WORLDTOUR VETERAN SVEIN TUFT SIGNS WITH RALLY
Although there was speculation that renowned Canadian rider Svein Tuft was set to retire from Professional racing at the end of the 2018 season, fans were excited to learn that the legendary hardman has signed with Rally Cycling.
While visiting Girona, Spain this summer, Jonas Carney, Rally performance manager, met with Tuft to discuss working together for the first time since they were teammates back in 2002 on the U.S.-based Prime Alliance squad. Discussions progressed quickly and the two came to an agreement at the beginning of September.
“The chance to ride for a North American team with a bunch of
Canadians came along with Rally Cycling, and I couldn’t refuse,” said Tuft. “Sharing all that I have learned is what motivates me these days, and I couldn’t imagine a better team to do that with.”
At 41, Tuft is the 2007 UCI America Tour champion, 2008 Worlds time-trial silver medalist, two-time National road-race champion and 11-time National time-trial champion. He’s a veteran of the WorldTour and a time-trial specialist who has spent time on numerous teams both in North America and abroad, including Garmin-Slipstream in 2009, Steve Bauer’s Spidertech-C10 team in 2011 and GreenEDGE (now Mitchelton-Scott) from 2012 until the current season.
An excited Rally team will look to Tuft as a mentor for their young and talented North American riders, as many of them looking to transition into Europe in the coming years.
“My role with Rally Cycling will really be about support,” said Tuft. “I’ve done pretty much every WorldTour race on the calendar and understand the difficulties of transitioning from North America to Europe. The biggest difference is not in physical ability, but it’s in all the other details of European racing. Distance, pace, technical ability, reading the race, lifestyle and time are really the main factors. So my goal will be to share as much of my knowledge as I can and then within the race help them through positioning and navigating the European peloton.”
VANCOUVER AWARDED UCI BIKE CITY STATUS
In September, Vancouver, B.C. and St-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France received UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) Bike City Status. Re-launched in 2015, the award is meant to recognize cities that have clear strategies to grow and promote everyday cycling, as well as playing host to major UCI cycling events.
Vancouver launched a five-year infrastructure strategy that focuses on improvements that will increase safety and create a network that allows for All Ages and Abilities (AAA). Currently, cycling is the fastest-growing transport mode with a growth from 4% in 2013 to 7% in 2016. Vancouver is also set to host the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in 2020.
St-Quentin-en-Yvelines has previously hosted multiple UCI BMX Supercross and Track Cycling World Cups, and has developed elite-level competition and city-cycling infrastructure. Currently, with 400 kilometres of bicycle lanes, more than 2-million Euros having been spent on the creation or renovation of more than eight kilometres of cycling infrastructures in the past three years.
Since 2016, eight cities and regions have received the label.
MAGHALIE ROCHETTE ANNOUNCES NEW PRIVATEER CX FEVER PROGRAM
After five years on the Clif Bar Pro Team, Quebec’s Maghalie Rochette will part with the team to pursue her cyclocross project called CX Fever Racing Team p/b Specialized.
With the full support of the Clif Pro Team and sponsors, the idea was sparked when she participated in her first Elite women’s UCI Cyclocross World Championships in February 2017 and placed fifth overall. The privateer program gained the quick support of more than 10 companies, including Clif Bar & Company, Specialized Bicycles, SRAM, Oakley and Giro. Her race schedule will consist of North American events up until Nov. 12, when she embarks on a three-month-long European campaign, after she participates in Canada’s first-ever Pan American Championships in Midland, Ont. on Nov. 3.
“A part of me is super-excited about this opportunity, while another part of me is sad about leaving the team. I owe everyone involved in the Clif Pro Team an enormous thank you from the very bottom of my heart. It’s been an incredible ride,” said Rochette in a Team press release.
Legendary Svein Tuft