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EUROTRASH Van Aert Monday!

Wout Van Aert is still showing he has the best form of the cyclo-cross men at the moment with another win in the Superprestige competition. Report, video and result from Gavere. Other cycling news: Riders paying to get a team ride, nothing new, contract news, Tour de France and Vuelta a España starts, Movistar plans for 2016, Kris Boeckmans update, Giro del Trentino news, Team Novo Nordisk meets Pope, Lotto Soudal on holiday, NAHBS news and Chris Hoy video. All in EuroTrash Monday.

TOP STORY: Paying to Race?
It has been reported in the Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera, that riders in Italy have had to pay teams to gain a place on the roster, or had to give back some of their wages to stay in the team. The investigation states that riders were expected to bring money to the table, quoting one riders manager saying; “most of my riders pay between €25,000 and €50,000.”

The claims have also been repeated in many other media outlets with surprise. This practice of a rider ‘buying’ his place on a team has gone on for a long time. If you are a top rider the teams will come knocking on your door, but if you are an average rider then money is going to be the main problem. I can think of one ex-rider who’s prospective father-in-law paid for his place in a big team. Many Belgian teams had the same practice of the rider giving back his wages to the team every month. With the European minimum wage law, riders can’t race for ‘a bike and a jersey’ like they used to do. It was only a few months ago that it was reported that Mark Cavendish would sign for MTN-Qhubeka (Dimension Data in 2016) if he brought in a sponsor to pay his wages. You can read that in two ways, either he had to bring a new sponsor or his fame would bring in a new sponsor. The Androni Giocattoli team jersey used to have many small sponsors, the explanation could be a sponsor per rider.

It’s not correct that a rider can buy his place on a team, but for cycling journalists to write about the problem as a surprise or something new, shocks me more.

Not much space on that jersey:
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Hansgrohe Superprestige – Gavere 2016
Wout Van Aert (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace) won round 4 of the Superprestige series in Gavere on Sunday to put himself 8 points ahead of Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink), 9 over Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games), with Lars Van der Haar (Giant-Alpecin) fourth at 12 points.

Van Aert played his card first when he bridged up to early attacker Laurens Sweeck (Era Real Estate-Murprotec) made the first move of the day from the start, Van Aert showed he was serious by crossing to him in the first lap. Lars van der Haar (Giant-Alpecin) joined the pair, but by the end of the lap all the top riders were up front. Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) broke his chain and caused Julien Taramarcaz (Era Real Estate-Murprotec) and Stan Gordie (Rabobank Development Team) to crash.

On the second lap; Nys accelerated on the second lap when Van Aert tried to ride where the others ran. Nys was joined by Van der Haar and Sweeck, although Sweeck was dropped. On the third lap; Van Aert and Pauwels rode across to Nys and Van der Haar on the climb to Grenier castle leaving everyone else behind. The nearest chasers were Sweeck and Michael Vanthourenhout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) at 16 seconds.

Nys attacked when Van Aert made another mistake on the descent, on the next climb it was Pauwels who attacked with Van der Haar on his wheel. It all came together again for Van Aert to drop everyone on the 6th lap and he was never seen again until the finish where he had 16 seconds on Nys and Pauwels. Van der Haar lost contact for 4th. Pauwels tried to lose Nys, but he could not be dropped and then got the better of Pauwels in the sprint. Sweeck held off Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) for 5th and Michael Vanthourenhout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) was 7th.

Hansgrohe Superprestige cyclocross race of Asper - Gavere

Race winner, Wout Van Aert (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace): “During my time at the Men’s U23 level I won it three times in the same way. Now I did it again with the pro riders. Of course I’m very happy. The (overall) classification is looking very good now. I extend my lead again. Of course I will now aim to get the overall victory. It’ll make the planning difficult but if you can win a cyclo-cross classic like the Superprestige then you don’t walk away from it. Technically the first half of the race wasn’t my best. I rode where it wasn’t possible and I was angry with myself. I recovered swiftly from that, but then I rode into a pole and hurt myself a bit. I was struggling on the climb, which wasn’t good for the confidence. I didn’t feel like I was better, even felt worse than the others. It’s the key part of the course. The heart rate is much higher than on the rest of the course. There’s not much technique needed just pure power. I didn’t expect to drop the others but when it happened it gave my wings.”

2nd, Sven Nys (Crelan AA-Drink): “I wasn’t in second place and was unable to reply to his attack. It was dangerous to do something like that with two more laps to go. I hoped he was riding too fast and that the Gavere course would be unforgiving. The champion Van Aert was able to extend his effort until the finish line. Today he’s the well-deserved winner.”

3rd, Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games): “There wasn’t enough speed. I was unable to develop a high enough pace to drop him. It’ll be hard to beat Wout in the classification now.”

Hansgrohe Superprestige – Gavere Result:
1. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace in 56:52
2. Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan AA-Drink at 0:16
3. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games at 0:17
4. Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Giant-Alpecin at 1:00
5. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Corendon-Kwadro at 1:55
6. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games at 2:00
7. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games at 2:04
8. Tim Merlier (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace at 2:12
9. Rob Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace at 2:15
10. Michael Boros (Cze) BKCP-Corendon at 2:18.

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Team Change for Nikki Harris
Nikki Harris will leave her Telenet-Fidea team at the end of the year as she has signed a one-year contract with Boels-Dolmans for 2016. Her current contract runs to the end of the Cyclo-cross season in March, but the management of Telenet-Fidea have allowed her to leave to take up her place with Boels-Dolmans on the 1st of January.

Harris wants to concentrate on the road to gain a place on the Great Britain team for the Rio Olympic Games road race. The hope is that she will join her new teammate, World champion Lizzie Armistead in the Olympic road team.

Nikki Harris:
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Tour de France Denmark Start in 2018?
According to Danish TV2; Denmark wants the Tour de France Grand Départ in 2018. They propose to start with a prologue in Copenhagen followed by two stages; Roskilde to Odense and Vejle to Sønderborg. The sum of €12 million has been offered and Tour director Christian Prudhomme will meet with Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen for discussions later this month. The Danes are very keen as they have stated that if the 2018 effort fails, they will also bid for 2019 or 2020.

The Worlds were in Copenhagen in 2011:
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2016 Vuelta a España in Navarra
Unipublic, organizer of the Vuelta a España, are planning on a stage finish in the Navarra town of Urdazubi-Urdax, in the third week of the 2016 race. The stage finish in Navarra next year follows on from the finish in San Miguel de Aralar in 2014 and Pamplona in 2012. Urdazubi-Urdax is the most likely option for the organizers. “The deal is not closed, although there have been contacts and talks between the two sides,” reported the Diario de Navarra. “The intention is to reach the stage finish in Navarra from France, in the third block of the race and in the limits of the weekend, or Friday or Monday,” explained the newspaper.

Urdazubi-Urdax “is the main choice, although it is not the only one” said Unipublic and that “we do not want a stage that is very tough.”

Urdax is located in the region of Baztán and 80 kilometers from the capital Pamplona. The Basque name is Urdazubi and the official name is Urdazubi / Urdax. The 2016 Vuelta starts in Galicia with five stages. The depart will be in Ourense, Pontevedra for the finish of the second stage, the third in O Ézaro (Dumbría), the first summit finish. The fourth in Betanzos-San Andres de Teixido (Cedeira) and the fifth to finish in the Lugo capital.

Tony Martin takes the win in Urdazubi/Urdax:

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Successful First 2016 Team Meeting
Unzué, Quintana, Valverde define goals for new season after five days full of events in the Castillo de Gorráiz hotel

The Movistar Team’s new project for 2016 took its first steps forward this week in the Castillo de Gorráiz hotel near Pamplona, Spain, where the telephone squad’s 27 riders and its full staff gathered for technical meetings, tests and presentations by some of the Blue squad’s main partners.

At the end of the events and following a celebration dinner on Thursday, where Pablo Lastras was paid a tribute in form of standing ovation while all team members received a replica of the 2015 UCI WorldTour winners’ trophy, the two big leaders of the Movistar Team – Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde – explained, together with general manager Eusebio Unzué, some of its main goals for the 2016 season.

It will be a year with plenty of new additions to Valverde’s race schedule, the Spaniard riding his maiden Giro d’Italia as well as several classics in the spring – including his first-ever Ronde van Vlaanderen – before joining Quintana for the Tour. “The idea is focusing on those one-day classics to reach the Rio Olympics in fresher condition – it will be another of my biggest goals. This year will be a good occasion to try the Giro, which was a wish from me for many years, and I also liked the idea of riding some cobbled races like De Ronde.” The four-time UCI World number one cyclist will be present in only one spring stage race: “Tirreno-Adriatico looks like the most feasible, as it’s located between Strade Bianche and Sanremo, which are both on my calendar.”

Quintana will be seeking again for the #SueñoAmarillo after two runner-up titles in the 2013 & 2015 Tours de France. “My main personal goal will be again” the Grande Boucle. “I’ve got more responsibility on my shoulders this year while I’m more experienced to face that challenge. We’ll seek for some early form in San Luis before riding some other stage races like the Volta a Catalunya or the Vuelta al País Vasco, important both for the team and for myself. Alejandro will be a huge support for us all in the Tour, after completing quite an interesting calendar.” Following the Tour and the Olympics, the Colombian will presumably ride the Vuelta a España.

“After so many years as pro, we through it was a good opportunity this season for Alejandro to ride the Giro,” says Unzué, “though we depend on Telefónica’s choice – they don’t usually argue about our decisions, but this is a choice we need their approval on. We’ve been suggested many times to try and ride more and more classics with Valverde, and even though he does many every season, the first part of his schedule will be all around them. We think that, with help from team-mates, he’ll be able to do very well in the pavé, possibly the thing standing out the most in his calendar. Regarding Nairo, after what he did in 2015, the idea is keeping the Tour as his main, primary goal – he’s already shown he’s more than capable fighting for overall success.”

Valverde, Unzué and Quintana in Pamplona:
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Team doctor Servaas Bingé gives an update on the recovery and rehabilitation of Kris Boeckmans
On Sunday 1 November Kris Boeckmans tweeted a photo of himself on the bike, it was the first time he went out for a ride since his crash in the Vuelta. That day he did two rides of 35 minutes. Last Sunday he took his bike out for two hours.

This is a new and important step in the rehabilitation process of Kris. Lotto Soudal team doctor Servaas Bingé gives an update on the recovery and rehabilitation of Kris.

Servaas Bingé: “We can be positive about the recovery of Kris, but we remain careful. Recent scans showed a very good neurological evolution. It takes time for a concussion to heal and we will need to keep monitoring it in the future. The concussion restricted him in the beginning of his rehabilitation, but Kris has less complaints now. At this moment light and sound don’t bother him anymore and the pressure on his eyes has disappeared. His lungs were examined too. We can talk about a positive evolution as well, but the lungs haven’t completely healed yet. For example his lung capacity isn’t the same as before his crash. The facial fractures, for which he underwent surgery a few weeks ago, are practically healed. Only the damaged skin and fat tissue still needs some time to heal. And Kris will get some dental corrections.”

“The rehabilitation of Kris is going well. The progress will now be slower though. In the beginning one often sees progress quickly, but the pace of progress reduces when the condition gets better. Kris now exercises every day and says he’s less tired than four weeks ago when he only went three times a week to the Sport Medical Centre ‘Nottebohm Fitlab’ in Brecht. Kris has a huge drive. He trains and works hard, taking all tips into account. Of course he still has difficult moments, but Kris notices he is rewarded for his efforts and energy and that motivates him.”

Kris Boeckmans:
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Adrien Niyonshuti extends with Africa’s Team
Rwandan star motivated for another season in Europe

We are excited to announce that Adrien Niyonshuti has renewed his contract which will see him ride for Team Dimension Data in 2016.

The Rwandan cycling star will start his 8th season with our African outfit next year. We are happy to have our longest standing team member staying on board. Adrien was integral to our teams success at races like the Coppa Bartali, Tour of Turkey and Tour of Utah in particular this year.

Adrien is an inspiration to African riders across the continent and the Adrien Niyonshuti Cycling Academy has made great strides in the past year. While Adrien is keen to invest more time into his academy we are glad that he will continue with our African Team as he looks to make it to the start of his first grand tour in 2016.

Adrien Niyonshuti – Rider
I am very happy to stay with the team for another year, it is another great opportunity for me. With the news coming out of the team possibly moving up to World Tour, I knew I really wanted to continue with the team again. Being the first Rwandan to race at that level is a goal I had always looked forward to. I have spent some good time home in Rwanda and with my academy and they give me much motivation for the new season. I am ready to work hard next season and help the team where ever I can. With a rider like Cavendish joining our team, who I have known since 2010, it will help our team to move up a level and I am happy that this can also help me to take the next step in my career.

Douglas Ryder – Team Principal
We are extremely happy that Adrien will continue to ride for us. He’s a true ambassador of the sport. Since he joined our team as a MTB rider, he has transitioned to a valuable road racer. Adrien took part in the 2012 London Olympics and some of the biggest road events in the world. In his home nation Rwanda he set up his own academy where he shares his experience to support the future of Rwandan cycling. His profile in world cycling is a great addition to our African team and we look forward to his contributions in the months to come.

Adrien Niyonshuti:
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Gasparotto, Napolitano and Dron extend contracts
Enrico Gasparotto, Danilo Napolitano and Boris Dron will also ride for Wanty-Groupe Gobert in 2016. This brings the amount of riders for the Belgian ProContinental team to 22, including nine new signings.

With Enrico Gasparotto, Wanty-Groupe Gobert brought a lot of experience to the team in 2015. The Italian finished 8th, 15th and 16th in the Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège respectively.

“It was a new experience in this team and I am happy to stay with Wanty-Groupe Gobert,” Gasparotto declared. “In 2016 I want to try to achieve my results and do my races in the Ardennes where the team is based. My role in the team is to be a leader on and off the bike and to pass on my experience to the young riders and that’s something I really like to do. I am really motivated to give my best for another year.”

Boris Dron had a promising start to the season but got stopped by ongoing injury.

“Therefore I am happy to get a second chance to try and show my best in 2016. I hope to get back to the level I had at the start of the season. My goals is to do the cobbled classics but also the stage races which include a time trial. I have noticed that I have potential in this discipline,” Boris Dron said.

Danilo Napolitano has been a part of Jean-François Bourlart’s team since 2013. This year the Italian won a stage in the Boucles de la Mayenne and finished second in the final classification of the World Ports Classic. Unfortunately Napolitano also had more than his share of injuries.

“My goal is to have more luck next year,” ‘Napo’ smiled. “I had two surgeries on my collarbone and crashed in the Tour de Wallonie again. I want to win again if I get the chance to be the team leader in certain races, preferably in my beloved Belgium. For next year I want to contribute to the team’s success again and help and teach the younger guys.”

With the contract extensions of Gasparotto, Napolitano and Dron the Wanty-Groupe Gobert now consists of 22 riders from six different countries. The average age dropped from 30 to 28 years.

“One of the objectives was to rejuvenate the team. We succeeded in doing so. The team also becomes more international with six nationalities in 2016. We have strengthened the team and are now able to get good results in all sorts of races. With our strong partners I look forward to 2016 with confidence,” general manager Jean-François Bourlart declared.

Boris Dron:
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Mori, Experience and Vitality for Lampre-Merida in 2016
Following Matteo Bono’s extension of the contract, Lampre-Merida confirm the presence of another experienced cyclist in the 2016 roster. Manuele Mori signed the extension of the contract and he’ll live the 8th season in the team of the manager Copeland. He’ll be a key rider for supporting the team’s captains and for helping the young talented cyclists.

Born in 1980 in a family deeply linked to cycling (his father Primo and his brother Massimiliano used to be both pro riders), Manuele has become in 12 season as a pro, a skillful athlete whose top qualities are the experience and the competence in managing the race situations. Mori succeeded in winning one race, that is the Japan Cup 2007: in Japan, Mori is a cycling star and he’s supported by a fans club.

“In the team roster there are many young riders and dynamic cyclists, so Mori is very important in order to balance these characteristics with his experience and his cycling competence,” Brent Copeland explained. “He’s one of the best element for supporting the captain and, moreover, with his morale he’s so important for the team spirit.”

Mori describes his satisfaction: “I’m very happy and proud to receive once again the trust from the team.
I thank the staff, the sport directors, the management and the sponsors which gave me in the past years the opportunity to race in the team and which, in 2016, will allow me to spend the 8th season wearing this amazing jersey. Their trust in me is a prize for my full commitment in the support to the captains and to the young guns of the team. I can’t wait for the new season to begin for sharing with my team mates the feelings of giving honor to the blue-fuchsia-green colors all around the world.”

Manuele Mori:
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Giro del Trentino Melinda prepares for its 40th edition
With less than six months before next year’s event (April 19-22), the GS Alto Garda is working hard to put everything into place for another spectacular race

In 2016, the Giro del Trentino Melinda (cat. 2HC, to be held on April 19-22, 2016) is going to celebrate its 40th edition, that will stick to the same well-known format of the previous years: one team time trial stage, one medium mountain day and two stages in the high mountains, where the general classification should be played in a thrilling and spectacular fashion, just as was the case in recent seasons, when fans and riders alike had only words of praise for the four-day event.

Won in the past by some of cycling’s biggest names – Francesco Moser, Giuseppe Saronni, Gianni Bugno, Vincenzo Nibali or Cadel Evans – the Giro del Trentino Melinda established itself over the years as an important landmark of the UCI calendar, as well as the best preparation for the Giro d’Italia, which takes place just a couple of weeks before the season’s maiden Grand Tour.

The 40th Giro del Trentino Melinda will be dedicated to the memory of Nerino Ioppi – who passed away two months ago. Throughout the decades, since the inception of the event, Nerino Ioppi had a major role in the development of the Giro del Trentino Melinda, putting every ounce of his love and passion to turn this competition into a renowned one in the cycling world.

Following the lead of Nerino Ioppi, the GS Alto Garda is keen to continue working hard in order to keep and expand his legacy, while also making the race a top option for the cyclists who want to add an important victory to their palmarès or get into shape for the Giro d’Italia. So, after having such riders as Richie Porte, Vincenzo Nibali, Cadel Evans, Bradley Wiggins and Fabio Aru at the previous editions, the organizers are hoping to attract other big names between 19 and 22 April 2016, for the 40th running of the race.

The podium of 39th Giro del Trentino Melinda: Mikel Landa, Richie Porte and Leopold Konig:
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Team Novo Nordisk meets Pope Francis for World Diabetes Day
To mark the occasion of World Diabetes Day (November 14), Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team, had the privilege of meeting with Pope Francis at a General Hearing the Pontiff holds each week at the Vatican.

The team was represented by CEO & Co-Founder Phil Southerland, Senior Vice President of Athletics Vassili Davidenko and Pro cyclist Javier Megias. At the hearing, the trio discussed the importance of diabetes awareness, how Team Novo Nordisk is racing to change diabetes, and had the opportunity to present the Pontiff with a Team Novo Nordisk jersey signed by the pro team. The Pontiff recognized the team’s commitment to inspire, educate and empower people affected by diabetes.

“Team Novo Nordisk strives to show that diabetes does not have to be an obstacle to pursuing your dreams,” Southerland said. “We are proud to have the privilege to meet the Pope for World Diabetes Day. This will be an incentive for our team to race hard and to bring hope to people living with diabetes, as Pope Francis brings hope to so many around the world.”

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The holiday destination of…
After a long season traveling from hotel to hotel, racing in different countries and meanwhile winning forty times, the riders and staff members of Lotto Soudal needed a holiday. After a busy season, rest was welcome. Both riders and crew members had some days off and went to sunnier places. We listened to the holiday stories of Bart De Clercq, Marcel Sieberg, Frederik Willems and Jens Debusschere. Where they went, what they did and what they have planned for the upcoming weeks, you can read below.

The holiday destination of… Jens Debusschere: Surfing in Portugal
“For the first time, Jürgen and I went on a holiday together. My girlfriend is the sister of Jürgen so we already spent some time together during the year, but a holiday trip is a first timer. Given that we already went to Portugal on training camps, we already knew the area a bit. Surprisingly, the first two days of our stay it rained; there even were floods in the region. Luckily, it cleared up after two days and then the temperatures were between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius. We stayed in the most extreme point of Europe, southwest Portugal. A beautiful region where it is nice weather most of the time, except the first days of our holiday.”

“We know the Algarve from cycling. The previous years, we came here to train during the winter period and also the Volta ao Algarve is held in this region. Because of that, we took our bike with us. Not to do some serious training rides, but from a logistic point of view it’s good that the bikes stay here if we want to come over for a training camp, since we stay at the same location every time we come to Portugal. If we plan a training week, we don’t need to take into account the transport of our bikes. After the Volta ao Algarve, our bikes go into the truck of the team, back to Belgium.”

“The south coast of Portugal is known as a surfing paradise. There are a lot of surfing schools and the wild waves give surfers the opportunity to let off some steam. We also stood two afternoons on a surfboard. We aren’t experienced surfers, but we try to practice our surfing skills every holiday. Also my girlfriend Kelly and Jürgen surfed along. We don’t get further than standing up and surfing in a straight line, but that isn’t a shame. It’s difficult to learn and requires a lot of technique, you don’t learn to surf in one day. It’s also a dangerous sport, because the waves in Portugal can be quite rough. We don’t want to go home with a broken leg, so we’re careful.”

“During a holiday, I like to be active. A holiday at the pool isn’t my thing, even though my girlfriend wouldn’t have a problem with that. After two days, I’m fed up with it and need some activity. Therefore, we regularly visit the cities and small villages in the neighborhood or make a boat trip. During a holiday week, we do stuff that we can’t do during the cycling season. For example, take our time to go out and enjoy a nice dinner and a bottle of wine. A holiday is to relax and enjoy, therefore our week in Portugal was a big success.”

The holiday destination of… Bart De Clercq: Relax in Crete
“Every year, my wife (Sofie De Vuyst, who becomes a Lotto Soudal Lady next season) and I search for a new holiday destination. We always try to visit new places. The past years, we already made some trips to Tenerife and Lanzarote. For us, a good holiday destination needs to have the possibility to do some activities and has to have peaceful and nice surroundings.”

“We prefer some adventure to lying on the beach all day. We don’t like calm holidays; there has to be some action. This year, we chose to go to Crete. We stayed not far from the capital Heraklion, near the coast. It was our first time at Crete, a successful acquaintance.”

“We rented a car and explored the region, visited the nearby villages and enjoyed the beautiful views. The hilly region was ideal for hiking. The rougher and smaller the hiking trails, the better! For me, these hiking tours in the pristine nature are the ultimate way to relax. We walked for hours in the hills and the beautiful views where the icing on the cake.”

“With an average temperature of 26 degrees Celsius, we couldn’t complain. Regularly, we swam in the pool and played tennis. Also the running shoes were taken out of the suitcase. In brief, it was a nice and active holiday. The batteries are charged to start the preparation towards 2016!”

The holiday destination of… Marcel Sieberg: Family time in Bocholt
“This year, we don’t do go on a holiday. After the last race, I underwent nose surgery. It was the perfect time to fix my nose problems. Due to this surgery, I needed to rest for a couple of weeks. Out of necessity, we stayed at home; but this also had its perks. There was enough time to take a rest after the season and to play with my one-and-a-half-year-old daughter. I really enjoy these moments. A day-trip to the zoo was a huge success. Regularly, we do some trips nearby our house, but also the time we spend at home is enjoyable.”

“The past weeks were perfect to take time to visit my family and friends. If they broadcast a football match of Borussia Dortmund, you can find me in front of the television. I’m a football fan, but not that big that I schedule my day to watch a match. Not the football but watching movies is really my ultimate way to relax. My wife reads the books and I watch the movie versions.”

“During the winter period, it’s okay to eat a bit more than usual. An extra layer can be very useful during the German winter. I’m not the kind of rider that pays extreme attention to his diet, but I don’t exaggerate neither. If I can choose a “Guilty Pleasure”, I would definitely go for chocolate. Maybe I eat too much of it during this period, but I’ll train it off anyway.”

The holiday destination of… Frederik Willems: Staying by the pool in Tenerife
“It’s a tradition since my career as a cyclist to go on holiday during the autumn break. Even tough I’m a sports director now, it’s still not easy to take a week off during the cycling season. Now that the season has come to an end, we can take it easy. The autumn break is ideal to go on holiday, both my wife and daughter have a week off.”

“Usually, we search a holiday destination on the Canary Islands. We already went to Gran Canaria and Tenerife. It’s not easy to find a place where there are high temperatures in November. Because of that, we chose certainty and flew to Tenerife. It was already some years ago that we went there, but it was magnificent once again. With temperatures between 26 and 28 degrees Celsius, it was heavenly sunbathing at the poolside.”

“It’s the only week during the year that I absolutely don’t do a thing. I prefer lying at the poolside for the whole day, with a good book in one hand and a fresh drink in the other. We didn’t do active things except for a beach walk or a swim with our daughter. That’s what I like the most about a holiday; you don’t have to do anything, just enjoy the rest.”

“Last week was the first time I talked to the riders after their rest period. Every sports director is the contact person for a group of riders that he follows and assists when necessary. I already had a first talk over the phone with each of them to hear if everything was fine and what they will do the next weeks. At the end of this month the medical screening and team-building are scheduled. After that, it will go fast. The first training camp will be held the second week of December and one month later, the season already starts. The sun in Tenerife gave me the required vitamins to go all in for the next season.”

Lotto Soudal taking it easy:
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Record Number of Countries at 2016 North American Handmade Bicycle Show
Brands from all around the globe to exhibit at Sacramento show, including first-ever from Russia and Lithuania: Show expecting up to 10,000 attendees

The North American Handmade Bicycle Show, the world’s largest show for custom-built bicycles, will host frame builders and component manufacturers from across the globe, including the first-ever exhibitors from Russia and Lithuania.

The 2016 show will be held February 26th-28th, at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, CA. With an earlier date this year, and a return to the outstanding facility in Northern California, the show hopes to see up to 10,000 attendees for the first time in its 12-year history.

NAHBS has always had an international presence, including builders and media, but this year has an especially wide array of brands joining the hundreds of American exhibitors: Brands from across The UK, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Australia, Japan, and of course Canada will also be represented.

Triton hand-built Titanium frames and components will make its first appearance at the show, coming all the way from Moscow. They’ll join Tim Crossman Composites from Lithuania, who produce handmade carbon-fiber tubes, frames, and full bikes, along with many other products including drones and marine.

“We usually get a great turnout from international brands, and we’ve become a model of this type of show around the world,” said Don Walker, Founder and President of NAHBS. “We’re especially fortunate to have brands from so far away as Russia and Lithuania this year! It’s another sign that consumers all over the world appreciate the artistry, technological expertise, durability and craftsmanship that go into all these frames and bikes.”

Heading into its twelfth year, NAHBS is dedicated to showcasing the talents of individuals and companies around the world, providing an interactive forum for frame builders and cycling enthusiasts to share their ideas, expertise, and support for an incredibly special industry with a long and rich history. Exhibitors, attendees, and media can register to attend the 2016 show at the NAHBS website now.

Tim Crossman Composites from Lithuania:
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