On Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m., The Richard G. Lugar Franciscan Center for Global Studies will host a lecture by Daniel Lee entitled “The Belgian Hammer: How Young Americans Break into the Grueling and Global Sport of Professional Cycling.” The lecture will be presented in the Marian University Theatre on the Marian University campus. This lecture is part of the Global Studies Speakers Series.
Lee developed a love of writing and cycling as a teenager in the 1980s and has stuck with both ever since. His grandparents, who had been Peace Corps volunteers, helped spark his interest in international issues by taking him to Japan in 1988.
Lee spent more than 17 years in journalism, including positions as a business-technology reporter at the San Jose Mercury Newsand a business reporter and columnist at The Indianapolis Star. As a journalist, he traveled to Japan, Ireland, and Sweden to report on business issues.
He now is a communication specialist for Zipp Speed Weaponry, an Indianapolis-based bicycle wheel and component maker. His nonfiction book, The Belgian Hammer: Forging Young Americans into Professional Cyclists, is about the development process for young United States cyclists trying to make it in European pro cycling. A graduate of Ball State University, Lee lives in Carmel, Indiana with his wife and their three children.