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Team RadioShack Ben King’s, US National Champion Trek Madone 6.9 SSL – 2011 Amgen Tour of California – Bikes, Personalities and Scenes

img_4600aThey say that all Ben King does is collect US National Championship jerseys. Well, now the 22-year old 2010 USPRO Road Race Champion has the matching bike to prove it.

While the rest of Team RadioShack has been outfitted with a customized Amgen Tour of California creation by contemporary artist Shepard Fairey, King’s bicycle receives the Stars and Stripes treatment.

img_4549aKitted with SRAM’s Red and Bontrager’s XXX Lite components and wheels, Trek’s flagship bicycle has been proportioned to make anyone who uses it to make a living smile.


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Photos: Leonard Basobas/LB Photos

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Leonard Basobas - Among my many and varied interests are cycling and writing. I am deeply passionate about both. Strangely enough, neither has come very easy to me.I had such a horrible crash as a small child that I did not attempt to ride again until the 6th grade. From that point forward, you could say that I have had a love affair with two-wheels. When I was not out on my bike, I could be found tearing apart or putting back together other bikes. The frames and parts found in my parents’ basement today are a testament to that fact. Around the same time that I began riding again, a young rider named Greg Lemond had just won the U23 World Championships. Following his career was my entry point into the sport of cycling, but I never participated in organized racing until I was past my cycling prime. Today, a healthy curiosity about racing has me lining up on the road and in the nearest velodrome.In regard to writing, I am not a trained journalist. My writing, instead, strikes a creative bent in the form of short stories, at least when I not writing for my day job in clinical research. Although I have yet to be published for my creative writing, I have authored several abstracts and papers, and been published as the lead author for a paper in a well-known peer reviewed medical journal.I have covered the sport of cycling, as both writer and photographer, at such races as the Amgen Tour of California (2008 to 2014) and the US Pro Cycling Challenge. I was also the featured Guest Contributor for, commentating and moderating the site's live blogging feed during the 2009 Tour de France.