On tap: Wilmington Grand Prix, Kelly Cup/BikeJam

On tap this weekend are two NRC crits, for the men: on Saturday, the Wilmington Grand Prix in Delaware and on Sunday, the KELLY Cup, part of BikeJam, Baltimore’s premier cycling event. Only the Wilmington race is a stop for the women’s NRC calendar. In both races last year the winner emerged from the break…

It all comes down to the final crit at Joe Martin

It all comes down to the final criterium and time bonuses at the Joe Martin Stage Race as stage 3 came down to a bunch sprint where Colavita-Sutter Home’s Haedo claimed his second stage and Laura Van Glider (Mellow Mushroom) outkicked everyone. Only 9 seconds separate OUCH’s Rory Sutherland and BISSELL’s Ben Jacques-Maynes, the top two men on GC. The women’s race is even tighter with 9 seconds between leader Alison Powers (Team Type 1), Katheryn Curi-Mattis (Webcor) and Kat Carroll (TIBCO).

USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals Preview

The USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships, hosted by the Colorado State University Rams in partnership with the Fort Collins Cycling Festival, will be held on May 7-10, in Fort Collins, Colorado for the second year in a row. At stake are 18 cycling national titles.

Joe Martin Stage Race Preview

Next on the NRC schedule is the 32nd edition of the Joe Martin Stage Race in Northwest Arkansas. The four stages, featuring two road races, one individual time trial and one crit – the same as last year – make the race suited well for power sprinters that can keep their own in the time…

Swart and van Uden win Gila Criterium

Under-23 riders Roman van Uden (Land Rover-ORBEA) and Carla Swart (Lip Smacker) outkicked their respective fields to  win the sprint at  the Silver City Downtown Criterium on Saturday, the second to last stage at the SRAM Tour of the Gila. The mission of both GC leaders, Kristin Armstrong (Cervélo TestTeam) and Levi Leipheimer (Mellow Johnny/Astana)…

Leipheimer and Armstrong smoke the Gila Time Trial

Both Levi Leipheimer (Astana) and Kristin Armstrong (Cervélo TestTeam) smoked the 16-mile (26km) time trial at the SRAM Tour of the Gila, setting new course records in the process and increasing the lead in the overall classification. The only rider to go under 33 minutes, Leipheimer set a blistering pace to stop the clock at…

Haedo and Grain win stage 2 at Gila; no changes in GC

Attacks fused to try and unseat the leader’s jerseys in stage 2, the Inner Loop Road Race, of both the men’s and women’s at the Tour of the Gila but in the end, both Kristin Armstrong (Cervélo TestTeam) and Levi Leipheimer (Astana) survived all attacks to stay on top of the leaderboard going into tomorrow’s…

Team Land Rover-ORBEA reports from Gila

The new UCI Continental team, the Land Rover-ORBEA benefiting the Lance Armstrong Foundation is a young cycling development team based out of Portland, Oregon with a message. The team is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the Lance Armstrong Foundation and to develop talented young cyclists. Norrene Godfrey, who co-owns the team with her…

Tour of the Gila Preview – with maps

Decisions have been made, riders are in Silver City ready to start the tough SRAM Tour of the Gila tomorrow. The UCI and USA Cycling played with  the rules to let the Astana trio of Lance Armstrong, Levi Leipheimer and Chris Horner be able to race, which at the same time hit  the BMC Team…

Talking Gila with Burke Swindlehurst

One of the toughest stage races in North America, the SRAM Tour of the Gila kicks off on Wednesday where it challenges riders with five days of leg busting climbing, arrowing descents and often brutal winds in New Mexico. Who best to describe the race and the stages than the (only?) three-time winner BISSELL’s Burke Swindlehurst who also conquered the Gila Monster four times in his career … so far.