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VN ticker: Rooted Vermont announces $10,000 in scholarships, Ian Garrison confirms departure from Deceuninck-Quick-Step, Eros Capecchi retires

Here's what's making headlines on Monday, October 18.

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Rooted Vermont announces $10,000 in scholarships and reserved spots for women

Registration for Rooted Vermont, the gravel race from promoters Ted and Laura King, will open on November 1, 2021 and will run until November 15. Registrants will be chosen using a random selection process with a field limit capped at 1000.

The race organizers have announced they will award $10,000 in scholarships for youth cyclists or those historically underrepresented in cycling based on race, gender, or identity and for whom access to Rooted Vermont would otherwise be inaccessible without funding. Applications for the scholarships will be accepted through November 10th, and selections will be made based on supporting as many athletes as possible and those who best demonstrate in their application how the opportunity will impact them. Selections will be available for waived entry fee, travel stipends, housing or camping.

The race has also announced that 50 percent of the entry slots will be reserved for women and women-identifying athletes.

Ian Garrison not staying with Deceunick-Quick-Step

Ian Garrison confirmed Monday he is leaving Deceunick-Quick-Step at the end of this season.

The U.S. rider turned pro with the WorldTour Belgian squad in 202o. Last week, teammate Remco Evenepoel wished him luck in a social media post, and on Monday, Garrison followed up to confirm he is exiting the team.

“I would like to thank [Deceuninck-Quick-Step] for everything,” he wrote. “I enjoyed my time with the Wolfpack.”

The 23-year-old rode three seasons with Hagens Berman Axeon, and joined Quick-Step for the 2020-21 season on a neo-pro contract. He raced last year’s Vuelta a España, and finished third in the final stage of the 2020 Tour de la Provence, which was his first race with the team and his best result in Europe so far.

Garrison did not indicate where he’s going next.

Eros Capecchi retires

Eros Capecchi retires after not being renewed by Bahrain-Victorious. That’s according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, who told the Italian daily it was the right time to hang up his cleats.

Capecchi, 35, won a stage at the 2011 Giro d’Italia among his four pro wins. He raced for such teams as Liquigas, Movistar and Quick-Step before joining Bahrain in 2020.