Cycling News Roundup - 25 November 2008
Collegiate Cross Standings, Chris Hoy at Revolution, Congratulations
Szmyd, Sponsor Terme di Boario, Aids Day Ride, Underground Railroad Bicycle
Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Sylvester Szmyd
Best wishes by Team Lampre to Sylwester Szmyd and his wife Kasia. They married
earlier this month (11/4).
Sylvester and wife Kasia
ThePolish rider joined Lampre in 2005: last year he obtained the 2nd place in
the Mont Ventoux stage of Criterium Dauphine and the 2nd place in Settimana
Lombarda; in this season he also gave a fundamental support to Bruseghin in Giro
d'Italia and to Cunego in Tour de France and Giro di Lombardia. Best wishes to
the Mr. & Mrs. Szmyd from the Daily Peloton Staff and Readers.
USA Collegiate Cross Championships - Tight Race for
With two of four USA Cycling Collegiate Cycling National Championships complete,
both the Division I and II overall team standings are topped by a pair of ties.
Fort Lewis College and Lees-McRae College are deadlocked atop the Division I
standings with 37 total points. Colorado State University and the University of
Colorado-Boulder also remain within close striking distance to contend for this
season’s overall team national title. In DII the Colorado School of Mines and
Colorado College lead the standings with 29 points apiece.
Another pair of cycling-rich institutions is tied for third as the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Western Washington University
currently hold 27 points each. Click here to view the complete DI standings and
here to see the DII standings heading into the third of this season’s four USA
Cycling Collegiate National Championships. The USA Cycling Collegiate Cyclo-cross
National Championships will be held as a part of the overall USA Cycling Cyclo-cross
National Championships on Sunday, Dec. 14 at Tiffany Springs Park in Kansas
USA Cyclocross Rankings
A pair of category-one and a pair of category-two UCI events marked the
28th-31st races on the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Calendar, Nov. 22-23.
The Whitmore's Landscape Super Cross Cup I on Saturday saw Ryan Trebon (Bend,
Ore./Kona-FSA) earn the men's pro victory in the first of the pair of
category-one races, while Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./GT) took the victory in
Sunday's Cross Cup II race. Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./Luna) earned wins
in both of the elite women's events held in South Hampton, N.Y.
Jeremiah Bishop (Harrisonburg, Va./Trek-VW) and Melanie Swartz (Reston,
Va./Velo Bella-Kona) won both pro events at the
Grand Prix. Click here from complete results from the pair of
After 31 contests on the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Calendar, the
current standings are as follows:
1. Ryan Trebon (Bend, Ore.) 440
2. Jeremy Powers (Hadley, Mass.) 427
3. Tim Johnson (Middleton, Mass.) 356
4. Todd Wells (Durango. Colo.) 322
5. Jamey Driscoll (Jericho, Vt.) 310
1. Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo.) 199
2. Laura Van Gilder (Cresco, Pa.) 154
3. Natasha Elliott (CAN) 145
4. Maureen Bruno-Roy (Arlington, Mass.) 141
5. Diedre Winfield (Charlottesville, Va.) 135
*For complete 2008 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Calendar standings, visit
the Cyclo-cross National Calendar page
<> of the USA Cycling website Three more category-two races will take
place over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The
Baystate Cyclo-cross will be held in Sterling, Mass. on Nov. 29 while the
Carousel Volkswagon Jingle Cross Rock
I and II will be in Iowa City, Iowa, Nov. 29 and 30.
Ivan Basso helps the team mechanic set up his Canondale.
Revolution at Manchester Track
Two firsts for Chris Hoy at Revolution 22
Treble gold medallist Chris Hoy will make Revolution 22 his UK debut for the
2008/9 Track season. Not only will 6th December be the first chance to see Chris
competing at home since his incredible success in Beijing, it’ll be the first
time he’s worn his new Sky + HD kit too.
After starting the season off with a sprint victory at the Milan 6 at the
beginning of November, Chris is on good form for the upcoming Revolution. He
said: “Really looking forward to getting back racing. Revolution is one of the
highlights of the season for all the riders so I’m pleased that it will be my
first race back.”
Chris has been a star attraction at every Revolution Series over the past six
years and always enjoys returning to Manchester, he said: “The combination of
entertainment with high quality racing is what has made the Revolution so
successful. The racing is really hard and fast and the event brings some of the
best riders in the world to compete – this quality and the entertainment element
creates an amazing atmosphere that is unique in track racing.”
He continued: “The riders all really enjoy racing the event and many riders
have used the Revolution as their swansong with Fiedler and now McGee choosing
it as their last race. This goes to show the popularity of Revolution with the
riders as well as the spectators.” With a busy season planned for this winter /
spring, Chris is looking ahead, saying: “(my) focus will be the World
Championships and hopefully I’ll be contending all three sprint disciplines.”
Already completely sold out, Revolution 22 is set to be another fantastic
evening’s entertainment and the highlight will undoubtedly be the world class
sprinting. Competing alongside Chris and already confirmed are Olympic
medallists Jamie Staff, Jason Kenny and Ross Edgar as well as top European
sprinters Tuen Mulder, Itmar Esteban and Roberto Chiappa.
Following team GB’s victories in Beijing, the international riders are coming
over to Manchester with the intention of seriously challenging their British
opponents. Tuen Mulder, double World Champion, European Champion and three times
National Champion, beat Edgar in the Sprint Omnium at Revolution 19 in January
2008 so will be out to beat all the boys this time round. Chiappa, 13 times
Italian national champion in the Sprint, Team Sprint and Keirin is also on
flying form and looking for wins at Revolution.
Tickets to the event are sold out. Tickets for the remaining Revolution
events on 10th January and 21st February are available to purchase on
Less than one month fom the day Simone Ponzi will join the pro cycling world in
Team Lampre-NGC, but there is already who wants to sponsor the young Italian
rider. This morning, in fact, the silver medal Under 23 World Champion received
a customised car by Eurocar in Ghedi, Ponzi's hometown.
Simone Ponzi (next to the car with dealer's owners): "Of course I'm very happy
about this agreement and I'll drive with pride the car customised just for me".
There were many people in car dealer waiting for the Lampre's neo-pro, in
order to celebrate with him and to admire the car created for him: a black
Mercedes Classe B characterised by Ponzi's silver sign.
Festa Fans Club Alessandro Ballan
It's the party that will gather the fans that have always supported him, so this
event will be very important for Alessandro Ballan: it's the party of the Fans
Club Alessandro Ballan of Castelfranco Veneto, that will take place on Sunday
23rd November at Hotel Fior in Castelfranco.
More or less 400 guests will meet in order to celebrate Lampre's cyclist that
gave them unbelievable emotion in Varese (photo): there will be pro riders such
Baldato, Bandiera, Longo, Bennati, Tosatto, Gatto and Moletta and part of
"There will be a lot of people and many more supporters would like to be
there - Ballan said - It will be great to receive the love by all these fans
that have always supported me. I thank them all and in a special way my brother
Andrea and his friends that organize the party".
Ballan Television Special
The private life of Alessandro Ballan will air on In Famiglia, program
broadcasted by national channel Rai Due on Sunday morning on the 23rd November.
The report recorded in Castelfranco Veneto in World Champion's home will be on
air: family, friends and hobbies of Lampre's cyclist will be shown to the TV
Lampre/NGC Adds Sponsor
Alessandro Ballan, Damiano Cunego, Marzio Bruseghin and all the other Team
Lampre-NGC champions will have the support by a new sponsor willing to join
blue-fucsia team: it's Terme di Boario, famous spa and wellness city in
Manager Giuseppe Saronni and the whole Team Lampre-NGC are proud that Terme di
Boario wants to join his image of health and wellness to the one of blue-fucsia
After 150 years of history, Terme di Boario are going to live a new
experience thanks to the project wanted by Gruppo Trombini, led by businessman
Sergio Trombini, who bought in February 2008 the spa with the purpose of value
the structure, in order to start an evolution of the tourist district.
The sponsorship agreement states that Terme di Boario logo will be on the two
sleeves of Lampre-NGC race jersey and on podium cap. Moreover, Terme di Boario
will be the location of a press presentation with Team Lampre's cyclists.
"In the last years our seasons began in Darfo Boario Terme - Giuseppe Saronni,
Lampre-NGC's manager, said - We always found perfect conditions and a full
cycling passion, so this agreement has a good base. Terme di Boario is a
precious sponsor and so we'll pedal together for the next two years".
"The agreement between Terme di Boario and Team Lampre-NGC is a luxury
relationship which involves a top team and a turistic place in full relaunch-
Francesco Bosco, consultant of Terme di Boario, explained - The agreement was
born thanks to the regard and the friendship between Lampre-NGC's manager
Giuseppe Saronni and Terme's President Sergio Trombini. Terme di Boario choose
to sponsor the blue-fucsia cycling team because of the will to set in a new way
the mark of the spa, that is a new young and sporty target. Moreover, we chose
to sponsor Team Lampre-NGC because it will take part in all the most important
races in the world and because in blue-fucsia there are cyclists such World
Champion Alessandro Ballan and the outstanding Damiano Cunego".
About Terme di Boariao
istorical and geographical information
Boario is located at the confluence of Vallecamonica and Val di Scalve, on a
plane crossed by the Oglio River. Surrounded by majestic mountains, Boario
offers, thanks to its geographical location, a mild continental climate. Boario
originated as a health resort at the end of 1700 with the construction of the so
called Casino Boario, where "healthy magnesium-vitrinolate iron water" was
offered, as A.Bazzini writes in Cronaca di Lovere. The first mention of
"medicinal springs" comes from Father Gregorio Brunelli (Vallecamonica 1698).
Another documented work on Boario's water is by Doctor Count Roncalli-Parolini
from Brescia. Among the various nineteenth-century works about the peculiar
features of Boario water, the one by Guazzetti, a scholar from Breno, examines
the essential biochemical features of the mineral solution of Fonte Antica
water. One of the most well-known connoisseurs of this water was Alessandro
Manzoni, who urged that Antica Fonte water be sent to Milan.
The spa, the park… its springs
The spa is located within a flourishing park of African and American trees. It
is an oasis of seven thousand hectares in which "energizing" walks can be
undertaken: the so called "life walks".
The spa expanded further during the immediate post-war period and again - just
recently - in 1984 when Violati Cure Resort was officially opened. Complete with
specialised clinics: rheumatology, orthopedy, angiology, dermatology,
pneumatology and cardiology, the structure offers, together with traditional
treatments, personal well-being packages with the modern and welcoming Aesthetic
Centre. Here professionalists with their know-how and experience are devoted to
your beauty and well-being. At the Aesthetic Centre you will also find saunas
and solarium; natural cosmetic treatments are available as well.
Thermal waters, gushing naturally inside the park, are located at several
Antica spring - bicarbonate- sulphated-calcium-magnesium water, at 15°C;
Fausta spring - bicarbonate-sulphated-calcium-magnesium water, at 15.2°C;
Igea spring - sulphated medium mineral water, at 13°C;
Boario spring - medium-low sulphated water, at 13.2°C.
More iformation: English
WORLD AIDS DAY 24-HOUR BIKE RIDE
Beverly Hills High School and Team UTAC join to raise awareness on Worlds AIDS
Day, December 1
Santa Monica, Calif. - Nov. 25, 2008 - On Sunday,
November 30 at 6 p.m., Cyclist and AIDS Activist Brian Hodes will begin a
24-hour bicycle ride to raise awareness around prejudice and stigma associated
with AIDS and HIV. The event will take place at Beverly Hills High School with
the help of the faculty and student body.
"The students and the faculty of Beverly Hills High School have embraced this
beyond my wildest expectations," said Hodes. "From the moment I pitched the idea
to Principal Guidetti, they ran with it. I'm happy to say tolerance is alive and
well at Beverly Hills High."
Hodes' daughter, Sophia is a senior at BH High who along with the 2,500 plus
student body will participate in the World AIDS day event on Monday, December
1st. Students will hear from people living with HIV at a special Monday assembly
and panels from the original AIDS quilt will be on display. The Service Learning
Class is promoting the event, hanging posters on campus, creating red AIDS
ribbon pins, and recruiting students to walk 28 laps around the track along side
the cyclists to commemorate the 28 years of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
"My dad is the most amazing man I've ever met," said Sophia Hodes, "He stands
so passionately for doing what's right. I'm so proud of him and thank God
everyday that he's my dad."
2nd Annual World Aids Day Ride
Also on Sunday morning, Hodes and Team UTAC (Until There's A Cure Cycling) will
host the second annual World AIDS Day Ride (WAR) in Los Angeles. For last year's
inaugural ride Team UTAC mobilized cycling groups around the world to ride in
hundreds of cities around the world including Los Angeles, San Francisco, New
York, Portland, Tuscon, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Montreal, London, Sydney,
Malaysia, Ghana and more.
This year's Los Angeles Ride will start at 8:00 a.m. at Beverly Hills High
School and will be traveling 28 miles through Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and
Santa Monica. Cyclists are requested to wear red and all are welcome. The ride
has grown this year to include community supporters including the House of
Blues, Cannondale Bikes, Bonk Breaker Energy Bars and POM Wonderful.
Several rides will also take place in the San Francisco Area. The largest is
being organized by the "Positive Pedalers," a national nonprofit organization of
HIV positive riders who raise money for AIDS research and services. For more
information visit: http://www.Pospeds.org.
World AIDS Day, observed December 1 of
each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the
spread of HIV infection. AIDS has killed more than 33 million people, with an
estimated 38.6 million people living with HIV, making it one of the most
destructive epidemics in recorded history. Despite recent, improved access to
antiretroviral treatment and care in many regions of the world, HIV remains a
leading cause of death world wide.
Until There's A Cure (UTAC) is a
national nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating HIV/AIDS by raising
awareness and funds for vaccine development, care services, and youth education.
For additional information about Until There's A Cure please call 1-800-88-UNTIL
or visit: http://www.until.org.
Underground Railroad Bicycle Route Wins American
Trails Partnership Award
Innovative vision of Adventure Cycling and University of Pittsburgh's Center for
Minority Health honored
Adventure Cycling Association's nationally acclaimed Underground Railroad
Bicycle Route has won the American Trails National Partnership Award.
Announced last night at the 19th National Trails Symposium in Little Rock,
Arkansas, this award recognizes the unique partnership forged between Adventure
Cycling Association and the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Minority
Health to create a 2,028-mile bicycle route memorializing the Underground
Railroad, a network of secret routes and safe houses by which freedom seekers
attempted to escape slavery before and during the Civil War. The Underground
Railroad Bicycle Route passes points of interest and historic sites from Mobile,
Alabama, a busy port for slavery during the pre-civil war era, north to Owen
Sound, Ontario, a town founded by free blacks in 1857.
"The response to the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route has been outstanding
and demonstrates the power of the cycling community and public health working
together. We feel very honored to receive such great recognition from the
national trails community," said Ginny Sullivan, routes outreach coordinator for
Adventure Cycling. Dr. Stephen Thomas, director of the Center for Minority
Health and board member of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy stated, "We greatly
appreciate the validation this award brings to our novel approach of turning the
tragic history of slavery into a demonstration of active living. It affirms what
has been for us an incredible partnership created to fulfill our mission of
eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities through physical activity and
advancing the value of diversity within the cycling community."
Adventure Cycling began its partnership with the Center for Minority Health
in 2004. With America facing a national health crisis, Adventure Cycling and the
Center for Minority Health recognized a natural alliance born from common goals
and mutually beneficial areas of expertise. The partnership married Adventure
Cycling's 30-plus years experience in creating cycling routes and the Center's
connections to the African American and health promotion communities, to produce
a synergistic relationship that supported and validated each organization's
involvement with the project.
Pam Gluck, executive director of American Trails said, "The partnership
between Adventure Cycling Association and the Center for Minority Health is an
exceptional example of the inspiring work being done within the trails
community." Their partnership has indeed produced many inspiring results.
Since the route's official establishment in 2007, Adventure Cycling's
Underground Railroad Route map sales have been exceptional, with 4,150 maps sold
to date. The Association has also seen a significant leap in the number of
African Americans participating in its tours.
In its inaugural year, libraries and museums in small communities along the
route suddenly became "safe house" cycling hubs and began hosting events for
cyclists, such as historical reenactments, and including them in established
celebrations. In 2007, at the end of one of Adventure Cycling's Underground
Railroad tours, participants rolled into Owen Sound, Ontario (the northern
terminus of the route), where they were welcomed into the annual Owen Sound
Emancipation Celebration parade
The partnership and route have also facilitated impressive educational
projects such as the 2008 Bronx Lab School's initiative, "Health and History:
Biking the Underground Railroad," a weeklong educational tour through the
route's historically rich Ohio section. Bronx Lab students prepared for their
trip with months of training, nutritional education, and history classes, then
rode over 200 miles from Milford to Oberlin, exploring Underground Railroad
historic sites, such as safe houses, museums, and historic monuments, along the
way. The students also took the opportunity to visit several colleges.
In February, WPXI-TV the NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh produced Biking Through
Black History, a 30 minute Black History Month special highlighting the creation
of the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route. In honor of the vital role that
Pittsburgh played in Underground Railroad history, a spur route was also
created, starting in downtown Pittsburgh outside the Senator John Heinz History
Center and terminating in Erie, PA.
Pittsburgh's Major Taylor Bike Club - a
club inspired by one of North America's first, world-renown bicycle champions,
an African-American man named Marshall "Major" Taylor who dominated races in the
early 20th Century - worked with Adventure Cycling to complete the route
research for the Pittsburgh Spur. In a National Public Radio interview, Mario
Browne, founding president of the club and a CMH project director, described in
visceral detail what it was like for him, as a Black man, to dip the wheels of
his bike in the Gulf of Mexico where the last slave ships arrived in Alabama,
"&I looked back and just imagined those human beings stuffed in ships like
sardines, and the waste, the degradation and the humiliation that they went
through. There is no rational reason I should be standing here today," he said.
The creation of day trip maps is another ongoing effort to make the route
accessible to cyclists of all ages and abilities. The first set was produced
with the Brown County Tourism Board for the community of Ripley, OH.
The American Trails Board received over 200 nominations for the 2008 National
Trails Awards Program. With over a dozen award categories, the National Trails
Awards are one way American Trails recognizes the exemplary people across the
landscape of America who are working to create a national system of trails to
meet the recreation, health, and travel needs of all Americans.
The Underground Railroad Bicycle Route project has received generous support
from REI, Inc, and Bikes Belong Coalition. Learn more about the Underground
Railroad Bicycle Route project at
http://www.adventurecycling.org/ugrr Map sections for the route are
To learn more about the National Trails Symposium and the National Trails Awards
Program, please visit,
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