News for November 8, 1997

Paul Herijgers out

Paul Herijgers is out of the running in the Cyclo Cross World Cup for a long time. He broke his elbow during a training when the handle bar of his bike broke and he hit a tree with his arm.

Dutch Women's Coach will not be back

Piet Hoekstra will not come back as National Dutch Women's Coach. The KNWU on Tuesday decided this after closing the investigation into the matter first raised by team riders. Hoekstra will remain in another function with the KNWU.

In September, 5 women from the National team said they did not want any further dealings with Hoekstra. Yvonne Brunen, Edith Klep, Angela Hillenga, Debby Mansveld and Sandra Rombouts accused the coach of being drunk while on Tours.

KNWU President Joop Atsma said: "We found also that Hoekstra must undertake rehabilitation."

Hoekstra will not appeal against the decision of the investigation. The KNWU said that Hoekstra would now be non-active and appointed Henny Kuiper as the interim coach. In 14 days the KNWU will make a definite decision. "There are no contenders. We will be looking into it in the coming days." said Joop Atsmana.

1997 United States Cycling Federation Athletes of the Year

The group features winners in the following categories: Senior Female, Senior Male, Junior Female, Junior Male, Masters Male and Masters Female and were voted upon by members of the USCF Board of Trustees, USCF Regional Coaches and the USCF senior staff.

The winners are as follows:

Christian Vande Velde, Senior Male. Vande Velde (Mrs. Tís-Lexus), 21, Lemont, Ill., was an overwhelming choice after his season which included the UCI World Track Cup overall title in the menís individual pursuit. He won the Adelaide, Australia, round of the World Cup in the individual pursuit and also won three national titles -- individual pursuit, team pursuit and Madison. He represented the U.S. at both the UCI Road and Track World Championships, finishing 10th in the under-23 individual time trial and individual pursuit.

Karen Bliss Livingston, Senior Female. Livingston (Saturn), 33, Gainesville, Fla., was the premier road sprinter in the United States this year. She won nine National Racing Calendar events, including the Fresca National Criterium Championship and two stages at the Hewlett-Packard International Womenís Challenge. She also had her share of international success this season, placing sixth in the womenís road race at the UCI World Road Championships and winning two stages at the Street-Skills Womenís Cycle Classic in New Zealand.

David Zabriskie, Junior Male. Zabriskie (Einsteinís Bagels), 18, Salt Lake City, Utah, finished fourth in the junior menís individual time trial at the UCI Road World Championships, capping a season which saw him emerge as one of the top junior male riders in the country. He won the menís 17-18 individual time trial title at the Fresca Junior Cycling Championships and also won the individual time trial at the Tour de LíAbitibi Junior World Cup race in Canada. Against senior competition, he finished fourth at the Tour of Willamette stage race in Oregon.

Tanya Lindenmuth, Junior Female. Lindenmuth (Future Champions Cycling Club), 18, Trexlertown, Pa., had a breakout season, winning three titles (omnium, match sprint, 500 meters) at the EDS Junior Cycling Championships. She also turned in a strong performance at the UCI Junior World Track Championships, placing fifth in the match sprint and seventh in the 500 meters. Against senior competition, she placed in the top eight in the match sprint and 500 meters at the EDS National Cycling Championships.

Chris Carlson, Masters Male. Carlson (Team EDS), 34, Dallas, Texas, won this award again after excelling in both masters and senior competition. At the UCI Masters Track Worlds, he won two titles in the menís 30-34 age group -- kilometer time trial and individual pursuit. He won the Best All-Around Rider award at the EDS Masters Cycling Championships, winning five events overall. In senior competition, Carlson helped Team EDS win the team title in the EDS Track Cup Ď97, finishing fourth overall in the menís endurance standings.

Cynthia Goodman, Masters Female. Goodman (Team 101), 40, Redondo Beach, Calif., won three titles in the womenís 40-44 division at the UCI Masters Track Worlds, winning the individual pursuit, match sprint and points race. She was also second in the 500 meters and fourth in the road race at UCI Masters Road Worlds. Goodman also won five medals at the EDS Masters Cycling Championships.