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Velonews

Velonews August 2017

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

1 min.
a lap of france

The peloton rolls out to start the 1906 Tour de France. While 100 cyclists signed up for the race, only 76 took the start. In its fourth edition, the Tour climbed both the Vosges and the Massif Central, the latter for the first time. Cheating and sabotage marked the race: Four competitors were disqualified for taking a train on a stage, and spectators threw nails in the road in an effort to impede the opponents of their preferred riders. René Pottier won five of the 13 stages on his way to overall victory. Camera data not available 2,881 Miles in the 1906 Tour route 15.201 Average miles per hour of overall winner René Pottier 1 Times Pottier finished the Tour, in two attempts. (He never contested either the Giro d’Italia or Vuelta a España.)…

1 min.
spa treatment

Stage 3 of the 2017 Tour de France began in Verviers, Belgium, before completing a lap of the famous Formula 1 circuit at Spa-Francorchamps, where throngs of fans lined the trackside. The stage next entered Luxembourg before finishing in France, where Peter Sagan won the uphill sprint. It was not the first time the racetrack was included in the Tour route. In 1980, Bernard Hinault won a 34-kilometer time trial there to clinch his ninth stage victory. In 1989, Mexico’s Raúl Alcalá won a long stage that finished after two and a half laps of the seven-kilometer circuit. Canon 1D-X; 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 lens; 1/640 sec. at f/5.6; ISO 200 2,200 Miles in the 2017 Tour route 1922 The year in which the first auto race was held at Circuit de Spa- Francorchamps 5 Mountain…

2 min.
born again

BACK IN THE MID 2000S, I covered mountain bike racing for VeloNews. It meant I spent every summer at beloved venues like Mont-Sainte- Anne and Deer Valley. Back then the magazine gave pro mountain bike racing substantial attention, much as it had during the sport’s heyday in the mid 1990s. I had plenty of stories to write about. Who would win the National Mountain Bike Series overall: Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski or Geoff Kabush? Would Shonny Vanlandingham or Mary McConneloug snag the country’s sole Olympic spot? My stories about pro racing garnered little attention on the VeloNews website. The sport was in flux. The NMBS had few sponsors, and pro teams began to fold. People worried that mountain bike racing was dying. Of course it wasn’t dying; it was just changing. While the professionals still…

6 min.
turning green into gold

American cyclists left the 2016 summer games in Rio de Janeiro with five Olympic medals, tying the country’s second-best hardware count since its nine-medal haul in 1984. The success caught the attention of the United States Olympic Committee, which has agreed to boost USAC’s funding every year between now and the 2020 Games in Tokyo. Now, USA Cycling has an ambitious plan to transform the extra cash—approximately $1 million in total increased funding each year— into an even greater medal count in 2020. “Seven medals is the goal in Tokyo,” says Derek Bouchard-Hall, USA Cycling’s CEO. “We’ve studied what we should go after, and we will focus on athletes that are on a trajectory to win medals.” The plan calls for a complete restructuring of USA Cycling’s athletics department, including the hiring of…

1 min.
race radio

“I’m not riding to win the Tour, I’m riding for my best performance. I prefer the sense of accomplishment to the result.” — ROMAIN BARDET (Ag2r La Mondiale), who finished second at the 2016 Tour 1 “I can’t be sure what happened or why I crashed. But I do know throwing both arms up on a wet cobbly street really isn’t a good idea.” — SARAH ROY (Orica-Scott), on crashing after posting up in a victory salute at the OVO Energy Women’s Tour 2 “No! It’s like asking Real Madrid before the Champions final who'll be the goalkeeper.” — MIKEL ZABALA, coach of Nairo Quintana, when asked whether he would reveal the Colombian’s power-to-weight numbers before the Tour “Starting in the Tour de France feels like I’m truly becoming a pro cyclist. If you haven’t done…

1 min.
by the numbers

80.4 Percentage of registered women who completed the 2017 Dirty Kanza 200. 84.3 percent of men finished. 399 Riders who “beat the sun,” or finished before sunset in 2017, a full 40 percent of all finishers 8 Foreign countries represented in the field, including Canada, Iceland, England, Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Mexico 210 Participants from Emporia, Kansas, where the race begins and ends. Of the total who registered, 43.4 percent were from Kansas, 10.4 percent from Missouri, and 6.6 percent from Colorado. 247,694.8 Total race-day miles ridden by participants in 2017…