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Velonews November - December 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


2 min.
outside the frame

IT MIGHT SEEM IRONIC—in this age of Instagram, multi-channel cable packages, and on-demand mobile video—that cycling photography would be more important than ever. But I would argue that’s the case, for reasons having to do with online news, artistic literacy, and journalistic access. Now that I think about it, online news probably held the most sway in our selections for this issue. Our photo director, Brad Kaminski, has been squirreling away photos all year in anticipation of this package. By late summer, he was poring over thousands of images and editing them down to the few hundred that served as our initial pool of “photos of the year.” After several staff meetings and respectful discussions in front of our photo wall, we settled on the selections on the pages that follow. Our…

7 min.
behind the lens

“IN MY FIRST RACE AS AN UNDER-23, I SAID, ‘WELL, I MIGHT AS WELL ATTACK.’ AND THAT WAS BAPTISM BY FIRE.” — ADRIEN COSTA Jim Fryer rouses and props himself up in bed, his face lit in the dark hotel room by a laptop screen displaying the last of yesterday’s haul. As is often the case, the late-night photo editing process has turned into an early-morning one—clients are hungry and must be fed. Another Giro stage will start in approximately six hours. Fryer clicks through a gallery destined for VeloNews.com, full of Marcel Kittel after a pair of stage wins. He sends a Dropbox link and turns on a travel coffee kettle just as his partner in life and work, Iri Greco, begins to stir. She works the late shift, he the…

1 min.
race radio

“I feel like I lost gold rather than won silver.” — MARK CAVENDISH, after missing out on a second career world title in Doha “For $100,000, Sergio Henao could have looked after Rafal Majka, and Vincenzo Nibali would have returned to Italy with the gold medal around his neck.” — MARIO CIPOLLINI, suggesting Nibali should have paid off Henao to ensure he won the gold in Rio instead of taking risks on the final descent 2 “It would sure be nice to have some more fans here to celebrate with.” — TONY MARTIN, after taking his fourth world time trial championship title in Doha, Qatar 3 “It was a lot of good luck, maybe destiny.” — PETER SAGAN, on successfully defending his world title in Doha…

6 min.
adrien costa

Adrien Costa: Remember the name, as you’ll be hearing a lot more of him in the coming years. The 19-year-old had an exceptional rookie season in the U23 ranks with Axeon-Hagens Berman. He won four races, including the overall at the sevenstage Tour de Bretagne, becoming the first American to do so. His second place overall at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and his third overall and stage win at the Tour de l’Avenir reveal his deep and diverse skillset. Considered by some to be the best American grand tour potential in a generation, VeloNews chatted with Costa while he took a break from the bike and his courses at Oregon State University. You had a great year. What did you expect coming into 2016? It was better than I hoped…

3 min.
the tribe has spoken

You’ve been posting on social media about disc brakes this year. What’s the verdict? I spent most of this year living in an apartment at the top of a hill in Girona. All the streets are cobblestone, and a truck comes every morning to pour water on them. A quick gripe: I don’t know what that achieves or how Spain can meticulously water the cobbles but they can’t muster the energy to keep the supermarket open for an extra 90 seconds to let me buy my groceries when siesta just started. Sorry, I’m hungry, and that got cathartic. Back to my point. Every morning, my ride started with a five-minute descent on slippery, wet cobblestones through narrow roads full of tourists looking down at their selfie sticks instead of where they were…

6 min.
finding traction on dirt

Over cobblestones, dirt, and even grass-covered tracks, Belgium’s Schaal Sels is perhaps the most entertaining bicycle race you’ve never heard of. The race, which starts and finishes in the Antwerp suburb of Merksem, has actually been around since 1922. Famed Belgians Rik Van Looy and Edwig Van Hooydonck both won it, as did American Freddie Rodriguez. This year, cyclocross world champion Wout Van Aert took the big victory. After toiling in anonymity for most of a century, Schaal Sels is two years into an eye-catching makeover. In 2014, construction on the road used for the finish threatened to cancel the race. The organizing club, Koninklijke Wielrijdersclub van Merksem, instead pulled out the map and scoured the Flemish countryside in search of a fresh new course. When the curtain rose on the revised…