Velon Festive Cycling Countdown: Win a GoPro

This month we're giving you the chance to win a GoPro Hero Session 5 camera with Velon's #FestiveCyclingCountdown.

Each day from December 1-25 we'll be posting articles and videos on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, together with the hashtag #FestiveCyclingCountdown.

All you have to do to enter the competition is keep an eye out for the posts and do the following:

- On Twitter, retweet the post and follow @VelonCC.
- On Facebook and Instagram, leave a comment and be sure to include the #FestiveCyclingCountdown hashtag.

Individual users can enter once per day on each platform, so a maximum of three times per day. See full terms and conditions here.

Below is a day-by-day guide to the #FestiveCyclingCountdown content published so far.

December 1

Velon Road to 2018: Sprint training with Tom Steels (Quick-Step Floors)

In the first part of our “Velon Road to 2018” series we speak to Quick-Step Floors sprint coach Tom Steels - winner of nine Tour de France stages - about specific sprint and lead-out training for next season. 

December 2

Most powerful sprints of 2017: featuring Peter Sagan and Fernando Gaviria

Velon tracked riders’ power data at 10 races in 2017, including a Grand Tour, two ‘Monument’ Classics and the inaugural Hammer Series event. We count down the eight most powerful sprints we recorded this year.

December 3

Velon's best on-bike sprint footage of 2017. Some of the best moments of 2017 captured by Velon's onboard GoPro cameras:

December 4

Off-season nutrition and planning with Lotto Soudal chef Carol De Dobbelaere

How does a pro cycling team handle nutrition during the winter, and how do they plan for next year? We speak to Lotto Soudal's chef and nutrition consultant to find out.

December 5

The best photos of the 2017 UCI WorldTour cycling season

Velon's selection of the finest photography from another thrilling season of action in one of the most photogenic sports in the world.

December 6

Building bikes for the new season - with Trek-Segafredo’s Kenneth Van de Wiele

Velon speaks to Trek-Segafredo service course manager at 'construction time' - when the team's new bikes are assembled for training camps ahead of the new season.

December 7

New team kits: All the 2018 UCI WorldTour kits released so far

Take a look at all the new kits released for the 2018 season so far: AG2R-La Mondiale, Team EF Education First - Drapac p/b Cannondale, Movistar Team, Lotto Soudal, Team Sky, Quick-Step Floors and Team Dimension Data.

December 8

New kit with EF-Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale

The new EF-Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale kit was unveiled to great acclaim last month. In the latest instalment of our Festive Cycling Countdown, we speak to the people behind its design and development and distribution:

December 9

Best data performances of 2017

Velon tracked data from hundreds of riders on dozens of race days in 2017. Here, we count down the most impressive performances we recorded, featuring Tom Dumoulin, Vincenzo Nibali and more.

December 10

We take look look back at the best data performances using GoPro footage we captured at races this year.

December 11

Classics training with Team Sunweb: Theuns, Teunissen and DS Aike Visbeek

What does it take to win a one-day Classic? We caught up with Team Sunweb to find out how they prepare for some of the most demanding and technical races of the season.

December 12

How BMC Racing Team, Lotto Soudal and others could look in 2018
How Team Sky, Quick-Step Floors and others could look in 2018

In a two-part series, Velon takes a look at how the UCI WorldTour teams are shaping up for 2018 after plenty of transfer activity.

December 13

Race schedule planning with Merijn Zeeman, Team LottoNL-Jumbo

Velon speaks to Team LottoNL-Jumbo sportive director Merijn Zeeman about planning his riders' race schedules for the new season.

December 14

Quotes of the 2017 season on the UCI WorldTour

Some of the funniest and most memorable lines from the past cycling season - featuring Peter Sagan, Tom Boonen, Greg Van AvermaetAlberto Contador, Adam Hansen, Thomas de Gendt and more.

December 15

Medical and physiological testing with Dr. Max Testa, BMC Racing Team

Velon caught up with Dr. Max Testa, who has more than 35 years of experience in pro cycling, about physiological and medical testing ahead of the new season.

Velon tracked Dutchman Tom Dumoulin's data throughout 2017: from the Abu Dhabi Tour to the Giro d'Italia and Hammer Series (LUCA BETTINI/AFP/Getty Images)

December 16

Tom Dumoulin's season in data - how he won the Giro d'Italia

A look back at some of the key moments in Tom Dumoulin's season with Team Sunweb - Abu Dhabi Tour, his triumphant Giro d'Italia, Hammer Series and more.

December 17

How do pros like Vincenzo Nibali and Julian Alaphilippe compare with amateurs?

We contrast pro performances on the Madonna del Ghisallo with a range of levels of amateur rider.

December 18

Velon road to 2018: changing teams with Rory Sutherland

Velon talks to Rory Sutherland, who is switching from Movistar Team to UAE Team Emirates in 2018, about what it's like to move teams.

December 19

What was the best moment of the 2017 pro cycling season? Read our contenders and vote for your favourite

We pick out some of the most memorable and exciting moments on the UCI WorldTour from the past season - and you can vote for your favourite.

December 20

The Giro d'Italia, Paris-Roubaix and other best races of 2017

The 2017 UCI WorldTour was blessed with enthralling and action-packed races, but which was the best? Read our six contenders and vote for your favourite.

December 21

Time trial training with Team LottoNL-Jumbo and Team Sky

Velon speaks to Owain Doull (Team Sky) and Team LottoNL-Jumbo DS Merijn Zeeman about specific time-trial training ahead of the new cycling season.

December 22

Six of the best climbs Velon tracked in 2017

Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team), Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and Steven Kruijswijk (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) all feature as we select six of the best climbs tracked by Velon data in 2017 - from Blockhaus at the Giro d'Italia to Civiglio at Il Lombardia.

Wilco Kelderman hit the form of his life in last season's Vuelta (Tim de Waele/Corbis via Getty)

23 December

Climb training with Wilco Kelderman, Team Sunweb

In the final part of the Velon Road to 2018 series, Team Sunweb GC contender Wilco Kelderman tells Velon about climb training - and why it's possible to enjoy the suffering of Grand Tour mountain-climbing when you're in good form.

24 December

Quiz of the 2017 WorldTour season

How well do you remember the men's UCI WorldTour in 2017? Find out by taking Velon's quiz - and challenge your friends ...

25 December

The Team Behind the Team 2017

Take a look back at 'The Team Behind the Team' series, as Velon takes you behind the scenes to meet the staff who keep UCI WorldTour teams ticking. Merry Christmas.

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