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A Dutch Classic – An Interview with Annemiek van Vleuten

It has been well documented that Classics riders, the "hardmen" and "hardwomen" of the peloton, are cut from a different cloth. This unique group within the cycling fraternity/sorority relishes the opportunity to test themselves over rigorous parcours and are further emboldened the more inclement the weather becomes. Annemiek van Vleuten (Bigla Pro Cycling) will be the first one tell you that she is a Classics rider. And she does so with such a zest and eagerness as if to let you know that she is ready, at this moment, to battle through both adversary and adversity regardless of the circumstance.
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Southern Charmed – An Interview with Lauren Hall, Part II

A pre-race favorite in yesterday's Road Race at the USA Cycling National Championships, Lauren fell just shy in her bid to claim her first National Championship on the road. In Part II of my conversation with Lauren Hall (Optum Procycling), we discuss racing in the Stars and Stripes, the future of women’s cycling, and why Tim Reynolds should be looking over his shoulder. Lenny B (LB): Each of the top three moments on your palmares is related to the Stars and Stripes. Is there something extra special about representing or racing for your country? Lauren Hall (LH): You bet, representing
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Southern Charmed – An Interview with Lauren Hall, Part I

Happier than a tornado in a trailer park, is a colloquial expression that could easily be applied to Lauren Hall (Optum Procycling), winner of the 3rd edition of Gent-Wevelgem. For the Mississippi native; however, being so happy that you want to pick things up and throw them around speaks less to what she has achieved on the road, or for that matter on the pines, in her young and upstart professional cycling career, but more so to the fact that she has accomplished what most people spend a lifetime doing; finding (or having the courage to pursue) what makes them
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Northern Exposure – An Interview with Canadian Leah Guloien

Last year, I had the good fortune of meeting author Chris Cleave, who was in town for a reading and signing of his latest novel, Gold, which delves into the lives and rivalry of two female track cyclists. During the question and answer portion, a rather astute devotee questioned the reasoning behind his use of female protagonists in Gold, and for that matter all of his books. While the question seemed to catch the Little Bee author a bit off guard, it was the method by which he arrived at his answer that proved most surprising. Beginning his research with
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London Calling – Olympian Shelley Olds

When I first met Shelley Olds, she was a budding track cycling star who was still navigating the nuisances of road cycling. But throughout the course of her professional career, the one constant has been the Olympic dream. While it would take some sacrifice and a move from away from her comfort zone, in a few days, Shelley will represent the United States of America at the London 2012 Olympic Games. I caught up with Shelley shortly after this year's Giro Donne to discuss the London Games and what it took to be an Olympian. Lenny B (LB): During the
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Holding Out Hope – Garmin-Cervelo’s Tom Danielson

Seaside, CA - With Chris Horner (Team RadioShack) tearing the legs off the peloton, including his teammate's, three-time Amgen Tour of California champion Levi Leipheimer, up Sierra Road during Stage 4, it is quite easy to overlook the rest of the field, and for that matter the remaining stages. But with an Individual Time Trial (ITT) and a brutal ascent of Mt. Baldy on the horizon, no one is holding out for hope more than the man Lance Armstrong once tabbed "The Great White Hope," Garmin-Cervelo's Tom Danielson, who currently sits in third on the General Classification. Since bursting onto
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TRIPLE Exclusive: Leading Lady – Part III

Mud Bug In Part III of my conversation with Meredith Miller, we discuss what she loves most about Cyclocross, what type of course she favors best, and why she is riding in pink this October. Lenny B (LB): For the uninitiated, a Cyclocross race can look very much like controlled chaos, or what a friend might refer to as a hot mess. How much, or little, does teamwork come into play during a race, or is it mostly individualistic and all about the hole shot and positioning? Meredith Miller (MM): I have to laugh a little at this question because
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TRIPLE Exclusive: Leading Lady – Part II

We Can Do It Cycling can at times be a mixed bag, in that the growth of the sport is often met with startling declines. Women’s Cycling, especially domestically, has taken some huge hits in recent years with a number of major team sponsors pulling out of the sport. Meredith Miller has seen and lived through both sides of the turnover spectrum. In Part II of my conversation with the peloton's newest leading lady, we find out what changes she would make to the sport of cycling, whether women’s cycling should take a tougher stance, and the plausibility of a
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TRIPLE Exclusive: Leading Lady – Part I

Ready For Her Closeup As a veteran of the women’s professional peloton for over a decade, Meredith Miller has been known as the consummate teammate. Whether riding out front for the Danish-based Team S.A.T.S and the defunct TEAm Lipton, or serving as a role model and mentor during her time with Aaron’s Women’s Professional Cycling Team and currently with Team TIBCO, the former University of Wisconsin soccer player has always done what was needed and what was necessary to ensure her team’s success, even if that meant sacrificing some of her own ambitions. But recently, the spotlight has shined brightly,
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TRIPLE Exclusive: An Interview with Erica Allar – Part III

Present, Perfect While Erica Allar (Team Vera Bradley Foundation) and I have remained in touch over the years, it had been some time since we actually shared some decent face time. But that changed this past month as I was able to catch up with her in Arlington, Virginia, the site of her Clarendon Cup victory last year, for the 2010 Air Force Cycling Classic. Kind and sensitive, intelligent and quick-witted, and easily approachable as well as to laugh, Erica has always surprised me with her uncanny ability to stay in the present. Whether it is a by-product of a
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