Some race updates. Within the next three days, the Missouri Senate will decide whether to approve funding for the 2010 Tour of Missouri. The grassroot efforts via the Support the Tour of Missouri facebook page recommends calling & emailing Senate Appropriations committee.
The organizer of the TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship, Pro Cycling Tour, LLC (PCT) and Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia have signed a three-year media partnership to provide live race-day coverage and comprehensive coverage around the race.
The 2010 race, scheduled for Sunday June 6, will air live on Comcast SportsNet from 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM EST in the Philadelphia region. Comcast SportsNet will also provide a live simulcast of the final 90 minutes of the race on VERSUS. Other markets, including Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England and Comcast Sports Southeast, will air encore coverage of the race following its conclusion.
The coverage will be via from multiple motorcycle- and helicopter-mounted cameras, fixed camera locations at key course junctures, and other broadcast elements. In addition to live race coverage, CSNPhilly.com will provide features and insider commentary.
As reported by cyclingnews, the Air Force Cycling Classic’s Crystal City Cup will run as a criterium on Sunday June 13. The organizers let go of their UCI-sanction but are confident that top teams will be present at the race. The race was not on the USA Pro Tour calendar, ie the UCI races in the USA this year.
As a reminder, the 9 races on the USA Pro Tour calendar are:
- Tour of the Battenkill, April 18
- Amgen Tour of California, May 16-23
- Philadelphia International Championship, May 6
- Tour de New York, August 7-12
- USA Cycling Professional Criterium Championships, August 14
- Tour of Missouri, August 31-September 6
- Univest Grand Prix, September 11-1
- USA Cycling Professional Time Trial Championship, September 18
- USA Cycling Professional Road Race Championship, September 19
So what’s next? With the move to May of the Amgen Tour of California, last week’s Redlands Bicycle Classic was the first time that we could see the top men’s teams go head to head. The racing was aggressive and tight and if this first NRC race is any indication, the competition this year should be fun to watch.
“There was so many great bike riders within a bee’s dick to where I was on the GC, Jacques-Maynes so close he had his digs. Rory a proven race winner as well. All dangerous guys, it’s shaping up to be a pretty interesting season with such great teams and such great riders showing such good form, if every race is going to like this it’s going to be a nervous bloody year I can tell you that much. “ said overall winner Ben Day (Fly V Australia). In the end, the top 6 riders on GC were separated by four seconds. (oh and yes it is safe to google bee’s dick)
Once again, HTC-Columbia came out on top with Ina Teutenberg repeating her victory but the other teams attacked time and time after on the last stage and I expect TIBCO/To The Top, Peanut Butter Co TWENTY12, Webcor Buiders, Team VBF and Colavita/Baci to continue the aggressive racing.
Now, unfortunately we have to wait until the next match-up with a month of almost no NRC racing until the next stage race, the Tour of the Gila at the end of April. Only two NRC crits, the Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling on April 11 (NRC for men only) and the Sunny King Criterium on April 17 and the UCI Tour of the Battenkill on April 18.
Some teams have chosen to race internationally during this period. The Kelly Benefit Strategies squad is racing and defending last year’s victories, on two fronts, the Vuelta a Uruguay and the Tour of Thailand. The KBS and the Jelly Belly squad both left the Sunday night after Redlands to hop on a place to Thailand at midnight. The Spidertech p/b Planet Energy team is also racing in Uruguay.
After six stages, Jesse Anthony (Kelly Benefit) sits in third on GC, the highest-placed North American in Uruguay with five stages to go. In the first stage in Thailand, Jelly Belly claimed the top 5 on the stage with Kiel Reijnen taking the win.
Joining Anthony in Uruguay for KBS is defending champion Scott Zwizanski, Reid Mumford, David Veilleux, Ryan Anderson, and Guy East. The Spidertech roster is Martin Gilbert, Mark Batty, Andrew Randell, Simon Lambert, Guillaume Boivin and Keven Lacombe.
Joining Reijnen in Thailand is Mike Friedman, Will Routley, Will Dickerson and Jonathan Chodroff. The KBS team roster for Thailand is Neil Shirley, Alex Candelario, Dan Bowman and Cheyne Hoag.
Team Type 1 chose to race UCI 2.2 Tour du Maroc, held in Morocco from March 26 to April 4. After six stages, and with four more to go, Valeriy Kobzarenko sits in second on GC with the same time as the leader. Kobza finished second in the first stage, Aldo Ino Ilesic won the 122km stage 3 in a sprint and Chris Jones finished second in the 135km stage 6. Also racing in Morocco for Team Type 1 are Mike Creed and Javier Megias Leal and Shawn Milne. Milne and Leal did not finish stage 1.
As a first-time UCI registered team, TIBCO/To The Top is off for its first European trip of the season starting with Ronde van Vlaanderen Vrouwen. Brooke Miller, Ruth Corset, Jo Kiesanowski, Megan Guarnier, Emma Mackie, and Devon Haskell will tackle the Women’s Tour of Flanders for the American team.