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  1. Unpaved and unrelenting

    Testi: Herbie Sykes | Data:

    Valetti and Bartali under a blizzard on the Rolle, 1939. Coppi’s ambush of Koblet on the Stelvio in ’53. Then Massignan and Gaul, Coletto, Nencini and Anquetil on the Gavia in 1960, arguably the greatest of them all. Arguably the murkiest was Gimondi, seven years later. When he went on the Passo Tonale the rest – the “holy alliance” of Motta and Balmamion, Anquetil and Aimar – simply sat up. The fiftieth anniversary Giro had its Italian winner after all, as Salvarani won what amounted to a sealed bids auction. Merckx in extremis on Tre Cime, De Muynck smashed to pieces on the Zambla.

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  2. Prestige Oslo: Hell of the far north

    Testi: Harry Dowdney | Data:

    Rapha’s Oslo Prestige was ridden in tempestuous conditions this Saturday 16th May, with freezing cold gales and rain blasting the participants throughout. Undeterred, each of the 26 teams of four managed to get members to the finish line of the unsupported and unmarshalled adventure.

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  3. Cycling in the City

    Testi: Molly Ritterbeck | Foto: Molly Ritterbeck | Data:

    It’s hard to argue with the belief that cycling is one of the best ways to get around a big city. In recent years, bike commuting has spiked 62 percent in the US, and a whopping 105 percent in the largest cities, according to the nonprofit organization The League of American Bicyclists.

    But sometimes, commuting by bike isn’t as easy as, well, riding a bike – so we’ve tapped the collective knowledge of a crew of commuters from big cities near and far, asking for their top tips and lessons learned. Hopefully this short guide will help make your two-wheeled commute safe, stylish, and most of all, fun.

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  4. From the Golden Gate to the Sierras

    Testi: Matthew Beaudin | Foto: Fred Kornahrens | Data:

    In the aged photographs of Fred Kornahrens, we see the halcyon days of road racing in Northern California, a hotbed of American cycling in an amateur era. Yes, Mt. Tam is hailed as the birthplace of mountain biking, but the San Francisco area always had a heavy road presence as well. Kornahrens’ photography, part of a new exhibit at the Rapha Cycle Club San Francisco (CCSFC) looks at the club racers and cycling culture of the time. Rapha caught up with Kornahrens for an interview.

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  5. Golden State

    Testi: Matthew Beaudin | Foto: Ben Ingham / John Watson | Data:

    Next week, the peloton heads West to California, for the 2015 running of the Amgen Tour of California, a race that slots in a peg below a grand tour but capitalizes on the Golden State’s cultural capital, weather, a favourable parcours, and timing during the race calendar to draw attention and some of the bunch’s best sprinters and GC riders.

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  6. Against the wind: a daughter teaches her mother to ride

    Testi: Sophie Ballo | Data:

    It’s late October in Texas Hill Country. I’m 20 miles into a 40-mile ride, and already my legs are fatigued. The wind pushes back, but I persist, head down, in the drops, going 13 miles an hour.

    We chose Texas for our first mother and daughter cycling trip because we felt the long distances on offer would keep me interested, while she tackled the shorter options available. The trip’s statistics hadn’t impressed me on paper. But roads aren’t ridden on paper, it turns out.

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  7. Rapha Prestige Launceston

    Testi: Dustin Adderley | Foto: Beardy McBeard | Data:

    As the sun set over Northern Tasmania’s Tamar Valley on Friday 13th March 2015, the Rapha Prestige Launceston began, with riders gathering on the deck of the Barrel Room Restaurant at Velo Wines. Teams huddled together, nervously discussing tactics and tyre/cog selections for the following day’s 170km adventure to the highest point of Tasmania’s only alpine region, the Ben Lomond National Park. Unbeknownst to the riders, just a week prior the summit had unseasonably received its first snow of the year. The brutality of the Tasmanian landscape and climate would be a defining feature of the weekend.

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