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Roland Cattin, the founder of Time Sport International, died on Sunday morning near his home in Paris, following a bicycle ride he had taken with his wife. The cause was a heart attack, said Gilles Lalonde, sales manager for Time Sport USA. Cattin was 65 years old.
A strikingly handsome athlete with a forceful personality, Cattin led the company as its president from its founding in 1987. He was a passionate defender of his brand and a great champion of French ingenuity, and was never shy about expressing his unhappiness with an unfavorable product review or what he saw as a marginalization of the European cycling industry as its output was eclipsed by rivals in China and Taiwan.
“I am not only saying you are wrong, I am saying you are completely misguided,” he once remonstrated to this reporter after the appearance of a story purportedly charting the growth of composite materials in the bicycle industry. The report focused heavily on its use in Asian manufacturing, but subsequent research proved him entirely correct.
From the beginning, Cattin’s company motto was “Le Défi”—The Challenge, in English—and the immediate object of his challenge was the Look pedal system, which was the first clipless system to gain widespread usage. Time’s new pedal was intended to take on Look commercially, but behind the challenge lay a personal grudge.
Look had been founded as a ski binding company in 1948 by a French sporting goods manufacturer named Jean Beyl, and after numerous successes in the ski field, Beyl turned his attention to the bicycle cleat system. Look introduced Beyl’s clipless pedal system successfully with the PP65 pedal in 1984, and it rapidly became an industry standard, with Mavic adopting it in 1987 and Shimano in 1988. Beyl’s next plan was to add a number of new features to the Look system, but resistance to the changes and some internal acrimony at the company led Beyl to leave shortly thereafter. Looking elsewhere for a home for his next invention, Beyl founded Time with his son-in-law Cattin in 1987, and together they introduced the Time TBT pedal in 1988.
Revealed with great fanfare in January and subsequently supported by a lavish advertising campaign, the Time TBT pedal relied on two key concepts to battle the Look system for clipless supremacy. Most notably, the TBT pedal introduced the concept of rotational float, which allowed the cyclist’s heel to swing up to 10 degrees left and right without releasing. Time’s second concept was lateral float, which allowed the foot to slide sideways up to 9 degrees while remaining engaged with the pedal. Together, the concepts were promoted by the company as a way to reduce the knee and tendon injuries that could be caused by locking the foot into one position.
To raise the new pedal’s public profile, Time engaged a roster of professional riders that included Greg LeMond, Pedro Delgado, and Stephen Roche. The company was quickly rewarded when Delgado won the Tour de France in 1988, with Jeannie Longo taking the women’s Tour title that same year. Delgado’s Tour victory was followed by LeMond in 1989 and 1990, and then by Miguel Indurain, who captured five successive Tours from 1991 to 1995. Over the years, Time garnered racing titles with Paolo Bettini, Tom Boonen, Filippo Pozzato, Thomas Voeckler, Marco Pantani, Jan Ullrich, and many others.
In a 2004 interview with VeloNews, Cattin discussed the benefits of sponsorship, noting that “Somebody like Boonen, for example, is a very strong guy, and you can have some information from a guy like this that you cannot get from Bettini, for example, who is a much lighter guy. So a pro team is a source of inspiration, because they are always pushing us to be better, to be lighter, but also to be stronger.”
Time followed the success of its road pedal with the ATAC mountain bike pedal. ATAC, an acronym for Auto Tension Adjustment Concept, separated the release angle from the spring tension on the cleat. The feature was intended to allow mountain bikers to set the release tension as low or as high as desired with no change to the basic engagement and release functions. As with the road pedals, Time sponsored a series of professional ambassadors in mountain biking who rang up a succession of victories, including two-time Olympic and five-time World Champion Julien Absalon, 2010 World Champion José Hermida, and 2012 Olympic Champion Julie Bresset.
The next move for the company was into the field of bicycles, starting with a carbon fork in 1993 and followed by complete frames in subsequent years. The Time composite products incorporate a wide blend of fibers, including carbon, Vectran, and Kevlar, and an expensive construction method called Resin Transfer Molding, or RTM. While most composite products employ a carbon cloth weave preimpregnated with resin (“prepreg” for short) which hardens when cured, the RTM approach lays up dry cloth in a predetermined arrangement and then injects resin into a surrounding mold, which is then pressurized and heated to create the final product.
The RTM system was expensive and slow, but, said Cattin, it was the one he favored for its consistency. “RTM technology is the only way to be very accurate in manufacturing to give the characteristics you are looking for in a frame,” he noted. “For example, to create a smooth ride, you need to use some specific fiber in a very accurate location and only RTM can allow you to be that accurate, compared to prepreg.”
Cattin was such a believer in the technology that rather than buying carbon cloth from outside companies, he equipped his factories with weaving machines. The machines spun cloth from spools of raw yarn, which he sourced from factories in Japan, Germany, and the United States.
The object of all this, said Cattin, was not a pursuit of profits, but instead the elusive goal of an ideal. “The bottom line is the feel of the ride,” he said. “We put in Vectran fiber in order to add comfort to the ride without affecting the lateral rigidity, but Vectran is not only for comfort, it also brings better road-holding, a better connection between the wheel and the road. You can corner better. If you don’t have a smooth ride, you don’t have a good connection between the bike and the road. So it’s not only comfort, it’s also efficiency.”
A celebration in the memory of Roland Cattin will be held Monday, October 27 at 2 p.m. at the Paroisse St. Thomas d’Aquin in Paris.
While Liesbet De Vocht’s (Lotto-Belisol) fellow Belgians prepared for the women’s world road championships in Ponferrada, Spain, she sat on the sidelines, literally. She was unable to ride due to a debilitating knee injury sustained in September’s Boels Ladies Tour. “I knew immediately when I crashed, my chances for worlds were over,” she said. “I was crushed, to say the least. I landed directly on my knee, cutting it straight through to the bone. They stitched it up but I wasn’t allowed to bend the knee for the first few days. After 10 days, the wound was still open and still wasn’t 100 percent.”
As world championships was to have been the last race of De Vocht’s career, she officially entered early retirement. “The decision to retire didn’t come overnight. It’s taken me two years, in fact, to get here. Last year, I was all ready to stop but then I won the Belgian road championships. It was difficult pass up a whole year of riding in the peloton with that prestigious jersey. Now that I’m without the jersey I can easily say goodbye. At my age , I just want a house and a family, including kids. Luckily I already have a boyfriend so I am halfway there,” said De Vocht.
Although her career was unexpectedly shortened by a month, her list of career accomplishments is anything but short. This year alone, she’s landed on the podium of UCI international events four times including a fourth in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and second in the Belgian time trial championships. She’s also placed seventh in both Gent-Wevelgem and Tour of Flanders.
Over the 11-year span of her career from 2004 to 2014, she’s accumulated 54 victories. These victories include four Belgian time trial championships (2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013) and two Belgian road championships in 2010 and 2013. The two Belgian road victories are especially sweet for her as they have sentimental significance. “[Belgian championships] in Geel was in front of my home crowd, while La Roche was a very personal victory. I did all preparation myself from food, gear, climb training where I basically went to the mountains to learn how to climb. … So that victory was for me.”
Another accomplishment that ranks high for De Vocht was her debut in the 2012 Olympics. “In 2011, I quit my full-time job as a programmer to focus solely on cycling in hopes to qualify for the Olympics. Well, the gamble paid off as my dream came true. And a ninth place made it that much more special.” As there was only one automatic Olympic spot allocated to the Belgian women, De Vocht sacrificed her position on Marianne Vos’ Nederland-Bloeit team to ride for the Belgian Topsport Vlaanderen Team, where she could more easily earn valuable UCI points as team leader, as opposed to riding in support of Vos. With the additional points accumulated, Belgium was able to take two additional women, including De Vocht.
While most racers would name a certain victory as their top favorite experience on the bike, De Vocht recalls an event where she missed the finish altogether. “In the 2010 Tour de Laude, I was off the front with teammate Annemiek van Vleuten when the course marshals sent us off in the wrong direction. Even though one of us surely would have won the stage, but didn’t, it was still an amazing experience to ride off the front together like that. We also worked really well as a team, where we lost time on the climbs, but could make it back in the descents — always a fun thing to do!”
De Vocht got her first taste of the bike racing scene as a supporter for her brother, former professional Wim De Vocht, as well as ex-boyfriend Tom Boonen whom she dated from 1997-2003. She spent so much time on her bike at the races to get back and forth between start, finish, and feed zones that she began to see improvement in her own cycling. Once she and Boonen split, she became inspired to see how far she could get if she gave it a shot herself, starting off with the mountain bike before switching to the pavement.
She’d gotten so far in her career, in fact, that when it came time to retire, her hometown of Arendonk held an official retirement race in July where 85 women, including Marianne Vos and this year’s Belgian road champion Jolien D’Hoore, lined up alongside her to give her a proper sendoff. After she crossed the line — with an average speed of 41.32kph, hands raised in the air, the festivities began. She kicked it off by thanking all her supporters, fans, and friends she’s made over the years, adding, “I will definitely look back to this time in my life with a lot of joy and a smile across my face.”
And now looking back specifically to that special day, she muses, “For sure I appreciate my early retirement party in Arendonk even more.”
De Vocht may be retiring from professional cycling, but she promises to firmly remain in the cycling community. “Next year, the plan is to work for Lotto-Soudal womens’ under-23 riders, coaching them as well as handling some of the administrative work. I’ll also be coaching the novices and juniors on the Balen BC cycling club from the area. As long as I don’t have to go back to a nine-to-five job, I’ll be happy.”
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- With several of the standings leaders participating at the first UCI World Cup of the season in Holland, there was not much shakeup in the 2014-15 USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX) rankings last weekend as the HPCX took center stage on the Pro CX calendar in Jamesburg, N.J.
Canadian cyclocross rider Maghalie Rochette captured attention across the American racing scene with a third place finish at Rapha Super Cross Gloucester and second at Rochester’s Ellison Park Full Moon Vista race. This weekend, she heads to Winnipeg to vie for a maple leaf jersey in Canadian cyclocross nationals.
Now in her third and most consistently successful year of UCI ‘cross competition, the 21-year-old Luna Pro Team rider also won The Night Weasels Cometh, a big non-UCI event in New England.
After completing her second elite mountain bike season in September and feeling more content with the experience than her overall results, Rochette opted for a relaxed approach to the 2014 cyclocross season.
“I just wanted to have some fun, to go all-out in ‘cross races and try to have some good results,” she said. “But I didn’t really have results in mind. I was just going out there to have a blast … but [results] arrived so I am super happy.”
Now she hopes that her relaxed success will carry over the border to Canada this coming weekend when she tackles the Canadian cyclocross championships in Winnipeg and looks for a better outcome in her third run at the elite women’s contest.
In 2012 she finished 13th. Last year, she came into the race two weeks after a bad crash and placed ninth. Her goal for Winnipeg is to pass the finish line happy with her performance.
“I’m not thinking about a position so much because it’s hard to decide if a race is good based only on that — you can’t control what the other racers are doing,” Rochette said. “So even if I have the best day of my life, and six other girls also have the best day of their lives and they beat me, I can’t be disappointed with that.”
Canadian cyclocross nationals will be held in downtown Winnipeg on Saturday, October 25. Check back on VeloNews for event coverage.
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