Orange & Black Concludes Most Successful Road Racing Season in Program History


With the 2014 road racing calendar drawing to a close last week at the UCI Road World Championships, Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies can reflect on its most successful season to date, one that included a combined 65 wins and 149 podiums for the men’s and women’s road teams and several prolific international stage wins and podium finishes. For Managing Director Charles Aaron, ’14 will stand out in the program’s 8-year climb through the ranks of American cycling.
“Since 2007 we have worked hard to build our program the right way, and our success this year speaks volumes about the effort of our athletes and staff to fulfill that vision,” said Aaron. “We won some of our biggest races ever this year. We also expanded on our Human-Powered Health initiative, working to get everyday people on their bikes and living more active lifestyles. We have an incredible group of partners who share our values, and that allows us to reach people in a unique way, which is very exciting for the future of the program.”
See a special photo retrospective from the team’s stellar year of road racing at
“Big Three” Stage Wins and Hometown 4-Peat Highlight Year for Men
The Orange & Black men finish the year with 10 wins and 22 podiums in UCI events, a pair of stage wins and numerous top ten overall finishes at America’s “Big Three” of stage racing, and a successful defense of their US National Racing Calendar team title from 2013. In total, they finish with 32 wins, 65 podiums, and 142 top tens.
While breakaway ninja Will Routley used crafty tactics to score the Orange and Black their first ever 2.HC ranked stage win and the polkadot jersey at the Tour of California in May, it was a full team effort in stage five of August’s Tour of Utah that launched sprinter Eric Young to the top step of the podium for the men’s second stage win at the high altitude 2.1 ranked event.
Will Routley outsprinted his breakaway companions at the Tour of California to win the team’s first-ever UCI 2.HC ranked stage. Photo © Casey Gibson
Eric Young catapulted off of a hard charging leadout to win stage five of the Tour of Utah. Photo © Casey Gibson
“We have worked very hard for many years to develop a complete team with a good atmosphere where athletes can succeed,” said Men’s Performance Director Jonas Carney. “A stage win against WorldTour teams is always incredibly hard to pull of, and to have two this year at the biggest races on US soil is a big achievement for the program.”
Climbing ace Carter Jones had a breakout year, getting a season’s worth of momentum rolling with an overall victory after conquering the Gila Monster in New Mexico’s grueling SRAM Tour of the Gila. Jones stayed on pace with top international climbers as the summer rolled on, narrowly missing the top ten at the Tour of California (11th), finishing 7th overall at the Tour of Utah, and closing out the Big Three with 8th overall at the USA Pro Challenge.
Carter Jones consistently made selections alongside the world’s top climbers in America’s biggest stage races. Photo © Casey Gibson
“It takes a rare combination of focus, drive, and talent to be a great climber, and Carter has it. He rode extremely well this year against World Tour teams in some of the toughest races in the US,” said Carney. “It should come as no surprise that Carter has been getting lots of offers from Europe, and will be competing in the WorldTour next year. It’s always tough to say goodbye to someone with so much talent, but we couldn’t be happier for Carter.”
Ryan Anderson had another strong year for Optum p/b KBS, resulting in his selection to Team Canada for the world championship road race. After bringing the team home in yellow for the fourth straight year at the North Star Grand Prix, he finished fifth overall, second in a stage, and defended his Top Canadian Rider jersey on home soil at the Tour of Alberta. Anderson also won the Top Canadian prize at the WorldTour ranked Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec.
Women Stand On Historic Podiums In United Kingdom, France
The women finish 2014 with 7 UCI wins and 15 podiums, three national titles, and a year highlighted by historic moments – winning the team classification at the inaugural Women’s Tour of Britain, England’s highest ever ranked women’s stage race; a podium for Leah Kirchmann at La Course by Le Tour de France alongside superstars Marianne Vos and Kirsten Wild; and 4th in the world championship team time trial, missing the podium by just six seconds. In total, the women brought home 33 wins, 84 podiums, and 159 top tens in 2014.
“We really focused on racing as a team this year, no matter the circumstances,” said first-year Women’s Performance Director Kevin Field. “The team responded to pressure from a stellar field at the Women’s Tour in Britain, standing on the podium at the end of the week in a race that was televised across Europe. I think that helped them stay confident against the level of competition you see overseas, and our result at Worlds showed that growing confidence. It bodes well for the growth of our program in 2015.”
Janel Holcomb, Leah Kirchmann, and Lauren Hall celebrate together after winning best overall team at the inaugural Women’s Tour of Britain. Photo © Sam Wiebe
The women line up on the starting ramp at the UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain. The finished the team time trial just six seconds off of the podium. Photo © Casey Gibson
Canadian star Kirchmann had a record breaking season, becoming the first woman in Canadian history to hold consecutive national titles in the road race, individual time trial, and criterium. Her ever-growing fitness culminated on the Champs-Élysées, when she battled to a podium at La Course, shoulder to shoulder with world champion Vos. Kirchmann was selected by Team Canada to contest the time trial and road race at the world championships, and to compete in Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games last June.
“Leah showed this year that she is a force to be reckoned with,” said Field. “What she did at La Course and at Canadian Nationals shows her maturity and patience as a rider. Great things are in store for her and her teammates in the coming years, and we are definitely looking forward to the Olympics in 2016.”
Lauren Hall took the biggest win of her career this year in Belgium’s classic Gent-Wevelgem. The win helped propel Hall to a spot with Team USA in the world championship road race, where she competed against Kirchmann, if only for a few hours. Young sprinting talent Brianna Walle also showed her talent on the international stage, winning the general classification and sprint classification in the Czech Republic’s Tour de Feminin stage race. Hall, Kirchmann, and Walle should spearhead a powerful finishing kick for the team in 2015.
Kirchmann stands atop one of her three Canadian national championship podiums with teammate Denise Ramsden. Kirchmann became the first Canadian in history to sweep the road titles. Photo © Rob Jones
Kirchmann sprinted to a third place finish on the Champs-Élysées at the historic La Course by Le Tour de France. Photo © Anton Vos
Team Continues to Grow Human-Powered Health In Communities Around the US
In addition to its successes in the saddle, the team continued to work off the bike to promote healthy lifestyle choices as part of the Human-Powered Health initiative. The team worked with the San Francisco 49ers to build and distribute bicycles to at-risk youth in the Bay Area for the second consecutive year. Each child was presented with a bicycle, helmet, and lock, and joined team athletes and staff for a clinic on how to safely use their new two-wheeled friends.
The team also partnered with Denver Public Schools to offer up a free bicycle to every child who could record perfect attendance on the year. When the final bell rang in June, 25 children were absence-free and went home with a brand new Diamondback – in 2013, only two students reached this goal. The team also continued its partnerships with Ronald McDonald House, the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure, and the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Fund.
“Working in communities with the team and getting people engaged with Human-Powered Health is as rewarding as winning a big race,” added Aaron. “It is always good to have a group of partners that understands that, and we can’t thank them enough for what we accomplished this year, both on and off the bike.”
Tom Zirbel and Scott Zwizanski help man a lemonade stand at the Minneapolis Ronald McDonald House. Photo © Andy Nelson
Team riders and staff presented 25 Denver area public schoolchildren who recorded perfect attendance with a free Diamondback bicycle.

women’s team

1st – Overall – Tour de Feminin – O cenu Ceskeho, Czech Republic (UCI 2.2) – Brianna Walle

1st – Canadian National Championships Criterium, Lac Megantic, QC. – Leah Kirchmann

1st – Canadian National Championships Road Race, Lac Megantic, QC. – Leah Kirchmann

1st – Canadian National Championships Time Trial, Lac Megantic, QC. – Leah Kirchmann

1st – Gent-Wevelgem In Flanders Fields, Belgium (UCI 1.2) – Lauren Hall

1st – Sprint Competition – Tour de Feminin – O cenu Ceskeho, Czech Republic (UCI 2.2) – Brianna Walle

1st – Stage 5 – Tour de Feminin – O cenu Ceskeho, Czech Republic (UCI 2.2) – Brianna Walle

1st – Tour de Delta Road Race, Delta, B.C. (UCI 1.2) – Leah Kirchmann

1st – Grand Prix Gatineau, Quebec, Canada (UCI 1.1) – Denise Ramsden

1st – Team Classification – Friend’s Life Women’s Tour, Britain (UCI 2.1) – Team

1st – Gent-Wevelgem In Flanders Fields, Belgium (UCI 1.2) – Lauren Hall

2nd – Stage 3 – Tour de Feminin – O cenu Ceskeho, Czech Republic (UCI 2.2) – Brianna Walle

2nd – Stage 2 – Tour de Feminin – O cenu Ceskeho, Czech Republic (UCI 2.2) – Brianna Walle

2nd – Chrono Gatineau, Quebec, Canada (UCI 1.1) – Leah Kirchmann

2nd – Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, Winston-Salem, NC. (UCI 1.2) – Joelle Numainville

3rd – La Course by Le Tour de France (UCI 1.1) – Leah Kirchmann

3rd – Stage 2 – BeNe Ladies Tour, Netherlands (UCI 2.2) – Brianna Walle

3rd – Philadelphia Cycling Classic, Philadelphia, PA. (UCI 1.1) – Lauren Hall
men’s team

1st – Best Canadian – Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec (1.UWT) – Ryan Anderson

1st – Best Canadian – Tour of Alberta (UCI 2.1) – Ryan Anderson

1st – Stage 5 – Tour of Utah (UCI 2.1) – Eric Young

1st – Tour de Delta Road Race, Delta, B.C. (UCI 1.2) – Jesse Anthony

1st – Stage 2 – Grand Prix Cycliste de Saguenay, Quebec, Canada (UCI 2.2) – Eric Young

1st – Stage 1 – Grand Prix Cycliste de Saguenay, Quebec, Canada (UCI 2.2) – Eric Young

1st – KOM Classification – Amgen Tour of California (UCI 2.HC) – Will Routley

1st – Stage 4 – Amgen Tour of California (UCI 2.HC) – Will Routley

1st – Overall – Tour of the Gila, Silver City, NM. (UCI 2.2) – Carter Jones

1st – Stage 6 – Vuelta Mexico Telmex, Mexico (UCI 2.2) – Eric Young

2nd – US National Championships Time Trial – Tom Zirbel

2nd – Stage 5 – Tour of Alberta (UCI 2.1) – Ryan Anderson

2nd – Tour de Delta Road Race, Delta, B.C. (UCI 1.2) – Ryan Anderson

2nd – Stage 1 – Tour de Beauce, Quebec, Canada (UCI 2.2) – Eric Young

2nd – Team Classification – Tour of the Gila, Silver City, NM. (UCI 2.2) – Team

2nd – Stage 4 – Tour of the Gila, Silver City, NM. (UCI 2.2) – Bjorn Selander

2nd – Stage 3 – Tour of the Gila, Silver City, NM. (UCI 2.2) – Tom Zirbel

2nd – Stage 2 – Tour of the Gila, Silver City, NM. (UCI 2.2) – Eric Young

2nd – Stage 5 – Vuelta Mexico Telmex, Mexico (UCI 2.2) – Tom Zirbel

3rd – Thompson Bucks County Classic, Doylestown, PA. (UCI 1.2, NRC) – Jesse Anthony

3rd – Stage 1 – Tour of Alberta (UCI 2.1) – Ryan Anderson

3rd – Stage 3 – Tour of Utah (UCI 2.1) – Eric Young

3rd – Stage 2 – Tour de Beauce, Quebec, Canada (UCI 2.2) – Carter Jones

3rd – Stage 5 – Tour of the Gila, Silver City, NM. (UCI 2.2) – Will Routley

3rd – Stage 2 – Volta ao Alentejo/Crédito Agricola Costa Azul, Portugal (UCI 2.2) – Ryan Anderson

The problem with putting on a bike race in San Diego:


The problem with putting on a bike race in San Diego:

By Sean Burke

Why are there so few bike races in San Diego?  It’s pretty simple:   The city doesn’t support them in any way.  In 2010, I wrote about why it costs $10,000 to put on an industrial park crit, in 2011and 2012, I wrote about how it costs $12,000 and then $13,500 to put  on an industrial park crit.   I’ve stopped writing one of those blog posts each year, but I assure you the costs have not gone down.   I’m lucky that I have a good spot on the calendar, and I get enough entries to make the event successful.   Yes, I put a little money in my pocket each year, but it really isn’t much.   Without the support of Spy Optic as title sponsor,  I probably would have called it quits a few years ago.  But recently, I’ve had some additional problems.


Problems after 10 years of racing the “Top Gun” course.

Shortly after the race in 2013, I got a call from the San Diego city permit office, asking me to talk with a business owner who was unhappy with the race.  Lou owns one of the buildings on Top Gun, where the Red Trolley Classic course had been for over 10 years.  He had called the city to express his displeasure at the closure of the road in front of one of his buildings, and claimed that one of the lessees had complained.   There are two businesses on Top Gun that are open the day of the race (typically the same Sunday as the Superbowl), a caterer and a cleaner.  Both businesses had minimal traffic that day, but they and their customers needed to get in and out.   I remedied this by putting up appropriate signage on Flanders that fed the customers through the alley and around in front of the business.    This seemed like a minimal impact of the business and the customers, as the total number of drivers coming in and out was fewer than 20, but this still wasn’t acceptable to Lou.   He was also upset that some of the racers had parked in his parking lot.   I had put up signage (that was summarily ignored by  many racers), but promised to put a person standing there all day in 2014 to be sure that nobody parked in his lot, but that was not acceptable to Lou either.   He made it clear that he wanted us gone, and would fight me every step of the way through the permit procedure.   I later called the City of San Diego permit office, and told them that I thought Lou was being unreasonable, and that I would do whatever I could to mitigate any impact to his business, but that he made it clear that he was going to fight me over the permit no matter what.  The special events administrator at the city basically told me that the permit office would side with the business owner by default; that the business owner didn’t have to prove his business was impacted; that it would be very difficult to get the permit if he wanted to fight me;  and  the fact that I have been holding this event for over a decade carried no weight whatsoever.   She also suggested that I use “the  course that the Cyclovets use” also known as the Hunnekens course.   I’m a very principled man and it ate me up inside to give into this bully, but I decided I would make lemons into lemonade.

Hunnekens and CAF

In 2014 I moved the race to the Hunnekens course.  I worked with Nico Marcolongo, the program manager for CAF Operation Rebound, to use the CAF parking lot as a registration and expo area.  There was only one business owner or representative on the racecourse that had concerns and that was Chris Nicholson, the manager of a lab that was inside the course.   Chris told me that they tested biological samples for Scripps hospitals and that samples needed to be delivered 24/7.    I addressed his concerns by reserving parking for his employees and couriers directly across the street, as well as providing a 4 seater golf cart to offer rides and to help couriers with any large containers.   We didn’t track the number of times a courier needed access to the building that day, but I’m positive that it was fewer than 10.   The event was a great success.  We had record participation numbers, we made a small but meaningful donation to Operation Rebound, and I heard no complaints from Chris Nicholson or anyone else on the course.

Trouble Ahead

I turned in the permit for Red Trolley 2015 in mid-September.   In years past, I would sometimes wait until as late as November to turn in my paper work.  However  a lawsuit against the city over the Sea World fireworks and a subsequent agreement requires an environmental study for each and every special event permitted in the city of San Diego.  These studies take time, and so the permit needs to be turned in earlier than in years past.  I assumed everything was going to go just as well as 2014 until I got a call from Cindy at the special events office.   Apparently Mr. Nicholson was unhappy about the Cyclovets Summer Classic Criterium on September 21, and was asking that no more permits for bike races are approved on Hunnekens street.   Cindy suggested that I find another course and that for all intent and purpose the city was highly likely to side with the Scripps Lab Manager.   I was again informed that neither 10+ year history of the race nor the mutual support between the event and CAF would count for anything.  I immediately called Mr. Nicholson and asked him how I could address his concerns.   Chris told me that the races were disruptive and that walking across the street and getting a ride in the cart was not working.   After a few minutes of discussion, it came down to the fact that he didn’t want his employees to be inconvenienced in any way.  He claimed that the lab had grown, the system we had put in was not working, and that those samples had to be delivered in a timely manner.  My insistence that the samples would still be delivered faster than they could be on any weekday fell on deaf ears, and Chris promised to fight the permits for all future cycling  events on the street in front of the lab.

On the 21st, I was present at the Hunnekens course to volunteer for the race.   I spent about 5 hours out on the course doing whatever needed to be done, and trying to make myself useful.   I spoke with the race organizer after the race and he confirmed that there were a few samples delivered to the lab throughout the day, but that it was fewer than 10 trips made be the courier that day and there did not seem to be any problems.   We also spoke about how we would stick together in an attempt to continue using the course.   On Monday, 9/22 I received a call from a police officer that works with the special events office.  The officer told me that she had heard from the lab manager last week, and she “strongly suggested” that I find another course.   I spoke wither again on 9/23, and she reiterated that if I were to fight for my permit I would most likely lose,  and that I wouldn’t even really get a chance to offer my side of the story any further.

What to do for 2015?

So the officials at the city made it clear that a business owner or manager simply has to claim that they are negatively impacted by a small special event and that the city will side with the business owner by default.  The complainant doesn’t have to prove or substantiate any sort of loss, they simply have to say that they don’t support the event and the event promoter has to prove otherwise.   So now I’m stuck.   If I fight the business manager and lose, I won’t have enough time to apply for a new permit in a new place.  My other option is to give into another jerk, give up on Hunnekens, and search for a new spot:  A spot that is as fun to race as Hunnekens or Top Gun, but where not a single business owner will complain.  I’m open to suggestions.

Do you know anyone that works in high level management at Scripps?

Do you have any ideas for a race course?

Share your thoughts with me via email.

Video: Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) 6:29:07 (World Champion)


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“I was feeling great on the last lap and I’m really grateful of my teammates and all their work,” the winner said at the line.

“I was just going to for the win I was trying to take risks because some were calculating and waiting the final climb.”

“Two days ago I watched the U23 race and I knew it was possible to do this type of win, especially in the race. I just did my effort and had a little bit of gap. This is just incredible.”  Michal Kwiatkowski

1 Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) 6:29:07
2 Simon Gerrans (Australia) 0:00:01
3 Alejandro Valverde (Spain)
4 Matti Breschel (Denmark)
5 Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium)
6 Tony Gallopin (France)
7 Philippe Gilbert (Belgium) 0:00:04
8 Alexander Kristoff (Norway) 0:00:07
9 John Degenkolb (Germany)
10 Nacer Bouhanni (France)

Elite Women’s Road Race Highlights – 2014 Road World Championships, Ponferrada, Spain


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1. Pauline FERRAND PREVOT, (FRA), in 3:29:21
2. Lisa BRENNAUER, (GER), at :00
3. Emma JOHANSSON, (SWE), at :00
4. Giorgia BRONZINI, (ITA), at :00
5. Tiffany CROMWELL, (AUS), at :00
6. Shelley OLDS, (USA), at :00
7. Elizabeth ARMITSTEAD, (GBR), at :00
8. Linda Melanie VILLUMSEN, (NZL), at :00
9. Hanna SOLOVEY, (UKR), at :00
10. Marianne VOS, (NED), at :00
11. Katarzyna NIEWIADOMA, (POL), at :00
12. Evelyn STEVENS, (USA), at :03
13. Rossella RATTO, (ITA), at :03
14. Elisa LONGO BORGHINI, (ITA), at :03
15. Claudia HÄUSLER, (GER), at :06
16. Audrey CORDON, (FRA), at :41
17. Chantal BLAAK, (NED), at :41
18. Paulina BRZEZNA, (POL), at :41
19. Malgorzta JASINSKA, (POL), at :41
20. Ashleigh MOOLMAN-PASIO, (RSA), at :41
21. Elena KUCHINSKAYA, (RUS), at :41
22. Eri YONAMINE, (JPN), at :41
23. Doris SCHWEIZER, (SUI), at :41
24. Rachel NEYLAN, (AUS), at :41
25. Flavia OLIVEIRA, (BRA), at :41
26. Anna SANCHIS CHAFER, (ESP), at :41
27. Sofie DE VUYST, (BEL), at :47
28. Tetiana RIABCHENKO, (UKR), at :47
29. Eleonora VAN DIJK, (NED), at :47
31. Christine MAJERUS, (LUX), at :47
32. Trixi WORRACK, (GER), at :47
33. Lucinda BRAND, (NED), at :47
34. Kelly DRUYTS, (BEL), at 1:10
35. Serika GULUMA ORTIZ, (COL), at 1:10
36. Jessenia MENESES, (COL), at 1:24
37. Tatiana GUDERZO, (ITA), at 2:41
38. Annie LAST, (GBR), at 3:06
39. Julie LETH, (DEN), at 3:06
40. Maaike POLSPOEL, (BEL), at 3:06
41. Lauren HALL, (USA), at 5:30
42. Emilie MOBERG, (NOR), at 5:46
43. Elise DELZENNE, (FRA), at 5:46
44. Amélie RIVAT, (FRA), at 5:46
45. Polona BATAGELJ, (SLO), at 5:46
46. Špela KERN, (SLO), at 5:46
47. Megan GUARNIER, (USA), at 5:46
48. Katrin GARFOOT, (AUS), at 5:46
49. Sara MUSTONEN, (SWE), at 5:51
50. Alexandra BURCHENKOVA, (RUS), at 5:51
51. Anastasiya CHULKOVA, (RUS), at 5:51
52. Mayuko HAGIWARA, (JPN), at 5:51
53. Charlotte BECKER, (GER), at 5:51
54. Sari SAARELAINEN, (FIN), at 8:38
55. Elena CECCHINI, (ITA), at 8:45
56. Sabrina STULTIENS, (NED), at 11:06
57. Carlee TAYLOR, (AUS), at 11:44
58. Verónica LEAL BALDERAS, (MEX), at 11:44
59. Paz BASH, (ISR), at 12:28
DNF Stephanie POHL, (GER)
DNF Susanna ZORZI, (ITA)
DNF Katazina SOSNA, (LTU)
DNF Jacqueline HAHN, (AUT)
DNF Eline Gleditsch BRUSTAD, (NOR)
DNF Kseniya TUHAI, (BLR)
DNF Linnea SJÖblom, (SWE)
DNF Daniela REIS, (POR)
DNF Barvara FASOH, (GRE)
DNF Eugénie DUVAL, (FRA)
DNF Lavinia Nicoleta ROLEA, (ROU)
DNF Eugenia BUJAK, (POL)
DNF Veronika KORMOS, (HUN)
DNF Alexandra NESSMAR, (SWE)
DNF Ann-Sofie DUYCK, (BEL)
DNF Thalita DE JONG, (NED)

International Ranking for Tour of Utah Cycling Event Elevated to Highest Classification


SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (September 25, 2014) – One month following a record-setting 10th edition of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has confirmed that the Utah race has been elevated to its highest classification on the UCI America Tour, a 2.HC stage race. The Tour of Utah joins the Amgen Tour of California (May 10-17) and USA Pro Challenge (August 17-23) as the only events on the UCI America Tour with 2.HC designations. The 2015 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah will be held Aug. 3-9.


The UCI grades each individual stage race for road cycling on a four-category scale. A 2.2 is the lowest rating for a multi-day stage race. A 2.HC designation, from the French “hors categorie” meaning beyond category, is the highest rating a stage race can receive outside of the WorldTour races, such as the Tour de France. A higher categorization means that the event offers greater prize money and more UCI points for competitors, allowing organizers to invite and attract the best teams in the world. As a 2.HC event in 2015, the Tour of Utah will be allowed to invite more ProTeams to compete. Up to 65 percent of the field may now be comprised of teams in the top world rankings.


“This upgraded designation by the international governing body of cycling is further evidence of the Tour of Utah’s growing stature,” said Steve Miller, president of Miller Sports Properties, which organizes the Tour of Utah. “We aspire to continue to organize a world-class race that showcases our state and the sport.”


The Tour of Utah began in 2004 as a three-day, regional competition for amateur and elite cycling athletes. By 2011 the Tour had expanded to six days of racing for professional teams and offered more than $125,000 for a prize purse, tripling the amount from previous years. The UCI recognized the Tour of Utah in 2011 as a 2.1-rated stage race, adding it to the UCI America Tour for the first time. For 2015, the Tour of Utah will be part of the UCI America Tour, which includes 25 professional cycling events in North America and South America.


“The elevation of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah to HC-status on the international calendar is a tremendous honor and a clear acknowledgement by cycling’s International governing body that the event is one of the world’s great races,” said USA Cycling CEO & President Steve Johnson. “I would like to congratulate Steve Miller and the extraordinary staff and volunteers of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah on the success of their efforts over the past 10 years; and also thank the Utah cycling and business community for their tremendous support of the event.”


In 2014, the Tour of Utah set records with 275,000 spectators and $20 million in economic impact for the state. The seven-day event, known “America’s Toughest Stage RaceTM”, featured 753 miles of racing and 57,863 vertical feet of climbing for 16 of the best professional teams in the U.S. and abroad. American Tom Danielson of Team Garmin-Sharp claimed the overall title for the weeklong Larry H.Miller Tour of Utah for a second year in a row. The inaugural Tour of Utah Women’s Edition presented by PlayHard GiveBack was held on Aug. 6, a 15-lap circuit race at Miller Motorsports Park, and was won by American Coryn Rivera of UnitedHealthcare.


Next year’s Tour of Utah will continue as the first internationally-sanctioned cycling competition in North America following the Tour de France. Host venues and the overall route for 2015 will be announced in the coming weeks. The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah continues to be free to all spectators, making professional cycling one of the most unique professional sports in the world today. More information about the Tour of Utah and its partners can be found by visiting, as well as social channels Facebook (tourofutah), Twitter (thetourofutah), Instagram (thetourofutah) and YouTube (2014 Tour of Utah).


Sven Erik Bystrøm wins gold medal in U23 road race

Cycling: Road World Championships 2014 / Men -23

Sven Erik Bystrøm wins gold medal in U23 road race


A jubilant Sven Erik Bystrøm took the gold medal in Friday’s U23 Men’s road race, claiming top honors for Norway in the UCI World Championships currently taking place in Ponferrada. Bystrøm has trained with Team Katusha since August and will ride as part of the regular roster in 2015.
– I am very happy, I can’t even explain how much! It was an amazing race and I felt good the entire day. It was a hard race, but maybe not too hard. We have to understand that this is World Championships and the races could not be easy anyway. At the beginning I took it easy to save my legs and energy for the final. There were a lot of attacks, but every time the peloton was able to neutralize the riders who had attacked. I saved my legs for the final lap and attacked, maybe in the last possible moment. On the final climb I gave 100% of everything I have and later on the descent I gave my all to stay in front and win this race. Finally, it worked well. It was a good final of the race and the entire season, – said Sven Erik Bystrøm.

In addition, the Russian team was very active throughout the stage. In the beginning it was Roman Kustadinchev going in a breakaway with two other riders at the 10 km mark. Once their effort was over near the 30 km to go mark, it was ITERA-Katusha rider Alexander Foliforov who put up several attacks on the climb. But in the end, no one was able to create a decisive advantage until the final climb with 6 km to go when Bystrøm attacked and stayed clear to the end.

Joining Bystrøm on the podium were Caleb Ewan (Australia) for the silver medal and Kristoffer Skjerping (Norway) earning the bronze.

– I am happy with my contract signing with Team Katusha and with the fact that I will be in the team together with Alexander Kristoff, who is my good friend. I already rode one race as a trainee with the Russian Team at the Arctic Race of Norway and I was really impressed with this experience. Even before that Alex explained to me that this is very good team and that he is feeling really comfortable in Katusha. So I had a chance to feel the same. I’m waiting eagerly to meet the whole team – riders, staff, management, – added Sven Erik Bystrøm.

Sven Erik Bystrøm became second U23 World Champion in Team Katusha behind Anton Vorobyev, who won the ITT race in 2012.

BMC Signs Rosskopf and Flakemore


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BMC Racing Team Signs Three

The BMC Racing Team announced three new rider signings Thursday: newly-crowned Under 23 world time trial champion Campbell Flakemore of Australia, Joey Rosskopf of the United States and Manuel Senni of Italy.

Growing And Nurturing Young Riders

Each of the three fits the BMC Racing Team’s initiative to identify promising young riders who can develop and eventually play integral roles for the United States-registered squad, said President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz. “This is part of our on-going initiative to bring young riders through our system as an extension of our work with the BMC Development Team,” Ochowicz said. “We are always on the lookout for the best of the best and these three riders will certainly play a part in our future.” Ochowicz said that Flakemore and Senni, both 22 years old, and Rosskopf, 25, will complement the signings for 2015 of Stefan Küng of Switzerland and Dylan Teuns of Belgium, both of whom raced for the BMC Development Team this season. “All of these fine young athletes fit with our strategy of bringing younger riders into the BMC Racing Team and helping them reach their potential.” Specific details of their contracts were not made public in keeping with the team’s policy.

Flakemore A Time Trial Specialist

On Monday, Flakemore became the fourth Australian to win the world Under 23 individual time trial in the past six years, joining Jack Bobridge (2009), Luke Durbridge (2011) and Damian Howson (2013). His less-than-half-a-second margin of victory over Ryan Mullan (Ireland) was the closest finish in the history of the event as he overcame a nearly 20-second deficit in the final 13 kilometers of the 36.1-km race. “I knew it would be close,” Flakemore said. “I would have been satisfied with the podium after being fourth last year, but winning it was pretty cool.” Flakemore arrives from the Avanti Racing Team and said he is looking forward to teaming with riders like fellow Australian Rohan Dennis, as well as Philippe Gilbert, Greg Van Avermaet and Tejay van Garderen. “I think I can learn a lot from those guys,” he said. “My priority for next year is to get experience and learn how it all works in a WorldTour team. I want to learn as much as possible.” Flakemore also won the prologue of the Tour de l’Avenir this year and was the winner of the individual time trial stage at last year’s Olympia Tour and the Under 23 edition of Thüringen-Rundfahrt. “He adds significant value to our team in his specialty, which are time trials,” Ochowicz said.

Rosskopf Ready To Prove Himself

Arriving from the Hincapie Sportswear Development Team, Rosskopf dueled with BMC Racing Team’s Cadel Evans in the final kilometer of the queen stage at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah in August. His runner-up finish there added to silver medals won in both the road race and the time trial at the Pan-American Championships earlier this year. He also won a stage and the overall at the Redlands Bicycle Classic in April and last year won a stage and the overall of the Paris-Arras Tour, as well as the Stage 4 time trial at the Tour de Beauce. “There will certainly be more pressure to perform next year,” the Decatur, Georgia, native said. “I am excited about the chance to get better and prove myself. I want to take advantage of all the support the BMC Racing Team offers to better myself as a rider. I also want to be there where they need me most. So I hope to play a productive role on the team.” Rosskopf raced the 2012 season for Team Type 1-Sanofi and the past two for the Hincapie Sportswear Development Team. Ochowicz said his climbing and time trial abilities make him a good fit. “He really suits our strategy of allowing new riders to come on board and achieve goals similar to the ones we have,” Ochowicz said.

Help In The Climbing Ranks

Senni won two climbing stages of the Giro Ciclistico della Valle d’Aosta on the way to a third-place finish overall and the points classification. He also won the Medaglia d’Oro Domenico e Anita Colleoni in his home country and was fourth at both the G.P. Pallo del Recioto and Trofeo Piva Banca Popolare di Vicenza. “Manuel has demonstrated some unique climbing abilities and over the next few years, we hope to further develop him in that aspect,” Ochowicz said. Senni said he is thankful of the experience gained while racing for Team Colpack and its president, Giuseppe Colleoni, and looks forward to showing his value to the BMC Racing Team. “It is one of the best teams in the world, so it is a very big opportunity for me,” he said. “I want to thank Jim Ochowicz and the BMC Racing Team managers who believe in me. I hope to repay them with my performance. The first year I will have to adapt to the professional level, of course. But I hope to achieve what the sport directors tell me and I hope I can get some results.”

BMC Racing Team Signings Announced For 2015:

Damiano Caruso (ITA), Alessandro De Marchi (ITA), Jempy Drucker (LUX), Campbell Flakemore (AUS), Stefan Küng (SUI), Joey Rosskopf (USA), Manuel Senni (ITA), Dylan Teuns (BEL).

Tayler Wiles To Replace Carmen Small At Worlds


Ponferrada, Spain (September 24, 2014) — USA Cycling announced Wednesday that Carmen Small (Durango, Colo./Specizlized-lululemon) has withdrawn from the 2014 UCI Road World Championships due to illness. Small won a gold medal on Sunday in the team time trial with her Specialized-lululemon teammates, but was unable to defend her bronze medal in Tuesday’s individual time trial.

Tayler Wiles (Fairfax, Calif./Specialized-lululemon) will assume Small’s spot in Saturday’s road race. She is coming off a second place finish earlier this month in the Tour Cycliste Feminin International de l’Ardeche. Wiles will team with Mara Abbott (Boulder, Colo./UnitedHealthcare), Megan Guarnier (Mountain View, Calif./Boels Dolmans Cycling Team), Lauren Hall (Dolores, Colo./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies), Shelley Olds (Gilroy, Calif./Ale-Cipollini), Alison Powers (Pinecliffe, Colo./UnitedHealthcare) and Evelyn Stevens (Dennis, Mass./Specialized-lululemon) in the road race.