Cycling News Today 9 March 2006
Central Valley Classic Weather Warning, Georgia Bikes "Share the Road,"
Symmetrics Vuelta Sonora, Suzuki Sponsors ColaVita Teams, Hans Rey Launches
Wheels For Life, Race in Belgium with UK Club Kingsnorth Wheelers.
Central Valley Classic
Extreme Weather for ITT Friday:
Weather reports for the Tollhouse area indicate a strong cold front will move
into the area overnight, and the snow level may descend as low as 500 feet. Snow
accumulations may be anywhere from a trace to a couple of inches. The real
problem however will be the amount of ice and debris on the time trial course,
making the road dangerous or impassible for riders and support vehicles.
This is highly unusual weather pattern for this time of year in central
California. Thank you for your patience and understanding through this
situation. We are working hard to provide a challenging but safe event for
We will know more in the morning, and will confirm the final location at 8:00
am. For logistics purposes, the alternate Time Trial location will be 10 miles
east of Fresno, approximately a 25 minute drive from central Fresno.
Central Valley Classic A final decision on the location of the CVC time trial
will be made Friday morning, March 10th, at 8:00 am. Before you leave your hotel
or host house, please check the website tomorrow morning, call the CVC hotline
at 559-233-8052, or sign up on the website to receive email notifications.
Central Valley Classic Race Committee
"Share the Road"
Following up on yesterdays article about
to the Capital. I had to pass along a bit of advocacy news on the new
license plate available to Georgia residents for their vehicles. Income
generated by the plates will be used by the state for motorist and cyclist
safety, education, and awareness projects and programs.
Better yet the plate is a constant reminder to motorists to share the road with
Cyclists. They say, "Any good idea has wings," and this one might be something
you'd like to duplicate in your state or Country.
Georgia needs 1000 application for the plates to make them available and the
count is now at 630; so if your in Georgia take some time to look at the
Georgia Bikes site and participate.
The Georgia SHARE THE ROAD specialty license
plate is really going to happen... once the state receives at least 1,000
applications of $25 each in 2006. So lets make it quick and fun. Lets turn it
into a race. The challenge is a friendly, unofficial, competition with the new
NASCAR plates to be the first to the 1,000 point line.
On Tuesday, January 3, go to the local “tag office” in your county of residence.
Take your identification and $25 directly to the counter staff asking to apply
for the Georgia SHARE THE ROAD specialty license plate. Be sure to get and save
your receipt. Once there are at least 1,000 applications (hopefully we will have
won the race with NASCAR), the state will begin manufacturing the plates and
distributing them to those county tag offices where applications were submitted.
You will can get your tag on your normal renewal date; or you have the option of
getting the plate early for an additional $25. The standard fees will be a
one-time, $25, plate manufacturing fee (which will be credited if you provide
your application fee receipt) and the annual, $25, specialty license plate fee.
You are still responsible for your standard, annual, $20, registration fee and
any of your applicable ad valorem taxes.
Note that ALL of the $25, annual, SHARE THE ROAD specialty license plate fee
is intended to go to the Governor's Office Of Highway Safety (pending the
state's yearly general appropriations process) for use in motorist and cyclist
safety, education, and awareness projects and programs. Note too that the $25
application fee will be refundable in the unlikely event that 1,000 are not
received by the end of 2007.
Symmetrics Vuelta Sonora - Arizona /Mexico
Cooper wins U23 Jersey, Wohlberg 6th Overall in Mexico
Feb 28 – March 5, 2006
Symmetrics Cycling capped off a week of racing in Mexico with one stage win,
several podiums, the U23 jersey, a GC top place and mostly, some solid training
and valuable UCI points.
Symmetrics veteran Eric Wohlberg was sitting third, just 16 seconds behind the
leader by the mid point of the race, but hopes of taking the leader's jersey
were dashed by some bad luck.
Wohlberg flatted at a crucial moment in stage 4 and ended up losing time,
ultimately dropping to sixth overall. With just 1.5km to go from the finish,
Wohlberg double-flatted. A very fast bike change from Andrew Randell meant he
could limit his losses. However, the team did take home a leader's jersey -
Marsh Cooper did some fine riding to win the U23 jersey.
The final stage was shortened to 90km and the team rode very well, lined out
in full force behind the strong Tecos Mexican pro team. After Wohlberg's win in
stage 3, the team was hungry to end off the Mexican adventure in style with a
win. Unfortunately, the course was not entirely conducive to attacking - it was
a flat corner-less oval with some sweeping bends - essentially a vacuum.
Langley's Svein Tuft, testing his legs for the upcoming Commonwealth Games, did
get in a move for a good part of the race but the peloton wanted a sprint -
which is exactly what happened. The S-Team was at the front in the final
kilometers with a strong leadout. Andrew Pinfold was the go-to man for the
sprint and got bumped in the final bump, scrubbing some speed: Pinner still took
home fourth and all GC riders finished safely in the bunch.
After 6 stages of tough racing, the Symmetrics Cycling team had the
following to boast:
- 1st U23 Jersey
- 1st Stage 3
- 2nd Stage 4
- 3rd Stage 4
- 3rd Team GC
- 4th Stage 6
- 4th Stage 1
- 6th on GC
Now, with tans from sunny racing in Mexico, the team heads to rainy
California. The racing in Mexico definitely provided some solid racing to get
the team's legs going for 2006. The squad will take their early season form and
meet up with other American pros at the Central Valley Classic in Fresno,
Rider & Team Sponsor News:
American Suzuki Rides with ColaVita
Sponsors Men and Women's Cycling Teams 2006/2007
To further communicate its “Way of Life” brand strategy and illustrate how its
products play an integral part of consumers’ active lifestyles, American Suzuki
Motor Corporation (ASMC) today announced a multi-year agreement with the
Colavita men’s and women’s cycling teams. The team sponsorship makes Suzuki the
official motor vehicle sponsor of both the Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home Winery
Men’s Cycling Team and Colavita/Cooking Light Women’s Cycling Team.
The ColaVita Team Suzuki Forenza
“Suzuki and the Colavita men’s and women’s cycling teams are a perfect fit,”
said Tom Carney, director of sales and marketing of American Suzuki Automotive
Operations. “ASMC’s sponsorship of Team Colavita Cycling is a natural extension
of Suzuki’s ‘Way of Life’ philosophy, which focuses on adventure-seeking
enthusiasts who choose to live life instead of watch it go by.”
As part of the sponsorship agreement, both the Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home
Winery Men’s Cycling Team and Colavita/Cooking Light Women’s Cycling Team will
use a custom-wrapped Suzuki Forenza Wagon as their team vehicle throughout the
2006/2007 racing seasons. Additionally, the men’s team will display the Suzuki
logo on their race uniforms in 2007.
“We are pleased to welcome American Suzuki Motor Corporation as a sponsor of
the Colavita men’s and women’s cycling teams,” said John Profaci, vice president
of marketing of Colavita Olive Oil. “The versatility of the Forenza Wagons will
be a real asset for our teams as they travel across the country to race and
The Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home Winery Men’s Cycling Team began the season
ranked #2 in USA Cycling’s standings after just three seasons on the pro
circuit. Some of the team’s top cyclists include Mark McCormack, ranked #2 in
the NRC Men’s Individual Standings and a former USPRO Road Champion;
Belarus-native and two-time winner of the International Cycling Classic Viktor
Rapinski; Kyle Wamsley, who ranked first at the Tour of Somerville and third at
the USPRO & USCF Criterium Championships in 2005; and Davide Frattini of Varese,
Italy, winner of La Vuelta de Bisbee and the Giro d’Italia Elite under 26.
With the signing of 2005 NRC Champion and four-time National Criterium
Champion Tina Pic and other former members of the Quark squad, the Colavita/Cooking
Light Women’s Cycling Team enters the 2006 racing season with its strongest line
up to date. The team’s top returning cyclists include Canadian Time Trial
champion and Fitchburg Longsjo winner Sue Palmer-Komar, and Dotsie Cowden, who
distinguished herself with breakthrough rides at the Tour of Gila and Tour of
Altoona in 2005.
Suzuki’s sponsorship of the Colavita men’s and women’s cycling teams supports
its emerging and invigorating “Way of Life” brand advertising campaign, designed
to increase brand awareness and catapult the company into the outdoor enthusiast
automotive landscape. In 2006, Suzuki will look to promote its sponsorship of
the cycling teams through national and local programs/initiatives, including
locally based dealer efforts.
2006 Forenza Wagon: The 2006 Forenza Wagon, which will be featured throughout
the Team Colavita men’s and women’s racing season, offers a sporty appearance
that provides first-class visibility, refined and spacious interior and overall
versatility to meet the needs of consumers’ adventurous lifestyles. The Forenza
Wagon comes in one well-equipped model with one available upgrade package and a
starting MSRP of $14,499.
Suzuki Product Line: Suzuki offers an impressive and versatile product line,
which includes the 2006 Grand Vitara, the popular Forenza sedan and Forenza
wagon, the five-door Reno, the Aerio and Aerio SX, the Verona and the Suzuki
XL-7, one of America’s most affordable seven-passenger SUVs.
About American Suzuki: The Automotive Operations of American Suzuki
Motor Corporation (ASMC), Brea, Calif., was founded in 1985 by Suzuki Motor
Corporation. ASMC markets its vehicles in the United States through a network of
more than 540 automotive dealerships in 49 states. ASMC's parent company, Suzuki
Motor Corporation (SMC), based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide
automobile, motorcycle and outboard motors manufacturer with sales of more than
2 million new vehicles annually. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, it
has operations in 125 countries. For more information, go to
About Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home Winery
Now celebrating its 25th year, Colavita USA LLC, headquartered in Linden,
NJ, is a leading marketer of Italian specialty food products. A family-owned
business, Colavita imports and distributes the #1 brand of Italian extra-virgin
olive oil in the U.S. as well as durum wheat semolina pasta, a full selection of
balsamic and wine vinegars, and many other fine Italian products.
Trinchero Family Estates is wholly owned and operated by the Trinchero
family, Napa Valley vintners since 1948. The company produces the wines of
Sutter Home, Trinchero, Montevina, Wild Bunch, Trinity Oaks, Folie à Deux,
Menage à Trois, the number one alcohol-removed wine, Fre, and imports Angove’s,
Reynolds Vineyards and Little Boomey wines of Australia. For more information,
Founded in 1987, Cooking Light (www.cookinglight.com) is the world’s largest
food magazine. Each month, more than 11 million consumers turn to Cooking Light
to “eat smart, be fit and live well.” CookingLight.com provides daily
food and fitness updates, healthy recipes and nutrition advice to millions of
unique visitors every year.
Tyler Hamilton Foundation
Hosts Race Series
Over the next few months, THF in collaboration with DBC Events (Denver-Boulder
Couriers) will host a series of Criteriums and Road Races. You can find the
whole schedule at www.dbcevents.com
The goal for THF of the unsanctioned races is to encourage as many people,
especially junior cyclists, to try it out and get on a bike. Junior cyclists do
not pay any registration fee. There is also a citizens race for people that have
not raced before – another opportunity to explore the world of cycling.
We have also contacted all the teams in Colorado to see what opportunities are
available for juniors and provided the opportunity for teams and organizations
to use the THF booth for materials, etc.
There is an article in
Cycling News about last week’s events that Scott Moninger of Health Net won.
We encourage you to spread the word and if you are in Colorado, stop by with or
without your bike.
Kingsnorth International Wheelers
Recruiting Riders to Race in Belgium
The British club, Kingsnorth International Wheelers are recruiting riders to
join them in Belgium.
The team, under the directorship of Gentenaar Staf Boone, have their base in and
around Ghent and again will have a programme of kermeses and interclub races.
Among the winners last year were Tasmanian, Darren Young, 19 year old
Lithuanian Tomas Tareilis, and evergreen Patrick Vanhoulandt, who is still
winning races at 42 years old.
Clothing and transportation are provided and the team offers cheap
For further details contact Staf Boone (Bel), 00 32 9 2250096, Peter Murphy (GB)
00 44 1233 636443 or Ian Whitehead (GB) 00 44 1689 896292
The Kingsnorth Club web page can be viewed on
Launches Wheels 4 Life
It is my pleasure to announce that I have just launched a non-profit charity
called Wheels 4 Life: www.wheels4life.org.
The goal of this charity is to provide thousands of people in Third World
countries with bicycles so that they can elevate their standard of living. For
many people, a bicycle can make all the difference to escape the vicious circle
of the poverty trap.
I have traveled to almost 60 countries, and have met and sometimes worked
with people who make much less that $200 US per year. Often they live in remote
villages and the only form of transportation they have is their feet. It is
often too long of a walk to get to a job, go to school or to the market to sell
Wheels 4 Life will also support healthcare workers, nurses and doctors to enable
them to be more mobile, allowing them to see more patients in less time.
I'm working with local agencies, organizations, schools and healthcare groups
to assure the bikes donated will end up in the hands of people who really need
them. All of my work is on a volunteer basis, and I pay all of my own expenses
while working for W4L. We will keep administrative costs to a minimum to assure
that the maximum amount of money goes to purchasing bikes.
A donation of any amount is appreciated. For $150 we can buy a person a
brand-new 6-speed bicycle that is specially designed for the rural areas and has
durable, easy-to-replace components. This price includes all shipping, duty and
How can you help?
• Donate to our website. Any amount is appreciated. It's easy, fast, and secure
to pay by credit card or PayPal at
• Forward this message to your friends, family and co-workers.
• Link the Wheels 4 Life website to your or your company's website (banners and
buttons available at our site).
• If you are a media representative, I'd be very appreciative if you could give
us a plug/write-up.
• If you are a Corporation, please consider a Corporate Sponsorship for minimum
of $1000 per year.
Thank you very much for your consideration and support.
Hans Rey has been a professional athlete for 20 years, he
still travels the world promoting biking and riding the unridable. He has been
competing and demonstrating his talents in 60 countries, in recent years he been
filming documentaries with his 'Hans Rey Adventure Team', combining his extreme
biking skills with different cultures and always in search of something
historical or mysterious.
With 'Wheels 4 Life' Hans wants to give something back to the
people he met on his journey's, he so very grateful for the opportunities and
career he had through the sport. A bicycle can make all the difference in a
persons life. It can be the difference between having a job or not, going to
school or not, seeing a doctor or being seen by a doctor or not, etc......
For us bicycles are recreational equipment, for some people it can be survival.
Thanks for taking the time and consideration to help