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HOLLY BLADES - CYCLO-CROSS
If you’ve enjoyed watching the CX action and marvelling over the photos at the links below, you may be wondering how on earth this wonderful sport ever got started. If so, look no further. We asked the inimitable Holly Blades to roll up her sleeves and give us the lowdown. See the results of her dirty work here.
As the thoughts of pro cyclists everywhere turn to their goals for 2017, Conquista star blogger Chris Williams of Team Novo Nordisk - the world's first all-diabetes professional cycling team - takes one last quantitative look back at the year just passed. See how his numbers stacked up in the latest entry in his blog, The Williams Way, here.
Early 2017 sees much of the pro peloton - male and female - head to the Antipodes for some pre-season action. In particular, the leading riders will be taking on the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and the Santos Tour Down Under - plus of course the locals will be competing in the Australian National Road Race Championships.
Laura Fletcher of thepelotonbrief.com has headed Down Under to get a sense of the early season form and report back for Conquista. She begins her Down Under Diaries with the 2017 Bay Crits - starting on New Year's Day, no less. Check out her race report and Top Ten Facts About the Bay Crits here.
While she was at the crits Laura also caught up with Trek-Segafredo star Koen de Kort for an interview which you can read here.
It may have been the off-season, but Canyon//SRAM Racing have certainly not been idle over the last few weeks. First, they announced their 2017 roster, retaining all nine riders from the 2016 season and adding French star Pauline Ferrand-Prévot. Then they hit the headlines by recruiting new team member Leah Thorvilson by working together with partner Zwift, the online social fitness platform for cyclists. After a series of structured online workouts and tests, followed by a combination of indoor and outdoor sessions, the field was narrowed down to three talented women who joined the team's preseason training camp in Mallorca for a ten-day final assessment, from which Thorvilson emerged victorious. And now established star Tiffany Cromwell is looking forward to the Australian national road race championships on Sunday 8th January.
Follow all the news from Canyon//SRAM Racing in their team blog on our website here.
As 2016 passes under the flamme rouge, Conquista issue 13 brings to a climax several year-long series from our favourite writers. Elsewhere, new voices take us to less familiar territory.
From the WorldTour to Iceland’s lavafields . . . from the wild young things of downhill mountain bike racing to the homeless cyclists of LA . . . from the seedy scandals of 1990s road racing to the sheer pleasure of riding a vintage bike from vineyard to vineyard . . . Conquista has never been bigger or better. We love it. We think you will too.