I learned a hard lesson about climbing a few years ago after moving to North Carolina from a certain Midwestern city known for ferocious winds and two-dimensional topography. I thought I was in pretty good shape—until I decided to join the Thursday night group ride.
Just about any road bike can be made suitable for racing. It’s just a matter of shedding unnecessary weight, and making sure you have the right components for your particular race. Here are some basic tips that will help you get your bike race-ready.
The Spring Classics, also called the Monuments of Spring, are some of the most important races in the professional racing calendar. While the Tour de France or Giro d’Italia are usually the races we think of and that are the most well-known, it’s the Classics that really connect us back to the early days of cycling (indeed, some of the Spring Classics are descended from the first organized cycling races), and are the closest to the sports heart.