Ride Velo 2016 Highlights

With political turmoil and the sad death of some of the greats of the music, art and entertainment world, 2016 seemed a bit bleak at times. But, as HG Wells once said, “Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair of the future of the human race.” So, while the year had its tricky moments, we were lucky enough at Ride Velo to see plenty of adults (and children) on bikes as well as ride a few ourselves. Here are some of our highlights of the year.

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Best Cyclist's Christmas Stocking Fillers

Only 10 sleeps until Christmas, but it's not too late to fill your loved one's cycling stockings. Forget boring bike lights and unimaginative inner tubes, we give you our top selections from a year's hard graft trawling bike shows and reviewing the latest offerings from books to energy boosters. Here's Ride Velo's best little presents for 2016 which are guaranteed to delight the cyclist in your life.  

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Lucho Dillitos: The Superfood of Colombian Cyclists

When Colombian Lucho Herrera exploded onto the European cycling scene in 1985 by winning the Alpe d’Huez stage of the Tour de France, he forged a path for his fellow countrymen to follow. We all know about Rigoberto Uran, Esteban Chaves and this year, of course, Nairo Quintana won his second Grand Tour when he stormed to victory at the Vuelta. 

But, as 43 year old David Guthrie, a keen amateur cyclist and runner, found out, Herrera's success was partly down to a little known Colombian secret. When Guthrie logged onto an obscure website about Colombian cycling, he was intrigued to stumble across an article, “The Food That Fuels Colombian Cycling.” Apparently Lucho Herrera would stuff his back pocket with ‘bocadillos’...

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