to buy now – with prices ranging from £950 to £1750. The Arkose and Dolomite are available with women’s saddle, shorter cranks and narrower handlebars fitted in smaller sizes, whilst the Lithium can be bought in men’s or women’s specific versions.

Here’s a look at what’s on offer:

The Pinnacle Dolomite 10th Year Limited Edition road bike


Pinnacle Limited Edition Dolomite Road Bike

The Dolomite road bike – shown out on the road here – has long been considered a practical, all-year-round ready machine that can cope with commutes as well as sportives.

The entire range features hydraulic disc brakes, but the 10 Year Limited Edition model has taken it even further with fully-fitted custom mudguards, and internally wired front and rear dynamo lights.

A controversial subject among road cyclists, Olsen knows which side of the fence he sits on – saying: “I got more miles in during mixed weather when I relented and put guards on my bike. I realised you get more wet from spray off the wheels than the rain itself. The full dynamo lighting was a similar revelation, just one less thing to think about, always there for dark or murky days as well as the evenings.”

Read more: Pinnacle Dolomite 5 review

Buy now: Pinnacle Dolomite 10th Year Limited Edition Road Bike at Evans Cycles for £1700

The Pinnacle Arkose 10th Year Limited Edition adventure road bike


Arkose Limited Edition Adventure road bike

The Arkose, which began its life as a cyclocross bike and has since slipped over to the adventure road genre, has been bolstered in the off-road direction with TRP Hylex hydraulic brakes, Shimano XT Di2 1×11 MTB gearing, and 45c Riddler tanwall tyres. You can see a video of the bike in action here.

Pinnacle call the Limited Arkose a “true cross-genre bike for go-anywhere rides” and gave it a good run-around Ben Nevis in Scotland by way of testing.

With roadies becoming more and more partial to wider tyres, Olsen says he’s testing the waters – commenting: “Tyres keep getting bigger on all-road bikes and maybe 45C is the optimum, not too big and MTB-like.”

Read more: Pinnacle Arkose 3 reviewed 

Buy now: Pinnacle Arkose 10th Year Limited Edition hybrid bike at Evans Cycles for £1750

The Pinnacle Lithium 10th Year Ltd Edition hybrid bike


Pinnacle Limited Edition hybrid bike

A major contributor to Pinnacle’s overall sales, the Lithium hybrid bike has been treated to a 3M reflective paint job that aims to make ‘SMIDSY’ a thing of the past.

The Lithium has also received a touch of Dutch practicality, with a dynamo powered Son Edulux II light, and there’s a rack for easy gear transportation.

The Lithium, seen in action here, is designed to be a hybrid that sits comfortably close to the mountain bike end, with 50c Continental Cruise Contact 2 tyres fitted in this case.

Taking inspiration from his own day to day exploits, Olsen commented: “Being seen is so important in evenings and at night but often I like to just jump on a bike with my normal clothes on, knowing the bike is visible and has a great headlight fitted makes that so easy.”

Buy now: Pinnacle Lithium 10th Year Limited Edition men’s hybrid bike at Evans Cycles for £950

Buy now: Pinnacle Lithium 10th Year Limited Edition women’s hybrid bike at Evans Cycles for £950

Pinnacle bikes: the beginnings

The brand has come a long way since its 2007 launch in – a move which trading director Mike Rice explains was largely a result of issues around distribution of existing brands: “The reason for starting Pinnacle was based on the simple fact that as Evans Cycles expanded its network of stores, some brands that we carried started to enforce selective distribution policies. So there were occasions when we weren’t able to open stores with certain products because an incumbent dealer in the area may have held the local franchise for those brands”

He added: “By creating Pinnacle, it would allow us to offer a consistent product range across our stores, even were we were restricted from stocking other brands. It also meant we could have products and a supply chain that we were in control of, versus being dictated to by other brands.”

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Is the Madison to feature at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?

The men’s Madison was removed from the Olympic track schedule after 2008 and has never been included in the women’s programme

The Madison could be reintroduced to the men’s Olympic track programme tomorrow, and added to the women’s schedule for the first time.

The executive board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are expected to approve the inclusion of the Madison for the Tokyo 2020 Games, insidethegames reports.

It was last included in 2008 when, memorably, favourites Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins failed to win gold for Great Britain.

It hasn’t featured in the London 2012 or Rio 2016 Games but has remained ever-present at the Track World Championships, where Cavendish and Wiggins won gold last year.

The discipline was added to the women’s programme at the Worlds this year when British duo Elinor Barker and Emily Nelson took silver.

There has long since been support at British Cycling and other national federations for the Madison to be added to the Olympic programme, a stance supported and pushed by the UCI.

The women members of the GB team practised the Madison each week throughout the winter and all raced with one another.

If the Madison is added to the Tokyo schedule, it will take the number of track events to 12 from 10 and equal parity in the gender ratio of events; however, there isn’t expected to be an increase in the number of riders – it is thought that the Madison rider would have to come from the endurance squad.

Iain Dyer, BC’s head coach, told Cycling Weekly in April: “A Madison rider has to be a very good bunch racer, and a very good endurance and tactical rider. Riders are interlinked. We are keen for people to explore all the opportunities [of partners].

Rob Hayles and Wiggins earned a bronze medal in the discipline at Athens 2004.

The IOC is meeting to approve new disciplines for the Tokyo Games. BMX freestyle park – an event where riders perform tricks and stunts on a skate park – is also expected to be added.

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Ride with… Haddington CC

We ride out with East Lothian club, Haddington CC
– Words by Trevor Ward, photos by James Robertson

Club facts

Based: Haddington, East Lothian
Members: 125
Formed: 2012
Meets: all at the Corn Exchange, Haddington. Three groups ­— fast, intermediate and no-drop — leave at 9 am on Sundays. Fast ride at 9 am on Saturdays. Midweek TTs take place at 7 pm on Tuesdays. Hilly training rides take place at 7pm on Wednesdays during the summer.

There’s very little Chris Froome-style staring at stems during Haddington CC club rides.

This is partly to do with the views of the glorious East Lothian coast and countryside that the club has on its doorstep, but also a reflection of the club’s overriding philosophy.

This is summed up by club secretary John Archibald: “We’re not about racing, we’re about riding and socialising.”

Today’s turnout of 40 riders, on a day when the weather forecast was less than promising, shows just how this philosophy is working.

Archibald is forced to split us into two groups. Conscious of the mix of abilities, he briefs us: “We’ll keep both groups at 16mph, and don’t worry about taking your turn at the front, we’ve got volunteers to do that.”

That’s good to know, as the first half of the route takes us into a fierce headwind, though I feel slightly guilty to learn that the rider bearing the brunt of the workload, Chris Allan, only returned home from a training camp in Mallorca at half past two this morning.

Meanwhile, Ronnie Jones is pointedly ignoring the computer on his handlebars. “I’ve just joined Strava, but to be honest you have to stick the Garmin in your back pocket now and then otherwise you become too obsessed,” he says.

“I come out on these rides mainly for the blether. Previously, I commuted to work six miles every day for 15 years, but wanted a bit of company, so joined the club a year ago.”

But for those who want a challenge, the club will offer its support, whether it’s car sharing to sportives or providing encouragement for personal goals.


Garry Latimer is due to attempt the Scottish Hour Record —currently 46.65 km, set in 1996 by Jim Gladwell — at the Glasgow velodrome, while Alan Galbraith is planning an attempt to join the Club de Cinglés by ascending Ventoux three times in one day.

“It’s a bucket list thing, I choose a different challenge every year,” he says. Joining him will be Adam Cochrane, who failed on a previous attempt with the club in 2015.

“I have unfinished business,” he says. “Though I was three and a half stone heavier then.”

At the other end of the spectrum is Iain Farquhar, who only took up cycling three years ago after joining some workmates on a sportive.

“I really enjoyed it so got in touch with the club,” he says. “I turned up for my first ride on a hybrid. There are some clubs that would have laughed at me, but these couldn’t have been friendlier.”

The sentiment is echoed by Hamish Hall, who took up cycling 18 months ago to lose weight. He has the time to dedicate himself to the task as he only works three months a year: “I’m a sheep pregnancy scanner.

I scan 104,000 ewes from mid-December to mid-March and get paid per animal” — he says: “From what I’d heard about some clubs I was fairly apprehensive, but that first ride went really well and it’s been great ever since.”

By the time we arrive at the café, it’s already full with riders. Alan McCaskie tells me East Lothian is starting to become as popular for cycling as it is for golf.

“I work for a bank, and instead of corporate golf days, there is now a trend for cycling days,” he says.

Cycling the new golf? With scenery and quiet roads like this, it’s easy to see why.


The club was formed in 2012 after several groups of riders kept bumping into each other on local roads and later found themselves taking part in the same sportive (the Bealach Mor in the Highlands).

They set up a Facebook page and soon had inquiries from riders with a range of abilities, from novice to racer.
One of those original riders was Martin Dobbie, who says the group’s philosophy survives to this day.

“We’re a fairly relaxed bunch and we’re keen to promote the friendly aspects of cycling with lots of options available for those that wish to push themselves to the next level of racing or simply just be out on the road with friendly faces,” he says.

The club also aims to promote the merits of East Lothian, the county to the east of Edinburgh, Scotland’s grand capital.

“We’re lucky to have some wonderful roads, hills and scenery on our doorstep, so want to get as many people of all ages as possible cycling here,” says Dobbie, the club’s marketing manager and digital ‘guru’.

The club has made its mark on the Scottish cycling calendar, hosting a round of the popular Super Quaich CX series at Foxlake, near Dunbar, that attracted hundreds of competitors across all categories. “CX is the ‘acceptable’ side of racing, as it’s much more sociable,” says John Archibald, the club secretary.

The club reinforces its social emphasis with a monthly pub night that occasionally hosts guest speakers.
Graeme Obree was a recent visitor.

The club has hosted several overseas trips to iconic climbs, including Ventoux and Stelvio. This year’s challenge will be the Angliru, in Asturias in northern Spain, a regular fixture on the Vuelta.

The club kit design features a distinctive wraparound motif that, says Dobbie, captures “our philosophy that we all ride together and aren’t afraid of the hills, both the ups and the downs”.


– In 2012, Adam Cochrane was second in the Mark Beaumont 24-hour Cycle The World race at Knockhill, Fife.
– In 2015, Martin Dobbie, Chris Allan, Neil Clyde, Dave Gentle, Shona Bathgate and Alan McCaskie completed the Club des Cinglés Challenge, which sees riders complete the three ascents of Ventoux in one day (a total distance of 135km with 4,381 metres of climbing)
– Chris Allan was runner-up at the Dig in the Dock CX B-race this year.
– Shona Bathgate and Bruce Wilson competed in the Nice Ironman last year.

Haddington club run – Ride highlights

1 North Berwick coast road
This is a flat but exposed section that runs out of North Berwick and offers great views out to sea and the imposing, volcanic hulk of Bass Rock. It’s occupied by a colony of gannets.

2 East Linton
A postcard-pretty village that boasts a church with clock tower, village square with fountain, stone bridge over a burbling river and, should you need sustenance before you reach Gifford, a cafe.

3 B6369 descent
The home stretch is a long, fast and straight descent that, apart from one little bump, delivers you painlessly back to the handsome town square of Haddington.

Favourite cafe

The Lanterne Rouge is popular with riders not only for its food — cake and a cuppa for £4 — but also for its artwork celebrating moments from cycling history. There’s a giant map of the area on one wall so you can retrace/plan your route. The Lanterne Rouge, 1 Main Street, Gifford, EH41 4QH.

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