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Cycling News Roundup - 29 December 2010
 
By Vaughn Trevi
Date: 12/29/2010
Cycling News Roundup - 29 December 2010
 

   Cycling News Roundup - 29 December 2010
Team News: HTC-Highroad Camp, Arndt Renews, Marco Polo,  SCOTT RC Mtn Bike, Reading Radsport, Steven Cozza Giro Bella Classic, Win Eddy Merckx Bike, Jeff Hammond joins Argon 18, J. Stew USA Cycling Women's Program, and more...

"You always feel pain. I’m never on my bike without pain. But you’re right on the moment you are going to win, you forget the pain." 

On his brother Andy...  "He has a huge talent and is very strong on the bike. He has to find his own way now to make the big step forward."
Frank Schleck - Bart Hazen Interview 2007

HTC-Highroad Finished California Camp
First look at the HTC 2011 Kit
HTC-Highroad's team of 25 men and 12 women, along with the team's managers and staff from around the world, convened in California for ten solid days of training and preparation for the 2011 racing season. Together with the team's 2011 partners, the HTC-Highroad men and women underwent the meticulous processes of physio testing, bike and equipment fitting, goal setting, nutrition education, and training throughout the diverse terrain of northern and southern California.


HTC Team's national champions proudly displaying the national colors of the USA, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Ireland.


Tony  Martin models the new retro Jersey

Riders received the new 2011 HTC-Highroad kit, a simple, retro-inspired departure from the team's 2010 design treatment.

Judith Arndt Renews with HTC for final 2 years
London 2012 Olympics Long Term Goal

Former World Champion and 2004 Olympic silver medalist Judith Arndt has renewed for the next two years with HTC-Highroad, with London 2012 one final objective of a long and successful career.

"Sometimes a team change is good just to freshen up, but there's nothing better out there than HTC-Highroad," Arndt, 34, said. "We've got a very professional environment and management, and I'm very happy to stay here with HTC-Highroad for another two years." Arndt also said the continuing presence of German star Ina-Yoko Teutenberg at HTC-Highroad was a big factor in remaining in the team, because "when you've got the best sprinter in the world in your line-up, that's always good."

Arndt's big goals for 2011 will be the Spring Classics, the Tour of Italy, which she finished second this year, and the World Time Trial Championships, in which she has finished on the podium five times since 1997. "Last season wasn't really bad. I got a lot of good podium places and proved I'm still a World Class rider, but it wasn't very satisfying, either because I didn't win a lot. So I've got a point to prove in 2011. And, London will be a big objective in 2012, my last year as a professional."

 www.highroadsports.com
Highroadsports Face Book

About HTC - HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry and continues to pioneer industry-leading mobile experiences through design, usability and innovation that is sparked by how the mobile phone can improve how people live and communicate. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com

Cadel Evans Off to a Late Season Start
With what may be his last opportunity to win the Tour de France at 33 years of age; Cadel evans will skip the Tour Down Under and open his season in Italy at the Montepaschi Strade Bicanhi race and Tirreneo Adriatico in March.

Cadel tweeted  his plans las Monday, " I'm working on a big 2011. Don't start till Eroica...late for me :o)"
http://www.cadelevans.com.au/

Marco Polo Cycling Team
Team Celebrates 10th Season

On behalf of the Marco Polo Cycling Team & Club we would like to wish you, your family and friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  2001 was the first season for Marco Polo Cycling so 2011 will be the 10th anniversary! We hope it will be a great celebration year and hope to meet you somewhere in the world!

Register yourself for free at the new www.marcopolocyclingclub.com website and become member of the most international cycling club in the world.
Seasons greetings,
Marco Polo Cycling
www.marcopolocycling.com

Cycling in the News
SpiderTech
Canadian cycling team has goal of wearing the Maple Leaf at Tour de France

A Canadian-owned team is knocking on the door to compete at the highest level of professional cycling. For the SpiderTech cycling team, being given a licence to race at the Continental Professional level in 2011 is like a baseball player being signed by a triple-A team.

Team co-owner Steve Bauer, an Olympic silver medallist and Canadian cycling legend, already has his sights fixed on SpiderTech moving into the major leagues and wearing the Maple Leaf at the 2013 Tour de France. "We are knocking down doors," Bauer said in a telephone interview from St. Catharines, Ont., Wednesday. "Things are growing.

"We're good. We've done exceptional things. It's just a matter of time. We will shoot to be at the top."

For the last three years the team has competed on the Continental level, the third rung of professional road cycling. SpiderTech ended 2010 ranked as the top-ranked North American team on the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) America Tour.

The next step for SpiderTech was to be one of the 18 teams granted a license for the UCI World Tour...
By: Jim Morris, read the complete article at: The Canadian Press

Major Cycling Event Coming to Greater Reading
Annual Reading Radsport Expected to Draw Thousands of Cyclists

If organizers and media partners have their way, the City of Reading and surrounding Berks County will host the first annual Reading Radsport, a series of challenging bike rides that will attract thousands of recreational and competitive cyclists to the area on the weekend of August 6th and 7th.

Organized by the Pro Cycling Tour, owners of the TD Bank Philadelphia International Championship, and driven by WEEU radio and Reading Eagle Newspaper/ Reading Eagle Company, and WFMZ Channel 69, the Reading Radsport is designed as a cycling festival that will feature bike rides of varying lengths from 20 to 90 miles on scenic routes around Reading as well as a concert and “Taste of Reading” food festival promoting local restaurants.

That’s music to the ears of Reading Mayor Tom McMahon, himself a cycling enthusiast: “Ever since Reading lost the popular Reading Classic Triple Crown bike race, we’ve wanted to establish an annual cycling event that will bring cycling enthusiasts to our city,” he said. “As an annual weekend summer event, we see this as a significant boost to tourism and exposure for our city and the Greater Reading region.”

According to Pro Cycling Tour president, David Chauner, the success of the inaugural Reading Radsport is, in part, contingent upon corporate sponsorship supported by enthusiastic media to spread the word. “WEEU radio and Reading Eagle Newspaper/ Reading Eagle Company, and WFMZ Channel 69 and their websites all get behind big community events and we will be working with them to create real value for event sponsors,” Chauner said. He added that the cycling community is growing significantly and that there is increasing demand across the country to provide events that welcome the casual cyclist as well as racers and “weekend warriors.”

To that end, Pro Cycling Tour has hired a senior project manager, Franzi Petermann from Germany to help grow the Reading Radsport into a significant world class event with international exposure. Her experience includes managing Germany’s Vattenfall Cyclassics, an annual cycling event that has become one of the biggest in the world with 22,000 participants. Included in the plan is to invite cyclists from Reading’s sister city, Reutlingen, Germany, to participate.

“I don’t see any reason why we can’t grow the Reading Radsport into a huge event that draws at least 2,000 participants to Greater Reading in its first year,” said Dave Kline, President & General Manager of WEEU Radio and Chief Sales & Marketing Officer for Reading Eagle Newspaper / Reading Eagle Company and one of the event’s most enthusiastic media partners. “Reading’s small city atmosphere and the great cycling roads in surrounding Berks County is the combination that will attract cyclists from all over.”
Watch for information updates here and on www.procyclingtour.com

Steven Cozza’s Giro Bello Classic
4 Beautiful Rides – 2 Lifesaving Causes

A Benefit For The Santa Rosa Rotary Club and The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research (IMBCR)
In this season of giving, professional cyclist, Steven Cozza from Petaluma, CA, has decided to give his time and energy toward the eradication and cure of two very serious diseases. Which is why he has chosen to establish this event, Steven Cozza’s Giro Bello Classic, with two outstanding non-profitbeneficiaries that will receive 100% of the net proceeds.

The Rotary Club of Santa Rosa is raising funds for Rotary International’s Polio Plus program which is dedicated to eliminating this disease once and for all;and the Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research, dedicated to the cure of painful, debilitating and lethal blood and bone cancers that are the fastest-growing, and today, affect over one million people in the U.S. alone.

The event will start and end at Analy High School, 6950 Analy Avenue, Sebastopol, California on Saturday, June 25th, 2011. “Giro Bello” means A Beautiful Ride in Italian – and what beautiful rides these will be. Join Steven Cozza for the first annual event in Sebastopol, California, offering 4 beautiful routes exhibiting the finest in Sonoma County cycling:

  • Fun Ride: (29.2 miles; ~ 1,110 feet of climbing) Starts at 9:00 a.m. This relatively flat route is great for beginners and family groups of all ages. Route Map.
  • Metric Century: (100K route / 68.2 miles ~ 2,918 feet of climbing) Starts at 9:00 a.m. This beautiful metric century takes riders through the wine country regions of Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley. With only one serious climb, Chalk Hill, this metric century is great for beginners taking on their first metric century. Route Map.
  • Century: (102.2 miles; ~ 7,253 feet of climbing) Starts at 8:00 a.m. This challenging century ride travels over the infamous Geysers. A route known to local cyclists but seldom used for organized rides. Enjoy breathtaking views of Alexander Valley as you climb the Geysers’ two peaks.Route Map.
  • Double Century: (202.2 miles; ~ 16,688 feet of climbing) Starts at 5:00 a.m. Ready for a serious challenge? Travel through the beautiful Sonoma Coast and other great western Sonoma County destinations before joining back with the Century Route.Route Map.

Rider Registration Program:
Level - Fun Ride - Metric Century - Century - Double Century
Gold:  $75 - $100 - $135 - $175
Silver: $60 - $ 85 - $110 - $150
Bronze: $45 - $ 65  - $ 85 - $125

Gold Level includes premium rider swag: e.g., autographed commemorative T-shirt, dinner ticket +++
Silver Level includes mid-range rider swag: e.g., dinner ticket ++
Bronze Level includes basic rider swag: TBD

In addition to these 4 beautiful rides, there will be great food and a live band for all participants and spectators at the start/stop location at Analy High School (some dinner tickets are inclusive in the entry fee; the remainder will be offered low-cost tickets)
Showers and changing rooms will be available at Analy High School. Riders will also enjoy well-stocked and frequent rest stops on all routes.

Riders shall have the option (but no obligation) to solicit pledges and ride to raise funds for either of these two worthy causes. For these riders, fabulous fundraising incentives are planned.
Online registration opens January 24, 2011. Steven Cozza’s Giro Bello Classic is limited to only 500 participants, so early registration is highly recommended.
Total event information, simplified registration and volunteer sign-up can be completed by visiting the event website today: www.girobello.com

Hunter Allen from Peaks Coaching Group announces the
Win Hunter Allen’s 2010 Eddy Merckx Bike Contest

Hunter Allen is pleased to announce it’s new “Win Hunter Allen’s Eddy Merckx EMX-5 Bike Contest”. Just signup for the free Peaks Power Newsletter here and you will be registered to win this power packed racing bike, a $12,000.00 value!

“The Eddy Merckx EMX-5 is an incredible bike, with SRAM force groupo, and a Quarq power meter, it’s the same model that I ride and it really rocks!” states Allen, Peaks Coaching Group, founder and renown power training expert. The drawing for the contest is January 15th and the winner will be announced via email and on the Peaks Facebook site on January 16th. The winner will receive a brand new Merckx EMX -5 in their size.

More information about this contest and the Peaks newsletter follow this link Or visit: www.peakscoachinggroup.com

SCOTT RC Mountain Bike Team
Team is once again poised for a big year

Coming off the 2010 season where the team won three state championships, three regional championships, finished first in 30 races and placed riders in the top five 65 times, the team has officially unveiled its 2011 roster. The SCOTT team is comprised of 11 riders based in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Aaron Snyder, Pennsylvania state champion and Mid-Atlantic regional champion, Scott Wilson, MASS series champion.

Endurance racing phenom Jeff Dickey will all be returning to the team along with pro riders Mike Joos and John Arias. Elite amateur riders returning for 2011 are Jay Dodge, Cam Dodge, Ross Anderson, Ernesto Calderin and Nathaniel Williams, Massachusetts junior state champion,. The new addition to the team is Gunnar Bergey, Pennsylvania junior state champion.

“The 2011 roster is strong and well rounded with some of the Mid-Atlantic’s best riders” said Bart Passanante, the teams managing director for 2011. “This year we will look to build on 2010’s success with additional team members and sponsors. The teams title sponsors SCOTT USA and  have ensured that these athletes will continue to perform at the highest level in 2011 and we thank them for their continued support of the team. Additionally, we are very excited about the teams foundation of seasoned and up and coming riders who will allow us to be strong well into the future.”

For 2011 The SCOTT RC Mountain Bike Team will compete in a broad range of regional mountain bike races in the Mid Atlantic as well as national calendar events throughout the United States.

Team Roster
Aaron Snyder (pro)
Jeff Dickey (pro)
John Arias (pro)
Mike Joos (pro)
Cam Dodge (elite amateur)
Ernesto Caldarin (elite amateur)
Gunnar Bergey (elite amateur)
Jay Dodge (elite amateur)
Nathaniel Williams (elite amateur)
Ross Anderson (elite amateur)
Scott Wilson (elite amateur)
www.scottrcmtb.blogspot.com/

Argon 18’s management team
Jeff Hammond becomes the new Director of International Sales

Following the departure of Marc-André Perron, Argon18 is pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. Jeff Hammond as Director of International Sales. With over 20 years of Sales experience, Mr. Hammond brings to Argon18 a proven track record of building business within various types of sales channels - especially international distribution networks. Having recently returned from a year working overseas in Russia, Jeff’s local & international business development experience has allowed him to garner valuable relationships and learn from the best business practices from around the world.

For the past 10 years Jeff’s focus and passion have been in the international sporting goods business working on both sides of the manufacturer/distributor desk. As Director of International Sales for a leading hockey equipment manufacturer, he led a network of distribution partners in over 40 countries with great success. Then as Director of Business Development for one of the largest distributors in European Sporting Goods, he gained valuable experience that will serve Argon18’s distributor network very well. He understands the processes and challenges required to help build on the existing successful business model that the Argon18 team & its partners have developed.

Jeff’s varied professional background including direct sales, major account management, B2B service concept selling, business development, strategic business planning, channel motivation & sales management builds on Argon18’s already strong Management Team. Please join us in welcoming our newest member to the Argon18 cycling team!

About Argon 18 - Established in Montréal, Québec since its inception in 1989, Argon 18 has built itself a strong reputation in the cycling world. All Argon 18 bicycles are designed by former Olympian Gervais Rioux and stand out for their unique designs that combine proven traditional knowledge and cutting-edge technological developments. Available in 35 countries, these bikes embody the optimal balance between comfort, light weight and rigidity. Argon 18’s original and innovative design work was rewarded with a Eurobike Design Award for its E-114 model.

Argon 18 is also the official bike of the professional Team Planet Energy (UCI America Tour), managed by Steve Bauer and featuring riders Martin Gilbert, Keven Lacombe, Guillaume Boivin and François Parisien in its roster.

 

J. Stew, Inc. to manage USA Cycling’s Women’s National Development Program
 USA Cycling is pleased to introduce J. Stew, Inc. as the new manager of its Women’s National Development Program.

Directed by former professional racer Jackson Stewart, the company will manage USA Cycling’s Women’s Development Program from the USA Cycling house in Lucca, Italy. The goals of the program are to drive growth and education, and develop the next crop of world-class American female cyclists.

“Our Women’s Development Program is among the top national team programs in the World. Our expectation going forward is to continue providing the same opportunities for American women to experience and learn the demands of the European peloton,” said USA Cycling’s Director of Athletics, Jim Miller, who ran the women’s program for eight years before moving into his current role in 2009. “That vision requires sound leadership, and Jackson has the necessary knowledge and experiences to lead this program into the future.”

Stewart, who raced with the BMC Professional Cycling Team from 2007 to 2010, gained valuable experience in world class races like the 2009 and 2010 Paris Roubaix. The former pro is also an accomplished racer here on the domestic front, having won stages in events like Superweek and the Redlands Bicycle Classic. He also has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from San Jose State University.

“I’m looking forward to working on the other end of professional cycling,” said Stewart. “I have worked with some great people as a rider and am hoping to use what I’ve learned from them in my new position.”

Cadence GM of Retail Operation Job Opportunity
Cadence Cycling & Multisport Center of Philadelphia is hiring an experienced, motivated, and enthusiastic individual to join our team as General Manager of Retail Operations. The position’s responsibilities include oversight of all retail sales; retail operations; merchandizing; Center maintenance; budget management; marketing assistance; coordination with Performance Center operations; and building a motivated sales staff in order to maintain and support the high service standard that Cadence has become known for in the industry.

The General Manager of Retail Operations is a full-time, salaried position. Applicants should have a minimum 8 years of experience in combined retail and management operations, and preference will be given to applicants that have knowledge of the endurance sports training market in triathlon or cycling. Resumes should be sent electronically to Brian Walton, President of Cadence Cycling & Multisport Center at bwalton@cadencecycling.com.


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