Our guest on today’s episode is George Hincapie – one of the most recognized cyclists in the world, with numerous world championships, national championships, and professional victories to his credit. George began racing as a young boy in Queens, New York, when his father introduced him to the sport. He competed a record 17 times in the Tour de France, raced in five Olympic Games, and won three U.S. National Road Race championships – unparalleled longevity in the sport of cycling.
He notably served as the “domestique” on many of his Tour de France teams – a position that is often recognized as the ultimate team role in cycling. George sacrificed personal glory and success for that of his team and teammates, and it’s fascinating to hear him talk about his experience on the team side of an individual sport like cycling.
Though he retired from cycling in 2012, Hincapie has found sustained success in the business world – most notably as the co-founder of Hincapie Sportswear and the Hotel Domestique. His story is a fascinating look at the grueling world of cycling and what it truly takes to achieve longevity.