Interviews

Canada’s Mike Woods, on his first WorldTour season: ‘There are no easy days’

Bike racing is bike racing, but nothing can prepare a developing rider for the elite level of the WorldTour. Friends and teammates can tell stories about the high speeds, the cutthroat racing, the massive peloton, the narrow roads, and the overall pageantry, but until a rider is in the mix, they can’t possibly understand what it’s like to compete …

After an eventful 2016 season, Bauke Mollema returns to defend Alberta title

Nine years into his pro career, Bauke Mollema still has the boyish appearance of a neo-pro. His angled, narrow facial features and short-cropped hair give way to an often-present youthful smile. He speaks softly whether he’s won a race or if cycling’s abrupt uncertainties have just instigated havoc. About six weeks ago, Mollema, 29, reached …

Faces of the Future: Australia’s next crop of superstar climbers

For years now, the Jayco-AIS WorldTour Academy has provided young Australian riders with an important stepping stone on their way to the highest levels of the sport. Many of the country’s best male pros came through the setup, not least Michael Matthews, Rohan Dennis and, more recently, Caleb Ewan. This year’s crop of WorldTour Academy …

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Greg Van Avermaet interview: What’s next for the Olympic champion?

A little under four weeks ago Greg Van Avermaet’s life changed forever. The Belgian went into the Olympic Games as a tipped rider but, frankly, not as one of the favourites. The course was seen as too hard for him and riders such as Tour de France winner Chris Froome, Spain’s Alejandro Valverde and other …

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Q&A with Zdenek Stybar: Cobbled classics, the best day of his career, and when you’ll see him race cyclocross next

When Peter Sagan made it into the front group of the Olympic mountain-bike race earlier this month, road cycling fans marveled at seeing one of the sport’s  biggest stars competing with the best in the world on dirt and knobby tires. And while there’s something uniquely compelling about a world-class cyclist cross over from one …

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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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