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Talking Utah with Burke Swindlehurst

Billed as America’s Toughest Stage Race, after taking a hiatus in 2007, the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is back in 2008, bigger than ever. From August 13 until August 17, the 17 teams will be challenged by the 5-day, 5-stage, 336 mile race with 30,000 feet of climbing will all take place within […]

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Steven Cozza – keeping life in balance

At just 23 years old, Steven Cozza (Garmin/Chipotle) has faced adversity in his cycling career. In 2007, he sustained a serious head injury after crashing in the rainy Stage 3 at the Tour de Picardie and still suffers from the trauma. Upon his return, after a 3 month long recovery period, Steven won the Best […]

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Rider Spotlight – Amber Rais of Team Tibco

With a stage win in the 2008 Tour de Gila under her belt….and currently riding in the Tour de l’Aude with the USA National team, we thought it would be a great time to re-visit a fierce competitor and talented rider, who is also one of the nicest members of the peloton…Amber Rais of Team […]

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Doug Ollerenshaw – nice guy, tough competitor, no drama

I caught up with Rock Racing’s Doug Ollerenshaw at the Mt Hood Cycling Classic. As a Portland native, Doug received some of the loudest cheers during the race. I could tell when he was on the attack during stage 1, the Mt Tabor Criterium in downtown Portland, as the screams of ‘Dougie’ could be heard […]

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ValueAct Pro Women Team – ready for the challenge at Hood

The ValueAct Capital Professional Women’s Cycling Team came to Mt Hood Cycling Classic with the aim of getting rider Leah Goldstein on the top step of the podium for the fourth-time. In a row. Last year, while riding for the Symmetrics team, Goldstein along with one and only one teammate Marni Hambleton, took the yellow […]

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Phil Zajicek – going to Hood to win

Phil Zajicek of Health Net presented by Maxxis team is starting the Mt Hood Cycling Classic with winning on his mind. Finally, Zajicek can re-focus completely on racing and training, now that he has a name and more importantly a treatment on the illness he’s been fighting for almost all his career – Crohn’s disease, […]

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Team Type 1 – racing for a cause

There’s a new professional continental team in the pro cycling peloton this year. But this team is different, it has a message. Team Type 1 was created by Type 1 diabetes racers Phil Southerland and Joe Eldridge to inspire people living with diabetes to take a proactive approach to managing their health and overcoming the […]

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Eric Wohlberg – gnarly Canadian in Georgia

Canadian Eric Wohlberg is a three-time Olympian and has been racing for fifteen years for many well-known teams, including Magic Cuts, Seldane, Shaklee, Sierra Nevada and the powerhouse Saturn team for three years. He joined the all Canadian continental Symmetrics Pro Cycling Team in 2004. As part of his numerous accomplishments, the 43-year old Wohlberg […]

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Tom Danielson – ready for the Brasstown Bald challenge

As the leader of the Team Slipstream-Chipotle Presented by H30 at the Redlands Bicycle Classic, a relaxed Tom Danielson was riding in his first race after major back pains forced him out of the fourth stage of the Amgen Tour of California, in February. It was later diagnosed that Danielson had suffered a herniated disk […]

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Neil Shirley – making sure every ride has a purpose and that every day counts.

Coming from a mountain bike background Neil Shirley, turned pro (as a road cyclist) in 2004 and joined the Jittery Joe’s team in 2006. The twenty-nine year old Southern Californian has been progressing in the years since, and it was evident in his 2007 season when he finished 3rd at the USPRO Road Race Championships. […]

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Two years ago, Scott Nydam quit his job and gave pro cycling a go. It worked.

BMC Racing Team’s Scott Nydam on only his second year as a professional cyclist made his presence known at the Amgen Tour of California by going on a solo breakaway on the second to secure the King of the Mountain (KOM) jersey, which he defended on the subsequent stages. On his second year with the […]

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João Miguel da Silva Correia – tale of a fat man who decided that being a pro again was a good idea

To paraphrase Jules Dassin’s movie, Naked City, there are million stories in the peloton. This is one of them. Bissell Pro Cycling Team rider João Miguel da Silva Correia started racing at the tender age of six in his native Portugal. After moving to the United States with his family at the age of eleven, […]

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Kristin Armstrong crushed the competition to win Yokohl Ranch Exeter Time Trial

Kristin Amrstrong (Cervelo-Lifeforce) crushed the competition in the Sequoia Cycling Classic Yokohl Ranch Exeter Time Trial, winning the race of truth with a lead of four minutes seventeen seconds ahead of Alex Rhodes (High Road) and four minutes fifty seconds in front of Felicia Gomez (Aaron’s). The US national champion Armstrong blitzed the finishing line […]

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ValueAct Capital – Looking for Sophomore Year Success

Building on a successful first season, ValueAct Capital Professional Women’s Cycling Team is adding talent and experience to their roster. Nicole Evans, Leah Goldstein, Marni Hambleton, Lara Kroepsch and Chrissy Ruiter have joined the squad. ValueAct Capital will definitely be in contention this season for wins in the major stage races as well as the […]

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BMC Racing Team – staying aggressive

In a short span of three years, the BMC Racing team went from a regional Elite domestic team to Pro Continental under the leadership of its General Manager Gavin Chilcott. The team announced its presence loud and clear in the first stage of the Amgen Tour of California when Jackson Stewart went on a solo […]

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Victor Hugo Pena – Happy to be Riding with Rock Racing

Victor Hugo Pena comes to Rock Racing after years of riding for teams like, Vitalicio Seguros, U.S. Postal Service, Phonak, and Unibet. He was the first Columbian rider ever to wear the Maillot Jaune in the Tour de France, wearing the yellow jersey for three days in 2003. In 2000, he won stage 11 of […]

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Chris Horner – an impromptu chat

I caught up with Astana’s Chris Horner at the Merco Cycling Classic races held on the first weekend of March, in Merced, California. The 36 year old Horner was just sitting on the sidewalk, finishing up his lunch and cheering on the women, including his girlfriend, racing in the criterium when I sat down and […]

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Anna Lang – Track Sprinter Riding with Aaron's in 2008

We first saw Anna Lang race in the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix last summer. She placed fifth behind a talented sprinting field. A few days later we caught up with Lang at the Women’s Road Criterium race during the Infineon Cougar Mountain Classic where she crushed the field in a hard sprint finish. Lang was […]

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Roger Hammond – dreaming of Roubaix

On the eve of the start of the Classics season, 34 year old Roger Hammond is embarking on his eight season as a professional cyclist. He started his career winning a Junior World Title in cross racing, and since then, he has been two-time British Road Champion, three-time British cyclocross champion (2004, 2006 and 2008) […]

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RoadBikeReview sits down with Chechu Rubiera

By Stephanie Gutowski Chechu Rubiera has had quite an amazing career beginning in 1995 with Artiach. He had his first major win at the Giro d’Italia as a young Kelme rider in 1997. He turned down a Cofidis offer to ride for US Postal Services and Lance Armstrong in 2001. He rode with Armstrong in […]

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Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast – more power and speed

The Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast pro cycling team is starting its sophomore year with US Olympian and 25-time US national champion Jonas Carney at the helm. In the summer of 2007, the team became the only first year team in US cycling history to win the overall at the USPRO Criterium Championships at Downer’s Grove Illinois. […]

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High Road Training Camp – Sights and Sounds

by Stephanie Gutowski and Lyne Lamoureux Starting a new journey together, the entire roster of 42 male and female, elite international athletes, mechanics, soigneurs and staff of Team High Road gathered in the San Luis Obispo area of California for a training camp. The RoadBikeReview crew met with the team on Saturday morning under sunny […]

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Dominique Rollin – Bring it on (part 2)

In the first part of our conversation with Toyota-United rider Dominique Rollin, we talked about his racing start in Quebec, Canada and his years, sometimes difficult, of living and racing in Europe. Looking back on 2007 At the end of 2006, Dominique Rollin made the decision to return to North American and signed with the […]

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Dominique Rollin – Bring it on

One of the four new riders on the Toyota-United Pro Cycling is the 6-Time Canadian National Road Champion Dominique Rollin who won nine races as a first-year professional in 2007 and finished third overall at the inaugural Tour of Missouri. The 25-year old spent many of his formative years racing and living in France for […]

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Bissell Pro Cycling Team – ready to take it to the next level

by Stephanie Gutowski and Lyne Lamoureux The UCI Continental Bissell Pro Cycling Team strategy to grow slowly is paying off, and the team is looking to improve on its 2007 accomplishments. Team Manager Mark Olson started building up the team four years ago and his goal “from the beginning was to build a quality organization […]

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