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When you watch a bike race on television, everything appears to run smoothly. Each day, the riders show up on the start line in fresh kits with bikes that look like they just came out of the box. No one looks too stressed, and they seem ready to take on the day’s stage. But things aren’t always as they seem.
Behind the scenes at a bike race, it is anything but smooth and stress-free. There are a huge number of things that need to be done before and after each stage to ensure that everything and...
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At one of the first professional races that I participated in, I watched a fleet of brand new cars roll out, covered in stickers for the event to be used as team cars during the race. I thought to myself, ‘Wow, that is a pretty big financial commitment from the car manufacturer. They have provided around 40 brand new cars to be used in a bike race!’ When I asked my teammates and manager why a car company would be willing to do this and what is in it for them, I was told, ‘Don’t...
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This season marks my fifth year racing with Team Novo Nordisk and it began in the usual fashion with a training camp in Altea, located in the south of Spain.
At this time of year, cycling teams overrun the area with everyone looking to escape the cold and train somewhere with relative warmth. As you ride around, numerous teams and team vehicles go by and the climbs are swarmed with riders going up and down completing their prescribed efforts.
However, this year the weather was exceptionally bad. Nearly every day, there were...
2016 is over and everyone, including myself, is busy preparing for the start of the 2017 season. Before it begins, I wanted to write a brief recap of last season by the numbers.
In 365 days, I rode my bike 33,898 kilometers, which isn't quite around the world but it is an average of 92.9km per day. I only drove around 5,000 km in my car, so I definitely saved on petrol.
During the year, I had a total of 43 days off the bike and most of those were due to travel. For the days that I...
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It's that time of year again. Riders are coming together with their teams for early 2017 training camps. These are the people you will spend many nights on the road with during the coming year. It’s interesting to meet for the first time the people whose job at times will be to sacrifice themselves and protect you while racing.
As a result, teams are climbing mountain peaks together, hiking long trails, sailing or even just spending a relaxing holiday together to better know each other and bond as a team.
At Team Novo Nordisk, we had...