Thursday, September 27, 2012

Stolen Bike!

There was a bike stolen today from the shop. It's a Chrono medium-sized time trial bike in red and black. If seen please call call us (707) 451-4706 or contact police immediately. Thank you!

Focus Bikes Izalco Chrono 3.0

Sunday, September 23, 2012

UCI Has Nothing to Apologise For, Says McQuaid

By: Barry Ryan
UCI president Pat McQuaid faces the media at a press conference during the road Worlds in Valkenburg.
UCI president Pat McQuaid faces the media at a press conference during the road Worlds in Valkenburg.
Governing body still waiting for USADA's Armstrong file
UCI president Pat McQuaid has said that the governing body has "nothing to apologise for" in relation to its management of the sport during the Lance Armstrong era. In a press conference in Valkenburg on Saturday, McQuaid also said that the UCI was still waiting to receive the file from USADA's case against Armstrong, but at this point he did not envisage that they would appeal the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
"The UCI assumes that the reasoned decision and the file will justify USADA's position on all of the issues, but we still need to be able to go through those documents before giving our position," McQuaid said. "The UCI is ready to take its responsibility and unless USADA's decision gives us serious reason to do otherwise, we have no reason to go to CAS [to appeal their decision.]"
In August, Armstrong decided not to contest USADA's charges of doping and conspiracy, and faces being stripped of all results from August 1998, but McQuaid refused to speculate on who, if anyone, would be declared the winner of the seven Tours de France that Armstrong won between 1999 and 2005.
"At the moment that's a hypothetical question. We have to wait for the USADA file before deciding," McQuaid said.
During an hour-long press conference in which McQuaid refused to comment in depth on his decision to proceed with a defamation suit against journalist and former rider Paul Kimmage, he defended the UCI's management of cycling during his tenure and that of his predecessor Hein Verbruggen. He refuted the allegation made by both Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamilton that the UCI covered up a positive test from Armstrong at the 2001 Tour de Suisse.
"The UCI has nothing to be apologetic about. The UCI has always been the international federation that does the most against doping," he said. "In relation to hiding a sample, the UCI has never hidden the sample of any rider, in particular Lance Armstrong."
McQuaid also dismissed as a "fallacy" the allegation that the UCI had informed Armstrong of doping tests in advance, and said that other drug-testing bodies had also failed to snare the American in a positive test during his career.
"Armstrong claims to have done something in the region of up to 500 controls. I know for a fact that the UCI has done 215 of them. The other 280 were done by other agencies which could include USADA, WADA and AFLD. If the UCI was informing him about tests, then who was informing him from the other agencies?
"If the allegations are correct that people were beating the system, it's not the UCI's system, it's the system put in place by WADA. So I repeat, we have nothing to be apologetic about."
David Millar (Garmin-Sharp) was on hand at the press conference due to his work with the BBC during the Worlds, and he challenged McQuaid's assertion that the UCI had no cause for apology, expressing the wish that the governing body would show more humility.
"How can we be apologetic? We do more testing than anyone else. As I said already, we send those samples to laboratories and they do the tests. If we got information at any time on athlete we would act on that, but we've never had that," he told Millar. "You were one who did what you did [Millar confessed to doping in 2004 – ed.] and you didn't inform the UCI you were doing it. Others who have been caught since never informed the UCI what they did. The UCI is not to blame for the culture of doping in this sport."
Instead McQuaid limited himself to admitting that the recent past had been "a black period" for cycling, adding, "but that's not to apportion blame." He was also lukewarm on the idea of retroactively retesting stored urine and blood samples from the past decade.
"This issue naturally was discussed at length by the management committee and congress and the decision was made that the UCI should concentrate on the cycling of the day. That doesn't mean we ignore the past or that we're trying to hide it."
During the London 2012 Olympics, McQuaid had floated the possibility of an amnesty for riders who confessed to doping as part of a sort of truth and reconciliation commission for cycling, but he tracked back on the idea in Valkenburg.
"The UCI management committee discussed the possibility of an operation similar to what South Africa knew at the end of Apartheid with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The conclusion was that it would first be inappropriate to take any action while the USADA-Armstrong affair is underway and, in addition, the WADA code does not provide for any amnesty."
McQuaid expressed his empathy with the Italian federation's decision not to select riders named in doping investigations for the national team, although he wondered if it were legally enforceable. "From a legal point of view, it's difficult to support," he said. "From a philosophical point of view, I do support it."
In the midst of the Armstrong case, it has often been overlooked that his doctor, Michele Ferrari, and manager Johan Bruyneel, have also been charged by USADA, and McQuaid insisted that the UCI was serious about taking action against managers and doctors who encourage doping.
"If the UCI can get information on any doctor, trainer or manager who aids, abets or uses his influence in any way to bring riders into doping programmes, we will do what we can to get rid of him, but we need the information," he said.
McQuaid's term as UCI president comes to an end in 2013, but the Irishman confirmed that he was likely to stand for re-election in Florence next year. "At this point in time I would say yes. The reason I would say yes at this point is that there is still work to be done in the fight against doping and the globalisation of the sport. They are my two objectives."


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Americans Secure Three Medals at Masters Mountain Bike Worlds

Chris Van Dine (shown here contesting the 2010 Pan Am Continental MTB Championships in Guatemala) was among the American competitors at the Mountain Bike Masters World Championships in Brazil. (Photo by Rob Jones,
Chris Van Dine (shown here contesting the 2010 Pan Am Continental MTB Championships in Guatemala) was among the American competitors at the Mountain Bike Masters World Championships in Brazil. (Photo by Rob Jones,
The 2012 UCI Mountain Bike Masters World Championships were contested in Balneario Camboriu, Brazil from Sept. 14-16. With six riders competing, the Americans rode away with three medals. The U.S. contingent earned a gold medal and a pair of silver medals.
The Americans dominated the men’s 40-44 downhill with three riders finishing in the top 10. Matt Thompson (Denver, Colo.) bested the 29-rider field with a time of 2:24.22 to earn the gold medal. Another American rider earned the silver medal as Lars Tribus (Milford, N.J.) finished the course 2.75 seconds behind Thompson. Eric Loney (Longview, Wash.) finished eighth in that group with a time of 2:36.90.
Christine Irelan (Colorado Springs, Colo.) landed on the podium of the women’s 40-44 cross-country race after she completed the course in 1:06:02. Samira Todone (ITA) earned the gold medal after finishing in 1:04:40 and Florencia Padilla (ARG) rode away with the bronze, finishing in 1:19:53.
The remaining two American riders contested the men’s 30-34 downhill. Marcio Carvalho (Los Angeles, Calif.) finished 41st and Christopher Van Dine (Jim Thorpe, Pa.) was 43rd with times of 2:42.68 and 2:44.09, respectively. Robert Sgarbi (BRA) earned the gold medal when he finished with a time of 2:17.33.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Tiernan-Locke Wins Tour of Britain Overall

Rob Lampard

Jonathan Tiernan Locke wins the Tour of Britain
Jonathan Tiernan Locke wins the Tour of Britain
Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (Endura Racing) held onto his gold jersey to become the first British rider to win the Tour of Britain, when the race finished in Guildford. Second place overall went to Nathan Haas (Garmin-Sharp) with Damiano Caruso (Liquigas Cannondale) taking third.
The final stage was won by Mark Cavendish (Sky Pro Cycling) in an uphill, cobbled sprint, to give him three wins from the eight-day race. Boy Van Poppel (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) was second on the stage with Fabio Sabatini (Liquigas Cannondale) taking third.
The overall victory by 27-year-old Tiernan-Locke makes him the first home rider to win the national tour since Scotsman Robert Millar won the Kellogs Tour (of Britain) in 1989. Although Max Sciandri won the race in 1992, he was still riding with an Italian licence. So, how did Jonathan Tiernan-Locke feel as the overall winner? "Feeling a bit drunk, think I've got about half a bottle of champagne down me. I am relieved to not have thrown it away at the last minute and finish it off. Just fantastic."
Although the rider from Plymouth in Devon looked comfortable all day, he was duly cautious going into the stage. "We wanted to ride for a bunch sprint and there was one dangerous moment on the steep climb and I had to go with the move. When you're expecting an easier day and for something like that to go it was a bit stressful. For Cav to win added some value to the stage."
JTL, as he is known, went on, "I didn't try and go away, I just followed a move. NetApp did a full-on lead out with all the guys peeling off until it was just one rider who attacked and I didn't want to give him any freedom, even though it was just two minutes ... principle really. I wanted it to be a bunch sprint."
Once again there were huge crowds out to watch the ninth Tour of Britain as the 148-kilometre stage went from Reigate to Guildford in the county of Surrey, on a twisting, turning parcours. A four-rider break went early in the race which was made up of: Simon Richardson (Team IG-Sigma Sport), Jack Bobridge (Orica-GreenEdge), Wesley Kreder (Vacansoleil DCM), and Peter Williams (Node4-Giordana Racing). Peter Williams, who has been active all week, confirmed his sprint classification by winning all of the day's three intermediate sprints.
There was then a shake-up when the American Team NetApp came to the front, and began to set a very high tempo which not only reeled in the breakaway but also saw the bunch splinter, temporarily, as they continued to the summit of Barhatch Lane, the final categorised climb of the day. On the descent Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel Euskadi), Liam Holohan (Raleigh-GAC) and the tenacious Australian Bobridge went clear. Bobridge attacked once again when the remnants of that break had been caught.
Bobridge himself was caught with 13 kilometres to go and although yesterday's stage winner Pablo Urtasun (Euskaltel Euskadi) tried to go clear, the bunch was all back together with six kilometres remaining.
As the race headed up the steep, cobbled climb into the centre of Guildford, the Sky team once again gave Mark Cavendish the perfect lead out and he took the sprint ahead of Boy Van Poppel. After the stage Cavendish said, "I really wanted to win here in Guilford. I haven't obviously got great memories of the results here from the Olympics but I've got great memories of the crowds here from the Olympics so I wanted to win here on the last stage in Guilford."
Cavendish said. "It wasn't an easy finish. It wasn't just the last stage in the Tour of Britain; it was the last race for me in the rainbow jersey. The team were incredible, they supported me the whole day; the guys stayed in control and they gave it everything they had - so proud of them. It's the first British win for the yellow jersey, Jonathan Tiernan-Locke's done a great job."
Apart from the leader's jersey, the other three up for grabs were unchanged from the start of the stage: the points classification was won by Boy Van Poppel; the king of the mountains classification was won by Kristian House (Rapha Condor); Peter Williams (Node4-Giordana Racing) topped the sprints classification.
Asked at the press conference if this was the biggest win of his career Tiernan-Locke said, "It's well clear of the others, right at the top for sure. Not just because it's the Tour of Britain but because of all the crowds and support it's just been on another level."
The winner of the ninth Tour of Britain was also full of praise for his teammates. "They were unbelievable. You've seen how professionally we've ridden here all week. They haven't feared reputations, we've just taken it up from stage one when we rode. People may have questioned why we were doing it but we got rid of some GC contenders on that day and each day we’ve taken our opportunity and by the end we only had a handful of guys to worry about."
After such strong riding during the past eight days what would Tiernan-Locke's role be in the Great Britain team for next Sunday's world championships in Valkenburg? "Like I said I don't know what my role will be, I am sure it will be discussed next week. After a few days rest from this because I am tired, hopefully I will be able to do a good job."
Source and For Full Results:

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Schlecks Needed to Stay Together Says Andersen

Separating the RadioShack-Nissan brothers didn’t work
Andy and Frank Schleck share a joke
Andy and Frank Schleck share a joke 
After a season that Andy and Fränk would rather forget, RadioShack-NissanSports Director Kim Andersen has said it was wrong to try and separate the Schlecks’ racing schedule. Anderson was left out off the management rosterfor the Tour de France after Johan Bruyneel sought to shake up the brothers racing tactics and dynamic.
Andy hasn’t raced since his crash in the time trial at the Critérium du Dauphiné and meanwhile Fränk is waiting for his next appearance on 8 October in front of the Luxembourg Anti-Doping Commission after hispositive test for Xipamide at the Tour de France.
Andy endured a troubled lead-up to this year’s Tour de France, struggling to find his form in the Ardennes classics and citing a knee injury for his lack of results but most were convinced he would be ready for the Grand Départ. His Dauphiné fall derailed all hopes of starting the Tour and so Fränk was immediately looked upon as next in line for leadership. Fränk quickly stated he wouldn’t be in the best form for the Tour after a solid ride at Tour de Suisse.
"Andy achieved no results and couldn’t attend the Tour because of a broken sacral bone. Fränk finished second in the Tour of Switzerland, but then tested positive at the Tour for a diuretic and masking agent Xipamide," said Andersen to Nieuwsblad.
Andy has essentially no results to speak of this year while Fränk had a couple of reasonable early season results at Ruta del Sol, the Ardennes classics and the Giro d’Italia - before he abandoned on stage 15 but that all amounts to little considering his current position and impeding doping case.
"Fränk had a good season and had ambitions in the Tour in the Pyrenees. Andy had no season. He sees this as a lost year. It is very difficult for an athlete, but sometimes it's not bad to suffer so much if you can then start again," Andersen said.
The Schlecks have long been seen as a powerful duo when the Tour hits the mountains and Anderson wonders why, if the partnership worked so well in the past, it was altered. Their strength was often seen as a weakness and criticism was duly dished out for the brothers seemingly waiting for each other during selective moments but for the majority of the time, it worked.
"The separation was not a good idea. Why change a winning team? What has that yielded this season?"
"If we want to get something out of Andy, we need a clean slate. To date we have not been talking, but we will still sit together. I am sure that it can still work with both Schlecks at RadioShack-Nissan. There are no issues and if he has a new goal, Andy will be back all right," said Andersen.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Lisa Campbell Talks About Her 2012 National Championship Ride

Lisa Campbell (Newbury Park, Calif.) talks about her ride to a national title in the women's 45-49 road race at the 2012 USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships in Bend, Oregon, on September 6, 2012.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Eurobike 2012 tech: Bianchi 2013 road and mountain bikes

Cycling News

This article first appeared on Bikeradar.
The revamped Sempre now features full internal cable routing that’s both mechanical and electronic compatible
The revamped Sempre now features full internal cable routing that’s both mechanical and electronic compatible
Bianchi had rather a lot of line-up tweaks to announce at this year’s Eurobike, with changes to road and mountain bike staples both on the cards.
Oltre XR
The company have introduced the newly tweaked Oltre, now called the Oltre XR, for 2013. Layup alterations have further reduced the overall frame weight (859g for a 55cm size) and the addition of more Nano Tube carbon and UHM fibres has improved stiffness too.
The Oltre range has been bolstered by new additions in the form of Super Record EPS, Di2 11-speed and Athena EPS 11-speed models, with the range already supporting Ultegra Di2, Super Record and Dura-Ace (now 11-speed) plus frame only options.
Pricing is yet to be confirmed, but the new bikes look impressive.
The oltre xr’s clever hidden seatclamp: the oltre xr’s clever hidden seatclamp
The race-ready Sempre has had significant upgrades to its frame for 2013, in the form of a new tapered head tube from 1 1/8in down to 1 1/2in. The bottom bracket is BB30 and cable routing is now fully internal. The bike is dual compatible between mechanical and electronic groupsets.
Topping out the Sempre range is an Ultegra Di2 model, which also features Fulcrum’s deep-section Red Wind XLR two-way-fit wheels, with an option for Racing Quattros also available.
Bianchi’s more sportive focused Infinito also has fully internal routing and dual compatibility for next year. Up front, the head tube rises above the line of the top tube. Bianchi claim this is to reduce the need for too many headset spacers, which can have an adverse effect on front-end stiffness.
The latest addition to Bianchi’s road line - the Vertigo - is a first for the classic Italian brand, pitching them at a whole new carbon price point.
It was the only 2013 bike Bianchi could confirm pricing on at Eurobike. At £1,500 the full carbon Vertigo features a Campagnolo Veloce group, and Bianchi’s in-house Reparto Corse finishing kit and wheels (courtesy of Maddux). US pricing is still to be confirmed.
With a frame weight of about 1.2kg (2.5lb) it’s looking impressive for the price, and we will be getting a first test on the new platform as soon as possible.
29er gets travel
Bianchi’s race ready Methanol 29er has an all-new cousin in the form of the new Methanol 29FS. Out back on the new full-sus bike is a 100m travel four-bar system with Horst link.
For strength, the frame is designed with Bianchi’s triple wall technology (where the tubes are further strengthened with a central spine throughout). It uses the press-fit 30 standard for its bottom bracket shell.
To keep the weight down and the strength of the construction up, Bianchi have also developed a new full carbon dropout, incorporating 160mm post mounting and using the X-12 rear axle standard.
Bianchi’s ERC system is also used, meaning carbon ‘ribs’ are embedded and moulded into the structure to increase frame stiffness at the head tube and bottom bracket. The company claim this reduces the power lost during more conventional frame construction.
The down tube’s front facing surface is also protected by Bianchi’s patent-pending Ti-Net technology - a titanium mesh is moulded together with the carbon, creating a barrier to protect the frame from stone impacts from the front wheel. It’s claimed this increased impact resistance will extend the lifetime of the frame.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Devo Wrap: Top-5 Finishes Highlight Strong European Week

The elite women, U23 and juniors riders in the USA Cycling National Development Programcontinue recording stellar results internationally. The development program's riders registered a pair of top-five overall results in standout week in Europe.
The USA Cycling contingent surged in the second half of Tour de l'Avenir in France to place a pair of riders in the top 16 of the final results. The top finisher among the Americans was Ian Boswell (Bend, Ore./Bontrager Livestrong Team), who finished fifth in the final results, only 19 seconds behind the winner Warren Barguil (FRA). Larry Warbasse (Traverse City, Mich./BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Cycling Team) placed 16th, 5:10 behind Barguil. Nate Brown (Covington, Tenn./Bontrager Livestrong Team) was the next American rider, finishing in 30th, 14:55 back while Nate Wilson (Elk Grove, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) and Evan Huffman (Elk Grove, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) placed 91st and 94th, respectively.
Boswell also finished seventh in the points classification and eighth in the King of the Mountains classification.
Boswell gained 23 seconds on the race leader, Barguil, in the penultimate stage of the race, a 130-kilometer trek spanning Valloire-Galiber-Les Saisies. Boswell finished in second place, only three seconds behind the stage winner Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ) and 23 seconds ahead of Barguil, who placed sixth. Warbasse finished only 55 seconds behind the stage winner, in 15th place.
In the final stage, Boswell finished with the lead group, placing fourth on the 83-kilometer contest.
Robert Bush (Louisville, Ky./Chipotle-First Solar Development Team) also contested the race.
The USA Cycling contingent performed well at the Premondiale Giro Toscana Int. Femminile-Memorial Michela Fanini in Italy from Aug. 29-Sept. 2.
Tayler Wiles (Murray, Utah/Exergy TWENTY12) recorded the squad's best result, placing 14th in thegeneral classification. Riding for their trade teams, Americans Megan Guarnier (Mountain View, Calif./Team TIBCO-To the Top) and Amanda Miller (Fort Collins, Colo./Team TIBCO-To the Top) each scored top-10 finishes. Guarnier placed fifth while Miller was ninth overall.
Among USA Cycling's contingent, Carmen Small (Durango, Colo./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) finished 23rd, Janel Holcomb (San Diego, Calif./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) was 49th and Ruth Winder (Lafayette, Calif./Vanderkitten-Focus) was 62nd. Jamie Bookwalter (Asheville, N.C./Colavita Racing) and Emily Kachorek (Sacramento, Calif./Primal-MapMyRide Women's Racing) also contested the race for USA Cycling.
Small placed second in the sprint classification and fifth in the points. Additionally, a pair of Americans finished in the top five of the Queen of the Mountains classification as Guarnier finished third and Small was fifth.
Small recorded the best result in the prologue, placing 19th, just eight seconds behind the stage winner Annemiek Van Vleuten (NED). Wiles was just one second behind Small while Kachorek was 10 seconds back and Holcomb finished 11 seconds back. Bookwalter was only two seconds behind Holcomb in 38th while Winder finished 16 seconds behind Van Vleuten.
The contingent's best single-stage result came from Bookwalter, who finished fourth in the second stage, a 137.6-kilometer contest from Pontedera to Volterra.
Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l'Ardeche 2012
A different group of women are contesting the Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l'Ardeche in France. The six-stage race started Monday and continues until Sunday, Sept. 9.
In the prologue of the race, Kristin McGrath (Boise, Idaho/Exergy TWENTY12) finished just one second behind the leader Cecilie Johnsen (NOR). Wiles also finished in the top 10, placing 10th, seven seconds behind Johnsen.
Joining McGrath and Wiles in France are Erin Donohue (Norwich, Vt./KMS-Start House Cycling Team), Andrea Dvorak (Crozet, Va./Exergy TWENTY12), Kachorek and Alexis Ryan (Ventura, Calif./Team TIBCO II).
Geoffrey Curran topped the podium after winning the fourth stage of G.P. Ruebliland in Switzerland. (Photo by Billy Innes)
Geoffrey Curran topped the podium after winning the fourth stage of G.P. Ruebliland in Switzerland. (Photo by Billy Innes)
On Aug. 31, G.P. Ruebliland started in Switzerland under heavy rain and very cold temperatures. The USA Cycling Juniors contingent of Miguel Bryon(Miami, Fla./BLUE STAR-BOOM Development Team), Geoffrey Curran (Tustin, Calif./Surf City Cyclery-Sterling BMW), Gregory Daniel(Englewood, Colo./Slipstream-Craddock Junior Development), Alex Darville (Santa Barbara, Calif./Hammer Nutrition-CMG Racing Team), T.J. Eisenhart (Lehi, Utah/Velosport Racing) andAlexey Vermeulen (Pinckney, Mich./Bissell-ABG-NUVO) survived the conditions and finished the 107-kilometer race in the front pack of the first stage.
The second stage presented a comparatively, shorter 77-kilometer, but the slick roads proved to be a bigger challenge. Curran and Daniel both crashed, but returned to the race. Daniel buried himself to return Curran to the main group that included the remaining USA Cycling riders. The USA Cycling contingent finished about a minute behind the front three riders.
The third stage was a complicated and technical 11.8-kilometer time trial course that forced the riders to be aware when they applied power to the pedals. After great rides in cold and wet conditions, Vermeulen and Eisenhart climbed to tenth and 11th in the general classification. Curran moved into 18th and Darville ascended to 25th.
The fourth stage, a 111-kilometer queen stage allowed the USA Cycling contingent to ride tactically. The group placed all of its riders on the front and drilled the first category 1 climb, shredding almost half the field from contact. On the second climb of the day, the short, but steep category 2 climb, Vermeulen and Eisenhart rode away, forcing a team from the Netherlands to chase. On the second time up the category 2 climb, Eisenhart and Curran drilled the pedals, forcing the French team to join the Dutch team in chasing. They were only successful in catching Eisenhart. Curran stayed away, building a gap as large as 1:10 and hanging on to win the stage in front of a hard-charging peloton. Darville also cracked the top five, placing fifth on the day.
Curran's move secured him a well-deserved fourth place in the final results. Vermeulen and Eisenhart placed 11th and 12th, respectively. Darville finished 25th overall while Daniel placed 43rd and Bryon was 70th.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Team Jamis/Sutter Home

The Jamis/Sutter Home Men's Cycling Team has been recognized as "America's favorite team" since debuting on the pro circuit in 2002. The team benefits from greater continuity of riders, staff and sponsors than nearly any other squad currently racing in the North American peloton.

They have been a Top 5 team in USA Cycling's National Racing Calendar for the past three years and the #1 Team in the USA in 2009.