Your guide to who is riding what in 2018
Professional road racing is well and truly up
and running with the Tour Down Under and Santos Women's Tour underway in the
southern hemisphere. All over the UK, cyclists are stirring as motivation
starts to snowball. Road racing is back on our screens, people! What's more,
both the equinox and New Year have disappeared beneath our wheels, so spring is
finally on its way. If you're after one more ingredient to add to the
inspiration hotpot, here's a list of just some of the pro bikes we have in
stock, and look carefully because some of them have massive discounts tacked
U23 2016 world champion Evie Richards cemented
her status as one to watch after completing a season of U23 World Cup
cross-country MTB racing last year. With a steady season already under her belt
and off-season indulgence well overdue, Richards swapped her mountain bike for
the Trek Boone and finished 2017 with her first elite cyclocross World Cup
victory. If that doesn't get you going, I don't know what will!
Jaroslav Kulhavy is a name known to
cross-country mountain bike fans and racers alike. In 2017, he raced the
eponymous S-Works Epic to second place at the Absa Cape Epic with former pro
Christoph Sauser and continues to wow on the MTB world stage with epic *sorry*
displays of strength, whatever the terrain.
British-based women's pro team Trek-Drops has
seen the American bike manufacturer up their participation to named sponsor for
2018 and signed a handful of big name riders - including Tayler Wiles, Eva
Buurman and Molly Weaver - to boost their strength throughout the season.
Riding on the now iconic Miami Green Trek Emonda road bikes, the Trek-Drops pro
women will bound up and over any hurdles the season can throw at them.
Joining the Trek-Drops women's cycling team on
Trek bikes is the WorldTour men's squad Trek-Segafredo. Wrapped in their smart
and familiar red livery, John Degenkolb, Jarlinson Pantano and Bauke Mollema
are this year joined by Irish champ Ryan Mullen and 2016 pink jersey wearer
Gianluca Brambilla. When not on the feather-light Emonda, the Trek-Segafredo
team will choose between the Madone speed machine and the endurance optimised
Domane for the Classics.
Last but very definitely not least is the fleet
from Specialized. Quick-Step Floors, Bora-Hansgrohe and Boels-Dolmans Pro
Cycling Team all have a veritable pick-and-mix of awesome bikes to choose from.
For training and most races, the pick of the bunch is likely to be the newly
revamped S-Works Tarmac optimised for unisex use via extensive research.
Depending on the race, the teams may opt for
something a little different. For instance, Peter Sagan and Philippe Gilbert
may opt to take the pioneering Roubaix to the Spring Classics, complete with
its innovative Future Shock technology in the head tube. Meanwhile at the Grand
Tours and flat finishes, the likes of Sam Bennett, Fernando Gaviria, and new
Quick-Step signing Elia Viviani, are likely to pick the Venge out of the
It's time to dust of your race bike and prepare
for the year ahead. The only way is up from here!
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