the week that was

Posted on 21. Jul, 2009 by in news

A short the week that was, the late late edition, from somewhere in Wyoming.

univestgp09_300Let’s start with some race news. Racing is returning to Allentown, as the organizers behing the Univest Grand Prix have added a third race to the weekend, a team time trial that will be held on Friday September 11. According to the Montgomery News, “the six-man teams will compete over two laps of a tough and technical 3.7 mile loop that takes them through Allentown’s Center City commercial district, its scenic residential neighborhoods and nationally renowned park system. The racers then must negotiate a short and steep uphill chicane before a final, 500-meter sprint to the line.” Saturday will bring the “tactical and brutally hard” UCI 1.2 Univest Grand Prix, and the racing concludes on Sunday with the Univest Grand Prix Criterium of Doylestown. WFMZ-69 will deliver start to finish live television coverage, Universal Sports will carry same-day coverage of the races and Comcast SportsNet will carry a one-hour summary program.

The Tour of the Battenkill is planning to expand to two weekends in 2010. The proposal is to schedule the Tour of the Battenkill Pro/Am race on Saturday, April 24, with by the Tour of the Battenkill Cyclo-Sportif on the following Saturday and the big daddy, the Tour of the Battenkill Pro Invitational on Sunday May 2.  Organizers are still looking to get on the UCI Americas calendar even thought they were shot down in 2009. Read more on velonews. As a reminder, the next Tour of California, also on the UCI Americas calendar, is tentatively scheduled for 16 to 23 May, 2010.

And of course, the Tour of Missouri will happen in 2009 after the funds were un-frozen by the Governor.

USA Cycling has announced the U.S. roster for the 2009 UCI Junior Road and Track World Championships slated for Moscow, August 11-15. Winner of the first-ever U.S.-based junior UCI event, the Tour of the Red River Gorge Invitational, Nathan Brown (Hot Tubes)  and Tour of the Red River Gorge stage three time trial winnerLawson Craddock (Hot Tubes) will represent the U.S. in both the road race and time trial. Rounding out the six-man roster for the men’s road race will be Red River Gorge stage four winner Jacob Rathe (CMG Racing), second-place overall finisher Ian Boswell (Hot Tubes), Gavin Mannion (Hot Tubes), and Ryan Eastman (All Sport-Team Swift).

Representing the U.S. in the women’s time trial and road race will be Coryn Rivera (Proman Hit Squad) and Jessica Prinner (ABD Cycling Team). Kendall Ryan (NOW-MS Society) will join the pair in the road race. Rivera is the only female nominated to the track squad, and will ride for Team USA in the women’s two-kilometer pursuit, points race, and omnium.

For the men’s track events, Kit Karzen (NOW-MS Society), Dan Heeley (South Bay Wheelmen), and Ian Moir (Rock Racing) will comprise the U.S. contingent. Karzen will contest the scratch race while Heeley will compete in the points race, and the two will later team up to race the Madison. Moir is scheduled to compete in the omnium and three-kilometer pursuit.

The Canadian Cycling Association (CCA) has announced a new road team to represent Canada at the upcoming Pan American Championships in Hidalgo, Mexico on July 23 to 30.. The Pan Am Championships were originally scheduled for May in Chihuahua, Mexico but were postponed due to the Swine Flu. Both the elite women’s and men’s teams include two 2009 National Champions.

Elite Time Trial Champion Tara Whitten, and U23 Road Race Champion Joëlle Numainville will be joined by Moriah Jo MacGregor and Laura Brown for the road race. Multi-time and current U23 Time Trial Champion David Veilleux and newly crowned Guillaume Boivin, winner of the elite/U23 road race, will be joined by Ryan Roth who finished 4th place in the elite ITT and 3rd in the road race. David Boily and Jean-Michel Lachance will also support the team for the road race as they are in Mexico preparing for the Pan Am Track Championships.

Onto rider news. BMC’s Scott Nydam, in his honest and heartfelt way, talks about the impact of his violent crash at the Tour of the Gila. Nydam suffered a serious head injury and is done racing for the season, but the good news is that full recovery is expected. Best wishes Scott.

Lucas Euser, of the Slipstream-Garmin team, has just started a facebook page where he chronicles his recovery from a broken patella sustained during training ride in European home of Girona, Spain.

In an open letter on his blog, Scott Zwizanski (Kelly Benefit Strategies) states that he has ” a super exciting opportunity to travel to Zambia in October to experience how World Bicycle Relief (WBR) works and to act as an ambassador of the program.” and that he needs help and support to make this happen.   (Read more)

Lastly, but certainly not least, the passing of Chris Hipp - Hippstar.  Remembered throughout the cycling (and high-tech) world:  from norcalcyclingnews, red kite prayer, and NYTimes . My deepest sympathies to Chris’ family and friends.

Chris Hipp racing at the San Rafael Twilight Crit

Chris Hipp racing at the San Rafael Twilight Crit

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One Response to “the week that was”

  1. Cycling Fan

    21. Jul, 2009

    Univest Grand Prix: Great event, awful date. Sure, the Tour of Missouri has only been around for two years. But don’t compete against the second-biggest race in the U.S.

    Move this race to a date when the majority of top pros are back east and not racing in a big race somewhere else.