Biking

The Caretaker

Reed McCalvin has spent the last eight years working pro cycling’s most underrated job. The 35-year-old has been a soigneur (SWAN-yair) for top pros like Christian Vande Velde, Taylor...

40,000 Wheels

Each July for the past 38 years, hordes of bike lovers have descended on western Iowa to spend a week riding an average of 68 miles a day from the Missouri River east to the Mississippi River....

A Mountain-Stage Feast

A million and a half calories: that’s roughly what the nine members of Team HTC-Highroad will collectively consume during a three-week stage race like August’s Vuelta a España...

Plug and Play

I’VE FLOWN 3,000 miles from Massachusetts to get turned on in San Francisco. At the corner of Greenwich and Columbus in North Beach, a block or two from the City Lights bookstore, I see...

The Twitter War on Lance Armstrong

ON APRIL 27, a mysterious Twitter user named @GreyManrod issued two cryptic messages. One read: “Nap time. Back...

UCI Bans Dopers from Support Roles

A new rule announced by the International Cycling Union would ban cyclists who fail drug tests from working in the sport. Beginning July 1, riders caught doping will be prohibited from working...

4. The Pros Have Great Training Tips

As many bike racers will tell you (off the record, at night, under a bridge), blood doping—using transfusions to boost one’s percentage of oxygen-carrying red blood cells—is...

6. The Stories They Tell

After testing positive for the veterinary steroid clenbuterol in 2010, Alberto Contador offered a bad-meat defense and then lashed out. “I believed in the anti-doping system,” he...

Tainted Love

Lance is gone, the current champ is embroiled in scandal, and many of the riders lining up on July 2 for this year’s Tour de France will be cheating. So what? It’s still the most...

1. It's Still Better Than Baseball

IF LIFE'S PLEASURES form the bedrock of happiness, my guiltiest one goes like this: Every July, I call up my local cable provider to request a 30-day upgrade, paying a mere $5 for the soothing...

Hit The Road

The first rule of traveling with kids: Don't give them a choice. "It's far better to say, 'Here's what we're doing next summer—get ready!'" advises adventure photographer and writer Aaron...

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