Hump Day News

Posted on 28. Oct, 2009 by in news

The late late edition.

This last weekend, Terry McGinnis, Executive Director of the Tour of Utah, passed away after a prolonged battle with cancer.  McGinnis was with the Tour of Utah for four years in different capacities. In 2006 he was a radio commentator, in 2007 he served as a consultant to Chairman Greg Miller, and in 2008-09 he held the executive director position. It has been stated by many that without McGinnis, the Tour of Utah would not have returned in 2008 after facing sponsorship hurdles the previous years. The cycling world mourns: Cyclist remembered for his enthusiasm and leadership by Jared Eborn of the Deseret News. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

Onto cross.

boulder-cup-logo-smallRace moved: The organizers of the Boulder Cup cyclocross race have announced a change of location for the annual event scheduled Sunday November 1. The race has been relocated to The Boulder Reservoir replacing the south Boulder location at Harlow Platts Park.

The fall storm that has blanketed the Front Range of Colorado with a heavy layer of wet snow on Tuesday night and Wednesday forced the decision on City of Boulder and event organizers in an effort to avoid damage to the turf at Harlow Platts. The schedule of events for the event remains unchanged with racing takes place all day beginning with local amateurs at 8:00 am. (Full schedule at BikeReg.com)

Race canceled: The Empire Cyclocross UCI race scheduled for Wednesday evening, November 18 has been canceled. The race had been planned as a link during the week between the USGP in Trenton New Jersey and the NACT Finals and MAC Races on Long Island the following weekend. The cancellation does not affect either the USGP, nor the NACT/MAC weekends.

Surprisingly, the cause of the cancellation was not financial. Rather, it was an underestimation of New York City’s multi-layered bureaucracy. “The negotiations with city departments have been ongoing for months and months,” said Myles Romanow, the event’s promoter. “The negotiations are still continuing, with an eye toward 2010. But at this point there was no way to pull together the necessary city permits and approvals in time for this year’s race.”

usacycling_logoHalfway through the 2009/2010 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Racing Calendar, Jeremy Powers (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) and Maureen Bruno-Roy (M&M Racing-Seven Cycles) lead the elite men’s and women’s standings with 234 and 165 points respectively.

Four events were contested last weekend. KONA’s Ryan Trebon and Luna’s Katerina Nash (read interview) won the elite men’s and women’s race on day one of the USGP of Cyclocross Derby City Cup in Louisville, Ken. on Saturday. On day two in Louisville, Nash was again the women’s winner while Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) grabbed the victory in the elite men’s race.

Over in New Gloucester, Maine, Dan Timmerman (Richard Sachs-RGM Watches-Radix) and Maureen Bruno Roy (MM Racing p/b Seven Cycles) went two for two, at the Downeast Cyclocross Days I and II races.

After 22 races in the  calendar completed, the top 5 are:
Men’s  Standings

  1. Jeremy Powers (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) 234
  2. Jamey Driscoll (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) 229
  3. Ryan Trebon (Kona) 225
  4. Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) 170
  5. Dan Timmerman (Richard Sachs-RGM Watches-Radix) 167
Women’s Standings

  1. Maureen Bruno-Roy (M&M Racing-Seven Cycles) 165
  2. Katerina Nash (Luna Chix) 125
  3. Sue Butler (Monavie-Cannondale.com) 124
  4. Katie Compton (Planet Bike) 120
  5. Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes) 118

Next weekend, the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross NRC continues with the Blue Sky Velo Cup in Longmont, Colo., Beacon Cross in Bridgeton, N.J., the Boulder Cup in Boulder, Colo., and Cat and Kitten Cyclocross presented by HPCX in Jamesburg, N.J.

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Onto road news. Team rosters are slowly being finalized. US Continental squad Team Type 1 announced its roster for the 2010 season, with 10 returning riders and 7 new riders to the team. The new signings include Davide Frattini from the Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light team brings strong racing experience to the team, Thomas Soladay from the Mt Khakis team who was a threat in many races this year and won the sprint classification at the  2009 Nature Valley Grand Prix and Javier Megias from Spain who competed the past six seasons for Fuji-Servetto (2009), Scott-American Beef (2008) and the Saunier Duval (2005-2008) squads. Other new signings are Martijn Verschoor, a 24-year-old, second-year professional and Thomas Rabou who spent the past three seasons with the Rabobank Continental team – both from the Netherlands, Russian Alexey Shmidt and Scott Stewart who was runner-up in the Under 23 men’s road race at the USA Cycling Elite national road championships.

Returning to the tea are: Fabio Calabria, Michael Creed, Will Dugan, Joe Eldridge, Shawn Milne, Ken Hanson, Daniel Holt, Aldo Ino Ilesic, Chris Jones and Valeriy Kobzarenko. Co-founder Phil Southerland will continue as the team’s Chief Executive Officer but not compete professionally next year.

It’s an interesting mix of international riders and definitely some added strength in the speed department with the new additions. It will be interesting to see how they fare in stage racing.

Team Type 1’s roster for 2010 includes a strong mix of veterans (Creed, Kobzarenko, Milne), sprinters (Eldridge, Hanson and Ilesic), stage racing specialists (Jones and  Frattini), European talent (Megias, Rabou and Verschoor) and an abundance of promising newcomers (Dugan, Shmidt, Soladay and  Stewart).

Four of the 17 riders have Type 1 diabetes:  Calabria, Eldridge, Megias and Verschoor. According to Southerland, the support of sponsors and a strong group of riders has the team on target to achieve its long-term goal of competing in the Tour de France by 2012.

logoyahoomaster_biggerYahoo will be sponsoring a cycling team in 2010 with Haldane Morris as the Team Manager/Director Sportif.  No official roster yet, but many names have been linked to the new team, including Adam Switters. Follow them at @YahooCycling.

Transfer-o-rama. More information is coming in as to who is going where, and the Men’s transfer-o-rama has been updated. The updates includes info from Neil Browne – formerly or Road Mag and a ‘big deal in the cycling world’ – such as Floyd Landis going to Rock Racing.

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