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First Edition Cycling News, Sunday, July 31, 2011

Date published:
July 31, 2011, 1:00 BST
  • Sneak peek: Is Felt developing a full-carbon 'cross bike?

    Felt recently leaked this photo of a new 'cross bike in development. Though details are mostly absent, the new frame looks to use the same InsideOut molding process as on Felt's newest road bikes.
    Article published:
    March 03, 2011, 1:51 GMT
    James Huang, technical editor

    Company plays down newly-developed offering

    Felt recently leaked a tightly cropped image of a new bike undergoing testing and while there wasn't much detail, one thing is certain: the company is finally developing a full-carbon 'cross bike to supplement its long-running all-aluminum and aluminum-carbon models.

    Judging solely by the appearance of the seat cluster, Felt looks to be using the same InsideOut moulding process it uses for its new upper-end F-series road frames. If so, we can expect to see very light frame weights – our guess for the 'cross version would be somewhere right around 1,000g, or about 100g heavier than the mid-range F frame.

    Assuming the ride qualities transfer over from the road, too, we can also expect a very lively and supple feel, and extremely high drivetrain and torsional stiffness levels.

    Also based on Felt's road design cues, we're putting money on a tapered head tube, full carbon fork and a BB30-compatible bottom bracket.

    Felt's leaked image shows the bike with rim brakes and at least for now, non-removable housing stops on the top tube. The rearmost hanger is a bolt-on unit, though, which gives us at least a bit of hope that there will be a disc option as well.

    Not surprisingly, Felt was very tight-lipped about the new bike and had little to say.

    "That's just one of our Nine mountain bike frames with V-brake bosses – yeah, that's it," said road product manager Dave Koesel. "It’s a mountain bike – I don’t know anything about it. Sorry."

    Stay tuned to Cyclingnews for additional details.

  • Wellens to begin 'cross season in the USA?

    Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team)
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    May 07, 2011, 2:07 BST
    Cycling News

    US promoters negotiating with Telenet-Fidea riders

    If all goes to plan, cyclo-cross star Bart Wellens and his talented Telenet-Fidea teammate Rob Peeters could be starting the 'cross season off stateside.

    Sporza reported today that Wellens and Peeters are planning a two-week stint across the Atlantic, beginning the season at CrossVegas, then competing in a pair of races in Washington State (Starcrossed and Rad Racing GP) and the USGP races in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin on September 14, 17-18 and 24-25.

    "I've been wanting to do the American 'cross races because I never have," Wellens said to Sporza. "With the 2013 World Championships (in Louisville, Kentucky) it is a big boost."

    "I want to have good legs immediately because I want to win," he said. "That way I can gain major UCI points, which would give me a good starting position on my return to Europe. That's an additional reason to make the long trip."

    CrossVegas promoter Brook Watts confirmed that he was in negotiations with the Telenet riders, but has yet to confirm their participation.

  • Rattray ready to defend Dirty Deeds Urban Cyclo-cross Series title

    Action for the 2010 edition of the Dirty Deeds Series in Melbourne
    Article published:
    May 24, 2011, 2:02 BST
    Cycling News

    June 3 kick-off for Melbourne race

    While in the northern hemisphere winter has well and truly departed, deep in the southern hemisphere folks are starting to get excited about mud, rain and cyclo-cross. As the opening prologue of Melbourne, Australia's 2011 Dirty Deeds Urban Cyclo-cross Series draws near, Brendan Bailey from the DDCX organizing committee sat down with the 2010 Aggregate winner, Lewis Rattray, to discuss the upcoming races.

    BB: As reigning Dirty Deeds Urban Cyclo-cross Champion, how are you feeling about this year's series?

    LR: Even thinking about the upcoming series makes me a little nervous! I'm super pumped for it, and hope to defend the title, but I also realise there'll be a heap more good riders out there to give it a go. Perhaps what little experience I have could give me an edge. I'll just have to find out as soon as the gun goes.

    BB: So how have you been preparing for the series? Is your preparation different to last year?

    LR: Last year my preparation involved heavy drinking most weekends (a year of 21st birthdays), and about 6 hours training a week just to keep myself interested. I now have the year off uni between courses and I'm training every day. I've also cut back on the benders. I'm hoping to keep this up through winter but we'll see how we go.

    BB: Last year you made a controversial switch from the Mountain Bike class to the CX bike class midway through the series. Do you have any similar shenanigans planned this year?

    LR: No bike shenanigans this year. I've got my cross bike dialled now, brand new, no excuses for pulling out the MTB. I may try and track down a fancy costume or something special for a race or two!

    BB: That's probably a good idea, because the prizes for fancy dress are way bigger than the prizes for actually winning. Going back to training for a bit... do you do any CX specific training? Any practicing running up stairs, or carrying...

  • Wellens, Peeters to start 'cross season in USA

    Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) wins
    Article published:
    May 31, 2011, 20:57 BST
    Cycling News

    Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team will race Cross After Dark

    Top Belgian cyclo-cross professionals Bart Wellens and Rob Peeters will start their 2011-2012 season in the USA, beginning with the evening CrossVegas and StarCrossed events.

    Both races are part of the new Cross After Dark series. The Telenet-Fidea team riders will also compete in the Rad Racing GP in Washington state.

    CrossVegas kicks off the series on Wednesday, September 14 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The StarCrossed race follows on September 17 with the Rad Racing GP the following day, both in the Seattle area.

    "We are extremely excited to begin our campaign in the U.S.," said Telenet Fidea manager Hans van Kasteren. "Bart has raced road on the east coast of the U.S. with Timothy Johnson, but looks forward to his U.S. cyclo-cross debut on the West Coast."

    The American 'cross scene has attracted European riders in the past, but changes to the points rules and the arrival of the World Championships on US shores in 2013 could see an increased influx of talent from overseas. Last season Francis Mourey padded out his UCI points with victories in CrossVegas, StarCrossed and the Rad Racing GP, allowing him to start the European season fourth in the UCI rankings and on a front row start for the World Cup.

    CrossVegas promoter Brook Watts said, "I've been preaching the benefits of the early season U.S. races to the Europeans for some time, I think we're at the tipping point now where they see the value in making a trip over here to compete against our top pros who start the season well prepped."

    New for the 2011 season, the Cross After Dark national cyclo-cross series connects America's four premiere nighttime Cyclo-cross races: CrossVegas, StarCrossed, Gateway Cross Cup, and Spooky...

  • Jouffroy signs with Telenet Fidea

    Arnaud Jouffroy takes the win in Namur
    Article published:
    June 01, 2011, 4:10 BST
    Cycling News

    U23 cyclo-cross world champion reinforces Belgian team

    The Telenet Fidea Cycling Team announced today that it has signed 2010 U23 cyclo-cross world champion Arnaud Jouffroy to a two-year contract. Jouffroy comes from the BKCP-Powerplus team.

    Twice a French national champion, the 21-year-old ascended to the world title following the disqualification of the two Polish riders Pawel and Kacper Szczepaniak, who tested positive for EPO.

    Jouffroy will be a professional rider as of June 1, but will race in the U23 division for the cyclo-cross season.

    Team manager Hans van Kasteren was pleased to bring some new talent into the squad, which recently lost Kevin Pauwels to rival squad Sunweb-Revor and Zdenek Stybar to QuickStep. "The recruitment of Jouffroy also demonstrates our belief that the future lies with the youth. We want to build from there. We chose Arnaud because he is young and talented."

    Jouffroy's 2010-2011 'cross season was shortened by knee problems, but Van Kasteren hopes the problems are in the past. The French rider chose the Telenet Fidea team over four other offers.

    "La Francaise des Jeux, AG2R, Sunweb Revor, BKCP Powerplus were all interested, but the conditions that Hans gave me made the difference. He was able to completely meet my needs. First, I could sign as a professional, what I wanted to do. I was even offered a commitment for three years, but I chose a two-year contract," said Jouffroy.

    "My main goals are the World Cup, World Championships and the French championship. Also I would like to do well in the Superprestige and GVA trophy."

  • Wellens and Peeters extend US cyclo-cross tour

    Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team)
    Article published:
    June 10, 2011, 3:37 BST
    Cycling News

    Telenet-Fidea using US experience as preparation for 2013 Worlds

    Telenet-Fidea riders, Bart Wellens and Rob Peeters have added another race to their US cyclo-cross schedule with organizers of the US GP of Cyclocross confirming yesterday that the duo will race the Planet Bike Cup in Sun Prairie, WI on September 24th and 25th.

    Wellens, a two-time World Champion and two-time Belgian National Champion along with Peeters, winner in Zonnebeke in 2010/2011, are traveling to the US to kick off their 2011/2012 campaigns and to do a reconnaissance trip to Louisville, KY in advance of the 2013 UCI Elite World Cyclocross Championships.

    The race oraniser, Bruce Fina was happy to welcome the two back after a long US hiatus.

    "For me, both personally and from a sporting perspective, it's very exciting to see Bart racing in the US again. The last time he was here he was the reigning U23 World Champion and he came to race for our team, CCB International, in Massachusetts. He came for about 6 weeks as part of an exchange program that later saw Tim Johnson spending the winter with him in Belgium. I am sure he will enjoy his time here again this season."

    "The Planet Bike Cup has featured some top European talent in the past - Erwin Vervecken, Francis Mouray, Tim Van Nuffel, Christian Huele, Rene Birkenfeld - have all raced here in pursuit of some early season form and points," he said.

    "We have long lobbied for these teams to come and take advantage of the great racing on offer in the US in the early season. We are seeing more and interest in that every year. I think the 2013 World Championships in Louisville have something to do with that - and we are excited to have the opportunity to show this Belgian delegation around Louisville as part of their time in the US this year."

    Wellens and Peeters start their US adventure with the Cross Vegas race in Nevada, before they take on the StarCrossed race on September 17. They will head to the Planet Bike Cup the following week.


  • Johnson builds ‘cross fitness at Cascade Classic

    Cannondale - teammates Tim Johnson and Jeremy Powers
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    July 26, 2011, 2:32 BST
    Kirsten Frattini

    Cannondale p/b signs Christian Heule

    Six-time US national cyclo-cross champion, Tim Johnson is building a strong endurance base ahead of the cyclo-cross season by contesting a number of late-season road races. Johnson recently rode the Cascade Cycling Classic that concluded on Sunday and plans to ride the upcoming Green Mountain Stage Race in Vermont along with the Leadville Trail 100 and Breckenridge Epic, both held in August in Colorado.

    "I chose Cascade Classic because it all happens in one spot, I’ve done it six or seven times now, we have a good support system and Lyne [Bessette] and I got married there so Bend is a special place," Johnson told Cyclingnews.

    "As far as racing goes, I needed to race," he said. "I’ve been training, a lot of off the bike training, and now I’m transferring everything onto the bike. Cascade was a really hard race but I needed to kick start in order to have a good August leading into September ‘cross. The altitude mountain biking will be great for overall fitness and technical ability."

    Cannondale p/b team will also include Jamie Driscoll and US Under 23 Champion Kaitlin Antonneau. The team recently announced the signing of Swiss National Champion Christian Heule and will shortly announce the signing of a new female athlete.

    "We have one new guy and new girl," Johnson said prior to the announcement. "He’s really good, really good, and a well qualified addition to the season. Everyone is excited about him for next year. He is an ace when it comes to international travel."

    The three-man team will compete in the main US events with a focus on the US Grand Prix of Cyclo-cross (USGP) and the UCI-sanctioned events. The riders will also place more of emphasis on a European schedule to prepare for 2013 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky.

    "I want to make sure that this...

  • US summer 'cross camp a success

    One of the fun activities for the campers were the "start drills"
    Article published:
    July 31, 2011, 21:52 BST
    Daniel Benson

    Proctor and USA Cycling team up

    Although the Olympics are less than a year away, US cyclo-cross aficionados will also have one eye on the 2013 Worlds which take place on home soil, in Louisville, Kentucky.

    With that in mind, Geoff Proctor – organiser of the US 'cross camp that takes place in Belgium each winter – and USA Cycling teamed up to give 16 aspiring athletes a chance to participate in an inaugural summer training camp in Helena, Montana, last month.

    “I found out late that I could do it and USA cycling gave me the green light for something that I’d been advocating for, for years,” Proctor told Cyclingnews.

    The camp, spread over four days, mimicked the Belgian 'cross camps that occur during the summer.

    “It all came together in my home town in Montana,” added Proctor.

    “I know all the training rides, facilities and equipment. There was no guess work and everything was tightly planned and structured. I went down and tried to find results from nationals for guys between 15 and 17 years old, so the guys that will be making the Worlds team in the next couple of years and obviously we want to be doing well in Louisville in 2013.”

    Each morning the 16 young hopefuls would have strength conditioning exercises in order to improve their core fitness. They would then undergo specific cyclo-cross training on a race course, practicing dismounts, run-ups and pit practice. In the afternoons they would have typical training rides, while the evenings would be taken up by video analysis of Europe’s top professionals.

    Proctor will organise his winter camp in Belgium for the 9th time this year but is hoping to have a summer camp next year and include female athletes as well.

    Camp Roster

    CX Summer Camp Roster
    Helena, Montana
    July 25-29, 2011