Thursday, June 28, 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012

U.S. Olympic Committee Names Henderson Amongst Top Coaches

The United States Olympic Committee today announced Neal Henderson (cycling; Boulder, Colo.) as the 2011 Doc Counsilman Science Award winner and one of its coaches of the year.

After working with USA Cycling's track programs, Henderson was nominated for the award by USA Cycling.
After working with USA Cycling's track programs, Henderson was nominated for the award by USA Cycling.
For years, Henderson has been at the forefront of applying scientific principles in the lab and on the field to improve athlete performance in the world of cycling. During the 2010-11 season, he formulated additional tools and protocols for aerodynamic drag analysis, which helped determine the specific power required for cyclists to attain a given speed. The results helped pace the USA Cycling team to a silver-medal finish at the 2011 UCI Track Cycling World Championships. Later that summer, Henderson continued aerodynamic testing to help identify the best wheel combinations for U.S. cyclists competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Nominated by USA Cycling, Henderson is a rare, dual-certified elite USA Cycling and USA Triathlon coach and has been instrumental in establishing training methods based on exercise physiology, including supplemental oxygen training and a computrainer program for junior cyclists at the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine.

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Other USOC coach of the year recipients include: James Hrbek (judo; Schertz, Texas), Tom Waga (rugby; Provo, Utah), Dave Denniston (Paralympic swimming; Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Rick Bower (snowboarding; Park City, Utah). The winners were recognized at a reception during the 2012 National Coaching Conference at the NCAA Hall of Champions.
Henderson took home the Doc Councilman Science Award, while Hrbek was named the Developmental Coach of the Year. Waga was awarded Volunteer Coach of the Year and Denniston was recognized as the Paralympic Coach of the Year. Finally, Bower was named the Olympic Coach of the Year.
“These five coaches have impacted countless athletes throughout their exemplary careers,” said Alan Ashley, USOC chief of sport performance. “They are shining examples of the team behind the team and their efforts have encouraged athletes of all levels to strive for excellence.”   
National Governing Bodies selected their 2011 Coaches of the Year as part of the USOC Coach of the Year Recognition Program. The three finalists in each category were chosen by a panel of coaching and sport education professionals.

Doc Counsilman Science Award – Neal Henderson
For years, Henderson has been at the forefront of applying scientific principles in the lab and on the field to improve athlete performance in the world of cycling. During the 2010-11 season, he formulated additional tools and protocols for aerodynamic drag analysis, which helped determine the specific power required for cyclists to attain a given speed. The results helped pace the USA Cycling team to a silver-medal finish at the 2011 UCI Track Cycling World Championships. Later that summer, Henderson continued aerodynamic testing to help identify the best wheel combinations for U.S. cyclists competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games. A rare, dual-certified elite U.S cycling and U.S. triathlon coach, Henderson has been instrumental in establishing training methods based on exercise physiology, including supplemental oxygen training and a computrainer program for junior cyclists at the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine.

Olympic Coach of the Year – Rick Bower
During his six seasons as coach of the U.S. halfpipe team, Bower has played an integral role in advancing women’s snowboarding. In 2011, he led his athletes to 31 major event podiums and took snowboarding to new heights after helping Kelly Clark become the first female to land a 1080 in competition. This achievement, at the pinnacle of snowboarding events for the year, had a monumental influence on up-and-coming female athletes and the progression of women’s snowboarding. For his efforts, Bower was recognized as the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association International Coach of the Year and USSA International Snowboarding Coach of the Year.
Paralympic Coach of the Year – Dave Denniston
In his second year as a U.S. Paralympics resident swimming coach at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Denniston was selected to lead Team USA at the Pan-Pacific Para-Swimming Championships. In 2011, 14 of his 16 athletes were selected to major international teams, where they consistently exceled on the world stage. Among his athletes, Jessica Long collected nine gold medals in nine events, while shattering four world records. A 2008 U.S. Paralympian, Denniston also conducts speaking engagements to share his journey form an able-bodied Olympic hopeful to a Paralympic athlete turned mentor. His experience has allowed him to integrate his team practices with elite able-bodied team practices, helping assist athletes on both teams reach higher goals.
Developmental Coach of the Year – James Hrbek
Devoted to building the sport of judo in the United States, Hrbek scours the world to find unique judo tournaments and training opportunities for young Americans to gain international experience. In 2011, he coordinated the entire junior program for USA Judo, which fielded U.S. teams for dozens of national and international tournaments and assembled U.S. contingents of more than 50 people. As chairman of USA Judo's Junior Athlete Performance Committee, Hrbek created a database of parents, coaches and athletes that can be used in various judo activities. It is his belief that if properly educated, U.S. junior athletes will have the knowledge to one day become successful coaches themselves, an essential step in building the sport nationally.
Volunteer Coach of the Year – Tom Waga
Now in his sixth season as the head coach of Brigham Young University’s women’s rugby team, Waga has played a key role in molding an unsponsored and formerly unrecognized team into a nationally ranked formidable force. The Fiji native has helped produce All-American nominees in each of his seven seasons, highlighted by 2011 honorees Kristi Jackson, Monica Jackson and Rebekah Siebach, who propelled the Cougars to the Final Four. He also helps identify young talent to compete in the Under-20 National All-Star Championships, which routinely produce scouting opportunities for U.S. national teams. In addition to coaching at BYU, Waga also volunteers as the Humless men’s rugby coach.

Hosted by the USA Coaching Coalition – comprised of the USOC, NCAA, National Federation of State High School Associations and National Association for Sport and Physical Education – the annual National Coaches Conference focuses on enhancing coaching knowledge and disseminating the latest research, trends and innovations in order to develop beginner to elite athletes. USOC, National Governing Body, university and sport professionals present on topics based on the National Standards for Sport Coaches.
Olympic Coach of the Year
1996           Tara VanDerveer, U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Coach
1997           Frank Carroll, Olympic Figure Skating Coach, Coach of Michelle Kwan
1998           Ben Smith, U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Coach
1999           Chris Carmichael, Cycling Coach, Coach of Lance Armstrong
2000           Richard Quick, U.S. Olympic Women’s Swimming Coach
2001/02       Pete del’Giudice, U.S. Snowboard Coach
2003           Lloyd Woodhouse, USA Shooting National Team Coach
2004           Mike Candrea, USA Softball Women’s National Team Coach
2005           Eddie Reese, USA Swimming Men’s National Team Coach
2006           Bud Keene, U.S. Snowboard Coach
2007           Guy Baker, USA Water Polo National Team Coach
2008           Hugh McCutcheon, USA Men’s Volleyball National Team Coach
2009           Bob Bradley, U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team Coach
2010           Brian Shimer, U.S. Men’s Bobsled Head Coach
2011           Rick Bower, U.S. Halfpipe Coach (Snowboard)        
Paralympic Coach of the Year
2004           Mike Hulett, USA Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team Coach
2005           Randi Smith, U.S. Paralympic Archery Team Head Coach
2006           Julie O’Neill, U.S. Paralympic Swim Team Head Coach
2007           Adam Bleakney, U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Track Coach
2008           Ken Armbruster, U.S. Paralympic Women’s Goalball Head Coach
2009           Scott Moore, Denver Judo Coach
2010           Ray Watkins, 2010 U.S. Paralympic Alpine Ski Team
2011           Dave Denniston, U.S. Paralympic Swimming Head Coach
Developmental Coach of the Year
1996           Jeff Shaffer, University of Southern California
1997           Dianne Holum, Speedskating
1998           Mike Stafford, Millvale Golden Gloves Gym (Cincinnati)
1999           Tom Healy, Northbrook (Ill.) Speedskating Club
2000           Fred Zimny, Luge (Lake Placid, N.Y.)
2001/02       Mike Eaves, U.S. National Under-18 Hockey Team
2003           Bob Fraley, Fresno State (Calif.) University Track & Field
2004           Dwayne Miller, Norfolk (Va.) Real Deal Track Club
2005           Tammy Gambill, U.S. Figure Skating
2006           Mark Mitchell and Peter Johansson, U.S. Figure Skating
2007           Paul Yetter, USA Swimming
2008           Rajul Sheth, Table Tennis (Milpitas, Calif.)
2009           John Wingfield, Director and Head Coach of USA Diving National Training Center
2010           Michael Nyitray, Bowling (Miami, Fla.)
2011           James Hrbek, USA Judo
Volunteer Coach of the Year
2003           Carol Hardemon, Metro Dade (Fla.) Track Club
2004           Barry Hunter, Washington, D.C. Boxing Coach
2005           Cindi Hart, IndySpeed Sport Club Head Coach (Speedskating)
2006           Booker Woods, LA JETS Head Coach (Track)
2007           Sherman Nelson, USA Taekwondo Coach
2008           Rita Gladstone, Area Tennis League Coordinator (Volusia County, Fla.)
2009           Brian McCutcheon, Taekwondo Coach and Oahu Taekwondo Center Instructor
2010           Dave Farmer, Aurora (Colo.) Saracens Rugby Club Coach
2011           Tom Waga, Brigham Young University Rugby Coach
Doc Counsilman Science Award
2004           Joe Vigil, Track & Field
2005           Dr. Kyle Pierce, USA Weightlifting
2006           Kate Arbour, U.S. Figure Skating
2007           Sean O’Neill, U.S. Paralympics Table Tennis
2008           Dave Bennett, USA Wrestling
2009           Heidi Thibert, U.S. Figure Skating and Edora Pool and Ice Center Coach
2010           Dr. Grant Schaffner, Skeleton
2011           Neal Henderson, USA Cycling


Friday, June 22, 2012

Davison's Olympic Dreams Fueled by Maple Bacon Cupcakes

Lea Davison shows off her secret weapon: maple bacon cupcakes
Lea Davison shows off her secret weapon:
maple bacon cupcakes
What's the perfect recipe toward becoming a professional athlete? If you were to ask Team Specialized professional mountain bike racer and 2012 US Olympian Lea Davison it would most likely include something with maple syrup.
Actually, this is a topic that many aspiring athletes and seasoned coaches often ponder. However, it depends on a number of factors, and is not a black or white answer. There are many shades of grey and various identities through which athletes transition on their journey towards becoming professional athletes. Another component to this process deals with an athlete's own perception of who they are or to the degree that they identify with their role as an athlete.
Most of the research on athlete identity has focused on the various sport transitions that athletes navigate throughout their athletic careers. Many people dream of becoming a professional athlete or making it to the Olympics, but there are only a few who get to taste this reality. So what does it take? Where does this journey start? According to Davison, it all started as a young girl blazing down the ski slopes of Vermont with the help and guidance of her parents and kid sister.
"My mom and dad were the first to introduce my younger sister Sabra (Sabe) and me to sports," said Davison. "Ironically, my mom grew up in the pre Title IX era and although she is one of the most competitive people I know, she had no opportunity to compete. Because of this, she wanted to give us as many opportunities as possible. She started us out with downhill skiing. I was probably around eight years old and my sister six."
Davison tried various sports such as skiing, swimming, soccer, and cross country running. "It was not until my junior year of high school that a friend introduced me to mountain biking. I took to it immediately and started doing local races, which then evolved into the east coast NORBAS and qualifying for the junior world championships. My sister and I were part of John Kemp's Team Devo, which have created many amazing cyclists, including Ryder Hesjedal. My parents have always been supportive but most importantly they help me maintain perspective and excitement for everything I do on and off the bike."
All of these athletic pursuits would eventually lead Davison to feeling as though sport was part of her identity and that she was meant to compete.
"It is hard to really pinpoint when I started to see myself as an athlete, I think I have always had this identity," said Davison. "During high school, I was in a program for downhill ski racing where I only went to normal high school for one day a week. During this time period I become more aware of training mentally and physically towards athletic goals. My ski coaches and parents were really supportive of this identity and my sister and I trained together so that reinforced this role."
"It took us a little while to work out the kinks of a competitive sister bond, but it has played to both of our advantages bringing us to new heights. Sadly, my sister cannot race bikes anymore due to sustaining multiple concussions. Aiding her through the recovery process was an eye opening experience, and I am an advocate for proper awareness and management for concussions in sport."
Although Davison is unable to train and race with her sister, their bond has led to other ventures like starting the girls' mountain bike development program called Little Bellas. She has also found that sharing the experience of being a female athlete with her sister has perhaps been a key factor to overcoming some of the struggles in a male dominated sport.
Davison, like many female athletes deals with a concept called "intersectional identities" where she can hold the identity of being a daughter, sister, athlete, mentor, significant other, etc., which can often enhance or hinder her athletic performance. "I believe that I need intersectional or multiple identities to feel balanced. As of now, first and foremost, I am a professional mountain biker. However, I am also a Little Bellas mentor and founder, role model, sister, daughter, friend, and significant other."
"Being a professional athlete is challenging because it's literally a full time job. Every decision impacts my energy and well-being. Sometimes, I feel like I have to make selfish decisions based on how I feel, how much rest I need, and this is really challenging."
As Davison has grown deeper into her cycling career and identity, she has settled somewhat with making decisions addressing my cycling needs and feeling okay with this. The off-season is the only time when she can let loose. "This is a very hard concept for people outside the athletic realm to understand. I lived in Durango, Colorado for a year after I graduated college, and this was a very interesting time for the development of my athletic identity. I felt like I was only known as Lea Davison, the professional mountain biker. It felt way too linear to me and I craved that intersection. I finally ended up moving back to Vermont, where I knew I would feel whole again. Finding a place where you can feel grounded and balanced is an important part of developing into a professional athlete."
After returning to Vermont, Davison continued to race professionally but struggled to maintain focus and motivation. Many athletes who have identified as an athlete since childhood often experience transition periods of burnout. A twist of fate would have a potential career ending injury become a tool for renewing her drive and passion for racing. "Before my hip injury, I was surprisingly struggling in the off season with motivation. I wasn't as excited to start training as I thought I would be. Then, I was injured and misdiagnosed for about two months. This was an extremely frustrating time for me. I had no plan. You take something completely for granted until it is taken away from you.
"I was finally diagnosed with a hip labral tear that would need to be surgically fixed at some point. There was the decision whether to race the 2010 season or to get the surgery immediately, skip the 2010 season, and start the rehabilitation process. It was hard, but, with the goal of the 2012 Olympics in mind, I wanted to get the surgery and start with a new plan. I worked with Bill Knowles and he was critical in making my comeback from injury successful. He took the view that my injury was a chance to come back stronger, which is exactly what I did."
"This recovery time was a period of time where I could, first, rest my body and mind, which after eight straight year of pursuing my cycling goals, I probably needed. In retrospect, everything happens for a reason and I needed this injury to jump to the next level in cycling."
Missing the 2010 season could have negatively impacted her 2012 Olympic pursuit, but instead it was the first time in years where she was able to rest and look at the big picture. "The season I spent off the bike recovering from my hip surgery was a great time for me to nourish other aspects of myself. It was a well-needed mental break and refreshing. It was also extremely motivating and forced a new perspective and love for the bike."
"I think my entire athletic past adds to the athlete I am today. Everything builds on itself. Mentally, ski racing is what really helps me even today. Ski racing, at a certain level, is 99 percent mental so I have years of mental training under my belt. I believe cycling is close to that percentage, once you are competing at the top level that can make or break a race. I am still learning and honing in my techniques, but it's an area that should not go overlooked."
While some kids are dreaming of Disney Land, an eight-year-old Davison dreamed of the Olympics. But it was not until she found the sport of mountain biking that she finally realized her dream could come true.
Of course, she has many people to thank who have contributed to her professional ambitions. "I have been lucky to have coaching resources and support for most of my career. It's just a series of meeting the right people at the right time. Andy Bishop coaches me, he really pushes me and his guidance is the reason I am where I am today. Everyone is different, but, for me, I need a coach and a set training program. I am starting to work with Allen Lim for nutrition, which has improved my performance as well. My massage therapist, physical therapist, and orthopedic doctor are all instrumental in my success. It really takes a village, doesn't it?"
Besides loving Vermont, spending time with her sister Sabe, and racing for Specialized, Davison also has an affinity for sweets, "Everything is better with maple syrup."
The spring campaign to make the Olympic selection was a tumultuous experience but she maintained the razor sharp focus needed to achieve solid results. She is looking forward to representing the US at the Olympics in London and hopefully inspiring more Bellas into cycling. Davison said that she is fueled for the upcoming Olympics by the love and support of her family, friends, and fans, as well as maple bacon cupcakes.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

History of the Tour de France by Numbers

Eddy Merckx is arguably the most complete rider in cycling history and he often saved his best for the Tour de France
Eddy Merckx is arguably the most complete rider in cycling history and he often saved his best for the Tour de France
The world’s most famous road race - the Tour de France - has a rich 109 year history and its fabled past is synonymous with the greatest names in the sport.
But who are the figures that have written themselves into the record books of this most emblematic of events? Who’s the fastest winner? The oldest winner? The youngest winner? Which country has basked in yellow more than any other? Who’s the climber that stands head and shoulders above all the others?
We’ve got all the answers and more right here in our history of the Tour de France by numbers, and alongside it is a gallery of some of the race's biggest names. With the start of the latest edition on June 30 rapidly approaching, will any of the current generation force their way into some of these categories?
Multiple winners
7: Lance Armstrong (USA) – 1999-2005
5: Jacques Anquetil (Fra) – 1957, 1961-64
5: Eddy Merckx (Bel) – 1969-72, 1974
5: Bernard Hinault (Fra) – 1978-79, 1981-82, 1985
5: Miguel Indurain (Spa) – 1991-95
Victories by nation
France: 36
Belgium: 18
Spain: 13
USA: 10
Italy: 9
Luxembourg: 4
Holland and Switzerland: 2
Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Australia: 1
Smallest winning margins (since 1947)
8 seconds: 1989 - Greg LeMond (USA) beats Laurent Fignon (Fra)
23 seconds: 2007 – Alberto Contador (Spa) beats Cadel Evans (Aus)
38 seconds: 1968 – Jan Janssen (Hol) beats Herman Van Springel (Bel)
Largest winning margins (since 1947)
28m 17s: 1952 – Fausto Coppi (Ita) beats Constant Ockers (Bel)
26m 16s: 1948 – Gino Bartali (Ita) beats Alberic Schotte (Bel)
22m 00s: 1951 – Hugo Koblet (Sui) beats Raphael Geminiani (Fra)
Yellow jersey wearers by nation
France: 82
Belgium: 53
Italy: 25
Holland: 17
Germany: 12
Spain: 12
Switzerland: 10
Luxembourg: 7
Denmark and USA: 5
Great Britain and Australia: 4
Ireland: 3
Canada: 2
Austria, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Estonia, Colombia, Norway and Ukraine: 1
Most days in the yellow jersey
Eddy Merckx (Bel): 111
Lance Armstrong (USA): 83
Bernard Hinault (Fra): 79
Miguel Indurain (Spa): 60
Jacques Anquetil (Fra): 52
Most green jersey victories
6: Erik Zabel (Ger) – 1996-2001
4: Sean Kelly (Ire) – 1982-83, 1985, 1989
3: Jan Janssen (Hol) – 1964-65, 1967
3: Eddy Merckx (Bel) – 1969, 1971-72
3: Freddy Maertens (Bel) – 1976, 1978, 1981
3: Djamolidine Abdoujaparov (Uzb) – 1991, 1993-94
3: Robbie McEwen (Aus) – 2002, 2004, 2006
Green jersey winners by nation
Belgium: 19
France: 9
Germany: 8
Holland, Ireland and Australia: 4
Uzbekistan: 3
Italy, Switzerland and Norway: 2
Spain, Great Britain: 1
Most polka-dot jersey victories
7: Richard Virenque (Fra) – 1994-97, 1999, 2003-04
6: Federico Bahamontes (Spa) – 1954, 1958-59, 1962-64
6: Lucien Van Impe (Bel) – 1971-72, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1983
Polka-dot jersey winners by nation
France: 18
Spain: 15
Italy: 13
Belgium: 11
Colombia: 4
Most white jersey victories
3: Andy Schleck (Lux) – 2008-2010
3: Jan Ullrich (Ger) – 1996-98
3: Marco Pantani (Ita) – 1994-95
White jersey winners by nation
France, Holland, Italy and Spain: 5
Germany: 4
Luxembourg: 3
Colombia, USA and Russia: 2
Australia, Mexico and Ukraine: 1
Highest average speed of Tour winner
41.654kph: Lance Armstrong (USA) – 2005
40.940kph: Lance Armstrong (USA) – 2003
40.553kph: Lance Armstrong (USA) – 2004
Biggest winning margin in a stage (since 1947)
22m 50s: 1976 (Montgenevre-Manosque) - Jose Luis Viego (Spa)
21m 48s: 1957 (Pau-Bordeaux) – Pierino Baffi (Ita)
20m 31s: 1955 (Millau-Albi) – Daan De Groot (Hol)
Most stage victories
34: Eddy Merckx (Bel)
28: Bernard Hinault (Fra)
25: Andre Leducq (Fra)
22: Andre Darrigade (Fra)
22: Lance Armstrong (USA)
20: Nicolas Frantz (Lux)
20: Mark Cavendish (GBr)
Most time trial victories
20: Bernard Hinault (Fra)
16: Eddy Merckx (Bel)
11: Jacques Anquetil (Fra)
11: Lance Armstrong (USA)
Most stage wins in one Tour
8: Charles Pelissier (Fra) – 1930
8: Eddy Merckx (Bel) – 1970, 1974
8: Freddy Maertens (Bel) – 1976
Oldest Tour winners (age at end of the race)
36: Firmin Lambot (Bel) – 1922
34: Henri Pelissier (Fra) – 1923
34: Gino Bartali (Ita) - 1948
34: Cadel Evans (Aus) – 2011
Youngest Tour winners (age at end of the race)
19: Henri Cornet (Fra) – 1904
21: Romain Maes (Bel) – 1935
22: Francois Faber (Lux) – 1909
22: Octave Lapize (Fra) – 1910
22: Philippe Thys (Bel) – 1913
22: Felice Gimondi (Ita) – 1965
22: Laurent Fignon (Fra) – 1983
Longest gap between victories
10 Years: Gino Bartali (Ita) – 1938 and 1948
Most Tour starts
16: Joop Zoetemelk (Hol)

16: George Hincapie (USA)

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Schleck Confirms He Will Miss Tour de France

Barry Ryan

Dauphiné crash rules out Luxembourg rider
Andy Schleck confirmed that he won't be competing in the Tour de France due to a fracture to his pelvis sustained at the Critérium du Dauphiné.
Andy Schleck confirmed that he won't be competing in the Tour de France due to a fracture to his pelvis sustained at the Critérium du Dauphiné.
Andy Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan) has announced that he will not ride the2012 Tour de France after he sustained a fracture to his pelvis in his crash during the Critérium du Dauphiné last week.
In a press conference in Strassen, Luxembourg on Wednesday afternoon, it was confirmed that Schleck had fractured the sacral bone of his pelvis when he fell early on in the stage 4 time trial to Bourg-en-Bresse.
Although Schleck battled through to finish the following day’s stage, he withdrew on the penultimate day of the race. Still in pain on Monday morning, Schleck underwent an x-ray and then an MRI scan, which ultimately revealed the full extent of his injury.
“Yesterday, when I came out of the MRI scan and they told me the news, my world fell apart," Schleck said. "I won't win the 2012 Tour de France, I won't even be in it.”
Flanked by his doctor Charles Delagardelle and orthopaedic surgeon Thorsten Gerich, who said that it would take “between four and six weeks” for the fracture to heal, a solemn Schleck told reporters that he aimed to return to competitive action in time for the London 2012 Olympics on July 28.
Schleck’s absence from the Tour means that he is now on course for a head-to-head battle with his great rival Alberto Contador at the Vuelta a España. Contador returns from suspension shortly before his home Tour, setting up an intriguing clash between the pair in August.
“I hope to be back to ride the Olympics and then my main goal will be the Vuelta a España,” said Schleck. “I’m more motivated than ever before, as people – and journalists in particular – forget very fast.”
Schleck, who has rarely been a factor in major races outside of the Tour and the Ardennes Classics in recent seasons, also said that the world championships in Valkenburg and the Tour of Lombardy could feature on his revised programme. “Since I’m not riding the Tour, I can have many other goals,” he said.
The state of Schleck’s form had been a source of much media attention in recent weeks, and he responded tersely when quizzed on his manager Johan Bruyneel’s thinly-veiled criticism ahead of the Critérium du Dauphiné. “As a pro, you have to deal with critics. If you can’t, you won’t survive in this business long,” he said. “I don’t care.”
Schleck refused to hypothesise how he might have fared in this year’s Tour and called on the eventual winner to be afforded his due respect. “I don’t know if I would have stood in yellow in Paris but that was the goal,” he said. “But whether it’s Wiggins or my brother Fränk or anyone else who wins, I won’t stand there saying, ‘you’re lucky I wasn’t there.’”
Four to six weeks to heal
Orthopaedic surgeon Thorsten Gerich informed journalists on the nature of Schleck’s injury, pulling a plastic model of the pelvic area out from under the desk to illustrate his description as he spoke.
Schleck was referred to Gerich after contacting his personal doctor Charles Delagardelle on Monday morning, citing continuing pain in his pelvic area. While the initial x-ray failed to shed any light on the matter, an MRI scan taken on Monday afternoon revealed the full extent of the damage.
“We couldn’t see anything on the plain x-ray, but that’s not unusual,” Gerich said. “On the MRI imaging we could detect that Andy had a fracture on the sacrum of his pelvis. It’s a fracture which doesn’t compromise the stability of the pelvis, but which really hurts as it is a fracture between two nerve roots.”
Gerich estimated that it would take between 4 and 6 weeks for the fracture to heal, and that Schleck would be unable to ride his bike in that period. “It’s not possible to ride as he would have direct, constant pressure on the fracture,” he said. “He can do other sporting activity as long as it doesn’t affect the pelvis.”
In spite of his disappointment, Schleck looked to sound a defiant note. “I’m out but I can’t drown in self-pity. I have to look forward,” he said.
“What doesn’t kill you can only make you stronger. I believe I’ll come back stronger. I believe I haven’t spoken my last word.”  
Click here for a look back at Andy Schleck's 2012 campaign.
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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Devo Wrap: Americans in the mix in Italy, Germany

With the 2012 USA Cycling Elite, U23, Juniors & Paralympic Road National Championships around the corner, the riders in the USA Cycling National Development Program are fine tuning their tactics at two of the most prestigious European races in the world.

Giro Ciclistico d'Italia
After the fifth of the nine-stage Giro Ciclistico d'Italia Joe Dombrowski (Marshall, Va./Bontrager-Livestrong Team) is sitting in seventh place, 3:03 behind the race leader Ilnur Zakarin (RUS).
Dombrowski donned the pink jersey after riding alone to victory in the 168.4-kilometer fourth stage. He won the stage by 50 seconds to jump from 49th in the general classification into the overall lead for one day before slipping into seventh place after Tuesday's fifth stage.
Larry Warbasse (Traverse City, Mich./BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Cycling Team) is 15:30 back in 31st place and Rob Squire (Sandy, Utah/Chipotle-First Solar Development Team) is 26:11 back. Danny Summerhill (Englewood, Colo./Chipotle-First Solar Development Team) overcame an earlier crash, continued in the race and is sitting 1:05:15 behind Zakarin.
Dombrowski is also third in the King of the Mountains, five points behind the leader in that classification, Stanislau Bazhkou (BLR). Dombrowski is also fourth among U23 riders, only 2:20 behind Pierre Paolo Penasa (ITA).
Joshua Berry (Coeur D'Alene, Idaho/Chipotle-First Solar Development Team) and Ian Boswell (Bend, Ore./Bontrager-Livestrong Team) also started the race with USA Cycling.
The race continues until June 17.
Internationale Thuringen-Rundfahrt
The riders prepare for the prologue team time trial at the Internationale Thuringen-Rundfahrt. (Photo by Andrew Hawkes)
The riders prepare for the prologue team time trial at the Internationale Thuringen-Rundfahrt. (Photo by Andrew Hawkes)
A group of U23 riders are also contesting theInternationale Thuringen-Rundfahrt in Germany. The race started Saturday, June 9 and is scheduled to continue until Saturday, June 16.
After three stages, 19-year-old Matthew Lipscomb(Decatur, Ga./Hincapie Development Team) is the best-placed American rider sitting 1:02 behind overall leader Moreno Hofland (NED). Connor O’Leary (Salt Lake City, Utah/Bontrager-Livestrong Team) is 8:49 back while Daniel Eaton (Mesa, Ariz./Mesa Cycles Shop and Racing Team) is 10:26 behind Hofland.
Jesse Goodrich (Louisville, Colo./Juwi Solar Racing) is 12:20 back while Paul Lynch (Colchester, Conn./Team Type 1-Development) and Zack Noonan (Kutztown, Pa./ are each 22:35 back.
Goodrich, Lipscomb and O'Leary finished with the lead group, placing 24th, 26th and 38th in the first stage. Lipscomb dropped 43 seconds in the second stage, placing 52nd.
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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Don't Forget to Come to the Jamis MTB Demos Today!

Check out all the new Jamis MTBs with former touring pro Rob Dillon!

Jamis MTB Demos

When:  Today!! Sunday, May 10th
11:00am - 3:00pm

Where: Pena Adobe
Vacaville 95687

Friday, June 8, 2012

Jamis MTB Demos

Check out all the new Jamis MTBs with former touring pro Rob Dillon!

Jamis MTB Demos

When: Sunday, May 10th
11:00am - 3:00pm

Where: Pena Adobe
Vacaville 95687

Do It Yourself Bike Tune Up - Velo Wrench Bike Shop

Vinny shows you what others won't. How to do a tune up of your own bike!!! See more at

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Saturday, June 2, 2012


Sunday, June 3, 2012 - RIDE CANCELLED
We will resume the regular Sunday Ride next week June 10th
Thanks...Sorry for the Short Notice!

KHS Flight 220 - Velo Wrench Bike Shop

Vinny goes over the entry level KHS Flight 300. See more at