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This Week in Pro Cycling – December 14, 2007

Dear Readers,Welcome to the latest edition of The Prologue, the weekly summary of news from the world of competitive cycling by your friends at VeloNews.com.

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Dear Readers,
Welcome to the latest edition of The Prologue, the weekly summary of news from the world of competitive cycling by your friends at VeloNews.com.

The fall cyclocross season hits its peak here in the U.S. this weekend as the country’s top contenders head to Kansas City for the national championships. In addition to some fierce competition, you can expect some seriously chilly weather in KC, as the big Midwestern ice storm has added a glaze over the course at Wyandotte City Park. Nasty weather aside, we can be sure to see some tough racing, as 2007 world’s silver medalist Jonathan Page (Sunweb-Projob) returns to the U.S. in an effort to wrest the national champion’s jersey from Kona’s Ryan Trebon. We can also predict an exciting women’s race as Katie Compton (Spike Shooter) hopes to keep her jersey in a battle with several contenders, including USGP overall winner Georgia Gould of the Luna squad. Be sure to check in throughout the weekend for reports from VeloNews’s own Fred Dreier, who’s on the scene with photographer Casey Gibson.

If you’re not heading out to the park to watch ‘cross this weekend, you might take some time to look at a most interesting interview with the man who owns – and controls – one of this country’s newest cycling teams. VeloNews’s Neal Rogers recently had a chance to speak with Rock Racing team owner Michael Ball about a range of issues, including doping, his recent contract talks with Chris Horner and how he hopes to have a Tour de France yellow jersey hanging on the wall of his office some day. Say what you will, but you can’t accuse Ball about holding back. [More]

Speaking of high hopes, the organizers of the proposed Tour of America have announced plans to scale back a once-unwieldy 30-day 4000-mile stage race to a more manageable 21-stage, 2200-mile event that would begin in New York City on September 6 and end in California on the 28th. Frank Arokiasamy, the man behind the plan said he revised the schedule and route after “feedback from racers, professional racing organizing bodies, the media and supporters.” Arokiasamy still plans a massive $10 million prize list, perhaps the one element of the original plan no one really objected to. [More]

Meanwhile, I want to thank all of you for continuing to submit images to our weekly Photo Contest. The number and quality of what you send in each week combine to make it increasingly difficult to choose a winner each time.[More]

If the weather in your area allows it, go out have some fun on two wheels and be thankful that you don’t have to race in the cold, icy conditions that the ‘cross crew will be facing in Kansas City.

All the best,

Charles Pelkey
Editor, VeloNews.com
CPelkey@insideinc.com