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Martinez to Costa Rica Trophy Bike

By:
Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor
Published:
September 16, 2009, 20:07 BST,
Updated:
September 16, 2009, 21:13 BST
Edition:
MTB News & Racing Round-up, September 22, 2009
Miguel Martinez will race the Costa Rican Trophy Bike Race in October.

Miguel Martinez will race the Costa Rican Trophy Bike Race in October.

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Stage race coming up in mid-October for former World Champion

Former World Champion Miguel Martinez will race the Costa Rica Trophy Bike from October 15-19. Martinez returned to mountain biking earlier this year with the now-defunct Felt International team.

Martinez and other solo racers and teams of three will race from the Arenal Volcano to the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Stage 1 will begin with an 18km time trial around the Arenal Volcano. The second stage will cover 74km from Arenal to Monteverde and take racers over the the Rio Chiquito. Finally, the third stage will cover a 53km circuit around Monteverde.

Martinez won gold at the Olympic Games in Sydney and bronze in Atlanta in 1996. He was the cross country World Champion in 2000 and twice before (1995, 1999) was second at worlds. More recently, he won the cross country at the Sea Otter Classic in 2008.

Martinez switched to the road in 2001, and he raced for Mapei in 2002, including racing the Tour de France. Next came Phonak in 2003, but then he retired. In 2008, it was back to the road, this time with Amore & Vita.

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