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QATAR HERO - McNALLY'S BLOG
This week we park the camel, pitch our tents and boil up a Bedouin brew with unlikely Son of the Desert Mark McNally, who has been negotiating some of the Middle East's most magnificent roundabouts at the Tour of Qatar. The infamous cross winds hold no fears for our Lionhearted resident of Flanders, and in the latest instalment of his blog he educates us in the esoteric etiquette of the echelon. Join his masterclass here. (Stravaphiles can also take a look at Mark's extraordinary efforts on Stage 1 here - check out in particular his extraordinary average speed and "suffer score".)
BRIAN HODES - KEIRIN GP 2015
Star photographer Brian Hodes was present at the Keirin Grand Prix 2015 to capture all the action - both on the track and behind the scenes - EXCLUSIVELY for Conquista. There will be a a major keirin feature in Conquista issue 10, but we can't wait until then to start sharing some of Brian's spectacular images. Nothing puts colour in your cycling quite like keirin: check out our first Keirin Grand Prix 2015 gallery here.
SUZE CLEMITSON - FOOTBALL & FANDOM
Cycling is a team sport - and, as we all know, there is no 'I' in 'Team'! But, as eagle-eyed readers will have noticed, there is an 'I' in 'Cycling'. And in 'Sprint'. And in 'Win'. Confused? Fortunately, Conquista has enlisted world-class wordsmith Suze Clemitson to help disentangle pro cycling's many contradictions. We begin with an explanation of why cycling both is and isn't a team sport, and is therefore nothing like football. Suze is responsible for some of Conquista's favourite books: P is for Peloton is an indispensable A-Z of cycling; 100 Tours, 100 Tales is packed with stories from a century of the Greatest Race of All; and her most recent book, Ride the Revolution, shines a long-overdue light on some of cycling's shamefully underappreciated female superstars. So who better to show us the way? Take a look here.
WHO ARE THE RAPHAPHILES?
McNALLY ON UCI WORLD CX!
TEAM NOVO NORDISK - NAVY SEAL TRAINING CAMP
CONQUISTA TAKES TO STRAVA!
IS RAPHA ALL ABOUT STYLE?
CONQUISTA SIGNS McNALLY!
REVOLUTION SERIES - ROUND 6
HAIR TODAY - GONE TOMORROW?
CLASSICS TRAINING . . . IN THE CLASSICAL WORLD
In recent years 2011 Paris-Roubaix winner and perennial powerhouse of AG2R-La Mondiale Johan van Summeren has made a habit of racking up his winter training miles in Greece. This year he was joined by newly-signed Team Sky hopeful Alex Peters, who recently transferred from the Dutch development squad SEG Racing.
The seasoned pro and the young talent were brought together by Vasilis Anastopoulos, performance coach of SEG Racing and personal trainer to many high level pros like JVS. The two WorldTour Riders were based in Loutraki, a seaside resort on the Gulf of Corinth, lying just 80km south of Athens. Its mild winter weather, relaxed environment and amazing variety of terrain make this little-known region something of a haven for pros seeking a training location away from the usual hotspots of the Med.
Photographer Petros Gkotsis was there to capture some shots exclusively for Conquista. Take a look at our gallery.
Conquista t-shirts are back! 100% cotton, in the black-and-white “baseball” style you’ve come to know and love, expertly modelled for us by @DabberMatt in the photo below. Smart enough for every occasion; cool in summer, warm in winter; and best of all, available now at the bargain price of just £20, only in the Conquista shop.
TEAM WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT
Conquista Editor-at-Large Trevor Gornall has been spending this week with Team Wanty-Groupe Gobert at their pre-season training camp in sunny Benidorm, Spain. The lucky so-and-so. At least he took his camera, and managed to get some shots of the team, looking super smart in their freshly-delivered kit from new sponsor Kalas. Have a look at Conquista’s exclusive gallery.
Some things about cycling really rouse Conquista's passions. We've decided to tell the world in our new Polemics Blog, to see whether anyone agrees with us. We'd love to know whether you do or not.
First up . . . many people think the economic model of professional road cycling is unsustainable. At the same time, Conquista thinks current TV coverage of cycling is hopelessly outdated. Can both problems be solved at a stroke? We think so. See if you agree.
For our second Polemic, we have something a bit different, and possibly even more controversial: a little thought experiment exploring the new German law which allows for the jailing of convicted dopers. Don’t be shy now: let us know what you think . . .
Conquista travelled to sunny Shrewsbury to cheer Nikki Harris all the way to a fantastic first place in the UK National Cyclo-Cross Championships. We even took our camera. Check out our gallery . . .
And while you're at it, why not have a read of our long interview with Nikki from 2013?
REVOLUTION SERIES - MANCHESTER
Conquista was at the National Cycling Centre on January 2nd, 2016, to see Mark Cavendish launch his attempt to win Olympic Gold in the Omnium at Rio 2016. First, of course, he needs to get selected for the team. His performance here - 3rd fastest flying lap, 2nd in the Madison and an impressive 1st in the Madison Elimination Race - won't do his prospects any harm.
Despite the many other star riders appearing (including Owain Doull, Jon Dibben, Katie Archibald, Elia Viviani & Pete Kennaugh), performance of the night came from the peerless Laura Trott, who won three out of her four races.
Have a look at our gallery . . .
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