Garrett Wonders, a member of the Hincapie Sportswear-Bianchi cycling team, died on Wednesday after being struck by a pickup truck while training in South Carolina. “This is a terrible tragedy that can remind us all of the inherent danger of the sport we love,” said Hincapie Sportswear’s Steve Baker in a posting to the Internet newsgroup rec.bicycles.racing. “My sincere condolences go out to Garrett's family and friends in this very difficult time.” According to the Charleston Post and Courier website, Wonders, 25, was on a solo training ride on State Road 791 south of Moncks Corner when he
With two months and two weeks to go, the courses are secured, sponsors are in line, and racers are tweaking their fitness; the 2004 Trek Bikes Collegiate National Championships in Madison, Wisconsin, are going to be an incredible three days of racing. Exciting news to announce is the Waterloo Team Time Trial on May 23, 2004. This event will start bright 'n' early at 8 a.m. at the Trek Factory in Waterloo, Wisconsin. The course is a rocking 30km out and back with a few rollers along the way. This is the final day of racing in the three-event championship. Friday highlights the TIAA-CREF
Greenville, SC—Sports fans rarely get an opportunity to live in theshadow of one of their favorite professional sports heroes. However, somelucky cycling fan can now make that dream a reality for a $309,000 pricetag. One of America’s most talented professional bicycle racers, GeorgeHincapie, is selling his home atop Paris Mountain in Greenville, SouthCarolina. Hincapie is coming down from the mountain to move closer to friendsand family in Greenville’s thriving and progressive downtown area. Hincapie’s three bedroom, two and a half bath custom home features phenomenalviews across the Blue
Never on SundayDear VeloNews,This is to respond to Joe Semple's inquiry for bike shops in Paris(see “You'll always have Paris” in Wednesday'smail bag).During my recent honeymoon in Paris I discovered Cycles Laurent at 09,Boulevard Voltaire, in the 11th, near the Place de la Republique. One canget there on Metros 5 or 9 to Oberkampf, or via the No. 11 to Republique.They seemed a general purpose bicycle shop, with road and mountain racingbikes on display, as well as apparel and memorabilia.Just remember like most European businesses, they are closed on Sunday.John L. MillerBrooklyn, New YorkThe
Stay or go? Stay or go? After two delays, Leblanc called off the stage.
USA Cycling has named Pat McDonough as national track programs director effective April 1, 2004. McDonough, a team pursuit silver medalist in the 1984 Olympic Games, is currently the director of the Lehigh Valley Velodrome in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania, a position he’s held since 1989. USA Cycling characterizes McDonough’s appointment as “part of an investment USA Cycling is making to forward track cycling in the United States.” In his new position, McDonough’s efforts will be focused on managing USA Cycling’s track programs and working to create a new national track cycling series. “I
There was some pretty big news coming through on the domestic front this week, as it was announced Wednesday that five-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong will be competing in the inaugural two-day PCT Rocky Mountain Classic, scheduled for September 4-5 in Vail, Colorado. With Armstrong’s commitment comes not only a major boost to the initial running of the Pro Cycling Tour event but also a likely sigh of relief for organizers of the T-Mobile International, held the following weekend in San Francisco. Armstrong hasn’t yet made any official announcements regarding his participation
Go, Bobby, Go!Dear VeloNews,I've read and reread your interview with Bobby Julich about his "lastchance" at cycling (See "Lostand Found Julich vows to make the best of what may be his last chance"),and I have to say it totally delights me every time.I think Julich is one of the most perennially underrated cyclists ofour time, and I'm psyched to see that someone (Bjarne Riis) has finallyput the faith in him that he deserves. And I'm triply psyched to see he'sliving up to it, as evidenced by his killer early season performances,even if they are only "support" roles. It seems to me, that
With the start of the 2004 NORBA National Championship Series openerjust days away, Manitou is pleased to announce that it has confirmed mostof its 2004 MRD Factory Race Team roster (what can we say, it’s early March).Returning teams include Cannondale’s DH/4X team consisting of Cedric Gracia,Gary Fisher, Giant USA, and Intense --- with more to come in weeks to follow.New to the MRD factory team program will be the Commencal DH program consistingof Anne Caroline Chausson, as well as the USA Cycling U23 Development team.Will Longden, riding for Scott, will also be returning to the program
Reba is a part cross-country, part trail bike fork
Pike is RockShox's full-on trail bike offering for 2005
The remote PopLoc lever will change the fork's damping characteristics-on the fly
Michele Bartoli (L), Ivan Basso (C) and David Millar (2ndR) chat with Leblanc.
PRESS RELEASE:New Kona Top-to-Bottom Eliminator to highlight BikeWorld’s spectular“Out of Bounds“ opening weekend, 20th till 23rd of May, 2004KONAWORLD -- California has the “Terminator”, Flachauhas the “Herminator”, now BikeWorld Leogang, Austria has the “Eliminator“.During BikeWorld Leogang’s “Out of Bounds” season opening weekend, May20-23rd, the new Kona Top-to-Bottom Eliminator DH/Freeride race will awarda combined €10,000 euros to the last man and woman standing.The Eliminator is open to the public, with qualifiers taking place onThursday and Friday. The riders will face BikeWorld’s
March 7th, Elk Grove, CA -- Sierra Nevada Cycling competed in another weekend of local racing inthe Sacramento area and it was new recruit and cagy veteran Eric Wohlbergwho came through with the win on Sunday at the Mather Field Criterium. Eric was part of the 6 man winning break which included team mate Ben Jacques-Maynes,2 riders from McGuire Reality including Dave Fuentes, Jason Lokicesmoe(Health Net) and Michael Hernandez (Reno Wheelman). The remainderof the field was controlled by the Sierra Nevada team with team CapitanTrent Klasna cracking the whip.Wohlberg & Jacques-Maynes took their
One man's waste is another creature's buffetEditors;There was a letter on the webpage recently, asking Bob Mionske if throwingbanana peels or other organic trash on the roadsides is considered littering(see "LegallySpeaking - with Bob Mionske: Is that a banana in your jersey pocket?").He replies that the law does in fact consider it littering, but I wouldlike to point out another good reason not to do it. Organic wasteattracts small scavengers such as insects and rodents and possums.These critters in turn attract larger predators, such as owls and hawks,and when they become road kill, crows
A three-judge Colorado appeals court panel has unanimously overturned a lower court decision and ruled in favor of a lawsuit filed by former U.S. Cycling Federation trustee Les Earnest challenging a series of changes to the by-laws of USA Cycling, passed under emergency provisions in February of 1999. In an opinion drafted by Colorado appeals court Judge Leonard P. Plank, the court ruled that the procedures used in enacting a 24-page set of changes to the organization's bylaws and articles of incorporation were in violation of USA Cycling's own rules. Furthermore, the court ruled
Roy and the Rona team kept the overall in the family
Sayers and Jones made sure that this break would stick
The law is an assVeloNews:When I read the "Legally Speaking" column lumping banana peels and used oil filters together, I had to step back and remind myself the column is "legally" correct and therefore has no connection to common sense. Let's take this slowly: Banana peels thrown in the grass are fertilizer; one-gallon jugs filled with urine are litter; banana peels biodegrade in a week; a used diaper is going to take a lot longer. Of course my mental picture is of riding down a country road, polishing off nature's perfect food and trying to clear the barbed-wire fence with the slinky
Earlier this week, McDonald’s announced that it would be phasing out “Supersizing” by the end of this year. What’s the world coming to? Since when do the wheels of progress move backwards? In one of the great innovations in capitalism, Mickey D’s found a way to take a penny’s worth of soda syrup and a nickel’s worth of French fries and tack on 39 cents to millions of orders. And now, they’re doing away with it? What, in the name of public relations? Just because they helped spawn a nationwide epidemic of obesity and health problems is no reason to do away with an institution. It’s just
Dear Bob,It always bugs me when I see a rider on a group ride toss a bananapeel on the road. I know he's littering if he discards the empty gel pack,but does a banana peel constitute litter?Rich W.Illinois Dear Rich,I bugs me too. Maybe that’s why they are called litterbugs?Generally speaking I am not the guy who feels it is his responsibility,or even his right, to “police” scofflaws. However, when a person littersin public, he is polluting the environment, which, of course, belongs tothe multi-national corporations… oops... sorry, I mean all of us. Ruminating on this subject I am loath to
It's not about the licenseDear VeloNews,Call it bureaucracy, call it fair, unfair or simply logical (see"Jeansongets U.S. license"). As a competitor myself, and without goinginto the issue of one's getting a license from Canada versus from USA Cycling, I just want to know if Ms. Jeanson is going to give her fellow competitors a reason why she tested with a high hematocrit before world's last year. Like a few years ago, Paola Pezzo never bothered to explain to any of us competing against her as professional mountain bikers how she tested positive for Nandrolone. That same year, as she won
Legally Speaking - with Bob Mionske: Is that a banana in your jersey pocket?
Cane Creek’s Peter Gilbert shows off the improved $50 Ergo Control II bar end that cleverly integrates with an …
Cane Creek's Peter Gilbert shows off the improved $50 Ergo Control II bar end that cleverly integrates with an ODI-style locking grip ($27)
Just who is that sporting the highly sought-after VeloNews messenger bag? Why, it’s none other than Shimano’s …
Just who is that sporting the highly sought-after VeloNews messenger bag? Why, it's none other than Shimano's Chris DiStefano with hints of '05 technology. Much improved Ultegra anyone?