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Speed Racer
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John Davis
Toby Weatherall likes to get on his bike and ride. Fast. Every afternoon, the Johns Hopkins senior international studies major hops on his carbon-fiber Trek Madone and heads out into the countryside. "Riding is a release, a chance to clear your mind completely," says Weatherall, a member of Hopkins Cycling, a club team.

Weatherall, 22, began cycling in high school after he watched Lance Armstrong win the Tour de France. Although he was inexperienced (Weatherall got lapped 40 minutes into his first collegiate race), he threw himself into competitive cycling. "I showed up weekend after weekend without a chance of winning," he says.

His tenacity paid off. These days Weatherall rides 30 hours a week, does individual time trials, and can pedal an average 27 miles per hour. He has competed at elite and national levels in the United States and the United Kingdom, and plans to continue when he heads off to study at the University of Oxford this fall.

Weatherall hopes to blend his studies with his sport, to take on the problem of performance-enhancing drugs. "I see international law as the solution to the doping problem in cycling," he says. "What international law can do is offer a means to formalize the anti-doping process throughout Europe and the world. That's the way we are going to clean up the sport."
—Maria Blackburn

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