Friday, November 30, 2012

Shopping For Steve

Hey cycling community! We have had a member of our cycling community seriously injured in an accident. If you follow me, you know we are offering donations of a portion of the proceeds for any sale when you mention you are shopping for Steve. So if you need bike stuff or whatever, feel free to shop for Steve. However if you don’t need bike stuff or do your shopping elsewhere please take a second to donate on line at . Steve is the primary bread winner for the family and he will be out of work for a while. Christmas is upon us so let’s step up..

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Young US Riders Selected for Euro 'Cross Camp

New location selected for Belgian racing experience
Young American cyclo-crossers will head across the Atlantic in mid-December for the 10th annual edition of the Euro 'Cross Camp run by Geoff Proctor. Nine juniors, six U23s and one elite rider have been selected for this year's camp in Belgium.
"It started in 2003, and we've kept the same vision and goals," said Proctor, who balances the duties of coordinating the camp with teaching at a public school in Montana. "It's changed a little bit here and there."
What's new for this year is the location of the Euro 'Cross Camp, which will be in Vorselaar, Belgium. "This year, the Isegem base of operation is being renovated. So I have found a different facility on the other side of Belgium," said Proctor to Cyclingnews. The logistics of new staff and location are challenging to work out, but it's all coming together."
The more eastern location should work out well. "Most 'crossers live on the east side of Belgium. We're nearer to the home of Erwin Vervecken and what was the long-time home of Bart Wellens, who now lives closer to Brussels. Being on the east side of Belgium means we'll be closer to more of the races during that Christmas week. I think it's 1.5 hours driving to the farthest race, and the rest are within an hour."
Proctor says the camp is targeting five races, and a small group will also travel separately after the camp to do the World Cup race in Rome. The World Cups are important because its standings are used to determine starting spots at the world championships in early 2013.
"For the juniors and U23, the start grid is based on World Cup, not on UCI points for the world championships in Louisville," said Proctor. "We have two juniors and one U23 racer who we are trying to get into those front two rows. I'll take those guys down to Rome and do that World Cup on January 7, and then they'll fly straight to Madison, Wisconsin for US nationals."
Euro Cross Camp brings together a collection of young talent from all over the US. "I have some kids coming to camp who are legitimate candidates to make the Worlds team and I have some who are more development-type riders," said Proctor. "It's always interesting to see the kids make leaps and bounds of progress each year."
With last year's shifting of US Cyclo-cross Nationals from December to January, Euro 'Cross Camp has become the perfect preparation in the final lead-up to nationals.
"I took 14 kids to the camp last year. Thirteen out of 14 finished in the top 13," said Proctor. "After the camp, you can see the confidence they have gotten in the mud. So much of the racing over there [in Europe] is gnarlier, steeper, more adverse. It's neat to see the progression that the riders make."
The Euro 'Cross Campers will arrive on December 20 and compete in their first race on December 23 in Namur. It's a World Cup for the elites, but not for the U23s and juniors. "Namur is one of the gnarliest, most challenging 'cross courses I've seen. There is a lot of vertical and sketchy descents. It's a good race - it'll be a real challenge."
Next up is the December 26th World Cup in Zolder, where Proctor can field six juniors and six U23s. A few of the other campers will be attending a smaller race that same day in Beernem. Then it's onto the Loenhout Bpost Bank Trophee on December 28 and the Diegem Superprestige on December 30. Finally, camp will officially wrap up on January 1 at the Baal Bpost Bank Trophee.
Proctor picks between 14 and 20 campers each year. "I was aiming for 15, but ended up having 16 this year," he said. "There are a few guys who were also at the camp last year."
"With the juniors, I try to look for the strongest riders. I've been working closely with two of them: Logan Owen and Curtis White. They were givens. Then I looked for kids who are toward the top of the results in certain races."
"I try not to look at the results until November. I don't want them to peak too soon. I like to see who is surfacing - moving up and who is knocking at the door and ready to take it to the next level developmentally. I like to get good geographic distribution."
"Ideally, I want to pick guys who will perform well at nationals and worlds, but there will always be a situation where a rider can't travel until nationals and I don't know about him, and then he or she makes the worlds team."
The camp will include one elite rider this year, Justin Lindine, who is hoping to perform well enough to earn a discretionary pick to the US team for Worlds.
2012-2013 Euro 'Cross Camp X Roster
Justin Lindine (Redline Bicycles), 28, New Salem, MA
Manny Goguen (C.F. Racing P/B Trek Portsmouth), 21, Hopedale, MA
Danny Gerow (Wolverine Racing Elite CX, 21, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
Josh Johnson (Bissell-ABG-Nuvo), 20, Fort Wayne, IN
Skyler Trujillo (Boo/Enve/Challenge), 20, Fort Collins, CO
Andrew Dillman (Bob’s Red Mill Cyclocross), 18, Fairdale, KY
Tobin Ortenblad (Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized), 18, Santa Cruz, CA
Logan Owen (Redline Bicycles), 17, Bremerton, WA
Curtis White (Hot Tubes Development Team), 17, Duanesburg, NY
Nate Morse (Hot Tubes Development Team), 17, Cohasset, MA
Stephen Bassett (Bob’s Red Mill Cyclocross), 17, Knoxville, TN
Nick Torraca (Mad Duck Cyclery), 17, Grapevine, TX
John Francisco (Red Zone Cycling) 17, Louisville, KY
Peter Goguen (C.F. Racing P/B Trek Portsmouth), 16, Hopedale, MA
David Lombardo (Verdigris-Village Cyclocross), 16, Crystal Lake, IL
Josey Weik (ISCorp), 16, Wrenshall, MN
2012-2013 Euro 'Cross Camp X Race Schedule (all races in Belgium except Rome)
December 23: Namur World Cup
December 26: Zolder World Cup
December 26: Beernem 'Cross (for those not selected for Zolder World Cup)
December 28: Loenhout Bpost Bank Trophee
December 30: Diegem SuperPrestige
January 1: Baal Bpost Bank Trophee
January 6: Rome World Cup (not part of Euro 'Cross Camp, but a few riders will travel with Geoff Proctor there).

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Saronni Reveals Long-Term Plans to Rejuvenate Lampre

Shake-up at WorldTour squad to involve riders, staff and philosophy
The Lampre team will have Merida as a second sponsor and bike supplier in 2013 but the arrival of the hugely influential Taiwan bike manufactuer marks just the start of a major shake up that will go on to key changes in the riders, staff and philosophy of the Italian team.
Lampre won just seven races during the 2012 season, none of them at WorldTour level, and held the pink jersey for a day at the Giro d'Italia thanks to Adriano Malori. Alessandro Petacchi won three stages at the Bayern-Rundfahrt, Damiano Cunego won a stage at the Giro del Trentino and Diego Ulissi won two stages at the Settimana Coppi e Bartali and a minor Italian race.
The team has been hit by a series of doping investigations in recent years: Many of the riders and staff are implicated in the Mantova case for their links to a pharmacist near the town, while Michele Scarponi is currently suspended by the team while Italian anti-doping investigators study his links to Dr Michele Ferrari.
Team manager Giuseppe Saronni is still remembered for his rivalry with Francesco Moser and his late attack that won him the world title in Goodwood in 1982. He is very close to the Galbusera family that owns the Lampre laminated steel business and who has backed the team since 1992.
Saronni said he would step back from managing the team when the Mantova doping erupted and he appointed Roberto Damiani as senior directeur sportif. However, Damiani is set to leave the team when his contract ends in December after struggling to get on with key riders.
The arrival of Merida has helped secure the team's future but has forced Saronni to act.

"The changes are only partly down to the results of this year. We realised some time ago that we needed to make major changes and arrival of Merida has been a key factor in it all," Saronni told Cyclingnews, speaking for the first time about the details of the structure changes underway at the team.
"We've realised that to do things right, we need the right skills. I'm not saying that the people who were at the team until now weren't good enough, but we've got to grow and improve. In the WorldTour you got compete with bigger teams in the world. If we want to compete against them we've got develop, too."
Do the right thing
Saronni is one of 32 people facing trial for his involvement in the Mantova doping investigation. In 2013, Lampre could also be without Scarponi in next year's Giro d'Italia if he is banned for working with Dr. Ferrari.
"What has happened in cycling the last few weeks has only convinced us even more that we're making the right decision," Saronni said.
"Half of Italy is involved in some trial one way or another and I'm convinced that we'll be proved to be right. Scarponi's case is different because when he visited Dr Ferrari he wasn't even part of our team, but we'll be hit by the consequences and it's damaging. But we've got internal rules and they've been and will be applied to the letter. We're already thinking of the long-term future, we're building a team for 2014 and beyond."
Angelo Zomegnan - the former chief cycling reporter at Gazzetta dello Sport and director of the Giro d'Italia - has joined the team as a Senior Advisor. He will help boost the team's communications and boost the team's importance on the global stage.
Details of other changes and the names of new staff at Lampre will be announced in the next few weeks.
"We're going to announce some important changes in the staff structure, regarding the coaching and race staff soon. We're trying to give the riders the best possible support so they can focus on racing and winning," he toldCyclingnews. 

"I can't and won't go into details of what happened with Damiani but I'm disappointed by what has happened because I wanted him in the team and to give him an important role. Even I can't understand why the riders and the whole team haven't been able to work with him. I'm really sorry about it but there are other good technical staff out there who can help us resolve our problems.
"I can't reveal everything but there will be some big changes ahead. The project is for 3+ years. We're only at the start and people will understand what we're doing when we announce key details.
"We're going to grow as a team and I think it's great news at such a difficult time for cycling, especially in Italy. It's a new challenge for us. We've got to work hard and prove that there's a major change underway. As a sport, we won't have a future unless we change. We're enthusiastic and motivated. We hope it all comes off."
Key changes in the team line-up
Saronni has changed the rider line-up at Lampre for 2013, adding Filippo Pozzato and sprinter Roberto Ferrari but dropping a number of older riders. More new signings are expected for 2014 but next season will decide the future of young riders such as Diego Ulissi and of long-time Lampre captain Damiano Cunego.
"We want to get back to developing young riders and helping them win. We've lost sight of that work in recent years," Saronni explained.
"We've got talented riders like Diego Ulissi and Adriano Malori but we hope to help some others emerge in the next few years. We signed Pozzato because we've always been lacking a leader for the Classics. I think it's a great opportunity for us and for him to re-launch his career and race at a WorldTour level. He's talented but the Classics are never easy to win, they're a lottery. We're taking a bet on Pozzato but we think it's worth it.
"We've extended Cunego's contract but he's not the'Little Prince' anymore. He's also got to understand what kind of rider he wants to be and what races he wants to win. It's an important year for him and for us."

Friday, November 16, 2012

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Chasing Down... Susan DeMattei

by Aaron Torres

For many Olympic athletes, “retirement” is a four-letter word, one which is reserved for a day when their skills have faded, and the glory has long since disappeared. But for 1996 Olympic Mountain Biking bronze medalist and 2012 U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame inductee Susan DeMattei, retirement was something she had to be talked out of, just months before the crowning achievement of her athletic career.
The year was 1994, and in her early 30’s, DeMattei was ready to end her mountain biking career and focus on nursing, her college major, but a vocation she had yet to jump into because of the demands of cycling. She was also engaged to fellow pro mountain biker Dave Wiens and ready to start a family. For Susan, biking was part of her past and present, but she had no interest in letting it continue into her future.
That is until she got a phone call saying that mountain biking had been accepted as an Olympic sport for the 1996 Games in Atlanta. For at least one more year, retirement would have to wait.
“I was planning on leaving in 1995,” DeMattei said recently from her home in Gunnison, Colo. “But the sport was growing, and it was now going to be in the Olympics. It was a reason to stay another year.”

Susan DeMattei earned her spot in the history books as the first American to win an Olympic medal in mountain biking.
Susan DeMattei earned her spot in the history books as the first American to win an Olympic medal in mountain biking.
Still, even after deciding to stick with the sport, there was no guarantee DeMattei would earn a place on the Olympic team, let alone medal there. The U.S. would only send two women to the Games, and one spot had long been wrapped up by Juli Furtado, the proclaimed “Queen of Mountain Biking” at the time. The second spot would come down to a battle between DeMattei and two of her contemporaries, Ruthie Matthes and Tammy Jacques-Grewal, with the winner determined by cumulative results of about a half dozen races from late 1995 into early 1996.

Tension grew as it came down to the last qualifying race. It was a day DeMattei’s future husband Dave Wiens remembers vividly.
“There was a lot of suspense in that race because it was so tight between those three,” Wiens said. “It was anybody’s Olympic bid. Nobody had the upper-hand at all.”
Finishing second to Furtado, DeMattei qualified for the second spot and headed to Atlanta less than a month later.  And once she did arrive in Atlanta, in a weird way, DeMattei actually experienced a sense of relief.
 “I was going to the Olympics, my (future) husband was going to be there with me, I was getting married later that fall,” DeMattei said. “I felt unbelievably lucky.”
Of course the women who raced against DeMattei in Atlanta didn’t feel nearly as lucky. On the day of the race, DeMattei shocked the field, and took home the bronze medal, which up until this past summer was the only medal an American woman had ever won in Olympic mountain biking (Georgia Gould won bronze in London this summer).


Despite her personal accolades and the growing profile of the sport itself, DeMattei decided to step away from cycling after Atlanta. She had her nursing education to fall back on, and a confidence that came from taking up the sport so late in her life. That’s right, unlike so many other Olympians, DeMattei hadn’t spent her whole life training for mountain biking, but instead fell into the sport in its infant stages in the late 1980’s, after she’d already found her true calling in life. For DeMattei, mountain biking was never the end game, but instead a temporary diversion from a career in nursing.   
“Susan didn’t grow up wanting to be a mountain biker, none of us did,” Wiens said. “Her passion all along was nursing, and she dove right into it.”
Just months after winning bronze in Atlanta, DeMattei settled into a relatively normal life in Gunnison, Colo., a small town of a little over 5,000 smack dab in the middle of the Rocky Mountains. There she married Wiens and got a job at a local hospital, the same hospital where she still works today – in the surgical unit.

DeMattei and Weins also have three sons: a 14-year-old and 12-year-old twins. With Wiens’ work schedule (he’s the Director of the Mountain Sports Program at Western State Colorado University and he also helps design mountain bike trails), it is DeMattei who now takes on more than her fair share of the workload around the house.
“I don’t think I’ve made a single lunch this entire year,” Wiens said jokingly.

Susan and Dave have three sons: 12-year-old twins, Sam and Ben (top) and 14-year-old Cooper.
Susan and Dave have three sons: 12-year-old twins, Sam and Ben (top) and 14-year-old Cooper.

Despite no longer racing competitively, DeMattei still has a hand in cycling and loves to give back to others, many of whom may be getting on a bike for the first time. She has done clinics and charity rides around town, and more recently has begun to assist the high school program in Gunnison part-time. There, she sees the value that a bicycle can bring to a young person, especially female.
“For women especially, I do think biking can be an empowerment thing,” DeMattei said. “They come out in their tennis shoes and a helmet, and sometimes are unsure of themselves. But by the end of their ride they’re so proud, and so pleased that they got out of their bubble.”
DeMattei can also see how cycling is changing lives for the young women she teaches, in the same way it changed her life a few decades ago. 
“I didn’t come out of high school thinking I could rule the world,” DeMattei said. “But the sport gave me a lot of confidence to do things I never thought I could do.”

It also gave her a chance do something that many athletes take for granted, which was see the world outside of the Northern California town she grew up in. Over the course of her career DeMattei raced all over the United States as well as in Italy, Spain, and in Asia and Australia. DeMattei believes traveling was one of her most important life experiences. She also believes it wouldn’t have happened without mountain biking.
“I don’t want to say I was sheltered growing up,” DeMattei said. “But my parents weren’t big travelers, so I was probably a little naïve to the world. Without cycling I don’t know if I would’ve been able to do all that.”
That’s also why DeMattei encourages children of all ages to call their local bike shops if they’re interested in the sport. It doesn’t matter whether they’re a future Olympian or not, and whether the sport takes them abroad or just around the neighborhood. For many, getting on a bike will allow them to go places they never imagined, and build bonds which will last a lifetime.  
“Even just riding around town, a bike will take you places a car or walking can’t,” DeMattei said. “But more than anything, it’s just a great way to socialize.”
For Susan DeMattei, mountain biking never was about fame or money, or even the Olympic glory that came with it.

It was about all the priceless experiences that mountain biking brought her instead.    

Susan was inducted into the US Bicycling Hall of Fame on Nov. 3, 2012.
Susan was inducted into the US Bicycling Hall of Fame on Nov. 3, 2012.

DeMattei’s contributions to the sport of cycling were recognized on Nov. 3, as she was inducted into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2012. 


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Andy Schleck To Open 2013 Campaign at Tour Down Under

Earliest season start ever for RadioShack-Nissan rider
Frank and Andy Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan)
Frank and Andy Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan)
Andy Schleck will start the 2013 season as early as possible, tackling theTour Down Under for the first time. The RadioShack-Nissan rider hopes to ride a full and successful season after his disastrous year in 2012.
L'Equipe reported that the younger Schleck brother will be at the start of theTour Down Under in Adelaide on January 20. In the past he has not started his season until mid-February at the earliest.
Schleck's 2012 campaign started out modestly, as he rode but did not shine in the Ardennes Classics while working towards his season goal, the Tour de France. However, all his hopes were dashed when he crashed in the time trial of the Criterium du Dauphine in early June. He was later found to have fractured his pelvis in the crash.
The injury forced him to miss the Tour de France and London Olympics, and in fact he was unable to come back to racing until the Tour of Beijing in October.
Schleck ended the year with only 28 racing days. He had no wins, with his best result being 22nd overall in the Circuit de la Sarthe. Of the six stage races he rode, he finished only two, the Tour of Oman and Sarthe.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Report: IOC member says "Armstrong’s credibility has gone" regardless of Olympic medal decision

By: Alasdair Fotheringham
Then-Texas governor George W. Bush is presented with a yellow jersey by Lance Armstrong in 1999
Then-Texas governor George W. Bush is presented with a yellow jersey by Lance Armstrong in 1999

Armstrong’s 2000 bronze medal under investigation by International Olympic Committee
An executive board member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has told the website that Lance Armstrong’s credibility has disappeared regardless of the whatever final decision is reached in the investigation by the IOC into the Texan’s bronze medal from the time trial even in the 2000 Olympic Games.
International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) president René Fasel told theinsidethegames site that “regardless of whether you take his medal, his credibility is lost.”
“This is almost administrative and the taste will remain bitter no whatever happens.”
“With this Armstrong is not a huge feeling of victory, but just very sad.”
"I only hope it will be a lesson to athletes that if they cheat, a day will eventually come where they will be caught.”
Fasel’s Federation has always taken the fight against doping very seriously. According to figures on its website, the International Ice-Hockey Federation carried out 6,065 out-of-competition anti-doping tests in 2009. According to a Reuters report on Tuesday, cycling carried out slightly more than half that number of out-of-competition blood tests - 3,314 - in 2011 whilst the international tennis federation, according to its website, carried out just 21.
“We should not need to [have a] witch hunt with athletes when it comes to doping, but rather educate them and their coaches and entourages about the importance of not doping,” Fasel added in the interview with
Within the context of the anti-doping struggle, Fasel went on to criticise the 2013 Tour de France route, which tackles the Alpe D’Huez twice next year, saying “that is a huge question mark for me.”
“Maybe it is good for the fans, but if you put athletes in a situation where they have no choice but to take illegal substances just to compete, that is wrong.”

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Pro CX: Powers' and Wyman's Leads Narrow Atop Standings

Since the previous USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX) standings update on Oct. 22, the riders have contested many races in all corners of the country. The action began in Boulder, Colo., with the Colorado Cross and Boulder Cups on Oct. 27-28. Also on Oct. 28, the HPCX took place in Jamesburg, N.J. The action shifted to southern Ohio and northern Kentucky for the Cincy3 Darkhorse Cyclo-Stampede in Covington, Ky., on Nov. 2, Cincy3 Lionhearts International-Cross After Dark in Cincinnati on Nov. 3 and the Cincy3 Harbin Park International on Nov. 4. Meanwhile, there were a pair of races in the northeast as riders competed in the NEPCX Cyclo-Smart International in Northampton, Mass., on Nov. 3-4.

Jeremy Powers (Easthampton, Mass./Team Rapha-FOCUS) won the two races in Northampton, Mass., to add 120 points to his total and remain the leader of the Pro CX men's standings with 630 points. Ryan Trebon (Bend, Ore./Cannondale-Clement) won the three races in the Cincinnati/Covington, Ky., area in addition to the Boulder Cup last week to surge up the standings. Trebon, who was in fifth place on Oct. 22, now has 514 points, only 116 points behind Powers. Ben Berden (BEL/Raleigh-Clement) won the Colorado Cross Cup, placed third at the race in Covington and fifth in the second contest in Cincinnati. Berden now holds third place with 438 points, only six points ahead ofJames Driscoll (Winooski, Vt./Cannondale p/b Driscoll won the third race in Cincinnati after placing second in the first two races in that area to boost his total to 432 points. Nicolas Bazin (FRA/Team Auber 93) rounds out the top five with 368 points.
Despite not earning any points in the last two weeks, Helen Wyman (GBR/Kona Factory Team) remains the leader of the Pro CX women's standings with 540 points. Katie Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./Trek Cyclocross Collective), however, won the three races in Cincinnati and Kentucky to add 180 points to her total and leap into second place with 480 points. Crystal Anthony (Beverly, Mass./LadiesFirst Racing) won the second race in Massachusetts after placing second in the first race to collect 100 points and move into third place, only 81 points behind Compton. Gabriella Day (GBR/Rapha-Focus) slipped from second place two weeks ago into fourth place with 366 points. Arley Kemmerer (Saylorsburg, Pa./C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) remains in fifth place with 306 points after winning the race in New Jersey.
This past weekend presented the juniors men with their first opportunity to score points on the Pro CX juniors men's standings. After winning the juniors men's races at the Cincy3 Lionhearts International-Cross After Dark and the Cincy3 Harbin Park International, Curtis White (Delanson, N.Y./Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team) has racked up 120 points. Nathaniel Morse (Cohasset, Mass./Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team) placed second in the first race before placing fourth in the second to amass 65 points and hold second place.Spencer Downing (Boulder, Colo./Horizon Organic-Panache Elite Cycling) placed second in Sunday's race after finishing fifth on Friday to record 60 points and place third in the standings. Stephen Bassett (Knoxville, Tenn./Bob's Red Mill CX) recorded 55 points over the weekend while David Lombardo (Crystal Lake, Ill./Verdigris-Village CX) has 38 points to round out the top five.
USA Cycling Pro CX Standings:
1. Jeremy Powers (Easthampton, Mass./Team Rapha-FOCUS) — 630
2. Ryan Trebon (Bend, Ore./Cannondale-Clement) — 514
3. Ben Berden (BEL/Raleigh-Clement) — 438
4. James Driscoll (Winooski, Vt./Cannondale p/b — 432
5. Nicholas Bazin (FRA/Team Auber 93) — 368
1. Helen Wyman (GBR/Kona Factory Team) — 540
2. Katie Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./Trek Cyclocross Collective) — 480
3. Crystal Anthony (Beverly, Mass./LadiesFirst Racing) — 399
4. Gabriella Day (GBR/Team Rapha-FOCUS) — 366
5. Arley Kemmerer (Saylorsburg, Pa./C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) — 306
Juniors Men
1. Curtis White (Delanson, N.Y./Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team) — 120
2. Nathaniel Morse (Cohasset, Mass./Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team) — 65
3. Spencer Downing (Boulder, Colo./Horizon Organic-Panache Elite Cycling) — 60
4. Stephen Bassett (Knoxville, Tenn./Bob's Red Mill CX) — 55
5. David Lombardo (Crystal Lake, Ill./Verdigris-Village CX) — 38
For complete standings, visit the Pro CX's official webpage at
There are seven races on the Pro CX calendar over the next two weeks, giving riders ample opportunity to tally valuable standings points. The action begins Nov. 10-11 in Louisville, Ky., with the USGP of Cyclocross-Derby City Cup, where each of the juniors men's races will count toward the Pro CX juniors men's standings. The three Jingle Cross Rock races in Iowa City, Iowa will be Nov. 16-18 while theSuper Cross Cup contests in East Meadow, N.Y., are slated for Nov. 17-18.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Jill Behlen - 2012 Collegiate Mountain Bike Omnium Champion

Jill Behlen of the University of Wyoming talks about winning the Division I omnium title at the 2012 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike Championships in Angel Fire, N.M. (Oct. 19-21).

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Santa Rosa Cup Opener Sees Hannon and Hosey Take Wins

by Cranking Glass • October 29, 2012
Santa Rosa Cup CX, Place to Play Park

CX Nation and Bike Monkey’s Santa Rosa Cup series began this past Saturday under very warm conditions for late October. The rains earlier in the week had hardened up the course, at Place-to-Play Park, and there was certainly far less of the dust seen earlier this NorCal cyclocross season.
The course was very similar to the previous year’s event. Very flat and fast with a few embankments to provide changes in elevation and off-camber racing. The one gravel pit hardened up throughout the day as racers formed a line through the narrow stretch. Introduced this year was a stair run-up.
The course layout had two distinct sections: one fast with long straights the other more technical. Several racers in many of the day’s earlier races fell afoul of the transitions between terrains.
The Women’s A race featured Kristen Drumm (Divine Electric Norcal), Alison Tetrick (Exergy), and the travel-distance winner, Vicky Sama (Adventures Edge). The field remained close through much of the first lap but a group of three leaders eventually emerged ahead of the rest of the field.
Kathleen Hannon (Fresh Air/Hunter), Caroline Dezendorf (West Coast Women’s Cycling), and Drumm held the top three positions and slowly stretched out their lead. As the race continued, Hannon began to exert more pressure and pull away from Dezendorf in second.
“I like flat races with lots of turns,” said Hannon, “I tried to get in front early on. There were a couple of crashes [and I] got around Kristen [Drumm]; she crashed in the beginning and I was able to stay out.”
“I was riding the corners better and some of those transitions are very hard. [Drumm] crashed a second time and I just took off there. [Drumm] was definitely gaining on me on that back, flat stretch. I just tried to keep it together through [the technical section] and knew that I could stay away.”
Drumm took second place after Dezendorf stumbled late to give up the position. Colleen Wanty (Delore Grotta) finished in fourth place with Janie Dalton (Missing Link/3rd Rail) coming home in fifth.
Men A had a much closer race up front. MashSF racers Derek Yarra and Rainier Schaefer led the field first onto the long, flat sections. Eventually a smaller group headed up the race with Kirt Fitzpatrick (Delore Grotta) and Michael Zanetti each taking turns at the front of a train of five to six racers.
Constantly in second place and sitting in was Keith Hillier (Team Rambuski Law). Ominously back in fifth was Michael Hosey (Marin Bikes), having worked his way up from twelfth earlier in the race. With a over two laps remaining, Hillier attacked and held a good lead until the end of the final lap.
Coming down the short finish-straight it was a sprint between Hillier and Hosey. Corssing the finish line, the Marin Bikes racer had his front wheel up in the air “to try to shoot my bike out as far forward as I could,” said Hosey, “to nose him at the line.” The timing chips on their seat posts gave the extremely close win to Hosey.
“I was looking to stay [in], conserve my energy and wait to the very, very last second to hopefully come down to a sprint, which it did,” continued Hosey, “It was hard. I just started riding again. Today is my second day riding, back training again. The pace wasn’t too high where I couldn’t just sit in and ride.”
Taking third place was Fitzpatrick. Cameron Falconer (Fresh Air/Hunter) was fourth ahead of Zanetti in fifth
With the wins standing them in good stead, both Hannon and Hosey report they will continue on in the series to try to take the Cup.