Monday, June 23, 2014

Kintner & Cometti Take Pro Dual Slalom Titles at 2014 Gravity MTB Nationals

2014 pro dual slalom national champions Jill Kintner and Luca Cometti
2014 pro dual slalom national champions Jill Kintner and Luca Cometti. (photo by Philip Beckman)

 Angel Fire, N.M. (June 21, 2014) -- Jill Kintner (Seattle, Wash./ Team Norco International/Red Bull) captured her 12th national title on Saturday at the 2014 USA Cycling Gravity Mountain Bike National Championships held at the Angel Fire Bike Park. Kintner and Luca Cometti (San Diego, Calif./Factory Intense Cycles Racing) topped their respective pro fields in the dual slalom competition to earn the Stars-and-Stripes jerseys.

Kintner entered today's competition as the highest seeded female pro rider and earned a first-round bye and an automatic advancement to the finals in the three-woman field. The 2008 Olympic bronze medalist in BMX squared off against Rebecca Gardner (Marlboro, N.Y./Kona) in the final where she won both heats handily to solidify her claim to the top step of the podium. Christen Boyer (Aspen, Colo./One Ghost Industries) took home the bronze medal.

"I love riding slalom and it's nice to be home in America," said Kintner who is coming off a sixth-place performance in a World Cup downhill race in Austria six days ago.

Cometti was the fourth seed in the men's pro slalom and, after defeating Mikey Haderer (Concord, Calif./IXS Unique Sports) in the quarterfinals, faced top-seeded Luca Shaw (Hendersonville, N.C./SRAM Factory) in the semi-final round. Shaw was coming off a bronze-medal downhill finish at last week's World Cup, but it was Cometti getting the better of Shaw by just .13 seconds after their two heats.

In the final, Cometti came back on the final run to beat Red Bull Rampage champion Kyle Strait (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and claim the title. Shaw defeated Kai Rogers (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) for the bronze medal.

"Kyle Strait is obviously a legend of the sport and super powerful and very talented on the bike," Cometti commented. "To beat him is a pretty amazing feeling being a first-year pro and always looking up to him growing up."

Amateur National Championships
Sophia Foresta (South Jordan, Utah) repeated as national champion in the women's open dual slalom. Her brother, Joseph Foresta (South Jordan, Utah) added another Stars-and-Stripes jersey to the household by winning the juniors men's 14 & under race. Top-seeded Tyler Krenek (Tucson, Ariz.) took the gold medal in the men's 15-18 category 1 race.

In the category 1 men's 19-29 dual slalom, Kyle Grau (Terrace Park, Ohio) defeated Scott Hoenisch (Colorado Springs, Colo./Air Force Academy Falcons Cycling) in the finals. Arthur Sykes (Las Vegas, Nev.) topped a four-man field in the men's 30-39 cat 1 race, while Alex Morgan (Amarillo, Texas) raced to victory in the category 1 men's 40+ competition.

Category 2/3 Races
In addition to the pro category 1 races, four category 2/3 dual slalom competitions were also held on Saturday. Josh Pottridge (Van Buren, Ark./Ouachita Cycling Club) took home the win in the men's 15-18 race. Jeremy Chandler (Tucson, Ariz.) topped the podium in the men's 19-29 competition. Allen Weber (Tijeras, N.M.) raced to victory in the men's 30-39 dual slalom, while the men's 40+ win went to Doug Cheney (Syracuse, Utah) for the second straight year.

Downhill Finals on Sunday
The 2014 Gravity Mountain Bike Nationals conclude Sunday at the Angel Fire Resort in New Mexico with the downhill competitions. Qualifying runs for three categories were held on Saturday. Defending national champions Kintner and Aaron Gwin (Wildomar, Calif./Specialized Racing DH) posted the fastest times for the pro fields, while Shane Leslie (Birmingham, Mich.) will be the rider to beat in the juniors men's 17-18 race. Amateur competition begins at 10 a.m., while the pros and 17-18 men will race down the mountain starting at 2 p.m.

More Information
For additional event information, daily wrap-ups, photos, results and more, visit the USA Cycling event page at www.usacycling.org/2014/mtb-gravity-nationals.

You can also follow along on Twitter via the USA Cycling account, as well as the hashtag #MTBNats. Like USA Cycling and the Angel Fire Mountain Bike Park on Facebook for additional updates.

Article Source: USA Cycling 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Saturday, June 14, 2014

inCycle Technology - Bianchi Infinito CV



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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

2014 Volkswagen USA Cycling Pro Road Nationals sizzle reel



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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Top 10 Riders to Watch at the Critérium du Dauphiné



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Thursday, June 5, 2014

NRC: Women’s Standings Tighten After Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic

The women's peloton fights for position.
The women's peloton fights for position at the 2014 Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic. (photo by Lee Shelly)
(June 4, 2014) – The 2014 women’s USA Cycling National Racing Calendar (NRC) standings became much closer following the 2014 Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic in Philadelphia, Pa., on June 1.

WOMEN’S
 

 Mara Abbott (Boulder, Colo./UnitedHealthcare) collected 80 ranking points after finishing seventh at the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic, bringing her standings point total to 484. Abbott’s strong showing slashed standings leader Lauren Stephens’ (Dallas, Texas/Team TIBCO-To the Top) lead to just 30 points with two races to go in the NRC. Flavia Oliveira (Livermore, Calif./FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore) made things even closer by finishing fifth in Philadelphia, which earned 100 ranking points and retained her third-place ranking with 400 points. Laura Brown (CAN/Colavita-Fine Cooking) remains in fourth with 308 points following her 17th-place finish, and Joanne Kiesanowski (Colorado Springs, Colo./Team TIBCO-To the Top) cracked the women’s top five with 292 points following her ninth-place effort at the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic.

TEAM

Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies passed Colavita-Fine Cooking for third in the women’s team standings following top-12 finishes by Optum teammates Lauren Hall (Dolores, Colo.) and Janel Holcomb (San Diego, Calif.), who finished third and 12th, respectively. Optum has 670 points, trailing standings leader Team TIBCO/To the Top, which has 1212 points, and second-place UnitedHealthcare, which has 1072. Colavita-Fine Cooking now stands fourth with 620 points. Specialized-lululemon overtook the fifth spot in the standings following Evelyn Stevens’ (San Francisco, Calif.) second straight Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic win, which helped the team to a new total of 582 points.

Complete Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic results.

Complete NRC Standings
 

The Specialized-lululemon team celebrates Stevens' win, which put the team in the women's top five.
The Specialized-lululemon team celebrates Stevens' win, which put the team in the women's top five. (photo by Lee Shelly)

Next up on the NRC calendar is the North Star Grand Prix, June 11-15, in Minneapolis, Minn. The five-day event is for both men's and women’s NRC ranking points.

USA Cycling NRC Standings

Men's Individual Standings

1. Travis McCabe (Tucson, Ariz./Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis) - 500
2. Ryan Roth (CAN/Jet Fuel Coffee-Norco Bicycles)- 290
3. Joseph Rosskopf (Athens, Ga./Hincapie Sportswear Development) - 282
4. Ian Crane (Seattle, Wash./Jamis Hagens Berman)- 280
5. Carter Jones (Boulder, Colo./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)- 240

Women's Individual Standings

1. Lauren Stephens (Dallas, Texas/Team TIBCO-To the Top) - 594
2. Mara Abbott (Boulder, Colo./UnitedHealthcare) - 564
3. Flavia Oliveira (BRA/Firefighters Racing) - 400
4. Laura Brown (CAN/Colavita-Fine Cooking) - 308
5. Joanne Kiesanowski (Colorado Springs, Colo./ Team TIBCO-To the Top) - 292

Men's Team Standings

1. Jamis Hagens Berman - 1078
2. Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies - 1016
3. SmartStop Pro Cycling - 972
4. Hincapie Sportswear Development Team - 824
5. 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda – 468

Women's Team Standings

1. Team TIBCO/To the Top - 1212
2. UnitedHealthcare - 1072
3. Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies - 670
4. Colavita-Fine Cooking - 620
5. Specialized-lululemon - 582

Article Source: USA Cycling

Monday, June 2, 2014

Robert Millar’s Race Analysis from the Final Week of the Giro d'Italia

From Val Martello to Trieste

Stage 16 to Val Martello

The stage that everyone was waiting for and justifiably so: Epic, historic, fabulous, the superlatives were flowing even before it had started but then the Giro awoke to find it was snowing. That ought to have changed everything, except it didn't and that's when it all went wrong for most. It will take more words than I'm allowed here so I'll serve up those judgements in a few days time. Suffice to say the ride of the day was Nairo Quintana's who went on to win the stage, take the race lead and put four minutes into Uran. Ably assisted by Gorka Izzaguirre and a Pierre Rolland who also had Romain Sicard to sacrifice along the valley to Val Martello the young Colombian seized his chance. That Ryder Hesjedal did as much hanging on as possible in the lead group shows he's experienced enough to not get sucked into a fight which wasn't his. Sky's Dario Cataldo who had been alone after the Stelvio was condemned the moment the GC battle exploded behind him.

In the chasing group squabbling amongst Uran, Aru, Majka and Kelderman saw them lose minutes when it could have been seconds but then it was more a day of survival than a day of racing and if you had recovered even slightly from the cold you were lucky. Cadel Evans fell apart again which was surprising as he normally copes better than most in crap conditions so this was the sign his form was getting worse. In dubious circumstances Quintana may have taken the race lead from his compatriot Uran but the recriminations had started before the jersey presentations had even begun.

Stage 17 to Vittoria Veneto
The picture of the day was of the team managers discussing the time they wanted back from Movistar after the Stelvio incident. They wanted 55 seconds. They all agreed as did the organisers, apparently even Eusebio Unzue agreed but then he would because the UCI rules said there would be no penalties or changes. That was the talking point, and never mind le bras d'honneur of Stefano Pirazzi as a victory salute. We know he is as crazy as a box of frogs anyway.

At least the sun was out, too late, and Bardiani got win number three after last year’s best climber outsmarted his breakaway companions with a well timed move at the 1km to marker. It was probably best to be in the 25 man escape and not to be pre-occupied with who did what or if they heard something or nothing about the Stelvio descent.

Maybe that was what Pirazzi's gesture was all about? Maybe he had had enough of the speculation overtaking the racing. If that was his intent then he's not that crazy after all.

Stage 18 to Rifugio Panarotta

At last Julian Arredondo got his tactics right. Often in the break and then launching his attack much too early he did the opposite and played, as Sean Kelly says, the waiting game. For someone riding his first Grand Tour he has learned very quickly, letting Duarte, Deignan and De Gendt beat each other up and then with 4km to go the blue jersey wearer left them all behind for a well deserved win.

Further down the climb Pierre Rolland let rip with an attack that saw off Cadel Evans and his podium hopes but he eventually paid the price for too much exuberance and Aru blasted past him to sneak a few seconds in the last 200m. At the end of this transitional day twenty odd seconds covered from third to sixth so the mountain time trial was looking like deciding who would be where on GC.

Stage 19 to Cima Grappa

Any doubts about who was the strongest rider were dismissed when the Maglia Rosa blasted up the Cima Grappa to take the stage win and another minute and a half from Rigoberto Uran. The big surprise was Fabio Aru who produced a fantastic ride and moved into the final podium position with Pierre Rolland beating Pozzovivo and a resurgent Franco Pellizotti making the top six of the stage. Majka lost over three and a half minutes but comparatively he trounced Evans, Kelderman, Kiserlovski and a tiring Hesjedal.

The GC podium places were looking decided but behind the top ten was still a fight that could go either way. Other notable rides: 20-year-old Sebastien Henao rode very well to an eighth place and Tim Wellens and Dario Cataldo obviously weren't worn out from their time in the previous day’s escapes because they still managed to make ninth and tenth respectively.

This mountain TT provided some interesting options in how to ride the course with some guys choosing full TT bikes and then a bike change after roughly 12 km on the first slopes of the climb itself or for those not wanting to risk a disruption to their rhythm the normal road bike with or without TT extensions on the bars. In the battle of the mechanics, OPQS and Uran showed how to do the bike swap smoothly and neatly whilst Movistar and Quintana wearing some rather dodgy long pink overshoes looked jerky and nervous. Not that it changed the result mind.

Stage 20 to Monte Zoncolan
This was always going to be the perfect stage for an escape with the GC locked down but then saying that only the strong would survive. From a 20 man break Mick Rogers proved his win at Savona was no fluke by grinding up Monte Zoncolan for a hard earned victory.

Bardiani's Francesco Bongiorno had been shadowing the Australian until 3km to go but then some nut case, dressed in a rainbow top no less, decided to help the Italian and promptly pushed him off. I despair of these idiots who think it's fun to get involved in the bike race by running alongside, in costumes or in some case with very little to hide their dignity. And it wasn't like this self elected world champion learned anything about his dumb involvement because four minutes later he was running in the road again. No wonder Rogers thumped a few of the over enthusiastic idiots as riding up a goat track is hard enough without having to deal with blokes in tutus screaming in your ear.

Note I say riding and not racing because when it's too steep like the Zoncolan you don't really race you just do what you can not to stop.
For the GC Quintana survived a scare of his own with a wobbly fan but still controlled Uran all the way to the top. Fabio Aru was hoping to challenge the Colombians but paid for his TT efforts and was looking vulnerable on the back of the GC group until he finally he got dropped with Rolland, Majka and Pozzovivo inside the last 2km.

Kelderman did enough to move up one place on GC to the detriment of Evans, whilst Hesjedal and Kiserlovski held their position despite the Canadian also having a torrid time. Only the spectators had a nice day out.

Stage 21 to Trieste

Giant-Shimano top and tail their Giro with Luka Mezgec doing what Marcel Kittel did way back in Ireland by winning a hectic bunch sprint. Even some bumping and barging from his contemporaries inside the last kilometer couldn't stop the Slovenian producing an impressive acceleration along the barriers to beat Nizzolo and Tyler Farrar by a bike length. Pre-stage favourite Nacer Bouhanni might have hoped for another win but he would have to be content with cementing his points jersey, in fourth place.

Luckily it didn't rain until the race was over though the circuit wasn't as technical as some of the other finishing laps had been it still wouldn't have been pleasant with water involved.

Predictably Movistar kept the race leader Nairo Quintana safe and sound all day even if GC hostilities were over and done with there is still reason to be attentive. So after three weeks of toil, drama and controversy finally it was Colombia celebrating one of theirs winning a Giro d'Italia and another, Arredondo, winning the King of the Mountains. There will be hysteria in the streets back in Bogotá that's for sure.

Article Source: Cycling News