Seven-day round-up: cycling shoes buyer’s guide, Giro d’Italia preview and more

All our best bits from the last week in a single, handy post

Eighteen weeks into 2014 and events have yet to slow down.

With the Grande Partenza of the Giro d’Italia set to roll out in Ireland, the Grand Départ of the Tour de France scheduled for Yorkshire, and the Commonwealth Games pledged to Glasgow, we knew we had a busy year in prospect. Nothing so far has changed our estimation.

A trip to the Dolomites to ride with Alberto Contador was one of the many onerous tasks confronted by the staff at RCUK Towers in the last seven days

In the last seven days, we’ve reported on the final race of the Ardennes Classics, taken delivery of LOOK’s stunning 675 Light, considered aloud our favourite aspects of Strava, got the low down on cycling shoes from Jules and James at Cyclefit, and thought about ways to survive the spring showers.

We’ve delivered a verdict on the Tifosi CK8 Duro, offered our early thoughts on the Koga Solacio and Sportful’s new R&D kit, and made a trip to the Italian brand’s Dolomites HQ to ride with a certain multiple Grand Tour winner, El Pistolero himself, Alberto Contador.

If your week has been anything like as busy as ours, a single handy post with our best bits from the last seven days might be of use. Well, here it is. Get up to speed with all our news, reviews, interviews and more over the following pages at your leisure – it’s the weekend, after all.

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