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Champion Returns to Karapoti
Six years ago, Christchurch mountain bike phenomenon, Anton Cooper, set a race record in the famous Gazley ŠKODA Karapoti Classic that many thought would never be broken. The former world and Commonwealth champion slashed seven minutes of the previous record to clock 2hrs 07min 57secs around the rugged Akatarawa Ranges route. Many thought it would never be beaten, but Cooper returns this weekend >>
Fizik Announce Team Sponsorships for 2020
We are delighted to share the news with you that fizik’s 2020 sponsored teams are confirmed! Along with our strong presence at the top of road cycling, we have a full set of mountain bike teams, competing in Cross-Country, Downhill and Enduro. MOUNTAIN BIKE TEAMS In Downhill, Commencal Muc-Off Racing, using Gravita Alpaca and Terra Alpaca saddles, are led by the French trio of Women’s >>
Bernard Hinault and LOOK Cycle Join Forces to Launch the E-Road Series
What is the first e-road by LOOK? This is a bike that is the result of our mastery of carbon, which allows us to offer a frame that is both lightweight and durable, manufactured in our own production facilities. This is also a bike that has just continued a story that has been written at the highest level ever since our first pedal strokes with Bernard Hinault. Lastly, it is a bike that has >>
ROTOR Athletes Win Big on World Stage
French rider Alexis Vuillermox of AG2R claimed the first team victory of the season in Livron-sur-Drôme riding 2INpower Road and ROTOR chainrings. At the Cyprus Sunshine Cup, MTB rider Yana Belomoina of CST Sannd American Eagle was 1st place riding KAPIC while Githa Michiels of Primaflor-Mondraker-ROTOR was 2nd riding Q RINGS® & 2INpower MTB In Chelva, in the men's elite category Anton >>
Fizik Teams Wrap up Successful MTB World Cup Campaigns
The 2018 Downhill and Cross Country World Cups came to a climax this weekend with the final round of racing in France. We saw great season-ending placings for Fizik saddle riders: Loris Vergier took 4th and Luca Shaw 8th in the Downhill, while Lars Forster 4th, Stephane Tempier 6th and Titouan Carod 10th round out the Olympic Cross Country World Cup. DOWNHILL With days of hard rain and a >>
Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas and Giro d’Italia winner Chris Froome will ride together in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain for the first time since 2009, Team Sky have announced today. The British pair, who placed first and third in July’s Tour de France, will both be on the start line of Britain’s biggest annual sporting event in Pembrey Country Park, Carmarthenshire, on Sunday 2 >>
Strong return to racing after back fracture in fourth round of Calder Stewart Cycling Series
After only a month back on the bike after fracturing his back in a collision with a car in late January Southlander Corbin Strong won today’s elite men’s 139 kilometre race in round four of the Calder Stewart Cycling Series in Timaru. One of New Zealand's most promising young cyclists, 18 year old Strong (Team Skoda Fruzio) fractured his T1 vertebra in a nasty collision with a car while >>
Strong return to racing after back fracture in fourth round of Calder Stewart Cycling Series
After only a month back on the bike after fracturing his back in a collision with a car in late January Southlander Corbin Strong won today’s elite men’s 139 kilometre race in round four of the Calder Stewart Cycling Series in Timaru. One of New Zealand's most promising young cyclists, 18 year old Strong (Team Skoda Fruzio) fractured his T1 vertebra in a nasty collision with a car while >>
Different course but Zenovich keen on same result in round four of Calder Stewart Cycling Series
It’s a different course but Southlander Matt Zenovich is keen on the same result as last year while women’s professionals Kate McIIroy and Sharlotte Lucas return to the series after missing the previous two rounds due to Commonwealth Games commitments as round four of the Calder Stewart Cycling hits Timaru on Saturday. The pair were first and second in the opening round in Dunedin and will >>
Zenovich Consolodates, Harris Takes Control
Southlander Matt Zenovich lost and then regained the leader’s jersey for the elite men and Ella Harris grabbed the women’s leaders’ jersey off the absent Kate McIlroy who was racing in the Commonwealth Games after an exciting double header weekend of racing in the Calder Stewart Cycling Series in Hokitika. It was the first time the series has held two road races over a weekend and it >>
Rotor 2inpower MTB goes straight to the Top
With the recent release of the ROTOR 2inpower and inpower MTB riders now have a reliable source for power data for off road use. The World Cup victory of New Zealander Sam Gaze in South Africa marked the perfect release for the hi-tech product. Speaking with Tech analysts at ROTOR we found out how you transfer power off-road will vary as much from the way you ride as to where you ride. >>
Dunedin Proves to be Happy Hunting Ground for Games Bound Mcllroy
Dunedin is proving a happy hunting ground for Commonwealth Games bound cyclist Kate McIIroy who made in two winning years in a row in the Armstrong Prestige Dunedin Classic yesterday. Riding for the new Lightworkx Photography team McIIroy, who turned her back on the international triathlon circuit two years ago to join the Specialized Women's Racing team in Australia, had her first one day race >>
Bluebridge Karapoti Classic -The Race of Champions
Defending champions, Samara Sheppard and Kyle Ward were among the first to confirm their return for New Zealand’s premier mountain bike race, the Bluebridge Karapoti Classic. But with a handful of former champions and place getters lining up alongside them, the 2017 champions won’t have it all their own way In 2017 Sheppard and Ward became the first “couple” to win New Zealand’s >>
fi’zi:k’s new shoe, Terra X5 promises improved comfort, performance and protection for every rider on any terrain from trails and singletrack to forest road. The new Terra X5 is adaptive; its Volume Control means improved fit through an asymmetric opening and the Boa L6 Dial B dial running steel-coated nylon laces through light, durable ‘Slipstream’ plastic guides. fi’zi:k combines >>
Team Skoda Racing Head to China
Team Skoda Racing " New Zealand’s leading elite cycling team - are heading to China to take on the Tour of Quanzhou Bay - internationally ranked UCI 2.2 race. The race is a new addition to the Asian UCI circuit and will be contested over 3 days - 2-4th December. The tour will consist of three stages with the stage two hilltop finish likely to decide the general classification. Team Skoda >>
Roulstons Unique Tour de France 2018
To raise funds and awareness for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, Jonathan Douglas in association with Hayden Roulston (Ex professional Tour De France rider and NZ Olympic Silver Medallist) are searching for amateur cyclists who want the challenge of a lifetime by riding every stage of the 2018 Tour De France route, one day ahead of the actual race itself. Jonathan has first-hand >>
Rush Aims to Build on Calder Stewart Series Lead
North Otago cyclist Tim Rush wants to build on his elite men’s lead while a real battle looms in the women’s race for individual honours in the fifth round of the Calder Stewart Cycling Series, the Small Business Accounting Methven Grand Prix, being held in the Methven District for the first time on Saturday. Riding for the Mike Greer Homes cycling team Rush leads the men’s elite series >>
Big Jim Tackles the Hour Record
The Avantidrome in Cambridge is up in lights yet again as Tirau cyclist Jim McMurray attempts to set a new UCI World Record in the masters 55 - 59 age group. McMurray will take to the track on the 19th of March 2016 at 4.30pm to challenge the current record of 45.0189kms, set in 2012 by Keith Ketterer from America. Living just 15kms from the Avantidrome in Cambridge, McMurray’s training >>
Kiwis Grab Stage Win in Cycle Classic
The New Zealand National team gave locals plenty to cheer about in the Wairarapa today when Brad Evans won Stage 2 of the New Zealand Cycle Classic. Evans, a previous winner of the five-stage tour and winner of the 2015 Tour of Tasmania and Tour of Southland, overcame a puncture to win the 136km stage in 3hrs04mins15secs a bike length ahead of runner-up Alex Frame, a New Zealander racing for >>
Cycling Fans in for a Treat in NZ Classic
New Zealand sports fans will be treated to top-level road cycling next week when the New Zealand Cycle Classic is held in the Wairarapa. The international five-stage tour, being held from January 20th " 24th, is a Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) 2.2 accredited tour and has attracted a top field of elite male riders says Race Director Jorge Sandoval. “This year’s field is beyond >>
Strong NZ Team Named for UCI Cycle Classic
A strong New Zealand men’s national road cycling team has been named for this month’s UCI 2.2 stage race, the New Zealand Cycle Classic, held entirely in the Wairarapa. The five man strong team to compete in the five stage race being held from January 20th " 24th 2016 is made up of New Zealand pro riders and track riders " many of whom are focusing on the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. >>
Fizik Renew with Eight WorldTour Teams
With the new race season fast approaching, fi’zi:k is proud to confirm the UCI WorldTour teams it partners with for 2016. They are: • AG2R La Mondiale (FRA) • BMC Racing Team (USA) • Team Cannondale-Garmin (USA) • Team Dimension Data (RSA) • FDJ (FRA) • Orica GreenEDGE (AUS) • Movistar Team (ESP) • Team Sky (GBR) All of the teams are fully equipped with fi’zi:k >>
ONE Pto Cycling to Debut in NZ
The first ever Professional Continental road cycling team to come out of Britain will make their world debut in New Zealand next year. The ONE Pro Cycling team, who recently gained an UCI Pro Continental licence for 2016 making them eligible to receive invites to the world's biggest races including the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, will compete in the New Zealand Cycle Classic held >>
Fizik And SKY Continue World Tour Partnership
Top saddle manufacturer fi’zi:k and triple Tour de France-winning Team Sky will continue working together for at least two more seasons Italian saddle maker fi’zi:k has worked with Team Sky since 2012, supplying saddles for the whole team. This relationship has seen three Tour titles together " two with Chris Froome and one with World Hour Record holder Sir Bradley Wiggins " along >>
Torckler Takes Tough K2
More than 1200 riders from five countries and all ends of New Zealand lined up for the 14th Cranleigh K2 cycle classic. The gruelling 200k lap of the Coromandel Peninsula is unique in cycling circles in that it starts from a different Coromandel township every year. This year racing got underway in Thames, which put riders straight into K2's signature hill climb, the 14k long, 425m high >>
Fourteenth K2 Attacts Strong Field for Toughest of Courses
To the wider world K2 is one of the world's toughest mountains. But in cycling circles, "K2" is renowned as New Zealand's toughest road race. On Saturday more than 1200 riders from all ends of New Zealand, Australia, China and the United Kingdom will take on the gruelling 200k lap of the Coromandel Peninsula. Saturday marks the 14th Cranleigh K2. Combining superb surroundings and a >>
Mike Cuming to join 13 Managements 2016 Giant racing team
Today 13 Management racing as CharterMason Giant is proud to announce our first signed rider for season 2016, with UK born rider Mike Cuming joining the team from JLT/Condor where he has been a General Classification contender for the last four years. "I'm really looking forward to racing in a different environment and with some new faces for 2016, from what I've seen CharterMason Giant have >>
All eyes will be on a 1.1km section of gravel road in the Wairarapa this weekend when it is ridden on during the third round of the Trust House North Island Team Cycling Series. Race director Jorge Sandoval says for the first time in any men's road cycling race held in the Wairarapa, a section of the 17km circuit located on the outskirts of Carterton, will feature 1.1km of gravel road. Mr >>
Villumsen Makes NZ Cycling History
Linda Villumsen has take her stocks another notch higher than last years Commonwealth Games time trial win when this morning she smashed the Women's field at the UCI World Championships to take the gold medal. Favourite for the race and two-time world champion Kristin Armstrong posted the early time to beat with a scorching 40:50 making that stick until the last few riders finished the course. >>
UCI Weight Limitation for Road Bikes Addressed by New Working Group
The'Aerodynamics and Weight Limitation Working Group' has been installed as part of the Bicycle Committee of the World Federation Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI). The new working group is to take on changing UCI's 3:1 rule and the 6.8kg weight limit for road bikes in close collaboration with the UCI.  >>
Wellington's Steve Bale Breaks New Zealand Hour Record
Steve Bale, from Karori, Wellington, has set a new New Zealand track cycling Hour Record in the open and masters' grade, battling to cover 47.697km. The 38-year-old was disappointed to have missed the world masters' mark, set by Australian Jayson Austin in 2009, by just two laps, but satisfied to have claimed two national records. Setting off at 11am on Saturday August 22 at the >>
Tough route announced for New Zealand Cycle Classic
A challenging 152km hill climb is one of the highlights of next year's New Zealand Cycle Classic, a premier international men's road cycle tour to be staged entirely in the Wairarapa. The full route for the 29thrunning of the UCI Sanctioned international stage race, to be held in the Wairarapa from January 20th 24th 2016, was released today. Race Director Jorge Sandoval says the 663km route >>
Max Jones Puts His Name in Lights at Calder Stewart Series
Christchurch teenager Max Jones won the biggest race of his young cycling career, winning today's elite race of the fourth round of the Calder Stewart Cycling Series, the Kings Electrical Ashburton Classic. Well supported by his Modus Construct team, Jones (19) out sprinting Brodie Catterick (TotalPOS Solutions) to win the 133 kilometre race held in calm wet conditions in three hours and nine >>
Horgan Tops Favourites List for Calder Stewart Round
After a winter that included racing in Canada and the United States Sam Horgan is the favourite to build on his elite series lead in round four of the Calder Stewart Cycling Series, the Kings Electrical Ashburton Classic, being held on Saturday. Riding in the strong Mike Greer Homes Racing team on Saturday, Horgan raced for his Australian Continental team Budget Forklifts in Canada's Tour de >>
Busy Schedule for DRAPAC
Drapac Professional Cycling is set to launch the second half of the 2015 season off at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday 2 August. Britain's greatest one-day bike race is back and this year's fast and furious showdown will see 150 of the world's top pro cyclists take on a 200km route through London and Surrey. The route is a variation on the London 2012 Olympic Road Cycling Race >>
First Bauer Now Henderson Out of Le Tour
Bad news for Lotto Soudal this morning: Greg Henderson won't stand at the start of the seventh stage. The rib injury of the New-Zealander is so painful that it isn't an option to continue the race. Henderson was involved in the big crash on Monday in the stage from Antwerp to Huy. Team doctor Jan Mathieu: "It's not easy to race with an injury like Greg has. As rider and team doctor you hope >>
Popular Tony Martin Forced From Tour with Broken Collarbone
Etixx - Quick-Step rider Tony Martin will fly to BG Hospital in Hamburg immediately for surgery, and must withdraw from Le Tour de France. Martin, in the yellow jersey as race leader since a Stage 4 solo victory, was diagnosed with a collarbone fracture on the left side of his body that was suffered during a crash inside the final kilometer of the 6th Stage. "Unfortunately, the >>
Crankbrothers for Others Campaign
In partnership with top athletes, crankbrothers has launched the Crankbrothers for Others charitable giveback initiative to support bike-related causes around the world. "Giving back has always been an important part of our business practices," said Kellen Trachy, Global Marketing Manager, crankbrothers. "We've enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Hans Rey and his Wheels 4 Life charity, >>
LOOK Guarantee Mark of Origin
The world leader in automatic road pedals, which designs and manufactures its flagship product entirely in France, sees its French roots and commitment firmly established. Recognition of strong territorial roots Inventor of the automatic road pedal in 1984 and world market leader since then, LOOK designs, develops, assembles and tests 100% of its pedals in France. 1 million pedals are >>
GMC and Cervelo partner Up in NZ
Seven time NZ Road Champion Gordon McCauley and the GMC brand of cycle coaching has partnered with the Worlds number one Road specialist brand Cervelo. PRV the NZ distributor see the association as a natural fit bringing together two great brands in GMC and Cervelo. McCauley who raced his first event last weekend aboard the 2015 S5 took first place in the Cape to Kaitaia putting in a strong >>
LeMond to NZ For Ricoh Legends of Cycling Dinner
The RICOH Legends of Cycling dinner on January 28 in Auckland next year will be the highest profile gathering of world famous cycling identities ever seen in New Zealand with organisers saying it will also be a celebration of all things cycling. Featuring one of the greatest cyclists of all time American Greg LeMond, a three time Tour de France winner and two time world champion, the >>
Kiwi Women Excellent in the USA
The New Zealand women's endurance track team have enjoyed further success on the roads at the Tour of Dairylands in USA. Omnium specialist Racquel Sheath finished second in yesterday's fifth stage at the Milwaukee Mile Speedway, in the Wisconsin State Fair Park, while teammates Alysha Keith and Lauren Ellis both finished on the podium in the stage six criterium at Schlitz Park in downtown >>
Sour Grapes in Wake of Wiggins Hour Record Success
Cycling coach Steve Collins has gone on the rant in the wake of British Cycling poster boy Bradley Wiggins Hour Record ride calling it illegal. Collins who helped prepare former holder Alex Dowsett has taken aim at the bike used by Wiggins calling it illegal as it is not currently in production for purchase as is stated as a must by the UCI within 9 months of the race, time it appears is on >>
Bennett into the Dauphine
George Bennett has made the team for the Dauphine, the week long mini Tour de France where the favourites who did not take part in the Giro hone their form for the Tour. Pulled from the LottoNL Jumbo team a day before the Giro for returning a low cortisol reading in a standard UCI test the Nelson rider is now back in the fold after finding the answers to his situation through independent >>
Gate Dominant at An Post RAS Tour of Ireland
New Zealand cyclist Aaron Gate has won the sprinters' green jersey after the final stage of the An Post RAS Tour of Ireland overnight. Gate, who rides for the An Post Chain Reaction UCI Continental team, finished in the peloton seconds behind the breakaway trio in the eighth and final stage into Skerries near Dublin. Gate and the New Zealand endurance track team were competing as part of >>
Wippert Closes Out Incredible Tour of California for Drapac
Drapac Cycling closed out a successful first run in the Amgen Tour of California with another podium today in the iconic finish at the Rose Bowl. With a near perfect lead out by the team, Wouter Wippert sprinted to second, with Mark Cavendish taking the win and Peter Sagan third."We came to California to race the best riders and we showed we can ride with them. I, of course, wanted the win today >>
Orica Greenedge Powers to TTT Stage Win and Maglia Rosa
ORICA-GreenEDGE has claimed the opening team time trial at the Giro d'Italia in San Remo this afternoon, seven seconds faster than nearest rivals Tinkoff-Saxo. The Australian outfit finished the 17.6km race against the clock in 19minutes 26seconds, 2014 Liege-Bastogne-Liege champion Simon Gerrans the first rider across the line to claim first honours in the pink 'maglia rosa' leader's jersey.  >>
Impressive Horgan Takes Calder Stewart Round Three
Sam Horgan soloed to an impressive elite win today in round three of the Calder Stewart Cycling Series, the CYB Construction Hokitika Classic, on the South Island's West Coast, to also claim the elite series lead. Horgan, riding for the Mike Greer Homes Racing team, attacked the leaders on the final climb of the Blur Spur Ridge taking L & M Group RICOH NZ's Liam Aitcheson with him. >>
Bennett Out of Giro
In a surprise announcement today by Kiwi Pro George Bennetts Team LottoNL-Jumbo it was revealed that the talented climber will not be taking the start line in the Giro due to turning in a standard UCI blood test showing low cortisol levels. Low cortisol levels can be indicative of the use of cortisone or due to other health issues. Bennett recently completed a long training camp at altitude on >>
Get Ready to Race with Castelli
To celebrate the 15th edition of the Castelli 24-hour cycling race, Castelli is offering you the chance to race in our Squadra Corse Team. The Castelli 24-hour race ticks all the boxes for a great cycling party central, its fun, sociable, enjoyable, sociable, fast and exhilarating as 100 teams of 12 riders tackle the 24 hour race, amongst them iconic cycling champions and professionals.  >>
Drapac Announce Rosters for Feature Races
Drapac Professional Cycling heads to the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey and Tour of the Gila for the month of April. Both rosters feature a dynamic, diverse Drapac squad of general classification riders, climbers and sprinters.Drapac Professional Cycling has raced previously at the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, debuting last year at the event. Drapac will make its first appearance at >>
Horgan Races to Round Two Win in Calder Stewart Cycling Series
Sam Horgan out kicked his breakaway companions to win the second round of the elite race of the Calder Stewart Cycling Series, the Moore Stephens Markhams Classic, in Pleasant Point near Timaru today. Horgan, riding for the Mike Greer Homes racing team, managed to get across to the 8 leaders well into the second lap of the 148 kilometre race to put himself in a position to win, while Justin >>
Just Find It
The BikeAid app is the global bike store locator. With thousands of bike stores listed globally, the power is in users' pockets. It is available to download for free now at the Apple or Android app stores. (Download link on the homepage of website) ; The BikeAid app is designed to take the hassle out of finding bike stores. It's an online platform that will help >>
Charter Mason to the Fore at Tour of Perth
The Cycling Australia National Road Series has kicked off in Perth, Western Australia and CharterMason Giant Racing Team (powered by Brennan IT) have hit the road in fine style taking victory in the opening two stages. Former UCI MTB Eliminator World Champion (and 2015 Australian Champion!) Paul Van Der Ploeg used his impressive bike handling skills and unbelievable 2,400 watt peak power to >>
Barry Takes Big Victory at Coffee Culture Le Race
Dan Barry won todays Coffee Culture Le Race outsprinting Richard Lawson to win in two hours and forty seven minutes. Barry (Budget Forklifts) was 'absolutely stoked' to grab what he called was an 'unexpected' win in the Christchurch to Akaroa 100 kilometre event after he manufactured the days' key break as riders approached Little River after 25 kilometres of tough winds on the flat. Tom >>
Girdlestone keen to defend Coffee Culture Le Race title
Seventeen year old South African born Christchurch cyclist Keagan Girdlestone is one year stronger and wiser and keen to defend his break through win in last year's Coffee Culture Le Race on Saturday. Girdlestone, the youngest ever winner in the event's history, knows he carries a bigger target on his back this year and is very aware it will be harder than last year to make it two wins in a >>
Stweart Island Stage for National Cycling Tour
Stewart Island will create history when it hosts the opening 20 kilometre stage of the Tour of New Zealand on Friday the 10th of April. It will be the first ever competitive cycle race held on the island which Tour Director Peter Yarrell says makes a unique event even more special. "We've been really encouraged by the support shown from the locals on Stewart Island," he said. A group of local >>
Monster Field for Le Race 2015
The iconic 100 kilometre Christchurch to Akaroa Coffee Culture Le Race will have its largest field since the 2011 earthquakes. New owner Sheree Stevens from Not Just Events is 'very happy' about entry numbers that are tracking towards 770, exceeding the previous largest post-earthquake field of 734 cyclists that entered in 2013. The event had 550 entries last year and has not had more than 800 >>
NZs Oldest Mountain Bike Race Reignites Sports Oldest Debate
More than 800 riders from 10 countries took on the 30th anniversary the Karapoti Classic this weekend, with the winners of New Zealand's longest running mountain bike event reigniting sport's oldest debate. Established in 1986, the Karapoti Classic is thought to be the Southern Hemisphere's longest running mountain bike race. Based in Upper Hutt's Akatarawa Ranges, approximately 40k north of >>
Burkes Speed League Battle Heats Up
Ben Leslie scored a massive 23 Burkes Cycles Speed League points at round six of the weekly track racing Summer Series, held at Wellington Velodrome on Sunday March 8, to put him top of the under 13 overall competition. While Ben won all four D grade events from the 4 lap Handicap Scratch to the more complex Devilish Point-a-lap - a combination of a points and elimination race - he was pushed >>
Hubbard Takes out Calder Stewart Opener
Tom Hubbard backed up a sixth place finish in a strong field in the UCI 1.2 REV Classic race yesterday in Cambridge to win the opening round of the elite race of the Calder Stewart Cycling Series in Oxford near Christchurch today. Hubbard, riding for the Breads of Europe team, managed to get across to 11 leaders at a critical time in the 159 kilometre race to then take a leadership role with >>
Gerard Vroomen and Rene Wiertz Acquire 3T
Three years after selling his stake in Cervlo - the high-end road bike manufacturer he cofounded Dutch engineer and inventor Gerard Vroomen has teamed up with CEO Ren Wiertz to acquire all shares in iconic bicycle component maker 3T."It gives me great pleasure to tell the world that Gerard has agreed to join me as a partnerin 3T. We've grown into a very successful company in the last few years >>
Vink Keen to Test Legs in Calder Stewart Season Opener
Christchurch cyclist Michael Vink is keen to use Sunday's opening round of the Calder Stewart Cycling Series as a tester of his form before he heads to Europe to race. Vink, riding for the Bread of Europe team, is the series defending elite champion, winning the last round in Canterbury's Selwyn District in October to claim the title. Under new ownership with a new naming rights sponsor it >>
Wiles Takes Trust House Womens Tour of New Zealand Title
In front of a very large crowd, Lauren Hall from USA national team won the final stage, her second in the tour after a perfect lead out by her team into the middle of Masterton city centre earlier today. It was a great finale for a great tour and Team USA show why they are the best in the world, they won four of the five stages, lead the tour from start to finish and never seem to be in any >>
World Champion Kiwis in Paris!
New Zealand has smashed their national record on the way to victory in the men's team pursuit on the second day of the UCI Track World Championships in Paris. It is the first time in their history that New Zealand has won the team pursuit gold medal, edging out Great Britain in a thrilling final by half a second in the 4000m final. Winning gold were - Dylan Kennett, Pieter Bulling, Alex >>
Ecstasy Turns to Agony for NZ Mens Team Sprint
The New Zealand men's team sprint trio had a dominant victory over-turned on the first day of the UCI track world championships near Paris. The trio of Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins looked to have prevailed in the final over the hosts France, but were relegated back to the silver medal for a technical infringement in the changeover. "It's a technical rule that did not affect >>
Jordan Takes out Laykold Cup
New Zealand representative Jordan Castle (Bike Manawatu) played his cards perfectly to win the prestigious Laykold Cup held at the Wellington Velodrome on Sunday February 15, out sprinting Dan Waluszewski (Wellington) and James Denholm (West Coast North Island) at the end of a tactical race.Now held as a 10km scratch, the Laykold Cup has a history running more than 80 years and is one of the >>
Commonwealth Champ Confirmed for Women's Tour of New Zealand
The Trust House Women's Cycle Tour of New Zealand received a boost last night, with confirmation that 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Linda Villumsen is entering next week's international tour to be held in the Wairarapa. Villumsen, the 2014 Commonwealth gold medallist and 2015 New Zealand national road champion, will race the five-day tour as member of the Ramblers Cycling Club and is >>
Next Generation Investment for NZ Cycling
Team named for UCI Track World Championships - With a weather-eye fixed on the 2016 Olympics, Cycling New Zealand will invest in youth for this month's UCI Track Cycling World Championships. Following strong performances at the national championships, Cycling New Zealand has included newcomers Alex Frame (Canterbury) 21, and Regan Gough (Hawkes Bay) 19, in their 18-strong team to compete at >>
Cheatley Wrapped with Depth of Talent and Elite Nationals
Depth in numbers and talent is exciting Cycling New Zealand after the conclusion of the Skoda Track Cycling National Championships at the Avantidrome in Cambridge. While the big guns, led by the team sprint world champions, shone on the final day, the championships also celebrated the emergence of some serious young talent. Cycling New Zealand head coach Dayle Cheatley said there were good >>
Wippert Earns Drapac First World Tour Victory
Wouter Wippert left nothing to question today at the line, taking a sounding victory in Stage 6 at the Santos Tour Down Under, earning Drapac Professional Cycling its' first WorldTour Victory. After two, third-places earlier this week. Wippert edged out Australian National road champion, Heinrich Haussler (IAM Cycling) and Belgian Boris Vallee (Lotto-Soudal)."We did it. The team put it >>
Top Talent to NZ Trust House Tour
Top international road cyclist, American Evelyn Stevens is set to appear in next month's Trust House Women's Cycle Tour of New Zealand being held in the Wairarapa. The appearance of the former team time trial world champion, as well as winner of numerous international races around the world, is a major coup for the event organisers. The five-day international cycle tour will take place >>
Dubai 2015 - Sir Paul Smith Castelli Leaders Jerseys Released
RCS Sport today unveiled the Official Dubai Tour 2015 leader's jersey, designed by the British fashion designer Paul Smith and produced by the innovative Italian clothing partner Castelli. The four race jerseys, will be worn by the leaders of each race classification. Sir Paul Smith himself, who is arguably the most successful designer in British history, was behind the decision to partner with >>
BDO Wellington to Auckland
The BDO Wellington to Auckland Cycle Challenge is now very much established on the cycling calendar as one of the 'must do' cycling events for riders of all abilities, a 7-day stage tour that engages with the competitor in everyone, whether it is a competition just to get to the finish as fast as possible near the front of the field, or to finish high amongst a riding category, or simply to >>
Oram Adds Firepower to NZCT Classic Field
New Zealand U23 time trial champion James Oram will lead the NZCT -New Zealand national team in the NZCT Cycle Classic starting next Wednesday 28th January in Palmerston North. The team is made up of New Zealand pro riders who are not allowed to take part in the tour unless their team is taking part in the race or as members of the New Zealand national team. 21-year-old James Oram is >>
Drapac's Clarke Shines as Most Competitive Rider at TDU
Drapac Professional Cycling's William Clarke delivered an instrumental attack in Stage 3 of Santos Tour Down Under, establishing a day long break to earn Most Competitive Rider. Rohan Dennis (BMC) took the stage victory with Cadel Evans (BMC) second and Tom Dumoulin (TGA) third. Clarke launched at 3km and was joined by fellow Australian Calvin Watson (Trek Racing), Lasse Norman Hansen >>
Karwowski Goes Close in UCI Track World Cup
Southland rider Cameron Karwowski went close without glory on the final day of the UCI track cycling World Cup in Cali, Colombia today. The 23-year-old jumped into the lead after the penultimate round of the six-discipline omnium, but could not prosper in the final points race, finishing sixth overall. Karwowski and Waikato's Racquel Sheath have been new to international omnium competition >>
Van Velthoven Back to Dominating Form
Olympic medallist Simon van Velthooven found finals form on the second day of the UCI track cycling World Cup in Cali, Colombia. Van Velthooven, in his first World Cup competition of the season, finished fifth in the final of the men's keirin. The Manawatu rider was third in his opening heat but fought his way back by winning the repechage. He was second in the second round clash behind >>
MTN Qhubeka Make Tour de France History
To receive a wild card for the Tour de France is a dream come true for the entire MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung team, while it is also a historic moment for African and world cycling. In all the 101 previous editions of the Tour de France, this will be the first time an African registered team will take part in this, the biggest cycling race in the world. "We can light up stages of the Tour and we >>
Cooper and Avanti Racing Dominate Elite Mens Road Race
While many were looking to the star World Tour professionals, it was the homegrown Avanti Racing team riders led by Wellington's Joe Cooper, who took a clean sweep of the Calder Stewart elite national road championship men's race in Christchurch today. Cooper led local Christchurch teammate Tom Davison home after a superb break late on the penultimate lap of the 183km race, that comprised 12 >>
Winning Ways Continue for Nielsen at Elite Nationals
Commonwealth Games medallist Jaime Nielsen gave her upcoming track hopes a boost when she defended her time trial title at the Calder Stewart elite national road championships in Christchurch today. Fresh off winning every stage of the Tour de Vineyards, Nielsen powered home in strong nor-easterly winds to claim the women's 25km time trial ahead of Commonwealth Games gold medallist Linda >>
Hendi Leads NZ Team in Aus
World Tour professional rider, Greg Henderson will head a New Zealand team in the annual Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic near Melbourne in the New Year. Henderson, who rides for Lotto Belisol team based in Europe, will lead a group of mostly endurance track riders who will use the four day tour as foundation for January's all-important Skoda Elite National Track Championships in Cambridge to >>
Top Talent Racing Track Nationals
New Zealand's top track cyclists including Olympic medalists, World Championship and World Cup riders will compete against each other as they vie for national titles at the Skoda Elite & U19 Track National Championships. The event will be held at Cambridge's Avantidrome from 29 January 1 February 2015 with tickets now available online. It is the final opportunity for Kiwi athletes to >>
Top Southern Hemisphere Pros Prepare for NZ Tour
Top professionals teams are releasing their line up for New Zealand's premier cycle race and only UCI 2.2 sanctioned event in Oceania next January, The NZCT Cycle Classic. Avanti Racing Team is the first to announce their line up and they are presenting a strong team including retired Christchurch triathlete Tom Davison who will have his first cycling test after being nominated in the team for >>
Burkes Speed League Winners
Burkes Cycles Speed League Spring Series winners were named following round seven of the track cycling league which was held at Wellington Velodrome in Hataitai on Sunday December 14. Grant Perry won the senior men's/ under 19 category with Ione Johnson heading up the women's, both categories supported by Coffee Supreme.Grace Saywell dominated the under 15 category while George Jackson was the >>
Gearing up for Rio
Cycling New Zealand is pleased it can complete vital resources for its campaign to the Rio Olympics and beyond. High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) today allocated an additional $400,000 over the next two years to meet the additional needs for key coaching resource, equipment, medical and nutrition. "The added investment will allow us to purchase equipment and bring on board >>
Thrilling Finale for Trusthouse North Island Series
The Trust House North Island cycling series is set for a thrilling finale this weekend, with overall victory in the Series on the line. With just three points separating series leader Sam Horgan (Bike Manawatu) and Dan Waluszewski (Rivet Racing Team), in the men's elite, a postrace tie-breaker may be required to determine the overall series winner. A top two finish for Horgan will clinch the >>
DRAPAC Signs Brown From WorldTour
Double Olympic Gold medalist and world-class sprinter Graeme Brown will race in the colours of Drapac Professional Cycling in 2015. In his 13-year career Brown has taken a number of major international victories, including nine stages of the Tour of Langkawi, as well as three stages of Australia's biggest race the Tour Down Under. An out and out sprinter in his youth, in recent years Brown has >>
Kohler Signs for DRAPAC
Martin Kohler of Switzerland will join Drapac Professional Cycling in 2015 having spent the past seven seasons with BMC Racing Team. The former Swiss Time Trial (2011) and Road Race (2012) champion is the sixth new signing for Drapac Professional Cycling bringing the roster to 17 riders."Since I started racing I dreamt about winning races. I've done that in juniors and U23 but it became rare >>
Late Entries Being Taken for Taupo
Those who missed registering for the 38thContact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge need not panic, with late entries being accepted. Late entries for the event this coming Saturday will be available online at www.cyclechallenge.comfrom 6am Wednesday until 6pm Thursday, or on event day at the Great Lake Centre in Taupo from 10am10pm on Friday, 28 November (the day before the event). Organisers are >>
Girdlestone Signs up to DRAPAC
Drapac Professional Cycling is pleased to welcome up-and-coming South African Dylan Girdlestone to the squad from 2015.The 25-year-old raced with Garmin-Sharp as a stagiaire over the back half of the current season having previously ridden at the Continental level with MTN-Qhubeka.Girdlestone said he was excited by the opportunity to ride for Drapac and the move to Australia for the UCI >>
Archbold into Pro Conti Ranks with Bora Argon18
BikeNZ Track star Shane Archbold's new team for the 2015 season BORA-Argon18 has been rewarded by the UCI with a successful application into the Pro Continental ranks. The team formerly known as NetApp-Endura rode the Tour de France this year performing well above expectations putting many of the higher ranked World Tour teams to task. Archbold a solid performer on the road will dedicate all of >>
Perry Clean Sweeps Burkes Speed League
Grant Perry achieved a clean sweep of all A grade races plus the mixed grade Team Scratch at the Burkes Cycles Speed League track racing meeting at Wellington Velodrome in Hataitai on Sunday November 9, 2014 to take the lead overall. It's only the second time a sweep in the A grade has been completed in the history of the Speed League - the other was by Louis Higgison last season. This time it >>
Froome & Porte Head to Tasmania
2013 Tour de France winner Chris Froome will join fellow Team Sky rider & best mate Richie Porte in this year's Stan SiejkaLaunceston Cycling Classic on the 6th& 7th December. Arguably the best duo in world cycling at the moment, Porte &Froome will commence their 2015 campaign in Tasmania after their much needed season ending break. We are excited & honoured to not only have >>
Goesinnen Retires from Drapac to Study
Floris Goesinnen has decided to call time on his cycling career, following his final appearance with Drapac Professional Cycling at last month's Tour of Hainan. Goesinnen, now 31, represented the Australian-based team from 2011 through 2014. Nine years after his cycling career as a professional began with Skil-Shimano, the Dutchman has decided to return to university to obtain his Master's degree >>
Cooper Takes SBS Southland Yellow Jersey
It was a day of djvu on day one of the 2014 SBS Bank Tour of Southland as Joe Cooper secured the yellow jersey after taking out the fastest time in team trial today. Cooper, returning as one of this year's Tour favourites again this year and riding for the new Avanti Racing Team, completed the 4.2km lap of Invercargill's Queens Park in 4 minutes, 57 seconds in wet, greasy conditions.  >>
Bevin Signs on For NZ Avanti Racing Team
Avanti Racing Team is excited to announce the signing of Patrick Bevin to the team for the 2015 season. The talented Kiwi burst on to the National Road Series midway through the year with wins in both the National Capital Tour and the Tour of Tasmania and quickly became the target of every team in the region. Team co-owner Andrew Christie-Johnston made no secret of his desire to have Bevin on >>
FLY6 Camera Gets Riders Taking Matters into Their Own Hands
It's been three years since a driver plowed into Megan Odett and her one-year-old son in a Washington, D.C. street, and even now, she can't fully straighten her leg. "They never caught the person who left me lying in the crosswalk, curled up around my son," Odett, 35, told The Huffington Post by phone last week. The three witnesses to the crash couldn't agree on the driver's license >>
World Champions to the Fore In Wairrarapa
It was a day for World Champions in Wairarapa on Saturday for race two of the Trust House North Island Series. World Junior Champions Regan Gough from Waipukurau and Palmerston North Luke Mudgway finish first and second in the men's elite of the Trust House North island series after a very aggressive race around the Masterton, Carterton and South Wairarapa region in near perfect weather.  >>
Drapac Signs Young Talent Brenton Jones
Drapac Professional Cycling is pleased to announce that up-and-coming sprinter, Brenton Jones, will join the squad from 2015.Jones, 22, is the second new signing for the Australian Professional Continental outfit for next season, following the news that Dutchman Peter Koning also comes on board.Drapac's Director of Performance Keith Flory, said Jones would be a valuable addition to the >>
Classy Field for Race two of Trust House North Island Series
This Saturday's second round of the Trust House North Island Cycling Series in the Wairarapa has attracted 28 teams and a total of 212 riders from all over the country and the elite grade is featuring some big names of New Zealand cycling. Making their debut in the race is the L&M Group RICOH New Zealand team who just returned from three months racing in USA. L&M Group - Ricoh NZ is a >>
1500 Riders to Tackle K2
With three weeks until race day, entries are still flowing in for Coromandel's prestigious Cranleigh K2, with defending champions Nick Lovegrove and Hannah van Kampen the latest to confirm for what is renowned as New Zealand's toughest road cycling event. In mountain climbing circles, K2 is renowned as the world's toughest peak. But in New Zealand "K2" is a gruelling 200km road cycling event >>
1500 Riders to Tackle K2
With three weeks until race day, entries are still flowing in for Coromandel's prestigious Cranleigh K2, with defending champions Nick Lovegrove and Hannah van Kampen the latest to confirm for what is renowned as New Zealand's toughest road cycling event. In mountain climbing circles, K2 is renowned as the world's toughest peak. But in New Zealand "K2" is a gruelling 200km road cycling event >>
Burkes Speed League Enters Third Season
With an influx of quality riders targeting track cycling and fresh new sponsors, the Burkes Cycles Speed League, which begins on November 2 at the Wellington Velodrome in Hataitai, is preparing for its biggest season yet. During the summer-long, weekly track cycling competition which is organised by the Port Nicholson Poneke (PNP) Cycling Club, riders can pick up points in races graded >>
Vink Takes Benchmark Finale and Overall Title
Michael Vink won the final elite round of the Benchmark Homes Elite Cycling Series in Canterbury's Selwyn District today, also wining the overall elite series individual classification by the slimmest of margins. Riding for the strong Scotty Browns Cycling team, Vink was part of an early break of five riders that grew to 10 that at once stage had a lead of over four minutes. Racing featured two >>
Drapac chase fourth Melbourne to Warrnambool title
It's one of the toughest and most prestigious races on the Australian calendar and Drapac Professional Cycling has assembled a strong line-up to take on the 2014 Melbourne to Warrnambool on Saturday, October 11.Drapac previously won the one-day classic in 2012 off the back of a powerhouse ride from Floris Goesinnen, in 2010 via a courageous Rhys Pollock, and in 2006 through Robert McLachlan who >>
Windy Conditions for Secondary Schools Nationals
The New Zealand Schools Road Cycling Championships wrapped up in windy, but sunny conditions today with points races at the Manfeild Auto Course in Manawatu. Sophie Pulford (Saint Peter's Cambridge) worked hard in the 24km women's under-20 points race and stayed in the game winning the last two points laps and winning in style with a big lead, to take away the national title. "It was really >>
Le Race Provides Another Boost to Christchurch Rebuild
The iconic 100 kilometre Christchurch to Akaroa Coffee Culture Le Race will provide another boost to Christchurch's rebuild in the central city, when it will start again in Cathedral Square on 21 March next year for the first time since the regions devastating earthquakes. It's been four years since the event started with the 8am bells of Christchurch Cathedral ringing and new owner Sheree >>
Trust House Series delivers Tough Conditions and Worthy Winners
The first race in the Trust House North Island series was dictated by the weather conditions,with wet, cold and windy conditions throughout the day made it difficult for all riders.With forecast of 120km/h wind, cold southerlies and rain welcome the 228 riders in the raceone of the series.Race organisers decide to cut the distance of the Men's elite form 150 to 120km and thisprove to be most >>
Huge Field for Cycling Series
This Saturday's opening round of the new Trust House North Island Elite CyclingSeries in the Wairarapa has attracted a total of 27 teams and over 200 ridersfrom all over the country, the race will feature some very big names of cycling.With five races in the greater Wairarapa between September and December, riders of all abilities willget a taste of high level competitive 'teams' racing only seen >>
Experience the Key in Hubbards Benchmark Win
Previous experience on the Moutere course near Nelson played an important role in Tom Hubbard's (Breads of Europe- All About Plumbing) winning effort in the elite race of the Benchmark Homes Cycling Series near Nelson today. Christchurch based Hubbard, who won in three hours and 11 minutes, won a stage of January's Tour de Vineyards on the same course, saying the success gave him valuable >>
Sergent Comes Oh So Close in Vuelta
New Zealand's Jesse Sergent signalled to the professional world he has arrived as a serious contender for the biggest of stages this morning when he took a tantilisingly close second place in the Vuelta a Espana final stage time trial to Adriano Malori of Movistar. The fielding native riding for Trek Factory racing finished just eight seconds off the pace taking his best every Grand Tour result. >>
Benchmark Action for Nelson
The fifth round of the Benchmark Homes Elite Cycling series, The Tasman Classic in Moutere near Nelson, is shaping up on Saturday as an exciting battle with a number of riders still in contention for overalls series honours across several classifications with only two races left. The Neudorf Hill Circuit has a number of climbs on narrow winding roads and features some rolling terrain and fast >>
MacDonald Fifth in UCI MTB World's
Hawkes Bay professional Brook MacDonald has finished fifth at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Norway today. It is the best finish at a world championship for the 22 year old professional from Trek World Racing who produced a top ride on a challenging day of downhill racing at Hafjell. There were three kiwis in the top 15 with the super-consistent Sam Blenkinsop seventh and >>
GB Announce Tour of Britain Team
British Cycling has today confirmed the six riders who will represent Great Britain at the forthcoming Friends Life Tour of Britain, taking place from 7th 14th September 2014. Dan McLay, who recently won stage three of the prestigious Tour de l'Avenir, has made selection as has Tao Geoghegan Hart who finished tenth overall at the same race. Germain Burton, Chris Lawless, Chris Latham and Dan >>
A Eloquence Of Movement At The Vuelta Espana
David Millar's final season as a pro is being celebrated by unique shoes designed for charity and for the season's final Grand Tour, the bar has been well and truly raised! David Millar and his official shoe supplier, fi'zi:k, have teamed up with a number of designers for a season-long celebration of David's last year as a pro. This celebration An Eloquence of Movement takes the form >>
Benchmark Homes Festival to Return to Christchurch?
Organisers have plans to bring the Benchmark Homes Festival of Cycling back to Christchurch to inject some international cycling racing action back into the city which they say will have some real benefits for Christchurch. The event, which started in 2005 and has been running for nine years, started with the Saturday road race held on the iconic harbour bays route, and was followed by a >>
Big Jase Allen Takes Impressive Benchmark Victory
Former Commonwealth Games representative Jason Allen seized the leadership opportunity on offer with his cycling team today, stepping up and winning the elite race of the fourth round of the Benchmark Homes Elite Cycling Series near Ashburton. In recent years Allen has ridden in a support role for his Scotty Brown Racing's leaders Sam Horgan, Robin Reid and Michael Vink, but with these riders >>
Gough Stikes World Championship Gold
Hawkes Bay cyclist Regan Gough made it a golden night for New Zealand team on the third day of the UCI Juniors Track World Championships in Korea today. Gough, from Waipukurau, won the 25km points race at the Gwang Myeong Speedrome, which follows on from a bronze medal in the team pursuit on the first day and his silver medal in the individual pursuit yesterday. The outstanding prospect rode >>
Sensational Silver for Bauer
Bauer grabs silver in the rain A tenacious Jack Bauer picked up a hard-earned silver medal in the men's road race in atrocious conditions today. The 140 starters had to contend with torrential rain for much of their 168km journey and conditions were so hazardous the riders had to be really careful on some of the sharp and slippery off-camber corners. Bauer, 29, looked good throughout, and >>
Villumsen Wins the Big One for NZ
After so many near misses, Linda Villumsen finally won a major race when she outclassed the strong women's road time trial field in Glasgow today. Villumsen was a silver medallist in the event four years ago in Delhi and was fourth in the London Olympics. At world championships, she has been second twice in the time trial and third three times, so her gold medal was certainly more than deserved. >>
Gold Flows for Brilliant BikeNZ Track Team at Commonwealth Games
The good times continued for the New Zealand track cycling squad at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome today, with another gold medal, a silver and two bronzes. In the men's 40km points race, Tom Scully was brilliant, winning both his morning heat and then the final in the afternoon. There was more good news when Aaron Gate claimed the points race bronze. Scully, Gate and Shane Archbold, who all >>
Kittel The Stage & Nibali the Crown
Marcel Kittel capped off what was a brilliant Tour de France for his Giant / Shimano sponsored team taking an incredible four stage wins backing up his equally successful 2013 Tour. Kittel showed amazing power as he came up alongside two stage winner Alexander Kristoff with 20 metres to go to edge ahead taking the victory by half a length. With the remaining two of eight laps up and around the >>
Archbold Claims Gold Medal Ride in Scratch Race
It was Shane Archbold's turn to take centre stage on the final day of track action at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow today. Archbold timed his sprint perfectly in the men's 20km scratch race to edge out fast-finishing Australian Glenn O'Shea, and also his room-mate at the professional An Post Sean Kelly professional team in Belgium. Tom Scully, the recipient of Archbold's selfless work >>
Garmin Sharps Navardauskas Takes Impressive Stage Win
Romain Navardauskas became the first Lithuanian to take a Tour de France stage win when he ripped into Bergerac five seconds clear of a charging peloton hungry for a sprint win. The Garmin Sharp professional built the foundation of his victory off his team mate Tom Jelte Slagter who had been away in a stage long break away and was the sole survivor with 10 km remaining. Seeing his Dutch team >>
Nibali Gets the Set
Vincenzo Nibali unashamedly stamped his authority all over the Tour de France peloton as he rode away at will from the pack of riders duking it out for the second through fifth positions. The rider known as the Shark showed no mercy for his peers on the slopes of the Hautacam as he gobbled up everyone in his sight to take his fourth stage win of the 2014 race. "I wanted to win the stage for >>
Sky The Limit for Avanti Racing
With the second half of the National Road Series looming the Avanti Racing Team are keen to take up where they left off and keep the wins rolling. A dominant first half of the season with numerous stage victories and overall wins at the Tour De Perth, Battle of The Border and Tour of Toowomba see the team top the national rankings in both the team and individual competitions. With the departure >>
Avanti Issue Safety Recall on EVOII TT Frame
Defect & potential hazard:Sheppard's is conducting a consumer level recall on the above product due to the possibility that the head stemclamp can fracture causing the handle bar to become unstable. This failure may lead to the handle bar looseningand could cause immediate loss of rider control over the bicycle. This can cause accidents with severe injuries.In the interests of public safety, >>
Majka Makes it Two
Rafael Majka made it two Tour de France wins today atop the Pla d' Adet, racing solo ahead of the GC contenders the Polish star added more points to his King of the Mountains cause, something he was expecting to lose on the day to the more experienced J Rod.Majka who rode to an impressive sixth place overall in the Giro now seems to have fully recovered from his Italian adventure and has shown >>
Oh So Close For Bauer
Garmin Sharp's Jack Bauer had all of NZ on the edge of anticipation in becoming the first ever New Zealander to take a road stage in the Tour early this morning as he bore down on the Tour de France finish line in Nimes after a 222km long breakaway with Martin Elmiger (IAM Cycling). The Swiss and the Kiwi swapped equally strong turns for the stage long break going away in km zero. As the duo >>
Majka Scores Morale Booster for Tinkoff Saxo
Rafael Majka scored an important victory for his Billionaire Boss Oleg Tinkoff when he took out the Tour de France's toughest stage so far that finished up the gruelling 12km climb to Risoul. Majka who had been a member of the day long breakaway had the best legs when the group started the final climb after pretenders Rodriguez, Serpa looking somewhat Mexican with the moustache, and the ever >>
Nibali the Boss
Vincenzo Nibali showed today that there is a new Don of the peloton when it comes to the Tour de France when he quashed all attacks up the days final 12km climb to Chamrousse. With 197km of racing already in the legs Nibali showed no weakness as he surged ahead of the select group containing Valverde and French sensation Pinot, and rode on to his third stage victory whilst increasing his overall >>
Galloping Gallopin Gets an Impressive Stage
Having already impressed with his race into the yellow jersey for Bastille day French hope Tony Gallopin not satisfied with just a day in yellow set out with incredible determination on stage 11 to capture and individual victory. With the lumpy terrain on the run into Oyonnax after 187 km the front of the peloton proved too much for the sprinters teams to control and the perfect catalyst for a >>
Kristoff Comes of Age
Alexander Kristoff has been banging on the door of greatness all season after an impressive win in Milan San Remo at the start of the year the Norwegian can now add Tour de France Stage winner to his palmares. With Peter Sgan being the nearly man of the tour it was looking like stage 12 into Saint Etienne may be the sprint finish that turned the tables but with the line fast approaching and >>
Horror Day For El Pistolero
No one could have predicted the horror day Contador was about to encounter even with the trail of destruction this Tour de France has been all about. Smashed bike, broken shoes, broken Tibia and road rash the Spanish Grand Tour God had it all going on, with such a courageous style that he is known for Contador re mounted and attempted to chase his way back onto the peloton now some five minutes >>
Tony Martin Powerhaus
Three time World Time trial Champion Tony Martin (OPQS) gave gave his 27 breakaway companions a lesson in solo riding today as he sped off the front of the days break with Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale) on the descent of the days first climb the Col de la Schlucht, and then dropped his Italian companion on the big one of the day, the category 1 Markstein, with some 59 kilometres remaining.From >>
Kadri Stars on Centre Stage
As the Tour emerged from the flatter fast paced roads of the first week we saw the slighter built riders come to the fore as the Tour saw its first taste of the medium mountain stages. French riders were up for the task to get points on the board for the home nation and none more so than the mountain goat Blel Kadri (AG2R) and the ever combative Sylvain Chavanal (IAM). With a lead on the >>
Trentin Saves First Week for OMQS
With no dedicated team leader for the sprints aboard the bullet train that is Omega Pharma Quick Step Matteo Trentin took matters into his own hands as the shredded peloton bore down on the finish line in Nancy on stage seven of the Tour de France. Duelling against none other than the man in Green Peter Sagan (Cannondale) Trentin even congratulated the young star as they crossed he finish line >>
Greipel Fights Back at Tour
It took six stages but the man mountain from Germany finally got one back on his countryman by taking the sprint to the line in Reims. With the Lotto Belisol leadout team being somewhat beheaded with the loss of Greg Henderson Greipel had to fight it out alone in the final 200 but with Kittel disposed of and off the back of the lead group there was still Sagan, Kristoff, Renshaw and Coquard to >>
Lars BOOMS - Nibali Tears up the Cobbles
One rider relishing the opportuning to race on the pave in July was Dutchman Lars Boom, the former world cyclocross champion had the look of shear determination across his face as he stomped clear of the days big favourites Fabian Cancellara and Peter Sagan on his way up to the head of the field to link up with the Astana Mafia whos day had gone from good to great as the sectors of pave ticked >>
Kittel Rules the Sprints - Schleck Goes Home
Marcel Kittel romped home in dominating fashion to claim the coveted Tour de France stage three finish into London. The German lead by his powerful Giant-Shimano team were all over the competition as the other teams struggled to match the horsepower of the Dutch unit.Jan Barta of the Net App Endura team lead a brave breakaway attempt through the London streets as the last surviving member of the >>
No Stopping Kittel - Henderson Out
The Brilliant Marcel Kittel did it again at the Tour de France making it three in Lille. Alexander Kristoff threw everything including the kitchen sink at the German by going long, up until five metres from the line it was looking like the Norwegian might have pulled off the big one but a second later it was Kittel by a wheel. The messy run in to the finish through the streets of the Euro tech >>
Nibali Redeems in Sheffield
Italian Grand Tour specialist Vincenzo Nibali turned a so far lack lusture season on its head by winning the hotly contested 201km stage two of the Tour de France into Sheffield. Nibali who along with el Pistolero Alberto Contador has also won the Tour of Spain and Giro d Italia now sits atop the leader board with the Tour's Yellow jersey sitting proudly on his shoulders.After receiving a >>
Kittel Repeats - Cavendish Crashes Out
German Powerhaus Marcel Kittel (Giant Shimano) became King Kittel on British soil for a day today when he sprinted clear of the world's best cyclists to take stage one of the Tour de France. Kittel who was lead out seamlessly to the line by his well drilled team kicked hard on the incline to the finish line putting Cannondales Peter Sagan into second place and Navardauskas (Garmin Sharp) into >>
Fulcrum Release Details About the 2015 "Racing Zero Nite"
The Fulcrum Zero wheel has come to be the standard for performance in aluminum racing wheelsets for roadracing and as such there was little room for improvement. However, the engineers at the Fulcrum researchand development department are never content to leave good enough alone and their consistent drive toimprove each and every product by examining even the smallest detail would not allow them >>
Bauer Makes it Two Kiwis in Le Tour
New Zealand cyclist Jack Bauer will have the ideal build-up for the Commonwealth Games road race, when he was confirmed as a starter in his second Tour de France. Bauer was named in the nine-strong Garmin-Sharp line-up for the Tour de France that starts this Saturday in Leeds, England. The Tour finishes in Paris on 27 July, a week before the road race in Glasgow, set for the final day of the >>
Hendi Makes Le Tour 2014
Commonwealth Games-bound Greg Henderson will start in his third Tour de France in England next weekend. Henderson has been named in the Lotto-Belisol team, demanding his spot on the back of some outstanding recent form including a stage win in the Ster ZLM Toer in the Netherlands this week. He made a brilliant solo break that led to victory for his teammate and ace sprinter Andre Greipel in the >>
Drapac Take Iran
Drapac Professional Cycling has wrapped up its 2014 Tour of Iran campaign with Will Clarke claiming points classification victory and his second runner-up finish of the UCI 2.1 event on the final stage on Sunday.The Stage 6 result mirrors that of the opener, with Clarke second behind Fabian Schnaidt (Team Vorarlberg). Alois Kankovsky (Team Dukla Praha) was third in the 38-man strong bunch >>
Dreamed of Working at BikeNZ?
We have 4 vacancies currently advertised: High Performance Assistant Track Coach - Cambridge Junior Performance Analyst Position - Cambridge High Performance Rider Development Leader - Cambridge Physiotherapist, BikeNZ, Cambridge, Waikato For full details of all positions, please visit our vacancies page. High Performance Assistant Track Coach - Cambridge This is an exciting >>
No Runners Welcome at Le Tour
With the Tour de France just over a month away and the horrific behaviour of overzealous fans at the Giro still fresh in the riders minds, the organisers of Le Tour the ASO have reached out to the soon to be roadside viewing public in a series of advertisements aimed at curbing dangerous behaviour.In this clip the popular German sprint star Marcel Kittel tells it like it >>
Gutless SKY Management Leave Wiggo at Home
In a move many were expecting but hoping would not materialise, Team SKY management have buckled to the emotions of the 2013 Tour winner Chris Froome and left the 2012 winner on the sidelines for the 2014 event that is just over a month away. Rubbing further salt into the wound is the fact the first four days are in England and many of the sports fans were hoping get a view of the Tour and >>
Dual Asian Attack for Avanti Racing Team
Fresh of their recent wins at the Battle of The Border and Tour of Toowoomba the Avanti Racing Team will now focus on the Asian circuit while the NRS take a hiatus for the next two months. Half the team will saddle up for the tough Tour of Korea a UCI 2.1 with the other half in West Sumatra for the Tour De Singkarak both starting on the 8th June. Korea will be Jack Haig's last race with the >>
More Asian Success for Drapac
Drapac Professional Cycling has finished off the Tour de Kumano in style, claiming another 1-2 finish, again through Wouter Wippert and Will Clarke.Wippert won the sprint finish in Taiji Hanto ahead of Clarke with Hayato Yoshida (Shimano Racing Team) rounding out the podium. The Drapac double mirrors the pair's performance on Stage 1 earlier this week.The 100 kilometre, 10-lap final stage was >>
Drapac on a Roll in Japan
Will Clarke has capped a fantastic week for Drapac Professional Cycling at the Tour of Japan by securing yet another podium in the final stage held in Tokyo. Clarke, who held the race lead for the opening two days of the UCI 2.1 event following victory in the prologue, sprinted to third place on Sunday behind stage winner Niccolo Bonifazio (Lampre-Merida) and Grega Bole (Vini Fantini Nippo). The >>
NZCT Stage Winner Wins in Japan
Wouter Wippert has continued Drapac Professional Cycling's dream start at the Tour of Japan, taking out the bunch sprint to win the second stage in Mino on Tuesday.The result follows Drapac's 1-2 finish in Sunday's Prologue where Will Clarke and Jordan Kerby proved unbeatable. Clarke retains the green leader's jersey heading into day three with a one-second advantage over Wippert and Brenton >>
Re-Vamped Bikefest Nelson for 2015
On 31 January-15 February 2015 a re-vamped Bikefest Nelson will bring a thrilling mix of biking events for adventurous through to leisure riders. There will be some tried and true events along with some exciting new concepts! Riding a bike in Nelson Tasman has never been better. Will you take a helicopter to a wild peak and ride down, or take a more gentle approach and treat your taste buds on >>
Kennett's Star Heading in Right Direction
Dylan Kennett's Commonwealth Games campaign took another step in the right direction as the South Canterbury rider won today's elite round of the Benchmark Homes Elite Cycling Series, the Parry Field Lawyers-Ocean Ridge Classic, from Hanmer Springs to Kaikoura. The 19 year old Bike NZ endurance track team member is focused on a good result in Glasgow but showed he is tracking well with a strong >>
McGregor Looks to Continue Winning Ways
Fresh from his elite men's national club championships winning effort, Dunedin cyclist Alex McGregor (Team Calder Stewart Road) will be keen to carry that form into Saturday's third round of the Benchmark Homes Elite Cycling Series, the Parry Field Lawyers-Ocean Ridge Classic from Hanmer to Kaikoura. McGregor won the previous elite men's round on the South Island's West Coast last month with >>
Cycle Friendly Nominations
The NZ Transport Agency has joined with CAN to support cycling in NZ via the Cycle Friendly Awards. The Cycle Friendly Awards celebrate NZ achievements creating a more cycle-friendly environment. We invite individuals, companies, organisations, governmental bodies to nominate (self-nominations welcome!) a project, facility or person that showcases cycling excellence and deserves national >>
Kiesanowski Podiums in Salem
Winston-Salem, NCPut in a strong overall performance to help land Joanne Kiesanowski on the podium in 2nd place in the Winston-Salem Criterium Saturday afternoon. In what was destined to be a bunch sprint at the end, Team TIBCO shut down a dangerous late break, and then put the three-time New Zealand Olympian into good position for the final turn and short sprint to the line. She was just edged >>
Kiesanowski to Line up in Salem
Team TIBCO sends a six rider squad, including 3-time Olympian Jo Kiesanowski, 11-time U.S. National Champion Samantha Schneider, Andrea Dvorak, Sara Headley, Amanda Miller and Lauren Stephens.For 2014, the Winston-Salem Classic road race will be classified as a UCI 1.2-category race -- one of only two UCI women's races held in the United States. The race is also a part of the National Racing >>
McGregor Takes Out Benchmark Round
Alex McGregor (Team Calder Stewart Road) won today's elite round of the Benchmark Homes Elite Cycling Series on the South Island's West Coast near Hokitika. The Dunedin rider attacked on the final lap of the energy sapping Blue Spur circuit managing to break free of a large bunch as riders hit the main road 10 kilometres from the finish. H&J's Outdoor World Avanti Plus led the chase trying >>
Junior Track Squad Named for Oceania Championships
BikeNZ has named a 13 strong team of junior track riders to contest the Oceania Championships in Australia in October. The team will form the basis of the next echelon of development riders to be considered for the 2015 UCI Juniors Track Cycling Championships. Coach Ross Machejefski said he and his fellow selectors were impressed with the emerging talent at the recent national age group >>
Drapac Take Perth Momentum to Adelaide
Drapac Professional Cycling will send an ambitious line-up to the second round of the 2014 National Road Series (NRS), the four-stage Jarvis Subaru Adelaide Tour which begins this Thursday. Taking to the start line will be Jack Anderson, Jai Crawford, Ben Johnson and Lachie Norris all backing up from the Tour de Perth while Jonathan Cantwell and Bernie Sulzberger return from the winning OCBC >>
Girdlestone Youngest Winner of Le Race
Sixteen year old South African born Christchurch cyclist Keagan Girdlestone won today's gruelling 100 kilometre Christchurch to Akaroa Coffee Culture Le Race, the youngest ever winner in the event's history. A group of 16 riders lead after the first climb of the day through the Christchurch hillside suburb of Cashmere and stayed together until Auckland cycling coach Aaron Strong attacked after >>
Cyclists Named on SKY Next Initiatives List
Four New Zealand cyclists have been included in the new SKY Next initiatives launched today. Sprinters Sam Webster and Ethan Mitchell, top rating mountain biker Anton Cooper and Paralympian Phillipa Gray have been included in the programme aimed to up and coming young Kiwi athletes as they strive for success on the world stage. They are part of 18 talented young Kiwi sports stars to receive >>
Drapac Motivated for Perth and Singapore Racing
Drapac Professional Cycling will make its debut at the Woodside Tour de Perth next week, the first event on the 2014 National Road Series (NRS) calendar. It's set to be a bumper week of racing for the team with a squad also taking on the OCBC Cycle Singapore Criterium. Jack Anderson, Will Clarke, Jai Crawford, Ben Johnson, Travis Meyer, Lachie Norris and Tom Palmer will all line up for the >>
Southlanders Pick up Big Wins in Cambridge
Southland cycling may have ventured north for the first time but it did nothing to diminish their success at the BikeNZ Track Cycling National Championships that finished at the new Avantidrome in Cambridge today. The Southlanders picked up wins tonight in the team sprint national titles for men, women and men's under-19 as the province that has developed so much since the development of the SIT >>
Trust House North Island Cycling Series
The Wairarapa region is once again been considerate as the venue for top cycling event later this year. The new North Island Cycling Series has today confirmed Trust House as the title sponsor for the inaugural five round series which takes place this year. The series will be run as teams and as well as top New Zealand riders, the series will cater for women and master riders. Trust >>
van Velthooven in Favoured Event
The world championship medallist, fresh from battle in last night's sprints, returned to the fray in the keirin events on the third morning session at the BikeNZ Track Cycling National Championships in Cambridge today. Olympic bronze medallist in this event, Simon van Velthooven dominated his heat, and joining him among the eight riders who automatically progress to tonight's semifinals were the >>
Records Tumble at BikeNZ Track Nationals
A world champion and a former Olympian set the standards as records tumbled in the BikeNZ Age GroupTrack Cycling Championship in Invercargill. Local Southland rider Erin Criglington, the current age group World Champion in the individual pursuit, rode superbly in the women's masters 1 division to win five titles. She won the 2000m individual pursuit, the keirin, the 4000m scratch race and the >>
Calling All U17 Riders!
As a part of the National Junior Development programme, BikeNZ will be giving a team of 12 riders the opportunity to ride as a part of a New Zealand team, at the Canberra Tour, 9-11th of May, 2014. The BikeNZ Junior Development Selection Panel will be selecting a team of a maximum of 12 riders to attend the Championships, as a part of a New Zealand Team. "The Canberra tour is a great stepping >>
BikeNZ Age Group Track Nationals Omnium
Competition continued at the BikeNZ Age Group & Omnium Track National Championships yesterday. The first two U19 Men's and Women's Omnium events occurred during the morning session, along with 2000m Individual Pursuit qualifying events for Masters 1 & 2 Women and U17 Men and Women. A couple of U15 Points Race Heats completed the morning programme, leaving the evening clear for a series >>
Gate Pipped Out of Omnium Medals
New Zealand cyclist Aaron Gate had to settle for fourth place in defence of his omnium title on the penultimate day of the UCI Track Cycling World in Colombia. Fourth overnight, Gate won the 4000m individual pursuit in 4:23.698 to move up to third, but reverted to fourth after finishing seventh in the scratch race. The Auckland rider clocked 1:03.655 in the final 1000m time trial, which was >>
Karwowski Fires First Shots in Benchmark Series
Cameron Karwowski from Southland's H&J's Outdoor World Team won the elite men's 159 kilometre race in today's opening round of the Benchmark Homes Elite Cycling Series in Oxford, North Canterbury. After team mate Matthew Zenovich and his breakaway companion Reon Nolan (Scotty Browns Racing) were caught with 18 kilometres to go it was a frantic run in to the finish line which saw Scott >>
Ryan Scores Big With World's Pursuit Medal
A blistering final 1km helped Marc Ryan secure a thrilling bronze medal in the men's individual pursuit on day two of the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Colombia. Ryan, who also took bronze as part of New Zealand's men's team pursuit team on day one, repelled a mid-race charge from Irishman Ryan Mullen to ride to victory in 4:22.895 in the race off for the minor medal. Over the first >>
Kiwi Sprinters Strike Gold in Cali!
New Zealand celebrated an historic opening day of the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Colombia by blitzing to their first ever men's Team Sprint gold and also banking a bronze medal in the men's 4000m Team Pursuit during an rollicking session in Cali. The crack Team Sprint trio of Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins avenged last year's World Championship defeat to Germany be >>
Live Track Worlds Coverage by SKY
It forms another part of the burgeoning coverage of road and track cycling by Sky Television who also provided live coverage of the BMX World Championships in Auckland last year. BikeNZ High Performance Director Mark Elliott said it was excellent news for the developing profile of the sport. "Sky has been a strong supporter of cycling and we've worked with them in the past for delayed coverage >>
Star Signing Vos Lines up for UK Women's Tour
Reigning World and Olympic Road Race Champion Marianne Vos will take part in The Women's Tour this May, Britain's first UCI ranked international stage race for women. The news marks the first high profile rider announcement for the inaugural race, which takes places from 7th to 11th May, with Vos' Rabobank Liv team currently ranked number one in the UCI's world rankings. Vos will be returning to >>
BDO Cycle Challenge Reveals Stories of Kiwi Inspiration and Achievement
The BDO Wellington to Auckland Cycle Challenge reached its final destination in Pukekohe on the weekend, with close to 200 riders making their way safely through the final two stages from Hamilton to Glen Murray and then on to the finish line to waiting family, friends and supporters, each with their own tale of achievement and goals achieved in a remarkable kiwi recreation event. Organised >>
Sevens Seconds at the Top of GC
The BDO Wellington to Auckland Cycle Challenge continued on its way up the North Island today, with riders completing two stages from Palmerston North to Hunterville and then on to Wanganui for the overnight stopover tonight with prize giving at the Velodrome. For the first time this week the weather played its part, with the rain and cold giving way to overcast but warmer and dry conditions >>
More Success for DRAPAC At Jayco Herald Sun Tour
Drapac Professional Cycling has wrapped up its 2014 Jayco Herald Sun Tour campaign with victory in the Sprint Classification for Jack Anderson. Racing on the final stage was cancelled due to extreme weather conditions and the concerns of emergency services personnel, meaning the results at the end of Stage 3 stood. Drapac also placed two riders in the top 10 of the General Classification with >>
Cyclists Impact Positively on Regional Economies
A new report shows that businesses and communities in areas served by the New Zealand Cycle Trail (NZCT) are making great progress, with increased economic activity and more visitors to the trail regions. Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail Evaluation Report shows that visitors using the NZCT are staying one to three nights and spending between $131 and $176 a day per person. The >>
Bauer Bursts into Jayco Herald Sun Tour Yellow Jersey
It was a New Zealand 1 -2 at the opening stage of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour as Garmin Sharp's Jack Bauer scorched through the 2.5 course to claim honours one second ahead of Tom (Scud) Scully riding for the NZ national team."Tom is a pretty awesome bike rider - he's just come off the track, so I knew he'd be one of the men to beat today," Bauer said."It's a bit of a pity to knock a fellow Kiwi >>
Wippert Takes Out Second Stage for Drapac
Wouter Wippert claimed a second victory for Drapac Professional Cycling at the New Zealand Cycle Classic Saturday, sprinting to the Stage 4 win by a bike length ahead of Tom Scully (NZCT New Zealand) and Graham Briggs (Rapha Condor JLT). Earlier in the week, the flying Dutchman won the second stage in what is his first appearance for Drapac in New Zealand. Narrowly beaten on the finish line on >>
Wippert Sprints to Stage 2 Victory in NZCT
Dutchman Wouter Wippert has claimed Drapac Professional Cycling's first stage victory of the 2014 season, winning Stage 2 of the New Zealand Cycle Classic. Wippert had just days to prepare for his debut with the Professional Continental team, rushed into the five-man squad after Ben Johnson was hit by a car towing a caravan on Sunday morning while training. Wippert, 23, won the bunch sprint by >>
Ben Johnson Out of NZCT For Drapac
Drapac Professional Cycling's Ben Johnson will not be on the start line at the New Zealand Cycle Classic this week after he was hit by a vehicle towing a caravan while training on the David Low Way, Peregian Beach on the Sunshine Coast Sunday morning. Johnson will be replaced at the event by Dutchman Wouter Wippert who will be making his debut for the team. Johnson sustained a deep gash to his >>
Top Field Line up for NZCT
s Manawatu sports fans will be treated to top-level cycling when the New Zealand Community Trust Cycle Classic Tour of Manawatu is held in the region next week for the third year running. The international tour has once again cemented its position as New Zealand's premier stage race as the twenty seven edition has attracted the strongest-ever field contesting the UCI 2.2-rated event.  >>
Drapac Bring Top Team to NZ Classic
Drapac Professional Cycling heads across the ditch for the New Zealand Cycle Classic with a versatile team ready for the notoriously tough conditions. Raced over five stages, the UCI 2.2 event gets underway on January 29 in Palmerston North. Two riders spearhead General Classification hopes Jai Crawford and Adam Phelan with Directeur Sportif Henk Vogels suggesting that fast man Mal Rudolph >>
Roulston Claims Gold in Tough Championship
Christchurch-based professional Hayden Roulston claimed his fourth victory after a colossal battle at the Calder Stewart Elite National Road Cycling Championships on home turf today. The win, after a long-range battle with fellow World Pro Tour pro Jack Bauer and 23-year-old local rider, Tom Davison, means he is now equal with Jack Swart and only one title behind ebullient Aucklander Gordon >>
Atkins Hangs Up His Wheels
Arguably one of the biggest talents to come out of NZ cycling Josh Atkins has announced he has hung up his wheels for good in an interview with sbs. Atkins who won the Tour of Southland in 2011, placed third in the Jayco Herald SunTour in 2013 and wore a classification jersey in the prestigious Tour of California all by the age of 20, stands by his decision to leave the sport he has achieved so >>
Strong Field for NZCT Classic
Organisers of the NZCT New Zealand Cycle Classic have received a welcome Christmas present, with the confirmation that several Australian teams are once again making a strong bid for honours in New Zealand's premier cycle tour. Seven high-quality teams from across the ditch have entered the five-day NZCT Cycle Classic. It will be the 27th anniversary of the race, which runs from January 29 to >>
Wills Take Honours at Vineyards Tour
Rotorua's Ryan Wills has scored big at the Tour de Vineyards taking the overall Classification and getting his 2014 season off to brilliant start. With a high class field getting in final preperation for the upcoming Elite road nationals Wills win was all the more impressive.With a 1.16 margin over the seasoned Daniel Barry and 1.56 on the evergreen Robin Reid Wills cemented a solid hold on the >>
TIBCO Confirms Kiesanowski and Top of the Rank Position for 2014
Pescadero, California Team TIBCO/To the Top, the number one team in the 2013 USA Cycling NRC rankings, returns with a re-loaded roster for 2014. "2014 marks our 10th year of racing," said Team founder and manager Linda Jackson. "I believe we are now the longest running women's cycling team. We're proud to have had the support of TIBCO and SVB throughout this period. Our longevity and >>
BikeNZ Women's Program Receives Extra Fubding
BikeNZ is delighted with the additional investment into the organisation's high performance programme which will increase by $400,000 per year in 2014. Initial funding levels announced in April, coupled with significantly increased costs demanded by the new UCI qualification process forced BikeNZ to cut programmes for 2013 that included the women's endurance track programme, with the hopeful aim >>
Drapac Partner with Bont and Name Secondary Suppliers
Drapac Professional Cycling can announce more partnerships ahead of the team's ground breaking 2014 season.On board with the team on its new era as a UCI Professional Continental outfit will be Bont Cycling, le coq sportif Oceania, Next, Speedplay, Training Peaks and WD-40 Bike.Drapac has already announced that bike manufacturer SwiftCarbon and SRAM have joined the team while Kask helmets, >>
Kiwi's Named in Hincapie Holowesko Cycling Team
Top emerging riders Alex Ray and Dion Smith have been named as part of the USA registered Hincapie Sports Wear - Holowesko Cycling Team. The two Kiwi riders make up part of the 14 rider UCI squad. The team is holding a training camp in Greenville in February as it prepares for first major objective of the season, the Redlands Cycling Classic. Fleetwood RV and Freightliner have joined the team >>
Nine Receive Halberg Award Nominations
Included in the list are World champion Aaron Gate and world championship medallist Simon van Velthooven for Sportsman of the Year; five-time world road champs medallist Linda Villumsen for Sports Women of the Year; Emma Foy and Gabrielle Vermunt who medalled at the worlds for Para Cycling; world silver medallists, the Men's Team Sprint; junior world medallists Hannah Sarton (BMX), Liam Aitcheson >>
Williamson in Stunning Form for Benchmark Homes Festival of Cycling
Sophie Williamson reversed last year's result in the Benchmark Homes Festival of Cycling's elite women's 90 kilometre road race, beating last year's winner Reta Trotman in an exciting sprint finish today in Waipara, North Canterbury. Seven women, that included pre race favourites Williamson (H & J Smiths/Vanderkitten), Trotman (MaxxSOLAR), Linda Villumsen (Benchmark Homes/Wiggle Honda), >>
Sanmarco Suffer Huge Robbery
Saddles worth about 1 million euro have been stolen from Selle San Marco warehouses in Rossano Veneto (VI) during the night between Friday November 29th and Saturday 30th.This is the market value of the 6.000 saddles stored in more than 300 boxes ready to be shipped, that the thieves robbed introducing themselves within the factory after having forced the gate of the shipment storehouse, which >>
Another Podium for Drapac
Tom Palmer took his 2013 podium tally to six on Saturday with third place in the Cronulla round of the NSW Grand Prix Series.Drapac Professional Cycling was represented by Palmer and Bernard Sulzberger, the pair fiercely contesting or creating moves throughout the 30 lap, 40km race in blustery conditions on the coast.Recent Orica GreenEdge signing Caleb Ewan was first across the finish line, >>
Azerbaijan Cycling Team Enters NZ Classic
A third international team, the Synergy Baku Cycling Project, of Azerbaijan, will make its debut in the NZCT Cycle Classic in the Manawatu from January 29 to February 2.The team is part of a Government-led strategy to improve the standard of the Azerbaijani cyclists and its domestic racing scene, in 2013 the multi-national squad has included well-travelled New Zealand rider Rico Rogers. Though >>
Top Field for Novice Tour
Ten of the top fifteen riders on the under 17 girls NZ junior points series table are confirmed to compete in the Novice tour in December in the Manawatu. With the confirmed entries for the under 19 men including names like Regan Gough, Jake Marryatt, George Roberts, Harry Elworthy, Charles Michel all on the top of the National Points series table for the under 19 men there is going to be good >>
Dawkins Amazes at Festival of Speed
Big Southland sprinter Eddie Dawkins brought the local crowd to their feet with a superb performance to win the keirin final at the UCI Festival of Speed event at Invercargill tonight. It is the first time New Zealand has hosted a UCI Tier One event which offers qualifying points ultimately to the 2016 Rio Olympics. Dawkins reeled in Olympic bronze medallist Simon van Velthooven, who went with >>
Drapac & SRAM Pair up for 2014 Season
Drapac Professional Cycling will partner with SRAM as the team enters its new era as a UCI Professional Continental outfit in 2014.An expanding race program, taking in not only Australia and Asia but also the United States will put increasing demands on the Drapac team, a challenge that SRAM is all too ready to take up.General Manager of SRAM Australasia, Rob Eva, said that Drapac will be >>
Big Guns Line up for Criterium Champonships
Newly crowned Tour of Southland winner James Oram is none the wiser about his chances in tomorrow's Jerry Clayton BMW Criterium National Cycling Championships in Auckland. The 20 year old, who rides professionally for US-based Bissell Development Cycling, is unsure of his chances around the tight and technical street circuit in downtown Takapuna after having his wisdom teeth removed. "I'll see >>
Oram Claims SBS Tour of Southland for Kiwivelo Armstrong Prestige
Kiwivelo Armstrong Prestige's James Oram finished safely in the final stage bunch finish to claim his first SBS Bank Tour of Southland victory, following the final stage from Winton to Invercargill on Saturday. With solid team support through the tour and on the final stages, Oram first claimed the Tour's yellow jersey on Tuesday's climb up Bluff Hill and he never looked like relinquishing his >>
Perfect Day for Kiwivelo - Armstrong Prestige Team
The Kiwi Velo-Armstrong Prestige team took full control of the SBS Bank Tour of Southland today, with Matt Cronshaw claiming the stage victory and the yellow jersey still sitting firmly on the shoulders of James Oram with just one day of the 2013 Tour to come. Cronshaw left his run to stage honours untilthe final 200m of the 158km Stage 5 from Invercargill to Lumsden, leading the bunch over the >>
Gunman Guns a Blazing up Coronet Peak
Taylor Gunman has conquered one of the most anticipated stages of this year's SBS Bank Tour of Southland, powering up the 8km Coronet Peak climb for a stage victory. Sam Lindsay (Barry Stewart Builders) finished second, overtaken in the final500mof the 187km stage from Te Anau to Queenstown. James Oram (Kiwi Velo-Armstrong Prestige) was third across the line, meaning he will stay in the Tour's >>
Zenovich Shines for Southland
Matt Zenovich became the first Southlander in 10 years to win a stage in the SBS Bank Tour of Southland today, when he stormed home to win the 148km Stage 3 from Riverton to Te Anau but James Oram will stay in yellow for tomorrow's highly anticipated fourth stage. Zenovich, part of a locally-based H&Js Outdoor World Avanti Plus team, did a huge amount of work as part of a group of seven >>
Oram Shows His Class in SBS Tour of Southland
James Oram has climbed his way into the yellow jersey in the SBS Bank Tour of Southland, with a stage victory and a powerful climb up the infamous Bluff Hill. Buoyed by words of wisdom from his Kiwi Velo-Armstrong Prestige team mate, and last year's Tour winner Mike Northey who also won the Bluff Hill stage last year Oram didn't take today's stage lead until late in the piece. "Coming into >>
Cooper in Yellow
Joe Cooper will go into Stage 1 of the 2013 SBS Bank Tour of Southland in the yellow jersey after taking out the fastest time in the team time trial today. Cooper, one of this year's Tour favourites and riding for Australian-based team Huon Salmon Genesys Wealth Advisors, completed the 4.2km lap of Invercargill's Queens Park in 4minutes, 46.28 seconds in warm, sunny conditions. In a tight >>
VanUden Back to Winning Ways in SBS Tour of Southland
A second place finish in Stage 1 of the SBS Bank Tour of Southland has been enough to propel Southland cyclist Cam Karwowski into the tour's yellow jersey. PowerNet's Roman van Uden took out stage honours; finishing the 167km stage from Invercargill to Gore just two seconds ahead of Karwowski, and Pure South's TherySchir who led the bunch over the line. But it is Karwowski, riding for H&Js >>
Kiwi Track Team to Fire Up in Manchester
Auckland sprinter Sam Webster says the New Zealand track cycling team will be keeping their powder dry in the opening UCI World Cup meet starting in Manchester on Saturday (NZ time). The 22 year old, fourth in the world in sprint and part of the silver-medal winning team sprint at the world championship, has arrived in Manchester as part of a 10-strong New Zealand team taking on 54 nations in >>
Drapac Recruit Podiums at Inverell
Drapac recruit for the 2014 season, Ben Johnson, showed he is in great shape for his return to the professional peloton with his runner-up placing at the 2013 Grafton to Inverell on Saturday. Johnson, 30, was second to Budget Forklifts' rider Jack Anderson, another who will wear Drapac colours next season, in a sprint finish having powered away from the breakaway of six with around 20km of racing >>
Drapac Sign Remaining Riders
Drapac Professional Cycling will round out its 2014 roster with the signings of Australian trio Will Clarke, Travis Meyer and Adam Phelan. The announcement comes following previous news that the 16-man squad will include Jack Anderson, Jonathan Cantwell, Jai Crawford, Floris Goesinnen, Robbie Hucker, Ben Johnson, Jordan Kerby, Darren Lapthorne, Lachlan Norris, Tom Palmer, Malcolm Rudolph, >>
Bauer Fires up in Japan Cup
Kiwi Professional Jack Bauer has finished an impressive second place in the rain soaked season ending Japan Cup. The Garmin Sharp rider sprinted clear of his breakaway companions 44 seconds behind Michael Rogers (Saxo Bank) but just clear of Damiano Cunego (Lampre). The decisive group formed as the riders tackled the last lap of the hilly Utsunomiya circuit with Rogers going clear 10 km from >>
Elite Cyclists Gear up for 2014 Commonwealth Games
The country's leading cyclists take their first serious pedal strokes this weekend towards next year's Commonwealth Games in a critical campaign. BikeNZ will stage one of its biggest camps ever from Sunday in Invercargill to prepare for the upcoming international season. Twenty-four riders, both male and female, across all track disciplines, will target a massive summer of competition including >>
Aussie Drapac Team Go One Step Closer to Pro Conti Status
Drapac Professional Cycling welcomes the Union Cycliste Internationale's announcement that the team's application to upgrade from Continental to Professional Continental status for the coming season is underway. "It is great to have this official confirmation from the UCI that the application has been accepted and all the necessary documentation has been presented," said Team Manager, Jonathan >>
McCauley & Drapac Professional Cycling Part Ways
A mutual agreement between Gordon McCauley and Drapac Professional Cycling will see the New Zealand rider released from the team effective immediately.Injured following the Tour of Murray River, it is important for McCauley's future that he develops his business, GMC Coaching, in order to support himself in life post-racing. The release of McCauley removes any restriction in procuring personal >>
Drapac Retain Top Guns for 2014 Pro Conti Season
Drapac Professional Cycling is excited to announce that current team members Floris Goesinnen, Robbie Hucker, Darren Lapthorne, Tom Palmer, Malcolm Rudolph and Bernard Sulzberger will continue to ride in red and white. "We are excited to be able to be taking this step forward as a team and this is credit to all the hard work of the riders and staff of the last couple of years. It is great that >>
Toughest Route in NZ Cycle Classic History
The Manawatu region is the beneficiary of a decision of the UCI, cycling's governing body, to continueto grant the New Zealand Cycle Classic international status.The five-day tour from January 29th to 2nd February 2014 is the only UCI 2.2 sanctioned event inOceania; as such Sandoval is intent on assembling the best field in the history of his events."With the 27th version of the tour in 2014 we >>
Villumsen Rides to Brave Sixth Place in Road Worlds
An ill Linda Villumsen produced a courageous display to finish sixth in the road race at the UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Florence, Italy today. Despite suffering from a heavy cold and sore throat, the 28 year old from Auckland backed up from her silver medal in the time trial to complete her most successful world championship campaign. Her sixth placing today bettered her previous >>
Villumsen Medals for New Zealand
New Zealand cyclist Linda Villumsen proved all that glitters is not gold as she earned a record fifth straight medal in the time trial at the UCI World Road Cycling Championships in Florence, Italy today. The diminutive 28 year old rode her heart out on the flat and open course to earn the silver medal and become the first woman to win a time trial medal in five consecutive years at the world >>
Wiggo Rounds out Victory in Tour of Britain
The tenth edition of Britain's biggest professional cycle race has concluded with a double success for British riders, as Mark Cavendish took the final stage in London with Sir Bradley Wiggins winning the race overall and the IG Gold Jersey.Cavendish held off fellow stage winners Sam Bennett and Elia Viviani on Whitehall for his third stage victory of the week long race, winning the final stage >>
Wiggo Retains Tour of Britain Lead
Sir Bradley Wiggins retained his lead in the IG Gold Jersey following Stage Five through the heart of Wales. The Sky Pro Cycling rider finished seventh as Irishman Sam Bennett took the stage win in Caerphilly, heading Michal Golas and Martin Elmiger in the sprint outside Caerphilly Castle.Bennett was part of a 15 rider group that came together on the final descent of another hilly day, which >>
Yates Suspasses Expectations in Tour of Britan
Simon Yates moved up into a podium position in The Tour of Britain with victory on Dartmoor in The Tour of Britain's first ever summit finish at Haytor.Yates outsprinted Martin Elmiger, who moved up to second place overall, and Sky's David Lopez, as an elite group of nine riders contested the stage win in Devon, including Sir Bradley Wiggins among their number.Wiggins retains his hold on the IG >>
Ciolek Takes Stage 2 Victory in Britain
MTN Qhubeka's Gerald Ciolek took victory in The Tour of Britain's Cumbria, the Lake District Stage in Kendal to move into a 20 second lead in the race. The German mastered horrendous weather conditions and a testing route to best Sam Bennett in the final sprint up the steep gradients of Beast Banks in the South Lakeland town, taking victory in Stage Two."It was a hard day, rain all day so tough >>
Sir Bradley Takes the Stage and Lead in Tour of Britain
Sir Bradley Wiggins swept to victory in Knowsley, heading a Sky Pro Cycling 1-2 in The Tour of Britain's individual time trial on Stage Three, moving him into the race's overall lead.Wiggins beat teammate Ian Stannard by 36 seconds, recording a time of 19:54 over the 10-mile course starting and finishing in Knowsley Safari Park, with Garmin Sharp's Jack Bauer third. British National Time Trial >>
Kiwis to the Fore in Tour of Britain
While all the attention is on the return of 2012 Tour de France champion bradley Wiggins and the appearance of super sprinter Mark Cavendish, there's a big contingent of New Zealand riders on the start line for the Tour of Britain. Nine Kiwis are in Scotland for the first day of the Tour which is a long 209km grind to England, Wales before returning to the south of England and a final in >>
Viviani Claims Tour of Britain Stage 1
Elia Viviani claimed victory on the opening stage of The Tour of Britain in Scotland in a gruelling opening stage to the race.Viviani outsprinted compatriot Alessandro Petacchi and 2013 Milan San Remo winner Gerald Ciolek at the end of the 209-kilometre, which lasted over six hours.On the rising final kilometre through the Buccleuch Estate in Dumfries & Galloway, Viviani jumped clear of >>
Hubbard Keen to Retain Benchmark Lead
Christchurch cyclist Tom Hubbard from the Homestyle Cycling team will face some strong challenges to retain his elite men's lead as the fifth round of the Benchmark Homes Elite Cycling Series, the McKenzie & Willis Classic, is raced near Queenstown on Saturday. Riders in the elite, masters and women's races face a challenging 25 kilometre circuit in the Wakatipu Basin that features two key >>
Stars Align for Tour of Britain
The stars of the Tour de France's sprints and mountains head the start list for The Tour of Britain's tenth anniversary, which gets underway in Peebles in just over a week's time. Reigning British Champion and former World Road Race Champion Mark Cavendish leads the Omega Pharma Quick-Step team, which includes fellow sprinter and treble Tour of Britain stage winner Alessandro Petacchi alongside >>
Villumsen & Bennett Headline NZ Team for Worlds
Four-time medallist Linda Villumsen and climber George Bennett will head the New Zealand team for this month's UCI Road Cycling Championships in Florence. BikeNZ today named a 14-strong team to tackle what many believe is among the toughest of tests for the championships that run from 22-29 September. The men's road course of 272kms includes 10 laps of a 16.5km circuit in Fiesole after an >>
Kiesanowski Takes US Victory
Experienced Kiwi racer Jo Kiesanowski delivered a fierce performance at the Steamboat Springs Stage Race this weekend, clinching overall victory after winning today's Stage 3 criterium. Kiesanowski moved into the general classification lead after winning yesterday's Stage 2 road race and kept going full gas until the finish of today's stage.The three-day race in the Colorado ski town took place >>
Swiss Withdraw McQuaid Nominaton for UCI Presidency
Pat McQuaid's hopes of re-election as President of the International Cycling Union (UCI) have been dealt a further blow after Swiss Cycling confirmed it has withdrawn its backing of the embattled Irishman.The U-turn comes on the eve of a hearing, which has now been cancelled, of a legal challenge launched against the nomination. "The director of Swiss Cycling committee returned to the decision >>
Bewley Gets Grand Tour Oppotunity at Vuelta
Double Olympic medallist Sam Bewley will become the latest New Zealand cyclist to compete in a Grand Tour event. Bewley has today been named in the Orica GreenEDGE team for the Vuelta a Espana (Tour of Spain) to begin in a week. The Rotorua rider joined GreenEDGE fulltime after winning his second Olympic medal in the team pursuit at the London Olympics, with his 2013 season disrupted with a >>
Horgan Claims Huge NRS Victory
Kiwi Sam Horgan has pulled off an incredible NRS victory for his Budget Forklifts team at the Tour of the Great South Coast in Australia. Horgan who dominated the leader board from start to finish made it the second stage race victory in a row for his Australian team. With the cream of Australian domestic cycling lining up Horgans win is one of significance. 1 Samuel Horgan (Budget >>
Horgan wins Hokitika Benchmark
Christchurch cyclist Sam Horgan won the Hokitika Classic round of the Benchmark Homes Elite Cycling Series today. Coming off recent racing in the Tour of Gippsland near Melbourne for his UCI Australian Continental team Budget Forklifts, Horgan rode smartly and says he 'sensed the time was right' to bridge across to a dangerous looking break on the first lap of the 135 kilometre elite men's >>
Kiwi Michael Torckler Slips on Utah KOM Jersey
BISSELL ignited the action minutes into the opening stage of the Tour of Utah when Michael Torckler attacked just kilometers from the start in Brian Head. Torckler and Chris Jones (United Healthcare) dominated the race action on the 179 kilometer stage where they were able to maximize a ten minute lead over the chasing peloton. The two worked well together even negotiating the intermediate >>
TIBCO & Kiwi Members Claim Prestigious NRC Team Title
In an exciting finale to the National Racing Calendar's Tour of Elk Grove, Team TIBCO clinched overall victory with Shelley Olds taking first place in the general classification after placing 2nd in today's Stage 3 circuit race. The Team produced 5 podium finishes over 3 days of racing, earning the top spot in the Team Classification."The team was incredible today and everyone was amazing," said >>
Thor Strikes Twice in Poland
The mighty Thor Hushovd is again a winner in the Tour of Poland, this time the stage into Zakopane. Second place for Frenchman Matthieu Ladagnous (Francaise des Jeux) and third for the Italian Daniele Ratto (Cannondale). After Rzeszow the Norwegian owned the fifth stage of the Tour de Pologne as well, giving team BMC Racing their third consecutive victory. There's also been an upheaval in the >>
Hushovd Takes Deserved Victory in Poland
After Trentino and a day of rest, the Tour de Pologne took off again today right on time in Polish territory, with the third stage from Krakow to Rzeszow for 226 km.After the major climbs on the Dolomites, according to the race schedule it was time for the sprinters to get into the action and they didn't miss their chance to play for success in this stage. Scoring the prize on the roads of >>
Sergent In Action at Tour of Poland
RadioShack's Jesse Sergent is currently rolling the roads in the Tour of Poland supporting his team and getting in the racing miles for his upcoming ride in the world championships. 35 minutes down in the first stage and 27 today after a mountain top finish in the Italian Dolomites Sergent has been riding in support of Fabian Cancellara who is also honing his for the world TT championships.  >>
Froome a Worthy Winner
Chris Froome confirmed himself as the winner of the 100th edition of the Tour de France as the race came to spectacular close in Paris. The Brit crossed the line safely under the lights on the Champs-Elysees to secure back-to-back Tour victories for Team Sky by a commanding margin of four minutes and 20 seconds. Froome won three stages along the way, climbing to mountain-top victories on Ax 3 >>
Froome One Sleep From Victory
With Chris Froome and Team Sky one step away from success in Paris the achievement is slowly starting to sink in for the team. The Brit's team-mates and Team Sky performance staff displayed a mix of joy of relief following stage 20 at the summit of Annecy-Semnoz, with just a largely ceremonial run into Paris remaining. With the team on the brink of a second successive yellow jersey, Sports >>
Holden Partners With Contact Lake Taupo Challenge
Holden is pleased to announce its support for New Zealand's premier and largest bike event, the Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. The iconic car brand has become the new major vehicle sponsor of the Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge and will also provide the major spot prize, a brand new Holden Trax. Holden New Zealand Communications and Sponsorship Manager, Julie Southall is excited >>
Froome Puts Stranglehold on the Yellow
Chris Froome put in an emphatic climbing display to take victory on Mont Ventoux and extend his lead at the Tour de France. The Team Sky Brit benefited from the huge work rate of his team-mates on the famous climb before attacking hard with 7.2 kilometres to go. The 28-year-old bridged across to the lone attack of Nairo Quintana (Movistar) before forging onwards to become the first British >>
Trentin and the Break That Sticks
Finally the fans saw a victory from a breakaway that went the distance, and in it the gracious winner of his first Tour stage victory in the guise of Matteo Trentin. Trentin added to the huge success of his Omega Pharma QuickStep team in giving them their fourth stage victory of this year's race.Entering the finale it looked as if Julien Simon (Sojasun) was about to take the honour of the first >>
Contador on the Attack
Alberto Contador and his Saxo Bank - Tinkoff team were the biggest winners of the day at the Tour de France, perhaps more so that actual stage winner Mark Cavendish. The Spaniard and his blue train pulled back 1:09 on Froome who had a stranglehold on the yellow jersey going into stage 13 when they dropped the hammer in the strong crosswinds splitting the Tour to smithereens on what was to be a >>
Kittel King of the Sprints
It's a rare occasion when Mark Cavendish has to concede that he got beaten by a faster man but that is just what the Manx Missile had to do when asked to comment about his loss to German Marcel Kittel soon after the Tour de France stage finish into Tours today."I was just beaten today, yeah, that was it," Cavendish said. "We gave everything we could. The team did everything really perfect. We >>
Martin Wins the Day - Froome Deals Blow
World Time Trial Champion showed his class today in taking out the stage ten individual time trial in the Tour de France. The German who crashed early in the first week is more scab than skin on his back but still managed to churn out a world class performance in beating yellow jersey Chris Froome to the top step of the podium by 12 seconds. It was a long wait for the OmegaPharma Quickstep rider >>
Kittel Makes it Two
In a controversy marred sprint finish Marcel Kittel showed the field a clean pair of heels and romped in for his second stage victory in this year's Tour de France. The young German on Argos-Shimano bettered his more favoured countryman Andrei Greipel and the Missile Mark Cavendish. Cav was looking particularly out of sorts as he crossed the line for third after he brought down Kittels lead out >>
Garmin Strategy Supremo
From the drop of the flag on today's 168.5km stage from Saint-Girons - Bagnres-de-Bigorre team Garmin had a plan, the geography for the day was incredibly difficult but such is the mastermind of team boss and strategist Jonathan Vaughters they pulled of the long shot.First up and to the cheer of Kiwi fans it was the hard hitting Jack Bauer, the Nelson resident escaping the peloton and sparking >>
SKY Shred Peloton in Pyrenees
Team SKY and their esteemed leader Chris Froome have dashed the GC hopes of many of their rivals on the first day in the mountains in this year's Tour de France. In a day that crossed the highest point of this year's Tour and featured a mountain top finish team SKY rode their hearts out and the legs off everybody.With Movistars U23 sensation Nairo Quintana motivated to throw down the challenge to >>
Sagan Gets His Stage
Peter Sagan understood the sacrafice his Cannondale team mates made along the route of the seventh stage of the Tour de France. The men in green, intent of delivering their captain to the top step of the podium today after a string of top four places in the first week rode hard on the front of the peloton for over 160km, and in doing so destroyed the chances of the pure sprinters engaged in a >>
Kiwi German Tandem wins the Day at Le Tour
It was a text book lead out that Kiwi Greg Henderson delivered for his German team captain Andre Greipel in stage 6 of the Tour de France this morning, the sprinter nicknamed the Gorilla had little to do other than finish off the incredible work that had been laid down by his team mates in the final dash for the line. Henderson's Belgian team had been looking for some good fate after a rocky >>
Gerrans on a Roll at Tour
In just 24 hours at the Tour de France Simon Gerrans and his Orica-GreenEDGE cycling team have achieved double the results that were expected of them in this year's event. Getting the win in yesterdays road stage was a milestone commented Sport Director Matt White but winning the TTT and donning the yellow jersey is certainly history making for the Aussie team.In what was a reasonably straight >>
Big Day for Gerrans
The never say die Simon Gerrans ticked a big box for his Aussie Orica-GreenEdge team today when he took their first stage victory at the Tour de France. The Punchy stage win specialist took on the biggest of rivals in the sprint to the line and not even Peter "Hulk" Sagan could come around him. Lead out to prefection by his South African team mate Darryl Impey Gerro finished off in style >>
Bakelants Takes His Biggest Victory
Belgian Jan Bekelants took lived his biggest moment today in taking a stage win in his very first Tour de France. Placing third in the Belgian championships the previous weekend was his ticket to Corsica after being seemingly in the wilderness since 200 when he shot to prominence by winning the mini Tour de France the Tour de L'Avenir. The last minute inclusion in the Radioshack-Leopard team has >>
Kittel Storms to Tour de France Yellow Jersey
German sprinter Marcel Kittel has taken his first ever Tour de France Stage victory and with it the coveted yellow jersey. In a stage marred with crashes in the closing stages many of the races fastest finishers had been left in the pile ups at the side of the road. With Cavendish, Sagan and Greipel all left in the wreckage the golden opportunity was left to the "other" German and his >>
Transparency from Grand Tour Contenders and statement on Chris Froome
"Whilst cycling recovers from continuing doping controversies and the admission that Lance Armstrong cheated during his career, most notably during the Tour de France, we are in a transition period for the sport. However, we feel there remain areas in which the sport can move forward in repairing previous doubts about riders performances and ensuring that those performances are genuine and >>
Henderson Primed for Another Tour de France
Lead out man supremo Greg Henderson has once again been named in the Lotto-Belisol Tour de France squad. The Otago fastman takes up his pivotal posting as last man off before German superstar Andre Greipel lights it up with 150 metres to go. Lotto Belisol bring a mix of riders to the start in Corsicato support their two goals of a podium place with Jurgen Van den Broeck and stage wins from >>
Roulston Solid in Tour de Suisse
Kiwi strongman Hayden Roulston has finished the Tour of Switzerland in solid condition riding home in 82nd place for his Radioshack Team, riding in a support role to get leader and Tour de France hopeful Andy Schleck to the finish in condition that he can capitalise on in two weeks time. Finishing just 49 minutes behind race winner Costa of Movistar the South Islander may be riding himself into >>
Vink Doing Everything Right on European Campaign
Christchurch cyclist Michael Vink has finished a commendable fifth place in the week-long International Thuringen Rundfahrt in Germany. The prestigious Under-23 Tour attracted national teams from 12 countries as well as development squads from several professional teams. Vink made his mark with a third placing on the opening prologue and remained in yellow jersey contention for much of the >>
Grace Appointed to Top French Coaching Position
Recently resigned New Zealand Sprint cycling coach Justin Grace has been snapped up by the French federation to lead the coaching program for their world leading sprint program. With the frustrating conditions placed upon his funding leading up to 2016 Olympics in Rio by BikeNZ Grace was facing a difficult challenge in having his riders constantly exposed to world class conditions under >>
Vink Continues Hot Run of Form in Germany
Christchurch cyclist Michael Vink has made a strong start to the latest tour race for the BikeNZ squad in Germany today. Vink has finished third in the 4.2km prologue in the International Thuringen Rhundfhart Under-23 tour of Germany. This follows his victory in the recent UCI 1.2 category Philippe Coningsloo Memorial in Belgium. Vink clocked 4:56.15 to finish three seconds behind winner >>
Help Support the Realisation of the SkyPath
1) Auckland Council wants feedback on its Unitary Plan by 31 May. Click here to tell Council why you want SkyPath in its plan as a key project for the Westhaven precinct. Include your support for greater priority for walking and cycling across the Auckland region too! 2) St Mary's Bay Residents Association are opposed to SkyPath because the Westhaven Marina Users Association are opposed. The >>
Di Luca Can't Keep Off the Juice
Fallen Italian cycling star Danilo Di Luca had been given a lifeline by the Vini Fantini-Selle Italia team in order for him to be on the start line for the 2013 Giro. Coming back from his previous two year suspension for EPO-CERA in 2009 and his second suspension in the oil for drugs scandal the 34 year old was desperate to compete in his national tour again claiming his condition was excellent >>
Archbold Nails First Euro Pro Victory
BikeNZ Olympian Shane Archbold has taken no time to strike for his new professional team with victory in stage two of the An Post Ras Tour of Ireland today. The former world championship medallist in the omnium sprinted his way to a narrow victory for his new Belgium-based UCI Continental team An Post Chain Reaction Sean Kelly. The Kiwi rider led the sprint coming into the final stretch and >>
Hubbard Victorious in Parry Field Lawyers-Ocean Ridge Classic
It was redemption for Tom Hubbard from the Homestyle Cycling Team as he won the third round of the Benchmark Homes Elite Cycling Series, the 133 kilometre the Parry Field Lawyers-Ocean Ridge Classic. Hubbard was second in the previous round last month in Nelson and had 'sleepless nights' thinking about the mistakes he made so was very keen to make amends on today's challenging Hanmer Springs to >>
Stacked Female Field For Benchmark Round Three
Touring professional and multiple world championship medal winner Linda Villumsen, Olympian Lauren Ellis and Sophie Williamson, who has signed with US based women's pro team Vanderkitten, head the largest women's field ever assembled for a Benchmark Homes Elite Cycling Series round on Saturday, the Parry Field Lawyers-Ocean Ridge Classic. A strong women's field of six teams is tackling the 99 >>
Chritchurch Pushes to Become Cycling Super City
Christchurch's push to become a premier cycling city is gaining momentum with ambitious plans for separating cyclists and motorists on busy routes.Ambitious new guidelines for the design of cycling facilities in Christchurch have been approved by the city council's environment and infrastructure committee and should get approval from the full council this month.The guidelines map out how new >>
Underwood Defends Tour of NZ Title
Dan Underwood defended his individual Tour of New Zealand title today, beating Tim James in a close and exciting criterium in the shadow of the Beehive in the grounds of Parliament House in Wellington. Both riders had been the dominant solo individuals in the North and South Islands as the tour made its way towards Wellington for today's title deciding racing. James had been the first solo rider >>
Teams Fight Close Race in Tour of New Zealand
While the leading individual riders in the Tour of New Zealand further consolidated their leads, things are tighter at the top of the leader boards in the team's classification after day four of racing.Defending teams champion Christchurch Boys High School holds a two minute lead over the Pablos Wanaka team while North Island teams Hikurangi and Six Gardner Brothers continued their close battle >>
Martin Punches Clear for Liege Victory
Irishman Dan Martin took his career biggest victory this weekend when he stormed clear of Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez in the final few hundred metres claiming the win in Liege Bastogne Liege for his Garmin Sharp Team. Martin who had 2012 Giro winner Ryder Hesjedal as his wingman throughout the 261km journey was quick to praise the efforts of his team mates claiming their assistance >>
Liege 2013 A Wide Open Affair
With no standout classics specialist present for the 2013 Liege Bastogne Liege the Grand Tour kings Contador, Nibali and Rodriguez have been thrust into the limelight for the oldest of Belgian Monuments. With a parcours favouring the rouler and a distance edging toward 270km the last man standing may well be one not feeling overdone in the week before the depart. With the absence of Classics >>
Williamson Takes Impressive Elite Womens Title
Riders had to overcome wintry conditions as well as a demanding course on day three of the BikeNZ Club Road National Championships in Queenstown today.Blustery winds, rain, and cold temperatures made for a tough day on the bike, as riders battled it out for national champion titles on the road. Central Otago-Wakatipu local Sophie Williamson seemed to dismiss the tough conditions, riding >>
BikeNZ Boss To Move On
BikeNZ will be looking for a new leader to guide them into a centralised administration and high performance organisation based in Cambridge. Current CEO Kieran Turner has resigned to take up a new position in Christchurch from the end of May, giving BikeNZ a longer notice period to assist with the additional challenge of establishing the new centralised base. "It is with some regret that we >>
Davison Surprises in Benchmark Round
Full time triathlete Tom Davison (Scotty Browns-Vision Systems) had his best road racing result winning the second round of Benchmark Homes Elite Cycling Series in Nelson today, the Tasman Classic, with an impressive display of climbing in the last 500 metres.Davison won the 132 kilometre race in three hours and twenty four minutes, making his winning move at the top of a tough 20 percent final >>
Bauer Takes Paris Roubaix Start in Stacked GARMIN Squad
Kiwi professional Jack Bauer sets off this weekend in the 111th edition of the Queen of the Classics, Paris-Roubaix, which will set off from Compigne this coming Sunday, April 7th, and feature twenty-seven sections of cobbles the feared Pav du Nord adding up to a total of 52.6km. These will range sections such as the iconic Troue d'Arenberg, and the "Carrefour de l'Arbre" whereBauer's >>
Preparing bikes with Morgan Blue & Omega Pharma Quickstep
With more than 25 professional teams in the peloton running smooth on Morgan Blue low friction Lubricants and preperation products the team leaders of the world's best teams are all on an equal footing. One of the best prepared teams on the Wold Tour would have to be Omega Pharma Quickstep. Sporting star riders such as Tom Boonen, Mark Cavendish, Tony Martin and Peter Velits these riders leave >>
Victorious Vink Solos Away in Le Race
Michael Vink had the perfect send off for his overseas campaign with BikeNZ men's track endurance squad when he rode away from the field to win Le Race in two hours and thirty one minutes today. Vink leaves for Belgium on Tuesday and showed he is in good form sitting a fast pace up the early climb through the Christchurch suburb of Cashmere and then dominated the final 40 kilometres of racing >>
Top Field for Le Race
A strong men's field will mean Christchurch cyclist Sam Horgan will have a tough job defending his title in the gruelling 100 kilometre Christchurch to Akaroa Le Race on Saturday.The former Subway Pro Cycling team member, who now rides for Australian Continental team Budget Forklifts, has five Kiwi members of the UK UCI Continental team Node4, Mike Northey, Daniel Barry, James Williamson, Roman >>
Top Kiwi Pros Line up for Milan Sanremo
Four of New Zealand's best professional riders have been selected by their World Tour squads for tomorrows 298km Milan Sanremo. Jack Bauer (Garmin Sharp) Greg Henderson (Lotto Belisol) and the Radioshack duo of Hayden Roulston and Jesse Sergent will be looking to ensure the arrival of their team leaders at the famed Poggio climb in the best possible condition for the races decisive moment. The >>
Drapac Ready for Tour de Taiwan Title Defence
Drapac Professional Cycling (DPC) will return to the UCI 2.1 2013 Tour de Taiwan as the defending champions after Rhys Pollock won the 2012 edition. The Tour de Taiwan will mark DPC's first UCI race in Asia for 2013 where the team is now focusing most of its resources and energy. The team is hence highly motivated to not only start their Asian campaign successfully but to also continue the >>
Collins Takes Belgian Classic Victory
In a stunning charge for the line Kiwi cyclist Emily Collins has taken out the Womens Classic Omloop het van Hageland. Showing her speed to the pro peloton the 22-year-old Collins put into second place Shelly Olds [TIBCO To the Top] and an in-form Emma Johansson [Orica-AIS] into third. Raced over 122km through the rolling Belgian countryside the victory is standout in Collins palmares. Collins >>
Evans Takes Benchmark Series Opener
Otago University student Brad Evans had his best win on the road in the opening round of the Benchmark Homes Elite Cycling series in Oxford, winning a sprint finish from Bradley Tuhi and Joseph Chapman. Evan's, who is fresh from an intensive race programme on the track, including the elite track nationals three weeks ago, paid tribute to his Fitlab team for playing a major role chasing down the >>
Locals & Olympians Looking to Conquer Karapoti
Twenty eight years ago 45 hardy souls lined up in Upper Hutt's Akatarawa Ranges for New Zealand's first annual mountain bike race. More than a quarter of a century later, almost 800 riders from 10 countries will line up for what has become the Southern Hemisphere's longest running mountain bike event.Established in 1986, the Merida Karapoti Classic is the event that kick-started the mountain bike >>
Changes to World Masters Selection Policy
Recently the UCI have changed the format for the Masters World Championships ( These used to be held in Austria and anyone could attend if they entered and paid their own way. In 2011 the UCI brought in a format that sees a number of qualifying events held around the world with athletes who finish within a certain percentage of the winners earning the right to >>
Aaron Gate World Champion
Twenty-two year old rookie Aaron Gate had an agonising wait before being crowned track cycling world champion in Minsk, Belarus today. Gate won the gruelling six-discipline with a magnificent display on the second day, winning two of the three events and beating his two key rivals in the other. It was a stunning performance in his first omnium at international level, beating off the challenges >>
Media Design at Victoria University Develop Wellington CBD Navigation Resource
Fourth year university student Chris Callus of Victoria University and Lecturer Kah Chan of Media Design have been working to produce a video series that helps new cyclists navigate Wellington's streets. The informative resource shows the routes between various suburbs and the Wellington CBD; and features experienced local cyclists who provide great tips for cycling safely and making the most of >>
David Ware of Company Team Talk Encourages Vigilante Harm Against Cyclists
David Ware of New Zealand Company TeamTalk which sports such brands as , FleetLink, ActionNet, RTMax, LocalNet and EasyPlan has incited public vigilante harm against cyclists at all levels in his recent "TeamTalks" news editorial. (Attached). In his column "David's Editorial" the very important big man of TeamTalk rants about his hatred against cyclists and people of all walks of life that >>
Cooper Secures the National Jersey
World junior champion Anton Cooper recovered from a crash on the final lap to edge out home town rider Dirk Peters to win the BikeNZ national cross country mountain bike title in Rotorua today. The pair, both still in the under-23 ranks, spread-eagled the combined field of elite and under-23 riders as they fought a tight battle throughout the arduous seven-lap contest in the superb >>
LOOK 695 Heritage Ltd Edition - Not to be Missed!
Perhaps the most beautiful work of cycle art that has graced the offices recently would have to be the LOOK 695 Heritage. Resplendent in La Vie Claire team colours of the 80s the emotions could not help be felt as we reminisced over the dominant Tour de France victories of Bernard Hinault and Greg Lemond aboard the famous French brand for what was the first of cyclings "super teams". Featuring >>
Have Your Say!
A survey is your chance to have a say on the future sporting facilities in the Auckland region. There is wide acceptance within the sports sector of the increasing importance for a more strategic and planned approach to the provision of facilities. This has been acknowledged at a national level with Sport New Zealand (formerly SPARC) investing in a number of national facilities strategies. The >>
BikeNZ Look to Future With Youth Development
BikeNZ will look to youth in its bid for Olympic success in the 2016 Rio Games. They have named six young riders to join several Olympic incumbents in a five-month European based training and racing programme to develop a men's endurance track team for the world championships and Commonwealth Games next year and on to the Rio Olympics. BikeNZ has bypassed taking a team pursuit to next months >>
Team Sprinters Set Velodrome Alight
The sensational sprinters were again the big hit on the final morning of qualifying at the BikeNZ national track cycling championships in Invercargill today. Olympic medallist Simon Van Velthooven joined with Ethan Mitchell and Sam Webster for Auckland to clock 44.112 in the mens team sprint, which was just 37/1000 th of a second outside the record set by the national combination. The trio will >>
Webster Strikes Gold in Invercargill
Auckland's Sam Webster prevailed from the bevy of world class sprinters to claim the mens sprint title on the second night of finals at the national track cycling championships in Invercargill. The 21 year old, who missed out on a spot in the team for the London Olympics, showed the speed and nous to prevail over Southland comer Matt Archibald in two-straight rides in the best of three finals. >>
Van Velthoven Posts Stunning 1.00.973 for NZ Kilo Title
Olympic medallist Simon Van Velthooven dug deep to break his New Zealand record on the opening night of finals at the BikeNZ National Track Cycling Championsh ips in Invercargill. The keirin bronze medallist clocked a stunning 1:00.973 to claim the 1000m time trial on a super-slick Stadium Southland Velodrome tonight. Fellow Olympian Eddie Dawkins set the standard with a strong 1:01.543 before >>
Shanks Out - Looking to Rebuild
World champion cyclist Alison Shanks has withdrawn from the track nationals in Invercargill this week, meaningshe won't defendher rainbow jersey at this years UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Belarus next month. Shanks has carried a hip injury over the past 12 months but pushed through considerable pain during training and racing in the lead up to Olympics. However it was always >>
Strong Day for Huon Salmon- Genesys Wealth Advisers
Australia Day turned out to be quite symbolic for the Huon Salmon- Genesys Wealth Advisers team today at the 2013 NZCT Cycle Classic in Manawatu. Once again they showed why they are the number one ranked cycling team in Australia. It was a show of strength and professionalism from the riders as they controlled the peloton through out the day. Racing over a 135.3km course and finishing on what >>
Cooper Wastes No Time
Joe Cooper has come to the 2013 NZCT with victory on his mind. The talented stage racer showed the elite field in yesterdays 7.1km prologue time trial why he is considered one of the countries best multi day riders when he topped the leader board wih a blistering 9 minutes 10 second ride putting some of Australasias best names into the minor placings. In second place was the talented up and >>
Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisors Dominate with Team Performance
Australian team Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisors showed how important team racing is today with a show of real professionalism. Starting the day, Huon-Genesys had the upper hand with all their five riders sitting in the top ten on General Classification. Stage One winner Kiwi Joesph Cooper held the yellow jersey from team member Campbell Flakemore and Darren Lapthorne (Drapac), third.  >>
Bennett on the Attack in Tour Down Under
New Zealand's George Bennett was on the attack on stage two of the Santos Tour Down Under with the Radioshack climber opening up a gap on the field on the famed Corkscrew hill. With a hard charging Gerraint Thomas in pursuit the lead of Bennett was soon diminished with a regrouping of the leaders on the climb Bennett, Ben Hermans (RadioShack Leopard) and Javier Moreno (Movistar) joined Thomas on >>
Kiwi Sprinters to the Fore in Mexico
New Zealand cyclists Sam Webster and Matt Archibald have grabbed top-eight finishes on the final day of the UCI World Cup in Mexico today. Webster (Auckland) finished fifth overall in the mens sprint and Archibald (Invercargill) eighth, after both riders set stunning times in qualifying. Archibald qualified fifth in 9.737s, the fastest time that any New Zealand rider has achieved, assisted by >>
Flying Kiwis at Youth Olympics
The New Zealand junior track cycling unit made a solid start to the Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) in Bankstown, NSW today with a silver medal in the Team Sprint. The under-18 men's trio of Quinn Karwowski (Tasman), Zac Williams (Auckland) and Jeremy Presbury (Southland) finished second behind Australia in a time of 46:09. The fourth team member Callum Saunders (Tasman) rode in the >>
Williams Signs Up With Italian Pro Squad BePink
Auckland teenager Georgia Williams will join Italian professional cycling team BePink next month after signing a one-year deal today. The 19-year-old has enjoyed a fantastic summer on the bike, highlighted by winning the New Zealand Criterium Championships in November and more recently, claiming second in the road race at the Elite Road National Championships in Christchurch on the weekend.  >>
Alex Ray Lines up in Meridian Team for NZCT
Rosters for New Zealand domestic teams, the newly formed Meridian Cycling, and the more familiar Ricoh, have come together for the New Zealand Community Trust Cycle Classic of the Manawatu from January 23 to 27. Meridian is lead by a former New Zealand criterium champion, Alex Ray, sometimes referred to as the "Pocket Rocket". Ray, who started out in the Auckland Grammar School third form >>
Lowe on High at Nationals
Six months ago twenty-year-old Tauranga cyclist Courteney Lowe thought her young career may have been over. Yesterday she bounced back from surgery to claim the womens road race honours at the Calder Stewart national championships in Christchurch. In her first race since the surgery in August last year, Lowe out-sprinted a select group of proven professionals to claim the victory in a desperate >>
Roulston To Take Silver Fern Back to Europe
Hometown favourite Hayden Roulston rode down professional teammate George Bennett in the final 3kms to claim his third victory in the Calder Stewart national road cycling championships in Christchurch today.Roulston overcame a 48 second deficit on the final of the 12 laps in the 180km elite men's race before the Radioshack Nissan Trek pair rode together to the finish. Roulston claimed the win to >>
Villumsen & Vink Victorious on the Velo
World championship medallist Linda Villumsen set an allcomers' record to claim her first New Zealand title at the Calder Stewart road cycling championships near Christchurch today. Villumsen blitzed the field to win the elite women's time trial over 25kms at Lincoln, taking more than a minute off the course record in the process. It proved a record-setting day with outstanding 21-year-old >>
MTB Action at Mt Hutt
Kiwi downhill mountain bikers will look to get one back off the British riders this weekend at round two of the New Zealand Mountain Bike Cup series at Mt Hutt in Canterbury. The opening round of the series in Bluff last weekend saw both the elite men's and women's races won by visiting British riders, Bernard Kerr and Jess Stone; both of whom will be on the start line in Canterbury this >>
High Wattage NZ Team Line up for NZCT
New Zealand road cycling champion James Williamson will lead the NZCT -New Zealand national team in the NZCT Cycle Classic Tour of Manawatu from January 23 to 27. The 23-year-old from Alexandra in central Otago is the class act in a squad that tour director Jorge Sandoval believes contains several of the most promising road riders in the country for New Zealand's only event on the UCI >>
Kiwi Team Shines in Sun Tour
Christchurch cyclist Josh Atkins led the New Zealand team, finishing third in the Jayco Herald Sun Tour that finished near Melbourne last night. The 20 year old completed Australias oldest stage race 1min 18sec down on overall winner Calvin Watson (Victoria Institute) on general classification, third in the under-23 classification, sixth in the sprint jersey points and ninth in the King of the >>
Villumsen & Vink Trumps in Nelson
Olympian Linda Villumsen lay down an early warning that she will mean business in next weeks Calder Stewart national road cycling championships. The four-time world championship medallist has won the Tour de Vineyards near Nelson this week. Canterburys Michael Vink, who won the under-23 and overall honours in the national championships last year, showed he is approaching top form in winning the >>
Hendi Wears the Fern in Herald Sun Tour
The Lotto Belisol world tour rider was keen to compete as a lead-in to the New Zealand road championships and the Tour Down Under in Adelaide next month. The Herald Sun Tour is Australias oldest stage race, and has been revived for its 60 th anniversary as a four day event from January 3-6 on the back of the annual Bay Criterium series starting on January 1. Henderson will lead a national team >>
Burkes Cycles Speed League Round 6
Liam Sherlock moved into the overall lead in the under 15s competition after he won two events and rode cunningly in the final 15-lap handicap at the Burkes Cycles Speed League Round 6. Given a near-lap headstart as a C grade rider, Sherlock jumped onto the back of the A graders on the gun, along with William Findlay, and held on for five laps to his much older rivals before dropping back. >>
Cooper and Cannondale Pair up for 2013
North Canterbury 18-year-old Anton Cooper capped off an incredible year today, in signing a two year deal with international mountain bike team Cannondale Factory Racing (CFR). Cooper will be based in Germany for five months each year during the New Zealand winter, racing UCI cross country World Cups across Europe and in North America. "The team at Cannondale are such high class, with a couple >>
PureBlack Still Looking at 2013 Options
After a successful second season competing on the international stage PureBlack Racing and Avanti confirm that they are still looking at options for 2013 and beyond. "With economic conditions remaining tough and the sponsorship market in New Zealand contracting we have been forced to look internationally for a long-term major sponsor to help us with our future plans," said Greg Cross, Business >>
Jones Digs Deep in Burkes Cycles Speed League
Ollie Jones dug deep to produce a terrific sprint at the end of a fast night's racing at round five of the Burkes Cycles Speed League to win the 15-lap all-in Handicap Scratch. Jones just pipped seniors' championship leader Nick Warren on the line. Starting nearly a lap down the A grade riders had to work hard to catch the B and C graders, but didn't work smoothly as a team, the group fragmenting >>
Women's 2013 Cycle Classic Cancelled
The 2013 version of the UCI 2.2 Women's tour of New Zealand planned to take place from 20 to 24 February 2013 has been postponed until 2014.One of the main reasons for this decision is that race organisers found it financially difficult to comply with the new UCI rules regarding drug testing; this will imply a high cost to the organisers for both the men and women's tour.Race Director Jorge >>
Revell & Edmond Land First Ever NZ UCI CX Points
New Zealand picked up its first ever UCI Cyclocross World Cup points on the weekend at the Koksijde World Cup in Belgium. BikeNZ riders Alex "Zander" Revell and Angus Edmond both scraped inside the top 50 finishers of the elite men at the internationally renowned event to claim their places on the UCI Cyclocross points table. Wellington's Revell has shown tremendous improvement since arriving >>
First Teams Named for NZ Cycle Classic
The NZCT New Zealand Cycle Classic's standing as New Zealand's only UCI registeredtour is reflected in the quality of the overseas teams entered each year and 2013 will be noexception.One of Australia's most successful Continental teams, theDrapac Professional Cycling team, has finalised their line upfor the 26th version of New Zealand's premier cycle tour in2013. Given the consistent success of >>
Burkes Cycles Speed League Flush with Professionals!
A terrific atmosphere and some ferocious racing marked round three of the Burkes Cycles Speed League, with top professional Peter Latham making his debut, and Olympic bronze medalist Jesse Sergent among the spectators. Ollie Wood and Jon Barnes picked up where they left off in the previous round, scoring a clutch of points to solidify their lead in the under 15 and under 17 Burkes Cycles Speed >>
Simpson Lands Pro Deal for 2013
Auckland cyclist Myron Simpson will join Luxembourg-based UCI Continental cycling team Differdange-Magic SportFood next season. The 22-year-old has a packed European racing calendar ahead of him, including the five-stage Tour of Luxembourg, which was won by Hayden Roulston's Radioshack-Nissan teammate Jakob Fulsang last year. "It'll be great to line up against the top European professional >>
Wellington's Laykold Cup Wide Open on Velodrome
Wellington's premier track cycling event, the Laykold Cup Carnival, will take place on Sunday December 2 at the Wellington Velodrome in Hataitai and with the defending title race champion unable to attend, the title is up for grabs. The prestigious 84-year-old cup was originally presented to the Petone Amateur Athletic and Cycle Club in 1928 for the winner of a five mile handicap race held at >>
Young Guns Fire in Takapuna Criterium Nationals
Te Awamutu cyclist Hayden McCormick was crowned National Criterium Champion in front of 10,000 spectators in Takapuna, Auckland last night. In a rapid-paced and brutal elite men's race, 18-year-old McCormick outstretched defending champion Mike Northey on the line to claim the New Zealand title. "I was just trying to set Michael Vink up for the win, but to come away with it myself, I'm stoked, >>
SUBWAY Look to Talented Line up for Crit Championships
Tomorrow night's National Criterium Cycling Championships in Takapuna will be the last opportunity for the SUBWAY Pro Cycling team to add to its collection of national titles. Olympic medallist Westley Gough lines up with five of his team mates including the experienced Paul Odlin and rising under 19 star Dylan Kennett, winner of four medals on the track at the UCI Junior World Championships >>
Archbold the Legend Raises in Excess of $10,000 for Child Cancer
Olympic cyclist Shane Archbold has finished the PowerNet Tour of Southland about half a kilo lighter than when he started it and it has had little to do with the racing.Archbold, whospent the week racing inPowerNet colours, might not have crossed the line first in the final day's racing on Saturday, but he was certainly the centre of attention as his trademark mullet was cut off in front of a >>
Northey Takes Impressive PowerNet Tour Victory
Auckland's Mike Northey has won the 2012 PowerNet Tour of Southland after a decisive final stage from Winton to Invercargill today.Northeywas 17 seconds behind Tour leader American Carter Jones (Bissell Pro Cycling) after the morning's individual time trial in Winton, but the Tour's defining moves were made in the final stage. Led by Calder Stewart's Hayden Roulston and Michael Vink, a break was >>
Carter Jones Takes Yellow for Bissell
American Carter Jones of Bissell Pro Cycling has climbed his way into the lead in the PowerNet Tour of Southland, after winning the 179km stage from Te Anau to the Crown Range, near Arrowtown. It was a day of mixed fortunes for the Bissell team with Paddy Bevin, who had already won two stages during the week's racing, forced to withdraw from the Tour due to a lung infection. While that will make >>
Northey Takes PowerNet Yellow
A commanding climb up Bluff Hill has earned Node 4-Subaru's Mike Northey a stage win and the yellow jersey after Stage Two of the PowerNet Tour of Southland.The Auckland-based rider was strong throughout the 137km stage and now takes an eight second lead going into tomorrow's double stage.The final climb up the infamous Bluff Hill was brutal, Northey said."I rode up the other day with the boys >>
Blackgrove Swoops Yellow Jersey in PowerNet Tour
Heath Blackgrove started the 2012 PowerNet Tour of Southland exactly the same way he finished it in 2009 in the yellow jersey.Blackgrove, riding for PowerNet, crossed the line first in the team time trial around Invercargill's Queens Park in the cold and windy conditions that have come to be expected of the Tour, and was pleased to take the yellow jersey on the opening day."We had a great ride, >>
Harris Directs Top PureBlack Squad at Southland Tour
The 2012 Tour of Southland begins on Sunday 30th of October and PureBlack Racing is ready to pit itself against some of the best New Zealand, and international cyclists. The Tour of Southland is an important milestone in the PureBlack Racing calendar. Business Director, Greg Cross said: "It is the biggest tour on New Zealand's racing calendar and it's a race that has a special meaning for >>
Kennet Takes Big Win for SUBWAY Team
Dylan Kennett from the SUBWAY Pro Cycling team beat a strong field that included national champions James Williamson and Michael Vink to win the final round of the current elite Benchmark series on Saturday. The 155 kilometre race held in north Canterbury was full of riders in final preparation for the Powernet Tour of Southland that starts on Sunday and further confirmed the promise of the >>
The Walls Are a Crumbling - Rabobank To Leave Pro Cycling
In the wake of the recent USADA report into doping by Lance Armstrong and Co within the USPS and Discovery Channel cycling teams, professional cyclings longest serving team sponsor Rabobank has announced this evening it will leave the sport. The icing on the cake was the news that disgraced doper and recently sacked Quick Step rider Levi Leipheimer was loading up with EPO and performing blood >>
Drapac Clean Sweep Melbourne - Warrnambool Classic
Drapac Professional Cycling (DPC), have finished their 2012 National Road Series (NRS) campaign in dominant fashion by winning both the Campolina Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic and the Shipwreck Coast Cycling Classic. The team showed their strength and superior tactics by always being represented in the breakaways and splits enabling them to ride in our characteristically aggressively >>
Dean Denies Any Knowledge of Doping During Stint At Postal Services
New Zealand's longest standing World Tour Professional Julian Dean has publicly denied any knowledge of systematic doping practices at former team United Postal Services. Despite the coming forth and prosecution of nearly a dozen riders from the once great team Dean has stated these practices we amongst a select squad in the team and one focussed around the Tour de France hopefuls. In an >>
Tour of the Bay Rides out its 22nd Year
Over 700 cyclists will bask in the Hawke's Bay sunshine on Sunday for the 105km Strata Group Tour of the Bay cycle event.In its 22nd year, this annual recreational ride will kick off the 2012/13 BikeNZ Summer Series as the first of 11 rides around New Zealand.Although it is still early in the summer cycling calendar, event director Vanessa van Kampen is confident in attaining a quality field and >>
LOOK Develops 675 App
LOOK now offers an application for its new bike, the LOOK 675. This application can be downloaded for free on the App Store and on Google Play for the Androd version,and will allow you to discover the integrated technology of the 675*.Available now for Iphone, Ipad and Androd.* The LOOK 675 came about from the will to integrate. The latest monocoque carbonframe stands out as a bike that is >>
Hiley and Price Take National Honours on Day Three
The New Zealand Schools Road Cycling Championships wrapped up in gusty conditions today with points races at the Manfeild Auto Course in Manawatu. Devon Hiley (St Cuthbert's College) broke away early in the 24km women's under-20 points race and stayed away to win every sprint contest and a national title. "It was a tough race but I had a few of the girls working to keep the bunch together and >>
Record Breaking Hamilton Boys Take National Title
Hamilton Boys High School successfully defended their Team Time Trial national title in perfect weather conditions today at the New Zealand Schools Road Cycling Championships in Manawatu.The five-strong team of Corby Price, Danyon Inwood, Stephen Brunskill, Sam Dobbs and Nick Reddish broke the men's under-20 New Zealand record as they powered through the 16km course in a time of 22:05.42, to beat >>
Team Warmup Pusbikes Nail TTT
The Warmup Pushbikes Cycling Team won the Masters 25 kilometre Canterbury Team Time Trial event on Saturday. The Warmup Pushbikes Black Team of John McKenzie, Lee Johnstone, David Roche and Stephen Mark won in a time of 33 minutes and 20 seconds, beating the Velocity 1 team of Nigel Pink, Ben Hillery, Dave Sullivan and Chris Brooks by 35 seconds. Team spokesperson John McKenzie said the team >>
Pure Black Racing Partner With Canteen
PureBlack Racing is excited to announce participation in the charity event 'The Crank', a 12-hour RPM charity ride, on Friday 28th September. All Auckland-based PureBlack Racing riders will participate, along with management for the full 12 hour relay effort. Business Director, Greg Cross, says with such a young cycling team, Canteen's relevance to PureBlack Racing is profound, and something >>
Warmup Pushbikes Team Look to TT Repeat
The Warmup Pushbikes Cycling Team hopes to repeat last year's winning performance in tomorrow's Canterbury Team Time Trial Championships. The team has entered two teams in the masters 25 kilometre category. The Warmup Pushbikes Black Team includes national and regional masters time trial champions and medallists and has high hopes of another team time trial title to go with the 40 kilometre >>
Villumsen Takes Fourth Worlds Medal
New Zealand cyclist Linda Villumsen, denied an Olympic medal by less than two seconds last month, has finished on the podium at the UCI Road World Championships in the Netherlands today. The 27 year old Danish born rider placed third in the elite women's individual time trial around a challenging 24.1km course near Limburg that included the telling climb of the famous Cauberg Hill. It is the >>
Omega Pharma Quickstep Race to World's TTT Win
The Belgian team of Tom Boonen, Sylvain Chavanel, Tony Martin, Peter Velits, Kristof Vandewalle, and Niki Terpstra have raced into the history books by taking the first ever World TTT Championships by teams and in the process heading off heavyweights BMC and Orica - GreenEdge. The challenging course and general fatigue of the riders as they entered their ninth straight month of competition were >>
Kennett Moves Focus to Road
Dylan Kennett moves from the track to racing on the road for his SUBWAY Pro Cycling team in tomorrow's Twizel to Timaru Classic cycling race. Kennett won four medals last month's junior world track championships in Invercargill. He is joined by his SUBWAY Pro Cycling team mates Tayla Harrison, who also raced in the Junior World Track Championships and Nick Lovegrove for the South Canterbury >>
Horgan Takes Taieri Victory
Sam Horgan from the SUBWAY Pro Cycling team won category one of the R & R Tour de Taieri near Dunedin at the weekend. Horgan's teammate Tayla Harrison won the Under 19 tour which moves him into the lead in the BikeNZ Junior National Points Series. Horgan and Harrison were joined by SUBWAY Pro Cycling's Invercargill based Dillion Bennett during the five stage tour. Horgan won the >>
Benchmark Homes Headlines Festival of Cycling
The popular Festival of Cycling is back in its eighth year with a new naming sponsor, Benchmark Homes, and new events to cater for all cycling enthusiasts. Benchmark Homes is a Canterbury-based home design and building company that has a proud history of supporting cycling. It has taken over the reins from the Armstrong Motor Group who had partnered with the event since its inception in 2005. >>
Anton Cooper World Champion XC Racer
World champion mountain biker Anton Cooper is already plotting for bigger and better things in the sport. The Christchurch schoolboy, who turned 18 years one month ago, became the first New Zealand crosscountry rider to win a rainbow jersey after his brilliant victory at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Austria. Kiwi mountain bikers have previously won four world titles which have all >>
PureBlack in the Action at Tour of Murray River
PureBlack Racing have shown they can survive the aggressive Australian racing at the Tour of Murray River with results in both of yesterday's stages leaving them on both the individual, and team, General Classification podium. In Stage Three of the tour, PureBlack Racing Captain Roman van Uden, took his first criterium podium in Australia, finishing third in the 25km circuit race. Van Uden >>
Team Mico-Protrain Falls Victim to Tight Economy
As of this Friday the elite cycling team under MICO PROTRAIN will cease to exist, a late in the piece call revealed that new ownership has declined to uphold the previously allocated funding. This was no reflection on the team management or the riders, but a change in marketing direction the disappointment evident through a series of meetings with Mico that has made significant brand awareness >>
SUBWAY Pro Cycling to Finish in December
After eight successful years as naming rights sponsor of SUBWAY Pro Cycling, SUBWAY Restaurants will be concluding its sponsorship of New Zealand's only professional cycling team at the end of 2012. General Manager of SUBWAY Pro Cycling Hayden Godfrey says that he could not have wished for a better sponsorship partner in SUBWAY restaurants, but like everything there comes a time when changes >>
Kiwi Juniors Celebrate Incredible World's Performance
New Zealand wrapped up their UCI Junior Track World Championships campaign this afternoon with an impressive total of seven national records and 10 medals in Invercargill. The 10-medal haul equalled their record number achieved in last year's world championships, with sold-out crowds packing the Stadium Southland Velodrome throughout the championships. Waimate's Dylan Kennett and >>
Kennet Goes for Gold at UCI Junior World's
New Zealand's Dylan Kennett will race for gold tonight after smashing the national junior individual pursuit record in qualifying at the UCI Junior Track World Championships in Invercargill this afternoon. The 17-year-old from Waimate clocked a time of 3:16:467 over the 3000m distance to be the second fastest qualifier of the field of 26 riders at Stadium Southland Velodrome. "It was a great >>
Kennett Aims for the Rainbow
Dylan Kennett from the SUBWAY Pro Cycling team represents New Zealand's best chance of being crowned an under 19 World Champion since Sarah Ulmer achieved the feat twice in the 1990s. On Wednesday, a 16-strong New Zealand team takes on 154 riders from 24 countries at the UCI Junior Track World Championships in Invercargill. The team also includes Subway Pro Cycling's Tayla Harrison from >>
Sammy Sanchez to Star in Tour Britain
The 2008 Beijing Olympic Road Race Champion Samuel Sanchez will make his Tour of Britain debut this September as he leads the Euskaltel Euskadi squad's return to Britain's national Tour. Sanchez, who was the Tour de France's King of the Mountains in 2011, will ride The Tour of Britain ahead of his attack on the World Championship Road Race, which follows a week after The Tour culminates in >>
G Mac Guests at Drapac Professional Cycling Team
Five time New Zealand Champion Gordon McCauley proved he still has the gas during his recent racing foray in Australia. The Auckland resident took the eye of Drapac team manager Jonathan Breekveldt and this week lines up in the famous red jersey at the Tour of the Great South Coast. Drapac's sport director, Agostino Giramondo explained that while the team would like to maintain Drapac rider >>
Young Kiwis Prepare for Oceania Games
New Zealand's emerging track cyclists will get a chance on the international stage later this year when the BikeNZ under-19 team travels to Australia for the 2013 Oceania Track Championships. Eighteen riders have been named to compete at the Adelaide velodrome this November, in an event which New Zealand junior track cycling coach Ross Machejefski said will have a distinct development focus.  >>
Van Velthooven Adds Bronze to Kiwi Count
Manawatu cyclist Simon van Velthooven won a cycling bronze medal today in the most thrilling manner. Riding in the keirin, van Velthooven found himself in exalted company, his opposition including British cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy. But the New Zealand camp rated van Velthooven a good medal chance. He'd finished third in the event at the world champs, before being demoted to sixth after an >>
BikeNZ Name Best Ever Road Team for World's
BikeNZ has an announced a star-studded line-up for next month's 2012 UCI Road World Championships in the Netherlands, yesterday. Eighteen of New Zealand's finest cyclists have been pre-selected as part of a 'long-list' of under-23 and elite riders for this event. The squad is headlined by Olympians Jack Bauer (Christchurch), Greg Henderson (Dunedin), Jesse Sergent (Manawatu) and Linda >>
Wiggins Continues Golden Run
It completed a remarkable few weeks for the 32-year-old Team Sky rider after he became the first Briton to win the Tour de France and was also given the honour of starting the opening ceremony at Olympics. Wiggins underlined his position as favourite for Olympic gold as he produced another dominant performance against the clock, winning by 42 seconds from world time trial champion Tony Martin >>
BikeNZ Create New Canterbury Development Position
The South Island cycling fraternity is set to receive a welcome boost with BikeNZ's recent appointment of a new and exciting position in the Canterbury region. Feilding-based Scotsman James Sagar will provide an active link between BikeNZ and his new base of Christchurch as he takes up the role of Canterbury regional development coordinator. This spells only good things for the region, as the >>
Friends of Jane Bishop Prepared to Take on Auckland Transport
Road safety advocate Bevan Woodward has asked Auckland Transport to withdraw the report it provided to the Coroner's inquest that blames cyclist Jane Bishop for her own death. If it chooses not to, then a 'Friends of Jane Bishop' campaign will commence until her name is cleared. Mr Woodward says "The report is highly flawed, each of the reasons it gives for Jane Bishop being responsible for >>
Vino Steals the Show in London
Alexandre Vinokourov has made a career out of it and last night's Olympic gold medal performance from the Kazakh was no doubt his best. Known affectionally as Vine the stocky Eastern European has been a performer at the highest level for over a decade and stole the show from the pre race favourites but spring boarding to the race breakaway during the stamina sapping 248km road race. With the >>
One Million Spectators Expected for London Road Race Course
With the Olympic ceremony just over a day away the cyclists contesting the road race have the honor of taking part in the first event of the Games. General opinon has been divided over whether the race will come down to a bunch sprint benefiting the likes of Cavendish and Sagan or if perhaps Box Hill will split the race apart favouring the one day specialists such as Boonen and Chavanal.UCI >>
Wiggins Crowned 2012 Tour Winner
Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins has been confirmed as the first British Tour de France winner. The 32-year-old triple Olympic champion made it safely through the final 120-kilometre 20th stage from Rambouillet to Paris - indeed he did much more than that, being a key part of the lead-out which delivered team-mate Mark Cavendish to his fourth successive sprint victory on the Champs-Elysees. It was >>
Wiggo Brilliant in Chartres
Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins all but confirmed an historic Tour de France victory in the best possible style as he powered to an emphatic win in the penultimate stage time trial. The 32-year-old underlined his superiority over all his rivals with another sublime display in the 'race of truth', stopping the clock in one hour, four minutes and 13 seconds for the 53.5-kilometre route from Bonneval >>
Cavendish Back in Groove
Manx Missile Mark Cavendish showed the world why he has been dubbed the worlds fastest man when he lead the best cyclists home on stage 18 of the Tour de France. The 18th stage stage to Bive la Gaillarde gave Cavendish his 22nd victory in the Tour with his SKY team mates rallied round him in the finale it was the opportunity for team captain Wiggins to repay the World Champion for his hard work >>
Valverde Takes Emotional Tour Stage Win
Alejandro Valverde experienced a special day in his comeback year to the Tour de France, the Spaniard soloed to victory high in the Pyrenees saluting his sponsor Movistar and his loyal team that helped set the day up for him.Valverde who was part of the day's early breakaway was assisted by team mate Rui Costa before going solo with 35km remaining on the day. Chased all the way by Team Liquigas >>
Voeckler Takes Amazing Victory
The hero of France Thomas Voeckler made his Tour de France Doubly good today with a classic victory on stage 16 as the Tour entered the Pyrenees. Voeckler who was part of an escape group that was almost a third of the remaining peloton was out on an all day raiding mission to take over the lead in the King of the Mountains competition. The Europcar professional after taking the top spoils on >>
Schleck Out of Tour With Positive Test
Frank Schleck had the rest day that no rider would welcome, the Radioshack Nissan Trek rider was informed by the UCI that he had failed his doping test from the 14th of July for the substance Xipamide. The WADA accredited laboratory in Chtenay-Malabry detected the presence of the diuretic in Schleck's urine sample and now Schleck has up to four days to organise his legal affairs and decide if >>
Fedrigo Targets Stage 15 Win
Perrick Fedrigo make it lucky number two into Pau today on stage 15 of the Tour de France mirroring the last Tour stage he won and making it his fourth overall. From a quality breakaway of Fdrigo, Vande Velde, Dumoulin, Voeckler and Devenyns the group quickly built up a massive 12 minute lead taking advantage of the lack of interest from the peloton in neutralising the day for the sprinters.  >>
Determination of Sanchez Pays off in Tour
Loius Leon Sanchez has had a never say die attitude in this years Tour de France having come close to the win on two occasions already. The 191km journey from Limoux - Foix provided the Spaniard with all the ingredients he needed to get one of his trademark breakaway victories. Having crested the summit of the ferocious final climb of the day at 18% gradient the Rabobank rider quickly regrouped >>
Greipel Takes Three
Andre has truly become the giant of the sprints in this year's Tour de France taking his third win in the race today from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chteaux - Le Cap d'Agde over 217km. In a super close battle to the line the German just bettered Green jersey leader Peter Sagan (Liquigas Cannondale) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (SKY). In a rare sight in the Tour the crowd were treated to Yellow Jersey >>
Millar Salvages Tour for Garmin-Sharp
David Millar utilised his 15 years experience as a professional to take an emotional stage win on the challenging leg from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Annonay Davzieux. The 226km haul was the longest of the tour and Millar and his four breakaway companions saw all bar six km of it in the lead.With the break working seamlessly until 10km from the finish and a sold 12 minute advantage over the >>
Rolland Makes it Three for France
Pierre Rolland lived up to his team managers expectations when he touted the Frenchman as the man to watch out for on stage 11 of the Tour de France. Rolland who was part of a solid breakaway group for the majority of the stage slowly but surely rode all of his companions off his wheel to finish alone at the summit of the La Toussuire 55 seconds clear of the biggest names in this year's >>
Full Squad For NZ Junior World's Assault
Home country New Zealand and last year's host Russia will both field capacity squads of 16 with Australia confirming a 14-strong team including four defending junior world champions for next month's UCI Juniors World Cycling Championships in Invercargill. Cycling powerhouses such as France, Belgium, Great Britain, Russia and Australia will send teams of varying sizes to the championships to be >>
SKY The Limit For Wiggins
Bradley Wiggins (SKY) has dominated the stage nine time trial at the Tour de France a la Miguel Indurain style. The multi time Olympic track cycling champion set about the course at a blistering pace leading at every time check along the way leaving no doubt to his favourite status in this year's race.Losing time at every check was Australian defending champion Cadel Evans ultimately conceding >>
2012 A Great Year For Pinot
Thibaut Pinot the youngest rider in this year's Tour de France pulled off his biggest career victory to date in soloing to the finish line in Porrentruy Switzerland ahead of a chase group that was more star studded than a Hollywood Boulevard.The young Thibaut saw his chance come 25 km out from the finish on the day's final climb when he accelerated clear of the breakaway group to catch lone >>
Froome & SKY Dominate Stage 7
Chris Froome (SKY) put in an astounding effort on the slopes of the La Planche des Belles Filles today, not only was he Bradley Wiggins last team support rider doing an incredible job pacing his leader up the last two km of the climb but out of nowhere he mustered up enough energy to take the victory atop the 20% gradient finish.This display of brilliance was made even more so when looking at the >>
Sagan & Carnage Reign in Tour Stage 6
Peter Sagan took an emotion filled victory in today's stage six of the Tour de France victory saluting a la The Incredible Hulk and dressed head to toe in trademark green as the leader in the points competition. Sagan crossed the line a full two lengths clear of second placed Andre Greipel with Australian Matt Goss taking another third place.With 50 metres to go the day once again was looking >>
Greipel Repeats on Stage Five
There would have been one thought lingering in the mind of German sprinter Andre Greipel after his stage four victory yesterday, could he have taken World Champion Mark Cavendish on the line. The Lotto Belisol sprinter put that thought to rest on today's 196.5km journey to Saint Quentin as he was once again lead to perfection into the sprint by his team mates and in particular Kiwi Greg >>
Greipel Nails Stage Four
German sprinting giant Andre Greipel took his stage win in the Tour de France today in what was the perfect execution to a perfect display of team riding from his Lotto Belisol team. Hitting 2km to go the team was perfectly formed in single file on the front of the peloton with Kiwi fastman Greg Henderson charged with the job of being Greipels final wheel to fly off. Hendy nailed it sprinting >>
Sagan Goes Two From Three
The exceptional Mr Sagan (Liquigas Cannondale) took his second stage win in just his first Tour de France today in the tough uphill battle into Boulogne Sur Mer as the race entered France for the first time this year. Sagan who is somewhat of a specialist in uphill finishes bettered another star of the future in Edvald Boasson Hagen (SKY) and Peter Velits (Omega Quick Step) in the finale with >>
Cavendish Triumphant in Tournai
World Champion Mark Cavendish showed the critics he hadn't lost any of his sprinting speed at the finish of stage two of the Tour de France. Despite a text book perfect lead-out from Kiwi Greg Henderson from the team of Cavendish's nemesis Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) the Manxman used his ability to the utmost and shot off the Germans wheel with 50 metres remaining to take the win by a wheel.  >>
Sagan Triumphs in Tour de France Stage
It was a series of firsts today for the classy young Slovak Peter Sagan, the liquigas Cannondale rider racing in stage one of the Tour in his first shot at the event bettered a charging Fabian Cancellara to claim first place on the tough 198km stage in Seraing Belgium. The demanding ascent to the finish rendered most of the pure sprinters as spectators as those with a flare for power climbing >>
Pure Black Clean Sweep Chin Picnic Podium
Canada Day has turned black for Canadian cyclists with PureBlack Racing taking a clean sweep of the podium with first, second and third at the CHIN Picnic Criterium in Toronto. James "Jimmy" Williamson, Roman van Uden and Taylor Gunman rode a powerful race to win the annual criterium which is a highlight of the Canada Day celebrations. "It was pretty hard being out in the front the whole time >>
Fabulous Fabian Takes Liege Prologue
Swiss time trial powerhaus Fabian Cancellara has put his tough early season behind him by taking first blood at the Tour de France today. Cancellara who crashed out early season set the fastest time on the Liege course by seven seconds putting overall favourite Bradley "Wiggo" Wiggins into second place on the 7.1km technical circuit.Defending Tour Champion Cadel Evans signalled he too has >>
Torckler in US Intensive Care Unit
PureBlack Racing cyclist Michael Torckler is in hospital after a collision with a car in what is reported to be a hit and run accident during a training ride in California this morning. PureBlack Racing Business Director, Greg Cross, said Michael has improved since being admitted to hospital in critical condition and is now listed as serious but stable condition in intensive care. "The best >>
Henderson & Bauer Olympic Bound
BikeNZ announced today the top two road racers in the country that will represent NZ at the London Olympic Games. The popular Greg Henderson (Lotto - Beilisol) will headline the NZ campaign in the road race with support from the talented World Tour deutant Jack Bauer (Garmin-Sharp). Bauer will will also line up as New Zealand's sole entrant in the time trial, after finishing 14th in the final >>
Hendi Takes Right Hand Man Role in Tour de France
Lotto Belisol has revealed his selection for the upcoming Tour de France. The selection: Lars Bak, Francis De Greef, Andr Greipel, Adam Hansen, Greg Henderson, Jrgen Roelandts, Marcel Sieberg, Jurgen Van den Broeck, Jelle Vanendert. Reserve: Jurgen Van de Walle. Sportive Manager Marc Sergeant: "We 've put our nine names for the Tour on paper. I think I might say we have a balanced and >>
No Tour For Andy
RADIOSHACK NISSAN TREK rider Andy Schleck suffers from a fracture in the sacral body (segment S3) due to his crash in last Thursday's time trial of the Critrium du Dauphin. Schleck will be out for four to six weeks and will not be able to start in the Tour de France, the race in which he was set to start as one of the favorites.At a press conference in La Maison des Sports in Luxembourg, Andy >>
Tour de France in Doubt For Andy
Luxembourg cycling fans have been rocked by the news Andy Schleck may be out of this years Tour de France as a result of his time trial crash in the recent Dauphine tour. Schleck who crashed due to a large gust of wind was thought to be suffering bruising but now appears to be reeling from a broken pelvis. Team Radioshack Nissan plan to hold a press >>
Win A Team Jersey Signed By Captain America
Castelli bring to our readers the opportunity to win! This week we are giving away two autographed jerseys from Garmin-Barracuda squad from The Amgen Tour of California. One Team Garmin-Barracuda jersey signed by the whole crew and one signed only by Captain America Dave Zabriskie!!!It works like this. 1. Be a fan of Castelli on Facebook. All people who are fans of Castelli by the end of day >>
Villumsen Hitting Form Ahead of Olympic Games
New Zealand's Olympic-hopeful cyclist Linda Villumsen grabbed her first time trial win of the season, winning the third stage of Emakumeen Euskal Bira in Spain today. Posting a time of 18:21 over the 13.4km course, the silver medallist in the time trial at last year's world championships and the 2010 Commonwealth Games, finished three seconds faster than her Green Edge-AIS teammate and world >>
Top Kiwi Athletes Cycles to Raise Money for Poverty Cause
New Zealand Aid and Development agency TEAR Fund, has announced the names of eight elite athletes who have signed up to be part of the Poverty Cycle Campaign. Endorsed by Triathlon New Zealand and Bike NZ, this initiative aims to raise funds for the world's most vulnerable and at-risk children both here and overseas. Leading triathlete Clark Ellice, World Junior Champion Silver Medalist, James >>
Dean Overwhelming Peoples Favourite for Olympics
Orica GreenEdge professional Julian Dean has had a difficult start to his 2012 season. The Rotorua native was supposed to be enjoying the kms with his newly formed Australian World Tour team and right about now be putting the final polish on his leadout for the likes of Matt Goss for the Tour de France before heading across the channel for the London Olympics. But that all changed when in March >>
Home of Cycling Over Last Hurdle
The Waikato Regional Council today confirmed that the Home of Cycling Charitable Trust had met all Council conditions and that its $6m investment, approved in September 2011, will now be paid over the duration of the construction of the Avantidrome.Most significantly, following recent receipt of its Resource Consent, the Trust can now sign the construction contract with Livingstone Building Ltd >>
Hesjedal Nails it in Milan
Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Barracuda) delivered a solid final-day effort to become the first Canadian rider to win a grand tour when he finished 47 seconds ahead of Joaquim Rodrguez (Katusha). Hesjedal finished sixth in the 28.2km time-trail in Milan. Taking calculated risks on every corner the all rounder took out nearly all of the time needed by the first time check of the TT taking his overall >>
PureBlack Packs For North America
PureBlack Racing will travel to North America next week for their second block of racing this year after a successful three months in Asia. The team will travel to Canada on June 7 for seven weeks, racing in three stage races and three major criterium. The major races include Tour de Beauce (UCI 2.2), CHIN Picnic Criterium, Tour de Delta, UBC Grand Prix, Gastown Grand Prix, Giro de >>
Hesjedal Rises to Challenge in Giro
Ryder Hesjedal threw down the gauntlet atop the feared mountain top finish of Alpe di Pampeago and raced clear of Pink jersey Joaquim Rodriguez pulling 13 seconds out of an already scant 30 second lead held by the Spaniard. In a stage won by pre race contender Roman Kreuziger who was out for some revenge to salvage something from his failed campaign for the overall title all eyes were on the >>
Tour of Ireland RAS Stage 5
The big climbs caught out the young New Zealand cycling team on stage five of the An Post Ras Tour of Ireland today. Today's route from Bundoran to Buncrana in the north west of Ireland was earmarked as the most challenging and punishing stage in recent Rs history with five categorised climbs, including the category one backbreaking ascent of Mamore Gap, the steepest road climb in the country.  >>
Giro Action Hot in Final Days
Can Ryder Hesjedal make Canadian cycling history and win the Giro is the big question Grand Tour followers are asking themselves coming into the final three days of this year's event. The Canadian diesel sits just 30 seconds adrift of the Maglia Rosa of Spain's diminutive climber Joaquim Rodriguez, and with the final stage in Milan being an individual time trial of some 30km the Garmin >>
Orica - GreenEdge Contract Materialises for Bewley
Olympic-bound cyclist Sam Bewley has joined Orica-GreenEDGE upon the departure of Australian icon, Robbie McEwen. Bewley, 24, will represent New Zealand in the team pursuit in the 2012 London Olympics before switching his focus 100 percent to a road career. He raced for two years with RadioShack and spent the first half of this season focussing on his track racing with the BikeNZ track team.  >>
BikeNZ Pure Black Racing Tackle Up for Irelands Ras
With an average age under 20 years, a youthful BikeNZ-Pure Black Racing team will take on their ultimate test that will sort the men from the boys in the An Post Ras Tour of Ireland starting on Sunday. The five-strong group will take on 34 teams of hardened professionals and promising amateurs in the eight day tour covering 1168kms and 28 categorised climbs to the north and west of Ireland to >>
PureBlack Racing Stamp Their Mark on Asia
PureBlack Racing have arrived home in New Zealand after three months of racing in the UCI Asia Tour, with a number of great results in their first season on the circuit. The highlight was Michael Torckler's victory at the inaugural Tour of Borneo, following up a 1-2-3 finish on Stage 1 to hold the yellow jersey for the duration of the tour. Louis Crosby secured the >>
Garmin Barracuda Teamwear hits the Net
The genuine team strip and casual wear of the team that has lead for the first week of the Giro has hit the net and brings it to it's readers at value that surpasses even that of the european big boys. Kit yourself out in the impressively fitting race gear or impress the lads at the after race with the Garmin Barracuda >>
Tom David Takes Triptyque Ardennais
Talented Auckland semi professional Tom David has come up trumps racing in Belgium taking out the overall classification of the Triptyque Ardennais. Known as Belgiums premier Amateur stage race held over three days the event attracts the best teams from across Europe as the young riders look to springboard themselves into the professional ranks.David struck his killer blow to the field on stage >>
Jack Bauer Takes Giro TTT Stage Win With Garmin Barracuda
Garmin-Barracuda swept to victory on the 33,2km Team Time Trial course in Verona in 37 minutes, 04 seconds to claim the teams first stage win and the leaders jersey for Ramunas Navardauskas at the Italian tour. The TTT was a special stage for Kiwi fans with Nelson rider Jack Bauer playing a strong roll in driving the USA team to >>
PureBlack's Torckler Podiums in Malaysia
PureBlack Racing's Michael Torckler has continued his strong form on the bike with a 2nd place finish on the first stage of Jelajah Malaysia 2012. A week shy of winning the inaugural Tour of Borneo, Torckler saw himself in a breakaway which stuck to the end of the 161.5km stage from Merdeka Stadium to Bandar Baru Kampar. Torckler said, "The first hill climb felt much harder than a category >>
Horgan Caps Fine Season at RaboDirect Nationals
Christchurch rider Sam Horgan can enjoy a well earned break after claiming the RaboDirect national club road championship in Hawkes Bay today. Horgan has put together the best five months in his career, starting with the elite time trial title against some of the country's best professionals in January, the Oceania time trial honours in Queenstown last month as well as runner-up in the road >>
Shanks Secures Major Sponsor
Official Olympic Games sponsor and Proud Sponsor of Mums, Procter & Gamble (P&G) today announced its support of New Zealand cyclist Alison Shanks as part of its campaign for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Alison Shanks is an Olympic hopeful and with her place in the New Zealand Olympic team for 2012 she will take the hopes of a nation to London. Shanks was recently crowned >>
Nielsen Stikes first Blood IN Club Nationals ITT
Waikato's Jaime Nielsen won the bragging rights over her Olympic teammates on the first day of the RaboDirect national club cycling road race championships in the Hawkes Bay today. Nielsen gave Te Awamutu Sports its only victory of the day with nearly 600 riders competing in the time trials held in Waipawa, in the Central Hawkes Bay. The London Olympic women's endurance squad are taking part in >>
Torckler Aces Tour of Borneo for PureBlack
PureBlack Racing's Michael Torckler has won the Tour of Borneo, holding out Genesys Wealth Provider's Nathan Earle by just four seconds to retain the yellow jersey in the final stage today. Torckler, 25, delivered a mammoth five-day performance, assisted admirably by a determined and committed display from his teammates who ensured the yellow jersey, and orange points jersey, remained under >>
Torckler & PureBlack Riding High in Asia
BikeNZ PureBlack Racing are proving to be a dominant force in the Tour of Borneo. The team delivered the ultimate start to the tour with Michael Torckler, Roman van Uden and Louis Crosby taking all three podium spots in an unprecedented 'blackwash' in the 102.8km stage from Semporna to Tawau.After making a break at 30km, Torkler guaranteed himself the yellow jersey with a powerful solo ride with >>
Demo It at CYCO
Auckland inner city cycle specialist CYCO are bringing the bicycles to the people tomorrow (28th April). If you are in the market for a luxury high tech work of art from LOOK France then 228 Ponsonby Road is the place you need to be for a test ride of the latest 695s. Complete with their electronic shifting systems it is your chance to see just how good going to the next level can be! Test >>
GreenEdge Land Title Sponsor
Australian cycling made history this season by landing a team into the prestigious UCI World Tour League. Now just some four months on the incredibly successful fledgling outfit has announced they will reveal their title sponsor this coming Tuesday, the team announced on Facebook. Happy to race under the guise of their company name "GreenEdge" for the first two seasons the team backed by Aussie >>
Te Awamutu Teen Winning in France
Te Awamutu teenager Hayden McCormick has won a prestigious road racing tour in France today. McCormick, racing for a Belgium-based team, won the three-stage Le Trophee Centre Moribhan, becoming just the fifth non-French rider to claim this prestigious tour for junior riders in Europe. Many of the previous winners have gone on to earn contracts for the Pro World Tour. McCormick is >>
Cooper Takes Final Stage Honors in Wellington
Professional mountain biker and junior world champion Anton Cooper lead his Christchurch Boys High School team to overall victory in the Tour of New Zealand's final stage, a criterium in Wellington on Saturday. After over 700 kilometres of racing and seven stages in the North and South Islands, teams and individuals went head to head to decide overall honours in the technical criterium. The >>
Williamson Impressive on Stage Six
Individual rider Geoff Williamson stormed home first with the Christchurch Boys High School team on his wheel on the South Islands stage six of Tour of New Zealand from Hanmer Springs to Kaikoura today. Williamson completed the 126 kilometre stage in three hours twenty six minutes and 47 seconds to build on his dominant lead in the South Island's individual solo rider standings. Third >>
Christchurch Boys High Team Dominating National Cycling Tour
The Christchurch Boys High School team continued its dominating form as the Tour of New Zealand passed through Canterbury today. The school boy team of professional mountain biker Anton Cooper and competitive cyclists Daniel Whitehouse, Olly Marshall, Max Jones and Harry Buttle won today's Methven to Oxford 80 kilometre stage five in two hours two minutes and six seconds. The Christchurch >>
SUBWAY Head To Tour of Korea in Good Form
The SUBWAY Pro Cycling leaves tomorrow to race in the UCI 2.2 Tour de Korea where it hopes to have similar success to last year. Oceania Champion Paul Odlin won the tour's sprint jersey and the team's General Manager Hayden Godfrey is confident the team will again perform well continuing its fine run of form as it tackles its second international event of the year. "We have racked up a >>
Cooper & Odlin Take Out Brunner Titles
Sequoia Cooper from the H & J's Outdoor World team and Paul Odlin from SUBWAY Pro Cycling won the Around Brunner cycle race in Greymouth today. Cooper defended the title she won last year out sprinting Christchurch cyclist Julie Grant from the Benchmark Homes team to win in three hours and 27 minutes. Odlin continued his run of fine form to beat his SUBWAY Pro Cycling teammates >>
Nationwide Cycle Tour Starts Tomorrow
An ambitious eight day nationwide cycling event that starts from both ends of New Zealand kicks off tomorrow morning. The tour begins simultaneously in Cape Reinga or Bluff at 10am finishing about 700 kilometres or eight days later at the Beehive in Wellington. Teams or individuals have chosen to begin at the top of the North Island or at the bottom of the South Island. Invercargill >>
Karwowski Made of Right Stuff for Flanders
Southland's Cameron Karwowski was the best of the BikeNZ-Pure Black Racing team with a top-25 finish in the prestigious UCI Nations Cup Under-23 Tour of Flanders today.The 21 year old battled superbly in the peloton throughout the gruelling 173km test involving a number of telling climbs and significant sections over the famed cobbles in Belgium in a race that features the best under-23 cyclists >>
Gate Shows Tenacity in Points Race
Aucklander track cyclist Aaron Gate showed a never say die attitude in last nights Points race at the World Cycling Championships in Melbourne last night treating Kiwi supporters to one of the most exciting displays of bike racing seen thus far over the four days. Gate who was often present on the sprint laps was picking up regular points for finishing in the top five knew however that to get >>
Gough Fulfills Promise at Worlds
Hawkes Bay cyclist Westley Gough has fulfilled the promise BikeNZ saw in him with his selection for the Individual Pursuit at the Melbourne Worlds. The former Junior World Champion in the event took on Australian sensation Rohan Dennis in the ride off for Bronze and whilst leading for the first 1500 metres looked to be fading in the second half as Dennis went out to a 1.422 second lead heading >>
Crosby Takes First International Win for 2012
Louis Crosby has secured the first stage win on the UCI Asian Circuit for BikeNZ PureBlack Racing on the third stage of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhon's Cup Tour of Thailand 2012. Crosby beat the field home in a sprint finish in the 164.10 km race with a time of 3:17:03. John Harris, Director Sportif, BikeNZ PureBlack Racing said, "It's a great achievement for Louis and the BikeNZ PureBlack >>
Avantidrome Set for Waikato
The Home of Cycling Charitable Trust is proud to announce a ten-year naming rights partnership with Sheppard Cycles, with the National Cycling Centre of Excellence velodrome to be called the Avantidrome. "We are delighted with this significant new partnership with Sheppard Cycles and their Avanti brand a name synonymous with New Zealand cycling. Sheppard Cycles has an outstanding reputation >>
Odlin Focussed for Le Race Win
SUBWAY Pro Cycling's Paul Odlin is keen to add tomorrow's tough 100 kilometre Christchurch to Akaroa Le Race to his growing list of recent wins. Odlin won the Oceania Road Racing elite title near Queenstown two weeks ago and was crowned National Time Trial champion in January. He is currently the number one ranked rider in the UCI Oceania Tour rankings and the SUBWAY Pro Cycling Team >>
Cycle Tour of NZ Attracts International Attention
International interest in a quirky Kiwi cycling event is hotting up, a month out from the start of this 'world first' national tour. Lifestyle-publication writers from Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, China and the UK have had their interest piqued by news of the imminent inaugural Tour of New Zealand. Tourism New Zealand's Brand and International PR General Manager Catherine Bates says the >>
Lovegrove Prevails in Graperide
Nick Lovegrove from SUBWAY Pro Cycling won the 101 kilometre Forrest Graperide on Saturday to secure his first win of the season. The Auckland based cyclist was very happy to cross the line first after a series of recent podium finishes where he had failed reach the top step. "It was great to finally post a win after a number of misses," he said. "The team rode a great race and I >>
Catastrophic Comeback for Dean
New Zealand cyclings favourite son Julian Dean has experienced a nightmare in his comeback event the Volta a Catalunya since breaking his shoulder in Australia in December. The Rotorua based kiwi was avoiding a multi rider pile up in the Pyrenees but collided with a parked resulting in a broken leg. "We are especially distraught about this loss," GreenEdge sports director Neil Stephens reported >>
Odlin Heads SUBWAY Line Up for Graperide
Newly crowned Oceania elite road racing champion Paul Odlin leads a strong SUBWAY Pro Cycling line up for this weekend's 101 kilometre Forrest GrapeRide in Marlborough. Odlin is keen to defend the elite GrapeRide title he won beating his team mate Sam Horgan into second place last year. Horgan and Odlin both come off a very successful campaign at last week's Oceania Road Cycling >>
Odlin Doubles the Oceania Haul for SUBWAY
Paul Odlin from SUBWAY Pro Cycling won the Oceania elite road racing title to complete to very successful championships. His win follows the time trial victory by his SUBWAY Pro Cycling teammate Sam Horgan on Friday, where Odlin finished runner-up. A strong Australian contingent dominated the championships, winning 22 of the 30 medals, with Horgan and Odlin providing the New Zealand >>
Australia Dominates Women's Titles at Oceania Games
Sprint finishes decided both women's honours in the UCI Oceania road cycling championships near Queenstown today. Australians prevailed in both the junior and elite women's titles raced in ideal conditions around a challenging circuit near Arrowtown. Canberra mountain biker Gracie Elvin prevailed in the sprint finish from her Australian Institute teammate and GreenEdge professional Shara >>
Odlin & Horgan Headline Oceania Chances
Sam Horgan and Paul Odlin from SUBWAY Pro Cycling are New Zealand's best medal hopefuls in the Oceania Road Championships kicking off in Queenstown tomorrow. Horgan is fresh from winning the Silvester Motor Company Tour of Canterbury last weekend and breaking the Canterbury Time Trial Association 16 kilometre record. Odlin beat Horgan to win the elite National Time Trial title in January. >>
Horgan Nails Tour of Canterbury Win
Sam Horgan (SUBWAY Pro Cycling) won the A grade Silvester Motor Company Tour of Canterbury as part of his final preparation for this week's Oceania Road Championships being held in Queenstown. Horgan says he is in good form and feels he is peaking at the right time. Horgan broke the Canterbury Time Trial Association 16 kilometre record last week and won the weekend's tour on the back of a >>
Horgan Lowers TT Record
Sam Horgan (SUBWAY Pro Cycling) lowered the Canterbury Time Trial Association 16 kilometre record by 11 seconds on Tuesday night. Horgan's team mate Paul Odlin lowered the record in January and Horgan said he has had the record in his sights ever since, and was "stoked" to finally get it this week. "I have been working hard on my time trialling with next week's Oceania Champs in >>
Acker and Lucus win inaugural Ride the Rakaia Race
Simon Acker (Warmup Pushbikes Cycling Team) won the inaugural 103 kilometre Ride the Rakaia cycle race in impressive fashion in very challenging conditions on Saturday. Held in high winds and heavy rain the 19 year old Christchurch rider attacked his breakaway companions Darrell Kircher, Andre Chappell and Graeme Nuttridge, all from the Thule Racing Team, and Wellington's Kevin McCormack, >>
SUBWAY Well "Groomed" in Singapore
Four members of SUBWAY Pro Cycling Team got pampered and 'groomed' yesterday in a photo shoot with leading international men's lifestyle magazine FHM in Singapore yesterday. The team races in its first international event of the year tomorrow night, the OCBC Cycle Singapore Professional Criterium . The pro criterium is raced on Singapore's 1.7 kilometre F1 motor racing track under lights and is >>
Miller Confident of SUBWAY Boys Ahead of Singapore OCBC
The SUBWAY Pro Cycling Team carries good form into the OCBC Cycle Singapore Professional Criterium on Friday night, its first international event of the year. Competing against a strong international professional field of over 70 riders including Australian sprint star and three time Tour de France Green Jersey winner Robbie McEwen, SUBWAY Pro Cycling Manager Graeme Miller says he is >>
Horgan Wins Trust Charity Ride in Dominant Fashion
A broken spoke didn't slow down SUBWAY Pro Cycling's Sam Horgan who dominated the elite race in the Canterbury Cycling Development Trust Charity Ride in North Canterbury yesterday. Horgan initiated a three person break after 25 kilometres of racing and then dropped his only remaining break away companion Neil Sutherland in the closing stages after realising he had broken a spoke. "I >>
Crum Takes Stage for Kiwi Fans
Kiwi pocket rocket Emma Crum set the NZCT alight for kiwi fans as she took out stage four today just ahead of fellow New Zealander Amy Bradley. The duo seeing the opportunity in escaping to take the stage whilst the big teams battled for the yellow jersey read the race right finishing 22 seconds ahead of the field. Whilst overnight leader Kristin Armstrong relenquished the yellow jersey she was >>
Cooper Smokes to a Top 6 Finish in Langkawi Opener
Long time top performer in New Zealand cycling Joe Cooper has smoked to a top six finish in the opening 20.5km time trial in the UCI Tour of Langkawi. This years years Langkawi event fields some of the biggest names in the sport as many of the established names are returning to the event that launched their carears. Cooper riding for the PureBlack / BikeNZ squad managed by the experienced John >>
Armstrong Retains Yellow
Reigning Olympic TT Champion Kristin Armstrong finished third on the second stage of the NZCT retaining the yellow jersey as the field heads in to tomorrows stage three. Chasing her up in second position overall is the classy German Judith Arndt riding for the new GreenEdge cycling project but sits some 15 seconds back, team mate and top Kiwi Linda Villumsen sits close in 4th position at 27 >>
NZCT Startlist
With the start of New Zealand's premier women's bike race just days away from starting the stars of world cycling are set to land on NZ soil. GreenEdge-Ais have compiled at star studded roster that includes New Zealand's Linda Villumsen. Start List 2012 NZCT Women's Tour of NZ 22 to 26 February 2012 UCI 2.2 Green Edge-AIS 1 Judith Arndt  >>
Kiwi's Fail to Fire in Olympic Test Event
The New Zealand team pursuit quartet have put in a performance in London that will see them regrouping to gain back valuable seconds they have lost to arch rivals Australia and Great Britain. The Australian team romped home in a blistering 3.57 for the 4000m with GB less than one secon behind with NZ a full seven seconds off the mark. Notably missing from the NZ squad however was the world >>
Kristin Armstrong to Return to NZ Tour
United States women's cycling great Kristin Armstrong's confirmation in the NZCT women's tour of New Zealand in the Manawatu from February 22 to 26 is music to the ears of race director Jorge Sandoval.The appearance of the 2008 Olympic gold medallist and two-time world champion time trialist comes hard on the heels of the securing of another former world champion Judith Arndt, of Germany. With >>
Henderson Leads Out Another Powerful Greipel Win
Greg Henderson is being lauded as one of the best aquisitions of the transfer season by his new Lotto-Belisol team as the Kiwi lead-out specialist has taken his team leader Andre Greipel to a victory in stage one in Oman. "We hit the front the last 15km to put me in a good position for the end, and we stuck to our plan with 2km to go," Greipel said. "Adam Hansen went, then Jens Debusschere, >>
Ullrich Accepts CAS Decision
German Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich has finally been handed his sentence from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) some four years after the fan favourite retired from cycling in the wake of the Operation Puerto blood doping investigation. Ullrich whose blood was a DNA match to that held in blood bags code named "Son of Rudy" (referring to his longtime mentor and manager Rudy Pevenage) >>
Villumsen Returns to Defend Title
New Zealand's leading woman road cyclist, Linda Villumsen, will ride for Australian professional team, GreenEdge-AIS, in the NZCT women's tour of New Zealand in the Manawatu from February 22 to 26.Villumsen, a silver or bronze medallist in the individual time trial at the last three world road championships, is a member of Australia's first top level professional team, whose women's squad also >>
FEDs Drop Armstrong Investigation
Two years on from the US Federal Investigation Bureau digging deep into Lance Armstrongs past at the USPS cycling team and trying to bring a case to trial that the team and its owners had used government funds to purchase doping products has ben dropped with no charges being filed. A press release from United States Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. stated his office "is closing an investigation into >>
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McCarthy wins NZ Cycle Classic
Australian talent Jay McCarthy (Jayco-AIS) had the biggest win of his young career today when he took out the New Zealand Cycle Classic in Palmerston North today.McCarthy was strong enough in the final sprint to beat off rival Darren Lapthorne (Drapac) to seal his overall Tour win, in New Zealand's only UCI sanctioned road tour. "I'm very happy to come away with the win. It's been a great >>
Lovegrove Goes Long for Podium Place
SUBWAY Pro Cycling's Nick Lovegrove placed second on an exciting stage three of the New Zealand Cycle Classic in Manawatu today. Lovegrove escaped early in the 155 kilometre stage with New Zealand track cycling representative Sam Bewley, riding for the BikeNZ National team, and with Brodie Talbot (Expert Team). The three riders quickly established a comfortable lead in cold and wet >>
SUBWAY Confident Ahead of Cycle Classic
SUBWAY Pro Cycling feels confident the New Zealand classic road cycling tour's move to Manawatu will suit its riders when it starts on Wednesday. The UCI 2.2 international cycle tour started in Wellington and the Hutt Valley, and more recently has concentrated in the Wairarapa. This year it has moved to Manawatu, attracting what Race Director Jorge Sandoval says is the strongest field in >>
Mt Hutt Excites MTB Competition
The new venue of Mt Hutt provided an exciting addition to the NZ MTB Cup national series this weekend. Holding a top level downhill event for the first time proved a very popular attraction for the 175 competitors and a vocal, partisan Ashburton district crowd. Competition was furious across all categories, with a Friday practice day giving all competitors ample opportunity to dial the >>
Gerrans Tops the Standings for GreenEDGE
On form Australian Champion Simon Gerrans has backed up his win two weeks ago in the National championships by taking out the Santos Tour Down Under today. Although Gerrans and his GreenEDGE team failed to win a stage he was the most consistent over the six days and beat Spanish rival Alejandro Valverde home in todays criterium, with the pair equal on time going into today it was a winner takes >>
Valverde Takes Willunga Hill
Spaniard Alejandro Valverde signalled his return to World Tour cycling in the Santos Tour Down Under taking the Queen of stages up Old Willunga Hill. In a two up battle to the finish line the Movistar rider edged slightly ahead of Australian Champion Simon Gerrans to take his first victory since serving his suspension in the Operation Puerto blood doping investigation.Gerrans however did not >>
Odlin Breaks TT Record
SUBWAY Pro Cycling's elite National Time Trial Champion Paul Odlin continued his fine form against the clock lowering the Christchurch Time Trial Association's 16 kilometre record by two seconds on Tuesday night. Odlin recorded 19 minutes and 40 seconds on the Tai Tapu course, taking two seconds off Michael Vink's record set in 2010. Racing has only resumed on the Tai Tapu course this >>
No Stopping Greipel
Out for a fast start in 2012 is German sprinter Andre Greipel, having racked up three wins in almost as many days the Lotto Belisol rider has taken back his grip at the top of the field in the Santos Tour Down Under. Greipels win shows the work he has put in over the off season and also dedication the new team have for their leader in Australia with them being a man down to just five riders with >>
Clarke Goes Long at Tour Down Under
Uni-SA Rider Will Clarke made it a long day at the office for stage two of the Tour Down Under going away just 1.1 kilometres into the 148 kilometre stage and soloed to the finish in the most dramatic of ways, covered in sweat, and salt as he pushed across the finishing line celebrating an amazing victory. "This is unbelievable really," said Clarke. "This is the biggest win of my career. It's my >>
Greipel Makes it Two
In form German sprinter Andre Greipel has made it two from two at the Santos Tour Down Under. The Lotto Belisol rider ripped past Italian Superstar Alessandro Petacchi with just metres to go after losing 15 places in the crash marred finale.Greipel will wear the ochre jersey tomorrow courtesy of the 10 second time bonus he earned on the finish. "I'm lucky that I won today," said Greipel. "There >>
Hendi and Greipel Gel in Aus
Kiwi cyclist Greg Henderson has been lauded as the missing ingredient for giant German Andre Greipels 2011 season. With the 2012 season seeing the duo reunited under the Belgian Team Lotto Belisol umbrella they wasted no time in racking up Greipels first win against the first World Tour field of the season at the Tour Down Under Classic that takes place on the streets of Adelaide before the >>
Slipstream Unveils New Kit and Sponsor
Slipstream Sports, today announced it will become Team Garmin-Barracuda with the addition of Barracuda Networks as a new sponsor of the team. The changes to the 2012 kit are more than cosmetic. The Castelli Speed Research Unit has done its part to make sure the riders have the most comfortable and technically advanced clothing for racing in extreme conditions, from the cold spring classics to >>
McCauley Takes on BikeNZ Role
New Zealand cycling legend Gordon McCauley has turned his attention from winning races to guiding the future of New Zealand cycling. BikeNZ announced today that McCauley has been appointed to the role of national under 19 men's road coach. McCauley, who has an extensive cycling career including a Commonwealth Games medal, is excited by the volunteer position as it's the chance to give back to >>
Victorious Vink Reigns Supreme in RaboDirect Nationals
Twenty-year-old Michael Vink created cycling history with his solo victory in the RaboDirect Road Cycling National Championships in Christchurch today. The Mico Protrain rider from Christchurch held off the chasers to win the gruelling 183km race by just six seconds to claim the overall honours and successfully defend his under-23 crown. He is the first rider to take out the under-23 national >>
SUBWAY Strike Gold and Silver at RaboDirect Nationals
Canterbury's Paul Odlin upset the field to win the men's time trial at the RaboDirect Elite National Championships in Christchurch today. Odlin clocked 49 minutes 35 seconds for the 40km journey near Lincoln College to finish 21 seconds ahead of his Subway Pro Cycling teammate Sam Horgan with favourite Jesse Sergent third. BikeNZ's leading women's track pursuit team of Lauren Ellis, Jaime >>
Samuels Surprises and Steals Show at RaboDirect Nationals
Nicky Samuels thought so little of her chances of winning the RaboDirect Elite National Road Cycling Championships in Christchurch today that she planned a training run for immediately after she finished. The triathlete with Olympic ambitions had hoped to jump straight off her bike and go for a short run, but the victory podium, media attention and medal presentation put an end to that >>
SUBWAY Procycling Look to RaboDirect Nationals for First Season Victory
SUBWAY Pro Cycling kicks off its 2012 season at the RaboDirect National Road Cycling Championship's that start tomorrow in Christchurch. SUBWAY Pro Cycling's Westley Gough is not available to defend his time trial title due to track commitments with the BikeNZ national track team but the team is still targeting podium results with Sam Horgan and Paul Odlin in the elite Time Trial race and >>
Santos Tour Down Under Teams Start to Arrive
The eyes of the world will be again watching Adelaide this month, with only three days untilthe first two international cycling teams arrive in preparation for the 2012 Santos Tour DownUnder.Preparations for the event are well underway. The event will see the some of the world'sbest sprinters including Alessandro Petacchi, Andre Greipel, Oscar Freire, Edvald BoassonHagen, Daniele Bennati and >>
Bauer Makes Cut for First World Tour Event
Lining up for the first time in a World Tour event is Garmins new professional signing Jack Bauer. The former Kiwi National Champion has made the cut for the first big event of the year the Santos Tour Down Under. Garmin-Cervlo for the Tour Down Under: Ryder Hesjedal, Jack Bauer, Robbie Hunter, Nathan Haas, Heinrich Haussler, Andreas Klier, Martijn >>
Hendi Takes Stunning Jayco Bay Classic Win
Kiwi cyclist Greg Henderson riding for (Degani Bakery Cafe) has opened his account early taking the victory in stage one of the Jayco Bay Cycle Classic series. The fact that Hendi won speaks volumes for the Otago sprinters condition as he took on nine riders from the new Australian World Tour outfit the GreenEdge Cycling Project with the riders wearing their new jerseys for the first time in >>
UniSA - Australia Announce Top Squad for Tour Down Under
The UniSA-Australia team for the 2012 Santos Tour Down Under features some of the young guns of Australian road cycling. South Australian Rohan Dennis returns to the team along with Steele Van Hoff, Jay McCarthy, Lachlan Norris and Tom Palmer, all young riders wanting to make an impression. Graham Fredericks, CEO, Cycling Australia says this is an outstanding opportunity for talented >>
Construction Underway at Tour Down Under Race Village
The Santos Tour Down Under is almost here with construction starting today on anexpanded Adelaide City Council Tour Village for 2012.Acting Premier John Rau today announced that due to increasing demand the Adelaide CityCouncil Tour Village will be expanded from the southern side of Victoria Square to thenorthern side, which will include an interactive bike expo.Mr Rau said the village, which >>
Win BONT Vaypors on PRV Facebook
With the launch of the world famous Bont shoe line in New Zealand Nationwide distributor is fitting one lucky Facebooker to a free pair of top of the line Vaypors as used by Thor Hushovd. All you have to do is visit the PRV facebook page and click like too add. Bont is the only manufacturer of anatomical fitting cycle shoes, elimination pronation and supernation of the foot whilst locking in >>
Cycle Classic Gets a Taste of Tour de France with Bertogliati
Swiss Rubens Bertogliati will be the centre of attention when the Team Type 1 Sanofi road team arrives in Auckland on January 21 for the New Zealand Cycle Classic in the Manawatu.Race director Jorge Sandoval has long wanted to have a rider in the classic with a strong connection to the sport's biggest race, the Tour de France, and approaching 25 years of running the event he now has that in >>
SUBWAY Announce Exciting Roster for 2012
SUBWAY Pro Cycling has announced its team line up for 2012 which includes a strong mix of youth and experience. Returning to the elite team are Westley Gough, Pete Latham, Paul Odlin, Sam Horgan, Ian Smallman, Nick Lovegrove, Matt Gorter and Dillion Bennett. New signings are Scott Creighton and Simon Binney. Also joining SUBWAY Pro Cycling as development riders are leading New Zealand >>
More International Pro Teams Announced For NZ Cycle Classic 2012
Australian team Genesys Wealth Advisers to arrive early.Australian UCI Professional team, Genesys Wealth Advisers, has signposted its intentions by deciding to arrive six days early for the New Zealand Cycle Classic around the Manawatu from January 25 to 29.It will enable the riders to become fully familiar with the terrain with the classic's 25th edition touring the Manawatu for the first >>
Taupo Cyclethon Under Audit
This week, the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge Trustees received a 136 page audit report on the event, carried out by an independent auditor and are currently reviewing the findings. The alleged misconduct by the former Event Director concerning spot prizes was investigated as part of the audit and was substantiated. The report also includes a number of recommendations around governance and >>
Henderson Part of Powerful Lotto-Belisol Squad for TDU
Kiwi fastman Greg Henderson has been named as part of the powerful Lotto-Belisol squad for the Tour Down Under. The squad which has been formed largely from the ashes of the Omega Pharma Lotto formation will bring two time winner Andre Greipel who will be hunting for a record third victory. Henderson will form part of the leadout train for the giant German along with Australian Adam Hansen.  >>
PureBlack Racing on Brink of Collapse
PureBlack Racing announced today it is increasingly likely it will be unable to pursue plans to race internationally in 2012 due to the lack of sponsorship funding available. "Tough economic conditions combined with the impact of the Rugby World Cup and the Christchurch disaster have made it a really tough year to raise funding for emerging sports like cycling and international programmes >>
Roulston & Sergent Commence 2012 Season at TDU
Two of New Zealand's professionals aboard the Radioshack-Nissan-Trek freight train get to commence their World Tour seasons early at the Tour Down Under. NZ Champion and 2010 revelation Sergent have both been named in the team line up. "RadioShack-Nissan-Trek has selected an impressive line-up to include a mix of Grand Tour experience and youthful competitiveness in their Santos Tour Down Under >>
Australian UCI Continental Teams to Line up in NZ
The New Zealand Cycle Classic's standing as the country's only UCI registered tour is reflected in the quality of two Australian professional teams entered for next month's 25th edition of the event in the Manawatu.The Australian national team, Jayco-AIS, and Drapac Professional Cycling, both with UCI Continental status, have joined the impressive United States-based Pro Continental team, Team >>
SUBWAY Confirms Sponsorship for 2012
SUBWAY has confirmed its sponsorship of the SUBWAY Pro Cycling team for its seventh year. "We're really thrilled to be supporting the SUBWAY Pro Cycling team for another year, SUBWAY National Marketing Manager David Herrick said. "They've had some incredible team successes >>
Sandoval Secures Big Team for 2012 Classic
Jorge Sandoval's bid to have a team of UCI Professional Continental status in January's men's road cycling Tour of Manawatu has borne fruit."I've been lucky enough to secure my first Pro Continental team, Team Type 1-Sanofi," the race director said yesterday. "It's the first overseas team confirmed for the tour, and the first continental team to come to New Zealand."It's pretty exciting for me >>
Surprise Winners for Festival of Cycling Day One
New Zealand's top cycling teams were expected to dominate day one of the Armstrong Motor Group Festival of Cycling in Christchurch today. But it was several surprise individuals who stole the show. Christchurch awoke to perfect cycling weather this morning as almost 900 riders lined up at Waipara for the opening races of the 2011 Armstrong Motor Group Festival of Cycling. In just seven years >>
Stars Align For This Weekend's Festival of Cycling
A who's-who of New Zealand cycling are in Christchurch this weekend for the prestigious Armstrong Motor Group Festival of Cycling. In just seven years Christchurch's Armstrong Motor Group Festival of Cycling has become one of New Zealand's premier cycling events. But this is also an event providing something for everyone with almost 900 riders of all age and ability taking on a weekend of >>
Taupo Embraced by 9000 Cyclists
Over 9,000 cyclists from around New Zealand and the world 'Faced the Challenge' and rode the 35th Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge in sunny but windy conditions. The Avanti Men's Classic was won comfortably by Michael Torckler from Pure Black Racing in a time of 3:48:53, two minutes ahead of team mate Mike Northey and Joseph Cooper from Wellington. Despite the wind, a great battle >>
Festival of Cycling Heating Up
The line up for next weeks Armstrong Motor Group Festival of Cycling continues to heat up as more and more of New Zealand's top riders have put their hand up for the annual Christchurch event. Held for the first time in 2005, the Armstrong Motor Group Festival of Cycling brings together the many sides of cycling for a weekend long celebration that sees Olympic champions rubbing shoulders with >>
Up and Comers Take on Stars at Festival of Cycling
Held for the first time in 2005, Christchurch's Armstrong Motor Group Festival of Cycling brings together the many sides of cycling for a weekend long celebration that sees Olympic champions rubbing shoulders with recreational riders, kids and keen club cyclists across every cycling option from road to mountain bikes and BMX. Past winners have included world champions Greg Henderson and Katie >>
Odlin Takes Benchmark Final
Paul Odlin from the SUBWAY Pro Cycling team won the final race in the Benchmark Homes Elite Tour series, and the team secured three series titles after the fourth and final round held in North Canterbury yesterday. Odlin rode aggressively from the start of yesterday's 142 kilometre CFO and SWG 7th Oxford Grand Prix race, making the first break of five riders that managed to stay away from >>
SUBWAY Pro Cycling team set to win three titles in Benchmark Series
The SUBWAY Pro Cycling team is set to win three titles after the fourth and final round of the Benchmark Homes Elite Tour is held in North Canterbury on Saturday. The team has dominated the series with a comfortable lead in the teams classification, Sam Horgan leading the individual riders classification and his teammate Tom Hubbard lying second and leading the under 23 competition.  >>
PureBlack Racing Heads South for Festival of Cycling
New Zealand's ground breaking Pure Black Racing are the latest entry for the Armstrong Motor Group Festival of Cycling. Held for the first time in 2005, the Armstrong Motor Group Festival of Cycling brings together the many sides of cycling for a weekend long celebration that sees Olympic champions rubbing shoulders with recreational riders, kids and keen club cyclists across every cycling >>
Landslide Forces Race Route Change
Continued landsides in the Manawatu Gorge has forced race director Jorge Sandoval to dramatically change stage two in the New Zealand Cycle Classic Tour of Manawatu from January 25-29, 2012.With the gorge closed, traffic now diverted over the Saddle Road, and uncertainty over when the gorge will be open, Sandoval has had to scrap plans to use the road as a key part of the stage on January 26. To >>
And Bennett Makes Four
Kiwi cyclist George Bennett joins the elite ranks of cycling next year as he embarks on a journey into the World Tour with the star studded Radioshack Nissan - Trek team. In a move that Bennett himself says came a year earlier than expected the neo pro will line up with such notaries as the Schleck brothers and Fabian Cancellara. Bennett's biggest result of 2011 came in the Ronde de l'Isard >>
BikeNZ Stage Omnium Coaching Workshops
BikeNZ is getting back to the grassroots, (or concrete tracks) with Omnium Coaching Workshops designed to develop the capabilities of riders and coaches alike. Junior riders and regional coaches will have the opportunity to engage with and learn from BikeNZ High Performance Coaches Stuart MacDonald and Ross Machejefski in eight workshops across the country in November and December. With the >>
Atkins Makes Southland Tour History
Christchurch teenager Josh Atkins has etched his name in the history books as the youngest rider to be crowned the 2011 PowerNet Tour of Southland champion. Atkins and his PowerNet team of young guns Tom Scully, Shane Archbold, Myron Simpson, Alex Frame and Cam Karwowski did a sublime job of controlling the Tour's final stanza from Winton to Invercargill today, shutting down numerous attempts >>
Solo effort earns stage win for Gudsell
An utterly courageous effort by Pure Black Racing's Tim Gudsell not only earned him an impressive stage win but thrust him into contention for the 2011 PowerNet Tour of Southland crown. Heading into today's the 167km stage from Invercargill to Gore, the Te Awamutu rider was 2min 21sec off the pace in 9th place overall but now trails PowerNet's Josh Atkins by just 1min 5sec in the yellow >>
Young Gun Snatches PowerNet Tour Lead
The PowerNet Tour of Southland was blown wide open today following the withdrawal of leading contender Hayden Roulston. Suffering from kidney stones, the Ashburton rider was forced to relinquish the coveted yellow jersey just 30km into the 179km stage from Te Anau to the Crown Range. His father, Brian, said Roulston was "devastated". "He's a bit dejected at the moment but he'll live >>
Roulston Stays in Yellow - Just!
Defending champion Hayden Roulston's grip on the 2011 PowerNet Tour of Southland yellow jersey has been shaved to just six seconds and he's not fazed one bit. The Ashburton rider finished 1min 27sec behind stage winner Alex Meenhorst, of Auckland, in the 100km stage four trek from Tuatapere to Te Anau today. "I'm pretty happy to be still in yellow but I wouldn't have been disappointed >>
Roulston Reclaims PowerNet Yellow Jersey With Style
Hayden Roulston's foot remains firmly planted on the accelerator in his PowerNet Tour of Southland quest, dubbed "the drive for five". The Calder Stewart rider powered to just his second Bluff Hill Climb victory in 10 Tour appearances today, effectively laying down the gauntlet for the rest of the field and reclaiming the yellow jersey from team-mate Jeremy Vennell, of Hastings. "I'm >>
Vennell Takes Over PowerNet Tour of Southland Lead
Dominating the sprint finish in stage one of the 2011 PowerNet Tour of Southland saw Ascot Park Hotel's Clinton Avery avenge a "one inch loss" he suffered last year. After enduring 160km of energy-sapping crosswinds, the Rotorua rider held off a strong challenge from the chasing group to claim the win in Lumsden. "Long, hard, miserable that pretty much sums up that stage," he said. >>
Roulston Claims First Blood in PowerNet Tour of Southland
Hayden Roulston launched his quest for a fifth PowerNet Tour of Southland title in commanding fashion today. Propelled by his Calder Stewart team-mates, Roulston secured the yellow jersey after the opening 4km team time trial at Queens Park in Invercargill with a time of 4min 38sec nearly four seconds faster than the PowerNet team. "The goal was to win and we did that so that's one to >>
Yates Takes The Title as Favourite for K2
Road cycling is often referred to as "the new golf" and in the last decade Coromandel's 200k K2 has become known as the country's toughest course. With over 40k and 2300 vertical metres of climbing, the K2 combines the rigours of European cycling with New Zealand's supreme surroundings to produce a challenge that is a favourite amongst elite and recreational cyclists alike. Past winners have >>
Roulston Signs Radioshack Nissan-Trek Contract
Kiwi big hitter Hayden Roulston has lifted the lid on the team he will pedal his 2012 season for with the Cantabrian announcing his signing for the Radioshack Nissan - Trek team. Roulston will team up with his former Team manager Johan Bruyneel whom he rode for under the Discovery Channel >>
Geox Withdraws from Cycling
Geox confirms the end of its sponsorship agreement with the professional cycling team leaded by Mauro Gianetti at the end of the current season. After a year of experience in professional cycling, the company considers its presence in this sport not strategic anymore. Geox wants to thank Mauro Gianetti for his work with the team, that reached its peak with the Vuelta a Espana >>
Roulston Signs on for World Tour 2012
New Zealand's double Olympic medallist Hayden Roulston has signed on with a World Tour team in Europe for next season after much speculation the giant of Canterbury was to ride the season in BikeNZ colors in order to carry out his unfinished business at the Olympic games on the track. Roulston one of the best opportunists in the sport came close to victory on a number of occasions in the Pro >>
Vennell Renews as Bissell Announces 2012 Roster
After its best season as the No. 1 team in the NRC, the BISSELL Pro Cycling Team is bringing back its core roster for 2012 and will be adding U23 powerhouses Chris Barton and Carter Jones. The team will continue its fifth season with BISSELL Homecare Inc. as title sponsor. Additionally, Glen Mitchell will return as team manager and Omer Kem as team director. BISSELL will have strong >>
Hamilton BHS and St Cuthberts School Dominate Schools Team Time Trial
Hamilton Boys' High School domination of the team trial event was complete when they won the U20 men's team time trial for a second time in 2011 at the North Island Secondary Schools cycling competition in Levin on 8 Oct. The win also handed them the coveted Sir Bernard Fergusson Trophy to the School's extensive sporting trophy cabinet. Scott Creighton, a member of the Pure Black development >>
Odlin Hopes to Take Top Step
SUBWAY Pro Cycling's Paul Odlin hopes to go one better than the second place he finished in last year's Christchurch to Akaroa event, Le Race, being held on Saturday. Odlin was two minutes behind Michael Vink who set a new course record of two hours and thirty seven minutes, and is joined by SUBWAY Pro Cycling team mates Matt Gorter, Sam Horgan, Tom Hubbard and Nick Lovegrove in the tough >>
Tour de France Route 2012 Leaked
For a few brief minutes the official Tour de France site mistakingly posted the 2012 race route well ahead of the official presentation. With officials back tracking and not being able to either confirm or deny the route cycling fans are able to deliberate over whom the course favors for the upcoming edition. With two reasonable time trials 38km and 52km the Schecks had better >>
Ellis Takes Woman's Lead in Benchmark Tour
New Zealand representative Lauren Ellis from the Warmup Pushbikes Cycling Team won the third round of the woman's Benchmark Homes elite cycling tour held in North Canterbury on Saturday, collecting the tour leader's jersey in the process. Ellis, a World Championship Silver Medallist and Commonwealth Games medallist on the track, won round two of the series in Timaru, rode strongly to make >>
Archbold Adds to His Benchmark Homes Tally
Track star Shane Archbold proved he could foot it with the best on the road when he won the 5th Parry Field Lawyers Open, Round Three of the Benchmark Homes Elite Cycling Series in Cust yesterday. Archbold (Reiker Cycles) slipped away from the peloton in a break of 11 riders in the first half of the 140 km race. The break included top contenders under 23 national road champion Michael Vink >>
PureBlack Racing to Tackle Jayco Herald Sun Tour
PureBlack Racing have been invited to race in the Jayco Herald Sun Tour a UCI 2HC race in Melbourne on 12-16 October. The PureBlack Racing team of Tim Gudsell, Glen Chadwick, Roman Van Uden, Mike Northey, James Williamson and Shem Rodger are one of 18 teams contesting the race this year. "The Jayco Herald Sun Tour is one of the highest UCI classification events we'll do this year. It's a >>
Dean Confirms GreenEdge Transfer
The undisputed hardman of New Zealand cycling Julian Dean has made public his confirmation of his move away from the Garmin Cervelo Team and to the fledgling Australian GreenEdge outfit. Dean one of the pioneers from the Garmin team has enjoyed some of his best years on the American team and now becomes a pioneer on the first team from Downunder that aims to secure a World Tour licience in >>
Barry Takes Centenial Victory for PureBlack Racing
Dan Barry has won Taranaki's Round the Mountain race in its centennial year. The win at the cycling classic is a continuation of the strong form PureBlack Racing demonstrated in their debut season in the US this year. While the team returned seven weeks ago the race was only the second back on home soil for the team. Last week PureBlack Racing secured all the podium spots and six of the top >>
SUBWAY Aim To Repeat Victory in Taranaki
The SUBWAY Pro Cycling team is looking to repeat Nick Lovegrove's win last year when it lines up in Saturday's Round the Mountain Classic in Taranaki. Lovegrove had his biggest win in SUBWAY Pro Cycling team colours last year when he won the event and SUBWAY Pro Cycling General Manager Hayden Godfrey says the team will have to use their efforts sparingly to record a similar result this >>
PureBlack Racing Clean Sweep Taupo - Napier Podium
PureBlack Racing secured all the podium spots in the Taupo to Napier race yesterday, the first race since the end of their US season six weeks ago, with Tim Gudsell winning in a sprint finish from team mate Mike Torckler and Dan Barry taking third. PureBlack Racing took six of the top ten spots with Mike Northey in 4th place, Mark Langlands in 6th and Taylor Gunman in 7th place to complete a >>
Subway Pros Enter Taupo - Napier Classic
Westley Gough, Pete Latham, Nick Lovegrove and Tom Hubbard will be looking to make their mark for the SUBWAY Pro Cycling team for Saturday's twenty first running of the Taupo Napier Classic road race. The race is notorious of being a tough ride with long hard climbs, technical descents and energy sapping flats before finishing in Napier. Hubbard had his best result in SUBWAY Pro >>
Richmond USA to Host 2015 World's
USA Cycling is proud to announce that Richmond, Virginia was selected to host the 2015 UCI Road World Championships. The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), competitive cycling's international governing body, selected Richmond today following a competitive bid process that included the country of Oman. It will be the first time the UCI Road World Championships will be held in the U.S. since >>
New Zealand's Best at Their Best
Kiwi riders Jack Bauer and Julian Dean are in top shape for this week's world championships after solid performances in the Tour of Britain that finished in London this morning. Bauer (Endura Racing) was an excellent 17th in the individual time trial in the morning before finishing in the peloton in the final 80km criterium in central London with Dean safely in the pack as a sudden >>
Christchurch Receive Welcome Home Event for 2012
The people of Christchurch were given a major boost today with the news that the garden city will host the official Welcome Home Event of the New Zealand Olympic Team after the London Olympic Games next year. Olympic athletes Alison Shanks (cycling), Valerie Adams (athletics) and Mahe Drysdale (rowing) have already pledged their support. Christchurch athletes are also right >>
NZ Fastmen Headline Team for World's
Seven-time Tour de France cyclist Julian Dean will spearhead a small but potent team in this month's UCI Road World Championships in Denmark. Dean (Garmin Cervelo) will be joined by fellow Pro Tour rider Greg Henderson (Team Sky) and Jack Bauer (Endura Racing) to form the three-strong men's team for the world championships in Copenhagen on 21-25 September. Radioshack's Jesse Sergent >>
Tour of Britain Stage 2 Cancelled
A joint decision has been taken by Tour of Britain organisers, in conjunction with teams and riders, officials and police that Stage Two of The Tour of Britain, from Kendal to Blackpool will not take place in light of the extremely high winds in the Northwest of England. Explaining the decision, Tour of Britain Race Director Mick Bennett said; "In my thirty years of organising cycling >>
Cavendish Roars To Tour of Britain Stage Win
Tour de France sprint star Mark Cavendish took victory on his return to The Tour of Britain after four years away, sprinting to victory at Whitesands in Dumfries. Cavendish led home teammate Mark Renshaw for a HTC Highroad one-two, with Rabobank's Theo Bos coming third on the opening stage of The Tour of Britain, the UK's biggest professional cycle race. Thanks to his victory, Cavendish >>
Tom Hubbard Takes Two From Two
SUBWAY Pro Cycling's Tom Hubbard made it two from two with a win in the second round of the Benchmark Homes Tour in Timaru today, and dedicated the result to his grandfather who recently passed away. SUBWAY Pro Cycling's Sam Horgan won the opening race in Nelson and the SUBWAY Pro Cycling team was focused on keeping the tour series leader's jersey and its lead in the team's >>
Cobo and Geox Face Final Day Before Vuelta Glory
The defence by GEOX-TMC worked and now there's one less day to go to Madrid. A historic day that saw the Vuelta return to the Basque region after many years culminated with the triumph of Igor Anton, who won the stage in the heart of Bilbao, and with Juanjo Cobo holding on to the red jersey at the head of the classification. The "Bison from la Pesa" had no problem defending his lead the entire >>
Kiesanowski Solos to Second Place in St Louis
Joanne Kiesanowski used a potent combination of power and intelligence to finish 2nd overall in the four-race Gateway Cup series in St. Louis over Labor Day weekend. Racing without teammates, the New Zealander racked up consecutive 2nd places in the first three races en route to her 2nd overall finish. "It's a bit harder when you're on your own," she said. "You have to be really smart and >>
SUBWAY Vow To Defend Benchmark Homes Tour Lead
The SUBWAY Pro Cycling team is focused on defending its lead in round two of the Benchmark Homes Tour in Timaru on Sunday. SUBWAY Pro Cycling's Sam Horgan won the opening race in Nelson ahead of team mate Ian Smallman and with SUBWAY Pro Cycling team riders also filling fifth, sixth and seventh positions, the team comfortably won the teams classification. "The first round's >>
Cooper Blasts to Silver at World Mountainbike Championships
Woodend's Anton Cooper made New Zealand proud today with a storming silver medal at the UCI World Mountainbike Championships in Champery, Switzerland. The Junior Mens Cross Country race lined up with 98 starters, and Cooper in the middle of the front row for five hard laps of the super technical course at the Grand Paradis event venue. 17 year old Cooper got away to a clear start, but found >>
Tour of Wellington Moves to Manawatu for 2012
For the first time in its 25 year history the UCI Men's Cycle Classic Tour will be held in the Manawatu. Formerly the Tour of Wellington, the five day event will be renamed the New Zealand Cycle Classic and is scheduled for 25-29 January 2012. Race director, Jorge Sandoval says he is looking forward to reviving the Cycle Classic thanks to the support of Palmerston North City Council and Sport >>
Kiesanowski Comes Close in Thater
Joanne Kiesanowski of Team TIBCO/To the Top narrowly missed out on the victory at the Chris Thater Memorial in Binghampton, New York this past weekend. The 2nd place finish to Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Colavita) provided a strong close to the Team's North American program."The girls rode one of their best races of the season," said Team Directeur Sportif/Manager Lisa Hunt. "We wanted to be aggressive >>
Voigt Leads Leopard for Tour of GB
Treble Tour de France stage winner Jens Voigt will lead the Leopard Trek team in this September's Tour of Britain, in a six rider line which also includes 2006 Tour of Britain winner Martin Pedersen. Riding alongside Leopard Trek in the 96 rider peloton will be fellow UCI World Tour team Rabobank, whose star studded line-up includes Olympic Silver medalist and five time World Track Champion >>
NZ's Cycling Festival Finds New Home Following Earthquake
On the first weekend of December every year the Armstrong Motor Group Festival of Cycling confirms Christchurch as the epicentre of New Zealand cycling. But in 2011 the annual event finds itself with the same earthquake woes shared by the rest of the region. Following the February quake, the traditional Festival of Cycling venues and routes have been unusable. But to ensure the longevity and >>
Profile Design Gain UCI Certification for Wheel Range
2011 saw triathlon aerodymic accessory company Profile Design release it's range of Carbon race wheels onto the international market. With triathletes quick to pick up on the race benefits of the real world tested designs that were first developed utilising Computational Fluid Dynamic technology the focus has now turned to allow road racers to enjoy the benefits too. This week saw the >>
White Goes on Long Haul in Colorado
On a stage sponsored by the Team's title sponsor, the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team's Brad White (USA) earned "Most Aggressive Rider" honors earlier today following his massive effort in Stage One of the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, the peloton's first test in the high altitude of the Colorado Rockies. White, along with South Africa's Jay Thompson of Team Bissell, spent 134km of the nearly >>
UnitedHealthcare Start Strong in Colorado
Robert Frster rocketed through the 5-mile course earlier today at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge's Opening Prologue in Colorado Springs, Colorado, enabling the fearless sprinter to finish fourth on the day behind winner Patrick Gretsch (GER) of HTC who won the Prologue in a time of 8:27. Runner-up Christian Vandevelde (USA) of Team Garmin-Cervelo, and third place finisher Brent Bookwalter (USA) >>
Williamson Medals for NZ in Moscow Worlds
Alexandra's Sophie Williamson added to New Zealand's medal haul on the second night of finals at the UCI Junior World Track Cycling Championships in Moscow today. Williamson showed plenty of nous to finish third in the 20km points race on the big Moscow track, picking up points in five of the 10 sprints. Italy's Maria Giulia Confalonieri proved the class of the race, eventually lapping the >>
Kiwi Juniors Secure Two Medals in Moscow
The New Zealand team has secured two medals in a brilliant start to their campaign at the UCI Junior World Track Championships in Moscow this morning (NZ time). The Auckland pairing of Stephanie McKenzie and Paige Paterson secured their medal in the ride-off for bronze in the team sprint. It was the second medal for McKenzie who won silver in last year's world championships in Italy when paired >>
Cavendish Takes Victory in London Classic
Mark Cavendish (GBR) took the sprint victory in the London-Surrey Cycle Classic on The Mall in London on Sunday. American Tyler Farrar (Wenatchee, Wash./Garmin-Cervelo) finished 87th after getting caught up in crash with less than three kilometers remaining. "I came here to try and win," said Farrar. "It wanted to do this sprint for the win to get a feel for it. It is a pity, but that is >>
Van Uden Takes Another Title
Roman van Uden of PureBlack Racing has won the XO Communications Sprint Jersey at the 2011 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. PureBlack Racing displayed their aggressive attitude again, which has seen van Uden in most breaks in the tour, in today's 171.6km fifth and final Stage. The PureBlack Racing team dominated much of the early action allowing van Uden to take the first and second intermediate >>
Horgan & SUBWAY Dominate Benchmark Opener
Sam Horgan had his biggest win racing for the SUBWAY Pro Cycling team as the team dominated the opening round of the Benchmark Homes Tour near Nelson on Saturday. Horgan won the 130 kilometre race in three hours, twelve minutes and sixteen seconds, 14 seconds ahead of team mate Ian Smallman. SUBWAY Pro Cycling team riders also filled fifth, sixth and seventh positions resulting in the >>
Sergent Takes First World Tour Win
Starting in the first hour of racing at the Eneco Tour on Friday proved to be just the ticket for Team RadioShack's Jesse Sergent who stormed the 14.7km/9.1mi course in Roermond, Netherlands to take his third win of the season. Sergent (23) rode the technical course in mostly dry conditions to post an early time to beat that held up throughout the stage. An untimely flat yesterday was bad luck >>
Bauer Takes Impressive Stage Win in Utah
Jack Bauer surprised the sprinters at the end of the Tour of Utah's second stage in Provo today as he jumped clear with 500m to go and powered all the way to the line. Jack's attack opened up a clear gap in just a few pedal strokes and Elia Viviani (Liquigas Cannondale) and Jake Keough (UnitedHealthcare) were unable able to catch the charging Kiwi at the end of the 160km stage. Bauer's win >>
Van Uden Goes Off The Front in Utah
PureBlack Racing's Roman van Uden made his presence felt in stage one of the UCI 2.1 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah today spending much of the race in the break-away and collecting all the intermediate sprint points on offer. Van Uden was the instigator of the early break at the start of the 187km course, which took in three laps of Ogden Pass with 2500 metres of climbing up to an altitude of just >>
PureBlack End US Season in Utah
PureBlack Racing started its biggest tour yet as the Tour of Utah kicked off with a 2km uphill prologue that ran uphill alongside the Bob-sleigh track at Olympic Park the site of the 2002 Winter Games. Roman Van Uden who finished in the teams best time of 4mins and 28secs to finish in 33rd place and 23 seconds behind the winner provided the following insights on the days racing. "Today was >>
Gough Gets Going
SUBWAY Pro Cycling's Westley Gough did the black and white National time trial champion colours proud making the podium in the prologue today at the Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove in the United States. The Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove is a three day UCI 2.2 tour event featuring 15 professional teams, including Bissell Pro Cycling, V Australia, United Heathcare and the Jelly Belly >>
PureBlack Look Forward to Tour of Utah
PureBlack Racing's strong performance in their debut US season has earned them an invitation to next week's 2011 Tour of Utah. Deemed America's Toughest Stage Race, The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah will be the final race for PureBlack Racing in the US this year. The 409 mile race, a UCI 2.1 sanctioned stage race for the best professional cyclists in the world, runs August 9-14. "This is our >>
Gough To Line up in NZ Colors in USA
SUBWAY Pro Cycling's Westley Gough will wear his black and white National time trial champion colours for the first time when the team races its last North American event this week. Starting on Friday in the greater Chicago area, The Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove is a three day UCI 2.2 tour event featuring 15 professional teams, including Bissell Pro Cycling, V Australia, United >>
Europcar Boss Praises His Riders Post Tour de France
On the completion of an extraordinary Tour de France for Team Europcar, Jean-Ren Bernaudeau said a few words of thanks about each of the riders in his team. For him it's clear that the whole team, without exception, has been exceptional in their team effort and individual performances. Thomas Voeckler: "Everything has already been said about his Tour which was quite simply extraordinary. He >>
A-Ray Gets the Win for PureBlack Racing
While PureBlack Racing's Pro team is taking the US racing scene by storm their Development team have made their mark in their first Australian Tour, the Tour of Gippsland, with Alex Ray winning the Most Aggressive Rider jersey. Ray also recorded PureBlack Racing's first ever win on Australian soil winning yesterday's stage. The five day Tour of Gippsland, which covers 520km over nine stages, had >>
PureBlacks Shem Rodger Takes His First USA Podium
PureBlack Racing's Shem Rodger has finished third in the final stage of the Cascade Cycling Classic in Oregon. Rodger got away in a break of nine to take his first podium in the US this season in the five lap Circuit race. Despite a fast and furious start it wasn't till the beginning of the fourth lap that a break including Rodger finally got away. The break quickly extended their lead out >>
Christchurch Gets Boost of Elite Nationals Thru 2015
Christchurch city has been given a confidence boost with BikeNZ awarding the Elite Road National Championship to the city for another three years from 2013. The RaboDirect Elite Road National Championships, New Zealand's premier road cycling event, have been held in Christchurch since 2010 as part of a three year allocation. The event attracts New Zealand's top road cyclists as they >>
Rolland Takes Gigantic Win for France
Pierre Rolland sensationally won stage 19 of the Tour de France at Alpe d'Huez to take the white jersey and move into the top ten in the GC. But it was a hard day for Thomas Voeckler who lost his yellow jersey after 10 fabulous days in the race lead - despite yet another brave effort. What more can we write about this exceptional Europcar team on this thrilling Tour de France? Having held the >>
The Day Andy Conquered the Galibier
The brothers Schleck stamped their mark on the Tour de France by finishing an incredible one-two on the Queen Stage of the 2011 Tour de France. Andy Schleck soloed to victory atop the Galibier in a magnificent display of strength and defiance. Sixty kilometers from the mountaintop finish, Andy broke away from the other race favorites on Col d'Izoard and stayed away to the line. "I like to have >>
Boasson Hagen Makes it Two
The 24-year-old Norwegian, runner-up to compatriot Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) 24 hours earlier, worked himself into a 14-man escape group on the 179-kilometre route as the Tour headed into Italy. Boasson Hagen, who sprinted to victory on stage six for Team Sky's first Tour stage success, underlined his climbing talents this time when he made the decisive attack on the day's final ascent >>
Hushovd Makes it Two - Contador Makes Gains on First Day in Alps
Whilst Norwegian Thor Hushovd was nailing out a second stage win in this years Tour Alberto Contador showed his rivals that they would be wise not to bury him yet after a slow start to the race. The Spaniard let rip with an attack along with Australian Cadel Evans on the Col de Manse and pushed it so hard on the descent into Gap they put a cool 1:06 into Andy Schleck and 18 secs into brother >>
Cav Does It Again
Mark Cavendish ramped his tally of wins in this years Tour de France up to four with a text book victory into Montpellier. Taking his career total to 19 in just four editions of the race is mind boggling for his rivals who bank everything on taking a single victory in the event. After a slow start to the race for the Manxman he looks to be on target for equalling his record at five wins in a >>
Atlantis Healthcare Joins PureBlack Racing
Today PureBlack Racing announced that Atlantis Healthcare, one of New Zealand's most successful international companies, has joined the team as a Foundation Sponsor. "This is a very exciting partnership for us and we're delighted Atlantis Healthcare is part of the PureBlack Racing team. When we launched the team we were determined to provide New Zealand companies competing on the world >>
Vandendert Shows His Promise With Stage Win
The last Pyrenean stage was by far the hardest. The 168.5 km from Saint-Gaudens to Plateau de Beille. included Col de Portet d'Aspet (2nd cat.), Col de la Core (1st cat.), col de Latrape (2nd cat.), col d'Agnes (1st cat.), Port de Lers (3rd cat.) and t he ascent to Plateau de Beille (out of cat.). In spite of the heavy programme, a 24-wheel break took off after several attacks. They passed >>
Gorter Takes Podium Finish in USA
SUBWAY Pro Cycling's Matt Gorter had a podium finish in the 100 kilometre South Shore Classic in Wisconsin in the United States on Friday. The pro race was the ninth event in the 43rd annual International Cycling Classic Superweek Pro Tour, a 17 day series of international races in Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. Gorter, from Hamilton, was second with an average speed of 46 kilometres >>
Hushovd Impresses All Into Lourdes
Champion of the World Thor Hushovd impressed everyone today as he took a magnificent victory in to Lourdes after a 158km journey through the Pyrenees. The Norwegian more known for hi sprinting prowess went on the attack early with nine others including the instigator Jeremy Roy (FDJ)Maarten Tjallingii (Rabobank), Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervlo), Dmitriy Fofonov (Astana), Edvald Boasson Hagen >>
Sanchez Wins But Frank Schleck Gains
If today was considered the first true test for the overall contenders, LEOPARD TREK passed with flying colors. Using the entire team to set a blistering pace up the Col du Tourmalet, Joost Posthuma, Fabian Cancellara, Stuart O'Grady, Linus Gerdemann, Maxime Monfort and Jens Voigt forced a selection on the hors categorie climb to set up the Schleck brothers to assert their authority on Luz >>
Cavendish Strikes Back
You can't expect to steal the Manx mans thunder two days in a row and that is exactly what happened for the giant German sprinter Andre Greipel who pulled off his surprise win yesterday. Mark Cavendish was back to his most organized and had his team well drilled in the finale outpacing the Garmin lead-out of Tyler Farrar. But the stage victory against Greipel wasn't where it stopped for Cav on >>
Greipel The Great Puts One Into Cav
The mountains may be looming in the Tour de France as Thursdays showdown on the high roads nears but today saw the opportunity for a showdown between other great rivals of the Tour on the transitional stage. Andre Greipel bagged his first win at the Tour but perhaps making it even sweeter was the the fact he put his old team mate Mark Cavendish to the sword and proved to the world of ycling that >>
Voeckler Takes Emotional Yellow Jersey
Seven years after wearing the fabled maillot jaune for 10 days in 2004, Thomas Voeckler is once again on the summit of the Tour de France. While the former national champion did not have the legs to take the stage victory in Saint-Flour, he was rewarded for his hard work and dedication with one of the most highly sought-after prizes in cycling: the yellow jersey. The Team Europcar >>
Costa Brings Celebration to Movistar Team
Portuguese rider Rui Costa has won the eighth stage of the Tour de France in style after a 180k breakaway to Super-Besse and has recorded the first ever Movistar Team victory in cycling's most important event in the world, 18th success of the season for the "telephone squad." Overcoming all possible difficulties in a season marked by tragedy with the death of team mate Xavi Tondo and >>
Barry Makes it Three for PureBlack Racing
PureBlack Racing's Dann Barry has won the third stage in the 2011 Tour de Toona in Pennsylvania completing a unique treble for the team as the third PureBlack Racing rider in three days to win a stage. Roman van Uden won the tour opener and Scott Lyttle triumphed in the second stage and is the tour leader going into the fourth and final day of the tour. Barry triumphed in the 150km road race, >>
Cavendish Shows His Class
The fiery Mark Cavendish has taken his second stage of this years Tour de France into the town of Chteauroux, the site of his first Tour victory in 2008. His HTC team mates knew the significance of leader winning today and rallied around him providing the Manxman with an unrivaled lead out to the finish line. Coming home in second place was Italian legend Alessandro Petacchi, showing that >>
Van Uden Does it Again for PureBlack Racing
PureBlack Racing's Roman van Uden has won the opening-day in the 2011 Tour de Toona - the Altoona Sunset Individual Time Trial in Pennsylvania. The team made their mark in spectacular fashion on the first day of the four day stage race with a further five PureBlack Racing riders posting top-ten times in the 4.2km Time Trial. 22-year old van Uden won the Time Trial finishing in 5 minutes, 5 >>
Lyttle Strikes Again For PureBlack Racing
PureBlack Racing's Scott Lyttle has taken the lead in the 2011 Tour de Toona after winning the second stage in the four-day tour. The 117km road race, with a mountain top finish at the end of an 8km climb, was perfectly suited to Lyttle an expert climber. Lyttle's success follows that of team mate Roman van Uden who was riding in the yellow leader jersey today after winning the tour opener Time >>
Manx Missile Fires on Stage Five
Britain's Mark Cavendish has claimed his first stage win of the 2011 Tour, the 16th of his career in cycling's biggest bike race. Cavendish's victory, his fifth of 2011, came in a hotly disputed bunch sprint at the end of stage five from Carhaix to Cap Frehel ahead of Belgium's Philippe Gilbert and Spain's Jose Joaquin Rojas."I'm just passionate about my sport, I love to win and the team gave it >>
Evans and Contador Start Showdown Early
The spectators of the Tour de France in Brittany were treated to a special sight yesterday as two of the biggest names in the Tour battled it out for line honors up the Mur de Bretagne, with the Tour still some days away from the Spaniards beloved mountain terrain he saw this as no obstacle as he attempted to rip the field apart mid way up the 10 percent gradient. His acceleration was enough to >>
Farrar Repeats the Magic for Team Garmin
Team Garmin Cervelo's Tyler Farrar has kept the magic coming for his American team in taking his first individual stage victory in the Tour de France. Always the gracious team mate Farrar was quick to point out that the win belonged to the team and in particular Yellow jersey wearer and World Champion Thor Hushovd and New Zealand's own superstar of cycling Julian Dean, with the pair ensuring >>
Garmin Take Much Awaited Victory at Le Tour
Team Garmin-Cervelo took a much deserved victory in the decisive 23km team time trial last night in the Tour de France. The event that can weight heavily on the overall result come Paris was a target for all of the top GC squads with the top four on the stage being separated by a mere five seconds.The day belonged to Jonathan Vaughters Garmin team whom came to the event with a victory in sights >>
Gilbert The Great Takes Stage 1 of The Tour de France
Belgian cycling superstar Phillipe Gilbert has continued his unbeaten winning streak from the Ardennes Classics and brought that same dominating form to the Tour de France. The newly crowned Belgian Champion gave his home fans something to cherish as his stormed past Fabian Cancellara 150 metres from the line on the tough uphill finish. Coming home in second place was Gilbert's former team mate >>
Castelli Go Ultralight for Garmin TDF Kit
Slipstream Sports, LLC, today unveiled its limited edition team kit for the 2011 Tour de France, created by its innovative Italian clothing partner, Castelli. The new jersey and shorts retain the distinctive Garmin and Cervlo logos, but reverse white with black on the jersey. The signature Slipstream Sports argyle is prominently displayed. "We're really excited about the Tour de France kit," >>
Dean Saves The Tour for Kiwi Fans
Team Garmin Cervelo were one of the last teams to announce their roster for the 2011 Tour de France keeping Kiwi cycling fans anxious until this morning when they annound the squad. With Greg Henderson and Hayden Roulston not named in their respective teams line ups it was looking grim for the chances of seeing a New Zealander riding le Tour this season. Garmin Cervelo have named one of the >>
HTC Aim For Success on All Fronts at Tour de France - No Roulston for 2011
HTC-HIGHROAD, the number one ranked team in the world, with 46 Grand Tour stage victories and 467 wins in the last 3.5 years, will race for daily stage wins while aiming its developing young GC riders at a Top-10 overall finish in Paris. Bernhard Eisel will act as road captain for the nine rider team and will pilot sprinters Mark Cavendish (GBr) and Matt Goss (AUS), lead-out extraordinaire Mark >>
Henderson Misses on Tour de France Spot
Bradley Wiggins will lead Team Sky at this year's Tour de France after his commanding victory in this months Dauphine. Wiggins who narrowly missed on a podium spot in Paris in 2009 will be backed up by fellow Brits Geraint Thomas and fast finisher Ben Swift. Swift who was going head to head with New Zealand's Greg Henderson for the sprinters position will make his Tour debut no doubt >>
Scoles Takes Italian Cup Win
Matt Scoles wins at Italian Cup, Abertone, Pistoia Alexandra's finest mountainbike export, Matt Scoles won the Abetone round of the Italian Cup on Sunday. The Cingolani-Trek athlete, based in Italy for the second year with his professional team has been a consistent top 20 competitor at this season's World Cup events, and demonstrated his pace and always improving form to demolish the Elite >>
PureBlack's Lyttle Takes Back KOM in Canada
Todays 125km stage was on a circuit course through old Quebec City with 9 laps of a 13.9km course. "The teams day started with a 1.5 hour drive to Quebec City from Beauce to a course which was reminiscent of Philadelphia although obviously a bit shorter" said Carl Williams PureBlack Racings Sporting Director. "Once again thousands and thousands of people lined the course to cheer the teams on >>
Chadwick Solid in Beauce TT
Todays stage was an individual Time Trial a race against the clock for every single rider in the peloton. After 3 hard road stages this means a switch of gear to Time Trial bikes, aerodynamic disc wheels, skinsuits and aero helmets as everyone looks for that few seconds of improvement. It's a change up from endurance riding to power riding with today's winner local Canadian rider Svein Tuft of >>
PureBlack's Lyttle Retains Yellow Jersey
After yesterday's big win in the Tour de Beauce opener, with Scott Lyttle and Tim Gudsell delivering PureBlack Racing a one-two finish, Lyttle is still in the yellow jersey as the tour leader. After a hard day of racing over 162km of rolling hills Lyttle also retains the King of the Mountain and Sprint jerseys and Gudsell is sitting in second overall on general classification. So for the second >>
Lyttle Takes Huge Victory for PureBlack Racing
Today's victory for PureBlack Racing's Scott Lyttle, in a tough first stage of the Tour de Beauce in Quebec, saw him complete an amazing treble as he won the yellow Tour Leader jersey, King of the Mountain jersey and Sprint jersey. Lyttle led home a breakaway that he had initiated just 15km from the start to win the stage with Tim Gudsell just behind in second place. "It's been an amazing >>
Team SUBWAY Kicks off US Campaign
The SUBWAY Pro Cycling team kicks off its North American campaign next week with the Tour of America's Dairyland. Matt Gorter, Dillion Bennett and Tom Hubbard will fly the SUBWAY Pro Cycling team colours in the 11 day event that starts on Thursday in Wisconsin. The three riders will be joined by Jason Allan, Sam Horgan and Westley Gough next month for Speedweek, America's longest >>
Crosby Takes Two For PureBlack
PureBlack Racing's Louis Crosby has notched up two second places after four days of racing in the 2011 Mt. Hood Cycling Classic in Oregon. Crosby's efforts earned him 9th overall on General Classification for the tour. Crosby earned his first second place on the first stage of the tour over a challenging 136km course which provided the riders with the first climbing opportunities of the >>
Dawkins Returns Home For Recovery
Injury has cut short the European training campaign for Commonwealth Games cycling medallist Eddie Dawkins. The big Southland sprinter has not responded sufficiently to treatment following a crash at a meet in Tula near Moscow last week. Dawkins is part of the BikeNZ sprint team that are training and competing in Europe for eight weeks, along with Aucklanders Sam Webster and Ethan >>
Henderson Close to Victory on Day One in Luxembourg
Team Sky produced a storming display on the first stage of the Tour de Luxembourg and claimed four of the top six positions after Denis Galimzyanov had snatched a narrow sprint victory in Bascharage. The squad pitched in to help bring the day's breakaway back inside the final four kilometres and then hit the front with a vengeance as the action neared its conclusion. And although it >>
Gudsell Takes Big Win for Pure Black Racing
Today Tim Gudsell of PureBlack Racing secured his first United States win in America's oldest major bicycle race the Kugler-Anderson Memorial Tour of Somerville. Gudsell's victory in the 50-mile Criterium, known as the "Kentucky Derby of Cycling", which fell on Memorial Day in the US marks a great start to summer for PureBlack Racing. "With a massive field of riders and a massive crowd, >>
Archbold & Gate Victorious in Ireland
Young New Zealand cyclists Shane Archbold and Aaron Gate have claimed two jerseys at the An Post Ras Tour of Ireland that finished in the seaside town of Skerries near Dublin today. Archbold (Timaru), the world track silver medallist, took out the sprinter's points competition while Aaron Gate (Auckland) won the honour of the tour's best under-23 rider. The BikeNZ under-23 team >>
Archbold Challenges for Tour Lead
It was a case of nearly but not quite for New Zealand cyclist Shane Archbold on the penultimate day of the An Post Ras Cycling Tour of Ireland today. The Timaru rider, who briefly claimed the leader's yellow jersey on the road, had been the main aggressor to lead a select bunch on a break that could have catapulted him into the lead in today 161km stage to Kildare, just south of Dublin.  >>
NZ Team Tighten Grip on Classifications in Ras Tour
New Zealand riders Shane Archbold and Aaron Gate have retained their grip on two leader's jerseys with two days remaining in the An Post Ras Cycling Tour of Ireland today. Archbold, 10th in today's 172km sixth stage to Tramore on Ireland's southern coast, has now claimed the outright lead in the sprinters' points jersey while teammate Aaron Gate, 18th in the peloton, remains the clear >>
Hayden Roulston Joins Forces With SBSM Management
With High profile Christchurch Cycle Industry personality Scotty Brown recently forming sports management company SBSM he was on the lookout for a high profile athlete to work with. As far as New Zealand endurance cyclists go they don't get much bigger than National Champion and HTC Professional Hayden Roulston who has joined the team. Hi Scotty tell us a little about where the idea came >>
Gate Claims Lead in U23 Competition in Ras Tour
Auckland cyclist Aaron Gate has claimed the Under-23 leader's jersey after stage three of the Ras Tour of Ireland today. Gate is part of the BikeNZ endurance track squad who are competing on the roads in Europe in preparation for next year's campaign towards the London Olympics. The Delhi Commonwealth Games representative finished in a lead group of eight riders in today's 174km >>
Archbold Pulls on the Yellow
World track silver medallist Shane Archbold has moved into the leader's yellow jersey on the second day of the Ras Tour of Ireland today. The Timaru rider is part of the BikeNZ endurance track squad who are competing extensively on the roads in Europe in preparation for next year's campaign towards the London Olympics. Archbold got himself into a key break with four riders >>
Kiesanowski Heads to Canada for Gatineau Classic
Nearly every rider from Team TIBCO/To the Top will be in action this weekend as the team takes on races in three locations across North America. The action kicks off Thursday with the second Chrono Gatineau, part of Le Grand Prix Cicliste Gatineau in Gatineau, Quebec, just across the Ottawa River from the hometown of Team TIBCO founder Linda Jackson.Team TIBCO will have a six-rider squad for the >>
Henderson Hopes Tour of California Leads to Tour de France Spot
Stage four of the Amgen Tour of California saw Kiwi sprinter Greg Henderson of the British team SKY claim the squads second victory after just three stages with the leadership also shifting to the Kiwi's shoulders from team mate Ben Swift. Swift got pushed off Hendersons wheel in the final stage of the leadout with Hendi having no ideathat his captain his charge had dropped back. "I went >>
New Zealand's Northey Shoots to 3rd in USA NRC Rankings
At the Tour de Grove in St. Louis, Mike Northey (PureBlack Racing) surmounted inclement low temperatures, rain and gusty wind to earn a sprint victory in the men's race on Saturday. The young New Zealander broke ahead of runner-up Jacobe Keough (Sandwich, Mass./UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team p/b Maxxis) and Christian Helmig (Highland Village, Texas/ELBOWZ Racing), who would finish >>
Northey Takes a Step to the Top of the Podium
Mike Northey notched up his first win in America for PureBlack Racing taking out the Tour De Grove's NRC Criterium in St Louis, Missouri this evening (US time). Northey beat a field of over 150 riders from the best teams in America, with many of the top teams including United Healthcare and Team Type 1 fielding squads of specialist Criterium riders. Raced over 75 minutes the Criterium took >>
Kiesanowski Part of Full Power TIBCO Crew at Tour de Grove
Team TIBCO/To the Top heads a little bit north after a strong Joe Martin Stage Race in Arkansas for three days of racing in St. Louis, highlighted by Saturday's NRC race, the Tour de Grove. Team Captain Meredith Miller will be joined by two of her teammates from the SRAM Tour of the Gila, Carlee Taylor and Serena Sheridan, as well as Megan Guarnier and Joanne Kiesanowski."The team had a really >>
BikeNZ Sprint Team Head to Germany
The BikeNZ Sprint team left NZ shores yesterday for Europe. Team coach Justin Grace, accompained by the core of the teams sprinters Sam Webster, Ethan Mitchell, Eddie Dawkins and Simon van Velthooven are heading for the traditional training base of arch rivals Australia in Cottbus Germany. They will race in Germany and Russia over the next month, with the intention of doing a solid block of >>
More Medals for Team SUBWAY
SUBWAY Pro Cycling's Nick Lovegrove (Counties Manukau) and Dillion Bennett (Cycling Southland) picked up bronze medals on the final day of the RaboDirect National Club Championships in Wanganui on Sunday. Lovegrove was involved in an exciting sprint finish in the senior men's elite 154 kilometre road race that saw Counties Manukau rider Matt Sillars inching past Lovegrove in the final metres >>
Pure Black in the Action at Joe Martin
PureBlack Racing are second overall in the team General Classification going into the fourth and final day of the Joe Martin Stage Race in Arkansas after notching up two podiums in two days and a several top ten finishes. Roman van Uden was back on the podium yesterday after taking second place and today Louis Crosby took out third place and the white U23 overall leader jersey. Yesterday Roman >>
Crosby Wins U23 Title in USA
After four days of aggressive riding in the Joe Martin Stage Race in Arkansas, PureBlack Racing has been rewarded with second overall in the team General Classification. After today's 90 minute Criterium, the final stage, Louis Crosby walked away with the white U23 overall leader jersey in his debut professional race. Mike Northey crossed the line fifth in the Criterium today to secure fourth >>
Young Talent Shines Through at Rabobank Club Nationals
The future of New Zealand road cycling looks bright after some outstanding racing at the RaboDirect Club Road National Championship in Wanganui yesterday. The under 19 men proved a race of attrition. From the first climb the tempo set by a dominant group of riders including Fraser Gough (Hawke's Bay), Dion Smith (Auckland), and James Oram (Auckland), all members of the Pure Black Racing's >>
Day Two Wrap at Rabobank Club Nationals
It was a fast but soggy race for the under 17 girls to kick off the second day of racing at the 2011 RaboDirect Club Road National Championships in Wanganui today. Counties Manukau's Devon Hiley broke free of the bunch of the second lap to establish a 20 second gap. She was able to hold this for nearly a lap before being caught. Pegasus riders were aggressive, attacking on lap three but the >>
Contador and Saxo Bank SunGard Focussed for Giro Victory
Tomorrow, Saxo Bank-SunGard will be on the start line for Giro d'Italia with an overall victory as the main objective. Naturally, it increases the pressure on the Danish squad:Kasper Klostergaard explains:"Of course, I'm getting a little excited. Tomorrows team time trial is a rough welcome which I kind of like but I'm the not the expert in this discipline and I do not want to slow down the team. >>
SUBWAY Strike Gold at Club Nationals
SUBWAY Pro Cycling's Sam Horgan won the senior time trial on the opening day of the RaboDirect National Club Championships in Wanganui today. Horgan, from Canterbury's Pegasus Club, won in a time of 52 minutes with an average speed of 46.15 kilometres per hour. Former double Olympian in ice skating and cycling and past national time trial champion Chris Nicholson from Tasman was second, >>
SUBWAY Primed for Club Nationals
Tough recent racing at the Tour de Korea will have four riders from the SUBWAY Pro Cycling primed for performing at this week's RaboDirect National Club Championships that start in Wanganui tomorrow. Matt Gorter, Sam Horgan and Nick Lovegrove all played important roles in helping their SUBWAY Pro Cycling team mate Paul Odlin win the sprinters classification at the gruelling Asian tour >>
Pure Black in the Action at SilverCity
The SilverCity Criterium was a race that heavily featured all 8 of PureBlack Racing's riders with every single one of them taking a turn on the front. The team stood out as the most aggressive team on the day and they continued to establish themselves as crowd favourites in the American racing scene. Right from the start Roman Van Uden made the teams intention clear jumping out to a lead on the >>
United Healthcare Proving Worth in Europe
The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team enjoyed an outstanding performance this afternoon during the double-stage day of the Vuelta a Asturias, as the Blue Train's Robert Frster (GER) and Rory Sutherland (AUS) led the US-based squad to two podium finishes. Frster won Stage 2a, emerging victorious from the 82.9km road race culminating in a bunch sprint finish and giving the first year Pro >>
Kiwis Open Strong at SRAM Tour of Gila
For the third season running a strong Kiwi cycling contingent took to the start line in Gila New Mexico. With Pure Black racing upping the ante with their latest US campaign strong performances were seen by our riders including Pure Black team veteran Glen Chadwick who took 12th on the 151km opening stage finishing atop the brutal Mt Mongollon 10km ascent. Hard on his heels was team mate Scott >>
PureBlack Look To Next Battle at Tour of Gila
PureBlack Racing today announced its starting line-up for the SRAM Tour of Gila in New Mexico which runs 27 April to 1 May. The 8-man team led by Glen Chadwick and Tim Gudsell also includes Daniel Barry, Taylor Gunman, Scott Lyttle, James McCoy, Mike Northey and Roman Van Uden. The 5 days of racing is made up of 3 road stages an individual time trial and a Criterium. The event starts >>
Odlin & SUBWAY Successful in Korea
Paul Odlin from New Zealand's SUBWAY Pro Cycling won the sprinters classification at the Tour de Korea that ended in Seoul today. Odlin's team mates lead him out well on the only sprint on the stage that was a 47 kilometre circuit race that saw the Christchurch rider pick up second to secure the title of the tour's best sprinter. "My team mates did a great job," Odlin said. "They rode >>
SUBWAY & Odlin Two Stages From Clinching Korea Sprinters Title
The SUBWAY Pro Cycling made it through very cold conditions and remains focused on bringing home the sprinters jersey being worn by Paul Odlin. With only two stages of the 10 day tour left SUBWAY Pro Cycling's Odlin leads Nakajima Yasuharu from the Asian Racing Team by two points in the race for the tour's best sprinter. Today's 192 kilometre stage seven had three mountain climbs and >>
Geox TMC Name Giro Long List
The GEOX-TMC announced the roster of 12 riders pre-selected for the race of the pink jersey. In the coming days the list will be slimmed down to the final nine riders who will be deployed in the Giro d'Italia.The riders pre-selected are: Mauricio Ardila, David Blanco, Gianpaolo Cheula, Juan Jose Cobo, Fabio Duarte, Arkaitz Duran, Dmitriy Kozontchuk, Denis Menchov, Daniele Ratto, Carlos Sastre, >>
SUBWAY Take Lead in Sprint Classification
A successful day at the Tour de Korea saw SUBWAY Pro Cycling's Paul Odlin pull on the blue jersey of the tour leader's sprint ace, and the team's focus now is to bring it home. After four days of racing Odlin was second going into today's stage five, just one point off sprint leader Nakajima Yasuharu from the Asian Racing Team. SUBWAY Pro Cycling's General Manager Hayden Godfrey said >>
Country Road Manawatu Cycle Classic - Latham Wins Final Dash for Cash
Just last month Latham was a member of the New Zealand pursuit team racing the Track Worlds Championships in Netherlands, and on Saturday those sprinting legs gave the Te Awamutu rider an extra burst of speed to win the sprint to the line to take out the inaugural Country Road Manawatu Cycle Classic. The Manawatu Cycle Classic was full of action and breaks during the days racing. 5x National >>
SUBWAY Hone in on Sprint Classification in Korea
The SUBWAY Pro Cycling Team is focused on the sprint classification at the Tour de Korea that enters its fourth day of racing today. After three days of racing which included two stages of over 200 kilometres, SUBWAY Pro Cycling's Paul Odlin lies second equal, just three points off the leader in the sprint competition. SUBWAY Pro Cycling's General Manger Hayden Godfrey said the team >>
SUBWAY Make Strong Start in Tour of Korea
The SUBWAY Pro Cycling Team made a strong start yesterday to its second international event of the year, the Tour de Korea. After the first 108 kilometre stage SUBWAY Pro Cycling's Paul Oldin is lying second in the sprint competition after managing to make the front bunch with teammate Westley Gough. SUBWAY Pro Cycling General Manger Hayden Godfrey said the stage started with a "hot >>
Waikato Comes up Trumps in Cycling Centre Bid
The Waikato Bay of Plenty has put up a staunch bid and out gunned the rest of the rest of the country to be named as the preferred tenderer for a $29 million national cycling centre but it's not clear yet whether the W-BOP councils will support the facility. The announcement by Sport and Recreation NZ (SPARC) was made today after the Waikato/Bay of Plenty bid was selected over other bids >>
Team SUBWAY Jet To Tour of Korea
The SUBWAY Pro Cycling Team is excited about tackling its second international event of the year at the Tour de Korea that starts on Friday. The tour is raced over 10 days and 1,335 kilometres and SUBWAY Pro Cycling's Jason Allen says the team is "strong and ready to fight to get on the podium." Allen is the only team member to have raced in the tour before and says it will be tough, >>
Van Summeren Solos To Brilliant Win in Roubaix
Johan Van Summeren (Garmin Cervelo) the man usually responsible for the victories of others took on the role of race winner yesterday in the 258km Paris Roubaix as the favorites failed to reel in all of the days survivors of the main breakaway. The riders going for early time over the field swelled to 21 at one point with all of the major teams represented, but when push came to shove from the >>
Northey Takes Another Podium for Pure Black
Early today (NZT) PureBlack Racing riders were back on their bikes for the Foothills Classic, the second of two races this weekend in Alabama. In a sprint finish the PureBlack team set Mike Northey up for another dash to the line to claim second with Shem Rodger placing fifth. All the major teams were in action again today after yesterday's Criterium where Northey also placed second. While >>
Pure Black Take Another USA Podium
Fresh from success at Redlands, PureBlack Racing has finished on the podium again with Mike Northey taking second place in a sprint finish at the Sunny King Criterium in Anniston, Alabama this afternoon. The team was invited to Sunny King, the first NRC Criterium event of the season, after Roman van Uden won the Criterium and the team placed fourth overall at the Redlands Classic in California >>
Pure Black Racing Back in Action in Alabama
PureBlack Racing will start in the Sunny King Criterium in Anniston, Alabama this weekend, the first NRC Criterium event of the season. The race is a change in schedule for the team who were ready to race in the Vuelta a Mexico, which has now been delayed until later in the year. Greg Cross, Business Director, PureBlack Racing said, "We were keen to race this weekend after such a strong >>
Roulston Struck By Car Out Training
New Zealand road cycling champion Hayden Roulston will find out overnight how bad his injuries are after being hit by a car while training in Spain over the weekend. The accident happened only metres from his home after he had just finished a training ride. "We just didn't see each other," Roulston said. "We were both going slow which was probably a good thing. I was seconds from home."  >>
Kiesanowski Goes From Boards to Bricks in Tour of Flanders
In 2010, the Tour of Flanders World Cup was Team TIBCO/To the Top's initiation into European racing. "It's a hard race to get your feet wet in," said Team TIBCO's European race director, Chris Georgas. "Last year, the girls raced really well. They learned a lot about how to race that day."For the 2011 edition, which rolls Sunday, the team comes in with more experience, plus one World Cup under >>
Odlin Takes Out Graperide for SUBWAY Team
Paul Odlin from the SUBWAY Pro Cycling Team won the elite race at today's Forest Estate 101 kilometre Graperide in Marlborough. An aggressive display of teamwork saw Odlin win his second Graperide title from his SUBWAY Pro Cycling team mate Sam Horgan in a time of two hours and twenty six minutes. SUBWAY Pro Cycling riders also filled the fourth spot with Jason Allen and seventh with >>
Stay Awake to the Fake
Renowned Italian bike maker Pinarello from Treviso has issued warnings on imitation Pinarello bikes entering the markets. According to Pinarello they originate from online stores, mostly from Asia. A Pinarello Dogma for half the regular retail price or even less? Lots of road race enthusiasts are attracted by such prices and there are number of cases in Europe and North America with buyers >>
Pure Black Leap Into NRC
The 4 day Redlands cycle classic got underway today with a 3.1km TT Prologue held in 30 degrees plus heat. Redlands is the oldest stage race in the US and the TT is followed by a 120km Road Race on Friday a 60k criterium on Saturday and a 90k Road Race on Sunday. All the top teams in the US are here and it will be an early opportunity for PureBlack Racing to test where it stands at the start of >>
Nishitani Takes Penultimate Stage for Japan in Tour de Taiwan
It was a gallant effort from defending champion David McCann of the Giant Kenda team on the penultimate Stage Eight of the Tour de Taiwan 2011 but he was unable to prevent Japan's Taiji Nishitani from taking the stage or prevent Mehdi Sohrabi of Tabriz Petrochemical team from inching closer to the overall crown. In another bunch finish, Nishitani had just that extra half a wheel to win ahead >>
Kiwi Rico Rogers Takes Stage 7 of The Tour de Taiwan
Barring any unusual or unexpected incident in the next two days, Mehdi Sohrabi of the Tabriz Petrochemical team is almost certain to lift his first ever individual title of the Tour de Taiwan. As Rico Rogers of the Giant Kenda team picked up the first stage win this year for the 2010 champions, the Iranian again showed his determination to win the Tour de Taiwan when he finished among the top >>
Shanks Edged Out by Hammer in World's Final
Women's Individual Pursuit In Friday night's gold medal final, Sarah Hammer USA had to dig deep as she found herself down by 3/10ths of a second to the reigning Olympic silver medalist, Kiwi Alison Shanks, heading into the final 1,000 meters of the race. Just as she did in 2006, 2007 and 2010 Hammer laid it down in the closing meters and earned her fourth women's individual pursuit world title; >>
Semple Takes the Stage for Drapac Porsche in Taiwan
It was almost leisurely but the uphill climb for the Stage Six finish of the Tour de Taiwan 2011 made sure that the peloton were well driven as Adam Semple of the Drapac Professional Cycling team raced a wheel ahead of Dean Downing (Rapha Condor) for the win. With today's stage finishing at the same point in Changhua City, the fabulous Baguashan Buddha, the peloton seemed to be taking it a >>
Fukushima Rides Hard to Dedicate Victory to All of Japan in Tour de Taiwan
Driven by the will to provide some solace to earthquake-affected Japan, rider Shinichi Fukushima of the Japan national team put up a splendid display of determination and prowess to take Stage Five of the Tour de Taiwan 2011 a 111.2km ride round the cultural city of Taichung. Japan were recently hit by a devastating earthquake with the subsequent tsunami resulting in not only loss of lives >>
Drapacs Goesinnen Takes Taiwan's Longest Day
On the day when Floris Goesinnen of the Drapac Professional Cycling team took the longest stage of the Tour de Taiwan 2011, tour leader Markus Eibegger of the Tabriz Petrochemical team denied that the title this year has been all but decided. Eibegger and team-mate Mehdi Sohrabi currently occupy the top two spots in the general classification with a 19 second gap over third-placed David >>
Eibegger Triumphs in Tough Conditions
It was considered as the coldest winter of Taiwan in 40 years but Markus Eibegger of the Tabriz Petrochemical team shrugged of the cold, wind and rain to take Stage Three of the Tour de Taiwan 2011 this afternoon. With the cold dipping under 12 degrees celcius at the start of the stage from Taoyuan City Hall this morning, Eibegger seems to be in his element as he finished the day comfortably >>
Change of Leadership at Tour de Taiwan
In spite of the demands of an uphill sprint finish into Linshanbi, Mehdi Sohrabi of the Tabriz Petrochemical team made it all too easy to take Stage Two of the Tour de Taiwan 2011. What made the victory more spectacular was the fact that the Iranian had sprinted off in the last 100metres for the finish ahead of defending champion David McCann of Team Giant Kenda - thus underlining his desire >>
Tour de Taiwan Stage One Fast Sprint Finish
KOREA's Park Sung Baek made it a super sprint finish to take the Taipei City Criterium on Stage One of the Tour de Taiwan 2011 to put the disappointment of last year's Asian Games behind him. In Guangzhou 2010, the Korean was denied the gold medal in the men's Road Race when he was adjudged to have impeded Hong Kong's Wong Kam Po in the sprint to the finish line. But this time round >>
Lovegrove Comes up Trumps in Northland Tour
SUBWAY Pro Cycling's Nick Lovegrove recovered from a bad crash yesterday to win the 84 kilometre stage two of the BDO Tour of Northland in impressive fashion this afternoon. A crash yesterday saw Lovegrove taken to hospital in an ambulance but he bounced back today to ride away from the field in the final stages of todays racing that finished in Hokianga Harbour. It was a dominate >>
Fastest Ever Cycling Garment to be Released for Milan Sanremo
Ever since Heinrich Haussler got pipped on the line by a storming Mark Cavendish at San Remo in 2009, we've been asking ourselves what we could do to give that extra little bit of aero advantage that after 6 hours can make a difference of just those 3 centimeters. A little bit of aerodynamic savings over a long period of time can result in that extra last crucial bit when pushing >>
Kona Colville Connection Report
Some of the top performing cross country mountain bike riders in New Zealand lined up at the Kona Colville Connection last Saturday to use the event as their last hit out before the Oceania Championships in Victoria next weekend. Colville did its part and turned on a day with close to perfect conditions for the 10th anniversary of the event bright sunshine, hard and fast tracks, sun, >>
Germanys Tony Martin Takes Important Paris Nice Victory
HTC-Highroad's Tony Martin was proclaimed overall winner in the Paris-Nice stage race on Sunday in what was a landmark victory both for the young German and for his team. "We've won lots of stage races before, but never one of this calibre," commented HTC-Highroad sports director Allan Peiper, "and at the same time it's a huge step up in Tony's personal career, too.""Tony led like a real >>
Wiggins is Back and Set for the Podium in Paris Nice
The British champion looked in fine form on the 27km trek from Rognes to Aix-en-Provence and had clocked the fastest time of the day when he crossed the line eight seconds ahead of Richie Porte (Saxo Bank-Sungard) in 33 minutes and 44 seconds. That was how things stayed until Tony Martin went one better on one of the final rides of the day, with the HTC-Highroad star battling admirably to >>
New Zealands latest Cycle Challenge Promises to Be One of The Best In The Country
Selwyn Brown Event organiser for the inaugural Country Road Manawatu Cycle Classic says "This new 160km cycling event has the potential to quickly become an epic New Zealand ride." Brown who for many years has been the Race Director for the successful "Yarrows Taranaki Cycle Challenge was invited by Destination Manawatu to set up and manage this new Manawatu based cycling event. After initial >>
SUBWAY Post Strong Showing in Singapore
The SUBWAY Pro Cycling Team kicked off its international season with a strong performance against a mix of world Champions, world record holders and Commonwealth Games gold medallists in the OCBC Cycle Singapore Professional Criterium at the weekend. Jason Allen made the winning break to finish seventh out of a field of over eighty with only half the riders finishing. SUBWAY Pro Cycling's >>
Sheridan Posts First Victory for TIBCO/To The Top
Team TIBCO's Kiwi rookie Serena Sheridan earned her first European victory by taking the Grand Prix Mairie d'Armissan Sunday in Narboone France. The race was a 90 km open competition format, so it also included men in the field. The race covered seven laps of a hilly, technical 13 km circuit, with a 2km climb every lap. Sheridan was the first woman in the field to cross the line."I was very happy >>
Hendi Takes Paris Nice Stage Victory
For the second year straight Kiwi fastman Greg Henderson has taken a stage victory in Frances second biggest stage race Paris Nice. Missing out on victory in yesterday's opener saw the SKY Pro cycling team take a different approach to the sprint lead-out with team mate Geraint Thomas surging ahead of the HTC-Highroad train in the final kilometer with Hendi stuck fast to his wheel. "I had a >>
Sergent Takes First Professional Stage Race Victory
A Victory in the highly contested Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen in Belgium has put the name Jessie Sergent on the lips of many of those who follow cycling closely. Sergent a product of the world leading BikeNZ high performance track program turned professional this year for the Radioshack team after spending two seasons at the fledgling outfit Trek - Livestrong.Sergent took the opening days >>
Sergent Rocks in Flanders
Kiwi Ace Jesse Sergent has taken out his first full pro win and led his Team RadioShack to a 1-2-3 clean sweep of the Driedaagse van Westvlaanderen prologue. The first year professional from Fielding covered the all flat 7km course in 8:14 dialling in his track pursuiting skills, with teammates Sebastien Rosseler and compatriot Sam Bewley in second and third with the same time, 10 seconds down. >>
Christchurch Cyclists Kick off International Season in Singapore
Three Christchurch based members of The SUBWAY Pro Cycling Team leave the earthquake damaged city to kick off the team's international season this weekend against a mix of world Champions, world record holders and Commonwealth Games Gold medallists in the OCBC Cycle Singapore Professional Criterium on Saturday night. Hayden Godfrey, Paul Odlin and Jason Allen join Auckland based Nick >>
Young & Old Threaten to Upset NZs Best at Karapoti
1200 riders from 12 countries line up on Saturday for the Southern Hemisphere's longest running mountain bike race, the Merida Karapoti Classic. Established in 1986, Upper Hutt's Merida Karapoti Classic has been the race that every mountain bikers aspires to. Taking in a rugged adventure ride around Upper Hutt's Akatarawa Ranges, the field is limited to 1400 riders and normally sells out with >>
BikeNZ Sprinters share their skills for Christchurch
BikeNZ's world class sprinters utilised their cycling skills to raise money for quake stricken Christchurch. Commonwealth Games medallists Eddie Dawkins (Southland) and Auckland's Ethan Mitchell and Sam Webster ran a coaching clinic at the ILT Velodrome today. "By sharing the skills that we have with other riders we are doing our bit for Christchurch," said Webster. Over 40 riders >>
Arndt Takes Overall Victory with Cheatley Oh So Close
The HTC-Highroad team displayed a well drilled team ethic as they lead Judith Arndt home to overall victory during a challenging final stage of Tour of New Zealand. The finale was taken out by the Ukraine's Alona Andruk (Team Diadora-Pasta Zara), who beat Kendelle Hodge (Jayco/Vis) and Emily Collins (Cyclosport NZ) in a sprint after being part of a seven-rider move. Arndt finished eighth on the >>
Sir Chris Hoy Rates London Velodrome Venue
London 2012 today celebrated one of its most significant milestones to date as the impressive Velodrome, which British cycling hero and four-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy has described as the "best in the world," became the first Olympic Park venue to be fully completed. The 6,000 capacity arena will be the venue for indoor cycling and BMX events at London 2012 and it was Sir Chris, >>
HTC Take Hold of NZCT Tour on Stage One
HTC-Highroad's longtime performers Judith Arndt, Amber Neben and Ina Teutenberg took the NZ Charitable Trust Women's Tour of New Zealand to the rest of the field today in stage one to Masterton, the trio's aggressive riding netted the US squad the stage win, the sprinter's jersey and the bunch sprint to boot. NZ Road Champion Cath Cheatley showed her class in splitting the HTC-Highroad pair >>
Roulston Delivers Team Captain Cavendish to First Win of 2011
Hayden Roulston out to cement his place in the 2011 HTC Teams Tour de France roster has done his chances the world of good when he delivered his teams star sprinter Mark Cavendish to the finish line in the final stage of the Tour of Qatar in first place. Cavendish who was quick to praise the efforts of the powerful Kiwi all rounder commented "In the last 400 metres the winds seemed to come from >>
Archbold Tastes Gold at Manchster World Cup
Timaru's Shane Archbold has pressed his world championship medal hopes after winning the final round of the UCI World Cup in Manchester. The 22 year old dominated the competition in the gruelling six-discipline event which will be added to the London Olympics programme. Archbold's win left him second overall in the world cup rankings at the conclusion of the four-leg series, a single >>
Boy Van Poppel Shines for United Healthcare
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team's Boy Van Poppel sprinted to an eighth place finish today in what turned out to be a very exciting and eventful 167km Stage 4 in the 2011 Volta ao Algarve. Teamwork once again proved to be critical for UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling, and the Blue Train delivered the young sprinter from the Netherlands to a top 10 finish despite multiple crashes in the peloton >>
Professional Cyclists Vs UCI - Round One
"The Union Cycliste Internationale will be held civil and criminal liable if any damage or injury would result from not using the earphones in races." This said Gianni Bugno, President of the 'Cyclistes Professionnels Associs' (CPA) at a meeting of 21 professional road race teams held in Mallorca last week. Here many professional racers and teams of different nationalities have signed a document >>
Strong Auckland Track Team for Elite Nationals
North Harbour club mates Georgina Wilson and Georgia Williams both broke Sarah Ulmer's 17 year old Under 19 2000 metres individual pursuit record at the Auckland Track Cycling Championships held at the Manukau Velodrome. Ulmer, the 2004 Olympic Champion set the old record of 2 mins 39.194 seconds at Manukau in 1994. Wilson set the new record of 2.37.289 in just edging Williams' 2.38.506 in >>
Geox Present Team to World Press
Today the new GEOX-TMC team held its official presentation in Padua, Italy. The runway was set up in the Gran Teatro Geox theatre, the scene where all the riders "worked it" on their bicycles as if they were on a real catwalk, introducing themselves one at a time to an audience made up of team sponsors, officials and members of the national and international press. GEOX Chairman Mario Moretti >>
Roulston to Reunite with HTC Team in Oman
Hayden Roulston kicks off a 2011 pro tour season that he hopes will bring significant results with the Tour of Oman that starts tomorrow (Tuesday 15 February). "The training has been going very well, I'm feeling good and really excited to get my European season started," Roulston said. "I know I've been at a good level for a while now and I want to have a crack and nail some major >>
Old Hands & New Talent Light Up Speights Coast to Coast
Wellington multisport rookie James Coubrough was the surprise standout on a crystal clear and hot first day at the Speight's Coast to Coast. But it was race organiser Robin Judkins who stole the show. Almost 600 endurance athletes from 15 countries lined up on Kumara Beach this morning with a picture perfect Tasman Seas lapping the shore as the Two Day field headed off on the iconic 243k >>
Rosara Joseph Signs with World Class Team Rabobank - Giant
After a successful first season, the Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team paves the way for the coming season with the signing of new world class female riders, Katie Compton (32) and Rosara Joseph (28). These exciting new signings gives the team an immediate positive impact, and strengthens their standing in the new UCI Elite Mountain Bike Team rankings of 2011 which now combines male and female riders. >>
HTC Highroad Take the Road Down Under
The cycling world's most successful team in recent times, Team HTC Highroad, has entered the NZCT women's tour of New Zealand from February 23 to 27 through Wellington, the Wairarapa and Manawatu. Race director Jorge Sandoval is thrilled with the news."Having a team currently considered to be one of the best in world racing in New Zealand again is great for the sport, and the women's tour," >>
Introducing Team Mini Racing for the NZCT
Karl Murray of Exceed Coaching (Team Manager) has brought together six 'MINI powerhouses', to create Team MINI Racing to race in the UCI Women's Tour of New Zealand staged around the Wellington area, February 23-27. The Girls are training hard, the MINI Team Cars look hot, the stunning kit which has been designed by team rider Gayle Brownlee is nearly off the production line and will see the >>
Aussie Elite for NZCT Women's Tour
Top Australian riders to race NZCT women's tourA record number of Australians have been confirmed to contest Oceania's only women's international road cycling tour in Wellington, Wairarapa and the Manawatu later this month.Race director Jorge Sandoval announced today that 34 riders from across the Tasman will line up for the New Zealand Community Trust women's tour of New Zealand from Wednesday >>
Leov and Cole Start 2011 Season in Style
Nelson turned on the heat and dry, dusty race conditions to deliver a tough Kaka Hill challenge for the fourth round of the RaboDirect NZ MTB Downhill Cup. The Hira Forest Downhill venue in the Maitai Valley is both feared and respected in equal measure by the sports gravity racers, with a healthy field of New Zealand's best taking on a contingent of international visitors on the Kaka Hill >>
Top Teams Aim for Tour of Britain Start in 2011
Preparations for the 2011 Tour of Britain, the final Tour to be held before the 2012 Olympic Games, are gearing up, with race organisers SweetSpot Group revealing an increased interest from teams looking to ride Britain's national Tour this September. More than eight UCI ProTeams have indicated that they wish to ride The Tour of Britain, including the four ProTeams who rode the 2010 event, >>
Pure Black Leap to 1st Place in UCI Oceania Rankings
New Zealand pro cycling team, Pure Black Racing, looks to be an early beneficiary of a new classification system introduced this year by the Union Cycliste International (UCI), the association of national cycling federations. UCI has published what it calls a "fictitious ranking" for the UCI Continental Teams registered in 2011, established on the basis of points obtained by the best riders >>
Bennett Takes First International Tour Win
George Bennett has confirmed the potential many cycling experts have seen in him by securing his first Trust House Tour of Wellington title. The Nelson youngster supported by his Cardno U23 team showed his ability to perform over the four days on some of the toughest terrain the Wairarapa has to offer and against Australasia's best selection of teams.It what was a first for the event in its 24 >>
Bennett Scorches into Race Lead
Trek - Livestrong bound George Bennett (Team Cardno) stamped his authority on the Trust House Tour of Wellington on the toughest of stages finishing up the famed Admirals Hill. Bennett finished fifth on the stage 1.02 behind the winner. With temperatures into the 30's the riders came out to race hard. In taking the Yellow Jersey Bennett also claimed the U23 lead from James Williamson. The >>
Active Day for SUBWAY Team in Trust House Tour
It was an active day for The Subway Pro Cycling team with Pete Latham finishing fourth and Paul Odlin picking up valuable sprint points on today's 164 kilometre stage three of the International Trust House Cycle Classic in the Wellington region. "The team rode really well today and were in every move of the day," Team Manager Graeme Miller said. "It was a really fast day and there were >>
Team Subway Ready to Tackle Trust House Classic
The Subway Pro Cycling team tackles its first tour of the year with a strong line up that includes Bike NZ track endurance team members, a World Championship medallist, New Zealand's newly crowned time trial champion and a Commonwealth Games Medallist. Subway is one of six UCI pro teams competing in New Zealand's only UCI 2.2 international cycle tour in Oceania, the International Trust House >>
Pure Black Racing Make it Official
AUCKLAND January 24, 2011 The Union Cycliste International (UCI), the association of national cycling federations, has registered Pure Black Racing as a UCI Continental road cycling team. The following riders are registered to appear in tour events: Rider Daniel Barry Glen Chadwick Timothy Gudsell Taylor Gunman Marc Langlands Scott Lyttle James McCoy  >>
Latham Takes SRAM Tour de Ranges in Record Time
Pete Latham from the Subway Pro Cycling Team won the 110 km Tour de Ranges in arecord time this weekend. Latham riding for his new professional team beat Roman Van Uden from arch rival team Pure Black Racing in a sprint finish to win in two hours 40 minutes and 57 seconds. Eliot Crowther came home third in a strong field that also included five time national road champion Gordon McCauley, Patrick >>
ASO Announce 22 Teams For the Tour de France
Honoring their agreement with the UCI the ASO organisers of the world's biggest cycling race have named all 18 of the ProTeam outfits in the line up for the 2011 event and in a patriotic move announced all four of the wildcard placings to French squads. The biggest losers of the news undoubtedly are Denis Menchov, third place overall last year and Carlos Sastre winner of the 2008 event. Their >>
BikeNZ To Develop Talent at Track World Cup
BikeNZ will look to develop its depth for the new Olympic track events at the third round of the UCI World Cup in Beijing starting tomorrow. They have sent a seven-strong squad to Beijing before mounting a major campaign for the final round in Manchester next month. The squad will look to secure valuable Olympic and world championship qualifying points and also concentrate on >>
Trust House Tour Field Goes From Strength to Strength
The list of high quality riders entered for the January 26 to 30 Trust House Cycle Classic in Wellington and the Wairarapa continues to grow.Hard on the heels of the announcement of four classy Australian professional teams-Team Jayco-AIS, Genesys Wealth Advisers, Drapac Porsche, and Suzuki-race director Jorge Sandoval today confirmed another Australian team,, is returning to compete >>
Extreme Conditions at Napier for Mountainbikers
Devastating Racing in Napier Dustbowl New Zealand's best mountainbike racers dealt with a Napier heatwave and world class fields at the Eskdale Mountainbike Park over the weekend. Both Downhill and Cross Country races at the second round of the RaboDirect NZ MTB Cup were contested in extreme conditions on World Cup worthy race courses - winners in all categories were those who dealt with not only >>
Shem Rodger Takes First Tour Win for Pure Black
Going into the final stage of the Hub Tour Shem Rodger held a 7 second lead over PureBlack Racing Junior and local boy Fraser Gough. It was shaping up as an intriguing last day with a hill finish and Jeremy Vennell (Bissell) trying to reclaim the Yellow jersey he lost in yesterday's morning stage. The race itself got really interesting when about 20km from the finish a cross wind split the >>
PBR at The Hub Tour - Hawkes Bay
Race Report (from Carl Williams) It was a stunning Hawkes Bay afternoon as the team set up for the Prologue of this year's Hub Tour. I can't imagine there are many places in the world where the sign on, race start and finish are situated on the front door of one of the countries top wineries. Ngatarawa Wines was the location and the course was a brutally fast out and back 6km Time Trial By >>
Pure Black Make the Cut
After a series of discussions over the last week between Jorge Sandoval, Race Director of the Trust House Cycle Classic and PureBlack Racing it was announced today that the team would now be competing in this month's UCI international Trust House Cycle Classic. Commenting on the announcement Jorge said he had agreed to accept the late entry of PureBlack Racing after meeting with Carl Williams, >>
LOOK Release 2011 Cofidis 695 Team Bike
French carbon fibre specialists LOOK Cycle have today released the team Cofidis model of their newly released 695 carbon fibre laden Superbike. The release of the 695 saw integration of the components take another giant leap further with the purposeful integration of the crank set and carbon C-Stem. With the ZED crank being monobloc engineered out of carbon fibre the crank / spindle junctions >>
Roulston Takes Impressive Victory at Raboplus Nationals
Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallist Hayden Roulston made the start to the racing season he had hoped for by winning his second RaboDirect national road race championship in Christchurch today "It's a very emotional win for me," Roulston said. "I feel like I did a lot of the hard work today." The HTC professional reckons he is in the leanest and best shape of his life and >>
Cheatley Too Good at Raboplus Nationals
Wanganui cyclist Cath Cheatley justified her pre-race favouritism with some bold tactics that clinched her third RaboDirect New Zealand road race championship in Christchurch today. The United States-based pro-race rider made her charge at the halfway stage of the eight-lap 123km event on the Cashmere/Hoon Hay course and won in a time of three hours 38 minutes 19 seconds. National >>
Roulston Focuses on Black Jersey
Hayden Roulston is focused on black and feels he has prepared well to take on one of the strongest fields ever assembled for a New Zealand Road Cycling Championship event when the men's road race gets underway in Christchurch on Sunday. Roulston attended his Team HTC - Highroad professional team's camp in California last month and has steadily built his form since, with his final >>
Yates Gets Stage Win at Vineyards Tour
Todays final stage, 20 laps around 'The Stables' 2.6k Hill Street Circuit saw a break go after 7 laps, with Jeremy Yates joined by Robin Reid, and Scott Mullaly, these three moving out to a 45 second lead by lap 13, Mullaly tailled off at this point, when the attacks from the peleton started, Josh Atkins tried, Eliot Crowther tried, others tried but it was too little too late. Jeremy Yates rode >>
Meet Lance at Final ProTour Race
Cycling enthusiasts have the chance of a lifetime to meet seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong during his farewell ride at the Santos Tour Down Under, in Adelaide from 16-23 January, 2011. Premier Mike Rann has announced that all entrants in this year's Mutual Community Challenge Tour presented by The Advertiser, will now go in to a draw to win two tickets to the Legends' Night  >>
Sheridan Secures TIBCO Contract
National Points Series champion Serena Sheridan has continued the strong Kiwi tradition of landing contracts on top international teams. Sheridan whom resides in Hawke's Bay, has landed a deal with top rating American Team Tibco for 2011, alongside fellow New Zealander Joanne Kiesanowski. TIBCO has a history of luring Kiwi talent and maturing riders. Sheridan, who for the second year running >>
Nielsen Nails Tour de Femme Title
Jaime Nielsen, the humble Hamiltonian, is the 2010 Tineli Nelson Tour de Femme winner, staying out of trouble in the final Verdict 80km stage to take the title one minute 18 seconds ahead of Courteney Lowe (Tauranga) and Emma Crum (Auckland). Nelson's Karen Fulton was a wheel ahead in the all out sprint which started 500m from the finish line, edging ahead of North Shore's Kate Chilcott and Lowe >>
Nielsen Strengthens Position in Tour de Femme
Jaime Nielsen's name is all but engraved on the Tineli Tour de Femme trophy after another demanding day around the Nelson region. A new Stage Three 70km circuit had two serious climbs, Spooners and Reay Saddles to summit but they were 'babies' compared to the sadistic steep finish where all were made to suffer. Courteney Lowe was first home narrowly from Emma Crum and Emily Collins but >>
Neilsen Nails Takaka Hill Climb in Tour de Femme
Jaime Nielsen (Hamilton) leads the Tineli Nelson Tour de Femme after leaving the rest of the field well in her wake on stage one, the Toxic Takaka Hill Climb. She reached the Limeworks just under a minute in front of reigning Queen of the Mountains champion Emma Crum (Auckland) with Tauranga's Courteney Lowe ten seconds behind to round out the General Classification. Stage two belonged to >>
Spanish Champion Jose Ivan Gutierrez Returns to Tour Down Under With Movistar
  Spanish team Movistar has its sights set on the 2011 Santos Tour Down Under and will be fielding a strong team for the race in Adelaide next year. "We are thrilled to have a strong Spanish squad compete at our race next year with some of Spain's biggest talents such as Jose Joaquin Rojas and Jose Ivan Gutierrez," says Santos Tour Down Under Race Director Mike Turtur. "Rojas has >>
McEwen To Debut with Big Tex at Tour Down Under
After the debacle with Team Pegasus Racing not securing a professional license of any level and with several ex ProTour riders signed up the disappointment was of an epic scale for riders like Robbie McEwen. However the plucky Australian sprint star has found a new home at the team of Big Tex Lance Armstrong.McEwen will debut with his new team, Team RadioShack, at the Santos Tour Down Under in >>
Team MICO adds the Horse Power of Yates
Team Mico-Revolution Racing have today announced their schedule and new additional riders for next month. The team which now adds National points series winners, Hawkes Bay's Jeremy Yates and partner Serena Sheridan, to the roster, will kick off the year in Nelson at the Tour de Vineyards from the 1-4th January. Joe cooper and Jeremy Yates will team up to fine tune their preparations for the >>
Roulston Part of HTC Train in Tour own Under
  HTC-Highroad will return to the Santos Tour Down Under with a strong line-up including sprint superstar Mark Cavendish and top lead-out man Mark Renshaw. "Renshaw has a long history with the Santos Tour Down Under, winning the Cancer Council Classic in 2007 and Stage 1 in 2008," says Santos Tour Down Under Race Director Mike Turtur. "Renshaw is the best lead out rider in >>
Shanks Shines Like Gold
Alis Shanks has nailed her second Gold medal winning performance of the Cali Colombia round of the UCI World Cup. Shanks hot off her victory at the Commonwealth Games in the 3000m discipline took out the final by again beating Britains Wendy Houvenaghel into the silver medal position. "I have to be happy with that," Shanks said afterwards. "I had a big break after the Commonwealth Games and >>
Strong Shack Team in Support of Lance
Team RadioShack will be fielding a strong team to support seven-time Tour de France and cycling legend Lance Armstrong in his third and final ride at the Santos Tour Down Under in Adelaide next year. "It's good to see Team RadioShack returning to the Santos Tour Down Under for the second time since its debut in 2010," says Santos Tour Down Under Race Director, Mike Turtur. "Team RadioShack >>
French Team Coming Back for More at TDU
  French team Ag2r La Mondiale will be returning to Adelaide in January to compete in the 2011 Santos Tour Down Under. "We are delighted that a high calibre team like Ag2r La Mondiale is making its way back to Adelaide for the Santos Tour Down Under," says Race Director, Mike Turtur. "Ag2r is the only team to have competed in all thirteen editions of the Santos Tour Down Under and >>
Commonwealth Stars named as finalists for BikeNZ Road and Track Rider of the Year Awards
Following a fantastic year of cycling success BikeNZ is celebrating the achievements of its top riders with its inaugural BikeNZ Road and Track Rider of the Year Awards. The finalists for the BikeNZ Track Riders of the Year were announced today. Golden Girl Ali Shanks (Dunedin) is an unsurprising finalist for the Female Track Rider of the Year award; her domination of the Individual Pursuit >>
Legend's at Tour Down Under Dinner
Lance Armstrong and Mark Cavendish will star at the Legends' Night Dinner during the 2011 Santos Tour Down Under. Premier Mike Rann today announced that the two cycling greats have confirmed their attendance at the dinner which will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Saturday 22 January 2011. "The Legends' Night Dinner will also act as a farewell of sorts for Lance Armstrong as >>
Gudsell Triumphant in NZ Criterium Championships
The people of Auckland and in particular the host city of Takapuna were treated to a spectacle of lightening fast speed on wheels around the North Shore CBD last night. Tim Gudsell fresh back from his French base was motivated to put a tough season plagued with injury behind him and take the jersey of NZ criterium champion to his new home for 2011 Pure Black Racing.Gudsell when free from injury >>
Takapuna Criterium to Light up Northshore
Tonight, Takapuna Beach will host the 2010 RaboDirect National Criterium Championships. The Championships are part of the Auckland City-sponsored North Shore Grand Prix & will take place in Takapuna's hospitality precinct on Hurstmere Rd. For the very first time, many thousands of spectators will enjoy a Big Screen showing live images of the night's racing over the fast but technical >>
Showdown on the Streets of Takapuna
Tonight's RaboDirect National Criterium Championships has the making of an unforgettable showdown on the streets of Takapuna Beach in the heart of Auckland's North Shore. Run in conjunction with the North Shore City Grand Prix, the Championships have attracted an Elite field bursting with class & sure to entertain. For the first time in the events history, team dynamics are likely to play >>
Team Subway Announce Impressive 2011 Roster and Bike Change
Medal winning Olympic and Commonwealth Games riders, a former world champion and sponsorship from the world's largest bike brand Giant are features of a new look Subway Pro Cycling team for the 2011 season. The Subway Pro Cycling Team's new signings are Olympic medallist Wesley Gough, Commonwealth Games and World Championship medallist Pete Latham , Commonwealth Games medallist Jason Allen, >>
Gudsell Star Signing for Pure Black Racing
PureBlack Racing today announced that the team has signed Pro Tour rider Tim Gudsell for its inaugural season on the world stage next year. Coming from Pro Tour European team Francaise des Jeux, Tim brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to PureBlack Racing. Tim has been back in New Zealand since the end of his European season and is still under contract to Francaise des Jeux until the >>
Pure Black Racing Look for Championship Win
Pure Black Racing line up this friday night at the RaboDirect Criterium National Championships looking to add the prestigious title to the teams palmares which has been growing rapidly of late with the stellar form of team strongmen Roman Van Uden and Mike Northey. Pure Blacks youthful line up is a selection of the squads fastmen perfectly suited to the specialist circuit that sees the riders >>
Trust House Classic Secures Big Names for 2011
The Trust House Cycle Classic's standing as New Zealand's only UCI registered tour is reflected in the quality of four Australian professional teams entered for next month's 24th edition of the event in Wellington and the Wairarapa.Australian national team, Jayco-AIS, Genesys Wealth Advisers, and Drapac Professional Cycling, all with UCI Continental status, and the newly formed Suzuki are >>
Confirmations & Surprises in Christchurch
Christchurch dawned warm and windless for day two of the Armstrong Motor Group Festival of Cycling, which headed downtown today for the exciting City Criterium. In recent years the Oxford Terrace cafe strip has become one of the cultural hubs of New Zealand cycling as huge crowds come out to watch world champions and Olympians ripping up the exciting closed circuit course. This year was no >>
Subway Recap on Armstrong Motor Group Festival
The Subway Cycling team performed well in the Armstrong Motor Group Festival of Cycling Harbour Race on Saturday, taking two podium places and finishing with four riders inside the top 12. Team Manager Hayden Godfrey said he was satisfied with the result that also saw the team dominate the trade team's general classification. Subway Avanti rider Joe Cooper lost a sprint finish to >>
Roulston & Cheatley Dominate Christchurch Festival
Olympians Hayden Roulston and Catherine Cheatley confirmed their places at the top of Kiwi road cycling with comfortable wins on day one of Christchurch's Armstrong Motor Group Festival of Cycling. Christchurch awoke to perfect cycling weather on Saturday as almost 1200 riders lined up at Redcliffe's McCormack's Bay for the opening racing of the 2010 Armstrong Motor Group Festival of Cycling. >>
Topeak Scoop Top Prizes in Germany
Topeak awarded 1st place for Mini Tools by RoadBike Magazine (Germany) readers and voted "Best Brand" for 2010 In RoadBike Magazine's popular annual reader's survey over 9,000 cyclists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland responded to the magazine's survey and were asked to vote on their favorite tools and pumps in 2010 with Topeak taking 1st in mini tools and a close 2nd in pumps. In >>
Road Cycling Rock Stars In Christchurch
A who's-who of New Zealand cycling are in Christchurch this weekend for the prestigious Armstrong Motor Group Festival of Cycling. In just six years Christchurch's Armstrong Motor Group Festival of Cycling has become one of New Zealand's premier cycling events. The quality and depth of the fields for this weekend of riding is second only to the Tour of Southland, but this is also an event >>
Sheridan Lining Up National Series at Festival
Hawke's Bay cyclist Serena Sheridan is looking to seal the national road cycling series with a win this weekend in Christchurch at the Armstrong Motor Group Festival of Cycling. In just its sixth year Christchurch's Armstrong Motor Group Festival of Cycling continues on its quest to become New Zealand's premier cycling event. Scheduled this weekend for December 4th and 5th, the latest to sign >>
Castelli Release Sneak Peak of Team Jersey
Today Slipstream Sports presented a sneak peak of the 2011 Team Garmin-Cervlo jersey. You'll have to wait until January to see the rest of it, but let's just say that Castelli will continue to make the best looking kit in the peloton, while the Castelli Speed Research Unit has been busy making sure it's the fastest gear in the peloton. Argyle has never looked so >>
Subway Proud to Springboard Young Riders Up Ranks
The Subway Pro Cycling team has again provided a great platform for more of its young riders to secure contracts with other leading professional teams. Michael Vink will ride for Lance Armstrong's US based Trek Livestrong Under 23 team next year while James Williamson moves to Pure Black Racing and Ryan Wills will race for a club team in Europe. Subway-Avanti Pro Cycling's owner Hayden >>
Van Uden Nails Victory for Pure Black Team
Roman Van Uden delivered the new Pure Black cycling team what they were after in Taupo this weekend in taking out their first race victory in the 160km Elite classic event. Van Uden a superfast road sprinter come one day specialist took Te Awamutu's Justin Kerr to task in the outskirts of Taupo when noticing the Tokoroa rider was experiencing difficulties. Mking it a double celebration for >>
Avery Set to Debut on the Big Stage
The Pegasus Sports team today announced the signing of Kiwi cycling giant Clinton Avery and Australians Rohan Denis and Darren Lapthorne to the squad for 2011. The team formerly known as Fly V Australia is making the big step to Europe after topping the ranks in the USA this season. Avery, 22, rode the latter part of this season as a stagaire for Team RadioShack. A former national mountain bike >>
Street Race Set to Light Up Taupo
This Friday night sees the 3rd annual Elite Street Race take place on the streets of Taupo township. The Elite Street Race opens a weekend of cycling in Taupo on the eve of the Cycle Challenge. This year's edition is shaping up to be a battle between the well-established Subway team & the more recently formed Pure Black Racing team, who have defending Street Race champion Roman van Uden on >>
USA Series Number One to Race Festival of Cycling
Olympic cyclist Catherine Cheatley returned home recently as the number one rider on the American road cycling circuit, and her next big outing is Christchurch's Armstrong Motor Group Festival Of Cycling. In just its sixth year Christchurch's Armstrong Motor Group Festival of Cycling continues on its quest to become New Zealand's premier cycling event. Scheduled this year for December 4th and >>
Source to Sea 2010
The 4th Source to Sea Buller Cycle Challenge took place in the weekend with a 325-riders selecting 30, 60, 100 or 160km options as individuals or relay teams. BIKE FROM BERLIN 30km The introductory event from Berlins to Westport tracks down the lower Buller Gorge. The event was won by Jacob Anderson of Nelson who rode off at the start and did a superb solo ride to take victory in 58-minutes. >>
Santos Tour Down Under Leads Cycling World Tour
  The Santos Tour Down Under will be the first race on the new UCI WorldTour, joining the same category of races as the Tour de France. World cycling's governing body, the UCI, has combined the ProTour, Grand Tour and Historical calendars all together under one category, the UCI WorldTour. Santos Tour Down Under Race Director Mike Turtur says the new UCI WorldTour status emphasises >>
Castelli & Slipstream Sports Seal Deal for 2011
Castelli Announces 3-Year Partnership with Slipstream Sports Continuing in pursuit of its goal to create the world's fastest race clothing, Castelli today announced a three-year partnership to equip the team that will become Garmin-Cervelo in 2011. Castelli will provide clothing for the professional men and women's teams, as well as their under 23 and junior development squads. "Creating >>
Scully Nails Contract at Slipstream
Young Kiwi Talent Tom Scully will see his 2011 season go from a track focus to road as the BikeNZ track rider gets ready for his first season in the big league with Garmin. After suffering a horrific accident in the FBD Insurance Ras earlier this year when he hit a power pole at 60 km/h the Southland cyclist underwent three operations on a seriously damaged knee and tendons, with initial reports >>
Yates Looking to Atone at Festival
Hawke's Bay cyclist Jeremy Yates only needs to look at his latest dose of road rash for motivation when he lines up in December for Christchurch's Armstrong Motor Group Festival of Cycling. In just its sixth year Christchurch's Armstrong Motor Group Festival of Cycling continues on its quest to become New Zealand's premier cycling event. Scheduled this year for December 4th and 5th, the >>
Andre The Giant to Defend at 2011 Tour Down Under
2010 champion and two-time Santos Tour Down Under winner Andr Greipel will return to Adelaide in January 2011 to defend his title. Santos Tour Down Under Race Director Mike Turtur today confirmed that Greipel will debut with his new team, Omega Pharma-Lotto, at the race in South Australia on 16-23 January 2011. "It's great to see last year's champion return to defend his title, which has >>
Farrar Sprints Down Under
Sprint star Tyler Farrar will compete at the 2011 Santos Tour Down Under in Adelaide, South Australia, for the first time in his career. Santos Tour Down Under Race Director Mike Turtur says American Tyler Farrar is the first member of the Garmin-Transitions team confirmed for the race in South Australia on 16-23 January 2011. The team will officially become Team Garmin-Cervelo in 2011.  >>
Powernet Tour of Southland - Orca Merino Day 6 Wrap
There was a lot of talking in the corridors of the Fiordland Hotel last night as various teams were trying to organise something for today's stage to Lumsden. In the two years that Roulston had previously won the Tour of Southland, he did so with a superb attack on Gorge Hill. And so we were expecting something similar today. However, as the morning stage unfolded and we got closer to Gorge >>
Floyd Hangs Tough in Powernet Tour Mountain Top Finish
An early start was required today as we had to drive to Lumsden for the start of stage 6 to the Crown Range. It was overcast and spitting when we left but the rain held off for most of the day and even turned into bright sunshine at the top of The Terraces on the Crown Range. The race pace was slower than those of the previous days as this time the peloton was riding straight into a head wind.  >>
LOOK - Cofidis Extend Partnership
PRESS RELEASE // November 2010 LOOK and COFIDIS still together on the road Dominique Bergin, LOOK's CEO, and Eric Boyer, COFIDIS ' General Manager, have extended their partnership until 2012. The French brand will supply the cycling team - 2010 2nd best French Team - with its new frame, the 695, and Keo Power pedals. The 596 frame - originating from the track technology - will be used on >>
Henderson & Northey Win the Day in Powernet Tour
Wednesday 3 November Today was a double stage day with a total distance of 190 kms. Southland turned on another beautiful day but the riders didn't stop to enjoy the view. With sprint primes starting inside the first 2 kms, the pace was fast from the flag drop. Aray managed to sneak into a break for few minutes, enough time to score points in 3 sprints, before the break was reabsorbed. Other >>
Team Orca Merino - Day 3 Powernet Tour
Today was the longest stage at 163 kms. Although the profile wasn't exactly flat, it wasn't the sort of day for the GC contenders. Instead it was a chance for riders lower down on GC to get into a break and score some sprint and KOM points before the finish. Several attempts were made to get away and our battered Aussie rider Will was one of the hardest triers, getting into a number of moves. >>
Cooper Tames Powernet Field
The Subway-Avanti Pro Cycling team showed true character with Joe Cooper winning the 165 kilometre stage three of the Powernet Tour of Southland this afternoon. Cooper and three of his team mates were caught up in a large crash on yesterdays second stage which has seen the teams GC (general classification) hopes fade, but the team showed it still has plenty of fight left as James Williamson >>
Roulston Pulls on Yellow Jersey
Hayden Roulston is in yellow after his Calder Stewart BikeNZ team won the opening team time trial at Powernet Tour of Southland this morning. The team, which includes Greg Henderson and Jeremy Vennell, clocked nine minutes and 47 seconds for the 8.42 kilometre stage. The Subway-Avanti Pro Cycling (9.58) and Share the Road (9.59) were the only other teams to go under 10 minutes. "The >>
Subway Marred by Crashes Whilst Yates Climbs to Win
The Subway-Avanti Pro Cycling team were battered and bruised after stage two Powernet Tour of Southland this afternoon. The 81 kilometre stage that started in Invercargill and finished up the tough Bluff hill climb was marred by several crashes, one of which saw four of the six Subway - Avanti team hit the road. Subway - Avanti team member and New Zealand Under 23 representative  >>
Yates & Sheridan the King and Queen Of Coromandel
Wind and rain made New Zealand's toughest road cycling event even tougher today as close to 1500 riders took on the 200k K2 Cycle Classic around the Coromandel Peninsula. But the toughest of all was Napier rider Jeremy Yates who shrugged off jetlag to claim his fourth straight K2 title. Jeremy Yates loves the K2. "It's the best one day race in the country," said the former world junior >>
Sheridan and Yates Top the Favourites List for K2
Jeremy Yates and Serena Sheridan are favourites to retain their titles in New Zealand's toughest road cycling race this weekend. In mountain climbing circles, K2 is renowned as the world's toughest peak. But in New Zealand "K2" it is the country's toughest cycling event, a gruelling 200km around the Coromandel Peninsula that attracts some of the world's best riders. The attraction is the >>
Armstrong to Bid Farewell in Australia
Lance Armstrong will compete in his last professional race on international soil at the 2011 Santos Tour Down Under in Adelaide. On a Bicycle SA ride with South Australia's own international cycling star Stuart O'Grady today, Premier Mike Rann and Race Director Mike Turtur today confirmed that Lance Armstrong will ride in the elite UCI ProTour race from 16 to 23 January 2011 - for the third >>
Patron of Kiwi Peloton Enters Festival
Nine-time New Zealand champion Gordon McCauley is the latest road cycling rock star to sign up for December's Armstrong Motor Group Festival of Cycling. In just its sixth year Christchurch's Armstrong Motor Group Festival of Cycling continues on its quest to become New Zealand's premier cycling event. Scheduled this year for December 4th and 5th, the latest to sign up for this annual >>
PureBlack Announces Avanti as Foundation Sponsor
PureBlack Racing today announced Avanti Bikes will be a foundation sponsor of New Zealand's aspiring international UCI ProTour road cycling team. Under the long-term agreement, signed today, Avanti will provide bicycles, equipment and accessories to the team. In addition Avanti has taken a 30 percent shareholding in PureBlack Racing's management company, Bici Vida Limited. "For some time >>
Pure Black Secure the Services of Chadwick
Pure Black Racing today announced Glen Chadwick as the captain of its team to contest the UCI US Continental Tour in 2011. While Pure Black Racing will not convene as a team until the UCI US Continental Tour commences, early next year, Glen will join other members of the team for a series of preliminary races, the first of which is the upcoming 2010 Tour of Southland. A specialist time >>
Bennett Honours Grandfather with Wwin in Ffinal Benchmark Homes Cycling Tour Race
George Bennett (Tasman Wheelers) had special motivation to win today's 142km KPMG 6th Oxford Grand Prix in the final round of the Benchmark Homes Tour. His grandfather was tragically killed in a car crash earlier this week. Bennett, who was New Zealand's lead rider in the under 23 road race at UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Geelong recently, competed in his first Benchmark Homes >>
Roulston Happy With Powernet Tour of Southland Solution
Hayden Roulston is relieved the efforts Calder Stewart Industries and BikeNZ means Pro Tour riders can race in this year's Powernet Tour of Southland. "Calder Stewart have been involved in the Tour of Southland for years, but they have really put some time and effort into this year's team and tour and I'm really looking forward to racing for them this year," Roulston said. Roulston, >>
Teammate rivalries to dominate final battles for Benchmark
It is teammate against teammate in the battle for the overall titles in the final round of the Benchmark Homes Tour on Saturday. The 142km KPMG 6th Oxford Grand Prix, one of the more challenging courses in the series, is certain to unearth worthy winners. The Benchmark Homes Cycling Team is in prime position to take out the overall title, with James McCoy leading the series with a narrow >>
Villumsen Powers to Silver in Delhi Heat
A thoroughly exhausted Linda Villumsen has ridden to a silver medal in the women's individual time trial over 29km doing he adopted country proud as she wore the silver fern for the first time at a Commonwealth Games. The Dainish-born Villumsen, who fell for NZ after completing a student exchange year in Auckland gained New Zealand citizenship in December, finished less than five seconds >>
Brilliant NZ Team Medal in Road Race
A brilliant united effort by the New Zealand men's road cycling team has culminated in an awesome silver medal performance for Pro Tour racer Hayden Roulston of Ashburton just behind Australian Alan Davis.The team of Roulston, McCauley, Bauer, Bewely, Ryan and Avery took it to the 133 strong peloton at km one when McCauley engaged a signature move and went "lone wolf". Accompanied by other >>
New Events to Santos Tour Down Under Calendar
Cycling SA will bring a new set of races to Adelaide's roads in January during the 2011 Santos Tour Down Under. Cycling SA will host four events during the Santos Tour Down Under, including a new elite women's race - the Rendition Homes Santos Women's Cup. "We are hoping to get the biggest names in women's cycling to South Australia for the women's cup and at this time we can confirm Amber >>
Kiesanowski Sprints in for Fourth
In a race that saw the Kiwi women's team animate from start to finish the outcome was not to order but a reflection of the tough competition that lined up at the Delhi games. A bunch finish was looking inevitable for the field and the worst possible scenario for a six-strong New Zealand team packing power but not the sprinting speed of the Australian and English units. Australian Rochelle >>
Mission Accomplished for Shanks
Dunedin's Ali Shanks brought it home for New Zealand tonight in taking out the Gold medal in the Womens individual pursuit. Shanks was a figure of composure as she stayed to her schedule and overpowered rival pursuiter Houvenaghel of Northern Ireland.Once drawn level with Houvenaghel at the mid way point Shanks kicked in the afterburners and put serious distance into her arch rival going on to >>
Kiesanowski Shows Class in Delhi
Seasoned NZ Professional Joanne Kiesanowski has showed her pedigree at the highest level at the Commonwealth Games in racing toward a silver medal in the women's scratch race at the Indira Gandhi Velodrome. In an exciting finish team mate Rushlee Buchanan was still off the front with five laps to go and looking to hold on to her advantage and win gold. But in the final stages, Australian track >>
Subway Tastes Double Success
The Subway Pro Cycling team tasted success across New Zealand at the weekend with wins on both islands. Nick Lovegrove won the latest round of the National Points Series, the Round the Mountain Cycle Classic in Taranaki, on Saturday and is hopeful the win will cement his spot in the six-man Subway-Avanti team for next month's Powernet Tour Of Southland. Lovegrove had recently returned >>
Dawkins Takes Bronze in Commonwealth Kilo
Eddie the Whopper Dawkins claimed the bronze medal tonight at the Delhi Velodrome taking New Zealand's first medal of the Games. Dawkins who came into the 1000 meter event as a clear favourite did not have the ride he expected as he tired during the final 400 meters losing his advantage he had built up over Malaysian Risol Tisin. But it was to be the Australian and former Junior World Champion >>
Kiwi Pros Ready for Worlds
New Zealand will go into this weekend's UCI World Road Cycling Championships in Melbourne with arguably two of the best sprinters in the world in top form. The question is if the stiff climb on each of the 11 laps of the circuit in Geelong and the 263km will deaden their legs for the all-rounders in the men's race on Sunday. The championships begin tomorrow with the time trial for elite women >>
Yates and Shridan Dominate Classic
Hawkes Bay rider Jeremy Yates defended his title and broke his own race record in winning the Taupo to Napier Classic today. The former junior world champion went clear in an initial break of six riders, which thinned down to just three, before Yates proved too strong to win in 3hr 03min in the latest round of the RaboDirect National Point Series. With a neutralisation because of road works, >>
Cooper Clean Sweeps New Caledonia
In a display of dominance Joe Cooper from the Subway - Avanti Pro Cycling team won all three jerseys at the Air France Tour of New Caledonia. After taking the tour leader's yellow jersey in Friday's individual time trial Cooper held on to it after the final stage 78 kilometre criterium was completed at the weekend. Cooper, the tour's defending champion, won five stages and also won the >>
Roulston - Let Me Race!
Hayden Roulston wants to race for New Zealand in the Commonwealth Games and is confident New Zealand team officials will make decisions in the best interests of the team. The double Olympic medallist has just returned from his European base to prepare for the World Road Cycling Championships road race in Melbourne next weekend and then the Commonwealth Games where he is also racing on the >>
Cooper Strikes Back in New Caledonia Time Trial
Joe Cooper from the Subway Pro Cycling team won today's individual time trial and took the leader's yellow jersey in this afternoon's individual time trial at the Air France Tour of New Caledonia. Cooper was one minute and 40 seconds off yellow after nine days of racing and was confident he could make up the time in this afternoon's 18 kilometre time trial. Cooper is the defending >>
Untimely Puncture For Cooper in New Caledonia
A flat tyre in the final kilometres meant Joe Cooper from the Subway - Avanti Pro Cycling team had to settle for second on stage six of the Air France Tour of New Caledonia yesterday, but he consolidated his position overall in the tour's top three. Cooper had his flat tire five kilometres from the finish and according to Subway - Avanti Pro Cycling team mate Nick Lovegrove lost about 55 >>
Cooper Moves in on Yellow Jersey
Joe Cooper from the Subway - Avanti Pro Cycling team closed the gap on the leader's yellow jersey with an impressive display of climbing to win stage seven of the Air France Tour of New Caledonia this afternoon. Today's stage had three category two climbs and one category one climb inside the first 40 kilometres of racing, followed by a reasonably flat 50 kilometres to the finish. "I >>
Wall Street Eyes E Bike Sector
Is it because of the massive e-Bike market and the trend that is sweeping Europe and the fact that with more electric bicycles sold more money is involved than ever before in the bike sector? Or has it to do with the 'Green' image of bicycles? Fact is that more investors than ever before are eyeing the bike sector at the moment. In the past year the Bike Europe trade journal occasionally got >>
Delhi Games Participation in Doubt
Appalling conditions at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games Village and sports venues have called the NZ team's participation into review. With a lack of security around the village and poor hygiene levels including sub par sewage systems and ongoing construction at the sports venues being just a few of the doubts Chef de Mission Dave Currie has about the Games viability. A decision on the NZ >>
Gate Takes Games Spot
Auckland cyclist Aaron Gate is a late addition to the New Zealand team for the Commonwealth Games. The 19 year old has filled a spot in the endurance track squad for the games and has been in Europe with the group competing in the road programme in Belgium and France over the last three months. Gate was third in the team pursuit at the junior world championships and third in the team >>
Sevilla Does it Again
The baby faced assassin Oscar Sevilla was once poised to become the next big Grand Tour sensation, that was until like many of Europe's star riders of the time came crashing down in the Operation Puerto blood doping sting unearthed by the Spanish authorities.Banished from his beloved European roads the Spaniard became a regular feature on the roads of north and south America where he raced for >>
Hendi Triumphs in Britain
Greg Henderson (Team SKY) has continued his streak of incredible international performances this year when taking the victory on todays 2nd stage in the Tour of Britain. Hendi who was a member of the stage long 18 rider breakaway had two team mates (Wiggans, Thomas) in the group and we able to break the grip on the race of Andre the giant Greipels HTC Columbia team. Hendi who has matured as a >>
No Delhi Concerns for BikeNZ Over Star Riders
There are no major concerns from BikeNZ for next month's world championships after star riders Hayden Roulston and Julian Dean both abandoned the Vuelta a Espana today with a week remaining in the final grand tour. Roulston withdrew 22kms into today's 13th stage from Rincon de Soto to Burgos while Dean withdrew before the start. Roulston has re-injured his knee and withdrew to focus >>
Eurobike 2010
The LOOK - POLAR collaboration that saw the launch of the Keo Power system will stand out as a breakthrough in the category that currently imposes the use of special cranksets or hubs on the rider, the Keo Power unit allows the rider to use essentially Keo Blade bodies fitted with a special internal axle. Not only is the system compatable with three current model Polar computer heads but it >>
Vink Takes Worlds Spot
Subway Avanti's Michael Vink has been selected in the New Zealand cycling team for the road cycling world championships being held near Melbourne later this month. The talented young Christchurch rider has recently returned from a five month stint racing for a club team in Belgium. Vink is joined by George Bennett (Nelson) and Jason Christie (Ashburton) in the under-23 road race team >>
Bike NZ Announce Worlds Long List
BikeNZ has named a powerful team built around their Pro Tour riders to make one of their strongest squads ever for the upcoming UCI World Road Cycling Championships in Melbourne. Pro Tour riders Julian Dean (Garmin Transitions), Hayden Roulston (HTC Colombia) and Greg Henderson (Team Sky) are included in a six-strong squad to contest the men's road race. The women's team is led by >>
NZ MTB Team Day One Worlds Wrap Up
UCI Mountainbike World Championships, Mont Sainte Anne, Canada Sept 1st to 5th 2010 NZ MTB Team Competition Day One - Wrap The 2010 UCI Mountainbike World Championships officially opened last night at a spectacular opening ceremony in Parliament Grounds in Quebec City last night. The stunning Parliament Buildings formed a beautiful backdrop for the teams presentation and a huge crowd welcomed >>
LOOK and Polar Develop Revolutionary Power Meter
Like Formula 1 car racing, modern cycling benefits more and more from embedded technology. LOOK and Polar have joined forces to develop a brand new pedal: the Ko Power. The Ko Power measures an athlete's power output, left/right balance and power output and sends the data directly to a Polar cycling computer on the bike's handlebars. Sensors are integrated in the body of the pedal and the >>
Williamson Clings to Australian Tour Lead
Subway Avanti's James Williamson is clinging to a slender lead at the Tour of the Murray River in Australia today after surviving intense pressure in a fiercely-contested criterium on stage five of the event. The Subway-Avanti team gave Williamson permission to ride for the Hyster-Total Rush team in the tour, and he has worked hard to defend the lead he secured after an impressive solo >>
Roulston Makes the Vuelta Cut
Kiwi professional Hayden Roulston has been rewarded for a strong season by securing a spot in the HTC Columbia line up for the Vuelta - Tour of Spain. Roulston after disappointingly missing out on a place in the HTC teams Tour de France squad has since ridden strongly in the Tour of Austria and got back to a strong health standpoint after his ailments picked up at the end of his classics >>
Subway Content With Lovegrove's Podium
Nick Lovegrove from the Subway - Avanti Pro Cycling team finished third in the Hudson Gavin & Martin Auckland 1000 Cycle Raceon Sunday. . Lovegrove and his Subway Avanti team mate Joe Cooper were part of the initial break of 12 riders in the race Lovegrove said was aggressive right from the gun. " It was an aggressive start to the race with most riders figuring that if an early >>
McCauley Shows Return to Form in HGM Classic
Gordon McCauley proved too strong for his final breakaway companions on the 104 kms Hudson Gavin Martin Classic today, out sprinting Christchurch's Paul Odlin to increase his lead in the national road cycling points series. The pair had started the last lap with Odlin's Bici Vida team-mate Shem Rodger, the trio having a 30 second lead over a chasing Nick Lovegrove and Aaron Strong. Rodger was >>
Heroic Hendi Triumphant in Enerco Tour
Kiwi sprinter Greg Henderson has taken another win for his SKY team in what has already been his most successful season so far. The former track star came around teammate Edvald Boasson Hagen in the closing metres and held off a fast-finishing Kenny Van Hummel (Skil-Shimano) to take a fine win. Overall, Tony Martin (HTC-Columbia) maintains his advantage over Koos Moerenhout >>
McCauley & Holt Headline Hudson Gavin Martin Classic on Sunday
Gordon McCauley and Melissa Holt are the headline entries for the Hudson Gavin & Martin Auckland 1000 Cycling road race on Sunday. The Karaka Kingseat based event is the sixth round of the National Points series. The pair are both using the race as part of their build up to October's New Delhi Commonwealth Games. Aucklander McCauley has spent most of the past month in Australia competing >>
Girl Power to Fore for NZ Junior Team
Girl power was again to the fore on the final day of the UCI World Junior Track Cycling Championships in Italy. After two silver medals in the team sprint and team pursuit by the female squad, Christchurch's Liz Steel carried the hopes today. It proved a case of nearly but not quite with for Steel who finished fourth in the two-day omnium competition. She was fourth after the >>
Williamson tames the South
A stunning ride by Subway-Avanti's James Williamson saw him tame the South in the fourth round of the Benchmark Homes cycling tour today. The race, commonly referred to as the "hell of the South" included five unsealed road sections, making for a challenging ride. An early break away, which included Williamson, broke free in the first three kilometres. Six riders, including Mark >>
Subway Look for First Benchmark Scalp
A tough tour in China last month means The Subway - Avanti Pro Cycling team is well primed for this Sunday's fourth round of the Benchmark Homes series in Canterbury. After a testing Tour de Qinghai Lake in China New Zealand's only UCI registered cycling team has high expectations of performing well on Sunday's 140 kilometre course that features five sections and over eight kilometres of >>
Auckland Juniors Take Silver Medal at Junior World Championships
The Auckland pair of Stephanie McKenzie and Henrietta Mitchell grabbed New Zealand's first medal on the track at the UCI World Junior Championships in Italy today. McKenzie and Mitchell won the silver medal in the women's team sprint after breaking the world record in their qualifying run at Montichiari Velodrome. The girls clocked 35.963 to break the world mark before the Russian combination >>
Kiesanowski 3rd in Charlotte
After a fast, aggressive 60-minute event, the race came down to a bunch sprint. "Everything was together on the last lap," Kiesanowski said. "Coming into the last set of turns, Sam (Schneider) came around me and I grabbed her wheel. She went hard through the turns and was still in first position coming out of the last one when she dropped me off. Unfortunately, the finishing straight is 350 >>
Professionals Lead NZ Team For Delhi
The New Zealand Olympic Committee has today named a strong team, including Pro Tour stars Greg Henderson and Hayden Roulston along with their current world championship medallists, for the cycling team to contest the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. The team will be the maximum allowable with 26 riders named today with one to be added while selectors expect that some track riders will be needed >>
Riis Cycling & Contador Join Forces
After much speculation on the future of his team Bjarne Riis has made the announcement that he and Grand Tour master Alberto Contador will join forces under the sponsorship of Team Saxo Bank SunGard for next season. In what was hailed as the press conference of the season Riis announced in Copenhagen that not only has Contador signed a two year deal with the team but historic backer, investment >>
Blenkinsop and Anderson Top Ten at Mountainbike World Cup
Italy's Val di Sole was host to the fifth round of the UCI MTB World Cup over the weekend - 20 NZers were competing in Saturday's Cross Country and Sunday's Downhill events. Junior Men Cross Country - Anderson 7thRichard Anderson (Avanti, Blenhiem) raced to a fighting 7th place at his second World Cup. Anderson had a strong start position at Val di Sole, called up to the front line of the >>
Pistol Pete Firing in Elk Grove
Pete the Pistol Latham (Team Bissell) has come out firing the big money Tour of Elk Grove in Illinois USA. The $150,000 purse has attracted almost every US rider worthy of making the front echelon and the Kiwi wasted no time in stamping his authority on the field by taking the victory in the stage one individual time trial beating Michael Freedman (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team p/b Kenda into >>
Roulston For San Sebastian Classica
Hayden Roulston gets the second half of his season in Europe underway with his team HTC-Columbia at the San Sebastin Classic this Saturday in Spain. After spending 12 days at home in Christchurch Roulston returned to his base in Spain this week primed and feeling confident about his form. "I got some good training in while at home. Even though it was cold, I did get some good miles in >>
Pure Black Racing is Born
Being the editor of I had the privilege tonight of attending the launch of Pure Black Racing, the team born from the vision of Americas Cup grinder Carl Williams. The evening was hosted by the very personable Jon Bridges whom throughout the event passed the stage to speakers Yachting icon Peter Montgomery, Auckland MP Nikki Kaye and Business leader Greg Cross. Williams a former >>
LOOK KeO Blade Ti Pedals win big at the 2010 Tour de France
Alberto Contador rides the LOOK KeO Blade Ti Pedals to their first Tour de France win. The LOOK KeO Blade Ti Pedals debuted last fall, and made their first Tour appearance with a host of impressive wins: The Green Points Jersey ( Alessandro Petacchi of Lampre-Farnese Vini), Most Combative Rider (Sylvan Chavanel of Quick Step), Best Team Clasification (Team RadioShack), and The Yellow Leaders >>
Roulston Discusses Season Goals
Kiwi Pro Tour racer Hayden Roulston discusses his 2nd half of the season goals with John McKenzie of Enthuse events in his video interview. The Olympic medalist had a brilliant Tour de France in 2009 claiming a stage podium place, but ill health derailed the Cantabrians chances after a successful classics >>
Kiesanowski Takes Cascade Criterium
Joanne Kiesanowski of Team TIBCO/To the Top took full advantage of the team's final-lap leadout to win the Stage 4 criterium of the Cascade Classic in downtown Bend this evening."The team was so strong today," she said. "Our plan was to keep things together and bring it down to a bunch sprint. We shut down everything that went. Colavita tried to get a few breaks going be we covered everything." >>
Schleck - Contador Put on Double Act
In what was billed as the final showdown on the road in this years Tour de France stage 17 finishing up the 'Geant" Col du Tourmalet didn't disappoint. Raced at breakneck speeds over the day's first two cols and through the valleys after a seven man break and a reasonably dangerous Carlos Sastre the best of the peloton arrived at the foot of the Tourmalet intact, the only man in question was >>
Jesse Sergent Steps up to Pro Tour
Kiwi U23 sensation Jesse Sergent has been the talk of the peloton ever since his crushing victory in the Tour of Gila time trial back in April when he took the win ahead of Dave Zabriskie and Levi Leipheimer. Seeing the potential Belgian team manager Bruyneel has pulled the Feilding native into the Radioshack team for the remainder of the season seeing him leave his sport on the U23 feeder Trek >>
Subway Settle Into Groove in China
Subway Avanti Pro Cycling Team members Joe Cooper and Eric Drower were part an early break on stage three of the Tour de Qinghai Lake in China, before eventually finishing 19 minutes behind Iranian strongman Ghader Mizbani of the Tabriz Petrochemical team. The Iranian defeated Rasoul Barati (Giant Asia racing Team) and Alexander Filippov (Russian National Team) to claim the 174 kilometre >>
Schleck Loses Yellow - Promises Revenge
Tour Favourite Andy Schleck's run of good luck came to an end today during stage 15 on the slopes of the Port de Bals when he timed the worst mechanical problem at the worst possible moment. Schleck had just let fly with an impressive attack sparking a chase in full flight from arch rival Alberto Contador, the duo were just about to come back together when Schleck derailed his chain leaving >>
Kiesanowski Takes NRC Win
Joanne Kiesanowski of Team TIBCO/To the Top took her first NRC victory of the season last Saturday at the Grand Cycling Classic in Grand Rapids, Michigan. "It was a good race, and good to get my first NRC win of the year," she said.In a repeat of her Sea Otter Circuit Race victory of 2009, Kiesanowski was off the front late in the race with fellow New Zealander Cath Cheatley (Colavita-Baci). She >>
Contador and Schleck Ride Pyrrenean Stage in Tandem
The rivalry between the two top contenders in this years Tour de France came to a head in the first of four Pyrenean stages today as the duo marked each other so closely they enabled the rest of the GC favorites to ride off the front. At one point the pair almost reached a stand still on the 10% gradient, not from the steepness of the climb but rather the tactics they were imposing on it. Once >>
Contador Levels Score - Schleck Looks to Pyrenees
Stage 12 of Le Tour saw Spaniard Alberto Contador level the score on the Young Andy Schleck as he took back every one of the 10 seconds Schleck stole from him on the stage to Morzine Avoriaz. Pistolero seized the moment just 2 km out from the finish and hit Schleck hard with a burst of speed that defied the 13% gradient. Surprisingly Schleck was unable to react quick enough to prevent Contador >>
Renshaw Out - Aussie Headbutts Dean
HTC Columbia leadout man Mark Renshaw has been thrown out of the Tour de France after exercising dirty tactics on the sole Kiwi in this year's event Julian Dean. Fearing the approach of the Dean and Farrar (Garmin Transitions) Renshaw threw the old head butt not once but three times to move Dean off his fast overtaking line. Not satisfied that this had done the job the Australian then swung >>
Subway Aim for Success in China
The Subway Avanti Pro Cycling Team have plans to make an impact with a stage win in one of the highest cycle races in the world, the Tour de Qinghai Lake in China. The tour starts on Friday with a criterium and includes nine stages, 1518 kilometres of racing and climbs to 3,870 metres, with the minimum of 1,880m making it the highest cycle tour event in the world. The highest point in this >>
Schleck Donnes the Yellow
Andy Schleck swapped out the white jersey for best young rider for the yellow jersey after the finish of stage 9 in the Tour de France today with a commanding performance over the Madeleine. The Luxembourger together with Alberto Contador distanced all of the remaining favorites coming home at the head of the field sprinting for the stage win which was taken by Sandy Caesar of FDJ.The biggest >>
Kiwi Mountainbikers Around the World
Avalanche Cup and Mega Avalanche, France The hugely popular Avalanche Series of events in Oz en Osains and Alp d'Heuz filled a week long period between July 5th and July 11th. Cameron Cole (Christchurch) and Sam Blenkinsop (Wanganui) led NZ's charge for the downhill events, and were joined this year by former Cross Country Olympian Kashi Leuchs (Dunedin) competing in this format for the >>
Chavanel Races to Lead - Evans Looks to Swap Rainbow for Gold
Stage seven of the Tour de France from Tournus - Station des Rousses over 165.5km was by far the most incredible performance I have seen Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel put in on the bike, Chav was simply brilliant and rode like a man possessed in search of the yellow jersey he lost only a few days earlier when a cobble stone or three along with a flying Cancellara ripped the golden fleece off his >>
Team Share the Road Look to Share the Podium
Legendary Tour of Southland rider Gordon McCauley rates his 2010 Share the Road team as the strongest he's ever been involved with. That's mighty kudos coming from a man who has an incredible 17 tours and two titles to his credit. In November, the Auckland rider will join forces with last year's runner-up and national road champion Jack Bauer, of Nelson, Olympic cyclist Jeremy Yates, of >>
Dean Achieves Best Ever Tour de France Result
Stage four of the Tour de France saw Kiwi rider Julien Dean achieve his best ever finish in the worlds greatest race when he placed second to Italian superstar Alessandro "AleJet" Petacchi. Dean who has been given the green light from his Garmin Transitions team to gold for results wasted no time after receiving the invitation. Dean can usually be seen executing his finish some 200 metres >>
New Partner For Taupo Cycle Challenge
A new principal partner and new events herald the start of a new era for the popular Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, which is expected to again attract over 10,000 riders from around New Zealand and the world. New Zealand's leading electricity and gas company Contact Energy is the new principal partner of the Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge which will take place on Saturday 27 November >>
LOOK Release Technology Breaking 695
In what has been dubbed an "Integration of innovation and technology" the all new 695 released today from French cycle engineers LOOK has lived up to the hype. Improving function through integration of key components has been a standout in the 695. The 695 has been a project that has utilised proprietory technology throughout resulting in strength to weight ratios not seen in the industry >>
Former NZ Rep Rower Signs With Subway
The Subway Avanti Pro Cycling Team have signed former New Zealand rower Ian Smallman to race in this month's Tour de Qinghai Lake in China. Smallman retired from competitive rowing in 2004 after eighteen years which included numerous national titles and three world championship campaigns. "I'm really excited with the opportunity of racing for the Subway-Avanti team," he said. "The >>
YMCA Takes Out Corporate Pursuit in Record Time
YMCA Education defended its Harrex Corporate Pursuit title breaking its own record in the event's finals held in Invercargill today. "It was amazing, a great feeling and an awesome team effort," YMCA Education team leader Dion Cameron said. The YMCA team was dominate throughout the day pacing itself and building well breaking the one minute 14 second record it set in last week's grading >>
Henderson to Miss Tour de France
Another Kiwi not lining up in Rotterdam for the start of the Tour de France is SKY sprinter Greg Henderson. The hugely successful Henderson has been left out of the British line up in what must be a disappointing announcement after crossing over from the Columbia HTC team at the end of last season. One of Hendersons goals for the 2010 season was a ride in the Tour with the aim of becoming the >>
Roulston Overlooked in Tour de France Selection
Hayden Roulston has missed out on racing in this year's Tour de France, but is determined to turn his disappointment into a positive. The double Olympic medallist says he was "disappointed naturally", but has had some time to reflect on the teams decision and will now race in the Tour of Austria starting the 4th of July. "HTC Columbia is a very strong team this year. On paper you could >>
Kashi Leuchs to Return to Racing ... With a Full-Face Helmet
It has been a year since 31-year-old Kashi Leuchs, of Dunedin, finished racing at the elite level in cross-country World Cups, but in late June and early July he will don a different helmet and reignite his passion for racing. The three-time Olympian for New Zealand will be racing in two selected downhill endurance events in France: the Enduro de Nations at Val d'allos, France from June >>
Clarke Takes NVGP Criterium
Hilton Clarke of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis won the bunch sprint of the Uptown Minneapolis Criterium Friday evening. It was his second consecutive stage win at the Nature Valley Grand Prix, which saw yesterday's third stage canceled due to tornado warnings. "This one we really had to work for," said Team Director Mike Tamayo. As they had in Wednesday evening's race, >>
Outdoor Identification Partners With
Industry online retailer and Outdoor ID have partnered up and are bringing you stylish and functional ID solutions for the cyclist and sports person. The range includes fixtures for the helmet, shoe, wrist and the all time favourite "dogtag". With safety being an all time issue put medical / personal information at >>
The Swiss Land in NZ
If you wanted to be a little like Spartacus after watching his incredible wins at Paris Roubaix and Flanders this season then now you can look a little like him in the limited edition Cancellara Swiss Champions Jersey from Team issue supplier Sportful. A shipment has made it's way to our fine shores and can be seen at your local store or support your LBD online. The BodyFit Pro Team Jersey >>
G Man is Back!
The Subway Avanti Pro Cycling Team are thrilled to have the vastly experienced Graeme Miller managing the team at next month's Tour de Qinghai Lake in China. The veteran of four Olympic and five Commonwealth Games came back to New Zealand in December last year after spending two years in Bermuda, where he worked with its national cycling team, and says he is really looking forward to the >>
Hayden Roulstons Tour de Suisse
A very wet day here in the tour of suisse made life rather unpleasant for the peleton.. that along with soaking wet roads and 100km/hr descents meant it was scarey to say the least! i heard some of the boys got to 110km/hr. lets just say i wasnt looking down! that is ridiculously fast with only lycra as protection eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek! i was super today.. i was at ease on the 20km climb.. it went >>
Roulston to Tour De Suisse
Hayden Roulston is back in action for his team HTC-Columbia at the Tour de Suisse which starts this Saturday in Lugano, Switzerland. After a training camp in the French Alps where stages seven, eight and nine were checked out for the Tour de France, the team has turned its focus to its final tune up events before selecting its final line up for the Tour de France. HTC-Columbia is >>
Recored Numbers Expected for Santos Tour Down Under Challenge
More cyclists than ever are expected to ride the Mutual Community Challenge Tour, the official public ride of the 2011 Santos Tour Down Under. The ride, which is part of the koda Breakaway Series, will take place from Norwood to Strathalbyn on Friday 21 January 2011. "The Mutual Community Challenge Tour is a great way for people to be part of the Santos Tour Down Under and ride the same >>
Cooper Victorious in Taranaki
Joe Cooper fought off former Subway Avanti Pro Cycling Team mate Gordon McCauley to win a wet and windy Tour of Taranaki which finished today. Cooper won the opening prologue in impressive style beating McCauley by 23 seconds and raced well over the following four stages, held over three days in difficult conditions, to hold on to the yellow leaders jersey and his lead for the whole tour.  >>
De Maar Extends Mt Hood Lead
Marc de Maar of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis may not have won the queen stage of the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic today as he had hoped, but he did achieve his other and potentially more important goal for the day, opening a bigger gap on 2nd overall Paul Mach (Bissell) going into tomorrow's final stage criterium.De Maar attacked on the final climb of the day about 8 >>
Corset Takes QOM, Kiesanowski 9th in Liberty Classic
The six rider squad from Team TIBCO/To the Top rode aggressively from the start of the 93 km Liberty Classic, with Australian National Champion Ruth Corset one of the early agitators. Corset attacked on the first lap and began securing Queen of the Mountain points the first time up the Manayunk Wall and Lemon Hill, en route to securing the QoM competition. In fact, Corset took top points on seven >>
Big Kiwi Contingent at Mt Hood Classic
No fewer than Six Kiwis contest the six stages of this weeks Mt Hood Cycling Classic in the USA. The popular cycling connection NZ has developed with U23 team Rubicon - ORBEA - Livestrong boasts five Kiwis in its ranks for the race with third year rider Mike Northey taking out ninth place in the opening stage criterium. Northey the winner of the bioSPORT series in Auckland over summer is a >>
Valverde Gets His Ban - Finally!
The CAS has finally dealt with the Alejandro Valverde doping case and awarded the seemingly teflon coated Spaniard a two-year suspension, effective starting January 1, 2010, for his involvement in the Operacin Puerto doping scheme where blood bags tested by CONI contained traces of the red blood cell booster EPO. The court strongly upheld the request of the UCI and World Anti-doping Agency >>
Archbold Podiums on FBD Ras Stage
Mid-Canterbury cyclist Shane Archbold outsprinted the peloton to finish third in today's sixth stage of The Ras cycle tour in Ireland. The young rider is part of the BikeNZ track squad who are racing in Europe as part of their endurance training towards the Commonwealth Games. His team-mates Aaron Gate, Wes Gough and Marc Ryan were also safely in the peloton for today's 127km to from >>
Former Kiwi Track Team Mates Take 2nd & 4th in Giro Stage
Julian Dean looked to be enjoying the free reign he had in last nights Giro stage 18 from Levico Terme to Brescia over 156km. The Kiwi leadout specialist with no team sprinter on his wheel was able to focus on his own race and ran an impresive second place to the Giant German Andre Greipel. Deans second place equals the second he took on the final stage of the Vuelta when riding for US Postal.  >>
Kiesanowski & TIBCO End Euro Campaign at Tour d l'Aude
Team TIBCO's two month European racing campaign ends with the final stage of the Tour d l'Aude, in the beautiful city of Carcassone. Today's course began with flat to rolling countryside, then climbed up and over two categorized climbs before descending back into Carcassone for 6 fast laps weaving through the city. On the final day of a long stage race, the General Classification is not likely to >>
Kiesanowski Takes Third in Tour d'Aude
Joanne Kiesanowski gets a 3rd place finish against the very best in the world. Today's stage exits the tiny village of Aunat on mostly down hill roads for the first several kilometers. But, don't think today is an easy stage. The route includes a "properly savage hill climb" said one pro from another team. Joanne fought very hard over the mountains and with Amanda >>
Vennell Riding High in California
Hawkes Bay professional Jeremy Vennell riding for the Bissell Team in the Amgen Tour of California stormed home to an incredible 12 place finish in the penultimate stages individual time trial over 33km. The ex NZ Champion in the race of truth backed up his status as a solid all rounder against some of the best time trial specialists in the world. The stage was won by Germany's Tony Martin (HTC >>
Hendi Goes Oh So Close
Kiwi professional Greg Henderson was a bike length away from taking his secong Grand Tour stage Victory last night as he sprinted to 2nd place in stage 13 of the Giro d Italia. Henderson who had been part of a breakaway group that was made up of 17 riders including Danilo Wyss (BMC), Rubens Bertogliati (Androni Giocattoli), Andriy Grivko (Astana), Matthieu Claude (Bbox),Kalle Kriit (Cofidis), >>
View From the Team Car - Day 8 Tour d l'Aude
A different point-of-view for today's report: from inside the team car riding along with the Directeur Sportif and mechanic. We are "car 11" in the caravan of team cars, police motorcycles and the race medical cars. Ruth Corset suffered more bad luck again. After only 10-kilometers of racing, the bad news came to us over the radio--"Ruth is off the bike". When the >>
TIBCO Attacks First Mountain Stage of Tour d'Aude
"tape quatre" but jour cinq of the Tour de L'Aude begins and ends in the alpine village of Ossja high in the Pyrenees Mountains. This is the first of three days for the climbers in the peloton. Two giant climbs today means big gaps will certainly form. The course is a big figure-eight double loop through a magnificent wooded mountain landscape. The finish is a >>
Team TIBCO Day 6 - Tour d l'Aude
Rebecca Much's report about today's race: "It was a hard day. You just go straight up right away from the start. It was brutal." "USA national team lead the race out really hard from the very start" so they could set-up a breakaway for their riders. They got 2 riders off the front along with anybody who mattered, including Emma Pooley. Then TIBCO riders Rebecca >>
JD Takes 3rd in Giro
Seasoned Kiwi professional Julian Dean of the Garmin Transitions team played the consumate team mate in stage 10 of the Giro this morning. The Rotorua sprinter set up Giro points leader and team mate Tyler Farrar into the perfect race winning position and for his incredible efforts still managed third on the line for himself. The podium place is an incredible result for a leadout man, with >>
Cadel Evans - Best World Champion in a Decade
World Champion cyclist Cadel Evans vowed to honor the Rainbow jersey for the 2010 season and race it with the distinction it deserved, the Australian has not disappointed. Watching stage seven of the Giro d Italia showed the stuff the BMC Team rider is made of as he singlehandedly disposed of the competition to take line honors in Montalcino after 222km of racing. The stage which had been >>
Bevin Steps Up to Bissell
Taupo star cyclist Patrick Bevin has wasted no time in impressing one of North America's biggest pro teams after commencing his inaugural season stateside. Bevin the current Under19 New Zealand and Oceana Road Champion has been riding for development team Rubicon / Orbea since February but caught the eye of Bissell pro team director Glen Mitchell with Mitchell wasting no time in signing the >>
US Team Trump NZ World Record
Dotsie Bausch (Irvine, Calif./ATF Empire Coaching Systems), Sarah Hammer (Temecula, Calif./American Track Foundation) and Lauren Tamayo (Asheville, N.C./Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 12) set an unofficial new world record in the three-kilometer team pursuit on their way to winning the gold medal in women's event at the Pan American Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico on May 12. Their time of >>
Cam Cole Primed for UCI World Cup Opener
Former world junior downhill champion Cameron Cole, of Christchurch, New Zealand, will begin his 2010 World Cup campaign in downhill racing this weekend at Maribor, Slovenia. Ranked 22nd in the UCI world rankings, Cole is again backed by the Maxxis-Rocky Mountain team and the 22-year-old is excited by his preparation for the season. "It's a good team and this year everything has been >>
American Hammer Breaks World Pursuit Record
American Sarah Hammer has achieved an impressive world record in the individual pursuit during the qualifying round of the women's event at the Panamerican Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Hammer destroyed the record set by our own Super Sarah Ulmer at sea level during the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Hammer recorded 3.22.269 in Aguascalientes which is a lofty 1,870 metres above sea >>
Kiesanowski 4th in France - TIBCO Sweep Top 4
Two-thirds of Team TIBCO's Tour de l'Aude squad took the start of the St. Salvy de la Balme race in France today. They also took the finish, as Ruth Corset and Brooke Miller slipped away from the field early and help on for 1st and 2nd respectively, while Emma Mackie also got away late to take 3rd place. Joanne Kiesanowski won the bunch sprint for 4th place.Miller attacked the first time up the >>
Benchmark Homes Tour Unites NZ Top Riders
Round 3 of the Benchmark Homes Elite Team Racing series will have some of New Zealand's top climbers battling the grueling 133km from Hanmer to Kaikoura. The classic course features a series of short-sharp climbs along the twisting narrow inland route climaxing with a dramatic climb to the finish line atop the Ocean Ridge Estate just south of the picturesque Kaikoura. In 2006, Brian Fowler >>
Roulston Focused on Tour de France
Hayden Roulston is focused on his health and building up to the Tour de France as he has struggled to fight off illness since his top 10 finish in last month's gruelling Paris-Roubaix in northern France. Roulston was sick heading into one of the world's most prestigious one day classic bike races where only 74 riders out of 200 riders finished, but was determined to compete in the event >>
McCauley Adds More Gold to His Trophy Cabinet
Multi national champion Gordon McCauley made a rare appearance to win the RaboPlus national club road race title in Hawkes Bay today. McCauley (Counties Manukau) managed the final sprint to dispose of Joseph Cooper (Port Nicholson Poneke) and Shem Rodger (Te Awamutu Sports) to take out the title. He used his experience in the windy conditions to make the key breaks that led to victory. "The >>
Sergent Stuns Cycling World
New Zealand's Jesse Sergent has punched out a massive victory on US soil today in besting some of the best time trial riders in the world during Stage three of the Tour of Gila. Sergent who rides for Lance Armstrong's development team "Trek Livestrong" took no prisioners in the 26.6km test putting 14 seconds into Levi Leipheimer and 26 seconds in Dave Zabriskie. Aside from this Sergent also put >>
Scoles Takes First 2010 Pro Win on DH Circuit
Alexandra's Matt Scoles opened his 2010 European racing campaign over the weekend with a win for his new professional downhill mountainbike team, Cingolani-Proton. Scoles has now been based in Italy with his new team for two weeks, and raced at the XI Trophy Terme di Fontecchio, Citta di Castello (Perugia) against a high class Italian field mixed with other international racers. George >>
Gorter Honing in on Raboplus Nationals
Subway Avanti Pro Cycling Team's Matt Gorter feels confident he can perform well in tomorrow's RaboPlus National Club Championships elite road race, being held near Hastings, after strong recent results. Gorter is the current co-leader in the RaboPlus National Points series and recorded the fastest time at last weekend's Gallipoli Cup handicap race near Ardmore. The 85 kilometre race >>
Kiesanowski Fine Tunes in Holland
Roeselare, NED Team TIBCO/To the Top was a constant presence at the front of the GP Stad Roeselare (UCI 1.1) last Sunday, figuring in the main break of the day, and mixing it up in the sprint finish. Joanne Kiesanowski was the team's top finisher in 7th place, but her placing didn't reflect the influence the team had on the race."The girls are racing great," team directeur sportif Chris Georgas >>
Record Entries for Corporate Pursuit
Record entries have resulted in 33 teams being confirmed in Harrex Group Corporate Pursuit cycling event being held in Invercargill in late June. In previous years a maximum of 32 teams could enter the event but organisers Cycling Southland have increased the field by one to allow for the extra interest. "We are thrilled to have received a full complement of entries for this unique >>
Round the World Record Attempt
On the 31/03/10, British professional racing cyclist Alan Bate began a dramatic attempt to sensationally lower the Round the World Cycling Record to just 99 days. This punishing schedule has been widely ridiculed as "impossible". Mark Beaumont set a fantastic Guinness record of 195 days for the 18,000 miles. This record was broken twice last year and now stands at 165 days (to be ratified by >>
CAN Calls for Full Attention While Cycling
The Cycling Advocates Network (CAN) says cyclists, like all road users, need to pay full attention while on the road. A woman cyclist killed yesterday after being struck by a train near Tauranga is believed to have been listening to an iPod-style music player. CAN spokesman Bevan Woodward recommends that people shouldn't use headphones while cycling. "The Road Code is clear. All drivers- and >>
McCauley - Subway Split with Focus on Commonwealth Games Medal
Gordon McCauley has left the Subway Avanti Pro Cycling Team to focus on winning a medal in the individual Time Trial at this year's Commonwealth Games being held in India in October. McCauley won a Commonwealth Games bronze medal in the time trial in Melbourne 2006 and feels he needs to structure and organise his own schedule to be totally focused on adding another medal to his collection. >>
Subway Secures Two Weekend Podiums
The Subway Avanti Pro Cycling Team had podium finishes in two major events over the weekend and consolidated its lead in the RaboPLus National Points Series. Shane Archbold won round five of the elite RaboPlus National Points series race at Around Brunner on Saturday edging out Subway-Avanti's Matt Gorter to smash the course record by 15 minutes to win in three hours one minute and 17 >> and Pensec Travel Offer Tour de France Promotion has the pleasure of offering its readers a promotion of a $200 euro deduction on the exclusive 11 day package from Premium service Tour de France travel operator Ronan Pensec. Pensec a former Yellow Jersey wearer in the Tour de France uses his advantage to the fullest gaining VIP entry to backstage Tour gatherings, securing the best accomodation en route and with being a key host >>
Subway on the Hunt for the Double
The Subway Avanti Pro Cycling Team heads to the West Coast of the South Island for two events this weekend it is determined to make its mark on. "This weekend's double-header is a must attend for any team intending to win the two series that both events represent," Team Manager Greg Hume said. The team is aiming to strengthen the advantages of leaders Gordon McCauley and Matt Gorter in >>
Godfrey Joins Strong Field for Around Brunner
Former world Champion Hayden Godfrey is the latest big name to enter the Around Brunner elite road race this weekend. The 2008 Omnium World Champion was knocked off his bike in Christchurch in February, putting his arm through a car windscreen which required surgery meaning he missed valuable training and race time and missed out on selection in the New Zealand Track team for last month's >>
Findlay Guests For Mico/About Plumbing Team for NPS Brunner Event
This weekend is again a busy weekend for the Mico/All About Plumbing Cycling team presented by Revolution Racing. Saturday has the team lining up on the West Coast in Greymouth for the 130km National Point Series (NPS) Around Brunner Cycle Ride. Team director Steve Elden says "the ride or race for the elites is a good hit out for the team the day prior to the second round or the Benchmark series. >>
Interest High in Corporate Pursuit
Less than two weeks after entries opened, interest is already high in Cycling Southland's Harrex Group Corporate Pursuit being held in June. Organisers expect to easily fill the field of 32 corporate teams that will compete in New Zealand's only indoor velodrome in Invercargill in a grading time trial on Friday 18 June and then finals on Sunday 27 June. Some teams have already started >>
Swiss Precision in Roubaix - Roulston Cracks Top Ten!
Being touted as the world's best cyclist of the moment is a big call but what Fabian Cancellara has achieved over the past two weeks of racing in justification. The Swiss powerhouse was an out and out favourite as the race departed and no one was watching him closer than arch rival Tom Boonen of Quickstep. In a race that Boonen has taken ownership of over the past seasons the Belgian >>
Subway Look to Increase Lead in National Series
Increasing the lead of two of their riders in the RaboPlus National Point Series is the focus of the Subway Avanti Pro Cycling team in this Saturday's 160 kilometre Kaimai Cycles 1000 road race in the Waikato region. New Zealand's only UCI Continental team has entered five riders in the event which is round four of the National Points Series. Subway Avanti's Mathew Gorter leads the >>
Hendi Goes Close in Belgium
Greg Henderson narrowly missed out on another win this season, this time on Belgium soil in Wednesdays Scheldeprijs Classic. The Dunedin native is having a breakout season on his new team "SKY" where he is being given the protected rider opportunities which have already resulted in a Stage victory in Paris - Nice. "I came strong at the finish, but I was just out of position," Henderson told >>
National Pilot for Pace Car Project
Sport Northland is launching the Pace Car Project this April and it will be the very first initiative of its kind in New Zealand. The Pace Car Project is a simple initiative that asks motorists in the Whangarei community to sign a pledge whereby they agree to drive courteously around other road users such as walkers and cyclists, and to the speed limit. By signing the pledge, drivers make a >>
San Marco Launch Worldwide Test Program
Do you know that San Marco allows you to test the saddles before the purchase? Find out which is the most suitable model for his own anatomical characteristics it's important. For this reason we thought about helping to find the perfect saddle, giving you the chance to test it for free. How to do? All you need to do is to go into one of the shops that stick to the promotion. There you will >>
Miller Takes 13th in Flanders
Team TIBCO/To the Top made a solid start to its spring European campaign under extremely difficult conditions at the Tour of Flanders Sunday. Brooke Miller survived the wind, occasional rain and hazardous riding conditions created by slick cobbles and a nervous peloton to take 13th place in the race known to race fans simply as The Ronde."There were many big crashes and pileups in the first 60 >>
Franks and Fox on Podium at 2010 NZ BMX Nationals
Daniel Franks, of Christchurch, finishes second in the final of the UCI Junior Elite Men at the New Zealand BMX Championships with fellow Yeti rider Nick Fox, of Gisborne, in third. But the race, held on Saturday at the Franklin-Waiuku BMX track, was not without controversy after officials took the unusual step of calling for a re-run of the final. "In the Junior Elite Men's final a >>
Bici Vida Cleans up at bioSPORT Criterium
Bici Vida took a hat trick in the overall results in bioSPORT City Criterium Series Finale last night at the Viaduct Tank Farm. Mike Northey was awarded the well-deserved first Place, taking out second and two primes in the sixth and final race to cement his lead in series points. Team mate Alex Ray took the line honours winning him second place overall, his efforts last night pulling him ahead >>
Vink's Record Highlight of Local TT Season
Michael Vink's breaking of Brian Fowlers 16 year old time trial record was a highlight of the Christchurch Time Trial association's summer season that ended last night. A number of age group records were also broken during the season which experienced excellent growth and interest with large numbers turning out for the weekly racing on a Tuesday night. Vink, 18, broke the long standing >>
Missed opportunities at weekend for Subway Avanti Cycling team
Missed opportunities is how Subway Avanti Pro Cycling team Manager Greg Hume labelled the teams efforts after competing in Marlborough's Grape Ride and the first Round of the Benchmark Homes Series in Nelson over the weekend. "We have high expectations in any event we compete in and we failed to achieve the results I expected with the calibre of riders we had at the weekend, but we will >>
Topeak Scoops Red Dot Awards
Topeak cycling accessories has received a total of four prestigious red dot awards for 2010, including one 'Best of the Best' distinction for the Mega MorphTM compact floor pump. Three red dot product design awards were awarded for the Air BackPack, RaceRocket mini pump and Mini 20 Pro tool. The red dot awards The red dot design award has been held by the Design Centre of North >>
Phinney Takes Gold, New Zealands Sergent Takes the Silver
Taylor Phinney (Boulder, Colo./Trek-Livestrong) became the first American to win back-to-back elite men's world titles on the track, re-capturing the rainbow jersey in the 4-kilometer individual pursuit Thursday night in Denmark. The U.S. women's team pursuit squad also qualified for the finals for the first time in history, finishing fourth. "It feels relieving. I did a lot of training >>
Bauer to FBD RAS
With the start of the 2010 FBD RS just over two months away, the first team for this year's race has been confirmed. A powerful New Zealand national team will be travelling from its temporary base in Europe for the prestigious Irish event, the first such visit since 1988. The quintet is expected to leave a real mark on the race. While the final lineup will be decided shortly before the start of >>
Intense Competition For World Championship Places
BikeNZ head coach Tim Carswell faces a tough job to make his final team selections ahead of the UCI World Track Cycling Championships that begin in Copenhagen overnight Wednesday (NZ time). Carswell said competition for places has been intense with little separating individuals in the New Zealand team with he and his fellow coaches Dayle Cheatley and Justin Grace facing a task none of them >>
Records Broken at Le Race
Michael Vink signalled his is in fine form to start his first overseas contract next week storming home to win the 100 kilometre Christchurch to Akaroa Le Race cycle race in record time today. Vink, 18, beat a high quality field that including his Subway Avanti team mates Gordon McCauley, Joe Cooper, Sam Hogan and Hayden Godfrey, the experienced Paul Oldin and James Early and Brett Dawber >>
Wyn Masters and Daniel Franks Clash in 4X Final
A thrilling race in the UCI Oceania Mountain Bike Championships 4X final on Friday evening in Dunedin, New Zealand, saw seasoned World Cup racer and New Zealand downhill champion Wyn Masters, of Rotorua, clash with 16-year-old Daniel Franks, of Christchurch, to win the top medal. Franks, riding for Yeti NZ, dominated the start and looked comfortable in the lead through the straights at the >>
Former World Champ Enters Le Race
Former world champion Hayden Godfrey is a late entry for Le Race after missing selection in the New Zealand track team for next week's UCI World Track Championships in Denmark. The 2008 Omnium World Champion was knocked off his bike in Christchurch early last month, putting his arm through a car windscreen which required surgery meaning he missed valuable training and race time. "I have >>
Aussie Invasion at Oceania Championships
The UCI Oceania Mountainbike Championships are on this weekend in Dunedin. Six Oceania titles are up for grabs, and a strong contingent of Australian and French Polynesian athletes will be in Dunedin trying to take these titles home. Australia's travelling contingent of Cross Country racers will stretch New Zealands best multi-lap athletes for sure this weekend. Exceptionally strong in the Elite >>
Cold, Rain, Mud and Cobbles
On a cold and windy Wednesday morning, nine riders of the Cervlo TestTeam spent a couple of hours training on the parcours of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, including a couple of sessions on the Belgian pav. They were trying out a new kit for cold and wet racing, based on some ideas that came out from a focus group with the Cervlo TestTeam "Wet & Cold" Spring classic riders last summer. >>
U17-19 Cycling Camp
A camp for the U17 and U19 age group squads is to being run between the Te A Tour and CRI selection tours. A limited number of spots may be avaliable for riders who, as yet, are not included in squads. The camp, held in Rotorua, runs from the evening of Monday 5th April to the afternoon of Friday 9th April. The cost is $320.00 Expressions of interest are sought from riders who >>
Contador Races Into Yellow
The worlds number one stage racer Alberto Contador has shot into the leaders yellow jersey in Paris Nice, the climbing ace put the tours GC contenders to the test on stage fours mountain top finish up the 'monte Laurent Jalabert' in Mende in what was a repeat performance of three years ago when he first claimed Paris-Nice. Contador went early attacking 1.6 km from the summit, but although the >>
Track Nationals in Your Living Room
Brought to you by BikeNZ with support from RaboPlus and Southland Cycling, watch full replays of the action from the RaboPlus Elite Track Nationals in Invercargill as our riders build up for the World Championships. SKY TV has replays of all three days from the 24th-28th March. The shows will currently air at 4pm on Sky Sport 1, but please check on the day for final viewing times.The 2010 >>
Henderson Adds Paris Nice Win to Palmares
Kiwi professional Greg Henderson this morning cemented his name as one of the best sprinters in the Pro Tour when he sprinted clear to win stage two of the Paris Nice stage race. Henderson has become somewhat of a big race winner in the past two seasons and now has wins to his name in both the Vuelta and PN. "It was a headwind and it was like a slow motion sprint and I was lucky to  >>
Surprise Winners Dominate Karapoti
The 25th anniversary of the Southern Hemisphere's longest standing mountain bike race threw up surprise winners yesterday as Taupo's Tim Wilding and Rotorua's Annika Smail dominated the Merida Karapoti Classic. More than 1300 riders from eight countries assembled for the event that kick-started New Zealand's mountain bike movements 25 years ago. The 50k ride around Upper Hutt's rugged and >>
Exciting Racing and No Foregone Conclusions
5th race of BioSport City Criterium Series, Auckland Viaduct, Thursday 4 March 2010. Taylor Gunman (Bici Vida) was the eventual winner of the A Grade race in last night's penultimate bioSPORT City Criterium, outsprinting Subway-Avanti's Nick Lovegrove for the line. Champion duathlete Paul Amey finished third. There were no foregone conclusions last night - and as a result more even >>
SKY Sport Meet the Demand in 2010
SKY Sport is proud to bring you unprecedented international cycling coverage in 2010 from around the world with both LIVE and highlight packages and with five New Zealanders now contracted to "Pro-tour" teams in Europe, you'll be able to monitor the progress of our lads as they race against the likes of Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador. This month, the 'race to the sun', the Paris-Nice >>
Leading Australian Professional Enters Le Race
Leading Australian professional cyclist Carla Ryan has entered the Christchurch to Akaroa cycle event Le Race on Saturday 20 March. The 24 year old won the woman's event in 2007 and last year convincingly won the Australian time trial title for the second time in three years as well as the elite woman's road race to record a rare double victory. Based in Queensland, Ryan races for >>
Roulston Starts Classics Season in Style
In conditions more like the Tour of Southland Hayden Roulston finished fourth in the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne classics race in Belgium yesterday. Wind and freezing rain buffered riders with miserable conditions marking the 194 km race. Bobbie Traksel (Vacansoleil) won a three man sprint ahead of Rick Flens (Rabobank) and Ian Stannard (Team Sky). After crashing and losing skin and badly >>
Whalley and Miller Win Stage, Williams and Hogg Take the Title
Capping off four days of tough racing, Team R&R Sport riders Tony Hogg and Mark Williams sealed the victory at the 2010 Alpine Epic, but not without a big final stage fight from the Property Syndication riders Ollie Whalley and Brent Miller, both of Christchurch, who won Stage 6."Brent was on fire today and totally smashed the climb up the Irishman," his teammate Whalley said."I just wanted >>
Northey Dominates Fourth Round of bioSPORT City Criteriums
Bici Vida rider Mike Northey took the A Grade race honours again last night this time from Nick Lovegrove of Subway-Avanti. Lovegrove led out on lap one taking Northey and three other riders with him, leaving the 45+ strong field to trail in their wake for the entire race. On the finish Northey and Lovegrove were the only two left standing. The breakaway group led by an impressive >>
Hogg and Williams Victorious After Ttough First Day in Alpine Epic
Navigation errors and misfortune thrive during the first day of the 2010 Alpine Epic Mountain Bike Stage Race yesterday with Tony Hogg and Mark Williams taking two stage wins from defending champions Kashi Leuchs and Marcus Roy. The wins, on sub-alpine routes that travelled from Mt Somers to Rangitata Gorge, came as a surprise to the R&R Sport team of Hogg and Williams. "We were >>
Titles Decider Down to the Wire
The RaboPlus 2010 NZ MTB Cup was completed over the weekend in Rotorua's Whakarewarewa Forest. The six event national series in MTB Cross Country and Downhill was wrapped up in style at the world famous Rotorua MTB mecca, with tough racing across all Elite and age group categories.Saturday's Cross Country race was held in perfect conditions, on a multi-lap race course that couldn't have been any >>
Bici Vida Too Good
Bici Vida owned the A Grade podium in last night's third race of the bioSPORT City Criterium Series at the Auckland Viaduct, with Patrick Bevin (Bici Vida) outsprinting Mike Northey (Orbea Bici Vida) and Alex Ray (Bici Vida) having to settle for third. Describing it as "a very hard race", Bevin made Northey his effective leadout man, sitting on Northey's wheel as they came into the finishing >>
The NZCT Start List is Out
The start list is out for the upcoming Women's NZ Cycle Classic in Wellington. It what would have to be the strongest NZ team ever fielded the Kiwis are in a strong position to stamp their authority on their home tour this season. Standing in their way will be the huge competition from the Australian's and American's who come with grand palmares of World Championship and major european >>
Amber Neben to Race NZ Womens Classic
Amber Neben, the world time trial champion in Varese, Italy, in 2008, is leading a powerful United States national team in the NZCT Women's Cycle Tour of New Zealand from February 24 to 28.Neben, 35, has fashioned an impressive record, and is the only active American woman cyclist with multiple stage wins in UCI-sanctioned events. After recurring stress fractures ended her running career when at >>
NZ MTB Cup Round Five Wrap
Round Five of the RaboPlus NZ MTB Cup was completed over the weekend in Tauranga and Hamilton. Both venues were new to national level racing and both delivered in spades to the high quality competitive fields and spectators alike. Saturday's Downhill at the 2Stage Mountainbike Park in Welcome Bay, Tauranga saw an estimated 3000 spectators flood the race course to watch stunning action, while >>
Bevin Sweeps into Town for bioSPORT win
Bici Vida rider Patrick Bevin hit a top speed of 66kph as he sprinted into the headwind and for the line in last night's A Grade race in the second of the BioSPORT City Criterium Series, narrowly beating last week's winner Mike Northey (Orbea Bici Vida). Northey's younger brother James Northey (Kiwi Velo) finished third. Showing no signs of the injury sustained at the recent Elite National >>
Garmin Transitions & Columbia HTC Give up the Hot seat
Team Garmin-Transitions, Team HTC-Columbia and USA Cycling today announced the American Pro Tour squads will auction seats in their team cars to benefit the USA Cycling Development Foundation. The auction is now live at Participants can win the chance to ride in a mechanic's car to view the cobbles of the Classics up close. Team HTC-Columbia is >>
Auckland Action at "Hammer Street" the Tank Farm
bioSPORT City Crits Series 2010 Race Report One - Thursday 4th February The newly named bioSPORT City Criterium Series kicked off on Thursday night at the Tank Farm in Auckland's Viaduct, with 102 riders competing across three grades in the first of six races. The A Grade continues to attract some of Auckland's best riders, and it was particularly encouraging to see some teams lining up, >>
Webster Earns Westpac Emerging Talent Award
BikeNZ is excited about its burgeoning track sprint programme which received a significant boost with the award to world champion Sam Webster at the Halberg Awards in Auckland. Webster (Auckland), who won three gold medals at the 2009 UCI Junior World Championships, was announced as the Westpac Emerging Talent Award winner. He is New Zealand's most successful junior at a world >>
World Champion Confirmed for NZCT Womens Tour of NZ
World track champion Alison Shanks has been selected in a powerful New Zealand team for the NZCT Women's Cycling Tour of New Zealand, which starts in the Wairarapa on February 24.BikeNZ has put together the cream of the country's women's cycling talent in naming Shanks to ride alongside national road champion Rushlee Buchanan, the accomplished Joanne Kiesanowski, and 2005 tour winner Cath >>
bioSPORT Criteriums Start Tonight
If you've ever been interested in racing or watching hard, fast and furious inner city racing (think Grand Prix on bikes!) bring the family and come on down. It has the makings of an excellent event for competitors and spectators alike with some great riders including bioSPORT-sponsored Alex Ray who recently won the Christchurch Festival of Cycling Criterium, and his Bici Vida team mates hot >>
Torckler Takes Out Trust House Classic
Rising Kiwi Cycling star Michael Torckler has confirmed himself as a rider for the future after taking out the overall classification of the Trust House Classic in Wellington. In what were somewhat abnormal circumstances for day fives racing the Commisaires took the decision for the stage to not count in the overall result due to the atrocious conditions in the Capital. With this being the case >>
Michael Matthews Takes Stage Four of the Trust House Classic
Day four saw Australian Under 23 champion Michael Matthews (Jayco-Skins) take stage honors in which was the third foriegn win out of four for the Tour so far. Matthews win all but cemented his lead in the Wairarapa event's young rider classification. The victory is Jayco-Skins first victory outside Australia, where it won both Under 23 men's road titles, after the team previously raced as >>
Thompson Scores Big For FLY V in Trust House Classic
For the second day running South African Jay Thompson was in the thick of the action from the start intent of getting up the road in search of young Kiwi Michael Torcklers yellow jersey. On a stage where no one wanted to give an inch and the top teams covering each other in a tit for tat battle the pace was on and off for the first third of the stage. Once the break formed it was Jay Thompson >>
Torckler Torques it up on Stage Two Trust House Tour
Young Kiwi cyclist Michael Torckler delivered his biggest win to date in New Zealand Stage racing today in taking out stage two of the UCI Trust House Classic. The U23 climbing ace put on a show of brilliance up the infamous Admirals Hill in Marsterton which surely was the fruits of his successful season racing in the hot bed of cycling in Spain last season. Torckler sensing the danger the lead >>
Aussie Dominates Day One of Trust House Tour
More than 100 cyclists took on the massive Rimutaka Hill today in the first stage of the Trust House Cycle Classic. It was defending champion, Peter McDonald of the Australian Drapac Porsche team who showed his strength in the hills and managed to take the yellow jersey. The 121km stage started in Upper Hutt, climbed the Rimutaka Hill before travelling through Featherston, Martinborough and >>
Fierce Competition in Changeable Nelson Conditions
Nelson threw all it could weather wise at the RaboPlus NZ MTB Cup competitors in Nelson this weekend, but it wasn't enough to dampen some extremely close competiton in the South Island MTB Cup Finals. Forecast 'showers' on Friday morphed into intermittent deluges for Cross Country competitors trying to practice the 7km Nelson race course at the Codgers MTB Trail complex. The already >>
Henderson Makes GC Podium in first Pro Tour Event of 2010
Top Kiwi professional Greg Henderson has capped off a brilliant week in Adelaide today which commenced with his victory in last weekend's Cancer Helpline Classic. Today after a solid week of finishing at the pointy end of the peloton the rider from Dunedin took second place on the stage behind Aussie team mate Chris Sutton generating a fantastic podium finish overall for his newely formed SKY TV >>
Cream Rises to the Top in Takapuna
The North Shore City Grand Prix crowned two new worthy champions last night in Takapuna Beach. Proving how specialised this form of cycling is, criterium sprinters Emma Petersen & Peter Latham took glory at the end of the night. With an Elite Women's field stacked with contenders, it was ex-Olympic rower Sonia Waddell who opened the account first, claiming the night's first sprint. NZ Team >>
North Shore Grand Prix - Head to Head Battle This Friday
This Friday night Hurstmere Rd will host the 7th annual North Shore City Grand Prix in Takapuna Beach. This year's edition promises to be the most hotly contested in the event's history with many of New Zealand's very best riders bringing top form to Takapuna. North Shore's Mike Northey & his Bici Vida team who are full of fasting-finishing sprinters (Patrick Bevin, Alex Ray) will face >>
Top Riders Ready to Rumble in Wellington
New Zealand riders will be pressing hard to break Australia's recent dominance in next week's Trust House Cycle Classic in the Wairarapa and Wellington. Australians Travis Meyer and Peter McDonald have won the last two tours, and with seven strong professional teams entered from across the Tasman riders from that country will have a powerful presence. Within the New Zealand squads though there a >>
Henderson Closes Gap in Stage 2
Kiwi Professional Greg Henderson brought his team closer to another victory in Adelaide as the designated sprinter for Team SKY finished a close second to yesterdays stage winner Andrei Greipel (HTC-Columbia). Hendi improved on yesterdays finish of fifth place this time coming in on the slipstream of the popular German. With both HTC Columbia and SKY being the two most organised teams in the >>
Tour Champion Returns to Trust House Classic
Defending champion Peter McDonald is set to return next week to defend his Trust House Cycle Classic title in Wellington and the Wairarapa.The Australian will lead the Drapac Porsche UCI Continental team, perhaps the strongest of the seven Australian squads to have entered for the 23rd running of the classic, starting in Upper Hutt next Wednesday. Last year was a particularly good one for >>
Hendi Makes SKY Debut a Winner
Dunedins Greg Henderson (Team SKY) proved too good for the class field in last nights Cancer Helpline Classic in Adelaide. The race that serves as a pre cursor to the Santos Tour Down Under featured the best field to be assembled in Australia. Riders like Robbie McEwen, Geert Stegemans and Alan Davis were eager to get points on the board after a difficult 2009 season. It was to be a double >>
Dunedin Weather holds for NZ Cup Mountainbike Action
The RaboPlus NZ MTB Cup completed Round Two of the six race series today in Dunedin. Wet and changeable weather in the week leading up to the event, and threatening rain right through the weekend didn't prevent some close racing in both Saturday's Cross Country event and todays Downhill race. The age group categories racing in Saturday morning's Forrester Park Cross Country race encountered >>
Four More Australian Professional Teams for Trust House Cycle Classic
Australian riders are again poised to excel in the 2010 Trust House Cycle Classic in the wake of their brilliant countryman Travis Meyer winning in 2008 and last year's winner Peter McDonald, with confirmation that four more top Australian teams will make their way to New Zealand to compete in this month's Trust House Cycle Classic and ensure that a third successive winner from across the Tasman >>
Cycling Sensation Jack Bauer to Lead Trusthouse Team
The hottest new name in New Zealand road cycling, Jack Bauer, has been confirmed to lead the Trust House team in this month Trust House Cycle Classic from January 27 to 31. The Nelsonian made himself a contender for Commonwealth Games selection in outsprinting the country's top road riders, Hayden Roulston and Julian Dean, to win the New Zealand championship in Christchurch last Sunday. Bauer >>
2010 NZ Mountainbike Cup Round Two Preview
The RaboPlus 2010 NZ MTB Cup continues this weekend in Dunedin. The six event national series in MTB Cross Country and Downhill disciplines takes competitors all over NZ in January and February, culminating in the RaboPlus MTB National Championships at the end of February in Wellington. Dunedin is hosting Round Two of the 2010 Cup on the same race courses that will be used later in March for the >>
Go By Bike Breakfast 2010
Don't miss out on Auckland City Council's 13th Go By Bike Breakfast on Wednesday, 17 February 2010 from 6.30am 9am! This celebratory cycling event is a great chance for you to join New Zealand's month-long celebration of Bike Wise Month 2010. Whether you cycle everyday or just once in a while, the Go By Bike Breakfast is for all cyclists. All you need to do is arrive at the event at >>
Jack Bauer Come to the Front of the Class!
Wellington-based rider Jack Bauer snatched a thrilling victory from two major stars of New Zealand cycling in a sprint finish at the 2010 RaboPlus national road race in Christchurch today. A huge crowd saw the 24-year-old Bauer clinch his first national road title ahead of pre-race favourites Hayden Roulston (Ashburton) and five-time Tour de France competitor Julian Dean (Rotorua). All three >>
Rushlee Buchanan Scores Big at Raboplus Championships
The 21-year-old national criterium Champion, who for the past two seasons has raced for Team Tibco in the United States, took charge of the 123km race at the halfway stage and never looked back. In the last of the eight laps she had to withstand a bold challenge from former Dane, Linda Villumsen who has switched her allegiance to New Zealand. Villumsen chopped a deficit of more than six >>
Road Rager Give Five in the Clink
60-year-old Christopher Thompson was sentenced to five years in prison today in Los Angeles for assaulting two cyclists in a 2008 road rage incident. Thompson was convicted of mayhem, assault with a deadly weapon and other charges when he slammed on the brakes of his car in front of two cyclists on purpose in order to "teach them a lesson". The former emergency room physician admitted on the >>
Ride With the Stars in Skins GP
A unique chance for recreational cyclists to rub shoulders and ride with New Zealand's top professionals, including Tour de France podium winner and double Olympic medallist Hayden Roulston, the day before they do battle in the RaboPlus National Championships, is offered in the SKINS Grand Prix on Saturday. The recreational ride is a new event being held on Saturday as part of the RaboPlus >>
Reigning Champ Davis Returns to Adelaide
  Reigning Santos Tour Down Under champion Allan Davis will return to Adelaide to defend his title with new team Astana. Allan Davis today confirmed he has signed a two year contract with Astana and will debut with the team at the Santos Tour Down Under later this month. "Being the defending champion means pressure in any sport. But as always I am looking forward to the Santos Tour >>
Christie Takes Final and Roulston the Yellow
After four sun filled days in the beautiful Tasman, Pro Tour racer Hayden Roulston wrapped up a successful trip north from his Canterbury base culminating in his first yellow jersey for 2010. The Columbia HTC rider finished mid pack in the 60km final stage around the roads of Richmond with his one second advantage over George Bennett never under any threat. UK bound rider Jason Christie took >>
Bennett Shines on Takaka Whilst Roulston Takes Yellow
Young George Bennett (Tasman Glass) took an impressive win atop the mighty Takaka hill on stage three of the Tour de Vineyards today. Enroute to victory Bennett had to put time between himself and the best bike riders in the country on the feared 16km slope as the race defining stage was once again hotley contested. Chasing him all the way were the high powered duo of Hayden Roulston and Tom >>
Bevin Opens 2010 Account Early
Taupo cyclist Patrick Bevin (Team Bici Vida) has opened his 2010 winning account early this time at the Tour de Vineyards in Nelson. The bright light of NZ cycling has taken out the first two stages of the Tour in sprint finishes, with stage one being ahead of our big gun Hayden Roulston whom has just resumed training after a stunning season with the Cervelo Test Team. Team Bici Veda managad by >>
Duvnjak Claims Tour Title
Perseverance and determination pay off well they did for Aucklander, Marina Duvnjak when she claimed the Tineli Nelson Tour de Femme title at the end of the 3 day, 5 stage event. Duvnjak, who commented that it was a tough competition but an enjoyable one, made her move on Stage 4, the Individual Time Trial, and maintained her advantage in the penultimate 80km stage 5, despite some gutsy >>
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Take advantage of huge savings on saddles from Italian legends San marco this month at . Included in the range is the saddle that has been Ridden to more Tour de France victories in the past ten years than any other, the Concor light. Find out what the pro riders are raving about! Be it lightweight, retro or uber comfort there has never been a better time to upgrade to >>
Stuey Confirms for Santos Tour Down Under
Stuart O'Grady today confirmed that he will compete at the 2010 Santos Tour Down Under in Adelaide. "As the inaugural Santos Tour Down Under winner in 1999 and a great South Australian sports star, Stuart is a big favourite with the crowds," says Mike Turtur, Santos Tour Down Under Race Director. "It is always special to watch O'Grady riding in the peloton in his hometown and it is great >>
Young Guns to Tour Down Under
The line-up for the UniSA-Australia team competing at the 2010 Santos Tour Down Under will feature the talented young guns of Australian cycling including two local riders.Race Director Mike Turtur confirmed that South Australians Timothy Roe and Rohan Dennis will make their Santos Tour Down Under debut in January 2010."There is no better feeling for a cyclist then racing at the highest level in >>
Tour de Vineyards Attracts Big Names
It's that time of year again where the countries racing elite start fine tuning for their first big hit out for the year the Tour de Vineyards in Nelson, in what is arguably New Zealand's most picturesque racing backdrop. With the Elite National Championships looming soon after the TDV finishes on January 4th many riders will be looking to bring their form to a peak on the roads of Nelson. The >>
Cool Your Feet With Coolmax
Christmas spirit is alive and well at with the bonus of free Coolmax cycling socks from Grammo with every order over $50 for the remainder of December. Cool your jets with these air flow pro woven beauties this >>
Jack Bauer Interview - 2009 Season Revelation
Cyclingnz columnist Karl Murray hits the interview trail with one of his team mates from the recent Powernet Tour of Southland, Jack Bauer. Bauer has been a revelation in cycling this season and looks to next season as he embarks on his first year with his new team. Karl: How did you get into cycling? Jack: I began racing mountainbikes as a kid growing up in Golden Bay near Nelson Karl: >>
Caisse d'Epargne Brings Armada to Adelaide
Caisse d'Epargne will bring some of Spain's best cyclists to Adelaide to compete in the 2010 Santos Tour Down Under in January. Santos Tour Down Under Race Director, Mike Turtur, today announced the full line-up for Caisse d'Epargne, which includes 2009 Vuelta a Espaa winner Alejandro Valverde and Tour de France stage winner Luis Len Snchez Gil. "Caisse d'Epargne is bringing an >>
Kiesanowski Grabs Top 10 in World Cup
New Zealand rider Joanne Kiesanowski has grabbed another top-10 finish at the UCI Tracy Cycling World Cup in Colombia today. Kiesanowski (Christchurch) was 10th in the final of the 20km points race at the penultimate World Cup in Cali. This leaves her in a share of 12th place on the World Cup rankings to go with her fourth placing overall in the scratch race with one round remaining in >>
Tour de France Winner to Australia
2006 Tour de France winner Oscar Pereiro will compete with his new Astana team at the 2010 Santos Tour Down Under in January. Santos Tour Down Under Race Director, Mike Turtur, today said that the return of Pereiro will be another big boost to the race. "Pereiro raced here this January and it's great that he's decided to come back in 2010," said Mike Turtur. "He was a major draw for the >>
40/50 Tour Round-up
Hills around the Tasman region played a large roll in the 4th annual 40/50 Tour, the countries premiere cycle race for riders 40-years old and over. Organised by Nathan Fa'avae, the new tour route replaced the previous course since 2006 that used to include Nelson and Marlborough roads. "After 3-years of the same route I felt a course change was needed and also utilising lower volume traffic >>
BikeNZ's Elliot Responds to IOC Decision
New Zealand BikeNZ high performance director Mark Elliott responded today to the recent decision by the IOC that cut the blue ribbon events from the Olympic games track program . Three of the nation's five Olympic track medals have come from the individual pursuit, and in Alison Shanks the nation also has the reigning International Cycling Union (UCI) World Champion. "It's disappointing from >>
BMC Confirm Team for Tour Down Under
Team BMC Racing has named an all-star line-up to compete at the 2010 Santos Tour Down Under in South Australia. Santos Tour Down Under Race Director, Mike Turtur, today announced that reigning World Champion Cadel Evans and Tour de France stalwart George Hincapie will both ride with Team BMC in Adelaide. "It is great for the race and for Australian cycling fans that Cadel will be returning >>
Subway - Avanti Announce 2010 Roster
New Zealand's sole professional road cycling team has settled on its line-up for the 2010 season to commence January 1st. Re-titled Subway Avanti Pro Cycling Team will again be registered with world cycling governing body Union Cycliste Internationale as a UCI Continental team for a second successive term. Each athlete from the ten-rider roster has signed a contract for its >>
Sandoval Documentary on TV
The story of Chilean born New Zealand cycling promoter Jorge Sandoval gets told this Sunday at 11:30 on TV One. The story of Jorge Sandoval is one of hardship as a political prisoner in his dictator lead native country of Chile, to one of an incredible Kiwi pushing the boundaries for cycle racing in New Zealand. A must >>
2010 Cervelo TestTeam Uniform Unveiled in Switzerland
Cervlo TestTeam unveiled its new kit at the team's first meeting for the 2010 season in Basel, Switzerland. "We're really happy with the new design of the kit," said Gerard Vroomen, co-founder of Cervlo. "The Cervlo TestTeam riders are back in black, making it easy to pick them out of the bunch. While Castelli has gone more futuristic in its fabrics, the look is updated with the classic >>
Omega - Pharma Lotto for TDU
Omega-Pharma Lotto will send an experienced European contingent to January's Santos Tour Down Under in Adelaide. "Mickael Delage will be leading his team at this year's race in South Australia," says Mike Turtur, Santos Tour Down Under Race Director. Delage made his Giro D'Italia debut in 2006 and won the first stage of the Tour de l'Avenir the same year. In 2009, Delage finished third >>
Class Field for Festival of Cycling
Close to 1500 riders from seven countries take to bikes in Christchurch this weekend for the Armstrong Motor Group Festival of Cycling, among them some of New Zealand's brightest stars. The festival kicks off on Saturday at McCormacks Bay Reserve in Redcliffs with the 80k Armstrong Motor Group Harbour Ride, the Avanti Long Bays Classic, the Benchmark Homes Kid's Mini Bays and a new mountain >>
Armstrong and RadioShack To Open Season in Australia
Lance Armstrong's Team RadioShack will make its worldwide debut with a competitive team at the 2010 Santos Tour Down Under in Adelaide. Santos Tour Down Under Race Director, Mike Turtur, today confirmed the full rider roster that Team RadioShack will bring to the first UCI ProTour race of the season. "There's no doubt that it's great for the race and for South Australia that Lance is >>
New Zealand's Gudsell for Tour Down Under
  French cycling team Francaise des Jeux will return to the Santos Tour Down Under in January 2010, looking to claim a third Winning Team victory. Santos Tour Down Under Race Director, Mike Turtur, believes the team has their sights set on a third straight win after taking overall honours in the Winning Team category in 2008 and 2009. "Francaise des Jeux are bringing a strong team >>
Track Stars Confirm for Festival of Cycling
More than 1500 riders, both elite and recreational, are expected for this weekend's Armstrong Motor Group Festival of Cycling. The two-day event, scheduled for December 5 and 6, features an 80k road ride around the Lyttelton Harbour bays and an inner city criterium around the Oxford Terrace caf strip. Timaru's Marc Ryan and Invercargill's Tom Scully will line up in Christchurch still >>
Roberts Lines up for Home Tour
South Australian Olympic gold medalist Luke Roberts will return to the UCI ProTour in 2010, making his first appearance with German team Milram at the 2010 Santos Tour Down Under. Santos Tour Down Under Race Director, Mike Turtur, confirmed Milram's rider list today for January's race in Adelaide. "While it's great to have the international cycling superstars racing in Adelaide, it is >>
Bevin Rips Home Crowd into Frenzy
11,154 entrants were treated to near perfect riding conditions in the 2009 Wattyl Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge on Saturday 28th November. 18 year old Patrick Bevin had his home town buzzing when he crossed the line first in the Avanti Classic Race in a sprint finish at the end of the 160km race, he edged out the experienced Jeremy Yates and Cambridge's Eric Drower. In the inaugural >>
Robbie McEwen and Katusha return to Adelaide
  Robbie McEwen and his Katusha team will return to Adelaide in January with hopes of success at the 2010 Santos Tour Down Under. Santos Tour Down Under Race Director, Mike Turtur, believes McEwen is a hot favourite to win stages and contend for the overall Santos Ochre Leaders' Jersey. "McEwen has won 12 stages at Santos Tour Down Under, more than anyone else in the race's >>
Floyd Landis' cycle clothing and Tour of Southland bike
Following Floyd's recent trip to New Zealand to compete in the 2009 Powernet Tour of Southland for Team, Team Manager Wayne Hudson is delighted to give you the opportunity to secure some top quality cycling items autographed by Floyd, including a Team cycling vest, Team Ouch jersey, Team Ouch jersey and bib-shorts, and the bike Floyd rode >>
Ag2r La Mondiale Return to Chase Another Title
Ag2r La Mondiale, the only team to have competed at every edition of the Santos Tour Down Under, will bring a strong team to compete in the 2010 race in Adelaide. Santos Tour Down Under Race Director, Mike Turtur, said that he is looking forward to the return of 2007 Tour Down Under champion Martin Elmiger. "Elmiger started out strong in January finishing fourth overall at the 2009 Santos >>
Source to Sea
Pleasant conditions but a wind blowing up the Buller Gorge added to the challenge of the 3rd Source to Sea Buller Cycle Challenge for the 545-starters, riding either as individual riders, in relay teams, on tandems, as part of a workplace team and even one recumbent cycle. First away from Lake Rotoiti at 9am on Saturday was the Pro Field, 27-elite riders competing also for the MASI Pro Team >>
Aussie Golden Boy Graeme Brown Confirms for TDU
  Australian 'golden boy' Graeme Brown will lead the Dutch Rabobank team at the Santos Tour Down Under in January. Santos Tour Down Under Race Director, Mike Turtur, welcomed the return of Brown, a Santos Tour Down Under veteran and dual gold medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics. "Graeme Brown had a great start to the 2009 season with a stage win at the 2009 Tour Down Under and two >>
Peoples Champion Tells it How it is
NZ Elite road champion Gordy McCauley, aka the Peoples Champion gets candid for the camera on sprinting, international races and the Subway team strategy. Currently racing in China in the Hainan Tour Macca takes a few moments to reflect.  >>
Tour Peloton to Grow in 2010
Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme has announced he has long been considering an increase in the size of the Peloton for the 2010 event. Effectively the increase would come from the Tour wild card entries handed out during the season, Prudhomme admitted that up to 26 teams could be selected but with the number more likely to be around 22. "I can't say anything now, but we are certainly >>
Blackgrove Rocks into Yellow in PowerNet Tour
Waimate professional Heath Blackgrove regained the tour leader's yellow jersey on a pivotal, penultimate day of the PowerNet Tour of Southland. The Zookeepers-Cycle Surgery rider took advantage of outstanding tactics from his team as key teams including that of the previous leader Jack Bauer (Share The Road), Subway Avanti and US-based Bissell Pro all missed the vital early break on the 165km >>
Evans for Santos Tour Down Under
The Santos Tour Down Under today had verbal agreement from BMC Racing Team and Cadel Evans to accept a wild card invitation to race in the 2010 event. Premier Mike Rann says that it is a triumph for the event to get Australia's Cadel Evans who on September 27 in Mendrisio won the World Road Championships to compete in the Santos Tour Down Under in his rainbow colours. "Never before has >>
Pensec Travel - The Tour de France in Style
Cobblestones, tricky climbs and only one - albeit long - time trial outside the prologue will keep this 2010 Tour de France suspenseful. The mountains will be honoured - especially with a finish on the summit of Tourmalet - and your favourite riders will be present along with seven time champion Lance Armstrong. So do not miss this exceptional event and board on a breathtaking ride! Check out >>
Denmarks Loss is New Zealand's Huge Gain!
Former women's Tour of France and current Dainish national road and time trial Champion Linda Villumsen, has changed her citizenship to New Zealand. Villumsen, 24, told the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet that she had long considered her move before actually changing her citizenship. "My connection to Denmark will always be there, but it is here in New Zealand that I have my life," she said. >>
Kiwis Excell on the Boards at UCI Masters
UCI World Masters Track Cycling Championships Summary of Kiwi medal winners at the UCI World Masters Track Cycling Championships held in Sydney 19-24 October. The 2010 World Masters Track Cycling Championships will be in Portugal. GOLD Justin Grace Mens 35-39 1000m Time Trial Reon Park Mens 35-39 3000m Individual Pursuit Megan Blatchford Womens 45-49 >>
Sockfest at
Labour Weekend sees a sockfest at NZ Industry site with all made in the USA "SOS Save Our Soles" coolmax socks at just $12.90 a pair. Now's the opportunity to clean out the sock drawer and fill it at a fraction of the cost. >>
Choose Cycling
Each Christmas, Transport Minister Steven Joyce pumps up his bike tyres, rides down the country road from his Albany home and reminds himself he really ought to do this more often. For the sake of relations between cyclists and drivers, it would be a good thing if he did. The sight of the country's transport leader biking to and from Parliament could be just the thing to transform New Zealand's >>
New Cycling Club for Auckland
The launch of the Grammar Cycling Club today coincides with the 90th running of the Norm Carter Cup Grass Track Championships, begun at Auckland Grammar School in 1919. The new club has formed to fill the large gap between competitive cycling at the school level, and cycling for those who have left school, but still love to ride their bikes, whether competitively or not. "We want to >>
TREK World
Recently I have got back from Madison Wisconsin in the USA where the 2010 Trek World was held. Trek World for those of you who don't know is Treks own show for their International distributors and national retailers. Bevan Cheatley, our New Zealand Sales manager and Myself-Blair Taylor, Northern Area Sales Manager went up for 7 days. The first 3 days were for distributors only and the last 4 >>
Alex Ray Champion of Champions
Under 23 roadie Alex Ray blitzed the Auckland Championship titles yesterday, taking the race overall and in doing so became the new U23 Champion and one to be watched by the elder statesmen of Auckland cycling. With a vicious attack on the final part of the climb up the Bombay Hill to the finish, the Under 23 rider out sprinted Karl Murray to win the race, but not the senior title. That went >>
Cycling Does Pay - TDU Wins Tourism Award
The 2009 Tour Down Under was named the Best Tourism Event at the inaugural Australian Event Awards at a ceremony last night in Sydney. Tourism Minister Jane Lomax-Smith says the award gives well-deserved recognition to the event, which has become the biggest cycling race in the Southern Hemisphere and a major tourism attraction. Other winners included Carols by Candlelight (best charity or >>
Floyd Landis to Lead - BioSport Team in PowerNet Tour
Floyd Landis has agreed to ride for the bioSPORT Team in the 2009 PowerNet Tour of Southland. Floyd Landis is an American cyclist from California, who currently rides for the UCI Continental OUCH Pro Cycling Team. Floyd turned professional in 1999 with the Mercury Cycling Team. He joined the US Postal Service team in 2002, and moved to the Phonak Hearing Systems team in >>
Cycling the Public Debate
The recent highly public and very vocal motorist versus cyclist debate should send alarm bells ringing in New Zealand's transport and road safety agencies. The debate highlighted the dire lack of understanding amongst some of our drivers that contribute to New Zealand's poor road safety record. It sends a pretty clear message that our current approach to road safety around cyclists is failing.  >>
Put Your Best Foot Forward in October
For the month of October all customers to NZ Industry webstore receive the free gift of two pairs of genuine BraveIt Coolmax cyclingsocks when spending just $50! Kick springtime off in style and treat your feet to unrivaled ventilation. brings you genuine industry promotions on products backed up by authorised importers and retailers with the >>
Radical Changes Instore For Olympic Track Programme
In a stunning announcement from the UCI regarding the 2012 London Olympic Games Track racing programme today the news was revealed that there are major shakeups in store for the events we have known as the backbone of the Velodrome. The changes are designed to bring parity to the men's and women's programmes, with five events for each at the 2012 Games in London. Whilst the news is exciting for >>
Massive Netti Clothing Clearance
As the fun ride season approaches and the lycra gets inevitably thinner after a winter on the roads brings you some incredible blowouts from the Netti clothing range, with most items on sale at 50% off the recommended retail price now is the time to stock up and look like you have just stepped off the catwalk. The purchase of any Netti item also sees your order shipped >>
New Caledonia Report Stage 8 Part 2
Yesterdays stage started in the far south at a resort. On the way there ex pro and brother in law Chris Jenner and I drove the course and the roads were bad, the part climbing out of the area was a dirt road with heaps of ruts and it went through some mine roads. Here is a few pics of what it's like but they don't really give you the real feeling for the roads. The race didn't split like I >>
BikeNZ Hiring
BikeNZ is a vibrant and unique national sporting organisation that is leading the development of cycling in NZ. We work to guide NZ cycling to success in all areas from sport and recreational riding both on and off road. BikeNZ's current Event Manager is about to go on maternity leave opening the door for an up and coming Event Manager / Marketer to really hone their skills in an exciting and >>
Roulston Leads Worlds Team
2009 has been a stunning year for Kiwi cyclist Hayden Roulston, in his comeback season he scored big in the Tour of California taking a stage second placing to Roberto Noncentini, then in his debut Tour de France he took to the podium again taking third on a stage. But the 2009 season won't end there for the Cervelo all rounder as he has just been named as team leader for team New Zealand's >>
Tour of New Caledonia - Day 5
After going blocks and swiping the first prime of the day the race was quickly neutralised due to a massive pile up on a single lane bridge, one of the worst casualties was Kiwi Brad Carter who was eventually taken to hospital, with many others looking more like they had stepped off a battlefield. Once re-started we were directed over some nasty roads and climbs for the day, the final col to the >> Partners With NZ Cycle Industry has partnered with the New Zealand Cycle Industry and brought to the internet . The online store was conceived by industry heads to bring you the cycling enthusiast a broader range of the worlds leading brands but with the major difference being that of the source, with all items originating from the appointed importer, meaning faster no hassle warranties and >>
Nouvelle Caledonie Tour - Van Uden Takes 3rd
Day one rolled out in wet stormy conditions which then eased leaving the island roads slick and slippery which meant there were a few crashes to avoid in front of us. The Nasty hill in the 5km circuit did its job in splitting things up but we managed to get team mate Roman Van Uden in the break which was the plan, and he raced to 3rd as the dominant Drapac Porsche team had a three man lead out >>
Kiesanowski's TIBCO Team Take NRC Title
One of the main goals of the TIBCO Women's Pro Cycling Team for 2009 was to be the top team in North America. After Sunday's Atlanta Women's 10K Classic, the final race of the NRC series, it's official.Team TIBCO has won the overall team classification of the USA Cycling NRC series."This was one of our biggest goals for this year," said Team TIBCO founder and manager Linda Jackson. "Team TIBCO >>
Frocks on Bikes - Ponsonby
And now for something a little different! Do you rock the frock? Do you participate in frock o'clock? Are you forever sashed with your combination lock? Have you abundant chain lube on stock? Introducing Frocks on Bikes a frockalicious way to avoid the climate changing. Let's frock the planet! Frocks On Bikes sees fabulous women gathering with their bikes and their style from winter to >>
BikeNZ Launches 1.5m To Survive Challenge To Motorists
Would you stand on the edge of a busy road with your back turned towards a 30 tonne articulated truck as it drives towards you at 100km/h, knowing it's going to pass within a metre of you? Plain lunacy? Well, BikeNZ is appealing to all New Zealanders to consider this frightening challenge. BikeNZ CEO Kieran Turner acknowledges that few in their right mind would want to take up this >>
Eurobike 2009
The biggest day on the cycling industries calendar begins tomorrow with the opening of Eurobike 2009, during the four days of the exhibition over 37,000 visitors will pass through the gates. One of them will be our affable roving reporter Ric Reid sending back photos and information as it comes to hand all in the name of enhancing your cycling experience for 2010. With the latest in equipment >>
Ali Shanks World Champion Interview
Ali Shanks succeeded in her rise to the top in 2009 becoming World Champion in the 3000m individual pursuit after placing an impressive fourth in Beijing 2008. The star Dunedin cyclist remains as grounded as ever and looks to more success in the future.'s Sam Allan brings you this exclusive interview. Q Ali - It has been a meteoric rise to the top of the world for you in >>
Taipei Cycle Expo - Part 2
With the look and simplicity of a bygone era for the single speed market, Italian saddle legend Sanmarco after much demand opened the 30 year old full production molds of the infamous Regal, Rolls and Concor models to satisfy the thirst of the purists, interestingly it is still the Regal that graces the mount of Tom Boonens Specialized and Contadors Trek, there is no improving upon >>
Taipei Cycle Expo - Part 1
The Taipei show was originally an OEM expo but has evolved into one of the most important cycle industry showings of the year. Not only a chance for cycle importers to finish off the spec for next seasons range but for accessory makers to showcase what will be available just a few months down the track. Its early season date means what you are seeing is most definitely the latest trend and if >>
Jazz Apple Cycling Team: Tour of New Zealand and UCI 1.1 Masterton
Jazz Apple made a worthy start to their 2009 racing season racing in the Tour of New Zealand and UCI category 1.1 event in Masterton this past week. The Tour of New Zealand was the first outing for the 2009 composition of athletes, and their efforts shone with promise for the season ahead as Ruth Corset won the Queen of the Mountain (QOM) category, and finished 4th overall. Dotsie Bausch >>
Gordon McCauley Interview - The Peoples Champion
Hi Gordy and once again congratulations on the record breaking 5th elite national road title. This must give you an average of wins in 50% of your line ups? GM - I've ridden the nationals 10 times in total (a few missed years due to living overseas). I've won 5 times, 2nd twice, 3rd once, and the 2 years I didn't medal the RR I either won or medaled in the TT. So life has taken on a new tack >>
Ronan Pensec Interview exclusive
Ronan I am please to make your acquaintance and learn of your VIP Tour de France Travel company "Ronan Pensec Travel" you have operated since retiring from the pro peloton. For many of my generation you were one of the most flamboyant and prominent Tour riders of the eighties and nineties. What year did you commence your career as a professional cyclist and what was the team? RP I >>
Pimp My Ride 2
Another LOOK and this time the flagship 595 as powered by Thor the god of thunder Hushovd over the past two seasons. This work of aftermarket wonder belongs to Auckland cyclist Darryl Brigham, Ive seen him at work and he beams perfection. The final strokes on this French made masterpiece are of the same standard.Starting at the heart of the bike is the 595 Frame with the monobloc HSC5 Fork with >>
July sees the introduction of "Ask The Cooach" at With the constant requests for coaching information we have enlisted professional Amy Taylor of Kinetic edge. To find whats missing in your regieme or how to go about achieving your goals contact Amy Taylor is an Auckland based New Zealand Cycling Coach of the year. She is an experienced Exercise Physiologist >>
Be at the 2006 Tour de France
The Air New Zealand Travelcentre chain of stores has put together an excellent package to the 2006 Tour de France. Starting from $7,777 (ex AKL) you can see who Lance's successor will be. The package includes return economy flights via Los Angeles to London, accommodation in London, transfers to and from France, all bike transfers and a 14 night Graham Baxter Sporting Tours package that includes >>
Tour de Vineyards
As summer draws ever closer its time to think about some holiday racing. Top of the list has to be the Tour de Vineyards. This race combines the scenic beauty of the Marlborough and Nelson Region's with some good early season racing. Held from 1 Jan 06 until 4 Jan 06 this is a great way to spend the first 4 days of the new year. Check out for more details. Race 1 >>
Pimped Rides
In this episode of Rides we looked at the Pimped out Magic that is Ric Reids LOOK 585 - Campagnolo Record mount. This bike has had the best of everything fitted from the ceramic bearinged American Classic 420 wheelset to the newly released Grammo King Cobra integrated steering system (the worlds lightest integrated system. ed), Elite Patao carbon cages blend seamlessly into the bottomless pool of >>
King Country Classic This Weekend
This Saturday 19 Nov ~ Pureora Forest Park ~ Great prizes, excellent location, real hospitality, in and around Pureora Forest Park, the heart of the King Country. This ride is set to become a classic amongst New Zealand's great mountain bike events.4 event options:Cycletime Classic - 65kmN-Zo Epic - 45kmRnR Sports Team Challenge - 2 team members each riding the 45kmBosco Cafe Mini Classic - 8km  >>
Taupo Approaches - Are You Ready!
The biggest fun ride event on the calendar is looming up with less than 2 weeks to the big day. The event is proving even more popular than in previous years with numbers already exceeding last year's record 10,000 riders. By now the last of the big rides should have been done and you should be approaching your taper to ensure those pins are fully loaded on the day. Remember the be courteous to >>
Bike The Lake This Weekend
The Hotel Ibis Bike The Lake takes place this weekend in Rotorua, starting at 8am for the two lap event outside the Hotel Ibis. This is certainly a gentler event than last weeks K2 and K1 but will still be an important build up for those doing >>
More Pimped Rides
This week we go all Cannondale on our Pimped Rides with a couple of limited edition bikes. >>
Zerorh+ Eye Wear Competition Winners
Congratulations to Georgina Turnbull and Ross Edney who will now be the envy of their friends in a set of Zerorh eyewear. Thanks again to all those who entered and watch out for our next >>
Our First Pimped Ride
Our first pimped ride comes courtesy of Andrew Larkin, who found love at first sight with his Bianchi l'una. Check it out here. If any of you think you can do better then bring it on. This will be a regular feature and a chance to brag about your  >>
Pimped Rides
A lot of you out there spend a lot of time and money making your stead that little bit special. Now's your chance to show it off to the rest of the world in our new bike porn section - Pimped Rides. Send us some photos's of your "ride"and tell us why it's so special and each week we'll pick the hottest looking bike and plaster it all over the web. Send your photos and information about your >>
Fun Ride Season Is Here
The Bauer Hamilton to Auckland Express fun ride took place yesterday heraldingthe start of the fun ride series. Check out our Fun Rides listings to plan your >>
Now that got your attention.The world-wide profile of cycling has recently been firmly placed in the spotlight with the proliferation of drug offences. It may be considered an unfavourable time for many, but perhaps cycling needs to be figuratively 'put through the wringer' before we have a level playing field again. The negative impact that performance enhancers have on the human body is >>
What We Don't See At The TDF: A NZ Perspective
There is no doubt, as enthusiasts bedazzled by an overwhelming fanfare of chiselled anatomy, we become so attached to those three weeks of human triumph over adversity and soap opera scandals that it is almost acceptable we arrive at a somewhat misguided sense of what it takes to merely reach the Champs Elysees. Indeed like repetitive elevator music, we listen to many Tour riders hoping to >>
Le Tour - Week One Review
What a first week it's been at the tour, a veritable crash fest that has spared virtually no one. The weather has been atrocious and the desire to win has almost been palpable in my lounge as I watch with my heart in my mouth. But best of all NZ cyclist Julian Dean has been on fire. Not only do we have a kiwi in the tour this year but he's been in amongst the action almost every day. While I >>
The Greatest Stage on Earth
The Tour de France has started and the two words on everybody's lips, for better or worse are "Lance Armstrong". Armstrong goes into the 91st edition of the worlds greatest bicycle race as the undisputed favourite. And to add to the usual fervour that surrounds this race, Armstrong will be chasing an unprecedented 6th win. That's not to say he'll have it all his own way, with strong >>
What Is The Value Of Your Life?
I've been working longer hours lately at my real job, which means that I am constanly driving or riding to and from work in the dark. One of the more pleasing trends in Auckland has been the increasing number of people I see out riding in the dark. Either training or more likely than not, riding to work. However, what I have noticed is the number of people who ride without lights on their bikes. >>
Women can do anything
Well my last piece on women's cycling elicited a few interesting responses. Some felt I was being a bit harsh on women and not encouraging them to ride up a grade and so on. Nothing could be further from the truth. Until we get more women's fields with stronger competition I would fully expect that those women looking to improve would choose to ride in a higher grade. One such example is the >>
Top Women Cyclist's Missing In Action
By now most of you will be back at work after an all to short holiday (I don't want to know about it if you aren't). I hope everyone had a good Xmas and spent New Years partying like Edita Rumsas' mother. 2003 promises to be yet another year full of cycling. Can Lance win five in a row? Can more kiwi rider's foot it in Europe? Will Bruce Stokell (CNZ's new CEO) be able to stop the ship from >>
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