Happy Birthday Major Taylor

On this day, in 1898, Marshall Taylor was born in rural Indiana to a black couple who moved north from Kentucky around the time of the Civil War. “It is my thought that clean living and a strict observance of the golden rule of true sportsmanship are foundation stones without which a championship structure cannot…

The 2009 Canadian Road Calendar (updated)

Last week, the Canadian Cycling Association (CCA) announced the 2009 Canadian Road Calendar which includes events for paracyclists, junior, U23, masters, men and women pro cyclists. The calendar contains a total of 12 events of which 10 of are sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).   That makes it 2 less events than in 2008.…

The Rock Racing saga continues

Well I was all set to move on to other stories, but I keep getting pulled back in the Rock Racing saga. First, on the question regarding the team following the UCI rules on the number and age of the riders for a Continental team, a spokesperson for the team reminded me that team registrations…

What is Rock Racing doing?

The mystery continues. On November 9, 2008, USA Cycling confirmed to cyclingnews that Rock Racing applied to continue as a UCI Continental team for the 2009 season, which means that they must comply with all UCI and USACycling rules regarding Continental teams. Some of the interesting UCI regulations are: (in section 2.17.004): The national federation…

Is Rock Racing too old?

A commenter on a previous post raised a very interesting question: Rock looks to be facing some difficulties though with ages and numbers. Can anyone figure out how their roster will work as a continental team? According to cyclingnews, Rock Racing is registering as a Continental team for 2009, which means that they must follow…

Transfers and team news – part deux

More news on the transfer front. As expected, Ivan Dominguez of the disbanded Toyota-United team will be joining Rock Racing for the 2009 season. He told cyclingnews that teammates Caleb Manion,  Chepe Garcia and Chris Baldwin will be joining him on the Michael Ball team.  According to the El Colombiano site, 36-year old Santiago Botero…

Transfers and team news

Okay break’s over. Yes I know I’ve said that before but now I really mean it. The days are becoming shorter, training starts again and the 2009 team landscape is starting to take shape. As was rumored, Floyd Landis did bring a new sponsor to the team managed by the Momentum Sports Group, the California-based…

Interview – the creed of Creed

At just 27 years of age, American Mike Creed of the Rock Racing team finished up his ninth year as a professional with his last road race of the season, the Tour of Missouri back in September. While coming through the ranks, Creed was crowned U.S. national champion 20 times and was a member of…