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ShuttVR Does Calpe

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ShuttVR Does Calpe

Our racing team recently spent a few weeks in Spain’s Costa Brava for some early season training and Shutt joined them along with pro photographer Chris Lanaway and a big box of our new 2018 kits. The team was based in Moraira just to the north of Calpe. This area particularly has become something of a Mecca for Europe’s cyclists, with both pro and amateur riders flocking there in droves to escape the cold winter weather to the north. Being fairly quiet, and inexpensive, during the off season, the region’s seaside towns make a great base to explore the nearby mountains...

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Venice to Geneva, Day 3. Pescul to Merano.

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Venice to Geneva, Day 3. Pescul to Merano.

Passo Giau (2236m), Passo Falzarego (2105m), Passo Pordoi (2239m) Passo Costalunga (1745m)   Waking up in the mountains for the first time on the trip put a bit of a spring in everyone’s step. Any remaining grappa-induced fuzziness was gone after an all-to-brief 4km descent to the bottom of the first climb of the day. Passo Giau is a tough but lovely and relatively short climb. The 10km climb averages 9.8% with peaks of 14% and is placed late on in the Maratona Dolomites which leads to it having a killer reputation. Although this was our first real 'high' mountain...

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Cycling in the Veneto

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Cycling in the Veneto

We recently added a new manufacturing facility in the Veneto region of Italy to complement our Leicester factory. Leicester will continue to make our Merino Perform range, with the premium Custom and Performance wear manufactured in Italy. So why here? Italy has a strong claim on being the spiritual home of cycling, in fact we’ve blogged about this in the past, and the Veneto region is its cycling products manufacturing capital with Campagnolo, Pinarello, Fi'z:k, Wilier, Sidi, Sportful, Castelli, Alè, Fondriest, Basso, Selle Italia, Selle San Marco and Miche among the 60+ factories based in the region. They produce top riders too....

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Six go mad in Mallorca - is cycling the new skiing?

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Six go mad in Mallorca - is cycling the new skiing?

There’s been a lot in the press lately about cycling being the new golf, but personally I was never drawn to the balls and sticks - but skiing, that’s a whole new ball game. Where I once headed to the Alps for a week’s skiing each spring - now with a bike in tow my attention has switched to the warmer slopes of Portugal, Spain, and most recently… Mallorca. The similarities with skiing are quite pronounced in Mallorca, partly because of the sheer number of cyclists out there but also because most stick to riding around the Tramuntana mountains on...

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Italy: The Spiritual Home of Cycling?

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Italy: The Spiritual Home of Cycling?

Just like the debate surrounding  wearing black cycling kit vs high vis kit, people will argue until they are blue in the face about where the spiritual home of cycling is. Its just one of those divisive conversations best entered in a pub with an ample supply of beer. We recognise that West Flanders in Belgium stakes a valid claim to this title but we also think Italy should be considered as a serious contender, it has certainly been a hot discussion topic in the office recently. So why should Italy be a contender for the title of “Spiritual Home of...

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