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Cycling News Roundup - 17 January 2009
 
By Staff
Date: 1/17/2009
Cycling News Roundup - 17 January 2009
 

Cycling News Roundup - 17 January 2009
Down Under, Rock Racing Rolls into 2009, Chicago 2016 - Madison RR, Photograph Chechu,  IMBA Singletrack News, Cycling Whips Football on TV Rankings, Tour of California Solvang Banquet,

Rock Racing Rolls into 2009
At the eleventh hour the  Rock Racing Team fulfilled all of its obligations and is licensed as a US Continental team for 2009.
With the notification to the UCI the Rock squad in Argentina will be part of the mix as the Tour of San Luis gets underway. Fans will be happy to know the road is clear for the team to ride at the Tour of California with new USA Road Champion Tyler Hamilton looking for a bit more redemption against world class competition on the roads of the golden state.

 Lampre/NGC Down Under
"Finally we're going to take part in the first race of 2009: we'll try to do our best in order to repeat our outstanding 2008", this is the comment by Giuseppe Saronni, Lampre-NGC's manager, on the eve of the season debut.

Tomorrow in Adelaide, at 7 pm (8 am GMT), Lampre-NGC will debut in Down Under Classic (51 km): led by sport director Vicino, the riders Bindi, Bono, Buts, Grendene, Loosli, Santambrogio and Zagorodniy will pedal on the city circuit. This is a very young team with an average age of 25 years, in which will race for the first time the two Ukrainian Vitaliy Buts and Volodymyr Zagorodniy.

Sport director Vicino analyzed the approach to the race by his 7 cyclists: "We reached Australia on Monday and we found a very hot weather: it was a bit of a shock, because we were arriving from the cold and the snow of northernItaly, but in the next days the heat lowered and we could perform the whole training program: long training, specific workouts and recovery days. Now we're going to test the teams condition in the race".

Team notes: 22 year old Vitaliy Buts of the Ukraine is a neo pro born in '86 who obtained many wins in Amateurs (most important one is the success in Giro delle Regioni 2008).
Volodymyr  Zagorodniy, born in 1981, is pro since 2007 and in his palmares include one national title, the Qinghai Lake Tour and one stage in Giro del Trentino.

Ag2r la Mondiale confirms Tour Down Under Squad:
Martin Elmiger
Alexander Efimkin
Vladimir Efimkin
Sébastien Hinault
René Mandri
Alexandr Pliuschin
Nicolas Roche
Directeurs Sportifs :
* Vincent Lavenu
* Laurent Biondi

Photographing Chechu
Chechu's website is launching a quest to find the perfect photograph of Chechu for this year's official signed photo, sent free on request to fans. In previous years, professional photographers Liz Kreutz and Ken Conley gave their kind permission to use their photos. In 2009, we'd love to have a photo taken by a fan of Chechu Rubiera.

We're seeking an engaging shot. We need to see Chechu's face, and he must be on his own. He should be in Team Astana kit (2008 kit is fine, preferably 2009). We'll need big photo, portrait rather than landscape, with a resolution no less that 120 dpi.  Signed photos are normally available in early March, so if you are going to be in Adelaide or California, don't forget to take your camera!

Send us your best shot and who knows, Chechu Rubiera might soon be signing your photograph at his desk in Asturias, and it will be treasured by fans all over the world. Your cool camerawork will be fully credited, both on the photographs and on our website.And ... if it's your photo, we'll send you the Rouleur Photo Annual 2008. Worth $90 (€50), it's a collector's item and very beautiful. Send your photo  http://www.chechurubiera.info/

Chicago Olympic 2016 Bid
Chicago Bids Road Cycling Race in 'Cycling Crazy'  Wisconsin

The UCI's standard of offering tougher parcours  for Olympic road cycling and mountain biking has Chicago committe members proposing to conduct the races in Madison and Mount Horeb areas. The IOC will choose a winner of the bid on October 2nd from among the finalists: Tokyo, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro.

The road course would begin in Madison, with three circuits then go west over five circuits of the Blue Mound area. The ITT would be in Madison with the Mountain Bike contests in the Tyrol Basin ski area in Mount Horeb.

American Cycling history is deep and rich in the Midwest areas of Chicago and Wisconsin going back to the 1890's and hosts two pro teams in the region and bike industry leaders like Trek and Saris in the area. Madison itself boasts the highest number of bicycle commuters per capita for any U.S. city with more than 100,000 workers. We can be certain, if Chicago is rewarded the 2016 the bid, the roads will be lined with thousands of fans of not only Madison and Chicago but from throughout the USA and Canada.

 Revolution 23
Queen of Sprint Steals the Show

Revolution 23 kicked off with an Italian pursuit captained by rugby stars Dennis Betts and Mike Forshaw. The teams were made up of Olympic medallists, Future Stars and elite men and women. The competition was fierce and very close, however Clancy just managed to get the edge over Kenny in the final lap, giving Betts’ team the victory.

The unquestionable star of the evening was Victoria Pendleton, MBE. Appearing for the only time at Revolution this season, she stole the show! Victoria started with a standing ovation and then laid down the gauntlet with an impressive 11.2 in the 200m TT. She continued to outclass the rest of field throughout the evening's omnium, winning all her races in style.

The Madison TT was another crowd pleaser as Ed Clancy and Steven Burke attempted to break the record set by Chris Hoy and Arnaud Tournant at Revolution in 2008. Geraint Thomas and Jason Kenny who paired up just a few weeks ago were also keen to take the title. Success narrowly eluded both teams and the record remains intact. Clancy and Burke finished just a tenth of a second short and are sure to be back to try again soon.

Thrills and spills were the name of the game in the Future Stars with three big crashes delaying the racing and shaking up the field. Sam Harrison’s absence allowed Simon Yates to take the leaders in the boys competition and Ruby Miller was once again on fantastic form, and now has a clear lead over the girls field. www.cyclingrevolution.com

Cyclo-cross and BMX Events Top the TV ratings in Belgium and USA
The 2008 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Treviso, Italy, won the biggest audience of all sporting events broadcast by VRT, the Flemish language public TV channel in Belgium.

Over one million viewers tuned in to the Elite race in the World Championships, making it the most watched sports event in the ratings published by VRT, ahead of the EURO football final and another cycling event, the Paris-Roubaix.

In the United States, NBC the holder of exclusive broadcast rights for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games  announced very pleasing results for BMX: over 31 million viewers tuned in live to watch the first Olympic finals in the history of this discipline.

These results confirm cycling's great popularity around the world and represent an incentive for the UCI to continue the global promotion of all disciplines of the sport. The viewer figures emphasise that cycling is moving with the times while confirming that the traditional aspects of the sport are still of great value.
UCI Press release.

Mountain Bike
IMBA January Singletrack eNews
Support Swelling for Increased Mountain Biking in National Parks -- Please Take Action Now!

The U.S. National Park Service (NPS) has proposed a rule change which will make it easier for national parks to open trails for mountain biking. IMBA urges mountain bikers to register comments in support of the rule change. We now enter a 60-day commentary period to make the change official, and support for the measure is swelling. However, several influencial groups have spoken out against the proposal. We urgently need your voice -- please take action on this issue today! Already filed your comments? Send this item to someone who might still need a prompt!

Senate Moves Omnibus Land Protection Bill
The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly Sunday to approve a mammoth public lands omnibus bill (S. 22) that would permanently protect more than two million acres in nine states. The bill, which IMBA supports, stalled in the previous congress, but now heads to the House of Representatives before landing on the president's desk.

Early Bird Registration Opens for National Bike Summit
Join IMBA and an expected 600 bicycle advocates at the 2009 National Bike Summit, March 10-12, in Washington, D.C. Hosted by the League of American Bicyclists, the Summit provides a unique opportunity for mountain bikers to interact with cyclists of all stripes, attend diverse informational sessions and lobby the halls of Congress. IMBA supporters who attend receive discounted registration, a private banquet dinner and tons of great swag.This is a crucial year -- don't miss this opportunity to reach decision makers at the highest levels.

Professional Trailbuilders Conference Headed for Asheville, NC
A must-attend event for serious trail bosses, the Professional Trailbuilders Association's annual conference is headed to Asheville, NC. The event features 40 great sessions, pre- and post-conference workshops taught by the best in the business, and scads of networking opportunities. Better yet, it's an excuse to visit Asheville and explore its incredible recreation offerings. Attention clubs -- check into the the possibility of obtaining a RTP grant to send a trail leader to this event.

Visit IMBA at the Sea Otter Classic
IMBA California is planning for its biggest presence ever at the 2009 Sea Otter Classic — a celebration of significant victories in the Golden State, and a rallying of support for what's to come. In 2008, we saw an amazing new trail system open in the King Range and we showed our strength when mountain bikers rallied to influence Governor Schwarzenegger's veto of legislation that threatened mountain bike access. We're planning a big celebration on Saturday -- stay tuned to imba.com/california for details -- and we will also host our annual advocacy summit on Friday. Finally, please find someone from Specialized Bicycles at Sea Otter and thank them for continuing to lead the support for this successful regional program!

Amgen Tour of California - Solvang Gala Evening Benefit Planned
~Gourmet Dinner by Celebrity Chef Bradley Ogden, Foley Estates Wine Tasting & Dancing Featured

The public is invited to a Gala Evening on Friday, February 20, 2009, starting at 6:00pm after the Amgen Tour of California pro-cycling race at Root 246 at the Hotel Corque (formerly the Royal Scandinavian Inn), 400 Alisal Road, Solvang. According to Max Hanberg, owner of the Solvang Shoe Store and Carol Petersen, owner of Touch of Glass - the Volunteer Co-chairs of the Solvang Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California; this exciting Gala Evening will celebrate the cycling stars, crew, and volunteers who are participating in the Stage 6 Individual Time Trials that day in Solvang. Special guests from the Tour to be announced soon.

Gala volunteer committee co-chairs Linda Johansen and Mary Harris reveal that the event will feature a Wine Tasting Reception from 6:00-7:00pm by the Foley Wine Group, featuring local wines from their Foley, Firestone, and Lincourt vineyards; followed by a 3-course gourmet dinner created by Celebrity Chef Bradley Ogden of the hotel’s new Root 246 restaurant. A no-host bar will be offered throughout the evening, as well as live music and dancing to locally famous The House Red Band. There will be silent and live auctions, as well as a raffle for Giant Bicycles - TCR® ADVANCED 1 bike ($2,900 value) and other prizes. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20 and are available now online http://www.tourofcalifornia-solvang.com/raffle.php or at the event (winner need not be present).

The ticket price for the Gala is $75 per person (including wine tasting, dinner, dancing) and reservations are first come, first seated. Reserved tables seating 10 guests (including two bottles of wine) can be purchased in advance for $1,000. Purchase tickets on-line now at http://www.tourofcalifornia-solvang.com/gala.php or send check payable to: City of Solvang, Attn: Gala to: 1644 Oak Street, Solvang, CA 93463. Tickets will be held at the door.

Proceeds from this event will help defray expenses of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for hosting the 2009 Amgen Tour of California Stage 6 Individual Time Trial. “We are so proud that Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley have been chosen to host the Individual Time Trial for the third time,” said LOC Co-chair Petersen. Added LOC Co-chair Hanberg, “This Gala is a chance for residents and visitors to celebrate! Come join the excitement of race day in Solvang!”

The 2009 Amgen Tour of California presented by AEG is a 750-mile, nine-day stage race, considered to be the most important and popular race held on U.S. soil, taking the world’s top professional cycling teams from Sacramento to San Diego County from February 14-22, 2009. For general info visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com or details about viewing packages, sponsorship, and maps visit www.tourofcalifornia-solvang.com

Bike Biz News
 Delta 7 Sports Arantix Finalist

Delta 7 Sports today announced its IsoTruss technology, used to manufacture the Arantix mountain bike and the Acsend road bike, was selected as a finalist in the ispo Winter '09 BrandNew Awards' Summer Hardware category.

A jury of nearly 20 international sports industry managers and press selected Delta 7 Sports as a finalist based on company's Arantix mountain bike frame (2.6 pounds/1,180 grams) and the Ascend road bike frame (approx. 1.8 pounds/ 817 grams). Both bike frames feature the extremely strong, patented IsoTruss® carbon fiber and Kevlar spider web-like open lattice tube design that carries a lifetime warranty with no rider weight limits.

"We are thrilled that the Arantix mountain bike and Ascend road bike continue to gain international recognition and support," said Lester Muranaka, marketing director of Delta 7 Sports. "The selection as a finalist for the ispo BrandNew Award is yet another 'feather in the hat' of what we think is one of the most innovative cycling products on the market. We also look forward to exhibiting our products and technology in front of such a large international audience."

The more than 60,000 attendees of the ispo Winter 2009 show, held in Munich, Germany, Feb. 1-4, 2009, will have the opportunity to see the Arantix mountain bike and the Ascend road bike on display in the BrandNew Village at Delta 7 Sports booth (Hall B3, Stand BN 17).  The complete description and history of IsoTruss technology is available by visiting www.isotruss.org.

About Delta 7 Sports - Delta 7 Sports creates cutting-edge cycle sport products by utilizing IsoTruss technology and designs. A division of Advanced Composite Solutions, Delta 7 Sports was formed in 2007. For more information, visit www.delta7sports.com. Arantix and Delta 7 Sports are trademarks of Delta 7 Sports. IsoTruss is a registered trademark of Brigham Young University. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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