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Velonews

Velonews August 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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Pocket Outdoor Media, LLC
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IN THIS ISSUE

1 min.
depth of field

FOREVER GOLD Eight years after winning the gold medal in Beijing, Spain’s Sammy Sánchez remains cycling's proudest Olympic champion with golden accouterments ranging from earrings to bar tape to shoes—commemorating his most important victory. He beat Italy’s Davide Rebellin and Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara to win the 245.4-kilometer race on August 9, 2008. This photo of Sánchez at the 2012 Tour de France was taken by acclaimed Getty Images photographer Doug Pensinger, who died unexpectedly in June at the age of 51 at his home in Golden, Colorado. A former photojournalist for The Army Times, Pensinger found his way to sports assignments with Allsport Photography, shooting numerous Olympic Games, Tours de France, World Cups, World Series, and Super Bowls. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images Canon EOS-1D Mark IV; 200mm lens; 1/800 sec. at f/2.8;…

2 min.
olympic distortion field

NELSON VAILS WAS THE first cyclist I could name. I was 13 during the 1984 Olympics, and as network TV was starting to codify the sappy-athlete-profile formula, Vails became a breakout star. Here was the kid who’d learned to ride a bike in Harlem, the Manhattan bike messenger who was tearing around the Olympic velodrome with the New York City skyline airbrushed on his hardshell helmet (when those were still a novelty). Endorsements followed, as did a movie cameo. That was the first time I understood that riding a bike could actually be a sport (a realization that went on to define me both athletically and professionally). To my 13-year-old’s memory, Vails was the star of the Games—so much so that I was surprised to discover, several years later, he hadn’t…

6 min.
the big ride

In the summer of 2010, Carlos Perez, event director for Levi’s Gran Fondo, examined the country’s nascent market for long-distance cycling races. New gran fondo events were popping up across the country, and promoters were reaching out to Perez to ask him about his race. He had founded the event the previous year with Levi Leipheimer. At the time, it was just the second American race to use the gran fondo title, which translates to “big ride” from Italian. Like the other events spreading across the U.S., Levi’s Gran Fondo was an American version of the famed Italian cyclosportive event. “You could tell people were looking at [gran fondos] as the next big thing,” Perez says. Six years later, the gran fondo has become a popular addition to any American cyclist’s array…

2 min.
race radio

“This problem is worse than doping. The very future of cycling is hanging in the balance.” — French Sports Minister THIERRY BRAILLARD, after it was announced the UCI would crack down on “mechanical doping” at the Tour de France “I think it would be awkward if Sky hired Alberto Contador as a co-leader with Chris Froome. But me and Richie? It’s not that complicated.” —TEJAY VAN GADEREN (BMC Racing), on his sporting relationship with fellow GC leader and teammate Richie Porte 1 “I wanted that one.” —ADAM BLYTHE, after stunning Mark Cavendish to win the British national road race 2 “Thank you to everyone for the support. I'm happy to finally be involved in a legitimate industry.” —FLOYD LANDIS, in a tweet announcing his latest business endeavor, Floyd’s of Leadville, producers of cannabis-infused products “I’m a born-and-bred bike…

3 min.
nino schurter

A decade ago, Swiss cycling legend Thomas Frischknecht proclaimed that his protégé, then under-23 world crosscountry champion Nino Schurter, would one day be the world’s best mountain biker. Schurter has more than lived up to Frischi’s hype, with four world championships and four World Cup overall titles to his name. This summer, Schurter heads to the Rio Olympics to try to improve on his silvermedal performance from London, where he lost in a sprint to Czech Jaroslav Kulhavy. His primary rival will be the sport’s current elder statesman, Julien Absalon, who battled with Frischkneckt during his day. Absalon won consecutive gold medals in the 2004 and 2008 Games in Athens and Beijing. One of the most compelling stories in the World Cup cross-country scene has been the battle between you and…

3 min.
cookie monster

Do you eat all of the cookies that fans bring you at races? Are you afraid that you’ll test positive after eating them? First of all, if I ate all the cookies, I’d quickly lose my job. Second, I don’t see anyone going through the trouble of tainting my baked goods so I test positive. What’s the motive for that crime, exactly? I’m more afraid of taking a snack from a deranged cycling fan and then waking up tied to a chair in his basement. So I don’t eat treats from complete strangers. During stage races, some riders take the time trial as an opportunity to save their legs. Who’s in charge of deciding which riders go easy? Does it bother you when you’re not allowed to race? In the WorldTour, I’d estimate…