Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sacramento to Host Tour of California Start?

By: Pat Malach
Possible return after two year absence

The Californian capital city of Sacramento is a "strong candidate" to return as a host city for the 2014 Amgen Tour of California, according to a report published Monday.

The cycling website Tour de France Life reported that the Northern California city could host the start of the race when it takes place May 11-18 next year. Although the race followed a south-to-north route for the first time in 2013, a start in Sacramento could indicate the route will return to a north-south format as in the past. Sacramento has hosted the race five times out of the race's eight years but did not take part in 2012 and 2013.

Race owner Anschutz Entertainment Group Vice President Michael Roth told Cyclingnews Monday that the race organization does not comment on speculation about host cities and will likely make the official announcement during the first two weeks of November, adding that the list of participating cities is still in the final stages.

But Jim Birrell, managing partner of race technical director Medalist Sports, told Tour de France Life reporter James Raia back in August that Sacramento had been in contact with the race about being a host city for 2014.

"I know AEG has presented a proposal to them," Birrell said. He also said that the state capital is an important market for the race and that "there's a good chance of going back to Sacramento next year."
The Sacramento Bee newspaper estimated that approximately 50,000 fans attended the Sacramento stage finish in 2011, generating an estimated $3.7 million in hotel and restaurant business for the local economy.

Sacramento previously hosted stages of the race in 2007 through 2011. The city has hosted one prologue time trial and four stage finishes. Fabian Cancellara, riding for Team Saxo Bank, won the prologue time trial in 2009. Mark Cavendish, riding for HTC-Columbia at the time, won the tour opener in 2010 with a bunch-sprint win in Sacramento after a start in Nevada City. Team Sky's Ben Swift won the second stage of the race there in 2011 on a course that also started in Nevada City.

The 2011 stage to Sacramento turned out to be the de facto opening of the race after organizers canceled a planned stage around Lake Tahoe at the last minute because of inclement weather.

The Tour of California started in San Francisco in February of 2006. In 2010, the race moved from its February spot on the UCI calendar to its current place in May, making it one of the last major preparation races before the Tour de France. Past winners include Floyd Landis, Levi Leipheimer, Michael Rogers, Chris Horner, Robert Gesink and 2013 victor Tejay van Garderen.

"The race has always attracted the top riders in the world, whether it is the last race before the Tour de France or the first race of the season," Roth said.

The race is ranked 2.HC on the UCI America Tour.

Article Source: Cycling News 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Are You Ready For Christmas?

Let Velo Wrench help! 
 
Velo Wrench Bike Shop has a huge selection of children and young adult bikes in stock now and as always we can order you what you need if it's not in stock.

If you make that cycling purchase here anytime between now and Christmas we will store your purchase here until 2:00pm on Christmas Eve, so you don't have to worry about your gift being found out. 

Can't decide what to get that cycling enthusiast? Let them decide with a gift card from Velo Wrench.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

2014 Tour de France Route Unveiled

By: Stephen Farrand
Five mountain finishes, one time trial and a day on the cobbles

 The 2014 Tour de France route

The route of the 2014 Tour de France has been officially unveiled in Paris, with the 101st edition of Le Tour including five mountain finishes, just one 54km individual time trial stage and nine sections of cobbles in a stage in northern France.

The racing begins in Yorkshire on Saturday, July 5, and ends three weeks later on Sunday, July 27, in Paris.

Following the three opening stages in Yorkshire and to London, the Tour de France follows a clock-wise route via northern France and the Vosges mountains before tackling the Alps, the south of France and then the Pyrenees before ending in Paris. Surprisingly the 2014 route does not visit the west coast of France and so snubs the cycling heartlands of Vendee and Brittany.

Christian Prudhomme, the Director of the Tour de France, unveiled the route in Paris.

The confirmation that riders will have tackle 15.4km of cobbles surprised everyone at the presentation, especially the overall contenders who will have to fight for survival on the cobbles of northern France. 2013 winner Chris Froome and Alberto Contador sat side by side and neither seemed happy to see the return of the cobbles.

The 156km fifth stage between Ypres and Arenberg Porte du Hainaut will also remember the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, as will stage seven to Nancy that passes near Verdun.

The route continues south via the champagne vineyards of Reims and Epernay and heads into the Vosges mountains, the new 'third range' of mountains in the Tour, starting the tough stage to above Gerardmer at La Mauselaine. Before the finish there is the Col de Grosse-Pierre, which the locals call the 'impossible climb'. It is narrow and 12% and will cause havoc.

Stage 10 includes seven climbs before the finish at La Planche des Belles Filles and will surely see the real overall contenders emerge. Froome won here in 2012 and would surely love to gain time on his rivals again.

In 2014 the Alps will host just two stages: to Chamrousse near Grenoble and to Risoul, but both include some classic Alpine climbs including the Col du Lautaret and Col d'Izoard. The finish to Chamrousse is 18km long, while the Col'Izoard is the highest climb of the Tour at 2,360m.

There is no visit to Mont Ventoux as the race transfer between the Alps and Pyrenees, with a sprint finish likely in Nimes on stage 15 before the riders enjoy the second rest day in Carcassonne.

Rest will be vital because the 2014 Tour ends with a triplette of mountain stages in the Pyrenees with finishes in Bagnères-de-Luchon, Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet and Hautacam. The first stage is 237km long, while the ride to Hautacam is short but no-doubt intense at 145km - 40km of the stage will be on the climbs.

If the Pyrenees do not decide the overall classification, the 54km time trial between Bergerac and PĂ©rigueux will be the final battle for the yellow jersey before the transfer to Paris and the sprint on the Champs Elysees.

Article Source: Cycling News 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Our Semi Annual Ladies Night is October 25th!

   

Friday October 25th, we will be hosting our Semi Annual Ladies Night! 

Starting at 6:30 pm the store will close to all men and open for
Ladies Night. 

On the menu for Ladies Night is:
  • Guest Speakers including Kristen Hill, the VP of NCNCA (the governing body for Nor Cal/Nevada cycling) 
  • A discussion on women's specific fitting with regards to saddle position. 
  • A Free mechanics clinic including a tire changing hands on clinic. 
  • We will have a raffle for a free tune up and several other prizes. 
  • We will be sampling women's specific cycling food and hydration products.
  • All preregistered guests (by 10/21) will receive a free tote (see picture above). 
  • We will be providing snacks and dessert along with Wine.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Team Meeting

 
Our first meeting will be at the shop Oct 23rd at 6:30 pm. This is an open meeting for this year's team and club. 

All are welcome to attend. If you are at all thinking about joining a bike club or race team this is the meeting for you. We will cover all the requirements to being in the club or racing on a team. We will have a much larger team this year and will include club riders on the team. Meeting will last about an hour and cover several topics including benefits of joining the team. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

UCI Release Outline for Future of WorldTour

Reduced teams, races, race days proposed

The UCI have released a prospective document outlining a streamlined WorldTour to be enacted by 2020. The regular update to its Sport and Technical bulletin released on Sunday featured a ground-breaking outline for reform of international cycling that was quietly nestled between pages on sustainability and the Tour de l'Avenir.

Titled ‘A decisive stage in the reform of professional cycling' the third page of the bulletin goes on to identify a number of key changes that "should lead to a profound and decisive change in the organisation of professional cycling." The reforms are set to be submitted to the UCI Management committee and Professional Cycling Council for approval in January 2014. If approved the changes will be enacted by 2015 and fully in place by 2020.

A new WorldTour

Instead of the WorldTour, Professional Continental and Continental system employed at current, the UCI is proposing a system with the WorldTour split over two divisions that will still sit above the third division comprised of Professional Continental and Continental teams. Although there remain a number of issues in order to make this work properly, the broad arrangement is outlined as follows:

• 16 Division 1 teams with 120 days of racing [down from 19 teams and 154 days of racing in 2013].
• 8 Division 2 teams with 50 days of racing.
• Division 3 to feature the Europe Tour, America Tour, Asia Tour, Africa Tour and Oceania Tour.
• All results across three divisions to be compiled into a single ranking system to serve as the basis for the nations' ranking.

A new calendar

Common complaints about the current WorldTour system centre around a number of issues with the length of the season, the overlapping of events and the strain this puts on teams seen as major hurdles. The suggested reforms include a re-structuring of the international cycling calendar in order to tackle these problems. The proposed changes are:

• The season will now run from February to October.
• Competition on every weekend, especially Sundays.
• No overlapping of events.
• No competition amongst first and second division events.
• Six weeks of uninterrupted competition focused on the spring classics.
• Stage races cut to five or six days.

Modernisation or homogenisation?

Although only provisional, and certain to be debated, analysed and amended accordingly, the UCI's outline for reform of professional cycling is already being said to be taking the sport from a romanticised past-time steeped in heritage to something of a Formula One on bicycles. Whether this is intended and whether it is to the liking of current sponsors, riders and fans is yet to be seen.

Article Source: Cycling News 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Nieve Confirms Two-Year Deal With Sky

By: Peter Cossins

Basque climber looking forward to joining “the best team in the world”

Mikel Nieve has confirmed rumours circulating at the World Championships last week that he has agreed to join Sky Procycling on a two-year deal from the start of next season. The 29-year-old Basque climber has a contract with his current Euskaltel-Euskadi team that runs to the end of 2014, but has been free to pursue other options since Euskaltel announced their decision to leave the sport at the end of this season.

Speaking to El Diario de Navarra, Nieve admitted he had not considered joining the new team led by F1 star Fernando Alonso, who had been negotiating to take over the Euskaltel set-up. “Even before the Fernando Alonso option appeared I was already convinced that I wanted to go to Sky,” he said. “I’ve still not signed because I wanted to see how things played out with Euskaltel, but I’ve agreed a two-year deal.”

Nieve revealed that he is ready to take on a new role as a support rider when he joins the British team having established himself as a grand tour leader during his five seasons with Euskaltel. Over that period he has finished 10th in the Giro and Vuelta, winning stages at both races. This summer, he made his debut at the Tour de France, finishing 12th thanks largely to an impressive showing on Mont Ventoux, where he finished third behind yellow jersey Chris Froome.

“I fully understand that I am going to be working for other team-mates, and that this is a team where I can provide real support in mountain stages,” he said. “I know that I am going to a team in which I am going to ride in a very different way and in which things are going to be very different all-round. I believe this change will suit me very well. It is the best team in the world and I believe I can progress as a rider.”

Nieve also revealed he had spoken several times with Sky’s Xabi Zandio about the British team. According to Nieve, Zandio had convinced him that it was the right move to make.

He acknowledged he feels lucky to have a contract for next season when so many of his Euskaltel team-mates are still searching for options. “I’ve spent five years with these guys. I don’t know if all of them are going to find a team for next season. It’s not an easy situation, I wish them all the best of luck,” Nieve said.

Article Source: Cycling News