Domestic Intel: Hanson wins in Europe; Pic returns

One former U.S. criterium champion returns after three-year hiatus, and a current champ wins in Portugal

Hanson wins in Portugal

Ken Hanson opened Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies’ European spring campaign with a win on Monday at the Clássica Aveiro-Fátima in Fátima, Portugal. Hanson, the 2012 U.S. criterium champion, launched a sprint from 300 meters out after his teammate, Chad Haga, pulled in a late breakaway. The win came on the first day of Optum’s four-week racing endeavor on the Iberian peninsula. The team will start the Volta ao Alentejo in Portugal later this week.

1. Ken Hanson, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, in 3:47:49
2. Daniel Mestre, Carmim-Tavira, at :01
3. Nikita Zharoven, Zappi’s, at :01

Singletrack High debuts in Arizona to benefit local high school league

Singletrack High, the new film documenting the rise of high school mountain bike racing in northern California, will premiere across Arizona on March 20 and tickets sales will benefit the Arizona High School Cycling League. Showings will take place in Peoria, Tempe, Flagstaff, and Tucson. According to the league’s website, “ticket sales benefit the Arizona League and 100 percent of the proceeds support our mission of providing safe, quality high school mountain bike programs for student-athletes and teams from public, charter, and private schools throughout the state.”

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Singletrack High Teaser from Pedal Born Pictures on Vimeo.

Tina Pic returns this weekend with Colavita-Fine Cooking

Six-time U.S. criterium champion Tina Pic will make her return to racing on Saturday at the Delray Beach Twilight Festival in Delray Beach, Florida. Pic, 46, headlines the new Colavita-Fine Cooking team after a three-year absence from the peloton.

“We are so pleased to welcome Fine Cooking to women’s cycling,” said Colavita vice president of marketing John A. Profaci. “I’m also pleased to announce Tina Pic’s return to competitive racing. … Tina just needed a break after the 2009 season, not retirement, which is why she’s back on the bike.

“Tina has already solidified her legacy as one of the most decorated cyclists in U.S. history so I hope she really enjoys the Colavita-Fine Cooking team experience and racing excitement ahead.”

Former professional Iona Wynter Parks will direct the team, which includes Jen Purcell, Heather Sprenger, Kathryn Bertine, Jamie Bookwalter, Leah Guloien, Mary Zider, Laura Brown, Lindsay Bayer, and Jackie Kurth. The Colavita squad will target the Redlands Bicycle Classic, Volkswagen Sea Otter Classic, American Cycling Classic, Nature Valley Grand Prix, Boise Twilight Criterium, Tour of Elk Grove, and Gatineau Grand Prix.

Team Mike’s Bikes launches reinforced elite team

Northern California stalwart Mike’s Bikes has revamped its elite men’s team for 2013 with the addition of former pros Daniel Holloway and Roman Kilun. Eric Riggs recently posted a POV video from his leadout at the Land Park Criterium to the team’s website. James LaBerge won the March 16 race for Mike’s Bikes, topping Charles Hutcheson (Marc Pro-Strava) and Joshua Carling (Bicycles Plus-Sierra Nevada) in a bunch sprint.