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Criterium Cycles - A trip Down Under blog post - main image
Apr 20 2019

A Trip Down Under

You're probably thinking 'that's a pretty nice picture of a beach but what does it have to do with bikes?' Not an unreasonable question to be fair. However, Madeline, one of the owners of Criterium and 'completer of the Vatterundan 300 in 2018' grew up in Perth, Western Australia. So...

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Nov 02 2018

3 Peaks Cyclo Cross

By Sarah Rowell, former Olympic Marathon Runner and British & English Fell running Champion, 1995 and 1996 For one group of slightly mad devotees, the end of September means only one thing; the 3 Peaks Cyclo Cross.  The history of the event dates back to 1959, when a 14 year old...

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Oct 04 2018

Project 3:20

Many of us can look to a moment in our lives when we reflect and say 'that was a real wake-up call'. On balance, wake up calls are a good thing, as long as we actually listen to the call and do something about it. My own personal epiphany came...

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Sep 02 2018

La Vuelta – Week 1 update

Well, it's been a pretty unpredictable week in a race that always promised to be unpredictable. Team Sky turned up with their weakest team for a Grand Tour for quite some time (which is inevitable when neither Froome nor Thomas are on the starting line). But the plan was that de...

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Dario Pegoretti In Memoriam Blog Post Main Image
Aug 26 2018

Dario Pegoretti : 1956 – 2018

Dario Pegoretti was one of the most uniquely talented of men; artist, engineer, craftsman, entrepreneur, philosopher, music lover and poet. We had the pleasure and honour of spending some time with Dario last year and only wished we had been able to spend much longer listening and learning. It was...

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Aug 24 2018

La Vuelta a Espana 2018

Saturday 25th August sees the start of the 73rd edition of La Vuelta a Espana, Spain’s contribution to the group that, with the Giro d’Italia and Le Tour de France, make up Cycling’s triumvirate of Grand Tours. Each comprise 21 stages spread over a 3 week period (23 days to...

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European Athletics Champs Blog (Main Image)
Aug 17 2018

Willkommen in Berlin!

Ask a group of seasoned travellers to list their top 10 cities in the world and you are bound to get a list as diverse as the number of people you ask. Now ask the same group of seasoned travellers to list their top 10 "coolest" cities in the world...

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Aug 06 2018

An Island Adventure

The Isle of Arran lies in the Firth of Clyde and is the 7th largest island in Scotland after the likes of Harris & Lewis, Shetland, Orkney and Skye. It's a busy, tourist friendly destination whose economy has thrived in recent times with a population that has remained reasonably steady...

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Aug 02 2018

A tale of two heroes

On the cobbles of the Champs Elysees and with the world watching, Geraint Thomas finally won what had appeared destined to be permanently out of his reach. Always the Bridesmaid but never the Bride, 'G', finally held it all together for three weeks and won cycling's greatest prize of all....

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Criterium Cycles Blog Post on Vatternrundan - main image
Jul 20 2018

Vatternrundan 300

Sweden is one of those places where, on the face of it, there doesn't appear to be all that much going on. It would become immediately cool if ABBA were to announce a 125 date world reunion tour but since Benny and Bjorn are pretty much the same age as...

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Criterium Cycles Tour de France 2018 Blog ident
Jul 20 2018

Changing of the Guard? Not just yet.

What an extraordinary day on the slopes of Alpe d'Huez. Geraint Thomas not only became the first Brit to win on the fabled mountain but also the first rider to win wearing yellow. That's some achievement by any measure. And by finishing so strong in a sprint once again, he...

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Jul 12 2018

Fred Whitton. Only the tough need apply.

Ah, the Lake District. That quintessential outdoor jewel in England's outdoor crown. Bucolic images and curios abound whether eating ice cream whilst watching little boats bobbing on Lake Windermere, visiting the Pencil Museum in Keswick or wandering lonely as a cloud to visit Dove Cottage, Wordsworth's home in Grasmere. Indeed,...

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Criterium Cycles Tour de France 2018 Blog ident
Jul 09 2018

Le Tour 2018 – Stage 2

Mayhem  on the flat   What is it about this year's Tour de France that appears to be featuring more crashes in the first two stages than the entire race did in 2017? That's probably completely wrong of course (we haven't done the detail analysis of the stats to say one way...

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Frog Bikes - Team Sky
Nov 18 2017

Choosing a Children’s Bike

Seeing your child riding their bike for the first time must be one of life’s great moments! Some of our staff at Criterium have had first-hand experience not to mention plenty of fun teaching their own son’s, daughters, nieces and nephews to ride. However, before you get to this point,...

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Bontrager Rally MIPS helmet impact
Jun 19 2017

You only get one head

by Natalie Milne - Team GB and Team Scotland Triathlete   Recently I got a new mountain bike (Trek Fuel EX Project One) and as I got a new bike I thought it was only fair that I got some other bits of kit to complete the new package. I’ve never owned...

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Natalie Milne Team GB Triathlete sponsored by Criterium Cycles Races in Rabat
Apr 26 2017

Natalie Milne races in Rabat

Natalie Milne, Team GB and Team Scotland triathlete is sponsored by Criterium Cycles. Natalie is working hard for qualification to represent Team Scotland at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. She recently raced in the ATU Cup in Rabat, Morocco. Here's her race blog from Rabat....

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Apr 20 2017

Boston Marathon 2017

Whilst Criterium Cycles is really all about, well, bikes, one of our team was lucky enough to run in this year's Boston Marathon. Here's his reflections on this truly iconic running race...

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Criterium Cycles - Guide to Bike Lights Blog Post Banner Image
Jan 24 2017

A guide to Bike Lights (Part 1)

It is the law to have your lights switched on your bike between the sunset and sunrise. But the choice is bewildering. In this Blog (Part 1), Criterium Cycles examines the technology behind lights and lighting, and suggests some ideas for how to choose the best light for your road...

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Criterium Cycles Strathpuffer 2017 - Sunset on the course
Jan 16 2017

Racing the Strathpuffer – Part 1

The Strathpuffer 24 is one of the legendary mountain bike races in the world. In 2017, Criterium Cycles very own Pascal Lally is in the race! Read Part 1 of his blog about the Strathpuffer 24 - preparing the bike for the race....

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The Way it used to be (Banner image)
Jan 09 2017

The Helmet debate and MIPS

There has been much debate over cycling helmets, whether they are a good thing or not, the technology used and the medical benefits. We look at the evidence as well as the increasing use of MIPS, a ground breaking technology this is changing the debate around helmets for good....

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Oct 20 2016

Bobbin Bikes are here!

If you are looking for a stylish, practical and beautifully made bike in a range of gorgeous colours (gents and ladies) that you can accessorise to your heart's content (think baskets, bells and bags!) then Bobbin Bikes are just for you. Oh, and they are terrific value as well. Check...

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Winter Cycling is fun Trek Crockett 7 in full Autumn Winter mode Main Image
Oct 17 2016

Winter Cycling is Fun

As winter approaches, all of us find ourselves wondering how to ensure our continued cycling enjoyment? One option is to consider a winter bike. Criterium Cycles has a Trek Crockett 7 on its fleet so we gave it the once over to see how to prepare it for perfect Winter...

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Oct 12 2016

Bike Shops for Women

At Criterium Cycles, we try and do things differently and challenge the traditional norms. One of the trickier areas to get right is how to make sure that all cyclists are being catered for, men and women. In this blog we set out what we think needs to change and...

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Sep 10 2016

All or Nothing for Froome

The Vuelta a Espana comes down to the last competitive stage today, the 193 km stage from Benidorm to the summit finish at Alto de Aitana. It's an absolute brute and following yesterday's incredible win by Chris Froome in the Time Trial, it promises to be an epic battle for...

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Sep 07 2016

The Physics of Drafting

On Stage 15 of the Vuelta a Espana, a mistake by Team Sky early in the race allowed Nairo Quintana to open up an assailable gap. Chris Froome tried to bridge the gap but despite being one of the finest riders of his generation, he couldn't get riders around him...

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Aug 31 2016

Cat & Mouse on a mountain top

Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana battled it out at the summit of the Pena Cabarga on Stage 11 of the Vuelta a Espana today with Chris Froome striking what could turn out to be an important psychological blow. Read our take on today's exciting events and also find out why...

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Bianchi Oltre XR4 First Ride Main Image
Aug 29 2016

Bianchi Oltre XR4 First Ride

Bianchi have launched their sensational new superbike the Oltre XR4 with Countervail vibration cancelling carbon technology. Criterium Cycles will be taking delivery of our first Oltre XR4's in September so in July, we had opportunity to test ride the bike. In Italy, of course...

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Aug 25 2016

Those Pesky Bollards

On Stage 5 of the Vuelta a Espana, Steven Kruijswijk collided with a bollard at high speed on the approach into Lugo towards the end of the stage. He sustained a broken collar bone but it could have been much worse. Criterium Cycles reviews what happened and asks when the...

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Criterium Cycles Trek 2017 product line up Main Image
Aug 15 2016

Stunning Trek 2017 Range now in stock

Trek Bikes have long been at the forefront of developing superb bikes for discerning riders. The list of technological 'firsts' from the team in Waterloo, WI, reads like the definitive guide of some of the biggest improvements in bike technology of the last 20 years.When Trek announce a new season...

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Criterium Cycles Natalie Milne End of Season Round Up Main Image
Aug 12 2016

Natalie in the Top 20 at the World University Championships

Natalie Milne, Team GB Triathlete, was recently selected to represent Great Britain in the World University Championships held at Nyon, on the shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland. This was a genuinely international elite field racing over a Standard (rather than Sprint) distance. The race was held in fairly brutal conditions...

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Criterium Cycles Bianchi Jab 27.1 Plus Main Image
Aug 08 2016

Bianchi Jab 27.1 +

by William Bowker, Aged 11 My face lit up when I saw my first Bianchi bike, a Jab 27.1 Plus bike. The matt, acid green paint and huge 2.8” wide tyres were really dramatic . The rockshox suspension instantly caught my eye, along with the Remote lockout system, something I have...

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Criterium Cycles Natalie Milne End of Season Round Up Main Image
May 30 2016

Natalie Milne retains her Scottish Aquathlon Title

[caption id="attachment_153" align="alignright" width="238"] Natalie Milne wins the Scottish Aquathlon Title 2016by Natalie Milne[/caption] Natalie Milne has successfully defended her Scottish Aquathlon Title at Knockburn Loch, Aberdeenshire. That makes it three titles in a row for the Champion. Our thanks to Iain Mackintosh of imacimages (http://imacimages.com) for his kind permission to...

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