Category: Video

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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Livestream: 2018 Thompson Bucks County Classic

September 9 | Doylestown, Pennsylvania | Pro women at 11:30 a.m. EDT | Pro men at 1 p.m. EDT

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Livestream: USA Crits finals at Gateway Cup

Sunday, September 2 | St. Louis, Missouri | Giro Della Montagna
Pro women at 3:10 p.m. central | Pro men at 4:25 p.m. central

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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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Watch the 2018 Colorado Classic live

We are pleased to offer a livestream of the 2018 Colorado Classic! The four-day race runs August 16-19 in Vail and Denver, Colorado.


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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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Vintage Leadville video #4: 104 miles on a 35-year-old MTB

With about 30 miles to go in the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race, I resorted to the most ancient shifting technique known — with a slight acceleration, I unclipped my right foot, kept spinning the left, and gently tapped my chain into the granny gear on my triple-chainring crankset.

This is the sort of adaptation one makes when riding a bike from 1983 in a grueling 104-mile race up above 12,000 feet among Colorado’s highest peaks.

A few months before the race on August 11, I decided to take a different approach. Instead of sourcing the bike industry’s top-of-the-line products to maximize speed and comfort, I wheeled out my vintage Specialized Stumpjumper — a bike approximately as old as I am, bought on eBay last year. I chose to ride this piece of mountain biking memorabilia to prove that no matter how outdated your gear might be, you can (and should) get out and ride.

It came as no surprise that Leadville was a hard 10 hours on the bike. However, I had way more fun than I expected, and that old bike, well, it was almost trouble-free.

I started this 25th edition of Leadville at the very back of a field of about 1,500 riders, among my fellow first-timers. In practically any other race, this would have been cause for anxiety. I’m naturally a very competitive person. But on that cold Saturday morning, with dawn breaking on the peaks above the highest city in the U.S. (10,152 feet above sea level), it was the perfect place to begin my introduction to this race that founder Ken Chlouber calls a “family.”

It is quite an exceptional family. On the pointy end of the masses, there are pro athletes such as Howard Grotts (Specialized) and Larissa Connors (Felt-Sho-Air), who each won their second consecutive titles. In the back where I started, there are even more inspiring riders, just hoping to finish inside the 12-hour cutoff time to win a coveted belt buckle.

For the first 15 miles, I rode near a man who is legally blind and relies on a guide rider to pilot him through the field. As we rode along the field changed pace erratically. We sometimes even dismounted to hike climbs as the course twisted up the trail on St. Kevins. I couldn’t believe the blind rider’s confidence on this trail, which was strewn with loose rocks. I was also amazed by the pilot rider’s selfish devotion to his blind companion.

He wasn’t the only one devoting a long day in the sun to a Leadville rider. At the course’s five aid stations, hundreds of supporters set up tents to hand off bottles, food, Slim Jims, you name it. And they cheered on practically every rider who came through.

This support has provided me my fondest memories from my race at Leadville. The vibe amongst riders and spectators was positive, from mile 1 to 104. Within the mass of humanity, riders encouraged each other. On the side of the trail, fans, friends, and supporters urged everyone on. At the end of the race, the questions asked are more along the lines of, “How was it?” or “Did you make it under 12 hours?” rather than “What place did you finish?”

Well, I did finish. And it was awesome. As I said at the beginning, riding my vintage bike was almost trouble-free. Thankfully I didn’t suffer any flat tires, which was my chief concern. But when I got back to my hotel after a post-race dinner, I heard a funny rush of air, and sure enough, my front tire had just gone flat, not more than six hours after my finish.

The old bike did have a few issues on the trail. The chain fell off on rough descents. I had to stop and get the headset tightened three times — when I finished, the steering was perilously clunky.

And of course, there was that front-shifting malfunction that made the final climb up Powerline quite an adventure.

Despite all that, it was totally worth it. It was worth the sore back, limp arms, and momentary cross-eyed vision on one descent (can your eyeballs get rattled loose?). It was worthwhile because so many people — in the race and along the course were stoked to see this old bike in action.

I finished in time to get that coveted belt buckle, as did 1,100 other riders. The real reward for me, though, was the experience of riding with this family and brushing up on my old-school shifting techniques.

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Thanks to The Leadville Race Series for letting us participate in this year’s race to bring you the most in-depth coverage around the event.

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Video: Breck Epic done and Gold Dusted on stage 6

The 10th edition of the Breck Epic mountain bike stage race wrapped up Friday with stage 6. The 30-mile finale took riders over Boreas Pass to the Gold Dust trail — then back over the 11,500-foot pass again to return to the finish in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Katrina Engelsted (Boulder Cycle Sport) won her first stage of the race in the pro women’s category ahead of Carla Williams (Joe’s Bike Shop), who won the overall. It was Williams’s first time at the Breck Epic, an event she has wanted to do for years.

Carla Williams on her way to winning the Breck Epic overall on stage 5. Photo: Eddie Clark

“It was definitely on our bucket list to do this year. the riding’s just been incredible. I’ve had so much fun on the trails,” said Williams.

“I was definitely a little nervous about how the altitude would affect me. The first day was the shortest day with the rain, and my lungs were just burning, I could hardly breathe. The second day, it was hard to find the power I normally have in my legs, but after that, I started feeling a little bit better each day.”

The Virginian is making the most of her trip to Colorado, heading up to Leadville to race the Leadville Trail 100 MTB race Saturday. That played a factor in her pacing on stage 6.

“Today was the only day I took it sort of easy. I’m doing Leadville tomorrow, so I wanted to have a little bit in my legs for tomorrow, so since I did have a gap I settled into a comfortable pace,” Williams said. “Today I did have a bit more fun.”

Jeremiah Bishop (Canyon-Topeak) won stage 6 and wrapped up the overall title in the pro men’s division, happy to have bookended the race with stage wins on the first and final days.

“I just felt healthy, strong, and confident,” Bishop said. “This week was really good front to back — winning the first stage, winning the last stage.

“We had fun. Just goofing around and talking. It was really positive. I’m so stoked to ride with some of these young kids that are coming up through. Nash [Dory], we had a good battle on this last stage, and I was like, ‘Maybe I should give the stage win to him.’ He’s been working so hard and riding so well all week. But then I kind of remembered that you’ve gotta make him work for it! I told him where the last climb was and I figured that was enough of a hint, but I was able to hold him off.”

Jeremiah Bishop won the 10th edition of the Breck Epic. Photo: Devon Balet

Bishop added that he felt his good late-season form was due to some unexpected rest resulting from an injury.

“I think getting injured at Cape Epic in March almost was like a blessing in disguise. Now I just feel really healthy. I’m able to recover well.”

Bishop also won the first edition of Breck Epic in 2009.

“It is nice to be back and win the 10th — I won the first and I won the 10th. A lot has changed since then … I raced with Travis Brown at this one.

“The race has grown up in ways but actually it’s still the same in a lot of ways. It’s still got its character, its class. It’s unapologetically mountain biking. It’s just awesome.”

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Video: Breck Epic stage 5 climbs wonderful Wheeler

The penultimate stage of the six-day Breck Epic race is both revered and feared. Wheeler Pass takes riders back into the high Alpine to the highest point of the entire week — 12,536 feet above sea level before they plummet back to the valley on the race’s most difficult descent. Then it’s back to the finish at the base of the ski hill on the undulating Peaks Trail to end short but arduous 24-mile day.

As was the case in stage 4, Levi Kurlander (Orange Seal) won the men’s pro race and Carla Williams (Joe’s Bike Shop) won the women’s race. Youngster Nash Dory (Construction Zone) was second to Kurlander after battling all the way back on the Peaks Trail. Jeremiah Bishop (Canyon-Topeak) finished third and kept his overall lead. Williams is also poised to win the overall race with one day left and a substantial lead over Katrina Englested (Boulder Cycle Sport) and Meghan Sheridan (Bingham Cyclery Peak Fasteners).

But really, the story of Wheeler Pass has to be told visually. To appreciate the huge rocky cirques that dwarf the riders, photography is the most effective medium. Enjoy these shots from Eddie Clark:
























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Video: Down to the wire in Breck Epic stage 4

Breck Epic stage 4 may not have reached the dizzying above-treeline altitude of stage 3, but Wednesday’s race served up ample punishment — and a close finish in the pro men’s race.

The race’s 400-odd riders passed the halfway mark of the six-day mountain bike stage race on the 41-mile Aqueduct route to Keystone and back from downtown Breckenridge, Colorado. Along the way, they faced numerous steep fire road climbs as well as a 10-mile long grind out of Keystone.

In the women’s race Carla Williams (Joe’s Bike Shop) won her second stage in a row and maintained her overall lead on Katrina Englested (Boulder Cycle Sport) with two days to go.

On the other hand, a fresh face stood on the top of the stage 4 podium in the pro men’s race, with Levi Kurlander (Orange Seal) winning his first stage of the week ahead of race leader Jeremiah Bishop (Canyon-Topeak).

Their race began with a frantic chase after the front few riders missed a corner on a fast downhill not more than five miles in.

“We had a 45-minute XC chase back,” said Bishop. “Sometimes the chaos makes it more interesting.”

Kurlander agreed that it was a major effort to bridge back to the front.

“It was the hardest I’d gone all week for the first 45 minutes of the race today,” said Kurlander. “It was full-on XC at 10,000 feet.

In the end, it came down to the youngster from Durango and the three-time former Breck Epic winner Bishop. Kurlander went all out on the final descent to win by three seconds.

“The last section he was going nuts down this downhill,” Bishop said. “He just started sprinting out of every corner.”

“I made the commitment — I was either going to crash or I was going to win,” said Kurlander.

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