Biking

You May Be Seated

I'M STANDING IN THE COOL, eerily quiet laboratory of Frank Sommer, a professor of urology at Germany's University of Cologne Medical Center. I've dropped my bike shorts around my knees so that a...

Rockin’ Roller

Mountain-bike training on a stationary bike is like prepping for a rodeo on a merry-go-round: The thrill is gone, and you're just spinning. Enter the Trixter X-Bike: Hinged handlebars rock from...

Tribe of Pain

FIVE A.M. on Mount Washington, near Gorham, New Hampshire. The sun has yet to rise, but hundreds of gear-stuffed cars with out-of-state license plates cram a makeshift parking lot at the...

Backstage Tour

Once and for all, why do pro cyclists shave their legs? Despite what your silky-smooth cycling pals might tell you, there's no evidence that shaving enhances aerodynamics—at least any...

Six-Shooter

SIX IS THE LONELIEST NUMBER. Across a century of Tour de France history, only four riders other than Lance Armstrong have managed to stand atop the podium five times. For whatever reason&mdash...

Chainring Circus

With Lance Armstrong shooting for a history-making sixth Tour de France victory, scores of off-and-on Tour watchers will find themselves glued to the 91st running of cycling's gnarliest race....

Mountain Grown

THAT FIRST NIGHT in yellow, Victor Hugo Peña could barely sleep. He was alone in a single room, for once, with the phone turned off to keep the media at bay. The president of Colombia,...

The Agony Is the Ecstasy

TYLER HAMILTON, WHO IS by some accounts both the toughest and nicest cyclist on the planet, has a certain look he gives whenever he tells one of his stories. It is subtle, but since Hamilton, 33...

Tour de France 2004

A guy named Lance has a date with history at the 91st Tour. Will Armstrong win his sixth in a row and triumph as the greatest cyclist of all time? Dive into our jam-packed Tour guide and find...

Road Rules

So who wins? The leader in the general classification, a running count of each rider's cumulative time over the race's 21 individual legs. ...

They're Dancing on the Pedals

BASTILLE DAY in the French Alps: Alexandre Vinokourov is screaming down the Côte de la Rochette, on his way to winning Stage 9 in the 2003 Tour de France. Fifteen seconds behind him on the...

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