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USA Cycling and CUORE off to winning start with new national team kits

The eyes of the cycling world are quickly becoming familiar with the new look of Team USA. Several podium finishes at the early spring classic road races in Europe, as well as at the BMX Continental Championships in Chula Vista, Calif., and the BMX Supercross World Cup in Manchester, England, have provided the perfect runways for Team USA to model their new threads.

The new Team USA Cycling kits were designed by cycling legend and design guru Bob Haro, known around the globe as the originator of freestyle BMX. The new team kit also introduces clothing manufacturer CUORE as an official supplier to Team USA Cycling.

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The new design marks the first major update to the Team USA Cycling kit in five years and introduces the new Team USA Cycling logo that recognizes and celebrates the elite cyclists who are part of USA Cycling’s national programs, world and Olympic teams.

“We strive to keep riders comfortable, healthy and performing at their very best,” commented Scott Tietzel of CUORE of Switzerland. “Every athlete who puts on a USA Cycling team kit will notice the inspirational message ‘You are representing the United States of America’ on the back of the bib straps.”

http://www.usacycling.org/usacgallery/photo/2014/Apr/the-new-team-usa-cycling-kits-were-designed-by-cycling-legend-and-design-guru-bob-haro-med.jpgYears of development have resulted in apparel designed to provide athletes every possible advantage. The partnership between CUORE and USA Cycling is about delivering cutting edge quality apparel as well as helping build the Team USA Cycling brand as something cool and exciting – for elite athletes and amateur bike racers alike.

“We were looking for a manufacturer that would go beyond the limits in terms of performance and execution of a design,” said USA Cycling Vice President of Athletics Jim Miller. “While CUORE is new, their team has a long history in developing world class performing materials. We were fortunate to be able to work with Bob Haro who took the time to develop a concept that has a fresh, new, classic design that represents America. There is a second element to this design that has yet to be released. When you see it, you will love it.”

World time trial bronze medalist and reigning time trial national champion Carmen Small feels the new kits are the best she’s seen for the U.S. team.

“They’re very different,” Small commented. “I’ve been in the program since 2008 so I’ve been through a fair amount of kits and I actually like this one the best. They stand out. They catch the eye and create some buzz and that’s always a good thing.”

Canadian BMX team ready to kick off 2014 Supercross season

Four Canadian elite BMXers are travelling to Manchester this week for the opening Supercross event of the season. The two-day competition starts on Friday April 18 with the Time Trials and ends on Saturday April 19 with the featured BMX motos and main events.

Canada will have four riders wearing the National Team uniform at the event, including five-time Canadian Champion and Olympian Tory Nyhaug of Coquitlam, BC. He will be joined by ‎Jimmy Brown of Airdrie AB, who is coming back from a 10-month rest period as a result of an injury, Corey Walsh of Ayr, ON and James Palmer of North Vancouver, who took the second place in the elite category of the Canadian BMX Championships in 2013.

All four riders have participated in UCI BMX Supercross events in previous years.

“I’m excited to open the World Cup season next weekend in Manchester. I’ve been racing a lot this year and I’m ready to go. I’ve raced 2 races on SX tracks so far this year and they have gone well,” said Nyhaug, who is ranked sixth in the World rankings of SuperCross and represented Canada at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. “I know that I’m in great race shape right now and I’m confident in myself. As always the goal is to race consistent and be in the final and once there, go for the win.”

For the season, Nyhaug is looking for consistency. “I’m looking to have fun racing the whole SX World Cup circuit again. Racing consistent every weekend is going to be key in the chase for the title, and that’s my goal.”

Jimmy Brown shares Nyhaug’s feelings on getting back on the Supercross track: “I am feeling confident getting back on the SX tracks after recovering from last year’s shoulder injury. I have put in a lot of hard work in the off season and I am feeling better than ever and ready to do my country proud on a world stage. I am feeling more prepared than I ever have for a World Cup event and I have some big goals, so hopefully all goes well and I can come home with a big result.”

Ken Cools, Head Coach of the Canadian BMX Team, is excited about the start of the new Supercross season: “Olympic qualification will begin this year and racing in Manchester will give an opportunity to dial in racing on SX tracks and better prepare athletes for the upcoming races that offer points.”

TEAM CANADA – 2014 UCI BMX SUPERCROSS – MANCHESTER, GBR
Jim BROWN (Airdrie, AB/Surrey, BC) [Elite Men] (@JimBrown94)
Tory NYHAUG (Coquitlam, BC) [Elite Men] (@tnyhaug49)
James PALMER (North Vancouver, BC) [Elite Men] (@JSP_66)
Corey WALSH (Ayr, ON) [Elite Men] (@WalshCorey)

Coaches/Staff
Ken COOLS, Head Coach (@CoachKenCools)
Alex ICHÉ, Osteopath

2014 UCI BMX SUPERCROSS CALENDAR
18-19.04.2014 – UCI BMX Supercross World Cup – Manchester, GBR
10-11.05.2014 – UCI BMX Supercross World Cup – Papendal, NED
13-14.06.2014 – UCI BMX Supercross World Cup – Berlin, GER
23-27.07.2014 – UCI BMX World Championships – Rotterdam, NED
06-07.09.2014 – UCI BMX Supercross World Cup – Santiago Del Estero, ARG
26-27.09.2014 – UCI BMX Supercross World Cup – Chula Vista, USA

Four medals for Canada at Mountain Bike Pan-American Championships

Canada competed on the weekend at the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike Pan-American Championships, and fared well winning four medals, one in each of the categories with Canadian representation.

Raphael Gagné of Québec, QC rode to the bronze medal in the Men Elite race, crossing the finish line with a time of 1:45:12, just ahead of countrymen and reigning Canadian Champion Derek Zandstra of Trenton, ON, who took fourth place.

“I came here to defend my second place from last year, but my goal was for a Top 5. I gave all I had today, so I am pleased with third. I had logisitical problems in my travels, but thanks to the support from the national team program and the will do to well, I am very happy to have persevered and make it here to these Championships,” said Gagné, after his medal performance.

In the men’s espoirs (U23) race, Antoine Caron of Stoneham, QC stepped up to the challenge and finished third, grabbing the bronze medal after racing for 1:31:15. Caron was involved in a tight race for the silver medal, finishing just six seconds behind the silver medallist.

“The race went better than planed given my left scaphoid injury (wrist). The heat made the race very tough, but I was able to stay hydrated and my pacing strategy paid off at the end… On last lap, I was really close to the Brazilian rider to finish second, but he still had some legs in him,” said Caron.

In the Elite Women category, Mikaela Kofman of Toronto, ON was also riding with the hopes to medal at these championships after stepping on the podium last season. In hot conditions, she managed to ride to the silver medal, posting a time of 1:45:09.

“It was definitely a hard, hot and long race. I went off the start knowing that I had to race smart, hoping that some riders would fade. Mary [McConneloug, USA] went off and I thought she could hold the lead, but she faded. With two laps to go, I was feeling good and was able to distance Mary. Danielle [Campuzano, MEX] was strong today!”

Frédérique Trudel of Breakeyville, QC, the 2013 U23 Canadian Champion, was also a contender for a medal at this event, and did not disappoint. The young rider started with a fast pace, but couldn’t hang on and took the third place, winning the bronze medal. “This was a tough first race of the season for me. I started out strong and faded in the last two laps,” commented Trudel. “It was getting hot out there and I should have drank a little bit more. Overall, I’m happy with my result!”

The 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup tour starts on April 10th with cross-country and downhill races in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. The worldwide tour will make nine stops before the 2014 UCI World Championships in Hafjell, Norway, the final event of the year. Canada will host one event on the 2014 UCI World Cup Tour, hosted in Mont-Sainte-Anne, QC, from July 31st to August 3rd.

RESULTS – 2014 UCI MOUNTAIN BIKE PAN-AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
MEN ELITE
1. Stephen ETTINGER (USA) 1:44:08
2. Fabio Hernando CASTANEDA MONSALVE (COL) 1:45:08
3. Raphael GAGNE (CAN) 1:45:12
4. Derek ZANDSTRA (CAN) 1:45:32
5. Spencer PAXSON (USA) 1:47:04

WOMEN ELITE
1. Daniela CAMPUZANO (MEX) 1:44:31
2. Mikaela KOFMAN (CAN) 1:45:09
3. Mary MCCONNELOUG (USA) 1:45:49
4. Erin HUCK (USA) 1:46:18
5. Agustina Maria APAZA (ARG) 1:47:43

MEN U23
1. Jhonnatan BOTERO VILLEGAS (COL) 1:30:21
2. Luiz COCUZZI (BRA) 1:31:09
3. Antoine CARON (CAN) 1:31:15
4. Andrey FONSECA (CRC) 1:32:11
5. Miguel LONDONO NARANJO (COL) 1:33:05

WOMEN U23
1. Ines Carolina GUTIERREZ (ARG) 1:33:14
2. Xiomara GUERRERO (COL) 1:34:09
3. Frederique TRUDEL (CAN) 1:34:27
4. Florencia ESPINEIRA (CHI) 1:34:32
5. Laura BIETOLA (CAN) 1:36:03

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Bonk Breaker® announces expansive partnership as Official Nutrition Bar of USA Cycling

Bonk Breaker®, creator of freshly baked real food energy bars, announces a newly expanded partnership with USA Cycling. The relationship that launched in 2013 has been extended for a multi-year term and includes substantial on-site activation at key USA Cycling events, exclusive USA Cycling member benefits and full nutritional support of Team USA.

“The strong partnership we’ve forged with USA Cycling has personal meaning to me as a long-time competitive cyclist,” said Bonk Breaker® co-CEO & Chairman Chris Frank, a Cat 1 cyclist who has competed in USA Cycling events since 1986. “But more importantly it provides us with a unique opportunity to supply quality sports nutrition to a broad-based athlete demographic and to support the healthy lifestyle that is synonymous with the Bonk Breaker brand.”

“USA Cycling connects with cyclists of all levels–from youth riders to masters competitors, from entry-level cyclists to some of the top professionals on the planet,” Jason Winn, Bonk Breaker ® co-CEO & founder explains. “They are the driving force behind the sport in this country, and we’re honored to fuel the efforts of all the athletes they touch with delicious, real food Bonk Breaker® bars.”

Steve Johnson, CEO & President of USA Cycling, praised the partnership as a perfect fit for USA Cycling’s athletes and programs. “As athletes themselves, the team behind the Bonk Breaker® brand truly understands the need for quality nutrition,” said Johnson. “Their products not only taste great, they’re crafted from premium real food ingredients. We couldn’t be happier to have Bonk Breaker® on board as a partner in our quest to improve and expand the sport of cycling throughout the U.S.”

Frank lauded USA Cycling’s expanded anti-doping efforts and new “Race Clean™” initiative as a compelling factor in solidifying the long-term partnership. “Our belief is that with proper nutrition, athletes can perform at extremely high levels,” he said. “USA Cycling shares this belief and is committed to supporting clean competition. Our role as a nutrition partner is to provide great-tasting, real food fuel to help naturally optimize athletes’ peak performances.”

In addition to launching the newly formed Bonk Breaker Cycling Team, Bonk Breaker’s investment in cycling includes sponsorship of individual Olympic athletes Sarah Hammer and Dotsie Bausch–both silver medalists in London 2012–the USA National Team, the Hincapie Development Team and numerous local cycling clubs across the United States. The USA Cycling partnership extends to all USA Cycling members in offering exclusive member benefits and sports nutrition education, as well as opportunities for the public to experience Bonk Breaker® first-hand at all 18 USA Cycling championship events and the Tour of America’s Dairyland.

Orica – AIS’ Emma Johansson repeats in Cholet Pays de Loire

Riding with the Swedish National Team, Emma Johansson won Cholet Pays de Loire on Sunday, securing back-to-back victories in the French one day race. The win is Johansson’s third in Cholet, making her the first women to attain the hat trick.

“It’s never easy to come back as a favourite,” said Johansson. “Everyone is looking to you, so it’s harder to win. It’s really nice to come back and repeat. I’m pleased with the way the race unfolded. It played the way we wanted. It was a good day for the team.”

“It was really good to race with the Swedish National Team,” Johansson added. “We don’t have many chances to race together during the year. It’s become somewhat of a tradition to race together here, and I like that.”

Johansson was part of an 11 rider breakaway that solidified on the last of four hilly circuit laps. In the move with her Swedish National Team teammate Sara Mustonen, Johansson was confident in her team’s chances.

“We had two in the group, and both of us felt quite good,” said Johansson. “I was stronger in the hills, and I knew I had to cover everything to make a good attempt to win again.”

Inside the final ten kilometres, Johansson and Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products) slipped away from the front group. The duo built up a small advantage while their former break companions gave chase. The nine caught Johansson and Longo Borghini on the line.

“Elisa and I got away together on the last hill,” Johansson explained. “We just managed to stay away. I won and Elisa ended up third. Jolien d’Hoore (Lotto Belisol) was second from the chase group – that’s how close they were to us in the end.”