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The Weekly Mash up! 13 June 2018

The team at Sundays are cycling fanatics and love staying up to date with the latest news in the world of cycling! Each week, we plan to cover a couple of articles that have popped up on their radars…if you would like us to investigate a specific topic let us know, and should you wish to be featured in our weekly “mash up” of all things cycling, tag us on social media with your favourite read!

Marginal gains are a very real thing in the cycling world! Pro teams and cyclists are going to extreme lengths to shave off a few seconds here and there. The cycling industry continues to drive innovation, from new skin suit materials to aerodynamic bicycle computers… but what about an aerodynamic lotion to use on your legs during a time trial? Lotto Soudal took to the team time trial at the Critérium du Dauphiné this year with a new tool to help them achieve aerodynamic gains, they were extremely excited about their “secret weapon”, it’s a pity that it didn’t last that long and the UCI have quickly put an end to their idea!

Read more about their secret weapon here.

Climbing mountains on a bicycle

This week a few of the team have been dreaming of climbing a few of the iconic climbs in the Alps, we have to make the most of the European summer right? Cycling tips, helped to fuel our thoughts with two great reads, discussing how to climb “gracefully” like the legend Alberto Contador as well as planting the seed for the next mountain adventure with an article on cycling on the highest road in the world… we were blown away at the landscapes and vistas that Alee Denham showed us! Read both the articles below.

SRAM Eagle NX for CCS | photo by Ewald Sadie

The Eagle has landed! Yip, Sram have launched their latest and most affordable 1 x 12 MTB drivetrain. Does this mark the end of the road for the 1 x 11 MTB drive trains? Quite possibly, with Shimano also having joined the 1 x 12 club in May this year.

Read the full review of the NX groupset  from the Bike Radar team! “It’s almost a year to the day since SRAM launched GX Eagle which was, up until this point, its most affordable 12-speed drivetrain available. Thanks to the good old trickle-down effect, things have changed, and 12-speed just got (a bit) cheaper.”

We are always on the lookout for small tips and tricks to turn our bicycles into more efficient machines! With all the new tech on the cycling scene and Euro Bike around the corner, we turned back the clock a bit and took a look at the top tricks from World Tour mechanics to keep your trusty steed in tip-top condition. Read the full piece on the Bike Radar site, here.

That’s a wrap for this week! The countdown for the Tour de France continues.

Enjoy the weekend and we hope you have some rides planned.


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