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USA Cycling has fired its longtime technical director, Shawn Farrell.
Farrell was terminated Thursday after 11 years in the role. USA Cycling’s communications director Bill Kellick declined an opportunity to comment, citing the situation as “an employment issue.”
Reached for comment, Farrell confirmed that he had been dismissed, and that it had not come as a complete surprise, though he was reluctant to disclose the factors that went into his dismissal.
According to a bio on USA Cycling’s website, Farrell has been officiating cycling events since 1980, and became a UCI International Commissaire of road, track, and cyclocross in 1989. He retired as a biochemistry college professor in 2003 to take on the task of USA Cycling technical director and manage the officials program.
During his tenure at USA Cycling, Farrell instituted the National Technical Commission (NTC), an advisory committee on issues relating to rules and regulations, and officiating at the national level.
The NTC’s primary purpose, USAC’s website reads, is to “communicate national policies relating to officiating to district- and regional-level organizations. NTC members serve a number of different roles, particularly in officials training and education, evaluation, mentoring, and administration of USA Cycling’s disciplinary policies.”
In March 2011, Farrell hosted USA Cycling’s first National Officials’ Summit in 24 years, to discuss topics such as: USA Cycling’s overall business and sports plan and the officials’ role in it; the cycling official as a professional; and the use of new technology in bike race scoring.
“This is going to be a disappointing bit of news to officials across the country,” a U.S.-based UCI commissaire told VeloNews, requesting anonymity for fear of recrimination. “Shawn Farrell has years of experience, not only working at the highest levels of the sport, but also officiating. [USA Cycling] is regarded around the world as having one of the best cycling officials’ programs in the sport, from how we handle officials’ education, training, and evaluation, to our corrective work with officials who need attention. … It’s a more structured program than any nation around the world, and that’s been largely Shawn’s doing. He was was an effective internal advocate for the role of officiating in cycling.”
Farrell said he was largely proud of his time with the federation, and would miss many officials who he had forged friendships with over the years.
“For the majority of my time at USA Cycling, I was very happy with what my department, and the technical commission, had done,” Farrell said. “We made strides in the officials program, although some of that got a little weird in the last few years, when [USA Cycling] started asking for things like background checks, or when [USOC's SafeSport program] got involved. But, all in all, the program progressed, a lot further along than it was when I took it over. As far as USA Cycling goes, from the director level on down, these are great people and I will miss working with them. I consider them all friends and wish them well.”
A year of high-level personnel changes at USA Cycling
Farrell’s termination was another personnel change in a year that has seen many at USA Cycling.
In April, longtime USA Cycling executive Sean Petty, who served as its chief executive officer from August 2006 to March 2013, left his position, saying he would be “pursuing business interests inside and outside the sport of cycling.” Petty changed roles in March 2013, from COO to a newly developed post — chief of domestic and international affairs — which he occupied for 13 months before stepping down.
A member of the UCI’s Road Commission since 2005, Petty is the only member of the UCI Road Commission from outside of Europe. The UCI Road Commission oversees elite, U23, and junior road racing for the international federation.
In June, USA Cycling announced that its board of directors had elected former Highroad Sports general manager Bob Stapleton as its chairman, and Alex Nieroth as vice-chairman. Stapleton replaced Bill Peterson, who served as board chairman since March 2010. Nieroth replaced Mark Abramson as vice-chair.
As board chairman, Stapleton works with the federation’s senior management team. The office carries a two-year term with the next election slated for the spring of 2016.
On October 6, USA Cycling announced that the USA Cycling Professional Committee had appointed Petty as an at-large member to take the position vacated by outgoing committee member and board Chairman Bill Peterson. Subsequently, Petty was elected by the Pro Committee to also serve on the USA Cycling board of directors.
Steve Johnson serves as both USA Cycling’s chief executive officer and president; after serving as USA Cycling’s COO, he was appointed by the board of directors as CEO in May 2006 when former CEO Gerard Bisceglia was dramatically fired by the board. At that time, Jim Ochowicz, now general manager at BMC Racing, served as the president of the board.
Todd Sowl serves as both USA Cycling’s chief financial officer (CFO) and chief operating officer (COO); Sowl moved into the COO role when Petty stepped down in June 2013.
Johnson’s current contract as CEO of USA Cycling is up for renewal in March 2015.
A federation still under Armstrong’s long shadow
Though his time at USA Cycling was primarily spent working behind the scenes with race officials, Farrell’s name most recently appeared in the news during the summer of 2012, as the UCI and U.S. Anti-Doping Agency battled over jurisdiction in USADA’s investigation into doping on the U.S. Postal Service team.
At the time, Lance Armstrong’s legal team filed an affidavit, signed by Farrell, which stated that the UCI had ultimate jurisdiction over the case.
“Under the UCI ADR [anti-doping regulations], UCI has exclusive jurisdiction over testing at those international events where it conducts testing (if UCI does not test at a particular international event, the National Federation in that country may test), and doping control for such matters is governed exclusively by the UCI ADR,” Farrell had said in sworn testimony.
On Friday, Farrell said that the affidavit was among one of his few regrets from his time spent at USA Cycling.
“To this day, I regret signing that affidavit,” Farrell said. “I should have been stronger in my opposition. It was something the UCI had requested, that we write a letter acknowledging their jurisdiction … inasmuch as both the UCI and USADA can claim jurisdiction, there was no substance to that affidavit, but it came across as though we were trying to defend Lance Armstrong. I felt bad I put my name on it. While it was factually accurate, it was not in the spirit that I felt comfortable it should go. I regret not making that opinion more well known in the office. I had had a good feeling about everything I’d ever done at USA Cycling up to that moment. I feel bad I put my name to something I didn’t really believe in.”
In an interview during the Interbike trade show in September, Stapleton, USA Cycling’s new board chairman, told VeloNews that the federation had been put into a tough spot during the summer of 2102, wrangling between trying to appease the sport’s leaders at the UCI and its obligation to work with the nation’s anti-doping agency under the U.S. Olympic Committee umbrella.
“It’s unfortunate because it’s just not appreciated how stuck in the middle and how legally tied USA Cycling is to enforce the rules of the UCI, but at the same time trying to do the right thing for American athletes while complying with the USOC,” Stapleton said. “So those aren’t always perfectly aligned, particularly with Pat [McQuaid], he was absolutely a bully with anyone he could be, especially USA Cycling, which was legally tied to the UCI. I think that USA Cycling went through relatively remarkable lengths to try and do the right things, but in some cases, their hands were completely tied, even with information flow and things like that.”
In March, Johnson fell under scrutiny after the publication of Juliet Macur’s book, “Cycle of Lies,” in which former U.S. Postal rider David Zabriskie said that he told Johnson of the Postal team’s drug usage shortly after Frankie Andreu’s admission of PED use in 2006.
Johnson denied the allegation, telling VeloNews that he had learned for the first time of Zabriskie’s allegations in an excerpt from Macur’s book, “published without her ever having contacted me regarding these claims.” Both Macur and Zabriskie disputed Johnson’s version of events.
Johnson did not return an email seeking comment for this story.
Farrell added that many inside USA Cycling view Stapleton’s appointment as chairman as a step in the right direction for a federation whose leadership has been called into question since the Armstrong scandal first took shape in May 2010.
“If Bob Stapleton wants to know what’s going on, he just needs to start asking around,” Farrell said. “We used to have problems because the board would micro-manage us. They shut that down, the board is not involved in the daily running of USA Cycling, but I think now it goes too far the other way. No one is paying attention to what’s happening.”
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Geoff Kabush heads to Winnipeg for Canadian cyclocross nationals on October 25 after a September of atypical results and welcome recovery. He fell ill at mountain bike world championships in Norway and couldn’t repeat his 2013 podium performance at CrossVegas. Since then, he’s squeezed in some off-season fun and rest while home in North Vancouver.
At age 37, the five-time Canadian cyclocross champion is one of North America’s most decorated mountain bikers. He captured another off-road series victory at the U.S. Cup in late June. In cyclocross he’s stood on about a dozen significant podiums in the U.S.
Kabush, who continues with the SCOTT 3Rox team in 2015, talks about what he’s been doing since CrossVegas, the hunt for a sixth cyclocross maple leaf jersey, the film “Working Dogs” which features his career, and why he’ll keep racing.
Question: CrossVegas was your last ‘cross race. How did it go?
Geoff Kabush: It’s always hard. It was surprising that I had a little bit of fight, but nowhere near enough to make the lead group, though I was able to finish. I always enjoy that event and Interbike; it’s fun to see everyone there. Since then I haven’t touched the ‘cross bike. This morning I’m going out to the garage to put that together. I’ve been on the same bike the last couple years so it’s really comfortable. But I’m definitely going to do a few rides on it. And I think there is a local race in Vancouver I might jump into this weekend just to get comfortable on it at speed and do some barriers again before heading to Winnipeg.
Q: What have you been up to since Vegas?
GK: I’ve just been riding my mountain bike and really enjoying being back in Vancouver. There are so many places to explore — a bunch of the old trails on the Sunshine Coast and up the Sea to Sky Highway and around North Vancouver. I did a road trip to my family cabin on Hornby Island, visited my sister in Victoria, a little bit of hiking and time off. But now I’m looking forward to getting back into some steady riding.
Q: How do you make the transition to racing ‘cross after a long mountain bike season?
GK: I’m used to riding so many different bikes — mountain, road, and ‘cross. I know my bikes and how they handle. I think the transition has gotten easier over my career as mountain bike races have gotten shorter and shorter and more explosive, with physical challenges similar [to ‘cross].
Q: Like other Canadians who excel in cyclocross, you’re primarily a mountain biker. Why do you race cyclocross?
GK: It’s a fun time of the year. I’ve done it for probably the last 10 years. I still really like the social atmosphere and competition. It brings together a lot of the community that I have — friends on the road and mountain bike and now even specific ‘cross athletes, and it helps me stay in shape a little bit through fall. It’s a long winter if I don’t have any events to go to.
I don’t know what it is about ‘cross. It’s just a little bit crazy riding around on the mud on skinny tires and I just wish I had more time to devote to it. There’s still a lot of big events I’d love to do on the cyclocross bike. I talk every year about going over for the Christmas ‘cross series in Belgium. Going to the world championships in Czech [Republic] is something I’ve been on the fence about all winter. I want to make sure in January and February that I’m getting in some consistent riding and building a foundation for the mountain bike season. It’s tough to fit in a couple of weeks over in Europe during that period.
Q: What kind of race would you like to have at the Shimano Canadian Cyclocross Championships?
GK: It’s always fun to have a competitive event and there are a bunch of guys I know that would really love to win the title. I just hope I’m going to be healthy and have some good legs, and hopefully everyone else comes in and puts up a good fight and we can put on a good show. I’d definitely like to keep that jersey for another year. No gifts, that’s for sure.
Q: What kind of conditions are you hoping for at nationals?
GK: I love seeing a bit of weather. Cross is not quite the same if it’s dry and warm. Hopefully it’s not too bitterly cold like it was in Bend last year but even a little bit of snow makes the racing more fun. It sounds like they are really excited about it in Winnipeg so I’m definitely looking forward to the race.
Q: Tell us a little about your teammates who will be at nationals.
GK: This year it’s actually looking like I might be coming in solo. That will make it a little bit different. I had a couple of teammates last year.
Q: Is the film “Working Dogs” actually an inside look at you as an athlete and person?
GK: It’s definitely not a racing action film. Sam [Smith] wanted to explore my character and motivation for the sport, and parallels between what drives a dog to pull the sled every day and what motivates me to continue on and train every day. It’s kind of about my upbringing, how I started and why I race. (Sam Smith directed the film which plays in Winnipeg on October 23. – Ed.)
Q: So what motivates you?
GK: I think I talk about it in the movie, but it’s more of an internal motivation. I just really love the sport and riding my bike, and I’ll continue doing that for sure once I stop competing. But I definitely love the competition as well. I guess it’s the final test of all the hard work you do, taking a lot of satisfaction out of working hard and seeing the results.
Q: You started racing 22 years ago. How long will you continue to race?
GK: It’s something I’m still really enjoying and it has a lot to do with the atmosphere and my team. SCOTT-3Rox is a great group. Really great sponsors support me. The next couple of years, through 2016, I’ll stick to the World Cup XC focus, but there’s a lot of other disciplines I really love doing and wish I had more time for.
There are specific events I’d like to be at, like the 2016 Olympics. But more for me what I really enjoy about racing is the process — the training and being healthy and seeing what I can achieve with my body. I like getting to races ready to perform. I still feel I have stuff to learn. It’s a great lifestyle that I’m going to try to continue as long as I can. But I definitely I don’t want to be competing at the highest level if I don’t think I can be competitive.
I’m still feeling that my body is up to the challenge. As I always say, I keep going ‘til the fun stops.
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Here’s your Week in Tech — all the gear news, tips, and announcements you need and none of the marketing gibberish you don’t.
Livestream app can broadcast live GoPro footage from phone
Footage from a GoPro Hero action camera can now be streamed via your iPhone’s 4G or LTE cell connection with a new Livestream app.
Livestream is not new, but the latest update allows it to expand beyond cellphone video and connect directly with some of the world’s most popular sport cameras.
The app works with a GoPro Hero 3 or 4, with built-in WiFi. Simply connect your iOS device to the camera’s WiFi signal, select the camera within the Livestream app, and begin streaming. The app produces a link to the live video that can be shared.
Silca partners with Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld
Silca, the company behind a $450 pump and other high-end inflation accoutrements, will sponsor Stu Thorne and his Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld ‘cross team for the remainder of this season. The team will use Silca’s Hiro locking Presta chuck and SuperPista Ultimate floor pump.
Thorne and his team are notoriously fastidious when it comes to tire inflation, keeping detailed records of tire pressures used on particular courses by each rider on the team. Correct tire pressure can have a dramatic effect on handling in ‘cross.
“Silca pumps have been the premier pumps for decades and we are super happy to have them supporting our team,” Thorne said in a statement. “The new floor pump is a work of art and we look forward to helping them develop more products in the future.”
Fulcrum debuts lightweight Red Passion mountain bike wheels
Fulcrum announced a new cross-country race wheelset this week, the Red Passion. The 29” aluminum-rimmed wheels tip the scales at 1,398 grams (claimed), lighter than many carbon wheelsets currently on the market. The 27.5” version weighs a claimed 1,350 grams.
The wheels use a ultra low-profile, tubeless-ready aluminum rim and carbon fiber hubs, which can be swapped between quick releases and thru-axles. Both front and rear wheels are laced with 28 double-butted spokes.
PowerTap offers power meter trade-in program
PowerTap will offer up to 30 percent off for consumers who want to trade in an old or ineffective power meter for a new PowerTap wheel through November 30.
The program is not limited to old PowerTaps. The company will provide a discount when any old power meter is turned in. Simply call PowerTap’s service team (1-800-246-5975), tell the representative what power meter is being turned in, and get a discount code to be used on PowerTap.com.
The program covers iBike, Garmin Vector, Pioneer, Power2Max, Quarq, Rotor Power, SRM, Stages, PowerTap PowerCal, and older PowerTap models. The offer only available to U.S. residents.
Wild Zora beef and veggie bars
Hailing from the Czech Republic, via the United Kingdom for a time, Zora Tabin, founder and CEO of Zora Foods, was scared of the ingredient lists on the “healthy” bars that she was giving her children. She wanted to create her own product, something she could put in her children’s lunch box but also be a good source of energy for athletes and backpackers.
In September 2013, Tabin started Wild Zora Foods, and it has taken 11 months to get the three flavors of bars into packages. The ingredients lists are simple. You’d find everything in the produce section of your grocery store, save for the primary ingredient in every bar: grass-fed beef. Availability is limited, unless you live near the Wild Zora Foods kitchen in Loveland, Colorado, but the bars can also be purchased on Wild Zora’s website.
Orbea to sponsor Cofidis in 2015
Orbea will sponsor the French Cofidis-Credit Solutions squad in 2015, the company announced on Friday.
After a season without a WorldTour or Pro Continental team, following the collapse of Euskaltel-Euskadi, Orbea will return to some of the world’s biggest races next year. Despite its Pro Continental status, Cofidis routinely receives invites to the Tour de France as a wildcard.
The team will ride Orbea’s new Orca road bike, Ordu time trial bike, and R10 helmet.
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PARIS (AFP) — Europcar announced Friday that it will end its partnership with the cycling team run by Jean-René Bernaudeau after 2015.
The car rental group said it will sponsor the team in 2015 at the same level as it did in 2014.
“We are preparing our fifth year of partnership alongside Bernaudeau’s team and we will be keen to show our support throughout the 2015 season as we did for four years now,” said Europcar international communications director Nathalie Poujol. She explained that this decision was announced “as soon as possible” to facilitate the search for a new partner.
The company came on late in 2011 to sponsor the cycling team for three years after Bouygues Telecom left, and last season, Europcar renewed for two additional years.
Bernaudeau’s team includes French stars like Thomas Voeckler, one of the most recognizable riders in French cycling, sprinter Bryan Coquard, and Pierre Rolland, a two-time stage winner at the Tour de France and fourth place overall at the 2014 Tour of Italy.
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RICHMOND, Va. — Nearly two dozen elite-level cyclists will gather in Richmond, Virginia to train and familiarize themselves with the courses on offer for the 2015 world road championships. The organizing committee, Richmond 2015 and USA Cycling will host the two-day training camp October 22 and 23.
Some of America’s top male and female riders will be in attendance, including Taylor Phinney (BMC), Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-lululemon), and Virginia natives Joe Dombrowski (Sky), Andrea Dvorak (TIBCO), and Ben King (Garmin-Sharp). In addition to team meetings and strategy sessions, the riders will train on portions of the time trial and road race courses. Team USA will also participate in community outreach events while in town.
The 2015 worlds will be the first time the United States has hosted the event since 1986, when it was held in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
“The 2015 UCI road world championships are 11 months away and we are already beginning preparations for our team USA athletes and staff,” said USA Cycling CEO and president Steve Johnson. “This training camp in Richmond will help familiarize our 2015 world championship team hopefuls with the course so they can begin the all-important mental preparation for next year’s event. The camp will also allow our athletes to interact with the people of Richmond as we start the countdown to one of the biggest events in the 2015 cycling calendar.”
Tim Miller, chief operating officer of Richmond 2015, said, “We have spent countless hours over the past few years designing courses worthy of the world’s best cyclists. To say that we’re thrilled to showcase them to team USA is an understatement. At the same time, we’re delighted to introduce them to Richmond and central Virginia, which will be the center of the cycling universe for nine days next September.”
The 2015 world championships will be held September 19-27, 2015 and are expected to attract 450,000 spectators and a worldwide TV audience of 300 million over the nine days of the event. More than 1,000 cyclists — elite men and women, under-23 men, and junior men and women — from more than 75 countries compete for their countries, just as they do in the Olympic Games, in three disciplines: the traditional road race, individual time trial, and team time trial.
Team USA Cyclists participating in Richmond training camp
Ben King (Garmin-Sharp)
Joe Dombrowski (Sky Pro Cycling)
Andrea Dvorak (Team TIBCO/To the Top)
Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing Team)
Alex Howes (Garmin-Sharp)
Kiel Reijnen (UnitedHealthcare)
Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing Team)
Carmen Small (Specialized-lululemon)
Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team)
Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-lululemon)
Tayler Wiles (Specialized-lululemon)
Lauren Hall (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies)
Tyler Williams (BMC Development Team)
TJ Eisenhart (BMC Racing Team)
Ben Wolfe (California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized)
Alexey Vermeulen (BMC Development Team)
Logan Owen (BISSELL Development Team)
Adrien Costa (Hagens Berman U-23)
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