🦄Stage 41: Are bike races fixed?
and the story of female racing cyclists escaping Afghanistan for the US
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It’s nice to be in the new place, it’s a touch smaller, but I kind of like it that way. The biggest plus, it’s only a 15-second ride from ‘Stone Bridge’, the starting point of every group ride in Girona.
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Cycling is a strange sport. There are numerous narratives going on at once. There are races within races, this unfortunately can lead to a sort of match-fixing. Some races are fixed for the spectacle, and the paying crowd knows that, such as the post-Tour de France crits. Yet there is also a darker side, with potential fixing on the biggest stage…
The likelihood is that you aren’t faced with a choice between the sport you love and your own safety; between riding your bike or seeing your family again. For Rukhsar Habibzai, that choice became a reality when she was forced to flee Afghanistan to protect herself from a resurgent Taliban. She has now found refuge in the US, her story is like no other.
In case you haven’t realised, winter is here. Even in my adopted home of sunny Girona, the weather has been wet and cold this past week. If you’re anywhere in Europe, it’s not going to be getting much better until March, so it’s better to prep your bike now. Preparing your bike now can prevent hassle and expense later on, here’s how to do it.
Allan “The Unicorn” Shaw is a Scotsman living in Mexico City. He has been a bike messenger in over ten cities and his story is far from normal. Allan is one of the only openly-gay male athletes in the competitive bikepacking world and is the founder of the Gay’s Okay cycling brand. Allan’s story is unique, and I feel like everyone should hear it.
Two decades ago, few cyclists had GPS computers on their bikes. A decade ago, few cyclists were using power meters. Could blood glucose monitors be the next big tech to take over pro-racing, and inevitably trickle down to the masses? Find out how this little bit of tech could push performance further, and let me know if it’s going to be on your shopping list.
📱Tweet of the week
Sky News @SkyNews'Pedalling Picasso' cycles 75 miles across London to map out moustachioed man for Movember https://t.co/9CalI0mPt7
I guess you all know by now that I’m a big fan of Girona. I’ve lived here for just under a year, and I love it. There are so many different cultures, it’s a city that’s so close to the countryside, there are mountains and there is sea. So, it’s no surprise that when I stumble across a podcast about Girona, I share it here. This pod is from The Gravel Ride, and covers Trek Travel’s ‘Girona Gravel Tour.’
Pete Kennaugh is an Olympic Gold Medalist and a former professional cyclist. In 2019, he barely had the motivation or drive to head out for a ride much less race. Now, Pete has come full circle; this is his story.