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BEIHAI, China (VN) — Sepp Kuss is ending his first season in the WorldTour ranks on a high and looking ahead to a repeat performance in 2019.
This season, the Colorado native signed for WorldTour team LottoNL-Jumbo, won the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, and debuted in a grand tour, the Vuelta a España.
“I’ve had a lot of nice races late in the season, the second half of the season was really nice for me,” 24-year-old Kuss told VeloNews. “I’m still enjoying it, I’m motivated. I don’t feel like I burnt my matches.”
Kuss rode high in the Vuelta a España working for George Bennett and Steven Kruijswijk. Dutchman Kruijswijk led his home team to a fourth overall.
Helping Kruijswijk, Kuss led the bunch on many of the mountain stages when several stars were either dropped or struggling. From there, he rode a tough world championship and traveled to China where he is racing the Tour of Guangxi.
Sepp Kuss, shown here during the recent Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.comIn Beihai, the first finish of the Tour of Guangxi, Kuss and LottoNL-Jumbo won with their sprinter Dylan Groenewegen.
“It’s super cool. One of my best memories from this year was from the Volta ao Algarve, I also did it with Dylan [Groenewegen] and it’s just cool when you are part of the winning effort. And it makes for a good vibe in the team,” Kuss added.
Later in the season, after a convincing win at Tour of Utah, he was called up to his debut grand tour at the Vuelta.
“The Vuelta was a concentrated learning experience. Other races are six days, but in three weeks you really learn a lot more. The race takes different forms, so you are always in some new scenario, which is good for me.”
Kuss did not race for himself, often finishing well behind on the stages and ending the race 65th overall, but as a climbing domestique, he saw some of the action at the front.
window.iad_1 = googletag.defineSlot('/21732621108/velonews', [300, 250], 'ad-iad-1').defineSizeMapping(szmp_3x2).addService(googletag.pubads());googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('ad-iad-1'); });“It was cool in my first grand tour to be riding for someone who was going to finish high up in the GC,” he said. “Not only that but Stevie [Kruijswijk] is really experienced, to ride for him, someone who’s done so many grand tours, and he’s always at the front, that’s cool.”
Kuss admits he is “not a huge goals” guy. After the Tour of Guangxi ends this weekend, he and his teammates will meet with the staff to plan the 2019 season.
“I definitely like the grand tour style of racing. I still have a lot to learn in the week-long races too. I don’t know my schedule yet, but I hope to do another grand tour for sure and go off what I did this year. Just see what the races are like with one year of experiences under my belt,” he continued.
“The [Vuelta a España] definitely gave a lot of confidence, maybe the other races will feel shorter now. It’s definitely cool to have that under my belt. I didn’t even think a grand tour would be possible for me at the start of the year.”
Kuss will travel home to Colorado after the LottoNL-Jumbo meeting in the Netherlands. He will stay there while others meet for the December camp. At that point, he should know the roads he will take in his second year at the top level.
Read the full article at Kuss carries grand tour experience into 2019 on VeloNews.com.

SHANGHAI (AFP) — German Pascal Ackermann took the second stage of the Tour de Guangxi in southern China on Wednesday.
“It was not easy today to get the timing right,” said Ackermann. “It was hectic because of the rain, but also because the last 2k were on a big road and totally straight which made it difficult.”
Ackerman, of the Bora-Hansgrohe team, won the sprint finish in 3:18:58, ahead of Fabio Jakobsen of Quick-Step Floors and stage 1 winner Dylan Groenewegen of Team LottoNL-Jumbo.
“Yesterday we messed it up a little, but today everything went perfect,” Ackermann added. “There are a lot of really strong sprinters here, so you also need a little bit of luck to get everything right. Today I had the position and also the legs. It was a great team effort and a deserved win.”
The Dutchman Groenewegen remains on top in the overall standings, four seconds ahead of both Ackermann and Jakobsen.
The 145km second stage ran along the coast of the Gulf of Tonkin between the cities of Beihai and Qinzhou. A five-man breakaway was off the front for most of the day until the rainy finishing circuit in Qinzhou.
Cyclists are expected to face their biggest challenge on Stage 5, a 212km route from Liuzhou to Guilin taking in some rugged roads and three climbs.
The six-stage race in Guangxi, a region bordering on Vietnam, is the final stop on this year’s UCI WorldTour.
Gree-Tour of Guangxi Stage 2 ResultsStage
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RankNameTeamTime1ACKERMANN PascalBORA - hansgrohe3:18:582JAKOBSEN FabioQuick-Step Floors,,3GROENEWEGEN DylanTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,4NAESEN LawrenceLotto Soudal,,5VENTURINI ClémentAG2R La Mondiale,,6WALSCHEID MaxTeam Sunweb ,,7TRENTIN MatteoMitchelton-Scott,,8BIERMANS JentheTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,9WOUTERS EnzoLotto Soudal,,10MCLAY DanielTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,11STUYVEN JasperTrek - Segafredo,,12DÉMARE ArnaudGroupama - FDJ,,13JANSE VAN RENSBURG ReinardtTeam Dimension Data,,14ROELANDTS JürgenBMC Racing Team,,15MINALI RiccardoAstana Pro Team,,16TROIA OlivieroUAE-Team Emirates,,17ARASHIRO YukiyaBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,18MEZGEC LukaMitchelton-Scott,,19VUILLERMOZ AlexisAG2R La Mondiale,,20SÜTTERLIN JashaMovistar Team,,21KUZNETSOV VyacheslavTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,22DUVAL JulienAG2R La Mondiale,,23SINKELDAM RamonGroupama - FDJ,,24QUINTANA DayerMovistar Team,,25BERHANE NatnaelTeam Dimension Data,,26BRAMBILLA GianlucaTrek - Segafredo,,27DE VREESE LaurensAstana Pro Team,,28DOULL OwainTeam Sky,,29FENG Chun KaiBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,30SELIG RüdigerBORA - hansgrohe,,31HAMILTON LucasMitchelton-Scott,,32BARBERO CarlosMovistar Team,,33BASSO LeonardoTeam Sky,,34ARCAS JorgeMovistar Team,,35SEIGLE RomainGroupama - FDJ,,36KRAGH ANDERSEN SørenTeam Sunweb ,,37MOSCON GianniTeam Sky,,38PERNSTEINER HermannBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,39GROßSCHARTNER FelixBORA - hansgrohe,,40MIRZA YousifUAE-Team Emirates,,41SCHACHMANN MaximilianQuick-Step Floors,,42SIVAKOV PavelTeam Sky,,43DILLIER SilvanAG2R La Mondiale,,44BERNARD JulienTrek - Segafredo,,45POLANC JanUAE-Team Emirates,,46KÜNG StefanBMC Racing Team,,47CHERNETSKI SergeiAstana Pro Team,,48VAN DER SANDE ToshLotto Soudal,,49SCHILLINGER AndreasBORA - hansgrohe,,50FERNÁNDEZ RubénMovistar Team,,51BAŠKA ErikBORA - hansgrohe,,52DLAMINI NicTeam Dimension Data,,53GILBERT PhilippeQuick-Step Floors,,54GRIVKO AndreyAstana Pro Team,,55DOWSETT AlexTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,56DUNBAR EddieTeam Sky,,57BOARO ManueleBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,58CAVAGNA RémiQuick-Step Floors,,59RIABUSHENKO AlexandrUAE-Team Emirates,,60DEVENYNS DriesQuick-Step Floors,,61MAGNUSSON KimTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,62KENNAUGH PeterBORA - hansgrohe,,63ARMÉE SanderLotto Soudal,,64SWIFT BenUAE-Team Emirates,,65TUSVELD MartijnTeam Sunweb ,,66VISCONTI GiovanniBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,67ROOSEN TimoTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,68SÁNCHEZ Luis LeónAstana Pro Team,,69CARTHY HughTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,70KUSS SeppTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,71GONÇALVES JoséTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,72PARET-PEINTRE AurélienAG2R La Mondiale,,73DOMONT AxelAG2R La Mondiale,,74VANDENBERGH StijnAG2R La Mondiale,,75WANG MeiyinBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,76ARMIRAIL BrunoGroupama - FDJ,,77ARU FabioUAE-Team Emirates,,78VAN HOECKE GijsTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,79MARTIN TonyTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,80MULLEN RyanTrek - Segafredo,,81HANSEN AdamLotto Soudal,,82RAST GrégoryTrek - Segafredo,,83VAN HOOYDONCK NathanBMC Racing Team,,84THOMSON Jay RobertTeam Dimension Data,,85VILLELLA DavideAstana Pro Team,,86DELAGE MickaëlGroupama - FDJ,,87LE GAC OlivierGroupama - FDJ,,88BETANCUR CarlosMovistar Team,,89SCHWARZMANN MichaelBORA - hansgrohe,,90HOULE HugoAstana Pro Team,,91MERTZ RémyLotto Soudal,,92URÁN RigobertoTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,93MEYER CameronMitchelton-Scott,,94CLARKE WillTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,95AGNOLI ValerioBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,96MARTINELLI DavideQuick-Step Floors,,97LÓPEZ DavidTeam Sky,,98VERONA CarlosMitchelton-Scott,,99KLUGE RogerMitchelton-Scott,,100DIBBEN JonathanTeam Sky,,101GESCHKE SimonTeam Sunweb ,,102DANIEL GregoryTrek - Segafredo,,103POWLESS NeilsonTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,104VANHOUCKE HarmLotto Soudal,,105SCOTSON MilesBMC Racing Team,,106HOFSTEDE LennardTeam Sunweb ,,107ANACONA WinnerMovistar Team,,108SCHÄR MichaelBMC Racing Team,,109DEBESAY MeksebTeam Dimension Data,,110HALLER MarcoTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,111BONO MatteoUAE-Team Emirates,,112KÄMNA LennardTeam Sunweb ,,113HAGA ChadTeam Sunweb ,,114FRAME AlexTrek - Segafredo0:19115JANSEN Amund GrøndahlTeam LottoNL-Jumbo0:20116EISEL BernhardTeam Dimension Data,,117VAN DEN BERG JuliusTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,118BEWLEY SamMitchelton-Scott0:26119DOUGALL NicTeam Dimension Data0:28120PLANCKAERT BaptisteTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,121VANMARCKE SepTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:36122EENKHOORN PascalTeam LottoNL-Jumbo1:43RankNameTeamTime1GROENEWEGEN DylanTeam LottoNL-Jumbo5:40:292ACKERMANN PascalBORA - hansgrohe0:043JAKOBSEN FabioQuick-Step Floors,,4DILLIER SilvanAG2R La Mondiale0:065GRIVKO AndreyAstana Pro Team,,6CAVAGNA RémiQuick-Step Floors,,7WALSCHEID MaxTeam Sunweb 0:088DOWSETT AlexTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,9HALLER MarcoTeam Katusha - Alpecin0:1110THOMSON Jay RobertTeam Dimension Data0:1311TRENTIN MatteoMitchelton-Scott0:1412VENTURINI ClémentAG2R La Mondiale,,13WOUTERS EnzoLotto Soudal,,14STUYVEN JasperTrek - Segafredo,,15DÉMARE ArnaudGroupama - FDJ,,16JANSE VAN RENSBURG ReinardtTeam Dimension Data,,17BIERMANS JentheTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,18MINALI RiccardoAstana Pro Team,,19ROELANDTS JürgenBMC Racing Team,,20VUILLERMOZ AlexisAG2R La Mondiale,,21KUZNETSOV VyacheslavTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,22MCLAY DanielTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,23DUVAL JulienAG2R La Mondiale,,24SÜTTERLIN JashaMovistar Team,,25BRAMBILLA GianlucaTrek - Segafredo,,26BARBERO CarlosMovistar Team,,27BERHANE NatnaelTeam Dimension Data,,28BASSO LeonardoTeam Sky,,29MEZGEC LukaMitchelton-Scott,,30ARASHIRO YukiyaBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,31DOULL OwainTeam Sky,,32MOSCON GianniTeam Sky,,33NAESEN LawrenceLotto Soudal,,34DE VREESE LaurensAstana Pro Team,,35POLANC JanUAE-Team Emirates,,36FENG Chun KaiBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,37BERNARD JulienTrek - Segafredo,,38SINKELDAM RamonGroupama - FDJ,,39SELIG RüdigerBORA - hansgrohe,,40CHERNETSKI SergeiAstana Pro Team,,41QUINTANA DayerMovistar Team,,42SCHACHMANN MaximilianQuick-Step Floors,,43SEIGLE RomainGroupama - FDJ,,44HAMILTON LucasMitchelton-Scott,,45KÜNG StefanBMC Racing Team,,46GROßSCHARTNER FelixBORA - hansgrohe,,47DUNBAR EddieTeam Sky,,48RIABUSHENKO AlexandrUAE-Team Emirates,,49KRAGH ANDERSEN SørenTeam Sunweb ,,50ARCAS JorgeMovistar Team,,51VAN DER SANDE ToshLotto Soudal,,52BOARO ManueleBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,53GILBERT PhilippeQuick-Step Floors,,54SIVAKOV PavelTeam Sky,,55FERNÁNDEZ RubénMovistar Team,,56PERNSTEINER HermannBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,57HOULE HugoAstana Pro Team,,58SCHILLINGER AndreasBORA - hansgrohe,,59DEVENYNS DriesQuick-Step Floors,,60SÁNCHEZ Luis LeónAstana Pro Team,,61ARMÉE SanderLotto Soudal,,62GONÇALVES JoséTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,63DLAMINI NicTeam Dimension Data,,64SWIFT BenUAE-Team Emirates,,65CARTHY HughTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,66DOMONT AxelAG2R La Mondiale,,67VISCONTI GiovanniBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,68MARTIN TonyTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,69MERTZ RémyLotto Soudal,,70MAGNUSSON KimTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,71ARU FabioUAE-Team Emirates,,72VILLELLA DavideAstana Pro Team,,73WANG MeiyinBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,74PARET-PEINTRE AurélienAG2R La Mondiale,,75TUSVELD MartijnTeam Sunweb ,,76KENNAUGH PeterBORA - hansgrohe,,77VANDENBERGH StijnAG2R La Mondiale,,78VAN HOECKE GijsTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,79URÁN RigobertoTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,80KUSS SeppTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,81AGNOLI ValerioBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,82HANSEN AdamLotto Soudal,,83MULLEN RyanTrek - Segafredo,,84VERONA CarlosMitchelton-Scott,,85VAN HOOYDONCK NathanBMC Racing Team,,86GESCHKE SimonTeam Sunweb ,,87ROOSEN TimoTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,88MEYER CameronMitchelton-Scott,,89ANACONA WinnerMovistar Team,,90BETANCUR CarlosMovistar Team,,91SCHWARZMANN MichaelBORA - hansgrohe,,92POWLESS NeilsonTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,93MARTINELLI DavideQuick-Step Floors,,94VANHOUCKE HarmLotto Soudal,,95LÓPEZ DavidTeam Sky,,96DANIEL GregoryTrek - Segafredo,,97SCOTSON MilesBMC Racing Team,,98BONO MatteoUAE-Team Emirates,,99HOFSTEDE LennardTeam Sunweb ,,100DEBESAY MeksebTeam Dimension Data,,101SCHÄR MichaelBMC Racing Team,,102KÄMNA LennardTeam Sunweb ,,103HAGA ChadTeam Sunweb ,,104RAST GrégoryTrek - Segafredo0:30105KLUGE RogerMitchelton-Scott,,106FRAME AlexTrek - Segafredo0:33107VAN DEN BERG JuliusTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:34108EISEL BernhardTeam Dimension Data,,109BAŠKA ErikBORA - hansgrohe0:40110DOUGALL NicTeam Dimension Data0:42111PLANCKAERT BaptisteTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,112TROIA OlivieroUAE-Team Emirates0:43113DELAGE MickaëlGroupama - FDJ0:55114LE GAC OlivierGroupama - FDJ0:56115JANSEN Amund GrøndahlTeam LottoNL-Jumbo1:00116VANMARCKE SepTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1:12117BEWLEY SamMitchelton-Scott1:18118CLARKE WillTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1:27119MIRZA YousifUAE-Team Emirates1:53120ARMIRAIL BrunoGroupama - FDJ1:55121EENKHOORN PascalTeam LottoNL-Jumbo3:31122DIBBEN JonathanTeam Sky6:45RankNameTeamPoints1GROENEWEGEN DylanTeam LottoNL-Jumbo232ACKERMANN PascalBORA - hansgrohe223JAKOBSEN FabioQuick-Step Floors184DILLIER SilvanAG2R La Mondiale165CAVAGNA RémiQuick-Step Floors166GRIVKO AndreyAstana Pro Team167WALSCHEID MaxTeam Sunweb 158DOWSETT AlexTeam Katusha - Alpecin129TRENTIN MatteoMitchelton-Scott1010VENTURINI ClémentAG2R La Mondiale711NAESEN LawrenceLotto Soudal712HALLER MarcoTeam Katusha - Alpecin613JANSE VAN RENSBURG ReinardtTeam Dimension Data514WOUTERS EnzoLotto Soudal415DÉMARE ArnaudGroupama - FDJ416MIRZA YousifUAE-Team Emirates417STUYVEN JasperTrek - Segafredo318BIERMANS JentheTeam Katusha - Alpecin319THOMSON Jay RobertTeam Dimension Data220MCLAY DanielTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1RankNameTeamPoints1DILLIER SilvanAG2R La Mondiale32KENNAUGH PeterBORA - hansgrohe33MOSCON GianniTeam Sky24MIRZA YousifUAE-Team Emirates25GRIVKO AndreyAstana Pro Team16SÜTTERLIN JashaMovistar Team1RankNameTeamTime1GROENEWEGEN DylanTeam LottoNL-Jumbo5:40:292ACKERMANN PascalBORA - hansgrohe,,3JAKOBSEN FabioQuick-Step Floors,,4CAVAGNA RémiQuick-Step Floors,,5WALSCHEID MaxTeam Sunweb ,,6VENTURINI ClémentAG2R La Mondiale,,7WOUTERS EnzoLotto Soudal,,8BIERMANS JentheTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,9MINALI RiccardoAstana Pro Team,,10BASSO LeonardoTeam Sky,,11DOULL OwainTeam Sky,,12MOSCON GianniTeam Sky,,13SCHACHMANN MaximilianQuick-Step Floors,,14SEIGLE RomainGroupama - FDJ,,15HAMILTON LucasMitchelton-Scott,,16KÜNG StefanBMC Racing Team,,17GROßSCHARTNER FelixBORA - hansgrohe,,18DUNBAR EddieTeam Sky,,19RIABUSHENKO AlexandrUAE-Team Emirates,,20KRAGH ANDERSEN SørenTeam Sunweb ,,21SIVAKOV PavelTeam Sky,,22DLAMINI NicTeam Dimension Data,,23CARTHY HughTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,24MERTZ RémyLotto Soudal,,25PARET-PEINTRE AurélienAG2R La Mondiale,,26TUSVELD MartijnTeam Sunweb ,,27KUSS SeppTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,28MULLEN RyanTrek - Segafredo,,29VAN HOOYDONCK NathanBMC Racing Team,,30ROOSEN TimoTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,31POWLESS NeilsonTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,32MARTINELLI DavideQuick-Step Floors,,33VANHOUCKE HarmLotto Soudal,,34DANIEL GregoryTrek - Segafredo,,35SCOTSON MilesBMC Racing Team,,36HOFSTEDE LennardTeam Sunweb ,,37KÄMNA LennardTeam Sunweb ,,38FRAME AlexTrek - Segafredo,,39VAN DEN BERG JuliusTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,40BAŠKA ErikBORA - hansgrohe,,41TROIA OlivieroUAE-Team Emirates,,42LE GAC OlivierGroupama - FDJ,,43JANSEN Amund GrøndahlTeam LottoNL-Jumbo1:0044ARMIRAIL BrunoGroupama - FDJ1:5545EENKHOORN PascalTeam LottoNL-Jumbo3:3146DIBBEN JonathanTeam Sky6:45RankNameTime1AG2R La Mondiale 17:02:092Trek - Segafredo,,3Mitchelton-Scott,,4Astana Pro Team,,5Lotto Soudal,,6BORA - hansgrohe,,7Team Sky,,8Team Katusha - Alpecin,,9Groupama - FDJ,,10Movistar Team,,11Team Dimension Data,,12Quick-Step Floors,,13Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,14UAE-Team Emirates,,15Team Sunweb ,,16Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,17Team LottoNL-Jumbo,,18BMC Racing Team,,Results provided by ProCyclingStats.
Read the full article at Guangxi stage 2: Ackermann wins in pouring rain on VeloNews.com.

Editor’s note: There has been a lot of discussion and hand-wringing recently about the current status and future of American cycling. Some observers are optimistic about the current situation while some are more pessimistic. Others have suggested new approaches to make cycling more popular and accessible in the United States. Looking back, it was Michael Aisner’s Coors Classic that originally introduced pro cycling to a wide audience in the United States, and helped to create many of its early icons – including Greg LeMond, Connie Carpenter, Inga Thompson, and Andy Hampsten. While much of cycling’s fan base today is too young to have seen the race in person, it put the U.S. on the international cycling map in the 1980s, and eventually became one of the top four cycling events in the world.The Coors Classic was in many ways the brainchild of the impresario and race director Aisner. The influence of the race, and many of Aisner’s innovative approaches to connect with fans and communities are still thirty years later. The Outer Line recently sat down with Aisner at his home in the foothills above Boulder to reminisce about the event, the broader sports and entertainment business, and to identify some of the ideas or lessons which the Coors Classic might provide for the sport’s complicated and challenging situation today. The story below – and an upcoming part 2 – review the history of the race, examine some of the organizational strategies and marketing approaches employed by Aisner, and suggest ways that some of those tactics and lessons might be put to better use today.
Michael Aisner is something of a renaissance man and a seeming perpetual energy machine. He has been involved in a wide range of sporting and entertainment projects throughout his life. One website describes him as “a shotgun blast of worldwide wandering and pure stoke.” He started producing documentaries while still a teenager in Chicago and even managed to interview Muhammad Ali and Louis Armstrong. He ventured to the Arctic to film and publicize the inhumane killing of baby seals, and with National Geographic he has participated in airlifts to save polar bears in northern Canada. He has produced interactive theater events and live-casts, managed sports programs for ESPN, consulted on a variety of Oscar-nominated films, and is now at work on a feature film about Jane Goodall, and her early days in the jungle amongst the wild African chimps. He has also found time to chase down and film eleven total solar eclipses in all corners of the globe.
Along the way, Aisner also built one of the most successful bike races ever held in the U.S. — an event which has many potential lessons for today’s race organizers and promoters. Although he is quick to share the credit, Aisner, now in his early 60s, clearly provided the energy, passion, and creative approach which characterized the Coors Classic from its earliest days. For those old enough to remember, few will forget the image of Bernard Hinault winning his last ever stage race, rolling into North Boulder Park before 50,000 screaming fans. But even more important, in retrospect, was the high bar of organizational and marketing excellence that the Coors Classic eventually set, creating a business model that was wildly successful in its day, and one which most cycling events since that time have struggled to duplicate.
The race was actually launched in 1975 by Boulder entrepreneur Mo Siegel, the founder of the Celestial Seasonings herbal tea company, to promote interest in bicycling for recreation and alternative transportation. The race was originally called the Red Zinger Classic, named after the company’s flagship tea flavor. Siegel connected with Aisner in 1976 and asked him to try out his PR acumen with the 1977 Zinger. Local interest in the event had grown quickly, and Siegel had been able to bring in some key sponsors early on. He had also initiated a women’s race, helping to build a broader audience, and the event was already being covered on local TV.
Aisner knew “absolutely nothing” about bike racing, but he jumped into the event feet-first. “The first thing I did,” he says, “was to hire a film production company to make what we used to call a ‘short’ — a brief docu-film about the race which could be distributed around to mainstream movie theaters.” The first movie short was 11 minutes long, and various subsequent episodes ended up being shown nationwide in theaters, ahead of popular films like “Jaws” and “Breaking Away.” “People all across the country were seeing North Boulder Park and the tricky S-curves up on the peak-to-peak highway, with the Rockies as a glorious backdrop,” says Aisner. “It was an exciting, high energy film — ‘Connie Carpenter wins!’ ‘George Mount wins!’” Later, Aisner got well-known ABC Sports announcer Jim McKay to narrate a short film documenting the brutal battle between neo-pro Greg LeMond and the towering 1980 Soviet Olympic gold team; that brought even more attention to the race.
“I feel like that was my first real contribution to cycling,” says Aisner. “I wanted to reach people ‘out of context.’ If we were to grow the race, we had to utilize media outside the traditional cycling sphere, to hook new fans.” Aisner was effectively trying to mainstream the event to the broader American public. In retrospect, perhaps counter-intuitively, the fact that Aisner was almost a complete outsider with no preconceived notions about how to do things, may have been one of the most important strengths that he brought to the event.
One dollar’s worth of pro bike racing
The start line on 9th street, in front of North Boulder Park, was the site of the first Red Zinger in 1975. Photo: Robert Alexander CarpenterIn 1979, Siegel determined that the race was costing his company too much money and time. By now, Aisner was working pretty much full time on conceptual development and operational management of the race. “Mo sold me the race for one dollar,” Aisner recollects, “but like usual with Mo, he also had some ideas for a path forward.” Siegel suggested that they drive down the road to Golden, Colorado and try to convince the giant Coors Brewing Company to sponsor the race going forward. “At first I thought Mo was crazy,” Aisner remembers. “I mean, here you have this counter-culture hippie herbal tea company and their dearly beloved bike race, going to this big, bad, right-wing Coors company.”
It wasn’t a simple transition, recalls Aisner, “Coors didn’t even have a sports department to manage their two properties — a hot-air balloon and a Belgian-horse hitch wagon. The race was the catalyst to start a proper ‘big boy’ sports sponsorship division. And look what that is today!” The 1980 race was renamed the Coors International Bicycle Classic, with a sponsorship level about twice as high as Celestial’s, in the $300,000 range.
The overall technical, operational and financial management of the entire race quickly grew increasingly complex that year. He had to make the leap into management from just doing PR and marketing, and says, “I didn’t know anything about race organization – how to deal with police, close the roads, set up the start-finish areas, and all the rest. I had to try to give myself a crash course, and learn whatever I could from the experts.”
window.iad_1 = googletag.defineSlot('/21732621108/velonews', [300, 250], 'ad-iad-1').defineSizeMapping(szmp_3x2).addService(googletag.pubads());googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('ad-iad-1'); });Somehow Aisner, in conjunction with a small staff of a half dozen people — along with an expanding army of volunteers — kept the complex logistics of the growing event in check. “For a few years there, I was sort of like a one-man local organizing committee and Medalist Sports wrapped up into one.” He credits east coast race promoter Dave Chauner as being one of his first mentors. “I needed to learn things fast, so I asked if I could just sit down with him and talk, to learn everything I could.” He also cites long-time pro cycling announcer Phil Liggett as another important mentor. “At that time, Phil was a journalist and was promoting the great amateur British Milk Race. So, I just jumped on a plane went over there, followed him around, and picked his brain for everything that I could learn.”
Another way that Aisner tried to “mainstream” the Coors Classic early on was to approach Rolling Stone to be the official magazine for the race, even though the established publications like VeloNews and Bicycling were already involved. When skeptical Rolling Stone editors asked why they should be interested, Aisner convinced them that cycling was a “rock n’ roll” sport. “It’s youthful, it’s fast, it’s colorful, it’s dangerous and it’s international. Rolling Stone basically owned the youth market in those days. Everybody read it, and I wanted that youth appeal. ”The publication agreed, publishing an insert in its magazine about the race for the next three years. By that time, the race had developed quite an eclectic network of sponsors — Rolling Stone, BMW, NBC Sports, Coors, Southland 7-Eleven — but Aisner focused on integrating their marketing and sponsorship efforts to cooperate and work together.
Aisner gained confidence and began to diversify and grow the race. First, he started to expand the event out of Colorado and into a longer stage race format, covering several other western states. He looped in other sports-mad and mainstream locations like Vail, Aspen, and San Francisco, California, and eventually even Hawaii. To push the competitive boundaries, Aisner convinced the UCI to let pros compete against the amateurs, a formula he says “was the single most intriguing aspect of the Coors Classic, and makes the race a unique part of U.S. cycling history.” The race became the place where many future champions burst into the spotlight: future Tour de France stars like Australian Phil Anderson, Colombian Lucho Herrera, Canadian Steve Bauer, and Mexican Raul Alcala have credited the Coors as a key career catalyst.
He also emphasized the women’s side of the event, bringing in more European women to compete against the dominant American racer Connie Carpenter. “Connie was brutally focused,” says Aisner, “and the tougher the competition, the stronger she raced.” The Classic became the biggest race in the world for women. The women mostly raced the same courses as the men, some with shorter race distances, and the prize money was nearly equal.
The event quickly grew. Aisner felt the sport had the ingredients to be a hot and attractive sport with a distinctive American personality, and he tried to think of every possible way to push it out to the public. “It was a constant effort to try to expose the race, beyond the normal cycling fans and aficionados.” By the early 1980s, all three Denver TV stations, as well as ESPN, were covering the race. “During race week, the Denver NBC affiliate even delayed “The Tonight Show” for five minutes – just so they could do an update on the Coors Classic!” says Aisner. “That’s the kind of attentive coverage we were starting to get; it rivalled or even exceeded some pro franchises.”
Inviting the communists to the Coors Classic
The race helped to establish careers of cycling greats such as: Greg LeMond, Davis Phinney, Connie Carpenter, Jeannie Longo, Rebecca Twigg, Jonathan Boyer, Phil Anderson, Steve Bauer, Andy Hampsten, Luis Herrera, Adrie van der Poel, Dag-Otto Lauritzen, and Raul Alcala. Photo: Robert Alexander CarpenterGreg LeMond arrived at the Classic — and into the U.S. sporting spotlight — as a neo-pro in 1981. President Jimmy Carter had pulled the U.S. team out of the Olympics the previous year, allowing the Soviets to dominate much of the Moscow Games’ competition, and that gave Aisner an idea. He recounts a press conference on the steps of the State Capitol earlier that year with then-Governor of Colorado Dick Lamm and Coors executive Peter Coors. “I kind of threw down the gauntlet to Pete Coors. I turned to the governor, and said ‘I think I’m going to invite the Soviets to race this year.’” The idea caught Coors by surprise. “I mean, these Coors guys were heavy-duty Republicans — Pete’s dad was part of Reagan’s ‘kitchen cabinet,’” remembers Aisner, “but to take this thing to the next level I had to bag the Soviets. So, I challenged them on the steps that day to come over here and meet the pros head-on!”
The Soviets accepted the invitation, and later, so did the East German team. But the only way to communicate with the Eastern Bloc was by sending telexes and cables, and “we had to do that down at the Coors brewery,” laughs Aisner. “It felt a tad awkward for us to be telexing the communists from Coors!” “A few weeks before the race the FBI came around,” says Aisner. “They expected the Soviets to try to defect, and they were instructing us on procedures for dealing with that.” The event garnered international attention as more pros committed to that edition. “It was sort of this huge, titanic clash between east and west and we had media credential requests from all over the world,” says an animated Aisner. Once again, Aisner’s nose for the market, and instincts for attracting the public proved correct: the Cold War athletic stand-off brought in a new and wider range of fans for the race — and although the Soviets won the overall team ranking, LeMond took home the winner’s red jersey.
The management and strategic direction of the race may have been an unorthodox collaboration between Aisner and Coors, but he doesn’t hesitate to give the company credit for helping to grow the scope and visibility of the event. “I pushed them hard, but almost every time I brought them a new idea, they considered it,” he says. “Coors represented a real field day for me, and for the event. I just kept pushing the envelope, and there was a great level of support for us in Coors Sports. Everything that I tested seemed to work, and so I just kept going.”
Transforming TV coverage
The Red Zinger/Coors Classic grew to become one of the biggest men’s pro-am, and women’s races in the world. Photo: Robert Alexander CarpenterThe 1981 event was a turning point for the Coors Classic, and Aisner’s next big challenge was to try to develop broader national television coverage. “I was pushing everybody to pick it up. I kept trying to tell them that here is a fresh, intense, personality-heavy sport and a race in rarified air, rife with potential danger and good TV angles.” But the national television executives were skeptical. “The CBS guys told me there was no way to cover the sport for an American audience and to come back when I figured it out,” remembers Aisner. So he took the initiative, and went off to the world championship in Czechoslovakia later that year, and ended up bringing home photos of a key innovation which changed everything.
While observing the Worlds, he saw how motorcycle cameramen had mounted a swivel device on the back of their motorcycles, “so that the cameramen could shoot backwards into the faces of the riders. All the TV guys in New York had ever seen were cameras following the race, shooting a bunch of asses! Of course it wasn’t interesting!” Aisner convinced BMW to give him two top-of-the-line motorcycles which he then fabricated with swivel seats and camera gearboxes, and took photos back to the CBS Sports guy in New York, along with some film from Europe. “They said, ‘holy shit’ – this might just work,” recalls Aisner, and signed the race to CBS.
There were other innovations during this time. The race started a merchandising division, which quickly grew larger than the race itself. Hats, banner, jerseys, t-shirts and various other memorabilia for the Coors Classic quickly sold. “We generated monstrous numbers for those days,” says Aisner. The merchandise division brought in as much as $1.5 million by the mid-1980s; the group had a full catalog in wide distribution, and employed more people than the actual race division. “We had more than $100,000 of sales even in Japan,” says Aisner. “Coors was heavy into licensing – they were ready to license most anything. We ended selling over thirty unique race-branded products to cycling and sports stores, as well as mainstream grocery and drugstore retailers.”
Throughout the era, Aisner remained focused not so much on trying to make the Coors Classic a big cycling event, as on making it one of America’s great entertainment events. Expanding the race into San Francisco provided the sport one of its iconic moments — but one that almost didn’t happen. While Coors liked most of the ideas Aisner proposed, they were resistant to taking the race to the unfriendly turf at Fisherman’s Wharf – all of the docks were heavily unionized, and Coors was known as a virulently anti-union company. “We’re not very well liked out there’ Pete Coors told me,” recalls Aisner. “They do not sell Coors on Fisherman’s Wharf or in much of San Francisco.’” Although Aisner recognized it as a serious challenge, he told Coors that he thought the race was bigger than the anti-Coors sentiment, especially given his plans to bring the great French rider Bernard Hinault and Greg LeMond here for the first time.
California dreaming
In 1984, Warner Bros. Studios secured exclusive theatrical rights for a feature film “American Flyers,” starring Kevin Costner. The film was shot on location during the actual race. Photo: Robert Alexander CarpenterCoors didn’t stop the Classic staff from going to San Francisco, but Aisner and his tech director Don Hobbs had an interesting reception in the process. “We had one big, gold-chained Italian restaurant owner pull a Khrushchev on us, banging his shoe on the table, and saying ‘over my dead body will you ever bring anything Coors down here to the wharf.’” One Coors distributor that they talked to, leaned back in his chair, says Aisner, “and pointed to a hole in the wall above his desk. ‘That was a bullet intended for me. Welcome to San Francisco, gentlemen. I suggest you rethink this.’ These guys were serious players, but so were we.”
Aisner and Hobbs audaciously told the skeptics that people would show up from all over the west in huge numbers. And the plan worked – the San Francisco start along Fisherman’s Wharf and up to Coit Tower was a massive success, beyond anything they could imagine. The same route has been emulated in more recent years by the Tour of California. “And Coors beer got back on a number of local taps!”
The Coors Classic eventually lost the company’s support after the 1988 edition, when a new brand manager wanted to “do his own thing.” Aisner got the news from a reporter while he was running through an airport, and then spent most of the fall and winter of 1988 in New York City frantically trying to pin down new major title sponsor. A deal with the Nuprin parent company fell through at the final contract signing. Aisner then had even a bigger deal firmed up with Dodge Motors, but a few days before that deal was to close, parent Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca announced tens of thousands of layoffs and, famously, that he was cutting his own pay to one dollar a year. The sponsorship deal collapsed days later. By then, the race was in danger of losing its position on the international race calendar. Eventually, Aisner had to acknowledge that the race had run its course. Like so many cycling events, despite its long record of success and innovation, the Coors Classic folded due to lack of sponsorship dollars.
Many races have come and gone since that time, most of them struggling economically and typically only lasting a few years. Exceptions include the Amgen Tour of California, now in its twelfth year, or, as Aisner points out, the more volunteer-staffed and regionally popular races like the Redlands Classic, Tour of the Gila, and Minnesota’s Nature Valley/Northstar Grand Prix race. But the Coors Classic represents the golden age of cycling in the United States in many respects, and we should ask what lessons it can suggest for today’s scattered and economically challenging landscape.
Michael Aisner clearly brought a unique combination of creativity, passion, and boundless energy which helped make the event successful. He compares his role to that of an orchestra leader. “My job was really to carry the vision, challenge the race to grow and never be stale and to keep everybody productive and happy by building loyalty. But I had a lot of qualified and very talented people; many of them are still in the sport today.” Going on, he says, “I know it’s an overused cliché, but we were really a family. Everybody cared about making the event better – many returned a few years ago for a huge “family” reunion.”
When pressed about the key reasons for the Classic’s success, he comments, “You can’t really say that we were thinking outside the box … there wasn’t even any ‘box’ then. We were just sort of creatively vamping as we went.” But a key theme he repeatedly returns to is that idea of thinking of a cycling event as entertainment – like a precursor to today’s reality TV shows.
Remarkably, the Coors Classic never had a budget of much over $1 million, even for a 16-day race at the time. And it never lost money. In those days TV paid a rights fee, and the race received a further theatrical rights fee from Warner Bros to film segments of its Kevin Costner-headlined film, American Flyers. Cities paid a reasonable amount, and fronted hospitality for the 300+ race entourage. Year-round merchandise sales contributed all profits to the race operating budget and the staff was paid moderate salaries. It was one of the sport’s major professional global events, and although Aisner says he “never really made any money of note in the sport,” he clearly relishes his role and legacy in building and enriching American cycling. In 2005, he was inducted into the U.S. Cycling Hall of Fame.
He worries that some race promoters today may be getting too greedy and that some of the problems we see today result from the trend to separate ownership and management of events. “I’m afraid that some promoters today opt to do what’s easiest, rather than figuring out a way to do what’s right,” he says. But spend a few minutes with Michael Aisner and you will find that he is still passionately interested in the sport, and eager to have a voice in addressing the challenges pro cycling faces today.
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While power meters have revolutionized training methods in the past decade, the humble heart rate monitor remains a key component to getting the most out of your workouts.
The arrival of affordable power meters in the early 2000s heralded a revolution in cycling. Every coach and athlete with the resources got onboard the “power-is-everything” train, often tossing the old clumsy heart rate strap aside. In the frenzy, no one investigated whether power was actually a better training tool.
That is, not until two studies explored that claim. The first, conducted in 2009 by the Sports Science Institute of South Africa, used 21 well-trained cyclists. Half did intervals by power, the other half by heart rate. Statistically, the gains were equal but the group training with heart rate showed “a greater probability of a beneficial effect.” The second study, published in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine in 2011, likewise found equal improvement in 11 recreational cyclists. Both research teams concluded that a power meter was not necessarily a better training tool.
Still, many coaches argue that a power meter is more precise and provides more immediate feedback to changes in effort. That’s true, but treating it as a replacement for heart rate assumes it measures the same aspects of training.
That’s a mistake, says prominent physiologist Dr. Iñigo San Millán, former director of the University of Colorado Sports Medicine and Performance Center. “With watts, we’re just looking at the end product, which is mechanical energy,” San Millán says. “But we might be missing what happens at the chemical or metabolic level.”
Put another way, power meters measure what’s happening with the bike. But heart rate measures the individual. Ultimately it’s the individual that needs to be trained.
Svein Tuft (Mitchelton-Scott) agrees, saying it can be dangerous to seek an arbitrary power number. “Watts are definitely a huge help,” Tuft says, “but it’s more important to understand your body and where you’re at in that moment rather than try to live up to some impossible expectation.”
Blood lactate is perhaps the best measure of what’s going on metabolically, but there is no on-the-road lactate monitor.
Fortunately, San Millán has thousands of data points showing that heart rate directly correlates with lactate, making it a great representation of what’s happening in the body. For example, riding at a heart rate just above or below maximal lactate steady state (MLSS) or anaerobic threshold offers distinct metabolic stresses.
Of course, you can identify your power at MLSS, but since it’s not a physiological measure, that number can vary dramatically through the season — up to 60 watts according to a 2000 study conducted by respected physiologist Alejandro Lucia. Threshold heart rate doesn’t change.
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Ultimately, using a power meter and heart rate monitor in combination makes for a more complete toolbox. While power indicates how strong you’re riding, heart rate tells the metabolic cost of those watts. So, train by power zones but use heart rate to measure how your body is responding.
Building a more complete toolbox
Neither a heart rate monitor nor a power meter is beneficial unless they’re used right. Here are a few tips for making the most of whatever you keep in your toolbox.
Get accurate zones
No matter if you rely on watts or beats per minute, use this data within the context of your training zones and physiology. European-based pro ’cross racer Elle Anderson says that finding your heart rate at anaerobic threshold or MLSS is most important. In-lab testing is best, but an on-the-road time trial can work in a pinch.
Use heart rate’s consistency
Your power at threshold will change throughout the season, but heart rate won’t. Look for changes in your power-at-threshold heart rate to gauge your fitness. A gradual increase in your power relative to your heart rate means you’re getting stronger.
Race with heart rate
In most races, power can fluctuate dramatically due to accelerations out of corners, terrain, barriers, and responding to moves. This is one reason Anderson finds racing by heart rate to be more useful. “If it’s the first 20 minutes of a race and I look down and see my heart rate is pinned close to my max, that helps me to understand whether I need to back off the pace,” she says.
Do intervals by power zones; gauge with heart rate
Heart rate is slow to respond to increased efforts, making it hard to use for intervals under five minutes and useless for those under one minute. But heart rate is a great gauge for work at or below threshold. This work should be metabolically sustainable, says San Millán, meaning your heart rate should plateau. If your heart rate steadily rises during the effort, you’re targeting too high a wattage.
Gauge fatigue with morning heart rate
Because it’s a physiological measurement, heart rate can do something else that power can’t: indicate fatigue. One of the first signs of overtraining is a rise in your waking heart rate. Get a baseline when you’re rested. Then measure your heart rate regularly while still in bed. A rise of four or more beats per minute at rest suggests you may need to take a day off.
Gauge fatigue with heart rate and power
Using both power and heart rate provides a great way to gauge overtraining on the bike. When we are tired, our heart rate will drop relative to power, especially at higher intensities. If Anderson notices that her legs are tired and her heart rate is lower than normal for a given wattage, she backs off and rests.
Get advanced with heart rate variability (HRV)
HRV is becoming a common capability of new heart rate monitors. This is a measure of how variable the time interval between beats is, usually taken at rest. Both too much and too little variability are signs of being over-reached. A recent study by the Research Institute of Olympic Sports in Finland compared classically periodized runners to runners who trained by HRV. This HRV group was only prescribed high-intensity work when their seven-day HRV average was within the rested range. The HRV group did significantly fewer interval sessions over the four weeks but improved their 3,000-meter run time two percent while the traditionally trained group did not.
Use heart rate on long rides
Suppose you did a four-hour ride at a steady 160 watts. You might start the ride holding 145 beats per minute, but hours later your heart might be pumping 20 beats faster. This is known as cardiac drift. If you ride by power alone, you may be in the right physiological range initially but not at the end. Sticking to a heart rate range will keep you at the right intensity the entire ride.
Recognize artifacts when comparing the two
Since watts are a mechanical measurement, they remain static. 400 watts is always 400 watts. But a heart rate of 150 beats per minute doesn’t always mean the same thing. Many other factors can affect your heart rate. Fatigue lowers heart rate relative to power. Heat, dehydration, stress on race day, and cardiac drift all raise it. Coaches and athletes who prescribe to a power-only training method call these “artifacts.” In reality, they are important pieces of physiological bio-data that can help your training.
Flu warning
If your heart rate is abnormally high and you’ve ruled out everything else, remember a high heart rate appears a day or two before flu symptoms.Trevor Connor is a long-time cycling coach and elite racer. He holds degrees in exercise physiology and nutrition from Colorado State University. He has served many roles in cycling, from team manager to coach at the National Centre in Canada.Subscribe to VeloNews magazine for more >>
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Joe Dombrowski will ride on with EF Education First-Drapac into 2019, according to a team announcement on Tuesday.
He wants to return to top form in 2019 after two winless seasons, and he has also expressed interest in EF’s plans to dabble in mass-participation off-road events, such as gravel and mountain biking.
“It’s not a secret that the last couple of seasons have not been what I wanted results-wise,” Dombrowski said via the team release.
“I’m focused on doing what I need to do to get back to the level that I know I’m capable of in races.”
The coming year will mark Dombrowski’s fifth season with team. The 27-year-old American joined the squad at the start of 2015 after two years with Team Sky. He won the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah in his first year with the team. Since then, however, he hasn’t reached the top step of the podium.
A natural climber, Dombrowski has been the team’s designated leader in several one-week stage races and is also a card to play in the grand tours. He counts six grand tour starts on his resume, three each at the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España.
“The last couple years have been a bit of a struggle for him, but in the end, talent doesn’t just go away,” team CEO Jonathan Vaughters said. “We want to give that talent an opportunity to rebuild.”
Dombrowski has dabbled in off-road races over the years. He pointed to the team’s commitment to participating in “alternative” cycling events, such as gravel and mountain biking, as a draw for him, provided he stays focused on conventional pro road races.
“My first focus is, of course, on the traditional road calendar, but the alternative race program is also quite interesting,” he said.
“I got my start racing mountain bike and cyclocross. I still jump in the odd cyclocross race in the off-season and in 2016 I raced Leadville with this team.”
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Dear Lennard,
Years back when I raced road, I ran 172.5mm cranks and did so for several seasons. When my focus changed to MTB racing, I decided to go with 175mm for all my cranks and have stuck with that for 30+ years. I should note also that I am 5-foot-8. I had been going back to 172.5mm for the road. However, over the summer I used a loaner bike with 172.5mm, and they felt super-short and inefficient, particularly climbing.
In your view, is it worth it to make the change now? Or should I just stick with 175mm, to which it seems I’ve fully adapted?— BruceDear Bruce,
In my view, it’s worth it to change your road bike to 175mm. In my experience, it doesn’t take very long to adapt to a 2.5mm change in crank length. And if it feels better to you, then I see no reason not to do it. Or if you want to go the other way around and switch both to 172.5mm, that also will be an adjustment you’ll make quickly.― LennardDear Lennard,That’s a lot of words, and a lot of measurements and a lot of pics  … to not give us the one and only important fact and figure: What does your saddle weigh?!— BrianDear Brian,
I would have loved to have provided the saddle’s weight and was slapping my head about it while writing the article. However, I forgot to weigh it before putting it on the bike, and I wasn’t about to take it off just for that. On Meld’s site, it gives weight estimates with various configurations. I had hoped that was enough. My guess is that my saddle weighs around 250 grams.― LennardDear Lennard,
I had a very similar injury as you described in your article about your custom Meld saddle. I am interested in looking at the saddle.
I had huge pain at the insertion point of the hamstring to the hip. My cure ended up being given to me by an orthopedic surgeon who told me that I had high hamstring tendonitis. He had me do negative leg curls on the hamstring machine. I started with very low weight and a lot of reps and built up. You can also do with a Swiss ball, but I think the machine is better for control.
From your article, you are already trying some things that I didn’t have available to me, such as the platelets.
When you can, I recommend that you consider doing negative (eccentric) weight lifting with your hamstring on a hamstring machine. See youtube video link below.
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Once I started these, I was cured in a few weeks. I started with low weight but moved up to moderate weights and I still do them today for hamstring protection etc.
The key to recovery is eccentric weights which you can do with the Swiss ball. I went to the gym twice per day to use the hamstring machine, and it did work for me. The machine at the gym allows more weight than you can get with the ball.
Good luck, as I know how painful this can be. I was able to recover nearly 100 percent, so keep at it.— AlanDear Alan,
Thanks for that. I have been doing these hamstring curls with slow, eccentric return daily on the Swiss ball since receiving your letter, and my pain is decreasing.― LennardDear Lennard,
In your latest VelonNews column, you mentioned PRP therapy as a treatment for a torn triceps. I was curious as to whether your treatment also involved surgery, as I was under the impression that surgery was required for the proper healing of a torn triceps. Can you elaborate on your treatment experience?— JohnDear John,
Mine was not a complete tear, which probably would have required surgery. Rather, I had a partial tear and an enormous amount of inflammation that had been plaguing me for over a month.
The pain in my upper arm and elbow were initially misdiagnosed as tendinitis. I felt the need to treat it aggressively, as I was about to fly off to race the Finlandia Hiihto 50K classic- and 50K freestyle-technique cross-country ski races in Lahti, Finland, and the 90K classic Vasaloppet classic ski race in Mora, Sweden.
I went right away to an orthopedist, and, for the misdiagnosed tendinitis, I was prescribed a month-long increasing, then decreasing regimen of oral steroids. I started the steroids just before flying to Scandinavia, and they made no difference, even during the week gap between the races in Finland and the one in Sweden.
I suffered mightily in all three races. By the finish of the Vasaloppet, which is 90 kilometers of almost constant double-poling, my left arm was swollen like a sausage from shoulder to hand. I could no longer grasp my pole grip, and I could hardly lift it anymore. I slowed to a crawl and was pipped at the line by Pippa Middleton, Prince William’s sister-in-law, and was then bashed into by one of the clamoring cameramen in the scrum surrounding her immediately past the finish line.
Ultrasound imagery when I returned home showed tearing in my triceps was the actual culprit and explained why the steroids had not worked. I received one PRP injection directly into the inflamed area of my triceps, and it cleared up quickly. PRP is a critical part of the quick recovery of many pro riders after crashes and overuse injuries. I was able to cross-country ski again within a couple of weeks.― LennardDear Lennard,
I just read about your relief from ischial tuberosity bursitis with a new custom saddle made especially to fit your butt contours. I had the same diagnosis after a slip and fall on our wet deck and had a two-month recovery before being comfortable riding again.
My saving grace was found nine years ago with the Hobson Easy Seat II, since at 72, I have spinal stenosis, lumbar arthritis, and a history of compression fractures and osteoporosis. At $65 it was a very inexpensive fix to order the initial seat through our bike shop. I love the ability to dial apart the pads to fit my sit bones perfectly. It also has the open space so there is no contact with my tailbone and no front horn touching tender anatomy. I just replaced my original one, since I wore out the cover. I called the company direct, dealing with the inventor, who trusted me to mail a check when the seat arrived. It may help someone who doesn’t have the budget for your perfect saddle and an option worth considering. Happy riding. Life is too short to stay indoors even for this rider who usually does 15 miles several times per week.— Cheryl
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