The biggest cycling clothing company you've never heard of

We visited clothing brand Alé's factory in Italy. The company is a lot older and bigger than you might think

Eddy Merckx Gran Fondo

I recently travelled to Verona to take part in the Eddy Merckx Gran Fondo. For those who haven't done a European Gran Fondo, there are several key things that set them apart from the sportives you know and have probably ridden in the UK.

Firstly, they are races. Current professionals, semi-professionals and retired professionals all take to the start line in a bid to win significant monetary prizes.

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Oliver Bridgewood - no, Doctor Oliver Bridgewood - is a PhD Chemist who discovered a love of cycling. He enjoys racing time trials, hill climbs, road races and criteriums. During his time at Cycling Weekly, he worked predominantly within the tech team, also utilising his science background to produce insightful fitness articles, before moving to an entirely video-focused role heading up the Cycling Weekly YouTube channel, where his feature-length documentary 'Project 49' was his crowning glory.