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MTB News & Racing Round-up, Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Date published:
February 13, 2013, 0:00 GMT
  • UCI names mountain bike teams for 2013

    The elite men's start was on a circular gravel track
    Article published:
    February 07, 2013, 20:50 GMT
    Cycling News

    Elite and standard squads and their rosters revealed

    The UCI published the official list of its Mountain Bike Teams for 2013 on Thursday, including those that will race as "UCI Elite Mountain Bike Teams" and those that will race as "UCI Mountain Bike Teams".

    The globalisation of the mountain bike discipline continues, with 27 countries registering at least one team, compared with 24 last year. The new nations with a UCI Mountain Bike Team are Brazil, Denmark and Finland.

    Of the 127 teams registered for the 2013 season, 15 endurance (XCO) teams and 15 gravity (DH) teams will obtain "elite" status. This higher tier of mountain bike teams will benefit from advantages such as free entry to all races on the UCI Mountain Bike International Calendar, including the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup events. In return, they are obliged to enter at least one rider in all rounds of the 2013 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, which is still in need of a title sponsor for 2013.

    Invitations to obtain UCI Elite Mountain Bike status were issued to the top teams of a special ranking, which was established on the basis of the individual UCI points won in 2012 by the best riders of the 2013 teams.

    These teams have until March 1st to confirm their status "elite" and pay the corresponding fee.

    The list of the UCI Elite Mountain Bike Teams for 2013, in ranking order, is:


    - Giant Pro XC Team
    - Specialized Racing XC
    - BH - Suntour - KMC
    - Trek Factory Racing
    - Multivan Merida Biking Team
    - Luna Pro Team
    - BMC Mountainbike Racing Team
    - Ghost Factory Racing Team
    - Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team
    - Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team
    - Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team
    - Topeak Ergon Racing Team
    - Cannondale Factory Racing
    - Wild Wolf Trek Pro Racing
    - TX Active Bianchi

  • Gallery: Whole Athlete/Specialized Team holds winter training camp

    The Whole Athlete / Specialized team trains at a winter team camp
    Article published:
    February 08, 2013, 17:28 GMT
    Cycling News

    U23 and junior riders get ready to focus on Pro XCTs and nationals

    Fourteen junior and U23 riders gathered the Whole Athlete Performance Center in Northern California last weekend for the Whole Athlete / Specialized Cycling Team's 2013 season kick-off camp. The young riders were treated to two full days of riding, sponsor introductions, product demos, organic food, yoga, and much more.

    Having earned the distinction of USA Cycling's Mountain Bike Club of the Year for the second year running, the team looks to build upon its 2012 season success which included Kate Courtney's first-ever cross country World Cup win by a US junior woman and Marcus Segedin taking the junior 15-16 cross country national title.

    For the 2013 season, the team's focus once again will be the US Pro XCT series and national championships, as well as select World Cups and the world championships.

    Among the returning riders for 2013 are 2012 Junior 15-16 cross country national champion Marcus Segedin, 2012 World Championship Team members Lucas Newcomb, Kate Courtney, and Casey Williams, and 2012 Collegiate D2 cross country and short track national champ Cypress Gorry.

    2013 Whole Athlete / Specialized Cycling Team

    Zach Valdez, 21
    Casey Williams, 19
    Cypress Gorry, 19
    Jacob Albrecht, 19

    Junior 17-18
    Kate Courtney, 18
    Lucas Newcomb, 18
    Shane Skelton, 18
    Marcus Segedin, 17
    Sean Bennett, 17
    Ben Spurr, 17
    Silas Blunk, 17

    Junior 15-16
    Steffen Andersen, 16
    Tyler O'Neal, 16

    Junior Under 15
    Dylan Fryer, 13

    Dario Fredrick, Team Director
    Matt McCourtney, Assistant Director
    John Hunt, Assistant Coach

    The following video from the team camp was provided by the Whole Athlete Team.