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MTB News & Racing Round-up, March 3, 2010

Date published:
March 04, 2010, 0:00 GMT
  • Adam Craig out until June

    US National Short Track Champion Adam Craig (Team Giant)
    Article published:
    March 02, 2010, 20:09 GMT
    Matt Pacocha,

    Giant rider recovering from knee surgery after ruptured ACL

    American cross-country star Adam Craig underwent surgery to reconstruct an exploded anterior cruciate ligament on February 9 in Bend, Oregon. The Rabobank-Giant off road team rider’s recovery will keep him out of competition until June. Craig made the announcement via his blog on Monday.

    Despite the athlete’s affinity for extreme off-season activities including whitewater kayaking, freeriding and big mountain skiing, the he ruptured his ACL during a mundane jog across an icy Bend parking lot on February 3.

    "I'm looking at not being able to ride a mountain bike in any remotely risky environment for four months from the date of surgery, February 9th," wrote Craig. "Even though I should be road riding in the next week or so, the new ligament will continue to weaken until about 16 weeks from surgery."

    Bend Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michael Ryan performed an allograft on the rider’s left knee. Ryan's practice Craig is already back on the bike, albeit a stationary one, pedaling slow circles.

    "They've given me the conservative angle right now because they don't want me to screw myself up trying to get back too soon," said Craig to BikeRadar. "I'm respecting that because I don't want to end up jacked."

    Right now, it's a waiting game for the rider who rarely finds himself on the couch, even in the off-season.

    "I haven't felt this rested in 10 years," he joked.

    Craig tenatively plans to be road racing by May and hopes to participate in the Mount Hood Classic. It will be his first road race in two years.

    "I'm going to try and be good at nationals [July 15-18] and Downieville [July 9-11] if it ends up happening," he said.

    Craig apologized to his sponsors for what he calls a "momentary loss of focus" and thanked them for their support. He ended the post with a promise to make good on the season, despite the unplanned late start.

    "Good thing world champs are at my...

  • Australian junior worlds downhill long team selected

    Troy Brosnan races to a win in the Under 19 Australian Men's Downhill Championship.
    Article published:
    March 03, 2010, 8:45 GMT
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

    National Champions Brosnan, Hockey part of squad

    Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) announced eight riders who it nominated to the long team for the junior downhill at the 2010 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships being staged in Mont Sainte Anne, Quebec, Canada from August 31 to September 5.

    Australia has a strong tradition of performing well in the downhill at World Championships with Sam Hill having won the elite title in 2006 and 2007.

    Although Hill is still only 24-years-of-age, there is a talented contingent of daredevil downhillers lining up behind him with South Australia's Troy Brosnan leading the charge.

    Brosnan, the recently crowned Australian under 19 champion, is still just 16 years old, but is already considered a top prospect in downhill racing. This will be his first year at the World Championships and the expectations are high.

    For the women, West Australia's Holly Baarspul will be looking to go two places better than her impressive bronze medal performance in the under 19 downhill at the 2009 World Championships.

    The final team will be announced on Tuesday, June 29.

    Australian Junior World Championship Downhill Long Team - Junior men
    Troy Brosnan (2010 Australian Champion)
    Daniel Lavis
    Antony Moore
    Ayden Wyber
    Brandon Yrttiaho
    Phillip Piazza

    Australian Junior World Championship Downhill Long Team - Junior women
    Holly Baarspul
    Emily Hockey (2010 Australian Champion)

  • Rotor revamp ultralight SL2 mountain bike stem

    Rotor's new SL2 stem uses a heavily milled-out conical extension, a new single-bolt steerer clamp and innovative DTT bolts to achieve a feather 91g claimed weight.
    Article published:
    March 03, 2010, 9:21 GMT
    James Huang

    3D crank influences steerer tube clamp design

    Rotor has updated its ultralight SL mountain bike stem with a stiffer shape plus a new steerer tube clamp design borrowed from its 3D crank.

    The extension has been changed from a straight cylinder to a heavily milled-out conical cross-section for better torsional rigidity, similar to what the company has already done with its impressive S1 and S1X stems. Though this has added a few grams, total claimed weight remains a feathery 91g for a 90mm length (and still just 102g for a 120mm).

    Rotor carries over the existing version's two-bolt removable face plate but the steerer clamp is now a single-fastener setup with a much larger bolt than before. New clamping supposedly still yields more evenly distributed clamp pressure on the steerer, though, and the threads are replaceable in the event of overtightening.

    All bolts also use Rotor's slick dual thread pitch DTT Evo bolts with Torx heads.

    The SL2 stem will be available in 90, 105 and 120mm lengths, all with a reversible 6-degree angle and traditional 25.4mm mountain bike bar clamp diameter only. Rotor says a 31.8mm version will be unveiled at Sea Otter and other stems will also soon be updated with the new single-bolt steerer clamp.

  • Euro Fourcross Series to visit Winterberg

    Racers at the European Scott 4X Cup
    Article published:
    March 03, 2010, 14:10 GMT
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

    Five stops spread throughout spring

    The Euro Fourcross Series has been announced for 2010. The first of five events will kick off in Prague, Czech, on April 18. The series will make stops in Szczawno Zdroj, Poland; Winterberg, Germany, Harthill, Great Britain; and Leogang Austria, where the series will wrap up on June 26.

    Euro Fourcross Series
    April 18: Round 1 - Prague, Czech
    April 24: Round 2 - Szczawno Zdroj, Poland
    May 22: Round 3 - Winterberg, Germany
    May 29: Round 4 - Harthill, Great Britain
    June 26: Round 5 - Leogang, Austria

    One of the stops, in Winterberg, will host the iXS Dirt Masters Festival. Last year, the four-day competition drew riders such as Australian Jared Graves, Swiss Roger Rinderknecht, German local Guido Tschugg and Dutchman Joost Wichmann. This year's finals will be raced under floodlights.

  • New South Wales gets new endurance race series

    Sharon Jan hones her singletrack skills in advance of the Singletrack Mind series in New South Wales.
    Article published:
    March 03, 2010, 22:23 GMT
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

    Inaugural Singletrack Mind to feature five races in 2010

    New South Wales mountain bikers will get the chance to compete in 2010 in a new endurance race series called The Singletrack Mind.

    Beginning in April, the five-event series will feature races ranging from six to 10 hours in duration. Each venue has been selected for its flowing singletrack and race-hosting abilities. The series will kick off April 18 in western NSW's singletrack oasis, Lidsdale State Forest near Lithgow. Events will follow in May, June and August before the series concludes on September 25 at the WMBC track in Appin.

    The series is being promoted by Chocolate Foot, a new business run by Fiona Dick and Joe Ward. Dick is well known as a racer, mountain bike skills educator, has written for mountain bike magazines.  She previously worked for race organizer Wild Horizons.

    For more information on the series, visit

    2010 Singletrack Mind Series
    April 18: Lidsdale State Forest, Lithgow
    May 16: Coondoo Road, Nowra
    June 13: Yellomundee Regional Park, Yarramundi
    August 29: Stromlo Forest Park, Canberra
    September 25: WMBC track, Appin