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Hincapie takes a piece of us with him

I’ll admit I’m a George Hincapie fan… not a fanatic, but certainly a fan. Part of it has to do with the man himself, but a large part of it is that George takes a little bit of me and my community everywhere he goes. Added to that is the fact that he has never let us down in the way he has conducted himself — both here in Greenville and around the world.

When he left HTC-Columbia, I wasn’t real thrilled. I liked Bob Stapleton and the chemistry in the team seemed genuine. Of course, it doesn’t hurt when a team dominates like they did in stage wins.

Bob is still the same and while several riders left the team, it appears the same camaraderie exists among the remaining and newer riders. However, with George moving over to BMC I find myself drawn to learn a bit more about the wild card team that is showing itself worthy in the Tour Down Under. I might find myself checking the general classifications for two teams this year!

Anyway, I happened across this article on CyclingNews.com and thought I would archive it here at LowCadence.com.  If you are a George or BMC fan, I think you will enjoy this up close look at the 2009 National Champion’s steed. The BMC STX01 RaceMaster is a nice machine!

Photo from Cyclingnews.com click image for gallery.

Photo from Cyclingnews.com click image for gallery.

After Greipel’s first win, I saw him put his arm around George’s shoulder. That Hincapie Sportswear USA National Championship kit looked pretty good standing out from the crowd around. I couldn’t help to think of the crew over off Pete Hollis Blvd when I saw it. There was a piece of Greenville right there on the roads of Australia. More than that, there was one of Greenville’s best ambassadors doing what he does best… riding a bike and encouraging a younger rider.

Unfortunately, for the big guy, he had a little tumble in the beginning of Stage 3 and had to get patched up a bit. Then he had trouble with his front wheel. However, he came back to finish with the main group – just 1 second behind the winner. That puts him in 19th place in the general classification only 20 seconds back. More important is the fact that BMC has moved into 3rd on the team classification. This bodes well for fans who want to see George and his team in the major races of the year.

Grinding through the rumor mill

Some interesting things going on in the pro racing scene. Last week Twitter and list groups were alive with chatter about various aspects of the pro peloton. Things ended up with a surprise.

We already knew that the USA Cycling Professional Championships would be in Greenville come 2010.  However, a week or so after the announcement word started going out that the time for the race would change.  The first rumor I heard was that it would be early in the year.

That would be a bummer.  That would mean that George Hincapie would have very little opportunity to race in his US Champion’s jersey.  The good news is that rumor proved to be false.  The rumor that the date would change was true, but the new date is actually later than last year’s event.

The release from USA Cycling – “The Greenville Hospital System USA Cycling Professional Championships will return to Greenville, S.C. for a fifth consecutive year in 2010, with new dates set for September 18-19, 2010. The Championship weekend features the USA Cycling Professional Time Trial Championship on Saturday and the USA Cycling Professional Road Race Championship on Sunday.”

The Greenville County Council got some undeserved negative mentions.  A committee in the council decided to scale back some of the $15,000 that was being allotted to the September event.  What wasn’t said in the Greenville News article was that the council had committed to $50,000 for the Championships for each of the next three years.  In other words, they are earmarking $150,000 for the purpose of trying to encourage the race to come back for future years as well.  Also, some of the $15,000 may still be channeled to the race.

There were plenty of other rumors going on, but only one of them reached a conclusion — at least to my knowledge!  Who would have thought that Cadel Evans would end up going to BMC?  Who would have thought that going into 2010 that BMC would have the last two World Champions and the current US Champion?  Hmmmm, wonder if they’ll get a Tour invite this year?

The Cantador rumors still pop up.  Where will he be in 2010?  One of the last ones I heard was that he would go to the old Silence-Lotto team.  I can’t imagine that he would do that.  Then again, had you asked me Friday if I thought Cadel would go to BMC…

George Hincapie finally gets to race in his own clothes

It appears that Hincapie Sportswear, “manufacturer and marketer of distinctive clothing for the performance cyclist,” has found it’s way at last into a higher profile sponsorship.  The company announced today that it has signed a sponsorship deal with the BMC Racing Team (BMC) for 2010.

Hincapie will provide BMC with premium cycling apparel and accessories.  But wait, that’s not all!  BMC riders will also be sporting Hincapie Premium Denim and protecting themselves on those long hot training days with Hincapie SkinDefense SPF 30 Sunscreen.

“We’re very excited about our new partnership with BMC Racing,” said Rich Hincapie, president of Hincapie Sportswear. “This is an awesome opportunity for us to showcase our products to the entire world through the team and the new relationship. We’re especially excited that George will be able to finally race and train in his own apparel.”

Tour de France stage winner and recently crowned US Professional Road Race Champion, George Hincapie has signed a two year contract with the BMC Racing Team. He will be racing in Hincapie Sportswear apparel for the first time in his long career.

“I’m very excited to be racing in Hincapie apparel next year,” said George Hincapie, 5-time Olympian and co-owner of Hincapie Sportswear. “I love the stuff we make and I haven’t been able to wear it that much on my other teams. The team opportunity is great for me as well. I started my professional cycling career with Jim Ochowicz, and I’m pleased to be joining him again.”

I wonder if that was one of the things that attracted Hincapie to the contract with BMC?  This could have as much impact on his future as any success he might see on the bike.  It will also be interesting to see what type of designs come out of the relationship.

Hincapie plans to make BMC Cycling Team apparel available to the public through Hincapie dealers and on the company’s website, www.Hincapie.com. Look for the new apparel design to be announced soon.