Hekman Is Off To Play Beautiful Music. The US Pro Criterium National Championships could be Mark Hekman‘s last race as a professional. After this weekend, the Mountain Khakis f/b Jittery Joe’s rider will throw himself fully into the pursuit of a Ph.D in music. 32-year old Hekman in his other life is a classical bassoonist and has decided to return to school.
From his team, “Mark has been 3rd at the US Pro crit champs before and I wonder if he wins it this year if that means he will have to race another year. We can only hope. “Big Red” has given us all someone to root for and some exciting results and we wish him all the best this weekend. Thanks for the memories.”
Hekman’s career highlights include winning the overall USA Crits SE Series in 2007, the overall at USA Crits Speedweek in 2008 and Athens Twilight in 2008 – or as he put it in his blog, “Pigs Flew Today”.
Univest GP. In its 13th year, the Univest Grand Prix has unveiled a new course for the UCI 1.2 race held in Souderton, PA. The 83-mile (133-km) race will now consist of 11 laps of a 5.8-mile, figure eight course through the roller-coaster roads of Souderton, Telford and Franconia before tightening into five finishing laps on a 3.8-mile circuit in Souderton and Telford. The racers will face the challenging Wile Avenue hill in Souderton 16 times. The race starts at 11:30am ET on Saturday September 11, 2010.
Channel 69-News WFMZ-TV and www.wfmz.com will provide live coverage of the entire race from the start at 11:30am through the finish at 2:45pm. The organizers also report that Universal Sports will carry both races to television screens across the United States, and Internet users world-wide.
The Grand Prix is part of a weekend of activities which includes the Univest Criterium of Doylestown, on September 12. This year marks the seventh anniversary of the popular event, which provides a second day of fast-paced, circuit-style racing on a 1.4-mile course.
Grand Prix Cyclistes Québec & Montréal. More names have slowly added to the roster for the Grand Prix Cycliste, the two ProTour races in Québec City and Montréal coming up in September – and one was removed.
Confirmed to be racing in the two events are the Liquigas-Doimo riders Ivan Basso, winner of the 2010 Giro d’Italia and Peter Sagan. If Sagan is on the same form as the Amgen Tour of California, he’s a serious contender for the top step of the podium in both Québec City and Montréal. Also registered are Samuel Sanchez of Euskaltel-Euskadi and Linus Gerdemann of Milram. Last, but certainly not least are Ryder Hesjedal of Garmin-Transitions and Michael Barry of Sky Pro Cycling, the two Canadians that raced at the Tour de France this year. Hesjedal’s teammate Svein Tuft has also announced his intention to participate in the event.
They join a number of top riders already confirmed for the races, Sylvain Chavanel and Jérôme Pineau of Quick Step and Thomas Voeckler and Pierrick Fédrigo of Bbox Bouygues Telecom.
World Champion Cadel Evans will not be racing in Canada. Recovery from an elbow broken in a crash during the Tour de France is BMC Racing Team rider to alter his schedule leading up to defense of his world road title in Geelong, Australia. “I am sorry not to be a part of the races in Canada,” Evans said. “I am guessing they will be good lead-up races to the world championships, and grow to be important events in the future. I will have to wait for another year.”
The suspense mounts for the names of the Canadian National Team. The only way Canadian riders from UCI Continental and Pro Continental teams can race in the two ProTour events is via a National Team. One more name was added to the long list, Dominique Rollin (Cervélo TestTeam). After an outcry in the newspapers, his team released his to participate and his name was added to the pool.
The Canadian National Team powered by SpiderTech will be announced on August 16th, 2010. The riders will be selected on various selection criteria, including their performances throughout the summer.