Difficult and Dangerous Decisions to Pursue a Cycling Career

Difficult and Dangerous Decisions to Pursue a Cycling Career

For the most part, competitive cycling in the United States is an activity and profession for the privileged. Many of my peers in the domestic peloton have college degrees and are pursuing their sporting passion before settling down and getting a ‘real’ job. In other parts of the world, cycling often plays a much more prominent and essential part of people’s lives. I’ve been fortunate to be a part of a truly international roster at Jamis/Sutter Home Pro Cycling Team and have heard firsthand some of the remarkable feats athletes go through to be a part of our beautiful sport. I wanted to share one of my teammates’ stories this month in my journal to give you an insight into cycling from a different perspective.…

Le Tour and More

I have just emerged from a Tour de France fog. Every July, I change my internet home page from velonews.com to avoid seeing who won that day’s stage, warn all to avoid spilling the news and come home in the evening just to stay up late watching that day’s contest. By the time I do that over three weeks, I am sleep-deprived, my head swimming with sprints, climbs and breakaways, and battling withdrawal. Yes, I am a Tour junkie.…

Why I don’t Wear a Helmet

Why I don’t Wear a Helmet

As a cycling advocate, I should promote helmet wearing: I'm all about cyclist's safety, right? If you take one of the League of American Bicyclists courses, you will be required to wear a helmet throughout.…

Will Cycling Become Part of Everyday Life in the United States?

Will Cycling Become Part of Everyday Life in the United States?

As you watch the Tour de France this summer, take a look on the side of the roads in the middle of the stages out in the countryside. If you ask them about the Tour, most French folk will tell you about their experience having a picnic under a tree beside the Tour route waiting for the day’s stage to pass by while listening to it unfold on the radio.…

Go Mode with Alex Grant

Go Mode with Alex Grant

As for the racing itself, I have been lucky enough to sample all kinds of mountain bike events over the past few months: from the big spring endurance races like the Whisky 50 and Gunnison Growler to the highest level of cross country at the Mont Sainte-Anne and Windham World Cups.…

Why We Ride

Why We Ride

This year I’ve lined up at the start line of several mountain bike races, and every time I have felt the same brooding dread deep in my gut. “Why am I doing this?” Bike racing hurts. It exposes us for who we really are. There is no place to hide. The naked truth is revealed for all to see, and to mock. Our weaknesses are isolated and uncovered, and our most private pain is made unflatteringly public. “Why am I doing this?”…

Cycling for Pleasure

My personal trainer calls me an unrepentant recreationalist. I love to play tennis, golf, fly fish and cycle but I truly do not care whether I win or lose. I enjoy whatever I am doing without expectation. I usually do not win; when I do I laugh.…

My Green Campaign

My Green Campaign

To me, the primary purpose of the bicycle is transportation, in its purest, cleanest, and most efficient form. Through the sport of cycling, we get to pedal great distances through cities, and over mountains, winning the battle against gravity and resistance. However, my profession as a professional cyclist is ironically one of the most difficult to commute to by bike.…

The Art Of Getting Back Up

As a college sophomore and member of Drexel's Cycling Team, Doug was training on Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia when a pickup truck pulling an ATV plowed into him. The driver fled the scene and left Doug alone and seriously injured. He doesn't know how long he was in the street before help came.…

Helmet Heads

It is interesting to observe on occasion how a single posting will spawn several days of debate, argument, rebuttal and retort. So it was this week when the hot subject was the rather tiresome topic of mandating helmet use.…