BOULDER, Colo. (VN) — VeloNews will debut a new, interactive live video program in the days leading up to the Amgen Tour of California. VeloLive, hosted by Brian Holcombe, will premiere from the Montbleu Resort in South Lake Tahoe this week with guests including riders Christian Vande Velde, Tejay Van Garderen, Taylor Phinney and Jeremy Powers and race announcer Dave Towle.
*all times Pacific
Friday May 13
3:15 p.m. Tejay Van Garderen (HTC-Highroad)
4:00 p.m. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Cervélo)
Saturday May 14
3:00 p.m. Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing)
3:30 p.m. Dave Towle (the voice of the Amgen Tour of California)
4:00 p.m. Jeremy Powers (Jelly Belly-Kenda / Rapha-Focus)
Also: 2 p.m. Saturday: HTC-Highroad team news conference
“I’m excited to bring viewers into the conversation with some of the most interesting personalities in cycling,” said Holcombe, a reporter with VeloNews. “Accessibility is one of the aspects of our sport that make it unlike any other in the world and VeloLive gives viewers the chance to get up close and personal with their favorite athletes.”
VeloLive is the new live interview show from the Journal of Competitive Cycling and will take viewers behind the scenes of the peloton at home and at the biggest events in the world. Viewers are part of the show, interacting with guests live via Ustream and Twitter.
Guests will answer a number of viewer questions every episode; post your questions to Twitter with the hasthtag #velolive or login to the Ustream chat room.
VeloNews.com also will air a live stream of HTC-Highroad team news conference, Saturday at 2pm Pacific.
Vande Velde (Garmin-Cervélo) is a veteran of eight Tours de France, where he finished fourth overall in 2008. He turned pro in 1998 with U.S. Postal Service and is a former winner of the Tours of Luxembourg and Missouri. In 2008, Vande Velde wore the maglia rosa at the Giro d’Italia after his Garmin squad won the opening team time trial and will be a leader for his team again this July.
Van Garderen, 22, is among the favorites for the overall win heading into the Amgen Tour. The American with HTC-Highroad finished third behind Jani Brajkovic and Alberto Contador at last year’s Critérium du Dauphiné and completed his first grand tour at the Vuelta a España in September. The Dutch-American has a cultural and professional perspective on European racing exceeds his years in the peloton and is likely to be one of the major players on the queen stage to Mount Baldy.
At just 20 years old, Phinney (BMC Racing) is the current U.S. time trial national champion and a five-time world champion on the road and track. His meteoric rise through the U23 ranks and his youthful takes on music, cycling and life make the son of Olympians Connie Carpenter and Davis Phinney one of the most compelling young riders of his generation.
Powers (Jelly Belly-Kenda) doubles as a road and cyclocross professional and last fall won the overall in U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross and the North American Cyclocross Trophy. Side projects for Powers including DJing and supporting Massachusetts youth cycling – and the outgoing East Coaster is one of the most popular riders on the continent.
Dave Towle is the voice of the Amgen Tour of California. Towle sees more North American racing than almost anyone every year and his booming voice is the telltale sign of hard racing.