Best Races of 2011: Nove Mesto World Cup

Jaro stomped on home turf in one of the best races of 2011.

If you’re like me, winning bike races is as likely as dating Natalie Portman. Or winning the lottery. Or getting hit by a meteor and showered in volcanic ash on the same day. The chances of winning a bike race in your home town, in front of all your pals is also quite a long shot. In the on-going review of Awesome Stuff That Happened last year, Czech out (wait for it) the Czech King, Jaroslav Kulhavy’s win at Nove Mesto in his home country of the Czech Republic. Read More…

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Making the Race: Barry-Roubaix’s Two-Track Climb

Near the top of the Two-Track climb. Photo by Craig Morris

It’s sneaking right up on you…The 2012 Barry-Roubaix is just over a month away and it is time to start quaking in your boots. The race isn’t won on the narrow two-track climb early in the race, but an awful lot of places can be lost if a rider is in poor position. Just a few miles into the course, the two-track swings off the pavement and quick turns up. Making that turn in the group is like the door coming down on a personal carrier during D-Day Read More…

Fast Riders Help Faster Rider Go Faster: SKY and Cav

Mark Cavendish resplendent in the rainbow jersey.

Too chubby to climb? Do you live in Florida? Is there a decided lack of 7-15km long climbs in your area upon which to hone your Alberto Contador-like ascension skills?

You better frickin’ learn to sprint. And if you’re not the fastest car in the garage, you’d better figure out how to be a decent lead-out man.  Read More…