For Velo’s first-ever Hardman Issue, we couldn’t choose anyone but Leopard-Trek’s charismatic German Jens Voigt to grace our cover. The sport is filled with characters that are as tough as nails, but none exemplifies the true meaning of “hardman” as does Voigt. Velo reporter Brian Holcombe sat down with Voigt to explore what made him as hard as nails, and learn about Voigt’s favorite hardmen of the sport. The Velo editorial staff also selected our top-10 favorite hardmen of the modern era, including Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Johan Museeuw and Sean Kelly. Find out which riders were chosen, and why.
Race features include on-the-ground coverage from the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge, where Levi Leipheimer led an all-American podium; the Vuelta a España, where Juanjo Cobo overcame a pair of Sky teammates for the upset win of the year; and the Québec and Montréal GPs, where Philippe Gilbert sealed the top spot on the UCI’s World Tour Individual rankings.
Also inside — a 24-page guide to the 2011 Exergy U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross, featuring races in Wisconsin, Colorado, Kentucky and Oregon. The USGP Guide also presents the key riders (and rivalries) to watch this fall, and three cyclocross steeds for three very different needs.
And in gear coverage, Tech editors Nick Legan and Caley Fretz combed the aisles at the Eurobike and Interbike trade shows to present the hottest new gear for 2012.