Tobin Ortenblad isn’t your typical 22-year-old, nor does he fit the mold of most professional bicycle racers. Sure, he has a coach and a training plan, but that’s where the path begins to blur. Tobin was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California and spent most of his formative years riding BMX bikes, building jumps and eating burritos. Fast forward a decade and he’s fresh off winning the Under 23 Cyclocross National Championship in Asheville. This year, racing in the Elite category, his results have proven that the off-season wasn’t squandered at the beach. He’s finished consistently in the top ten (or top five) at UCI C1 races and a top thirty at both World Cups. Most impressive is that he’s currently doing all this, without a pro contract. We wanted to catch up with the privateer and see what he’s been up to since his big win in January.
Sprinters are cool and all, but vans like this have so much more character. It’s nice seeing older vehicles being used as team busses during tours.
All the Action from the Women’s Elite Trek CXC Cup
Photos and words by Kevin Sparrow
To me, the Trek CXC Cup is the official start of the midwest cyclocross season. The best of the best show up and battle it out on the Trek Factory grounds. This year was huge. World Champion, Wout Van Aert and a bunch of Belgians, showed up and, as expected, destroyed the rest of Men’s field. It was impressive, and it goes to show that they are (still) on a totally different level than the US. Although this seemed more like a training ride for Wout, a shout out to Stephen Hyde, the top US finisher, seems deserving.
I’m sure, by now you have read about (or watched) the results and highlights from this past weekend on all the typical media outlets. Yeah, having a world champion race in front of you was pretty rad, but when it comes to good ol’ fashioned racin’ the Women’s Elite race was where all the action was happening.
Most of the Women’s Elite raced both days, unlike the Men’s field who were saving their precious legs for C1 points. That alone says a lot about the Women’s field and about Women’s CX racing in general. It’s positive, healthy competition that seems to be based around the love for racing. The way it should be. I heard many words of encouragement and solidarity at the start, during the race, and at the finish line.
I could go on and give a play by play but that seems sort of boring. Instead, just enjoy some photos of some real rippers from this past weekend. Read the captions for a better feel for the course.
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Here’s another angle of Laurine van Riessen from the Netherlands showing how to avoid a crash during the second heat of the keirin at the Olympics in Rio. Via the Guardian.
Santini is the Official Partner of the UCI and supporter of the World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland. The WCC is a coaching and training facility that offers development for around 100 athletes each year, in three Olympic disciplines: road, track and racing BMX. Check out more at the Santini UCI collection.
“It was early fall, 1990, in Dublin, Ireland. I had just finished the final stage of the Tour of Ireland and was collecting myself a little, off away from the crowds and the other riders. I’d gone for the long breakaway — me and Irish rider Martin Early — but our bid had been shut down by one of the other teams. There wasn’t too much time to think about what could have been, though, before I was mobbed by some young boys looking for souvenirs.
They took the race numbers off my back and the bottle I hadn’t tossed away in the finale. I’d already had an Avocet cyclometer stolen earlier in the week, so I was pretty protective of the new one, but they did ask for it. They even asked for my jersey and shoes. I think they would’ve taken my shorts and socks if I’d offered.
And then one of them asked for my helmet.”
Continue reading Joe Parkin’s story on his hairnet helmet at Brancale!
Sir Bradley Wiggins and Becky James get to show comedian Jack Whitehall the ins and outs of track cycling for Samsung UK. This one’s too good!
Start this video at 1:44 to pickup where we left off…
Who knew those inflatable arches collapsed so fast?
Gilette interviewed Chris Froome, the winner of Stage 08 of the TdF, while he was training in Mallorca, Spain with Team Sky about how he became such a good climber.
Check out more information on this exceptionally-illustrated book at La Légende Dessinée
Gillette meets up with Jeffrey Hoogland as he prepares for the Rio Olympics.
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Stage two of the Amgen Tour of California fell in our literal backyard, taking place in the Angeles National Forest and finishing in Santa Clarita. The Peloton battled Highway 2, Big T and every incline of the day with prowess and panache. Unfortunately, our party didn’t make this highlight feed, but don’t worry, coverage from that is on the way tomorrow!
… when the Amgen Tour of California comes through town. Thanks to everyone that came out to the GSC / TDT / RAD ride up the 2 this morning and thanks to Amgen for bringing this race through some of the most scenic roads in California! Expect a full write-up soon!
… the Spring Classics!
Milliman brings another clip from the world of professional cyclocross racing with Laurens ten Dam riding in Santa Cruz, California. Watch out for the poison oak! I’m covered in that shit still…
Everyone has a favorite, memorable shirt. Here’s Bradley Wiggins discussing his. What’s yours?