Interviews

After ‘steady diet of hard WorldTour racing,’ Reijnen makes Grand Tour debut at age 30

Drenched in sweat, and covered in filth from the haze that encased the Salt Lake City area due to a nearby forest fire, riders slumped over their handlebars and took a collective deep breath. The day’s race was over, and getting a cold bottle of water was the main objective, albeit for one – the …

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Riding the rollercoaster: Days after broken collarbone, US champ Greg Daniel finalizes jump to WorldTour

At the recent Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, the peloton was screaming towards the grueling climb of Mount Nebo on the fifth stage when a touch of wheels near the front of the peloton sent riders tumbling everywhere. U.S. national road champion Greg Daniel (Axeon Hagens Berman) was headed headfirst into the pavement, but …

The story of how Phetetso Monese made it to the Olympics on $100 a month

When looking through the startlist for the Rio Olympic Mountain Bike startlist, most of you will have never heard the name Phetetso Monese from Lesotho. To be honest, I had to look up Lesotho on a map before writing this. I first heard of Phetetso when I was having lunch with The Sufferfest founder, David …

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A day in the life with pro photographers Jered and Ashley Gruber

If you’ve followed cycling photography for any amount of time, it’s likely you’ve seen the work of the Grubers. Theirs is amongst the most striking in the sport, ranging from panoramas showcasing the magnificence of the mountains to fine human portraits of some of the biggest stars. Their love for cycling seeps out from every …

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FireRoadies! WorldTour riders get wake-up call at Leadville 100 MTB Race

An orange glow from the rising sun lit the sky and awoke the locals of the old mining town of Leadville, as the frosted breath of thousands of cyclists filled the air. As the temperature crept near the 40-degree mark and the bright red start-line clock counted down the minutes to the start of the …

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Faces of the Future: Nine things to know about Hugh Carthy

In terms of the next generation of riders, Hugh Carthy has been one of the revelations of the season. This spring he was rubbing shoulders with the likes of Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana on the climbs. This month he will aim to do the same again when he lines out against them and others …

WorldTour pros showdown at Leadville 100 mountain bike race

This weekend, a handful of pro roadies are swapping the sound of smooth rubber on freshly laid tarmac for the heavy metal of Rocky Mountain singletrack. A WorldTour showdown, past and present, is set for the Leadville Trail 100 mountain-bike race on Saturday. Among them are Joe Dombrowski and Alex Howes (Cannondale-Drapac), Laurens Ten Dam …

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Carlos Verona: Orica-BikeExchange recruit, promising climber, future UCI president?

Rohan Dennis made headlines in 2014 when, in early August of that year, he transferred from Garmin-Sharp to BMC with immediate effect. Mid-season transfers like Dennis’ are something of a rarity — when teams announce in early August which riders they’ve signed, they’re almost always talking about who will join them for the following season. …

With Tour of Utah winner Lachlan Morton, there’s more than meets the eye

First came the joy, as he threw his arms into the air, energizing the crowd. Then, as he approached the finish the raw emotion came over him. His hand moved to his mouth, tears began to stream down his face, which scrunched up as the gravity of what he had just achieved came over him. On …

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Adrien Costa: A mind that moves mountains

He sits down in the plush armchair, but instead of leaning back, he leans forward – elbows on the knees, hands clasped together. Tense, nervous, uneasy. All of the above fill the air. In the background two legends, Axel Merckx and Alain Gallopin, speak in French and he seems to have one ear to them. …

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