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Rally Cycling will ride inspired bikes in The Tour of California

Think back to your childhood. Remember all the ideas that would take hold of your mind, igniting your imagination like a spark? This fleet of hand painted, one-of-a-kind bicycle frames are proudly inspired by the imaginations of children. Specifically eight brave children, tasked with a little more than just being a kid. These tough youngsters are recipients of medical grants from the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF). These inspired bikes  honor their lives.

These unique art objects are headed to the 2017 Amgen Tour of California. They will be ridden by the men and women of Rally Cycling. Luckily for you, they’re only on loan. They will be auctioned live during the race, with all proceeds going to benefit the UHCCF and kids who need our love and support. To Bryce, Jacob, Anuhea, Camden, Nathan, Noah, Preston, and Romie – remember, we’re all on this ride together!

Source: rallycycling.com

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Teams Announced 2017 Amgen Tour of California
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AMGEN Tour of California

Elite Men’s and Women’s Teams Carrying World and National Champions and Olympic Medalists Will Compete in California in May.

As in 2016, the Amgen Breakaway from Heart DiseaseTM Women’s Race empowered with SRAM is part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour. This year’s race will include 16 star-studded teams, half of which are U.S.-based:

  • Astana Women’s Team (KAZ)
  • BePink Cogeas (ITA)
  • Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team (NED)
  • Canyon/SRAM Racing (GER)
  • Cylance Pro Cycling (USA)
  • Drops (GBR)
  • Hagens Berman | Supermint (USA)
  • Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team (BEL)
  • Rally Cycling (USA)
  • Sho-Air TWENTY20 (USA)
  • Team Colavita | Bianchi (USA)
  • Team Sunweb (NED)
  • Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank (USA)
  • UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA)
  • Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling (USA)
  • Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling (GBR)

America’s most prestigious cycling event joins the UCI WorldTour this year with 11 WorldTour teams containing some of the world’s most decorated cyclists, including first-ranked, California-based BMC Racing Team. Three Pro Continental and two Continental teams round out the event.

UCI WorldTour Teams (MEN):

  • Astana Pro Team (KAZ)
  • BMC Racing Team (USA)
  • BORA-hansgrohe (GER)
  • Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team (USA)
  • Quick-Step Floors (BEL)
  • Team Dimension Data (RSA)
  • Team Sunweb (GER)
  • Team KATUSHA ALPECIN (SUI)
  • Team LottoNL-Jumbo (NED)
  • Team Sky (GBR)
  • Trek-Segafredo (USA)

UCI Professional Continental Teams (MEN):

  • Cofidis, Solutions Crédits (FRA)
  • Team Novo Nordisk (USA)
  • UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA)

UCI Continental Teams (MEN):

  • Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis (USA)
  • Rally Cycling (USA)

 

Source: Amgen Tour of California

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10 UCI Continental teams for US peloton
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Newcomers Aevolo, CCB Velotooler and Canyon replace trio of UCI Continental team closures

The Teams are:

Axeon Hagens Berman
Aevolo
CCB Velotooler
Cylance Cycling
Canyon Bicycles
Elevate – KHS Pro Cycling
Holowesko / Citadel Racing p/b Hincapie Sportswear
Team Illuminate
Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
Rally Cycling

Source: Cyclingnews.com

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USA Cycling Pro Road Tour 2017

The good and bad of next year’s Pro Road Tour

Pro Road TourThe best news about next year’s Pro Road Tour is that most of my complaints about this year’s tour were addressed. Of course I doubt that my voice had any sway but it shows that I wasn’t alone in mindset.

What they have done is eliminate overlapping events which makes it either for teams and especially easier for us fans to follow what’s going on. It’s much more likely that all the teams and riders I watch will be at each event. That’s a good thing.

The series is also moving some dates to cut down on travel costs for the teams. That’s also a good thing. These are not the bank bank-rolled World Tour Teams. I doubt that any rider is buying a Bently with their continental team salary.

Speaking of World Tour Teams, I got another rough lesson in the oddities and castes of UCI bike racing. I was so excited when the Tour of California was bumped up to the World Tour. What I didn’t know though, that now all my favorite teams are excluded from the event. That is not good.

All is not lost though. I’m sure that the Tour of California will still be a great race and it’s great that the women’s event is getting its own days. For the American continental teams I’ll just move my focus forward a few days to the Redland CA Classic.

Ah well, you can’t have everything. As Steven Wright says, “Where would you put it?”

So what does all this mean for you my faithful followers. I’m finalizing my plans for covering 2017 bike racing that doesn’t get followed by most media. I’m planning on starting with the Pro Road Tour and expanding to other series if time  and interest allow.

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I’m starting to get bike racing

Bike Racing is important just because it’s bike racing.

bike racing - getting itThat sounds silly but it’s true. I’ve been trying to look at bike racing like it was a two-wheeled human-powered version of NASCAR. That just doesn’t work and while watching a NASCAR race this weekend I realized why.

Where did NASCAR race two weeks ago? I don’t know either and I watched the race. The problem with NASCAR is that there are so many races, and except for a few, they are almost identical. Cycling has nothing like that problem.

Each bike race has a distinct personality and a unique place in the calendar. While I can’t really argue that the Tour de France isn’t the biggest dog in the kennel, for me the Tour of California is the most important race, cause it’s the only major race I’ve seen in person.

I now realize that everything I complained about in my last few posts are exactly what makes bike racing so exciting. I have to change my thinking from season-long championship to a group of events that are interesting on their own. Yes there’s a world tour and points and rankings but from a fan’s point of view maybe those aren’t all that important.

Back to this weekend, even before I realized it, I was more interested in the Dauphine than NASCAR. I still love car racing but there’s something special about a breakaway that actually succeeds in staying ahead of the big group. Watching actual human beings struggle with their very own muscles to climb mountains. Wonderful.

My new hobby, and probably the topic of my next blog post, is to reverse engineer why what teams use what riders in what race. The focus of this will be the Tour de France prep races. Should be interesting.

 

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