MTB news & racing round-up for July 19, 2007
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Edited by Sue George
Spitz and Hermida win Euro championships
By Aybars Oge Sürücü
German Sabine Spitz (Ghost) at
Mont Ste Anne
Photo ©: Frank Bodenmuller
German Sabine Spitz and Spaniard Jose Antonio Hermida won the European
Cross-Country Mountain bike Championships last weekend in Turkey. A deep,
sandy course challenged the riders.
Spitz beat Russian Irina Kalentiyeva and Czech Katerina Nash. Initially,
Spitz and Kalentiyeva escaped together and were chased by Nash and Maja
Wloszczowska, who eventually took seventh. Spitz rode away to victory,
and Nash joined Kalentiyeva, but the latter opened up a gap on the third
and final lap to take second ahead of Nash in third.
After the race Kalentiyeva graciously praised her opponent, "Sabine
rode a very strong race today. She earned the win."
Under cloudier skies and cooler temperatures than the women's race, the
men started off racing in a compact group on the start loop. The day's
winner Spaniard Jose Antonio Hermida led the early charge to break 20
riders off the front.
José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Multivan
Photo ©: PhotoSport International
While Hermida extended his lead, the chase group tested each other's
legs. Julien Absalon saw he was losing time and attacked on the second
lap. Florien Vogel and Fredrik Kessiakoff were not able to keep pace with
After the race Hermida said, "It was my tactic to make an attack
from the start to have the gap before the first descent. I tried to keep
my gap but I saw that the others lost time and started to ride faster
to stay safe."
Absalon was happy after his bad start to finish second. "At the
start, I was not feeling faster. I wanted to see the others to attack
and I wanted to have control but I found my rhythm later."
UCI President Pat McQuaid and UEC President Vladimir Holecek were pleased
with Turkey's efforts to host the European Championships. After receiving
words of praise, Turkish Cycling Federation Vice President Abdurrahman
Acikalin predicted, "We will go for [hosting] 2010 MTB World Championships
and 2013 Road Cycling World Championships."
For coverage of the European Mountain Bike Championships, click
Dietsch and Sundstedt collect World Cup victory & overall
Pia Sundstedt (Fin) at World Cup
Round 1 on way to overall victory
Photo ©: MTB World Cup
451 racers competed on Sunday in Oisans, France, in marathon races. The
100km distance between Deux-Alpes and Bourg d'Oisans served as the third
and final round of the Nissan UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Cup.
Frenchman Thomas Dietsch (Gewiss Bianchi) was the clear winner of the
final round. He crossed the line just over three minutes in front of Austrian
Alban Lakata (Trek-VW) in the 100km race. Dietsch also keeps his top spot
in the final World Cup standings with 610 points, ahead of two runners-up
Italian Massimo De Bertolis (Full-Dynamix-R.S.M) with 540 points and Lakata
with 480 points.
In the women's race, Finland's Pia Sundstedt (Gewiss Bianchi) left the
rest of the women's field behind, finishing more than 13 minutes ahead
of her nearest rival Switzerland's Esther Süss. With her win, Sundstedt
secured the overall World Cup series title with 700 points ahead of Süss
and Ivonne Kraft (Germany), who had 600 and 360 points respectively.
Read complete results for elite
men and elite
US Nationals to award US$20,000 in Vermont
By Sue George
2006 National Cross Country Champion
Photo ©: Rocky Arroyo
The 2007 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships are scheduled
for July 17-22 at Mount Snow Resort in West Dover, Vermont. In part thanks
to sponsor X-Fusion USA, US$20,000 will be on the line as prize money
for the podium finishers in the pro men's and women's cross country, downhill,
short track cross country and dual slalom competitions. Over 2,000 competitors
are expected to compete across beginner, sport, expert, semi-pro and professional
categories for national titles in Olympic-style cross country, short track
cross country, downhill, dual slalom, super D, observed trials and singlespeed
Mount Snow has been hosting world-class mountain bike events for 19 years
including World Cups and NMBS stops. However, this weekend will mark the
first the venue hosts a stand-alone national championship event since
USA Cycling introduced the format in 2004.
Look for some exciting racing this weekend. In this pre-Olympic year,
the domestic competition has been hot and heavy. On the women's side,
defending national cross country champion Georgia Gould (Luna) will be
looking to keep the stars and stripes jersey for another year.
"I'm excited about racing at Mount Snow this year. I've improved
a lot on the roots and rocks and wet," said Gould to Cyclingnews.
When I started (racing) in Idaho, I had none of that experience."
While her teammate Katerina Nash will be in the Czech Republic racing
her Nationals, teammate Shonny Vanlandingham is a likely challenger for
the title. Also, look out for Willow Koerber and Heather Irminger (both
Subaru / Gary Fisher) and Mary McConneloug (Kenda / Seven) after their
top 10 World Cup finishes this year. Sue Haywood (Trek / VW) will also
be there as defending short track and super D national champion.
On the men's side, Barry Wicks (Kona/Les-Gets) will try to defend his
short track title while teammate Ryan Trebon will be aiming to keep his
cross country title. Look out also for top American World Cup racer Adam
Craig (Giant), perennial favorite Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru-Gary
Fisher), former Olympian Todd Wells (GT), and Jeremiah Bishop (Trek/VW),
who had to sit out the recent Canadian World Cups due to illness.
Duncan Riffle (Honda/Iron) and Tara Llanes (Giant) took home the downhill
titles in 2006 while Eric Carter (Mongoose Bicycles) and Jill Kintner
(GT) stood atop the mountain cross podium.
Meanwhile, France and Czech will be among several other countries hosting
their national championships this weekend.
Stay tuned to Cyclingnews for complete coverage of US Nationals
from Mount Snow.
Win chance to pit crew for Pua
One lucky person can win an opportunity to work in the pits as member
of Team MATA at the 24 Hours of Adrenalin Solo World Championships in
Monterey, California, August 31 to September 2 and help endurance pro
Pua Sawicki attempt to win the world title.
To enter, write a letter telling Pua why you should be the newest member
of her team. Pua will pick her favorite entry. For more details, how to
enter, and other prizes you can win, visit www.teammata/contest.html.
Entries are due Monday, August 6.
Mike & Mary diary: Canada times two
Photo ©: Mike Broderick & Mary McConneloug
Mike and I returned to Martha's Vineyard after a two week trip to Canada
for the fourth and fifth rounds of the UCI World Cup. This was an action
packed 1,500 mile road trip to the Quebec province where we visited some
familiar places, explored new ones, met new friends and had the chance
to catch up with some old ones. We returned with some great memories along
with a few new scars to help make sure we never forget.
This was our first big road trip in our "new" van and although
it is a big improvement from other vehicles we have owned, it felt kind
of limited without the luxury conveniences that we have become accustomed
to while traveling in our rented Euro RV. We split the eight hour drive
north to Mont Sainte Anne into two days, stopping to pitch our tent along
the way in a quiet campground. Luckily, the sweet Canadian summer weather
held out for the night and though it wasn't the best night sleep ever,
I can say that we were both rejuvenated by the overall experience.
It was a luxury to have a few supporters around to lend us a hand and
especially to have Mike's mom, Emily, join us for a part of our Canadian
travels. It is amazing how much a set of extra hands can help on race
day, and it was especially nice to have some friends and family around
to help celebrate my 36th birthday.
To read the complete entry, click
Geoff Kabush diary: The World Cup nemesis
Photo ©: Rob Jones
Well I certainly have done a variety of racing since my last report;
this included another European World Cup, some road bike meets, a NORBA,
and a couple more World Cups in the nation of Quebec.
This last stint began over in Germany with round two of my nemesis, the
World Cup. Regrettably I can say I definitely lost the match. I had
a sweet in-and-out operation going, was feeling great too; but then it
all went pear shaped a few hours before the race. The sky clouded up and
wept torrentially, and in turn I didn't manage the conditions very well.
I tasted the dirt a few too many times and in the end was forced to limp
in for a mediocre finish. Offenburg was a great course and venue though;
they did a lot of work and even had bleachers and a beer garden set up
in the middle of woods.
I came back to North America a little beat down, but happy to have a
break from racing. I had time to hang out with my wife Miss Pink as well
as our farm of dogs and cats. I decided to skip the third World Cup in
Europe to make sure I stayed healthy and mentally fresh for some big races
to come. This included weeding the back yard, putting some miles in the
bank, and scouting possible locations for family relocation.
I wasn't interested in a third trip to Europe before summer hit and instead
I ended up getting to do one of the coolest road races in the U.S. of
A. For those of you who don't know, I am a member of the powerful Symmetrics
road squad, but haven't attended every race.
To read the complete entry, click
Specialized brings the integrated approach to iconic Stumpjumper
By James Huang, Tech Editor
The new Stumpjumper bears a closer
Photo ©: James Huang
Specialized's current S-Works Stumpjumper FSR Carbon has only been on
the market for a short two years, but the company has already decided
to launch an all-new, and dramatically revamped, version for 2008. Cyclingnews
continued to brush up on his Spanish while taking a look at the new Stumpy
and other gems in the new Specialized lineup.
Good ideas for product innovations apparently trump traditional fiscal
responsibilities in the halls of Specialized's Morgan Hill, CA, headquarters.
After an exceptionally short two-year reign, the S-Works Stumpjumper FSR
Carbon will be replaced for 2008 with an all-new version that promises
to be stiffer, faster, and a lot lighter than the bike we've come to know
At first glance, the new Stumpjumper Carbon frame looks almost like
a downsized Enduro with a similarly low-slung profile for greater standover
clearance, an S-shaped down tube to provide room for a bottle cage, and
a new rocker link-type rear suspension configuration that allows for a
more refined axle path and nearly completely uninterrupted seat tube for
a greater range of seatpost adjustment.
I and Part
II of Cyclingnew's coverage of the 2008 Specialized mountain bike
Murray severely injured
Two-time Gravity Games Champion and X-Games Champion Stephan Murray was
very severely injured during a crash at the Dew Tour Dirt Jump Event.
The British rider suffered major damage to his C3, 4 and 5 vertebra and
was in critical condition in a Baltimore-area hospital. He was scheduled
to be transferred to a Denver facility to begin rehabilitation.
Murray lives in Southern California with his wife and two young children.
Faced with his new life-altering condition, the BMX rider will benefit
from several fundraising efforts taking place to support him. These include
an eBay auction, the collection of direct contributions to the Stephan
Murray Fund, and a bike jam in Lake Perris, California, held in early
July. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regular updates on Murray's condition are being posted at the forum www.bmxtalk.com.
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