Let’s catch up on some news before the big show starts in California this weekend.
Team and rider news. Adding to its Kiwi contingent, BISSELL team has added New Zealand’s Junior Champion Patrick Bevin to its 2010 roster. Riding for the amateur development squad Rubicon-ORBEA, the 19-year old had strong showing earlier this year, placing 6th at the Singapore International Criterium in January, winning two stages and two overall at the Cherry Blossom Cycle Classic and placed 5th at stage 4 of the SRAM Tour of Gila.
Continuing in its development mission, Rubicon-ORBEA is also adding a new member to its squad, Andy Williams, the first of possibly 3 new riders to arrive in Portland, Oregon June 1. A sprint specialist, Williams has represented New Zealand at the Oceanic Games and at World Cups and is focused on the 2012 Olympics and making the New Zealand’s high performance program for 2011.
Crashing out in Joe Martin, Adrian Hegyvary (UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis) had surgery to mend his broken collarbone and his back on the trainer. He documents his recovery on his personal blog. His next scheduled race is three weeks from Sunday.
Past U.S. national junior team pursuit champion Danny Finneran announced his retirement from cycling Thursday, citing medical problems that include erectile dysfunction and possible nerve damage in his pelvic area.
Finneran turned 20 years old Thursday and has only been racing competitively for three years. But the Oak Park, Calif., resident who races for Adageo Energy Pro Cycling said the pain he has endured has been a mystery to four physicians who have examined him over the past three months. He has changed saddles several times and even underwent a bike fit in an attempt to shift his weight from his posterior to his hands. None of it has worked.
Finneran said instead of aiming for a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team in track cycling, he might pursue long track speed skating while also continuing his college education.
Race news. The Kelly Cup race scheduled for May 23 has been removed from the NRC calendar for this year. But the race is still happening and the men pro/1 field is already full with a waiting list.
According to CBS2Chicago.com, the Chicago Criterium, scheduled for July 25, has been canceled. The race has been removed from the official list of city events. Not a major surprise as the race was originally created as part of the Chicago bid for the Olympic Games, which they did not receive. The race is still listed on the NRC schedule at this point.
The 2010 Amateur Time Trials presented by the Philadelphia Insurance Companies kicks off the Philly weekend once again this year. Starting at 7am on Saturday June 5, cyclists will compete against the clock on an out-and-back, 8-mile course that runs from the Art Museum along West River Drive. The event is also the PA Junior State Time Trial Championship and a qualifier for the 2010 Junior PCT Grand Prix which will occur on Sunday, June 6 at 11:45 a.m. right at the pro’s start/finish line on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The weekend culminates with the big daddy, the TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship. More info here.