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MTB news & racing round-up for February XX, 2009

Date published:
February 25, 2009, 0:00 GMT
  • Northern California series

    Article published:
    February 25, 2009, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Tory Thomas

    The Northern California series, including cross country, downhill and super D races, will kick off...

    The Northern California series, including cross country, downhill and super D races, will kick off on March 22 and culminate with the crowning of the series champions at the LaGrange Fall Classic in Weaversville.

    Northern California Series
    March 22: CCCX Toro Park (XCO, DHI, Super D), Salinas, www.cccx.org
    April 5: Napa Valley Dirt Classic (XCO), Angwin, www.puc.edu/Pioneers/NVDC/
    April 25: Shasta Lemurian (XCO), Whiskeytown Lake, www.shastalemurian.org/
    May 2: CCCX, Toro Park (XCO), Salinas, www.cccx.org
    May 24: Gravity Day (DHI, Super D), Weaverville, www.teambigfoot.net
    June 9: Skyline Park (XCO), Napa, www.eaglecyclingclub.org/mtbike.htm
    June 21: CCCX, Toro Park (DHI, Super D), www.cccx.org
    June 28: CCCX, Fort Ord (XCO), www.cccx.org
    August 9: Howell Mountain Challenge (XCO), Angwin, www.puc.edu/Pioneers/HMC
    September 26: Whiskeytown Classic (XCO), Whiskeytown Lake, www.teambigfoot.netÂ
    September 27, Whiskeytown Classic (Super D), Whiskeytown Lake, www.teambigfoot.net
    October 17: Lagrange Fall Classic (XCO, DHI, Super D), Weaverville, www.teambigfoot.net Â

  • MTBA meets donation target for Victoria Bush Fire appeal

    Article published:
    February 25, 2009, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Tory Thomas

    Mountain Bike clubs from all over Australia responded to the offer from Mountain Bike Australia...

    Mountain Bike clubs from all over Australia responded to the offer from Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) to donate AUS$10 each for the first 1,000 riders at any MTBA event so well that the target of AUS$10,000 has already been met. The money has been sent to the Red Cross to help those affected by the Bush fires.

    MTBA thanked Brisbane South MTB Club, Canberra Off Road Cyclists, Western Sydney MTB Club, Rocky Trails Events, Launceston MTB Club, Coomella-Mildura Mountainless MTB Club and all the clubs and participants at the You Yangs 6-hour enduro.

  • German cross country series set for 2009

    Article published:
    February 25, 2009, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    The German cross country series, MTB-Bundesliga, will open its 2009 season on less than two months...

    The German cross country series, MTB-Bundesliga, will open its 2009 season on less than two months at Muensingen with Olympic gold medalists Sabine Spitz and Julien Absalon in attendance. Between April and August, six venues will host the internationally popular series.

    This year, highlights include two UCI category HC races: Bike the Rock at Heubach and the GONSO Albstadt MTB Classic in Albstadt. Never before has any one country hosted two HC events in a given season.

    The Sprint Cup, introduced in 2008, will be continued. The competition is similar to cross country skiing and will include five events for which overall points will be awarded.

    New for 2009 will be an U23-specific classification, and at all but one venue (Goseck), those young riders will compete for UCI points.

    MTB-Bundesliga International 2009
    April. 5: Goseck (only U23)
    April 17-18: Münsingen (1)
    May 9-10: Saalhausen (2)
    May 16-17: Heubach (HC)
    June 13-14: Albstadt (HC)
    June 27-28: Wetter/R. (1)
    August 15-16: Bad Salzdetfurth (1)Â

    For more information, visit www.rad-net.de.

    Add photos from Armin M. Kuestenbrueck (free for editorial use)

    1. Womens start into Bundesliga season 2008 in Muensingen

    2. U23 final overall podium at Bad Salzdetfurth: The espoirs get own races in 2009!

  • Counting down to New Zealand's first stage race

    Article published:
    February 25, 2009, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    With tyres pumped, bags packed and last minute training done, mountain bikers from around New...

    With tyres pumped, bags packed and last minute training done, mountain bikers from around New Zealand were counting down the hours to the start of the inaugural Skins Alpine Epic on Wednesday, February 25.

    In New Zealand's first stage mountain bike race, running through February 28, teams of two are battling it out over 259km from Canterbury foothills of Mt Somers through the Southern Alps to Lake Tekapo in Mount Cook/Mackenzie country. Competitors will finish on the shores of Lake Tekapo with the spectacular backdrop of the Southern Alps.

    Event co-organiser Nick Ross predicts first place will come down to a race between New Zealand's top cross-country mountain biker and Olympian Kashi Leuchs teamed up with fellow national rep Marcus Roy, and well-known endurance athlete Mark Williams from Queenstown with teammate Scott Wilder, a competitive road cyclist from Christchurch.

    Alpine Epic
    Stage 1: Mt Somers to Inverary - 35km, 800m ascent
    Stage 2: Inverary to the Rangitata River - 35km, 1,250m ascent
    Stage 3: Rangitata River to Rangitata Gorge Time Trial - 15km, 150m ascent
    Stage 4: Rangitata Gorge to Sherwood Hall - 80km, 2,300m ascent
    Stage 5: Sherwood to Tekapo - 62km, 1,950m ascent

  • Three US mountain bike development camps set for spring and summer

    Article published:
    February 25, 2009, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Tory Thomas

    As a part of its mountain development program, USA Cycling will host a series of racing-oriented...

    As a part of its mountain development program, USA Cycling will host a series of racing-oriented European development camps this spring and summer. The U23 and junior cross-country camps will be based in Kirchzarten, Germany, each running for a three-week period. Interested parties may submit attendance petitions to National Mountain Bike Development Director Marc Gullickson no later than April 1.

    The first camp, running May 7-25 will be open to U23 riders only while U23 riders and juniors may attend the second and third camps on May 28 - June 15 and June 18 to July 6.

    "These camps bring our cross-country mountain bike development program in line with USA Cycling's philosophy of focusing on developing our top young riders through international race experience," said Gullickson. "This plan will provide European mountain bike racing opportunities to a larger number of riders so that the World Championships isn't the first experience a young rider has racing outside of the US.Â

    "In an effort to fill the World Championship team with medal capable riders, it is important to give these athletes an opportunity to prove they can compete and win against top international fields in advance of their selection to the World Championship squad. The camps will be an important stepping stone for young mountain bike riders to reach the top level of elite racing."

    Levels of financial support will vary per rider qualifications. Full financial support will be offered only to 2008 U23 men's and junior 17-18 men's national cross country champions. Riders who qualified for automatic nomination to the 2008 World Championship team and will still be competing in the same age category, will only be required to pay round-trip air fare to Europe. All other attendees will be required to pay round trip air fare as well as an $850.00 camp fee.

    One non-funded spot will also be awarded to the top finishing 21- or 22-year-old who places inside the top...

  • BMC Mountains to the Sea kicking off soon

    Article published:
    February 25, 2009, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Tory Thomas

    Top International contender American John Nobile is looking forward to spending some time in the...

    Top International contender American John Nobile is looking forward to spending some time in the Australian bush on the back of his bike as he competes in the inaugural BMC Mountains to Beach from March 2 to 6. Nobile, who has won the longest mountain bike race in the world, the Great Divide Race from Canada to Mexico, finished second in the 2008 MTB Himachal race, India's race through the Himalaya. He is keen to add Australia to his list of conquests.

    Nobile is up against some tough competition though including current Australian Solo 24-hour Champion Jason English and Crocodile Trophy racer Dennis Van Mill. Apart from his national title, English finished second at the 2009 24 Hours of Adrenalin World Solo Championships and won the 2008 Scott 24-hour race. He was second behind Van Mill in the 100 Mile Highland Fling last November.

    In the pairs category, Troy Bailey & Joel Donney are expected to be the front runners. Baily won his 35-39 age group at the 24-hour world solo championships last year and Donney is a regular podium placer in endurance events across Australia. He was the 24-hour world solo Under 25 champion in 2007.

    The 375km Mountains to Beach will take racers from Mount Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest mountain, to the surf and sand of the South Coast of NSW. Riders will ride the whole distance from the mountains to the beach with the exception of 6km – a ride up the Ski Tube underground railway ascending 600metres from the Thredbo Valley to Perisher Blue Ski Resort.

    BMC Mountains to the Sea Stage Race
    Day 1, Stages 1-3, March 2: Threadbo, 50km
    Day 2, Stages 4-6, March 3: Berghaus Mountain, 86km
    Day 3, Stages 7-8, March 4: Buckenderra Resort, 67km
    Day 4, Stages 9-10, March 5: Visit Cooma, 123km
    Day 5, Stage 11, March 6: Eurobodalla Nature Coast, 45km

  • Australian Marathon Championship postponed

    Article published:
    February 25, 2009, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Big Hill Events postponed the 2009 Australian National Marathon Championships due to the devastating...

    Big Hill Events postponed the 2009 Australian National Marathon Championships due to the devastating fires that recently swept the Wandong area. A new date, venue and host for the 2009 Championships are yet to be confirmed by Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA).  Current entrants will be receive a refund or credit.

    Due to the severity of the damage caused by the fires, it is unlikely that Big Hill Events will be able to run a race in Wandong in the following year. However, the organization is planning a new Victorian race venue for March 2010 and hopes to host the 2010 Australian National Marathon Championships. Â

  • Catskills stage race proposed

    Article published:
    February 25, 2009, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Tory Thomas

    A group of enthusiasts want to create a four-day, 150-mile stage race called the Wildcat Epic in the...

    A group of enthusiasts want to create a four-day, 150-mile stage race called the Wildcat Epic in the Catskill Mountains of New York this summer. The race would visit Minnewaska State Park, Mohonk Preserve and the Hunter Mountain and Cortina ski areas.

    "It's going to be one of the biggest mountain biking events of the Northeast," said co-organizer Gunter Stilhaus to the timesunion.com. Stillhaus owns a local outdoor website and is a South Africa native and professional race organizer. He is partnering with Genesis Adventures, a Connecticut-based company which produces triathlons and other endurances races.

    Last summer, Windham Mountain, in the Catskills, hosted a stop on the National Mountain Bike Series. The US Cup and ProXCT will return this summer.

    The race would run June 18 - 21 and would feature some singletrack built by tthe local Fats in the Cats mountain bike club.

  • Giant Italia gets first win of the season and adds a rider

    Article published:
    February 25, 2009, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Giant Italia Team won its first victory in Canicattini Bagni, Sicily last weekend thanks to a strong...

    Giant Italia Team won its first victory in Canicattini Bagni, Sicily last weekend thanks to a strong performance by Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez. His teammate Diego Rosa finished third overall and was the first Under 23 rider. Mirko Farnisi finished second, 40 seconds behind Gutierrez.

    At the Sicily Cup event, the team announced a new rider, Roberto Traficante a former teammate of roadie Gilberto Simoni's on Team LPR.

  • Torq diary: Returning to good times

    There wasn't too much talking at the top of some of the super steep climbs.
    Article published:
    February 25, 2009, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    By Tory Thomas It's been another beautiful sunny day in hometown Mount Beauty, a perfect training...

    By Tory Thomas

    It's been another beautiful sunny day in hometown Mount Beauty, a perfect training day… but I'm living under coach's orders for rest, recovery, and more rest. It's difficult being sick any time of year, but it's especially challenging when there are brilliant blue skies and warm golden sunshine, complete with an idyllic light breeze… heaven!

    Until my cold happened, training has been going really well. Since Christmas, I've had a dream run in terms of training and health; for the first time in over two years, I've been able to recover and sleep. Suddenly I've been able to train.

    I've been pretty sick for the last two years – nothing too dramatic, just an incessant and chronic tiredness and apathy, an exhaustion that seeped in to my life on and off the bike. During this time, I couldn't sleep and I couldn't recover, and not surprisingly, I simply couldn't train.

    Read the complete diary entry.

  • Full Dynamix presented

    Article published:
    February 25, 2009, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    The Full Dynamix team presented its team for the 2009 season last Saturday in Italy. The team will...

    The Full Dynamix team presented its team for the 2009 season last Saturday in Italy. The team will begin racing next Sunday at the Maremma Cup in Marina di Massa. Jhonny Cattaneo and Mykahaylo Batsutsa are leading the seven-rider team for 2009. Although Cattaneo attended the ceremony, Batsutsa did not make it from Ukraine after his papers did not arrive in time. Batsutsa will head to Italy this week.

    The team also includes 2000 Olympic champion Miguel Martinez, Leo Paez, Marco Bui, Mauro Bettin and Massimo De Bertolis.

  • Leov and Jonnier claim final South Island Cup wins

    Article published:
    February 25, 2009, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Justin Leov and Sabrinna Jonnier claimed the final rounds of the New Zealand South Island mountain...

    Justin Leov and Sabrinna Jonnier claimed the final rounds of the New Zealand South Island mountain bike cups in Blenheim alst weekend.

    In the men's race, Leov defeated the winner of the previous round Danny Hart while Sam Blenkinsopclaimed third.

    "My run didn't feel like a normal race run, I felt really unfit but when I got to the bottom my time was pretty good and I ended up winning," Leov said.

    In the elite women's race, two-time downhill world champion Sabrina Jonnier of France won with local rider Harriet Harper taking second. Harper enjoyed the weekend of racing and was happy to host the large number of downhill racers on her home track while Harriet Ruecknagel of Germany placed third.

    "It's great to see everyone enjoying the track, there aren't many of us who ride in Blenheim so it's awesome to have lots of people to ride with on home ground," Harper said.

    This was the final race in the series of three comprising the South Island Downhill Cup, and the last event of the New Zealand MTB Cup. Riders will head to Nelson for the National Mountain Bike Championships from February 26 to March 1 during which downhill, cross country, dual slalom, hill climb, short track and 4X titles will be awarded.

    See Cyclingnews' full coverage of the South Island Downhill Cup round three.

    Atherton Racing launches new look and sponsors

    The Athertons, mountain biking’s most famous family, announced details of their new kit and partners for 2009 which include Animal, Commencal, Nissan and Shimano. Siblings Dan, Gee and Rachel Atherton will continue to ride under the name Animal Commencal to reflect its ongoing relationship with the two brands.

    "With Animal and Commencal's continuing support we can really start to focus on our main goals for the year," said Team Manager Dan Brown. "The World Championships and World Cup overall remain the main...

  • Jongewaard repeats while O'Shea makes her mark at Anaconda Odyssey

    Chris Jongewaard finishes first overall in the 100km
    Article published:
    February 25, 2009, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    South Australian Chris Jongewaard led the 100km Anaconda Odyssey MTB Marathon from start to finish...

    South Australian Chris Jongewaard led the 100km Anaconda Odyssey MTB Marathon from start to finish to win back-to-back titles in the marathon formerly called the Otway Odyssey, now the second biggest mountain bike race in Australia. Women's winner Katherine O'Shea successfully dominated the course and her competitors while leading for the majority of the race.

    The start provided the first spectacle of the day with the queue of riders stretching hundreds of metres down the main road led by the seeded riders. A hot men's field including 2007 champion Murray Spink and Olympian Dan McConnell were put to the sword from the very first climb of the day. Similar to last year, the main group was splintered early and was whittled down by 10km with Jongewaard and McConnell taking the lead early.

    Jongewaard managed a small break along the Red Carpet singletrack section and extended this into the Shotz Super Loop at the 67km mark. McConnell fought hard and managed to close the gap to under two minutes in the final 13km, but Jongewaard was too strong and smashed the course record to finish in four hours, 30 minutes and 46 seconds.

    A tussle between Murray Spink and Adrian Jackson provided a close battle for third with Spink the victor, 10 minutes behind first place. The first four places ended up the same as in the 2008 race.

    "This is a good lead-up for the year ahead and a good gauge of how I'm going," said Jongewaard after this win, obviously happy with his result before he goes to South Africa for the Cape Epic in March.

    With a 30 minute head start on the rest of the field, the elite women had the rare experience of doing their own race without the hassle of hundreds of men to fight for a good spot on the track. Katherine O'Shea, in her first marathon race, said the other women went out hard in the first climb but like Jongewaard, she led from quite early in the race to win in five hours, 43 minutes and 18 seconds.

    Claiming she wasn't...

  • Sunshine Cup opener looks blue and yellow

    Emil Lindren (Felt International Team) outsprints Periklis Ilias (ISD Cycling Team) for the win
    Article published:
    February 25, 2009, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Tory Thomas

    Two Swedes, Emil Lindgren and Alexandra Engen, won the opening round of the 2009 Sunshine Cup from...

    Swedes Lindgren and Engen win

    Two Swedes, Emil Lindgren and Alexandra Engen, won the opening round of the 2009 Sunshine Cup from Tochni to Kalavasos in Cyprus on Sunday.

    In the men's race, Lindgren proved his role as Sweden's next big mountain bike hope after Fredrik Kessiakoff switched from mountain bike to road racing full-time for 2009. Nonetheless, the talented Lindgren suffered a flat tire with about 10km to go on the 48.3km race. He fell behind the group when making the repair.

    However, Lindgren overcame his untimely handicap and the 23-year-old, in his first race for his new Felt Team, chased hard and brought himself back into contention for the final sprint against Periklis Ilias (ISD Cycling Team) of Greece. Ilias, just 22 years-old, took second, surprising everyone with his strong ride. He's a relative unknown in the world of mountain biking although he did place 31st at the World Cup finals last fall in Schladming, Austria.

    "I did not expect I could win in the sprint because I was a little tired from catching up to the front guys after my rear flat," said Lindgren. "I had to really hurry to get back to them, but it worked. Now I am really happy."

    "I have been coming to Cyprus every year since 2005, and this is my first win. I believed in myself and knew I had a chance for the gold."

    In the women's race, Engen was surprised when she was told she was leading the race. The 21-year-old talent didn't let the pressure get to her and kept herself on pace to take her first victory outside of Scandinavia.

    "I'm really happy. I enjoyed the race, my legs felt great today and the course fits me," said Engen. "I did not know how I would feel before the start, but eventually I was in the lead."

    "I did not know I was leading until the second feed zone, where I asked how I was doing and got a reply that I was in first. That was welcome news - it was hard to tell where the other women were."

    Italian Elena...