Monday, February 27, 2012

Electric Bike - Velo Wrench Bike Shop

You can convert your bike to electric today!!! Velo Wrench Bike Shop has the conversion to make your bike even greener!! Their conversion kit will make your bike power you up hills and take the load off when you strayed too far from home. Check out for more details.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Flat Tire Repair - Velo Wrench Bike Shop

Vinny goes over the simple flat tire repair from Velo Wrench Bike Shop. He gives you great tips on the road that you need to know too!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Pumps, Tools and Bags Essential Bike Needs, - Velo Wrench Bike Shop

Vinny goes over the neccessary tools needed to get your bike back on the road. Tools, accessories and tubes needed for your bike ride.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

IMBA urges mountain bikers to fight for endangered RTP

A rider flies along singletrack in Sun Valley, Idaho
A rider flies along singletrack in Sun Valley, Idaho
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February 15, 21:12, 
February 15, 21:11

Federal program supporting US singletrack at risk of being cut
The International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) alerted members and supporters to threats to cut an important federal program that funds the development of singletrack. The endangered Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is the only US federal funding source for multi-use singletrack trails.
"RTP is in grave danger in both chambers of the US Congress. This week, both the House and Senate are expected to vote on their respective transportation bills," read a statement from IMBA.
"In the Senate, RTP is eliminated, but U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) is offering an amendment to restore dedicated funding.
"In the House, RTP was included in legislation forwarded by the committee, but Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has an amendment to eliminate the program. The entire House of Representatives hears the bill later this week."
RTP funding provides US$85 million annually for trail construction and maintenance. Since 1993, RTP has funded more than 15,000 projects nationwide and leverages local and state funding. Only a small portion of federal funds collected are returned to the program for motorized and non-motorized trail projects.
IMBA noted that eliminating dedicated funding for the RTP violates the "user-pay and user-benefit" philosophy undergirding the nation's surface transportation program. Eliminating funding converts a legitimate user fee into an unfair tax.
"Organized trail planning and development will simply vanish in many areas of the country. The elimination of the RTP represents a substantial new tax on motorized recreation enthusiasts. Ending dedicated funding for RTP takes these gas taxes away from the people who pay them," said the IMBA statement.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Exergy Tour unveils host cities for inaugural pro ladies race

The Exergy Tour international ladies pro cycling race today revealed the selected host cities for the 2012 inaugural race, which will be held May 24 – 28. The five day stage race will begin and end in Boise, and will travel through alpine, high desert and sprint stages in the cities of Nampa, Kuna, Crouch/Garden Valley and Idaho City, covering an estimated 200-plus miles.

Between 10 and 15 of the top ladies pro cycling teams from around the world are expected to participate in the inaugural race, which was founded by Boise-based Exergy Development Group. The race will be one of the last races to provide international ranking points crucial to qualifying for the upcoming Olympic Games in London. It is sanctioned by USA Cycling and is part of the National Racing Calendar. The event is also the only ladies race in North America in 2012 with a 2.1 designation by the International Cycling Union (UCI).

The five day stage race will begin and end in Boise, and will travel through alpine, high desert and sprint stages in the cities of Nampa, Kuna, Crouch/Garden Valley and Idaho City, covering an estimated 200-plus miles.
The five day stage race will begin and end in Boise, and will travel through alpine, high desert and sprint stages in the cities of Nampa, Kuna, Crouch/Garden Valley and Idaho City, covering an estimated 200-plus miles.
“The Exergy Tour will showcase the power and excitement of women's professional cycling and its growing global influence, while engaging our communities in teaching young girls the benefits gained through individual and team sports,” said James Carkulis, CEO of Exergy Development Group. “Our vision with the Exergy Tour is to communicate this global message and work with organizations who also are dedicated to advancing the self-confidence, self-esteem and overall well-being of girls and women through physical activity.”

Day one of the race will take place near Boise. Day two will take place in and around Nampa. From there, teams will race through the high desert of Kuna, then on to the alpine stage of Crouch/Garden Valley and Idaho City, and back to Boise on the final day. Because the host cities are all within an hour’s drive of each other, the course enables volunteers and spectators to easily travel to each leg of the race throughout the long weekend.

"I'm thrilled to see such a world-class cycling competition emerge in our community," said Boise Mayor David Bieter. "Boise has long been a training ground for many local Olympians, and it’s wonderful to see it become a major hub for premier athletic events. The Exergy Tour will shine the spotlight of international cycling on our city as it attracts some of the best athletes in the world to compete prior to the 2012 Olympics. I encourage all Boise residents to come out and see what promises to be an exciting and inspirational event.”
Official race announcements including the Exergy Tour’s list of participating teams, charitable partner, prize money and individual stage details will be released over the next 4-6 weeks.

"The Exergy Tour will be an opportunity for spectators in local Idaho communities to see many of the same athletes who will be competing just two months later at the London Olympic Games,” said Heather Hill, marketing, communications and events director for the Exergy Tour. “Idaho and our host cities will be on the world's cycling stage for five days over the Memorial Day weekend, and through our selection of host cities this year, spectators and volunteers are able to show support and participate within easy driving distance every day of the Tour."

Medalist Sports will oversee the competition and technical production of the Exergy Tour, as well as the development of the local organizing committees in each start and finish venue. Medalist also is the event management arm for the Amgen Tour of California, USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado and the Tour of Utah.

For more information contact Heather Hill, 208-559-1203 or

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

USA Cycling Announces US Team for Pan Am Championships – NorCal’s Beth Newell to Represent

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by  • February 10, 2012 • norcal scenewomyn on weels

USA Cycling announced today the US Team for the UCI 2012 Pan American Road and Track Championships. Local NorCal stand out Beth Newell (Now Cycling – NOW and Novartis for MS) earns a place to compete on the track and road. The Pan American Championships take place in Mar del Plata, Argentina from 5 to 16 March, 2012.
Beth Newell said she was very excited for the opportunity and to represent the US for her first time, “I don’t know what to expect and will take everything as it comes.” Although Newell has not yet set any specific goals, she expects the whole affair to be a great learning experience; from simply warming up to understanding the competition.
Also named on the Women’s Track team are Elizabeth Carlson (Black Dog Pro Cycling Team), Dana Feiss (Kutztown University of Pennsylvania), Cari Higgins (Exergy TWENTY 12), and Jennifer Valente (Exergy TWENTY 12). Newell will contest the omnium. The Women’s Road team will consist of Newell and Amber Neben (HTC-Highroad), Coryn Rivera (Exergy TWENTY 12), and Shelley Olds (AA Drink). Olds competed mostly in Europe in 2011 but Newell considers the 2010 USA Cycling National Criterium Champion a member of the NorCal sorority.
Beth Newell racing at the 2011 Testarossa Velodrome Challenge
Beth Newell racing at the 2011 Testarossa Velodrome Challenge

Thursday, February 9, 2012

TOC: Mt. Diablo!

by  • February 8, 2012 • norcal sceneopinionate

Amgen Tour of California announced their route today and it looks like we get a full NorCal Bay Area centric group of races to go choose from.  Stage 4 from Sonora to Clovis looks like the only REAL foray in to the central valley, but looks like some of the route covers parts of famed NorCal spring classics put on by Velo Promo.  It’s hard to say which of the three bay area races will draw the largest crowds.  The Santa Rosa route will be beautiful, and the Santa Cruz finish should draw the usual mob of cyclists/bums from the other side of the hill.  My money is on the big party being on Mt. Diablo during Stage 3.  It’s the first time the race is going up the mountain and some Strava records will get broken.  I’m not encouraging you to dress up and harras the riders but definitely take some booze up the hill and make a day of it.
We need to pick some NorCal colors. I’m thinking Black and Orange might work… kinda do an SF Giants thing.  If not I’d just go for Red and White – let the voting begin.

Monday, February 6, 2012

2012 Cherry Pie Criterium – VK Scores Win, Cal-Giant’s Bassetti Again

by  • February 6, 2012 • Critrace coverage

37th Annual Cherry Pie Criterium – presented by Eagle Racing Team and Eagle Racing Club
Napa, CA – 5 February 2012
It’s early February and road racing in Northern California picks up momentum. The Cherry Pie Crit went off today under excellent California winter weather conditions. The famed P-shaped course had new paving throughout, a full-hairpin turn just after the finish line, a long sweeping left-hand turn, and a chicane that preceded an uphill climb to the finish line.
A 45-racer field showed up to contest the Women Pro/1/2/3 race. Early laps were marred by a crash on the uphill finish straight involving four or five riders. Bethany Allen (Team TIBCO II) suffered the worst and was stretchered off to an ambulance; NorCal Cycling News wishes a speedy recovery to Bethany Allen. For most of the remainder of the race the pack held together until, at six laps remaining, Ruth Winder (Vanderkitten-Focus) set out on a promising break. The 18-year old held the lead for two laps but was caught by Juliette Olson (RED Racing) and then next by Heather Nielson (Touchstone Climbing.) Finally the entire field made contact with less than three laps remaining.
On penultimate lap, Courtney van Dimpel (Vanderkitten-Focus) crossed the finish line in the lead and led the field around the final hairpin. A recovered Winder was sitting at fifth or sixth wheel behind van Dimple ready to make her move. By the time the field came back into view, on the uphill straight, Winder had taken the lead and won the gritty field sprint a short bike-length ahead of last years winner, Pascale Schnider (Exergy Twenty 12). Sunshine Townsend (Team TIBCO II) finished in a close third, Liza Rachetto (Primal/MapMyRide) just missed the final step of the podium, and Anna Barensfeld (Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies) rounded out the top five.
“I always go into races doing too much, too soon. [This time] 25 minutes into the race [I said] let’s go, let’s start racing.” Said Winder after the race, “Since I hadn’t done so much in the beginning of the race I still had pretty fresh legs [after being caught on the break].” Winder also admitted Van Dimpel’s effort on the penultimate lap helped bring her home.
The young Ruth Winder (Vanderkitten-Focus) holds off challengers on the field sprint
The young Ruth Winder (Vanderkitten-Focus) holds off challengers on the field sprint
In the Men Pro/1/2 race, several teams were well represented including Team Mike’s Bikes, Webcor/Alto Velo, Team Clif Bar, and California Giant/Specialized. The entire race was characterized by the fields unwillingness to let any break get out of touch.  Joe Dickerson (McGuire Cycling Team) and Rand Miller (California Giant/Specialized) made several early break attempts but all attempts were quickly brought pack into the pack. With six laps remaining, there was a crash at the back of the field and the officials reacted by neutralizing the race to the dismay of several riders. At two laps remaining, Team Mike’s Bikes headed the field around the hairpin but the race came down to a field sprint.
Coming up the hill, Sam Bassetti (California Giant/Specialized) worked his way into contention and beat out a bike-throw from Andy Goessling (Team Mike’s Bikes) for the win. Adding to Goessling’s second place, Team Mike’s Bikes team mates Dana Williams and James Laberge took third and fourth, respectively. Charles Hutchinson (McGuire Cycling Team) finished in fifth.
Bassetti complemented his team saying, “I have an awesome team and they were just covering everything all race. All I really had to do was pick the right wheels. [The team can] pretty much be threatening no matter how the race ends. [We have] guys here who are great in the breaks and we have a couple of cards to play in the field sprints. The crash messed things up. Even though it [was] neutralized I got pushed back quite a bit. So, I had to scramble at the end to find the right place to be.”
Head down; Sam Bassetti (California Gant/Specialized) squeaks out a win at the finish line
Head down; Sam Bassetti (California Gant/Specialized) squeaks out a win at the finish line
Complete results for all races at the Cherry Pie event are available at USA Cycling.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Location for 2013 & 2014 MTB Gravity Nationals announced

The Angel Fire Bike Park in Angel Fire, N.M. will be the site for the 2013 and 2014 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Gravity National Championships. (Photo by Jonathan Devich/USA Cycling)

The location for the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Gravity National Championships in 2013 and 2014 is the Angel Fire Bike Park in Angel Fire, N.M., USA Cycling announced. The exact dates of the 2013 and 2014 events will be announced at a later date.
The event, which was held independently from the cross-country national championships for the first time in 2011, features dual slalom and downhill races. The 2013 and 2014 contests will use part of the downhill course ridden during the 2011 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships in late October.
“We’re very excited to bring the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Gravity National Championships to Angel Fire in 2013 and 2014,” USA Cycling National Events Director Kelli Lusk said, “Angel Fire has a long, illustrious history of hosting gravity events, so we’re looking forward to having the gravity national championships there.”
“Angel Fire Bike Park is extremely honored to host the most prestigious gravity event in the United States for 2013 and 2014,” Angel Fire Resort Bike Park Director Hogan Koesis said. “We look forward to showcasing the most exciting and challenging courses in the Rocky Mountains. Let the racing begin!”
The event this year will be held July 20-22 in Beech Mountain, N.C.
Several other 2013 and 2014 national championship events have previously been announced.