The Bissell team at the 2010 Merco Cycling Classic Team Time Trial

Smooth is the goal for Bissell at the TTT

Update: Bissell posted the fourth fastest time at the team time trial, 50 seconds from the winner Garmin-Barracuda. They were the highest placed Continental team. Stage 2 at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is going to force the Continental teams to dust off a skilled rarely used, if ever, the team time trial.…

The DS Corner – Post California

A simple question ‘Are you satisfied’ to four of the Continental teams DS on the last day of the Amgen Tour of California. See what Jonas Carney (Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth), Frankie Andreu (Kenda/5-Hour Energy), Danny Van Haute (Jelly Belly) and Omer Kem (BISSELL) had to say.

Figuring Out How To Win For BISSELL

It was a heated battle at the Joe Martin Stage Race, and this time the BISSELL came out on top. They finally won the overall at an NRC stage race, it’s been a long time coming. For DS Omer Kem, the win meant “the world.” He added, “We finally figured out how to win, that…

The DS Corner

A month or so into the domestic road season and what did we see ? We saw Ben Day has not lost his fire and is still a threat and that his new team, Kenda/5-Hour Energy, was able to rally around him at San Dimas to defend the overall. Redlands came down to a duel…

Mancebo Wins Redlands By One Second

One second. So small yet so huge. One hard-fought, hotly contested second is what separates the overall winner, Francisco Mancebo (RealCyclist.com) from second-place Ben Jacques-Maynes (BISSELL). Tied on time going into the race, with Mancebo wearing the yellow jersey, all eyes were on the first sprint for the time bonus at the first KOM. The…

Mancebo Narrowly Wins Sun Time Trial

Francisco Mancebo (Real Cyclist.com) narrowly won the Redlands Bicycle Classic’s Sun Time Trial this afternoon. Mancebo won the uphill prologue by less than one second ahead of Ben Jacques-Maynes (BISSELL Pro Cycling), who finished in second. Two-time US Pro Time Trial Champion, Chris Baldwin (Juwi Solar-First Solar) was in third. Only four seconds separated the…

Interview: Bissell’s Omer Kem – part 3

Here we are, the final installment of my interview with Omer Kem of the Bissell Pro Cycling Team.  The 26 year-old Oregon native has been through his share of ups and downs but he has never diverged from his goal of being a professional cyclist.  Kem crashed violently at the Amgen Tour of California and…

Interview: Omer Kem – part 2

In the first part on our interview with Bissell’s Omer Kem, we talked about his violent crash at the Amgen Tour of California and his road to recovery where he  shared the ups and downs of the healing process. Our conversation then turned to Kem’s past and his road to professional cycling. Or as he…

Interview: Bissell’s Omer Kem – part 1

One of the work horses of the peloton, Omer Kem of the Bissell Pro Cycling Team crashed violently on the third stage of the Amgen Tour of Californa and fractured his pelvis. The 26 year-old Oregon native was out with one of the most painful injuries he’s ever faced in his career.

Ten days later, on a Friday afternoon, Kem took some time to share his feelings about his injury and recovery, his path to becoming a pro cyclist and his goals for 2009.

Bissell’s Omer Kem on the Tour of Wellington

Bissell‘s Omer Kem is training and racing in New Zealand to get ready for the 2009 season. Along with teammates Jeremy Vennell and Pete Latham,  he is currently racing in the 22nd edition of the Trust House Cycle Classic International Tour of Wellington, a 5-day, 7 stage race which one of New Zealand’s premier cycling…