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MTB News & Racing Round-up, June 23, 2010

Date published:
June 23, 2010, 22:05

Edited by Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

Welcome to our regular roundup of what's happening in mountain biking. Feel free to send feedback, news, & releases to mtb@cyclingnews.com and results, reports & photos to cyclingnews@cyclingnews.com.

  • Park takes a mobile approach to pro racing

    Krista Park (Incycle/Cannondale) hammers toward third place.
    Article published:
    June 23, 2010, 20:44
    By:
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

    Mountain biker and her husband live full-time in RV

    Mountain biker Krista Park (Incycle/Cannondale) has taken an unusual approach to being a pro racer. She and her husband Todd live permanently in an RV and travel around to races all over the US.

    "We sold our house in Atlanta. We live in a motorhome. We spend the winters in Tuscon. Todd has a family in Santa Fe and my grandma is in Durango, so we hit all the fun races out there," she said to Cyclingnews.

    "We are full time RVers and all of our friends are about 65 years old. It's a cool culture," she said. "We started the biking thing a little late and the RV thing a little early."

    The 36-year-old spent the weekend racing the Triple Crown final at the Massanutten Hoo Ha! near Harrisonburg, Virginia. She finished second in the super D, third in the short track and fifth in the cross country after some mechanical shifting issues.

    The Parks are both electrical engineers. Todd, 42, used to work for various antenna companies, and Krista used to work for Motorola in Georgia. Now Todd has his own company, and Krista is supposed to work for him.

    "Sometimes that gets lost with all my training and racing," she said. "Todd does antenna systems designs, he doesn't actually design antennas. When we travel, we also visit his clients, which are all over."

    When they started living full-time in an RV, Todd was regularly racing expert singlespeed for fun. He's been busier with work lately, but Krista is hoping he'll have a chance to get back more into riding so they can spend a bunch of time on the bike together again soon.

    "He's got an awesome contract right now, so his fitness has totally dissolved, but it goes in waves, and he'll be super fit again," she said.

    Park heads next to the marthon national championships at the Firecracker 50 on the Fourth of July. "Then I'll do the Colorado Springs US Pro XCT, and go to nationals in Granby, Colorado. After that, I don't know."

    "I'd love to qualify for marathon worlds and go to Germany. Last year I qualified, but I didn't know I would, so I didn't have the finances to go. This year, I could go if I qualified."

    "There are also so many fun underground-type races that I'd like to hit," she said.

    Todd and Krista's approach to racing and living on the road is similar to Cyclingnews' bloggers Mike Broderick and Mary McConneloug although Todd and Krista take a more domestic approach while Mike & Mary spend much more time overseas.

    "I'd love to do what Mike and Mary have been doing in Europe - even just for a couple of months," said Park. "We're always looking for a way to make that happen."

  • Minnaar wins in Leogang

    Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) on the podium.
    Article published:
    June 23, 2010, 15:07
    By:
    Cycling News

    South African continues to lead World Cup series

    Santa Cruz Syndicate's Greg Minnaar showed he can win on any track as he puts his strengths to the test and ended up with a victory in Leogang, Austria, which was round three of the World Cup downhill on Sunday.

    Cold rain made the course a dangerous, muddy mess, and riders crashed all over the place in the qualifier. Minnaar was the first man down and posted a 4:03, which held up for second place.

    In the finals, Minnaar beat the best time of Gee Atherton by 0.74 seconds with a 4:05.65, after being down on Gee 2.22 seconds at the first split. Fastest qualifier Sam Blenkinsop couldn't beat Minnaar, who took his second World Cup win of the season.

    "I made a few big mistakes on the top. I wanted to be smooth and carry speed and work hard on the pedaling, but it didn't really happen that way, and I was all over the place and taking dabs with my gangly legs."

    With half the downhill World cup season complete, Minnaar is in the leader's jersey, 73 points ahead of Gee Atherton. There are four weeks until the next World Cup. In the interim, Minnaar will compete at the US Pro GRT in Lake Tahoe, California.

    It was Minnaar's 13th UCI downhill World Cup career win and his 45th World Cup podium, which ties Nico Vouilloz's record and is just five behind teammate and World Champion's Steve Peat's 50 career podiums.

    Minnaar was suprised with his run. "It was an amazing weekend with a second in qualifier and first in the race. The race was really hard and conditions made it hard to stay on line and even on the track."

  • 24-hour racing heads to Ontario for the weekend

    The start of the 24 hours of Summer Solstice
    Article published:
    June 23, 2010, 11:38
    By:
    Cycling News

    24 hours of Summer Solstice features racing and a festival

    Over 2,000 racers will compete in the 13th annual 24 Hours of Summer Solstice this weekend, June 26-27, at Albion Hills Conversation area in Bolton, Ontario, Canada.

    The action begins on Saturday at noon and runs on a 17km course. Solo riders and teams of up to 10 will complete as many laps as possible over 24 hours. This first full weekend of summer will bring participants together for a race, and also for a two-day festival packed with competition, entertainment, and camping.

    "The Solstice is shaping up to be the best yet. There is so much going on over the two days, more than ever before. There are air castles, kid races, a brand new swimming area splash-pad, 24-hour catering, a beer garden, and on top of this the course is spectacular. Riders should be ready to have a blast this weekend," said Adam Ruppel of Chico Racing.

    Just in time for the race, several sections of doubletrack and singletrack have been reworked to ride drier and increase the overall flow.

    For more event information visit www.chicoracing.com.

  • Canaan Mountain Bike Festival set for weekend

    Mountain bikers will converge in Canaan for the Canaan Mountain Bike Festival on June 25-27, 2010.
    Article published:
    June 23, 2010, 10:29
    By:
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

    Rides, music, trail work on tap

    The Canaan Mountain Bike Festival will return to Davis, West Virginia, for its second running on June 25-27.

    The festival will open with a women's day-long riding tour and skills clinic led by retired pro Sue Haywood. It will leave from Blackwater Bikes at 10:00 am and go through the Canaan Valley Institute's property over a mix of open grassy meadows, wooded singletrack and the famous "moon rock". This is geared towards the intermediate rider who wants to try more technical terrain in a fun, supportive atmosphere.

    On Saturday, group trail rides ranging from nice and easy to hardcore will start out of Blackwater Bikes. Donations of $20 suggested, with proceeds to going to Tucker Country Trail Maintenance. Sunday's action will feature trail maintenance led by the Tucker County Trails Club, a family and kids ride and a Bike Hash.

    A trail club benefit party, live music and an art show are also on tap.

    The festival is happing, sun or mud.

    Davis, West Virginia, is well known for hosting the 24 hours of Canaan before the event later moved to Snowshoe and then Big Bear, West Virginia.

    For more information, click here.

  • Offenburg set for 2011

    Catharine Pendrel leads Luna teammate Georgia Gould at the Offenburg World Cup.
    Article published:
    June 23, 2010, 08:12
    By:
    Cycling News

    Popular World Cup round to return for fifth consecutive year

    The UCI Mountain Bike Cup will return to Offenburg in 2011. The German venue, which won the "Best Mountain Bike World Cup" award in 2008 and 2009, will serve as a stop on the international circuit for the fifth consecutive year on May 28-29, 2011.

    Just over a month ago, organizers hosted the most recent edition of the World Cup, which was won by Julien Absalon (Orbea) and Catharine Pendrel (Luna). A record number of spectators, 20,000, attended to watch the world's best racers.

    "After three successful years, we have managed this year to attract more spectators out along the track and into the World Cup stadium. I am very proud of this event," said Event Organiser Jörg Scheiderbauer.

    The plans for the World Cup in 2011 are already in motion. Due to the record number of spectators, organizers know they need to review the parking situation.

    "We are playing with the idea of a shuttle service to improve the parking for Teams, Athletes, Sponsors, Media and the public," said Scheiderbauer.

    The UCI announced the 2011 World Cup schedule late last week.