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Category Archives: Racing

How Elite Runners Train When They’re Pregnant

When Elle Purrier St. Pierre, the 27-year-old Olympic miler and multiple American record-holder, announced her pregnancy a few weeks ago, fans were surprised. I was too, even though I recently wrote about a study suggesting that pregnancy doesn’t alter the career trajectory of elite runners. Old habits die hard, and the knee-jerk assumption that motherhood […]

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California’s Largest Wildfire of 2022 Is Burning the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run Course

California’s largest fire this year is currently burning on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains, east of Sacramento, threatening several foothill communities known for their proximity to one of the most iconic ultrarunning races on Earth—The Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run. Specifically, the section of the course most threatened or burned is […]

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The Gear a Non-Bike Racer Used to Race 142 Miles

I recently trained for and raced the Steamboat Gravel Black Course, a 142-mile grind in the ranchland and mountains surrounding Steamboat Springs, Colorado. I only had six weeks to train for the race, which worried the hell out of my cycling coach, Matt Cramer, partner at the United Endurance Sports Coaching Academy. His advice with […]

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UTMB: A Fanfare For The Common Runner

Tina Pedersen had just run 171km (106.5 miles) around the Mont Blanc massif. Sweaty, wet and exhausted, her top concern was where her youngest son had wandered off among friends and family who were watching the race. As she was running through the packed streets of Chamonix, France, on Sunday morning with only about 200 […]

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A UTMB Participant Died on Course. Is the Race Too Dangerous?

Les ultra-trails sont-ils devenus dangereux? That’s the question the front-page headline of the Le Dauphiné newspaper posed when it hit newsstands and coffee shops early Wednesday morning in Chamonix, France. Has ultra-distance trail running become dangerous? That’s also among the many questions trail runners around Chamonix were asking Tuesday evening, less than 24 hours after […]

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Trail Runner’s Guide to UTMB 2022

The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) isn’t just one thing. It’s the Spandex Superbowl, wrapped in Gore-Tex Mardi Gras with a dash of Chafing World Cup. It’s a week-long festival of mountain racing that attracts thousands of runners to Chamonix, France. Mountain athlete Hillary Allen is excited to be back in Chamonix. “For me running UTMB […]

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How Does COVID Impact a Tour de France Cyclist?

This article was first published by CyclingTips. This Tour de France has been raced with the menacing threat of COVID-19 hanging over it. There were late substitutions right up until the Grand Départ in Copenhagen, and in the weeks since 13 riders have tested positive for the virus, including stage winners, team leaders, and vital domestiques. One of those […]

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I Came Four Seconds From Wearing the Tour de France’s Yellow Jersey

American cyclist Neilson Powless of team EF Education-EasyPost is writing a journal for VeloNews.com throughout the 2022 Tour de France. Powless recently came within four seconds of the Tour’s coveted yellow jersey, and his latest entry—written after Thursday’s sixth stage—discusses his close call.   Another stage chalked off and after a medium-length transfer I’ve made it […]

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Just One American Has Worn the Tour de France‘s Yellow Jersey, According to the Race’s Official Record

This article was first published by VeloNews.com. Neilson Powless came within a whisker of riding into the yellow jersey Wednesday and Thursday at the Tour de France in what would have been the first American yellow jersey in more than a decade. Or would it havc been? American cycling packs a controversial legacy with the […]

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