First Edition Cycling News for May 19, 2005
Edited by Jeff Jones & Anthony Tan
Ag2r in the Alps
The Ag2r-Prevoyance team will head to the French Alpes between May 25-30 for a training camp, the team reported. The camp is aimed at getting the riders ready for the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, and will include a reconnaissance of the sixth stage between Albertville and Morzine, as well as the 10th stage of the Tour de France between Grenoble and Courchevel. A significant portion of the team will be racing in Estonia (GP Tartu and GP Tallinn) and Germany (Bayern Rundfahrt) at this time, meaning that not all of the Dauphiné Libéré riders will be present at the camp.
Riders: Sylvain Calzati, Iñigo Chaurreau, Cyril Dessel, Samuel Dumoulin, Andy Flickinger, Ludovic Turpin, with Marc Scanlon a possibility.
Tour De Vendee (May 22): Cyril Dessel, Samuel Dumoulin, Yuriy Krivtsov, Lloyd Mondory, Erki Putsep, Christophe Riblon, Ludovic Turpin, Alexandre Usau.
Bayern - Rundfahrt (May 25-29): Mikel Astarloza, Simon Gerrans, Stéphane Goubert, Yuriy Krivtsov Jean-Patrick Nazon, Nicolas Portal, Alexandre Usau.
NORBA resumes after three-month hiatus
After a three-month break, the 2005 Shimano NORBA national mountain bike series resumes in Park City, Utah from June 16-19 with round three of the nine-race off-road cycling series, as Deer Valley Resort gets set to host its first NORBA National since 2001.
Despite being the third stop on the calendar, gravity-style events make their '05 NORBA national debut at Deer Valley as Downhill and Dual Slalom events compliment the more traditional cross country and short track disciplines. Super D, a mostly downhill cross country event, and a unique time trial that climbs up the 1,335 meter bobsled track used in the 2002 Winter Olympics, are also on the schedule.
After the opening stop in Boerne, Texas and round two in Scottsdale, Ariz., Canadian Geoff Kabush currently leads the overall standings in both the men's cross country and short track events. In the women's standings, Sue Haywood and Katerina Hanusova lead the overall classification in the cross country and short track events respectively.
Keeping in line with the popular stage race format used in the earlier rounds, the cross country riders will compete in the time trial, the cross country race, and the short track event to accumulate points towards an overall classification, which will determine the overall event winner.
"It's terrific that the premier mountain bike series in the United States is once again returning to a resort and town that has a rich history in competitive mountain biking," said USA Cycling's CEO Gerard Bisceglia. "Along with national championships on the road the following week, Park City will serve as the nucleus of the cycling community in America for nearly three weeks, making it not only an attractive athletic event for riders and spectators, but also a legitimate summer vacation option given the beauty and charm of the town."
The NORBA National at Deer Valley also provides a welcome lead-in for the cycling enthusiast to the Park City Cycling Festival, a 12-day road cycling extravaganza that serves as USA Cycling's national championships for junior, U23, elite, master and Paralympic categories set for June 21 - July 2, 2005. For more information on the Park City Cycling Festival, visit www.parkcitycyclingfest.com .
Nothstein at BikeJam 2005
The seventh annual BikeJam presented by Lateral Stress Velo and featuring The Kelly Cup will take place on Saturday, May 28 at Patterson Park in Baltimore, MD, USA. The event, billed as the "Mid-Atlantic's largest cycling festival" begins at 8:00am and admission is free.
BikeJam 2005 consists of 12 road races for riders from beginner to professional. The one-mile road course is in Patterson Park near Baltimore's Inner Harbor. It's flat and fast but contains slight elevation changes and a few turns to add to the excitement. The day starts with a variety of Rec Rides through the park for casual riders to bike enthusiasts. Afterwards, there will be various races for all ages and categories with the participants vying for cash and prizes.
The Women's Pro Race will be run at 1:15pm, with the T-Mobile, Quark, Victory Brewing, Velo Bella and CRCA/Team Lipton Cycling Teams all down to start. Ina-Yoko Teutenberg and Laura Van Gilder, who currently sit in the top eight of the NRC standings, are both registered to race as well.
Following the women's race, the Kelly Cup Men's Pro Race will kick off at 2:15 pm to begin its 40-lap ride around the park. Olympic Gold Medalist and the winner of 35 US national cycling titles, Marty Nothstein is already signed up, as are Patrick Betz, Jan Bratkowski, Christian Lademann and Stefan Steinweg, members of the German National Team. Last year's individual champion Stephen Alexander will look to defend his title, while the 1999 winner, Joshua Frick, looks to be the first two-time winner of the event. Juan Jose Haedo, Ben Brooks and Alex Candelario are all scheduled to appear, and the teams Jelly Belly/Pool Gel Cycling Team, Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home Pro Cycling and Jittery Joes, Kalahari Pro Cycling Team will all be competing.
Aside from the races, there are also plenty of activities planned throughout the day. Kids can play in fun activities at the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Kids' Pavilion, where the first 500 youngsters will receive a free bike helmet. Adults can enjoy food, beer and live music at the GMC Family Fun Festival. One of the booths at the expo will be courtesy of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, where people can purchase the popular Livestrong bracelets. People of all ages will enjoy the TREK Bike Trials Stunt Show featuring Mike Stedley taking place at 12:45 and 2:45 p.m.
For more information, visit www.bikejam.org
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