Keegan Swenson is Our Rider of the Year

Keegan Swenson is Our Rider of the Year

Keegan Swenson, an 18 year-old mountain bike rider and road racer from Park City had a year that for almost anyone would be the pinnacle of their career. But we think this is only the beginning. Swenson (Cannondale Factory Racing). The young rider started off the year with two wins in the national level Kenda Cup and US Cup in California in the junior category. He quickly followed that up with an incredible second place at the Pan-Am Championships in Puebla, Mexico.…

I’m Tired of Hearing about Doping

Like many others, I expect, I am tired of reading and hearing about doping. I am tired of being asked my opinion on doping, and particularly on Lance Armstrong and doping. I love this sport, and I am sensitive to the beating it is taking. Like a bad dream, I would like to wake up and have it all go away. Unlike a bad dream, it won’t.…

Fall Cross-Training Keeps You Sharp and Builds Strength

Fall Cross-Training Keeps You Sharp and Builds Strength

We are fortunate to have a strong cyclocross scene here in Utah run by the fine folks over at UTCX. Those races start up on October 6th this year up in Ogden. Although suffering on a cyclocross bike may not seem like much of a break from working hard on a road bike, it does offer an interesting change of pace from the road scene and a chance to incorporate some running into my cycling efforts. I believe in keeping all energy levels firing to some degree throughout the year, and cyclocross is the perfect way to exercise your top-end when your head needs a break from the road bike efforts.…

Sometimes a Bike is Much More Than a Bike

Sometimes a Bike is Much More Than a Bike

Last February, looking to get out of the winter muck in Salt Lake, I took a trip down to the St. George/ Zion area to do some mountain biking with my wife. We met someone mountain biking that changed us forever.…

Is Lance Still a Champion?

Okay. Let’s just agree that Lance was, as they say in the vernacular, juicing. It does seem from what we as the public have available that he probably was. But, I am not wading into that debate. Rather, for me the question is, where does that leave me as a big fan of professional bike racing?…

Why I Wear a Helmet

On April 29th, 2010 I was training for an upcoming triathlon. I was riding down a hill when a car made a left-hand turn in front of me. It was an accident. The driver had not been drinking, speeding, or driving recklessly. We were both obeying the traffic laws.…

Changing Leaves Changing Gears

Changing Leaves Changing Gears

The summer ended on a busy note with the Park City Point 2 Point, a friend's wedding in Moab the next weekend, and Marathon Nationals in Bend the following. The Point 2 Point was yet again one of the best races I did all year; the course and organization are spot on. This year we had some weather to contend with as we woke up to pouring rain at 5 am on race day.…

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.…