MTB News & racing round-up for January 18, 2006
Edited by Steve Medcroft
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Aussie Nat's wrap-up; Taberlay is Melbourne bound
By Mikkeli Godfree in Mt Beauty
Photo ©: Mikkeli Godfree
As if there hadn't been enough tension and excitement for one day, the
men were yet to race. Again, the Commonwealth Games were at the forefront
of more than one or two riders' minds with only Chris Jongewaard (Avanti)
an assured start in March at Lysterfield. Again, it was a tense, hot and
dusty start line with the sun beating down on a pack of 47 elite riders.
One riders was keeping cool however, with an umbrella shading him from
the rays - Sid Taberlay. Was it a sponsor stunt or was Sid laying his
cards on the table as taking this race bloody seriously? Time would tell.
As the gun wen, Jongewaard - in typical style - hit the front and put
his South Australian hands around the throat of the race. Chris scorched
the track with a 20min-flat lap while a hungry Sid came through eight
seconds in arrears with Dan McConnell and Josh Fleming (Felt-Hutchinson)
sniffing around within striking distance of the front two but well clear
of the rest.
By the second lap, Sid had caught his Avanti team-mate Chris, but took
a spill allowing the early leader to resume his position at the front
of the field. With Sid scrambling back to the wheel of the '05 national
champion, onlookers could have been forgiven for thinking that Chris was
helping his team-mate escape the clutches of the chasers to ensure Sid
took the win and with it the second spot for the Commonwealth Games. However,
as the race heated up, Sid began to dominate and there was no love lost
between these two as each tried to sneak off the front.
In the battle for third, Josh Fleming - national champion the last time
Mount Beauty hosted the event - was doing his usual 'start slow and wind
up' trick but it was too little too late and all he could do was distance
himself from a tiring Dan McConnell.
For the rest of the story from the elite
men's race at Aussie MTB Nationals and a complete run-down of all
the championship events, follow these links:
1 - January 14: Elite/U23/U19 Women (Commonwealth Games selection)
2 - January 14: Elite/U23/U19 Men (Commonwealth Games selection)
3 - January 14: Expert/Veteran Men
4 - January 15: Veteran/Masters/Sport/U17/U15 Women
5 - January 15: Masters/Super Masters/U15 Men
6 - January 15: Sport(A)/Sport(B) Men/Single Speed (Open Age)
7 - January 15: Junior Men Short Track, 15 Mins + 3 Laps
8 - January 15: Open Women Short Track, 15 Mins + 3 Laps
9 - January 15: Open Men Short Track, 20 Mins + 3 Laps
Canadian Cycling announces 2006 Commonwealth Games team
The Canadian Cycling Association has announced the preliminary list of
athletes selected to the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Canada is entitled to
a total of 19 athletes for the cycling competitions at the Games, which
will be held in Melbourne, Australia, from March 16 to 26. Any modifications
to this list will be made in a final announcement after the Los Angeles
Track World Cup on Jan. 20-22. The mountain-bike selections are as follows:
Mountain bike women:
Mountain bike men:
Alison Sydor declined selection.
NZ National Series #2; new DH course big hit with riders
Coronet Peak opened its slopes today to a new breed of speed racers,
and with no skis in sight, it was all about the bike as over 160 of the
nation's top mountain bike downhillers trialed the freshly built course.
In this, the second round of the 2006 National Mountain Bike Series, Nathan
Rank (Levin) was the fastest elite man, and Vanessa Quin (Tauranga) backed
up her Round 1 victory with another solid first place.
With valuable UCI points up for grabs, it was a tight competition in
the elite men's division. For the second week in a row, Glenn Haden (third
placing) shared the podium with Rankin and Justin Leov (Blenheim), recently
returned from the international competitive circuit, finish second. Australian
elite rider Justin Havukainen (fifth) was a surprise entry and added an
international flavour to the elite men's division.
In the women's race, Quin laid a challenge to her competitors with the
fastest seeding time, which was repeated in the race run when she won
by more than six seconds from second place Jennifer Makgill (Auckland).
Visiting Austrian rider Helena Fruhwirth made her debut as a place getter
Riders, local track builders and Coronet Peak staff were rapt with how
the new track had bedded in during competition, which will remain open
to the public over the next couple of days. Visiting international commissaire
Peter Blakey from Australia commented on the high standard of organisation
for the event in a brand new location. "It was fantastic to see the number
and calibre of riders who travelled from all over the country to the event,"
For brief results, click here.
Registration for U.S. 24 Hours National Championship opens March 1
Online and mail-in registration for the 2006 U.S. National 24 Hours endurance
championship (to be held at the 24 Hours of 9-Mile in Wassau, Wisconsin
July 29-30), opens March 1st. Six national championship categories will
To register, solo-category applicants must be 18 years or older, carry
a current NORBA racing license and submit a resume with their entry forms
(only experienced ultra-endurance athletes will be accepted).
The top three men and top two women racers will earn automatic invitations
to the 24 Hours of Adrenalin Solo World Championship race in Whistler,
British Columbia in September.
Trebon and Wicks join AEG-Toshiba-JetNetwork on the road
AEG-Toshiba-JetNetwork Pro Cycling Team, a US Continental team based
in Athens, Georgia, has announced its sponsors and roster for 2006. Known
as Aerospace Engineering Group-VMG in 2005, the team rose to prominence
in its first year in the professional ranks when Serbian Ivan Stevic led
the team to several results. Building on last year's success, the team
will expand its roster and support staff with the help of an increase
in sponsor commitment.
Included in the 2006 roster are Kona-sponsored MTB racers Ryan Trebon
and Barry Wicks.
The full team roster is as follows:
Emile Abraham (Tri), Chris Deluise (USA), Chris Frederick (USA), Esad
Hasanovic (Scg), Nebojsa Jovanavic (Scg), Eric Keim (USA), Bruno Langlois
(Can), Viktor Laza (Scg), Hugh Moran (USA), Eric Murphy (USA), Keith Norris
(USA), Prokic Predrag (Scg), Jake Rubelt (USA), AJ Smith (USA), Frank
Travieso (Cub), Ryan Trebon (USA), Barry Wicks (USA) and Greg Wolf (USA).
Managing Director is Ravi Rajcoomar.
2006 TransRockies Challenge Sold Out
For the second straight year, the TransRockies Challenge has reached
full capacity, this time over six months before the event which is set
to take place August 6-12. When the TransRockies registration manager
checked the overnight entries on the morning of Friday January 13 th ,
the magic number of 175 2-person teams had been reached and a Sell Out
was declared at 7am Mountain Standard Time.
“We reached capacity a month before the (actual race date) in 2005, and
we'd by lying if we said that we didn't think that the 2006 edition of
TransRockies Challenge would sell out even sooner,” said Race Director
Aaron McConnell, “. . . but six months sooner was beyond anyone's
most optimistic projections.”
Participants in the 2006 edition of the TransRockies will spend seven
days racing through the spectacular Canadian Rocky Mountains taking on
an epic course which includes massive climbs, endless singletrack and
river crossings, along with the wildly unpredictable Rocky Mountain weather.
“Pretty much since the moment we tore down the finish line in 2005, we've
been working on the 2006 race, and the 350 registered riders can look
forward to the best edition of the TransRockies yet. News like this energizes
everyone within the organization to keep improving every aspect of the
A waiting list will be in place and teams can email firstname.lastname@example.org
for the opportunity to be offered entry on a first-come first-served
basis should spots become available. For more information on the TransRockies
Challenge, visit www.transrockies.com
MTBA and National Series Web sites hacked
Mountain Biking Australia reported last week that the servers that host
the MTBA and the Australian National Series Web sites were hacked the
weekend of January 7th. The servers had to be shut down to restore service
which took both sites offline and delayed delivery of news about upcoming
"The hacker did the whole server," said MTBA President Tony
Scott, "which hosted more than just MTBA and the national series
Scott says that no member data was compromised in the attack. "Only
the top home page (and files) were affected," he said by email on
Tuesday. "No MTBA membership information is kept on the server apart
from contacts for MTBA affiliated clubs; even those are kept in lower-level
directories," and protected differently and more securely that the
main page he adds.
Service on the Web site was restored the day following the hack. In response
to the vandalism, the MTBA webmaster has added more security on the web
site and will shortly move the site hosting to a more secure server.
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