Archive for March 2010

meyer wins 2nd points world title in copenhagen Meyer Wins 2nd Points World Title in Copenhagen

The first day of the 2010 Track World Championships did not disappoint as the fans were treated to lots of exciting finishes in Denmark this Wednesday. This event, conveniently held at around the midway point between the last Olympic Games in Beijing and the upcoming games in London, also serves as a sort-of measuring stick to gauge the form and ability of future Olympic cyclists.

Cameron Meyer of Australia did not disappoint, as he proved to everyone why he’s the reigning points world champion by conquering the 40-kilometer, 160-lap track at the Men’s Points Race. As the defending champion of this event, Meyer was the favorite at the start of the race, and he practically guaranteed his victory when he lapped the field twice to earn 20 points. By the end of the race, the Australian had amassed a total of 70 points on his way to winning his second straight gold medal.

Meanwhile, Dutchman cyclist Peter Schep came in for the silver medal with 33 points, and Milan Kadlic of the Czech Republic manage to hold on to a slim 27 points to round up the podium winners at third place.

The bronze medal at the Men’s Points Race was hotly contested, as British rider Chris Newton did all he could to grab even a third-place spot on the podium. However, he made a crucial mistake on the final lap when he tried sprinting too early and lost steam before finishing the race. A slowed-down Newton allowed Argentinian rider Perez to race past him and challenge for the bronze, but could not catch up to Kadlic’s 27 points which was enough to win the Czech rider a third place finish.



schets ride belgian keisse Schets to Ride for Belgian Keisse

Steve Schets is Belgium’s solution to the injured Iljo Keisse. The workload will be heavier for the rest of the male cyclists in the Belgian team. A reshuffle will be done when they compete at this week’s World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Due to a broken collarbone, Keisse was ruled out of the championships. The Quick Step rider experienced a training crash over at the Ballerup Arena, Copenhagen. He was also planning to race the point and scratch races and the Madison.

Ingmar De Poortere will be racing for the points race. Schets will be partnered with him in the Madison. For the scratch race, Tim Merterns will cover Keisse’s slot. De Poortere will still be racing the men’s 4000 metre individual pursuit.

Keisse was sad and disappointed over what happened since he was looking forward to competing at the World Championships. He describes the unfortunate incident, “I was on Jonathan Dufrasne’s wheel and we were pedalling at over 60km/h when all of a sudden he fell. We were going too fast and there was nothing I could do to avoid the crash. I knew right away my collarbone was broken.”

Jos Smets, sports director of the Belgian Cycling Federation, shares that the team remains motivated even after the loss of Keisse and Dominique Cornu’s withdrawal for recovery from his illness. “It’s not ideal, but it’s better now that before the Olympics, for example. The athletes know what they have to do and realise that this is a part of sport.”



new zealand team list not yet confirmed New Zealand Team List Not Yet Confirmed

Head coach of the New Zealand National Team Tim Carswell have not yet finalized the team listing for the UCI World Track Cycling Championships in Denmark on Thursday.

Together with fellow coaches Dayle Cheatley and Justin Grace, Carswell shares that the team have settled in nicely and track sessions for them have been promising. “It is definitely going to be our toughest job to make the final decisions on who will start in the team pursuits, team sprints and some of the individual events because there is so little separating the riders.”

The sprint team for men’s will be comprised of Sam Webster, Ethan Mitchell, Eddie Dawkins, Simon Van Velthooven and Adam Stewart.

Carswell expects tough competitors at the World Championships. With names like Chris Hoy and other top cyclists who gave up the worlds for the Beijing Olympics are now back.

Carswell said that they will try to start with the best squads in qualifying for both men’s and women’s. They will not bother so much on the medal rides until they are doing it by then.

Copenhagen’s track has resurfaced for the event. Carswell noted on how warm the weather was and how he hopes it can work to their advantage. The New Zealand Team is ready to burn tyres and speed up to the finish line.



meyer will use 3t the sphinx handlebars Meyer Will Use 3T The Sphinx Handlebars

Cameron Meyer of Team Garmin-Transitions will be using a new handlebar from 3T for the track world championships in Australia.

The new product is called the Sphinx. It has a flat aero, top section that rises before curving downwards. Thin aero profiles are found in between the end of the hooks and the bends of this UCI-friendly bar.

The handlebar was named the Sphinx for the flat forearm position of points of racers. 3T developed this item with Meyer.

Richard McAinsh, a technical director of 3T, explains how they worked with Meyer on the conception of the handlebar. “We know Cameron through Team Garmin-Transitions. He came to us and explained how he rides the points race, alternating between level high speed and all-out sprinting. We saw the chance to use a new UCI-compliant aerofoil we were developing.”

A rider can somehow copy a road position with the raised bends. The wrists are positioned on the tops and the hands are placed on the lever hoods. Although the design of flat tops is not unique, the aero sections on the drops are made especially for track racing.

McAinsh further describes the Sphinx. “The main driver of the design was to get the aerofoil section inside the UCI’s 3:1 gauge.” The Sphinx will be made available in the market this year.



dolan bikes death spray tokyo fixed Dolan Bikes x Death Spray x Tokyo Fixed

As of late, a trend of collaborations have emerged around fixed gear bikes, and the latest collaboration is between Dolan Bkes, Death Spray and Tokyo Fixed. Each brings its own flavor to the fixie, with Dolan supplying the bikes, Death Spray doing what they do best, the artwork. The frame is a Dolan Seta, and the forks are black wave. Other components are Alphina headset, Royce Racing Gold bottom bracket, Tune Geiles stem, Use1 Atom riser handlebars, Strong V grips, and Sugino 75 crank. Tokyo Fixed contributed all of the parts on this collaboration, which are available in its store. No info yet on the availability.



flu forces cornu to miss track worlds Flu Forces Cornu to Miss Track Worlds

Dominique Cornu will be forced to watch from the sidelines as he has officially withdrawn from the UCI Track World Championships due to illness. He was expected to make a bid for the 4,000-meter individual pursuit event and was actually one of the top favorites to win.

Cornu was the only cyclist from Belgium to win a medal at the 2009 World Championships, and had high hopes of winning another medla for his country in this year’s competition, which is scheduled to be held in Denmark this coming March 24.

However, a bout of flu (which had sidelined him since February) has put his plans for success on hold. Cornu had already missed riding in the Ruta del Sol and the recent Paris-Nice event, and is still far from getting back on his feet, never mind going back into the saddle.

In the light of Cornu’s absence, Belgium’s hopes for a medal finish will fall on the shoulders of Iljo Keisse. Keisse will be facing a tight schedule that includes the scratch and point races, and he will be riding in the Madison with compatriot Ingmar De Poortere.

De Poortere will also be competing in the individual pursuit races, as Jonathan Dufrasne steps up to fill the gap in Belgium’s pre-qualified pursuit slot. The men won’t have a team pursuit lineup for this year, so it will be the women riders who will compete in the 3,000-meter team pursuit.



all systems go for new zealand at uci track worlds All Systems Go for New Zealand at UCI Track Worlds

New Zealand is all systems go for the upcoming UCI Track World Championships in Denmark, with strong contenders on both the men’s and women’s teams.

Alison Shanks, the current women’s individual pursuit world champion, will be leading the women’s team for New Zealand, with strong support coming from able riders like Jesse Sergent, Wes Gough, Sam Bewley, and Peter Latham. Shanks will be competing in both the individual and team pursuit events.

Aside from pursuing a strong finish at the Track Worlds, New Zealand is also planning on using the event to get ready for the Commonwealth Games, which will be held in India this coming October 2010. The team has already showed that it is capable of competing at the highest levels, and as head coach Tim Carswell says, “I would like to think we can make gains as we work towards the Commonwealth Games later in the year and on to the 2012 London Olympics”.

Carswell adds that the focus for the team right now is getting into the best possible shape, and that they are expecting to build upon their momentum in the Commonwealth Games and adding “more strength across the board”.

Another prominent New Zealand cyclist, Tom Scully, will also be racing in the Track Worlds, where he will be looking to further strengthen his reputation as a young rider. Scully already has two Track Worlds victories under his belt, among others, and is one of the top favorites to watch in the event this year.

Meanwhile, team coach Tim Carswell mentions that the team’s sprint program “has improved to a stage where we wanted to ensure we have covered all eventualities in Copenhagen”. He explains that even though the focus right now seems to be on the endurance cyclists, their sprinters also have a lot to offer, and he will be counting on Sam Webster, Eddie Dawkins, Adam Stewart, Ethan Mitchell, and Simon Van Velthooven to provide stiff competition against the other national squads.

New Zealand team for UCI Track World Championships:

Men: Sam Bewley, Eddie Dawkins, Wes Gough, Peter Latham, Ethan Mitchell, Marc Ryan, Tom Scully, Jesse Sergent, Myron Simpson, Adam Stewart, Simon Van Velthooven, Sam Webster

Women: Rushlee Buchanan, Gemma Dudley, Lauren Ellis, Jaime Neilsen, Alison Shanks