year started in Australia, the Bay Series is start point for
many local riders and a few northern hemisphere visitors. Although the
main European contingent didn't arrive until the first round of the
World Cup in Geelong, with more riders travelling Down Under for the Commonwealth
In-between these two
events, the riders crossed the Tasman Sea to compete in the World
Cup in Wellington and to ride the windy tour which precedes it.
Major stage races are
also included; the Tour de l'Aude in France, the Giro
d'Italia and the Dutch tours: Holland Ladies Tour and Euregio.
The World Track
Championships in Bordeaux provided some of the best track racing
of the year. Coverage is given to all the events included in the
Presented in chronological
order, the other World Cup races throughout the season are included in
their appropriate positions in the calendar.
The peloton headed off
to Canada and the USA in May. The Tour of Montreal, the
Montreal World Cup and the Commerce Bank Triple Crown are all
covered in text and photos. "Philly" - the 13th Liberty
Classic is here too.
Riders give their
perspective into races which they particularly enjoy, or were
World Champion, Kristin
Armstrong talks about her victorious time trial in Salzburg and
the preparation which went into it. Nicole Cooke provides a
run-down on the World Cup overall and the season-long concentration
required to win the series..
Other riders also
a unique insight into their day, or days in the saddle include:
Amber Neben, who
won the Tour de l'Aude for the second time in a row and was grateful
to all her team for their part in her win.
talks about her win in the Commonwealth Games road race, whilst
sister, Kate reflects upon the responsibility which goes with
wearing a National road race Champion's jersey in the peloton for the
Judith Arndt was
relieved to finally win the World Cup race in Montreal, after coming
so close in the couple which led-up to it. She describes relaxing in
Montreal and soaking up the city's energy (and coffee)..
Oenone Wood always
enjoys the Giro in Italy and describes the strange situation in 2006
where the climbers were fighting to drop the sprinters to ensure
Gina Grain took
a chance and ended up with a medal from the scratch race in Bordeaux -
she reflects on the experience and the series of fourth places prior
to the event, where she missed out on medals.