Cycling News Roundup 8 February 2007
Cavendish Close, Toyota/United Pro in the Wind, Caisse D.Epargne, SIS Sponsors
CSC, Wayne Pomario Olympics Commissaire,
Tanja Slater, Monique Sawicki and more...
Cycling Team - Riding Against the Wind
Wind Tunnel that is - at the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s Low Speed Wind
Toyota/United’s Chris Baldwin, twice USA National TT Champion Chris
Baldwin, (2003 & 2005) was in the wind tunnels this week sharpening up his
position in preparation for the Tour of California. Chris a world class time
trialist, known for his blistering speed riding against the clock. Last year
riding in defense of his title Chris was second in the
to David Zabriskie. At the race’s midway mark, Baldwin held an eight-second
advantage on Zabriskie and was on pace to defend his title before an
eleventh-hour crash derailed his hopes.
Chris hanging in the wind as the computer measures wind resistance.
Photo c. Toyota/United Pro/Kathleen Poulos
Cruel fate intervened on Chris Baldwin's effort when he overcooked a corner
in one of the final turns, Baldwin locked up his rear wheel and crashed. Barring
the crash the result may have been quite different for the defending champ. The
crash resulted in a flat tire that necessitated a bike change, and the slow,
uphill restart that followed made it all but impossible for Baldwin to remain a
threat: At the line, Baldwin still turned in the second-fastest time, posting a
42:21:56 a mere thirty-three seconds from the win.
A man to watch at the Tour of California Prologue and time trial in Solvang this
Chris takes a windy ride at the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s Low Speed Wind
Tunnel in preparation for the upcoming Amgen Tour of California. The wind tunnel
testing precisely measured how small changes in a Chis’s position or equipment
can improve his aerodynamic efficiency. Photo c. Toyota/United
Britain’s Mark Cavendish close to first victory for
T-Mobile Team on debut in France
In his debut race for Team T-Mobile British rider Mark Cavendish finished a
close second behind Angelo Furlan (Credit Agricole/Italy) on Wednesday’s first
stage of the Etoile de Bèsseges. After 126 km around the French city of
Marseille the Italian held off the Briton's challenge in the final sprint. Team
colleague André Greiple also was up with the leaders, but was out-sprinted in
the last curve.
T-Mobile Team Sporting Manager Allan Peiper was satisfied about the team's
performance. "We have two top sprinters competing for the first time in a team
and they still have to work things out between each other. In the next few days
I'm sure this cooperation will function better and I'm optimistic that it will
lead to success".
The first European tour of 2007 (UCI category 2.1) was marked by some
aggressive attacking cycling. Unibet tried to match Tuesday's success at the GP
Ouverture La Marseillaise by breaking away from the peloton. T-Mobile's other
British rider, Roger Hammond, again showed he could lead from the front and was
able to stay in contention with the main leaders on the undulating terrain. But
French teams Cofidis and Credit Agricole didn't let the group get too far ahead
and were able to narrow the gap as the race went into the decisive final phase
in the Golfe du Lion.
Thursday’s 149 km second stage takes the peloton from Nimes to Saint Ambroix.
Team Caisse D.Epargne Training Camp
Today biomechanical testing of the Teams riders.
Within the framework of the activities the Team Caisse d’Epargne
riders are carrying out during their training camp in Palma, they spent some
time to realize biomechanical tests with the Italian biomechanic Alessandro
Mariano. These tests are intended to improve the position on the bicycle -road
Caisse d'Epargne-Vladimir Efimkin is measured for a biomechanic fit for his
Pinarello. Photo c. Abarca Sports
Oscar Pereiro was feeling better today but not well enough to train with his
team-mates yet. We have to wait to see how his state will evolve before deciding
when he can start training again.
Team CSC and Science in Sport in Partnership.
From the beginning of the 2007 season, the number one team in
professional cycling will be using the full Science in Sport product range.
Science in Sport (SIS) will be providing nutrition to the Team CSC athletes and
getting feedback to further develop their state of the art products.
“Science in Sport is extremely pleased to be entering into this partnership
with Team CSC. Over the years we have had strong links with many individual
riders in the Pro Tour Peloton, including some who have worn the coveted yellow
jersey. Working closely with Team CSC, the number one ranked cycling team in the
World, will provide us with valuable feedback to further develop our leading
range of energy, recovery and adaptation products, and will also give us the
perfect platform to launch the SiS brand to the rest of the world. This
collaboration with Team CSC also presents Science in Sport with the opportunity
to work closely with the riders and staff to further improve and develop our
existing range of products, as well as aiding the riders in continuing to
compete and be successful at the highest level", says Peter Slater from Science
“For us, working together with Science in Sport means that will be using the
most scientifically advanced products on the market for races, recovery and
training. We look forward to be going into competition with these products, but
we also see a unique opportunity to share the feedback we give to SIS so other
athletes on all levels can benefit. Our collaboration with SIS is a win-win
situation and we feel convinced that this will help us maintain our position as
not only best team in the world, but also the most innovative”, says Bjarne Riis.
For further information contact: Peter
Olympic appointment awarded to Canada’s cycling Commissaire Wayne Pomario
The Canadian Cycling Association (CCA) is pleased to announce that Canada’s
Wayne Pomario has been appointed by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) as
chief commissaire/president for the track cycling events at the 2008 Beijing
am very happy to be appointed as chief commissaire and president," said Wayne
Pomario, current chair of the CCA Officials Committee and president of Cycling
British Columbia. "It is a great honor and although I have been working in
numerous international events, I am very grateful to the UCI for having
confidence in my ability to do the job."
Pomario has been a UCI International Commissaire since 1997, when he arrived
in Canada from native South Africa, where he used to race road cycling - he was
South African National Champion in Individual Time Trial in 1993. Pomario has
also been involved in track cycling event organization for many years, and he
started to work in South Africa as an official, soon becoming an international
expert in track cycling. He is now an international commissaire in road, track
and cyclo-cross, and has worked in all those disciplines in major international
The track events will take place in Beijing (CHN) on
August 15-19, 2008. In the meantime, Pomario
has also been appointed by the UCI as president of the Commissaires Panel for a
test event which will take place in 2007.
Tanja Slater Launches Website
Tanja is a professional cyclist riding for the Raleigh Lifeforce
Creation Team based in Switzerland.
Tanja in action... Photo c.
Browse the site to find out more information about Tanja for current news and
updates on her season racing in Europe.
X-Fusion Sponsors Monique Sawiki
Monique Sawicki to race on X-Fusion Performance Suspension in 2007
X-Fusion is pleased to announce that it will supply ultra-endurance
superstar Monique Sawicki with suspension for the 2007 race season. Monique will
race on X-Fusion O2 PVA and O2 RC rear shocks and the awesome new Velvet PVA
fork. The popular rider from Hawaii known as Pua is the latest addition to an
already strong group of ultra-endurance athletes sponsored by X-Fusion.
Monique burst onto the mountain bike racing scene in 2004, dominating the
Marathon discipline at NORBA events and earning the Series Championship. In
2005, she won three of the five NORBA Marathons en route to again being crowned
Series Champion. Pua also took the 24 Hour Solo National Champion title in
Spokane, WA and finished second in the 24 Hour Solo World Championships in
Last season started well with a win at Vision Quest and a top 20 at Sea
Otter. A bad crash in June at the Mont Ste. Anne World Cup resulted in a month
off the bike. Pua bounced back quickly and showed how strong she is by finishing
third at the USA Cycling National Championships in Sonoma, CA. Just two weekends
ago, Monique showed that she is back completely by winning not only the Pro
Women’s event at the 12 Hours of Temecula, but also the overall. She beat the
Pro Men’s winner by five minutes; this after helping a crashed rider and a rider
whose light had stopped working.
“My first exposure to Monique was at the 2005 24 Hour World Solo
Championships in Whistler, BC,” said Alex Wheeler, US Marketing Manager for
X-Fusion. “It was obvious to me then that she was a phenomenal racer and would
be a great addition to the X-Fusion team. We are extremely pleased to be her new
suspension sponsor and look forward to a fabulous season.” Pua not only competes
on her mountain bike, but she also lends her time doing clinics for shops and
speaking to kids at schools.
“I am very excited to be working with X-fusion this year and beyond. They are
a great company with great products. It's going to be a great year!” said Pua
after inking the deal. Monique’s team for 2007 is Team Ergon/Ellsworth sponsored
by Ergon Biker Ergonomics and Ellsworth Handcrafted Bicycles.
About X-Fusion: X-Fusion is a global designer and manufacturer of
world-class, high-performance suspension products. X-Fusion produces a complete
line of rear shocks under the model names O2, Vector and Glyde as well as
suspension forks under the names Velvet and Delta 8. X-Fusion distributes its
products throughout North America, Europe and Asia. For more information on this
topic, please call Alex Wheeler 408-866-0188 or inquiries about X-Fusion in the
United States can be directed to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. Also visit
Race and Event Calendar
17th Annual Sea Otter Classic, a 'Celebration of Sport'
2007 Sea Otter Classic, Cycling's Grand Season Opener, adds BMX,
Thule Adventure Race, and SRAM MTB Super D to the Lineup - SRAM Dirt Jump
Competition at the 2006 Sea Otter Classic
DATE: April 12-15, 2007
LOCATION: Laguna Seca Recreation Area, Monterey, California, USA
WHO: Outdoor sport enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels
DESCRIPTION: The Sea Otter Classic will evolve in 2007 to best its own
reputation as the largest, most celebrated cycling festival in North America.
Now, the multi-day event, historically known throughout the world as the cycling
season's premier kick-off event, will ratchet up an already brimming schedule of
cycling events with some key additions that reflect Sea Otter's innovative
New to Sea Otter in 2007: The Sea Otter Classic now plays host to the '08
Olympic medal sport, BMX Racing; the USARA sanctioned Sea Otter Classic Thule
Adventure Race, where teams must find their way through an undisclosed course by
kayaking, biking, running, and a final navigational leg, using nothing more than
a map and compass; and, the SRAM MTB Super D, a hybrid of downhill and
cross-country racing with a Le Mans style start, requiring not only power, but
also a finely tuned descending strategy to win.
The Sea Otter Classic has founded its reputation as the go-to event through
events like SRAM Pro NRC Road Circuit Race, SRAM Mountain Bike Endurance events
(MTB Time Trial, MTB Short Track, MTB Cross Country, and the new! MTB Super D),
SRAM Mountain Bike Gravity events (MTB Dual Slalom and MTB Downhill), Bicycling
Magazine Road Bike Tours (15 mile/Century), Mountain Bike Magazine Off-Road
Tours (10/20 mile) and the absolute crowd pleaser, SRAM Invitational Dirt Jump
Contest. At the center of the non-stop action is the massive Sea Otter Village
and Expo, home to the world's largest outdoor consumer tradeshow featuring
nearly 300 vendors and an international food court. The festival provides loads
of friend and family fun activities, including the Mountain Bike Ride Zone
hosted by Bikeskills, Kids' Bike Rodeo hosted by the Napa County Sheriff's
Office, and many other spectator favorites including the crowd pleaser BMX
Demos. The Sea Otter Classic draws nearly 10,000 professional, amateur and
recreational athletes; 50,000 spectators; and, more than 300 media
representatives from across the globe.
All recreational events and festival admittance are free to kids under 12!
All Active Duty and Retired Military Personnel and their families will receive
two passes for the price of one. They must present a Military ID Card. Spectator
festival passes are $10 per day or $30 for four days.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.seaotterclassic.com or, 800-218-8411 / 831-373-2331
About Sea Otter Classic LLC
The 17th Annual Sea Otter Classic will be held April 12
- 15, 2007 at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area, Monterey, California,
USA. The four-day 'Celebration of Sport' is considered the world's largest
cycling festival, hosting nearly 10,000 professional and amateur athletes and
50,000 fans. The Cypress Youth Fund is the Sea Otter Classic's philanthropic
arm. The Fund provides funding to organizations that benefit their communities
in the areas of youth, sport, education, and environment. More information can
be found at www.seaotterclassic.com
or by calling 800-218-8411.
Purple Extreme to sponsor Team Kenda Tire Women’s
Team Kenda Tire is pleased to announce that Purple Extreme has agreed
to sponsor our team again for the 2007 racing season as exclusive supplier of
The team’s extensive National Racing Calendar (NRC), as well as regional and
off-road racing schedule, warrants a product with four-season performance and
reliability. As the product name implies, we have found Purple Extreme unrivaled
in extreme conditions. Corie Berrigan, a winner of multiple road races and
current Illinois State Cyclocross Champion, added that “Purple Extreme keeps my
drive train quiet, clean & protected on the road or trails in any season.”
Paul Forsythe, Team Director, equally excited about the sponsorship, stated
that, “It is a godsend product for race mechanics. I have supported entire stage
races without any concern for cleaning or lubing chains.” Compared to other
products used in the past, team member Melissa Cover summarized it nicely by
saying “Purple Extreme works great and smells good too!”
About Team Kenda Tire Women’s Cycling Team: Team Kenda Tire, began in 1998
with nine riders excelling at bicycle racing. Over the years, the team grew in
size and to date boasts an Elite and Development team with “hubs” of riders in
Phoenix, Boulder, Kansas City, Chicago, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Des Moines,
Atlanta and in Carlisle, Ontario (Canada.). The team competes in North America
focusing on the National Race Calendar and in top Canadian events sanctioned by
the Canadian Cycling Association. http://www.teamkendatire.com