Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Richmond Announces Courses for 2015 UCI Road World Championships

Historic Tour DuPont elements included

The organisation of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships today revealed the course designs which will be used for the road races, team time trials and individual time trials in the city of Richmond, Virginia next year.

Although not a mountainous region, Richmond is famous for the sharp climbs that rise out of Shockoe Bottom and Historic Shockoe Slip - ascents which were used in the Tour DuPont and Tour de Trump in the 1980s and 1990s plus the US Open of Cycling in 2007 - and those ascents will feature prominently in the final kilometers of the road race.

The course is not expected to be a pure climber's course, nor one for the sprinters, but will favor riders like Philippe Gilbert, Fabian Cancellara or Peter Sagan.

Tim Miller, CEO for Richmond 2015, unveiled the courses, with the road race and time trial circuits to be used for the 2014 USA Cycling collegiate national championships on May 2-4, 2014, as a test event ahead of next year's Worlds, taking  place September 19-27, 2015.

Miller stated the committee had to take three factors into account when designing the courses: competition, tourism, and impact to businesses and residents.

"If all we had to worry about was the competition, it would be easy," Miller said. "[we had to consider] the areas of city, county and state that they want to show off, and how local residents and businesses will be impacted. We've worked hard to find that balance and meet courses that meet those objectives."

The courses themselves show little evidence of compromise, and bisect the center of Richmond, criss-crossing the James River and taking in sweeping views of the city's skyline.

The 16.5km, urban road race circuit for the elite men and women tackles the daunting cobbled climb of Libby Hill Park, rising up from the James River, the 600m-long 19% grade of 23rd Street, and the smoothly paved but still taxing ascent of Governor's Street. All three climbs will feature in the last 3km of the road race, creating a proving ground for worthy champions. The junior, U23 and the collegiate championships will skip 23rd Street and use a 15.5km course.

UCI president Brian Cookson was on hand for the course announcement, saying, "I am truly excited that the UCI Road World Championships will return to the US for first time in nearly 30 years, the last time was at Colorado Springs in 1986. The courses that have just been unveiled are certainly worthy for a world championships. I'm very excited by what I've seen today. The urban setting is very interesting. It takes in a bit of Monument Avenue, and two cobble stone climbs including the wonderful Libby Hill climb, which would surely have a place in the Tour of Flanders if it was in Belgium," Cookson said.

The team time trial will begin with a flat and fast stretch from Rockett's Landing, heading along the James River on Route 5, on flat, scenic rural roads. The course will then twist and turn through Henrico County, heading through the Richmond National Battlefield Park, then back into Richmond's downtown through Shockoe Bottom and up Governor's Street to the finish at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

The Individual Time Trial circuit will head west from downtown Richmond, heading over to Monument Avenue, turning around at the Jefferson Davis monument, and is the only course to cross the James River on its out-and-back loop. The 15.5km course has several short, punchy climbs which will be taken in on each lap. The course will be used for the collegiate championships, and all of the categories of the Worlds except for the elite men. At Worlds, two laps will be utilised for all categories except for junior women.

The elite men's individual time trial will be a 53.1km point-to-point course that will start from the King's Dominion theme park and travel along largely flat roads through Hanover and Henrico counties en route to downtown Richmond. Coming into the finish, riders will tackle the climb on Governor's Street en route to the line.

The marquee event, the road race, will be contested on a circuit starting from the convention center, turning 180 degrees at the Jefferson Davis monument, down the cobbles of Shockoe Slip, then turning back to the steep, cobbled climb of Libby Hill and heading back through town to tackle the cobbles of 23rd Street.

The highly technical course contains numerous twists and turns, ascents and descents, throughout the circuit.

Article Source: Cycling News

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Free Ladies' Night & Mechanic's Clinic

Free Ladies' Night & Mechanic's Clinic  

Please join us Friday night, February 28th for our semi-annual Ladies' Night here at Velo Wrench.

ON hand will be "Vinny the Wrench" to help you learn how to do your own maintenance, change a tire, use a c02 cartridge, and the proper care and cleaning of your bike. All from a USAC licensed Pro mechanic. This is all hands on so please dress appropriately. 

Mystery guest speaker will be on hand to discuss woman's specific cycling issues. As always we will be closing the shop early to all MEN and reopen to ladies only at 6:30 PM. This is also a private sale for ladies only, so we will have discounts on everything in the shop.  10% of all proceeds will go to support the Jet Cycling Ladies U23 cycling team. 

Seating is limited so please register for the class on Facebook or by emailing Vinny

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Open Membership for 2014 Team Velo Wrench Cycling


We are having our open membership for 2014 Team Velo Wrench Cycling.  If you are interested, you must attend one of the two new members meetings we will be having at the end of February.

Meeting dates, times, and location:
Tuesday February 25th at 6:30pm at Velo Wrench Bike Shop
Thursday February 27th at 6:30pm at Velo Wrench Bike Shop.

Membership dues are $25.00 and are due at time of sign up.  

Who is eligible? Anybody who wants to learn how to race or ride; we have levels to the team so that you can find your perfect place.

Want to learn how to ride a century (100 mile) bike ride? 
We can help with that.
Interested in racing? 
We can help with that too.

You will receive "insider" shop discounts and other team benefits - the more you do the more you get. Even if you just want to ride a bike with a great group of people - this may be the place for you. We look forward to hearing from you!

Any questions, please feel free to email Team Director Brandy Kilkenny at

Ride safe!

Monday, February 17, 2014

BMX Bike Blowout!


ALL BMX bikes and kids' bikes are a minimum 20% off!

We have special red tag bikes up to 50% off!

Any bike purchased this month will receive an FA street helmet for only $9.99
(sale ends on February 28th)

Friday, February 14, 2014

[re]designed. [re]engineered. [re]ignited. (2014)

[re]designed. [re]engineered. [re]ignited.

Jamis Xenith SL (2014)

Video Produced by Jamis Bicycles

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Phinney Finds a New Maturity with Dubai Tour Victory

By: Stephen Farrand

Taylor Phinney with his winner's trophy
Taylor Phinney with his winner's trophy
 American looks ahead to the Classics and the Tour de France

Taylor Phinney boyishly suggested he may play hula hoop with his Dubai Tour winner's trophy but a dominant overall victory in the first edition of the race confirmed the 23-year-old American has improved and matured as he begins his fourth season with BMC.

A successful year is not measured by an early season victory but the way Phinney handled the pressure of race, team leadership and his time in the spotlight, showed he is rapidly living up to his potential and family pedigree.

In 2013 he won a stage at the Tour of Poland with a 10km solo attack but considered the season a disappointment after failing to land a medal in the world time trial championships and after failing to leave his mark in the Classics.

He admitted he was always 'behind the eight ball and chasing form' following three weeks off the bike due to an infection in June, but he's back to his best after an excellent winter training in the USA and a trouble-free early season.

"I consider this my first pro stage race victory. This is a big step for me," Phinney said, with his victory at the 2010 Olympia Tour while at Trek-Livestrong relegated to his Under 23 palmares.

"To step into a leader's jersey and play that role and feel confident in that role is very satisfying. In the past I've started the season after struggling with injuries. This time I've come off a trouble-free winter and feel great."

A new maturity

BMC directeur sportif Max Sciandri has noticed a significant difference in Phinney's physical ability and maturity this season.

"He's still a young guy and so one year makes a big difference," the Anglo-Italian former rider turned directeur sportif told Cyclingnews.

"He learns from his mistakes. He's been able to move forward, adjust and learn."

Phinney has flown Sciandri's protective nest in Quarrata, Tuscany and moved to Nice. He is now more independent and is working with fellow American Bobby Julich, who is part of BMC's much improved performance team of coaches and specialists.

Phinney explained that the growing influence of BMC sporting manager Allan Peiper has also contributed to his and the team's success. The Australian has combined his own racing experience with what he learnt as a directeur sportif at HTC under the guidance of Bob Stapleton. His calm but driven and disciplined nature seems to have inspired Phinney and the BMC riders to raise their game for 2014.

"I really get on well with Allan Peiper, I like him a lot and I think he has a great vision for the team," Phinney said.

"I'm sports science orientated, I'm always looking for that new thing in aerodynamics, nutrition and training. I love being at the forefront of that and getting away from the old school and going towards the new school.

"I'm a goals setting type person and so I love that the team has set goals that I agree upon. I'm really happy with how things are going at BMC."

The Classics and the Tour de France

Phinney will target the time trial stage later this week at the Tour Méditeranéen in the South of France. He will then ride Paris-Nice with friend and fellow young American Tejay van Garderen. Then it will be time for the Classics, where he will join forces with Philippe Gilbert, Thor Hushovd and Greg Van Avermaet.

Despite his success in Dubai, Phinney did not openly lay claim to a leadership role for the spring Classics.

"I don't expect to be top dog in the Classics just because I won one race," he said, keeping his feed on the ground and his ego in check.

"I'll try to prove to myself to the team but I don’t take it as a given to have a top spot."
Phinney wore the pink jersey at the Giro d'Italia in 2012 after winning the prologue time trial in Denmark. He has also ridden the Vuelta a Espana. In 2014, as his maturity and development continue, he rightly feels it is time he experienced what it is like to ride the Tour de France.

"Making the Tour team is huge for me," Phinney said.

"The Classics are the Classics and that's what I'm best at but other than time trialing, our entire calendar revolves around the Tour. This is my fourth year as a pro and I haven't been there yet.

"With the team backing Tejay and us being such close friends, me being a guy who can definitely help him a lot throughout the race, it's very important for me to prove myself and make that team. We'll cross that bridge when we get there. It's pretty far away and once we get out of the Classics, I'll switch modes and focus on making that squad."

Article Source: Cycling News 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Tour of Britain Upgraded to 2.HC Status by UCI

Improved ranking for British stage race

The Tour of Britain has been upgraded within the UCI calendar to a category HC race for 2014.

Britain’s most prestigious stage race, won by Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins last year, now sits alongside races such as the Amgen Tour of California, Criterium International and the Tour of Qatar, in terms of status. This year’s edition of the Tour of Britain is scheduled to take place between September 7-14 with a mixture of WorldTour, ProContinental and domestic teams taking part.

"We are delighted by today's announcement, which comes as a culmination of 10 years' hard work by the SweetSpot team,” said race director Mick Bennett.

"The award of 2.HC status is another step forward for The Tour of Britain, and we look forward to this September's edition of the race being the best yet.

"The upgrade is also a reward for the many hundreds of thousands of spectators who have lined the route and cheered on the race over the past decade."

Further details of the 2014 route will be announced later this spring.

Article Source: Cycling News 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Team Velo Wrench

2014 Team Velo Wrench is off to a great start. Don't worry if you didn't get on the team initially. Please feel free to join us for rides and fun even if you're not on the team (yet)