Rock Racing denied Pro Conti license

Earlier today, the UCI announced their ruling on the final three teams that had appealed after their initial registration for a Pro Continental license has been refused. After a hearing involving the teams, the Management Committee decided to reject the registration of the US team Rock Racing while it approved Androni Giocattoli (VEN) and Xacobeo…

Hump Day News

A quickie news hit for Wednesday: Rock Racing denied UCI Pro Continental Status. Keir Plaice joining Dutch team. MAC finale Capital Cross Classic providing equal payous for Elite Women. And some silliness with JibJab

Rock Racing takes control in Utah

The Rock Racing duo of Francisco Mancebo and Oscar Sevilla finished 1-2 on the 137 km (85 mi) Stage 1 of the Larry H Miller Tour of Utah, putting the yellow leader’s jersey on Mancebo’s shoulders.   The pair attacked on the   climb to the second and last KOM, caught and passed the break…

Clarke and Caravella win in Kenosha

On a break from his racing in Europe, Fuji-Servetto’s Hilton Clarke took the win at the Chase Food Folks & Spokes, on day 18 of Superweek 2009 in Kenosha Wisconsin. Australian  Clarke was part of a 4-rider break that lapped the field with 21 km to go in the 100 km criterium raced on a…

Rivera and Hanson win San Rafael Twilight Crit

The lineup promised to deliver exiting racing and the raucous and appreciative crowd was not disappointed last Saturday night at the 11th Annual San Rafael Twilight Criterium. Not only were they (and I) witness to aggressive riding under the fading sun and then stars but we also got a two rainbows and a fabulous sunset. What more can a girl ask for? With photos.

Olds and Huff win omnium at Tulsa Tough

Hot weather, large crowds, fast racing and crashes – especially in the women’s races – over the weekend in Tulsa, Oklahoma as NRC points and big money were on the line at the 3 criteriums in 3 days of racing at the Tulsa Tough p/b The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis. Jelly Belly’s Brad Hiff and Proman’s Shelley Olds won the omnium title.

Rock Racing sweeps Merco Cycling Classic

Following the same scenario, Rock Racing won the second race in the Merco Cycling Classic, with a surprise win by 18-year old Iggy Silva in a bunch sprint ahead of Taylor Tolleson (BMC) and Andy Jacques-Maynes (Bissell). Taking advantage of the presence of teammate Freddie Rodriguez to force other teams to chase, Silva sat on…

Rock Racing goes 1-2 at Merco Cycling Classic Criterium

With a 5-man roster, Rock Racing didn’t let their small number and aggressive racing by other teams deter them from going 1-2 at the Merco Credit Union Cycling Classic Grand Prix on Saturday.  Taking time to celebrate, National Crit Champ Rahsaan Bahati crossed the line first followed by teammate U23 National Crit Champ Justin Williams.…

Rock Racing squeaks in as a UCI Continental Team

USA Cycling spokesman Andy Lee contacted Boulder Report‘s Joe Lindsay to say that Rock Racing had “fulfilled all of its obligations for registering as a UCI Contentinal Team in 2009.” One requirement of the UCI Continental license requirement for a team is a bank guarantee for 10% of the riders’ salaries to be provided  by…

A mid-week Rock Racing update

Last we heard, Baden Cooke was contemplating suing Rock Racing owner Michael Ball for the promised money from his contract worth “many hundreds of thousands of dollars”.  Earlier today, Rock Racing issued a statement basically saying that the “rumors of Rock Racing’s untimely demise have been greatly exaggerated” and that the team is proceeding with…

Is Rock Racing folding? NO but…

Andy Shen of VelocityNation claimed that “Rock Racing is folding ASAP. Rock and Republic is laying off 40 employees, and shutting down the cycling team immediately.”  Shen  went on to state that he got the information from a leaked internal memo. updated: Velonews confirmed that “an  email circulated within the company this week details layoffs…

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…