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
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
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
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
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
“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
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.
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.
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
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
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, 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
www.cyclingrevolution.com 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 http://www.thorfriends.be. 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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
When cycling, rollerblading or skateboarding, children need to avoid busy
areas and always take care near pedestrians, particularly young children and the
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
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...
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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
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
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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
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