Crowds are shrinking, the racing has become predictable, and controversy abounds. Can cycling’s biggest race weather the storm?
In the September/October 2018 issue of VeloNews magazine, Andrew Hood reports on the difficulties that the Tour de France faces in the modern age. But this edition is about far more than European pro road racing.
We also take a close look at the Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com team. How has this operation grown into the most dominant American ’cross squad?
As the racing season winds down, a few notable pro riders are retiring. Danny Pate is one of them. In his two-decade-long career, Pate raced local crits, the Tour de France, and everything in between. We caught up with Pate at his final race to reminisce, and to discuss the current state of cycling.
And that state of cycling is not so profitable for traditional teams and riders. After years of setbacks, Justin Williams leads a revolution in American cycling sponsorships. Fred Dreier has the story on Williams and other riders like him.
Pro riders are making ends meet by getting personal sponsorships with major brands like Red Bull. On the other end of the spectrum, another trend is growing in the world of bikes, one well off the beaten path. With just about any bike and a minimum of planning, you too can fall in love with bikepacking, literally, overnight. In addition to Dan Cavallari’s story about his overnight, we review the gear we liked and the equipment we struggled with in our first adventures in bikepacking.
All of that plus a Zinn Lab on tire pressure and rolling resistance, a look inside a tubular tire, and how to tune top-end form in The Clinic.