Happy Birthday Major Taylor

On this day, in 1898, Marshall Taylor was born in rural Indiana to a black couple who moved north from Kentucky around the time of the Civil War. “It is my thought that clean living and a strict observance of the golden rule of true sportsmanship are foundation stones without which a championship structure cannot…

The 2009 Canadian Road Calendar (updated)

Last week, the Canadian Cycling Association (CCA) announced the 2009 Canadian Road Calendar which includes events for paracyclists, junior, U23, masters, men and women pro cyclists. The calendar contains a total of 12 events of which 10 of are sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).   That makes it 2 less events than in 2008.…

The Rock Racing saga continues

Well I was all set to move on to other stories, but I keep getting pulled back in the Rock Racing saga. First, on the question regarding the team following the UCI rules on the number and age of the riders for a Continental team, a spokesperson for the team reminded me that team registrations…

What is Rock Racing doing?

The mystery continues. On November 9, 2008, USA Cycling confirmed to cyclingnews that Rock Racing applied to continue as a UCI Continental team for the 2009 season, which means that they must comply with all UCI and USACycling rules regarding Continental teams. Some of the interesting UCI regulations are: (in section 2.17.004): The national federation…

Is Rock Racing too old?

A commenter on a previous post raised a very interesting question: Rock looks to be facing some difficulties though with ages and numbers. Can anyone figure out how their roster will work as a continental team? According to cyclingnews, Rock Racing is registering as a Continental team for 2009, which means that they must follow…

Transfers and team news – part deux

More news on the transfer front. As expected, Ivan Dominguez of the disbanded Toyota-United team will be joining Rock Racing for the 2009 season. He told cyclingnews that teammates Caleb Manion,  Chepe Garcia and Chris Baldwin will be joining him on the Michael Ball team.  According to the El Colombiano site, 36-year old Santiago Botero…

Transfers and team news

Okay break’s over. Yes I know I’ve said that before but now I really mean it. The days are becoming shorter, training starts again and the 2009 team landscape is starting to take shape. As was rumored, Floyd Landis did bring a new sponsor to the team managed by the Momentum Sports Group, the California-based…

And then go say them

I’ve been reading FatCyclist for many years, chortling, chuckling and moved to tears with laughing so hard at the world through Elden’s eyes.  But I’ve also been moved to the tears reading how his beloved wife Susan has been fighting with dignity the cancer that is ravaging her body. Elden has generously shared insights with…

Cross baby

On tap this weekend is the opener of the US Gran Prix of Cyclocross p/b Crankbrothers, the Papa John’s Derby City Cup, in Louisville, KY. The US Gran Prix  of Cyclocross is a three weekend, six race series which also include The Mercer Cup presented by Knapp’s Cyclery in Mercer Co., NJ on November 15…

the week that was

Fairly quiet on the road cycling front as riders take some time off the skinny tires to either have fun on the cross circuit or just simply put aside the steed for a few weeks. On a sad note, Ed Farrar, a Wenatchee, Washington doctor and father of Garmin-Chipotle’s Tyler Farrar, was seriously injured  in …

the week that was

It’s been awhile. Last weekend, the third edition of the UCI 2.2  Vuelta a Chihuahua concluded on Sunday October 12. Francisco Mancebo (Fercase–Rota dos Moveis) successfully defended to take the honors of the  7-stage, 875.5 km (544 mile) race ahead of Gregorio Ladino (Tecos-Trek) and Iker Camaño Ortuzar (Scott-American Beef). Mancebo grabbed the leader’s jersey…

The week that was

(A belated) catching up with the news from the past week. On the team and rider front, Team Type 1 announced four riders for the 2009 roster, Chris Jones and Moises Aldape are returning and new to the team are Ricardo Escuela from Successful Living and Ken Hanson from California Giant Berry Farms. Philip Gaimon…

Your 2008 USA Cycling Elite Track National Champions

Over 5 days, the following National titles were awarded at the 2008  USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships held at at the ADT Event Center veldorome at the Home Depot Center: Taylor Phinney (Garmin-Chipotle) men’s kilometer time trial men’s 4,000-meter team pursuit with teammates Daniel Holloway, Colby Pearce  and David Koesel men’s 4,000-meter individual pursuit…

the week that was

End of the season and end of an era in Canadian cycling during the past weeks. Some riders are recovering from the Interbike show last week, others are putting away the road bike for a few weeks, still others are picking up the cross bike and heading for the dirt and (hopefully) mud and  many…