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American Pro: The Red Army Marches On

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Race tactics, low salaries, sponsorship pressure, and a chance to race at Worlds. The highs and lows of a small bike racing team play out in this chapter from American Pro.

American Pro: The Friends and Family Plan

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A cycling team is made up of more than just the riders. Read this excerpt to learn who else contributes to the community, health, and sanity of a bike racing team.

American Pro: Cycling’s Sponsorship Conundrum

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Learn how sponsorship works (or doesn't work) in this excerpt from Jamie Smith's new book on a small domestic cycling team trying to make it in the world of bike racing.

American Pro: Dreaming Big

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Some teams have humble beginnings. In this first chapter of Jamie Smith's book on domestic bike racing, find out how one small team got its start.

Pros don’t maintain their bikes. What about squeaky chains?

Phil Gaimon's foolproof way to fix a squeaky chain.

What interview question are you most tired of?

"How hard is that climb?", is the question that completely misses the point.

What’s the weirdest thing about pro cycling?

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The whole concept of pro cycling is crazy when you think about it... Phil Gaimon gets philosophical in this Q&A from his book Ask a Pro.

Is being a pro cyclist everything it’s cracked up to be?

I’ve been racing for a long time, hoping to make it someday as a pro...

Is cycling still fun when it’s a job?

The Romans got it wrong.

Do you have any advice for uphill time trials?

Do you have any advice for an uphill time trial I’m signed up for?

I have some questions about drug testing.

Specifically: What's it like?

Why are pro cyclists so approachable and friendly?

I went to the start of a stage at the Amgen Tour of Cali­fornia this year...

Do you eat scrapple?

I’ve spent a few summers in eastern Pennsylvania, which is prime scrapple country...

Should I update my bike or upgrade to a new one?

I’ve got an old Bottecchia with a classic Team ADR paint scheme that I used to race on...

What’s Inside ASK A PRO?

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Take a peek inside the contents of Phil Gaimon's book Ask a Pro.

If You Haven’t Peed There, You Haven’t Been There

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Phil Gaimon recounts a hard day of racing--and peeing off the Golden Gate Bridge.

Yelling Is a Tactic

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I’ve always appreciated this lesson.

You Can Make Lemonade Out of Road Rash

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Sometimes, crashing can be a good thing.

Saran Wrap Makes a Good Bandage

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Please enjoy this excerpt from Pro Cycling on $10 a Day: From Fat Kid to Euro Pro.

Why Do Cyclists Shave Their Legs?

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Once and for all, here’s the skinny about shaved legs, a major source of ridicule for male Roadies.

The Power of Three

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Trizophrenia: Inside the Minds of a Triathlete, by nationally syndicated illustrator and veteran triathlete Jef Mallett, offers up a witty, thoughtful, and entertaining exploration of the triathlon lifestyle

Off to the Races: A Chapter from An Accidental Athlete by John “The Penguin” Bingham

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Even though there was no hope of my winning a race, or even being among the top men in my age group, I loved the act of racing. I loved the spirit of competition.

Langst de Vaart: Riding Along the Canal in Belgium

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If I could relive one period of the past, it would be my first full season as a pro, in 1988.

Blue-Collar Racing

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We were sent home with a portable device to record our heart activity and blood pressure for the next twenty-four hours.

What’s with the Funny Shorts?

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DUDE! Put away your junk! Why do cyclists wear those skintight, spandex shorts!?

What’s with the Funny Shirts?

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Seriously, what is up with those ugly jerseys cyclists wear!?

How Many Bikes Does a Cyclist Really Need?

How many bikes does a cyclist need? from Roadie by Jamie Smith and Jef Mallett

The average Roadie owns eight bikes.

Why Do Cyclists Hate Riding Indoors?

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Many Roadies call it torture. There are two basic designs: rollers and wind trainers. Neither one is fun to ride.

What Is a Criterium Race?

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Criterium racing is the most popular and most common format of bike racing in the U.S. Get your primer on how to watch them and how they are raced!

Chequamegon: Joe Parkin, Greg LeMond, Bob Roll

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There are two types of bike racers: those who find great strength in the face of a setback and those who crack because of it.