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WinterCoat

Guest Blog
A visiting American pro cyclist shares his thoughts on just what makes this time of year so special… and, er, hairy.

This time of year is special to us roadies for so many reasons. There’s the obvious holiday connotation, with fantastic food, family, and good times around the fireplace. There’s also the extra allowances that even the most serious of us can still make, with race season still a bit down the road.

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Guest Blog
By Dave Smith

Send me your headwinds – the strong, the weak, the angled, the brick wall headwinds, the summer mistral, the winter arctic – I’ll have them all.

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I unzipped my jacket, letting the flowing December air cool my core. I removed my glasses, then engaged in the all-too-familiar struggle to securely tuck them inside the front of my helmet. I took a sip from my bottle. I put my head down and took an odd comfort in the sweat dripping from the tip of my nose.

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Duke of Wellington / Napoleon Bonaparte

As the Pretenders once sang, there’s a fine line between love and hate. And possibly no International relationship sums this up better than the one between you and us, between the French and the English, the Frogs and the Roast Beefs.

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It takes longer to get ready in autumn and winter, sure.

Longer to look at the weather, and longer decide which bits of your kit are most appropriate. Knee warmers, leg warmers or tights? Windproof jersey or jacket and base layer? Read more »

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Nice Airport is one of the many reasons professional cyclists live on the Côte d’Azur – it’s convenient and has flights to most of the places they need to go to race. Read more »

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According to legend, the Tour de France’s climbs are categorised by the gear that a Citroën 2CV, the iconically French car, had to use to successfully make it to the top. Category 4, the lowest categorisation for the easiest hills, was possible in fourth gear; Category 3 in third gear, and so on. Hors Categorie, or ‘beyond categorisation’ was reserved for those climbs which a 2CV could not drive up. Read more »