Spring Classics Review

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Yes, I may be a little biased, but this year’s Spring Classics trip was nothing short of amazing. The Spring Classics week is something every cycling fan must do once in their lifetime. The atmosphere is electric. Everyone in the streets, shops and restaurants are all talking about cycling. There is an energy in the air. All in anticipation of these two races that take place over the first two Sundays in April. Just being in Belgium and Northern France for the Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix is enough to get every cycling fan frothing at the mouth. We
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2017 Giro d’Italia Contenders

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The 2017 cycling season is well and truly underway and we are starting to get an insight into who is targeting which race and who looks in form ahead of them. Now in Belgium the classics have begun with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne with the big names like Van Avermaet and Sagan showing their early season form with respective wins. But while the classics riders prepare for a big spring showing, March is also when we will see the contenders for the first grand tour of the year start to stretch their legs for form leading into a special
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Mummu Cycling Announce Partnership with Stuart O’Grady

The world’s premier cycling tour operator, Mummu Cycling and the most decorated cyclist in Australia, Stuart O’Grady OAM have announced a new partnership offering fans the exclusive opportunity to experience cycling’s biggest races side by side with the former champion. The two-time World Champion on the track, four-time Olympic medallist, 2007 Paris-Roubaix winner and two-time Tour Down Under winner has partnered with Mummu Cycling to take their world class tours to another level of exclusivity. Mummu Cycling Chief Executive Officer, Marcel Berger said the partnership will bring fans into the inner sanctum of the cycling world. “The access Stuart will
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Summer of Cycling

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To celebrate the 2017 Australian summer of cycling and the start of the 2017 UCI racing calendar, Mummu Cycling are coming to you with some fun, games and great prizes! Throughout January and early February, Mummu Cycling will be road side at all major cycling races in Australia with some fun, engaging activities where you can learn a little more about who we are, get access to some great offers on our trips in 2017 and even have the chance to win one of our daily prizes or the major prize of a Garmin Edge 1000 cycling computer thanks to
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2017 Tour de France route review

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The route for the 2017 Tour de France was released yesterday to a full house in Paris, a very different route to previous Tours as race organisers look to take note from the Giro and Vuelta by including shorter, sharper mountain stages that will make for exciting racing every day! With a time trial to start the tour, current World time trial champion Tony Martin will be favored to take the first yellow jersey of this years race in his home country of Germany. The race starts in the city of Dusseldorf, celebrating 30 years since the race last began
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2016 Tour de France Cycling Tour Review

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As I sit waiting to board my plane home from Paris, I am left reflecting on what has been a stellar month following the greatest bike race on earth, the Tour de France. I have met some fantastic people and made many memories of the past few weeks to take home. From the bike, to the French cuisine and enjoying a wine or two at a days end with new found friends, le Tour was a great experience! Now for some of the racing purists who solely look at the battle for the yellow jersey the race may have seemed a
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Travelling with Mummu

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By Laurence Guttman Travelling with Mummu has been one of the most enjoyable, exciting and challenging holidays I’ve ever had. Enjoyable because I’ve seen the best of France – its vibrant culture, its delectable food, its incredible scenery, its amazing architecture and history. Exciting because I’ve been up close and personal with the world’s best cyclists competing in the world’s greatest sporting event. And challenging because I’ve been afforded the opportunity to ride some of cycling’s most mythical, most difficult and most beautiful climbs.   From the very first day in Béziers, we were able to ride out our jet
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2017 Giro d’Italia

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By Laurence Guttmann We’ve just witnessed one of the most thrilling conclusions to the Giro d’Italia in its history. Just a few days ago, it looked like the ‘human coat hanger’, Steven Kruijswijk, would claim a surprising yet deserving victory. With only three stages remaining, Vincenzo Nibali languished in fourth place, 4:43 down – almost an eternity in a grand tour. In a devastating show of strength, panache and experience, and with a little luck (which is always necessary), Nibali managed to overrun Kruijswijk, Valverde and Esteban Chavez, to claim his second Giro d’Italia title. In the end, he wasn’t
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Chaves! You little legend.

Esteban Chaves, born in the 17th of January 1990 and weighing in at just 55kg’s, he remains modest and humble despite all his recent successes! Last weekend Esteban cemented his name as a general classification contender, outriding previous Giro/TdF winner Vincenzo Nibali and all-time great Alejandro Valverde to win the queen stage of the 2016 Giro d’Italia. An outstanding performance by the 26-year-old Colombian, who started his professional career at the young age of 21, back in 2010. He rode with two Colombian teams before signing to Orica Greenedge in 2014, who quickly set about developing the young Colombian into
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The Angliru a Story by David Winter from Glasgow

submitted climbmybbike.com on 22/07/2014 After seeing the velta struggling up the Angliru in 2013 I decided to head out and have a go in July 2014 as my father in law stays in Oviedo anyway and is a great excuse for a “family” holiday. Immediately after collecting my hire bike from the local shop I headed straight for the climb. Riding through wonderful gorges and typical stunning mountain scenery and with light courteous traffic with very few tourist traffic all putting you into a false scence of security. After a gentle climb to la Vega where the Angliru starts, the
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The rise of the Vuelta a España

By Laurence Guttmann Recently, the Vuelta a España has come of age, and like a young adult learning from past mistakes and discovering their place in the world, it is finding its feet and establishing itself as a truly grand Grand Tour in the process. Dumoulin was a revelation of the 2015 Vuelta For much of its history, the Vuelta has been third of the three grand tours by various metrics: • The last to begin each year (since 1995 at least). • The last to inaugurate (in 1935). • The least international (for example, 23 of the first 25
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Mummu Cycling Launches Official 2016 La Vuelta Tour.

Mummu Cycling is excited to announce its appointment as VIP Official Tour Operator for cycling’s Grand Tour, La Vuelta a España. Mummu Cycling is offering guests from around the globe the opportunity to get up close and personal with the fastest growing cycling tour on the planet. In 2016, cycling fans can enjoy the warm climate, dramatic landscapes, late night tapas and Spanish hospitality over 7 exciting days from Saturday 27 August to Friday 2 September. Never before have cycling fans been able to test themselves on the steep ascents of the Spanish Asturias, Cantabiras and Basque Country climbs minutes
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Corporate Travel incentive Programs

In the past, the majority of organizations have chosen to drive employee engagement and improve performance by awarding particularly successful staff with cash bonuses and the like. However, more recently businesses have begun offering non-cash rewards such as travel incentive trips to their employees, to great effect. The experience that an incentive travel program provides is something that cold, hard cash can’t offer. When cash rewards are given, employees often treat this as part of their salary and end up spending their bonuses on bills or living expenses. However, when you provide incentive trips to your employees, you’re providing them
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Mummu Cycling Kit Available Soon

We would like to thank The Pedla for such excellent service and quality garments. Our stock will be arriving soon but we will be taking pre orders on the Mummu Cycling Kits on the inquiry form below. Available for purchase will be The Mummu Cycling Jersey, Bib Shorts, Gilet, Arm Warmers and Leg Warmers (not in picture). *We will be shipping internationally. 

Mr Roubaix

By Laurence Guttmann   When you’re really fit, you rarely get a flat tyre because you’re more lucid. I had a puncture once, in 1970, and then never again in 10 years. The other secret is confidence. I often started with the idea that I was going to win. I missed my chance once or twice but no more than that. -Roger de Vlaeminck De Vlaeminck was stylish on and off the bike   As we approach the 114th edition of the Paris-Roubaix, much will be written about who will win the historic race that is known variously as the
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Climb Better

  Climb better If you ever get the opportunity to ride the famed mountains of the Tour de France, you will want to be in a condition that enables you to enjoy the climbs. Training for hills can sometimes be difficult, especially for those of us who don’t live near any big climbs. And while at the end of the day there’s no avoiding climbing hills to get good at climbing hills, there are some things you can do on the flat that can make a difference. In a recent interview with Olympian and Ridewiser cycling training advisor Rob Crowe,
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My 1998 TDF Experience (Laurence Guttmann)

For most, the 1998 Tour de France is (infamously) remembered for the Festina affair, which saw the expulsion of the team from the race after team soigneur, Willy Voet, was intercepted at the Belgian-French border with huge amounts of EPO, growth hormone, testosterone and amphetamines. TVM were also ejected and in hindsight, we know that almost the whole peloton was doped.                                           I remember it very differently. I was an exchange student in France at the time and a family
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The Porte Factor

Volta a Catalunya is underway! Anyone watching? You should be! The list of contenders for this year’s Volta a Catalunya includes defending Tour de France Champion Chris Froome, Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana, Fabio Aru, Dan Martin, Rigaberto Uran, Tejay Van Garderen, Joaquim Rodriguez, Ritchie Porte and Tom Dumoulin just to name a few. This is arguably the strongest field in the Volta’s history, with all the big names bar NIbali racing in the lead up towards Le Tour! It will also be the last time we’ll see Alberto Contador at the Volta, as he is set to retire at the
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Book in March and receive €150 spending money

                      Book in March and receive €150 spending money on us! Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully as they incorporate the basis upon your right to receive this offer. Each booking must exceed €3000 per person to claim the offer. Bookings must be confirmed with deposit received by Mummu Cycling between Tuesday 1 March and Thursday 31 March 2016. You will receive the spending money in the form of a pre-paid MasterCard loaded with €150. The card will be included in your tour documentation sent approximately 4 weeks prior to departure.. Money loaded on the
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Interview with Rob Crowe – 1992 Olympics Team Time Trial

If you don’t win or get a top 3 you can’t even be up for qualification to go in the squad to go in the team to go in the Games… These were the words bouncing around Rob Crowe’s head as he set off on a ‘suicidal’ solo breakaway on the final stage of the 1991 Tour of Tasmania. “I wanted it to be for the road race but I didn’t realise at the time that I’d been earmarked for time-trialling”, Rob recalls, “From testing at Charlie Walsh’s SA institute they knew I’d be a good time trialler but you
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Tour Down Under Race Favourites

The 2016 UCI WorldTour season once again kicks off next week in South Australia with the 19th edition of the Tour Down Under. With the teams now confirmed we have cast our eyes over the field to pick out the key riders to watch. A quality field of riders have chosen to make their season debuts at the Australian race including four former winners and numerous grand tour stage winners. Rohan Dennis and Riche Porte After a dominate win at the Australian Nation Time Trial Championships last week defending champion Rohan Dennis will enter this year’s Tour Down Under riding
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Tour de France – Alps vs. Pyrenees

Two months before the start of the 1910 Tour de France, Alphonse Steinès, a journalist at L’Auto who worked with the race organiser Henri Desgrange on planning the route, set off in his car to ascertain whether it was possible for cyclists to ride the Pyrenees. Halfway up the Tourmalet, Steinès was forced to abandon his car due to a snowdrift. He continued on foot, got lost as night fell, fell into a ravine and wasn’t rescued until 3 a.m. He then sent Desgrange the following telegram: “No trouble crossing Tourmalet. Roads satisfactory. No problem for cyclists. Steinès.” And so
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Festive Season Survival Guide

So you’ve already put in months of hard training as you build towards your 2016 goals. But there’s a problem – the festive excess is about to put a road block in your way. Work parties, family gatherings and the usual “I’ll meet my mates for a drink” scenario will soon be played out in the weeks leading up to Christmas and the New Year. All of this puts a strain on our routine and how we approach training. In our normal day to day life we all have the occasional bad day when we eat takeaway, have an extra
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Early Bird Offer – up to €500 off 2016 Tours

Book in 2015 and save! At Mummu Cycling, we believe in going the extra mile in order to make our customers happy and to provide unrivalled top quality service. That’s why we are offering you a saving of up to €500* when you book your 2016 tour with Mummu Cycling before the 1st of January 2016. We want everybody to have the opportunity to experience the thrill of le Tour in 2016 and there is no better way to do it than with Mummu Cycling. Enquire today to secure your spot before it’s too late!   Terms and Conditions Offer
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Tour de France 2016 Route Review

The route for the 2016 Tour de France was released yesterday to a full house in Paris and it has made some significant changes to recent years. With no cobbles included, the 2016 Tour de France will allow world class sprinters such as Mark Cavendish, Peter Sagan, Andre Griepel and Marcel Kittel to wear the coveted yellow jersey in the first few stages. Starting in the ancient castle settled on its own island, Most Saint-Michel is one of the wonders of the world. Tony Martin (then World Champion) raced to a yellow jersey in 2013 Tour de France and 2016
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Shunning The Sponsor

Apart from the racing itself, one of the most interesting stories to come out of the World Championships was Linda Villumsen’s time-trial wining ride on a non-trade team bike. The New Zealander’s choice to eschew her United Healthcare Wilier for an all black unbranded (but obviously) Trek enraged her team and apparently almost cost her her job. Villumsen on her way to gold. www.uci.ch/road/news/article/gold-last-for-villumsen-elite-women-time-trial-appelt-triumphs-junior-mens/ Villumsen was no doubt looking for every possible advantage having won three bronze and two silver medals in the previous five world championship time trials. Of course, she is not the first to show a preference
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2015 UCI Road World Championship Preview

This weekend sees the annual bike race that is like no other. The UCI Road World Championships pits nations against one another, rather than trade teams, on an unfamiliar course that has been designed specifically for the event. Race radios are banned and national/trade-team loyalties are tested. The men will race 16 laps of a 16.5km circuit around downtown Richmond, Virginia. The women will do 8 laps. The course has a bit of everything; cobbled climbs, many 90-degree and two 180-degree turns, pitches of 19% and off-camber sections. In total, the men will climb 3,808 metres, the women 1,904 metres.
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Vehicular Interference

What do the following athletes have in common? Taylor Phinney, Jesse Sergent, Sébastien Chavanel, Jakob Fuglsang, Greg Van Avermaet, Peter Sagan, Sergio Paulinho, Raija Ogden and Usain Bolt. Most of them are cyclists and most are famous. But the one thing that brings them all together is the misfortune of being hit by some sort of motorised vehicle while competing (or just after). Some of the incidents were not so serious. For example, Jakob Fuglsang was hit by a motorbike during stage 18 of this year’s Tour. He was able to remount and finished the day in fifth. Greg Van
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How important is l’Alpe d’Huez?

The Platform d’Huez, the Fortress of l’Oisans, the Mountain Temple, Dutch Mountain or just the Alpe. The Alpe d’Huez is known by many names and has become a mainstay of the Tour de France. First used in stage 10 of the 1952 Tour, Fausto Coppi won the day, took yellow and didn’t relinquish it. It wasn’t until 1976 that the Alpe was used again and in the 39 years since, it’s been used 29 times. It’s nearly 14km long, averages 8.1% and has sections that hit 13%. Its 21 hairpins are legendary (and named after legends). Come race day, the
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Abandonments

With some big name withdrawals, including two yellow jersey holders in Fabien Cancellara and Tony Martin, this year’s Tour has seen the usual rhetoric around safety. BMC’s manager, Jim Ochowicz, has called for smaller pelotons while riders and observers comment on the stress of the first week with its high speeds, cobbles and ‘road furniture’. Some have tackled the question of whether the Tour is getting more dangerous; not surprisingly, it’s not really possible to say. The most common approach when attempting to answer this question is to look at abandonments but while we know how many riders withdraw, the
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