The two American Pro Tour teams unveiled their new jerseys with Columbia-High Road going for a completely new look and Garmin-Slipstream sticking with the argyle. The reaction from fans to the new Columbia yellow and white look has been somewhat negative, but at least the riders have the option of black shorts which hopefully they will always wear.
The BMC team also modified its new jersey going with a not so minimalistic look but still keeping the trademark black and white. Jackson Stewart‘s blog also shows the back of the new look. BMC has started its training camp in Santa Rosa, California and the team is writing up short interviews to introduce the team.
While some of their team is in Australia for the first race of the UCI World Calendar (new name for the Pro Tour), the Tour Down Under, Garmin-Slipstream is holding its training camp in Silver City, New Mexico, and Columbia-High Road is in Majorca, Spain.
On the team front, Frank Pipp joined the Bissell team to make it 16 riders in total. Bissell has added quite a lot of speed this year with Kirk O’Bee, Cody O’Reilly and now Pipp. Last year, Pipp rode with the Health Net-Maxxis team.
Team Kenda Tire is holding a 3 day training camp this weekend in Florida. Two new riders, Canadian National Team member Joëlle Numainville and Jo Markham from the mountain powerhouse Lees-McRae College are joining the team. Numainville will also be racing with the French ESGL93-GSD Gestion team during the season. The team plans on opening the racing season at the Redlands Bicycle Classic in March.
Reality TV comes to cycling. After a nine-year pro career, Chad Gerlach‘s life disintegrated and he spent the net five years on the streets as a homeless, crack smoking and drinking panhandler. Following his appearance on the A&E Intervention television show, Gerlach went to rehab and has signed with the Amore e Vita team for the 2009 season. According to tuttobici.com, the broadcaster contacted team manager Ivano Fanini to create a new series to focus on the “rebirth” of Gerlach. The producers will follow the rider and his team during training and throughout his first races scheduled to be GP Costa degli Etruschi and Giro Grosseto.