The world of cycling doesn’t end with the Tour — far from it. The August issue of Velo is now available on newsstands and starts off with a look at the three stage races and two WorldTour stops in North America that make the late summer as exciting as July in France. Traditionally, riders have either targeted the Vuelta a España or used the Vuelta to prepare for worlds, but now North America is attracting the professional peloton for a six week spell of UCI-sanctioned races that serve as an attractive alternative to racing in the Spanish heat this August. With the Tour of Utah, USA Pro Challenge, the Tour of Alberta, and two WorldTour grand prix in Québec and Montréal, North America has become that viable alternative, but can it challenge the tried-and-tested preparation for worlds? Decide for yourself after reading “Stars, stripes, and maple leaves.”
It’s a dream come true; after years of hard work they’re finally riding with the best cyclists in the world, even if it is with a jersey brimming with rain jackets and other people’s water bottles. Young talent riding for and among the sport’s stars have a variety of experiences as neo-professionals hoping to make a lasting impression in the pro peloton. Learn more about their first years in Ryan Newill’s “Fresh-faced and starry-eyed.”
If riding the legendary Alpe d’Huez isn’t on your bucket list already, quit stalling. Its 21 hairpin turns are enough to make your hair stand on end. Although it may not be the most beautiful nor the most difficult climb in the Alps, it does have a place in cycling history with many memorable Tour moments playing out on “Dutch Mountain.” Velo provides the reader with quick tips on how to tackle the climb, unforgettable places to stay, and recommends the perfect flavors to indulge your palette.
Reporter Matthew Beaudin sits down with Amgen Tour of California winner Tejay van Garderen, 24, and discusses fatherhood, Tour fever, and the pressure to perform at such a young age.
Also inside, author Richard Moore looks back at the 100 years of the world’s greatest race in an excerpt from his new book, Tour de France 100. Take a step back in time in “Heroes and villains, demigods and dopers” as Moore illustrates the wonders and horrors of the race that the diabolical founding father Henri Desgrange created — a race that he hoped would be so heart-wrenchingly difficult that only one survivor would be able to stagger across the finish line to be crowned the victor. Vive la Tour!
Having covered the Tour de France for 16 years, European correspondent Andrew Hood has seen it all and shares his first-hand experiences in “Tour Time.” In the crowded press conference with Miguel Indurain, he was among the pushing and shoving of journalists, photographers, and TV crews. He covered and survived the Tour in the days before GPS and cell phones, slept in meadows, and has been lied to on many occasions. In the midst of all the beauty and chaos that the Tour has to offer, Hood reflects on the changes in the peloton that make the Tour more exciting than ever.
“Those jerseys are still on my wall,” said Lance Armstrong. Lance has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, along with his place in the pages of history; there is now a seven-year gap in the official record. However, the 1999 to 2005 Tours are the only ones without a winner, even though deceit can be found around many corners of the Tour’s 100 years. In “Lance’s Void,” Matthew Beaudin asks the difficult question, “Why aren’t the Tour’s standards applied equally?”
The VeloLab crew has climbed mountains, bombed down descents, and hurtled around tight corners to test the bikes of the Tour de France. Testing continued in the lab where the bikes were measured for torsional stiffness. Check out “At the top of their games,” where the best of the best go head(tube) to head(tube).
Cramping is much more than an insufficient amount of electrolytes, and Trevor Connor has solutions in “Cramping your style.” Be in control of your body and give yourself one less thing to worry about as you train and race your best.
All this and much more in the August 2013 issue of Velo.