MTB news & racing round-up for October 3, 2008
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UCI World Cup revised for 2009
Julien Absalon (Orbea) is a familiar
World Cup Winner
Photo ©: FJ Hughes
At the UCI Road World Championships last
week in Varese, Italy, the UCI released the 2009 calendar of World
Cups and Continental Championships. Missing from the list were two rounds
of the downhill and one round of the cross country World Cups, but on
Wednesday, those holes were filled.
La Bresse, France, will host the second round of the downhill World
Cup on May 9-10. This is a first for La Bresse, which makes its debut
on the World Cup calendar. Bromont, Canada, will host a triple UCI World
Cup event on August 1-2. In 2008, Bromont returned to the World Cup Circuit
after a hiatus of nine years.
The complete, revised 2009 UCI Major Events calendar is below.
2009 UCI Major Events Calendar
March 20-22: American Continental Championships, Chile
March 21-22: Oceania Continental Championships, Threadbo, Australia
April 11-12: UCI World Cup XCO 1 / DHI/4X 1, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
April 25-26: UCI World Cup XCO 2, Offenburg, Germany
May 2-3: UCI World Cup XCO 3 / 4X 2, Houffalize, Belgium
May 9-10: UCI World Cup DHI 2, La Bresse, France
May 16-17: UCI World Cup DHI/4X 3, Vallnord, Andorra
May 23-24: UCI World Cup XCO 4, Madrid Spain
June 6-7: UCI World Cup DHI/4X 4, Fort William, Great Britain
June 13-14: European Championships DHI, Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
June 20-21: UCI World Cup DHI/4X 5, Maribor, Slovenia
June 27-28: European Championships 4X, Ajdovscina, Slovenia
July 9-12: European Championships XCO, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
July 10-12: African Continental Championships, Mankele, Nelsruit, South Africa
July 25-26: UCI World Cup XCO 5 / DHI/4X 6, Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada
August 1-2: UCI World Cup XCO 6 / DHI/4X 7, Bromont, Canada
August 23: UCI Marathon World Championships, Graz-Stattegg, Austria
August 25-30: World Masters Championships, Praloup, France
September 1-6: UCI XCO/DHI/4X World Championships, Canberra, Australia
September 12-13: UCI World Cup XCO 7, Champéry, Switzerland
September 19-20: UCI World Cup XCO / DHI/4X 8, Schladming, Austria
September 20: European Championships XCM, Tartu, Estonia
November 5-8: Asian Continental Championships, Melaka, Malaysia
Marathon World Cup wrapping up this weekend
Thomas Dietsch (Gewiss Bianchi)
Photo ©: Rob Jones
The 2008 UCI World Cup series comes to a close this weekend with its
final event, the second marathon World Cup in Ornans, France, on October
5. The cross country and gravity World Cups have already closed for the
season after wrapping up in mid-September in Austria.
The marathon final will also served as the French Marathon Championships
and the top draw as part of a festival running in Doubs from October 1-8.
Going into the second and final marathon round, the race is also known
as the Xtrem Loue Race. Frenchman Thomas Dietsch and Finn Pia Sundstedt
are leading the World Cup standings.
The men will compete 83km while the women will race 60km.
2008 Hall of Famers inducted at Interbike
The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame inducted six new members for 2008 at the
Interbike trade show last Wednesday in Las Vegas, Nevada: Oakley's Steve
Blick, inventor and pioneer John Finley Scott, suspension designer Bob
Girvin, advocate Philip Keyes, four time World Champion Brian Lopes and
endurance racer Nat Ross.
According to BikeRadar.com, the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame now
totals 107 inducted individuals and four groups. Three to seven new members
are selected each year.
To read bios on this year's inductees, visit www.completesite.com/mbhof.
TAKMBD celebrates fifth year
The International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) will celebrate its
fifth annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (TAKMBD) on Saturday, October
4. IMBA-affiliated clubs and patrols around the globe will take anywhere
from just a few to a few hundred kids out on bikes to give them a taste
of mountain biking.
In addition, the two Subaru / IMBA Trail Care Crews will be participating.
Kelly and Collins will join the New England Mountain Bike Association
(NEMBA) at Middlesex Fells Reservation near Boston, and Anna and Jason
will be partnering with the Southwest Idaho Mountain Bike Association
(SWIMBA) at the Idaho Velodrome Park in Boise. Organizers are expecting
close to 100 participants each and some special guests like Gary Fisher,
Eric Carter and Randy Drielling.
For a complete list of TAKMBD registered events, visit www.imba.com.
Mountain Bike conference coming to London
The UK chapter of the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA)
has teamed up with the CTC to host a conference in London, on October
9 looking at the state of mountain biking across the United Kingdom and
Conference attendees will look at lessons learned during recent years,
which have seen a boom in the construction of mountain bike trails nation-wide.
Questions such as "How sustainable are the trails we are building?",
"Is health and safety killing the future of mountain biking?",
"Will mountain bike tourism dwindle with the rising costs of fuel?"
and "Where will trails be built in the future?" will be addressed.
IMBA-UK Chairman Karl Bartlett, IMBA Executive Director Mike Van Abel
and CTC Director Kevin Mayne are just three of the ten invited speakers.
For more information, visit www.ctc.org.uk/mtb.
Geoff Kabush diary: Teaching Yao Ming about beer drinking at the Olympics
Big air in front of big buildings
Photo ©: Keri Pink
Welcome to another Kabush Report.
The season is almost over and I am trying to hold it together for another
week. I have one more trip to Europe for World Cup Finals at which point
I may figuratively drop off the side of the earth. Actually, I am going
to go to Belgium for a week to visit a friend and, well, that's where
all my favourite beer is from. I thought it would be a good idea to put
together a race report before that.
At last check I was out in Quebec racing two World Cups. I finished fourth
in the second race in Bromont, which was quite a nasty affair, but I liked
it. It was also polar opposite to the conditions I would soon face over
in Beijing. In final preparation for Beijing I headed back to Victoria,
where the weather was spectacular; I wouldn't know, because I was doing
a bunch of training indoors with the water boiling and the heat cranked
up to 35 degrees Celsius.
I was also staying up until 3:00 am watching the Olympics; it was a little
surreal knowing I was going to be over there in a few days. At around
twelve each morning I would roll out of bed and make my way over to Pro
City Cycles and pull myself some espresso; it was a pretty simple life
for a while but I was glad to finally hit the road again for Beijing.
So, Beijing was a pretty big deal, I guess.... and I had my hopes up
pretty high when I headed over. Obviously it didn't work out for me, which
was frustrating; mountain biking is a complicated and unforgiving sport.
It is not as easy as just trying hard; usually we have another chance
the next weekend, but the problem with the Olympics is the next chance
doesn't come around for four years.
Read the complete
Interbike Coverage, Part 10 - Hitting pay dirt in Las Vegas
By James Huang
Rocky Mountain revisits hardtail roots
Rocky Mountain jumps into the carbon
Photo ©: James Huang
Rocky Mountain arguably made its name with racing hardtails and now brings
a carbon platform to the range with the Vertex RSL.
Not surprisingly, Rocky Mountain's goals for its premium race bike were
stiffness and weight. While we don't have official weight figures just
yet (though it's apparently the company's lightest frame to date), the
stiffness claims seem well founded with the pronounced lateral ribbing
throughout, heavily reinforced seat cluster and enormous down tube.
Details include a stainless steel chainsuck guard, continuous seat stay/chain
stay assemblies that are hollow throughout (even at the dropout), and
a new direct-mount front derailleur that allows for more material around
the bottom bracket shell. In typical Rocky Mountain fashion, the dropped
top tube offers plenty of standover clearance.
Rocky Mountain will offer the Vertex RSL as a complete bike in two men's
and one women's model plus a frame-only Vertex Team that uses higher modulus
carbon fibers. All of the Vertex models are slated to be available this
New on the road side is a carbon fiber time trial bike called the Solo
90 SST. Though it's Rocky Mountain's first foray into the aerodynamic
arena, the usual array of currently hot technologies are still included
such as the shielded rear wheel, dropped down tube, two-position seatpost
and internal cable routing.
Ellsworth reaches for lower price point
Ellsworth brings the price down
with the new Glimpse.
Photo ©: James Huang
Ellsworth hopes to tap into new markets with a new, lower-priced full-suspension
rig called the Glimpse. Unlike the rest of the Ellsworth line which will
continue to be US-made, the Glimpse will be built overseas but the upside
is that complete bikes with Shimano SLX will go for as little as US$3,299.
Rear travel is set at 130mm (5") and Ellsworth's excellent ICT (Instant
Center Tracking) design will be faithfully maintained to retain the company's
trademark pedaling performance. Slightly less fancy rockers will be used,
though, and all Glimpse frames will be powdercoated, not anodized. As
a result, quoted frame weights are said to be just a bit higher than the
Remember that ultra-stylish Ride cruiser? Well, Ellsworth not only keeps
it in the lineup but builds on it with two new Rides: a seemingly over-the-top
Ride 2 tandem and a commuter-oriented Ride 3. The Ride 3 will be
available with either a NuVinci CVP or traditional three-speed internal
hub and will offer the now-familiar Ride look but in a more utilitarian
format. Geometry is based on the Evolve 29" mountain bike.
Commuter-friendly details include a chain guard, front and rear fenders,
cable-actuated disc brakes, 700c wheels and yes, even a custom kickstand.
Anyone up for some errands?
Ellsworth will also expand its charity efforts after successfully launching
its Project Pink initiative in 2006 to help raise funds and awareness
for breast cancer. The new Project Rainforest will offer the same terms
as Project Pink: for no upcharge, customers can opt for a special green
anodized finish complete with a laser-etched tree frog on the top tube
on any Ellsworth frame (the new Glimpse excepted with its powdercoated
finish). In return, Ellsworth will donate US$50 to a rainforest charity
that is still to be determined.
Read the complete
feature or see more
Interbike 2008 coverage.
Countdown to North Brisbane 8 hour
An 8 Hour Enduro race will happen in North Brisbane, Queensland, Australia,
on October 5, and will feature solo racers and teams of two, three and
Thanks to some local trail work, riders will enjoy a new section of singletrack
at Kurwongbah and a sweeping, switchback descent called "The Serpent's
Tail". The track is also expected to be drier than that used for
past races due to extensive work on new sections that will allow organizers
to omit traditionally boggy sections in the case of heavy rain.
9th Poor Mountain Hill Climb
Roanoke County will host the ninth annual Poor Mountain Hill Climb challenge
in Roanoke, Virginia, just ten miles west of the city.
On October 5, racers will tackle a 6.75 mile long climb with 3,000 feet
of climbing. For the first 1.5 miles, the course is paved and climbs gently.
A wall of a half-mile of 13% grade (paved) then follows before a final
four miles of hard packed dirt with some rocks over a grade ranging from
7 to 10%, with a few shorter, steeper sections. At the end, racers climb
0.75 miles with grades of 15 to 16%.
Last year's event was won by US national marathon and short track champion
Jeremiah Bishop, who set a course record of 37 minutes and 16 seconds.
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