Wednesday, July 27, 2011

USA Takes Seven BMX Gold Medals On Day One Of BMX Worlds

Ryan Pettigrew wins the 13 year-old boys world title.
The United States was the most prize winning nation on the opening day of competition at the 2011 UCI BMX World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark. Riders from ages five to 14 contested for the title of world’s best across 17 challenge classes with the U.S. coming away with seven gold medals on Wednesday.


Ryan Pettigrew wins the 13 year-old boys world title. The 8 and 9 year-old boys divisions got things rolling for the U.S. team with Americans taking gold and silver in both. Current USA Cycling BMX national champion Jack Kelly (Salt Lake City, Utah) scored the first world championship of the competition for the U.S. as he and silver-medalist Kohl Piluso (Chico, Calif.) nearly swept the 8 year-old boys podium. Last year’s silver medalist in the 7 boys division Amakye Anderson (Tucson, Ariz.) and Preston Evans (Marietta, Ga.) also finished in the top five of the 8 boys main event. Of three Americans to enter the 9 boys division, Julian Dittrick (Phoenix, Ariz.), the reigning 8 boys world champ, and Andres Papajohn (Gardnerville, N.V.) went one-two.

Roman Joworsky(Las Vegas, N.V.) just missed the title in the 10 boys main, finishing second. The U.S. team suffered a rare near-podium miss in the 11 boys division with Shayne Lewis (Chula Vista, Calif.) in fifth.

The only American to enter the 12 boys competition, Michael Gonzales (Watsonville, Calif.) pulled through with the world title as did his neighbor Ryan Pettigrew (Watsonville, Calif.) in the 13 boys main. Pettigrew however was joined by Myles Wamsley (Hendersonville, N.V.) and Spencer Martin (Clifton Park, N.Y.) in the 13 year-old final. Reigning 13 boys world champ Collin Hudson (Longmont, Colo.) again pulled out the title in 2011, this time in the 14 year-old bracket.

After being unable to bring home any world titles from South Africa last year, the young American ladies showed the growth of girls BMX in the U.S. as both Leinani Peralata (Bakersfield, Calif.) and Jordan Scott (Henderson, N.V.) earned world titles Wednesday in the 9 and 10 year-old girls divisions respectively. After being crowned USA Cycling BMX national champion in April Leyna Jones (Oxnard, Calif.) also scored silver in the 9 girls division to bring the U.S. girls’ medal count to three on the opening day of competition.

The second day of the UCI BMX World Champs will feature challenge class finals for the 15 and over juniors and the masters classes, followed by the elite junior men's and women's practice in the afternoon. In all 2,200 BMX-riders from 38 countries are racing for gold in 44 challenge classes and four elite classes over five days of competition in Copenhagen.

UCI BMX World Championships
Copenhagen, Denmark
July 25 – 31, 2011
Masters rider Jason Carnes cheers on the youngsters.
U.S. Team Info
Photos

Full Results – Day One

5-6 Boys
1. Jacob Mitchell (GBR)
2. Daniel Jarrin (ECU)
3. Magnus Doj (DEN)

7 Boys
1. Lachlan Stevens-McNab (NZL)
2. Ondrej Matejik (BEL)
3. Wannes Magdelijns (BEL)

8 Boys
1. Jack Kelly (Salt Lake City, Utah)
2. Kohl Piluso (Chico, Calif.)
3. Rico Bearman (NZL)

9 Boys
1. Julian Dittrick (Phoenix, Ariz.)
2. Andres Papajohn (Gardnerville, N.V.)
3. Ronalds Ritins (LAT)


Masters rider Jason Carnes cheers on the youngsters. 10 Boys
1. Matthew Denslow (ZIM)
2. Roman Joworsky (Las Vegas, N.V.)
3. Edvards Glazers (LAT)

11 Boys
1. Matia Jesus Brizeula (ARG)
2. Carlos Javier Zuluaga Melo (COL)
3. Pjotr Paeshuyse (BEL)

12 Boys
1. Michael Gonzales (Watsonville, Calif.)
2, Richard Holec (CZE)
3. Axel Webster (GER)

13 Boys
1. Ryan Pettigrew (USA)
2. Daichi Yamaguchi (JPN)
3. Justin Kimmann (NED)

14 Boys
1. Collin Hudson (USA)
2. Juna Carlos Diaz Cerna (COL)
3. Romain Racine (FRA)

5-7 Girls
1. Kjelle Poets (BEL)
2. Regina McGee (AUS)
3. Alyssa Van Den Heuvel (NED)

8 Girls
1. Francesca Cingolani (ARG)
2. Mia Christensen (DEN)
3. Ngahina Pene (NZL)

9 Girls
1. Leinani Peralata (Bakersfield, Calif.)
2. Leyna Jones (Oxnard, Calif.)
3. Desree Barnes (AUS)

10 Girls
1. Jordan Scott (Henderson, N.V.)
2. Indy Scheepers (NED)
3. Kaly Harcourt (NZL)

11 Girls
1, Mathilde Bernard (FRA)
2. Maite Naves Barreto (BRA)
3. Kim Baptista (GBR)

12 Girls
1. Sae Hatakeyama (JPN)
2. Vineta Petersone (LAT)
3. Saya Sakakibara (JPN)

13 Girls
1. Merel Smulders (NED)
2. Axelle Etienne (FRA)
3. Karo Vertessen (BEL)

14 Girls
1. Margot Hetmanczyk (FRA)
2. Tahlia Hansen (NZL)
3. Daina Ruchscherer (CAN)

Posted by Andrea Smith - Jul 27, 2011
Article Source: http://www.usacycling.org/news/user/story.php?id=6877

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Voeckler Makes It Twenty Days In The Yellow Jersey


Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) has saved the yellow jersey on Thursday by an even smaller margin than he had done in 2004, when he preserved a 22-second lead over Lance Armstrong ahead of stage 15 to Villard-de-Lans. On that occasion, he eventually lost the jersey on the eve of the uphill individual time trial to l’Alpe d’Huez, but seven years on, the Frenchman will climb the famous 21 curves in yellow, as he maintained an advantage of fifteen seconds over Andy Schleck (Leopard Trek) following stage 18 of the Tour de France.

It’ll be Voeckler’s 20th day in the yellow jersey in his career, as he matches the ten days of glory he already had in 2004. In the past twenty years, only three riders have spent more days in yellow than Voeckler: Lance Armstrong (83), Miguel Indurain (60) and Fabian Cancellara (21). Alberto Contador has worn yellow on 17 occasions, while the all-time list is led by Eddy Merckx (111).

“I saw that Andy attacked very early,” Voeckler commented at the finish at the top of the Galibier. “I didn’t even try to follow him. The previous days in the hills, I’ve tried to react to some accelerations and it wasn’t a good thing to do. Today, I decided to follow Cadel Evans. He was very strong. He’s the favourite for the final victory.”

Voeckler admitted that he had suffered like hell in the last 300 metres of the stage, as he strained to preserve his lead. “I lacked oxygen, it was hard for me to recover, my legs hurt badly,” he said. “On three occasions, I lost some seconds but from different riders, that’s why I’m still in yellow. I wasn’t aware of the time gaps when I was climbing the Galibier. I got to know at the top that I was three minutes behind Schleck with 3km to go. It was my goal to keep the jersey today but it didn’t depend on me but also on what the other riders were doing.”

Voeckler added that he wasn’t emotional about his exploit because he was thinking just about the suffering. “I was focused, that’s all,” he commented. “I had to be attentive to the wind and to the spectators who wanted to touch me. They hit my handlebars. I suffered but I followed the favourites. To keep the yellow jersey was beyond my expectations at Luz-Ardiden, then again at the Plateau de Beille, and now here at the Galibier. I’m not the kind of guy to congratulate myself. I do my job. I give everything. I can’t guarantee anything else to the fans other than the fact that I’m fighting. The suffering is enormous.”

Voeckler promised to fight again at l’Alpe d’Huez. “But everyone knows that Andy Schleck is a better climber than me,” he noted. “His form looks better and better. I don’t want to think about what’s going to happen tomorrow. I only want to take a rest.”

By: Jean-François Quénet
Article Source: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/voeckler-makes-it-twenty-days-in-the-yellow-jersey

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Gutsy Andy Schleck soloes for 60k, takes stage win and positions for Tour win

2011 Tour de France, stage 18: Andy Schleck AFP PHOTO / NATHALIE MAGNIEZ
Andy Schleck rode the stage of his life on Thursday, with a dramatic 60km-plus solo breakaway that put the Leopard-Trek rider into position to win the 2011 Tour de France.


Schleck took the stage win while Europcar’s Thomas Voeckler gutted out the final climb to retain his overall lead by just 15 seconds heading into the final day in the Alps on Friday and the critical individual time trial Saturday.

Cadel Evans (BMC) showed impressive strength to trim Schleck’s lead on the final climb, but Alberto Contador lost contact with the GC leaders in the finale, seeing his chances for a repeat win at the Tour come to an end.

“I don’t want to finish fourth in Paris, and I said to myself, ‘I’m going to risk everything, it’ll work or it’ll fail,’” Schleck said at the finish.

“That’s the way I am, I’m not afraid of losing. And if my legs were hurting out in front I knew the others would be hurting to catch me up.”

He added: “I’ve won the stage, I’m into second overall, perhaps tomorrow it’ll be the yellow jersey. I wanted to take the jersey but Thomas (Voeckler) surprised everyone, it’s great for cycling.”

Brutal course

The day offered a brutal 200.5-kilometer race from Pinerolo to the Galibier Serre-Chevalier, at 2,645 meters the highest mountain-top finish in Tour history. On the way the route passed over two other hors categorie climbs, the Col Agnel and the d’Izoard.

The early break – caching resources

A large breakaway formed before the day’s intermediate sprint. The group’s best-placed rider was Nicolas Roche (Ag2r), 21st at 14:06. More notably, the break contained two Leopard-Trek riders, Maxime Monfort and Joost Posthuma, and two BMC riders, Marcus Burghardt and American Brent Bookwalter. When the break dissolved later in the race, the four were able to offer their GC leaders an assist as they came up to them.

“We had a very precise plan today,” Andy Schleck said after the stage. “In the morning briefing we said we would send two riders in the breakaway. We wanted one good rouleur and one good climber in the break. On the Col d’Izoard, I would attack. In cycling you make a lot of plans, but a lot of times there are factors in play that you cannot control. Today, the plan worked out perfectly.”


The Col Agnel

Leopard-Trek’s Stuart O’Grady and Jens Voigt set a brutal pace up the first climb, shedding the non-climbers and bringing the breakaway’s gap down from near 6 minutes back to under 5 minutes at the summit. RadioShack’s Levi Leipheimer joined a group of eight that summited a half minute ahead of the yellow jersey group.

The Col d’Izoard — Schleck’s surprise move

Leipheimer’s group — as well as a foray by Philippe Gilbert — was absorbed before the start of the d’Izoard, where Voigt put the hammer down on the lower slopes, setting the stage for Schleck’s attack. The Luxembourger quickly settled into a steady pace, slowly increasing his gap while the GC leaders looked to each other to take up the chase.

Up front, Astana’s Maxim Iglinsky attacked the breakaway and went off alone.

Schleck built a minute’s lead on the ascent before catching his teammate Posthuma, who paced his leader as long as he could. Schleck then went on his own again and went over the summit with about 2:18 gap ahead of the yellow jersey group, which was being led by Contador’s teammates.

The descent and journey to the Galibier

Schleck caught Monfort early on the d’Izoard descent and railed the fast downhill, following Monfort’s lines and using every inch of the road.

On the descent and leading into the headwind transition to the base of the Galibier, Schleck and Monfort sucked up members of the early breakaway: Roche, Dries Devenyns (Quick Step) and Egor Silin (Katusha). Monfort and Schleck did the bulk of the labor as their gap passed three and a half minutes ahead of the yellow jersey group.

The Schleck group caught Iglinsky before the final climb started, and their gap grew to 3:46 hitting the 20km-to-go kite. Schleck was the Tour leader on the road by a good margin.

Behind, the yellow jersey group was near 35 riders, indicating that the chase had not yet begun in earnest and the GC leaders were regrouping their teammates and allies before the assault on the final climb. Contador and Sanchez had a long conversation at the rear of the group and Contador took what appeared to be a voluntary bike swap to a preferred machine for the finale.

The Col de Lautaret into the Galibier

Three kilometers up the Col de Lautaret, the less-steep ascent that leads into the Galibier, Monfort lost contact and Schleck did all the pace setting, with Roche and Iglinksy the last survivors on his wheel.

With 15km to go, the yellow jersey group was still losing ground as Schleck’s gap approached four minutes.

Schleck, with dark sunglasses on, looked steady, breathing deeply and setting a slightly lower cadence than his usual style as he led a suffering Roche and Iglinsky up the valley.

Finally with 14km to go, Evans and Contador took up the chase, with Frank Schleck in third position.

Oddly, Contador suddenly pulled off and faded back into the pack, leaving a frustrated Evans alone on the front. The Australian looked in vain for help from Voeckler and Basso’s teammates.

After a couple kilometers of confusion, where Andy Schleck’s gap increased to over four minutes, Contador reappeared at the front and the chase group pace quickened.

At the 10k to go kite, Roche lost contact with Schleck and Iglinsky.

The final 10k


As Schleck turned right onto the steeper grades of the Galibier proper, he finally shed Iglinsky and removed his shades for the final assault on the fan-crowded road. Behind, Evans shouldered the full burden of the chase, often riding out of the saddle into the headwind, with a long line of followers on his wheel.

Evans reduced the gap to 3:30 with 9k to go. Sammy Sanchez surprisingly came unglued, but Voeckler was stuck to Evans’ wheel.

At 3k to go, Evans continued to ride the front of an elite group that was trimmed down to himself, Voeckler, Frank Schleck, Contador, Basso, Cunego and Voeckler’s teammate Peirre Rolland.

Inside the final 3k, Contador lost contact with the Evans group and faded quickly back down the slope.

Schleck struggled in the final 2k, his shoulders slumping and his pedal stroke growing ragged, but he made it across the line with a pumping fist for one of the most dramatic stage wins and GC rides in recent history.

Evans kept on the pressure, pulling Voeckler inside his time gap. In the final 500 meters, Frank Schleck finally emerged to grab second behind his brother. Voeckler, gritting his teeth, struggled across the line alone to barely retain his jersey.

Evans, third across the line, limited the damage — Andy Schleck now leads him by 57 seconds on GC, a deficit the Australian should be able to close in Saturday’s time trial. That means if Schleck wants to enter the weekend with comfortable gap — and finally take the jersey from Voeckler — he will need to attack on Friday’s Alpe d’Huez stage.

Evans team manager Jim Ochowiz said, “This race is not over. Tomorrow’s another day.”

He added: “It was a hard day, an epic stage and one that everyone expected. It wasn’t a big surprise that Andy attacked. What was a surprise was the gap he made during the day.”

Up next

2011 Tour de France stage 19 profile

Friday’s stage 19 concludes with the crowd-favorite l’Alpe d’Huez. It’s less than 110km (just 68 miles) but there’s barely a kilometer of flat roads between Modane and the spectacular summit finish. After a short downhill from the start, the peloton will tackle the more difficult side of the Galibier via the Col du Télégraphe, a total ascent of 28.6km with an average 7-percent grade.

Race notes
Mark Cavendish was one of a group of 80 riders to incur a penalty for crossing the line after the 35 minute, 40 second cut off time behind Schleck. The HTC-Highroad rider was penalized 20 points but held onto the green points jersey.
Contador finished more than a minute and a half behind Evans and later said his knee pain returned on the stage. “Victory is impossible now,” he said.
Quick results
Stage 18:
1. Andy Schleck, Team Leopard-Trek, in 6h 07′ 56″
2. Frank Schleck, Team Leopard-Trek, at 2:07
3. Cadel Evans, BMC Racing Team, at 02:15
4. Ivan Basso, Liquigas-Cannondale, at 02:18
5. Thomas Voeckler, Team Europcar, at 02:21
GC
1. Thomas Voeckler, Team Europcar, in 79h 34′ 06″
2. Andy Schleck, Team Leopard-Trek, at 00:15
3. Frank Schleck, Team Leopard-Trek, at 01:08
4. Cadel Evans, BMC Racing Team, at 01:12
5. Damiano Cunego, Lampre – Isd, at 03:46


Sunday, July 17, 2011

July 17, Stage 15: Limoux - Montpellier 187km Fourth stage win for Cavendish in Montpellier

Mark Cavendish with Tour de France stage win number 19

Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) took his fourth victory in this year's Tour de France to boost his career total to 19 when he sprinted home half a bike length ahead of Garmin-Cervélo's Tyler Farrar with Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD) in third.

Led out perfectly by his HTC teammates in what was a technical finish in Montpellier, Cavendish started his sprint from 200 meters out, his initial surge carrying him clear of his rivals and proving decisive. Hulking Liquigas sprinter Daniel Oss was on the Briton's wheel, but the youngster faded and it was Farrar, who surged through from third back, who pressed Cavendish closest.

"I can't let the guys down when they ride like that," said Cavendish, who became the first rider in history to win four stages in four consecutive Tours. "It was incredible, the guys rode hard all day. The first half we worked with Europcar, who were riding really strongly, and then the second half we were on our own. The guys are motorbikes.

"I thought they might be a bit tired after waiting for me and pulling like they did yesterday, but the fact that we got through yesterday makes it even more gratifying that we won here. It was a difficult finish, a technical finish, incredibly difficult with the wind. We were fighting with the GC riders, with Cadel Evans, with the Schleck brothers, with Alberto Contador, with Ivan Basso in the final kilometers. It's really not normal. But the guys kept together and I'm so, so proud of them," said Cavendish.

Five riders featured in the break of the day. Quick Step's Niki Terpstra was the last of them to be pulled back, with just 3km remaining as Gilbert launched a late attack. Although he was quickly joined by FDJ's Anthony Roux and Vacansoleil's Marco Marcato, the Belgian champion never got out of range of the fast-moving peloton and was reeled back before the 2km banner.

Lampre, Sky and Garmin all took turns on the front of the bunch in the next kilometer, but HTC regained pole position just inside the final kilometer, where Matt Goss's turn of speed set Renshaw and Cavendish up perfectly for the final run to the line. Renshaw then kept everyone behind lined out, ensuring Cavendish was exactly where he wanted to be when he made his final acceleration down the right-hand barriers.

Having already beaten green jersey rivals José Joaquín Rojas (Movistar) and Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) in the stage's intermediate sprint, Cavendish extended his lead in the points competition to 37 points over Rojas going into Monday's rest day, with Gilbert now some distance behind this pair.

"I guess things worked out quite well for us today with the win and the points at that intermediate sprint," said Renshaw. "But it's not in the bag. Gilbert is really strong and we've got a stage into Gap that's perfect for him."

There was no notable change in the overall standings, with Thomas Voeckler retaining the yellow jersey for another day and his Europcar team able to have a relatively easy stage going into Monday's rest day. The Frenchman, though, is playing down his chances of contending for the overall title in Paris.

"I can't win the Tour. I will give all I can to keep the jersey, but when I look at the guys who are just behind me and when I look at the stages that are ahead I don't know how I could win," Voeckler told ITV.

A break from the gun

Once again an escape group formed very early on. Mickael Delage (FDJ) jumped the very second the flag dropped to start the stage. He was soon joined by Terpstra, Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis), Mikhail Ignatiev (Katusha) and Anthony Delaplace (Saur-Sojasun).

The quintet's advantage rose rapidly with the bunch initially happy to take things easy after a series of tough stages through the Pyrenees. But it wasn't long before HTC's Lars Bak and Danny Pate went to work to hold that gap at a very catch-able three minutes or so, helped by Voeckler's Europcar team.

From that point on, the stage progressed in a relatively straightforward fashion, although Saxo Bank leader Alberto Contador later explained that the strong winds had been a considerable complicating factor. "It might have seemed like an easy day on the TV, but it was complicated. There was a lot of tension, there were points where we were doing 70km/h with a tailwind, and there were constant changes of direction," said the Spaniard. "It was a day of real tension and stress."

Duelling at the intermediate sprint

The stage really started to come to life at the day's intermediate sprint in Montagnac with 46km remaining. In the breakaway, Dumoulin and Delage gave it everything, Delage narrowly taking the decision. A couple minutes later, HTC set up Cavendish down the right-hand side of the road, and he held off Rojas and Gilbert to take sixth place. HTC then returned to setting the pace on the front of the bunch, with Leopard-Trek and BMC also prominent as they kept their leaders well protected.

The breakaways continued to work well together until Ignatiev attacked with 22km remaining. Terpstra was the only rider to respond. As these two pressed on, the three French riders quickly dropped back towards the peloton.

The two leaders had just 25 seconds in hand on the HTC-led bunch with 10km left. This gap was being whittled away when Terpstra decided to go it alone with 6.5km to the line. The many twists in the road as it approached Montpellier enabled Terpstra to keep his lead at around a dozen seconds or so until well inside the final 5km.

Gilbert's attack from 3.2km out finally brought an end to Terpstra's offensive. But, after working so hard all day for their sprinter, there was no way HTC's train was going to be knocked off course at that late stage.

Cavendish summed the day up perfectly when he explained: "I cross the finish line first – I have done it 19 times – but there's only one person who can do that. Today two of my team-mates rode for 190km and the rest delivered me to the line. I have an incredible bunch of guys. The commitment of those guys is amazing. I'm incredibly lucky."

By: Peter Cossins

Article Source (and for full results): http://www.cyclingnews.com/tour-de-france/stage-15/results

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

American Riders Find The Podium At Windham World Cup

Georgia Gould placed fifth in the women's elite cross-country race at the UCI World Cup in Windham. (Photo by Rob Jones, www.CanadianCyclist.com)

Several American mountain bikers enjoyed success at the Union Cycliste Internationale Mountain Bike World Cup in Windham, N.Y., including Howard Grotts (Durango, Colo./Durango Development) who became the first-ever American to win a junior men's cross-country World Cup. In all, American riders totaled two wins and five top-five finishes through the weekend’s races.

Riding with USA Cycling's National Development Program mountain bike squad, Grotts became the first-ever American junior to win a stop on the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. Grotts won with a time of 1:10:50. Another development program rider, Keegan Swenson (Park City, Utah/Whole Athlete-Specialized), earned a podium spot grabbing fifth in the junior men's cross country contest.

"Howard's win is a significant for our program not only because of the way he won but also because we have worked toward this goal since the junior World Cup races were introduced,” USA Cycling’s Cycling, Mountain Bike and Cyclo-cross Program Director Marc Gullickson said. “It's great to see an American jersey on the top step of a World Cup Cross-Country podium again."

A couple of cross-country ladies also shared in the podium action. Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./Luna Pro Team) earned a fifth-place finish in the women's elite cross-country race while another development program rider, AliciaRose Pastore (Durango, Colo./Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory DEVO Sweet Elite) earned a second-place finish in the junior women’s cross-country race on Saturday.

Aaron Gwin (Temecula, Calif./Trek World Racing) won the downhill race on Sunday by just over two seconds. After qualifying with the fastest time on Friday, Gwin posted his fourth UCI Mountain Bike World Cup win of the season. The leader of the UCI’s men’s elite downhill rankings, Gwin previously won the downhill at Mont Sainte-Anne (last week), Leogang and Pietermaritzburg earlier this season.

The 10-stop UCI Mountain Bike World Cup makes its eighth stop of the year on August 6-7, in La Bresse, France.

**American cyclo-cross star Jeremy Powers did win the junior race at the Napa Valley World Cup in 2001, however the UCI did not begin recognizing official Junior World Cup races until 2009.

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup
Windham, N.Y.
July 9-10, 2011

Women’s Elite Cross-Country
1. Julie Bresset (FRA) 1:35:36
2. Catharine Pendrel (CAN) 1:36:15
3. Annika Langvad (DEN) 1:37:00
4. Marie-Helene Premont (CAN) 1:37:05
5. Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./Luna Pro) 1:37:06

Women’s Juniors Cross-country
1. Frederique Trudel (CAN) 1:06:02
2. AliciaRose Pastore – (Durango, Colo./Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory DEVO Sweet Elite) +01:51

Men’s Juniors Cross-country
1. Howard Grotts (Durango, Colo./Durango Development) 1:10:50
2. Andri Frischknecht (SWI) +00:24
3. Andrey Fonseca (CRC) +01:38
4. Andres Alpizar (CRC) +01:58
5. Keegan Swenson – (Park City, Utah/Whole Athlete-Specialized) +02:39

Men’s Downhill
1. Aaron Gwin (Temecula, Calif./Trek World Racing) 2:24.037
2. Steve Peat (GBR) +2.339
3. Andrew Neethling (RSA) +3.207


by Dave Gaylinn
Article Source: http://www.usacycling.org/news/user/story.php?id=6792

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Bike Quotes

"For instance, the bicycle is the most efficient machine ever created:
Converting calories into gas, a bicycle get the equivalent
of three thousand miles per gallon."

-- Bill Strickland, The Quotable Cyclist

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Inside The Belly: What's In The Jelly Belly Team Bus


A quick tour for the Team Jelly Belly p/b Kenda team bus at Stage Four of the 2010 Amgen Tour of California

Monday, July 4, 2011

4th of July Bike Parade | Long Beach, CA | 2009


BikeParade.com | Hundreds of kids and their parents took part on bike, unicycles, tandems, wagons, scooters and such in the Belmont Shore community of Long Beach, Calif. The 2009 parade was the 6th annual. Presented by Justin Rudd. http://www.justinrudd.com/

Sunday, July 3, 2011

The Story of XTR - Shimano


In the final episode of "The Story of XTR", we treat the viewer to some of the most spectacular riding in the world. The singletrack that Andrew Shandro and guest rider Mark Weir ascend and descend is nothing short of epic! Join us as we reveal the new "Trail version" of XTR!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Team Jelly Belly Rices FOCUS To Success!

Team captures KOM at Philadelphia International, stage win and 2nd overall GC at Tulsa Tough aboard FOCUS Izalco.

(June 15, 2011; Carlsbad, CA) The Jelly Belly Cycling Team p/b Kenda is enjoying great form aboard their FOCUS Izalco bikes, racking up impressive results that speak to the frame’s versatility. Alex Hagman climbed his way to the King of The Mountain win at the TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship. Hagman made a small break that stayed away for almost the entire race, picking up maximum KOM points on one of the most storied climbs in domestic history, the Manayunk Wall. In the ensuing bunch finish, Ken
Hanson signaled burgeoning form with a solid 4th place – the best result for an American rider.

A week later, Hanson proved that impressive result was no fluke at the Tulsa Tough Omnium by winning the second stage. Hanson was also 5th fastest on the first stage and made the podium again in 3rd position on the final day. His consistency earned him 2nd place overall.


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