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MTB News & Racing Round-up, June 17, 2009

Date published:
June 17, 2009, 1:00 BST
  • Bromont implements course changes for August's triple World Cup

    Workers prepare the four cross course.
    Article published:
    June 16, 2009, 14:53 BST
    Daniel Simms

    Four cross, downhill and cross country courses modified

    With less than two months to go until the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup returns to Bromont, Quebec, course preparations are well underway for the August 1-3 weekend of racing. More than CAN$200,000 has been poured into downhill, cross country and four cross course improvements.

    "Phil Saxena [UCI four cross course designer] was here in May, redoing the four cross course," said Race Director Richard Deslandes. "After the winter, we could have run a race without touching the course and probably still won event of the year, it has held up so well." Bromont's four cross won event of the year in 2008.

    "However, having a week on-site, lots of dirt, lots of friends to play with and plenty of toys like front-end loaders, bulldozers and dump trucks, Phil decided that he might as well improve it a bit."

    The four cross course's start will be shifted slightly to the left (when looking up to the top) and will come toward the rest of the course at a bit of an angle. The finish will end up being in the same place as before, but Saxena is redoing the jumps to make them more spectacular.

    The four cross course will become a permanent fixture. The ski resort will simply fill in the jumps with snow for the skiing season and will no longer flatten the start and finish - so racers will be able to use the course all during the summer season.

    The downhill course is getting minor adjustments at the top, with racers now going around the big drop off from the 2008 run.

    On the other hand, the cross country course is getting an extensive re-work, with Ski Bromong working on it daily. The course should be ready by mid-June for two weeks of pre-riding prior to the Canada Cup on July 2, which is doubling as the test event for the World Cup.

    The cross country course will be one-third longer than last year, with a new climb at the start of the lap.

    The final change is a re-design of the site and how all three courses end.

  • Subaru-Gary Fisher add full-suspension 29" to range

    Subaru-Gary Fisher team riders have a new lightweight full-suspension 29er at their disposal and consumers will have access starting in August.
    Article published:
    June 17, 2009, 7:35 BST
    James Huang

    Superfly 100 Subaru-Gary Fisher's new race tool

    Subaru-Gary Fisher riders have added another 29"-wheeled race bike to accompany their current Gary Fisher Superfly carbon fiber hardtail – only this time it's a similarly high-zoot full-suspension rig.

    The new Superfly 100 features 100mm of travel at both ends yet frame weight is still very impressive at just 2.2kg (4.85lb) including the rear shock and associated hardware – light for a 26" dually but even more so considering the bigger wheels. OCLV carbon fiber is used for the front triangle, the seat stay assembly, and the asymmetrical chain stays, and even the top tube-mounted swing link – all 44g of it – is made of carbon as well. In full team trim, total weight is around 10.6kg (23.5lb) with an extra-large frame.

    In addition, there are supposedly no aluminum hard points in the frame whatsoever. The headset bearings insert directly into integrated carbon cups, the extra-wide bottom bracket uses molded-in bearing seats with drop-in cartridge bearings a la the Madone and even the suspension pivot points are aluminum-free. Save for the alloy hardware, the rear derailleur hanger, some threads in the direct-mount front derailleur stub, and the riveted-on housing guides, the new Superfly 100 is apparently 100 percent carbon.

    The Superfly 100 isn't just about being light, though. A tapered 1 1/8"-to-1 1/2" 'E2' head tube makes for more precise handling and surer brake performance – not to mention a beefier connection between the down tube and head tube – and the Trek-exclusive Active Braking Pivot dropout design yields better traction and reduced skidding, too (read: more control).

    According to Gary Fisher PR man Travis Ott, the Superfly 100 is also "as nimble as a 26" full-suspension bike" thanks to the relatively short wheelbase and proprietary Genesis 2.0 front-end geometry, which uses more offset at the crown to reduce trail.

    Key team testers for the new bike include US riders...

  • Thousands to race Mountain Mayhem

    Article published:
    June 17, 2009, 9:14 BST
    Daniel Simms

    24-hour race celebrates 12th year

    The UK's toughest 24-hour mountain bike endurance event will return to Herefordshire for its 12th year on June 19-21. The Original Source Mountain Mayhem will be run over the grounds of Eastnor Castle, Deer Park in Ledbury, over a nine-mile circuit.

    The event will kick off at 2:00 pm on Saturday, with 2,500 starting off with a one-mile run to their mountain bikes. Running throughout the night, the event will finish at Eastnor Castle at 2:00 pm on Sunday.

    Organizers expect a crowd of 15,000 spectators to watch the muddy mayhem, part of a weekend of events including a Dirt Demo, expo and children's skills course.

    For more information, visit

  • Plaxton and Pendrel move into US ProXCT lead

    Catherine Pendrel
    Article published:
    June 17, 2009, 10:44 BST
    Daniel Simms

    Both helped by wins at Sand Creek

    Canada's Max Plaxton (Sho-air-Specialized) topped a field packed with nearly 100 of North America's best male mountain bikers on Saturday at the Sand Creek International, the fourth stop of the US ProXCT Tour. In the women's event, fellow Canadia Catherine Pendrel (Luna) out-dueled Colorado Springs local Katie Compton (Spike) to win.

    With four of seven events complete, the series standings are below.

    Men's Individual US ProXCT Standings
    1. Max Plaxton (Can) Sho-air-Specialized, 385
    2. Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher, 375
    3. Sid Taberlay (Aus) Sho-air-Specialized, 340
    4. Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory Racing, 315
    5. Sam Schultz (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher, 275

    Women's Individual US ProXCT Standings
    1. Catherine Pendrel (Can) Luna, 395
    2. Georgia Gould (USA) Luna, 390
    3. Pua Sawicki (USA) Ellsworth, 310
    3. Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher, 310
    5. Kelli Emmett (USA) Giant, 290


  • All for Abby at next Crocodile Trophy

    The peloton at the 2008 Crocodile Trophy
    Article published:
    June 17, 2009, 11:29 BST
    John Flynn

    Race alumnus Scott McLennan to support wife's podium bid

    Overwhelmed with the romance of Australia's outback, Cairns cyclist Scott McLennan plans to sacrifice everything to ensure that his wife Abby reaches the podium of Australia's legendary Crocodile Trophy Mountainbike Race in 2009. Having joined the Crocodile Trophy alumni after surviving his first campaign in 2007, McLennan has selflessly agreed to work as a domestique for his partner, who has set herself the ambitious goal of being among the best of the visiting European and Australian women.

    McLennan has also enlisted the support of workmate James Banner-Smith for the gruelling ten stage, 1300 kilometre adventure. The two will form the backbone of the "Rattle & Hum" team, acting as Abby McLennan's bodyguards in the magnificent, yet hostile world of the Outback.

    "It's all about Abby, we're here to look after her," McLennan said. "To be honest it was her idea to begin with. After watching the duel last year between (Australia's) Jo Bennett and the Belgian woman (Karen Steurs), Abby was inspired and decided she had to have a go."

    Abby McLennan has won back-to-back editions of Australia's one-day cross country epic, the Triple RRR Classic from Mount Molloy to Port Douglas. She also rode to victory in the open women's division at the previous two editions of Townsville's Paluma Push.

    Fully committed to her Crocodile Trophy assault, Abby will step down from her job as a beauty therapist to train full-time for the race between now and October.

    "From what Scott has told me, the Croc Trophy isn't like any other bike race," Abby said. "As well as incredible endurance, you need speed to stay with the faster packs."

    The 2009 edition of the race will feature an opening stage from Cairns to Lake Tinaroo including the famed Copperlode Climb. Permit approvals are being sought for the route that will feature more than 2,000 metres of climbing through spectacular rainforest, linking the Great Barrier Reef port city of Cairns...

  • Manufacturers battle in new Constructors Championship

    Specialized sponsors riders like Todd Wells
    Article published:
    June 17, 2009, 11:49 BST
    Daniel Simms

    IMTTO sponsors competition of the brands

    The non-profit International Mountain Bike Teams, Tech support and Organizers (IMTTO) association has created a Constructors Championship, modelled after a similar competition in various motorsports. The contest recognizes the participation of different brands in the UCI's World Champmionship and World Cup events.

    Points are awardedfor each men's and women's cross country, downhill and four cross World Cup and World Championship event, excluding junior and Under 23 categories. Points for men's events are 20 for first, 19 for second, etc., down to one for the 20th place. The women's points are the same except are only awarded for the first 10 positions.

    After the World Cup in Fort William, Specialized leads the standings with 309 points ahead of GT with 213 points and Intense with 191 points. Trek and Santa Cruz round out the top five with 189 and 174 points respectively. 48 manufacturers are currently ranked.

    The winning brand at the end of the season will take home trophy.

    To following the rankings, visit IMTTO's website at