Quick Tuesday news update.
The OUCH Pro Cycling Team p/b Maxxis announced today that Chris Baldwin has signed with the team for the remainder of the 2009 season. Baldwin’s first race with his new squad will be the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic, which begins Wednesday June 3rd.
After the demise of the Toyota-United team at the end of 2008, Baldwin joined the Rock Racing team for the 2009 season and the two-time US Time Trial Champion was relegated to the club team when Rock Racing figured out that they needed to pay attention to the UCI rules for Continental Teams. (read more Really, what the #$&% is Rock Racing doing?) After being fired by Rock, and then re-hired, Baldwin raced Tour of the Gila and the Joe Martin Stage Race for the Michael Ball outfit where he finished in the top 10 overall of each race.
“When I started to look for teams to move to, I was very selective in where I looked,” Baldwin said in team report. “Mike was at the top of my list of people to call. Obviously, the team has had great success in the NRC. They set goals and objectives each year and achieve them. All the riders are very professional. They know their jobs and they do them well. I’m very structured in training and racing and the organization fits that.
“I’m ready to do whatever the team needs me to,” he added. “I love helping other guys, riding the front or driving a break. I’m just excited to get started.”
No changes atop the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar (NRC) standings. Rory Sutherland (OUCH-Maxxis) still leads the men’s individual standings with Sebastian Haedo (Colavita-Sutter Home) moving up to second spot. Alison Powers (Team Type I) remains atop the women’s individual standings.
BISSELL held on to its lead in the men’s team standings and Team Type 1 remained in the top spot on the women’s side.
Brad Huff (Jelly Belly) and Shelley Olds (Proman) each took two of three stages in the pro men’s and women’s events respectively at the Tulsa Tough, the tenth event on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar. Alejandro Borrajo (Colavita-Sutter Home) and Erica Allar (BMW Bianchi) sprinted to victories in the week’s other NRC event, the U.S. Air Force Clarendon Cup on May 30 in Arlington, Va.
|After ten races in the men’s calendar completed, the top 5 are:|
|Men’s Individual Standings
||Men’s Team Standings
|After ten events in the women’s NRC, the top 5 are:|
|Women’s Individual Standings
||Women’s Team Standings