Cycling: BMC Racing Team 2016

Porte to surprise Froome at Tour? That’s a surprise.

All his bike racing talents aside, nobody has ever described BMC’s Richie Porte as “Contador-like.” Unlike the Spaniard, Porte does not have a reputation for the unexpected attacked, the tactical surprise or improvisational aggression. That’s not to say that Porte can’t change up his style of racing — a methodical one he learned at Team Sky […]

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No biking stuff for Christmas. Daughter gets it all.

Yes, it’s the non-holiday shopping guide. I’m getting zilch. It’s a form of capitalist torture to read and view every single Best Gifts for Cyclists guides. Man, I want just about everything — even gear for cyclocross and I don’t even have a bike like that. So many delicious goodies tempting my credit card and willpower. […]

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My clean bike obsession

I knew this would happen with a new bike. I’d get anal about keeping the bike clean, just like I did with the last few bikes I’ve owned. Usually, this obsessive bike hygiene wears off after a few months. You get a scratch or two , some dirt and grime gets in the corners of […]

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Bike lock down. New locks from RockyMounts

RockyMounts, better known for their — wait for it — bike mounts is now coming into the bike lock category. introduced at Interbike, these babies should be headed your way soon. We’ve highlighted the top three RockyMounts locks we think would do the best job with your high-end rig. Or that old Stumpjumper that’s loaded with […]

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Dehydration weirdness

It’s a sick sport, professional road racing. Sometimes it seems so extreme and bizarre that you wonder whether you should be watching it. (Maybe go back to the NFL and all those concussions.) Such was the case when we read Team Sky’s team doctor Roger Palfreeman talking about the benefits of functional dehydration. Here’s a sport where GC […]

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Making Tour de France more competitive. A modest Russian proposal.

Ed Hood at Velonews outlined five good strategies to “Spice up bike racing.” They’re all smart suggestions, some more workable than others, some easy to implement, some not. His list: No power meters during the race, shorter, more explosive stages (think Vuelta a Espana), smaller teams, less enforcement of the 3K rule and adding more time bonuses. All […]

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Quintana says he learned from TDF errors. Which, exactly?

The news today out of Colombia super climber Nairo Quintana is that his “sueño amarillo” — yellow jersey dream — is alive and well. He just has to clean up some stuff to finally win the Tour de France and beat three time winner Chris Froome and those annoying SkyBots. “I am more confident, the team is more […]

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Rory Sutherland. Winning the happiness race.

This is a brutal sport. For every Chris Froome or Nairo Quintana, there are two hundred talented riders who suffer through a long season, hitting the asphalt at 60k, risking their lives on perilous descents down massive mountains, gutting out the agony of multiple Cat 1 and 2 climbs — domestiques and workhorses, the slaves of the […]

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Riding in the rain. NOT.

  I’ll just say it flat out. I don’t like riding in the rain and pretty much avoid it at all costs. Sure, if it’s a gentle drizzle with no signs of getting worse, I might venture out. But anything over a drizzle — say a steady rain and even wind — and I’m not […]

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