Thursday, November 28, 2013

Tour to start with Utrecht time trial in 2015

Tour to start with Utrecht time trial in 2015 

Fabian Cancellara should be among the riders aiming for yellow in the stage 1 time trial at the 2015 Tour. Photo: Casey B. Gibson |
Fabian Cancellara and the other time trialists are already licking their chops on news that the Tour de France will see a return of a race against the clock to start the 2015 edition.
Tour officials announced Thursday that the 2015 race will begin with a 13.7-kilometer individual time trial July 4 in the Dutch city of Utrecht.
“After two editions that debuted with road stages, we return to the tradition of a time trial,” said Tour director Christian Prudhomme in a press conference Thursday. “The UCI sets a limit of 8km for a prologue.”
The Tour started with a road stage in Corsica this summer and is slated to begin with another road stage in Yorkshire, England, next July for the 2014 edition.
The return of a time trial — not considered a prologue due to its distance, as Prudhomme pointed out — will set up a duel between Cancellara and other top trialists, including Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and Chris Froome (Sky).
The longer distance of the opening stage will also allow the likes of Froome, with strong time trial credentials, to put in some gains against climbers, such as Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Andy Schleck (RadioShack-Leopard).
Cancellara is the reigning king of the Tour prologues, winning five opening days of the French tour from 2004 to 2012. That’s given him an impressive collection of yellow jerseys, especially since the Tour has done away with time bonuses in 2009.
Cancellara currently ranks highest among active riders with 28 days in yellow. The Swiss superstar also holds the distinction of holding the yellow jersey for the most days for a rider who never won the Tour.
Prudhomme did not indicate whether time bonuses would be back for 2015. Since 2009, the Tour has forgone the time bonuses, meaning that riders like Cancellara, who can capture the yellow jersey early, can keep it for several days if the course opens with a string of sprint-friendly profiles.
This year’s Tour in hilly Corsica saw four riders hold the lead before Froome took it for good in stage 8. That’s in sharp contrast to 2012, when Cancellara won the prologue and held the leader’s jersey for the opening week before eventual winner Bradley Wiggins (Sky) captured it in stage 7.
For 2014, the sprinters will be gunning for the jersey, with Briton Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) as the heavy favorite to win on home roads in the opening stage from Leeds to Harrogate.
Utrecht will mark the sixth time a Dutch city will host the Tour’s Grand G├ępart. Amsterdam was the Tour’s first start beyond French borders back in 1954. Scheveningen (1973), Leiden (1978), ‘s-Hertogenbosch (1996), and Rotterdam (2010) have each played host to the start of the Tour.
Stage 2 is also slated to start in Utrecht, before the race returns to France by the end of the third stage. Further details of the 2015 route will be revealed in October next year.
Prudhomme explained the decision to bring the start back to Holland was a logical one.
“This year 85 percent of French people watched at least one stage of the Tour de France,” he said. “That number was surpassed by only one country; I imagine you’ve worked out that it was the Netherlands, who had almost 86 percent. In fact, 85.7 percent of Dutch people watched at least one stage of the Tour.”

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

#09 11/28/13 Oak Hills TT

#09 11/28/13 Oak Hills Thanksgiving Day TT

Oak Hills Time Trials     
Presented By Pacific Sunset Velo
Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013
Held under USAC permit# 2013-303

2014 Date
January 26, 2014

USCF Categories 
SENIOR MEN 1-2 , 3 & 4/5
MASTERS 35+, 45+,50, 55+, 60+ & 65+
SENIOR WOMEN 1/4  Junior Men & Junior Women        
Public Unlicensed Categories
MEN 18-30, 31-35, 36-40, 41-59 & 60+
WOMEN 18+ and Tandems
Rules: All USAC rules apply.  Helmet’s Mandatory at all time while on your bike.
No faring or fixed gears allowed. You must stay to the right of the road/shoulder at all times. We do not want any riders in the center of the lane. We must stress the important of this rule and we will enforce it.
Course: will be 8 miles out and back with a 4% climb to the turn around and a downhill return to the finish. This will be a time trial for road or time trial bikes. It will be a challenge for all riders. Course is open to traffic. Course map on page two
Fee: USAC Licensed Riders $25.00, Public $25.00. Fee includes insurance.
One day license $10.00. Race day registration only.
Awards: 1st place in all categories will receive medals and ribbons to 2nd to 5th placement.

Registration: Registration opens at 7:00am and closes at 8:45am.
First rider off at 9:00am.

After you have finish your time trial, please do not hung around the finish. Go back to
parking lot, we will meet there for results and awards.
Directions: Oak Hill is located south of Hesperia: Take I-15 north and exit Oak Hill Road,
left on Mariposa. @ stop sign make a left at Oak Hill Rd. over the freeway, take a right on Caliente Rd. Drive to the end of the road pass Joshua St. Approx. 4 miles from the summit. You also exit off Route 395 north, @ signal make a left @ Joshus St, right on Caliente Rd. to start and finish. Park on the right side in empty lot. Please do not park on the street, there is no room.
Restroom: There will be a portable restroom, please use it ….not the landscape.

November Santiago Canyon TT Results

Santiago Canyon TT October 19, 2013


1 MEN CAT 1-2 Dana Skriver *24:22 Fastest men’s time

2 MEN CAT 1-2 Kyle Torres Stage 17 25:23:00

3 MeN CAT 1-2 Michael Shein Rokform 25:56:00

1 MEN CAT 3 Jeffrey Ishmael OC Armada 26:51:00

2 MEN CAT 3 Chris DeLa Torre Radsport 27:37:00

3 MEN CAT 3 Joe Ramos Rokform 28:28:00




1 MEN CAT 4/5 James Sorenson Unattached 25:33

2 MEN CAT 4/5 Ernest Lohman Unattached 26:38:00

3 MEN CAT 4/5 Kenji Ishikawa Rokform 27:50:00

4 MEN CAT 4/5 Adam Harita unattached 27:59:00

5 MEN CAT 4/5 David Glazier Swami 28:22

6 MEN CAT 4/5 Craig Runnalls Rokform 29:15:00

7 MEN CAT 4/5 Kirk Brannom Unattached 30:33:00

8 MEN CAT 4/5 Alan Nichelson Vapor 30:36:00

9 MEN CAT 4/5 Matthew Olivolo Team Velocity 31:14:00

10 MEN CAT 4/5 Robert Parsons 32:01:00

11 MEN CAT 4/5

1 MEN MASTER 35+ Craig Mannino R5-Rock Racing 26:14:00

2 MEN MASTER 35+ Tommy Robles Rokform 26:21:00

3 MEN MASTER 35+ Mariel Appelman Mike’s Bikes 26:27

4 MEN MASTER 35+ Chad Lucius Velo Allegro 27:02:00

5 MEN MASTER 35+ Joshua West Unattached 27:14:00

6 MEN MASTER 35+ Peter Allen Cycles Veloce 27:33:00

7 MEN MASTER 35+ Casey Maguire Pensinsula 28:10:00

8 MEN MASTER 35+ Justin Forbes SDBC 31:23:00

Item 2

1 Men Master 45+ Jim Nelms Radspot 25:45:00

2 Men Master 45+ Robert Swigart Rokform 28:10:00

3 Men Master 45+ Bradley Lang Team Redlands 28:26:00

4 Men Master 45+ Lare Wardrop Unattached 29:34:00
1 MEN 60+ Bruce DePrieser Rokform 27:42:00

2 MEN 60+ Kalman Szkalak Sun Coast 28:37:00

3 MEN 60+ Greg Kibble OC Velo 32:05:00

4 MEN 60+ Richard Allen Alto Velo 34:19:00

1 WOMEN CAT 1-4 Tracy Tilton 27:21 Fastest Woman

2 WOMEN CAT 1-4 Cynthia Sjogren Redlands 29:17:00

3 WOMEN CAT 1-4 Kimber Tedro ShoAir 31:18:00

4 WOMEN CAT 1-4 Mary Ellen Allen Alto Velo 31:26:00

5 WOMEN CAT 1-4 Rose Nguyen Velovet 32:14:00

1 JUNIOR BOYS 13-14 Thomas Quimzon Rokform 30:01

1 JUNIOR BOYS 15-16 Daniel Willett SC Velo 25:14:00

2 JUNIOR BOYS 15-16 John Mitchell Rokform 31:17:00

1 JUNIOR BOYS 17-18 Brett Guilford Rokform 28:46

2 JUNIOR BOYS 17-18 Duban Sanchez Rokform 29:45

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Zirbel, Haga Conclude 2-Year Long Battle Against Clock, Each Other

Zirbel, Haga Conclude 2-Year Long Battle Against Clock, Each Other 

Zirbel, Haga Conclude 2-Year Long Battle Against Clock, Each Other. Duo
records times at nineteen time trial runs, finish 60 seconds apart
November 19th  |   Minneapolis, MN 
Two of America’s fastest men against the clock, Tom Zirbel and Chad Haga, are fast friends after two seasons of racing with the Orange and Black. The duo has ridden their time trial bikes to incredible heights – Zirbel capturing the US national title in the discipline this year, and Haga recently finalizing a deal with ProTour outfit Argos-Shimano for the 2014 season. Zirbel, with his incredible power and size, and Haga with his silky smooth pedal stroke and sky high watts-per-kilogram output, excel at the race of truth for decidedly different reasons. The duo were immediately competitive with one another, and vowed to record the results of every time trial they competed in together and keep a running tally. After two training camp practice runs and seventeen competition time trials, Haga painstakingly tallied up their totals and splits with only one prize in mind: eternal bragging rights. The competition became larger than life for the duo as they battled for supremacy across the United States.
“As far as we were concerned, there were two races going on at every time trial, the actual race, and our race,” said Haga, tongue firmly in cheek. “Every victory was filled with other racers caught in the crossfire. Losses hurt less if we won our private race. We dealt in excuses like currency; we bartered our respective (dis)advantages for time bonuses.”
Haga Fires the Opening Shot at ’12 Camp
Jonas Carney knew he had a special rider in Haga after his first time trial run with the team on the pristine roads outside Fillmore, CA. Haga took 17 seconds out of Zirbel. It was practice, but still impressive.
“I think Chad blew everyone’s mind at camp last year. The skinny kid from Texas showed up and waxed everyone in our first little team competition. None of the guys knew that he could TT like that,” said Carney. “While it wasn’t a sanctioned event, it was a resounding shot across Zirbel’s bow. From there it was game on, and they did battle for two full seasons.”
Tom exacted his revenge directly following the ’12 camp at the Merco Cycling Classic, pipping Haga by .6 seconds, but Haga quickly countered on the roads of Boulder, Colorado, winning the Haystack Time Trial by a significant 20 second margin. At the end of the ’12 season, the rising star Haga had 20 seconds on Zirbel after 146 minutes and 30 seconds of racing against the clock.
The following year on the roads of Fillmore, Haga took the training camp trial run again, this time by 7 seconds. He carried his form into Merco, beating Zirbel by the slimmest of margins, just two tenths of a second. Following that, he continued to roll with a 7 second victory over Zirbel at Redlands. Zirbel took his revenge at Boulder’s Haystack TT, site of a demoralizing loss the year before. Haga quickly shot back at Joe Martin Stage Race, riding hard in the TT in an effort to seal up the yellow jersey and beating Zirbel by over 30 seconds in the process.
Zirbel Turns the Tables
With Haga enjoying a comfortable gap and the season slowly winding down, Zirbel decided to turn things up to 11. With strong winds and a favorable profile during the SRAM Tour of the Gila, he thundered across the course, taking 41 seconds out of the young Texan. Haga began to suspect Zirbel was avoiding the uphill TT’s which would put the nearly 200 pound Zirbel at a considerable disadvantage. His suspicions grew when Zirbel abandoned the Amgen Tour of California after a rough go in the early stages’ 110-plus degree temperatures.
“After a resounding loss in the first uphill TT at Joe Martin, Tom set to work to avoid facing me in the other two. He deserves an Oscar for his ‘overheating’ performance in California, going so far as to abandon the race before the race of truth,” said Haga. “I also suspect that he paid Jonas to leave me off the USA Pro Challenge roster. Oh, and don’t forget about how he broke his collarbone after I beat him in the Cascade prologue…certainly fearful of the upcoming Elk Grove smack down.”
Not phased by Haga’s slanderous remarks, Zirbel lined up at the crown jewel of American time trialing, the US National Championships, their biggest competition yet. On the form of his life and hungry for the stars and stripes, Zirbel had the run of a lifetime on the flat, power-friendly Chattanooga course. The Flying Z took 46 seconds out of Haga, and it became clear that Zirbel was the top time trialist on the team and in the country.
Haga remained stubborn after the loss, claiming that “Tom may have won on time, but I had more victories.”
Chad Haga wept openly after calculating the final results of the two-year long standoff with Zirbel.
Tired of Haga’s passive-aggresive remarks, Zirbel fired back at the young rider and closed the book for good.
“By Haga’s poor logic, his future teammate Kittel ‘won’ the Tour de France last year because he won a few sprint stages.The reality is that this battle was a test of endurance and consistency throughout the year. Despite clearly having the race organizers on his side by utilizing uphill TTs (Joe Martin, Tour of Cali, US Pro Challenge), there was just too much straight, flat road (i.e. TRUE time trials) for him to contend with in the end,” said Zirbel. “I couldn’t tell you how many races the team won in 2013 or even how many races I won, but I know my lead over Haga to the tenth of a second and all year. I’ve been visualizing the day when I would definitively prove my supremacy.”
In two years of competition, with over 6 hours of time trialing, the final difference between the duo was barely a minute. An incredible testament to their skill on the TT bike, and to the peak fitness both riders carry.
With Chad moving to the ProTour in 2014 with Argos-Shimano and focusing on a full-time European campaign, the possibility of a “serious” rematch between the two friends during the Amgen Tour of California and USA Pro Challenge is positively tantalizing. Zirbel will look to defend his national title in 2014 where his young ex-teammate and friend should be one of his biggest competitions for gold.
Congratulations to Chad on his move to the ProTour in 2014, and congratulations to Tom Zirbel for bringing home the national title for Orange and Black.