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Bluebridge Karapoti Classic -The Race of Champions  Editor
Defending champions, Samara Sheppard and Kyle Ward were among the first to confirm their return for New Zealand’s premier mountain bike race, the Bluebridge Karapoti Classic. But with a handful of former champions and place getters lining up alongside them, the 2017 champions won’t have it all their own way In 2017 Sheppard and Ward became the first “couple” to win New Zealand’s >>
Team Skoda Racing Head to China  Editor
Team Skoda Racing " New Zealand’s leading elite cycling team - are heading to China to take on the Tour of Quanzhou Bay - internationally ranked UCI 2.2 race. The race is a new addition to the Asian UCI circuit and will be contested over 3 days - 2-4th December. The tour will consist of three stages with the stage two hilltop finish likely to decide the general classification. Team Skoda >>
fIZIK - TERRA X5 – PRECISION FIT FOR TOUGH, ALL-TERRAIN PERFORMANCE  Editor
fi’zi:k’s new shoe, Terra X5 promises improved comfort, performance and protection for every rider on any terrain from trails and singletrack to forest road. The new Terra X5 is adaptive; its Volume Control means improved fit through an asymmetric opening and the Boa L6 Dial B dial running steel-coated nylon laces through light, durable ‘Slipstream’ plastic guides. fi’zi:k combines >>
Roulstons Unique Tour de France 2018  Editor
To raise funds and awareness for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, Jonathan Douglas in association with Hayden Roulston (Ex professional Tour De France rider and NZ Olympic Silver Medallist) are searching for amateur cyclists who want the challenge of a lifetime by riding every stage of the 2018 Tour De France route, one day ahead of the actual race itself. Jonathan has first-hand >>
Bike Adventures
Don’t forget the name Ben O’Connor. The 20-year-old Australian claimed his first UCI yellow tour jersey following a dominating display during the five-day UCI 2.2 New Zealand Cycle Classic which concluded in the Wairarapa, New Zealand, this afternoon. Like previous tour winners him >>
Adding to its world-class roster of athletes, crankbrothers today announced the addition of mountain bike legend and Enduro World Series racer Cedric Gracia to its team. Gracia grew up riding BMX and freestyle skiing before becoming a pillar of the professional mountain bike scene as a >>
Drapac Professional Cycling wrapped up its 2014 Presidential Tour of Turkey campaign on Sunday afternoon in Istanbul.Stage 8 of the 50th edition of the 2.HC race saw Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma QuickStep) take his fourth win of the week while Orica GreenEdge secured the overall through Adam Yates. >>
Competitions
Cyclingnz.com would like to congratulate Jason Blair and Anna Taylor in winning the team kit prizes for the Jazz Apple competition. Jason and Anna take away the full kit of Jersey, shorts, gloves and drifit cap all made by team issue supplier Champion Systems. >>
Don't deny it, the Jazz Apple pics have been the ones you have stared the longest at! It's no wonder right, the striking navy blue and crisp Jazz Apple motif are stand out!Well you need look no longer; the team at ENZA / Jazz Apple has generously given cyclingnz.com two complete Champion System >>
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Defending champions, Samara Sheppard and Kyle Ward were among the first to confirm their return for New Zealand’s premier mountain bike race, the Bluebridge Karapoti Classic. But with a handful of former champions and place getters lining up alongside them, the 2017 champions won’t have it all >>
Team Skoda Racing " New Zealand’s leading elite cycling team - are heading to China to take on the Tour of Quanzhou Bay - internationally ranked UCI 2.2 race. The race is a new addition to the Asian UCI circuit and will be contested over 3 days - 2-4th December. The tour will consist of three >>
fi’zi:k’s new shoe, Terra X5 promises improved comfort, performance and protection for every rider on any terrain from trails and singletrack to forest road. The new Terra X5 is adaptive; its Volume Control means improved fit through an asymmetric opening and the Boa L6 Dial B dial running >>
Interviews
In our industry, leading fitting protocols and technology have proven highly successful with all types of riders, and Bike Fitter Karl Murray has the experience to help you achieve your goals. His unique blend of training and experience with the rigors of training and racing, Combined with his >>
With the advancements in bike fitting taking a quantum leap in the last couple of seasons riders are starting to see the huge benefits that can be derived from being in the perfect position on the correctly sized bike. Cyclingnz.com caught up with Aucklander Karl Murray from Exceed bike fit who >>
Pimped Rides
Scott has released the new range of bikes for 2008. Check out the new Gambler Downhill and Freeride Bikes, as well as the popular Spark and Addict carbon featherweights. With a comprehensive range for Men and Women you'll be wishing you had one! www.scott-sports.com >>
Team Rubicon/Gluekos will race the top of the line Orbea Orca as their team bike for the 2006 US racing season. The Orbea name has been made famous through the sponsorship of the Basque UCI ProTour team of Euskatel Euskadi. This partnership could be no more apt given that Orbea's home is Northern >>
The 2006 DeRosa Protos is a full carbon frame and fork weighing in at 1350grams. This actual bike was on display at the Las Vegas Interbike show and Paul was lucky it was his size, 56cm. De Rosa has stated that this is the first one in the Southern Hemisphere. Its decked out with Campag record >>
Road Rash
Auckland cycle courier legend Wade Rose exists on a diet mainly consisting of muffins, cigarettes and coffee. While the effects of the first two are fairly well known; muffins provide a tasty snack and tobacco offers cancer and other nasty diseases, the effects of coffee specifically caffeine - >>
Being a Pom, I am often accused of being a whinger, even though I try my utmost to avoid complaining to avoid being bracketed in that stereotype. However, when it comes to New Zealand's press I cannot help having a dig, because to be frank, it is generally appalling. When it comes to cycling >>
If there is one social environment that encourages small talk more than any other, even around water coolers, it is in elevators. Conversations have to be kept to a minimum as journeys last only a few seconds and, as there are often other people in the lift, subject matter has to be limited so as >>
Technical Views
The MET Manta is the Italian companies flagship aero road helmet. Weighing in at a very respectable 220gm the Manta is an extremely versatile helmet. As a long time user of the well-established American brand Giro, I was skeptical to say the least when receiving this helmet. But it was only a >>
It turned into a whole new bike race after Wednesday's long, wet race stage of the Giro d'Italia. The "bigs" became the ex-bigs, as 56 riders split away from the field and rode off into the distance. A combination of tired legs, hard terrain, rain, cold, and tactical errors ended the hopes of >>
The first Alpine stage of the TdF clearly showed the tactics of the climbing specialists - they have to put time in to Cadel Evans, Christian Vandevelde and Denis Menchov before the Tour leaves the mountains. In the first (stage 4) TT Frank Schleck, Carlos Sastre and Bernhard Kohl lost significant >>
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MTB joins the Tour de France with an extreme jump on one of the mountain stages last year.  >>
Last week the New Zealand National team participated in the Canadian Tour of PEI. The final stage was a criterium where Toni Bradshaw featured at 8th. This is coverage of the fast paced criterium showing a good quality field zooming around the town circuit with a good supportive crowd.  >>
This weeks you tube video of the week is a classic piss take of Floyd Landis and his positive test in 06. Thanks for Mark Leishman for sending it in. If you have any favorites email your links to us at cyclingnz.com  >>
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