Dwars Door de Westhoek 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Dwars Door de Westhoek 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Dwars Door de Westhoek takes place in the corner of Belgium, next to the French border, called Heuvelland. It’s the area most commonly associated with the Gent Wevelgem races. Starting and finishing in Boezinge, the riders are treated to 3 ascents of the Rodeberg before heading back into town. The Rodeberg is just under 1km […]

Women’s Liege Bastogne Liege 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Liege Bastogne Liege Femmes is another relatively new race on the women’s calendar. First held in 2017, it gives riders the chance to cover roads raced by the men’s peloton in one of their monuments. Although the race is called Liege Bastogne Liege still, the women’s race starts in Bastogne and before heading to Liege. […]

Women’s Gent Wevelgem 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Women’s Gent Wevelgem 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

The women’s Gent Wevelgem has a little bit more history than many of the other Spring Classics in the women’s calendar. One of the first major spring classics to get a women’s race in modern times, the race has been held each year since 2014. As a new race, it spent 2 years at the […]

Women’s Nokere Koerse 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Women’s Nokere Koerse 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Nokere Koerse is still a new race on the women’s calendar. The first edition took place in 2019 and saw Lorena Wiebes power up the Nokereberg to take the overall win. Canyon’s Lisa Klein and Lotto Soudal’s Lotte Kopecky joined Wiebes on the podium. 2020’s race was cancelled amid the COVID pandemic but we’re lucky […]

Women’s Healthy Ageing Tour 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Women’s Healthy Ageing Tour 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

The Healthy Ageing Tour is 10 years old in 2021. After unfortunately missing out on 2020’s edition due to COVID-19, the race is back albeit in a reduced, controlled way. 2019 saw the riders tackle 5 stages (technically 6 with Stage 4 split in 4a and 4b). Whereas the 2021 edition sees just 3 stages […]

Tour Series Moves to August 2021

The Tour Series will be returning in 2021, later on in the year compared to normal though. The organisers, SweetSpot, have taken the decision to move the race series from its usual May slot to August 2021. 6 races have been scheduled but the host towns and cities are yet to be announced. The races […]

British Riders in the 2021 Women’s WorldTour

British Riders in the 2021 Women’s WorldTour

The Women’s WorldTour has gained a team for 2021 with SD Worx making the step up this year. There are also a number of British riders joining the Women’s WorldTour and a few remaining where they are. By my count, only one British rider left the Women’s WorldTour over the off-season and two have joined […]

25 Women Riders With Breakout Potential in 2021

25 Women Riders With Breakout Potential in 2021

Each year, a new crop of young women riders enter the pro peloton. With no U23 level for women’s cycling, those riders go straight from junior racing into senior racing with a sink or swim moment. Some are never able to progress, the jump being so great that if they don’t achieve great things early […]

What does a pro cyclist FTP look like?

What does a pro cyclist FTP look like?

What is FTP cycling? FTP is the acronym for Functional Threshold Power. In theory this is the max power that you can sustain for an hour’s riding. Once you know this number, it’s then used to set your training zones and help you gauge your riding efforts. FTP can only be measured using a power […]

2020 Women’s Cycling Early Season Review

2020 Women’s Cycling Early Season Review

The cycling season is effectively on hold due to the worldwide measures against the coronavirus. So now is a good time to look back at the first 3 months of the season. We’ve seen plenty of different races, starting in Australia and New Zealand, then heading to Asia for the Dubai Tour and warm-up races […]