A Closer Look At The NRC – The Points

After looking at the races and the teams that can accrue points in the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar,  it’s time to look at how these points are calculated in our third and final installment of our Closer Look At The NRC series. Two standings are maintained for the women and the men during the…

Baldwin Joins BISSELL

Not only was Chris Baldwin showing good form at the early season races but he was also having a good time racing his bike. Both were very obvious to see. Baldwin, racing for Team juwi solar/First Solar had a stellar start to the season where he finished 3rd overall at the Redlands Bicycle Classic. Today,…

A Closer Look At The NRC – The Teams

After taking a closer look at the races, it’s now time to examine the changes that impact Team Classification scoring on USA Cycling’s NRC. More specifically, the rules were modified this year to limit which riders and teams can accrue points throughout the year. As part of the changes, a new type of team targeted…

Mancebo, Neben Still Top NRC After Sunny King Criterium

The 2011 National Racing Calendar continued with Saturday night’s Sunny King Criterium on a .7-mile circuit along the streets of Anniston, Ala. Jonathan Cantwell (V Australia) won the top spot of the men’s podium ahead of Mike Northey (PureBlack Racing) and Rahsaan Bahati (SKLZ p/b Pista Place). On the women’s side, the Italian Colavita/Forno D’Asolo…

A Closer Look At The NRC – The Races

It’s more than time to take a closer look at the races on the 2011 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar or NRC. The pro road season opened up in the USA with a stage race, the 27th annual Redlands Bicycle Classic last week in California and ends with a criterium, the CapCrit p/b WCSA in…

UCI Rules Crackdown: No Non-USAC Sanctioned Races For Pros

The UCI continues to crackdown on rules enforcement. In an e-mail obtained by podiuminsight, USA Cycling reminded teams and riders of the UCI rules that limit the races – and number of grand fondo events – that they can do. The bombshell this time is rule 1.2.019 which simply states that pro riders cannot race non-USAC sanctioned races. Updated with comment from OBRA Executive Director Kenji Sugahara.

Powers Announces 2nd Annual GrandFUNdo

Cyclocross racer Jeremy Powers is leading cyclists through Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley with one goal in mind: fundraising. Powers and long-time friends Alec Donahue and Mukunda Feldman are hosting the second annual GrandFUNdo on July 30th to raise money for their J.A.M. Fund. This event covers 65 miles in one of the most scenic areas of…

Lisa Hunt Honored by Redlands Bicycle Classic

First started in 2000 to honor Carole King, who helped establish the Redlands Bicycle Classic, the award highlights a member of the cycling community’s outstanding sportsmanship. This year the committee selected not a rider but a team Director Sportif. Lisa Hunt, DS, Team TIBCO-To the Top, was an easy choice for this year’s Carole King…

On Tap: Redlands Bicycle Classic

The official start of the NRC is here, and every team is sending its A squad to the 27th edition of the Redlands Bicycle Classic. Lots of changes in the domestic field this year which, I think, will make the racing even more exciting. It will be the first time this year, that all the…

Zirbel’s Sanction Reduced

On December 27 2009, Tom Zirbel announced that his A sample from the USA Professional Time Trial Championships tested positive for exogenous DHEA. In April 2010, USADA handed down a 2-year suspension which began on November 17, 2009. He just announced that USADA reduced his sanction to end on March 21, 2011.

Quebec Withdraws Bid For World Championships

Surprising news: Québec City has withdrawn its bid to host the 2015 UCI Road World Championships. Race organizer Serge Arsenault told Radio Canada that, at a cost of 20 million dollars, the event was simply too expensive. With no assistance provided by the provincial and federal governments, Arsenault decided to withdraw the bid. The UCI…

New Road Cycling League in Southeastern PA

The growing popularity of bicycle riding and racing throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania is the impetus behind the Road Cycling League Super Series, a six-weekend, eight-day series of bicycle road races in Chester and Lancaster County communities this spring, beginning March 26 and running through July 4. Each weekend event is sanctioned by USA Cycling, the national…