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Regional Cycling News for March 9, 2005

Date published:
March 09, 2005, 0:00 GMT
  • Spiuk for G.P. Internacional do Oeste RTP

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    March 09, 2005, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Les Clarke

    The Spanish Spiuk team has announced its line-up for the G.P. Internacional do Oeste RTP which runs...

    The Spanish Spiuk team has announced its line-up for the G.P. Internacional do Oeste RTP which runs March 10-13 in Portugal. The team will field Aitor Pérez Arrieta, Fernando Torres Martín, Alfonso Rodríguez García, Jesús Pérez Priego , Jesús Javier Ramírez Torres, Rafael Macarrón Jaqueti, Jorge Sánchez Pimienta, and Israel Pérez Rodríguez.

    Teams signed up to ride the four-day race include L.A. Aluminios-Liberty Seguros, Milaneza-Maia, Barbot-Pascoal, Imoholding-Loule, Madeinox-AR Canelas, Riberalves-Goldnutrition, Carvalhelhos-Boavista, ASC-Chenco Jeans , Paredes R. Moveis-Beiratamega, Duja-Tavira, Portuguese national team, German national team, Rabobank Continental, Orbea, Andalucía-Paul Versan, and Spiuk

    The stages

    Stage 1 - March 10: Bombarral - Alcobaça, 156.8 km
    Stage 2 - March 11: Peniche - Bombarral, 158 km
    Stage 3 - March 12: Torres Vedras - Monte Junto, 140.8 km
    Stage 4 - March 13: Bombarral - Bombarral ITT, 11.6 km

  • 'Sydney Thousand' to return?

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    March 09, 2005, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    By Les Clarke Racing promoter John Scott is aiming to rejuvenate cycling in New South Wales with the...

    By Les Clarke

    Racing promoter John Scott is aiming to rejuvenate cycling in New South Wales with the reinvention of the Sydney Thousand, a track race he successfully promoted in the 1970s and 80s. With riders such as Ben Kersten, Joel Leonard and Darren Young racing this mile handicap event, Scott hopes to capture the imagination of the Sydney public - much like the event did from the first race in 1903 until 1985.

    Scott turned to putting on cycling events after retiring from racing and promoted the Sydney Thousand, named after the £1000 prize purse offered in 1903, plus a plethora of city-to-city races such as Bourke-Sydney and Goulburn-Sydney throughout the same era. The decline of the road racing scene in the state during the last twenty years has spurred Scott into action and he aims to stage the event at Sydney's Dunc Gray Velodrome - a far cry from the tracks of Camperdown and the Sydney Cricket Ground, where the event was held for many years.

    As always, though, the stumbling block is money. Scott says initial discussions with potential sponsors, "have been extremely positive." Companies such as Tooheys Brewery have previously sponsored the event, but Scott is "looking for the sponsor to come from the cycling industry - it is, after all, the very industry that this race is all about."

    The race programme would include a match sprint, attracting riders such as Ryan Bailey and Theo Bos to repeat their Athens Olympics showdown. When asked how he would be able to gain the services of riders to race at the event, Scott seems a little concerned. "It's not impossible, but it's not easy trying to get authorities [riders' teams and managers] to co-operate."

    Scott is also looking at the idea of a top-class criterium in Sydney. Melbourne with the Bay Crits and the Gold Coast have international criterium series in the summer, but Australia's biggest city lacks a showcase pro road event. Scott floated the idea of a...

  • Women's crit alongside Tour de Georgia

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    March 09, 2005, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    A women's race in the finish area of stage one of April's Tour de Georgia will raise money for Susan...

    A women's race in the finish area of stage one of April's Tour de Georgia will raise money for Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation. The Komen Central Georgia Cycle for the Cure starts at 1pm on Tuesday, April 19 in downtown Macon, Georgia. The start/finish will be at Third Street Park, at the intersection of Third Street and Cherry Street.

    There will be two categories in the 45-lap race over an approximate one mile loop. The Pro/1/2/3 women will race for a total purse of $1360, while the Cat 4 race offers $315.

    For more information see www.komencentralga.org.

  • Macca back on track at Bendigo

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    March 09, 2005, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Les Clarke

    It will be 10 years since David McKenzie has raced on the track when he lines up at the Bendigo...

    It will be 10 years since David McKenzie has raced on the track when he lines up at the Bendigo Madison this weekend. McKenzie will partner Aaron Salisbury in the HLP/Ridewiser team in the 80km Madison on Sunday evening.

    While McKenzie has been racing as an international professional on the road for the past decade - a career that has included a stage win in the 2000 Giro d'Italia - he has found himself in the unique position of being able to indulge his track passion while in Australia.

    "The track is where I started, so it is a thrill to line up in an important race like the Bendigo Madison after so many years," McKenzie said. "I'm a bit nervous as it has been so long, however Aaron and I have been working hard on our change-overs and starting to feel comfortable together."

    While McKenzie is contracted to the Indonesian Wismilak team, his racing commitments overseas will be in international racing blocks rather than across the entire season. This has given him the opportunity to work with the HLP/Ridewiser team back in Australia.

    "It's great to be part of this new initiative, working with developmental riders," he said. "I feel like I have a lot of experience and knowledge to share, which I hope will benefit these young guys when they go onto careers overseas."

    However, McKenzie will need to pull out all of that knowledge and experience for himself when lining up with the likes of Scott McGrory, Tim Decker and Chris Sutton on Sunday night.

    For more on the Bendigo Madison see www.madison.org.au.