🚔Stage 38: Stolen, golden bikes
and cycling's most exciting team, L39ION of L.A.
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I’m in full-blown off-season mode at the minute. I’m making the most of not having to train, and instead, I’m spending time visiting friends and family. I’ve just arrived home from a trip up to Scotland which was loads of fun, and next, I’m heading to the Midlands to visit some old cycling friends.
The off-season is a strange time for us pro-cyclists. It’s the two to three weeks a year that we can fully live like normal people. As we travel so much during the season, we try to catch up with as many friends and family as possible and just spend a bit of time relaxing.
I’ve got another week at home in England, before heading back out to Girona to start my winter training. I hope you enjoy this week’s newsletter.
L39ION of Los Angeles are arguably cycling’s most exciting team. The team was founded in 2019 by Justin and Cory Williams, brothers and life-long bike racers who wanted to diversify cycling culture, grow the sport, and shake up some of its tired traditions. Guided by images, the Williams brothers tell the stories behind the Californian team that’s loud, proud, diverse, and here to change the game forever.
Clay Davies statistically became something of an anomaly when he came out as gay earlier this year. There are currently no male WorldTour pro riders who are out, despite the vanishingly small chances of there being no gay men in the peloton, and only a very select handful of amateurs. Davies tells his story of diversity, and what more cycling can do.
Twenty of the Italian National Squad’s track bikes were stolen last week from the Track World Champs in Roubaix. The bikes, which belong to the fastest Team Pursuit team in history, are said to be worth around $30,000 each. The golden bikes are replaceable but the memories they hold are irreplaceable. If you see a golden bike for sale, give the Italians a call!
Military service, the threat of rockets, and climbing around Jerusalem - 21-year-old Omer Lahav is chasing his dream against the odds. Thanks to bike racing, he has been able to travel far beyond the desert roads that surround his village, first moving to Jerusalem in search of better training climbs, and then to Europe. His story is like no other.
Winter is coming. Often it sneaks up on us unexpectedly and catches us by surprise. Preparing in advance is the key to staying out on the bike when the cold comes. Whether it’s an appropriate kit or nutrition, here are some top tips for keeping on the road in winter.
📱Tweet of the week
Wait, was this a running or a cycling race?
Geraint Thomas invites an old friend and team-mate Sir Bradley Wiggins onto his podcast to take a look back at where it all began. What advice did Bradley Wiggins have for a young cyclist? Why did they have to be rescued in Mallorca? And how does he reflect differently on his career since retiring? This pod is a cracker from two legends of the sport.
Danny MacAskill is a legend. He’s the undisputed king of bike tricks, and he’s back again. This time, he’s back and he’s riding for climate change.