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MTB News & Racing Round-up, Thursday, April 4, 2013

Date published:
April 04, 2013, 1:00 BST
  • The Cape Epic in numbers

    A local shop in Wellington, which created Cape Epic inspired displays to welcome riders
    Article published:
    March 29, 2013, 12:05 GMT
    Cycling News

    2014 early bird entries sell out in 34 seconds

    A week ago, more than one thousand racers were competing in the Cape Epic mountain bike stage race in South Africa. The 10th edition drew 1,258 riders from 45 countries. Of them, 1,082 riders finished in Lourensford on Sunday.

    During the eighT-day stage race, more than 1,700 tents were erected in each of the four stage locations of Citrusdal, Saronsberg Wine Estate in Tulbagh, Wellington and Stellenbosch. Woolworths distributed 15,000 sandwiches, 8,000 chocolate milkshakes, 7,000 cups of coffee and 600kg of potatoes over this period.

    The Mediclinic team was a healthy mix of experience and clinical competence, with more than 60 Cape Epics worth of experience between them. The Mediclinic team conducted 2,174 consultations over the eight days and the wound clinic was exceptionally busy with the usual legendary saddle sores (averaged at 80 per day), but the added component this year was from the large number of heel blisters and wounds. Nearly 50 lacerations were surgically closed in the Mediclinic Race Hospital.

    "Our 10th edition of the race was a huge success. We had some of the best cyclists in mountain biking history at the event, ensuring an exciting and competitive race - 12 previous and current world champions and seven previous and current Olympic medalists participated this year," said Kevin Vermaak, founder and director of the Cape Epic.

    "The Exxaro Development Academy produced the first black ladies team to complete the race, and nine riders successfully complete their 10th event. This was also the year with the largest prize purse in mountain biking history - R1.5 million."

    The best stage location was won by Wellington. "Our host towns and venues have outdone themselves again this year. So much effort was made in welcoming us to their towns and we're very appreciative of that. Next year's route will again be announced in October this year and we...

  • Four Cross ProTour schedule set

    4X Pro Tour racers
    Article published:
    March 30, 2013, 18:45 GMT
    Cycling News

    Five rounds will determine overall series champion

    The 4X ProTour series, in its second season, will include five stops in 2013.

    Last year's series champions, Tomas Slavik and Anneke Beerten, will face some tough competition starting with round one in early May.

    In the men's racing, Michal Prokop will be hungry to get his hands on the title, David Graf has committed to the entire Tour after riding BMX for the last two years and will be a threat. Veterans Joost Wichman and Scott Beaumont will bring experience and are always in contention while European Champion Felix Beckeman will wow crowds with the biggest MTB whips once again. Finally, the Mechura brothers bring raw horse power to every round and always battle for the finals.

    Among the women, Caroline Buchanan, a BMX Olympian and former four cross world champion, will compete at a few ProTour rounds in 2013. Katy Curd will be looking to add consistency for next year as will Lucia Oetjen. Celine Gros rode amazing in 2012 and is confident of even better in 2013.

    The season will kick off at "Sunny Meadow" in Szczawno Zdroj is set in park land in the centre of a town in western Poland. The entire town supports 4X and on race night, be prepared to see over 8,000 spectators lining the course screaming for the riders.

    Round 2 goes to Fort William in Great Britain, and then one week later, the action moves to Val di Sole, Italy on one of the longest tracks of the tour. Since the track was first used for the world championships in 2008, this track has provided more passes and action than most other venues.

    Round 4 will be the first of two new venues for the ProTour. JBC Bikepark has been developed and built by 2012 4X ProTour Champion, Tomas Slavik. The includes a section that will run through the trees over roots, grass and off cambers. Close to a city, this race is expected to be huge.

    The finals will take place in Leogang, home of the 2012 and 2013 world championships. Guido Tschugg built this track and it...

  • Woodruff takes over lead of women's US Pro XCT standings

    Chloe Woodruff (Crank Bros) on her way to second place
    Article published:
    April 02, 2013, 15:20 BST
    Cycling News

    Bishop remains atop men's standings

    Chloe Woodruff (Crankbrothers Race Club 11) took over the top spot in the women's US Pro XCT standings while Jeremiah Bishop (Sho-Air-Cannondale) held on to the men's lead after the third round on the 2013 US national series calendar, the Fontana City National US Cup, held March 30 in Fontana.


    Lea Davison (Specialized Factory Racing) dominated the Fontana City National US Cup women's field, pushing the pace hard right from the gun and winning by almost three minutes over Woodruff. Evelyn Dong placed third with Nina Baum (Stan's No Tubes Women) and Erica Tingey (Jamis) rounding out the top five.

    Davison's win moved her into third place in the Pro XCT women's standings after three events with 350 points. Woodruff moved from third place to first place with 450 points, taking over the top spot from Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing), who did not race in Fontana but remains in second place in the standings with 375 points. Annie Last (Trek Factory Racing), also idle this weekend, sits in fourth place with 340 points, while Tingey and Judy Freeman (Crankbrothers Race Club) are tied for fifth place with 300 points apiece.


    A last lap charge on the Fontana City course from Todd Wells (Specialized Racing), combined with a broken chain by Jeremiah Bishop, propelled Wells to his first Pro XCT win of 2013. Bishop regrouped to finish second after leading the majority of the race before suffering the mechanical mishap. Rounding out the top five in Fontana were Cameron Jette (Scott-3Rox Racing) in third place, Benjamin Sonntag (American Interbanc) in fourth, and Mitchell Hoke...

  • Whiskey Off-Road weekend increases payout

    Kelli Emmett (Team Giant) made a late surge to claim third place
    Article published:
    April 02, 2013, 20:50 BST
    Cycling News

    Sho-Air augments elite purse

    The Whiskey Off-Road mountain bike race weekend announced an increase in the prize money offered to elite racers for its 2013 edition on April 26-28 in Prescott, Arizona. Sho-Air International, a global transportation and asset management company specializing in the transport of Tradeshow and Event Material, and also a co-title sponsor of the Sho-Air/Cannondale team, has donated $5,000 to augment the total prize purse.

    "We are excited to support a premiere event like the Whiskey Off-Road," said Sho-Air International President R. Scott Tedro. "To bolster the already robust pro purse by adding an additional $5,000 to be divided equally among the men's and women's field is money well spent for us."

    Three years into the Whiskey Off-Road Pro Category, through cooperation with sponsors and community Epic Rides has doubled the cash purse from $20,000 to $40,000. The enhanced cash purse distribution, now paying 12 deep in both the men's and women's categories, can be seen on the Whiskey Off-Road webpage.

    "This cash sponsorship increase raises the bar for mountain biking in America and offers financial validation to the pro categories' commitment to training, racing and representing the mountain bike industry. We are thrilled Sho-Air shares in our vision," said Todd Sadow, President of Epic Rides.

    It remains to be seen how USA Cycling's promised enforcement of UCI rules against competing in non-sanctioned events - at least for riders on UCI-registered teams - will affect pro attendance at the Whiskey Off-Road, a race which is sanctioned neither by USA Cycling nor the UCI.

    Celebrating its 10th annual edition, and now one of the most attended mountain bike events in North America, The Whiskey Off-Road continues to draw industry and non-industry attention. Expected to bring 8,000 mountain bikers and concert goers for associated musical events, the 2013 Whiskey Off-Road will feature three days of nonstop entertainment from live music...

  • Hannah sidelined again due to injury

    Tracey Hannah recently broke her collarbone and will be out of competition in the near term.
    Article published:
    April 03, 2013, 5:10 BST
    Cycling News

    Broken collarbone for Australian champion

    Tracey Hannah has been sidelined again due to injury according to her Hutchinson United Team. The Australian mountain biker broke her collarbone after crashing on a jump while she was being filmed for a team video. 

    According to her team, "Hannah was well taken care of at the local hospital and was operated-on that same day. The break was clean and the doctors are satisfied with the way the operation went so it should be a speedy recovery for Tracey who sould be just matter of weeks."

    "She is obviously very disappointed to get injured again but as usual she is already thinking about training and getting back on her bike."

    Hannah had not been back on her bike long since her last major injury, although she did win the Australian national championships earlier in 2013. She missed the later half of the 2012 season after she crashed in the Val d'Isere, France round of the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup and broke her femur and collarbone plus bruised her lung and stomach.

  • Gallery: Trek World Racing trains in California

    The Trek World Racing team training in California
    Article published:
    April 03, 2013, 16:30 BST
    Cycling News

    Mountain bike team enjoys riding and testing new rigs at team camp

    All five Trek World Racing team riders recently returned home from a successful team camp in Santa Barbara, California. The riders did some solid testing and the new team members settled in. Team photographer Matt DeLorme captured some of the action in photos.

    Later this month, the team will send Brook MacDonald, Neko Mulally and Greg Williamson to race at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California.

    George Brannigan will still be working through his knee rehabilitation but hopes to be on the bike late April. 

    Justin Leov is also a member of the team.

    Check out the photo gallery from the camp.

  • NICA High School Cycling News Round-up - April 3, 2013

    US national team member Lucas Newcomb leads Taylor Smith and eventual winner Nelson Powless at the NorCal league’s 2013 season opener in Granite Bay.
    Article published:
    April 03, 2013, 21:50 BST
    Paul Skilbeck

    Spring season underway, Singletrack Times at Sea Otter, Meet DeShaun Smith

    NICA hit full stride in March with all programs continuing to expand. Three current and past NICA student-athletes have been selected for the US national team to contest the Pan Am Continental Mountain Bike Championships in Tucuman, Argentina on April 4-7. These cross country riders are Shayna Powless (U23 women), Lucas Newcomb (junior men) and Kate Courtney (junior women).

    Great news came at the end of the month: NICA sponsor Trek announced it has extended its retailer-sponsored athlete program to all NICA student-athletes who are currently enrolled in a league. "Supporting NICA is supporting the future of US mountain biking," said Trek's director of advocacy, Brandon Buth.

    In Texas, the spring racing series started. With the two California leagues already in progress, NICA now has three spring leagues under way and the New York league will hold its inaugural race April 28th at Sprain Ridge Park, Yonkers.

    NICA's coach training had a busy month with Leaders' Summits taking place in Utah and Arizona. Forty-four coaches, including 38 newly qualified attended the Utah event. In Arizona, 23 new coaches attended the training in Tempe, March 23-24, and another is slated for Prescott on April 13-14. Minnesota, Colorado, and Tennessee leagues are preparing for their Leaders' Summits.

    In support of all this coach training, the third edition of the NICA Coaches Manual went into circulation during March, with a new "Nutrition and Hydration" chapter written in collaboration with Gu Energy.

    On the subject of training, race management training continues, with experienced race staff demonstrating the NICA process to those in new leagues. Representatives of the Tennessee League shadowed and assisted the Texas League staff over a weekend at a race in March and Arizona League staff will visit California for training in April.

    The Minnesota League launched "Crank Sisters" an initiative to attract more female participation. The aim is...

  • Tentative 2014 UCI Mountain Bike calendar proposed

    The world's best riders at World Cup #3 in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic
    Article published:
    April 04, 2013, 19:40 BST
    Cycling News

    More rounds for cross country, eliminator and downhill likely

    A tentative UCI Mountain Bike calendar for next year indicates that there will be more World Cup rounds in 2014, all of them completed before the 2014 world championships according to an article published by

    The UCI major mountain bike races calendar seems to return to "normal" after two unusual years. It will tentatively begin in mid-April and finish just prior to the world championships in early September. Each of the major World Cup sub-disciplines of mountain biking - cross country (XCO), eliminator (XCE) and downhill (DHI) - currently show as having 10 rounds, but not all are expected to happen. The UCI is targeting a final schedule of eight round per discipline, depending on what applications it receives from potential hosts.

    In 2012, the mountain bike world calendar was affected by the Olympic Games being held in August. That World Cup season both started earlier and ended later. In 2013, the world calendar features just six rounds per discipline. It does not start until mid-May and it finishes after the Worlds in mid-September.

    Proposed 2014 UCI Mountain Bike Calendar

    World Cups
    April 13-14: World Cup XCO/XCE/DHI Round 1
    April 26-27: World Cup XCO/XCE Round 2
    May 3-4: World Cup XCO/XCE Round 3
    May 17-18: World Cup DHI Round 2
    May 24-25: World Cup XCO/XCE Round 4
    May 31-June 1: World Cup XCO/XCE Round 5
    June 7-8: World Cup DHI Round 3
    June 14-15: World Cup DHI Round 4
    July 5-6: World Cup XCO/XCE Round 6 & DHI Round 5
    July 12-13: World Cup XCO/XCE Round 7 & DHI Round 6
    July 26-27: World Cup XCO/XCE Round 8 & DHI Round 7
    August 2-3: World Cup XCO/XCE Round 9 & DHI Round 8
    August 9-10: World Cup DHI Round 9
    August 23-24: World Cup XCO/XCE/DHI Round...