Specialized channels their inner race car with McLaren x Roubaix Dura Ace Di2 special edition

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Since the launch of a very special S-Works Venge, Specialized and McLaren have had a bit of history together. Like the S-Works x McLaren Venge, we’ve seen a few ultra high end limited editions spring up from the partnership, and their new Roubaix is no exception. Draped in a coat of Heritage Orange paint, the bike is designed to pay homage to the high performance cars of McLaren’s beginnings, all while offering a high performance ride worthy of the S-Works name…

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We’ve seen a lot of McLaren Orange lately from Formula 1 to the Goodwood Festival of Speed – all as McLaren prepared to celebrate 50 years of Grand Prix Racing. Granted, their recent string of engine troubles with Honda haven’t exactly worked in McLaren’s favour, but the good news here is that you are the engine. More over, the colour throws it back to a time of dominance for their Can-Am cars in the late 60’s/early 70’s, as well as their cars for F1 and Indy. Perhaps more importantly, the colour is a tribute to Bruce McLaren himself, who died while testing the 1970 M8D at Goodwood. In spite of the tragedy, the entire team rallied together, won the first race of the season two weeks later, and ended up taking 1st, 3rd, and 7th in the championship that year.

In addition to the colour, Specialized has added a few tasteful details like the polished head badge and hubs to mimic the polished wheels of the time. You’ll also find leather bar tape with orange stitching to tie it all together. Of course, a bike of this caliber doesn’t deserve just any old build kit, so the bike includes a full Shimano Dura Ace Di2 drivetrain with a Specialized S-Works carbon fiber crankset, Roval CLX 32 wheels, and CeramicSpeed upgrades on the hubs and bottom bracket. As expected, this level of performance doesn’t come cheap at £9,000, but hey, it’s cheaper than a 720s, right?

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Trek says farewell to Contador with custom Émonda SLR

Contador_Frame_top_tube_soc.jpgAs it’s become tradition, today Trek presented Alberto Contador with a very special bike to commemorate his racing career. The custom Émonda SLR was unveiled at the team presentation for the Vuelta a España, which will be the last race of Contador’s career.  It’s been 14 years since El Pistolero joined the pro ranks, all of which culminating at the end of the Vuelta on September 10th, in Madrid…
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Painted with a split of Quicksilver matte and Metallic Charcoal gloss, the bike understated yet rich with details that highlight all three grand tours and his overall race wins. Emblazoned on the downtube is “Querer Es Poder” or “where there’s a will, there’s a way” which Trek says is Alberto’s personal mantra.

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Here’s to a great final race, and have fun in retirement Alberto!

Ride the Rapha Festive 500km

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I was emailed about the Rapha Festive 500 today:

Challenge yourself to ride the Rapha Festive 500 this holiday season. Complete 500km in the eight days between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and document your story to win incredible prizes, including a Moots bicycle built to your specifications.

I love the concept of this, although my chance of success would be tiny!

This is why you should never celebrate winning a race early

We’ve all seen people do it: whether it’s cycling, sprinting or long-distance running, the leader of a race will often start cheering before they’ve crossed the finish line in anticipation of their sweet victory.

But it’s a risky game to play. In the clip above, filmed at the end of Britain’s Via Roma Cirencester Twilight Criterium, lead cyclist Jamie Wilkins begins celebrating just before he reaches the finish line — and then the guy in second zooms past him and takes the win at the very last second.

Pay close attention to the man on the sidelines in the green t-shirt — the way his eager cheering changes to a look of horror as rival Jamie Penton pretty sneaks the win pretty much says it all.

Velo Birmingham – closed road 100 mile sportive

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Birmingham will host a 100-mile closed road sportive next September, with 15,000 cyclists expected to take part.

Details of the event, Vélo Birmingham, are being kept under wraps for now, with the official launch taking place at the Cycle Show at the NEC on Thursday 22 September.

If you want to be one of the first to know about what’s planned, you can pre-register now on the Vélo Birmingham website.