Category: Racing

Pro cyclist Dave Zabriskie announces retirement

Dave Zabriskie, the time trial specialist whose professional reputation was tarnished by doping, announced his retirement over the weekend.

He’s one of the last of a one-time storied group of American cyclists on the US Postal Service teams whose careers fizzled after they admitted to the US Anti Doping Agency that they used performance enhancing …

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“Bicycle Dreams” documentary tells the behind-the-scenes RAAM story

[The film “Bicycle Dreams” will be presented next Thursday (March 14, 2013) at 7 p.m. at the Harvard Exit Theater at 807 East Roy Street in Seattle. The showing is presented by the Bicycle Alliance of Washington. See details here for discount advance tickets.

If you’re unfamiliar with it, here’s a story I did in 2009 about the film. By the way, Dani Wyss won the race in 2009, but Jure Robic won the contest the following year. Tragically, he died in September 2010 in a collision with a car during a training ride.]

June 23, 2009 — Endurance cycling junkies no doubt are enjoying the contest between Jure Robic and Dani Wyss being played out this week as the Race Across America nears the finish line. ….

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Another North American pro bicycle race begins in 2013

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

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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Pacific NW pro cyclist changes teams for 2013

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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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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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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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

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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