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MTB News & racing round-up for August 24, 2005, part 1

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August 24, 2005, 1:00 BST
  • Aussie juniors tops at Snowshoe Cross-Country

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    August 24, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    By David Olle, www.topbike.com.au According to a local downhiller, Snowshoe is almost reliably under...

    By David Olle, www.topbike.com.au

    According to a local downhiller, Snowshoe is almost reliably under fog for its NORBA mountain-bike race weekend, which is unusual, given that it is held in high-summer…. but that is how the Australian MTB XC Team found the West Virginian resort, arriving from Colorado on Thursday afternoon. Friday morning (race day for the juniors) found the thick fog accompanied by heavy showers. Shortly before race time at 2.00pm the sun came out, just in time to dazzle everyone, reflecting off the copious amounts of mud.

    Five Aussie juniors took to the start line for three laps, but after one lap Lachlan Norris (Cannondale/Maxxis) was out with a broken chain and a broken chainbreaker. Garry Millburn (Cannondale/Maxxis), also retired early, double flatting. This left Joel Healy, Cal Britten and Daniel Johnson at the front and at 50 minutes plus per lap, the boys were looking tired and muddy after 2 circuits. Joel Healy was leading all the way until a wayward root on a muddy, rocky, rutty downhill skewed him into a tree, popping his shoulder joint and rear hydraulic brake in one. Cal Britten took over the lead, but at just on 3 hours he ‘blew himself to bits' on the final climb, allowing Daniel Johnston, who hails from Alice Springs in the dry desert of Central Australia, the muddy NORBA win.

  • Pila, Italy World Cup DH wrap-up

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    August 24, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    Team G-Cross Honda report With the World Cup title already wrapped up, round 7 of the men's UCI...

    Team G-Cross Honda report

    With the World Cup title already wrapped up, round 7 of the men's UCI Mountain Bike World Cup held in Pila, Italy, served more as a litmus test for the upcoming World Championships in 2 weeks where the top contenders got to see how each other had prepared in the past 5 weeks away from World Cup racing. Adding to this however, was the mixed weather conditions, which saw a damp course for the semi finals, with no rain, but a rainy final for the majority of the men's field.

    The course was a very difficult mixture of open sections, forests, rocky parts, and slick fast sections, making tyre choice very difficult. The course was designed by 1997 World Cup Champion Corrado Herin who did well to challenge the elite field. However, the biggest challenge was to be the weather. After overnight rain, and snow at the top of the mountain, riders were faced with racing the semi finals with the course 10 seconds slower due to the slippery conditions. In the semi final the two top riders were forced out of the World Cup due to injury, Sam Hill (Australia) and Steve Peat (Great Britain), showed they were back in form by finishing 1st and 2nd respectively, with Greg Minaar close behind in 3rd.

    In the final the rain came after the first few riders had started. One of those riders to benefit from better conditions was 2005 European Junior Champion, 17-year-old Brendan Fairclough of Great Britain. Brendan sat in the lead for more than an hour and half and by his own admission felt very lucky to have gone early after qualifying poorly due to a crash in the semi finals. Nevertheless, his time was super quick and would have placed him second in the semi finals earlier in the day.

    Team G-Cross rider Matti Lehikoinen came down the course and despite having a good split time, he hit a tree and lost about 5 seconds pushing him out of the top ten. Minnaar however was the first rider in the rain to get a faster time at the interval...

  • Global MTB racing round-up

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    August 24, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    David Olle, www.topbike.com.au

    Here's what happened in the world of mountain biking this week: NORBA Snowshoe, USA (NE) August...

    Here's what happened in the world of mountain biking this week:

    • NORBA Snowshoe, USA (NE) August 18-21: Main
    • Marathon World Championships, Nor (CM), August 20: Full results & photos
    • World Cup DH-4X #7, Ita (B) August 20-21: Main
    • Bükk Maraton, Hun (E1) August 13-14: Full results
    • Swisspower Cup #9, Swi (E2) August 13-14: Full results
    • iXS Swiss Bike Classic Eiger Bike Challenge, Swi (E2) August 14: Full results
    • XC Cup Croatia 8th XC Rokova 2005, Cro (E3) August 14: Full results
  • Marathon World Championships wrap-up

    Can nobody stop her?
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    August 24, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Steve Medcroft

    By Steve Medcroft Gunn Rita-Dahle (Norway) and Thomas Frischknecht (Switzerland) pulled on UCI...

    By Steve Medcroft

    Gunn Rita-Dahle (Norway) and Thomas Frischknecht (Switzerland) pulled on UCI Marathon World Championship jerseys after winning the Lillehammer, Norway marathon Worlds race August 20.

    The three hundred strong World Championship race was held in conjunction with the 12,000-participant Birkebeiner marathon. Starting on a fire-road run from Rena, Norway the 116-kilometre course ended on a tough singletrack loop around Lillehammer, site of the 1994 Olympics.

    Dahle took the win in front of home fans, finishing 1:43 ahead of silver-medalist Blaza Klemencic of Slovenia.

    In the men's race, Frischknecht, in a statement to media and fans, said he felt strong the morning of the race and was able to avoid the mechanical and physical struggles that are so common in endurance racing. “Not that I haven't won any big races before,” he said. “But one that goes with no problems, doubts and struggles; one that unfolds just the way I planed it, never happened before.”

    Knowing that the first 85 kilometres of the race would run over mostly on fast, predictable fire roads and the final loop around Lillehammer on more technical singletrack, Frischknecht says he gambled his bike set-up that the race would be decided in the final twenty kilometres. “Most riders set their bikes up for the first part of the race; hardtail, skinny tires with lots of pressure.” Frischknecht rode full-suspension.

    Frischknecht also said that he felt marking Bart Brentjens would be a key to the race. “Brentjens wanted to win badly (it's the only title he hasn't won yet).” Brentjens attacked early in the race and split a lead group off the front containing Karl Platt (Germany), Dario Aquaroli (Italy) and team-mate Maarten Tjallingii (Netherlands). Frischknecht bridged up and the five got away.

    Then, “Bart flatted and got a wheel from his team-mate. We waited since it was still a long...

  • Snowshoe Mountain NORBA Wrap-up

    Jared Graves (Yeti) on the way to winning in four-cross, one of several Australian wins over the weekend.
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    August 24, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Steve Medcroft

    By Steve Medcroft Australians ruled the seventh round of NORBA racing at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in...

    By Steve Medcroft

    Australians ruled the seventh round of NORBA racing at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia this past weekend. After junior Australian National Team members Daniel Johnston and Val Britton went one-two in the Junior-X race (see story below), Mick Hannah (Haro Bicyles) and Katrina Miller (Jamis Bicycles) swept the Mountain Cross event, Jared Graves (Yeti) and Miller again took Dual Slalom, and Hannah and Graves went one-two in the Downhill.

    Australian National Team coach Damien Grundy was on hand at Snowshoe and says he's optimistic about the team's form as they get ready to head to World Championships in Livigno, Italy (August 28 to September 4, 2005). “It's looking good. We've got some riders really coming around at the right time.”

    But even with Aussies clogging the podiums, the weekend, which started foggy and wet and ended under postcard-perfect blue mountain skies, had plenty of opportunity for other nation's riders to take glory for themselves. The venue hosted the full slate of possible series races -- Marathon, Mountain-Cross, Dual Slalom, Cross-Country, Super D, Downhill and Short-Track.

    In the competition for series titles, Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru – Gary Fisher) once again traded away the Cross-Country series lead with Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis) when he crashed on a rooty downhill in the first five minutes of Saturday's muddy race and had to DNF with mechanical problems (JHK was not seriously injured in the crash and placed third in Sunday's Short-Track). Kabush's principle challenge in the race then came from a highly motivated Jeremiah Bishop (Trek/VW). Snowshoe is Bishop's home course (Bishop lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia) and after winning Thursday's marathon, he seemed hell-bent of scoring a double-victory for the weekend.

    Bishop flatted in the final lap of the race though and had to run with his bike for what he says was a mile or more. The reason: his...