THE GRAND CELEBRATION OF ENDURANCE

The Grand Tours of cycling – the three-week races of Italy, France and Spain – have no sporting rivals as feats of endurance. The Tour de France, the oldest and grandest of them all, offers a particularly searching examination of a rider’s physical fitness and mental resilience. Ferocious climbs, nerve-shredding descents, full-bore sprints and timed …

Hugh Carthy: keeping it real

Carthy cuts a striking figure, even among the ultra-lean community of professional cyclists. With his buzz cut, earring and laconic demeanour, he has something of the British rock star or film actor about him which has blended in perfectly with the personalities and approach of the EF Education First pro cycling team. “You can express …

Inspired by_ Dirty Kanza

It’s long. It’s hot. It has a simple premise and a simple allure that makes it relatable in a way that multi-stage races on the World Tour never can be. But most of all, it’s a crazy race. This year, as part of Team EF’s Alternative Race Calendar, three riders—Alex Howes, Taylor Phinney and Lachlan …

Cooling the heat

Cloying, clinging, draining, debilitating, pulse-raising, strength-sapping, vision-inducing heat. Extreme temperatures are no friend to the cyclist, something EF Education First Pro Cycling Team’s Simon Clarke describes so succinctly. To discuss with him the searing heat that characterises many of the engagements in the elite UCI WorldTour is to encounter an attitude so rational and accepting …

The ’Gowaan’ gal

If you found yourself trail side at any of the Enduro World Series races in recent times, you would find it hard to miss a strange new shout of encouragement rising above the cacophony of ‘allez allez’, ‘vai vai’ and ‘yeah boi!’. The mysteriously sounding ‘Gowaan’, with its roots deep in the vibrant UK mountain …

Inspired by pink

Inspired by EF Pro Cycling_ “I cannot believe it. That was the longest 14km of my life…When I think of champions like Sep and Sebastian pulling for me – it’s everything”. Alberto Bettiol, with a classy solo finish, took a monumental first professional victory at one of cycling’s greatest races, the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour …

Hugh Carthy: keeping it real

Carthy cuts a striking figure, even among the ultra-lean community of professional cyclists. With his buzz cut, earring and laconic demeanour, he has something of the British rock star or film actor about him which has blended in perfectly with the personalities and approach of the EF Education First pro cycling team. “You can express …

CHPT3 x POC CoLab

The CHPT3 x POC collaboration emerged, as natural as the Devesa forest itself. A beautiful balance of design, form and function laid on a groundwork of unconventional and positive thinking; see the wood for the threes.

The grand celebration of endurance

The Grand Tours of cycling – the three-week races of Italy, France and Spain – have no sporting rivals as feats of endurance. The Tour de France, the oldest and grandest of them all, offers a particularly searching examination of a rider’s physical fitness and mental resilience. Savage climbs, nerve-shredding descents, full bore sprints and …

The Race of Truth

The time trial Give everything. Then, when you feel you have nothing left, give a bit more. Unless you cross the finish line in a state of total exhaustion—utterly spent, completely empty, totally drained—you will have failed. The stopwatch will be the first to confirm the bad news. There can be no hiding in the …