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Cycling News Roundup 15 February 2006
By Vaughn Trevi
Date: 2/15/2006
Cycling News Roundup 15 February 2006

Cycling New Roundup 15 February 2006
Saturday Chat Dave Shields and Marty Jemison, Tour of Cuba, Bertolami Retires, Tour of California Events, Havoc Sayers Mtn Bike Fund, National Mtn Bike Series, and more...

Saturday Chat: Join Dave Shields author of "The Tour" and special guest Mary Jemison in the Chat on Saturday.
Full details here. No registration required just type in a "chat name" and jump in.

XXXI Vuelta a Cuba
Tour of Cuba Stage 8

Mervar Bostjan (Perutnina/Eslovenia) wins Stage in Santa Clara
Slovenian rider Mervar Bostjan won the sprint at the finish of the 8th stage, putting a the wood to  Chacon of Venezuela and race leader Pedro Pablo Perez. The battle continues with Perez, Chacon and Rodriguez in the top three G.C. positions separated by 58 seconds.

Venezuela segunda con Jackson Rodriguez
Santa Clara (zciclismo) El corredor esloveno Mervar Bostjan supero en el sprint final al venezolano Franklin Chacon y al líder el cubano Pedro Pablo Pérez en la octava etapa de la XXXI Vuelta a Cuba, disputada sobre 159 kilómetros con un tiempo de 4:22.18.

1- Mervar Bostjan Perutnina/Eslovenia 4:22.18
2- Franklin Chacón Venezuela m.t.
3- Pedro Pablo Pérez Cuba m.t.
4- Alien García Ciego de Ávila m.t.
5- Gianluca Cavalli Partizan/Italia m.t.
6- Juan Torres (VEN) Partizan/Italia m.t.
7- Aldrin Salamanca Venezuela m.t.
8- Víctor Gómez Cropusa/España m.t.
9- Mitja Mahoric Perutnina/Eslovenia m.t.
10 José Contreras Venezuela m.t

Franklin Chacon y Alcolea c photo Angel Yu

1- Pedro Pablo Pérez Cuba 27:45.02
2- Jackson Rodríguez Venezuela a 49
3- Franklin Chacon Venezuela a 58
4_ Mervar Bostjan Perutnina/Eslovenia a 1.03
5- Gianluca Cavalli Partizan, Italia a 1.03
6- Alien García Ciego de Ávila a 1.05
7- Adonis Cardoso Cuba a 1.05
8- Juan Torres (VEN) Perutnina/Eslovenia a 1.11
9- Arnold Alcolea Cuba a 1.12
10- Jose Contreras Venezuela a 1.13

1- Pedro Pablo Pérez Cuba 121
2- Michel Fernández Pista/Cuba 86
3- Jackson Rodríguez Venezuela 54

Mountains Jersey  MONTAÑA:
1- Arnold Alcolea Cuba 33
2- José Contreras Venezuela 23
3- Jackson Rodríguez Venezuela 19

1- Jackson Rodríguez Venezuela 27:45.51
2- Alien García Ciego de Ávila a 11
3- Juan Torres (VEN) Perutnina/Eslovenia a 22
hasta la proxima: Jose Manuel Zabala Cardenas

Gianluca Bortalami (Lampre) Retires
Italian cyclist Gianluca Bortolami has retired from international competition because of a heart problem, his team Lampre said here on Monday.
Bortolami was 1994 World Cup winner, who has won around 30 professional races including the Tour of Flanders and a stage of the Tour de France. He suffers from an irregular heart beat because of heart muscle scar.

Help Michael 'Havoc' Sayers and the HealthNet-Maxxis Team get more kids on bikes and racing in the NorCal High School Mountain Bike League.
The Michael 'Havoc' Sayer Foundation provides race & camp vouchers forkids with financial difficulties.

Michael Sayers - through his foundation - and the Health Net Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis are helping to raise money for the NorCal High School Mountain Bike League during the Amgen Tour of California. The Michael Sayers Foundation and the League are looking for race fans who want to support high school kids racing in the league by pledging to donate money to the league every time a Health Net Presented by Maxxis rider hits the podium - not just at the end of the stage, but for intermediate sprints and KoM competitions as well.

Get involved with Team Health Net and this year's Tour of California by pledging to support Michael at one of two levels. Everytime a HealthNet team member makes the podium (top 3 or 5 places) in four categories -reward their efforts with the donations listed below.
Ante-Up Pledge
Intermediate Sprints: 1st $20, 2nd $10, 3rd $5
Intermediate KOMs: 1st $20l, 2nd $10, 3rd $5
Stage Wins:1st $30, 2nd $25, 3rd $20, 4th $15, 5th $10
GC: $100, $75, $50. $25, $15

High Roller Pledge
Intermediate Sprints: 1st $50,2nd $25, 3rd $15
Intermediate KOMs: 1st $50, 2nd $25, 3rd $15
Stage Wins: 1st $100, 2nd $75, 3rd $50, 4th $25,5th $15
GC: $250, $150, $100, $75, $50
e-mail your pledge to
The Tour of California begins in San Francisco on February 19th see a full schedule and stage details at below.

Get in the Amgen Tour of California Action
There are several ways for you to experience the action and excitement of the inaugural Amgen Tour of California, beginning this weekend in San Francisco on February 19! Check out the information below, and visit for more details!

Amgen Tour of California Lifestyle Festivals presented by Health Net
In each of the Tour's eight finish line host cities, you can experience the spectacle of this international professional cycling road race at the Amgen Tour of California Lifestyle Festivals presented by Health Net, featuring a health and fitness expo, cancer awareness education, cycling gear and vendors in the "Demo Area," bike safety information, food, entertainment, big screen TV to watch the race action and more! The Amgen Tour of California Lifestyle Festivals presented by Health Net bring the action of the race to you, providing an up-close look at the finish of each stage, as well as the awards ceremonies.

Amgen Tour of California Lifestyle Festivals presented by Health Net Schedule
Sunday, February  19       San Francisco Prologue Start/Finish
Monday, February 20       Santa Rosa Stage 1 Finish
Tuesday, February 21       San Jose Stage 2 Finish
Wednesday, February 22  San Jose Stage 3 Time Trial
Thursday, February 23      San Luis Obispo Stage 4 Finish
Friday, February 24           Santa Barbara Stage 5 Finish
Saturday, February 25       Thousand Oaks Stage 6 Finish
Sunday, February 26          Redondo Beach Stage 7 Start/Finish Circuit Race

For details including Amgen Tour of California Lifestyle Festivals presented by Health Net street locations, hours of operation and exhibits, please visit

Pre-Tour Ride for Cycling Enthusiasts!
Join us for the Breakaway from Cancer Fundraising Ride! Experience the thrill of the Amgen Tour of California, by crossing the finish line just hours before the professional teams come into town for the Santa Barbara to Thousand Oaks stage. For $75, you can ride like a pro and walk away with a custom George Hincapie Breakaway from Cancer jersey. Proceeds benefit The Wellness Community. Click here for details and registration.

Want more info?
To learn more about the world's first road race of the season, beginning this weekend in San Francisco, and how you can participate, please visit

National Mountain Bike Series Launches May 2006
Online registration now open

Park City, Utah -- The 2006 National Mountain Bike Series (NMBS) is gearing up to launch in May, with Round One scheduled for Southridge Park in Fontana, CA, 50 miles east of Los Angeles, May 5-7. A total
of seven events will take place from May through August culminating in the National Mountain Biking Series Finals scheduled to take place August 12-13 in Snowmass Village, Colorado. Online registration opened
on February1 at

Race Series Director, Jeff Frost pointed out some key features of the world's longest running national mountain bike racing series, now entering its 18th year. "The National Mountain Bike Series remains the pinnacle of mountain bike racing in the U.S." says Frost. "The series will help determine the members of the US National Team who will compete in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China."
The NMBS is not just for the world's top racers, however. "For 18 years, the NMBS has been a way for all riders of every ability to get out and test their mettle at the highest regional level in various mountain bike disciplines. All of the races are open to amateur competitors as well as the top pros." The seven stops on the series will feature better accessibility in general and plenty to do at the on-site Tech Expos for fans of all ages. "Mountain biking is, and has always been, about the grassroots participation of the many athletes and communities in such diverse locations as those in our series. We would like amateur riders to look at each series round as a de facto regional championships," adds Frost.

Elite athletes from around the world will compete in the following disciplines: Cross Country (XC), Downhill (DH), Short Track (ST), Mountain Cross MTX), Dual Slalom (DS), Marathon (MA), and Super D (SD), although not every venue will feature the full selection of disciplines. The schedule below identifies the disciplines offered at each round/venue.

Responding to demand, this year's series aims to find a balance between the pure, destination driven, high mountain resort experience and the accessibility to populated urban areas. "We have a great mix of sites for this year. There's the beautiful, picturesque locations such as Park City and Aspen and some great venues that are closer to major metropolitan areas such as Fontana in the greater Los Angeles area, Banner Elk near Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Infineon Raceway just outside of San Francisco. The resort venues are the cornerstones on which the sport has been built, and have always been perfect places for racers and families on vacation. While we need to continue with these venues in the series, we also need to expand towards urban venues that are day-accessible. Due to popular demand, most of the cross-country races are now on the weekends, so we hope to see many more riders and fans out this year," concludes Frost.

2006 National Mountain Bike Series Schedule
May 5-7: Southridge Park, Fontana, CA...XC/ST/DH/MTX/SD
Media Contact: Tom Spiegel, (909) 866-4565,
Jun 10-11: Sugar Mountain Resort, Banner Elk, NC...XC/ST/DH/DS/SD
Media Contact: Kim Jochl,, (828) 898-4521 x262,
Jun 17-18: Mount Snow Resort, West Dover, VT...XC/ST/DH/DS/SD/MTX
   Media Contact: Doug Daniels, (802) 464-1100 x4675,
Jul 8-9: Deer Valley Resort, Park City, UT...XC/ST/DH/SD/DS/MA
   Media Contact: Tom Spiegel, (909) 866-4565,
Jul 15-16: Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, CA...MTX/XC/DH
  Media Contact: Jeffery Frost, (435) 884-3515,
Aug 5-6: Brian Head Resort, Brian Head, UT...DS/XC/DH/ST/SD/MA
   Media Contact: Tom Spiegel, (909) 866-4565,
Aug 12-13: Snowmass Resort, Aspen, CO...DS/XC/DH/ST/SD
  Media Contact: Allison Johnson, (970) 309-5485,

About The National Mountain Bike Series
The National Mountain Bike Series (NMBS) identifies the most consistently brilliant Mountain Bike competitors in North America.The series is owned and sanctioned by NORBA, a subsidiary of USA Cycling. The NMBS is licensed and managed as a separate entity by a consortium comprising Team Big Bear Inc and Blue Wolf Events LLC. It is the highest ranked Mountain Bike racing series in North America, and as such NORBA uses results from the series to help select the national team.
For more information please email  or visit

Wellington, New Zealand Women's World Cup
Entries close for Wellington leg of women's cycling World Cup

Entries for next month's New Zealand leg of the women's cycling World Cup have now closed, and organisers of the Wellington race say they've been blown away by the quality of the field.

The top three road riders in the current UCI world rankings are all confirmed starters for the March 5th event - Australia's Oenone Wood (1), Sweden's Susanne Ljungskog (2) and Germany's Judith Arndt (3). Another eight riders in the top 21 in the world will also be coming, including Great Britain star Nicole Cooke who finished second at last year's world champs in Spain.

The highest ranked New Zealander on the list if Joanne Kiesanowski, ranked 21st, who'll ride in the Wellington race as part of the New Zealand national team, preparing for the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne later in March. That team also includes Olympic track gold medallist Sarah Ulmer.

Race Director Jorge Sandoval says the standard of the 126-strong field is well beyond all of his expectations. He says he's had to turn down several overseas riders because he simply couldn't fit them into teams.
"To have the top three riders in the world racing here, as well as the four top professional teams in the world is beyond everything we hoped," he said.
"We will have riders from the top 16 cycling nations in the world. The only thing I can compare that to is New Zealand hosting a soccer World Cup. This is THAT big."

Sandoval believes there are several factors that have attracted the world's top riders to the event.
"I think we really blew them away with everything we did last year, especially the course. They thought having the race right here in the middle of the city with the start and finish in Parliament grounds was pretty amazing. Some of them had only ever seen their own Parliament on TV.
"I think as well that we went the extra mile for them. We really looked after them and they appreciate that. Things like meeting them at the airport and taking them places they needed to go, arranging meals. They have to do a lot of that for themselves in other places."

Among the national teams competing are New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Russia and China, competing in a World Cup event for the first time.
"I think the Chinese team have decided to come because they are preparing to host the Olympics in Beijing (2008). We also have three professional teams from Italy coming, which is incredible because cycling there is second only to religion."

The first leg of the World Cup is being held in Geelong, Australia in late February, with the riders then heading to Wellington for the second leg on Sunday March 5th.
Most of the riders coming will also take part in the preceding Trust House Women's Tour of New Zealand - a three-day tour around Wellington, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa, from March 1st to 3rd.
For further information please contact:
Race Director: Jorge Sandoval 0274 464 300 / 563 8904
Event Director: Eddie Bright 04 460 9692 / 021 891 006

Jamie Staff to lead Great Britain Team BMX Programme
A new GB Team BMX programme has been unveiled and includes input from track star BMXer Jamie Staff and four-times national BMX champion Geth Shooter, formerly of Raleigh. BMX makes its debut at the 2008 Olympics. Former world BMX champion and current track world champion Jamie Staff is to head up a new support staff structure for British Cycling.

Staff, who is currently based in the US, will be returning to the UK to take up his new post in time for the 2006 season. He intends to continue his Track Racing career up to the Beijing Olympics.
Day-to-day running of the GB Team's BMX programme will be handled by Geth Shooter.

Jeremy Hayes, who has overseen the first year of BMX as an integral part of the lottery-funded GB Team, will head up the BMX strand of the GB Team's Olympic Talent Team, which is devoted to finding young riders in their mid-teens with the potential to compete at the highest level. He will be joined by a team of five part-time coaches, including Nigel Page, Richard Townsend and Mike Pusey.

GB Team Performance Director Dave Brailsford said: "We've had a year to look at the sport of BMX and we now know a lot more about its current state and the way the UCI intend to take it as a global sport. We also know a lot more about the level we need to be at if we are to qualify for and be competitive at the Olympics in 2008. I believe that the new structure we are putting in place will enable us to take the squad to the higher levels of performance necessary to compete in 2008 and 2012.

"We're obviously excited to have secured the services of Jamie, a star of both track and BMX, and he understands our system and how we operate. He's incredibly committed to BMX and I believe his input on the overall direction of the team and on the riders' conditioning will be crucial to our future success."
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India National Championships
O Bikram Singh of Railways Sports Promotion Board today completed golden double by winning the 90 km Mass Start for senior men in the Hercules National Road Cycling Championship at Kurukshetra today.
Earlier, Bikram had claimed a gold medal in the 40 km Individual Time Trial for Men.

Seventy competitors took part in the energy-consuming race conducted on the Pipli-Shahabad Markanda Road. All riders completed the race.
The silver and bronze medals went to the Punjab rider. Harpreet Singh and Amandeep Singh respectively.
A Drusilla of Andaman and Nicobar displayed better endurance and skill to win gold medal in the 30 km Mass Start for women. She pushed Rajshree Kadam of Maharashtra to the second position while Kulwinder Kaur of Punjab bagged bronze medal.

Punjab rider Maninder Kaur stole the limelight in the 15 km Mass Start for girls Under-19 by winning gold. B Neeta of Andaman and Nicobar, gold medalist in the 15 km Mass Start for girls Under-17, clinched silver.

Jack Schiavone led the  field on Sunday 12th February over an 80 km course at Zebbug. He clocked the top time in the Elite highly competitive class and this result further justifies his selection to represent Malta in next month’s Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia. His average time approached the near record he established at the beginning of the season in the ITT held at Qormi-Dingli.
Elite - 80 Kms (18 Laps)
1st 02:05:11  Schiavone Jack
2nd 02:05:44 Sciberras Steve Mosta
3rd 02:06:32 Bonello Etienne Pamsons
c Malta Media

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