Arrest Warrant For Cyclist

A French judge has issued a arrest warrant for Floyd Landis in connection with a computer hacking, after he was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title because of doping.  The Court wants to question Landis about his potential connection with the alleged hacking of the computer system at the French anti-doping facilities.

The hacking occurred at a time when Landis was trying to defend himself against the failed drug test. Landis, unable to prove his case, was ultimately banned from the sport for two years.

Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong is going to race in the Criterium International in Corsica.  That will pin him up against world road cycling champion Cadel Evans and Olympic gold medalist Samuel Sanchez – which will make for an interesting race.

The Criterium International is raced in three stages over two days — a medium mountain stage Saturday, and a flat stage and short individual time trial Sunday. This year’s race will be the first major professional race held in Corsica since the last Tour of Corsica was run in 1982.

Armstrong’s current main rival, reigning Tour de France champion and former teammate Alberto Contador, is not scheduled to participate in the event.

Corsica is a candidate to host the “grand depart” of the 100th Tour de France in 2013, and hosting the Criterium International is seen by some observers as a trial run for that. Prudhomme said the two races were so different that no conclusions could be drawn.

Mountain Bike Calendars

USA Cycling announced on January 22, 2010, the dates and venues for the 21 events that will comprise the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Calendars.

In their fourth year, the three calendars will provide professional and elite level athletes with top quality racing opportunities across all disciplines of mountain biking: (1) cross-country, (2) gravity, and (3) ultra-endurance.

Consisting of 10 events in six states, the cross country calendar will kick off with the U.S. Cup Fontana in Fontana, Calif. on March 27 and wrap up on September 6 with the Laddies Loppet Stage Race in Callaway, Minn.

The eight-event gravity calendar will span five states, featuring downhill, 4-cross, super D, and dual slalom competitions. The series begins April 10 with the Santa Ynez Valley Classic in Buelton, Calif. and concludes September 12 with the Whiteface 5th Annual 5k Downhill in Wilmington, New York.

A five-race ultra-endurance calendar will give competitors the chance to duke it out in 12-hour, six-hour, 24-hour, and marathon events, starting with the 12-hours of Santos in Ocala, Fla. on Feb. 20 and ending with the USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships in Breckenridge, Colo. on the Fourth of July.

New California Bicyle Law

California pass a new bicycle law in 2010.  Its kinda funny.  This new law allows a person to ride a bicycle without a seat if they bicycle was designed by the manufacturer to be ridden without a seat.

I had no idea there were bicycle being made without a seat.  It just show how old I am getting and un hip I am these day.  Give me a good old fashion bike with a good seat any day of the week.

Tour de Georgia Needs Help

The Tour de Georgia is on its last life line and is in need of major sponsors.  The Tour is one of the nation’s top professional cycling events.  It has had a six year run in Georgia before falling prey to the faltering economy.

The 2009 was canceled.  This past week, the 2010 was canceled as well.

There is a very real danger the race, which is estimated to pump $30 million-plus annually into the state economy, could vanish if it is not soon revived, Tour and national cycling officials agree.

Tour needs to find a sponsor that can pony up $500,000 to $1 million.  It cost about $3.5 million to put on the 6 day race, 600 miles event.

ndrea Smith, spokeswoman for USA Cycling, said the Georgia race is widely considered a warm-up event for the annual Tour de France, the World Series of cycling. Her organization is the official governing body for competitive cycling in the U.S.

“It’s a big deal, not just in Georgia but on the national scene,” she said. “We certainly hope it comes back. There are a lot of people in the cycling world rooting for it to come back.”

The Georgia Tour, along with similar races in California and Missouri, is considered one of the top three races in the nation, Smith said. Biking great Lance Armstrong won Georgia’s race in 2004, competed again in 2005 and has praised the event. Several hundred thousand spectators have viewed some part of the race each year it has been run.

Chrysler and AT&T had sponsored the Georgia race in the past, and the state’s Department of Economic Development had kicked in some seed money. AT&T was the title sponsor for the 2007 race, kicking in about $500,000.

Hopefully the Tour in Georgia can find the necessary sponsor to continue the tradition and bring in some much needed revenue into the State.

Tour of California

The Amgen Tour of California will kick off on May 16, 2010 and continue to May 23, 2010.  It is the largest cycling event in American.  The format of the race is a Tour de France style race.

The race started in 2005.  The aim of the race is to raise awareness and funds to support services and programs for those with cancer.

The 2010 race will cover the following cities:  Nevada City, Davis, San Francisco, San Jose, Visalia, Pasadena, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Modesto, Bakersfield, Big Bear Lake, and Thousand Oaks.

Stage 1:  Nevada City to Sacramento

Stage 2: Davis to Santa Rosa

Stage 3: San Fransico to Santa Cruz

Stage 4: San Jose to Modesto

Stage 5: Visalia to Bakersfield

Stage 6: Pasadena to Big Bear Lake

Stage 7: Los Angeles

Stage 8: Thousand Oaks

Team RadioShack

Last week, the 26 rider lineup featuring Lance Armstrong was announced for 2010.  The well balance team is made up of experienced riders and young talented riders.  The team is currently in Tucson, Arizonia, where they will train together for the next two weeks.

The ultimate goal of the team is to compete in the Tour De France as well as other tour races.  However, the teams ultimate goal will be to help Lance Armstrong win his 8th Four de France.  That will be an extraordinary accomplishment for a man at the age of 37.

Of the 26 riders, at least three of them have ridden in El Tour de Tucson including Armstrong (in 1997), Chris Horner, and Matthew Busche. Busche finished 135th overall in this year’s El Tour de Tucson.

The team will make it debat at the 2010 Tour Down Under in Australia.

How to train

This is where a pulse monitor can come in helpful. Interval training has been around for years, the best way is to go with a group of others and take turns to ride hard at the front and rest behind, the smaller the group the more times you have to ride hard and less places to hide from the wind.

On your own you can do the same, but you have to pick points were to ride hard and when to rest. With a pulse monitor you have it to tell you when to try hard and when not to and when to go home because you have done enough.

The main thing is to enjoy your cycling, when it becomes a chore that’s when to stop and do some thing else until you want to ride your bike. Pulse monitors can take the guess work out of training, but you must listen to what you body says, rest when you don’t want to do it and ride hard when you do, but have fun.

Priamo Banned

Italian cyclist Matteo Priamo was banned for 4 years for supplying doping productions to a teammate.  The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that Priamo provided the endurance booster CERA to his teammate Emanuele Sella, on the CSF Group Navigare team.  Emanuele Sella received a one year ban for cooperating.

Sella confessed to using CERA.  The CERA was provided by Priamo.  The Court of Arbitration for Sports, said that its panel of three lawyers had enough evidence to find Priamo’s violation.

No pain is gain

The No. 1 thing my cycling cronies whine about is a sore butt. There are three reasons for a bruised glute:

1. The first (and most obvious) reason is not wearing proper cycling shorts.

2. The second is improper positioning of your butt on the saddle. Your sit bones should make contact with the rear portion of the seat. If you ride too far forward, the center part of the saddle presses against your soft tissue.

3. Lastly, early in the season, pedal a maximum of 15 minutes out and 15 minutes back to allow for a gentle break-in period.

Knee Pain

The most frequent joint discomfort in cycling emanates from the knee. Knee pain must be addressed immediately to prevent further injury.

Pain on the outside of your knee during your pedal stroke may be aggravated by friction on your iliotibial (IT) band. Your IT band is a long, fibrous tendinous sheath located on the outside of your leg, extending from your hip to past your knee. Lowering your seat, stretching, anti-inflammatories and ice may help alleviate IT band syndrome, according to Peter Francis, professor of physical education at San Diego State University.

Pain behind your kneecap may be a sign of chondromalacia, a progressive softening of your patellar cartilage (the cushion between your bones). To relieve this pain, pedal easy gears and try raising your seat a little. “Strengthen the quadriceps on the inside of your knee (vastus medialis) by using the leg extension machine in your gym,” says Dr. Francis, one of the forefront researchers in the area of cycling injury prevention.

If you pedal big gears or don’t warm up properly, you may find yourself limping through a severe case of patellar tendinitis. Your patellar tendon is soft tissue just below the kneecap. “Instead of hammering heavy gears, spin faster in your small chainring,” says Mike Michels, competitive triathlete and athletic director for the Colorado Athletic Clubs. Emulate the pros by icing your patellar tendon for five minutes, massaging it for five minutes and then repeating the sequence.

Pain on the back of the medial (inside) of our knees may be caused by friction of three muscles rubbing together–your sartorius, gracilis and semitendinosus. Friction causes inflammation, so you know the drill: rest, ice and lower your seat a notch. Remember, pain is a signal that something is wrong. If your pain lasts longer than a week, consult your doctor.

How to Keep Cool and Stay Pumped

1. Take a deep breath, focusing on riding your race when you exhale.

2. Expect the unexpected–a flat tire or a broken spoke. Visualize yourself handling any eventuality. Nothing can rattle you.

3. Smile no matter what. Mimic the cringe-grin of Lance Armstrong ascending a mountain.