Must Reads: Swart memorial, Dowsett set for Qatar debut, Armstrong for Greenville? and more

Swart memorial, Dowsett set for Qatar debut, Armstrong for Greenville? and more

Essex Chronicle: Dowsett prepares for pro debut at Qatar

Former Trek-Livestrong rider Alex Dowsett, now with Team Sky, is preparing for his first big race of the year, the Tour of Qatar. He tells the paper that Sky is much different from the Shack. “It’s a bit of a contrast to last year … where we were left to our own devices between races which in hindsight was a not a bad thing. We had to organise ourselves for example looking after diet, our training program and keeping on top of the bikes and having come from the GB Academy I felt well prepared for life on the road but this is the other extreme.”

The Star: Swart memorial planned for February 3

Cyclist Carla Swart, who died lasgt week after being hit by a car last week in her native South Africa, will be remembered at a ceremony in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on February 3. The memorial will be held at the Boardwalk Casino’s Vodacom Amphitheatre at 4:30 p.m.

CarolinaCyclingNews: Greenville door is open for Armstrong

Could Lance Armstrong compete at this year’s U.S. professional championships in Greenville, South Carolina? The race’s organizer says there’s nothing stopping him, Neil Browne reports. “We know (Armstrong) loves Greenville, the bike and supporting the cause against cancer and we’ve done all we can do to make it convenient for him … We’ll do everything we can — he’s eligible and he hasn’t declined the invitation,” said event organizer Chris Aronhalt. Reward offered for arrest of hit and run driver at Levi’s GranFondo

The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition and Levi’s GranFondo are trying to raise $10,000 as a reward for information leading to the arrest of the drive who struck a cyclist the 2010 event. “Anoush Zebarjadian, was struck from behind with the side mirror of the motor vehicle. Zebarjadian was hospitalized in Santa Rosa before being transferred to San Francisco with critical head injuries. While he is expected to make a full recovery, it will be a lengthy and challenging one,” the coalition’s web site reads. The coalition has already raised $1,000 toward the reward and is accepting donations.

Post Independent: Aspen hotels donating one-third of their rooms to host Quiznos stage

The Colorado newspaper reports on progress in planning the Aspen stage of the Quiznos Pro Challenge. Promoters are asking for a $60,000 grant from the city. “The local lodging community, meanwhile, will provide 718 room nights, spread over Aug. 23 and 24 … Quiznos will pay for some of its lodging needs, but the bulk of the accommodations — some $200,000 worth — will be complimentary … Essentially, every lodging property in town was asked to provide a third of its available inventory to help host the event.” Demand Media, a Lance Armstrong investment, has successful IPO

Demand Media had an excellent Initial Public Offering this week, selling 8.9 million shares at $17 each Tuesday. The stock closed at $22.65 Wednesday. The company created the site under a licensing agreement with Lance Armstrong and the Livestrong Foundation. “Armstrong, the foundation and Capital Sports & Entertainment in Austin received warrants allowing them to buy Demand Media stock at $6 a share when that deal was struck, according to securities filings.” The exact amount of Armstrong’s equity is not known.