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Dave Wiens on Leadville 100 MTB Race: Link
This is a nice article in Velonews about Dave Wiens’s perspective on the Leadville 100 Mtb Race being held

Dave Wiens 2008 Leadville 100 Bike

Dave Wiens 2008 Leadville 100 Bike

this weekend. Ya just got to like this guy. He seems really down to earth and unconcerned about the attention the race is getting due to Lance Armstrong’s participation. The whole 40+ thing has me rooting for him for sure. According to the article he will be riding a Rotwild carbon fiber full suspension bike.

Olympic Road Race – More on the Spanish Team Perspective: Link

Reading this article I’m still wondering what the math is that picks one of the Spanish team as leader over the others? I realize Valverde is fresh off a superb win at the San Sebastián Classic. Yet each of the riders has over the top credentials. Sastre has won the 2008 Tour de France, Freire won a stage and placed top five in several others, Sanchez finished seventh at the Tour de France and Contador won the 2007 Tour de France and won the 2008 Tour of Italy. It will be interesting to see how they work together. I suppose it could come down to how folks are doing in the moment as Contador said yesterday.  More than likely the leader will be  selected via some behind the scenes politics in that a team typically needs to commit to a leader early enough to make a difference.

Valverde identifies several riders who may contend for a medal including the Luxembourg contingent of Schleck brothers, who I think might be very eager to make a statement, Kim Kirchen who is well suited to this type of race. He also mentions that the German and Italian squads are strong. Noticeably absent from his list was Leipheimer, Vande Velde and Cadel Evens who haven’t done too badly this year either.

Google Earth Plot of the 2008 Beijing Road Race Course: Link

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With the Olympics just around the corner I’ve been doing some homework on the various cycling events and participants. One of the first events on the Olympic schedule is the men’s and women’s road race. The men’s road race is scheduled for Aug 9th followed by the women’s race on the 10th. I’ve worked up a brief profile of the course for you.

The course is one of the most challenging courses of the modern Olympics. The men’s race is just over 150 miles long with over 11,500 vertical feet of climbing. The woman’s race is 77 miles with over 4,100 vertical feet of climbing.  The race starts near the Forbidden City, heading northwest through Beijing and various points of interest, toward the Great wall near the Badaling. The course is relatively flat for the first 80km. It then rises 230m over the next 10km as the course approaches the circuit at 90km.  The circuit is a 24km loop which is ridden seven times by the men and two times by the women. The circuit is basically up one side of a mountain and down the other with no real flat sections.

2008 Olympic Road Race Elevatin Profile

2008 Olympic Road Race Elevation Profile

The circuit initially rises nearly 1,700 feet over 6.2 miles for an average grade of 5.2%. The circuit accent is followed by a short roller then an 8.2 mile descent to the valley bottom. The decent supposedly heads straight into the prevailing wind in that area, providing little relief to the riders. The finish follows the last circuit decent and appears to have a slight rise to the line. The weather is expected to be hot and humid with pollution being the wild card. The course looks to favor the climber over the sprinter. Position over the last circuit ridge will be critical to have a shot at a medal. The descent to the finish will be brutal.  Only the most courageous will be in a position to contest.

This is a course that could offer an advantage to a team which works together by protecting the strongest rider. The question is will a country’s contingent compete as a group or as individuals? There are a mere three medals to award for this event. Of course that means teamwork will be rewarded with a medal for some and a badge of national pride for others. It seems a little unfair to the supporting riders who effectively will be sacrificing their chance at an Olympic medal.

From news reports, it looks as though Spain has teamwork strategy in mind. The Spanish team has qualified for five seats in the road race including Carlos Sastre, Alberto Contador, Oscar Freire, Alejandro Valverde, and Samuel Sanchez. This is a Who’s Who of professional cycling. These guys are not domestiques and don’t generally perform the supporting role. Any of them has a potential to win or place in the race. How will they decide who leader will be? According to Contador, the “team” will decide during the race who will contest. Leaving one to imagine how this dialog will go down during the event. Somebody is going to be truly disappointed.

Why not introduce a team road event? There is some precedent for it. Team cycling events have been held since the start of the modern Olympics in various forms. From 1912 to 1956 there was a men’s team road race event. Then from 1960 to 1992 there was a 100km team time trial which was subsequently replaced by the individual time trial in 1992. In fact, the US won a bronze medal in the ’84 Olympic TTT with none other than Davis Phinney participating on the team. On a tangent, Connie Carpenter-Phinney won gold in the first women’s road race in 1984. The son of Connie and Davis, Taylor Phinney, is competing in several track events this year in Beijing. Be sure to check him out on the track. I have yet to find out why the team road events were ended though some accounts point to doping or race fixing. It only seems right to acknowledge a team’s contribution in the road race. My vote is for a team medal.

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Lance Sighting – Posted on Aug 4th 2008. http://tinyurl.com/5mppqj

Here is a peak at one of the bikes Lance is considering for the Leadville 100 this weekend. It is the 23lb, 26” Trek

Lance's Trek

Lance's Trek

Top Fuel 9.8 full suspension bike. He is also considering a Gary Fisher Superfly 29-inch hardtail which might be a better fit for the course considering the trail is supposed to be in relatively good condition baring a few short rutted sections. Included in the post is a blurb about his training

Cadel Update – Posted on Aug 4th 2008. http://tinyurl.com/5pcva7

Here is a short post about Cadel being fit to compete at the Olympics next week. He is qualified and able to compete in the road race and the time trial. Here is an article which sketches out the whole knee injury situation: http://tinyurl.com/62y6xb.

Here is another interesting article about his wife’s position on the media attention he has been receiving lately: http://tinyurl.com/5jdc8y.

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The 2008 Beijing Olympics are almost upon us.  Unfortunately, cycling does not get as much coverage as

Sarah Hammer - Individual Pursuit & Points Race

Sarah Hammer - Individual Pursuit & Points Race

more popular events such as gymnastics or swimming.  This year may be different though.  NBC intends to televise the bulk of the games online, including prelims and heats.   Supposedly all online coverage is viewable during and after the events providing Tivo like capability.  That would be a godsend for the Olympic obsessed working masses. NBC Online Schedule


I have been struggling to find a comprehensive list of cycling related TV broadcast and events list for cycling events.  To save you some trouble, I’ve compiled a TV schedule from various sources including AP posts and ESPN’s website.

The full NBC 2008 Olympics TV broadcast schedule for the following channels:  CNBC, MSNBC, Telemundo (in Spanish), USA Network, Oxygen, Universal HD and sport-specific channels for basketball and soccer. All times are Eastern Daylight Time and are subject to change.

Friday, Aug. 8

  • NBC and NBC HD, 8 p.m.-Midnight — Opening Ceremony

Saturday, Aug. 9

  • NBC and NBC HD, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Women’s Volleyball – USA vs. Japan (LIVE); Swimming; Beach Volleyball – USA Match; Men’s Cycling – Road Race; Women’s Fencing – Individual Sabre Gold Medal Final; Rowing

Sunday, Aug. 10

  • NBC and NBC HD, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Men’s Basketball – USA vs. China (LIVE); Swimming; Beach Volleyball; Men’s Water Polo – USA vs. China; Women’s Cycling Road Race; Women’s Weightlifting – 53kg Gold Medal Final; Men’s & Women’s Badminton; Rowing

Wednesday, Aug. 13

  • NBC and NBC HD, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. — Men’s Gymnastics – Individual All-Around Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Swimming (LIVE) Finals: Men’s 200-meter Breaststroke, Men’s 100-meter Freestyle, Women’s 200-meter Butterfly, Women’s 4×200-meter Relay and Men’s 200-meter Individual Medley semifinal; Beach Volleyball – USA Match (LIVE); Men’s Diving – Springboard Synchronized Gold Medal Final; Women’s Cycling – Individual Time Trial
  • MSNBC, 5 a.m.-5 p.m. — Baseball – USA vs. South Korea and Cuba vs. Japan; Women’s Volleyball – Cuba vs. China (LIVE); Tennis; Men’s Cycling Individual Time Trial; Greco Roman Wrestling 66kg, 74kg Competition & Gold Medal Finals; Table Tennis Team Competition; Men’s Weightlifting 77kg Competition

Friday, Aug. 15

  • USA and USA HD, 2 a.m.-Noon — Women’s Soccer Quarterfinal (LIVE); Women’s Basketball – USA vs. Spain (LIVE); Baseball – USA vs. Cuba; Tennis Semifinals; Beach Volleyball; Men’s Archery – Individual Gold Medal Final; Cycling Track Events Competition

Saturday, Aug. 16

  • NBC and NBC HD, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Men’s Basketball – USA vs. Spain (LIVE); Track & Field; Men’s & Women’s Gymnastics – Trampoline Competition; Beach Volleyball; Women’s Diving – Springboard Semifinals; Men’s Water Polo – USA vs. Croatia; Rowing – Gold Medal Finals; Cycling – Track Gold Medal Final; Women’s Badminton – Singles Gold Medal Finals
  • USA and USA HD, 2 a.m.-2 p.m. — Women’s Tennis – Singles Gold Medal Final (LIVE) and Singles Bronze Medal Match; Track & Field – Men’s 20k Walk; Men’s Tennis – Doubles Gold Medal Final and Men’s Singles Bronze Medal Match; Women’s Field Hockey – USA vs. New Zealand; Cycling – Track Gold Medal Finals; Men’s Table Tennis Team Semifinals

Sunday, Aug. 17

  • NBC and NBC HD, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Women’s Basketball – USA vs. New Zealand (LIVE); Beach Volleyball Quarterfinal; Women’s Volleyball – USA vs. Poland; Cycling – Track Gold Medal Finals; Women’s Table Tennis – Team Gold Medal Final; Equestrian – Team Jumping Competition; Rowing – Gold Medal Finals
  • 12:35-2 a.m. — Track & Field Gold Medal Finals: Men’s 10K and Women’s Triple Jump; Men’s Beach Volleyball Quarterfinal; Women’s Triathlon
  • USA and USA HD, 2 a.m.-2 p.m. — Women’s Beach Volleyball; Men’s Tennis – Singles Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Women’s Tennis – Doubles Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Cycling – Track Gold Medal Finals; Women’s Handball – Russia vs. Germany; Men’s Table Tennis – Team Bronze Playoff

Monday, Aug. 18

  • NBC and NBC HD, 12:35-2 a.m. — Men’s Diving Springboard Semifinal; Men’s Triathlon
  • MSNBC, 5 a.m.-5 p.m. — Men’s Basketball – Argentina vs. Russia (LIVE); Women’s Soccer Semifinals (LIVE); Baseball – USA vs. China; Cycling – Track Gold Medal Finals; Men’s Handball – Germany vs. Denmark; Men’s Weightlifting 105kg Competition; Men’s Beach Volleyball

Tuesday, Aug. 19

  • NBC and NBC HD, 12:35-2 a.m. – Men’s Gymnastics – Trampoline Gold Medal Final; Men’s Cycling – BMX Competition (LIVE)
  • USA and USA HD, 2 a.m.-Noon — Women’s Basketball Quarterfinals (LIVE); Canoeing (LIVE); Women’s Handball Quarterfinals; Men’s Beach Volleyball Semifinal; Table Tennis Singles, First Round Competition; Women’s Water Polo Semifinal; Cycling – Track Gold Medal Finals

Wednesday, Aug. 20

  • NBC and NBC HD, 8 p.m.-Midnight — Track & Field – Gold Medal Finals: Men’s 200-meter, Women’s 400-meter Hurdles; Gymnastics Gala Exhibition; Women’s Beach Volleyball Gold Medal Match (LIVE); Women’s Diving – Platform Semifinal (LIVE); Cycling – BMX Gold Medal Finals (LIVE)

Friday, Aug. 22

  • MSNBC, 5 a.m.-5 p.m. — Men’s Soccer Bronze Medal Match (LIVE); Baseball Semifinal; Men’s Volleyball Semifinal; Women’s Field Hockey Bronze Medal Game; Women’s Modern Pentathlon; Women’s Mountain Bike; Men’s Handball Semifinal

Saturday, Aug. 23

  • NBC and NBC HD, 12:30-5 a.m. — Men’s Basketball Gold Medal Game (LIVE); Men’s Mountain Bike; Men’s Table Tennis – Gold Medal Match

Sunday, Aug. 24

  • NBC and NBC HD 7-11 p.m. — Closing Ceremony

Events Schedule

Road Cycling Schedule
Date/Time Event

Aug 9 11:00 PM ET, Road Cycling – M Road Race – M Indiv
Aug 10 2:00 AM ET, Road Cycling – W Road Race – W Indiv
Aug 12 11:30 PM ET, Road Cycling – W Indiv Time Trial – W Indiv time trial
Aug 13 1:30 AM ET, Road Cycling – M Indiv Time Trial – M Indiv time trial

Track Cycling Schedule
Date/Time Event

Aug 15 5:45 AM ET, Track – M Team Sprint – First round
Aug 15 5:45 AM ET, Track – M Team Sprint – Qualifying
Aug 15 6:40 AM ET, Track – M Team Sprint – Final heat for bronze
Aug 15 6:45 AM ET, Track – M Team Sprint – Final heat for gold
Aug 16 4:30 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Indiv Pursuit – First round
Aug 16 4:30 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Indiv Pursuit – Qualifying
Aug 16 4:50 AM ET, Track – M Keirin – First round
Aug 16 5:05 AM ET, Track – W 3000m Indiv Pursuit – First round
Aug 16 5:05 AM ET, Track – W 3000m Indiv Pursuit – Qualifying
Aug 16 5:25 AM ET, Track – M Keirin – First round repechage summary
Aug 16 5:25 AM ET, Track – M Keirin – First round repechage
Aug 16 5:40 AM ET, Track – M Points Race – M Points Race
Aug 16 6:30 AM ET, Track – M Keirin – Second round
Aug 16 6:50 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Indiv Pursuit – Final heat for bronze
Aug 16 6:55 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Indiv Pursuit – Final heat for gold
Aug 16 7:15 AM ET, Track – M Keirin – Final round heat 1-6
Aug 16 7:20 AM ET, Track – M Keirin – Final round 7-12
Aug 16 11:05 PM ET, Track – W Sprint – Qual round
Aug 16 11:20 PM ET, Track – M Sprint – Qual round
Aug 17 4:30 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – 1/16 final
Aug 17 4:50 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – 1/16 final repechage summary
Aug 17 5:05 AM ET, Track – W 3000m Indiv Pursuit – Final heat for bronze
Aug 17 5:10 AM ET, Track – W 3000m Indiv Pursuit – Final heat for gold
Aug 17 5:15 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – 1/8 final
Aug 17 5:25 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – 1/8 final repechage summary
Aug 17 5:45 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – 1/8 final repechage summary
Aug 17 6:15 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Team Pursuit – Qualifying
Aug 17 6:15 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Team Pursuit – First round
Aug 18 4:30 AM ET, Track – W Points Race – W Points Race
Aug 18 5:05 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Quarterfinal heat 1
Aug 18 5:20 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Quarterfinal heat 1
Aug 18 5:45 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Quarterfinal heat 2
Aug 18 6:00 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Quarterfinal heat 2
Aug 18 6:15 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Team Pursuit – Final heat for bronze
Aug 18 6:20 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Team Pursuit – Final heat for gold
Aug 18 6:30 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Quarterfinal heat 3
Aug 18 6:40 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Quarterfinal heat 3
Aug 19 4:30 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Semi heat 1
Aug 19 4:50 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final heat for place 9-12
Aug 19 4:55 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Semi heat 2
Aug 19 5:05 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Semi heat 2
Aug 19 5:15 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Final heat for place 9-12
Aug 19 5:20 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Semi heat 3
Aug 19 5:30 AM ET, Track – M Madison – Madison
Aug 19 6:30 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final for bronze heat 1
Aug 19 6:35 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Final for gold heat 1
Aug 19 6:35 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final for bronze heat 3
Aug 19 6:40 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final for gold heat 1
Aug 19 6:45 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Final heat for place 5-8
Aug 19 6:50 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final heat for place 5-8
Aug 19 7:00 AM ET, Track – W Points Race – Final for gold heat 2
Aug 19 7:00 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Final for gold heat 3
Aug 19 7:05 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final for bronze heat 2
Aug 19 7:10 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Final for bronze heat 1
Aug 19 7:10 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final for gold heat 2
Aug 19 7:10 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final for gold heat 3
Aug 19 7:25 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Final for bronze heat 3

Triathlon Schedule
Date/Time Event

Aug 17 10:00 PM ET, Triathlon – W Triathlon – W Indiv
Aug 18 10:00 PM ET, Triathlon – M Triathlon – M Indiv

BMX Schedule
Date/Time Event

Aug 19 9:00 PM ET, BMX – M BMX – Seeding phase run 2
Aug 19 9:45 PM ET, BMX – W BMX – Seeding run 1
Aug 19 11:00 PM ET, BMX – W BMX – Seeding run 2
Aug 19 11:40 PM ET, BMX – M BMX – Quarterfinal 1
Aug 20 12:05 AM ET, BMX – M BMX – Quarterfinal 2
Aug 20 12:32 AM ET, BMX – M BMX – Quarterfinal 3
Aug 20 9:00 PM ET, BMX – W BMX – Semi 1
Aug 20 9:08 PM ET, BMX – M BMX – Semi 1
Aug 20 9:30 PM ET, BMX – W BMX – Semi 2
Aug 20 9:38 PM ET, BMX – M BMX – Semi 2
Aug 20 10:00 PM ET, BMX – W BMX – Semi 3
Aug 20 10:08 PM ET, BMX – M BMX – Semi 3
Aug 20 10:30 PM ET, BMX – W BMX – Final
Aug 20 10:40 PM ET, BMX – M BMX – Final

Mountain Bike Schedule
Date/Time Event

Aug 22 3:00 AM ET, Mountain Bike – W Cross Country – W Indiv
Aug 23 3:00 AM ET, Mountain Bike – M Cross Country – M Indiv

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