Category Archive: Racing

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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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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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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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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Kristin Armstrong crashes in Boise; Olympic hopes up in air

Bad news from Boise last night: Hometown favorite Kristin Armstrong broke her collarbone when she crashed in the Exergy Tour prologue.

After climbing back on the bike and finishing the time trial, the 38-year-old cyclist abandoned the five-day women’s bike race and sought treatment.

The crash and recovery time jeopardizes her plans to defend her …

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13 racing bikes stolen, recovered, prior to Exergy Tour in Boise


An entire trailer full of racing bicycles were stolen in Boise on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning in advance of the women’s Exergy Tour stage bike race that starts today.

Amazingly, all 13 bicycles, valued at more than $70,000 were recovered in and around the Boise State University campus by 2 p.m. yesterday

The prologue starts at 6:30 p.m. today at Julia Davis Park, which should give members of the TIBCO cycling team a chance to get their wheels to the starting line. …

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Solo win at 2012 Paris-Roubaix

If you tuned in to the Paris-Roubaix bike race about an hour before the finish, like I did, the race already was a foregone conclusion.

Apparently, all of the tactics, punctures, and crashes on the cobblestones had taken place earlier in the race.

By an extraordinary effort, Tom Boonen won his record-tying fourth Paris-Roubaix on Sunday with plenty of time to spare.

The final hour of the race broadcast essentially showed Boonen bumping to the finish over the cobbles with more than a minute lead …

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Where to watch Paris-Roubaix bike race on Sunday


Unless you’re out on your bicycle, it should be fairly easy to watch the Paris-Roubaix bike race on Sunday.

NBC Sports Network (the old Vs. channel on cable) is airing The Hell of the North from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday (Eastern time), with a repeat from 7 to 10 p.m. EST.

Cycling.TV will offer a live webstream beginning at 7 a.m. Sunday (Eastern time); the first hour of coverage is free, but then you need a subscription.

It’s the “mother of all mothers,” the “biggest one-day adventure on a bike you can have,” and “260k’s of torture,” according GreenEDGE teammates Matthew White, Stuart O’Grady and Baden Cooke. “It’s like being stuck in a washing machine and someone shaking the shit out of you,” says Matt Wilson. …

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Horner finishes 2nd at Tirreno-Adriatico; strong comeback

US cyclist Chris Horner’s second place finish at the week-long Tirreno-Adriatico on Tuesday must be difficult to swallow, even after his remarkable comeback from a career-threatening crash at last year’s Tour de France.

The 40-year-old RadioShack cyclist, who lives in Bend, Oregon, lost the overall lead and the championship to Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali in the final 6-mile individual time trial at San Benedetto del Tronto.

Nibali (Liquigas) had battled to within 6 seconds of Horner on Monday. …

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