Specialized’s New Super-Fast S-Works Venge Bike

Aerodynamics, handling and the ideal weight create a trifecta for riders

Humankind and the bicycle have long had a symbiotic relationship. As Olympic cyclist John Howard once said, “The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine.” Part-human and part-machine, the two must synch into perfect harmony—and, as humans change, so does bike design. The most recent evidence of all this is Specialized’s new Venge. Super-fast, it has been designed partly by a supercomputer …

The Brentwood, Saratoga Springs

A design studio tackles their most personal project yet: their own hotel

Driving onto the Brentwood Hotel‘s gravel courtyardwhich itself clamors with growls of welcomeone can’t help but let out a sigh of relief. It’s a four-hour commitment from NYC, and the Taconic State Parkway doesn’t offer much to look at in the colder months. But there’s already an outdoor fire wailing away and records playing in the cozy, five-stool lobby. Despite the petite nature of these …

World Superbike Championships Laguna Seca 2016

Up close at the US round of the motorcycle race

by Justin Kaehler Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is one of the premiere racetracks in North America, if not the world. A perfectly crafted ribbon of asphalt carved through the picturesque hills of Monterey, California, this track has hosted top-level racing series for over 60 years. Though just a little over two miles around, it covers over 180 feet in elevation change and 11 turns. It …

Interview: IndyCar Driver James Hinchcliffe

We take the track with the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver to learn about training for the greatest American race spectacle

by Ryan McManus This Memorial Day Weekend marks the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, the crown jewel of American motorsport. Despite expecting to draw crowds north of 350,000 on race day, IndyCar remains on the periphery of the average American’s motorsport awareness, eclipsed by NASCAR and the Sprint Cup. I went down to Speedway, Indiana ahead of the 500 to talk with Schmidt Peterson …

Andretti Autosport’s Volkswagen Beetles at Global Rallycross

Well-designed endurance vehicles above and beyond the Bug of yesteryears

by Justin Kaehler Volkswagen’s Beetle is a global icon. It’s cheap. It’s cute. And it’s cheerful. And despite the brand’s scandals of late, VW has pushed innovations in design and engineering for decades. That said, it’s a bit of a shock to see the VW Beetle dominate Red Bull’s Global Rally Cross (GRC) series. This is racing for the X-Games set, starring action sports royalty …