End of the season and end of an era in Canadian cycling during the past weeks. Some riders are recovering from the Interbike show last week, others are putting away the road bike for a few weeks, still others are picking up the cross bike and heading for the dirt and (hopefully) mud and many are looking for a team for the 2009 season.
For the second year of its existence, CrossVegas put on a hell of a show, all the big names in US cross were there and more, but the night belong to Ryan Trebon (Kona). With 2 laps to go, after catching Geoff Kabush (Maxxis), Trebon launched a solo counter move from the select lead group to win the race ahead of a chasing US Cross Champ Tim Johnson (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.Com) and Adam Craig (Giant Mountain Bike Team). The women’s race came down to a battle between US Cross Champ Katie Compton (Spike) and Luna Chix’s Katrina Nash with Compton taking the victory. Georgia Gould (Luna Chix) finished third.
The other race held during Interbike was the USA Crits Finals in a side parking lot of the Mandalay Bay casino/hotel. USA Crits Finals winners Hilton Clarke (Toyota-United) and Jen McRae (Advil-Chapstick) are both facing the same challenge of looking for a team for the next season as their teams are disappearing at the end of the year, and Clarke is going to continue to race until he has a job.
With 11 races in the USA Crits Series concluding during Interbike, Yosvany Falcon (Toshiba-Santo) and Kelly Benjamin (Cheerwine) came out on top to win the Individual Standings, and Toshiba-Santo and Vanderkitten won the Team standings. Speaking of Vegas, Spike Shooter’s Katie Compton and Time Pro’s Adam Myerson won the Double Down at The Mandalay Bay for their consistent performance in both CrossVegas and the USA Crits Finals. Both have won a vacation package.
Team owner Erik Saunders announced that his Time Pro Cycling team will be renamed as Premier Sports Partners for 2009. The team, which remains a UCI Continental team, also signed six new riders and brought in former Masters National and World Champion Jason Snow to direct the outfit. The 2009 roster will be Andy Baker, Jackie Simes, Eric Barlevav, David Guttenplan, Mike Stoop, Tom Soladay, Daniel Ramsey, Jon Hamblen, Adam Myerson and new additions Mark Hekman, Phillip Gaimon, Logan Loader, Will Hoffarth, Spencer Beamer and Issac Howe.
Mark and Kevin Cunningham announced that the Rusty Chain Projects Inc the management company that owns and operates the Symmetrics Cycling Team will not be operating a professional cycling team in 2009. The Symmetrics Cycling Team has been the most successful cycling team in Canadian cycling history. In the past five years, the team won twelve National Championships (Road and TT) – with a staggering 25 Championship medals, won more than 180 races and has been ranked in the top three teams in the UCI America Tour for the past three seasons. Svein Tuft, Silver medalist at the ITT World Championship and his teammate, friend and neighbor Chris Meier each signed a two-year contract with the Garmin-Chipotle team. As of August 01, Meier was a stagiaire with the Argyle team. More team announcements should be coming soon for other riders in the S-team.
And to recap Interbike news, Toyota-United’s Dominique Rollin and Bissell’s Teddy King will be joining the new Cevelo-Test team alongside Carlos Sastre. Following his retirement announcement, Bobby Julich is still in discussion with Bjarne Riis for his new role with the CSC-Saxo (IT) team as Bobby declined the DS position since he “can’t multitask and doesn’t like to drive”.
Chance to ride or chat with pros while doing a good deed. The Jittery Joe’s Fall Classic Century, where all registration fees go toward the Athens Area Habitat for Humanity, is scheduled for October 25. More info here. The NorCal High School Mountain Bike Racing League’s annual CycleFest is scheduled for the weekend of November 7. The guest of honor is Levi Leipheimer (Astana) and the events include a cocktail party, a dinner and an exclusive group ride. More info here.
Following a special election to determine the two athlete representatives on the USPRO Board of Trustees, USA Cycling announced that Nick Reistad and Will Frischkorn have won the two open seats. Reistad was also elected to the USA Cycling Board of Directors as the Athlete Director representing USPRO. Forty-four athletes voted in the election, which represents more than 50% of the athletes eligible to vote. Both Reistad and Frischkorn will each serve four-year terms on the respective Boards.
Lastly, for pure entertainment, in his online diary on cyclingnews, Canadian MTBer Geoff Kabush talks about the closing ceremony at the Olympic Games where he along with Seamus McGrath went looking for beer and ended having a beer chugging contest with Yao Ming.
Kabush gave the best line at Interbike when we asked him the day after the CrossVegas race what it was like to have Lance Armstrong in the race, and his answer, delivered in his dry style was “Armstrong, was he there? I never saw him.” Brilliant.