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MTB News & Racing Round-up, Friday, September 28, 2012

Date published:
September 28, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • Rusch to host NorCal League fundraiser

    Rebecca Rusch (Specialized) in a happy winner of the women's Leadville 100
    Article published:
    September 24, 2012, 20:40 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Date set for annual CycleFest gala and auction

    The NorCal League of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) is hosting a fundraiser for its high school mountain bike racing league on November 9, 2012. Rebecca Rusch (Specialized) will be the guest star at the annual CycleFest fundraiser, gala and auction.

    Rusch will share stories from four Leadville 100 victories, 24-hour solo world titles and many other endurance races around the globe.

    The NorCal League is offering tickets at an early discount price of $100 (normally $125). For more information or register, visit http://www.norcalmtb.org/events/cyclefest/#moreinfo.

  • Whole Athlete-Specialized Cycling Team wraps up best season yet

    2012 US National medalists: Zach Valdez, Casey Williams, Tony Smith, Lucas Newcomb, Kate Courtney, Marcus Segedin,
    Article published:
    September 25, 2012, 21:10 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    85 wins including a World Cup tallied in 2012

    The Whole Athlete-Specialized Cycling Team celebrated an impressive 2012 season with 85 wins, including the first-ever US junior women's World Cup victory by Kate Courtney. The team also recorded four World Cup top 10 finishes, produced multiple national champions, earned seven US Pro XCT wins and can boast four California State Champions. Three of its juniors also were named to the US world championship team.

    In what it called its "best season ever", the team continued to support junior and U23 cyclists per its philosophy of dedication, integrity and fun. Its mission is enabled by its coaches, mentors, volunteers and contributions to the non-profit Velo Development Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.

    The young squad's junior national medallists were Zach Valdez, Casey Williams, Tony Smith, Lucas Newcomb, Kate Courtney, Marcus Segedin and Josie Nordrum.

    Its riders balanced out their racing by giving back to the community, doing activities such as trail work and habitat restoration.

  • Longo extends contract wtih TX Active-Bianchi team

    Tony Longo with TX Active-Bianchi’s team manager Massimo Ghirotto
    Article published:
    September 26, 2012, 17:30 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Italian will focus on marathon discipline

    Tony Longo will continue racing for the TX Active-Bianchi team for another two years. The 28-year-old Italian mountain bike racer extended his contract through the end of 2014.

    "We were more than happy to prolong the contract," said TX Active-Bianchi's Team Manager Massimo Ghirotto. "Longo is one of the few competitive mountain bikers in both cross country and in marathon races. In 2013, we'll focus mostly on the latter."

    Longo won four races in 2012: Valcavallina Superbike, GF Alta Valtellina, La Vecia Ferovia dela Val de Fiemme and Collombardo Superbike, all in Northern Italy.

    "I'm really motivated by this renewal," said Longo. "I've been good with this team. This year I did well in the races. I prefer long climbs, whilst modern cross country tracks are nervous and punchy. For this reason, I'll focus on marathons next year, but I won't turn my nose up at cross country."

  • Brasil Ride gains UCI ranking

    Julio Costa crosses some water
    Article published:
    September 26, 2012, 20:37 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    New status and date for 2013 edition

    The Brasil Ride will step up into the ranks of UCI categorized stage races in 2013. The third edition of the young event will be run October 20-27, 2013 as an "S2" mountain bike stage race.

    The second edition of the race is currently underway, with stage 3 having finished up on Tuesday. The race runs for seven stages and seven days and includes a mix of time trial, cross country and marathon stages. It is run in the two-person format, like the Cape Epic and Trans Alp mountain bike stage races.

    During its short history, the race has moved a few times on the calendar. Next year's event will happen nearly two months after this year's event. The inaugural edition of the Brasil Ride was run in mid-October.

    Stay tuned to Cyclingnews for full coverage of the 2012 Brasil Ride.

  • Olympic champion Bresset renews with BH SR Suntour Peisey Vallandry

    Olympic Champion, Julie Bresset (France) shows off her gold medal.
    Article published:
    September 27, 2012, 17:00 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Marotte will also continue with French team

    Olympic and world mountain bike champion Julie Bresset, 23, signed on for another four years of racing in the colors of BH SR Suntour Peisey Vallandry.

    "I had some great moments on this team, and I am very happy to continue the adventure for four more years!" said Bresset.

    "After arriving in our ranks in 2010, Julie Bresset is now the undisputed boss of the world circuit," said Michel Hutsebaut, BH SR Suntour Peisey Vallandry Team Manager. "When we hired Julie in 2010, one of our partners aimed for us to produce an Olympic champion. I told him that we could do it, but with a woman! It is with great satisfaction that we extend for four more years our relationship with Julie."

    Three weeks after winning the Olympic Games in August, Bresset completed an exceptional season by winning the elite women's cross country world championships. It was her first year in the elite ranks.  In 2011, she won the U23 women's cross country world title.

    Along with Bresset, elite men's rider Maxime Marotte will also continue with the team. 2013 will mark his sixth season with the squad.

    Hutsebaut promised that the BH SR Suntour Peisey Vallandry Team would announce its full roster for 2013 soon.

  • Wilson proud of Team CF's accomplishments

    Cheryl Sornson (Team CF) has raced the High Cascades 100
    Article published:
    September 27, 2012, 20:09 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Sornson and Tanguy bring results in NUE Series

    Team CF had a strong showing in the 2012 mountain bike season with its elite racers Cheryl Sornson winning the National Ultra Endurance (NUE) Series women's overall and Christian Tanguy taking second among the men.

    Run by Dr. Jim Wilson, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the Medical School, the team, which is wrapping up its third season, was put together to raise awareness and visibility for Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Wilson, an avid cyclist, has conducted CF research for over two decades.

    "My experience with the bike industry has indeed been unlike anything I previously encountered," said Wilson. "However, we have settled on a group of bike sponsors who appreciate the unique attributes of the team. My biggest challenge is to find corporate sponsors to donate money. I consider it a privilege to manage this kind of non-profit and feed off the commitment and discipline of our full range of athletes from the elite cyclists who compete with (and often beat) professionals to our CF cyclists who overcome tremendous challenges to stay on the bike."

    Wilson raced as an amateur mountain biker for many years and said his cycling experience helped him select his team's elite racers - those who can compete at a high level and also serve as ambassadors for the team.

    "My formula is as follows: recruit talented cyclists who have solid family/friend support structures and treat them as professionals while providing them with a cause beyond just getting results," said Wilson.

    "It is amazing to me how they juggle work, family/friends, training/rest, and racing/travel - they clearly love riding and racing bikes! I have also observed an interesting dynamic within the team, which is a mix of sincere camaraderie and healthy competition. My approach is to support them when they need support, encourage them when need encouragement...

  • Some changes planned for 2013 US Mountain Bike Calendar

    The men's Pro XCT start was over 60 riders strong at the 2010 Subaru Cup
    Article published:
    September 27, 2012, 21:57 BST
    By:
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

    New venue for US Pro XCT; Nationals dates shift

    After Olympic years, there are always changes in cycling. 2013 will prove no different, with some shifts in the US domestic mountain bike calendar in the works. The US Pro XCT will include some non-UCI categorized events and will add at least one new east coast venue. In addition, US cross country mountain bike nationals will move back to their UCI-designated weekend while US marathon and downhill nationals will also change dates, moving off their respective UCI-designated weekends.

    An official, final schedule for the 2013 USA Cycling US Pro Cross Country Tour (Pro XCT) is not expected until sometime in November, but according to the recently released UCI calendar for 2013, it will include at least four UCI-categorized events: Mellow Johnny's Classic (1) in Texas on March 9; Missoula XC (1) in Montana on June 29; Subaru Cup (1) in Wisconsin on July 13; and Catamount Classic (2) in Vermont on August 17.

    That list is not complete because unlike in recent years, USA Cycling will include some non-UCI certified events.

    "We will be adding races to the US Pro XCT that will not be on the UCI calendar. We're working with promoters and creating those parameters," said USA Cycling's Micah Rice to Cyclingnews. "There are a number of races that want to be part of the US Pro XCT without conforming to the UCI format. For example, we're talking to Sea Otter, and Bonelli and Fontana." All three have been part of the US Pro XCT in various years past.

    "The change is due to a number of things. We're working closely with race directors from a lot of these events," he said.

    "There are a number of events that are not as excited about the UCI format as others. I think that's why we don't have a lot of UCI events [here in the US]. The 16 to 20-minute loops are interesting for some. I like the easy spectator viewing at them. These events are good to prepare our athletes...

  • World Cup Champ Gwin highlights SoCal CycleFest fundraiser

    Aaron Gwin storms to a second consecutive World Cup overall title
    Article published:
    September 28, 2012, 20:25 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    November event to benefit high school mountain biking

    The 2012-13 SoCal High School Mountain Bike Racing season starts November 17, 2012, with the much-anticipated SoCal CycleFest, a gala event - with guest star Aaron Gwin - supporting a youth cycling program in the region. The Board of Directors of the SoCal High School Cycling League is proud to announce that this year's CycleFest will take place at Meanda Grove in Riverside.

    This fifth annual event will include dinner and both silent and live auctions. Highlights of the auction include a fully supported four-day mountain bike trip for two on the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park by Western Spirit Cycling Adventures, a Specialized Carve, and a Turner Flux with Fox fork. The event will include presentations by two SoCal League student-athletes discussing their experiences in the League. The League will also be awarding its first ever Community Impact Award to Jim McIlvain and Mountain Bike Action Magazine for their ongoing work of bringing the SoCal League and high school mountain biking to a broader audience.

    A highlight of the evening will be a special guest interview with reigning two-time World Cup Downhill Champion Aaron Gwin (Trek World Racing). Gwin is looking forward to CycleFest 2012.

    "There's a long history of mountain bike racing in the US. I was fortunate to be exposed to bicycle racing at a young age, and it's helped me achieve the goals I've set in my career. High school mountain bike leagues are very important, and they deserve to be on the same level as the traditional stick and ball sports in schools."

    Matt Gunnell, the Executive Director of the SoCal League, is confident this will be an event to remember. "I'm thrilled to be able to present high school mountain biking in such a great setting with so many great supporters," he said. "As the SoCal League enters its fifth...