Topic: Cycling

May 9, 2014

Does the ghost of Pablo Escobar still loom over Colombian cyclists? 

March 3, 2014

A wobbly journey into the heart of China, or the unicycling adventures of an American abroad.

October 21, 2013

Cycling has been a defiantly, narrowly European sport for a long time. That's changing, as of course it would and should, thanks to a crop of promising new riders from South America and Africa. It's not at all clear how ready cycling is for that, but change is coming all the same.

July 1, 2013

Nairo Quintana is the second-youngest rider and only South American in the peloton at the Tour de France. He's also the race's most fascinating unknown, and the closest thing cycling has to the paradigm-smashing multidimensional weirdness of Russell Westbrook.

May 2, 2013

The soul of professional cycling has been so warped and decayed by the doping culture of the past decade that there are serious questions about the sport’s future. After the bottom of the Austin Witch Trials, cycling needs a hero badly. Luckily for US cycling fans, 22-year-old prodigy Taylor Phinney might be ready to fill the role.

November 1, 2012

Lance Armstrong's fall from grace was a long one, and hard. A look back at the cyclist's prelapsarian persona reveals a complex portrait of the man and his brand, and the inspiration bubble that went bust.

October 4, 2012

Lance Armstrong and John Terry were both found not guilty by criminal courts, only to receive opposite verdicts from ruling bodies for their respective sports. Are sports tribunals better at investigations than police and prosecutors? Or is the idea of a sports justice system flawed at its core?

July 31, 2012

Yes, Bradley Wiggins is the first ethnic Mod ever to hoist a major sporting trophy. But his title run to the Champs Elysee was brilliantly boring. Patrick Redford checks in with a recap of this year's Tour de France.

July 11, 2012

Long before Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose were the toasts of their towns, Six-Day Racers were the talk of Madison Square Garden and the Chicago Coliseum. Explore a world of hot crowds, intense competitors and splinters in places nobody wants them. 

February 15, 2012

For cycling, better living through chemistry has never been a luxury—it's been a matter of survival. That's why the suspension of Alberto Contador can never fully erase his accomplishments, and why Lance Armstrong, his contemporary, may never be free of doubt. The only option? Strong policing coupled with an acknowledgment that what's done is done.