VeloNews July/August 2019

VeloNews brings you inside the sport of bike racing, with exclusive features, analysis, expert training advice, unbiased gear reviews and the absolute best cycling photography.

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a new pathway

Alison Dunlap was cut from Colorado College’s soccer team and instead joined the school’s cycling club. Multiple national titles, Olympic berths, and a world championship later, Dunlap retired as perhaps the most accomplished cyclist in U.S. history. Evelyn Stevens was an associate at an investment firm on Wall Street who started cycling in her 20s to stay fit. Stevens blossomed into an Olympian, multiple-time national champion, and world record holder. Stories like these were once common among America’s best female professional cyclists. Today, the process by which they reach the pro ranks is changing. Arguably the country’s best contemporary female racer, Coryn Rivera, has been honing her craft since she was nine years old. More girls are entering cycling through the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). This issue of VeloNews focuses on the American…

1 min.
describe your first bike race.

FD: It was the Berkeley University road race in Fairfield, California, and I raced in the Men's C category. Midway through the race I got nudged off the road and had to put my foot down into a huge mud puddle. My cleat became caked in mud and I spent the next 10 miles trying to clip in while pedaling with one foot. And you know what? I had a BLAST. CC: When I was 12, I raced a mountain bike time trial hosted by King Cyclery, through Burlingame State Park in Rhode Island. I came in second place behind Amos Brumble, a legend in the New England cycling scene. I’ve been coming in second place ever since. TC: My first race, as a Cat. 5, was in central Pennsylvania. I got…

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from the lab to the bike

Ask endurance athletes about the three most controversial letters in sport and they will tell you: EPO. However, thanks to recent advances in sports nutrition, the discord surrounding EPO is now over. A company has produced a legal solution to the EPO problem. EPO stands for Erythropoietin, a hormone that gives blood a greater capacity for carrying oxygen. Doctors first used EPO to counter red blood cell loss that resulted from chemotherapy treatment in cancer patients. When synthetic EPO became available several decades ago, endurance athletes, especially cyclists, started using EPO to gain an advantage during training and races. The reason was simple: with more oxygen being delivered to muscles, performance and endurance improved dramatically. In the mid-1980s, almost all of the governing bodies in sports banned EPO. Unfortunately, endurance athletes in several…

1 min.
depth of field

The look Colin Strickland (Meteor X Giordana) surprised the favorites to win the 2019 Dirty Kanza 200 men’s race with a daring 95-mile solo breakaway. Using tactics similar to those he has used to win fixed-gear races, Strickland attacked early, then quickly distanced the leading group of riders—including pro roadies Peter Stetina, Alex Howes, and Lachlan Morton, as well as two-time champion Ted King, among others. Strickland then held a tenuous gap as the wind and course gradually wore down the group of chasers, to set a new course record by finishing in under 10 hours. PHOTO BY BRAD KAMINSKI CANON EOS 7D MARK II; 70-200 F/4 LENS; 1/1,000 SEC. AT F/8; ISO 400 9:58:49 Strickland's winning time. He was the first rider to ever finish DK200 in under 10 hours, averaging 20.19 mph 11:59:53…

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chloe woodruff

What was your introduction to mountain biking, and why were you drawn to it? I was exposed to it during a middle school mountain bike class trip organized by Lennard Zinn, and I also rode my bike around town for transportation. I can trace a lot of my career to the joy of riding a bicycle around to get somewhere. And I also benefited from always having teammates and competitors to push me to the next level. I was much better at keeping up rather than leading the way. What lessons did you learn from your experiences in collegiate cycling at the University of Arizona? Those years were challenging, and my results didn’t improve a lot during that time. I was learning about balancing my time and my workload between racing, school, and…

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race radio

“I won through grit and determination. I’m away from my daughter for a reason; I’m here to do a job.”— Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo), after winning the OVO Energy Women’s Tour in June 95 Length, in miles, of Strickland’s daring attack “Catch me if you can in a tailwind—I love to go fast.”— Colin Strickland, after winning Dirty Kanza 200 264 Days after giving birth to her daughter that Deignan won her first race “If he’s punished, it’d be the end of cycling as a sport.”— Astana manager Giuseppe Martinelli, after his rider, Miguel Angél López, was knocked to the ground by a spectator at the Giro, after which López smacked the fan“I know how lucky I am to be here today.”— Chris Froome (Team Ineos), after surviving a training crash in June, in which…