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Cyclo-cross News & Racing Round-up, Friday, October 29, 2010

Date published:
October 29, 2010, 1:00 BST
  • Compton wins but will skip second round of World Cup

    Katie Compton (Planet Bike) soloed to victory at the opening round of the World Cup in Aigle, Switzerland.
    Article published:
    October 17, 2010, 19:25 BST
    By:
    Brecht Decaluwé

    US Champion heads home

    After struggling with knee and elbow injuries in September, Katie Compton (Planet Bike) is back in top form after a blistering performance in Aigle, Switzerland, during the first World Cup round of the season. Compton grabbed her seventh career World Cup win and just like last year she will lead the World Cup rankings.

    However, the US champion will not defend her leading position during next weekend's second World Cup round in Plzen, Czech Republic. Instead, Compton will fly back to Colorado. In November she will return to Europe to contest the third World Cup round in Koksijde, Belgium, which she has already won twice.

    "We're spending more time at home this year so Katie can rest and train at home," said Mark Legg, Katie Compton's husband. "We're cutting back on the racing after the last couple year's experience. We have to race US Nationals in early December, with a hard November it doesn't allow Katie to train. This year she can train in November.

    "[There's] no problem giving up the World Cup [lead], we're 100 percent committed to winning Worlds this season."

    The World Cup kicked off in Aigle, Switzerland, at the International Cycling Union headquarters for their first round of what now officially is called the UCI Patrick Cyclo-cross World Cup. Prior to the start Legg revealed that the course was looking good for Compton's abilities and promised a strong ride.

    That was an understatement as Compton set about crushing the opposition. She needed two laps to catch up with sole leader Daphny van den Brand (ZZPR.nl).

    "Katie's bad start was due to forgetting the lights were starting the race instead of US races starting on a whistle," said Legg. "She hasn't been working on starts lately since we're coming into the season behind form due to the crash at MTB Worlds that forced Katie off the bike for three weeks."

    Her third lap was the fastest one of the race, 6:30 for the 2.53 kilometre long course. After that...

  • Louisville cyclo-cross race a test run for 2013 Worlds

    Sue Butler (Hudz/Subaru) being marked by US Champion Katie Compton (Planet Bike)
    Article published:
    October 21, 2010, 19:28 BST
    By:
    Kirsten Frattini

    USGP takes place at World Championship venue

    This weekend's US Gran Prix of Cyclo-cross rounds, set to take place in Louisville, Kentucky, will provide the first glimpse at the venue for the 2013 UCI world cyclo-cross championships.

    The Derby City Cup will move to the brand new course at the Eva Bandman Park, the site which will play host to the first non-European 'cross world championship in two years' time.

    USGP organizer Bruce Fina told Cyclingnews that riders will be challenged by a course with an array of obstacles including a natural sand pit and double sand dunes, a fly over, single track trails and plenty of off-camber corners, but it won't be the exact same course used in 2013.

    "It is a freshly paved start straight," Fina said. "The venue has endless features to use to make a challenging cyclo-cross course. We have natural embankments, hills and run-ups, elevated terrain. It is such a fantastic course that I can’t wait to see the field race it. It’s a dream of a course."

    At the beginning of this year the International Cycling Union (UCI) announced that the USGP co-organizers, Fina and Joan Hanscom, would host the 2012 UCI Masters Cyclo-cross World Championships followed by the 2013 Masters and Elite Cyclo-cross World Championships at the Louisville venue.

    Fina hopes to use the USGP rounds as a valuable tester to fine-tune the Worlds course over the next three years. "There are elements of the course that will be used for the USGP but it is not the World Championship course," Fina said. "The reason is that there are elements that still need to be finished that will make up the world championships course."

    Top contenders fight for the Derby City Cup

    The nation’s top ‘crossers will battle for UCI points and the USGP series overall standings this weekend. Ryan Trebon (Kona-FSA) and Katerina Nash (LUNA Pro) won their respective races in the opening round last year. Nash went on to capture a second...

  • Boonen to sponsor charity cyclo-cross race

    Tom Boonen (Quick Step) finished 36th in the race.
    Article published:
    October 25, 2010, 18:29 BST
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    Greipel, Pozzato, Museeuw among those set to appear

    Tom Boonen is once again sponsoring a charity cyclo-cross race in December. The Boonen & Friends Cyclo-Cross race will be held Saturday, December 4, at Silvermeer in Mol, Belgium.

    The race, put on by Boonen and Quick Step directeur sportif Wilfried Peeters, will raise funds to help Move to Improve, a non-profit organization support fund of the University Hospital in Pellenberg, for children with neuromotor problems.

    This will be the second year for the charity race. Last year, they raised over 40,000 Euros.

    "It was a huge success last year. I've only heard great things about it from riders, spectators and guests," Boonen told the Belga news agency.

    "That's why I have now managed to convince a lot of fellow riders to drop by Silver Lake and for once swap their racing bicycle for a 'cross bike,” he said. Among the approximately 50 riders who have agreed to ride are Andre Greipel, Jurgen Van Den Broeck, Filippo Pozzato, Sebastian Langeveld and Carlos Barredo,

    “I look forward to it again, it's fantastic," said Boonen.

    There will also be a cyclo-cross race for generation of veteran riders, including former pros Johan Museeuw, Eric Vanderaerden, Tom Steels, Michael Boogerd, Steven De Jongh, Eric De Vlaeminck, Fons De Wolf and Jo Planckaert.

  • Stybar, Van Gilder top UCI 'cross rankings

    Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes) got the number one call-up again.
    Article published:
    October 26, 2010, 20:47 BST
    By:
    Peter Hymas

    United States leads nations standings

    Zdenek Stybar and Laura Van Gilder top the UCI's latest cyclo-cross rankings, published today, while the United States remains in the lead on the nations rankings for both elite men and women.

    World champion and current World Cup leader Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea) extended his lead in the UCI 'cross rankings with a victory in Sunday's World Cup race on home soil in Plzen, Czech Republic. The 24-year-old Czech earned 200 points for his win in the heavily weighted World Cup rounds, as he remained undefeated in seven races thus far this season.

    American Jeremy Powers (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) remained in second place, earning points on both days of racing Stateside in Kentucky's USGP of Cyclo-cross Derby City Cup, but now trails Stybar by 203 points. His third place finish on Saturday and victory on Sunday were worth 80 points in total at the respective C1 and C2 events.

    While American 'cross racers took advantage of an abundance of UCI-ranked races early in the season to populate the upper end of the rankings, the Europeans are beginning to close the gap with their steady diet of World Cup and C1 events to compete in. Francis Mourey (FDJ) finished fourth in the Czech-hosted World Cup on Sunday and moved into third overall on the rankings, bumping US champion Tim Johnson into fourth.

    Belgians Kevin Pauwels (Telenet-Fidea) and Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus), second and third respectively in Plzen, each moved up three spots to occupy fifth and sixth in the standings.

    In the women's rankings, former number one Katie Compton (Planet Bike) took a weekend off from competition following her victory in the opening World Cup round in Aigle, Switzerland and as a result dropped from first to third. Fellow American Laura Van Gilder (C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes) now leads the standings with 410 points.

    Unlike the men, in which 270 points separate first and fifth overall, the top five women are tightly clustered with...

  • Simunek snaps Stybar's winning streak

    Radomir Simunek Jr. (BKCP - Powerplus) is overcome with emotion after winning the race dedicated to his late father.
    Article published:
    October 28, 2010, 22:00 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Czech dedicates win to late father

    Cyclo-cross World Champion Zdenek Stybar's seven-time race winning streak ended in Tabor today as his Czech compatriot Radomir Simunek, Jr. scored an emotional victory in the race which was dedicated to his late father.

    Former world champion Niels Albert travelled to the Memorial Radomir Simunek in Tabor to help his BKCP-Powerplus teammate Simunek get the victory, and even Stybar could not deny that the win was well-deserved.

    "Radomir deserved this victory for his father. That was more important than my eighth victory. I am very happy for him. It was an emotional race," Stybar said.

    Simunek soloed to the win ahead of German Christoph Pfingsten and Frenchman Steve Chainel. Stybar came in fourth ahead of Albert, a dozen seconds behind the winner.

    Radomir Simunek, Sr. died in August at the age of 48. He was a three-time world champion and the father of Czech cyclo-cross, greatly admired by those in the sport.

  • Niels Albert extends contract through 2014

    Former world champion Niels Albert (BKCP - Powerplus) bounced back from injury a month ago to finish second place in only his third race of the season.
    Article published:
    October 29, 2010, 9:45 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    BKCP-Power Plus also extends with Simunek and Walsleben

    Niels Albert will continue to ride for BKCP-Power Plus through 2014. The former cyclo-cross world champion extended his contract with the Belgian team for another three years.

    “This was an opportunity I could not turn down,” he told Het Laatste Nieuws. “Especially since the financial offer from manager Christoph Roodhooft was attractive. Yes, I'm getting a raise, but don't we all do it for the money?”

    The extended contract may well postpone his plans to do some road racing. Albert, 24, can do only a limited amount of road racing with BKCP, but it doesn't seem to bother him. “I like 'cross racing too much to aspire to a road career right now,” he said, and looked to the future. “In four years I will be 28. You can do it then, too. Ludo Dierckxsens didn't turn professional until he was 30.

    Albert started riding 'cross professionally in 2005 with Palmans-Sapim-Collstrop, and joined BKCP this year. He won the world championship in 2008/2009, and is three time European U23 champion and twice U23 Belgian champion.

    Two other riders extended their contracts for a year. Radomir Simunek Jr., who this week won the Memorial Radomir Simunek race dedicated to his father who died in August at the age of 48, and German Philipp Walsleben, 2009 U23 world champion, will now remain with the team through 2011.

  • NACT heads to Boulder double-header

    Tim Johnson (Cannondale - Cyclocrossworld.com) rounding a corner before the barriers.
    Article published:
    October 29, 2010, 19:32 BST
    By:
    Kirsten Frattini

    Series finale changes venue to Sterling, Mass.

    The top ranked racers of the North American Cyclo-cross Trophy (NACT) eight-round series will take on rounds five and six at the UCI C2-ranked Colorado Cross Classic p/b Webroot held on Saturday, October 30 and the UCI C1-ranked Victory Circle Graphix Boulder Cup held on Sunday, October 31.

    Wendy Simms (Front Runners-Ridley) will no doubt want to maintain her rank as the series' overall leader in the Elite women's category. On the Elite men's side, overall leader Francis Mourey (FDJ) has returned to France leaving the series wide open to a new rider to take the top spot in the standings.

    The women's rows will be lined with talent including reigning US national champion and recent World Cup winner Katie Compton (Planet Bike) and the US Gran Prix of Cyclo-cross (USGP) leader Georgia Gould (Luna Pro). Also in the mix is Meredith Miller and Teal Stetson-Lee (Cal Giant-Specialized), Kathy Sherwin (Hudz-Subaru), Maureen Bruno Roy (Bob's Red Mill-Seven Cycles), Kerry Barnholt (Scott-Ritchey), and Barbara Howe (IBIS and the Danger Twins).

    "The feeling is that the field is as good as it gets," said Tim Shea, Colorado Cross Classic promoter. "On the women's side the field is unbelievably strong. On the men's side, we are happy to report that we have a deep field, the who's who of top US racers are racing here this weekend. That speaks to these two races being part of the NACT, being UCI events and the location of Boulder."

    Francis Mourey (FDJ) returned to his homeland along with strong overseas contenders Christian Heule (Champion System) and Jonathan Page (Planet Bike). However, the men's field will not suffer from a lack of talent with riders like US national champion Tim Johnson (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com, who is tied with his teammate and USGP leader Jeremy Powers for second place in the series overall standings.

    Other notable contenders include Ryan Trebon and Barry Wicks (Kona-FSA), Adam Craig (Rabobank-Giant Off...

  • US 'cross nationals awarded to Madison for 2012-2013

    More than 100 women lined up to contest the 2009 Elite women's 'cross national championships.
    Article published:
    October 29, 2010, 20:15 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Nationals move to first week of January

    Madison, Wisconsin has been awarded the US cyclo-cross national championships for 2012-2013, USA Cycling announced today.

    Additionally, the national governing body announced that for 2012 and 2013 the event will move from its traditional dates during the second week of December to the first week in January.

    Although the United States has held its cyclo-cross national championships in December for a number of years, the move to January was proposed to better align the event with the international calendar. The move will better support the US athletes who are training to compete in the 2012-2013 Masters 'cross world championships and the 2013 Elite 'cross world championships slated for Louisville, Kentucky.

    "To make sure this decision was in the best interest of our members, we distributed a survey to 2009 Cyclo-cross National Championship participants," said USA Cycling National Events Director Kelli Lusk. "When a large majority came back and said they would support moving the event to January, the decision was made to move the national championships to the UCI-designated weekend."

    Organized by the Madison Area Sports Commission and Team Sports Inc., the 2012 event will take place January 4-8 in Madison's Badger Prairie/Reddan Park

    Because next season's national championship will take place in January of 2012 and this season's is scheduled for December of 2010, there will not be a cyclo-cross national championship event held during the 2011 calendar year.