UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Announces Full 2014 Men’s Team Roster

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The UHC Blue Train

UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Announces Full 2014 Men’s Team Roster

Oakland, Calif. – The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team announced today, Tuesday, October 8, 2013, its full 23-man roster for its 2014 men’s team.

In addition to the three new riders announced in mid-September (Ken Hanson (USA), Martijn Maaskant (NED), and Colombian climber Isaac Bolivar and six returning veterans (Hilton Clarke (AUS), Robert Förster (GER), Carlos Alzate (COL), Marc de Maar (CUR) and Americans Kiel Reijnen and Lucas Euser, the US-based Pro Continental outfit revealed the balance will be comprised of 14 current members who will race for the Blue Train again next season.

Those 14 members include Jeff Louder (USA), Ben Day (AUS), Chris Jones (USA), Alessandro Bazzana (ITA), Martyn Irvine (IRL), Luke Keough (USA), Karl Menzies (AUS), Brad White (USA), Davide Frattini (ITA), Jonny Clarke (AUS), Adrian Hegyvary (USA), Danny Summerhill (USA), John Murphy (USA), and Aldo Ino Ilesic (SLO).

Pleased with the performance of the 2013 team, General Manager and Team Director Mike Tamayo spoke enthusiastically about the 23-man unit making up next year’s team.

“2013 was definitely a very good season for us,” Tamayo said from the Giro d’Italia presentation in Italy.

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Mike Tamayo (left) at the Giro D’Italia presentation

“The hard work put in by the riders, staff and management enabled us to achieve the goals we set out to accomplish. Teamwork is and will remain the spirit of the Blue Train and every member of our organization buys into and delivers on that promise. Winning the team title in this year’s UCI America Tour along with the team and individual titles in both the USA CRITS Series as well as the National Criterium Calendar (NCC), really speaks to everyone’s dedication and commitment to excellence.”

“We are looking forward to 2014 and are pleased with the squad we have assembled,” Tamayo concluded.

2014 UNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING TEAM MEN’S TEAM ROSTER:

Hilton Clarke (AUS)

Kiel Reijnen (USA)

Carlos Alzate (COL)

Lucas Euser (USA)

Marc de Maar (CUR)

Robert Förster (GER)

Jeff Louder (USA)

Ben Day (AUS)

Jonny Clarke (AUS)

Brad White (USA)

Chris Jones (USA)

Martyn Irvine (IRL)

Karl Menzies (AUS)

Davide Frattini (ITA)

Adrian Hegyvary (USA)

Alessandro Bazzana (ITA)

Luke Keough (USA)

Aldo Ilesic (SLO)

Danny Summerhill (USA)

John Murphy (USA)

Ken Hanson  (USA)

Martijn Maaskant (NED)

Isaac Bolivar (COL)

 

Carlos Alzate, Joins UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team

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Oakland, CA – The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team announced today, Friday, March 1, 2013, that Colombian sprinter and former Team Exergy member, Carlos Eduardo Alzate Escobar, has officially joined the U.S. based Pro Continental outfit. Alzate finished 4th in the USA Cycling’s 2012 National Criterium Calendar (NCC) standings and with his arrival to the 2013 edition of the UnitedHealthcare Blue Train, he now joins the three men who finished ahead of him in last year’s standings, Hilton Clarke (AUS), and the Sandwich, Massachusetts missiles, brothers Luke and Jake Keough (USA). [Read more...]

The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Gives Thanks This Holiday Season

 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

 

Oakland, CA – As 2012 winds down and Thanksgiving approaches, the 21 riders of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team are giving thanks and reflecting on what they were thankful for this holiday season. Here’s what several of the Team members had to say:

 

 

 

MIKE TAMAYO (General Manager/Team Director)

“There are a lot of things that I am thankful for in 2012. It was a great season for the Team, with lots of success on the bike. We really did reach a big audience in promoting exercise and healthier lifestyle. Personally, I am always thankful for my health, as well as great family and friends. 2012 was a bit more special with it being an Olympic year, and having my wife (Lauren Tamayo), not only compete but also win a Silver Medal in London is something we are very thankful for and proud of.” – Mike Tamayo

 

 

 

JEFF LOUDER (USA)

“I am thankful for my family and friends, particularly my wife and kids. I am grateful and feel very fortunate that I have so many people in my life that I can rely on and who can rely on me.” – Jeff Louder

 

BRAD WHITE (USA)

“I’m thankful for my wife, kids, and family that support me in my career as a professional cyclist. Without them I couldn’t do what I do.” – Brad White

 

JAKE KEOUGH (USA)

“I am thankful for my family and friends and having the opportunity to enjoy an amazing career. The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team is a group of people who are all driven to win and have a like-minded approach and a singular focus on the task at hand. Growing up through cycling I searched high and low to surround myself with people who have the same goals as I did and would allow me to reach my potential. I can say I have found that here and for that I am thankful!” – Jake Keough

 

 

 

LUKE KEOUGH (USA)

“I have raced my entire life and throughout that time I have been give so many opportunities to progress. This year in particular the step to the United Healthcare Pro Cycling team is one that I am extremely thankful for. Also during my entire career I have had tons of support from my family. Without them I would not be where I am now nor would I have tools to get where I am going.”

– Luke Keough

 

KEIL REIJNEN (USA)

“I am thankful for my new, wonderful supportive wife, and to a fresh start with the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team in 2013.” – Keil Reijnen

 

JOHN MURPHY (USA)

“I am thankful to be close to my family and friends. The best thing about the holidays is getting the entire family together under one roof and I’m fortunate to spend the holidays with my family who are close by here in North Carolina. I am also quite thankful for being healthy and being able to make my dream of bike racing happen for another year. Every bike ride is a gift to which I am thankful to be able to do.” – John Murphy

 

ADRIAN HEGYVARY (USA)

“I am thankful for good health, friends and family.” – Adrian Hegyvary

 

DANNY SUMMERHILL (USA)

“I am thankful to be fortunate enough to have been signed by such a phenomenal program. I am also thankful for my family’s health and thankful Hurricane Sandy victims are finally starting to get life back together.” – Danny Summerhill

 

 

 

ALESSANDRO BAZZANA (ITA)

“Although I am not American, I can appreciate the spirit of Thanksgiving and I am thankful for a lot of things. I am especially thankful for the beauty of Mother Nature and being able to do a job where I have close contact with it. I am also thankful for having a healthy family around me which has let me choose my own path in life.” – Alessandro Bazzana

 

KARL MENZIES (AUS)

“I am thankful for a healthy family.” – Karl Menzies

 

 

 

The entire Momentum Sports Group (owner and operator of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team) and UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team family wish you and your families a safe and happy holiday season.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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The 2013 UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Roster:

 

Jake Keough (USA)

 

Hilton Clarke (AUS)

 

Robert Förster (GER)

 

Marc de Maar (CUR)

 

Jeff Louder (USA)

 

Ben Day (AUS)

 

Jonny Clarke (AUS)

 

Brad White (USA)

 

Chris Jones (USA)

 

Philip Deignan (IRE)

 

Karl Menzies (AUS)

 

Davide Frattini (ITA)

 

Adrian Hegyvary (USA)

 

Lucas Euser (USA)

 

Alessandro Bazzana (ITA)

 

Luke Keough (USA)

 

Aldo Ilesic (SLO)

 

Kiel Reijnen (USA)

 

Martin Irvine (IRE)

 

Danny Summerhill (USA)

 

John Murphy (USA)

 

 

 

Photo: Jonathan Devich, epicimages.us

Lucas Euser will join UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team in 2013- Watch Video!

At 5’7″, 128 pounds, Lucas Euser is unmistakably a scrappy climber. Fitting, since the determined Californian’s ascent through the pro cycling peloton has, in itself, been a scrap that few racers could have overcome. Euser debuted as a pro in 2005 with Webcor Builders Cycling Team and then spent the next four years as part of the ever-evolving Team TIAA-CREF/Slipstream/Garmin revolution. But just as Euser was making a name for himself in the Pro Tour Peloton, his real fight began. While on a training ride in Spain, Euser was struck by a car resulting in broken ribs, a broken finger, a shattered patella, and the end to his 2009 racing hopes. What followed was months of painful injury rehab, followed by many more months of trying to get the strength back in his knee so he could resume a professional cycling career. Euser’s fight proved fruitful, as he signed on with he newly formed Spidertech team in 2010. The new organization would be Euser’s home for the next three racing seasons as he continued to rebuild the strength that he had prior to the accident. Judging by his 16th in GC results at the 2012 US Pro Cycling Challenge, we’d say Lucas is better than ever and ready for what ever else professional cycling throws his way. We recently spoke with him about his future, and here’s what he had to say:

 

 

Lucas Euser who is currently riding for Team Spider Tech powered by C10 will join UHC Pro Cycling in 2013. Lucas joined us  and told us how the relationship with his new team was formed.  Watch the Video Here!

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It’s hard to believe Interbike is just three days away and that the domestic road season is over. I wish I could recount every memory from the past eight months, but it would probably fill the space of a novel. I could tell you about Kenda/5-Hour Energy’s amateur barbershop hour right before the time trial at Joe Martin Stage Race. Or the time the juniors from Monster Media Racing tried to set me up with one of their friends in Las Vegas during team camp. I can boast about the Kenda Pro Cycling crit squad winning 8 out of the 11 stages at Tour of America’s Dairyland, and can even talk about Monster Media Racing giving me a fitting gift by winning the first night of Tulsa Tough on my birthday. But I’ll save that for another day when I decide to write my tell-all memoir. (Joking)For those of you wondering who I am, and what exactly it is I do, let me introduce myself. My name is Paige. Southern California readers who follow local racing have likely seen me around. I’m the girl with the fiery read hair, now blonde, with the race-day attitude to match while man handling canopies at 5 AM or screaming time gaps on crit courses for Monster Media Racing presented by MRI Performance. I work behind the scenes as a soigneur, a staff member of a cycling team with a list of responsibilities longer than your mother’s monthly grocery shopping list. I look after riders so they can perform at their highest abilities without having to worry about things like not having water on their bikes or if there’s a wet towel to wipe down with post race. To the juniors I’m a foster mother on the road, taking care of them like they’re my own. One even calls me “mom” from time to time because he thinks it’s hilarious.  [Read more...]

Press Release!! Kirk Bausch is the new Global Sales Manager for Cyclingillustrated.com.

 

Please allow me this opportunity to introduce you to the newest leader in our organization, Mr. Kirk Bausch.  As the Global Sales Director of Cyclingillustrated.com, Kirk will serve in a variety of roles.  His major responsibilities include: identifying future business opportunities, managing relationships with key existing and prospective clients, evaluating our business from a large-scale perspective and developing best practices in Customer Service, Retention and Sales.  Kirk, who will continue to be a partner of Wattie Inc. as well, is a seasoned professional and serial entrepreneur.  His proven success in multiple management roles throughout the field of sports performance has prepared him to lead our retail efforts. We are honored to have him join our team.  On behalf of everyone at Cyclingillustrated.com, I welcome him to our family and wish him the best in his new role.  I am confident that Kirk will be an invaluable asset in achieving the level of excellence we desire.

 

 

 

Warmest Regards,

Co-founder

Brandon Hale

Bonk & Recovery

You are a bicyclist and have been warned about avoiding something called “bonk.” What is it and how do you recover from it?

 

The term “bonk” is another word used for the medical condition known as hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. Depending upon its severity, low blood sugar can cause all kind of havoc on your body and cycling career. It can happen at any time.

 

According to cycling experts, bonking occurs when the glycogen (the stored version of sugar known as glucose) level in your muscles diminish. When this happens, your body switches gears and burns other fuel sources stored throughout your burn. This fuel is harder to gain access to, so your body has to work much harder to burn it. This is where the problem arises.

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2012 Tour of Britain Stage 6 GC lead changes again. Watch Here!

2012, Caerphilly, England, Tour of Britain, Stage 6 189km, As the break away crumbles on a climb, Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (Endura) attacked to claim the GC lead by 13 seconds, as Leopold Koenig (NetApp) just ahead of him gets the stage win.

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Upgrade Races on the Velodrome by Trina Jacobson

Last Saturday evening, I attended one of 6 sanctioned races held at the San Diego Velodrome aimed at providing an opportunity for track racers to upgrade. Usually us women don’t get enough racers to earn any upgrade points and this night was one of them. Knowing I couldn’t earn any upgrade points in the women’s field, I decided to do some men’s races. I had my pick of the men’s fields since I’m a Category 3 racer on the track and can race in any race a Category 4 male can. I decided on the 4/5 field as well as the women’s field …it wouldn’t be that hard…WRONG.

The first men’s race was a short scratch race and crazy fast! In a scratch race, the first person across the line is the winner, like a crit. It was faster than Tuesday night racing with the B’s and it was all I could do to hold on until the last lap where I was spit out the back. With the first race done and legs completely loaded, I not so gracefully dug my bar end into my thigh while getting off my track bike. I think I see the Virgin Mary in my bruise. At least I didn’t have the dreaded slow motion tip over. [Read more...]

2012 Tour of Britain Stage 5 Crash filled day! Watch the highlights here!


2012, Hanley, England, Tour of Britain, Stage 5 147km, In an action packed day with three crashes and GC leader Mark Cavenidsh (Sky) cracking bad, Marc De Maar (United) gets the stage win and Leigh Howard (Orica) reclaims the GC lead by 7 seconds.