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Weekend Reading, Tour de France Edition: Risk and Reward of Professional Cycling

As the Tour de France enters its final weekend, I’ve been thinking a lot about risk and reward. Whenever you’re facing a dominating rider like Chris Froome, the storyline revolves around the risks competitors must take in an attempt to put him in difficulty. But even outside the race for the yellow jersey, risk-and-reward has…

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Weekend Reading, Tour de France Edition: 3 Reasons a Crosswind can be a Game Changer

What a fascinating second week of racing at the 2013 Tour de France! After a hectic first week, this week featured a controversial knock-down in a sprint finish (an accident, in my view), the first long individual time trial (Holy Froome!), and an epic crosswind battle that exposed vulnerabilities in Chris Froome’s Sky team. One…

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Weekend Reading, Tour de France Edition: The Time Cut, Then and Now

As I watched the Stage 4 team time trial unfold earlier this week, the story of Cannondale rider Ted King struck a chord with me. Riding injured and alone, the young American fought his way to the finish line, but arrived seven seconds too late. His finishing time was outside the official 25% time cut…

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Weekend Reading, Tour de France Edition: A Slightly Different Kind of Tour Preview

As the Centennial Tour de France gets underway this week, I’m happy to say that I’ll be contributing weekly articles to www.roadbikeaction.com. To give you a sense for what you can expect, I’m not going to be regurgitating news and stage results. There are plenty of places to get that. What’s more interesting to me…

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Weekend Reading: Build for Success with this Summer Endurance Block

This week I called a quick status meeting for upcoming events, and when it was through all I could think was, “Man, we’re about to have a ton of fun!” The camp season is in full swing in Colorado, and we just added a few new camps for Fall 2013 as well. For me, the…

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Weekend Reading: 3 Ways to Fire Up Your Mid-Season Training

For the second June in a row, the biggest news out of Colorado Springs is a major wildfire. Last June it was the Waldo Canyon Fire that blackened 18,000 acres, destroyed 346 homes, and killed two people. This week it’s been the Black Forest Fire, which as of Friday afternoon has burned 15,700 acres, destroyed…

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Weekend Reading: 2013 Dirty Kanza 200 Race Report

The night before embarking on our 200+ mile journey through the flint hills of Kansas, defending Dirty Kanza 200 champion Rebecca Rusch addressed her fellow CTS Athletes and told us all, “Whether you’re the first or last tomorrow, you will absolutely be a changed person by the end.” The Queen of Pain knows what she’s…

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Weekend Reading: Why Riding 200 Miles on Gravel Makes Perfect Sense

If you’re reading this during the day on June 1, I’m most likely somewhere in the middle of nowhere in Kansas. More precisely, I’m probably (hopefully) still riding on a gravel road outside Emporia, KS with a thousand or so other intrepid souls for the Dirty Kanza 200. The question I’ve gotten many, many times…

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Weekend Reading: Four Ways Friends Make You a More Successful Athlete

Endurance sports are often looked at as individual pursuits, you against yourself as much as you against the competition. There is some truth to that, and some appeal as well. Often, my training time is also the only period during the day when I really get to be by myself. But when it comes to…

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2013 Amgen Tour of California Race Experience Gallery

Congratulations to everyone who rode with #TeamCTS #17thTeam for the 2013 Amgen Tour of California Race Experience! It was a great 8-day adventure through the heat of the southern California desert and the towering windmills and mountains of northern California. We had visits from cycling legends – and Chris Carmichael's former 7-Eleven teammates – Bob…

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