New ESPN film examines Lemond vs. Hinault battle of 1986

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Image courtesy of ESPN Films

Before Lance Armstrong, there was the three-time Tour champion Greg LeMond. LeMond was the first and is currently the only American to officially win the Tour de France. In the mid 1980s he was a quickly rising star in international pro cycling, but the riders at the top of the sport, including his own teammates, were reluctant to step aside for a new challenger.

Then the reigning Tour champion, Benard Hinault (known as “The Badger”) had seemingly promised to help LeMond to his first victory, in return for LeMond supporting him when he struggled in 1985 when they were teammates. But in a sport that purports to reward teamwork, “Slaying the Badger” demonstrates that sometimes it’s really every man for himself.

The documentary features interviews with Greg and Kathy LeMond, Greg’s father Bob LeMond, Hinault, former team coach Paul Koechli, former teammate Andy Hampsten, cycling journalists and others. The film is based on the book with the same name written by Richard Moore.

ESPN Films’ award-winning 30 for 30 series will take air “Slaying the Badger” on Tuesday, July 22, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

 


Details announced for SSCXWC in Louisville

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A sample of the scene from SSCXWC13 in Philadelphia. Yes, that man is dressed as a shower.

The 2014 Raleigh Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships will be held at Eva Bandman Park in Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday, October 25, 2014.

This year’s event will continue the great tradition of prior Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships, with a full weekend of qualifiers, racing and celebration – all carefully choreographed for an outstanding participant experience and only 45 minutes of pain.

Get all the details here.


Jay Petervary wins Arrowhead 135

Photos by David Gabrys/45NRTH

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The frozen feats of strength known as the Arrowhead 135 started Monday morning and 45NRTH sponsored rider Jay Petervary took the win in his first attempt, finishing the 135 miles in 20 hours and 11 minutes.

Though it was his first crack at the race, Petervary is no stranger to these types of races. He has won the Iditarod Trail Invitational (350 AND 1,100-mile versions), the Tour Divide and now the Arrowhead.

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Armed with nearly a full fleet of 45NRTH gear, he likely stayed pretty toasty warm, even as temperatures hit -30 degrees overnight.

Check out the amazing photo gallery from David Gabrys of 45NRTH of the action here.

Correction: An earlier version of this story said that Petervary set a record in the Arrowhead. The record is actually held by Todd McFadden at 14 hours 20 minutes.

 

 


‘The Push’ – a short film from Salsa Cycles

The Arrowhead Ultra 135, the coldest bike race in the Lower 48, begins one week from today in International Falls, Minnesota. Traversing the 135-mile Arrowhead Trail, it promises promises near-Arctic conditions and nearly always delivers. To finish, let alone win, is a triumph of man and machine over nature. Salsa Cycles‘ Mike “Kid” Riemer has put together this wonderful tribute to an event that is close to his heart.


Registration for Southern Cross now open

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Southern Cross presented Maxxis Tires is not your average cross race. As the opener for the American Ultra Cross Championships, the SX is in the same vein as the the Three Peaks USA, Iron Cross, the Hilly Billy Roubaix, Barry Roubaix, Crusher in the Tushar and the Gravel Grovel. The course will open with a “traditional” cross course with twists, turns, run-ups and barriers. Then, participants will head out on a 50-mile loop of dirt and paved roads featuring mountain top vistas, challenging climbs and gorgeous views of tumbling creeks. Finally the course finishes with another ‘cross course with features that the UCI would not approve of like the vineyard “wall”! Optional “hand-ups” are available at this point in the form of cheap beer or a flask… you decide what it takes.

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Still not sure what this Southern Cross presented by Maxxis Tires is all about? Check out some of my coverage of a past edition of Southern Cross and see why cyclists from all genres of the sport are flocking to mountains of North Georgia in February. Roadies, mountain bikers, cross racers and triathletes are all loving this event and you will too.

You’ll start and finish at the Montaluce Winery, which is a gorgeous venue for a bike race, a glass of wine on the patio or a wedding. There will be many spectator-friendly locations on the CX course and the wine tasting room will be open all day to entertain your non-racing friends and family. As a racer, you can also expect one very challenging course, a generous post race meal, a great after race party, a t-shirt we’re sure you’ll want to wear, plus cash & prizes for podium finishers and prize drawings for everyone. Check the 55nine Performance website for details or register today.


Pittsburgh’s Dirty Dozen turns Dirty 30

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For three decades, Pittsburgh’s strongest (and craziest) riders have been racing up the steepest streets in a city where a “hill” doesn’t count unless it’s more than a 20% grade, and the steepest climbs a world-record 38%.

We’ve tackled the Dirty Dozen before, but this year will be special, as founder Danny Chew (the Million Mile Man) celebrates the 30th anniversary of the first edition in 1983.

Can’t make it this year, or just don’t think you’re crazy enough? You can watch a live stream over at cyclingfusion.com.

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Raleigh unveils limited-edition SSCXWC frame

Heading to Philly for the mayhem that is to be the Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships? Grab one of these super-limited-edition Raleigh frames for just $667 (because it’s better than evil). Steel, disc brakes, rack mounts… it’s got all the goodies.

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The racing will be held December 7 and 8 in conjunction with the Bilenky Junkyard Cross. Registration is filling up fast and closes this Sunday, December 1, at 5 p.m. There are NO walk-up, day-of, begging or bribing registrations, so act fast!

See you in Philly!

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Coming soon: ‘The Armstrong Lie’ documentary

In 2009, during Armstrong’s comeback to pro cycling and the Tour de Frame, filmmaker Alex Gibney was hired to record the story. But what he later learned, the story was more fiction than fact, as Armstrong’s confessions of cheating unveiled a web of lies and deceptions.

Gibney felt like Armstrong owed him and explanation for lying to his face (along with countless others) so he re-started his film project, and sits down with Armstrong himself to dissect one of the most extraordinary narratives in the history of sports.

From the brief trailer, seen here, it is almost too weird to believe—Armstrong talking about how “we haven’t heard the whole story”. It reminds me of O.J. Simpson and his disturbing “If I Did It” book. Is Armstrong telling the truth this time around? Does it matter?

Watch and see for yourself, then head to theaters for the full release November 8.


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