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Rob DeMartini leaves USA Cycling for Purple Innovation

Rob DeMartini, who had been USA Cycling’s chief executive officer, was on Monday announced as the acting CEO of the mattress and pillow company Purple Innovation.

Read: Q&A: New USA Cycling CEO Rob DeMartini

DeMartini served as the CEO of USA Cycling for nearly three years after joining the organization at the end of 2018. Before taking over the helm of the governing body, DeMartini had been president and CEO at New Balance since 2007.

USA Cycling did immediately announce DeMartini’s successor. The organization is expected to formally announce his departure later this week.

“We are really grateful for how he ran USA Cycling in the last three years,” said Brendan Quirk, USA Cycling’s chairman of the board. “We will have a plan finalized on how we will replace him by the end of the week.”

Crusher in the Tushar registration date announced

The Crusher in the Tushar, one of gravel’s longest running events, has announced its 2022 registration date.

Registration for the July 9th event will open at  7PM MST on Monday, January 24, 2022.

Read also: Monuments of Gravel: Crusher in the Tushar

The event, which joined the Life Time portfolio of off-road races in 2019, dabbled with a lottery registration format similar to that of Unbound Gravel for last year’s event but will return to a ‘first come, first served’ method for 2022.

“We’ve always wanted everyone to have an equal shot at getting into the event, so after some dialogue on the best way of going about, we came to the realization that the ‘tried and true’ method we’ve used in the past has always served us well and we’d like to stick with it,” the event organizer said in a press release.

Riders who deferred their entries to 2022 can register now until the deadline of December 31, 2021.

Nicolas Roche to join Dancing with the Stars

Many pro cyclists become sport directors or TV pundits when they retire.

Nicolas Roche is going to dance.

The recently retired pro confirmed on social media he will appear on the Irish version of the Dancing with the Stars television show.

“I’m very excited to take part in Dancing with the Stars,” he said. “It’s a massive challenge for me, and something completely new. It scares me and thrills me at the same time.”

“It has been great being back in Ireland and I’m really enjoying my time at home. The rehearsals so far are going good, it’s hard work, it’s pushing me both in terms of being something completely new, and also in terms of performing and learning to let go,” Roche added.

Roche, 37, retired in October following a 17-year career, riding for such teams as BMC, Ag2r, Credit Agricole, and Team Sky.

A few other ex-pros have done similar programs, including Michael Rasmussen, Mario Cipollini, and Michael Boogerd.

Professional cyclist, Nicolas Roche has represented Ireland on a world stage… but he’s giving up cycling for some sparkle!

This is going to be a very different race, @nicholasroche! 🚴 #DWTSIrl #DWTS

— DWTS Ireland (@DWTSIRL) December 12, 2021

Rémi Cavagna undergoes successful back surgery

Rémi Cavagna underwent successful surgery Monday on the L1 vertebrae that he fractured during an accident during our team training camp Spain last week, Deceuninck-Quick-Step officials reported.

The team reported that the surgery, which took place at Hospital IMSKE Valencia, was successful. Cavagna will now take a period of recuperation and continue to be monitored by doctors.

Deceuninck-Quick-Step officials thanked the surgeon, Dr Gerd Bordon and the staff at IMSKE for their care, and we wish Rémi the best for his recovery