Zwift now, win later! Matt Hayman’s journey to 2016 Paris Roubaix victory.

Last year Orica pro Matt Hayman famously hammered his way to an incredible victory at Paris-Roubaix. Only months beforehand he broke his arm in a crash while racing Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Not content with just recovering, he set his sights on a bigger goal using Zwift as a major training tool. As we all know now this ultimately paid off with the biggest win of his career! Make a coffee, sit down and soak it all up:

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When Twitter is awesome, plus bonus Peter Sagan content!

Every now and then, Twitter can be truly awesome. Take this example: A budding young cyclist, Ruby from the UK recently tweeted to Peter Sagan about their shared love of post-ride Haribo…

Then this happened…

A retweet and reply from the World Champion himself!

There are so many reasons to love Peter Sagan and this is simply one more shining example to add to that list! A true ambassador of cycling. In a sport where many take themselves way too seriously, Sagan is a breath of fresh air.

See this article on Cycling Tips about Sagan’s infamous Haribo habits.

One Year Time Trial (again)

Looks like Steve Abraham is at it again. After having to abandon his first attempt when taken out by an inattentive moped rider, then  cutting his second attempt short, he is once more hitting the road for a third time in an attempt to break the Year Record. In his usual subdued and understated fashion he’s taking to those less than ideal English roads at midnight on the 4th of March to begin his attempt.

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He’s going to have a tougher slog this time around. Last time he was chasing Tommy Goodwin’s 1939 record of 75,065 miles, but since then the record has been pushed even further. Kurt Searvogel pedalled his way to 76,076 miles! Only a few miles more but still. More.

amanda-cokerThen there’s Amanda Coker! She is cycling circles (quite literally) around the rest to destroy the women’s record and may even go further than the Kurt.

She surpassed the women’s Year Record in only four months and is currently averaging 220 miles per day – a higher daily rate than Searvogel! It does help she’s picked to do it almost entirely on a pan flat circuit flanked by other strong club cyclists for a helping wheel to draft. Nothing wrong with that of course, it’s that’s the way I’d choose to do it if I were mad enough. I wouldn’t bet against her cruising past the 80,000 mile mark.

Good luck to Steve of course, he’s hard as nails and knows how to suffer while covering crazy distances. I just hope he avoids those pesky mopeds.

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Pro Cycling Season in Australia

koalaGet ready for an overload of pro cyclists awkwardly cuddling koalas and fondling baby kangaroos, because before the much loved European Classics Season gets underway, there’s a couple of sun soaked Aussie races for the pros to test their legs on. These season opening races provide the perfect outlet to blow away those off-season cobwebs and burn off any extra helpings of Christmas pudding they may have indulged in (here’s looking at you, Cav). It’s also an opportunity to sharpen the tan lines before they return north to duke it out through the freezing fields of Flanders!

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First off is the TdU, followed closely by Cadel Evans’ Great Ocean Road Race (now with full World Tour status) and lastly the Herald Sun Tour, won last year by Chris Froome who is returning to defend the title. We should be in for some fantastic early season racing! Make sure you note these dates in your diary:

Santos Tour Down Under

Jan 15th – People’s Choice Classic, 50.6km
Jan 17th – Hostworks Stage 1, 145km
Jan 18th – Staging Connections Stage 2, 148.5km
Jan 19th – Hansgrohe Stage 3, 144km
Jan 20th – BUPA Stage 4, 149.5km
Jan 21st – Bike Exchange Stage 5, 151.5km
Jan 22nd – MAC Stage 6, 90km

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

Jan 31st – Women’s Elite Race
Feb 1st – Men’s Elite Race

Heral Sun Tour

Feb 3rd – Prologue Individual Time Trial, 2.1km
Feb 4th – Stage 1 Healesville, 126km
Feb 5th – Stage 2 Yarra Glen to Moe, 144km
Feb 6th – Stage 3 Traralgon to Inverloch, 146km
Feb 7th – Stage 4 Arthurs Seat to Mornington, 122km

A week of falling TT records

It’s been a month of falling records on the UK TT scene! First up the men’s 10-mile record was obliterated by Marcin Bialoblocki who clocked a mind blowing time of 16:35 averaging over 36mph to do so. He crushed the old record of 17:20 set by Alex Dowsett and is now the only man ever to go under the 17 minute barrier!

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James Gullen of Pedal Heaven also went under Dowsett’s old record with a time of 17:09 an incredible ride overshadowed by Marcin’s superhuman effort.

Then a few days later the women’s 10-mile record was also smashed (again). This time Hayley Simmonds took the record back from Anna Turvey, posting a time of 18 minutes 36 seconds to become the only woman ever to have gone under 19 minutes!

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Sagan to Astana? Hmmm…

So word on the pro cycling grapevine is that Peter Sagan has been linked to a possible move to Astana at the end of this season. With his current team (Tinkoff) not continuing into 2017, many of the big budget teams will be hunting this particular World Champ head.

Apparently  Specialized also would like to keep him on their bikes. I’m sure they weren’t thrilled with Cavendish switching to a team on Cervelos, especially as the Venge was basically designed around him!

But Astana? Really?

They have the budget to pay his wage with Nibali on the way out, but would it be a good move for the world champ to link up with the team with one of the worst doping records in the pro peloton?

Astana? The team with FIVE positive doping tests in recent times? In my view Astana shouldn’t even still have a World Tour license! I hope another quality team snaps him up soon. A move to Astana just wouldn’t sit right with me (plus their kit is rubbish).