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Get your copy of the July issue in bike shops now!

By Darren Dencklau, Assistant Editor – Bicycle Paper

This month, our feature story is on the 2011 World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships that will take place in Seattle this September. Bike polo is becoming increasingly popular in the U.S., and that definitely includes the cities of Portland and Seattle. Written by Katie Hawkins, our newest editorial intern, she takes an in-depth look at the sport, the upcoming championships and its Northwest roots.

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Also in this month’s issue is the heartbreaking and inspirational story of Spyros Pavlou, a Washington resident who suffered the death of his second wife, then a stroke, and his subsequent and hard fought return to cycling – with the help of a recumbent trike. Pavlou wrote the article from his firsthand experience and explains how he dealt with the aftereffects of his stroke. It’s moving.

For those who train by riding endless hours on their bikes, former professional racer, Kirk Willett, presents detailed proof that less is actually more when trying to become a faster rider or to succeed in competitive cycling. The “20MP” method of high intensity, short duration training is quicker and more effective than riding all day. Written by Portland resident Joe Zauner, it will make you think twice about heading out for multiple-hour training rides in the rain.

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