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The Outer Line is written and edited by Joe Harris and Steve Maxwell.

Joe Harris has been a business and IT consultant for over twenty years, providing strategic services and influential changes to a cross section of Fortune 500 companies.  Though his primary career focus is to apply simple, creative solutions to complex business problems, his second life is dedicated to growing the sport of cycling. Since 1992 he has worn almost every hat from operations manager in a national bike store chain (Performance), managed the Indiana University collegiate cycling club (1992-1993) through two of its three consecutive National track cycling championships, soigneur (Saturn Pro Cycling), tour guide in Europe (VeloSport Vacations), journalist and editor (Mountain Biking), and market analyst and team patron (Computer Sciences Corporation). He was a liaison between Team CSC and U.S. clients while with the firm, and served as its cycling market subject matter expert in the Consulting division. More recently he volunteers his time to organizations that seek to bring bicycles and bicycle manufacturing capabilities into developing nations, and has relocated to Belgium to stay close to the European racing scene. He can be reached at jharris2453@gmail.com and on skype and twitter as jharris2453.

Steve Maxwell is Managing Director of TechKNOWLEDGEy Strategic Group, a Boulder, Colorado-based consultancy which provides strategic planning and transaction advisory services to a broad range of companies in the global environmental services and water resource industries.  He has initiated, managed and completed dozens of corporate mergers and acquisitions for clientele in these businesses.  He has published hundreds of papers on water and environmental issues, is a frequent speaker on environmental issues, and has served on various corporate boards.  He is the author of The Future of Water (2011) – a comprehensive review of global water resource challenges and opportunities.  Mr. Maxwell is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Earlham College and also holds Master’s Degrees in both Economic Geology and in Public Policy from Harvard University.  Mr. Maxwell is an avid cyclist, and has been a student of professional cycling for many years; he is also a regular contributor to Velo magazine and the VeloNews website.  In 2013, he became just the tenth American to climb Mont Ventoux from all four directions in one day, and he recently won his age group in the largest 10K race in the country. He can be reached at smaxwell.bike@gmail.com, or via twitter at @smaxwell_bike.


We have no financial interest whatsoever in professional cycling, nor any personal stake in this discussion other than wanting to see a beautiful sport restored to greater respectability, and for cycling to prosper in the future. As the philosopher and statesman Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

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