Interviews

A conversation with Andrew Talansky: “The journey isn’t always what you expect”

FOLSOM, CA (CT) — He’s won the Criterium du Dauphiné. He’s been second at the Tour de Romandie. He’s been national time trial champion, and finished in the top 10 of the Tour de France and Vuelta a España. And he’s still only 27 years old. But in the cutthroat “what have you done for me […]

A changed man: Wiggins returns to California heavier, and seemingly happier

SAN DIEGO (CT) — Bradley Wiggins reaches for his iPhone, and scrolls through his photo library. He’s been challenged about his claim that he now weighs 12 kilograms (26 pounds) more than when he was a GC contender — it’s not evident in the t-shirt and jeans he’s wearing — so he pulls up an image of himself […]

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Who is Ilnur Zakarin? The story of Russian cycling’s great hope

Until last year’s Tour de Romandie, few cycling fans outside of Russia had heard of Ilnur Zakarin. But when he won that race overall — beating Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana, Vincenzo Nibali, among many other big names — and followed up with a stage win at the Giro d’Italia, it became impossible to ignore the […]

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Why Stella Yu is the most powerful woman in the cycling industry

Stella Yu isn’t a name that instantly rings a bell for most cyclists, but her role in the cycling industry far outweighs her recognition outside of it. Everyday riders might think of the company she heads and founded, Velo Saddles, as a fringe brand that peddles value-oriented seating options, but that’s by design. Behind the scenes, Yu’s […]

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Richie Porte’s journey towards winning the Tour de France

Richie Porte won’t outright say he can win the Tour de France but he is sure of his own mental resolve should it come down to a dog fight between him and Chris Froome. Porte has referred to Froome as the Tour rider of a generation and says the estimation, even now, as he prepares […]

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Michael Matthews: “Amstel is my biggest goal next to Milan-San Remo”

Michael Matthews is disinclined to define his style ahead of 2016, a season in which a set of dynamic goals may present another leadership headache between he and statesman teammate Simon Gerrans. Gerrans has previously spearheaded the Orica-GreenEdge Ardennes Classics squad but Matthews intends to make his own play there at the Amstel Gold Race […]

Taylor Phinney Q&A: “The Olympic time trial is the most important thing on my horizon”

He’s one of USA Cycling’s top athletes, he’s a medal contender for Rio, but he’s also more than that. Taylor Phinney is one of the most interesting riders in cycling and impressed many with his reflections on the sport and life in the recent Thereabouts video. This week Phinney spoke to CyclingTips from the BMC […]

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‘The bike is a simple thing to enjoy’ – a chat with framebuilding pioneer Tom Ritchey

Cycling is full of iconic brands and iconic figures — people and companies that have helped shape, mould and physically weld the industry into what it is today. Some have morphed into huge goliaths with their original founders selling up and moving on. Others have stuck to their guns, often staying small, producing products that […]

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Where it went wrong for Matt Goss: “The last two years haven’t been perfect”

Matt Goss is determined to strike early in 2016 and quickly repay the faith new team One Pro Cycling has showed in signing him on the back of some self-assessed “bad” years. The ink on the contract with the British squad founded by former England cricketer Matt Prior has barely dried but 28-year-old Goss is […]

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Life after the WorldTour: an interview with Sea Keong Loh

Becoming a pro cyclist is a something many amateur cyclists aspire to. Living that dream seems, from the outside, to consist of traveling the world, racing hard and being looked after by multiple staff so you can perform at your best. But what’s it actually like when you enter that world of pro racing, where […]

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