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L’erocia 2013 By Nick Mynheer

As Hugh Tyler and I queued up at 5am in the crowded but still sleepy town of Gaiole in Chianti for the start of the 2013 edition of L’eroica it seemed as much the culmination of a journey as much as a beginning. It had been on a club ride,

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L’eroica 2013

Yes, we got an early start and all went very well until the descent to Montalcino. We met a couple of riders by that golf course. One had a broken chain and jammed derailleur. The chain was hot and gummy. I got it all in order and warned him that

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World Road Race Championships Tuscany Start September 22nd 2013!

For the very first time in it’s history, the World Road Race Championships comes to Florence, Tuscany! This is an event simply not to be missed for any cycling enthusiast and a fantastic opportunity to experience  a wide range of events, cycle on most of the routes including the 2 main climbs before

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The 27th Maratona dles Dolomites

My pal Ian Parr wrote the following for Cycling Weekly: The 27th Maratona dles Dolomites was just a little bit different. For the first time in 30 years or so there was heavy snow at the end of June in northern Italy and there was a good deal of panic about

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Ciao Tutti La Squadra!

I’m Tim, originally from Sheffield but now living between a Tuscan town called Lucca and the Mediterranean flanked Italian riviera. I work as a cycling guide for all kinds of riders and am based at a bike shop in the historic  walled centre of Lucca named chrono bikes. Central/northern Tuscany

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Firenze – Montecatini cycle ride for charity

Yesterdays race was frankly impressive, well organised, fun to a point… it absolutely bucketed down all day and i mean it rained very very heavy just like when we rode to Lucca and Montecatini Alto way back in March….the difference this time was the temp had dropped to 6 degs yesterday….it

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My Experience in participating in the Tour of Flanders

After last years experience of the Tour of Flanders cycle package i came better prepared..25mm Continental Grand Prix 4 tyres ( bomb proof!!!) extra handlebar tape to absorb the shock on the wrists plus electrical tape around the bottle cages so the drink bottles don’t eject at the first cobbles!!!

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Michel Bartoli Team Time Trial – Forte di Marmi

We “Nonna’s La Squadra” came back to participate in the Michele Bartoli team time trial to try and improve on last year’s time and learn from experience. Well we did just that. a much stronger team this time and an agreement by all not to hang back for those who

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Agriturismo Borgo in north east of Arezzo

In our current winter conditions it’s nice to be reminded of my stay in September at the Borgo north east of Arezzo, it was a lovely stay in tranquil surroundings and an excellent host…excellent base to cycle over to the bautiful towns of Arezzo, Cortona & Sanselpolcro: you can even

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Nicolas Roche life as a professional cyclist

Enjoyed a nice but fresh 100km training ride with Nicolas Roche of AG2R who was in Sheffield for a book signing of his Life story and the acclaimed diaries of life as a professional cyclist….here he is….he got in the shower before me!!!  

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L’Eroica Sunday 7th October 2012

Confirmation that L’Eroica 2012 will take place on Sunday 7th October….already lots of enquiries and confirmed 4 bookings from as far away as USA.. Received Notice that Gran Fondo Vernaccia (San Gimignano) will now take place 6th May a week earlier then usual….This event is the most popular Gran Fondo

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One of the greats Felice Gimondi

Met one of the great of the 60’s and 70’s Felice Gimondi… World Champs, Tour & Giro winner…he would have been the best in that era if a certain Eddy Merckx wasn’t around!!! then Eddy pops up again on my T-shirt……i think i got away with it!!!

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