Posts tagged: Exergy Tour
Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) ― An Idaho wind developer that's been tardy on some cycling sponsorship bills has made good on more than $27,500 owed Boise for charges related to the Exergy Tour. Boise spokesman Adam Park says Exergy Development Group president James Carkulis delivered the check in person on Thursday, to pay for police, among other things, during the May 24-28 women's professional race. The money includes Exergy's promised $1,000 contribution to a reward for recovering one team's stolen bikes. Parks says Boise is pleased with Carkulis' payment, and looks forward to another race next year. Exergy's tardy payments came as its business has grappled with regulatory uncertainty for Idaho alternative energy projects. The company suspended $323 million in wind projects and faces a federal lawsuit from Virginia's AES Corp. for missing turbine payments.
U.S. rider Evelyn Stevens, who just a few years ago was a Wall Street investment banker and now is the champion of the Exergy Tour and likely Olympics-bound, thanked the boisterous crowd at the awards ceremony in Boise. “I know for myself and for all the women out here today, I think it was one of the most spectacular bike races I've ever participated in,” she declared. “I can't wait 'til next year.”
Stevens said she hopes her late arrival to the world of professional women's bike racing - and her meteoric rise in that world - inspires people to take up bike riding. “It's never too late, it's never too early to get on a bike,” Stevens said. Above, she pops open a magnum of champagne to spray the crowd and her fellow winners at the awards ceremony; at right, fellow Team Specialized-lululemon member and Canadian rider Clara Hughes - who took third in the Exergy Tour - douses Stevens with champagne.
U.S. rider Evelyn Stevens has won the inaugural Exergy Tour, taking the overall race and finishing a very close second in the tour's final stage to German rider Claudia Hausler, in a dramatic finish to the five-day professional women's bike race in Boise.
For the tour, the overall results were: 1st place, Evelyn Stevens; 2nd, American Amber Neben; and third, Canadian Clara Hughes. For today's final stage, Hausler was first, Stevens second, and Canadian Jasmin Glaesser third.
The final stage of the Exergy Tour has kicked off today; here, the crowd of professional women cyclists heads up Bogus Basin Road, two sharp turns - and at least one multi-rider crash - after the starting line in Hyde Park, where today's race both starts and finishes.
The racers will cover 46.7 miles today, climbing 3,700 feet on an up-and-down course that will take them out Cartright Road, around three laps in the Dry Creek/Seamans Gulch/Pierce Park area, and then back along Cartright to Bogus Basin to Harrison Boulevard, for the finish at 13th and Resseguie in the North End. The race is expected to finish around 1 p.m.; entertainment and family activities are planned until 2:30, including the awarding of the overall trophy.
German road race champ Ina Yoko Teutenberg won today's third stage in the Exergy Tour, a 57.8-mile women's cycling road race from Crouch to Idaho City with 4,520 feet of climbing through the mountains. “I didn’t anticipate it would be that steep. The mountains took a lot out of my legs,” Teutenberg said at the post-race press conference. Finishing just half a wheel back in second place was Canadian Leah Kirchmann, with U.S. rider Megan Guarnier placing third. A loud and enthusiastic crowd greeted the riders at the finish in Idaho City; the ride included ascending Mores Creek Summit, which had snow earlier in the morning.
Today's win propelled Teutenberg from fourth overall for the tour to second place, nine seconds back from tour leader Amber Neben of the United States. Evelyn Stevens, who like Neben is a U.S. Olympic hopeful for this summer's games in London, is third overall.
Tomorrow's final stage is a 46.6-mile road race both starting and ending at Hyde Park in Boise; the pre-race festivities kick off with live music at 10 a.m., and the race starts at 11 and is expected to finish around 1 p.m.; entertainment and family activities are planned until 2:30, including the awarding of the overall trophy. There's more info at exergytour.com.
Here's a news item from the Associated Press: KUNA, Idaho (AP) ― Amber Neben won the 10.4-mile time trial second stage of the Exergy Tour on Saturday in the southwestern Idaho town of Kuna and moved into the overall race lead. With the win Neben also made a statement on why she should get one of two spots to represent the United States at the London Olympics in the time trial this summer. Neben finished with a time of 21 minutes, 37 seconds, some 15 seconds ahead of one of her chief rivals for an Olympic berth, Evelyn Stevens. The third racer in the mix, Boise-based Kristin Armstrong and the 2008 gold medalist in the event, sat out the race after breaking her collarbone in a crash in Thursday evening's prologue. Canadian Clara Hughes placed third Saturday with a time of 21:57.
Theresa Cliff-Ryan, a U.S. rider and teammate of injured racer Kristin Armstrong, won the first stage of the Exergy Tour on Friday, a 76.7-mile road race through southwestern Idaho in a steady rain. Armstrong, who crashed in the race's prologue time trial on Thursday and broke her collarbone, was at the finish - just hours after undergoing surgery - to cheer her teammates on. German champ Ina Yoko Teutenberg came in second, and Australian Rochelle Gilmore third; based on combined times from the two days of racing, Teutenberg took the overall lead for the tour. As the sky turned from gray to blue, six riders crashed near the final turn in Nampa, including world champion Giorgia Bronzini of Italy. Click below for a full report from AP reporter John Miller. The professional women's cycling race continues through Monday.
The first stage of the Exergy Tour kicked off under mostly sunny skies, with a large and enthusiastic crowd of spectators in downtown Boise to see the 103 elite women cyclists from around the world compete. But it ended in a heartbreaker when local favorite Kristin Armstrong, the 2008 gold medalist in the time trial and the last rider of the day, crashed midway through the course and broke her collarbone. Amazingly, Armstrong got back on her bike after her crash by the Boise Depot and finished the course, coming in 13th, showing she was on pace to have won with a blisteringly fast time. But she's now out for the rest of the tour, which continues today with a 77-mile road race starting from the Nampa Rec Center.
Final results for the day showed top honors went to Tara Whitten of Canada, one of the Team TIBCO to the Top riders whose bike was stolen a day before the race, then recovered by Boise Police on the BSU campus and returned in time; she completed the course in 4 minutes 9 seconds. Two other Canadians rounded out the top three: Gillian Carleton was second, and crowd favorite Clara Hughes, a Canadian cyclist and speed skater who's won multiple Olympic medals in both sports, came in third.
Evelyn Stevens, a U.S. rider and former investment banker who's one of Armstrong's rivals for a spot on the time trials team at the London Olympics this summer, placed fifth; and Amber Neben, the other rival, a former Olympian and the world time trial champion from 2008, placed 10th.
Armstrong is scheduled to undergo surgery this morning and still hopes to qualify for the Olympics, though she's out for the Exergy Tour; click below for a full report from AP reporter John Miller.
Boise cycling star Kristin Armstrong, Olympic gold medalist in the time trial and headliner of the Exergy Tour, is clearly on her own turf in the five-stage women's professional bike race that kicks off today - the first stage, for example, tonight's prologue, has its turnaround at the Boise Depot, where Armstrong was married, as AP reporter John Miller noted in his report yesterday on the race. The final stage Monday, which starts and finishes at Hyde Park in Boise's North End, comes within a mile of her home.
Armstrong said, “I'm so happy to show Boise off to everybody.” At the opening press conference of the Exergy Tour yesterday, she said, “Last night I was talking to my husband, and I said, 'Wow, I really, I need all this stuff to start, because I have to get it out of my mind that I'm not just not going to a local race tomorrow. Because it's not often that we get to experience a world-class competition in your home town, waking up from your own bed, thinking you're going to roll down to a road that you ride a couple times a week. And you're going to actually be there with all of your competitors.”
Tonight's race, featuring more than 100 elite women bike racers from 18 nations, starts at 6:30 p.m. at Julia Davis Park, where it both starts and finishes; there's public viewing all along the route, with the most action likely at the park and at the Depot, which is the turnaround. It's designed in part to establish a seeding for the next stage, a 77-mile road race starting from the Nampa Rec Center on Friday. Festivities will start at 5 p.m., when the Expo opens, with live music from Bill Coffey & His Cash Money Cousins. Each day's stage features an Expo; tomorrow's in Nampa will include fitting and providing free bicycle helmets to the first 100 children ages 5 and under. There's more info here.
On the unsettled weather this week, including rain showers, Armstrong said she hopes the riders won't encounter thunderstorms in the mountains, but said aside from that, “The more weather the better, right? I mean, we're all tough women.”
After what Exergy Tour communications director Heather Hill called “a little bit of an unexpected glitch here on the first day” - the theft and then recovery, apparently unscathed, of $120,000 worth of racing bikes and equipment from one of the teams - the event is on. “We are humbled to be hosting over 100 athletes representing 18 of their home countries, many of whom will represent their home nations in the Olympic games this summer,” Hill declared. She said the women's bike race is aimed at “raising the bar” for women's sports. “Our $100,000 prize purse, the largest for a ladies' five-stage race in the history of the sport, is one example of raising the bar.”
Steve Johnson, president and CEO of USA Cycling, the organization responsible for identifying, training and selecting cyclists to represent the United States in international competition, called the Boise women's cycling race “an exceptional event.” Idaho hosted the Women's Challenge from 1984 to 2002; this year's event marks the return of high-level women's bicycle racing to the state. “This is probably one of the biggest and most exciting women's bike racing events in the world this year,” Johnson said. “You have some of the greatest … cyclists in the world here. You don't have to go to London. It's a great opportunity to see the top level of women's professional bike racing right here in Idaho.”
The race starts tomorrow with the Prologue, an evening time trial starting from and finishing at Julia Davis Park in downtown Boise, running from there to the Boise Depot and back, and starting at 6:30 p.m. That'll be followed by a road race starting from the Nampa Rec Center on Friday at 11 a.m.; an individual time trial in Kuna on Saturday; a 59.7-mile road race from Garden Valley to Idaho City on Sunday; and a final 46.7-mile road race Monday at 11 a.m. starting and finishing at Hyde Park in Boise, and looping up and through the Boise foothills. Spectators are welcome at all the events; there are details online at exergytour.com. The public also is invited tonight to festivities in the Grove in downtown Boise, starting with live music at 5 p.m., a “Walk to London” event led by Olympians and Paralympians, and the team presentation at 7 p.m.
Among those racing are Boise Olympic cycling medalist Kristin Armstrong and U.S. rivals Amber Neben and Evelyn Stevens, all three of whom are competing for two spots on the U.S. Time Trial team at this summer's Olympics in London. AP reporter John Miller has a full report here on the competition. Stevens, 29, is nearly a decade younger than her two rivals. “I found the sport of cycling a little bit later in life,” she said today. At the age of “25 or 26,” she said, while working as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers on Wall Street, she started off riding a bike in Central Park. At last year's U.S. championships, Stevens won, with Neben second and Armstrong third. But Armstrong has beat Stevens in time trials three times this year; she holds the 2008 Olympic gold medal in the time trial, and was world champion in 2006 and 2009. Neben was world time trial champion in 2008.
Also racing are six-time German champion Daniela Glass; current road world champion Giorgia Bronzini of Italy; 2011 Swiss national road champion Pascale Schnider; British 2008 Olympic gold medalist in the road race Nicole Cooke; Australian national road race champion Alexis Rhodes; Swedish national time trial champion Emilia Fahlin; current German road-race champion Ina-Yoko Teutenberg; three-time Australian national time trial champion Shara Gillow; and many more.
Boise Mayor David Bieter kicked off the opening press conference of the Exergy Tour with some good news that was heartily welcomed by the assembled athletes: “I'm happy to report that all of the bikes have been found,” Bieter said. “They are in good shape, and the team will have their bikes to ride on.” He said, “Our kudos to the Police Department.”
Boise Police reported that the stolen racing bikes from Team TIBCO were recovered in three locations on the BSU campus, and appear to be undamaged. Their investigation into the theft continues.
The Boise Police say six of the professional racing bikes reported stolen from an Exergy Tour team this morning have been recovered by officers on the 1300 block of University Drive, locked together to a bike rack. BPD credited the recovery to a citizen tip, from a citizen who recognized that the bikes looked like those in pictures of the stolen property. There are still eight valuable racing bikes missing that racers need to compete; read the BPD's full update here.
Boise Police now say they've recovered six of the 14 professional racing bikes stolen last night from a women's professional cycling team in town for the Exergy Tour, which starts tomorrow; KTVB-TV has a report here. The Idaho Statesman reports here that the six recovered bikes were found locked together on the BSU campus.
The Exergy Tour has sent out the following statement on last night's theft of expensive professional bikes and equipment from one of the competing teams; the photo shows an example of what the bikes look like:
Last night several thousand dollars worth of bikes and pro cycling equipment was stolen from the Team TIBCO trailer in a Boise hotel parking lot. The team is in Idaho to compete in the Exergy Tour ladies pro cycling race. Below are the statements from Boise Mayor David Bieter, Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson, Exergy Development Group CEO James Carkulis, and Team TIBCO regarding this event.
STATEMENT FROM BOISE MAYOR DAVE BIETER
“I was angry and deeply disappointed when I learned of the theft of the bikes and equipment from Team Tibco last night. This is not the kind of community we live in and not the kind of welcome we want to extend to visitors for this wonderful Exergy Tour event. These are specialized racing bikes branded with the team’s logo; they’re of absolutely no use to anyone except the riders to whom they belong. I’m asking any members of the public who might have information regarding this crime to help us in securing the return of this equipment so that everyone can enjoy this great competition.”
STATEMENT FROM BOISE POLICE CHIEF MIKE MASTERSON
“Crimes like this, which target a public event, don’t just hurt the victims; they hurt the entire community. Fortunately this kind of theft is rare in Boise, but that makes this particular incident all the more upsetting. Our detectives are working hard to track down the perpetrators of this crime and bring them to justice, and Crime Stoppers has pledged a reward of $1,000 for the return of the Team Tibco equipment, and the Mayor’s Office is in for another $1,000. As always, members of the public are the best partners of law enforcement in solving crimes like this, so I echo the Mayor’s plea and ask citizens to call 343-COPS (343-2677) if they have any information that might be helpful.”
STATEMENT FROM EXERGY DEVELOPMENT GROUP CEO, JAMES CARKULIS
“The Boise Police Department and the Office of the Mayor are working feverishly to apprehend these thieves and recover the equipment. Exergy is doing everything possible to make sure the teams will be on track to race tomorrow evening at the Prologue. This places a pallor over the event well before the start of such a positive experience for these athletes and for the sport. We know these athletes are strong willed and determined and we shall find a way for them to compete.”
STATEMENT FROM TIBCO – TO THE TOP
“Last night the Team TIBCO trailer van was broken into at a race hotel parking lot in Boise, Idaho. 14 bikes have been stolen, including six Specialized Time Trial Shivs and eight Specialized Amira bikes. These bikes were top end race bikes, built with top of the line SRAM components. The time trial bikes specifically are very unique and should be easily identifiable. Our Reynolds wheels were stolen as well, including our time trial Element Discs and very special RZR 46s and 92s. These wheels are also very unique and are not easily available.
“This is a huge blow to the team. On the performance side, our riders now have to compete in the most important stage race in the country without their Specialized/SRAM /Reynolds time trial equipment. The financial side is equally crippling. Women’s cycling teams do not have big budgets. This loss has a huge impact on the team’s financial health.
“We were really looking forward to the resurrection of stage racing in Idaho with Exergy Tour. The team’s founder fondly remembers Idaho from the legendary Ore-Ida/Hewlett Packard Stage Race days. This is not the Idaho that she remembers. We are hopeful that the community can help us recover these bikes quickly so that our athletes can perform to the best of their ability in this important UCI race leading up to the Olympics.
“We thank George’s Cycles in Boise Idaho, who has offered a $500 reward for information leading to the safe return of our equipment, and we will match that amount. We also thank Exergy for contributing another $1,000 to the reward, bringing the total to $2,000. Please help us recover our equipment.”
A trailer-full of racing bikes belonging to a team of bike racers from California competing in the inaugural Exergy Tour, a professional women's bike racing event that kicks off in Boise tomorrow, were stolen when thieves broke a lock on the team's bike trailer parked outside their Boise hotel last night, and Boise Police are asking people to watch for the distinctive bicycles,which are marked with distinctive white TIBCO team logos and are valued at $120,000. The bikes are Specialized brand carbon fiber racing bikes; you can see the full BPD new release here, including photos of the bicycles. The bike wheels are Reynolds brand carbon fiber arrow style wheels painted black, with bold, white REYNOLDS lettering.
Sixteen teams from nine countries are competing in the Exergy Tour, which starts tomorrow and runs through Monday. They include many of the top women cyclists in the world, including athletes who are vying for spots on their respective Olympic teams for this summer's Olympics in London. Click below for a full report on the bike theft from AP reporter John Miller, who reports that the theft victims include Olympic hopefuls.