We interrupt this feverish season of agitation over New York City bike riders to bring you actual good news about an actual New York City bike rider. That's right! Positive information about a polite, talented, successful cyclist—trained on the menacing streets of New York!
Okay: so right now this bike rider is in Germany. Friday she'll be in Luxembourg. Next week she'll be in Colombia, representing the United States in the Pan-American Games. Her life is a blur of time zones and start lines, training rides and long flights saved by her Kindle and noise-cancelling headphones.
But Evelyn Stevens belongs to New York. She may now be one of the top women cyclists in the world, a national champion in the time trial discipline, but to many riders in this city she'll always be Evie from Central Park. By now Stevens' story is an oft-repeated city legend: the inexperienced amateur with no cycling background, who worked full-time on Wall Street, bought a low-end bike for fun, entered a clinic put on by the Century Road Club Association, and began riding away from pretty much everyone she raced. Soon it was obvious that Stevens was a once-in-a-generation rider, capable of competing not just at the domestic level, but for international glory.
Which is exactly what Stevens did, leaving Wall Street to ride for HTC-Highroad, a powerhouse men's and women's team. Last year, she won a stage in the women's Giro d'Italia, and last week she grabbed attention with an aggressive 40-kilometer solo breakaway at Belgium's Fleche Wallonne race. Meanwhile, there's an apartment in Girona, Spain, a newly-purchased green Vespa, and a stars-and-stripes jersey for that time trial she won last summer...
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