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MTB news & racing round-up for February 28, 2006

Date published:
February 28, 2006, 0:00 GMT
  • 2006 ADJOMTB application available

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    February 28, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Steve Medcroft

    Applications for the 2006 Alison Dunlap Junior Olympic Mountain Bike Series (ADJOMTB) are now...

    Applications for the 2006 Alison Dunlap Junior Olympic Mountain Bike Series (ADJOMTB) are now available. To be included in the Series, applications must be received no later than April 1, 2006.

    Entering its seventh year in 2006, the program has provided racing opportunities for aspiring young riders across the country. At the end of the series, invitations to USA Cycling Regional Development Camps are extended to the top riders. The series not only grows mountain biking by identifying and recognizing potential talent, but it also increases promotional exposure for participating events.

    Kona Clump Team 2006 roster

    The Kona Clump Team is Kona's professional freeride squad, a group that travels to distant corners of the world and pushes freeriding and dirt jumping to new limits is comprised of riders John Cowan, Robbie Bourdon, Dave Watson, Carlin Dunne and Paul Basagoitia. The Clump Team is the most progressive team of out-of-bounds riders in the cycling industry and the driving force behind the design of Kona's Coiler and Stinky freeride bikes.

    John Cowan, Kona's ambassador to dirt jumping, is the signature builder of the Whistler/Kona Jump Farm and namesake for Kona's top of the line dirt jump bike, the Cowan. A San Diego, California native, Cowan grew up surfing but jumped on a mountain bike in 1998 and, while he still loves to surf, was able to quit his day job at UPS and turn his new-found passion into a full-time job. His breakout moment came when he was featured in 2000's New World Disorder mountain bike film; almost overnight he became a freeride superstar and one of the most recognizable riders in the sport. Cowan's exploits have included winning the Big Air Contest at the NORBA National in Snow Summit, Calif., being featured on the cover of the October 2000 issue of Bike magazine, and feature segments in dozens of mountain bike films....

  • Aussie MTB junior team receives award

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    February 28, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Steve Medcroft

    At the SBS Television 26th Australian Sport Awards in Sydney this week, the Junior Men's Downhill...

    At the SBS Television 26th Australian Sport Awards in Sydney this week, the Junior Men's Downhill Mountain Bike Team won the Young Australian Team of the Year Award. The award was accepted by the National Mountain Bike Downhill Coach, Scott Sharples and World Junior Gold Medallist, Amiel Cavalier from Wollongong. Cavalier was also nominated for Young Australian Male Athlete of the Year.

    The 7 rider team consisted of:

    Amiel Cavalier (Figtree, NSW)
    Ayden Eves (Mackay, QLD)
    Sam Hocken (Leongatha, VIC)
    Hugh Mansfield (St Ives, NSW)
    Christopher Panozzo (Tawonga South, VIC)
    Liam Panozzo (Mt Beauty, VIC)
    Darren Pokoj (Greenbank, QLD)

    At the World Championships In Livigno, Italy in September, the young team did remarkably well with all 5 finishing in the top fifteen. Queenslander's Ayden Eves (Mackay), 17, in sixth place and Brisbane's Darren Pokoj (Greenbank), 18 came ninth. Victorian, Christopher Panozzo ( Mt Beauty), 18, was 12th and Sydney's Hugh Mansfield ( St Ives), 18, placed 15th.

    Also put up for the same award was the Australian Youth Sailing Team (Hobie 16 Class).

    For further information check out: http://www.australiansportawards.com.au/ index.php?id=11.

  • Rocky Mountain goes custom

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    February 28, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Steve Medcroft

    Canadian bike builder Rocky Mountain has announced a customized bike building service that allows...

    Canadian bike builder Rocky Mountain has announced a customized bike building service that allows buyers to choose the colour scheme and components of Rocky Mountain Solo road bikes.

    The scheme applies the three bikes, the Solo CR in Columbus Mecano carbon, Columbus Spirit Solo ST and Columbus Metal and carbon Solo AC. A simple on-line ordering system takes you through the options and shows you how the bike will look at you go.

    "We're very pleased to offer this new service to our customers, "said Jean Poisson, general manager of Rocky Mountain Bicycles. "Our philosophy has always been to build our bikes to a higher standard of quality and greater level of innovation to give the rider a better, more enjoyable riding experience. To allow the rider to personalize their bike this way is a natural extension of that philosophy."

    More info : www.bikes.com.

  • Filip Meirhaeghe ready to put cycling first

    Filip Meirhaeghe signing autographs in 2003
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    February 28, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Steve Medcroft

    By Steve Medcroft Former World Mountain Bike Champion Filip Meirhaeghe is back in the saddle after...

    By Steve Medcroft

    Former World Mountain Bike Champion Filip Meirhaeghe is back in the saddle after fifteen months on the sidelines.

    Meirhaeghe tested positive for EPO on June 25, 2004 (just before the Mont St. Anne World Cup) in an out of competition test and received a 15 month suspension from cycling, making him eligible to race again as early as January 14 of this year. At the time, Meirhaeghe was quoted by Sporza radio as saying that he felt there was actually hope for him to make a comeback. Without EPO. "...if I climb back on the bike, it will be without EPO. An ass doesn't stumble twice on the same stone."

    Meirhaeghe was recently spotted in the peloton at the Tour de Langkawi. Speaking in contemplative tones to Cyclingnews by phone from his home in Belgium, Meirhaeghe says he spent his season in exile contemplating the damage he'd done to his career. "It will be easy," he says about his plans to avoid a repeat of his decision to take EPO. "My life will never be the same. Every day, I remember how it changed my life and I don't ever want to live through the same experiences again."

    The break from racing also left Meirhaeghe with a gap in training that makes him wonder if he'll ever compete at the level he once did. "I didn't train for ten months," he said. "But I have been training all winter and my form seems to be all right for the moment."

    The first test of Meirhaeghe's form came in Langkawi. "My goal was to be able to stay with the group and I was able to do that," he said about the nine-stage race. "I came out of it with better form than I started so I consider it a success."

    Meirhaeghe has also taken in one local MTB race so far this season but admits he won't know where he ranks against the world best cross country racers...