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Velo Magazine – March 2012

What’s Inside the Velo March 2012 Issue

The March issue of Velo magazine, the Nations Issue, is unlike anything Velo has done before. From tip-to-tail, we profile the changing currents in global cycling, just in time for the London Olympic Games.

European correspondent Andrew Hood profiles Eritrean Daniel Teklehaimonot and with just six months until the Olympics. Editor Neal Rogers explores the potential U.S. road team — including cover athletes Evelyn Stevens and Taylor Phinney — and finds that both the men’s and women’s squads are wide open.

Former Velo editor-at-large John Wilcockson previews the London cycling events in “Britain Takes Center Stage.” The Olympic road race course, with its featured Box Hill climb, runs past Wilcockson’s childhood home, and the British ex-pat queries whether his home nation, with Mark Cavendish and Sir Chris Hoy at the helm, can repeat its historic eight-gold-medal haul in 2008.

Britain’s top billing in London is telling of the British Isles’ rise to the heights of the sport, but Britain’s big-dollar ascension isn’t the only move atop the international peloton. In “State of the Nations,” we rate the traditional powerhouses like France, Italy and Russia, which have lost ground over the past decade, while Australia has built on the legacy of Phil Anderson to become perhaps the next contender to assume a place atop cycling.

Globetrotter Gregg Bleakney profiles efforts by the UCI to globalize the sport from Colombia to China and back, tracing the rise of the McQuaid family over the last 30 years. Australian attorney Lloyd Freeburn provides the counterpoint to “Cycling Gone Global,” claiming that at the heart of the federation is a deeply flawed constitution that favors the European continent.

Velo tech editors explore your origins of the goodies hanging on your local shop wall. Their efforts to assemble a bike built entirely in the U.S. falls short, but with a little creativity, an all-Italian rig proves that while hard to find, a high-quality bike is still available “Prodotti Italiani.” In Training, coach Trevor Connor outlines a plan to have you primed for the national championships.

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