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Cycling News Roundup 30 November 2004
By Janna Trevisanut
Date: 11/30/2004
Cycling News Roundup 30 November 2004

Ventura Retires, Balears and CSC New Riders, Bean Team, Navigators 2005, Vuelta al Táchira, Queen Cooke, Wiggins join the Revolution, Thor Site, TIAA Cref Cross, Redlands, Infineon Raceway Charity, Hayles and Staff Recommend, Thoughts of Christmas...


Postal's Robbie Ventura Retires

Robbie Ventura, an 11-year professional and 4-year veteran of the US Postal Service Professional Cycling Team, will be retiring from professional cycling at the end of the 2004 season.

“I’ve had a great experience as a professional”, stated Ventura. “I have learned so much from some of the greatest teammates, directors and team managers in the business. I want to thank the US Postal, Saturn and Navigators teams for the opportunity to race my bike for a living. Now I’m looking forward to the future. I hope to return some of the joy and excitement that I experienced back to others in this wonderful sport.”

Robbie will continue to race on the local level and be involved in the sport of cycling through his successful coaching business, Vision Quest Coaching Services. Robbie has been coaching athletes of all levels for several years and is working with several top professionals this year. Also, Robbie has accepted an offer to be the director of a new Midwest pro men’s cycling team.

Robbie finished his pro career with over 70 victories and had his best year to date in 2004 – highlighted by a victory in his hometown of Kenosha, Wisconsin in stage 14 of this year’s Superweek race series. (Courtesy VisionQuest Coaching)

Illes Balears New Signings

Jonathan González, Sergi Escobar and neoprofesionals Iker Leonet and Imanol Erbiti have signed with Team Illes Balears for 2005.

Young gun González was born in Lemona (Biscay), February 13 1981. It comes from the team Paternina, where this season has obtained victories in the Vuelta a la Rioja y Vuelta a Asturias.

The Catalan Sergi Escobar, 30 years old, is a former World Champion and won two bronze medals in the pursuit in the Olympic games of Athens. He comes from the Excellent–FC Barcelona amateur team.

Iker Leonet will be 21 years old in December, and comes from the amateur team Caja Rural. He is also the nephew of the Illes Balears masseuse, Vicente Iza. Imanol Erbiti is just 21 years old, and comes from the Guipuzcoano amateur team Serbitzu.

Iker Leonet, center. Courtesy Illes Balears.

CSC Interviews its New Riders

In advance of its first team camp in December, Team CSC is introducing its nine new riders on its website by asking them five questions. You can read what Christian Vande Velde, Christian Muller, Giovanni Lombardi, Lars Bak, David Zabriskie and Matti Breschel have to say here, and stay tuned for the rest.

More Interviews!

Bart Hazen, webmaster the excellent Cycling FX website and esteemed Daily Peloton race commentator, is working with the sports management agency ACSO to provide many interviews with riders during the winter. His Interviews page is here, and be sure to check out his Riders sections as well, which have photos and brief bios of every current pro rider, listed by nationality and also alphabetically.

The Bean Team for 2005

The Jittery Joe’s-Kalahari Pro Cycling Team has announced their rider roster for 2005.

Tim Johnson
Jeff Hopkins
Jesse Lawler
Jonny Sundt
Evan Elken
Thad Dulin
Christian Foster
Craig Wilcox
Bruno Langlois
Geoff Kabush
Trent Lowe

“We have four very strong returning riders, Jeff, Jesse, Jonny and mid-season addition Evan Elken,” says Micah Rice, General Manager of the Team. “Tim from Saunier Duval-Prodir was obviously our big pickup in the off-season. We picked up Thad from Colavita and Christian from the Subway team. Craig is a neo-pro from Oregon and Bruno is a French Canadian training partner of Tim’s. A huge addition to the team will be Geoff and Trent who race mountain bikes for Team Maxxis. Both of them will be a huge asset at the big races where they can take time out of their busy mountain bike schedules to join us.”

Kalahari Limited is based in Atlanta, Georgia and imports all of its products from South Africa. Kalahari is best known for its Red Tea which is made from the Rooibos (roy-Boss) herb, which grows only in the Cederburg Mountains of South Africa. Their 100% fruit bar, the FruitTrekker, has been available in South Africa for decades.

Jittery Joe’s Coffee Roasting Company is based in Athens, Georgia and has been selling quality micro-roasted coffee for over ten years. Jittery Joe’s Cycling Coffee is an organic, shade grown Colombian coffee and all proceeds go straight to the Jittery Joe’s Cycling Team. The coffee is sold in over 700 bike shops nationwide. For more information, please check out

Navigators Insurance Roster for 2005

The New Jersey based Navigators Insurance Cycling Team has six new signings, including Nathan O'Neill Cesar Grajales and Hilton Clarke, added to nine members of the 2004 squad who return for next season.

2000 Olympic gold medallist Marty Nothstein will again represent the New York based Insurance Company on the track and road. The 2003 winner of the NYC Invitational will take advantage of the UCI’s new World Cup track calendar before switching gears and refocusing on the road. With the new World Cup schedule set to start this month, culminating with the World Championships in March, this affords a much better opportunity for America’s most successful track star to focus his energies on achieving another World medal, without distracting from his road ambitions.

Team director Ed Beamon is excited about the new format, and offered: “This is a great opportunity for Marty to help put the U.S.A. back on the map in International Track competition, and focus on a World Championship medal opportunity in his forte skill. Even better, after a short break, he will be able to give 100% attention to the road, something he was not able to do in an Olympic year, and I think America is going to see what a dangerous threat the big man can be in U.S. road racing”. Nothstein added, “ It has been my ambition for several years to finish my career as a Navigator, and I am really pumped with the adjustments the team has made to the roster. I am happy to be back as a part of this group, and I am really looking forward for the opportunity to excel on the track and the road circuit this year”.

Returning riders joining Nothstein are fellow Americans, Chris Baldwin, Jeff Louder, Kirk OBee, and Phil Zajicek, Canadian Mark Walters, Russia’s Vassili Davidenko, Siro Camponogara of Italy, and the Emerald Isle’s Ciaran Power.

The team is registered as a Professional Continental team, and will begin the season in Australia at the Jacobs Creek Tour Down Under Jan 18th-23rd. JCTDU is the first race on the 2005 International Calendar, and the Navigators Insurance Team is the only American team to ever compete in this event.

The 2005 Navigators Insurance Cycling Team Roster:

Chris Baldwin USA 2003 USA National TT Champion
Hilton Clarke AUS
Siro Camponogara ITA Winner Stage in Tour de Delta
Vassili Davidenko RUS Multi Russian National Champion, and Olympian
Cesar Grajales COL 2004 Tour of GA stage winner
Oleg Grichkine RUS Multi Russian National Champion, and Olympian
Jeff Louder USA 2004 Stage winner and Yellow Jersey in Tour of Qinghai Lake
Shawn Milne USA Neo
Marty Nothstein USA 2000 Olympic Champion (match sprint), Three Time World Champion
Kirk OBee USA 2001 USA National Criterium Champion
David O'Loughlin IRL 2004 IRL National Road Champ, 2003 IRL National TT Champ
Nathan O'Neill AUS 2004 Australian National TT Champion
Ciaran Power IRL 2004, 13th Olympic RR, '03 Winner Milk Ras
Mark Walters CAN 2002 Winner First Union USPRO Championship, multi Canadian Nat. Champ
Phil Zajicek USA 2004 Race Leader Tour of Qinghai Lake

40th Vuelta al Táchira en Bicicleta

The 40th edition of the Vuelta al Tachira will take place starting January 8th in Venezuela. it is part of the new ProTour América with a classification of 2.2. It is a race for elite riders, and is also open to U23 teams. The national federations of Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Spain, Kazajstán, Mexico, Portugal, and United States of America will be fielding teams of eight riders.

The Stages

Sat. 08/01 Maracaibo Circuit 136,5 Km.
Sun. 09/01 Maracaibo – Ciudad Ojeda 160 Km.
Mon. 10/01 Cabimas – Valera 178.1 Km.
Tues. 11/01 Valera circuito Av. Bolívar 100 Km.
Weds. 12/01 Caja Seca – Tovar 145 Km.
Thurs. 13/01 El Vigía circuito – Mérida121.1 Km.
Fri. 14/01 Sta. Cruz de Mora – La Grita 160 Km.
Sat. 15/01 Seboruco – Cerro del Cristo Rey  132,3 Km.
Sun. 16/01 San Cristóbal Circuit 115,3 Km.
Mon. 17/01 San Rafael del El Piñal – Sta Ana del Táchira 165 Km.
Tues. 18/01 Rubio – Bramón, Concafé129 Km.
Weds. 19/01 Táriba – San Juan de Colon135 Km.
Thurs. 20/01 San Cristóbal – Parque Nacional Chorro El Indio 22 Km. (Indiv. Time Trial)
Fri. 21/01 Peribeca – San Cristóbal 120 Km.

The Venezuelan Cycling Federation has also put in its bid to host the 2005 or 2006 Junior World Championships. The federation will meet with the UCI again in January for further discussions. The last time Venezuela hosted the World Championships was in 1977, in San Cristobal. Francesco Moser won the Men's Road Race that year.

Queen Cooke and Wiggins Join the Revolution...

The line-up of riders for Revolution 6 on the 4th December has been finalised, with the great news that Bradley Wiggins, Olympic Champion will once again take to the boards for the hugely successful Manchester event.  Bradley will be riding all the endurance events on the night, but it's going to be particularly good to see him and his Olympic team mate Rob Hayles together again in a top quality Madison.... let's hope that Rob stays on his bike this time!  

With Bradley and Rob joining a host of international riders the men's field is impressive, but there's a surprise in store for Revolution regulars - for the first time since the event started in November 2003 Revolution organisers will be putting on an elite women's event - and who better to ride the first ever Revolution Women's Points Race than the amazing Nicole Cooke. 

Nicole, who's palmares heaves under the weight of 5 Junior World Titles, a Commonwealth Title, the Women's World Cup Title and The Overall Maglia Rosa for the Giro Donne, to name but a few, is a serious force to be reckoned with on the road, and now she's ready to give the track a try again having not ridden competitively on it since she was a junior;

"Its great to have a women's race at an event like Revolution, even if it is only one, it's a good start.  I'm really looking forward to getting in there and being competitive on the track again, it's going to be pretty tough race though with the field that's there."

And what a field it is, with some of the best female talent British Cycling has to offer. Joining Nicole will be British Olympians Emma Davies, who recently signed with the Belgian Team Vlaanderen-Interim,  Rachael Heal, who currently rides for Farm Frites-Hartol and a young lady who's no stranger to the track; Victoria Pendleton who will use her sprinting skills to try and take those valuable points.  The field will include 10 other women from the UK scene all aiming to prove to the Revolution crowd how exciting women's track racing can be.

Tickets are available to purchase in advance from or by calling 0700 594 2579. Tickets can be purchased on the night.

New Thor Hushovd Fan Site

Fans of The Thunder God can now visit Thor Hushovd Friends in Belgium at In Dutch only, it is still adding content, but has lots of photos, info on the local club gathering spot (Casa Nova, great name...), info on how to join the club. Thanks, Monique!

TIAA Cref Cyclo-Cross Team

The TIAA Cref team sponsor Curve (the Boulder, Colorado, company that produces technical sports products - cycling and sports socks and super fast skate bearings) has some recent shots of the team in action - Tristan and Nic Puehse, Jason Mitchell, and Celine Gros. The gallery is here, and check out an example of their winter cycling socks in our Christmas products showcase below.

Redlands Classic Personnel Change

The Redlands Bicycle Classic announced major changes in key personnel for 2005. Bob Peppler, a ten-year board member and Corporate President will take over as Race Director; Brian King, an eight-year member will become the Assistant Race Director; Lisa Thouas, takes over as Director of Marketing; and Mark and Maryann Stanson move from the number two spot in Sponsorship to the lead. The Redlands Bicycle Classic is an all-volunteer organization, including its directors.

Carole Beswick, one of the race founders and former Director of Sponsorship and Craig Kundig, an original committee member and former Race Director have retired from the board, but will both stay on as consultants. James Reed, former Race Director for the last five years has resigned. All three cite work, family and other obligations as the reason for the change.

“With an established 20 year tradition, I feel I can become more of a spectator and less of a participant.” Beswick commented. “I will continue to do whatever I can to help fund this event into the future.”

Craig Kundig, who became the Race Director in ’92, became more active and steered the race towards International status. Kundig became the Director of Marketing for the event five years ago and long time assistant, James Reed, took over the technical side and assumed the responsibility of Race Director.

“I still plan to be involved in the event” said Kundig. “I have made it known that I am available to Bob, Brian and Lisa, as well as answer any questions to make the transition smooth. After 20 years of Classics and the US Olympic qualifying event I feel it is time for someone else to take the lead.”

The Redlands Bicycle Classic will be over four days in 2005, March 31 through April 3. The Union Cyclist Internationale will again sanction this event.

Infineon Raceway Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities Distributes Record $458,000

SONOMA, California--The Infineon Raceway Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities will distribute $458,000 to 36 needy youth organizations in Sonoma County for the 2004 season. The figure represents the largest single-year distribution since the Sonoma chapter was formed in 1996, and an increase of more than $100,000 over the chapter's 2003 total grant awards.

The chapter's Board of Trustees recently approved the distribution of funds at its annual meeting. Speedway Children's Charities is the primary charitable arm of Speedway Motorsports, Inc, which owns and operates Infineon Raceway. The Sonoma County chapter has raised more than $1.2 million over the past four years.

The monies awarded in 2004 were generated through a combination of Infineon Raceway events, plus a donation by Sonic Automotive Corporation. This year's fundraising events included the NASCAR Grand Marshall's Banquet, Rock-n-Race Auction, NHRA Tour de Charity, Dancin’ & Draggin’, the Sonoma Valley Vintage Race Car Festival and the Classic Sports Racing Group's Charity Challenge.

Thirty-six groups will receive funds, including: Boys & Girls Club of Petaluma; Boys & Girls Club of Rohnert Park; CARE Children’s Counseling Center; Community Action Partnership; El Nido Teen Center; Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center; Grandparents Parenting…Again; Kenwood Education Foundation; Kid Scoop; La Luz Center; Loving Paws Assistance Dogs; McDowell Drug Task Force; Operation Youth of Sonoma Valley; Redwood Empire Council; Redwood Empire Food Bank; Routes for Youth; Santa Rosa Symphony; Schell-Vista Fire District; Social Advocates For Youth; Sonoma Children’s Cancer Foundation; Sonoma County Public Library Foundation; Sonoma Garden Park; Flowery School, Adele Harrison Middle School and Sonoma Valley High School via Sonoma Valley Education Foundation; Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance; Soroptimist International of Sonoma Valley; Twin Valley Aquatics; Valley of the Moon Children’s Foundation; Volunteer Center of Sonoma County; Willmar Center for Bereaved Children; Luther Burbank Center for the Arts; Boys & Girls Club Valley of the Moon; Court Appointed Special Advocates of Sonoma County; YWCA of Sonoma County; and Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame.

Speedway Children's Charities is a non-profit organization with the purpose of raising funds to be distributed to qualified children's organizations. Founded in 1984 by Bruton Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc., Speedway Children's Charities originated at Lowe's Motor Speedway in North Carolina.

Hayles and Staff - Think Helmets for Christmas

Courtesy of the Parents Online UK website, Olympic cyclists Rob Hayles and Jamie Staff want parents to use their heads and buy a helmet if they are treating their children to bikes, skateboards or rollerblades this Christmas.

Christmas is a boom time for buying bicycles, with a third of all bikes sold over the festive season. However, research from the government's THINK! road safety campaign shows that a quarter of all parents who have bought their child a bike for Christmas have never bought them a cycle helmet - potentially putting them at risk.

Double Olympic medal winner Rob Hayles said: "Even the best biker, boarder or rollerblader can take a tumble and a helmet provides your child with vital protection. There are loads of great models and designs of helmet to chose from so mums and dads shouldn't find it hard to find one their kids will like."

THINK! campaign supporter and Olympic cyclist Jamie Staff said: "Helmets and other protective equipment can reduce the chances and severity of head injuries that could kill a child or leave him or her permanently disabled. It's important for parents not just to buy safety gear, but to make sure their kids wear it."

In 2003, 595 child cyclists were killed or seriously injured. Equipment such as helmets and padding, lights, reflectors and brightly coloured clothes are vital in helping children stay safe on the roads.

With Christmas fast approaching, the THINK! campaign has issued the following advice for keeping your child safe with their new Christmas gift:

If you're buying a bike, make sure it is the right size - a bike that is too big or too small can affect your child's balance. Buy the bike from a reputable dealer and ask their advice on the most appropriate type and size.

Check whether cycle training courses are available at your child's school, or in your local area, by contacting the Road Safety Officer in your local council. Where possible book your child in.

Make sure that your child has a cycle helmet and wears it every time they ride their bike.

Keep your child's bike well maintained - check that the front and back lights work, the back reflector is clean and the brakes and tyres are working well.

Remember that it is an offence to cycle at night without a white front light, a red back light and a red reflector at the back - don't forget to buy your child lights.

Buy a good cycle lock (the best ones are graded), and have the bike frame marked with your postcode.

Remind your child never to rollerblade or skateboard on the road - where possible they should use playgrounds or parks where there are special areas provided.

When cycling, rollerblading or skateboarding, children need to avoid busy areas and always take care near pedestrians, particularly young children and the elderly.

Show your child where the special cycle routes, paths and lanes in your area are. Many local authorities and some schools have local cycle route maps available.

Explain to your child that it is dangerous to wear a personal stereo or use a mobile phone whilst cycling, rollerblading, skateboarding, or just as a pedestrian, and why they must take care when out with their friends.

Thoughts of Christmas...

The 2005 Felt F1C carbon road bike. Click for larger image.
The F1C frame utilizes high-strength, ultra-stiff Torayca M30S carbon fiber material. It is constructed in a modular monocoque configuration, with virtually every tube and cross-section carefully optimized in size, shape and wall thickness. Outfitted with Easton's lightest carbon road fork, the EC90SL, and a Shimano Dura-Ace 20-spd group, the F1C offers an incredibly lightweight, balanced and responsive ride. More info here. Felt is a also a sponsor of the Colavita Olive Oil Pro Cycling Team through the end of 2006 - the team will be on the scandium/carbon road bikes and the 7005 aluminum/carbon B2 TT bikes

Likeabike, for sale at These bikes are the most fun and the coolest way to teach children how to ride. They are beautifully made from wood and they're suitable for children from 2 - 6. You can see a couple of experts riding them if you go to, it's the first film that plays upon connection! Don't worry about the stunt child, he lives for action! A child that learns to ride on a Likeabike will not need stabilizers when they are move up to pedals. The Likeabike develops perfect balance and aids their physical development...but most of all they are just the best fun in the world.

The Trikke - like skiing on it fun or fitness? Or both? Find out more here.

Brrrr...cold feet? Try these Curve winter cycling socks. Click for larger image.

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