Category: The VeloNews Show

VN Show: Why the Epic Rides series is succeeding

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This week’s episode of The VeloNews Show is sponsored by Health IQ.

The Epic Rides series of mountain bike races concluded this past weekend with the Oz Trails race in Bentonville, Arkansas. There was rain, mud, and plenty of flat tires. On this week’s episode of The VeloNews Show we discuss all of the carnage at the race.

Plus, why has the Epic Rides series succeeded where other off-road series have not? We take an inside look at the mountain bike series that is bringing big time mountain bike racing back to the United States.

All that and more on this week’s The VeloNews Show.

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VN Show: How worlds was won; Keough breaks through

Footage and images in this video courtesy of: YouTube/UCI, YouTube/Resolute Bay Cycling, Getty Images/Velo Collection, YouTube/FloBikes.

We were treated to two very different (and exciting) races at world championships in Innsbruck, Austria.

On one hand, Anna van der Breggen soloed away from the women’s field to claim her first rainbow jersey. Then in the men’s race, Alejandro Valverde won the title he’s been dreaming of for more than 10 years in a masterful show of tactics and speed.

We unpack the tactics and dynamics behind these races.

Plus, we talk about Kaitie Keough’s big World Cup win at Jingle Cross in Iowa. She survived mud, crashes, and mayhem to win big.

This episode of the VeloNews show is sponsored by Zwift. Want to see what it is like to ride the 2018 UCI World Road Championships circuit in Innsbruck, Austria? You can challenge yourself on the mountainous course from the comfort of your home. Go to Zwift.com to learn more.

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VeloNews Show: Three key takeaways from the Vuelta

This episode of the VeloNews Show includes footage and imagery from Getty Images/Velo Collection, YouTube/inCycle, YouTube/La Vuelta, and YouTube/GQ.

Always one of the season’s most entertaining races, the Vuelta a España delivered lots of surprises, and we have three big takeaways from the 2018 race:

1. There’s a new grand tour champion in the peloton.
2. The youth movement is alive and well.
3. What is going on with Movistar?!

We analyze the Vuelta and then critique the UCI’s latest wacky idea to improve pro cycling. (They stole it from soccer.)

This episode of the VeloNews show is sponsored by Zwift. Want to see what it is like to ride the 2018 UCI World Road Championships circuit in Innsbruck, Austria? You can challenge yourself on the mountainous course from the comfort of your home. Go to Zwift.com to learn more.

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VeloNews Show: Courtney conquers MTB worlds

This episode of the VeloNews Show includes footage and imagery from Red Bull Content Pool, Getty Images/Velo Collection, YouTube/UCI, YouTube/La Vuelta, and Dave McElwaine.

In a stunning debut in the elite cross-country race, Kate Courtney won UCI World Mountain Bike Championships. It was a huge moment for U.S. mountain biking — the 22-year-old broke a 17-year drought. The last elite rider to win an XC title was Alison Dunlap in 2001!

We analyze the action of the nailbiting finish.

Also, the Vuelta a España is heading into the decisive final stages in Andorra. There will be brutal climbs and treacherous short stages. We have some questions about how the top favorites will fare.

All of that and more on this week’s episode of the VeloNews Show!

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VeloNews Show: Golden opportunities at La Vuelta

The Vuelta a España is a perfect opportunity for thirsty teams to break their WorldTour win drought. Two such squads did just that in stages 4 and 5. We analyze the breakaway wins and how they can turn around a disappointing season.

Also, transfer season is underway. We’ve got takes on three key moves: Richie Porte to Trek-Segafredo, Tejay van Garderen to EF Education First-Drapac, and Andre Greipel to Fortuneo-Samsic. Wait, what? Greipel, who has won more races than any other active rider in the peloton, is headed to a lowly French Pro Continental team? We explain.

All that and more (like the catchy Vuelta theme song) on this episode of the VeloNews Show.

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VeloNews Show: Why Tour of Utah has staying power

Editor’s note: This VeloNews Show includes footage from YouTube/inCycle, YouTube/VelonCC, YouTube/USA Pro Challenge, YouTube/Tour of Utah, YouTube/Colorado Classic, Casey B. Gibson, and Getty Images/Velo Collection.

We are in the midst of two weeks of high-altitude racing here on American soil with the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah followed by the Colorado Classic.

So many North American stage races have failed to last in this late-summer time slot. Why does Tour of Utah survive? We examine the keys to its success.

Plus, we check in on Tour champ Geraint Thomas after his big win in France. Should he keep celebrating?

All that and more on this episode of the VeloNews Show.

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VN Show: Was the 2018 Tour a good race for fans?

Editor’s note: This VeloNews Show includes footage from YouTube/Tour de France, YouTube/BobkeTV, Getty Images/Velo Collection, geraintthomas86/Instagram.

The 2018 Tour de France is over and a new winner has donned the final yellow jersey, Geraint Thomas. But did we cycling fans win this July? Were we rewarded with an exciting race?

We consider the ups and downs of this year’s Tour, from the unfortunate crashes to the uncertainty of the final mountain stages.

All that and more on this episode of the VeloNews Show.

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VN Show: Did Tour de France stage 17 live up to the hype?

Editor’s note: This VeloNews Show includes footage from YouTube/Tour de France, YouTube/EquipeCyclisteGroupamaFDJ, YouTube/AllCycling, Getty Images/Velo Collection

The Tour de France organizers got a bit experimental with stage 17.

To begin with, they implemented a Formula One-style start grid. And the stage was crazy short at just 65 kilometers. There weren’t any valley roads to bring back attacks, and the finish climb up Col du Portet was crazy hard.

So did all of these innovations pay off? We analyze the action and give the stage a report card on this episode of the VeloNews Show.

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VN Show: Tour de France hopefuls must attack… but where?

Editor’s note: This VeloNews Show includes footage from Twitter/Pais do Ciclismo, YouTube/Tour de France, YouTube/UCI, YouTube/The Mig Cycling, Getty Images/Velo Collection, WikiMedia Commons, Twitter/Peter_SagFan

This week’s episode of the VeloNews Show is sponsored by ROKA, which makes unbelievably lightweight eyewear for some of the world’s best cyclists. Did you notice what Dan Martin wore when he won stage 8 of the Tour? They were ROKA sunglasses, and he says ROKA is the best eyewear he’s ever ridden in. Check out ROKA’s website for more >>

We were treated to some unbelievable racing Tuesday, with a down-to-the-wire finish. In the Tour de France? No! In La Course, where the Women’s WorldTour peloton stole the show and Annemiek van Vleuten won the day, proving she’s the best in the world in the high mountains.

As for the men’s Tour de France, we need to see some attacking from the top GC favorites. But where should they do it? We consider a few key riders, their individual talents, and where they might make their moves.

All that and more on today’s episode of The VeloNews Show!

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VN Show: How will top Tour contenders fare on cobbles?

Editor’s note: This VeloNews Show includes footage from YouTube/Tour de France, YouTube/Ina Sport, YouTube/GoPro World, Getty Images/Velo Collection 

This week’s episode of the VeloNews Show is sponsored by Cyclops, part of the Saris family of companies. Cyclops is known for its Hammer indoor trainer, a quiet direct-drive system that lets your ride anytime in the comfort and convenience of your home, connecting with Zwift and other virtual training apps. Better still, Saris is known for supporting bike advocacy locally and across the U.S. to make sure everyone has a safe place to ride.

We all know how the top GC favorites fare on the precipitous climbs of the Alps and Pyrenees, but what about the dusty, rough cobblestones of Paris-Roubaix? On Sunday, we’ll find out as Tour de France stage 9 features 15 sectors of pavé.

To gear up for this exciting stage, we rank the key contenders on how cobble-worthy they are.

Plus, we highlight a few of the interesting stories from the Tour de France that you might have missed in the hectic first week of racing.

All that and more on today’s episode of The VeloNews Show!

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