September Men's Journal has a spread entitled "America's Top Crop of Pro
Cyclists" and features none other than Viktor Rapinski and Trent Klasna of
Saturn, Frankie Andreu, Mike Tillman and Jason Bausch of Schroeder Iron,
Jonathan Vaughters of Prime Alliance, Christian Vande Velde of US Postal and
Fast Freddy Rodriguez of Vini Caldirola.
Just this writer's opinion, but the way to make American media realize that
cycling is popular is to "reward" them for articles such as this...The Men's
Journal website is here.
Tour of Denmark Stage 4
Stage 4: Middelfart - Fåborg, 98.2km
Jimmy Engoulvent (Brioches La Boulangere) and Rik Reinerink (Bankgiroloterij)
escaped today at the 37 km mark and gained a minute on the pack before being
reeled in. Jakob Piil then tried an attack which did not stick. At 2.5 km from
the finish, Jan Koerts of Bankgiroloterij managed first across the line in the
huge finishing pack - sixty men finished with the same time. Micheal Skelde lost
one second on GC to Laurent Brochard today; the top ten GC remains virtually
unchanged though 7th spot Julian Dean, while maintaining his position, also lost
1 Jan Koerts BCT Holland 2h05'22"
2 Yuri Mithlushenko LAN Ukraine
3 Robert Förster GST Tyskland
4 Simone Cadamuro DNC Italien
5 Aurélien Clerc QSD Schweiz
6 Jeroen Blijlevens BCT Holland
7 Roy Sentjens RAB Holland
8 Steven de Jongh RAB Holland
9 James Vanlandschoot VLA Belgien
10 Mark Scanlon A2R Irland
11 Stefan Van Dijck LOT Holland
12 Bert Hiemstra BCT Holland
13 Danilo Hondo TEL Tyskland
14 Jimmy Engoulvent BLB Frankrig
15 Giuseppe Palumbo DNC Italien
16 Leonardo Zanotti DNC Italien
17 Andy de Smet PAL Belgien
18 Robbie Traksel RAB Holland
19 Kurt-Asle Arvesen FAK Norge
20 Tom Boonen QSD Belgien (all same time)
General Classification after Stage 4
1 Michael Skelde FAK Danmark 15h41'02"
2 Laurent Brochard A2R Frankrig 00'14"
3 Jurgen Van Goolen QSD Belgien 00'16"
4 Mark Scanlon A2R Irland 00'19"
5 Aart Vierhouten LOT Holland 00'23"
6 Sebastian Lang GST Tyskland 00'25"
7 Julian Dean CSC New Zealand 00'28"
8 Frank Høj FAK Danmark 00'34"
9 Jehudi Schoonacker VLA Belgien 00'34"
10 Bart Voskamp BCT Holland 00'35"
11 Christophe Agnolutto A2R Frankrig 00'36"
12 Mathew Hayman RAB Australien 00'37"
13 Johan Museeuw QSD Belgien 01'00"
14 Jakob Storm Piil CSC Danmark 01'28"
15 Kurt-Asle Arvesen FAK Norge 01'31"
16 Serhiy Honchar DNC Ukraine 01'36"
17 Tomas Vaitkus LAN Litauen 02'10"
18 Anthony Geslin BLB Frankrig 02'13"
19 Nick Nuyens QSD Belgien 02'16"
20 Emmanuel Magnien BLB Frankrig 02'16"
Points after Stage 4
1 Yuri Mithlushenko LAN Ukraine 27
2 Mark Scanlon A2R Irland 26
3 Robert Förster GST Tyskland 22
4 Julian Dean CSC New Zealand 20
5 Michael Skelde FAK Danmark 19
6 Jakob Storm Piil CSC Danmark 19
7 Laurent Brochard A2R Frankrig 18
8 Aurélien Clerc QSD Schweiz 18
9 Johan Museeuw QSD Belgien 15
10 Jan Koerts BCT Holland 15
Grand Boucle Feminine Stage 12
Stage 12: Trélazé - Gorron, 131.9 km
A thirty rider sprint finish today saw Zoulfia Zabirova take her second stage
win ahead of Petra Rossner and Alison Wright. Somarriba gained another three
seconds on Brandli on GC.
1 ZABIROVA Zoulfia RRG 3:10:42
2 ROSSNER Petra NUR
3 WRIGHT Alison RRG
4 ANDREASEN FISCHER Mette TSA
5 VALEN Anita BIP
6 ZABELINSKAIA Olga COL
7 VILUNAITE Erika PRA
8 CASTRUCCI Francesca PRA
9 TAMANINI Luisa AUR
10 SEMPE Corinne FRA
11 TRIQUET Nadia FRA
12 BRÄNDLI Nicole PRA
13 LINDBERG Madeleine NUR
14 STIAJKINA Tatiana COL
15 GROVE Katrina TSA
16 RIEDLE Sylvie AGE
17 SANCHEZ Azucena CAT
18 SOMARRIBA ARROLA Joane BIZ
19 KELLY Helen TSA
20 DALMAIS Karine FRA
21 PUCINSKAITE Edita MIC (all same time)
General Classification after Stage 12
1 SOMARRIBA ARROLA Joane BIZ 33:25:30
2 BRÄNDLI Nicole PRA à 0:2:05
3 LUPERINI Fabiana AUR à 0:3:44
4 PUCINSKAITE Edita MIC à 0:6:14
5 ARNDT Judith NUR à 0:6:53
6 ZABELINSKAIA Olga COL à 0:9:24
7 POLIKEVICIUTE Jolanta AUR à 0:10:51
8 LJUNGSKOG Susanne BIP à 0:10:55
9 ITURRIAGA Eneritz AUR à 0:20:27
10 POLIKEVICIUTE Rasa AUR à 0:22:5
Tour of Qinghai Lake Stage 6
The Italian national team is having a good go at China's Tour of Qinghai Lake
- Dennis Lunghi won today's day of serious climbing with Damiano Cunego in
second, and China national champion Wang Gouzhang, still first on GC, in
third on the stage.
Elio Aggiano is second on GC at :53, and Jeremy Maartens of the South African
team is fifth and Italian team Damiano Cunego is sixth at 1:06.
Nothstein, Grichkine, Labbe, Vandevelde in benefit race, but big star was
10 year old...
Northbrook, Illinois-- Olympic Gold Medalist Marty Nothstein joined 2002
Russian National Champion Oleg Grichkine and other regional and national stars
in a benefit race to help the effort to save the Northbrook Park District Ed
Rudolph Velodrome on Thursday, August 14.
Nothstein and Grichkine delivered a one-two punch for their Navigators
Professional Cycling Team in the 10-mile Alberto’s Invitational, before retiring
from the race during a brief rain delay. A standing-room-only crowd of more than
500 watched as Northbrook regular Shannon Malmquist (RPM/Hayes Brakes), 2002
Illinois State Points Race Champion, edged out a hard-charging Kenny Labbé of
the U.S. Postal Service Presented by Berry Floor Team for the win. Redline
Racing sponsored a full night of amateur racing that also thrilled spectators.
Preliminary estimates indicate that almost $5,000 was contributed to help
save the Velodrome. Nearly $150 of that was raised by 10-year-old Pete Wright of
Northbrook, a local resident who has now donated more than $200 brought in
through a lemonade stand set up near his home and at the track. Wright and
others were treated to a star-studded night at the facility, as Nothstein and
Grichkine joined USPS racer and Lemont, Illinois, native Christian Vande Velde
in an extended autograph session after the race.
“This was an incredible momentum builder,” said Pete Janunas, Northbrook
Cycle Committee President. “Having this many people come out to show their
support for the track really has an impact on our effort to save the Velodrome.
Our thanks go out to the Navigators Team and Trialtir USA for their help in
bringing this together.” Trialtir is the exclusive U.S. distributor for Colnago,
Biemme, Biotex, Limar, and Northwave, and is an official supplier for the
The Northbrook Park District Ed Rudolph Velodrome has endured 14 years of
harsh weather since it was last resurfaced, and is in danger of closing after
the 2004 season unless improvements are made. The Northbrook Park District,
which owns the facility, has offered to fund half the project, charging the
Northbrook Cycle Committee (NCC) with raising approximately $150,000 to close
the funding gap. The NCC has created a reserve fund for the effort, and CPA Doug
Pence has donated his time to overseeing its accounting. More information is
Kashi Leuch's Journal
Everyone's talking about it, and its hard to avoid... we are having the
hottest summer ever! Since returning to Europe we've had nothing but 34-40 C
everyday. During weather like this you have to change the daily routines a lot,
and train early in the morning. But you can't change the time of a race just
because it's hot, so we've been sweating a lot these past few weeks!
Yikes.. since it's been a while since I wrote last! It's been a rather tough
period for me these past few months... Here are the races I have done since
then... (I just write a brief summary.. longer reports, most recent races and
more photos can be found on
July 13 - WORLD CUP, Grouse Mtn, Canada
A beautiful course was destroyed with a torrential downpour the night before the
race, revealing a lot of sharp stones and causing huge numbers of DNFs. I didn't
make it past the first descent, and I was standing on the side of the track,
alongside 4 others fixing punctures. One lap later, a 2nd puncture took me out
of the race. There is no excuses to be made... the Maxxis tires I was riding
were excellent, and used by many riders (team Merida, Haro, Luna Chicks, etc.,
etc.) that finished the race with no problems. It was just more of the same old
bad luck again!
July 14-24 - Whistler, Canada
Time off the serious stuff in life, and time to enjoy probably the world's best
free-ride parks, and a huge MTB gravity festival. Everyone was in town, and
taking 5 days off the bike meant some extra energy for the night clubs! Then
during the day I made the most of free lift passes, and went free-riding on some
of the sickest trails you can imagine. This is a cool spot, but be prepared for
July 27 - NORBA, Schwitzer Mtn, Idaho, USA
US races are becoming a bit of a bore these days, with super long courses taking
us out into the whop whops, where no spectators would ever venture. The course
had the most dust I had ever seen, and for the first time in my life I used a
dust mask. It was a life saver! My legs were nothing to speak about.. just one
of those flat days I guess. I struggled to climb at snails pace, but before the
start Pat told me that all he wants me to do today was finish, so I just tried
to do that! Roland cleaned up the men's side again... amazing how he does it!
The STXC the day after was a great event, but without much passing. I had a bad
start position, which counted me out from the begging.. otherwise I actually
felt pretty good. The highlight for me was Alison Syders win in the woman's race
in an awesome sprint together with Chrisy Reddin. Go girls!
Aug 1-3 - O TOUR, Switzerland - 11th
Two days after getting back to Europe, I left again to Switzerland for the O
Tour. This is a new race on the UCI calendar, and carries D2 points, and
therefore many top riders were there including Christoph Sauser and Bart
Brentjens. We did a fatboy crit to start off, and I really surprised myself to
finish 2nd! I'm not normally a great sprinter, but this was much more about
tactics and positioning. Day 2 was the XC, and a fast one. I finished 5th. Day 3
was the marathon, and along one! 80km with 3000m climbing! I felt awful, but
stuck with it and finished 12th... man was it hot though! The final GC was all
based on the marathon, because of the big time differences... so I ended up
11th. A good race though.
Aug 9 - SWISS POWER CUP, Savognin - 2nd
It was a good feeling to actually finish a race, and have good legs the same
day! While I didn't manage the win, 2nd place on this day was probably my best
effort ever in a Swiss Event. The race was attended by the entire Italian team,
as they were in World Champs preparation nearby. They were very strong, with 4
riders in the top 8 during the first few laps. The heat was the biggest killer,
as we were well into the mid 30s, and a long climb slowly thinned out the main
group. Coming into the final lap we were still 5 riders, but the Italians made a
good tactical move sending Dario Acquaroli off the front, while Johann Pallhuber
was in 2nd place, and held up the group. It all split up on the final climb, and
I would have been 3rd if Johann had not missed a corner just a few kilometers
from the finish... oh well, my turn for some luck now!
Aug 10 - BIKE ATTACK FREE RIDE MARATHON, Rothorn, Switzerland - 76th
This was one crazy fun event! 500 riders, all starting together from the peak of
the Rothorn, 3500m elevation, descending to Chur 1000m. Thankfully I had a good
starting position, but looking around at all the full face helmets and full body
Armor. The only thing I had on different was DH shorts, a Rockshox Psylo fork,
and bigger Maxxis tires on my XC race bike (a full suspension Trek Fuel).
The top section was really rocky, and at the gun everyone fought it out for a
single line into the first corner. But I didn't realize there
were 2 lines, and after taking the long way round someone charged straight into
me knocking me clean off the bike! Once I re-gathered myself (and about 10
riders had ridden over my bike!), I continued to let loose and hang on over some
We were flying down the mountain, and I managed to bring back a few riders on
the flatter sections, but then after about 15min, I punctured. This I decided
was my cue to stop racing, and enjoy the ride! So, once I fixed the flat at one
of the pit stations, I continued my way down and down and down... there was
actually a 15-20min section of slight climbing midway, which made me realize how
unpractical all these huge bikes can be... many of the riders were walking up
tiny climbs, and I just rode past hardly breathing at all.
At the end of the day, I would have to say that the Fuel was almost the
perfect bike for this kind of riding... apart from the huge rocks at the top,
there was plenty enough suspension, especially with the 125mm Psylo fork and big
Maxxis tires! By the time I got to the bottom, I had been on the bike 1hr
16min... the winner, Rene Wildhaber (who also raced the Redbull TimeOut earlier
this year with me!) finished in 56min, but Silvio made us XC riders proud,
finishing 2nd just 15sec behind.. yea Silvo!
That's me under the banner in Orange... help!
So, a lot of racing, and finally it feels like the form is on
its way. Now its' really all about the World Champs, September 7th... I like
this course, and if my form continues to improve then anything is possible! Keep
your fingers crossed!
All the best,
2003 NORBA Series Showdown in Durango, Colorado
Durango, Colorado --The historic mining town of Durango has, in recent years,
become one of the most popular high-altitude training bases for elite off-road
cyclists, including collegiate, national and world champions. Durango Mountain
Resort will host the grand finale of the 2003 NORBA National Championship
Mountain Bike Series, August 14-17, where both the Series and National champions
will be crowned.
CROSS COUNTRY PREVIEW
In the battle for the men’s overall Cross Country title, which will be run over
the 1990 World Champion Course at altitude, Ryder Hesjedal (Victoria, BC -
Subaru-Gary Fisher) has a good lead in the series, with 748 points from four
rounds, ahead of the USA's top male Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Boulder - RLX Ralph
Lauren), second with 680. Third is Seamus McGrath (Millgrove, Ontario - Haro Lee
Dungarees) with Jeremiah Bishop (Harrisonburg, Va. - Trek Volkswagen) sitting in
fourth and the second placed American. Hesjedal will be looking for a top seven
place to secure the title, while Horgan-Kobelski will need to watch Bishop, who
recently won gold at the Pan Am Games, in order to defend his national
Pan Am Games gold medal winner Jimena Florit (San Diego, RLX Ralph Lauren) is
sitting comfortably in the lead with 738 points, needing a top-seven finish to
secure the women’s title from Chrissy Redden (Campbellville, Ontario -
Subaru-Gary Fisher), who has 670 points. Mary McConnelloug (Fairfax, Ca. - Seven
Cycles), the silver medallist at the Pan Am Games, lies third with 624 points,
and is leading the national championship race from Susan Haywood (Davis, W.Va. -
Trek Volkswagen) who has 574 points.
SHORT TRACK PREVIEW
Horgan-Kobelski holds the top overall spot in the men’s pro Short Track series
with a point total of 762 over second place McGrath who has 716 points and Paul
Rowney (Sydney, AUS, Sobe Cannondale) in third with 656 points. To win the
National title Horgan-Kobelski needs only to finish in 40th place or better so
he should remain the top American in the series ahead of Todd Wells (Durango,
Co., Mongoose/Hyundai) who sits in fifth overall with 584 points. For the
overall series championship if McGrath should have a super day and win then
Horgan-Kobelski must finish in at least fourth place or better. Otherwise,
Horgan-Kobelski should be a favorite to clinch both titles at Durango.
In women’s pro Short Track Haywood leads the series with 756 points and is
also the top American. Katerina Hanusova (Truckee, Ca., Luna Women MTB) lies in
second overall with 712 points ahead of Redden with 702 points. For Haywood to
win the overall she must not give up more than 44 points to Hanusova. If
Hanusova were to win at Durango then Haywood needs at least a third place
finish. In the National championship race Haywood has a comfortable lead of 114
points over McConneloug, who is the second place American with 642 points.
MOUNTAIN CROSS PREVIEW
Eric Carter (Temecula, Ca., Mongoose/Hyundai) leads the pro men’s Mountain Cross
series and is also the top American with 610 points. In second is veteran Mike
King (San Diego, Ca., Haro Lee Dungaree) with 565 points. Australian Chris
Kovarik (Intense/Fox) sits in third with 485 points and Gary Houseman (Temecula,
Ca., Intense Tire Systems Santa Cruz) is in fourth with 360 points. Unless
elimination comes in the early rounds, look for the overall title clinched by
either Carter or King. Should either be eliminated early, which is unlikely,
Kovarik may have a chance to take the title. The National title should come down
to either of the top two Americans with a slight advantage going to Carter
because of the 45 point advantage he has and will most likely depend on King
being able to make it to the final and place first or second and ahead of Carter
by at least two places.
The women’s pro Mountain Cross overall series is led by BMX crossover Jill
Kintner (San Jose, Ca., Fox Shox) with 610 points ahead of second place Sabrina
Jonnier (FRA, Intense) who has 550 points. Katrina Miller (AUS, Jamis Bicycles)
is in third with 540 points and Melissa Buhl (Chandler, Az., KHS) is in fourth
with 380 points. The overall champion will come from the top trio of Kintner,
Jonnier and Miller with the advantage to Kintner who leads by 60 points. For
either Jonnier or Miller to take the top spot ahead of Kintner, they would most
likely need to take first or second place at Durango. Kintner has already locked
up the National Championship over Buhl with an insurmountable points lead.
Kovarik leads the men’s Downhill overall series with 646 points while Greg
Minnar (RSA, Haro Lee Dungaree) is only 12 points back with 634. Australian Sam
Hill (Iron Horse) sits in third with 608 points. Although Kovarik has been one
of the most consistent riders this season, the overall series title is still
fairly wide open as Downhill athletes must endure many variables during each run
ranging from the conditions of the course (which may change throughout the day)
to the particular tires a rider chooses. The National title will be a close
battle between Temecula, Ca. neighbors Carter and the Houseman brothers (Intense
Tire Systems Santa Cruz), Gary and Rich. Top placed American Carter sits in
eighth overall with 528 points with a slight lead over the siblings with Gary in
ninth overall with 494 points and Rich in tenth overall and 480 points. Shaums
March (Anaheim, Ca., Red Bull/Chumba Wumba) and Colin Bailey (Yucaipa, Ca.,
Maxxis Tires) are the next top placed Americans in eleventh and fourteenth place
Marla Streb (Los Osos, Ca., Luna Women MTB) is experiencing one of her best
years and leads the women’s overall Downhill Series with 714 points ahead of
Fionn Griffiths (GBR, Foes Azonic) who has 668 points. In third place for the
series is Tracy Moseley (GBR, Kona-Clarks) with 646 points. Streb has shown
consistency and is the only rider to win two events this year. Her Luna Women
MTB team continues to show momentum with teammate (and the third highest placed
American with 540 points) Kathy Pruitt (Berkeley, Ca.) taking the recent victory
at Idaho. Barring any mishaps, look for Streb to take the overall and the
National title ahead of the second highest placed American Dawn Bourque
(Campton, N.H., Dried Plums/Orbitz), sixth overall with 556 points. Should Streb
falter, both Griffiths and Moseley are capable of flawless runs.
Durango has a rich historical tradition of culture, including being home to
some of the earliest Native Americans, railroad expansion and the silver and
gold rushes more than one hundred years ago. Durango attracts “hard-core
recreationists” and has been rated one of the top 15 sports towns by a leading
outdoor magazine. Championship bike racers, kayakers, skiers, runners and
athletes live and visit year round. Schedule information and a link to online
registration can be found at:
The NORBA National Championships Mountain Bike Series is North America's
premier off-road cycling series. The series crowns USA Cycling's Mountain Bike
Champions. USA Cycling is the national governing body for cycle sport. GaleForce
Sports Marketing is the series management and promotions company, and is
recognized as the USA's leading cycling and events management group.
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U.S. Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling
promotes American cycling through its 80,000 members and 2,000 annual events.
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