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MTB News & Racing Round-up, Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Date published:
November 20, 2012, 0:00 GMT
  • Kulhavy undergoes surgery

    2011 World Champion Jaroslav Kulhavy (Czech Republic) was on his special gold bike after winning the Olympics
    Article published:
    November 15, 2012, 19:26 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Successful operation for Olympic champ

    2012 Olympic mountain bike champion Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized) underwent an operation and reportedly doing well afterward according to solobike.it.

    The surgery fixed a nasal problem that the Czech rider has had since receiving a blow a few days before the 2011 marathon Worlds, in which he finished second.

    Kulhavy, who is still making up his mind about whether to race on the road or off-road next year, is expected to resume training within a few days.

    In recent days, Olympic gold medal winner Kulhavy was also recognized as an "honorary citizen" of Ústí nad Orlicí in the Czech Republic according to pardubice.idnes.cz.

  • Southeast Bike Expo returns for second year

    Niner is among the bike manufacturers at the Southeast Bike Expo
    Article published:
    November 16, 2012, 20:13 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    February dates set for 2013 edition in Georgia

    The Southeast Bike Expo released dates for its 2013 edition. The three-day event in the southeastern US will kick off with a free dealer-only day on Friday, February 22, 2013. Then, during February 23-24, the expo will be open to the general public.

    2013 will be the second year for the regional expo. In 2012, there were over 600 bikes of all types for demo by attendees. With the addition of other major bike brands, up to 1,000 demo bikes are expected to be available for the weekend.

    The expo will again include not only mountain bike and road manufacturers, but also other cycling industry vendors.

    "Our goal is to put on a fun event in a great location for very low cost to manufacturers, retailers, and consumers," said Brian Molloy.

    "We will be returning to The Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers Georgia for our second year. The GIHP is the site of the 1996 Olympic mountain bike cross country course. This gives us the opportunity to use onsite world class mountain bike trails. We will also have an area for road bike demos. This unique outdoor demo area has space for over 1,000 vendors."

    The expo introduces consumers to new products and allows them the chance to use them before purchasing them from their local bike shops.

    The expo invites manufacturers who have not yet established a market in the southeastern US a chance to increase their market share by meeting with new retailers.

    In 2012, the Southeast Bike Expo donated $3300 of its proceeds to IMBA/SORBA this year and will partner with them again for 2013.

    For more information on the Southeast Bike Expo, visit www.southeastbikeexpo.com.

  • Schneitter renews with Colnago Sudtirol

    Nathalie Schneitter (Colnago Sudtirol) on her way to a stage win
    Article published:
    November 16, 2012, 21:18 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Swiss rider still planning 2013 objectives

    Nathalie Schneitter renewed her contract with the Colnago Sudtirol team through 2014.

    "After some back and forth, it is now official!" she wrote on her website. "I will stay for two more years my previous racing team Colnago South faithful and conquer under the direction of team manager Edi Telser the race courses of this world!"

    The Swiss mountain biker is still working on setting her objectives for the 2013 season and so far has only said, "There are some cool projects in the pipeline, but more about that when they take the form."

    The Swiss rider had a difficult season, especially after a crash at the La Bresse World Cup, and did not make the Swiss Olympic team, but ended it on a high note with a stage win at the Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge. She also finished third in the short track and fourth in the cross country at the Guiyang MTB Invitation Contest in China.

  • Gallery: New Sho-Air / Cannondale team launched

    Team Sho-Air / Cannondale for 2013
    Article published:
    November 17, 2012, 18:33 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Squad readies for cross country and endurance events in 2013

    Cannondale and Sho-Air, Inc. are partnering to co-sponsor an American domestic mountain bike team called Sho-Air/Cannondale for 2013. The team will operate out of southern California and will serve as Cannondale’s North American arm of its global mountain bike race category.

    Sho-Air/Cannondale will represent Cannondale's factory mountain bike efforts in North America and will support the Cannondale Factory Racing Team during their North American World Cup appearance.

    For 2013, the team will consist of professionals Max Plaxton, Pua Mata, Alex Grant, Jeremiah Bishop, Tinker Juarez, and Manny Prado as team support. Grant, Bishop, and Juarez are making the move from the Cannondale Factory Racing team. Also featured on the team will be motorsports legends Eric Bostrom and Josh Hayes. Five-time amateur national champion and Director of Team Operations, Ty Kady, will manage the squad.

    "Sho-Air/Cannondale is a North American-based squad of riders that have a championed history in mountain biking," said Bob Burbank, Global General Manager, Cannondale. "It's exciting to be launching a team full of such talent, coupled with the industry-leading standard and tradition of Cannondale mountain bikes."

    Plaxton is a five-time Canadian National Champion, two-time Pan-American Champion, and was awarded a bronze medal at the 2006 U23 world championships.

    Juarez has represented the US in two Olympic Games, is a three-time US cross country national champion, and is a four-time US 24-Hour national champion.

    Bishop has led the US National Team on seven occasions, including his gold medal winning performance in the 2003 Pan American Games and his eighth place finish at the 2006 world championships.

    Mata is the reigning US Pro...

  • New Mt. Borah Epic mountain bike race annouced in Wisconsin

    Brian Matter (Gear Grinder) wins the Chequamegon 40
    Article published:
    November 17, 2012, 22:12 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    First annual event to raise money for Chequamegon Area Association

    The first annual Mt. Borah Epic mountain bike race will take place during the CAMBA Festival of Trails hosted in Hayward, Wisconsin, the weekend of June 1, 2013. CAMBA, short for Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association, has developed miles of pristine, smooth singletrack that the Epic route will pay tribute to during the 30-mile point-to-point race. 100 percent of race profits will go back to CAMBA, benefiting the continuous growth and development of a trail system that leaves riders grinning from ear to ear upon completion.

    Racers will start at Telemark Resort, located near Cable, then ride south towards Hayward, finishing 30 miles down the trail at Hatchery Creek Park, just outside of town. Along the route, riders will traverse everything from fast, rolling singletrack, to twisting, challenging trail sections that make this race truly epic.

    Other unique features include a 200-foot "log prime shortcut" and a section of trail CAMBA calls the "Gravity Cavity". All these features and more ensure that the race course takes full advantage of CAMBA's trail building expertise.

    "We couldn't be more excited about partnering with the Festival of Trails for the first annual Mt. Borah Epic," said Jack Zabrowski, Mt. Borah's event coordinator. "This course is nothing short of amazing, and I have no doubt this will become an annual event for many riders,."

    CAMBA Executive Director Ron Bergin said, "When Mt. Borah approached us and presented the idea of putting on this race, with all profits going to CAMBA, we couldn't help but be anything but excited for the opportunity. After reviewing the concept with our board, we quickly realized how nicely it fit with our existing Festival of Trails event, opening it up to a wider audience."

    The Chequamegon area is already host to the well known Chequamegon 40 each year.

    For more information on the Mt. Borah Epic or to volunteer, visit

  • Lopes and Engen top eliminator World Cup standings

    Brian Lopes (Ibis) out front in early heats
    Article published:
    November 18, 2012, 17:41 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Hypothetical 2012 standings calculated

    Although the UCI held three World Cup eliminator rounds in 2012, the organization did not tally an overall World Cup standing. What if there were such standings? Brian Lopes and Alexandra Engen would have won according to xceliminator.com, which tallied hypothetical 2012 World Cup standings based on actual World Cup results.

    Among the men, the American rider Lopes accumulated 458 points while Australian Paul Van Der Ploeg earned 425 points, and Austrian Daniel Federspiel got 405 points.

    Engen of Sweden collected 580 points to her compatriot Jenny Rissveds 490 points. In third place Eva Lechner of Italy garnered 440 points.

    In 2012, the UCI's eliminator World Cups were in Houffalize (Belgium), Nove Mesto (Czech Republic) and La Bresse (France).  The UCI also held its first-ever eliminator world championships in Saalfelden, Austria.

    Next season, in 2013, there will be five eliminator UCI World Cup rounds in Albstadt (Germany), Nove Mesto (Czech Republic), Val di Sole (Italy), Vallnord (Andorra) and Hafjell (Norway). There is no official word yet on whether the UCI will tally official World Cup standings in 2013.

    Cyclingnews previously reported the hypothetical men's and women's UCI world rankings in the eliminator discipline for 2012.  These were also calculated by xceliminator.com.

    World Cup standings for elite men and women are listed below.

  • Lukas Flückiger and Ralph Näf join Absalon at BMC

    World silver medalist in mountain biking, Lukas Flückiger (Trek World Team)
    Article published:
    November 20, 2012, 17:36 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Mountain bike team's roster released for 2013

    Eliminator world champion Ralph Näf and cross country world championship silver medallist Lukas Flückiger are joining Julien Absalon on the BMC Mountain Bike Racing Team for 2013.

    Flückiger makes the move from Trek World Racing, which announced it was ending the cross country part of its team for 2013 while Näf is transferring from Multivan Merdia. Seven-time world and two-time Olympic champion Absalon had announced prior to the 2012 Olympic Games that he was coming to BMC from Orbea, which is ending its elite men's World Cup racing team.

    While some teams are discontinuing their sponsorship of cross country in the post-Olympic year, BMC MTB Racing Team is strengthening its cross country roster for 2013 and also stepping further into marathon and enduro racing. Title sponsor BMC has committed to backing the team through 2015 and is using the mountain bike team, like its road team, to help with the company's R&D efforts.

    BMC Group CEO Thomas Binggeli summed up the partnership between the MTB Racing Team and the research and development department. "I believe that there will be tremendous potential for both sides. With information from the race courses, we'll be translating the progress directly into our development processes. Our engineers will have constant access to race riders to check the individual...

  • La Ruta de los Conquistadores sticks with three-day format

    Finishers of the 20th anniversary edition of La Ruta de los Conquistadores received this medal.
    Article published:
    November 20, 2012, 21:38 GMT
    By:
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

    Dates set for 2013 edition

    Organizers of La Ruta de los Conquistadores announced the dates for the 2013 edition of its race. The three-day Costa Rican race, which will be celebrating its 21st anniversary, will happen from October 31 to November 2.

    After the conclusion of the 2012 event, racers were wondering what format would be used for the coming year. For the 20th anniversary celebratory edition, the race was run over three days, with a shorter final day to accommodate an optional whitewater rafting stage.

    For 2013, the race will stick with its original three-day format instead of going back to four days; however, the whitewater rafting segment is gone, so racers can complete the typical, longer final stage over 122km.

    "The reason for the three-day version is that it opens up the event to a bigger audience , not just the pro riders," La Ruta founder and promoter Roman Urbina told Cyclingnews. "Plus the number of accidents and injuries are a lot less. Both the racers and the staff are worn out after four days, and we like to see happy faces at the end of the race, not zombies."

    "There will be no rafting. That was just a 20th edition thing."

    Running a mountain bike stage race in a point-to-point format across Costa Rica is no easy task and involves complicated logistics.

    "It has not been easy keeping the event going for such a long time. The logistics for this event are very hard and expensive. It is a joy having 500 racers crossing coast to coast across Costa Rica in a true biking adventure. I think La Ruta keeps the true spirit of mountain biking alive. It's not a corporate race - we still have soul."

    After the 2012 edition of the race, many of the elite and amateur racers from outside Costa Rica

  • Hypothetical men's 2012 World Cup eliminator standings