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  1. Ever had a roadrunner run alongside you on your bike? How about seeing jackrabbits, rattlesnakes, scorpions, redtail hawks, and ospreys while riding? Or a desert tortoise? I saw all of those except the tortoise this week on the Wetlands Park Trail, the River Mountain Loop Trail, and the Union Pacific Railroad Trail on the east side of Las Vegas (and I got to watch all of the traffic I was avoiding while on the I-215 trail). The rattler and the scorpion were both dead, and I only saw a sign for the desert tortoise, but the long-legged, long-tailed, long-eared desert jackrabbit (as well as lots of brown cottontails), the roadrunner, and the raptors were moving fast. To see that much wildlife in the desert, one would normally have to suffer a lot more than simply surprising the animals by zooming around a corner on a paved bike path on a road bike; one would instead have to hike, mountain bike, or ride a horse in the blazing sun for hours to do so. Admittedly, there was plenty of blazing sun on my ride, as temperatures were in the 90s with no perceptible humidity, but on a road bike on a paved trail, I was cooled by moving fast and was never far from places to obtain food and water. The suffering was a lot less — perhaps imperceptible. This is possibly my last time ever riding in Las Vegas, now that Interbike is moving away, and I’m going to miss it, especially after finding these trails. Other than the first few times that Interbike had an Outdoor Demo at Bootleg Canyon above Boulder City, I have gotten to Boulder City by bike. To have Boulder be my riding destination, rather than my starting point at home, is a treat; even with temperatures approaching 100, I prefer it to the shuttle bus. Most people’s experience of Las Vegas is innumerable massive, multi-lane roads full of cars, with frequent, slow traffic lights constantly impeding one’s progress. This was also my experience on the bike many times riding to and from Boulder City, with the added hazard at the end of the day of riding uphill on some giant, busy road as I headed due west into the setting sun with drivers coming up behind possibly unable to see me until it was too late. So I started looking for alternatives, and I’ve found some great bike trails, some of which I wrote about a year ago. Many new ones have appeared during the time Interbike has been in Vegas. Since I might not ever get another chance, I wanted to do a huge loop entirely on bike paths to the Outdoor Demo this year, especially because the Demo itself has become so small. There is no way to escape traffic on bike paths near The Strip, but the rest of the ride was sheer bliss. It could be worth your while to come to Las Vegas just to ride its trails, and it certainly is worth bringing a road bike if you are in Vegas for some other reason. (Maybe bring a mountain bike, too, for the trails at Bootleg Canyon, Calico Basin, and Blue Diamond.) You just might find bliss and see a lot of wildlife you might otherwise never see. Check out my trip in these photos: The post Riding bliss in Las Vegas appeared first on VeloNews.com. View the full article
  2. I was on my bike, halfway to the Cross Vegas venue in pitch dark, when I received a breathless call from Bjørn Selander. “Lennard, I need your help,” he said, holding back panic. “I just rolled my rear tire in the course pre-ride!” The Borah Teamwear powered by Bingham Built rider had just flown alone to Las Vegas with one bike and no extra wheels. It was to be the former junior and U23 national cyclocross champion’s first time riding Cross Vegas. His dreams of a good result to restart his cyclocross career and gain some UCI points to qualify for World Cup events after nearly a decade of racing as a pro on the road, including a stint in the white jersey as best young rider at the 2011 Giro d’Italia while on Team RadioShack, were hanging in the balance. I have known Selander since he was a baby and was there when he donned that white jersey, but that Giro (initially won by Alberto Contador on one of the toughest Giro d’Italia courses ever) would mark the beginning of the possible end to a promising road career for him. (Michele Scarponi would inherit the Giro GC and points victories after they, as well as a 2010 Tour win, were stripped from Contador due to a doping violation.) It took all Selander had to complete that super-mountainous Giro because his left leg was going numb and producing far less power than the right leg whenever the hammer came down. This marked the beginning of years in a frustrating odyssey of drifting from team to team due to poor results until finally receiving a diagnosis of iliac artery endofibrosis, the same blood-flow impingement that slowed Joe Dombrowski in 2013. The diagnosis took three years to come to, and, like Dombrowski, Selander eventually had surgery to keep the artery open when pedaling hard. After a couple more years of working to return to form and trying unsuccessfully to continue his road career in the midst of a contracting period among American teams, he had returned to his cyclocross roots on a team with a single member — him. I had agreed to pit for Selander this night, but, until the moment I received his call while riding to the race, I had been relating to the job as being one with nothing to do. After all, I had been to every Cross Vegas since its inception, and, barring crashes, I couldn’t remember any pro rider pitting, thanks to the forgiving nature of the smooth, dry, grass course. Since the pre-ride and course inspection for the pro women and men went from 7-8pm, the pro women started at 8:15pm, and the pro men at 9:15pm, I only departed at 7:11pm for the 45-minute, mildly uphill ride west from my hotel east of The Strip to the race venue. I arrived a bit before 8pm, hoping that while I rode the remainder of the way there, Selander would have found himself a rear wheel to borrow. Alas, he had not. Fortunately, just after entering the venue, I found former Boulder Cyclesport shop owner and my former teammate on its eponymous cyclocross team, Brandon Dwight, stripping some parts off of the bike of Denzel Stephenson (Evol Devo Elite), who is the son of a friend and longtime cyclocross competitor of mine. One of Stephenson’s brakes was not working, so he was borrowing a bike for the race, and the fact that the rear wheel on the abandoned bike had the required 12mm through-axle and 140mm rotor caught my eye. I arranged its loan from Stephenson, pumped front and rear tires on Selander’s bike, and he was back in business. The nice bookend to the story is that Selander finished fourth, a couple of seconds behind Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) and another 15 seconds behind Belgian superstar brothers Laurens and Diether Sweeck. Stephenson also had a good result (11th), and the borrowed wheels and bike sustained no damage. Selander’s left leg apparently once again has good blood flow, and his trip was rewarded with some UCI points and prize money in the last edition of this race in Las Vegas. And I was reminded once again that the job of pit crew is largely done before the race, not during it. The post The Cross Vegas Pit Crew’s Job Starts When? appeared first on VeloNews.com. View the full article
  3. The cycling world was in for a surprise Thursday morning with the news of the ousting of UCI President Brian Cookson after serving one term. In a resounding victory, Frenchman David Lappartient won 37 of 45 votes in what seemed as much as a rejection of Cookson’s consensus style of governance as an endorsement of the Frenchman. One insider cast the outcome as a victory for “competence over campaign slogans.” While he proved an expert campaigner, able to topple the powerful yet controversial former president Pat McQuaid in 2013, Cookson found governing the sprawling UCI a much bigger challenge. His legacy will include improved conditions for women’s racing, tightening of TUE rules, and an independent anti-doping body. “The UCI I leave behind is unrecognizable from the organization I took over in 2013 and I depart with my head held high,” Cookson said defiantly. “Someone needed to stand up and take on the previous regime, who had dragged cycling into the gutter, and I leave the UCI knowing that I have delivered all the promises I made four years ago.” Cookson, who so adeptly read the waters in 2013, was the odd man out when the votes were cast Thursday. Many expected a tighter race in the secret ballot than the eight votes the 66-year-old received. In Lappartient, Cookson faced the ultimate insider. The 44-year-old served as UCI vice president and president of the European Cycling Federation and has deep connections across all major federations and institutions in cycling. Lappartient’s public campaign focused on the menace of motorized doping, a ban on corticoids, and battling a perceived growing threat from betting. It was behind the scenes, however, where Lappartient proved most effective. He quietly met with the power players in person and worked the phones since announcing his candidacy in June. Old-school bastions of cycling were frustrated with Cookson’s apparent lack of results, and most of the European voting block supported the Frenchman. Asia, the Americas and Africa also threw their weight behind Lappartient in the landslide victory. “It is a great responsibility, and I will endeavor in the next four years to be worthy of such trust,” Lappartient said. “It was not a photo-finish, the message of the membership was clear: they want to have new leadership.” Insiders suggested Lappartient’s victory was fueled by discontent with how Cookson’s management team was handling elite men’s cycling as well as a sense of frustration at the perceived slow progress of anything getting done at the UCI headquarters. After dethroning two-term president McQuaid by promoting an aggressive manifesto of change four years ago, Cookson was perceived as being unable to follow through with decisive action. By his own admission, Cookson preferred to govern by consensus rather than confrontation. Cookson knew a “war” against the likes of Tour de France owners ASO or the World Anti-Doping Agency would be futile. Some rolled their eyes when Cookson would call for a “study” of a particular issue or problem before taking a definitive stand. How much of a marked change under Lappartient remains to be seen. Much of the real action will happen behind the scenes, either through staffing changes or back-channel communication with institutions and organizers. As Cookson quickly realized, the UCI President has few real powers, especially when trying to battle against the likes of ASO or such institutions as WADA or the IOC. The office’s real authority comes from the power of persuasion and the occasional arm-twisting. McQuaid, for all the criticism, was quite adept at corralling the divergent interests of the governing bodies, and pushing the UCI agenda across the international stage. Lappartient seems to have similar political instincts, both publicly and in boardrooms. Cookson had a strong sense of personal decency and there was no hint of scandal during his tenure, but seemed to naturally recoil at some of the roll-up-your-sleeves style of politics, and often left the dirty work to designated underlings. Cookson’s consensus-based management style didn’t find a constituency among cycling’s voting federations, and they abandoned him Thursday. If it might have seemed like sweet revenge for McQuaid, Lappartient was quick to distance himself from the former president, saying that the Irishman was welcome to attend races, but that he would not be receiving any official or honorary positions within his new administration. With Lappartient comes the fear that the UCI will now become an extended arm of ASO. So far, there is nothing to suggest Lappartient will become ASO’s lapdog, but just as many feared collusion between Cookson and British Cycling, critics will surely look for links, real or imagined, between Lappartient and ASO. Lappartient now has a mandate to do the job, and get things done. On Tuesday, he will travel to UCI headquarters in Switzerland to assume his office. Cookson, meanwhile, said he will return to his home in England. The post How Cookson got out-maneuvered, and lost the UCI election appeared first on VeloNews.com. View the full article
  4. Bob Stapleton, the Chairman of the Board of USA Cycling, was elected to the UCI Management Committee on Thursday as a representative from the Pan American Cycling Confederation (COPACI), which is the Continental Confederation for the Caribbean and Central, North and South America. “This is an important time for our sport as there is a real opportunity to make meaningful progress in men’s and women’s cycling,” Stapleton said. “I look forward to enacting positive changes which will help cycling reach its full potential.” The election comes in concurrence with the UCI Congress at the road world championships in Bergen, Norway. David Lappartient of France defeated incumbent Brian Cookson for the UCI presidency. Elections for the president and management committee are held every four years. The UCI Management Committee is the executive body that manages the sport of Cycling’s International Federation. In January 2007, Stapleton took over ownership of the T-Mobile team, which at the time was under a dark cloud with the Operación Puerto scandal. Stapleton turned the program around and created one of the winnest cycling teams in history with High Road Sports. The team oversaw the development and emergence of Mark Cavendish. Cavendish’s most successful seasons were under the High Road program. “We know Mr. Lappartient well and have a very constructive working relationship,” Derek Bouchard-Hall, CEO of USA Cycling, said. “We look forward to working closely with him and the entirety of the UCI leadership team to drive further progress in the sport. We would also like to express our gratitude to Brian Cookson. He came to lead the organization during a difficult period and had an enormous, positive impact.” The post Stapleton elected to UCI Management Committee appeared first on VeloNews.com. View the full article
  5. We’re on to day two of the cycling industry’s biggest North American tradeshow. Join us for one final week of staggering around Las Vegas before Interbike moves to Reno in 2017. We’ll be covering all the interesting tech, fun events, ‘cross racing, and more on this liveblog, so check back for regular updates. Also, tune in to the VeloNews podcast for two episodes recorded from the hall at Interbike. The post Interbike 2017 liveblog: Thursday appeared first on VeloNews.com. View the full article
  6. More episodes of the VeloNews Cycling Podcast VN Interviews podcast: Nathan Haas can sing VN podcast, ep. 50: Was Vuelta the best grand tour of 2017? VN pod, ep. 49: Vuelta; Talansky retirement; Cannondale crowdfunding VN podcast, ep. 48: Can Cannondale-Drapac survive? More episodes of the VeloNews Cycling Podcast VN Interviews podcast: Nathan Haas can sing We talk with Nathan Haas about racing against Peter Sagan, his imminent move to Katusha, and the almost-collapse of Cannondale-Drapac. Welcome to the VeloNews cycling podcast, where we discuss the latest trends, news, and controversies in the world of cycling. We’re live from Interbike! So, of course, it’s time to play some games. Fred Dreier, Caley Fretz, and Spencer Powlison quiz TJ Eisenhart on classic quotes, Alison Tetrick on her Alison expertise, and the Clif Bar team on its Luna Chix heritage. Plus, your host’s favorite tech from cycling’s annual tradeshow. If you like what you hear, subscribe to the VeloNews podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. Also, check out the VeloNews Fast Talk training podcast with Trevor Connor and Fretz. The post VN podcast, ep. 51: Interbike special with Eisenhart, Clif team, Tetrick appeared first on VeloNews.com. View the full article
  7. Simon Gerrans will ride for BMC Racing in 2018 in a support role as the team’s Australian accent continues to grow. The 37-year-old leaves Orica-Scott after seven years with the Australian team, and will slot into a helper’s role behind GC captain Richie Porte and classics star Greg Van Avermaet. “I always saw myself spending the last period of my career in more of a road captain role and passing on my experiences,” Gerrans said. “I’m looking forward to contributing to the team as both a support rider and leader when called upon.” Gerrans won such races as Milano-Sanremo, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, and the Santos Tour Down Under a record four times, as well as stages in all three grand tours, but he went winless this year and did not race in a grand tour. There were some reports that Gerrans would retire at this year’s Tour Down Under, but the chance to help Porte in the Tour de France offered a new challenge for the veteran all-rounder. “Simon will … be a high-level support rider for Richie Porte and Greg Van Avermaet, as well as a rider who can make the most of any opportunity that comes his way,” said BMC general manager Jim Ochowicz. “We are looking forward to seeing what Simon can do when he puts on the BMC Racing Team jersey next year.” Gerrans becomes the team’s fourth Australian rider, joining Porte, Rohan Dennis, and neo-pro Miles Scotson on the U.S.-registered team. BMC Racing does not reveal the length of contracts of its riders. Gerrans is the third new face on the team for the 2018 season. The squad has also penned deals with Belgian classics rider Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto-Soudal) and emerging classics star Alberto Bettiol (Cannondale-Drapac). Five riders have moved to new teams for 2018, including Silvan Dillier (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Ben Hermans (Israel Cycling Academy), Amael Moinard (Fortuneo-Oscaro), Daniel Oss (Bora-Hansgrohe), and Manuel Senni (Bardiani-CSF). Manuel Quinziato retires while Samuel Sánchez tested positive for a peptide ahead of the start of the Vuelta a España last month. The post Gerrans joins BMC for final chapter of career appeared first on VeloNews.com. View the full article
  8. Bergen, Norway (AFP) — Frenchman David Lappartient will succeed Briton Brian Cookson as UCI President after winning a landslide election on Thursday in Bergen. Outgoing president Cookson garnered only eight of the 45 votes during the world cycling governing body’s Congress, becoming the first UCI President to fail to earn a second term. It proved a remarkably one-sided vote in an election campaign many had believed would be a tight-run affair. But in earning 37 votes, Lappartient, the incumbent European Cycling Federation President and until March the French Federation President too, took a clear victory. He had vowed in his final speech to the Congress to tackle doping and technological fraud while Cookson had pledged increased investment in the continental associations and to further develop women’s cycling. Lappartient, who said he was “deeply honored” by his election, becomes the 11th president of the UCI since its creation in 1900. He was French Federation President from 2009 until March and has been European Federation President since 2013, a position he will now leave to take on his new role. The 44-year-old is also mayor of a small town in Brittany. Cookson, 66, had beaten Ireland’s Pat McQuaid in a bitter and farcical election four years ago. The post Lappartient will succeed Cookson as UCI president appeared first on VeloNews.com. View the full article
  9. Laurens Sweeck (ERA-Circus) soloed to victory at the 2017 Cross Vegas on Wednesday night with the famous Las Vegas “Strip” shining brightly in the distance. The Belgian attacked through the uphill sand pit on lap one and was never to be seen again. Laurens brother Diether finished second with Jeremy Powers (Aspire), who did the bulk of the work in the chase group, rounding out the podium in third. The 11th edition of Cross Vegas began with “The Strip” is the distance for the final time on Wednesday night. Held midweek during the Interbike tradeshow, the race will be moving to Reno next year, as that is where Interbike will be held. However, the race will still be called Cross Vegas. Powers took the holeshot, but soon conceded the lead to Travis Livermon. The Maxxis-Shimano rider led the race for the first half of the opening lap until the riders came to the uphill sand pit. Few were able to ride the tough section and Laurens Sweeck took advantage. He flew through the sand pit and opened up a lead that would never be closed. A chase group of Powers, Diether Sweeck, and Michael Van den Ham (Garneau-Easton p/b Transitions LifeCare) soon formed. As the laps ticked off, Sweeck continued to extend his lead and the chase group turned to tactics instead of trying to bring the leader back. The slowing pace allowed a couple of riders to bridge to the chase and give themselves a shot at the podium. First Bjorn Selander (Borah Teamwear powered by Bingham Built) and then Geoff Kabush (SCOTT sports-Maxxis) bridged to the three chasers. Into the final lap Laurens Sweeck led by nearly a minute and the podium was set, but not the exact order. A Powers attack with a lap and a half to go had separated the four-time U.S. national champion and Diether Sweeck from the rest of the chase group. Diether Sweeck led Powers into the uphill sandpit for the final time and rode through it cleanly. Powers bobbled and was forced to get off and run. This proved to be the deciding factor with Powers unable to close the gap created by Diether riding the sandpit, while he ran. A special moment occurred at the end of the race with Laurens sitting up and waiting for his brother. The Sweeck brothers crossed the line together with Laurens holding a Belgian flag he took from a fan on the finishing straight. Powers came home third with Selander, who went all-out on the final lap and passed Van den Ham, taking fourth. Canadian Kabush finish sixth. Top-10 results 1. Laurens SWEECK, ERA REAL ESTATE-CIRCUS, 01:08:38 2. Diether SWEECK, ERA REAL ESTATE-CIRCUS, 01:08:38 3. Jeremy POWERS, ASPIRE RACING, 01:08:53 4. Bjorn SELANDER, BORAH TEAMWEAR POWERED BY BINGH, 01:08:55 5. Michael VAN DEN HAM, GARNEAU-EASTON P/B TRANSITIONS, 01:09:32 6. Geoff KABUSH, SCOTT SPORTS-MAXXIS, 01:09:47 7. Travis LIVERMON, MAXXIS-SHIMANO, 01:10:08 8. Hector Fernando RIVEROS PAEZ, STANS NOTUBES P/B MAXXIS/CZ, 01:10:21 9. Lance HAIDET, DONNELLY SPORTS, 01:10:31 10. Cody KAISER, LANGETWINS/SPECIALIZED, 01:10:36 Nash, Pendrel go 1-2 for CLIF Pro Team Katerina Nash (Clif Pro Team) showed her dominant performance at the Iowa City world cup on Sunday was no fluke, as she rode a flawless race to take victory at the 2017 Cross Vegas. The win gave her five victories in the race’s 11 editions. Her teammate Catharine Pendrel finished second with Ellen Noble (Aspire), who bunny hopped the barriers, third. French national champion Caroline Mani (Van Dessel/Atom Composites) launched off the line and took the holeshot. She was soon passed by her teammate Cassandra Maximenko who opened up a small gap, but Nash shut her down. A lead group of nine soon formed, as the typical pack riding tactics of the Cross Vegas course soon began. On the third lap of five, Pendrel and Nash decided enough was enough and broke away from the others. The CLIF Pro Team duo worked well together and built up a considerable advantage over the others rather quickly. Nash made her move for victory on the uphill sand pit the following lap. She charged up the hill and hit the accelerator once back on her bike. The gap she opened up was one that Pendrel would not be able to close. Behind Nash and Pendrel, a chase group of five had formed. Noble and Mani were joined by Chloe Woodruff (Stan’s-Pivot Pro Team), Clara Honsinger (Team S&M CX), and Crystal Anthony (Maxxis-Shimano). While the top-two spots were sealed, the final spot on the podium was not. Noble won the sprint for third with Mani finishing fourth and Woodruff in fifth. Women Full Results 1. Katerina NASH, CLIF PRO TEAM, 43:08 2. Catharine PENDREL, CLIF PRO TEAM, 43:19 3. Ellen NOBLE, ASPIRE RACING, 43:52 4. Caroline MANI, VAN DESSEL/ATOM COMPOSITES, 43:54 5. Chloe WOODRUFF, STANS-PIVOT PRO TEAM, 43:54 6. Clara HONSINGER, TEAM S&M CX, 43:57 7. Crystal ANTHONY, MAXXIS-SHIMANO, 44:12 8. Meredith MILLER, RAPHA CANYON, 44:28 9. Cassandra MAXIMENKO, VAN DESSEL/ATOM COMPOSITES, 44:48 10. Heidi FRANZ, NWCX PROJECT, 45:11 11. Hannah FINCHAMP, CLIF PRO TEAM, 45:11 12. Courtney PATTON, FREDDIE FU CYCLING TEAM, 45:23 13. Rebecca GROSS, ZERO D RACING – SPED PRECISION, 45:51 14. Laurel RATHBUN, DONNELLY SPORTS, 46:12 15. Shannon MALLORY, NWCX PROJECT, 46:27 16. Alexandra BURTON, POINT S RACING, 46:40 17. Brittlee BOWMAN, HOUSE IND/NOKIA HEALTH/SIMPLEHU, 46:49 18. Taylor KUYK-WHITE, PHILLY BIKE EXPO, 47:12 19. Katherine SANTOS, AMY D FOUNDATION, 47:16 20. Caitlin BERNSTIEN, VIVE LA TARTE, 47:19 21. Chelsea WEIDINGER, MASH SF, 47:39 22. Heidi WOOD, HIFI CX, 47:42 23. Jennifer MALIK, AMERICAN CLASSIC PRO CYCLOCROSS, 48:24 24. Christa GHENT, AMY D FOUNDATION, 48:32 25. Nicole DORINZI, PRO MOUNTAIN OUTFITTER, 48:40 26. Lisa CORDOVA, CYCLESPORT SPECIALIZED P/B MUSC, 49:03 27. Petra SCHMIDTMANN, VAN DESSEL FACTORY CYCLING, 49:14 28. Allison ARENSMAN, J.A. KING P/B BRC, 49:52 29. Lisa LEONARD, 50:25:00 30. Terra KIER, SQUARE1/HELENS CYCLES, 51:21 31. Lindsay WETZEL POLIN, SK RACING, 51:57 Men Full Results 1. Laurens SWEECK, ERA REAL ESTATE-CIRCUS, 01:08:38 2. Diether SWEECK, ERA REAL ESTATE-CIRCUS, 3. Jeremy POWERS, ASPIRE RACING, 01:08:53 4. Bjorn SELANDER, BORAH TEAMWEAR POWERED BY BINGH, 01:08:55 5. Michael VAN DEN HAM, GARNEAU-EASTON P/B TRANSITIONS, 01:09:32 6. Geoff KABUSH, SCOTT SPORTS-MAXXIS, 01:09:47 7. Travis LIVERMON, MAXXIS-SHIMANO, 01:10:08 8. Hector Fernando RIVEROS PAEZ, STANS NOTUBES P/B MAXXIS/CZ, 01:10:21 9. Lance HAIDET, DONNELLY SPORTS, 01:10:31 10. Cody KAISER, LANGETWINS/SPECIALIZED, 01:10:36 11. Denzel STEPHENSON, EVOL DEVO ELITE, 01:10:43 12. Andrew JUILIANO, GRIT WORLD RACING P/B SHIMANO, 01:10:59 13. Troy WELLS, TEAM CLIF BAR, 01:11:24 14. Mark MCCONNELL, HOT SAUCE CYCLING, 01:11:39 15. Jonathan PAGE, SHIMANO CLIFBAR KINDHUMAN, 01:11:47 16. Keegan SWENSON, CANNONDALE/3ROX, 01:11:48 17. Allen KRUGHOFF, KRUGHOFF RACING, 01:12:00 18. Jules GOGUELY, APEX/NBX/HYPERTHREADS, 01:12:19 19. Benjamin SONNTAG, TEAM CLIF BAR, 01:12:39 20. Dylan POSTIER, GARNEAU-EASTON P/B TRANSITIONS, 01:13:38 21. Kevin BRADFORD-PARISH, GILLESPIE/SET COACHING, 01:13:46 22. David GREIF, VELORENO 23. Molly CAMERON, POINT S RACING 24. Isaac NILES, GARNEAU EASTON P/B TRANSITIONS 25. Timothy RUGG, RIDE WITH RENDALL 26. Jose Alfredo PACHECO ROSES, BUENA PARK BICYCLES 27. Brannan FIX, ALPHA BICYCLE CO.-GROOVE SUBARU 28. Ryan RINN, VIVE LA TARTE 29. Jayson JACOBS, BREISMEISTER 30. Jared NIETERS, SEAVS/HAYMARKET PB VAN DESSEL 31. Aj SNOVEL, JAKROO HIFI P/B FELT BICYCLES 32. Parker BLOOM, BROAD STREET CYCLES 33. Oleksiy UKHANOV, HUDSON/LUDWIG & LARSEN RACING/ The post Cross Vegas: Sweeck, Nash solo to victory appeared first on VeloNews.com. View the full article
  10. Time trials are a necessary evil in pro cycling, but that doesn’t mean we have to like them. Time trialing is a precise art, requiring incredible focus, power and determination. There’s an undeniable austere beauty to cycling’s race of truth. There’s only one problem: time trials are boring as hell to watch. That changed Wednesday in dramatic fashion in Norway. The thrilling race in the elite men’s world championship race proved that time trials can pack a punch. Wednesday’s time trial will rank among the best and most exciting races against the clock we’ll likely ever see. Why? A perfect blend of course dynamics, a controversial bike-swap opportunity before a climber’s finale, a world-class field, and a dose of late-race rain, all cheered on by a massive crowd added up to deliver something remarkable. It isn’t always this way. Time trials, by their very nature, are the opposite of the raw energy and unpredictable emotion that road racing typically evokes. Without team tactics or bunch theatrics, time trials are metronomic battles against the clock. Beautiful and enthralling in their own way, time trials are generally tedious and uninspiring for almost everyone else. There have been a few exceptions: Paris in the 1989 Tour de France, or Milan in the 2012 Giro d’Italia. Exception is the keyword. Who else remembers a time trial? Like it or not, time trials are ascendant in cycling today. In modern cycling, where power meters, stronger teams, and an ever-more-equal peloton have combined to slowly squeeze the excitement out of the summit finales, time trials are where stage races are won and lost. On a good day, the most a grand tour rider might gain is 20 seconds in a mountaintop finale. In contrast, the differences can be minutes in time trials. That’s why teams and riders invest more time, energy, and training into time trials than any other aspect of racing. It’s just a shame that no one’s figured out how to make them interesting. Until now, that is. When organizers of the Bergen world championships offered up the 31km course, people were instantly intrigued. And Wednesday’s nail-biting racing action confirmed it was a time trial unlike any other. The relatively short distance guaranteed a tight race. The opening 27.6km of the course fit the traditional world’s TT mold. Undulating terrain, some technical corners, a few punchy climbs, but nothing that pure power machines like Tony Martin and Vasil Kiryienka couldn’t turn into molehills. And had it ended there, no one would be buzzing like they are. Norway’s rugged coastline and technical urban streets served up a tantalizing opportunity for race organizers. Rather than settle for a traditional course, they added a whopper. It was the inclusion of the hairpin climb up Mount Fløyen — 3.4km at 9.1 percent — that turned drab into dramatic. The pre-race anticipation was heightened by the introduction of a “bike changeover” zone. Purists rolled their eyes, insisting that by providing riders the opportunity to swap bikes before the final climb simply proved that the course wasn’t in the spirit of what a real time trial should be. In the end, around 65 percent of the field opted for a bike change. Of the final 10 riders, however, only one — silver medalist Primoz Roglic — decided to swap bikes. The addition of the “to swap or not to swap” question added another wrinkle of intrigue before what was a very interesting race. “I am one of those guys who can climb on a time trial bike,” said gold medalist Tom Dumoulin. “I had doubts about swapping the bike, but yesterday we made the decision not to change bikes, and I think it was the right one.” The crowds were raucous and rowdy, but in a decidedly polite Norwegian way. Everyone respected the rules and did not interfere in any way with the riders. The few who tried to play a Viking’s version of Running of the Bulls were quickly body-checked off the course. Fans cheered, applauded, and rejoiced in their sea of red Norwegian flags. It was 10-deep all the way up the final climb, as big as any crowd you’d see at Alpe d’Huez or the Kapelmuur. The organizers and the UCI deserve kudos for embracing this idea. You can’t have a course like this year every year, but on Wednesday, Bergen delivered something rare: a time trial that was worth watching. The post Bergen delivers something rare: a time trial worth watching appeared first on VeloNews.com. View the full article
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  12. Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) added a world title to go along with his Giro d’Italia title, as he powered through the rain to claim gold in the UCI Men’s World Individual Time Trial Championship on Wednesday in Bergen, Norway. I cannot believe it,” Dumoulin said. “It’s really amazing. I had such a good day. I thought my power meter was off because I felt so high and really good. It started raining, and I needed to take the corners really slow. In every corner on the final climb, I was slipping because I had my TT tires on because I thought it would be dry. I was doubting for a long time. “I thought at first a bike change, but when I saw the climb for the first time, I was doubting. I decided yesterday not to take a risk with a bike change. I think it was the better decision. It’s the double. It’s amazing. Last Sunday was surprising that we won as a team. Today was less surprising. I was one of the favorites. I managed to stay calm, and I was on a good day. I still have the road race. Some celebrations, but then I have to focus on Sunday.” The Dutchman obliterated the rest of the field, completing the 31km course in 44:41 and winning by nearly a minute over Primož RogliČ (Slovenia). Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana champion Chris Froome (Great Britain) earned bronze. Top-10 results 1. Tom Dumoulin, (NED), in 44:41.00 2. Primož RogliČ, (SLO), at :57.79 3. Chris Froome, (GBR), at 1:21.25 4. Nelson Oliveira, (POR), at 1:28.52 5. Vasil Kiryienka, (BLR), at 1:28.75 6. Gianni Moscon, (ITA), at 1:29.49 7. Wilco Kelderman, (NED), at 1:34.33 8. Rohan Dennis, (AUS), at 1:37.39 9. Tony Martin, (GER), at 1:39.88 10. Jan Tratnik, (SLO), at 1:43.45 The elite men’s individual time trial course at the world road championships in Bergen, Norway was by no means easy. The 31km course navigated two 16km laps around the city, but before completing the second lap, the riders turned and tackled Mount Fløyen (3.4km at 9.1%) to the finish. Many riders choose to swap from their time trial bike to a road bike at the bottom of the climb. The UCI had set-up a designated zone for this. Due to the lap format of the race, the riders went off in waves with all of the top contenders in the last wave. Jan Tratnik (Slovenia) went off in the third wave of six and opted not to do a bike change. He flew up the climb and set the best time of 46:24. Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands), who started in the fourth group, opted switch to a road bike at the bottom of the climb and was able to beat Tratnik’s time by nearly 15 seconds. When the riders from the fifth group began to come through the finish, the times began to fall. Nelson Oliveira (Portugal), who switched to a road bike for the final climb, set a new best time of 46:09. He would only be in the hot seat for a few minutes before he received a scare. Gianni Moscon (Italy) came charging up the hill and stopped the clock 97-hundredths of a second slower. The Italian opted not to change his bike at the bottom of the hill. 2015 world individual time trial champion Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) pulled himself inside and out up the final climb and stopped the clock a mere 23-hundredths of a second slower than the time of leader Oliveira. At the moment, the top-three was separated by under a second. The final group of the day included all of the heavy hitters. After all of the final riders were out on course, rain began to fall. Roglic was one of the few riders in the final group to switch to a road bike at the bottom of the climb and it paid-off for the Tour de France stage winner. The former ski jumper stopped the clock with a time of 45:38, the first rider to go under the 46-minute mark. Froome, who decided to compete in the individual time trial at the world championships due to the tough finishing climb was off the mark at the time checks out on course and seemed not be in for a shot at a medal. However, he turned up the power on the climb and stopped the clock a preliminary second. It did not take long after Dumoulin started to realize he was on a golden day. The Team Sunweb rider, who led his team to victory on Sunday in the world team time trial championship, was flying through the rain. He set the fastest time through all of the time checks out on course. As Dumoulin charged to the finish line atop Mount Fløyen he nearly caught the rider that had started a minute and a half in front of him. That rider was none other than Froome. Four-time world ITT champion and defending champion Tony Martin (Germany) did not have a great day. He fought valiantly through the rain on the rolling laps and looked to still be in with a shot at a medal as he began the final climb. He suffered on the steep grades though and finished the day down in ninth. Rohan Dennis (Australia) started his day setting quick times out on course, but crashed midway through his ride. Blood was seen running down his knee and he finished in eighth. American Tejay van Garderen finished in 26th, nearly three minutes down on Dumoulin. U.S. national individual time trial champion Joey Rosskopf finished in 41st. Full Results 1. Tom Dumoulin, (NED), in 44:41.00 2. Primož RogliČ, (SLO), at :57.79 3. Chris Froome, (GBR), at 1:21.25 4. Nelson Oliveira, (POR), at 1:28.52 5. Vasil Kiryienka, (BLR), at 1:28.75 6. Gianni Moscon, (ITA), at 1:29.49 7. Wilco Kelderman, (NED), at 1:34.33 8. Rohan Dennis, (AUS), at 1:37.39 9. Tony Martin, (GER), at 1:39.88 10. Jan Tratnik, (SLO), at 1:43.45 11. Bob Jungels, (LUX), at 1:49.46 12. Nicolas Roche, (IRL), at 1:53.54 13. Alexis Gougeard, (FRA), at 1:53.97 14. Jonathan Castroviejo, (ESP), at 2:01.39 15. Ilnur Zakarin, (RUS), at 2:04.44 16. Victor Campenaerts, (BEL), at 2:08.55 17. Edvald Boasson Hagen, (NOR), at 2:11.20 18. Andrey Grivko, (UKR), at 2:15.13 19. Nikias Arndt, (GER), at 2:16.05 20. Ignatas Konovalovas, (LTU), at 2:21.15 21. Martin Toft Madsen, (DEN), at 2:33.01 22. Laurens De Plus, (BEL), at 2:35.08 23. Yves Lampaert, (BEL), at 2:35.09 24. Jan BÁrta, (CZE), at 2:39.18 25. Stefan KÜng, (SUI), at 2:45.53 26. Tejay Van Garderen, (USA), at 2:47.52 27. Gorka Izaguirre Insausti, (ESP), at 2:48.78 28. Alexey Lutsenko, (KAZ), at 3:04.60 29. Hugo Houle, (CAN), at 3:06.61 30. Alexander Evtushenko, (RUS), at 3:06.94 31. Andreas Vangstad, (NOR), at 3:09.38 32. Tobias Ludvigsson, (SWE), at 3:09.58 33. Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa, (POR), at 3:10.54 34. Lasse Norman Hansen, (DEN), at 3:21.23 35. Jasha SÜtterlin, (GER), at 3:28.07 36. Mateusz Taciak, (POL), at 3:28.87 37. Eduardo Sepulveda, (ARG), at 3:31.52 38. Dmitriy Gruzdev, (KAZ), at 3:33.31 39. Hamish Bond, (NZL), at 3:33.92 40. Reto Hollenstein, (SUI , at 3:34.04 41. Joseph Rosskopf, (USA), at 3:47.20 42. Serghei Tvetcov, (ROU), at 3:49.48 43. Tao Geoghegan Hart, (GBR), at 3:50.67 44. Zhandos Bizhigitov, (KAZ), at 4:01.37 45. Jarlinson Pantano Gomez, (COL) , at 4:10.63 46. Lukas PÖstlberger, (AUT), at 4:14.41 47. Riccardo Zoidl, (AUT), at 4:46.43 48. Robert Britton, (CAN), at 4:57.29 49. Willem Jakobus Smit, (RSA), at 5:27.33 50. Maciej Bodnar, (POL), at 6:02.24 51. Redi Halilaj, (ALB), at 6:03.03 52. Valens Ndayisenga, (RWA), at 6:05.86 53. Kostyantyn Rybaruk, (UKR), at 7:35.60 54. King Lok Cheung, (HKG), at 8:14.25 55. Uri Martins Sandoval, (MEX), at 8:22.59 56. Nazir Jaser, (SYR), at 8:34.66 57. Elchin Asadov, (AZE), at 9:00.48 58. Eugert Zhupa, (ALB), at 9:15.43 59. Meron Teshome, (ERI), at 9:49.40 60. Ahmad Badreddin Wais, (SYR), at 10:57.98 61. Arsalan Anjum Muhammad, (PAK), at 11:47.78 62. Gabriel Tan, (SIN), at 12:46.53 63. Awais Khan, (PAK), at 12:51.92 64. Yi Peng Teoh, (SIN), at 13:00.32 The post 2017 Worlds: Dumoulin crushes course to become world champion appeared first on VeloNews.com. View the full article
  13. The cycling industry’s biggest North American tradeshow is off and running. Join us for one final week of staggering around Las Vegas before Interbike moves to Reno in 2017. We’ll be covering all the interesting tech, fun events, ‘cross racing, and more on this liveblog, so check back for regular updates. Also, tune in to the VeloNews podcast for two episodes recorded from the hall at Interbike. The post Interbike 2017 liveblog: Wednesday appeared first on VeloNews.com. View the full article
  14. Sepp Kuss will make his WorldTour debut in 2018 after signing a two-year deal with LottoNL-Jumbo, the team announced on Wednesday. “I’m extremely excited to join Team LottoNL-Jumbo,” Kuss said in a team release. “With a proven track-record of developing its riders and considering the great amount of individual attention and resources the staff gives its riders, I feel that this team is the best place for me to progress. I hope to learn from the experienced team members and continue to develop as a climber along with working on my time trial. I’m also excited to discover what types of races suit me best.” The 23-year-old joins LottoNL-Jumbo after spending two years with the continental Rally Cycling program. During that time, Kuss showed himself as a solid climber. He finished second on stage two of the 2017 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah in August atop the brutal climb to Snowbasin Resort. His runner-up placing earned him the yellow jersey, which he wore for a day. He went on to finish ninth overall. A few weeks later, Kuss finished second again on a summit finish. This time it was at the Tour of Alberta and he finished runner-up to his teammate Evan Huffman. He would finish the race second overall behind Huffman. He also won a stage of the 2016 Tour de Beauce, which finished atop Mont-Mégantic. Kuss will join fellow young American Neilson Powless in making the jump to the WorldTour with LottoNL-Jumbo. Powless also recently signed a two-year deal with the team. “Kuss attracted our attention during the Tour of California,” director sportive Merijn Zeeman said. “Since then, we have been following him and we tested him intensively. He has a background as a mountain-biker and hasn’t been riding a racing bike for a long time yet. He still has plenty of room for development and we will give him the time to do so.” The post Kuss signs two-year deal with LottoNL-Jumbo appeared first on VeloNews.com. View the full article
  15. UCI World Road Championships head to Bergen, Norway this weekend. Here are our top-10 picks for Saturday’s 152.8km elite women’s road race. 10. Kirsten Wild (Netherlands) Photo: TDWsport.comAs one of the world’s top pure sprinters, Wild isn’t an outright favorite in Norway. The course is likely too hilly for the Dutchwoman. However, a race is only as tough as the riders make it, and there are occasions when world championships are easier than expected due to a tentative peloton. If that’s the case, Wild will be a rider to watch in the sprint. 9. Gracie Elvin (Australia) Photo: TDWsport.comElvin came close to a few major wins this spring at Dwars door Vlaanderen and Tour of Flanders. In both races, she ended up second. Her results through the second half of the season have been modest, but the 28-year-old could be an underdog favorite if she finds herself in the right breakaway. 8. Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands) Photo: TDWsport.comRecently crowned world time trial champion van Vleuten is opposite Wild when it comes to the course. Bergen’s circuit probably isn’t hilly enough for the Dutchwoman, who won La Course atop the Col d’Izoard. However, she’s clearly got winning form and is surely brimming with confidence now that a rainbow jersey is hanging in her Norwegian hotel room. The Netherlands has many cards to play. It might do well to send van Vleuten up the road for another time trial. 7. Elizabeth Deignan (Great Britain) Photo: TDWsport.comThe 2015 world champion had a strong start to 2017, with three second-place results in Ardennes week. More recently, Deignan was second in La Course and won GP de Plouay. The Brit isn’t a pure sprinter, but if the field gets whittled down on the hilly Bergen circuit, she’d be a good wheel to follow in the rush to the line. 6. Chloe Hosking (Australia) Photo: TDWsport.comLike Wild, Hosking is a top sprinter who would light up a bunch finish if the peloton takes a tentative approach to this world championships. The Aussie, who won La Course on the Champs-Elysees in 2016, won stage 2 at Tour of Norway in August and was second in stage 4 at the Boels Rental Ladies Tour. Plus, Hosking might be racing with something to prove after being left off Australia’s initial worlds team. She appealed, as did Rachel Neylan, and both were given spots on the squad. 5. Lotta Lepisto (Finland) Photo: TDWsport.comLepisto is having the best season of her career with six major victories. Plus, the Finnish champion recently won the Crescent Vargarda Women’s WorldTour race, so her form is coming around. The 28-year-old does well on hilly circuits with fast finishes — she won Dwars door Vlaanderen and Gent-Wevelgem this spring. Her only weakness might be her team, which is not as deep as others in the race. 4. Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) Photo: TDWsport.comMuch like van Vleuten, van der Breggen is more at home on hilly courses. She swept the Ardennes classics and won the Giro Rosa this year. However, don’t forget that this year’s Giro was far less mountainous than other editions. The Olympic champion stayed in the mix on many of the tricky finishes and having just won a silver in the worlds TT, she is powerful enough to get away and stay away. 3. Coryn Rivera (United States) Photo: TDWsport.comAs an American publication, we were reticent to put Rivera in the No. 1 spot on this list … What if we jinxed her? Based on her win at Tour of Flanders, the Californian is a top favorite in Bergen. The course’s moderate climbing should be no problem. Her fast finish will be key. The only question is whether the tactics will play out in her favor. To win worlds — or at least earn a medal — Rivera needs a moderately sized group to come to the line for a sprint. She’ll have a few options on the American squad to support that goal, but they don’t match the firepower of the Netherlands. 2. Jolien D’hoore (Belgium) Photo: TDWsport.comBelgian D’hoore is coming off a sprint victory at the Madrid Challenge at the end of the Vuelta. That flat circuit is far easier than the Bergen course, but make no mistake, D’hoore can handle some climbing. She’s won consistently all season long on a variety of courses, ranging from Omloop van het Hageland on home turf in February to China’s Tour of Chongming Island in May and to the Giro Rosa in Italy this July. 1. Marianne Vos (Netherlands) Photo: TDWsport.comWait, Vos? Yep, we’re serious, and here’s why. Not only does she have the world championship and Olympics pedigree, she’s hitting her form at the right moment. Vos recently won the Ladies Tour of Norway and stage 1 at the Lotto Belgium Tour. She’s also the reigning European champion. The Bergen course is great for her combination of climbing chops and sprinting savvy. Plus, as we’ve been alluding to, the Dutch have an embarrassment of riches in the women’s world championship race. Vos should be able to sit back in the peloton while other favorites try long-bomb attacks. If the race comes back together on the final lap (which a number of teams will want), Vos will be ready to pounce. The post Bergen worlds power rankings: Elite women’s road race appeared first on VeloNews.com. View the full article