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Rider Diaries

A complete listing of Cyclingnews.com's diarists can be found here.

Tales from the Peloton


Levi Leipheimer: pre-season training
From the left chair: How the Sportsbook.com team came into being
The Launceston Classic: How two local riders brought their dream to life
Podium Girl Gone Bad: US Cross nats. Full body mudpack.
Time to Boogie! - Michael Boogerd's Fanclubday
A Lardbutt Christmas Carol
Competing in Castro country - a journal of the first ever Olimpiada del Deporte Cubano
Coach vs Coach - An award-winning tale of trackside rivalry
Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge: Take a bow, Taupo
T-Mobile Training Camp: On the road with the women from T-Mobile
Positive or not: Investigating the tainted supplements dilemma
Acute disease linked to artificial EPO: A Cyclingnews special report
NSWIS-FDJeux.com: an Aussie-French development team
Nicole Reinhart Foundation Dinner Dance: Hand-to-hand combat of a different kind
Having a gay ol' time: A day out at the 2002 Sydney Gay Games
The Cycling Center: A Belgian based US development team
Journée des Retrouvailles: the legends ride again
Photo highlights from Europe Part I & Part II
Caption contest winners - Three witty Cyclingnews readers win a pair of Cyclingnews socks
Team Lardbutt - Off the back at the 2002 Seagull Century
An inspiring encounter with a certain cancer survivor
Inside team USA at the track world's
- Colby Pearce's "diary of quasi-significant events for the Track World Championships"
A chance Lance encounter - A meeting in the woods in Austin, Texas
Behind the scenes at the SFGP
- a spectator meets with over-enthusiastic police at the San Francisco GP
Team Lardbutt - A misplaced email from the team leader to racer X
Fixed for the fans: the Post-Tour de France Criteriums
- The 'special' post-Tour races where the outcome is known before the start, but no-one really cares (August 8, 2002)
New York City championships - A spectator's story (August 4, 2002)
DynEPO: A new form of EPO undetectable by the UCI's urine test - The imminent release of DynEPO, a new version of the commonly-used EPO will require another round of modifications to the current testing regime.
To radio, or not to radio - Communications in the peloton, or are radios making races more boring? With rider comments from Brad McGee, Anna Millward, John Lieswyn, Cadel Evans
Chris Davidson
- Wherry's exploding derailleur
No sleep till Sunday - An organiser's eye-view of the Tour of the Gila
Everyday curses
- a day in the race of Team Lardbutt
More than just a bike race - A Ronde Van Vlandeeren for the fans
Climbs and cobbles - Jeff Jones tackles the RVV parcours
The last day of Waverley Park - a photo essay


Cyclists Combating Cancer - Damon Phinney's last ride
David Duarte - 24 hours of Commemoration
The Seagull Century - The Pie Stop Challenge
Jacques Augendre - Another Tour Legend
New York Disaster - Gotham Burns: an eyewitness account from the saddle
The Noble House saga - whatever happened to America's newest team?
Maynard Hershon's Tales from the Peloton - the right local hero
Maynard Hershon's Tales from the Peloton - A day on the moto
Tales from the peloton - Wim van Est's fall, 50th anniversary
Tales from the peloton - Who's that 'Unidentified Rider' in the Saturn Classic?
Meeting of the Minds - Giro d'Italia 2001 - a commentary
Part 1 of an extract from Breaking the Chain - Drugs and Cycling: The True Story by Willy Voet
Part 2 of an extract from Breaking the Chain - Drugs and Cycling: The True Story by Willy Voet


Nicole Reinhart Tribute page - A collection of some of the messages readers sent in after Nicole's tragic death.
Support messages for Graeme Obree, part one & part two- A collection of reader letters sent when the former Hour record holder was revealed to be suffering severe depression

Travel Features

Cyclingnews readers get around, and from time to time write to tell us of their experiences. Plus, we feature a selected range of high-quality tour operators who specialise in getting you and your bike to the big races.

Fixies across Asia - Two likely lads travelling the world on minimalist bikes.
The 2001 Tour - from the roadside
Ronde van Vlaanderen 2002 - more that just a bike race to the Belgians. Cyclingnews' Editor Jeff Jones takes the tour bus deep into Flanders and gains a unique perspective on the king of Belgian classics

Index to travel resources

Tim Maloney's Racy Language

Cyclingnews' European editor Tim Maloney presents a semi-sporadic column on all things cycling.

Lance Armstrong on Tour win #4, Classics & the French authorities (March 31, 2002)
Lance Armstrong on life as father of three, post-career thoughts, reading ritual & dirt bike adventures (April 6, 2002)
Armstrong's Spring campaign over - American sets his sights on quest for 4th consecutive Tour De France title (May 1, 2002)
Lance Armstrong - Countdown to Le Tour

Competition winners

Cannondale (June 2001)
Blackburn (January 2001)
Trek/Nike (July 2000)
Cannondale (June 2000)
Spinergy (April 2000)

Book, film and video reviews

Day of Glory or Day of Pain
Team On The Run





Reader Polls

Reader Poll and CN awards 2002  
Reader Poll 2001   
Competition winners   


Book reviews and purchasing information   
Film and video reviews

Interviews and profiles 2002

December 2002

Santiago Botero: Colombian sportsman of the year
Fred Rodriguez: An up-and-down 2002, supplements and 'Fast Freddy's Blend'
Membership, money and medals: USA Cycling CEO Gerard Bisceglia
Thor Hushovd: Ready to carve out a niche
Greg Minnaar: The Fresh Prince of Big Air
Martin Whiteley, Global Racing DS: Think Global, act local
Kimberly Bruckner: Time for a change
Tim Johnson and Lyne Bessette: The Tim & Lyne show

November 2002

Laura Van Gilder: How fast (or far) can I go?
Jonny Sundt: Cat on a hot tin roof
Levi Leipheimer: Living up to Potential
Sean Eadie: 2002 World sprint champion
Jonathan Page: US boy bearing the 'cross in Belgium
Oleg Grichkine, Russian Champion: As long as the legs spin
Roy Knickman: Stepping up to the plate for Prime Alliance
Chris Hoy: The Kilo Guy
Tom Danielson: Climbing specialist and new Saturn signing
Lisa Mathison: Junior MTB world champion & UCI scholarship holder

October 2002

Lance Armstrong comments on the 2003 TdF
Nicholas Roche - Roche junior steps out of the shadows
Henk Vogels Part II - Come fly with me
Questions & Lanswers
- Lance Armstrong meets the people at Interbike
Baden Cooke - Big Boy Baden
Tomas L÷vkvist interview - Sweden's Junior World's hope
Henk Vogels, Part I
- getting chirpy about the World Roads, his best season ever in the US, and his decision to leave Credit Agricole

September 2002

L'Americano - Guido Trenti: a pro's life in Italy and riding the world's for the USA (October 1, 2002)
Cyrille Guimard sings praise of Baden Cooke (September 25, 2002)
Cycling and beyond with Zoulfia Zabirova (September 19, 2002)
Floyd Landis - Back home again (September 19, 2002)
Jose Miguel Echavarri - a rare interview with the iBanesto.com director (also in Spanish) (September 17, 2002)
Amber Neben - one of the new stars of women's cycling
Jens Schwedler - Germany's 'cross champion (September 12, 2002)
Iban Mayo interview - The great orange hope of the Basque Country. Also available in Castellano. (September 10, 2002)
Team Phonak - Talking in the Phonakular (September 8 2002)
Laurent Jalabert - Bowing out while still at the top (September 5, 2002)
Johan Bruyneel - the USPS mastermind on Vuelta objectives and rivals (September 2, 2002)

August 2002

Cadel Evans - Off to the Tour with Telekom (August 29, 2002)
Miranda Vierling
- brains over brawn at the junior worlds (August 28)
Bert McConnell - Track racing über-fan
Jonathan Vaughters, part 1 - leaving Credit Agricole (August 19)
Jonathan Vaughters, part 2 - V is for venerable (August 26)
Catherine Marsal - doyenne of women's racing
Susanne Ljungskog - LGBF stage winner
Madeleine Lindberg interview - La Grand Boucle, the World's & Athens (August 7, 2002)
Lance Armstrong - NYC press conference (August 4, 2002)

July 2002: Tour de France features

A full listing of TdF features, including:
The year of the team - A full analysis and wrap up
Apres le Tour - in the back seat of the team car
Lance Armstrong - July 27 press conference
Cyclingnews' European editor Tim Maloney interviewed Lance Armstrong in the weeks leading up to his attempt at Tour win number four. Countdown To Le Tour: Lance Armstrong speaks to Cyclingnews about 2002 Preparation, Competition and the USPS Doping Dossier
Armstrong's Spring campaign over - Lance sets his sights on quest for 4th consecutive Tour De France title (May 1, 2002)

Rest Day Features

After act one, what's next?. A look at what's in store for the peloton as they head towards the moutains
A look inside the Alfa Romeo of race director Jean-Marie LeBlanc
Tim Maloney spends one day aboard the "Moto Presse Ecrit" Kawasaki in Moto Madness
Le Tour 101 - answers to those TdF questions you've not been too afraid to ask

Other TdF 02 Features and interviews

Lance Armstrong - Pre-Tour press conference
Chris Carmichael - Lance Armstrong's long time coach
Baden Cooke - Cookie and his ravenous yearning for a stage win the TdF.
Erik Dekker - Getting hip to Mr Congeniality.
David Etxebarria part 1 & 2 - Euskatel-Euskadi's hard man. Also available in Spanish.
Igor Gonzales de Galdeano - ONCE's chrono man (Spanish version)
Julian Gorospe - Euskatel-Euskadi's DS
Tyler Hamilton - giving his all to put Austin Powers in a spot of difficulty
Robert Hunter - The 25 year-old South African sprinter muses about life after Mapei
Bradley McGee - The prologue favourite from Down Under
Floyd Landis - the fat-tyre addict turned relevatory roadie
Robbie McEwen - The McPocket Rocket from the Gold Coast
Stuart O'Grady - "ready to do everything I can to keep the green jersey until AFTER the line on the Champs-ElysÚes!"
Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez - Euskaltel-Euskadi's 24 year old Tour rookie. Also in Spanish.
Richard Virenque - still wants to show who's boss when the road veers skywards
Chris Carmichael - Armstrong's coach speaks

June 2002

Sarah Ulmer - Off to Manchester
Floyd Landis
- Back on right track with USPS for 2002
Deirdre Demet-Barry - Fly Like a Butterfly
Emma James - From industrial chemist to industrious cyclist - CN's latest diarist
Fredrik Modin - Sweden's newest (and lightest) star
Scott Sunderland - Team talk, Commonwealth Games, Aussies in Italy, and Tchmil

May 2002: Giro d'Italia

Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel - Women's cycling and postponing retirement
Ed Beamon - the Navigators DS on steady growth and future goals
Matt Hayman - Making hay while the sun shines
Dario Cioni - Guerriero di ombra: Shadow warrior
Graeme Brown - Una grande entrata for Brownie
Francesco Casagrande - Headstrong and head-on
Tyler Hamilton - American Flyer
Giovanni Battaglin - A legend of the Giro looks back
Alessandro Petacchi - A Fassabulous season
Daniele Nardello - Friendly aggressor
Gilberto Simoni - Mountain Man
Stefano Garzelli - A man on a mission
Cadel Evans - Pre-Giro thoughts

May 2002

Heiko Salzwedel on Britain's track plans (May 2002)
Australia's future - head coach Shayne Bannan on the way forward (May 2002)
Martain Barras - Australian track's 'new Charlie Walsh' (May 2002)
Mike Giraud
- wrenching for Rona (May 2002)
Charly Wegelius
- Life at Mapei-Quickstep (May 2002)
Stuart O'Grady - Like having new legs (April 2002)
Lance Armstrong - father of three, post-career thoughts & dirt bike adventures (April 2002)
Troy Bayliss - the world Superbike champ is a closet cyclist (April 2002)
Volvo-Cannondale - Defending the top MTB spot (April 2002)
Viatcheslav Ekimov
- Returning to racing (April 2002)
Lance Armstrong - Tour #4, Classics & the French authorities (April 2002)
Dirk Demol - US Postal's directeur sportif (April 2002)
Heiko Salzwedel - The UK's track coach (April 2002)
Erik Zabel - Going for a fifth MSR (April 2002)
Davide Rebellin - Small teams and 2002 aims (April 2002)
Marty Jemison - Returning to Civvy Street (April 2002)
Lance Armstrong - Replies to Vasseur accusations (March 2002)
Cedric Vasseur - Speaking his mind (March 2002)
Scott McGrory - Back to training (March 2002)
Prime Alliance - Aiming higher in 2002 (February 2002)
Basil Milsal - Up and coming American Six Day rider (February 2002)
Panaria-Fiordo '02 - Fast, Fizzy and Orange (February 2002)
Hernan Dario Mu˝oz - Tour de Langkawi winner (February 2002)
Team fakta - presentation 2002 (February 2002)
David McKenzie - back in the saddle (February 2002)
Equipe Cycliste RONA - Report from the training camp
Team Saturn - Training hard for 2002
Team Coast - Poised for success (February 2002)
Saeco - Longoni Sport - Balance & focus to make a great leap forward (January 2002)
Gilberto Simoni - Preparing for the challenge (January 2002)
Mapei-Quick Step - Mega Mapei wants to regain top spot in '02 (January 2002)
ITERA - a presentation without a presentation (January 2002)
Fassa Bortolo - poised for major moves in 2002 (January 2002)
US Postal - The 2002 squad emerges into the Arizona sunshine (January 2002)
Victor Hugo Pena - 2001 disappointments, 2002 goals (January 2002)
Servais Knaven - Roubaix, Domo & the Tour (January 2002)
An Evening with Stuart O'Grady - Answering questions from the fans (January 2002)
Zoulfia Zabirova - Life, love and a little on women's cycling (January 2002)
George Hincapie - New Year resolutions, Paris-Roubaix and Postal (January 2002)
Steffen Wesemann - Back in the pink (January 2002)

January 2002: Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under Special

Robbie McEwen - starting the season at fill tilt
Brad McGee - bringing it all back home
Brad Davidson - from Carnegie Caulfield CC to Saeco
David McPartland - best young rider
Bobby Julich - in the pink with Telekom
Glenn d'Hollander - TDU Stage 3 Man of the Day
Robert Tighello - the TDU wild card shows his colours
Scott Sunderland - On the comeback trail
Scott Sunderland - lousy luck
Julian Dean - the best excuse for missing your anniversary
Cadel Evans - riding borrowed bike at the TDU
Cadel Evans - a TDU win at last
Andrea Tafi - in search of one good victory
Daniele Nardello - unfazed by early TDU bump
Fred Rodriguez - Captain America Down Under
Jaan Kirsipuu - keen for kudos

2002 Pro bikes

Telekom Pinarello
CSC-Tiscali Look
AG2r Décathlon
Mapei Colnago
Lotto-Adecco Litespeed
Acqua&Sapone Specialized
Coast Bianchi
Saturn LeMond
Saeco Cannondale
Navigators Colnago
FdJ Lapierre
AIS Trek
US Postal Trek 5900
Gerolsteiner Klein
K2 Enemy
T-Mobile Cannondale

Interviews and profiles for 2001

December 2002 - Cadel Evans - The road to Mapei
December 2001 - Ryan Bayley - The KFC-fuelled world champ
December 2001 - David McKenzie - Macca's Back
December 2001 - Laurent Jalabert - Jalabert looks ahead
December 2001 - Charly Wegelius - A coffee stop with Charly
November 2001 - Sven Montgomery - Moving up in the world
November 2001 - Rochelle Gilmore - Road scholar
November 2001 - Nicole Cooke - Women's cycling's rising star
November 2001 - Floyd Landis - Floyd goes Postal
November 2001 - David Millar - It's Millar time-out in Noosa
November 2001 - Matthew White - The end of a tough season
October 2001 - Alison Dunlap - Her greatest moment
October 2001 - Brad Wiggins - Francaise des Jeux's new signing
October 2001 - Marty Nothstein - New horizons for the US track king
October 2001 - Viatcheslav Ekimov - The last day is the first day
October 2001 - Danny Pate - U23 world champion
October 2001 - Patrick Serra - Manager of the new SIME team
September 2001 - Trent Wilson - Fakta's new staigiare
September 2001 - Marty Nothstein - From Goodwill to the road
September 2001 - Heiko Salzwedel - Britain's new track coach
August 2001 - Pavel Tonkov - Never giving up hope
August 2001 - Andrei Zintchenko - Emerging Russian has mixed feelings
August 2001 - Dylan Casey - All knitted for the future
August 2001 - Jukka Vastaranta -The world's biggest cycling talent is a skier
July 2001 - Cassie Lowe - Two times women's RAAM winner
June 2001 - Stefan Adamsson - Climbing the cycling ladder
July 2001 - Sean Kelly - King of the Road
July 2001 - Brad McGee - His time keeps improving
May 2001 - Rob Hayles - Confessions of a Classics newbie
May 2001 - Leontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel - Balance, the Hour Record and retirement
May 2001 - Mark Gorski - US Postal, Le Tour, Lance and more
May 2001 - Brad Wiggins - Big Man, Big Future
April 2001 - Scott Sunderland - The Day After
April 2001 - Nathan O'Neill - Back on track in Italy
March 2001 - Dylan Casey & Jamie Burrow - Postal workers
March 2001 - Rochelle Gilmore - A change in direction?
March 2001 - Baden Cooke - Future star
March 2001 - Viatcheslav Ekimov - 'The Russian'
February 2001 - Fassa Bortolo - The boys in blue 'fess up
February 2001 - Celestino and Savoldelli - Saeco stars speak
February 2001 - Robbie McEwen - Australian sprinter bouncing back

Interviews and profiles for 2000

August 2000 - Tommy Prim - Swedish legend of the '80s
June 2000 - Nicole Freedman - US National Champion and Olympian
June 2000 - George Hincapie - An American for the Classics
May 2000 - Perry Stone - Read about this Canadian's oddessy around Australia
March 2000 - Mari Holden - Disappointments fuel success
February 2000 - Cadel Evans - Cadel's first break
February 2000 - Jamie Drew - A new start for the year
January 2000 - Marion Clignet - A remarkable comeback from arthritis
January 2000 - Anna Wilson - Journey to the top
January 2000 - Ronnie Schmeer - A question of balance
January 2000 - US Postal Service - The winning combination

Interviews and profiles for 1999

December 1999 - Mercury - Strength through solid planning
December 1999 - Nutra-Fig - Committed to developing young riders
December 1999 - 7Up-Colorado Cyclist - A do-it-yourself team
December 1999 - John Lieswyn - Never say surrender
December 1999 - Brett Aitken - A year of ups and downs
December 1999 - Matthew Gilmore - A True Blue Belgian
November 1999 - Andrei Tchmil - World Cup Champion, 1999
November 1999 - Clark Sheehan - A career of ups and downs
January 1999 - Sven Nijs - Belgium's Cyclocross star

Interviews and profiles for 1997-98

January 1998 - Robbie McEwen
January 1998 - Patrick Jonker
January 1998 - Matt White
December 1997 - Anna Wilson
December 1997 - Lance Armstrong