This is my world of cycling and just a fun way for me to share my experiences, thoughts and joy I have for cycling. Thanks for visiting Cycle Jabber and good luck in your training! Dirk Friel

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Tour of Georgia Wraps up in Atlanta

The Tour of Georgia ended today and it was a great success for the USA National Development team sponsored by VMG (Velocity Made Good). The team had seven of the eight riders finish a very tough week of racing. I was on hand to help collect the SRM data and work with the riders and directors on how to best make use of the data collected. Going into year two of using Training Peaks and SRM the national team will have some great data to compare to.

One rider who every one will be comparing data to is John Devine. John finished top 30 and had a great ride on Brasstown Bald stage. John will be racing for the Discovery team starting in July so look for him in new colors soon. This is exactly what the VMG Team was created for, to help young talent develop so they can find their way onto the top level pro teams. Feel free to take a look at John's power data, and other team member data, from the Tour of Georgia at "The Stars of Tomorrow" page at:

Great race guys and good luck the rest of the season.
USA National Development Team
John Devine
Chad Beyer
Sheldon Deeny
Brian Dziewa
Caleb Fairly
Eric Keim
Nick Reistad
Eric Riggs

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

 T-Mobile go to Paris-Roubaix brimming with confidence
 Burghardt, Hammond and Eisel lead team at cobbled-classic
 Doubt over Servais Knaven’s fitness after crash on Wednesday

After Wednesday’s double success at Gent-Wevelgem; the T-Mobile Team
approach Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix (April 15) brimming with confidence.
Spring-season sensation Marcus Burghardt showed on Wednesday that
he knows how to win on cobbles, and he is now a strong contender for a
top placing at the torturous race they call ‘l'Enfer du Nord’ - the Hell of the

"I feel very strong at the moment and I am confident that I can match the
best riders at Paris-Roubaix," quipped Burghardt. However, the 23-year old
German power-house was quick to draw attention to the greater difficulty
of Sunday’s pavé-classic. “Paris-Roubaix has a different character, it’s
60km longer and much tougher, but I'm certainly motivated and I have
loads of confidence.”

The lanky Burghardt knows the race well. In 2004 he placed fourth here in
the U-23 race, and he lists the ‘Queen of the Classics’ as his favourite
race. "It is fun to race on this unique course. I like the special atmosphere
here and, as I always say: 'Paris-Roubaix is the world’s greatest cyclocross

Roger Hammond is no stranger to cyclo-cross either, nor is he a stranger
to Paris-Roubaix. The 33-year-old Briton enjoyed his finest career moment
here back in 2004, placing third in Roubaix’s old concrete Velodrome. And
the man who took second ahead of the stocky Briton that day is none other
than Hammond’s current team director Tristan Hoffman:
"Roger’s strong and gutsy ride paved the way for Marcus to win in
Wevelgem. Fair play to him for the cool way he worked over Freire and
Ventoso in the finale. Paris-Roubaix is one of his big season objectives
and he is ready," says Hoffman.

Indeed, if there was a "man of the match" award at Gent-Wevelgem, then it
would surely have gone to Hammond for his perfect team play. Now,
buoyed by form and results, Hammond is hungry for more team success in

“Wednesday’s race was really good for the confidence. I am really looking
forward to Paris-Roubaix; it’s an absolutely massive race and a great race
to get on the podium. We have a really strong team and many cards to
play. Tactically, the sporting managers got it spot on yesterday, so lets see
what they have planned for us in France.”

Bernhard Eisel is the other trump card the team can play. The Austrian
sprinter was fifth in Roubaix last season, and would dearly love the chance
to use his top-end speed in a small group sprint for the podium.

"It’s a dream situation for a sporting director to have so many options at my
disposal", quips Tristan Hoffman, who also sees Andreas Klier in a key
role: "Andreas is getting stronger by the day, and he’s a dark horse to pull
off a surprise on Sunday."

Joining the quartet on the stone torture test over 28 stretches of cobbles -
52.7 km in total – from Compiegne to Roubaix (259km) in France's northeast
are Bert Grabsch, Lorenzo Bernucci and sprinter Eric Baumann.
A question mark hangs over Servais Knaven’s fitness to start on Sunday.
The Dutchman came off his bike and landed in a gutter during Gent-
Wevelgem. "Servais suffered bruised ribs, which are giving him pain," says
Hoffman, but he plans to give Knaven all the time he needs to make the
cut. However, if the Dutch veteran fails to regain race fitness in time, then
US rider Aaron Olson will slot in as the team’s eighth man on Sunday.

The T-Mobile roster in brief:
Eric Baumann (27), Lorenzo Bernucci (27/Italy), Marcus Burghardt (23),
Bernhard Eisel (26/Austria), Roger Hammond (33/Great Britain), Bert
Grabsch (31), Andreas Klier (31), Servais Knaven (36/Netherlands).
Sporting directror: Tristan Hoffman (Netherlands) and Brian Holm

For the latest news and updates on the T-Mobile Team go to www.tmobile-

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

T-Mobile First and Second in Gent-Wevelgem!
You heard it right. T-Mobile came through in a big way today to take first and second place in the Belgium classic Gent-Wevelgem. The team tactics and fitness lined up perfectly today for Marcus Burghardt and Roger Hammond. Great job guys!

Marcus Burghardt relaxing before a long day of training in Mallorca. Each training session was planned out per individual by team doctors, and in addition all 30 riders had their SRM data analyzed each night prior to the next day's training. The hard work and systems are starting to pay off.
Gent-Wevelgem results
1 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) T-Mobile

2 Roger Hammond (GBr) T-Mobile

3 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank

4 Francisco José Ventoso (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir

5 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Française Des Jeux

6 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Predictor-Lotto

Here is Roger Hammond working with Gear Fisher to learn the Training Peaks system at the first team camp in Lugano. Each rider was trained on how to use WKO+ to download and analyze their SRM data, then synchronize the files up to their online Training Peaks accounts.

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Boulder-Roubaix and 2nd Annual Bernie Ride Rescheduled to this Weekend

Due to last week's snowstorm in Boulder the Boulder-Roubaix Classic and the 2nd Annual Bernie Lieff Memorial have been rescheduled to this weekend. Let's just hope that Friday's snowstorm doesn't disrupt the schedule once again.
Speaking of Colorado spring classic bike races check out the latest audio and photo's from the Koppenberg heald April 1st. You can find it at

Videos : News : Boulder Daily Camera

2nd Annual Bernie Lieff Memorial Ride

Bernie passed away February 2006 after battling melanoma. He was well known by many Colorado cyclists as being a grown up kid on a bike. He either rode his bike or played hockey everyday and lived life to it's fullest.

Help us raise money for Melanoma research by purchasing a Bernie Jersey today. Call or stop by Pro Peleton to place your order:
2615 13th St, Boulder,
(303) 415-1292)

Come Join Us Sunday April 15th for the annual ride. Riders of all abilities are welcome. The ride will begin at Pro Peloton at 10:00am.

All proceeds will go to Melanoma Brain Tumor research.

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Friday, April 06, 2007

Predictor-Lotto Selections for Tour of Flanders and Upcoming races:

This is a big weekend for racing with the Tour of Flanders, US Open and closer to home the Boulder-Roubaix. Tom Danielson is scheduled to race Boulder-Roubaix just one week away from the start of the Tour of Georgia. However as I type this a cold rai has begun in Boulder and SNOW is expected tonight and tomorrow so it will be interesting to see who shows up to brave the storm. It won't be a fun 80 miles on dirt (for more see ).

Here are team rosters for Predictor-Lotto this week and next..

07.04 Hel van Mergelland
Riders: Brandt - Ingels - Jufré - Kaisen - McEwen - Steurs - Van Hecke

08.04 Ronde van Vlaanderen
Riders: De Vocht - Hoste - Leukemans - Roesems - Sentjens - Van Avermaet - Vansevenant - Vansummeren

09.04 Rund um Köln
Riders: Brandt - Gates - Ingels - Jufré - Kaisen - Steurs - Van Hecke

09-14.04 Pais Vasco
Riders: Aerts - Cioni - Evans - Horner - Lloyd - Mertens - Van Den Broeck - Vanhuffel

For up-to-date news, modifications & results:!

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Bernie Lieff Memorial Ride & Jersey
This Sunday is the 2nd Annual Bernie Ride. Help us raise money for Melanoma research by purchasing a Bernie Jersey today. Call or stop by Pro Peleton to place your order:
2615 13th St, Boulder,
(303) 415-1292)

Come Join Us Sunday April 8, 2007 for our second annual ride. Riders of all abilities are welcome.
The ride will begin at Pro Peloton at 10:00am.

All proceeds will go to Melanoma Brain Tumor research-the disease Bernie died of. You may order them from ProPeloton or at the Boulder Roubaix Road Race.

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