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Chad Young: a “devastating and difficult time”

The news from the Tour of Gila this week included one item about another crash. Chad Young was involved… and the initial report wasn’t good. The subsequent release was even worse.   – By James Stout Bike racing teaches us to deal with pain, to put away the feelings of physical discomfort which can interfere with reaching our goals. What bike racing doesn’t do is equip us to deal with mental anguish that goes far deeper than a burning in your legs and a shortness of breath. That is the kind of pain that people involved with the Axeon-Hagens...

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Plans for the 104th Tour de France

In July 2016 the publisher of RIDE Media, Rob Arnold, set off to cover the Tour de France as a journalist for the 19th time. Joining him was Tour debutant Mark Ferguson. The pair collaborated throughout the three weeks of the race.  RIDE will be back at the Tour again in 2017… and, once again, looking at things from a different perspective. RIDE on Tour in 2017   – By Rob Arnold   The hotels and flights and rental car are booked and I’m set for another adventure. The 104th Tour de France is 64 days away; it may seem like quite a while –...

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Allan Davis Q&A (part 3): considering his career

This is the final part of an interview with Allan Davis from May 2016. He was a cyclists with a distinguished career; recruited by the Mapei development team as a teenager, he moved from Bundaberg in Queensland to Italy… and onward to Spain. He is now living in the Basque Country and enjoying riding his bike again.  We covered a range of topics in the 45 minute discussion. Allan Davis interview: Part 01 • Part 02   (Part three begins at the 30 minute mark of the SoundCloud file.)   – Photos: Yuzuru Sunada   And you joined Orica-GreenEdge for the debut season and...

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Adjusting to something new: Allan Davis

Considering a transition   – By Rob Arnold   It’s day one after announcing that we’re going to ‘transition’ to a new phase of media delivery and the concept conjured memories of a discussion from a few years ago. I spoke with Allan Davis on the eve of the 10th anniversary of Operacion Puerto. The ‘Bundy Boy’ was meant to race the Tour de France in 2006 but his team was evicted at the Grand Départ. He went through turmoil because of this doping investigation. And while we’ve known each other since he was a teenager on the cusp...

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Onward to what comes next: publisher’s comment

You can’t arrive at work today thinking that you can keep doing what you did yesterday.   * * * * * Follow up from the announcement     – By Rob Arnold   It was a long time in the making but yesterday we issued a statement about the future of our company. The reaction was rapid and significant with a vast mix of emotions, generous and frustrated comments flowed in and it became clear that RIDE Media has an impact on our readers. To everyone who has responded, thank you. The compliments are, of course, well received...

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