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To help get you ready to roll for La Grande Boucle, Matt has assembled his annual guide for who and what to watch for... The 2023 Tour de France makes its Grand Départ this Saturday. For its 110th running, the biggest cycling spectacle of the year will spend the first three stages roaming the Basque Country of Northern Spain before crossing the border back into France to get the party started with the mountain stages. If you binged the terrific new series Unchained on Netflix, you’ll be happy to know that this year’s edition of Le Tour is packed with storylines and you can watch the drama unfold in real-time over the course of 21 stages covering 2,115 miles in 23...
I think I’ve mentioned this before but the spark that inspired me to become a cyclist and pin on a racing number was catching a segment about Paris-Roubaix on ABC’s Wide World of Sports when I was a kid back in the ‘80s. Up until that moment, the act of riding bikes was nothing more than a means of transportation so I could secretly buy candy but when I saw the peloton going all out on brutally treacherous roads, I was instantly hooked. As an old cyclist here in 2023, it brings me immense joy to say the pro ranks are as exciting and loaded with talent as they have ever been. With such an impressive mix of young and experienced...