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The Gran Fondo cycle race gets a revamp

The Gran Fondo of the Giro d’Italia now gives amateur cyclists the chance to compete over a 100km pro course of relentless switchbacks and merciless uphill crawls. James Henderson – and his spare tyre – take to the saddle
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Et trois, brutal

The Trois Etapes gives amateur cyclists the chance to compete with the pros at ferocious speeds over the toughest grand-tour mountain routes – all in the name of charity. Charlie Norton is the first journalist to report from the saddle
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Turning back the gears

A 75km ride over rough Tuscan terrain, with a 1960s bike, prewar goggles, a spare tyre wrapped around the chest... James Henderson signs up for L’Eroica, the challenging frontrunner in a fast-expanding line-up of retro cycle races
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