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MTB news & racing round-up for October 18, 2006

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October 18, 2006, 1:00 BST
  • Yorkshire, here I come; the Keith Bontrager diary

    Descending one of the Dales.
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    October 18, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Antonio J. Salmerón

    My plan was about the same this year as it was last year - get up north with a few days to ride,...

    My plan was about the same this year as it was last year - get up north with a few days to ride, shake the air miles out, get used to the area and the rocks, enjoy the weather and some fine ale, and get ready to race. Other than new wheels, tires and a new handlebar set up, I had a new bike. The bike I rode last year was an Empella with a 1" aluminum steerer. That was a bit too flexible for the descents. I talked Zap out of a Trek XO cross bike, and it was working well. I also added a layer of tape to the bars the evening before the race to help soften the blows on my blistered hands a little.

    This year I hiked up the back of Whernside with some friends on the Saturday before the race. This is the evil section of the course that has been my undoing every year, so a preview would be good. Ray hadn't raced here before and Julie didn't race last year, so it would be good for them to see it up close and in all of its gory detail. It's a good hike, and it was a sunny day so there were a lot of people taking advantage of the day.

    The August rain they'd had there had eroded the dirt around the stones in the trail, so they were a lot more prominent than they had been before. Instead of wasting words on this I am including some shots of the rocks, stones and scenic views of the fell for your enjoyment. It will give you a good idea of how challenging this race is technically, and how beautiful the area is. It was nice to get a chance to see it at a leisurely pace, too - it's much tougher to enjoy it on race day, of course. Keep in mind that it rained on Sunday and these were wet all the way down. It is the north of England, you know.

    For the full Keith Bontrager diary, click here.

  • Vink crowned as new Belgian downhill champion

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    October 18, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Antonio J. Salmerón

    An international field of racers took part in the open Belgian championships downhill in Namur....

    An international field of racers took part in the open Belgian championships downhill in Namur. Favorite Nico Vink (Dolphin) won the title ahead of compatriot Christoff Lensens and German rider Nino Antic.

  • Klaus, Kramer win iXS German Downhill Cup finale

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    October 18, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Antonio J. Salmerón

    Marcus Klaus (Ghost) won the final German Downhill Cup last weekend in front of several thousand...

    Marcus Klaus (Ghost) won the final German Downhill Cup last weekend in front of several thousand spectators in Northwave Bike Park. The 1.7km course dropped 220m. Antje Kramer (Giant) won the women's race.

  • Santa Cruz Team Syndicate happy with 2006 season.

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    By:
    Antonio J. Salmerón

    Santa Cruz Syndicate wrapped up a successful season after achieving many of its objectives set forth...

    Santa Cruz Syndicate wrapped up a successful season after achieving many of its objectives set forth early in the year. The team climbed atop 42 podiums, and of the six UCI World Cup Downhill events and overall podiums, Syndicate took ten spots.

    Steve Pete and Nathan Rennie took first and fourth overall in the UCI World Cup downhill. Rennie also earned the bronze medal, his first as a senior, at the downhill world championships in Rotorua, New Zealand.

    In a breakthrough year, Jamie Goldman won the indoor dirt jump competition at the Kona Out of Bounds Weekend in Leogang, Austria, placing 1st in the indoor dirt jump comp. After recovering from a broken hand mid-season, he won the Red Bull VOZI BRE slopestyle in Belgrade, Serbia and the slopestyle and dirt jump at Rock D'Azur, in Provence, France.

  • Bootes to attend Australian Mountain Cross Cup #1

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    October 18, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Antonio J. Salmerón

    Wade Bootes, fifth-ranked BMX racer worldwide and current mountain cross champion, will attend this...

    Wade Bootes, fifth-ranked BMX racer worldwide and current mountain cross champion, will attend this weekend's first round of the Australian Mountain Cross Cup in Sydney Olympic Park. Bootes recently broke his collarbone at World Championships Mountain Cross in Rotorua, New Zealand. Western Sydney Mountain Bike Club and Mountain Biking Australia host the event.

    Other riders expected to attend include Caroline Buchanan, third last year and reigning mountain cross champion; Alex Lloyd, defending champion; Luke Strom, Oceania Champion; Amiel Cavalier, last year's junior world downhill winner; and Grace Ireland, defending women's champion.

  • English downhill championships

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    October 18, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Antonio J. Salmerón

    English downhillers will head to Headon Plantation in Bratton for the championship event to be held...

    English downhillers will head to Headon Plantation in Bratton for the championship event to be held this weekend. First contested in 2005, the English Downhill Championships was cancelled last year. After practicing on Saturday, racers will do a seeding run to determine start order on Sunday to determine starting order on the final run.

  • US Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships happening this weekend

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    October 18, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Antonio J. Salmerón

    Top American collegiate mountain bike racers will compete for the NCCA Mountain Bike Championships...

    Top American collegiate mountain bike racers will compete for the NCCA Mountain Bike Championships Friday, October 20th through Sunday, October 22nd in Angel Fire, New Mexico.

    The short track and mountain cross events happen on Friday. Saturday will test the fitness and bike-handling skills of cross-country riders on the technically demanding, ten-mile course which will wind through the breathtaking hills of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains. Competition wraps up Sunday with the downhill, which drops 1,500 feet over rough volcanic terrain in just under six minutes. Overall team and individual champions will be crowned Sunday afternoon.

  • Comas crowns in Larch trials world cup

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    Cycling News

    By Antonio J. Salmerón Spanish rider Daniel Comas won the fifth and final race of the UCI Trials...

    By Antonio J. Salmerón

    Spanish rider Daniel Comas won the fifth and final race of the UCI Trials World Cup. Comas also took the 2006 individual overall title after dominating his rivals, Poland's Rafal Kumorowski and the Spanish Carles Diaz Codina, who finished second and third in the final general respectively.

    On the women's side, Swiss Karin Moor won after taking control of the world title. Mireia and Gemma Abant finished second and third, but they did not dispute the claim by some that second and third ought to have gone Frenchwoman Julie Pesenti and German Ann Christine Bettenhausen.

  • Brentjens wins his own Challenge

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    Cycling News

    For the second time, Bart Brentjens has won his own Bart Brentjens Challenge. In the last kilometres...

    For the second time, Bart Brentjens has won his own Bart Brentjens Challenge. In the last kilometres of the 104km mountain bike marathon, Brentjens flatted and was overtaken by his teammate Martin Kraler, who gained a minute. Yet, Brentjens regained Kraler and then beat the Austrian in the final sprint. Brentjens said, "This is the Amstel Gold Race for mountain bikers. In the sprint, I showed who was best. Kraler asked me to go together over the finish, but that’s not my mentality.”

  • Extreme conditions affect 24 Hours of Moab final standings

    Martin and Ross
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    October 18, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    Nat Ross (Subaru/Gary Fisher) overcame extreme conditions and confusion at the 12th Annual 24 Hours...

    Nat Ross (Subaru/Gary Fisher) overcame extreme conditions and confusion at the 12th Annual 24 Hours of Moab to win the men's solo division and the entire National Points Series sponsored by Granny Gear Productions. Lynda Wallenfels took the women's race.

    According to local sources, a 105 year-old record for rainfall was broken by Friday before the race, and while the rain backed off to a drizzle for Saturday's race start, a torrential downpour resumed around 7 PM. The desert could not absorb so much water so quickly, so water ran everywhere, eroding the course so that lines differed from lap to lap.

    Ross led four contenders at the end of lap one. At only eight seconds, Nick Martin (Trek/VW) followed. The two would stay within only 14 seconds for the next six-and-a-half hours.

    Martin said, "My plan was to stick to Nat's wheel - to be that annoying pest behind Nat, but we're really good friends, and I made my intentions clear to him. Our first laps felt pretty comfortable. Nat was setting the pace the whole time and I was just respecting the fact that it was Nat's territory."

    For a full race report, photos and as many results as we have from the 24 Hours of Moab, click here.

  • Wet and windy start to Crocodile Trophy 2006

    This pair decided
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    October 18, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Antonio J. Salmerón

    In a repeat of his 2005 performance, Belgian Christophe Stevens kicked off his 2006 Crocodile Trophy...

    In a repeat of his 2005 performance, Belgian Christophe Stevens kicked off his 2006 Crocodile Trophy Campaign with a tempting 15km prologue victory on the palm-fringed beach at Townsville in Tropical North Queensland on October 17. Under dark, wet skies in the sweaty tropics, the former Chocolade Jacques pro road cyclist, who was unsure of his form until the midday race start, answered his own questions and those of fellow competitors by joining Austrian powerhouse Heinz Zorweg in a two man breakaway.

    The pair, who on today's form, shape up as the two serious contenders for the 2006 Croc Trophy, blasted away the field of 43 riders (from 14 countries), to gain more than a minute on GC, not that the margin will matter with twelve punishing stages and 1400 kilometres ahead. "It was really hard compared to last year, the wind was just the opposite," Stevens said. "The beach was so hard on the legs."

    Austrian Dominique Angerer, one of two women competing in this year's Croc Trophy was the first woman to finish in 23rd place outright.

    The race through Australian Outback runs through October 29th.

    Read the complete Stage 1 report and results. Race preview and links to reports on remaining stage can be found here.

  • Ross wraps weather-hampered season with 24-Hour series win

    Nat Ross
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    October 18, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Steve Medcroft

    By Steve Medcroft At last weekend's 24 Hours of Moab, Cyclingnews diarist Nat Ross became the winner...

    By Steve Medcroft

    At last weekend's 24 Hours of Moab, Cyclingnews diarist Nat Ross became the winner of the first-ever 24 hour national points series. In the series, promoted by Laird Knight (Granny Gear Promotions), a rider had to collect points at three of the six Granny Gears races to win a cash prize estimated at $5,000.

    Even though he won all of the three Granny Gear races he entered in 2006, and podiumed in two other 24-hour events, Ross hasn't had an easy season. For the first time, the veteran solo endurance racer has been in races that were called for weather. And not just one; three events Ross was in have come to a screeching halt.

    "At the 24 Hours of Nine Mile," Ross said by phone on Tuesday, "lightning storms and torrential rains at 5:30 in the morning stopped the race. At the 24 Hours of Landau the terrain became impassable after a deluge of rain some time between two and six a.m.,." Then again last weekend, at the 24 Hours of Moab, rain dumped over the course; this time causing flash floods that washed sections of the course out from under rider's wheels.

    "It was insane," Ross said. "It was cold. I heard that Search and Rescue had pulled 21 people off the course for hypothermia and injuries from crashes."

    When he wrote his original season plan, Ross had not intended to race in Moab. "I showed up a (the 24 Hours of) Temecula (the first event in the Granny Gear series, held April 21st) to test myself at the beginning of the season. Laird (Knight, race promoter) said there was a series but I didn't think it would fit my schedule. But I won Temecula, and Laird said that 30% of the overall prize money (Granny Gear donates a portion of every solo entry to a pool from which he pays five riders deep in the solo class) would go to the series category...