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Unveiling of Colombia Team Causes Furor on Social Media

L'équipe cycliste féminine colombienne IDRD lors du Tour de Toscane, en Italie, en septembre 2014.

International Dispatch – Sept. 22, 2014 This past weekend the unveiling of the Colombian cycling team IDRD – Bogota -San Mateo Humana Solgar as part of the Tour of Tuscany feminine, Italy, created many reactions on social media. At issue:…

Hincapie to Appear at Star Track Benefit in June

Parents and others wishing to meet the famous pro cyclist who retired from a successful career as a bike racer more than two years ago, will need to pony up $500 a seat for the honor.

My First Five Boro Bike Tour

By Tomas Hamudis–New York, NY–May 5, 2014 Sunday at dawn, I started riding through a dark and deserted midtown Manhattan to the starting line downtown at Franklin and Church Sts. for my first Five Boro Bike Tour–formally known as the…

TDF 2013: Froome Sips Champagne into Paris: Kittel takes Stage

Paris, France—July 21, 2013—By Jen Benepe © All rights reserved. Photos © Jen Benepe To the delight of fans, Chris Froome, the new winner of the 2013 Tour de France rode into Paris sipping champagne, while the sun set on…

TDF 2013: Stage 20: Froome Seals Yellow, Quintana Steals Second

Le Semnoz, Annecy, France—July 20, 2013—By Jen Benepe Nairo Quintana made good on yesterday’s promise to do something at the end of this stage, and he attacked in the final 10 km, pushing Froome to his limits, and winning the…

UCI Amateur and Master Races in Europe, Asia, South America 2013

Love the wobbly wheel in the start for the time trial. Also, isn’t that Mary Ann Miller of Century Road Club Association in there somewhere? The video is a sales piece for one of the UCI-endorsed races for amateurs and…

American Drivers Most Distracted

When you set out for a ride every day, do you wonder whether you’ll make it home in one piece? If you do, there is good reason because American drivers are using more devices and are more distracted than other…

Disabled Cyclist to Start Achilles Chapter in Cuba

March 25, 2013 — By Jen Benepe Damian Alfonso, the Cuban cyclist who made headlines when he qualified for the 2012 cycling event at the Paralympics –and then came in 12th overall in his class, will be recruiting more disabled…

Driver Runs Over Cyclist, Discards Severed Arm

In a horrific crash between a young driver and a cyclist, the driver fled the scene after striking the cyclist, but not before jettisoning his arm–which had been amputated in the crash– into a nearby stream. The article, which can be…

Cyclists Found on a Boat

Two cyclists who had been presumed lost while riding across Peru were surprised to learn that they were considered missing. The joke, it appears, is on us. All the hand-wringing about how dangerous Peru was from the media, including from…

Cycling Couple Missing in Peru

Another couple engaged in adventure cycling are now missing in Peru. Peruvian authorities have expressed concern that Jamie Neal and Garrett Hand have been kidnapped, and the U.S. State Department has announced that they will be searching for them. The couple…

Rechnitz’s Velodrome Dream

By Jen Benepe Josh Rechnitz was profiled by the NY Times on Sunday, but the journalist never spoke to the man. Perhaps that’s because the Times doesn’t have any cyclists on staff, because just about everyone at the Century Road…

Mountain Biking and Dengue

By Jen Benepe, June 7, 2012 If you travel around the world to find the best mountain biking spots, you need to know about the dangers of mosquito-bourne diseases. One of those is Dengue which in its worst manifestation can…