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First Edition Cycling News, Sunday, March 20, 2011

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March 20, 2011, 0:00 GMT
  • Great Britain dominates para-cycling track worlds

    Sarah Storey (GBr) will be in action at the Para-cycling Track Worlds this weekend. Para-cycling is set to expand with the announcement of a road World Cup for 2010.
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    March 15, 2011, 2:24 GMT
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    Storey's storied run continues with more gold

    The British para-cyclists laid claim to nine gold medals at the Para-cycling track world championships in Montichiari, Italy this weekend, topping out the medal table with a total of 18.

    33-year-old Sarah Storey, a double gold medalist from the Beijing Paralympic Games, led the way with two of the golds in the C5 pursuit and 500, while Jody Cundy set a new world record en route to the win in the men's C4 kilometre time trial. Cundy was also part of the record-setting team sprint gold medal team.

    The British squad also earned 8 silver and one bronze medal in the championships.

    The results were especially promising ahead of next year's Paralympic Games in London. "Performances from this weekend are a massive boost for the team, gaining us vital qualification points towards places in London," said head coach Chris Furber. "The standard of the competition has really moved on since Beijing and being in a medal mix now means we are well placed for medal prospects in 2012."

    China was second in the medal count, nabbing four golds (C2 men's kilo and pursuit, C2 women's 500 and pursuit), four silvers and two bronze, while Australia was next with four gold, two silver and two bronze.

  • Get discount tickets for 2011 UCI Track World Championships opening ceremony

    Eddy Merckx was on hand in Kortrijk on Friday.
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    March 15, 2011, 4:36 GMT
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    Eddy Merckx to officially open the event

    Cycling great, Eddy Merckx will officially open the 2011 UCI Track World Championships in Omnisport Apeldoorn on Tuesday March 22.

    Merckx will play a key role in the colorful flag parade, in which all 41 participating countries are presented. The evening, which begins at 19.30 in the Omnisport complex until about 22.00 hours, will be an exchange of music, sports, other entertainment and the official ceremony.

    Track cycling fans can buy discount tickets for this opening evening! By showing your ticket of one of the World Cup track races, you will get € 2.50 discount ticket for the opening ceremony. So act now and buy your ticket to the races at and also enjoy the discount for the brilliant opening ceremony!

    The 2011 UCI Track World Championships take place in Apeldoorn, which is not far from the borders with Germany, Belgium and UK. The organisation hopes to welcome fans from abroad who can encourage their own national riders. Omnisport Apeldoorn is easily accessible by car and public transport. Parking is free!

    More information about the worlds, please visit For the latest news you can also go on twitter and follow @wkbaan2011.


  • Dutch team for world track championships announced

    Theo Bos (Rabobank) took his second stage win at the Tour of Oman.
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    March 16, 2011, 17:11 GMT
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    Bos and Vos the star names at home in Apeldoorn

    The Dutch team for the world track championships has been announced, with Theo Bos and Marianne Vos heading up a contingent that will be determined to impress in front of the passionate home crowds in Apeldoorn. The championships take place from March 23-27.

    Bos won five rainbow jerseys on the track between 2004 and 2007 during a hugely successful spell as a sprinter. He was sprint champion on three occasions and also held the kilometre and keirin titles before opting to focus his efforts on a career on the road in 2009.

    The Rabobank rider has been in fine form so far this season, taking a stage win at the Tour of Oman, and in his second coming as a track rider, he will line up as part of the Dutch endurance team. Bos will compete in the Madison in Apeldoorn along with Peter Schep. Tim Veldt will represent the Netherlands in the omnium.

    In the sprint events, Teun Mulder will be the man the home fans will look towards to meet the challenge posed by the strong French and British teams. He lines up in both the keirin and the kilometre, while Roy van den Berg and Matthijs Büchli take part in the sprint.

    Although she lost out to Kirsten Wild for the Dutch berth in the omnium, Marianne Vos is the star name in Dutch women’s team. The versatile Vos won the cyclo-cross world title in January and she lines up in both the points race and scratch race in Apeldoorn.

    Wild takes part in the omnium, while Ladies Tour of Qatar winner Ellen Van Dijk will carry home hopes in the...

  • American Track Racing Association series announced

    The velodrome in Blaine, Minnesota hosts the Fixed Gear Classic
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    March 16, 2011, 20:21 GMT
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    2011 ATRA championship to include 13 events

    The only national track racing series in the USA, the American Track Racing Association's (ATRA) National Championship Series is gearing up for its second year with a 13-event calendar that criss-crosses the continental United States.

    The NCS highlights the top competitions at the nation's velodromes, beginning with the Superdrome's Matrix Cup on May 21-22 in Frisco, Texas.

    Blaine, Minnesota will host the Fixed Gear Classic in concert with the Nature Valley Grand Prix on June 10-12 for the second stop in the series before the racing moves to Bloomer Park in Rochester Hills, Michigan for the UIV/IVBP three-day Madison Cup on June 24-26.

    Sunny San Jose, California's Hellyer Velodrome will be the site of round four's Testarossa Velodrome Challenge, July 1-2. The series then will head to the east coast for Atlanta, Georgia's Outback Bikes omnium at Dick Lane Velodrome.

    Stop six on the calendar will be in Portland, Oregon on July 15-17 for the Alpenrose Challenge and then the racing will remain in the Pacific Northwest for Seattle's Marymoor Grand Prix on July 22-23.

    Three one-day events will follow at Kenosha, Wisconsin (July 26), Northbrook, Illinois (August 4), Dick Lane Velodrome (August 13) before the racing returns to California for Encino's regional championships on September 10-11.

    Two more events in Northbrook and Kenosha will fill out the series on dates still to be determined.

    The NCS will feature individual overall champions for men's events, women's events and best overall team for the team that gains the most points over the course of the season. Championships will also be awarded for both men's sprint and endurance, and women's sprint and endurance.

    Results will be tallied on ATRA's website, and at the end of the year National Championship Series jersey's will be awarded to the winners of each category.


  • Young but strong track worlds team for New Zealand

    Jesse Sergent and Sam Bewley helped the New Zealand squad to a bronze medal.
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    March 16, 2011, 20:43 GMT
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    Pursuiters the country's best hope for gold in Apeldoorn

    BikeNZ announced its team for the UCI World Track Championships this week, naming a 16-rider squad after having a final camp in Invercargill.

    A strong group of pursuit specialists will give the team its highest hopes for gold in Apeldoorn next week. Commonwealth Games gold medallist Alison Shanks will head up a promising women's pursuit team with Jaime Nielsen, Lauren Ellis and Kaytee Boyd.

    RadioShack's young professionals Sam Bewley and Jesse Sergent will lead their country's men's pursuit team and will be joined by Marc Ryan and Peter Latham with newcomer Aaron Gate rounding out the team. The latter three were part of the silver-medal winning squad in the Manchester World Cup.

    "The Manchester World Cup trio of Aaron Gate, Pete Latham and Marc Ryan have kicked on strongly while there’s been a huge commitment from Bewley and Sergent to fly home from Europe and produce the goods to make this team," said BikeNZ head coach Tim Carswell.

    "It’s the same situation in the women where Alison, Lauren and Jaime have continued their progress since Manchester and Kaytee, who had a very strong Beijing World Cup, has really impressed over the last two months in particular."

    22-year-old Shane Archbold will compete in the omnium while Tom Scully takes on the other endurance events, and Joanne Kiesanowski will compete in the women’s omnium.

    On the sprint side are Eddie Dawkins, Sam Webster, Ethan Mitchell and Simon van Velthooven. "Overall it is a strong team but also young. The average age of the men is only 22 years," said Carswell.

    "It’s an extremely important world championship with London only 16 months away and with crucial Olympic qualifications points on the line.

    "We want to see an...

  • Armitstead out of Track Worlds

    Elizabeth Armitstead (Great Britain) starts the omnium individual pursuit.
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    March 17, 2011, 15:50 GMT
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    British rider down due to side strain

    Lizzie Armitstead will not be participating in the UCI Track World Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, later this month. British Cycling has announced that Armitstead is suffering from a side strain, which prevents her from competing.

    According to the team's doctor, "she is responding well to treatment and a full recovery is expected, but not in time for the World Championships."

    Laura Trott has been selected to represent Great Britain in the omnium. The line-up for the women's team pursuit will be confirmed next week.

  • Hammer primed for track world championships

    Sarah Hammer, world champion in the pursuit, was the first rider supported by OUCH
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    March 18, 2011, 15:25 GMT
    Laura Weislo

    American to defend pursuit title despite full schedule

    Three-time individual pursuit world champion Sarah Hammer will go for a fourth title at the UCI Track World Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands next week despite having a busy schedule that also includes the team pursuit and six -race omnium.

    Hammer has been training this winter in Mallorca, which has helped save on travel stress and ensure good training conditions.

    "Mallorca might be our new base for the lead-up to the Olympics," Hammer told Cyclingnews. "You can't really beat the weather here during the wintertime."

    As her compatriots like cyclo-cross racer Katie Compton have found, limiting mental and physical stress outside competition is key to success at the highest level of the sport. Being acclimated to the time zone well in advance has helped the American settle in and get the best out of herself in competitions like the Manchester World Cup, where she won four of the six omnium events en route to the overall win.

    "One of the biggest things we realized last year was how much [being in Europe] helped with the World Cups and world championships - it just takes so much less out of you than when you're having to go back to the US."

    After breezing through victories in the omnium at the Cali and Manchester World Cups, Hammer said she expects the level of competition to be higher at the world championships.

    "I didn't know what to expect was pleased with how both Cali and Manchester went. Obviously in both world cups it wasn't the full field we'll see at the world championships, but I feel like I got to see all the competitors who will be strong. I haven't not raced against anybody. Worlds will definitely be fun, and it will be exciting. The omnium is so crazy - anything...

  • Whitten puts studies on hold in search of gold

    Canada's Tara Whitten is the reigning world champion in both the points race and omnium
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    March 20, 2011, 21:26 GMT
    Laura Weislo

    Canadian looks to defend omnium track world title in Apeldoorn

    It's crunch time for Edmonton, Alberta's Tara Whitten: the 2011 UCI Track Cycling World Championships are about to get underway, and next weekend she will defend her title in the women's omnium - a gruelling six-race event that encompasses all of track cycling's disciplines: the flying lap and 500m time trial favour sprinters, the 3km individual pursuit the endurance riders, while the elimination, points and scratch mass-start races lend an element of chance and chaos into the mix.

    In order to prepare for this year's championship and her search for Olympic glory in the 2012 London Summer Games, Whitten put her studies toward a PhD in Neuroscience on hold last September.

    "I plan to return to finish my PhD after the Olympics, but for now I felt that I really needed to put all of my energy and focus into cycling," Whitten told Cyclingnews.

    The singular focus has yielded strong results: two second places and a win in the omniums in the three World Cups she competed in this season.

    "I am happy with the schedule that I chose this season. I wanted to hit the first three World Cups in order to put myself in a good position for Olympic qualification, and get a feel for the new omnium format. I then chose to skip the last World Cup in Manchester in order to have two solid months of training going into the World Championships."

    When Whitten took the omnium title in 2010, the format did not include the elimination race and the pursuit was only 2km. Now the world championships take in the full schedule that will be in place for the Olympic Games.

    Coming from a background in cross-country ski racing and having far less mass-start experience than the likes of her closest competitors Sarah Hammer (USA), Kirsten Wild (Netherlands) and Leire Olaberria (Spain), Whitten's strengths...