When Greg Strock looks back at what could have been an outstanding pro cycling career, he says he feels more than nostalgia. Along with the good memories is a mix of frustration, disenchantment and even anger. In 1990 Strock hit Europe as a 17-year-old racer and began tearing up the roads in Spain. By April of that year, he traveled to Brittany, France, joined up with the U.S. national junior squad and started down a path that he now says stopped his career in its tracks. Not long after moving into the senior ranks -- with a spot on the U.S. national team's A squad and an amateur deal
Frankie Andreu, a teammate of two-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, has announced his retirement from professional cycling. "After racing nine Tours de France and spending eleven years as a European professional I have decided to retire," Andreu announced Saturday, posting a statement on his personal website. Andreu has spent much of the fall season considering his options after his U.S. Postal contract wasn't renewed. "After the highlights of the last two years my thoughts were that I should retire while I'm still at the top. As much as I will miss racing I am looking
It was a question that wasn't exactly answered at cyclo-cross nationals in Overland Park, Kansas. There were a few automatic slots opened for the winners, but a lot of it rests on that ever-popular "coach's discretion," and this year, more than usual, a lot seems to depend on rider's discretion. As newly crowned men's elite champion, Tim Johnson is a shoo-in for a trip to Tabor in the Czech Republic in February. The man from Middleton, Massachusetts, has been a fixture on the world's squad ever since he first qualified in 1995, even showing up to lend a hand to the team last year when a
Hard to believe, but that December 17, SuperCup final in Overland Park, Kansas, was the last time Bart Bowen lined up for a race in a Saturn jersey. The 10-year road pro has been a fixture on the squad since 1994 -- just a year after the team moved from the amateur ranks up to professional. But at the end of 2000, his contract was set to expire. Bowen shrugged when asked why he wasn't riding for the team in 2001. "We just never got an agreement," he said. "I'm not all that sure what happened." Frustrating as it might be, Bowen said he is not fixating on what might have been.