Olympics

The revolutionary Project ’96 GT Superbike — and its lasting impact on bicycle engineering

The 1992 Olympic Games had just finished, and USA Cycling, together with a group of top industry partners, embarked on an ambitious mission to provide its track athletes with the fastest bike in the world in time for the 1996 Atlanta Games. The so-called GT Superbike was a wild departure from conventional design of the …

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Olympic track cycling events explained

With the road cycling events now complete at the 2016 Rio Olympics, it’s time to turn our attention to the velodrome. With so many different events in the track cycling program, it can often be a little hard for the casual viewer to follow along. This primer will have you watching and understanding the basics …

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Davis Phinney’s ’84 Olympics bike and the golden dream that almost was

Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter-Phinney — the parents of current cycling phenom Taylor Phinney — were the runaway favorites to win the men’s and women’s Olympic road races in 1984. It was a dream scenario with all the ingredients for a fairy tale ending: a popular American husband-and-wife duo, a first-ever road race for women …

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The woman I am on the bike

There are less than 100 days to the Olympics and that is making me think about the woman I want to be on the start line. I’m not the same person I was when I started cycling and it’s been the bike that has changed me the most. From thinking I could maybe be a …

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Carmen Small’s Road to Rio: ‘the racing will be more dynamic this year than ever before’

As the UCI road calendar kicked off at the Santos Women’s Tour in Australia last week and women’s peloton is now  readying themselves for action in Qatar, American Carmen Small has yet to put the first race kilometres to her name. Cervélo-Bigla was not invited to Qatar, which was a disappointment to say the least. …

US men receive only two Olympic road spots: What went wrong, and what it means

When the start gun for the Olympic men’s road race is fired on August 6, there will be 144 riders lined up to start. Two of these men will be from the United States. Given that other nations will field the maximum of five riders in Rio de Janeiro, the U.S. will be at a significant …

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UPDATED: Amialiusik of Belarusia takes the gold | Europeans ride for gold in Baku

RESULT: The 120.7km race started conservatively with the strong Dutch team controlling the front. Attempts to break free of a pack of over 70 women followed. Attacking continued until a successful breakaway of three riders, representing Belarus, Poland and the Netherlands, formed. In a three-way sprint to the line, it was Belarusian rider Alena Amialiusik (trade team: Velocio-SRAM) …

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Road to Rio: Europeans head to Baku to test their legs and earn Olympics points | Van Dijk takes the ITT Gold

Update: Travelling at over 47.8 km/hr on the 25.8km course, Dutch rider Ellen van Dijk takes the gold medal in the individual time trial. She stopped the clock at 32:26 with a winning margin of 37 seconds over second place. Despite her recent controversial firing from the Astana team, Hanna Solovey of the Ukraine took the …

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The Road to Rio: the Americans

The road to the Olympic glory has started. Yes, we know it’s still a year-and-a-half out, but many riders will be racing this season with one ultimate goal in mind: to be selected for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Riders will start earning Olympic points this summer, and national and regional championships …

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The Road to Rio: An introduction

In January, the UCI and Rio 2016 organizing committee confirmed the 2016 Olympic road race and time trial courses, which means the road to the Olympic glory has started. Yes, we know it’s still a year-and-a-half out, but many riders will be racing this season with one ultimate goal in mind: to be selected for …

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