MTB news & racing round-up for August 24, 2007
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NUE Series race Endurance 100 set for the weekend
Chris Eatough (Trek/VW) is a favorite
for the NUE Series Overall
Photo ©: Jack Kunnen
Endurance racers will contest the next round of the National Ultra Endurance
(NUE) Series in Utah with the Endurance 100 coming up this weekend. They'll
race a new course with 2,000 feet less climbing than last year. The course
features more sections for recovery and more rolling ups and downs. Organizers
reported that marking efforts were delayed a day by rain, but the recent
rain has left the trails in good condition.
As the second to last round in the NUE, competition for the series is
heating up. Chris Eatough (Trek / VW) is perhaps the favorite for the
win in the race and the overall. The six-time 24 Hours of Adrenaline World
Champion recently stated his intentions to Cyclingnews to skip
this year's worlds and go for the NUE series overall title. He now sits
in seventh, after competing in only three of five races, however, he'll
tackle the last two rounds as he goes for a win. Results from each racer's
best four events will determine the series winners.
In Utah, Eatough will face off against Josh Tostado, who has won the
Montezuma's Revenge several times and the Breckenridge 100. Tostado has
a history of going fast in Utah. He took second in the E100 12 hour race
in 2006. Long-time endurance racer Tinker Juarez (Cannondale) won the
E100 Solo in 2005, and he'll be there to do battle, too.
On the women's side, Amanda Riley tops the favorites list. She finished
second in Leadville earlier this summer and finished third last year at
the E100. Unfortunately, last year's winner Lynda Wallensfels and Monique
Sawicki will not be racing. They'll be saving their energy for doing battle
at the 24 Hour Solo Worlds in Monterey the following weekend.
The Endurance 100 also marks the end of the Overall E 100 Series, whose
winners will be awarded trophies created by blacksmith Karl Redel.
NUE Standings after five events
1 Shawn Adams (October Lake Effect) 20 pts (with 4 races)
2 Harlan Price (Independent Fabrication) 20
3 Gerry Pflug (Freddie Fu/Kona/Speedgoat Bikes) 28
4 Mike Kuhn (Visitpa.Com (Mountain Bike Team)) 47
5 Andy Klumb (Bicilibre) 167
6 Cadet Bryant (Bike Pro Of San Angelo Texas) 339
7 Chris Eatough (Trek/Vw) 3 (with 3 races)
8 Tinker Juarez (Cannondale) 8
9 Josh Tostado (Giant, Smith, Dakine, Michelin, Niterider) 17
10 Shey Lindner (Bear Naked/Cannondale) 22
1 Danielle Musto (Slingshot) 11 pts (with 4 races)
2 Carey Lowery (Outdoor Store) 6 (with 3 races)
3 Erika Tieszen (Giant, Smith,Dakine, Niterider) 10
4 Suz Falvey (Dirty Harrys) 19
5 Laureen Coffelt (Renn Multi-Sport) 22
6 Reenie Greene (Www.Os2Ogear.Com) 23
7 Michelle Schneider 8 (with 2 races)
8 Paula Figura (Founders Ales/Alger Racing) 18
9 Shirlee Finch (Cannondale Midwest Racing) 19
10 Monique Merrill 1 (with 1 race)
To view complete NUE standings, including for singlespeed and masters
categories, click here.
Team United Cycles wins TransRockies
Team united cycles cross the finish
Photo ©: Dan Hudson
Team United Cycles duo of Roddi Lega and Tim Heemskerk won six stages
at the 550km, seven-stage TransRockies
to take the overall of the TransRockies which wrapped up last weekend.
Federico Ramirez and Ivan Amador (La Ruta) and Matt Hadley and Matt Green
(Rocky Mountain EA Sports) finished second and third. This year, racers
faced the hottest and driest conditions in the history of the race.
Kona pro cross country rider Wendy Simms and her partner Normon Thibault,
from Nanaimo, British Columbia won the open/mixed duo as Team Frontrunners/Kona.
Perennial challengers Eric Warkentin and Louise Kobin, riding for Shoair/Rock'n'Road
Cycles took second. Kobin is one of only three riders who have participated
in every edition of the TransRockies, and she was presented with a deluxe
engraved Campagnolo corkscrew in a ceremony held at Whiteswan Lake for
In the open women's category, TransRockies newbie Sue Haywood (Trek /
VW) proved she was the perfect last-minute replacement partner for race
veteran Hillary Harrison (Giant). The duo won six of seven stages on their
way to the overall win over the Jo Turnbull and Jenny Hillmand (Team Canwi)
and the British Minx/Extreme Endurance pair of Fi Spotswood and Meggie
Bichard, who valiantly fought through a few days of sickness to keep their
Three-time TransRockies champion Andreas Hestler of Rocky Mountain Haywood,
who was teamed up with Kevin Calhoun from Vancouver, faced some bad luck.
Coming off the Inaugural BC Bike Race just one month ago, the two were
feeling confident for a good finish in the TransRockies, but their plans
came to a halt when Calhoun hit the ground hard in Stage 4.
After an hour trailside while being helped with his team-mate, Calhoun
was airlifted the Cranbrook Hospital where he was initially examined and
then transferred to Invermere Hospital so that any spinal damage could
be ruled out. Ultimately, he was diagnosed with stress fractures in five
vertebrae, a broken shoulder blade, and a separated shoulder. He is expected
to make a full recovery and even returned to spectate at the race and
cheer on his team-mate, who partnered with Brian Moore for the duration
of the event. The team finished unofficially in third place during the
last three days of the race.
For complete coverage of the TransRockies, click
Van Houts wins Tour de France VTT
Rising star and Dutch rider Rudi van Houts (Dolphin-Trek) won the 2007
edition of the Tour de France for mountain bikers. Van Houts finished
off the race with an effortless final stage, a short 4km time trial on
the hills and stairs of the Sacre Coeur, Montmartre, and for his efforts
throughout the week, he also collected the green points jersey.
Van Houts is not the first rider on his team to win the Tour VTT. Current
team-mate Bart Brentjens won the race in 1995, 1996, and 2002, and he's
the only Dutch rider to have done three times.
Maybe Van Houts was destined to win after receiving tips from the other
2007 Tour de France winner? His team reported that he had coffee with
the road Tour de France winner Alberto Contador before the Tour VTT started.
Lopes and Beerten top the podium at second Jeep KOM
Taking a berm at speed!
Photo ©: Jeep KOM
For Laguna Beach's Brian Lopes, who recently wrapped up his record sixth
UCI World Cup Championship, heading back to California for the second
race of the Jeep King of the Mountain series proved to be a rewarding
homecoming. Not only did the 25-time World Cup titlist earn the victory
at The Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, but in the process he moved into
a tie for first place in the overall season standings and moved closer
to bringing home the elusive crown for the series.
Joining Lopes on top of the podium was none other than the red-hot Anneke
Beerten of the Netherlands, who is vying for her own UCI World Cup Championship
with two wins already in the 2007 season. She kept her form in San Luis
Obispo, and the payoff was her second-ever Jeep KOM victory and a jump
to the top of the overall standings heading into the final race of the
Racers are battling for a share of the record US$100,000 cash purse and
the season-ending reward of a new 2008 Jeep Liberty. The series wraps
up at the grand finale on September 1 in Beaver Creek, Colorado, when
the points will be worth double value.
To view complete coverage of the Jeep KOM #2, click
Kurschat and Kalentieva celebrate German National Series wins
The Ergon Topeak Team celebrated a successful weekend of racing at the
German National Series in Salzdetfurth this past weekend. Russian Irina
Kalentieva (Ergon - Topeak) celebrated her fifth consecutive German National
Series overall win while team-mate Wolfram Kurschat locked up the men's
title. It was his second national series win since 1999.
"The national series was the spring board into my international
career. For that reason, I really enjoy racing it," Kalentieva said.
The race was close until the last lap. A determined Elisabeth Osl held
tightly to Kalentieva's rear wheel. It was only when the World Cup Series
Leader forced the tempo a little higher that she was able to shake off
her Austrian challenger. "At the start of the race, I wasn't riding
that well and my legs felt quite heavy. Towards the end though, I felt
a little better," Kalentieva said. She is currently training intensively
in Switzerland for the worlds on September 7th in Fort William, Scotland.
Kurschat wasn't as motivated for this race as he was for the others,
in part because he had locked up the series overall and is already switched
his focus to Worlds. "I am completely happy with my sixth place finish,
especially considering the start list today. I didn't need to take risks,”
he admitted following the race. Sweden's Fredrik Kessiakoff won the men's
race ahead of Julien Absalon and Roel Paulissen.
Notably absent from the men's race was Ralph Näf (Multivan Merida),
who chose to compete on the road in the five-day Regio-Tour.
For full results of the Bundesliga cross country in Bad Salzdetfurth,
Landis to Shenandoah Mountain 100
Floyd Landis at the Leadville100
Photo ©: Wesley & Garrett Geer
Floyd Landis will be racing at the Shenandoah Mountain 100, the finale
in the National Ultra Endurance (NUE) Series to be held on Labor Day weekend
near Harrisonburg, Virginia, in the George Washington National Forest.
"I am honored to be invited to be part of the Shenandoah Mountain 100
event. I look forward to racing on the challenging course they have put
together since it includes the kind technical trail riding that first
got me hooked on mountain bike racing," said 2006 Tour de France Champion
Landis, who started his career growing up and racing his mountain bike
throughout the mid-Atlantic.
While waiting to learn the outcome of his May anti-doping arbitration
hearing that followed a positive doping test for testosterone in Stage
17 of the 2006 Tour de France, Landis has kept himself busy by returning
to his roots and racing his mountain bike. Just a few weeks ago, he finished
second at the Leadville 100, and earlier this summer, he took part in
the Teva Games in Colorado.
Landis accepted an invitation to race the Shenandoah Mountain 100 offered
to him by Mid Atlantic Off Road Enthusiast (MORE) member Scott Scudamore,
who served as MC at a Floyd Fairness Fund event
held in Northern Virginia in January. At the time, he deferred committing
and joked instead, "I'd like to come, but I don't have to race if it's
"I'm pretty stoked that Floyd Landis has decided to return to his
mountain biking roots and show up for the SM100. I've been dogging him
for close to a year," said Promoter Chris Scott.
"If he's really on his game, he could beat the course record set
by Jeremiah Bishop last year of 7 hours, 15 minutes," said Scott.
March leads Americans to gold medal at Master's Worlds
Shaums March was crowned world downhill champion last Saturday at the
2007 UCI Masters Mountain Bike World Championships in Pra Loup, France.
He was named world champion after besting a field of 97 riders in the
men's 30-34 downhill contest. Posting a time of 3'55.28", the lone
American entered in the event improved upon his third-place time posted
in the previous day's seeding run. He outpaced second and third places
by just fractions of a second to claim the world title.
The US team was delighted to take home four other medals. Lars Tribus
won bronze in the men's 35-39 downhill, 5.97 seconds behind winner and
British rider Nigel Page, who was the only rider in the group to break
the four-minute barrier with his time of 3:55.36.
On the women's side, Jane Finsterwald raced in a combined field of women
in the 45-49, 50-54, and 55-59 age groups and completed three laps of
the course in 1:28:07 to earn the bronze medal. Julia Violich and Alexandria
Fabbro earned the silver and bronze medals respectively among women 40-44.
Violich made a strong effort as a solo chaser and finished only 1'15"
down from the new British world champion Belinda Tarling. Fabbro rode
in for the bronze medal 7'15" off the winning pace.
For complete results from the UCI Masters Mountain Bike World Championships,
Slovenia Cup final to serve as World Cup final rehearsal
The Slovenian National Series Finals at Maribor, to be held August 25-26
will serve as a UCI category one test event for the upcoming finale of
the 2007 Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Finals on September 15-16.
Top Slovenian mountain bike riders will compete on Maribor Pohorje mountain
in National Series cross country and downhill finals, but they'll be joined
by some international competition as some take advantage of the only chance
to test the tracks prior to the World Cup.
On Saturday, cross country riders will race the all-new 4.5 km lap with
150m elevation gain. Women start at 11:00 and men at 13:00.
On Sunday, downhillers will face the 3.4 km course with a 450m drop
in elevation. The top part of the course has not changed much since the
2002 World Cup race while the bottom part (following the notorious rocky
section) will be completely new to bring riders to a new finish area.
Finals start at 14:00.
All three World Cup events will finish at the end of the Èop ski
run under the Pohorje gondola. Organizers reported that most of the four
cross track is in place but racing on it will have to wait until mid-September.
For more information, visit www.pohorje.org.
4X racing in Prague all weekend
Prague will become the 4X capital this weekend on August 25-26. Two days
of four cross racing will include Saturday's Czech 4X Championships and
the fourth round of the Ruhrbau 4X Cup 2007 on Sunday. 4X riders from
around the world have been invited for Sunday's event.
For the first time, the Czech 4X Championships are not a part of the
Czech 4X Cup which will keep the battles for the national titles fair
and not influenced by foreign athletes.
Two-time World Cup winner Michal Prokop of Author, and Kamil Tatarkovic
of Kona Les Gets are expected to be on the start line for the 4X Cup.
Its unique urban course is in the middle of a modern housing estate and
within view of the nearby underground station.
Round #5 will wrap up the series on September 22-23 in Litomerice.
Gold Coast MTB Race to preview national series track
Australia's Gold Coast Mountain Bike Club is hosting the Gold Coast mountain
cross race in Illinbah on Sunday, August 26. A new track has been developed
which will also be used for the national series round coming in November.
The race will not be run in the event of a wet track. For more information,
contact mobile number 0407 753 327.
Iron Hill is MASS cross country penultimate series race
This 22nd annual Iron Hill Challenge hosted by the First State Velo
Club will place on Saturday, August 25 at Iron Hill Park in Newark, Deleware.
The race will serve as the penultimate round of the 2007 Mid Atlantic
Cross Country Super Series and the 15th round of the Team Super Series
plus it will also feature a four hour enduro race.
For more information, visit www.fsvsonline.com or www.masuperseries.com.
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