He's been called "the people's champ," "the kid," and even "the one nobody saw coming." In the final installment of our Mission Crit Coverage, we sit down with Cesar Valenzuela, who has gained fans from around the world after taking first place in Saturday's crit, beating one of the world's fastest criterium racers: Colin Strickland. The 18-year-old shares his story, including how he stumbled across cycling and what fuels his motivation to keep training. Find out what exactly was going through Valenzuela's mind to ultimately take first place in one of the most emotionally-driven races of the season.
Colin Strickland became somewhat of a folk legend last season by winning all four of the Red Hook races last season. Taking second place to young SoCal racer Cesar Valenzuela this weekend, Strickland still has a large target on his back due to his success last year. Riding for a new team this season, Strickland has hand-picked his teammates, who are also notorious in their athleticism and their speed. In this third episode of our four-episode series for Mission Crit, learn how Strickland plans up the ante this Saturday, and how he feels about the new competitors.
In the second leg of the special Mission Crit four-part series, we talk to the masterminds behind the event: James Grady and Clare Eiluned. It's hard to believe that San Francisco's most popular crit started as an exploration method for Grady, who was looking for an entrance into the fixed-gear scene as a distraction from a breakup. Now, Grady has found a partner-in-crime in his wife Clare, who is the silent partner working diligently behind-the-scenes. In this episode, find out the time, patience and dedication it takes to put on one of the fastest-growing criterium races in California.
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In this first episode of our four-part Mission Crit IV episode coverage, we talk with Sydney Richardson who took third place in Saturday's race. Richardson beat Veronika Volok by only 96 milliseconds in a nail-biting finish. In this episode, learn more about Richardson's travels, her early start in cycling in her hometown of Miami, and what her future plans are for the remainder of the season.
In honor of National Women's History Month, we decided to showcase one SoCal's most cherished race organizers, Dorothy Wong. Coming from a high-profile background working as an assistant director for the popular TV show "Mad TV," Wong decided to follow her passion and dedicate her time to cycling full-time. In this episode, find out what it takes to become an influential racing organizer, why female infrastructure is so important in cycling and why the old "numbers aren't there to support women's cycling" excuse no longer holds value.
Manuel Barra is one of Southern California's most interesting and mysterious figures in cycling. Known for his popular #Where'sBarra social media hashtag, Barra has kept his audience and competitors on their toes, guessing what his next move might be. Taking first place in the season opener of the SoCal Fixed Gear Series, the Los Angeles native is hoping to take the overall series through a combination of skill, experience, confidence and a new team. In this episode, we get to delve a little into the mystery that is Manny Barra as he shares a little bit about his origins in cycling, his time at UC Irvine and his plans for the future.
As part of our exclusive SoCal Fixed coverage, we sat down with a group of young, passionate and fun Latino cyclists, including Jason Colon, host of the Cat 6 Chismes podcast. The group, who race for Roley Poley and C6Racing, traveled from New York City to Los Angeles to race the season opener this past weekend. In this interview, find out more about the racing scene in New York, including a little of the history and influence of messengers in fixed-gear, and how Latino men and women are breaking glass ceilings to include more people of color in cycling using only positive vibes and two wheels.
Since her public revelation regarding her sexual abuse, Missy Erickson's life has been consumed in speaking to media and answering questions to friends and strangers. For Erickson, however, these unfortunate situations haven't changed the fabric of her identity. In fact, for the six-time national champion, these situations have forced her to challenge her ideas of normality. In this episode, listen to Missy Erickson's story, from being a young cross-country skier, vying for the Olympics, and recovering from years of abuse, all at the same time.
Joe Bray-Ali, former owner of the popular Flying Pigeon bike shop, never thought he'd see himself running for office. Despite previous political work experience and coming from a political family, Bray-Ali devoted his life to serving his community on two wheels. In this episode, find out how and why the cargo bike-riding candidate decided to run for City Council and represent the people that he once called his friends and customers. Listen to his theories on the future of the bike industry, and his plans to make Los Angeles a safer, cheaper and better place to live, not only for cyclists, but for everyone.
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Last season, the SoCal Fixed Gear Series (FUSAC) set unprecedented records for attendance in unsanctioned independent races in Southern California, proving that fixed-gear cycling is thriving and here to stay. Now, organizer Luis Suarez and Jonathan Enriquez give us an inside look into the second season of the series, describing location, themes and safety protocols implemented to ensure a fun time for all racers. CycleFeed is also proud to announce that we will be the official media sponsor for the series, so stay tuned for more exclusive interviews!
Veronika Volok is no stranger to managing difficult situations regarding sponsors. In this episode, she shares her experiences about her time on the Why Be Normal? female cycling powerhouse team. Tune in to hear more about Volok's graceful separation from the team, and how you can voice your opinion and not lose your sponsorship all at the same time.
We wish you all a very happy new year, from all of us at CycleFeed!
Jo Celso is still seen as a pillar in the Southern California cycling racing scene thanks to her ability to dominate courses in previous years. Now, Celso calls Oakland home, where she's learning to dominate the road under a different scene. Tune in to listen more about the differences in cycling across California, and how we discuss more about increasing female participation in cycling.
Measure M, passed on this past November ballot, will drastically expand existing rail lines throughout Los Angeles Counties. The new expansions hope to connect the city for thousands of commuters each day, including those that use rail lines in conjunction to their bike commute. We sat with Eric Bruins, a cyclist and supporter of Measure M to discuss the future of the city's transit, including public transit and even self-driving cars.
Drawing from his experiences witnessing cycling in the Philippines and his architect father, Tony Zaldua was destined to get involved with bikes in some form. The road, however, wasn't always a straight-shot. Initially a traveling photographer, Zaldua completely went on a limb, quit his job and became one of the most loved figures in cycling in Southern California. In this episode, find out more about Zaldua's journey in becoming a master mechanic and the hardships of being an inventor in such a competitive market.
Ayesha McGowan is breaking the glass ceiling by becoming the first female African-American professional cyclist next season. Once a self-proclaimed basketball star, Ayesha has pursued very unique interests, including the decision to pursue music professionally. In this episode, find out the firsthand experience from a young woman who has learned how to change cycling norms and culture, all from the peloton.
Producer: Ivette Lopez
You can find more information on Ayesha's journey by visiting her website HERE.
In this episode, learn a little bit about the science of your body as an athlete. Equipped with a master's in exercise physiology, Colleen Gulick is a top contender in next year's fixed-gear racing season. This year alone she has won two national championships and five medals overall, including a historical silver medal win in the Pan American track cycling championships in Mexico earlier this month. Gulick and her teammate Christina birch are the first ever U.S. women to win a medal in this race. Learn more about Gulick's training regimen, her plans to race RedHook and how she mixes engineering, physiology and instinct to create a riding style all her own.
Producer: Ivette Lopez
Colin Strickland is on every cyclist's hit list during a race. Over the course of the 2016 season, Strickland astonished veteran and novice cyclists alike by blasting past competitors, taking huge leads and winning some of the most coveted races in fixed-gear cycling today. We sat down with Strickland and chatted about his RedHook wins, as well as his most recent win during the men's fixed-gear race in RedBull's Last Stand race in San Antonio.
Producer: Ivette Lopez
First he was a little sour, but now he's sweet. In this special edition of CycleCast, we sit down with one of cycling's most talented athletes, Daniel Holloway, right after RedBull's Last Stand race at the historic Alamo in San Antonio Texas. Holloway talks about his early beginnings in cycling, from his days as a speed racer to his more current endeavors. Listen to Holloway talk about things that have shaped his cycling career, including some insights that he's not too proud to admit. All this and more in this special episode of CycleCast!
Producer: Ivette Lopez
In this episode of CycleFeed, we catch up with our world traveling co-host on his adventures in RedHook Milan. Find out exclusive details of the event now! We also preview this weekend's RedBull Last Stand race taking place at the Alamo this Saturday. Make sure to follow CycleFeed via Facebook, Instagram and live streams on Periscope so you don't miss any of the action!
Producer: Ivette Lopez
Two Vuelta de Espana leaders, Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde, want event coordinators to ban the use of power meters. Quintana claims that cyclists should be "racing on feelings" and that meters make you race more cautiously and thus take away the spectacle. But are power meters adding to the science of cycling? If so, what is more important, intensity or information? Also, catch up on all the action from Barcelona's RedHook and FUSAC series in Southern California.