Cycling News Roundup - 28 November 2008
Team News: Fuji/Servetto, Lampre/NGC, topsport vlaanderen team Announced,
Jelly Belly, Ceramica Flaminia, Oppy Awards, Tour of
California Curriculum, Wales Dragon Ride, Book Release: Weight Training for
Fuji/Servetto Signs U23 Champion
U23 World Champion Fabio Duarte has entered into his pro career having signed
to ride for the Fuji-Servetto team (the former Scott-American Beef team). The
Young Gun had offers from Quick Step and Astana. Fabio is 22 years old and hopes
ot make his grand tour debut in the Giro d'Italia this season.
Darfo Boario Terme will be the location of Team Lampre-NGC's first training camp
as they prepare for the 2009 season. The relationship between blue-fucsia team
and Team Brixia of Mr Giuseppe Bresciani continues with Ballan, Cunego,
Bruseghin and teammates can could enjoy the facilities and comfort of Darfo
Boario Terme Spa.
Giuseppe Saronni's team will be hosted in Hotel San Martino in Boario from
Tuesday 9th December to Friday 12th: in the camp all the athletes, with most of
the team staff, will be object of medical checks and they will try out new
technical and mechanical equipment. Moreover the calendar of race will be
"It's a pleasure to program the new season in Boario again." Saronni said,
"We come back here after a very important season ended with the victory in
Varese World Championship and with the success of Cunego in Giro di Lombardia. I
thank Team Brixia of Giuseppe Bresciani and Hotel San Martino, helped by A.S.
Boario of President Maffi, they are the perfect partner".
The Blue-fucsia rider will be available for a press meeting on the 12th of
December at 6 pm, at Hotel San Martino during the Team Brixia presentation of
the 2009 Brixia Tour program.
2009 topsport vlaanderen team Announced
Team Manager Christophe Sercu announced the riders signed to contracts for the
2009 Topsport Vlaanderen /Mercator Pro Cycling Team 2009. The squad has 21
riders with 7 neo-pros joining the team.
Geert Steurs, Tom Criel joins neo-pros - Jan Bakelants, Thomas De Gendt, Ben
Hermans, Klaas Locewyck, Tim Mertens, Stijn Neirynck eamd Stijn Joseph.
Kenny De Ketele, Iljo Keisse, Nikolas Maes, Bart Vanheule, Johan Coenen, Sven
Renders, Maarten Neyens, Frederiek Nolf, Preben Van Hecke, Kristof Goddaert,
Kristof Vandewalle en Pieter Vanspeybrouck.
The team will meet for its first camp on December 12th for 7 days, in January
2009 everyone will go back to Calpe for a second training campAfter the six days
of Bremen. The team first test will be at the Tour of Qatar in February.
Nalini stands by the Team Liquigas
The pro team announces the agreement with Historic Clothing Brand
14th November – A new brand will appear
on the Team Liquigas technical clothing for the seasons 2009 and 2010. To create
the green and blue uniforms, the team led by Paolo Dal Lago chose Nalini, the
leading firm in the cycling clothing production. "After four years of
cooperation, Liquigas changes sponsors" affirmed team manager Roberto Amadio,
"We’re happy to have found in Nalini a technical partner as reliable and able to
answer to our needs. He offers a high level of quality in production and service
and; between us, there’s a sharing of style and ambitions. We are really
satisfied with this agreement."
For his part, the firm from Castel d’Ario, near to Mantova, is enthusiastic
about the partnership with the Team Liquigas. The sales manager Paolo
Pizzamiglio explained, "Nalini is a partner of the most important professional
teams for many years, and today is proud to work with the Team Liquigas. We
expect to achieve ambitious goals to confirm the Italian quality and excellence
round the world."
Spiuk & Ceramica
Flaminia Together Again in 2009
Objective - The Giro d'Italia
SPIUK and Ceramica Flaminia have decided to continue the collaboration initiated
in the last season. Italian team will continue using the sport material of the
cycling mark, confident in the good result in previous months. The agreement
arrived after showing both parties were satisfied by the results obtained in
2008. The Ceramica Flaminia has competed with the Nexion, with which they have
managed to finish the in 7th position in UCI Europe Tour. The performance of
Mikhaylo Khalilov, positioned in 3th individual position was also outstanding.
The great results of Spiuk jave motivated continuing trust and the
capacity of the equipment to perform leading to the continuing partnership in
Giro, Main Objective
The objective, to obtain the invitation to the Giro de Italia, and to improve
the results of 2008. The possibilities are high, much more after the
renonaissance of Filippo Simeoni, the current champion of Italy, With no
doubt, the renovation is one of the tricks on which counts the Ceramica
Flaminia. The other, is the team's unshakeable attitude in the races.
Roberto Marrone, team manager said it
clearly, “We aspired to improve our success in 2008; that was no small thing. I
believe that we can improve on our nine 2008 victories this year, and
obtain an invitation for Giro”. "We couldn't have a better start to the year for
the Ceramica Flaminia team. In addition, the renewal of our partnership
with Spiuk, and the lead of the classification 2009 of the Europe Tour,
thanks to the 24 points that Leonardo Giordani won.
Anna Meares awarded the 'Oppy' Medal as
Cyclist of the Year
(11/23) Olympian Anna Meares was tonight awarded
the Sir Hubert Opperman medal as the 2008 Australian Cyclist of the Year at a
ceremony in Melbourne. The 25 year also took out honours as the 2008 Toshiba
Elite Female Track Cyclist of the Year and in a public acclamation of her
inspirational efforts in 2008 was also voted the Scody People's Choice Cyclist
for the Year.
A tearful Meares was overwhelmed by the honour as the room of dignitaries and
cycling champions of all generations stood to applaud her.
2008 was a tumultuous year for the Queenslander who sustained a potentially
fatal fracture to her C2 vertabra, or in simple terms a broken neck, in a race
crash the Los Angeles round of the World Cup in January. But the world record
holder and 2004 Olympic gold and bronze medallist fought back to not only return
to racing but earn selection for Beijing where she collected an Olympic silver
medal in the women's sprint. Her performance inspired the nation.
The Awards were presented at a gala celebration at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne
The complete list of winners in the respective Award categories are listed
below. For more detailed infomation on each of them please go to the
Cycling Australia website.
Winners in the 2008 Cyclist of the Year Awards
Toshiba Elite Track Cyclist of the Year - Male - Cameron Meyer (WA)
Toshiba Elite Track Cyclist of the Year - Female - Anna Meares OAM (QLD)
Elite Road Cyclist of the Year - Male - Cadel Evans (VIC)
Elite Road Cyclist of the Year - Female - Vicki Whitelaw (ACT)
Elite Mountainbike Cyclist of the Year - Male - Sam Hill (WA)
Elite Mountainbike Cyclist of the Year - Female - Caroline Buchanan (ACT)
Elite BMX Cyclist of the Year - Male - Jared Graves (QLD)
Elite BMX Cyclist of the Year - Female - Nicole Callisto (WA)
Para-cyclist of the Year - Male - Chris Scott OAM (QLD)
Para-cyclist of the Year - Female - Lindy Hou OAM & pilot Toireasa Gallagher
Masters Cyclist of the Year - Male - Keith Oliver (NSW)
Masters Cyclist of the Year - Female - Elizabeth Randall (VIC)
Junior Cyclist of the Year - Male Track - Luke Davison (NSW)
cyclingnews.com Junior Cyclist of the Year - Female Track - Megan Dunn (NSW)
cyclingnews.com Junior Cyclist of the Year - Male Road - Michael Matthews
cyclingnews.com Junior Cyclist of the Year - Female Road - Lauren Kitchen
cyclingnews.com Junior Cyclist of the Year - Male MTB - Sam Willoughby (SA)
cyclingnews.com Junior Cyclist of the Year - Female MTB - Caroline Buchanan
cyclingnews.com Junior Cyclist of the Year - Male BMX - Sam Willoughby (SA)
cyclingnews.com Junior Cyclist of the Year - Female BMX - Caroline Buchanan
SBS Television Coach of the Year - Brian Stephens
Scody 2008 People's Choice Cyclist of the Year - Anna Meares OAM
Keith Esson Regional Media Award - Ballarat Courier
Cycling Australia Media Awards - Best Photo - John Veage - Fairfax Media
Cycling Australia Media Awards - Best Story - Mark Heintz - Ride Cycling
Australian Sports Commission Cycling
Volunteers of the Year
o ACT – Simon Dwyer
o NSW – Mike O’Reilly
o NT – Alex Foster
o QLD – Stan Brims
o SA – Eddie Smith
o Tasmania – David Walker
o Victoria – David James
o WA – Robert Barnes
o BMXA – Barbara Darrell
Norm Gailey Trophy for Champion State - New South Wales
Australian Club Premiership – Carnegie-Caulfield
Women’s Tripleplay National Road Series Champion – Carly Hibberd
Men’s Tripleplay National Road Series Champion – David Pell
SBS Television National Road Teams Series Winner – Praties Cycling Team
Cycling Australia website www.cycling.org.au
Jelly Belly Joins with Bike-Pure
As the cycling world cracks down on dopers, many professional teams have decided
to join organizations which promote the integrity of the sport through harsh
punishment of cheaters. One of those organizations is called
Bike-Pure.org, and Team Jelly Belly has
decided to unite with Bike-Pure to show the world its dedication to being a
Bike-Pure is a brand new organization committed to restoring the integrity of
professional cycling. According to Bike-Pure.org, cycling fans deserve heroes
they can believe in, and riders need their credibility back. The organization
plans to help clean up the sport by encouraging the cycling world to ban those
cheaters from the sport, not for a few months or years, but for life.
While many organizations will allow cheaters to return to the sport after a
said amount of time, Bike Pure wants to ban them for life. According to its Web
site, if the sport is to survive with a reputation intact, a point has to be
drawn, after which doping and dopers will no longer be tolerated. It adds that
currently a rider caught doping will receive a suspension from three months to
four years. Bike-Pure’s stance is that this is an insufficient deterrent to stop
the doping temptation and an insufficient sentencing.
Team Jelly Belly believes in the same core values as the Bike-Pure
organization. Not only do the Jelly Belly riders believe that the reputation of
cycling has been tarnished because of insufficient punishment for past-dopers,
they believe that fans need to be able to trust the athletes they look up to.
The reason the team decided to join was to illustrate to the cycling community
and to fans worldwide that they care deeply about what they do and who they do
The perfect partnership has been created with Bike-Pure and Jelly Belly
joining forces to cut doping out of the sport of cycling. Regaining a
trustworthy reputation for cycling will become even more possible as more teams
and riders decide to take the same stance against cheaters.
Molly Saunders - PR Jelly Belly Cycling Team
2009 Amgen Tour of California Education
Curriculum Released to Teachers for Grades 4 through Six
Endorsed by Governor Schwarzenegger, Curriculum Contains Lessons to Encourage
Students to Practice Bike Safety and Live Healthy Lifestyles
In preparation for the highly anticipated return of the Amgen Tour of California
professional cycling road race in February 2009, a specially developed classroom
curriculum has been developed for fourth- through sixth-grade students. The
educational handbook will be distributed to schools in the 16 California cities
that will host the 2009 Amgen Tour of California.
Already considered cycling’s most important and successful road race in the
United States, the 2009 Amgen Tour of California will be expanded to cover more
than 800 miles over nine days. The event’s fourth running is scheduled for
February 14-22, 2009, and will showcase some of
the world’s top professional cycling teams. Traveling almost the entire length
of California on a demanding course, the race will begin in the state’s capital,
Sacramento, and end in San Diego County for the first time.
Through interactive lessons, the 2009 educational handbook will teach
students about the history of cycling and includes bike safety and maintenance
tips. Provided to more than 60,000 students, the booklet also provides
information about the State of California, including targeted lesson plans that
use cycling as a means to teach core subjects.
"We are proud to work with the Amgen Tour of California in bringing you an
educational booklet for students in grades four through six," said Governor
Arnold Schwarzenegger in his opening note to teachers. “This informative
handbook – which includes valuable lessons in bike safety and maintenance,
history, geography, science and math – can help make our kids safer, smarter and
Classroom activities such as weather charting and word searches allow
educators to reach students with engaging material developed specifically to
supplement the curriculum of students in grades four through six. The handbook
also includes a lesson on world geography, as it relates to cyclists that have
participated in the race, math, science and a cycling glossary to help students
better understand the intricacies of professional cycling.
"Part of the mission of the Amgen Tour of California is to give back to the
communities that we visit," said Andrew Messick, president, AEG Sports,
presenter of the race. "We always see such an incredible level of support from
young people throughout the state during the race, so we designed this
curriculum to further engage young Californians; not only get them excited about
cycling, but also educate them on how to lead an active lifestyle and ensure
they have the necessary tools to develop healthy habits at a young age."
Host cities along the route will augment the curriculum with exciting
activities targeted to students such as drawing, coloring and essay contests;
bike safety and other bike-related school assemblies; as well as spirit and
participation contests among local schools.
Building on last year's third annual stage race, which attracted 1.6 million
spectators, the 2009 Amgen Tour of California will visit 16 host cities for
official stage starts and finishes, with communities along the route getting the
chance to see firsthand a lineup of some of the best and most recognizable teams
in the world. Host cities for the nine stages include: Sacramento, Davis (new
city for 2009), Santa Rosa, Sausalito, Santa Cruz (new city for 2009), San Jose,
Modesto, Merced (new city for 2009), Clovis (new city for 2009), Visalia (new
city for 2009), Paso Robles (new city for 2009), Solvang, Santa Clarita,
Pasadena, Rancho Bernardo (new city for 2009) and Escondido (new city for 2009).
For additional information on the 2009 Amgen Tour of California, please visit
About the Amgen Tour of California - The largest cycling event in America,
the 2009 Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race,
presented by AEG, that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to
compete along a demanding, recently expanded, more than 800-mile course from
Sacramento to Escondido from February 14-22, 2009.
Dragon Ride - Wales
1 month until 2009 entries open for Dragon
Just 1 month to go it’s time to start thinking about entering the 2009
Dragon Ride Wales. Online facilities open 27th December for world-wide entries.
Riders can access the entry form directly through the Dragon Ride Wales website
where they will also be able to pre-order the 2009 Dragon Ride Wales jersey,
produced to the highest standards in Belgium by Bioracer.
The full 2009 edition of the Dragon Ride Wales will cover nearly 200km
through the beautiful Welsh valleys, starting and finishing once again in
Pencoed, close to Bridgend, taking in the fearsome and grinding climb of the
Bwlch as well as some new twists and turns in what has become a classic British
For those wanting a slightly shorter yet equally scenic route, the Dragon
Ride Wales will also offer a 120km course.
Dragon Ride Wales recently announced that from 2009 it will work closely with
some of the most prestigious sportive rides from around the globe, promoting
tourism and the joy of leisure riding, including the legendary Cape Argus Pick n
Pay Cycle Tour and the stunning Lake Taupo Challenge which takes place this
Bike Biz News
Book - Weight Training for Cyclists
Cyclists Build Power and Endurance with Weight Training for Cyclists
Just in time for off-season training, VeloPress is pleased to
announce the release of Weight Training for Cyclists: A Total Body Program for
Power and Endurance by Ken Doyle and Eric Schmitz. The book is now available in
the U.S. and Canada in bookstores, bike shops, and online.
Cyclists need more than just powerful quads and chiseled calves. Cyclists
need total body strength-a strong core and solid upper body-to ride with power
and endurance. Put simply, stronger muscles last longer and stabilize the body,
improving technique and efficiency.
Weight Training for Cyclists is the only book available that shows cyclists how
they can get stronger to ride stronger. The authors explain how strength
training in the weight room translates to endurance and power on the bike.
New in this second edition are easy-to-follow drawings that clearly demonstrate
strength training exercises. Doyle and Schmitz update exercises to include the
newest weight training equipment and present the latest information from new
research on core strength, nutrition, stretching, and warm-up.
Weight Training for Cyclists presents a series of training plans that require
only a fraction of the time that cyclists spend in the saddle. For newcomers and
veterans alike, Weight Training for Cyclists will become their fundamental guide
to better performance.
Weight Training for Cyclists: A Total Body Program for Power and Endurance, 2nd
Ken Doyle and Eric Schmitz
Paperback | 6" x 9", 224 pp. $18.95
* This is the only book on weight training for cyclists.
* All-new illustrations for clarity and ease of use
* Includes new chapter on stretching and warm-up
* Expanded coverage of core strength and lower-body strength exercises
Ken Doyle, a licensed coach with the U.S. Cycling Federation, is an exercise
physiologist certified by the National Athletic Trainers' Association and the
National Strength and Conditioning Association. He's a competitive road racer,
coaches a road and a mountain bike team, and is also the head coach of the Santa
Barbara Special Olympics Cycling Team.
Eric Schmitz has a degree in Exercise Physiology and is certified by the
National Strength and Conditioning Association, the American College of Sports
Medicine, and the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He is a Level I USAT
triathlon coach and the creator of two strength and conditioning DVDs.
Campagnolo Celebrates 75th Anniversary with a Lavish
Campagnolo: 75 Years of Cycling Passion
This fall, revered cycling component manufacturer Campagnolo celebrates 75 years
of its glorious and storied legacy with a new book: Campagnolo: 75 Years of
Cycling Passion. The book includes a chapter on the company's legendary Super
Record group and on the new 11-speed Super Record group, which Campagnolo
launched at Interbike in September. The book is now available in bookstores,
bike shops, and online in the U.S. and in Canada and will be available soon in
As Leica is to cameras and Ferrari to racing automobiles, Campagnolo is to
cycling: designer of the finest parts for bicycles ever made. Campagnolo's
jewel-like brakes, pedals, derailleurs, cranksets, and wheels have been ridden
to more race victories than any other brand, yet the same components are
available to cycling enthusiasts worldwide.
Campagnolo's rich history began with the founder, Tullio Campagnolo, a racer
who turned to creating better bicycle parts when he found the equipment of the
day inadequate for the rigors of professional competition. Blending exotic
alloys with sound engineering, Campagnolo created a series of patented designs
that are still in use today as the fundamental standards upon which modern parts
With its deeply researched history (much of it from the company's private
archives), spectacular color photography, rich text, and lavish presentation,
Campagnolo is a book for every lover of the sport of cycling, as well as
connoisseurs of the bicycle itself. Color and black-and-white photos and
illustrations throughout. See velopress.com for interior pages and photos.
Campagnolo: 75 Years of Cycling Passion
By Paolo Facchinetti and Guido Rubino
Hardcover with jacket. | 9 1/2" x 11 3/4", 160 pp. $39.95
* Published to coincide with Campagnolo's 75th anniversary celebration
* Featuring archival material from the Campagnolo family and Campagnolo company
that has never been previously published
* Promotional campaign includes print ads in VeloNews, Cycle Sport America,
Procycling, Bicycle Quarterly, and Bicycle Retailer
VeloPress is an endurance sports and fitness publisher. VeloPress is the book
publishing division of Competitor Group, Inc., publisher of VeloNews, Triathlete,
Inside Triathlon, and Competitor magazines. Distributors/specialty retailers,
please order through: Jen Soulé, Sales Manager, (800) 811-4210 x169,
Aardvark Records puts the pedal to the metal.
Aardvark teams up with fitness DVD production company Global Ride LLC.
Aardvark Records and Global Ride Video Productions today announce a partnership
which will see the British record label supply the US-based spinning/indoor
cycling DVD production company with its extensive catalogue of rock and dance
tracks. The music licensing deal will see the initial delivery of chart hits
from dance acts Jason Sean, DJ Front and Liquid Factor; the folk/Americana act
Satya Graha; and the Indie Rock-BritPop crossover act Little Spitfire available
on the newly launched cycling fitness DVD series.
The Pennsylvania-based Global Ride started as a Spinning, Yoga and Pilates
Studio serving the local community. It has since expanded into the health and
fitness DVD market with the launch of its in-house production studio and DVD
series. The spinning/indoor cycling series will be formally launched on 1
December 2008 with a Nationwide Tour in 12 American cities from the East Coast
to the West Coast. Large, prominent Spinning/Indoor Cycling studios will be the
locations for the DVD series’ premiere. Selected cities include Boston, New
York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Atlanta and Denver.
Gene Nacey, Global Ride Director, said: “We have spent over 18 months
preparing our first DVD series. Aside from editing the videos, finding good
music was the most time consuming process. I was committed to not using royalty
free ‘canned tracks’.” When discussing sourcing music for the project, Nacey
continued: “I spent a lot of time looking for something good. When I found
Aardvark Records, it was like a godsend. The music was just what I was looking
for, in an affordable range. Their website made it so easy to search and find
the music as well as secure the license. I look forward to doing a lot more
music licensing with Aardvark Records.”
Virtual riding used to be more like car paced videos from the travel channel,
or videos of lots of cyclists in padded shorts set to music few would personally
listen to if they had a choice. With Global Ride DVDs, all that has changed.
Virtual cycling has now taken on more structure and is suited for both
individual workouts as well as group classes. Between the commercial licensed
music, the multiple coaching tracks and the live performance tracks, simulating
the ‘ride outside’ has never been the same.
The Global Ride team will post daily blogs covering their road trip every day
as well as uploading short YouTube videos from each location where the Global
Ride DVDs are shown. What makes this fitness DVD series different? The Global
Ride team believe that Spinning and Indoor Cycling is on the cusp of a change,
where video will become a standard offering at every health and fitness club.
Global Ride sees this as the best way to bring the two worlds of the committed
outside cyclist and the dedicated indoor spinner together to share in each
others experience - at least in part.
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