The Williams Way - Chris Williams of TNN

Keep It Real . . .

Keep It Real . . .

Image: ©Kim Daebong

When I started watching bike races, I quickly became aware of what made certain races so special. Strade Bianchi has its dirt roads. Paris-Roubaix has its cobbles. Milano Sanremo is crazy long. The Tour de France has its big mountain finishes. Almost every race in Belgium has rain and crosswinds. The Vuelta Espana has a distinct lack of flat stages, and like most races in Italy, the Giro d’Italia is just… well, the Giro is just crazy.

Each race had its own identity and was special for a different reason. Generally, the victors were those that had...


Grandpa . . .

Grandpa . . .

Image: ©velomages

I was recently scrolling through my Facebook feed when a race photo of Davide Rebellin popped up. Under the picture were a bunch of comments stating that despite the fact he is turning 46 later this year, he was still going strong ‘for his age’ with no signs of slowing down. This sparked some debate amongst my teammates and me.

According to those comments, many people believe it is time for him to hang up the bike, which led to the question---what is the best age for racing? What I found out is that many believe the...


Behind the Scenes…

Behind the Scenes…

All images: ©KL Photo

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...


The 'Business' of Professional Cycling

The 'Business' of Professional Cycling

All images: ©Team Novo Nordisk

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...


Fresh Eyes . . .

Fresh Eyes . . .

All images: ©Team Novo Nordisk / ©Angus Sung

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...