CHRIS WILLIAMS - FRESH EYES
TEAM NOVO NORDISK - PRESEASON TRAINING CAMP
Team Novo Nordisk were in action in the early season at the Dubai Tour, mixing it up with the giants of the peloton. At their recent preseason training camp we caught up with riders Fabio Calabria, David Lozano and Joonas Henttala, plus Team General Manager Vassili Davidenko. Take a look at what they said about their preseason training and their goals for 2017 here.
Image: ©Angus Sung
BRADLEY O'GRADY - GIRL'S KEIRIN
Regular readers will know that we have a big soft spot for Japanese keirin racing.
We devoted forty pages of Conquista issue 10 to a history of the sport, complete with spectacular photos from the great Brian “Black” Hodes, the first western photographer to be invited behind the scenes at the annual Keirin Grand Prix. Then late last year Bradley O’Grady gave us an on-the-spot account of Kokusai Keirin, where a select group of the world’s finest track sprinters (including Theo Bos and Shane "Perko" Perkins) are invited to compete in a special calendar of international racing.
Now Bradley returns with a special report on “Girl’s Keirin” (complete with photos by Mark Morinishi). By employing UCI rules and permitting carbon frames and wheels, Girl’s Keirin differs radically from the traditional men’s version of the sport. Take a look here.
Image: ©Mark Morinishi
TREVOR GORNALL - RIDING BY NUMBERS
Over a decade ago, cycling rescued Conquista editor Trevor Gornall from a career of desk-jockeying. There followed years of pleasure and pain, culminating in his now-legendary assault on the course of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, immortalised in the pages of Conquista issue 7 (you can tell from the picture above how much he enjoyed it).
But while attempting to recover from that experience, Trevor discovered a serious health problem - meaning he had to reassess his relationship with the sport he loves. With that now behind him, and now in his mid-forties, Trevor is back on the bike in earnest and trying to recover his old condition. But does he still have it in him?
Trevor will be recording his progress in his new blog Riding by Numbers. Check it out here.
JOSH LANE - LIFE BEHIND BARS
MARK McNALLY - BACK IN THE SADDLE
HOLLY BLADES - CYCLO-CROSS
If you’ve enjoyed watching the CX action and marvelling over the photos at the links below, you may be wondering how on earth this wonderful sport ever got started. If so, look no further. We asked the inimitable Holly Blades to roll up her sleeves and give us the lowdown. See the results of her dirty work here.
Image: ©Matt Grayson
MATT GRAYSON - UK NATIONAL CYCLO-CROSS CHAMPIONSHIPS
DAN MONAGHAN - UK NATIONAL CYCLO-CROSS CHAMPIONSHIPS
CHRIS WILLIAMS - THE YEAR IN NUMBERS
DOWN UNDER DIARIES 2017 - LAURA FLETCHER
CANYON//SRAM - INTO 2017
CONQUISTA ISSUE 13
As 2016 passes under the flamme rouge, Conquista issue 13 brings to a climax several year-long series from our favourite writers. Elsewhere, new voices take us to less familiar territory.
From the WorldTour to Iceland’s lavafields . . . from the wild young things of downhill mountain bike racing to the homeless cyclists of LA . . . from the seedy scandals of 1990s road racing to the sheer pleasure of riding a vintage bike from vineyard to vineyard . . . Conquista has never been bigger or better. We love it. We think you will too.
Take a closer look here.
THE WILLIAMS WAY: PERSPECTIVE
TEAM NOVO NORDISK: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TRAINING CAMP
In late 2015, Team Novo Nordisk’s men's professional squad and staff headed to Rosarita, Mexico to build houses for two families tragically impacted by diabetes and poverty. This unique training camp resonated throughout the season and everyone agreed it was essential to continue giving back.
This year, Team Novo Nordisk built three houses in Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic, again for families affected by diabetes and poverty.
You can learn more about this remarkable project in Team Novo Nordisk's blog at conquista.cc here.
Image: ©Harolin Ortiz
REVOLUTION CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2016
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We’d really appreciate it if you could find a couple of minutes to give us your feedback on Conquista. Start by clicking here.
CANYON//SRAM - 2017 ROSTER ANNOUNCED
BLACK FRIDAY SUBSCRIPTIONS OFFER
DAN MONAGHAN - GHENT SIX DAY
BRADLEY O'GRADY - KOKUSAI KEIRIN
DAN MONAGHAN - NATIONAL HILL CLIMB CHAMPIONSHIPS
The UK cycling season traditionally ends with the National Hill Climb Championships, which this year were held in Matlock, Derbyshire. With an average gradient of 14% over its 834m, peaking at 20%, the tough course didn't deter the 240 riders who took to the start line.
Dan Monaghan was on hand to capture the gurning and the glory. Take a look at a few of his shots here.
MICHAEL BLANN - WATCHING THE GIRO
At this year's Giro d'Italia, photographer Michael Blann turned his camera around and took a look at the crowds standing at roadside waiting for the pro peloton, capturing the colour and atmosphere of this uniquely stylish race.. Check out his gallery of images Watching the Giro.
SIX DAY LONDON - MATT GRAYSON
SIX DAY LONDON
PETROS GKOTSIS - SPARTAKIADA
Petros Gkotsis captured Spartakiada for Conquista. With text by Neofytos Sakellaridis.
Image: ©Petros Gkotsis
MARK MCNALLY - ENECO-RAGING PERFORMANCES
CONQUISTA ISSUE 12 - IN PRODUCTION
HOLLY BLADES - LOMBARDIA
"Imagine there was a cycling rivalry that you loved, maybe Coppi and Bartali, or Anquetil and Poulidor, or, erm, Armstrong and Ullrich... And imagine that the last time they met, it hadn't been the result you hoped for. Oh, and imagine you're actually a pretty well established journalist for the biggest sports newspaper in your country. What do you do? You create a rematch obviously."
Holly Blades offers her unique take on the rivalries and intrigues that litter the history of the last Monument of the season. Read all about it here.
Image: ©Cor Vos
RBC V SERIES - CANARY WHARF
CLIFFORD & NIGEL DISCUSS . . . THE TOUR OF BRITAIN
Conquista was on the road all last week following the Tour of Britain (if you haven’t already, see our race galleries in the Conquista News blog here). When we stopped off in Congleton for the start of stage 3 we caught up with our old friends Clifford & Nigel, who were debating that age-old question: just where is the spiritual home of British cycling?
Find out their conclusions here.
GUEST POLEMIC: THE FESTINA AFFAIR - SUZE CLEMITSON
TOUR OF BRITAIN 2016 - GALLERIES
All last week Conquista followed the pro peloton as it made its way around some of the most picturesque corners of our fair island home - from Glasgowto Castle Douglas, down through Cumbria, around Cheshire, along the spine of Wales and then across to Bath, before heading to the green hills of Devonand the city centres of Bristol and London. All in all, a pretty good place for a bike race.
Of course, if you have been following us on Instagram you’ll know all about it: but to see the best of our snaps all in one place, take a look at the galleries on our Conquista News blog here.
MARK McNALLY - FELINE THE STRAIN
"Turns out looking after a week-old kitten and bike riding don’t go together so well. The little Chapine (female version - or Chapette) needs feeding every three hours, 24hrs a day. But it's somewhat rewarding. You give it food, a clean bed and warmth, and in return it purrs gratifyingly."
This week, Conquista's star blogger Mark McNally of Team Wanty-Groupe Gobert welcomed a new member into the household. Read all about it in his new blog entry here - but be warned: contains extreme cuddly cuteness . . .
POLEMIC - ON THE SIGNIFICANCE OF TEAM GB'S OLYMPIC SUCCESS
MARK McNALLY - CANDY & NUTS
Mark McNally of Team Wanty-Groupe Gobert has been getting closer and closer to a season's first victory, finishing in the top ten in Prudential RideLondon and twice crashing out of the leading group of Dwars Door Het Hageland - a race which crosses some of Macca's favourite training routes (see picture).
Catch up with the adventures of Liverpool's Lionheart in his latest blog entry, exclusive to Conquista, here.
Image: ©Conquista / Mark McNally
POLEMIC - IN DEFENCE OF THE IOC AND RULE 40
THE WILLIAMS WAY - GOTTA CATCH 'EM ALL
PRUDENTIAL RIDELONDON CLASSIC - CHRIS AULD
Prudential RideLondon, which yesterday reached twin climaxes in the form of the Surrey-London 100 sportive and the Classic one-day men's professional race, styles itself “the world’s greatest festival of cycling”. And with 100,000 participants in a huge range of bicycle-related events over three days in the heart of one of the world's great cities, it's hard to disagree.
Photographer Chris Auld was on hand to capture the anticipation before the start and the excitement at the finish of the Classic - exclusively for Conquista.
See a spectacular gallery of Chris's shots, and read what we made of the whole enormous affair, here.
(Image: ©Conquista / Chris Auld)
PRUDENTIAL RIDELONDON CLASSIQUE - PHOTO ESSAY
DAN MONAGHAN - BRITISH CYCLING NATIONAL CIRCUIT RACE CHAMPIONSHIPS
POLEMIC - ON THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE POST-TOUR CRITS
CANYON//SRAM RACING TEAM BLOG - LA COURSE BY LE TOUR PREVIEW
Many people, riders included, hope that in future the one-day La Course might grow into a full-blown Tour de France for the women. But should it? Read our Polemic on the subject here.
CANYON//SRAM RACING TEAM BLOG - ELENA CECCHINI WINS THÜRINGEN RUNDFAHRT
PETROS GKOTSIS - GREEK NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
TOUR DE FRANCE 2016 - STAGE 2 FINISH, CHERBOURG
TOUR DE FRANCE 2016 - STAGE 2 DÉPART, SAINT-LÔ
TOUR DE FRANCE 2016 - STAGE 1
TOUR DE FRANCE 2016 - TEAM PRESENTATION CEREMONY
DAN MONAGHAN - BRITISH CYCLING NATIONAL ROAD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016: ROAD RACE
CANYON//SRAM TEAM BLOG - NATIONALS WEEK SUCCESS
CANYON//SRAM TEAM BLOG - TRIXI WORRACK TAKES GERMAN NATIONAL TT TITLE
Three months ago CANYON//SRAM Racing's Trixi Worrack had emergency surgery to remove her left kidney. Today she was crowned German individual time trial champion after she stormed around the 26.2km course in 36 minutes and 47 seconds.
Read all about Trixi's amazing performance in our CANYON//SRAM Team Blog here.
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