--Angel Casero, the 2001 Vuelta winner, did not start today's
Stage 13. He is the 30th rider to abandon this grand tour.
--According to the daily newspaper Het Niewsblad, Spanish bank Banesto
could remain another year as a sponsor to the team. José-Miguel Echavarri,
manager of the team, should confirm at a press conference during Vuelta when he
would also announce the name of a new sponsor. Now if the same would happen to
ONCE, after their solid performance so far in this edition, there might some
breathing room for Spanish cycling. (Het Nieuwsblad, Velo Club)
Sunny, blue skies and...you guessed it - wind. There will be light southerly
to southeasterly winds during the whole stage. For most of the stage the wind
will be from the left of the riders to a slight headwind.
Temperatures: Hot tomorrow with temperatures around 28ºC mid-stage, 31ºC or
32ºC in the lower elevation areas at the stage beginning and in the final 50 kms.
--Isidro "Guri" Nozal on today's time trial: "As I approached
the finish and they were telling me the [time] differences I couldn't believe
what was happening. I have used high morale and a lot of force and if I have
overcome Millar it means that I am very strong. If I stay on form as now on La
Pandera [in Spanish "The Tambourine"], but it is necessary to be wise because
the highway is the race, and even with a lot of advantage you can have a
bad day, a fall or a mishap." (Todociclismo)
Javier Otxoa Silvers
Javier Otxoa, former Kelme rider, won a silver medal in the 3 km individual
pursuit Wednesday at the International Paralympic Committee Cycling Open
European Regional Championships in the Czech Republic.
Otxoa's time was 4.11.909, behind champion Darren Kenny (Great Britain), who
won gold with a time of 4.06.031. Third was the American Daniel Nicholson, with
Otxoa's delighted former team director, Vicente Belda, said, "This is news
that cheers my day and my life. He was clinically dead and, with sacrifice, he
is moving ahead. He must have a great physical and mental strength to do this."
Oscar Sevilla, Kelme team leader said, "It's been months since I spoke with
him, but I already knew he was cycling again. The last time I spoke with him he
mentioned the possibility of riding in this other way, but simultaneously he was
sad because what he really would want is to be with us, in the team, like before
the accident. If I win something this year [in the Vuelta], I would dedicate the
victory to many people, but also to Javier Otxoa, because he deserves it".
This weekend are the Championship road events. For more about the Paralympic
Games, please visit
http://www.paralympic.org/start.asp. (Marca, Todociclismo)
Tidbits of news and rumor heard at the San Rafael Cycling Classic
It's official, Trent Klasna has signed with Sierra Nevada for
2003, and thinks it's only a positive thing when the talent in the peloton
spreads out. It's a great move for Trent, who will raise the level for Sierra
Nevada. Klasna won just about everything on the US circuit in 2001, but he's
been outshined the past two seasons by his now teammate and good friend Chris
Horner. He'll be the rockstar on Sierra Nevada, something tells me that's gonna
jumpstart this hard man, and I'd be willing to bet there's more fire in those
Asked if he had plans for next year, Mike Sayers told the
assembled fans in San Rafael: "Let's just say I'm gettin' the band back
together." Rumor has it that HealthNet is combining with 7-Up/Maxxis, and
there's going to be a new (well, kind of) superteam on the US circuit. Gord
Fraser and Mike Sayers are in, and Chris Wherry confirmed that he is rejoining
the ex-Mercury boyz, and then there's the little matter of Scott Moninger. Add
to that the best of the 7-Up squad, and all I can say is, be afraid... very
afraid. (Courtesy Jaime Nichols)
Final US Men's Road Race Team for the Worlds, more...
Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 19, 2003--The following riders have
been selected as the final nominees to represent the U.S. at the UCI World
Championships in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in the men's elite road race on
October 12, 2003.
Bobby Julich (Reno, Nevada)
Chris Baldwin (Bouder, Colo.)
Chris Horner (Bend, Ore.)
Christian Vandevelde (Boulder, Colo.)
David Clinger (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Floyd Landis (San Diego, Calif.)
George Hincapie (Greenville, S.C.)
Guido Trenti (Milan, Italy)
John Leiswyn (Ames, Iowa)
Levi Leipheimer (Sant Rosa, Calif.)
Mark McCormack (Northeaston, Mass.)
Tim Johnson (Boston, Mass.)
In addition to the elite men's roster being finalized, the long list for the
women's road race has been expanded to include two additional riders:
Elite Women Road Race (6 Start Positions)
Kimberly Bruckner (Boulder, Colo.)
Kristin Armstrong (Boise, Idaho)
Tina Mayolo-Pic (Dahlonega, Ga.)
Long list for remaining 3 start positions:
Dede Barry (Boulder, Colo.)
Mari Holden (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Kim Anderson (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Amber Neben (Irvine, Calif)
Christine Thornburn (Palo Alto, Calif.)
Dotsie Cowden (Santa Monica, Calif.)
Jessica Phillips (Missoula, Mont.)
Katrina Grove (Solana Beach, Calif.)
Heather Albert (Eagle, Idaho)
*Kimberly Bruckner will not compete due to injury
For a complete listing of nominees for the World Championships, click
(Courtesy USA Cycling)
Mexican National Team News
The Mexican Cycling Federation leaded by Guillermo A. Gutierrez Martinez
appointed Daniele Zammicheli, an Italian cycling manager, "Delegado Tecnico" of
the National Mexican Team - a real pleasant surprise both in the Italian
two-wheel world and in the Mexican one too.
Daniele Zammicheli successfully leaded an Italian group at the recent Vuelta
de las Américas (March 2003), greatly impressing the Mexican managers. Talent,
enthusiasm and brilliant ideas will be necessary next year to reach important
results in Track World Cup and World Championship.
The Mexican Team will also take part to the Road World Championship (Verona
2004) and to the Olympic Games (Athens 2004).
A qualified staff formed by an Italian-Mexican mix is already at work in
Italy to prepare the training season of a new "peloton" of young promises.
Last but not least, the female team leaded by Nancy Contreras, twice medal
winner in the Track World Championships. The staff was officially presented to
the the press two days ago during the 61st EICMA- Milan Cycling Exibithion,
while the Team will be presented next month in Aguascalientes (Mexico).
Bike Against the Odds 2003
The Breast Cancer Fund has organized the first annual
Bike Against the Odds event.
The folks at The Breast Cancer Fund could really use the support of the
cycling community. This is their inaugural cycling event, and registrations are
only trickling in. So ladies (and gentlemen), let's get behind this event and
get some clubs registered. Velo Girls, Oakland Yellow Jackets and Left Coast all
have teams organized for this event. I'd love to see some other clubs & teams
jump in and get involved.
And if you need a little healthy competition, let's see which club can
register the most riders and raise the most money for this great cause! You can
find more information
(Courtesy: Lorri Lee Lown, USACycling Expert Coach,
Cesar Grajales of the Bean Team - The King of the San Francisco Hills
Update by Micah Rice--Cesar and I have been talking about the San Francisco
Race since May. Everything he has done training-wise has pointed toward
September 14th at the T-Mobile International. I always hate to put all of our
eggs in one basket, but it paid off for Cesar. The fact that he was racing
against 5-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, Giro de Italia winner
Gilberto Simoni, former Giro winner Stefano Garzelli, and Tour de France 3rd
place finisher Alex Vinokourov (not to mention these guy’s teams and all of the
other domestic teams) didn’t seem to faze him. There are two tough climbs on
this course and the crowd was estimated at 600,000 spectators this year. The
climbs are so steep that sometimes the riders “serpentine” their way up the hill
just to make it up. Many riders ride with a mountain bike cassette in the back
to be able to handle the road. All of our guys used a 38 tooth chainring in the
front and a special 12-26 SRAM cassette in the back.
We were racing under the name Jittery Joe’s/Kerley Ink for this weekend.
Kerley Ink is an ink company based in Chicago that sponsored us for this race.
We participated in the San Rafael Criterium on Saturday, but with Jeff under the
weather and most of the team thinking about the next day, we were a bit
underpowered. Sunday morning greeted us with slightly cooler weather than we
expected, but that was fine with everyone. Our entire goal was to get Cesar up
the road early, hopefully with a decent-sized group with one more of our riders
in it. The next goal was for Cesar to do well in the KOM competition and then
try to hold on for a good spot for the finish.
Our race started by Jeff Hopkins killing it in the lead group over the first
climb up the dreaded Filmore climb riding about 5th wheel. Where the heck did
that come from? Is it a sign of things to come? Will Jeff be our star climber
Well, Cesar did get up the road, but with only one other rider at first.
Chris Wherry from the Navigators went on the first lap and Cesar joined him.
Cesar dropped him on the 2nd KOM and was leading the race solo for a short time.
Rolf Aldag from Telecom and two HealthNet riders caught up with Wherry and the
foursome joined Cesar at the head of the field. This group of five would hold
the field off for more than half of the race, with Cesar getting first in every
single KOM sprint during that time. For the first few sprints, Aldag and Wherry
would attempt to take the KOM points, but Cesar blasted past them each time. In
the end, they made a deal with Cesar that he could have the points if he would
just stop attacking them, and he agreed.
Meanwhile, a chase group formed behind that included seven riders plus Chad
Hartley. Chad was having a great ride with a very strong group. The chase held
at about two minutes back from Cesar’s group, while the peloton rode about 5
Gord Fraser from HealthNet was the first rider to get dropped from the break
at about the halfway point in the race. Then, Aldag made a hard attack that
dropped our original two breakaway riders, Cesar and Wherry. About this time
Chad’s group was losing time and eventually was caught by the field. With the
chase group still over two minutes behind them, Cesar continued to take 3rd
place points in the KOM’s to secure his lead in the competition. Now all he had
to do was finish.
In the closing laps, the race all came back together. Chris Horner from
Saturn ended up attacking the field solo and won with over a minute over the
field. His teammate Mark McCormick soloed in for 2nd with Ekimov from Postal
getting 3rd. Cesar was dropped from the field at the end, and Jonny made some
selfless pulls to keep him in the race, sacrificing his own finish. Jake had the
worst luck of everyone—he broke a chain on the 2nd lap of the race and was
unable to continue. I know he had looked forward to this race for a long time.
Closing comments—It was great to see Cesar on the podium with the flowers and
a big check in front of thousands of people. It was fun to go to the post-race
press conference and only have Saturn, Postal, and Jittery Joe’s/Kerley Ink
represented. It is difficult for a smaller team like us to get publicity at a
race that features Lance Armstrong, but we did well. We made out great while
many other domestic (and European) teams did get much coverage at all. Most of
you have seen the Maxxis Tire ads in the latest issues of Pro Cycling Magazine,
VeloNews and Cycle Sport—look for a new Truvativ ad featuring Cesar in the
upcoming issues. Clif Bar is going to put Cesar in their “hot seat” (their
featured rider) on their website—look for him soon at www.clifbar.com. Thanks to
them for lending us one of their vans for the weekend!
The season is starting to wind down! Look for a few of our guys to do the big
Univest race this weekend under the title sponsor of Ready Pac. Then some crits
like West Palm Beach and the Michelin Classic, and we will be done. Visit the
UPMC 9th in Tour of Venezuela
September 18, 2003--Alvaro Tardaguila, one of four Uruguayan riders competing
on the UPMC Cycling Team, sits in 9th overall after 10 stages in the Regularity
Classification in the Tour of Venezuela. The "Clasificacion General de la
Regularidad," as it is known in Spanish, is a uniquely Latin American component
of UCI stage racing, with points awarded to the top finishers at the end of each
However, it does not include the points won during the intermediate sprints
contested as part of the day's racing, which instead count towards a separate
"sprint" competition. This is unlike the green jersey competition in the Tour de
France. The leader of the regularity is currently the Cuban Gil Cordoves, who
also enjoys a connection to the UPMC team: Mike Fraysse, coach and sponsor of
the squad, is godfather of Cordoves' son!
The UPMC Cycling Team is an elite squad fielded by the America's Cycling Team
(ACT) program. ACT is dedicated to providing racing opportunities for riders of
all ages and abilities, but a special emphasis is placed on developing America's
next class of professional cyclists. ACT's top riders may belong to a variety of
affiliate clubs, but all compete under the program's trade name. (Courtesy
Joseph Papp, Mike
Armstrong Autographed Jersey on Auction to Help Save Northbrook Velodrome
Cyclists collect more than $25,000 in pledges in 6 weeks--Efforts to save the
Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook, Illinois have taken a big step forward with
the kickoff of a silent auction hosted by Vision Quest Coaching Services, LLC.
On offer are two signed United States Postal Service team jerseys: one from
five-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong; the other from 9-year pro and
Vision Quest head coach Robbie “The Rocket” Ventura.
Initial bids have been set at $1,000 for the Armstrong jersey and $250 for
Ventura’s. Additionally, anyone submitting a contribution of $100 or more to the
Save the Velodrome fund is eligible to receive a Vision Quest Gift Pack. All
proceeds from the auction and all contributions will go directly to the
Northbrook Cycle Committee (NCC), a group of volunteers dedicated to supporting
Information about the auction and further rules are available at the Vision
Quest web site, www.visionquestcoaching.com. As it is a silent auction, bidding
is by e-mail only in $20 increments directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All bids must be received by 5 p.m. CDT on Monday, Sept. 22, and must include
the bidder’s name, address, and telephone number, with checks made out to the
Northbrook Cycle Committee.
In related news, the NCC has announced that more than $25,000 has been
pledged to the Save the Velodrome Fund, with more on the way in the coming
weeks. “The community has really stepped forward to show that the Velodrome is a
valued facility,” says NCC President Peter Janunas. “In just 6 weeks of
fundraising, we have been able to show the Park District that we’re serious
about keeping track racing alive in Northbrook.”
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
Oakley Expands Successful Line of Prescription Eyewear
Foothill Ranch, Sept. 17, 2003--Oakley, Inc. (NYSE:OO) today announced the
latest additions to the company's prescription eyewear line. Oakley's
prescription business continues to thrive and expand its ophthalmic frame
offerings. This fall's introductions are no exception. Consumers can now choose
from a larger selection of unique, sculptured ophthalmic frames including two
new debuts -- a semi-rimless design and a new concept featuring an exposed
spring piston,'' commented Colin Baden, President of Oakley, Inc.
Among four new ophthalmic frames being released by Oakley, Chain will be
available in three unique lens shapes. For the comfort of an ultra-lightweight
design, Oakley has combined open-edge lens architecture with durable X Metal(r)
Titanium. Sculptural temples lock into place with piston spring hinges, and soft
Unobtainium(r) earsocks maintain a secure, comfortable fit. Ophthalmic-specific
geometry maximizes the range of visual correction. The new Chain family of
ophthalmic eyewear frames includes the elliptical lenses of the 2.0 version, the
oval lenses of the 4.0 version, and the linear contouring lens of the 6.0
For the new Box Spring ophthalmic frame, Oakley utilized a proprietary alloy
called C-5. This frame material offers an exceptional strength-to-weight ratio,
so comfort and durability are optimized. Sculptural enhancements include a
dimensional bridge and temples, accented by the open mechanics of piston spring
hinges. The ophthalmic-specific design maintains a secure fit with the soft grip
of Unobtainium(r) earsocks. The new Box Spring family features two lens shapes:
the tapered lens geometry of the 2.0 version and the extended lens coverage of
the 4.0 version.
Further expanding its range of products for the women's market, Oakley
rendered its new Halo frame with soft curves for a uniquely feminine design. The
swept-back contours of durable, lightweight O Matter(r) frame material allows
for a six-base lens curvature that extends peripheral vision and protection.
Heat adjustable for a customized fit, the temples blend into sculpturally
integrated hinges with script logo accents engraved in metal.
The fourth new addition to Oakley's expanding line of corrective eyewear, O3,
features open-edge lenses and sculptural components of durable X Metal(r)
Titanium. The remarkably low weight offers all-day comfort that is enhanced by
soft Unobtainium(r) earsocks. An adaptable fit is achieved with specially
engineered spring hinge mechanisms. Optimized for a full range of visual
correction, the O3 line has been expanded to include two new models. Consumers
can choose among the enhanced coverage of the Lens 1 option, the angled oval
contouring of the Lens 2 option, or the softened curvature of the Lens 3 option.
The new introductions are expected to ship in late September to both domestic
and international optical accounts, with the exception of Halo, which is
expected to ship in mid-October.