In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Stölting Cycling says it will try to keep team on the road in 2016 after Cult exits sponsorship; Heinrich Haussler to skip Aussie Road Nationals title defence; Graeme Brown on his 2015 season at Drapac and the year ahead; Can weight loss explain Chris Froome’s rise through the ranks?; IAM Cycling reveals new kit for 2016; Highest visibility cycling kit ever?; Canberra cyclist’s close encounter with a truck; The Giro della Donna – this is why we ride; Chad Haga – Malaguena.
Stölting Cycling says it will try to keep team on the road in 2016 after Cult exits sponsorship
by Shane Stokes
At a press conference held in Denmark on Wednesday, Cult Energy announced that it is withdrawing its backing from the team it has been involved with since the 2013 season. The company’s founder Brian Sorensen later said that confidence had been lost in the collaboration with the Stolting Group — the team’s second naming sponsor for 2016.
“Cult can not have a close cooperation with a company whose morality is not consistent with our values,” he said.
According to Cult, Stölting Cycling GmbH “broke the agreement for the purchase of equipment from Cult Energy Pro Cycling.” It also said that that riders were not paid in November. Sorensen said that he would guarantee payment of the wages for the remainder of the year, but that Cult’s involvement was otherwise over.
Responding to Cult’s announcement, Stölting Cycling GmbH denied Sorensen’s allegations: “Cult claims that Stölting has not been carrying out its agreed-upon duties, which is not correct,” it said in a statement. “The official cooperation begins on January 1, and Stölting has fulfilled all the duties necessary to prepare for the 2016 season.”
VeloNews reports that there are rumours in Denmark that the departure of Cult Energy could open the way for Bjarne Riis’s return to the sport.
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Heinrich Haussler to skip Aussie Road Nationals title defence
IAM Cycling’s Heinrich Haussler has decided to skip a defence of his 2015 Australian road title next month, instead opting for a focus on the early-season European classics.
Haussler came to Australia for several weeks at the end of the 2014 season to prepare for a busy month of Australian racing. This year he’s staying in Europe.
“I love this jersey but for 2016 I just can’t fit defending my title into my program because I really want to concentrate on the Classics. But I will be back in 2017,” said Haussler in a statement from Cycling Australia.
“I’ll never forget that day and riding in the Aussie colours in 2015 is also something I’ll never forget. Every training ride I did this year, when I went to put on the Aussie champion kit, it was really a special feeling,” Haussler said.
IAM Cycling is likely to be represented by Leigh Howard and David Tanner in the men’s road race. Both the men’s and women’s road races at the 2016 Australian Road Nationals will be held on Sunday January 10.
Click here to read more at Cyclingnews.
Graeme Brown on his 2015 season at Drapac and the year ahead
With a season now under his belt with the Australian Pro Continental team Drapac, veteran Graeme Brown has reflected on the year just gone in an interview with Cyclingnews.
“In terms of quality it was as good as all my years as a pro,” Brown said. “It was a good year and one that wasn’t stress and relaxing but it was more relaxed.”
“I was quite surprised as the races we did were just Pro-Continental but they were quite big starting with Tour Down Under. I did Tour of Turkey which I did with Rabobank, I did Tour of California which I did with Rabobank, and all the races were all big races. Colorado as well…”
Next season Brown will have the assistance of Jens Mouris in the Drapac sprint train. He’s a rider Brown pushed for Drapac to sign and will add extra firepower to a team keen to pilot young sprinter Brenton Jones to more victories. As Brown explains, the plan for 2016 is simple: win bike races.
“Just wins. As long as the team is winning as many wins as possible,” he said of what would make a successful year. “For me, that’s a success. You can say at some races the team is happy with top-five, but I am only happy with wins. I don’t care if they come second or third. As long as the team can win and move forward with Michael Drapac’s dreams for the team then that’s a success.”
Click here to read more at Cyclingnews.
Can weight loss explain Chris Froome’s rise through the ranks?
Exercise physiologist Dr Jeroen Swart, the man responsible for administering Chris Froome’s much-talked-about physiological testing, suggests that Froome’s weight-loss is one of the most likely reasons for the rider’s rise to the top level of the sport. Now, in a piece on his Veloclinic website, sports physician Mike Puchowicz has examined the contribution Froome’s weight loss likely played in his improvement.
Here’s an excerpt:
“Another way to assess for causation of the weight loss mechanism is to the test it across a different condition where there should be little to no effect. Since weight has a relatively small effect on CdA [drag area], and Froome’s VO2 dropped with weight, Swart’s hypothesis predicts that Froome’s TT performance should have not improved or worsened with the weight loss if it was the dominant factor. Instead, just like climbing results, Froome’s TT results in grand tours also increased by a large level change 33, 16, 34, 32, 138, and 39th prior to 2011 Vuelta and 2, 11, 2, 2, 3, 2, 1st etc from 2011 Vuelta on.
Since, the improvement in grand tour climbing performance is far greater than the mathematically modeled effect of the weight loss, and the large level change in climbing performance trends with the large level change in grand tour TT performance which should be relatively independent of the weight change mechanism, it is fairly safe to reject the weight loss mechanism as the dominant factor in Chris Froome’s performance change.
Click here to read more at Veloclinic.
IAM Cycling reveals new kit for 2016
It’s that time of year when teams start showing off their new threads for the year ahead. Here’s IAM’s ensemble for 2016, which sees the Swiss-registered WorldTour team go from a mostly navy strip to a mostly white strip.
— ? Team IAM Cycling (@IAM_Cycling) December 9, 2015
Highest visibility cycling kit ever?
Speaking of cycling kits, here’s a jersey designed by cyclist Jon Wyatt which, he hopes, will help drivers notice cyclists out on the road.
OK. I've invented the highest visibility cycling jersey ever. I guarantee all drivers will see you in this. pic.twitter.com/wxo6wa5QrK
— Jon (@samuriinbred) December 8, 2015
Wyatt told road.cc that while he wears high-vis cycling gear, he doesn’t believe it makes much of a difference.
“My own experience is that people simply don’t look properly – usually because they are distracted by something. We all know how common mobile phone use is while driving – especially since as cyclists we can see down into cars as we ride past and see how many people have their phones in their laps.”
Click here to read more at road.cc.
Canberra cyclist’s close encounter with a truck
And speaking of dangerous interactions between cyclists and road users, here’s a scary video shot by Canberra cyclist Andres Munoz earlier this week.
Mr Munoz said: “The truck was way behind, he [had] plenty of time to see me. If I didn’t brake he would have hit me,” he told the Canberra Times. “He has no idea how quickly I’m going, I’m doing about 35 kilometres per hour.
“I can’t say that every day I have a close encounter but once a week I have one. I’ve pretty much got video of all of them but this is the first one that really, really freaked me out given the size of the truck.”
The incident comes a month after the ACT began a trial of a minimum passing distance of one metre. Despite the incident with the truck, Mr Munoz believes the trial has generally made a difference.
“People are definitely more aware. You can see in the video all of the people overtaking me prior to the truck give me plenty of room. The truck is the only one where there’s a really close shave. It was definitely less than a metre.”
Click here to read more at the Canberra Times.
The Giro della Donna – this is why we ride
If you haven’t seen it already, here’s a short video from our first ever Giro della Donna, held on November 22. The clip features Gary Trowell and David McFarlane who both raced together in Italy 30 years ago.
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Chad Haga: Malaguena
Here’s another enjoyable performance by American professional cyclist/pianist Chad Haga. The guy has some talent.
Thereabouts 2, coming tomorrow
Tomorrow, Friday, Dec 11 for 24hrs only here at CyclingTips we’ll be showing the hour-long documentary that was shot during the Morton brothers’ second Thereabouts trip earlier this year. Here’s another sneak peek:
For more information about the film and timezones, click here.
What You Missed
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips in the past few days:
- UCI says agreement has been reached on WorldTour reform
- Testing Chris Froome: what does the physiologist who conducted the tests make of the data?
- Tour de Pologne endorses UCI’s WorldTour reform
- Daily News Digest: Wednesday December 10