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Cyclo-cross news & racing roundup for November 26

Date published:
November 26, 2008, 0:00 GMT
  • Upcoming UCI races

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    November 26, 2008, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Kirsten Frattini

    November 29: Carousel Volkswagen Jingle Cross Rock - Rock 1, Iowa City, Iowa (USA) C2 November 29:...

    November 29: Carousel Volkswagen Jingle Cross Rock - Rock 1, Iowa City, Iowa (USA) C2
    November 29: Baystate Cyclocross, Sterling Massachusetts (USA) C2
    November 29: Coupe du Monde UCI / UCI World Cup, Koksijde (Bel) CDM
    November 30: 33e Internationale Nissan Super Prestige Cyclocross Gieten, Gieten (Ned) C1
    November 30: Grand Prix de la Commune de Niederanven, Niederanven (Lux) C2
    November 30: Carousel Volkswagen Jingle Cross Rock - Rock 2, Iowa City, Iowa (USA) C2

  • Recent Cyclo-cross results

    Article published:
    November 26, 2008, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Kirsten Frattini

    November 22: N. American Trophy #7, Whitmore's Landscaping Super Cross Cup 1 , Southampton, NY (USA)...

    November 22: N. American Trophy #7, Whitmore's Landscaping Super Cross Cup 1, Southampton, NY (USA) C1
    November 22: North Carolina Grand Prix - Race 1, Hendersonville, NC (USA) C2
    November 22: GP van Hasselt, Hasselt (Bel) C2
    November 22: TOI TOI CUP, Mnichovo Hradiste (Cze) C2
    November 23: Superprestige Hamme-Zogge, Hamme-Zogge (Bel) C1
    November 23: N. American Trophy #8, Whitmore's Landscaping Super Cross Cup 2, Southampton, NY (USA) C1
    November 23: Trofeo Città di Lucca - 150° anniversario Giacomo Puccini, Lucca (Ita) C2
    November 23: Internationales Radquer Meilen, Meilen (Swi) C2
    November 23: Challenge de la France Cycliste 2, Le Creusot (Fra) C2
    November 23: Kansai Cyclo-cross Meeting Yasu Round, Yasu City, Shiga (Jpn) C2
    November 23: North Carolina Grand Prix - Race 2, Hendersonville, NC (USA) C2

  • Johnson injured in peak condition

    Johnson before his injury
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    November 26, 2008, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Kirsten Frattini

    By Kirsten Robbins One man who wouldn't have enjoyed the final round of the North American...

    By Kirsten Robbins

    One man who wouldn't have enjoyed the final round of the North American Cyclo-Cross Trophy (NACT) last weekend was Cyclocrossworld.com's Tim Johnson. A knee injury knocked the reigning US national champion off the USGP pedestal in the previous weekend's Mercer Cup and left him unable to contend the NACT series decider held in Southampton this weekend.

    "Getting the USGP leader's jersey on Saturday and not being able to start on Sunday was brutal," Johnson told Cyclingnews. "Not racing was one of the hardest decisions I had to make in my cycling career. In terms of the NACT, I definitely would have given Ryan [Trebon] a good run for his money and I was confident that I would have been able to win this series too. I missed three C1's – all good races and good prize money."

    The doctors original prognosis was that of a torn bursa on the top of his knee cap, nothing that a few days of bed rest could not heal. However, upon a second check up later in the week, it was determined that the damage done to his bursa was not the only issue.

    "I had an MRI and it showed a severe bone bruise at the end of my femur and patella," Johnson said. "There's nothing that can be done about it except to let it heal. It's a matter of handling the pain. I thought I could handle a lot of pain but this hurts like hell. Racing cross means getting off the bike, running, getting over barriers and being dynamic and I just couldn't do it."

    According to Johnson there is no long term damage and the injury has gotten much better after taking seven days of rest. He is hoping to be back in full force before the final USGP in Portland. "All I can do is be positive," Johnson said. "I have to do the work to recover and I'm lucky that I have good people to rely on for advice and I'll be...

  • Trebon and Gould claim inaugural NACT series

    Ryan Trebon (Kona) wins by a huge margin.
    Article published:
    November 26, 2008, 0:00 GMT
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    Cycling News

    By Kirsten Robbins The North American Cyclo-Cross Trophy (NACT) series came to a close in its...

    By Kirsten Robbins

    The North American Cyclo-Cross Trophy (NACT) series came to a close in its inaugural season as Ryan Trebon (Kona) and Georgia Gould (Luna) claimed their respective titles during the final weekend of racing. The trophy was kept secret until the series podium presentation, held at the Whitmore's Landscaping Super Cross Cup. The grand prize? A silver 'heavy weight' trophy belt, $7,000 cash prizes and UCI C1-level points.

    Trebon became the NACT series' inaugural champion, solidifying his title during round seven of the eight-round series. He accumulated 360 points, winning three of the eight events; two in Gloucester and one in Southampton this weekend, plus podium places in the rest. Trebon's victory did not arrive without strong competition from runner up Tim Johnson (Cyclocrossworld.com) and third-place Todd Wells (GT). Johnson was trailing Trebon by 10 points going into round seven, but a knee injury rendered him unable to start the final weekend of racing and out of contention for the overall (see below).

    "The NACT is a great series with good money, a lot of points and C1 level racing," Trebon said. "Tim not starting this weekend meant that I automatically took the series victory on Saturday. I'm super happy to have locked up the NACT, it means a lot to me to win a series. But, it's not just about winning a series, it's nice to be actually winning races again."

    On the women's side, Georgia Gould (Luna) won both races at the Whitmore's Landscaping Super Cross Cup and accumulated enough points to take the NACT 'heavy weight' trophy belt in the last race. She went into the finale sitting in second place, just 18 points behind the previous leader Amy Dombroski (Velo Bella-Kona). After an exciting finale she tallied 240 points to take the overall title ahead of second placed Dombroski and Sue Butler (Monavie/Cannondale) in third place.

    "I'm excited to support a race like this because it offers equal prize...

  • Boom uncertain for Koksijde

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    November 26, 2008, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Lars Boom isn't sure if he'll compete in the world cup round held in Koksijde and the Superprestige...

    Lars Boom isn't sure if he'll compete in the world cup round held in Koksijde and the Superprestige round in Gieten this weekend. Last weekend Boom fell ill after the races in Hasselt and Hamme-Zogge.

    The reigning world champion explained to the dea news agency that, "The high fever has disappeared and I everything feels better. We shall see what happens." The Dutchman is still experiencing a kidney inflammation which affects his pelvis, and he'll therefore wait until just before the weekend to make a decision.

  • Belgians for Koksijde world cup

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    November 26, 2008, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    On Monday Belgian coach Rudy De Bie announced his selection for the world cup round held next...

    On Monday Belgian coach Rudy De Bie announced his selection for the world cup round held next Saturday in Koksijde. There are eight riders representing Belgium instead of the usual eight due to the injury to Niels Albert; the rider leading the world cup series cannot be replaced. Albert was recently released from hospital and won't be back on the bike for at least four weeks. Dieter Vanthourenhout, who replaced Erwin Vervecken in the previous round, now finds himself a reserve.

    Belgian selection for Koksijde

    Elite men: Sven Nys, Bart Wellens, Kevin Pauwels, Bart Aernout, Erwin Vervecken, Sven Vanthourenhout, Klaas Vantornout, Rob Peeters. Reserves: Jan Soetens and Dieter Vanthourenhout

    Women: Sanne Cannot, Veerle Ingels, Joyce Vander Beken, Loes Sels, Patsy Larno, Katrien Pauwels, Anne Arnouts, Nicolle De Bie-Leyte. Reserves: Nancy Bober, Gertie Willems.

  • Nys reigns in snow

    Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-T├Ânissteiner)
    Article published:
    November 26, 2008, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Kirsten Frattini

    There were amazing scenes in Hamme Zogge last Sunday as Sven Nys demonstrated why he's the best...

    There were amazing scenes in Hamme Zogge last Sunday as Sven Nys demonstrated why he's the best exponent of international cyclo-cross with a win in the Superprestige round held in the Belgian town. In conditions more conducive to skiing than riding bikes, heavy snow fell throughout the race, adding an extra element to an already-tough course.

    The steps were treacherous, as Nys attested to after taking the win. "That last lap was more than I could take. If it would've taken any longer someone would have been injured. This is a hard sport, but if you can win in these weather conditions then that makes up for all the efforts," he explained.

    The time gaps at the finish were fairly consistent despite the tough conditions, with Klaas Vantornout finishing 11 seconds behind his countryman, and Bart Wellens maintaining his good run with a podium place 24 seconds behind Nys. Having won the previous day in Hasselt, Wellens summed up his experience in Hamme Zogge on his personal website, saying, "I'm pleased with this performance... tyre choice was certainly important. I didn't have the best day but I think Nys deserved the win for sure."

    As usual, Nys used tactics that suited both the competition he faced and the conditions he was up against. Holding off his attack until the later stages of the race, Nys explained after the finish that, "Purposely I didn't wait until the end to ride away from Klaas because then you need to take risks and it is dangerous in this weather; I only accelerated in the sections where I felt good.

    "Before that, Klaas and I just tried to build up a safe gap on the others before thinking about the victory. In the end I think I can say that I was the strongest rider today."