Musings from a former professional team bicycle mechanic. John Sessa is a USA Cycling-certified mechanic with 15 years experience with professional racing teams.
He has worked for teams including Mercury, fakta, Rock Racing, Jelly Belly presented by Kenda and Team Type 1. He has extensive experience building bicycles, diagnosing problems and putting riders on the road to victory.
Operating as usual
[01/01/21] New Year, new tricks.
1 Who invented the clip on aero bars?
2 Who invented the turbo trainer?
3 Who invented the Speedplay pedals?
Turns out it was all the same guy.
triathlete.com If a picture tells a thousand words, then a single capture from ABC’s broadcast of the 1984 Race Across America is a bit of a novel. Written by: Jay
Nice roster. Good job Beast!
cyclingnews.com Van Haute's team adds experience but keeps four young riders
cyclingnews.com 'The way teams make people feel, the way sports make people feel, that’s what brings success'
Is it more of an insult to the rider or the team that Cavendish had to buy his way to a spot on the roster?
Full disclosure, I'm not a fan of this guy.
cyclingnews.com Sprinter helped bring funds to support his return to the Belgian team
Laps on the track.
Stand is set up. Ready to check for “motor doping” Challenge Daytona.
cyclingnews.com 'Without him I'd never have become a good rider' recalls Francesco Moser
Get me to the church on time.
Suora distrugge ciclisti professionisti correndo con una vecchia bici vicino a Rimini 😂
How did I miss this? Looks amazing!
youtube.com TV personality #PhilKeoghan retraces the 1928 Tour de France riding an original vintage bicycle, with no gears, as he tells the forgotten ‘underdog’ story ab...
More on Eddie B.
sports.yahoo.com Controversial former US national team director contracted COVID-19 while in Poland
Be careful with your bike placement.
bicycling.com Exhaust heat and carbon are a bad combination.
Edward "Eddie B" Borysewicz is dead. The Polish coach died at the age of 81.
Borysewicz passed away in a hospital in Drezdenko, in Lubuskie Province.
"Eddie B" is one of the most important cycling coaches in the history of the 20th century. In the first half of the 1970s he trained the Polish national team of juniors, and in 1977-1987 he was the coach of the US Olympic team.
He raised Mieczysław Nowicki, winner of the silver and bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Montreal (1976). As a US national team coach, he introduced the Americans to the world stage, preparing the men's and women's teams for numerous world championships and the Games in Los Angeles (1984). Among his students and discoveries are such cyclists as the three-time winner of the Tour de France (1986, 1989, 1990) Greg Lemond, the winner of the Giro d'Italia (1988) Andy Hampsten, Jeff Bradley and Lance Armstrong.
More COVID at the Giro. This case is interesting.
"Gaviria’s re-infection... is likely to be of major interest to doctors... in the research into the coronavirus, with the understanding of the immune response key to the search for a vaccine. There has been evidence to suggest it can be caught again, although instances so far have been rare."
cyclingnews.com Asymptomatic Colombian and an AG2R staff member test positive on second rest day
COVID concerns at the Giro.
cyclingnews.com 'Things are going badly in this Giro' says Belgian, as Peter Sagan says he will race on
youtube.com When it gets to taking on a blank canvas and turning it into something grand, Brandon Semenuk is never the one too shy away from the challenge. His unapologe...
Cool post! I remember Chris was particular about his rain bag and specifically his rain jacket. Year 1 with Mercury he didn't like the jacket the team provided him so he used one he brought from Française des Jeux.
Support car techniques, and how to get your food and race/ride gear efficiently. For more on the Giro go to Steephill: http://www.steephill.tv Twitter: https...
Yeah, I dunno. His last "result" at the TdF was in 2017 when he prevented Sagan winning the Green Jersey by crashing himself in the barriers and fingering Sagan who got thrown out of the race.
My favourite Cavendish memory was from Tour California in 2010 when at the post-race party he was trying to hit on our team soigneur. She had no idea who he was, was duly nonplussed, and when seeing his team polo asked "are you one of the mechanics?" I wasn't sure if it was an insult to him or to team mechanics everywhere. 😆
cyclingnews.com Sprinter should be offered contract for as long as he wants one, says former teammate
Wow! Stage 3 and one of the pre-race favorites (Thomas) might go home?
cyclingnews.com Almeida in pink after Thomas ships 12 minutes in struggle after crash in neutral zone
Outside is (still) free.
cyclingmagazine.ca A Belgian rider rode 277 km just to draw the perfect pint of Duvel beer - and the brewery responded in the best way possible
cyclingnews.com 'Whoever takes over from me on Sunday, I wish them the best of luck and a year of happiness'
Wow, what a shot!
It's back to time trial mode for Anna van der Breggen 🇳🇱 as she glides through the beautiful countryside of Emilia-Romagna 🇮🇹.
Are we looking at a repeat of Innsbruck 2018 when she won gold from a solo attack?
A quick read. 'Nuff said.
cyclingtips.com There are rules in bike racing. Tadej Pogacar broke them. You aren’t supposed to win the Tour de France without a good team, with your highest-placed
What a great Tour!
blog.discoverfrance.com Discover France is an Official Tour de France Tour Operator Behind the scenes of the biggest sporting event this year. Source: LeTour.fr Superlatives about the Tour de France of this year have been…
Don't you just love autumn?
While the summer sun and the hot days are great, autumn definitely has a lot of charm.
The cooler mornings, colorful leaves in the trees and the sun getting lower and lower...
Watching this video can make anyone imagine the scent of the forest, with the humidity, the falling leaves and the sound of the gravel road beneath the tires.
Imagine a cool evening with a hot meal, and a glass of red wine after a day of riding and visiting historic villages.
What is your favorite autumn travel destination in France?
If your local travel restrictions allow you to travel to France, have a look at our cycling tours.
You only travel with the people that you book with, and start on the day of your choosing. Flexible booking conditions apply.
cyclingnews.com Frenchman forced to leave the race for eight days
Some TdF humor.
“#TDF2020 We caught Whitey a little tongue tied in yesterday’s finish... 🙊😂 Any chance of a lesson @CCCProTeam @GregVanAvermaet? https://t.co/wQEUSq1w24”
Hey you kids! Come ride on my super cool driveway!
Every night I would get an alert from my driveway security camera, and at first I was a bit annoyed, but then I found myself looking forward to the evening a...
On the Tour's home page.
velonews.com The statistics suggest that Sagan is the most consistent Tour rider of all time, with the possible exception of the Cannibal, Eddy Merckx.
John Sessa is a USA Cycling-certified mechanic with 15+ years experience with professional racing teams. He has worked for teams including Mercury, Fakta, Rock Racing, Jelly Belly, Team Type 1 and Amore & Vita. Now he is busy helping raise two boys and working to book cycling trips in France and beyond.