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Posted in Uncategorized by lagazzettadellabici on October 31, 2009

Posted in Uncategorized by lagazzettadellabici on October 31, 2009

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c’è tutto un set con altre bellissime foto della fine degli 80 sul flickr di nztony, via Milano Fixed

Posted in Uncategorized by lagazzettadellabici on October 28, 2009
Hello Gazzetta fans! Here at Gazzetta HQ I like to keep my friends happy and warm during these cold dark nights and that’s why I’m sharing a little known cycling tip I’ve discovered recently. Everyone who cycles regularly knows the benefits of wearing a baselayer either during summer or like now during the winter. Unfortunately many branded cycling specific baselayers top the £50 a pop mark and that is not easy on the old rizzle. However recently I was directed to everyones favorite JAPANESE clothing store UNIQLO and to a new range of baselayers they have introduced called HEAT TECH. This is the press release that accompanies the launch of this range and i’ll give you my opinions afterwards.
UNIQLO’s Heat Tech the perfect way to fight the cold and beat the big freeze is back and bolder than ever for Autumn Winter 2009. Hailed as Japan’s Winter wardrobe essential with an estimated one in three Japanese residents owning a Heat Tech garment and now over 36 million pieces sold since its launch in 2006, UNIQLO’s Heat Tech is now a firm favourite in the UK following the phenomenal sell-out success of the collection last year. Designed to be worn either on its own or as a layering piece, the UNIQLO Heat Tech collection is available in ten styles and a variety of neutral colours. Updated for 2009 in neon brights and camouflage prints for men, and raspberry, plum, citrus green and bright turquoises for women. The collection features a selection of styles for women, including new camisoles and tank tops with built in cups for added support, as well as long and short sleeve t-shirts, tights and leggings. For men this year we introduce the ever trusty Heat Tech long john in two lengths, a firm UK favourite and perfect for any Winter sporting activity! The waffle texture t-shirt is a another welcome addition to the existing ever-popular line up of men’s crew, v-neck and polo-neck long sleeve and short sleeve t-shirts, adding a new layering dimension to Winter dressing.
How Does It Work? UNIQLO developed Heat Tech in conjunction with leader fibre developer Toray Industries to create the perfect layering garment that retains all the body’s natural heat.

• HEAT GENERATING – The highly absorbent rayon mix fabric absorbs the moisture generated by the body and converts it into heat.

• HEAT RETAINING – Tiny pockets of air are trapped between each fibre, making it hard for the generated heat to escape.

• STRETCHABLE – The soft stretchy fabric moves with the body and creates a snug fit, making it the perfect outerwear or innerwear layering item.

• MOISTURE RETAINING – Milk protein containing natural amino acids has been mixed with the fibres ensuring the fabric is smooth and soft to touch.

• ANTIBACTERIAL – Antibacterial agents have been woven into the fibres to help keep the fabric fresh.
Purely in the name of research Ive been wearing these things to death for the last 2 weeks and they have endured over 200 miles on the old treader, they have been slept in, worn all day on and off the bike and have been washed quite a few times now. I am really impressed and am happy to say they easily as good as their £50 cycling specific ones i have tried. They have kept me warm and dry whilst riding and a mega comfy to wear off the bike and as a layer too. Ive got the crew neck short and long sleeve and the waffle design and the all work great. Im looking to buy the polo necked version to act and to double up as a good neck collar for the really cold weather.
I know that baselayers can be a very personal choice for a lot of people but I though I would mention these as a really good cheap flexible alternative to the fancy ones. They also come in about a million colours too so you can easily match up your layers. The best bit is that they are only £9.99 each so you can buy millions for the price of one fancy one. Even after washing they have kept there shape and colour well and the fit has not become ‘baggy’ which can happen with cheaper things. So its cold out there… Look after yourself and get down to friendly UNIQLO and get yourself some baselayer goodness. If there isnt a UNIQLO near you its possible to order them online at http://www.uniqlo.co.uk

Posted in Uncategorized by lagazzettadellabici on October 25, 2009

Cervelo’s new BARTAPE video is out soon….. Watch the others here http://www.bartape.net/

Posted in Uncategorized by lagazzettadellabici on October 24, 2009
2010 Giro d’Italia
The route of the 2010 Giro d’Italia was officially presented in Milan on Saturday afternoon. The race begins in Holland, and includes a team time trial after returning to Italy, ending with a tough week in the Dolomites and Italian Alps before a final time trial to Verona. 
Just like this year’s Vuelta a Espana and next year’s Tour de France, the Giro has grabbed the money offered by Amsterdam and Holland and will spend the first three days in the Netherlands before transferring back to Italy.
Bradley Wiggins will be happy that the Giro begins with a 9.4km time trial around the centre Amsterdam and must have a great chance of pulling on the first maglia rosa, whether he is riding for Garmin or Team Sky in 2010.
Mark Cavendish and the Team Columbia management have yet to decide if he will ride the Giro d’Italia or the Tour of California next May but two flat stages from Amsterdam to Utrecht and Middleburg would give him a chance to also take the pink jersey again. There are also at least five other sprinters’ stages that could tempt him to take on Alessandro Petacchi rather than ride with Lance Armstrong in California.
 
TEAM TIME TRIAL
The Tour de France opted to leave out a team time trial in 2010 but the Giro has avoided a mid-race time trial and opted for a 32.5km TTT between Savigliano and Cuneo on the first stage after the transfer from Holland. The road is pan flat, fast and dead straight, making it a test of speed and team work, rather than bike handling skills.
Italy offers a huge variety of landscape and terrain and even the ride south includes something on every stage. The Giro celebrates the 50th anniversary of the death of Fausto Coppi on stage five by visiting his the village of Castellania where he was born and finishing in Novi Ligure where he lived. Stage seven from Carrara to Montalcino slices across the Tuscan vineyards and includes two hilly sections of the dirt roads of the Eroica ride before the climb to the finish.
The first week will leave the overall standings close but the first mountain finish at Terminillo near Rome will change all that. The climb tops out at 1,672 metres and will give the first real indication of who is an overall contender.
After a second rest day on the Amalfi coast near Naples, the Giro heads to the heal of the Italian peninsular before heading north via L’Aquila, the town struck by an earthquake this spring, and then Marco Pantani’s home town of Cesenatico. The Novi Colli Grand Fondo ride will be held two days after, on Sunday May 23, setting up a great trip of riding and Giro watching.
MOUNTAINS BEGIN ON STAGE 14
The mountains begin on stage 14 on May 22 with the steep Monte Grappa climb before the finish in Asolo. The day after the second half of the stage is packed tight with the Sella Chianzutan, the Passo Duran, Sella Valcalda and then the finish at the top of the Monte Zoncolan.
Fortunately the riders can enjoy the second rest day before the Plan des Corones mountain time trial, again dirt roads which lead right to the very summit of the ski station.
The day after is to Levico Terme is easier and stage 18 is a flat run to Brescia but then the big mountains start again, with stage 19 to Aprica that includes the Mortirolo. The now legendary Giro climb has a middle section that ascends at a leg-breaking average of 12.3%. Some of the corners are at almost 18%.
The final mountain stage is even worse, with a climb up to Livigno and then the dreaded Gavia before the descent and then final climb to the finish in Ponte di Legno on the Passo Tonale. The Gavia is the climb used in the 1988 Giro d’Italia, when the race organisers sent the riders over the climb in a snow storm. Andy Hamspten was one of the first to make it through the blizzard to the finish and went on to be the first American to win the Giro.
VERONA TIME TRIAL FINISH
The Giro traditionally ends in Milan but after the problems of this year, with cars on the criterium circuit and the subsequent rider protest, the 2010 has snubbed the Lombardy capital. Instead the race will end in Verona, with a 15.3km time trial on the Torricelle circuit used for the world championships. Like in the 1984 Giro d’Italia, when Francesco Moser snatched victory from Laurent Fignon, the time trial will end inside the Roman amphitheatre.
2010 Giro d’Italia:
Stage 1 Saturday, May 8: Amsterdam TT 8.4 km
Stage 2 Sunday May 9: Amsterdam – Utrecht 209 km
Stage 3 Monday, May 1: Amsterdam – Middelburg 209 km
Rest day: Tuesday, May 11: Savigliano
Stage 4 Wednesday, May 12: Savigliano – Cuneo 32.5 TTT km
Stage 5 Thursday, May 13: Novara – Novi Ligure 168 km
Stage 6 Friday, May 14: Fidenza – Marina di Carrara 166 km
Stage 7 Saturday, May 15: Carrara – Montalcino 215 km
Stage 8 Sunday, May 16: Chianciano – Monte Terminillo 189 km
Stage 9 Monday, May 17: Frosinone – Cava de’ Tirreni 188 km
Stage 10 Tuesday, May 18: Avellino – Bitonto 220 km
Stage 11Wednesday, May 19: Lucera – L’Aquila 256 km
Stage 12 Thursday, May 20: Città Sant’Angelo – Porto Recanti: 191 km
Stage 13 Friday, May 21: Porto Recanti – Cesenatico 222 km
Stage 14 Saturday, May 22: Ferrara – Asolo (Monte Grappa): 201 km
Stage 15 Sunday, May 23: Mestre – Zoncolan 218 km
Rest day: Monday, May 24: Friuli
Stage 16 Tuesday, May 25: San Vigilio di Marebbe – Plan de Corones: 12.9 km
Stage 17 Wednesday, May 26: Brunico – Pejo Terme 173 km
Stage 18 Thursday, May 27: Levico Terme – Brescia Distance 151 km
Stage 19 Friday, May 28: Brescia – Aprica: 195 km
Stage 20 Saturday, May 29: Bormio – Passa del Tonale: 178 km
Stage 21 Sunday, May 30: Verona 15.3km TT.
Total: 3,418km.
I stole all this information from Cycling Weekly I hope they don’t mind.

Posted in Uncategorized by lagazzettadellabici on October 18, 2009

THE TWITTER WINNERS AND LOSERS OF THE YEAR AWARD.

2010. Recently I thought it would be a good idea to do a little poll on Twitter to see who was everyone’s favorite winners and losers of the 2009 cycling year. Thanks to everyone who voted I got really good response with well over 400 votes which brought up some interesting, but not really surprising results in both categories.  Because I am generally quite a lazy person Ive decided to list the top 5 in each category and then I’ll comment and include some valuable mentions as well. So with out further to do I’ll start with this years winners as voted by you the great cycling public.

WINNERS

1. Fabian Cancellara

2. Bradley Wiggins

3. Alberto Contador

4. Cadel Evans

5. Edvald Boasson Hagen

Bubbling under the vote: Mark Renshaw, Philip Deignan, Heinrich Haussler, Simon Gerrans

THE COMMENTS: Well there isn’t that much surprise here if you ask me. I believe everyone has the right to be here I just wish more people voted for my choice of Tony Martin and Nicolas Roche. However they are my winners of the year so I will create my own little post to celebrate the two. Number 1 then is Fabian Cancellara. Is there a cycling fan out there that doesn’t like Fabian I think it would be hard to find. He had a stinker of a early season which he overcame to finish on a supersonic high. Maybe that’s why he is everyone’s Number 1. Next comes Bradley Wiggins, why he’s not number 1 I don’t know but I simply don’t have to mention why he is on the list. 3rd is everyones favorite Bambi eyed spanish terror, Alberto Contador. There seemed to be a lot of vanity voting for him. 4th is a little surprise seeing as everyone constantly knocks him but now everyone loves him. My feelings are that I have always found Cadel Evans a bit of an awkward character to like but I have always admired the fact that he just simply doesn’t give up and rides as clean as a whistle. Therefore in my book well done Cadel I hope your year as World Champion brings you the respect you deserve and the wins you constantly strive for. 5th is the baby faced assassin from Norway, Edvald Boasson Hagen. I personally reckon this kid is going to become a massive champion and I’m happy to be around to see him on his way.

LOSERS

1. Alexandre Vinokourov

2. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte

3. Danilo Di Luca

4. Mark Cavendish

5. Mikel Astarloza

Bubbling under the vote: Lance Armstrong & Johan Bruyneel


THE COMMENTS: What a surprise VINO the VILLIAN wins literally hands down on the losers of the year category. What I find amazing though is that the seven names on this list were the only names that people voted for. I am really surprised that Mark Cavendish is featured on this list. In fact he only received two votes in the winners category. Maybe everyone is fed up with the crybaby showoff tactics he seems to constantly use and it was interesting to see that there were nearly enough votes to put his right hand man Mark Renshaw into 5th place in the winners category. As for the others I don’t really care. They all deserve to be booted out of the sport, its interesting to see that they are all dopers apart from Cavendish. Im slightly upset that the tool that is Armstrong didn’t make it to the list everyone knows my hatred for this idiot. However I think he doesn’t need anymore publicity from me as his behaviour during this years TdF perfectly illustrates what a vile corrupt sportsman he is. If there are still people who believe in this guy after seeing his performance during this years tour then I feel sorry for you.

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Posted in Uncategorized by lagazzettadellabici on October 16, 2009

See Me, Save Me

NOBODY SHOULD DIE FROM RIDING A BICYCLE.

See Me Save Me is a campaign to stop HGVs killing cyclists. It wants to restrict HGVs in city centres. Cyclists cant share the roads with lethal lorries that do not ‘see’ them. 

Whilst cycling to work on the Feb 5th this year Eilidh Cairns was killed after being involved in a collision with a lorry at Notting Hill Gate. The occurence of 7 subsequent similar deaths, 8 in total, has seen no action that will prevent the same thing from happening again. Statistics show around half of all cyclist deaths in London are caused by collisions with Large Goods Vehicles (LGVs). Eilidh’s family, friends, and fellow riders are trying to do as much as we can to remedy this. Our aim is to reduce the number of deaths to zero. We are petitioning and lobbying the government to enforce stricter safety standards for HGVs and their drivers.

Eilidh’s Memorial Ride from Giles Carlin on Vimeo.
A film is being made and will also feature on a BBC2 documentary to come out early next year.

Please sign the petition
The aim is clear,  to reduce cyclists deaths by HGVs to zero. To this end we have created a petition on the #10 website. Please sign it and tell your friends about it… tweet it, set it as your facebook status…
http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/LGV-Cycle-Safety/
This is the first of many actions to help increase awareness and exert pressure, and we really need your support to help make these actions successful.
News Mailing List
As promised we’ve created an email list that you can subscribe to. We’ll only use this to communicate progress of the action group and to inform you of anything pertinent or that we might need a hand with. So this could be things like letting you know when incidents happen, letting you know when we need help with petitions or lobbying, or just general posts letting you know what we’re up to. So this is a low traffic email list.

To join the LGV-News email list simply visit this page:
Join the LGV-News mailing list

If you want to be involved in the action group and can help one of the working groups, please visit the wiki to see how you can get involved:
http://www.seemesaveme.com/wiki/

Please follow this link, copy this text and paste it into your own blog and spread the word about this cause within the cycling community and further.
http://www.seemesaveme.com/blog/

Posted in Uncategorized by lagazzettadellabici on October 11, 2009
This is an open call for articles for La Gazzetta Della Bici. Any cycling subjects will be considered but if you read this blog I hope you will understand that the articles must fit the blog’s interests (ie I hate cyclocross and mountain bikes and stuff but love road bikes Italian business and vintage cycling and history). However don’t be scared off I’m open to anything, articles, photographs or video. Please email me for details.

P.S. I’m particularly looking for articles on winter time cycling and training.