Two events on the 2009/2010 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Racing Calendar were held last weekend: the USGP Mercer Cup in West Windsor, N.J Katerina Nash (Luna) dominated the elite women’s fields, picking up the wins on both days. On the men’s side, Ryan Trebon (KONA) won on day one while Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) won on Sunday.
With 30 of the 42 events on the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Racing Calendar now complete, Maureen Bruno-Roy (MM Racing/Seven) still leads the Elite Women’s standings with 225 points. Bruno-Roy took over the lead on the second week of the calendar. Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes) is still in second spot with Nash making her first appearance in the top 5 at number 3.
In the Elite Men’s standings, Jamey Driscoll (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) takes over the lead with 324 points. Driscoll finished third in Saturday and fifth on Sunday to move ahead of his teammate Jeremy Powers who sat out the weekend with a nasty cold. Johnson is in the third spot.
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This coming weekend, four events will be held: rounds one and two of the North Carolina Grand Prix in Henderson, NC. And the final two races of the NACT, the Whitmore’s Landscaping Super Cross Cup in Southampton, NY.
More news on the BMC front. The UCI Pro Continental team has signed two new Assistant Directeur Sportifs, the recently retired Italian professional Fabio Baldato and René Savary of Switzerland; both have signed for a one-year contract. They will join the third Assistant DS Mike Sayers who also re-upped for one year and Head Directeur Sportif John Lelangue. According to Lelangue, Sayers will focus on the American and U23 riders, Baldato is the man for the Classics and Italian races and Savary will be most involved in the development and recruitment of our young Swiss riders.
The BMC team is going to be busy in the early season as they were just awarded two more Wildcards, making three so far for the 2010 season: Tour Down Under in Australia in January, Tour of Qatar and the Tour of Oman, those two races being held in February.
Where’s Rock Racing? Two weeks ago, USA Cycling announced the 12 men’s team that have applied for the UCI Continental status. The UCI has also just released the teams that have applied for the UCI Pro Continental Status as of November 15. BMC and Cervelo are on the list of 19 teams. The rumor is that Rock will be registered in Mexico, but the question is at what level? Have they just not sent in their application to the UCI yet? The deadline for application is December 1st 2009.
How much does it cost to put on ProTour races? 18.6 millions over five years is the commitment from the city governments of Montréal and Québec, split equally for the two new one day Grand Prix cycliste ProTour races starting next year. For the 2010 edition, the Québec Provincial and Canadian Federal governments have agreed to put in together 1.8 million, no agreement as of yet for monetary assistance in the next editions. The organizer Serge Arsenault was responsible for the Montréal World Cups held from 1988 to 1992 and is the owner of canal Évasion which owns the broadcast rights of the Tour de France in Québec.
Brief tranfer news. The Jamis-Sutter Home p/b Colavita has released Argentinean sprinter Sebastian Haedo from his contract so that he can join a ProTour team. The name of his new team has not been announced, will it be Saxo Bank with his older brother JJ? Or Footon-Servetto?
Also, it was officially announced today that Floyd Landis has parted ways with Momentum Sports Group, the management company that runs OUCH p/b Maxxis team. The press release states the Landis hopes to the European racing scene. As per Neil Browne, Landis will be joining Rock for the next season.