On Monday, cyclist George Hincapie will commence his final race, the grueling, six-day USA Pro Cycling Challenge in the Colorado Rockies. Afterwards, he will enter retirement at the ripe age of 37 as one of the all-time greats: He has ridden the Tour de France a dizzying 17 times – the most in the Tour's history – during which he assisted Lance Armstrong in his seven victories (as well as yellow-jersey winners Alberto Contador in 2007 and Cadel Evans in 2011), and has taken a dozen stages himself, including stage 15 in 2005. As he looks to call it quits, Hincapie shows no interest in starting triathlons. His plans: Hiking, getting to know the bars in Greenville, South Carolina (his hometown), and keeping up his daily ride. "I plan on riding forever. My dad is 70 years old and he's still riding. I'll be there." Launch Gallery >>
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Pisgah National Forest
One of Hincapie's favorite places to hit the trails is in the Pisgah National Forest, in the neighboring state of North Carolina, and it's not just because he lives 30 minutes away. "The trails there are world class trails. It's singletrack, all wooded, and you can climb for 10 to 15 km at a time. There's Dupont State Forest there as well. They stand out."
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