Competitive Cycling News, Race Results and Bike Reviews Sun, 24 Sep 2017 00:20:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 32 32 Blaak turns Olympic disappointment into world triumph Sun, 24 Sep 2017 00:16:43 +0000 A year ago, Chantal Blaak was left off of the Dutch Olympic squad, but now she is world champion.

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BERGEN, Norway (AFP) — A year ago Chantal Blaak was digesting the biggest disappointment of her career as she was left out of the Dutch Olympic squad.

But 12 months on and the 27-year-old is both national and world champion having put more illustrious team-mates, Marianne Vos, Anna van der Breggen and Annamiek van Vleuten in the Norwegian shade.

But rather than linger on that Rio snub, Blaak pointed out that being a member of the strongest national team in women’s cycling has both advantages and disadvantages, as she now knows after winning the women’s world road race title in Bergen on Saturday.

Asked if her career would have been different had she not been born Dutch, Blaak said: “Probably a little bit but also then this opportunity (would) never (have) come today.

“I should (have been) at the Olympics, maybe, that’s one thing. (But) I’m proud to be a Dutch rider so I don’t want to jinx (it).”

Vos was the Olympic champion in 2012 in London and is a three-time world champion and Van der Breggen won Olympic gold in Rio and claimed victory in all three Ardennes classics in the spring.

Van Vleuten, who looked set to win Olympic gold last year until a spectacular crash on a breakneck descent left her concussed and with fractured vertebrae, is the world time-trial champion. Added to that, there are Kirsten Wild, the road race silver medallist last year, and Ellen van Dijk, the time-trial champion in 2013.

But now Blaak has added her name to the list of Dutch global champions, even though her success took her by surprise.

After the medal presentation, she gave her victory flowers to her mother.

“I was really happy she was here; she was here with my sister, my brother and my nephew — the four of them,” said Blaak. “It was the first time that they’re watching me at a world championships and, honestly, I said before: ‘make a really nice trip out of it because Norway is beautiful and don’t expect that I win the race because it’s really hard’!”

But win she did, despite crashing on a descent 65km from the finish of the 152.8km street circuit course.

“I don’t actually know what happened, I think someone looked back and she hit her back wheel or something,” Blaak said. “There was nothing I could do and I was on the ground. When I crash it’s always a bit of drama. I was thinking, ‘yeah, my race is over now’. It took me way too long, I could have fixed my bike by myself but I was waiting for the mechanic. I was just thinking too much, I was also in a bit of pain. But then I thought: ‘come on Chantal, it’s the last race of the season, you’ve trained so hard for this, the team needs you’.

“I gave everything to come back and I talked to the girls. They knew I crashed, I just said: ‘we continue the plan, if I’m not there anymore you know why’.

“But I was there!”

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Gallery: Blaak wins 2017 Worlds women’s RR on beautiful day in Bergen Sat, 23 Sep 2017 23:01:53 +0000 The elite women were treated perfect weather on Saturday, as Dutchwoman Chantal Blaak captured the road race world championship.

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Sun expected in Bergen, but riders say weather to make a difference Sat, 23 Sep 2017 17:22:21 +0000 The 2017 world championship on Sunday once again suits classics riders with a sprint, but the weather may play a factor.

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FLORENCE, Italy (VN) — Given the course in Norway’s west and the weather conditions, this 2017 world championship in Bergen on Sunday once again suits classics riders with a sprint.

Slovakian Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) has the best chance of winning if we are to go by the bookmakers. The parcours is exposed to the coastal winds, dotted with cobbles and features a small climb in and around the former Viking port city. The forecast now shows sun and 65°F, but Norwegians know that could easily change to side winds.

“It’s a nice circuit, the weather can make a difference, but wet or dry, the many kilometers will make it tough,” said Belgian Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing).

“It is a course that offers possibilities: it’s technical, with little cobbles, there is a bit of everything in it and the final as well. There is a small slope about 500 meters from the finish where you can position yourself, so I’m happy about it.”

Sagan won his first world title with an attack on the final cobbled climb in Richmond, Virginia, in 2015. He returned in 2016 on the flat roads of Doha, Qatar, to repeat the feat. He does not seem to care what shape the 19.1-kilometre circuit takes and says he does not want to preview it.

“We have to do the lap 11 times or 12,” Sagan said. “That’s a lot of time to see it. It’s a possibility [that I’ll ride it beforehand], but I don’t want [to].”

Once the riders complete the southbound leg along the west and head east to Bergen, they ride a twisty circuit around the city and its suburbs, which includes the 1.5-kilometer Salmon Hill.

“The circuit is important, I thought that it was going to be harder, actually,” Sagan’s coach at team Bora-Hansgrohe, Patxi Vila explained. “We all know Slovakia is small, so that’s always a main thing. It’s not like Belgium, etc. You have to find teams with the same goal and try to work together.”

“It wouldn’t be ideal for me to escape in a small group because I will almost always be the slowest if it ends in a small sprint,” freshly crowned time trial champion, Dutchman Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) told De Telegraaf. “Salmon Hill could be the chance, and I think there are plenty of other points on the circuit to take action.”

Polish cyclist and 2014 world champion, Michal Kwiatkowski has had one of his best years yet riding for Team Sky. He won Strade Bianche, Milano-Sanremo and the Clásica San Sebastián, and turning around to be Chris Froome’s and Team Sky’s MVP at the Tour de France.

“Taking into account the races I have won this season, of course, I would prefer a harder course, but you have to adapt to what is,” he told Interia Sport. “The last climb is almost eight kilometers to the finish line, which makes it more likely the peloton will arrive mostly together than an escape rider. If rain comes, then it will shred the peloton even more, and I’d like that, but you have to be ready for every scenario. Also to finish with a large group.”

“Even before coming to Bergen, I hoped it’d be a hard course,” Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “You don’t need to ask for it because it’s already hard enough and technical. Also, the weather is going to have a big say in the race.”

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2017 Worlds: Blaak solos to world title, as Dutch team shows dominance Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:34:06 +0000 Chantal Blaak (Netherlands) soloed to the elite women's UCI world road championship. Katrin Garfoot (Australia) earned silver and Amalie

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The powerhouse Dutch elite women’s squad met expectations on Saturday, as Chantal Blaak soloed away from a select group in the final kilometers to capture the 2017 UCI Elite Women’s World Road Championship on Saturday in Bergen, Norway

“No, I can’t believe it, everything happened in the race: I crashed, I was in a lot of pain, in that moment I thought my race was over,” said Blaak about her crash with around 65km to ride. “(Then) I thought I can come back and see what I can do. The plan was not that I should win race but do my best possible for the team.

“After that (attack) I just followed my heart and stayed away.”

Many chase groups came together in the final kilometer behind Blaak and Katrin Garfoot (Australia) was quickest in the reduced bunch sprint, capturing the silver medal. Last year’s world champion Amalie Dideriksen (Denmark) finished third, earning the bronze medal.

Top 10

  • 1. Chantal Blaak (Netherlands), in 4:06:30
  • 2. Katrin Garfoot (Australia), at +00:28
  • 3. Amalie Dideriksen (Denmark), at +00:28
  • 4. Annemiek Van Vleuten (Netherlands), at +00:28
  • 5. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Poland), at +00:28
  • 6. Christine Majerus (Luxembourg), at +00:28
  • 7. Susanne Andersen (Norway), at +00:28
  • 8. Anna Van Der Breggen (Netherlands), at +00:28
  • 9. Emilia Fahlin (Sweden), at +00:28
  • 10. Elena Cecchini (Italy), at +00:28

The elite women’s peloton tackled eight laps of the 19.1-kilometer circuit in Bergen, Norway at the 2017 UCI Road World Championships. The 152.8km race began under bright sunny skies, which has been a rarity at this year’s world championships.

The race got off to a rocky start with a crash occurring in the tunnel on the circuit a mere 90 seconds into the race. All riders would get up and eventually rejoin the peloton. Some riders had damaged their bikes and were forced to wait a considerable time to get new ones.

Sara Penton (Sweden) attacked three-quarters of the way into the opening lap, but no one else joined her. A lap later Melissa Lowther of Great Britain joined the Swede. The peloton was calmly rolling along a minute behind the leaders.

At the end of the third lap, the peloton was all together, but the tension was rising. The Dutch team had sent Lucinda Brand on the attack toward the end of the lap and although the move didn’t go anywhere, everyone was now on high alert. The Dutch had been doing most of the pace making at the front of the peloton, but now they had shown they weren’t afraid to be aggressive.

On the fifth lap with 69km remaining, a trio of rider’s escaped the peloton’s grasp and the group had firepower. The three riders were Hannah Barnes (Great Britain), Amy Pieters (Netherlands), and Rachel Neylan (Australia).

A few kilometers later with 66km remaining, American Megan Guarnier crashed hard. She was tended to on the ground for many minutes and was forced to abandon the race. Blaak also went down, along with a few other riders.

Team USA sent Tayler Wiles and Ruth Winder to the front of the peloton to bring back the dangerous breakaway. On Salmon Hill on the sixth lap with about 50km remaining, the Dutchwoman Lucinda Brand bridged to the breakaway to make four in the lead. But more importantly, the Dutch had two riders.

Luckily, the Americans received help from the Czech team and by the end of the sixth lap, the peloton was all together.

The penultimate lap of the women’s championship road race was full of attacking. Dani King (Great Britain) went up the road and immediately the Dutch reacted to cover the move, sending Janneke Ensing up the road. Amanda Spratt (Australia) and Elise Delzenne (France) joined Ensing in bridging to the leader. A crash in the peloton brought down pre-race favorite Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (South Africa).

On Salmon Hill for the second to last time, Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) attacked hard and brought a select group of riders with her, including two former world champions, Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (France) and Lizzie Deignan (Great Britain).

However, despite many strong riders in the lead group of 13, the move would not last. It was all back together as the riders came back into the center of Bergen. Right as the junction was made Chantal Blaak (Netherlands), Audrey Cordon-Ragot (France), and Barnes counter-attacked, 23kms remained in the race.

The leading trio entered the final lap with a 30-second advantage over the peloton, which was led by American Lauren Stephens. Sarah Roy (Australia) was in-between the break and peloton, trying to get to the leaders.

On Salmon Hill for the final time, the trio had pushed their advantage to over 40 seconds, but attacks were flying out of the bunch.

Katarzyna Niewiadome (Poland) launched an incredibly hard attack, which sent everyone scrambling. Over the top of the climb a four-rider chase group of Annemiek van Vleuten, van der Breggen, and Garfoot had caught the leading trio, creating seven leaders. American Coryn Rivera and Ferrand-Prevot where part of the second group on the road, but they were more than 30 seconds behind the leaders.

With three riders in the front group, the Dutch took turns attacking. Blaak escaped the group with under 8kms to go and went into time trial mode. The group behind was disorganized in chasing her.

While Blaak powered along up front, the chase group continued to attack each other instead of working together to bring back the leader. Van der Breggen and van Vleuten covered all of the moves, protecting the lead of their teammate.

Into the final finishing straight, Blaak could not believe she was about to become world champion. The Dutchwoman was able to soak in the atmosphere, as she held a 20-second lead to the chasers.

“We didn’t really talk to each other, but we knew what to do,” Blaak said. “We were seven (in the break) and three of us (were Dutch). “Annemiek attacked first and everyone was reacting. Then I thought this was
the right moment.

“We had really good teamwork, everything went as planned, everyone was strong and we raced aggressively also. There was a lot of pressure because we have to win, but it worked. I was already super happy that I had the national jersey this year but, yeah, it’s a dream.”

Many groups came together in the final few hundred meters, making for a hectic sprint. Garfoot was able to sprint to the silver medal and Dideriksen came out of nowhere to seal bronze. The group came in 28 seconds behind Blaak.

Rivera was part of the final group sprinting for silver and bronze but was only able to muster 18th place.

Full results

  • 1. Chantal Blaak, (NED) , in 4:06:30
  • 2. Katrin Garfoot, (AUS) , at :28
  • 3. Amalie Dideriksen, (DEN) , at :28
  • 4. Annemiek Van Vleuten, (NED) , at :28
  • 5. Katarzyna Niewiadoma, (POL) , at :28
  • 6. Christine Majerus, (LUX) , at :28
  • 7. Susanne Andersen, (NOR) , at :28
  • 8. Anna Van Der Breggen, (NED) , at :28
  • 9. Emilia Fahlin, (SWE) , at :28
  • 10. Elena Cecchini, (ITA) , at :28
  • 11. Pauline Ferrand Prevot, (FRA) , at :28
  • 12. Leah Kirchmann, (CAN) , at :28
  • 13. Lucinda Brand, (NED) , at :28
  • 14. Hannah Barnes, (GBR) , at :28
  • 15. Ellen Van Dijk, (NED) , at :28
  • 16. Rasa Leleivyte, (LTU) , at :28
  • 17. Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz, (ESP) , at :28
  • 18. Coryn Rivera, (USA) , at :28
  • 19. Sarah Roy, (AUS) , at :28
  • 20. Danielle King, (GBR) , at :28
  • 21. Linda Villumsen, (NZL) , at :28
  • 22. Urša Pintar, (SLO) , at :28
  • 23. Shara Gillow, (AUS) , at :28
  • 24. Martina Ritter, (AUT) , at :28
  • 25. Janneke Ensing, (NED) , at :28
  • 26. Polona Batagelj, (SLO) , at :28
  • 27. Olga Zabelinskaya, (RUS) , at :28
  • 28. Vita Heine, (NOR) , at :28
  • 29. Ann-Sophie Duyck, (BEL) , at :28
  • 30. Paula Andrea PatiÑo Bedoya, (COL) , at :28
  • 31. Margarita Victoria Garcia Canellas, (ESP) , at :28
  • 32. Karol-Ann Canuel, (CAN) , at :28
  • 33. Ingrid Drexel Clouthier, (MEX) , at :28
  • 34. Eugenia Bujak, (POL) , at :28
  • 35. Hanna Nilsson, (SWE) , at :28
  • 36. Elise Delzenne, (FRA) , at :28
  • 37. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, (DEN) , at :36
  • 38. Tatiana Guderzo, (ITA) , at :36
  • 39. Audrey Cordon Ragot, (FRA) , at :37
  • 40. Amanda Spratt, (AUS) , at :38
  • 41. Elizabeth Deignan, (GBR) , at :38
  • 42. Lisa Brennauer, (GER) , at 1:19
  • 43. Ramona Forchini, (SUI) , at 1:19
  • 44. Amy Pieters, (NED) , at 1:19
  • 45. Giorgia Bronzini, (ITA) , at 1:19
  • 46. Rossella Ratto, (ITA) , at 1:34
  • 47. Marianne Vos, (NED) , at 1:50
  • 48. Hayley Simmonds, (GBR) , at 2:31
  • 49. Lisa Klein, (GER) , at 2:31
  • 50. Eri Yonamine, (JPN) , at 2:31
  • 51. Trixi Worrack, (GER) , at 2:31
  • 52. Diana Carolina PeÑuela Martinez, (COL) , at 3:53
  • 53. Rachel Neylan, (AUS) , at 4:01
  • 54. Romy Kasper, (GER) , at 4:01
  • 55. Eider Merino Cortazar, (ESP) , at 4:18
  • 56. Anastasiia Iakovenko, (RUS) , at 4:43
  • 57. Alison Jackson, (CAN) , at 4:43
  • 58. Chloe Hosking, (AUS) , at 4:43
  • 59. Georgia Williams, (NZL) , at 4:43
  • 60. Lauren Stephens, (USA) , at 4:43
  • 61. Nikola NoskovÁ, (CZE) , at 4:43
  • 62. Stine Borgli, (NOR) , at 5:51
  • 63. Camilla MØllebro Pedersen, (DEN) , at 5:51
  • 64. Olga Shekel, (UKR) , at 5:51
  • 65. Pernille Mathiesen, (DEN) , at 5:57
  • 66. Elinor Barker, (GBR) , at 6:36
  • 67. Lex Albrecht, (CAN) , at 8:38
  • 68. Sara Bergen, (CAN) , at 9:37
  • 69. Omer Shapira, (ISR) , at 9:37
  • 70. Ruth Winder, (USA) , at 9:37
  • 71. Sofia Bertizzolo, (ITA) , at 9:37
  • 72. Amber Leone Neben, (USA) , at 13:06
  • 73. Kirsti Lay, (CAN) , at 14:02
  • 74. Kseniia Dobrynina, (RUS) , at 14:02
  • 75. Eugénie Duval, (FRA) , at 14:52
  • 76. Aude Biannic, (FRA) , at 14:52

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VN Show: Cross Vegas says goodbye to Vegas; Spencer races an E-Bike Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:39:14 +0000 We help Cross Vegas say goodbye to Las Vegas before it heads to Reno

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On this week’s episode of The VeloNews Show we head to the Interbike trade show to watch the final edition of Cross Vegas to be held at the Desert Breeze Sports Complex in Las Vegas. Next year the race is moving to Reno alongside the bike trade show, and we want to give it a proper sendoff. We chat with race winners Katerina Nash and Laurens Sweeck about their respective dominating performances.

Then, Spencer takes you through his experience racing an electric mountain bike in the E-Bike Challenge competition at Cross Vegas. Spoiler alert: There was plenty of operator error.

All that and more on this week’s The VeloNews Show.

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The Who, What, Why of Chain Lubes Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:59:15 +0000 Lennard Zinn went on chain lube hunting at the 2017 Interbike tradeshow in Las Vegas.

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All cyclists beyond the most casual ones are consumers of chain lubricant. And anyone who has bought chain lube knows that there is a vast array of choices.

But how do you choose?

How about “eeny, meany, miny, mo”? Are they all the same thing in different packages? And what do want your lube to do? Stop your chain from squeaking? Protect your chain? Keep your chain clean enough that you won’t get a Cat 5 tattoo on your calf if you touch it against the chain? Have the lowest friction? Stay on the chain through hours of riding in the rain? Require reapplication as seldom as possible?

I endeavored at this Interbike show to understand more about chain-lube technology and find out who’s doing what, and why. Each manufacturer was eager to espouse the advantages of its lubes and many were also quite happy to call BS on the claims of other lube makers. I left less certain of what to choose than when I started and with a deep respect for the dedication of lube companies to producing the best product they can.

Even though the Interbike of 2017 is considerably smaller than what it once was, it still is one of the best opportunities to talk to such companies. There are over 50 different lubes between the Friction Facts chain-lube test we published in VeloNews and those shown in the graph in UK lube maker Muc-Off’s promotional material, but only seven of those included lube manufacturers had booths at the 2017 Interbike show, namely: Muc-Off, Motorex, Finish Line, White Lightning, Park Tool, Phil Wood, Boeshield T-9, and Tetra Bike. Additionally, two more that are not on either graph, namely Maxima and Tetra Bike, were at the show, also with compelling stories to tell.

Furthermore, I recently visited Ceramic Speed’s US facility in Boulder, CO, which includes an expanded version of the Friction Facts test lab; in 2016, Ceramic Speed purchased Friction Facts and hired its founder, Jason Smith, as its chief technology officer.

1. Finish Line

Finish Line founder, president, and CEO Henry Krause claims to have been the first (30 years ago) to focus on chain lubes for bicycles with a product range to encompass a variety of conditions. In 1988, to address the desires of mountain bikers to not have their chains pick up so much dirt, he developed the first dry lube for bike chains. He now offers six different lubes, with that one, called Dry, still in the line.

Finish Line’s wet lube is a blend of synthetic oil for use in wet conditions. Krause created Wax lube to answer White Lightning’s sudden grab of market share with its patented self-shedding wax-based dry lube that kept the chain super clean; he added molybdenum and Teflon to make the paraffin slipperier and to slide dirt off, all in a fast-evaporating heptane carrier keeping them in solution. Ceramic wet lube has tiny, boron-nitride balls to roll against the chain’s sliding surfaces, while Ceramic Wax is for dry conditions that Krause claims floats out gray residue after riding on the first few applications that is grime from deep in the metal’s pores that even chain cleaners can’t get out. Both Ceramic lubes are the white color of the boron-nitride particles. Finally, 1-Step is a chain cleaner and lube in one for the rider who has an interest in a clean, lubricated chain (it leaves a “clean film” of lube on the chain) but no interest in spending much time or energy on it.

All Finish Line bottled lubes come with child-resistant caps.

2. Muc-Off

Muc-Off has been making bike-care products for 12 years. Since 2015, it has been the lube of Team Sky, and it treated 75 chains for the 14 British track riders for the 2016 Olympics, all of whom medaled, netting 12 medals, six of them gold. It has an aerospace engineer, Dr. Martin Mathias, running its development lab, which includes sound-analysis equipment and the C.L.O.D. (Chain Lube Optimization Dynometer) chain-friction testing machine that it claims cost 100,000 pounds sterling.

Muc-Off offers nine (yes, nine!) different chain lubes and, like Ceramic Speed, also sells optimized Dura-Ace chains that have been pre-sorted for smoothest operation, ultrasonically cleaned, and then dipped in a special sauce to make the lowest-friction chain it claims that money can buy. In 2015, it prepared the Dura-Ace chain for Sir Bradley Wiggins’s hour record, which it called the “6,000-pound ($8,000) Nanotube Chain” and, in the endless pursuit of watts savings, also ran-in his chainrings on the C.L.O.D. Muc-Off claims that 0.337km of Wiggins’s 54.526km were because of its efforts.

Muc-Off made its hydrophobic Hydrodynamic Lube at the request of Team Sky for more durability when racing in the rain. Its Ceramic C3 Dry Lube contains tiny boron nitride ceramic balls and is claimed to provide “total corrosion protection and unparalleled performance in dry, dusty, and damp conditions.” A UV dye is added to the lube, and each bottle comes with a tiny UV light dangling from its neck which the user shines on the chain to ensure that every link is coated.

Ceramic C3 Wet Lube has boron nitride ceramic balls and fluoropolymers in oil for durability. Dry Lube has PTFE (Teflon) in wax; Bio Dry Lube is oilier and designed for extreme conditions; Bio Wet Lube, made from natural ingredients and renewable sources, is for rain and mud; -50C Chain Lube is designed to prevent freezing of links in super cold conditions. Finally, Nanotube Chain Lube is a bottled version of the dipping sauce for its friction-optimized chains with minuscule graphene (carbon) tubes in it; it is intended to re-lube one of those pricey chains and still stay within 1-2 watts of its original frictional drag.

Muc-Off claims that its optimized Nanotube Chain (NTC) starts out at the same frictional drag (a bit over 4 watts) as Ceramic Speed’s optimized UFO chain, but that the NTC’s drag drops over four hours to under 4 watts while the UFO’s goes way up, to over 14 watts. It claims its Nanotube lube goes 400km per application.

3. Ceramic Speed

A bottle of CeramicSpeed’s UFO Drip will cost $75. A single bottle should yield about 10 applications. Photo: Dan Cavallari |

In his Friction Facts work as an independent friction-testing lab, Jason Smith developed ideas of how to make chains (bearings, too) faster, and he implemented them by offering the first optimized chains (ultrasonically-cleaned Dura-Ace chains dipped in molten paraffin blended with other slippery ingredients). He has continued that work as CTO of Ceramic Speed and has developed a drip lube, UFO Drip Chain Coating, that he claims is the fastest on the market. It is a thin lube with paraffin and other ingredients in a solvent suspension. I have been using it for a month or so, and it is on my travel bike here at Interbike. I don’t like having a dirty chain in my travel case, and this lube certainly keeps it clean, at least in dry and dusty conditions. It picks up little or no dirt when riding on dirt roads, and it seems to spin fast and runs quietly.

Ceramic Speed claims to be the “only facility with all friction-testing equipment under one roof” and to be the “only manufacturer who has the capability to friction-test so comprehensively in support of a new product.” It still offers UFO optimized Dura-Ace chains, and it claims that UFO Drip Chain Coating has lower friction than any other drip-on chain lube.

In its Boulder facility, Ceramic Speed performs durability testing in the lab with sand, water, salt water, high temperatures, and low temperatures, as well as puts chains on its chain-friction-testing machine before and after extended periods of riding outdoors in varying conditions. It also performs sound analysis of drivetrains. It claims that its UFO drip lube has 20 percent lower friction (measured in watts) than the second-place lube (which it says is Squirt) before riding, and 83 percent lower after riding. It also claims to have measured a 46-percent reduction in drivetrain wear for its (dry) UFO drip lube compared to “wet lubes.”

4. Tetra Bike

Tetra Bike is a division of New Jersey-based FTI, a creator of full-synthetic fluoropolymers since the 1980s, and, among other products, it makes lubricants for firearms. Claiming that, “We’re the technological difference,” sales manager Steve Hoback points out that firearms have to deal with many of the same conditions that bikes do—dust, sand, rain, mud, cold, not to mention very high heat, and they need to be reliable so the gun won’t jam.

FTI/Tetra Bike general manager Greg Cohen is generally dismissive of the testing and technology of other lubricant makers in the bike industry relative to FTI’s. He says that nanotubes in lubes are nonsensical, claiming that FTI has tested them and that they make no difference in a lube, being too small to do anything useful, and that they are far too expensive and largely unobtainable to use in a chain lube. He also claims that ceramic in a lubricant is nonsensical, because ceramics are abrasive. Cohen’s further position is that having more than two different lubricant formulations in a bike-lube line is vaporware—that all you need is one for wet and one for dry.

Both of Tetra Bike’s lubes have PTFE in them, but Cohen claims that the moniker “Teflon” only applies to PTFE that is in sheets or flakes, whereas the PTFE in his lubes are rounded, 4-micron particles produced by sintering and pressurized milling. He claims that those rounded particles fill voids in the metal, stay there tenaciously due to ionic bonding, are soft and give, unlike rigid ceramic particles, and the myriad of them on both surfaces allow those surfaces to slide across each other with lower friction. The PTFE particles are suspended in green odorless mineral spirits, which evaporates more slowly than the volatile solvents used by other manufacturers, thus allowing time to spread around to all of the sliding surfaces. He claims that Dry Finish lube and the more viscous All Condition lube contain 20-22 percent PTFE, whereas all that is required by law to dub a lube as “Teflon” is 3 percent PTFE.

5. Motorex

Motorex is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year; it started with shoe polishes. Dry Power is a synthetic oil with paraffin in it. It has no additives (solvents or carriers) and is biodegradable. City Lube is for e-bikes and is intended to deal with the higher torque the motor adds to leg power. It is stickier (hence more drag) for durability and has Teflon and other high-wear additives. Wet Protect is a biodegradable synthetic oil engineered for high durability in rainy riding.

Not having specifically child-resistant caps on its bottles, its caps do terminate in a thin tube whose tip you snip off, and the base of the cap, rather than unscrewing, acts as a valve that you turn to different positions to meter the flow. Motorex is Swiss, and, like many Swiss companies, is interested in minimizing waste and pollution. Its small aerosol cans are refillable from larger aerosols, at home or at a retailer, and its lubes are available in shop sizes as well as giant drums. To change between lubes depending on conditions, it recommends first spraying on biodegradable Motorex Easy Clean and wiping off the excess before applying the new lube.

6. Maxima

Maxima is a 38-year-old San Diego-based company making bike lubes the past three years and whose roots are in the motor-sports industry with a focus on racing and performance. It makes everything in-house, including bottling. It claims a lot of technology in synthetic oils, which, at least in grade-five synthetics, are completely man-made, engineered lubricants produced for a certain application, like long molecules that interlock or slide across one another, by combining acids and alcohols. Some Maxima synthetics, for instance, protect high-performance engines in the event of a catastrophic loss of oil due to a leak; its additives adhere to the metal and keep the pistons sliding in the cylinders. Similarly, it makes synthetic oils to increase compression and hence horsepower by making the piston rings lose less pressure past them.

Maxima’s marketing manager says that what the best chain lube depends on what the consumer is looking for, noting that it’s a tradeoff and that no lube can be simultaneously the lowest in friction and also highly durable. Maxima Chain Wax is designed to stay cleaner during use, utilizing paraffin and other additives in a heptane carrier; its utility is enhanced on a dirty ride by applying it well prior to the ride to allow the carrier to distribute the paraffin into the chain’s tiny crevices. Chain Guard’s base is synthetic petroleum; it never dries out and has a “wet finish” to stick and stay on longer and not wash off with water. Maxima claims that Chain Pro is the “lightest, cleanest chain lube.” After the heptane carrier evaporates, it leaves a PTFE (Teflon) reside and feels dry; it has the least longevity of any Maxima lubricant.

The latest Maxima bottles incorporate child-resistant caps.

7. White Lightning

White Lightning became immediately known for a top layer that sheds off along with dirt and keeps the chain clean. Of course, since it sheds off, it lacks durability. Now owned by Finish Line, it has three lubes. Clean Ride is its original product, now with Teflon added, and is intended for dry conditions. Epic Ride is a semi-dry lube with Teflon in it that is claimed to last longer than wax lubes. Wet Ride attracts more dirt than other White Lightning lubes but lasts longer and has rust inhibitors.

White Lightning has child-resistant caps on all of its lube bottles.

8. Boeshield T-9

Boeshield T-9 was developed by Boeing for high-penetration lubrication needs on airplanes. It is thin, so it penetrates, and it dries completely. There is only one version of it, in both drip bottles and aerosol spray. “It is a great product for all conditions,” says sales manager Tom Habers. “One product does it all.”

Habers claims that Boeshield T-9 is waterproof and rust protective and can be used on cables and as a frame saver. Habers claims that this same formulation has been used in the marine industry for 35 years, making it great for bikes used in coastal areas.

9. Park Tool

Park also has just one chain lube, CL-1, and it is a wet lube. Sales manager John Krawczyk says, “We believe that a wet lube protects better and has more longevity.”

CL-1 is a vegetable-based, biodegradable oil base dissolved in a mineral-spirits carrier, because it is too thick to apply without the solvent. Krawczyk says that the carrier does some cleaning while spreading the lube on the chain, so a quick wipe after application is recommended.

10. Phil Wood

Phil Wood now has a second lube, Bio Lube, to join Phil Tenacious Oil, which has been sold in its original formula since 1972. Tenacious Oil is a “good, tacky oil,” according to Phil VP Garrett Enright. “It’s good on hot days and cold ones, and in mud and snow; it stays on in all conditions,” he says.

Bio Lube, on the other hand, is a lighter, thin, plant-based lubricant with no solvent. Enright claims that Bio Lube is so thin that it will flush out contaminants between chain rollers and pins. He also says that its manufacturer does recycling of oil from restaurants, and the smell of Bio Lube varies. “Sometimes it smells like French fries,” he says.

So what lube to get? You know more about chain lubes now, but your decision may not have become any easier. If you’re looking for straight speed, this won’t settle the question, because at least three of these companies, Tetra Bike, Muc-Off and Ceramic Speed, claim to have the lowest-friction lubes on the market and claim to have test data to prove it. If you’re looking for drivetrain protection, you’ll have to sift through whose claims you want to believe. In any case, understand that each lube has a range of conditions it is best for, and use that as a guide to determine what makes the most sense for where you ride your bike.

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2017 Worlds: Johansen solos to junior men’s road race title Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:00:50 +0000 Julius Johansen (Denmark) soloed to victory in the junior men's road race at the 2017 UCI World Road Championships on Saturday in Bergen,

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Julius Johansen of Denmark soloed to victory in the junior men’s road race at the 2017 UCI World Road Championships on Saturday in Bergen, Norway. Italy captured the silver and bronze medals with Luca Rastelli and Michele Gazzoli.

The Dane attacked and bridged to a small breakaway with a lap and a half remaining in the race. Johansen would set-off alone on the final time up Salmon Hill and time trial all the way to the line to capture the rainbow bands. His 51-second victory over second showed the strength and grit of the 18-year-old.

Rastelli was in the final breakaway with Johansen, but was unable to follow the Dane on the final climb. He was able to hold off a hard-charging peloton in the finishing straight to earn the runner-up spot.

Gazzoli won the reduced bunch for the bronze medal, as the peloton came up behind his teammate Rastelli right on the line.

Top 10

  • 1. Julius Johansen (Denmark), in 3:10:48
  • 2. Luca Rastelli (Italy), at +00:51
  • 3. Michele Gazzoli (Italy), at +00:51
  • 4. Niklas Markl (Germany), at +00:51
  • 5. Jake Stewart (Great Britain), at +00:51
  • 6. Florian Kierner (Austria), at +00:51
  • 7. Filippo Zana (Italy), at +00:51
  • 8. Olav Hjemsaeter (Norway), at +00:51
  • 9. Yevgeniy Fedorov (Kazakhstan), at +00:51
  • 10. Jacob Hindsgaul Madsen (Denmark), at +00:51

The junior men’s road race did not start in the host town of Bergen, but 39.5 kilometers away in Øygarden, where the elite men’s road race will also start on Sunday. Upon entry to the circuit, the riders had 17.9 kilometers until the finish line and then completed four laps of the 19.1-kilometer circuit for a total race distance of 135.5kms. The circuit included the 1.5-kilometer long Salmon Hill, which peaked 10.7 kilometers from the finish.

Getting to the circuit was no easy feat for the junior men’s peloton. The twisting roads and damp pavement caused multiple crashes. Upon entering the circuit a lead group of eight riders had formed. Gleb Brussenskiy (Kazakhstan), Graydon Staples (Canada), Jonas Hvideberg (Norway) Giulio Masotto (Italy) Danny van der Tuuk (Netherlands) Mark Donovan (Great Britain), Mohammed Medrazi (Morocco), and Kiryl Pashkevich (Belarus) formed the lead group.

Heading into Salmon Hill for the first time a large crash occurred right in the middle of the peloton. The fallen riders spread all across the road, holding up the rest of the peloton.

Pashkevich was dropped from the breakaway early on the climb, as the peloton charged up the hill a minute behind. There was no waving the white flag after the crash — the race was now on.

Over the next two laps, multiple riders bridged to the leaders, as also a few got dropped. The reshuffling ended with a lead group of 10 riders crossing the finish line with two laps to go. Crashes continued to be the highlight of the day with riders seemingly constantly hitting the deck.

Over Salmon Hill on the penultimate lap, just three riders remained in the lead with the peloton powering along a mere 20 seconds behind. The leaders were Brussenskiy, Donovan and Italian Luca Rastelli, who was one of the riders that had bridged.

As the bell rang signaling the final lap, Julius Johansen (Denmark) had joined the leaders, having attacked at the bottom of the descent. However, the peloton was right behind and many other riders were attacking, including heavy pre-race favorite Tom Pidcock (Great Britain).

Just after the line, four riders bridged to the leaders to create eight at the front. American Matteo Jorgenson was among those that had bridged. France drove the pace at the front of the peloton to shut the move down.

Johansen attacked the breakaway and set-off alone before the start of the final climb. The peloton, which had appeared to be shutting down the move entering the final lap, now found themselves 50-seconds behind.

The race was full on up Salmon Hill for the final time. The Italians lit the race on fire, with multiple riders going up the road out of the peloton. Meanwhile, the chase group had splintered.

Johansen crested the climb alone and seemed destined for a world title, as he held a 30-second advantage over the chasing riders. At the top of the climb, there was no concerted chase group, as riders went over the top in ones and twos.

On the descent, a five-rider chase group formed including the Italian trio of Luca Colhaghi, Filippo Zana and Rastelli. Arensman Thymen (Netherlands) and Donovan were also there. However, they continued to trail the lone leader by 30 seconds.

With 4 kilometers remaining, Rastelli had left the rest of the chase group behind in pursuit of Johansen.

In the finishing straight, the Dane had plenty of time to sit-up and soak-in the crowd, as he became world champion.

Behind, Rastelli was desperately trying to hold off a hard-charging peloton that had swept up the rest of the chase group. He would be caught right on the line, but still managed to capture the silver medal. His teammate, Gazzoli, was right behind winning the reduced bunch sprint for the bronze medal.

The top American on the day was Jorgenson, who finished 53rd, 3:53 behind the winner.

Full results

  • 1. Julius Johansen, (DEN) , in 3:10:48
  • 2. Luca Rastelli, (ITA) , at :51
  • 3. Michele Gazzoli, (ITA) , at :51
  • 4. Niklas MÄrkl, (GER) , at :51
  • 5. Jake Stewart, (GBR) , at :51
  • 6. Florian Kierner, (AUT) , at :51
  • 7. Filippo Zana, (ITA) , at :51
  • 8. Olav HjemsÆter, (NOR) , at :51
  • 9. Yevgeniy Fedorov, (KAZ) , at :51
  • 10. Jacob Hindsgaul Madsen, (DEN) , at :51
  • 11. Olzhas Bayembayev, (KAZ) , at :51
  • 12. Mario Gamper, (AUT) , at :51
  • 13. Misch Leyder, (LUX) , at :51
  • 14. Matis Louvel, (FRA) , at :51
  • 15. Fabio Mazzucco, (ITA) , at :51
  • 16. Antoine Raugel, (FRA) , at :51
  • 17. Juri Hollmann, (GER) , at :51
  • 18. Ken Conter, (LUX) , at :51
  • 19. Daan Hoole, (NED) , at :51
  • 20. Sebastian Berwick, (AUS) , at :51
  • 21. Matúš ŠtoČek, (SVK) , at :51
  • 22. Jacob Eriksson, (SWE) , at :51
  • 23. Victor Alejandro Ocampo Giraldo, (COL) , at :51
  • 24. Pedro Lopes, (POR) , at :55
  • 25. Thomas Pidcock, (GBR) , at :55
  • 26. Leonardo Henrique Finkler, (BRA) , at :55
  • 27. Loran Cassaert, (BEL) , at :55
  • 28. Shoi Matsuda, (JPN) , at :55
  • 29. Mattias Skjelmose Jensen, (DEN) , at :55
  • 30. Mauro Schmid, (SUI) , at :55
  • 31. Luca Colnaghi, (ITA) , at :55
  • 32. Jakob Geßner, (GER) , at :55
  • 33. Andrea Innocenti, (ITA) , at :55
  • 34. Gleb Brussenskiy, (KAZ) , at :55
  • 35. Théo Nonnez, (FRA) , at :55
  • 36. Vojtech SedlÁČek, (CZE) , at :55
  • 37. Jacob Vaughan, (GBR) , at :55
  • 38. Aljaž Jarc, (SLO) , at :55
  • 39. Paul Lefaure, (FRA) , at :55
  • 40. Nurbergen Nurlykhassym, (KAZ) , at :55
  • 41. Carlos Garcia Pierna, (ESP) , at :55
  • 42. Ludvig Fischer Aasheim, (NOR) , at :55
  • 43. Alexandre Balmer, (SUI) , at :55
  • 44. Afonso Silva, (POR) , at :55
  • 45. Igor Chzhan, (KAZ) , at :55
  • 46. Charles-Étienne ChrÉtien, (CAN) , at 1:08
  • 47. Mark Donovan, (GBR) , at 1:18
  • 48. Thymen Arensman, (NED) , at 1:18
  • 49. Fernando Islas Lopez, (MEX) , at 1:25
  • 50. Andreas Leknessund, (NOR) , at 1:46
  • 51. Alexis Renard, (FRA) , at 2:30
  • 52. Mitchell Wright, (AUS) , at 2:42
  • 53. Matej BlaŠko, (SVK) , at 2:45
  • 54. Xandres Vervloesem, (BEL) , at 2:45
  • 55. Nik ČemaŽar, (SLO) , at 2:45
  • 56. Marius Mayrhofer, (GER) , at 3:32
  • 57. Valère ThiÉbaud, (SUI) , at 3:32
  • 58. Idar Andersen, (NOR) , at 3:53
  • 59. Matteo Jorgenson, (USA) , at 3:53
  • 60. Matouš MĚŠŤan, (CZE) , at 5:25
  • 61. Daniil Marukhin, (KAZ) , at 5:46
  • 62. Dawid Burczak, (POL) , at 6:47
  • 63. Gergő Orosz, (HUN) , at 6:47
  • 64. Ben Hamilton, (NZL) , at 6:47
  • 65. Marijn Van Den Berg, (NED) , at 6:47
  • 66. Veljko StojniĆ, (SRB) , at 6:47
  • 67. Vladislav Stepanov, (RUS) , at 6:47
  • 68. Nikita Martynov, (RUS) , at 6:47
  • 69. Oscar Elworthy, (NZL) , at 6:47
  • 70. Karel Vacek, (CZE) , at 6:52
  • 71. Mikolaj Konieczny, (POL) , at 6:53
  • 72. Jonas Iversby Hvideberg, (NOR) , at 6:53
  • 73. Maxim Van Gils, (BEL) , at 6:58
  • 74. Leon Heinschke, (GER) , at 6:58
  • 75. Ramon Diaz Gazquez, (ESP) , at 7:02
  • 76. Søren WÆrenskjold, (NOR) , at 8:00
  • 77. Ignacio Alejandro Espinoza Ibarra, (CHI) , at 8:00
  • 78. Tobias Bayer, (AUT) , at 8:00
  • 79. Tomas Barta, (CZE) , at 8:00
  • 80. Luke Smith, (IRL) , at 8:00
  • 81. Aljaž Omrzel, (SLO) , at 8:00
  • 82. Patrick J. Doogan, (IRL) , at 8:00
  • 83. Viktor PotoČki, (CRO) , at 8:00
  • 84. Jose Eduardo Autran Carrillo, (CHI) , at 8:00
  • 85. Romas Zubrickas, (LTU) , at 8:00
  • 86. Kei Onodera, (JPN) , at 8:00
  • 87. Felix Engelhardt, (GER) , at 8:00
  • 88. Matthew Oliveira, (BER) , at 8:00
  • 89. Abner GonzÁlez Rivera, (PUR) , at 8:00
  • 90. Ben Walsh, (IRL) , at 8:00
  • 91. Denis Marian Vulcan, (ROU) , at 8:00
  • 92. Alexandros Matsangos, (CYP) , at 8:00
  • 93. Florian Gamper, (AUT) , at 8:00
  • 94. Joosep Sankmann, (EST) , at 8:00
  • 95. Thanakhan Chaiyasombat, (THA) , at 8:00
  • 96. Juan Fernando Calle Hurtado, (COL) , at 8:00
  • 97. Linus Kvist, (SWE) , at 8:00
  • 98. Arthur Kluckers, (LUX) , at 8:05
  • 99. Christoffer Wall, (SWE) , at 8:05
  • 100. Cole Davis, (USA) , at 8:05
  • 101. Ilan Van Wilder, (BEL) , at 8:24
  • 102. Guillermo Garcia Janeiro, (ESP) , at 10:03
  • 103. Pedro Lopes, (POR) , at 11:07
  • 104. Emmanouil Orfanoudakis, (GRE) , at 11:07
  • 105. Karim Shiraliyev, (AZE) , at 11:07
  • 106. Ivan Gabriel Ruiz, (ARG) , at 12:18
  • 107. Antti-Jussi Juntunen, (FIN) , at 12:18
  • 108. Graydon Staples, (CAN) , at 12:35
  • 109. Sean Quinn, (USA) , at 12:35
  • 110. Kestutis Vaitaitis, (LTU) , at 13:38
  • 111. Devin Shortt, (RSA) , at 14:10
  • 112. Hamza Mansouri, (ALG) , at 14:13
  • 113. Kristofers Bindemanis, (LAT) , at 14:41
  • 114. Markus Pajur, (EST) , at 14:42
  • 115. Daniil Nikulin, (UKR) , at 15:34
  • 116. Luka Sagadin, (SLO) , at 15:47
  • 117. Kurt Penno, (CAN) , at 15:47
  • 118. Eugenio Mirafuentes Resendez, (MEX) , at 15:47
  • 119. Jason Oosthuizen, (RSA) , at 17:47
  • 120. Daniil Turuk, (BLR) , at 18:16
  • 121. Kiflom Gebresilassie, (ETH) , at 18:18
  • 122. Johan Price-Pejtersen, (DEN) , at 18:18
  • 123. Giulio Masotto, (ITA) , at 18:53
  • 124. Riley Sheehan, (USA) , at 19:15
  • 125. Richard Holec, (CZE) , at 19:15
  • 126. Minne Verboom, (NED) , at 19:15
  • 127. Johan Tiedemann Langballe, (DEN) , at 19:15
  • 128. Eugene Kakizaki, (JPN) , at 19:15
  • 129. Conor Schunk, (USA) , at 19:15
  • 130. Maikel Zijlaard, (NED) , at 19:23

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Sagan uninterested in worlds recon Sat, 23 Sep 2017 10:54:48 +0000 Reigning world champion Peter Sagan has admitted he has no intention of reconning the circuit in Bergen, Norway before Sunday's road race.

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BERGEN, Norway (AFP) — Reigning world champion Peter Sagan (Slovakia) admitted on Saturday he hasn’t yet ridden the world championship circuit in Bergen, Norway and has no intention of doing so before Sunday’s race.

World champion in Richmond two years ago and Doha last year, the 27-year-old Slovak can equal the record number of rainbow jerseys won by the likes of Belgian great Eddy Merckx if he triumphs on Sunday’s 276.5km race.

And if he does, he’ll be the first person to win three world titles in a row.

But Sagan was typically laid back when meeting the press on Saturday, insisting he has no intention of checking out the 19km circuit that will be ridden 12 times following an initial 40km ride from Rong to Bergen.

“We have to do the lap 11 times or 12,” quipped Sagan. “That’s a lot of time to see it.”

Asked if he still had a chance to ride the circuit before Sunday’s race, Sagan added: “It’s a possibility, yes, but I don’t want (to).”

As for the tactics he would employ, whether to try to get away in a break or wait for a bunch sprint finish, Sagan simply shrugged.

“I don’t think about this scenario, you can see just in the last lap or the last two laps what’s going to happen, not before. I don’t expect anything, I don’t prepare anything, I just see in the moment.”

Following several drizzly days in Bergen, though, Sagan did express one sentiment. “For sure it’s better if it’s sun, who wants to ride in the rain for 270km?”

In his typically deadpan manner, Sagan also dismissed any talk about potential history-making.

“I don’t like to speak about the future or history. What’s going to happen will happen. I’m like last year — I’ve got nothing to lose. I’m here to enjoy, I’m very happy already with what I did the last few years and I want to enjoy tomorrow.”

However, Sagan admitted he might not be at his best having recently fallen ill.

“I had a little sickness last week. I didn’t go well in the last five or six days, but now I think everything’s ok,” said the five-time winner of the Tour de France green jersey competition. “I did a little bit train but we’ll see how I’m going to be tomorrow. For sure after sickness you cannot say you’re in the best shape, but I’ll try like always to do my best and we’ll see what I can do.”

Sagan’s season has been mostly a miss.

He was second in Milan-San Remo but then struggled during the cobbled classics season.

At July’s Tour he won stage three but was then kicked out a day later after elbowing British sprinter Mark Cavendish in a frantic finale. Yet Sagan said he has no particular desire to make up for his Tour disappointment.

“What has the Tour de France got to do with this race? It’s a different race, what happened in the Tour de France has already gone,” he said.

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Trek CX Cup: Van der Poel, Compton overcome heat to take wins Sat, 23 Sep 2017 09:55:04 +0000 Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) continued his winning ways in the U.S., taking victory in the UCI C2 event at the Trek CX

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Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) continued his winning ways in the U.S., taking victory in the UCI C2 event at the Trek CX Cup in Waterloo, Wisconsin on Friday. European Champion Toon Aerts (Telenet Fidea Lions) finished second and Vincent Baestaens (Beobank–Corendon) made it an all European podium in third.

“It was very, very hot, and there’s no shade here at all,” van der Poel said. “It was really a fight against the (elements). The heat is something you can’t do anything about. Of course you go in with some ice to start with. After one lap your body is at a too-high temperature and it’s really a battle against the heat.”

The riders dealt with temperatures in the 90s and the same is expected for Sunday’s world cup race.

Unlike Jingle Cross, where van der Poel led from the start for a solo victory, the pack remained a tight line for the first few laps. Van der Poel gradually applied more pressure as the minutes ticked away and started to shed riders from the lead group.

With six laps to go, only Aerts could match van der Poel’s pace. Two laps later, he too lost grip on van der Poel, who was the 2015 men’s elite cyclocross world champion. With first and second places established, the battle for third remained animated between Baestaens and Eli Iserbyt (Marlux-Napolean Games). Baestaens finally got the best of the men’s 2016 under-23 cyclocross world champion.

Among the riders in the field of 58 men who did not finish the race were Kerry Werner (Factory CX Team), who won the season’s opening C2 race at Rochester Cyclocross, and France’s Steve Chainel (Team Chazal/Canyon), who was last year’s C2 winner at Trek CX Cup and won the C2 event last week at Jingle Cross.

World Champion Wout van Aert (Crelan-Charles) opted not to race and to instead rest his legs in preparation for Sunday’s world cup race in Waterloo.

Top 10

  • 1. Mathieu Van Der Poel, (NED), 1:01:26
  • 2. Toon Aerts, (BEL), 1:01:48
  • 3. Vincent Baestaens, (BEL), 1:01:54
  • 4. Eli Iserbyt, (BEL), 1:01:59
  • 5. Corne Van Kessel, (NED), 1:02:28
  • 6. Tim Merlier, (BEL), 1:02:38
  • 7. Tobin Ortenblad, (USA), 1:02:50
  • 8. Ian Field, (GBR), 1:03:15
  • 9. Thijs Aerts, (BEL), 1:03:28
  • 10. Tom Meeusen, (BEL) , 1:03:36

Compton overcomes heat, injury to win

Katie Compton rebounded from crashing hard at the world cup in Iowa City the week prior to take the win. Photo: BruceBuckley

Katie Compton (KFC Racing p/b Trek-Panache), repeated for the top spot on the podium in Friday’s race after also winning the C2 race in Waterloo last year. She took a solid win over Loes Sels (Crelan-Charles), a two-time Belgian cyclocross national champion, by 18 seconds. Christel Ferrier Bruneau (Sas Macogep Aquisio) finished third at 32 second back.

“It’s a challenging course,” said Compton at the line. “I like it. I thought it was good. I flatted with a lap and a half to go, so I rode all that off-camber stuff on a flat. I didn’t want to dump it, so I did like a one-foot-out and tried to control it. And then I ran it, just because it is easier.”

Early in the race, it looked like the field of 46 riders could be a battle to the line between Compton and world champion Sanne Cant (Beobank Corendon), as they gapped the field and traded turns at the front. Compton excelled on many of the course’s technical features, including a tricky set of steps that she was able to ride on every lap. Cant tried to follow, but on lap three she bobbled on the steps and went over her handlebars. After a slow remount, Cant eased her pace and gave up the chase.

Behind, Sels and Bruneau soon swept up Cant and positioned themselves for podium finishes. Despite a flat with 1.5 laps to go, Compton held on for the victory.

The win offered some redemption for Compton after a crash took her out of contention at the Jingle Cross World Cup in Iowa City last weekend. Following several days of recovery, the C2 race at Trek CX Cup was Compton’s first big effort since Jingle Cross.

“Today is the first effort after Iowa, so maybe I should have done some openers yesterday,” Compton said. But I figured today was a really good opener. I was a bit unsure of how my shoulder would handle the bumps and barriers. So far so good. I might be sore tomorrow,” she added. “Some of the hard-pack turns are tricky because they are really, really slick under a layer of dust. So you think you can hit it fast, but realistically you have to be careful.

“I was disappointed with myself in Iowa for crashing on that descent. I made a mistake. That was my fault. I hurt myself, so I had to deal with that. But it is bike racing, it happens. I just try to move on and do the best I can. A little recovery tomorrow and hopefully I feel good on Sunday. And hopefully I can deal with the heat.”

Women Full Results

  • 1. Katherine Compton, (USA), 0:46:48
  • 2. Loes Sels, (BEL), 0:47:06
  • 3. Christel Ferrier Bruneau, (CAN), 0:47:20
  • 4. Nikki Brammeier, (GBR), 0:47:34
  • 5. Crystal Anthony, (USA), 0:47:40
  • 6. Courtenay Mcfadden, (USA), 0:47:58
  • 7. Kaitlin Keough, (USA), 0:48:05
  • 8. Rebecca Fahringer, (USA), 0:48:23
  • 9. Lucie Chainel, (FRA), 0:48:31
  • 10. Elle Anderson, (USA), 0:48:35
  • 11. Amanda Nauman, (USA), 0:49:05
  • 12. Emily Kachorek, (USA), 0:49:33
  • 13. Arley Kemmerer, (USA), 0:49:49
  • 14. Kim Hurst, (NZL), 0:50:21
  • 15. Rachel Rubino, (USA), 0:50:57
  • 16. Sofia Gomez Villafane, (ARG), 0:51:12
  • 17. Rebecca Gross, (USA), 0:51:38
  • 18. Emma Swartz, (USA), 0:51:46
  • 19. Julie Wright, (USA), 0:51:56
  • 20. Sunny Gilbert, (USA), 0:51:59
  • 21. Natasha Elliott, (CAN), 0:52:03
  • 22. Nicole Mertz, (USA), 0:52:14
  • 23. Lily Williams, (USA), 0:52:50
  • 24. Carol Seipp, (USA), 0:53:10
  • 25. Regina Legge, (USA), 0:53:54
  • 26. Raylyn Nuss, (USA), 0:54:17
  • 27. Katie Isermann, (USA), 0:54:54
  • 28. Maria Larkin, (IRL)
  • 29. Turner Ramsay, (USA)
  • 30. Sarah Szefi, (USA)
  • 31. Siobhan Kelly, (CAN)
  • 32. Ruby West, (CAN)
  • 33. Kelli Richter, (USA)
  • 34. Emily Molden, (USA)
  • 35. Jodie Prestine, (USA)
  • 36. Anna Schappert, (CAN)
  • 37. Alexandra Campbellforte, (USA)
  • 38. Elisabeth Reinkordt, (USA)
  • 39. Anya Malarski, (USA)
  • 40. Lindsay Knight, (USA)
  • 41. Kelsey Devereaux, (USA)
  • 42. Helen Wyman, (GBR)

Men Full Results

  • 1. Mathieu Van Der Poel, (NED), 1:01:26
  • 2. Toon Aerts, (BEL), 1:01:48
  • 3. Vincent Baestaens, (BEL), 1:01:54
  • 4. Eli Iserbyt, (BEL), 1:01:59
  • 5. Corne Van Kessel, (NED), 1:02:28
  • 6. Tim Merlier, (BEL), 1:02:38
  • 7. Tobin Ortenblad, (USA), 1:02:50
  • 8. Ian Field, (GBR), 1:03:15
  • 9. Thijs Aerts, (BEL), 1:03:28
  • 10. Tom Meeusen, (BEL) , 1:03:36
  • 11. Matthieu Boulo, (FRA), 1:03:51
  • 12. Spencer Petrov, (USA), 1:04:25
  • 13. Brian Matter, (USA), 1:04:40
  • 14. Michael BoroŠ, (CZE), 1:04:43
  • 15. Andrew Dillman, (USA), 1:04:59
  • 16. Garry Millburn, (AUS) , 1:05:22
  • 17. Gage Hecht, (USA), 1:05:41
  • 18. Eric Thompson, (USA), 1:06:04
  • 19. Travis Livermon, (USA), 1:06:55
  • 20. Justin Lindine, (USA), 1:07:06
  • 21. Mark Mcconnell, (CAN), 1:07:24
  • 22. Trevor O’donnell, (CAN)
  • 23. Josh Bauer, (USA)
  • 24. Isaac Niles, (CAN)
  • 25. Caleb Swartz, (USA)
  • 26. Jason Wiebe, (CAN)
  • 27. Kyle Russ, (USA)
  • 28. Brendon Sharratt, (NZL)
  • 29. Derrick St John, (CAN)
  • 30. Nicholas Lemke, (USA)
  • 31. Michael Larson, (USA)
  • 32. Dylan Postier, (USA)
  • 33. Masaru Nakazato, (JPN)
  • 34. Andrew Giniat, (USA)
  • 35. Scotty Albaugh, (USA)
  • 36. Bryan Fosler, (USA)
  • 37. Alex Morgan, (USA)
  • 38. Jason Siegle, (USA)
  • 39. Gunnar Holmgren, (CAN)
  • 40. Christian Ricci, (CAN)
  • 41. David Reyes, (USA)
  • 42. David Sheek, (USA)
  • 43. Jacob Huizenga, (USA)
  • 44. Bjorn Selander, (USA)
  • 45. Andrew Thompson, (USA)
  • 46. Joel Finkeldei, (USA)
  • 47. Hayden Mclaughlin, (USA)
  • 48. Tyler Stein, (USA)
  • 49. Christian Sundquist, (USA)
  • 50. Nick Thomas, (USA)
  • 51. Tim Gale, (CAN)
  • 52. Johannes Stromski, (USA)
  • 53. Tyler Curtis, (USA)
  • 54. Jesse Quagliaroli, (USA)

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Matthews hoping to snatch second jersey from Sagan Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:39:17 +0000 Michael Matthews already stripped Peter Sagan of the Tour de France green jersey earlier this year and now he has his eye on the rainbow

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BERGEN, Norway (AFP) — Michael Matthews has already stripped Peter Sagan of one jersey this year and now the Australian is aiming for a double at the world championship road race on Sunday.

Sagan had owned the Tour de France green jersey for five straight years until July, but after the Slovak double world champion was kicked off the race for elbowing Briton Mark Cavendish in a frantic sprint finish, Matthews succeeded him in winning the sprinters’ points jersey.

Now the 26-year-old, known as ‘Bling’ for his flashy style, is aiming to relieve Sagan of the rainbow jersey he’s held for the last 24 months. “I have one jersey now so we have to go for the second one,” said Matthews.”Everything’s been going really well up to this point. One goal was to win the green jersey; now another is this jersey.”

Matthews is enjoying the best season of his career having claimed two stages during July’s Tour as well as the green jersey.

Last year he finished fourth at the worlds, but in 2015 he came away with the silver medal as Sagan won both years.

But now Matthews will have the entire nine-man Aussie squad working for him.

“To have the full support of the Aussie team is something I’ve been dreaming of for the last couple of years,” he said. “To have the full nine guys here on the startline on Sunday gives me really a lot of motivation and a lot of confidence for myself to deliver for the guys who are going to be putting their heart and soul on the line for me to do my best in the finish there.”

Sagan and Olympic champion Greg van Avermaet of Belgium will start as the two outstanding favorites, but Matthews believes many riders will be lining up with the conviction they can come away with the rainbow jersey at the end of the punishing 276.5km race.

“There’s a lot of guys in the bunch that are favorites for this race, it’s not just a small bunch.”

Matthews has had some impressive results during his career, but he is yet to win one of the sport’s major one-day classics.

The Team Sunweb rider was fourth in Liege-Bastogne-Liege in the spring, while two years ago he was third at both Milan-San Remo and Amstel Gold Race. He believes the time has come for him to step-up and claim some major honors.

“When you’ve seen the course, I’ve been riding around it this week almost every day, I know what I’m in for,” said Matthews. “I think it’s going to be quite an open race.”

He has the advantage that he has already won a gold medal at these championships, a week ago in the team time-trial with Team Sunweb.

And his compatriot Mathew Hayman, who two years ago won one of cycling’s biggest one-day classics, Paris-Roubaix, believes Matthews can continue riding the crest of a wave.

“A big factor in this sport is what’s going on between the ears and if you’re having fun and enjoying it, which you obviously are if you’re winning stages in the Tour and the green jersey, then that’s obviously a big factor,” Hayman added.

Aside from Sagan and Van Avermaet, former world champions Philippe Gilbert of Belgium and Poland’s Michal Kwiatkowski will expect to have their say while home hopes will rest on Alexander Kristoff and Edvald Boasson Hagen.

Kristoff won the European championships earlier this year and has won two of cycling’s prestigious ‘Monument’ one-day classics. He has three times finished in the top-10 at the worlds.

Boasson Hagen was world silver medalist back in 2012 and in July claimed his first Tour stage win after six year of trying.

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Deignan unsure of form ahead of Worlds road race Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:22:12 +0000 Former world champion Lizzie Deignan is unsure of her form ahead of the Worlds road race after having had emergency appendix surgery less

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BERGEN, Norway (AFP) — Former world champion Lizzie Deignan admitted she has no idea what form she will be in when the women’s world championship road race begins on Saturday, having had emergency appendix surgery less than a month ago.

The 28-year-old was rushed to hospital following the opening stage of the Tour of Holland on August 30 after falling ill. “Someone from the team came looking for me (in their hotel) and took me straight to the hospital and they took me in for an emergency operation,” said Deignan, the 2015 world champion.

She had her appendix removed and since then she’s simply been trying desperately to recover in time for a tilt at a second rainbow jersey.

“It’s quite bizarre to be in such fine form — I was really going quite well — to wake up the next day in a hospital bed to think ‘right that’s it, it’s over’,” she told the BBC on Friday.

Despite not riding for two weeks and losing two kilograms of muscle, Deignan was determined to make the start line in Bergen, Norway. “I just had this small bit of hope that I could make it here and it wasn’t something I was ready to give up on,” she said.

“That’s frustrating for me because I’d spent an awfully long time in training sacrificing other races knowing that I was building up this strength that takes a long time.

“As I know now, you can lose it very quickly.”

What’s also galling for the Briton, a silver medallist at the London 2012 Olympics, was that she felt the 152.8km course was ideally suited to her. “I did a recon (reconnaissance) in May and saw the circuit and thought: ‘it’s perfect for me’.

“My career’s coming slowly to an end — I’ve got a few more years in me yet– but I know if I looked back in a few years I’d definitely regret not giving it a go.”

Last year, Deignan came close to missing out on the Rio Olympics, where she finished fifth, after missing three doping tests.

She only avoided a ban after successfully applying to the Court of Arbitration for Sport that her first missed test was the fault of testing authorities rather than her.

Her major rivals on Saturday will likely be Dutch in the form of Olympic champion Anna van der Breggen, new world time-trial champion Annemiek van Vleuten and three-time world champion and London 2012 gold medallist Marianne Vos.

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2017 Worlds: Cosnefroy of France wins U23 road race title Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:58:49 +0000 Benoit Cosnefroy of France captured the UCI Under-23 World Road Race Championship in damp conditions on Friday in Bergen, Norway.

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Benoit Cosnefroy of France captured the UCI Under-23 World Road Race Championship in damp conditions on Friday in Bergen, Norway. The Frenchman bridged to solo leader Lennard Kämna in the final 10 kilometers and outsprinted the German to take the rainbow bands. Michael Svengaard (Denmark) led home a reduced bunch three seconds later to take the bronze medal.

Chaos ensued as the riders climbed Salmon Hill for the final time. The peloton was bringing back a threatening lead group when Kämna attacked. The Team Sunweb rider bridged and passed the leaders and was alone over the top of the climb. He was joined by Cosnefroy on the descent and the duo worked well together to hold off the chasing peloton.

Consnefroy was forced to lead the final couple of kilometers with Kämna clearly on the limit unable to pull through. As the duo entered the finishing straight, the peloton was hot on their heels and Consnefroy led out the sprint.

Kämna didn’t put up a fight and Consnefroy became world champion. It’s great redemption for newly signed Ag2r-La Mondiale rider, as he finished runner-up at both the U23 French national road race championships and U23 European road race championships.

Top 10

  • 1. Benoit Cosnefroy (France), in 04:48:23
  • 2. Lennard Kämna (Germany), at 00:00
  • 3. Michael Carbel Svendgaard (Denmark), at 00:03
  • 4. Oliver Wood (Great Britain), at 00:03
  • 5. Vincenzo Albanese (Italy), at 00:03
  • 6. Damien Touze (France), at 00:03
  • 7. Max Kanter (Germany), at 00:03
  • 8. Michal Paluta (Poland), at 00:03
  • 9. Mark Downey (Ireland), at 00:03
  • 10. Anders Skaarseth (Norway), at 00:03

The under-23 men’s world road race championship is watched closely, as it is used as an indicator of what may happen in the elite men’s race. The Espoir men completed 10 laps of the 19.1-kilometer circuit for a total of 191 kilometers. The circuit included the 1.5-kilometer long Salmon Hill, which peaked 10.7 kilometers from the finish.

Atsushi Oka (Japan), Jose Fernandes (Portugal), Vasili Strokau (Belarus), Gustav Hoog (Sweden), Awet Habtom Tekle (Eritrea) attacked on the opening lap and built an advantage of over a minute to the peloton. Seven more riders had bridged to the leaders by lap three, creating a lead group of 12. The team of the host nation, Norway, took up the responsibility of setting tempo at the front of the peloton.

As the laps worn on, the riders in the breakaway began to feel the fatigue of being in the lead. At the end of the sixth lap, nine riders remained in the lead and American Brandon McNulty had attacked out of the peloton. The gap between the leaders and the peloton was just over a minute.

McNulty bridged to the leaders right as Salmon Hill began, but the peloton was right behind. However, the silver medalist in the time trial on Tuesday did not give up and attacked over the top of the leaders. This move sparked interest in the peloton and soon a lead group of eight riders had formed. Patrick Muller (Switzerland), Jai Hindley (Australia), Pavel Sivakov (Russia), Rasmus Tiller (Norway), Gustav Hoog (Sweden), Scott Davies (Great Britain), and Yevgeniy Gidich (Kazakhstan) joined McNulty.

With two laps remaining, six riders were left in the lead with Hoog and McNulty dropped. Spain had taken charge in the peloton and as they crossed the line to begin the penultimate lap, the gap the leaders was a mere 23 seconds.

The race was all back together with 31 kilometers to go.

Many riders tried their hand at attacking up the road, but nothing stuck and it was altogether entering the final lap.

Early in the final lap, five riders broke away. They were Valentin Madouas and Benjamin Thomas (France), Wilmar Zapata (Colombia), Mauricio Moreira (Uraguay), and Michael Storer (Australia).

Kämna bridged to the leaders at the bottom of Salmon Hill and went straight through the leaders. At the top of the climb he held a small advantage, as riders attacked out of the peloton.

With 7km to go Cosnefroy, who had attacked just as the peloton crested the climb, made the junction with Kämna. Zapata was alone in third, but the peloton was breathing down his neck.

Kämna forced Cosnefroy to lead the last couple of kilometers, as the peloton bore down on the leading duo having swept-up Zapata. Into the final finishing straight, the peloton was right behind the leaders, but they would simply run out of road to catch.

Cosenefroy sprinted from the lead and Kämna didn’t have the legs to contest the Frenchman, not even attempting to pass him.

Svengaard won the reduced bunch sprint a few seconds later to claim the bronze medal ahead of Oliver Wood of Great Britain.

The top American on the day was Will Barta who finished in 54th in a group 1:50 behind the winner.

Full results to come

  • 1. Benoit Cosnefroy, (FRA) , in 4:48:23
  • 2. Lennard KÄmna, (GER) , at :00
  • 3. Michael Carbel Svendgaard, (DEN) , at :03
  • 4. Oliver Wood, (GBR) , at :03
  • 5. Vincenzo Albanese, (ITA) , at :03
  • 6. Damien Touze, (FRA) , at :03
  • 7. Max Kanter, (GER) , at :03
  • 8. Michal Paluta, (POL) , at :03
  • 9. Mark Downey, (IRL) , at :03
  • 10. Anders Skaarseth, (NOR) , at :03
  • 11. German Nicolas Tivani Perez, (ARG) , at :03
  • 12. Patrick MÜller, (SUI) , at :03
  • 13. Stylianos Farantakis, (GRE) , at :03
  • 14. Marc Hirschi, (SUI) , at :03
  • 15. Bjorg Lambrecht, (BEL) , at :03
  • 16. Aleksandr Riabushenko, (BLR) , at :03
  • 17. Wilmar Andres Paredes Zapata, (COL) , at :03
  • 18. Giovanni Carboni, (ITA) , at :03
  • 19. Emiel Planckaert, (BEL) , at :03
  • 20. Tadej PogaČar, (SLO) , at :03
  • 21. Ivan Garcia Cortina, (ESP) , at :03
  • 22. Callum Scotson, (AUS) , at :03
  • 23. Pavel Sivakov, (RUS) , at :03
  • 24. Lucas Eriksson, (SWE) , at :03
  • 25. Jon Irisarri Rincon, (ESP) , at :03
  • 26. Jaakko HÄnninen, (FIN) , at :03
  • 27. Rasmus Fossum Tiller, (NOR) , at :03
  • 28. Pascal Eenkhoorn, (NED) , at :03
  • 29. Valentin Madouas, (FRA) , at :03
  • 30. Michael Storer, (AUS) , at :03
  • 31. Kevin Geniets, (LUX) , at :03
  • 32. Stan Dewulf, (BEL) , at :03
  • 33. Mauricio Moreira, (URU) , at :03
  • 34. Michal Schlegel, (CZE) , at :03
  • 35. Casper Pedersen, (DEN) , at :03
  • 36. Daniel Felipe Martinez Poveda, (COL) , at :03
  • 37. Artem Nych, (RUS) , at :03
  • 38. James Shaw, (GBR) , at :03
  • 39. Jonas Gregaard Wilsly, (DEN) , at :03
  • 40. Mark Stewart, (GBR) , at :20
  • 41. Alvaro Jose Hodeg Chagui, (COL) , at 1:01
  • 42. Mikkel Bjerg, (DEN) , at 1:01
  • 43. Žiga Jerman, (SLO) , at 1:04
  • 44. Robert Stannard, (AUS) , at 1:04
  • 45. Piotr Brozyna, (POL) , at 1:04
  • 46. Hayato Okamoto, (JPN) , at 1:50
  • 46. Dusan Rajovic, (SRB) , at 1:50
  • 48. Gašper KatraŠnik, (SLO) , at 1:50
  • 49. Izidor Penko, (SLO) , at 1:50
  • 50. Kamil Malecki, (POL) , at 1:50
  • 51. Yuriy Natarov, (KAZ) , at 1:50
  • 52. Lukas RÜegg, (SUI) , at 1:50
  • 53. Joris Nieuwenhuis, (NED) , at 1:50
  • 54. William Barta, (USA) , at 1:50
  • 55. Anatoliy Budyak, (UKR) , at 1:50
  • 56. Kasper Asgreen, (DEN) , at 1:50
  • 57. Johannes Schinnagel, (GER) , at 1:50
  • 58. Edoardo Affini, (ITA) , at 1:50
  • 59. Takeaki Amezawa, (JPN) , at 1:50
  • 60. Nicola Conci, (ITA) , at 1:55
  • 61. Tom Wirtgen, (LUX) , at 2:16
  • 62. Gino MÄder, (SUI) , at 2:50
  • 63. Nikolai Cherkasov, (RUS) , at 3:00
  • 64. Jai Hindley, (AUS) , at 3:00
  • 65. Petr Rikunov, (RUS) , at 4:44
  • 66. Yevgeniy Gidich, (KAZ) , at 4:44
  • 67. Francisco Campos, (POR) , at 4:44
  • 68. Benjamin Thomas, (FRA) , at 6:11
  • 69. Daire Feeley, (IRL) , at 6:23
  • 70. Franck Bonnamour, (FRA) , at 6:23
  • 71. Jérémy Lecroq, (FRA) , at 6:23
  • 72. Mikkel Frølich HonorÉ, (DEN) , at 6:23
  • 73. Grigoriy Shtein, (KAZ) , at 6:23
  • 74. Roman LehkÝ, (CZE) , at 6:23
  • 75. Patrick Gamper, (AUT) , at 6:23
  • 76. Vadim Pronskiy, (KAZ) , at 6:23
  • 77. Karl Patrick Lauk, (EST) , at 6:23
  • 78. Luke Mudgway, (NZL) , at 6:23
  • 79. Matic GroŠelj, (SLO) , at 6:23
  • 80. Hector Carretero, (ESP) , at 6:23
  • 81. Ole Forfang, (NOR) , at 6:23
  • 82. Dmitrii Strakhov, (RUS) , at 6:23
  • 83. Erik Sandersson, (SWE) , at 6:23
  • 84. Sam Dobbs, (NZL) , at 6:23
  • 85. Kristoffer Halvorsen, (NOR) , at 6:23
  • 86. Piet Allegaert, (BEL) , at 6:23
  • 87. Florian Nowak, (GER) , at 6:23
  • 88. Tobias S. Foss, (NOR) , at 6:23
  • 89. James Knox, (GBR) , at 6:28
  • 90. Alan Banaszek, (POL) , at 7:34
  • 91. Soufiane Sahbaoui, (MAR) , at 7:34
  • 92. Neilson Powless, (USA) , at 7:34
  • 93. Nickolas Zukowsky, (CAN) , at 7:34
  • 94. Sergio Samitier Samitier, (ESP) , at 7:34
  • 95. Scott Davies, (GBR) , at 9:16
  • 96. André Carvalho, (POR) , at 9:16
  • 97. Ethan Hayter, (GBR) , at 9:16
  • 98. Jakub Otruba, (CZE) , at 9:16
  • 99. Jasper Philipsen, (BEL) , at 9:16
  • 100. Barnabás PeÁk, (HUN) , at 9:16
  • 101. Ivo Oliveira, (POR) , at 9:16
  • 102. Justin Oien, (USA) , at 9:16
  • 103. Zahiri Abderrahim, (MAR) , at 9:16
  • 104. Mohcine El Kouraji, (MAR) , at 11:07
  • 105. Andrej Petrovski, (MKD) , at 11:07
  • 106. Pit Leyder, (LUX) , at 11:07
  • 107. Szymon Sajnok, (POL) , at 11:07
  • 108. Julius Van Den Berg, (NED) , at 11:07
  • 109. Bram Welten, (NED) , at 11:07
  • 110. Senne Leysen, (BEL) , at 11:07
  • 111. Atsushi Oka, (JPN) , at 13:24
  • 112. Dinmukhammed Ulysbayev, (KAZ) , at 16:13
  • 113. Gustav HÖÖg, (SWE) , at 16:13
  • 114. Matteo Moschetti, (ITA) , at 16:13
  • 115. Jan Andrej Cully, (SVK) , at 17:04
  • 116. Awet Habtom Tekle, (ERI) , at 17:04
  • 117. Darragh O’mahony, (IRL) , at 17:04
  • 118. Abderrahmane Mansouri, (ALG) , at 17:04
  • 119. Orluis Aular, (VEN) , at 17:04
  • 120. Syver Westgaard Waersted, (NOR) , at 17:04
  • 121. Regan Gough, (NZL) , at 17:04

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Degenkolb hospitalized due to ‘breathing problems’ Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:39:27 +0000 German one-day classics specialist John Degenkolb has been hospitalized with a breathing problem, Trek-Segafredo revealed on Friday.

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BERGEN, Norway (AFP) — German one-day classics specialist John Degenkolb has been hospitalized with a breathing problem, Trek-Segafredo revealed on Friday. The 2015 Paris-Roubaix winner was forced out of last week’s Tour of Denmark and following tests was admitted to hospital.

In a statement, Trek team doctor Jens Hinder said: “In the last races he did, John suffered from breathing problems and a serious lack of power that prevented him to perform at his level.

“His condition was not improving enough over the last week, so we decided he had to undergo more profound examinations of his heart and lungs. John is feeling relatively well but has been hospitalized pending the results of these examinations. We will publish an update on his condition as soon as we have more information.”

Degenkolb’s career has stalled somewhat since a stunning 2015 when he won two of the five prestigious ‘Monument’ one-day races, adding Milan-San Remo to his Paris-Roubaix success. This stall is partially due to the horrific training crash he was involved in prior to the 2016 season when he was on Team Giant-Alpecin.

The 28-year-old was due to be Germany’s team leader at the world championship road race in Bergen, Norway on Sunday but pulled out last week due to his breathing problems. This problem had already him forced out of the recent Vuelta a Espana after just four stages.

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New UCI boss Lappartient calls on organizers, TV to boost women’s cycling Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:29:31 +0000 The day after he was elected UCI president, David Lappartient said he would like to see women's cycling grow.

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BERGEN, Norway (AFP) — Newly elected UCI president David Lappartient called on race organizers and television companies to give more attention to women’s cycling after he was voted in on Thursday.

Lappartient beat incumbent Brian Cookson by a landslide vote of 37-8 at the global cycling governing body’s congress in Bergen.

Cookson, who hails from Great Britain, had made developing women’s cycling one of his election pledges and Lappartient said he would also make it a priority, but insisted that without support from organizers and television companies it would be an uphill battle.

“First of all, we are on the good way. The UCI has done a good job on this,” said the 44-year-old Frenchman.

“We have some wonderful classics, some are on live TV; we’re going the right way but we don’t have a strong stage race like the Tour de France.

“Without this kind of race it will be difficult to promote women. Organizers must take care of this, that’s also part of our global responsibility. We need to have races on TV.”

Without television coverage, Lappartient said it would be difficult to attract sponsorship.

Women’s cycling is struggling to grow because so few riders are professionals — even many of those on professional teams cannot earn enough money to give up their day jobs.

“The WorldTour is getting bigger and bigger with all these teams but I’m not really sure all the teams are able to do this program,” added Lappartient.

“Maybe we can have a strong 10-12 teams with strong structures … but with riders to be paid, which is not the case.

“They must earn their life with cycling and not just riding for nothing.”

One idea he has is to create a significant stage race, even though he doubts a three-week race like the men’s grand tours would be a viable option.

But he called on Tour de France organizers ASO to take the lead in such an endeavor.

“To have 10 days would be really helpful.

“They [ASO] are the strongest [organizers] so it would be nice to have them with us.”

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Arofly, the worlds’s smallest power meter? Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:44:21 +0000 This 10-gram unit screws onto the rear tire valve and calculates speed, cadence, and power.

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The Arofly screws onto the rear tire valve. It measures speed and, from changes in tire pressure, it calculates cadence and power! Huh?

The 10-gram unit is made in Taiwan by TBS Group Corp. To set it up, you simply unscrew your rear Presta valve nut to the top and install a Presta adaptor (it also works on Schrader valves without an adaptor) and screw the tiny Arofly sensor/transmitter — it’s just 20mm in diameter — onto the valve stem. You also sync it via Bluetooth to the accompanying A-Plus head unit or to a smartphone with the Arofly app running.

In addition to a sensitive pressure-sensing mechanism, inside the Arofly valve-mounted unit is also a gravity sensor, which determines speed from rotational frequency and tire diameter. When the rider pedals, tire pressure varies (and bumps are averaged out). Based on that variation, cadence can be determined.

The wild part is that Arofly claims to also measure power to an accuracy of plus/minus two percent measured on a Kistler force plate using the speed, cadence, and pressure variation, along with GPS and map data from the smartphone. North American marketing director Otto Brown claims that it distinguishes easily between, say, a rider spinning easily at 10mph and 90RPM vs. the same rider pedaling as hard as he can against a strong headwind on the same course at 10mph and 90RPM, because when the rider is pedaling harder, the pressure variations in the rear tire will be greater. He also claims that it can still measure power on a bumpy road like the ones featured in Paris-Roubaix, but that there would be a longer delay in obtaining the measurement due to averaging out all of the bump inputs.

The Arofly unit sells for $129, while the Arofly with the A-Plus head unit (required, and movable from bike to bike), sells for $249. Its battery is claimed to last two months.

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Giro hopes politics stay on sidelines with Israeli start Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:41:07 +0000 Giro d’Italia officials are hopeful the focus will remain on bike racing when the Italian grand tour starts in Israel for its 2018

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JERUSALEM (VN) — Giro d’Italia officials are hopeful the focus will remain on bike racing when the Italian grand tour starts in Israel for its 2018 edition.

Officials downplayed the possibility of politics becoming an issue as the Giro takes its “Big Start” beyond the European realm for the first time with three stages in Israel in May.

Speaking to VeloNews on Monday following the official announcement of three days of racing in Israel, Giro director Mauro Vegni said politics was not a major part of the conversation with Israeli officials.

“There are some difficulties about coming to Israel, but they are logistical, not political,” Vegni said. “The country is trying to change how it is perceived in the world, so maybe it is time to stop talking about these political questions. In the end, the decision to come to Israel was easy.”

Israeli officials are also keen to put the emphasis on sport. They hope that the divisive and emotional political questions surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict won’t overshadow what many wish will be a chance for the nation to show off a different side of Israel that often does not make international headlines.

“Our message to the world is clear: Jerusalem is open to all,” said Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat. “Viewers around the globe will watch some of the world’s best cyclists ride alongside the walls of Jerusalem’s ancient Old City and our historic sites.”

The decision to bring the Giro to Israel won’t come without its detractors. The ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict has prompted calls for an international boycott and divestment effort by some quarters critical of Israel’s policies.

This week, a pro-Palestinian group started a social media campaign (#RelocateTheRace) to try to pressure race officials to change the location of the start of the 2018 edition.

Israeli officials and backers, however, are hoping to use the Giro to show off another side of Israel in what will be the 70th anniversary of the founding of the nation. The stage routes will take in the beaches, deserts, ancient sites and modern cities, and wooded hillsides that dot the Israeli landscape.

Sylvan Adams, a Canadian billionaire who recently moved to Israel, is one of the main benefactors in the nation’s booming interest in cycling. As honorary president of the Giro effort, he is also one of the co-owners of the Israel Cycling Academy, the Professional-Continental team angling to receive a Giro wild-card bid, as well as helping to fund Israel’s first indoor velodrome.

“This historic ‘Big Start’ is about showcasing our country. This country today is not your grandfather’s Israel,” Adams said unabashedly. “Cycling is outdoors, so how better can we about having so many people see our normal Israel, the Israel they don’t normally read about every day in the newspaper.”

There is also some concern whether or not the two WorldTour teams backed by Muslim sponsors — Bahrain-Merida and UAE-Emirates — might not want to participate. Israeli citizens are not allowed to travel to the United Arab Emirates, and neither UAE nor Bahrain officially recognizes the state of Israel.

On Wednesday, Bahrain-Merida released a statement on their team website indicating they are planning on racing the 2018 Giro. Without saying so directly, the team confirmed it would race the Giro despite its start in Israel.

UAE-Emirates officials could not be contacted, but Vegni said he does not expect any problems.

“We already talked to all the teams before signing off on this,” Vegni said. “We expect all the WorldTour teams to race the Giro.”

In general, cycling has turned a blind eye to potentially divisive political issues. Qatar, China, UAE and Bahrain, all nations with human rights concerns, have been involved in elite cycling events or teams without resistance from major sporting governing bodies and institutions.

Ministers of tourism from both Italy and Israel joined officials from RCS Sport in Monday’s announcement. Negotiations with Israeli contacts began about 18 months ago, and the project reached the highest levels of the Israeli government, including approval from the Israeli Prime Minister’s office, before receiving the green light.

Local media reported that RCS Sport will receive 12 million euros for the project, a fee that also includes transportation and logistical costs. The project is a major coup for RCS Sport, both financially and in terms of ambition.

Another concern is security, but the Giro route is steering clear of any potential hotspots. Officials outlined three stages across areas of Israel that deliberately avoid trouble zones. The routes include a time trial around western Jerusalem. That’s followed by road stages along the northern Mediterranean coast of Israel, between Haifa and Tel Aviv, and another across the southern desert to Eilat, all far away from possible conflicts along Israel’s borders.

The peloton and entourage will return to Italy in a flight of about two-and-a-half hours. The remainder of the Giro route will be revealed over the winter.

Two-time Giro champion Alberto Contador, a guest of organizers at Monday’s announcement, said he doesn’t expect security to be a major concern.

“The situation in the world is a little crazy right now, and it isn’t just in one country, but all the world,” Contador said. “I’m sure the riders will be happy with the security situation. I visited Israel for two weeks in 2012, and we never had any problems.”

Ran Margaliot, a former pro and manager of the Israel Cycling Academy team, said Israel will embrace the Giro’s arrival as a chance to show a different side of their nation and people.

“When you practice sport, you reach people through their heart. We hope we can change a little bit about what they think about our country,” Margaliot said. “This is the reason we are here. We are trying to change what people think about our country. We think it’s important to let the world know what we know is normal Israel.”

Israel is an evocative, if divisive place. Everyone involved in the Giro project are hoping that the bicycle will help build bridges between the walls that divide many.

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2017 Worlds: Pirrone wins junior women’s road race Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:09:51 +0000 Elena Pirrone (Italy) soloed to victory in the junior women's road race at the 2017 UCI Road World Championships in Bergen, Norway.

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Elena Pirrone of Italy powered to the UCI women’s junior world road race title on Friday in Bergen, Norway, completing the world title double, as she won the individual time trial earlier in the week. The European time trial champion attacked on the third of four laps and was able to put her time trial skills to great use, soloing to victory.

Emma Jorgensen of Denmark led home an elite chase group 12 seconds behind Pirrone. Letizia Paternoster made it two Italians on the podium as she captured the bronze medal.

Top 10

  • 1. Elena Pirrone, (ITA), in 2:06:17
  • 2. Emma Cecilie Norsgaard JØrgensen, (DEN), at +00:12
  • 3. Letizia Paternoster, (ITA), at +00:12
  • 4. Maria Novolodskaya, (RUS), at +00:12
  • 5. Jade Wiel, (FRA), at +00:12
  • 6. Pfeiffer Georgi, (GBR), at +00:12
  • 7. Clara Copponi, (FRA), at +00:12
  • 8. Simone Boilard, (CAN), at +00:12
  • 9. Anne-Sophie Harsch, (LUX), at +00:12
  • 10. Evita Muzic, (FRA), at +00:12

The junior women took the honor of being the first road race championship of the 2017 UCI Road World Championships in Bergen, Norway. The riders completed four laps of the 19.1-kilometer circuit for a total of 76.4 kilometers. The circuit included the 1.5-kilometer long Salmon Hill, which peaked 10.7 kilometers from the finish.

Jorgensen, second in the road race at the European Championships a month ago, attacked off of Salmon Hill on the first lap and flew down the descent. The incredibly strong Italian team took up the responsibility of leading the chase.

Jorgensen was able to build an advantage of around 30 seconds, but the French, Netherlands, and German teams assisted the Italians in chasing and she was brought back into the fold before the riders began Salmon Hill for the second time.

Onto Salmon Hill for the second time, the pace at the front was intense and immediately whittled down the peloton to the elite contenders for the world championship title. When the riders finished the second lap, the peloton was about 40 riders. The Italian team had four riders in the lead group and the Netherlands had all five of their riders present.

Sophie Wright of Great Britain attacked hard at the bottom of Salmon Hill on the penultimate lap and was joined by European Road Race Championship bronze medalist Paternoster. The move was brought back and Madeleine Fasnacht countered. The Australian was racing without teammates, despite her country earning four spots.

Over the top of the climb, the peloton had been whittled down to about 20 riders. As riders began looking around, taking inventory of who was left in the group, Pirrone attacked hard. The Italian immediately went into time trial mode and set about opening up a gap.

Entering the final lap, Pironne held a 14-second advantage over a 16-rider chase group. The French had three riders in the chase group. Jorgensen was there as well, showing no signs of fatigue from her early attack. Her teammate Caroline Bohé (Denmark), sixth at the mountain-bike world championships, was also there. Notably, all of the Dutch riders had missed the missed the move.

On the run-in to Salmon Hill for the final time, Russian Alena Petchenko crashed in a corner. It had begun raining. Her fall briefly split the chase group, but it came back together.

Pirrone began Salmon Hill for the final time with a nearly 30-second lead. Her teammate Paternoster tried a move to drop the other chasers and secure silver, but it was not to be. Evita Muzic of France led the chase.

On the descent, Jorgensen attacked of the chase as Pirrone’s lead was still 20 seconds. However, Paternoster quickly shut her down.

In the final kilometers, Bohé drove the chase group, but Pirrone’s lead was locked at 20 seconds. The Italian successfully completed the world championship sweep, winning the road race to go along with her time trial title she captured on Tuesday.

Jorgensen won the sprint for silver with Italy also capturing the bronze medal with Paternoster.

Fasnacht crashed with along with Olha Kulynych (Ukraine) inside the final 500 meters. Both would remount and finish.

The top American on the day was Abigail Youngwerth in 51st place at 8:52 behind the winner. Megan Heath finished alongside her in 52nd. Summer Moak was 68th and Alijah Beatty finished in 79th.

Full results

  • 1. Elena Pirrone, (ITA), in 2:06:17
  • 2. Emma Cecilie Norsgaard JØrgensen, (DEN), at +00:12
  • 3. Letizia Paternoster, (ITA), at +00:12
  • 4. Maria Novolodskaya, (RUS), at +00:12
  • 5. Jade Wiel, (FRA), at +00:12
  • 6. Pfeiffer Georgi, (GBR), at +00:12
  • 7. Clara Copponi, (FRA), at +00:12
  • 8. Simone Boilard, (CAN), at +00:12
  • 9. Anne-Sophie Harsch, (LUX), at +00:12
  • 10. Evita Muzic, (FRA), at +00:12
  • 11. Caroline BohÉ, (DEN), at +00:16
  • 12. Sophie Wright, (GBR), at +00:16
  • 13. Olha Kulynych, (UKR), at +00:40
  • 14. Madeleine Fasnacht, (AUS), at +00:42
  • 15. Hannah Ludwig, (GER), at +01:40
  • 16. Nicole D’agostin, (ITA), at +01:40
  • 17. Alena Petchenko, (RUS), at +02:02
  • 18. Marta Jaskulska, (POL), at +04:12
  • 19. Marie Le Net, (FRA), at +04:12
  • 20. Gyunel Mekhtieva, (RUS), at +04:12
  • 21. Anastasiya Kolesava, (BLR), at +04:12
  • 22. Lorena Wiebes, (NED), at +04:12
  • 23. Sofia Rodriguez Revert, (ESP), at +04:12
  • 24. Marit Raaijmakers, (NED), at +04:12
  • 25. Franziska Koch, (GER), at +04:12
  • 26. Misuzu Shimoyama, (JPN), at +04:12
  • 27. Noa Jansen, (NED), at +04:12
  • 28. Viivi Puskala, (FIN), at +04:12
  • 29. Lotte Rotman, (BEL), at +04:12
  • 30. Karin Penko, (SLO), at +04:12
  • 31. Thale Sofie Kielland Bjerk, (NOR), at +04:12
  • 32. Sara Martin Martin, (ESP), at +04:12
  • 33. Hannah Gruber-Stadler, (AUT), at +04:12
  • 34. Alana Castrique, (BEL), at +04:12
  • 35. Lara KrÄhemann, (SUI), at +04:12
  • 36. Aleksandra Stepanova, (RUS), at 4:14
  • 37. Erin J Attwell, (CAN), at +04:14
  • 38. Eva Jonkers, (NED), at +04:14
  • 39. Vittoria Guazzini, (ITA), at +04:14
  • 40. Shari Bossuyt, (BEL), at +04:30
  • 41. Rozemarijn Ammerlaan, (NED), at +06:17
  • 42. Jessica Roberts, (GBR), at +06:56
  • 43. Katharina Hechler, (GER), at +08:52
  • 44. Maria Martins, (POR), at +08:52
  • 45. Maja PerinoviĆ, (CRO), at +08:52
  • 46. Anhelina Krasko, (BLR), at +08:52
  • 47. Ricarda Bauernfeind, (GER), at +08:52
  • 48. Juste JuŠkeviČiŪtĖ, (LTU), at +08:52
  • 49. Daniela Atehortua Hoyos, (COL), at +08:52
  • 50. Emeline Eustache, (FRA), at +08:52
  • 51. Abigail Youngwerth, (USA), at +08:52
  • 52. Megan Heath, (USA), at +08:52
  • 53. Petra MachÁlkovÁ, (SVK), at +08:52
  • 54. Amalie Lutro, (NOR), at +09:59
  • 55. Clara Lundmark, (SWE), at +09:59
  • 56. Karolina Kumiega, (POL), at +09:59
  • 57. Greta KarasiovaitÉ, (LTU), at +09:59
  • 58. Alyssa Rowse, (BER), at +09:59
  • 59. Anne De Ruiter, (NED), at +09:59
  • 60. Joanna Golec, (POL), at +09:59
  • 61. Svetlana Pachshenko, (KAZ), at +09:59
  • 62. Martine GjØs, (NOR), at +09:59
  • 63. Laurie Jussaume, (CAN), at +09:59
  • 64. Lauren Murphy, (GBR), at +10:01
  • 65. Ariana Gilabert Vilaplana, (ESP), at +10:01
  • 66. Isabel Martin Martin, (ESP), at +10:01
  • 67. Cinthya Teresita Covarrubias Rocha, (MEX), at +10:01
  • 68. Summer Moak, (USA), at +11:04
  • 69. Elné Owen, (RSA), at +13:56
  • 70. Maggie Coles-Lyster, (CAN), at +16:09
  • 71. Veronika Myrxina, (KAZ), at +17:34
  • 72. Emelie Røe Utvik, (NOR), at +18:23
  • 73. Chaniporn Batriya, (THA), at +18:25
  • 74. Aksana Salauyeva, (BLR), at +18:37
  • 75. Regina StegvilaitÉ, (LTU), at +19:42
  • 76. Marib Aguirre Mangue, (ARG), at +19:42
  • 77. Marina Kurnossova, (KAZ), at +19:42
  • 78. Oliwia Majewska, (POL), at +20:43
  • 79. Alijah Beatty, (USA), at +22:18
  • 80. Johanna Johansson, (SWE), at +22:23
  • 81. Zayd Hailu, (ETH), at +28:16

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Riding bliss in Las Vegas Thu, 21 Sep 2017 21:07:03 +0000 Lennard Zinn documents his ride from Boulder City, Nevada to Las Vegas during Interbike.

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Ever had a roadrunner run alongside you on your bike? How about seeing jackrabbits, rattlesnakes, scorpions, redtail hawks, and ospreys while riding? Or a desert tortoise? I saw all of those except the tortoise this week on the Wetlands Park Trail, the River Mountain Loop Trail, and the Union Pacific Railroad Trail on the east side of Las Vegas (and I got to watch all of the traffic I was avoiding while on the I-215 trail).

The rattler and the scorpion were both dead, and I only saw a sign for the desert tortoise, but the long-legged, long-tailed, long-eared desert jackrabbit (as well as lots of brown cottontails), the roadrunner, and the raptors were moving fast. To see that much wildlife in the desert, one would normally have to suffer a lot more than simply surprising the animals by zooming around a corner on a paved bike path on a road bike; one would instead have to hike, mountain bike, or ride a horse in the blazing sun for hours to do so.

Admittedly, there was plenty of blazing sun on my ride, as temperatures were in the 90s with no perceptible humidity, but on a road bike on a paved trail, I was cooled by moving fast and was never far from places to obtain food and water. The suffering was a lot less — perhaps imperceptible.

This is possibly my last time ever riding in Las Vegas, now that Interbike is moving away, and I’m going to miss it, especially after finding these trails. Other than the first few times that Interbike had an Outdoor Demo at Bootleg Canyon above Boulder City, I have gotten to Boulder City by bike. To have Boulder be my riding destination, rather than my starting point at home, is a treat; even with temperatures approaching 100, I prefer it to the shuttle bus.

Most people’s experience of Las Vegas is innumerable massive, multi-lane roads full of cars, with frequent, slow traffic lights constantly impeding one’s progress. This was also my experience on the bike many times riding to and from Boulder City, with the added hazard at the end of the day of riding uphill on some giant, busy road as I headed due west into the setting sun with drivers coming up behind possibly unable to see me until it was too late.

So I started looking for alternatives, and I’ve found some great bike trails, some of which I wrote about a year ago. Many new ones have appeared during the time Interbike has been in Vegas. Since I might not ever get another chance, I wanted to do a huge loop entirely on bike paths to the Outdoor Demo this year, especially because the Demo itself has become so small. There is no way to escape traffic on bike paths near The Strip, but the rest of the ride was sheer bliss.

It could be worth your while to come to Las Vegas just to ride its trails, and it certainly is worth bringing a road bike if you are in Vegas for some other reason. (Maybe bring a mountain bike, too, for the trails at Bootleg Canyon, Calico Basin, and Blue Diamond.) You just might find bliss and see a lot of wildlife you might otherwise never see.

Check out my trip in these photos:

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The Cross Vegas pit crew’s job starts when? Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:32:50 +0000 Lennard Zinn recounts how at most of the time a cyclocross pit crews' work is done before the race even starts.

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I was on my bike, halfway to the Cross Vegas venue in pitch dark, when I received a breathless call from Bjørn Selander. “Lennard, I need your help,” he said, holding back panic. “I just rolled my rear tire in the course pre-ride!”

The Borah Teamwear powered by Bingham Built rider had just flown alone to Las Vegas with one bike and no extra wheels. It was to be the former junior and U23 national cyclocross champion’s first time riding Cross Vegas. His dreams of a good result to restart his cyclocross career and gain some UCI points to qualify for World Cup events after nearly a decade of racing as a pro on the road, including a stint in the white jersey as best young rider at the 2011 Giro d’Italia while on Team RadioShack, were hanging in the balance.

I have known Selander since he was a baby and was there when he donned that white jersey, but that Giro (initially won by Alberto Contador on one of the toughest Giro d’Italia courses ever) would mark the beginning of the possible end to a promising road career for him. (Michele Scarponi would inherit the Giro GC and points victories after they, as well as a 2010 Tour win, were stripped from Contador due to a doping violation.)

It took all Selander had to complete that super-mountainous Giro because his left leg was going numb and producing far less power than the right leg whenever the hammer came down. This marked the beginning of years in a frustrating odyssey of drifting from team to team due to poor results until finally receiving a diagnosis of iliac artery endofibrosis, the same blood-flow impingement that slowed Joe Dombrowski in 2013.

The diagnosis took three years to come to, and, like Dombrowski, Selander eventually had surgery to keep the artery open when pedaling hard. After a couple more years of working to return to form and trying unsuccessfully to continue his road career in the midst of a contracting period among American teams, he had returned to his cyclocross roots on a team with a single member — him.

I had agreed to pit for Selander this night, but, until the moment I received his call while riding to the race, I had been relating to the job as being one with nothing to do. After all, I had been to every Cross Vegas since its inception, and, barring crashes, I couldn’t remember any pro rider pitting, thanks to the forgiving nature of the smooth, dry, grass course.

Since the pre-ride and course inspection for the pro women and men went from 7-8pm, the pro women started at 8:15pm, and the pro men at 9:15pm, I only departed at 7:11pm for the 45-minute, mildly uphill ride west from my hotel east of The Strip to the race venue. I arrived a bit before 8pm, hoping that while I rode the remainder of the way there, Selander would have found himself a rear wheel to borrow. Alas, he had not.

Fortunately, just after entering the venue, I found former Boulder Cyclesport shop owner and my former teammate on its eponymous cyclocross team, Brandon Dwight, stripping some parts off of the bike of Denzel Stephenson (Evol Devo Elite), who is the son of a friend and longtime cyclocross competitor of mine. One of Stephenson’s brakes was not working, so he was borrowing a bike for the race, and the fact that the rear wheel on the abandoned bike had the required 12mm through-axle and 140mm rotor caught my eye. I arranged its loan from Stephenson, pumped front and rear tires on Selander’s bike, and he was back in business.

The nice bookend to the story is that Selander finished fourth, a couple of seconds behind Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) and another 15 seconds behind Belgian superstar brothers Laurens and Diether Sweeck. Stephenson also had a good result (11th), and the borrowed wheels and bike sustained no damage.

Selander’s left leg apparently once again has good blood flow, and his trip was rewarded with some UCI points and prize money in the last edition of this race in Las Vegas. And I was reminded once again that the job of pit crew is largely done before the race, not during it.

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How Cookson got out-maneuvered, and lost the UCI election Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:51:58 +0000 David Lappartient's resounding victory seems as much as a rejection of Cookson’s consensus style of governance as an endorsement of the

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The cycling world was in for a surprise Thursday morning with the news of the ousting of UCI President Brian Cookson after serving one term.

In a resounding victory, Frenchman David Lappartient won 37 of 45 votes in what seemed as much as a rejection of Cookson’s consensus style of governance as an endorsement of the Frenchman. One insider cast the outcome as a victory for “competence over campaign slogans.”

While he proved an expert campaigner, able to topple the powerful yet controversial former president Pat McQuaid in 2013, Cookson found governing the sprawling UCI a much bigger challenge. His legacy will include improved conditions for women’s racing, tightening of TUE rules, and an independent anti-doping body.

“The UCI I leave behind is unrecognizable from the organization I took over in 2013 and I depart with my head held high,” Cookson said defiantly. “Someone needed to stand up and take on the previous regime, who had dragged cycling into the gutter, and I leave the UCI knowing that I have delivered all the promises I made four years ago.”

Cookson, who so adeptly read the waters in 2013, was the odd man out when the votes were cast Thursday. Many expected a tighter race in the secret ballot than the eight votes the 66-year-old received.

In Lappartient, Cookson faced the ultimate insider. The 44-year-old served as UCI vice president and president of the European Cycling Federation and has deep connections across all major federations and institutions in cycling.

Lappartient’s public campaign focused on the menace of motorized cheating, a ban on corticoids, and battling a perceived growing threat from betting.

It was behind the scenes, however, where Lappartient proved most effective. He quietly met with the power players in person and worked the phones since announcing his candidacy in June. Old-school bastions of cycling were frustrated with Cookson’s apparent lack of results, and most of the European voting block supported the Frenchman. Asia, the Americas and Africa also threw their weight behind Lappartient in the landslide victory.

“It is a great responsibility, and I will endeavor in the next four years to be worthy of such trust,” Lappartient said. “It was not a photo-finish, the message of the membership was clear: they want to have new leadership.”

Insiders suggested Lappartient’s victory was fueled by discontent with how Cookson’s management team was handling elite men’s cycling as well as a sense of frustration at the perceived slow progress of anything getting done at the UCI headquarters. After dethroning two-term president McQuaid by promoting an aggressive manifesto of change four years ago, Cookson was perceived as being unable to follow through with decisive action.

By his own admission, Cookson preferred to govern by consensus rather than confrontation. Cookson knew a “war” against the likes of Tour de France owners ASO or the World Anti-Doping Agency would be futile. Some rolled their eyes when Cookson would call for a “study” of a particular issue or problem before taking a definitive stand.

How much of a marked change under Lappartient remains to be seen. Much of the real action will happen behind the scenes, either through staffing changes or back-channel communication with institutions and organizers.

As Cookson quickly realized, the UCI President has few real powers, especially when trying to battle against the likes of ASO or such institutions as WADA or the IOC. The office’s real authority comes from the power of persuasion and the occasional arm-twisting.

McQuaid, for all the criticism, was quite adept at corralling the divergent interests of the governing bodies, and pushing the UCI agenda across the international stage. Lappartient seems to have similar political instincts, both publicly and in boardrooms.

Cookson had a strong sense of personal decency and there was no hint of scandal during his tenure, but seemed to naturally recoil at some of the roll-up-your-sleeves style of politics, and often left the dirty work to designated underlings. Cookson’s consensus-based management style didn’t find a constituency among cycling’s voting federations, and they abandoned him Thursday.

If it might have seemed like sweet revenge for McQuaid, Lappartient was quick to distance himself from the former president, saying that the Irishman was welcome to attend races, but that he would not be receiving any official or honorary positions within his new administration.

With Lappartient comes the fear that the UCI will now become an extended arm of ASO. So far, there is nothing to suggest Lappartient will become ASO’s lapdog, but just as many feared collusion between Cookson and British Cycling, critics will surely look for links, real or imagined, between Lappartient and ASO.

Lappartient now has a mandate to do the job, and get things done. On Tuesday, he will travel to UCI headquarters in Switzerland to assume his office. Cookson, meanwhile, said he will return to his home in England.

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