WORLD­TOUR VET­ERAN SVEIN TUFT SIGNS WITH RALLY

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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

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