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MTB News & racing round-up for October 7, 2005

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October 07, 2005, 1:00 BST
  • IMBA picks their 2005 Epic Rides

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    October 07, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Steve Medcroft

    Epic rides are why we love mountain biking. They create classic memories and inspire us to save the...

    Epic rides are why we love mountain biking. They create classic memories and inspire us to save the trails. To fuel this passion, IMBA has selected five outstanding routes as 2005 IMBA Epic Rides, adding to the 32 great rides we've picked since '99.

    2005 IMBA Epic selections:

    • Left and Right Trails, Tsali, North Carolina
    • Syllamo Trails, Syllamo, Arkansas
    • Loon Lake Trail, McCall, Idaho
    • Tahoe Meadows, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
    • Seven Summits Trail, Rossland, British Columbia
    • View the 2005 Epics online: http://www.imba.com/epics/

    The "Epic" designation is an honor given through a competitive application process. IMBA Epics are at the top of many mountain bikers' "must-ride" lists, and for that reason, IMBA provides information about the rides and local attractions on its website to facilitate off-road adventures.

    Nominate your trail for next year's IMBA Epic Ride designation at: www.imba.com/epics/nominate_epic.html

    In the past, IMBA has promoted celebratory events when designating Epics. This year, to reduce the strain on local organizers, we will not promote IMBA-sponsored events.

  • 2005 Croc Trophy

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    October 07, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Steve Medcroft

    It's back! The wild country of Far North Queensland will once again play host to the 11th Crocodile...

    It's back! The wild country of Far North Queensland will once again play host to the 11th Crocodile Trophy (October 18th to 30th).

    The 2005 Crocodile Trophy will feature teams from Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Austria, Denmark and Australia, along with the perennially competitive and truly international Gatorade / Coopers Dream team, which is rumored to be featuring some yet to be revealed big name riders.

    2004 winner Adam Hansen, the first Australian to ever claim the coveted Croc Trophy will make the journey from his new European training base to defend the title, but faces tough opposition from international rivals including Italy's Mauro Bettin and Czech Sibl Radoslav, among many others in the seventy rider field.

    In contrast to last year's event which snaked its way from Darwin to Cairns across the Top End, the 2005 Crocodile Trophy will focus exclusively on the magnificent backdrop of Far North Queensland, from the rainforest to the remote outback. "There is no question, last year's Crocodile Trophy was the toughest on record, but that's not saying this year will be necessarilly any easier," Said Crocodile Trophy founder Gerhard Schoenbacher.

    "Our focus is always on making this the world's most difficult off-road cycle race, which is why we have included more mountainous stages, along with the iconic outback country."

    The 2005 Croc Trophy kicks off on October 18th with a prologue stage in Australia's Tropical Capital of Townsville, before heading bush via the spectacular mountain country of Paluma, Blencoe Falls and Ravenshoe.

    Then it's on into the dusty dry outback country of lower Cape York - via Chillagoe, Mount Mulligan and Laura - until the riders reach the coast at Cooktown. The penultimate stage, arguably the most iconic of the race, will take competitors through the Daintree Rainforest along the legendary CREB track. At the end of 1400 brutal kilometres 'The Croc' as it has become known,...

  • A bike for a village Golden Dahle bike auction ends

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    October 07, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Steve Medcroft

    The "A Bike for a Village" charity auction, in which the wining bidder took home a customer...

    The "A Bike for a Village" charity auction, in which the wining bidder took home a customer gold-colored Gunn-Rita Dahle signature Merida mountain bike, came to a close this week.

    Belgian Valerie Custers too possession of her bike at the Grand Prix Roel Paulissen in her home country, in turn handing over $2,550US to the "Village of of Friendship". "Riding Gunn-Rita's bike is like a dream come true," Custers raved in Genk. She called herself a huge fan of the Norwegian pro rider, whose Olympic victory inspired the building of the bike.

    "We are very happy about the financial support but also about the publicity brought about by the campaign. 30 years after the end of the Vietnam War it's hard to raise awareness, even though the people there are still suffering from the effects," said charity chairperson Rosi Höhn-Mizo. The money for the bike will be spent on the equipment at a wing of the clinic in the Village of Friendship in Vietnam. The plan is to buy a dental x-ray machine. "We can move a lot with 2500 dollar. Another option would be to hire a special education teacher for two years," explained Rosemarie Höhn-Mizo at the handing over of bike by Merida team manager Andi Rottler.

  • $30,000 on offer at Wigwam/Ultimax Mountain Bike Challenge

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    October 07, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Steve Medcroft

    The 2005 version of the Wigwam/Ultimax Mountain Bike Challenge, hosted by the Sheboygan FAT KATS...

    The 2005 version of the Wigwam/Ultimax Mountain Bike Challenge, hosted by the Sheboygan FAT KATS (www.fatkats.org) will be held on October 9th (XC) in Sheboygan, Wis.

    For 2005, sponsors have delivered a total cash and merchandise purse greater than $30,000! The Pro purse will be no less than $5,000 in cash with Men receiving $1,700 for first place, $900 for second, $500 for third, $300 for fourth, and $150 for fifth place overall. Regular payouts for the remaining top 20 are based off of WORS standard payout schedules. The Women's Pro division will be receiving $500 for first place, $250 for second, $125 for third, $100 for fourth and $75 for fifth. Again, regular payouts for the remaining top 10 will be based off of WORS standard payout schedules.

    Also worth mentioning are some intriguing sections on the racecourse that offer additional cash rewards for riders, such as: 1) Bicycle Works Hole Shot Prime - Top three overall from the start will receive cash at the end of a 500 yard sprint (all classes); 2) Equalizer Hill Climb Prime by Wigwam - Each time you climb this 50-yard headwall without dabbing, you are handed $5 at the top; 3) All overall winners will receive custom awards courtesy of Industrial Graphics; and 4) All registered racers will receive a pair of Ultimax Cycling Socks.

    The amount of the racer raffle prize list has also increased. This year there will be a chance to win the use of a Hyundai automobile from Van Horn Hyundai, TREK bikes, Oakley glasses and clothing, Chippewa Falls Water, Wigwam Socks, PCW Cycling gear, Saris Racks from Bike 'n' Ski, Crank Brothers pedals, Bontrager Equipment, and many more items. Fun stuff and great times await the 900 plus riders yearly and we welcome your involvement to make this event even more memorable.

  • Garmin Ltd. acquires MotionBased Technologies

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    October 07, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Steve Medcroft

    Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), announced this week that it has acquired MotionBased Technologies, LLC;...

    Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), announced this week that it has acquired MotionBased Technologies, LLC; a privately-held developer of Web based applications for GPS devices that operates www.motionbased.com. MotionBased Technologies will continue operations as a division of Garmin International, Inc., a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd.

    "We are very pleased with this acquisition because it complements our strategy to penetrate the fitness market," said Dr. Min Kao, Garmin's chairman and CEO. "The MotionBased web application is popular with Garmin customers. Since MotionBased.com was launched in 2004, over 11,000 GPS users have registered for access, and they have logged approximately 140,000 individual outdoor activities to the site."

    MotionBased Technologies, headquartered in Sausalito, California, is recognized for processing GPS and other data (e.g., heart rate) for performance analysis and online mapping for athletes and outdoor enthusiasts. This web-based subscription service complements Garmin's fitness and outdoor devices, such as the Forerunner 201 and 301, Edge 205 and 305, Foretrex, and eTrex. Following an outdoor activity using a Garmin GPS unit, customers connect their device to a computer and upload the data to MotionBased where they personalize and categorize each activity.

    The MotionBased service is used by customers to analyze the data to calculate time, distance, speed, elevation, and heart rate. MotionBased displays this information through charts, illustrations, reports, and a variety of map representations including street, photo, topographic, and elevation maps as well as the popular Google Earth service to visualize their activity. Users can replay their workout using media controls as they watch themselves move along the mapped route coupled with an elevation profile. Each activity stored in a personal online digest is also added to the TrailNetwork - a growing database of routes created by the MotionBased community. Members use the...

  • Sam Hill resigns with Iron Horse

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    October 07, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Steve Medcroft

    Iron Horse Bicycles resigned Australian downhiller Sam Hill this week. Hill is fresh off another...

    Iron Horse Bicycles resigned Australian downhiller Sam Hill this week. Hill is fresh off another successful World Cup race season (two UCI World Cup wins, 2nd overall UCI World Cup Series, UCI World Championship Silver Medalist, and U.S. Open Champion) and will continue with the U.S. bike maker through the 2008 race season.

    Said Hill: "I'm really excited to be riding Iron Horse Bikes, happy to continue working with people who care about me, my future, and about the products they make. It's going to be awesome to help develop bikes that give cyclists the confidence to ride any terrain they choose."

    Hill's focus will be on the U.S. Open, UCI World Cup Series, UCI World Championships, and select North American and Australian National events.

  • The Gunn-Rita Dahle diary

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    October 07, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Steve Medcroft

    Our week in China has been action-packed, extremely enjoyable, and very educational. We got to...

    Exciting days in China

    Our week in China has been action-packed, extremely enjoyable, and very educational. We got to experience the enthusiasm of Chinese cyclists through the Great Wall Bicycle Festival, arranged by Nordic Ways; we got to know our Merida family in China; we got a taste of cultural history dating back to the old kingdom of the Chinese Czar; and we got to taste the utterly fantastic Asian cuisine.

    Wednesday, September 21

    After a substantial plane trip from Stavanger to Beijing, we arrived in the metropolis of Beijing in the afternoon, local time. We were met by representatives from the Norwegian-Swedish organisation Nordic Ways, and were driven to our hotel. Nordic Ways has its offices in the centre of Beijing, where three Norwegian and 17 Chinese employees work full-time, organising and arranging huge sports venues within the country - e.g - cycling, orienteering and cross country skiing.

    We were invited to China by Nordic Ways to take part in the Great Wall Bicycle Festival, which was in its second year. The whole event takes two days, and on Saturday there's road racing, while mountain biking takes place on the second day. A good 1300 locals took part, three times as many as last year.

    This year Merida China was the main sponsor for the day of mountain biking, and this gave us a great opportunity to meet our Merida friends in the country. Merida will be putting a lot of focus on cycling in large areas of Asia in the years leading up to the Olympics in Beijing. In other words, we will probably be travelling to this part of the world again in the years to come.

    We checked into a nice hotel about 5-6 kilometres from the centre of Beijing, and had a short hour of exercise to get our circulation going again. In the evening we went for a walk in the surrounding area and then enjoyed a quick supper. We're feeling somewhat comatose after a long day of travelling and entering a new timezone. Our...

  • MONT 24hr this weekend

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    October 07, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Steve Medcroft

    The MONT 24hr Australian Mountain Bike Championships, kicks off at 12 noon this Saturday, October 8....

    The MONT 24hr Australian Mountain Bike Championships, kicks off at 12 noon this Saturday, October 8. 2,450 riders will be competing over the tight singletrack course in the Australian Capital Territory including 176 solo riders (a number equal to the complete field of the 1999 original race).

    With two return tickets to the World Solo champs on offer, more riders have been challenged to go the solo option. The field is wide open with many of the top Solo riders recently returned from their efforts at the Adrenaline World Champs in Canada. Solo Males contenders include Saul Britton, trying to come back after a major back injury, Graeme Allbon, 17th at the World Solos, adventure racer Matt DeBelin and first time 24hr rider Johnny Waddell. One of the favorites is young rider, James Williamson.

    The female Solo category is a close field of some of the most extreme endurance sportswomen in Australia. The field includes Freya Scollay, 4th in the World Solos, Olympian Carla Zijlstra-Evans, Adventure Racer and MONT Solo winner Rosi King, and our own Katrina Roper.

    The over 40s field is equally strong with Neil Dall fresh from his Canadian experience. Single Speeders are also well represented.

    With over $70,000 in prizes, air fares and prize money the race offers opportunities for all riders to take home some Schwag

    More information: www.corc.asn.au.

  • 6 Haro mountain bikes stolen at Interbike

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    October 07, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Steve Medcroft

    When Haro's employees returned to the Sands Convention Center on Saturday morning to start packing...

    When Haro's employees returned to the Sands Convention Center on Saturday morning to start packing up their Interbike trade show booth, they discovered their locked cables had been cut and 6 mountain bikes had been stolen at some point during the night.

    "These bikes have a lot of non rideable parts on them and some frames are not heat treated. They are photo samples only and are not safe to be ridden. In fact, they could be downright dangerous," said Wayne Doran, Haro's Quality Control Specialist. "Bike shops should keep an eye out for anyone who brings them in for service or warranty, and consumers should be wary of private individuals trying to sell them a 2006 Haro mountain bike."

    • The bikes that were stolen include:
    • .357 Magnum downhill bike in metallic gold, size medium
    • Werx 5 VL120 cross country bike in metallic gold, 18" (may be dirty since it was displayed at Dirt Demo)
    • Sonic VL120s cross country bike in dark grey, 18"
    • Shift R3 cross country bike in royal blue, 18"
    • Shift R5 cross country bike in red, 18"
    • Extreme X6 freeride bike in semi-gloss pewter, 16"

    These bikes should be easy to identify since these particular models are not available in shops and will not be available for purchase for several months. Anyone with any information about these missing bikes is encouraged to contact Haro Bikes immediately at 800-289-4276 or e-mail Jill Hamilton, Haro Marketing Manager at jillh@harobikes.com.

  • Interbike: A retailer's eye

    Arizona bike shop owner Erik Angermeier's Slippery Pig One-2
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    October 07, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    By Steve Medcroft Although it is a fascinating spectacle for anyone who is in love with cycling,...

    By Steve Medcroft

    Although it is a fascinating spectacle for anyone who is in love with cycling, Interbike is primarily a business trade show for the cycling industry. Manufacturers, dealers and vendors put out their wares in an attempt to impress retailers and other buyers. During (and in the past week since), Cyclingnews has attempted to bring you inside Interbike and show you what the industry has in store for you in the coming year. Since this is really a show for the retailer though, we thought we'd corner one and get his thoughts on what Interbike had to offer. The retailer we caught was Erik Angermeier, owner of Slippery Pig Bikes in Phoenix, Arizona. As well as attending the show as a retailer, Angermeier has an unusual two-niner bike design featuring dual drivetrains (called the Slippery Pig One-2) on display at the show.

    Cyclingnews: What did you want to accomplish by going to Interbike this year?

    Erik Angermeier: Variety is one of the reasons I go. We had an early-season intro to Trek and Kona at their facilities so I was going to Interbike to see the second and third-tier bike companies, see what they had to offer in comparison to the larger companies. I want to can see everything that's going to be out there in one place and do the comparisons. You get to see who has the best road, mountain or commuter bike, the best $400 bike, $500 bike and $1000 bike.

    CN: Did you find what you were looking for?

    EA: I found that I was paying attention to the companies that had a stronger complete line; who paid attention to the commuter as much as the $5000 road bike, to kids bikes as much as women-specific bikes. Jamis impressed me; they had a complete line from low end to high end and are actively trying to become a first-tier bike company. We saw what they...

  • Chris Sheppard: "I cheated"

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    October 07, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Steve Medcroft

    Canadian mountain biker Chris Sheppard recently tested positive for recombinant erythropoietin...

    Canadian mountain biker Chris Sheppard recently tested positive for recombinant erythropoietin (rEPO) after an out-of-competition test at his home in Kamloops, Canada, and was subsequently suspended by Canadian Cycling and fired from Team Haro. He was liked in the mountain-bike community but is now a pariah. Sheppard used to send a personal email to his sponsors and friends on a regular basis; a diary of sorts. The email was called the 'Shep Report'. What follows is what the outcast rider calls 'the final Shep Report.' In it, Shep, as he is known to friends, explains what led to his decision to take EPO and the consequences.

    First and foremost I have to say that I cheated. Point blank. I have let down my girlfriend, family, friends, sponsors, fellow racers, and National team supporters. I have been led down a path that ends my career with question marks and lost hope especially to those who looked up to me. All I can say is I AM SORRY. There is no justification for what I have done - just a history of why I was pushed to this point. I am not trying to raise sympathy, nor have people feel sorry for me. Cycling is a tough sport and after 17 years of racing clean and pointing the finger, I gave in during hard times. I wanted what was taken away from me; that is, years of hard work culminating in a solid season that ended with an accident and my spiral into depression.

    Some of you have already stopped reading and I don't blame you. It has taken months of me living every lyric from AFI's "Sing the Sorrow" for me to finally sit down and let it out. I could have drifted off into oblivion to never care again but I can't. I can't let this blow over and start a new chapter while not at least explaining myself to those that have become my family. In the end I am a cheat...