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Cycling News Roundup 26 May 2006
 
By Staff
Date: 5/26/2006
Cycling News Roundup 26 May 2006
 

Cycling News Today 26 May 2006
CSC Comments on Giro Stage 19, Marco Pinotti, Nicole Freedman Retires, 7=Eleven Pro Team Reunion,
Symmetrics UCI Pro Track Team, FDB RAS, Team News, USA Cycling Podium Program, Cap Classic, Rotor 54T Time Trial AERO Q-Ring.

Team CSC
Memorable Second Place for Voigt
Team CSC's Jens Voigt took a memorable second place in the 224-kilometer mountain stage from Pordenone to Passo di San Pellegrino. After having been in the longest break of the day, with among others team mate Bobby Julich, the German power house was alone up front with Juan Manuel Garate (Quick Step) and had the opportunity to go for the victory. However Voigt chose to opt out on the sprint and Garate won the stage.


Manuel Garate and Jens Voigt on Stage 19 attack they gave them one and two for the day. Photo (c) Tim DeWaele

”I didn't take any leads for a long time in the break, so I didn't want to sprint for the victory. That's simply not who I am. If I'm to win it has to be because I'm the strongest, not because I've been sitting on someone's wheel and letting them do all the work. But I felt strong and we did have a great stage. I feel like I've come out on the other side of the mountains still feeling strong, and that's a good feeling to be able to sit up front in a tough mountain stage in the Giro. And in the bigger picture things look great for us with Ivan safely in the jersey and the team in perfect shape all the way till now,” said Jens Voigt after the stage, where Ivan Basso continued to keep his closest rivals in check without problems. The day started out very happily for the Team CSC captain, who prior to the stage was the bearer of good news, as his wife had given birth to the couple's second child this morning.


Ivan Basso a Happy Father and another day in the Giro as race leader!
Photo (c) Tim DeWaele

Ivan Basso
”It's been a fantastic day for me and my family. I have to admit it's a very special feeling to be sitting in the middle of a big race wearing the leader's jersey and knowing that my wife has brought a child into the world. I'm very happy right now and I have a lot to be thankful for. Tomorrow will be tough, but of course I have a comfortable lead at the moment and a team of riders, who are all capable of accomplishing great things. Jens is an exceptional rider, and what he did today deserves the utmost respect,” said the happy father after the stage.


Jens Voigt and Manuel Garate climb to the finish. Photo (c) Tim DeWaele

Bjarne Riis
”It was a brilliant stage and already this morning we knew it would be a special day for us all. We were aggressive out there today in order to pave the way for Ivan, should the opportunity arise, which is why we had both Jens and Bobby up front. My instinct told me that Jens should go for the victory, but afterwards I could see that he made the right decision. And it makes me very proud to have a rider on the team, who has the class to make such a gesture in a situation like that,” said Bjarne Riis after the stage.

Saunier Duval/Prodir
Marco Pinotti
"Today was a really hard stage and I did a great effort. After he 20 riders break went, I started pulling on the first climb with Mori, then for half of Marmolada. After I could hold the Basso group on Pordoi, and then hammered for more than 30 kms again to recover time for the breakaway. I took it easy only on the last climb, very tired."
"Tomorrow I hope I can help again the team on the long climb. My giro is very satisfying and Gibo thanked me for the hard work I am making with all the other team members. I hope tomorrow he can win the stage' and then rest a bit before Dauphine..."

Courtesy Bart Hazen

Nicole Freedman Retires from Pro Racing
Will Work on Citywide Boston Cycling Festival

Nicole Freedman announced her retirement from professional bike racing today. As one of the peloton's most lustrous characters throughout 12 years as a pro, Freedman matched a sharp, self-deprecating wit with an intense competitive drive, harnessed them to a savvy business instinct and succeeded brilliantly as a racer, coach, manager, and general industry influencer. She arrived at her decision to retire because of what she describes as her dream job coming to fruition.

"I was working part-time for the City of Boston to look at plans to bring a citywide cycling festival," said Freedman. "My boss asked me if I would go full time. I said 'no.' He asked a month later and it occurred to me, 'what am I waiting for? This is exactly what I want to do going forward, I better jump on this opportunity while I have it!'"

Freedman collected her pro license in 1994, the same year she rode as a member on the first ever all-women's team to compete in the Race Across America (RAAM). Since then her career has become one huge constellation of standout highlights including earning a berth on the Sydney Olympic team in 2000, becoming a two-time US National Champion, winning a stage in the Tour of New Zealand and winning more than 40 professional NRC races.

Behind the scenes, Freedman cemented her reputation as a leader - both on the bike and off - when she helped evolve and manage teams including Odwalla, Treo, Schwab and most recently the buzz-worthy Ford-Basis. In addition to racing and managing teams, Freedman founded her own coaching service, which grew at near light speed pace by word-of-mouth from her adoring clients.

Without racing and training tugging at her schedule, Freedman will be able to dedicate more time to her current passion, Hub on Wheels (HOW). HOW is a citywide ride created in conjunction with Mayor Menino's office to showcase Boston's many diverse neighborhoods as well as its parks, greenways, neighborhoods, and waterfront and to promote urban biking in general. Visit: www.hubonwheels.org for more information.

Freedman made her debut this year as a calendar girl for the inaugural Jewish + Female = Athlete wall calendar presented by the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. As "May," Freedman got to brag to friends, family and fans about her pin-up stint however some scoffed at the project in disbelief since there couldn't possibly be enough Jewish women athletes to fill a calendar. As one of the most colorful characters from J + F = A, she will prove naysayers wrong once more since she's been invited back to appear as "April" with a fresh, new crop of athletes in the calendar's second edition.

7-Eleven Team Reunion
Team 7-Eleven reunites for “Drafting for Davis”, a dinner and live auction to raise money for Parkinson’s Disease

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1986 Team 7-Eleven stage win at the Tour de France
In 1986, Davis Phinney, riding with the US based 7-Eleven team, shocked the European riding establishment by winning a stage in the Tour de France. To celebrate this momentous event, Davis Phinney and many of his 7-Eleven teammates will get together for a reunion dinner on June 16th, 2006.

The “Drafting for Davis” event will be held at the Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club in Menlo Park CA. The evening starts at 5:30 with cocktails; allowing guests the exceptional opportunity to mingle with some of cycling’s greatest riders. The Tour de France themed dinner will feature food from different parts of France. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Davis Phinney Foundation, which is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s.

Phil Liggett Master of Ceremonies
Sportscaster Phil Liggett will be Master of Ceremonies and lead the live auction after dinner. There are many auction items available for the cycling enthusiast, as well as some enticing items for non-cyclists. Auction items may include an exclusive ride with biking legends, a European trip to watch the TdF, Giro, or Vuelta, and a custom bike built and presented by Eddy Merckx.

Members from the 7-Eleven team who plan to attend the event include Steve Bauer, Chris Carmichael, Eric Heiden, Ron Keifel, Tom Schuler, Jeff Pierce, Jim Ochowicz (Team Director), and of Course Davis Phinney. The Davis Phinney Foundation will also begin their annual bike raffle at the event, with a road bike donated by Ben Serotta.

The mission of the Davis Phinney Foundation is to accelerate Parkinson’s research through collaborative funding, and to explore the positive effects of exercise on Parkinson’s patients. As an Olympic medalist and the winningest professional cyclist in American history, Davis Phinney and his efforts as part of the famed 7-Eleven team of the 1980’s broke down barriers for American cyclists in Europe, and cleared the way for future Tour victories by Greg LeMonde and Lance Armstrong. In 2000, Davis was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s disease. He now dedicates his life in support of Parkinson’s research in an effort to advance our understanding of this crippling disease that affects millions of Americans.

For more details, auction item updates or to purchase tickets for the event, visit: http://www.davisphinneyfoundation.org/june16.html.
Individual tickets or tables of 10 for friends or clients are available for purchase. All proceeds go directly to the Davis Phinney Foundation.

WHERE: Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club, 2900 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park CA 94025.
WHEN:  Friday, June 16, 2006.
TIME: Doors open at 5:30 pm. Dinner begins at 7:00pm. 
PRICES: $250 per ticket

Symmetrics Cycling Hits the Track
Canada's First UCI Track Squad
Look for the familiar yellow-and-black colours attacking velodromes around the world! Canada's number one Pro team, Symmetrics Cycling, has expanded its program with the news that it becomes the country's first UCI Track Team.

With an already successful spring behind the road teams - with victories all over the Americas, and top results at the commonwealth games - the expansion to the track was natural. Case in point - Symmetrics already has one of Canada's top trackies on the squad, points and scratch racer extraordinaire Mandy Poitras (a former silver medallist at the Track Worlds, no less.) Svein Tuft, on a whim, decided to try his hand at the 4km pursuit this past spring at the Commonwealth Games.

Riding an individual test against the clock on the track was a natural extension for Canada's top time triallist, and despite virtually no training for it, riding a bike for the first time and with an abysmal start - the Langley rider still managed a respectable time of 4:36! That time was just over the former National pursuit record held by 1996 Olympic points race silver medallist Brian Walton - which was broken by Tuft's compatriot Zach Bell in the same event.

Pursuiting is a discipline where Symmetrics Cycling will shine when it comes to track racing. By having a bevy of the country's top time triallists, it means having several riders who would excel nationally, and internationally, in the 4-km test. With 4-5 potential individual pursuiters, that also means assembling a team pursuit squad with a real chance of Olympic qualification - something Canada has desperately lacked for several years. Team pursuit is the ultimate statement of teamwork, organization and speed: Three things the S-Team prides itself in. Shortly, team management will be considering other Canadian athletes that can round out the team in order to attain its pursuiting goals.

Symmetrics welcomes top track rider Anna Brit & Eric Erikson to the team, and be sure to look for more news on this front in the coming months
For more information about Symmetrics Cycling and to view complete race schedules, visit www.symmetricscycling.com.

FBD Insurance RAS - Stage 4 (UCI 2.2):
Power Takes Stage 4, O’Loughlin moves into 2nd
Navigators Report

Ciaran Power of the Navigators Insurance Cycling Team took the top honors today in stage-4 of Ireland’s National Tour; the FBD Insurance RAS. Better known as “The Milk RAS” for most of its 54-year history, this difficult, 8-day, 9-stage event is a mainstay of the sporting world on the Emerald Isle. Today’s 150-Km stage was won in a sprint from a 3-man group that also included Navigators’ David O’Loughlin, who took 3rd in the stage.

David, the current Ireland National Road Champion is racing as a member of the Ireland National Team while Ciaran is racing with his local club team, “Dan Morrissey.” Both riders have had past success in this race that is widely known as one of the toughest multi-day races due to its incessant climbing. In today’s stage, the riders tackled 7 categorized climbs before finishing in Listowel, near the northwestern coast. The day’s result proved that Ciaran’s recovery from a surgical procedure he underwent in March to relieve a chronic leg problem, is nearing completion. Needless to say, he was ecstatic when he crossed the line after battling the cold and rain for close to 4 hours.

American, and former World U23 Champion, Danny Pate (TIAA-CREF) is back on top of the leader board after losing his lead, earned with a victory in stage-2, in yesterday’s stage. One-second behind in the Overall GC is O’Loughlin, followed by another 6-seconds to Tommy Evans (IRC Usher Insuls.).

Long breakaways have been the order of the day in the opening stages of the event, and although only 1:16 separates the top-8 in the Overall competition, the next closest rider is a further 6:24 back. The remaining 5-stages are sure to see some changes in the top spots, and tomorrow greets the racers with even more climbing, followed by Friday’s 2-stage day that features a 25-Km Team Time Trial and an 83-Km road race

TFBD Insurance RAS Stage 5
TIAA-Cref Report

TIAA-CREF are strong, confident, and ready to rumble!

Today was stage 5 of the FBD Insurance Ras. We went into the stage with a 1 second lead over Irishman David O’Loughlin and only 15 seconds separating the top 5 on GC. So our major goal of the day was to keep Danny Pate close to those top 5 riders. For the first time all week we shifted from following and marking attacks to worrying about defending the jersey. With all of the top GC riders marking each other the day was also an opportunity for riders low on GC to have a go at a stage win.

Like every other day here in Ireland the attacks went early and a group of ten riders including our own Lucas Euser soon established a 1 minute lead over the peloton. The only major threat in that break was Brian Kenneally who was 7 minutes down on Danny.
Though we didn’t plan on having Lucas in a break today the gap held constant at 1 to 3 minutes for the first half of the race and with Lucas sitting on and our riders watching the main GC riders we seemed to be in a good position. As the pack slowed, however, for feeding the break’s lead swelled to almost 9 minutes making Kenneally the virtual leader. And so the chase was on and over the next 40 km, we brought the gap down to just under 4 minutes at the base of the final KOM.

Up ahead, Lucas followed attacked from the break and found himself away with Jaroslaw Welniak and Bartlomieg Matysiak from the Polish Legia Bazylisek team and Ryan Conner from Grant Thorton. Unfortunately, on the decent into the finish Lucas fell off after nearly going down on a sketchy switchback. Welniak went on to win followed by Matysiak and Thorton.

With the GC threat eliminated the rest of the TIAA-CREF riders rolled in with the rest of the peloton maintaining nearly the same standings as this morning. With only seconds separating the top riders tomorrow’s team time trial will be critical and is one of our best chances to put more time on our competitors. Instead of receiving the actual finish time for the TTT, we will essentially be racing for a 15 second time bonus over second place with a stage win.

FBD Insurance RAS - Stage 7 (UCI 2.2):
Power - Full; Ciaran Makes It Two

Navigators Insurance's Ciaran POWER showed his continuously improving form by taking stage-7 of this year's FBD Insurance RAS in Ireland. Adding to his victory in stage-5, today's 2-stage day started with a 25-Km Team Time Trial in the morning and an 83-Km road stage in the afternoon.

Racing as a member of a composite team from his local club (Dan Morrisey), Ciaran also scored high enough in the KOM competitions along the road to move into the lead for that special jersey. The cold and wet weather  continued as it has for the entire week adding to the suffering that the peloton felt on the 2 categorized climbs. With 7 of the event's 9 stages completed, the riders still face 2 more difficult days of racing, before finishing up in Skerries on Sunday.

In the General Classification, Kristian House (Recycling.co.uk) moved ahead of Danny Pate (TIAA-CREF) in a virtual tie, while Navigators' other rider in the race; David O'Loughlin (racing for the Ireland National Team) slipped back to 4th in the GC.Overall GC:

1 Kristian House (GBr) Recycling.co.uk 22.09.37
2 Danny Pate (USA) TIAA-CREF
3 Morten Hegreberg (Nor) Sparebanken Vest 0.12
4 David O'Loughlin (Irl) Grant Thornton 0.21

Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada
Martin Gilbert of the Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada Pro Cycling Team scored the team's first National Racing Calendar victory of the season at this evening's Leith BMW Criterium in downtown Raleigh.
Racing in treacherous conditions - at night and in the rain - Gilbert bridged up to Toyota-United's Ivan Stevic midway through the 50-mile race, and they were soon joined by Frank Travieso (AEG-Toshiba-JetNetwork).
The multinational trio - representing Canada (Gilbert), Cuba (Travieso), and Serbia (Stevic) - stayed together until the finish, where Gilbert comfortably took the sprint.

Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada Racing Manager Jonas Carney commented that, "Martin was really impressive tonight - not just winning the race, but beating a really crafty rider like Stevic who's won a ton of races, and a sprinter like Travieso. For Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada, this is a big win and it's exactly how we wanted to get started with this set of races."

After representing Canada on the world track cycling circuit throughout the spring, Gilbert has hit the ground running in his road campaign with Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada, which has high hopes for its young French Canadian sprinter. The team's East Coast road trip continues tomorrow at the Kelly Cup in Baltimore

Jelly Belly News
Bajadali scores big with a win at the Tri Peaks Challenge
"The Baj" notches his first win of the season with a impressive display of climbing during the final stage of the Tri Peaks Challenge in Russellville, AR, part of the US National Racing Calendar.

Stage One, Brice Jones once again showed his forte in the criteriums, slipping away from the bunch with ten other riders in the one hour technical contest. At the finish, Brice finished admirably in fourth while the rest of the team came in safely with the peloton.

Stage Two featured a trio of climbs, this time it was Bajadali covering the breakaway of eight while another group of ten or so joined them after a long chase. At the finish, Andrew crossed the line 11th, setting the stage for the brutal uphill finish of Mt Nebo on the final day of racing.

Stage Three had been one circled on Bajadali's calendar since the team's schedule was set in January. An uphill finish with 18% pitches, the route was one which favored his superior climbing abilities and "The Baj" came through with flying colors. The team set him up perfect on the windy approach, then Andrew matched stage winner Ivan Stevic pedal stroke for stroke to the top, securing the overall as Stevic had missed the previous day's breakaway.

Brice Jones rocks the USA Crits Series
Brice Jones, finding strong form after the Ford Tour de Georgia, posted strong finishes in the six-race USA Crit Series (with Athens, Roswell, and Anniston on the US National Racing Calendar) to place second overall while the Jelly Belly team was second overall as well.

The race venues stretched from coastal South Carolina to Georgia to Anniston, Alabama, with the kick-off race at the hugely popular Athens Twilight Criterium with this attendance estimated at over 40,000. Caleb and Matty kept Alex and Brice at the front as the laps wound down, and in the sprint to line it was Brice in fourth and Alex in twelfth.

The next day in Roswell, Alex spent nearly half the race in a breakaway only to be caught with one to go, but Brice showed his sprint power to again finish in fourth.

Walterboro, Greenwood, and Spartanburg all played out much the same (except for the rainy conditions in Spartanburg), high speeds and constant attacking from start to finish. Caleb, Matty, Dave, Corey, and Kirk all rode to put Brice into position in the final laps where Brice did not disappoint with finishes of 6th, 2nd, and 2nd.

On the last day in Anniston, the team took control of the race for the final twenty laps to real in a dangerous break and try once again to provide Brice with an opportunity to notch the win and possibly the overall. Out of the last corner Brice battled side-by-side with Haedo and Dominguez. In the overall, Brice finished second, the team was second, David was 16th, and Caleb 18th.

Candelario and Bajadali ride strong at the Joe Martin Stage Race
Alex Candelario made his way to the podium twice at the Joe Martin Stage Race, the first of two consecutive weekends in Arkansas and part of the US National Racing Calendar.

Stage One saw over 200 riders at the start and almost immediately a five man break put four minutes into the field. Nearly 3.5 hours later and after a strong tempo by the Jelly Belly and Healthnet teams, the field was reduced to just 60 riders after the long ascent up Mt. Gaylor. Brian placed himself in the next break and was caught just 4 km from the finish, from there the boys placed Alex and Caleb at the front on the tricky run-in. In the drag race to the line, Alex was third and Caleb twelfth.

Brian Jensen again played a key role in Stage Two, riding in the breakaway for 140 km, caught again just 4km from the finish, but the Jelly Belly boys guided Alex and Caleb to the finish where they crossed the line in second and fourth respectively.

Stage Three's uphill time trial saw Andrew Bajadali fly up the hill to place fourth while Caleb tallied a fifteenth place finish.

Stage Four's criterium exploded from the start as the Jelly Belly and United Pro riders launched attacks over the technically and hilly course in an effort to unseat Team Healthnet's grip on the overall. The field was quickly down to less than 50 riders, but another field sprint was inevitable, this time it was Brice Jones as the top rider for the team in fourth. Overall, Bajadali finished 7th, while Caleb was 14th, Matty finished in 20th, and the team in 3rd.

2006 Capitol Classic Announces
Former Professional Cyclist Joe Parkin
Celebrity Pace Car Driver
The inaugural Capitol Classic: A Bicycle Ride & Race for Autism Awareness (www.bikeforautism.org, which takes place on Sunday, June 4 on the streets surrounding the Minnesota State Capitol, is pleased to welcome Joe Parkin to the event as Celebrity Pace Car Driver. Parkin is a former professional mountain bike competitor and world-class road racer.

The Capitol Classic benefits the Autism Society of Minnesota and features competitive and recreational, live music, healthful-food options, wellness expos, action-sports demonstration presented by Skatewave, plus an appearance by the Minnesota Twins’ own TC Bear.

Parkin’s career began with a whim, a duffel bag, and a bike joining him on a flight to Belgium, where he quickly found himself courted by professional cycling teams. His planned three-month trip to Europe turned into seven years of high-level road racing. Parkin then returned to United States, and he rode for the Coors Light Cycling Team until switching to mountain bikes and spending the next three years competing internationally for Diamondback Racing and Barracuda Bicycles. All told, Parkin is a veteran of more than 1,000 bicycle races, with highlights including representing the United States at the World's Road Championships, Cyclocross Championships, and Mountainbike Championships.

“Parkin’s addition to our lineup of cycling and entertainment adds to the excitement of the 2006 Capitol Classic,” said event founder and manager Jay Dworsky, of Minneapolis-based Circuit Global Sports Management. Dworsky, the father of two-year-old Leo, who is autistic, added, “Everyone from our many sponsors to our participants is pleased to see such a high-level cyclist like Parkin join us. He’ll enhance our efforts to heighten autism awareness and support through this special day in Saint Paul.”

The 2006 Capitol Classic kicks off with a criterium race—a short, lapped cycling affair approximately one kilometer in distance. The day will continue with numerous other cycling events that showcase the prowess of highly skilled local amateurs of all ages and both genders, with prizes awarded to race winners. All the cycling action will be visible from the start/finish line, located just off the south steps of the capitol. The Capitol Classic is an awesome opportunity for spectators to enjoy an up-close look at the mesmerizing skills developed by the weekend-warrior cyclists visible almost year-round on the streets of the Twin Cities.
The event runs from 9am until 5pm, with free parking available.

USA CYCLING ANNOUNCES PODIUM PROGRAM
Three-Tiered Financial Support Initiative Launched for Olympic and World Championship Medal Hopefuls
Colorado Springs, Colo. (May 25, 2006)— USA Cycling announced today a three-tiered financial support initiative that assists Olympic hopefuls. Created by USA Cycling and funded by the United States Olympic Committee, the Podium Program will award cash stipends and support to elite athletes based on results and performance.

The goal of this program is to support American riders who have the ability to win medals at Olympic Games and World Championship competitions, or who have the potential to develop into medal-winning athletes at major international events. The program will further provide a support structure for top USA Cycling athletes who exhibit sustained success at the international level to create additional motivation and incentive and to progress to the highest level of performance in all recognized disciplines.

Because the majority of the funding comes from the USOC, USA Cycling’s Podium Program is focused on Olympic events only. “This program is integral in fostering success at major international competitions,” explained Steve Johnson, chief executive officer of USA Cycling. “Ultimately, our goal from an athletics standpoint is to win Olympic and World Championship medals. An incentive-based program that is directly tied to results and performance provides an attainable and tangible goal for our top athletes and aspiring riders.”

The standards for entry into this program are derived from current international performances that are indicative of the level of performance required to achieve a podium placing in an Olympic event at a World Championships or Olympic Games. Since the funding for this program is fixed, a fixed and limited number of available positions will be filled according to the specific performance criteria described for each program. The structure of the program is divided into three tiers – Podium Capable, Podium Potential and Podium Promise – which correspond to a certain level of financial support.

Riders in the Podium Capable program are eligible for a $15,000 cash stipend, along with additional resources and support including access to international competition and coaching and sports science services.
The Podium Potential Program will focus on continuing the development of top American cyclists through training camps and exposure to top international competition with the goal of graduating athletes into the Podium Capable Program. Athletes identified for inclusion in the Podium Potential Program will be eligible for a $7,000 cash stipend and must demonstrate continuing progress toward podium capability.

The Podium Promise Program is aimed at identifying and developing the next generation of cycling talent. To qualify for this level of support, athletes must demonstrate progress towards higher levels of performance. Although there is no cash stipend for athletes at the Podium Promise level, riders will be eligible for consideration to receive assistance to attend USA Cycling National Team events and camps, equipment, health insurance, resident athlete status at the Olympic Training Center, and inclusion in international competitions.

Currently, 31 athletes have been identified at various levels and have been included in USA Cycling’s 2006 Podium Program. In addition to the Podium Program, a new Podium Bonus program will provide additional cash rewards to athletes who attain the podium in specific international competitions. Currently, five athletes have achieved podium performances since the program’s inception.

USA Cycling Podium Program Athletes:
Track

Podium Capable - $15,000: Sarah Hammer (Temecula, Calif.),
Podium Potential - $7,000: Michael Blatchford (Cypress, Calif.), Michael Friedman (Boulder, Colo.), Becky, Quinn (Quakertown, Pa.), Jennie Reed (Kirkland, Wash.)
Podium Promise - Support: Ben Barczewski (Breinigsville, Pa.), Curtis Gunn (Tucson, Ariz.), Brad Huff (Boulder, Colo.), Bobby Lea (Mertztown, Pa.), Erin Mirabella (Divide, Colo.), Sarah Uhl (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Podium Bonus: Armstrong, Blatchford, Hammer, Quinn, Reed

Road
Podium Capable – $15,000: Kristin Armstrong (Boise, Idaho), Amber Neben (Irvine, Calif.),
Podium Potential - $7,000:  Tina Pic (Dahlonega, Ga.), Christine Thorburn (Sunnyvale, Calif.)
Podium Promise - Support: Kimberly Baldwin (Boulder, Colo.), Katheryn Curi (Oakland, Calif.), Lynn Gaggioli (Redlands, Calif.), Grace Fleury (Winston Salem, N.C.), Mari Holden (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Laura Van Gilder (Cresco, Pa.)

Mountain Bike
Podium Potential - $7,000: Adam Craig (Bend, Ore.), Mary McConneloug (Chilmark, Mass.)
Podium Promise - Support: Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Boulder, Colo.), Todd Wells (Durango, Colo.), Kelli Emmet (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Willow Koerber (Horseshoe, N.C.), Nick Rano (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Nick Waite (Davis, W. Va.), Sam Schultz (Missoula, Mont.), Andy Schultz (Missoula, Mont.)
For more information visit www.usacycling.org

New Product Announcement
Rotor 54T Time Trial AERO Q-Ring.

Rotor has listened to the many requests for a larger collection of Q-Rings and will be launching it's new aero 54T Time Trial Q-Ring as of the 1st of July. This is the first in a series of new Q-Ring variants that we will be launcing throughout the summer of 2006.

These 54(130bcd) tooth Q-Rings will be available in anodized black with lazer etched logos. They will offer all the same benefits (4% more power and 10% less lactates) and the OCP adjustability of normal Q-Rings as well as having an improved aerodynamic profile for TT use. These Q-Rings are also suitable for Road Tandem and Recumbent use, where a 53 tooth chainring is slightly small.

Technical specs:
Material: CNC 7075 T6 Alluminium
Size: 54 tooth
Number of most popular OCP positions: 5 (but many more positions to suit every cyclist need)
Appearance: Anodized black + lazer etched logos
Compatibility: most 130bcd Cranksets
Construction: Closed aero profile with trussed reinforcements.
Equivalent chainring sizes: 57T at the maximum dimension when you have the ability to apply more power and 52T at the minimum dimension when the cranks are vertical in the dead-spots. (Be certain your front derailleur can be moved high enough to accommodate a 57T chainring).

 
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