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Interview with Josh Yeaton, the Stazio Collegiate Champion

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CU student Josh Yeaton won the Men's A field at Stazio AND 2nd in the P-1-2 field! Throughout most of break the rider from DU, Matt Lyons, appeared to be in full control but Josh's ability to spring well was what clipped the victory.

Great interview of Josh on the Daily Camera

The collegiate cycling season just got underway, but University of Colorado senior Josh Yeaton has already won a bike race, right here on his home turf.

2012-03-14 - Update on Boulder Valley Velodrome in Erie

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Update on Boulder Valley Velodrome in Erie

Wed, 2012-03-14

Today we are excited to update the cycling community on the progress of the Boulder Valley Velodrome.

Excavation for the clubhouse, infield bunker (a bike storage depot) and access tunnels is complete and we are ready to begin construction of their footers and foundations. The storage depot is a new feature to our velodrome design. At 4,800 sqft, the depot is a sunken building that houses changing rooms and bike storage. The flat roof will protrude 22” above the infield, creating a 4,800 sqft. platform that will not obscure the spectators’ sight lines. The basement-like structure will have 8? ceilings, and the garden level entrance is wheelchair accessible. Four restrooms will flank the structure for convenience access.

Stazio returned last weekend

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The Frostbite TT might be the season opener but is usually the first big event for the majority of riders and spectators. This year the race will be managed by the CU Cycling team and the course is out by the Stazio ball fields. Having raced there many times this course is a tough opener for most given the amount of climbing on each lap but on the flip side "usually" this race is safe-ish for that very same reason.

More on the Stazio Criterium from the Daily Camera


- 2012 Stazio Race Results


Leader in Men's A field. DU rider looked very strong!

One tall step on the podium for Kevin Nicol

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Kevin, Tom Danielson & Scott M. on Mt Evans
Photo Credit:???

Winning any race is a huge victory and winning the overall in any race is one felt by few. Kevin Nicol of Tokyo Joe's-Whole Foods/ Primal team won the men's field at the season opener, Frostbite TT under evil windy conditions but it the wind was nothing compared to what he had to over come in the last 9 months that makes his stop on the podium an impessive achievement. Last year at the prestigious Gila race in New Mexico Kevin suffered a crash that left him with displaced fracture of the femoral neck and a shattered collarbone. Here is how Kevin describes it.

[303Cycling] First off, basic details, you crashed at the Gila which put you out for the rest of last season?

[Kevin] Last May, the “Crash” was quite dramatic and life changing. First stage at Gila, about 75miles
in, my front wheel was swept out. Landed and first thought was “Get Up!” Couldn’t move my leg and my collar bone was shattered. Helmet was split…always wear a helmet! That was a very long ambulance ride given the almost certainty of emergency surgery; no drink, food or pain meds, talk about bonking!

How Does USADA Ensure a Fair Playing Field for Amateurs?

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USA Cycling is taking a firmer stand on amateur doping, while nothing new legally is taking place here it does appear that USA Cycling is going to attempt to take more action. In the past there has been much chatter about doping in the amateur ranks and while it was assumed that USADA was going bust many riders with the access they had to a large domestic list of consumers of banned substances but so far to date not much has come of this. It's been nearly 3 years since local rider Chuck Coyle was given 3 year suspension.

"Who can be tested and when?

Basically, if you’re an athlete in the sport of cycling, you are subject to both urine and blood tests, 365 days–a-year, at any time, and in any place."

Anti-doping measures aren’t just for elite athletes

In fact, ALL USA Cycling-licensed riders, from amateurs to the pros, are required to abide by the World Anti-Doping Code and can be tested by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), both in and out-of-competition. This includes masters and juniors.

All competitors are responsible for the integrity of his or her own body. It says so right on the back of your license:

“Using any form of dietary supplement may result in a positive test for prohibited substances leading to a suspension and/or other penalties. Vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids and other dietary substances may contain prohibited or illegal substances that may or may not be listed on the label. Any athlete who takes a vitamin, mineral, herb, amino acid or other dietary supplement does so at his or her own risk of committing a doping violation.”

Who can be tested and when?

Basically, if you’re an athlete in the sport of cycling, you are subject to both urine and blood tests, 365 days–a-year, at any time, and in any place.

IN-COMPETITION TESTING: USADA coordinates these in-competition tests with USA Cycling or the UCI, and athletes are usually selected for testing based on pre-established criteria, including random. An example would be selecting the top three finishers in a race for testing, as well as other randomly selected finishers. Keep in mind that in addition to pre-established criteria, USADA could also test additional athletes.

OUT-OF-COMPETITION TESTING: USADA establishes its plan for out-of-competition testing based on the number of cycling athletes in the USADA Registered Testing Pool. However, not being in the pool doesn’t mean you won’t be subject to out-of-competition testing. As is the case during competition, USADA can select additional athletes for testing.

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Nature Valley Pro Chase series includes Morgul Bismark race

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The Morgul Bismark race, also know as the Superior Morgul Classic just got added to the Nature Valley Pro race series which is a series of great amateur races around the country. For those local riders who want to get some attention and get some great racing they should be sure to race the Morgul AND drive the next weekend to the quad cities for some further awesome racing.... if you haven't raced the snake in Iowa then you have a bucket list item unchecked!

Press Release
The only race series in the United States offering amateur cyclists trips to the Nature Valley Grand Prix, where they will compete against the country’s top men and women professionals, has a new name and several new cities for 2012.

Formerly known as the Nature Valley Pro Ride, the new "Nature Valley Pro Chase" will select the top amateur man and woman at six races to become part of a pair of composite Nature Valley Cycling Teams for the 14th annual edition of the premier stage race on the 2012 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar.

”This name better reflects the goal of the program, which is to emotionally engage the entire cycling community by telling the stories of the participants,” Nature Valley Grand Prix Executive Director David LaPorte said. ”What hasn't changed is the opportunity it gives top amateurs to be noticed by pro team managers and potentially receive a pro contract.”

USA Criterium Championship Series finishes in a Vail 2012

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From Cycling News
2012 USA CRITS Championship Series

March 10: Delray Beach Twilight, Delray Beach, FL
March 17: Athlete Octane Old Pueblo Grand Prix, Tucson, AZ
April 14: Presbyterian Invitational Criterium in Charlotte, NC
April 28: Terrapin Twilight Criterium, Athens, GA
May 12: Tour de Grove, St. Louis, MO
June 1: Lake Bluff Twilight Criterium, Lake Bluff, IL
June 19: Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic, New York, NY
June 30: Hyde Park Blast, Cincinnati, OH
July 7: Iron Hill Twilight Criterium. West Chester, PA
July 14: Exergy Twilight Criterium, Boise, ID
September 30: Tour of Vail, Vail, CO

The racing then shifts to the western part of the country with the return of the Exergy Twilight Criterium in Boise, Idaho, before wrapping up with the USA CRITS Finals held in Vail, Colorado.

"We're excited to be a part of the USA CRITS Series this year," said Tour of Vail race director Dieter Drake, who also organizes the Tour of the Battenkill. "We've been working for over a year to bring back the magic of the old Coors Classic to Vail. It's an excellent venue for such a prestigious series final and we hope our weekend-long professional and amateur event will be an attractive destination for racers and spectators."

ACA Women's Summit this weekend

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From the ACA website

1:00 Welcome and Introductions

1:15 How to Attract Women to the Sport - Discussion
- What is appealing about triathlon and running that competitive cycling lacks?
- What motivates women to race bicycles?
- What are the barriers to entry for women?
- Where to recruit: triathlons, spin classes, big rides (E-rock, Copper Triangle, etc) outreach efforts such as those at
Wheat Ridge Cyclery.
- The Importance of creating a positive social environment – fun and athletics
- The importance of our Women’s Club leadership in communicating the discussions from this meeting – it’s up to
all of us to improve the state of women’s cycling in Colorado.

1:45 How to Retain Women - Discussion
- The role of Clubs in providing a social outlet, support system, and network for improving athletic performance.
Are we helping SW 4s to find the right club?
- Should we explore SW 3-4 races instead of SW 1 2 3 and SW 4?
- Interactions between racers need to be civil and not drive women away from the sport.
- ACA will be vigilant about dangerous riding, bad language, and any action that portrays our sport in a negative
- Proper handling of grievances and protests with officials and promoters


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