Cycling News Roundup 16 February 2006
Revolution 12, DP ToCA Chat Saturday, Tour of California Events: HealthNet TV,
Sea Otter Classic, Health Net Hockey Shark? Tyler Hamilton Fdn Auction, Marco
Polo Team, Cycling Fundraisers for PKU, Leukemia, Cancer.
The Tour - Tour de France Novel Meet the Author
Meet Dave Shields author of the award winning "The Race" and the new no
holds barred sequel "The Tour" that confronts the issue of sports doping.
Saturday in the Daily Peloton Chat Room... Special Guest!! Tour de France
veteran Marty Jemison will be joining us in the
Meet Dave Shields the Author
Where: Daily Peloton Chat
When: Saturday February 18th on the eve of the Tour of California
11am Pacific Time USA, 12 noon Mountain time, 10 am Eastern. 20:00 Central
Catch Health Net Pro Team on TV This Week
A number of riders from the Health Net Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis will
be appearing on Bay area television programs in the next couple days:
Friday, February 17, 8:40 a.m.: Garrett Peltonen, Karl Menzies and
Alberto Tiberio will appear live on "Sacramento & Co.", ABC Channel 10
Friday, February 17, 8:45 a.m.: Mike Jones, Mike Sayers and/or Greg
Henderson will appear live on the morning show on KTVU Fox Channel 2,
San Francisco's top-rated morning show, to talk about the Amgen Tour of
Saturday, February 18, 6:30 p.m. and midnight: Mike Sayers
will appear on "The Last Honest Sports Show" on UPN 44/Cable 12. Check listings
for exact time. He will be taping the show Thursday evening at the KPIX studios,
Broadway and Embarcadero, San Francisco at 8:30 pm. Those interested in
attending the taping, visit
http://kbhk.com/thelasthonestsportsshow/ for tickets.
Revolution 12 Manchester Velodrome February 18
Newton and Hayles Lead the Way at Revolution 12
Revolution 12 on Saturday 18th February will be the last chance to see top
British Cyclists Rob Hayles and Chris Newton in action before they make the trip
over to Australia to prepare for the Commonwealth Games.
With the rest of the elite squad already down under it is down to Hayles and
Newton to defend national pride against what will be the strongest international
line up ever seen at a Revolution event. With four international teams including
Matt Gilmore and Iijo Keisse from Belgium, Danny Stam and Peter Schep from
Holland, Franco Marvulli and Alex Aeschbach from Switzerland and Jimmi Madsen
and Marc Hester from Denmark, the racing will be intense.
“With the line up at Revolution 12 the racing is going to be fast” commented
Hayles. “I’m riding well at the moment and the preparation is going to plan so
it will be good to get some fast racing in against the six day guys to fine tune
my form, it should be an exciting end to the Revolution season so I’m looking
forward to it.”
For Newton things haven’t been running so smoothly as he suffered a deep cut
to his hand in a crash at the end of the 2nd stage at the Tour of Langkawi, “It
was a sprint finish and I got edged out and there was only one place I could go
and that was over my handlebars,” said Newton. “I struggled a bit after that but
it hasn’t affected my preparation for the Games. I’ve had to do things a
different way round but its all swings and roundabouts.”
With the grand finale a 20km Madison at Revolution 12 there have been
concerns over Newton’s participation but the Recycling.co.uk rider is more than
up for the challenge, “I’ll be fine. I was a bit apprehensive when I heard the
calibre of riders that will be there but the hand is healing up nicely so I
don’t think it will affect my performance. I’m feeling strong and I know Rob is
so we will be ready to give it a good shot.”
Hayles and Newton will be backed up by a strong domestic field featuring British
Madison Champions Tony Gibb and James Taylor and DFL/Cyclingnews.com brothers
Russell and Dean Downing.
The Future is Bright at Revolution
The future looks good for British track cycling as another generation of future
stars will be decided at the Manchester Velodrome this weekend in the
culmination of the Revolution Future Stars competition.
Now in its third year the competition has often provided more action and
drama than the elite events and has nurtured some of Britain’s most promising
new talent with last season’s top riders making significant progress as part of
British Cycling’s Olympic Development Programme.
Steven Burke won the competition but on paper the biggest success has been
runner up Andy Tennant who went on to take the Individual Pursuit title at the
2005 Junior World Championships. Tennant and Burke have also enjoyed success in
the Team Pursuit taking silver at the Junior World Championships and winning the
Junior European Championships. Now part of the elite field both these riders are
clearly enjoying the benefit of racing at Revolution,
“The Future Stars racing provided the step up to the level I’m at now and my
track skills have improved significantly over the last year” commented Burke.
“It is a great experience to now be riding against so many world class riders
and I’m learning from them all the time.”
For season 3 the Future Stars has been sponsored by Raleigh, one of the UK’s
best known cycling names. Raleigh’s involvement has meant that Future Stars
competitions have been set up for both girls and boys giving more riders the
chance to show their talent in a competitive arena. Indeed, the first girls
Future Stars competition has provided some excellent racing and has shown the
strength of Welsh cycling with the Welsh trio of Lucy Richards, Katie Curtis and
Alex Greenfield in first, second and third places respectively. Richards has
dominated the competition and looks set to take the first female title,
“I think I have raced well, it hasn’t been easy and the racing was hard but I
really enjoyed it. It’s good experience to race in front of a crowd like that;
they really get behind you and support you and they create a great atmosphere.
It's the biggest crowd I've ridden in front of; it has been fantastic.”
In the boys competition a star of the future has definitely emerged with
Peter Kennaugh providing and awesome display of racing and track skill, “I'm
obviously delighted with my performance”, commented Kennaugh. “Riding in front
of thousands of people who pack the velodrome once a month for the Revolution
series is an amazing experience, I don't even have to psyche myself up before
the races because the crowd get me so fired up.”
Kennaugh is a perfect example of what the Revolution Future Stars is all
about and with strong ambitions ahead it is just the starting point for the Manx
rider “This year I will be riding with the Glendene CC team on the road, I will
be racing in Belgium and competing in the Junior Buckly series, however my main
goals this season are the World and European junior track champs with Great
Revolution Future Stars Quotes:
Q. It looks like you have won the competition. How do you feel about your
performance and the experience you have had riding at Revolution?
A. I think I did well, it wasn’t easy and the racing was hard but I really
enjoyed it and I hope to do it again next year. It’s good experience to race in
front of a crowd like that.
Q. What are your plans for the year ahead?
A. I’m first year junior this year so I will probably be doing the women’s
national road series and I will do the women’s national track series again
because I really enjoyed doing the track series last year. I will probably do
the women’s national track champs again as well as the juniors track champs. I
will just have to see how my training goes.
Q. You’ve dominated the Future Stars competition this season. How do you feel
about your performance and your experience riding at Revolution?
A. I'm obviously delighted with my performance at the Revolution's, I knew going
into this revolution series that I had a good chance of winning and if I
performed to my best then I would have a good chance of taking the overall
honors and so far I have been fairly consistent throughout the series, however
its not over till the fat lady sings!! As for my experience of riding at the
Revolution I can honestly say it's like no other experience. Riding in front of
thousands of people who pack the velodrome once a month for the Revolution
series is an amazing experience, I don't even have to psyche myself up before
the races because the crowd get me so fired up.
Q. What are your plans for the year ahead?
A. This year I will be riding with the Glendene CC team on the road, I will be
racing in Belgium and competing in the Junior Buckly series, however my main
goals this season are the World and European junior track champs with Great
The Future Stars will only be part of an action packed race programme with more
international riders than ever before competing in the elite racing. Full
information on Revolution 12 can be found at
Tickets can be bought online or by calling 07005 942 579 or the Velodrome on
0161 223 2244 and pressing option 3.
Revolution 12 Schedule
Detail Other Info
EV1 Elite Team Elimination 30 Laps Team out
every 2 laps
EV2 Revolution Sprint 200mtr Time Trial
EV3 Raleigh Future Stars 5K Scratch Race -
EV4 Raleigh Future Stars Devil – Girls
EV5 Revolution Sprint – Round 1 4 x 3 Winners to
Final Losers to Ev10
EV6 Elite Points Race 10K
EV7 Raleigh Future Stars 1 Mile Dash – Boys 1.62Km
EV8 Revolution Sprint Semi finals 2 x 2 Winners to Final
Losers to Ev10
EV9 Raleigh Future Stars 5Km Scratch Race – Girls 5Km
EV10 Revolution Sprint losers 6 lap dash 1 x11
EV11 Revolution Sprint – Final 1 x 2
EV12 1km Madison Time Trial 1Km 6 Teams
EV13 Revolution Future Stars 1 Mile Dash - Girls 1.62 Km
EV14 JIMMI MADSEN - PRESENTATION
EV15 Revolution Future Stars Devil - Boys
EV16 Team Sprint GB v Germany
EV17 PRESENTATION Raleigh Future Stars
EV18 Elite Madison 20Km 80 Laps
Amgen Tour of California Events:
Health Net Presented by Maxxis signs San Jose Sharks’ Thornton to one-day
The Health Net Pro
Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis will have one extra rider for the Stage 3
individual time trial at the Amgen Tour of California. Scott Thornton of the
NHL’s San Jose Sharks will don Health Net Presented by Maxxis kit, mount a
Health Net Presented by Maxxis Cannondale time trial bike and ride the entire
course for the time trial in south San Jose shortly before the pros begin
rolling out at 11 a.m., February 22, 2006.
“When I got the word I’d be riding
the time trial in Health Net Presented by Maxxis colors, I was pretty excited,”
Thornton said. “How often do you get an opportunity like this?”
Thornton became a serious cyclist
during the NHL lock-out last season, even completing the grueling Sierra Death
Ride, a 120-mile climb fest in the Lake Tahoe region of the Sierra Nevada
Thornton will leave from the start
area near the IBM campus on Bailey Road south of San Jose at approximately 9:00
a.m., and roll through the undulating 17-mile course to the finish by Los Paseos
Elementary School on Santa Teresa Boulevard. He will be escorted by the Health
Net Presented by Maxxis follow car – in case he gets a flat tire and needs a
wheel change – as well as a media van and several members of the San Jose Police
Department motorcycle detail.
When asked if he had any
predictions on how long he would take to finish, he was coy. “I just want to
roll the course and enjoy it,” Thornton said. “I’m not trying to set any
records. I’ll leave that to guys like my teammate Nathan O’Neill.”
Prior to riding the time trial
course, Thornton will be the featured guest at the 7:30 a.m. media breakfast at
Cinnabar Hills Golf Club, on McKean Road/County Highway G8. Following his ride,
Thornton will be a guest of Health Net Presented by Maxxis at the team’s RV,
where he and several teammates will be available to sign autographs, conduct
further interviews and watch the professional cyclists as they head out on the
What: Scott Thornton, San
Jose Sharks, Time Trial Exhibition
Where: Media Breakfast, Cinnabar Hills Golf Club, 23600 McKean Road
TT Start: IBM Campus, Bailey Rd., South San Jose
TT Finish: Los Paseos Elementary School, Santa Teresa Blvd., South San Jose
Autographs and meet and greet to follow
When: February 22, 2006
Ride Start: 9:00 a.m. Finish: 9:55 a.m. (times approximate)
Official Stage 3 Start: 11 a.m.
Bike: Health Net Presented by Maxxis Cannondale Time Trial Bike, equipped with Shimano components; Ritchey seatpost and
Probiscus TT bar/stem; Health Net Presented by Maxxis team issue Fi’zi:k saddle, Speedplay pedals; and Reynolds Stratus Deep V
carbon wheels rolling on Maxxis tires.
OBRA Season Opener
Cherry Pie February 19th Harrisburg, Oregon
Prizes: Yummy gourmet Wild Plum Cherry Pies
Day of event registration available. (Day of race registration is still open for
all categories...a second Category 5 19-39 field has been created and will start
at 11:30. As of 2/12, there were about 20 spaces left in the Masters 40+
Category 5.) Registration opens at 8:30 am.
Online pre-registration is now closed.
Already registerd online? You can get another copy of your registration
Snail Mail: checks to Norman Babcock 1860 W. 14th Ave; Eugene, OR 97402
licensing and rules OBRA licenses are required for all riders. Single race
licenses are available for $5. All OBRA rules apply. Directions 1-5 to
exit 209 by Harrisburg just west of I-5. Park in Sherman Bros Parking Lot. Not
Cafe area. Overnight parking at KOA campground 100 meters from the start.
info Contact Norman Babcock at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (541) 520-3717
THE WORLD'S LARGEST CYCLING FESTIVAL,
THE SEA OTTER
CLASSIC, KEEPS GETTING BETTER
The 16-year Mecca for Cyclists Continues to Draw Enthusiasts New and Old
Monterey, CA - Each year the Sea Otter Classic garners worldwide media attention
and draws the top Olympic, pro, and amateur athletes from over 30 countries for
intense competition in front of audiences of 50,000+. "Despite being one of the
first events of the year, Sea Otter is the climax of the season in its size and
complexity," said Sea Otter spokesperson, Marla Streb (Luna Women's Mt. Bike
Team/Red Bull). This year the multi-sport, four-day 'Celebration of Cycling'
begins on April 6 at Laguna Seca Recreation Area in Monterey, California.
From beginners to pro athletes we've always done our best keep Sea Otter fresh
by providing cyclists with new and innovative events. This year is no
different," said Frank Yohannan, president of the Sea Otter Classic. "We
continue to draw the best pro athletes by providing challenging venues designed
by world-class course designers. Our focus is on supporting younger athletes so
they can live their dreams while engaging in an active lifestyle."
"Sea Otter represents so much more to me than just another bike race. It
represents my passion for life." says 20 year old Cross Country Semi Pro, Nick
Agate, (Maxxis), from Berkeley, CA. Nick began racing Sea Otter in 2001 and was
the 2004 Norcal MTB League Jr. Expert State Champion. "Athletes from around the
world travel to Monterey for one weekend every year to compete in what is
arguably the largest cycling event in the world second only to the Tour de
"I always look forward to this huge festival, if not to see all my friends in
the industry, but to see the many new faces being turned on to our sport," said
Streb. "This year the Sea Otter Circus will be jam packed with exciting new
action that is sure to thrill all those who come out! Once new riders attend the
Sea Otter, they're hooked," said Streb.
Below is a sampling of what's new at Sea Otter this year:
BMX Demo's, Ryan Leech shows his stuff
Ryan Leech from Norco Performance Bicycles, undoubtedly one of the world's best
Mountain Bike Trials Show performers, will be on hand along with several other
talented BMXers from GT-Mngoose to show their tricks for audiences at Sea
Otter's BMX Demo's.
Mountain Bike Cross Country Course, a change in course and direction
Sea Otter's STAGE RACE is the only North American event to be awarded a *S1
ranking by the UCI this year. Sea Otter's Director of Athlete Services, Jeff
Frost talks about the new course, "we're excited to work with the Bureau of Land
Management to develop this exciting new cross -country race loop. This loop
offers so much that Sea Otter traditionalists have come to love and offers many
new exciting challenges - uphill technical singletrack, more passing from the
start of the race, and a downhill to the finish!"
Pro Circuit Race gets longer, and tougher
The Pro Circuit race continues to attract top pro road racers to the famed
Laguna Seca Raceway. "This year's Pro Road race is a classic circuit race and is
already known as one of the tougher circuits in the US," explains Kendra Wenzel,
Sea Otter's Pro Circuit Race Coordinator. "Now, with its added length, the race
will become known definitively as one of the toughest. The men will race 70
miles on the Laguna Seca Raceway, 31 trips of the steep 300 foot backside climb
and the women will prove their toughness by racing 50 miles with 22 trips up the
famed climb and corkscrew, nearly doubling the length of editions of the race
only several years ago."
Recreational Bike Tours provides more distance options and new routes
Roadies can now choose between 20/40/100-mile rides and Mountain Bikers can
enjoy new trails with 10/20 and Epic mile options.
Newly designed Mountain Cross Course
Glen Jacobs, internationally acclaimed Australian designer will showcase the
best mountain bike athletes in the world on his newly designed Mountain Cross
SRAM Invitational Dirt Jump Contest, extended from two to four days
A spectator favorite, Sea Otter now offers four full days of Dirt Jumping
excitement. The world's best Dirt Jumpers will be on hand to take on the Sea
Otter's Dirt Jump built by Rob Giustina from On-Course Events.
'The Schoolyard,' hosted by Team NSO/DEVO
The Napa Sheriff's Activities League has developed some of the best junior
riders in the United States today. "The Schoolyard" offers young riders a
tool-loan kiosk, repair stations, and repair and maintenance clinics taught by
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (the Society) is the chosen charity of the Sea
Through a partnership with the Society, cyclists and spectators can raise money
through 'Make Cures Happen' which funds cancer research that helps the hundreds
of thousands of people battling leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Money will be
raised this year in honor of Joshua Alfaro, an 8-year-old boy with leukemia, who
lives in Salinas. The Society will also raise money for their Pennies for
Patients program through Sea Otter's School Outreach Program.
National Mountain Bike Series - Norba Update:
Item Roundup 15 February 2006
Until the procedures for national team selection have been determined by USA
Cycling, it will not be known whether the National Mountain Bike Series has any
direct bearing on the selection of team members for the 2008 Olympic team as
previously stated .
Please visit www.usacycling.org
for current National, World and Olympic team selection criteria and policies.
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 USA Cycling, the national governing body for the sport of cycling
in the United States. The NMBS is licensed and managed as a separate entity by a
comprising of Team Big Bear, Inc. and Blue Wolf Events, LLC. It is the highest
ranked Mountain Bike racing series in the United States.
For more information please email
email@example.com or visit
SEA OTTER CLASSIC AND LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY
TEAM UP TO 'MAKE CURES HAPPEN'
Monterey, CA - The Sea Otter Classic, the world's largest cycling festival,
joins forces with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, to give cyclists and
spectators an opportunity to raise money through a fundraising program called
'Make Cures Happen.' Money will be raised in honor of Joshua Alfaro, an
8-year-old boy with leukemia, who lives in Salinas, CA.
When asked if he wanted to be the honoree for the Sea Otter Classic, Joshua
responded, "It would be an honor." "When he said it would be an honor, he really
meant it," says his mother Darice. "He has told me that he sees himself as part
of the chain of other kids who have had and who will have cancer. He
participates in fundraising events like this so that in the future other kids
will have an easier treatment than he has had."
"We are grateful that the organizers of the Sea Otter Classic have made The
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society their charity of choice," said Greg Becker,
President of the Board of Trustees of the Society's Silicon Valley & Monterey
Bay Area Chapter. "The cyclists and spectators who raise money through 'Make
Cures Happen' are funding cancer research that will help hundreds of thousands
of people battling leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma."
"Sea Otter is pleased to have the opportunity to work in partnership with an
organization that has made such a positive impact on both living a healthy,
active lifestyle and providing researchers with the means to explore a cure for
diseases that touch so many people's daily lives," said Frank Yohannan,
President of Sea Otter Classic. "We look forward to building a longstanding
relationship with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to work together to creatively
build programs that achieve mutual goals.
Eight-year-old Joshua Alfaro was diagnosed with leukemia a year ago. He lives
in Salinas, less than 20 miles from the site of the Sea Otter Classic. Joshua
travels over 100 miles to UCSF once a month for chemotherapy that is
administered through a needle in his hand. He also endures lumbar punctures once
every three months, and many blood draws and daily oral medications at home.
Joshua has made it through one year of treatment and is facing two-and-a-half
Through 'Make Cures Happen,' cyclists and spectators of the Sea Otter Classic
ask their friends and families for donations to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
The money is raised in Joshua's honor and helps blood cancer patients across the
country because The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society invests that money in research
and patient services. As an added fundraising incentive, anyone who raises over
$600 will be invited to a VIP party during the event and will be included in a
drawing of the following adventure trips and bicycles:
G.A.P. Adventures has donated a 15-day adrenaline-filled Hike, Bike and Raft
Trip in Costa Rica. Value: $1295. For more information visit:
Cycle America has donated a choice of a weeklong bicycle trip.
Value: $835.00. For more information visit:
Timberline Tours has donated a choice of a one-week bicycle or hiking trip of
any value through western U.S & Canada, including 34 national parks & monuments.
Value: up to $2705.00. For more information visit
O.A.R.S. has donated a 1-day Whitewater Rafting Trip in California for two on
the South Fork of the American River in California. Value: $250. For more
information visit: www.oars.com.
Mariah Wilderness Expeditions has donated a 2-day Whitewater Rafting Trip in
California, South Fork American trip combined with a 1-Day Middle Fork American
trip for 1 person in California. Value: $419. For more information please visit:
All Outdoors has donated a Whitewater rafting trip for 2 people, South Fork of
the American River, California, Monday - Thursday. Value: $537.00. For more
1 GT Road Bike - GTR 2.0 - MSRP $1,299.99 each
1 GT MTB Bike - Avalanche 2.0 - MSRP $449.99
1 GT BMX Bike - Performer - MSRP $279.99
Spectators and cyclists who would like more information on "Make Cures Happen"
can visit www.lls.org/sanjose/soc or call 1.877-LLS-CURE. Be sure to visit the
Society's expo booth where a GT Bike will be raffled off on Friday, Saturday and
Sunday, April 7-9.
About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's mission is to find a cure for blood cancers
such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. It is also dedicated to improving the
quality of life of patients and their families. The need is great because
leukemia is the leading cancer killer of people under the age of 20. But blood
cancer affects adults, too. Every five minutes someone in the United States is
diagnosed with a blood cancer and every ten minutes someone dies from one of
these diseases. In its effort to find a cure, the Society supports research
grants across the country and locally at UC Berkeley, Stanford, UCSF and UC
Davis. For more information on the Society, visit
www.LLS.org or call 408-271-8300.
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
www.seaotterclassic.com or by
Sea Otter's 'Path to Sustainability'
The Sea Otter Classic is committed to reducing its ecological footprint on the
Laguna Seca Recreation Area and the adjacent Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
property. In conjunction with CLIF Bar, Sea Otter will begin building an
environmental sustainability program and give incentives to competitors,
spectators, sponsors and vendors to do their part to reduce their impact at the
Event-goers can expect to find all the traditional activities they've come to
know and love at Sea Otter including competition for cyclists of all age groups
and skill levels in a wide range of professional and amateur categories; the
largest outdoor consumer tradeshow located in the Sea Otter Village where 250+
vendors will showcase the latest trends and technologies in road cycling,
mountain biking and recreational products; a plethora of family-fun activities
including a kids carnival with all things bouncy, a bike rodeo and the Sea Otter
Egg Hunt (now on Saturday and Sunday); the highly competitive Pro Gravity Omnium;
and, of course, informal post-race tailgating celebrations in Sea Otter's
massive tent city of 5,000+ campers.
Event entry fees range from $25 - $85 (includes a free festival pass for a
friend), spectator fees are $10 per day or $30 for a four-day pass, and kids 12
and under gain free entry to all Sea Otter Classic recreational events including
family-friendly road and mountain bike tours.
The preferred method of transportation at Sea Otter is on a bike. Spectators are
encouraged to bring bikes along so they don't miss any of the action going on in
other parts the Laguna Seca Recreational Area.
Maps of the race courses are provided by MotionBased Technologies and Google
World and are located at www.seaotterclassic.com.
Tyler Hamilton Foundation Online Auction
9 Days left to bid on unique items
There are almost 10 days left to bid on some of the wonderful unique items in
the THF online auction. These items are not found anywhere else!
New items include:
Training Like Tyler - a 10 week training program with Tyler as the coach
Phonak jersey signed by the 2005 Tour de France Phonak Team the day before the
Phonak jersey worn by Tyler in the 2004 Tour de France with his number still
Dinner for two at Incanto with Chef Chris Cosentino - recently seen on Martha
There are also some wonderful Colorado items such as a swag bag from CU; tickets
to the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and the Colorado Music Festival; and a gift
certificate to McGuckins (you can bring your dog!).
And for those back in New England there is a great overnight at the new Boston
Waterfront Westin or a Threedom Pass for your favorite NH ski mountains.
Items are valued from $5 to priceless. There is something for everyone so grab a
cup of your favorite coffee and go for a stroll through the auction.
We thank all the friends and supporters that have enthusiastically donated items
to fill our auction catalog. Now we're counting on your generous bid to help us
reach our goal.
Please place your bid now. We wanted to create a unique online event that would
offer all of our supporters a fun and exciting way to help us raise the funds we
need in the coming year. The catalog is filled with great merchandise, useful
services and unique experiences.
Place your bid here.
"Ride Across America for PKU Research"
To all cyclists living near the “southern tier “ cycle route of the united
states ( Calif, AZ, NM , TX , LA , AL , and FL) on March 5th 2006 a 65 year old
veteran cyclist of 22 years, and four of his friends, will undertake a 3200 mile
ride across America from San Diego, California to St Augustine, Florida. This
trip will take approx. Four to five weeks.
As this group passes through your area, we are encouraging cycling club
members to turn out to ride a ways with them. “bill” Rahe and his fellow
cyclists are doing this to raise both research funds and public awareness for a
little known, and rare genetic disease called PKU (phenylketonuria). All monies
raised go 100% to PKU research.
Pku is inherited by approximately one in every ten thousand newborns. However,
because of its rarity, it receives relatively little funding towards research
from major corporations, foundations, government, etc.
Much of the monies currently raised, come from family and friends of those with
Please consult the schedule at www.macpad.org
to learn when the group will pass through your area.
For more information call/email: (717) 872-7546
King Cycle Group Contributes to Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation,
Oregon & SW Washington Affiliate
Limited Edition Pretty & Strong Components Sales Promotion Results In
Portland, OR, February 15, 2006- King Cycle Group announces today the
contribution of $10,316.56 to the Oregon and Southwest Washington Affiliate of
the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in conclusion of the company’s
second annual Pretty & Strong sales promotion.
The promotion, which ran from September 1, 2005 to December 23, 2005,
featured limited production runs of pink anodized bicycle components including
the company’s celebrated sealed bearing headset. Additionally, road and mountain
bike hubs, headset spacers and stem caps, stickers, and a limited edition
t-shirt were offered. A portion of the proceeds from every Pretty & Strong
component or product sold was allocated to the local Affiliate of the Komen
King Cycle Group’s Jacki Sterner noted the shared interest of the entire
company in supporting this program. “Obviously, our pink headset is the same as
our silver or our black one and so on,” she said. “What is unique about the
Pretty & Strong pink headset, and the hubs too, is the group of people here at
King Cycle Group who decided to make it a symbol for a cause. The dealers who
chose to sell it and the riders who chose to buy it carried that commitment to
completion. I am continually amazed that we have the people inside our company
and customer support outside who can make this sort of thing go.”
Regarding the affiliation with the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation,
Sterner added, “There are several excellent breast cancer awareness and outreach
organizations in the United States. We chose the Komen Foundation because they
are internationally recognized and have nearly become synonymous with breast
cancer research, education, screening and treatment. We donate to our local
Komen Affiliate because their organizational efficiency is extremely high.”
The Pretty & Strong campaign was a hit with bicycle retailers as consumers
have long held Chris King Precision Components in high regard. John Cormier of
Laughing Dog Bikes in Amherst, MA expressed amazement at how quickly the
components sold once in store. “The hubs we ordered spent very little time in
the showcase,” he said. “And surprisingly, most of my Pretty & Strong customers
were men. In particular, the headset and the individual stem cap became a
popular identifier within the cycling community. These components had a
galvanizing effect across all categories of cyclists in our area for this
Other retailers such as Bicycle Sport Shop in Austin, TX took the promotion
out of the accessories case and onto the sales floor. “We built up a special
edition Juliana with a Pretty & Strong NoThreadSet and hubs,” said store manager
Scott Linnville. “We had a customer come in who absolutely loved it. After we
explained the cause behind the promotion she was convinced this was her perfect
bicycle. A lot of our staff bought pink headsets, too. I’d say it’s the coolest
limited edition color ever from Chris King,” he concluded.
Additionally, the program featured a call to action for everyone involved.
King Cycle Group invited cyclists to skip a ride during the month of October and
instead receive or assist someone in receiving a mammogram or clinical
screening. Since 1993, the third Friday of October has been declared National
Mammography Day and visitors to the King website were given numerous resources
to make arrangements for a screening or to learn more.
“Our challenge to advance the local fight against breast cancer remains as
great today as ever, but with the generous support from local companies like
King Cycle Group, we are making a difference,” said Christine McDonald,
executive director of the local Komen Foundation. “More women and men are
beating breast cancer today through the education, screening, treatment and
research programs made possible by the local Komen Foundation and their
About King Cycle Group
King Cycle Group is widely recognized as a leading manufacturer of precision
bicycle components and is located in Portland, Oregon, often noted as North
America’s best city for bicycling. The company, which includes Chris King
Precision Components, provides product sales and service support to over 3000
authorized dealers throughout the United States and to distributors in 24
countries worldwide. King Cycle Group is an official supplier to the Discovery
Channel Pro Cycling Team™ and supports numerous regional and national bicycle
programs. The company will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2006. For more
information about King Cycle Group, please visit: www.chrisking.com
Contact: Chris DiStefano
firstname.lastname@example.org -or- 503-972-4050 x244
Two victories in a row for the Marco Polo Cycling Team
Tour of Siam and Tour of Thailand Victories
The Marco Polo Cycling Team, the first Chinese professional cycling team, had a
great start of the year, winning the international Tour of Siam in Thailand. The
Tour of Siam is one of the most important races in Asia, with a total distance
of over 1000 km's starting in Bangkok and finishing in Phuket. Mongolian Marco
Polo rider Jamsran Ulzii-Orshikh won a stage and Thomas Rabou from the
Netherlands won the overall and the team won the overall team classification!
Tour of Thailand
One week later the Marco Polo Cycling Team was successful again! Chinese Marco
Polo Cycling Team rider Fuyu Li won the overall classification of the
international Tour of Thailand a stage race over 1100km in 6 stages from Chiang
Mai to Bangkok. At January 29, the day the Chinese New Year starts, Fuyu Li
raced the last stage of the Tour of Thailand in the yellow jersey.
Fuyu Li: ''I am so happy to show that I have the international level to win a
stage race. Today is a special day for China because the Chinese New Year
starts. It is great to win this Tour of Thailand today!''
The Marco Polo Cycling Team gives the best Chinese cyclist a program to
improve their international level and Fuyu is right on schedule to qualify for
the Beijing 2008 Olympics!!
Photos and reports can be found at the website in the news.
Fuyu Li wins gold medal at All China Games!
Marco Polo Cycling Team rider Fuyu Li won the gold medal at the China Games! The
China Games are once every 4 years and are the most important sports event in
China before the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
At the Marco Polo Cycling Team Fuyu got the chance to improve his international
performance. Fuyu had his first international experience last year in Qatar
between Tour de France professionals. We hope he will also reach this level.
Fuyu Li and the Marco Polo Cycling Team race with the Trek - Madone bicycle also
used by the winning team in the Tour de France.
National Champions Robin Reid and Jamsran Ulzii-Orshikh
Jamsran Ulzii-Orshikh managed to win the Mongolian National Championships at the
road as well as in the time trial again. He has been champion for many years
now, but the competition gets harder every year.
Robin Reid became National Champion of New Zealand in the time trial.
Marco Polo Cycling Fund: Development aid projects, Sri Lanka, Eritrea,
Ethiopia and Mongolia
2005 was the UN year of Sports. And the Marco Polo Cycling Fund used this
opportunity to work at cycling development projects in 4 countries, Sri Lanka,
Eritrea, Ethiopia and Mongolia.
The Sri Lankan national team got the chance to participate in a Tsunami memorial
race in Thailand and was helped with material. In Eritrea the promotion of women
cycling races was supported. In Ethiopia trainers and cyclists learned from
cycling experts, one of them former Tour de France rider Peter Winnen. And in
Mongolia we help the creation of club structures and organize Kids races.
Cycling clothing and material is being collected for these development
More information and some photos at the Dutch language site:
Of course the projects continue in 2006 and we are working on English
information on the Marco Polo Cycling Fund. If you already want to support. Send
an e-mail to:
Loh Sea Keong Cycling School talent
One of the upcoming riders in international cycling is Malaysian Loh Sea Keong.
Only 19 years old he came over to Europe last season to challenge himself in the
hard competition here. He came over to the Marco Polo Cycling School and stayed
with the team riders in the training centre in Geleen in the south of Holland.
At first he had a hard time to even finish races but he worked hard with
dedication. And after a few months he was able to win a few prices. He finished
the season in the Tour d'Indonesia where he raced very strong. His fast
development gave him the opportunity to race this year in the Marco Polo Cycling
Team - Continental Team. We hope to see great cycling from him in the future.
Get your own Marco Polo Cycling clothing - now also Paypal payment possible
Order your own Marco Polo Cycling clothing. The jersey has a full zipper and of
course the shorts are bib-shorts. Check the design and order your gear from
merchandising at our internet site
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Bike Biz News
New Cycling Race Promotions g4
g4 Productions Site Launch
Four experienced event producers have joined forces to create a new
endurance sports event company, g4 Productions, that offers large corporations,
non-profit organizations and other businesses the opportunity to implement key
branding strategies & marketing programs targeting the growing 'healthy-active'
consumer market through the development of custom designed sporting events.
g4 Productions specializes in the creation, production & management of
professional and amateur cycling, running and multi-sport events as well as
integrated corporate hospitality programs. g4 Productions provides turnkey
opportunities for corporations & organizations that want to target product
initiatives, ad / public relations campaigns and events that target an active
lifestyle demographic through both sporting events and professional team
g4 Productions is a unique partnership between four women who have over fifty
years of collective experience in sports marketing, technical planning,
operations, marketing and sponsorship of endurance athletics and integrated
corporate hospitality programs. g4 Productions principals in the new venture are
Robin Morton, Alice Armstrong, Joan Hanscom and Kristen Reiss.
g4 Productions Senior Partner Robin Morton explained that "We all bring our
unique skills and perspective to the table with g4 Productions. Together we are
the complete package for any company or organization that wants to reach out to
an active lifestyle demographic."
Dan D'Armond, Director of Community and Government Relations for BMC Software,
enthused, "The news about the formation of g4 is fantastic! I have worked with
the founders for years and each of them is among the best of what they do. From
event management to promotions to sponsorship activation, they have a proven
track record at developing and executing successful programs and events that
meet the needs of organizers, athletes and sponsors."
"This 'healthy-active' demographic is one that so many companies and
organizations are trying to reach," said Morton, "and with our extensive
experience in endurance event marketing, the g4 team has unparalleled expertise
to deliver this market for our clients."
Gerard Bisceglia, CEO of USA Cycling agreed, "Any organization that chooses to
secure the services of this group of professionals will never regret its
For further info on g4 productions please visit
Ultimate Bicycle-Pineville, Ultimate
Matthews, & Bicycle
Sport-Myers Park, today announced the launch of their new USAC licensed amateur
cycling team, TEAM
ULTIMATE. The teams web site can be found at www.ultimatebike.com.
The mission of Team Ultimate Cycling is to offer the road cyclist an enjoyable
riding environment targeted
at competition & fitness, while growing the awareness of our Ultimate Pineville,
Ultimate Matthews, and
Bicycle Sport in the Metrolina area of North and South Carolina.
Team Ultimate is comprised of 23 men and 1 woman in multiple categorizations
from 3 to 5, targeting the
local racing calendar in the Metrolina area. The Metrolina area is defined as
surrounding counties of North & South Carolina in addition to Greenville and
Columbia, SC, along with the
Greensboro, Raleigh, and Southern Pines areas of North Carolina. Some of the
races the team will be
focusing on but not limited to include: Greenville Training Series, RHBC Omnium,
Tour de Moore, NC/SC
Road and Time Trial Championships, Dilworth Criterium, Crossroad Series,
Carolina Time Trial Series, and
selected Maxxis Georgia Cup races.
Mark Gonda - Team Director
Dan Williams- Team President
The 2008 Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee needs to employ more anit-doping
Yang Tianle, former head of the Beijing Anti-doping Laboratory, made the remarks
Tuesday, calling for more professionals to join the team.
The senior scientific official emphasized the Olympiad is a large-scale sports
event. The huge number of drug tests to be carried out during the Games requires
a substantial staff of technicians.
Laboratory workers from both China and abroad are invited to join the Olympic
Professor Yang said professional training will be provided to these technicians
to help them develop into anti-doping test specialists.
Meanwhile, China will strengthen its cooperation with the international
community to conduct research in gene-doping.
Beijing anti-doping lab has passed the International Olympic Committee's annual
review for 16 consecutive years. The lab will shoulder the critical and
expansive task of carrying out all the doping tests for the Beijing 2008 Olympic