Almost fifteen years after the genocide, tiny Rwanda is suddenly a hot adventure destination, the new darling of multinational investors, and, says mountain-bike legend Tom Ritchey, one extra-long bicycle short of a comeback
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An annual bike festival designed to increase awareness of Rwanda as a tourism and cycling destination, as well as promote the development of an eco-tourism industry. Cyclists from all over Africa, the U.S. and Europe have participated.
“You go ahead and get this race out of your system,’ my wife told me. ‘But I don’t want to get a call from Butte saying your butt’s bleeding.”
Team Slipstream thinks it can save cycling with a drug-testing program unlike anything else in sports. I wasn't so sure—until I wound up living with their team captain at the Tour of California. Pass the remote.
Flatten your bike tire on a thorn and you can patch the inner tube or swap in a new oneno problem. Damage the tire itself (say, by tearing your sidewall on a sharp rock)much bigger problem. Here's a quick field solution to keep you on the roll.
How badly do professional cyclists want to compete in the fast and fabled pelotons of Europe? So badly that even riders without a prayer of winning big still roll with drugs, lies, and mortal danger. It's a life that can ruin more than a career. Just ask Joe Papp, an ex-pro who lives the doper's nightmare.