News roundup: Planet Energy, Team VBF, Jelly Belly

Posted on 08. Jan, 2010 by in news

Cycle Sport Management announced today that the sole Canadian UCI continental road team is renamed Spidertech presented by Planet Energy as Spidertech (Nucap Medical) now assumes the lead sponsorship role in 2010, still with Team Directeur Steve Bauer at the wheel.

Martin Gilbert (Planet Energy) wins final stage of 2009 Tour of Missouri

Martin Gilbert (Planet Energy) wins final stage of 2009 Tour of Missouri

Joining the team are American Lucas Euser from the Garmin squad, Guillaume Boivin, Simon Lambert-Lemay, David BoilyStephane Cossette and Flavio De Luna from Aguascalientes, Mexico. Since May 2009, Euser has been diligently rehabilitating his kneecap injury and is building his form and confidence for the 2010 season. The team is expecting Lucas to improve the groups’ versatility on the climbs and during the tougher one-day races.

Canadian U23 Road Champion Boivin who joined the team as a stagiaire last year, along with Lambert-Lemay should provide additional horsepower during the lead out trains and in the final sprints. While Cossette will focus  on his international track program, he’ll also supplement the rosters’ speed at criterium events.

The core group of Canadian riders which includes Mark Batty, Eric Boily, Martin Gilbert, Keven Lacombe, Bruno Langlois, François Parisien, Andrew Randell, Ryan Roth and Charly Vives remains intact for 2010.

The team will be officially launched in media events in both Montreal and Toronto during the last week of January. During the event in Toronto a live auction will include premium items to raise funds for the team. One priceless item will be Bauer’s final Yellow Jersey of the 1990 Tour de France.

Hang out with Brad Huff of Jelly Belly

Hang out with Brad Huff of Jelly Belly

Want to ride with Jelly Belly riders? and even better it’s for a good cause. One lucky cyclist will have a chance to meet, greet and ride with the Jelly Belly p/b Kenda cycling team in California this winter. And it’s all for a good cause: to put more kids on bikes through Kimberlee’s Bikes for Kids.

Jelly Belly Cycling p/b Kenda, which is managed by Olympian Danny Van Haute, will provide a free weekend at its cycling camp in San Marcos, Calif. (just north of San Diego) where a cyclist will meet and have dinner with the team on Friday, February 19th, ride with the team on Saturday the 20th, then have breakfast and depart on Sunday, February 21st.

In addition, a selection of the team’s sponsors will donate product to the winning bidder.

Place your bid on eBay starting January 18.

Team Vera Bradley Foundation launches fundraising efforts in St. Louis, MO. Carrie Cash will be launching Team Vera Bradley Foundation’s fundraising efforts for the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer at the inaugural Rollin’ for Charity Indoor 100 Bike Race this weekend.

Team Vera Bradley Foundation has committed to raising $22,500 for the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer over the course of the 2010 cycling season.

Cash, a St. Louis native, will go head-to-head this weekend against local Chris Ploch at an indoor race for charity. The race will pit man versus woman and mountain bike versus road bike in a race to raise cash for charity and ride 100 miles on bicycle rollers at local outdoor retailer, the Alpine Shop of Kirkwood, MO.

Both riders are aiming to raise $1500 for their respective charities through the competition. Ploch will ride for the ALS Association St. Louis Regional Chapter. Cash’s efforts for the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer is the first of many fundraisers her team has planned throughout the year.

Anyone wishing to support Cash and the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer should visit here
Those that wish to support Ploch and the ALS Association St. Louis Regional Chapter should visit here

Alpine Shop, employer for both Ploch and Cash, has offered a $500 prize with $350 going to the charity of the first racer to complete the 100 mile race and $150 to the second-place racer’s charity.

The race will begin at 11 am at Alpine Shop Kirkwood (440 N. Kirkwood Road, 63122) and will run for approximately four hours. To make this fun for both racers, as well as those who come out to support them, mini-competitions will be held each half-hour during the race with prizes given to the winning racers’ supporters.


Pedal Power Photography Art Show, Auction and Party at Wheelworks in Belmont MA, on Thursday, January 21, from 6pm to 10pm.

Come join your friends, make new ones, enjoy the art of photography, painting, printing and drawing, and if you are a cyclist, get pumped up for the training months, re-live your battles and share the war stories – all just a week before the Cyclocross Worlds!

If you are not a cyclist, we would love to see you at the show just as well! Besides the fact that such a concentration of bike-minded people is plain entertaining by itself, you might find yourself becoming a member of a new community, that can’t stop, won’t stop!

To lure you all the way into Belmont, Pedal Power Photography and Wheelworks will offer plenty of free beer, Vitamin water, finger food from Sofra Bakery and more. More info here

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