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

Date published:
January 28, 2009, 0:00 GMT
  • NorCal League hosting Roubaix screenings

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    January 28, 2009, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

    The Northern California High School Mountain Bike Racing League will be raising funds for its...

    The Northern California High School Mountain Bike Racing League will be raising funds for its organization by screening the film The Road to Roubaix on February 12 – 21, in conjunction with the Tour of California.

    The Road to Roubaix celebrates of cycling's most historically significant and charged one-day races, Paris - Roubaix, which has long gone by the nickname "Hell of the North". Directors David Deal and David Cooper present a montage of panoramic views, gripping race footage, and behind-the-scenes views and interviews.

    Screening Schedule
    February 12: Larkspur - Lark Theater - 8:00 pm
    Feruary 13: Berkeley - Florence Schwimley Theater - 7:30 pm
    February 15: Palo Alto – Campbell Center for the Performing Arts - 7:30 pm.
    February 15: Santa Cruz – Rio Theater - 7:30 pm
    February 20: Folsom - Jill Solberg Theate - 7:30 pm
    February 21: Pasadena - Vosloh Forum Hall - 7:00 pm

    Tickets will cost US$12. For more information, visit www.norcalmtb.org/events/roubaix/index.htm.

  • Terrapin Beer team ready for second year

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    January 28, 2009, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

    Undergoing a metamorphosis over the winter following its first year, The Terrapin Beer mountain bike...

    Undergoing a metamorphosis over the winter following its first year, The Terrapin Beer mountain bike team will emerge in March with a stronger team and renewed passion. Two key riders, Maria Carrelli and Wild Bill Lanzilotta, will return to lead the squad while new to the team are Chris Janiszewski, Anna Kelso, Jeremy Edge, David Hall and Shey Linder.

    Of the old guard, Carrelli is a two-time Georgia singlespeed state champion while Lanzilotta remains the senior member of the team and returns as the current Georgia State Champion (men's expert 40+).

    Janiszewski, a native to the southeast, comes to the team from Gainesville Florida, and is a regular on the National Ultra Endurance (NUE) series while Kelso is making the move from the DCMTB after winning the Terror of Teaberry, finishing second at the Tour de Tykes and third in the Fool's Gold 50 miler. Edge is a local rider who impressed management at 24-hour event last season, and Hall is an established roadie who had collected two road race state championships (North Carolina), four criterium state championships (South Carolina) and two cyclo-cross titles (South Carolina and Georgia). Finally, former SoBe-Cannondale rider Linder is a veteran of the sport who runs the Cycleyouth Development and FFCC Development teams. He consistently finished in the top ten in the National Ultra-Endurance Series.

    Former team member Rebecca Tomaszewski, who won the US 24 hour national championship in the duo pro co-ed category and two collegiate national titles, leaves the team for 2009.

  • Mountain Mayhem back for 12th year

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    January 28, 2009, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

    The Mountain Mayhem will return to Herefordshire in the United Kingdom for its twelfth year this...

    The Mountain Mayhem will return to Herefordshire in the United Kingdom for its twelfth year this June. Not for the faint-hearted, the 24-hour race will take over the grounds of Eastnor Castle, Deer Park in Ledbury, where 2,500 will compete on a nine-mile circuit. It will be part of a weekend of events that takes place from June 19 to 21, kicking off with the Dirt Demo, the largest mountain bike demo in the country.

    "Since its beginning back in 1998, the event has grown and developed over the years to become the biggest 24-hour mountain bike endurance event worldwide. This year expect surprises, excitement and one of the best Mountain Mayhems to date," siad Patrick Adams of Pacific Edge Events, organizers of the race.

    For more information, visit www.osmountainmayhem.co.uk.

  • One month to go until the Cyprus Sunshine Cup

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    January 28, 2009, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

    With less than one month to go until the opening round of the Cyprus Sunshine Cup, the race has...

    With less than one month to go until the opening round of the Cyprus Sunshine Cup, the race has attracted top riders for some sun and warm weather racing to help them find form prior to the World Cup season. Austrian Olympian Christoph Soukup (Czech Merida) and German Karl Platt and are among those who will compete for time on TV and increased prize money.

    Last year, Soukup won the final race of the series. Platt will prepare for the season along with his new Team Bulls teammates Frenchman Thomas Dietsch and German Tim Böhme. Dietsch is one of the most successful marathon riders of the world and especially in the first stage he could be able to compete for the win.

    Swiss Petra Henzi is returning to Cyprus as the women's favorite after winning two races and the overall Cyprus Cup in 2008.

    Cyprus Tourism Organization increased the race's prize money with more than 10,000 euros given for all four stages, including three-day Afxentia stage race. In total, 26,000 euros are on offer for the UCI C1 and C2 events.

    Last year's events saw wins by Fredrik Kessiakoff, Heather Irmiger, Roel Paulissen, Sabine Spitz, Jaroslav Kulhavy, Petra Henzi and Soukup.

    Sunshine Cup 2008
    February 22: Round 1 - Tochni-Kalavasos (XCO)(1)
    February 27: Round 2 - March 1 - Afxentia Macheras Mountains (SR)(1)
    March 8: Round 3 - Amathous-Agios-Tychon (XCO)(2)
    March 15: Round 4 - Voroklini (XCO)(1)

  • Giant signs Montoya

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    January 28, 2009, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

    Second-year elite racer Paolo Montoya signed a one-year contract with the Giant Italia team. He...

    Second-year elite racer Paolo Montoya signed a one-year contract with the Giant Italia team. He joins riders like Spaniard Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez and the Italian U23 Diego Rosa.

    The 23-year-old Montoya hails from Costa Rica. Last year, he won a silver medal at the Pan American cross country Championships in San Juan de los Morros, Venezuela. He was also a member of the team that won the Tour de France VTT.

    The agreement has been decided thanks to the support of MTB Brondello, who has been previously one of the partners of Team Infotre Lee Cougan, who is going to define a Team in the territory of Cuneo.

    "Because of some personal problems, I decided to come back in Costa Rica in 2009," said Montoya. "Anyway, only in Europe the most important MTB competitions will happen. In December, I came back to Italy, but my previous team, Infotre Lee Cougan, has already decided its roster. Thanks to the Giant Italia Team and MTB Brondello, I will compete for three months, taking part to the most important international races."

    " It is an honour for me to compete besides some great and amazing athletes like Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez," he said.

    Montoya will extend Giant Italia's reach to the American realm. "Paolo Montoya is a good athlete, who can improve technically," said the team's Technical Manager Gianfranco Bechis.

  • Leuchs and Roy embark on road trip seeking "true" mountain biking

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    January 28, 2009, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

    Two of New Zealand's top riders, Kashi Leuchs, of Dunedin, and Marcus Roy, of Invercargill, have...

    Two of New Zealand's top riders, Kashi Leuchs, of Dunedin, and Marcus Roy, of Invercargill, have joined forces to create Team RoadCraft, which will embark on a heartland tour of some of New Zealand's most pristine adventure rides.

    "The initiative came about through the drive to rediscover what 'true' mountain biking is all about," Leuchs said. "We spend all year with the pressure of the European-based World Cup circuit, and we always look forward to coming home to ride and have fun with family and friends."

    The RoadCraft MTB tour will see Leuchs and Roy roadtrip around some of New Zealand's best mountain bike endurance races. Leuchs has represented New Zealand at the Olympics three times and hopes to use the tour as a build up to the World Cup circuit he'll be returning to in March with his new team, Felt International. He will be based out of Annecy, France.

    "My idea was to get out there and into New Zealand's breathtaking landscapes and meet nice people in a relaxed atmosphere. This is a great opportunity to showcase the incredible scenery and races we have in our backyard. Then, at the same time, getting fit for my international race season," Leuchs said.

    Key events of the tour will include the 43km R&R Sports Otago Peninsula Challenge on February 1, the inaugural Alpine Epic 260km stage race from Mt Somers to Tekapo from February 25 to 28 and the 50km Motatapu Icebreaker starting at Glendhu Bay, Wanaka on March 14 and finishing in Arrowtown.

  • MacLeod holds on to hope post-injury

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    January 28, 2009, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

    After a serious crash in training that broke her neck and dislocated two vertebrae, top New Zealand...

    After a serious crash in training that broke her neck and dislocated two vertebrae, top New Zealand downhiller Sheryl MacLeod wants to return to riding her bike; however, it's still too early for her to know whether her international racing career is over.

    MacLeod, 30, underwent an emergency operation in Christchurch after her early-January accident to fuse the vertebrae with a bone graft from her hip. Surgeons also wired the broken bones within her neck.

    "I'm still feeling positive and am not planning to give up," she said to the Otago Daily Times. "I still want to have fun on the pedals, but I might concentrate on less risky bikes on the road or in cross-country mountain biking."

    Now wearing a neck brace and using crutches for balance on long walks, she had her sights set on the World Championships happening in Canberra, Australian in August. Only time will tell if she will need a second operation.

    "If it (my neck) doesn't heal properly, I may need to have a plate and screw inserted through the front of the neck."

    Rather than frustration, she expressed relief that she was not more seriously hurt and has been given a second chance. "I've beaten the odds and I'm still alive and able to walk. Someone up there was looking down on me and people were sending me good vibes."

    Her family and that of her partner are assisting her as she recovers at home in Dunedin.

  • Add bootleg update

    Article published:
    January 28, 2009, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

  • Aussie national series preview (if we get it on time)

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    January 28, 2009, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

  • Kiwi south island preview

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    January 28, 2009, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

  • TransAndes

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    January 28, 2009, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

  • What Greg is writing

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    January 28, 2009, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

  • Something Ray's (edition #2)

    Article published:
    January 28, 2009, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor