MAVIC PARTNERS WITH CERVÉLO BELGIAN WAFFLE RIDE FOR 2016 AND BEYOND
Elite Support Team To Provide Neutral Support for San Diego’s Acclaimed Spring Classic
In an emphatic move of authority, Mavic will partner with Monuments of Cycling to provide neutral race support for the 5th annual Cervélo Belgian Waffle Ride presented by SPY, the most unique cycling event in the United States.
Naming Mavic as the official support team of the BWR, the multi-year partnership will engage Mavic’s know-how for supporting riders as they traverse through 146 miles of road and 40 miles of pavé, dirt, gravel and sand, while ascending 13,000 feet during this Spring Classic event. In addition to elite level support of the Waffle riders, Mavic will also provide support for the more manageable Belgian Wafer Ride—a difficult event in its own right that covers half the distance and elevation of the full course, while still providing technical dirt sectors and climbs.
Known for supporting the best road races in the world since 1973, the variable nature of the BWR course will require additional support systems from Mavic via motorcycles, VW Golf SportWagens, and designated Special Service Course tents along the ever-changing terrain. Prepared to keep riders pedaling forward, Mavic’s tents and vehicles will be stocked with mechanics and the recently introduced Cosmic Pro Carbon SL, in addition to the Ksyrium Allroad, both of which will act as the perfect wheel for conquering the BWR course.
“We look forward to becoming a trusted partner of the legendary Hell of the North (County), providing assistance to all riders so they can race, or complete, such an epic event,” says Mike Wilson, North American brand manager for Mavic. “The logistical difficulties of supporting a 146-mile off- and on-road biking event are immense; however it’s a challenge we’re up for. We’re very honored to be the Neutral Support Service provider for such a monumental American event.”
Conceived in 2012, the BWR has continued to evolve into one of the best-known Spring Classic events in the United States, attracting a stacked field of professional road, CX and endurance riders. Held throughout San Diego county over sinuous, bumpy roads, gravel and dirt, riders must be physically prepared for the long distance mileage, while also being technically proficient in challenging terrain to finish. Due to the growing popularity of this type of event, the BWR excitedly welcomes the challenge of providing riders with a difficult course and memorable day on the bike, along with a level of support through Mavic that has been previously unavailable.
“It makes us really proud to have Mavic on board for the 2016 and 2017 installments of the BWR,” says BWR creator, Michael Marckx. “Our riders will now receive the best on-course support available to make their Classic experience more seamless than ever.”
To join in the fanfare, spectators can watch the race rollout from the Lost Abbey Brewery in San Marcos, CA at 7:00 am on Sunday, April 24. To enjoy Belgian ale and fanfare, the public is welcome to attend the expo on Saturday, April 23 from 12pm-5pm, and on Sunday, April 24 from 12pm-6pm.
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For more information about Mavic, visit www.mavic.com. For more information about the Belgian Waffle Ride, visit www.facebook.com/Belgianwaffleride.
Owen Solos To Win U23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège
Ans, Belgium – American Logan Owen impressively soloed to victory for the Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team at the Under 23 edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège Saturday after being part of a nearly race-long breakaway.
Teammate Ruben Guerreiro of Portugal joined Owen on the podium in third place while another teammate, Krists Neilands of Latvia, finished 10th. It was Axeon Hagens Berman’s third victory in Europe in the past three weeks and its fourth of the season overall.
“This is a dream come true,” Owen said. “I have always loved this race and now I have managed to win it. I had super legs today. I don’t think I have felt this good in a race since I started cycling.”
Owen was the only rider from an original breakaway group of 12 who could counter an attack by Pavel Sivakov (BMC Development Team) on the Côte de Saint-Nicolas, the penultimate climb of the 178.6-km race.
“We had decided to try to get strong riders in the breakaway because with the rainy weather, the breakaway had a real chance to go to the finish – and that is exactly what happened,” Owen said. “On the climb, I let Sivakov get a little gap on me and three other guys. Then I attacked those three and went straight by him.”
The 21-year-old from Bremerton, Washington, topped the climb with a five-second gap which he widened considerably in the final 20 kilometers. “It felt a bit funny to be time trialing to the finish because I am more of a rouleur,” Owen said.
Sivakov finished runner-up, 44 seconds after Owen freewheeled his Specialized S-Works Tarmac across the finish line in the Ans velodrome. Guerreiro won the sprint for the remaining podium place 29 seconds later, from a nine-man group that included Neilands. The peloton arrived 1:56 after Owen.
“It was great to put two riders on the podium,” Guerreiro said. “Once Logan attacked after the Côte de Saint-Nicolas, I just settled in behind the chase and got ready for the sprint, which went perfectly. I came here to help the team – or try to win – and we succeeded. I am delighted.”
Owen said this win ranks right up there with his last – a field sprint at the end of Stage 3 of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah last August. His result Saturday adds to a pair of victories in Europe by Guerreiro at G.P. Palio del Recioto on March 29 and Tao Geoghegan Hart at Trofeo Piva on April 3, as well as Neilson Powless’s win in the Stage 3 individual time trial April 8 at the Redlands Bicycle Classic.
Axeon Hagens Berman General Manager Axel Merckx said Owen’s performance was a real show of strength.
“He told me that he felt really good, but I didn’t know how good the other guys were,” Merckx said. “I knew Logan was one of the fastest guys in the group. In the end, he just rode them off his wheel, dropped them and went solo – which is always a nice way to win.”
Neilands, who was in the top 10 for the fourth time this season, said the rain and wind made one of the hardest races of the season even more challenging.
“I was really cold and could not feel my fingers afterwards,” the Latvian Under 23 national champion said. “My muscles felt cold and that made a race harder. On a day like this, we knew Logan could win because he is a really strong guy.”
Team Wins Both Men and Women’s National TTT Titles
Rally Cycling swept the USPRO Team Time Trial championship today in Greenville, South Carolina, with dominating rides by both the men and women’s teams. The day was marked with strong winds that required power and throttle control to master the 33 kilometer out-and-back course.
“This is a great result by both squads,” said Performance Manager Jonas Carney. “The guys did an extended racing block in Europe and those efforts are starting to pay off. It’s the first USPRO Team Time Trial victory for the men and it highlights the depth and strength of the team. The women’s squad was also impressive today. This is the first time they have ever raced a team time trial together so to win a national title is incredible.”
Tom Zirbel and Danny Pate anchored the men’s squad with Jesse Anthony, Rob Britton, Adam De Vos and Evan Huffman adding horsepower to the team. With a brisk tailwind on the way out, time advantages were small with Rally Cycling only a few seconds up on last year’s champions at the halfway point. Once facing the wind, the team put the power down with Zirbel, Anthony and De Vos driving the pace. The team ended the day with a blistering time of 37:47 – 16 seconds faster that Holowesko | Citadel. The UnitedHealthcare team crossed the line another 1:00 down to claim the final podium spot. The win is the first National Team Time Trial title for the squad and its significance resonated with the team and individual riders.
“I have been road racing for a long time – I did my first nationals in 1999 and never won one,” said long time team member Jesse Anthony. “To win a national title on the road is really special. The team did a lot of team time trial workouts this season and it’s great how everyone contributed to this win.”
Rally Cycling’s women’s squad came into the race as defending champions and refused to relinquish its crown. In Greenville to defend its 2015 title were Jasmin Glaesser, Kirsti Lay, Heather Fischer, Jessica Prinner, Katherine Maine and Emma White. The team started noticeably faster than any other squad, with White having to sprint back to her teammates after slipping a pedal on the start line. With White on board the squad rode extremely well together to finish in a time of 44:04 – four seconds ahead of the UnitedHealthcare team. The Visit Dallas DNA squad rounded out the podium.
“We came into this race with a brand new team and we were not really sure how it was going to turn out,” said Fischer.” The team really came together and pulled off the win. Along with the win at Fort McClellan, the team has good momentum that we can carry for the rest of the season.”
Next for Rally Cycling is Sunday’s Criterium championship in Greenville, South Carolina. The team will look to continue its winning ways and capture another two national titles. Eric Young, Tom Soladay and Brad Huff will lead the men’s squad. Huffman, Pate, Curtis White and Zirbel will join them on the start line. For the women, Erica Allar will be looking to grab a stars and stripes jersey with the help of Jessica Prinner, Elle Anderson, Fischer and White.
Men’s USRO Team Time Trial
1. Rally Cycling 37:47
2. Holowesko | Citadel @ :16
3. UnitedHealthcare @ 1:16
Women’s USRO Team Time Trial
1. Rally Cycling 44:04
2. UnitedHealthcare @ :04
3. Visit Dallas DNA @ 2:12
The Cylance-Incycle p/b Cannondale team have amassed in Greenville, SC ahead of this weekend’s USA Cycling National Championship looking to make their mark on the biggest criterium race of the year. The team is currently recovering from the Redlands Bicycle Classic, where most of the team became ill. “Coming out of Redlands, most of the team and staff were affected by illness,” added Team Director Michael Roecklein. “It seems to have passed pretty quickly, so I’m expecting to see a quick team.”
Cylance-Incycle p/b Cannondale for US Pro Criterium Championships is Hilton Clarke, Justin Williams, Cory Williams, Camilo Zambrano, Hunter Grove, and Josh Ruiz.
Justin Williams is fresh off his victory in the Downtown Redlands Classic Criterium held on Sunday during the Sunset Road Race. “It’s a brutal course with super technical aspects,” said Justin Williams. “The guy who wins, is the guy who shows up willing to risk it all. Every effort and every corner could cost you the race, so ultimately it’s the guy with the most luck and the least amount of mistakes who will win.”
The racers will challenge the figure 8 course for 120 minutes with the start-finish on N. Main Street in Greenville, South Carolina. We will be live tweeting the race from course side and you can follow along on twitter using the hashtag #CritNats.
Kuss and Abbot Victorious on Yucaipa Road Race, Stage 2 of the Redlands Bicycle Classic.
Sepp Kuss (Gateway Harley Davidson) was the surprise winner of Stage 2 at the Redlands Bicycle Classic.
Kuss, the 22 yr old mountain biker in his first full season on the road, out-kicked Lachlan Mortan (Jelly Belly – Maxxis) and Janier Acevedo (Jamis) to win the Yucaipa Road Race, which finished atop the 8.6km climb to Oak Glen.
With his 3rd place, Acevedo moves into 1st on GC, and keeping the Leader’s Jersey for Jamis, after Stage 1 winner, Ruben Campanioni was dropped on the Oak Glen climb.
In the Women’s even, Mara Abbott (Amy D Foundation) holds off a surging Kristin Armstrong (Twenty16-RideBiker) to take a repeat of her 2015 win on the same stage. Katie Donovan (Colavita – Bianchi) took 3rd.
Abbott’s win came despite a heavy crash in the last 25 km of the stage, which saw her finished with several abrasions on her shoulder and hip.
The Redlands Bicycle Classic continues tomorrow, Friday, with a Stage 3, The Greenspot Individual Time Trial (11.4 km for the Men, 8.5 for the Women).
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