The Competitor Group (CGI) on Wednesday announced that veteran ProTour mechanic Nick Legan has joined VeloNews as TechnicalEditor for the magazine and web site.
“We’re delighted to have such a knowledgeable and articulate mechanic join our team,” said Ben Delaney, Editor-in-Chief of VeloNews. “Our readers will appreciate Nick’s insights on the inner workings of both the pro peloton and their own bicycles. This is the guy who built and fine-tuned bikes for Fabian Cancellara, Team RadioShack riders and Christian Vande Velde, among scores of other top pros. Now VeloNews readers will have access to his unparalleled insight of what it takes to win at the highest level.”
After graduating from Indiana University with honors and a degree in French and journalism, Legan jumped straight into wrenching at Pro Peloton bike shop in Boulder for a few years. Then, he began a seven-year stint in the professional ranks, most recently serving for RadioShack at the Tour de France and the Amgen Tour of California. He also worked for Garmin-Slipstream, CSC, Toyota-United, Health Net and Ofoto.
“For 15 years I’ve followed VeloNews, especially the tech articles, for in-depth coverage of professional cycling. With my journalism background and passion for bicycle technology, this is truly a dream job,” Legan said. “I’m excited to further explore the cycling industry and help our readers enjoy their riding even more.”
Legan’s other wrenching experience includes a tenure as head mechanic for the U.S. Olympic team in 2008, various national teams competing at worlds, the Clif Bar Cyclo-Cross Team, the Little 500, and more. At VeloNews, Legan joins longtime technical wizard Lennard Zinn and technical writer Caley Fretz, who joined the publication earlier this year.
Legan will have a weekly column on VeloNews.com called “Ask Nick” where he will answer tech questions and also questions about how things are done in the ProTour. In the first column, appearing Wednesday, Legan responds to a question about who is the most mechanically inclined rider he has worked with, and who is the least mechanical.