News for February 1, 2003
Edited by Chris Henry
Money Time In Monopoli: 2003 World Cyclocross Championships
Mario De Clercq
Photo: © Dick Soepenberg
By Tim Maloney, Cyclingnews European Editor
Set amongst the scrub pines and olive groves along the rocky Adriatic
coast south Bari, Italy, the World Cyclocross Championships will be contested
this year near the heel of the Italian boot, almost 2000 kilometres south
of Belgium, where the heart of the sport of Cyclocross beats most true.
Saturday will see Junior and U23 men, while Sunday has the Elite Men's
and Women's World Championships. Look for race reports from Monopoli on
Saturday & Sunday, including LIVE coverage from Monopoli of the Elite
Men's race on Sunday, 2 February from 1240-1350 CET.
UCI sets 2006 track and cyclo-cross world's
At its meeting Friday in Monopoli, the UCI awarded the 2006 Track World
Championships to Bordeaux, France. At the same time, the 2006 Cyclo-cross
World's were awarded to Zeddam, Netherlands. Bordeaux has hosted the Track
World's once already, in 1998.
2003 Open des Nations cancelled
The Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), organisers of the Open des Nations
track competition, announced the cancellation of the 2003 event. The reason
for cancellation lies in the change to earlier dates for the Track World
Championships, to be held this year in Shanghai, China. With the World's
set for July 30-August 3, ASO has reportedly decided that the length of
time between World's events and the Open des Nations in mid-November would
be too great, risking a decline in participation, particularly amongst
David Cañada injured
Add one more to the list of cyclists injured in training. Quick-Step-Davitamon's
David Cañada suffered a fracture in his left arm while training
Friday in his home town of Zaragoza, Spain. Cañada lost control
of his bike after hitting a rough stretch of road, and was taken to hospital
in Zaragoza following the incident. After initial examination, surgery
did not appear necessary, in which case Cañada should return to
competition in six weeks.
Wegmann to RSV Gütersloh
German Christian Wegmann, 27, will ride this season for the Division
II team RSV Gütersloh. Wegmann was released from Saeco following
a positive caffeine test at the 2002 Internationalen Hessen-Rundfahrt.
Wegmann was not suspended by his national federation, but the episode
nonetheless complicated his plans for continuing with Saeco.
Honey Stinger/Spinergy Cycling Team
The Honey Stinger/Spinergy Cycling Team, based out of Cleveland, Ohio,
will compete regionally in the Midwest on the road, in cyclo-cross, cross-country
and downhill mountain bike, and on the track. The team will focus on races
such as the Elite National Championships ITT, NORBA National Championship
Series #2 & #3 (XC and Downhill), and the Ohio and Michigan Cyclo-cross
Championships, among others.
Team lineup for 2003:
Tim Edwards, Captain and Manager (Road, XC MTB, Cyclo-cross)
Karen Edwards, Co-captain (Downhill MTB, Track)
CJ Urbancic (Road, XC MTB)
Edwin Hadi (Road, XC MTB)
Mario Mazza (Road, XC MTB)
John Meade (Road, XC MTB, Cyclo-cross)
Honey Stinger - energy gel and bars
Spinergy - wheels
Rudy Project - sunglasses and helmets
Pedro's USA - lubricants, tools, and bags
Cytosport - sports drinks
Kenda USA - tires and tubes
SPF to Go - sunscreen packets
Bike Pro USA - travel cases
Ski & Sport Haus - bike and adventure equipment
Hidden Bay Sports - uniforms
E.T.C. - coaching
Team Ford Outfitters
Team Ford Outfitters, a women's mountain bike team entering its third
season, will continue to grow for 2003, adding two new members to the
lineup: Melanie McQuaid and Tiffany Kenny. The team begins the season
with a training camp in Arizona, after which it heads to the NOVA stage
race in late March. The women will compete on the road at Redlands before
facing a full season which includes the Sea Otter Classic, all NORBA National
Championship Series events, the Tour of the Gila, World Cups, select AMBC
events, and select festivals and 24 hour races.
The team roster for 2003:
Jody Koch, managing rider
Team sponsors include: K2 bikes, Sundog Eyewear, Gaerne shoes, 661 gloves,
and Singletrack Solutions. Team members will be riding K2 Razorback SL
mountain bikes and K2 Mod 5.0 road bikes.
Australian and Oceania Mountainbike Championships
As a result of the back-burning necessary on Mt. Beauty to fight bush
fires, the Cycling Australia Board has accepted the recommendation from
the Mountainbike Commission and MTBA concerning the 2003 Australian Mountainbike
Championships and 2003 Oceania Mountainbike Championships.
The 2003 Australian Mountainbike Championships will remain at Mt. Beauty
but have been postponed to later in the year, likely at the end of October
or early November.
The 2003 Oceania Championships will proceed to be staged on the same
dates of February 21, 22 and 23 but will be relocated to Eildon in regional
Victoria. The Championships will be hosted by the Fat Tyre Flyers Mtb
Club (FTF) who are in the process of affiliation to CycleSport Victoria.
The Oceania Championships will include both cross-country and downhill
events for Elite Men, Elite Women & U19 Men.
There will be additional support events conducted on the day to cater
for other participants who were expecting competition on this weekend,
especially those who made long distance travel arrangements. Support events
will be covered on the same licensing and permit basis as the current
national series events. However, the Oceania Championships will be restricted
to UCI affiliated licence-holders only.
Information on arranging accommodation and other infrastructure details
will be available on the CA, FTF and MTBA web sites as it comes to hand.
Record Field for Dimmeys-Forges Stores Wheelrace
A record number of entries have been received for the Dimmey-Forges Stores
Wheelrace, one of the most prestigious track cycling events on the national
track cycling calendar. Over 150 cyclists have entered, including top
riders from the UK and Japan, to contest the historic carnival.
The highlight of the night will be the Dimmeys-Forges Stores Wheelrace
final which will pit cyclists against each other over 8 laps (2km) of
the 250m board track housed inside Vodafone Arena.
Another feature of the night will be a head to head series between Shane
Kelly, Olympic medallist and former World Champion, and Jobie Dajka, current
World Champion and Commonwealth Games medallist. These two will face each
other in an Omnium series which will consist of a sprint, 500m time trial,
and a motorpaced flying lap.
The Fortress Flooring Women's Series boasts one of the largest female
cycling fields seen in many years. Twenty female cyclists will be lining
up in the women’s series contesting a handicap and a scratch race. Newly
crowned Australian Criterium Champion Lizzie Williams will feature in
these events, and is most likely the rider to beat.
Vodafone Arena will be hosting the Dimmeys-Forges Stores Wheelrace on
Saturday February 8 commencing at 7.00pm. Tickets are available now from
Ticketek (132 849 or www.ticketek.com) priced from $15. For further information
please contact Adam Murchie on 0412 879 871 or firstname.lastname@example.org,
or Joe Ciavola on 03 9439 7921.
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