Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hagens Berman U-23 Cycling Program (2014)

Team Hagens Berman U23 Development talk about their cycling program, team family and the support from their sponsors including Hagens Berman and Jamis Bicycles.

Locations: Malibu Hills, Oxnard and Ventura County, CA

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Masters Track Nationals End Sunday with Team Competitions

Redmond, Wash. (August 24, 2014) –The 2014 USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships came to a close on Sunday as riders combined forces for the team pursuit, team sprint, and Madison competitions. In addition to the 14 national titles awarded, the Best-All-Around Teams were named. Those winning teams can be found here.

Team Pursuits

The Odd Man Out foursome of Kurt Broadhag (Los Angeles, Calif.), Jonathan Davy (Torrance, Calif.), Kevin Phillips (Redondo Beach, Calif.), and Benjamin Sharp (Boulder, Colo.) posted a finishing time of 4:45.250 in the men's 35+ team pursuit to beat out the East Plains Mt Men team of Daniel Casper (Northfield, Minn.), Brian Haas (Chicago, Ill.), Gregory Pent (Boulder, Colo.), and Jason Meidhof (Ramona, Calif.).

The men's 45+ team pursuit was won by Team Sofa King riders David Brinton (Los Angeles, Calif.), Chris Carlson (Plano, Texas), Dean Peterson (Indianapolis, Ind.), and Curtis Tolson (Louisville, Ky.)They beat out the Many More Marymoor team of Vern Cole (Kent, Wash.), Timothy Hughes (Olympia, Wash.), Ronald Sielinski (Redmond, Wash.), and Thomas Wick (Seattle, Wash.).

In the men's 55+ team pursuit, James Host (Plainfield, Ill.) joined forces with Lawrence Nolan (Fremont, Calif.), Christopher Regan (Washington DC), and Mark Sommers (Washington DC) to make up Healed Up Host and beat out the Boulder Orthopedics Team of Shannon Fox (Englewood, Colo.), Paul Mack (Lafayette, Colo.), Barry Messmer (Fort Collins, Colo.), and Steven Worley (Boulder, Colo.).

The Beach Bums foursome of Gerald Agnew (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.), Richard Lilleberg (Seattle, Wash.), Leo Pettus (Yorba Linda, Calif.), and Alan Wignall (Los Alamitos, Calif.) won the men's 65+ team pursuit with a 4:03.400 compared to the 4:21.395 clocked by California Dreamers' Richard Allen (San Mateo, Calif.), Jack Kelso (Pleasanton, Calif.), and John Petrakis (Sonoma, Calif.).

The first women's team pursuit was in the 35+ age group and it was the West Coast Women trio of Lana Atchley (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Beverly Chaney (Carmel, Calif.), and Jennifer Kalich (Aromas) to take the win. They bested the Pedal Pushers which was comprised of Danielle Cooper (West Hollywood, Calif.), Sarah Munoz (Redondo Beach, Calif.), and Elise Traylor (San Pedrosan Pedro, Calif.)

In the women's 45+ team pursuit, Jane Evely (Carnation, Wash.) joined Cynthia Maree (Seattle, Wash.) and Annette Williams (Kenmore, Wash.) to make up the Center Cycles-Starbucks team and to claim the national title ahead of Annabell Holland (Livermore, Calif.), MaryAnn Levenson (Menlo Park, Calif.), and Andi Smith (Menlo Park, Calif.) of the Fast Fourty Five.

Team Sprints

In the first team sprint of the day, the men's 35+, Brian Kesselman (Portland, Ore.), Stephen McLaughery (Portland, Ore.), and Kirk Whiteman (Portland, Ore.) teamed up to form Tempo Central and to outsprint the It's Raining Men trio of Mark Andersen (San Francisco, Calif.), Ethan Boyes (San Francisco, Calif.) and Kenneth Lo (San Francisco, Calif.).

In the men's 45+ team sprint, Patrick Larabee D.C. (Longmont, Colo.)  teamed up with fellow Colorado riders James Lawrence (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Peter Lucke (Louisville, Colo.) to form Team L3 and to take the national title ahead of Team Dixie Flyer trio of David Broekema (San Francisco, Calif.), Timothy Montagne (Sunnyvale, Calif.), and Bobby Walthour IV (Carmel, Calif.).

Raymond Gildea (Emerald Hills, Calif.), Keith Macbeth (Santa Cruz, Calif.), and Lawrence Nolan (Fremont, Calif.) formed Vintage Uncorked and sprinted their way into Stars-and-Stripes jerseys ahead of second-place team Last Minute...Again which was comprised of William Byatt (Cedar Crest, NM) and James Host (Plainfield, Ill.).

In the men's 65+ team sprint, Stanley Gregg (Kirkland, Wash.) collaborated with Mark Rodamaker (Los Altos, Calif.) and Reid Schwartz (Chicago, Ill.) to form Gregg's and to take first place against runner-up team South By Paramount which included Richard Lilleberg (Seattle, Wash.), Leo Pettus (Yorba Linda, Calif.), and Alan Wignall (Los Alamitos, Calif.).

Cheryl Fuller-Muller (Cumming, Ga.) and Gea Johnson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) formed a formidable duo as Make It Good and they won the women's 35+ team sprint ahead of EPS/Riptide Evolution team of Gwen Afton (Reston, Va.) and Andrea Brennan (Manasquan, NJ).

In the women's 45+ event, the SJBC Dixie Chix duo of Annabell Holland (Livermore, Calif.) and Buffie Wuestewald (Sunnyvale, Calif.) outsprinted Center Cycles pair Jane Evely (Carnation, Wash.) and Annette Williams (Kenmore, Wash.).


In the men's 35+ Madison, Jonathan Davy (Torrance, Calif.) and Kevin Phillips (Redondo Beach, Calif.) formed Team Spy Fly. They scored 31 points to take the win ahead of second-place duo Peter Coulson (San Diego, Calif.) and Kevin Schiller (San Diego, Calif.) who formed CFC 35MAD and scored 28 points.

In the men's 45+ event, one of the most exciting races of the day, Chris Carlson (Plano, Texas) and Curtis Tolson (Louisville, Ky.) took the victory as Team Whatchahadgotdat. The pair won the final sprint to score 22 points to claim the top step of the podium ahead of the silver medal squad of Matthew Chambers (Ramona, Calif.) and David Klipper (Portland, Ore.) who combined forces as Team CFC 45.

And that's a wrap from Redmond. Can't get enough of Masters Track Nationals? Check out the  COMPLETE RESULTS

Article Source: USA Cycling 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Power of Design (2014)

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Vuelta a Espana: Top 10 Riders to Watch

Vuelta a Espana: Top 10 riders to watch. The Vuelta a Espana sees arguably the strongest Grand Tour line up this season. Here are Cyclingnews' top 10 riders to watch at the final Grand Tour of the season

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Exclusive: Tinkov on Signing Peter Sagan

By: Stephen Farrand

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) wins the green jersey
Peter Sagan (Cannondale) wins the green jersey
Tinkoff-Saxo owner believes Contador would have won Tour by three minutes

Oleg Tinkov is convinced that Peter Sagan can win his first major Classic after building a strong team to support the talented Slovakian in 2015 when he begins racing with Tinkoff-Saxo.

The Russian teased his follows on Twitter about Sagan's possible arrival before it was official, but revealed to Cyclingnews that spending a huge sum to sign Sagan is part of a clear plan to become the most successful team in professional cycling by 2016.

"He's a great athlete, a nice person and has the biggest marketing value in the sport," Tinkov told Cyclingnews, explaining why he outbid rivals teams to secure Sagan's signature for the next three season.

"Contador remains our team captain because he's our Grand Tour team leader, but Peter has huge charisma too. Of course he needs to win the Classics and win his first monument Classic, because he's never won one. But I'm sure he'll win with our team. Everybody saw what happened with Peter this spring. He lost a lot of races because the team wasn't strong enough. Our team is much stronger and we can help him a lot. With the other riders we're signing, we can play the game, play the cards with two great riders."

Reports in European media have indicated that Sagan will be paid somewhere between 3.5 and 4.4 million a season.

"The numbers I've seen in the media are just crazy money but of course the best riders don't come cheap," Tinkov acknowledged.

"Nothing is cheap if it's good. I'm modest, I don’t have a fancy villa but I'm ready to pay to have the best riders in my team. I'm convinced it’s a good deal for Peter and for us. We've not only got a great rider, we've connected with an army of great fans and we've secured a lot of marketing opportunities. In fact we've leveraged some excellent technical sponsors which we will announce soon."

Tinkov and the Tinkoff-Saxo team has several other rider signings planned. The team is expected to make more announcements in coming week with Edvald Boasson Hagen, Ivan Basso reported as possible arrivals. It seems that Nicolas Roche could leave the team, with Team Sky apparently keen to sign the Irishman.

"It's strange because we have three or four guys from Team Sky who are coming to us," Tinkov hinted mischievously.

"It seems like we're on an opposite trajectory. We're going up and they're going down. So if I were him, I wouldn't jump ship. But it's his decision. He's Irish and so maybe he feels better on an Anglo-Saxon team."

Data indicates Contador would have won the Tour by three minutes

Alberto Contador is expected to target the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España in 2015, with Rafal Majka likely to return to the Giro d'Italia.

Tinkov is convinced that Contador can still win Grand Tours despite turning 32 in December. Indeed the Russian team owner believes he would have won this year's Tour de France by three minutes if he had not crashed and fractured his tibia during stage 10.

"Nibali is a great campione, I like him as a person and as a rider. He deserved to win the 2014 Tour de France but Froome and Alberto weren't there…" Tinkov said.

"Now cycling is all about numbers and big data. Watts per kilogramme and stuff. We know Rafal's numbers, we know Nibali's numbers more or less because they raced together and we know Alberto's numbers. With the numbers that we have, we believe Alberto would have been three minutes ahead. Of course it's all virtual and so the debate goes nowhere, but we believe Alberto would have won and won quite easily."

Tinkov was in the Tinkoff-Saxo team car when Contador crashed out of the Tour de France and saw his chances of a victory disappear.

"It taught me that nothing comes easy. It would have been nice to have bought the team in December, win the Tour de France in July and to be kings. But cycling is not easy," he said.

"It was one of the hardest times in my life because when you invest so much money, so much energy and so much dedication, then all of a sudden, a single rider crashes and it's gone. It was a huge shock and it was a huge blow. In a way we lost the season but we fought back nicely and I'm proud of the guys."

The arrival of Peter Sagan and other riders to boost the Grand Tour squads in support of Contador and Majka are just the first phase of changes that Tinkov wants to bring to his team. During his long spells at the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France, he has talked in detail with team manager Bjarne Riis and CEO Stefan Feltrin.

As well as new riders, Tinkov also wants to revolutionise the team staff at Tinkoff-Saxo to improve the coaching, training and performance of his riders.

"My goal is not to create the best team in the world. That's easy, anyone can be the best team in the world if you have the money and just buy the riders. My goal is to build a new, modern team, based on new technologies, new nutrition programmes, new recovery programmes, new training methods, and data coaching," Tinkov said.

"We've signed some of the best coaches in the sport and some of the best trainers from other sports. Our team will be strong not only because of the riders but because we'll have a new generation of directeurs sportif who know how to work with data and watts."

Tinkov admitted that he is building his team 'on the shoulders of Team Sky', after seeing how the British team dominated stage racing in recent years.

"Dave Brailsford is a very talented manager. I've only met him once and so can't really judge him, but I respect him and what he's done," Tinkov said.

"Team Sky is a very good team. Of course they've made mistakes too. I'm not going to tell you because otherwise they will change and I don’t want them to change quickly. I want us to move ahead of them."

Article Source: Cycling News

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014

Top 10 conclusions from the Tour de France

By: Daniel Benson, Stephen Farrand & Barry Ryan

Froome and Contador would have found this Nibali tough to crack

As Vincenzo Nibali’s overall advantage increased, so too did the frequency with which he was asked about the effect Alberto Contador and Chris Froome’s early abandonments had on the Tour de France. Indeed, it was instructive that while Nibali was happy to answer repeated questions on doping and Astana’s murky past during his press conferences, the only (mild) signs of exasperation came when asked once more about the grand absentees.

Each time, Nibali’s response was a variation on the same key themes – namely, that he had built up a sizeable overall lead on the cobbles, he had shown himself to be in remarkable condition and, besides, you can only beat what’s put in front of you. All of this is very true, of course, but speculating on the hypothetical Froome-Contador-Nibali battle is a fascinating parlour game nonetheless.

Had Froome and Contador emerged unscathed from the opening ten days and reached the Alps with over two and a half minutes to recoup, they would have found it no easy task to overhaul this Nibali, particularly given his growing savvy when it comes to making calculations and dosing energy during a three-week race. On the evidence of his Vuelta win in 2010, for instance, Nibali would have known when to follow Froome and Contador and when to let them go, and looked to limit any losses accordingly.

Indeed, for all that they were a level above him at the Dauphiné in June, it’s not a given that it would have been the same at the Tour, such was Nibali’s prodigious leap in condition, which he demonstrated by matching Contador on the short, sharp climb at Gerardmer.

It’s certain, of course, that Nibali would have had company in the high mountains were Froome and Contador still present and he would not have won by almost eight minutes. But like Luis Ocaña’s victory at the 1973 Tour in the absence of Eddy Merckx, it would be unfair to place an asterisk next to Nibali’s win. He would have been an exceedingly tough nut to crack. (BR)

Could Team Sky have avoided their capitulation?

On stage two of the Dauphine in June, as Chris Froome outsprinted Alberto Contador for the win atop the Col du Béal, it looked as though business as usual had been restored ahead of the Tour de France. After a few jittery months Sky and their captain had taken control of a major race with their talisman in yellow after two wins in two days. However, with hindsight the Col du Béal win proved to be nothing more than a false dawn: Froome crashed days later and with that his entire Tour bid was blown off course.

It’s been suggested that the team now face a major crisis and that a considerable upheaval is required but hyperbole and emotions aren’t what’s required.

Remember, Team Sky were in a similar position in 2010 when they stuttered under the pressure of a debut Tour and Wiggins collapsed in the mountains. Back then they had the get out of jail card of being a new player on the biggest stage but this time the excuses are somewhat thinner on the ground and bad luck can’t account for everything.

However, perhaps the problems go further back than this year. In 2012 their Tour team bristled with talent and depth. Last year the cracks were already apparent and Froome’s utter dominance papered over a team that looked on the edge at certain moments.

The winter signings of 2013 simply weren’t competitive enough and while they’ve been busy signing talent for the future, Kennaugh, Boasson Hagen, and Porte have either stagnated or gone backwards. The losses of Rogers and Uran haven’t been successfully replaced.

Chris Froome (Team Sky) chases back after a fall on stage four

Say what you want about Astana but they brought in the experience of Scarponi and persuaded Fuglsang to devote his ambitions to Nibali’s cause. In a straight out gun fight you want as many shooters pointed at your enemy as possible and Froome simply hasn’t had the ammo. Perhaps that partly explains why he looked isolated in the bunch before his crash on stage 4. The tumbles during the following day only compounded his fate, while the TUE story, his biography, the inhaler furore, the back problems and the pressure of defending champion all seemed to chip away at him. As he climbed into the team car on stage five he looked broken in more ways than one.

At the finish in Paris, Sir Dave Brailsford correctly erred on the side of caution and stressed the need not to panic, both in terms of team set-up and rider recruitment. This isn’t the time to dust off Plan Bradley and nor is it the time to poach a contracted Fabio Aru from Astana or Leopold Konig from Netapp. Porte and Froome haven’t become poor riders overnight and if you take out all the emotion and base your case on facts, then outside of the Tour Team Sky have won nearly as many stage races in 2014 and they did in 2013 and 2014. The dominance might be over but that doesn’t mean that they can no longer be successful.

The re-signing of Thomas is one piece in a jigsaw Brailsford must solve but one feels that there’s still some deadwood at Sky. A few fresh faces, especially for the flat road stages should be the recruitment priorities as Froome doesn’t need climbing support in the same manner. Two years ago the talk was of trying to win all three grand tours but now the focus must be on assessment, two quality signings and plotting to get the best out of their riders. (DB)

The Tour de France's loss is the Vuelta a España's gain 

Crashes, injury and selection decisions meant that several big names of the sport did not start, complete and figure in the results at the Tour de France. However the Tour de France's loss is the Vuelta a España's gain as many of them will ride this year's Vuelta, ensuring this year's third Grand Tour has one of the best casts for many years.

Chris Froome was left batter and bruised and with a fractured wrist and broken hand after his two crashes on stage four and five of the Tour. He's currently training in California and is likely to be the favourite for the Vuelta.

Alberto Contador has ruled himself of the Vuelta but Alejandro Valverde will ride with Movistar teammate and Giro d'Italia winner Nairo Quintana and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) but will back to his best in September after finding his form at the Tour.

Other riders who contested the Giro d'Italia but missed the Tour de France and are expected to target the Vuelta include Fabio Aru (Astana), Cadel Evans (BMC), sprinter Nacer Bouhanni ( plus Ryder Hesjedal and Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp).

Further names to watch for in Spain include 2013 Vuelta winner Chris Horner (Lampre-Merida), Carlos Betancur (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) and Peter Sagan (Cannondale). (SF)

A route for all seasons

There was a time when Tour de France routes seemed almost to follow a set pattern. After a flat opening week, the Alps and Pyrenees would be divided by a series of transition stages and then bookended by two long time trials. Since Christian Prudhomme took over as race director in 2007, however, the organisers have become increasingly inventive in devising the parcours, and 2014 might just have been their masterpiece.

Rather than a predictable series of bunch finishes in the opening week, the overall contenders were called into action on the second day on the exceedingly hilly stage to Sheffield. Three days later, the cobblestones of Paris-Roubaix provided yet another dramatic shake-up to the general classification.

The decision to spend more time in the Vosges than the Alps was as refreshing as it was brave. Three days of short, punchy climbs provided constant drama that outstripped what was provided on the longer passes of the Alps. In the final week in the Pyrenees, meanwhile, the organisers were sensibly opted for shorter and more explosive stages, while the lone, long final time trial added an additional layer of suspense to the action.

The only pity, of course, is that the destination of the yellow jersey was all but decided after ten days of the Tour as two of the main players crashed out. Such circumstances are beyond the organisation’s control, but they had provided a worthy stage. The Alps and the Pyrenees will always be an integral part of the Tour, but the desire to seek out decisive stages on different kinds of terrain is to be applauded. More of the same please. (BR)

A determined looking Lars Boom leads Vincenzo Nibali behind

Talansky and van Garderen provide the US with hope

It’s been a Tour of contrasting fortunes for America’s two biggest GC stars, Tejay van Garderen and Andrew Talansky. The former grappled his way to fifth overall while the latter crashed and was forced to abandon in tears. Heading into the race Talansky looked like the man most likely to shine. His Dauphiné win, coupled with the fact that Garmin came into the Tour with one clear objective had the rider pegged as an outsider for the podium.

Van Garderen had looked short of top level form at the Dauphine due to a hip fracture he sustained in Romandie but with the Tour over it’s hard to gauge where the pair are in terms of their chances of one day winning a grand tour. Robert Millar called van Garderen’s ride ‘limited’ and to a large extent that’s true. He often looked to be on the defensive but that hasn’t stopped riders winning the Tour before. Indurain won five straight editions with a similar approach. The Spaniard was a more robust athlete and this isn’t to suggest that van Garderen will go and dominate the Tour for years to come but at 25 – yes we had to check he’s still that young - time is on his side.

He’ll never light up the climbs with accelerations but if he can avoid that one bad day and enjoy a more time trial heavy course he may prove a few more doubters wrong.

As for Talansky, despite his crash he comes out of the Tour de France with a reputation on par with van Garderen’s. Still the promising all-rounder and still with plenty of time on his side, the Garmin rider must also show signs of steady improvement next year. It’s difficult to tell if Talansky is better suited to the mountains or time trials, especially given his lack of experience in long tests against the clock, but if he can return to the Tour de France in 2015 with this year’s level of form then he’s deserving of the team being built around him once more. (DB)

Article Source: Cycling News