Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bronzini Wins Second Consecutive Road World Championship Title

Bronzini can hardly believe she had won
Vos second ahead of Teutenberg in third

Giorgia Bronzini (Italy) retained her title in the UCI World Championships with a perfectly timed sprint in the women's road race. The Italian beat Marianne Vos (Netherlands) and Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Germany) to the line. Great Britain's Nicole Cooke finished fourth. For Vos, it was another Worlds disappointment. In previous years, she has won once and finished second five times.

As she crossed the line Vos couldn't hide her frustration and threw her arms down, while Bronzini raised hers in celebration. In truth, both women rode the perfect race - hiding from the wind all day and using their teammates to chase down any danger up ahead.

Both riders had leadout trains lining up around the final corner, and it looked as though Vos would pull on the road race rainbow jersey for the first time since 2006 as they headed into the final 300 meters. However, Vos appeared to pick the wrong wheel and was forced to swerve around Teutenberg. It cost her all her momentum and despite a late push for the line, she was unable to overhaul Bronzini.

"In the finale, I had Baccaille, and I asked her to start the sprint early and strong," the Italian said.

"I believed in the race and the podium, but I thought the jersey was impossible because my season had been low, but maybe when I wear the Italian jersey, I feel something, like I have more energy."

The exciting finale was a contrast to the majority of the race. So far, each of the road races in this Words have provided excitement and attacking action from the gun, but the women's event took a lot longer to wake up in brisk Copenhagen conditions.

There were a number of minor attacks but each one was neutralised. Emma Pooley (Great Britain) played both animator and defender on several occasions. Her attacks supported her claims that she would ride in aid of her teammates after taking bronze in the time trial earlier in the week but the shallow climbs were never going to be hard enough for her to force a selection, especially with so many fresh legs. Yet she hovered around the front of the bunch for over half the race, chasing moves so that her teammates could rest.

Several uneventful laps passed as the favourites continued to watch each other. New Zealand's Linda Villumsen was the first to test the waters but her move was simply a probe for later in the race.

With three laps to go, Sweden moved to the front, clearly in a bid to anticipate any important splits, before Russia followed suit.

But while the pace increased, the level of activity off the front was still lacking. That changed when Amber Neben (United States Of America) took two seconds on the bunch. Her move was quickly neutralised, but the next one was a little harder to wipe out.

After a strong performance in the women's time trial that not many had predicted, Clara Hughes (Canada) decided to challenge on the sprinter-friendly road race course. In a brave attack, she gained 44 seconds with two laps to go.

At one stage, the bunch narrowed the lead to Hughes to just over 10 seconds as Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) made a more serious effort, also off the front of the bunch. The New Zealander was marked by one of Bronzini's teammates but the time trial silver medallist continued to press on, knowing that like so many riders, a sprint finish would ultimately end her hopes.

Once Villumsen was reeled in by a German- and Dutch-led peloton, the pack began to ease up.

Hughes of course pressed on and managed to drag her advantage back up to approaching 40 seconds, with just one lap to go.

All of sudden, it looked as the though the only true meaningful attack of the race would win Canada its first medal of the championships but as Hughes began to weaken, the sprinters' teams finally began to organise themselves.

Great Britain moved up, but smartly allowed the Dutch to put in the greatest amount of work. With Hughes finally caught inside the final 3km, Vos had her team press on, determined to make amends for her near misses.

A crash before the final, ruled out Villumsen as Vos, who still had three teammates left to help her, made her way around the final bend and toward the line.

And all looked to plan until Bronzini, with a perfect lead-out from Monia Baccaille fired for the line.

"Giorgia is a fantastic sprinter, she won in a great way. Of course you think back about whether you made a mistake in the sprint, but I didn’t. She was the best," said Vos.

By: Daniel Benson
Article Source: www.cyclingnews.com/races/uci-road-world-championships-2011/elite-women-road-race/results

Saturday, September 24, 2011

World Championship road racing opens with U23 men and junior women

Gavion Mannion rides near the front of the U23 men's road race.
The road racing portion of the 2011 UCI Road World Championships opened in Copenhagen on Friday without a medal for the United States. Five of the country’s top under 23 men raced strong, but came up short in the sprint as did a trio of junior women.

U23 Men’s Road Race

Despite 168-kilometers of aggressive racing in the U23 men’s affair the peloton ultimately would not break apart. A strong Australian team led the field into the final sprint, but it was the French duo of Arnaud Demare and Adrien Petit who dominated the long, uphill sprint. All five Americans finished with the group.

“All the (American) boys rode a really good race,” explained Marcello Albansani, USA Cycling’s U23 Development Program Director. “They were always there; just lost the sprint. Each of them did what they needed to do. If you race that well you should get a result.”

In the long sprint to the finish Jacob Rathe (Portland, Ore./Garmin-Chipotle) was the top American finisher in 87th.

“It was a wide bunch going in (to the finish),” explained Rathe. “There were a few disruptions and near-crashes and it was definitely a disappointing sprint for us. I think we didn’t quite save it for the end.”

Robert Bush(Louisville, Ky./Kentucky Flyers-Texas Roadhouse) and Gavin Mannion (Dedham, Mass./Trek-Livestrong) helped lead Rathe to the finish and crossed the line in 92nd and 93rd respectively. After helping patrol the front for much of the race Ian Boswell (Bend, Ore./Trek-Livestrong) was 127th and Joe Dombrowski (Marshall, Va./Trek-Livestrong) 128th.

“It was fast and aggressive, but it went well for us until the end,” said Mannion. “I tried to get Jacob up to the front, but fell out of position.”

Junior Women’s Road Race

Addyson Albershardt finished 42nd in a large, aggressive junior women's road race. Crashes marred the 70-kilometer junior women’s road race, with only two of the three American women finishing the race in the bunch sprint. All first-year juniors, Addyson Albershardt (Matthews, N.C./FLYING PIGS) and Alexis Ryan (Ventura, Calif./Team TIBCO II) finished 41st and 43rd in the uphill sprint to the finish.

A crash on the second of five laps on the 14-kilometer circuit took Grace Alexander (Boise, Idaho/BYRDS) down just as the first serious attack went of the front. The 17 year-old did not give up however until her derailleur hanger snapped on lap three.

“I would have like to have finished the race for the experience, but there were no more support cars behind us at that point,” explained Alexander who was working with a small group to try and chase back on.

Ryan and Albershardt were able to make it through the crashes and held strong in the field in an aggressive junior women’s race. An Italian and a German rider were able to form a break in the final lap, but the field quickly closed in leaving Ryan jockeying for position on the uphill sprint.

“There was a break up the road so it was really hard to get to the front with all the chaos,“ said Ryan. “I made it up to the front but it was right when the break was caught and I got sort of boxed in. That’s when they launched the sprint and my legs were just toast.”

British rider Lucy Garner won the sprint to take the world title just ahead of silver-medalist Jessy Druyts of Belgium.

Coming up

The junior men’s road race will kick off in Denmark at 9 a.m. local time with the elite women’s race slated for 1:30 p.m.

Stay tuned to www.usacycling.org for complete reports from each day of racing. For more information, including schedules and start lists, please visit the event’s official website.

View photos of the day’s racing in USA Cycling’s photo gallery.

Watch the action on Universal Sports both on television and online: Saturday, September 24th 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Road Race: Men’s Under 23 (one-day delay) & Women’s Elite (LIVE) and Sunday, September 25th 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Road Race: Men’s Elite (LIVE).

COMPLETE RESULTS

2011 UCI Road World Championships
Copenhagen, Denmark
September 19–25, 2011

Junior Women’s 70-kilometer Road Race
1. Lucy Garner (GBR) 1:26.17
2. Jessy Druyts (BEL) “
3. Christina Siggaard (DEN) “

41. Addyson Albershardt (Matthews, N.C./FLYING PIGS) + 0.10
43. Alexis Ryan (Ventura, Calif./Team TIBCO II) + 0.10
DNF Grace Alexander (Boise, Idaho/BYRDS)

U23 Men’s 168-kilometer Road Race
1. Arnaud Demare (FRA) 3:52.16
2. Adrien Petit (FRA) “
3. Andrew Fenin (GBR) “

87. Jacob Rathe (Portland, Ore./Garmin-Chipotle) “
92. Robert Bush (Louisville, Ky./Kentucky Flyers-Texas Roadhouse) +0.19
93. Gavin Mannion (Dedham, Mass./Trek-Livestrong) +0.19
127. Ian Boswell (Bend, Ore./Trek-Livestrong) +05:58
128. Joe Dombrowski (Marshall, Va./Trek-Livestrong) +05:58

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Ford Rides Into E-Bike Market With Stunning Concept


  • E-Bike Concept demonstrates how Ford's design language can translate to a bicycle
  • The concept pairs cutting-edge sensor technology from the world of Formula One with top-of-the-range bicycle components
  • Promising a range of up to 85km on a full charge, Ford E-Bike Concept could be an innovative solution for urban mobility
FRANKFURT, Germany, Sept. 19, 2011 – Alongside the exciting line-up of new vehicle and technology introductions on its stand at Frankfurt Motor Show, Ford is also unveiling a rather surprising addition to its range – an E-Bike.

Designed to show how the company's design language can translate to a bicycle, the Ford E-Bike Concept also demonstrates the spectrum of Ford's electric mobility competence. Ford has no plans to produce the E-Bike but will continue studying the concept along with other future mobility solutions.
“The E-Bike market is growing very, very rapidly, with some 30 million units sold globally last year,” said Axel Wilke, director, vehicle personalisation, Ford Customer Service Division Europe. “We see E-Bikes as an important element of urban electric mobility. More and more people are using E‑Bikes for short distance commuting and they are becoming comfortable with the concept of electric mobility."
Cross-Gender Design
Developed by a Ford Design team led by Executive Design Director Martin Smith, in partnership with cyber-Wear, the German brand behind Ford's popular Lifestyle Collection products, the Ford E-Bike Concept has been created from the ground up to appeal to both men and women.
At the heart of the design is a trapezoidal frame profile. Constructed from aluminium and carbon, the frame combines outstanding strength with a weight of just 2.5kg. The wheels, with a six-spoke V-design, appear to float around the frame, while the drive system is hidden from view, creating a clean, minimalist appearance.
Cutting-Edge Technology 
Providing the power is a drive system consisting of a motor in the front wheel hub, a lithium-ion battery concealed in the frame, promising a range of up to 85km on a full charge, an integrated controller and patented magnetostriction sensor technology from the world of Formula One.
Magneotostrictive materials are used to convert magnetic energy into kinetic energy, and vice versa. In Formula One, these sensors help handle high engine revolutions in combination with intense thermal strains. They need no physical contact with other parts of the engine, are temperature-independent and are completely maintenance-free.
In the Ford E-Bike, the first application of this technology in the bicycle industry, the sensors read the revolutions in the inner bearing and relay this information to the control unit within a hundredth of a second. The control unit then instantly activates or deactivates the electric motor, providing a seamless integration of the power of the legs with the power of the motor.
A handlebar-mounted display provides trip information and allows the rider to select from three support modes – Economy, Comfort and Sport.
Range-Topping Bicycle Components
The drive system is complemented by top-of-the-range bicycle components, including a Shimano Alfine 11-speed internal gear hub and a 2012 Shimano Rapidfire shifter. In place of a traditional chain is a Carbon Belt Drive System, making for a cleaner, lighter and more immediate transfer of energy.
"With its cutting edge design, cross-gender appeal, robust build quality and high performance drive package, we believe the Ford E-Bike Concept would be the perfect addition to the e‑mobility solutions we will offer," added Wilke.
Technical Specifications
Drive Unit:
Front wheel hub motor 
Max. nominal power: 350W
Electricity: 36V – 250W
Supports up to 25km/h (to EN 15194)
Clutch with freewheel function
Gearbox: Planet gears
Integral sensor technology
Battery:
Cell type: Lithium-ion accumulator
Electricity: 340Wh, 36V, 9.3Ah
Charging cycles: 1000 cycles at 80% residual capacity
BMS (Battery Management System): protects against deep discharge and self-discharge Charge times: 80% after 2 hours, 100% after 3-4 hours (at room temperature)
Range: Up to 85km (depending on drive power and support mode selected)
Temperature range: -20°C to +60°C
Extremely small unit to connect battery (remains on bike) to normal mains network.
Intelligent electronics to prevent overcharging, undervolting, overheating and shortcircuit; in particular, sleep function prevents deep charging and necessity for recalibration with charger connected
Controller display functions:
Background lighting with light sensor system 
Energy-saving automatic sleep mode 
Diagnosis function with fault code display
Support modes: Economy, Comfort, Sport 
Displays: Range, Battery capacity, Speed, Time, Distance, Maximum speed, Average speed, Total distance, Service reminder, System diagnosis, Support modes 
iPhone Smartphone app control function planned
Bicycle Components:
Wheels: Mavic Elipse Aluminum black (modified with Ford Design crossing)
Tyres: Continental Ultra Sport black
Pedals: Wellgo LU-C27G, silver/black
Handlebars: Downhill Aluminum black, custom made
Stem: Giant SLR Carbon 110mm
Saddle: Selle Italia SLR XC
Brakes: Avid Elixir 5, full hydraulic, 185mm, white

Monday, September 12, 2011

Tour of Britain 2011


Full steam ahead to London in the Tour of Britain

Host of international stars look to upset local favourites

By: 


Jane Aubrey

The eighth edition of the UCI 2.1 Tour of Britain, beginning September 11 looms large with many riders using the event as a final tune-up prior to the Road World Championships in Copenhagen. The eight day, nine stage event is the largest of its kind in Britain with a parcours stretching from Peebles in the Scottish Borders, to Welshpool and on to London where the Tour will reach its conclusion over an individual time trial and circuit race.
A strong contingent of British riders along with a host of international big names pepper the 16 team line-up with Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) taking his place in the event for the first time since 2007, and reigning World Champion Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) the headline acts. Among the ProTour teams will be five British Continental outfits – Rapha Condor Sharp, Endura Racing, Motorpoint Pro Cycling, Sigma Sport – Specialized, and Team Raleigh while US-based United Healthcare Pro Cycling take their place capitalising on their association with Chris Boardman. Home favourites Team Sky head into the race with a strong contingent of local riders with Geraint Thomas, Ben Swift, Peter Kennaugh and Alex Dowset joined by Australians Michael Rogers and Mat Hayman.
The winner will be following in the footsteps of Michael Albasini, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Geoffroy Lequatre, Romain Feillu, Martin Pedersen, Nick Nuyens, and Mauricio Ardila who took out the revamped event in 2004.
A closer look at the parcours
The opening 170.3 kilometre stage of the Tour of Britain kicks off in Peebles with Scotland playing host for the stage's entireity for the first time. Heading along the Tweed Valley along the crest of the Southern Uplands, a break is likely to form before the roads get narrow. However, it should be gruppo compacto just after the third and final climb of the day as the peloton reaches peak speed heading to the finish at Dumfries.
The Tour heads south for stage 2, a short, punchy 137.7 kilometre ride from the centre of Kendal with the Blackpool Tower on the horizon throughout acting as a constant beacon. The last two winners in Blackpool have been Andre Greipel and Edvald Boasson Hagen so expect a rider of similar ilk to succeed again.
Stage 3, the Stoke-On-Trent stage is likely to provide some indication of who will be in the mix come the finale in London so the peloton will be on high alert throughout the day's 140 kilometres. This should also be the day where the first real time gaps appear in the general classification and with an uphill dash to the finish, the stage winner is likely to feature on the final podium.
Leaving from the heart of mid-Wales, stage 4 sees the Tour of Britain reach its highest point atop the Skoda King of the Mountains climb of the Brecon Beacons at 439 metres after a long seven kilometre climb. However it's the menacing Caerphilly Mountain with five kilometres left to race, that should have the most bearing on the day's result.
Stage 5 takes place in Devon with the peloton largely heading uphill from race start in Exeter with three climbs, beginning with Haytor Rocks (Cat. 1) before the slightly less tough but just as important Coffin Stone where the battle will be on to stay in touch with the group. The third categorised climb of the day Huccaby Tor comes shortly after with an undulating ride to the finish that will no doubt, prove energy sapping.
Stage 6 in Somerset takes on a reputation for being a stage of two halves with the first mainly flat as the race makes its way across the Somerset levels, punctuated only by a couple of short climbs. Some of the biggest crowds of the Tour are expected to descend on Cheddar Gorge, just after the mid-point of the stage. A daring escape coming off Old Bristol Hill has the possibility of succeeding to the finish in Wells.
At 199.7 kilometres, stage 7 is the longest in the Tour's history since 2004 and a perfect day for anyone planning to be on the money in Copenhagen one week later. The day will be punctuated by winds but really it's the perfect day for Mark Cavendish, and look for the Manxman to make a statement at the finish in Sandringham.
Two stages will be run over the final day as the Tour descends on London for an 8.8 kilometre individual time trial followed by a 10-lap circuit of the same course. It's hoped that the fight for overall honours will come down to the time trial which begins at Whitehall, before heading to Trafalgar Square and then to the Thames. Riders then head onto the Embankment before the push towards Tower Hill and then begin the final drive towards the finish back at Whitehall.
A look at previous winners of the final stage - Tom Boonen, Alessandro Petacchi, Andre Greipel - proves that this will be one for the true fast men.


Article Source: http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/tour-of-britain-2-1-2/preview

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Zirbel, Fortin win weather-shortened Green Mountain Stage Race



The Green Mountain Stage Race beat the rain. Mostly.
Race promoters decided to soldier-on with the event in the aftermath of flooding from Tropical Storm Irene, which devastated the state only one week ago.
The four-day race saw its two road race courses made impassable by washed-out roads, and race promoters scrambled to map-out new routes. Ironically, it was the final stage, a criterium through downtown Burlington where roads were not harmed by the hurricane, that had to be canceled — due to heavy rain from another tropical system.
Donations were collected throughout the event for flood victims, with the prize list from the Monday’s uncontested races, as well as other race proceeds, also being donated.
Stage 1 The 5.7 mile Warren Store Individual Time Trial saw New Zealander Brett Tivers (Garneau-Club Chaussures-Norton Rose) take the win by 6 seconds over Tom Zirbel (Jamis/Sutter Home). Tivers, the winner of the this year’s Quebec-Montreal Classic, is a Kiwi based out of Canada for the racing season. Another 10 seconds back was local favorite Anders Newbury (Chipotle Development Team) of Fairfield, Vermont, the winner of last year’s junior GMSR.
In the elite women’s race, Canadian national road race champion Véronique Fortin (Rocky Mountain-Desjardins Valeurs Mobilieres) took a convincing 21-second win over fellow Canadian and past Olympian Susan Palmer-Komar (Pk Express/HNZ Strategic.com)
Stage 2 The Bridges Resort circuit race stage was moved to the west side of the Green Mountains, starting in Hinesburg and looping through Huntington and Starksboro over lightly rolling hills.
In the men’s event, after numerous breakaway attempts, including a group of seven riders that gained one minute over the first lap, the pack all came back together over the final king-of-the-mountain sprint in Huntington. Then in a sly move, Tim Mitchell (CCB Racing), the silver medalist at this year’s elite national championship, rolled away on the descent of Baby Gap. Mitchell, who’s only in his fourth year of racing after a career in alpine skiing, wasn’t on the radar screen of the major teams in the pack, and held on for the win by a slim 21 seconds.
Meanwhile, the elite women’s race came down to a pack sprint, with Fabienne Gerard (CRCA/Fuoriclasse Racing-Discover Chiropractic) edging Lindsey Bayer (XO COMMUNICATION/BATTLEY-HARLEY DAVIDSON) , with Vermont native Emma Bast (Speedfix p/b Zubaz) in third.
Stage 3 The third stage was entirely rerouted from previous editions of the GMSR, but still featured the finish up the fearsomely steep slopes of Appalachian Gap.
Midway through the men’s race, a stairstep climb on the roads of Richmond created a split that would stick, with a group of 13 rolling away from the pack. In it were all the major players, including Zirbel, his teammate Jamie Driscoll (also a local favorite), Newbury, and others.
“We rode a steady pace up Baby Gap (the first section of Appalachian Gap),” said Newbury. “And then Zirbel rolled away on the short descent before the steep part started. No one thought he could climb that well and stay away.”
But the big man (Zirbel is 6-foot-6) did, taking the win by 38 seconds over Driscoll. The women’s race saw an odd turn of events, with Anna McLoon (Missing Link Coaching/Specialized) winning by 5:53 over Fortin. Due to travel issues, McLoon had been unable to make the start of the stage 1 time trial, and was scored at over 6 hours behind, and completely out of contention for the overall race.
In the women’s race, the time gaps were huge on the mountain top finish, with stage winner Anna Mcloon (Missing Link Coaching/Specialized) coming in almost six minutes ahead of second-placed Fortin, who was a half minute ahead of third placed Susan Palmer-Komar. Fortin held on to her leader’s jersey, however, as Mcloon was seven hours behind because she could not make it to the time trial start. Officials allowed her to ride the TT later, but her clock had been running the entire time.
Stage 4
The Dealer.com criterium got off to a drizzly start, with the first five amateur races of the day completing their events on the downtown Burlington circuit.
Shortly after noon, heavy rain began falling, with torrents of water rushing down the city streets, and the National Weather Service reporting rain fall rates of one inch per hour at the airport.
While bike races are normally completed rain or shine, race referees and event promoters decided to cancel the remaining races.
Wearing her race leader’s jersey and ready for action, Fortin commented, “With these conditions, it’s not safe to race, so I think this is the right decision.”
Men’s GC
  • 1. Tom Zirbel, Jamis/sutter Home, in 5:15:40
  • 2. Anders Newbury, Chipotle Development Team, at 0:00:54
  • 3. Jamey Driscoll, Jamis/sutter Home, at 0:01:01
  • 4. Derrick St John, Ride With Rendall, at 0:01:14
  • 5. Josh Dillon, Bikereg.com / Cannondale, at 0:01:17
Women’s GC
  • 1. Véronique Fortin, Rocky Moutain-Desjardins Valeurs Mobilieres, in 6:42:00
  • 2. Susan Palmer-Komar, P-K Express/hnz Strategic.com, at 0:00:46
  • 3. Kacy Wander,, at 0:01:30
  • 4. Rachel Warner, Missing Link Coaching/specialized, at 0:02:00
  • 5. Fabienne Gerard, Crca/fuoriclasse Racing-Discover Chiropractic, at 0:02:11

Article Source: http://velonews.competitor.com/2011/09/news/zirbel-fortin-win-weather-shortened-green-mountain-stage-race_191190

Monday, September 5, 2011

SHOP RIDE CANCELLATIONS


Effective this week 9/5/2011, the Tuesday Night Ride is CANCELLED, along with the 8:00am Saturday morning ride.

The 10:00am Saturday morning Beginners Ride is growing weekly, so as long as the weather holds out we will support this ride.

The Thursday night Race Ride is going strong..."Let's Keep it Up!!"

As always, you are welcome to start any ride you want from the store any day of the week...and if you bring a group the ride leader will be rewarded with a fresh, ice cold FRS.

See you on the Road...

New Rider Ranking System Offers Members Increasingly Precise Mark

USA Cycling’s new ranking system is now available for all current licensees via their My USA Cycling Account. The revamped system will not only provide increasingly accurate rankings, but also the ability to compare and contrast results and rankings with fellow riders across disciplines, age and ability categories.

Using an innovative algorithm, USA Cycling’s new system will rank riders based on the strength of the competition rather than the old model of assigning points based on an arbitrary event value. Simply stated, who a rider races against will more heavily determine ranking than which races are contested or how often an individual competes – providing a more accurate determinant of a rider’s strength.

As opposed to the old system where the more points accumulated the better; in USA Cycling’s new rankings system the lower a rider’s point total, the higher they will be ranked. Because the new system looks at who a competitor races against and not which races contested, rankings will simply carry over upon upgrade or category change with no need to reset.

Riders can now also view the new ‘Race Predictor’ for all events using USA Cycling’s online registration system. The “Race Predictor’ displays all current registrants for a particular race in ranking order, allowing members to see who is favored to win based on previous results.

How points are calculated 
A rider’s ranking is derived from an average of an individual’s top three point results within a rolling 12-month period.  Individual race quality is first determined by taking the five best ranked riders from a race’s top 10 finishers, averaging their rankings and multiplying that by 90%. For more details on the exact calculation of race quality, points per place and rank points visit the New Rankings System FAQ.

How to take advantage of the new Results & Rankings System
All current USA Cycling licensees can simply log on to their My USA Cycling account, click on the Results & Rankings tab and view their personalized, revamped rankings at the top of the page. The rider’s previous ranking using the old calculation will also be available at the bottom of that page through the end of 2011.

National Championship call-ups
The new results and ranking system will be used to determine call-up order at various USA Cycling National Championship events. Cyclo-cross will be the first national championship to use the remodeled rankings system to resolve call-up order for all race divisions other than Collegiate, Junior 17-18 and Elite. Following member feedback, this method of seeding aims to offer the most equitable and concise call-up procedure possible and does signify a departure from the previous approach of utilizing time trials, random drawings or based on when a rider registered online for Cyclo-cross National Championships.

To ensure as fair and accurate a process as possible, USA Cycling is requesting all race directors submit results to USA Cycling in an accurate and timely fashion.

For more information, including a detailed FAQ, please visit USA Cycling’s Results & Rankings Resource Page.

USA Cycling’s new rankings:
·         Allows active members to compare results and rank against various competitor groups
·         Measures a rider by who he/she races against, not which events or how often they race
·         Averages the rider’s top 3 rankings from events within in the last 12 months to determine total ranking
·         The lower a rider’s point total the higher they are ranked
·         New ‘Race Predictor’ feature in USA Cycling’s online registration system allows riders to view registrants in ranking order



Article Source: http://www.usacycling.org/news/user/story.php?id=7005