The last three months have rocked American cycling to its core — and shown the promise of a group of young professionals to raise the bar and do it in their own way.
The November 2012 issue of Velo tackles the tough questions of cycling’s EPO era, but more than that, looks ahead with an exciting generation of riders ready to earn fans’ trust and admiration. We look at what the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s sanctioning of Lance Armstrong means, but more importantly, we look at how the sport moves forward from the crossroads left in the wake of the Texan’s lifetime ban.
In “Turning Point,” editor-in-chief Neal Rogers goes in-depth with a new generation of American riders, including Taylor Phinney, Tejay van Garderen, Alex Howes and Joe Dombrowski. In the aftermath of the Armstrong case, America’s cadre of young, talented professionals confronts the uncomfortable history of their predecessors and collectively makes a pledge to prove to fans that they can believe what they see on the road. Woven throughout the feature, wide-ranging personalities like Frankie Andreu, Michael Ashenden, Scott Mercier, Jonathan Vaughters, Allen Lim and Andrew Talansky tell us what we should believe given the sport’s tarnished past and what we should expect in the future.
Contributor Ryan Newill explores the challenges and tough decisions that once faced riders like Tom Danielson, David Zabriskie and Timmy Duggan in “The Lost Generation.” Caught between the Armstrong era and the new generation of young riders, men like Danielson and Danny Pate found themselves on opposing sides of an ugly reality.
In “The Weight of Lies,” European correspondent Andrew Hood argues that Lance Armstrong owes cycling and the cancer community an out-and-out confession. Hood covered much of the Texan’s career roadside and posits that Armstrong could become a true hero if he were to detail his own transgressions.
Mark Johnson opens our VeloNotes section by considering whether competitive cycling can look to South Africa during its apartheid era for guidance on a truth and reconciliation process. His historical evaluation outlines possibilities for how cycling can deal with its past and move towards a clean future. In “Sitting In,” Andrew Hood sits down with two-time cyclocross world champion Zdenek Stybar after the Vuelta a España to explore his transition from racing ’cross to road.
Our monthly race features focuses on Garmin-Sharp’s dominance at the USA Pro Challenge in August and Alberto Contador’s brazen Vuelta comeback.
Matthew Beaudin’s “Challenging the Status Quo,” examines Garmin’s ultra-aggressive tactics and how they contributed to a dynamic, exciting Colorado tour. Beaudin also reports on George Hincapie’s lengthy career, after “Big George” called time following the final stage in Denver.
Alberto Contador’s comeback victory at the Vuelta came down to the wire, and Andrew Hood gives a detailed account of the season’s final grand tour in “Return of the King.”
In “Resistance is Futile,” Lennard Zinn and the VeloLab head to Finland to examine how tire pressure and width affect rolling resistance across five tubular tire designs. What rubber will give you the extra watts you need when it comes to crunch time? And don’t worry if you missed out on Eurobike; Caley Fretz captured the newest and most innovative developments at the world’s largest cycling trade show and delivers them in “So Euro.”
Cyclocross season is here, but life doesn’t stop, even for the mud. How do you train for ’cross on a time budget? Chris Carmichael, author of “The Time Crunched Cyclist,” offers a nine-week training plan in “Suffer for Success.”
As usual, Dan Wuori’s At The Back column closes the issue with a light-hearted plea for amnesty for cycling fans and an end to Armstrong warfare in “Gimme Shelter.”
Pick up a copy of the November 2012 issue of Velo at your local bookseller or bike shop and forge ahead in cycling with us.