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Cycling News Roundup June 28, 2004 UPDATED!
 
By Vaughn Trevi
Date: 6/28/2004
Cycling News Roundup June 28, 2004 UPDATED!
 

No Tour for Jaksche
Team CSC has been forced to replace Jörg Jaksche with Andrea Peron in the Tour de France line-up, as Jaksche on Tuesday crashed and broke his elbow during his final training session ahead of the Tour.

The Race: A Novel of the Tour de France News

Dave Shields, author of The Race will appear for an interview on CNN's "Live Daily" at 11:15 a.m. Eastern time (8:15 a.m. Pacific) this coming Thursday, July 1. Dave is also leaving on an 18 city signing tour of the Northeast. You can view his schedule, so you can be at the book signings at: http://www.ReadTheRace.com

The Tour Baby! Showings in Dallas, Des Moines, and the Canadian Premier in Edmonton Alberta this July!

The Tour Baby!, Scott Coady's film about his adventures following the entire Tour de France has shown all over the US. So far the film has played in cities all across the USA including Ventura CA, San Diego, San Francisco, Alpharetta GA, Boulder, Durango, Steamboat, Moab, St.Louis, Philadelphia, Trexlertown, Richmond, and Knoxsville.

Hardcore cycling audiences laugh and cry as they experience the Tour de France through Scott's lens in a way that brings them closer to the Tour than they have ever been before. Many have said that the film experience is even better than going to the Tour because Scott does everything you wish you could do but weren't able to. You will be entertained and amazed and help raise money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation too.

Here is what the critics are saying:
"Our official prediction is that The Tour Baby! will be the cycling fan's next "cult film," if it's not already!" --DailyPeloton.com

"Three parts Wayne's World and two parts Tour de France, The Tour Baby! is the ultimate cycling fantasy film!" --Bob Babbitt, Editor, Competitor Magazine

Screening Details:

The Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines, IA
Friday, July 9 & Saturday, July 10, 2004

Friday - Doors 6pm, film 7pm / Saturday - Doors 10am, film 11am
The Vaudeville Mews 212 4th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Jeff Corcoran is hosting this Screening in Des Moines, IA.
The admission is $5 per person at the door or pruchase tickets online at: www.iowatix.com.
All proceeds from this event will benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
There will also be a raffle after each screening. For more information contact: USPSin2004@yahoo.com
For more information: www.vaudevillemews.com

Alberta, Canada
Sunday, July 11th

Film at 7:00pm
The Provincial Museum Theatre 12845-102nd Avenue
Alex Kennedy is hosting this screening in Edmonton Alberta, Canada. The admission is $12 at the door and $10 advance per person.
Advance tickets available at Redbike and United Cycle. Theatre info: (780) 453-9100
For more information: http://www.pma.edmonton.ab.ca/pma.htm

Dallas, Texas
Thursday, July 15th 2004

Film screening at 7:30pm
Angelika Film Center Mockingbird Station, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane Dallas, TX 75206
Clay Wilson is hosting this screening in Dallas, TX.
The admission is $20 donation per person at the door or advance ticket purchase at: www.bikereg.com.
Theater info: 214.841.4700
Contact Clay Wilson: 214.361.8470
For more information contact: thetourbabybenefit@swbell.net

"The Tour Baby! It's like Bag Balm for your Tour de France itch"

New RAAM Record Set by Two-man Team Coast to Coast Against Cancer
Solo Record Evades Robic

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey (June 28, 2004) – Canadians Jeff Rushton and Kevin Wallace rode to a new RAAM record today in Atlantic City. The two-man team delivered a record-breaking performance that reflected beautifully months of disciplined training.

“We couldn’t have been a success if he hadn’t learned from past experiences,” said Wallace. “To be over prepared and supported; it just ran so smoothly.”

Their victory, however, took second place behind the reasons they rode in this year’s RAAM. Their commitment to raising awareness and funds for cancer charities motivated them to enter RAAM but their ambitions as ultra endurance athletes caused them to speculate on breaking the record.

“We wanted to break the record and our actual plan was to cross the country in six days and 14 hours but we took a wrong turn that cost us 15 minutes,” conceded Rushton.

Coast to Coast Against Cancer completed the 2,959-mile race at 7:07 a.m. EST in six days, 14 hours, seven minutes. Their average speed of 18.71 mph. ousted the old record of 17.54 mph. set in 2001 by Discover Ceara’/PowerBar.

Hundreds of people gathered in Kennedy Plaza to welcome men’s solo winner, Juré Robic, across the finish line. Robic, a four-time national road champion from Slovenia, trained to win this race and, at one point, was on pace to break the current average speed record of 15.40 mph set in 1986 by Pete Penseyres. Robic’s fast start out of San Diego smoothed out when it was realized that second place Michael Trevino was less of a threat, but then slowed down farther east perhaps due to rain and thunderstorms. His solid form revealed nothing about his mental state during this year’s race and this afternoon, a haggard but unusually lucid Robic graciously answered numerous questions about his reasons for doing RAAM.

“I asked myself about this many times… when they put me on the table like a baby and spread my legs like a pregnant woman, then said you must sleep like this for 45 minutes and then wake up and ride. I asked myself, is this worth it?"

While all eyes were fixed on Robic, RAAM organizers handed him a mobile phone where Robic’s wife, Petra, who is eight months pregnant with their first child, anxiously waited to speak to her husband. A tearful Robic shared a few words with his wife for the audience and the sentimental audience responded with sighs followed by uproarious cheers.

Slovenia’s Juré Robic finished the 2,959-mile 2004 Insight RAAM at 8:05 p.m. in eight days, nine hours, 51 minutes with an average speed of 14.66 mph.

Fans, friends, and curious onlookers cheered the all-women Vail B2B Divas across the finish line at Kennedy Plaza at 4:15 p.m. this afternoon. Early in the race, the Divas effortlessly pulled away from category contenders Team Frauleins by outpacing the Frauleins with an average speed nearly two miles per hour more. The Divas crossed the country in six days, 23 hours, and 15 minutes at 17.69 mph.

Latest to withdraw from RAAM’s solo field is Italy’s Dino Nico Valsesia who cited exhaustion as the cause. Valsesia withdrew at 6:37 a.m. EST in Laurelville, Ohio.

Rider Quotes:

Juré Robic, Solo
“For psychological training, once a month for the first four months of this year, I stayed awake for a full 48 hours. This really helped me in the race. I did not hallucinate this year.”
“When I came into the finish and I saw all the people applauding me, it made me feel so happy that I made it.”
“I cannot explain what it means to me personally. I have trained all my life for cycling. The army has been very supportive of me, and for them this is a big victory.”

ExtraDistance, 4 Man Team:

Michel Bogli: “I don’t know if it was because all the days we rode before the hills in West Virginia tired us, but this morning in West Va. was most difficult.”

“This is my tenth RAAM and every single race is different. Our crew gave us effort and motivation to finish the race.”

Cassio Brandao: “I felt it was more difficult in California than in West Virginia, probably because of the heat, perhaps because we were riding fast 30 minutes each.”

“I think the countryside that we saw; I think it was the most beautiful thing I’d ever have the opportunity to see.”

“I personally felt a little uncomfortable in Pennsylvania, with very narrow roads with very heavy trucks. The route itself showed us places that we Brazilians don’t have an opportunity to see, like Kansas and Missouri.”

Jose Pinto Filho: “My son is affected with spinal muscular atrophy and he gave me the inspiration to do this race. SMA is not a popular disease we still have hopes for a good life for him.”

“In 2001, I did not expect to win, the only thing I wanted to do was to see him (my son) at the finish line.”

Vail B2B Divas, 4 Person Team; Women:
Linda Guerrette:
“We had a huge tailwind in Oklahoma, I never thought Oklahoma would be exciting for me but it was.”

“This is an amazing country. The stuff we went through in West Virginia at night had awesome descents.”

“In all dimensions you can imagine everyone was tested at one time.”

Wendy Lyall: “There was a huge variety of terrain, extremes in temperature, I felt quite unprepared for both.”

“Waking up in a new state and being told to get on the bike by new crew members, the surreal experience of that magnifies what a huge thing this is.”

Heather Sappenfield: “I didn’t need to spend any more time on my bike than was absolutely necessary.” “It’s a great experience that’s difficult physically and mentally. The personal interaction between everybody there together in an enclosed space trying to get this thing done and do it well tests your mental and spiritual well being and asks ‘How big can you be?’”

Kerry White: “There were moments I wasn’t sure I would make it back on my bike. I had muscle spasms in my hamstrings but overall I felt pretty good.”

“We had people on our crew who gave up two weeks of their job to come out here and suffer. No sleep, no pay, running out of gas – panic after panic but in the end, they got to be very good.”

Just Sweat -No Tears, 4 Person Mixed Team:
Russell Carter: “About 1,000 kilometers out, a Saab came out of nowhere at an intersection. I got a bruise and the adrenaline from that carried me on in. I dislocated my finger but I just wiggled that in.”
“Concentrating on my finger made me think about my backside a little less.”

“Toughest part was the Appalachians. They didn’t look too bad on the map but you got there at night and thought, ‘Where did these come from?’”

Kevin May: “It’s a shame I missed out on seeing country by sleeping.”

“We worked in pairs on eight-hour shifts so we were riding about half the time and sleeping half the time. Ideal would be to go back and see the other half.”

Brian Welsh: “We’re just a bunch of triathletes so we’re really pleased. It’s fantastic to beat some elite riders. All the riders in this race are very good; you don’t do RAAM without being very good.”

“We trained very hard and did a lot of work on our nutrition. As the race wore on we didn’t fade, we kept a constant pace throughout.”

Helen Wootton: “I’d love to come back. We’ve learned so much, it would be a shame not to use that knowledge again.”

“I’ve done a lot of other endurance sports but the difference is, this will provide me with more long-lasting memories. Most triathlons are over in a flash but on this race, I’ve had a lot of time to think about the experience and to deliberate.”

“This is not just about cycling; it’s also about being able to get up at 2 a.m. when the temperature is really cold after only 30 minutes of sleep because the RV’s been shaking about.”

Coast to Coast Against Cancer, Two-Man Team:

Jeff Rushton: “We wanted to break the record and our actual plan was to cross the country in six days and 14 hours but we took a wrong turn that cost us 15 minutes.”

“We did two hours on and two hours off and our stops were timed on a stop watch. We’d get off, eat, get massaged, our beds were ready and we’d get up an hour later and spend a half hour getting ready, so it was very structured.”

“The key thing for us was it was important to win but we wanted to win for the reason why we are going this, to raise awareness for cancer charities.”

“A huge part of the motivation was that, at the beginning of each shift, the guys read a dedication to someone who has succumbed to cancer. That made all the difference and pushed us that much farther with more purpose.”

“Regardless of how hard you plan for the event, you’re going to have some unbelievable emotional and physical highs and lows.”

Kevin Wallace: “To actually race for something solidifies the purpose of it.”

“We couldn’t have been a success if he hadn’t learned from past experiences. To be over prepared and supported; it just ran so smoothly.”

Royal Air Force Rides to Third Place
Ride to Remember Wins Corporate Challenge

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (June 27, 2004) – Starting this afternoon, five more teams crossed the finish line on Atlantic City’s Kennedy Plaza today. Royal Air Force from Great Britain arrived at 14:09 in third place in the four-man category followed by fourth place Swiss Canon at 19:09. The two European teams noted their respective amateur rosters in contrast to the first and second place teams, both of wh

“The competition was immense, Action Sports and Vail – Go Fast were just machines,” said RAF’s Lee Wiggington. “There were pro riders who had all the right equipment, all the right fitness. We held them for a while but then they just got away.”

With first and second places disappearing into the horizon, a new race for third place was forged between RAF and Swiss Canon. Four-man RAAM race strategies are engineered around rotating riders to achieve maximum speed, reduce fatigue, and to allow for proper rest periods in between shifts.

“We had teams of two and each couple included a very strong rider on the hills and someone very good on flats, said Daniel Mägerle of Swiss Canon. “We were doing one hour intervals but one hour was not fast enough to keep up with Royal Air Force so we changed. The last 1,000 kilometers were very difficult.”

All eight members of the corporate Ride to Remember/Kaiser Permanente team cruised to a tidy first place ahead of RAAM title sponsor Team Insight and Rim 2 Rim Cycling. While the battle for second was still being waged, Ride to Remember/KP took the time to greet family member and reflect on the effect RAAM has on participants.

“When you live in close quarters, under stressful situations, this strips you down to the bare guts,” said Tom Paluch of Ride to Remember. “You’re tired, hungry, hurt, and looking at this daunting task. You get to find out who you are in that moment.”

Sponsors in this year’s RAAM corporate category each contributed financially to their team but to bolster the team’s chances of winning, some sponsors provided an edge that would prove critical to the race. Kaiser Permanente allowed five physicians to take a week off from work to compete in RAAM, as you might expect, Team Ride to Remember enjoyed top medical care across the country. Insight’s elaborate dashboard of navigational instruments (courtesy of their sponsors) guaranteed that they would never get lost. And Rim 2 Rim’s sponsorship agreement with the leading golf club manufacturer suggests that country club gates across the nation were open to them.

Second place runner-up, Rim 2 Rim, arrived to Kennedy Plaza at 00:51 on June 28 while Insight rode narrowly into second place 22 minutes earlier at 00:29.

Saddles sores have taken another solo rider out this year’s RAAM. Germany’s Peter Holy withdrew at 11:45 EST June 27 in Camdenton, Missouri.

The solo field and teams VeloWear/Co-Motion, Vail B2B Divas, the Grand PAC Masters are still to come to the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. Team Coast to Coast Against Cancer is expected at 7 a.m.

June 28 and the much anticipated arrival of solo leader, Juré Robic, is scheduled for approximately 4 p.m.

Rider Quotes:

Rim 2 Rim Cycling, 8 Person Corporate Team:
Mike Oliver: “You think from the start you plan and you plan and you plan, and then nothing goes as planned.”

Mary Jo Venturelli: “My lowest point, I don’t know if it was sleep deprivation or if I was hungry but we were going through the mountains in West Virginia and I got vertigo.”

Ben Smith: “Everybody got a little snippy, had their turn whether it was sleep deprivation or what, but you had to learn to work through those moments.”

Insight, 8 Person Corporate Team:
Trish O’Keeffe:
“We knew coming into this it would be hard. Ride to Remember was tough, tough, tough but I knew we had strong riders as well.”

“RAAM wasn’t the hardest thing physically in 2003, but mentally it was. This year it was physically harder but we were mentally prepared.”

Peter Reblitz: “We practice a lot on the hills in Arizona. We’ve done the course forward and backward so we know what to expect. Last year we won the race in Arizona but this year the mountains in California was where Kaiser got ahead of us.”

Derek Slife: “Navigating is a job in itself. Navigating is a critical, critical aspect to winning this race.” “Our biggest advantage was that we’re accustomed to the heat and there are a lot of mountains around us so we had lots of practice.”

Ride to Remember /Kaiser Permanente, 8 Person Corporate Team
Tom Paluch:
“When you live in close quarters, under stressful situations, this strips you down to the bare guts. You’re tired, hungry, hurt, and looking at this daunting task. You get to find out who you are in that moment.”

“RAAM is like being a little leaguer playing in Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. I mean you’re out there with riders like Rob Kish, Juré, and Allen Larsen riding in the same race.”

“Med school is a breeze! You take a test and you’re done, give me biogenetics over RAAM any day!”

Michael Jaffe: “We broke into two four-person teams and our team of four treated everyone as the same style of rider. The other team was a little more serious, a little more trained in the mountains. We laughed the whole time and because of that we probably had a better time.”

Jonathan Polikoff: “I just can’t think of a better way to see the country. It was absolutely beautiful out there.”

“There’s a world of difference between doing it as a team or doing it solo. I just can’t believe those guys.”

Swiss Canon, 4 Man Team:

Daniel Mägerle: “We had teams of two and each couple included a very strong rider on the hills and someone very good on flats. We were doing one hour intervals but one hour was not fast enough to

k eep up with Royal Air Force so we changed. The last 1,000 kilometers were very difficult.”

“We liked it very much that there were six teams. If the whole event grows then there should be a separate category for the pros but if there are just two teams competing, it doesn’t matter. We preferred having six teams this race.”

Roland Mägerle: “The most difficult part of the race was the second night because the day before it was 110 degrees and 12 hours later, it was 30-40 degrees in the mountains.”

“Yesterday in the afternoon at about one or two, some of us were really down. We said OK, now we have to focus on a new goal and cross the finish line. We put the climbers out the last 30 hours, our legs hurt, we were tired but we made it.”

Thomas Meyer: “We started out very fast for us and we don’t have training in the desert. This was very new to us.”

Stefan Shärer: “We had some issues. Roland and Thomas were better cyclists than Daniel and I but Roland and Daniel were better in the last 1,000 kilometers. We had to change our plan and Daniel and Roland rode more toward the end.”

“The bikes were really great. We got them in February and have trained 6,000-7,000 kilometers until the start of the race without any problems.” Bikes chosen were the Scott CR1 Carbon.

British Royal Air Force, 4 Man Team:

Dave Green: ”This is the third time I’ve done, it gets harder every time.”

“This route had less climbing but spent more time at altitude and in the desert. The heat and altitude on the first two days were what killed us; we’re not used to it...Finishing RAAM is winning it.”

Keith Jackson: “It’s all about the ability to suffer and win the race and we have suffered like dogs...RAAM was very painful...My strengths are in eating and laughing off the pain.”

Steve Wilcox: “Everyone was suffering at some point during the race, it was a good thing we just weren’t suffering at the same time.”

“RAAM is an interesting concept. Up and down, down and up, all the way...We went past this place where I’ve never seen so many cattle; cattle city, as far as you could see.”

Lee Wiggington: “The competition was immense, Action Sports and Vail/Go Fast were just machines. There were pro riders who had all the right equipment, all the right fitness. We held them for a while but then they just got away.”

Day 7: June 26 (10:14 am EST) - June 27 (10:14 am EST)
Report by Danny Chew

TEAMS:

In the two-person mixed race, Race Across America organizers, George Thomas and Terri Gooch (VeloWear/Co-Motion) now lead rivals No Limits by 17 hours. Thomas told me he absolutely loves night riding on RAAM and will sleep in the afternoons which are toughest on him. It looks like there will finally be finishers in this category, which seems to have been jinxed in years past.

SOLO:
With less than 500 miles to go, Slovenia’s Juré Robic increased his lead over rookie sensation Michael Trevino to eight hours. A general rule in RAAM is that you can only catch a rider if they are within 10% of the remaining distance. At 15 mph, eight hours corresponds with 120 miles, so Trevino would need 1,200 miles left to close a 120 mile gap. Unless Robic has some sort of catastrophe, there is simply not enough of America left for Trevino to catch Robic.

Robic rode 2,490 miles his first 7 days (week). This is 379 miles ahead of Robic's 2003 pace.

Fasching has closed the once eight-hour gap between him and Trevino to four hours. If Fasching’s crew is feeding him info on Trevino, he can smell second place like he did back in 1998 when Tatrai won.

Fourth place Enrico DeAngeli has made a very impressive surge to break out of the pack of four riders he was in. To open up a five-hour gap on Kish, he went two nights in a row without any significant sleep. A person usually can't do this in the middle of RAAM without paying a big price for it down the road.

Kish is in fifth place close to David Haase, who is having the ride of his life. Valsesia is currently in seventh place but within striking distance of fourth place. Andrew Otto continues to ride in Shermerland - too far behind to catch the rider ahead of him and too far ahead to be caught by the rider behind him. This makes for a relaxing RAAM for both Otto and his crew. When eleventh place rider, Peter Holy, dropped out from saddle sores at time station #29 in Missouri, Randy Van Zee inherited last place taking pressure off him from anotherider breathing down his back. However, he has to worry about his average speed staying over 10.2 mph to be an official finisher. Good thing he is currently a high ten mph average to allow for slowing over the Appalachian Mountains towards the end.

Notes: On late Friday night/early Saturday morning in Indiana at his sleep stop, Mike Trevino traded his cycling shoes for running shoes and went for a short run with his girlfriend Amanda. An observer noticed that Mike put his bike down and was maybe going to drop out, until Amanda was smart enough to use running (Mike's primary sport) to get his mind back in the right place to finish RAAM. I would like to thank Mike's crew for doing such a terrific job keeping him motivated and on his bike.

O Canada! Fraser Wins the National Championship

Gord Fraser of the Health Net Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis won the Tim Horton Canadian national championship road race Sunday in Kamloops, British Columbia.

Fraser came out of a dwindling leading group on the last lap to beat breakaway companions Svein Tuft (Symmetrics Cycling), Alexandre Lavallee (Volkswagon – Trek) and Cam Evans (Symmetrics Cycling) by :20.

“This is unbelievable,” said a still-smiling Fraser, who was exhausted and exhilarated from the effort. “This is my first national championship and it feels great. I’m looking forward to wearing the maple leaf jersey for the next 12 months."

“This race has been a source of frustration for me in the past, which is why I’ve only done it four or five times in my career,” he said. “But this year it plays such an important role in the Olympic team selection that I had to race it.

“But the main thing was that if I stopped racing without having won this race, my career would’ve been incomplete,” he added. “Now I feel like my career is more complete.”

After what was a frustrating start to the month of June for the sprinter from Ottawa – 2 nd at Wachovia Trenton; 3 rd at the USPRO Championships – Fraser got a measure of redemption along with his first national championship. “I’ve been racing really well the last couple of months and getting good results, but I feel like I’ve let some wins slip through my fingers, which is very frustrating for a sprinter. This win definitely helps with getting over Philly week.”

Breaks shatter the Peloton

The final selection in the race was decided fairly early on. Just five laps into the 18-lap, 180 km race, two separate breakaway groups had gone up the road. The first group, led by two riders from Volkswagon-Trek, as well as a rider from Symmetrics, opened a gap of a minute on a group of four chasers, lead by Seasilver rider Jacob Erker, as well as Cam Evans (Symmetrics Cycling). The peloton was just a minute back.

By lap seven, the two groups had merged, and Eric Wohlberg (Sierra Nevada) not wanting the race to slip away, attacked hard off the chasing peloton along with Canadian time trial champion Tuft. Fraser, knowing both these riders were strong contenders, immediately bridged and the three quickly joined the front group.

When they got up to the move, Tuft had three teammates with him. But, Fraser said, “it wasn’t so much of a concern because two of them had been in the break for a while already.” Behind, Dominique Perras and Charles Dionne (Equipe du Quebec) had put their team on the front to try and bring things back. They brought the gap down to :45, but could get no closer.

By lap eight, the final selection essentially had been made. A break of 11 riders, including Fraser, Wohlberg, Tuft and Evans, as well as two more of their teammates began working together and extending the gap on various chasers and the peloton.

At the half-way point of the race, the nearest chase group was 1:15 behind the 11 leaders, with a group of 13 riders, including Perras, Dionne and Mark Walters (Navigators Insurance), sitting a further :25 back. But it seemed these three riders were more interested in marking each other than bringing back the break.

With the pace high at the front of the race, the chasers were beginning to lose ground. But the speed, climbing and 35º C heat were also taking their toll on the break. First, Erker dropped back, then Derek McMaster (Team Coastal) and Marsh Cooper (Symmetrics) cracked. Despite being down to eight, their lead was holding. While the first chase group was only :45 back, its numbers had dropped to four, and the second, more dangerous group including Dionne and Walters (Perras had cracked as well), were 1:40 back.

A lap later, the lead group was down to six, with Fraser and Wohlberg doing a large portion of the work, but, Fraser added, “the group was pretty cohesive.” So much so that the chase group containing Walters and Dionne was now 2:30 behind. The group of six continued to work hard together and their lead slowly grew. With 2.5 laps remaining, it was clear they would stay away. The chasers had lost their impetus, and the group of Walters and Dionne had fallen 7:30 behind. The two closest chasers were 3:30 back and fading.

Coming through the final 10 km lap, Wohlberg’s legs gave out and began to cramp, forcing him off the back at the start of the final climb, along with Andrew Randall (Jet Fuel Coffee). With teammate Evans with him, Tuft looked to be a favorite, but if it came down to a sprint, Fraser was clearly the best of the group. So it wasn’t surprising that the fourth surviving member of the break, Lavallee, attacked on the final climb. But, Fraser explained, “it actually worked to my advantage that Tuft had Evans with him because Evans ended up doing the work to bring back Lavallee.”

Seeing an opportunity as they caught Lavallee, Fraser launched a counterattack in the final 750 meters of the climb. With Evans and Lavallee burnt from the attack, and Tuft not reacting, Fraser got the gap he would hold to the finish.

“I felt good coming into the final climb,” Fraser said. “I felt like I had enough left to test them with an attack, but if they brought me back, I still felt I had a good chance to win a sprint.”

Jumping into an early break showed that Fraser had to use some unusual – and uncharacteristic – tactics to win the race Sunday. “It’s out of character for me to go in breaks, and go solo,” the veteran racer said. “But this was a different situation, not having any teammates. I had a good day, and maybe rode beyond what I thought I was capable of. I think the way I won was a bigger statement. It was very different, and very satisfying.”

Olympic Prospects

While the national championship win doesn’t guarantee Fraser a spot on the Canadian Olympic team, it greatly improves his chances. Currently, only Michael Barry of USPS-Berry Floor has officially made the team, as the top UCI-ranked Canadian in the world.

Other riders in addition to Fraser who have qualified for selection to the two remaining spots include Dionne (Webcor in the U.S.), who rode well at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Beauce last week, but finished 9:49 (7 th ) behind Fraser Sunday; Dominique Perras (Ofoto), whose prospects slipped Sunday with his DNF; Wohlberg, who was still able to finish 6 th (3:00) despite cramping on the final lap; Walters, who rode well Sunday (12 th , 15:37) but doesn’t have the results this season; and Cory Lange (8 th , 9:59), whose win at the Tour of Korea last week put him on the list.

The final decision won’t be made until the second week of July. While he acknowledges that he’s not on the team yet, Fraser says he might need to take a step back and re-evaluate his race calendar in the coming weeks, just in case. “I want to prepare for a good result in Athens if I’m selected.”

If Fraser makes the Olympic team, he will be the fourth rider from Oakland-based Health Net Presented by Maxxis to head to Athens. The others are:
Jason McCartney – Team USA
Greg Henderson – Team New Zealand (track)
Hayden Godfrey – Team New Zealand (track)
Canadian Cyclist contributed to this report.

The Health Net Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis is in its second year of racing in the professional ranks. The team is owned and operated by the Momentum Sports Group, LLC, based in Piedmont, California. Health Net: www.health.net. For additional information, please visit www.teamhealthnet.com

The Quark Cycling Team wraps up National Championships
Bessette crowned Canadian National Road Champion – on her way to Athens

The Quark Cycling Team athletes wrapped up a two week stint of National Championships this weekend with the Canadian and French Championships. The National Championships carried quite a bit of importance this year as most were Olympic qualifiers. The Quark Team had three Canadian representatives, one American athlete and one French athlete competing at their respective championships.

In the US National Championships it was the dominant T-Mobile Team coming up with the win after a very aggressive race. The race, held in Redlands, CA was held on a very challenging course, definitely complimenting the climbers in the women’s peloton. T-Mobile set the pace early and it was a strong effort by Kimberly Bruckner that put the final blow to the group, trimming it down to only a handful of competitors. From there it was Kristin Armstrong (T-Mobile) and newly crowned National Time Trial Champion Christine Thornburn (Webcore) getting away from the group to stay away for the win. In the final meters it was Armstrong coming by Thornburn for the stars and stripes jersey as well as a guaranteed spot to the Olympics in August.

The Quark Team got off to a strong start in the Canadian National Championships in Kamloops, BC with Lyne Bessette winning the silver medal in the time trial event. Sue Palmer (Genesis Scuba) won the event in a time of 43:21 for 30 kms besting Bessette by 40:55 seconds for the Gold Medal. Bessette’s Quark teammate, Amy Moore finished a strong fifth place, 2:17 behind Palmer.

The Team continued their strong riding on Saturday in the road race. The 12 lap, 120 kilometer road race course was animated by an early attack by Bessette. Intent on breaking up the field in the initial few laps, Bessette was relentless in pushing the pace, which resulted in a break containing Erinne Willock (Rona), Sue Palmer Komar (Genesis Scuba), and Manon Jutras (SATS). As the laps passed, the attacks on the climb continued, and at one point, Jutras came off the break, only to catch the group on the descent.

With five laps to go, it was Jutras answering the attacks with one of her own, shaking the others in the group. Bessette was able to bridge and the two former teammates quickly began working together to widen the gap. On the final lap it was clear that the sprint for the National Championship and the Olympic spot would be between Quark’s Bessette and SATS’ Jutras. However, in the end it was Bessette attacking Jutras on the final climb to race away with the National Road Title and the trip to Athens for the Olympic Games in August. Jutras finished second, with Willock in third. Behind the break, Quark’s Audrey Lemieux and Amy Moore had positive rides with Moore finishing seventh

The French National road race began well for Magali LeFloch who was in an early break along with Catherine Marsal. However the break was reabsorbed and LeFloch’s effort in the early break caught up with her. Winning the French National Champion jersey and her spot on the Athen’s Olympic Team was Jeannie Longo, soloing in for an impressive victory.

The Quark Team will now enjoy a much deserved break before heading to Bend, Oregon for the equally beautiful and challenging Cascade Classic, kicking off July seventh.

Canadian National Championship Time Trial
Elite Women - 30km

1 Susan Palmer-Komar (ON) 43:21.00
2 Lynn Bessette (QC) :40.55
3 Merrill Collins (ON) :58.7
4 Anne Samplonius (QC) 1.13.9
5 Amy Moore (ON) 2.17.6
6 Genevieve Jeanson (AR) 3.04.6
7 Manon Jutras (QC) 3.42.7
8 Emilie Roy (QC) 4.04.9
9 Sara Neil (BC) 4.11.2
10 Krystal Jeffs (ON) 4.16.5

Canadian National Championship Road Race
1 Lynn Bessette (QC) Quark Cycling Team
2 Manon Jutras (QC) Equipe du Quebec 1:29
3 Erinne Willock (BC) Rona
4 Susan Palmer-komar (ON) Genesis Scuba/FFCC
5 Nicole Demars (OR) Victory Brewing
6 Sarah Neil
7 Amy Moore Quark Cycling Team

US National Championship Road Race
Elite Women
1 Kristin Armstrong (T-Mobile) 3.26.12
2 Christine Thorburn (Webcor Builders) s/t
3 Tina Pic (Genesis Scuba/FFCC) 2.05
4 Lynn Gaggioli (T-Mobile) s/t
5 Katrina Grove (Rona) 2.06
6 Kim Anderson (T-Mobile) 2.09
7 Katheryn Curi (Equipe Cycliste Rona) 2.16
8 Mari Holden (T-Mobile) s/t
9 Dede Barry (T-Mobile) s/t
10 Kimberly Bruckner (T-Mobile) s/t

French National Road Race
Elite Women - 112 km
1 Jeannie Longo (Paris Cycliste Olympique) 3.06.05
2 Elisabeth Chevanne (Team Cycliste Féminin) 1.01
3 Sandrine Marcuz-Moreau (US Colomiers) s/t
4 Karine Dalmais (AC Lyon) s/t
5 Sonia Huguet (UC Bassin Houiller) 2.29
6 Edwige Pitel (VC La Pomme) s/t
7 Maryline Salvetat (VSLL Castres) 3.06
8 Marina Jaunatre (VS Valletais) s/t
9 Magali Mocquery (Chambery Cyclisme Formation) 6.32
10 Béatrice Thomas (UCC Vivonne) 6.33

America's Dairyland Racers to Compete In International Cycling Classic

America's Dairyland women's cycling team is off to a winning start this season as it prepares for the world's largest multi-category cycling event, the International Cycling Classic "Superweek." The races will be held in eastern Wisconsin cities July 10-25.

The world class cycling event attracts top riders from across the United States and more than 20 foreign countries. In its second season of racing under the sponsorship of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB), the team has been on a roll since its first race – a win back in March. Since then, three different riders have placed first in races, along with multiple top 10s by all members of the team. "This is the first year this particular group of riders is working together, and to be doing this well speaks highly of the team's ability to focus on one goal -- a team win," said America's Dairyland team coordinator and member Rebecca Anderson.

The team's seven elite riders are working even harder to gear up for Superweek. "This is the team's hometown event and we're looking forward to going into this series as one of the stronger teams," continued Anderson. "We know these courses, we have a lot of fans, and we are racing well so we're ready to take on the competition!"

America's Dairyland team riders promote the importance of Wisconsin's dairy products and industry while competing in races throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest. The team's favorite "recovery" drink for the 2004 racing season is chocolate or strawberry milk. Team members also are drinking an average of two gallons of milk each week during the season, in addition to drinking an average of two smoothies each day. With all the milk they've been drinking, it's no wonder they wear black and white Holstein spotted racing gear on their bovine-inspired bikes!

"The cycling team is a fantastic way to tell the Wisconsin dairy story," said Dave Bavlnka, vice president of local markets for WMMB. "This is a great way to showcase the need for calcium in an active, healthy lifestyle. The group exhibits great physical fitness based on healthy diets that include milk and other dairy products."

International Cycling Classic races are scheduled in Menasha, Manitowoc, Alpine Valley, Burlington, Hales Corners, Shorewood, Milwaukee, Waukesha, Kenosha, and Whitefish Bay. Additional information about the team, their activities and their scheduled races can be found at the website here.

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Members of this year's team are:
Rebecca Anderson, Madison, hometown Milwaukee
Rachel Couch, Boulder, Colorado, hometown Boise, Idaho
Anna Dierking, Madison, hometown Madison
Rachel Eichers, Madison, hometown Cedarburg
Jamie Surges, East Troy, hometown Waukesha
Julie Schmitt, West Bend, hometown Mt. Horeb
Julie Tatar, Madison, hometown Appleton

Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board is a nonprofit organization of Wisconsin dairy producers that promotes the consumption of milk, cheese and other dairy products made in America's Dairyland.


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