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Velonews October 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

FIELDS OF DREAMS When he was 15, BMX racer Connor Fields took a Sharpie to the wall of his parent’s garage and wrote, “One day I will be national and world champion.” On August 19, 2016, he went one better, becoming the first American to take Olympic gold in BMX. This spring, an Olympic medal seemed entirely out of reach for Fields, 23. He broke a bone in his hand in April, and the injury kept him off the bike until June. He had to be named to the Olympic team by coach’s selection. In Rio, he required a special protective brace. Fields overcame the odds. Behind him, Nic Long finished fourth in the men’s race. And in the women’s race, Alise Post’s silver medal was the best-ever performance for a…

2 min.
change is good

OFFICIALLY, THIS IS OUR cyclocross issue, but that covers only a portion of the stories you’re about to read. In truth, the theme is “transitions,” as all of this month’s features deal with change, in one form or another. Despite this year’s late date for road worlds, the cycling community has largely transitioned to cyclocross—at least, that’s the case for those of us who love the mud, sweat, and beers that this seasonal pursuit brings. This year the U.S. is hosting two (two!) World Cup stops. And that comes on the heels of our playing host to a very successful ’cross worlds. The U.S. is evolving into a nation that is not only part of the cyclocross universe but one that is helping to shape it. Of course, when it comes to…

8 min.
out on top

“This is the last time you will suffer like this,” Luca Guercilena shouts into the radio near the end of Fabian Cancellara’s Olympic time trial effort. This is the last time, Fabian, says his coach and longtime friend. Make it count. Cancellara wasn’t supposed to win the Olympic time trial at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. He was too big, too old, a racer in slow decline. Peter Sagan was dropping him on the cobbles and Tom Dumoulin and Chris Froome were regularly besting him against the clock. In his final season, he failed to win a monument, failed to take a yellow jersey as his retirement ticked closer. Rio was the last opportunity to properly cap a career without modern parallel. This is the last time, Fabian. Make it…

2 min.
race radio

“I don’t know when I’ll get back on a bike. Cycling was what I loved to do the most, but it’s become my biggest nightmare.” — PAULINE FERRAND-PRÉVOT (Rabo-Liv), in a post on her Facebook page about her troubled season “If the organizers can’t afford so many barriers, that means they can’t afford to look after rider safety, and they shouldn’t be organizing a race.” — ADAM HANSEN (Lotto-Soudal), a Professional Riders Association council member, after a stage 5 crash at the Vuelta a España involving an unmarked post 21 “Most teams, when they start, say ‘We want to be at the Tour de France in five years,’ and most fall by the wayside. We don’t want to be at the Tour de France. I’m sick to death of the Tour de France.” —…

5 min.
mara abbott

Mara Abbott didn’t win a medal at the 2016 Olympics, but she left Rio de Janeiro as a surprise hero. Abbott’s solo breakaway in the waning miles of the women’s road race nearly went the distance— she was caught by Anna van der Breggen, Emma Johansson, and Elisa Longo Borghini with just 150 meters remaining in the race, and finished fourth. The nail-biting finale displayed cycling’s cruelest moment, yet Abbott remained positive, telling NBC’s television cameras that she was, “honored to be a part of this.” In the days that followed, Abbott wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal chronicling her race, and explaining why, at the age of 30, she has decided to retire from international racing. VeloNews caught up with Abbott to talk about the Olympics, her decision to…

3 min.
sleeveless in seattle

What’s your favorite workout? Least favorite? I’m going to talk about my least favorite first because I’m a professional athlete, which means I like to complain. Every workout I do simulates some aspect of a race. Since I’m a climber, you probably think that my least favorite workout would be sprinting. But a sprint is over in 10 to 20 seconds, so it’s no big deal. The only problem with a sprint workout is that when I train with teammates, I have no excuse for my 1,100-watt kick of bony awkwardness. They’re always laughing when I turn around. “I guess you could call that a sprint,” they say. The “40/20” is the workout I dread. That’s 40 seconds of all-out sprinting with 20 seconds of rest. Usually repeated for eight to 10 minutes,…