Letter from the US Editor in Chief: I know who you are

by Neal Rogers


Greetings, CyclingTips reader.

I’m on to you. I know who you are.

That is to say, I can relate to you. I understand what motivates you to come to this site, to pore through story upon story and photo after photo, devouring whatever new content you can, whenever you can.

I know this because, I, too, am a CyclingTips reader. I’m one of you, and have been for some time.

As the former Editor in Chief at VeloNews, CyclingTips is a site that’s been on my radar for years. In fact, several key moves CyclingTips publisher Wade Wallace has made — hiring Shane Stokes, launching Ella, putting on events (such as the Giro della Donna Gran Fondo) — were ideas that we’d discussed internally, but were unable to execute.

Over the years, my admiration for the brand has only grown. Which is why I’m thrilled to be joining the editorial team, as U.S. Editor in Chief.

A few things about me…

I ride road, mountain, and cyclocross, and appreciate them all equally. I’ve been fortunate enough to cross finish lines at wide-ranging events like L’Etape du Tour, L’Eroica, Leadville 100, and BC Bike Race.

I started out in writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz, initially as a music journalist. Two of my favorite writers are Raymond Carver and Chuck Klosterman. Carver briefly taught at UCSC, though well before my time. It was in Santa Cruz, on singletrack in the redwood forest, that I first fell in love with cycling.

I’ve won exactly one bike race, ever — a local time trial. I found out I’d won after I got home, via an automated email. So no, I’ve never stood upon the top step of a podium. Most races I enter, no matter the discipline or category, I seem to end up smack dab in the middle of the results sheet. I should have a top tube decal that reads “X Bar.”

I worked for three months as a bike messenger in San Francisco during the first dot-com boom. It rained a lot, and I was sometimes asked to enter buildings through the back alley, or to take the freight elevator. Three months was enough.

I’ve covered nearly every major event in professional cycling — the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia, the spring classics, and the 2012 Olympic Games, in London. I’ve also attended UCI world championships for road, track, mountain, and cyclocross.

I’ve worn many hats in journalism, but I’m never happier than when writing. I’m proud to bring my 20 years of experience in cycling to the most exciting and appealing media brand in the sport. If I have a mandate in this new position, it’s simply to create (and curate) relevant, interesting stories about bike riding and racing, across all disciplines, ages, or genders. It’s not complicated — a good story is a good story, and there are countless to be told in this sport that we love.

My primary objective will be to increase readership, and brand exposure, in the United States, working in tandem with our established editorial teams in Australia and Europe. I’ll be managing a team in Boulder, Colorado, steering editorial content across all facets of cycling — racing, training, travel, technology, adventure, lifestyle — you name it. We’ve already made a key hire, bringing in James Huang, from Bike Radar, as U.S. Tech Editor.

I’ve also recruited several American contributors to share their views from inside the sport, including pro riders Alex Howes (Cannondale) and Tanner Putt (UnitedHealthcare), as well as BMC Racing Sport Scientist Neal Henderson, who advises Taylor Phinney and Rohan Dennis, among others.

All this said, this is just a starting point — I’m just clipping in. And just like a group ride, it’s a journey we’ll take together, so please don’t hesitate to reach out and let me know what sort of content you’re most interested in, particularly as it relates to North American cycling. All ideas are welcome. I can be reached on Twitter and Facebook, as well as via email.

Enough of all that, let’s hit the road. I, for one, and am looking forward to the ride.

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