New season, new kit for Cannondale-Garmin team

SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod and Synapse Hi-Mod for the merged team

The newly merged team Cannondale-Garmin unveiled their line-up in New York City on Wednesday evening, and with it the weapons set to be at the team's disposal for the 2015 season. It was out with Cervélo – bike supplier to MTN-Qhubeka this year – and in with new title sponsor Cannondale's bikes for the new season.

While the riders showed off their new black and green kit, which is the result of the merger between 2014 squads Garmin-Sharp and Cannondale Pro Cycling, the team's new bikes – the Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod, the Synapse Hi-Mod and the Slice RS for time trials – were also on display.

“The riders will be able to choose whichever bike they like for each race,” Murray Washburn, Cannondale's global director of product marketing, explained to BikeRadar. “For grand tours and smoother pavement, the SuperSix EVO is the bike of choice. When we introduced it, it really set the standard for the modern race bike with its blend of racing rigidity and efficiency."

“The Synapse, meanwhile, is built specifically for absorbing more shock, and giving you a little bit of a more upright riding position, while the geometry's a little more stable, with a longer wheelbase is a little longer,” Washburn continued, “which means that it really does absorb a lot more of the imperfections on the road.”

The SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod will be one of two road bikes for the team

That translates to the team mainly using the Synapse for races where they expect to encounter some rougher roads and cobbles – in other words, at the spring Classics.

“When we look at the two bikes, the SuperSix EVO is really our race-prepped track car, if you like, while the Synapse is a bit more like our grand-touring automobile. So riders have the option,” said Washburn.

The bikes will be shod with Mavic wheels and Shimano components, and although the riders will have the choice between Di2 and mechanical Dura-Ace, Washburn expects most to go for the electronic option.

“Plus we often have to look at creative ways to add weight to the bikes [to bring them up to the UCI's minimum weight limit of 6.8kg], so there's no weight disincentive for the riders to run Di2,” he said. “And once you've ridden it, it's pretty hard to go back to riding mechanical.”

Other partners that have remained from Garmin-Sharp include Castelli clothing and POC helmets, while FSA and Vision bars, stems and seatposts come across from the 2014 Cannondale team. Fizik previously supplied saddles and bar tape for both teams, and are on board again, and there's also a new sponsor in Kinetic trainers.

POC goes green for 2015

Castelli unveiled new shorts – the Free Aero Race Bib Short – to be used by the team for the 2015 season, along with other items of clothing that have been developed with the help of the Garmin team, and which will now be used by Cannondale-Garmin this season.

“We’ve concentrated our efforts on improving comfort and aerodynamics with the new short, and making sure the team has a competitive advantage in any adverse weather conditions,” said Castelli's race performance director Andrea Peron. “There are 11 new garments in the team’s equipment line-up, each one the result of development with the riders and staff as well as Castelli’s internal research.”

Aside from the new shorts, those new products include a Gabba Light rain jersey, and an update to the fit and cut of Castelli's lightweight Climber's Jersey.

A new name, new kit, new bikes and a new look, Cannondale-Garmin – 'The Green Argyle' – will be a team to watch in 2015.

Castelli's rain-resistant and highly insulating Gabba jerseys are back

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Don, Mullan top Ironman Mallorca

After a 2006 ITU World Championship, a $200,000 win at Hy-Vee in 2010 and a podium finish at Ironman 70.3 Worlds this year, Tim Don of Great Britain added another jewel to his résumé with a victory in his first Ironman attempt at Ironman Mallorca. After a race-long chase, Eimear Mullan of Ireland passed 44-year-old Dede Griesbauer 5 miles from the finish to win her 4th Ironman-distance victory on a tough day at the elegant Spanish resort island in the Mediterranean.


Don started his day with a 2nd-best 45:25 swim in the Mediterranean which put him 39 seconds back of swim leader Manuel Keung of Switzerland and ahead of a pack of nine men who clambered out of the sea within 14 seconds. Among the most dangerous were Bert Jammaer and Mike Aigroz (both 45:31) not to forget 2014 Challenge Roth winner Timo Bracht (48:06) two and a half minutes later.

At 84.5 meters through the bike leg, Keung held firmly to a 3:13 lead on a closely packed parade led by Niclas Bock, followed by Jammaer (+3:14), Bracht (+3:15), Miquel Blanchart tintó (+3:16) Karl-Johan Danielsson (+3:18). Aigroz (+3:19), Don (+3:20), Dominik Berger (+3:21) and Fabio Carvalho (+3:22). At a speed of 23 miles per hour, and if the timing splits were accurate, that would put each man in the chase pack after Bock 11 meters apart.

Kueng held on to his lead to the end of a race-best 4:48:20 bike split, followed by a fast closing Edo Van der Meer (+3:26), Aigroz (+3:28), Carvalho (+3:13), Don (+3:33 with a 4:51:21 split), Bracht (+7:28), Berger (+10:03) and a fading, off-form Jammaer (+12:34).

By 12.3 km Don caught Kueng and within 2 kilometers opened a 1:05 gap on Aigroz and Carvalho as Keung was falling back to an eventual 11th place finish with a 3:14:24 run. Like Keung, Bracht was no longer on his game and was falling back to a 13th with a 3:12:59 run

Halfway through the marathon, Don held a 2:01 margin on Carvalho, 2:16 on Aigroz, 4:41 on Keung and a 5:05 on a hard charging Miguel Angel Fidalgo who was working hard to close a 7 minute gap to Don at the start of the run thanks to a tardy 4:58:45 bike split.

By the finish, Don’s 3rd-fastest 2:52:07 run brought him to the finish in 8:34:02 with a 4:06 margin of victory over Fidalgo, who ran 2:49:01. Aigroz fell back with a 2:59:26 run but it was enough to hold 3rd, 6:27 back of Don and 51 seconds ahead of fast-closing Miquel Blanchart tintó, who posted the fastest run of the day – 2:47:30.

The win should put Don in fine position qualify for his anticipated Kona debut in 2015.


Mette Pettersen Moe of Norway led the swim in 49:52, followed by Dede Griesbauer (+18 seconds), Natascha Schmitt of Germany (+2:25) and top contenders Mullan (9th place +5:21), Astrid Ganzow of Germany (10th and +5:22) and Nina Kuhn of Germany (19th and +7:07).

By 84.5 km, Griesbauer led Pettersen Moe by 3 seconds, with Mullan and Ganzow 3:00 and 3:16 down. At T2, Griesbauer’s 2nd-best 5:11:15 bike split led Nina Kuhn by 31 seconds after the German’s race-best 5:04:52 bike split carved her way out of a 6:40 deficit after the swim. Pettersen Moe was 3rd (+1:06), Ganzow 4th (+6:23) and Mullan 5th after a 4th fastest 5:13:01 bike leg left her 6:41 arrears.

Griesbauer began the run with high hopes to improve on her recent 6th place finish at Ironman Lake Placid and perhaps add to her career total of two Ironman wins. Most of all, Griesbauer was showing her work with the Siri Lindley squad was erasing any doubts that her career was fading at age 44. In addition, this performance was a strong indication that the career-threatening crash at Ironman Frankfurt in 2010 was no longer a limiting factor for the woman who had three top 10 Kona finishes before her injury.

Pettersen Moe took the lead at 6.5km, 45 seconds ahead of Griesbauer, 4:24 ahead of Moe and 5:03 ahead of Ganzow. At 14 km, Pettersen Moe led Griesbauer by 50 seconds, Mullan by 2:47 and Ganzow by 4:13.

Just when Griesbauer might well have surrendered, she rallied to the front at 17km, 14 seconds ahead of Pettersen Moe and 1:23 ahead of Mullan. At the halfway point of the marathon, Griesbauer led Mullan by 1:18, with Pettersen Moe 1:23 arrears. By 33 km, Mullan led Griesbauer by a thread - 17 seconds – and Ganzow passed Peterson Moe for 3rd. At 35.5 kilometers, Griesbauer hung tough - 25 seconds down.

Finally, Mullan broke the string connecting her to Griesbauer and led by 2:27 with 2 miles to go. At the finish, Mullan’s race-best 3:10:26 on a sweltering hot day brought her to the finish in 9:24L17 with a 2:52 margin of victory over Griesbauer (3:19:40 run), 6:53 over 3rd place finisher Ganzow and 14:41 over 4th place Pettersen Moe. After her sizzling fast bike split, Kuhn had no more left in the tank and withdrew during the run.

The win comes after Mullan’s victory at the famously difficult Embrunman and adds to her excellent 2014 victories at UK 70.3, Challenge Rimini and a 2nd place finish at Challenge Fuerteventura.

Ironman Mallorca
Mallorca, Spain
September 27, 2014
S 2.4 mi. / B 112 mi. / R 26.2 mi.



1. Tim Don (GBR) 8:34:02
2. Miguel Angel Fidalgo (ESP) 8:38:08
3. Mike Aigroz (SUI) 8:40:29
4. Miquel Blanchart tintó (ESP) 8:41:20
5. Carlos López Diaz (ESP) 8:45:09
6. Alejandro Santamaria (ESP) 8:49:34
7. Timothy Van Houten (BEL) 8:50:16
8. Stefan Van Thiel (NED) 8:50:45
9. Patrick Jaberg (SUI) 8:50:46
10. Carlos Aznar Gallego (ESP) 8:52:13
13. Timo Bracht (GER) 8:58:37


1. Eimear Mullan (IRL) 9:24:17
2. Dede Griesbauer (USA) 9:27:09
3. Astrid Ganzow (GER) 9:31:10
4. Mette Pettersen Moe (NOR) 9:38:58
5. Kamila Polak (AUT) 9:44:33
6. Corina Hengartner (SUI) 9:45:43 *F35-39
7. Maria Lemeseva (RUS) 9:45:56
8. Tine Holst (DEN) 9:47:03
9. Anna Halasz (HUN) 9:49:24
10. Bianca Steurer (AUT) 9:54:46

Pro bike race may skip Pikes Peak region next summer


The USA Pro Challenge is giving you the opportunity to vote on where Stage 6 of next year's annual bike race should be held.

Stages one through five and stage seven have been set; the Pikes Peak Region is not on the list.

The event draws more than 1 million fans each year and generated $130 million in economic impact this year.

The 2014 race included Woodland Park and Colorado Springs.  The area hosted a stage in 2012 but not in 2013.

You can vote on where you would like Stage 6 to be held by clicking here.

Local organizers and promoters said they weren't surprised that southern Colorado isn't on the 2015 schedule -- even though the event was considered a success -- because the race staff bring the event to different parts of the state each year.

"It's no reflection on Colorado Springs as an event host, necessarily," said Carly Kobasiar, supervisor of special events for the city.  "We did a great job, put on a great show, had a wonderful event.  It's just one of those things that it's going to move around from year to year."

Kobasiar said the race was such a local success that it created a lasting public impression that will remain even if the race doesn't return in 2015.

"It's just fun to see, even if you're not into bicycles or racing," she said.  "I think people are going to remember that."

Others, however, aren't so sure. 

"It's somewhat like taking the foot off the accelerator," said Ed Johnson, owner of the Colorado Springs Bike Shop on Colorado Avenue.  "We're going to lose some momentum.  It's disappointing.  It's a really great event.  It drew big crowds, and was the talk of the town before and after."

A woman who bikes regularly and watched the stage in Colorado Springs said she, too, is disappointed.

"A lot of people don't have the time and money to go elsewhere," she said.

New photobook celebrates cyclocross thrills

With the first ever World Cup Cyclo Cross races outside of mainland Europe taking place in Milton Keynes, UK tomorrow, excitement and interest in CX is growing. Whether you’re a long-time fan, or just want to see what all the fuss is about, a new photo book – captured by the lens of British Hungarian photographer Balint Hamvas – provides a compelling guide to the highlights of the last season.

Now a full-time photographer, Balint spends all winter trekking around Europe in the mud and rain to follow the world’s best riders, and this, his third annual, is the result.

The coffee table-sized hardback book – bearing the utlilitarian title Cyclocross 2013/2014 – has 240 glossy pages documenting 26 races, including the World Cup, Superprestige and Bpost Bank Trofee series, World Championships and several other notable events across Europe. Each contains an introduction, and a selection of great racing, behind the scenes and quirky detail photographs, that convey the colour and drama present throughout the cauldron-like atmosphere of the calendar’s sternest tests.


The Bpost Bank Trofee series is among the events covered in Hamvas's book – this weekend sees World Cup cyclocross in the UK for the first time

Race coverage is interspersed with features on Amy Dombroski, Helen Wyman, Belgian-Dutch rivalry, old style 'cross, 'Should ‘Cross Go To The Olympics?', and a look back at the career of former World Champion Niels Albert. In all there are 34 chapters of distinctive cyclocross goodness delivering a full flavour of the professional scene.

The imagery is atmospheric and really captures the dynamic nature of men’s and women’s cyclocross, so grab a Leffe and while away some dark winter evenings leafing through what is a worthy addition to any cyclist’s library.

But, if you’re looking for a fantastically good-natured atmosphere for the price of a few inner tubes, get along to Milton Keynes on Saturday – and bring your wellies.




Shimano camera

The Shimano CM-1000 Sport Camera joins an ever-growing list of products from Shimano that are not bicycle components. Along with shoes, clothing and eyewear, the $299 Shimano Sport Camera is a product that helps the rider enjoy the ride that Shimano components are powering.

Tech Features:

How geeky do you want us to go on this? The CM-1000 is a sophisticated video and still camera with features that would impress the most hardcore camera enthusiast. Its effective picture resolution for video is 3.6M pixels 16:9 (2528×1422) and 3.1M pixels 4:3 (2032×1526) for still images. Its lens aperture is F2.0, with the angle of view being either 180 degrees or 135 degrees, depending on the lens. You get three video recording modes (1920×1080 30 fps, 18 Mbps or 1280×720 120fps, 24 Mbps or 640×360 240 fps, 18 Mbps), and it shoots JPEG image sizes of 6M pixels 4:3 (2848×2136). The camera can connect to your smartphone via a Wi-Fi connection. Have we geeked you out enough yet?

Maybe most important to you, the CM-1000 will record for up to two hours (if your memory card will hold that much data). It takes four hours to recharge from a depleted battery, and it weighs a mere 3 ounces (85 grams) without mounting hardware. The camera comes with an underwater lens protector (Shimano sells this camera in its fishing line also), helmet mount set, leash, belt, rubber base, double-sided tape and USB cable. The camera requires the use of a high- performance micro-SD card with a Speed Class rating of 6 or 10—the higher, the better. It is not included.

Field Test Results: A quick trip to RadioShack got us a $49.99 32GB Micro SDHC on sale for $24.99. You might do better online, but we wanted to use the camera right away. Shimano knows the current CM-1000 owner’s manual is lacking adequate detail and assures us a replacement is in the works. It is best to head to Shimano-SportCamera.com for easier-to-follow information and videos.

The supplied camera mount should work on most mounting brackets and accessories designed for GoPro cameras. The helmet mount (a strap and bracket) works fine if you don’t mind the added weight on your head. We opted for a WOMO handlebar mount (reviewed in our May issue) that positions the camera in front of the handlebar and cables.

The power button (which also serves as the camera’s mode selector) is so small and protected that you will have a difficult time operating it with gloves on. That said, once you take the gloves off, switching between modes (three video and one photo) is simple and intuitive using Shimano’s color-coded lighting system.

The start/stop recording button is easily operated with gloves on. A series of beeps lets you know when the unit is recording and when it stops recording. The unit goes into sleep mode after a few minutes but does not shut off. That’s good, because you don’t have to remove a glove to wake the camera up. There is a five-second lag from sleep-to-wake modes, so good luck catching the animal that surprised you in a video—unless it is a dead animal.

We found that the 1280×720 mode gave us the most pleasing video results with plenty of sharpness, true colors and super-quick adjustments to lighting conditions. If you will be sharing your video online, the 640×360 mode is your best option. Both the lens protectors (called filters by photographers) crop the corners of the image. We found this annoying, but using the camera without a filter, which produced the most stunning photos and videos, is too risky in our tough-and- tumble environment.

Connecting the CM-1000 Sport Camera to a smartphone introduces a number of functions that are not accessible from the camera itself. The coolest smartphone function is looking live through the camera’s lens so you can position it exactly where you want it pointed on the bike or on your body. You can also set the camera function so it will shoot still photos at intervals during your ride. We would sure like to see a blast mode for the camera where it would shoot a blast of 10 images with a single touch. We have had the best luck catching just the right still shot with this mode on other cameras.

The CM-1000 is easy to use and produces great-quality images. Our wish list for the future would be lens filters that don’t crop the image, a power/ mode button that can be operated with gloves on, faster sleep-to-awake time and more access to settings from the camera itself.



The Canary Islands are the perfect place to fly to for some winter sun

Sun fun: Save £157 on a week in Fuerteventura

The time to flee Britain for some winter sun is fast approaching so it’s no surprise holidays to the Canaries are said to be flying off the shelves.

According to Lowcost Holidays, bookings are up 47 per cent on last year.

Flight times of around four and a half hours – about half the time it takes to reach the Caribbean – and temperatures averaging 19 to 20ºC are major factors.

With more good quality accommodation, from self-catering to five-star, opening up on the islands there’s something for everyone.

Relax in luxury at five-star Dream Gran Castillo Hotel near the beach in Playa Blanca, Lanzarote. Seven nights all-inclusive starts at £574pp including flights from Luton on January 11 with Lowcost Holidays. 0800 111 6271

Thomas Cook has seven nights all-inclusive in Gran Canaria from £325pp. The price is based on two adults sharing a room at the lively four-star Barceló Margaritas in Playa del Ingles. A shuttle bus will whisk you to the beach and promenade while bars and shops are just 500 yards away. Includes flights from Manchester on December 18. 0844 412 5970

Try some five-star luxury on Tenerife and save up to £280pp on a seven-night stay at Costa Adeje Gran in Costa Adeje. One of the island’s newer resorts, it has a striking 110-yard glass facade. There is a pool for adults and one for children along with a kids’ club, a spa and a beauty salon. A week all-inclusive in January with flights costs from £521pp from A1 Travel. 0208 548 3048


Royal visit: Club Jandia Princess, Fuerteventura

Save up to £157pp on seven nights on Fuerteventura staying all-inclusive at the five-star Thomson Platinum Lifestyle Hotel Club Jandia Princess, now priced from £480pp with flights from Gatwick on December 3 and transfers with Thomson. 0871 230 2555

If you can’t make up your mind which Canary island to choose, a cruise could be the answer.


Take the tour: P&O Cruises' Oceana

P&O Cruises offers a Canary Islands itinerary taking in La Palma, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote. Oceana sails from Southampton on December 17 for the 12-night round trip, which also calls in at Madeira and Lisbon.



Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia 2015 details announced

Amateur Giro Gran Fondo to be held on queen stage of Corsa Rosa 2015

The 2015 Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia will take place on Sunday 17 May. Registration for this prestigious amateur event will open in December.

Like the Etape du Tour, the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia gives amateur riders the chance to take on the same route as the professionals. Next year’s ride will take place on the route of the Corsa Rosa’s Queen Stage from Pinzolo to Aprica. This means a total of five major climbs – including a summit finish – and four stunning descents, with all the hairpins and the same distance that will test the pro riders days later, in one of the most keenly-awaited days of the 2015 Giro d’Italia.

This main route will cover the whole 175km stage, including the climbs of Campo Carlo Magno, Passo del Tonale, Aprica and Mortirolo, before the final climb towards Aprica. There’s also a medium route, which will end after 102km on the first passage up Aprica.

This 3D map of the Passo del Tonale climb gives an idea of the lumpy landscape in store for riders

Find out more at the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia website.