Tour of the Battenkill announces it will host a UCI 1.2 professional race on June 3, the date originally held by Philly Cycling Classic.
The Upstate New York race will return in 2013 on the NRC, but not the international calendar
Francisco Mancebo leads the NRC standings with a victory in Sunday's Tour of the Battenkill, while Bissell leads the team standings after placing two riders in the top 10
Tour of the Battenkill
- 1. Brett Tivers, Garneau-Club Chaussures-Norton Rose, 4:07:37
- 2. Jesse Anthony, Kbs-Optumhealth, at 0:11
- 3. Brendan Housler, Mt. Borah Custom Apparel / Minerva Design, at 0:47
- 4. Bobby Lea, Pure Energy Cycing/proairhfa, at 0:55
- 5. Shaun Mc Carthy, Garneau-Club Chaussures-Norton Rose, at 0:56
When Tour of the Battenkill promoter Dieter Drake and USA Cycling staff traded barbs over rider invites in January, Mike Poe and the Sunny King Criterium were caught in the crossfire.
The Univest grand Prix organizer weighs in on the dispute between the Tour of the Battenkill and USA Cycling.
The event's lawyer, in a letter sent to the cycling bodies Thursday, said their recent move allowing top teams at National Racing Calendar criteriums — but not at road races like Battenkill — is "exclusionary and monopolistic."
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The organizers of New York's Tour of the Battenkill are withdrawing the event's pro men's race from the UCI calendar due to sponsor difficulties — and in response to USA Cycling's decision to allow higher ranked teams to compete at National Racing Calendar criteriums, but not at NRC road races or stage races.
When the nine riders of Fly V Australia line up for the Tour of the Battenkill in Cambridge, New York, Sunday morning, they will have the confidence that comes with riding for one of the most veteran directors on the road.
The flight cancellations that have resulted from the volcanic activity have grounded Kelly Benefit Strategies in its attempts to reach France for Sunday’s Tro-Bro Léon (UCI 1.1). The team planned to start the race as the kick off to its first European stint in 2010.
The Bahati Foundation sharpened the tip of Sunday’s Tour of the Battenkill Thursday when the team announced that they will send six-rider squad to the race, a reversal of their plans only one week earlier.
U.S. scene this week: Big time in Alabama, California & New York
Fresh off back-to-back stage races at San Dimas and Redlands, the U.S. peloton is largely in rest and recovery mode this week.
Pepsi is the new presenting sponsor for one of the fastest growing road races in the U.S., the Tour of the Battenkill in Cambridge, New York. The soft drink company plans to provide riders and spectators at the April 18 pro race with a variety of its beverages, including Gatorade and Aquafina.
Organizers of the Tour of the Battenkill cycling race announce that amateur registration has exceeded 1800 registrants for the Pro/Am event scheduled for April 10 in Cambridge, NY. Registration for the event is expected to exceed 2200 by the April date, continuing its tradition as the largest single day road cycling race in North America.
The Tour of the Battenkill, which saw about 1,500 professional and amateur racers compete in 2009, will expand to two weekends for its 2010 edition, and add a second race for professional men on a new course. In addition to the hallmark race for professional and amateur racers on Saturday, April 25, two professional races will be held on Thursday, April 29, and Sunday, May 2, said promoter Dieter Drake All races will continue the event’s tradition of combining dirt and paved roads, a feature that has helped the race’s exponential growth since its first edition in 2005.
On July 5, 2009, Evelyn Stevens won the four-day, Fitchburg Longsjo Classic in Massachusetts, winning the NRC event ahead of seasoned vets like Jeannie Longo, who placed third, and Tina Pic, who won two stages. An amateur riding as a guest with the Lip Smacker pro team, Stevens, 26, moved into first on the second day’s hilly circuit race, gained more time with a second place in the tough stage 3 road race, and cinched the win after fending off crushing attacks in the final stage criterium.
It wasn’t a move meant to last, but when Scott Nydam, of BMC Racing, rolled across the line to win the Tour of the Battenkill pro men’s Invitational following a 112-mile breakaway — about half of it solo — the rider from Sebastopol, California, said the victory was a long time coming. “Five months of training and a lot of preparation went into this,” Nydam said. “It all came out today.”
Evelyn Stevens (CRCA/Radical Media) out sprinted a seven-woman breakaway to win the 62-mile women's Pro-1-2-3 race at the Tour of the Battenkill Saturday. Stevens, in her second year of racing, also won the Valley of the Sun road race in Arizona in February. The 200km (124-mile) men's pro invitational race will be held Sunday. In Saturday's 82-mile pro-am men's race, Chad Beyer (BMC) outsprinted Bissell's Tom Zirbel to take the win. Team Type 1's Ken Hanson was third. [nid:90864]
It’s a format not commonly seen in American races, but team managers preparing for this weekend’s Tour of the Battenkill say their teams are ready for the one-day race’s combination of dirt and paved roads and steep climbs.
Kelly Benefit Strategies was arguably the most prominent domestic squad to be denied an invitation to February's Tour of California, but the scrappy team has refocused its season and is currently on a tear, dominating stage races on two continents. At the Tour of Thailand, Kelly's Andrew Bajadali took over the GC lead Wednesday, taking the leader's jersey off the shoulders of teammate Jake Erker, who had led the race all week. With one stage left in Thailand, Kelly leads the team GC and has four riders in the top five on GC.