By Paul Norman
Strava has updated its app, adding a new feature called Club Events. This allows you to invite your mates along for a ride, with them being able to download the route and comment too. And if you’re using a Garmin to track your ride, we’ve revealed 12 things it can do which you may not know about.
This week, Bianchi has officially launched its new Oltre XR3 aero road bike and revealed prices. It features road-smoothing Countervail tech, as used on its highest spec machines. And we’ve had a look at the 2017 Oltre XR4 ridden by last year’s Giro d’Italia dark horse Steven Kruijswijk and told you why aero is the future for road cycling.
Also catching our attention this week is the Ridley Fenix SL ridden to victory in the junior Paris-Roubaix by the UK’s Tom Pidcock.
We’ve been scouting out the best bikes for you this week too, giving you our pick of women’s bikes and our ten best road bikes for under £2000. And if you’re looking to travel with your bike, we’ve also given you a buyer’s guide to bike bags and boxes.
In Red Hook Crit news, we've had Specialized's newly repainted Allez Sprint fixie and Hackney GT's team jerseys for One Life Cycle. We’ve also found deals on top branded cycling sunglasses and clothing, and we’ve had a tour of Look’s clipless pedal production line at its factory in France.
New wheels, a new power meter and new shift options for older Di2 groupsets
In component news, we’ve had Lightweight’s announcement of the €6,670 (that’s £5975) Fernweg Disc, the most expensive wheels money can buy. Rather cheaper, Miche’s 2017 carbon clincher range features new models with wider rims, disc braking and other new features. And Easton has launched a power meter spindle that sits inside the bottom bracket shell for its modular EA90 SL chainset.
If you’re running an older Dura-Ace Di2 R9000 or an Ultegra Di2 groupset and are eyeing up the synchronised shifting and other neat features in the latest Dura-Ace Di2 R9150, Shimano is now selling a battery pack which retrofits synchronised and semi-synchronised shifting to your system. We’ve also given you the run down on six pros and cons of electronic shifting.
How Clay Davies became an accidental figurehead
When Clay Davies become the first openly gay rider in the UK's elite ranks, he suddenly found himself in unfamiliar territory
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Bahrain Victorious respond after researchers reveal riders at ‘three-week race in France’ had muscle relaxant in their systems
While the research paper doesn’t name the team, riders or race, Bahrain were raided by police at the Tour de France
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