Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

May 27, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Landa solos to Giro stage win as Quintana takes lead from Dumoulin; Brändle wins Belgium Tour TT, van Aert takes over lead; Pujol wins Mt. Fuji stage at Tour of Japan; Dumoulin on losing pink ‘I just had really bad legs’; Nibali angry over Dumoulin comments; Dumoulin walks back comments against rivals, hints at Dutch pact; Mike McCarthy, America’s forgotten world champion; Tankink abandons Giro with Milan in sight; Van der Haar still battling injury; Despite sponsor exit, ambitious hopes for future of An Post Chainreaction Sean Kelly team; First UCI Urban Cycling World Championships set for China; Fan offers Dumoulin ‘help’ during stage; Video: Team Cinelli Chrome @ Red Hook Crit Brooklyn No. 10; Video: Tall bikes will save the world.

Mike McCarthy, America’s forgotten world champion

by CyclingTips

New York City native McCarthy grew up near Central Park, where he learned to compete in early-morning road races. Now in his late-40s and an executive with Zwift, he lives in Marin County, Northern California, and says riding is as important to him today as when he raced in Central Park. Here is an excerpt from the feature:

Mike McCarthy was a world champion, two-time Olympian and multiple national champ. But he was never into self-promotion: “I look back, see all these magazine covers with Americans on them, and I think, where was I?” McCarthy was exactly where he wanted to be — enjoying the sport. When asked his preferred event, he says, “I liked any race I had success in. I look at it holistically. I’m not just a track racer or crit racer or road racer. I’m a bike racer.”

When McCarthy was in his early teens, racers were switching from leather “hairnet” helmets to heavier hardshells. But when he began track racing the helmets were designed for aerodynamics, not protection — as at the 1988 Seoul Olympics on the U.S. team pursuit squad. “We had what we called eggshell helmets,” he recalls. “You couldn’t drop that helmet and not believe it was gonna splinter into lots of pieces.”

Aero helmets and bars also played a major role in the grueling 100-kilometer team time trial at the 1989 road worlds in Chambéry, France, where McCarthy’s four-man U.S. team took an unprecedented fourth place — behind East Germany, Poland and the Soviet Union — when state-sponsored sport was at its zenith.

“We could ride cow-horn bars, clip-on bars [like Greg LeMond’s at the ’89 Tour de France] or aerobars [used by triathletes],” McCarthy says. “We chose the aerobars. Greg had proven this crazy innovation was worth something, and we put another stamp on that with the U.S. team coming fourth. That was my second favorite result in all my years of bike racing.”

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