Bahati fined after Dana Point GP. Earlier today, USA Cycling announced that it had fined Rahsaan Bahati (Bahati Foundation) for violating rule 1Q2a, or unsportsmanslike conduct after a thorough investigation of an incident at the Dana Point Grand Prix on April 11. Following standard procedures, the national governing body opened an investigation after claims of misconduct were reported at the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar event.
“We take all claims of misconduct seriously,” stated USA Cycling CEO Steve Johnson. “All cyclists racing on our premier domestic calendar should be cognizant of their behavior and strive to set the example for our youth.”
After the crash with three laps to go, Bahati was seen throwing his sunglasses at a rider whom Bahati claimed crashed him intentionally.
Injury list. Tim Johnson (UnitedHealthcare) had surgery this week following his crash at the Dana Point Grand Prix Time Trial.
According to UHC Team Directeur Sportif Gord Fraser, Johnson came screaming off the climb at 45 mph into a descending-radius right-hand turn and clipped a reflective dot at the apex of the turn along the center line of the road. The quick bump was enough to cause his wheel to lose contact with the road. This sent him into a sideways slide that caused damage to his ankle.
“I was concentrating hard on the exit point of the turn because the road narrowed and I hit the dot as I was leaning into the turn,” Johnson said last week. “When I went down, I spun more than slide. I have hardly any road rash, but the spinning caused the fracture. But as fast as I was going, I consider myself lucky the injuries weren’t worse.”
Following the early diagnosis of one fracture, an MRI showed a second fracture which prompted the surgery this week. No official date has been announced for his return.
Roman Van Uden (Rubicon-ORBEA) went down in the last race crash at Dana Point Grand Prix and was diagnosed with a hair line fracture in his elbow. He’ll be out for four weeks and will miss the Tour of the Gila. Update: Van Uden will be racing Tour of the Gila where he won the criterium last year.
Neben to Webcor. 2008 Time Trial World Champion, 2003 US National Road Champion and Olympian Amber Neben has joined the Webcor Builders Women Professional Cycling Team. Neben found herself without a team earlier this year when new sponsor Skyter GmbH backed out of its funding causing the collapse of her squad Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung. She joined the BMW-Bianchi Elite Cycling Team as a guest-rider at Redlands Bicycle Classic and also raced with the US National team in Europe and New Zealand.’
The 2010 Webcor roster includes Katheryn Mattis, Gina Grain, Erinne Willock, Alex Wrubleski, Joelle Numainville, Andrea Graus, Ally Stacher and Lindsay Meyers under the direction of Karen Brems. Neben’s first race with Webcor will be the Liberty Classic, the UCI-race on June 6 2010 in Philadelphia after racing at the PanAm Games.
Pan American Games. USA Cycling named the 15 riders that will represent the United States at the Pan American Road and Track Championships, May 10-18, in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
In the men’s road events, Alex Howes (Team Holowesko Partners), Ben King (Trek-Livestrong), and Cody O’Reilly (Bissell) will line up for the road race while Howes and King will also contest the time trial. In addition to racing the road events, O’Reilly will represent the U.S. on the track in the men’s endurance events – the points race, scratch race, and omnium. In the sprint events, Giddeon Massie (Bike Religion) and Daniel Walker (Momentum Coaching) will contest the sprint and the keirin while Massie and TJ Mathieson (Momentum Coaching) will compete in the men’s kilometer time trial.
On the women’s side of competition, Amber Neben and Shelley Evans (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12) will race in the individual time trial. The pair will then be joined by Kelly Benjamin (Colavita-Baci p/b Cooking Light) and Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Colavita-Baci p/b Cooking Light) in the women’s road race. Evans and Cliff-Ryan will also cross over from the road competitions to the track, both competing in the women’s points race and scratch race. Three-time world champion Sarah Hammer (American Track Foundation) will contest both the omnium and individual pursuit before teaming up with Lauren Tamayo (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12), Dotsie Bausch (INCYCLE-SCVELO), and Cari Higgins (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12) for the three-kilometer team pursuit. Cristin Walker (Momentum Coaching) will be the lone woman to race in the women’s sprint events, taking on the sprint, keirin, and 500-meter time trial.
The Canadian Cycling Association (CCA) has not named the complete team for Canada yet but some names are known. Charles Dionne (Fly V Australia) and Chris Meier (Garmin-Transitions) should be racing in the men’s road race.