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A successful weekend of cyclo-cross for Mathieu van der Poel. All the video action from Asper-Gavere, Brabant and the Jaarmarktcross, with reports, results and rider quotes. Top Story concerns the sad story of an ex-pro doping his teenage son. In other cycling news: Canadian men win World Cup team pursuit, Giant-Alpecin to seek damages, CCB Velotooler 2017 team roster, Rally signs junior World time trial champion Brandon McNulty, #RoadToBEAT team and we finish with video of the 1990 Tour de Trump. Monday EUROTRASH coffee time.

TOP STORY:
Dutch website deVolkskrant.nl has reported that 50 year-old ex-professional cyclist, Teo Muis, had been doping his son Jesse when he was a junior rider. Jesse Muis was originally given a four year doping ban, but due to the teenager thinking he was being given a multivitamin, it was reduced to two.

Originally Jesse had missed a doping control in Belgium and the Dutch cycling federation had banned him for four years. Muis claims he was called to go back for the test but had left the race and had driven home and it would be too difficult to go back. This turned out to be untrue and the full facts were that Muis Jr. had been found positive with traces of amphetamine and nandrolone.

The Dutch cycling federation announced on its website that Muis senior would also receive a ban as it was he who had administered the drugs. The announcement said: “The defendant is suspended by a ruling of the Institute for Sports Law with immediate effect for life and, therefore, must in no way (be) concerned or take part in competitions or training.” Adding: “The person concerned, in November/December 2014, at some point prior to a doping control which took place in 2015, in his capacity as facilitator/coach, administered nandrolone to his then minor son, who is also a member of the National Federation.”

In an interview with sports journalist Jan Volwerk, Teo Muis looked back on his unspectacular two year professional career with Spanish team Orbea, he remarked on doping: “It’s offered me by teammates. But I never discussed. I was too afraid I would be caught and I did not want it really.”

There are two ways of looking at the case. Either the father was doping the son without the boy’s knowledge, which is pretty low. Or Jesse Muis had been doping himself and the father is taking the blame so the son can race again in two years time when he will be still only 19. Anyway you look at it, it’s not good.

Teo Muis:
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Hansgrohe Superprestige Asper-Gavere 2016
Dutch champion Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) won the Hansgrohe Superprestige race in Asper-Gavere on Sunday, taking his fourth Superprestige win in a row. World champion Wout Van Aert again had mechanical problems to finished second and Friday’s Jaarmarktcross winner Toon Aerts (Telenet Fidea Lions) was third.

Van der Poel and Van Aert split the field and then at the start of the third lap, the Dutch champion made his move. Van Aert tried to follow him along with Tom Meeusen (Telenet Fidea Lions), although Meeusen couldn’t hold the pace. Yet again the World champion, Van Aert, had a chain problem and by the halfway point Van der Poel had a 30 seconds advantage.

Van Aert worked his way back through the field after a bike change and was in second place, but could not close on Van der Poel. Meeusen looked to have third place in the bag when he had a mechanical and dropped to 7th. European champion Toon Aerts moved into third place, but had no chance of catching the two ahead of him, but had no problems form behind. With his fourth win Van der Poel obviously has full points in the Superprestige series, Van Aert is second and Laurens Sweeck (ERA-Circus) is third. The next round of the Hansgrohe Super Prestige is in Spa-Francorchamps on the 3rd of December.

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Race winner Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon): “I had actually hoped that a few riders would have followed my attack but that was not the case, I just continued to ride at my own rhythm and that proved to be enough to get the win here. I had expected more opposition from Wout but apparently he again had to deal with bad luck. I could keep my pace despite the fact that this was my second race of the weekend. Luckily it was not a difficult race on Saturday. And it feels good to win two days in a row. I did not go to the pit often. I kept my bike and hoped that that there was not too much mud in my gear. When the gap was big enough, I would switch the bike. I have taken my fourth consecutive victory in the Superprestige and so I am still in the lead. Francorchamps will be a tough race. The other races in Diegem, Hoogstraten and Middelkerke suit me a lot better. It would be nice to get eight out of eight but for now that is not on the agenda. I am very happy to have this beautiful race in Gavere on my palmarès.”

2nd, Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice): “More was possible. I’m frustrated that I could not give everything. Sometimes you are unable to fight back. I rode at half power. I had been able to put Mathieu under pressure for longer. I did not have a great day, but it is a course that should suit me. But Mathieu was the best today, it’s a deserved win. If it’s always the two of us fighting for the win, it will be very difficult. The overall is not over, but Mathieu is going to have an off day. And you don’t wish that for anyone. It’s really annoying, it makes me mad,” referring to his mechanical problem. “Every time we think that we have found the solution. But those small adjustments prove to be insufficient. Now I have experienced it two weeks in a row. In training it works well and there has never been anything wrong. I can only hope that it is resolved quickly. A rider must have confidence in his equipment, which is not the case now. It plays with your mind.”

3rd, Toon Aerts (Telenet Fidea Lions): “For the time being, I am still on my cloud. It is very good and I hope I have some good weeks – and years – ahead of me. Today I had some fear of the course so that third place has extra significance. It feels like a victory to be on the podium with those two. In the beginning I could benefit a little from him [Kevin Pauwels] until when we caught Tom [Meeusen]. Then it became clear that we were fighting for third place. In certain sections, I felt that I was better and pulled through. I hope I can continue to excel in the next few weeks. I have made a lot of progress.”

Hansgrohe Superprestige Asper-Gavere Result:
1. Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon in 1:03:35
2. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice at 1:02
3. Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions at 1:20
4. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) ERA Real Estate-Circus at 1:31
5. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games at 1:44
6. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games at 2:00
7. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions at 2:32
8. David Van Der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon at 2:59
9. Jens Adams (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice at 3:00
10. Philipp Walsleben (Ger) Beobank-Corendon at 3:05.

The full ladies and men’s races from Asper-Gavere:

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Grote Prijs van Brabant 2016
Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) dominated the Grand Prix of Brabant, he took the lead in the first lap and then extended his lead until the last lap when a crash did slow the Dutch national champion down. At the finish he had 7 seconds on Corné Van Kessel and 11 over Joris Nieuwenhuis, giving Holland the full podium.

Corné van Kessel had been chasing Van der Poel on his own ahead of a chase group, with three laps to go Joris Nieuwenhuis got across to him and they were together going into the final lap, but Van Kessel was too good for the young Nieuwenhuis.

De Grote Prijs van Brabant Result:
1. Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned) in 1:01:33
2. Corne Van Kessel (Ned) at 0:07
3. Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) at 0:11
4. Wietse Bosmans (Bel) at 0:20
5. Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) at 0:21
6. Daan Soete (Bel) at 0:22
7. Twan Brand (Ned) at 0:42
8. David Van Der Poel (Ned) at 1:04
9. Diether Sweeck (Bel) at 1:05
10. Maik Heijden (Ned) at 1:36.

Brabant:

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Soudal Classics Jaarmarktcross – Niel 2016
The European champion Toon Aerts (Telenet Fidea Lions) won the Soudal Classics Jaarmarktcross in Niel on Friday, again it was in the absence of World champion Wout van Aert and Dutch champion Mathieu van der Poel who both missed the event. Kevin Pauwels (Marlux-Napoleon Games) was second and Aerts teammate Corne Van Kessel took third.

Gianni Vermeersch (Team Steylaerts) was first to string the bunch out from the line, Pauwels was in trouble and was stuck in the middle of the pack. Jim Aernouts (Telenet Fidea Lions) attacked to gain a small lead through the start of lap two. Toon and brother and Telenet Fidea teammate, Thijs Aerts started the chase, with Pauwels at 40 seconds, but making his way back to the front.

As Aernouts carried on with his solo ride off the front, Toon Aerts and Philipp Walsleben split off the front of the chasers, eventually Aerts soloed across to his teammate Aernouts. Toon Aerts headed off on his own after five laps and soon had 5 seconds on his teammates Aernouts and Corné van Kessel, with Walsleben and Pauwels chasing behind.

Van Kessel dropped Aernouts as Pauwels dropped Walsleben and Aernouts. Before the spiders web section, Pauwels catch Van Kessel to the hope to move into 2nd place. Toon Aerts crashed on a corner which allowed Pauwels and Van Kessel to close up to just over 15 seconds. At the start of two lap to go, Kevin Pauwels dropped Corné van Kessel to try and catch Toon Aerts, but the European champion pulled himself together after his crash and put over 30 seconds into Pauwels by the line. Van Kessel was just 2 seconds behind Pauwels for 3rd.

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Race winner, Toon Aerts (Telenet Fidea Lions): “Actually, I live on a cloud. Today I again take a very beautiful victory. For a while, I’ve been riding with a good feeling and I get enormous support from my fans. As it is now, it’s gorgeous. I rode in front for a long time and I start to prefer to do it in that way. I went as fast as possible and could again stay ahead today. However, I had to watch out on the bevel of the Rupeldijk. I was given the name (Tony 450) at a team training. We had to do an exercise stress test which consisted of riding uphill for twenty minutes. I did 450 watts and immediately the nickname was born, a great thing. I was lucky to have enough of an advantage to take it easy. It was a real ‘strompelcross’ in some places. Everyone made a mistake in this race. I did not panic and could start the final lap with peace of mind. Jim Aernouts in particular was strong in the first part of the race. I was riding with him but unfortunately he could not keep my wheel. I’m glad I could win in Niel because this is a cyclo-cross race with tradition. Of course, getting my European title was even better.

2nd, Kevin Pauwels (Marlux-Napoleon Games): “I had an enormous amount of bad luck today. It started when I entered the bridge. I had to unclip and put the foot on the ground. Hence, I started the second lap completely at the back. Then I crashed a few times. Moreover, I had to stop to take care of my shoe. It was an accumulation of setbacks today. So to speak, I had to chase from the start. At one point, I was 40 seconds behind the leader. After that I could reduce that gap to ten seconds. I believed in it but when I no longer got closer to Toon Aerts, I knew that second place would be the most viable. I still have not won this season, but I will continue and hope that first win of the season will arrive as soon as possible.”

3rd, Corné van Kessel (Telenet-Fidea Lions): “I was pleased that it was less slippery than expected, especially with the rain that fell in recent days,” the 25-year-old Van Kessel told Het Nieuwsblad. “I was held back a bit at the start when we rode from the bridge into the field. In the carousel or the spider web, I could move up. Toon Aerts suddenly joined me. I could just stay with him but soon realized that I was not able to follow him in this races. He did not wait for me because Kevin Pauwels was approaching. It was great Toon has done today, he has again shown that he is more than worthy of the European jersey. Last summer he was strong and he draws that line further. In the last lap, I still had a lot of power and tried to catch Kevin Pauwels. In the final straight I tried to pass him over with a sprint, but he just looked back and accelerated. I cannot complain of this third place.”

Soudal Classics Jaarmarktcross Result:
1. Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions in 1:02:00
2. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games at 0:35
3. Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions at 0:37
4. Philipp Walsleben (Ger) Beobank-Corendon at 1:14
5. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions at 1:20
6. Jim Aernouts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions at 1:29
7. Marcel Meisen (Ger) Steylaerts-Verona at 1:38
8. Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games at 1:55
9. Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Team Steylaerts at 2:07
10. Godrie Stan (Ned) Rabobank Development at 2:48.

Jaarmarktcross:

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Canadian Men Win Gold at Track World Cup Team Pursuit
Team Canada took the gold medal on Saturday in the Men’s Team Pursuit at Round 2 of the Track World Cup in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. This is the first-ever World Cup win for Canada in the Men’s Team Pursuit. Canada also moves into the overall lead in the World Cup standings, after finishing third in the first round.

Our plan for the first two World Cups was to have a clean run,” explained Ian Melvin, National Men’s Endurance Coach. “We wanted to get the points to qualify for Worlds so we didn’t have to depend on Cali (World Cup #3).”

In the final against Belgium, the Canadian team of Aidan Caves, Adam Jamieson, Jay Lamoureux and Bayley Simpson trailed the Belgians over the first 3000 meters after their rivals got off to a very strong start. However, the Canadian team came back steadily, cutting the gap from over a second after the first 1000 metres to less than eight-tenths of a second at the halfway mark, then less than three tenths with 1000 metres to go. In the final 1000 metres, the Belgian team slowed dramatically, while Canada had its fastest split of the race, to win with a time of four minutes and 2.144 seconds, over four seconds ahead of Belgium. France won the bronze medal.

“It’s a pretty crazy day,” said Aidan Caves, “it’s actually been a pretty crazy month since Nationals, probably one of the best ever. We were aware that they [Belgium] were probably going to go out hot, but we didn’t panic, because we all knew that we were the stronger team. We knew that if we stayed strong that we have consistently had a faster final Kilo than most of the other teams, so that’s what we focussed on; to come back from the little bit they were up on us. It worked out pretty well to plan.”

Bayley Simpson said, “We’ve got five guys here who can execute, so we are using everyone to have some fresh legs for each ride. This was my first trip with the team, and the first ride I got to do was in Glasgow for the bronze medal. It was nerve-wracking but we executed it that day and then we were able to come here and do it again. I can’t even put it into words, really. The time was good; we looked at the past times here when the world championships were here in 2011 and the winning team was a high 4:01, so we are pretty happy with our time.”

Canada now leads the overall standings with 1800 points, followed by Round 1 winner Great Britain at 1700 and France, also with 1700 points.

The winning ride:
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Giant-Alpecin To Seek Damages
The case of British woman who drove into the six Giant-Alpecin riders near Calpe, Spain, in January is set to start in December of this year in Denia before a magistrate. The 73 year-old was driving a car on the left-hand side of the road and could not avoid running straight into the six riders who were on a training ride.

John Degenkolb suffered a broken arm, a big cut to his leg and almost lost a finger. Chad Haga needed a neck and chin operation and also suffered a fracture of the orbital. Warren Barguil had a broken wrist, Max Walsheid broke his tibia and hand. Ramon Sinkeldam and Fredrik Ludvigsson suffered minor injuries.

The court ruling will be very important for the team’s damages case. If the driver is found guilty, then the team will be open to sue for the loss of not being able to race some of their best riders. It is the first time such a case will have been pursued by a cycling team.

The shocking crash scene:
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CCB Velotooler UCI Continental Team Roster/Sponsor Announcement
CCB Velotooler, the 2017 UCI Continental road cycling team registered in the USA that operates as a part of the larger CCB International Cycling Club, has released its initial roster and sponsors. The team uses a unique new business model, as it operates as part of the CCB Cycling Education Foundation 501(c)(3) non-profit, with widely diversified sources of income with the aim of increasing the financial stability of the program through these income sources, as well as the support of the long-standing CCB International Cycling Club. The announcement of the CCB project has been met with a very positive response from the cycling industry, and the team will enjoy great support from a number of industry sponsors.

The team’s main focus is to support developing U23 riders from the United States who are also pursuing a post-secondary education (college, university, trade school, professional certification, etc…). The post-secondary education component is a requirement for all U23 riders in the program. The team will structure its race schedule around the academic commitments of the riders, with the majority of the “target races” taking place between May 1 and August 31.

CCB Velotooler’s race schedule will focus primarily on one-day racing, with 5-6 stage races on the schedule as well. The level of racing will be varied, giving the riders the opportunity to experience and learn in professional races, as well as support the local New England racing community through which the majority of the riders developed. Races will range from the UCI 1.2 and 2.1 level to national/regional USA Cycling sanctioned races.

In its first year at the UCI Continental level for the 2017 season, the CCB Velotooler UCI Continental roster will have eight U23 riders and two U25 riders. Three additional U23 riders will be part of the program as trainees at the club development level, grooming them for the 2018 season. Several experienced elite riders will also join the Continental roster to act in the role of “road captain” to mentor the U23 riders from within the races.

CCB Velotooler UCI Continental roster (as of 11/10/16):
Ansel Dickey (Woodstock, VT; US)*, Cameron Beard (Bend, OR; USA)*, Spencer Petrov (Mason, OH; USA)*, Cooper Willsey (Hinesburg, VT; USA)*, Noah Granigan (Cape May Courthouse, NJ; USA)*, Jonah Mead-VanCort (Ithica, NY; USA)*, Patrick Collins (Shrewsbury, MA; USA)*, Nate Morse (Cohassett, MA; USA)*, Cory Small (Boxborough, MA; USA)^, John Harris (Ledyard, CT)^, Jake Sitler (Wrightsville, PA), Antti Sizko (Soderkulla, Finland).

Development riders:
Josh Anderson (Topsfield, MA; USA)*, Ian Clarke (Killington, VT; USA)*, Wyatt Goral (Andover, NJ; USA)*.

* denotes U23 rider ^ denotes U25 rider

The CCB Velotooler team can be followed on social media channels:
www.ccbracing.com
twitter.com/ccbracing
instagram.com/ccbracing
facebook.com/ccbracing

More detailed information on each of these partners, and our financial partners, will be released in the coming weeks.

Team CBB in the off season:
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Rally Cycling Signs Junior World Time Trial Champion Brandon McNulty 2016 Junior World Champion Moves to Professional Ranks
Rally Cycling is proud to announce the signing of Junior World Time Trial Champion Brandon McNulty. The 18-year-old is one of the most promising up-and-coming riders in the world and has already proven to be a factor in the peloton. In addition to his rainbow jersey, McNulty has amassed an impressive palmarés that includes Junior Nations’ Cup races, two national individual time trial titles and a team time trial national title with the LUX Development Team.

McNulty got into cycling at a young age when his father introduced him to mountain biking on the trails near their Phoenix home. He raced his first mountain bike event at the age of eight before taking to the road at age 12. Once on the road, he quickly worked his way through the junior ranks, eventually becoming one of the top juniors in the world. McNulty capped his impressive junior career last month with a stunning performance in the Junior World Time Trial Championship in Dubai, Qatar. His winning time of 34:42.29 was 35 seconds faster than second place and would have placed him third in the U23 category.

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“The learning opportunities are really what led to me sign with Rally Cycling,” said McNulty. “One thing Rally Cycling has to offer that strictly U23 teams don’t is the opportunity to race with and learn from guys who have been professionals for a long time. They have a tremendous amount of experience and it is a great opportunity to learn from some of the best riders in the peloton. The main goal this season is to learn as much as possible and to develop the skills and knowledge needed to have a long and successful career in the sport. I also am really looking forward to helping out the team, and maybe having a shot at getting a result or two myself.”

With his move to Rally Cycling, McNulty graduates from the impressive LUX Development Team. The California based U19 team is managed by former Olympic medalist, professional rider and US National Team coach Roy Knickman. The LUX program is one of the best development teams in the nation, with a steadfast commitment to junior riders. In addition to a strong domestic program, the team has one of the most extensive race schedules of any US Junior Team with races in Belgium, Austria and Germany.

“I have been working with Brandon since 2014,” said Knickman. “He had good results that year and proved to be a very easy going yet disciplined young man. When I looked at what was behind his performances, I realized there was still a large amount of potential and improvement possible if he was given the right resources and guidance. The sky is the limit for Brandon. His time trial performances already have him on par with the best U23 riders in the world. His body will mature, and he will develop the capacity to do more race days in succession. One day he’ll be ready for a Grand Tour.”

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Rally Cycling is dedicated to providing McNulty with a balanced program that will help reach his potential. He will have the option to race in Europe with Rally Cycling and will also have access to a full North American calendar. At just 18 years old, the focus will be on his development as a rider and person. The team will work closely with his coach to assure that he isn’t pushed too hard in his first year as a senior.

“We have kept an eye on Brandon since we started supporting the LUX Development Team a few years ago,” said Performance Manager Jonas Carney. “We are thrilled to welcome Brandon to the Rally Cycling family. While our program is not a “development” team, we have a lot of experience nurturing young riders. Brandon is a big talent, and it’s important that he learns as much as possible over the next couple years so that he is fully prepared for a career in Europe. Our program is an excellent choice as it offers him stability, a positive environment, and the opportunity to learn from experienced riders like Danny Pate, Rob Britton, Brad Huff and Evan Huffman.”

2017 Roster Complete
The addition of McNulty completes Rally Cycling’s 2017 men’s roster. New signees joining him for the 2017 season include 2016 Redlands Bicycle Classic winner Matteo Dal-Cin and Tour of Alberta stage winner Colin Joyce. The trio will join a roster that remains largely unchanged from 2016. Returning to Rally Cycling will be noted general classification riders Rob Britton, Evan Huffman and Danny Pate. They are joined by veteran strong men Jesse Anthony and Tom Soladay along with talented climbers Adam de Vos, Emerson Oronte and Sepp Kuss. Also returning is Rally Cycling’s robust sprint train, including National Criterium Champion Brad Huff, Shane Kline, Pierrick Naud, Curtis White and Eric Young.

“Looking toward the future, pursuing the best young riders in North America is a major priority for Rally Cycling,” said Carney. “We already have an incredibly strong selection of young guys in McNulty, Joyce, Kuss and White. We plan to expand that group in the coming years. These riders, combined with the strength and experience of the veterans on the team make for a strong, diverse team that will be competitive in races throughout the season.”

Long time team riders Tom Zirbel and Will Routley have both announced their retirement from the professional peloton. Both riders finished out their careers with great final seasons. Routley took an impressive victory in stage two of the GP Liberty Seguros in Portugal on his way to second overall and also finished third in the Canadian National Championships – despite being taken down in the final corner. Zirbel chose to ride off into the sunset by smashing the American Hour Record, setting a new distance of 53.037. In addition to the American Hour Record, Zirbel won the time trial stage at the Tour of the Gila, led Rally Cycling to the National Team Time Trial title and finished second in the National Individual Time Trial Championships. Zirbel and Routleys’ talents, dedication and humor will be missed by everyone at Rally Cycling.

2017 Rally Cycling Men’s Roster:
Jesse Anthony, Robert Britton, Matteo Dal-Cin, Adam de Vos, Brad Huff, Evan Huffman, Colin Joyce, Shane Kline, Sepp Kuss, Brandon McNulty, Pierrick Naud, Emerson Oronte, Danny Pate, Tom Soladay, Curtis White, Eric Young.

Photos by David Zickl and Robert Jones
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Cycling Revolution #RoadToBEAT Begins
On the Way to the First International Cycling Club With its Own Pro Team

The #RoadToBEAT is the road toward the first international cycling club with a professional cycling team: BEAT Cycling Club. This revolutionary project was announced earlier this year as the first professional cycling club with a sustainable business model. The cycling club will be launched next year. The #RoadToBEAT is the journey toward this moment and is being revealed today at the Cycling Passion festival in the Netherlands. The business model of BEAT Cycling Club enables members to enjoy the sport of cycling at the highest level.

Every year professional cycling teams close down because they lose their main sponsor. A report by RebelGroup has shown that there are alternative business models possible, and the sport of cycling must change to ensure the continuity of teams.

In March of this year, RebelGroup announced its support for an initiative promoting a new idea: instead of the traditional sponsor model, the creation of a sustainable professional cycling team based on the club model – a cycling club in which fans, riders and pros are closely involved.

Geert Broekhuizen, co-founder of BEAT Cycling Club, said: “We came to the conclusion that the sport of cycling will only become sustainable if the teams have several sources of income. That is why we have developed an alternative model – a club model – in the past months. A cycling club with its own identity, which makes it possible for members and partners to experience cycling at the highest level, from within the sport. The club model enables the generation of revenue from multiple sources.”

The development of BEAT Cycling Club will take place in several phases. The aim is to debut in the professional cycling peloton in 2018. The club that forms the basis for the pro team will be launched in 2017. The preparations have been completed, and the final stage of the route is available for everyone to follow and experience on the #RoadToBEAT. Cycling fans can actively contribute.

Edwin Gulickx, co-founder of BEAT Cycling Club, said: “It is the first time that cycling fans can take control themselves and set up a professional cycling team. Through their influence in the club, everybody can contribute – with ideas, participation and money – to the first cycling club in history to participate in the Tour de France.”

About #RoadToBEAT
The #RoadToBEAT starts today. Cycling fans are needed to build and help with the development of the club. Beginning today, we will be working with our supporters and pioneer sponsors to start bringing the club and the pro team to life. Do you want to climb with us? Visit www.beatcycling.club and sign up.

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Tour de Trump
Back in 1989, Donald Trump sponsored the first Tour de Trump, that year Dag Otto Lauritzen took the honors. In the second edition in 1990, Mexican rider Rual Alcala was the overall winner.

Tour de Trump 2016 Final Overall Result:
1. Raul Alcala, (Mex) PDM
2. Atle Kvalsvoll (Nor) Z
3. Erik Breukink (Ned) PDM.

The complete Tour de Trump ’90:


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