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Winston-Salem Cycling Classic to be broadcast live on USA Crit’s Youtube channel

Cycling fans around the globe can watch Friday and Saturday’s criteriums at the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic on the USA CRITS YouTube channel.

Friday’s 50.4-mile UCI/NRC road race for women begins at 9:30 a.m. EDT, followed by the men’s UCI/NRC 120-mile road race at 12:30 p.m. Live streaming of both races will feature announcing by former professional cyclists Bob Roll and Robbie Ventura.

Saturday’s 60-minute NCC/USA CRITS series criterium for women starts at 4:45 p.m. EDT. The pro men’s NCC/USA CRITS series criterium is 75 minutes, beginning at 6 p.m.

All races will be streamed live at: www.youtube.com/usacritsseries

More information on the two days of racing and events can be found on the official website,www.winstonsalemcycling.com or the official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/WSCycling. On Twitter, the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic will tweet under the handle @WSCycling and use the hashtag “#WinstonCycling” for all events.

Inaugural Danbury Audi Race4Scholars Criterium Announced

WHEELpassion and presenting Sponsor Danbury Audi, announced today the inaugural Danbury Audi Race4Scholars Criterium

will be held this summer in downtown Danbury on Sunday, August 17, 2014. Event proceeds will help establish college scholarship funds for high school graduates who intend to major in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines, the medical fields and other relevant majors. Accompanying activities around the event will feature an expo, vendors and free bicycle classes for both youth and adults.

“Having a cycling event in Danbury will have a positive impact on our quality of life and our economic development Initiatives,” said Mark D. Boughton, Mayor of the City of Danbury. “This is the perfect platform to showcase what a bike friendly city Danbury is becoming.”

USA Cycling sanctioned the Danbury Audi Race4Scholars Criterium, which features five amateur category races and two professional races. The course is a classic American-­-style Criterium, aka “Crit” with a .6-­-mile (1K) loop that is lapped over and over making the course fast and challenging for top professional cyclists and amateurs from across the tri-­-state area. Locals termed this “the Old 90′s course” and riders known to generate watts will enjoy this course. Racing starts at 8:30 a.m.

“We are excited to be working with WHEELpassion to bring competitive cycling back to downtown Danbury,” said Josh Weeks, Dealer Principal for Danbury Audi. “Cycling has been an important part of our promotional efforts for the past four years with our sponsorship of Team Danbury Audi. We are looking forward to a great inaugural event and for the criterium to become a summer fixture downtown.”

“It’s an exciting course that is technical for the racers but spectator friendly and will provide an exciting day of top class racing for everyone!” said Robin Morton, Partner and Event Technical Director of g4 Productions. “We are pleased that the Danbury Audi Race4Scholars Criterium is helping to promote women’s racing by offering equal distances and prize money for the Woman’s Feature 1, 2 & Pro event. The force behind the event is WHEELpassion’s mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle by getting youth on bikes.”

Organizations interested in sponsorship opportunities or purchasing exhibit space at the expo should contact Sales at wheelpassion@gmail.com. To register for the Danbury Audi Race4Scholars Criterium, visit BikeReg.com. For more information about the event visit the website at http://wheelpassion.org/race4scholars_crit/

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Emma Trott has sights set on The Women’s Tour in May

One of Britain’s top road racing cyclists, Emma Trott, has her sights firmly set on competing in the first ever Women’s Tour.

The 24-year-old has had a difficult start to the season while her team, Dutch professional outfit Boels Dolmans, have got off to an absolute flyer.

But now Emma is building up her training schedule and is looking to make a significant impact on the event from May 7-11, with two stages taking in the roads of Tendring.

Emma, the elder of the two Trott sisters – Laura being an Olympic gold medallist on the track – was in Clacton today to help launch stages 3 and 5 of the Women’s Tour.

Stage 3 is set to finish in Clacton while Stage 5 will head off from Harwich.

“The event is what all the girls are talking about, and haven been for some time. Getting a race like this in Britain is just huge,” she said.

“Every single team wants to compete here in the Women’s Tour. It is on a par with the men’s race, we are being treated the same and the prize money is the same – and that is the first time that has happened.

“The crowds for the Olympic cycle races in 2012 were awesome and we are all hoping that there is another fantastic turnout. It is going to be one of the major highlights of the whole season in women’s cycling.”

While some of the route goes through Emma’s home county of Hertfordshire, some – such as Tendring – will be new ground.

However, she is keen to do her homework and suss out every single section of the race for herself and her teammates.

“Obviously I want to do well myself but if Boels Dolmans are successful that’s the main thing and if another member of our team wins that’s just great,” she added.

“There are fantastic riders in every team and it will be tough. I am really looking forward to the tour and this is an opportunity to put women’s cycling on the map.”

Emma also sees it as a chance to promote cycling generally as a family pursuit.

“That’s just how Laura and I got started and we used to go along together as kids,” she said. “But it doesn’t have to be a race – it can just be about riding round the countryside at your own pace and enjoying being out there with family and friends.”

Emma is only too aware that she will always be compared to her younger sister – and her amazing achievements – but don’t be surprised if it’s the elder Trott who plays a major role in the outcome of the Women’s Tour.

In all there will be eleven of the world’s top fourteen professional women’s teams will be racing in May with a star studded field assembling in Oundle for the opening stage on Wednesday 7 May.

Mark Platt, Tendring District Council’s Cabinet Member for Tourism, Events and Leisure Services, said that the launch in Clacton has really got everyone excited about the event.

“It is going to be fantastic that The Women’s Tour is taking place in this country and I am delighted that Tendring is involved in two of the stages,” he said.

“Having met Emma today and witnessed her enthusiasm for this elite event I am sure that our residents are in for a treat – along with the many spectators who will come in from outside.

“I think there may be a few people adopting Emma as their favourite and getting behind her team. It would be great to see her do really well.”

Guy Elliott, from Women’s Tour organisers SweetSpot, commented: “The support for the first ever Women’s Tour from Tendring has been superb, and locals and visitors alike can now look forward to welcoming some of the world’s top riders, not once, but twice in the space of three days.

“I am sure following Emma’s visit she can also look forward to some extra local support on the day.”

Once the professional cyclists get under way from Harwich on May 11 they will be followed by the Tour de Tendring at 10.30am.

There will be 6-mile, 20-mile and 60-mile routes on offer and organisers are hoping to top last year’s entry of more than 1,200 riders.

For further information on how to sign up go to www.bike-events.com

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Last month, Tejay van Garderen stood atop the overall podium of the 2013 USA Pro Challenge. (photo by Casey Gibson)

Sierra Nevada becomes official beer of USA Pro Challenge

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., one of America’s premier craft breweries, is returning to the USA Pro Challenge as a founding partner for the 2014 professional cycling race. In a three-year agreement, Sierra Nevada will be the official beer partner of the world-class cycling race and will have a sizeable on-site presence in the finish festival beer gardens. Additionally, the coveted King of the Mountains jersey, worn previously by fan-favorite Jens Voigt, will be entitled by the craft brewer.

“Sierra Nevada was such an important partner during the inaugural edition of the USA Pro Challenge in 2011, and we’re looking forward to having them back for many years,” said Shawn Hunter, CEO of the USA Pro Challenge. “With roots in the sport of cycling, Sierra Nevada will bring the company’s signature brews to our huge crowds of cycling enthusiasts.

With three decades of innovation and experimentation in the brewhouse, Sierra Nevada brings to the race a unique cycling history. A cyclist from an early age, Sierra Nevada Founder Ken Grossman skipped his high school graduation ceremony in 1972, opting instead for a bicycle tour along the Northern California coast. It led him to visit and fall in love with Chico, Calif., where he soon moved and combined long days working in bike shops with long nights building the first Sierra Nevada brewhouse.

Grossman instilled in the brewery a bike culture that’s unavoidable today: repurposed kegs as bike racks, public bike tools and maintenance stand, and even hand-built beer bikes that take people on tours of the grounds. Voted the most cycle-friendly place to work in Chico by the city and awarded as a silver level bicycle-friendly business by the League of American Bicyclists, Sierra Nevada will bring the beer that helped launch the American craft beer movement to professional cycling.

“What I loved and learned about bikes growing up translated pretty well to the crazy idea of building a brewery,” said Grossman. “Whether it’s riding a bike or maintaining one, cycling does a lot to shape you. It’s a sport and ethos that’s been great to see thrive at our brewery, and we’re fortunate and excited to again support the USA Pro Challenge—such a premier event and group of athletes.”

Dubbed “America’s Race,” the fourth annual USA Pro Challenge’s seven stages will take riders throughout the state of Colorado from Aug. 18-24. Beginning in Aspen, the race winds its way through the towering Rocky Mountains, through the cycling towns of Colorado Springs and Boulder, to the finish in Denver. The race challenges the sport’s toughest professional cyclists to compete on the epic course consisting of lung-busting climbs, winding mountain passes and heart-pounding sprints.

5-hour ENERGY® p/b Kenda Racing Team returns to Georgia for training camp

Winter may still have a grip on the southern Appalachian Mountains in Georgia, but the cold temperatures won’t deter one group of athletes from riding bicycles.  The 11 professional cyclists on the 5-hour ENERGY® presented by Kenda Racing Team will use Dahlonega, Ga. as its headquarters for training camp for a second year.  The training camp,February 22-28, will permit the team to adjust equipment and gear, custom fit bicycles, and review the international race schedule and strategy with Director Sportif Frankie Andreu, the former 12-year cycling pro who returns for a second season to lead the team.

The final day of camp, Friday, February 28, will conclude with a special Team Presentation event for fans at the new Jekyll Brewing in Alpharetta, Ga.  As the first brewery in the city of Alpharetta, Jekyll Brewing received its business license in December 2012 and opened to the public last year in a warehouse (2855 Marconi Drive, Ste 350, Alpharetta, Georgia  30005) located near the popular Big Creek Greenway multi-use trail.  It was named after the coastline gem of the state, Jekyll Island, where the first brewery in the Deep South began in 1738.  Cycling fans (21 years and older) are invited to arrive at 7 p.m. for a brewery tour and taste craft beers. This will be followed at 8 p.m. by a formal introduction of the pro athletes and team leaders for the 2014 racing season of the 5-hour ENERGY presented by Kenda Racing Team. Advance tickets are $18 each, and include a raffle ticket for tons of prizes from team sponsors.  Tickets at the door are $22 ($12 for adult entry and $10 for raffle).  To pre-purchase your tickets, visitwww.ontherivetmanagement.com/tix.html.

Georgia-based On The Rivet Management (OTRM) operates the 5-hour ENERGY® presented by Kenda Racing Team.  Brothers Jason and Eric Kriel, which own OTRM, host the camp for all 11 riders, Andreu and team staff, and also invite team sponsors to travel to Georgia for several days.  Expected to participate at the camp with product presentations or fittings are Devinci Cycles, 5-hour ENERGY®, Infinit nutrition, GoPro, FSA, Vision Wheels, SeaSucker, Swiftwick Socks and Fi’zi:k.

Training rides during camp will vary from three hours to six hours, using many of the climbs that were featured in the former Tour de Georgia stage race. Professional cycling is unique in that this is the only time during the racing season that the complete team will be together. Unlike other professional sports team, only six to eight riders are able to race each event, so individual team members typically train in their hometowns during the year.

“Training camp is unique because the riders are coming together for the first time. We use this time to meet our sponsors and refine all the equipment for individual riders, but we also find it as important to mesh as a team, and start building a strategy for the season,” Andreu said, who competed in the Tour de France nine times in his racing career.

The 5-hour ENERGY® presented by Kenda Racing Team was the top Continental squad at three UCI-sanctioned stage races in 2013, Amgen Tour of California, Vuelta a Castilla y León and Tour of Alberta.   The Team chalked up more than 30 podium finishes and awards this past season with races in three countries. The 2014 road racing season began in November with 5-hour ENERGY’s Bobby Sweeting as the top American at two UCI Asia Tour events -  ninth place on G.C. at the Tour of Taihu Lake and 14th spot at Tour of Nanjing. Following winter training camp, the Team will continue racing March 5-9 at Vuelta Mexico (UCI 2.2) and April 3-6 at Redlands Bicycle Classic (NRC).

                                                   2014 Team Roster

Name (age/residence) Previous Team Notable 2013 Result(s)
Bobby Sweeting (26, Asheville, N.C.) 5-hour ENERGY 6th Overall at Tour of Alberta
David Williams (25, Grand Rapids, Mich.) 5-hour ENERGY 4th Overall at Redlands Bicycle Classic
Jim Stemper (28, Wauwatosa, Wisc./ Jackson,Wyo.) 5-hour ENERGY 2nd Overall KOM Classification Tour de Beauce
Taylor Shelden (26, Breckenridge, Colo.) 5-hour ENERGY Top 20 ITT at Joe Martin Stage Race
Christian Parrett (23, Macon, Ga.) 5-hour ENERGY Top 10 Georgia Games Road Race
Chad Beyer (27, Tucson, Ariz.) Champion System Pro Cycling 8th Stage 2 Tour of Utah
Jake Keough (26, Sandwich, Mass.) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 1st Tour of America’s Dairyland (omnium & criterium)
Bruno Langlois (34, Matane, Quebec) Garneau-Quebecor 2nd KOM Classification Parx Philly Cycling Classic
Gavin Mannion (22, Dedham, Mass./Austin, TX) Bontrager Cycling Team 5th Overall at USA Cycling Pro Road Race Championships; 2nd Best Young Rider Tour of Utah
Jon Hornbeck (24, Murrieta, Calif.) Hagens Berman Cycling Top 10 Stage 4 Mount Hood Cycling Classic
Sam Bassetti (22, San Geronimo, Calif.) California Giant Cycling 4th at USA Cycling U23 Road Race National Championships

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