USA Cycling Announces 2014 Domestic Road Calendars

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The 2014 edition of the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar features many of the top races in the country. (Photo by Kathy Jo Lorenz)

USA Cycling Announces 2014 Domestic Road Calendars

USA Cycling on Thursday announced its 2014 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar (NRC) and 2014 USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC). The premier domestic road cycling calendars sanctioned by USA Cycling, the sport’s national governing body, begin in the spring and continue into the fall staging races throughout the United States.

Riders will compete for standings points tabulated for individual riders as well as teams. Following each week of racing, USA Cycling will post updated standings on each respective calendar page as well as distribute to media.

The 2014 edition of the NRC boasts nine events, beginning April 3-6 with the Redlands Bicycle Classic in Redlands, Calif., and ending with the Thompson Bucks County Classic (men’s race only) in Doylestown, Pa., on Sept. 13.

The second event of the calendar is the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic in Winston-Salem, N.C., on April 17 before the focus shifts to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Joe Martin Stage Race p/b Nature Valley from April 24-27. The following week features the five-day Tour of the Gila in Silver City, N.M., from April 30-May 4. After a respite, the NRC action continues in Philadelphia where the women’s field will compete in the Philadelphia Cycling Classic on June 1 before heading to Minneapolis, Minn., to contest the North Star Grand Prix from June 11-15. A month after that race, the competition heads to Bend, Ore., for the Cascade Cycling Classic from July 15-20. The penultimate event of the calendar is the women’s race in Park City, Utah, the Tour de Park City on Aug. 2.

The 16 events in a span of 182 days of the NCC begins March 22 when the action will be in Delray Beach, Fla., for the Delray Beach Twilight Festival and concludes Sept. 20, when the riders will toe the line in Boston to contest the TD Bank Mayor’s Cup. The 180 days in between will feature the fastest, most entertaining criterium racing in the country.

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The 2014 USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar boasts the premier domestic criterium races in the country. (Photo by Dave Williams, Beyond the Print)

The second event of the calendar is the Sunny King Criterium in Anniston, Ala., on April 5. The following week is highlighted by the Charlotte-Belmont Omnium on April 12-13 in Charlotte and Belmont, N.C. The criterium racing continues in Winston-Salem, N.C. on April 18 as competitors will contest the Winston-Salem Classic Criterium before the men head to Dana Point, Calif., to compete in the Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling on May 4. The Wilmington Grand Prix is the main event in Wilmington, Del., on May 17 before the focus shifts to the men’s race in Somerville, N.J., for the Middle Earth Tour of Somerville on May 26 (Memorial Day). The ensuing weekend showcases the Glencoe Grand Prix in Glencoe, Ill., on May 31 before the spotlight focuses on Tulsa, Okla., for the Saint Francis Tulsa Tough on June 6-8. The criterium action returns to the east coast when riders compete in the two-day Air Force Association Cycling Classic in Arlington, Va., on June 7-8. Two weeks later, the competition moves to the Midwest as the Tour of America’s Dairyland takes center stage from June 21-22. The peloton continues to go west to compete in the Andersen Banducci Twilight Criterium in Boise, Idaho, on July 12. On July 27, the riders will be in Manhattan Beach, Calif., to compete in the Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix. The action returns to the northeast on Aug. 23-24 when riders will compete in the Chris Thater Memorial in Binghamton, N.Y. The second-to-last race of the calendar is the Staenberg Group Gateway Cup in St. Louis on Aug. 28-Sept. 1.

The 2013 NRC individual standings winners were Francisco Mancebo (ESP/5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda), who topped the NRC men’s standings with 814 points and Alison Powers (Pinecliffe, Colo./NOW and Novartis for MS), who paced the NRC women’s standings with 1,108 points. Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies topped the NRC men’s team standings with 1,738 points while Team TIBCO-To the Top won dominated the NRC women’s team standings with 2,922 points.

Riders from UnitedHealthcare claimed the top four spots of the NCC men’s standings in 2013. Hilton Clarke (AUS) led the bunch with 1,544 points. Erica Allar (Tucson, Ariz./CARE4CYCLING powered by Solomon Corp) earned the top spot of the NCC women’s standings with 1,555 points. UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling rode away with the NCC men’s team standings with 5,352 points while CARE4CYCLING powered by Solomon Corp posted 2,216 points to win the NCC women’s team standings.

Recap- Awbry Butte Circuit Race-Tvetcov and McGrath win Cascade Cycling Classic Overall Classification.

Stage 5 Cascade Cycling Classic

Stage 5 Cascade Cycling Classic

Stage 5 – Awbry Butte Circuit Race.

Tvetcov and McGrath win Cascade Cycling Classic Overall Classification.
The circuit race is another long standing course for Cascade. It’s a challenging circuit with the main features being the climb out of Tumalo Park and the climb of Archie Briggs. The first climb is a main road climb leading to the feed zone and a long false flat leading to Archie Briggs. This climb begins with a fast twisting descent into a 15% wall followed by more false flat and kicking up to the final stair step KOM summit.  The rest of the course is undulating with fast descents and exposed sections. A well balanced course which comes at the end of an aggressive week of racing.
The men’s race began at 1 PM and as has been the case with every race so far, once the flag dropped at the end of e neutral zone, the attacks began. Immediately, the 150 man field was strung out as it serpentined across the road.  Small groups would escape only to be brought back. This  pattern continued past the first climb of Tumalo Park. The field stayed together but was single file over the top. The attacks continued with 5 Hour particularly active today. Once the over Archie Briggs a group of 20 was able to get away but this too was pulled back. The peloton, which was being lead primarily by Jelly Belly riding for yellow jersey wearer Tvetcov, was not going to let anything go unless it had the right combination of riders.
Coming into the Tumalo Park climb on lap 2, a group of 12 had managed to get off the front.  This group had 25 seconds over the top of the climb and quickly increased to 55 seconds entering Archie Briggs. The group was working well together with no one sitting on.  Flavio Deluna of SmartStop- Mountain Khakis took the KOM and the break had increased their gap to 1:15 over the peloton. The break was well represented with single riders from Bissell, Optum, Giant, Bontrager, BMC, Jelly Belly, 5 Hour, SmartStop, Hincapie, Astellas Oncology, and 2 Hagens Berman riders.
Lap 3 saw this gap increase to its largest gap of 1:45 as they crested the Tumalo Park climb. Deluna again took KOM over the Archie Briggs climb with the breaks gap at 1:15. Jelly Belly were controlling the break and riding strongly on the front. It seemed that the race was shaping up for a fast finale.
As lap 4 began, the gap was down to 1:05 and would drop to 40 seconds only to increase again to 1:10. Clearly the two groups were figuring out their tactics for the final phase of the race. As lap 5 began the peloton had swallowed up the break but two riders attacked and established a small gap. Eric Marcotte of Elbowz Racing p/b Boneshaker and James Oram of Bontrager Cycling held onto a tenuous 15 second gap all the way to the Archie Briggs climb. It was a strong move but just too much to ask with this motivated field behind. The race was all together leading into the fast final 5 km. Four riders managed to get a small gap leading into the final 500 meters of the race with Rosskopf of Hincapie Sportswear taking the spring with teammate Clark taking second and Mancebo of 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda taking third.
It proved to be an important sprint win for Rosskopf. With the time bonuses available on the stage he jumped to 2nd overall.  Tvetcov of Jelly Belly p/b  Kenda took the overall honors with Chad Haga of Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies hanging onto 3rd
The women faced 3 laps and 51 miles of the Deschutes Brewery – Awbry Butte Circuit Race. With a more established GC, the race was really going to have to some fireworks to shake up the final. The women’s race was run at an aggressive pace as was evidenced by the continual number of riders shed off the back.  A motivated Team Exergy Twenty 16 did a very good job of controlling the race for their yellow jersey wearer McGrath.
The stage came down to two riders with Amanda Miller of Team TIBCO taking the days honors with Jade Wilcoxson of Optum p/b Kelly Benefits taking second. Lauren Rauck Komanski of NOM and Novartis for MS came in a minute later and took the sprint for 3rd.  McGrath came is few seconds off of  Haeusler of Team TIBCO but remained safely in yellow to take the final GC. Haeusler remained in 2nd overall with Abbott of TIBCO rounding out the podium.
The 2013 Cascade Cycling Classic produced some aggressive and tactical racing.  The women’s race saw an aggressive Team TIBCO race hard from the start and establish the hierarchy that would see McGrath take a well deserved win.  The men’s field was tightly contested with all the teams riding hard right to the final sprint.  At times it appeared to be a battle between the old and new guard with the final result being some fantastic racing.
The race is obviously embraced by the Bend community. The race organization and number of volunteers was impressive to say the least. It’s an incredible event that should remain in high standing on the NRC calendar or years to come.
-Travis Dixon

Magner,Hall Win Downtown Twilight Criterium

Twilight Crit Cascade

Twilight Crit Cascade

Stage 4, Bend Downtown Twilight Criterium took place Saturday July 20th. The men and women were able to enjoy a late start time to give their legs some needed recovery from the tough 4 days of racing they’ve experienced so far.  The rectangular course is a straight forward design. The only real ‘obstacle’ being turns 3 and 4 where the road narrows making positioning onto the long final straight important.  Essentially this translates into an extremely fast course.  The long finishing straight to the line puts an emphasis on teamwork and a solid lead out. Added to this was a headwind meaning that the winner would have to time their sprint perfectly.

The women were first to start. As has been e case throughout Cascade, the pace was high right from the gun. There were many attacks but apparently none had the right combination of teams represented or horsepower as the field remained together and strung out for the entire race.
As the riders began the final lap team NOW and Novartis for MS took charge at the front with three riders stringing out the remaining peloton.  The sprint was incredibly close and came down to a photo finish with Lauren Hall of team Optum p/b Kelly Benefits taking the win by the narrowest of margins. 2nd went to Shelley Olds of Team TIBCO with Allison Powersnof NOW and Novartis for MS rounding out the top three.  The GC remained unchanged with McGrath of Exergy Twenty 16 in yellow followed by Haeusler of Team TIBCO and Abbott of Exergy Twenty 16 in 3rd.
The men began at 7 PM but the temperatures remained high with many riders packing ice into their skinsuits in an attempt to keep their core temperature down before the fireworks began for the 75 minute race.  The men’s field had been reduced to 150 riders from the original 200 and the field would be much less than this by the finish.
The men’s race was full-on right from the gun. The 150 man field was single file for the first 20 minutes with many laps averaging over 32 mph. As the field began to show signs of strain under the unrelenting pace a group of 5 riders managed to get a gap.  This front group fluctuated in numbers from 5 to 3 to 8 and always hovering around 10 seconds. Team Jelly Belly and Team Cash Call kept the move in check. The break was finally reeled in at the 46 minute mark but the pace was beginning to take it’s toll on the rest of the field as riders were continually being dropped from the pack.  With roughly 10 minutes to go Team Elbowz Racing p/b Boneshaker took control of the front but it was team Optum with Tom Zirbel leading the way who took over with 3 laps to go. Zirbel put his TT legs to work and tapped out a lap and a half  at 32 mph when a crash on the backside of the course created a split. Optum controlled going into the final lap but it was the U23 national criterium champion,  Ty Magner of Hincapie Sportswear, who took the win. Jasper Stuyven of Bontrager Cycling Team 2nd with Ignazio Moser of BMC Development Team taking 3rd.  The GC remained with Tvetcov of Jelly Belly p/b Kenda leading, Haga of Optum p/b Kelly Benifit Strategies in 2nd, and Jakub Novak of BMC Development Team in 3rd.
Tomorrow concludes this edition of the Cascade Cycling Classic with the Aubry Butte Circuit Race. For the women, McGrath and her team seem to be in control but its a challenging course at the end of a week of aggressive racing. Haeusler and the rest of the field should make it interesting for team Exergy. On the men’s side, this race is still up for grabs.  There is only 9 seconds separating the top 3 and only a 1:15 separating the top 10.  Tomorrow should produce some incredible racing.
As a final note, the podium for tonight’s crit were all U23 men. Remember their names as I am sure we will be seeing more of them in the future.
Travis Dixon

Recap-Stage 3 Cascade Cycling Classic

Stage 3 Cascade Cycling Classic

Stage 3 Cascade Cycling Classic

Stage 3 of the Cascade Cycling Classic was run on the Cascade Lakes course. This is a long standing course for this event. The course doesn’t have the amount of climbing that Stage 1 but many in the field feel that this is the toughest stage. The course is unrelenting, constantly up and down and then finishes on the 5 km climb of Sparks Lake. This climb isn’t particularly steep but considering its placement on this stage, it certainly makes the legs and lungs hurt.

 

The men were to ride 90 miles. The BMC Development team had the responsibility of defending the yellow jersey for Novak and with this stacked pro field they definitely had their work cut out for them today. The race began with a 3 mile neutral and as soon as the flag dropped the attacks began. Groups of 10-20 riders would escape only to be brought back and then another group would break … BMC were placing men in each group but it was becoming clear that yellow jersey wearer Novak was not having a good day and many times BMC would call back their riders to help pace the yellow back and bring the group together. The other teams had no mercy and kept firing away at BMC until mile 61 when a nine man group was able to break clear. As the final climb began, the escapees were swept up and 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda got to the front and set a hard pace in hope of launching Mancebo but the rest of the field was strong enough to resist the pace. Seghei Tvetcov of Jelly Belly p/b Kenda took the stage. This was his second stage win in as many days. Travis McCabe of Elbowz Racing p/b Boneshaker took second followed by Chad Haga of Team Optom p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies. Mancebo of 5 Hour Energy finished 5th with the same time as Tvetcov. Former yellow jersey Phillip Gaimon of Bissell Pro Cycling was 8th 2 seconds down. Novak finished 23rd for the day 17 seconds down followed by his teammate, Eisenthart.

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Tvetcov (Jelly Belly) and Powers(NOW)Blaze TT in Cascade

Cascade Cycling Classic -Alison Powers

Cascade Cycling Classic -Alison Powers

Cascade Cycling Classic, July 18 Stage 2 Prineville Individual Time Trial.

 

The men and women raced on a 20 mile out and back course. The rolling course would cater a strong rider who is able to push a big gear as opposed to the climbing that the racers saw in yesterdays stage. The men raced first and of the original 201 racers only 182 lined up for the start of the time trial. Sergei Tvetcov of Jelly Belly rode in with the best time of the day, 30:59:96. He was followed by Jonathan Teeter of team Marc Pro-Strava for second place with a time of 31:17:54. Newly crowned national TT Champion, Tom Zirbel rounded out the top three with a time of 31:17:69. Taylor Eisenhart of BMC Development Team put in a strong ride to end up 5th on GC only 30 seconds off of teammate Novak. Eisenhart is followed closely by defending champ, Mancebo of 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda who is 33 seconds off the lead. Yesterdays stage winner and yellow jersey wearer for the day, Pjillip Gaimon of Bissell Pro Cycling slipped to 7th overall at 36 seconds.

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Recap-Prologue at the Cascade Cycling Classic

Prologue at the Cascade Cycling Classic

Prologue at the Cascade Cycling Classic

The 2013 Cascade Cycling Classic stage race began tonight with the Prologue, which created a few surprises. The 109 rider women’s field began at 6 PM on the  counter clockwise 2.5 mile circuit. The course featured a fast downhill start with less than 200 feet of elevation gain to the finish.  Defending champ, Alison Powers, of NOW and Novartis for MS, was the last to start and delivered the fastest time of the day, being the only woman to go under 5 minutes. Her winning time of 4:53 was quite impressive and definitely let the rest of the women know that she is ready to defend her title. Shelley Olds, of Team TIBCO, put in a strong ride to place second. Laura Brown, of Team Colavita-Fine Cooking, rounded out the top three. The best young rider was another TIBCO  rider,  Jasmin Glaesser.Alison Powers
The men’s prologue began immediately after the conclusion of the woman’s race, and with 201 riders, there couldn’t be any delay. Robert Sweeting of 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda began 58th and set a scorching time of 4:28. Sweeting had to wait over an hour before the final ten riders were on the course. With the likes of Zirbel, of Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies,  defending champ Mancebo, of 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda,  and Philip Gimon of Bissel Pro Cycling,  it was a long wait. However, these top riders couldn’t come close to the time that Sweeting posted.  Timothy Rugg, of Kelly Benefit Strategies, started the prologue 8th and apparently didn’t fancy his chances for the podium because as he was running back down to the finish, putting his jersey back on saying, “I already went home!” Rugg took 2nd, while Sergei  Tvetcov , of Jelly Belly p/b Kenda,  put in a strong ride for 3rd place. Best young rider was Ty Magner, of Hincapie Sportswear. It was a strong performance for the 22 year old rider, as the men’s field is stacked with strong U23′s.Robert Sweeting
The Cascade Cycling Classic began with some impressive riding and a few surprises. Tomorrows stage promises to produce more great racing and more surprises.
- Travis Dixon

 

Cascade Cycling Classic: Prologue

Cascade Cycling Classic: Prologue

Cascade Cycling Classic: Prologue

The 34th annual Cascade Cycling Classic kicks off July 16, with the Prologue, in Bend Oregon. Its the oldest running consecutive stage race in North America , starting back in 1979. Sponsored by the Bend Memorial Clinic (BMC), the 5 day stage race is organized by the Mt. BachelorSki Education Foundation.

The prologue starts on Tuesdsy, at 6pm and is stacked with a majority of the NRC’s top five riders for both Pro men and women. This course is a counterclockwise loop, totaling at 2.5 miles, with less than 200 feet elevation gain, perfect for fast riders. Mancebo (5 hour Energy p/b Kenda), Haga and teammate Zirbel (Optum p/b Kelly Benefits) will be in the mens field. Haeusler, Olds (Team TIBCO), Powers (NOW and Novartis for MS), and Abbott (Exergy TWENTY 16) in the women’s.

The Cascade Cycling Classic’s placement in the latter half of the NRC series, makes it a critical stage race for top riders to gain individual and team points towards the overall standings. This and the list of high caliber racers, registered for the race, will make for a tight and exciting 5 days through central Oregon’s eastern slope of the Cascade mountain range. Historically, the race has always been held in high standing and a desirable edition for any individual and team to add to their palmares.

 

Want more: Here is a link to the 2012 Cascade Classic.

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Lance Armstrong and USADA

By: Jen See

Welcome to my first column for Cycling Illustrated. I plan to show up here every couple weeks and write about cycling. So you should show up, too. Simple, right? As some of you know, I’m not especially good with days of the week, so I don’t dare claim that I will show up on a particular day each week. I like to keep you guessing. Routine is pretty overrated. So are deadlines. Sorry editors! I love you! Really, I do!

 

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In 2001, Lance Armstrong attacked on the Alpe d’Huez and as he bounded up the road, he turned, and over his shoulder, gave his rival Jan Ullrich “the Look.” The moment became one of the key episodes in the Armstrong mythology that grew, larger than life, out of the American’s seven Tour de France victories.

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2013 National Racing Calendar

 

 

DATE EVENT LOCATION MEN/WOMEN

 

April 4-7 Redlands Bicycle Classic Redlands, CA M/W

April 14 Tour of the Battenkill Cambridge, NY M

Apr. 25-28 Joe Martin Stage Race p/b Nature Valley Fayetteville, AR M/W

May 1-5 SRAM Tour of the Gila Silver City, NM M/W

June 2 American Cycling Open Philadelphia, PA M/W

June 5-9 Exergy Tour Idaho W

June 12-16 Nature Valley Grand Prix Minneapolis, MN M/W

July 7 Keystone Open Philadelphia, PA M/W

July 16-21 Cascade Cycling Classic Bend, OR M/W

Aug. 2-4 Tour of Elk Grove Elk Grove, IL W

Sept. 14 Thompson Bucks County Classic Doylestown, PA M

 

The 2012 National Points Race Championship by Daniel Holt of Team Type 1

 

After winning the Points Race Championship the last two years in a row, I thought I had a pretty good chance of winning it again. Has anyone ever won the race three times in a row? Regardless, I was going to give it my all.

 

The 2012 National Points Race Championship started with some fast and furious racing right from the gun.  Unfortunately, I placed 5th in the first sprint, right out of the points. The next two sprints went well; I won them both. Now I was leading the race. Directly following the third sprint, a four-person group formed and I was in it. O.K., now if I could recover from the last sprint maybe the four of us could work together to lap the field. The main group didn’t like the looks of our group and put up a very fast and motivated chase. We stayed off until the next sprint where Bobby Lea beat us pretty handily. Once he saw he had a small gap on us, he kept the pace high, closing the small gap to the field. The rest of us didn’t have the energy to do anything about it but still tried our hardest to catch the field.

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