Vasaloppet: The 10th anniversary Cykelvasan 90 is fully booked

The tenth Cykelvasan will run on Saturday, August 11, 2018 along the classic Sälen–Mora stretch. Today, this year’s Cykelvasan 90 became fully booked – which means 13,000 registered. The race filled up almost two months earlier than last year, cementing its position as the nation’s biggest cross-country bike race. Meanwhile there are almost 2,500 places left in the popular Cykelvasan Öppet Spår.

“We can see, once again, that Vasaloppet engages and motivates people to get moving; that we are a goal for their training in both winter and summer,” says Vasaloppet’s CEO Eva-Lena Frick.

66,700 people registered for Vasaloppet races during the Winter Week 2018, and the Summer Week in August 2018 could beat last year’s record number of almost 31,000 participants (of which just over 24,000 were cyclists and 7,000 runners.)
“It would mean that we, for the first time ever, will welcome over 100,000 participants to our winter and summer races. It feels fantastic and inspiring for all of us working on these races, but above all it’s an honour, and we take it as a sign that we’re offering good experiences that participants want to return to.”

Cykelvasan first ran in 2009. And many participants return, year after year. One possible explanation why so many choose to return is the Vasaloppet organization’s constant work to further develop the participant experience. Millions have been invested in adapting the Vasaloppet Arena for the Summer Week, and new gravel roads and paths have been created in the terrain. In 2017 only 5.5 km of the race ran on asphalt, in contrast to the first year, where half of Cykelvasan 90 ran on asphalt roads.
In total there are now over 21,000 registered for the Vasaloppet Summer Week 2018, of which over 18,000 are for the bike races.

Registrants Cykelvasan 2018:
Friday, August 10: 3,588 are registered for Cykelvasan Öppet Spår. 94 km. Start Sälen.
Saturday, August 11: 13,000 are registered for Cykelvasan 90. 94 km. Start Sälen. (FULL 180319)
Sunday, August 12: 849 are registered for Cykelvasan 30. 32 km. Start Oxberg.
Sunday, August 12: 29 are registered for Ungdomscykelvasan. 32 km. Start Oxberg.
Sunday, August 12: 781 are registered for Cykelvasan 45. 45 km. Start Oxberg.

In addition to these, the 1 km exhibition race Cykelvasasprinten is held on Friday, August 10 in Lindvallen, Sälen. A qualifier, open to the public, for Cykelvasasprinten takes place on Thursday, August 9 at 18.00–19.00. Barnens Vasalopp on bike is held on Friday, August 10 in Sälen and Saturday, August 11 in Mora.

More facts about Cykelvasan 2018:
– Out of the 13,000 cyclists already registered for Cykelvasan 90, about 15 percent are women.
– In Cykelvasan 90 there are 355 registered in the competition class and 12,645 in the leisure class.
– 158 people have participated in all nine Cykelvasan 90 races that have run since the start in 2009.
– 34 percent of the 13,000 registered for Cykelvasan 90 are participating in the race for the first time.

Upcoming events in the Vasaloppet Arena:

Vasaloppet Summer Week 2018
Fri 10 Aug: Cykelvasan Öppet Spår. 94 km. Start Sälen.
Fri 10 Aug: Cykelvasasprinten. 1 km. Lindvallen, Sälen.
Sat 11 Aug: Cykelvasan 90. 94 km. Start Sälen. (FULL 180319)
Sun 12 Aug: Cykelvasan 30. 32 km. Start Oxberg.
Sun 12 Aug: Ungdomscykelvasan. 32 km. Start Oxberg.
Sun 12 Aug: Cykelvasan 45. 45 km. Start Oxberg.
Sat 18 Aug: Ultravasan 45. 45 km. Start Oxberg.
Sat 18 Aug: Ultravasan 90. 90 km. Start Sälen.
Sat 18 Aug: Vasastafetten. 4,5–15 km. Running relay for ten-person teams. Start Sälen.
Sat 18 Aug: Vasakvartetten. 19.1–24.2 km. Running relay for four-person teams. Start Sälen.

Vasaloppet Winter Week 2019
Fri 22 Feb: Kortvasan. 30 km. Start Oxberg.
Sat 23 Feb: Tjejvasan. 30 km. Start Oxberg.
Sun 24 Feb: Ungdomsvasan. 9/19 km Start Eldris/Hökberg.
Sun 24 Feb: Öppet Spår Sunday. 90 km. Start Sälen.
Mon 25 Feb: Öppet Spår Monday. 90 km. Start Sälen.
Tue 26 Feb: Halvvasan. 45 km. Start Oxberg.
Fri 1 Mar: Stafettvasan. 9–24 km.Five-person teams. Start Sälen.
Fri 1 Mar: Nattvasan. 90 km. Two-person teams. Start Sälen.
Sat 2 Mar: Blåbärsloppet. 9 km. Start Eldris.
Sun 3 Mar: Vasaloppet. 90 km. Start Sälen. (FULL 180318)

European Bicycle Manufacturers Association strongly welcomes launch of much-needed EU investigation of dumped e-bike imports from China


Moreno Fioravanti, Secretary General of the European Bicycle Manufacturers Association (EBMA), reacted very positively to the announcement in the EU’s Official Journal of Friday, 20 October: “We strongly welcome the new European Commission investigation into the dumping of Chinese e-bikes, which are flooding the EU at an alarming rate and artificially low prices. EBMA has also asked the European Commission for the immediate registration of Chinese e-bike imports, which will allow EU anti-dumping duties to be imposed retroactively, and will shortly file an anti-subsidy complaint.”

Fioravanti called on the EU for immediate action to stem the flow of dumped e-bikes from China: “EBMA and the EU manufacturers of bicycles, pedal assist e-bikes, and components are firm believers in free trade, but trade must also be fair. Injuring domestic producers through imports which are dumped and heavily government-subsidised is against the WTO rules. We have asked the Commission to order the registration of Chinese e-bikes as soon as possible so that the blatant disregard of trade rules by Chinese e-bike manufacturers can be stopped quickly.” He continued, “We are confident that the Commission will make a thorough analysis and confirm the massive scale of dumping from China which is injuring EU producers and destroying sustainable manufacturing jobs, Innovation, growth and investment in Europe.”

“Our European bicycle, e-bike and components industry is one of the largest generators of green jobs in the EU, and the dumped Chinese e-bikes put at serious risk the employment of over 90.000 EU workers and 800 SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises). We must do whatever it takes to legitimately defend our workers and our manufacturing SMEs, including our European know-how, new products and investments. It is our people and our investment in new technologies which make the European bicycle, e-bike and components industry one of the most innovative industries in the world,” pointed out Fioravanti.

“Chinese e-bike exporters, on the other hand, benefit from massive subsidies from government bodies at every level in China. Those subsidies have encouraged enormous e-bike manufacturing overcapacities, which are then dumped in the EU.”

Imports into the EU from China will have jumped from virtually zero in 2010 to more than 800,000 e-bikes in 2017. 2016 e-bike imports from China, over 430,000 units, represented 70% of all e-bikes imported from outside Europe and a massive 40% volume growth compared to the previous year.
“If this dumping is not stopped, China will quickly grab an e-bike monopoly in Europe. Dumped Chinese e-bikes are causing injury to European industry which is harming the European economy and consumers worldwide. Indeed, local EU manufacturing by SMEs is the only sustainable future for the EU, both to create new green jobs and to really cut carbon and other dangerous emissions”, concluded Fioravanti.

Masi Bikes unveils lightweight bikes reinforced by TeXtreme ®


California-based US bicycle company Masi Bikes has released new frames and forks, reinforced by TeXtreme® carbon fiber fabrics. By incorporating TeXtreme® into their designs, Masi was able to reduce the weight by 110 grams while improving stiffness.

“The goal wasn’t to just make the frame lighter, we also wanted to make it a bit smoother without giving up any drivetrain stiffness. By using TeXtreme®, we succeeded in making a frame that gives us what we want from it. Since TeXtreme® is so thin we could work with several plies to get the same thickness or less, resulting in significant improvements.” says Masi’s James Winchester.


TeXtreme® is the next-generation state-of-the-art carbon fiber material now being used throughout the bicycle industry.  TeXtreme® technology it is based on using Spread Tows instead of traditional round tows to create ultra-light weight, high-performance products. Companies utilizing the TeXtreme® Technology achieve significant results in minimizing weight while increasing rigidity, strength, etc., in comparison to other carbon fiber materials.

TeXtreme® technology is able to maximize the benefits of thin ply principles where research studies have shown the maximum strength until breakage is more than twice as high when comparing with conventional carbon fiber fabrics.

In addition to the bicycle industry, TeXtreme® can be found in Formula 1, America’s Cup, NASCAR and Le Mans racing, golf clubs, surfboards, tennis racquets, table tennis blades, rowing shells, skis, snowboards and ice hockey sticks as well as various industrial and advanced aerospace applications.




As unique as the wood management program which gives rise to Glenmorangie whisky, the Glenmorangie Original bicycle is crafted from wood used in Glenmorangie Original whisky casks. In giving a new life to the material this partnership creates a supremely functional machine with a history; and a future, of creating enjoyment.

For the Glenmorangie Original bicycle, Renovo designers took inspiration from the shape of Glenmorangie whisky cask staves, with the downtube and top tube echoing the trapezoidal shape of the stave and the arcing curve of the cask. These shapes are integrated into a frame with the same smooth-riding hollow frame technology as all Renovos and “longbow” seatstays engineered to further tame rough roads.

Designing the bicycle, Renovo imagined a supremely versatile machine, one which could be the “one bike” for any road or path, distinctive and possessing a ride quality that rewards every minute spent in the saddle. The Launch Edition Glenmorangie Original is that bike, but those wishing for an even more rarified ride experience will be able to order their Original with a choice of upgraded component packages. No matter how the Glenmorangie Original is outfitted, its performance will exceed all expectation and the ride will astonish as much as the embodied legacy of craftsmanship.

Besides the same legendary ride as all Renovos, the Glenmorangie Original is a rolling testament to the versatility of wood. That versatility is evidenced by the ability of the the hardwood frame to exceed expectations on any sort of ride. A fast and responsive road machine when shod with the stock 700x28mm tires, it can transform into an incredibly smooth and stable adventure machine simply by swapping in larger tires- up to 40mm wide to tame the roughest of unpaved roads. The Launch Edition is built with a Shimano Ultegra shifting and braking systems, a full-carbon thru-axle fork,  lightweight and aerodynamic Velocity wheels and a lightweight and comfortable FSA cockpit. A more rarefied ride is possible with The Prestige Edition, equipped with Shimano’s flagship Dura-Ace system offering electronic shifting and hydraulic braking, complimented by Rolf Prima carbon-fiber wheels and a carbon fiber FSA cockpit.

The Glenmorangie Original by Renovo represents an emerging style of bicycle that harkens to the past while speaking to the future of riding as well. This is not a specialized machine for a single discipline, but a bicycle built for riding whatever roads lie ahead. With relatively wide tires for a road bicycle, powerful disc brakes and 22-speed drivetrain the Glenmorangie bike is made to inspire riders to transcend their everyday experience with the special ride quality which can only come from carefully selected hardwoods.

In this case the primary hardwood used is American White Oak, which years ago took a trip across the Atlantic to be used as casks in Glenmorangie’s Scotland distillery, and has now returned to America for a new life. Renovo seasoned the staves to reduce residual moisture and then cut them into pieces to be laminated into planks that were subsequently joined and machined with the aid of their computer-controlled milling machine. Thus transformed, the frame components were assembled and hand-finished by Renovo’s skilled craftspeople.

Glenmorangie’s Dr. Bill Lumsden says “The Original is not our entry-level whisky. Rather, it’s the standard for all our whiskies.” In the same spirit as The Glenmorangie Original whisky, the Glenmorangie Original bicycle represents Renovo’s high standard of craftsmanship and rider experience. There are easier and quicker ways to make Bicycles or Whisky than the Glenmorangie and Renovo methods, but both companies alchemize a short list of ingredients using precision craft to produce extraordinary results; and now, an extraordinary bicycle.

The Glenmorangie Original by Renovo – by the numbers

  • Trapezoidal curved down tube and top tube recall the shape of Oak staves from Glenmorangie casks
  • Flat+Wide “Longbow” seat stays engineered to optimize vibration damping and stiffness
  • Lightweight, hollow chain stays
  • 27.2mm seatpost for maximal compliance
  • Long wheelbase enhances stability and vertical compliance
  • Tapered headtube, PF30 bottom bracket, front and rear thru-axles all increase stiffness under power
  • Disc brakes offer superior stopping power on long descents
  • Full carbon, tapered steerer tube fork with fender mounts
  • Frame is Fender and rack compatible (rack use requires adapter)
  • 28-40mm tire compatibility
  • Delivered fully tuned and 98% assembled in custom presentation packaging, ready to ride in 15 minutes or less.
  • Includes assembly tools and mini-pump
  • Available in Small, Medium and Large sizes

The Tele2 Bike Tour raised 300 000 SEK to SOS Children Villages


Photographer: Tele2

With the time 15 hours, 45 minutes and 38 seconds, the winner of the Tele2 Bike Tour, Samuel Skott, crossed the finish line in Vilnius. The Group Leadership Team started the race two days ago in Riga with the purpose to fearlessly raise money for a good cause.

It was a team of sore but determined competitors that reached the finish line in Vilnius today after having biked 352 kilometers from Riga. Throughout the race, the Leadership Team visited several cities, Tele2 stores and had the opportunity to visit SOS Children Villages to see what the money they are donating goes to. The final amount that was given to the organization at the end of the race was 300 000 SEK.

Allison Kirkby, President and Group CEO, comments: “It has been an amazing 2,5 days together with my team on the road. The fearless challenger spirit is a part of who we are but even if we all are competitive, I think that we have been brilliant at supporting and pushing each other throughout the race. I am also humbled by seeing first hand the SOS Children Villages work in Latvia and Lithuania and I am proud to be contributing to such a great organization.”

The winner of the race was a happy, but tired Samuel Skott, CEO of Tele2 Sweden.

“I am proud that I won the race and I am proud of the team. However, I am mostly proud of that we managed to gather 300 000 SEK to SOS Children Villages trough this race. It has been a great journey.”


  1. Samuel Skott
  2. Jon James
  3. Lars Nordmark
  4. Viktor Wallström
  5. Richard Peers
  6. Allison Kirkby
  7. Guillaume Van Gaver
  8. Stina Andersson
  9. Fredrik Stenberg
  10. Stefan Backman

Vasaloppet: Cykelvasan races divided into three days in 2018


In August 2018 Vasaloppet’s Summer Week will take place for the tenth time, now with three days of biking, instead of the previous two. It’s due to the large interest that Ungdomscykelvasan, Cykelvasan 30 and Cykelvasan 45 are moving from Friday to Sunday. Since 2013 the amount of registered participants in Vasaloppet’s Summer Week has increased by 40 percent. Here we will also present this year’s participation statistics.

When Cykelvasan started in 2009 it also established Vasaloppet’s Summer Week. In 2017 the Summer Week attracted a total of 30,829 registered participants, an increase of six percent compared to 2016. Since 2013 the increase is a massive 40 percent!

Cykelvasan 2018 will take place during these three days:
Friday August 10: Cykelvasan Öppet Spår
Saturday August 11: Cykelvasan 90
Sunday August 12: Ungdomscykelvasan, Cykelvasan 30 and Cykelvasan 45

Cykelvasan Öppet Spår grew this year by 23 percent and moving the shorter races to Sunday in 2018 will allow the maximum amount of Cykelvasan Öppet Spår participants to be raised.
“At present we cannot keep growing and maintain the quality of our races without expanding the number of days. Among other reasons we’ve chosen to place the shorter races on Sunday since they finish earlier in the day, allowing participants to travel home during the afternoon,” says Tommy Höglund, Sport Manager at Vasaloppet.

Another reason for this change is the logistic traffic situation in Mora during the Friday, which is already strained. This year there were 10,000 cyclists finishing on Friday, while many others were collecting number bibs for Saturday, which led to many cars in movement at once.
“Now we’ll be able to receive more cyclists in Cykelvasan Öppet Spår on Friday, which will also start earlier, giving cyclists more time out on the course. Experience also shows that there are more children, youths and families participating in the shorter races, so we believe that placing them on a Sunday will give more people the opportunity to participate,” says Tommy Höglund.

Statistics, Vasaloppet’s Summer Week2017, race by race
Cykelvasan registered starting aborted finishing
Cykelvasan 90 13044 11646 140 11506
Cykelvasan Öppet Spår 4948 4432 115 4317
Cykelvasan 45 2549 2245 13 2232
Ungdomscykelvasan 255 236 3 233
Cykelvasan 30 3371 3146 8 3138
Total Cykelvasan 24167 21705 279 21426
Vasastafetten registered starting aborted finishing
Number of teams 426 385 4 381
Including Vasastafetten’s 10 sections 4260 3850 40 3810
Vasakvartetten registered starting aborted finishing
Number of teams 164 142 3 139
Including Vasakvartetten’s 4 sections 656 568 12 556
Ultravasan registered starting aborted finishing
Ultravasan 90 1019 899 103 796
Ultravasan 45 727 573 15 558
Total Ultravasan 1746 1472 118 1354
Total Vasaloppet’s Summer Week 2017 30829 27595 449 27146

Registration for Vasaloppet’s Summer Week 2018 opens on Sunday, September 10 at 09:00 on More information on how registration works will be available at

Events in the Vasaloppet Arena next year:

Vasaloppet Winter Week 2018
Fri 23 Feb: Kortvasan. 
30 km. Start Oxberg.
Sat 24 Feb: Tjejvasan. 30 km. Start Oxberg.
Sun 25 Feb: Ungdomsvasan.
Sun 25 Feb: Öppet Spår Sunday. 90 km. Start Sälen.
Mon 26 Feb: Öppet Spår Monday. 90 km. Start Sälen.
Tue 27 Feb: Halvvasan. 45 km. Start Oxberg.
Fri 2 Mar: Stafettvasan. 9–24 km. Five-person teams. Start Sälen.
Fri 2 Mar: Nattvasan. 90 km. Two-person teams. Start Sälen. (FULL 170319)
Sat 3 Mar: Blåbärsloppet. 9 km. Start Eldris.
Sun 4 Mar: Vasaloppet. 90 km. Start Sälen. (FULL 170319)

Vasaloppet Summer Week 2018
Fri 10 Aug: Cykelvasan Öppet Spår. 94 km. Start Sälen
Fri 10 Aug: Cykelvasasprinten. 1 km. Lindvallen. Start Sälen
Sat 11 Aug: Cykelvasan 90. 94 km. Start Sälen
Sun 12 Aug: Cykelvasan 30. 32 km. Start Oxberg*
Sun 12 Aug: Ungdomscykelvasan. 32 km. Start Oxberg
Sun 12 Aug: Cykelvasan 45. 45 km. Start Oxberg
Sat 18 Aug: Ultravasan 45. 45 km. Start Oxberg
Sat 18 Aug: Ultravasan 90. 90 km. Start Sälen
Sat 18 Aug: Vasastafetten. 4,5–15 km. Running relay for ten-person teams. Start Sälen
Sat 18 Aug: Vasakvartetten. 19,1–24,2 km. Running relay for four-person teams. Start Sälen

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SouthWest Germany: Europe’s most bike-friendly Region


Copyright: Thurgau Tourismus

2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the bicycle, invented by Karl Drais in SouthWest Germany. Today, the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg scores for being cycle-friendly, in cities like Karlsruhe, throughout the Black Forest and around gorgeous Lake Constance. Within easy reach of Stuttgart Airport, it is easy to rent regular bikes, e-bikes, mountain bikes, even e-mountain bikes. Pedal on wide bike lanes; cruise streets where cyclists have priority over cars. Relax. Have fun. Raise a toast to Karl Drais!

Lake Constance – Glorious Scenery in Four Countries

Nothing beats cycling round Lake Constance. Known as “Bodensee” in German, the lake is bordered Germany, Austria and Switzerland; while the Principality of Liechtenstein is a short detour away. Cycling is easy on the Bodensee Radwege, the 170 miles/273 km of clearly-marked, well-paved trails that follow the lake shore. Along the way, are medieval Meersburg, Friedrichshafen and grand mountain views. Or pedal the scenic 40-year-old Danube-Lake Constance route from pretty Ulm to Kressbronn, set in apple and cherry orchards and hop fields.

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The Black Forest – Memorable Holidays

With some 5,000 miles/8,500 km of cycle trails, the Black Forest is a perfect destination for cyclists, from families and couples to enthusiastic mountain bikers. Paths are clearly marked; hotels and inns are cycle-friendly; along the way, local crafts, charming villages and breath-taking views provide excuses to stop. With its rolling hills and clear lakes, rushing streams and dense woodland, the Black Forest is all about the Great Outdoors. And if hiking is more your thing, choose from the 14,000 miles/23,000 km separate, but equally well-marked, walking trails.

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Karlsruhe – A Nature Bicycle Tour

Karl Drais, the inventor of the Draisine, the forerunner of the bicycle, was born in Karlsruhe. Today, this is one of the world’s most bike-friendly cities. Not only do streets have cycle lanes, some give cyclists priority over cars. Opening in June, the NaturRADtour leads through eight nature reserves, including attractions, such as Oberwald Zoo. Starting and finishing at Karlsruhe’s splendid palace, this flat, 30-mile/48km path is family friendly. But there are also public parks, forests and nature reserves to be explored. And when you feel tired, put your bike on the tram: it’s allowed!

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Stuttgart Airport – The Gateway to Green Holidays  

Within a couple of hours’ drive from Stuttgart Airport, you can be pedalling or hiking though some of Europe’s prettiest countryside, enjoying wildflowers, bird song and fresh air. H ike or bike in the beautiful Black Forest; at Lake Constance, cycle along the shore or take a ferry to one of the islands. And Stuttgart is so easy to get to, thanks to daily, direct flights from Birmingham, London Heathrow and London Gatwick, as well as regular, frequent flights from London Stansted, Manchester and Edinburgh.

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Become a bike ambassador for the UK’s best cycling destination!


Yorkshire’s cycling heartland is calling for bike ambassadors to help acknowledge its place as the UK’s top destination for pedal power.

“We believe that the Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors area is unbeatable in the UK for the sheer variety and quality of its cycling, making it one of Britain’s premier holiday destinations for two-wheeled adventures. But we need help from people of all ages and abilities to explore this vast cycling country, so it can take its place as a top destination for pedal-power!” says Janet Deacon

Area Director North Yorkshire, Welcome to Yorkshire .

From lazy riverside meanders perfect for Sunday tandems (or little legs), the highest ‘king of the mountain’ challenges for road-racers, and world-class mountain-biking trails, there’s a route for everyone in the Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors – indeed cycling is the best way to explore the area’s unique coast and countryside.

“Cyclists receive a warm welcome throughout the area, and you’ll find a wide range of facilities to make sure your visit goes smoothly, from cycle-friendly accommodation and bike hire, to tea-rooms, who know how to feed a healthy appetite! So whether you’re a keen cyclist or haven’t ridden a bicycle for years, there’s no better time to get on a bike and off the beaten track to find your own special places and memories,” adds Janet Deacon.

Use the following suggestions to start exploring this special cycling area and then post your Bike Ambassador review on Twitter at @discovercoast or on Discover Yorkshire Coast’s facebook page (

  • Bag a personal piece of le Tour: the Tour de Yorkshire, one of the most significant events in the British cycling calendar (and one of Britain’s most popular road races), is set to travel through the heart of the Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors area for the third time in 2017, but there’s a huge choice of shorter loops to avoid those leg-breaking hills, while still enjoying the fresh air, tranquillity, and magnificent moorland and coastal scenery.
  • For a road-bike challenge, the area has some of Britain’s toughest climbs, including the infamous Rosedale Chimney at Rosedale Abbey with a 1:3 gradient. There’s also White Horse Bank (25%), nearby Boltby Bank (20%), and Carlton Bank (30%). Fortunately, cycling the hills is not compulsory because the climbs are located at the heart of miles of uninterrupted cycling, many connecting to longer-distance ready-made and traffic-free cycling trails
  • Dalby Forest is one of Britain’s best and largest mountain biking centres, featuring over 70km cycling routes extending across an epic 8000 acres, including the World Cup Trail, a dedicated Bike Park with jumps and pump track, and an impressive range of facilities at the Dalby Bike Barn, including expert tuition, and bike hire, sales and service. There are routes to suit every level of cycling ability, and for non-cycling family and friends, there’s plenty of alternative entertainment, from play areas to creative paper-making
  • Sutton Bank National Park Centre has grown into one of the UK’s best moorland centres for cyclists, with ‘top of the world’ cycling on family-friendly, purpose-built trails connected to a vast network of bridleways and quiet country lanes. For top tips on the area ask the friendly staff in the Centre or at Sutton Bank Bikes which has bike hire, a cycle shop, service centre and bike wash, and also offers courses and guided rides. The Centre also a tea-room, famed locally for its hearty meals and delicious cakes!
  • Best long-distance routes: the 150-mile Moors to Sea Cycle Network journeys through stunning moorland, coastal and forest scenery in a series of circular loops, that would take five to six days to cycle in one go. The route follows quiet roads, woodland tracks, bridleways, and the ‘Cinder Track’ along the line of the former railway with panoramic views across the coast, (and definitely family and novice-proof!). In addition, several well-signposted long-distance cycling routes pass through the Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors area, including Sustrans Routes 1, 65, 165 and 168, and the 179 mile Walney to Whitby (W2W) coast-to-coast challenge route through the Esk Valley. Road-cyclists should also look out for local favourites, the ‘Brandsdale Loop’, and routes around Castle Howard, the Esk Valley (especially Egton Bridge), and circulars connecting Leavening Brow to Kirkham Gorge. To find out about these, and much more .
  • Sustrans National Route 1 deserves a special mention, meandering along one of the most stunning parts of the Yorkshire Coast along the 21-mile ‘Cinder Track’, the original railway line between Scarborough and Whitby. Although it has a few ‘coastal contours’, it is always a family or beginners’ favourite, being quietly off-road with plenty of flat sections and ‘I-Spy’ opportunities (from a giant viaduct, to smuggling villages), and regular energy restoring pit-stops at tea-rooms en route
  • The North York Moors National Park also boasts some of the Britain’s best ‘wild’ and year-round trail-riding, according to the Good Mountain Biking Guide , including the country’s finest ridge riding along Rudland Rigg, and also some of the best moorland downhill singletrack. Other favourite off-road starting points include Danby, Westerdale, Goathland, Rosedale Abbey and the Hole of Horcum – the north’s Grand Canyon. Towards the south, explore the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty surrounding Castle Howard, Britain’s finest stately home. There’s a vast criss-crossing network of on and off-road cycling trails, and as the countryside barely rises above 200m, it’s the place to enjoy a gentler pace of cycling, alongside stunning scenery, heritage and wildlife. It’s almost impossible to pedal two miles without a tea-room, so there’s no chance of running out of energy.

    You can find loads of bike-friendly information and routes maps at, /cycling , , and

The Critérium International comes to an end

Criterium International 2016 - 26/03/2016 - Etape 1 : Porto-Vecchio / Porto-Vecchio (90;5 Km) - Les 3 echappes: Lilian Calmejane; Direct Energie; Jeremy Leveau; Roubaix Metropole Lille; Pierre-Roger Latour; AG2R La Mondiale

Criterium International 2016 – 26/03/2016 – Etape 1 : Porto-Vecchio / Porto-Vecchio (90;5 Km) – Les 3 echappes: Lilian Calmejane; Direct Energie; Jeremy Leveau; Roubaix Metropole Lille; Pierre-Roger Latour; AG2R La Mondiale

After seven years of excellent collaboration with the city of Porto-Vecchio, host city of the 100th Tour de France in 2013, Amaury Sport Organisation and the representatives of the community have decided to not renew their agreements concerning the Critérium International. However, the relationships that have developed over time will continue to produce cycling related events.

For its part A.S.O. has taken the decision to end the organisation of the event. While the winners have been of the highest quality, the peloton has seen a drop in density, due to the number of events taking place at this time of the season.

The Union Cycliste Internationale reveals expanded UCI WorldTour calendar for 2017


The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is pleased to unveil the 2017 UCI WorldTour calendar.

In a significant change for the top series of men’s professional road cycling, the 2017 UCI WorldTour will take the peloton to 15 countries and four continents.

The expanded series will consist of 37 events, including 10 new additions. Alongside the three Grand Tours, there will be 14 stage races and 20 one-day events. As in previous years, the season will begin in January with the Santos Tour Down Under, and finish with Il Lombardia at the end of September.

After the Santos Tour Down Under, the series will remain in Australia for the first one-day race of the UCI WorldTour season, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. Cycling’s increasing global presence will be seen with the 2017 editions of the Tour of Qatar and the Abu Dhabi Tour joining the UCI WorldTour in February, before the series starts its European journey with the historic one-day Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in Belgium and the Strade Bianche (Italy).

The Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey in April further reflects the globalisation of the sport, while the USA will also welcome the UCI WorldTour for the first time with the Amgen Tour of California in May. Within Europe there is growth too, with the one-day Eschborn-Frankfurt “Rund um den Finanzplatz” bringing more UCI WorldTour racing to Germany and Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic being the first British event to join the series. The addition of the Dwars Door Vlaanderen brings further depth to Belgium, one of the heartlands of classics racing.

The application process for events to join the UCI WorldTour from 2017 was met with significant interest from race organisers, with successful applicants being awarded three-year registrations (2017-2019). They join the existing UCI WorldTour events, all of which have also been awarded registrations for the same period.

The addition of new high quality races across the globe adds a new dimension to the UCI WorldTour season, which now travels to Asia, Oceania, Europe, the Middle East and North America. With both one-day Classics and stage races running from the beginning of the year through until September, the UCI WorldTour will engage all types of rider across the entire season.

Together with the successful launch of the UCI Women’s WorldTour in 2016 and the continued development of the UCI Continental calendars, the expansion of the UCI WorldTour calendar is further confirmation of the momentum gained by road cycling.

UCI President Brian Cookson said: “The publication of this new calendar is an important step in the development of men’s professional road cycling. Alongside the prestigious events which have already proven their worth, the UCI WorldTour is enriched by the addition of some truly fantastic races across the globe. I’m delighted to see this development.”

2017 UCI WorldTour calendar

New events

– 29 January: Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (Australia)
– 6-10 February: Tour of Qatar (Qatar)
– 23-26 February: Abu Dhabi Tour (United Arab Emirates)
– 25 February: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Belgium)
– 4 March: Strade Bianche (Italy)
– 22 March: Dwars Door Vlaanderen / A travers la Flandre (Belgium)
– 18-23 April: Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey (Turkey)
– 1 May: Eschborn-Frankfurt « Rund um den Finanzplatz » (Germany)
– 14-21 May: Amgen Tour of California (United States)
– 30 July: Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic (Great Britain)

Current UCI WorldTour events

– 17-22 January: Santos Tour Down Under (Australia)
– 5-12 March: Paris-Nice (France)
– 8-14 March: Tirreno-Adriatico (Italy)
– 18 March: Milano-Sanremo (Italy)
– 20-26 March: Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (Spain)
– 24 March: Record Bank E3 Harelbeke (Belgium)
– 26 March: Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields (Belgium)
– 2 April: Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres (Belgium)
– 3-8 April: Vuelta al País Vasco (Spain)
– 9 April: Paris-Roubaix (France)
– 16 April: Amstel Gold Race (Netherlands)
– 19 April: La Flèche Wallonne (Belgium)
– 23 April: Liège-Bastogne-Liège (Belgium)
– 25-30 April: Tour de Romandie (Switzerland)
– 6-28 May: Giro d’Italia (Italy)
– 4-11 June: Critérium du Dauphiné (France)
– 10-18 June: Tour de Suisse (Switzerland)
– 1-23 July: Tour de France (France)
– 29 July: Clásica Ciclista San Sebastian (Spain)
– 29 July-4 August: Tour de Pologne (Poland)
– 7-13 August: Eneco Tour (Benelux)
– 19 August-10 September: Vuelta a España (Spain)
– 20 August: Cyclassics Hamburg (Germany)
– 27 August: Bretagne Classic – Ouest-France (France)
– 8 September: Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec (Canada)
– 10 September: Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal (Canada)
– 30 September: Il Lombardia (Italy)