Results tagged “BMC” from spare cycles

What a (Gila) Crock

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Leipheimer and Nydam - (c) Ken Conley

Where Lance goes, the rulebooks and stupidity follow...

First, Astana and BMC are caught up in the UCI's sudden desire to enforce a rule that says that ProTour teams cannot race in national events. If there was an epidemic of ProTour teams deciding that they would rather rack up wins at local races than, say, the Tour de France, I would understand, but with events like Philly and Tour of New York facing cancellation, the US Open, Lehigh, Reading, Tour de Leenau, Oregon Pro, and Priority Health Classic cancelled, and the Tour of Gila itself saved from extinction by SRAM, do we really need to be kicking race promoters in the gut by telling them that Lance Armstrong can't race in their event? I mean, Lance is like a Magical Money Unicorn -- you gotta spread that around!

There's a reason why that rule isn't generally enforced: it's bad for cycling! SRAM steps into save a race and the biggest team they sponsor can't race it? Stupid!

Now, of course, the UCI has 'compromised' and will allow three Astana riders to race (Lance, Levi, and Horner), without their Astana kits. This isn't too big a deal for Astana, but poor BMC now has to send five riders home and follow the same rule interpretation. We'll have to see if the UCI will now follow BMC around for the rest of the season and wreck havoc on their ability to race.

Sayers

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Mike Sayers, 2nd place

I only just got around to reading Mike Sayers retirement farewell. Man, the Tour of Missouri is turning into the farewell race for North American stalwarts. Last year Moninger, this year Sayers.

Sayers is the sort of gritty, straight-talking, workhorse rider that I just can't help but like as a fan. I hope he keeps on blitzing the local NorCal scene.

Ronde van Brisbeen Circuit Race 2008

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Freddie Rodriguez - (c) Ken Conley
Photo by Ken Conley

Men's Cat 3 - (c) Ken Conley Men's Cat 3 - (c) Ken Conley

BMC Break - (c) Ken Conley BMC Break - (c) Ken Conley

yes, I blew the finish shot and tried to hide it with bad creative photoshopping...

Ronde van Brisbeen 2008 Circuit Race Photos

Stage 2 of Ronde van Brisbeen is a 1.7-mile circuit race in the Brisbane Highlands. This year's event was brutal with its smack-you-in-the-face headwind on the climb to the finish. Gusts were strong enough to knock over the hay bales used in the turns.

BMC led an attack on nearly every lap up this climb with Cal Giant covering, which quickly shelled most of the pack. Surprise entry Freddie Rodriguez looked fairly comfortable in the lead group, having just finished off a burrito 15 minutes before race time. BMC sprung a two-man break with Nathan Miller and Brent Bookwalter that quickly gained a minute lead. A Cal Giant rider tried to bridge but the windy conditions were too much. Fast Freddie tried to pull it back, but he eventually found himself accompanied by only two riders: one of them from BMC.

I used this race to practice for the Tour de Georgia. You can probably tell from the gallery what shots I was practicing. I don't like going for the special effects shots too much, but they're fun in small doses.

Results

Ronde van Brisbeen 2008 Circuit Race Photos

Stage 1: JJ Haedo wins easily

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JJ Haedo - (c) Ken Conley
Photo by Ken Conley

Stage 1 Photo Gallery

Fabian Cancellara had his arms raised up in the air long before his teammate JJ Haedo crossed the finish line to take his fifth Tour of California stage win. The peloton found itself split in two as it entered Santa Rosa with big sprinters Ivan Dominguez and Luciano Pagliarini already eliminated from the sprint competition. Hincapie hit the deck in the final kilometer and came across a bit battered.

A long day for Jackson Stewart off the front earned him the KOM jersey and Most Aggressive award on the day.

JJ Haedo - (c) Ken Conley

George Hincapie - (c) Ken Conley JJ Haedo - (c) Ken Conley

Stage 1 Photo Gallery

2008 Tour of California Teams

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Tour of CaliforniaThe teams were announced today and the list should provide many storylines: polar opposites Slipstream and Rock Racing, Hincapie leading Team High Road against Leipheimer/Astana, Gerolsteiner in its final year, Health Net defending their NRC crown, Scott Moninger directing Toyota-United against his former team BMC, etc...

  • Astana (LUX)
  • Bissell Pro Cycling Team (USA)
  • BMC Racing Team (USA)
  • Bouygues Telecom (FRA)
  • Crédit Agricole (FRA)
  • Gerolsteiner (GER)
  • Health Net Presented by Maxxis (USA)
  • High Road Sports (GER)
  • Jelly Belly Cycling Team (USA)
  • Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast (USA)
  • Quick Step (BEL)
  • Rabobank Cycling Team (Netherlands)
  • Rock Racing (USA)
  • Saunier Duval-Scott (ESP)
  • Team CSC (DEN)
  • Team Slipstream Powered by Chipotle (USA)
  • Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team (USA)

Last year the Tour of California overall was been dominated by Discovery vs. CSC, but with the spread of Discovery's American talent to High Road and Slipstream, as well as the CSC's loss of Zabriskie and Vande Velde to Slipstream, this should be a more balanced competition. This could even be the year of Slipstream's ascension in American tours.

Press Release

BMC @ Pasta? tonight

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I probably won't be able to make this one:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BMC Cycling Team at Local Restaurant

Palo Alto, CA -- Thursday January 10, PASTA? Restaurant located at 326 University Avenue in Palo Alto will be hosting the entire BMC Cycling Team and their entourage for dinner at 8pm. PASTA? is located along the official Palo Alto – Stanford Prologue route.

The Swiss based BMC Professional team will finish their week long training session for the Prologue today. After a grueling day cycling Mount Hamilton, the 16 person team will have the opportunity to enjoy a hearty family style Italian meal with the entire team and entourage.

This week’s training session has been the first time the entire team has tested the new BMC bicycles on local roads together. Of the 16 member team, 11 are American, one is from South Africa and four are Swiss. Only 8 riders will compete in the 2008 Amgen Tour of California.

Official Team Announcements will be made the week of January 14, for the 2008 Amgen Tour of California and details of individual members will be announced shortly thereafter. Teams from around the world will be coming to California for the largest, international professional cycling race in the United States.

The 2008 Amgen Tour of California is an eight-day US cycling event starting in Palo Alto on Sunday February 17, 2008. World class cyclists will kick off at 1 p.m. with a short, intense, individual time trial of about two miles. The Palo Alto – Stanford University Prologue is fast, flat, short and promises to be most exciting. Volunteer opportunities for this event are available at http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/Tour/volunteer.html Further information at www.paloaltostanfordprologue.com or email ladyalibug@gmail.com

BMC @ Hobees

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BMC Dinner

Fritz/Cyclelicious alerted me to the BMC team dinner at Hobees in Palo Alto. The team is in town previewing the Tour of California route. I went on over to find out what the team had planned for the rest of their training camp. You can catch them on Mount Hamilton on Friday (1:30-ish) or along the Sausalito/Santa Rosa route on Monday (depart Mill Valley 10am). I took some photos while I was there, though I restrained myself given the Hobees setting.

BMC Dinner Photo Gallery