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Cycling News Roundup 20 October 2004
 
By Vaughn Trevi
Date: 10/20/2004
Cycling News Roundup 20 October 2004
 

Women’s Prestige Cycling Series Completes Inaugural Season
2004 Champions are Crowned Following Bermuda Grand Prix

The Women’s Prestige Cycling Series completed its inaugural year at the Bermuda Grand Prix.  The Series saw coast-to-coast racing leading up to this off-shore finish.  The Series opened at the Redlands Bicycle Classic in California in March, then continued at the Nature Valley Grand Prix in Minnesota in June and at the Tour de ‘Toona / International in Pennsylvania in July.

The Series proved to be very popular with women racers, with record numbers attending each of the Series events.  In addition to teams that are well known on the National circuit, Series teams also included regional teams who were taking their racing to a new level and composite teams formed specifically for the Series.

WPCS Individual Standings
Lyne Bessette of Quark Cycling claimed the overall championship of the Series.  Although absent from the Bermuda Grand Prix, she had built up an unassailable lead by winning the other three Series events.  Lauren Franges (Victory Brewing) rode impressively in Bermuda, winning the stage race and moving from 24th to 4th in the Series
  1  - 660 - Lyne Bessette, Quark Cycling Team
  2  - 329 - Katrina Grove, Equipe Rona
  3  - 286 - Susan Palmer-Komar, Genesis Scuba / FFCC
  4  - 255 - Lauren Franges, Victory Brewing
  5  - 253 - Genevieve Jeanson, Equipe Rona
  6  - 253 - Erinne Willock, Equipe Rona
  7  - 213 - Kori Seehafer, Genesis Scuba / FFCC
  8  - 187 - Tina Pic, Genesis Scuba / FFCC
  9  - 185 - Andrea Hannos, Equipe Rona
10 - 176 -  Magali LeFloch, Quark Cycling Team

WPCS Best Young Rider (U26)
Kate Sherwin (Team Kenda Tire) reclaimed the lead in the Best Young Rider competition thanks to a strong 4th place finish in Bermuda.  Sherwin held the lead in this competition after the Nature Valley Grand Prix, but then surrendered it to Erinne Willock (Equipe Rona) after the Tour de ‘Toona.
  1  - 528 - Katherine Sherwin, Team Kenda Tire
  2  - 470 - Lauren Franges, Victory Brewing
  3  - 440 - Erinne Willock. Equipe Rona
  4  - 385 - Genevieve Jeanson .Equipe Rona
  5  - 344 - Candice Blickem, Genesis Scuba/FFCC
  6  - 268 - Stefanie Graeter. Webcor Builders
  7  - 264 - Katherine Lambden, CRCA/Aquafina
  8  - 187 - Audrey Lemieux, Quark Cycling Team
  9  - 187 - Grace Fleury, Genesis Scuba/FFCC
10 - 132 -  Sarah Uhl, Quark Cycling Team

WPCS Sprint Competition
Gina Grain (Victory Brewing) successfully defended her WPCS sprint leader’s jersey.  Although she had held a commanding lead following the Nature Valley Grand Prix, where she won that race’s Salsa Cycles Sprint Competition, she had left herself vulnerable when she missed the Tour de ‘Toona.  However, she left no doubt about who was the fastest woman in the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series when she won the sprint competition at the Bermuda Grand Prix and claimed the Series sprint title.
  1  - 605 - Gina Grain, Victory Brewing
  2  - 393 - Laura Van Gilder, Genesis Scuba / FFCC
  3  - 363 - Andrea Hannos. Equipe Rona
  4  - 307 - Lyne Bessette, Quark Cycling Team
  5  - 220 - Tina Pic, Genesis Scuba / FFCC
  6  - 165 - Kori Seehafer, Genesis Scuba / FFCC
  7  - 158 - Grace Fleury, Genesis Scuba / FFCC
  8  - 157 - Katrina Grove, Equipe Rona
  9  - 143 - Lauren Franges, Victory Brewing
10 - 132 -  Amy Moore, Quark Cycling Team

WPCS Team Competition
Although Victory Brewing won the team competition at the Bermuda Grand Prix, Equipe Rona claimed the win for the Series, thanks to team wins at the other three Series events.  Equipe Rona’s impressive margin of victory of over 600 points was the result of strong performances that saw four of their riders finishing in the top ten in the individual competition.
1  - 1691 - Equipe Rona
2  - 1055 - Genesis Scuba / FFCC
3  - 1044 - Quark Cycling Team
4  -   910 - Victory Brewing
5  -   462 - Webcor Builders
6  -   352 - Team Kenda Tire
7  -     83 - CRCA/Aquafina

About the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series
The Women’s Prestige Cycling Series is a collaborative effort between teams and promoters to showcase women’s racing by giving women a spotlight that they don’t have to share with the men.  The Series was born at the Yoplait Women’s Cycling Summit Conferences that take place twice annually: at the Nature Valley Grand Prix in June and at Interbike in October.For more information about women's racing and the Series, visit www.WomenCyclists.com (Acknowledgements to David LaPorte and Giana Roberge)

Last race of the season for Cunego
On Sunday he rides the Japan Cup

 After his triumph at the Tour of Lombardy and crowning as the UCI’s world number one ranked rider, Damiano Cunego will ride his last race of the season on Sunday at the Japan Cup.
Cunego rode the Borgomanero and Mestre time trials on Sunday and then took part in the Gran Gala Ciclistico in Italy on Monday ­where he was cheered by the public for his fantastic season. On Wednesday he will leave for Japan at nine o’clock from Milan’s Malpensa airport with team mates Celestino, Bertagnolli, Fuentes and Szmyd. Guido Bontempi will direct the team, with their return expected on Monday night.
 Gaggio Montano, October 19, 2004

Ross, Emmett Take Top Honors at 10th Annual 24 Hours of Moab
Bontrager  Masters 50th 24-hour Race

MOAB, Utah (October 17, 2004) Nat Ross (Subaru/Gary Fisher) and Kelli Emmett (Specialized) rode a collective 450 miles with 40,800 vertical feet of cimbing to claim respective wins in the en’s and Women’s Solo  categories this past weekend at the 10th Annual 24 Hours of Moab. Solo vet Ross arrived in the red rock desert south of Moab with a goal to win while Emmett’s decision to enter the race was arrived at less than 48 hours before the race started.
“I’ve never ridden my bike for longer than eight hours,” said an anxious Emmett in a pre race interview. “For me it was just the mental challenge of getting out there and just seeing if I can do this.”

With a Men’s Solo field eight times the size of the Women’s Solo field, a spectrum of challengers descended upon Moab to match skills with Ross, whose cycling resume is already studded with multiple podium finishes in the solo category. But experience with 24-hour racing is hard earned, yet Ross willingly shared some advice on how to grapple with a 24-hour race.
“You’ve got to go out hard and settle into a pace,” explained Ross. “You’re never going to be faster than you are at the beginning of the race—then you’ll see what to settle into pace-wise.”
Ross crossed the finish line at 12:01:05 p.m. He finished 16 laps on the 15-mile, technical course with a total time of 24:01:05.
Second place women’s soloist, Moab resident Jenna Woodbury, applied pressure to Emmett’s podium pursuit by allowing Emmett at most, a 20-minute lead on each lap. Doubtful at one point that she would make it to the end, Emmett suffered her hardest moment when her lights quit on a precipitous descent.
“Around 4 a.m. I was going down a descent and my lights went out but Jay (Henry) came up behind me  about five minutes later and gave me his helmet light so I was able to keep on riding.”

Specialized riders Emmett, Jay Henry, and Jimi Mortenson outpaced their lighting systems during this year’s race and crew members expressed difficulties in keeping batteries charged to keep up with the racers’ quick laps. Emmett earned her first 24-hour solo win for completing 14 laps in 24:43:48. Henry and Mortenson rode to victory in the Duo Pro category with 21 laps completed in 24:43:39.

Keith Bontrager came early and will stay late at this year’s 24 Hours of Moab. Bontrager, who turns 50 this December, realized earlier this year that he could finish his 50th 24-hour race at Moab and pressures to perform brought him to the course a week prior to the race for a few practice laps. His desire to learn every detail about the course proved worth it since he succeeded in lowering nearly every lap time from his 2003 24 Hours of Moab by five minutes. However, the “50 by 50” goal burdened Bontrager with some unwelcome anxiety.
“My first lap I was nervous and was affected by the drama and meaning of the event more than ever before,” Bontrager said. “I missed lines and felt tied up with nervous energy and that cost me a lot.”

Despite his careful planning and faster lap times, a first place finish in the Men’s Master category evaded the Bontrager Masters team. Team Colorado Alliance from Breckenridge, Colo. sustained a slim lead over the Bontrager Master’s throughout the entire race with time gaps often measuring in the single digits. In the end, Colorado Alliance added up a 54 minute lead to win the category. Inspired by second place and unwilling to call it quits after 50 races, Bontrager is already looking ahead to 2005.
“This is the kind of thing that encourages me to race faster,” said Bontrager. “There will be a point when you’re just losing ground, you can’t improve. This race verified that I can go faster; that’s good news.”

The Bontrager Masters completed 18 laps in 24:54:34.

Moab-based women’s Team Dirt Flirts, led by Kirstin Peterson, swapped the lead with Team Sugar/Calendar Girls from Park City throughout Saturday and into Sunday morning. The Women’s Sport category snagged the attention of fans when the two teams volleyed the lead like a game of pedal pong.

Start-line jitters were stomped out on the trail with both teams confident they could nudge the other out of contention. The thrilling finish forecasted by the mighty efforts of each team ended when Jean Carlan of Team Sugar/Calendar Girls suffered a broken collarbone from a crash on Sunday morning. The local Dirt Flirts maintained their lead over runner up, Bush against Bush, to win the category with 15 laps in 24:54:30.

24 Hours of Moab’s triumvirate of excellent weather conditions, world-class racing and a coveted venue in the desert south of Moab celebrated a decade of 24-hour racing this past weekend. Mountain bikers from all over the globe convened for the annual event that has become the official grand finale to the 24-hour racing season. See you in 2005!
Quotes:
Nat Ross, Men’s Solo, 16 laps, 24:01:05
“There’s actually a lot of strategy and stealth to racing for 24-hours—you don’t want to give anything up to your opponents. It’s definitely a sneak mission out there.” “You’ve got to go out hard and settle into a pace. You’re never going to be faster than you are at the beginning of the race—then you’ll see what to settle into pace wise.”
“I definitely came here to win.”

 Kelli Emmett, Women’s Solo, 14 laps, 24:43:48
“My biggest goal was to stay as steady as I could. On the downhill I just let it go and let my speed carry me through and on the climbs I switched to a high cadence and spun it through.”
“I asked Nat (Ross) and Mike (Janelle) and they said to go out hard—not full on—just strong enough to settle into  a good pace. After that it just becomes endurance. If you can mentally handle it then you can stay within yourself and just keep going.”
“Around 4 a.m. I was going down a descent and my lights went out but Jay (Henry) came up behind me in about five minutes and gave me his helmet light so I was able to keep on riding.”
“For me, having to go and suffer for five hours seems tougher. This kind of race is tough but in a different way, you have to pace yourself both mentally and physically.”

Keith Bontrager, Men’s Masters, 18 laps, 24:54:34
“What worked in this race was coming out here early and training before this. I went five minutes faster per lap—almost every lap—than in 2003.”
“The course wasn’t that different from last year. It was very sandy. The things that change affect the difficulty of the course—sand is the key. If it rains late in the week and packs the sand; that makes it a lot easier to ride.”
“My first lap I was nervous and was affected by the drama and meaning of the event more than ever before. I missed lines and felt tied up with nervous energy and that cost me a lot.”
“This is the kind of thing that encourages me to race faster. There will be a point when you’re just losing ground, you can’t improve. This race verified that I can go faster; that’s good news.”

Kirstin Peterson, Women’s Sport, 15 laps, 24:54:30
“The first lap is always the hardest. My first lap I was dreaming of sleeping and then you’re just too nervous to ride and your legs seize up.”
“The night laps were the best because the conditions were good. You never really get to stand out in your yard and watch the weather for 24 hours and we had great weather this year.”

Chris Bowman, Single/Rigid Open, 15 laps, 24:16:20
“The first lap wasn’t sandy at all. It made for a really fast course and I passed a lot of people there plus being on a single-speed with a big gear, I could just power through the sand.”
“The single-speed is a bike that I never really ride. Around here you just want as much suspension as possible; that makes riding easier.”
“I definitely enjoy night riding more. There are times when you get out there and there’s nobody out on the trail except for you and that piece of light in front of you—I enjoy that very much.”

The largest mountain bike race west of the Mississippi, a weekend of world-class competition and fat tire camaraderie, and an opportunity to race on some of the most stunning terrain in the U.S. earns The 24 Hours of Moab its status as one of the most celebrated mountain bike races in the world.

Supporting Sponsors include NiteRider Technical Lighting Systems, BIKE Magazine, VeloWear.com, and The American Lung Association. Contributing sponsors include Shimano USA and East-West Printing.
Granny Gear Productions, a sports marketing and event production company, has earned a reputation as the industry's most innovative and successful event organizer. With more than 22 years as a mountain bike race organizer, Granny Gear President and CEO, Laird Knight, created the 24-hour racing format in 1991. In 2001, Knight became West Virginia Tourism’s Person-of-the-Year and in 2002, Knight was inducted into The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame.

For full results or more information, visit: www.grannygear.com

 Industry News
Adrian Montgomery joins SCOTT USA Adrian is a key hire at SCOTT USA. Total Bike Industry experience for the Scott Team now totals 322 years. The Scott Bike booth at Interbike proved to be one of the more popular with Bike Shop owners looking at the full line of Scott bikes.

News from Scotland
Fort William to host World Championships

Fort William has won its bid to host the Mountain Bike World Championships in September 2007, despite strong competition from Canada and Australia. The decision was announced on 27 September 2004 by the UCI (International Cycle Union), cycling's international governing body, in Bardolino, near Verona, Italy.

Scottish Cycling Replica Jersey
Due to popular request, Scottish Cycling are pleased to offer a replica Scottish jersey for sale. The jersey is a replica of that worn by Chris Hoy and the Scottish team at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. The jersey will be ready in early December and would make an ideal Christmas present for that hard to buy for cyclist in the family! Visit the Scottish Cycling Scottish Cycling Coaching Seminar 2004
Scottish Cycling is pleased to announce the 2004 coaching seminar sponsored by High Five sports nutrition. The seminar will be over the weekend of Saturday 6th (9am – 5:30pm) and Sunday 7th (12pm – 5:30pm) November at Moray House in Edinburgh University. The seminar is open to all those interested (not just coaches) at a cost of £125 for the two days, with Scottish Cycling members obtaining a discounted rate of £86. You can access the seminar for free by putting your name forward for one of the voluntary positions within the regional academies or with the national squad.

Cyclists selected for Commonwealth Youth Games in Australia
Four youths have been selected for the Youth Commonwealth Games in Bendigo, Australia this November. The riders are Shane Charlton, Kevin Barclay, Stuart McManus and Catherine Niblock. All have been working hard with National Coach, Graeme Herd to meet the selection criteria before being presented for selection by the Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland. The CGCS Executive confirmed their selection on 29 September 2004.
British Track Championship Success

Scottish riders brought back a haul of medals from the recent British Track Championships at Manchester. The list of honour includes:

GOLD
Matthew Haynes (City of Edinburgh RC) - Kilometre TT
Katrina Hair (Johnstone Wh) - Womens Scratch Race
Ross Edgar (VC St Raphael) – Sprint
Ross Edgar (VC St Raphael) - Team Sprint member
SILVER
Kate Cullen (City of Edinburgh RC) - Womens 500m TT
Kate Cullen (City of Edinburgh RC) - Womens Points Race
Kate Cullen (City of Edinburgh RC) - Womens Scratch Race
Kate Cullen (City of Edinburgh RC) - Womens Sprint
Katrina Hair (Johnstone Wh) - Womens Pursuit
City of Edinburgh RC - Team Sprint

Matthew Haynes (City of Edinburgh RC) - Sprint

BRONZE
Marco Librizzi (City of Edinburgh RC) – Sprint
Katrina Hair (Johnstone Wh) - Womens 500m TT

Braveheart Cycling Fund Dinner

Guest of honour for our second Scottish Braveheart dinner will be Olympic Champion Chris Hoy. Chris has a very busy schedule but has made time to be our guest. On the evening Chris will be presented as our patron. Also coming along to support the fund will be Graeme Obree, George Bowie (Clyde1), Tony Bell (Cycling Weekly columnist), Iona Scott (stv) and all funded riders. Braveheart Cycling Fund

http://www.braveheartcyclingfund.com
For more details visit Scottish Cycling on line: http://www.scuonline.org

 Crank Brothers US Grand Prix of Cross series Weekend Number 1

The inaugural races of the Crank Brothers US Grand Prix of Cross series hit the Pacific Northwest this past weekend (October 10) with back to back races in Portland and Seattle.

Saturday’s Portland event was held under rainy skies, muddy and slippery conditions and in front of a screaming horde. The Alpenrose Velodrome and Dairy played host to yet another wonderful event that saw over 650 competitors in all categories. Team Maxxis-Giant was at 2/3 force with Geoff Kabush and Jonny Sundt in attendance and Adam Craig playing groomsman at a wedding.

At the gun Kabush launched to the front, taking the hole shot on the day and winning the first lap prime of a superb bottle of wine. Teammate Sundt maintained the group behind, sitting in front and blocking for Kabush up the road. Sundt eventually lost the battle as former World Champ Daniele Pontoni (Selle Italia) took up the chase and eventually the lead in the race. The peanut butter mud sucked the energy from the riders as Kabush settled into second place with a small chase group began closing the gap. With three laps remaining, Kabush was caught by Marc Gullickson (Redline) and then Carl Decker (Giant-Pearl Izumi) and the foursome worked together in vain to catch the Italian escapee. As the pace picked up anticipating a sprint finish, the Canadian popped off the back of the group leaving Gullickson to claim second place behind Pontoni. Decker rolled across the line in third and Sundt in a solid 8th place on the day.

With a venue change to Tacoma, WA, Sunday’s race day was treated to warm temperatures and sunny skies. With the infamous Knapp Time run-up, Steilacoom Park is a notorious venue that provides unrelenting efforts and beautiful views across the Puget Sound. The entire Maxxis-Giant contingent was on hand with a fresh Adam Craig arriving on the red eye flight from Reno.

At the starting pistol the group charged down the asphalt road with an hour of anaerobic effort ahead of them. Geoff Kabush and Adam Craig immediately latched onto a breakaway group of 8 riders, distancing themselves from the chase and opening a small gap. Teammate Sundt saw the move and positioned himself at the head of the group, marking all riders and slowing the response. This group remained together for nearly half of the race with Kabush and Craig lending their horsepower to the success of the group. As Craig took his turn at the front, he pushed his acceleration a bit and immediately opened a small gap. With no response from his fellow agitators, the Maxxis-Giant rider increased the pressure and slowly rolled to a 42 second advantage. At three laps to go, a small group tried to chase down the escapee with Kabush sitting on their wheel, policing their effort and disturbing the cycle as much as possible. The gap continued to hover as Craig drilled the flats and coasted the descents. On the bell lap, Kabush marked all others riders, inhibiting any chasers and resting for a single final effort. Craig crossed the line to take the victory as Kabush sprinted towards the line, missing 2nd spot by only a tire’s width.

The Cateye Enduro 8 Computer Report:
Adam Craig hit a top speed of 59.9 km per hour.
Geoff Kabush averaged 38 km per hour for his race.
Jonny Sundt logged nearly 16 miles for the duration of the event.

Race Results
USGP Portland, OR
1. Daniele Pontoni – Selle Italia
2. Marc Gullickson – Redline
3. Carl Decker – Giant-Pearl Izumi
4. Geoff Kabush – Team Maxxis-Giant
8. Jonny Sundt – Team Maxis-Giant

USGP Tacoma, WA
1. Adam Craig – Team Maxxis-Giant
2. Mark McCormack – Clif Bar-Colavita
3. Geoff Kabush – Team Maxxis-Giant

 

Emerald City Series – South SeaTac, WA
The third round of the Emerald City Series returned to the South SeaTac venue, just north of the city of Tacoma, WA. With rainy weather and overcast skies, true cross weather had arrived in the Pacific Northwest.
As the lone representative of the Maxxis-Giant CX Team, Jonny Sundt firmly shouldered the burden and gave a hard fought effort on the day. At the gun, Sundt, Dale Knapp (Kona), Russell Stevenson and Loren Hansen (BRI Racing) launched to the front of the group, taking turns on the lead. As the pack splintered under their accelerations, Sundt and Knapp were able to establish a small gap heading onto the second lap. As Sundt overtook the lead, Knapp pulled into the pit for a bike change but suffered a small time loss with no bike and no mechanic. First Stevenson and then Hansen rolled by the frustrated Kona rider as Sundt maintained his lead. Fighting the slippery mud and the harsh “Thigh Master” run-up over the course of the next few laps the group slowly reformed with Knapp and Hansen making inroads towards the escapees, Stevenson and, further up the road, Sundt.
With three laps remaining, Sundt enjoyed a 10 second and shrinking lead over a hard charging Stevenson. At two laps remaining, the two were together and holding a scant dozen seconds over Knapp and Hansen with a further minute to any semblance of a chasing group. Around the final corner and into the finishing straight away, Russell Stevenson enjoyed his first cross victory of the season. A pained Sundt crossed the line in second place, nursing a recurring back injury. Kona’s Dale Knapp claimed the remaining podium spot on the day.
Race Results
1. Russell Stevenson – BRI Racing
2. Jonny Sundt – Maxxis-Giant CX Team
3. Dale Knapp – Kona
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VELO BELLA ANNOUNCES FIRST ALL FEMALE ELITE CX TEAM

The women of team Velo Bella announce their 2004 elite cyclocross team. The first all-female team to compete on the national circuit, this six-woman squad is preparing for domestic UCI events, such as the Crank Brothers U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross, as well as U.S. Cross Nationals, and ultimately qualification for the U.S. Worlds team. Lead by 2002 U.S. Cyclocross World’s Team member, Christine Vardaros (Mill Valley, CA), the girls in pink and blue are proud to represent what Velo Bella is known for: fun on the bike, grassroots development, a whole lot of pain, and an excuse to wear a skin-tight body suit in the mud.

The team will race on Rock Lobster cyclocross bikes custom designed by Santa Cruz CA rock star, Paul Sadoff. The bikes will feature the lovely new pink Chris King headset. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of the headset will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Other sponsors include Easton, Truvativ, Paul's Components, Crank Brothers, PedalSoft, A Bicycle Odyssey, and the incredible Sheila Moon.

The team has already found early season success with back to back UCI wins this past weekend. Christine Vardaros won both the Michael Rabe Cyclocross race in Michigan and the Whitmore’s Landscaping Super Cross Cup in New York.
Locally, members, Barbara Howe and Sarah Kerlin finished first and second in the ELITE women's race in the Central Coast Cyclocross Series in California.
In addition to national racing, the team will be joined by dozens of local racers who will compete in the Bay Area Super Prestige Series, Sacramento Series, Georgia Cross Series, Verge Mid Atlantic Series and other events across the country. Velo Bella is also promoting the Spirit of Surf City Cyclocross Race on October 31st in Watsonville, CA as a fundraiser for the team and as an excuse to do something outrageously fun on Halloween.

The Velo Bella Elite CX team members are:
Christine "Peanut" Vardaros (Mill Valley, CA)
Sarah "Bella Loca" Kerlin (Santa Cruz, CA)
Barbara "Barbarella" Howe (Marin, CA)
Erin "Biscuit'" Kassoy (Palo Alto, CA)
Melodie "Sweet Pea" Metzger (Berkeley, CA)
Sami "Freaky" Fournier (Washington, D.C.)
Velo Bella is a non-profit, grassroots, multidiscipline cycling team based out of Watsonville, CA. The Velo Bella mission is to encourage women to get out and ride a bike, race a bike, and to eventually grow the pool of talent and have a lot of fun along the way. While the core Velo Bella Team is a committed group of female racers, membership includes female cyclists interested in completing their first race, century, or even group ride. More information on Velo Bella can be found on their website: www.velobella.org.

 Larssyn Staley Signs withTeam Andeer Interflon

“For the 2005 season I will be starting fresh in Europe with a new team, Team Andeer Interflon.  This time I will be based in Zurich, Switzerland.  I'm excited for this new opportunity.  I think it’s a place where I can learn a lot.

This Spring Larssyn will once again head off to Europe to begin racing with her new team, Team Andeer Interflon. The team is based out of Zurich, Switzerland. Larssyn is the tenth and final signing member. Larssyn will be joining the ranks of impressive riders
Bettina Kuhn
Lea Hilty
Nicole Käser
Nadine Marbot
Karin Metzler
Jennifer Hohl
Ramona Weder
Sandra Helbling
Christina Laux.

"I'm excited about Team Andeer Interflon. It's very well organized, has a good race schedule, and comes on high recommendation from my previous team manager Fredrich Laux."

Larssyn will make a visit to Zurich in late December to meet the team and take part in press conferences and photo sessions.

Soon after meeting her new team Larssyn will begin the new year training in Tucson, Arizona, with her coach Mirek Mazur and past and present team mate Christina Laux of Germany. After two months of base training in Tucson, Larssyn and Christina will go on to Toscana, Italy, for their first training camp with Team Andeer Interflon.

More info on Larssyn: http://www.larssynstaley.com/

USA Cycling Names Squad for 2004-05 Track World Cup Opener
Blatchford, Conzelman Headline Talented Crop
Colorado Springs, Colo. (October 18, 2004)--USA Cycling announced today its roster for the opening round of the 2004-05 UCI Track World Cup Classics in Moscow, Nov. 5-7. Six men and two women will represent the United States in the first leg of the four-race series as the UCI shifts its premier track series to the winter months.
Stephen Alfred (Capitola, Calif.), Kevin Belz (Plano, Texas), Michael Blatchford (Cypress, Calif.), Jame Carney (Boulder, Colo.), Brad Huff (Fair Grove, Mo.) and Anton Quist (Arlington, Va.) comprise the men’s squad while Becky Conzelman (Allentown, Pa.) and Annette Hanson (Kirkland, Wash.) will represent the women’s team.
With no 2004 Olympians on the roster for the first world cup, much of the attention will be focused on relative newcomer and sprint specialist Blatchford. Blatchford, the silver medalist in the 2004 Junior World Championships narrowly missed out on a rainbow jersey in July, placing second behind Australia’s Shane Perkins. Earlier in the season, Blatchford set a new U.S. and Pan American record in the 200m qualifying round at the Pan American Championships in Ecuador where he won the overall sprint title. He followed up that performance with a junior national title in the match sprint in June. After a season’s worth of dominating performances at the junior level, the 18-year-old Blatchford went on to capture the elite men’s sprint title besting Olympian Giddeon Massie last month. In Moscow, Blatchford will contest the individual sprint as well as the team sprint.
Joining Blatchford on the team sprint squad are Belz and Alfred, both coaches selection to the U.S. team after meeting the USA Cycling Talent Pool criteria. Belz will also ride the keirin and Alfred will double up with the individual sprint.
Carney, a staple for the U.S. team in international competition in recent years, recently captured the national title in the points race and rode on the winning team pursuit squad. In Moscow, Carney will suit up for the scratch race, the madison and the points race. Huff will team up with Carney for the madison and will also ride the individual pursuit.
Quist, a former masters world champion, earned a spot on the team after his national title in the kilometer time trial in September. In addition to the kilo, Quist has also been named to the team sprint squad.
The highly decorated Conzelman captured elite national titles in the scratch race, the 500m time trial, and the match sprint in 2004 and is an accomplished sprinter on the road referenced by several podium finishes in some of the nation’s top criteriums in Downer’s Grove, Ill., New York and Athens, Ga. In Moscow, Conzelman will ride the 500m time trial, the sprint and the keirin.
Hanson, the reigning women’s USCF elite national champion in the individual pursuit, will contest both the pursuit and the points race.
U.S. Squad for Round 1 of 2004-05 UCI Track World Cup
Moscow, Russia
November 5-7, 2004
Men

Stephen Alfred (Sprint, Team Sprint)
Kevin Belz (Keirin, Team Sprint)
Michael Blatchford (Sprint, Team Sprint)
Jame Carney (Points Race, Scratch Race, Madison)
Brad Huff (Madison, Individual Pursuit)
Anton Quist (Kilo, Team Sprint)

Women
Becky Conzelman (500m, Sprint, Keirin)
Annette Hanson (Individual Pursuit, Points Race)

2005 USCF NATIONAL RACING CALENDAR ANNOUNCED
Colorado Springs, Colo. (October 18, 2004) – With 2004 in the books, USA Cycling is excited to announce the 2005 USCF National Racing Calendar (NRC). Going into its ninth season, the NRC has been condensed into 38 races as opposed to the 56 events in the 2004 edition. The smaller calendar supports USA Cycling’s mission to represent a collection of the most prestigious races across the nation.
“The primary purpose of the National Racing Calendar is to provide the top American teams and riders a calendar of high-quality races where they can showcase their talents and distinguish themselves against each other,” explains National Events Director Matt Murphy. “The points they earn are tallied and the top individual man and woman, along with the top men’s and women’s teams are crowned the champions at the conclusion of the season.”
“In response to feedback from professional teams, sponsors, and riders, USAC raised the standards for the 2005 Calendar such that only the top races in the country remain. We feel this Calendar will provide races with a quality depth of field week in and week out, producing worthy NRC Champions after the long season of racing nationwide,” Murphy went on to say.
Racing will commence on March 5 in Merced, Calif. with the McLane Pacific Downtown Grand Prix. Nineteen states will see NRC action this year before the season concludes in Greenville, S.C. with the Tour de Cliffs. The 2005 NRC features 115 days of racing for men and 93 days for women.
For a complete 2005 NRC Calendar, visit http://www.usacycling.org/nrc/05_nrc.pdf
About USA Cycling
Recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling promotes American cycling through its 45,000 members and 2,000 annual events. USA Cycling associations include the BMX Association (BMX), National Off-Road Bicycle Association (mountain bike), U.S. Cycling Federation (road/track) and the U.S. Professional Racing Organization (professional men’s road).

 
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