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Why You Should Consider Cycling in Málaga this Winter

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The Eat Sleep Cycle Málaga Classic Climbs itinerary will have you enjoying the best of the cycling, the city and the beach, in this blog we will discuss what makes Málaga such a special destination for a cycling holiday all year around & why we’ve chosen Màlaga to be our base from November through to March.

Cycling in Málaga: Coast and Mountains

One of our favorite rides out of Málaga is the Puerto Leon, a 16.1 Km 5.6 % AVG gradient road climb that starts right from the city. In no time you are away from the hustle and bustle and into the mountains, crossing paths only with farmers. But it is when you swing back towards the coast and you’re hit with that lovely sea breeze, that you realise just how special that mix of mountains and coast really is.

Our Málaga Classic Climbs itinerary offers 6 unique rides that combine the highlight climbs in the area with the coast. There is no better feeling than riding back from the hills to the beach for that well deserved ice coffee, ice cream or chilled beer (or all three).

Cycling in Málaga

Málaga: An Amazing City with a relaxed Spanish vibe

Málaga is Spain’s 6th largest populated city, so there is plenty going on when you are off the bike, but it still has that relaxed feeling where people are not in a rush.

Cycling in Málaga City: Traffic

We had a huge question mark around traffic entering & leaving the city. The relaxed atmosphere means that even the busier roads feel safe. There are dedicated lanes on the road that give priority to cyclists & local drivers are more than happy to sit back, relax & let us cyclist’s do our thing. There are also plently of bike lanes separating bikes from traffic completely. The coastal road is more transited but a joy to ride and again, drivers show cyclists plenty of respect out on the road.

Anyone with a couple of years of experience cycling on roads should feel more than comfortable riding in & out of the city every day.

Food, Coffee & Cyclist Hot Spots in Málaga

The specialty coffee scene has a way to go in Málaga, but there are some great coffee places starting to pop up. We enjoyed a delicious pre-ride coffee at Santa Coffee in the soho district, the breakfast looked fantastic too – plus we saw the chef cycling home from work one day so a huge tick from us!

Mid-ride cyclists in Andalucia enjoy a tostada con jamon. It’s served at pretty much any bar you can find, fills the hunger gap & is completely delicious.

Post-ride it’s hard to beat stopping at a chiringuito on the beach for a cold beer or a coke before retiring for a siesta & a freshen up before heading out into town.

The evenings in Málaga are fantastic. If you’re a cyclist who loves the buzz of a vibrant city then Màlaga should be high on your list of places to ride. Head to the port for an aperitivo & listen to the buskers. Then stroll back into the old town to sample one of Màlaga’s many restuarants. After dinner, head to a traditional bar for a vino dulce to finsih off the night. The brave (or those on a rest day) could happyily bar-hop until the early hours.

Outstanding transport links

Málaga Airport received around 20 million passengers in 2019. It is a modern fully equiped, busy yet relaxed airport. What we love most is eliminating a long transfer in a vehicle after your flight. You can almost land and get right out on your bike, maximising your cycling time. With the high speed train just 2 hrs and 24 minutes from Madrid, Málaga also boasts excellent rail connections to the rest of Spain and Europe.

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What a city

Málaga city, as well as being situated right on the beach, boasts an upmarket town center, modern port and many cultural attractions . For years the mayor has been pumping money into restoring various areas of the city and does it show. Trust us, you will be impressed by just how clean and well restored Málaga is.

Did we mention the climate

With minimum winter night temperatures of 10 degrees and daytime temperatures in the late teens and early twenties, Málaga is one of the best winter cycling destinations in Europe.
The combination of coast and mountains means rides can be made to make the most of the temperature conditions, which are predictable and stable. Who doesn’t want to ride with arms and legs out in January?!

You can find out more about our Málaga Classic Climbs tour right here or contact us for a custom tour proposal in South Spain.

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Top European Winter Cycling Destinations To Avoid The Cold!

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Winter is coming… but imagine you could avoid donning those woolly overshoes and rain jacket and chase the summer around the world, where would you go? Here are some of the top European winter cycling destinations for some winter sun in 2022/23!

All Winter Cycling Destinations

The following destinations are ready to be explored all throughout the winter months without a leg-warmer in sight! The go-to locations for a mid-winter getaway or epic training camp these are the fail-safe, tried and tested all-winter cycling destinations.

Gran Canaria & Tenerife – Cycling Heaven

More than just a beach holiday destination, a visit to Gran Canaria by bike will leave you wondering if the island was actually designed by cyclists. Year-round temperatures of between 22 and 25 degrees, a mere 148 mm of rainfall on average over 12 months, plenty of climbing and some of the smoothest tarmac you’ll ever ride on make it a cycling haven.

The landscape of Gran Canaria is uniquely stunning and diverse ranging from sparse and volcanic to lively and green. The climbs here can be steeper than the neighbouring Canary Islands meaning the riding is somewhat more challenging and varied – perfect training terrain. Those who aren’t all about pushing their limits on a cycling getaway can take advantage of recovery time on the many beautiful beaches the island has to offer.

Canary Islands are one of our top picks for legs-out cycling as the rest of Europe stays wrapped up. Join our our Gran Canaria & Tenerife Experience for a true insight into Island life or check out our top pick of Gran Canaria’s cycle routes to plan your own trip.

Where to stay: Puerto Mogan, Cruz de Tejeda, Agaete.

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The South of Spain/Calpe – Sun & Smooth Tarmac

The regions of Spain are a long-held favourite location of leisure cyclists and World-Tour teams alike. It’s no surprise that so many fly south for winter; Andalucía enjoys more than 320 days of sunshine a year and only 40 days of rain on average. Calpe and the surrounding area boasts a similarly temperate climate and is swarming with cyclists engaging in some winter training during the colder months.

The Costa Tropical region is like most good training locations – the area is very hilly, several climbs over 2,000 m, good road surfaces and sparse traffic. The Calpe/Alicante area is known in summer as a haven for those seeking sun-soaked partying but in winter it attracts a very different kind of clientele who mix with the stalwart mahogany ex-pats. Cyclists flock to the region in search of sun and smooth tarmac, which they receive in abundance. As with the rest of Spain, the draw is not only the fantastic riding but also the laid-back lifestyle and delicious food and drink on offer, re-fuelling with some delicious tapas and a cerveza is a must. Check here to see what cycling kit you’ll need for winter cycling in Southern Spain!

Where to stay: Mojacar, Calpe, Almería, Almuñécar.

Calpe road cyclist

A beautiful network of climbs, descents & changing landscapes

Málaga – Coast and Mountains

Málaga seems like a paradise for cyclist with its smooth roads & the buzz of a vibrant beach-side city that never sleeps.

One of our favorite rides out of Málaga is the Puerto Leon, a 16.1 Km 5.6 % AVG gradient road climb that starts right from the city. In no time you are away from the hustle and bustle and into the mountains, crossing paths only with farmers. But it is when you swing back towards the coast and you’re hit with that lovely sea breeze, that you realise just how special that mix of mountains and coast really is.

Our Málaga Classic Climbs itinerary offers 6 unique rides that combine the highlight climbs in the area with the coast. There is no better feeling than riding back from the hills to the beach for that well deserved ice coffee, ice cream or chilled beer (or all three). Check here to know Why You Should Consider Cycling in Málaga this Winter

Where to stay: Màlaga

Cycling around Málaga

Enjoy smooth, quiet roads & a warm climate

Christmas in Girona – A week of festivities & cycling in a beautiful region

Exploring the beautiful roads of Girona at Christmas time is the perfect plan. The catalan city and its surroundings are a cycling paradise at any time of the year, however, at Christmas time the catalan landscape looks specially alluring.

Where to stay: in the old town, Hotel Carlemany, Hotel Nord 1901

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The unique region of Girona, a real paradise for cyclists

Inspiring Winter Cycling Spots

Inspired? Each of the 4 winter cycling spots above give you the ability to indulge in a cycling tour or training session when it should be too cold to be enjoyable! Take a look at our winter camps to see how you can enjoy some cycling in the sun this winter. For more information or to find out about how we can tailor a winter trip to your needs email us on [email protected] or contact us online!

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Eat Sleep Cycle Secures Capital Investment

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Big news from Eat Sleep Cycle! In the words of Co-Founder Lee:

After our successful crowdfunding campaign in the summer of 2021, when our community came together to raise over €30,000 to open the Eat Sleep Cycle Cafè, we are thrilled to announce that Eat Sleep Cycle SL has now secured capital investment.

We will use the funds primarily to grow our tours business, as we speak we are developing new cycling tours in new locations worldwide. We will also grow our tours team which is working from our new headquarters in Fornells de la Selva, just outside of Girona. We will continue to find the best local cycling guides and guarantee them work for years to come. Our focus is on a 5* repeatable cycling tour product for our guests.

Of course retail, which has grown exponentially over the last 3 years, will continue to be an important part of our business and we will focus more online. We have a unique business model which combines cycling experiences and retail.

Sustainability is core to everything we are doing and from installing solar panels to updating our vehicle fleet to electric, from stocking more sustainable cycling products to investigating zero footprint cycling tours, we will use the funding to become a more sustainable business.

Our investors whom we have known since 2018, come from Chicago. We have ridden across the Pyrenees, Dolomites and French Alps together. So they know us well and see the growth potential in our business. The wealth of experience, knowledge and contacts they bring us will be invaluable in the coming years. 

For Louise and I, this investment comes after 6 years of hard work, half of which has been through the pandemic involving travel bans. We have stuck to our core ethos of cycling as a way of life; for sport, for commuting to work, for mental health and lower environmental impact, for traveling and experiencing new cultures. We are super excited for a bright and prosperous future together with our staff team, customers & suppilers.

Want to find out more?

For more informaiton contact founder Louise at [email protected]

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Top 5 Cycling Destinations for Fall and Spring

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As summer starts to fade we’re looking for ways to keep riding in a jersey and bib shorts. We’ve put together our top 5 destinations for riding this fall and spring – let us know if you agree or where you’ll be heading to extend your summer in the comments below.

1. Girona – Home of the Pro Peleton

Maybe we’re biased but we think that Girona provides an amazing base for year-round riding. Autumn and early spring are key times of year as Northern Europe is under a chill but Girona’s climate remains temperate with very little rain. September – November is the perfect time to extend late summer by taking a cycling trip to the Catalan city and explore the place that so many pros call home. No wonder, then, Girona is a perfect European autumn and spring cycling destination. Also for gravel riders is an authentic paradise, as its surroundings are full of stunning gravel rides waiting to be discovered.

The golden combination of city, coast and mountains in Girona means that you can explore a plethora of terrain in one single ride. In addition, unlike many tourist locations, it doesn’t completely shut up shop during winter as there are many locals and students living there. Take the perfect post-ride stroll through the old town to see the stunning Cathedral or visit one of the many excellent restaurants and cafes on offer. Access to Girona is also incredibly easy with the nearest airport a mere 12 km away and the next closest, in Barcelona, is an hour’s train ride away.

Where to stay: in the old town, Hotel Carlemany, Hotel Nord 1901

Top tour: try our Girona Classic Climbs tour for the perfect introduction to road cycling in Girona.

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The stunning gravel rides in Girona surroundings

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The unique region of Girona, a real paradise for cyclists

2. Mallorca – The Original Cycling Mecca

The original cycling mecca, Mallorca has long seen sun-seeking cyclists making a pilgrimage to the island. Like Girona, it’s a fantastic destination to enjoy all year around. In line with its Catalan counterpart Mallorca boasts a combination between coast and mountains meaning that the landscape is varied. Few riders will find the Mallorcan roads too challenging, there is a combination of flat and mountainous terrain alike meaning that riders of all abilities can enjoy what the largest of the Balearic islands has to offer.

One of the most popular rides on the island is to the Cap de Fortmentor lighthouse – the most northern point of the island, for nothing else if not a photo opportunity.  An ascent of the sinewy climb of Sa Colabra, by far the most famous climb on the island and one of the most well-known in the world is also essential. Off the bike there is plenty to see and do including visiting the capital, Palma.

Learn more: Read our Guide to Cycling in Mallorca to plan your own trip.

Where to stay: Sóller, Pollença

Top Tour: Join our Mallorca Experience for a true insight into island life.

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Cycling Mallorca off the beaten track roads

3. Andalucía – Stunning cycling, culture and history

The Southern regions of Spain are a long-held favourite location of leisure cyclists and World-Tour teams alike. It’s no surprise that so many fly south for winter; Andalucía enjoys more than 320 days of sunshine a year and only 40 days of rain on average.

The beautiful city of Granada is mostly known for the climb to Pico de Veleta, this is just one of the many other stunning roads within easy reach of the city. As with the rest of the South of Spain, the draw is not only the fantastic riding but also the laid-back lifestyle and delicious food and wine on offer, re-fuelling with some delicious tapas and a cerveza is a must.

Where to stay: Ronda, Antequera, Granada.

Top Tour: Travel back in time on this off-the-beaten track adventure & join our Classic Andalucia tour.

Antequera city

The beautiful city of Antequera

4. Tuscany – An Italian Classic

Tuscany is a region for cyclists who love breathtaking vistas, Italian food & wines and a mix of road and gravel riding.

Every March the pro’s race through the Tuscan countryside on the Strade Bianche spring classic. We join the party to take part in the Strade Biance Gran Fondo –  a race that follows the route of the pro race starting & finishing in the history city of Siena.

The Strade Bianche Grand Fondo offers an undulating course, made more challenging by the sectors of white gravel roads. With the choice of an 87 km or 139 km route the course is accessible and completing the course is achievable for riders with a wide range of fitness – it just depends how fast!

Where to stay: Chianti, Siena.

Join the party: Ride with us on our Strade Bianche tour.

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Let yourself be captivated by the bella Tuscany

5. The Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Fly into Marrakech to start your off the beaten track cycling adventure.

Morocco Atlas Mountains Tour offers an authentic experience for guests open to discovering the unique blend of Arab, Berber & European cultures that shape the heart of Morocco. It’s best enjoyed in Spring & Autumn. High altitudes mean winter brings in snow that blocks the roads & in summer the temperatures soar.

Riding in places that you never thought you could, with the humbling hospitality from your guides and tasting the delicious Moroccan food of slow-cooked tagines, fresh juices & bottomless pots of tea. Morocco is so much more that the hectic Medina in Marrakesh & so different from the stereotypes.

Where to stay: Marrakesh, Telouet, Imlil.

Top Tour: Join our Morocco Atlas Mountains Tour and get off the beaten tourist track into rural Morocco.

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Climb into the Atlas mountains

Inspiring Autumn/Early Spring Cycling Spots

Inspired? Each of the 5 Autumn/Early Spring cycling spots above give you the ability to indulge in a cycling tour or training session with a warm and sunny climate to be enjoyable! For more information or to find out about how we can tailor a winter trip to your needs email us on [email protected] or contact us online!

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Best Summer Cycling Jersey’s for Cycling in Girona

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Yes. We know it’s hot.  Stinking hot here in Spain. We set our alarms a little earlier, slip out on the bike before the mercury has risen, but still, we need the right equipment to get us through longer days.  Jersey choice is so important to keeping you temperature regulated in the summer weather, and luckily the technology these days is phenomenal. The brands have put a lot of time and effort into R and D , from pro testing, to fabric development, and we’ve gotten to try a lot of them first hand.

There’s a lot of different facets that make a jersey ideal for summer riding.  With so many choices on the market we’ve broken down some of the key elements for you to help guide you on your selection process.

Summer Cycling Jerseys: Features

Mesh Paneling: Although almost all jerseys will have solid front fabrics, look out for mesh paneling on the back, side and sometimes even sleeves.  The side is a popular option as too much mesh on the back can lead to sun exposure during long hours. If it isn’t mesh, a perforated fabric with essentially tiny holes in it is sometimes used to aid breathability without sacrificing opacity.  A lot of these new fabrics, both mesh and opaque, include a moisture wicking quality to keep the air flowing in and out and pull the sweat away from you.

Low Profile Neckline: A traditional, classic cycling jersey has a zipper top that pulls right up onto the neck, and a collar that sits just below the Adam’s apple.  Now we are starting to see more summer jerseys with a lower collarless style, the top grazing the apex of the sternum. Although the higher neckline can provide more sun protection and absorbs sweat, the lower “aero jersey” style finish removes extra fabric for simply less coverage.

UPF Fabric: It’s no replacement for sunblock (every day!) but UPF treated fabric offers an extra layer of sun exposure protection, built in at manufacturing level.  If you live in a place with strong sun, this fabric is a great option to keep you from sunburning through your kit.

Grippers: Or lack thereof sometimes… Often silicone or rubber gripper “tape” is used in jerseys around the waistband and arms to keep everything in place whilst riding. The waist never seems to cause issues, as it normally sits against the shorts, but on the hottest days sometimes a rubber grip can be uncomfortable.  Look for microdot grips or seamless raw sleeves that don’t use a band.  Sometimes the sleeves run snugger when raw edged as something to note.

Pockets: Pockets are ideal. The classic cycling jersey has 3 back pockets, and often some have an extra zip stash for valuables.  Just note the material and density of the pockets, as they can trap heat, so if you think you don’t use them, opt for a jersey with a low profile set up with its storage. 

Zipper: Sometimes you just have to open it up. Look for full zip jerseys, if you need to air it all out on those hot days.  Some jerseys have just half length zips, some these days have none at all, but for the safest bet for summer, always look for a full length opening option. 

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Best Summer Cycling Jersey’s for Cycling in Girona

Maap Evade Pro Base Jersey (Men’s and Women’s.)

With lots of colour options and super breathable panels and sleeves, it’s no surprise the Australian company has mastered a deep summer jersey. Break free in the MAAP Evade Pro Base Jersey. Honeycomb mesh sleeves paired with ultra-soft knitted Italian fabrics increase airflow and comfort during your rides. Reflective graphics allow 360 degree visibility no matter the conditions, and SPF50+ sun protection provides an extra layer of coverage for those long days in the saddle. 

PedALED Mirai Jersey (Men’s and Women’s)

The PedALED Mirai Jersey is built from square one for intense training on hot days. A lightweight summer cycling jersey crafted  with mesh side panels to help riders stay cool in the heat of the season, and made from a performance polyester/elastane blend, this fabric is ideal for high-intensity activities in warm weather conditions. 

Tactic HQ Jersey

With a Raglan style sleeve, elastic finished with a short end and border trim, along with the unique Sigmagrip system the jersey uses I 3 types of fabric: Bacteriostatic (carbon fibers), lycra with a high level of elasticity and breathability mesh. The jersey has a full zipper and unique adjustable waistband.  Lastly it’s finished with “Overlock” invisible seams, and incorporates reflective strips on the lower part of the pockets.

Eat Sleep Cycle Summer Pink Jersey

Hand crafted Eat Sleep Cycle custom pink jersey made with tones of love in Olot (Girona). Every detail of this jersey has been meticulously refined to suit every cyclist, a special stretchy fabric ensures a comfortable fit. Size up or down for a race or relaxed style.

Want to find out more about kit?

Drop by our Girona Hub & chat to our sales team! And check out our jersey collection online for inspiration.

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The First (Modern) Women’s Tour de France: Race Preview

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It’s here, it’s finally here, the first (modern) women’s Tour de France is just around the corner and we could not be more excited. Kicking off from Paris, as the men’s race finishes, it makes the Tour last a whole extra week, except with fresh faces and what is sure to be really competitive, really top notch racing. 

The race will have all the familiar coveted classifications, the iconic yellow jersey, and some of the best roads in France.  Thinking of going to watch it?  Why not be part of history, and stand roadside, cheering on the riders who know they themselves are writing their way into the books of legends.

The Tour de France Femme Route

The eight days of the race take in the Grand Est area of the country.  Starting from Paris and meandering eastward, the race will conclude on the decisive climb of the Planche de Belles Filles, 

For a “two birds one stone” day- the Haussmann boulevards of Paris will do the trick.  As the Men’s Tour de France concludes, the women’s begins, with what is bound to be a tight and thrilling sprint finish on the Champs Élysées. The top sprinters will be vying for the rights to the first Yellow Jersey of the race, and the GC riders will want to remain safe- it will be cutthroat circuit, in stark contrast to what is essentially a finishing parade for the men.

Halfway through the race and it will be heating up on stage four. With chalk covered roads in the second half, France’s own “Strade Bianche” will make or break many a rider.  With the heat and dryness of July the chalky roads will be in full dust form, and only the best bike handlers will thrive.  Leaving from Troyes, a commonly used host town and finishing in Bar-Sur-Aube the hilly 126 kilometre stage will shake things up- and not just the road surface. 

Stages seven and eight will bring the final GC showdown as the mountains arrive.  The legs will be weary, the racing will have been hard beyond comparison, and it’s who will survive in the last days…

Stage seven has three serious climbs in it, first up the Petit Ballon, which is in no way petite at 8.1% over the 9.3 kilometres.  Quickly after comes the Col du Platzerwasel before the final long 13.5k climb of the Grand Ballon. From the start on the Alsace plain to the crested ridge of Le Markstein, what is done on this day cannot be undone.

And then only the stage to La Super Planche Des Belle Filles remains. Famous as an early feature in many Tours, the route first winds again over the Grand Ballon before taking on the steep 7km climb with an 8.7% gradient.  It’s dusty, it’s decisive and it’s the finishing jewel on the crown of the first modern women’s Tour de France. 

Read more about each stage on the official Tour de France Femme website. 

Riders to Watch at the Tour France Femme

The depth of talent in the women’s pro peloton is endless, and it’s hard to single out each and every rider who could make a mark on the race.  We’ve listed some key contenders, and some bonus names, especially those Girona residents we know, and love to call our local celebrities.

(names with stars denotes our locals)

Elisa Balsamo: The World Champion on the Trek – Segafredo team will be strong in the sprints and eager to have her world championship stripes near the front of the race.

Emma Norsgaard Bjerg*: A local to us, the young Danish sprinter is backing up her breakthrough season last year with a string of more strong results.  A sprinter who can get around a hilly course, and often left with an open role, Emma will be hunting stage wins on the sprint days and possibly the green points jersey. 

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio*: This Girona resident is in her last year pro and for sure will want to turn it up as high as possible for the last months of her final year. She’s a talented climber so watch out for her in the second half of the race.

Annemiek van Vlueten: Annemiek has a point to prove this year, after a spring campaign that, whilst extraordinary, probably did not meet her expectations. She will want desperately to take victory at the first edition of the race.

Demi Vollering: Stages, GC, any of the jerseys? Demi could win them all. Watch out for the powerhouse on SD Worx to come blazing in. 

Kasia Niewiadoma*: A survivor through and through- Kasia will challenge victories and be on the pointy end we are sure. No doubts she will be in the mix for GC, and of course as a local we will be cheering her on.

Alison Jackson*: Another local favourite of ours, the dance machine that is Alison Jackson will be fighting strong in the points classification and sprints, and keep an eye on her Tik Tok and Instagram for all the bonus content fun.

Lotte Kopecky: The SD Worx rider is on fire this season, sprinting and surviving hillier terrain.  She’s a favourite for the green jersey and her formidable team will be behind her for sure.

Hannah Barnes*: Hannah calls Girona and Andorra home, and the British rider on her first year at Uno-X is sure to be ready for a hard week- with a free reign at the slightly smaller team we can expect to see Hannah aggressive and fighting with an underdog style.

Marta Cavalli: The winner of this year’s Amstel Gold Race, and Flèche Wallonne will be high on the list for GC contenders.

Lorena Wiebes: She’s one of the fastest sprinters out there, on fire recently at Ride London and will be focused on bringing in stage wins for Team DSM 

Marianne Vos: The dutch rider has recently recovered from Covid, but if she finds her old legs, she is just always, and forever one to beat.

Coryn Rivera: Teammate of Vos on Jumbo-Visma, the American sprinter will be flourishing in the first half of the race.

Mavi Garcia: The Spanish rider on team ADQ -UAE Emirates has had a great season so far and will be high up on the GC leaderboards.

Niamh Fisher-Black*: The white and polka dot jerseys are serious possibilities for the Kiwi on SD Worx, and Girona denizen.

Elisa Longo Borghini: She won Paris Roubaix in style this year, she constantly puts in strong GC performances in stage races, Elisa can do it all. The Trek Rider and current Italian national champion will have the yellow jersey in her cross hairs.

Experience the first (modern) Women’s Tour de France with us!

Tune in with us at the end of July!  The Women’s Tour de France by Zwift will be live on the TV Box every day at our Cafe.  Join us for camaraderie, viewing and an afternoon post ride refreshment.

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Tour de France 2022: Route, Key Stages & Riders to Watch

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As the summer sweeps in, we know what is coming… the TOUR!  The biggest race in the world, the three week epic journey around France, the race of history, glory, and defeat, from the cobbles of the north to the highest pyrenees in the south, and of course a breathtaking final lap around Paris- loving cycling means you love the Tour.  And what is better than it being on our doorstep…

Tour de France: 2022 Route Overview

The 2022 Tour de France Grand Depart starts in Copenhagen, the gorgeous Scandinavian capital  of in Denmark. An individual time trial kicks off the three weeks – so the GC competition will begin from the gun.  In these early stages of the general classification battles, some will survive, and we might not have a winner but even in these early days, expect some to suffer losses they can’t bring back. Expect to see Tadej Pogačar and Primož Roglič putting in fierce fights these first days, against the time trial specialists like Ganna and Dennis.

As we depart the ‘Depart’ the race sails on from Denmark swiftly to Northern France, for a little taste of the cobbles of Paris Roubaix, deep in the trenches of the Arenberg Forest. Whereas Paris Roubaix, the one day classic is fought by the harder, bigger riders, when it’s part of the Tour, the general classification battle lives on and our lightweight climbers will have to fight to stay in the race that day, on terrain foreign to many of their likings.

Of course, the first week is chock full of sprint stages, where we are likely to see Wout Van Aert and Mathieu Van Der Poel continue their lively rivalry for the green jersey (points classification.) But it’s not just winning sprints that wins that jersey- it’s intermediate time bonuses, and surviving the three weeks til Paris.  The dreamers dare and the darers dream when it comes to this jersey, and often as it’s said, fortune favours the bold.  The likes of Michael Matthews and Fabio Jakobsen could put a damper on the “vans duo” aspirations…

Tour-De-France-Route-Map-2022-Eat-Sleep-CycleThe Tour de France in the French Alps

And of course, as week two comes in, the race moves forward into the Alps. The Télégraphe and  Galibier and a summit finish on Alpe d’Huez stand out as spectacular places to watch, whether on TV or in person. For a lesser known summit, watch out for the decisive 2,413-metre Col du Granon on stage 11. As the general classification rolls on, the climbers will blossom here, and the Polka Dot (climbers) jersey competition will begin to be contested.  Will the breakaways win?  Will the loyal lieutenants take their chance at glory?  The second week of the Tour is often more unpredictable than the third- when the GC riders are more focused on not losing than winning, and the French riders fight furiously for victory on Bastille day.

Want to climb the Classic Cols of the Alps? Join one of our two Alps tours this summer!

Speaking of that Polka Dot jersey, will it be a year for the French riders as it so often is?  This jersey seems to hold a special place in the hearts of the countrymen, and it could be a showdown, Bardet vs. Barguil, Gaudu vs Martin.

The Tour de France in the High Mountains – the Pyrenees

Into the third week the race heads south west to the Pyrenees. Often overlooked for the Alps, The Pyrenees are the real testing grounds for the race this year.  For a day of experiencing tour atmosphere check out the festivities of the rest day in the fortress city of Carcassone.  The mountains in the Pyrenees come thick and fast.  On Stage 17, all in the second half of the 130 k stage the weary riders will take on the Col d’Aspin  the Hourquette d’Ancizan, and the Col d’Azet. Think that’s enough?  Well, not for the race organisers.  One more kick finishes the day on the  climb to Peyragudes altiport. If that wasn’t enough, the next day brings the same intensity. The final mountain stage of the race takes on the legendary Hautacam.  From the city of Lourdes, and with the  Col d’Aubisque and and the Col de Spandelles between the final brutal climb, this is one of the last true days to win the Tour. Who will be left standing after? 

See the action live: Ride with us on our Tour de France Pyrenees tour & spectate Stage 16 & 17.

And as the dust settles on the mountains, only an individual time trial and a flat stage stand between the peloton and Paris.  As the last Sunday light rolls in, the remaining contenders will put in their final fight, as they circle around the Arc de Triomphe, yet only one with be triumphant. 

Riders to watch out for in the 2022 Tour de France

The winners, the chancers, the characters.

Tadej Pogačar: Nothing like going in wearing number one… two wins in a row puts a lot of weight on the young Slovenians’ shoulders

Primož Roglič: Another Slovenian, this one with something to prove, and incredibly strong team behind him, Rog will have general classification in his crosshairs

Sepp Kuss: Riding in support of his team leader above, the talented American will still take his chances and dare to go for glory from breakaways, or reel back in danger for the good of the team. 

Richard Carapaz: Fresh off an Olympic win and a podium finish at last year’s tour, the Ineos rider from Ecuador will be tearing up the mountain stages.

Matej Mohorič: Winner of Milan Samremo this year, add Matej to the growing number of Slovenian riders on this list. He’s unstoppable on descents and isn’t scared to go all in. 

David Gaudu: An exciting French rider who could be a throw up for a great general classification or a stage win, or of course, the climbers jersey.

Jonas Vingegaard: Second last year, the young Danish rider will still be supporting Rog this year but will bring some fireworks of his own. 

Wout Van Aert: Mountains, Time Trials and Sprints, the Belgian rider can win on all terrains.

Mathieu Van der Poel: Another unstoppable powerhouse- watching MvdP race is nothing if not fun.

Michael Matthews: The Australian will take his chances on the green jersey and possibly try for wins from a breakaway.

Thomas De Gendt: No one, no one bosses a breakaway like TdG. 

Mark Cavendish: (We are all hoping he is there.  No description needed.)

Want to experience the atmosphere of the Tour de France?

Every year we head to the Pyrenees to watch the race as it hits the high mountains – you’re invited! Plus, standby for our next blog profiling the Womens’s Tour de France.

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Bikes of the World Tour 2022

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We love nothing more than checking out the latest bikes being raced by the pro peleton, especially when they are bikes made by brands we’re proud to partner with. No less than 6 of bike brands we stock & sell in our Girona store are World Tour team sponsors. In this blog we compare the bikes on offer & share our insights into which bikes you, our customers, are most excited about.

Jumbo-Visma (TJV) – Cervélo R5 / S5 / Caledonia

With lead riders like Vos, Van Aert & Roglic & super-domestiques like Laporte, Vingegaard & Gesink, Cervélo bikes have already been ridden to multiple victories this season. Marc Hirsche put the S5 in the spotlight with his epic solo breakaway on Stage 9 of the 2020 Tour de France for Team Sunweb. Since then S5 sales have taken off in our shop. The release of the new R5 brings the tech in line with the price point. The 4th edition of the bike has fully integrated cabling & uber-clean lines. As a top of the line climbing bike the R5 of course flys up mountains but what Cervélo say differentiates the bike is it’s unmatched poise & handling on the descents. All eyes on Roglic & the R5 in the 2022 Tour de France!

Jumbo-Visma have their Cervélo’s built with the new Shimano Dura Ace Di2 12 speed.

UAE Team Emirates (UAD) – Colnago V3Rs / Concept / C64

Perhaps the biggest rivals this year to Jumbo Visma at the Tour de France, UAE Team Emirates are likewise racking up their victories on their Colnago bikes. The most popular bike on the team, & the bike of choice of superstar Pojacar, is the Colnago V3Rs. However, with rumours flying around the bike industry about an update to the iconic C64, we’ll have to wait & see which bike will dominte the 2022 Tour de France.

The V3 is a top seller at Eat Sleep Cycle. It’s a beautifully made bike & sister machine to the V3Rs, a perfect bike for us mortal cyclists who want all the benefits of the V3 & don’t notice a few grams extra on the weight of the frame.

UAE’s Colnago bikes are built with (what else) Campagnolo Super Record EPS.

Lotto-Soudal (LTS) – Ridley Noah Fast / Ridley Helium SLX

Lotto-Soudal have enjoyed a long partnershop with Ridley Bikes. Riders this year get to choose from the Noah Fast, Ridley’s all round aero bike & the Ridley Helium, Ridley’s super-light climbing bike. In the Spring Classics the Noah Fast takes precedence, but the Helium SLX is the bike of choice when the roads head skywards.

Caleb Ewan is a rider who showcases what the Noah Fast is all about – a couple of weeks ago he powered to vicotry on his Noah Fast on a sprint stage of the Tirreno Adriatico. Whilst here in Girona local cyclists tend to to opt for the Helium SLX to take on our local climbs, the Noah Fast is perfect for riders who know exactly what they are looking for in a bike: speed, responsiveness & aerodynamics.

Lotto Soudal race with Shimano Dura Ace, DT Swiss wheelsets & 4iii power meters.

Team BikeExchange-Jayco (BEX) – Giant TCR Advanced SL / Propel Advanced

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Bike Exchange mix good vibes with hardcore racing & it’s always great to see the team celebrate when they claim a win. Their sprinters have been racking up the early season victories – Kaden Groves & Michael Matthews took back to back wins in the Volta Cataluyna aboard their Giant TCR SL Advanced bikes. The TCR SL Advanced is Giant’s take on an ‘ultimate all-round race bike’ & with 30 years of victories, it’s hard to argue with. On the shop floor the TCR offers an an amazing package for the price point – the only thing holding it back from bestseller status is that Giant have not yet made the move to fully integrated cables.

Bike Exchange race with Shimano Dura Ace Di2.

Israel-Premier Tech (IPT) – Factor Ostro VAM / O2 VAM / One

Israel-Premier Tech are one of the newest teams in the World Tour & are sponsored by high end British brand, Factor. Their bikes are a best seller on the Eat Sleep Cycle shop floor & are the envy of the peloton. IPT have been busy building a roster of super star names – the likes of Chris Froome, Sep Vanmarke & Michael Woods are just three of the riders bringing regular headlines in.

The team held a pre-season training camp this year in Girona & the Ostro was the visible bike of choice for the IPT riders. This trickles down to what amateur riders are looking for in a modern bike. The Ostro is perhaps the best all-rounder on the market combining the best of the uber-lightweight O2 VAM with the aerodynamics & stiffness of the One. The design of the seatstays ensures the bike is also comfortable to ride. It’s a tough bike to beat for our customers & for the IPT riders.

IPT Factor bikes are built with Rotor Aldhu chainsets, Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 shifters & Black Inc wheelsets.

Cofidis (COF) – De Rosa Merak – Campagnolo Super Record EPS

Last but not least is Team Cofidis & their De Rosa Merak. De Rosa is a boutique Italian brand, the Merak is their equivalent of the Ostro – an awesome all-round race bike. It’s light, responsive (stiff) & comfortable too. Guillame Martin rode his to a strong 8th place in the Volta Catalunya – Cofidis achieved World Tour status in 2020 – a huge deal reflecting the ambition perseverance & sacrifice of the team.

On the shop floor the Merak turns heads amongst our customers. It’s a bike suited to those in the know, for those who appreciate Italian made quality & timeless design & for those who choose not to follow the latest trend on instagram.

Cofidis’ De Rosa Bikes are built with Campagnolo Super Record EPS.

Want to learn more about these beautiful bikes?

Visit us in our Girona Hub to see these amazing machines first hand. During the cycling season we’re open 7 days a week, 09:00 – 14:00 / 16:00 – 19:00. We have a number of the bikes also available to hire – see our available bike hire options & treat yourself to a test ride.

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Andalucia Gravel Bikepacking Tour: Sherry, Seafood & Flamenco

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Bikepacking is taking the cycling world by storm. Eat Sleep Cycle founders Lee & Louise headed to the south of Spain to enjoy some quality time on the bike & explore the region. Lee tells us all about the journey.

Here are the boundaries we had for our bikepacking tour of Andalucía:

  • Just 5 days of riding – this was a holiday & we wanted to come home feeling fresh, so the routes couldn’t be too epic.
  • In January so probably avoiding the highest peaks of the Sierra Nevada’s
  • A loop (getting the train or dropping off the car in one place and collecting it afterwards)
  • Carrying everything we need, no support, however staying in nice hotels and not camping.
  • Gravel bikes meaning we could get off the main roads which we would do as much as possible.

There were some places we really wanted to visit, like Seville (I had a bike race finish there a few years ago) and Sanlúcar (Louise went to Flamenco dance classes there as a teenager).  We also really wanted to see Granada but the first planning observation was the vast size of the Andalucía province compared to others in Spain. With just 5 days and taking into account the chillier mountain weather in January, we crossed out Granada for a future visit. We would focus on the main cities of Seville and Cordoba instead.

Bike Gear for Bikepacking: The Bikes

Louise would ride her custom RS Cycles Columbus tubing steel gravel bike. Its so small it only takes 650 wheels and those were given a tyre upgrade to the faster rolling gravel kings. Her bags were the lightweight Restrap collection  since those fit nicely on her tiny bike.

The Eat Sleep Cycle workshop built me a Ritchey  Outback especially for the trip. I used the Ortlieb bags from our rental equipment. Both Louise’s and my bike were powered by the SRAM Force AXS groupset for extra smooth shifting, though Louise had the Mullet upgrade.

RS-Cycles-Ritchey-Bikepacking-Set-Up-Eat-Sleep-CycleThe Bikepacking Adventure Begins: Arrival in Cordoba

We decided to start in Cordoba, the closest driving distance from Girona. Why not take the train I hear you ask? Of course we would prefer this, however getting the bike on the high speed AVE train that crosses Spain is not guaranteed. It needs to be in a case, or bag, so you can try with a large bin bag, but we just couldn’t take that risk on this occasion.

Arriving in Cordoba was a joy. What a peaceful city with easy access from Orange tree-lined roads. We even managed to park the car for free for a week (practically for free – we paid a gentleman €1.50 a day to watch it which seemed to be part of a great local government program).

Cordoba to Osuna, 92 Km, 537 m elevation, 60% gravel

The gravel bikes came into their own right away, leaving the city under the main roads and immediately out onto the olive tree lined via verde, with Cordoba gradually shrinking in the distance.

Immediately we got a sense of the size of Andalucía, vast bare fields, only green where farmers irrigate extensively. Thousands of olive trees as far as the eye could see. This is where touring by bike is really a treat – on a map it looks like nothing special and in real life the views are spectacular!

We stopped for lunch in a small restaurant in Écija and tried the local salmorejo (garlicy tomato cold soup) and jamón croquettes.

It was after this we first experienced the fierce wind which would feature during the rest of the trip. Were we unlucky just going the wrong way, or is it always so damn windy in Andalucía?!

Arriving at Osuna, after a quick wash we headed out to enjoy the sunset from the Colegiata which overlooks the city majestically.

Andalucia-Bikepacking-Eat-Sleep-Cycle-Gravel-Via-VerdeOsuna to Ronda, 79 Km, 1,850 m elevation, 70% gravel

We rode out of Osuna directly into a wind farm park, which gives an idea of just how windy it was. I loved getting right up close to the turbines and feeling the force!

The gravel was perfect which helped tackle the short steep bergs through the park. It made for a tough day on the legs with the loaded bikes.

The path got Hiller and hillier the closer we got to Ronda. The hill top cities in Andalucía make you work for them and the arrival into Ronda was no different with 5 Km into a headwind on an uphill drag.

Ronda to Arcos de la Frontera, 87 Km 1,654 m elevation, 40% gravel

Before leaving Ronda we took a small detour to view the Puente Nuevo (new bridge) which adjoins the new and old city. Famously, Ronda was one of the last standholds of the Moors and only by cutting off the water supply at the bottom of this bridge were they conquered.

If there is one place on the trip I will come back to ride my bike more that is Ronda. The epic climb up to Grazalema (through the Sierra Grazalema) left us speechless. Full blossom trees lined the roads and outstanding views in all directions.

If we thought we were done at the village we were not, the road kept on going. With a loaded bike weighing around 20 Kg these long steep climbs take their toll!

We descended the chilly back side and stopped in a roadside Parilla for some snacks before joining the main road to Arcos de la Frontera. The gravel bikes meant that at any opportunity we could leave the main road and escape any traffic, which we did at every opportunity.

Of all the places we saw on our trip, Arcos de la Frontera, perched on a cliff edge and dominating the horizon, was the most remarkable. The climb up through the cobbled streets really tested my Wahoo navigation. The hotel advised not driving up, we didn’t know it would also be a challenge on a bike! This place was not designed for cars or even bikes!

We stayed in the only decent hotel up there, a Parador, a converted Magistrates house. The views were outstanding and the room had a bath, which 3 days in (and with little preparation for back to back days) helped ease some of the aches and pains starting to emerge.

Sierra-Grazalema-Eat-Sleep-Cycle-BikepackingArcos de la Frontera to Sanlúcar

For the first time on our trip we felt a tail wind. It took us just over an hour to get to Jerez (direct translation Sherry and the birth of it).

We took a long route to Sanlúcar via Puerto Santa María, because we wanted to see the coast after several days inland. Just another special feature of Andalucía, being the Province which benefits from both the South (Mediterranean) and some West (Atlantic) coast.

Most of the ride from Jerez to Sanlúcar was functional, through the poor suburban outers of these places. This is one of my favourite things about touring by bike – seeing how people really live and not just the rich and polished inner old towns set up for tourists.

The last 20 km into Sanlúcar had us hugging the Guadalquivir river on yet another excellent via verde, we saw first hand every man and his dog growing manzanilla on their lawns (it is only grown here due to the unique climatic conditions).

Closer to the city a purpose built boulevard saw half of the city out for their pre dinner sunset excercise, the place immediately grew on me. Louise had joined a small Flamenco school several years back during her dancing days so being back brought back some fond memories.

We enjoyed freshly caught prawns and local white wine at the busiest restaurant in the central plaza. Although we live in Girona, Andalucía is one step further on the Alfresco living scale, probably due to the milder climate.

Sanlucar to Seville, 96 Km, 48 m elevation, 90% gravel

We left Sanlúcar through a stunning pine tree natural park into what can only be described as a bird paradise. We were stopped in our tracks by flocks of flamingos enjoying the ideal conditions. We were on the route along the Guadalquivir river to Seville. 90 Km of gravel cycle path, on paper a dream and in reality extremely tough against the blinding headwind that day. To get through it we took turns facing the winds force and taking regular breaks to enjoy our quickly diminishing snacks (we didn’t see so much as another person the entire ride).

Endless-Road-To-Sevilla-Eat-Sleep-Cycle-Bikepacking4 hours in we reached the end of the river path and to our delight a bar, or a farm, a farm bar let’s call it. They had Coke and coffee and that’s all that counts. I am fluent Spanish but the strong accent here tests me to my limit so we also ended up with 2 random tapas which apparently I ordered!

The final race into Seville proved just how good the cycle paths are in the city. Completely divided and perfectly identified, with separate cycling signals at crossings, it is a joy to cycle through this city.

We stayed right in the center of the old town with easy access to all of Seville’s main attractions. What a wonderful romantic city to finish our cycling tour.

We took the train back to Cordoba to finish the loop. All in all, 5 days of riding.

Until the next time…

To improve the trip I would add an extra day riding in Ronda and in warmer times and with more days to play with of course add in Granada and the Sierra Nevada. I hope to be back to Andalucía again soon to discover more of this wonderful Spanish province.

Want to find out more about Bikepacking?

Read Daan’s blog about bikepacking the Badlands ultra-race or check out our Pirinexus tour if you’re looking for a great route to try out bikepacking.

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De Rosa Bikes: Evolution & Origins

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As we head into Spring (yes, it feels like Spring here in Girona already!) we take a look at the origins & evolution of boutique Italian bike brand, De Rosa. 

De Rosa Bikes: Racing Origins

Ugo De Rosa was born in Milan, Italy in 1934. He grew up with a strong passion for racing & studied mechancis & engineering whilst competing in the amateur Italian peloton. In 1953, at the age of 19, he opened his first shop & started to make racing bikes. Just 5 years later his reptuation had spread & pro-cyclist & hero of the Italian nation, Raphaël Géminiani, asked De Rosa to build him a bike for the Giro d’Italia. And so began De Rosa’s long & strong history at the top level of cycling.

De Rosa’s first team in the peloton was Faema & by 1973 De Rosa was the team mechanic & official frame builder for Eddy Mercx & his highly successful Molteni team. In 1974 De Rosa won the World Championships with Francesco Moser. By the end of the 70’s & 20 years after opening his first workshop, De Rosa bikes exploded on the international scene, with huge demand for his machines in the USA, Russia & across Europe. Ugo decided to close his small workshop next to his home & move to a larger space in Milan.

Keeping things in the family has long been a tradition for Italian bike makers, and it’s no different for De Rosa. Ugo’s three sons Danilo, Doriano & Cristiano joined the company to look after production & to develop the comercial side of De Rosa.

De Rosa are a forward looking company who currently the bike sponsor for World Tour team, Cofidis, who raced to a stage win in the 2021 Giro d’Italia for Victor Lafay. Founder Ugo De Rosa leaves us with these words, a testiment to the forward-looking nature of the company which has the innovation of the bicycle engraved at the heart of its soul:

I am a man who goes straight to the point. And, by force of habit, I never look back and count the years I have spent making frames. I prefer to look ahead, because after half a century, I am still convinced that the bicycle has room for improvement. And, just has I have done up till now, in the future too I want to contribute to the evolution of this fascinating vehicle, which at the same time is so simple and so complicated.

De Rosa Carbon Road Bikes

De Rosa started to manufacture carbon bikes in the year 2000 – let’s take a look at their top of the line carbon frames 20 years later:

De Rosa Merak: Lightweight Race Bike

De Rosa’s Merak is a pure racing machine. In 2020 the Merak has come back to the De Rosa product range, ready for competition, whether its racing at high level competitions or riding granfondo’s. The Merak is a beautiful bike that can tackle the demanding nature of the sport. It’s a lightweight climbing bike promising comfort & aerodymanic excellence.

Whilst selecting the Merak is easy, the real challenge comes with how to spec the bike – check out our three builds below:

Let us know in the comments below how you’d build yours.

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De Rosa SK Pininfarina: Aero Race Bike

The SK Pininfarina is a collaboration between two great icons of Italian manufacturing: De Rosa and Pininfarina, whose shared values for high-performance, artisanship and attention to detail, have been reflected in this aerodynamic bike build. The New SK Pininfaina “aims to be the point of reference for te aerodynamic and fast bikes in the international cycling scenery.”

An integrated cockpit, clean lines, and aerodynamic tubes, the SK Pininfaina is stunning model for those wanting a fast machine to race on, or even for those wanting to win the town sign sprints.

Learn more about the SK Pininfarina

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De Rosa Idol: Endurance Road Bike

The Idol is model that stands out in this day and age of road bikes, the slightly curved top tube, the “Arc Slope curvature”, is a signature for the Idol range. The “unmistakeable appearance is able to express the style and design that have always been brand’s trademark.”

See more about the De Rosa Idol

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De Rosa 838: The Perfect Introduction to De Rosa

An all-round bike for riders seeking a taste of De Rosa riding, best described by De Rosa themselves:

Simple, decisive, and effective lines with a clear mission: welcoming you into De Rosa’s world, without compromising on style and performance. The frame of the new De Rosa 838 is made of carbon, weighing about 900 grams, it is a slightly sloping frame and offers a beautiful balance with the out-of-saddle. The down tube stands out for its sinuosity and the gearbox is elliptical, polished, to ensure greater stiffness. The chainstays are minimal and the head tube is able to accommodate the fully integrated cable routing for a very clean look and reduced aerodynamic impact. The fork accommodates tires up to 32mm. 838 is your first De Rosa, your first will to ride a heart bike.

Learn more about the De Rosa 838

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De Rosa Steel Bikes: 55 Years Later

When Ugo started making bikes in the 1950’s steel was the material of choice. In 2005 (55 years later!) De Rosa returned to it’s origins & launched its brand new lightweight steel frame, the Corum.

Once again De Rosa are reaching beyond just the carbon bike offering with a steel racing frame, Corum. We’re seeing the “want” for steel bikes on the rise once again and De Rosa have hit the nail on the head with this steel frame, built with softer alloy in the fork. The Corum is built for speed, but she’s a bike built traditionally – tying cycling’s history with a new frontier of racing.

Corum – “She is the lone voice. She is the steel and the passion.”

De Rosa Titanium Road Bikes: Anima & Solo

A De Rosa titanium frame is built to “transmit the ultimate riding experience”. On the launch of their new Anima titatium bike, De Rosa had this to say:

Titanium has been in De Rosa’s factory for 25 years and the Anima bike is the latest expression of this, the symbol of an evolving craftsmanship tradition. The frame of the  Anima represents the Black Label tailor-made technology created to mark the excellence of De Rosa frame production. The concept is simple: create a “Made to Measure” frame that fits the body of the cyclist. In the same way that Ugo De Rosa has been building bicycles for over 65 years, the black label program gives the cyclist complete control over the creative process. You choose the materials, details, and geometry to ride a unique masterpiece built and finished by the skilled hands of the master craftsmen in Cusano Milanino.

De Rosa At Eat Sleep Cycle

De Rosa add style & pure Italian passion to our range of bikes on the shop floor. Check out our De Rosa bikes in store or online, or get in touch to find out how you can get yourself a De Rosa, we offer custom builds as well as off the shelf models. Email: [email protected].

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