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Pro Cycling

  • Pro Chats: What do pro cyclists like about the Fuji Altamira and Fuji SST?

    Here is another video from our "Pro Chats" series. Chris Butler, Craig Lewis and Chad Beyer all ride for Champion System Pro Cycling Team. While they were in town for the Tour of Utah recently, we sat down with them and had them tell us what they like about the bikes they ride -- the Fuji Altamira and the Fuji SST. (Just so you're aware, Bikewagon is an authorized Fuji dealer, but we can't sell them online, so if you want to get one from us, give us a call or come stop by the shop!) Check it out, and if you ride the same bike, let us know what you think about it in the comments section below.


  • Pro Chats: A day in the life of a pro cyclist

    We recently had the opportunity to sit down and chat with a few riders from the Champion System Pro Cycling Team who were in town for the 2013 Tour of Utah (The team did well in 'American's toughest stage race,' taking 6th overall). We asked them some questions about their bikes, about what it's like to be a pro, and what it takes to get to that level. Over the next several days we'll be rolling out some clips from those conversations, as the first in our "Pro Chats" series of videos. Here's the initial installment for you. Enjoy!


  • 12 Reasons to Love Le Tour de France 2013

    The technology. Technology is something that we all love and is a topic to follow -- especially when it comes to professional cycling. In this year's Tour De France, we're going to see a breakthrough in Aerodynamics, from helmets to newly revised frame tubing to brake caliper integration to the newly developed hydraulic brake systems that will really set this year apart from any other. The 2012 Tour de France introduced 11-speed, and just one year later we're now seeing most of the professional peloton racing with a tighter and more efficient 11-speed stack.

    Drama at the Tour de FranceDrama drama drama. We've already covered one week of The Tour, and we've seen amazing performances across the peloton with one major crash taking down a number of riders and blocking many others. Outside of the far-too-common bike crashes, you'll be able to enjoy professional athletes taking swings at each other, overly defensive and reactive teams and even the typical swarm of overzealous spectators partaking in the temptations of public intoxication.

    The commentary. When we think sports commentary in professional cycling, we think of Phil Ligget, a colorful sports journalist from England who has been the popular voice of the Tour de France since 1967. Ligget is known for his very descriptive and powerful overtones and analogies that make you laugh, think and accept that he's the perfect man for the job. Ligget's words have carried so much weight in the sport that his fans have created the term "Liggettism" to exemplify Ligget's best quotes when describing the most intense moments of Le Tour de France:

    "To wear the yellow jersey is to mingle with the gods of cycling"

    "Are they on the road to stardom, or are they lambs to the slaughter?"

    "He's dancing on his pedals in a most immodest way!"

    "There's no reason to rush into hell."

    The yellow jersey. The Tour de France has many traditions, and the yellow leader jersey is certainly one of the most famous originals. The yellow leader's jersey was first awarded in 1903 to Maurice Garin of France and has built a reputation. The yellow jersey is awarded on a stage-to-stage basis around total race time and can be taken away as quickly as it was given. Some might say that the yellow jersey puts a target on your back and is not to be "worn lightly," while others might just add that "with great power comes great responsibility."

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  • Oh, George Hincapie, what have you done?

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    It is being reported by Bicycling magazine that George Hincapie has admitted to doping during his pro cycling career and has worked with federal investigators in their case against the US Postal Service team.

    I recently read The Secret Race by Tyler Hamilton, and throughout the book I felt pretty convinced that everything he was saying was the truth. Yes, the book was much more of a Lance hate-fest than I had anticipated, but the level of detail outlined by Hamilton left little doubt in my mind about the doping going on in pro cycling. As a big baseball fan, I have a bit of a déjà vu feeling about all of this. I have been down this road before with athletes that I admire for their ability to play a game. I want to believe that pro cycling has done a good job at cleaning up the sport, but they need to be sure with all the big names that are still riding.

    Hincapie has been reported as saying, "Early in my professional career, it became clear to me that, given the widespread use of performance enhancing drugs by cyclists at the top of the profession, it was not possible to compete at the highest level without them. I deeply regret that choice and sincerely apologize to my family, teammates and fans."

    From what I read in The Secret Race, I tend to agree that at the time it was probably impossible to be competitive at the highest level of cycling without doping, which makes me wonder why it would be any different now. I can say that during my day spent at the Tour of Utah I saw no signs of doping from any of the teams (not that I was really in a position to, but hey, I was there right?).

    As time goes on I am certain that we will continue to see all the riders from that era confess to doping. Will Armstrong ever admit to it? I don't think so. Does it change the way I feel about him as a racer? I still don't know. But I do know that I still wear my yellow LIVESTRONG bracelet, not in support of Lance, but in the support of the fight against cancer that has touched so many lives, including my own.

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