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Roswell Cycling Festival announces this weekend’s schedule of events

The Roswell Cycling Festival enters its 13th year as a spring tradition of family-friendly activities along Canton Street in Historic Roswell. On Sunday, April 27, this event features 10 elite and professional races for the nation’s best cyclists, the Historic Roswell Criterium.

This year’s Historic Roswell Criterium is part of the USA CRITS Speed Week, six races in six southeastern cities offering the biggest prize purse in American Criterium racing of $125,000. Live streaming of the Historic Roswell Criterium races will be broadcast at usacrits.com. These races are sanctioned by USA Cycling, and have attracted more than 8,000 junior and adult cyclists since 2002.

This year’s Roswell Cycling Festival, presented by Hennessy Automobile Companies and Roswell Bicycles, features the Roswell Mayor’s Ride, Kid’s Bicycle Safety Rodeo, Kid’s Zone, Bicycle Expo and 10 races in the Historic Roswell Criterium. A full schedule of events can be found at www.roswellcyclingfestival.com.

“The Roswell Cycling Festival is an event that is meant to be attended by the entire family. It’s a great spring tradition in Roswell. The festival is the perfect time to get outside and support all the local businesses and gives us an opportunity to give back to the community that has supported us for 20 years,” said Craig Anderson, CFO for Hennessy Automobile Companies, which will include two of its 10 area dealerships in the presenting sponsorship, Hennessy Porsche North Atlanta in Roswell and Hennessy Jaguar North Point in Alpharetta.

The popular Roswell Mayor’s Ride will kick off the Festival for a 10th year at 8 a.m. on Sunday morning at Roswell Area Park. There are four ride options, a free family six-mile ride that has a police escort, as well as 20, 40 & 62-mile options. This gives cyclists of all abilities, from unicycles to recumbent and even beach bikes, the opportunity to take in the beauty of Historic Roswell along the tree-lined streets at a casual pace. Registered riders will be provided a VIP post-

post-ride lunch and viewing area for the criterium races with the Mayor. Many of the event sponsors will be part of the VIP area, including 24 Hours of Booty of Atlanta and New Belgium Brewing. All routes begin and end at Roswell Area Park (10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell, GA 30075). The Family 6-mile option is free. Registration is $40 for the 20 & 40 mile options for individuals and $45 for the Metric Century. Group discounts are available. More information can be found at www.bikeroswell.com.

A complimentary bicycle skills clinic will be hosted for a 13th year by the Kiwanis Club of Historic Roswell. Registration begins at 2 p.m. as part of the Roswell Cycling Festival expo, with the Kid’s Bicycle Safety Rodeo in the Roswell United Methodist Church parking lot on the corner of Mimosa and Magnolia. The children who participate in the rodeo will get to test their skills and speed from 5-5:50 p.m. on the criterium race course in the Kid’s Races presented by Moncrief Heating and Air Conditioning. This will be followed by a bicycle/tricycle parade.

There will be two areas along Canton Street with interactive displays and activities for families and children all day Sunday. The south end of Canton Street, between Norcross and Webb streets, will host one Expo Area and the Kid’s Zone, presented by Moncrief Heating & Air Conditioning. The north end of Canton Street, between Woodstock Street and Thompson Place, will host the New Belgium Beer Garden, the Bicycle Expo Area and a large-screen television showing live streaming from four camera positions on the course.

State of the art bicycles and accessories will be on display, and for sale, at the Bicycle Expo Area, managed by Roswell Bicycles and its vendors. Roswell Bicycles has been involved with the Roswell Cycling Festival and Roswell Mayor’s Ride every year since 2002. They are also selling $5 raffle tickets at the store for fans to win new bicycles, which include a Giant TCR Advanced 1 road racing bike ($3200 value), a Specialized Sirrus Elite fitness bike ($820 value), a Specialized Vita Elite fitness bike ($820 value), and a Raleigh Mountain Scout children’s bike ($330 value). Winners will be announced just before the men’s pro race on Sunday. Proceeds go back to Bike Roswell!, a non-profit 501(c)4 bicycle advocacy organization, to support the community.

Local youth and civic groups, as well as individual cycling fans, are encouraged to support the event as volunteers. Course marshals are needed along the critierum race course, as well as support for Bike Roswell with the Mayor’s Ride. Anyone interested in providing talent and time should fill out the online application (click here), or send an email to megan@usacrits.com.

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Lapierre North America 2015 models will debut at Sea Otter

Lapierre will reveal the Aircode aero and Pulsium road bikes at the Sea Otter Classic (Apr. 10-13) in Laguna Seca, Calif. (booth #505). Both new models are currently being tested in racing and training throughout Europe with the Française des Jeux (FDJ) Professional WorldTour cycling team this season. Production models will be available in North America this winter.

Aircode

The Lapierre Aircode is a new aero road bike built for the highest reaches of road racing and is appropriately the new team bike of FDJ. Lapierre has taken the geometry of its popular Xelius EFI frame and given it an aerodynamic makeover by re-shaping the down tube and seat tube into a Kamm Tail wing profile, incorporating a cut trailing edge. This gives the Aircode the ultimate ratio of stiffness, weight, and aerodynamics. This new ‘tear drop’ tube shape is incredibly efficient in crosswind conditions due to the fact that it eliminates the vortex caused by a classic trailing edge.

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The physical shape of the frame has changed as well, with a narrower head tube, a semi-integrated stem, a redesigned fork profile with a semi-integrated front brake, and an aero, under-chainstay-mounted rear caliper. An integrated seat post clamp and internal cable routing with only the cable itself inside the tube provides additional  aerodynamics.

Lapierre’s patented Power Box technology is implemented in the Aircode’s design. The head tube, down tube, and chain stays are oversized along with the bottom bracket shell providing superior lateral stiffness equal to that of the Xelius EFI. The carbon fibers used in the layup have been lengthened for optimized strength in key areas, which allows for weight savings in other sections of the frame.

The Aircode has an upgraded fiber layup that consists of 24 ton, 30 ton and 40 ton tensile modulus fibers. (Tensile modulus is an index that specifies the elasticity of a material. The higher the tensile modulus, the more rigid the fiber. The lower it is, the more elastic the fiber and therefore it has greater ability to absorb shock.) With such indexes, there is a greater flex capability of the tubes in response road conditions along with a significantly lowered chance of breakage.

The Aircode uses the same race geometry as the race-proven Xelius EFI. Lapierre added an additional size to the run (6 sizes) and the Aircode has a 50 mm fork offset as opposed to 43 mm on Xelius EFI.

Pulsium

Lapierre engineers set out create a bike capable of excelling in the roughest of terrain by absorbing vibration in the vertical plane while maintaining superior lateral stiffness for the acceleration demands of UCI World Tour racing. After more than a year of R&D, they came up with a revolutionary design which absorbs the road better than any model to date.

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Utilizing an absorbing elastomer ring on the frame, the Pulsium absorbs the flex between the seat tube and the top tube, and is able to flex 27% more than Lapierre’s existing endurance models at this juncture in the vertical plane. This critical addition to the carbon layup of the frame, coupled with endurance geometry gives the Pulsium the ideal combination of ride characteristics capable of absorbing harsh terrain while simultaneously preserving the rider’s energy. Central to the lateral stiffness characteristics of the Pulsium is Lapierre’s Power Box technology which oversizes and reinforces the lower part of the frame responsible for efficient power transfer from the pedals to the tarmac.

The Pulsium’s fork has been redesigned to optimize frontal stiffness with an increased offset when compared to the Xelius EFI (50mm vs. 43mm). The increased offset allows the fork blades to behave similarly to leaf springs in the way they are able to absorb impact.

The carbon layup was altered to allow for more flex capability and vibration absorption. The Pulsium’s top tube is curved to allow for easier traction and compression flex of the frame along with absorbing the fork’s flex. The seat stays have been curved and narrowed again to allow for leaf spring absorption properties and increased flex capabilities. The frame’s fiber composition is custom for each tube – each tube is designed to flex a certain amount and therefore different ton fibers are used appropriately. The Pulsium consists of 40, 30, and 24-ton fibers. The many absorption technologies used in the construction of this frame allow for more grip and stability on rough roads and less physical stress for the rider in such conditions.

Patented Power Box technology is used in the lower portion of the Pulsium frame. Identical to the Xelius EFI, the bottom bracket shell has a lateral stiffness strength of 150 N/mm, 86,5 N/mm at the head tube, and 70 N/mm at the rear triangle.

The Pulsium geometry implements longer chain stays (4mm longer than Xelius EFI, same length as Sensium) for increased stability at speed and better shock absorbing characteristics along with a longer head tube (15mm longer than Xelius EFI and 5mm longer than Sensium) for an elevated, more comfortable riding position.

The frame comes with a modular rear brake caliper capable of accepting 32c tires. The seat post clamp is integrated to allow for a more aero profile. The Pulsium also has internal cable routing.

Specifications and pricing are to be determined. The Aircode and Pulsium are set to hit Lapierre Dealer shop floors in Winter 2014.

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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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Edwin Avila kisses his second World Champion medal (Photo Courtesy Revista Mundo Ciclistico)

Team Colombia’s Edwin Avila takes Points Race gold at Track World Championships

Team Colombia rider Edwin Avila gave his team and his whole Nation an incredible joy by winning the Points Race gold medal and bringing to his Country its first gold medal in the 2014 Track World Championships in Calì in the night of Friday, February 28th. It was an outstanding effort by the 24-year-old native of Calì, that doubled the World title he had clinched in the same specialty back in 2011 in Appeldoorn (Netherlands).

Edwin Avila kisses his second World Champion medal (Photo Courtesy Revista Mundo Ciclistico)

Edwin Avila kisses his second World Champion medal (Photo Courtesy Revista Mundo Ciclistico)

Avila took the breath away from the thousands of fans cheering in the Calì velodrome with an amazing aggressive strategy, that saw him move on the attack to earn laps since the early going: el Kalimeno managed to win the race by gaining 3 laps on the bunch, that marks a really notable achievement for this great talentClaudio Corti brought to full-time road racing in Europe in 2013. In the end, Avila scored 70 points, four more than New Zealand’s Thomas Scully and 12 over Spaniard Eloi Teruel. Edwin won the fourth World gold medal on track in the Colombian history, becoming the first ever to win it twice.

I wish to thank and to dedicate this victory to my Country, the Colombian Cycling Federation, the Olympic Committee, Coldeportes, my Family, and obviously my Team Colombia – said the newly-crowned World Champion – it was a very hard race, but I did a very good preparation for it, so I knew I could have a shot at it.”

In the past I had won this race with maximum 1 lap gained, and this time I managed to take 3: I think I owe a lot of it to road racing, that gave me so much more endurance that proved crucial to reach another major achievement today.”

Team Colombia General Manager Claudio Corti was also excited to see his prospect break out again on the World stage: “He didn’t win just as a sprinter today, he won as a great rider: one with amazing strength and endurance. He was impressive today: I wouldn’t say that we expected this, but we know what he is capable to do, as he did some incredible things also on the road, and he started in the same fashion at the Tour de San Luis too. We are so happy for Edwin, and can’t wait to see him back in Italy to celebrate his success with his teammates and see his talent flourish on the road.”

On the same night, Team Colombia’ Juan Esteban Arango started his way in the Omnium event: after the first two races, Juanes sits in eight position, still very close to the podium, and will keep on fighting Saturday in the second day of the event.

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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