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The Olympic Time Trial is to be held on Aug 13th. The women’s time trial is first starting at 11:30am

Kristan Armstrong

Kristen Armstrong

followed by the men’s at 1:30pm. There are 25 in the women’s field and 40 in the men’s. I have yet to find a start list but will post when it becomes available. The back drop for the course is nothing less than the Great Wall of China. It should be epic.

The time trial course follows the same circuit from the road race. The women will complete one circuit and the men will do two loops. The time trial loop is extremely difficult featuring a 1200+ft climb over 8.7 mile saw tooth path with grades as high as 10%. The circuit accent is followed by a short roller then an 5 mile descent to the valley bottom.

2008 Olympic Time Trial Elevation Profile

2008 Olympic Time Trial Elevation Profile

As with the road course the time trial course will again favor climbers. Expect riders to opt for the lightest configurations permissible rather than disc or deep dish wheels. There is no point to hauling any more weight than necessary up the mountain. Those climbers with time trialing skills will likely fair best. I would expect to see GC level contenders rise to the top over one day race specialists. Riders  like Levi, Schumacher, Cadel, and Kirchen should do well. In the women’s field I expect the defending TT world champion Hanker Kupfernagel to do. Kristen Armstrong of the US and Christian Soeder of Austria, who also finished on the podium at worlds, will be interesting to watch too.

Short list of Time Trial Competitors:

Women
Kristen Armstrong, US
Christine Thorburn, US
Hanker Kupfernagel, GER
Christian Soeder, AUS
Maria Isabel Moreno, SPA
Nicole Cooke, GB

Men
Levi Leipheimer, US
David Zabriskie, US
Kim Kirchen, LX
Steve Cummings, GB
Michael Rogers, AU
Cadel Evans, AU
Stefan Schumacher, GER
Ryder Hesjedal, CAN
Fabian Cancellara, SWI
Alberto Contador, SPA
Denis Menchov, RUS
Marcus Ljungqvist, SWE
Gustav Larsson, SWE

News Articles About Time Trial

Dave Zabriskie, Cycling News
Kristin Armstrong Article New York Times
Kristin Armstrong Article Yahoo Sports

There were many articles related to the Olympic Road Race over the past couple of days.  I’ve

USA Olympic Cycling Coach Jim Ochowicz

USA Olympic Cycling Coach Jim Ochowicz

collected a few of the more interesting ones for you.  I’m glad to see that Phil will be calling the road race and time trial.  There is no better voice for cycling as far as I’m concerned. There are a couple of articles on the course and athlete handicapping.  There is an interesting article from Cycling news from the US coach, Jim Ochowicz’s perspective.  He lays out the US strategy in general terms.

Articles:

Liggett to call the Olympic Road Race, USA Today

Overview Article, BBC, Simon Brotherton

Overview Article, USA Today

US Road Race Coach Overview, Cycling News

British chances at the Road Race, Times Online Article

Road Race Course Overview Article, Yahoo Sports

Olympic Road Race Competitors

Men’s Road Race
1 Paolo Bettini (Italy)
2 Marzio Bruseghin (Italy)
3 Vincenzo Nibali (Italy)
4 Franco Pellizotti (Italy)
5 Davide Rebellin (Italy)
6 Alberto Contador (Spain)
7 Oscar Freire (Spain)
8 Samuel Sanchez (Spain)
9 Carlos Sastre (Spain)
10 Alejandro Valverde (Spain)
11 Gerald Michael Ciolek (Germany)
12 Bert Grabsch (Germany)
13 Stefan Schumacher (Germany)
14 Jens Voigt (Germany)
15 Fabian Wegmann (Germany)
16 Mario Aerts (Belgium)
17 Christophe Brandt (Belgium)
18 Maxime Monfort (Belgium)
19 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Belgium)
20 Johan Vansummeren (Belgium)
21 Cyril Dessel (France)
22 Pierrick Fedrigo (France)
23 Remi Pauriol (France)
24 Jerome Pineau (France)
25 Pierre Rolland (France)
26 Cadel Evans (Australia)
27 Simon Gerrans (Australia)
28 Matthew Lloyd (Australia)
29 Stuart O’grady (Australia)
30 Michael Rogers (Australia)
31 Petr Bencik (Czech Republic)
32 Roman Kreuziger (Czech Republic)
33 Kim Kirchen (Luxembourg)
34 Andy Schleck (Luxembourg)
35 Frank Schleck (Luxembourg)
36 Stef Clement (Netherlands)
37 Robert Gesink (Netherlands)
38 Karsten Kroon (Netherlands)
39 Laurens Ten Dam (Netherlands)
40 Niki Terpstra (Netherlands)
41 Vladimir Efimkin (Russian Federation)
42 Sergey Ivanov (Russian Federation)
43 Vladimir Karpets (Russian Federation)
44 Alexander Kolobnev (Russian Federation)
45 Denis Menshov (Russian Federation)
46 George Hincapie (United States Of America)
47 Levi Leipheimer (United States Of America)
48 Jason Mccartney (United States Of America)
49 Christian Vande Velde (United States Of America)
50 David Zabriskie (United States Of America)
51 Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland)
52 Santiago Botero (Colombia)
53 Jose Serpa (Colombia)
54 Rigoberto Uran (Colombia)
55 Gustav Larsson (Sweden)
56 Marcus Ljungqvist (Sweden)
57 Thomas Lovkvist (Sweden)
58 Kurt Asle Arvesen (Norway)
59 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway)
60 Lars Petter Nordhaus (Norway)
61 Gabriel Rasch (Norway)
62 Borut Bozic (Slovenia)
63 Jure Golcer (Slovenia)
64 Simon Spilak (Slovenia)
65 Tadej Valjavec (Slovenia)
66 Tomasz Marczynski (Poland)
67 Jacek Tadeusz Morajko (Poland)
68 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Poland)
69 John Augustyn (South Africa)
70 David George (South Africa)
71 Robert Hunter (South Africa)
72 Hossein Askari (Islamic Republic of Iran)
73 Ghader Mizbani (Islamic Republic of Iran)
74 Mehdi Sohrabi (Islamic Republic of Iran)
75 Andriy Grivko (Ukraine)
76 Denys Kostyuk (Ukraine)
77 Ruslan Pidgornyy (Ukraine)
78 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukraine)
79 Andre Cardoso (Portugal)
80 Nuno Ribeiro (Portugal)
81 Fumiyuki Beppu (Japan)
82 Takashi Miyazawa (Japan)
83 Jackson Jesus Rodriguez Ortiz (Venezuela)
84 Alejandro Borrajo (Argentina)
85 Juan Jose Haedo (Argentina)
86 Matias Medici (Argentina)
87 Jonathan Bellis (Great Britain)
88 Stephen Cummings (Great Britain)
89 Roger Hammond (Great Britain)
90 Ben Swift (Great Britain)
91 Glen Chadwick (New Zealand)
92 Julian Dean (New Zealand)
93 Timothy Gudsell (New Zealand)
94 Chris Anker Soerensen (Denmark)
95 Nicki Soerensen (Denmark)
96 Brian Bach Vandborg (Denmark)
97 Michael Barry (Canada)
98 Ryder Hesjedal (Canada)
99 Svein Tuft (Canada)
100 Christian Pfannberger (Austria)
101 Thomas Rohregger (Austria)
102 Matija Kvasina (Croatia)
103 Vladimir Miholjevic (Croatia)
104 Radoslav Rogina (Croatia)
105 Philip Deignan (Ireland)
106 Nicholas Roche (Ireland)
107 Moises Aldape Chavez (Mexico)
108 Rafaa Chtioui (Tunisia)
109 Sergey Lagutin (Uzbekistan)
110 Evgeniy Gerganov (Bulgaria)
111 Daniel Petrov (Bulgaria)
112 Tanel Kangert (Estonia)
113 Rein Taaramae (Estonia)
114 Roman Bronis (Slovakia)
115 Matej Jurco (Slovakia)
116 Jan Valach (Slovakia)
117 Raivis Belohvosciks (Latvia)
118 Gatis Smukulis (Latvia)
119 Nebojsa Jovanovic (Serbia)
120 Ivan Stevic (Serbia)
121 Hichem Chabane (Algeria)
122 Henry Raabe (Costa Rica)
123 Dainius Kairelis (Lithuania)
124 Ignatas Konovalovas (Lithuania)
125 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hungary)
126 Peter Kusztor (Hungary)
127 Murilo Fischer (Brazil)
128 Luciano Pagliarini Mendonca (Brazil)
129 Liang Zhang (People’s Republic of China)
130 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kazakhstan)
131 Andrey Mizurov (Kazakhstan)
132 Alexandr Pliuschin (Republic of Moldova)
133 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Belarus)
134 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Belarus)
135 Aliaksandr Usau (Belarus)
136 Horacio Gallardo (Bolivia)
137 Ahmed Belgasem (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya)
138 Kin San Wu (Hong Kong, China)
139 Sungbaek Park (Korea)
140 Patricio Almonacid (Chile)
141 Gonzalo Garrido (Chile)
142 Erik Hoffmann (Namibia)
143 Mario Contreras (El Salvador)

Women’s Road Race
1 Sara Carrigan (Australia)
2 Kate Bates (Australia)
3 Oenone Wood (Australia)
4 Chantal Beltman (Netherlands)
5 Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel (Netherlands)
6 Marianne Vos (Netherlands)
7 Judith Arndt (Germany)
8 Hanka Kupfernagel (Germany)
9 Trixi Worrack (Germany)
10 Noemi Cantele (Italy)
11 Vera Carrara (Italy)
12 Tatiana Guderzo (Italy)
13 Kristin Armstrong (United States Of America)
14 Amber Neben (United States Of America)
15 Christine Thorburn (United States Of America)
16 Emma Johansson (Sweden)
17 Susanne Ljungskog (Sweden)
18 Sara Mustonen (Sweden)
19 Nicole Brandli (Switzerland)
20 Priska Doppmann (Switzerland)
21 Jennifer Hohl (Switzerland)
22 Nicole Cooke (Great Britain)
23 Sharon Laws (Great Britain)
24 Emma Pooley (Great Britain)
25 Christel Ferrier Bruneau (France)
26 Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (France)
27 Maryline Salvetat (France)
28 Jolanta Polikeviciute (Lithuania)
29 Edita Pucinskaite (Lithuania)
30 Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Lithuania)
31 Natalia Boyarskaya (Russian Federation)
32 Alexandra Burchenkova (Russian Federation)
33 Yulia Martisova (Russian Federation)
34 Monika Schachl (Austria)
35 Christiane Soeder (Austria)
36 Leigh Hobson (Canada)
37 Erinne Willock (Canada)
38 Alexandra Wrubleski (Canada)
39 Min Gao (People’s Republic of China)
40 Lang Meng (People’s Republic of China)
41 Oksana Kashchyshyna (Ukraine)
42 Tatiana Stiajkina (Ukraine)
43 Yevgeniya Vysotska (Ukraine)
44 Anna Sanchis (Spain)
45 Marta Vilajosana (Spain)
46 Lieselot Decroix (Belgium)
47 Daniely Del Valle Garcia Buitriag (Venezuela)
48 Angie Sabrina Gonzalez Garcia (Venezuela)
49 Cherise Taylor (South Africa)
50 Marissa Van Der Merwe (South Africa)
51 Catherine Cheatley (New Zealand)
52 Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand)
53 Miho Oki (Japan)
54 Alessandra Giusseppina Grassi (Mexico)
55 Linda Melanie Villumsen Serup (Denmark)
56 Grete Treier (Estonia)
57 Clemilda Silva (Brazil)
58 Yumari Gonzalez (Cuba)
59 Paulina Brzezna (Poland)
60 Zulfiya Zabirova (Kazakhstan)
61 Sungeun Gu (Korea)
62 Heejung Son (Korea)
63 Anita Valen De Vries (Norway)
64 Chanpeng Nontasin (Thailand)
65 Aurelie Halbwachs (Mauritius)
66 Sigrid Teresa Corneo (Slovenia)

Allez915

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.

Links of Interest:

Other Velonoise:

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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