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First Edition Cycling News, Friday, August 31, 2012

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August 31, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • Mani, Berden to lead new Raleigh-Clement Cyclocross Team

    Ben Berden and Clemen'ts Donn Kellogg
    Article published:
    July 18, 2012, 16:12 BST
    Cycling News

    Two more riders to be added through July 24 qualifyfing race

    Frenchwoman Caroline Mani and Belgian Ben Berden will return to the USA to headline the new Raleigh-Clement Cyclo-cross team. The pair will be joined by top singlespeed racer Craig Etheridge to compete in a full North American schedule.

    Mani, twice the French national champion in the discipline, and Berden, a former Belgian U23 champion, were popular additions to the US 'cross scene last season.

    Berden claimed three wins last year, the Boulder Cup in Colorado, back to back victories in the North Carolina GP and a second overall in the Cross After Dark series.

    Two additional riders will earn a place on the team through a qualifying race to be held on July 24 at DealerCamp in Deer Valley, Utah. The top male and female riders without current pro contracts will be offered fully supported positions.

  • USA Cycling summer 'cross camp concludes in Montana

    Coach Proctor giving barrier tips with authentic Montana barriers.
    Article published:
    July 31, 2012, 19:29 BST
    Cycling News

    Four-day camp attracts US's top young talent

    Geoff Proctor – organizer of the US 'cross camp that takes place in Belgium each winter – and USA Cycling (USAC) teamed up for the second consecutive summer to give 17 aspiring athletes a chance to participate in a cyclo-cross-specific summer training camp in Helena, Montana in late July.

    "The camp went well last year, so we wanted to do it again and keep on bringing kids forward with their training, their motivation, and their focus," said Proctor. "It's a big year with Louisville Worlds coming, but it's also important to keep looking at the younger riders coming up. I'm really thankful to USAC for giving me and the riders this opportunity."

    The camp, spread over four days, included four sessions a day: early morning conditioning, late morning specific cyclo-cross training, afternoon rides up in the mountains, and evening classroom sessions with video analysis of European cyclo-cross races and segments of motivational footage as well.

    "I like the compressed, focused approach," said Proctor. "Multiple opportunities within a short amount of time to work on and reinforce certain skills. We spend a lot of time talking about different techniques and I like to give the riders a chance for ample practice in a non-competitive, but serious atmosphere.

    "Several weeks prior, I line out all the training rides, facilities and equipment. There's no guess work and everything is tightly planned and structured. I added a few new segments this summer as well. A ‘yoga for cycling' session, another venue for practicing bunny-hopping and stair running, and, finally, a fun-had-by-all scavenger hunt to end the camp.

    "Each year I also try to bring in professional riders. Last year, it was great to have Sam and Andy Schultz come over from Missoula. This year, we really enjoyed having BMC pro mountain bike rider Stephen Ettinger, who spends most of his domestic time in nearby Bozeman."

    Proctor will also continue his...

  • Van der Haar confirmed to defend CrossVegas title

    Lars van der Haar (Rabobank-Giant) declares victory.
    Article published:
    August 09, 2012, 21:05 BST
    Cycling News

    Rabobank also brings Wubben and Van Paassen to Vegas

    2011 CrossVegas champion Lars van der Haar (Rabobank Offroad Team) will return to defend his title in the UCI C1-rated cyclo-cross race taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 19. Van der Haar won the 2011 edition in a tight sprint finale over Christian Heule and Rob Peeters to kick off a stellar 'cross season.

    Van der Haar was a dominant force in the U23 ranks, winning 14 races in total during the 2011-2012 'cross season. Highlights include victories in three of four World Cup races en route to the overall title, three race victories in each of the Superprestige and GVA Trofee series en route to overall titles for both, the Dutch U23 national championship, the European U23 championship, all capped off by his second-straight U23 world championship.

    The 21-year-old Dutchman is still eligible to compete as a U23 rider during the upcoming 'cross season, but Van der Haar was given permission by the UCI to contest all eight World Cups as well as the world championship in the elite ranks.

    Van der Haar will be joined by two Rabobank teammates in CrossVegas, Niels Wubben in the elite men's race plus Sanne van Paassen will contest the UCI C1-rated women's race.

    Wubben, 24, competed on both the 'cross and mountain bike circuits last year, highlighted by a bronze medal behind Lars Boom and Thijs van Amerongen in the Dutch 'cross championship in January.

    Sanne van Paassen, 24, will make her debut for Rabobank at CrossVegas and enjoyed a strong 'cross campaign in Europe last season where she won four races, finished on the podium in three World Cups and placed fourth in the world championships. The previous season Van Paassen won the overall women's World Cup title.

    "We have always sent the best possible riders to CrossVegas, it's...

  • Charm City Cyclocross returns this September

    Nicolas Bazin (Big Mat-Auber 93) racing in 6th place
    Article published:
    August 17, 2012, 2:45 BST
    Cycling News

    Wyman, Bazin, Vanderbeken and Van Gilder all set to ride UCI C2 event

    Top World-Ranked cyclists from around the globe converge on Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, to race alongside regional and local cyclists at the 8th annual Charm City Cyclocross races this September 22nd and 23rd. With races featuring cyclists of every skillset, broken into categories based on their rankings and experience, both days of action will showcase local and global talent in a spectator-friendly festival environment.

    Local bike shop, Twenty20 Cycling, located in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore, MD, along with its local racing team, C3-Athletes Serving Athletes, will host the event in the city's historic Druid Hill Park.

    "[Charm City Cross] really does hold a special place in my heart, as does organizer Kris Auer," professional cyclist, Helen Wyman of Great Britain recently told Cyclocross Magazine.

    At the time of racing Charm City Cross last year, Helen was ranked #1 in the world amongst Elite Women. Later that season, she went on to become the UK National Cyclocross Champion, and later finished 13th at the 2012 World Championships in Koksijde, Belgium. She enters this coming season ranked 4th in the world.

    "If I could race [Charm City Cross] every weekend, I think I would. Again, the venue is amazing, the support staff at the event are second to none and Baltimore is a fantastic city," tells Wyman.

    Other notable professional riders that are scheduled to appear in this year's Elite race fields are French rider Nicolas Bazin of Team Big-Mat who's currently ranked 34th in the world, 17th ranked Joyce Vanderbeken of Belgium, and local star Laura Van Gilder who races for Twenty20 Cycling's own C3-Athletes Serving Athletes team and is currently ranked 34th amongst the World's Elite Women.

    The goal of this year's race weekend is to not only provide the highest level of competition throughout the Mid Atlantic, but to also expand its spectator experience for families, children, city residents, and cycling fans...

  • Rodríguez: “I will lose between two and three minutes in time trial.”

    Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) on the podium in Barcelona
    Article published:
    August 28, 2012, 10:05 BST
    Alasdair Fotheringham

    Vuelta leader says this year’s TT is harder than 2010 chrono

    Joaquím Rodríguez (Katusha) has estimated that he could lose up to three minutes in Wednesday’s stage 11 time trial, but the leader of the Vuelta a España insists that he is better against the clock than when he lost the race to Vincenzo Nibali in the final time trial in 2010.

    “I’m going to fight, I think I will lose between 2:30 and three minutes,” Rodríguez told Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

    “This time trial isn’t as flat as the one [in 2010], it’s harder than we think. That time trial [in 2010] was one of the worst I did in my life.”

    Rodríguez says he has worked a lot on his time trialling, although he admits “it was easy to improve on it.”

    “I’m taking this Vuelta very calmly, day by day. It’s not like in previous years where I was over-thinking everything.

    “Let’s see what happens in the time trial. We could end up all being very close overall. Or Froome or somebody could get two minutes and the party will be over.”

    Rodríguez also pointed out in El Mundo that it had been a very intense first week - with four mountain top finishes so far - and that that could make for some very tired legs at the end of the race. “It’s going to be a long one.” However, he has every intention of stirring things up in the mountains of Asturias.

    “That’s what I’ve prepared for. All of the training I’ve done has been for long days in the mountains, which is what we’re going to find on stages like Cuitu Negru [stage 16]. I can’t wait for that stage to arrive.”

  • Optum Pro Cycling announces 'cross team roster

    Jade Wilcoxson (Optum) drives the women's break up the final climb.
    Article published:
    August 29, 2012, 20:30 BST
    Cycling News

    Men's and women's teams to focus on USGP, domestic UCI races

    Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies announced today their roster for the upcoming 2012-2013 cyclo-cross season, the team's first foray into the discipline. National Racing Calendar (NRC) champion Carmen Small, Jade Wilcoxson, and Optum p/b KBS newcomer Amanda Miller will tackle the US circuit for the women and will be joined by Tristan Schouten, Jesse Anthony, Alex Candelario, and Mike Sherer for the men. Performance Manager Eric Wohlberg will direct both teams this fall.

    Headlining the team for the men will be Tristan Schouten of Plymouth, WI. Schouten is a regular in the top five on the US Gran Prix of Cyclo-cross (USGP) circuit and has previously represented the US at the world championships. He brings 16 years of experience to the team and has his sights set on a podium at the US national championship this season, taking place for the second consecutive year in Madison, his home state's capitol city.

    "We are very pleased to bring Tristan to the Optum p/b KBS family," said Wohlberg. "He clearly has the pedigree to bring home results and will be a fine ambassador for all of our partners at some of America's premier 'cross races."

    Unable to resist the pull of a discipline he mastered as a junior, Jesse Anthony will return to the mud for a limited schedule. The two-time U23 USGP champion, seven-time national champion and four-time 'cross Worlds team member made a tough decision last year to focus all of his energy into developing as a road rider, but looks forward to returning to a sport he is still passionate about.

    "As of last fall, I limited my cyclo-cross racing in order to focus on the road, but I will always be a 'crosser at heart," said Anthony. "Racing in the dirt is just too much fun to give up forever. I'm extremely pleased that our team has launched a 'cross program, and the opportunity to race the circuit in...

  • Rohrbach's Ellison Park Cyclocross kicks off UCI 'cross season

    In Rochester it was an all European podium (l-r): Ian Field (Hargroves Cycles), Nicolas Bazin (Big Mat-Auber 93), Tom Van Den Bosch (Team AA
    Article published:
    August 31, 2012, 21:35 BST
    Cycling News

    Rochester, NY hosts international field for first UCI 'cross race of 2012-2013

    An international field is slated to compete at Rohrbach’s Ellison Park Cyclocross in Rochester, NY, next weekend, the first UCI-sanctioned cyclo-cross race of the 2012-2013 season. Taking place September 8-9, the two-day event will feature C2-ranked races for both elite men and women each day, as well as races for amateurs, masters, juniors and children.

    International riders already committed to the event include cyclo-cross veteran and nine-time U.S. national champion Jonathan Page, New England's own Justin Lindine, seven-time and reigning British cyclo-cross champion Helen Wyman (defending women's Rohrbach's Ellison Park champion), French riders Nicolas Bazin (defending men's Rohrbach's Ellison Park champion) and Flavian Dasonville, Belgian Joyce Vanderbeken, Great Britain's Gabriella Day and Canadian Craig Richey.

    Ellison Park Cyclocross is in its fourth year, third as a UCI sanctioned event, and 2012 marks the first year as a two-day UCI event. The course has been changed substantially for this year, featuring new technical sections, more challenging terrain and a slightly different route. The course is approximately 2.8km in length with a variety of man-made and natural obstacles. The race course direction will be reversed on Sunday.

    "The first year I did the Rohrbach's Ellison Park Cyclocross race I thought it was a really great course; hard and with a lot of challenging elements throughout, and super well run," said Justin Lindine, winner of the 2010 elite men's event. Lindine was also the first American finisher last year, placing fourth behind France's Nicolas Bazin, Britain's Ian Field and Belgium's Tom Van Den Bosch. "I thought it had a ton of potential to become a really big event, so it's especially cool to have...

  • Miller to lead California Giant cyclo-cross team

    NACT series leader Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry).
    Article published:
    August 31, 2012, 22:30 BST
    Cycling News

    Kaiser, Eckmann continue

    Meredith Miller will return to the cyclo-cross scene for the 2012-2013 season with the Califoria Giant Berry/Specialized team. Her aim is to make the USA national team for the UCI world championships, which will take place in Louisville, Kentucky in 2013.

    "With Kentucky hosting Worlds this 2012-13 season, the enthusiasm and motivation will be higher than it's ever been," Miller said. While she raced this summer with Team TIBCO on the road, she also donned her California Giant Berry/Specialized kit for some mountain bike races, including the US national championships, where she came fifth in the short track.

    "Making the Worlds team has always been competitive, but with the race being held right here on our soil for the first time in the history of the sport, this year will be exceptionally tough. I will need to be on top of my game each and every race. My hope is that the mix of road and mountain bike racing I have done this year will help me do just that."

    Also returning will be espoir riders Cody Kaiser, a three-time world champion team member, and Yannick Eckmann, 18, along with newcomer Tobin Ortenblad.

    "I am stoked to be back again with California Giant-Specialized, every year it gets better and I can't wait for the September to get here." Kaiser said. "I am looking forward to all of the racing and hope to be as consistent as possible with some big results."