MTB News & racing round-up for September 9, 2005
Edited by Steve Medcroft
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Trebon recovers from 'Toona crash in time to launch Euro 'cross campaign
By Steve Medcroft
Ryan Trebon returns to cross
Photo ©: Steve Medcroft
2004 U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross winner Ryan
Trebon (Kona Les Gets) says the cast is finally off the wrist he broke
in a crash at the International
Tour de Toona stage race (USA, July 25-31) and he plans to keep his
promise of racing a full European cyclocross season.
The crash happened in the Hollidaysburg Circuit Race, July 18. "In the
fourth stage," twenty four year old Trebon said Wednesday from his Corvalis,
Oregon home, "the field slowed up real fast and I wasn't paying the right
kind of attention. That was it. I hit the ground."
Trebon's wrist has been immobilized in a couple of different casts since
that day. "At first, I was in a forearm cast up to my elbow," he said.
"I took nine whole days off the bike. Then they put on a cast that went
up over my elbow and it was too uncomfortable to ride at all."
The injury effectively ended his 2005 mountain-bike campaign but the
expected healing time is keeping the door open for 'cross. "The cast finally
came off on Wednesday," he said. "I've been riding as much as I can but
it's not easy; I can't grip the bars all the way – my arm's weak from
being in a cast for so long. I need to get used to riding again."
But Trebon says the slow re-start to his training doesn't change his
belief that he'll be in Europe racing 'cross in November. In fact, he
says the time off may be exactly what he needs to have a strong 'cross
season and may even have an impact into his 2006 mountain bike campaign.
"Because I've had the time off now, come February, I won't have to take
that long break," he says. "It means I should be fit in February and hope
to be good for the first NORBA races."
The Kona rider plans to test his recovery in three weeks. "I'm planning
on racing Star Crossed (Seattle, Washington) October 1. What racing I
do from there all depends on how well I recover. But," he adds, "I plan
to be in Europe November 5."
After a quick trip home for U.S. Nationals in December, Trebon says he'll
stay in Europe until February. "This is a different approach for me. I
had a great time racing the USGP last year and I enjoy racing 'cross.
It's something I've been wanting to focus more on." His goals: "I want
to finish in the top ten in the big races. If I can get my fitness back,
it's an attainable goal."
The junior world's women's
Behind every great junior
First Worlds, first podium for Canadian teenager
Micayla Gatto did Canada and the Rocky Mountain Business Objects Team
proud at the 2005
World Championships in Livigno, Italy on Saturday Sept 3.
The 17 year old from Vancouver, BC has had a year of amazing progression.
In only her first year racing at the national level, she has dominated
junior women's downhilling. In doing so she has also posted times that
were consistently competitive against the pro women's field. In preparation
to race for Canada in the World Championships, the 2005 junior national
champion competed with the pro women at the national series final in Sun
Peaks, BC just before leaving for Italy. Micayla was second place finishing
close (1.9 seconds) to the 2004 pro women's national champion and ahead
of the 2005 women's pro national champion.
This followed back to back wins of the Whistler Krankworks A Line Air
Downhill and Enduro Downhill Junior races in early August. This undoubtedly
gave her confidence as she prepared for the biggest race of her career
In spite of relatively little experience, Micayla handled the challenge
like a pro. After a solid third-place seeding run, she backed it up with
third place on race day. Rachel Atherton of Great Britain won the junior
world championship title.
Micayla plans to devote herself to an attempt to better this result in
New Zealand in 2006.
Off Road to Athens finally available on DVD
By Steve Medcroft
During the 2004 mountain-bike season, a two-man film production crew
called Gripped Films followed eight U.S. Olympic mountain bike hopefuls
around the world as they chased UCI points trying to qualify for the three-spot
U.S. national team. The filmmakers spun the race footage and interviews
they gathered into a feature documentary about the sacrifices and energy
elite-level athletes put into their chance at the Olympic Dream called
'Off Road to Athens.'
The movie as debuted at Sea Otter in 2005 and since then, has been seen
in small theaters and at private showings across the country. but with
no DVD distribution, the movie had been unavailable to the everyday mountain
Off Road to Athens
Photo ©: Gripped Films
The premiere of Off Road
Photo ©: Gripped Films
Until now. Ken Bell and Jason Berry, friends and co-workers at a trade
show graphics production company based in Harrisonburg, Virginia, announced
this week that they have ordered 5,000 copies of the film from a dubbing
supplier and are now accepting pre-orders for DVD purchases.
For the DVD release, filmmakers went back to the hundreds of hours of
raw footage and interviews they gathered on the road and added a one and
a half hour feature reel to the DVD version of the movie. "Oddly enough,
the 'Extras & Deleted Scenes' came out to the same length of the movie!"
says Director Jason Berry. "That's 104 minutes of extra interviews, extra
race footage and scenes that got cut."
"We managed to put in extra features on all eight riders," added Ken
Bell, the film's Producer. "There's also an interview with Susan DeMattei
who got the bronze in '96; the only American to ever earn an Olympic medal
in the sport of mountain biking."
The racers featured in the movie are Jeremy
Craig, Todd Wells, Jeremiah Bishop, Alison
McConneloug and Shonny Vanlandingham.
Pre-orders for the DVD of Off Road to Athens, which was recently
honored as an "Official Selection" for the Denver Starz Film Festival,
can be ordered on the film company's Web site. For dealers and bike shops,
the pair will be taking pre-orders out of a corner of the KENDA booth
at the Interbike Trade Show (#3335).
"We should be getting a big pallet of DVD's by the end of September,"
Bell says. "We expect to have all the pre-orders shipped out by the end
of the first week."
For more information or to pre-order an Off Road to Athens DVD,
visit the filmaker's website at www.offroadtoathens.com.
GESTEV and 23-Degrees react to UCI World cup Changes
The UCI mountain bike commission, headed by president Daniel Baal, held
an hour long briefing conference at the 2005
World Championships last week and announced, among other things, that
it was modifying its working relationship with GESTEV, Inc. and 23 Degrees
Sports, the management team responsible for organizing sponsorship and
television distribution for the UCI World Cup.
"The World Cup is the high point of the mountain bike season, but we
regret that there have been no sponsors or TV program for the last two
seasons," Baal said at the conference. "In 2004 we talked to the organization
(23 Degrees and GESTEV) about outsourcing management of the World Cup
for 2006. For this year they had the possibility (of taking charge of
the World Cup), and worked for one year. They did not have success. Despite
a lot of effort and energy, there were not sufficient guarantees to start
the agreement for 2006. Unfortunately, the marketplace and the economic
conditions do not show the (required) interest in this program."
In response, - Patrice Drouin (director of GESTEV Inc.) and Martin Whiteley
(director of 23 Degrees Sports Management S.L.) issued the following statement
Further to recent communications and rumours in the arena of international
mountain bike racing concerning the role of our two companies, GESTEV
and 23 Degrees Sports Management, in our joint venture on the UCI World
Cup we would like to make the following points very clear, as we understand
While it is true that the previous exclusive arrangement has ended,
which entailed the management, TV and marketing rights for 2006-2010
UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, it has only ended in the sense that it
is no longer exclusive in the area of marketing and television, and
the management rights have returned to the UCI for now. In agreement
with the UCI, we are free to continue working on finding solutions for
marketing and television, and should these solutions be satisfactory
to all parties, the management rights will be returned to us.
Since signing the letter of intent at the end of January this year,
we have worked very hard in the following areas; work that we feel has
already proven to be beneficial for the World Cup, particularly in 2006.
- Calendar coordination with other major events and series. This
includes frequent discussions and negotiations about dates with the
organisers of the NORBA Series in the USA, Maxxis Cup in Europe, and
other major events, to ensure there is a coordinated travel path between
these events and the World Cup for riders, teams, press etc.
- Suggestions for specific rule changes for the improvement of the
World Cup for next year, which have already been received by the UCI.
- The identification, visitation and coordination of the various candidate
venues for 2006. Our research and contacts for these potential venues
have been passed onto the UCI for their consideration in putting together
the 2006 calendar.
- Of course, after the main point of identifying the possible dates
and venues, our task was to establish a TV distribution and production
strategy for this project, which has been done in cooperation with
- Preparation, production and widely distributed sponsorship packages
which has been coordinated with the assistance of highly respected
international marketing agencies and agencies that specialise in the
fields of TV production and distribution.
In conclusion, both of our companies fully understand the administrative
need the UCI has in taking back the management rights at this point
in order that a calendar can be fixed as soon as possible for 2006,
with the bare minimum plan for global marketing. However, we remain
fully optimistic and in fact, certain, that the media interest in our
sport is returning to the high levels of some years back, and we expect
in the coming weeks to be able to formalize a TV contract that will
be global and extensive in nature.
IMBA/SORBA to Host National Mountain Bike Patrol Training Conference
The International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) has announced National
Mountain Bike Patrol (NMBP) regional training conference on October 8
- 9, 2005, at Gainesville College in Gainesville, Georgia. Hosted by SORBA
(Southern Off-Road Bicycling Association), the event will bring together
patrollers from the Southeast and beyond for a weekend of training, networking
and sweet Georgia singletrack. Successful participants will have the opportunity
to become certified National Mountain Bike Patrol Instructors.
Current and aspiring patrol leaders, as well as mountain bike club leaders
and land managers will hone their leadership skills and leave the conference
ready to start new patrols or enhance existing ones. Any current patroller
with an interest in taking their skills to the next level is welcome.
Attendees will learn advanced mountain bike patrol skills including patrol
organization and advocacy, teaching techniques and trailside repair. Speakers
will include land managers, ski patrollers, mountain bike advocates and
mountain bike patrol representatives from across the Eastern U.S.
Following the conference, newly certified mountain bike patrol instructors
will return to their home regions where they will start new patrol groups,
train more patrollers, and expand the network of this growing program.
IMBA's National Mountain Bike Patrol supports and organizes over 60 volunteer
patrol groups throughout North America. Patrollers assist, educate, and
inform all trail users.
Additional details and online registration is available at: www.imba.com/nmbp/conference.html.
BC marathon finals held at 23rd Cheakamus Challenge Fall Classic
The final race in the B.C. Marathon Series is being held around and in
Whitler, B.C. September 24th. The 23rd edition of the Cheakamus Challenge
Fall Classic, a point to point cross country race, starts in Paradise
Valley near Squamish Airport, rolls up the historic Cheakamus Canyon Trail
then hits the torturous climbing and technical riding for the final 38
km to Whistler Village; the race's first visit to the resort that recently
hosted the 24 Hours of Adrenalin World Solo Championships race.
Last year's winners, Andreas Hestler (Rocky Mountain Bicycles) and Jenn
Ann McKirdy (Rocky Mountain), will both be back to defend their titles
against a field that will include two-time world champion, Roland Green
(Kona), three-time world champion and Olympic medalist, Alison Sydor and
a full complement of Canadian national team riders and top racers from
The real story of the race however is the amateurs who ride for personal
fitness and voluntary torture over this difficult track. Riders from 10
to 70 suffer the challenges both physically and mentally hoping to conquer
the longest running mountain bike race in Canada.
The 2005 edition of the race will also feature a beginner/junior course
to allow new riders to experience the true teeth of the course with all
the tough climbs and descents along with the Whistler Village finish without
the total 70 kilometer with 2000 meters of climbing elite race.
The Cheakamus Challenge starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 24th
at the Squamish Airport. The men's a women's winners receive special pots
fired and designed by Vincent Massey, one of the founders of Whistler
Off Road Cycling Association.
For more information or to register for the race, visit www.cheakamuschallenge.com.
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