The week that was

A sure sign that the North American road season is slowly coming to its end, as the news turns from racing to team sponsorships and signings, and rumors swirl. Changes at the top of the Bissell team. Chairman and CEO of the Bissell Company, Mark Bissell is taking over the ownership of the team, and…

US Pro Preview

This weekend, the US Pro championships races (or the Greenville Hospital System USA Cycling Professional Championships) will be held in Greenville, SC., starting with the time trial on Saturday followed immediately the day after by the road race. Only one returning champ to defend his jersey as current USPro Road Race Champ Levi Leipheimer (Astana)…

NRC Standings as of August 25

Toyota-United’s Hilton Clarke and Colavita/Sutter Home’s Tina Pic   won the 25th Annual Chris Thater Memorial Criterium in Binghamton, N.Y. on Aug. 25. No changes on top of the leaderboards. With only two events remaining on the 2008 NRC, Rory Sutherland (Health Net-Maxxis) continues to hold a commanding lead in the overall individual standings on the men’s side…

Clarke and Pic win Chris Thater Memorial Criterium

Repeat winners at the 25th Edition of the Chris Thater Memorial Criterium in Binghamton, NY., the ninth race in the 11-race USA Crits Series. Taking his second win in three years, Hilton Clarke (Toyota-United) won the 40-lap crit ahead of Alejandro Borrajo (Colavita/Sutter Home) and Eric Boily (Volkswagen). Taking her third win with her first…

Chris Thater Memorial up next in the USA CRITS and NRC

Both the National Race Calendar (NRC) and the USA Crits series are coming close to its final races for the 2008 season.  Next up on Sunday, August 24 in Binghamton, NY. is the Chris Thater Memorial, which is on both calendars. This year marks the Silver Anniversary of the Chris Thater Memorial, which  is dedicated…

The week that was

The season is winding down, riders are busy looking for contracts especially with a few teams disbanding at the end of the season and only a few more races on the horizon. At the beginning of the week, history was made at the USA Cycling Professional Criterium Championship in Downer’s Grove, Illinois. It is believed…

USA Cycling election results are in

USA Cycling announced the results of the elections that ended on Aug. 15, after record voter turnout. USCF For the athlete representatives, three candidates ran for three positions. Anton Quist received the most votes (19) and was therefore elected to both the USCF Board of Trustees and the USA Cycling Board of Directors. Also elected…

NRC Standings as of August 17

No changes in the top 5 of the National Racing Calendar since last update. Jeff Louder (BMC) won the general classification in front of his home crowd at the NRC’s 31st event, the Tour of Utah. Louder used a stage four win to boost him to the top of the standings in the 2.3-rated NRC…

Jeff Louder wins on his mountain at Utah

The contenders duked it out in the final climb of the Queen stage at the Tour of Utah. Before the stage, 13 riders were separated by 38 seconds in the general classification but after slogging it over 14,778 feet (4,504 m) of climbing over a 98-mile (159 km) road race, the race now comes down…

Two in a row for Garmin at Tour of Utah

sorry for the delay… took a short mental break The Garmin-Chipotle won its second stage at Tour of Utah, as again a small break made it to the finish line and this time Blake Caldwell outsprinted his two-man breakaway companion Darren Lill (BMC) to take the win. The Garmen boys set the stage early on…

Meet Utah All-Stars David Harward

One of the teams at the Tour of Utah, the Canyon Bicycles Utah All Stars,  is a composite team made up of the best amateurs cyclists in Utah including current Utah State Road Race Champion Todd Hageman. I chatted with David Harward at the start area prior to stage 2 where he told me that…

Jason Donald about the first stage at Utah

Jason Donald (Garmin-Chipotle) bridged to a lead trio early in the first stage at the Tour of Utah and with the field breathing down their necks, he outsprinted his 2 remaining break companions to win the stage, the KOM jersey and the yellow leader’s jersey. The 28-year old answered questions just after he won the…

A cold beer

What do you do after being pulled off a motorcycle 5 minutes before the start of a stage to be put into the media car that then has to stop for gas because the tank is empty. And you miss the photo op of the day when the peloton was neutralized to let the break…