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30 July 2014

On the path of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge - Vail

Visiting Vail, Colorado

Vail is one of the top tourist destinations in Colorado. Vail can be fun during all four seasons but especially fun when there is a reason to go - skiing, concert, hut trip, golf, etc. This year the USA Pro Challenge returns to Vail on August 23, 2014 for a third time to challenge riders with a 10-mile individual time trial course up Vail Pass to 9663 feet above sea level.

A Rocky Mountain Ski Village

This year the time trial is scheduled on the final Saturday of the professional cycling stage race, making it a convenient day to visit Vail from surrounding Colorado cities. Most Coloradans know Vail for its world class skiing, but Vail becomes quite active during summer special events. Vail Village and Vail Pass will be very busy come race day. Why not come enjoy the mountain atmosphere?

The mountain ski village of Vail, Colorado.  ©Photo by Karen at PedalDancer®
Visiting Vail

Vail is nice town to grab a cup of coffee and roam around, people watch or looking at the newly revamped mountain architecture. There are separate Village areas in Vail centered around the main ski lifts. To make reservations for accommodations or restaurant, it is best to know these village names and locations (see map below), as it is sometimes not an easy walk in between villages.

Location and names of the villages that comprise Vail. The USA Pro Challenge will be centered in Vail Village (click map to enlarge)
Vail Village proper is the largest and best. It has been greatly improved in recent years through a facelift giving it a much more interesting architectural style. The big I-70 freeway divides the town and adds a constant hum to the valley. There are large Parking lots available for a quick visit, in fact you might find that some of these lots might double as your hotel parking.

Vail - public parking map
The Fords and Vail 

The superb Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is located in town inside the Gerald R. Ford Park and is a beautiful walk through the highest botanical gardens in the United States. Vail also hosts many concerts and special events in the Gerald R. Ford amphitheater. A list of events may be found here: Vail & Beaver Creek Special Events Calendar. 

Former President Gerald Ford called Vail home, buying his first condominium there with his wife Betty in 1970. They later bought a larger home in nearby Beaver Creek.  There are good hiking trails to the Gore Range, and an 18-hole golf course in summer, which becomes cross-country ski tracks and snowshoe trails in winter. Nearby are four different 10th Mountain Division Huts, reachable in summer and winter months.

Ford Park, gardens and amphitheater.  Photo© By Karen at Pedal Dancer®
History of Vail 

To understand Vail Valley is to understand its historical link to World War II. Veterans of this war trained in nearby Camp Hale to learn winter warfare, skiing (ski troopers) and mountain climbing. Strong bonds were formed between the men and with the local mountains before they were deployed to Italy to fight in the Battle of Riva Ridge and other battles of the war. These men of the infamous 10th Mountain division, returned to Colorado and founded many of the local ski resorts, including Vail.

Vail Pass was named after Charles Vail, the highway engineer who routed the highway in 1940. Vail Ski Resort first opened in 1962 founded by 10th Mountain Division Veteran Pete Seibert and local rancher Earl Eaton. Vail is the third largest ski resort in North America. Later the city of Vail was created in 1966. Today Vail has a population of 5400 and is 4.5 sq mi (11.7 km2) in size.

Walters Hut near Vail, one of the 10th Mtn division huts. I absolutely love the hut system and have been to about 12 huts across Colorado.  Photo© By Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Camp Hale is located south along Hwy 24 past Minturn and Red Cliff. Camp Hale was used for military training as late as 1965. There remains unexploded ordnance on the site, it now houses a youth development training center. Numerous campsites and hiking trails are in the area as well as access to even more 10th Mountain Division Huts.

10th mtn division troops in Camp Hale.  Photo from www.Snowbrains.com
Staying near Vail

There are numerous hotels and condos available for rent in Eagle County. You may stay in Vail, or in nearby Avon, Beaver Creek, or Edwards (a town with plentiful restaurants). East over Vail Pass into Summit County are the ski village of Copper Mountain (often deserted in summer time) and a little further away - Frisco or Silverthorne, where you may find more hotels and lots of restaurants.

As usual, consult Trip Adviser Vail accommodations for ratings, or Vail.com accommodations to make reservations.  For restaurants, always go where the crowds are, if there is a line that means it is worth it. Typically in ski villages you will do fine with Italian food or a hamburger.

Walking around Vail, Colorado  ©Photo by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Camping, Hiking, Mountain Biking and Fishing near Vail

Fishing: What would Jens Do? Go Fishing recommended fishing areas along the route of the USA Pro Challenge.

Mountain Biking: Mountain Biking near the route of the USA Pro Challenge

Camping/ RV: List of Vail Campgrounds in the White River National Forest.  Good Sam RV travel guide near Vail

Hiking: List of 10 good hiking trails near Vail, Colorado

Located on Vail Pass.  Photo© By Karen at Pedal Dancer®

USA Pro Challenge race day in Vail

SATURDAY, STAGE 6 : 10 miles Stage Map PDF  Stage Profile PDF
Individual Time Trial up Vail Pass bike path (same route as previous years)

There are no cars allowed on this section - this is FAN territory. Walk or ride your bike. Map by Pedal Dancer
Race Day Facts:
Start: 1:05pm
Start Location: Solaris Plaza, Vail. Meadow Drive and Willow Bridge Road, Vail Village
Finish time: 3:45pm approximate last rider; 4:15pm podium presentation
Finish Location of race: west side of Vail Pass (not at the summit)
Start ramp and Finish Podium: Solaris Plaza, Vail Village, Vail
Route: Vail to Vail Pass (bike path juncture)
Stage 6 ITT : Stage 6 Map PDF  |  Stage 6 Profile PDF
Distance: 10-miles
Climb: 1,694ft
Elevation: Vail 8,150 feet (2484 m)
Vail Spectator Guide to Stage 6, parking , transit, closures.
Vail VIP tickets, $300 each: Buy VIP tickets for Vail ITT
Volunteer: Sign-up to help out at the race for Stage 6 in Vail.

Team cars will follow the riders up the pass and return to Vail via the dirt service road (runaway truck ramp on I-70) using one (closed) lane of I-70.

Watching the steady stream of cyclists arriving on the pass before the race began. ©Photo by Karen at PedalDancer®
The Race of Truth

Le contre-la-montre (race against the clock), the individual time trial is an opportunity to see fast bikes and fast bike racers. It is guaranteed entertainment for two to three hours standing along a roadside. Fans can stroll through the expo area, or ride up Vail Pass to watch the final kilometers of action.Be sure to get up on the pass before they close the road.

Tejay Van Garderen holds the record for fastest climb up Vail Pass from Vail Village (West Side) in a time of 25:01. Tejay won by just 4 seconds over Andrew Talansky in 2013 with a time of 25:01, 46 seconds faster than the best time in 2011, the first time the race had included this ITT route. This course was inspired by the Coors Classic route raced upon the same road in 1988.

There will be an amateur time trial run on the course before the pros race, so be aware of cyclists coming through on the road 12-1:00pm. (Price: $1500, space is limited, register).

Andrew Talansky on Vail Pass ITT 2013
A suggested itinerary for the USA Pro Challenge

Friday: see the finish of Stage 5 in Breckenridge and either stay near Breckenridge in Summit County, or come to Vail for the night before the Time Trial starts.

Saturday: Arrive into town about 8:00am, park and walk around. Have coffee and a breakfast burrito and stroll around town watching the workers set up the time trial start ramp and podium while saying hi to friends and fellow fans. Visit the Expo Area (12-6pm). 10:45am get on your bike and begin riding up Vail Pass. Stop at the secondary team bus and vendor area on your way to the pass (off to the right side just outside the village). Watch the race on the pass. You will have time to descend (very) quickly and see the podium presentation (4:15pm) in the center of Vail Village.

*Traffic: Get to the area early for prime parking. I-70 westbound will be reduced to 1-lane and will cause slowing over the pass. The team cars will use the right hand lane to circle back off the pass into town. Some off-ramps will also be closed, a complete list of local road closures & parking for Vail Valley for the USA Pro Challenge on August 23, 2014.

*Shuttle buses are available "all-day" from the Transportation Center

10:00-5pm - One lane of I-70 westbound closed, and other local roads
10-11:00am - Arrive in Vail, use Exit 173. Exit 180 closed, Exit 176 closed at times
11:30-4:00pm - Road Closures
11:30am - Be on Vail Pass
11:30-4pm - More temporary or full road closures
12:00-6pm - Festival (Expo) in Vail
12:00pm - Amateur Time Trial Begins
1:05pm - Race Start (1st rider)
3:45pm - Race Finish (approximate)/ Podium awards approx. 30 minutes after finish

Get there early to practice your podium poses. ©Photo by Karen at PedalDancer®
A great excuse to be a tourist for the day in Vail.  ©Photo by Karen at PedalDancer®
Layout of Vail Time Trial and event expo area.  Map by Pedal Dancer
Setting up the ITT start ramp in Vail. ©Photo by Karen at PedalDancer®
On your way to the pass stop for a drink.  In 2013 Rapha was located here with there espresso maker. ©Photo by Karen at PedalDancer®
Being a fan in Vail

Bring food and water, and wear your casual shorts, tshirts (rain jacket just in case) sunscreen and comfy shoes. You will spend far more time hanging around than you will walking to or riding to this stage. Be on the pass around 11:30-12:00pm. Racing action is from 1:05-3:45pm. Please do no paint on the road, only chalk. Please do not run next to the riders. 


At the Finish area on Vail Pass, close enough to hear the final times announced of each rider. ©Photo by Karen at PedalDancer®
Fans on Vail Pass©Photo by Karen at PedalDancer®

Our bikes and jackets resting along the road while we watch the pros race, in 2014.  Photo© By Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Fun with friends on the pass. Photo© By Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Close to the action and Tejay. Photo© By Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Watch the Podium presentation in the Village after the stage (Andrew Talansky, Tejay Van Garderen and Tom Danielson in 2013). Photo© By Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Cycling near Vail

I recently wrote a post listing 7 recommended road bike rides in or near Vail: Recommended road rides near Vail, Colorado
  1. Vail to Vail Pass
  2. Vail to Frisco and back
  3. Vail to Loveland Pass and back
  4. Copper Triangle traditional
  5. Copper Triangle reverse
  6. Vail to Beaver Creek Resort
  7. Bike Path Neighborhoods of Vail
More information about the race at the Pedal Dancer guide page: USA PRO CHALLENGE
Official Vail Spectator Guide to Stage 6
More information about Vail at www.vail.com

Also read:
On the path of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge - Aspen
On the path of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge - Golden

Recommended road rides near Vail, Colorado

Bike Routes over or near Vail Pass

Vail, Colorado is known for it's world class skiing; regularly playing host to both professional ski races and happy ski tourists. But Vail also has some excellent high altitude cycling across and over its local mountains.

Incorporated as a city in 1966, Vail is small in size, squeezing 5400 of its population into only 4.5 sq mi (11.7 km2).  Tourists swarm the place during the winter ski season and again during the changing fall foliage season. This town can either seem very busy or nearly abandoned.

This August the USA Pro Challenge, professional cycling stage race, will return once again (3rd time) to race from the center of Vail Village up Vail Pass. An individual time trial will be held on Saturday, August 23rd. Last year, the pros reached average speeds of 22mph for 10-miles up this pass. You can go at it slowly or try your best to match their pace.

Summer months see a steady stream of cyclists over Vail Pass. The bike path, fully paved, is closed to cars for sections, making it a wonderful experience for cyclists wanting to enjoy the views along the deceivingly tough false flat or narrow and steep bike path to the summit.

If you are in the area, take the time to enjoy these seven rides near Vail. 

Location of Vail, Colorado
Bikes in Vail Village.  Photo© By Karen at Pedal Dancer®

Where to ride a bike in Vail, Colorado

There is more to ride in the area than just Vail Pass. Here are seven recommended road bike rides in or near Vail, Colorado:
  1. Vail to Vail Pass
  2. Vail to Frisco
  3. Vail Village - Vail Pass - Swan Mountain - Loveland Pass
  4. Copper Triangle traditional
  5. Copper Triangle reverse
  6. Vail to Beaver Creek Resort
  7. Bike Path Neighborhoods of Vail
Vail Pass, Colorado.  Photo© By Karen at Pedal Dancer®

Vail to Vail Pass
Distance in miles: 31.76 miles
Altitude gain: 3044 ft
Start Elevation: 8187 ft
Max elevation: 10,620 ft
Description: Vail Village center to top of Vail Pass (west side)
Stops along the way: Sim's market in East Vail, Vail Pass rest station at the top of the pass.
Link to Map My Ride route map: Vail to Vail Pass Bike Ride route map and profile

*Tejay Van Garderen holds the record for fastest climb up Vail Pass from Vail Village (West Side) in a time of 25:01. The ITT route of the USA Pro Challenge does not go all the way to the summit.


Vail to Frisco and back
Distance in miles: 55.91 miles
Altitude gain: 5018 ft
Start Elevation: 8187 ft
Max elevation: 10620 ft
Description: Vail Village to Frisco Marina by bike over Vail Pass (both sides)
Stops along the way: Sim's market in East Vail; Vail Pass rest stop at the top of the pass, Copper Mountain Resort (quiet in summer), Starbucks just past Copper Mountain, Frisco Main Street, Frisco Marina (return).
Link to Map My Ride route map: Vail Village to Frisco bike Ride route map and profile


Vail Village - Vail Pass - Swan Mountain - Loveland Pass (return)
Distance in miles: 96.56 miles
Altitude gain: 9506 ft
Start Elevation: 8187 ft
Max elevation: 11971 ft
Description: Vail Village over Vail Pass to Frisco, over Swan Mountain Rd past Keystone, to Loveland Pass and return back around Lake Dillon over Vail Pass again to Vail Village.
Stops along the way: Sim's market in East Vail; Vail Pass rest stop at the top of the pass, Copper Mountain Resort (quiet in summer), Starbucks just past Copper Mountain, Frisco Main Street, Keystone Ski Resort (return).
Link to Map My Ride route map: Vail to Loveland Pass route map and profile



Copper Triangle from Vail (east loop/ traditional)
Distance in miles: 78.7 miles
Altitude gain: 7515 ft
Start Elevation: 8187 ft 
Max elevation: 11353 ft
Description: Vail Village - Copper Triangle Loop road bike ride, traditional east loop
Stops along the way: Sim's market in East Vail, Vail Pass rest stop at the top of the pass, Copper Mountain Resort (quiet in summer), Starbucks at the juncture with Copper Mountain, Leadville, Minturn, West Vail rest stop at Dawg Park.
Link to Map My Ride route map: Vail Copper Triangle route map and profile


Copper Triangle from Vail (west loop/reverse)
Distance in miles: 79.9 miles
Altitude gain: 7485 ft
Start Elevation: 8187 ft 
Max elevation: 11351 ft
Description: Vail Village - Copper Triangle Loop road bike ride, reverse west loop
Stops along the way: West Vail rest stop at Dawg Park, Minturn, Leadville, Starbucks at the juncture with Copper Mountain, Copper Mountain Resort (quiet in summer), Vail Pass rest stop at the top of the pass, Sim's market in East Vail. 
Link to Map My Ride route map: Vail Copper Triangle route map and profile


Vail to Beaver Creek Resort
Distance in miles: 26.61 miles
Altitude gain: 2405 ft
Start Elevation: 8187 ft 
Max elevation: 8672 ft
Description: Vail Village to Beaver Creek Resort short hillclimb. May extend this ride to Edwards.
Stops along the way: West Vail rest stop at Dawg Park, Avon, Beaver Creek Resort (quiet in summer), return.
Link to Map My Ride route map: Vail Village to Beaver Creek route map and profile


Bike Path neighborhoods of Vail
Distance in miles: 15.68 miles
Altitude gain: 1274 ft
Start Elevation: 8187 ft 
Max elevation: 8822 ft
Description: Casual bike ride near Vail; local roads and Gore Creek bike path loop ride
Stops along the way: Vail Village and Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
Link to Map My Ride route map: Vail Village local and bike path ride map and profile


High altitude cycling

It rains most afternoons on Vail Pass so come prepared.  On the "false flat old Rd 6 over Vail Pass. Photo© By Karen at Pedal Dancer®
The Gore Creek bike path in Vail Valley. Photo© By Karen at Pedal Dancer®
The smaller bike path over Vail Pass from Copper Mountain/Frisco.  Photo© By Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Up and over Vail Pass at 16,662ft elevation (3,250m).  Photo© By Karen at Pedal Dancer®

Pro Race in Colorado

If you are planning on attending the USA Pro Challenge race on August 23, 2014 in Vail, Colorado, please read this post: On the path of the USA Pro Challenge - Vail

Michael Rogers racing in the USA Pro Challenge in 2013 up Vail Pass. Photo© By Karen at Pedal Dancer®
SATURDAY, STAGE 6 : 10 miles Stage Map PDF  Stage Profile PDF
Individual Time Trial up Vail Pass bike path (same route as previous years)

The Pro's route from Vail Village to the end of the road up Vail Pass (just past where the narrow bike path begins)

More information at the Pedal Dancer guide page: USA PRO CHALLENGE
More recommended bike rides in Colorado at: COLORADO CYCLING
Related posts: Recommended Road Bike Rides Near Aspen

28 July 2014

The bikes that won the 2014 Tour de France

The fastest bikes on earth

It took us three weeks to learn their jerseys and faces, their dossards and their names (or rather how to pronounce their names), and now on the day after the 2014 Tour de France finished in Paris it is time to look at the road bikes that carried the men of the peloton to victory.

Vincenzo Nibali's two road bikes - shark model and final yellow winners model of the Specialized S-Works Tarmac.

Photo from @NeillK88 Twitter
Photo from @NickJonesdrums Twitter

Vincenzo Nibali's time trial bike

Photo from @cyclingweekly Twitter

A list of the STAGES and the BIKES that won the 2014 Tour de France

Stage 1  GIANT  Marcel Kittel (Giant)
Stage 2  SPECIALIZED Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) 
Stage 3  GIANT  Marcel Kittel (Giant)
Stage 4  GIANT  Marcel Kittel (Giant)
Stage 5  BIANCHI Lars Boom (Belkin)
Stage 6  RIDLEY André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol)
Stage 7  SPECIALIZED Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma-Quickstep)
Stage 8  FOCUS Blel Kadri (Ag2r-La Mondiale)
Stage 9  SPECIALIZED Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quickstep)
Stage 10 SPECIALIZED Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) 
Stage 11 RIDLEY Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Belisol)
Stage 12 CANYON Alexander Kristoff (Katusha)
Stage 13 SPECIALIZED Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) 
Stage 14 SPECIALIZED Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo)
Stage 15 CANYON Alexander Kristoff (Katusha)
Stage 16 SPECIALIZED Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo)
Stage 17 SPECIALIZED Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo)
Stage 18 SPECIALIZED Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) 
Stage 19 CERVELO Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Sharp)
Stage 20 SPECIALIZED Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quickstep)
Stage 21 GIANT Marcel Kittel (Giant)

*10 stage wins on Specialized bikes, although they did sponsor three teams at Le Tour. 

The BIKES of the overall classification jerseys of the 2014 Tour de France

Yellow jersey: SPECIALIZED Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)
Green jersey: CANNONDALE Peter Sagan (Cannondale)
Polda-dot jersey: SPECIALIZED Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo)
White jersey: LAPIERRE Thibaut Pinot (FDR.fr)

All the bike reviews from the 2014 Tour de France:

I know that I personally got so wrapped up in daily race tactics and news during the 2014 Tour de France, that I skipped over these Tech reports. They are certainly worth a read, for each year manufacturers and mechanics use the Tour as a launch pad for some of the latest technology.

The Tour de France and Grand Tours bring out the best of the tech writers in cycling. They happily gather around the latest greatest equipment with unprecedented access and the excitement of kids in a candy store. Here is an extensive list of many of the bike reviews completed in the past three months.

If you are interested in a specific bike manufacturer, a rider's frame, want to learn more before buying a new bike yourself, want a sneak peek at the 2015 road bike frames, or simply like to drool over really cool bikes - this list is for you.

Art and custom bikes 2014
One-of-a-kind graphics - 21 Days of Tour Tech, Ben Delaney, Bike Radar
Top 5 - Custom Pro Frames of the Tour de France 2014, (video) Bike Radar
Custom Painted Specialized Shiv by Kristian Von Hornsleth, Oli Woodman, Bike Radar
Custom US$18,000 Cipollini RB1K, Ben Delaney, Bike Radar
Cannondale lets animals loose on the Tour, Ben Delaney, Cycling News
Ridley's new retro paint scheme for Lotto-Belisol, Cycling News
Creating Custom Bikes at the Tour, (video) Bicycling

General road reviews
Best New Bikes And Tech - Tour De France 2014, (video) Global Cycling Network
Road Bikes of the 2014 Tour de France, Bicycling

Time Trial bike reviews 2014
Time trial gear, part 1 - 21 Days of Tour Tech, Robin Wilmott, Bike Radar
Top five TT bikes, (video) Bike Radar

The bikes of the cobbles
The Bikes For The Cobbles | Tour De France 2014, (video) Global Cycling Network
What Will Teams Ride for the Tour's Stage 5 Cobbles? (video) Bicycling

BMC
Van Garderen's BMC SLR01, Robin Wilmott, Bike Radar
Tejay van Garderen’s BMC TeamMachine SLR 01, David Arthur, Road.cc
Tejay van Garderen’s BMC Teammachine SLR01, Caley Fretz, VeloNews 
Tejay van Garderen’s BMC Team Machine SLR01, Jason Sumner, Road Bike Review
Tejay van Garderen's BMC Teammachine SLR01 (video) Global Cycling Network

Bianchi
Bianchi Infinito CV, Robin Wilmott, Bike Radar
Bianchi launch Aquila CV time trial bike, Mat Brett, Road.cc
Bianchi’s new Aquila CV time trial bike, Caley Fretz, VeloNews
Bianchi Aquila CV launched (time trial bike), Robin Willmott, Cycling News

Cannondale
Cannondale Supersix Sagan LE, Robin Wilmott, Bike Radar
Peter Sagan’s ‘Green Machine’ Cannondale SuperSix Evo, David Arthur, Road.cc
Peter Sagan’s Cannondale SuperSix EVO, Caley Fretz, VeloNews
Peter Sagan’s Cannondale Synapse Evo Hi-Mod, Logan VonBokel, VeloNews 
Peter Sagan’s Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod Peter Sumner, Road Bike Review

Canyon
Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 Pro long-term, James Huang, Bike Radar
New Canyon aero road bike, Sam Dansie, Bike Radar
Canyon Aeroad CF SLX (video) Bicycling
Katusha’s Canyon quiver, Caley Fretz, VeloNews
Luca Paolini's Canyon Ultimate CF SLX, Cycling News
Alexander Kristoff’s Canyon CF SLX 9.0, Logan VonBokel, VeloNews
Alexander Kristoff’s brand new Canyon Aeroad CF SLX, David Arthur, Road.cc
Alejandro Valverde’s Canyon Ultimate CF SLX for the classics, Logan VonBokel, VeloNews
Alejandro Valverde's Canyon Ultimate CF SLX (video) Global Cycling Network

Cervelo
Cervelo R5, Robin Wilmott, Bike Radar
Andrew Talansky's Cervelo R5 Pro Bike, (video) Global Cycling Network
Johan Vansummeren's Cervelo R5, Robin Wilmott, Bike Radar
Daniel Martin’s Cervelo S3, Caley Fretz, VeloNews

Colnago
Colnago V1-r aero road bike launched, James Huang, Bike Radar
First Ride: Colnago V1-r  Matt Phillips, Bicycling
Yukiya Arashiro’s Colnago C60, David Arthur, Road.cc
Bryan Coquard’s Europcar Colnago V1-r aero race bike, David Arthur, Road.cc
Colnago C59 Italia review, CyclingNews

Felt
Felt road and cyclocross bikes for 2015, James Huang, Bike Radar

Focus
Focus Izalco Max AG2R, Warren Rossiter, Bike Radar
Christophe Riblon’s AG2R Focus Izalco Max, Caley Fretz, VeloNews 

Fondriest
Fondriest 2015 road range launched, Warren Rossiter, Bike Radar

Fuji
Fuji Altamira SL, Warren Rossiter, Bike Radar
Netapp-Endura’s new Fuji Transonic aero road bike, Caley Fretz, VeloNews
Fuji Introduces New Aero Road Bike, Joe Lindsey, Bicycling

Giant
Marcel Kittel’s Giant Propel Advanced SL aero bike, Caley Fretz, VeloNews
Marcel Kittel’s yellow Giant Propel Advanced SL, Jason Sumner, Road Bike Review
Marcel Kittel's Giant Propel, (video) Global Cycling Network
Lawson Craddock’s Giant TCR Advanced SL, Logan VonBokel, VeloNews
John Degenkolb’s Giant Propel Advanced SL 0, Logan VonBokel, VeloNews
Giant performance road, mountain and cyclocross 2015, David Rome, Bike Radar

Kemo
Kemo's big debut, Robin Wilmott, Bike Radar

Lapierre
Nacer Bouhanni’s Lapierre Aircode, Caley Fretz, VeloNews
Sneak peek: Lapierre 2015, Mat Brett, Road.cc
Lapierre Aircode aero road bike, Mat Brett, Road.cc

Look
Look 695 Aerolight, Robin Wilmott, Bike Radar
Look launch 795 aero road bike, Mat Brett, Road.cc
Daniel Navarro's Look 695, Mat Brett, Road.cc
First Look: Look 795 Aerolight Frame, Caley Fretz, VeloNews

Merida
New Merida Reacto KOM, Robin Wilmott, Bike Radar
Rui Costa’s world champ Merida Reacto KOM, Caley Fretz, VeloNews

Orbea
Orbea 2015 road range - first look, Simon Greenacre, Bike Radar

Pinarello
Pinarello Dogma F8 launched - Chris Froome’s new Tour de France bike, Sam Dansie, Bike Radar
Chris Froome’s Pinarello F8, Caley Fretz, VeloNews
Chris Froome's Pinarello F8 photos, Jason Sumner, Road Bike Review
Chris Froome's Pinarello F8 Tour de France 2014, (video) Global Cycling Network
Bradley Wiggins’ Pinarello Bolide, Logan VonBokel, VeloNews
Ian Stannard’s Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think2, Logan VonBokel, VeloNews

Ridley
Ridley Helium SL, Robin Wilmott, Bike Radar
Andre Greipel’s Ridley Noah Fast and Helium SL, David Arthur
Tony Gallopin’s yellow Ridley Helium SL, David Arthur, Road.cc

Scott
Sylvain Chavanel's Scott Addict, Ben Delaney, Cycling News
Sylvain Chavanel’s IAM Cycling Scott Foil, Mat Brett, Road.cc
Svein Tuft’s pink Scott Foil, Caley Fretz, VeloNews

Specialized
Vincenzo Nibali’s yellow Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Caley Fretz, VeloNews
Vincenzo Nibali’s shark Tarmac, Caley Fretz, VeloNews
Vincenzo Nibali's Specialized Tarmac Bike, (video) Global Cycling Network
Vincenzo Nibali’s Specialized Tarmac & the McLaren Tarmac, Cycling Tips
Specialized's 2015 Tarmac Race Bike, (video) Bicycling
Alberto Contador's Specialized S-Work Tarmac, Jason Sumner, Road Bike Review
Mark Cavendish’s custom S-Works Venge CVNDSH, Caley Fretz, VeloNews
Mark Cavendish’s custom painted Specialized S-Works Venge, Jason Sumner, Road Bike Review
Mark Cavendish's New Specialized S-Works Venge (video) Global Cycling Network
Tony Martin’s stage-winning Specialized S-Works Shiv, Caley Fretz, VeloNews
The £16,000 Specialized McLaren S-Works Tarmac revealed, Cycling News
$20,000 Specialized S-Works McLaren Tarmac, Jason Sumner, Road Bike Review
Alessandro Petacchi's S-Works Tarmac, Ben Delaney, Cycling News
Rigoberto Uran’s Specialized Shiv TT bike, Caley Fretz, VeloNews
Tom Boonen’s limited edition S-Works Venge, Logan VonBokel, VeloNews
Tom Boonen’s Specialized Roubaix SL4, Caley Fretz, VeloNews
First Ride: 2015 Specialized Tarmac, Mike Yozell, Bicycling

Trek
Trek 2015 road range - an overview, Matthew Allen, Bike Radar
Trek Émonda SLR, Mat Brett, Road.cc
Test riding the new Trek Émonda, Cycling Tips
Trek Emonda - Lightest Production Road Bike, (video) Global Cycling Network
2015 Trek Emonda (video) Bicycling
Fabian Cancellara’s Trek Domane for Paris-Roubaix, Caley Fretz, VeloNews
Trek Speed Concept 9 Series, Ben Delaney, Cycling News
Trek World 2014 - Lots of shiny 2015 bikes, Dave Atkinson, Road.cc

Wilier
Martijn Maaskant’s UnitedHealthcare Wilier Triestina Zero.7, Caley Fretz, VeloNews

Special interest topics:
Pro Mechanics' Top Tips - Tour De France 2014, (video) Global Cycling Network
Team Sky's Custom Jaguar F-Type Coupé, (video) Global Cycling Network
Team Sky Mechanics' Truck Tour | Tour De France 2014 (video) Global Cycling Network
So what really happened to Alberto Contador's Specialized Tarmac yesterday at the Tour de France? David Arthur, Road.cc
That's Not How Carbon Fiber Works, Matt Phillips, Bicycling
Road disc brakes will be "race legal by 2016" - industry executive, Sam Dansie, Bike Radar
Shaving your legs makes you faster, Jeff Jones, Bike Radar
Specialized test aerodynamics of a beard (video), Bike Radar

Pedal Dancer - A look back at the bikes of 2013:  All the Road Bike Reviews of the 2013 Tour de France