Cycling 'lifestyle' brand Rapha, yesterday announced it was selling a majority stake to a company set up by the grandsons of Walmart founder Sam Walton. Surprisingly, the upmarket cycling apparel retailer is being bought by the heirs of the supermarket chain known to 'pile it high, watch it fly'.
Rapha, whose jerseys start at £75, have agreed the sale for a reported £200million. Best known for their recent partnership with Team Sky, clothing the likes of Chris Froome, the company currently has a turnover of £67 million a year. Read More
This Saturday 10th June sees the Rapha Nocturne bring bike racing to the heart of the City of London. Following a course under the dome of St Paul’s cathedral, anyone can ride the circuit before the racing begins. Read More
Sir Chris Hoy announced this week that he is planning to cycle 400 miles across Antarctica to the South Pole. The journey will be 400 miles long and he will have to overcome snow drifts, deep crevasses and a 3,000m mountain range in sub zero temperatures. He aims to beat the current record of 10 days. Read More
No Quarter are better known for their restoration and custom paintwork on classic bikes but they have now branched out into designing cycling jerseys officially branded with images of Rock artists. Read More
Artist Greig Leach continues his busy schedule over the next 10 days of the Giro d'Italia as he follows each stage and paints wonderful watercolours of the key moments. He intends to combine all his work from the 100th edition into a new book which he's funding through kickstarter. Read More
The premium British sportswear brand, Ashmei, have just launched a six piece "capsule collection of luxury cycling apparel" in collaboration with the exclusive Italian bike manufacturer Passoni. Known for its high end titanium bikes that are handmade to order for each individual customer Passoni have been working with Ashmei for some time to create a range that reflects the quality of their bikes. Read More
Three time Tour de France winner Chris Froome posted a tweet this morning saying that he had been 'rammed on purpose by an impatient driver' while out for a training ride in France. He says that he is okay although his rather expensive bike has been badly damaged or 'totaled' as he put it. The driver kept going and did not stop. Read More
We have teamed up with Ethiopia Specialist Tadele Travel and their newly-launched cycling tours in Ethiopia to offer you a 15% discount on an amazing 8-day cycling holiday this coming November.
For the duration of the Giro (from Friday 5th May until Sunday 28th May 2017) Ride Velo readers can take advantage of a special tour price of £1,850 (discounted from £2,175) which also includes a Limited Edition Giro print. Read More
Maserati, the sponsors of the cycling category for this year’s Cross Sports Awards, sent ITV’s cycling commentary team of David Millar and Ned Boulting out for a drive in the glorious Peak District to discuss this year’s finalists.
Taking a bit of time out from commentating on the Tour de Yorkshire and nestled into the luxury of the Levante SUV, the pair share a bit of banter as they sum up the six-book shortlist in the video below. Read More
Ben Ainslie, the Olympic yachtsman, who skippers the British yacht Land Rover BAR in the America’s Cup, will be competing against a pedal powered rival from New Zealand’s Emirates Team later this month. Read More
With the Giro d’Italia rolling out for its 100th edition this weekend, there has been some mixed reaction to the new descending competition. It has been called both ‘stupid’ and ‘life –threatening’ by both riders and cycling officials. Alex Howes who rides with Cannondale Drapac tweeted, “Maybe they should just pay us to crash.” Read More
The old conundrum: to shave or not to shave? Will it help knock a couple of seconds off your commute? Probably not. When Professor Tony Purnell spent many hours of time and pounds of money to research the effect in wind tunnels he found the ultimate aerodynamic leg shave was a bald front and hairy back. Not a good look. Read More
Zwift, the virtual cycling platform has just released a short film about Matt Hayman’s epic journey to win last year’s Paris Roubaix.
He famously broke his arm at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad six weeks before Roubaix. He trained intensely on his turbo, using Zwift to help motivate and engage him and went on to win the famous Monument. Read More
We all know that Rapha jerseys are made to last – I still have my Classic bought way back in 2007 and 10 years on it still gets a regular wearing. However, even I blinked when we found out about a 2007 limited edition jersey designed by Paul Smith to commemorate the London Grand Depart of the 2007 Tour de France on sale on eBay for £10,000! Read More
Team Sky’s nemesis, The Daily Mail, published a story yesterday claiming that the team explored the effects of Viagra on its riders at a training camp in 2010 to establish whether it had any performance-enhancing benefits. Read More
Herne Hill Velodrome are appealing for volunteers to help them get their site spick and span ahead of the start of the season. There will be a working party to prepare for the opening of their stunning new Exodus Travels Pavilion. Read More
Zwift, the virtual cycling platform that allows you to join a group ride on your turbo trainer, are hosting a variety of female-focused events to celebrate International Women’s day. Read More
Cyclingnews revealed today that Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford is under pressure to resign from his own riders. The website was informed by an unnamed source that they have been having discussions about whether they should ask him to step down. Read More
A vineyard at the base of Mont Ventoux is to launch a wine in memory of Tom Simpson who lost his life on the mountain in 1967. Some of the proceeds from the sale of each bottle will go to the Simpson family to help maintain the memorial to Tom. Read More
This water bottle by Elite of Italy is the best bidon we've found. It never leaks and perfectly delivers your drink without the nozzle closing itself or shooting water all over the place!
It's squeezable and comfortable to hold, fits perfectly into you bottle cage and never lets you down - unlike cheaper versions. Read More