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This week I have two stories for you about bike racing. This is how freelancing works, by the way, everything publishes at once. Oh hey!

First, I have a story about the Axeon development team and how they try to balance their cocompeting ambitions. They’re an entertaining crew over there — all under 23 and bursting with talent and trying to make the world tour. There are obviously only so many slots to fill on the big teams, so it’s interesting to what Axeon race and try to make sure each rider gets a shot. In any case, here’s a story on the team and specifically, the climber-stage racers Neilson Powless and Adrien Costa. A fun thing is how many times I mispelled Neilson while writing this story. Yay! Axeon Hagens Berman Balancing Act.

Then I went over to visit Rally Cycling at their training camp in Oxnard. It always totally makes me laugh to go to Oxnard — and Silver Strand, at that — to talk to bike racers. It was windy and unruly so there was no good surf to gawk along the way. At Rally I caught up with the junior world time trial champion Brandon McNulty about his career and decision to sign with Rally — rather than maybe go to a development-specific team or head directly to Europe. Fun bonus! I got to call up legend Roy Knickman and get his perspective on McNulty, too. Brandon McNulty Profile.

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