Segunda cita en la Copa del Mundo de ciclocrós – BURGOS BH

Felipe Orts da continuidad a la actividad competitiva con dos pruebas en Benelux que harán de ensayos finales antes de los Campeonatos de Europa. Disputará el GP de la Commune de Contern, el sábado en Luxemburgo, y la Copa del mundo de Overijse, el domingo en la localidad belga.

Inmerso en las carreras de mayor nivel, Felipe Orts cierra octubre con un nuevo fin de semana frenético que junta dos carreras realmente duras. Estas exigirán sus mejores prestaciones y cimentarán su estado de forma al cumplirse casi el primer mes de competición sobre el barro. El sábado, el alicantino afronta su primera participación en Grand Prix de la Commune de Contern. El terreno cómodo de caminos, bosque y dos amplias rectas sobre asfalto, se combina con ligeras ascensiones y tramos de falso llano. Este diseño del trazado favorece que la carrera sea muy rápida en buenas condiciones climáticas, con las únicas interrupciones de una sección de escaleras y dos barreras.

Al día siguiente, tendrá lugar la quinta cita de la Copa del Mundo en Overijse, segunda de Orts este año y en la cual consiguió el 19º puesto en la pasada edición. El circuito mantiene la esencia de esta serie de pruebas con una notoria exigencia que impide que la bici corra y que el ciclista tome ritmo. En el recorrido se incluyen las características ascensiones sobre adoquín que se intercalan con zonas muy sinuosas y técnicas sobre barro y constantes repechos. Hay que recordar el top-20 que firmó Orts la pasada semana en la Copa del Mundo de Zonhoven, un resultado que aspira a mejorar en Overijse.

— Guillermo Iglesias to

A 2021 American finale – Rally Cycling

Rally Cycling is heading to Sacramento for the much anticipated Into the Lion’s Den criterium. The women will take on the 70-minute race on October 30 to bring a close to the 2021 season. 

L39ION of Los Angeles founded the race that offers an eye-watering $100,000 prize purse split evenly between the women’s and men’s fields, which will include $20,000 in cash primes.

New Zealand criterium champion Olivia Ray will be lining up alongside some of the most talented riders in the world to finish a successful season that includes five criterium victories.

“It’s just over a kilometer long and it’s super fast so it will suit me,” said Ray. “When you bring the women together at an event like this when there’s big money on the line, people are willing to work harder and make a more exciting race out of it.” 

With the day-long celebration of cycling taking place on Halloween Eve, the riders will have to pull out all the tricks to be treated with the chance to come away with a share of the prizes.

America’s largest prize purse

The whopping prize total is the biggest in the country to date. A record previously held by Atlanta’s Grant Park Criterium – a race Ray won – at $20,000. For comparison, the total prize money for a Women’s WorldTour one-day race is currently €7,005 ($8,132).

So, what’s it like going elbow to elbow for such a large prize list?

“I sort of feel two ways about it,” said Ray. “It’s amazing that they’re able to bring that much money and that being a huge factor as to why people would race but at the same time, it’s a little sad that it took that money to entice people to race when there have been those opportunities before.” 

Regardless of the feelings towards the sum of money, there’s no denying that it was a motivating factor in enticing some of the best criterium racers from home and abroad.

“I think it’s very cool having international pros coming over as it’s going to make for a monumental event,” Ray added.

Ray previously won the largest prize purse in the US at the Grant Park Criterium.

The competition 

The field is one of the best that’s ever assembled at a US criterium and includes a host of national champions, world champions and Olympians. Coryn Labecki (Team DSM), Alison Jackson (Liv Racing), Amy Pieters, Demi Vollering (SD Worx), Kendall Ryan, Skylar Schneider (L39ION of Los Angeles) and Rally Cycling’s very own Lily Williams are just some of the esteemed names on the start list.

Labecki, a past junior, under-23 and elite national criterium champion, may well be any would-be challenger’s main rival in a bunch sprint but as Ray explains, with fast-paced criteriums, anything could happen. 

“I know the style of Coryn, she grew up with the Williams brothers so we know she’s got some fight to give which is exciting and then Amy and Demi’s level is so high so this might be a walk in the park for them or it might be a kick in the teeth.” 

Olympic bronze medalist Lily Williams will be back in orange.

The course 

The race will be held on a 1km long circuit around the State Capitol with a 485-meter long finishing straight on L Street. The palm tree-lined spacious course is a perfect rectangle and as Ray explains, “with that amount of space, it’s going to be a drag race.”

With the likes of Ryan, Pieters, Labecki, Williams and Ray all being accomplished track cyclists, it’s these skills as well as the assistance of teammates that will help to decide who takes the win. 

Into the Lion’s Den roster
Holly Breck
Krista Doebel-Hickok
Heidi Franz
Olivia Ray
Lily Williams

Head over to our Instagram page for behind-the-scenes coverage starting Friday afternoon and through the race on Saturday at 3:45 pm PT.

— Oskar Scarsbrook to

Mandy Marquardt Reflects on 2021 Track World Championships

Team Novo Nordisk’s Mandy Marquardt ended her 2021 racing season at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships presented by Tissot at the Vélodrome Couvert Régional Jean-Stablinski in Roubaix, France on October 20-24. 

“I am always grateful to represent my country at the World Championships and be back together with my USA Cycling teammates, coaches, and staff,” Marquardt, the reigning Sprint and Keirin National Champion stated.

“When you put so much time and effort into something and come up short, I can’t even begin to describe how much that hurts. Of course, these times have been difficult for everyone,” added Marquardt who finished 18th in the Women’s Sprint and 17th in the Women’s Keirin. 

Marquardt’s last two events on an indoor track took place in March 2020 at the World Championships in Berlin, Germany, and in May 2021 at the UCI Track Nations Cup in Hong Kong.

“This was my third major international competition and third time spent on an indoor 250-meter velodrome since March 2020. My indoor track legs and confidence to execute just never came around. As I reflect on 2019, it was a year of consistent racing and time spent on the indoor velodrome, which resulted in a top 10 overall finish in the UCI Track World Cup standings.”

This unprecedented and chaotic racing season ended with a change in venue for the World Championships. Originally scheduled to be held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, the UCI announced in June that the event would be moved to a different venue. In August, Roubaix was finalized as the new venue and the schedule was pushed back one week later in October.

“Preparation and consistency build confidence,” concluded Marquardt.  “I’m hopeful 2022 will bring more opportunities and even more racing.”

Before the Nations Cup, Marquardt flew to Poland from her home in Allentown, PA, to train alongside her Team Novo Nordisk teammate Mateusz Rudyk and the Polish track team. 

Full results here.

— Alice Podenzana to

Benhamouda, Clancy, Irvine and Lozano renew for 2022 with Team Novo Nordisk.

Team Novo Nordisk confirmed the contract renewals of four key riders for the upcoming 2022 season with experienced veterans David Lozano and Stephen Clancy putting pen to paper alongside young Australian Declan Irvine and French sprinter |Mehdi Benhamouda.

That time of year has come around again. The air is getting cooler, days are getting shorter. The nights are drawing in, the autumn light is golden, and contracts are being renewed, old faces remaining, and new ones announced.

“It’s a busy time of year, that’s for sure,” began General Manager Vassili Davidenko. “We always have an eye on squad development, structure and planning for the future, but the business really gets done as we hit the off-season. These four guys are all important to Team Novo Nordisk, to our past, present and future and we’re very happy to have confirmed extensions with all four.”

“David is one of our leaders and most consistent riders and what he brings to the team is not just measured by results, but also what he gives the younger guys like Declan, who showed us in 2021 what he’s capable of and his progression this year has been a real positive.”

Experienced Irishman Clancy is looking forward to what will be his tenth year with the world’s first all diabetes professional cycling team and his commitment to carrying the team’s message of inspiring, educating and empowering around the world is what makes the 29-year-old an asset both on and off the bike.

“I am very happy to re-sign for 2022,” said Clancy. “After so long on the team it really does feel like home and it’s incredibly rewarding to be in a position to travel around the world racing my bike and changing diabetes. I am delighted to be able to keep on living the dream and be a part of this special team and community.”

Racing 8,900km over 55 days of competition in 2021, Spanish climber Lozano was once again one of the lynchpins of the team and also managed to fulfill a new mentor role for the development team at the Adriatica-Ionica race in Italy.

“I have been a part of the Team Novo Nordisk family since 2012 and there’s nowhere else I’d rather be.” said Lozano. “It’s been a difficult year for us, 2021 didn’t yield the results we expected, at least not as consistently as we wanted, and I know from all my years here that we can turn that around.”

“One of the best things about this past season has been our team spirit, sticking together when times have been difficult, everyone committed to their jobs and also that we managed to race a full calendar despite the global situation with COVID.

“But I think the highlight for me was racing Adriatica-Ionica with the devo team as a road captain and experiencing that leadership role with the young guys who are on the way up was unforgettable. Trying to help them and teach them through the race is one of the best things I’ve ever done in my career.”

Declan Irvine was flying through the wet final stage TT at the Tour of Denmark, showing the form and determination that had characterised his season before disaster struck. Taking a tight downtown Copenhagen corner at speed, the 22-year-old slid out, bounced up a curb and broke his leg. Somehow, he managed to finish the stage.

“I am really excited to get back to racing with the team again in 2022,” said Irvine. “I had a breakthrough season this year that was cut short due to breaking my leg in Denmark. I am well on the road to recovery now, back on the bike and looking to continue on this upwards trajectory next season beginning with my first ever elite National Championships in January.”

A top ten finish on the final stage of Belgrade Banjaluka in April served notice that French sprinter Benhamouda was starting to come into form and the 26-year-old had high hopes of a result at the Tour de Hongrie. However, those hopes were dashed after a crash on stage three took Benhamouda out of the race and into the ambulance with a broken collarbone.

After a protracted period of recovery, the Carcassone native returned to competition with a series of races on home soil at Limousin, Besancon and Jura. Doing enough to secure an extension into 2022.

“It is great to know that the team has placed their trust in me for again for next season,” said Benhamouda. “I am very happy and looking forward to the challenge. As always, I will give my best and my motivation is very high for next season. My main goal is to achieve good results as I have done in the past and get myself and Team Novo Nordisk onto the podium.”

— Tim Lindley to

Julien Simon, Paul Ourselin et Dries Van Gestel pour une saison de plus

Julien Simon, Paul Ourselin et Dries Van Gestel pour une saison de plus

Le Team TotalEnergies est heureux d’officialiser trois nouvelles prolongations dans son effectif. Julien Simon, Paul Ourselin et Dries Van Gestel défendront les couleurs de l’équipe vendéenne en 2022.

Julien Simon : “Gagner avec mes coéquipiers”

“Je suis très heureux de continuer dans l’équipe ! L’objectif principal en 2022 sera de gagner avec mes coéquipiers le plus de victoires possibles”

Paul Ourselin : “A moi de leur rendre la pareille”

“Je suis extrêmement reconnaissant de la confiance que m’accordent Jean-René Bernaudeau et notre sponsor majeur TotalEnergies. Je n’ai pas été épargné par les blessures ces deux dernières saisons, c’était difficile. A moi de leur rendre la pareille sur le vélo l’an prochain en accompagnant mes leaders le plus loin possible”

Dries Van Gestel : “L’envie de lever les bras”

“Je tiens à remercier l’équipe ! En prolongeant avec le Team TotalEnergies, j’ai l’opportunité de poursuivre ma progression. J’ai toujours dans un coin de ma tête l’envie de lever les bras avec le maillot du Team. L’arrivée d’un grand nom comme Peter Sagan va faire grandir notre équipe, j’en suis persuadé”


— Administrateur to

Rally Cycling goes double Dutch with Raaijmakers and Buijsman – Rally Cycling

Dutch talents Marit Raaijmakers and Nina Buijsman have joined Rally Cycling’s women’s team from Parkhotel Valkenburg. The pair are both accomplished all-rounders with a good turn of speed, adding depth and climbing quality to a transformative 2022 roster. 

Both newcomers spoke about signing for Rally Cycling and their hopes for the coming year. With the team applying for a Women’s WorldTour license, their European racing experience will be invaluable. 

A new adventure

Raaijmakers, who will join the team for two years, is a promising stage racer who in previous seasons dedicated herself to ex-teammates Lorena Wiebes and Demi Vollering. Now she is “ready for something new” on Rally Cycling, a team she was attracted to because of both the welcoming and professional feel. 

In 2021, Raaijmakers won the opening stage and overall, of the Watersley Women’s Challenge as well as the youth classification at the Trophée de Grimpeuses. 

“I’m really looking forward to getting to know the team and learning their strengths so we can deliver results together,” Raaijmakers said. 

The Dutch talent describes herself as a strong, tactically-minded rider who has a knack for good positioning, a crossover skill she has developed from track cycling. This skillset means Raaijmakers is particularly well-suited to the Ardennes Classics. 

“I think track is really good for road training because even when you’re not fully recovered you can go again,” says Raaijmakers. “That’s something I bring to the road – and also the ability to make tactical decisions.”

The 21-year-old from Hippolytushoef lives on a farm and has a passion for the great outdoors. In 2020, Raaijmakers and her then teammate Demi Vollering, embarked on a biking odyssey when they packed up their bags, tent and camping equipment and rode high into the Swiss mountains. 

The big step

Rally Cycling is also excited to welcome Raaijmakers’ compatriot Nina Buijsman. The 23-year-old climber from Bovenkarspel also has had a fruitful season, and signs on a one-year contract. 

“I’m really looking forward to this new adventure,” said Buijsman. “Racing with new girls on an American team is something I’m very excited about.”

Like Raaijmakers, Buijsman is strong when the road turns skywards as well as being a punchy finisher. Somewhat of a breakaway artist, in 2021 Buijsman won the mountains classification at the Ladies Tour of Norway and had a strong string of results in the fall at Giro dell’Emilia (11th), La Classique Morbihan (5th) and Grand Prix du Morbihan (8th).

“I enjoy breakaways and jumping into the action at the races,” Buijsman added. “To race with my heart and go fully into it and not wait the whole race for something to happen is how I like to ride.”

Buijsman has raced on Parkhotel Valkenburg since turning professional in 2017, and off the bike she has been working hard on perfecting her banana bread recipe. 

The team is sure that her experiences racing in Europe will be a huge asset, as will the banana bread.

Now racing in a more international set-up, Buijsman is excited for the opportunities 2022 will bring. 

“I always like to travel and to see other cultures, so I’m interested in that. It will also be nice to help the younger riders with racing in Europe,” Buijsman said.

The hills are alive

“Both Marit and Nina have shown that they are promising stage racers this year,” said women’s team director Joanne Kiesanowski. “Marit showed a lot of progression with her GC victory at Watersley and Nina has shown great consistency this fall block, adding to her fantastic jersey victory in Norway.”

“They both have the ability to race full-out in the WorldTour,” Kiesanowski added. “We’re excited to work with them and help them develop into top stage racers.”

The team looks forward to welcoming Raaijmakers and Buijsman to the line-up. Stay tuned for next week when we will be announcing our final riders to the women’s roster for 2022.

— Oskar Scarsbrook to

La mejor plantilla de nuestra corta historia – Equipo Kern Pharma

Plantilla Equipo Kern Pharma 2022

Roger Adrià (18/04/1998, Barcelona)
Jon Agirre (10/09/1997, Zumaia)
Sergio Araiz (19/04/1998, Ayegui)
Igor Arrieta (08/11/2002, Uharte Arakil)
Urko Berrade (28/11/1997, Pamplona)
Héctor Carretero (28/05/1995, Madrigueras)
Jaime Castrillo (13/03/1996, Jaca)
Iván Cobo (02/01/2000, Astillero)
Kiko Galván (01/12/1997, Lliça d’Amunt)
Carlos García Pierna (23/07/1999, Tres Cantos)
Raúl García Pierna (23/02/2001, Tres Cantos)
Álex Jaime (29/09/1998, Sarrià de Ter)
Jordi López (14/08/1998, Badalona)
Diego López Fuentes (09/12/1997, Estella)
Martí Márquez (09/02/1996, Llinars del Vallés)
Daniel Méndez (02/06/2000, Bogotá)
Pau Miquel (20/08/2000, Sant Quirze del Vallés)
Iván Moreno (27/05/1996, Castellón)
Savva Novikov (27/07/1999, Tula)
José Félix Parra (16/01/1997, Ossa de Montiel)
Vojtěch Řepa (14/08/2000, Velká Bíteš)
Ibon Ruiz (30/01/1999, Vitoria)
Eugenio Sánchez (10/03/1999, Calpe)
Danny van der Tuuk (05/11/1999, Assen)


Igor Arrieta (08/11/2002, Uharte Arakil); desde Equipo Lizarte
Héctor Carretero (28/05/1995, Madrigueras); desde Movistar Team
Iván Cobo (02/01/2000, Astillero); desde Equipo Lizarte
Pau Miquel (20/08/2000, Sant Quirze del Vallés); desde Equipo Lizarte
Eugenio Sánchez (10/03/1999, Calpe); desde Equipo Lizarte


Enrique Sanz (11/09/1989 Orkoien); retirado

— EquipoLizarte to

Óscar Pelegrí se une al Burgos BH para 2022 – BURGOS BH

Óscar Pelegrí comenta su fichaje con perspectiva y con ganas de iniciar el próximo curso: “El fichaje por el Burgos BH significa mucho para mí porque el competir en un equipo de categoría Pro Team es un gran salto en mi carrera deportiva. Este 2022 tengo una gran oportunidad, la estaba buscando desde hace mucho tiempo y cuando menos la esperaba ha llegado gracias al Burgos BH. Tengo muchas ganas de empezar a trabajar junto al equipo y de conocer a todos los compañeros y staff. El objetivo para este próximo año es seguir creciendo y mejorando como ciclista para que así lleguen los resultados”, apunta.

El director técnico, David Cantera, valora la incorporación del castellonense: “Es una apuesta del conjunto de la dirección deportiva. Óscar Pelegrí es un corredor con el que hemos tenido contacto en los últimos años pero que por una u otra cosa no llegamos a cuajar en la firma. Es un corredor con un perfil que el equipo estaba buscando este año, viene a suplir a una de las bajas pero con algo más, que es su experiencia contrastada. Con su victoria en la tercera etapa de Le Tour de Bretagne nos terminó de convencer. Pensamos que puede contribuir mucho tanto a ayudar a los hombres rápidos del equipo, como a buscar sus propias oportunidades. Es un ciclista con olfato ganador y muy inteligente para rematar, como ya ha demostrado en varias ocasiones desde que es profesional”.

Plantilla 2022

Mario Aparicio, Jetse Bol, Óscar Cabedo, André Domingues, Jesús Ezquerra, Ángel Madrazo, Dani Navarro, Óscar Pelegrí, Mihkel Räim, Diego Rubio y Pelayo Sánchez.

— Guillermo Iglesias to

Chris Lawless, Lorrenzo Manzin et Fabien Grellier poursuivent l’aventure

Chris Lawless, Lorrenzo Manzin et Fabien Grellier poursuivent l’aventure

Le Team TotalEnergies pourra compter sur Chris Lawless, Lorrenzo Manzin et Fabien Grellier l’an prochain. Ces trois coureurs ont en effet prolongé leur contrat d’une saison supplémentaire.

Lorrenzo Manzin : “Renouer avec la victoire”

“Je tiens tout d’abord à remercier Jean-René Bernaudeau et toute l’équipe TotalEnergies pour la confiance qu’ils m’accordent. Je suis fier de faire partie de cette grande famille. En 2022 ? Mon souhait est de renouer avec la victoire. Mon rôle sera également d’accompagner mes leaders le plus loin possible sur certaines courses”

Fabien Grellier : “Aider un maximum le Team à remporter le plus de succès”

“Je suis très heureux de continuer l’aventure avec le Team. L’équipe évolue d’année en année et avec l’arrivée de Peter Sagan l’an prochain, elle va prendre une autre dimension. Mes objectifs sont de m’épanouir, prendre du plaisir dans ce nouveau collectif et d’aider un maximum le Team à remporter le plus de succès


— Administrateur to

8 jeunes recrues pour notre équipe de Développement

Notre équipe U23 Bingoal WB Développement accueille, pour la saison 2022, 8 jeunes coureurs de 18 ans qui intégreront donc les rangs des espoirs 1. Notre structure a pour objectif de donner une formation complète à des jeunes, au contact de coureurs expérimentés et d’un encadrement professionnel. Le but, à terme, est que ces jeunes puissent se hisser dans l’élite internationale.

Les 8 arrivées pour 2022

Noah Detalle (18)
Lucas Jacques (18)
Théo Lowie (18)
Thibaut Bernard (18)
Michiel Lambrecht (18)
Leander van Hauteghem (18)
Gaetan Verleyen (18)
Luca d’Hollander (17)


À l’image de Louis Blouwe et de Johan Meens, qui ont évolué dans notre équipe de Développement en 2021 et qui intégreront notre noyau pro en 2022, nos jeunes espoirs bénéficient du véritable tremplin que constitue notre pôle de formation: ils ont l’occasion de progresser dans les courses de leur catégorie (U23) ainsi que de faire leurs preuves ponctuellement aux côtés de nos coureurs professionnels, à l’occasion de stages, d’entraînements collectifs, de certaines courses.

Christophe Detilloux, directeur sportif : “Il est à nos yeux très importants de recruter des jeunes talents dès la sortie de la catégorie des juniors. L’objectif est de leur proposer un plan de formation très complet, sur plusieurs années, dès leur entrée chez les espoirs. Nous suivons les jeunes dès les catégories des cadets et juniors. Leurs résultats, l’avis de leur encadrement sportif, sont des critères importants. Dès qu’un jeune semble sortir du lot, nous l’invitons à un entraînement avec notre groupe de Développement, ce qui nous permet de découvrir son caractère, sa mentalité. Il est aussi essentiel que le jeune soit convaincu par notre structure: il doit croire en notre projet, faire confiance à notre entraîneur, adhérer au programme que nous proposons, à nos stages. Il doit s’adapter à notre collectif. Ce n’est pas à l’équipe à s’adapter à lui. Nous devons donc être sur la seule et même longueur d’onde. »


 « Je prendrai l’exemple de deux jeunes de notre groupe de Développement de 2021 qui ont signé chez les pros pour 2022: Louis Blouwe et Johan Meens. Louis était plus aguerri au départ et il a été rapidement plongé dans les stages des pros, dans leurs courses, car nous avons vite vu qu’il avait un gros potentiel et un gros volume pour rouler au niveau supérieur. Il a, par ailleurs, gagné chez les U23. Il est donc prêt pour le niveau pro. Johan n’avait, quant à lui, pas beaucoup de grandes courses à son actif. Il y avait donc beaucoup de travail de volume et de qualité à effectuer. Il a du talent, certes, mais il a aussi travaillé sans compter pour se développer. Il a fait preuve de régularité pendant toute l’année, même quand son programme était, à dessein, chargé. Il s’est montré à son avantage sur son type de courses, celles où ça grimpe. Il est donc prêt pour passer un cap. »

— eric to