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San Francisco (July 21, 2005) - With ten days of racing in the books at the International Cycling Classic (a.k.a. Superweek) in the Midwest, the Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada Pro Cycling Team is prepared for its final stage race objective of the 2005 season: the International Tour de Toona in Altoona, Pennsylvania.
In Altoona, Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada's attack on the general classification
will be led by Ben Jacques-Maynes and Dominique Perras. Russell Hamby, Tim
Larkin, Glen Mitchell, Dan Schmatz, Jackson Stewart, and Scott Zwizanski
will complete the 8-rider squad.
Jacques-Maynes, who has twice placed 4th overall in the Tour de Toona, has been training hard from his home in San Jose, California. Last weekend, he used the Watsonville Criterium as the seventh hour of a training ride through the Santa Cruz Mountains and commented, "Needless to say I was knackered but the legs learn to go to a new level when you do such an effort. I think this will help me prepare for 'Toona and I'm looking forward to that race."
Over the course of eleven consecutive days of racing beginning on July 10th, six Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada team members took part in Superweek: Glen Mitchell, Jackson Stewart, Scott Zwizanski, Dan Schmatz, Pete Lopinto, and Russell Hamby.
In the early going, Mitchell provided the team's best results, making the
winning breaks in the Holy Family Memorial criterium on July 10th and the
Shaklee MGA Proving Grounds road race on July 12th and placing 6th and 5th
in those races.
Later in the race series, Russell Hamby took 5th in the Tim Hart DDS/Rainbow Jersey Shorewood Criterium on July 14th and Jackson Stewart finished 5th in the Bensenville Criterium on July 17th.
As Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada's trip wrapped up, Scott Zwizanski rode off the front for most of the Cingular of Whitefish Bay Lake Front Road Race in Milwaukee on July 19th, finishing 10th, while Pete Lopinto took 12th in the team's final Superweek appearance, the Bellin Health De Pere Classic, after spending much of the race in a breakaway with Advantage Benefits-Endeavour's Brian Sheedy.
Traveling from Wisconsin to Pennsylvania, Hamby summed up the trip, "Everybody's riding well but we didn't have the best of luck in Superweek. We're definitely in good shape for Toona, and it will be great to have Ben, Tim, and Dominique back in the mix."
The seven-day Tour de Toona begins on Monday, July 25th with an extremely technical 3.2-mile time trial in downtown Altoona.