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Taiwan Cup | Matteo Rabottini 2012 Giro KOM Will Climb to Wuling

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Two years ago the rain poured down. The wind blew hard. The 2010 Taiwan Cup was a washout Taiphoon Megi made sure of that. Heading happily towards Hong Kong to sock it to ’em, the beast did a sharp right turn and headed north. This Typhoon did not pummel Taiwan the way that Typhoon Morakot […]

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The Last Crit – Does Age Really Matter? Not When the Cycling’s HOT

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Enough already. The third crit for the year. Dear National Cycling Club Association, we are OVER it…them…criterium racing…for this year anyways. Sorry for shouting but we–well, maybe it’s just me–are more than satisfied with this year’s quota of flat circular racing. Tainan, Taichung, and finally Changhua. True, we were pumped, surrounded by the vibrant hum […]

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2012 Wuling Cup – One High Mountain Test of (Cycling) Truth

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The silence of the mountains is unique. As a kid I grew up by the ocean, on the ocean. The ocean is restless, noisy, like a schizoid dog. Not so the mountain.  A bit like a cat, it sits, broods, and judges. Unlike a cat, though, it is a formidable beast. I have an ambivalent […]

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Facing the Great Mountain – A Training Ride to 3275m to Prepare for the Wuling Cup

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Everyone looks forward to this 55km and 2800m of elevation climb in central Taiwan. This is because they’ve largely forgotten how they felt at the finish the last time they did it The average gradient of around 6% sounds ok. But the numerous 12-15% sections along with the altitude soon take their toll. For many […]

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Life after pro cycling—getting a career at the end of a career

The great majority of elite sportsmen and women face the challenge of life after their sporting careers have come to an end. If you are lucky enough—or have simply put in the hard yards—to have made it big in one of the “A-list” disciplines that attract the mass support of the public—Tennis, Golf, Football, and […]

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