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  • Will Covid-19 derail Froome’s goal of five Tour wins?

    Chris Froome is a man driven to secure his legacy as one of the Tour de France greats and join the select club of five-time winners. In May, he'll be 35 years old and time is quickly running out. With a global pandemic shutting down or postponing the Spring classics and Giro d'Italia, the Tour de France may now also [...]

  • Locked down and riding in a freezing garage.

      Out my backyard windows there is 6 feet of snow on the deck. There's another six to nine inches on the way. We're on the Covid-19 lockdown here in the Sierra mountains of California. It's been a week now and yup, I'm officially stir crazy. The house is cozy but small and with temps in the low to mid [...]

  • Rohan Dennis joins Ineos, upset with un-aerodyanmic scarf.

    Rohan Dennis left his Bahrain-Merida squad last season because he was apparently upset that the racing equipment and team clothing didn't met his obsessively high standards. The current World Champion in the Time Trial has joined Team Ineos this season but has already endured a frustrating moment. While attending the OGC Nice versus Metz soccer match, Dennis was unhappy with [...]

Pickle Juice. The cyclists miracle cure for cramps.

  I used to suffer terribly from cramps after a hard bike race or ride. I'd get screaming painful leg cramps in my quads and hamstrings. Years ago, I'd be driving back from a race and suddenly cramp so brutally that I'd almost get in an accident, as I jerked the car off the road and fell to the ground [...]

November 16th, 2019|

Bernal goes full Mao for Shanghai, China bike race

I happened to come across this curious image of current Tour Winner Egan Bernal, helping to promote the Shanghai Criterium in China. He's wearing a Mao jacket and cap, the full communist leader outfit. Which, depending on your opinion of current political events, might be considered surprising or tone-deaf. Given the explosive news stories about continual mass protests in Hong [...]

November 15th, 2019|

Good news for Ineos: No Bardet or Nibali at Tour

  While four time Tour de France winner Chris Froome continues his rehab from injury, one thing he won't have to worry about are two former Tour rivals. Today, Frenchman Romain Bardet announced he would skip the Tour after six editions to switch things up and ride the Giro d'Italia. Bardet has been second twice in La Grand Boucle but [...]

November 13th, 2019|

Is pro cycling dying in the US?

The wheels are coming off pro cycling in the United States. This week, we learned that the venerable Tour of California is officially taking a one year hiatus. Which is a euphemism for "never coming back in any form we'd recognize." That's an unlucky 13 years running and then not. It would seem that a well-run race in the beautiful [...]

November 7th, 2019|

Chaos and sadness at Tour de France

The morning of stage 19, day two in the Alps, promised to be epic. Well, it was epic but not on a sporting level. With the shocking abandon of Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), arguably the best climber in the race, the most open and exciting Tour in decades slammed shut. By the end of the day, the Tour had shifted back [...]

July 26th, 2019|

Alps GC cage match: who will win the Tour de France?

First, a word of thanks to Chris Froome for crashing out on a recon of the Criterium du Dauphine. We wish you a speedy and full recovery but boy has this opened up a conservative and predictable race. Second, thanks Tour de France route planners who kept the action coming and gave plenty of riders -- that's you, Monsieur Alaphilippe [...]

July 24th, 2019|
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