Results:La Flèche Wallonne Féminine 2014

 

1 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 3:26:43
2 Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 0:00:01
3 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products 0:00:04
4 Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized – Lululemon 0:00:07
5 Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (RSA) Hitec Products 0:00:11
6 Mariann Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 0:00:13
7 Emma Pooley (GBr) Lotto Belisol Ladies
8 Linda Villumsen (NZl) Wiggle Honda 0:00:21
9 Claudia Hausler (Ger) Team Giant – Shimano 0:00:24
10 Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 0:00:28
11 Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica – AIS 0:00:30
12 Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 0:00:31
13 Elena Berlato (Ita) Ale Cipollini
14 Joanne Hogan (Aus) Bigla Cycling Team
15 Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 0:00:35
16 Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Australia 0:00:42
17 Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 0:00:45
18 Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 0:00:49
19 Elena Cecchini (Ita) Estado De Mexico Faren 0:00:50
20 Lauren Hall (USA) USA National Team 0:00:57
21 Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Astana Bepink Womens Team 0:00:59
22 Shara Gillow (Aus) Orica – AIS 0:01:11
23 Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Specialized – Lululemon 0:01:12
24 Liesbeth De Vocht (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies 0:01:48
25 Lucie Pader (Fra) Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope.86 0:02:27
26 Ane Santesteban Gonzales (Spa) Ale Cipollini 0:02:29
27 Leah Kirchmann (Can) Canada 0:02:32
28 Rossella Ratto (Ita) Estado De Mexico Faren 0:02:40
29 Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Ale Cipollini 0:03:29
30 Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) Rusvelo 0:03:31
31 Audrey Cordon (Fra) Hitec Products 0:03:37
32 Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team 0:03:46
33 Valentina Carretta (Ita) Ale Cipollini 0:03:55
34 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized – Lululemon 0:04:16
35 Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Team Giant – Shimano
36 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 0:07:10
37 Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Bigla Cycling Team 0:09:19
38 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 0:09:21
39 Sari Saarelainen (Fin) Servetto Footon 0:09:24
40 Lauren Komanski (USA) USA National Team 0:09:25
41 Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team 0:09:30
42 Daniella King (GBr) Wiggle Honda
43 Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Giant – Shimano 0:09:32
44 Francesca Cauz (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
45 Edwige Pitel (Fra) France 0:09:35
46 Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle Honda
47 Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Futurumshop.Nl-Zannata 0:09:37
48 Anouska Koster (Ned) Futurumshop.Nl-Zannata
49 Amy Cure (Aus) Lotto Belisol Ladies
50 Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
51 Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team 0:09:39
52 Vera Koedooder (Ned) Bigla Cycling Team 0:09:45
53 Laura Trott (GBr) Wiggle Honda
54 Anna Ramirez (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango 0:09:47
55 Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Giant – Shimano 0:09:48
56 Stephanie Roorda (Can) Canada 0:09:51
57 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Specialized – Lululemon
58 Ally Stacher (USA) Specialized – Lululemon
59 Irene San Sebastian Lasa (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
60 Marion Sicot (Fra) France 0:09:54
61 Aizan Zhaparova (Rus) Rusvelo
62 Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products 0:09:56
63 Anna Sanchis Chafer (Spa) Wiggle Honda
64 Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Lointek 0:09:59
65 Fanny Bourdon (Fra) France
66 Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope.86
67 Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Futurumshop.Nl-Zannata
68 Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Rusvelo 0:10:05
69 Annelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) Futurumshop.Nl-Zannata
70 Doris Schweizer (Swi) Astana Bepink Womens Team
71 Rozanne Slik (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team 0:10:08
72 Chiara Pierobon (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
73 Latoya Brulee (Bel) Futurumshop.Nl-Zannata 0:10:10
74 Melodie Lesueur (Fra) Lointek 0:10:11
75 Taryn Heather (Aus) Bigla Cycling Team
76 Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 0:10:25
77 Julie Leth (Den) Hitec Products 0:10:27
78 Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Orica – AIS
79 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica – AIS
80 Carlee Taylor (Aus) Orica – AIS 0:10:37
81 Tayler Wiles (USA) Specialized – Lululemon 0:10:54
82 Aude Biannic (Fra) Lointek 0:10:59
83 Eugénie Duval (Fra) France 0:11:35
DNF Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products
DNF Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Alé Cipollini
DNF Kyara Stijns (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
DNF Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team
DNF Marijn De Vries (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
DNF Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team
DNF Annette Edmondson (Aus) Orica – AIS
DNF Alna Burato (Fra) France
DNF Rebecca Wiasak (Aus) Australia
DNF Felicity Wardlaw (Aus) Australia
DNF Mélanie Bravard (Fra) Lointek
DNF Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Lointek
DNF Aida Nuno (Spa) Lointek
DNF Simona Bortolotti (Ita) Servetto Footon
DNF Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Servetto Footon
DNF Marina Likhanova (Rus) Servetto Footon
DNF Anna Potokina (Rus) Servetto Footon
DNF Yulia Blindyuk (Rus) RusVelo
DNF Manon Bourdiaux (Fra) France
DNF Désirée Ehrler (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team
DNF Dorleta Eskamendi Gil (Spa) Bizkaia – Durango
DNF Yulia Ilinykh (Rus) Bizkaia – Durango
DNF Lierni Lekuona Etxebeste (Spa) Bizkaia – Durango
DNF Lourdes Oyarbide Jimenez (Spa) Bizkaia – Durango
DNF Catherine Dessureault (Can) Canada
DNF Annie Ewart (Can) Canada
DNF Annie Foreman-Mackey (Can) Canada
DNF Kim De Baat (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
DNF Riejanne Markus (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
DNF Kirsten Peetoom (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
DNF Maria Adele Tuia (Ita) Servetto Footon
DNF Manon Souyris (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope
DNF Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies
DNF Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies
DNF Joanna Rowsell (GBr) Wiggle Honda
DNF Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren
DNF Lucy Martin (GBr) Estado de Mexico Faren
DNF Dulce Pliego (Mex) Estado de Mexico Faren
DNF Anna Trevisi (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren
DNF Elena Kuchinskaya (Rus) RusVelo
DNF Sarah Roy (Aus) Vienne Futuroscope
DNF Marissa Otten (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
DNF Amélie Rivat (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope
DNF Emily Roper (Aus) Australia
DNF Jennifer Fiori (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
DNF Asja Paladin (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
DNF Silvia Cecchini (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
DNF Soraya Paladin (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
DNF Annelies Dom (Bel) Futurumshop.Nl – Zannata
DNF Kathryn Dononvan (USA) USA National Team
DNF Maura Kinsella (USA) USA National Team
DNF Ruth Winder (USA) USA National Team
DNF Emilie Aubry (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team
DNF Jolien D’Hoore (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies
DNF Oriane Chaumet (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope
DNS Chloe Mc Conville (Aus) Australia

SNOW SUMMIT SURPRISES WITH EARLY OPENING

 

THEIR PAIN, OUR GAIN

SNOW SUMMIT SURPRISES WITH EARLY OPENING

DOWNHILL MTB RIDING LOOKING UP AT BIG BEAR

 APRIL 19, 2014, BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. Words and images by Philip Beckman/PB Creative — You have to feel sorry for SoCal skiers and boarders. A touch of sympathy. A couple of soft pats on the shoulder and perhaps some warm, quiet words. A scrunch of the eyebrows with a benevolent shake of the head. Boo-Hoo.

 

Due to drought conditions and minimal snowfall in southwestern U.S. this past winter, fans of sliding sports were literally left high and dry — except in their eyes.

 

Their pain, our gain. Cyclists around these parts, on the other hand, took great comfort in a summerlike winter. Then when it was announced that the Snow Summit Bike Park was going to open early, all we could shout was Boo-Ya! (Just not within earshot of our snow-bereft buddies.)

 

This venerable ski hill in Big Bear Lake — backyard playground for 18 million day-tripping Los Angelenos — is going through a renaissance when it comes to mountain bikes. Once the virtual center of the universe in terms of MTB riding of all types, the property was closed to two-wheelers for nearly a decade following a couple of serious injuries, a change of ownership and pressure from the Forest Service.

 

True downhill bikes in particular came under severe scrutiny. If a rider showed up with a bike sporting a dual-crown fork, eight inches of suspension travel and weighed more than 38 pounds, they were met with a stern shake of the head and gesture toward the exit. And there really was no plan B in terms of lift-serviced mountain biking.

 

That all changed last year when Snow Summit once again opened its arms — and two ski lifts — to owners of all types of MTBs. Riders were delighted with what they found: new or refurbished, professionally designed trails with big, swoopy berms, man-made jumps and wooden features reminiscent of those built in iconic locations such as Whistler and Snowmass. The real deal.

 

Snow Summit Bike Park began its sophomore season with the first annual Summer Kickoff Party on Saturday, April 19th, earlier than any other “lifted” facility in North America. The base area — at 7000 feet above sea level — was the event’s hub, with enough color, sound and energy to remind us of the heydays of the sport at this resort (think early- to mid-1990s).

 

An expo row included displays from Trek, Marin, Redline, Intense, Oakley, Marzocchi, Ryders Eyewear, Troy Lee Designs, Five Ten, Smith Optic and Freestyle USA. The unmistakable Red Bull MXT truck had DJ Slip Matt cueing tunes. Numerous raffles and prize giveaways helped keep off-bike excitement high.

 

Common topics of discussion centered on some new obstacles and trail sections, as well as the rerouting of some old trails. It was announced that an all-new “green” trail (parlance for beginner-friendly) will be open by July 4th. Many of the hundreds in attendance were dazzled by the day’s traction, thanks to a quick but convincing thunderstorm that had rolled through the previous afternoon.

 

The Snow Summit Bike Park has a lot to offer, at reasonable prices. Season passes are now on sale for just $279; hard to beat if visiting often this summer and fall. Downhill mountain biking is back in a big way in Big Bear.

 

For more, visit bigbearmountainresorts.com/summer/

 

Exhibitors put the final touches on the expo before the doors open for the season.

Exhibitors put the final touches on the expo before the doors open for the season.

 

You may encounter Trouble on the black-diamond Party Wave Trail.

You may encounter Trouble on the black-diamond Party Wave Trail.

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You may encounter Trouble on the black-diamond Party Wave Trail.

Exhibitors put the final touches on the expo before the doors open for the season.

Exhibitors put the final touches on the expo before the doors open for the season.

It didn’t take long for the lift lines to fill with eager downhillers once the event got started.

It didn’t take long for the lift lines to fill with eager downhillers once the event got started.

It had been a while since genuine downhill bikes were being hoisted onto Snow Summit’s lifts. This event marked the second season in a row they’ve been allowed back.

It had been a while since genuine downhill bikes were being hoisted onto Snow Summit’s lifts. This event marked the second season in a row they’ve been allowed back.

A view from the Scenic Sky Chair shows what little remains of this past “winter’s” snowfall.

A view from the Scenic Sky Chair shows what little remains of this past “winter’s” snowfall.

Snow Summit Bike Park offers fun and adventure for all ages.

Snow Summit Bike Park offers fun and adventure for all ages.

SoCal is not very green these days, but you’ll find some at Big Bear.

SoCal is not very green these days, but you’ll find some at Big Bear.

Getting high at more than 7000 feet above sea level.

Getting high at more than 7000 feet above sea level.

Snow Summit does not lack for breathtaking scenery.

Snow Summit does not lack for breathtaking scenery.

Ski lifts and downhill mountain bikes go together like peas and carrots.

Ski lifts and downhill mountain bikes go together like peas and carrots.

 

2104 SCNCA District Championship

Craig State

2104 SCNCA District Championship

45+ Race Report by Craig Nunes

Back in December my coach, great friend and teammate Matthew Carinio and I sat down and came up with goals for the 2014 Race Season.   The SCNCA District Road Race Championship was at the top of the list.  That being said, having great form for this event is also what the other top road racers in the SCNCA District are also planning.   This is also what makes winning Districts and earning the honor of wearing the State Flag for the next 12 months so special.

Coming into the race, I was pretty confident with my form since my last preparation race at Sea Otter went well.  As an athlete, we all know that confidence is a big part of the equation and thus having a positive experience one week out certainly helps.  Even with the positive outcome at Sea Otter and great training all year, the butterflies and doubts began to surface once I registered and the start list grew.

Although I haven’t raced many 45+ events and thus didn’t have much personal experience competing with these guys, I compiled a list of riders that were threats.   Defending 45+ State Champion Peter Andersen(Spy Giant) plus his strong team to support him, recent San Dimas Stage Race Winner, Jeffrey Konsmo(Hot Wheels) and his teammate and perennial strongman Greg Leibert(Big Orange), Joseph Sulse(Bonk Breakers)  who has finished on the podium the last two years,  2013 40+ State Champion Randall Coxworth(Monster Media) who just aged up  and his teammate  with a huge motor Michael Johnson(Monster Media), always dangerous Patrick Caro(Incycle) and arguably one of the most decorated Master’s Racers in the country, Thurlow Rogers(Breakaway from Cancer).  I was fairly certain there were other dark horses I had no clue about and with the rider list growing; I knew it was going to be a hard fought battle.

The course itself has been used in its current configuration the past two years, 2012 and 2013.  I raced it both years, once in the 35+ and once in the 40+.  Although I knew the terrain really well, my role those years were to ride in support of Matthew Carinio(ArtsCyclery.com).   Neither of those years I was around for the finish, since my work was done long before the finish came.  Historically, the race has come down to a small group sprint.  Being in the position to win and having that past experience of when to time your finishing sprint is very helpful.  If you have been there before you can make adjustments on timing or do the same, if you were successful.    Unfortunately, if it came down to a small group sprint, I wasn’t going to have that all important piece of information to draw upon.

I was happy  to have my teammate, Derek Johnson, at my side to help execute our game plan.  Derek has been riding extremely well and I knew I was in good hands if things went awry.  Our general plan was to have Derek make sure that on the first lap nobody slipped away on the flat section leading into the main climb as well as the same area leading to the start/finish.   We have seen the suicide early move go from the gun before and make it to the finish and thus a big concern.  We hoped the climbs would be ridden strong by riders on lap one and then on lap two and three I would test things out and try and force a selection.   Based on team numbers we figured a Spy rider needed to part of that selection for the break to succeed.

Prior to the start of the race we coordinated a team feed in both feed zones.  Although the weather was mild compared to years past, it still was hovering in the mid 80’s and since in San Luis Obispo the weather is cooler than that, staying hydrated would be key.  I truly don’t think I would of made it without those feeds.  I carried 3 bottles and took a feed from each feed zone on each lap, so in total I took on board 8 bottles during the race.  Some I used to pour on my body to cool me down but I consumed at least 6 of the 8.

The race started out extremely mild, which I was really surprised about albeit very happy.  Riders didn’t seem interested in the early flyer so that made Derek’s job easy.  We rolled through the flat section pretty uneventful with some surges but nothing even close to getting away.  We rolled the main climb at a decent clip but nothing too ballistic.  As we approached the left hander near the top a surge occurred and riders were strung out.  I wasn’t being very attentive and was in the middle of the group when this happened and saw gaps opening.  Once over the top it all came back together and generally was moderate pace to the turn around.

Shortly after the turnaround, when transitioning from the downhill to the next uphill section I dropped my chain going onto the small ring.  I wasn’t too concerned and tried to shift it back on but the chain wasn’t being cooperative.  Next thing I know it is jamming and making a weird sound.  I hear a rider yell as he comes by, “it is your magnet…your magnet is on your chain!”  I look down and low and behold my magnet from my power meter has broken off and is stuck to my chain and caused it to jam.  I am now starting to panic and pull over to get it untangled.  I remove the magnet and proceed to try and get the chain unjammed.  After several tries it finally breaks loose and I get it strung back on the chain rings.  I didn’t have time to yell for Derek however when I look up, thankfully he was standing right there!  I clip back in and he begins to drill it to try and pull me back up to the group.  He is pounding the pedals and we are slowing gaining on the group but they are moving along quickly, as they head up the next climb.  I am starting to think the race might be over but Derek just crushes it and gets me to within striking distance,  just as I see the front of the group accelerating.   I know I need to go now and  I jump off Derek’s wheel and yell “thanks!” as I close the remaining gap to the group.   Shortly after I get back on, the group slows a bit and moments later I see Derek.  He made it back up also….WOW!

 

Once we were on the long flat section heading back to the start/finish the winds were strong and attacks were coming.  The group was splintering on several occasions but nothing was sticking since everyone was fresh however I thought on the next lap it could be a section that a selection could be made.  After we made the turnaround at the start/finish to begin Lap 2 I was hoping things would continue to be active on the flat section before we started the main climb.   It was active but nothing was sticking and then Patrick Caro(Incycle) slipped up the road by himself.  The group at first wasn’t too interested but then quickly I heard chatter about, “you can’t give him too much of a leash” and then the chase was on and he was absorbed back into the group just before the main climb.

Once we hit the climb the pace ramped up and with the headwind it was starting to become single file.  Scott Peterson(SRAM Factory Team) was setting a hard pace with Michael Johnson(Monster Media) sitting second wheel while I hung back around 7th wheel.   I know Scott as he lives in San Luis Obispo and he can climb really well, so I was thinking this should soften some legs.   Sure enough, when he decided to pull off the group just slowed and nobody came around to continue the pace.  I thought this would be a good time to put a tester in and see if I could create a selection so I jumped.  After a few hard pedal strokes I looked back to see who was with me and the answer was…nobody!  I sat down and thought, well if I just ride tempo for a bit people will come across.  The wind was strong and I settled into a pace that would surely encourage riders to bridge…nope…nobody!   As I approached the left hander near the top the moto official comes up and says, “you have a good gap and they are not riding fast enough to catch you.”  I respond, “I don’t want to be solo isn’t anyone trying to bridge?”  He says, “nope.”

Now what?  I can’t stop pedaling but I know riding solo for the next 40+ miles was likely suicide.  Why couldn’t this be the last lap, the decision would be easy.  Sometimes the cards you are dealt aren’t exactly what you want but you make the best of them.   I can’t fold but pushing my chips “all in” right now was a major risk.  This decision would likely make or break my chances to win the jersey.  I flashed back to 2012 and remembered seeing my teammate, Matthew Carinio rounding this same left hander on the last lap, to solo for the win.  The decision was made, time to put it in time trial mode and hope that riders come across.  Being joined by other riders was really the only real chance this decision would work out but I thought the chances of that were pretty good.

I don’t look at power much during a race but I really wanted it now,  to help judge my pacing for this effort.  I at least had heart rate so I rode all the ups at threshold heart rate and tempo on the transitions.  At the turnaround I still had about a minute or so but the group was in chase mode versus a few riders chasing.  Not what I wanted to see!  I kept my pace hard and when I got to the switchback climb by the feed zone I saw that the gap was still similar.  I knew the flat section to the start/finish turnaround would be where the group should make time and based on the first lap thought maybe that would be where riders would separate and come across.  I got as aero as possible but my mind was already cursing me as to why I made this stupid decision.

The moto came up and said  “gap looks same but I will try and get you a time check at start/finish turnaround.”   As I crested the 1km climb up to the turnaround two riders came up on me.  I hadn’t been looking back and moto said gap was the same, so who were these guys?  I looked at their race numbers and sure enough, they were riders in my race.  Race moto  didn’t mention any riders coming across so when we made turnaround at start/finish I figured peloton would be right behind.  I was deflated  since after putting an effort in like that,  my chances to win now,  were slim to none.  As we went down the hill, no peloton!   My spirits were lifted and now with two other riders, the odds were slightly better albeit, still slim with one lap to go.  I looked at the jersey’s and to my dismay, neither of the riders were from the Spy squad.   A Spy rider would increase the odds, since they had the numbers to chase but I was happy to have company.  Richard Cimadoro(Amgen) was one of the riders and I would find out later the other rider was Robert Frank(Stage One).   We quickly got to business rotating.  As we hit the main climb my legs began to sting from the effort but we rotated well but Richard started to struggle.   Robert kept the pressure on and I came around Rich and latched onto Robert as we reached the that same left hander I made the decision to go for it a lap earlier.  This time, we looked back and saw peloton not too far behind and Robert says “no use quitting now” and ratchets the pace up even harder.   I begin to feel the effect of my solo effort and struggle to hold his wheel.   We kept the pace strong to the turnaround and when we started heading back,  the group was further back than the previous lap I was solo.  They looked like they were riding strong but not like the lap before.   Although we didn’t have a time gap from moto I knew it was over a minute.   We kept the pace strong with Robert really hammering and making me suffer.  I could feel the legs slowly deteriorating and signs of cramps were surfacing.   When we went through the feed zone I grabbed my last bottle and doused my body as I was overheating and my right leg was cramping on and off.  We shortly cresting the last climb of the day and I took a look back and couldn’t see the peloton…yes!!

We rolled the downhill and Robert and I exchanged words with him saying whatever happens it has been a good ride.  I agreed and shortly thereafter the moto pulled up and said, gap is 2.5 minutes.   My focus now became shifted to how can I win this bike race?   My legs are cramping and I am facing a rider that didn’t seem to have any ill effects.   I decided that I had to attack and get away because I was certain if we came to the final uphill 1km finish together, I would lose.   About 3km from finish I put in my play for the jersey and although I got a small gap he closed it down pretty quickly.   Game over, my legs were shot and I was exhausted.

As we slowly approached the 1km sign I thought about my Dad, who is battling cancer.  All the struggles he has been through and his amazing spirit to fight and never give up.  At that moment my mind did a 180 and I became empowered with new strength and resolve and told myself….you can’t lose this race!

Bam!!  Robert lit it up at 900 meters to go and I began cramping and suffering in ways that normally  I wouldn’t be able to get through but I WAS NOT letting go of that wheel.  The 200 meter to go came into sight and he finally sat down but continued to power on.   We hit 200 meters to go and it was now or never,  I clicked 2 more gears and hit out.  It really was a blur from there on and just remember  looking back and seeing I had opened a good gap and him yelling….”you got it”.  I was so exhausted I couldn’t even raise my hands as I almost crashed when I did. Without the inspiration from my Dad…..I don’t think I could have won and I wouldn’t be wearing this jersey!

I’d like to thank all of my team’s partners for their unwavering support: ArtsCyclery.com, Schnur Racing, NeilPryde Bikes, LeBas International, Voler, FLUID, SRAM, Oakley, and Giro.

 

Shane Kline Currently 1st in USA Crits Series

 

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Shane Kline Currently 1st in USA Crits Series

Shane Kline is sitting in first place after three rounds of the USA Crits series for 2014, after a solid start to the criterium season and a sixth place finish at the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic Criterium over the weekend.

The race was won by Belgian Brecht Dhaene from the Astellas Cycling Team, who upset favourites United HealthCare Pro Cycling in the final sprint. Dhaene had spent the majority of the 90 minute race in a three man break, which got caught in the closing stages of the final lap. Dhaene, however, managed to just hold on for the win.

Team SmartStop rode a strong race, being active on the front of the peloton and chasing hard. The team was unlucky to lose Jure Kocjan around midway into the race but the remainder of the team finished strong to place three riders in the top 15.

The Winston-Salem Cycling Classic Criterium concludes Team SmartStops racing in North Caroline, the team leave Winston-Salem on Tuesday for Arkansas.

Click here to watch video footage of the Winston-Salem Road Race final sprint, podium and Travis McCabe, Joshua Berry and Michael Creed talking candidly about the race.

Winston-Salem Criterium Results

1. Brecht Dhaene – Astellas Cycling
2. Luke Keough – United Healthcare Pro Cycling
3. Daniel Holloway – Athlete Octane Cycling
4. Remi Pelletier-Roy – Garneau- Quebecor
5. Ricardo Escuela – Incycle-Predator Cycling
6. Shane Kline – Team SmartStop
7. Alexander Ray – Hincapie Sportswear Development Team
8. Issac Howe – Champion System – Stans No Tube
9. Carlos Alzate – United Healthcare Pro Cycling
10. Brad Huff – Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
11. Travis McCabe – Team SmartStop
14. Adam Myerson – Team SmartStop
43. Zach Bell – Team SmartStop
64. Travis Livermon – Team SmartStop

 

The District/State Road Race

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Bakersfield RR – By Kirk Bausch (SPY GAINT RIDE pd MRI)

 

The District/State Road Race is an event that comes once a year.  The coveted Bear jersey is the prize.  The winner has the honor to wear this jersey proudly for a year, which makes this race of higher value.

 

The 40+ race was packed with some gun slingers. Carinio, Walker, Brauch, Viccari, Phillips, Brady, Abate and Louie (in his second race of the day).  Spy Giant Ride p/b MRI-Endurance was well represented with 4 guys in the field, including myself.  It was easy to figure out, we needed to be in the move to relieve pressure for the others so we weren’t forced to chase.   The problem is, with so many good guys, what’s the ‘move’?  Plus, this course is tough and long and attrition is a major factor.

 

It just happened – Immediately into the first mile of the race, I saw a little surge here and there from other teams and my own team mates.  I sensed a little reprieve and saw a good little opening and figured, what the heck, let’s press on and stretch the legs.  A looked back about 20 seconds later to see the pack sitting up and 1 man, Noe, coming across. I know Noe and I know that he’s not afraid to put his head down and get to work, so I was pleased to see Noe come straight on through and take a nice yank.

 

As we approached the base of the climb, I noticed the twists in the road was putting us out of sight, but only 5miles in, we were FAR from clear.  The motorcycle told us we had just over 1 min.  The decision was either to tempo the climb and jump into any selection that comes across or really press the pace.  We chose the latter and went pretty hard all the way to the turnaround and the work paid off with the official giving us a time split of 2:30mins, BUT 4 chasing: Rob from Surf City, Robert Crain from Rock, and Stage guy and Tony Brady from Incycle.

 

On the return, I looked back and saw the 4 chasers were broken up and Tony was FLYING up the hill towards us.  The motorcycle gave us a 30sec split to Tony but 2:30 behind him was the field.  What to do?  Noe and I pressed on up the final pitch and as we bombed the descent, Tony caught onto us and further down the road, Robert Crain made contact – Dang impressive!

 

I loved this scenario because, the wind was picking up and the more guys we had to keep the tempo up, the greater chance we have staying away.  Plus, I knew my team was in the field keeping things in check.  Now, we hit the climb on lap 2 and Tony set a really tough pace, he pressed it SOLID and we lost Robert C – bummer, I really wanted him to stick with us for the lap and then towards the top, Tony put in another push to lift the tempo and Noe yelled out, “good luck guys” as the voice went into the distance I was thinking, WOW, 2 of us and lots of wind and we’re not even ½ way through this race; Boy, this is gonna HURT.

 

As we enter the last lap, the Moto says we’re 4mins up and by my check we were about 3:45 so I felt pretty good with that gap, AND,  only 6-7 in the chase group behind.  Fortunately we have visibility on this course with the out and back style so I was able to see that 2 of my guys were in the chase group which should mean 4 guys chasing us instead of the entire 6-7.  Tony really took control of the hills and I filled in where I could – at one point, we were coming towards the far end of the course/feed-zone and Tony gives me a chicken wing to pull through and I say in gasping breath, “I’m tired bro”…his reply, “ I bridged a 2 minute gap, how do you think I feel” – hahahha, it made me laugh out loud, we were both just baked from pressing on.

 

Once we crest the final peak to head back home and the Moto said we had 2:30 over the chase group, I knew it was in our favor to hold off the group: 5 mile descent, 5 mile flat and 1K kicker to the finish….don’t give out legs is what is was thinking.  Well, we stayed on it and dove it solidly to the final kick to the line.   It was pretty anticlimactic since we were just toast from doing a big 74mile effort.  We both were out of the saddle in the last Kilometer, which was probably more to alleviate the cramping versus any kind of sprinting.  As Tony sat back down he gave me a smile and I pushed on thru the line.  Hats off to Tony, he was on my very short list of competitors to be in a break with, he was the Strongman!

 

The chase group came in shortly after with an great finish for 3rd by Derryl Halpern and then rounding out the podium were my 2 teammates: Paul and Derek – thanks guys, it was great to have you keeping things in check.

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Brecht Dhaene held off the chasers to win the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic criterium. (Photo by Matt Brown, www.336Creative.com.)

Winston-Salem, N.C. - A pair of little-known riders – Belgian Brecht Dhaene and Italian Elana Cecchini – scored big upsets Saturday at the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic criteriums.

Dhaene (Astellas Cycling Team) finished just ahead of the chasing field after riding in a three-man breakaway for more than half of the 90-minute men’s race.

“Coming out of the last corner, my left leg was completely cramping,” Dhaene said. “But I knew if I could make it in pole position into the last corner, I was going to win. So I embraced the pain and went as hard as I could the last 50 meters. I was on the brink of explosion. Everything was falling apart.”

Dhaene, David Cueli (UnitedHealthcare of Georgia presented by The 706 Project) and Rémi Pelletier-Roy (Garneau-Quebecor) teamed together to build a lead that yo-yoed between 20 and 25 seconds the final half hour. Their advantage was still 13 seconds with two laps left as first Team SmartStop Pro Cycling, then UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team and finally Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies led the pursuit.

Cueli was first to be caught on the second-to-last corner of the six-turn course and Pelletier-Roy was absorbed in the short chute leading to the final turn. But Dhaene, who said he was simply covering a move he thought would not survive to the finish, held on to win ahead of a pair of Americans, Luke Keough (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team) and Daniel Holloway (Athlete Octane).

“I love all the turns, it’s something we really like in Belgium,” Dhaene said. “I knew I was not able to win in the sprint, so I tried to attack and it worked out just fine. I really wanted to have a win in the next couple of races because I knew my shape was good. So that’s what made me do it.”

Pelletier-Roy - who held on to finish fourth – and Cueli had previously showed their strength on the first stop of the USA CRITS Series, the Delray Beach Twilight Criterium. There, they teamed together to go 1-2, respectively, winning by 17 seconds.

Holloway, the 2010 U.S. national criterium champion, said the field may have relied too much on UnitedHealthcare to lead the chase.

“We’ve seen it time and time again where the race gives a small group like that 20 or 30 seconds and then ‘the blue train’ (UnitedHealthcare) comes to the front and reels it back,” he said. “I think the course was just tough enough to suit a strong group staying away. We got awfully close. He didn’t win it by much. We were hot on his heels.”

Cecchini Wins Her First Criterium

Cecchini (Estado de México-Faren Kuota) upset a field of criterium specialists to win by a bike length ahead of New Zealand’s Joanne Kiesanowski (Team TIBCO) and reigning U.S. national criterium champion Alison Powers (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Women’s Team). Shelley Olds, the winner of Friday’s Winston-Salem Cycling Classic road race, was fourth.

Cecchini, who finished fifth on Friday, said the 60-minute race was her first time racing a criterium.

“I do a lot of track during the winter, so it’s like a track race,” she said. “I knew that Shelley Olds was the favorite and also Alison Powers. So I stayed in the first position and saw that UnitedHealthcare was doing a good train. So I stayed in their wheel. I went into the last corner first because I knew there were faster riders than me.”

Powers, whose UnitedHealthcare team had taken the front with two laps to go, said Cecchini may not have been well-known before the race, but she pulled a veteran move.

“She passed me in the last corner – that’s impressive,” Powers said. “I don’t usually get passed in the corners. We were hoping to have Hannah (Barnes) on my wheel, so that would prevent anyone from coming around. And if someone did come around, it would be Hannah. Unfortunately, Hannah wasn’t there.”

Thanks to a fast pace, breakaway moves were at a premium during the 60-minute race. The most promising move featured five riders that slipped the rapidly diminishing peloton with 11 laps to go. But the quintet enjoyed only two laps of freedom and never led by more than 10 seconds.

The USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar and USA CRITS series races Saturday capped two days of cycling in Winston-Salem, N.C., that included UCI/National Racing Calendar road races on Friday, a pair of gran fondo rides Saturday morning and a special USA Cycling criterium before Saturday’s pro events.

Travis McCabe Wins Winston-Salem Road Race

 

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Travis McCabe Wins! Photo: Jon Devich

Zach Bell Sprints for Third as Team SmartStop finishes 5 in the top 20

Team SmartStop have once again proved that they mean business after Travis McCabe won the 108 mile UCI ranked Winston-Salem Cycling Classic yesterday, with team captain Zach Bell coming in third.

The team once again executed Director Michael Creed’s plan to perfection controlling the peloton, covering dangerous moves and getting five guys into the final 20 man selection.

While the attacks started from the get-go, Team SmartStop bided their time before making any decisive moves. A group of three riders including Oscar Clarke from the Hincapie Sportswear Development Team broke away early on in the race but the peloton did not let them get too far out of their sights. With roughly eight laps to go Zach Bell was in a chase group of five, trying to bridge their way across to the breakaway three.

With the race breaking into pieces in the final laps, Travis, Zach, Joshua Berry, Rob Britton and Eric Marcotte were present at the front of the race after bridging across to the leading group. The group consisted of some big threats to Team SmartStop’s success including Will Routley from Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies and eventual second place finisher Joe Lewis from the Hincapie Sportswear Development Team.

While the guys were getting up the road, Jure Kocjan followed the wheel of Redlands Bicycle Classic winner, Joey Rosskopf, to ensure he was taken out of contention for the top spot of the podium in Winston-Salem.

Michael believes that Jure truly showed the team how professionals ride yesterday with his performance: “When I signed him I told him about this race and it was one of his main objectives for the year but when he saw the opportunity to mark Rosskopf he took it.

“I am so proud that he was able to show the others what real sacrifice and team work is.”

Having five riders with him gave Travis the ability to relax a little and save some energy for the final sprint. “They really played a huge role,” said an exhausted Travis, “having them there was huge, it meant that I could save energy. I still get really anxious in that situation but having them there helps to keep me calm and grounded.

“It is so nice to know that any of those guys could win the race if they were in the winning break, I was able to sit comfortably and force the other teams to chase, it was a really, really good feeling.”

In the final lap of the 7.2 mile course and with four teammates by his side, Travis knew that this was no David and Goliath race, he was there to win and he had the legs and confidence that he could make it happen.

“Josh was there to lead me out from the feed zone to the base of the climb, which put me in a good position,” explained Travis, “I knew if I could come over that climb with a gap it would be hard to close so I punched it when needed and I had my teamate lead me out perfectly.”

This is Travis’ first UCI race win but he says although it is a huge result in his career, he would count his stage three win at the Redlands Bicycle Classic as being bigger. Not to discredit yesterdays win he said: “It was awesome but Redlands put me in my first yellow jersey. Yesterday’s win is a boost in confidence, knowing that I can and seeing it happen is reassurance that I am not just a sprinter.

“These hard one day races are really good for me.”

“It is tremendous,” said Michael, “it is one thing to know the team is capable but it is another to prove it, at the risk of sounding cocky we never lost control of that race.”

Coming into the final stretch Travis was roughly eight seconds clear of Joe Lewis with Zach Bell winning the sprint from the chase group of six riders.

“Zach has really proven himself to me, I did not know much about him before I signed him but he has become a real captain and leader and an asset to the team. I am really happy we found him. He was in the early break and then the next break, I truly believe that after Travis he was the second strongest man in the race.”

A six-man team of Zach Bell, Adam Myerson, Shane Kline, Travis Livermon, Jure Kocjan and Travis McCabe will line up at 6pm tonight for the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic Criterium.

Winston-Salem Cycling Classic Road Race Results:

1. Travis Mccabe (USA) Team Smartstop

2. Joe Lewis (Aus) Hincapie Sportswear Development Cycling Team

3. Zachary Bell (Can) Team Smartstop

4. Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies

5. Ty Magner (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Cycling Team

6. Chad Beyer (USA) 5 Hr Energy p/b Kenda

7. Ryan Roth (Can) Finish-Strong Elite Cycling Team p/b GCB

8. Bruno Langlois (Can) 5 Hr Energy p/b Kenda

9. Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies

10. Eric Marcotte (USA) Team Smartstop

13. Joshua Berry (USA) Team SmartStop

16. Rob Britton (Can) Team SmartStop

41. Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStop

75. Travis Livermon (USA) Team SmartStop

85. Michael Torckler (NZl) Team SmartStop

Ben Spies “I’ve got some big news in the next month on the cycling team”

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Ben Spies “I’ve got some big news in the next month on the cycling team”

Ben Spies has admitted the serious shoulder injury that forced him into premature retirement last year will never recover sufficiently enough to allow the Texan race again.

The triple American superbike champion first damaged his right shoulder at the end of 2012 when he crashed out of a rain-lashed Malaysian round while riding for Yamaha’s factory squad.

Spies moved to the Ignite Ducati squad for 2013 but he only appeared in the first two rounds in Qatar and Circuit of the Americas before he had to take an extended absence from racing to recover.

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Two Podium Finishes for 5-hour ENERGY Presented by Kenda Racing Team At Sea Otter

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Two Podium Finishes for 5-hour ENERGY Presented by Kenda Racing Team At Sea Otter; Rosters for Winston-Salem and Joe Martin Confirmed

 

GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA (April 17, 2014) — The 5-hour ENERGY® presented by Kenda Racing Team rounded off their California trip with two podium finishes and numerous sponsor visits at the Subaru Sea Otter Classic this past weekend. The team now sets its sights on the next events on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar and National Criterium Calendar, the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic and the Joe Martin Stage Race.

 

“After a long absence from the Sea Otter Classic, the 5-hour ENERGY team presented by Kenda returned to this incredible event to showcase our partnership with our sponsors. With a solid showing of teamwork, the team placed Sam Bassetti on the podium in the criterium and Jake Keough on the podium in the circuit race. The team’s attendance in the expo area, on multiple days, was a great success as the team visited many of the sponsors that help the team. The riders enjoyed learning about the new products available and it was a small thank you for the support they give to our program.” said Directeur Sportif Frankie Andreu.

 

The 5-hour ENERGY team will head next to North Carolina to race the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic which includes a National Racing Calendar/UCI road race and a National Criterium Calendar (NCC) race from April 18-19. Seven riders will then contest the Joe Martin Stage Race presented by Nature Valley in and around Fayetteville, Arkansas from April 24-27.

 

Roster for Winston-Salem Cycling Classic

Chad Beyer (Tucson, Ariz.)

Bruno Langlois (Quebec City, Quebec)

Christian Parrett (Macon, Georgia)

Taylor Shelden (Louisville, Colo.)

Bobby Sweeting (Asheville, N.C.)

David Williams (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

The Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, a USA Cycling-sanctioned event with a total purse of approximately $50,000, will take place in downtown Winston-Salem, N.C., and surrounding areas. The UCI 1.2 road race, on Friday April 18, features 8956 ft of total elevation gain over the 120-mile course. The 75-minute NCC criterium on Saturday, which is also a USA CRITS Series race, takes place on a 0.9-mile loop through downtown Winston-Salem. Both races will be streamed live via the USA CRITS Championship Series YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/usacritsseries).

 

Roster for Joe Martin Stage Race presented by Nature Valley

Sam Bassetti (Santa Rosa, Calif.)

Bruno Langlois (Quebec City, Quebec)

Chad Beyer (Tucson, Ariz.)

Jake Keough (Sandwich, Mass.)

Christian Parrett (Macon, Georgia)

Bobby Sweeting (Asheville, N.C.)

David Williams (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

The Joe Martin Stage Race will mark its 12th anniversary as a National Racing Calendar event in 2014. Stage 1, on April 24, is the individual time trial on a 2.5-mile course in the Devil’s Den State Park. Stage 2 on April 25, is the 110-mile road race with 5,300 feet of elevation gain. Stage 3 on Saturday is the 114-mile road race and includes four laps of a rolling 23-mile loop. Event concludes on April 27 with Stage 4, the 85-minute criterium raced on 1.2-mile course with a tough climb to the finish line.

 

 

Who doesn’t like a sea otter?

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By:

Alison M. Tetrick

TWENTY16 Pro Cycling

Who doesn’t like a sea otter?  My favorite part about the Sea Otter Classic, is the fact that it revolves around a cuddle craving mammal known for its playful nature.  Sure, I have heard the race referred to as the Sea Slaughter, but of course that interpretation depends on how you are feeling when racing.  Me?  I prefer playful and cuddly.

 

The Sea Otter Classic continues to be one of my favorite races on the calendar because it gives me the opportunity to feel mildly uncool when compared to the mountain bikers and other dirt trick riders.  I love immersing myself within the different disciplines and appreciating what a wide range of talent and skill our sport contains.  Anything that you dare to dream of within the cycling industry is there.  If you like bikes, you will feel like you are a kid in a candy shop.  And then the best part is, you can then go race your bike!

 

As a road racer on the panel of Rebecca Rusch’s Gold Rusch Tour presented by SRAM, I realized how the diversity of the sport is inspiring and the options are endless.  Especially for women!  I may not be able to do a backflip on my bike like one of the other women on the panel, but we all can inspire to get more women out on bikes and enjoying the sense of freedom and empowerment that only a bike can give.  I am happy to give back to a sport that I love, and that has given me so much growth and learning opportunities.

 

Team TWENTY16 was happy to attend another year of the Sea Otter Classic with a contingency of our elite team as well as our junior roster.  Our juniors were on the podium every day, which left a tall order for our professional team!  Fortunately, we also were able to secure a great team race and hold up our side of the podium pendulum.  Cycling is a team sport, and although this is often stated, it is always more gratifying when a good team plan sorts itself according to expectations.  After a quick and dirty crit, where our token Canadian rider, Lex, got 3rd place out of break, we entered the road race that always proves to be challenging.  There is something about Fort Ord that leaves you feeling a bit more reflective, perhaps morose, yet somehow stronger, which I can only attribute to the Steinbeck terrain.  The team raced cohesively and hard, which allowed me to take a late solo flyer on the final lap in order to secure the win.  Lex finished with a brilliant kick the bunch uphill sprint for 2nd place.

 

Podiums are always fun, but they are more fun after your pain brings champagne, and of course a fluffy little sea otter.  Like I said, who doesn’t love a sea otter?  And who doesn’t like winning?  In life if you don’t risk something, you risk everything.  And that holds true in bike racing.  Bike racing is always hard, and late moves don’t always work, but that is what a team is for.  And when those late attacks work, they prove to turn that pain into champagne.  We finished the circuit with more podiums and more fun to celebrate a great team race with not only the women on my team, but also our sponsors and team of supporters at the Sea Otter Classic.