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MTB News & Racing Round-up, May 5, 2010

Date published:
May 05, 2010, 1:00 BST
  • Scoles wins during debut with new professional team

    Matt Scoles (Cingolani-Proton) on the top step of the podium at the XI Trophy Terme di Fontecchio, Citta di Castello (Perugia) in Italy
    Article published:
    April 30, 2010, 0:00 BST
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

    New Zealander opens European campaign with victory

    New Zealand's Matt Scoles opened his 2010 European racing campaign on Sunday with a win for his new professional downhill mountain bike team, Cingolani-Proton. Scoles has now been based in Italy with his new team for two weeks, and he raced at the XI Trophy Terme di Fontecchio, Citta di Castello (Perugia) against a talented Italian field mixed with other international racers.

    Scoles defeated Gambirasio Carlo and Francesco Petrucci for the win.

    George Brannigan (Ancillotti-Doganaccia) was also racing in his debut for his new 2010 pro team, and put in a ride good enough for fifth place. Brannigan, a second-year junior, is this year following a proven path with Ancillotti that led to a 2009 junior World Championship gold medal for fellow Hawkes Bay athlete Brook MacDonald, and like Scoles, Brannigan also has a full World Cup season ahead of him.

  • TransAlp to award UCI points

    UCI ranking points on offer for the 2010 TransAlp, now a category 2 stage race.
    Article published:
    May 05, 2010, 11:40 BST
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

    New status for established mountain bike stage race

    The TransAlp mountain bike stage race has been upgraded by the UCI to a class 2 stage race event. For the first time ever, the TransAlp will award UCI ranking points for the race's 13th edition, which will take place from July 17 to 24 from Fuessen, Germany to Riva del Garda, Italay.

    The change is expected to draw more elite riders to the event that also attracts many amateurs. The best 25 teams of two in the final overall ranking will earn the UCI points, which play a role in determining which nations will qualify how many riders for the Olympic Games.

    The winning duo will get 80 points, the runner-up team 70, the third ranked participants 60 points and the 25th team just one point.

    A new fact which pleases two well-known faces from Team Bulls. Karl Platt (GER), a six-time Transalp winner, states: “

    "It's awesome that the TransAlp has an UCI status now," said six-time TransAlp winner Karl Platt (Team Bulls). "This upgrade reflects what has been happening over the last years: it's a tough battle as some real professional sport is taking place for the top-10."

    Platt's long time teammate Stefan Sahm, who triumphed with him in 2007 and 2008 in the race across the Alpine divine, said," Finally we can collect some world ranking points. This could be an additional motivation for some top teams to join the competition. Although this would make it harder for us, it would bring some more thrills for each stage."

  • New Dalby mountain bike World Cup venue drew crowds

    Fans turned out in their thousands at Dalby to witness the action
    Article published:
    May 05, 2010, 14:50 BST
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

    First-year World Cup venue considered a success, hopes to host again

    The new mountain bike World Cup venue at Dalby Forest in the United Kingdom drew over 11,000 visitors during the weekend of April 23-25, according to organizers.

    The course was designed to facilitate spectator access. Fans had easy access to the course including hot spots like Medusa's Drop and Worry Gill, only a few minutes' walk from the event village and the hustle and bustle of the busy trade and tech areas.

    "This inaugural (World Cup) event has been everything we could have hoped for. The response of the public, the teams, the UCI, and all our key partners has been overwhelmingly positive and even the Yorkshire weather was great over the weekend!" said Jonny Clay, Cycle Sport and Membership Director at British Cycling.

    History was made as the thousands of spectators watched the World Cup series closest-ever finish bring down the curtain on three days of action in Yorkshire. Nino Schurter (Scott Swisspower) was the victor in a nail-biting sprint finish with Julien Absalon (Orbea) in the men's elite race. In a similarly exciting women's race, World Champion Irina Kalentieva (Topeak Ergon) won by just 11 seconds over American Willow Koerber (Subaru-Gary Fisher), who put in a career-best performance.

    "Pickering on Friday was a fascinating spectacle, Saturday allowed the public to ride the World Cup course in Dalby Dare and we had Annie Last and Steve James collect bronze medals in their races, whilst the elite racing on Sunday captured everything great about cross country mountain biking," said Clay, highlighting the performances of Britain's up and coming riders.

    "Dalby was the perfect setting to stage the return of the cross country World Cup to England for the first time in over a decade. It's the latest in a string of major cycling events in the United Kingdom that will help us to develop the sport of cycling here from grassroots through to the World's best."

    The 2010 UCI Mountain Bike cross country...

  • Mulally sidelined with broken arm

    Neko Mulally (Trek World Racing)
    Article published:
    May 05, 2010, 16:42 BST
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

    Young American downhiller forced to delay World Cup debut

    In an accident in training at last weekend's first round of the Gravity East Downhill Series at Massanutten Resort in Virginia, Neko Mulally (Trek World Racing) sustained a compound fracture of his arm and will have to miss the opening downhill World Cup round in Maribor, Slovenia, in mid-May.

    "Obviously this is a huge blow for me, as I was so looking forward to the start of the World Cup season," said Mulally. "Right now Leogang is looking realistic to come back to racing, but we'll take it one week at a time."

    "I think that I landed with my arm underneath my body on a rock or root that broke only that one bone. I'm just concentrating on recovering as best as I can".

    Mulally fractured his radius bone, about three-quarters of the way down his lower arm toward his wrist. After waiting for the swelling to go down, Mulally visited an orthopedic specialist in Philadelphia, who regularly deals with sporting injuries, and the latest information is serious but not as bad as it could have been.

    "Of the possible ways it could have broken, this is a very good scenario. It is unlikely that only one bone in the forearm breaks. It's very good because the other bone, the Ulna, is 100 percent fine and will hold the broken one in place as it heals."

    While the bone has a compound fracture, it was not displaced much, approximately 10 percent off-set. The medical team did not need to set it, they just put his arm in a cast extending above the elbow joint. They predict that the bone will heal fine on its own.

    Mulally will check in weekly with specialists on the progress of his healing. The current cast will be removed in two to three weeks and a smaller one placed on his forearm, and that will be there for a further one to two weeks. The doctors feel that he will be cast-free in four to five weeks and then start riding with a brace. At six weeks, he may be able to compete.

    For now, the team is scrapping any plans of Mulally...

  • Dirty Weekend planned for Cudlee Creek

    Riders is South Australia
    Article published:
    May 05, 2010, 18:40 BST
    Cycling News

    Race six, 12 or 24 hours in South Australia this weekend

    Some of South Australia's best trails will attract mountain bikers from around the country to participate in the Kona Dirty Weekend 24, 12 and 6-hour mountain bike endurance challenge on May 8-9. The 2010 Kona Dirty Weekend will also be the South Australian qualifying event for the CORC 24-Hour Solo World Championships, which will take place later this year in Canberra.

    "The Dirty Weekend 24 Hour was memorable for several reasons: the track was challenging, the atmosphere was very laid back and the organisation was first class. It's difficult to race lots of 24 hour solos for obvious reasons, so you have to choose carefully," said Brad Davies, the 2009 24-hour solo race winner.

    "I love the event because of its relaxed nature, chatting to fellow racers in the dark and just riding at an easy pace that I can sustain through the night. The track is great and last year's moon set over the ocean around 3:00 am was sensational. My favourite time of the event is pre dawn with all the birds waking and the forest coming alive with bird song as the sky turns red and then finally the day arrives, only six hours to go......It is a tough event but a huge personal achievement!" said Steven Leske, a 2009 24-hr competitor.

    The 24 and 12-hour challenge begins 2:00pm on Saturday, May 8, and the 6-hour begins at 8:00 am on Sunday, May 9 so that all riders finish 2:00 pm Sunday. Participants enter teams of four or two, or ride solo.

    Kona Dirty Weekend riders aim to complete as many laps as possible of the 10km course in the specified time for their chance to win a place on the podium, prizes as well as a $1,500 first prize for the 24hr solo male and female winners.

    Riders will compete on the Cudlee Creek trails in the Adelaide Hills, with the spectacular coastline as a back-drop.

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