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MTB News & racing round-up for August 31, 2005, part 1

Date published:
August 31, 2005, 1:00 BST
  • Fun times at base camp: Niki Gudex diary

    Daniel, Niki and Uli Schoberer
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    August 31, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Steve Medcroft

    After three months at my home away from home in Colorado, it has come time to move on to my second...

    After three months at my home away from home in Colorado, it has come time to move on to my second base for the season in Freiburg in the south of Germany near the border of Switzerland.

    My first week was spent in LA, but since then I have spent plenty of time acclimatising to altitude, as most of the races this year have been above 8000 feet. The highest point in Australia is only a bit over 6000 feet, so racing at altitude is a bit of a shock to the system for someone coming from Sydney.

    Staying with everyone from SRM has been fantastic; Uli has made it feel like a home away from home, which makes such a difference. Uli is such a great guy and not surprisingly he has many good friends always stopping by to say hi or stay for dinner. Being part of a home sure beats four months of building up bikes in hotel rooms. We even had a pet for a while - well, we had a cute little deer that came and spent a few hours in the backyard.

    Read the entire Niki Gudex diary here.

  • NORBA final and onto Worlds: Geoff Kabush Diary

    Geoff Kabush (Maxxis)
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    August 31, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Steve Medcroft

    After surviving "Cottage Nuts" not "Cottage Crazy" in West Virginia (as my sister corrected me on...

    After surviving "Cottage Nuts" not "Cottage Crazy" in West Virginia (as my sister corrected me on JF's Frenglish of Cabin Fever) Toulouse and I made it fairly smoothly up the East Coast on Thursday to legendary Mt Snow for the NORBA finals.

    The XC course was in superb condition in dry conditions which made me quite happy; I wasn't into doing another death march in the mud the week before Worlds. The XC series has been a good story with lead swaps between Adam Craig, myself, JHK, and then back to me, then JHK, and then me again. It has been a battle with Canadian against American, dualie versus hardtail, but it has been good because we all have respect for each other and we know there is no false hero among us. I was happy with the Series Finals in Vermont because I have good memories of my first XC podium way back in 1999. That was the year I went up 1-0 in my offroad series with Lance "I have never doped, no way" Armstrong.

    Read the entire diary entry here.

  • Two months of conquering the world: Gunn-Rita Dahle Diary

    Can nobody stop her?
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    August 31, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Steve Medcroft

    We've won gold, gained valuable experience, been in Brazil for the first time, competed on bikes at...

    We've won gold, gained valuable experience, been in Brazil for the first time, competed on bikes at almost 3000 metres above sea-level, written a new contract with Merida, and nourished both body and soul with simply amazing experiences. Our travels with our bikes through the past two months have given us a lot, demanded a lot from us, and been extremely exciting. It's a long time since you've heard from us, so I don't know quite where to begin. Last time I wrote a few lines, we were on our way to Brazil to take part in the World Cup round in Santa Catarina. So much has happened since then. I'm going to have to give you a short version this time, since I could probably write a couple of books about everything I've done and experienced these past weeks. During the autumn I promise to write a more extensive recount of the season, in which I will include more details which have made an impression on both body and mind, and which might be interesting reading for you.

    World Championship Marathon in Lillehammer

    Fresh wares usually taste best, so I'll start with the World Championships for MTB marathon at home in Norway last Saturday. It ended up being a perfect day for both Kenneth and I. An exciting race against marathon specialists on a demanding track, an impressively well organised championship by the Birkebeiner organisation, amazing numbers of spectators along the race course, sun and blue skies, a cheering mass of spectators at the finish line in Lillehammer, and a World Championship gold medal on Norwegian soil!

    Read the entire Gunn-Rita Dahle diary here.

  • Global MTB Racing

    Article published:
    August 31, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Steve Medcroft

    Want to know what happened in the world of mountain biking during the last week? NORBA Mt Snow, USA...

    Want to know what happened in the world of mountain biking during the last week?

  • Mount Snow Wrap Up

    Shonny Vlandingham (Luna Chix)
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    August 31, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Steve Medcroft

    By Steve Medcroft Promoters Team Big Bear and Blue Wolf Events handed out NORBA National Series...

    By Steve Medcroft

    Promoters Team Big Bear and Blue Wolf Events handed out NORBA National Series Championship awards at Mount Snow, Vermont series Finale last weekend. In all, ten racers took home titles, some just one, some more than one. Some competitions were settled half way through the season, others came down to the last second of the last race. Either way it happened, here are the 2005 NORBA National Series Champions:

    Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis), Cross Country, Short Track – Kabush got a fast start to the season, placing third then first in the first two Cross Country races and winning the first two Short Tracks. But after a stint in road racing and a poor showing in the springtime European World Cups, he seemed to fade a little. His Short Track lead was never truly challenged though and he carried a 100-point lead into the final weekend. In Cross Country, things were a little closer. After taking the lead from Adam Craig (Giant) in the second race, he traded it back and forth with Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru – Gary Fisher) through the run of high-altitude NORBA’s (Schweitzer, Snowmass, Brian Head). Kabush reclaimed it with a win in Snowshoe after JHK crashed. The lead allowed Kabush to ride defensively at the finals to win his second Cross Country series in a row.

    Jared Graves (Yeti), Mountain Cross, Downhill – The likeable twenty-two year old Australian downhiller from Toowoomba swept the men’s gravity races. In downhill, he placed on the podium in all six series races. His only true challenge, although they were 100 points behind by the finals, came from countryman Joel Panozzo (WTB Fox Shox) and Kiwi John Kirkcaldie (Team Maxxis). Neither racer nor luck could derail Graves though and even though he fell third to two Americans in the finale (teammate Duncan Riffle and Cody Warren of Haro Bicycles), his series victory was a cruise. Graves held a similar grip...