NZ's The Pioneer race continues with gruelling climbs and harsh headwinds

Our man on the ground and pro racer, Matt Page is still battling away out at the front of New Zealand’s The Pioneer Stage race for MBUK (sister mag of BikeRadar). Stages 5 and 6 involved tough climbs and unbearable headwinds as the race reaches its penultimate day.

Stage 5: 3500m of climbing makes this the dreaded day

The day that almost all riders were dreading was the Queen stage: 112km with 3500m climbing. Ouch!

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Of course a few masochistic riders will look forward to the prospect of a tough day, and perhaps even use it to gain back some time. We went into the stage hoping for the best, but not exactly sure of what would happen after four days of tough racing already in our legs. From the start, the top three teams set a good tempo up the first climb, and it wasn’t long before riders were being shed out of the back of the group.

We managed to hang onto the back and as everything regrouped after a short descent and approached the second of five major climbs. The pace at the front slowed right down, with none of the three pro teams keen to take up the speed, so I got myself to the front and pushed at my own pace, not wanting to ease up at all.

The second climb suited me perfectly: 5% gradient, gradually climbing on rocky double track for 5km or so. Sam was right with me and of course both Kona Factory teams and Team Danton were along with us. After the climb a really fast, dusty track took us alongside a river with a wicked tailwind pushing us the whole way.

Stage 6: Legs left at the bottom of the hill

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Scott Foil Team Issue

If you jumped on the new Foil without looking at it, you’d assume you were riding a high-class road bike, and the only sensory clues to its aero billing would be the feel of the integrated carbon aero bar and the bike’s unbridled speed.

Path-breaking versatility

The original Foil was possibly the most versatile of the first wave of road aero bikes, finding success in a wide variety of disparate races. But it was an uncompromising ride, and with comfort increasingly seen as every bit as important as speed, this was an area that needed addressing.

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The unique integrated stem and bar are from Scott’s house brand Syncros

Launched just before the 2015 Tour de France, the new Foil already has Grand Tour stage wins under its belt. This model is a complete rethinking of the platform, most obviously with its semi-compact sloping top tube, dropped short seatstays and beefy down tube.

Related: Scott launches revamped Foil

Subtle aero styling

Long-ride comfort

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Bradley Wiggins' Pinarello Dogma F8 – gallery

This article was originally published on our sister site Cyclingnews.

Bradley Wiggins (Team WIGGINS) is starting his road season at this week’s Dubai Tour, one of four road races that he’s competing in throughout 2016.

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While all of his teammates are on the standard white bikes, Wiggins is riding the Dubai Tour on a special-edition black and gold Pinarello Dogma F8. The gold accents all over Wiggins’ bike are a nod to his four Olympic titles on the track and road. Many of his achievements are also listed on the top tube, from his first world team pursuit title in Stuttgart 2003 to his time trial world title in Ponferrada 2014. A British flag that turns into the rainbow stripes and an outline of Wiggins’ face also feature on the side of the top tube.

As well as the special paint job, Wiggins is the only member of his team using the SRAM eTap wireless groupset. Wiggins’ bike also features an SRM power meter, matching gold Zipp 404 Firecrest tubular wheels and a Fizik Arione K1 saddle.

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BMX legend Dave Mirra dies aged 41

The bike community has once again been left deeply saddened this week as the news came in of the loss of BMX legend Dave Mirra. Greenville Police have confirmed that Mirra, 41, has died in an apparent suicide in North Carolina.

American rider Mirra turned professional in 1992 and began a lengthy and successful career that continually pushed the boundaries of freestyle BMX. Mirra took a staggering 24 medals in the X Games between 1995 and 2009, 14 of which were gold.

Mirra also gained much attention through a highly successful video game franchise. In more recent years, Mirra also turned his attention to triathlon and even competed in Global RallyCross racing.

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Mirra undoubtedly inspired an entire generation of riders, many of which whom are present here in the BikeRadar towers. Rest in peace, Dave.

The news follows the tragic death of freerider Kelly McGarry on Monday.

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