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Another North American pro bicycle race begins in 2013

Tour of Alberta logo

The province of Alberta will host its first pro cycling event next September — The Tour of Alberta: Alberta’s Pro Cycling Festival.

The event is the newest pro cycling event in North America and will be among the highest ranked, earning a 2.1 from the Union Cycliste Internationale.

Rolling out from Sept. 3-8, 2013, the …

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Arizona cyclist dies after falling from bridge in LOTOJA bike race

Robert Verhaaren and wife

Sad news from the 206-mile LOTOJA bicycle race where a 42-year-old Arizona man swerved to miss a pothole, lost control of his bicycle, and catapulted off a bridge 35 feet to his death in the Snake River.

Robert Verhaaren of Mesa, Arizona, leaves behind a wife and three children; the family had recently flown to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/09/10/arizona-cyclist-dies-after-falling-from-bridge-in-latoja-bike-race/

Pacific NW pro cyclist changes teams for 2013

Tom Peterson of North Bend, WA, at Tour of California

This might be old news to some, but local pro cyclist and bike shop owner Tom Peterson is switching teams for the 2013-2014 seasons.

Peterson, 25, who grew up in North Bend and owns Peterson Bicycle in Renton, is saying good-bye to Garmin-Sharp at the end of the season for a two-year contract with Dutch …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/09/04/pacific-nw-pro-cyclist-changes-teams-for-2013/

Tyler Farrar returns to winning ways at USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Wenatchee, Washington’s Tyler Farrar won the opening stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Monday, surviving a 10,222 mountain pass before rocketing over the finish line in Telluride.

Farrar’s Garmin-Sharp teammate Tom Danielson earned the king of the mountain jersey as the first cyclist over Lizard Head Pass.

The win marked Farrar’s first victory …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/08/20/tyler-farrar-returns-to-winning-ways-at-usa-pro-cycling-challenge/

Doping news in the world of cycling this week; Armstrong, Vaughters, Hamilton

Lance Armstrong’s court battle to prevent the US Anti-Doping Agency from pursuing its doping charges against him isn’t the only news in the world of doping this week.
Garmin Sharp manager Jonathan Vaughters admitted in a New York Times op-ed piece to taking performance-enhancing drugs during the cycling career, and cyclist Tyler Hamilton lost his 2004 gold medal because of doping.

The common thread for all these stories is that all the players rode for the US Postal Service team at one time or another.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/08/12/doping-news-in-the-world-of-cycling-this-week-armstrong-vaughters-hamilton/

RAAM rookie wins cross-country bicycle race

A first-time Race Across America cyclist set the third best average speed ever in winning the event on Thursday in 8 days, 6 hours and 29 minutes.

Swiss cyclist Reto Schoch scorched the 2,987-mile route from Oceanside, California, to Annapolis, Maryland, at an average speed of 15.05 mph, a speed that includes the infrequent rest breaks.

The anticipated last-day battle for victory never materialized, as defending champion Christoph Strasser of Austria faded back after crossing the Appalachians….

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/06/21/raam-rookie-wins-cross-country-bicycle-race/

Choices for US Olympic road cycling team raise questions; final roster

Last week’s announcement of the US road cycling squad for the London Olympics included many of the fresher faces in cycling.

That’s great that the younger cyclists get a chance, but if you’re like me, then you probably wondered why so many of the “old pros” were left off the final list.

Cyclists such as Tyler Farrar, Timmy Duggan, Taylor Phinney, Tejay van Garderen, and Chris Horner (the only older pro) are certainly all deserving.

But how about long-time pros like George Hincapie …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/06/17/choices-for-us-olympic-road-cycling-team-raise-questions-final-roster/

RAAM endurance cyclists pushing the envelope

2012 RAAM route

The 31st edition of the Race Across America got underway at noon on Wednesday, and by Friday morning the leading bicyclists had crossed California, Arizona and were well into Utah.

No sooner will I file this than Reto Schoch, the leading cyclist from Switzerland, could be rolling into Cortez, Colorado — 814 miles into the 3,000-mile crossing. Friday morning he was averaging 18.32 mph so far.

RAAM is trans-America bicycle touring with the fast-forward button punched. Back in …

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George Hincapie’s long cycling career closes this year

The record-setting cycling career of George Hincapie will end after the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado this August. The 39-year-old member of the BMC Racing team made the announcement on Monday.

The August retirement will enable him to compete in his 17th Tour de France this year, the most ever by a cyclist.

Over that span at Le Tour, he’s helped teammates win the championship nine times …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/06/12/george-hincapies-long-cycling-career-closes-this-year/

Cycling’s new and old faces wearing stars and stripes

Timmy Duggan

A 29-year-old Colorado cyclist is celebrating the biggest victory of his career on Monday after winning the National road race championship in Greenville, S.C.

Meanwhile, Saturday’s time trial winner must be running out of room on his trophy shelf as he’s earned multiple championships.

Timothy Duggan attacked the breakaway in the closing lap of the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/05/28/cyclings-new-and-old-faces-wearing-stars-and-stripes/

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