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Cycling News Today 23 February 2006
By Vaughn Trevi
Date: 2/23/2006
Cycling News Today 23 February 2006

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
Saturday 25/02/2006

De Vocht Wim
Mattan Nico
Mc Ewen Robbie
Roesems Bert
Steegmans Gert
Steels Tom
Van Bon Leon
Van Petegem Peter
Teamleader: Frison Herman
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
Sunday 26/02/2006

Ingels Nic
Kuyckx Jan
Leukemans Björn
Mattan Nico
Roesems Bert
Van Petegem Peter
Vansevenant Wim
Vogels Henk
Teamleader : Peiper Allan

T-Mobile Team
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 roster.

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)
Serhiy Honchar
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
Phoenix,  Arizona

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 this order.

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 11th.
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 day.

“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 lightest too.”

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.

Cycling TV
The Belgian season’s Opening Classics.
Online Free

Saturday 25th February -Omloop Het Volk.
Coverage to start GMT / Universal Time approx 13:30 Hours. 8:30 EST .
The time you see on 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 channels.
Highlights of the Classic Haribo  now on the Channel.
Daily Live News Show: Coming Next week!

Race Announcements:
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 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 or visit for more information.

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 mountain bike.
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 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 price.
Registration for the clinic will be 180 dollars and is limited to 30 participants. Interested persons can register online at For further information, please contact Horwitz at or Allen at
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

Bike Biz:
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 Bicycle Buyer."

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 from competitors.
Contact Seth Schmidt (804) 752-2288 or Mike Cousino (440) 653-0076

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 meeting.

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 director.

"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 said.

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,, 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 more.
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 or directly on the e-Fairness coalition website at Media inquiries please contact Michael Baker, or phone 949/202-5500.


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