From High School Math Teacher To Cyclist (Featuring Janel Holcomb)

When Janel Holcomb purchased her first bike in 2006, she unwittingly changed the course of her entire career. Within months she traded in her life as a high school math teacher for that of a professional cyclist. Before long she became a decorated racer and was crowned the 2011 National Racing Calendar champion. She competed in world championships in 2013 and 2014 in the Team Time Trial. Today she discusses her unusual path. In this episode, we’ll cover: Her experiences at the 2012 Olympics. Why each country has a different racing personality. How working with the Women’s Cycling Association changed her life Why anyone can ride like a pro. By the end of her first season in 2007, Janel Holcomb was invited to guest ride at a stage race for the California-based professional team, Webcor Builders. Here she helped secure the overall win for her teammate, and was then signed to race full-time. Over the next two seasons, Janel steadily accumulated results and developed her talents as an all-arounder. In … Read More »

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Behind the Scenes of Championship Cycling With Rachelle Harings

As the daughter of a professional cyclist (and seven-time National Champion), it’s not surprising that Rachelle Harings would end up in the sport. Unlike her father, however, Rachelle’s triumphs lie behind the scenes as the Logistics Manager for Team LottoNL-Jumbo. Today this organizational maven talks about how to balance the fiery passion of the cycling world with the cold nuts and bolts of making it all happen. In this episode, we’ll cover: What it’s like to be the child of a champion. The lives and careers of women in the industry. What success looks like behind the curtain. Her most rewarding experiences working in the sport. Rachelle Harings is the Logistics Manager for the professional cycling team, Team LottoNL-Jumbo. Her father was a professional cyclist in the 1960s, who raced the Tour de France seven times, and was a seven-time National Champion in cyclo-cross. Before her work with Team LottoNL-Jumbo, Rachelle was an Events and Hospitality Manager for the Amstel Gold Race, the largest and most important race in Holland. … Read More »

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Where We’re Going in 2016

Riding my bike is in so many ways all about the things I love to do and the places I love to go. It is emotional as much as it is physical. Its taking on the challenges that sit just above my comfort zone that define the days I enjoy most. And I would guess it’s the same for most of us. During the month of August each summer, when riding the roads of southern Vermont, I piece together the experiences that define the emotional and physical highs on the bike and I set out to organize the following season’s calendar to explore this in a European context. This summer, as inspiration, I took on some new climbs (Lincoln Gap) and gravel in a (failed) attempt at completing the infamous LAMB Ride in upstate Vermont and I tortured myself with one of my favorite riding partners Rich Bastone over an 80 mile ride that took in the brutal paved/gravel ascent of Vermont’s Danby Truck Trail 10 that finished with a … Read More »

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From Law School Graduate To Professional Cyclist With Andrea Dvorak

When Andrea Dvorak first began riding at the University of Virginia, she was unaware that it would lead her to an acclaimed, international career in professional cycling. Before she knew it, she traded in her law degree for a professional road contract with Colavita-Sutter Home. Almost a decade later, Andrea is one of the most celebrated cyclists in the country, with victories at La Route de France and Fitchburg Longsjo Classic. Today she discusses her humble beginnings as a cyclist, and how it shaped her illustrious career in racing. In this episode, we’ll cover: The chaos of racing in Europe (and learning to love it). What cycling can teach you about comradery and teamwork. The next big challenges facing women’s cycling. Her incredible junior athletics program at the Miller School. Andrea’s best experience on the bike. Andrea Dvorak is a professional cyclist with Twenty16. Her decorated career includes making the United States Olympic Long Team for the 2012 London Olympic Games, winning a stage of the Route de France, competing … Read More »

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Organizing The Tour of Flanders With Lien Crapoen

You may recognize Lien Crapoen as one of the podium hosts at Flanders Classics, but her job far exceeds that of a spokeswoman. Today this hospitality and organizational maven  takes us behind the scenes of one of the world’s largest cycling events, discusses her life with professional cyclist Edward Theuns, and reveals why cycling has always been an influential force in her life and career. In this episode, we’ll cover: What it takes to organize a global event like the Tour of Flanders. How the new course affected an entire nation. Lien’s inspiration to start cycling and her most exhilarating experience as a rider. The most rewarding aspects of working with cyclists. What the Tour of Flanders has in store for next year. Lien Crapoen is a full-time staff member of Flanders Classics in Hospitality, VIP Sales, and Back Office Support. Although primarily recognized as a podium host for Flanders Classics, Lien is instrumental in the organization of some of the world’s largest races including Omloop Het Niewsblad, Dwars door … Read More »

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