Sunday, January 16, 2011

Rewind the Cassette - January 16, 2011

Rewind the Cassette is a short weekly feature covering some of the more interesting bits of news from the cycling world. It is not meant to be a definitive feed of all thats happened in the prior week... just some of the bits that caught my eye.  

  • For the first time in more than 30 years, the Vuelta a Espana returns to the Basque country! For many years, the Vuelta was associated with the Franco regime by the people of the Basque region and was not welcomed. But it's back! And this year's route includes the awesome climb of the Angliru!
  • Team RadioShack revealed their 2011 kit. It's a big improvement from the 2010 colors, which were just grey and uninspired. There's a nagging concern in my head that this team will lose its sponsorship at some point, given how badly RadioShack is struggling financially.
  • The Tour of the Battenkill lost its UCI status this week because it was unable to secure a sponsor, which is really unfortunate. I had the chance to ride the course last year and it's awesome, complete with climbs of 18% on gravel and some beautiful scenes of the New York countryside.
  • The 2011 cycling season officially gets underway with the Cancer Council Helpline Classic down in Australia, won by Matt Goss today. Admirably, all the riders in today's event agreed to donate the winnings from today's race to the victims of the flooding in Queensland.   

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