Author Archives: "Gary Boulanger"
Words || Gary J Boulanger During a career that spanned five decades, the fiercely competitive British cyclist Beryl Burton won seven world titles (two road race championships and five track pursuit titles) and 96 national titles (12 road race championships, 13 pursuit titles, and 71 time trial titles against the clock). Dutch phenom Marianne Vos
Words || Gary J Boulanger This year marks the 80th anniversary of Campagnolo S.r.l., based in Vicenza, Italy. Six years after company patriarch Tullio struggled with frozen wing nuts in an effort to flip his rear wheel while leading the 1927 GP della Vittoria on the Croce d’Aune in the Dolomites—muttering ‘Bisogno cambiá qualcossa de
Words || Gary J. Boulanger Bend, Oregon resident Paul Willerton is resourceful. A former pro on the road for Team Z and Subaru-Montgomery, Willerton has raced around the world many times. After hanging up his leather hairnet in 1993, he spent six years on the World Cup and NORBA circuits, racing first for Bontrager, then
Words || Gary J Boulanger American cyclocross racer Katie Compton has repeatedly defied the odds of European tradition by winning ginormous UCI Elite World Cup races on European soil. In fact, she’s the only American to win the cyclocross World Cup series, a feat accomplished for the second time earlier this year prior to the
Words || Gary J Boulanger Laurent Patrick Fignon, born August 12, 1960, was a French thunderbolt in the 1980s, winning the Tour de France twice in a row as a young professional in 1983 and ’84. He closed out the decade winning Milan San-Remo back-to-back, in 1988 and ’89, the year he was more famous
Words: Gary J Boulanger || Photos: Jesse Willems Two things have stuck with me since 1980: the first, my initial disdain—then love—for Latin, which was required as a freshman at Abbot Pennings, my all-male Catholic high school; the second, the dedication to cycling modeled by my former boss at Rivendell Bicycle Works, Grant Petersen. The
Words & Photo || Gary J Boulanger Since 1981, nearly 2 million bicycles with the name ‘Gary Fisher’ have been sold worldwide, the majority of them for off-road use. Many hail the California native as the godfather of the modern mountain bike, but Fisher himself is quick to point out it was an open-source effort
Words & Photos || Gary J Boulanger With a 4 a.m. wake-up call for breakfast to make our 5:30 ride departure for the start line in downtown Annecy, it was a little vexing to ride the streets and bike path after listening to wedding revelers at our hotel. Ever been to a wedding in France?
Words || Gary J Boulanger California native Greg LeMond won his first of three Tours de France in 1986, a breakout year for American cycling. Team 7-Eleven took the leader’s yellow jersey in their debut, when Canadian Alex Stieda broke away on a short, 53-mile stage to claim every jersey on offer. LeMond see-sawed his
Words & Photos || Gary J Boulanger Breakfast and riding began an hour earlier on Saturday, due to a full day of riding, race pack pickup, and final preparations at the hotel. We were getting into a collective rhythm by now, and the group was gelling nicely.
Words & Photos || Gary J Boulanger With 11,475 riders toeing the line to celebrate the 20th anniversary of L’Etape on July 8, the nine of us had our work cut out in the days leading up to the Big Ride: 130 kilometers traversing the same roads the pro peloton will tackle on Stage 20
Words & Photos || Gary J Boulanger Pedaling a bicycle through the French countryside, I found, is on the short list of many friends who ride. Participating in the popular L’Etape du Tour ranks highly on this list, and it was through the graciousness of Trek Travel that I experienced France—specifically Annecy—for the first time
Words || Gary J Boulanger In 1852, Americans Charles Goodyear and Hiram Hutchinson met. Goodyear had developed and patented a process called vulcanization, which cures rubber. Hutchinson purchased the patent and applied it to the manufacture of rubber boots for farmers in Europe, while Goodyear used the process to manufacture tires. Hutchinson called his company
Words || Gary J Boulanger Tour de France founder Henri Desgrange was a stubborn old cuss who didn’t suffer fools gladly, and carved a sporting event into infamy out of the same granite resolve he wielded on riders, team managers, sponsors and manufacturers from 1903 to his death in 1940. There’s no way he would
On July 3, Paved contributor Gary Boulanger gets on a plane bound for Annecy, France, where he’ll ride his first L’Etape du Tour. Filing travelogue reports throughout his adventure, he’ll chronicle his experience to shed light on what it takes to enjoy saddle time on the same route as the professionals. This first installment sheds
Words & Photos || Gary J Boulanger Listening to the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s ‘Jazz at Oberlin’ while eating a chicken wrap on Air Canada flight 758 to Toronto, it strikes me that I’ve somehow become a bit cultured since relocating to the South Bay of Mountain View, California seven years ago. In 2006, I was
Words || Gary J Boulanger On a recent road ride in the Santa Cruz Mountains with my friend Anthony Mangieri, I noticed a unique glint off the rear Royce hub of his new wheelset, built by Luxe Wheelworks in Boston. Intrigued by the quick-release skewer, I did some cursory research on the man behind the
Words || Gary J Boulanger The bicycle-racing blood runs deep in Chicago native John Vande Velde’s family. It was his destiny, he explained, to become a bike racer because his father, uncle and brother raced. Vande Velde’s grandfather immigrated to Chicago from Belgium and the love of the sport has been passed from generation to
Words: Gary J Boulanger || Photos: Jon Suzuki Due to scheduling conflicts, neither Bob Roll nor Chris Carmichael could join our peloton in Healdsburg, California on May 20, and a busted collarbone kept Garmin-Sharp pro Dave Zabriskie from some rolling fellowship as well. The event? A National Interscholastic Cycling Association Gran Corsa, a 45-mile road
Words || Gary J Boulanger To many, Gino Bartali, Fausto Coppi, Felice Gimondi, Francesco Moser, Dave Stohler, Gianni Bugno, Ivan Basso and Vincenzo Nibali are all famous Italian cyclists from the 1940s to present day, elevated to legendary status based on their exploits in the Giro d’Italia or on the cinder track at Indiana University.