First Edition Cycling News for December 9, 2005
Edited by Jeff Jones & Hedwig Kröner
Bonomi to Barloworld
Italian pro Giosuè Bonomi is heading towards South Africa, joining the Pro Continental team Barloworld for 2006. "I have to thank Claudio Corti, who gave my his confidence," said the 27 year-old, who will be racing his sixth season within the professional peloton next year. "At Barloworld, I'm sure to have found the ideal environment to which I can contribute my experience and my technical skills. I will try to be useful to the team in any possible way."
Bonomi has been riding with Lampre-Caffita this season.
New Continental team in Germany
According to radsport-news.com, a new Continental team will be on the road in Germany next season, named Notebooksbilliger.de, an online computer store. With 15 riders on its roster, the team is managed by Karsten Niemann and directed by Stefan Sprenger and Gregor Kritschenko. It hopes to race next season without too much pressure, before ramping up its program in 2007 with the possibility of increased sponsorship.
The team will feature Enrico Zinn and Timo Scholz as its top riders, along with the experienced Renno Wernicke, who will serve as team captain. It will be presented in the town of Dessau (also a co-sponsor) next February, but already plans to start in the Tour of Thailand in January. Notebooksbilliger.de will race in the major German races and take part in tours in France, Serbia and Luxembourg.
Big money for Japanese Keirin in Manchester
French sprinter Mickael Bourgain will in action at the Manchester Velodrome on Sunday, December 11, looking to defend his crown in the second JKA Japanese Keirin and take home the £15,000 cash first prize. Bourgain won the inaugural JKA Japanese Keirin in January this year, narrowly beating Shane Kelly and team mate Gregory Bauge to victory.
World Sprint Champion Rene Wolff, who didn't make it past the first round of the JKA Japanese Keirin earlier this year, won't be competing and neither will Great Britain's Jamie Staff, who has pulled out due to visa complications in the US where he is based. Despite this, the start list looks very strong: Olympic Keirin Champion Ryan Bayley and World Keirin Champion Tuen Mulder will be looking to take a large slice of the £47,000 prize money along with Chris Hoy, Arnaud Tournant, Theo Bos, Shane Kelly, Barry Forde and Craig MacLean.
"The money is obviously a big incentive," commented MacLean. "But once you get out there and line up on the start line that is the last thing on your mind. The Keirin is such a tough event and you need to be able to react to everything so focus is the key. Of course it would be great to win some cash but there will be a lot of tough racing to get through before that."
Shane Kelly (Australia)
Obree film out in spring 2006
The £3m Hollywood bio-picture on Graeme Obree, "The Flying Scotsman", will be out in spring 2006, although Mel Films, the production company behind the project, has been placed into administration. Starring "Trainspotting" star Jonny Lee Miller, the movie has finished filming and should make it to the big screen despite the latest setback.
First 10 min-rushes have been viewed and all are happy with the results, including Graeme Obree himself. Administrators Tenon Recovery say the film will go ahead. "Our priority is to make sure The Flying Scotsman is released," Kenneth Craig, of Tenon Recovery, told Bikebiz.co.uk. Other financing partners include NRW, BBC Scotland, Bank of Ireland, Glasgow Film Office, Pictorion Das Werk, IFC, and Scottish Screen.
New book for Wuyts
It is widely considered that the Belgian TV cycling commentators are among the best in their field. But not only can they explain things well verbally, a few of them can also write. Michel Wuyts, VRT's main cycling commentator, has written yet another book, Het jaar van Tom Boonen (The year of Tom Boonen).
Although the title might indicate otherwise, the book is not just about the new Belgian god of cycling. "It's a book which covers the whole 2005 season, looked at from a different perspective," said Wuyts in Het Nieuwsblad. "Partially by Tom Boonen himself, partially by myself. I described what I have seen and experienced and asked Tom for his point of view.
"I dare to say that this has led to a few really pleasant observations. Details? Did you know that Guido Trenti, Tom's American team mate, offered to give him a hand during the last kilometres of the World Championships but that Tom politely turned down the offer? Or that Dirk Demol had rang Johan Bruyneel one and a half hour before the finish of Paris-Roubaix to report that they could forget about Hincapie because Boonen was unbeatable? And I couldn't fail to mention all those other personalities which coloured this season. I name just a few: Stijn Devolder, David Zabriskie, Michael Rasmussen and...Ivan Basso's sister!"
Het jaar van Tom Boonen is published by Houtekiet. It's a 170 page paperback, and sells for € 16.50.
Courtesy of Sabine Sunderland
Tour de France stars to race in Dandenong
The international stars of Australian cycling, Baden Cooke, Simon Gerrans and Matt Wilson, will race in the Jayco Greater Dandenong Criterium on Sunday, December 18, 2005. The event is open to all registered racing cyclists, giving them a rare chance to match their skills and fitness with the world's best riders.
All funds raised on the day plus the proceeds from the Women's race go directly to the Amy Gillett Foundation.
There are six events (A-Grade Men 60 mins, Celebrity Race, Women 45 mins, B Grade 45 mins, C Grade 45 mins, M/W17 30 mins) and eight categories (Men, Women,M23, M/W19, M/W17 and Masters). Racing begins at 11:30 am on a course bounded by Pultney, Wilson, Langhorne and Wedge Streets (Melways 90 E9).
For more information contact John Trevorrow (Cycling Events Downunder) at email@example.com.
Team Rubicon signs sponsor for 2006
Team Rubicon, based in Portland, Oregon, USA, will be sporting a new name and a new look for 2006, as it has signed a partnership agreement with new sports performance drink Gleukos of Portland, Oregon. Gleukos' support for the 2006 season will provide the team with the ability to travel to NRC events, to raise awareness of the LAF and to develop its young squad into the next generation of professional athletes.
"We are really excited about the upcoming season and the opportunities it will bring to our team and sponsors," team director Norrene Godfrey said. "The support we have received from our existing and new sponsors has been overwhelming and we are looking forward to another electrifying year of Rubicon racing."
To date, Rubicon has raised over $41,000 for the Lance Armstrong Foundation and has graduadated four riders to the US professional ranks. Returning U23 development riders for the 2006 season will be Scott Allen (NZ), Walker Starr (US), Dean Tracy (US), and Aaron Tuckerman (NZ). New U23 members for 2006 include Steven Beardsley (US) and three additional spots, which will be filled in the coming months.
A complete team roaster and more information can be found on the team's website at www.trubicon.org
Team Onza supports DARE charity
Bike Trials team Onza has lent its support to national drugs charity DARE (UK). Based in Nottingham, the team will work with DARE Sport, a branch of the drug awareness charity that uses sport to teach young people focus and motivation and to encourage strength and self-esteem.
The likes of Trials Junior World Champion Ben Slinger and National Champion Danny Butler will work alongside the programme in schools and community skate parks to promote drugs awareness and a healthy lifestyle to young people across the country. "Trials have done a great deal to get young people back on their bikes and enjoying cycling again," said Onza manager Chris Poyzer. "It’s made it cool and kids want to get involved. Working with DARE Sport is great for us because we’re all about promoting a healthy lifestyle and showing young people there is an alternative to drinking and smoking on a street corner."
DARE works in schools across the country alongside the police through a policy of prevention not intervention. "We are really excited to be working with the Onza team as I’m sure their skills and success will enthuse the young people we work with and show them another way of living a healthy and active life," commented Chief Executive Paul Smedley. "DARE is committed to the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse and getting young people interested in alternative sports and activities such as trials is a great way of motivating them to stay active."
Trials riding has shot to popularity over the last few years with young people across the country taking to their bikes to jump off walls, over park benches and through any possible urban obstacle.
For more information, please go to www.dare.uk.com
Darren Kenny 2005 BBC South Sports Personality
Dorset Paralympic cyclist Darren Kenny has been elected BBC South Sports Personality for the year 2005 in the United Kingdom. Kenny re-wrote the record books in 2005 by breaking the Hour record, winning five World titles and four Paralympic World Cup crowns, totalling his victories to more than 20 international competitions during the year. Dame Ellen MacArthur was second in the vote and cricketer Kevin Pietersen third.
2006 World Deaf Cycling Championships get live Internet coverage
The 2006 World Deaf Cycling Championships (WDCC) organizing committee has announced a media agreement with DeafNation, Inc. to present the international event in and around the Bay Area, California, on the Web with daily video coverage and up-to-date results.
This is the first time the event will be held in North America and the first time it will receive Internet coverage. To date, teams from 10 nations have committed to the event scheduled for June 18-24, 2006, some from as far away as Australia and South Africa. The broadcast will be at www.deafnation.com and the website will be linked to from www.usdeafsports.org/2006cycling
Bray Wheelers on the move
By Tommy Campbell, Irish Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday Independent
Bray Wheelers Cycling Club is unique in the sense that it is the only club in Ireland that has a club house. The premises are based on the higher Dargle Road in Bray and they have been there since the late '60's.
According to new public relations officer for the club, Michael O'Donnell, "We are moving to the Southern Cross end of the town. The move has been on the cards for a while, but all the legalities have now been sorted out and we hope all going well to be in situ in the New Year. The old club house served us well, but we will be moving to a state of the art building which hopefully will show the true professionalism of the club that was formed in 1949.
"It is intended to formulate a campaign to attract anyone who enjoys cycling, whether it is leisure or racing. In this day and age, all associations associated with sport are intent on growing their numbers and we in the Bray Wheelers will be no different. The club has a strong tradition of success and that is the foundation we will be building on."
O'Donnell is looking forward to the challenge of his brief as PRO for a club that is steeped in the finest traditions of the sport, both at competitive level and administration. He is no stranger to success, having tasted victory in the Junior Tour, but his abiding memory is winning the 'Shay Elliott' memorial back in the mid '90s. In a way Elliott was the pioneer for Irish cycling, but ultimately it was Kelly and Roche who were O'Donnell's role models.
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