BMC Racing Team Announces 2015 Roster And Hour Record Attempt

The BMC Racing Team formally announced its roster for the 2015 season Wednesday while also revealing that Rohan Dennis will make an attempt at the world hour record in February.

Eight Riders New To The Team

Runner-up in the 2014 WorldTour standings and winners of the UCI world team time trial championship, the BMC Racing Team won a team-record 30 races for the second straight season. Headlining the list of returning riders is 2009 world road champion and 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans, who has announced he will retire Feb. 1 to work for the team’s title sponsor, BMC Switzerland. Also back are all six members of the team’s gold medal-winning team time trial squad: Dennis, Silvan Dillier, Daniel Oss, Manuel Quinziato, Tejay van Garderen and Peter Velits. Joining them is 2012 world road champion Philippe Gilbert, who won a team-best seven races last year, GP de Wallonie winner Greg Van Avermaet, and a pair of reigning national time trial champions, Taylor Phinney (United States) and Velits (Slovakia). Eight riders are new to the team, including Under 23 world time trial champion Campbell Flakemore of Australia. Evans headlines the team’s line-up for the season-opening WorldTour event, the Santos Tour Down Under, Jan. 17-25. Joining him will be Dennis, Dillier, Flakemore, past Swiss national road champion Michael Schär, Peter Stetina and Danilo Wyss.

Goals Include Classics Win

BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz said the team’s objectives for 2015 begin with carrying momentum over from successes this season, which included the team’s first classics win by Gilbert at Amstel Gold Race. “We want to go back to the classics and bring home another victory – and possibly a second,” Ochowicz said. “We also have grand tour ambitions with Tejay van Garderen. We would like to elevate him to another level at the Tour de France and get him on the podium in 2015. Our third priority is with our younger riders. We want to continue to develop those guys by giving them experience, confidence and opportunities to grow their careers. The future of our organization lies with that group.” BMC Racing Team Sporting Manager Allan Peiper said 2015 will be a year of transition. “We lose some of our GC (general classification) riders with Cadel Evans and Samuel Sánchez, but we bring on a whole new fleet of young riders who give us a great cross-section of different abilities,” Peiper said. “Campbell Flakemore and Stefan Küng are really good time trialists, Manuel Senni is a great climber and Dylan Teuns can ride the Ardennes classics. So we have a good spread of riders, not to replace the GC riders we are missing, but they are our new generation. We go into 2015 with a lot of positive energy and a younger crew on board.”

Record Attempt At Velodrome Suisse

On Feb. 8 at the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen, Switzerland, Dennis will try to better the current hour record of 51.852 kilometers by Matthias Brändle. An Olympic silver medalist for Australia in the team pursuit in London in 2012, Dennis said he is a bit nervous, but very much up to the challenge. “When I look at my experience on the track and the numbers I have been doing on the track and on the road, it is within reach,” he said. “As long as I don’t get too excited at the start and control my nerves, the pacing will take care of itself.” Peiper said planning for the attempt began shortly after Dennis helped win the world team time trial. “We have been working on it, taking all the circumstances into consideration,” he said. “This is something Rohan really wants to do. Part of our development for him is to support him in the things he wants to achieve. So that is the main reason we are doing it.”

2015 BMC Racing Team Rider Roster:

Darwin Atapuma (COL), Brent Bookwalter (USA), Marcus Burghardt (GER), Damiano Caruso (ITA), Alessandro De Marchi (ITA), Rohan Dennis (AUS), Silvan Dillier (SUI), Jempy Drucker (LUX), Cadel Evans (AUS), Campbell Flakemore (AUS), Philippe Gilbert (BEL), Ben Hermans (BEL), Stefan Küng (SUI), Klaas Lodewyck (BEL), Amaël Moinard (FRA), Daniel Oss (ITA), Taylor Phinney (USA), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Joey Rosskopf (USA), Michael Schär (SUI), Manuel Senni (ITA), Peter Stetina (USA), Dylan Teuns (BEL), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Tejay van Garderen (USA), Peter Velits (SVK), Danilo Wyss (SUI), Rick Zabel (GER).

Silber Pro Cycling Announces 2015 Roster

 

Silber Pro Cycling Announces 2015 Roster (Montreal, Quebec – December 12, 2014)

After 27 wins and over 40 podium finishes in its first season, Silber Pro Cycling ramps up for 2015 with an enlarged calendar, increased industry sponsorship, new partners and a two-year commitment from title sponsor Silber Investments.

According to team owner, Scott McFarlane, “Last year we established the team on the UCI America Tour. The focus this year is on putting the pieces in place to create a durable racing program that is a go-to destination for top cycling talent. It sounds modest and straightforward, but this is year two of an ambitious three-year plan to become one of the strongest teams in North America. Towards that end we have stabilized and increased staff,
improved support for riders on and off the bike, and are hiring a Communications Manager to better respond to the needs of sponsors and media.”

In terms of staff, proven winner Gord Fraser is now under contract to direct the team for the next two years. Fraser will run a roster led by Ryan Roth, who returns to Silber Pro Cycling after six wins in 2014, alongside a silver and bronze at the National Championships, 2nd overall at Joe Martin, and a large bucket of podiums and top 10s at UCI races. White Rock Road Race winner, Matteo Dal-Cin also returns to the fold, riding the wave of a breakout season that saw him win 14 races. Other returning riders include Derrick St-John, who will provide leadership on and off the bike; Nicolas Masbourian, who missed the 2014 season after being involved in that now historic crash at Gila; and Killington stage winner, Elliott Doyle, who remains the team’s sprinter.

New signings include Kiwi Alexander Ray, who comes over from the Hincapie squad to add firepower at the front of the peloton. Silber has also added some of Canada’s best young riders. U23 National Road Champion, Ben Perry returns to the North American scene after a year in Belgium where he posted numerous top fives and won at Anvaing. Nigel Ellsay, who was second in the U23 TT and 4th in the U23 road race at Nationals, will attempt to translate the experience of three years of racing in France onto the America Tour. Michael Le Rossignol is a newcomer to the sport but won 2 of the 10 races he entered last year including the “App Gap” stage of the Green Mountain Stage Race. Former U23 National TT champion, Alex Cataford, rounds out the team’s Canadian content and adds a first class engine to a team loaded with TT strength.

“I’m looking forward to working with an incredible, young, and talented team,” said Fraser. “Together with some of our veterans Ryan and Derrick, we can expect our riders to develop at a very fast rate. I also look forward to working again with Silber Pro Cycling staff and ownership to establish this project together, and to help it grow into a sustainable team that continually achieves its long-term goals.”

Silber Pro Cycling is steadily putting the pieces in place to race at the highest level in North America. The team will again be racing on Argon 18 bikes with FSA components and wheels. The riders will be fueled by Clif nutrition and Thule racks is also back. New sponsors include POC helmets and glasses, Time pedals, EC3D compression wear, Kinetic trainers, and ProGold lubricants and cleaning products.

The team is following a realistic, concrete plan that continues to make us stronger on and off the road. McFarlane pointed out that the strength of the team is much more uniform this year, which will allow for a more aggressive racing style. “Though they have very different styles, I trust in the leadership of Gord and Ryan. What’s really exciting about the team is that we have enough raw talent in the roster for several guys to really step up. I mean, we have guys who will be up the road, and if we can effectively deliver Doyle to the line in bunch sprints, we’ll be scrapping for wins in a variety of contexts. We’ve got guys who know how to win, so let’s see what the season delivers and continue to build from there.”

Silber Pro Cycling 2015 Roster

Alex Cataford Matteo Dal-Cin
Elliott Doyle
Nigel Ellsay
Michael Le Rossignol Nicolas Masbourian Benjamin Perry Alexander Ray
Ryan Roth
Derrick St-John

Amgen Women’s TT Earns UCI Sanction

2015 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA WOMEN’S INVITATIONAL TIME TRIAL

RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS UCI SANCTION

 

Kristin Bachochin Klein Elected To USA Cycling Board of Directors

 

LOS ANGELES (Dec. 12, 2014) – As the Amgen Tour of California continues to expand its annual women’s race, its efforts to elevate the extraordinary achievements of female cyclists continue to be recognized by numerous individuals, organizations and governing bodies including USA Cycling and the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), which has given the 2015 Amgen Tour of California women’s Invitational Time Trial, the highest level of sanction for a non-world cup event of 1.1.

 

Empowered with SRAM, the Amgen Tour of California has held a women’s invitational race as part of the event’s schedule since 2011. In 2015, the roster of women’s events will expand to an unprecedented four days, with a three-day stage race, recently sanctioned by the UCI,  and a women’s invitational time trial which will kick-off on Friday, May 8, 2015 in South Lake Tahoe, California and conclude on Friday, May 15, 2015 with an Invitational Time Trial in Big Bear Lake. As the women’s race continues to grow, more exemplary female cyclists are given the platform to display the power they possess behind the pedal to a worldwide audience.

 

“The UCI designation elevates the prestige of the women’s time trial event and increases the relevance of women’s cycling,” said Kristin Bachochin Klein, executive director of the Amgen Tour of California and senior vice president of AEG Sports. “This event will feature some of the best time trial specialists in the world, including World and Olympic Champions.  Combined with the new women’s stage race, both events will showcase the extraordinary achievements of female cyclists from around the world.”

 

KRISTIN BACHOCHIN KLEIN ELECTED TO USA CYCLING BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Kristin Bachochin Klein, senior vice president of AEG Sports and executive director of the Amgen Tour of California, has been elected At-Large Representative to the USA Cycling Board of Directors, the sport’s National Governing Body announced this week.

 

“We are extremely excited to have Kristin join the USA Cycling Board,” said USA Cycling CEO and President Steve Johnson. “As Executive Director of the Amgen Tour of California, Kristin brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the organization.”

 

Bachochin Klein joins the USA Cycling Board of Directors with more than a decade’s worth of experience with AEG and the Amgen Tour of California, first joining AEG Events as Director of Marketing in 2004 and as Executive Director of the Amgen Tour of California in 2010.

 

“Kristin brings essential communication and engagement skills as well as remarkable, directly relevant experience from her leadership role at the world class Amgen Tour of California,” said USA Cycling Board of Directors Chair Bob Stapleton. “She has passionately invested herself in showcasing both compelling male and female athletes at one of the world’s top cycling events.”

 

For further information on the 2015 Amgen Tour of California, please visit www.AmgenTourofCalifornia.com.

 

About the Amgen Tour of California

The Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race created and presented by AEG that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course that traverses hundreds of miles of California’s iconic highways, byways and coastlines each spring. The teams chosen to participate have included Olympic medalists, Tour de France contenders and World Champions. More information is available at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

 

About SRAM

SRAM is a global manufacturer of high performance bicycle components, founded 1987 in Chicago, Illinois. We believe in the Power of Bicycles and so we create components and experiences that inspire consumers and expand the potential of cycling. To learn more about us, please visit www.SRAM.com or Facebook/SRAMUSA.

 

 

The Hincapie Racing Team Announces 2015 Roster

 

Greenville, S.C.— The Hincapie Racing Team is pleased to announce its 2015 professional roster with the return of two-time U23 National Criterium Champion Ty Magner, and Robin Carpenter, stage winner at the 2014 USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

The 2015 roster includes returning riders Oscar Clark, Joe Lewis, Joe Schmaltz, Dion Smith, Tom Skujins, Miguel Bryon, and Charlie Hough. New to the team are Jon Hornbeck, Rob Squire, Andzs Flaksis, and Mac Brennan. Darren Fuller and 2005 USPRO National Champion Chris Wherry join Hincapie Racing as assistant directors.

It’s a team with high hopes following an extremely successful campaign in 2014. Under the leadership of Chief Sports Director Thomas Craven, The Hincapie Racing team surpassed even the most optimistic expectations, highlighted by more race victories in 2014, 39, than any other development team.

Entering 2014, the team was just hoping to gain entry to the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. As a result of the team’s early success, that invitation was extended and then promptly justified when Robin Carpenter won the prestigious tour’s 2nd stage.

Just weeks earlier at the Tour of Utah, Hincapie’s Joey Rosskopf turned in an eye-opening ride on the queen stage, narrowly finishing second to BMC Racing’s Cadel Evans. He proved himself nearly equal to Evans on that day, and so it’s fitting that 2015 will see Rosskopf join Evans on BMC Racing, fulfilling another of the Hincapie Racing team’s goals: moving a rider to a UCI ProTeam.

Other team highlights from 2014 included winning the Redlands Bicycle Classic, which Rosskopf did late with a win on the final stage.

“2014 was hugely successful for the Hincapie Racing team by any measure,” said Craven. “But we have loftier goals in 2015 for a team that retains most of a core group that’s been together for two years now. Invitations to the AMGEN Tour of California, Tour of Utah and USA Pro Cycling Challenge are major points of emphasis for us. We’d also like to see a Hincapie Racing Team member wear the leader jersey. And the national championship will be held right in our backyard in Greenville, S.C. this year. We’d certainly like to see some Hincapie jerseys competing there as well.”

The Hincapie Racing Team is registered with USA Cycling as a UCI Continental Team. It’s made possible through a commitment by Rich and George Hincapie and Mark Holowesko.

“My brother George and I are committed to giving back to a sport that’s given us so much,” said Rich. “That’s what the Hincapie Racing Team represents to us: our responsibility to the next generation. To see our team have success it did in 2014 was a testament to the effort, and presents an exciting new challenge. Achieving success is one thing, maintaining success and building on it is another and that’s what we’re hoping to do.”

For 2015 the team continues its relationship with bike sponsor Felt, which provides FC framesets for road races and criteriums, and the DA1 for time trials.

Other sponsors include Hincapie Sportswear, Holowesko Partners, Shimano, Pro, Giro helmets, Hed, Velo Saddles, K3 Holders, K-Edge, Osymetric USA, Praxis Works, Michelin, ZEVLIN, SPY Optic, Finish Line USA, Thule, Bonk Breaker, Intelligentsia Coffee, Viva Raw, Carmichael Training Systems, Normatec, Wahoo Fitness, Trigger Point, Eastside Chiropractic, GO Sports Detergent, ParkTool, WCJ Pilgrim, Huma Chia Energy Gel, Spyder, Peterson’s Orthotic Lab / CycleSoles, Fleetwood RV, Freightliner and The Island House.

Hincapie Racing Team 2015 roster:
Ty Magner
Robin Carpenter
Oscar Clark
Joe Lewis
Joe Schmaltz
Dion Smith
Tom Skujins
Miguel Bryon
Charlie Hough
Jon Hornbeck
Rob Squire
Andzs Flaksis
Mac Brennan

UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Launches 2015 Program at Asheville

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The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Launches 2015 Program at Asheville, North Carolina Presentation
On December, 8th, 2014, the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team officially presented the 2015 roster to a crowd of excited fans, sponsors, and media on stage at The Orange Peel, a music and entertainment venue located in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. With the core of the 2014 roster returning and the addition of promising new talent, the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team is ready to embark on another outstanding season of racing. One of the most successful teams in the sport of professional cycling, the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team carries the momentum from a groundbreaking 2014 season and is set to build on that success with an even brighter 2015. The men of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team expanded their European racing schedule in 2014 to participate in multiple WorldTour events, including Milan – San Remo, E3 Harelbeke, Paris-Roubaix, and La Fléche Wallonne. The men also saw great success in the United States, winning the Philadelphia Cycling Classic, the opening stage and sprinter’s jersey at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, along with the US national criterium championship. Side-by-side, the men and women of the UnitedHealthcare Blue Train took numerous high-profile criterium victories throughout the country as they dominated the USA Criterium Series.
The crowd cheered as emcee and well-known race announcer Chad Andrews welcomed returning UnitedHealthcare team riders and introduced new riders for both the men’s and women’s rosters. Veteran rider and selfless teammate, Karl Menzies, was recognized for his ten years of loyal contribution to the program by General Manager Mike Tamayo and Momentum Sports Group President Thierry Attias. Joining Menzies in returning to the team are riders Adrian Hegyvary, Alessandro Bazzana, Brad White, Carlos Alzate, Chris Jones, Danny Summerhill, Davide Frattini, Hilton Clarke, Isaac Bolivar, Jonny Clarke, Robert Förster, Ken Hanson, Kiel Reijnen, Lucas Euser, Luke Keough and current national criterium champion, John Murphy. New additions to the team for the upcoming season are the young and talented Tanner Putt of America and Federico Zurlo of Italy. Daniele Ratto and Marco Canola also join the team from Italy, both bringing grand tour victories on their resumes and bolstering an already impressive roster. Slovenian general classification rider and able time trialist Janez Brajkovic brings extensive grand tour experience to the squad with overall victories at 2012 Tour of Slovenia, 2010 Critérium du Dauphiné, and 2007 Tour de Georgia.
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 2015 Men’s Roster:

Adrian Hegyvary (USA)

Janez Brajkovic (SLO)

Alessandro Bazzana (ITA)

Brad White (USA)

Carlos Alzate (COL)

Chris Jones (USA)

Daniele Ratto (ITA)

Danny Summerhill (USA)

Davide Frattini (ITA)

Federico Zurlo (ITA)

Hilton Clarke (AUS)

Isaac Bolivar (COL)

John Murphy (USA)

Jonny Clarke (AUS)

Karl Menzies (AUS)

Ken Hanson (USA)

Kiel Reijnen (USA)

Lucas Euser (USA)

Luke Keough (USA)

Marco Canola (ITA)

Robert Förster (GER)

Tanner Putt (USA)
The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team launched an all-new and enormously successful women’s program in 2014, which earned overall victories at stage races like the Tour de Femenino de San Luis, Vuelta El Salvador, and Tour of the Gila, then went on to win all three of the US national championship jerseys. Returning riders Rushlee Buchanan, Lauren Tamayo, Hannah Barnes, Alexis Ryan, Katie Hall, Cari Higgins, Scotti Wilborne, Ruth Winder, and current national criterium champion Coryn Rivera keep the successful 2014 team dynamic moving forward, while welcoming new riders into the program. Joining the team for 2015 is the talent of Linda Villumsen, Abby Mickey, and Laura Brown. Villumsen won both the Danish national road and time trial titles three years in a row before becoming a citizen of New Zealand. A consistent podium threat for both road and time trial disciplines, having earned silver and bronze in both on multiple occasions, Villumsen will continue to pursue victory at the highest level. American Abby Mickey turned heads when she rode to 3rd overall in the 2014 Tour of the Gila. Mickey is an exceptional climber, with wins at the Lookout Mountain Hill Climb and Iron Horse Classic Road Race on her resumé. Canadian Olympic bronze medalist Laura Brown adds significant time trial ability to the team, having won the Tour of the Gila time trial in 2014.
2015 UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Women’s Roster:

Rushlee Buchanan (NZL)

Lauren Tamayo (USA)

Coryn Rivera (USA)

Hannah Barnes (GBR)

Alexis Ryan (USA)

Katie Hall (USA)

Cari Higgins (USA)

Scotti Wilborne (USA)

Ruth Winder (USA)

Linda Villumsen (NZL)

Laura Brown (CAN)

Abby Mickey (USA)
General manager Mike Tamayo commented, “We have a well-rounded and tremendously capable squad assembled for 2015, one that represents the talented riders of today, as well as the up-and-coming talent of the future. We’re excited to hit the road and start racing.” While the men’s and women’s rosters of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team have differing schedules and objectives for the 2015 season, the presentation made the cohesiveness and family-like atmosphere of “One Team” very clear. General Manager expanded on that idea with a closing thought, “At the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team we are truly One Team – and that not only means we’re one team in terms of the men and women, it’s bigger than that. What you don’t always see are the mechanics, massage therapists, soigneurs, team physicians, marketing staff, and especially the sponsors and the fans, they’re a big part of what makes this all happen. It’s a big family that all works together, any of these riders could attest to that.”

Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis Announces 2015 Roster

 

Jelly Belly Candy Company continues its sponsorship of the Jelly Belly Cycling Team for a 16th season. The world’s longest-running title sponsorship in professional cycling is looking forward to another strong season with several exciting additions to the team roster. Tire company Maxxis is also returning as presenting sponsor.

Four-time U.S. National Champion Fred Rodriguez returns to race his final season, wrapping up a storied career that included appearances in all three Grand Tours and netted a stage win in the 2004 Giro d’Italia.

Australian rider Lachlan Morton comes to the team from WorldTour squad Garmin-Sharp, joining his former teammate and strongman Jacob Rathe, who returns to Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis for a third season. Lachlan will be riding alongside his brother Angus Morton, an all-around cyclist. Also new to the 2016 roster are Americans Gavin Mannion (from 5 Hour Energy) and Joshua Berry, the 2014 Tour de Beauce King of the Mountains jersey winner, formerly with Team SmartStop. Moldovan riders Nicolae Tanovichii and Alex Braico round out the list of new riders.

In addition to Rodriguez and Rathe, the team is happy to bring back the pedal power of Americans Jonathan Freter, Steve Fischer, Sean Mazich and Andrew Sjogren.

The team bids farewell to Serghei Tvetcov, who recently signed with Pro Continental squad Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela. Tvetcov enjoyed tremendous success in three seasons with Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis and though he had offers to ride in Europe much sooner, he felt another year in the U.S. would serve him better. With a repeat win at the Cascade Cycling Classic and a spot on the final podium at the 2014 US Pro Challenge, it appears he made a smart decision.

Several new sponsors have signed on for 2015: Full Speed Ahead bicycle components and bottle cages, apparel sponsor Squadra, Microshift drivetrain and Doc’s Skincare chamois cream and natural skin products. The team is pleased to welcome back bicycle sponsor Argon 18, Speedplay pedals, saddle sponsor ISM, Rudy Project helmets and eyewear, WD-40 Bike, Inno Advanced Car Racks, CatEye bicycle electronics and Kurt Kinetic trainers.

The ambitious 2015 race program will include numerous NRC events in the U.S. The team hopes to draw invitations from the UCI North American races, including the Amgen Tour of California, the U.S. Pro Cycling Challenge, the Tour of Utah and the Tour of Alberta.

Team director Danny Van Haute said he’s fielding a squad that will measure up to — and probably exceed — the success of 2014.

With veterans leading the way and gifted young riders eager to produce results, Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis is on the verge of what should be one of our strongest seasons yet,” Van Haute said. “I’m excited to see what this talented group of guys can show the cycling world.”

New Host Venues for Tour of Utah Cycling Event in 2015

 

Northern Utah Route Introduces Five New Host Venues for

 

Tour of Utah Cycling Event in 2015

 

Women’s Edition Expands with Two-Day Criterium Classic
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SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (December 9, 2014) – Pioneering a new trail for professional cycling across northern Utah, the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah will include five new host venues in 2015. Using a series of announcements on social media platforms today, organizers of the Tour of Utah announced the 10 locations that will host start and finish lines for the 11th edition of the race on Monday, Aug. 3 to Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. For the first time, the event also will include a two-day competition for women.

 
The overall start for the weeklong competition and

rolling festival will begin in Logan, located in the northernmost section of the Wasatch Mountain Range. Tremonton and Bountiful join Logan as first-time host cities for the Tour. Two additional inaugural stops are state parks — Antelope Island State Park in Davis County and Soldier Hollow, which is part of Wasatch Mountain State Park in the Heber Valley.

 

 

DATE
HOST CITY/VENUE
Monday, Aug. 3 – Stage 1
Logan
Tuesday, Aug. 4 – Stage 2
Tremonton to Ogden
Wednesday, Aug. 5 – Stage 3
Antelope Island State Park to Bountiful
Thursday, Aug. 6 – Stage 4
Soldier Hollow/Heber Valley
Friday, Aug. 7 – Stage 5
Salt Lake City
Saturday, Aug. 8 – Stage 6
Salt Lake City to Snowbird Ski and   Summer Resort
Sunday, Aug. 9 – Stage 7
Park City
Returning host venues are Ogden, Park City, Salt Lake City, and Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, which have all provided a start or finish line for the Tour seven or more times. Salt Lake City is hosting two stages during race week for the fourth time.

 

This is the fifth year the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah has been sanctioned by the international governing body of cycling, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), and the first year the Utah race has been elevated to its highest classification on the UCI America Tour. As 2.HC-rated stage race, the Tour of Utah joins the Amgen Tour of California (May 10-17) and USA Pro Challenge (Aug. 17-23) as the only events on the UCI America Tour with this top designation. The top rating by the UCI permits the Tour of Utah to invite more ProTeams for the weeklong competition; teams will be announced in the coming months.

 

“The Tour of Utah elects to change the race route each year as is traditional in the Grand Tours of Europe,” said Steve Miller, president of Miller Sports Properties, which organizes the Tour of Utah. “We are excited to explore the scenic, open roads of northern Utah with five new host venues as well as return to the favorite locales of our fans along the Wasatch Front. We have a tremendous lineup of host venues for a week of world-class cycling next summer.”

 

Tour of Utah organizers have expanded competitive racing for elite and professional women’s teams to include two full days of racing. Logan and Ogden will host the Tour of Utah Women’s Edition: Criterium Classic. The event, an omnium format, is part of the National Criterium Calendar with USA Cycling and will be held Aug. 3-4.

 

This year’s host venues allow the Tour of Utah to expand to the most northern sections of the state. This area along the western Rocky Mountains includes some of the most scenic canyons, alpine terrain and waterways. From race stages on the largest island in the Great Salt Lake (Antelope Island in Davis County for Stage 3) to the site of 23 Nordic events at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games (Soldier Hollow in the Heber Valley), the 2015 Tour will offer unique venues for both competitors and spectators. Details regarding each stage route (race mileage, elevation gain, start/finish times) and spectator festivities will be announced in the coming months.

 

“The Utah Sports Commission has been proud to be involved and see the Tour of Utah become a significant event in Utah, generating economic impact and worldwide exposure for Utah,” said Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission.

 

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 men’s 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. More information about the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah can be found by visiting www.tourofutah.com, as well as social channels Facebook (tourofutah), Twitter (@thetourofutah #TOU14), Instagram (thetourofutah) and YouTube (2014 Tour of Utah).

 

About the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah

The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, referred to as “America’s Toughest Stage RaceTM,” is a week-long, professional stage race for the best cycling teams in the world. In 2014, the Tour of Utah expanded to seven days of racing and community festivals. The 2014 Tour of Utah covered 753 miles of racing and 57,863 feet of climbing.  The 2015 event has been elevated to a 2.HC-rated stage race, making it one of the premier events in North America. A total of 16 professional teams, including six from the Tour de France, competed in 2014, bringing 122 athletes from 24 countries. The Tour added competitions for the top professional and elite women’s cycling teams in 2014. For more information visit www.tourofutah.com.

OUT TO PASTURE

by: Jamie Paolinetti

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When I was very young I remember watching the old National Geographic TV show religiously. There was one iconic episode that I’ve never forgotten. It was about lions, the societies they live in, and the way they all worked together to survive. I was captivated. As the show came to an end, it focused on the big Alpha Male who took care of the pride and a younger, stronger lion who wanted the job (and all the female lions of course…). So, they fought. We all know how this ends right? Yep, the younger, stronger lion won. But that’s not the part that got me, I mean really got me. It was what happened next.

 

The old lion, who all the members in the pride had counted on for so long, just walked off into the sunset to die alone. I almost couldn’t watch. That night I couldn’t sleep. I must have been 5 or 6 years old, and I felt so sad for the lion I think I cried most of the night. I can still see the final shot of the old guy, battered and bruised walking off into the sunset. But now, more than 40 years later, although I’m still sad for him, living a rich, blessed life has given me a new perspective.

 

At the end of my first film, THE HARD ROAD, my old teammate Graham Miller says, “I think there’s another year in the old horse before they send it off to the old glue factory.” Graham was one of the damn toughest men I’ve ever known, (and I’ve known a bunch). Ironically enough, Graham was right, there was another year for him. But only one… Graham would sustain a back injury the following season which would end his career for good. Also ironically I guess, it’s now my own back injury that has put me out to pasture for good too.

 

While I was a pro, racing and traveling around the country in the late 80’s and early 90’s, I met people from all walks of life. But one question I got over and over was, “What are you going to do when you quit?” At that time I didn’t know, didn’t care, and thought it was foolish of them to ask. Couldn’t they see that that didn’t matter to me?

Copyright Danny Munson

In the 90’s, I found filmmaking (That’s a story for another time). I was one of the lucky, crusty old pro bike racers who had something to move on to. I love making movies, directing plays, and writing stories about new worlds. Do I love it as much as being a pro bike racer? No. I don’t. Do I miss racing? Yes, I do. Will missing it ever go away? No, I don’t think it will. But honestly, I don’t want it to.

 

Making movies, or in my case today, a web series, is a team endeavor. I know it sounds strange but it’s very much the same as leading a bike racing team into an event. It starts by making a plan (writing the script), getting a group of dedicated, passionate people together (cast and crew), and then trying to get the best out of each of them to achieve the highest possible result for everyone. That’s what we’re attempting to do with my new show, Angels In Paradise – (shameless plug here: www.aipseries.com). I’m really happy with the first episode which you can see on our website. I hope to get enough support to make the first season of ten episodes a hit.

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No, AIP is not about bike racing. Not exactly… But if you’re a fan of shows like, True Detective, Sons of Anarchy, or Breaking Bad I hope you’ll give my show a look. What I’ll be attempting to do, (without the huge budget) is to explore the same complex themes of nobility, harsh challenges, and passion to succeed, which bike racing lays out for us every day. These story elements will be cloaked in a dark world of socially ambiguous topics and played out by a group of morally torn characters, all trying to survive while chasing their dreams. Because as Steven King says, “sometimes murders do help old ladies across the street.”

 

Do I miss bike racing? Yeah, I miss racing. I miss my friends. I miss being on the road. I miss the adventures. I miss both “the thrill of victory” and “the agony of defeat.” But most of all, I miss being a part of a group of guys who would each lay it all on the line for me when every nerve and sinew in their body is telling them to quit. Yeah, that’s what I miss most. In Episode One of Angels In Paradise, my lead character, Blake, phones his most trusted right-hand-man, Newton, and says, “I need you for something. Right now.” Newton doesn’t ask what it is, he just says, “Cool,” then goes about the task of getting there ASAP.

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So when all my teammates from the past get old enough or broken enough to come out to pasture and join me, I’ll be here waiting so we can sit around and tell stories about the good old days. In the meantime, I’ll be working to make AIP a hit, because I believe something I read once is true for me too, “Most writers spend their whole lives trying to find new ways to tell the same old stories.”

Host Cities Announced for 2015 USA Pro Challenge

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Fans Can Help Shape the Route for America’s Most Difficult Professional Cycling Race

 

Denver (Dec. 4, 2014) – Colorado’s largest sporting event is back for 2015, and today race officials unveiled seven of the host cities that will be highlighted as starts and finishes for the 2015 USA Pro Challenge. Taking place Aug. 17-23, the race will feature several dramatic changes for 2015, including a new overall start in beautiful Steamboat Springs, new host communities Arapahoe Basin and Copper Mountain and a challenging individual time trial course in in the scenic town of Breckenridge. And with six of the seven stages set, organizers are looking to fans to help determine the location of Stage 6.

 

“The start and finish cities for the 2015 USA Pro Challenge are going to create some unique challenges for the riders while also showcasing some of Colorado’s most beautiful regions to our worldwide audience,” said Rick Schaden, owner of the USA Pro Challenge. “We are always humbled by the amount of interest we receive from cities across the state that want to host the race and we feel confident that the partners we’ve selected this year will help us continue to raise the bar for professional cycling in America.”

 

After drawing more than 1 million fans each year and generating $130 million in economic impact to the State of Colorado in 2014 alone, the USA Pro Challenge will make its return with an overall start in Steamboat Springs.  Over the course of seven days of intensely competitive racing, the world’s best riders will return to iconic Colorado cities that have been key parts of the race in previous years, such as Aspen and Denver.

 

In a mix of new and prior host cities, the stages of the 2015 USA Pro Challenge include:

Stage 1: Monday, Aug. 17 – Steamboat Springs Circuit Race
Stage 2: Tuesday, Aug. 18 – Steamboat Springs to Arapahoe Basin
Stage 3: Wednesday, Aug. 19 – Copper Mountain Resort to Aspen
Stage 4: Thursday, Aug. 20 – Aspen to Breckenridge
Stage 5: Friday, Aug. 21 – Breckenridge Individual Time Trial
Stage 6: Saturday, Aug. 22 – ???
Stage 7: Sunday, Aug. 23 – Golden to Denver
Last year, fans weighed in on the final stage and ultimately determined a route that took the riders from Boulder, through Golden and finished in Downtown Denver. Due to overwhelming fan interest and support, organizers are again letting people have a say in the course. Fans will be able to help shape the race by logging on to www.prochallenge.com/2015stage6 before 11:59 p.m. MT December 12, and giving their opinion on what part of the state Stage 6 should visit.

 

“Last year we turned to our dedicated fans to help determine the route for the final stage of the Pro Challenge,” said Shawn Hunter, CEO of the USA Pro Challenge. “The enthusiasm and valuable opinions that we received convinced us that we should look to our supporters again for their input on the 2015 race. We know our fans are passionate about the sport and we’re looking forward to hearing where they want Stage 6 to go.”

 

A new overall start for the Pro Challenge, Steamboat Springs, with a population of just more than 12,000, should see that number at least double on race day. Located just west of the Continental Divide and Rabbit Ears Pass, Steamboat is the perfect location to kick off the race and showcase Colorado’s unique scenic beauty. And as the Colorado city that has produced more Olympians than any other, the riders should feel right at home.

 

In one of the most significant changes to the 2015 route, Breckenridge will host the individual time trial. Located 9,600 ft. above sea level, this course will test the riders with challenging, hilly terrain. With these additions combined with new host cities Arapahoe Basin and Copper Mountain Resort, the 2015 course will create dramatic moments for the riders and fans.

 

Known for lung-searing altitudes and intense climbs through the Colorado Rockies, the race is the largest spectator event in the history of the state. The 2014 USA Pro Challenge saw part-time Aspen resident Tejay van Garderen of BMC Racing Team take the overall win for the second year in a row this past August in Denver.

 

“I am so happy to hear the USA Pro Challenge is going through Aspen again,” said van Garderen. “It is always great to be able to race in front of my family and close friends. Of course, I am curious to see the route they will pick and I am expecting it to be the most challenging route yet.”

 

Additional details regarding the exact start and finish locations of the 2015 race, as well as the specific, detailed route will be announced in the spring.

 

About the USA Pro Challenge

Referred to as “America’s Race,” the USA Pro Challenge will take place August 17-23, 2015. For seven consecutive days, the world’s top athletes race through the majestic Colorado Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure. One of the largest cycling events in U.S. history and the largest spectator event in the history of the state, the USA Pro Challenge is back for 2015.

 

More information can be found online at www.USAProChallenge.com and on Twitter at @USAProChallenge.

 

AXEL MERCKX ANNOUNCES NEWLY-BRANDED DEVELOPMENT TEAM:

 

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AXEON CYCLING TEAM

KELOWNA, B.C. (DECEMBER 3, 2014) – AXEL MERCKX IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THE RE-LAUNCH OF THE 2015 U23 DEVELOPMENT CYCLING TEAM NEWLY-BRANDED AS THE AXEON CYCLING TEAM (PRONOUNCED “AK-SHUN”). THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM’S ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2014 WERE THE STRONGEST TO DATE WITH RUBEN ZEPUNTKE’S STAGE WIN AND GC PODIUM PLACEMENT AT THE TOUR OF ALBERTA, AND GREG DANIEL’S 2ND PLACE FINISH ON STAGE 4 OF THE AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA. THE AXEON CYCLING TEAM WILL BE SUPPORTED BY: ATLANTECH, NEON ADVENTURES, BISSELL, CIPOLLINI, SRAM, AND THE AMERICAN PROFICIENCY INSTITUTE. THE TEAM IS EXCITED TO WELCOME THESE NEW PARTNERS TO THE TEAM AND NEON ADVENTURES THAT SIGNED ON AS A PART OF A 3-YEAR PARTNERSHIP. THE TEAM WILL EMBARK ON A TOUGH 2015 RACE SCHEDULE THAT WILL INCLUDE THE AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA, USA PRO CYCLING CHALLENGE, TOUR OF UTAH AND THE U23 PARIS ROUBAIX, AMONG OTHERS.

THIS UCI CONTINENTAL TEAM, REBRANDED AS AXEON, WAS ORIGINALLY FOUNDED IN 2009 WITH THE GOAL OF DEVELOPING THE BEST YOUNG TALENT INTO PRO RIDERS. SINCE THE PROGRAM BEGAN IT HAS SENT 18 RIDERS TO THE PRO TOUR RANKS INCLUDING: TAYLOR PHINNEY (BMC), LAWSON CRADDOCK (GIANT-SHIMANO), JOE DOMBROWSKI (CANNONDALE GARMIN), BEN KING (CANNONDALE GARMIN), JASPER STUYVEN (TREK FACTORY RACING) AND MORE.

THE AXEON CYCLING TEAM WILL CONTINUE TO BE REGISTERED IN THE UNITED STATES WHICH REQUIRES THAT 60 PERCENT OF THE RIDERS BE AMERICAN CITIZENS. THE ROSTER WILL BE STRUCTURED SIMILARLY TO PREVIOUS YEARS, WITH 10 CONTINENTAL RIDERS AND TWO “CLUB” RIDERS FRESH OUT OF THE JUNIOR RANKS. GEOFFREY CURRAN (USA), GREG DANIEL (USA), DANIEL EATON (USA), TAO GEOGHEGAN HART (GBR), JAMES ORAM (NZ), LOGAN OWEN (USA), CHRIS PUTT (USA), AND KEEGAN SWIRBUL (USA) ARE RETURNING MEMBERS. NEW RIDERS INCLUDE RUBEN GUERRERO (POR) AND JUSTIN OIEN (USA), AS WELL AS CLUB RIDERS WILL BARTA (USA) AND PHIL O’DONNELL (USA).

“MY GOAL IS TO CREATE A TEAM LEGACY AND A PROGRAM WITH A STRONG NAME THAT WILL ENDURE,” SAID AXEL MERCKX. “I BELIEVE WE HAVE THE BEST RIDERS IN THE WORLD SIGNED FOR 2015. WITH CONTINUED HARD WORK AND ATTENTION TO DOING THINGS THE RIGHT WAY, THIS TEAM WILL BE KNOWN AS THE TEAM THAT YOUNG RIDERS STRIVE TO JOIN, THE ONE OF WHICH PROS WILL BE PROUD TO CALL THEMSELVES ALUMNI.”

THE TEAM WAS REBUILT AND ABLE TO SUSTAIN OVER LAST SEASON THANKS TO BISSELL, TREK, ALE, AMERICAN PROFICIENCY INSTITUTE, ADVANTAGE BENEFITS, SRAM AND MORE. 2015 PARTNERS INCLUDE ATLANTECH, NEON ADVENTURES, CIPOLLINI, SRAM, BISSELL, AMERICAN PROFICIENCY INSTITUTE, SPECIALIZED TIRES, TACX, GIRO, OAKLEY, HONEY STINGER, ALE, DMT, LULULEMON, PARK TOOL, BEAKER CONCEPTS, THULE, AND GROOVE AUTOMOTIVE GROUP.
STAY TUNED FOR THE UNVEILING OF THE NEW AXEON CYCLING TEAM JERSEY IN THE COMING WEEKS.
TEAM NEWS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT: AXEONCYCLING.COM