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MTB News & Racing Round-up, August 14, 2009

Date published:
August 14, 2009, 1:00 BST
  • Kabush and Pendrel lead Canadian team to mountain bike worlds

    Catherine Pendrel (Luna Womens MTB) broke away and appeared to be gone.
    Article published:
    August 13, 2009, 11:26 BST
    By:
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

    Eleven cross country racers headed for Australia

    Eleven cross country racers, including eight elites and three Under 23s, will represent Canada at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Canberra, Australia, on September 1-6.

    Mount Sainte Anne World Cup winner and National Champion Catharine Pendrel will lead the elite team along with Bromont World Cup winner and National Champion Geoff Kabush. Both riders are from British Columbia.

    Two other national champions, Emily Batty of Ontario and Raphaël Gagne of Quebec, will lead the Under 23 squad.

    The team is undergoing final preparations for the championships and will begin traveling to Australia on August 25, with plenty of time to ready for the opening event, the team relay, on September 1. Kabush, Pendrel, Gagne and Evan Guthrie will make up Canada's relay team.

    Funding from the Canadian Cycling Association, which determined the selections, will allow the elite team's travel to be partially funded. Donations to support the team are being accepted. To contribute, fill out a donation form at http://www.canadian-cycling.com/cca/donations/cash_donations.shtml and e-mail it to Nicholas Vipond at nicholas.vipond@canadian-cycling.com. All contributions will go directly towards covering the athletes' expenses.

    Canadian cross country team for the 2009 World Mountain Bike Championships

    Elite Men
    Geoff Kabush
    Derek Zandstra
    Max Plaxton
    Seamus McGrath

    Elite Women
    Catharine Pendrel
    Marie-Helene Premont
    Amanda Sin
    Mical Dyck

    Under 23 Men
    Raphaël Gagne

    Under 23 Women
    Emily Batty
    Mikaela Kofman

  • TransWales starting this weekend

    Riders cross a river in the TransWales
    Article published:
    August 13, 2009, 12:33 BST
    By:
    TransWales

    Racers keep fingers crossed for continuing good weather

    The seven-day TransWales will begin this weekend for 500km (312miles) around the wilds of Wales. With just a few days to go before the start, the forecast looks good, and fingers and toes are crossed for the continuation of the recent sunshine that parts of the United Kingdom have been blessed with.

    Riders will descend upon the White House Campsite in Builth Wells, Wales on Saturday in preparation for the big off early on Sunday. The first stage will take the riders 80km and 2,300m of climbing and descending to Llandiloes.

    As part of a unique program "Try B4 U Buy", event title sponsor Gore Bike Wear will loan their kit out to riders to try throughout the event.  Riders can test the gear, then give it back to Gore for washing after the stage.

    Stay tuned to Cyclingnews for daily coverage of the TransWales and in the meantime, read more about the race.

  • Central Pennsylvania to host new mountain bike stage race

    visitPA.com Team racer Wes Schempf prepping for Trans-Sylvania 2010
    Article published:
    August 13, 2009, 19:00 BST
    By:
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

    Trans-Sylvania Epic to State College area in 2010

    Pennsylvania joined the list of states hosting multi-day mountain bike stage races with the inaugural Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic, a seven-day race through the mountains of central Pennsylvania, to be held from May 30 through June 5, 2010, in and around State College, Pennsylvania. The race will feature plenty of singletrack and showcase central Pennsylvania's off-road riding.

    "The race will include four stages that start and finish near the race headquarters," said race Executive Director Mike Kuhn to Cyclingnews. "The others will be within an hour's drive.  We may have stages at the new Allegrippis trails (near Raystown Lake), R.B. Winter State Park to the east, and Black Moshanon to the north."

    Stage one will be a 10-mile time trial while all other stages will be single-lap cross country races ranging from 25 to 60 miles. There will be categories for solo competitors, two-person teams, open teams and corporate teams.

    The race is located within a few hours of major metropolitan areas such as Pittsburgh, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia. "It is very easy to get to State College and participants will find trails that are as good as anything anywhere in the world," said Director at large Ray Adams, who is currently racing the TransRockies (in third overall after stage 4 - ed.).

    Adams and Kuhn have led the visitPA.com mountain bike team for five years of racing, promoting tourism in their home state. Kuhn has also promoted some of the largest mountain bike events in the mid-Atlantic.

    "We've been working on this event for a few years," said Kuhn. "We almost launched it two years ago, but then had to return to the planning stages.  Now we're ready."

    The Corporate Category is unique to the Trans-Sylvania. Within this category the fastest three team member's times on each stage will count toward the overall while permitting teams to start as many riders as they like on any given day. This...

  • Armstrong and Wiens set for second Leadville battle

    Lance Armstrong races to a cross country win in Snowmass, Colorado.
    Article published:
    August 14, 2009, 4:11 BST
    By:
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

    Six-time Leadville winner and Tour de France podium finisher to duel at 100-miler

    On Saturday, cycling fans will see legend verses legend at the Leadville 100 in Colorado, with seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong (Mellow Johnny's) and six-time Leadville 100 winner Dave Wiens (Topeak / Ergon) duelling in the Rocky Mountains.

    Wiens, who beat Armstrong last year, will be aiming for the top step of the Leadville podium in a race he knows well. In 2008, he won, setting a new course record of 6:45.  Armstrong finished second.

    Shortly after last year's race, Armstrong announced his comeback to professional road cycling. So far in 2009, he's raced the Tour of California, the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France.

    While the 37-year-old Armstrong was riding in fine form and onto the podium in France during July, 45-year-old Wiens was tuning his fitness on the dirt in the Alps. Wiens, who changed his training in preparation for this year's event, rode for eight days in the TransAlp, including 50,000 feet of climbing, to finish seventh with teammate Alban Lakata.

    Most fans are familiar with Armstrong's accomplishments, especially his seven Tour de France wins. Wiens, on the other hand, has been active in mountain bike racing for 20 years. He has won two US national titles, two World Cups and is a member of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. Though he's been mostly retired since 2004, he's continued to race the Leadville 100 and a few other select events.

    Wiens has faced roadies before at the Leadville. Former Tour de France winner (at least until his title was revoked due to a positive doping test) Floyd Landis raced to second place behind Wiens in 2007.

    Wiens knows it won't be easy for him to defend his Leadville title. "I thought Lance might be able win the Tour this year," he said on his Topeak-Ergon team's website. "I was really impressed that he was able to come back after three years off the racing circuit and be able to ride to third place in the Tour de France. There was lots...

  • Chileno Valley Classic coming up

    Scenery riders may enjoy during the Chileno Classic.
    Article published:
    August 14, 2009, 16:17 BST
    By:
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

    Event to benefit Norcal League

    The Chileno Valley Cycling Classic will be held on September 26 as a fundraiser for the NorCal Mountain Bike High School League. Starting at Bauman Ranch in Petaluma, California, the ride features breathtaking scenery, gorgeous roads and challenging, but not overwhelming climbs near coastal Marin.

    The ride will offer both recreational and competitive cyclists the opportunity to participate in a challenging and meticulously organized ride. There are three ride options of 40, 60 annd 100 miles.

    After the ride, every rider who raises the minimum fundraising goal will enjoy a free massage, live music from the Green Strings Farm Band and a catered dinner in a relaxing garden setting - all part of the Chileno Valley Feast.

    Top fundraisers will also win prizes like a Gary Fisher HiFi Pro mountain bike or a Gary Fisher Presidio cyclo-cross bike.

    To register for any of the remaining 50 spots, visit http://norcalmtb.org/events/Chileno/index.htm.

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  • 100 miler battle set for the Tetons this weekend

    Map of Pierre's Hole 100 course
    Article published:
    August 14, 2009, 16:27 BST
    By:
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

    Battle set for Pierre's Hole 100

    While some endurance racers will busy racing the Leadville 100 in Colorado and the Fools' Gold in Georgia on Saturday, August 15, others will be racing all day in Wyoming. The battle at Pierre's Hole will be contested on Saturday over 50- or 100-mile distances in the shadows of the Tetons.

    The course, a 25-mile loop, offers a challenging 4,000 feet of climbing per lap and 60% singletrack. It's based at the Grand Targhee Resort in Alta, Wyoming. The course design provides a sample of everything from an 800-foot road climb to a 1,700foot singletrack descent into Teton Canyon, only to have to climb back out.

    Racers are expected from Wisconsin, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.

    For more information, visit http://www.grandtarghee.com/the-resort/news-events/1668/PierresHole50and100MileMountainBikeRace.php.

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