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Cycling News Roundup 13 February 2006
By Vaughn Trevi
Date: 2/13/2006
Cycling News Roundup 13 February 2006

Cycling News Roundup 13 February 2006
Tour of Cuba Stage 7 & 8, Health Net Menzies Takes the Pie, Colavita Roster TofCA, Sea Otter Boost Monterey Economy by $28 Mil, US Crits Championship, Moab Skinny Tire Festival

Tour of Cuba Stage 7
Jackson Rodriguez in Yellow

The 7th stage from Ciego de Avila to Santi Spiritus was won by Gianluca Cavalli (Italian National Team). Gianluca won the stage in a mass sprint in Santi Spiritus after 146 kilometers. Cavalli was helped when  Pedro Pablo Perez (Cuba) was trapped behind Franklin Chacon (Venezuela) who finished 2nd pushing Perez onto the third step of the podium. The G.C. remains unchanged.

photo c. Angel Yu

En Sancti Spiritus Primero El Italiano Gianluca Cavilli
Sancti Spiritus (zciclismo) El podium de la VII Etapa corrida entre Ciego de Avila y Sancti Spiritus donde cruza primero el italiano Gianluca Cavalli, secundado por el venezolano FranKlin Chacon, y en la tercera casilla se
ubico el lider del giro de la mayor de la antillas Pedro Pablo Pérez de Cuba.

Gianluca Cavalli photo c. Angel Yu

1- Gianluca Cavalli Partizan/Italia 3:23.13
2- Franklin Chacón Venezuela m.t.
3- Pedro Pablo Pérez Cuba m.t.
4- Jackson Rodríguez Venezuela m.t.
5- Michel Fernández Pista/Cuba m.t.
6- Edualdo Ascencio CAICO/Puerto Rico m.t.
7- Joseph Papp (EUA) Partizan/Italia m.t.
8- Alexander Gottfried Alemania m.t.
9- Peters Woestenberg Altisonal/Holanda m.t.
10 Rodgina Radcslav Perutnina/Eslovenia m.t.

1- Pedro Pablo Pérez Cuba 23:22.48
2- Michel Fernández Cuba Pista a 24
3- Jackson Rodríguez Venezuela a 47
4- Simone Biasci Partizan, Italia a 59
5- Adonis Cardoso Cuba a 1.01
6- Alien García Ciego de Ávila a 1.01
7- Petrus Woestenberg Altipower, Holanda a 1.02
8- Yasmani Martínez La Habana a 1.04
9- Joseph Papp Partizan, Italia a 1.04
10- Freddy Buergos Ciego de Avila a 1.05

1- Pedro Pablo Pérez Cuba 101
2- Michel Fernández Pista/Cuba 81
3- Jackson Rodríguez Venezuela 53

1- Arnold Alcolea Cuba 13
2- Jackson Rodríguez Venezuela 12
3- José Contreras Venezuela 9

1- Jackson Rodríguez Venezuela 23:23.48
2- Alien García Ciego de Ávila a 15
3- Yasmani Martínez La Habana a 18

 Tour of Cuba Stage 6
Pedro Pablo Pérez triumphs after the 113 kms. Stage 6  between Camaguey and Sigue Firme in the finishing sprint at Ávila followed by Michel Fernández of Cuba Track Team, and Venezuelan Jackson Rodríguez, all with the time 2.24:29.
Cuban Pedro Pablo Pérez maintains his lead in the yellow jersey.

Jackson Rodriguez Photo c. Angel Yu

Vence Pedro Pablo Perez de Cuba y Sigue Firme en la Punta
Pedro Pablo Pérez triunfa en los 113 Km corridos entre Camaguey y Ciego de Ávila seguido de Michel Fernández de Cuba Pista y el venezolano Jackson Rodríguez todos con el tiempo 2.24:29. El cubano
Pedro Pablo Pérez continua vestido de amarillo.

Camaguey - Ciego de Avila 113 Km. Promedio: 46.926 KM/H
1- Pedro Pablo Pérez Cuba 2:24:29
2- Michel Fernández Cuba Pista m.t.
3- Jackson Rodríguez Venezuela m.t.
4- Freddy Buergos Ciego de Ávila m.t.
5- Joseph Papp Partizan Whistle- Italia m.t.
6- Víctor Gómez Cropusa-España m.t.
7- Simone Biasci Partizan Whistle- Italia m.t.
8- Stabe Matej Perutnina- Eslovenia m.t.
9- Alien García Ciego de Ávila m.t.
10-Petrus Woestenberg Altipower, Holanda m.t.

1- Pedro Pablo Pérez Cuba 19:59.45
2- Michel Fernández Cuba Pista a 16
3- Jackson Rodríguez Venezuela a 37
4- Simone Biasci Partizan, Italia a 49
6- Alien García Ciego de Ávila a 51
7- Petrus Woestenberg Altipower, Holanda a 52
9- Adonis Cardoso Cuba a 54
8- Yasmani Martínez La Habana a 54
9- Freddy Buergos Ciego de Avila a 55
10-Joseph Papp Partizan, Italia a 56

1- Pedro Pablo Pérez Cuba 95
2- Michel Fernández Cuba Pista 71
3- Bozic Borut Perutnina, Eslovenia 49
4- Jackson Rodríguez Venezuela 45
5- Alien García Ciegode Ávila 30

1- Arnold Alcolea Cuba 13 puntos
2- Jackson Rodríguez Venezuela 12 puntos
3- José Contreras Venezuela 9 puntos
1- Jackson Rodríguez Venezuela 20:00.12
2- Alien García Ciego de Ávila a 14
3- Yasmani Martínez La Habana a 17

Teams: (por Equipos)
1- Cuba 60:02:12
2- Partizan, Italia mt
3- Venezuela mt
foto: Angel Yu
Hasta La proxima: Jose Manuel Zabala Cardenas

Health Net's Karl Menzies Takes Home the Pie at Cherry Pie California Opener
Karl Menzies of the Health Net Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis won the final city limit line sprint – and more importantly, the Cherry Pie Criterium – in Napa, CA on Sunday. And while he may not have hit the 40 mph speed limit on the slightly uphill finish, it was a satisfying win for the Aussie from Tasmania, who is living in Folsom, CA during the 2006 season.

Photo credit c. Jason Kent

“Mike (Sayers) put the pressure on us before the race, so we had to win,” Menzies said afterward. “It was good to get a race in, instead of just training.”
Coming into the finishing straight, Menzies was actually trying to lead out teammate Kirk O’Bee for the win. “With about 2.5 laps to go, Garrett (Peltonen) went out on a break, but when it looked like he wasn’t going to stay away, we got a little train together. It was Sayers, me and then Kirk.”

But the Health Net Maxxis mini train had to contend with a full contingent of riders from KodakGallery/Sierra Nevada. “I think they had 10 guys there, and they were setting up a lead-out for their sprinter. But with about 500 or 600 meters to go, we got to a wide, flat stretch and Mike got outside and drilled it, and took us around their train.”

However, things didn’t go quite according to plan. “I hit out coming out of the last corner with maybe 400 meters to go to take O’Bee to the line, but I guess he got squeezed. I looked back between my legs with maybe 150 to go and didn’t see any Health Net green behind me, so I had to go again. But it ended up being a pretty clean win in the end.”
It also turned out to be a pretty sweet win for the team, as Menzies took home a nice cherry pie along with the prize money. “I ate most of it, too,” Menzies said. “Garrett snuck a piece while I was out after we got home from the race, but that’s alright. It was a good start to the season.”

Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home Winery Cycling Team
Tour of California Roster

 The Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home Winery Cycling Team has been selected to race in the inaugural Amgen Tour of California, the Tour de France-style bicycle stage race scheduled to begin February 19 in San Francisco and conclude February 26 in Redondo Beach. Director Sportif Frank McCormack made the announcement.
The roster for The Amgen Tour of California reads like the “Who’s Who” of international cycling, with 16 of the world’s top teams competing, including the Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team, whose colors Lance Armstrong wore for his most recent wins at the Tour de France. The Tour of California marks the first race of 2006 for Team Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home Winery, which is ranked #2 in USA Cycling’s standings after just three seasons on the pro circuit. Over 1 million spectators are expected to attend The Amgen Tour of California’s highly anticipated debut, with millions more following the competition via nightly broadcast on ESPN2.

Wendy Nyberg, Director of Marketing for St. Helena, CA-based Sutter Home Winery, produced by family-owned Napa Valley wine company Trinchero Family Estates, said “I’m thrilled that the Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home Winery Cycling Team will be among the ‘home teams’ in The Tour of California’s debut year. We’ll be cheering for our riders as they climb the hills near our winery in Napa Valley.”

John Profaci, Vice President of Colavita USA adds, “We’re proud that the Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home Winery squad, which combines Italy’s great food and wine traditions, will represent the sport’s Italian heritage at The Tour of California.”
Profaci continues, “I applaud AEG’s commitment to establishing a world-class cycling race in the U.S. The sport of cycling can be enjoyed by people of all ages and we champion this message through support of the Colavita Junior Development Team, recreational cycling clubs, including the Colavita Southern California Amateur/Elite team which will be helping out at the Tour of California, local cycling races, community bike paths, and the Colavita Foundation for Children, which donates bicycles to children in need.”

Among the cyclists from the Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home Winery Team who will be competing at the Amgen Tour of California are Mark McCormack, ranked #2 in the NRC Men’s Individual Standings and a former USPRO Road Champion; Belarus-native and two-time winner of the International Cycling Classic Viktor Rapinski; Kyle Wamsley, who ranked first at the Tour of Somerville and third at the USPRO & USCF Criterium Championships in 2005; and Davide Frattini of Varese, Italy, whose career highlights include first place at La Vuelta de Bisbee and the Giro d’Italia Elite under 26.

The Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home Winery roster for the Tour of CA will include:
Mark McCormack
Viktor Rapinski
Davide Frattini
Kyle Wamsley
Gustavo Artacho "
Todd Herriott
Tyler Wren
Zak Grabowski
Director Sportif: Frank McCormack.

“We are thrilled to participate in what we expect will become the annual Tour of California. We are honored to share the field with some of the best cycling teams in the world. Our riders have achieved incredible results since we joined the pro circuit three years ago,” said Frank McCormack.

Jim Felt, founder of Felt Racing, adds that The Tour of California is the ideal event to launch the fourth season for the Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home Winery Team, noting, “Fresh from training camp in Napa Valley, our riders will be well-prepared for the challenges of time trials, road races, and a circuit race over eight days.”
Felt continues, ”We appreciate all of the time and effort that the host cities and volunteers are investing to establish the Tour of California as a major event on the international cycling calendar.” Other important sponsors of the Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home Winery Team based in California include American Suzuki Motor Corporation and Shimano.

Colavita USA and Sutter Home Winery are the title sponsors of the Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home Winery Cycling Team. Additional sponsorship is provided by Amino Vital, The Olive Garden Restaurants, American Suzuki, and Lavazza, along with media partner, Cooking Light. Equipment and wardrobe are supplied by Felt Racing, Shimano, Maxxis, Giordana, Rudy Project, Pedro’s USA, Polar Electro, Profile Design, and Velo Enterprises. Now celebrating its 25th year, Colavita USA LLC, headquartered in Linden, NJ, is a leading marketer of Italian specialty food products. A family-owned business, Colavita imports and distributes the #1 brand of Italian extra-virgin olive oil in the U.S. as well as durum wheat semolina pasta, a full selection of balsamic and wine vinegars, and many other fine Italian products. To learn more about Colavita USA, please visit
Trinchero Family Estates is wholly owned and operated by the Trinchero family, Napa Valley vintners since 1948. The company produces the wines of Sutter Home, Trinchero, Montevina, Wild Bunch, Trinity Oaks, Folie à Deux, Menage à Trois, the number one alcohol-removed wine, Fre, and imports Angove’s, Reynolds Vineyards and Little Boomey wines of Australia. For more information, visit

Moab Skinny Tire Festival March 3-6th.
Ride with Bob Roll and Chris Carmichael at Moab Skinny Tire Festival!
Ride in Scenic Moab, Utah Benefits Lance Armstrong Foundation
 Bob Roll and Chris Carmichael have discovered the secret of Moab Utah, world renowned for it’s slickrock mountain biking; it’s a premier road cycling destination. Both are available for a private ride for the top fundraisers during the 2006 Moab Skinny Tire Festival March 3-6th.

Cycling routes of this Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) benefit take riders through spectacular, unbelievable scenery through Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, the Colorado River corridor and the famous Arches National Park.

Founded by the seven-time Tour de France bicycling champion and cancer survivor, the Lance Armstrong Foundation chose the Moab Skinny Tire Festival as the kick-off of their new advocacy program and their nationwide rollout, once again, thrusting this legendary community in southeastern Utah into the national spotlight. Sighting the nationwide rider participation and the focus of the event on making a difference, executive staff members just couldn’t resist being part of the newly discovered world-class road cycling destination.

But why now? Perhaps that is best answered in two words: Mark Griffith. As a local Moabite who lost his brother to cancer seven years ago, Mark has dedicated himself to building world-class events, allowing cyclists to put purpose to their cycling. Colette Johnston joined Griffith to help promote the festival after losing her brother to cancer. “Road cyclists want to put meaning behind what they do,” Johnston says she hopes to reach a particular quality in the riders: “It’s not affluence; it’s heart.”

It seems ‘heart’ is what draws cyclists from literally all over the country, and attracts industry heavyweights and major industry sponsors such as Serrotta, Moots and Trek Bicycles whom have joined to showcase new products along with premier clothing and tour companies such as Blackbottoms and PrimalWear.

You can register online for any or all rides at, or you can call (435)259-2698 for more information.
For more information on the Lance Armstrong Foundation please visit Come put purpose to your cycling and make a difference as an individual while having the most amazing cycling experience in this fantastic geological wonderland!

USA CRITS Championship Criterium Series Announced for 2006
USA CRITS 2006 has been founded as a tribute to the criterium racing format and those riders with the speed, strength and skills to excel in this unique type of race. The inaugural six-race series is set for April 29 through May 6 in cities throughout the southeastern United States.

The series, which will be held a week after the Tour de Georgia, combines well-established races in Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama, and offers top national and international riders a chance to race for an additional $75,000 in prize money. Also up for grabs is the championship title with a cash prize and a $10,000 overall series payout. The strategic place on the calendar and large prize purse is expected to result in the most competitive crit racing in 2006.

“It will be the fastest week of racing in the U.S.,” says Ravi Rajcoomar, race promoter with Swagger, LLC, who is producing the series.
“These races are everything that is a true crit,” says Gene Dixon, also of Swagger, LLC. “They’re going to be speed specific, competition specific, skills specific.“

“The overall winner will be the fastest man with the best skills set--the best and most consistent criterium specialist on the circuit,” Dixon says.

The series will use a points structure, with awards for the overall points leader, the top three teams, individual awards for the top 25 overall places, and the rider with the most laps lead.
Jerseys will be presented at each race for Points Leader, Race Winner, Lap Leader, Young Rider Leader, and Best In State.
To register, or for more information, see

April 29 Athens Twilight Athens, GA
April 30 Nalley Historic Roswell Criterium Roswell, GA
May 3 Walterboro Criterium Walterboro, SC
May 4 Greenwood Criterium Greenwood, SC
May 5 Spartanburg Criterium Spartanburg, SC
May 6 Sunny King Criterium Anniston, Ala
Contact: Andra Whitworth (706)316-1995

North America’s Largest Cycling Festival Stimulates Economy; Brings International Media Attention to California and Monterey County as Tourist Destination
 Each year the Sea Otter Classic, North America’s largest cycling festival, brings Olympic, professional, and amateur athletes from over 30 countries to the Monterey Peninsula for four days of intense competition in front of audiences of nearly 50,000 cycling enthusiasts. According to an Economic Impact Report recently released, the 2005 Sea Otter Classic generated $28.6 million for local communities. The event is a major vehicle to promote tourism for the region.

“The Sea Otter Classic has become one of our area’s major events, enhancing Monterey’s tourism business in our off-peak season,” says Julie Armstrong, Marketing Communications Director, Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “With 69% of the audience coming from outside our local market, it not only brings in new revenue but helps in the marketing exposure of our destination.”

Geoff  Kabush (Maxxis Mtn Team) 2005 Sea Otter c. Lily Trevisanut

Each year the Sea Otter Classic brings Monterey County to the headlines of the cycling and adventure sports community worldwide. Monterey County is now considered one of the top cycling destinations in the world.
“We’re certainly pleased to create a positive economic impact for our wonderful community,” said Frank Yohannan, President of Sea Otter Classic and Monterey resident. “But we’re more delighted to introduce young people to the wonderful sport of cycling.”

Included in the thousands of cycling enthusiasts who regularly attend Sea Otter are nearly 5,000 campers who transform the Laguna Seca Recreation Area into a massive tent city. “Sea Otter is a significant revenue source for us and kicks off our special event season,” says Lavonne Chin, Special Events Manager, Monterey County Parks Department. “It’s a great, positive family event that brings positive people to the area.”

“April is not a big vacation month for Monterey but we always sell out during Sea Otter and pull in $10,000 – $11,000 a night,” says Les Terry, co-owner of Los Laureles Lodge and a Sea Otter Mountain Bike Cross Country cyclist. “We always increase the number of shifts for our staff during the event and when the ‘Roadies’ ride by everyone runs out and rings their cow bells. The event is an awful lot of fun.”

Frank Pinto, owner of Joselyn’s Bicycles in Monterey, experiences a huge boost in sales during Sea Otter. “In the four days of the event, I bring in a ½-month worth of sales.”
The Sea Otter Classic Economic Impact Report was prepared by Fredric Kropp & Associates. The primary goal of the Analysis was to assess the economic impact the 2005 Sea Otter Classic had on the greater Monterey/Salinas area. A second objective of the project was to determine attendee’s satisfaction with the event.
Key Findings -
• When indirect multiplier effects are included, the total estimated impact on the Monterey/Salinas area is $21.51 million to $28.68 million, based on multipliers of 1.5 to 2.0.

• The direct estimate of the economic impact of the 2005 Sea Otter Classic on the greater Monterey/Salinas area is approximately $14.34 million. This consists of spectator spending of $10.51 million, athlete spending of $2.87 million, and vendor and sponsor spending of $0.92 million.
• In general, spectators were highly satisfied with the SOC – 89% of the respondents agreed that they would recommend the SOC to a friend; 87% agreed that the overall quality is good; and 82% plan to return within the next three years.
• In general, athletes were highly satisfied with the SOC - 96% of the respondents agreed that they would recommend the SOC to a friend, 91% said that their overall SOC experience was either good or excellent, and 95% plan to return within the next three years.
For a complete copy of the Economic Impact Report email Pamela Heisey at

About Sea Otter Classic LLC
The 16th Annual Sea Otter Classic will be held April 6 - 9, 2006 at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area, Monterey, California, USA. The four-day ‘Celebration of Cycling’ is considered the world’s largest cycling festival, hosting nearly 10,000 professional and amateur athletes and 50,000 fans. The Cypress Youth Fund is the Sea Otter Classic's philanthropic arm. The Fund provides funding to organizations that benefit their communities in the areas of youth, sport, education, and environment. More information can be found at or by calling 800-218-8411.


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