On tap: USA Crits Speed Week

The racing calendar is heating up. This weekend, teams will have to make decisions as to where to send their squads as the USA Crits Speedweek starts with the Athens Twilight Crit on Saturday and  the NRC finally continues with  the  Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling on Sunday in California and the SRAM Tour…

Leipheimer wins Sea Otter Road Race

The Bissell team launched attack after attack but in the final two-mile long, eight percent grade to the finish, Levi Leipheimer (Astana) dropped Paul Mach (Bissell) in the final meters to win the Sea Otter Classic Road. Winner of yesterday’s criterium Morgan Schmitt (Bissell) was third. “This is home for me. I came up through…

Sea Otter Classic Preview

Over 50,000 spectators and 10,000 athletes are gathering at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area in Monterey, California for the 19th Annual Sea Otter Classic on April 16-19, 2009. The next 4 days, billed as the “Celebration of Sport”, is filled with a wide variety of bike races and fun rides for every kind, level and…

KBS’ Bajadali wins overall at Tour of Thailand

Successfully defending the leader’s jersey nabbed in the second to last stage of the Tour of Thailand, Andy Bajadali of the Kelly Benefit Strategies team won the overall of the 6-stage race also known as the Princess Mahachakri Sirindhorn’ Cup. The boys in green came out blazing in the first stage, where Canadian Zach Bell,…

Columbia-High Road’s Teutenberg and BMC’s Louder win overall in Redlands – brief report

Columbia-High Road’s Ina-Yoko Teutenberg and BMC’s Jeff Louder won the overall classification at the 2009 Redlands Bicycle Classic today. Alison Powers (Team Type 1) won the tough Sunset Road Race, outsprinting Jo Keisanowski (Tibco) and Nikki Butterfield (Webcor-Builders) for the win. Teutenberg chipped away at the lead of leader Amber Neben (Nurnberger Shoair) , time…

BMC’s Stewart wins Redlands crit and Louder still in the lead

BMC, BMC and more BMC. After his team controlled the 90-minute Redlands criterium, BMC’s Jackson Stewart came out of the crashed-marred final lap in fourth wheel around the last corner and outsprinted everyone for the win. Canadian Andrew Pinfold (Ouch) was second, and Stewart’s teammate Brent Bookwalter was third. “There was a bunch of crashes,…

Amber Neben and Ben Day take control at the Redlands’ opener

World Time Trial Champion Amber Neben (Nurnberger Shoair) blitzed the competition at the Redlands Bicycle Classic opener, the 3.1-mile (5 km) uphill Sun Time Trial, stopping the clock at 10:40.76, making it 27 seconds faster than second place Mara Abbott (Columbia-High Road). Ina-Yoko Teutenberg also of Columbia-High Road was third with almost the same time…