Cycling News Today 23 February 2006
Davitamon/Lotto Start lists for weekend Semi Classics, T-Mobile Kloden Returns,
Simoni TT Plasma too Light, Cycling TV for the Weekend, AEG/Toshiba Jet Network
VOS, Fitchburg Longsjo Classic, Advocacy News, Bike Biz News... and more...
Davitamon Lotto Start Lists
Omloop Het Volk: Gent to Lokeren (202 km) 1HC
De Vocht Wim
Mc Ewen Robbie
Van Bon Leon
Van Petegem Peter
A change in the selection for Saturday's Omloop Het Volk; Wim Vansevenant is ill
and will be replaced by Bert Roesems.
Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne: 194 km Categorie: 1.1
Van Petegem Peter
Teamleader : Peiper Allan
Klöden makes race return
2004 Tour de France runner-up Andreas Klöden kicks off his racing season at this
weekend’s Swiss double-header; Saturday's GP Chiasso and Sunday's GP
di Lugano. The Swiss resident returns fresh from a three week camp in balmy
South Africa, where he trained with Jan Ullrich.
"I am delighted to finally get my season underway. I have made huge strides in
recent weeks towards building up my form. Now I want to see where I stand
relative to the competition," said Klöden, who hasn’t raced in the seven months
since crashing out of the Tour with a wrist injury.
Despite Klöden's encouraging preparations, T-Mobile's Mario Kummer is keen to
play down any high expectations. "Andreas is just coming out of training. He has
trained well but racing is a whole lot more intense.”
T-Mobile Team with ample options
With two stage races already in his legs (Mallorca-Challenge and Volta a
Algarve) and sharply improving form, Luxemburg's Kim Kirchen is ready for the
double-header. Last year's GP Chiaso winner showed in the final stage in
Algarve, that he is a force to be reckoned with on a lumpy race route.
Linus Gerdemann, Patrik Sinkewitz and Thomas Ziegler also approach the Swiss
weekend in good shape and, according to sporting director Frans van Looy, the
trio are keen to "show what they can do".
Like Klöden, the Italian duo of Eddy Mazzoleni and Giuseppe Guerini, who also
arrives from South Africa's Cape region, kick-off their racing season this
weekend. Ukrainian veteran Serhiy Honchar rounds out the eight-man TMobile
The GP di Lugano features one 174.3 km loop around the Lago di Lugano and along
the Lago Maggiore in Switzerland's Italian speaking region, while the GP Chiasso
is raced over two distinct circuits (12.7 km and 16.8 km long) in the same
region. The opening races of the Swiss road season pack in plenty of energy
sapping climbs along their respective routes. "The routes are extremely
demanding. These races are about much more than just rolling the legs in the
bunch," says van Looy.
T-Mobile Team Roster:
Linus Gerdemann (23)
Giuseppe Guerini (36/Italy)
Kim Kirchen (Luxemburg/27)
Andreas Klöden (30)
Eddy Mazzoleni (Italy/32)
Patrik Sinkewitz (25)
Thomas Ziegler (25).
Sporting director: Frans van Looy (Belgium).
AEG/Toshiba/JetNetwork Starts Strong at National Opener
Valley of the Sun Stage Race
The Valley of the Sun Stage Race in Phoenix, Arizona, drew a tough field of
professionals to the desert last weekend for a three-day event, which included a
14.5 mile time trial, a 90 mile road race, and a 70 minute criterium.
With more than 80 cyclists turning out for the time trials,
AEG-Toshiba-JetNetwork had two of its six competing team members finish in the
top 10. Jake Rubelt rode to a strong 8th place finish in the time trial while
teammate Hugh Moran closely followed in 10th. With all events held on relatively
flat courses, the results of the opening time trial typically set the general
classification in an order that is difficult to upend.
Many of the country’s best time trialists arrived in great form, including
winner and relative unknown Tom Zirbel (Priority Health), national track
standout, Curtis Gunn (Successful Living), and last year’s winner Ryan Blickem (Targettraining),
who all finished both the time trial and the final general classification in
For the second stage, the Trek Road Race, the team sent Rubelt and Moran on
the attack in an attempt to shake up the overall standings. However the fast,
flat course made it easy for GC leaders to chase down breakaways. Late in the
race, a two rider break did manage to get some time on the peloton, and Moran
went solo to bridge the leaders, but the results were unrewarding.
In a late surge led by Targettraining and assisted by AEG/Toshiba/JetNetwork,
one of the leaders was caught, but Geri Mewwit (Hincapie Sports), just held on
for the win in front of a charging peloton led by Rubelt, who effectively led
out teammate Frank Travieso to a 4th place finish.
Unfaltering, the team prepared for another shot at victory in the final stage
– a criterium held in downtown Phoenix. The team’s pre-race strategy was intact,
and the opportunity to keep the race together for a field sprint and then to
lead out Travieso and Emile Abraham for the win was plausible.
Despite a very active race, spurred by constant primes, the boys managed to
keep the peloton intact heading into the final laps and started to gather at the
front for a lead out.
The team suffered from multiple mishaps, losing Travieso, Rubelt, and Viktor
Laza to crashes and flats. Even with the decline of the team positioning,
efforts had still placed Abraham in great position for the final sprint.
Ultimate victory eluded the team as Abraham captured second after Neil Shirley
(Jittery Joe’s) made a perfectly timed last lap attack, holding off the field.
Valley of the Sun Final
G.C. Pro Men
1 5:33:16 @ 00:00 76 ZIRBEL, Tom Priority Health Cy Boulder CO
2 5:33:34 @ 00:18 85 GUNN, Curtis Team Successful Li Tucson AZ
3 5:33:55 @ 00:39 81 BLICKEM, Ryan TARGETRAINING Las Cruces NM
4 5:34:04 @ 00:48 22 BARROWS, Clayton Agisko-Dart-Cyclin Laramie WY
5 5:34:05 @ 00:49 44 ANDERSEN, Peter Hi-Tech Bikes/5 St San Diego CA
6 5:34:07 @ 00:51 3 KING, Austin Jittery Joe's - Ze Phoenix AZ
7 5:34:19 @ 01:03 49 SHIRLEY, Neil Jittery Joe's - Ze La Mesa CA
8 5:34:30 @ 01:14 61 SHEEDY, Brian Priority Health Cy Rockford MI
9 5:34:40 @ 01:24 12 RUBELT, Jake AEG-TOSHIBA-JetNet Winterville GA
10 5:34:42 @ 01:26 72 HARWARD, David Porcupine/Speciali Draper UT
11 5:34:42 @ 01:26 28 MORAN, Hugh AEG-TOSHIBA-JetNet Winterville GA
12 5:34:45 @ 01:29 91 MILLER, Drew Successfulliving.c Flagstaff AZ
13 5:34:51 @ 01:35 80 VERHEUL, John NM Bike n Sport Santa Fe NM
14 5:34:52 @ 01:36 57 GARCIA, Jonathan Mob Cyclery Louisville CO
15 5:34:53 @ 01:37 18 HARPER, Rich Abercrombie and Fi Raleigh NC
Pro Women's Final G.C.
1 3:52:35 @ 00:00 612 MIRABELLA, Erin Bicycle Johns Seri La Habra CA
2 3:52:58 @ 00:23 654 RATKOVIC, Andrea B1 Rocks Norman OK
3 3:52:59 @ 00:24 633 SAMPLONIUS, Anne Team Biovail Montreal PQ
4 3:53:05 @ 00:30 652 GONZALEZ-FERRAT, G Hi-Tech Bikes/5 St Chula Vista CA
5 3:53:42 @ 01:07 642 REITHER, Jennifer Bicycle Johns Seri Long Beach CA
6 3:53:49 @ 01:14 639 GALENTI, Betsy America's Dairylan Pomona CA
7 3:54:20 @ 01:45 627 ABBOTT, Mara Sports Garage/Rio Walla Walla WA
8 3:54:22 @ 01:47 637 SMALL, Carmen Vitamin Cottage Cy Denver CO
9 3:54:28 @ 01:53 653 KOCH, Shannon Compliance Depot C Flower Mound TX
10 3:54:35 @ 02:00 657 WILLIAMS, Maggie Landis/Trek/VW Phoenix AZ
11 3:54:36 @ 02:01 635 HUTTON, Carol Vitesse/Argon Centennial CO
12 3:54:40 @ 02:05 646 ASPLUND, Marisa CPT-Colnago Pro Boulder CO
13 3:55:03 @ 02:28 625 VIDARA, Kara Bicycle Johns Seri Norco CA
14 3:55:06 @ 02:31 659 DUFF, Miranda CPT-Colnago Pro Boulder CO
15 3:55:11 @ 02:36 636 WOODRING, Mackenzi Priority Health Cy Wyoming MI
In the overall standings, two AEG-Toshiba-JetNetwork teammates finished in
the top 10 with Rubelt finishing 9th, and Moran crowded the results finishing
Despite best efforts the race ended with out a win, as the team’s first west
coast race together it was a decided success.
Next Races for AEG/Toshiba/JetNetwork:
Vuelta Sonora, Mexico
Maxxis Georgia Cup & Vuelta Independencia
For the next race, the west coast squad heads down to Mexico for the team’s
first UCI event, the Vuelta Sonora, another flat and fast stage race; the team
will look to deliver it’s sprinters, Travieso and Abraham, to stage victories.
The team will be competing in the kick-off event of the 2006 Maxxis Georgia Cup
and the Vuelta Independencia in the Dominican Republic this weekend as well.
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Tour of California San Jose TT
Gibo Simoni Loses 2 Minutes for Late Start
Officials RuleTeam Issue Scott Plasma TT "Too Light"
Scott USA confirmed today that Saunier Duval-Prodir rider Gilberto Simoni was
penalized in the San Jose time trial stage of the Tour of California for
starting on a bike that was too light. Simoni’s new Plasma TT bike was weighed
as he entered the start gate of the 27.4 km course and was found to be under the
UCI weight minimum of 6.8 kg. Simoni was forced to return to his mechanic, David
Fernandez, located nearly 500 m away, who quickly installed an Elite water
bottle and cage, which was just enough to meet the UCI regulation, but Simoni
departed nearly two minutes after his start time. Gilberto ended up 24th in the
general classification after the TT, slipping 16 spots from 8th the previous
“With the Plasma we have to be careful of the weight limit,” explained David.
“The frame is so light we must use the correct combination of wheels and
components to make the bike weigh enough. We are used to this with the CR1 road
frame, but it is not often that teams have to weigh their TT bikes. Typically,
with aero bars and disc wheels, the TT bikes are not near the weight limit, but
with the Plasma this is not the case.”
“Normally the team has scales on the truck to avoid these circumstances, we
need them for all the bikes Scott supplies to the squad” said Adrian Montgomery.
“With all of the equipment the team has to bring here, it does not make sense to
bring them and we didn’t expect for this to occur. We weighed everything at team
camp and knew the correct combinations needed to comply. The team is going to
the Allied wind tunnel next week, so we sent them to California with new
Plasma’s to research with. Some small geometry changes were made after the team
tested the frames at camp. Some bikes were even made a little smaller. Gibo
rides the smallest bike on the team, and according to the officials he has the
The Plasma utilizes Scott’s CR1 process to produce a 980 gram TT frame. The
Plasma also uses TR! UEAERO tubing, aerodynamic cable routing, and an integrated
seatpost. All this adds up to the lightest TT bike available.
The Belgian season’s Opening Classics.
Saturday 25th February -Omloop Het Volk.
Coverage to start GMT / Universal Time approx 13:30 Hours. 8:30 EST .
The time you see on cycling.tv should be your local start time
Sunday 26th February - Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne.
13:30 Hours coverage starts.
The launch of our Premium Channel Friday the 24th along with the other new
Highlights of the Classic Haribo now on the Channel.
Daily Live News Show: Coming Next week!
Fitchburg Longsjo Classic
Nearly 1000 riders are expected to roll into
Fitchburg, Massachusetts for the 47th Annual Fitchburg Longsjo Classic, one of
the oldest and largest pro/am cycling competitions in the United States. Last
year, entrants included top racers from around the globe, including many
national champions and Olympic competitors.
The four-day event, which begins with opening day festivities on June 28th and
competition from June 29th through July 2nd, will host riders in eight different
categories, including Women’s Pro/1/2 and Men’s Pro/1. Race organizers have
modified the Time Trial course to improve safety and logistics and also provided
a separate Men’s Category 2 field.
$50,000 Prize Pool
This year $50,500 in prize money will be awarded, with the Men’s Pro/1 prize
pool at $24,000 and the Women’s Pro/1/2 at $13,500. Racers in all categories
including Men 2, Men 3, Women 3/4, Men 4, Masters 35+, and Juniors are
encouraged to register early to secure a spot. The deadline for registration is
June 25, 2006. Registration is on-line only at
www.bikereg.com. Men’s Category 2 riders will have their own race.
As the second oldest pro/am cycling race in North America, it honors the memory
of Arthur Longsjo, the nation’s first dual Olympian and Fitchburg, Massachusetts
native, who is a member of the Cycling Hall of Fame and Speed Skating Hall of
Fame. The oldest U.S. cycling race still in existence is the Tour of Somerville,
which Art Longsjo won in 1958.
Riders can register online at www.bikereg.com
or visit www.longsjo.com for more
Trips for Kids Annual Brews, Bikes, and Bucks Fundraiser a Great Success
It was a West Coast reunion of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame at the Broken Drum
Brewery in San Rafael. Mountain Bike pioneers Joe Breeze, Gary Fisher, Otis Guy,
Charles Kelly, Michael Kelley, Mert Lawwill, Scot Nicol, Ned Overend, Jacquie
Phelan, Tom Ritchey, Ross Shafer, and joined Trips for Kids at their annual
Brews, Bikes, and Bucks fundraiser. In its eight year, the annual event has
become a much anticipated occasion to meet the legends, socialize with fellow
riders, enjoy live music, and support the national youth mountain biking
program. Proceeds from the food and drink sales were generously donated by Noah
Berry, owner of the Broken Drum.
Throughout the afternoon, attendees were treated to a fun collection of bike
schwag, including the grand raffle prize of a Jamis Dakar Sport full suspension
About Trips for Kids
For 18 years, Trips for Kids has been providing disadvantaged youth in the Bay
Area with an opportunity to explore the wide open spaces on a mountain bike.
Under the direction of Marilyn Price, herself a member of the Mountain Bike Hall
of Fame, these popular rides offer personal challenges, build confidence, and
expose youth to the pleasures of nature. There are currently 45 Trips for Kids
chapters across the United States and Canada that together reach over 5,500
youth underserved youth each year.
For more information about Trips for Kids (and in invitation to next year's
event) visit their web site at
http://www.tripsforkids.org or call (415) 458-2986. Mailing address: 610 4th
Street, San Rafael, CA 94901. E-mail:
World Deaf Cycling Championships to Host Power Training Clinic
World Deaf Cycling Championships, Ergomo and Hunter Allen will team up for a
weekend-long power training clinic at the California School for the Deaf in
Fremont from May 19 to 21, 2006, which will immediately precede the 2006 World
Deaf Cycling Championships, to take place in the San Francisco Bay Area.
“This is exciting news, especially in the Bay Area which has a lot of cyclists
who are very competitive and are always looking to improve their performance,”
said Robin Horwitz, director of the 2006 championships. Proceeds from the clinic
will go to the week-long international event, to be hosted on U.S. soil for the
first time and to feature elite cyclists from 10 nations.
Hunter Allen, co-author of “Training and Racing with a Power Meter” and CEO
of The Peaks Coaching Group, will introduce the concept of power training, which
has been widely adopted by professional cyclists such as Lance Armstrong. The
clinic will discuss training with a power meter, threshold power, training
levels and power profiling. This is the first time Allen will be in Bay Area to
present on power training.
Friday evening will set the stage for the weekend-long clinic with the basics
of training with a power meter.
Saturday morning, Allen and the participants will go out for a group ride and
perform 20-minute time trial tests in order to determine individual training
levels and power profiles. In the afternoon there will be analyses of individual
performances from the morning and a continuation of the steps outlined in
“Training and Racing with a Power Meter.”
Sunday, Allen will wrap up the clinic with an in-depth discussion on power
training and long-term training strategy, including an explanation of how
cyclists should time peaks in their power training schedule.
Ergomo, a manufacturer of power meters, will provide 10 units over the weekend.
The units will be available following the clinic to participants at a discounted
Registration for the clinic will be 180 dollars and is limited to 30
participants. Interested persons can register online at http://www.usdeafsports.org/2006Cycling/PowerTraining.
For further information, please contact Horwitz at email@example.com or
About the 2006 World Deaf Cycling Championships: The 2006 World Deaf Cycling
Championships is sanctioned by the International Committee of Deaf Sports, a
member of the International Olympic Committee, and is hosted by the USA Deaf
Sports Federation, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee. The week-long
international event will take place in San Francisco, California from June 18 to
24, 2006 and will be covered live by DeafNation. Please visit
Robin Horwitz World Deaf Cycling Championships Director
Used Bicycle Buyer Appoints New Marketing Director
Michael Cousino Director of Marketing
Used Bicycle Buyer, a nation-wide used bike buying service for IBDs, has
appointed Michael Cousino as Director of Marketing. In this newly created
position, Cousino will assemble a National Sales Rep Force to build a limited
network of independent bike dealers who will benefit from protected markets.
President and founder Seth Schmidt, says, "We are pleased to have Mike join us.
He brings a decade of experience serving specialty retailers in the Great Lakes
region as an independent rep and has a strong vision for the growth of Used
After returning from Interbike this past Fall where Used Bicycle Buyer
exhibited for the first time, the company took dealer feedback and created a
turnkey trade-in program for the retail trade. "The response we received at
Interbike from the IBDs was phenomenal," says Schmidt. "They kept telling us the
same thing; that the industry has needed someone to step forward and provide a
used bicycle buying service on a nationwide level for a long time."
About Used Bicycle Buyer
Used Bicycle Buyer, a division of SMASH Direct LLC, located in Ashland,
Virginia, buys used bikes through participating IBDs, providing them with an
easy way to accept trade-ins on new bike purchases. Accepting trade-ins helps
dealers attract new customers, close more sales and differentiate themselves
Contact Seth Schmidt (804) 752-2288 firstname.lastname@example.org or Mike Cousino
NBDA Backs Fairness in Business and Joins the E-Fairness Coalition
Bicycle retailers support the Streamlined Sales Tax and Use Tax Agreement (SSUTA)
In a press release dated February 16, the E-Fairness Coalition welcomed the
National Bicycle Dealers Association into its organization. This is the first in
a series of moves planned by the NBDA to join the fight to create a "level
playing field" for retailers by requiring Internet sellers and mail order
companies to collect appropriate sales taxes. The NBDA Board of Directors
unanimously voted to support fair sales tax collection at its February 1
The E-Fairness Coalition is a Washington, D.C. group that advocates
streamlining the nation's diverse state tax jurisdictions while pressing for
passage of U.S. Senate bill S. 2152 (Sales Tax Fairness and Simplification Act),
to establish a system for collection of sales tax on Internet sales.
As Internet sales grow, this is potentially a huge issue for any retailer with a
physical store. On-line sellers, mail order companies and other remote retailers
have an unfair advantage when they don't have to collect the sales tax that
brick-and-mortar stores collect every day," states Fred Clements, NBDA Executive
"S. 2152 may not be the ultimate answer because it is limited to Internet
companies with annual sales over $5 million, but it is a huge step in the right
direction and we will work with other like-minded associations and groups to get
it passed and signed into law. We will continue to press for fair sales taxation
that does not favor Internet sellers over those with physical stores," Clements
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 33 percent of state revenues come from
sales taxes. If online and mail order sellers are not required to collect sales
taxes, state and local governments stand to lose as much as $54 billion in
revenues by 2006.1 Sales tax revenues fund essential government services
including education, law enforcement and transportation. If sales and use taxes
are not collected on remote transactions, state and local governments will have
to find other ways to offset their losses.2
The NBDA is not alone in taking a stand for fair sales tax collection. Stated
in detail on the coalition's website, www.e-fairness.org, this movement
represents brick-and-mortar and online retailers, retail corporations and
associations, publicly- and privately-owned shopping centers, outlet centers and
independently owned shops and a total of over 350,000 retail stores nationwide
including the likes of AT&T, Lowes, Radio Shack, National Retail Federation and
In support of this movement, sample letters that retailers can use to send to
their congressional representatives will be placed on the NBDA web site, along
with other resources for our members to become active on this issue. The NBDA
encourages all sectors of the bicycle industry to support the e-Fairness
Coalition and its mission to advocate fairness for businesses and consumers.
Look for more information on this topic at www.nbda.com or directly on the
e-Fairness coalition website at www.e-fairness.org. Media inquiries please
contact Michael Baker, email@example.com or phone 949/202-5500.