Cyclingnews' Les Clarke took a look at the racing calendar to write an August preview and found some exciting mountain-biking along with all the latter-season road racing.
With the World Cup XC circuit taking a rest during August, the NORBA series steps up another gear with three events over the month. With Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru-Gary Fisher) and Geoff Kabush (Maxxis) trading blows at the top of the leaderboard, there are plenty of points up for grabs at a time when many racers are starting to feel the effects of a pretty busy schedule.
Both these riders will want to come away with a big haul of points to secure victory; and with JHK carrying good form into the tail end of the NORBA series. But Canadian National Champ Kabush won't let him get away with an easy win. In the women's field, Shonny Vanlandingham (Luna Womens MTB Team) looks to be the form rider with three events remaining and may upset more fancied rivals if she continues her winning ways.