Some of the happenings in the North American pro cycling scene for the week ending June 12 2010.
Tour of Maryland. The Daily Record reports that state officials and cycling fans are trying to create a 7-day race in Maryland with a timeline of 2012. The goal would be to cover the five regions of the state, Southern, central and Western Maryland, the Eastern Shore and the capital region. For the past year, Medalist Sports has been working with the state’s director of sports marketing on the project where one thing on the radar is to find a title sponsor for a multi-year deal for half or three-quarters of the projected $3 million to $4 million annual cost. A title sponsor is essential for such a race, as Tour of Missouri found out the hard way.
Teams for 2010 Larry H Miller Tour of Utah. The 18 teams that will tackle ‘America’s Toughest Race’ on August 17-22 are: Adageo Energy, Bahati Foundation Pro Cycling, BISSELL Pro Cycling, California Giant Cycling Team, Canyon Bicycles Utah Allstars, Cole Sport, K-FANN Elite Composite Team, Team Exergy, Fly V Australia, Hagens Berman, Holowesko Partners/Garmin U-23, Jamis/Sutter Home p/b Colavita, Kelly Benefit Strategies, Kenda p/b Geargrinder, Trek Livestrong, Rio Grande, Team Type 1 and UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis.
Current Sponsors Boost Support for Bahati Foundation. On the Rivet LLC, the new management company for the Bahati Foundation Pro Cycling Team, confirmed that current team partners Cannondale, Louis Garneau and Shimano have increased their support for the second half of the season, enabling the team to add the Tour de Beauce to its competition schedule. On the Rivet LLC continues to field requests from new prospects to join team sponsors through October.
Clarke to UHC. Following the title sponsor withdrawal from Bahati Foundation, sprinter Hilton Clarke joined the UnitedHealtcare p/b Maxxis squad where he promptly won his first race with the team, the Air Force Cycling Classic Clarendon Cup.
Clarke adds more speed to a strong sprinter group that includes his younger brother Jonny, Karl Menzies, Andrew Pinfold, Jake Keough and Eric Barlevav.
USA Cycling news. Olympic track cycling champion Jamie Staff was hired to manage USA Cycling’s newly restructured track sprint program. Developed and managed by Staff, the program will be based out of the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. The former BMX and track cycling world champion will be tasked with building a world-class sprint program through athlete recruitment and development. Staff’s immediate goals are to be competitive in the London Olympics and then to “go on and win multiple medals in Rio in 2016 and beyond.”
CCA news. In its semi-annual meeting, the Board of Directors, after many months of consultation and legal counsel, have determined that the results of Genevieve Jeanson in CCA sanctioned events in Canada will have an asterisk placed beside them. The asterisk will note that the result has been called into question due to Ms. Jeanson’s admitted use of performance enhancing substances to the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport in 2008.
Also, the Board directed staff to review possible options to provide for an Anti-doping support fund that would assist event organizers which don’t receive Sport Canada sport hosting funds but are required by the UCI to do doping control tests at their events. Since the selection of events by the UCI is often random and the number of tests not standardized Canadian event organizers often face significant operating increases year over year. The CCA would like to find a way to cushion the effect on the event organizers.
Other highlights from the meeting include further support to the Race Clean – Own Your Victory anti-doping promotion program. More info at CCA.
Clara Hughes, one of 7 inductees for The Canada Honours and will have her name added to Canada’s Walk of Fame. The Walk of Fame annually recognizes individuals for their achievements in various fields, including music, sport, film and television, science and innovation, in addition to the arts: literary, visual and performing. Hughes is the most decorated Olympian in Canada with six medals, tied with Cindy Klassen. The 2010 honourees are David Clayton-Thomas, Nelly Furtado, Doug Henning, Eric McCormack, Farley Mowat, Sarah Polley and Hughes.