Bill Strickland became Bicycling editor in chief for the second time in his 23-year career at the brand in August 2014. He first served as EIC from 1999 to 2003, and, during the interim, acted as editor-at-large for the magazine.
An accomplished writer and author, Strickland has written five cycling-related books, beginning with The Quotable Cyclist in 1997. Other titles include Mountain Biking: The Ultimate Guide to the Ultimate Ride; Ten Points, a memoir of his cycling experiences, which received a starred review from Publishers’ Weekly; and Tour de Lance, a chronicle of Lance Armstrong’s tumultuous return to cycling in 2009.
“The Escape,” Strickland’s column in Bicycling’s December 2011 issue, was named Notable story in The Best American Sports Writing for that year.
He first joined Bicycling magazine in 1991. He has also had stories published in such magazines and newspapers as Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, Parenting, Parents, Backpacker, Rouleur, Indianapolis Star, Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times Book Review. He’s discussed cycling on television shows like Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, The Today Show, Entertainment Tonight, Anderson Cooper 360, Larry King Live, ESPN, NPR, CNN International, and many others.
Strickland, who lives with his wife and daughter in Emmaus, Pennsylvania — the corporate home of Rodale Inc. — still races road bikes and cyclocross for an amateur club called Kapelmuur Independent. He has ridden through Europe, Australia, Africa, and elsewhere, on adventures ranging from racing a mountain stage of the Tour de France to delivering medicine by mountain bike to remote villages in Madagascar.