Author Archives: "Gary Boulanger"

Front Row: World Cycling Championships in Tuscany

05.28.2013 //

By Gary J Boulanger Sadly, the 2013 Giro d’Italia is finished. An Italian won the general classification, earned with aplomb after a heroic mountain stage on the summit of Tre Cime di Lavaredo, preceded by a lung-searing mountain climb time trial victory in between snowflakes and rain. Vincenzo Nibali took the top step in Brescia

5 Reasons Why She’s Shelley Verses And You’re Not

05.22.2013 //

Words || Gary J Boulanger In professional cycling, riders grab all the attention whether they make the podium or not; slogging it out in the heat, driving rain, snow and over nasty French cobbles is part of the job. Their effort is made possible by the tireless, behind-the-scenes circus act of a support crew which

5 Reasons Why He’s Andy Hampsten And You’re Not

05.15.2013 //

Words || Gary J Boulanger Born in Ohio and raised in North Dakota, Shiras Andrew Hampsten—named after his Scottish grandfather Shiras Morris—came to cycling rather circuitously. Like most good American kids raised in the 1970s, Hampsten mowed lawns to raise money to buy his first 10-speed bike. He learned drafting from some older local riders,

5 Reasons Why He’s Billy Al Bengston And You’re Not

05.08.2013 //

By Gary J Boulanger In the late 1940s, a 14-year-old kid named Billy Al Bengston shed his Kansas skin for a new life in southern California, where he would shape pop art while racing motorcycles, surfing, and riding his bicycle around Venice. He eventually took residence in an old newspaper building near the beach, where

5 Reasons Why He’s Grant Petersen And You’re Not

05.01.2013 //

Words & Photo | Gary J Boulanger If you appreciate gravel riding, leather saddles, or steel frames, send a postcard to Walnut Creek, California’s Grant Petersen. His lazer focus on getting more people on bikes dates back to his days riding across the country in 1976, when thousands loaded their bikes Tom Joad style and

Secret Society of Old Bad-Ass Racers (SOBAR) Santa Rosa, California

04.29.2013 //

Words & Photos | Gary J Boulanger I rolled up to Nikola Farat’s house in Santa Rosa, less than an hour after Belgium’s Philippe Gilbert earned the rainbow jersey with a fabulous Walloonian display of strength and panache on the final climb of the Cauberg in Valkenburg September 23, 2012. “Congratulations on Gilbert’s big win

5 Reasons Why She’s Beth Heiden And You’re Not

04.24.2013 //

By Gary J Boulanger | Photos Courtesy of Beth Reid In 1975, during her freshman year in high school, Beth Reid played tennis and soccer. Her endurance-filled DNA produced a national record in the mile for her age, when she competed in the Wisconsin state championships for both the 800 meter and the mile. Today,

Gran(d) Fun, Monterey Style

04.23.2013 //

Words & Photo | Gary J Boulanger There’s something partially exotic when telling friends about riding a gran fondo, as opposed to a frumpy century ride. Maybe it’s the Euro tone of the words gran fondo; all I know is the recent Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia, held during the Sea Otter Classic on April 20

5 Reasons Why He’s John Tomac And You’re Not

04.17.2013 //

By Gary J. Boulanger | Photo: Courtesy of John Tomac There must be something in the water in Owosso, Michigan, a small town of less than 16,000 where cycling legend John Tomac was born and raised in the 1960s and `70s. In an age where professional cyclists now focus on one discipline within their chosen

5 Reasons Why He’s Lindsay Crawford And You’re Not

04.10.2013 //

Words & Photo || Gary J Boulanger Former United Airlines pilot Lindsay Crawford has scaled back his annual training mileage a bit these days; the 72-year-old Californian only puts 10,000 miles in the saddle compared to his 18,000-plus annual output during the `70s and `80s, when he was a full-time pilot racing a national calendar

5 Reasons Why She’s Marianne Vos And You’re Not

04.03.2013 //

Words || Gary J Boulanger Photo || Rob Ijbema/Painting the Tour Dutch cyclist Marianne Vos looks like someone’s 8th grade babysitter, a tomboy uncomfortable wearing a dress and more suited to climbing a tree to jump off the garage. But Vos (Dutch for fox) is no tomboy; on the contrary. The 25-year-old, winner of the

5 Reasons Why He’s Anthony Mangieri And You’re Not

03.27.2013 //

Words & Photo || Gary J Boulanger Some say Anthony Mangieri’s authentic Neapolitan pizza is the best in the U.S. Others say his collection of tattoos is the best, while still others say his penchant for perfection—and his passion for cycling—makes him the ideal man for the job of punk-rock pizzaiolo.

Gentleman’s Training Camp: Epilogue

03.22.2013 //

Words & Photos || Gary J Boulanger The Prologue Day One A handful of us cut our targeted 65-mile day short, returning to the hotel after 35 miles and 3,500 feet of climbing. It appeared I was running out of steam, and the lure of coffee and a more sedentary afternoon beckoned back at base

Gentleman’s Training Camp: Day 2

03.20.2013 //

Words & Photos || Gary J Boulanger The Prologue Day One The healing power of sleep is one of the many benefits of training camp, something we all needed desperately after our all-out assault on Santa Rosa Creek Road and Peachy Canyon the day before. And for the first time in years, I discovered the

5 Reasons Why He’s Keith Bontrager and You’re Not

03.20.2013 //

By Gary J Boulanger Santa Cruz, California, resident Keith Bontrager is a former motorcycle racer who’s never given up on his quest to experience the next great bicycle ride, be it on the dirt or on the pavement, something he splits evenly in his adopted town on the Pacific Ocean. A tinkerer from birth, Bontrager

Gentleman’s Training Camp: Day 1

03.18.2013 //

Words & Photos || Gary J Boulanger The Prologue Mike Brown, our training camp organizer, is the consummate influencer. His appreciation for the finer things in cycling was noticeable right from the start, from the Campagnolo gruppos adorning several bikes, to the sew-up tires glued to the rims of more than half the group. When

Gentleman’s Training Camp: The Prologue

03.14.2013 //

Spending A Week On the Roads of San Luis Obispo County With Some of Cycling’s High Society Words & Photos || Gary J Boulanger In early 2010, when Paved was just a twinkle in Papa Parkin’s eye, I was pedaling up Page Mill Road in nearby Los Altos Hills, a tidy grunt of a northern

5 Reasons Why He’s George Mount And You’re Not

03.13.2013 //

Ed. Note: 5 Reasons is a new weekly Wednesday staple on Look for a different personality to be featured each week, and, of course, be prepared to find out why you’re most certainly not them. Photo: Courtesy of George Mount 5 Reasons Why He’s George Mount And You’re Not Former American professional road racer

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