Unwritten Rules of Cycling: It’s Getting Old

Tour de France 2003 Luz-Ardiden Lance Armstrong Crash

In Soviet Union, unwritten rules of the peloton was law. As the unwritten rules go, they were not codified. You wouldn’t go to a library, pick up a Codex Cyclicus volume and find out what’s legal and what’s not. You learned the rules over thousands of kilometers listening to your older teammates brag about a …

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Cycling Stories: Made in the USSR (Part 23)

We land in Kiev. It hadn’t stopped raining since we touched down in Borispol airport. We could use a break, we tell Nikolai Rogozyan. It’s not like we’re racing next week. It’s not like you lose anything if you lie in bed for two days, dry and warm with a book in your hands and …

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Cycling Stories: Made in USSR (Part 21)

Zyama kept his promise. Two weeks after I’d been dug out from wonderland and dumped into the pit, he showed up in his beat-up Lada and took me to Titan’s service course in the centre of Kiev where our dormitory was. He told me everyone had gone to Crimea for the last stage race of …

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Cycling Stories: Made In USSR (Part 20)

Zyama pulled out his military ID, stuck it in the guard’s face and ordered to open the door. We stepped into a sun-lit, hundred-meter wide square surrounded by two- and three-story buildings. An alley on its far-end side led deeper into the garrison. We walked to a building on our right, climbed two flights of …

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