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2009
Tom Boonen

Belgium's Tom Boonen reacts as he crosses the finish line to win the classic Paris - Roubaix race. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Jacques Brinon

Tom Boonen (Quick Steo) Wins Paris-Roubaix 2009

ROUBAIX, France — Tom Boonen of Belgium won the Paris Paris-Roubaix race for the third time, successfully breaking away from the pack about 16 kilometres from the end of Sunday's one-day classic in an event marred by an incident in which a motorcycle crashed into fans.

Television images showed several spectators lying on the ground, but it was not immediately known how many people were injured or whether the injuries were serious.

Boonen comfortably beat Filippo Pozzato of Italy by 47 seconds. Thor Hushovd of Norway finished third, 1:17 behind Boonen.

"With all the crashes today, it was very hard, it took time for the last break to take shape," Boonen said.

Watch a video of the last few kilometers

Levi Leipheimer wins 3rd Tour of California

Levi - click to enlargeESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) - The climb up a snowcapped mountain during the final stage certainly gave the Tour of California a European feel, as well as the spectators dressed in an array of costumes from a devil to an overweight guy wearing only a lime-green thong.

So did the presence of seven-time Tour de France Lance Armstrong, although his role this time was simply as a teammate.

With a boost from Armstrong and a tough mountain to climb, Levi Leipheimer won his third straight Tour of California on Sunday.

It was somewhat of an anticlimactic finish, considering that Leipheimer had taken over the lead in the nine-day race last Monday and never gave it up.

“It' the sweetest victory of the three," Leipheimer said. "It's hard to describe. I mean, to keep a streak going like that, it just becomes so difficult. I told Lance this week that I don’t know how the hell he won seven times in the Tour de France. I’ve got a lot of respect for that because the pressure builds, the expectations are higher and you can’t get second place because that’s losing.”

Read Bill Oetinger's Spot that pro! and Naomi's Twice the TOC Stages, Twice the Fun columns related to the Tour of California

See the King Range National Conservation Area

The Paradise Royale Mountain Bike Trail has been in the works for 3 years.  We've worked in association with IMBA to build a sustainable single track trail.  The trail is a 14.25 mile loop.  We're hoping in the future to make a series of stacked loops. Link

2008 Tour de France page

AP PhotoSastre Wins 2008 TDF

By Phil Liggett
July 27, 2008

Carlos Sastre and the best team - CSC - won the most interesting Tour de France in years. It was unpredictable right down to the final time trial on Saturday.

There is not a lot more to say as people pack their bags on the Champs-Elysees except, roll on next year!

The Tour did not escape its drug scandals, but you could tell by the reaction of the media that there is a feeling of optimism for the future.

The young riders are coming through like Andy Schleck, Roman Kreuziger, Vincenzo Nibali, Chris Froome, John Lee Augustyn and more. The list also includes last year's winner, Alberto Contador, who will return next year.

I think Sastre chose the right year to win, as he is unlikely to do so again.

Enjoy the moment.
Courtesy of Versus.com

2008

Giro de Italia

TIRANO, Italy, May 31 (Reuters) - Spain's Alberto Contador was poised on Saturday to win the Giro d'Italia cycle race after holding on to the race leader's pink jersey during the 232 km final mountain stage from Rovetta to Tirano. The 25-year-old Contador leads Italy's Riccardo Ricco by only four seconds but is likely to open a comfortable winning margin in Sunday's 28.5km individual time trial to Milan.

Contador gained 1:56 on Ricco in the first individual time trial to Urbino and is expected to gain a similar amount of time on Sunday. Italy's Emanuele Sella of the CSF Group team won the stage to Tirano. Sella attacked alone 30 km from the finish to win his third mountain stage of the 2008 race.

The Complete Guide to Climbing (By Bike) The Complete Guide to Climbing (By Bike)

So if you are that dude or dudette who is seeking to climb some of the craziest passes in the United States and don't know how to go about it, then you need this book. Consider it the Bible if you will, because it has all the major road climbs and details about each from Lincoln Gap to Brasstown Bald. All the details are there: total elevation, average gradient, length and category. A few scenic shots are included as well as a map of the surrounding area so you can actually find the road. It's a cool book that should be kept in your glovebox, or in your back pocket if you are that crazy to seek each one by bike. Mmm...Not a bod idea! --Road Magazine

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Levi Wins Tour of CaliforniaLevi Leipheimer Wins the Amgen Tour of California

Levi finished in the main peloton in Sunday's final stage of the Amgen Tour of California to win by 49 seconds.  Team Slipstream riders David Millar and Christian Vande Velde finished 2nd and 3rd respectively, 49" and 1' 08" behind Levi.

This was Leipheimer's 2nd consecutive win in the early season California race.

 

Photo by Graham Watson

Amgen Tour of California

Amgen  Stage 7 (Final) - Sunday

For the first time, the final stage of the 2008 Amgen Tour of California was a point-to-point course from Santa Clarita to Pasadena where the race concluded with six circuits around the iconic Rose Bowl in front of a boisterous crowd that lined the streets despite cold, wet Hincapie wins the Rose Bowlweather. A ten-man break initiated by Rock Racing's Mike Creed took off early in the stage with the right mix of riders, none of whom was a threat to the top of the GC. With Astana's Levi Leiphemier comfortably in the overall lead, the break's advantage grew, but never by more than a few minutes.

The weather got worse as the riders approached the circuits around the Rose Bowl, which seemed to benefit the break. Bissell's Tom Zirbel, a gifted time trial rider, attacked the break and jetted on a solo flight. He managed to hold off the splintered chase group until the final lap. Creed, HealthNet's Rory Sutherland, CSC's Jason McCartney and High Road's George Hincapie countered and settled the day in a thrilling dash to the line. One of America's most popular riders, Hincapie claimed the top prize as winner of Stage 7, sponsored by Amgen. Hincapie won two stages at the first Amgen Tour of California two years ago.

Photo courtesy of the Amgen Tour of California

2008 Archive  2007 Tour of California  Read Naomi's Personal Account of the Race

Axel Merckx 6-Day Cycling Tour

Axel Merckx, former National Cycling Champion of Belgium and Olympic Bronze Medallist, is hosting a unique world-class 7-day cycling tour to Belgium limited to an exclusive group of participants in April, 2008. Join up and enjoy an experience to remember! When: Monday April 21st - Sunday 27th April, 2008

2007
TestRider.com - See a new site called Testrider.com. They do video reviews of Road, MTB, and Tri bikes. A great resource before you head out and spend a few thousand dollars! Laura Charmeda turned them onto BikeCal.com showing a superb article about Team Swift. They donate a portion of all proceeds to junior racing and are going to try their best to help out Team Swift for 2008.
Overall leader Alberto Contador of Spain reacts as he crosses the finish line of the 20th and last stage of the 94th Tour de France cycling race between Marcoussis, southwest of Paris, and Paris, Sunday, July 29, 2007. Alberto Contador of Spain won his first Tour de France on Sunday, as Daniele Bennati of Italy won the stage. More..
Kentfield's Litwack Takes Season Finale - at Infineon Raceway 5/11/07
San Francisco ’s Phipps Breaks Away in Twilight Race Series - at Infineon Raceway 5/4/07
Novato ’s Drumm Dominates Twilight Race Series - at Infineon Raceway 4/27/07
Petaluma’s Farnham Wins Cycling Season Opener at Infineon Raceway

Levi Leipheimer Levi Leipheimer wins the Tour of California. Todays circuit race resulted in a bunch sprint finish with no changes in the overall leader board.

AMGEN Tour of California - Building on the inaugural stage race that attracted 1.3 million spectators, the 2007 Amgen Tour of California is one of the most anticipated professional cycling races in the U.S. and will feature an even longer, more challenging route. A national television partnership with VERSUS (formerly OLN) to bring daily race coverage to fans throughout the country also was announced. 2/25/07

Veloprints.com - a mixture of bike racing photography from the Sea Otter Classic to the Tour de France.
Roadies: You still have time to hit your peak form this season
An Article by Bart Summers
2006

Floyd Landis LANDIS IS NEW KING

American Floyd Landis won the Tour de France following the 20th and final stage Sunday to succeed compatriot Lance Armstrong. Landis now capped the 11th American victory in the last 21 years over what was arguably one of the most exciting Tours in recent history. Thor Hushovd took the final sprint on the Champs Elysees over Robbie McEwen.

2005

Tour of California  Commentary by Bill

Floyd Landis (Phonak) maintained the lead that he earned in the time trial in stage three to become the first ever winner of the Tour of California, with young Tom Peterson (TIAA CREF) surviving a crash today to hold on to the young riders jersey. Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner) takes home the mountain jersey after taking it from Bernhard Kohl (T-Mobile) on stage five.

SonomaValleyCyclists.org - a virtual organization dedicated to supporting the interests of cyclists in and around the Sonoma Valley (Northern California).

Armstrong wins 7th consecutive Tour

2005 Terrible Two story and official results

Savoldelli pedals to Giro victory

Italy's Paolo Savoldelli rolled to his second Giro d'Italia victory in four years on Sunday May 29, 2005 and then called it "pay back".

Full story

Over 2300 Bike Shops now listed here.

2004

Lance Armstrong of Austin, Texas, celebrates his sixth straight Tour de France cycling race victory on the podium set on the Champs Elysees avenue, after the final stage between Montereau and Paris Sunday, July 25, 2004.

Read Bill's column (exclusive to BikeCal.com) and get a unique TDF perspective.

 

 

Rebellin wins Liege-Bastogne Liege classic 4/25/04

Magnus Backstedt, of Sweden, wins the 102nd Paris-Roubaix cycling classic, in Roubaix, northern France, Sunday, April 11, 2004.

Tour de France - The hardware that makes Armstrong an unstoppable cycling machine.

May 2003

Hamilton wins Tour de Romandie

Hamilton first American to win La Doyenne

Van Petegem seals rare double in Paris-Roubaix

Peter Van Petegem outsprinted compatriot Frank Vandenbroucke to clinch the 254-km Tour of Flanders

April 2003
Sportsman of the Year
His athletic performance, character and courage symbolize the ideals of sportsmanship. That's why Sports Illustrated has named cyclist Lance Armstrong its Sportsman of the Year. more...
Greg LeMond was the 1989 winner.

Over 2300 Bike Shops now listed here.

New and Expanded list of cycling clubs is now available (644 clubs currently included from the USA).

Asphalt - a new lifestyle magazine for the dedicated road cyclist.

Pashnit.com- California Motorcycle Roads - The most complete, well documented site for California motorcycle riding ever! This site is simply amazing and loaded with great photographs, maps and descriptions of each ride. Lots of North Bay roads.

The Rides of Santa Barbara County - New site designed for motorcycles, but useful for bicyclists as well. Maps and photos of Santa Barbara roads.

See Bike Sonoma - Promoting the bicycle as transportation and recreation

Terrible Two - 2002 Results

Jim Langley - a unique site for people who like bicycle history and cycling in general. Jim was a Bicycling Magazine writer. Worth a look...

Take a look at PhotoCrazy®. They have high-resolution digital event and special occasion photographs with participants in action (many cycling events are included - You could be pictured).

Dec 2002

ShowMeTV has some great FREE videos on all aspects of cycling. They have videos on bike repair, riding techniques and touring. Worth a look.

A website has been set up to keep everyone abreast of the Ross Dillon story

American River Bike Trail Maps Sacramento

May 2002
Kate Moore Cycle Racing Photos
Feb 2002

San Francisco Grand Prix - Results

Russian River Bikes - New Bike Shop in Guerneville

2001 Wine Country Classic Info

Jan 2001

USA Cycling News  The updated USCF NRC standings are available on the USA Cycling web site

2000 Wine Country Cycling Classic.  Photos and results

U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Track Cycling Info

Stefano Garzelli wins the 83� Giro d'Italia 2000

Graham Watson - World Famous Cycling Photos (Nice Site).

Nicole Reinhart, a two-time U.S. National track cycling champion, was killed ... 

Roberto Heras won the Tour of Spain -or- the Official Site

Nothstein Wins Cycling Gold 

Ullrich wins Olympic road race; Armstrong 13th 

 

October 2000

Wednesday Night Ride Info

Ride Reports  Photos Included 

May 2000

Ride Rating Woes

Photos and results - Cyclocross - San Fransisco SuperCup at The Presidio, December 10-12, 1999 - Kate Moore Photos

 

Feb 2000

San Anselmo bicyclist killed 12/31/99 

USA Cycling Long Team

Armstrong Sportsman of 1999

3rd Cyclist Killed

 

Jan 2000

BikeCal.com was the Marin IJ "Site of the Week" for the 4th week of Jan '00

Tour of Spain Final Results - Jan Ullrich became the first German to win the Tour of Spain in 34 years

Tour de France - Lance Armstrong wins '99 Tour de France

Rominger in Sonoma County

Aug 1999

Wine Country Century 99

LaValle Linn's Davis Double First Person Report

1999 Giro

Results from the 11TH Annual Petaluma Criterium 1999

Riders Encounter a Mountain Lion - Sunday Ride - 05-30-99

July 1999

Ophir Milan Rides now on Regularly Scheduled Rides Page 

May 1999

1999 Cherry Pie Crit

Giro d'Italia 99

1999 Wine Country Cycling Classic

1999 Wine Country Classic - Video Page

Wine Country Century Report/Photos - 99

Winter Riding

Tour de France -April Fools Report

SRCC Gold Country Tour

Cyclist Killed on Bennett Valley Rd in Santa Rosa

VELO-CELLO

August 24, 1998

Search Sonoma - Site of the WeekWe've been selected as the Search Sonoma Site of the Week for the week of (August 24th - August 30th)

Search Sonoma is the premiere guide to the Sonoma County Internet community.

It is operated jointly by The Press Democrat, the most widely circulated daily newspaper in Sonoma County, and Pacific Web, one of Sonoma County's leading web design firms.

 

 

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