Champion System Ready for U.S. Debut

The Champion System Pro Cycling Team makes its U.S. debut Wednesday at the 26th annual SRAM Tour of the Gila with a pair of Americans, Chris Butler and Craig Lewis, on its five-rider roster. General Manager Ed Beamon said the mountainous, five-day race in New Mexico is an ideal event to launch the first Asian…

Final Thoughts On The Tour Of The Gila

The 5-day of hard, tough racing at the SRAM Tour of the Gila is over and before we turn our attention to the next NRC stage race, a few thoughts and opinions on what we happened at Gila. Can Francisco Mancebo (RealCyclist.com) be beaten? Along with stage wins, he took the overall in the first…

Mancebo Claims Gila

Francisco Mancebo (RealCyclist.com) notched another NRC stage race with the overall at the SRAM Tour of the Gila.  After bridging up to the break, Mancebo upped the pace  to drop his breakmate on the second to last climb and soloed to victory. The pace was so high in today’s Queen Stage, that he crossed the…

Donovan Wins Stage; Hughes Takes Overall At Gila

Kathryn Donovan (Missing Link) attacked her breakmates at bottom of the final climb and not only soloed her way to the stage victory but climbed up to third on GC. Lex Albrecht (Juvederm/Specialized) tried to get across but never closed the gap and crossed the line over two minutes later to take second.  Heather Logan-Sprenger…

Lewis Wins Chaotic Silver City Crit At Gila

The Trek-Livestrong kids did it again at stage 4 of the SRAM Tour of the Gila. Seventh out of the final corner, Australian Joe Lewis opened and sprinted to the line to take the bunch sprint, making two years in a row for Trek-Livestrong following Taylor Phinney‘s win last year.  Alejandro Borrajo (Jamis/Sutter Home) took…

Hughes Wins Sprint At Gila Crit

Following her coach’s advice, red jersey Clara Hughes (Pactimo) knew that she had to be second wheel into the final corner before the 400-meter dash to the finish line. And that’s exactly what she did. Hughes opened up her sprint and held it to the finish line to win the Silver City Criterium, stage 4…

Parker Fastest At Gila TT

The Trek-Livestrong U23 team did it again at the SRAM Tour of the Gila time trial. Last year it was Jesse Sergent, and this time it was Dale Parker, the 18-year old Australian with a time of 34:39 on the 16.15 miles (26km) out-and-back course with 1000 feet (305 m) of climbing.  Coming back to…

Hughes Smokes TT; Takes Over At Gila

Clara Hughes, riding for the composite Pactimo team, smoked the Tour of the Gila timetrial, stopped the clock at 39:33. In her first long time-trial since returning to racing, Hughes was the only woman to go under the 40-minute mark on the 16.15 miles (26km) out-and-back course with 1000 feet (305 m) of climbing. Hughes…