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First Edition Cycling News for April 2, 2006

Date published:
April 02, 2006, 1:00 BST
  • Only hours left to join the Fantasy RVV game

    A pair of beautiful Bastogne wheels worth over $600 USD
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    April 02, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Hedwig Kröner, assisted by Sabine Sunderland and Susan Westemeyer

    There are only hours left to enter you team for this year's Rond Van Vlaanderen. All teams must be...

    There are only hours left to enter you team for this year's Rond Van Vlaanderen. All teams must be submitted before Sunday April 2 at the following times depending on where in world you are located:

    10:00am Europe CEST (summertime!)
    04:00am USA EST (no daylight saving time observed)
    18:00pm Aust EST (+10 UTC)

    The winner of this year's Spring Classics Fantasy Game game will win a Specialized Roubaix Pro Bike, equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace 10-speed groupset and an FSA all-carbon compact crankset, worth US$4400. Plus, the top player also wins a team-issue Specialized Decibel helmet and a pair of Specialized optics for a total prize value of US$4710 (that's probably the same money as 20th place in the actual race - and you don't have to grovel up the bergs.)

    The Roubaix has become one of Specialized's most popular road bikes, with its combination of light weight and supple ride. It's based on the 'FACT 7r' carbon frame with compact race geometry and Zertz vibration damping seatstay inserts, matched to a carbon fork (also with Zertz inserts). It has an S-Works FACT carbon stem with magnesium face plate, and carbon aero handlebar with Shimano Dura-Ace 20-speed group.

    The Roubaix Pro also features the FSA K-Force MegaExo two-piece carbon crankset with compact 50x36T chainrings, plus a Dura-Ace wheelset and Specialized 'Body Geometry' Avatar saddle with titanium rails.

    And the most important part - more prizes!

    In addition to the Roubaix Pro bike-Decibel helmet-plus-optics from Specialized, there is an array of some of the finest cycling products on offer to players in the 2006 Spring Classics Fantasy Game.

    From HED comes a pair of beautiful Bastogne wheels worth over US$600, as well as helmets from Giro, saddles from fi'zi:k, pedals from Speedplay, tyres from Maxxis, Pro Cool mesh sleeveless base-layers from Craft, and for each race, there is a pair of Smith Reactor Max-Team CSC Edition glasses for scoring...

  • Westside Cycling Classic registration open

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    April 02, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Hedwig Kröner, assisted by Sabine Sunderland and Susan Westemeyer

    Registration for this years British Columbis Provincial Championship in Canada, the Westside Cycling...

    Registration for this years British Columbis Provincial Championship in Canada, the Westside Cycling Classic is now open at www.teamwedgewood.com. Riders can register early to take advantage of the special, early-bird pricing.

    The race will again take place on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18, 2006 as part of the Point Grey Fiesta Weekend celebration and be an important fundraising event in support of the BC Cancer Foundation for the Wedgewood Cycling Team.

    "This year we are anticipating riders coming to Vancouver from all parts of Canada and the Pacific Northwest," said race director Jonathan Wornell. "Being the Provincial Championships is a big draw for riders from British Columbia and, with such an exciting course and such great feedback following last years event we expect a good size field."

    One rider who is looking forward to the race is Vancouver resident and Heath Net/Maxxis rider Kirk O'Bee. "Its a great course, well designed and draws a big crowd especially on the hills," O'Bee said. "I always like to ride well at home and will be riding to win."

    As part of the Wedgewood Cycling Teams fundraising efforts for 2006, $5 from each riders entry fee as well as funds raised on the day will be donated to the BC Cancer Foundation.

  • Garrett Lemire Memorial Grand Prix

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    April 02, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Hedwig Kröner, assisted by Sabine Sunderland and Susan Westemeyer

    The third annual Garrett Lemire Memorial Grand Prix (GLMgp) will be held this Sunday, April 2, in...

    The third annual Garrett Lemire Memorial Grand Prix (GLMgp) will be held this Sunday, April 2, in downtown Ojai, California. Top professional domestic cycling teams from all over the country will be present, as well as many amateur racers.

    One of the top-rated races on the National Race Calendar (NRC), the 2006 GLMgp will be a one-mile circuit course, commencing at 7:00 am with the Masters Men field of 75 riders. At 11:35 am, the women pro riders will come to the start line. This approximately one-hour event will spotlight the top women riders in the country. The Men’s Pro/1 category is scheduled to start at 1:25 pm, with one hundred twenty racers in the field.

    The 2006 field of men’s professional teams includes local team, Successful Living, managed by local Ojai racer Ryan Yee. Formerly of Team Sea Silver, Yee now manages and races for Successful Living, while continuing to dedicate many hours to the Garrett Lemire Memorial Grand Prix. Also expected to make a strong showing are Team Jelly Belly and newly formed Toyota United, which is managed by two-time GLMgp winner Harm Jansen of Thousand Oaks.

    Women's teams to watch include the newly formed Colavita Cooking Light, which joined powerhouse Quark after the 2005 season. Led by Dotsie Bausch, the team promises to be a strategic presence at Sunday’s race. Other possible winning teams include Team Lipton, led by last year’s 2005 GLMgp winner Laura Van Gilder, T-Mobile’s Kim Anderson and Ojai native and former Olympic silver medalist Mari Holden.

    For more information on the event and the Garrett Lemire Memorial Foundation, please visit www.glmgp.com.

  • Milram's 'new way of cycling'

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    April 02, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Hedwig Kröner, assisted by Sabine Sunderland and Susan Westemeyer

    Team Milram is continuing its 'new way of cycling' approach by establishing a 'new form of scouting...

    Team Milram is continuing its 'new way of cycling' approach by establishing a 'new form of scouting system in pro cycling' for finding and developing young riders, the team has announced. Directeur Sportif Jan Schaffrath will be in charge of the new program.

    "I will look, especially in Germany, for two or three young riders for our team," Schaffrath said. "I am especially interested in a rider for the Belgian Spring Classics, a rider for the Tours, and someone with climbing abilities. But team spirit, commitment and a certain independence are also important factors."

  • Pollack newest addition to T-Mobile's injured list

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    April 02, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Hedwig Kröner, assisted by Sabine Sunderland and Susan Westemeyer

    T-Mobile's string of injured riders keeps on growing - the newest addition to the list is sprinter...

    T-Mobile's string of injured riders keeps on growing - the newest addition to the list is sprinter Olaf Pollack. Knee problems make him doubtful for his planned starts at Gent-Wevelgem and Paris-Roubaix this coming week. The German is being treated in Potsdam by sports doctor Ralph Schürer. "It doesn't look good right now," Pollack said. "But I'm still hopeful." Pollack has earned both of T-Mobile's wins this year.

  • The essence of 'de Ronde'

    Waiting for the bunch
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    April 02, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Hedwig Kröner, assisted by Sabine Sunderland and Susan Westemeyer

    As the season heads into the heart of the Spring Classics it's time to focus on Belgium and a race...

    As the season heads into the heart of the Spring Classics it's time to focus on Belgium and a race which captures the imagination of most cycling enthusiasts - the Tour of Flanders. Cycling historian Les Woodland takes a look at what makes de Ronde van Vlaanderen so special.

    I bet your local bike race doesn't have rock-style merchandise. But that's because it's not the Tour of Flanders, the race that belongs to Belgium and the people of the bike-crazy north. Because as everyone knows, heaven keeps a special place for Flandrians who win.

    So, you want to time the break? What better than your own Ronde wristwatch from Rodania, including "a sport version provided with hour, minute and second hands, date, heavy rust-free metal body, shock-resistant mechanism and shatterproof glass, tested at 100 metres below water, equipped with massive rust-free steel strap with double slot for safety"? Or perhaps you're better at guessing the future than timing the present. OK… name the first three in the right order and you'll receive a hefty prize from Eddy Merckx. But be warned: you'll be one of more than 80,000 sending a prediction to Het Nieuwsblad, the organising newspaper.

    The Tour of Flanders was the invention of Karel van Wijnendaele, sometimes known as Karel Steyaert. He was born in 1882 and became a bike racer and journalist who for 20 years ran Belgium's team in the Tour de France.

    Click here for the full feature.

  • Wesemann out

    Steffen Wesemann (T-Mobile)
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    April 02, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Hedwig Kröner, assisted by Sabine Sunderland and Susan Westemeyer

    2004 Ronde Van Vlaanderen winner Steffen Wesemann (T-Mobile) will not participate in this year's...

    2004 Ronde Van Vlaanderen winner Steffen Wesemann (T-Mobile) will not participate in this year's edition if the event. Suffering from respiratory problems due to a viral infection, the German will rest to cure his condition. Team mate André Korff will replace him in Sunday's race.

    "In this state, he wouldn't be able to play a role in the finale anyway," said T-Mobile directeur sportif Valerio Piva. "It would be too risky to make him race only to help the team in the beginning. That's why it is best that he takes the time to recover, to be fit again for Paris-Roubaix."

  • The DS' prognostics

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    April 02, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Hedwig Kröner, assisted by Sabine Sunderland and Susan Westemeyer

    A few directeur sportifs have been asked to give their prognostics on who will end up on the podium...

    A few directeur sportifs have been asked to give their prognostics on who will end up on the podium in Meerbeke on Sunday afternoon. While some of them have faith in their own riders (Peeters, Sergeant and Piva), others believe that their rivals will win (Maasen, Demol) - or is it all mind games? Courtesy of Het Laatste Nieuws.

    Wilfried Peeters (Quick.Step): "It will be a hard, nervous race because of the wind. In the end the strongest will come to the front. And Tom wins."

    1.Boonen
    2.Van Petegem
    3.Hincapie

    Marc Sergeant (Davitamon): "Already before the Muur Van Petegem and Hoste will go. Boonen will win the sprint of the chasers."

    1.Van Petegem
    2.Hoste
    3.Boonen

    Valerio Piva (T-Mobile): "Klier will arrive alone, after a 'demarrage' (breakaway) on the Bosberg or shortly after. Super-favourite Boonen will win the sprint for second."

    1.Klier
    2.Boonen
    3.Ballan

    Frans Maassen (Rabobank): "With a lead group of about five men they'll ride away in the finale. They'll stay together and Boonen will win the sprint."

    1.Boonen
    2.Van Petegem
    3.Bettini

    Dirk Demol (Discovery): "A group of about six, seven guys, with Bettini amongst them, will break away and put Boonen in a tight situation. Bettini will win the sprint."

    1.Bettini
    2.Dekker
    3.Hincapie