Selle Italia Slr Superflow Bike Saddle Test @fabulousport

After experiencing a lot of pain using a bike saddle that wasn’t good for me, the Selle Italia Monolink, I’ve decided to test another model but still giving a chance to Selle Italia as a brand. This new one to test is the Selle Italia SLR Superflow and it’s shaped with a major cut-out to allow ventilation as you ride. From Selle Italia’ website: “SLR Superflow L. The optimal sitting position on the toughest saddle
The sophistication and strength of the SLR range are combined with the benefits of SuperFlow technology to maximise your riding experience with an optimal saddle position.”
I haven’t used it for too long, but I can already say that it’s a much better design and comfortable saddle to ride, particarly at the moment, been summer and at 30*C the ventilation really helps.

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A Cyclist’s Journey – Fabulous Outdoors @fabulousport

People often ask why we ride ..what is it about cycling that at a first look, it seems just a painful long term agony on a bicycle to get nowhere..or something like that. The fact is, it’s hard to explain. At first, it can feel quite daunting, but with patience, it becomes easier and you feel satisfied and proud of what you’ve achieved so far. After your ride, a refreshing shower, a cool drink and a bite to eat and you suddenly feel invigorated and alive, as long as you haven’t done too much of course.

Little by little, your body will do all the adjustments needed to make you perform better, stay out for longer rides and be willing to do more of it. In this short clip, I wanted to pass on some of the feelings, the sounds and the landscapes of a cyclist’s journey. It’s a short clip, part of a bigger documentary project, coming out in future episodes.

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Criterium du Dauphiné 2018 Cycling

Stage 7 of this year 2018 #CriteriumduDauphiné from Moutiers climbed it’s way to Bourg St. Maurice and to the #CormetDeRoselend in the #Beaufort Julian Alaphilippe of Quick Step Cycling Team was the first to pass by at this point.                                                                SUBSCRIBE TO FABULOUS SPORT OUTDOORS YOUTUBE CHANNEL

(Source: Criterium du Dauphiné’s website:”131 riders have started stage 7 in Moûtiers. Warren Barguil (Fortuneo-Samsic) was the first attacker at km 6 but he didn’t stay away more than two kilometres as the peloton reacted. Team Sky denied any attacker the possibility to ride away from the peloton before the ascent to the Cormet de Roselend. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick Step) was the first to take off in the climb. After he got caught, he managed to react to a later attack by Dani Navarro (Cofidis). David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ), Edward Ravasi (UAE Team Emirates) and Antwan Tolhoek (LottoNL-Jumbo) accompanied the Spaniard before being rejoined by Alaphilippe and Pierre Rolland (EF Education First). Gaudu crested the Cormet de Roselend in first position.”) #Beaufortain beautiful valley with stunning landscape views overlooking the lake #Roseland a big water dam where the surrounding mountain peaks reflects in it.

Geraint Thomas Pro Cycling Team Sky in the chase at the Criterium du Dauphiné 2018 Barrage de Roseland #fabulouSport
Geraint Thomas Pro Cycling Team Sky in the chase at the Criterium du Dauphiné 2018 Barrage de Roseland #fabulouSport

Geraint Thomas of Cycling Team Sky was in Yellow Jersey as race leader ending up winning this year’s edition in Saint Gervais Mont Blanc.

Pro Team Astana Vehicle driving through the colourful fields of Cormet de Roselend
Pro Team Astana Vehicle driving through the colourful fields of Cormet de Roselend

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Paola Gianotti’s new challenge ahead: Giro d’Italia 2018 #ILgiroDiPaola #ioRispettoILciclista

Paola is a Guinness World Record holder for the fastest woman to cycle around the Globe. She has then gone onto achieve and complete several other long distance cycling events, including the Red Bull Trans Siberian Race.
So she can now be included in the ULTRACYCLIST‘s category.
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Paola Gianotti #iorispettoilciclista #ilgirodipaola Keep Brave © Fabrizio Malisan Photography

Her book “Sognando l’Infinito” has received many awards and has been enjoyed by many whether they’re cyclists or not. Paola’s motivating motto #KeepBrave, tells you that anything is possible, if you set your mind to it and to follow your dreams and passions to achieve whatever you want in your life. The book is only written in Italian however, it is available on AMAZON : Paola Gianotti – Sognando l’Infinito

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Paola Gianotti #iorispettoilciclista #ilgirodipaola Keep Brave ©FabrizioMalisanPhotography

Paola is about to cycle all the Italian Stages of the Giro d’Italia 2018, one day ahead of the official race, to spread road cycling safety awareness all around Italy. See more images here on my FLICKR. She also ride this Giro to remember Alfonsina Strada(16 March 1891 – 13 September 1959) who was an Italian cyclist, and the only woman to have ridden one of cycling’s three major stage races. She started in the Giro d’Italia in 1924 when the organisers mistook her for a man. Newspapers called her The Devil in a dress.[1]  Her racing career included an Italian record which lasted 26 years. She died aged 69 as she propped up her motorcycle after riding to a bicycle race.

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Cycling Tour Vlog: Rosazza Valle Cervo to Oropa Sanctuary Biella Piedmont Italy @fabulousport

The Biellese region is a fabulous land for cycling, offering several quiet roads to ride. Cycling is a great way to explore and discover these beautiful landscapes of the northern Piedmont region of Italy.
In this video I’m showing you a great climb, with quite a challenging gradient, reaching about 15%, but very rewarding and panoramic.
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The climb begins once passed Biella, a lovely ride up through the Valle Cervo which is a valley that feels like time has stood still. The ride is very pleasant surrounded by very beautiful characteristic houses and picturesque villages along the river. Just before you get to the town of Rosazza, there’s a left turn on a bridge, then left again towards San Giovanni and Galleria di Rosazza, the tunnel that leads to Oropa on the other side of the mountain. However, whilst you are there, I recommend you cycle all the way to the end of the Cervo Valley, to visit Rosazza and Piedicavallo, both really interesting little villages.

It’s always more exciting to cycle up a hill from one side and descend the other side, as it really feels like travelling further.

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The Sanctuary of Oropa has hosted a few Giro d’Italia stage finishes. It’s a great road to climb from the town of Biella, winding it’s way up to the Sanctuary.

Cycling Tour Vlog Rosazza in Valle Cervo to Oropa Sanctuary Biella Piemonte Piedmont region of Italy by @fabulousport
Music credits: Humidity by Silent Partner

Check out the STRAVA segment from the full ride:

Cycling Loop Ivrea – Oropa via Valle Cervo

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Fabulous Outdoors listed amongst the Top Outdoor Blogs of 2017

It’s a pleasure to have been listed amongst the “Top Outdoor Blogs You Can Read For Inspiration in 2017” in TheSmartLad.com by it’s author Shawn Michael.

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“Being an avid adventurer, I tramped through various outdoor blogs to discover some exciting content and to get to the best outdoor blogs listed here.
If you are an adventure lover and keep up with various outdoor blogs, then you’re at the right place. I’ve rounded up a comprehensive list of “Best Outdoor Blogs” that are worth-following. Read till the end and get new ideas to spice up your adventurous life.
All blogs listed here are arranged in no specific order. I am a fan of all of them.”

Many thanks to Michael for including Fabulous Outdoors in this list here: Best Outdoor Blogs by TheSmartLad.com

Fabulous Outdoors aim to inspire and encourage people to be more active, to get out more and to enjoy life outdoors amongst nature.

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The amazing experience of cycling mountains and watching the Tour de France #TdF2017

It's one of those dreams that cyclists have, particularly after watching the mountain stages of the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia or Vuelta de España.. "One day I'll climb those mountains too!"

That's actually one of the things you can do with cycling, compared to other professional sports we watch.
If you're into cricket, you'll probably never get to play at Lord's. If you like football, you may never get to play at Wembley, but if you're into cycling then the historic roads are there and free for you to have a go and see what it feels like.

The sense of achievement you'll get when you reach the top of an historical mountain pass, is far greater than the effort you have to put in to climb it.
Most of these alpine roads have now detailed sign-posts to give cyclists an idea of what lies ahead..

..such as, distance to the top, altitude and next km average climbing gradient.
Sometimes this can give encouragement, or at other times, mental despair. What I recommend doing is to look down the valley after every switchback, to see how much you've already achieved, rather than how much further you have to go.

Taking in all the stunning scenery as you climb, will help to distract you from the effort, the mind receives positive images, whilst the legs are working hard below.

Knowing that you are starting a climb of around 20km long, try to set a riding pace that you're comfortable with, regardless of what everyone else is doing around you.

In this particular occasion, we road the French Alps to watch two Tour de France 2017 stages, from the beautiful town of Briançon.

..riding north through Serre Chevalier to get up to the Col du Lautaret and Col du Galibier to watch Stage 17.

It's fantastic watching the pro cyclists coming down these winding mountain roads at crazy speeds.

The following day, for Stage 18, we rode our bikes again from Briançon, riding south-east up to the legendary Col d'Izoard, theatre of many cycling battles.

On the way up the Izoard, through the village of Cervières, we noticed that the Team Buses were parked here rather than at the finish area.
The road to the top from this side is very beautiful. It passes through two villages, then enters a Pine forest where it becomes steeper and more winding. That was a great moment to take a breather whilst watching the Caravane du Tour passing by.

Once finally reaching the top, the view is amazing, and the Polka Dot Cap offered by Carrefour was very handy to protect from the strong rays of the sun.

The set up at the top was fantastic, live TV coverage on a big screen on one side, the podium presentation right in front, and the pro cyclists coming up from the climb on the other side.

With French rider, Warren Barguil, winning the stage, the atmosphere was electric, and with the French President Macron being there for the presentation, it was just great for the sport and for the organisation of the Grande Boucle.

Chris Froome arriving soon after, maintained his Yellow Jersey leadership, while below, Fabio Aru didn't have a good day, losing precious time for the overall classification. Anyway, it's been a good tour for the Astana young rider, he's acquired lots of experience, won a stage, wore the Yellow Jersey for a couple of days being the only rider to take it from the shoulders of the very strong Team Sky of Froome.

And it's right to say: "The winner takes it all.." Whether you like it or not (only saying this as we've heard much discord and unpleasant booing along the road or at the presentation), Chris Froome won his 4th Tour de France and so chapeau to him and to the hard work of his team mates. Landa and Nieve have played a very big role in leading and protecting their captain all along this 2017 Tour de France. Great Team Effort, Bravo!

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