As we move into the last big road racing events of the year, Velo’s October 2013 issue takes a look at some of the riders who showed they were worth their salt this season. In our Faces of the Future Issue, our writers sit down with Lachlan Morton, Tejay van Garderen, Gregory Brenes, Lawson Craddock, and Nairo Quintana to delve into the most impressive debuts and shocking upsets this season.
Morton, notable for his big hair, mellow vibe, and wiry mustache, proved that he has what it takes to win against the best. In just two weeks, Morton’s performances at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and the USA Pro Challenge transformed the 21-year-old from a budding talent to a rising star. Read on to find out more about what makes Morton tick and to check out his tips on how to climb like a pro.
In 2011, van Garderen watched his chance to win the Pro Challenge slip through his fingers during the Vail Time Trial. Last year, when victory was once again in sight, he lost to a surging Christian Vande Velde. In “Exorcising Demons,” we follow van Garderen’s rocky path through two disappointing Pro Challenges and a frustrating Tour de France to his ultimate vindication on top of the podium this year in Denver.
Craddock, born and bred a pure Texan, has been rising through the ranks of elite cycling for the past two years. The multiple-time U.S. junior champion finished in the top 10 at both the Amgen Tour of California and the Pro Challenge in 2013, so what’s next for this young rider? Neal Rogers sits down with Craddock to find out.
“It’s not really that I’m back; I’m always there,” Tom Danielson said of his performance in August’s Tour of Utah. Though Danielson has plenty of near-misses on his palmares, he has been conspicuously absent from the top step of the podium. So what changed in Utah? Chris Case offers an in-depth analysis of Danielson’s rebirth as a stage racer.
Quintana’s name was unknown to most cycling fans before his incredible second-place finish at the Tour de France. Quintana scorched the climbs, leading many to wonder about the history behind the Colombian powerhouse. Andrew Hood sits down with the quiet superstar in Spain to learn more about how his humble roots in a mountain village helped catapult him to cycling stardom.
A single glance at the list of U.S. national road champions in the past decade reads as a veritable who’s who of recently confessed dopers. But how did this alter the careers of the riders who came in second? In our Lead VeloNote, Matthew Beaudin dives into the controversy surrounding USADA’s decision and talks to the should-have-been champions about what life might have been like.
In “Sitting In,” Velo talks with Trek president John Burke, the man at the helm of one of the world’s largest bike manufacturers. He talks about the culture, and future, of the Wisconsin-based brand — and also about some of its past missteps.
For those gearing up for cyclocross season, be sure to check out VeloLab’s first-ever cyclocross bike test. Our tech crew puts four of the most versatile ’cross bikes through their paces in the lab and at Valmont Bike Park, site of the 2014 national cyclocross championships.
Unsure of how to train as you wind down from your road season? Instead of jumping straight into base training for next year, take a tip from the pros. In our training section, Trevor Connor talks with Ted King to learn how rest and relaxation can turn you into a faster racer.
Read all of this and much more in the October 2013 issue of Velo. Available on newsstands today or in the Apple iTunes store.