Cycling News Roundup 6 June 2006
Team News, Yoplait Women's Summit, Tour of Denmark,
Mt. Holly-Smithville Invitational GP,
Marian College Hires Dean Peterson as Cycling Coach,
Bike Advocacy News
CSC Dauphine Libere
Stage 2 Comment
”Gilbert did really well today and the attempt to reel him in simply came too
late. For us the main thing was to save our strength and concentrate on the time
trial tomorrow, where Zabriskie is among the favorites. I consider the
tomorrow's time trial and Thursday's stage to Mont Ventoux the most important in
the race,” said sports director Alain
Gallopin after the stage, where Stuart O'Grady led Team CSC in
Phonak Hearing Systems
Floyd Landis Confident
Even after the first stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré Phonak
team captain Floyd Landis remains completely confident.
"I'm absolutely sure that I can count and rely on my team. Everything is
running like clockwork on this team. In the coming days this well-coordinated
team will be my most valuable capital," Landis said with conviction.
Tour of Denmark
Schedule August 2nd to 6th.
Skil/Shimano is the last team chosen for the Tour of Denmark 2006. Ivan Basso is
scheduled to ride with Team CSC.
Team CSC (Den)
Team T-Mobile (Ger)
Panaria Navigare (Ita)
Team Barloworld (Gbr)
Chocolade Jacques – T Interim (Bel)
Team Intel Action (Pol)
Team GLS (Den)
Glud & Marstrand Horsens (Den)
Team Designa Køkken (Den)
Team LPR (Sch)
Team Post Danmark (Den)
John Lelangue Phonak
General Team Manager
du Dauphine "... a dress rehearsal for the Tour"
This week, the Phonak Cycling Team will be facing several opportunities. For us
as well as many other teams, the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré will be a type of
dress rehearsal for the Tour de France. We've come here with Floyd Landis as our
leader and we also have several Tour candidates as his teammates. I'm convinced
that we'll gain more insight this week in terms of the possible team line-up for
the season climax in July.
I think we'll be able to announce most of the names for the Tour team
by the end of this week. Also at the Tour de Suisse, which starts on Saturday,
we'll be well represented with a strong team. We intend to provide a very
race with our version of a "Swiss National Team", reinforced with Axel Merckx.
The latest results by Gregory Rast (3rd at Gippingen) and Steve Morabito (2nd at
the GP Schwarzwald) as well as the very good form displayed by Martin Elmiger
and leader Alexandre Moos put us in a very confident mood. We can look forward
to a very exciting and hopefully very successful week for our team.
Botero and Guitierrez no selection for races:
After consultation with the riders involved, Santiago Botero and José Enrique
Gutierrez, the team management decided that neither rider will be selected for
races until the examinations bring more clarity to the picture," Phonak said in
a press release on its website.
"The Phonak Cycling Team has acted in direct response to the connections made in
the Spanish media between certain Phonak Cycling Team riders and Dr Fuentes,"
read the press release.
"Botero and Gutierrez are neither dismissed nor suspended," added team manager
John Lelangue. "In the interests of the team and to ensure calm for all team
members for the coming races, we have decided to take this step."
"If further investigations show that the riders have used methods that are not
permitted, they will of course be dismissed immediately."
Gutierrez and Sevilla are the two biggest riders to have been named as being
under suspicion in a scandal which has already cost the Wurth team its
partnership with Liberty Seguros.
My Season is Over...Botero
Contrary to what the Phonak release stated regarding a suspension; 2002 world time trial champion Santiago Botero says
his season is over. "My season is prematurely over. I have neither illusions nor
objectives," the Colombian told Spanish newspaper El Mundo. Perhaps Botero
didn't get the message that he was not suspended by the team?
A new Kazakh sponsor, Astana, is to back the ProTour cycling squad formerly
known as Liberty Seguros-Wurth.
American insurance company Liberty Seguros pulled out last week. Astana is the same name as the capital of Kazakhstan.
"The sponsor will be backed by the five biggest companies in the country," said
a media release. "Kazakhstan is undergoing considerable economic growth thanks
to the country's resources."
The deal is said to be for three years with the option of another three and the
team will be known as Astana-Wurth. Wurth, a German engineering company, stayed with the squad as their second
sponsor, after Liberty pulled out.
Kazakh Alexandre Vinokourov, third in the 2003 Tour de France and fifth last
year, remains as team leader.
Women Cyclists Gather at the Yoplait Nouriche Summit
Conference is part of the Great River Energy Bicycle Festival
The Great River Energy Bicycle Festival will be the site of the next Yoplait
Nouriche Women’s Cycling Summit. Topics on the agenda include gaining
recognition for women in male-dominated sports and entry level programming for
Keynote Speaker Kari Miller
The keynote speaker will be NASCAR driver Kari Miller. Miller will discuss the
challenges that she faces in a sport that has historically been the exclusive
domain of men. She races in the weekly NASCAR series at the Shakopee track.
Racing against men, she has scored wins in the Bomber and Short Track division
and now races in the Late Model Division. Miller will be driving the pace car at
the Nature Valley Grand Prix’s Minneapolis Downtown Classic and Stillater
Criterium later in the week.
The subject will then turn to parallel challenges faced by women in cycling,
with a leadoff talk by former US National Champion and 2002 Nature Valley Grand
Prix Champion Laura Van Gilder. Miller will then join Van Gilder for a panel
discussion that will include Jim Williams, the manager of Colavita Cooking
Light, the top ranked women’s team in North America.
The second session of the Yoplait Nouriche Summit will focus on grassroots
programming for women. The leadoff speaker will be Susy Pryde, the former
professional racer who now coaches the New Zealand national women’s development
team sponsored by Jazz Apple. The panel discussion that follows will include
Pryde, Midwest Cycling Made Real’s Paula Plant, Bethany Collins, manager of the
Colorado-based Rio Grande/Sports Garage team and USA Cycling Level II Coach
The Yoplait Nouriche Women’s Cycling Summit will be held at 6:30 PM on
Tuesday, June 13, at the Kelly Inn in Saint Paul. The Summit is free and open to
About the Yoplait Nouriche Women’s Cycling Summits: The Yoplait
Summits, which are now sponsored by Yoplait Nouriche, began at the 2003 Great
River Energy Bicycle Festival with the mission of building women’s cycling
through networking and education. The Summits take place twice annually: at the
Festival in June and at the Interbike trade show in October.
For more information, visit
www.WomenCyclists.com or send E mail to
2006 Mt. Holly-Smithville Invitational GP
$10,000.00 up for grabs
The 8th annual edition of the Mt. Holly-Smithville Invitational Grand
Prix is set to race through Burlington County, New
Jersey on July 22nd. The race has evolved into one of the most
colorful and exciting midsummer events in the Delaware Valley Region.
The 92 mile (148 km) circuit race consists of seven laps of a 12 mile circuit
through Mt. Holly and the surrounding towns of Easthampton, Westhampton and
Springfield followed by three action packed 2.5 mile loops through Mt. Holly's
residential and downtown business district.
Proceeds from this regional event benefit the H.B. Smith Industrial Village
Conservancy, a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to improvements,
restoration and programs in Burlington County’s historic Smithville Park. The
conservancy programs and projects focus on making Smithville a family
destination, where residents can indulge in recreational activities, in arts and
music oriented programs, and in events that highlight the Park’s rich historic
past and its role in the Industrial Revolution.
This year's event is open to UCI professional trade teams and a selection of
elite amateur teams, who will compete for a $10,000 purse.
UCI pro teams that have already confirmed:
“We are excited about our participating in the Mt. Holly-Smithville
Invitational GP. It’s regarded as of one the east coast’s premier classic road
races. They have great support from their sponsors and the surrounding
community. We are hoping to come away with another victory to add to an already
successful season.” Ravi Rajicoomer (General Manager) AEG/Toshiba/JetNetwork pro
“Because this event is in our sponsor’s backyard, we are making this a highly
important goal for the team’s 2nd half of the season. There has only been one
professional team that has been able to crack the hold of the elite amateurs on
this course and we’re planning on being the team that wrestles that winner’s
trophy away from them. There has yet to be field sprint at this event and we’ve
got plenty of riders that love being in a small breakaway at the end of the
race.” Ken Mills D.S. TargetTraining pro cycling team.
“This will mark Priority Health’s first appearance at Mt. Holly. From the
people that we’ve spoken to, there are nothing but good things to say about the
race and the organization that promotes the race. It comes at a time in the year
where there aren’t a lot of tough road races to use as preparation for the later
part of the racing season. So we are looking forward to making an impression on
the outcome of the race.” Mark Olson D.S. Priority Health pro cycling team
Teams wishing to be considered for participation can submit an application
via the web at:
The team application/selection process will end on
July 3 and selected teams for the 2006 edition will be announced on
July 7. The 2006 edition will see 27 pro and elite amateur teams invited with 6
riders per team. For additional information you can reach the race committee at
Marian College Hires Dean Peterson as Cycling Coach
Well-known cyclist and teacher will expand program, integrate it into college’s
Dean Peterson has been hired by Marian College to be the coach for its
championship cycling program. Peterson is a well-known cyclist who was a silver
medalist at the Pan American Masters Cycling Championships in Havana, Cuba. He
is also a teacher, most recently at The Orchard School in Indianapolis, where he
taught fifth grade literature, language arts, and math.
Bilingual in French, Peterson led several field trips to France for Orchard
students. He also works with VeloSport Vacations as a team leader and guide; the
organization guides bicycle tours for adults throughout France during the annual
Tour de France bicycle race. He is an experienced trainer and owns his own
coaching consulting firm, DAPGEAR Coaching Services.
Peterson holds degrees from Butler University (M.S. in education
administration) and Purdue University (B.S. in organizational leadership). In
addition to The Orchard School, he taught at the Garden School in Zionsville and
served with the United States Peace Corp in Togo, West Africa as a teacher,
trainer, and technical consultant.
Marian College director of athletics, Joe Haklin, believes that Peterson’s
experience will attract many prospective student-athletes to the program.
“Marian College is committed to growing its
highly-successful cycling program and we believe that there is pent-up demand
across the country for a competitive collegiate cycling program,”
said Haklin. Sixteen student-athletes were rostered on the spring cycling team;
Haklin believes the program can easily accommodate additional cyclists in both
the road cycling (spring) and track cycling (fall) seasons. The 2006 National
Collegiate Cycling Association (NCCA) track cycling championships will be held
at the Major Taylor Velodrome in September; Marian College has hosted the event
four times (1993, 1998, 2001, and 2003).
Peterson will also be a member of the Department of Education at Marian
College, where he will supervise student teachers. His coaching background,
including a certification as a spin instructor, means he will be able to provide
additional health and wellness opportunities to the entire Marian College campus
community. “Marian College emphasizes a whole-person
education where athletics—health and wellness—is one component of a well-rounded
collegiate experience,” said Haklin. “Dean’s
language skills, teaching experience, and demonstrated success as a competitive
cyclist are great assets for Marian College,” he continued.
About Marian College:
Marian College is the only Catholic liberal
arts college in central Indiana. It is a private, co-educational school offering
classes to both traditional and non-traditional students. Located two miles
north of downtown Indianapolis, Marian College is a Catholic college dedicated
to excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts
About Dean Peterson: Peterson has owned
DAPGEAR Coaching Services since 2003, a firm that trains cyclists, runners, and
multi-sport endurance athletes. He co-created and facilitates the Tour de
Spinning inclusive fitness simulation of the Tour de France for spin programs.
Peterson also directs bicycle training camps in the Great Smoky Mountains and
leads bicycle tours throughout France during the Tour de France.
Peterson is fluent in French and maintains a deep interest in multi-culturalism
and teaching/learning through multiple perspectives. He taught for 14 years at
The Orchard School in Indianapolis and served in the Peace Corp in Togo, West
Africa (1988-91). His commitment to children, education, and community is very
strong and reflected in his work with autistic children and his development and
leadership of the Children First cycling team, a professional 1-2 cycling team
that competed nationally to help raise awareness and funds for abused and
disadvantaged youth in Indiana.
He has been an elementary and middle school teacher since 1991. His teaching
career includes an emphasis on literacy, service learning, learning communities,
and integrated, project-based curricula.
Education: B.S., Purdue University; M.S., Butler University
Bike Advocacy News
Bicycle Commuter Bill Update
On May 31, 2006, the Joint Committee on Taxation provided a revenue estimate
for Senate Bill (S.2635), the Bicycle Commuters Benefits Act, which Sen. Wyden
(D-OR) introduced in April of 2006. The five-year score, which estimates the
impact the Bill will have on the federal budget, is estimated at $78 million
over five years. This is great news, as it is significantly less than the
ten-year score of $1.4 billion received by similar legislation in the House of
Representatives two years ago. Click here
to visit the League's advocacy center and speak up to your Representatives about
the importance of this bill.
Lawsuit Wins A1A Concessions from FDOT
The Boca Raton
Bicycle Club and the League of American Bicyclists are pleased to announce
that the Florida Department of Transportation will file the formal documentation
setting forth its decisions regarding the provision of bicycle lanes on State
Road A1A in Palm Beach County. The Club and LAB (along with Palm Beach County
resident Bruce Rosenszweig) filed a
lawsuit on March 1, 2006 in Leon County Circuit Court, requesting that the
Court issue a mandamus requiring the FDOT to prepare and file formal design
variation documentation justifying its decision not to include full bicycle
facilities in the renovations to A1A in Palm Beach County. The FDOT also
stipulated in open court that its substantive decisions regarding A1A can be
challenged in an administrative proceeding pursuant to Florida Chapter 120.
Accordingly, the pending Circuit Court case will be stayed pending the
completion of the administrative challenge.
Calling All Lawyers
You won't hear this very often, but the League really does want to hear from
lawyers who specialize in bicycling and people that provide expert witness
services. In response to numerous legal cases, we're compiling a directory of
lawyers and expert witnesses who are willing and able to assist cyclists.
Contact Mike Mackin with your
Bikes Belong Supports Complete Streets
Bikes Belong has made a significant contribution to the
National Complete Streets
Coalition. Bikes Belong is providing a $15,000 grant to match donations by
the AARP and ASLA. Bikes Belong has provided long-term support to complete
streets through its funding of America Bikes, where the coalition was initially
formed. The new funding will allow the coalition to begin work on its three-part
campaign to encourage adoption of complete streets policies across the country.
Bike Laws Update
In the last edition of American Bicyclist Update, the League erroneously
reported that three states have safe passing laws. Arthur Ross, of Madison,
Wis., corrected us, saying, "I believe Wisconsin was the first with a safe
passing law, dating back to 1974, and has provided a penalty since that time.
Minnesota has a similar law, passed several years ago. So there are now at least
five states with a safe passing law, and at least three with penalties."
FHWA Environmental Excellence Awards
The Federal Highway Administration's biannual Environmental Excellence Awards
honors partners, projects, and processes that excel in meeting growing
transportation needs while protecting and enhancing the environment. To find out
more about the program, and to apply, click
Mayor Daley Honored for Bicycle Work
Chicago, Ill. Mayor Richard Daley was toasted on June 4 at the U.S.
Conference of Mayors with an award for leadership in making Chicago more
livable. Daley was given an
award for the Chicago Bicycle Program, which helped establish 100 miles of
bike lanes and 50 miles of off-street bike trails.
Grand Jury Speaks Up on Bicycle Safety
A grand jury in San Luis Obispo, Calif. was asked to investigate bicycling
and came up with some great recommendations: education and enforcement! Click
here to read the report.
Taiwan's Premier Speaks Up for Bicycling
In an article in the Taipei Times on June 1, Taiwan's Premier Su
Tseng-chang promises to build 2,600 km of bike lanes by 2011 and to amend
related traffic rules to protect bicyclists' rights. Click
here to read the whole story.
Bicycle Jobs Open in Missouri, Montana
Three jobs in bicycle advocacy have opened in recent weeks. They include
Tours Manager and
Membership and Marketing Associate at the Adventure Cycling Association in
Missoula, Mont. and
Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator for Columbia, Mo. Good luck, potential
WADA to Assist Spanish Authorities in Doping
Montreal, 5 June 2006 - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) today
announced that it will assist the Spanish authorities in their investigation
into possible doping practices in sport.
Following the seizure of various equipment, substances, and bags of blood by the
Spanish police in late May, the Spanish Superior Council for Sports requested
WADA’s scientific assistance to make sure that these be analyzed in the best
WADA welcomed this request and will provide full support. In addition, the
Agency will send experts to Spain this week to help the Spanish authorities in
their ongoing work.