Around the world, teams of elite riders move between far-flung destinations, all in pursuit of glory and podium finishes. The season of professional road racing has started. Following the next race is just an internet stream away, with both Eurosport and NBC Sports Gold providing a solid lineup online coverage.
For those not acquainted with centuries-old bike races, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) World Tour is the organizing body for the highest level of professional road racing. This year, the season is made up of 36 men’s races and 21 women’s races all around the world. Some of the races have taken place for more than a century, with televised coverage for over 75 years. The result is a rich legacy of history and tradition, drawing both those who love to race, as well as those who love the race: the spectator.
To benefit this passionate spectator, we now include The BICYCLIST Spectator Guide to the 2020 Season of WorldTour Pro Racing, featuring a full account of all men’s and women’s events, streaming options, results of last year’s race and upcoming stage information where available.
Closer to our home here in Southern California, land of the free, home of BICYCLIST magazine, we dutifully present the latest update to The BICYCLIST Calendar. With our tabulation of events and amateur races in all categories of riding, your search can begin. Start your search on page 16 to see the range of events and races throughout the Western United States that will challenge, entertain and reward.
Rick Schultz looks at the effects of posture on performance, and makes a compelling case that will benefit both the amateur and professional. This issue’s ‘Ask the Coach’ on page 6 offers guidance for every level of rider.
James Murren heads to southern Utah with a visit to St. George and the adjacent area. His trip highlights some of the fantastic mountain biking and wide open spaces. In addition, he’s compiled a solid list of food and drink spots for that post- ride refuel. Read more in his installment of the ‘In Search of Dirt’ column, page 7 for details.
With elections taking place around the U.S., we are happy to shine light on the campaign of UC Irvine Professor Dave Min, candidate for California State Senator in our home district, CA-37. A recent California Bicycle Coalition initiative to query running candidates on topics highlighted by the coalition are the basis for his responses. Both the questions and his answers offer insight into the complex balance of interests that inform the constituency of people who ride bikes.
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See you on the route. Stay safe. Peace,