Photo: Alps & Andes

Photo: Alps & Andes

THE INNER WORKINGS OF POST-TOUR DE FRANCE CRITERIUMS. AN INTERVIEW WITH JURGEN METTEPENNINGEN.

My shoes are covered in mud that is roughly the consistency of crunchy peanut butter. The mud is slowly starting to make it's way into my socks and my feet start to feel wet. I try to clean off my shoes against a truck tire, only to realize that they are also covered in smashed up, rotten apples, making me smell like a bottle of cheap salad dressing. I'm in Gavere, Belgium, in the team parking lot of the Superprestige cyclocross race that is held in this town of only 13,000. Attendance is expected to surpass 50,000. But I'm not here to learn about cyclocross. I'm here to learn about the inner workings of post-Tour criteriums. Jurgen Mettepenningen, owner and general manager of the Marlux-Napoleon Games team owned one of these criteriums until recently [along with a Superprestige cyclocross race and a huge outdoor music festival] so I've asked to speak with him on the matter.  ▶


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REGIONS THAT HAVE SHAPED COLOMBIAN CYCLING: BOYACÁ

An unusual amount of Colombia's professional cyclists come from this high plain northeast of Bogota. Why is that? What makes this place to special in regards to cycling? 

 

To worship at the altar of martyrdom

Through its tumultuous past, and its extreme interpretation of Catholic iconography Colombians developed an insatiable taste for martyrdom and spectacle

Choosing to forego revenge

An interview with Rigoberto Uran in which he discusses the difficult and painful path that led him to cycling, including his father's assassination while out on a Sunday morning training ride in his native Urrao 

HE trafficked arms, smuggled emeralds and threatened to break Laurent Fignon's jaw

Jose Beyaert, the first Olympic road champion, lived a life as full and amazing as the place where he chose to live it.


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