MTB news & racing round-up for July 14, 2007
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Edited by Sue George
Great Divide race record shattered
Jay Petervary of Jackson, Wyoming, set a new record while racing the
fourth annual Great Divide Race in late June and early July. The 35-year-old
finished in 15 days, four hours, and 18 minutes breaking the previous
record set by current race organizer Mike Curiak of 16 days and 57 minutes.
The Great Divide race runs 2,490 self-supported miles over jeep roads
and trails. That means racers must carry all needed food, water, and supplies
and restock themselves en route. There is no entry fee and there are no
prizes. The route climbs 200,000 feet runs along the spine of the Rocky
Mountains. A record-setting 24 racers lined up at the start this year.
Matthew Lee (Cannondale), winner of the last two editions of the Great
Divide Race, also broke a record of his own when he broke Curiak's record,
too, but it wasn't enough for the overall win. As if the official route
wasn't long enough, Lee added the 221 mile Canadian portion before the
main race event ever started. His cumulative time was 15 days, 22 hours,
and 40 minutes.
Alex Field finished third in 21 days, 3 hours, and 26 minutes. Female
racer Trish Stevenson gave the Great Divide a pass this year; she was
spotted at the Tour de 'Burg instead; however, she retains her women's
record of 21 days, 23 hours, and 47 minutes.
World Cups set for 2008
A sea of bodies starts a men's
world cup XC race
Organizers of the Maribor World Cup won't get much of a break. The 2007 World
Cup gravity racing finishes in the Slovenian locale, and that's just where
the gravity action picks up again in 2008.
Photo ©: Frank Bodenmuller
The UCI announced its World Cup schedule for 2008, and many eyes are
already checking out the calendar in what will be an Olympic year. For
many nations, World Cups will play a role in final team selection or preparation
for cross country events.
In 2008, the World Cup will visit 13 venues in 11 countries on three
continents. There will be no less than six triple events in the series.
The Maribor event will, in fact, be the only gravity-only venue--it'll
be the fourth World Cup for the year. All other events with gravity events
will share the spotlight with cross country.
Downhill and 4X riders will end their 2008 World Cup quest in Styria,
too. Maribor lies in the Slovenian Styria region and Schladming, while
the final cross country / downhill / 4X event will be in Austrian Styria,
just 240 km away.
Looking ahead, Maribor organizer Iztok Kvas said, "There will not
be much of a break for our organizing team between this year's final and
next year's opener, but we are happy to have the opening since there is
a special charm to it. We are hoping for a short winter so we can get
our venues in perfect shape on time."
The 2008 schedule has been shuffled slightly into a sort of split season
to accommodate the Olympic Games, which run August 8 through 24. One Canadian
venue is still to be decided while a new World Cup event heads to Canberra
as Australia prepares for its bid to host the World Championships in 2009.
2008 Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World Cup 2008
March 15-16: Manavgat/Antalija (Tur) XCM 1
April 19-20: Houffalize (Bel) XCO 1
April 26-27: Offenburg (Ger) XCO 2
May 3-4: Madrid (Spa) XCO 3
May 10-11:. Maribor (Slo) 4X/DHI 1
May 31 - June 1: Vallnord (And) XCO 4, 4X/DHI 2
June 7-8: Fort William (GBr) XCO 5, 4X/DHI 3
July 26-27: To be decided (Can) XCO 6, 4X/DHI 4
August 2-3: Mont Sainte Anne (Can) XCO 7, 4X/DHI 5
August 9-10: Oisans (Fra) XCM 2
August 30:31: Canberra (Aus) XCO 8, 4X/DHI 6
September 13-14: Schladming (Aut) XCO 9, 4X/DHI 7
October 4-5: Innsbruck (Aut) XCM 3
2008 UCI Mountain Bike and Trial World Championships
June 17-22: Commezzadura/Val di Sole (Ita) 4X/DHI/XCO/Trial
June 7: Villabassa (Ita) XCM
Transalp clock ticks
Photo ©: Trans Germany
The tenth annual TransAlp race starts Saturday in Mittenwald, Germany.
As one of the races that helped define the genre of multi-day mountain
bike stage events, the TransAlp will draw 600 teams, all headed for Riva
del Garda, Italy. Racers will cover 628km and 20,836m of climbing.
Favorites going into the race are the so far unbeaten German-Austrian
duo Team Bulls including Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm. If they win this
one, they will make it three so far this year, adding to wins at the Cape
Epic and Trans
Platt and Sahm will be challenged by another GermanAustrian pair
Andi Strobel and Silvio Wieltschnig from Team Fiat-Rotwild. "Since
we didn't start last year, we really want to bring it once more this year,"
On the women's side, reigning champions Sandra and Peggy Klose of team
Zwilingscraft are the favorites for the victory. Their strongest opponents
could be the Germany's Kerstin Brachtendorf with her French teammate Danièle
Troesch, racing as Team Fiat-Rotwild. They led TransGermany until Brachtendorf
had to quit the race due to stomach problems.
In the mixed category, look for Germany's Carsten Bresser who is again
teamed up with Canadian teammate and three-time World Champion Alison
Sydor on Rocky Mountain/Haywood.
This year's route is identical to the track used in 1998. The race will
visit Reith im Alpbachtal, Mayrhofen, Brixen, San Vigilio Marebbe-Enneberg,
Arabba, Predazzo/Val di Fiemme, and Folgaria along the way.
Jeep KOM announces field
Jill Kintner at the 2006 Jeep KOM
Photo ©: Jeep KOM
The Jeep King of the Mountain Series announced its line-up for the summer.
The first round event begins Saturday, August 4 at The Canyons Resort
in Utah. Racers will compete head-to-head to capture the coveted the series
championship title named the "World Professional Champion".
In addition, athletes will battle for a share of the richest cash payout
in the sport, topping US$100,000. The lucky winner also gets keys to a
new 2008 Jeep Liberty.
Champions will be determined by a system of cumulative points earned
throughout the three-race Jeep King of the Mountain Series. This year's
schedule includes stops at three destinations in the Western US.
Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah
Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, California
Saturday, Sept. 1 at Beaver Creek Resort in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
Michal Prokop (Cze)
Brian Lopes (USA)
Wade Bootes (Aus)
Rich Houseman (USA)
Eric Carter (USA)
Jared Graves (Aus)
Jill Kintner (USA)
Melissa Buhl (USA)
Tara Llanes (USA)
Anneke Beerten (Den)
Joanna Petterson (South Africa)
Fionn Griffiths (GBr)
BMXA and MTBA reach membership agreement
BMXA and MTBA recently signed a long-awaited agreement to allow cross
MTBA members with more than three months of life left on their membership
can now join BMXA directly without joining a BMXA-affiliated club and
pay AUS$36. Similarly BMXA members with more than three months on their
membership can remain a member of their BMX club but get a full MTBA membership
for the same cost.
"This arrangement completes the triangle of discounted memberships
between all the competition cycling disciplines and in particular between
the 'dirt' disciplines of BMX and MTB," said Tony Scott, Executive
Officer for MTBA. "These arrangements will now allow greater access
for BMX riders to contest MTB events in a completely seamless manner as
if they were full cost MTBA members (and vise versa) and reflects an arrangement
MTBA has had for the last three years with the parent body Cycling Australia."
Regarding MTBA and BMXA, Scott said, "We have a lot in common especially
at the 4X and BMX interface." He hopes the arrangement will strengthen
the 'dirt' cycling disciplines".
Gunn-Rita diary: Loooooong days at home
Five weeks usually disappear in a flash, but these days that I've been
forced to spend at home in Stavanger in the middle of the cycling season
have really dragged by. A lack of energy and strength has meant that I
haven't been able to exercise or do much of anything else.
I've just completed a week of strong antibiotics against the stomach
bacteria which were discovered in my tests just after our arrival at home.
We had to wait for the results of those tests for two whole weeks. I prefer
to avoid taking this kind of medicine, but right now I simply have to
do as the doctor says so that I can get well again.
I've experienced a little improvement this week. I can feel my strength
and energy levels slowly rising again, which should be expected after
such a long rest! Now the challenge for me is to not become too excited
and eager, and avoid exercising too hard and too much these coming weeks.
This week will be a sort of warming up week, with about 10-12 hours of
exercise at low intensity.
If my body can cope with these doses, I can increase the intensity a
little the following week, and maybe be able to take part in the Norwegian
championships in Drammen in two weeks. It would be great to just get to
take part and complete a race now with a good feeling. Top results will
have to wait.
To read the complete diary, click
Mike & Mary diary: Euro round up
This Czech town
Photo ©: Mike Broderick & Mary McConneloug
Mike and I could feel the end of our Euro trip coming fast. Although
we really do enjoy the Euro RV travel, the coming of summer in Europe
brings staggering crowds to our quiet spring campgrounds and just about
everywhere else outdoors as well. Now that schools were starting to get
out for the summer, it was starting to feel like time to head back to
Thumbing through our print out of the UCI race calendar, we decided
to head back to the Czech Republic for a national race just 600km away
in Ceska Kamenice. We were looking forward to returning to this beautiful
region in northwestern Czech, but were especially drawn since we heard
that the race course was going to be technical and fun.
The massive hemotoma covering my right quad was healing quite nicely
mostly since I had been focusing the majority of my energy on a regimen
of icing, elevating, massaging, changing bandages, and light spinning.
The swelling was dissipating but as race day approached, it was clearly
still not right. I needed more time to heal to be ready for the next World
Cup in Switzerland now just ten days off. It was difficult to refrain
from racing since I knew I could push myself to compete at the lightly
attended race and still have a good shot at the podium even with my injury,
but after checking out a lap I knew racing here would not be a good idea.
I was resolved to rest, take my first weekend off in six weeks and enjoy
the day supporting Mike from the feed zone
Strong riders from all over Europe and even fellow Americans Adam Craig,
Kelli Emmett and part of the Luna Chix squad showed up for this category
1 race. The scene was flavorful, complete with banners, a loud speaker,
beer tent, and grilled sausages. There was a solid crowd of spectators
including rowdy locals who could watch from the porch of their nearby
nursing home. The course was almost as good as promised, though the major
feature was the solid climbing. It also included some really technical
bumpy sections, a hike a bike over huge boulders and some challenging
sandy transitions to top it off.
To read the complete diary, click
New home for the Kona 24hr
Australia's Kona 24 race, set for December 1-2, is moving to new trails
surrounding the township of Forrest, in the heart of the Otways National
Park. The course will comprise of three varied circuits; a rollercoaster
singletrack to get things started, a speedy flowing loop for night laps
and then something fresh to test riders' skills in the morning.
The Forrest Mountain Bike Trails have been developed by the Department
of Sustainability and Environment, with many of the tracks designed and
constructed by world renowned trail builder Glen Jacobs. Race Director
Kristjan Snorrason is excited about the new trails.
Registration opened July 11 at 09:00 local time. Fields are strictly
limited to 800 racers. For more information, visit www.kona24hour.com.
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