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MTB News & Racing Round-up, Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Date published:
August 08, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • One month to go until mountain bike Worlds

    Cross country racing in Austria
    Article published:
    August 03, 2012, 17:20 BST
    Cycling News

    UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships 2012 to come

    With one week to go until the mountain bike races at the Olympic Games, most of the sport's eyes are on London, but there is also less than one month to go until the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Leogang and Saalfelden, Austria. From August 29 to September 9, the two venues in the Salzburger Land will host gravity and cross country championship events.

    "The Worlds is the ultimate supreme in the discipline of mountain biking, and it is a great honor for us to organize it," said Stefan Pühringer, director of the Saalfelden Leogang Touristism GmbH.

    "We are all very proud to host such a prominent collection of events. What started over 10 years ago with a small pioneering project - the Bikepark Leogang - has become one of our core touristic markets. We are especially happy, that Saalfelden can continue to branch out in to the endurance discipline of cross country and establish itself as a true sporting city."

    The opening ceremony for the world championships will take place in the city center of Saalfelden on August 29. There will be a parade of participating nations, including all participants on the Rathausplatz starting at 7:00 pm. Salzburger Land's official delegate Mag. David Brenner, the mayors of Saalfelden and Leogang, as well as an official delegate of the UCI will begin the ceremony with some welcoming words. Afterwards, the region will present performers offering a full Austrian experience: traditional folk music and jazz, as well as Schuhplattler (well-known from the Oktoberfest) and Goasslschnalzer (a "gaudy" specialty from the German-speaking Alps area) will underline the cultural heritage of the region.

    The celebrations are expected to carry on throughout the two weeks with numerous parties and live music. The Ö3-Party will happen on Friday, August 31 with...

  • Mountain Bike Hall of Fame names 2012 inductees

    A rider on singletrack littered with rocks
    Article published:
    August 03, 2012, 19:28 BST
    Cycling News

    Five to be inducted at Interbike in November

    The US Mountain Bike Hall of Fame (MBHOF) announced five inductees for 2012 on its website. They include Dave House, Ruthie Matthes, Gary Sjoquist, Monte Ward and Bob Woodward. The 2012 induction ceremony will be held on Wednesday, September 19 at Interbike in Las Vegas, Nevada at 6:00 pm.

    Each year, the MBHOF inducts between three and seven individuals or groups, except for the first year (1988) when there were 10 members inducted. Past inductees, selected press and current paid members of the MBHOF vote for nominees to determine who will be each year's new inductees.

    Ruthie Matthes raced to become mountain bike world champion and World Cup champion in the early days of the sport. She was also an Olympian during her 19 years of racing. Her career began on the road in 1983. She raced her first mountain bike Worlds in 1990 and officially switched to the discipline in 1991, when she became world champion.

    Dave House has been in mountain bike journalism for 27 years, starting several magazines. He also founded the Whistler Symposium, is the current publisher of Decline and Road Magazines and is a cycling advocate.

    Gary Sjoquist has done 20 years of bike advocacy work. Based in Minnesota, his efforts have had local and nation-wide benefits. In 1998, he became the first full-time bike advocate hired by Quality Bicycle Products. His work has benefited IMBA, Trips for Kids, Bikes Belong, National Bike Summit and Minnesota High School Cycling, among other organizations.

    Bob Woodward has been a dedicated mountain bike journalist, working as a writer and photographer. He has also been a trail builder, access advocate, competitor and promoter. He wrote about mountain biking as a new sport in its earliest days, with work appearing in magazines like UltraSports, Backpacker, Cyclist and Adventure Travel. He also...

  • Tracey Hannah sidelined with serious injuries

    Tracey Hannah is carried off the course after breaking her femur and her collarbone
    Article published:
    August 04, 2012, 4:38 BST
    Cycling News

    Australian out for the rest of 2012 season

    Tracey Hannah (Hutchinson United) is out for the rest of the 2012 season after she crashed and injured herself at the Val d'Isere, France round of the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup.

    The Australian went down during her downhill qualifying run last Friday. She was airlifted to the hospital and underwent surgery as part of treatment for two broken bones and other soft tissue injuries.

    "The next thing I remember I was in the helicopter. Then I woke up in the hospital with a broken femur, bruised lung, broken collarbone and hematoma in my stomach," said Hannah.

    "It's been a few days, and I have a metal rod in my leg. My collarbone is still the same, but I have a brace on that's holding my shoulder in place. I think my bruised lung is getting better and my hematoma is going away. I'd like to thank everyone for being so supportive."

    Hannah who was well into her comeback season on the mountain bike World Cup promised that she would return to the international circuit.

    "I'm definitely coming back next season. I'll be even stronger now that I have a bit of metal in my femur. It was a pretty fun season and I look forward to next season."

  • Spitz sets goal to win Olympic mountain bike medal

    Sabine Spitz (Germany) shows off her bronze medal
    Article published:
    August 06, 2012, 16:52 BST
    Cycling News

    German looks to defend Olympic mountain bike gold

    Sabine Spitz hopes to defend her title as Olympic mountain bike champion this coming weekend. The German is looking forward to her fourth Olympics, and "this unique atmosphere" of the 2012 London Olympic Games.

    "I am a competitor. I can gear myself up quite well for big races. The course is a good one for me and my goal is quite clearly a medal," she said in an interview of the website of the German cycling federation.

    The 40-year-old first rode at the Olympics in Sydney in 2000, where she finished ninth. In 2004 in Athens, she won bronze, and in Beijing in 2008, she soloed to the gold medal.

    Spitz already knows the course, having ridden it this spring. "We could train for two days and were lucky enough that there were totally different weather conditions on both days. One day was dry and it rained on the next, which made the course totally different to ride."

    "Sunshine and 30°C would be the best for Saturday's race, she said, “but that will hardly happen in London. So I will be happy if it stays dry. The prognosis is good, but you can't rely on that."

    She knows that she will face much tough competition in her goal in Essex. "A third of the field comes into question for a medal," she said. "As first, I would name Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa, who won the last World Cup race in Val d'Isere. But Julie Bresset of France, the Briton Annie Last or Georgia Gould of the USA are also podium candidates."

    Like many of her competitors, Spitz is skipping the Olympic Village in order to stay closer to the course. It is too bad, she said, "because I have always enjoyed  these encounters with other athletes".But, as she pointed out, "It is simply more practical to live near the course. We can cover the short way between the hotel and the MTB course with our bikes. If we lived in the Village, the...

  • Swiss cross country team selected for mountain bike Worlds

    Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) in action
    Article published:
    August 07, 2012, 11:07 BST
    Cycling News

    26 racers and two alternates named

    The Swiss Cycling Federation has selected its riders for the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships from August 31 to September 9 at Leogang and Salfelden, Austria. Twenty six racers and two alternates were named to the cross country portion of the Swiss team.

    Among the elite riders are Swiss Olympians Ralph Näf, Nino Schurter and Florian Vogel and Esther Süss and Katrin Leumann. In 2011, Schurter was the silver medallist in the cross country world championship. Switzerland was also second in the team relay.

    The selections for the eliminator and team relay will be made two weeks prior to the Worlds.

    Swiss Cross country Team for the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships

    Elite men
    Lukas Flückiger (Team Trek World Racing)
    Mathias Flückiger (Team Trek World Racing)
    Fabian Giger (Rabobank Offroad Team)
    Ralph Näf (Multivan Merida Biking Team)
    Christoph Sauser (Specialized Racing Team)
    Nino Schurter (Scott Swisspower MTB Racing)
    Florian Vogel (Scott Swisspower MTB Racing)
    Thomas Litscher (Felt Ötztal X-Bionic) (alternate)
    Martin Gujan (Cannondale Factory Racing) (alternate)

    Elite women
    Sarah Koba (RV Buchs)
    Katrin Leumann (Ghost Factory Racing Team)
    Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Team
    Kathrin Stirnemann (Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team)
    Esther Süss (Wheeler_iXS Team)

    U23 men
    Reto Indergand (BMC Mountain Bike Racing Team)
    Matthias Stirnemann (Thömus Racing Team)
    Mirco Widmer (Giant Swiss SR-Suntour)

    U23 women
    Michelle Hediger (Fischer BMC Team)
    Linda Indergand (MTB Kader Zentralschweiz)

  • US team selected for mountain bike Worlds

    Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) leading Lea Davison, Chloe Woodruff, and Mary McConneloug
    Article published:
    August 07, 2012, 16:20 BST
    Cycling News

    42 cross country and downhill riders named to team headed to Austria

    USA Cycling selected 42 athletes who will represent the United States at the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Saalfelden-Leogang, Austria from August 31 to September 9. Cross country, downhill and four cross riders were named. 

    Cross country

    After representing the United States at the Olympic Games in London, Todd Wells (Specialized Racing) and Sam Schultz (Subaru-Trek) will lead the elite men's cross country squad in Austria. The two are automatic qualifiers by way of their Olympic team nominations. They'll be joined by another automatic nominee, Colin Cares (Kenda-Felt), who is first in the overall US Pro XCT rankings. Also toeing the line will be discretionary picks Stephen Ettinger (BMC Mountain Bike Racing Team), Mitchell Hoke (Team Clif Bar), and Michael Broderick (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes).

    Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) and Lea Davison (Specialized Racing) will be two more 2012 Olympians to fight for rainbow stripes in Austria. They are joined on the women's cross country team by automatic qualifiers Monique Pua Mata (Sho-air-Specialized) and Heather Irmiger (Subaru-Trek). Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) and Erin Huck (Tokyo Joe's) will round out the women's squad as discretionary nominations.

    The US will also field U23 and junior men's and women's squads in the cross country races.

    World Cup stand-out Howard Grotts (Specialized Racing) will lead the U23 men. He'll be joined by automatic qualifiers Russell Finsterwald (Subaru-Trek) and Kerry Werner (BMC Mountain Bike Development Team), and by discretionary qualifier Skyler Trujillo (Niner Stans Ergon).

    A duo of U23 women will don the red, white and blue. Both automatic qualifiers, Lauren Catlin (Durango Devo) and Deidre York (The Gear Movement-Epic Pro Cycle) will line up to...

  • Henderson makes Olympic debut in London

    Rebecca Henderson is hoping for a podium finish at the U23 World Championships
    Article published:
    August 08, 2012, 5:03 BST
    Alex Malone

    U23 rider stepping up for the Games

    Rebecca Henderson may still have another year racing the U23 category but she will be competing against the elites when she lines up in the Australian colours on Saturday for the 2012 Olympic Games women's cross country mountain bike race. Henderson has been busy this season racing in the U23 category, training and racing to ensure she was given the single spot for the London Games.

    "I knew I had put some really good results on the board, I knew that I should be selected, but it’s really difficult to know what the selectors are thinking. It was a huge relief when I got the call. I couldn’t believe it. I still can’t," she told Cyclingnews.

    She was confident that her abilities and results would not be overlooked but considering her rivals for the Olympics were racing the elite category, it was difficult for some of them to accept that she would be selected.

    "I think some of the Aussie girls found it difficult to deal with competing against me for the Olympic spot when we were not directly racing against each other in the World Cups," Henderson told Cyclingnews.

    "But I feel that my performances were at a much higher level in the World Cups, and I worked really hard to ensure my race times were good."

    Henderson has ridden above her own expectations this season, highlighted with multiple World Cup podium finishes and taking second overall in the U23 World Cup standings. While she could move up to the elite category next year, she will remain in the U23’s for the 2013 season, intent on capturing her first World Cup victory. Henderson understands that while chosen to represent Australia against a field of top senior women, she still has much to learn before entering the elite ranks full time.

    "Racing in the elites will come around soon enough. I still have a lot to learn about racing and I still have plenty of improvement...

  • Dutch team named for mountain bike Worlds

    Michiel Van Der Heijden (Rabobank Giant Offroad Team) was 2nd
    Article published:
    August 08, 2012, 18:38 BST
    Cycling News

    Dozen riders headed to Austria

    The Dutch Cycling Federation named its national team riders for the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Leogang and Saalfeld, Austria, from August 29 to September 9.

    The team was selected by national coaches Tim Heemskerk and Bas de Bever according to the federation's website. It includes 12 riders who will race the cross country, eliminator, four cross and trials disciplines. No downhill riders were named to the team.

    Among those selected is Anneke Beerten, who will aim to defend her first-ever four cross world championship title in the four cross.  She'll also be aiming for gold in the brand new eliminator world championship event.  Michiel van der Heijden, who won the 2012 U23 World Cup overall, is also a favorite in the U23 men's cross country race.

    Dutch team for 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships
    Britt van den Boogert (Cross country)
    Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Cross country)
    Jesper Slik (Cross country)
    Anne Terpstra (Cross country and eliminator)
    Michiel van der Heijden (Cross country)
    Henk-Jaap Moorlag (Cross country)
    Rudi van Houts (Cross country)
    Laura Turpijn (Eliminator)
    Tim Lemmers (Eliminator)
    Anneke Beerten (Four cross and eliminator)
    Joost Wichman (Four cross)
    Rick Koekoek (Trials)