A pilgrimage is defined as a difficult journey to a sacred place to find meaning and pay homage. On Sunday, Belgium will host the cycling world in such a journey to watch the 100th edition of the Tour of Flanders, known more globally by its Flemish moniker: De Ronde van Vlaanderen. It comes on the heels of a truly horrible time for Belgium…
303Cycling briefly caught up with Brett Richard of Handlebar Mustache before he departed for Belgium, to find what this kind of trip means at a time like this.
Here is a fascinating in-depth article about Georgia Gould, Fort Collins resident (because she’s “too dorky” for Boulder), “lazy” beekeeper, and world renown mountain biker, as she readies to secure one of four U.S. Olympic team spots. Her path has definitely had some ups and downs.
“Aside from physically giving up the race, I totally gave up,” Gould said. “I came back to the team area and I just said, ‘I’m done. I’ve worked too hard for this to be this miserable. I’m doing worse than ever, I’m trying harder than ever, I’m done.’ ” Read more
Over the Top Radio’s George Thomas is currently at Desert Training Camp in Sierra Vista, AZ. A friend of his, Kurt Searvogel, showed up who just set the Guinness Highest Annual Mileage Record (HAMR) by bicycle. Kurt rode 76,076 miles in one year – yes 76 thousand 76 miles in 365 days. He averaged 208 miles per day. George did an interview with Kurt and his wife Alicia…
As told to Scott Downes
On a frigid weekend in late January, fat bikers gathered in Crested Butte for the first ever Fat Bike World Championships, hosted by the Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce and sponsored Borealis Fat Bikes. The race headlined a weekend-long festival that drew fat bikers from across the mountain west and beyond, included forums about advocacy and trail usage, and featured Lez Zeppelin – a dope all-female Led Zeppelin cover band.
Colorado-based mountain biker Amy Beisel soloed to victory in the women’s elite race. . .
Disgraced cyclist admits doping, but says everyone was doing it
From Boulder Daily Camera
In a wide-ranging and candid talk at the University of Colorado on Tuesday, Lance Armstrong discussed his life now, his views on the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and what he’s tried to do to make amends for his past wrongs… Read more
She’s an American hero, chasing a world record right here in Colorado. Overcoming an awkward speech impediment as a youth, and breaking glass ceilings into boardrooms, she knows a thing or two about overcoming. She left the corporate world and found freedom on the bike. Tomorrow, she will attempt the hour record at the velodrome in Colorado Springs… Here’s what you need to know about her coach, her bike, the track, how to watch, and a little about her soul. Read more
303 Welcomes New Contributor Scott Downes!
And You May Ask Yourself, How Did I Get Here?
By Scott Downes
The first time I remember being on a bike was in the driveway of the house where I grew up, on a winding street off a county road a few miles outside of that Indiana town. A simple, silver-colored Huffy with red grips, I wobbled at first, uneasy with the balance and pedal action. There were stops and starts and spills, for sure. Soon enough though, it was another appendage that brought seemingly endless freedom… Read more
From 303’s partner, 5280Elite:
Colorado pro cyclist Conor Mullervy is still chasing his dream. In 2016 this young gun will be heading to Australia where he can continue to pursue his passion in racing his bike professionally. Check out the video: Read more
CX Pro Katie Compton, of Colorado Springs, has battled debilitating health issues her entire racing career, achieving staggering results despite her ailments. However, this past summer she faced her biggest setback to date. CyclingTips’ Neal Rogers tells the story of Compton’s decade-long journey in search of a diagnosis, and treatment.
You’d never have known, seeing Katie Compton stand on the second step of the Zolder World Cup on December 26, that six months earlier she’d been in the depths of despair…