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Letter from the editor: A view of things to come

Editor in Chief Neal Rogers will soon join Global Cycling Network, but will continue on as Editor at Large, contributing to Velo magazine and VeloNews.com

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In the Editor’s Note of the February issue of Velo, which focuses on professional cycling at a crossroads, I wrote that change is constant, that it’s relentless, and that as long as it’s channeled properly, it’s a positive thing.

And now, as we close our March issue, a 2015 WorldTour season preview, it’s fitting that I provide a view of things to come within the VeloNews editorial team, and explain how a few changes will, ultimately, be a good thing.

As of March 1, I’ll be stepping down from my post as Editor in Chief to join Global Cycling Network (GCN) as its first North American contributor. I’ll be a Presenter on The GCN Show, refreshing skills developed scripting and hosting the VeloCenter news show a few years back. It’s not a decision I made lightly, and if pressed to provide a reason, I’d answer simply that, after 13 years working full-time with VeloNews, I’m ready for new opportunities and challenges.

What this is not, however, is a goodbye. I’ve been a part of the VeloNews brand for too long, and I enjoy the process of writing too much, to step away from either entirely. After March 1, I will continue on as Editor at Large, contributing to both Velo magazine and VeloNews.com. I won’t be working in the office, but I will be attending weekly meetings, and I will continue to be active in editorial planning and direction. In fact, it’s likely you’ll be seeing my byline more than you have in recent years.

So, in 2015, I will continue to attend major races, domestic and abroad, reporting both on camera and in print. GCN and VeloNews have an established, mutually beneficial partnership, and this dual role is a perfect scenario for me. And while there will be a transition period for the VeloNews edit team, I’ll be available to make it as seamless as possible, working closely with Velo Managing Editor Chris Case, VeloNews.com Editor Spencer Powlison, and the new Editor in Chief.

My objective is that you, our reader, won’t notice a thing. Whether online or in print, you’ll still enjoy quality content from our reliable stable of contributors — talented writers such as Andrew Hood, Lennard Zinn, Gregor Brown, Dan Seaton, Dan Wuori, Ryan Newill, Steve Maxwell, and Trevor Connor. We’ll continue to provide firsthand insight from pro racers Phil Gaimon, Chad Haga, Carmen Small, and Julian Kyer. And there will no change to our beautiful race photography from the lenses of Tim de Waele, Casey B. Gibson, and Jim Fryer and Iri Greco at BrakeThrough Media.

I have a few more names I hope to add to this list, which I expect to announce soon.

In addition to seeking a new Editor in Chief — someone with extensive print and digital media experience and a deep understanding of pro cycling — VeloNews has another staff opening.

I’m happy to announce that our current Technical Editor, Caley Fretz, is transitioning away from gear, and toward race reporting. Caley is a fantastic writer, and I look forward to reading his big-picture view of the sport, as well as his inside look at what takes place in the pro peloton. To fill his shoes, we’re looking for someone who is equally adept at wrenching, riding, and writing.

Both positions are based in Boulder, Colorado. If you think you’re right for the job, or if you know someone who might be, please send me an email.

As it has for almost 45 years, the VeloNews editorial team continues to evolve. Just as pro cycling teams shuffle their rosters from season to season — recent examples are well documented in our 2015 season preview issue — turnover within an editorial staff isn’t just common, it’s necessary. It will be refreshing to have new energy at the top of the Velo masthead, just as it will be good to have new voices in our race reporting and tech coverage. I’m very proud of the quality work our team produced during my time as Editor in Chief, but I’m also excited to see what comes next.

And no, you can’t have any of my old VeloNews jerseys, so don’t ask. I’ll still be wearing them, proudly.

— Neal Rogers