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valve_650 Michael Rogers and Jonathan Tiernan-Locke have both fallen foul of the doping laws, one had been racing in China and might have an excuse, the other; maybe not. We have race reports from cross in Belgium and from the Vuelta a Costa Rica and also all the usual team and rider news from the World of cycling. Throw in a selection of video and you have an overflowing EuroTrash sack to empty. Don’t worry it’s the week-end soon!


TOP STORY: Tiernan-Locke to be Disciplined?
The UCI are opening disciplinary proceedings against Jonathan Tiernan-Locke based on irregularities in his biological passport from the time of his 2012 Tour of Britain win when he was riding for Endura, but had signed a contract with the Sky team for the next season. In a statement, the UCI stated: “The analysis of the biological passport of Mr Jonathan Tiernan-Locke by the Experts Panel has demonstrated an anti-doping rule violation (use of prohibited substances and/or methods). Consequently and in compliance with the UCI Anti-Doping Rules, the UCI has requested his National Federation to initiate disciplinary proceedings.”

Looking at Tiernan-Locke’s results since the start of the 2012 season they do look a little suspect, although he had been suffering with Epstein-Barr virus previously to bursting onto the Pro scene. When he was younger he started off as a mountain biker before taking to the road bike at 18. He went from a 4th Cat to a 1st Cat rider within months and went to race in France and was picked for the GB Under 23 team. Then soon after the start of the 2005 season he was diagnosed with Epstein-Barr virus and stopped racing until 2008 and worked his way up in smaller British teams before his whirlwind season in 2012 with Endura. That season he won the Tour Méditerranéen, Tour du Haut Var, second to Nairo Quintana in the Vuelta a Murcia, then won the Tour Alsace and the Tour of Britain before finishing 19th at the World championship road race, by the end of the season he was 3rd in the UCI EuropeTour. Since then he has done nothing of note with the Sky team. The sceptical amongst us might say that his results look a bit iffy; we will just have to wait and see.

Andrew McQuaid, Tiernan-Locke’s agent made this statement: “Mr Tiernan-Locke vehemently denies the charges brought against him and has informed the UCI that he fully intends to contest them. Mr Tiernan-Locke will not ride for Team Sky, attend training camps or undertake any team duties until a decision is made in these proceedings. Mr Tiernan-Locke is looking forward to a speedy and just resolution of these unfortunate charges. Until a decision has been reached, Mr Tiernan-Locke will make no further comment on the matter.”

Press Release from the Sky Team on Tuesday morning: “Team Sky notes that Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has been charged with a violation of the UCI anti-doping rules. We have been informed that he intends to defend himself against that charge. Jonathan Tiernan-Locke will not ride for Team Sky or take part in any team activities – including training camps and all team duties – until a decision is made in this disciplinary hearing process. We understand that the violation was highlighted by an anomaly in his Biological Passport, in a reading taken before he signed for this team. There are no doubts about his approach or performance in Team Sky. This is a team that trains, races and wins clean. At this stage, we will add no further detail until this initial disciplinary process is concluded.”

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke in 2012:




Michael Rogers has Adverse Analytical Finding for Clenbuterol
Press Release: Today (Wednesday), Michael Rogers has been advised by the UCI that he returned an adverse analytical finding for clenbuterol in an A-sample taken in connection with Japan Cup on the 20th October 2013.

Michael Rogers immediately informed Saxo-Tinkoff’s management about the notification from the UCI.

The Australian explained to the team management that he never ingested the substance knowingly nor deliberately and fears that the adverse analytical finding origins from a contaminated food source.

Michael Rogers participated in Tour of Beijing the week before the Japan Cup and travelled directly from China to Japan.

Michael Rogers now has the opportunity to request an analysis of his B-sample. According to the team’s Anti Doping policy, Michael Rogers is provisionally suspended with immediate effect.

Until further facts are available to the team, Saxo-Tinkoff has no further comments on the matter.



Cyclocross van het Waasland-Sint Niklaas 2013
Young Mathieu van der Poel nearly got the better of his BKCP-Powerplus team leader Niels Albert at the end of the Sint Niklaas cross. The race came down to a sprint and after the photo finish the decision went to Albert. Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea) was third well ahead of Sven Nys (Crelan-KDL).

Cyclocross van het Waasland-Sint Niklaas Result:
1. Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus in 1:03:40
2. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Enertherm-BKCP
3. Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 0:29
4. Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan KDL at 0:49
5. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Crelan KDL at 1:03
6. Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus
7. Martin Bina (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah at 1:05
8. Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team
9. Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus at 1:27
10. Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ at 1:31.

A close call!
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Rusvelo opens the winning score in the Vuelta a Costa Rica
Rusvelo marks its debut in the Vuelta Kolbi a Costa Rica with a win. Evgeny Kovalev made it to the breakaway of the day, joining forces with other five riders just after about 30 km into the race. Having worked as much as his companions, the Russian managed to conserve enough energy for a winning move that brought him two seconds clear of his closest rivals, including an ambitious Cuban sprinter Yasmany Martinez. Less than 24 hours after Alexey Markov, the sports director of Rusvelo had outlined the goal of winning a stage of the race in style, the younger of the Kovalev brothers did just that. Winning on the roads of Costa Rica seems to be a family business, the elder brother Ivan who also rides for Rusvelo in this year’s edition of the race, took the second stage in 2009.

Here is what the rider and the sports director of Rusvelo said soon after the award ceremony:
Evgeny Kovalev: “No matter how hard it was raining, it didn’t influence my motivation, I was in excellent frame of mind and was sure that three weeks of high altitude training camp in Mexico gave me really good legs. After some 12 km into the race I managed to break away; than a couple of guys seeking TV exposure joined me, and the move of the day took shape. It was clear that we had a serious chance, with a stable four minutes gap. I checked it out how fast my companions were, won two intermediate sprints, and my opponents didn’t look unbeatable. It was an opportunity not to be missed, I did my best to keep my focus and soloed to the line with just a pure burst of force.”

Alexey Markov: “We were off to a very nervous start, with a couple of punctures. Evgeny had his share of bad luck, but we were lucky enough to change his wheel pretty quickly, and his breakaway move followed almost immediately. He has a good company, the guys worked well together and kept the pack at bay. I’m happy with the result of course, and although we didn’t plan to fight for the GS, now we have every reason not to loosen our grip on the leader’s jersey as long as possible. I think a lot of classification favorites will mark each other’s moves until the very last stage where they will have a horrendous mountain pass to climb with a vertical drop of almost 2200 m.”
Thanks to the Rusvelo Team for the race info and photo.

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Valverde: “I prefer to go to the Tour than the Giro”
Alejandro Valverde will be 34 years next year and will face a new season with the highest aspirations which will again take him through the Tour de France, the Vuelta a España and the World Championship.

The Tour is shaping up again to be his main goal for 2014. “Everything is still in the air, but after the training camp in Pamplona things are a bit clearer and I favour more the Tour than the Giro. It’s more feasible,” he explained to the Spanish sports paper AS. A podium place in the French Grand Tour is missing from his palmarés; abandoned in 2005 and 2006, fifth in 2007 and eighth in 2008, did not return until 2012 and was twentieth, and this year luck left him to finish eighth.
He also intends to ride his home Grand Tour; the Vuelta a España. “I will return, if there are no problems to do it, I always like to ride it.” “Always be better or worse I was given very well” he said. He won in 2009, was second in 2006 and 2012, third in 2003 and 2013, fourth in 2004 and fifth in 2008.

The World championship in Ponferrada should be his ultimate goal of the season. “If it goes well, but neither am I obsessed. I’m the only one that has five metals, two silvers and three bronzes… but I need gold. I want to win it, of course, but it does not obsess me.”

Valverde turned Pro for Kelme in 2002 and since 2005 he has been under the command of Eusebio Unzué and still feels competitive. “Each season, although older, I’m better. I find that maturity,” he concluded.

In 2013 he was second in San Sebastian and Lombardy, third in the Vuelta a España and the Worlds. Valverde also rode well in the Ardennes; second in Amstel and third in Liege, although the only wins were the Trophy Serra de Tramuntana and two stages and the overall in the Vuelta to Andalusia.

Valverde vs Contador in the Vuelta a Murcia 2008:




Australia, Argentina to open 2014 Season for Movistar
Press Release: Lobato, debutant Dayer Quintana, Malori all to make their first outing in Movistar Team colours at the Tour Down Under and the Tour de San Luis, the Blues’ first races of the year (January 19-26).

Just over thirty days before the start of the 2014 season, the Movistar Team has already defined its selections for their first two races. At the 16th Tour Down Under (Australia, January 21-26), inaugural event of the UCI WorldTour over six stages -including two demanding finishes in Montacute (Thursday 23rd) and the Old Willunga Hill (Saturday 25th)- preceeded by the People’s Choice Classic (Sunday 19th), Javi Moreno will try to repeat his magnificent performance from 2013 -2nd overall- at the helm of a seven-man roster completed by Iván Gutiérrez, Imanol Erviti, Rubén Plaza, José Joaquín Rojas, Giovanni Visconti and newcomer Juanjo Lobato.

At the same time they make Aussie debut, the telephone squad will be back in Argentina for the 8th Tour de San Luis (January 20-26), the most important race in South America, with plenty of mountains in its seven-day route -three mountain-top finishes in the Mirador Potrero, El Amago and the Mirador del Sol on days two, four and six- plus a 19-kilometer TT around the region’s capital. Nairo Quintana will be the biggest amusement of a Blue lineup also featuring his young brother Dayer -first race in the pro scene-. Andrey Amador, Beñat Intxausti, Fran Ventoso and 2014 signing Adriano Malori complete the six-rider group.

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Photo: Movistar Team.



New Test for AICAR
The Cologne Centre for Preventive Doping Research has developed a test for the drug AICAR and samples from the Tour de France, and other races, have been sent to Cologne to be tested for the drug. The drug was originally developed to lower body fat and help type 2 diabetes sufferers; one side-effect of the drug is increased endurance, which along with the lowering of body fat would be perfect for an unscrupulous cyclist.



Paris-Roubaix for Peter Sagan
Cannondale’s super-star; Peter Sagan will ride this year’s Paris-Roubaix as practice for the cobbled stage in the Tour de France. He hasn’t tackled the cobbled classic since 2011, but his results on the Belgian cobbles with his win in Gent-Wevelgem and second places in the E3 Harelbeke and the Ronda Van Vlaanderen he should be good in the Hell of the North. For the Ardennes classics Cannondale will have Moreno Moser as team leader.

Retro action from Roubaix in 1988:




Zubeldia & Irizar Set Out their Seasons
Haimar Zubeldia and Markel Irizar will again be two of the mainstays of the new Trek Factory team in 2014, just as they were in RadioShack-Leopard. At the moment the team are at their first training camp in Alfaz del Pi on the Spanish coast.

Zubeldia will start in the Tour de San Luis, “almost certainly” continue in the Tour of Dubai, “then return to my classic calendar” of Andalusia, Volta a Catalunya, then the Tour of the Basque Country, Amstel, Fleche, Liège, Tour of California, Dauphine, Tour de France and then back to Spain for the Clásica de San Sebastián, according to the Diario Vasco. For Zubeldia this will be his 13th Tour de France since 2001. He was 5th in 2003, 8th in 2006, 4th in 2007 and 6th in 2012, and he has also ridden the Vuelta a España 9 times.

Irizar will focus on the classics as part of the Fabian Cancellara Classics guard. Starting in the Tour of Qatar, before returning for Andalusia, Eroica, Tirreno-Adriatico, E3 Harelbeke, Gent-Wevelgem, Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Tour of California, Dauphine and the Tour de France.

The two riders from the Gipuzkoan region of the Basque Country will meet up again in Andalucia in February and then not reunite until May to compete in California, Dauphine and the Tour.
A full interview with Haimar Zubeldia will be on PEZ soon.

Haimar Zubeldia:




The Tour de San Luis announces its Star Riders
Vincenzo Nibali, Joaquim Rodriguez, Nairo Quintana, Peter Sagan, Tom Boonen and Mark Cavendish will be the top men in Argentina at the Tour de San Luis (2.1), between the 20th and 26th of January.

The race will have 24 teams who will contest seven stages, with three summit finishes; the Cerro El Amago joins the traditional mountain finishes of the Potrero de los Funes and the Mirador del Sol, and the usual individual time trial in the capital San Louis.

The confirmed 12 WorldTour teams and their key riders are: Ag2r-La Mondiale (Carlos Betancur), Astana (Vincenzo Nibali), BMC (Taylor Phinney), Cannondale (Peter Sagan), Garmin-Sharp, Katusha (Joaquim Rodriguez & Dani Moreno), Lampre-Merida (Filippo Pozzato & Damiano Cunego), Lotto-Belisol (Jurgen van den Broeck), Movistar (Nairo Quintana), Omega Pharma – Quick-Step (Tom Boonen, Mark Cavendish & Alessandro Petacchi) Orica-GreenEdge and Trek Factory Racing.
The other teams on the start line will be: Androni-Venezuela Giocattoli, Bretagne-Seche Environnement, Team Colombia, Team Novo Nordisk, Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team, Jamis-Hagens Berman, San Luis Somos Todos, Province of Buenos Aires, Rudi Project Dataro and national teams from: Argentina, Uruguay and Cuba.

This will be Nibali’s fifth time in San Luis, only missing the 2011 edition since 2009, winning in 2010. Joaquim Rodriguez is at the race for the second consecutive year, but for Quintana, Van den Broeck and Betancur this will be their first time in Argentina.

Nairo Quintana: “It’s a race I’ve never ridden before and I am happy that I can participate in 2014. My goals are definitely set further ahead in the season, even if we still haven’t decided which major race I will be riding in this year between Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France. In any case it will be a good way for me to get started because the climate is better than it is in Europe and I will also get the chance to ride side by side with my brother, who will be riding his first race for Movistar”.

Tour de San Luis 2013 – Stage 6 – Finish:




2014 L’Etape du California Announced for Amgen Tour of California
Amateur Cyclists Given the Opportunity to Ride the Official Last Stage of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California Course

Press Release:
L’Etape du California will return next year to the Amgen Tour of California, AEG, presenter of the race announced. The popular amateur ride, which will be produced in partnership with Pacific Sports, a leading sports and event management company, will take place on Sunday, April 6, 2014, with a single ride in Thousand Oaks.

The 2014 edition of L’Etape du California will provide amateur cyclists an opportunity to ride the official Stage 8 course of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California with hundreds of other fans. The approximately 80-mile ride will feature a challenging, hilly course over iconic climbs of the Santa Monica Mountains. In years past, numerous professional riders and team staff have used L’Etape du California to preview the course a month before the Tour in May. The riders completing the climbs in the lowest cumulative time will be crowned King and Queen of the Mountain.

“Each year, the enthusiasm and support for L’Etape du California continues to grow,” said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the Amgen Tour of California and senior vice president of AEG Sports. “Cycling fans in California and throughout the country have a tremendous passion for the sport. The Amgen Tour of California is proud to provide them with the opportunity to ride like the pros. We invite everyone to come out and catch a sneak peek at the final stage of the 2014 course.”

The ride is open to all cycling enthusiasts looking for a challenging ride and will include mechanical support provided by SRAM Neutral Race Support team and nutritional stops throughout the course.

“We are pleased to once again offer amateur cyclists the rare opportunity to experience the same ride the professionals will experience as they cross the finish line at the next Amgen Tour of California,” said Jack Caress, President and CEO of Pacific Sports, LLC. “A ride like this is a once in a lifetime opportunity any amateur cyclists will want to experience.”

The field for the 2014 L’Etape du California will be limited to 1,500 riders. For more information and to register for the ride, please visit letapeducalifornia.com.

The 2014 Amgen Tour of California will take place May 11–18, 2014. For additional information on the 2014 Amgen Tour of California, visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.



Sørensen, Kroon, Zaugg, Tosatto, Paulinho & Pires All Stay with Tinkoff-Saxo
Swiss Oliver Zaugg and Italian Matteo Tosatto have both agreed to two year contracts, which will see them stay with the team until 2016.

“These two guys have both proved their importance to the team, especially in the Grand Tours, so I’m delighted to be able to keep them with us,” general manager Bjarne Riis says.

“Matteo showed during this year’s Tour de France, how strong he still is. He can ride pretty much all races and has a great sense of how a race is developing. And last but not least he can be both a support for a GC captain, but also help bring a sprinter in position in the final kilometres of a race.”

“Oliver had a tough season because of some crashes, but he came back strong in the last part of the season and did well. He is an interesting rider, who can climb, and a guy I very much wanted to stay in the team,” Riis continues.

39 year old Matteo Tosatto feels as motivated as ever after signing his new agreement. “I’m very happy to be able to sign a new deal for two years, and I’m as motivated as if it were my very first contract. I’m continuing my role as the experienced rider on the team as well as targeting my own result during the classics before preparing for the grand tours. In any case, I’d love to win a race,” Tosatto says.

32 year old Oliver Zaugg, a former winner of the autumn classic Tour of Lombardy, looks forward to a strong 2014 campaign for the team. “Naturally, I’m happy about getting another season with one of the top teams in the world. I had my ups and downs in the 2013 season, so I hope for a 2014 season with fewer crashes, so I’ll be able to support the team captains. Of course, I’m also ready to create a result of my own, when the right opportunity occurs,” he says.

Dane Nicki Sørensen and Dutchman Karsten Kroon will stay with Tinkoff-Saxo. The two highly experienced riders have both agreed to contracts for 2014 effectively continuing their spells with the team. Bjarne Riis is delighted by the agreements as he sees the two veterans as vital pieces of the team’s backbone.

“The value of riders like Nicki and Karsten can hardly be underestimated as they add a great amount of stability to the team and at the same time they are simply great guys to be around,” Bjarne Riis states.

“Nicki might be a veteran by now, but he is still very strong and motivated. He takes a lot of responsibility in races and training and is one of the riders, who act as an extended arm of the sport management, and with his experience he can race every single race in the calendar.”

“A lot of the same qualities goes with Karsten. He is a key person in our classic campaign using his skills and routine to guide his teammates in the peloton. He knows these races better than most riders, and this definitely had a great impact on Roman’s win in Amstel Gold Race this year,” Riis continues.

38 year-old Nicki Sørensen, a four time Danish national champion and Tour de France stage winner, is ready to kick off an impressive 14th straight season with the team and still feels he has more wins in him. “I still have a great passion for the sport, and I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else than on this team, so I’m happy to extend my contract for another year, my 14th season with the team. Naturally, I’m targeting results on my own in 2014, but I’m more than happy to be a supporting rider as well as sharing my experience with the young riders,” Nicki Sørensen says.

37 year old Karsten Kroon, also a Tour de France stage winner, will be starting his seventh season with the team and hopes his contribution will help secure wins for his teammates. “I’m very happy to be able to stay with this great team for another year. I know that I’m not as strong as when I was 30, but I feel I can provide a lot of experience to the young riders. Basically, I love riding my bike and as long as my passion is intact and I’ve got something to offer, I want to be in the peloton. There are still good riders out there without a contract for next year, so obviously I feel very fortunate to continue to be part of one the best teams out there,” Karsten Kroon adds.

Sergio Paulinho has agreed to a three year deal, while Bruno Pires has signed a new two year contract.

Manager Bjarne Riis sees the extended agreements as a natural step in securing a core group of domestique riders to support the team leaders in the coming years. “We know the two Portuguese, Sergio and Bruno, as reliable riders, who fits great into our team and philosophy. Sergio is a very strong and experienced worker, and he is a key person for Alberto in the stage races, but he still also has the capability of making results for himself. Bruno is another solid helper, who can be used in many races, and even though he is coming through a tough year, he is always willing to sacrifice himself for his teammates,” Bjarne Riis says.

33 year-old Sergio Paulinho, an Olympic silver medalist from the Athens Games in 2004, is aiming to be a part of Tinkoff-Saxo’s line-up for the Tour de France: “Signing a new deal with the team means a lot to me. I’m very comfortable here, I’m still developing and I’m starting to feel like I’m a part of a family, so I’m happy to stay. In the 2014 season, I’m hoping to be able to win more races with the team and the main goal is again to be a part of the Tour de France line-up,” he says.

32 year old Bruno Pires is equally happy to continue with the team: “I’m very happy to have the opportunity to continue working with the incredible people at Tinkoff-Saxo and I’m having high hopes for the new season. It has been a very difficult year for me without the success I had hoped for. My ambition next year is to keep supporting my team proving that the team did the right thing choosing to extend the contract,” Bruno Pires says.



Saxo-Tinkoff have some Fun!
Training Camp Gran Canaria: Team activity day, its not all fun!




Tour of the Mediterranean Route Announced
A time trial and the traditional finish on the Mont Faron on the last day will decide the next edition of the Tour of the Mediterranean (2.1), between the 13th and the 16th of February 2014.

Thomas Löfkvist won in 2013 ahead of Jean-Christophe Peraud and Francesco Reda, and previous years the race was won by Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, David Moncoutié, Rinaldo Nocentini and Luis León Sánchez.

Thursday 13 February Stage 1: Argeles sur Mer – Montagnac, 196.3 kms
Friday 14 February Stage 2: Cadolive – Rousset, 170,6 kms
Saturday 15 February Stage 3: Lambesc – St Remy de Provence, 63 kms
Saturday 15 February Stage 4: St Remy de Provence – St Remy de Provence (ITT), 18.2kms
Sunday 16 February Stage 5: Bandol – Toulon (Mont Faron), 192,7 kms.



Meintjes Picks Up Best African Cyclist Award
Louis Meintjes was named Best African Rider of the Year this week after coming out top in a poll of African cyclists. The annual award is conducted by Gabonese organisators of La Tropicale Amissa Bongo. This year, Chris Froome winner of the Tour de France was a member of the jury chaired by five-times Tour de France champion Bernard Hinault. Meintjes will attend the last stage of La Tropicale Amissa Bongo in January to accept the award.

Other finalists included accomplished cyclists Daryl Impey and Eritrean Natnael Berhane who received this prize
12 months ago. Impey this year became the first African to wear the yellow jersey in the Tour de France while Berhane races for French team Europcar and won a stage of the Tour of Turkey.

Meintjes who won the silver medal in the under 23 world road race championships this year said he was surprised when he heard the news. “I expected Daryl to win it so it was a pretty big shock to find out I’ve won. I don’t think it’s that I don’t deserve it but what Daryl Impey did was significant. I’m happy to pick up the award and it’s an honour for me. I’m looking forward to pick up the award in person.”

The 21 year old took a short break at the end of the European season before returning to racing at the Tour of Rwanda where he won a stage, his first professional victory. He’s just completed a week-long training camp with Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung and now looks ahead to next season.

“I feel rested and am training hard,” Meintjes said. “My goal is to step it up a level next year. I think it’s going to be a great season for our team.” he concluded.

Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung’s first race of the 2014 season will be La Tropicale Amissa Bongo commencing on 10 January.
Thanks to Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung.

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Photo: Mjrka Boensch Bees.



Kindhuman Re-Imagines Cycling Sponsorship-Launches “Take the Lead Cycling Scholarship”
Press Release: We’re flipping the script on how companies sponsor athletes. For too long, athletes were rewarded only for how fast they could go. It’s time to recognize people based on their achievements in life, first. We are inspired by true leaders – on the course and in their communities. We want to reward sportsmanship, humanity and a competitive spirit for the future of cycling through our Take The Lead Cycling Scholarship.

KindHuman was founded on a commitment to create opportunity through cycling; in everything we do and every product that we make. That’s why we created the Take The Lead Cycling Scholarship to directly support youth cycling.

KindHuman is in search of youth cyclists who need and deserve our help. With the help of the global cycling community, we are actively looking to sponsor one boy and one girl for the 2014 cycling season. We will be giving over $5000 worth of equipment including our debut bike, the Kampionne. Ideal applicants are active cyclists between the ages of 12 and 17. We are looking for young leaders, kids that not only Take The Lead as role models on the bike, but in their classrooms, communities and homes. Because, champions in sport are impressive but champions in life are exceptional!

The company was founded this year by Gavin Brauer and Adam Abramowicz. Abramowicz said about the founding of the company and it’s scholarship plan, “This scholarship gives reason to our purpose as a company. We created KindHuman to give back to the sport that we love and with the help of the global cycling community – we can do just that.”

If you know a little leader who is a great role model for the sport of cycling – please direct them to our Facebook Contest Page where they can fill out the application. We want to know why they are the future of cycling.

Anyone can contribute to scholarship recipients simply by wearing or riding KindHuman products.
Together, we can pave the way for young athletes.

www.kindhuman.ccfacebook.com/kindhuman.cc • @kindhumansports



Christmas Cycling!
Yes it’s that time again and here is a new holiday/biking song/video by Nora and One Left called Big Red Bicycle. The band’s recently released CD “bicycle”, has songs about biking, music and life – for adults *and* kids.

Merry Christmas:





The PEZ NEWSWIRE!
Don’t forget to check the “NEWSWIRE” section, you can find it down the right hand side on the home page, just above the EuroTrash section. The bits of news that missed the EuroTrash deadline are in there, plus any news as-it-happens will be added there too.


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