Youth Movement At CalGiant/Specialized

Last year, a rejuvenation took place for the elite amateur squad California Giant/Specialized and what a success it was with breakthrough rider Andrew Talansky. For its tenth year of existence, the team has continued with the youth trend and has taken the mantle of being a development team. “That’s the whole transition over the last…

A Point To Prove For RealCyclist.com

One of the new US-registered Continental teams, the RealCyclist.com Pro Cycling Team, has a point to prove in 2011. “We have a lot of riders who have a point to prove in a lot of different ways. Hopefully that will be channeled in the right direction and we’ll get the best out of everybody on…

Meet John Bennett

There are always multiple stories that emerge from a stage race and the MERCO Credit Union Cycling Classic was no exception. One obvious one was the BISSELL domination. Another one was the smart racing of John Bennett of the California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized team. Only on his second year of racing of the road, the…

Mission Accomplished For BISSELL At MERCO

“Absolutely” mission accomplished for BISSELL said MERCO Credit Union Cycling Classic GC winner Ben Jacques-Maynes. “We had great outings all four days here, our hill climbers had a great outing on Thursday. The time trial crew performed spectacularly, just the entire really on the time trial, we got really good leadout practice in the crit…

Adamson Went To School In Belgium

Living the dream. Pursuing your passion, it sounds perfect like wine and roses, or maybe beer and frites in this case. But living the dream is not easy, hard challenges must be faced and sometimes you are pushed to the limit physically and mentally. Canadian Shaun Adamson (Cycle-Smart) lived the dream, racing cross in Belgium…

Stybar Wants To Feel The Pain On The Road Again

Feeling that he had no choice after being side-lined with a knee injury during the season, Zdenek Stybar focused his whole season on the Cyclocross World Championships in 2011. It worked. The Czech rider won his second consecutive rainbow jersey in St Wendel, Germany. “I play everything on one card.” the 25-year old explained after…

Johnson Wants Better

“As Americans we get a lot of shit, complaining about the rankings. What did I get today, 15th, 16th?I’m ranked 15th in the world, perfect. I want better, I really want better.” Tim Johnson said after he crossed the finish line in 16th place at the Hoogerheide World Cup. Earlier this cross season, the Americans…

Kaiser Talks Worlds

Team USA’s Cody Kaiser (CalGiant) talks about the 2011 Cyclocross World Championships course in St Wendel, Germany and more on Friday morning, one day before his U23 race.  In his first year as a U23 racer, Kaiser pre-rode the course on Thursday afternoon and is going into the Worlds with no pressure.

No Stress For Albert

Belgian Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) was very clear after winning the GVA Azencross in December, “I want the jersey more than the World Championship.” He was speaking about the driekleur jersey, the black, yellow and red jersey of the Belgian National Champion. And he did, the 24-year old won his first Belgian Cyclocross Championship in January.…

Kupfernagel – It Will Be A Big Party

With four rainbow jerseys in her closet, German Hanka Kupfernagel (Itera-Stevens) knows what it takes to win the Cyclocross World Championships (actually make that five as Kupfernagel also won the Road World Championships Time Trial in 2007). And she hopes to repeat this Sunday at St Wendel in Germany. But Kupfernagel also knows that she’ll…