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MTB News & Racing Round-up, Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Date published:
December 04, 2012, 0:00 GMT
  • Atherton will host 2013 Australian marathon national championships

    Andy Blair was the top elite man
    Article published:
    November 29, 2012, 23:33 GMT
    Cycling News

    Blair plans to defend title in Queensland

    Cycling Australia and Mountain Bike Australia announced that the northern Queensland town of Atherton will host the 2013 Australian Marathon National Championships on Sunday, April 21, 2013.

    The Atherton-based Tableland Cycle Sports Club, located one and a half hours southwest of Cairns, is excited about hosting a national event in the region and the opportunity to showcase some of northern Australia's best trails.

    "We are very proud to have a national mountain bike event come to far north Queensland and are excited to offer some of Australia's best trails for competition when competitors race in Atherton," said Mark Knowles, President of the Tableland Cycle Sports Club.

    "The national marathon championships will be well received by our community and riders from all corners of Australia will be amazed at the beauty and quality of the trails in Atherton," Mr Knowles added.

    The venue secured the championships following significant support from the Queensland Government, with trails planned and built specifically for these championships by Glen Jacobs and his World Trail crew.

    Mountain Bike Australia's CEO Tony Scott had only praise for the new venue.

    "Atherton, and Far North Queensland in particular, is the perfect fit for the 2013 national mountain bike calendar for the MTB marathon championships," Scott said.

    "The venue will delight the riders who venture north in April, competing in the tropics is like no other experience in Australia and the weather in April will be 'just right'."

    Reigning marathon national champion Andrew Blair is also eager to compete at the challenging new venue, having not ventured to the region since he competed in the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Cairns in 1996.

    "It is very exciting to hear the marathon nationals will be in Queensland this year," Blair said. "I have never had an opportunity to race a large scale event in Atherton before so it makes trying...

  • Bike Four Peaks announces host towns for 2013 edition

    The route for the 2013 Bike Four Peaks mountain bike stage race
    Article published:
    November 30, 2012, 19:19 GMT
    Cycling News

    Mountain bike stage race route revealed from Germany to Austria

    The Bike Four Peaks mountain bike stage race, formerly known as the Trans Germany, announced the host towns and route for its 2013 edition.

    The race will kick off in the upper Bavarian town of Ruhpolding in Germany on June 5. From the Chiemgau Alps, the route will lead to Austria, right into Salzburg, and then further on into Tirol. The race will wrap up in Neukirchen am Großvenediger in Austria on June 8.

    The route will stop in Lofer, Kirchberg in Tirol and Kaprun during its 300km and will feature some 9,000m in climbing.

    Up to 1,000 participants can enter the four-day event for pros and amateurs.

    For more information, visit

    2013 Bike Four Peaks
    Stage 1: Ruhpolding - Lofer, 70.3km
    Stage 2: Lofer - Kirchberg in Tirol, 75km
    Stage 3: Kirchberg in Tirol - Kaprun, 82km
    Stage 5: Kaprun - Neukirchen am Großvenediger, 69km

  • National Ultra Endurance (NUE) Series adds three events

    NUE Women's champion Cheryl Sornson at the Cohutta 100
    Article published:
    December 01, 2012, 17:49 GMT
    Ryan O'Dell

    2013 calendar released

    Heading into its seventh year, the Kenda National Ultra Endurance (NUE) Series is adding three events to its schedule for 2013, including stops in New York, Southern Utah and South Dakota.

    Organizers also changed the rules for winning the series. To claim the title in any of the four divisions - men, women, singlespeed, masters -  next season will require a minimum of five races, up one from four in previous years. However, all racers who complete four races will receive a national ranking and series awards. Ties will be broken at the Fool's Gold 100 in Georgia on September 8, the final race of the season.

    A new NUE Advisory Board, made up of NUE Series Champions and participating race directors, was established this year to set the direction for the rapidly growing series. The advisory board evaluated many race applications and reviewed suggestions made by racers to help determine which races to add for the 2013 season.

    The board also agreed that a greater commitment for series champions was necessary due to series growth. The NUE Series has grown from seven races to 15 races spanning 14 different states. Even with the expanding schedule, nearly all NUE Series races sold out last year, some within mere minutes.

    In 2013, series winners will share a minimum $14,000 cash purse. However, all NUE series finishers who complete four races will receive rewards and recognition. The organization is still seeking addtional sponsors.

    The NUE Series will kick off next year on March 16 with a new race in the southwest, the True Grit Epic in St. George, Utah. According to Race Director Cimarron Chacon, "The True Grit Epic is long, tough, and technical. The first 20 miles are along rocky and steep terrain that requires excellent bike handling skills and upper body strength. This course is a roller coaster of desert riding with over 70% of the 89 miles on singletrack and slightly over 13,000 feet of elevation gain."


  • La Ruta de los Conquistadors shifts race earlier on calendar

    2012 La Ruta winner Paolo Montoya
    Article published:
    December 01, 2012, 20:23 GMT
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

    2013 route released

    La Ruta de los Conquistadores mountain bike stage race shifted its dates forward on the calendar by one week for 2013. Promoter Roman Urbina previously told Cyclingnews the Costa Rican race would occur from October 31 to November 2, but the race is now scheduled for October 24 to October 26.

    Cyclingnews has not yet heard back on the reason for the change. Over the past few years, the race has been gradually shifting earlier on the calendar. The earlier dates means La Ruta will overlap with two other major 2013 international stage races: Crocodile Trophy and Brasil Ride.

    Organizers also released the general itinerary for what will remain a three-day race. As previously reported, the third day will return to its traditional full-length final day version.

    2013 La Ruta de los Conquistadores
    October 24: Stage 1 - Jacó to Universidad para la Paz
    October 25: Stage 2 - TerraMall to Turrialba
    October 26: Stage 3 - Turrialba (CATIE) to the finish line at Carribean beach at Limón

  • Andalucía Bike Race releases 2013 route

    Riders await the start of the Andalucia Bike Race prologue.
    Article published:
    December 02, 2012, 15:55 GMT
    Cycling News

    Six stages will culminate in all-new time trial

    Organizers of the Andalucia Bike Race, a mountain bike stage race in Spain, released details of the route for its third edition in 2013. Featuring 400km and over 13,000m of elevation gain, it will cover similar terrain and distances as in previous years, but with a bit more climbing. As previously announced, the race is scheduled from February 24 to March 1.

    New for 2013 are the inclusion of Bedmar and Mancha Real as stage start and finish venues. As a result, there will be fewer stages in Córdoba. The race will still visit Jaén and six days of racing will end there with a time trial.

    Córdoba will welcome the race for the first two stages. Sierra Morena is a tangle of flowy trails and fun singletrack. Fresh legs will tackle winding terrain with constant changes in rhythm and plenty of technical sections.

    The third stage will remain in the province of Córdoba but will move to Priego de Córdoba. The Subbética Sierra will serve as the introduction to the "high mountains", with longer climbs. Immediately after the stage, racers will settle in Jaén for the final days of the competition.

    The first day in Jaén, stage 4, will take place between Bedmar and Mancha Real, crossing Mágina Sierra. Plenty of climbing will test fatiguing legs.

    The fifth stage will also start and finish in Jaén may decide the outcome. Staying close to the city, it will feature demanding sections such as Siete Pilillas, San Cristóbal and Jabalcuz. Jaén, at a higher altitude than Córdoba and surrounded by big mountains, usually has lower temperatures, especially on the highest summits.

    Finally, the time trial will close the action for the first time. Like in road stage races, riders will start in reverse order of the general classification. It will be a short,...

  • Mata celebrates excellent 2012 season

    Pua Mata (Team Sho-Air / Cannondale)
    Article published:
    December 02, 2012, 19:05 GMT
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

    Mountain biker finds success in short and long distance races

    Pua Mata didn't set out to win the US cross country and marathon national series, but after the first few rounds of the US Pro XCT, she realized she had a real chance at taking the overall victory in both mountain bike series.

    "Looking back in general, the whole year was unexpected," Mata told Cyclingnews. "The Pro XCT was not originally a goal. It wasn't something I was going after. It was awesome to have it evolve and happen."

    Mata surprised herself by racing well at the Missoula US Pro XCT, just after US cross country nationals and her third weekend of racing in a row. "I was kind of tired and we got there and the course was awesome. I was able to finish second and hold onto the number one plate," she said. "Then I started thinking, 'Oh wow, this could really happen.'"

    "The last race of the series was in Wisconsin one week after Leadville - I was so scared," she said referring to having to race a cross country just one week after a 100-miler. "The Wisconsin race was nerve-wracking. I was hoping my legs could follow through."

    Her legs did come through and a third place finish at the Subaru Cup netted Mata the US Pro XCT title. She then capped off her season with victories at the US marathon national championships in Bend, Oregon, and La Ruta de los Conquistadores, a mountain bike stage race in Costa Rica.

    "I couldn't be happier with my results," she said.

    Mata, who spent 2012 racing in the colors of Sho-Air / Specialized, is remaining with the team as it

  • Enduro World Series announced for 2013

    The Enduro World Series logo.
    Article published:
    December 04, 2012, 17:44 GMT
    Cycling News

    Brand new mountain bike series to visit two continents, four countries

    The all-new Enduro World Series, in association with the Enduro Mountain Bike Association (EMBA), will offer seven events taking place in Italy, France, Canada and the US between May and October of 2013. EMBA released details of the its new series calendar on Tuesday.

    "Since the series was announced on November 22, we had a really short time frame to pull together the 2013 Enduro World Series calendar. EMBA has worked incredibly hard to produce a calendar that includes the biggest enduro races in the best locations, on the best trails in the world," said Chris Ball, Managing Director of the Enduro World Series. "We're really excited about our 2013 events and we are proud to embrace the Enduro Des Nations event in France, the birthplace of the sport."

    The Enduro World Series was created in October of 2012 with the aim of uniting the world's mountain bike enduro racing community. It links the largest mountain bike enduro events in the world and exists as a rider-focused organization with the self-stated goal of "delivering the best racing and most relaxed atmosphere possible".

    The news of series comes with the growing popularity of enduro racing, a relatively new mountain bike race format which is simliar to the style many mountain bikers ride when on group rides with friends. Although interpretations of the new format vary by event and promoter, typically, racers are timed on designated (mostly) downhill sections and then ride together at pleasure pace in between timed sections.

    The Trans Provence race is one of the best-known examples of the new enduro format.

    The UCI had considered expanding its involvement in mountain biking by including a world series of enduro races under its umbrella, but decided - at least for 2013 - not to do so. EMBA's Director Chris Ball formerly worked as a Technical Delegate for the UCI.

    For more information, visit

  • New Zealand cycling in shock following sudden death of Patrick Avery

    Patrick Avery (New-Zealand)
    Article published:
    December 04, 2012, 21:34 GMT
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

    Suspected heart attack for national representative

    New Zealand cyclists are mourning the loss of fellow rider, Patrick Avery, 21, who died suddenly on Tuesday evening.

    "If you have not heard, Patrick fell off this bike towards the end of the Crit, there is a possibility he had a heart attack but we do not know the cause," wrote Peter Clark, President of Cycling Rotorua to club members according to a Rotorua Mountain Bike Club post on Facebook.

    "Club members and the Fire Brigade Team spent 40 mins trying to resuscitate Paddy before the Ambulance arrived who spent another 30 mins before transporting him to hospital. I believe they were unable to restart his heart."

    Avery was an avid mountain biker, who represented New Zealand at the 2009 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Canberra, Australia, where he finished 37th in the junior men's cross country race. More recently he participated in some New Zealand MTB Cup rounds with the elite men.

    The Avery family is well known in cycling for its involvement in national-level racing. He is the son of Murray, who has been responsible for building many of the trails in the famous Whakarewarewa Forest mountain bike park and the younger brother of Champion Systems pro road racer Clinton Avery.

    Cyclingnews extends its condolences to the Avery family and friends.