(A belated) catching up with the news from the past week. On the team and rider front, Team Type 1 announced four riders for the 2009 roster, Chris Jones and Moises Aldape are returning and new to the team are Ricardo Escuela from Successful Living and Ken Hanson from California Giant Berry Farms. Philip Gaimon who was previously announced on the Premier Sports Partners team (renamed Time Pro Team) in 2009 is now joining the Jelly Belly Cycling Team. Gaimon recived an offer from the Dany Van Haute team after the first announcement and decided to go with the more established team which will give him opportunities to race in the bigger US races. After winning stage 4 of the Vuelta a Chihuaha, Francisco Mancebo told Velonews that he is in talks with Rock Racing but no deal has been struck. Meanwhile, young Adam Switters announced that he will not be riding with Rock Racing next year.
The Garmin-Chipotle team pursued and was granted a four-year UCI ProTour license. I guess this is a good thing now that the UCI and GT organizers war is seemingly over. As a reminder, the ProTour races now include the Tour Down Under (AUS), the Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco (ESP), the Tour de Romandie (SUI), the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (ESP), the Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian-San Sebastian (ESP), the Tour de Pologne (POL), the GP Ouest France-Plouay (FRA), Vattenfall Cyclassics (GER), Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré (FRA) and Tour de Suisse (SUI).
Canadian TT Champion Svein Tuft who finished second in the World Championships Time Trial in Varese, Italy, said that samples taken during the competition should be retested for doping. “I think it’s fair.” Tuft told CBC Sports. ”If they’re that serious about cleaning up the sport, then I’m for retesting.”
Tuft sports an upside 13 tattoo on his left wrist which stands as a symbol against doping. According to the Symmetrics team, “Svein was team mates with Mat Decanio on Prime Alliance. After Matt came clean for doping and started stolen underground he adopted the upside down 13 as a symbol against doping in cycling. Svein’s tattoo is inspired by Decanio, but for him it stands as a personal symbol against doping and for the fact he’s proud that through all the crap he’s been through in cycling, he never chose to go down that path.”
Tuft’s neighbor, friend and team mate on the Symmetrics team and now on the Garmin-Chiptole team for the next season, Canadian Road Champion Chris Meier showed some photos on his blog of the Canadian Champ color scheme that his new Felt bike should have next year. Pretty sweet.
More chances to ride or chat with pros while doing a good deed. Go and ride with two of track racing’s coolest guys – Adam Duvendeck and Travis Smith and help raise money for Deaf Schools. The fundraiser for Deaf Schools is one day ride planned in Northern California in Fall of 2008 which will go through the Fremont and Coyote Hills park close to the bay on Sunday, October 19th, 2008. More info at RidingForDeafSchools.org, including a fabulous video.
Take a ride on October 18th with multi-time US National Champion, 13 time Tour de France veteran George Hincapie to get NYC school kids on bikes. All proceeds for the rider will go to I Challenge Myself (ICM). ICM challenges and supports youth from under served communities in New York City to achieve physically, socially and academically through their innovative cycling program– Cycling Smarts. More info at ichallengemyself.org.
Lastly, USA Cycling introduced the Joshua Kuck Memorial Scholarship Fund, a new collegiate program which will annually award two scholarships to student-athletes who excel in the areas of cycling safety, advocacy and education. Funded by the USA Cycling Development Foundation, the Joshua Kuck Memorial Scholarship Fund was created in memory of the collegiate cyclist whose name the program now bears.