Vitus Zenium SL Pro Disc

The name Vitus was once associated with quirky, ultra light, bonded-and-lugged alloy frames. Irish cycling legend Sean Kelly used them to great effect in his heyday, dominating some of the world’s toughest race during the 80s and 90s.

In 2009 the sadly defunct marque was acquired by mega-bikeshop Chain Reaction Cycles and with Kelly as a figurehead, it’s gained a new lease of life as a direct-sales brand.

New for this year, Vitus has replaced its mid-level alloy racer the Zenium SL with a disc version of same. The old model earned a glowing review in our sister magazine Cycling Plus, so when Vitus asked us if we’d like to try out the new bike at the An Post-Chain Reaction training camp in Spain, we were intrigued to find if it lived up to its predecessor. Having been the man to accept the mission, I’m pleased to report that it did.

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There are two versions of the Zenium frame and the SL is naturally the lighter and more expensive one. It’s available in two builds – the Ultegra one we tried out here, and a 105 option that’s £200 cheaper.

A balanced bike wrapped in a classy finish

Chain and brakes aside, Vitus gives you a full Shimano Ultegra groupset

A cultured ride that proudly flies the alloy flag

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Orange Crush

The Crush has been around a while now, and it’s always had very clear priorities. Those priorities are all about being a gravity-biased trail slayer.

Orange’s most recent 650b-wheeled incarnation has had some exciting frame changes to modernise its geometry, further increasing its functionality and fun factor. The rear triangle has been made slightly shorter with 430mm chainstays, and features a 142×12 bolt thru-axle as well as more tyre clearance for wider rims and chunky tyres.

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A narrow/wide ring is backed up with a chainguide

The head tube is now of the 44mm variety, allowing all headset types and steerer shapes to be fitted. It also means that if you own an Orange Five, for example, everything can be swapped back and forth for summer and winter configurations, should you desire.

Related: Orange Five RS 2016

Crush by name, crushing by nature

Winch up, plummet down

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11 common diet mistakes to avoid while training

Many cyclists don’t understand what a huge part their diets play in their training and racing. It’s a cliché, but when it comes to sports you are what you eat. And if you’re out there cycling every day, you really can’t afford to get it wrong. Here we show you how to spot and avoid the top 11 most common diet mistakes. 

A good diet is about more than just staying slim. Yes, body composition is important in cycling, but it’s also about fuelling yourself correctly and eating the right blend of nutrients so that your body can recover and grow stronger after training. If you make too many mistakes with your diet then you’ll undermine all the hard work you’ve been putting in.

Maybe you think that you’re eating well already, or you know that you’re getting it wrong, but you don’t know how to fix it. Either way, now is the time to find out with this list of the top 11 common diet mistakes that athletes make. The more of them that you ditch, the faster and stronger you’ll be.

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Your body has been without food for several hours overnight, so you can’t expect to get the best out of it in your training or racing if you are under-fuelling the session. 

Eat enough carbohydrates the day before and find things that are easy to eat or drink and that sit well in your stomach in the morning. This could be a yoghurt smoothie, half a banana sandwich or a slice of toast with peanut butter and a glass of fresh juice mixed with water. 

This sets up a starve-binge eating pattern. By the time you get your food you’re ravenous and more likely to overeat the wrong things. This creates an insulin surge, which sends fat storage into overdrive.

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Bruce Berkeley slams 'so-called' disqualification, vows to soldier on

Less than a month into his assault on the Year Record, New Zealand’s Bruce Berkeley has already hit big trouble: the Ultra-Marathon Cycling Association has decided to strike him from its record books.

Why? Well, the association says he hasn’t paid his $30 annual membership fee, nor is he using a UMCA-approved live tracking device. We’ve spoken to both sides and seen the full email chain between Bruce and UMCA records chairman Drew Clark – read on for more details…

Related: The world’s ‘oldest, toughest’ cycling record is under threat

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Soldiering on

First things first, it looks like Berkeley will continue his attempt under the auspices of Guinness World Records. He will still aim to ride 340km every day this year, and hopes to better the current record of 76,156 miles (122,561km) set by American Kurt Searvogel earlier this month.

He told BikeRadar that the past few days have been “pretty stressful”, adding that his disqualification by UMCA is a shame.

“But it takes nothing away from my attempt,” Berkeley added.

The sequence of events so far

Defending the record

Avoid hilly terrain

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Moors and Shores – 2016 Adventure Cross Series

Kicking off this year’s Adventure Cross season, the Moors and Shores is a real mixture of terrain. From gravel forest roads to exposed moorland and rutted narrow lanes this route offers plenty of contrast in a constantly changing landscape.

Moors and Shores

This isn’t an adrenaline-enducing, heart-pounding offroad downhill shred, but with 45 mile and 65 mile options  and around 35% on …Continue reading »
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