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  1. Elevate-KHS has renewed for 2018 with Mexican sprinter Alfredo Rodriguez and Canadian climber James Piccoli. Both riders had breakout seasons in 2017 for the first-year US Continental team. Piccoli, 26, rode with Amore & Vita in 2014 and H&R Block in 2015 before stepping back to the amateur level with a Canadian team in 2016 and the first part of this year. His performance at the Redlands Bicycle Classic, where he climbed and time trialed with the top riders before dropping out on the final stage, got the attention of Elevate-KHS director Paul Abrahams, and the team added him at the end of June in time for the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. ADVERTISEMENT "I was on the verge of retiring before I had the opportunity to join the team in June," Piccoli said in the team press release. "They took me straight to a four-week training camp with my teammates in Park City, Utah. We rode all the stages of the Tour of Utah and that attention to detail really paid off." Piccoli turned heads almost immediately in Utah, finishing third on the summit finish to Snowbasin Ski resort on stage 2 and backing that up with eighth on the Queen stage to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort. He finished the 2.HC race 10th overall and backed that up with ninth at the Tour of Alberta, where he finished in the top 10 on the Queen stage to Marmot Ski Area. "James has proved that he is one of the best climbers in the US and adds a general classification threat that the team had been looking for," Abrahams said. "Having both James and Alfredo anchor the team in 2018 ensures an exciting year ahead for everyone involved with the Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com View the full article
  2. Bora-Hansgrohe's Michael Kolar is keeping things light while training recently in Spain, with the 24-year-old Slovakian posting video of himself 'drifting' his bike through slightly wet corners on a descent. In comments on his post, Kolar reveals that he was descending down the 'Military climb' into Palma Mallorca. The loyal Peter Sagan lieutenant says he's riding on his training tyres - the 28mm Specialized Roubaix - and that he's got a spotter up the road letting him know if the road is clear of traffic. ADVERTISEMENT Kolar started his pro career at the Ducla Trencin team where the Sagan bothers Peter and Juraj started out, then he signed with Tinkoff-Saxo in 2014. The Sagans joined him at the team in 2015, and Kolar moved with them to Bora-Hansgrohe this year. He's signed with the German team through 2019. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com View the full article
  3. The USA Cycling Pro Road Tour (PRT) calendar will feature a number of familiar races and a few new events for 2018. The slate of 21 events will include 11 criteriums and crit omniums, along with stage races such as Redlands Bicycle Classic and the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. “This is the third year for the Pro Road Tour. We continue to align the mix of quality criteriums, omniums, road races, stage races, and this year a time trial event, to provide a better balance for travel across the country,” said Chuck Hodge, VP of operations for USA Cycling (USAC). Fans will cheer the return of a UCI one-day race in Philadelphia after the Cycling Classic was canceled for 2017. Now renamed the Independence Cycling Classic, the June race should be a highlight of the PRT’s East Coast swing. USAC has also added four events that are new to the PRT for 2018. The Glencoe Grand Prix, the Armed Forces Cycling Classic, the Chrono Kristin Armstrong time trial, and the Detroit Cycling Championships are all first-time additions to the national calendar. UnitedHealthcare won both the men’s and women’s individual series titles in 2017 with Gavin Mannion and Ruth Winder, respectively. Additionally, USAC picked 12 events to comprise the Pro Cross-Country and Pro Gravity Tour mountain bike calendars. “The Pro Gravity and Cross-Country tours feature four new events, with four returning events receiving upgrades from the UCI for higher points,” Hodge added. Pro Road Tour 2018 calendar April 7: Sunny King Criterium, Anniston, Alabama April 12-15: Joe Martin Stage Race, Fayetteville, Arkansas (UCI 2.2) April 18-22: Tour of the Gila, Silver City, New Mexico (UCI 2.2) April 29: Dana Point Grand Prix p/b Kingston, Dana Point, California May 3-6: Redlands Bicycle Classic, Redlands, California May 19: Rochester Twilight Criterium, Rochester, New York May 26: Winston-Salem Classic Criterium, Winston-Salem, North Carolina May 28: Winston-Salem Classic Road Race, Winston-Salem, North Carolina (UCI 1.1) June 2: Glencoe Grand Prix, Glencoe, Illinois June 3: Independence Cycling Classic, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (UCI 1.1) June 8-10: Saint Francis Tulsa Tough, Tulsa, Oklahoma June 9-10: Armed Forces Cycling Classic p/b The Boeing Company, Arlington, Virginia June 13-17: North Star Grand Prix, Minneapolis, Minnesota July 13: Chrono Kristin Armstrong, Boise, Idaho (UCI 1.2) July 14: ASWB Twilight Criterium, Boise, Idaho July 14: Detroit Cycling Championships, Detriot, Michigan August 6-12: Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, Utah (UCI 2.HC; men only) August 16-19: Colorado Classic, Colorado (UCI 2.HC; men only) Aug. 31 – Sept. 2: The Gateway Cup, St. Louis, Missouri September 8: Thompson Buck County Classic, Bucks County, Pennsylvania (UCI 1.2) September 9: Thompson Criterium of Doylestown, Doylestown, Pennsylvania Pro XCT 2018 calendar April 7: US Cup- Fontana XC + UCI Junior Series XCO, Fontana City, California (UCI HC) April 14: US Cup – Bonelli Park + UCI Junior Series XCO, San Dimas, California (UCI HC) April 21: Subaru Sea Otter Classic, Monterey, California (UCI C2) May 5-6: Soldier Hollow ProXCT + UCI Junior Series XCO, Midway, Utah (UCI C1) June 9: Missoula XC + UCI Junior Series XCO, Missoula, Montana (UCI C2) July 28: Julbo Eastern Grind, Williston, Vermont (UCI C2) September 1-3: Purgatory’s Revenge, Durango, Colorado (UCI C2) Pro GRT 2018 calendar March 8-11: Windrock Pro GRT, Oak Ridge, Tennessee (UCI C1) April 14-15: NW Cup #1, Port Angeles, Washington (UCI C2) May 25-27: Mountain Creek ProGRT, Vernon. New Jersey (UCI C2) June 23-24: NW Cup – Tamarack, Tamarack, Idaho (UCI C3) September 1-3: Purgatory’s Revenge, Durango, Colorado (UCI C2) September 15-16: Kamikaze Bike Games, Mammoth Lakes, California (UCI C2) The post USA Cycling Pro Road Tour 2018 calendar appeared first on VeloNews.com. View the full article
  4. Cyclingnews, the world's leading cycling web site, is looking for a women’s pro cycling correspondent. The freelance position will require the applicant to have a keen interest and knowledge of women’s competitive cycling, as well as editorial or writing experience with excellent English skills. The position will involve writing news, reports and features. Knowledge of women's professional cycling is a must. Experience in journalism and attention to detail are important. A second language is also an advantage but not essential. ADVERTISEMENT The applicant will need to be a self-starter, as the roles involves regular liaison with production editors at Cyclingnews. As we are a 24/7 daily news operation, the position will require regular weekend work. Applicants must be flexible in their work schedule. Please send your CV with a cover letter via e-mail with "Cyclingnews Women’s Pro Cycling Correspondent” in the subject line. Deadline for applications is November 30, 2017. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com View the full article
  5. More episodes of the VeloNews Podcast VN pod, ep. 58: Inside Movistar team camp; US Cup-CX wrap VN pod, ep. 57: Mail Musette Qs on Sky’s marginal gains, Dumoulin, Aru VN Interviews podcast: Phil Gaimon on dopers, Strava, and retirement VN podcast, ep. 55: Tour de France? Tour de Ambush! More episodes of the VeloNews Podcast VN pod, ep. 58: Inside Movistar team camp; US Cup-CX wrap European correspondent Andrew Hood reports from Movistar's recent camp, we wrap up the US Cup-CX series, and more. Welcome to the VeloNews podcast. If this episode sounds a little different, that’s because it is. We’ve launched a new series that is devoted to interviews with cycling’s most interesting people. From riders to directors to other influential people, this is your place to learn about the sport from the insiders. Spencer Powlison sits down with Katie Compton in Louisville, Kentucky ahead of the Pan-American Cyclocross championships at the beginning of November 2017. The 13-time national champion talks about her new approach to this cyclocross season, the new races she’s been able to start, and up-and-coming American racers to watch. She also answers questions on gender equality in bike racing. 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. The post VN Interviews podcast: Compton on Euro ‘cross, women’s equality appeared first on VeloNews.com. View the full article
  6. North America’s biggest criterium series USA Crits will include 11 events in 2018 from April through September. In addition to its nationwide calendar, the 12-year-old series will offer a $100,000 prize purse and introduce a new streaming online video broadcast. “Creating a platform for fans to engage the sport and to follow the athletes is essential for developing recognizable athletes and sustainable growth, which will support the professional ambitions of elite cyclists,” said Scott Morris, director of development for USA Crits. The subscription-based livestream service will feature host city and participating rider highlights, onboard live action cameras, lap-by-lap results, and racing footage. On-demand race recaps will be available afterward to subscribers as well. In addition to the $100,000 overall series purse, each race will have a minimum $10,000 purse. In both cases, the payout will be equal for men and women. 2018 USA Crits schedule April 28: Athens Orthopedic Clinic (AOC) Twilight Criterium, Athens, Georgia May 26: Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, Winston-Salem, North Carolina June 1: Oklahoma City Pro-Am Classic, Midtown, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma June 17: Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic, New York, New York July 6: Natural State Criterium Series: New American Town Criterium, Bentonville, Arkansas July 14: Andersen Schwartzman Woodard Brailsford (ASWB) Twilight Criterium, Boise, Idaho July 28: San Rafael Sunset Criterium, San Rafael, California August 4: Littleton Twilight Criterium, Littleton, Colorado August 11: Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic, West Chester, Pennsylvania September 2: Gateway Cup: Giro Della Montagna, St. Louis, Missouri September 15: USA CRITS Championship Series Finals: Location TBA, Northeastern USA The post USA Crits 2018 calendar boasts 11 races, $100k purse appeared first on VeloNews.com. View the full article
  7. Rim brakes with disc-brake wheels? Dear Lennard, I have a 2012 Cervelo S5 and a Felt B2 Tri bike. I have scrimped and saved enough to get a new pair of wheels that I want, the new 404 NSWs (I run Clinchers). I do plan on getting a new bike in the next few years and would like these wheels to be part of the new system. When I was looking to buy the wheels, I was asked if I use disc brakes. Can I get a disc-ready wheel to use with my old calipers and convert the wheels to disc when I get a new bike with disc brakes, or do I need to stay with caliper wheels with my old caliper bike? I can’t afford to buy two sets of wheels and I am trying to be smart about the purchase.
 — David Dear David, The short answer is no. There are lots of reasons for this. 1. The rear hub spacing is different. The “axle overlock dimension” from the face of one axle end cap to that of the other is 130mm on a rim-brake wheel and 135mm on a disc-brake quick release (QR) wheel. You would have to pry apart your dropouts on your rim-brake bikes to fit a disc-brake wheel. And that is with a QR disc wheel, which are going away; see the next item. 2. If you wait a couple of years and buy a disc-brake bike, it will almost certainly have thru-axles front and rear, not QR skewers. So, not only would the hub spacing be different from the current 135mm for a QR disc-brake wheel (142mm X 12mm is the current road thru-axle spec), but the attachment system will be completely different as well. Even if the length difference did not exist, the wheels would not be interchangeable. 3. The rims for disc-brake wheels are not designed to handle rim brakes. For carbon clincher rims to not overheat during rim braking to the point that the resin holding the carbon matrix together softens, the rim needs to have a resin with a super-high melting point. While disc rims may use such a resin with a high Tg (glass-transition temperature), they do not have to since they need not be designed to withstand heat from braking. So, if you apply a rim brake hard at high speed to a disc-brake rim, you just might experience having the rim walls fold out flat like a limp taco shell, exploding your tire. Furthermore, many disc-brake rims have decals and topography from the mold that would interfere with rim brakes. If you want wheels now and a new bike years down the road, just get the 404 NSW wheels you were planning on and not the disc equivalent, namely the 404 Firecrest Disc. ― Lennard Hydro brake levers on an aero bar Dear Lennard, I have a bike with hydro disc brakes and an aero bar. I would like to have at least one brake in hand when I’m riding in the aero position. Is there a way to control a single hydraulic brake from two different levers, one on the aero bar and one on the base bar? — Jim Dear Jim, I know of none currently available, nor of any in the works. However, if you want to switch out your hydraulic disc brakes for mechanical disc brakes, you will probably be able to get a two-lever system to operate each brake next spring from TRP. This is what TRP USA’s managing director Lance Larrabee says about it: “We don’t have a two-lever to one-caliper system, but we do have one-lever to two-caliper hydraulic brakes. We are working on a new mechanical system for two levers to one brake aimed at kids and the city market; that could be adapted to performance bikes. That option should be announced to the public in spring 2018.” ― Lennard Feedback on Campagnolo press-fit bottom brackets Dear Lennard, In response to the reader having problems with a Campagnolo Chorus UT crank and a press-fit BB: I, as well as numerous other riders, have had the same problem. There was a lot of creaking and I could visibly see the crank moving under load. Frankly, it was driving me insane to the point where I didn’t know if I should throw out my Campy Record 11 crank or the top-of-the-line carbon frame. I tried epoxy — several types of very expensive epoxy, actually. But needless to say, no epoxy was able to withstand the pedaling forces in a joint between the BB shell and UT-crank, which is inherently wrong. Fortunately, I heard of a small Belgian company called C-Bear. After installing one of their BB shells, the problem was solved. In five years, I have not heard a creak. What I did was press two (non-threaded) sleeves into the OSBB of my Specialized S-Works frame. These are then held in place by two normal, threaded Ultra-Torque (aluminum) cups. You can see the product here. As you can see from some of the pictures on the C-Bear homepage, the Lotto-Soudal team used C-Bear bottom bracket inserts in its Ridley press-fit bottom brackets with Campagnolo cranks. I also believe Astana did the same when they were combining S-Works frames with Campagnolo cranks. In my opinion, the combination of (most) press-fit BBs and Campagnolo cranks/BB is inherently unstable, since the UT bearing is by definition sitting outside the frame. This is different than, for instance, a SRAM press-fit BB, where the bearings are sitting inside the frame. In fact, I have two bikes running like this without problems. — Henrik The post Technical FAQ: Road discs and bottom brackets appeared first on VeloNews.com. View the full article
  8. Tucson, Arizona (VN) — Alberto Contador may have stepped off the bike and retired in September after finishing the Vuelta a Espana, but his formidable presence in cycling will continue as he adds “Continental team owner” to his resume. Polartec-Kometa is the newest addition to the Alberto Contador Foundation banner of teams and will serve as the development team for WorldTour squad Trek-Segafredo. Junior and under-23 teams round out the quorum. The U23 team gathered in Tucson for a training camp earlier this month, with four riders from the Continental team joining them. Contador was coy in his opening remarks about the program’s ambitions. More Alberto Contador news ‘End to an era’ as Contador ends career in Shanghai Mollema takes over Trek’s top spot after Contador’s retirement Now retired, Contador blasts clenbuterol ban VN Show: Contador’s epic farewell More Alberto Contador news ‘End to an era’ as Contador ends career in Shanghai Chris Froome said he will miss racing against Alberto Contador after the pair competed in a Tour de France criterium in China. “In this moment, we work to have good professional riders in the future in different teams,” Contador said about the program’s riders progressing to the next level. “Of course, we also look to the front. We want to continue to go step-by-step … I will not say one or the other whether at the WorldTour level with a WorldTour team.” When VeloNews followed up with Contador on one of the team’s training rides about whether there will be an Alberto Contador Foundation team in the WorldTour in the future, he confirmed that is his plan. General management of the foundation is all in the family, with Contador’s older brother Fran managing the administrative details associated with the teams. Retired pro Ivan Basso, who has become close with Contador in recent years despite the two having ridden together for just a year, manages the Continental team. Other retired pros Jesús Hernández, who rode alongside Contador on Trek-Segafredo in 2017, and Dario Andriotto will serve as the squad’s sport directors. The Continental team will be comprised of 11 riders, only four of whom are from Spain. The diversity is surprising, considering the majority of the riders on the junior and U23 teams are Spanish. The four Continental riders present in Tucson were U23 Spanish national road race champion Isaac Cantón, Juan Camacho, Miguel Ángel Ballesteros, and Diego Pablo Sevilla. Both Ballesteros and Sevilla joined the Alberto Contador Foundation as juniors and have progressed through the ranks. Ivan Basso with continental team riders (left to right) Juan Camacho, Isaac Cantón, Miguel Ángel Ballesteros, and Diego Pablo Sevilla. Photo: PolartecPolartec, an international fabric company headquartered in the United States and known throughout the cycling world for boasting clients such as Rapha and Castelli, has worked with the foundation’s teams for the last three years, since the previous kit sponsor uses Polartec fabrics. The company has agreed to a new three-year sponsorship deal, as has co-title sponsor Kometa, an Italian company. Polartec’s sponsorship also calls for it to provide the team’s apparel, which will serve as the company’s first foray into cycling apparel design. As a result, Polartec has decided it will not sell the team garments to the general public — at least for the first year. Gary Smith, who took over as Polartec CEO in 2012, decided to partner with the foundation because of the people involved. “Just speaking candidly, we weren’t looking to sponsor a cycling team,” Smith said. “There’s lots of places as a company you can spend money to have your logo displayed. I’m not a big believer in that. It’s superficial and not distinctive. “Working with this team, we’ve talked about the people and the relationship aspect, which is super important. And there’s lots of places you can choose to work. There’s great people and a compelling mission behind what they are trying to do.” The camp in Arizona was Smith’s doing. “To get on a plane, cross multiple time zones, have to ride, that’s a life lesson, whether you become a professional cyclist or not,” Smith said. “As a businessperson, I have to deal with that constantly. Flying time zones, adjusting to different cultures, different foods, strange beds, all that sort of thing. I think it’s a really good thing as young men for them to experience that.” Polartec-Kometa roster Michele Gazzoli (Italy) Matteo Moschetti (Italy) Patrick Gamper (Austria) Michel Ries (Luxembourg) Awet Habtom (Eritrea) Willen Inkelaar (Holland) Wilson Estiben Peña (Colombia) Diego Pablo Sevilla (Spain) Juan Camacho (Spain) Isaac Cantón (Spain) Miguel Ángel Ballesteros (Spain) The post Contador launches Continental team, eyes WorldTour appeared first on VeloNews.com. View the full article
  9. The 2018 edition of the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under will be the most demanding to date, and will feature three road stages ahead of the concluding criterium in Adelaide. The 2018 route was unveiled at a presentation in Adelaide on Wednesday, where the South Australian tourism minister outlined the race’s intention to seek elevation to the Women’s WorldTour in the future. The Women’s Tour Down Under has already been upgraded to UCI 2.1 status for 2018 and the four-day event gets underway on Thursday, January 11 with a 115.7-kilometre stage starting and finishing in Gumeracha. The stage comprises two laps of a circuit in the Adelaide Hills, and includes the ascents of Cyanide Climb, Terlinga Road and Mount Torrens. ADVERTISEMENT Stage 2 brings the peloton from Lyndoch to a summit finish on Mengler’s Hill. The 102km leg features the climbs of Whispering Wall and Williamstown ahead of the final haul to Mengler’s Hill, which boasts a maximum gradient of some 14.4%. The longest day of the Women’s Tour Down Under follows on stage 3 from Bend Motorsport Park to Handorf. Comet Mine Climb is stiff enough to provoke splits in the finale of the 122.4-kilometre stage, though there may be sufficient time for a regrouping ahead of the finish in Handorf. The final stage of the Women’s Tour Down Under will coincide with the People’s Choice Classic criterium in Adelaide on the evening of Sunday, January 14. The women’s peloton will tackle 20 laps of the circuit in the Adelaide Parklands for a 46-kilometre stage. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com View the full article
  10. Beñat Intxausti has been limited to just 18 days of racing in his two seasons at Team Sky to date, but the Basque is hopeful that he has finally put his long-running bout of mononucleosis behind him as he prepares for the 2018 season. Intxausti signed from Movistar ahead of the 2016 season, but he was interrupted by illness in early February, and he endured abortive returns at the Tour of Slovenia and Tour de Pologne before calling time on his campaign early. The 2017 season, however, was to prove even more wretched for Intxausti, who continued to endure health problems and managed just three days of racing. His first appearance of the season came in July at the Clasica San Sebastian, which he abandoned, while he withdrew from the season-ending Tour of Guangxi on stage 2. The Chinese expedition, Intxausti said, was nonetheless a useful test of his fitness with an eye to 2018. ADVERTISEMENT “I’m a bit better now. I’ve been resting at home since I came back from China and I feel good,” Intxausti said. “In China, even though I suffered more than I hoped, it was above all about understanding how I was. “I hope that when I start training again, I will be at 100 per cent. I really want to start out with good health and then everything will go well afterwards.” Intxausti explained that medical tests have shown that he is no longer suffering from the virus, though he added that he was in a similar position in 2016. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com View the full article
  11. Italian bike brand Pinarello has made a public apology after promotional material for its new e-road bike, Nytro, sparked accusations of sexism and a social media protest. A press release and postings on the official Pinarello Instagram account described several suggested user types for the new electric assisted bike. One implied that women needed the extra assistance of the e-bike to keep up with men. It showed a portrait of a young woman with a caption that read: Emma, 24 years old, 'Couple Rider'. Alongside the photo was a post that read, “I’ve always wanted to go cycling with my boyfriend but it seemed impossible. Soon everything will become possible.” ADVERTISEMENT In contrast, a second Nytro profile showed a photo of a man in a business suit with a caption that read, “No time to work out during the week, but I would never miss a Sunday ride with my friends! Soon I’ll be able to fill the gap." Many members of the cycling community were angry with the marketing campaign, calling it sexist because the company implied that women couldn't ride at the same speed as men without a motor. Pinarello, who supply bikes to men's and women's WorldTour teams has since pulled both ads from its social media channel. It also posted an apology, insisting that values of diversity and equality are core to Pinarello. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com View the full article
  12. After years of racing on Cannondale bikes, the Israel Cycling Academy is set to switch to Italian manufacturer De Rosa for the 2018 season. The team will use De Rosa's time trial frameset alongside the aero SK Pininfarina and all-rounder Protos. Here we take a closer look at the stylish SK Pininfarina, the culmination of a project between De Rosa and the legendary Italian car design company Pininfarina. The bike belongs to one of the team’s sprinters, but we can’t reveal who until January. ADVERTISEMENT The team has opted for a blue design to honour their Israeli roots, which also works as a nod to the Italian bike builder. The frame will be equipped with FSA components, including stem, handlebars and crankset. The team will also use FSA’s Powerbox power meter. The groupset comes courtesy of Shimano with the Dura-Ace R9150. Vision Metron wheels will come in 50mm, 40mm and 30mm rim depths, and will be complemented by Schwalbe tyres. Completing the bike are Speedplay pedals, Sella Italia saddles and a KMC chain. The Israel Cycling Academy started in 2015 as a Continental program and jumped to Professional Continental status this year. For 2018, the team have increased their roster from 18 riders to 24, adding WorldTour veterans like Ben Hermans from BMC, Kristian Sbaragli from Dimension Data and Ruben Plaza from Orica-Scott. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com View the full article
  13. Rally Cycling announced Tuesday its complete women's roster of 13 riders for the 2018 season. The team boasts four newcomers with Gillian Ellsay, Heidi Franz, Abby Mickey and Summer Moak, but holds on to its core group of winning talent. "2017 was about developing the strong group we knew we had," said director Zach Bell. "We found a good cultural balance within the team. Riders were having fun and pushing each other. It was important to keep the team together as much as possible, because we developed great chemistry, and I think we still have a lot of performance potential to see from them. The more they have been through, the more each rider can stretch outside her comfort zone and find a new level." The team announced signing Ellsay, from Colavita-Bianchi, along with her brother Nigel, from Silber Pro Cycling, at the end of October. She raced as a guest rider at the North Star Grand Prix, in 2016, which has led to a full-time spot on the roster for 2018. ADVERTISEMENT "Riding on the same team as my brother is going to be a blast! He’s been one of my biggest supporters since I started racing. He passed on a lot of valuable advice and shared his experiences with me, and it’s helped me avoid some common mistakes," Gillian said in a press release. Mickey joins the team from Colavita-Bianchi and has had podium finishes at the Tour of the Gila, Cascade Cycling Classic and Steamboat Springs Stage Race. Moak joins the team from Sho-Air Twenty20 and Franz from Keller Rohrback Cycling. Allar aims to defend national criterium title The core of the team will return with Erica Allar, winner of the 2017 US Pro Criterium Championships and two collegiate national titles, leading the way. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com View the full article
  14. Orica-Scott leaders Esteban Chaves, Adam Yates and Simon Yates are set to spend a stint in the wind tunnel, according to Argentinian website Ciclismointernational. The website reports that the trio will head to Milan over the winter to work on their time trialling positions. Damien Howson and Michael Hepburn have already paid a visit to the same wind tunnel last week. The pair did repeated time trial efforts against 50kph winds to test their position on the bike. The Yates brothers and Chaves have struggled in the time trialling discipline over the years, giving away time to their rivals in the tests against the clock. No date has been announced for their visit to the Milan tunnel. ADVERTISEMENT "We measure and assess the full rider/bike aerodynamic system in the tunnel, and this naturally includes equipment and apparel assessments and how these best match to a rider's position and style. From here we will then seek to validate our findings with track testing, and then, of course, road sessions and racing," Mike Tabotta, Orica's high-performance director, said in a recent press release. "We are here working with the Polytechnic University in Milan with their wind tunnel facility, which is one of the most renowned in Europe for cycling specific tests." Brayan Chaves joins pro cycling ranks Chinese-registered Continental outfit Mitchelton-Scott announced Monday signing Brayan Chaves, younger brother of WorldTour rider Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott), for the 2018 season. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com View the full article
  15. Six Movistar riders and staff met for a training camp at the Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca from November 16-19. The main focus of the four-day event was high-quality training, health and wellness. It coincided with the team’s first-ever cyclosportif-style camp whereby some 30 guests had an opportunity to ride one of three routes with the riders. They also had a chance to talk to the team and taste wines from local Bodegas Cornelio. Guests also had stretching and heat-cold contrast sessions, and mechanics and bike cleaning classes. Those members of the team on hand to support the cyclosportif camp were Victor de la Parte, Marc Soler and local Mavi Garcia, along with director Pablo Lastras, coach Manuel Mateo and mechanic Tomás Amezaga (head of mechanics). ADVERTISEMENT McNally and Antonini complete Wanty-Groupe Gobert Wanty-Groupe Gobert announced Tuesday that the team has re-signed Mark McNally and Simone Antonini, thus completing its roster for 2018. McNally, 28, is regarded as an aggressive rider suitable for breakaways, noted for being in escapes at the Tour of Flanders and Ghent-Wevelgem, and he finished on the podium in Ronde van Drenthe and Eneco Tour during the past two years. He will start his third season with the team. Antonini, 26, will start his fourth season with the team and is touted as one of the team’s strongest workers. World-class track cyclists head to Canada Hailstone named Cycling Canada's new men's endurance coach You can read more at Cyclingnews.com View the full article
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