Saturday, July 25, 2009

Cycling Tweets of the week

"I'm ALIVE!!! Remember nothing and have a 'severe' concussion... Spirits are high and @axelmerckx is here. Gonna practice some magic ;)"

"Tweeple, thanks a mill for all the love! I appreciate it! Waking up this morning with a swollen eye and some road rash. Ill keep ya updated!" -- @taylorphinney after suffering a serious crash Friday in Bend's Cascade Cycling Classic.

Cascade Cycling Classic Stage 4 photo gallery

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Webcor delivered race leader Evelyn Stevens to the bottom of the ascent while the she prepared herself for the upcoming effort.

Stevens waited for the climb, then pounced.

The women's Stage 3 podium.

The men's field heads toward Mt. Bachelor.

A little greeting along the way.

Rock Racing controlled the front of the group for leader Oscar Sevilla.

Garmin started animating the race early and often.

Team Type 1's Mike Creed gives Tim Johnson (OUCH) a little help along in the breakaway.

The men's field begins the climb.

Oscar Sevilla, in yellow, is shadowed by best young rider Peter Stetina (Garmin).

The breakaway begins the loop around Bachelor before the final ascent to the ski slopes.

Moises Aldape counter-attacked when the break was caught and broke free for the win.

A Lip Smackers rider enjoys a cool one in the final miles. Shhh! Don't tell the officials.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Tough time trial trims the field in Cascade Cycling Classic

BEND -- A tough time trial course on a windy, hot day in Bend took it's toll on the riders during the 16-mile out-and-back time trial. Former Euro pro lead-out man and U.S. National Road Race Champion Fred Rodrigues (rock Racing) was one of 14 riders who failed to make the time cut and were dismissed from the race. National Cyclocross Champion Ryan Trebon of Bend also fell victim to the time cut, as did Emiliano Jordan, recently racing around Portland with Ten Speed Drive.

But not everyone had it so rough in the stage, which was won by Bissell Pro Cycling Team's Tom Zirbel in 32:50.3. Portland-based Land Rober-ORBEA continues to have the best Oregon finishes. Jim Camut crossed the line in 36:03 for 52nd. Roman Van Uden followed in 69th.

Salem's Omer Kem, a domestique for Bissell, finished 73rd, covering the course in 36:41. Josh Liberles (Ten Speed Drive), a recent transplant to Portland from New Mexico, finished in 37:12.5 for 95th on the team's new BH Bicycles mass production, UCI-spec'd TT bike, a unit the Pro Tour team racing in France doesn't even have yet. Land Rover-ORBEA's Carson Miller finished 110th. His teammate Michael Northey and Evan Elken were 116th and 125th, respectively. Former OBRA racer and Bissell pro Aaron Olson (Oakley/Sidi) finished 130th at 38:04.2. Team Oregon's Kennett Peterson covered the course in 38:06.1 for 132nd. Bend Bike N Sport's Ryan Mckean was 151st. Land Rover-ORBEA'S Joshua Bartlett rounded out the Oregon contingent in 140th.


Once again, hometown racer Chrissy Ruiter (ValueAct Capital Cycling Team) was the fastest Oregon woman, covering the course in 40:19.1, more than a minute and half off the time of winner Jessica Phillips (Lip Smacker). Teri Sheasby (Bend Bike N Sport) was the second-fastest Oregon woman across the line at 41:56.7 for 34th.

Veloforma's Robin Secrist finished 43rd with a time of 42:27.2. Hood River's Alice Pennington clocked in at 44:02.4 for 65th. Portlander Hilary Billington was 78th at 44:44.6. Vanderkitten Racing's Melissa Sanborn was 86th, with a time of 45:56.6.

On the more serious side of things, women's stage winner Jessica Phillips (Team Lip Smacker) was fined $70 and forfeited her stage prize for failing to attend the Awards Ceremony. Ouch!

Check for complete Cascade Classic reports and more Cycling Action photos.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Ruiter tops Oregon women again, Land Rover caught behind crash in Cascade stage 2

BEND -- It was a rough day for riders with Oregon connections at the Cascade Cycling Classic in Bend.

Land Rover/ORBEA finished en masse near the end of the field after getting caught behind a big crash going through Sisters. Rider Jim Camut was best-placed at 42nd, 2:43 down on stage winner Oscar Sevilla (Rock Racing). The best young rider jersey now goes to Garmin's Peter Stetina, who made it into a late break and was the only escapee to hang on when climbing specialists Sevilla and Chris Baldwin bridged. Stetina and Sevilla soon dropped Baldwin, who was caught and passed for third by Sevilla's teammate Francisco Mancebo.

Former OBRA standout Aaron Olson (Oakley/Sidi) finished 50th on the stage. Kennett Peterson (team Oregon) crossed the line 69th. Ten Speed Drive's Josh Liberles came in 79th of the 182 who started the stage. Ryan Mckean of Bend Bike N Sport came in 131st. Ryan Trebon, riding at Cascade with Rideclean p/b, finished 136th, 12:31 down. Salem's Omer Kem (Bissell Pro Cycling Team) finished 138th after a tough day on the front of the field trying to control the race for teammate and overall leader Ben Jacques-Maynes.

When all was said and done, five riders finished after the time cut and are not allowed to start stage 3. Four men did not finish stage 2.


Bend's Chrissy Ruiter (Value Act Capital) followed up her third place on Tuesday with a fourth on Wednesday. Ruiter led a chase for stage winner Evelyn Stevens (Webcor Builders) and Cath Cheatley (Colvatia Sutter Home), who took first and second. Ruiters teammate Kristin Mcgrath was third.

Bend Bike N Sport's Teri Sheasby (pictured) was 21st up the climb to the finish, two minutes and five seconds down on the leaders. Hood River's Alice Pennington (Veloforma) continued her solid performance, crossing the line 27th. Pennington's teammate Robin Secrist, winner of the Cherry Blossom Classic in April, finished 38th. Vanderkitten Racing's Melissa Sanborn finished 51st. Portland's Kelly Benjamin (Colavita Sutter Home/Cooking Light) finished 81st, just ahead of fellow Oregonian Hilary Billington of Lip Smackers, who put in yeoman's work chasing, closing gaps, setting pace, leading out her sprinter for green jersey points and then sitting up for the finishing climb. Ninety-seven riders started the stage. Two women finished after the time cut and four dropped out.

Complete results are posted HERE.


Some people may not be feeling very welcome in Oregon. A day after getting hit with a $300 littering fine on stage one, Rock Racing manager Lorenzo LaPage managed to get the team car banned from the race caravan after stage two. The incident that tipped the scales reportedly involved some choice words, gestures and the careening of a large black-and-red Cadillac at another team car.

And Team Type 1's Michael Creed seems to be in his own secret competition for a jersey given to the rider with the most cumulative fines, piling up $100 in the past two days.

From the official race communique:
Men after stage 2
Due to repeated incidents of Dangerous Driving, the Rock Racing Team vehicle is eliminated from further participation in the team caravan.
Rider 16, Michael Creed, Team Type I, is fined $60 for indiscriminate tossing of 3 water bottles. He is also fined $20 for failure to wear his body numbers. (Creed was fined on stage one for not signing in).

Women Following Stage 2
Team Group Health for follower leaning out of the vehicle.
$45 CREE Russell of Team Veloforma for non-regulation supply of refreshments.
$20 Rider 344 RILEY Jadine for non-regulation supply of refreshments.
Check for complete Cascade Classic reports and more Cycling Action photos.

Guinness Cycling's Miller wins Tuesday PIR race

PIR Tuesday Night Series
July 21

1. Millerr Ben (Guinness Cycling) 19
2. Holland, Steven R (Finnegans Toys/Discover Chiropractic) 18
3. Marcy, Steve (Rapha Racing) 15
4. Hamilton, Chris (Rapha Racing) 14
5. Arguello, Austin (Hammer/CMG Racing Team) 14
Cat 3/4
1. Harwood, Jeff (Ironclad Performance Wear) 21
2. Hemming, David (Rapha Racing) 18
3. Creem, Joshua (Portland Bicycle Studio) 18
4. Prettyman, Joe (Beaverton Bicycle Club) 16
5. Weber, Johannes F.B. (Ironclad Performance Wear) 14
Cat 4/5
1. Riehl, Damian 18
2. Hickman, Ben (Beaverton Bicycle Club) 12
3. Wagoner-Cynch, Graeme 10
4. Anderson, Eric (Pacific Power Blue Sky) 8
5. Nelson, Al 7

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Ruiter, Northey top placed Oregon riders at Cascade

BEND -- Bend resident Chrissy Ruiter (ValueAct Capital) pulled off a third-place finish in the women's race behind Evelyn Stevens (Webcor Builders) and Tina Pic (Colavita Sutter Home/Cooking Light). The women's field finished intact after covering the course in 3:09:25.

Veloforma/ZYM's Alice Pennington finished comfortable in 26th out of the 120-rider field. Vanderkitten Racing's Melissa Sanborn finished in the group at 57th. Veloforma's Robin Secrist, who won April Cherry Blossom Classic in The Dalles, finished 75th after crashing and rejoining the group. Her teammate Melissa McWhirter, stage winner at the recent Mt. Hood Cycling Classic in Hood River, wasn't so lucky. McWhirter hurt her wrist and had to abandon the race on its first day.

Team Lip Smacker's Hillary Billington finished 76th. Jen Akeroyd (Team group Health) came across the line 92nd, just ahead of Team Oregon's Lindsay Fox in 94th. Three of the 104 starters finished behind the time cut, and three did not finish.


Land Rover/ORBEA'S Mike Northey was the best Oregon-based male rider on the 2009 BMC Cascade Cycling Classic's first stage, a 72-mile route that winner Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell) covered in a blistering 2 hours, 23 minutes.

Northey made a late move to the large breakaway group and finished 20th on the day, just one spot out of the white jersey given to the best young rider. That honor went to Trek-Livestrong's Guy East, who finished three seconds ahead of Northey. Trek-Livestrong rider Taylor Phinney, who is third in the young rider competition, was four minutes behind East and Northey.

Kennett Peterson, the only Team Oregon rider in the men's race, finished comfortably in the 180 rider field in 56th. Ten Speed Drives Josh Liberles finished 71st. Land Rover-ORBEA's Evan Elken, who suffered a flat near the end of the race, finished just ahead of teammate Carson Miller in 78th. Seven riders finished outside the time cut, and three of the 191 starters did not finish.

Complete BMC Cascade Cycling Classic Results are HERE.


Rock Racing lived up to its bad boy image, with team manager Lorenzo LaPage garnering a $300 fine from race officials for illegally discarded water bottles along the route. Officials are serious when they tell riders to discard bottles with race staff, road marshals or near course-marker signs if necessary. From the race communique:
Rock Racing Manager Lorenzo LaPage is fined $300. A Rock Racing rider discarded approximately 9 bottles while taking bottles from the team car. A repeat of this performance will result in removal of the team from the race.
Officials fined five riders and another team manger for bottle infractions. Six riders and five team managers also got popped for "extended drafting."

Cascade Cycling Classic pits young guns against old hands

BEND -- A look at the preliminary rider list for the upcoming 2009 BMC Cascade Cycling Classic in Bend backs up the promoter's boast that this could be the largest, strongest field in the history of the 30-year-old race.

The six-stage USA Cycling National Race Calendar event, which starts Tuesday, July 21, and continues through Sunday, July 26, has attracted a talented field of riders ranging from the hottest up-and-coming American riders to some of the world's most elite former Euro pros. They’ll be battling each other and the elements as temperatures should stay in the 90s throughout the week.

Although defending champions Levi leipheimer (Astana) and Kristin Armstrong (Cervelo Test Team) won't be back this year, the race is not lacking cycling star power.

Former Tour de France champion Floyd Landis, who finished first in the 2006 French race only to have it stripped away after failing an anti-doping test, will be in town with his OUCH-Maxxis squad for the Men’s Pro/Cat 1 race. The team also features Chris Baldwin, one of the nation’s best stage racers. Baldwin finished second at June’s Mt. Hood Cycling Classic in Hood River.

The young guns will be wearing the yellow, black and white of Lance Armstrong's Trek-Livestrong Team, the development squad that features 18-year-old World Champion Taylor Phinney. The offspring of 1984 Olympic gold medalist Connie-Carpenter Phinney and legendary 7-Eleven trailblazer Davis Phinney, the 6'5" Taylor won the gold in individual pursuit at the UCI Track World Championships in Pruszków, Poland, at the end of March and has been focusing on the road since.

Phinney and the rest of his cohorts on Trek-Livestrong will have plenty of U23 cohorts. Felt/Holowesko Partners/Garmin, part of the Garmin-Slipstream "farm system," will feature eight riders on its contingent at Cascade. Peter Stetina, who finished ninth at Cascade last year and was third overall at this year's Tour of the Gila until the last stage, could also figure in the overall this year in Bend.

Although they may be lacking Phinney's and Stetina's supply of the youthful exuberance, Rock Racing's crew of motly Euro Grand Tour pros can certainly supply more veteran guile.

Columbian Victor Hugo Peña is a former teammates of Lance Armstrong. Riding for U.S. Postal from 2001-2004, Pena served as one of Armstrong's most loyal Tour de France domestiques. He also wore the yellow jersey for three days in the 2003, the first Columbian to wear the maillot jaune.

Spaniard Oscar Sevilla twice finished second in the Vuelta a España and seventh in the 2001 Tour de France. The 32-year-old also had a team-high 21 podium finishes in 2008, including overall victory at the RCN Classic in Colombia and second in the Spanish national road race championships.

Sevilla’s countryman Francisco Mancebo won the 2008 Vuelta Chihuahua Internacional in Mexico for the second straight year while riding for the Portugese Fercase-Rota dos Moveis team. The 32-year-old has competed in all three of the “Grand Tours” and was the Spanish National Road Race Champion in 2004.

Spaniard José Enrique Gutiérrez is a climbing and stage racing specialist who has participated in all three of cycling’s “Grand Tours” – finishing second at the Giro d’Italia in 2006 and winning a stage of the Vuelta a España in 2004. The 34-year-old comes to Rock Racing from the L.P.R. Brakes-Ballan squad.

For the sprints, Rock Racing will rely on Ivan Dominguez, also known as “The Cuban Missile.” Dominguez, 32, is considered the top sprinter on the North American circuit and has won stages at all three of the U.S. “grand tours” (California, Georgia and Missouri) while racing for Toyota-United the past three years.

The Bissell Pro Cycling Team will return to Oregon after its successful outing at the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic, where Paul Mach took the overall win. This time around Mach will be joined by seven other riders, including Ben Jacques-Maynes, Burke Swindlehurst and Tom Zirbel.

The BMC Racing Team will be on hand, with Jeff Louder and Tony Cruz leading the eight-man contingent. Mike Creed and Darren Lill will be at the race with the rest of Team Type 1, a squad of diabetic riders. Colavita/Sutter Home has just six riders registered, including the Barrajos and Lucas Sebastian Haedo. Other teams in the men’s race include California Giant Berry Farms,, Trek-Red Truck, H & R Block/Kona and more.

Portland-based Land Rover/ORBEA will field an eight-rider team, including the team elder statesman and previous Cascade Classic stage winner Evan Elken. Tour of the Gila stage winner Roman van Uden is also registered.

The Women’s Pro/Cat 1/Cat 2 race also promises to field some of the toughest competition in the nation.

Colavita Sutter Home/Cooking Light is sending a full squad, including criterium specialists Tina Pic and Portland’s Kelly Benjamin. Team Tibco, led by Joanne Kiesanowski and Julie Beveridge, is also fielding a full squad. Alison Powers will be leading the women’s Team Type 1 squad, while Bend rider Chrissy Ruiter will get to show off the local town to her Value Act Capital teammates. Webcor Builders are registered; Amy Dombroski and Gina Grain will lead the eight-rider squad. Hillary Billington, another Portland rider, will be in town with the Lip Smackers Pro Cycling Team.

Portland-based Veloforma/ZYM has eight riders registered, including Alice Pennington, Rebecca Hartkop and Mt. Hood stage winner Melissa McWhirter.


Stage 1: Smith Rock Road Race, Tuesday, July 21
This brand new 71.2 mile stage will start at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond and head directly north into the arid desert past Smith Rock State Park before following the Crooked River through farm country and back to Bend. This may be one for the sprinters before the terrain gets to steep.

Stage 2: Three Creek Road Race, Wednesday, July 22
This 80 mile race, which starts at Summit High school in Bend, heads north toward Redmond and Terrebonne before heading west toward the mountains. Bordering the eastern flanks of the Cascade Range, the course will take riders to Sisters before the long, 10-plus mile climb that just keeps getting steeper until the finish Three Creeks Snow Park in the Deschutes National Forest.

Stage 3: Skyliners Time Trial, Thursday, July 23
The 14 mile out-and-back individual test starts out flat and fast but transitions quickly into the 1,000 feet of climbing toward the mountains and the turnaround. The descent back to the finish will push the riders' biggest gear.

Stage 4: Cascade Lakes Road Race, Friday, July 24
Starting at Summit High School, the course traverses the Cascade Lakes Highway and a number of forest service roads while winding deep into the Deschutes National Forest and around Mt. Bachelor, where the race will finish after the 5km Sparks Lake Climb. "The classic course that has determined more overall victories than any other stage," according to the promoter. The men will cover 84 miles, and the women will ride 71.

Stage 5: Downtown Bend Criterium
Last year an estimated 14,500 people packed the streets to watch this one. The promoter says the new 2009 course is even faster. And with some of the country's best sprinters headed for town, this one won't disappoint anyone looking for a fast, rowdy race. Women race 60 minutes, starting at 5:45 p.m. Men race 90 minutes at 7 p.m.

Stage 6: Awbrey Butte Circuit Race, Sunday, July 26.
This final stage could play a big role in the overall outcome if it's still close. The 17 mile circuit skirts Bend’s outer housing developments and goes through both Tumalo State Park and The Shevlin Regional Park. Short power climbs and fast descents favor the strongest all-around rider. "It comes down to who is willing to make the decisive break and power the effort home," according to the promoter. The men will cover five laps of the circuit. The women will race four.

The amateur OBRA-sanctioned Cascade Stage Race starts Friday and runs through Sunday with four skill- and age-graded categories covering the same courses as the pros.

Cascade Cycling Classic website :

Cascade Stage Race website:

Nike's Steger takes monday night PIR race

River City Bicycles Monday Night Series
Portland International Raceway, July 20

Novice Women
1. Bruening, Joy 15
2. Karottki, Mary (Fly Cyclery) 12
3. Lewis, Leigh 10
4. Pollock, Erika (Portland Velo) 8
5. S, Yvonne? 7
Novice Men
1. Usher, Craigan 15
2. Henitt, Dan (Mt View Park) 12
3. Wilson, George 10
4. Hackenberg, Alex (ZteaM) 8
5. Shedd, Tom 7
Masters 4/5
1. Burton, Nick 15
2. Emersonn Mike (Capitol Velo_ 12
3. Anderson, Eric (Pacific Power Blue Sky) 10
4. Timmerman, Ed 8
5. Wolf, Jeff 7
Masters 1/2/3
1. Steger, Mark (Nike) 18
2. Miller, Benjamin (Team Guinness Cycling) 15
3. Hagen, Karsten (ZteaM) 10
4. Denham, Mitch (NoMad Sports Club) 8
5. Hopper, David (NoMad Sports Club) 7

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Bend's Boswell picked for USA Cycling's junior worlds team

USA Cycling this week chose Bend's Ian Boswell to represent the United States at the UCI Junior Men's World Championship Road Race.

Fellow Oregonian Jacob Rathe (Portland, Hammer/CMG Racing) will join Boswell at the Moscow race, along with Lawson Craddock (Houston, Texas/Hot Tubes), Nathan Brown (Covington, Tenn./Hot Tubes), Gavin Mannion (Dedham, Mass./Hot Tubes) and Ryan Eastman (Petaluma, Calif./All Sport-Team Swift).

Boswell's impressive second-place overall performance at the recent Red River Gorge UCI Elite Junior Stage Race in Kentucky paved the way for his selection to the team -- and for an extended stay away from his home in Bend.

"He's been gone since about February," Boswell's father, Grant, said. "He's been home about three weeks since then."

Ian Boswell has been in Europe training and racing with the USA Cycling development program based out of Izegem, Belgium. He's also been racing around the United States with his Hot Tubes elite junior cycling team.

"They are like the Astana of junior cycling," Grant Boswell said.

It's no exaggeration. Hot Tubes riders, directed by Toby Stanton, snagged the top-four spots at the Red River Gorge race, with Rathe claiming the fifth spot after winning the "Queen" stage. That kind of team dominance earned Hot Tubes' riders four of the six available spots on the USA Cycling worlds team.

"For Ian it's been a huge exposure," Grant Boswell said. "The teamwork there is phenomenal."

Also not an exaggeration. Ian Boswell last month made the front page of the New York Times website in a photo where he was trailing Lance Armstrong and Levi Leipheimer at the Nevada City Classic.

But Ian's been working at it for awhile. Originally coached by legendary endurance athlete Steve Larsen, the 18-year-old elite junior now has a unique barter-system deal with current coach Bart Bowen, who won multiple national championships in the '90s while riding for Saturn and other domestic teams. Now in Bend, Bowen runs a local sports performance lab.

"He essentially coaches Ian for free," Grant Boswell said. "Ian babysits and does yardwork. Bart's pretty cool."

Ian Boswell graduated high school in Bend a semester early and plans to attend junior college in Chico, Calif., next fall.

"He'll got to school part time, work part time and ride his bike," Grant Boswell said. "Chico is an awesome place to train. It sits at the base of the Sierra Nevadas at sea level. So you've got flats and you can climb 5,000 or 6,000 feet right out your back door."

Grant Boswell, a former professional triathlete who finished third in the 1984 Ironman and first in the Australian Ironman in 1985, said Ian plans to send out some race resumes and see if any U23 teams "pop up."

"I really want Ian to go to college," Grant Boswell said. "So I'd like him to start getting some credits. Then when spring comes and things start heating up, we'll see."

You can read Ian Boswell's blog HERE.

2009 Red River Gorge Invitational
Overall Classification
July 14-17, 2009

1.Nathan Brown (Covington, Tenn./Hot Tubes)
2.Ian Boswell (Bend, Ore./Hot Tubes
3.Anders Newbury (Fairfield, Vt. Hot Tubes)
4.Lawson Craddock (Houston, Texas/Hot Tubes)
5.Jacob Rathe (Portland, Ore./CMG Racing)

USA Cycling Junior Men's Road Team
2009 UCI Junior Road and Track World Championships
Moscow, Russia
August 11-15, 2009

Lawson Craddock (Houston, Texas/Hot Tubes)
Nathan Brown (Covington, Tenn./Hot Tubes)
Jacob Rathe (Portland, Ore./CMG Racing)
Gavin Mannion (Dedham, Mass./Hot Tubes)
Ian Boswell (Bend, Ore./Hot Tubes)
Ryan Eastman (Petaluma, Calif./All Sport-Team Swift)