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Sixteen riders selected for team heading to Brazil
- TheUSA Cycling US Cup Pro Series presented by Sho-Air Cycling Groupand theUSA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Cross Country Tour (Pro XCT)kicked off the mountain bike cross-country season on March 1 with the2014 Subaru of Georgetown Mellow Johnnyand#39;s Classicin Dripping Springs, Texas.
- Just making sure everyone noticed that this coming weekend we have 2 opportunities for racing here in Springfield MO.
Saturday the Ozark Cycling Club will be hosting the first Jamestown Spring Criterium, and on Sunday Mercy-Kuat Cycling will host the rescheduled Frozen Waffle Road Race.
Hope to see a lot of people make the trip to race both days.
Remember, the Econo Lodge at exit 80 is offering a special rate for racers of $54.99 and is located near I-44.
- We are only 12 days away from the 2014 leadbelt and the start of this years UFD season. Here are few reminders and comments;
* Look here first and get out to support our buddy Pete and those that are supporting him. http://stlbiking.com/forum/index.php/topic/37863-for-peats-sake-coming-up-this-sunday-march-9th/ This will be a good ride to warmup with for the following weekend and the good karma will go a long way.
* Yes, we still plan to have the Leadbelt on March 16th. If 100 or no one shows we are having the race. The challenges of rescheduling are difficult and include volunteer resource availability, room on the race calendar for another event, shelter availability at the park, cost, etc etc etc....... Cancellation would be easier and not what we want to do.
* #1 Trail conservation, The use of the St. Joe race course in less than desirable conditions on Race Day is NOT a suggestion that it is OK to ride public trails in wet conditions. Please respect our public trails and the work that GORC and other folks do to build and maintain those trails.
The St. Joe course is just that, a race course. It is not and will not be considered a defined public trail per the park and the DNR. It is always open for hiking, riding and equestrian use just as all the other land within he park.
* #2 Trail conservation, Lets try and keep any and all trail wear for race day. The longer the trail can sit after this latest ice and snow the better racing conditions will be for all on the 16th.
* We are awarding free entry to the Greensfelder race on Mothers Day weekend to 3 racing moms. If you are a mother and your racing look for the registration at signup. All moms racing the Leadbelt are eligible!
* Giant Bicycles has supplied us with some very nice give away items so be sure to stick around until the awards ceremony.
* Kids course still needs work and that probably wont happen until Saturday the 15th. I wish we had this done already but winter just keeps hanging around and cutting into our work days. \
I thinks thats all for now and I am looking forward to race day! Mark Grumke
2014 Tour de Langkawi Stage 6: Flag
Fans cheer on the riders during stage 6 of the Tour de Langkawi. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2014 Tour de Langkawi Stage 6: Peloton
The peloton makes its way along the 199-kilometer route from Melaka to Pontian, Malaysia. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2014 Tour de Langkawi Stage 6: Failed breakaway
The peloton faced strong headwinds throughout the stage, which led to several failed breakaway attempts. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2014 Tour de Langkawi Stage 6: Architecture
The architecture in Malaysia serves as a distinctive backdrop to the Tour de Langkawi's peloton. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2014 Tour de Langkawi Stage 6: Chaves
Orica's Estaban Chaves (left) was among the riders on the attack Tuesday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2014 Tour de Langkawi Stage 6: Tabriz controls
Race leader Mirsamad Pourseyedigolakhour got help from his Tabriz Petrochemical Team on Tuesday, keeping the field together ahead of a bunch sprint finish. The Iranian squad left the late pace-making to the sprinters' teams, with Androni Giocattoli, Belkin, and Astana stepping up. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2014 Tour de Langkawi Stage 6: Bunch sprint
Kenny Van Hummel (right) went up against Aidis Kruopis and Ken Hanson in the bunch sprint finale of stage 6 at the Tour de Langkawi. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2014 Tour de Langkawi Stage 6: Van Hummel wins
Kenny van Hummel sprinted to victory, the first win for both he and the Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela squad this season. Aidis Kruopis (center) was second and Ken Hanson (left) was third. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2014 Tour de Langkawi Stage 6: Cooling off
The heat in Malaysia is intense and riders cool off in the mist after most stages. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2014 Tour de Langkawi Stage 6: Van Hummel podium
Gianni Savio extended Kenny Van Hummel a lifeline for 2014 and the Dutchman returned the favor with a stage win Tuesday in Malaysia. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
This article originally appeared in Issue 23 of Cyclocross Magazine and looks at the Texas ’cross scene—improtant reading for anyone thinking about Nationals in Austin next season. To read the full story, make sure you get an archived copy or an All-Access Digital Subscription by visiting our subscription site.
by Daniel Curtin
It’s 9 am. To the side of the course, sheep graze and a longhorn stares you down. Striding across the field that is doing double duty as a parking lot, you realize you’re overdressed in jeans and a t-shirt and that your cuffs are covered in thorns. You reposition your sunglasses to cut the sun’s glare and gaze across the course to see who is warming up. Dust floats off the ground and hovers in the still air and everyone looks as if they need a tall, cool drink, including the spectators. You wonder who will do feeds for you today. A mariachi band plays at the top of the run-up. You sign your waiver get your number. By now, you’ve been outside for 15 minutes and you’re sweating. Back at your car, you start to pin up. As you slide into your skinsuit, you glance at your Garmin’s temperature reading.
It’s November 3.
It’s 85 degrees.
You race cyclocross in Texas.
Texas. It’s not the first place most people think of when they think of cyclocross. But with Austin being awarded the 2015 National Championships, more folks have been wondering, “’Cross? In Texas?” Rest assured, 2015 won’t be Texas’ first cyclocross rodeo. Texas ’cross has a rich history, including hosting the National Championships way back in 1978, long before many other states had even heard of the sport.
The Lone Rangers
Enter college student and cycling bum Brook Watts. If the name sounds familiar, it should. Watts is the man behind CrossVegas, the race that many consider the cyclocross season opener. While now in Longmont, Colorado, just outside of Boulder—home to the 2014 National Championships—Watts is a University of Texas graduate who lived in Austin off and on for upwards of 25 years, during the start of Texas ’cross. As Watts tells it, it was around 1976 while he was at UT that the Texas ’cross scene took off. Back then, plenty of folks came to Austin from colder climates during the Winter to train. In addition to Watts, there were guys like Richard Zelade, who teamed up with Watts to form Yellow Rose Velo-Sport as a race team and event promotion endeavor, John Howard—the three-time Olympian, Kona Ironman winner, and former holder of the land speed record for a bicycle at 152.2 mph, who at the time was with Campagnolo down in Houston, and John Bartle, who still lives in Austin and races for Violet Crown, who all had a hand in shaping Texas ’cross.
Mark Cavendish will try for a second Milano-Sanremo victory later this month after poor road conditions forced organizers to revert to a sprinter-friendly route for the season’s first major classic. The Omega Pharma-Quick Step sprinter will try to repeat his 2009 Sanremo victory and will also contest Gent-Wevelgem, Driedaagse van De Panne (Three Days of De Panne), and Scheldeprijs.
“Uncertainty about the route of the Sanremo left Mark’s program open until just a few days ago,” Omega Pharma sport and development manager Rolf Aldag said in a press release. “Therefore, after Strade Bianche and Tirreno-Adriatico races, Mark will be in the starting lineup for the Milano-Sanremo. Without the Pompeiana, the route is back to being suitable to the skills of athletes like Mark. After Sanremo, Mark will participate in Gent-Wevelgem. The Flemish classic also underwent a slight variation to the route that could favor the arrival in the final sprint.”
Cavendish conceded late last year that he may never win Sanremo again after RCS Sport added the steep Pompeiana climb to the finale of “La Classicissima.” With the planned removal of the Le Mànie climb from the route, and the last-minute loss of the new climb after mudslides destroyed portions of the road earlier this year, Milano-Sanremo will suit the sprinters more than it has in half a decade. Oscar Freire was the last rider to win on the traditional course, which includes the late ramps of the Cipressa and Poggio before the finish in Sanremo.
“I’m very happy to be riding in Milano-Sanremo, on the same route where I watched my heroes race and win when I was a kid,” said Cavendish. “In fact, the edition I won in 2009 featured the climb on Le Mànie. It will be fun and stimulating to ride on this route, which is making this race the only classics monument for the sprinters. I’m also very happy to race in Belgium. I’ve never won Gent-Wevelgem. The route for this race has gone back to how it used to be, too. Driedaagse van De Panne and Scheldeprijs will complete my ‘Flemish’ schedule, during which I can also count on a squad that’s as strong on this type of route as Omega Pharma-Quick Step.”
Milano-Sanremo takes place March 23.
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- Selling my 2013 Bontrager Aeolus 5 Wheelset. Bought these wheels brand new last April. Rode/raced on these wheels last season. Wheels are built with DT Swiss cartridge bearing hubs with stacked lacing spokes. There is some wear on the front wheel on the braking surface due to being pushed into a curb but does not harm the braking power (pictured). Not selling these for this reason, looking to upgrade to the Aeolus 7 for a little more depth. The original retail price for a set is around $2700. These wheels are great for recreational riding, criterium racing, or road race. Loved these wheels since I first rode on them. Included is a set of Bontrager R3 700x25 tires with low miles, original scewers, and carrying wheel bags for each wheel. Looking at getting the set price above but can be flexible. Please send any serious offer if interested. If you have any questions please just ask. Thank you!
Here is a link to the wheels currently on eBay: