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Velonews April 2016

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.

United States
Pocket Outdoor Media, LLC
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9 Issues


1 min.
depth of field

BRAKE CHECK Italian Vittorio Brumotti is a trials rider who is frequently (and accurately) referred to as “the Danny MacAskill of road bikes.” Earlier this year, he climbed (mostly by hopping) and descended the steep roof of the 154-foottall Terrazas del Portezuelo building during the pre-race show at Argentina’s Tour de San Luis. Nikon D45; 24-70mm f/2.8 lens; 1/250 sec. at f/3.5; ISO 320 10 Number of Guinness World Records Brumotti holds (for things like riding a road bike on a slack line) 192,000 Number of Instagram followers (@brumottistar) DESERT SOLITAIRE A camel watches the peloton pass by during stage 3 of the Dubai Tour, a 172-kilometer route from Dubai to Hatta Dam, in the United Arab Emirates. Nikon D45; 14-24mm f/2.8 lens; 1/1250 sec. at f/9; ISO 320 378,000 Number of camels in the United Arab Emirates, according to…

2 min.
our new look

I LIKE TO THINK I’m good with change. Maybe that’s because I grew up in Las Vegas and spent my 20s in Tokyo—two cities where anything prior to last Tuesday is ancient history. But after reading Caley Fretz’s great story about how well the new Tour of Flanders route has worked out (see page 16), I had to admit to myself that I was one of the people raising hell when the course was changed in 2012. I refused to believe a route without the Muur could be an improvement. Yet, by so many measures, De Ronde is better than ever. Viewership is up, fi nances look good, and the riders love it. Go back a few years ago, and I had a similar reaction when this magazine’s name changed to Velo.…

7 min.
a race rewritten

On a grey September day four years ago, a mass of Belgian cycling fans, dressed in black, marched up the Muur van Geraardsbergen shouldering fake coffins. They stopped, grim faced, at the iconic hilltop chapel upon which so many prayers for victory had been laid. They mourned and protested the decapitation of their beloved Ronde van Vlaanderen, the race that has defined what it is to be a Belgian bike racer and cycling fan for a century. It was an antagonistic display aimed at the decision, made just weeks prior, to dramatically alter the finish of the Tour of Flanders. Organizers sliced off the historic finale, a circuitous route across the Muur and Bosberg, and replaced it with finishing loops that take in the Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg in quick succession,…

1 min.
race radio

“It felt like we had to take our lives in our hands in the fi nal.” —SIMON GERRANS (Orica-GreenEdge), on the downhill fi nish in the Tour Down Under’s Corkscrew stage. 1 "We laughed about it in the fi rst two to three days, maybe to avoid the drama. But since then I’ve begun to realize that we all could have died.” —WARREN BARGUIL (Giant-Alpecin), after he and his teammates were struck by a car while training in Spain. “Throwing beer and spitting—that can really only happen in one country. Do you still have no respect for athletes?” —ADRI VAN DER POEL, on the abuse that Belgian fans heaped on his son, Mathieu, from the rival Dutch squad, at the world cyclcocross championships. “I fully trust the athletes and trainers. I don't see…

1 min.
the five monuments

4 Number of riders, of 63 starters, to fi nish the snow-hit 1910 Milano-Sanremo. Eugène Christophe won in 12 hours and 24 minutes. 102 Editions, as of 2016, of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the oldest of the monuments. La Doyenne was fi rst run for amateurs in 1892. The pros debuted in 1894. 1 Number of washing machines given to the fi rst rider over the Kruisberg climb at the 1953 Tour of Flanders. 7 Distance, in millimeters, by which Gianni Bugno beat Johan Museeuw at the 1994 Tour of Flanders. 119 Years between German winners at Paris-Roubaix. Josef Fischer won the fi rst edition, in 1896; John Degenkolb won the most recent, in 2015. 7 Number of times Bernard Hinault fell in the 1982 Paris-Roubaix, including at 13 kilometers from the fi nish, when a small black dog called Gruson ran under his…

3 min.
cookie clause

How do you stay skinny? Do you have any diet hacks? Does Cannondale allow you to eat gluten? When I was 17, a doctor told me I was obese, which meant I’d reached 25 percent body fat—and which also helped me understand why girls weren’t talking to me. So I started riding my bike nine miles each way to school. For breakfast, I’d have a chicken biscuit and a sweet tea from Chick-fil-A, and I’d try not to eat again for the rest of the day. I’m not suggesting you try that at home, but after a few months, I lost 40 pounds, and I had to spend all my allowance on new pants. Now that I’m in the WorldTour, I do better than chicken biscuits. Cannondale Pro Cycling, through sponsor OTE,…