Alex Howes

Alex Howes diary: Marginal pains

Folks, marginal gains are no longer marginal. While they used to operate solely in the margins, they have begun to dominate and corrode the very heart of cycling. Call me crazy, or nostalgic, or maybe just a loser, but back when I was growing up, despite existing outside of the mainstream media — or maybe …

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Alex Howes diary: Teenagers on motorcycles

Greetings from down under. After my annual New Year’s Eve/birthday party in Boulder, Colorado, I promptly jumped on an airplane aimed for the land down under. Perhaps it was a bit too prompt, after more than my fair share of libations ringing in the new year. Stepping out of the airport I was immediately sunburned …

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Alex Howes diary: Bikepacking 101

So, it has been about a month since my last entry, and what a month it has been. My girlfriend and I put a solid 3000 miles on our little Tacoma as we played vagabonds in the great American west. We hugged monster trees, had weird parties in Portland, chased mountain goats, played softball with …

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Alex Howes diary: Freedom

We marched with heads down and eyes forward. The butterflies in our stomachs did all the heavy lifting as they carried us and our loaded packs up the slope. “What do you know about hitchhiking?” I asked “I know you’re supposed to stick your thumb out. I know some wacko murdered a whole bunch of …

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Photo Gallery: 2016 Leadville Trail 100 MTB Race

The Leadville Trail 100 is a race for the professionals who take the start, but for everyone else it is a battle. It’s either a battle to finish within a certain time, or to merely finish within the 12-hour cutoff. Completing the grueling course is an accomplishment and no matter the time or the placing, a …

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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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WorldTour pros showdown at Leadville 100 mountain bike race

This weekend, a handful of pro roadies are swapping the sound of smooth rubber on freshly laid tarmac for the heavy metal of Rocky Mountain singletrack. A WorldTour showdown, past and present, is set for the Leadville Trail 100 mountain-bike race on Saturday. Among them are Joe Dombrowski and Alex Howes (Cannondale-Drapac), Laurens Ten Dam …

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Cavendish wins opening stage of Tour de France, takes maillot jaune for first time

For the first time in his decorated Tour de France career — a career that has an astonishing 27 stage victories — Mark Cavendish is wearing the maillot jaune of race leader. After a wild opening stage that saw several riders hit the ground, including two-time Tour winner Alberto Contador, Cavendish (Dimension Data) outclassed German Marcel Kittel …

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Americans at the 2016 Tour de France: Who’s racing, and what are their objectives?

It’s been five years since Tyler Farrar stood atop the podium as a stage winner — on the Fourth of July, no less — the last time an American claimed a stage at the Tour de France. The following year, Tejay van Garderen placed fifth overall, and stood on the podium on the Champs-Élysées in the white jersey of …

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How a “crushed” Howes missed the U.S. Olympic team

Bam! In the blink of an eye Alex Howes’ (Cannondale) dream of representing the United States at 2012 London Olympics were shattered along with his collarbone. Four years on, Howes’ Olympic dream was shattered again on Thursday. “Dedicate your life to making the Olympics dream a reality,” Howes told CyclingTips in an email. “Believe, dream, …

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