Endurance: Tour of Flanders

Hincapie writing memoir, opening a B&B

April, 15, 2013
George HincapieDoug Pensinger/Getty ImagesGeorge Hincapie rode in a record 17 Tours de France during a 19-year career that ended last August.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- After 19 years spent traversing the globe, George Hincapie has discovered the simple joys of home, and soon he'll be inviting fans to come and experience them with him.

Hincapie and his brother plan to open a bed and breakfast in Travelers Rest, S.C., in August. The venture, an expansion of the family business already known for its Hincapie Sportswear line, is just one of a number of pending projects for the rider known to fans as "Big George."

The transition to civilian life has been surprisingly simple for Hincapie, who retired in 2012. He still keeps a daily regimen; it just looks a little different now.

"I take my kids to school every day," he told VeloNews. "And then I pick them up and I take them to soccer or tennis. You know, those are the kinds of things that I could just never do in the past."

As for the bike, Hincapie has adopted a significantly less regimented schedule.

"I still love to ride, but I don't do it every day and I don't train, so to speak," he said. "At this point, cycling for me is going out and racing my buddies. We ride two or three hours, three or four days a week. It's not structured. I just do it for the enjoyment of cycling."

After nearly two decades in the pro peloton, Hincapie describes the change as "a relief" -- both physically and mentally.

"My whole career I was very diligent about training," the 39-year-old said. "And if you ask anyone who rode with me, they'll tell you that training came ahead of everything else. I was always doing intervals and that sort of thing. And that's very hard, so it's nice to just go out and ride my bike for a change."

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