A conversation with François Parisien

François Parisien started racing his bike 14 years ago, and at the age of 19, he decided to head to Europe, leaving Canada in order to live out the dream and try to make it to the pro ranks. He raced for many years with French amateur squads and won the Canadian Road National Championship…

Interview: Eric Wohlberg – gnarly Canadian in Georgia

Canadian Eric Wohlberg is a three-time Olympian and has been racing for fifteen years for many well-known teams, including Magic Cuts, Seldane, Shaklee, Sierra Nevada and the powerhouse Saturn team for three years. He joined the all Canadian continental Symmetrics Pro Cycling Team in 2004. As part of his numerous accomplishments, the 43-year old Wohlberg…

The art of the sprint with Henk Vogels

Earlier this year during the Tour of California, I had a chance to talk with Toyota-United’s Henk Vogels about the art of the sprint. The black magic known as the leadout train was demonstrated in today’s Tour de Georgia stage where Vogels, and Dominique Rollin led out Ivan Dominguez with Hilton Clarke sweeping behind Ivan.…

Tour de Georgia Stage 1 – Dominguez does it again

Toyota-United’s Ivan Dominguez won the sprint in the first stage of the Tour de Georgia 2008. This makes Toyota-United the only domestic team to win a stage in every American stage race (California, Georgia and Missouri). Photo by Ken Conley With 1000 meters to go, team captain and tough guy, Henk Vogels led the charge…

Tour de Georgia – looking at the teams

Well, the Tour de Georgia starts today, and unfortunately I can’t make it this year, but that won’t stop me from giving my opinions on the race. The course is very different to prevent last year’s results when a break went up the road, the field stopped chasing, and the GC was limited to the…

Sea Otter

In the middle of the cornucopia of (hopefully) mud, mountain bikers, single speeders, and overall party atmosphere of Sea Otter, an NRC-rated circuit race is being held this coming Saturday. The circuit course is raced on the Laguna-Seca International raceway where each 2.25-mile loop includes a 300ft climb with a corkscrew S descent. The women…

1989 World Championship in Chambery, France

Listen carefully to the names. Steve Bauer, Laurent Fignon, Pedro Delgado and Gianni Bugno, Greg Lemond. A lesson in cycling history, found in the youtube attic by Cycling Weekly For many, Greg Lemond is only a name bandied about in the press covering the numerous doping scandals in the past few years. And the mere…

Dear Michael

So you got into the Tour de Georgia, I wish I could celebrate with you but I just don’t see how your participation is good for the sport of cycling. You see, Michael, I love this sport. I love the emotion of the riders fighting to get their last grasp of air, the elegance of…

Redlands Stage 3

Rock Racing did it. They controlled the stage from start to finish, with a little help from the Colombian Caico team, and kept the leader jersey’s in the hands of Santiago Botero. (Race Report). The tough Sunset loop stage was made even tougher by multiple crashes including one on the first time up sunset, on…

Redlands Stage 2

Fast and furious crit in downtown Redlands in front of a big local crowd. Always fun. A 4-man break got away early in the race and was never caught even with the Toyota-United train rolling full speed to try and catch them. Team Type 1’s bad luck continued with Shawn Milne, part of the break,…

Redlands Stage 1

Redlands Stage 1 was a new stage in Beaumont and most men seemed to be expecting a bunch sprint finish and an easier stage that previous year’s Oak Glen Road Race. They couldn’t have been more wrong. The pace was high from the start, and riders were being dropped on the first lap of the…

Neil Shirley interview

I remember watching Neil Shirley of the Jittery Joe’s team at the USPro Road Race podium where he finished third, behind Levi Leipheimer and George Hincapie. Amid the hoopla and chaos surrounding Levi, Neil was very quiet, beaming with an intense, inner joy. You could tell that he was starting to understand the significance of…

Redlands Prologue

The Redlands Classic started with off with the difficult 5km prologue under gray skies. While walking around and saying hi to the women, High Road’s Kim Anderson told me that Mara was flying. And she was right. Mara Abbott won the prologue with the enigmatics Kat Carroll (Aarons) in second, and the amazing Kim in…

Redlands Preview

photo galleries from 2007 The kickoff to the NRC season for the domestic men is just two days with the Redlands Bicycle Classic, a 4-day stage race. Teams have been ramping up their fitness through the March races which culminated in the San Dimas race where Rock Racing came out with all guns blasting. Even…