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News briefs: Saturn, Prime Alliance name ’03 squads; A call for art

The Saturn Cycling team has rounded out its roster for 2003 and named former U.S. track coach Andrzej Bek to run its men’s squad. The team has finalized its agreement with Chris Horner, who topped the National Racing Calendar standings in 2002 as a member of the Prime Alliance squad. The team has also recruited Tom Danielson and Phil Zajicek from the as-of-yet-unsponsored Mercury team and added former Saturn Cycling Development Team member Viktor Repinski to its men’s roster. Meanwhile Canadian Lyne Bessette has rejoined the women’s team after leaving the squad earlier this year. The

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The Saturn Cycling team has rounded out its roster for 2003 and named former U.S. track coach Andrzej Bek to run its men’s squad.

The team has finalized its agreement with Chris Horner, who topped the National Racing Calendar standings in 2002 as a member of the Prime Alliance squad. The team has also recruited Tom Danielson and Phil Zajicek from the as-of-yet-unsponsored Mercury team and added former Saturn Cycling Development Team member Viktor Repinski to its men’s roster.

Meanwhile Canadian Lyne Bessette has rejoined the women’s team after leaving the squad earlier this year. The women’s team has undergone major changes, with the recent departures of Judith Arndt, Petra Rossner, Kimberly Bruckner and Catherine Marsal.

Joining Bessette will be returning riders Ina Teutenberg and U.S. National Road Champion Jessica Phillips. The team has also signed 2002 Pro Cycling Tour Champion Laura Van Gilder, former triathlete Manon Jutras, Sarah Uhl and Megan Elliot, the U.S. women’s Under-23 road champion.

The 53-year-old Bek replaces Jim Copeland who left the post earlier this year in an effort to cut back on a hectic travel schedule.

“Andrzej’s skills are a perfect complement to the Saturn Cycling Team,” team manager Tom Schuler said in a news release issued Wednesday. “The athletes and staff alike respect his abilities and look forward to working with him to help field a winning men’s program.”

Bek will be working with a team of 13 men, 11 of whom have been signed to date.

Prime Alliance names ’03 squad
The Prime Alliance Cycling Team also released its 2003 roster on Wednesday, noting the addition of several new riders, including Jonathan Vaughters, formerly of Crédit Agricole.

In addition to Vaughters the team has also signed David Clinger winner of this year’s First Union Invitational, who is moving over from the U.S. Postal team. The core of Prime Alliance’s current roster will also be returning for 2003. Topping that list will be 2001 U-23 world time trial champion Danny Pate and including 2002 U-23 National Time Champion Michael Creed, 2002 points race, Madison and team pursuit national champion Jame Carney, Alex Candelario, Jonas Carney, Matt Decanio, John Peters and Svein Tuft. Also coming to the team in February, at the conclusion of the cyclo-cross season, will be all-arounder Jonathan Page.

Hall of fame seeks label art
The United States Bicycling Hall of Fame has announced a nationwide art contest commemorating the 16th annual Inductions Dinner. The winner’s art will be used to create a custom wine label for the organization’s Induction Dinner on May 25, 2003 and remain in the Hall of Fame as part of the Museum collection. The art, and all copyright privileges, will remain property of the artist.

The winner will be chosen by the Inductions Dinner Committee. Guidelines include any of the following: the history of cycling in the USA; the Hall of Fame as an institution; cycling and its importance to society; or U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame Inductees. Artistic expression and interpretation are encouraged.

The Hall of Fame should receive original art no later than January 29, 2003.Interested parties can visit www.usbhof.com or e-mail RonRoley@yahoo.com foradditional information.