Competitive Cycling News, Race Results and Bike Reviews Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:01:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 32 32 Pocket Outdoor Media names Rob Wood chief revenue officer Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:59:48 +0000 BOULDER, Colorado — Pocket Outdoor Media, LLC (Pocket) — the leading endurance sports media company — announces the appointment of

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BOULDER, Colorado — Pocket Outdoor Media, LLC (Pocket) — the leading endurance sports media company — announces the appointment of Rob Wood as chief revenue officer. Wood will be responsible for sales across the VeloNews, Triathlete, Women’s Running, and brands. Rob was previously involved with several of these businesses, having sold advertising for VeloNews and Inside Triathlon as an account executive from 2000 to 2004.

An 18-year media veteran, 14-time Ironman finisher and current USA Cycling licensed competitor, Wood most recently was the executive director and publisher of widely-acclaimed National Park Trips Media, owner of such assets as Grand Canyon Journal, Yellowstone Journal, Yosemite Journal, and Rocky Mountain Journal. He managed some eight multimedia brands, with a total audience reaching more than six million consumers via 80 audience channels, including magazines, websites, social media, lead gen programs, educational programs, books, and events. Felix Magowan, Pocket CEO said, “Media has arguably changed more in the last three years than in the previous 30, as the sheer number of options available to marketers has exploded. Even sophisticated brand gurus can be overwhelmed at times. I can think of no one better than Rob to listen to client needs, cut through the clutter, and deliver the most effective programs to drive brand equity and sales growth.”

Wood started his career selling Fortune 100 accounts at MCI, AT&T, and WorldCom, before moving to VeloNews and Inside Triathlon. Later, he was a top seller for National Geographic, with their Traveler and Adventure brands in New York and Washington, D.C. He has worked with a diverse endemic and non-endemic client base, such as Gore-Tex, Polar, Xterra, Cervelo, PowerBar, Saucony, Canon, Nikon, Samsung, Liberty Mutual, John Hancock, Volvo, The North Face, REI, and Subaru.

“As a cyclist, triathlete and runner I’m excited to be reunited with Pocket’s brands, which I am truly passionate about. Now that these assets are once again owned by the same people who made them leading brands in the first place, it will make it that much easier for marketers to confidently buy Pocket’s high-value social, digital and print audiences,” explained Wood. “I’m beyond excited to connect with all my industry friends, new and old, at The Running Event, Sea Otter, and Triathlon Business Conference!” he added.

About Pocket Outdoor Media: Pocket was formed in October 2017 to acquire the World Triathlon Corporation’s Media Division. Pocket’s brands are the United States’ leading collection of endurance sports media properties, including the print titles and websites for VeloNews — the leading cycling news brand and world’s oldest continually operating sports website; Triathlete — by far the largest triathlon media brand in the world with editions in multiple languages; Women’s Running — the country’s second largest running magazine; — the leading running website; and VeloPress — the world’s leading publisher of cycling, running, triathlon and swimming books. For more information, please call Steve Maxwell at (303) 442-4800, Felix Magowan at (303) 245-2167, or Rob Wood at (303) 245-2102.

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Three great endurance road bikes tested in 2017 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:46:49 +0000 The endurance road category combines relaxed geometry with compliance features. Here are three of our favorite test bikes from 2017.

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When it comes to categorizing bicycles, “endurance” road bikes are slippery. Should they be termed “cobble” bikes? Not really — the average rider rarely tackles pavé like the pros do in spring classics. But isn’t every bike an “endurance” bike if you simply ride it for a long time on the weekends? Probably. We don’t necessarily have a clear way to define endurance road bikes, but these three bikes have a lot in common. Their geometries are a bit more relaxed. They have employed novel technology to make the ride more compliant when the road gets bumpy. And, these three bikes remain lightweight, stiff under power, and capable of fast group rides, fondos, or even races.

Trek Domane SLR 7 Disc

Photo: Trek

Trek accomplished exactly what we’ve been asking for in the endurance category: a comfortable race bike that actually feels like a race bike, not a cruiser’s cousin. With the recent addition of Trek’s Pro Endurance geometry for some high-end models, the Domane disc sheds the dubious distinction of endurance bikes as laid back slow-wagons. This thing is all race.


Giant Defy Advanced Pro 0

With the Defy Advanced Pro 0, Giant targets riders who enjoy all-day rides on challenging terrain over mixed surfaces.

The bike largely delivers on this goal. The geometry is intended for a more upright riding position and stable platform.


Specialized Roubaix Pro

The new Roubaix raises something of an existential question: Just how soft do we want our road bikes?

The spring-loaded steerer tube Specialized calls “Future Shock” isn’t suspension by the traditional definition, but it is unquestionably successful, offering 20mm of true vertical compliance. It is more effective than any other road system — yes, including the Trek Domane’s IsoSpeed Decoupler — at isolating the handlebars, and thus your entire upper body, from harsh road surfaces.


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Book excerpt: A guide to Barry-Roubaix Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:08:17 +0000 In this book excerpt from "Gravel Cycling," Nick Legan explores Michigan's Barry-Roubaix, the largest gravel race in the United States.

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Hastings, Michigan | April

The 3,200 racers and 2,000 spectators who attended Barry-Roubaix in 2016 made it the largest gravel race in the United States. Always the third Saturday in April, this Michigan event offers three distances, all relatively short, making them great for first-time gravel racers. With good course marking and corner marshals, navigation is made easy, allowing racers to focus on their efforts. It is certainly a race, with strong road and cyclocross competitors toeing the line. But like most gravel events, the atmosphere is welcoming. Race organizer Rick Plite happily shares that he “promotes an event, not just a race. All of my events have a grassroots feel to them, with handmade awards and beer afterwards. People like to chat and party a bit after a big ride.”

Note that in his advice on page 39, Rick is aiming his comments at new riders. On the other hand, the 2015 women’s elite champion, Mackenzie Woodring, gives tips on trying to win the event. Pick out the information that suits you best.

Defining features

• Hastings is a small town of just over 7,000 residents. The race is named for Barry County, an area southeast of Grand Rapids and west of Lansing, of which Hastings is the county seat.
• 62-, 36-, and 22-mile race distances offered
• Excellent course marking, corner marshals, GPX file, and cue sheet available
• Largest gravel race in the United States

Essential gear

• Warm clothes; April weather in Michigan can be unpredictable
• Fast-rolling tires

Advice from the pros

Rick Plite
Barry-Roubaix promoter

“We tell people who are truly beginners to make sure to sign up for the proper distance. Don’t ride to win, ride to finish. Enjoy it. Stop and take a photo. Don’t go out and buy any special equipment. Ride what you have. At Barry-Roubaix, a road bike or 26-inch mountain bike will work.”

Mackenzie Woodring
2015 Barry-Roubaix women’s elite champion

Bike: “I recommend a cyclocross bike for Barry-Roubaix with 1×11 gearing. Barry-Roubaix has 5,000 feet of climbing, so you’re constantly changing gears, and I see dropped chains as a result of shifting between the big and small rings. My gearing of choice is a 36-tooth ring with an 11–28 cassette, which is perfect for a 20 mile per hour average.”

Tires: “I’m a fan of Clement file tread tubular tires, as they have an aggressive knob on the outside for cornering. I’ve had no issues with flats with this tire, but I do carry a Vittoria Pit Stop just in case.”

Preparation: “The best preparation is to actually ride the course. It’s hard to mimic the Barry-Roubaix terrain in training, as the course is truly unique.”

“The race selection happens within the first five minutes of the race. The race begins on pavement, where you jockey for position as you approach the first gravel section. As soon as the peloton hits the gravel, it rolls over ‘The Three Sisters,’ an affectionately known group of three climbs where the selection is made. You need a good warm-up and need to be ready to go anaerobic to stay with the lead group. Sager Road, approximately 30 minutes into the race, is another opportunity for selection to occur, as it is the only two-track section offered on the course. Staying in a group is key for a successful Barry-Roubaix!”

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Kerry Werner ready for his turn to dominate domestic ‘cross Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:52:52 +0000 Kerry Werner is a perennial factor in domestic 'cross races, but the 26-year-old is ready to take the mantle as an outright favorite.

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With four UCI wins to date and a second-place overall result in the US Cup-CX series, Kerry Werner (Kona) should be happy with his best season yet in 2017. The soft-spoken 26-year-old isn’t looking for incremental improvements, though. He wants to dominate.

Werner had a front-row seat when Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz-Donkey Label) won seven of eight consecutive races in October. He was also there when Stephen Hyde ( won six UCI races in a row, including the Pan-Am championships in 2016.

Now, Werner wants his turn.

“I really want that,” Werner says of Ortenblad’s and Hyde’s streaks. “I don’t want to be like the Kevin Pauwels of America where I get on the podium, get second every now and then, but not really ever win.” The Belgian Pauwels has scored five bronze medals in seven years at the elite world cyclocross championships between 2011 and 2017.

Although his first UCI win came five years ago in North Carolina (the year Hyde made the jump to pro racing, in case you’re keeping track), Werner never went supersonic. Instead, he collected top-10 and podium finishes at an array of UCI races, mostly on the East Coast.

Werner wasn’t winning at will, but he had caught the cyclocross bug. After spending his teenage years as a mountain bike racer, he loved how tight ‘cross racing was and how tantalizingly close he could get to the sport’s heads of state.

“When I was coming up as a development rider when you have a good start and you find yourself latched onto this pack with J-Pow [Jeremy Powers], Stephen [Hyde], Ryan [Trebon],” Werner recalls. “Man, I’m like knocking on the door right now. You might get your doors blown off in two laps, but still, you touched that.”

Werner wasn’t always getting his doors blown off, either. He won three collegiate national cyclocross championships in a row, starting in 2012, while attending Lees-McRae College. With those results and his exploits beyond collegiate racing, he got a spot on the Optum-Kelly Benefits team in 2014 and then rode for Raleigh-Clement in 2015.

He split with Raleigh-Clement after 2015. This presented the opportunity for Werner to build his own one-man team. Best of all, finding a sponsor proved easier than he’d expected.

The deal with Kona came together quickly in late June 2016. “I was like, ‘This is too good to be true. The industry doesn’t work this way,’” Werner says. “It’s like a family.”

“He’s a little quirky, he’s kind of funny,” says Kona founder Jake Heilbron. “That really fits I think with the way we operate our business.

“I think he fits into that oddball group of characters within the company. He’s very comfortable with it.”

Knowing Kona would value a big result at 2017 USA Cycling Cyclocross Nationals, Werner skipped the usual Christmas block of European races during the 2016 holiday season. Instead, he stayed home in Winston-Salem, training specifically for nationals over three weeks. He motorpaced and prepared specifically for the course’s features, such as the long run-up.

He ended up third at nationals in Hartford, Connecticut. It wasn’t exactly the domination that Werner is dreaming of, but it was his best result ever in the elite championship on a particularly difficult course covered in ice, snow, and mud.

Now at the halfway point of his second season with Kona, Werner is still looking for ways to contend with riders like Hyde, who won that day in January last winter.

“That’s kind of what I’m struggling with right now,” Werner says. “I need to find the recipe to dominate.”

One of the ingredients missing from Werner’s recipe is the tactical nous that wins early season races. He says he had the legs in many of the September races where pack racing was more common. He notes that Ortenblad was able to take advantage of those situations, in part due to his road racing experience.

“For me to move into that top step, I just have to pay super-close attention to where [Hyde] is hurting and just wait for the perfect moment,” Werner says.

He also expects to benefit when the winter weather begins, making courses muddy, heavy, and more technically challenging.

Heilbron recognizes the 26-year-old’s potential and believes Werner will keep getting faster. He and Kona take pride in supporting up-and-comers like Werner.

“I feel like Kerry can get to a higher level,” Heilbron says. “Maybe he’s capable of making the jump to a top-10 Euro cyclocrosser. That’d be really cool if he could get himself there.”

Werner would probably agree, even if it meant he was finishing alongside Pauwels.

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Cycling gold medalist: Wiggins’ use of TUEs unethical Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:35:10 +0000 Paralympic cycling gold medalist Jody Cundy said the practice "muddies the water" around Bradley Wiggins.

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LONDON (AFP) — The admission by former Great Britain and Team Sky coach Shane Sutton of the exploitation of therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) have “muddies the water” around Bradley Wiggins, one top cyclist said.

Sutton was asked in a BBC documentary broadcast on Sunday to justify the TUEs Wiggins received in order to take a corticosteroid before his three biggest races in 2011, 2012, and 2013, including his 2012 Tour de France win.

A TUE is a dispensation, approved by doctors and the world governing body, to take an otherwise banned drug for medical reasons.

Sutton, the newly appointed head of China’s track cycling program, said if you have a rider with a “little five percent injury or niggle that’s troubling them, if you can get that TUE to get them to 100 percent, then of course you would in those days.”

Sutton, who used to be British Cycling’s technical director, explained it was about finding “an edge” and said it fitted in with the “marginal gains” philosophy that Dave Brailsford adopted with Great Britain and then at Team Sky, the dominant road racing team.

Wiggins and Sky have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, saying the drug was prescribed to treat a longstanding pollen allergy. In the documentary, Sutton said they would never “cross the line.”

But Olympic team pursuit champion Katie Archibald said Sutton’s comments were outrageous and “completely against the ethics of the sport.”

Paralympic cycling gold medalist Jody Cundy said it was “disappointing to hear the TUE system was abused in the way it has been.”

When asked if this changed his view of Wiggins, Cundy said: “Yes, it muddies the water.”

British Cycling chief executive Julie Harrington said she had “absolute clarity” that TUEs are “not a performance tool.”

“I was really disappointed,” she added. “When people are using language around TUEs, they need to be very mindful of the effect that could have on the public’s perception and the athletes’ reputation.”

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Q&A: Jeremy Powers coping with heart issues that sidetracked CX season Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:13:43 +0000 Former U.S. 'cross champ Jeremy Powers opens up about the ongoing heart issues that have dogged him all season in 2017.

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In early November, Jeremy Powers, 34, let the world know, via Facebook, that he had been experiencing some issues with his heart. Since that time he has posted further updates about his condition. As the author of “The Haywire Heart,” a critically important guide to heart care for athletes and the first book to delve into the relationship between long-term endurance athletics and heart health, I was particularly intrigued to learn more about his condition and prognosis. Here are excerpts from that interview.

VeloNewsJeremy, take us back to when this all started.

Jeremy Powers: I remember the first time I had a palpitation very well because it freaked me out. It was at the USGP in 2007 [the first USGP event Powers ever won -Ed.], and I was coming around this corner when I felt a jolt in my chest that made me go, ‘Oooooh, okay, okay.’ That was the first time I noticed something with my heart. And I had palpitations for a long time after that, that I had looked at many, many times, including with Holter monitors and things to make sure there wasn’t anything significant or dangerous going on. Most of this, after about 2010 or 2011, was at Mass General Hospital with Dr. Aaron Baggish. They’ve worked with a lot of cyclists and are the place to go in this area of the country.

This spring I was getting these run-ons: I was doing base training, and doing a lot of climbing at about 150bpm, and then suddenly it was at 200bpm. The first time it happened, I thought I had a panic attack. I had never had a panic attack before, but I came home and I looked up what that was. I remember it well: I was laying in the yard beside this guy’s house and he had the Confederate flag blowing there. And I remember thinking to myself, ‘Okay, this is how it ends!’ [laughs] I was out in the middle of nowhere, this flag is blowing in the wind, and I’m just laying there freaking out. I couldn’t get my heart rate to go down. It probably lasted five or six minutes like that.

I was pretty spun from that. I stopped doing big loops away from the house and instead did micro loops to see if I could get it to happen again around the house. It would kind of happen and I’d back off, and then again and I’d back off. I didn’t really think much of it. I just assumed it was about stress because I was about to become a father. ‘Maybe I’m going through this and it’s all just anxiety.’ I went to the doctors, they offered some solutions, but I didn’t want to take them up on them — they offered me ‘chill pills’ essentially. They thought for sure it was anxiety related. I started meditating instead. We didn’t even talk about the heart stuff.

[Coincidentally, as reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, female heart patients in their 50s and younger are seven times more likely to be misdiagnosed than our male counterparts. -Ed.]

It’s not a revelation to say that I’m a pretty high-strung, type A personality. But I think I’m also well-balanced and have gotten a lot better at that. I’m a big proponent of people that do have anxiety, consider therapy. I immediately went to therapy. ‘I’m dealing with this, this sucks, and I don’t like what’s happening here so I’m getting help.’

VN: This season has been up and down, and you’ve been dealing with more issues.

JP: After doing a number of things to fix some gut issues I was having, I felt a lot better. I didn’t have any palpitations basically after that until this September at Rochester. I went really deep. During that race, I had another run-on, and I just faded to the back of the group. I just thought it was a fluke thing because it had never happened to me in a race. I just assumed it was stress; I had not thought it was a heart-related thing in any way until this race when it lasted about a minute. But I had been reading up on some of this stuff and I remembered reading about this maneuver where you bear down like you’re going to go to the bathroom. [The Valsalva maneuver is performed by moderately forceful attempted exhalation against a closed airway, usually done by closing one’s mouth, pinching one’s nose shut while pressing out as if blowing up a balloon. – Ed.] I did this in the race as hard as I could, and it went away. I ended up sprinting for third, but even after the race, I couldn’t get my heart rate down. I obviously went really deep, but I said, ‘ God, I almost died in that race!’ My heart rate was over 220bpm. It was insane.

It happened again but in a slightly different way at the Friday night race in Iowa before the World Cup. It happened again in Baltimore on the first day [where he finished second in a sprint -Ed.], and by this point, I was wearing my heart rate monitor all the time so I was able to capture it. I did the [Vaslsalva] maneuver again during the race, it went away, and I just kept on, I didn’t stop. I sent the data to my doctor. He said it looks like low-risk supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) and would be surprised if it was anything else. That’s based off my history, the data from the Holter monitors, and so on. What’s interesting is that my heart rate will be at 178bpm, then it goes to 213 and stays there for the duration of SVT, and then it drops back directly to 178bpm.

It happened again at the Pan Am Championships in Louisville. I think the one constant about all of these incidents at Rochester, Baltimore, and Pan Ams, is that the races took place in 70-degree weather, or much warmer. Another thing that could be triggering these episodes is that when I hit the ground with my foot when mounting or something, that can start them. From other cyclists I’ve spoken with, that is something that triggers things for them too. Maybe they hit a walnut in a corner and had to put their foot down, and that is enough to provoke the SVT.

In Louisville, I actually smacked my face really hard to try and make it go away. My doctor says that was the wrong thing to do because it produces more adrenaline and can make it worse. If I had stopped and done a handstand, that would have been an appropriate thing to have done.

At this point, since this had never really happened to me at this level at this intensity in a race, I could only, unfortunately, go toward ‘what ifs.’ That’s the worst place to go. I stopped in the pit with my mechanic.

VN: You recently went through another battery of tests. What did you find?

JP: I’ve had an echocardiogram and a stress test done every year there, and all of those things show no change this time compared to what has been seen before. My echo from five years ago is identical. During my stress test, I went so deep, just to try and mimic a cyclocross race, for an hour. I’ve never done that much of an effort in my life on a trainer. I almost vomited. And nothing happened. During the test, I even got off my bike and jumped up and down and started stomping on the ground. I just couldn’t get it to do it. Which was actually nice for me, to have that confidence that it may or may not happen to me.

Basically, it came down to the fact that I can either ablate or not ablate.

[Catheter ablation is a minimally-invasive procedure used to remove or terminate a faulty electrical pathway from sections of the hearts of those who are prone to developing cardiac arrhythmias. -Ed.]

VN: To ablate or not to ablate, that is the question. What is your current thinking?

JP: We’re just going to roll with this for the time being. As I’ve gotten a little more educated, I’ve concluded the perceived danger is not as great as what I thought before I became educated. [Read about the warning signs and symptoms of heart arrhythmias here.] When this happens to you for the first time, it would be unnatural for you to not have a nervous response to that. Now I know the maneuvers and other things about it, and I know even when it happens, I’m not going to die from it. I think most people at first say, ‘Holy crap I’m having a heart attack.’ At least I did! [laughs]

I may deal with this down the road especially if it gets worse. If I was told this would stop the palpitations too, I’d definitely do it. The palpitations are annoying; they’re really obnoxious, and they can get really bad. But that’s not the case. I’ve spoken to a lot of riders and none of them thinks that it’s a big deal. Everyone that I’ve talked to has had a successful ablation.

What has really been beautiful is how many people have reached out to talk to me and tell me about what they went through. It’s been really cool, and humbling in a sense.

I’m in a place in my career where I understand my place and the impacts I can have, and I didn’t ever really think much about the heart thing other than explaining why some races have gone well and some races haven’t. I just wanted to let my fans know that I’ve been going through this, and it’s not allowing me to ride at 100 percent all the time. Because I constantly have people asking me how I’m doing, I wanted to bring attention to the fact that there’s something else going on and I’m working to figure it out. I was really green when I wrote that initial post on Facebook. Then, 100 emails later, I realized this type of thing is a lot more common than I ever thought it was.

I’m almost certainly not going to have an ablation before the national championships. I don’t yet think it’s necessary. That said, mentally I’m getting back to pushing myself. In cyclocross you have to go really deep, you have to go insane. I’ve just been feeling like I’m holding back a little. It put a little block on my mental fortitude. I want to ease my way back into this mentally and physically.

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Supercross, day 2: Ferrier Bruneau repeats; Curtis White wins Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:17:10 +0000 Christel Ferrier Bruneau won again Sunday at Supercross Cup, while Curtis White prevailed in the men's race in Suffern, New York.

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After prevailing in the rain Saturday, Christel Ferrier Bruneau won again Sunday at Supercross Cup, while Curtis White prevailed in the men’s race in Suffern, New York.

“I’m very happy with this weekend, to win the two races,” said Ferrier Bruneau (SAS-Macogep). “It was really a slippery course, very hard physically. It was really hard to climb, not easy. There were nice hills and I had fun. It was good training for next weekend, the World Cup in Germany.”

Cassandra Maximenko (VanDessel-Atom Composite Wheels) finished second again behind Ferrier Bruneau as windy conditions began to dry out the course. U23 Canadian National Champion Ruby West ( finished third.

“My goal today was kind of the same as yesterday, get a good start,” said Maximenko. “I got a good start, and after about five pedal strokes my left foot pulled out of the pedal. So I saved it and slotted third or fourth wheel. I was just yo-yoing for a little bit because my bike wasn’t shifting. So I went through that (first) lap deciding, is it not shifting enough to pit or is it rideable? I was trying to maintain the gap with it mis-shifting. It was hard. The wind made it really challenging.”

Curtis White
Curtis White won Sunday’s race at Supercross Cup in New York. Photo: Marco Quezada

In the men’s race, White ( dueled with Saturday’s winner Kerry Werner (Kona). Unlike Ferrier Bruneau, however, Werner had to settle for second place as White relentlessly attacked the rutted course.

“It was a very tactical race for maybe the first four laps or so,” said White. “It was a very windy day, so that definitely influenced the tactics. None of us really wanted to take over the work.

“Maybe with four laps to go I started hitting it in the front a little. We were all taking turns in the front, but it seemed like I couldn’t get rid of Kerry [Werner] with one move. It had to be a series of moves, and maybe a lap or two of really putting on the pressure. I think that is what happened. I don’t know where I got the gap exactly on him, but it was just two bike lengths, four, six, eight, and built up from there. And then I had to just keep applying the pressure after that.”

With about four laps to go, White’s efforts began to pay dividends. “I just hung on as long as I could, which is good because then we dropped Cooper [Willsey],” said Werner. “But it was just about survival out there. The winds were relentless. I’m happy with second.”

Willsey ( ended up third. “Curtis was on another level today, and he just gave it to us,” said the 20-year-old. “I was just trying to keep the pedals turning. We had four to go, I felt like it should have been the last lap. My legs hurt, my back blew up, so I was just trying to keep the pedals going.”

Women’s results

  • 1. Christel Ferrier Bruneau, SAS MACOGEP, in 46:27
  • 2. Cassandra Maximenko, VANDESSEL/ATOM COMPOSITE WHEELS, at :22
  • 4. Kathryn Cumming, JALAPENO CYCLING, at :59
  • 5. Julie Wright, TEAM AVERICA, at :35
  • 6. Regina Legge, TREK CYCLOCROSS COLLECTIVE, at :50
  • 7. Rebecca Gross, ZERO D RACING, at :59
  • 8. Natasha Elliott, GARNEAU-EASTON P/B TRANSITIONS, at :.t.
  • 9. Stacey Barbossa, MIDATLANTIC COLAVITA WOMEN’S TE, at :23
  • 10. Christa Ghent, AMY D FOUNDATION, at :39
  • 11. Laura Van Gilder, MELLOW MUSHROOM/VAN DESSEL, at :57
  • 12. Natalie Tapias, JAM / NCC, at :10
  • 13. Katie Carlson, LADIES FIRST P/B MILTON CATERPI, at :13
  • 14. Brittlee Bowman, HOUSE IND/NOKIA HEATH/SIMPLEHUM, at :00
  • 15. Erin Faccone, TEAM AVERICA, at :19
  • 16. Vicki Barclay, STAN’S KENDA WOMEN, at :31
  • 17. Leslie Lupien, TEAM AVERICA, at :49
  • 18. Taylor Kuyk-White, PHILADELPHIA BIKE EXPO, at :55
  • 19. Gabriella Sterne, VANDERKITTEN ENTOURAGE RACING, at :03
  • 20. Meghan Owens*, UVM CYCLING, at :20
  • 21. Heather Richard, LADIES FIRST P/B MILTON CATERPI, at :24
  • 22. Taryn Mudge, FEARLESS FEMME RACING
  • 24. Elizabeth Huuki*, ARMY CYCLING
  • 25. Jenny Wojewoda, PEDALPOWERTRAINING.COM
  • 26. Marianna Williams, FUJI CROSS CREW
  • 27. Paige Williams*, FUJI CROSS CREW
  • DNS Alex Carlson, CYCLE-SMART

Men’s results

  • 1. Curtis White, CANNONDALE P/B CYCLOCROSSWORLD, in 1:00:31
  • 2. Kerry Werner Jr., KONA FACTORY CX TEAM, at :33
  • 3. Cooper Willsey*, FURMAN UNIVERSITY, at :23
  • 4. Max Judelson, VOLER/CLIF/HRS/ROCK LOBSTER, at :35
  • 5. Justin Lindine, APEX / NBX / HYPERTHREADS, at :31
  • 6. Dan Chabanov, HOUSE IND/NOKIA HEALTH/SIMPLEHU, at :00
  • 7. Kevin Bouchard-Hall, WRENEGADE SPORTS/TEAM PLACID PL, at :34
  • 8. Michael Owens*, HANDS-ON CYCLING P/B GUERCIOTTI, at :59
  • 9. Derrick St John, VAN DESSEL P/B HYPERTHREADES, at :19
  • 10. Ian Gielar, NCC / JAM FUND, at :27
  • 11. Michael Landry, YALE UNIVERSITY, at :38
  • 12. Nick Lando*, UVM CYCLING, at :05
  • 13. Zachary Curtis, BRIDGEWATER STATE UNIVERSITY, at :27
  • 14. Matthew Bruno, TEAM SOMERSET, at :10
  • 15. Andrew Nicholas, RPI
  • 16. Patrick Collins, MINUTEMAN ROAD CLUB
  • 17. Kale Wenczel*, JAM / NCC
  • 18. Matt Owens*, UVM CYCLING
  • 19. Chris Niesen, JAM / NCC
  • 20. Adam Myerson, CYCLE-SMART
  • 21. Andrew Borden*, X-MEN
  • 22. Travis Wold*, WPI
  • 23. Sam Hedlund*, UVM CYCLING
  • 24. Kyle Murphy, LUDWIG & LARSEN RACING
  • 25. Trent Blackburn, JAM / NCC
  • 26. Evan Murphy, LUDWIG & LARSEN RACING
  • 27. Aaron Oakes, WENZEL COACHING
  • 28. Bryan Banducci, KING KOG / SUN AND AIR
  • DNF Jonathan Anderson*, FORT LEWIS COLLEGE
  • DNF Gerald Adasavage, LUDWIG & LARSEN RACING
  • DNS Travis Livermon, MAXXIS/SHIMANO
  • DNS Keith Garrison, KING KOG / SUN AND AIR

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L’Eroica excitement fuels Filofficina vintage shop Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:15:22 +0000 Inspired by L'Eroica, a bike shop in Florence, Italy sells fixed-up old bikes from the days of old Campagnolo groupsets and skinny steel

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FLORENCE, Italy (VN) — Tucked down a side street in Florence’s artisan quarter, the place where the Torrigiani family calls home, Lorenzo Abruzzo builds dreams. The bicycles he prepares and sells to customers around the world recall a time of Fausto Coppi breaking the hour record at Vigorelli or Eddy Merckx bashing the Flemish cobbles.

Space-age bikes with electronic shifting and $10,000 price tags have their place, but these Colnagos, Cinellis, and Rossins have soul. They were once forgotten to make way for lightweight carbon frames and brake-lever shifters. Now, these steel rigs are highly sought after, and that’s why Abruzzo’s Filofficina bike shop is thriving.

Welcome to Filofficina. Photo: Gregor Brown |

“These vintage bikes are more valued by foreigners. In Italy, more often than not, we look at them as normal. We take them for granted,” the towering Abruzzo explains.

Abruzzo speaks in his shop on Via del Campuccio among many other artisan boutiques that dot the south side of Florence, what locals call “Oltrarno.” A woman wheels her city bike out into the early morning sun. He says she should replace her worn tires soon.

“Many customers come from the United States, China, Japan, Korea, and in Italy. They find me via word of mouth, via Facebook or eBay,” he says, reaching for a shipping slip for a Bianchi Specialissima order to be delivered to Boulder, Colorado.

Colnago Mexico
A classic Colnago Mexico outfitted with Campagnolo Super Record. Photo: Gregor Brown |

He turns his attention back to a 1979 Colnago Mexico frame mounted with its original Campagnolo Super Record groupset. The yellow club logo stands out on the blue paint, more so with the yellow bar tape.

The tubulars are not yet glued to the rims. Lorenzo says he lets the buyer do that so the rubber cement odor does not radiate from the shipping box and cause problems with customs officials.

A row of similar gems from the 1960s to the 1980s lines the wall next to the door. And above, Moser, Pinarello, and Tommasini bikes hang. All of them are waiting to be finished or sold.

Vintage bikes
Vintage Eroica bicycles everywhere. Photo: Gregor Brown |

The cycling gods blessed Abruzzo with Florence. Tourists pour through the cradle of the Renaissance year-round. Here, the heart of cycling beats loudly. The city hosted the 2013 UCI Road World Championships. Gino Bartali grew up over the hills to the south in Ponte a Ema. Further out, the white gravel roads crisscross the Chianti hills.

Bartali rode these roads to deliver falsified papers to Jews trying to escape the Germans in World War II. Now, Tuscany considers these miles and miles of “strade bianche” sacred ground. Professionals race Strade Bianche annually on the roads, the Giro d’Italia often passes through, and the Eroica cyclo-sportive has its roots there.

“I also like working on new bikes but it’s right to give these bikes their due space. These vintage Eroica bikes are part of Italian culture,” Abruzzo continues. “There are not many mechanics that work on these old bikes. I want a buyer to have a safe bike and to have a mechanic behind it who has experience with vintage bikes.”

L’Eroica started in 1997 in Tuscany, with the number of participants growing every year for the October event. Now people race to simply register, and the spots disappear as quickly as tickets to a Rolling Stones concert. The organizer’s success has led to a second event in the spring and sister sportives in California, South Africa, Spain, Japan, and other locations across the world.

In the back of the shop, four or five rental bikes for L’Eroica are hanging and ready to go. Abruzzo keeps them solely as rentals and for the gravel undulating roads with easier gearing, bigger brake cables, and clincher tires. The rest are frames that he found in old bike shops, markets, and private owners from around Italy.

“I look for frames without any dents or cracks. We can repaint it if we have to, but I like to keep it all original,” he says.

“I have to look all over for them, and there are fewer and people want more money for them now. I came across an old man one time next to the seaside who had a Colnago Master with straight city bars mounted on it. I said, ‘I’ll give you 200 [euros] for it.’ He wouldn’t sell. I said, ‘250 and then 300.’ He wouldn’t part with it, not because it was a Colnago, but because he valued it as a lightweight bike that he could easily remove the wheels from and lift it into the back of his Fiat car. I left him to it and did not want to separate him from his bicycle.

“My prized bicycle is this 1986 Bianchi Specialissima X4 in the Moreno Argentin colors. I found it from a Romanian who was asking 700 for it. I always ask the story behind the bikes and in this case, I was asking because I thought maybe it was stolen or something. But then he pulls out jerseys and shoes all matching, explaining how he was paid many years ago with the bicycle and jersey for some work that he had done. It’s too small for me because I am so tall. I will not sell it even if it’s worth around 4,000, so I gifted it to my girlfriend and it hangs here on the wall.”

You likely won’t see Shimano or other foreign brands in Abruzzo’s shop. We spotted just one bike with Shimano parts, a Moser in the backroom. Abruzzo says his niche is Italian frames with Campagnolo Record, Super Record, or C-Record groupsets. The frames and components range from the 1960s up until about 1986, when Shimano introduced brake-lever shifters and when clipless pedals began to take hold.

NOS Campy parts ready to go. Photo: Gregor Brown |

The Eroica organizer requires that bikes have exposed cables on the handlebars, down tube shifters, and toe-clip pedals with straps. Steel tubes are a must, but the old aluminum Alan and Vitus frames are allowed as they existed early on.

“Outside of Italy, abroad, they look at these bikes as ‘Made in Italy’, a piece of culture, a gem of our country. In Europe, the trend is to use them more and build them up with modern groupsets,” Abruzzo adds.

“Americans want to have style. They want their Bianchi celeste green. They want a Colnago with bar tape matching the lettering. They want the details.”

He prides himself on details. His father gave him the gift of turning a wrench. He began to disassemble bikes and build them again. Before the shop opened in April 2015, Abruzzo worked steadily for a set of customers out of his home.

Lorenzo Abruzzo
Lorenzo Abruzzo stands behind his refurbished bikes. Photo: Gregor Brown |

“It’s worth it to have a shop in the center of Florence for people who just happen to pass by but also that someone can come from China or from the United States and see the shop, the tools, and meet the person behind the bike. I had one American who has just happened to pass by on the street come in and made a contact to order a bike. When he was home he sent an email and finalized it,” he says, leaning on the blue Colnago Mexico that still needs a home.

“The big thing I want to get across is that this is not just an ad on the internet but that I am here in Florence and you can come and visit. You can take a flight from Colorado and visit the shop and see the person behind the bike and hear the story. The work will remain for years and it is a quality product. I’m a mechanic and I will stand behind the bike.”

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Fast Talk podcast, ep. 32: A cyclist’s guide to the weight room Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:12:59 +0000 Cyclists can benefit tremendously from strength training, but you need to do it correctly. Here are the basics.

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The VeloNews Fast Talk podcast is your source for the best advice and most interesting insight on what it takes to become a better cyclist. Listen in as VeloNews managing editor Chris Case and columnist Trevor Connor discuss a range of topics, including training, physiology, technology, and more.

We cyclists can get a little lost in the weight room. That doesn’t mean strength training doesn’t have important benefits though. We are joined by Jess Elliott, who is the sports performance coach and biomechanist at the University of Colorado Sports Medicine and Performance Center. She helps us understand the fundamentals of strength workouts in the weight room: what to do, how to do it, and how many times to lift those big hunks of iron. Plus, we speak with pro rider Brent Bookwalter (BMC) about how he fits weight lifting into his busy travel schedule.

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Olympic rower says Wiggins faces headwinds in switch to rowing Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:42:23 +0000 The retired Tour de France champion is undertaking the sport of rowing, so we chatted with a former Olympian about his chances.

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Lost in the headlines last week was confirmation that Bradley Wiggins is getting serious about his bid for another Olympic medal, this time in rowing.

Last week’s decision by UK Anti-Doping to close the investigation into Team Sky’s infamous “Jiffy Bag” without charges drove the news cycle. The 2012 Tour de France winner might have seen his reputation in tatters over his use of corticoids via TUEs, but the 37-year-old and eight-time Olympic medalist Wiggins is now taking more serious steps for another Olympic bid.

Wiggins has posted recent photos on Instagram of himself looking buff after training sessions on a rowing machine. Any doubt about Wiggins’ seriousness in the endeavor was erased when he confirmed he will race in the British indoor national rowing championships on December 9. A strong performance — Wiggins is confirmed to compete in a 2,000-meter race — would bolster his chances for a spot for the 2020 Olympics.

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How realistic are Wiggins’ chances of making the switch from one endurance sport to another? Many cyclists transition into triathlon or marathon, two events that share much with cycling. In contrast, rowing is a radically different sport with a very specific skillset.

VeloNews asked Gearoid Towey, a three-time Olympic rower and former world champion, about Wiggins’ chances of making the grade. Towey represented Ireland in three Olympics (2000, 2004, and 2008), and was once rescued with a rowing partner in the high seas after his 23-foot rowboat was capsized by a 35-foot wave 40 days into an attempt to row across the Atlantic Ocean.

Towey also has experience with cyclists, and has worked with many as part of his organization Crossing the Line, which helps professional and Olympic athletes transition into their post-athletic careers.

VeloNews: What do you make of Wiggins’ attempt to go back to the Olympics with rowing?
Gearoid Towey: I’ve never spoken to him, but there are a couple of factors that would make it very difficult for him. First off is the skill acquisition. Rowing is a very skilled sport, and rowing is like a combo of ice-skating and cycling. It’s part brute force and pain, but you also have to be agile and dainty. That skill is hard to pick up in just three or four years.

VN: And the other?
GT: The other aspect is power. I gather he’s doing decent times on a rowing machine, but from what I’ve heard, he’s about 30 seconds off the heavyweight group. That’s a big chunk of time. You can make big gains when you start off, but it’s that last 15 to 30 seconds that’s the hardest.

VN: Britain has a long tradition of rowing, so I imagine he can’t expect to just stroll onto the team?
GT: The British team is a power-based team, and if he doesn’t come under a certain score, that would be his biggest barrier. I’ve seen some scores he’s put out; scores that would decent for a good lightweight rower, at 70kg or under, but he’s still short of the top heavyweight rowers. I could see him getting within reach of it. If he was inside a different system than the British system, in a country like Sweden or Spain, he probably could get on with a national team. It’s not as easy in the UK. These guys are giants, 6-foot-5 and 100kg. They’re like cattle. They’re not going to put someone on their program just to raise their profile or to bring publicity to the team. They’ve won medals in every Olympic cycle for years.

VN: Rowing has a very unique skillset; do you think it’s realistic he could become adept enough in time for 2020?
GT: If you’re on the crew, you have to move in unison, everyone’s movements in exactly the same time, with three or seven other guys. It’s very precise. It’s like swimming, and it’s hours and hours of doing the same thing over and over. With his track background, he’d be used to that. Rowing is a bit like doing team pursuit. You’ve got to be sprinter at the beginning and then at the end, and give that max power at the start and finish. He’ll have the engine.

VN: So if you were a betting man, do you think he could do it?
GT: It would be kind of cool if he did it. I would like him to surprise me in that regard. It’s a pain sport, just like cycling is. It’s not as exciting as cycling. It doesn’t have the crowds, and it’s a fairly outlying sport. It’s interesting he chose that. I wouldn’t put it past him. He’s a very talented person.

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Video: Col Collective previews short, nasty TDF stage 17 to Portet Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:23:02 +0000 Mike Cotty of the Col Collective goes for a recon ride to see the short Pyrenean stage and ride the lesser-known Col de Portet.

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Everyone is talking about the 2018 Tour de France‘s stage 17. It is short at 65 kilometers but has a tremendous amount of climbing — over 3,000 meters. Tour organizers believe this stunningly beautiful backdrop and the summit finish at 2,215m will encourage attacks. Pure climbers should thrive in the rarefied air.

Mike Cotty of the Col Collective went out for a recon ride in October to check the Pyrenean route and ride the lesser-known summit finish, Col de Portet.

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Stage 17 is exceptionally short at 64km with more than 3,000 meters of climbing.

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Van der Poel and Cant win Bogense CX World Cup Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:16:54 +0000 European cyclocross champs Sanne Cant and Mathieu van der Poel win fourth round of the UCI CX World Cup in Bogense, Denmark.

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The two European cyclocross champions came out on top Sunday in the fourth round of the UCI cyclocross World Cup, as Sanne Cant won the women’s race and Mathieu van der Poel won the men’s event in Bogense, Denmark.

It was a preview of the 2019 world cyclocross championships to be held at the seaside Danish venue. Riders faced a muddy track with exceptionally steep, short hills. The weather was less severe, however — clear with a strong wind blowing off the water.

“It was a bit of a pity that all the descent sections were running now, I prefer to ride it but I think the safest and the fastest option was to run today,” said van der Poel.

Despite a dropped chain on the final lap, Cant (Beobank-Corendon) held off Helen Wyman (Kona) to win her second World Cup of the season. American Kaitie Keough ( finished third.

Mathieu van der Poel
Mathieu van der Poel won his fourth World Cup in a row at Bogense, Denmark. Photo: Tim De Waele |

Van der Poel, also on the Beobank-Corendon team, continued his remarkable run of wins at the elite level this season.

“It’s amazing to win my fourth World Cup in a row,” he said after riding alone to victory.

Toon Aerts (Telenet-Fidea) rode with the Dutchman for the first half of the race but faded as van der Poel applied the pressure.

World champion Wout van Aert (Vérandas Willems-Crelan) caught Aerts with a few laps remaining. On the final circuit, it looked like Aerts had the upper hand after hopping the course’s barriers while van Aert opted to run.

However, van Aert pulled even with Aerts thanks to superior handling skills on the descents and out-sprinted him to take second place.

The UCI cyclocross World Cup continues November 25 in Zeven, Germany.

Men’s results

  • 1. Mathieu Van Der Poel, BEOBANK-CORENDON, 1:02:58
  • 2. Wout Van Aert, CRELAN – CHARLES, 1:03:06
  • 3. Toon Aerts, TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:03:07
  • 4. Lars Van Der Haar, TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:03:45
  • 5. Tim Merlier, CRELAN – CHARLES, 1:04:19
  • 6. Corne Van Kessel, TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:04:26
  • 7. Laurens Sweeck, ERA-CIRCUS, 1:04:46
  • 8. Quinten Hermans, TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:04:50
  • 9. Michael Vanthourenhout, MARLUX – NAPOLEON GAMES, 1:05:03
  • 10. Kevin Pauwels, MARLUX – NAPOLEON GAMES, 1:05:04
  • 11. Gioele Bertolini, 1:05:07
  • 12. Vincent Baestaens, 1:05:15
  • 13. Tom Meeusen, BEOBANK-CORENDON, 1:05:18
  • 14. Gianni Vermeersch, STEYLAERTS – BETFIRST, 1:05:34
  • 15. Michael BoroŠ, PAUWELS SAUZEN – VASTGOEDSERVICE, 1:05:43
  • 16. Marcel Meisen, STEYLAERTS – BETFIRST, 1:05:55
  • 17. Jens Adams, PAUWELS SAUZEN – VASTGOEDSERVICE, 1:05:59
  • 18. Jim Aernouts, TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:06:03
  • 19. Dieter Vanthourenhout, MARLUX – NAPOLEON GAMES, 1:06:14
  • 20. Daan Soete, TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:06:17
  • 21. Matthieu Boulo, 1:06:21
  • 22. Nicolas Cleppe, TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:06:24
  • 23. Felipe Orts Lloret, GINESTAR – DELIKIA, 1:06:26
  • 24. Simon Zahner, 1:06:29
  • 25. Marcel Wildhaber, 1:06:42
  • 26. Tomáš Paprstka, 1:06:52
  • 27. Fabien Canal, 1:07:01
  • 28. Twan Van Den Brand, 1:07:05
  • 29. Sascha Weber, 1:07:20
  • 30. Jan Nesvadba, 1:07:26
  • 31. Stephen Hyde, 1:07:36
  • 32. Steve Chainel, TEAM CHAZAL CANYON, 1:07:47
  • 33. Diether Sweeck, ERA-CIRCUS, 1:07:55
  • 34. Severin SÄgesser, 1:07:58
  • 35. Patrick Van Leeuwen, 1:08:09
  • 36. Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga IbaÑez, 1:08:13
  • 37. Stan Godrie, CRELAN – CHARLES, 1:08:25
  • 38. Alois Falenta, 1:08:39
  • 39. Gosse Van Der Meer, TARTELETTO – ISOREX, 1:08:46
  • 40. Jeremy Durrin, 1:09:27
  • 41. Yorben Van Tichelt, ERA-CIRCUS
  • 42. Ismael Esteban Aguero, GINESTAR – DELIKIA
  • 43. Nicolas Samparisi
  • 44. Sebastian Fini Carstensen
  • 45. Lorenzo Samparisi
  • 46. Kevin Suarez Fernandez
  • 47. Fredrik Haraldseth
  • 48. Karol Michalski
  • 49. Martin Eriksson
  • 50. Niels Bech Rasmussen
  • 51. Tommy Moberg Nielsen
  • 52. Andrew Juiliano
  • 53. Joachim Parbo
  • 54. Morten Laustsen
  • 55. Henrik Lunder Aalrust
  • 56. Yu Takenouchi
  • 57. David Eriksson
  • 58. Jacob Lindsel
  • 59. Ingvar Omarsson
  • 60. Henrik Jansson
  • 61. Nikolaj Ruud Ostergaard
  • DNF David Van Der Poel, BEOBANK-CORENDON
  • DNF Kenneth Hansen

Women’s results

  • 1. Sanne Cant, BEOBANK-CORENDON, 0:41:19
  • 2. Helen Wyman, 0:41:28
  • 3. Kaitlin Keough, 0:42:07
  • 4. Eva Lechner, 0:42:10
  • 5. Ellen Van Loy, TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 0:42:38
  • 6. Katerina Nash, 0:42:39
  • 7. Loes Sels, CRELAN – CHARLES, 0:42:50
  • 8. Alice Maria Arzuffi, STEYLAERTS – BETFIRST, 0:43:01
  • 9. Laura Verdonschot, MARLUX – NAPOLEON GAMES, 0:43:04
  • 10. Nikki Brammeier, 0:43:09
  • 11. Sophie De Boer, 0:43:20
  • 12. Elle Anderson, 0:43:32
  • 13. Annemarie Worst, ERA-CIRCUS, 0:43:39
  • 14. Ceylin Del Carmen Alvarado, 0:43:42
  • 15. Pavla HavlÍkovÁ, 0:43:57
  • 16. Fleur Nagengast, TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 0:44:08
  • 17. Rebecca Fahringer, 0:44:09
  • 18. Joyce Vanderbeken, 0:44:09
  • 19. Lucie Chainel, TEAM CHAZAL CANYON, 0:44:16
  • 20. Lucia Gonzalez Blanco, 0:44:21
  • 21. Jolien Verschueren, PAUWELS SAUZEN – VASTGOEDSERVICE, 0:44:27
  • 22. Nikola NoskovÁ, 0:44:28
  • 23. Yara Kastelijn, 0:44:44
  • 24. Marion Norbert Riberolle, 0:44:48
  • 25. Denise Betsema, 0:44:49
  • 26. Courtenay Mcfadden, 0:45:02
  • 27. Annika Langvad, 0:45:08
  • 28. Jade Wiel, 0:45:08
  • 29. Malene Degn, 0:45:23
  • 30. Inge Van Der Heijden, 0:45:30
  • 31. Pauline Delhaye, 0:45:33
  • 32. Nadja Heigl, 0:45:34
  • 33. Adéla ŠafÁŘovÁ, 0:45:35
  • 34. Ida Erngren, 0:45:36
  • 35. Crystal Anthony, 0:45:38
  • 36. Caroline BohÉ, 0:45:41
  • 37. Léa Curinier, 0:46:02
  • 38. Suzanne Verhoeven, 0:46:22
  • 39. Marlène Morel Petitgirard, 0:46:35
  • 40. Karen Verhestraeten, 0:46:41
  • 41. Manon Bakker, 0:47:07
  • 42. Margriet Kloppenburg, 0:47:18
  • 43. Natalie Redmond, 0:47:18
  • 44. Tereza ŠvihÁlkovÁ, 0:47:22
  • 45. Åsa-Maria Erlandsson, 0:47:41
  • 46. Ellen Noble, ASPIRE RACING, 0:47:50
  • 47. Lisette Rosenbeck Christensen, 0:47:55
  • 48. Marlene Petit, 0:47:55
  • 49. Arley Kemmerer, 0:48:04
  • 50. Rikke LØnne, 0:48:25
  • 51. Elizabeth UngermanovÁ, 0:48:44
  • 52. Mie Saabye, 0:49:22
  • 53. Kristina Thrane, 0:49:26
  • 54. Julie Van Der Hoop
  • 55. Mara Schwager
  • DNS Katherine Compton
  • DNS Ida Jansson

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Werner and Ferrier Bruneau solo to SuperCross Cup wins on day 1 Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:54:20 +0000 Kerry Werner and Christel Ferrier Bruneau emerged victorious on a cold, slippery day Saturday at SuperCross Cup.

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Kerry Werner (Kona) and Christel Ferrier Bruneau (SAS-Macogep) emerged victorious in the men’s and women’s elite races, respectively, on a cold, slippery day Saturday at SuperCross Cup in Suffern, New York.

In the women’s race, Cassie Maximenko (VanDessel-Atom Composite Wheels) took the holeshot. However, Ferrier Bruneau wasted no time, escaping on the first lap and staying off the front to win.

“The victory with the jersey [Canadian National Championship] was very nice,” said Ferrier Bruneau. “The race was good. It was mostly me in the rain. I am good on some parts, I like a technical race.”

Christel Ferrier Bruneau
Canadian national champion Christel Ferrier Bruneau won the women’s race Saturday at Supercross Cup. Photo: Marco Quezada

Maximenko would end up second in the deteriorating weather conditions. Kathryn Cumming (Jalapeno Cycling) was third.

“I got the holeshot; it was a little squirrelly, but I got it. And then I just kind of battled with Christel [Ferrier Bruneau] and Ruby [West] for that first lap,” Maximenko said. “Christel started to gap us on the climbing, so I decided that I had to pass Ruby to try and not let Christel get away. She still managed to get away, but I kept my head down and kept the foot on the gas and held on for second, even though Kate Cumming was charging hard. I tried to keep it pretty clean, ride a good, solid, steady pace the whole time. I just never gave up and finally had a good day one.”

Cumming said the gravel start straight made for a hectic race off the line. From there, the race quickly split up on the grassy, hilly course.

Werner wins slick elite men’s race

Werner was first off the line, and he linked up with two riders to form a front group: Curtis White and Cooper Willsey. Even these top riders were challenged by the pouring rain and changing course conditions.

“So we started with my tire pressure a little high,” said Werner, “and then the rain started coming down a little bit more. It’s kind of an interesting course because 90 percent of it you can run with 20 PSI, but then you hit the slick section right before the finish and there are lots of rocks and roots, so you are risking a flat if you do that. I took a bike change with two laps and that seemed to do it, so I was pretty comfortable out there. I held a steady pace and gradually got a gap, and stayed on it.”

Werner collected his fourth ProCX win of the season by a healthy a 40-second gap over second-place finisher White. However he had to fight his teammate Willsey, 21, all the way to the sprint finish to take silver.

“First, we were battling ourselves against the course. And then just fighting each other,” said White. “The first couple of laps I was in the lead group with Kerry and Coop. Kerry was on a really good day. He’s technically a very good rider. I was struggling through the technical parts early on. It was a very technical course. We really had to get it dialed. Unfortunately, it took me a longer to figure out than some guys.”

White needed a couple trips to the pit to get the right tire pressure. After that, he was better on the slick track.

“Having Kerry and Curtis and Justin [Lindine] and Jeremy [Powers] out there, I knew it would be a hard race,” said Willsey. “The rain came in, so sure enough it got kind of slippery. You saw everyone switching to lower [tire] pressures out there. Third lap or so, Curtis and Kerry pitted. It ended up just being me and Kerry. And Kerry got a gap on me and just rode away. He seems to have an extra gear. It ended up being me and Curtis in the end, and Curtis got me in the sprint. He just passed me before the last wooded section, and I could not come around him in the finish.”

Women’s results

  • 1. Christel Ferrier Bruneau, SAS MACOGEP, in 47:58
  • 2. Cassandra Maximenko, VANDESSEL/ATOM COMPOSITE WHEELS, at :53
  • 3. Kathryn Cumming, JALAPENO CYCLING, at 1:14
  • 4. Regina Legge, TREK CYCLOCROSS COLLECTIVE, at 1:50
  • 6. Stacey Barbossa, MIDATLANTIC COLAVITA WOMEN’S TE, at 2:35
  • 7. Julie Wright, TEAM AVERICA, at 2:59
  • 8. Christa Ghent, AMY D FOUNDATION, at 3:16
  • 9. Natasha Elliott, GARNEAU-EASTON P/B TRANSITIONS, at 3:41
  • 10. Natalie Tapias, JAM / NCC, at 3:44
  • 11. Rebecca Gross, ZERO D RACING, at s.t.
  • 12. Erin Faccone, TEAM AVERICA, at 4:14
  • 13. Katie Carlson, LADIES FIRST P/B MILTON CATERPI, at 4:15
  • 14. Laura Van Gilder, MELLOW MUSHROOM/VAN DESSEL, at 4:52
  • 15. Brittlee Bowman, HOUSE IND/NOKIA HEATH/SIMPLEHUM, at 5:21
  • 16. Leslie Lupien, TEAM AVERICA, at 6:03
  • 17. Vicki Barclay, STAN’S KENDA WOMEN, at 7:05
  • 18. Taryn Mudge, FEARLESS FEMME RACING, at 7:21
  • 19. Sophie Russenberger, DAHÄNGER, at 7:38
  • 20. Gabriella Sterne, VANDERKITTEN ENTOURAGE RACING, at 8:05
  • 21. Heather Richard, LADIES FIRST P/B MILTON CATERPI, at 8:39
  • 22. Meghan Owens, UVM CYCLING
  • 23. Alex Carlson, CYCLE-SMART
  • 24. Elizabeth Huuki, WEST POINT CYCLING
  • 25. Jenny Wojewoda, PEDALPOWERTRAINING.COM
  • 26. Paige Williams, FUJI CROSS CREW
  • DNF Marianna Williams, FUJI CROSS CREW
  • DNS Melissa Seib, UVM CYCLING

Men’s results

  • 1. Kerry Werner Jr., KONA FACTORY CX TEAM, in 59:21
  • 2. Curtis White, CANNONDALE P/B CYCLOCROSSWORLD, at :40
  • 3. Cooper Willsey, FURMAN UNIVERSITY, at s.t.
  • 4. Justin Lindine, APEX / NBX / HYPERTHREADS, at 2:03
  • 5. Max Judelson, VOLER/CLIF/HRS/ROCK LOBSTER, at 2:54
  • 6. Jeremy Powers, ASPIRE RACING, at 3:42
  • 7. Michael Owens, HANDS-ON CYCLING P/B GUERCIOTTI, at 4:03
  • 8. Dan Chabanov, HOUSE IND/NOKIA HEALTH/SIMPLEHU, at 4:26
  • 9. Derrick St John, VAN DESSEL P/B HYPERTHREADES, at 4:31
  • 10. Nick Lando, UVM CYCLING, at 4:36
  • 11. Andrew Borden, X-MEN, at 4:45
  • 12. Jonathan Anderson, FORT LEWIS COLLEGE, at 5:16
  • 13. Michael Landry, YALE UNIVERSITY, at 5:24
  • 14. Zachary Curtis, BRIDGEWATER STATE UNIVERSITY, at 5:51
  • 15. Adam Myerson, CYCLE-SMART, at 6:11
  • 16. Trevor Raab, at 6:38
  • 17. Ian Gielar, NCC / JAM FUND, at 6:44
  • 18. Andrew Nicholas, RPI, at 7:17
  • 19. Kyle Murphy, LUDWIG & LARSEN RACING
  • 20. Evan Murphy, LUDWIG & LARSEN RACING
  • 21. Patrick Collins, MINUTEMAN ROAD CLUB
  • 22. Matthew Bruno, TEAM SOMERSET
  • 23. Travis Wold, WPI
  • 24. Chris Niesen, JAM / NCC
  • 25. Kale Wenczel, JAM / NCC
  • 26. Trent Blackburn, JAM / NCC
  • 27. Sam Hedlund, UVM CYCLING
  • 28. Matt Owens, UVM CYCLING
  • 29. Bryan Banducci, KING KOG / SUN AND AIR
  • 30. Cameron Scott, COMPETITIVE EDGE
  • DNF Gerald Adasavage, LUDWIG & LARSEN RACING
  • DNS Travis Livermon, MAXXIS/SHIMANO
  • DNS Keith Garrison, KING KOG / SUN AND AIR

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Sutton used TUEs for ‘marginal gains’ at Sky Sat, 18 Nov 2017 15:22:47 +0000 Former Team Sky coach Shane Sutton admits using therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) to give the cyclists he worked with an edge.

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LONDON (AFP) — Former Great Britain and Team Sky coach Shane Sutton has admitted using therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) to give the cyclists he worked with an edge.

Former Sky cyclist Bradley Wiggins had previously said the TUEs he received at the 2011 and 2012 Tours de France and the 2013 Giro d’Italia were to treat pollen allergies.

This week, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) ended an investigation into alleged wrongdoing by British Cycling and Team Sky, which share a Manchester headquarters, without bringing any charges.

“If you’ve got an athlete that’s 95 percent ready and that little five percent injury or niggle that’s troubling them, if you can get that TUE to get them to 100 percent, then of course you would in those days,” Sutton said in a BBC television documentary due to be broadcast on Sunday.

“The business you are in is to give you the edge on your opponent. Ultimately, at the end of the day, it’s about killing them off. But definitely don’t cross the line and that’s something we have never done.”

TUEs permit athletes to use drugs that would otherwise be illegal.

A key tenet of the Team Sky philosophy is the concept of ‘marginal gains,’ which refers to minute improvements that, collectively, can improve performance.

Asked if the use of TUEs was part of that approach, Sutton tells the documentary: “Finding the gains might mean getting a TUE? Yes, because the rules allow you to do that.”

Wiggins, who retired last year, has described UKAD’s investigation into the contents of a jiffy bag delivered to Sky during the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine as a “malicious witch hunt.”

His TUEs were granted for use of the banned corticosteroid triamcinolone.

Sky principal Dave Brailsford tells the documentary the TUEs granted to Wiggins, who became Great Britain’s first Tour de France champion in 2012, were medically necessary.

Sutton is now the head coach of China’s track cycling team, having left British Cycling in April 2016 after allegations of discrimination and bullying.

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Katie Clouse: The teenage star of U.S. cyclocross Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:14:13 +0000 Katie Clouse is America's next top young female rider, but those around her are making sure she gets to be a kid.

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CINCINNATI, Ohio (VN) — A damp October evening transformed the cyclocross track at Devou Park into thick mud, and by the midpoint of the professional women’s race, riders were unrecognizable underneath the muck. As the bunch sped around the muddy track, one rider stood out. She was shorter than her competitors and bore the unmistakable facial features of youth. Yet she raced with the calm confidence of her older, more experienced rivals, and fought her way to 12th place.

Not bad for a 16-year-old.

This year, the national cyclocross scene got its first look at Katie Clouse, America’s next great female bicycle racer. Just 16, Clouse was, by far, the youngest female cyclist to compete in this year’s U.S. Cup-CX professional category. For four race weekends Clouse went head-to-head with seasoned professionals twice her age. After seven rounds she finished 10th overall in the series, and second in the U23 division.

The results spoke to Clouse’s readiness for pro racing. And according to Clouse she’s been ready for years — in fact, she and her family petitioned the UCI to allow her to compete in UCI-ranked events.

“I’ve been waiting to race UCI on the ‘cross bike for like four years,” Clouse told VeloNews. “This year I finally get to race UCI with all of the top racers and it’s been keeping me honest definitely. I definitely didn’t see myself being up there actually.”

Clouse is no stranger to victory. She has dominated junior races across her home state of Utah and Colorado for years. And she already owns 20 national titles across three disciplines — mountain bike, cyclocross, and road. It’s not a matter of if Clouse ascends to the professional ranks, but when.

But there are pitfalls that await talented young cyclists, both male and female, who seem to have that mixture of gifts and desire. Burnout, fatigue, overtraining and the pressure to perform have, for years, derailed talented youngsters on their way to the top. Clouse and her family believe they have a plan to negotiate this minefield. She has surrounded herself with seasoned mentors and coaches, including some retired riders. She has decided to attend a high school that values athletic competition. And she has sought out advice from other uber-talents who picked up cycling at a young age. The key is focusing on her education and not becoming one-dimensional.

“School is definitely still my top priority, especially next year I’m going to start focusing on college and where I want to go,” Clouse said. “I try to do as much homework as I can when I’m gone and teachers are always working with me to catch back up when I get back. I get emails from them every day on what to do and it’s really nice. It’s really helpful and school’s going good, even with the school that I am missing.”

Clouse grew up in Park City, Utah, and began her athletic life as a skier. Her brother, Evan, was an elite-level bicycle racer, but Katie had other plans for her athletic goals. She envisioned a career in ski racing, with cycling as her cross-training activity in the off-season.

Mountain biking was the first cycling discipline Clouse tried, competing in her first race at age nine. Her father, Ed, used to race, so while it was foreign to her, her parents knew all about the sport.

“I remember doing my first race and getting crushed and like, ‘Oh I really want to beat this girl next time,’” Clouse said. “We ended up going back every single week and racing.”

The Clouse family is tight-knit. Her parents have dedicated significant time to their children’s passion for cycling. It became evident early on that Clouse and her brother, Evan, weren’t ordinary junior racers. There were many hours spent in the car together traveling to races, mainly east to Colorado. Going to races outside of Utah gave Clouse and her brother more competition. Katie began competing in cyclocross when she was 11 and has won her age-group national championship for the past five years.

With few cyclists her age, Clouse spent hours chasing her brother up and down the hills around Park City. The interval training, matched with Katie’s mountain biking skills, helped her excel at cyclocross. She took her first of five junior national titles in 2013. Later that year, Katie rode alongside seasoned pros Georgia Gould, Meredith Miller, and Nicole Duke at the Colorado state championships race.

At 12 years old, the results were eye-popping. Now, she competes side-by-side with riders who have world championship medals — and beating them.

“It’s crazy,” Clouse said. “I definitely didn’t see myself being up there actually. I was definitely hoping, but I’m trying to get as many UCI points as I can for if I get accepted for worlds because call-ups is definitely important for worlds.”

Katie has committed fully to the sport. Evan had already decided to pursue cycling, and for high school, he chose to attend the Miller School of Albemarle in Virginia. The private high school supports an accomplished junior cycling program.

When it came time for Katie to choose a high school, she decided to follow in her brother’s footsteps. She enrolled at the Miller School in 2017 and began racing with the school’s cycling program.

“Being with my brother and being in school and training with him every day, it makes me happy because next year he’ll be off at college and I want to spend as much time with him and train with him,” Clouse said. “Why I got so fast is training with him and him pushing me. I’d do an interval and then he would attack me and be like, ‘Catch-up Katie.’”

Clouse is not quite sure what the near future holds for her or her cycling career. She wants to attend college, yet she also feels the pull of pro racing. This past year she competed on the Visit Dallas DNA road team, though not with UCI squad because of her racing age. She also competed at the Alabama Cycling Classic and Tulsa Tough, going wheel-to-wheel with established criterium racers and competing against the heavyweight squad of UnitedHealthcare.

Clouse having a bit of fun of a training ride with her coach Andrea Dvorak. Peter Hufnegal

Turning 17 in 2018, Clouse will finally be able to compete in UCI races on the road (UCI rules require a minimum racing age of 17). However, despite the pull of a possible blossoming professional career, Clouse is firmly set on attending college and even following in her mother’s footsteps and earning her degree in nursing.

Clouse finds herself in a fairly unique situation for a young female racer. It’s no secret that America’s female professionals have traditionally entered the sport later in life, often times after college. Kristin Armstrong, Evelyn Stevens, and even Amber Neben never raced a bicycle until they were well into their 20s.

In recent years, young talents have begun to emerge from the junior ranks. Most recently, Coryn Rivera has become a star on the international circuit after winning 71 national titles through her storied career in the junior ranks.

Clouse met Rivera this past summer at the Tour of America’s Dairyland, a two-week-long series of criterium races. While Rivera fought for wins, signed autographs and took pictures, Clouse was gritting her teeth, fighting to score a top-10 finish.

A relationship soon blossomed, and Rivera began to give Clouse advice on her career.

“Someone had mentioned to her to do only cyclocross and I told her as a junior I think it’s really good to just continue to do all of the disciplines and learn the skills from all and get stronger in all of them,” Rivera said. “As you get older you kind of learn more what you want.”

In Rivera’s opinion, Clouse should also maintain a life away from the bicycle. She stressed that Clouse goes to college and maintain her racing schedule across multiple disciplines. Because Clouse is still growing and maturing as a racer, the multiple disciplines will help her develop a multitude of skills, Rivera said.

Andrea Dvorak, Clouse’s coach at Miller School, is another athlete who gives Clouse advice. Dvorak, 37, saw Rivera struggle through her own early years and believes Clouse can benefit from those lessons.

“We actually had her sit down and say, ‘Where do you see yourself in a year, three years, five years, seven years,’” Dvorak said. “Especially for women, the career can be long and especially if she has the drive for it, for Katie, it can be very successful …”

“There’ll be time when it’s a 110-percent professional on everything that comes along with being a professional cyclist, which is a challenge sometimes. We want to make sure she is enjoying her high school experience in every way, both with her cycling talent, but also academically and with her group of friends [at Miller School].”

Clouse says that attending Miller School has helped her deal with the pressure to perform. Her academics and cycling are now under one roof, making life much simpler. She rides with her coach daily and has her pick of fellow riders.

“Being able to actually ride with multiple people and my coach is definitely motivation for me to go out and train and is definitely a lot more fun,” Clouse said. “It gives me more motivation because I’m actually having fun training and having fun racing.”

Dvorak believes Clouse has Rivera’s grit, and also a maturity that reaches beyond her 16-year age. “Katie definitely has a good head on her shoulder and is definitely determined and focused,” Dvorak said.

Two weeks prior to her result in Cincinnati, Clouse lined up for another UCI race, this time the C2 U.S. Open of Cyclocross in Boulder, Colorado. The field was not as deep as the U.S. Cup race, yet there were plenty of talented riders in the bunch. Clouse rode to an impressive finish, this time coming in second place and beating Frenchwoman Caroline Mani.
At the finish line, Clouse maintained a humble attitude, despite the impressive finish. But her youth shined through. She grinned wide in disbelief while standing on the podium above women she idolizes.

Katie Clouse finished third on day one of the U.S. Open of Cylcross in October. She would do one better the next and also finish ahead of Caroline Mani. Photo: Barry Lee

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Fast Talk live! Answers to questions on base training, heat, altitude, and more Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:20:12 +0000 We field questions on Facebook from podcast listeners like you. Topics include: Base training, heat, altitude, aging, and more.

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The VeloNews Fast Talk podcast is your source for the best advice and most interesting insight on what it takes to become a better cyclist. Listen in as VeloNews managing editor Chris Case and columnist Trevor Connor discuss a range of topics, including training, physiology, technology, and more.

This week, the Fast Talk podcast went live! Hosts Trevor Connor and Chris Case fielded questions on Facebook from podcast listeners like you. Here are a few (of the many) topics they covered:

How to fit in training around a busy work schedule.
What to do in base training period
How do deal with hot weather
Training tips for older riders
The effects of high altitude on training.

Fast Talk is available on all your favorite podcast services, including iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and Soundcloud. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider taking a moment to rate and comment on iTunes after listening. Also, check out the VeloNews Cycling Podcast, our weekly discussion of the sport’s hottest topics, trends, and controversies.

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Calculations point toward Haga Tour debut in 2018 Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:25:25 +0000 After proving himself as a support rider to Tom Dumoulin in Sunweb's first grand tour win, Chad Haga is hoping for a run at the Tour.

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When Chad Haga started racing bikes in college, he calculated, based on his promising early results, that he might be able to turn pro upon graduation.

That calculation proved correct, and he’s been a WorldTour pro since 2014. And now the engineering school graduate is running the numbers once again. He’s hoping it adds up to a Tour de France debut in 2018.

For Haga, calculated progress dates back to high school, when he started racing. He went on to join the Texas A&M team as a freshman in 2006.

“When I was in my freshman year in college, I was a Cat. 4 racer, and I was progressing quickly. In my mathematical mind, I figured by the time I graduate, I can go pro,” he said. “Now it’s about time for the Tour. I definitely want to go there someday. If not this year, maybe the next.”

All eyes are on a possible duel between Sunweb’s Tom Dumoulin and Chris Froome (Sky) in next year’s Tour de France. And if that’s the case, Haga would love to be there.

“If Tom decides to go to the Tour, I’d love to support him,” Haga told VeloNews in a telephone interview. “I’m climbing that ladder pretty quickly in terms of age and time on the team. We have a bunch of young, talented guys, and a few veterans and captain, but only a handful of guys like me.”

At 29, Haga has quietly become one of the most consistent and resilient helpers on Sunweb. He made the jump to the WorldTour in 2014 following two seasons with Optum-Kelly Benefits. After overcoming a potentially career-altering crash with a car during training in early 2016, Haga is stronger than he’s ever been.

Since then, he’s started and finished six grand tours, including back-to-back Giro-Vuelta doubles in 2016 and 2017. This season was a breakthrough, both for Sunweb and Haga. The team won its first grand tour with Dumoulin at the Giro, and Haga emerged as one of his most reliable helpers.

“I’ve done the Vuelta-Giro tour double now two times in a row,” Haga said. “I am a lot stronger than I was two years ago. I have more experience. And it’s funny to say it, but I am becoming one of the more experienced guys on the team for riding grand tours.”

That could be enough for Haga to punch his ticket to his debut Tour de France.

Sunweb has yet to outline its racing calendar for 2018. Team brass is waiting to see what the Giro d’Italia delivers with its route presentation on November 29 before committing to Dumoulin’s racing schedule.

Dumoulin is expected to race the Tour de France with the objective of challenging for the podium. He has not, however, discounted racing the Giro. With growing speculation that Froome might race the Giro next year, the highly anticipated Froome-Dumoulin matchup could come in Italy.

“I’d love to race the Tour de France next year with Tom,” Haga said of Sunweb teammate Tom Dumoulin. “It all depends on what the team wants me to do. I like riding for him. He’s a great team leader.”


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Pro Bike: Kerry Werner’s Kona Super Jake Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:48:25 +0000 Top domestic cyclocross racer Kerry Werner rides a Kona Super Cross with full Dura-Ace Di2 and matching purple and blue details.

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2017 Gift Guide Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:13:36 +0000 Need holiday gift ideas for the cyclist in your life? We've got ideas for racers, roadies, commuters, mountain bikers and mechanics.

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The Week in Tech: Niner gravel, Cycliq connect, Canyon gets Rapha’d, Sagan in Sonoma Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:49:44 +0000 Here's the Week in Tech — all the gear news, tips, and announcements you need and none of the marketing gibberish you don't.

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Here’s your Week in Tech — all of the gear news you need with none of the marketing gibberish you don’t want.

Niner updates gravel line-up

Niner bikes has updated the gearing ratio, component groups, and tire width compatibility on its RLT 9 gravel range. The main updates are for the RLT 9 RDO, RLT 9 Steel, and RLT 9. These models already came with disc brakes, but now they’re available with Centerlock rotors. The front chainring configuration goes from 46/36 to  50/34. The two-star bikes will receive Shimano Tiagra with hydraulic brakes, three-star bikes have SRAM Rival 22, and all four- and five-star bikes have Shimano Ultegra R8000. All levels will have 38c Schwalbe G-One tires. Both alloy and carbon Niner wheels are taped and valved, but alloy wheelsets will not come with “tubeless ready” tires.


Cycliq shrinks and gets connected

Cycliq’s Fly 12CE and Fly6 CE (CE stands for connected edition) are ANT+ and Bluetooth compatible. The Bluetooth feature allows users to connect to the Cycliq app. Each device gets a wide-angle camera lens, strong lumen strength for the light and a light, trimmed-down package compared to the original Cycliq cameras. Both models feature 1080p HD video at 60 frames per second and a new six-axis stabilization-recording feature for greater footage stability. Cycliq has also developed a new mode called “HomeSafe,” which is activated if the battery dips below 5 percent during operation. The video recording will turn off to save battery power, but the light will continue to function for up to 1.5 hours. The new devices will be available November 30. The Fly12 CE costs $279 and the Fly6 CE costs $179.

Consumers can register their interest for the new devices here.

Louis Garneau’s jacket craves weather apocalypse

The 4 Seasons rain jacket from Louis Garneau has an inner rear pocket to help your essential gear stay dry when stowed. The “Kangaroo stow pocket” is accessible through zippers on both the left and right sides of the jacket. The zippers also double as ventilation. There is also a pocket in the front of the jacket for your phone or wallet. The full-length waterproof front zipper has an inner flap to block moisture. Wrist zippers help secure the jacket over your gloves, and reflective accents are peppered throughout. The jacket is made with a 2-way stretch, 3-ply, waterproof, windproof, and breathable fabric with sealed seams. The 4 Seasons costs $260.


Canyon: Does that come in Rapha?

Canyon and Rapha have collaborated to produce the Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 Aero with a paint scheme and graphics for the Rapha Cycling Club (RCC). Only 50 Canyon bikes will be produced with the RCC paint job. The bike comes with a SRAM Red eTap groupset and a Zipp 404NSW carbon wheelset. (And rim brakes.) The bike costs $9,200 and will be available to only RCC members beginning November 17.

Learn more about Rapha’s RCC program here.

Sagan to ride in Sonoma for fire relief

Three-time world road champion Peter Sagan will be in Sonoma County on November 28 for the Ride for #SonomaPride. The ride will benefit Sonoma Pride, a fundraiser for multiple local relief organizations that are administered by the Kind Ridge Foundation. Two ride distances are available: a 38-mile loop with 1,650 feet of climbing, and a 31-mile loop with 1,100 feet of gain. California Highway Patrol, police, on-bike marshals, moto officials, and sag vehicles will provide basic rider support. There will also be a post-ride party.


Shimano to provide neutral support for RCS races

Shimano and RCS Sport have agreed to a three-year neutral support partnership at several UCI WorldTour races, including the Giro d’Italia. Other events include Strade Bianche, Tirreno-Adriatico, Milano-Sanremo, GranPiemonte, Milano-Torino, and Il Lombardia. Vittoria had previously provided neutral support at RCS Sport events.

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