Author: Peter Flax

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Cycling Santas: How 200 kids in need were gifted a two-wheel holiday surprise

This is one of those rare inspirational stories that begins with a tweet. If you have spent any time in the space known as Bike Twitter, ...

The meaning of the pursuit: An esteemed domestique wins his final race

This story, by necessity, must open in Okinawa, Japan, on an anonymous incline on a deserted highway surrounded by lush greenery. Four bi...

Commentary: Why I stopped wearing a bike helmet

Let’s just cut right to the chase: I haven’t worn a bike helmet in five months. I’d say that in the 30 preceding years of cycling, I wore...

A litany of love: An ode to all that’s beautiful in cycling

My whole day turned around on a short ride to the coffee shop. I had just spent an hour reading news stories about cyclists. This is some...

Still alive: Chase Thurman’s miracle ride across America

Everyone who has done an important race or gone after an epic adventure knows that the starting line is rarely where the story really beg...

26 times up the Cauberg: The strange story of the 1948 world championship

It’s an unremarkable stretch of road in Valkenburg. Over the past 15 years, it’s become part of cycling mythology — the stage on which th...

Marathon effort: The story behind the man who ran the Tour de France

Let’s just get this out of the way right from the start: This is a story about a runner. His name is Peter Thompson and he really doesn’t...

An enigma wrapped in rainbow stripes: Understanding Peter Sagan

I am sure as hell not going to pretend that I understand Peter Sagan. He’s a massively talented enigma to me, and I know that many journa...

The Cancellara-Gaimon 'fondo face-off': A pretentiously exclusive account

In one of the most intensely followed gran fondo battles of the 21st Century, Phil Gaimon has defeated Fabian Cancellara on a Swiss climb...

Spartacus vs Phil the Thrill: The looming Cancellara-Gaimon fondo showdown

With July looming, it is time for the cycling community to cast its focus on the preeminent and most controversial race of the season — t...

Lost and found: Painful memories of a bike tour that shaped two lives

I’ve had 15 years to think through this story and I still don’t know how to start it. Perhaps I should open it with me ruminating through...

Opinion: Only love can break your heart — a lamentation on Chris Froome

I got punched in the gut at 6am this morning. I’d just woken up and fired up the coffee when I pulled up the live feed. What I saw just t...

In search of enlightenment: A lifelong roadie gives SoulCycle a spin

The ride began in the dark. I was out of the saddle — and out of my element — from the start. I heard a voice echoing inside my head that...

Commentary: A partially subjective ranking of cycling's dopers, loved and hated

Since I started following pro bike racing in the 1980s, I have marveled at the marvelously complicated calculus that cycling fans employ ...

Barely controlled chaos: The life and death of the Wolfpack Marathon Crash Race

The Wolfpack Marathon Crash Race didn’t live a long life, but it might have been the most captivating competitive event — the most inclus...

Mourning ride: When times get tough, a simple spin can work wonders

When I rolled my bike out the back gate, I thought I was just going out for an easy, hour-long spin. I didn’t even bring a water bottle o...

In his own words: The world according to Bike Snob

His name is Eben Weiss, but most cyclists know him better as Bike Snob, a lacerating blogger and book author who has spent a decade takin...

Commentary: A definitive list of the stupidest things people have ever said about cyclists

I have read and heard many people take creative license in their objections to bike infrastructure projects but never before had I heard ...

Commentary: The comedy, tragedy, and pure circus that was pro cycling in 2017

I feel bad for people who watch other sports. Most fans have no alternative but to consume athletic coverage as it takes place on the pit...

Purpose and peace: My perfect year of cycling

Five years can seem like a lifetime. I say this because that’s how long ago I had the idea to report, write, and publish a feature story ...

The Lifer: The extraordinary story of a somewhat ordinary bike racer

Don’t feel bad if his name doesn’t ring a bell. His biggest win came at a race you’ve probably never heard of. His greatest strength was ...