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Velonews March 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.

United States
Pocket Outdoor Media, LLC
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9 Issues


1 min.
depth of field

THE OLDEST HOUR Frenchman Robert Marchand set a new world record in January when he cycled 22.547 kilometers in an hour—at the age of 105. He completed 92 laps at the Vélodrome National near Paris. Though his record-breaking ride was incredible, Marchand's entire life has been a series of singular events, according to the AP: “Marchand, a former firefighter who was born in 1911 in the northern town of Amiens, has lived through two world wars. He led an eventful life that took him to Venezuela, where he worked as a truck driver near the end of the 1940s. He then moved to Canada and became a lumberjack for a while. Back in France in the 1960s, Marchand made a living through various jobs that left him with no time to practice sports.…

2 min.
a fred’seye view

LET’S ADDRESS THE FRED THING FIRST. You have no idea how devastated I was when I learned that the name “Fred” was a derogatory term in cycling parlance. I was a newbie on the UC Santa Cruz cycling team and could not believe my misfortune. Of all the lifestyle sports to choose from, I had picked the one where my name meant “dork.” I accepted my fate and embraced my Fredness. I regularly wore mismatched socks, used my bib shorts until they were see-through, and had the squeakiest drivetrain. When I joined VeloNews as a junior reporter in 2004, I continued to be a “Fred.” In fact, I launched a web column called “A Fred’s-Eye View” that offered lighthearted opinion about cycling’s most wacky happenings. Yep—my goal was to spread my Fred…

8 min.
mark cavendish

The contrast in temperature couldn’t be more extreme. Outside, the thermometer is already pushing 100 degrees. Inside the plush lobby of this five-star hotel along Doha’s glittering faux-corniche, it’s cool enough to wear a sweater. Brooding on a corner sofa is Mark Cavendish, still steaming from his near miss at the previous day’s world championship finale, where he was nipped at the line by Peter Sagan. Tom Boonen finished third. “It’s pretty hard to take,” Cavendish rues. “I should have won it. I’ve been thinking about it every minute since we finished.” Cavendish won the world title in 2011 in Copenhagen on the last sprinter-friendly course. The flat Doha parcours was likely his last shot at the rainbow stripes. “I know [Peter Sagan] is going to win the worlds two more times.…

1 min.
race radio

“I did not see the sign warning me I had 10 minutes left. Otherwise I would have gone faster, I would have posted a better time. I'm not waiting for a rival.” — ROBERT MARCHAND, after setting a new world record when he cycled 22.547 kilometers in an hour at the age of 105 1 “[Tinkov] is a person who does not engender any type of affection, or anything really. He had a lot of money, he bought a team, but he didn’t know how to run it.” — ALBERTO CONTADOr (Trek-Segafredo), on his former team owner 2 “People could remember a package that was delivered to France, they can remember who asked for it, they can remember the route it took, who delivered it, the times it arrived… but no one can remember…

6 min.
worldtour in waiting

For its second season, the UCI Women’s WorldTour (WWT) adds four new races, expanding its calendar to 21 events and 47 days of racing. The additions include the six-day Boels Rental Ladies Tour in the Netherlands and the fourday Ladies Tour of Norway. The series also adds a full Ardennes week, with the Amstel Gold Race and Liège-Bastogne-Liège joining La Flèche Wallonne, giving the series a long awaited degree of parity with men’s racing. Still, the UCI has a long way to go in its quest to build equality with the men’s WorldTour. The UCI has delayed its attempt to require all women’s WorldTour teams to participate in every WWT race—a core component of the men’s WorldTour—until at least 2018. In fact, other than the new races and some scheduling changes,…

1 min.

FACES OF FURY Ranking the greatest pain faces in the professional peloton. 1) FABIO ARU Muppet? Guppy? No one—and we mean no one—has the malleability in his mandibles quite like the Sardinian. His pain face—or is it more of a ‘I’m-currently-having- an-aneurysm’ face?—has quickly become legendary. 2) THOMAS VOECKLER For a decade, Little Tommy V set the standard to which all other pain faces were compared. C’est si bon! Alas, the king has finally been surpassed. 3) PHILIPPE GILBERT Honestly, Gilbert’s scrunchy mug is a distant third, but we had to complete the podium. The Belgian’s pain face has been rather mellow in recent years, much like his results.…