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MTB news & racing round-up for December 11, 2008

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December 11, 2008, 0:00 GMT
  • Open MTB Gran Canaria registration open

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    December 11, 2008, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    James Huang, technical editor

    Registration is open for the fifth Open MTB Gran Canaria on March 13-14 in Las Palmas. In 2009 the...

    Registration is open for the fifth Open MTB Gran Canaria on March 13-14 in Las Palmas. In 2009 the sunny, island marathon will offer more route choices and will serve as the opener to the Austrian Trek Mountain Bike Challenge.

    Already signed up are Andy Strobel (Vaude Simplon), winner of the Ritchey series and Michael Kalivoda (Ghost) in the men's category and Kerstin Brachtendorf (Fiat Rotwild) in the women's category. Together with top riders from Italy, the Netherlands and Austria they will fight for victory on the Ronda Extrema.

    Last year, racer participation doubled and this year racers may select to compete over 38, 65 or 85km.

    For more information, visit www.canary-bike.com.

  • Breck Epic registration opens

    Article published:
    December 11, 2008, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    James Huang, technical editor

    Registration for Colorado's newest mountain bike stage race opened last week. With a US$250 deposit,...

    Registration for Colorado's newest mountain bike stage race opened last week. With a US$250 deposit, racers may sign up on Sportsbaseonline.com for one of 400 spots in the six-day Breck Epic from July 5-10, 2009. The deposit is fully refundable until pricing is finalized on January 3.

    Assuming there are at least five entrants in each, categories will be Open Men Duo, Open Women Duo, Open Mixed Duo, 80+ Duo, 100+ Duo, Singlespeed Duo, Solo Men Open, Solo Women Open, Singlespeed Open and Solo Men 40+.

  • Midwest Fat Tire Championship Series set for 2009

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    December 11, 2008, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    James Huang, technical editor

    The Midwest Fat Tire Championship Series announced an expanded schedule for 2009, a result of...

    The Midwest Fat Tire Championship Series announced an expanded schedule for 2009, a result of merging with the St. Louis series to bring a true state-wide series to Missouri. Two endurance events will be included with the normal cross country races: the Tall Oak Challenge six hour race in Jefferson City and the Berryman Epic, a 60 mile race covering the Berryman and Ozark Trail in southeast Missouri.

    2009 Midwest Fat Tire Championship Series
    March 8 – Series Race #1 - Oz Epic, Lake of the Ozarks State Park, Kaiser, Missouri
    March 22 - Series Race #2 - Lost Valley, St. Charles, Missouri
    March 29 - Series Race #3 - Rim Wrecker, Council Bluff Lake Recreation Area, Potosi, Missouri
    April 19 - Series Race #4 - Le Tour de Tick, Neosho, Missouri
    May 9 - Series Race #5 - Castlewood Challenge, Castlewood State Park, St. Louis, Missouri
    June 7 - Series Race #6/State Championship - Rhett's Run, Cosmo Park, Columbia, Missouri
    June 21 - Series Race #7 - St. Joes State Park, Farmington, Missouri
    July 12 - Series Race #8 - OMBA Caramba, Sac River Trails, Springfield, Missouri
    July 26 - Series Race #9 - Show-Me State Games, Rock Bridge State Park, Columbia, Missouri
    August 9 - Series Race #10 - Spanish Lake, Spanish Lake, Missouri
    August 23 - Series Race #11 - Cape Race, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
    September 5 - Series Lake 6-Hour, Jefferson City, Missouri
    September 12 - Series Race #12 - Castlewood ICCC, Castlewood State Park, St. Louis, Missouri
    September 27 - Series Race #13 - Greensfelder, Eureka, Missouri
    October 24/25 - Berryman Epic Tour/Race, Steelville, Missouri

    For more information, visit www.midwestfattireseries.com.

  • RockShox SID Team: Not just for racing anymore

    The new RockShox SID Team
    Article published:
    December 11, 2008, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    James Huang, technical editor

    By James Huang, Technical Editor The RockShox SID has been the most successful fork on the World Cup...

    By James Huang, Technical Editor

    The RockShox SID has been the most successful fork on the World Cup cross-country circuit in history but it was long overdue for a major overhaul. The new version is vastly improved in every way but one – SID isn't just a racer's fork anymore.

    The venerable RockShox SID platform was many things to many people but two things had always remained constant: it was one of the lightest forks available but also among the flexiest and most unpredictable in technical terrain. Thankfully, this latest iteration firmly puts that old reputation to bed with a new trail bike-stout chassis, competitively light weight and highly tunable and effective internals that should not only keep it at or near the top of racers' wish lists, but also make it a viable short-travel all-purpose trail fork, too.

    Weight is kept in check with shorter stanchions and internal shaft lengths which also decreases oil volume. Though RockShox had originally hoped to roughly match the old SID on the scale as a result, our numbers suggest that it fell well shy. A previous generation SID World Cup was just 1375g (3.03lb) with a Pushloc remote and uncut carbon steerer; our comparably equipped 2008 SID Team tester is markedly heavier – though still lightweight – at 1585g (3.49lb).

    Read the complete review of the RockShox SID Team and the Monarch.

  • Torq team diary: Launched into action

    The team poses at a photo shoot
    Article published:
    December 11, 2008, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Tory Thomas & Jo Wall

    By Tory Thomas & Jo Wall It's hard to believe it's already December. It's well and truly race season...

    By Tory Thomas & Jo Wall

    It's hard to believe it's already December. It's well and truly race season in Australia, with weekdays and weekends crammed full of riding, travel and racing. Life in the Torq team is very full - in the month since our last diary entry, we've had our team launch, competed in a few road and local mountain bike events, and last weekend we participated in the second round of the National Cross Country mountain bike series in Illinbah, Queensland.

    Being part of the team is proving to be an enriching experience. I'm not sure yet of my "role" in the team - sometimes I feel like a mother hen (nagging the boys about wearing sunscreen and staying hydrated...!), and other times I feel a sense of sheer relief that I have my team to help me - I can ask teammate Robbie Hucker to help take my pedals off my bike and cry on Assistant Team Manager's Dean's shoulder at the end of a disappointing day.

    Also, it's difficult to take yourself too seriously when there are so many personalities crammed in to the one team - one minute I'm crying, and the next minute I'm laughing.

    Read the complete diary entry.

  • Norco Factory Team rides into 2009

    Fionn Griffiths
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    December 11, 2008, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    The Norco Factory team will continue for 2008 with its 2008 riders plus a few additions. Trials...

    The Norco Factory team will continue for 2008 with its 2008 riders plus a few additions.

    Trials rider Ryan Leech; slopestylers Jay Hoots, Ben Boyko and Darcy Turenne; 4X and downhiller Fionn Griffiths; and jumpers Mislav Mironovic and Dylan Korba will return to the squad.

    New to the team for 2009 are downhill and 4X riders Nick Geddes of Vancouver and Hans Lambert. Finally, the team will boast a new cross country division based in Eastern Canada and including Andrew Watson and Catherine Vipond.

  • Hermida renews with Multivan Merida

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    December 11, 2008, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Tory Thomas & Jo Wall

    Spain's José Hermida has extended his contract with the Multivan Merida Biking Team for another two...

    Spain's José Hermida has extended his contract with the Multivan Merida Biking Team for another two years.

    Hermida, who focuses on Olympic-distance cross country racing, has won just about every title in his discipline except the elusive world championship and the overall world cup titles. He is hoping to change this in 2009.

    Hermida has riding for the Multivan Merida team for five years and plays an important role in product engineering and development. Together with Ralph Näf, Hermida was involved in developing the award winning Ninety-Six cross country bike, one of the lightest und most succesful full suspension bikes on the market and the bike raced by Hermida and other team members at the Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

  • Seven events comprise new US professional cross country series

    Ryan Trebon the men's pack at Sea Otter
    Article published:
    December 11, 2008, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

    By Sue George USA Cycling announced Wednesday the creation of a new national cross country series...

    By Sue George

    USA Cycling announced Wednesday the creation of a new national cross country series for professionals racing in the US. The USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Cross Country Tour presented by Sho-Air (ProXCT) will consist of seven UCI-sanctioned events throughout the US in 2009.

    It replaces the now-defunct National Mountain Bike Series (NMBS), which wrapped up at the end of the 2008 season. The series is comprised of three east coast and three west coast races and a final in Las Vegas, Nevada, held one day after the annual Interbike Expo trade show. Unlike the NMBS races, which shared a common organizer, the ProXCT is a coalition of independent races linked together into a national series. All but one of the races are also part of the US Cup Kenda East or Kenda West series.

    The series will open with the Fontana round of the US Cup in California, on March 29, then continue with the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey on April 19. The Bump N'Grind in Birmingham, Alabama, on May 31 will mark the third stop before Colorado Springs, Colorado, hosts the fourth round on June 13 with the Sand Creek International Classic. Mount Snow Resort in West Dover, Vermont, welcomes round five on August 8, and along with the Yankee Clipper at Windham Mountain in New York on August 15 will provide back-to-back East Coast stops.

    Series ranking points will be awarded to top finishers at each round, with individual and team series leaders tallied. In addition, competitors will also have the opportunity to accumulate international ranking points since all seven races are inscripted on the UCI calendar.

    Sho-Air International, an airfreight forwarder and tradeshow transportation expert, is the presenting sponsor of the ProXCT. The company also sponsors a racing team including riders like Sid Taberlay and Manny Prado. CEO Scott Tedro, who will serve as the US Cup Series president sees his investment as an effective marketing venture for...