A Sampling of the New 2009 Niner Bikes!

SIR 9's are now available!

SIR 9's are now available!

 
Not only does the new Sir 9 come in fabulous Rootbeer (a perfect color for the trail) but it also comes with Niners new Bio-Centric EBB which is completely adjustable using a 6 mm wrench!
All New RIP 9!

All New RIP 9!

 
The RIP 9 is coming in lighter than before with it’s newly tapered rectangular tubes.  This 4.5 ” travel bike satisfies both the traditional cross country and  all mountain rider.
Want more info about the new Niners, stop by The Bike Lane  and we’ll tell you all about them!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

In case you missed it, here is the recap

Tour of California – LEVI WINS!
02/23/2009

Levi Wins!

Levi Wins!

(Photo by Graham Watson)

 

Congrats to Levi on his 3rd consecutive win at the AMGEN Tour of California!  This of course could not have been done without the support of his team, Astana, who also placed first in the team classification.

 

This was an absolutely amazing race to watch, and it was great for the sport of cycling in the United States. Some of the racers have compared this race to that of a Grand Tour, and the over 2 million fans that showed up to watch the race and chear made the crowds feel like one of the biggest races in Europe.  It is sure to be even bigger next year with its great success.

Top 3 GC
1 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana, 31.28.21
2 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin – Slipstream, at 0.36
3 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia – Highroad, at 0.45

Astana GC
7 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana, at 1.46
10 Jose Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana, at 2.48
21 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana, at 8.16
22 Christopher Horner (USA) Astana, at 10.14
28 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana, at 16.30
51 Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana, at 36.53
58 Gregory Rast (Swi) Astana, at 40.52

Sprinter’s Classification
Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia – Highroad

King of the Mountains
Jason Mccartney (USA) Team Saxo Bank

Best Young Rider
Robert Gesink, Rabobank (for 3rd year in a row) 

Team Classification
Astana

Stage 8, Sunday, Feb 22 – On Sunday, the race was not it’s usual celebratory stage of the Grand Tours.  Big climbs, many breakaways, and a fast peleton kept everyone on their toes.  The day ended with with a 2-man break of Schleck edging out Nibali at the line for the victory.  George Hincapie of Highroad, took the field sprint for 3rd.

 

Stage 7, Saturday, Feb 21 – Yet another stage with a breakaway, however this 10 man group managed to stick.  Rinaldo Nocentini of AG2R-La Mondiale took the stage victory and finished 2:19 ahead of the peleton.  None of the men in the break were a threat to Levi and Astana, and the top GC remains unchanged for the stage.

 

Stage 6, Friday Feb 20, Individual Time Trial – Levi wins finishing the 24.1k course in just 30:40 averaging over 29 MPH!  He edged out US Time Trial Champion David Zabriskie by just 8 seconds from Garmin-Slipstream.  Rounding off the the podium for the day is Gustav Larsson from Saxo Bank at 17 seconds back.  Stay tuned this weekend for the final 2 stages!

 

Stage 5, Thursday Feb 19 – This stage looked very similar to the day before; sunny weather, a long breakaway group that got caught in the final miles of the race, and Cavendish getting perfectly led out by his teammate for the victory with Boonen close behind.  Since Stage 2, there have been no changes to the overall GC, however that could be changing Friday with the 24k individual time trial.

 

Stage 4, Wednesday Feb 18 – Finally some better weather made one of the hilliest stages of the Tour more enjoyable (but still grueling) for the racers.  A break was able to keep away for most of the race, which included Tyler Hamilton, Jason McCartney, and Serge Pauwels, but they were caught with about 1km to go.  At the line, Cavendish edged out Boonen by only a few inches for the victory.  Once again, there are no changes to the overall GC.

 

Stage 3, Tuesday, Feb 17 – Another rainy day produced a 4-man break that got up to over 5 minutes and stayed away for most of the race.  Once on the flats in the second half of the race, the peleton turned on the gas and caught the break within the last mile, leaving the finish up to the sprinters.  Team Cervelo put all their guys up front and was able to power their teammate Thor Hushovd across the line for the victory.  The peleton all finished together, and there are no changes to the overall GC.

 

Stage 2, Monday, Feb 16 – Early in the race, a small break of riders formed that eventually got up to a 5 minute gap. The peleton lessened the gap a little bit coming into the final climb with about 30k left, where Levi took off from the field, eventually catching all riders from the breakaway. Only Thomas Peterson could hang on his wheel, who took the victory for the stage with Levi right behind him.  The main peleton group finished just 21 seconds back. Levi is now first in the GC with 4 Astana teammates in the top 8.

 

Stage 1, Sunday, Feb 15 – Stage 1 was a very rainy stage, hindering communications with the riders and TV coverage.  To avoid a major crash at the finish line, final times for the day were awarded on the first of three, 3.1 mile circuits.  Francisco Mancebo took the victory by his long, solo breakaway.  Just 18 riders finished in the next group 67 seconds back, including Levi, Lance, and Chris Horner.  Levi remains in second overall 62 seconds behind Mancebo. 

 

Prologue, Saturday, Feb 14 – Fabian Cancellara from Saxo Bank wins the prologue, with Levi finishing just 2 seconds behind in 2nd place.  The US time trial champion, David Zabriskie, finished 3rd for the day, with Lance not far behind in 10th only 5 seconds back.

Armstrong’s bike stolen- if seen please return to owner!

Lance's TTX

Lance's TTX

By Associated Press

 

SANTA ROSA, Calif.: Lance Armstrong’s time-trial bike was stolen from the Team Astana truck during the night before Stage 1 of the Tour of California.

Armstrong rode the bike to a 10th-place finish Saturday in Sacramento during the Tour prologue. The race is his first competitive appearance in his native country since the seven-time Tour de France winner began his cycling comeback last month.

A few hours after the time trial, someone removed four bikes from the Astana truck outside the team hotel in Sacramento. Armstrong’s time-trial bike, which was closest to the door, was taken along with bikes belonging to Astana teammates Steve Morabito, Yaroslav Popovych and Janez Brajkovic.

Astana spokesman Philippe Maertens confirmed the theft to the Associated Press after it was reported by Armstrong on his Twitter feed. Armstrong later posted a picture of the bike, which has distinctive yellow-and-black wheels and the logo of his Livestrong foundation.

”There is only one like it in the world, therefore hard to pawn it off. Reward being offered,” Armstrong wrote before jumping on his race bike for the 107-mile ride from Davis to Santa Rosa through a steady rainstorm.

Armstrong won’t need his time-trial bike again until Friday in Solvang, where the race holds its second time trial. That segment is crucial to Astana’s hopes of winning the overall team title.

Agmen Tour of California Schedule

 The Tour starts today!  Here is the schedule for Versus: 

The largest cycling event in America, the 2009 Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race presented by AEG that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding, recently expanded, 750-mile course from Sacramento to Escondido from February 14-22, 2009.

February 7
Preview Show
2PM PST / 5PM EST

 Saturday, Feb. 14 – Sacramento
2PM PST / 5PM EST (1 hour Preview, 1 hour Live)

Sunday, Feb. 15 – Davis to Santa Rosa
3PM PST / 6PM EST (Live)

Monday, Feb. 16 – Sausalito to Santa Cruz
9:30AM PST / 12:30PM EST (Live)
8PM PST / 11PM EST (Recap)

Tuesday, Feb. 17 – San Jose to Modesto
2PM PST / 5PM EST (Live)
8PM PST / 11PM EST (Recap)

Wednesday, Feb. 18 – Merced to Clovis
1PM PST / 4PM EST (Live)
8PM PST / 11PM EST (Recap)

Thursday, Feb. 19 – Visalia to Paso Robles
1PM PST / 4PM EST (Live)
8PM PST / 11PM EST (Recap)

Friday, Feb. 20 – Solvang
1PM PST / 4PM EST (Live)
8PM PST / 11PM EST (Recap)

Saturday, Feb. 21 – Santa Clarita to Pasadena
2PM PST / 5PM EST (Live)

Sunday, Feb. 22 – Rancho Bernardo to Escondido
2PM PST / 5PM EST (Live)