Danny MacAskill and his Drop and Roll Team will be heading to London this upcoming weekend to display their craziest tricks and superhuman skills to the thousands of spectators at RideLondon. RideLondon is an annual three-day cycling festival, which takes place in England’s capital. This world-class event celebrates the passion for two-wheels for the fourth time from July 29th to 31st.
With over 100,000 cyclists and an even greater number of spectators to be expected during the festival days, the Drop and Roll crew is looking forward to record-breaking crowds. What may well be their biggest event ever, the Drop and Roll team of Danny MacAskill, Duncan Shaw, Ali C and Fabio Wibmer are sure to put on quite the show.
“It’s always so rad, when big crowds come to our shows. It motivates us immensely! But I will certainly be a bit more nervous than usual”, admits Fabio Wibmer, the youngest of the group.
The four skills trials riders will be kicking off their weekend at the “Lee Valley VeloPark” located in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Fans should look forward to backflips, trials competitions of the highest level and many more tricks at 2:00pm and 8:00pm. Between both shows (3:30pm to 4:00pm and again from 6:30pm to 7:00pm), spectators will have the opportunity to collect autographs from the crew during the signing sessions.
On Saturday the Drop and Roll team will be showing-off their tricks during shows at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm on the South Bank. There will be half-hour signing sessions after each show for that missed out on Friday as well.
“We have been in London before, but we have never done a show in central London. It will be awesome to be riding with the London eye as a backdrop,” says Duncan Shaw.
The loudest fans will surely be rewarded not only by the wildest of trick combinations, but also with a great number of prizes including custom Drop and Roll Lezyne multi tools and pumps that aren’t available in stores. If you happen to miss the shows in London this weekend, then make sure to take a look at the upcoming tour dates in August!
Yesterday André Greipel of Lotto-Soudal won what many refer to as “the unofficial World Championships” for sprinters on Stage 21 of the Tour de France. The famous Champs-Elysées finish is considered one the hardest to win as the long straight finish after numerous hard laps leave only the strongest riders a chance for the win. While it may have been the first stage win for André in this year’s tour, he made it count when it was needed. “The Gorilla”, as many call him, made it the second 2016 Tour de France stage win for the Lotto-Soudal team, and his eighth win of the season. This result marks Greipel’s eleventh consecutive grand tour victory as well as his sixth consecutive year winning a Tour de France stage.
The Lotto-Soudal team was in the perfect position over the last few kilometers, reaching the final straightaway with Greipel in third position. In the last meters, he launched his sprint, and took the victory over Peter Sagan (Saxo-Tinkoff) and Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha).
André Greipel: “At last the sun is shining. The past weeks we did our utter best to achieve our goals, but unfortunately without success. If you win the final stage on the Champs-Elysées it was worth fighting for though. For sprinters this is the most beautiful place on earth to win. I have to thank everyone at Lotto-Soudal for believing in me. The past years we achieved a lot together. I am proud of that. Without my team I wouldn’t have been able to set these kind of results for so many years.”
Manager Marc Sergeant: “The goals before this Tour were clear: try to win a stage with André Greipel and give some riders the freedom to show themselves. It took a long time before we achieved that first goal, but in the end we did and that’s all that matters. In anger, André lost by a tire’s length against Cavendish, [and if that wasn’t the case] our Tour could have been very different from then on. It’s true that it wasn’t always easy for Greipel in the sprint stages. He’s at his best when the sprint is well organized and if trains can be formed. At this Tour, the sprint stages were very hectic and it always took a lot of energy to position André as well as possible. Of course, Mark Cavendish was one of the main competitors beforehand. Although I had never thought he would be able to win four stages. The hectic sprints suit him really well, he’s able to position himself on his own.”
Lotto-Soudal entered the 2016 Tour with the intentions of bringing Greipel to stage wins, and everything else be on the back burner. What they didn’t expect though was the strong performance of their rider Thomas De Gendt. De Gendt was very aggressive and active throughout the three weeks. He won the twelfth stage on Mont Ventoux, wore the polka dot jersey for six days, and in the end finished second in the KOM classification. The Belgian received the award for most combative rider twice and also finished second in the most combative for the entire three weeks.
Thomas De Gendt: “I aimed for a stage win but I knew it wouldn’t be easy. There are a lot of riders who want to win a stage in the Tour de France. It’s a bit easier for the time trialists, punchers, sprinters or pure climbers to obtain a victory. For attackers like myself it’s rather difficult because you need to be 99 times in a break before you win a stage. But if you win on a mythical place like Mont Ventoux, it’s absolutely worth it of course. The team gives me the opportunity to join the breakaways but it’s hard to predict whether you’ll be part of it or not. I felt really good during this Tour. That was also the case last year, but then I crashed. This year I had some difficulties in the beginning of the final week but at the end I was still able to show myself a few times.”
Just ten days ago (July 11), Cylance Pro Cycling announced the signing of current US Pro Time Trial Champion Carmen Small to their strong squad for the remainder of the 2016 season. Carmen brought with her years of international racing experience at the WorldTour level and has been a mainstay on the USA National team.
The Cascade Cycling Classic is the longest consecutively run elite stage race in the country. Its beautiful scenery has attracted many top US pros over the years and this year is no different.
After the unfortunate announcement of not making the Olympic team after arbitration last week, Small decided to take out some pent up frustration. The first stage of the Cascade Cycling Classic consisted of a 90-mile, mostly flat route that ended with a summit finish up McKenzie Pass in Bend, Oregon.
With the flat profile, “the race [took] a bit of time to establish itself with the strongest riders waiting for the base of the climb to assert themselves,” said Cascade Cycling Classic director Hilton Clarke. An early breakaway formed that maintained a small gap on the rest of the peloton. The break stayed away as they traveled through the Sisters mountains. Once the riders hit the climb though, the breakaway was quickly caught by the Krista Doebel-Hickok (Cyclance Cycling) led peloton.
Krista’s efforts set up Carmen for the stage 1 win, the QOM and Yellow Jerseys, and her first victory with the team. “Going into today I really didn’t know how it would go to be honest,” added Carmen. “Cylance has been super supportive over the past couple of weeks and I appreciate them so much, so it was good to take the win today and represent the team for them. The team supported me today and that I was able to benefit from their help and win was just icing on the top. I’m super excited to finish out the season with Cylance and hopefully finish out my season on a high note.”
Later in the year, Carmen will then join the Cylance Pro Cycling team in Europe to finish the 2016 season “This is a very exciting transition for me,” added Carmen. “Looking at the remainder of the season and setting my sights on the World Time Trial Championship in Qatar, Cylance Pro Cycling Team can offer me a very dynamic racing program to help reach my goals. I hope to bring to the team my experience and race knowledge to help grow the program and become even more successful than they have thus far.”
Eric Young and Brad Huff of Rally Cycling go 1-2 at Gastown Grand Prix
It was a great day for Rally Cycling at the BC Superweek. One of the standout events of the famous week of racing is the Gastown Grand Prix. One of the oldest and richest criteriums in North America, paying $12,000 to the first placed rider. With such a big payout, the pace of the race was all-out from the get-go, with consistent attacks of the front of the peloton.
An early break was finally reeled in with eight laps to go, allowing the peloton to bunch up again to prepare for the sprint. With three laps to go, the whole Rally Cycling squad took to the front to set up Young. Shane Kline, Tom Soladay, Curtis White and Will Routley shattered the peloton, leaving just a small group left with the energy to contest the finale. On the last lap Routley set a blistering pace, carrying so much speed into the final corner he ended up in the hay bales. His efforts would not be for nothing though as he launched Young and Huff in the perfect position to power to the line virtually uncontested.
“The guys did a perfect job staying patient and waiting until the right moment to take control of the race,” said Young after crossing the line. “Winning Gastown has been a personal goal of mine for a few years now, so it feels great. Obviously it makes it even better to have Brad come in second.”
“The composure we had going into the final three laps was perfect,” added Huff. “Leading out Eric for the win was our only goal, getting second was just icing on the cake.”
Adding to their already stellar season, Rally Cycling adds the U23 National Criterium title to their resume.
Curtis White took the win at the Under 23 title at USA Cycling Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky on July 3rd; adding a fourth national championship to their 2016 season . White took some serious risks in order to take the win; in the closing meters of the race, he attacked into a series of tight corners. Even with the rain-soaked roads, White was able to open up a gap, leaving him with a few seconds in the final straightaway. Michael Hernandez (CCB Racing) was closing fast, but White was able to take the win by mere inches. Check out the finishing video below.
“Winning the U23 National Criterium Championships feels incredible,” said White. “The course was great, and the conditions were epic. The race was aggressive from the gun. Sepp Kuss and I worked well together to make sure we had representation in all the dangerous moves. On the last lap, I took a huge risk, attacking into a series of turns with about 600 meters to go. The pouring rain really limited the speed of the chasers – it just felt like the right time to make my move. Coming across the line it was too close to call, but once the photo finish was confirmed it was a huge relief to know the risk paid off. The support Sepp and I received this whole week at U23 Nationals was fantastic, it was very fitting to pay back those efforts with a stars and stripes jersey.”
Beginning this weekend (July 8th), the Rally team will head to Canada for BC (British Columbia) Superweek. The Superweek features 8 races over 9 days and has become one of the most prestigious pro-cycling events in North America. National Criterium Champion Brad Huff and Under 23 National Criterium Champion Curtis White will co-lead the Rally team in hunt of some wins and a crack at the $120,000 prize purse. The 9 days of racing consist of 5 separate events as part of the series: the Tour de Delta, Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix, Giro di Burnaby, PoCo Grand Prix, and Tour de White Rock.
“We are sending one of the best criterium squads assembled in North America to BC Superweek, said Team Director Patrick McCarty. “Top sprinters Eric Young and Shane Kline, current National Criterium Champion Brad Huff, and newly crowned U23 National Criterium Champion Curtis White will make for a formidable squad. We have done extremely well at BC Superweek in the past and will fight for similar results in our first season under the banner of Rally Cycling.”
The Ladies of Rally
The women of Rally Cycling will be led by of two of the squad’s top criterium riders, Jessica Prinner and Elle Anderson. All-rounder riders Catherine Ouellette and Hannah Ross, both still on the mend from crashes at the North Star Grand Prix, will join them. Climbing ace and recent dual silver medalist at the Canadian U23 National Championships, Sara Poidevin will race a limited schedule at BC Superweek – focusing on the UCI ranked Tour de Delta.
Name: Erica Allar Nationality: USA Hometown: Fogelsville, PA Residence: Tucson, AZ Strengths: Sprints, criteriums Pro Since: 2008
Erica Allar began racing in 2001 as a track racer. She won two U23 national criterium championships and multiple collegiate national track titles while attending Penn State. When not racing she loves being outside, drinking coffee and laughing.
We recently threw up a post on our Facebook page requesting our fans to ask Erica a question about being a professional cyclist. We selected our 10 favorite inquiries and had Erica answer them below. We also offered up a Lezyne Mini GPS Special Edition to the person whom Erica felt asked the best question: Congratulations B. McAlister!
What is your favorite interval training session? ~D. Morales
Let’s be honest: All interval training sessions suck. I don’t think anyone goes into VO2 efforts thinking, “This is going to be so much fun.”However, I appreciate them because I know they’re making me a better cyclist. But, if I had to choose one session, I would go with Strength Endurance intervals—long, slow cadence muscle builders. Power!
Who is your biggest cycling inspiration? What would you like to pass along to the next generation of aspiring female cyclists? ~T. Work
Cliché, I know, but Jame Carney is my biggest inspiration. He believed in me before anyone knew who I was; before I knew I could do anything in this sport or in my life.
I would pass along the importance of having fun. It needs to be fun, and there needs to be balance.
What was the main facet of cycling that drew you in, and encouraged you to want to pursue a professional career? ~P. Molnar
Track racing in T-town is what drew me in. It was fast, fun and different. I was good at it, but there was no way to make a living doing it. I had to swap over to the road, which resulted in a professional career.
I’ve heard you’ve earned the nickname “Always There.” Does that have to do with the fact that you’re always in the mix at the sprint finish? ~B. Jones
Let’s go with it’s because I’m always in the mix for race finishes. If it’s not, than it must be because I have a hard time dropping back any further than fifth wheel while in the field. Or, maybe someone who is taller than me coined the nickname because each time she turned around, I was their enjoying her draft. There aren’t many girls my size in the peloton, so I tend to gravitate toward the same riders for a draft.
What is your favorite pre-, mid- or post-ride snack? ~I. Audrain
I don’t like to eat during rides (unless I’m racing, which in that case it’s Clif Bar). But I love chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. I read an article on FoxNews that says cake for breakfast may help keep weight off, so I guess it’s my favorite pre- and post-ride snack!
What would you advise to a lady who is considering going pro? ~J. Sanchez
Take your time. Ask questions but don’t be afraid to make your own choices based on what is right for you. Prioritizing your happiness is not a bad thing; you should. And then make choices in your cycling career to reflect what will make you happy. Oh, and have fun. It should always be fun. Be happy. Have fun. Sounds a little simpler than it is. But it’s true. A happy racer is a fast racer.
At that moment during a race when you are maxed out, what do you think about in order to keep going? ~B. Ticknor
“Man, if I am suffering THIS bad, then everyone else must REALLY be struggling!”
What’s the hardest part of professional cycling that no one ever talks about? ~E. Vrtis
It’s easy to become so involved in cycling that it consumes every part of your life. There has to be some sort of balance in your life. It is important to have a life and things to do outside of the sport that are not bike related.
On long rides how do pro cyclists occupy their minds? ~P. Houston
Ride with friends who are interesting to talk with. Or, listen to music, podcasts or books on tape.
What is your most memorable racing event? ~A. Chavez
I have so many great memories. My first big pro win in Macon, Georgia, in 2007 was pretty good, but so were my two U23 Crit National titles [2006 & ‘07]. Or 2012 when I topped three Optum riders and Laura Van Gilder in a breakaway for the win at the Sunny King crit. Also, winning the Cannon Falls stage of the 2010 North Star Grand Prix was a great memory.
How can we encourage youth girls to become active cyclists? ~B. McAlister
I’d like to suggest that the girls considering going pro race with their local men’s fields in an effort to challenge their skills and abilities. I also recommend that they travel outside of their local race scene; it’s important to travel to some of the larger more known races in the US in order to showcase their skills and potential to pro teams.
Lezyne has teamed up with the new women’s professional squad Cylance Pro Cycling. Based out of US, the 10-rider team features four Americans, four Europeans and one rider from St. Kitts & Nevis. Cylance Pro Cycling boasts a synthesis of veteran experience, ambitious protégés and an excellent mix of talent that will be competitive at any race they enter.
Former professional athlete and long-time cycling director Omer Kem founded the team with an eye on the newly created UCI Women’s World Tour. In addition to racing, Kem wants to use the team to encourage leading an active lifestyle. “We believe that sports can be a critical component to a happy and healthy life, and we want to empower everyone to get active and achieve their goals,” said Kem in a recent press release. “Cylance Pro Cycling Team members will be role models to athletes of all sports, male and female, not only for their accomplishments on the team, but also as they strive to represent their nations in the Olympics.” Each of the athletes will be aiming for a selection to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The team kicked off their season this week in Australia, competing in the 4-stage Santos Women’s Tour. Top US sprinter Shelley Olds found the podium on the very first day with an impressive second place finish and went on to finish second overall.
“We’re thrilled to be working with some of the best female cyclists in the world,” said Dillon Clapp, Lezyne’s communications manager. “All of riders are great ambassadors of the sport as well. It’s going to be exciting watching them represent Lezyne across the world at the highest level of racing!”
The team will be racing with Lezyne bottle cages and new GPS computers. When not racing, the girls will be outfitted front-to-back with Lezyne gear including saddle bags, hand pumps, multi tools and LED lights.
New Title Sponsor for America’s Top Ranked Continental Men’s and Women’s Program.
“Circuit Sport is proud to announce Rally Health℠ as the title sponsor for 2016 and beyond. Rally Health, a Washington, D.C. based digital health company, is working to reimagine health engagement, offering simple ways for individuals to navigate the complex healthcare system, get access to care, and achieve their health and wellness goals. Rally Health brings a fresh and exciting element to cycling while reinforcing the team’s mission to promote an active and healthy lifestyle.
“We are excited to become the title sponsor of the program, which will be known as Rally Cycling (www.rallycycling.com) from 2016 moving forward,” said David Ko, Rally Health’s president and chief operating officer. “Cycling is a fantastic way to improve one’s health, both for lifestyle enthusiasts and professionals. We are inspired by these athletes, and know their stories will help motivate Rally users to stay active. The team’s dedication and commitment to excellence and healthy living are admirable. The team embodies the Rally Health mission and, together, we want to inspire people to be active and make better, more informed decisions about their health.”
“The partnership with Rally Health is an ideal continuation of the health and active lifestyle message that has been the foundation of our team since its inception,” said Circuit Sport Founder and Managing Director Charles Aaron. “Rally Cycling will be able to expand the reach of our healthy and active lifestyle message and affect further positive change in people’s lives.”
On the women’s side, Olympic and Pan Am medalist Jasmin Glaesser returns to anchor the team. A strong all-arounder, Glaesser is joined by her teammate on the Canadian pursuit squad Kirsti Lay. Together Glaesser and Lay will feature strongly in road races and are sure to play a part in Canada’s Olympic ambitions. In addition to Lay, new recruits include all-arounder Heather Fischer and time trial specialist Hannah Ross. Cyclocross racer Elle Anderson comes on board, along with sprint specialist Erica Allar and all-arounder Jessica Prinner to headline the team’s criterium contingent. Also joining the team is a quartet of young up-and-coming riders; Sara Poidevin, Catherine Ouellette and Katherine Maine of Canada and junior World Championship medalist Emma White of the United States.
Rally Cycling will continue the team’s long tradition of success on the racecourse while helping people make positive changes toward an active, healthy lifestyle. The original men’s program, under title sponsor Kelly Benefit Strategies, started in 2007 with a win at the USPRO Criterium National Championships – the only team in history to win the event in its first season.
“As the founding partner of the team, it is exciting to see the program take another step forward,” said John Kelly the president of Kelly Benefit Strategies. “Through the years we have enjoyed great results due to our amazing partners, dedicated staff and talented athletes. Having Rally Health as the title sponsor is a great continuation of the program’s legacy. Rally is committed to the same mission this team embodies – promoting a healthy and active lifestyle.”
Under the direction of Olympians Jonas Carney, Eric Wohlberg, and Zach Bell, along with former WorldTour rider Patrick McCarty, the team has achieved major victories on the national and international stage. The men’s program took high profile wins at the Amgen Tour of California and Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, podiums at the USA Pro Challenge and Tour of Alberta, along with multiple Amgen Tour of California King of the Mountain jerseys. The team has also won its hometown race, the North Star Grand Prix, for five consecutive years.
At the international level, the team has found success with an historic podium at La Course by Le Tour de France and a fourth place at the UCI World Team Time Trial Championships in 2014. In addition, the team has had tremendous success abroad taking wins in Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the Philippines, Portugal, Spain, Thailand and Uruguay. With Rally Health, the team will continue to build and achieve even greater success.
Rally Cycling Men’s Team
Jesse Anthony | Newbury Park, CA
Rob Britton | Victoria, BC
Adam de Vos | Victoria, BC
Brad Huff | Springfield, MO
Evan Huffman | El Dorado Hills, CA
Shane Kline | Bally, PA
Pierrick Naud | Amos, Quebec
Emerson Oronte | Boulder, CO
Danny Pate | Colorado Springs, CO
Will Routley | Abbotsford, BC
Bjørn Selander | Hudson, WI
Thomas Soladay | Glendale, CA
Curtis White | Delanson, NY
Eric Young | Boulder, CO
Tom Zirbel | Boulder, CO
Rally Cycling Women’s Team
Erica Allar | Tucson, AZ
Elle Anderson | San Francisco, CA
Heather Fischer | Boulder, CO
Jasmin Glaesser | Coquitlam, BC
Kirsti Vivian Lay | Montreal, QC
Katherine Maine | Ottawa, ON
Sara Poidevin | Canmore, AB
Jessica Prinner | Saint Charles, MO
Hannah Ross | Wichita Falls, TX
Emma White | Delanson, NY
Catherine Ouellette | Saint-Lambert, QC
After six years of collaboration with the COMMENCAL brand, COMMENCAL/Riding Addiction is honoured to announce the arrival of a new Andorran partner, Vallnord resort! Still managed by the Riding Addiction structure with Thibaut and Gaëtan RUFFIN, Remi Thirion and Myriam Nicole (winner of 2011 World Cup), the team has changed names and will now be known as COMMENCAL/VALLNORD to honour the two main partners. Its bike park, its different enduro trails and its sports complex, make VALLNORD an ideal playground for the team. In addition, Gaëtan VIGE, a promising young rider, joins the team and will evolve in the Junior category for the next two seasons. Lezyne is proud to continue its sponsorship with COMMENCAL/Vallnord!
Read more about the new Vallnord sponsorship at PinkBike here.
For over 30 years, the Belgian National Lottery has been involved in professional cycling. Lotto riders have claimed over 760 victories making Lotto one of the most successful teams in professional cycling. Lezyne’s sponsorship of the Lotto Belisol team has been a great partnership. For 2015, Belisol has ended sponsorship of the team and Soudal has stepped in, which is Europe’s top manufacturer of sealants, adhesives and PU-foams since 1966. The newly renamed Lotto-Soudal team now continues with Tour de France stage winners Andre Greipel and Jurgen Van den Broeck, Grand Tour talents Jurgen Reolandts and Jelle Vanendert, as well as former Belgian National Road Champion Ludivine Henrion, and Cherise Taylor on the women’s team. The team also welcomes newcomers Jasper De Buyst and Thomas De Gendt. Lezyne is proud to continue this sponsorship and looks forward to many more victories to come for this strong and well-respected Belgian team.
Read more about the Soudal sponsorship at Cycling News here, and at the Lotto Belisol site here.